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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Monday, October 13, 2008

This is why I don't watch FOX

It seems a primary source (if not the primary source) for the ongoing accusations about Sen. Barak Obama being a terrorist-linked Muslim planning to overthrow the government is a man named Andy Martin. Fox News used him as an authority last week in their reporting about Obama's purported terrorist ties. And a major news outlet would be sure to use nothing but reliable sources, yes?

Apparently that rule does not apply to Fox News. And no, that is not "liberal" bashing of "conservative" reporting.

The Chicago Tribune is also an historically "conservative" media outlet, one which has never in its long history endorsed anything but Republicans for president. From their online Washington Bureau, aka "The Swamp," comes this report about Mr. Martin:

In 1973, the Illinois Supreme Court refused to allow Martin admission to the bar. The court's decision noted that Martin, a University of Illinois law school graduate who was previously known by the name Anthony R. Martin-Trigona, had a Selective Service record that showed he had a "moderately-severe character defect manifested by well documented ideation with a paranoid flavor and a grandiose character."

Still, the court noted that "issues raised as to [Martin's] mental stability" did not need to be considered in light of other matters it cited in deciding that Martin lacked the qualities of "responsibility, candor, fairness, self-restraint, objectivity and respect for the judicial system" required for the administration of justice.

Among issues the high court cited in denying his law license were Martin's criticism of members of a bar review panel as "emotionally ill" and "scum," his filing of a petition asking that a parking violation be lifted because it was "entered by an insane judge" and his description of an attorney as "shaking and tottering and drooling like an idiot," according to court records.

And further...
Martin also has expressed anti-Semitic attitudes in the past. When he ran for Congress in Connecticut in 1986, the name of his congressional campaign committee included the phrase "to exterminate Jew power in America," Federal Election Commission records show.

In a 1983 personal bankruptcy case, he referred to a federal bankruptcy judge as a "crooked, slimy Jew, who has a history of lying and thieving common to members of his race."

In a related court filing in the case, he also expressed sympathy to the perpetrators of the Holocaust.

"I am able to understand how the Holocaust took place, and with every passing day feel less and less sorry that it did, when Jew survivors are operating as a wolf pack to steal my property," Martin wrote in an April 21, 1983, personal bankruptcy proceeding.

There's more... read it for yourself. It's important to consider the kind of "reliable sources" to which one turns for "news."


Anonymous Deacon John said...

Deacon John says: Thank you - I don't watch Fox "News" either.

October 13, 2008 1:08 PM  

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