Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Republican congressmen charged their constituents admission fees for town hall events. Many Republican congressmen spoke at events held by outside institutions where there was an admissions fee.
Tyler Kingkade, a reporter contributing to Huffington Post, is busy wiping egg from his face. His inaccurate reporting of GOP members charging to attend Town Hall meetings is just another in a long litany of sensationalism journalism. Reading anything these days reminds me of The National Enquirer style reporting from the 1970's. It seems that the order to acheive incredible notarity is much more important than objective reporting of the news. Much like Newsweek's recent cover photo of Michell Bachman's "crazy" face, it seems spin is the order of the day. This is one of the many reasons I no longer purchase newspapers or news magazines. When I want opinionated and slanted news, I simply turn on the television.
What is so amusing is how fast the alleged "news" burned up the Top News page Front page and Politics page here on Newsvine generating hundreds of comments within days and yet little to no mention is being made of the incorrectness of the reporting; even though an addendum was attached to the original article correcting the misinformation. Of course if any reader had actually read the news story for the facts contained within (while ignoring the commentary added and well mixed in) instead of just the headline, they would have figured it out for themselves. Apparently this is too much work for some. It is much easier to join in the free excercise program available here on the Vine-Jumping to conclusions, Stretching the truth, Running off at the mouth, and Resting on your laurels instead of actually seeking the facts. Maybe we are becoming so immune to bad behavior that this sort of activity is being encouraged just by our lack of outrage when it occurs. Many like to disparage Fox News for admitting in open court that they encourage slanting their news programs and reporting. This is besides the fact that almost every major news media wrote an endorsement of Fox's stance to the court during the trial. Fox lies and admits it-so does everyone else but they deny it. Now who do you really trust more? The known and admited liar honest enough to admit to it, or the ones who say lying is okay but won't admit they do it too?
Not to worry though, the GOP does indeed make many mistakes of severe magnitude-like wishing Elvis Happy Birthday on the day he died-but I am a little more worried about such inconsequential things as where they intend to make their mandated cuts before Thanksgiving. Although from what I am hearing, their best bet is for neither the Democrats or the Republicans to do anything. At least veterans pensions, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security would be spared. Maybe if the reporters and editors would be a little more honest, we could work on solutions instead of blame...