Saturday, August 07, 2010

ArkTimes Mockers and Mark Martin

There are a lot of mockers over at the Ark Times site, people who rail and jeer against others without regard to the truth. In many cases, the person they are mocking has lived a more exemplary life than they themselves have lived, but that does not stop them from mocking, because that's just the quality of their character. I do not refer to hitting people hard on policy- if a person holds a policy position that is ridiculous, then they ought to be ridiculed for it. But that is not what goes on over there.

Take for example, their material on the Secretary of State race. Republican Mark Martin is slightly up in the polls over Democrat Pat O'Brien. O'Brien ran Resident Barack Obama's presidential campaign in Arkansas. In a state that Obama lost and has plenty of Democrats that were backing Hillary Clinton, that's a problem. So what does Ark Times do? Do they attempt to refurbish O'Brien's reputation? Do they help him build bridges with resentful Democrats? Do they highlight his virtues? No, they mock his opponent. And they do it in a dishonest way over a photograph which they take out of context. Max even attacks Martin for trying to tie the race to basically a referendum on Obama. Trouble is, in the same paragraph he tries to tie Martin to Secure Arkansas.

Excuse me, O'Brien was the coordinator for Obama's Presidential campaign. Reminding people of that is relevant because it says something about who O'Brien is. What position does Martin hold with Secure Arkansas? Not that I am saying SA is bad, I'm saying the tie in with Martin is tenuous to the point of false, especially coming from people who take oblique shots at Martin for references to the very real and direct tie-ins between O'Brien and Obama.

Then they hurl mockery at Martin for the photograph above, without giving context for the photograph. Is Martin saying he has a spine while others don't? Is it saying he is a candidate with backbone? What is Martin trying to say with the photograph? Well, he spells it out on the site, in the paragraph above the photo....

"His company, PsyberSimula, provided computational bio-mechanical modeling and simulation services."

So what's the big deal about an engineer whose company performs bio-mechanical modeling appearing in a photograph with a bio-mechanical model? It's not what they make it out to be, but ole' Max and company would rather deride Martin than give honest context to their readership.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what is your opinion on Rep Martin? I haven't heard much except that he would tweet during committee meetings.

5:55 PM, August 08, 2010  
Anonymous Mark said...

one of the sharper and more liberty-minded guys down there. honest.

6:23 PM, August 08, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's not saying a whole lot...

7:45 PM, August 08, 2010  
Anonymous RockThisTown said...

The Arkansas Times is free for a reason . . . just sayin'.

Their restaurant reviews are pretty good.

9:39 PM, August 08, 2010  
Anonymous Linton said...

No problem with mockery on a blog as long as it's funny. I'm kind of fond of it. Too bad their post wasn't funny. Plus the picture makes perfect sense and isn't weird at all in the context of Martin's explanation.

His use of Pakistan in his speech that the Times links to even makes sense at first.

But he was totally grasping at straws when he brought Benazir Bhutto into it at the end.

I'll second RockThisTown on the Times restaurant reviews.

1:48 PM, August 10, 2010  
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