Day: December 12, 2010

Metrodome Roof Collapses Under 17 Inches of Snow [VIDEO]

Huffington Post

The inflatable roof of the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium collapsed Sunday and roads were closed throughout the upper Midwest as a storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in some areas crawled across the region.

A blizzard warning was in effect for parts of eastern Iowa, southeastern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois, and northern Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. Surrounding areas including Chicago were under winter storm warnings.

The Metrodome’s Teflon roof collapsed after Minneapolis got more than 17 inches of snow. No injuries were reported. The snowfall that ended Saturday night was one of the five biggest in Twin Cities history, National Weather Service meteorologist James McQuirter said. Some surrounding communities got more than 21 inches of snow, he said.

Fox News has dramatic video from inside the Metrodome of the roof collapsing.

A Look At Some Of Time Magazine’s Top 10 Lists For 2010

I really enjoy reading Time’s top 10 lists and wanted to share a few with you…

Top 10 Political Gaffes

Top 10 U.S. News Stories

Top 10 Overreported Stories

The Origin Of Fox News’ Blatant Lies (Re-Post)

This is a re-post of an original article from March 31, 2010.

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Why does Fox News lie so much with impunity?  Why are they able to get away with the things they say?  Why does EVERYONE on Fox news tow the company talking point for the day with no guilt or shame?

In short:  

People frequently refer to a court case that Fox won, which essentially gave the media the right to lie. This came from an appellate court decision that states that the FCC’s news distortion policy  does not qualify as a rule, law, or regulation.
   

The Rise Of Conservative Media:

Former Fox News booker charged with “impersonating a Congressman” had other phony identities

More madness from the Fox News asylum…

Media Matters

On Thursday, Media Matters highlighted news of a former Fox News booker and senior producer for Fox contributor Laura Ingraham’s radio show that is reportedly facing charges of unlawful possession of a Congressional pin.

Well, it appears there’s more to the bizarre story.

Nelson Lewis, the former Fox Newser, was apparently impersonating more than a member of Congress. You can now add Rolling Stone features writer/columnist AND Minister Plenipotentiary for Artistic Endeavors at the Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to his list of Catch Me If You Can worthy gigs.

The Hill’s Christina Wilkie reports:

The 26 year-old man who allegedly impersonated Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) last month is facing new questions about his background and work history.

Walter Nelson Lewis, of Savannah Ga., claimed in a video interview in October to be a Bahamian diplomat, a claim which was denied Friday morning by a spokeswoman for the Embassy of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Wait, there’s more. Really.

As Mediabistro FishbowlDC blogger Matt Dornic noted yesterday:

According to Lewis’s Facebook page, he is a currently a classic rock features writer and columnist for Rolling Stone.  FishbowlDC contacted the magazine’s HR department who could not verify his employment and a web search produced no Lewis-penned articles for the magazine.  Another source at the mag said, “never heard of him.”

Be sure to check out Dornic’s post from today detailing just how much effort Lewis went to in order to create his bogus diplomatic identity.