Thursday, June 11, 2009

Liberal Media Bias ... Locally?


Where is this local "liberal media bias" that the minority local NeoCon lunatics (respectfully) are always kvetching about? Let's review, shall we ... 

Local "news radio" station WAEB-AM runs right wing-friendly shows all day.

WFMZ-TV carries conservative religious programming and provides Neo-Conservative-only commentary by that really spooky and sarcastic know-it-all (and station owner) Dick Dean. 

Then there's our stranglehold local monopoly "newspaper," The In-Mourning Call. It links to Neo-Conservative-only or apolitical blogs in its "Valley Blogosphere" lapdog club and the majority of its regular commenters at The Morning Call's online "Forum" sections are Obama-Hating and Pawlowski-Bashing misogynist-anti-semite-homophobic-latino-hating-bigots who are allowed to spew freely because hate sells-- it "attracts advertisers," according to Bill White.

The Allentown Commentator "blog" (really a "chat room" ick) is a far right-wing extremist gathering storm where we've read rile-'em-up racist comments aimed at our President and Allentown's Latino population. 

One would think there'd be some variety and divergence of thought in a local blogosphere. Not around here. Take a look at the Lehigh Valley blogs currently ranked by BlogNet News as being among the Top 20 Most Influential Political Blogs in Pennsylvania. 

Only the #1 Blog in The Lehigh Valley for 22 of the last 27 weeks (this blog, Lehigh Valley Somebody, #5 statewide) is openly and proudly liberal. 

All the other Lehigh Valley also-ran blogs at BNN are either NeoConservative (#6, #7, #16, #20) or politically neutral ("mellow"), #17. 

Thankfully, we liberals do have a GREAT community public radio station in WDIY-FM and an almost as good PBS TV station but that's about it.

In 2008, President Barack Obama won 57% of the vote in Lehigh County. 

In 2005, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski won with a 59% popular vote mandate over Republican Bill Heydt (38%) and nosey South Whitehall Township buttinsky neighbor Mike Molovinsky (3%).  

Allentown is a mostly deep dark blue city that has not voted for a Republican President since 1988 (and we regret that one). 

Our local NeoCon Biased Media & Blogosphere is not serving the majority of our population who are moderate and liberal Democrats.

Thankfully, this blog is. 

For a "liberal media bias" you won't find anywhere else in the Lehigh Valley, thanks for reading (#1) LVS regularly.   

82 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Lehigh Valley Political (a.k.a. "Polly") Blog is almost as cRaZy loon-a-tic extremist as the A-Town Commentator, but thankfully Polly blog's not in the top 20 and hopefully not in the top 500.

Bill Villa said...

It's getting weird out there lately. A doctor is murdered in a church. An 88 year old bigot shoots up the Holocaust Museum and kills a man. Seems like the radical right can't stomach anymore what has always been a healthy (and cyclical) transfer of political power. They think they should rule all the time.

Jonas said...

Did you see Jennifer Boulanger on Rachel Maddow last night? She's head of a women's health clinic in Allentown. Apparently, the extremists have been emboldened by Dr. Tiller's murder and have stepped up the violence threats at health facilities that provide abortions (which are legal).

Anonymous said...

... did see that. Here's video of it at a local right-wing newspaper-affiliated blog ...

Anonymous said...

Good video but the blog post seems to be a thinly disguised "recruitment ad" for The Pennsylvania Minutemen and Pennsylvanians for Immigration Control, not fooling me.

tbagshaw said...

Amen If so many of us voted for Obama it seems I never meet them. From my kids ball field to a lot of my customers they all have bought into the cult of fear that the right loves to brew up. Even my in laws who voted for Mr. Obama are scared as hell by the change. I think what it comes down to it this is there worst nightmare, a mixed gender mixed race political landscape with a brain Whats next?

Bill Villa said...

(hey Tom) I'd say Universal Healthcare and a Lefty Supreme Court, for starters. Oh and gun control. Hmm, let's see, what else do we want ...

Anonymous said...

"cult of fear that the right loves to brew up"

The Right
is Wrong.

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Consigliere said...

Villas (yet another great post!) well we all know how those other "also-ran" neo con blogs get into the Bnn rankings (wink! wink!)

Mrs. Dottie said...

Tom, I run into those fearful types too, but most of the people I know don't read blahgs, and they tune out the hate in the media. It's sad to see older relatives quoting Bill O'Reilly and Rush, but I think that audience is mostly seniors who are scared of change.

Anon 1:36, I miss the old Poliblog with Mad as Bats, but since the conservatives took over, I can't relate to it.

Jonas, I missed Rachel last night, but the Dr. Tiller assassination really scares me. I don't blame right wing media like Fox News for extremist acts, but I do think they are to blame for the hateful climate that exists in this country. BV I agree, things are getting weird.

Thanks "Con"

Bill Villa said...

Yep, and ya gotta "Pay to Play."

Save Our Sity said...

Put on your wading boots everybody and see how many racist code wordages you can find in "Molovinsky's Mayoral Mantra"

Bill Villa said...

Not to be a party pooper or anything but we're starting to veer ever so slightly "OT" (off-topic) ...

Bill Villa said...

SiteMeter(R) says ...

Readers, the Blog Uniformity of Thought Police was seen flashing his lights and rifling through our blog at 10:21pm last evening. Sure hope he approves of our content (wink wink). If not, look for more intimidation tactics and criminal justice system-approved sham prosecutions manipulated against us, all in an effort to get us to shut up.

Fat chance.

Bill Villa said...

LVS "Believe It Or Not" Department

Email I just sent to Mike Miorelli, Dave Erdman, and Tyrone Richardson, The Morning Call "newspaper"

Subject: Don't mean to wake you, but ...

"Guys," in sneaking back to your June 7 edition (online) to "back-fix" your glaring error about the jury having found O'Malley's bar "not negligent" in my daughter Sheena's death, you screwed it up even worse, have a look:

"The jury last month was found negligent but not responsible for the death of 25-year-old Sheena Marie Villa, who was killed in a drunk-driving crash in March 2006."

Starts at paragraph 7

Bill Villa

P.S. How 'bout an in-person meeting on this :)

Concerned Citizen said...

I don't care how many layoffs and firings you're going through, there's no excuse for this level of total incompetence.

McJudas said...

They do this sort of thing on purpose, as "cover," so people will think they don't have the brainpower for conspiracy.

Don't believe it.

Anonymous said...

What was the jury's blood alcohol count?

Bill Villa said...

Excellent Question :)

Mrs. Dottie said...

Sitemeter(R) says ...

Bernie O'Hare caught slithering through our blog at 9:13am, and again (hisss) at 11:21am, Your Honor.

Jonas said...

Nice.

Bill Villa said...

Hmm. I wonder if staying on your own blog and writing about what you want = "Criminal Harassment" of Bernie O'Hare?

In NorCo, that is.

Or possibly in Lehigh County.

It'll be interesting to see ...

Bill Villa said...

DA Martin,

DA Morganelli,

look what we've done
to your hired gun.

Bill Villa said...

SiteMeter(R) says ...

Readers, Der Fuhrer O'Hare marched through here again at 2:49pm ...

Anonymous said...

"The jury last month was found negligent but not responsible for the death of 25-year-old Sheena Marie Villa, who was killed in a drunk-driving crash in March 2006."

Morning Call still hasn't fixed its online screw up, almost 6 hours after being informed of it.

Bill Villa said...

And in a related story, SiteMeter(R) says ...

The stench of B.O. was smelled back here again at 3:47pm (via new IP #) oopsie.

Bill Villa said...

Well, Readers, the dumb-asses (respectfully) at The Morning Call "newspaper" finally fixed their hysterical error about "the jury was found negligent" in my daughter Sheena's death-- a mere 7 hours after being notified about it, twice, by me. Such swell service.

Start at Paragraph 7

But they're still saying Sheena was "struck" by a drunk driver, as if she were a pedestrian. Sheena was front seat passenger in a vehicle driven by a drunk driver. Yeah. I know. Minor detail. Now I'm "nit-picking."

But this episode should dispel any doubts regarding my earlier contention that The Morning Call does indeed "BACK-FIX" things in its online versions, and, in its ARCHIVES. And this is not only highly unprofessional, it is jaw-droppingly deceitful. But that's our (only) hometown "newspaper" for ya.

I printed out hard copy of their amazing fuck up for my legal archives.

Bill Villa said...

(forgot this item, also from the "newspaper's" web blurb)

"Another issue, completely unrelated to the civil suit, is O'Malley's was labeled as a ''nuisance bar,'' in 2007 by the PLCB due to violations of the liquor law and numerous issues involving police called to the establishment ..."

Yeah. "Completely unrelated." Like how wet grass is "completely unrelated" to it having just fucking rained. No connection whatsoever.

Jonas said...

Nice.

Mrs. Dottie said...

Wow, I knew there was incompetence at the newspaper, but this really proves that the level of incompetence is much higher than I ever imagined. How can we trust anything they write? This is very dangerous to our community.

Bill Villa said...

As I've said before, we'd be better off w/ no newspaper than w/ The Morning Call "newspaper."

Bill Villa said...

"O'Malley's was labeled as a ''nuisance bar,'' in 2007"

This was a year AFTER Sheena's death.

Obviously they learned nothing from that experience.

But something tells me they've learned their lesson now.

Anonymous said...

Ditto.

Anonymous said...

How's business these days at that nuisance bar? Is there some connection between the fact the jury found that bar "negligent" in that young woman's death and its permanent closing that same week? I thought its owner was quoted in the "newspaper" as saying he was vindicated and its "good reputation" had been restored. Either I'm confused or someone is full of crap.

Bill Villa said...

Touché.

Bill Villa said...

SiteMeter(R) Says ...

9:33pm, and O'Hare is back here trolling again (yawn).

Anonymous said...

On the subject of local blogs, either I'm confused or someone is full of crap.

I thought the attorney (for now) David C. Najarian (Lynn Township supervisor) and B.O'Hare-created "Troll" blog was about punishing and exiling commenters at THEIR blogs whose comments they didn't like.

And in reality, just one (1) commenter whose comments they don't like: Bill Villa.

But its seven (7) most recent "hatchet job" postings are about things written at OTHER blogs (?)

What business is it of O'Hare's what people are writing at OTHER blogs?

Isn't this "Troll" blog really just a Forum for hatred and sadism and criminal harassment against a grieving family?

Esq. said...

"Isn't this "Troll" blog really just a Forum for hatred and sadism and criminal harassment against a grieving family?"

Sure it is. And one of the ways O'Hare harasses them is by blindly defending The Morning Call who the Villa family has a litany of totally legitimate beefs with, yesterday's episode being lite "comic relief" when compared to all the other shit that was reviewed in the Glenn Kranzley post. I don't believe for a second that O'Hare actually believes his Troll posts defending The Morning Call, he just wants to taunt, and bait, and provoke, and piss off, and hurt, Sheena's family ... and mislead his dozen or so "readers" ...

Concerned Citizen said...

"What business is it of O'Hare's what people are writing at OTHER blogs?"

Mrs. Dottie said...

I know first-hand that the Troll blog is about sadistic cruelty and harrassment of the worst kind. O'Hare attacked me personally there, calling me a "brainless robot" w/ an "implant" in my brain and a "Stepford Wife" for supporting my husband who lost his only daughter. In a series of emails to me, O'Hare actually tried to get me to side w/ HIM and against my husband! And loyal dunce allies like Mike Molovinsky and Michael Donovan approve of (and seem to enjoy) O'Hare's tactics. They're sick, beyond belief, these "men." Also, as we're sure you've seen, they can dish it out but they can't take it when we dish it back in defense of ourselves.

Bill Villa said...

"that nuisance bar? [J.P. O'Malley's] its owner [Christopher J. LaCroix] was quoted in the "newspaper" as saying he was vindicated and its "good reputation" had been restored." -anon 6:54

----------

Yeah. He said a lot of things. But you can't believe anything you read in The Morning Call "newspaper." Why just yesterday I read THIS in the "newspaper" ...

"The jury last month was found negligent but not responsible for the death of 25-year-old Sheena Marie Villa, who was killed in a drunk-driving crash in March 2006." -Tyrone Richardson, "reporter," The Morning Call "newspaper"

read-only majority said...

Bill, did the Express-Times ever update its coverage to include the sobering fact that the jury found J.P. O'Malley's bar negligent in Sheena's death?

Also, KUDOS to Channel 69 News for being the only local media to get it right the first time.

Bill Villa said...

"read-only," as far as we know, no, The Express-Times has been perfectly content w/ having an incomplete report still hanging out there, and yes, we too applaud WFMZ-TV for being the only local media to accurately report the truth about the jury having found J.P. O'Malley's bar negligent in my daughter Sheena's death.

And boy were they ever negligent, you should have seen the evidence and heard the courtroom testimony.

LVS will have much, much more on this at a later date, and exclusively here, of course.

Concerned Citizen said...

I continue to be shocked and dismayed by Allentown City Council man Michael Donovan (5th from left) and how he kowtows to O'Hare and Molovinsky, neither of whom are residents of Allentown. Mr. Donovan's approval of O'Hare's "Troll" blog is especially troubling.

tbagshaw said...

I abandoned the Boring Call along time ago and then thought I would get the Sunday NY Times delivered this lasted through one year but The Times website was far better than the paper less silly fashion adds and general reckless over priced self indulgant advertising. The blogosphere is the best source for news and its not dissected by anyone, and no bad fashion adds with hopelessly thin people in funny looking eye wear.

Bill Villa said...

We agree w/ you totally, "Concerned," Donovan is pathetic.

On a related subject, SiteMeter(R) says O'Hare was tagged back here taking notes yet AGAIN at 1:28pm. I guess there's no "baseball" w/ the "grandson" (wink wink) on this sunny Saturday afternoon, eh Bern? You're hunkered down all alone in that studio apartment hovel of yours in Nazareth spying on the Villas for The Morning Call. Get a life, you total loser.

Bill Villa said...

"hopelessly thin people in funny looking eye wear"

I'm w/ ya Tom :)

Mrs. Dottie said...

LVS is the #1 Most Influential Per Post Political Blog in the entire state of Pennsylvania again this week and LVS has been the #1 Most Influential Political Blog in the Lehigh Valley (over all the local NeoCon blogs) for 23 of the last 28 Weeks.

Thank You, Savvy and Good Looking Liberal Majority LVS Readers.

Bill Villa said...

"Thanks" (wink wink), also, to LVS's most compulsively regular reader who, SiteMeter(R) says, spent Saturday Night alone here, again, checking in at 11:00pm and again at 1:00am, and then again first thing Sunday morning @ 9:19am.

Somebody's Watching Me

Mrs. Dottie said...

Tom,

Some blogs have really annoying ads too.Here at LVS we don't have any ads! One liberal news blog I particularly like is Bob Cesca. See link at out sidebar under "stuff we like." He writes for the Huffington Post too. For national news I like NPR, The Nation, NY TImes.

Funny, today the Mourning Crawl is bragging about their great investigative work regarding the BASD.
Sorry, but after all the incompetence we have dealt with FIRSTHAND at "the newspaper" I can't believe a word of anything they write.

Hey BV great link to an awesome video "Somebody's watching Me."

Great to see some of our musician buddies at the Blues, Brews and Barbeques yesterday in downtown Allentown.

Bill Villa said...

"after all the incompetence we have dealt with FIRSTHAND at "the newspaper" I can't believe a word of anything they write."

FYI, The Morning Call "newspaper" continues to insist on misleading its "readers." At "reporter" Tyrone Richardson's blog, he's lying again about the jury finding O'Malley's bar "not negligent" (wink wink).

Whatever. O'Malley's bar was found to be negligent by the jury.

And Tyrone Richardson has found O'Malley's bar to be "out of business" which is another excellent riddance for Allentown (like Glenn Kranzley is).

Bill Villa said...

O'Hare snagged by our SiteMeter(R) again at 9:07pm ...

Bill Villa said...

And again at 9:43pm.

Bill Villa said...

And again at 11:13pm.

What a paranoid and controlling (and really fat) troll, O'Hare is ...

Bill Villa said...

Today, 10:13am

Bill Villa said...

SiteMeter(R) Says ...

O'Hare back again for more at 12:20pm

Anonymous said...

Hey tool, you have nothing else to say???

Tool.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Tool - I'm not Bernie. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Tool.

Bill Villa said...

SiteMeter(R) Says ...

PTD "Walnutport" (wink wink)
Firefox
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.11) Gecko/2009060215 Firefox/3.0.11 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

PTD > NAZARETH <
Firefox
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.11) Gecko/2009060215 Firefox/3.0.11 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

Identical Browser info, identical Operating System info, identical Monitor info. Oopsie.

Anonymous said...

All that means is Bernie has good equipment too. Oh, and that you're a tool. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Tool.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I'm not in Walnutport either. Tool. HAHAHHAHAHAHAAHA!

Bill Villa said...

Readers, as you may be appreciating, it is sooo much easier, and much more rewarding for us to manipulate O'Hare HERE (like Pavlov's dog) for his much-deserved outings and beatings. See this way, there's no "traveling" involved for us, AND, no phony "criminal harassment" (wink wink) charges to deal w/ ! We hope you're enjoying the festivities as much as we are ...

Anonymous said...

Villas! The entire blogosphere is following this! (as your "Sitemeter says!" I am sure!)

And we're all loving it! YOU manipulating the master manipulator! And making it look so E-A-S-Y and beyond all reasonable doubt!

Just goes to show you that HE is the true and total tool. Oopsie!

Mrs. Dottie said...

Merci.

Bill Villa said...

Ditto. Our pleasure. Plus it's our
civic duty.

Mrs. Dottie said...

Readers (thought you'd enjoy), we are currently getting an avalanche of hate comments from "PTD Walnutport/Nazareth" (wink wink), one feverishly after another.

Obviously, we hit a nerve :)

Bill Villa said...

Yep. See for yourself :)

Mrs. Dottie said...

"Sorry Tool - I'm not Bernie. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!" -Tool

I don't see us claiming anywhere here that you are O'Hare. Oopsie.

Bill Villa said...

SiteMeter(R) says ...

O'Hare spotted slithering through here most recently at 4:20pm and we can prove this beyond all reasonable doubt, Your Honor.

Anonymous said...

Your Honor doesn't give a shit Tool.

Bill Villa said...

Au contraire, mon ami.

We're talking the NorCo appeal judge here, not Wind Gap-style "justice" (wink wink).

Your documented obsessive/compulsive hovering presence here will be highly relevant, and thanks so much for all your evidence help here today, oopsie.

Mrs. Dottie said...

Sitemeter(R) says O'Hare snagged back here yet again at 7:46pm, Your Honor (like a moth to a flame :)

Lehigh County Democrat said...

My Take...

Villas, it is just crazy all the things that you have been (and continue to be) expected to deal with. Losing your daughter, every parent's worst nightmare, and then having to battle a crooked and incompetent DA, and a "newspaper," that looked the other way on all of Martin's shenanigans and won't even report the truth on your wrongful death trial. Sick hate bloggers who pull strings and get you tangled up in nuisance "harassment" and more injustice charades. But each time you prevail w/ grace, humor, and incredible power. Sheena's killer is in prison for a very long time (no house arrest like for Judy Fulmer). Martin is being investigated by the Lehigh County Commissioners and others. Glenn Kranzley got fired. O'Malley's closed its doors (poof) and a Lehigh County jury awarded you $3.1 million dollars. As I've said before, it's not a fair fight, whoever it is that's dumb enough to go up against you. They will all lose, and they've been falling, one by one. Keep up the excellent civic-minded work.

Over & Out...

Bill Villa said...

Thank You, "LCD," we know that our "read-only majority" readers are mostly good and caring people, like you, and that the taunters and baiters and stalkers and trollers and liars and blog-hackers and insanely jealous saboteurs are really just a minority of one (1) person who will eventually lose big too as you have so astutely pointed out via our jaw-droppingly impressive track record. Thank you, again, and thanks especially for appreciating that our Justice Mission is all about civic duty.

Mrs. Dottie said...

Sitemeter(R) says ...

"minority of 1" snagged here again at 1:00am this morning ...

"Hissssss."

Bill Villa said...

SiteMeter(R) says ...

11:15am and Bernie's back at LVS again!

Readers, note, we are only reporting O'Hare's frequently compulsive visits here when he arrives via AOL. As will be demonstrated during our NorCo sham justice appeal, O'Hare arrives here much, much more frequently than we are reporting to you ... right Bernie?

Bill Villa said...

8:15am

8:55am

Bill Villa said...

11:44am

Bill Villa said...

2:16am

10:18am

Bill Villa said...

Bernie O'Hare