Shouting Fire Part 2

In the story about Martin Garbus, Garbus thought that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) should take the case of the Nazi march in Chicago. This story shows the down side of freedom of speech because Garbus knew that if the ACLU didn’t take the case than our freedom of speech is opposing a certain group of people.  Like Garbus said, “If you are going to defend free speech, you also have to defend the freedom of speech of people you hate.” Even though you’re personal belief might not be the same as the other party but they still have the right to have their own beliefs. I think it was wrong of people to show hatred towards Garbus because I don’t think that he would personally favor what the Nazis were doing but he did it for the sake of our freedom. He had family members who died in the Holocaust, so that shows that he knew how the Jews felt about the situation.

In the story about Chase Harper relates to the other story that deals with freedom of speech. It raises the issue of whether there should a limit of on it. I think at freedom of speech should not be allowed when it jeopardizes someone’s life. When Harper wrote that message on his shirt, the message makes others who are gay or lesbian feel like they are doing something wrong. There is also the point of how our freedom of speech is limited in schools. If you were caught using foul language in school you would get in trouble, but don’t we have the right to say what we want. School is a place where kids learn to behave a certain way so when Harper wears his t-shirt, it shouldn’t be in a place where is kids are learning.

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The Newsroom

In the show The Newsroom is centered on Will McAvoy, who has to deal with the changes that are being made to his news show called “News Night.” The show starts off with Will criticizing America because of all the things that are wrong with it and then he states all the reasons why America used to be the best country in the world. His speech can tell you what his views are going to be in the show, which is a bit to the left. The reset of the show is mostly drama about what will happen to Will’s show. You find out who are loyal to Will and who decides to leave Will for the other show. I think the show is exaggerated a bit on the dram because it would attract more viewers. I wondered how Will would be so unaware that his show is being completely changed and how he didn’t know that almost all his co-workers were leaving him. There is hostility between Will and his former lover MacKenzie McHale because she will be the new executive producer. Will’s show starts off with the gulf spill. The new crew was able to prove themselves by being able to get ahead of everyone else on reporting the story. From watching the scene on the spill, I learned that sources are very important when you want to report a story. In the show they relied heavily on the topic turning to red, which signifies that it is very important news. I think the crew now learned to not rely on it so much.

Newscasters: Compare & Contrast

There is a big difference when you compare The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to The Rush Limbaugh Show. Wolf Blitzer as a newscaster is moderate, whereas Rush Limbaugh is a conservative Republican. If I wanted actual news with the least bias then The Situation Room would be the best choice. Blitzer reports news in a factual manner, where Limbaugh adds his opinion on everything. Blitzer doesn’t have any personal agenda when he reports stories. Limbaugh is basically against anything Pres. Obama does. He truly believes that Obama didn’t do a single good thing during the last four years. I think that Limbaugh is one of the contributors who are preventing the Republicans and Democrats to work together to fix the economy. People who are listening to Limbaugh can never create their own opinion because he does that for you.

Before I listened to Limbaugh I didn’t think that conservatives were that irrational but this project made me realize how differently news can be interpreted. I thought that Wolf Blitzer would be much more liberal than he really is but in the show he remains neutral. Blitzer’s reporting is much more genuine because he interviews people from both sides of the parties. Limbaugh’s show shouldn’t be considered a news show because he twists the actual news into something that isn’t true. He even goes as far as to mock the president making him sound dumb, but you know who the real dumb person is. Compared to the two shows I learned that the way the news is broadcasted is very important because the show shapes the viewer’s opinion.

Rush Limbaugh Blog Post #4

11/09/12

In today’s show he discusses the immigrant issue. He suggests his own plan where every illegal alien can gain amnesty right now but they can’t vote for the next 25 years. This plan gives another assertion that conservatives are against minorities. He laughs at John Boehner’s comment to ABA World News that Republicans need to reach out to all the people of America. He goes further than laughing at that comment by playing “Feliz Navidad” to reach out to Hispanics. He refers to the Democratic Party as Santa Claus because they are giving away free stuff. He is strictly against giving illegal immigrants amnesty in order to gain voters for Republicans. Since amnesty didn’t work when Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants and lost 7% of Hispanic voters.

Limbaugh comments about Democrats stating that the Republicans need to get rid of him if they want to win. He counters that statement by saying that he should be favored by them if he is allowing them to win the elections. Even Boehner told others that Republicans aren’t what Limbaugh describes it to be.

He makes a big deal about Obama running ads in Mexico for those who are coming to America, where to get food stamps. To Limbaugh this is outraging because that is one of the reasons Democrats have 75% of Hispanic votes. He thinks the only way the Republicans can gain Hispanic voters is to be like the Democrats. He completely misses that point of the caller who is a Hispanic minority, states that he cares about issues such as abortion and who is I favor of the second amendment.

Rush Limbaugh Blog Post #3

11/07/12

It is the day after the election and now Rush Limbaugh is being himself by being defensive and criticizing everything Pres. Obama and how his campaign was about the small stuff like “war on women” whereas Romney’s campaign was based on America, which sounds ridiculous. He is shocked that his prediction about Romney gaining more votes than McCain is wrong. He has a problem with those who are in the Republican Party, who are saying that they need to reach out to the minorities because he thinks that they already do and he names some successful minorities who are in politics. He thinks that the country is doomed because of the crumbling economy, unemployment is worsening, and the debt situation is also worsening. He is most angry about the fact that everyone is still blamed Bush for the economy. He is defending Romney very passionately, that his view will is the traditional way that will lead to prosperity. When he defends Romney with such passion, I am thinks that he should save his energy for the next Republican candidate.

Throughout the show Limbaugh calls Pres. Obama Santa Claus because he will take something from others and give it to you like the poor taking from the rich. He still keeps on endorsing Mitt Romney even though he lost. Compared to last night where he was boasting how about how Romney was going to beat Obama. He thinks that people felt sympathy for Obama and they wanted to give him a second chance. Limbaugh look at the people who voted to Obama as people who hates hard work and the mention of getting a job are despised by them.

Rush Limbaugh Blog Post #2

11/06/12

In the election night, Limbaugh starts of his show stating how the Democrats are trying to “suppress” the Republican voters because Romney is ahead in the Ohio voting. He thinks the election will be completely different for the 2008 election because the Obama of 2012 is a letdown compared to how he was in 2008. Since he was elected poverty was up, the war isn’t over yet, his foreign policy is terrible, jobs are worse, the number of Americas on food stamps is up, and house prices went down. He thinks that Obama didn’t do a single good thing in the office. He is blaming the media for making Obama look good for handling hurricane Sandy. He discusses Howard Dean’s comment that the only way Pres. Obama is going to lose is if the Ohio voters are kept from voting. He says the Democrats are making excuses for losing. He counters that statement by saying that the Democrats are doing that because the Black Panthers are in Pennsylvania.

Limbaugh as a problem with the polls because it assumes that every Democrats is voting for Obama and that every Republicans is voting for Romney. Yet he states that it makes more sense that every Republican are voting for Romney. He thinks that the Democrats are scheming to prevent Republicans to vote like announcing that Obama is the winner before mid-afternoon when the voting booths aren’t closed. He criticizes the Charlie Rose’s show because all his guests agreed that Obama is going to win. He argues what’s the point of having guests if they all agree on the same thing. Limbaugh can’t seem to handle any criticisms against the Republican Party, he gets very defensive and he starts making that person.

Wolf Blizter Blog Post #4

11/16/12

In The Situation Room, one of the stories is about Mitt Romney, who thinks that Pres. Obama won the election because he gave gifts to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters. In the interview with Wolf Blitzer, Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal states that this is the wrong way for the Republican Party to gain voters. The interview surprised me because I never heard from a reasonable Republican. He even admitted that Republicans need to stop saying dumb things like Romney’s comment “that 47 % of Americans were “victims” dependent on government and would never vote for him.” I feel that Republicans are turning against Romney not because his ideas were idiotic but because he lost the election. None of the Republicans spoke out against any of Romney’s comments or ideas before the election so you wouldn’t know which ones to believe in. In the interview Blitzer asked questions directly that are to the point. He doesn’t give his opinion. He stays unbiased during the interview where he doesn’t attack Jindal with questions. He asks questions that requires a direct answer. He clearly doesn’t report for entrainment but to inform.