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A few of you may remember my riff on the connections between a Koch-like figure and my local propagandapaper shortly after we all became far too familiar with the name Scott Walker.  In that diary I detailed how my local propagandapaper foreshadowed Walker's war on public workers.

A couple weeks after I posted that diary, my local propagandapaper changed the rules for who can post comments on their website in an attempt to prevent anonymity.  Whether my diary had anything to do with that I don't know, but let me have my moment, will ya?  Of course it was a double edged sword, because living in the heart of Teabaggeropolous does intimidate me from being upfront about my political views.

So I haven't been posting comments there anymore.  Or going to their website at all for that matter.  But a recent story got me curious about what the Northwest Herald has been up to.  Leap over the Elitist Squiggle of Death as I regale you with tales of Teabag Joe; with an additional foray into Obamacare.

The latest pablum dripping from Joe Walsh's mouth has been discussed before.  To sum up, he disparaged Tammy Duckworth for talking about her sacrifice to our country.

As a quick update, I don't know if this has been written about yet, but Crazy Joe has doubled down on his attack against Duckworth's service.  Fucking IOKIYAR.  Am I right or am I right.

Anywho, back to my local propagandapaper.  Curiosity got the best of me.  I just had to see what the Northwest Herald had to say about Crazy Joe.  (Note:  I'm not going to link to the paper save for once at the bottom of the page.  I refuse to drive their clicks unless it's to serve my ends). Surely even a propaganda outlet with a direct line to a Koch-like figure would have some words of condemnation for Crazy Joe's unhinged ramblings.  

So how does the propagandapaper that covers Crazy Joe's current district and large parts of his redrawn district cover the news?  They don't.  Not at all.  As of this writing.  Not a single mention of this issue whatsoever.  In fact, if you do a search of their site for the word "Duckworth,"  the most recent time her name appeared in the Northwest Herald at all was June 13.  So if Tammy Duckworth has been talking about her service and sacrifice, you certainly haven't read about it in my local propagandapaper.

So that got me to have they skewed other stories?  And being that the biggest news in the land has been PPACA, stories and editorials were front and center.  So let's see what Senior Editor Dan McCaleb had to say....

Ruling aftermath: Whether you agree with the decision or not, at least Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding most of Obamacare gives us some much-needed clarity.


Not exactly. So says Gary Reece, small-business owner and president of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Reece, who will emcee today’s Lakeside Festival parade from near Crystal Lake’s namesake lake, started Heartland Cabinet Supply in 1999. Heartland has been at its current Crystal Lake location on Rickert Road, just off Pingree Road, since 2003. Reece employs 10 people, and he offers them health insurance coverage.

But as is the case with all businesses that offer employee health insurance, his costs have skyrocketed in recent years. He expects that to continue because of the continued uncertainty about Obamacare, and how much it ultimately will cost.

Where to begin, right?  Dear Mr. President of Crystal Lake CofC, whether or not PPACA passed or was upheld as the law of the land, you WOULD NOT HAVE CERTAINTY ABOUT HOW MUCH HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES WOULD COST.  cc:  Dan McCaleb.  (note, this is not one of those nice fuzzy local CofC's that people talk about from time to time.  It's members tend to be a miniature version of the national in activity and viewpoint, only on a local level).

But the purpose here is the Northwest Herald, so I'll leave the specific content alone and direct this to Mr. McCaleb alone:  Perhaps the reason you don't have clarity on PPACA issues is because you have been reading the Northwest Herald.

The Northwest Herald uses AP as it's wire service.  But clearly not every AP story ends up on the Northwest Herald's website.  If it did, it would show up in a search on their website.  So right there is an obvious indication of selectively posting stories based on their content.  Somebody at the Northwest Herald is saying 'this story is in, this story is out.'

So let's see what made the cut in terms of PPACA discussion.  

A search for "pre-existing condition" and review for results related to PPACA yields you two results since the SC ruling, one article in March around the time the SC heard arguments, and nothing else in the past calendar year.

You get a similar result searching for "donut hole" or "doughnut hole."  A couple recent results.  A handful over the past year.  Other than that, nothing.

Ah, but do a search for "individual mandate."  About 8 results this week alone.  "Penalty tax" gives you similar results.  

This does not happen without someone under Dan McCaleb's thumb, or Dan himself, deliberately excluding articles from the AP wire that talk about the benefits of PPACA while pushing those that rile up the teabaggers around here.  

Yes Northwest Herald readers, it is perfectly understandable that you also don't have clarity on issues related to PPACA.  A Koch-like figure has a chain of lackeys like Dan McCaleb making sure you don't.

So since the Northwest Herald decided to suppress your ability to respond to their propaganda online, perhaps we need to give them a call  and let them know what you think about their editorial practices.

Editorial Department
815.459.4122 / 800.589.8910
Fax: 815.459.5640

And while you are at it, throw a wad of cash at a true American hero who is dedicated to helping other heroes.

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  •  No, here it's still us Jews. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Romney '12: Bully for America!

    by Rich in PA on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 11:14:33 AM PDT

  •  I'm afraid you've misaligned your Koch-like-link. (0+ / 0-)

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 11:27:09 AM PDT

  •  I'm surprise it hasn't been bought by Gannett yet. (0+ / 0-)

    They own just about every "small town" newspaper in Wisconsin. They are switching to a new system online where you can only view a limited number of story's before you have to pay. I'm sure that will go over well.

    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. G.B. Shaw

    by baghavadgita on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 11:27:10 AM PDT

  •  This was quite educational (1+ / 0-)
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    since I thought that Joe Walsh was a sometimes Eagle, who perhaps did better during his solo career . .. .

    But it's nice to see that he's landed on his feet after all that.

  •  Does anything really matter (1+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy

    when life's been good to you thus far?

    Wow, that kind of got back to the topic at hand and silver-spoon sucking Crazy Joe.

  •  What Corporate entity owns the newspaper and what (0+ / 0-)

    are its politics?

    In my part of WI, it is Lee Enterprises who also owns the Wisconsin State Journal, Madison's conservative newspaper.  In the week before Walker's Recall election, we were treated to 2-3 front-page pro-Walker articles, "Guest" editorials from the Lt. Governor, no information about the John Doe investigation, and newspaper staff editorials about the "misuse" of the Right to Recall.  If a tiny article contained something that could be viewed as Walker-negative, the article was buried in section two; and we never read any in-depth stories about the ThugGov and the ReTHUGlican-controlled legislature's misuse/abuse of power. It was a disgusting display of partisanship.

    Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

    by ranton on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 12:26:19 PM PDT

  •  The end of anonymous commenting (0+ / 0-)

    I think it's the latest trend in the newspaper biz. Our paper went that way a month or two ago - mostly relying on you using FB as your identity, as well. Theory was that it would lead to less incivil and hateful commentary if people had to stand behind it with their real name. Judging by the content I've been seeing it hasn't helped much - and looking at one of the stories in your paper, it isn't helping there either.

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 12:31:08 PM PDT

    •  It will be interesting to see (1+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe

      if newspapers ever figure out how to do commenting.

      The problem is difficult enough where there is a community of regulars with a moderately cohesive worldview.

      Getting good commenting in newspapers is way difficult. At best.

  •  I wholeheartedly agree (0+ / 0-)

    It looks like you and I are from the same neck of the woods...

    I cancelled my NW Herald subscription in 2004 after they endorsed GWB for his strong leadership despite the fact that, you know, he LIED ABOUT WMD AND ATTACKED THE WRONG COUNTRY AFTER 9/11, but I'm not bitter or anything.

    My experience with that rag is that they will shill whatever right-wing talking points are required.  In that sense, it's a good match for the Republican-dominated politics of the area.  For those of you  who've never had the pleasure, imagine with more amateurish writing.

    It's no surprise that they ignore Joe Walsh's rantings, although to be fair, he's no longer the Congressman for the majority of the area.  You can bet that if Tammy Duckworth said something similar, there would be outrage, OUTRAGE!

    The silver lining though, is that I'm pretty sure that their subscription numbers are declining.  If you live in the NW suburbs, you have plenty of other news choices, from the Daily Herald to the Sun Times.  

    Ignore the NW Herald and let them continue to slowly fade away into irrelevance.

  •  I love the weird randomness contortions (0+ / 0-)

    Not exactly. So says Gary Reece, small-business owner and president of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

    Reece, who will emcee today’s Lakeside Festival parade from near Crystal Lake’s namesake lake

    that the media has to go though in their opinion peddling.

    The small-paper business peddling here

    , started Heartland Cabinet Supply in 1999. Heartland has been at its current Crystal Lake location on Rickert Road, just off Pingree Road, since 2003.
    makes it even funnier.
  •  My (0+ / 0-)

    opinion of Walsh is best said by Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation:

    "...I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is! Hallelujah! Holy shit!"

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