This is a follow-up to my prior post about the MSM soliciting the left (i.e. the media’s constitutents) for help poring over Sarah Palin’s e-mails as governor of Alaska.
Check out this excellent column by Matt Welch. He perfectly illustrates the media’s deriliction of duty, specifically their witch-hunt of a two-year governor of the least-populated state in the union while ignoring all things actually newsworthy. Excerpts:
The New York Times responded with a rare burst of interactivity, inviting readers “to point out items of interest.” The Washington Post had video, a photo gallery, live updates, and headlines such as “Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s e-mails show a constant concern with how she is portrayed in the media, on matters big and small.”
Transparency advocates doubtlessly breathed a sigh of satisfaction that sunlight-disinfectant was being applied to a government figure. And people with any sense of political proportion were left with an additional thought: When is this journalistic scrutiny going to be applied to politicians who wield actual power?
For instance, one might nominate the president of the United States for such attention. On Saturday, June 4, in his weekly radio address, Barack Obama did what he has consistently done since taking the oath of office: fudged reality to make his policies sound better.
A president misleading the public on one of his most crucial policies at a time when Americans are increasingly anxious about the economy sounds kind of newsworthy, no? Well, don’t tell the editors of the New York Times — they were too busy nailing down this important story:“Palin Says She Didn’t Err on Paul Revere.”
Did you know that a reported dozen armed agents kicked down a guy’s door at 6 a.m. this week in Stockton, California, and handcuffed him in his boxer shorts in front of his three bawling pre-teen kids — to execute a search warrant for the Department of Education involving suspected loan fraud by his allegedly estranged wife? You wouldn’t if you get your news from the Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, or L.A. Times, California’s biggest newspapers.
But fear not! Now we know that “The ‘First Dude’ played a particularly influential role in the administration” of a short-term, small-state governor. The lessons for Michelle Obama, then, are clear: If you want the non-Amtrak media to give you attention, they’re going to need to hate your husband a little more. (Yeah, good luck with THAT happening! – CL)
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Multiple layers of fact-checkers left-wing hacks at their disposal, my friends. From the Old Gray Hag:
On Friday, the State of Alaska will release more than 24,000 of Sarah Palin’s e-mails covering much of her tenure as governor of Alaska. Times reporters will be in Juneau, the state capital, to begin the process of reviewing the e-mails, which we will be posting on NYtimes.com starting on Friday afternoon.
We’re asking readers to help us identify interesting and newsworthy e-mails, people and events that we may want to highlight. Interested users can fill out a simple form to describe the nature of the e-mail, and provide a name and e-mail address so we’ll know who should get the credit. Join us here on Friday afternoon and into the weekend to participate.
And the comPost:
More than 24,000 e-mail messages sent to and from Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska’s governor will be released Friday. Join The Post in digging through them. We are looking for 100 organized and diligent readers who will work alongside Post reporters to analyze, contextualize, and research the e-mails. Think of it as spending some time in our newsroom.
Our hope is that working together, we can efficiently find interesting information and extract new stories that will lead to further investigation. We don’t know what we’ll find, but we want you to be ready and open for the challenge.
All this for a woman who hasn’t even tossed her hat in the 2012 ring?
Allah‘s got a fantastic idea:
Even so, crowdsourcing’s a smart, sleek information-gathering technique. Thanks to the Times and WaPo for legitimizing it for conservative media like Fox News, which will now happily put it to good use doing oppo research on the left.
And the left won’t utter a peep over this, since they just got green-lighted by the MSM to do their best to find something damning on Palin. Right?
Nope…no liberal media bias!
CBS: It’s outrageous that a person who hasn’t declared her intentions to run for prez is ignoring us and endangering our reporters!
This was so obviously absurd that I had to wonder if this piece was another CBS forgery. Nope, it looks real:
Since Palin and her team won’t share where the potential candidate is headed, reporters and producers have little choice but to simply stay close to Palin’s bus. This has resulted in scenes of the Palin bus tooling down the highway followed by a caravan of 10 or 15 vehicles – including a massive CNN bus – all trying to make sure they don’t lose sight of the Palin bus.
It adds up to a dangerous situation, says CBS News Producer Ryan Corsaro.
“I just hope to God that one of these young producers with a camera whose bosses are making them follow Sarah Palin as a potential Republican candidate don’t get in a car crash, because this is dangerous,” he said.
Corsaro asked a member of Palin’s team if he thought it was dangerous to have reporters forced to chase her from stop to stop. “You’re the ones that are trailing us,” he replied.
Why, the nerve of Palin! How dare she not tell the MSM where she’s going! I mean, it’s newsworthy that a woman who hasn’t made any announcements or anything is…taking a road trip? Seriously, that passes for news?
As for the whining that following her convoy could be dangerous, I’ve got an idea. It’s a crazy one, granted, but hear me out on this:
Stop following the convoy!
Memo (unforged) to CBS: I just saved some lives at your organization with that piece of advice. You’re welcome.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Excellent “refudiation” (see what I did there?) of the left’s meme that “the AZ shooter was influenced by Palin, Beck, etc.” by Jim Treacher:
But — follow the leftist logic here — Loughner is not a Tea Partier, or a conservative, or even right leaning at all. This proves that not only can our provocations influence our own crazies (which is 60% of us, to hear them talk) but in fact are so potent they can even drive those who don’t listen to us to kill.
Do you see that next argument taking shape? Taking shape? Having taken shape, I should say, past perfect. Krugman and all the rest of them, having called this as a deranged right-winger (and been proven wrong) simply make their argument more all-encompassing. They’re no longer arguing that right-wing invective can have an unbalanacing effect on right-wingers who hear it.
Their new argument is that right-wing invective can have an unbalancing effect on non-right-wingers — left-wingers, even — who don’t hear it.
That’s how insidious this all is. That’s how dangerous this all is. Right wing chatter can now drive left-wingers who don’t even hear it to kill people.
In the festering gourds on liberals’ shoulders, the above makes total sense to them.
Shooter Jared Loughner’s friend confirms it: he was neither left nor right; he didn’t watch TV or pay much attention to the news; he didn’t listen to talk radio. Leftie narrative hardest hit.
The talking point that “right-wing extremism caused this nutbar to snap” isn’t sticking, according to a new poll. Even a plurality of Democrats don’t buy that.
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) fundraises off of the AZ shooting.
Congressman CanJerkoffski (or whatever the h3ll his name is), Dem from PA, piously calls for the rhetoric to be toned down…a couple of months after suggesting that Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) be “Put against the wall and shoot him.” Way to lead by example, jackwagon.
I’ve always said that leftists are impervious to facts and consistency. They are hypocrites and liars, and shamefully so. They lose no sleep over their sociopathic tendencies. They have no remorse for being the morally bankrupt vermin that they are.
So, away we go…
With the bodies of the AZ shooting victims not even cold yet, the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) were quick to jump on the “Palin/Tea Party/Beck/Limbaugh/Hannity/right winger du jour” bandwagon. As I pointed out in the last post, CNN had no trouble asking viewers to withhold judgment about the Ft. Hood shooter’s Muslim fanatic background being part of his motive. However, CNN had no trouble passing near immediate judgment on an ideology with which they are opposed, as well as important figures in said ideology.
Such hypocrisy and political correctness wasn’t limited to CNN. The Old Gray Hag blamed the right, nearly a year after pleaing for calmer heads to prevail with regards to the Ft. Hood Islamofascist shooting.
Now, we’re beginning to get some details on the shooter. Deranged wingnut? Hardly.
- “Left-wing pothead, quite liberal, political radical”;
- Registered independent;
- His favorite books are those frequently found on any libtard bookshelf: Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto;
- 9/11 Truther.
I guess since the left guessed wrong on…
- the Discovery Channel hostage taker, who was motivated by Al Gore’s An Incovenient Truth (but we righties properly dismissed that, recognizing that the dude was just nuts, period);
- the NYC Muslim cabbie stabbing, where the perp was a left-wing activist;
- the attempted firebombing of Democrat Congressman Russ Carnahan’s office, where the perp was a liberal blogger;
- the failed Times Square bombing, where the perp was a camelhumping Islamonut instead of the Teap Partier mad about ObamaCare (a theory floated by Mayor Bloomberg);
- the suicide pilot who hit the Austin IRS building, where the perp was a commie (i.e. a leftie);
- and now, the AZ shooter…
…they figure that they’re bound to get one right eventually. I guess it’s possible, just as it’s possible that with all the wrong lotto numbers I pick, I’m bound to get them all right eventually. Right? Right???
They always peg these acts of lunacy and barbarism on the right. They’re wrong every d#mned time. Since they’re the ones who are much more prone to violence, I’m thinking that their hollow accusations against us for behavior that they themselves perpetrate is merely a case of projection on their part.
But we’re not going to let them get away with it, just like we didn’t let them get away with forcing their sick, undesirable agenda on Normal America last November.
Crow. It’s not just for breakfast anymore. Details:
Unlike most U.S. economists and politicians, however, Palin tries to draw the concerns about quantitative easing to inflation today and falls short. She says, “everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher.”
Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly, in fact. The consumer price index’s measure of food and beverages for the first nine months of this year showed average annual inflation of less than 0.6%, the slowest pace on record (since the Labor Department started keeping this measure in 1968). Even if you pick a single snapshot — say, September’s year-over-year increase in prices — that was just 1.4%, far better than the 6% annual increase for food prices recorded in September 2008.
The overall consumer price index was up 1.1% in September from a year earlier. Apart from September 2009 (when prices were down 1.3%), that was the slowest annual inflation rate for September since the early 1960s. That’s not strong evidence to argue about rising prices today.
And where would Palin get such crazy information? D’oh!
So, imagine my dismay when I read an article by Sudeep Reddy in today’s Wall Street Journal criticizing the fact that I mentioned inflation in my comments about QE2 in a speech this morning before a trade-association. Here’s what I said: “everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher.”
Mr. Reddy takes aim at this. He writes: “Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly, in fact.” Really? That’s odd, because just last Thursday, November 4, I read an article in Mr. Reddy’s own Wall Street Journal titled “Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise Prices: Packagers and Supermarkets Pressured to Pass Along Rising Costs, Even as Consumers Pinch Pennies.”
Fat, dumb, and dripping with blind hatred is no way to go through life, dude.
(Sorry for the delay, but I was wiped yesterday!)
Gloat away, friends!
Memo to President Oprompter, who now all of a sudden wants to “work together”: We won.
Drew has a great post on why slaying a RINO in DE turned out to be a bad idea. It’s not just “hindsight is 20/20″, but I’d say my foresight was pretty friggin’ awesome, too:
Look at how voters identified themselves by ideology…23% liberal, 66% moderate, 17% conservative. Coons cleaned up with liberals and moderates winning those groups 88 and 66 percent respectively. Do you really think those two groups were simply waiting for the ok from Karl Rove and John Cornyn to vote for O’Donnell?
Karl Rove and NRSC had nothing to do with O’Donnell’s defeat. In fact, as bad of a candidate as I think O’Donnell is, she had little to do with her defeat. It’s a deeply blue state that actually likes liberals. We had a chance to get a moderate-liberal Republican and passed on it. To me, that was tactically stupid. Yes, Castle would have been a pain in the ass but not as big a one when there were 47 or 48 Republicans in the House. The power of the moderates is when they are all the deciding vote, add a cushion and they are manageable. Personally, I would have like to have had another no vote on HCR in the Senate but others didn’t think that was important enough.
I seemed to recall mentioning that DE was a blue state. Numerous times.
Rasmussen has always been a great pollster, and remarkably accurate. But this election cycle, his polls were off. He overestimated conservative performance in a number of races. That allowed us to get our hopes up in places like NV and CO, where we thought our candidate was actually going to win.
A bunch of Democrat House bullies got their butts handed to them this week: Alan Grayson in FL, Ciro Rodriguez in TX (here and here), Baron Hill in IN (here), and Bob Etheridge in NC, just to name a few. Well, Etheridge (the guy who assaulted the college kid with the camera, “Hooer you?”) is losing to Renee Ellmers by 1646 votes, and after “refined” vote totals netted him an additional 453 votes, the “refined” vote total just so happens (conveniently) to now be below 1%, which triggers a recount. Funny how that happens with Democrats all the time, huh?
Point to ponder: Does Phil Hare (D-IL) care about the Constitution now?
This election showed that with the re-election of Corrine Brown (FL) and Barney Frank (MA), among several others like them, there are indeed some unwinnable seats. Mike Yost and Sean Bielat were, respectively, great candidates, and they both lost badly. So let’s please resign ourselves to the reality that there are some seats that will be hopelessly blue in perpetuity. For conservatives who live in those districts: move.
I wanted Reid’s scalp in the worst way. But leave it to the Tea Party and Sarah Palin to screw that up for me, as they decided to back the one person in the whole friggin’ state who couldn’t beat Harry Reid 5-to-1. While the Tea Party did have some success (Rob Portman in OH, Marco Rubio in FL, and Rand Paul in KY, among the notables), they did a horrendous job at vetting and backing other candidates (Buck in CO, Angle in NV, and O’Donnell in DE). While I love how the Tea Party invigorated American consciousness and ignited conservative turnout, I’d prefer they stay out of the business of endorsing candidates, as their track record is inconsistent. We would have had CO (Jane Norton), NV (Sue Lowden or Danny Tarkanian), and DE (Mike Castle) had Palin and the TP’ers stayed out of endorsing. I know many of you may disagree, and that’s cool, but I’m convinced that CO, NV, and DE would have been ours, period.
In his victory speech, Marco Rubio was right: the public didn’t vote for the GOP. They voted for an obstacle to Obamunism. The GOP now has a second chance. Don’t blow it, guys.
Had Charlie Crist taken his GOP primary beating like a man, then warmly endorsed and campaigned for Marco Rubio in the general election, then Crist would have been in a perfect position to destroy Bill Nelson in 2012. Nelson is as unpopular in FL as Reid is in NV, and unless the GOP produces a quality opponent (and please stay the hell away from FL during our primary in two years, Mrs. Palin!), a bad Nelson will be re-elected just as a bad Reid was. Crist could have been that guy to derail Nelson. Instead, his ego and his blind ambition caused him to commit career suicide. In one year, Crist went from Top Dog to In The Doghouse.
For you “Blue Dogs” who sided with Obama all the time: Now that you’re unemployed, was it worth it?
Russ Feingold lost in WI. I’m still trying to absorb that. The same state that voted for Michael Dukakis in 1988 actually voted for a conservative Republican to the U.S. Senate. Dude.
We didn’t get the Senate this time. But with a bunch of freshmen and/or red state Dems up for re-election in 2012, and since we’re only about 3-4 away from a majority, the odds are good we’ll prevail in 2012, irrespective of the outcome of the presidential election.
President Kick#ss isn’t convinced that the election was a referendum on him. Hmmm. A bunch of Dems representing districts (federal and 680 state) that haven’t been red in decades (and some since Reconstruction) got bounced. The same districts have been through awful economic times, yet they kept sending back Dems. But now, these once-blue districts are red. And it has nothing to do with Obama? Hey, whatever sweetens your dreams, Champ.
Liberal morons: Sarah Palin is an idiot for mentioning the year of the Boston Tea Party at…a Tea Party rally
Sarah Palin addressed a Tea Party rally in NV and mentioned that they needed to vote on November 2, and that they couldn’t “party like it’s 1773” quite yet. The leftosphere was atwitter, giggling like school girls (or Barney Frank) at a Justin Bieber concert. The lefto-meme: She’s so stupid that she didn’t know she was three years off!
There’s just one problem, rocket surgeons: 1773 was the year of the Boston Tea Party. Tea Party…Boston Tea Party…get it? Google is your friend. As “Otis, my man!” Day from Animal House might sing about the left: “Don’t know much bout history.”
It wasn’t just the moonbats who stepped in it, either. “Respected” lefties like Gwen Ifill even snarked on it. While many of them realized that they were the ones who looked like the morons, and others (like Gwen) tried to pretend that they weren’t implying what we know they were, yet other leftist boobs are continuing to ride that Titanic meme all the way into the icy cold depths of beclownery.
Enjoy the irony, friends, of this moment: a woman whom the left mocks as a dullard just made ALL of them look like the fools! Schooled by the Sarahcuda!
I’m about ready to swear off Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. They can kiss my backside, as far as I’m concerned.
In case you haven’t seen by now, Sarah’s gal up in Delaware, Christine O’Donnell, defeated Mike Castle in the GOP Senate primary. Every stinkin’ poll under the sun showed that Castle would easily defeat his Dem opponent, Chris Coons, in November and claim a Senate seat in a deep blue state. So what does Palin and the Tea Party Express do? They endorse O’Donnell, a woman who has so much baggage she ought to be Springer’s co-host on the game show.
What do you need to know about this race? Only this:
Democrats rejoiced along with her supporters.
Yes, Castle is a RINO, and like you, I don’t like RINOs. But for the love of Pete, people, this isn’t Lisa Murkowski we’re talking about! Murky was a RINO in a cherry red state, and we don’t need RINOs from red states when conservatives will do nicely. Castle is a squishy Republican who did vote for cap-and-tax in the House, but who also wanted to repeal ObamaCare and would have cast a vote for Mitch McConnell (or whomever the GOP picks) as Senate leader.
Let me repeat this: Castle was guaran-friggin’-TEED to win this seat! And now, thanks to a gal and a group of people who are more interested in RINO hunting than in preventing a Dem-controlled Senate from nominating more Elena Kagans to the Supreme Court, this is a seat that is guaran-friggin’-TEED to stay blue. But hey, at least Palin and the TP got ‘em a RINO scalp, right?
Get this through your head, people: Delaware is as blue as that stupid hen that serves as its state bird. Ace had a wonderful post last week whereby he stated that you move a blue state purple, a purple state red, and a red state redder. The electorate in DE is not going to move from blue to deep red! Just as Scott Brown won us over, despite not being a dyed-in-the-wool conservative, we could have endured Castle just as we’ve endured the Maine sisters (Snowe and Collins) because they were from blue states that wouldn’t be sending any Tom Coburns to the Senate anytime soon!
Palin and the TP pushed for Sharron Angle in NV, too. Every poll in the world showed the two other Republicans in that primary (Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian) as beating the snot out of Harry Reid. But since Lowden was an “establishment” candidate (but there was no reason to smack Tark, as he was not such a candidate), she had to be “purged” for Angle. That nomination has breathed new life into Reid, and it is now unnecessarily neck-and-neck.
So, to recap: Palin and the TP bag themselves a RINO, and in the process, this seat is now gone...along with ANY hopes of taking back the Senate.
Sorry if I’m coming across as a pessimist, but I’m just calling it like I see it. In this big red wave coming this year, the GOP (being led astray by Palin and the TP) looks poised to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Yesterday was Primary Day in a few states, Alaska being one of them. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the incumbent RINO from cherry-red Alaska, drew a primary opponent in Tea Party fave Joe Miller. Sarah Palin endorsed Miller, which naturally caused the left to wig out and want Murkowski to win. Hilarity ensues.
On Tuesday, in her home state, Sarah Palin’s favorite will probably get trounced. Joe Miller is widely expected to lose by a large margin to incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary—an embarrassing defeat for the former governor, who has endorsed Miller, but also to Miller’s other major backer, the Tea Party Express.
Unfortunately for him, not even Chuck Norris in his most bad-ass role—which is, of course, Chuck Norris in real life—could rescue the Miller campaign. Always a long shot, Miller lags behind Murkowski, the heir to one of Alaska’s political dynasties, by double digits.
If, “lags behind by double digits”, you mean “looks like he’s going to win”, then yeah…Miller “lags behind by double digits”! As of this posting, Miller is up 51% – 49% with 98% of the precincts reporting (link here). He should win, but if he does lose a squeaker, Slate’s meme about Miller getting creamed goes down faster than Monica Lewinsky in her presidential kneepads.
Crow: the other white meat.
Sarah Palin drives the left nuttier than they already are. B.O. has lowered himself frequently since being coronated last year, displaying without question (the science is settled) that he is a small, petty man, unfit for the presidency. Oprompter said this last week in response to Palin’s claims that B.O.’s nuke policy was wussified:
The last I checked, Sarah Palin is not much of an expert on nuclear issues…What I would say to [critics] is, is that if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff are comfortable with it, I’m probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin.
Makes sense to listen to the SecDef over a pundit, right? Of course! There’s just one problem: he didn’t listen to his SecDef!
Discussing his approach to nuclear security the day before formally releasing his new strategy, Mr. Obama described his policy as part of a broader effort to edge the world toward making nuclear weapons obsolete, and to create incentives for countries to give up any nuclear ambitions. To set an example, the new strategy renounces the development of any new nuclear weapons, overruling the initial position of his own defense secretary.
Ergo, Palin’s characterization of President Training Wheels’ nuke policy was correct.
BTW, Palin retorted thusly:
Palin shot back later at a speech to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, further mocking Obama’s earlier career and “all the vast nuclear experience that he acquired as a community organizer.”
Heh. In fairness to B.O., he does have a cursory knowledge of bombs, when you consider that he’s best buds with Bill Ayers.
The Past Tense Media, still doing the left’s dirty work. Details:
Sarah Palin is no normal politician, and at the Associated Press, apparently “Going Rogue” is no normal book.
When the former Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor wrote her autobiography, the AP found a copy before its release date and assigned 11 people to fact check all 432 pages.
The AP claims Palin misstated her record with regard to travel expenses and taxpayer-funded bailouts, using statements widely reported elsewhere. But it also speculated into Palin’s motives for writing “Going Rogue: An American Life,” stating as fact that the book “has all the characteristics of a pre-campaign manifesto.”
Palin quickly hit back on a Facebook post titled “Really? Still Making Things Up?”
“Imagine that,” the post read. “11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to ‘fact check’ what’s going on with Sheik Mohammed’s trial, Pelosi’s health care takeover costs, Hasan’s associations, etc. Amazing.”
The AP, an organization with over 4,000 employees and 49 Pulitzer Prizes earned for asking the hard questions, wouldn’t comment on their own reporting for this story.
Well, at least they got some of their reporters to similarly ”fact-check” autobiographies by Ted Kennedy, the Clintons, Joe Biden, and B.O. Oh, wait…
Reviewing books and holding public figures accountable is at the core of good journalism, but the treatment Palin’s book received appears to be something new for the AP. The organization did not review for accuracy recent books by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, then-Sen. Joe Biden, either book by Barack Obama released before he was president or autobiographies by Bill or Hillary Clinton. The AP did more traditional news stories on those books.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Exit question: So does the AP count as a “legitimate news organization”, or will they only qualify after they fact-check an SNL skit?
When he’s not busy slandering troops, insulting soldiers’ intellect, cracking jokes on a war hero’s age, or dreaming of killing the president, John F’ing Kerry (who is rumored to have served in Vietnam) likes to spend his time longing for the death and disappearance of a state’s governor. Details:
U.S. Sen. John Kerry must have been channeling his inner Letterman yesterday.
The Bay State senator was telling a group of business and civic leaders in town at his invitation about the “bizarre’’ tale of how South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford had “disappeared for four days’’ and claimed to be hiking along the Appalachian Trail, but no one was really certain of his whereabouts.
“Too bad,’’ Kerry said, “if a governor had to go missing it couldn’t have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin.’’
Keep it classy, Jean-Francois Heinz-Kerry.
And to think this buttmunch came within one state of winning the presidency!
Do you ever get the feeling that the MSM gets easily duped by these hoaxes against Republicans (see Rathergate) because they want to believe the stories? Here’s the latest:
It was among the juicier post-election recriminations: Fox News Channel quoted an unnamed McCain campaign figure as saying that Sarah Palin did not know that Africa was a continent.
Who would say such a thing? On Monday the answer popped up on a blog and popped out of the mouth of David Shuster, an MSNBC anchor. “Turns out it was Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, who has come forward today to identify himself as the source of the leaks,” Mr. Shuster said.
Trouble is, Martin Eisenstadt doesn’t exist. His blog does, but it’s a put-on. The think tank where he is a senior fellow — the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy — is just a Web site. The TV clips of him on YouTube are fakes.
And the claim of credit for the Africa anecdote is just the latest ruse by Eisenstadt, who turns out to be a very elaborate hoax that has been going on for months. MSNBC, which quickly corrected the mistake, has plenty of company in being taken in by an Eisenstadt hoax, including The New Republic and The Los Angeles Times.
Now a pair of obscure filmmakers say they created Martin Eisenstadt to help them pitch a TV show based on the character. But under the circumstances, why should anyone believe a word they say?
“That’s a really good question,” one of the two, Eitan Gorlin, said with a laugh.
At least it’s a good thing that the MSM assumed responsibility for falling for the hoax. Yeah, right:
(For what it’s worth, another reporter for The New York Times is an acquaintance of Mr. Gorlin and vouches for his identity, and Mr. Gorlin is indeed “Mr. Eisenstadt” in those videos. He and his partner in deception, Dan Mirvish, have entries on the Internet Movie Database, imdb.com. But still. …)
They say the blame lies not with them but with shoddiness in the traditional news media and especially the blogosphere.
“With the 24-hour news cycle they rush into anything they can find,” said Mr. Mirvish, 40.
Mr. Gorlin, 39, argued that Eisenstadt was no more of a joke than half the bloggers or political commentators on the Internet or television. (Ain’t that the truth? – Ed.)
An MSNBC spokesman, Jeremy Gaines, explained the network’s misstep by saying someone in the newsroom received the Palin item in an e-mail message from a colleague and assumed it had been checked out. “It had not been vetted,” he said. “It should not have made air.” (Easy to say, now that the hoax has been exposed. To Gaines’ credit, at least he isn’t Ratheresque by maintaining that he still believes the story to be real. – Ed.)
As if the MSM’s credibility wasn’t ruined enough already!
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Many of you may have seen this from Hollywood last week:
An effigy of US Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin hanging by a noose as part of a Halloween display has drawn severe criticism, but local officials said the homeowner was covered by free speech rights.
“We have been getting some phone calls complaining about it but if (the homeowner) isn’t in violation of municipal code we have no reason to cite them,” West Hollywood spokeswoman Helen Goss said.”
“People have First Amendment rights (to free speech),” Goss said. “I would speculate that if it’s part of a Halloween display then its political satire.”
And then yesterday:
Two men have been arrested in connection with an effigy of Sen. Barack Obama that was hung outside a building at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, police said Thursday.
Authorities found a life-size effigy of the Democratic presidential candidate hanging from a tree outside the school’s Mines and Minerals building on Wednesday morning, police said.
“This was a serious incident. It caused a lot of wounds to be opened from racial tension,” Monroe said. …
Personally, I think both sides here ought to be ashamed of themselves. But just to make sure I’m understanding this correctly:
Hanging an effigy of Sarah Palin from a noose? Why, that’s just chortle-provoking, side-splitting, satirical hilarity right there, all in good fun. And legal, too. First Amendment rights and whatnot.
Hanging an effigy of The One? Latent KKK tendencies coming to the surface in these little Hitler clones! And illegal, too. First Amendment rights? Never heard of them.
The moral of the story? The next time you feel like swinging an effigy from a noose to make a political point, pick a white female doll to hang. Bonus points if the doll represents a Republican.
Exit question: When did the “free speech rights” of the first group stop existing for the second group?
Excellent short column by Jim Treacher. Money quote:
These geniuses [the MSM - Ed.] used to be a lot better at crafting a narrative, right? There was a time when they might have worried about ruining their own reputations in the process of advancing their political views. They’d at least make an effort to seem impartial. But if their whole industry is swirling down the toilet anyway, why keep pretending?
One last chance for glory before they check out for good.
The Deathbed Media.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
With the multiple layers of fact-checkers at their disposal, one would think that the MSM would be a little more up to speed on current events in the world, no? From Neo-neocon:
A hilarious example of press bias against Palin occurred last Friday on “The Diane Rehm Show,” a production of Washington’s WAMU-FM. The exchange between hostess Rehm, caller Tom of Norwich, Vt., and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne begins at about 46:10 of the “10:00 News Roundup”:Tom: I just wonder why not more has been made of the statement by Palin during the debate last night that “Maliki and the Talabani”–this is a quote from the transcript–”also in working with us are knowing again that we are getting closer and closer to the point of victory.” The Talibani obviously are our absolute enemy and have been since 9/11; Maliki, our central ally in Iraq. This to me is a tremendous blunder, revealing a very superficial familiarity with these sorts of terms.
Rehm: Thanks for calling, Tom. . . . E.J.?
Dionne: I think that “superficial” is absolutely the right word for the knowledge or the lack of knowledge Palin showed yesterday. I’m glad the caller raised that one, and I suspect there is going to be a scouring of that transcript for exactly that sort of gaffe. That has echoes of some of the stuff she said to Katie Couric.
There would have to be some mighty ferocious scouring to find a gaffe here other than Tom’s (who can be excused) and Dionne’s (who cannot). Even a lowly blogger like me knows the difference between Talabani and the Taliban. As does Sarah Palin (scroll down to VP Debate at 9:42).
But evidently the news that Talabani is the President of Iraq hasn’t yet penetrated the infinitely superior and deep brain of the sagacious WaPo journalist Dionne. Maybe his excuse is that he’s been listening too much to foreign policy expert Senator Biden, he of “France and the US kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon” fame.
And Palin is the one who’s supposed to be “less than informed”? We see here that she has at least one pseudo-intellectual leftist “elite” outfoxed.
Exit question: Anyone holding their breath waiting for a correction/apology from E.J. Dionne? Me neither.
I’ve demonstrated numerous times how liberals sure talk a good game when it comes to charity to our fellow man…but their actions belie their rhetoric. If liberals were even half as generous with their giving as they demand the rest of us to be, then the country (and the world) would be a better place.
Observe, from Ed Morrissey:
Yesterday, the Palins released their income tax returns for the last two years, as expected for the general election. While the returns showed the Palins to be squarely in the middle class, with income between $127,000 and $166,000 combined, they also revealed a charity gap between the two VP candidates:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made considerably less money than rival Sen. Joe Biden, but the Palin family gave more to charity in the last two years than Biden has in the last eight combined, according to Palin’s tax records released Friday afternoon. …
In 2006, the Palins paid $11,944 in taxes on $127,869 in income. In 2007, they paid $24,738 on $166,080.
But in 2006, they donated $4,880 to charity, and in 2007, they donated $3,325.
By contrast, Biden (D-Del.), Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s running mate, has donated a total of $3,690 since 1998 despite his higher Senate salary, according to an analysis posted by National Review.
Recall what Barack Obama said in his appearance at the Saddleback Forum in August:
“Americans’ greatest moral failure in my lifetime,” he said, “has been that we still don’t abide by that basic precept in Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.”
And what Biden claimed as the moral imperative from soaking people with higher taxes:
“Catholic social doctrine as I was taught it is, you take care of people who need the help the most.”
Once again, we see that liberals talk about charity, and conservatives take action. The Palins have been quite generous with their cash, while Biden has given far less on an annual basis with a much larger income stream. Since the two Democrats keep claiming the charitable impulse for spending other people’s money, it’s revealing to once again compare Biden’s own personal giving to his political rhetoric, and to his opponent in November.
Senator Biden, being the allegedly devout Catholic that he is, should undoubtedly be familiar with 1st John 3: 17-18: “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
God bless the Palins for being more generous than Sen. Biden, despite having less wealth.
Acknowledging the problem is the first step on the road to recovery.
Moonbats…God help ‘em.
Unable to contain themselves and further determined to destroy its already dwindling credibility, the AP decided to run an attack piece on Gov. Palin, cleverly (or so they thought) headlined “Who’s running Alaska with Palin on stump?“
Um…do the words Lt. Governor ring a bell? Rumor has it that when the top dawg isn’t around, the second-in-command runs the show.
Besides, I don’t think I’ve seen the first article or “news story” that takes The One to task for skipping out on serving his constituents (rather than his ego). Dude has been in office for about 3.5 years, yet he’s been in the Senate for less than 200 days! Does the AP or any other MSM outlet have a problem with IL’s citizens being short-changed by their elected Senator?
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Ooooooo-kay then. From impeached former judge, and current Congressman, Alcee Hastings (D-FL):
“If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention,” Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida said at a panel about the shared agenda of Jewish and African-American Democrats Wednesday. Hastings, who is African-American, was explaining what he intended to tell his Jewish constituents about the presidential race. “Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through,” Hastings added as the room erupted in laughter and applause.
Oh, if I had a nickel for every time I thought “Who cares about 12-pointers? I wanna score me a Jew mount!” while I was deer hunting, I…well, I wouldn’t even have a nickel.
Black Democrats just can’t do any wrong in their constituents’ eyes, can they?
You’ve got to hand it to San Fransicko: Just when you think they can’t get any moonbattier, they continue to find ways to one-up themselves. From FNC:
An organic wine from Chile has oenophiles in San Francisco turning up their noses. But there’s nothing wrong with the wine. It’s the name that bothers them:
The wine from a boutique vineyard in Chile was once a strong seller, but now it’s an outcast in the City by the Bay because its name comes way too close to a certain governor from the state of Alaska, says Celine Guillou, co-owner of the Yield Wine Bar.
Palin Syrah — pronounced Pay-LEEN — takes its name from a ball used in a Chilean-style hockey game, and it has been on the bar’s wine list for a while. But sales have plummeted ever since John McCain named Sarah Palin to be his running mate.
“Before McCain made his announcement it was selling very well, because it’s an affordable wine and it’s from South America,” Guillou said. “Then he made his announcement and we hear people making comments constantly about the wine.” …
Look at the MSM, threatening to hold its breath and turn blue if it doesn’t get its way! From ABC News blog:
It was like a miniature mutiny. Reporters frustrated by weeks of limited access to Republican presidential nominee John McCain shouted questions at him during a photo opportunity event near Cleveland this morning.
Reporters were being kept away from Palin’s meetings with world leaders. (Palin is scheduled to meet Afghan President Karzai and Colombia President Alvaro Uribe, among others.) Though the McCain campaign will allow a producer and camera crew to cover the event for the news networks, originally they only permitted a camera — with no editorial presence — inside the meetings. In protest of the McCain camp’s original edict to refuse to allow editorial presence in the room, the networks had voted to ban use of photographs/video of Palin’s meetings. …
The McCain camp gives in and allows a CNN reporter (not Fox News…process that, moonbats!) to tag along. It was not even worth the MSM’s temper tantrum. From the Washington Times:
According to the CNN producer who was let into Karzai’s hotel suite with the photographers just before noon, Karzai was talking about his son. Palin was nodding, and asked what his name is. Karzai replied his name was Mirwais and explained that it means light of the house.
The media were escorted out after about 40 seconds.
Campaign aides subsequently announced that reporters would be allowed to accompany photographers into the later sessions with Uribe and Kissinger.
The MSM wasn’t going to do their friggin’ jobs and report the news unless they got their way: 40 seconds of access. You try doing that at your job and see if you don’t get fired faster than Ted Kennedy wolfs down a gin-and-tonic.
Slu notices quite a difference in this lack of access and that of a certain Messiah running on the other side:
When Barack Obama had his magical mystery tour of Europe, he met with foreign leaders. Here’s an interesting nugget about those meetings from the NYTimes:
On his second visit to Israel, he sought to reassure voters of his capacity to serve on the international stage. The audience for the trip, despite a private series of dawn-to-dusk meetings, clearly was the American electorate as much as the foreign leaders.
Interesting contrast. They simply reported the meetings were private. No demand for access, no snarky blog posts about how long they were allowed into the meeting. No votes to ban coverage. When Obama met with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the meeting was private as well. The British press even wrote a story about the privacy of the meeting with Gordon Brown.
I must have missed the part where the media pouted and stamped their feet about being cut out of that meeting.
…A review of media coverage from Obama’s behind-closed-doors chats with European heads of state, however, shows no such complaint by the media about a lack of access.
Yet when Sen. Barack Obama went to Europe this summer and met with past and present foreign leaders, print media were similarly on the outside looking in. Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former and current British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown (respectively), and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Great grab by Snapped Shot.
CNN is genuinely fair and balanced, says anchor Rick Sanchez. The proof?
Negative stories aired about B. Hussein Obama: 43
Negative stories aired about Sarah “Cooties” Palin: 22
See? 43 is bigger than 22.
That settles it, right? Well, not exactly:
Obama has been campaigning for 19 months, during which those 43 stories were generated. Which makes for roughly (43 stories / 82 weeks) a half of a negative story per week.
Sarah Palin, as you’ll recall, was announced three weeks ago, which means she’s up to (22 stories / 3 weeks) 7.3 negative stories per week—Which rounds to roughly one negative story PER DAY.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
“I come from Arkansas, I get why she’s hot out there,” Clinton said.
I bet you do, Bubba…I bet you do!
Excellent column by Andrew Breitbart! The setup is a description of Palin Derangement Syndrome:
Palin Derangement Syndrome, a more irrational variant of the Bush contagion, doesn’t require sufferers to know anything about the subject of their hatred. Anonymous, unsourced rumors fuel the fire (book banning, speaking in tongues, creationism, etc.). Lovely family photos hacked from a personal e-mail account displayed on commercial Web sites push more buttons. Asterisks from Mrs. Palin’s biographical sketch – “moose hunter,” “small-town mayor,” “wife of champion snow machine racer” – cause excessive sweating and irregular heartbeats. She even fired a guy who Tased a 10-year-old. (Oh wait, she didn’t.)
What will happen when they find out she shops at Wal-Mart?
And now, mix in some unhinged Hollyweird muffmunchers:
Sandra Bernhard celebrated the 20th anniversary of her career-ending one-woman show, “Without You I’m Nothing,” warning that if Mrs. Palin were to go to Manhattan she’d be “gang-raped by [her] big black brothers.” The lipstick-on-a-pig lesbian also called Mrs. Palin a “bitch” and an “Uncle Woman.”
Joyless niche comedian Margaret Cho blogged, “She is evil,” fantasized about having hateful sex with Mrs. Palin and attacked a multitude of her supporters: “If you were truly Christians, you would let gays get married, and send them #$%ng presents from Bed Bath and Beyond!”
Everything-aholic Lindsay Lohan (“Mean Girls”) joined the Sapphic pile-on by issuing a joint diatribe with her putative partner, disc jockey Samantha Ronson: “Is our country so divided that the Republicans’ best hope is a narrow-minded, media-obsessed homophobe?”
Not since Rosie O’Donnell & Co. manhandled Elizabeth Hasselbeck weekdays on “The View” have liberals been so gleeful to watch a bitter lesbian tear down a confident and beautiful conservative Republican woman. Unresolved high school lust and angst at well-adjusted cheerleaders and popular prom queens should be left for medical professionals, not for midmorning television gabfests.
Heh. Anywho, the gay marriage thingy:
Yet none of these gilded-ghetto living haters point out that their savior, Mr. Obama, stands against gay marriage, too. Is that change Melissa Etheridge can believe in?
Like President Clinton, who supported regressive anti-gay-rights legislation such as “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act, Mr. Obama gets a massive pass from the activist gay left and their stenographers in the mainstream media.
The never-reported political reality is that both Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama understand that key components of the Democratic Party – the black and Hispanic blocs – hold views that Brad Pitt would deem “homophobic.”
For these minority groups, and for many other religious Democrats, gay marriage is a nonstarter.
Yet liberal celebrities and activist journalists never hurl epithets at these coddled groups no matter how retrograde their ideas. President Bush correctly pegged this phenomenon as “the soft bigotry of lowered expectations.” Political correctness, the rigging of politics using different rules for different groups, and buttressed by the media, ensures that Democrats always have the upper hand.
Hypocrisy? Get outta here!
Clumsy on her lesbian training wheels (awesome line! -Ed.), Miss Lohan and Miss Cho, Miss Bernhard and Miss O’Donnell, are granted immunity for their outrageous rhetoric because they are party girls – Democrats through and through – and creatures of the media. And because of this protection racket, none will be forced to attend sensitivity training for crossing the line last week against Mrs. Palin.
It’s also why few will know that the Alaska governor vetoed legislation that would have prevented gays from getting marriagelike benefits. It’s also why the media made Republicans Mark Foley and Larry Craig the butts (no pun intended? – Ed.) of jokes that would be considered homophobic if hurled at liberal Democrats.
If not for double standards, the left would have no standards at all.
Just as bloggers did the job of the MSM in 2004 with the forged memos fiasco that cost Dan Rather his career and legacy, bloggers are once again involved in uncovering a scandal, this one going all the way towards the top of the Obama campaign.
Ace has been covering the story, as has Michelle Malkin. These filthy liars have been caught red-handed, and I’m positive the MSM will jump all over this story with the same vigor that Barney Frank flips open a Penthouse magazine. That is to say, none at all.
In a nutshell:
While not conclusive, evidence suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign. Namely:
* Evidence suggests that a YouTube video with false claims about Palin was uploaded and promoted by members of a professional PR firm.
* The family that runs the PR firm has extensive ties to the Democratic Party, the netroots, and are staunch Obama supporters.
* Evidence suggests that the firm engaged in a concerted effort to distribute the video in such a way that it would appear to have gone viral on its own. Yet this effort took place on company time.
* Evidence suggests that these distribution efforts included actions by at least one employee of the firm who is unconnected with the family running the company.
* The voice-over artist used in this supposedly amateur video is a professional.
* This same voice-over artist has worked extensively with David Axelrod’s firm, which has a history of engaging in phony grassroots efforts, otherwise known as “astroturfing.”
* David Axelrod is Barack Obama’s chief media strategist.
* The same voice-over artist has worked directly for the Barack Obama campaign.
This suggests that false rumors and outright lies about Sarah Palin and John McCain being spread on the internet are being orchestrated by political partisans and are not an organic grassroots phenomenon led by the left wing fringe.
It’s not a new tactic for candidates to get their lackeys to do work so dirty that the candidates can’t soil their hands with it. “Hey, I can’t be responsible for some overzealous supporters, and I rise above this by rejecting their efforts!” Both parties have been doing it for quite some time. But to the degree that the Obama campaign has done this, currying favor with the moonbatosphere to virally peddle their lies and smears, is something that I personally have not witnessed before now.
Only time will tell if this turns into anything. Knowing the complicity of the MSM, I’m not holding my breath.
Oh. My. (insert politically correct deity here). I may have just seen the epitome of Obamania in the MSM! From Robert S. McCain (no relation):
How much farther into the tank for Obama can the Associated Press possibly get?
The disclosure Wednesday raises new questions about the propriety of the Palin administration’s use of nongovernment e-mail accounts . . .
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? These hackers commit a federal felony and the AP says it “raises questions” about Palin?
Nope…no liberal media bias!
By the way, notice how the left gets madder than Barney Frank at a Walgreens store that ran out of KY jelly when they think Bu$hitler McRummyburton may be eavesdropping on Al Qaeda’s phone calls…but this stunt doesn’t bother them in the slightest bit?
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