NASCAR Acronym

6 04 2006

In light of the great job Michelle Malkin did on The O’Reilly Factor tonight discussing the NBC Sting at NASCAR, I offer this acronym:

A ttempted



eal news

The “real news” is that NASCAR is appalled that NBC would even do this.

“It’s hard to even call it journalism,” Poston said. He vigorously defended the NASCAR fan base as “diverse, from every background in America.” Poston expressed dismay at NBC’s “attempt to provoke a reaction from our fans” and said his organization was “confident they would not fall for it.”

Furthermore, “real news” is that hiding cameras for “possible discrimination” is NOT “Fair and Balanced.”

Dateline Statement released April 5, 2006, in response to NASCAR’s objections to the filming:

There is nothing new about the technique of witnessing the experience of someone who might be discriminated against in a public setting. Government and journalists do it all the time…”

As Michelle alludes to on the show, government officials do this in an effort to catch criminals.

But NBC is well experienced in the art of sting operations.

* In 1993, Dateline staged news when they planted explosive devices in GM pick-up trucks.
* Last fall, a reporter attempted to stage news by paddling around in a canoe while passer-by’s walked by in ankle-deep water.

It’s not like NBC is taking a huge hit to credibility here. They have very little.

But if they really want to appear as “fair and balanced” journalists, why not try a few suggestions from Michelle Malkin readers:

Lorie Byrd at Polipundit: Send a professor wearing an “I Love W” button and an American flag pin into the faculty lounge at Harvard or some other liberal ivory tower with a hidden camera.

Reader Adam L.: Perhaps when I get back from deployment, you can follow me around Seattle and see how I get treated wearing my Navy uniform.

Instapundit reader, Eric Hall offers: “Take some Christian-looking people to Riyadh and see how things work out. Don’t forget the bikini-clad sister.”

Or as many have already suggested, and promised to do, turn the cameras on them.

Update 4/7/06:

USA Today reports that NBC is retreating from its NASCAR stings, but…

After bringing Muslim men to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia to gauge the reaction of NASCAR fans, Dateline NBC won’t have its cameras at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.

…is taking its news-staging elsewhere. After all, they are a relentless bunch over at Dateline.

Michelle Malkin says, “Be forewarned: They’ve only just begun.”

Linked with: Stop The ACLU




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