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Shawn Kerry Inlow

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I was a journalist and became a police officer. Friends said, "So you've joined the other side." I said, "Journalism and police work are the same. We seek the truth. The only difference might be in what is done with the truth once it is found." I believe there is a war on to control what is true in America and in our media. NewsTrust might be a good tool, a trail of breadcrumbs, toward integrity.

About Shawn Help
Location: Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: State Trooper / Freelance Journalist, GantDaily.com
Interests: integrity in media/government, environment
Expertise: journalism, police work, actor/director, soccer coach, film criticism
Affiliations: Pa. State Trooper's Association, Green Party, Presbyterian Church, Out on a Limb Theater
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Journalism: 10-20 years
Education: College graduate
News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
Languages: English-only
Politics: Left
Age: 35-49
Gender: Male
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Shawn reviewed this story - May 8, 2013
Shawn's Rating
3.3

My problem with the story is in the lead. The three suspects are described as "smart, funny and loved classic cars" as if it was a puff piece about a celebrity and then does little to expose the suspects' good humor. Weird. The story goes on to say they were raised in a strict family whose patriarch beat his wife nearly to death and who was a bookie back in the 1970s. Wha? I could probably find better descriptors for a family that runs a neighborhood more like a Don than ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - Dec 6, 2012
Shawn's Rating
4.0

Live action footage of the United States fiddling while the planet burns. Ms. Goodman, one of the few real journalists left to us, puts it directly to the top US negotiator on climate change and what she receives is instructive: bullshit. If the United States HAD something qualitative to say, Mr. Pershing would be saying it. Thousands of record temperatures have been set in the United States this past year. The American West is literally on fire with massive wildfires. New York is under water. You know, I'm glad that I'll be dead before the worst happens, but I feel bad for my 16 year old son. What kind of hell is he going to see on this earth because of feckless fools like Pershing and the weak US political leadership. ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - Nov 28, 2012
Shawn's Rating
1.1

I will answer opinion with opinion. It isn't good journalism. It's opinion. And, of course, we can expect an opinion from someone so clearly allied with the candidate to glow like candle-light on fine china. This is a defense of the candidate as "A good man." And the author goes about splicing data to suggest Romney was the favorite among the middle class. Uh-huh. The author never pauses to consider that among all the clowns in the Republican Party primary clown-car, Romney almost never got higher than 33% among republicans and consistently rode shotgun to one of any number of badly flawed candidates. Even republicans found him dishonest and in turns would have voted for anyone BUT Romney. You can google any statement ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - Mar 13, 2012
Shawn's Rating
4.6

The story exposes the blatant buying of influence in Pennsylvania at the altar of the gas lobby. If you'd like to see just a glimpse of the amount of money that has flooded into the campaign coffers of Governor Corbett and other state legislatures look here: (http://www.marcellus-shale.us/political-contributions.htm). I live in a place called Osceola Mills, which is undermined for miles around. Our history of mining has so polluted our local streams that nothing can live in them. Given the science which shows fracking is dangerous to local water supplies, I wonder when I'll be able to light my tap water on fire like in Dimock, Pa. I wonder about the value of my home. I wonder if the intense undermining here will make the ... More »

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Shawn commented on this review – Mar. 12, 2012
Aaron Garner
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Reviewed by Aaron Garner - Mar. 8, 2012

military industrial complex which runs the United States is under the control of foreign central banks who are imposing a military dictatorship.”

Shawn Kerry Inlow Comment:

Mr. Garner. I see you posted the article and your review only synopsizes the article. I appreciate the article being put forward. But the article details part of the discussion between Sen. Sessions and Panetta with an eye toward proving a conspiracy theory. Then the article goes ... More »

Shawn reviewed this story - Mar 12, 2012
Shawn's Rating
1.0

Poor enough not to be called journalism. It leads with an opinion from a talker known for advancing conspiracy theories then follows with terms like (in order) "damage control," "shocking testimony," and "confriming that the US government is now completely beholden" and that the legislative branch is "a worthless relic." That's a whole lot of assertions in one sentence. I viewed the salient portion of the testimony in the video link and found Senator Sessions' ignorance or willful avoidance of the concept of international law to be the entire point that the article's author was making. Yes, Senator, the military operates at the behest of United States law and often operates within the parameters of international law as ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jun 4, 2011
Shawn's Rating
5.0

Again, Democracy Now! with Sy Hersh putting the magnifying glass to U.S. assertions of Iranian nuclear development. Another look into US empire and a glimpse of the process inside the U.S. intelligence community. Invaluable stuff.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jun 4, 2011
Shawn's Rating
5.0

Democracy Now is one of the last bastions of true journalism. The show is an education every time you turn it on. This story, based on diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks (A new champion of journalistic integrity, in my view.) offers a grim glimpse inside U.S. Empire and its effects on the poorest countries in Latin America. Great stuff. A must see.

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Shawn reviewed this story - May 31, 2011
Shawn's Rating
3.7

Benen picks some low-hanging fruit here by examining the bias on Meet the Press. "Meet the Press" has always had a conservative slant. Benen could tune in every week and write virtually the same column. It is true that Meet the Press is merely Fox News light: Always biased. Every Sunday. It is no wonder the church-going crowd is filled with such bad ideas every Sunday morning. I've watched David Gregory swallow whopper after whopper from the likes of Newt Gingrich - who, though serving in no public office, seems to be always on call for Meet the Press, he's on so often - and dozens of other conservative voices. Tim Russert before him was nothing more than a water-boy for conservatives too. They just put them on and let ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - May 15, 2011
Shawn's Rating
2.2

Brietbart is showing up on news trust? Give me a break. This punk should be pursued and hounded out of any quality news stream such as NewsTrust.

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Shawn commented on this quote – Dec. 2, 2010

Hi John. That’s kind of what I’m asking. “Where was he driving the bus?” In the links, I quickly realized he was using selective statistics, but I’m curious as to why. I did not see the original document/video. I completely get that the fact being ... More »

Shawn commented on this quote – Dec. 2, 2010

Josh.
I voted up your post but it looks as though I “unliked” it. Gosh, I wonder if that’s involved in the CPI. I hadda post on accounta your post is a big, powerful broadside to a tiny-little white lie on Beck’s part. Good ... More »

Shawn commented on this quote – Dec. 2, 2010

Foul! Last week we fact checked a Rachel Maddow statement that was a no brainer. This week we fact check a statement by the incendiary Beck about a little known statistic and some sleight of hand. Why couldn’t we take one of Beck’s no-brainers about Nazis or something? ... More »

Shawn commented on this quote – Nov. 17, 2010

Maddow is one of the more thoughtful talking heads on MSNBC, in my opinion. She is interested in LGBT issues and is liberal but in general she’s a stickler for detail and she’s solid, reporting wise. She, in a ... More »

Shawn reviewed this story - Nov 1, 2010
Shawn's Rating
4.3

Once again, Greenwald earns his keep over at Salon. Takes the tempest in a tea-pot and dissects not what we see but why we see it. I remember when Howard Dean said the United States should be a fair arbiter in the Middle-East process back when he was running for president. Next day, Dean was spouting truisms that "The US would always have a special relationship with Israel." The Williams firing is a bit like that and Greenwood nails it as such. The false meme is that Muslims are Terrorists. And if that's the NPR view, well then the meme war has been won by Fox News. I also like that Greenwald clearly points out the hypocrisy on the right and at Fox when they've savaged many a news person or opinion maker themselves. Nice ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - Nov 1, 2010
Shawn's Rating
4.2

Its good journalism because the event exposes weak journalism. Stewart and Colbert have licenses to mock pundit journalism the way it ought to be mocked. You can only laugh at a Glen Beck and his thoroughly unreasonable narratives. Sadly, pundit spouting gets covered these days. The effect of Fox News and "news" shows of the like is to weaken journalism and place the objective truth on its knees.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 24, 2010
Shawn's Rating
3.0

Kurtz's article is the first I've read on this. I know there has been a war over influence on NPR for years and Fox is probably big enough to gin up a serious threat to NPR. Having read only Kurtz's article so far, I'd say Williams was being brought on O'Reilly, who I hold as an embarrassment to Irishmen everywhere, to help give liberal cover to his idiot move on "The View" and wound up causing a perfect tempest in a tea-pot that miraculously changes the story from Bill O'Reilly is a Jerk to NPR are a bunch of jerks. Masterful. I don't care if NPR doesn't want its analysts appearing on Fox News because Fox News is the biggest shit-stirrer in the media today and 1/3 of the people buy that shit and swallow it whole. If I ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - Mar 28, 2010
Shawn's Rating
2.9

It's almost an opinion piece. Leonhardt makes broad assertions without attribution outside the handy hot links in the story. The core analysis, though, is pretty interesting and has the ring of truth.

I like Leonhard's story more than my rating of it. Personally speaking, Reagan caused me to shift from independent to D. I did not like what Reagan represented and I think, if the writer is correct, Obama may be the antidote to a situation that has long needed balancing.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Mar 28, 2010
Shawn's Rating
3.9
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Shawn reviewed this story - Mar 19, 2010
Shawn's Rating
2.8

Mr. Brooks and Blonde are overthinking things. I get what the writer is trying to say. We're in a fragmented society where people no longer control anything. It doesn't look like "Brazil" (the movie) yet but it might actually BE Brazil. If that's the case, what really needs done is someone (like Bruce Cockburn once sang) needs to find a rocket launcher and plant one right in Goldman-Sachs' kisser. Or AIG, or Cigna or BP or any of the other monoliths that think they run the ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - Feb 22, 2010
Shawn's Rating
4.8

Greenwald is not only getting at the use of the term "terrorist" and its various uses and meanings but also finding in Stack's manifesto elements that transcend partisan politics. Tea-baggers and Lefties alike are today in agreement with a suicide bomber. The status quo may have a problem on its hands just now.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jan 9, 2010
Shawn's Rating
4.5

A lot of sourcing here. I counted 14. And it clearly shows how the latest knee-jerk reaction to the supposed war on terror actually foments fear in the public. Not only does it expose the corruption of Michael Chertoff, but numerous others. The reporter, Mr. Ridgeway, shows he's on target with the prediction of more search machines that probably won't work. His once sentence coda is full of black humor and common sense... How about just using some German Shepherds? Top shelf article targeting some public nonsense that needs blowing up.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Dec 26, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.8

Krugman, in my view, is one of the strait shooters in the economic realm. His ideas are, I suppose, left of center, but there's no getting around his assessment of the issue at hand, especially where it comes to republican, fiscal conservative and progressive positions on the current bill.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 21, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.6

Almost a puff piece and drawn from only one source- well three, all from Nissan - I can't find too much fault here. The story simply puts a new gadget in the green tech race for transportation.

The next car I buy will be a zero emission vehicle, but practicality remains a concern, so there's my bias showing. GM and other big auto manufacturers have been making promises for years. We need a solution now.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 13, 2009
Shawn's Rating
5.0

There is no more important journalist in America than Bill Moyers. His "Journal" program is always an hour well spent. Few as compelling as this program, which puts the lie to the well coached "controversy" behind health care reform. It is only when a man such as Wendell Potter comes out, having retired from the game with all the money he'll ever need, and tells the truth - a rare window of clarity and a rare opportunity to see through the smoke of the debate - that we see democrats like Max Bauchus and all the republican shills as they really are: They are the bitches of the insurance industry.

The insurance industry needs to be removed from health care in this country. We have enough money to shower Wall Street with money even while they extort health care for obscene profits but we can't have a public option. You and I are slaves to the health care industry. I have the job I have because I need the benefits, not because it is a full and rich realization of what I wanted to do with my life. Imagine the benefit of a single payer system to small business across the ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 4, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.7

Good piece. My only qualm is the Iranian commentators are based in Washington and San Diego. Given that recent reportage indicates a clamp down of information inside Iran, this is somewhat understandable. I like that Mr. Murphy has backfilled information on the Iranian revolution of 1979 and compared Mousavi's positions to the current theocratic government and that of Ayatollah Khomeini in '79. There are ominous overtones "With TALES (unspecified) of young protesters detained and tortured for their ...views" and Parsi's closing observation about "eliminating the opposition" that lead one to think a totalitarian crackdown is in process or getting worse.

Given the depth of distrust between the west and Iran since 1953, it is no wonder we continue to experience blowback in the form of religious hardliners blaming the Imperial West. It is almost childishly simple, looking through the funhouse mirror at our historical (hysterical?) red scare or the current climate of fear of an unknown terrorist, that a politician might toss off vaguely formed accusations for political gain. Now then. Given that the west has meddled in Iranian ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - Jul 2, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.2

Not exactly quality journalism, but an argument. My own bias happens to believe Reich is correct in his argument, though.

Insurance companies need to be removed from health care. Health care in the USA is crippling the non-health care related economy and individual family economies across the nation. Look at your paycheck and see how much, if you are lucky enough to have a plan at work, is paid per week toward health care. Ka-POW! To me, health care is a matter of freedom. I do the job I do because it has a plan that will allow me to get sick even after retirement. If there was a national, ... More »

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Shawn reviewed this story - May 18, 2009
Shawn's Rating
3.6

I like the story for its breadth in that it takes a complex issue and tacs it down around the world. Still, it is written from a globalist perspective... How can it be otherwise? This is the NYTimes, not Mother Jones. We are where we are. I was interested that it took the issue "trade imbalance" and sought to give deeper meaning to it.

All things in moderation is both a Christian and a Taoist tenet if I'm not mistaken. As the global market seeks balance, the producers and the consumers on either end of the see saw must learn to play nice.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Shawn's Rating
4.0

It seems the foreign press does a much more thorough job on this important topic than the domestic American pess. Beaumont is on the ground talking to residents, witnesses, Palestinian leaders, injured people, doctors and showing desperate circumstances for people on the wrong side of the wall in a war zone. Beaumont cites the Israeli high court, defense minister, a White House spokesman and an Observer study on mistreatment, but I would still like to have heard a stronger Israeli establishment voice in the mix.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Shawn's Rating
3.4

The editorial puts the lie to a common media viral talking point: Obama gives a good speech but is thin on substance. The article goes on to elaborate on substantive positions of the candidate by... duh... checking his website. The piece would have been better if they could have found someone authoritative to back the talking point in question. Could it be that the piece is factual? I like that the piece takes time not to take sides and compares Obama and Clinton on the issues in a fair light. I wager that Truthout has covered deplorable journalism aimed at Mrs. Clinton, but they would be in the minority, along with Media Matters for America, if they had.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Shawn's Rating
3.7

Interesting story about how the CIA, tasked with expanding intelligence gathering post 9/11, is still struggling with developing new streams of information. Author did as good a job as could be expected sourcing such a story and came back often to proverbial "officials." Still a decent peek inside an intelligence bureaucracy. In the context of the Plame Affair and the recent stories about Fulbright Scholars in Central America being asked to spy, the story give us much to think about.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Shawn's Rating
3.5

I enjoyed the story. My only problem with rating this story is that it is a news analysis, not a hard news story. I thought the story presented one side of the story, and I actually agree with that side. The story takes issue with a New York Times Editorial. This article was more an editorial than a news story. No hard facts or sources were given. To be fair, it didn't present both sides of the story, but that wasn't its purpose.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Shawn's Rating
3.2

Comparing the rise of Clinton and Obama respectively is a fair enough question. There is no specific attribution or sourcing in paragraph 7 where Fournier summarizes a lot of information in two sentences. Interesting story about "experience" in politics for what that's worth. "Callow" carries a negative connotation when all it really means is "youthful inexperience." I feel Fournier is relying on his personal experience in many of his assertions, yet he seems to remain ambivalent toward the two politicians.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Shawn's Rating
3.5

The story seemed to go out of its way to be deferrential to the toy companies even though it did give time to Senator Durbin and Ms. Nord of the CPSC. The piece exposed the problem of Chinese manufacture of goods but did not address what real safety controls are being implemented. Also, it seemed to indicate the possibility of broader problems with Chinese made goods without following up on this idea.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Shawn's Rating
5.0

This is a good distillation of thousands of people's life work in many scientific disciplines. While it is less journalism in the classic sense than a simplification of a complex scientific report, the information is borad and fair to the best of the scientific community's knowledge. It also does the job of journalism by addressing simply and eloquently a seemingly vast ignorance of this problem.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Shawn's Rating
4.3

This is a uesful article in two ways: 1) That Al Gore is very good at "Seeing the forest for the trees" and 2) That there is serious debate among the scientific community about the issue of climate change, which comprises vastly complex science and methods. It is also instructive that Gore and his supporters, along with his detractors tend to agree on the basics. In light of Gore's massive appeal on the issue with his film, it is right to have constructive discussion on the issue.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Shawn's Rating
4.1

It's an important story on the American system of law and how it is being damaged in the name of defense against terrorism.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Shawn's Rating
3.0

The story is straight number crunching on a weekly poll. It doesn't describe the poll's methodology. Interesting point is how it claims the gap between those who believe going into Iraq was a mistake vs the right thing to do has shrunk in one week from 15 to 6 points in the poll in just one week. Perhaps this is a reflection of a very polarized electorate.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Shawn's Rating
4.0

Interesting and informative on potentially crucial events to the U.S. interest. I liked the balance between those affected in their commute and that quotes from both candidates were included. I also liked the background, although it was slight, basically just a mention, detailing a history of voter fraud and the balance given by citing the E.U. stance that they found no fraud. I will enjoy finding out what a full recount reveals.

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Shawn reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Shawn's Rating
3.5

Something I never knew about. I think the story presents good cultural background but little time is given to the reasons governments feel the need to regulate such an activity. I would like to know more about given laws and whether or not they were ill concieved from a public safety standpoint. Has anyone ever got sick or died from the practice? I was also curious about the allegation that hospitals sell placental material. I would be curious to know how much of that goes on.

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