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The Unfair and Unbalanced Media

By Greg L | 10 April 2011 | Virginia Politics, US Senate, US Congress | 18 Comments

Guest Post by Sanford D. Horn

While Congressman Jim Moran’s assault on the military and its veterans went viral Friday, April 8, one day following a town hall meeting held in Alexandria at Hammond Middle School, nary a word appeared in The Washington Post.

Moran treated Wayne Tunick, a disabled 27-year veteran rudely following an important question regarding military pay in the event of a government shutdown. In his typical low-rent manner Moran attacked Tunick accusing him of using caustic language.

The video proves Moran’s accusation to be just another lie by a politician who was clearly hell-bent on belittling and demeaning a United States military veteran, a veteran who put his life on the line defending the right of Moran to behave like a petulant child.

None of the exchange between Moran and Tunick appeared in the Post article on April 8 – surely the liberal media covering up the “Morantics” of an elected official who for years has embarrassed both himself and the district he supposedly represents.

The spectacle of our member of Congress shouting at a veteran with such contempt and disrespect dripping from his voice, calling the question insignificant and simple rhetoric designed for Tunick to hear himself speak. During his tirade directed at Tunick, Moran shouted at him to either sit down or leave.

And while it is embarrassing to see this video on Fox News, Facebook, and other sites, it is necessary for the citizens of Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District to see how their elected official behaves.

On the flip side of the Moran coverage, the liberal media continues its witch hunt of former Governor and Senator George Allen by parsing every syllable out of his mouth in an attempt to create another “macaca” moment and thwart his effort to return to the US Senate.

Allen, who paid with his job in 2006 for a verbal gaffe, is now being accused, by some, of racism simply for asking a black news reporter what position he may have played in sports in his younger days. There was no reporting that white scribes were asked the same question.

As most people know, Allen has an impressive sports pedigree. His father, the late George Allen, coached nine teams in college and the NFL, during a career spanning 40-plus years, most notably with the Washington Redskins.

George Allen, the current Senate candidate also penned the tome What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports, published in 2010. It should come as no surprise that Allen would ask the aforementioned reporter what position he might have played. According to Allen he asks that question of most people he encounters, usually as a form of an ice-breaker. To suggest there is even a hint of racial undertones to the Allen query is absurd. I’ve had several conversations with Allen with subjects ranging from sports to religion to education.

This unbalanced treatment by the liberal media of Democrats and Republicans is not an aberration. Instead it is typical of the double standard by which candidates and elected officials alike are treated. Even after Moran blamed the war in Iraq on the Jews at a town hall meeting, the Post still endorsed him for reelection. Despite numerous ethics complaints, Moran once again received media endorsements.

Yet an innocuous question about what position a reporter may have played in sports becomes a racial epithet in the eyes of a media so partisan it is attempting to create a scandal where none exists and derail a candidate whose campaign is barely out of the locker room and on the field.

Oops – a sports metaphor. What could that possibly mean?

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and political consultant living in Alexandria, VA – for now.

[Ed note: Sanford, Prince William County would welcome you with open arms…]



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18 Comments

  1. Maureen said on 10 Apr 2011 at 8:26 pm:
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    Yet they keep voting for him.

    There is no more honorable sacrific than for a man or woman in our military. I can never be more grateful or say thank you enough although I try, to the members of our military.

    Last year I thanked an officer for his service and I thought he was going to keel over. He was stunned. That just shows me that no has taken the time to say thanks,so we all need to when we see military personnel, especially with people like Moron around.

  2. Maureen said on 10 Apr 2011 at 8:28 pm:
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    Actually I do know several people who go out of their way to say thanks. But ALL of us need to.

  3. Charles said on 10 Apr 2011 at 8:58 pm:
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    There is racism. People who hear that question asked of a black person, and immediately think “Oh, that question makes sense, because he’s black!!”. Then they put their racism in the mind of the person asking the question.

  4. Sanford D. Horn said on 10 Apr 2011 at 10:19 pm:
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    Maureen - I do that regularly, and I have also gotten similar reactions.

    Charles - absolutely correct.

  5. Tom said on 11 Apr 2011 at 12:46 am:
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    Unless Mr. Horn is willing to state that he has in EVERY SINGLE INSTANCE IN HIS LIFE held his temper, spoken with compassion, and accepted criticism calmly and without malice, then shut the #*@* up!

    I love it when humans criticize others for things they do not do themselves. I guess it makes them feel so superior and arrogant. After all, they would never lose their temper. Ever. Ever. Ever.

    I can’t believe that this is being given space on this blog. I guess the Tea Bag boys are upset the government did not shut down so they have to lecture others on how to act to handle their frustration.

    So typical of conservatives. Tell everyone else how to live and act, but don’t post a blog posting lambasting the hetros who go wild screwing our kids in PWC schools and the solider who collects child pornography (for those who don’t read, check out page 2 of Saturday’s NM).

    Since none of them had a Latin surname or killed a nun or were gay, it’s okay to overlook that, I guess, on this blog.

    What hypocrites. Too bad Mr. Horn thought Mr. Moran’s behavior was more worthy of comment than the hetro sodomites and child predator in Prince William County.

    Tells you what is important with a conservative commenter on this blog.

  6. . said on 11 Apr 2011 at 2:22 am:
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    “I can’t believe that this is being given space on this blog.”

    Good point. Moran’s behavior is absolutely unworthy of comment. He is, after all, a Democrat, and that’s how Democrats act. Anyone who is surprised by what Moran did simply does not know what Democrats are all about.

  7. Maureen said on 11 Apr 2011 at 4:32 am:
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    Mr. Horn isn’t an elected official. If a republican had done what Moron did it would have been front page As for the Latin sir name bit, it’s about illegal aliens killing people in our community, not latino’s.

  8. Rocky said on 11 Apr 2011 at 7:59 am:
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    Jim Moron gets so mad he gets sick every time he sees me at a
    public forum and I like it that way. He was once on a rant about
    his disgust with unfunded mandates and I called his bluff.
    He had not only voted for but co-sponsored the Brady Bill
    which was the largest unfunded mandate in the history of
    the Congress at the time. When I said, “Wait a minute”, he
    blew up at me. I walked out. Too bad that one wasn’t on video.
    I moved from S. Arlington to Fairfax years ago and I don’t miss
    him but now I have the ConMan to deal with.

  9. hazegray said on 11 Apr 2011 at 11:36 am:
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    Tom said on 11 Apr 2011 at 12:46 am: Flag comment

    Unless Mr. Horn is willing to state that he has in EVERY SINGLE INSTANCE IN HIS LIFE held his temper, spoken with compassion, and accepted criticism calmly and without malice, then shut the #*@* up!
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    Mr. Horn is not an elected official, paid with taxpayer dollars to respectfully listen to all constitutents, let alone a servicemember who was injured while defending all our rights. As a former military member with 26 years service, I no longer have to pretend to have any respect for the bloviating histronics of Jim Moran (no wonder his wife left him!), and I certainly do not.

    Clearly — from his post — “Tom” has even less control of his temper than the Congressman. Then again, I believe it was American humorist Will Rogers who once remarked
    “I’m not a member of any organized political party…I’m a Democrat.”

  10. skepp said on 11 Apr 2011 at 2:23 pm:
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    I realize that the military is defending us and some are in tremendous danger of being killed or maimed. But I also realize that those in the military are there voluntarily. They signed up. A lot of them signed up because they would get a steady paycheck and a chance for an education. It’s a JOB with a lot of perks.

    It’s not as if they are giving away their service without getting something in return.
    They also get a very good pension, as far as I know, PX privelege, medical care, clothing and housing allowances, extra pay for dangerous assignments.

    Somehow I don’t feel the need to go up to a stranger and thank him for doing a job he applied for. “thank him for his sacriface” What would he/she do if NOT in the military?
    A lot of them would be mowing lawns, making beds, flipping hamburgers, etc. None of which is to be sneezed at, but compared with a job in the military, it’s no very good.

  11. Gone said on 11 Apr 2011 at 2:38 pm:
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    Jim Moran: Just one vowel off from the truth.

  12. Jaspar said on 11 Apr 2011 at 2:54 pm:
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    Re: “It’s a JOB with a lot of perks.”

    You are sure right about that, you get a free American flag and government issued embalming fluid when you no longer need more lucrative perks.”

    Bite me you gutless libard $hithead.

  13. es_la_ley said on 11 Apr 2011 at 4:52 pm:
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    skepp said on 11 Apr 2011 at 2:23 pm:

    I realize that the military is defending us and some are in tremendous danger of being killed or maimed. But I also realize that those in the military are there voluntarily. They signed up. A lot of them signed up because they would get a steady paycheck and a chance for an education. It’s a JOB with a lot of perks.

    Want an education? Print out your comment, go down to Quantico Marine Corp Base and show it to the guard at the gate. Please.

  14. Disgusted said on 11 Apr 2011 at 5:54 pm:
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    First, Moran is an embarrassment. He has the poise of a 12 year old, and that’s disrespectful to a 12 year old. Nothing but a transplanted yankee carpetbagger.

    Second. Lost in all of this, of course, is the point Moran made that the vet overlooked in his exception taking, which is the MAJORITY, the REPUBLICANS, including the TEA PARTY MEMBERS, voted to adjourn for the day. They set the agenda. They set the rules. They run the House. In his zeal to whine about the liberal media (like Fox News, Beck, the Washington Times, etc. I guess) Mr. Horn once again fails to see the obvious. His beloved conservative MAJORITY CHOSE to adjourn! Why aren’t you concerned citizens jumping ugly on your beloved Speaker to explain why they weren’t in session? Because you are too eager to disrespect a sitting Democratic congressman. I’ve always heard in the military you salute the rank, NOT the man. Only if he’s a conservative, right?

    To continue Mr. Horn’s sports alliteration, you all got okey-doked (urban dictionary, 2nd definition) by your all caring majority. Simpletons.

  15. Maureen said on 11 Apr 2011 at 6:35 pm:
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    They do voluteer which makes it more of an honorable sacrific especially in these times. You know little about what happens to a soldier who has been wounded in battle. They have to fight tooth and nail to get their disability.

    They should get all of the benefits that they receive for defending our country. And I’m glad that they can learn a trade and can be educated because as you say they may not have made much of themselves otherwise.

    God Bless our military and God Bless America!!!!!

  16. Maureen said on 11 Apr 2011 at 6:36 pm:
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    My comments were to Skepp

  17. Anonymous said on 11 Apr 2011 at 7:31 pm:
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    Jim Moran says military service is not public service
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9URG8nlvAw

    Jim Moran Proud of Faking Military Endorsements
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pjn5bO71FY

    Redistribution of Wealth
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJyS1WJNisM

    Jim Moran wants to fight when asked about “stimulus” money
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t2P2oDyZqg

    From a Democratic Rep. James P. Moran sponsored town-hall:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIKPKjl0-pg

    http://retirejimmoran.com/

  18. Citizen12 said on 13 Apr 2011 at 11:54 am:
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    Tom said on 11 Apr 2011 at 12:46 am:

    I can’t believe that this is being given space on this blog.
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    No surprise there. If you had use skills of comprehension instead of allowing your progressive fight or flight instincts to take over you would have seen the point clearly.

    skepp said on 11 Apr 2011 at 2:23 pm

    They also get a very good pension, as far as I know, PX privelege, medical care, clothing and housing allowances, extra pay for dangerous assignments.
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    “as far as I know”

    Point is skepp, you don’t know. You don’t know crap.

    Step out of that cocoon of progressive utopia you seemed to be wrapped in and you may find real examples of American Exceptionalism. The kind our current administration wants to shield you from, and deny its existence to the rest of the world.

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