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A tale of two media

Over the last few days, my Google alerts included two groups of articles. One group talks about Orly Taitz’ failed attempt to subpoena Barack Obama’s college records from Occidental in the Taitz v. Obama case in California. Those articles derive from the article “Taitz loses court case” from the The Occidental Weekly, the student news site of Occidental College. That article has the two great quotes from the hearing on the subpoena:

“You should know that evidence is not stuff printed from the internet,” [Judge] Margines said, responding to Taitz’s continued argument after he made the decision to quash the subpoena and award $4,000 in sanctions to Occidental College.

“I would like to take credit for a spectacular job preparing papers and going down to the Orange County Superior Court and arguing this case and getting sanctions, but I honestly believe a rhesus monkey could have beaten Ms. Taitz and got a sanction award based on the awful lack of merit to the subpoena itself,” [Jay] Ritt said. “And the case itself, from what I could tell, seems just ludicrous on its face.”

The other articles come from a totally different angle, exemplified by this one from The Inquisitr, “Orly Taitz Granted Subpoena For Obama College Records: Explains Significance to The Inquisitr.” That article talks about a copy of a subpoena obtained by Montgomery Blair Sibley in the District of Columbia, a subpoena that even he admits is not valid. Taitz published a copy of it. The Inquisitr interviewed Taitz, and readers here might want to follow the link above to read that fairly poor job of interviewing, and getting no quotes. The Inquisitr article derives from a far-right web site called Minute Man News, who appears to be republishing content from ObamaReleaseYourRecords, who in turn got the original story from Orly Taitz herself [Link to Taitz web site], but later backed down somewhat, although still maintaining, contrary actual court jurisdiction, that other subpoenas for Obama’s college records were valid.

The first group of articles are accurate reporting. The second are credulous retelling of misinformation.

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9 Responses to A tale of two media

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    Thrifty December 6, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    I read the Inquisitir article. I don’t think I had to go any further than the part where it referred to Orly as “the talented California attorney” to realize what terrible reporting it was.

    Then I saw the part where it said:

    Time and circumstances did not permit us to record the conversation.

    How hard is it to procure an audio recorder and click “record”? I did that all the time when I was a kid.

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    American Mzungu December 6, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    “The first group of articles are accurate reporting. The second are credulous retelling of misinformation.”

    Elegantly framed, Doc. I also thought that “credulous retelling of misinformation” was eloquently phrased .

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    Joe Acerbic December 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    The uneloquent phrase would be “spreading lies”.

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    Dr. Conspiracy December 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Thank you. I was fortunate in that two stories about Orly Taitz and subpoenas were current at the same time.

    American Mzungu: Elegantly framed, Doc.

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    Thinker December 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    I don’t think this is coincidence. I think she put up that Sibley subpoena specifically to draw attention away from the Occidental subpoena story.

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    Thank you. I was fortunate in that two stories about Orly Taitz and subpoenas were current at the same time.

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    CarlOrcas December 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Thrifty: How hard is it to procure an audio recorder and click “record”? I did that all the time when I was a kid.

    When I was a young reporter, before small recorders, we did it the old fashioned way: We took notes.

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    sfjeff December 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Thrifty: Then I saw the part where it said:
    Time and circumstances did not permit us to record the conversation.
    How hard is it to procure an audio recorder and click “record”? I did that all the time when I was a kid.

    Or use any modern smart phone?

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    Dr. Conspiracy December 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    I’d hit RECORD but forget to turn the microphone on.

    Thrifty: How hard is it to procure an audio recorder and click “record”? I did that all the time when I was a kid.

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    Keith December 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    I’d hit RECORD but forget to turn the microphone on.

    I had a great interview with Stewart Udall but forgot to turn on the mike. Some time later, I got to meet his brother Morris and repeated the trick even after swearing to myself that I wouldn’t do it again.

    The Udall brothers were two of the nicest, friendliest, and above all honest politicians you would ever want to meet.

    Kennedy’s Secretary of the Interior, gunner on a Liberator in WWII, helped integrate University of Arizona and Tucson Schools, forced Washington Redskins to integrate, got the initial word from Khrushchev about the missiles in Cuba.

    Mo played professional basketball (Denver Nuggets, I think) even though he had a glass eye. He took over Stew’s Southern Arizona Congressional seat when Stew went to Washington and held it to practically his entire life. He ran for the Democratic Presidential nomination but came in second to Jimmy Carter.

    Oh yeah. They were Mormons. Not all Mormons are Mitt Romney wannabes. Many actually have intelligence and substance – just like real folks.

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