Monday, August 4, 2008

Blog-flagging in the spirit of politics

Someone flagged this blog as a SPAM blog, requiring an investigation by Google. This practice seems to be increasing--a reader will react negatively to the editorial content and decide to cause problems for the blogger.

I don't post here regularly anymore. I maintain a blog at Squarespace, The US Report. I pay for that blog, so flagging it will not have the same effect it does at Blogger.

I have definite political persuasions, but I enjoy hearing from those with opposing views and reading editorials that may not be in line with my own ideas. I realize the post on Hezbollah is not a popular view. I happen to think media and the public have been largely duped when it comes to terrorist groups. It's not politically correct at the moment to call a terrorist a terrorist.

If the person who flagged this blog is reading this post, I'd like to suggest you open your mind. Even if you don't agree with me, here in America, we are free to speak our minds. Flag away. Google won't mind. And I won't either. I'll continue to write what I believe.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Once again, a hiatus

I'm taking a break from blogging here at Creative Writer US. Too many work projects and two regular columns are demanding my time right now; it's a good problem to have, though.

For the time being, please visit me at my other blog, Covering Florida.

Or catch the two freelance columns I write on a regular basis at The Writer or Beneath the Brand.

Stay tuned for book news!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Journalist continues to be vindicated: video of Hezbollah in Lebanon as masses convene at Imad Mughniyeh’s funeral

In December I wrote an article, War of the Words, here at Creative Writer US. That article dealt with some mainstream media’s atttempted character assassination of a journalist I’ve known and admired for years, W. Thomas Smith, Jr. Smith got ensnared in a political dogfight between conservative and liberal publications. None of those publications checked all the facts. One of the first publications to even attempt to get at the truth was the magazine American Spectator. In a series of posts at a blog at National Review, Smith had written what sources in Lebanon, where Smith was embedded, told him: large numbers of Hezbollah fighters were positioned in the area. A liberal publication called him a liar, and numerous others followed suit.

Smith has since been vindicated by many articles. But today when I saw video and photos of the funeral of Imad Mughniyeh in Beirut, I thought to myself: this procession and its sheer numbers prove, once again, those publications lied. A lesser man would’ve sued every one of them for defamation. To this date, not a single one, including liberal and conservative magazine writers and editors that are the darlings of those squawking TV news shows and in some cases, well-placed professors at Ivy League universities, have corrected their erroneous statements. None have apologized to Smith.

You don’t have to take my word for it. You can either watch the evening news where you’ll see video of not-so-peaceful-looking people mourn a terrorist, or you can click the link below and let al Jazeera prove to you Hezbollah is indeed deployed in Lebanon and obviously proud of that fact. Once again shame on mainstream media for fabricating.

Read our original column, War of the Words

Read the Jan. 28 article in The Washington Times, Hezbollah’s Dark Hand

Question for readers: Do you think mainstream media has a biased attitude when reporting news from countries many Americans believe harbor terrorists?