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Rocktivity: The Rock and Roll Attitude In Action
Posted by rocknation in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jan 10th 2009, 11:42 AM

Thank, you, thank you…Ladies, gentlemen, and infiltrating freepers of DU, allow me to welcome to you the first official pre-inauguration party--and allow me to congratulate you on YOUR presidential election victory!

At last year’s awards, I mentioned that the Dem primary race had made DU a much less friendly place. In fact, I felt that it had gotten so unfriendly I considered taking a hiatus until the nominee was picked. Then the February DU pledge drive was announced, and I feared it would be a miserable failure. But I decided that the stakes were way too high to cut and run, and would fight to discuss the race and support my candidate without drowning in “Hillbots versus Obamatrons” invective. Well, now I say that I’d gladly do it all over again--not because my candidate won, but because our “civil war” made both him and DU that much stronger. (Sure the Repubs had a much smoother primary, but look at what they ended up with!)

In a similar vein, remember the MoveOn General Betray-us ad? That also dusted up DU for a while, but it ended up emboldening "we the people" with our own media muscle. In an earlier time, Rev. Wright would have sunk the S.S. Obama easily because the corporate media was the only “legitimate” source of truth while the blogosphere was a netherworld of extremist radicals. But thanks to those radicals, the corporate media could not overlook Wright’s photo-op with the Clintons or McCain’s ties to his own controversial clergyman. And in an earlier time, McCain probably would have surfed into the White House on the same wave of sychophantic press approval that Bush has. But with the blogosphere watching, the corporate media couldn’t supply it and still come across as competent, never mind credible. It is for those reasons that I present this year’s awards with a special pleasure—they’re the result of eight years of our fighting to level the media playing field.

The awards are for DU Late Breaking News stories that fall short of the DU learning curve—they’ve been either discussed and disposed of months earlier, are absurdly obvious, or (worst of all) both. They’re meant to reflect not upon the DUer who posted it, but upon the media outlet that thought it was providing us with—well, late breaking news. But enough of this serious talk—let’s get this party started. Thanks and props to my DU family for doing me so proud, and remember, though we’ve won a huge battle, we haven’t won the war. Oh, and about that February DU donation drive: not only was the goal reached, it got more than halfway there within the first thirty-six hours!

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2003: Bush's Ancestor's Bank Seized (Grandad - Germany/Nazi)

2004: Cheney May Help Or Hinder Bush's Chances

2005: U.S. Army Report: Military Lost Dominance In Iraq After Invasion

2006: Iraq On Brink Of Becoming A Failed State

2007: Iraqis Blame U.S. Invasion For Discord



SIXTH ANNUAL ROCKNATION/LBN “YOU CALL THIS NEWS?” SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

False statements preceded war
Media Source: News.Yahoo.com
Posted by: TorchesAndPitchforks
Best Post: "Where's Rocknation? doesn't (s)he have a list of ‘You call this news?’" UpInArms



HONORABLE MENTION

Mob tied to big NYC construction jobs
Posted by: Lligrd
Media Source: Associated Press
Best Post (Other Than Mine): I've heard a rumor that they're involved in things down on the docks, too!" htuttle

FEMA misspent money from trailer sales
Posted by: Amerigo Vespucci
Media Source: Rawstory.com
Best Post (Other Than Mine): They get mad at this, but they lose over $12 billion cash in Iraq and no one questions it?" Parche



HONORABLE MENTION: THE “TO FIGURE THIS OUT, YOU HAD TO DO A FREAKING STUDY?” DIVISON

Data suggest economy stagnating
Media Source: Reuters
Posted by: ShockediSay
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "’Deficits don't matter’? Fiscal? Monetary? Mental? Or moral?" ShockediSay

Teenage 'virginity pledges' are ineffective
Posted by: Heidi
Media Source: MSNBC
Best Post (Other Than Mine): “Anyone with a brain knows that "abstinence only" education doesn't work. Just ask the Palin family." Blue Gardener



THIRD RUNNER UP

While reservists serve, their jobs don't always wait
Posted by: Jhuth
Media Source: Christian Science Monitor
Best Post (Other Than Mine): “Yeah, but those bosses all wear flag lapel pins and have BIG MAGNETS on their SUV's." TOJ



SECOND RUNNER UP

Banks Are Likely to Hold Tight to Bailout Money
Posted by: MannyGoldstein
Media Source: New York Times
Best Post (Other Than Mine): “Thanks for giving me money for the rehab clinic. I blew it on coke- it wasn't going to work anyway." Poll_Blind



FIRST RUNNER UP

McCain calls Obama's stance on Iraq political
Posted by: Brooklynite
Media Source: Associated Press
Best Post (Other Than Mine): “Can't wait for the debate, when McCain's nasty temperament will be on full display." Faygokid



AND THE WINNER OF THE SIXTH ANNUAL ROCKNATION/LBN “YOU CALL THIS NEWS?” AWARDS:

Bush sees no recession coming
Posted by: Maddezmom
Media Source: Associated Press
Best Post (Other Than Mine): “Another breathtaking prediction from Nostradumbass." Mythsaje


And now for DU's next mission: keeping the after-party going until Jan 20. Last one in the banquet hall has to clean the heel marks off the bar and untangle the underwear from the chandelier!


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