Monday Medley

Is it just me, or is there a lot of news out there, today? There are about a dozen stories that I would like to touch on, and I don’t even know where to begin…I guess that means a link-fest is in order.

Before we get started, I’ve got a question: Why do I keep hearing Obama PSAs? Why can’t I escape his droning voice even on my conservative talk radio station? Why do I have to hear his PSAs about the Census, volunteerism, or whatever his latest enthusiasm is? Did Bush do these, too? Maybe he did, and I just didn’t notice because Bush’s voice didn’t annoy me? I don’t know. I just find it annoying.

And away we go:

• Here’s another totally unsurprising, but disturbing revelation about Obama’s pick for Medicare and Medicaid administrator:

Israel Matzov: Berwick a member of anti-Israel Physicians for Human Rights

Does Obama know anybody who isn’t anti-Israel?

•Journolist, Day 5…I told you there’d be more mobilization against Palin, there. This time, the Journolisters express admiration for Palin’s political skills, which leads some of them to coordinate a message to destroy her.

Ed Morrissey: Journolist, Day 5: Let’s campaign for Obama!

Ace: Another JournoList Leak; Plus: Jim Treacher: Every Day I Wake From Cold-Sweat White-Knuckle Nightmares Over Fear Of This Walking Armageddon

I think we all know who Jim Treacher is talking about….

I found this particular entry vexing:

Luke Mitchell, then a senior editor at Harper’s magazine, asked Tomasky if his paper would be able to help: “Michael – Isn’t this something that can be fanned a bit by, say, the Guardian?”

Tomasky didn’t think it would work….

Mitchell replied: “Fair enough! But it seems to me that a concerted effort on the part of the left partisan press could be useful. Why geld ourselves? A lot of the people on this list work for organizations that are far more influential than, say, the Washington Times.

“Open question: Would it be a good use of this list to co-ordinate a message of the week along the lines of the GOP? Or is that too loathsome? It certainly sounds loathsome. But so does losing!”

Does he mean coordinate a message the same way political party strategists do, not only in the RNC, but DNC, as well? Only they’re journalists? Or did he mean coordinate a message about the GOP? Either way, they’re caught with their pants down, although to be fair, Erza Klein was against the idea:

“Nope, no message coordination. I’m not even sure that would be legal. This is a discussion list, though, and I want it to retain that character,” he wrote.

The end result, of course, was message coordination, and if they were trying to do so “along the lines of the (loathsome) GOP”, (the way the GOP does?) that begs the question, do some of these guys consider themselves to be the propaganda arm of the Democratic party or something?

One of them, Todd Gitlin, is a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, “whose job is to train the next generation of America’s most elite journalists”…..

“On the question of liberals coordinating, what the hell’s wrong with some critical mass of liberal bloggers & journalists saying the following among themselves:

“McCain lies about his maverick status. Routinely, cavalierly, cynically. Palin lies about her maverick status. Ditto, ditto, ditto. McCain has a wretched temperament. McCain is a warmonger. Palin belongs to a crackpot church and feels warmly about a crackpot party that trashes America.

“Repeat after me:

“McCain lies about his maverick status. Routinely, cavalierly, cynically. Palin lies about her maverick status. Ditto, ditto, ditto. McCain has a wretched temperament. McCain is a warmonger. Palin belongs to a crackpot church and feels warmly about a crackpot party that trashes America.

“These people are cynical. These people are taking you for a ride. These people are fakes. These people love Bush.

“Again. And again. Vary the details. There are plenty. Somebody on the ‘list posted a strong list of McCain lies earlier today. Hammer it. Philosophize, as Nietzsche said, with a hammer.

“I don’t know about any of you, but I’m not waiting for any coordination. Get on with it!”

How many future journalists are being taught to consider themselves the propaganda arms of the Democratic party?

•See also BFH at  iOWNTHEWORLD, who has been busy matching faces to the namesA Paler Shade Of White – The Journolist Conspirators

and Powerline: JournoList Sinks Lower.

•Dan Riehl, inspired by Joan Walsh of Salon’s deplorable race-baiting, did a little googling to find out more about Shirley’s hubby, Charles Sherrod, and what do you know! He came up with more deplorable race baiting:

Sherrod: “We Must Stop The White Man And His Uncle Toms …”

Go watch the video…Riehl has also been uncovering the Sherrod’s embrace of the Marxist Black Liberation Theology. Nice couple…I’m thinking the Obama administration would just like this whole story to go away…meanwhile, the MFM is in spin overdrive trying to blame this debacle on shoddy journalism (Fox News, and Breitbart).

More: Have you seen this clip of Ann Coulter smacking around Rick Sanchez on the subject of the Breitbart video?

•Michelle Malkin has a few things to say about the NYT’s news leaks: The blabbermouth media strikes again

Check out the photoshops in honor of “The Fishwrap of Record: Our enemies’ favorite rag”.

•Peter Wehner: Commentary Contentions: The Obama Presidency Unraveling:

“Unraveling” is a good word for it. I reject “failing” because he’s been so successful  in transforming the economy to the European-style Social Democracy Progressives dream about. What’s unraveling is his support…what’s unraveling is his ability to fool people, what’s unraveling is Democratic prospects at the polls, this November:

It is somewhat amusing and somewhat poignant to witness former Journolisters offering panicked and pathetic explanations for why the political world is crumbling.

•Quin Hillyer, E.J. Dionne, Prevaricator Extraordinaire

E.J. Dionne has not only devolved from a thoughtful columnist into a left-wing hit-man, but he has devolved even further, into the realm of a flagrantly dishonest left-wing hit-man. Today’s column contains falsehood after falsehood. First, he says the Sherrod flap grew out of a “doctored video pushed by right-wing hit man Andrew Breitbart.” Truth: The video was not doctored (it was an excerpt), and wasn’t even excerpted by Breitbard himself. And Breitbart himself used it in a way meant not to attack Sherrod but to note the applause by the listeners, which was a legitimate point. It was the NAACP and the Obama administration that over-reacted; conservatives, to our credit, asked for more context, and also provided fulsome, generous (perhaps even overly generous) testimonials to the unfairness done to Sherrod.

Read the whole thing…Dionne has lowered himself to  smearing J Christian Adams, now.

•Doug Ross is still waiting for his apology from 538’s Nate Silver re: Dealergate….

•Here’s something on an upbeat note; Mike Pence’s speech at the RightOnLine conference in Las Vegas, last weekend:

More from the conference can be seen at The AFP blog.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

The White House Backed The Release Of The Lockerbie Bomber

Last week, with British PM, David Cameron at his side, Obama condemned the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi:

The bottom line he says is that “we all disagreed with it”…

It’s true that all along, Obama has expressed his disapproval of the release in public statements, and privately to the victims’ families, as seen in this video from last August (1:07):

Now, The Australian is reporting  that the Obama administration favored a conditional release on compassionate grounds as an  alternative to prisoner transfer to Libya:

THE US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be “far preferable” to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.

Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.

The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer.

The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama’s claim last week that all Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Megrahi’s release.

Scottish ministers viewed the level of US resistance to compassionate release as “half-hearted” and a sign it would be accepted.

The US has tried to keep the letter secret, refusing to give permission to the Scottish authorities to publish it on the grounds it would prevent future “frank and open communications” with other governments.

In the letter, sent on August 12 last year to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and justice officials, Mr LeBaron wrote that the US wanted Megrahi to remain imprisoned in view of the nature of the crime.

The note added: “Nevertheless, if Scottish authorities come to the conclusion that Megrahi must be released from Scottish custody, the US position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer, which we strongly oppose.”

Mr LeBaron added that freeing the bomber and making him live in Scotland “would mitigate a number of the strong concerns we have expressed with regard to Megrahi’s release”.

The US administration lobbied the Scottish government more strongly against sending Megrahi home, under a prisoner transfer agreement signed by the British and Libyan governments, in a deal now known to have been linked to a pound stg. 550 million oil contract for BP.

Al-Megrahi, who it turns out, will live to a ripe old age, was released with the United States Government’s blessing.

Michelle Malkin has more: Lockerbie release: So much for “smart diplomacy.” So much for “surprised.”

Here is what Team Obama’s “smart” and sensitive form of diplomacy has wrought: A hero’s welcome home to Libya for the murderous Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was released last August claiming he had terminal cancer and three months to live. A year later, the jihadist is still alive, senators want an investigation, and The Australian reports that the Obama administration backed “compassionate release.”

See also: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air

Linked by Michelle Malkin, buzzworthy, thanks!

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit