News ‘buster’ Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard is a stooge of Brent Bozell’s anti-media empire. As a lead blogger for “Newsbusters,” he has been around longer than the Breitbart or Daily Caller slanderers, and is, therefore, every bit as predictable: always attack, never defend; always smear, never reason. The blog’s absurd assertion is contained within its subtitle: “Exposing and combating liberal media bias.” Which, naturally, both justifies and shields the blatant and vile partisan bias of supposedly but NEVER factual “Newsbusters.”
Latest case in point:
MSNBC Ridicules Romney for Collecting Food and Supplies for Sandy Victims
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs
This one is really hard to believe, even for the most biased so-called “news network” in the nation. — MSNBC on Tuesday totally trashed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for collecting food and supplies ….
When the clip concluded, [MSNBC host Martin] Bashir said, “Mayor Reed, so the Red Cross knows what it’s doing. Did he, did you detect perhaps a subtle dig there on Mr. Romney who spent today going against the guidelines established by the Red Cross and holding a campaign rally in Ohio that was dressed up like a charity drive collecting food and other supplies when the Red Cross expressly asked people not to do that?”
Imagine that. A presidential candidate who gives millions of dollars a year to charity does a storm relief event in Ohio, and an MSNBC anchor is disgusted by it because the Red Cross would prefer people donating cash…
Ah, the mythology of the hyper-partisan, say-anything MSNBC crew — as clueless a projection by our mindless propagandists as was ever minted.Even worse, because Mitt Romney “gives millions of dollars a year to charity,” except that the charity is the Mormon Church, and that donation is required by his church, no particular moral “brownie points” attendant.
If I am required to spend X amount of dollars to be a member of my secretive religion, that is NOT the same thing as giving “millions of dollars a year to charity,” as Sheppard would like to toilet-paper over.
Here’s the facts: Romney made a big deal of his photo-op loading canned goods onto a yellow Penske rent-a-truck and NOT campaigning (which was, of course, naked campaigning).
John McCain wasn’t able to keep up with the latest change of direction from “Wrong Way” Romney and dutifully repeated the Benghazi Swiftboating talking point as naked political assertion, thus belying the “non-partisan” event’s “non-partisan” nature, and making both McCain and Romney look silly.
(But be of good cheer: if they were worried about looking silly, ridiculous or cruel, they wouldn’t be Republicans. So don’t cry for them, Argentina.)
Here’s the Newsbusters “defense” of the offense:
Beyond this, the Red Cross website has a section called “Smart Giving Tips for Disasters.” It does indeed address giving cash first, but doesn’t prohibit other kinds of donations. There a lot of ways [sic] to help in this situation, and if people were giving food, clothes, or supplies that they had taken from their homes to help in this situation – maybe because that’s all they have! — mocking it is disgraceful….
Because, as we all know, the thugs, bullies and liars of the Reicht are always FUCKING VICTIMS. The entire conceit of the blog is that they are “oppressed” by the LIBERAL MAINSTREAM MEDIA, poor righties, who can’t possibly manage to get their point of view out in the rightie-owned media.
Oh, bullshit. Take your thorazine Sheppard and then shove your head back up your ass, where you seem most comfortable having it. Here’s what the Red Cross says on the link Sheppard links to but didn’t bother reading [emphasis is theirs]:
- Donate cash to an established disaster relief organization, like the American Red Cross. It’s the fastest way to get help to those who need it most.
- If you’d like to donate used or new products, contact an established disaster relief organization that is serving the affected area to determine whether there is a specific need for what you’d like to donate.
- If you’d like to donate large amounts of items, work directly with organizations that deal with donating bulk supplies, which can help large numbers of people in the affected community.
- Prior to delivering items to an established relief organization, call to determine appropriate location and time for drop-off, as many have specific collection points.
- If you would like to organize a food or clothing drive, contact an established disaster relief organization to determine what is most needed in the affected community and how to ensure the donations are properly collected.
- Ask if what you’d like to donate is needed, culturally appropriate and if relief organizations can manage the collection effectively. Some well-intentioned yet inappropriate product, food or used clothing donations can actually divert the attention of disaster relief organizations and local governments away from the task at hand by requiring them spend time sorting and storing unneeded items.
- Consider selling your items on eBay Giving Works, or another site and donate the proceeds to an established disaster relief organization serving the affected area….
Why, numnuts? Because now transportation and administrative time is needed to figure out where to send the cans, how to transport the cans, and how to suppliment food supplies already on the way.
In other words, handing a couple trucks of canned goods to the Red Cross isn’t helping ANYbody, except, of course, for Mitt and Paul and as a meaningless symbolic gesture by Daddy Bainbucks and Little Orphan Eddie to make them look good to the plebes.
Little Orphan Eddie
And nobody really cared much about Sandy. Arf!
And that was the criticism. In a blatant attempt to politicize his “non-partisan” campaign event, Romney made a big photo-op out of loading a Penske rental van with cans of food, which looks great, and, while so doing, ignored eleven separate questions about his position on FEMA, which he is on record as wanting to dismantle. If it can go back to the states, great, and if it can be sent to “the private sector” so much the better.
But Noel Sheppard, as amoral a serpent who’s ever slithered over partisan battleworks, is suddenly Mister Manners, and Proudly Moral and Upstanding in his Righteous Condemnati0n of the legitimate criticism. In trying to look good, all Mitt’s done is to hand the Red Cross a couple of trucks’ worth of headache:
Update II: It turns out MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell ridiculed Romney’s storm relief rally hours before Bashir. Insanity surely runs rampant at this network.
What Sheppard is fighting against, of course, and raising his fake outrage over a sense of morality and propriety he has yet to ever personally evince, is the notion that Romney was–as usual–doing that public braying and praying that the tale of “the Widow’s Mite” suggests as NOT the optimal response to righteous behavior, while pretending that the MSNBC host and guests are “disgusting” for having pointed it out.
Why? Because there were two TV screens at the NON CAMPAIGN event that had the number for texting cash donations to the Red Cross. (And, they were showing Mitt’s warm and fuzzy campaign warm up video, as well:
This is a non-sequitur and a straw man. Clearly, Romney was focused on his photo op, and NOT on the issues of relief. It is the difference between wanting to help and wanting to BE SEEN as wanting to help. Got that?
The former is an altruistic, humane response. The latter is a megalomaniacal, grasping response. And, of course, the latter is COMPLETELY REFUTED because Romney had some tv signage with the cash donation phone number. Right. Because it wasn’t another greedy, selfish, grasping photo-op at all, right?
Ryan ‘Packs’ Hurricane Relief Donations In During Wisconsin Photo-Op
Campaign operatives slowed down the packing to leave some for Republican Vice Presidential candidate to pose with.
Zeke Miller, BuzzFeed Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2012 7:33pm EDT
HUDSON, Wis. — “Start Packing.”
The order was given by a campaign staffer about 20 minutes before Paul Ryan entered the GOP victory office here. Two dozen campaign staffers and volunteers pulled boxes from under six tables laden canned food [sic] and dry goods to be shipped to New Jersey for storm relief. Just across the tables were an equal number of reporters, videographers and photographers.
Ryan came under fire earlier this month after posing at an Ohio homeless shelter for an event in which he was washing dishes, long after the kitchen had closed. It was the second of Paul Ryan’s photo ops in his home state today where the campaign made a show of helping storm victims however they could.
At the first stop in La Crosse, the vice presidential nominee thanked supporters for coming, shaking hands with some standing in front of an American flag, where minutes before, aides arranged boxes of Cheerios and cans of corn in perfect order.
In Hudson, the packing was proceeding too quickly, and the supporters wearing red “Team Wisconsin” t-shirts were given the order to slow down and then to stop to be sure there were still goods to be packed when Ryan entered. One by one the boxes were filled and loaded into a waiting U-Haul, and then they stopped to wait for the candidate….
A week to go in the campaign and they have yet to define themselves except through negation, snark and flip-flopping …
Just in case there was any doubt that this was about THEM and not the disaster victims. And just in case you didn’t notice Paul Ryan’s invasion of a St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen to ostentatiously wash some nearly clean pots and pans and then take off after the photos were snapped without answering any questions.
Just as Mitt refused to answer questions on his position on FEMA. They are ALL remarkably consistent and grow vexed and nervous when anyone points out the plain meaning of their actions.
As does the weasel Sheppard, each and every day, combating imagined “bias” with real bias and distortion and prevarication on his part whether it exists in the mythical beast he pretends to chase or not.
How they love to hate. And how they hate to love. Right, Captain Canned Goods?