Fox’s Anti Obama Ad: “Hope and Change”

You know it must be good because Media Mutters is spitting mad about it: Fox’s Anti-Obama Attack Ad (Huff!) Is Nearly (Huff!) $100,000 In Free Advertising (Huff!) For GOP (Spit!) — is only one of the many articles they’ve posted already about the new ad.

40 different laws probably broken, here. Enjoy it while you can.

Some hand-wringing from Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

Note that F&F isn’t just playing a campaign ad or a YouTube spot from an outside political action committee.  Nor does this come from the production company of one of its opinion-program hosts.  The video starts with “Fox and Friends Presents” on the screen, making this an explicit argument from the news channel itself.

Should a news organization produce and publish attack ads like this?  I know the initial response will be that other news organizations offer biased perspectives and hagiographies of Obama that go well beyond a single video … and that response is entirely valid.  However, we usually criticize that kind of behavior with other news organizations, too.  If anyone wanted to look for evidence that the overall Fox News organization intends to campaign against Obama rather than cover the campaign, this video would be difficult to refute as evidence for that claim.

If we didn’t live in a world where a major motion picture can be produced using White House talking points about a President’s  “gutsy call” and originally set to be released right before the November election, I might be bothered.

And given the fact  that Fox and Friends is an opinion show, and the other news channels are virtually running free Obama Campaign ads with their 24/7 sycophantic Obama-friendly coverage  — it doesn’t bother me, at all.

See also:

Legal Insurrection: Network shamelessly produces campaign advertisement

Doggone it. Looks like conservative Tweeps were mocking @mma hours before I was….

Twitchy: Our aching sides: Media Matters whines about media bias against Obama

Linked by Legal Insurrection and Michelle Malkin, and The Other McCain, thanks!


Why Is Holder Briefing Black Pastors on Campaign 2012?

image via Weasel Zippers

The news is taking on an almost surreal quality of late – can this really be happening in America?

Via The Blaze: Eric Holder and IRS Administrators Due to Advise Hundreds of African-American Pastors on How to Best Participate in 2012 Election:

Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri revealed on MSNBC Tuesday that lawyers from the ACLU, IRS administrators, and even Attorney General Eric Holder will soon be speaking with hundreds of pastors in the African-American community on how they can best comport themselves throughout the 2012 election.

(Related: Obama Does Damage Control Among Christian Pastors Following Gay Marriage Endorsement)

“We will have representatives from nine denominations who actually pastor somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10 million people,” he said, “and we’re going to first of all equip them with the information they need to know about what they can say and what they cannot say in the church that would violate their 501c3 status with the IRS.” [Emphasis added]

While they won’t specifically tell people whom to vote for, the respected speakers will discuss “draconian” (hint) voter identification laws, and the Congressional Black Caucus expects the move will only help the Obama’s campaign.

No they won’t tell people who to vote for. That will be understood. (wink-wink).

This is the same Attorney General who dropped charges of voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers because it “demeans [his] people” despite the the fact that a crime had been committed.

Ace asks a rhetorical question:

Do the DoJ and IRS represent one political party, or all citizens?

Hahaha. Good one.

He suggests that “similarly-situated conservative-leaning pastors should band together and demand a similar briefing from high government officials.”

But of course the purpose of the briefings is not to advise pastors of what they’re allowed to say in church….what does the Obama administration care about how a liberal Pastor comports himself in church? We’ve got a President who sat in Reverend “G** damn the US of KKK-A” Wright’s church  for twenty years, for crying out loud. During the 2008 primaries, he joked in church about Obama’s Democrat opponent’s hubby “riding dirty!” with Monica Lewinsky.

As if they are in any way sensitive to a church’s political etiquette.

The idea is to inflame their congregants. Cleaver gave away the real motive when he brought up “draconian voter ID laws” which Democrat race hustlers call racist because they supposedly disenfranchise blacks who can’t be bothered with getting IDs.

This has been a major theme of Holder’s for some time.

Last year, John Hinderaker of Powerline kept  a watchful eye on the Obama administration’s efforts in consort  with far-left organizations (including CPUSA) to demonize and frustrate the states’ efforts to protect ballot integrity by preventing voter fraud. See his posts here and here for background.

In a major speech in Austin, TX, last December, Holder laid down the markers.  DOJ whistleblower J Christian Adams wrote at the time:

He supported restrictions on political speech which will criminalize campaign falsehoods.  He vowed hyper-scrutiny of voter integrity laws such as voter ID and vowed to run states like Texas through a nasty gauntlet on redistricting.  If this doesn’t send a signal to Texas and South Carolina to pull their Voter ID laws out of Justice and go to court, nothing else will.  Also in attendance was Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, a staring character in my book Injustice.

As you may remember, he and Valerie Jarrett grossly politicized MLK Day back in January. A CBS Atlanta reporter said the church service Jarrett spoke at  sounded like a political rally. I said at the time, “we haven’t seen political propaganda this obnoxious, spoken from the pulpit, since Jeremiah Wright. It’s feeling like 2008 all over again.”

Eric Holder, speaking at MLK Day event in Columbia, SC, used the day as a pretense to blast  “draconian” voter ID laws.

(Politico) — Attorney General Eric Holder used Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on the anniversary of the civil rights leader’s birthday Monday to emphasize the Obama administration’s dedication to protecting the American people from discriminatory voting practices.

“Despite our nation’s record of progress, and long tradition of extending voting rights – today, a growing number of citizens are worried about the same disparities, divisions, and problems that Dr. King fought throughout his life to address and overcome,” Holder said at an MLK Day event in Columbia, S.C.

Holder’s remarks in the Palmetto State come just weeks after the Justice Department blocked the state’s new voter ID law from taking effect, citing an unfair burden on minority voters.

Make no mistake – this has nothing to do with protecting a church’s 501c3 status. No liberal black church is in danger of losing that under an Obama administration.

That’s just a fig leaf to cover the Obama administration’s divide and conquer campaign strategy. They need every single black vote they can get on election day, and they plan to do that by rallying the troops where they meet on Sundays.  They’ll do that by demonizing Republicans who stand for voter integrity.

Here’s the only advice Holder needs to give the black community. If you want to vote, get a valid state ID. It’s really not that complicated.


The Daily Caller: Attendees of Eric Holder event think Operation Fast and Furious is a movie [VIDEO]

Take a bow, you gatekeepers in the media! You have done your jobs well.


Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to a Socialist — Again

It used to be that there was a certain amount of stigma attached to being a Socialist in this country-  but to our first Socialist President it is  resume enhancer.

He awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tuesday to Dolores Huerta, an 82-year-old labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union. She’s also a board member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

The Discover the Networks profile on Huerta:

  • Co-founder and First Vice President Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO (“UFW”)
  • Board member of the Democratic Socialists of America
  • Founding board member of the Feminist Majority
  • Board member of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
  • Opposes War on Terror
  • “It’s always been a part of U.S. foreign policy to first put a dictator in power and than to get rid of him.”

The Foundry reported:

Huerta is also an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.

DSA describes itself as “the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International.”

Huerta has claimed, “Republicans hate Latinos,” and has spoken fondly of Hugo Chavez’s despotic regime in Venezuela.

The Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals who have made “especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

This isn’t the first time Obama has awarded a Socialist with the Medal of Freedom.

In  August of ’09, he awarded the medal to Sidney Poitier, who was described as a “classic poolside Socialist”, after the actor had publicly recommended that the salaries of CEOs everywhere be capped to $500,000 per year.

And in 2010, Obama named AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney  a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Sweeney is an advocate of European-style democratic socialism. He has opened the AFL-CIO to participation by delegates openly linked to the Communist Party, which enthusiastically backed his ascent. The U.S. Communist Party [CPUSA] says it is now ‘in complete accord’ with the AFL-CIO’s program.

Three and a half years into this disastrous Presidency, it’s hard to be shocked by anything he does, anymore.


More on how the important Medal of Freedom ceremony was “upstaged by ignorance and incompetence”:

The  All American Blogger: Smartest President Ever Screws Up Awards Ceremony and Insults An Entire Culture In One Swift Move

While posthumously awarding Jan Karski the Medal of Freedom, he referred to Nazi Concentration Camps located in Poland during World War II as “Polish Death Camps.”

The Poles took offense, and rightly so…

Yeah, he’s definitely got his “cool” back.


The Right Scoop: Rush Limbaugh: Awarding a professed Marxist the Presidential Medal of Freedom tells us who Obama really is

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!


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