As Media Jackals Hound Romney in Poland, a Star is Born (Video)

Charles Dharapak/AP

Okay, I’m a little late to this story because I’ve been too busy to blog, today, so even though you’ve  already heard about this,  I’m going to have to get some licks in myself. (Thank you for bearing with me.)

Apparently, the journolisting left-wing media is trying to turn their own disgraceful behavior near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Poland  into a gaffe for the Romney campaign:

What you can’t quite make out at the end of the tape was Romney’s traveling press secretary’s furious response:

“Kiss my ass; this is a holy site for the Polish people,” said aide Rick Gorka. “Show some respect.”

Gorka then told a reporter to “shove it.”

Gorka subsequently called a pair of reporters to apologize, saying he lost his cool.

As John Nolte aptly pointed out,  this media ambush was designed to be a lose lose for Romney:

What this gaggle of locusts did do, though, was to obnoxiously shout, scream, and holler questions from Pilsudski Square — just a hundred yards from where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is laid. And there really should be a law that requires crybaby left-wingers to actually kiss an ass after doing something so craven and disrespectful.

The media’s behavior was childish and disrespectful, but most of all it was obviously an organized attempt to “create a moment” designed to hurt Romney by furthering The Narrative that his trip overseas has only been made up of gaffes.

Even if the Romney guy hadn’t popped off, if you watch the video of the moment (below) what you see is a conspiracy playing out where a gang of Obama-supporters disguised as journalists attempt to embarrass Romney by hurling shrill questions about what they perceive to be gaffes.

To me, this was another Joe Wilson moment. Back in September, 2009, just when you didn’t think you could stand another insufferable speech from the Liar in Chief spewing his obvious  lies about ObamaCare, one man stood up and said “You lie!!!”,becoming an instant hero to the right.

Rick Gorka’s “Kiss my A$$” to the Obama-loving media is the new “YOU LIE”.

A guy who says, “kiss my ASS” right to the faces of the journolisters who are doing everything they can to stack the deck against our candidate, is my hero.

Yes, Gorka would later apologize for his “inappropriate” comments”, just as Joe Wilson eventually did, but after watching that tape, I’m sure few Americans would find fault with Gorka for exploding.

As @iowahawkblog deadpanned: “If there’s anything the American public won’t abide, it’s someone who insults screaming reporters and Palestinians.”


“What about your gaffes?” That was some reporter’s idea of a question? “Do you have a statement for the Palestinians?”

Why would Romney have a statement for the perpetually outraged Palestinians? How about this: “lighten up, Frances.”

Those weren’t serious questions -  those were journolisting media jackals heckling the big bad Republican, Occupy style. It wasn’t long ago that occupiers were  hounding the Republican candidates at their events throughout the primaries… They shouted similarly obtuse questions and slogans at the candidates… Similar tactics. Similar goals. The only thing missing, here,  was a mic check.

More must read Nolte, today: Ugly Americans: To Justify Appalling Behavior, Media Distorts Romney’s Overseas Press Availability

Question: Which is worse? Screaming shrill, partisan questions in a sacred place or being told to kiss an ass for doing so?

Less than a hundred yards from Poland’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and in obvious coordination with one another, the media conspired to fabricate a gaffe to feed their insatiable anti-Romney narrative about his overseas trip.

What we’re seeing now is that in order to justify their screaming of shrill, partisan questions within throwing distance of a sacred place (talk about epitomizing the Ugly American stereotype), the media is now lying through an act omission by fabricating the idea that this was all Romney’s fault because he refused to make himself available to the media.

and Politico Exposes Romney Press Corps as Partisan, Petty, and ‘Bitter’

Even though consumer spending dipped again today and we just learned that 60,000 crimes have been committed by illegals Obama refused to deport, if Their Precious One is going to get reelected, the corrupt media knows it must ignore all of that and do everything in its power to keep the blistering spotlight on Mitt Romney. This is why, this morning in Poland, our Ugly American media disrespected Poland’s war dead in order to fabricate a Romney “gaffe.”

And be sure to check out Ace’s: New Dance Smash, Presstitutes (“What About Your Gaffes?”)

There’s another one at the link.


Rush’s take via The Daily Rushbo: Reporters Are Harassing Romney, Trying To Create Gaffes. On Behalf Of Obama:

He also said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for all intents and purposes endorsed Obama: .Rush: Romney’s Trip Has Been So Successful Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Endorsed Obama:


The Jawa Report: Is the White House Orchestrating Lies About Romney? I’d Bet On It:

I find this all too coincidental.

First, the White House accuses Charles Krauthammer — and, by extension Mitt Romney — of being a liar. When caught, they double down and use the “fake but accurate” defense. But when that didn’t pass the smell test the White House was forced to apologize.

Remember, the real attack here was not aimed at Krauthammer, it was squarely at Mitt who, while abroad, had brought up the Churchill statue.

So, the White House calls Mitt a “liar” when, in fact, it’s the White House that lied.

Keep reading….

Linked by Doug Ross, and Michelle Malkin, thanks!

Video: Andrea Mitchell Non-Apology Remix

Monday, MSNBC was caught distorting Mitt Romney’s comments about a PA grocery store chain to make him look out of touch, when what he was doing was comparing the innovation and efficiency of the private sector to the public sector.

After the dishonest selective editing job was discovered by Sooper Mexican, a spokeswoman for MSNBC  said they were looking into the matter.

At Newsbusters, Brent Bozell fumed:

This isn’t journalism. This is make believe. Barack Obama has been damaged by his careless comment that “the private sector is doing fine” – exposing how out of touch he is with reality – and his friends in the liberal media are busy dicing up video clips to pin the “out of touch” label on his Republican rival. Several media outlets picked up on Mitchell’s “report” – including CNN and Politico – and now have to eat crow as her deception has come to light.

Mitchell would have to offer something — anything to explain what she did…

 Ace reported on Mitchell’s paltry correction with disgust:

“Apparently this is the result of their investigation. She only plays a few more seconds of the remark (his summation, but not the earlier contrast he drew with the government sector), and does not even mention that the edit has been called deceptive.”

All she says is that there was more and “we didn’t get a chance to play it.”

Bullet People takes the ball from there:

A remix concentrating on the two most dishonest sentences read off a teleprompter in recent memory. Watch Andrea Mitchell say a pair of carefully crafted sentences to first explain a misleading edit as a simple timing choice and second to segue quickly out of the embarrassing topic. As the face of MSNBC’s dishonestly edited video, she owes her first apology to professional journalists.

See also:

Deacon’s Bench: Memo to NBC: What the hell is wrong with you?

You deserve what they’re saying about you.  It’s earned.  You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you.   You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more.  You have done a superlative job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the vital underpinnings of democracy, a free press.

Good job.

I just have one question:

What the hell is wrong with you guys?


Media Malpractice: Let Us Count the Ways the MSM Has Failed in Recent Weeks – Starting With Brett Kimberlin

It’s two days after perhaps the largest blogburst in internet history,  and there is still media silence on the Brett Kimberlin scandal.

In case you’re not up to speed, here’s a brief rundown of what should be a blockbuster story, brought to you via The Blaze:

  • Drug dealer, alleged child molester, and convicted perjurer, forger and Indiana Speedway Bomber (who is also believed to have played a role in the assassination of a grandmother), Brett Kimberlin, spent 17 years in prison before his ultimate re-absorption into American society
  • He started a non-profit dubbed “Justice Through Music (JTM)” that has, since at least 2005, been funded by George Soros’ Tides Foundation and Barbara Streisand among other leftists
  • Along with his associate, Kimberlin also started an organization called “Velvet Revolution” that supports the Occupy movement
  • JTM’s goal is to use music to foster “social justice” and fight Republican “voter fraud” (like the kind George Bush allegedly used to “steal” the Florida election)
  • Any blogger — conservative and liberal alike — who has written the truth about Kimberlin has come under vicious attack by either Kimberlin or his minions, suffering death threats (veiled and unveiled), multiple lawsuits, loss of jobs and worse
  • He has filed over 100 frivolous lawsuits against anything that isn’t nailed down and somehow is being allowed to continue unchecked
  • This story has never been reported on in the mainstream media

One blogger was spooked out of his home by the creep, taking his family on the road,  blogging from undisclosed locations.

Another’s life was put in extreme danger when he was “swatted”.

Yet another blogger and his wife lost their jobs due to Kimberlin’s lawfare intimidation tactics.

The unrepentant terrorist’s non-profit apparently partners with the Obama  State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

None of this newsworthy? Hello? Bueller?

Media malpractice: Even with #BrettKimberlin trending, lapdog media remains silent

The conservative blogosphere and Twittersphere is standing up in support of those victimized by this radical Leftist political terrorist. Tweets, blogs, donations and other means are being employed to bring attention to this bone-chilling attack on speech, and to aid the targets of Brett Kimberlin’s terrorism.

Where is the media? Silent. Evidently, a shred of decency is too much to ask of the lapdog media, who instead choose to paint TEA parties as violent while ignoring actual nightmarish and potentially deadly terrorism from a Leftist.

Of course, this media failure is just the latest of a string of epic media failures to report significant news.

Last week, Doug Ross  posted a list of recent potentially blockbuster stories that are being ignored by legacy media because they don’t fit their chosen narratives; Old Media Is Bleeding Out Right Before Our Eyes:

Old media is literally committing suicide in front of our very eyes. In its desperate rush to see Barack Obama reelected, they are ignoring bigger and bigger stories. People have the Internet. They read The Drudge Report. They listen to talk radio. They read blogs. And in spite of all of these different access points, old media is ignoring blockbuster story after blockbuster story.

Consider the following panoply of stories — from the last few days alone — courtesy of the national treasure known as NewsBusters.

Outrage Over 72 Hours Of Network Silence On Catholic Lawsuit Spreads

Networks Censor News of Massive Democratic Protest Vote Against Obama

ABC, NBC Punt on Alleged Obama Administration Leak of Classified Information to Hollywood

Was Rev. Wright Offered Hush Money? Nobody In The Media Cares

I would add a couple more:

Media Works To Suppress Obama ‘Born in Kenya’ Bio

Alert the Media – Obama Campaign Disables Credit Card Verification…

The MSM never looked into the campaign finance issue, but in an update on their story, Powerline reported that a blog finally got the White House’s attention:

Over at the Election Law Blog, Professor Rick Hasen has posted a statement from the Obama campaign on the charge that it does not follow best practices to prevent fraudulent donations to the campaign.

Credit card contributions to Obama for America are, in fact, processed using AVS (Address Verification System).

If a billing address is verified via AVS, then the credit card contribution is processed without delay. Some transactions caught by AVS may initially appear to a donor to have been accepted even though this is not the case. Obama for America employs a manual process to review any transaction flagged by AVS, also taking into account other fraud risk factors, and using fraud detection services provided by our credit card processor.

As an example, the contribution discussed here may have initially appeared to have gone through when the donor completed the transaction at 10:18 a.m. but it was rejected at 4:51 p.m. under our standard fraud detection procedures.

So any claims that Obama for America has disabled AVS are inaccurate; any question about this would have been answered–if the question had been asked.

A Powerline commenter made this obvious point:

The only plausible reason for disabling a fraud-protection system is to selectively enable fraud.

By over-riding the automated system, they can accept multiple illegal donations from domestic and foreign sources. They can screen out illegal donations that look like… well, like PowerLine readers testing the system. But if they recognize an illegal donations they were expecting, they can bank it with confidence.

Still no interest from the legacy media.

But in their defense, they’ve been kinda busy covering these important stories:

Washington Post: Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith tangles with a quirk of Arkansas history

Washington Post: Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents

USA TODAY: Pet’s crate ride atop car still dogging Romney

LA Times: Ann Romney and dressage: A pricey private world

ABC: Designer of Ann Romney’s $1K Shirt Says It’s Off The Rack

And my personal favorite because the tea party was born in Feb of ’09 precisely to protest Obama’s big spending, big government agenda:

Market Watch: Obama spending binge never happened

According to Rex Nutter, that trillion dollar stimulus I was protesting in a snow storm on Feb 28, 2009, was Bush’s spending. Or a figment of my imagination – I’m not sure which. Maybe it wasn’t snowing, either. I’m not sure what the truth is, anymore!

As bad as those examples of  bias are, the old media show their bias most in the stories they choose not to report.


Getting the news out is up to new media guys like Peter Ingemi:

 DaTechGuy will be substitute hosting the WCRN Morning Show from 5 am till 9 a.m tomorrow on the 50,000 Watt WCRN AM 830 Worcester.
 He says, “as the MSM has decided to give the Patterico and Stacy McCain stories a pass I’m going to just have to do it for them on a 50,000 watt station for all New England.  Stacy will be joining me during the 6 a.m. hour to tell his story.”
You can listen live using TuneIn or at
They will also be talking about the missing Wikipedia entry for Brett Kimberlin.

Anyone else think CNN is going to talk about SWATting now?


Newsbusters: Brett Kimberlin and ‘SWATting’: Where Is the Establishment Press?

Linked by Michelle Malkin, and Doug Ross, thanks!


Tuesday Link-Around — The Vetting Continues

Graphic via Reaganite Republican

America elected a lying, duplicitous, radical community organizer bent on transforming the nation from a free Democratic Republic into something at best resembling a European style Socialist state – at worst a Soviet satellite. The media gatekeepers continue to protect him from scrutiny, the Republican establishment is afraid to confront it because they don’t want to upset the mushy middle  – it’s up to the right-ring blogosphere, once again – to inform the public.

Big Government: The Vetting – Valerie Jarrett Keeps Obama Close to Radical Roots:

The Iranian-born Jarrett (her parents were American expatriates) found a foothold in Chicago politics through her marriage to Dr. William Robert Jarrett, whose father Vernon held sway as a columnist on the Chicago Sun-Times–for a time, the city’s only major black columnist.

In 1991, Vernon Jarrett enthusiastically promoted a Chicago visit by professor Derrick Bell, who was still on voluntary unpaid leave from Harvard Law School, in protest at the faculty’s refusal to hire visiting professor Regina Austin.

Barack Obama, who had joined Bell in that protest, had just graduated from Harvard and had begun work in Chicago at the law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Galland, a prominent local civil rights firm.

Bell’s visit had been arranged by the Community Renewal Society, a left-wing group that wanted Bell to help it launch a “racial justice agenda” across the Chicago area. He addressed the Society’s annual dinner, delivering a radical speech on the “permanence” of racism. Describing the civil rights movement as “childlike, trusting, believing, and hopelessly naive,” he suggested a more confrontational approach to race relations.

In addition to the dinner, Bell was invited to conduct a workshop with leading Chicago community organizers. Those invited included Obama’s pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, as well as Father Michael Pfleger, both of whom became notorious during the 2008 presidential campaign.

  Noisy Room: Beck to Publish Blockbuster on Obama’s Communist Mentor:

Seizing on the scandal involving President Obama’s “open mic” obsequious conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Glenn Beck has announced that Paul Kengor’s explosive new book on Frank Marshall Davis will be published this summer through Beck’s Mercury Ink outlet. Davis was a pro-Moscow communist who helped raise and mentor Obama.

Davis, Beck says, is the key to understanding Obama’s pro-Russian foreign policy.

The new Kengor book carries the title, THE COMMUNIST Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor. Mercury Ink, which is publishing the book, is the publishing imprint of Mercury Radio Arts, Inc., a multimedia production company owned by Beck.

In the embarrassing “open mic” incident, Obama told Medvedev that he needed some “space” from the Russians before meeting any more of their demands, and that he would have more “flexibility” after being re-elected. Medvedev promised to transmit the information to “Vladimir,” meaning Vladimir Putin, the former KGB officer who is going to assume the Russian presidency for the second time on May 7. Putin has described the fall of the Soviet Union as “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”

One of the leading analysts of the international communist movement, Kengor has written that the evidence, including Davis’s 600-page FBI file, demonstrates that “…a mentor of the current president of the United States was a Communist—and not only a party member, but an actual propagandist for Stalin’s USSR…”

Kengor, who is also a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, has written extensively on “progressives” who came under the influence of the old Soviet Union. His most recent book, Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century, has a chapter on Davis.

A member of the Communist Party USA and under FBI surveillance for 19 years, Davis was a mentor to young Barack Obama while he was growing up in Hawaii, for as many as eight years. Kengor’s new book on the subject could be an explosive development in the presidential campaign and possibly jeopardize Obama’s chances for re-election.

Davis, who advised Obama on matters like race relations and college, was listed on the FBI’s security index, meaning that he could be arrested or detained in the event of a national emergency. The FBI material documents Davis’s anti-white and pro-Soviet views, infiltration of the Hawaii Democratic Party, and other activities.

Continue reading.

Western Center For  Journalism: Barack Obama Was A Foreign Student – American Media Threatened Into Silence:

The Postman
Retired United States Postal Worker Allen Hulton recently signed a sworn affidavit for the Maricopa County, Arizona Cold Case Posse convened by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, attesting under oath, to conversations with Mary Ayers, the mother of Bill Ayers. He made his testimony public in a three hour long taped interviewed on March 19th, 2012. Mr. Hutton, by signing an affidavit has subjected himself to laws regarding perjury, not something to be taken lightly as telling the truth is now for him a requirement of law.

His testimony states Mary and Tom Ayers (Parents of Bill ”I don’t regret setting bombs” Ayers) were sponsoring Barack Obama as a foreign student, and financially supporting his education.

This is a huge revelation on not one, but two separate fronts.

Bill Ayers of dubious “Weatherman” fame, was not just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood”, as then candidate Obama brushed aside. The video linked here comes from a televised DNC Debate in the summer of 2008. As Hillary Clinton revealed then, Obama served in a paid position on the Woods Foundation with Bill Ayers and the two were involved in several projects dispersing millions of dollars over several years.

Realistically, the Ayers family could be said to have adopted Barack Obama, if not as a son then certainly as a kindred Marxist spirit, and treated him to one of the finest educations possible.

There is little doubt Mr. Obama has been less than honest with regard to the Ayers family and their significance in his life.
As disingenuous as this is, it is by no means the most important revelation.

If correct, and Obama was introduced to Hulton as a Foreign Student, this means Barack Hussein Obama would have been using a Foreign Passport to get and prove his foreign student status for entrance into Occidental College, Columbia, and later Harvard Universities. Because Hulton has signed an Affidavit, this cannot be disregarded as mere hearsay; it is instead evidentiary in nature.

Hulton documents including affidavit, here.

CNS News: Obama Denounces ‘Radical’ Republican Budget, As Democrats Refuse to Produce One:

(The following AP report does not mention that for the past three years, congressional Democrats have failed to produce a budget of their own. As House Speaker John Boehner said last week, the Republican budget “is a serious effort to deal with the fiscal crisis that we’re facing.  We make the real tough decisions that need to be made.  And I find it interesting that the people who are criticizing our budget are people who have not done a budget.  We’ve been waiting now for over 1,000 days for the United States Senate to act on a budget.” In February, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters, “We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year.”)

WASHINGTON (AP) – In an election-year pitch to middle-class voters, President Barack Obama is denouncing a House Republican budget plan as a “Trojan horse,” warning that it represents “an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country” that would hurt the pocketbooks of working families.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear our local talk radio station’s news on the hour  report the fact that the Democrats haven’t produced a budget of their own for three years in conjunction with the story about Obama blasting the Republican budget.I wasn’t expecting that.

Big Government: Obama Campaign Fail: Top Bundler Accused of Fraud:

The Washington Post reported Saturday that a major Obama bundler has been accused of fraud.

New Yorker Abake Assongba has pledged to help President Obama win reelection, and as one of his 400 volunteer fundraisers, she has delivered $50,000 to the cause. But she is also trailed by some controversy, accused in court of defrauding a businessman out of $657,000, impersonating a bank official and dodging creditors.

No surprise here – the Democrat party has become a national crime syndicate.

Life News: Obama Admin Forced to Pay $120K After Targeting Pro-Lifer:

“After 18 months of litigation, the DOJ’s case was thrown out of federal court, and the department was chastised for filing a case with no evidence. Federal Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp stated that Holder’s complete failure to present any evidence of wrongdoing, coupled with the DOJ’s cozy relationship with PWC and their joint failure to preservevideo surveillance footage of the alleged “obstruction,” caused the court to suspect a conspiracy at the highest level of the Obama Administration,” Staver said.

“The Court is at a loss as to why the Government chose to prosecute this particular case in the first place,” wrote Judge Ryskamp. “The Court can only wonder whether this action was the product of a concerted effort between the Government and PWC, which began well before the date of the incident at issue, to quell Ms. Pine’s activities rather than to vindicate the rights of those allegedly aggrieved by Ms. Pine’s conduct.”

Judge Ryskamp concluded that “the evidence could not lead a rational jury to find that Ms. Pine’s conduct [i.e., having peaceful conversations with clinic visitors on a public sidewalk] constituted a physical obstruction within the meaning of FACE.” The Judge chastised Holder for seeking to apply federal law in a clearly unconstitutional manner, saying, “Stretching the terms of FACE to apply to this case…so that a desire to provide people with information about alternatives to abortion constitutes an unlawful motive, would unjustifiably impinge on Ms. Pine’s First Amendment rights.”

Life News: Obama’s HHS Mandate: An Evil Violation of Conscience:

The fundamental problem with the contraception mandate is not that complying with it involves objecting employers in moral wrongdoing. At least for some employers, it may well do that, and this certainly makes the mandate morally objectionable, but this is not the fundamental problem. The fundamental problem with the mandate is that it coerces some people into doing what they think is wrong, and this problem remains regardless of whether the coercion excuses the actions of the people being coerced.

Judicial Watch: DHS To Grant Illegal Aliens “Unlawful Presence Waivers”:

In its quest to implement stealth amnesty, the Obama Administration is working behind the scenes to halt the deportation of certain illegal immigrants by granting them “unlawful presence waivers.”

The new measure would apply to illegal aliens who are relatives of American citizens. Here is how it would work, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement posted in today’s Federal Register, the daily journal of the U.S. government; the agency will grant “unlawful presence waivers” to illegal aliens who can prove they have a relative that’s a U.S. citizen.

Currently such aliens must return to their native country and request a waiver of inadmissibility in an existing overseas immigrant visa process. In other words, they must enter the U.S. legally as thousands of foreigners do on a yearly basis. Besides the obvious security issues, changing this would be like rewarding bad behavior in a child. It doesn’t make sense.

Powerline: A Narrow Escape For Taxpayers:

The collapse of the “green” energy industry continued today, as Solar Trust of America LLC filed for bankruptcy. Solar Trust was, it claimed, carrying out the world’s largest solar energy project in California. Two things make Solar Trust’s bankruptcy especially newsworthy: first, Barack Obama’s Department of Energy offered the company a $2.1 billion loan guarantee just last year. Fortunately, Solar Trust turned it down:

Good God – keep reading.

Washington Confidential: Solar company bankrupt despite ‘win-win’ DOE loan: The list of bankrupt solar companies has grown since Schmidt scolded Solyndra investigators. How many more might go bankrupt? Secretary Chu won’t say.

Moe Lane: Debbie Wasserman Schultz gets eviscerated by Doug McIntyre of 790 KABC:

Hey, who wants to hear Debbie Wasserman Schultz do the rhetorical equivalent of stepping on a Bouncing Betty?  Well, we all do, of course.  The video below is theoretically 3 minutes, 26 seconds long – but you’ll have to stop it at least twice so that you can recover from your laughing fit.

Anyway, I don’t know Doug McIntyre, don’t know his politics, don’t really know his media market.  But what I do know is that he will be avoided by the DNC in the future, if only because any Democratic staffer who gets within fifty feet of him will probably now spontaneously burst into flames.

(An updated variant of this post has been crossposted to RedState)

Moe Lane

[UPDATE] We now have a transcript! A taste, via The Washington Free Beacon:

MCINTYRE: The mayor of Los Angeles [Antonio Villaraigosa] was hit with the largest ethics violations in the 200 year history of the city, three of his campaign bundlers are doing the perp walk, and if it wasn’t for millionaires and billionaires, there wouldn’t have been a shovel stuck in the ground in Los Angeles in the last five years. He makes backroom deals with big billionaire developers, while pretending to care about the 99 percent—please, we know the man’s record, we’ve lived with it.

DWS: Well, okay, Doug, is there something else you’d like to talk about? Because I think we’ve probably exhausted this part of the conversation.

Watch video at link.

CNS News: Philly Mayor: Bad Spinach Gets More National Attention Than Black-on-Black Violence:

Black-on-black violence is a “disease” that deserves a “national investigation,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter told a Youth Violence Prevention forum in Washington on Monday.

“It is a disease,” Nutter said. “It’s a rash, and if there were a rash killing a hundred and some odd young people on a daily basis we’d be doing something about it.”

The Truth About Guns: Quote of the Day: Narrative Destroying Edition

That would be the Zimmerman racial profiling narrative – which now lies in tatters, not that the truth matters to the likes of Sharpton, the New Black Panthers, and the Obama.

WyBlog: This blog proudly stands with “wrong people”

With Andrew Breitbart Leading the Charge – The Right-Wing Blogosphere Goes To War Against the Institutional Left

Alexa Shrugs reminds us of this affecting image of Breitbart from Ben Howe’s Tribute video, looking straight at the camera and simply saying, “War.”

Over the weekend, a funny thing happened in the right wing blogosphere. While at first, the faint-hearted were inclined to throw Rush under the bus for using over the top, inappropriate rhetoric to point out the absurdity of Sandra Fluke’s pathetic testimony before Congress. But over the weekend, the tide turned, and conservatives have gone to war, just as Breitbart would have liked it.

Alexa  is on the warpath:

This is war.  I am going to defend Limbaugh from the radical Leftists who want to take him off the air.  And I am going to call out our opponents by name.  Starting with Sandra Fluke, David Gregory and David Friend.

Sandra Fluke is a 30 year old woman who is president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and went to Georgetown Law despite knowing that their insurance does not cover birth control – because they are a Catholic institution – and made it her mission to force them to change their policy.  Remember when I mentioned how feminazis lied and said a Congressional hearing on religious concerns about the Obamacare contraceptive mandate was only men?  They had wanted Sandra Fluke to testify – I guess Allison Dabbs Garrett and Dr. Laura Champion, the two women who DID testify at the “all-male” panel, just don’t count as women because they don’t toe the radical feminist line.

When Rush made his comments about Sandra Fluke, I thought he was going overboard in order to bring media attention to the farcical nature of her testimony. If that was his m/o, it backfired because the media firestorm that predictably ensued led to the DNC fund-raising off of it, and  Rush losing a number of sponsors. The Democrat Media Complex is doing what it does best – picking a (conservative) targeting it, freezing it, and doing its best to de-legitimize it. Never mind the fact that the left is so consistently  vile in its treatment of conservative women, it’s barely worth mentioning it when they call Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, or Laura Ingraham, and let’s not be sexist, here – even Rick Santorum – a vile name. Yes, thanks to the efforts of gay activist, Dan Savage, we’ve got a major candidate for President of the United States whose name, according to Google is defined in the most vile and depraved terms imaginable. And the MSM calls that “Santorum’s Google problem.” (yuk, yuk.) Because it’s HIS problem that left-wing activists have done this to him, and Google refuses to fix it.

Couldn’t it thus be said that Sandra Fluke has a “talk radio problem”. Because after all, it’s her own extreme views that led this to happen to her.

Ben Howe finds the excruciating double standard to be a bit much, and asks:  Carbonite Drops Ads from Rush Limbaugh but Not Ed Schultz?

You see, Carbonite is also the sponsor for a radio show you probably have not heard of, The Ed Schultz Show.  Ed Schultz made a similar remark to Rush’s although his was less a question about the usage of the word (as it was for Rush) and more him just screaming that Laura Ingraham is a “right wing slut.”

Now I wonder why Friend’s daughters don’t’ come to mind here?  Could this be a publicity stunt?  Could they just be dropping sponsorship of Rush in an effort to gain some exposure to help their company get new customers? Because let’s face it, they’ll get more exposure from dropping Rush then they’ll ever get from keeping Shultz.  And they could probably use it given that companies like DropBox have moved forward into advanced cloud backups and access while Carbonite seems hopelessly invested in remaining in the year 2006, but I digress.

I asked them on twitter and on FaceBook why the difference in treatment and so far haven’t gotten a reply.

In the twitter verse, fellow non-Carbonite user Amish Dude pointed me to one possible reason.

On the bright side, DaTechGuy believes the sponsors who have left Rush have chosen poorly:

Rush has been on the radio now since the late 80′s. People who were listening to him now have children who are listening to him. This is a vast and self-sustaining audience base and nothing he said or the media did will cause that base to abandon him. He will be drawing huge radio numbers long after Sandra fluke is a media footnote. There are many talk radio shows out there but there is only one Rush Limbaugh.

However for Sleep Number, Legal Zoom, Carbonate and pro-flowers and the rest, it’s a different story.

There are many alternatives to all of these companies and all of them are merely a click or two away.

For all the bluster of the left for all the tweets and facebook posts and MSM stories the real pressure these companies will feel is on their bottom line. It will come from the orders unplaced, the subscriptions unrenewed and the business that will flow to their competitors by Rush’s listeners looking for alternatives to the companies that dropped him.

These companies married the left in haste, they will repent at leisure, if they last that long.

Update: Both Legal Insurrection and Althouse blogged Rush, here is the key quote:acct with carbonite:

Keep reading.

Adrienne canceled her account with Carbonite My live chat with Carbonite…

since all the circuits to their 800 number are jammed.

Dana Loesch chided Republicans for falling for the manufactured controversy:

The Obama administration withered for several weeks under the intense criticism from Catholic leaders regarding the forced violation of religious liberty within the HHS mandate. In an effort to turn the tables, Democrats suggested that the GOP want to abridge women’s rights because Republicans expect women to obtain and pay for their own birth control. This afternoon John BoehnerCarly Fiorina, and Rick Santorum bravely provided cover for the President and the ridiculous narrative of “the war on women.”

Each of them utterly failed in this response, but unlike Santorum, Boehner and Fiorina aren’t running a presidential campaign with the hopes of becoming the nominee so they can battle the media in the general.

This reason right here is why Republicans defeat themselves: It doesn’t matter what Barack Obama’s record is if Republicans so willingly allow the media to reframe a debate about religious liberty as a fight over women’s rights.

More have admonished Limbaugh’s description of Sandra Fluke than admonished a 30 year-old woman embarrassing herself before congress by testifying that she simply cannot stop getting it on and her inability to control her urges constitutes infringing upon everyone else for a bailout.

And now this interesting tidbit comes out about the young coed, via The Other McCain: Sandra Fluke Argued for Mandatory Coverage for Sex-Change Surgery

Rather belatedly, we are becoming aware that this supposedly typical Georgetown coed is not very typical at all:

[B]irth control is not all that Ms. Fluke believes private health insurance must cover. She also, apparently, believes that it is discrimination deserving of legal action if “gender reassignment” surgeries are not covered by employer provided health insurance. She makes these views clear in an article she co-edited with Karen Hu in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.
The title of the article . . . is “Employment Discrimination Against LGBTQ Persons” and was published in the Journal’s 2011 Annual Review.

Remember, as Byron York previously reported, Fluke was rejected as a last-minute substitute witness at a Feb. 16 committee hearing because staffers for Chairman Issa were unable to discover Fluke’s claim to expertise relevant to the subject of the hearing.


Yep, Carbonite chose poorly: Fire Andrea Mitchell reports Carbonite stock approaches 52-week low since dropping sponsorship of Rush Limbaugh show.

More people pushing back against the media narrative:

Legal Insurrection: Welcome to total political war

Dan Riehl: Stand With Rush, Or Lie Down And Die Alone

Ace: Me and My Wheelbarrow, Squeakin’ Around

Michelle Malkin: The anti-Rush revival revived — and Barack Obama’s petty presidency

Hot Air: Kirsten Powers on Rush and Sandra Fluke: Where’s the outrage at misogynistic liberal men?

Gateway Pundit: The Misogynist Left Mash-Up (Video)

Dan Riehl, Big Journalism:The Left’s eWar On Rush

Dana Loesch, Big Journalism:Left Petitions To Kick Rush Off Air

MRC: NBC Brings On Al Sharpton to Slam ‘Offensive and Misogynist’ Limbaugh; Ignores Reverend’s Offensive Past

Publius Forum: WARNING: If You Use Carbonite Computer Backup Service, Cancel it NOW

WHD: Obama Called Fluke but Said Nothing to Tornado Victims

Weasel Zippers: $9: Price For a Month’s Supply of Birth Control Pills With No Health Insurance At Target 3 Miles From Georgetown Law…

The Sundries Shack: What a Real War on Women Looks Like

Flopping Aces: The Evolution of a Phony Crisis

Radio Equalizer: TWIST AND SPOUT – Why No Consequences For Lefty Hate Talk?

Doug Ross: All You Need To Know About Sandra Fluke in 30 Seconds

DaTechGuy: The more you know about Sandra Fluke…Update (Hope Carbonite backed up their old business model)

The Weekly Standard: The Daily Grind: Chasing Andrew

Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator: Rally For Rush

Lee Stranahan, Big Journalism: Is Sandra Fluke Coordinating with the White House?

Legal Insurrection: Announcing The Carbonite Accountability Project

Gateway Pundit: Hooray!… Missouri House to Honor Rush Limbaugh With His Bust in Capitol Rotunda

Questions And Observations: How To Manipulate Women Voters: An Obama Campaign Primer

Dan Riehl: Compare Limbaugh’s Class, To Imus’ Trash

Republican Policy Institute: Rep. Darrell Issa Counters False Narrative About HHS Mandate

Michelle Malkin: Capital One “drops” Rush, sticks with serial misogynist Alec Baldwin

Dan Riehl: Think Progress: The Stalinists Are Here

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Libs Using Maxed Out Race Card On a Daily Basis, Now

Remember: This administration is going to attempt whatever necessary to remain in power. Race. Intimidation. Media attacks. Division – divide and f***ing conquer.

I’ve been updating this post:  Obama Media Sycophants Renew Their Race Cards Just In Time For 2012 Election with the latest examples of Liberal race baiting.

I’m sure I missed some stories because there’s a gap between Jan 9 and the 16th, and they’ve been race-baiting  Repubs on an almost daily basis. It’s been especially bad for the past couple of days.

Jan 8:

Weasel Zippers: Former CNN Reporter Tells Al Sharpton: GOP Stuffed With Voters Who Want “Good Old Days of Jim Crow’”…

The latest liberal tendency — to try and cast Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum as racists, or cynical race-baiters to a party stuffed full of racists — is an absolute natural for “Reverend” Al Sharpton on MSNBC. On the Sharpton show “Politics Nation” on Friday night, former CNN reporter Bob Franken shoved both candidates into the mud for their talk of blacks and government dependency: “I think this is very intentional. I think it is part of a hateful campaign that is being very methodically run in the hope it`s going to appeal to voters who would love to see us return to the good old days of Jim Crow.”

Keep reading…


Jan 9:

Weasel Zippers: CNN Political Analyst: GOP Candidates Using “Planned, Seeded, On-Puropse” Racist Comments…

 On Sunday’s CNN Newsroom, host Don Lemon spoke with political analyst Goldie Taylor about recent racially-insensitive incidents among several GOP candidates. “Let’s be clear, these are not stumbles or miscues, these are absolutely planned, seeded, on-purpose stuff,” Taylor exclaimed.

UPDATE IV: (Jan. 16):

Weasel Zippers: Jesse Jackson Shockingly Plays The Race Card: Says It’s “Ironic” GOP Candidates Holding Debate on MLK Day While Running on Racist “States Rights” Platform…

Weasel Zippers: Romney Gives Struggling Black Woman Cash, MSNBC News Calls It Racist: “Patronizing Stereotype of Black People”…

Newsbusters: MSNBC ‘Now’ Panelists: Happy MLK Day, the GOP Is Racist!

Jan. 17:

Gateway Pundit: A New Low… Dem Clyburn: Romney Reminiscent Of Racists Who Kept Rosa Parks In Back Of Bus

The reaction of the SC debate crowd to Newt Gingrich’s smack-down of Juan William’s race baiting question at the debate last night should have sent a warning to racial demagogues – people are clearly fed up, and not  putting up with the racialist BS any longer.

Juan Williams was booed, and Gingrich was given a standing O for standing up to the demagoguery:

video via HotAirBlog

That won’t stop them, though – the race card has always been a powerful weapon for the left, and they won’t give up on it until it becomes a completely discredited laughingstock that has become a liability. Hence, the updates. Bookmark this post, and check back – I will continue to update as the election season wears on.

You can send me examples of the race card in action at nicedebsATgmailDOTcom.

GOP Should Just Say No To Biased Debates

Brent Bozell is in high dudgeon over these atrocious debates – as well he should be:

Sitting through the Republican debate on Saturday night with ABCs George Stephanopoulos was just painful, from beginning to end. Some of it was just political Ambien. But when it was finally over, there was just one question: Who in the GOP in his or her right mind invites a historically shameless Democratic spin controller like Stephanopoulos to “moderate” a primary debate like this — ever?

The only thing that can be said in defense of that horrible decision was turning to NBC the next morning and seeing “moderator” David Gregory be even more slanted in his questioning. ABC slanted the ideological questions in their debate by a ratio of 6 questions from the left to each 1 from the right. The NBC ratio was 8 to 1.

Why must the Republicans keep handing over their debate stage in the primary season to the people who desperately want them all to bumble, stumble and fall on their faces on national TV?

In the ABC debate — an event held for Republican voters presumably to decide who is reliably conservative enough to win the nomination — ABC asked three questions from the conservative perspective and 20 from the left (25 were ideologically neutral). Twelve of the 48 questions, or 25 percent of the night’s total, were devoted to promoting contraception and gay marriage, so trite and repetitive that finally the audience booed them down.

I’ve been wondering the same thing. It’s a Republican primary. Why would our candidates agree to hold their debates on hostile ground? Don’t they have a say in the matter? Why not say no to ABC, CNN, NBC, and CBS if they can’t hold a debate in a fair, unbiased manner? Perhaps they think that it would be spun that they are too afraid to answer tough questions. But the ideological questions weren’t tough – they were just stupid – contraception and gay marriage are not the top issues of the day. The questions were  designed to make Republicans look foolish, or outside the mainstream.

I was talking to a friend about the primary race, the other day, and asked her what she thought of Rick Santorum. She thought he was focused too much on social issues like contraception, when there are much more important issues to worry about.

Rick Santorum is not obsessed with contraception. Reporters are obsessed with asking him about contraception, which makes him look like he’s obsessed with contraception. And because of that – it’s become a campaign issue. Nice work, LSM.

And although support for gay marriage has increased over the years, opposing it is not outside the mainstream. 

Rasmussen polled voters to find out what the most important issues on their minds were going in to the 2012 election season. Keep in mind – these are all voters, not just Republican voters:

Economy 80%
Health Care 67%
Gov’t Ethics and Corruption 65%
Taxes 60%
Social Security 60%
Education 60%
Immigration 49%
National Security/War on Terror 48%
Afghanistan 24%
War in Iraq 19%

Yet 25 percent of  questions asked at the ABC debate were about contraception and gay marriage?

I’m with Don Surber, who concluded his post about ABC’s debate bias:

In the fall, Republicans should not allow anyone from ABC to moderate any debate because the network was unserious and insincere on Saturday night.

I would add NBC, as well.

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2011…The Year When The Stupid Stupefied.

I suppose it was bound to happen. We’ve been building up to it for years, indoctrinating our youth instead of teaching them to think, and creating a climate where the right not to be offended was more cherished than the right to speak plainly, with the full knowledge that the intended recipients should be ashamed, rather than offended. Still, for me at least, it felt like in 2011, stupid reached critical mass, and started a chain reaction of stupid in everything that it touched. And as I watched, I felt…ennui.

I know that it, and other things kept shouting at my muse this year, until I rarely heard her sweet song, enticing me to tap out far fewer lines than I normally would. I just find it difficult to be either insightful or entertaining when my response to 93% of the headlines is “DUH!” and my response to 5% of the remaining 7% really shouldn’t be repeated in polite company anyway.

It was a year when we saw a key economic partner crippled by earthquakes and tsunamis, giving much fodder but little fact to the anti-nuke hysterics. A story that then faded from our conscience as our news outlets found new stories to hyperventilate about, despite the fact that the real story will continue to unfold for years.

It was yet another year when dissent equaled racism in the eyes of the people who believe their opinions should be our own, and tell us so at every opportunity. It isn’t surprising though. The criticism equals racism meme was getting almost as lonely as it was tired.

It was the year when spoiled entitled youth from across the country mounted a frontal assault on the very same capitalism that made it possible to tweet the “revolution” from their iPhones and blog about it on their Macbooks.

It was the year that the middle east erupted in protests against despotic leaders, so they could replace them with…despotic leaders…and terrorists. And in at least one case, it wasn’t enough for the Duffer-in-Chief to “Bear Witness”…he made sure we helped to replace the devil we knew with the one we didn’t. (Go ahead…call this racist, it won’t make you right or me wrong.)

It was a year in which we saw the Federal Government sue states for trying to enforce the same laws that the Federal Government refused to.  And it was a year in which we learned of the most incompetent plan to track illegal firearms and activies with them EVER…a plan that could only exist to curtail a Constitutional right, not make anyone safer.  Just ask Brian Terry, and scores of Mexican citizens…oh, that’s right…you can’t.  And, as predictable as Grandpa going to the bathroom after breakfast with the newspaper tucked under his arm, calling for the resignation of the Attorney General who appears to have known all about it is….wait for it…RACIST!!!!

It was the year in which we learned that needing an ID to drive, buy booze and cigarettes, apply for credit, get an apartment, and go to college was NOT racist, but requiring it before you let someone cast a ballot, IS. (Thank you, Uncle Facts.)

It was the year when our elected officials received the clearest warning yet given from the financial sector that spending more than it takes in is an invitation to ruin and doom…and their response was to ignore the real issue, point fingers at each other, and keep spending money it doesn’t have on things it has no lawful authority to do. I wish the stupid was confined to the government on this point, but our shame is double, since we keep letting them do this. I can’t think of any other situation where we hire people to perform certain duties for us, for which we pay them sums certain, only to have them decide that they also have to feed everyone in the next state, clothe them, make sure they get medical care, and in order to do it, they take out loans in our name, without our consent, and tell us that it will be fine, because it will actually be our kids and grandkids paying the loans back.

I’d like to live just long enough to see those same little children who were singing the creepy “dear leader-esque” songs to the serial vacationer in the Oval Office shouting his name in anger when they are all in their 40s, living in efficiency apartments and clothed in rags as they service the debt to pay off the Spendulous slush funds and payoffs, furious that he and the Senate that hasn’t passed a budget in years so blatantly stole their futures from them so they could live very comfortably in the now. I am sure that when my own sons are grown adults, Senator Reid’s name will be synonymous with corruption, shortsightedness, and FAIL!

It was the year in which we heard an entire party that at least understands the differences between an America that is strong, prosperous, and exceptional, as opposed to one that is gripped by economic decline and malaise, without focus, vision, or unity, decried as evil, mean people who want blacks hanging from trees, and old people and kids with autism to starve.

It was a year when an athlete who openly practiced his faith became a punchline for people too cowardly or too lazy to find and keep their own. And still, he prays. Thank you for that.

It was another year when those who believed in nothing, and had no standards or goals past living another year, and getting whatever they could continued to mock and critique those who do. It was another year when decency was something uttered with a sneer by people who could not or refused to find it in themselves.

It was another year when truth was there to be found by anyone diligent and humble enough to seek it, and accept it for what it is. It was a year in which I learned even more about the “Why?” relating to the design, and to my sorrow, many of the points of deviation.

It was a year when certain divisions became more pronounced, and certain outcomes began to feel more inevitable. It was sobering, and frustrating when I could see where so many people either sleepwalk through it, quietly accept it, or worst of all, embrace it.

My resolution for 2012? To make myself speak, rather than letting this show stun me in to silence for another year. I’m no different from many of you. I’ll be swept along in the tide of events along with every other average Joe and Jill.

But I’ll be damned if I go quietly.

Politico Runs Hit Piece On Herman Cain Based On Vague Allegations Of Two Anonymous Sources

Four Politico reporters, *including Journolister, Ben Smith, have run a story  alleging that Herman Cain engaged in “inappropriate behavior” with two female employees while head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. They have confirmed the identities of the two female restaurant association employees who complained about Cain but, for privacy concerns, are not publishing their names. Very sweet of them. As we know, private citizens deemed a threat to a presidential candidate *cough* “Joe the Plumber” *cough* can be savaged by the MSM in an effort to discredit them. So those privacy concerns are well founded. The MSM would totally leave no stone unturned in their efforts to smear these courageous whistleblowers whose stories could torpedo the campaign of the candidate most likely to beat Obama in the 2012 election.


John Hayward of Human events notes that not only has “sexual harassment” returned with a vengeance since its heyday in the nineties, it now doesn’t even have to be “overtly sexual.”

The sources — which include the recollections of close associates and other documentation — describe episodes that left the women upset and offended. These incidents include conversations allegedly filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature, taking place at hotels during conferences, at other officially sanctioned restaurant association events and at the association’s offices. There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.

Remember the Praetorian Guard behavior of the media ranks that closed around Bill Clinton – to the point of aggressively suppressing credible accusations of rape against him, and thereby launching the career of Matt Drudge – when you watch the swarms of reporters tearing into Herman Cain over this.  I wonder how many innuendo-laden conversations Clinton had with women who were not Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office.  Heck, I wonder how many he had last week.

All of Politico’s sources are perfectly anonymous.  Anonymous sources confirm the reports of anonymous sources, and anonymously relate things Herman Cain allegedly said to them years ago.  Everyone willing to go on the record either had no comment, or spoke well of Cain.

Read on.

RS McCain updates his post on the Politico Hit piece:

UPDATE II: A female Republican operative who worked on Herman Cain’s 2004 Georgia Senate campaign scoffs at the accusations against him. “I don’t believe story that Cain behaved inappropriately,” wrote the woman, who uses the Twitter handle @KarolNYC. “He never even bordered on inappropriate in the slightest,” she Tweeted, and added that she ”just can’t believe there’s anything to the charges.”

Time will tell if there is any substance to this story. As Hayward notes:

Cain is supposed to make a Fox News appearance at 11:15 this morning, and will also speak at the American Enterprise Institute today.  He should throw every card he has on the table, and relate every scrap of knowledge he personally possesses about whatever took place, subject to any legal obligations he might have to the National Restaurant Association.  If this story has even the tiniest bit of meat on its bones, a misleading report will become the story by the end of the week, and nobody in the press will care about how shoddy Politico’s rollout was.

Now, a word about the Politico and their shoddy use or disuse of anonymous sources however it suits them.

In 2008, the Politico was given a tip that would have shed light on the Obama/Ayers relationship, but was never followed up on in the fall of 2008 -   the Ayers babysitting story. It was quashed because, according to the rumors circulating at the time,  there was only one nervous, anonymous source, and Ben Smith needed at least two anonymous sources to run the story.

As I reported in July, 2010: Not That It Matters Anymore, But There WAS A Second Source For That 2008 Obama/Ayers Babysitting Story:

Hillbuzz recently took note of the fact that The Politico’s Ben Smith was a member of the Obama-supporting Journolist cabal: Our experience with Journolist member (and committed Obama operative) Ben Smith during the 2008 general election:

The McCain campaign approached us with a story they had on Obama, which needed a second source to confirm.  They had found a young woman in Hyde Park who had played with the older Obama girl on occasion, and knew about babysitting William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn did for the Obama girls.  The young woman was the daughter of a McCain supporter in Hyde Park (probably the only McCain supporter in Hyde Park), and was barely a teenager.  The McCain camp went to Ben Smith with this story, but he refused to look into it because the only witness to the Ayers/Dohrn babysitting operation was a teenaged girl who happened to be the daughter of a McCain supporter.

We were charged with finding someone else who could verify that Ayers/Dohrn babysat the Obama girls.  We brought their old swimming instructor up, and Ben Smith shot that person (now a respected advertising executive) down because she, too, was a Republican and a McCain supporter.  So, Ben Smith refused to do a write-up on the Ayers/Dorhn babysitting…despite getting two different people who didn’t know each other to verify that this happened on more than one occasion.

When you look at a map of the Hyde Park area, you see Louis Farrakhan, the Obama/Rezko Mansion, and the William Ayers residence in very close proximity to one another…about as close to each other as The Gap, Banana Republic, and Express are to each other in a typical suburban mall.  Walking distance.  So close, young children could easily walk between the houses without parents worrying about them.

That story was one of many that could have deep-sixed the Obama campaign, but thanks to Journolister, Ben Smith, it was the story that was deep sixed.

When it comes to “Praetorian Guard behavior from the media ranks”, none hold a candle to The Politico.


Fox News: Happening Now Exclusive: Herman Cain Says He Never Sexually Harassed Anyone, But Was Accused of Harassment While at National Restaurant Association:

Cain stressed, “I have never sexually harassed anyone.” He did admit that he was accused of harassment while at the National Restaurant Association, saying, “Yes, I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association. And, I say falsely because it turned out, after the investigation, to be baseless.”


The Weekly Standard: Cain’s Former Secretary: This Is Not the Herman Cain I Know:

Past employees of Cain, including his long-time female executive assistant, have told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the charges are unbelievable.

“It’s just not Herman,” says Sibby Wolfson, who was Cain’s executive assistant from 1997 through his first campaign for office in 2004, in a phone interview. “He’s got a lovely wife, a lovely family.”

Did Wolfson ever see Cain act in a way that could be construed as sexual harassment? “No, God, no,” she says. “Nothing. Absolutely nothing. In fact, I think Herman was careful to act in the opposite way.”

If Herman Cain was a  sexual harasser, (a la Bill Clinton), more women will be coming out of the woodwork in the coming weeks. But, somehow, I doubt it. Just like Anita Hill was the only woman Clarence Thomas was ever known to allegedly harass, these two anonymous victims of harassment will probably turn out to be isolated incidents, as well.


Ace (who’s a Perry supporter) says he’s been hearing rumors:

Here’s a big question: “Are we going to hear about other allegations in the future?”

He says, “Absolutely not.” But immediately says: “If more allegations come, people will [sic] simply make them up.”

I say this is a big question because I heard about this stuff a month ago, and I didn’t hear about two incidences. I heard about many more.

I did not have detailed information, certainly nothing publishable. But I heard there was a long and numerous history here.

If he has this flaw in his character, there will be other instances of harassment, and those stories will come out eventually. Better now, then in the general election.

But it’s hard to believe it’s true when so many women who have worked for him are willing to go on the record saying they have never seen that in his character.

See also:

The Other McCain’s exclusive coverage of Herman Cain At The National Press Club.

Dana Loesch at Big Journalism:Politico’s Jonathan Martin Won’t Divulge Details Of Cain Story

John Guardiano: Politico’s High-Tech Lynching of Herman Cain:

The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution says explicitly that the accused has a right “to be confronted with the witnesses against him.”

True, the court of public opinion is not the same as a court of law. Still, the same basic principles of fairness and decency ought to apply in both venues. The media must not character assassinate people with anonymous accusations which, if true, could destroy reputations and end careers.

In short, name names or shut the hell up.

*Correction: My report originally listed Ben Smith as one of the writers of the Politico hit piece. I was confusing him with Jonathan Martin.

Hat tip: Charles B.

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More MSM Fantasizing: “Honest” Obama’s Miraculous “White House Free of Scandal”

On September 27, I wrote a post called Obama Fantasies to ridicule the MSM’s latest attempt to push a narrative they deem helpful to their chosen one – the risible, snort-inducing, “scandal-free Obama administration” meme.

The “scandal-free” narrative tried to gain traction,  a week or so ago:

Mark it on your calendars: if President Obama has just 20 days to go — October 6! — in order to claim the record as the most scandal-free president since 1977.

Then the Solyndra scandal broke in a big way, smashing the meme to smithereens. But the idea that the Obama administration was “scandal free” was a complete fantasy before Solyndra.

Here’s an incomplete list of Obama scandals to date:

DealergateDOJ Black Panther whitewash, the Obamafication of NEA art, the Sestak affair, the politically expedient IG Gerald Walpin firing, misspent Porkulous funds,  the DOJ’s secret astroturf propaganda unit, the Shorebank scandal, oilgate, Blagojevich Rezko Obama corruption, his  unaccountable Communist czars, Fast and Furious, The Gibson Guitar Raid, and now Solyndra and LightSquared.

Scandal-free, my a$$.

Now, a month later, we have Jonathan Alter  reviving the narrative in a piece that reads like The Onion at Bloomberg News:

President Barack Obama goes into the 2012 with a weak economy that may doom his reelection. But he has one asset that hasn’t received much attention: He’s honest. (emphasis mine.)

Stop laughing – it gets better:

…the president’s Teflon is intriguing. How did we end up in such a scandal-less state? After investigating the question for a recent Washington Monthly article, I’ve been developing some theories. For starters, the tone is always set at the top. Obama puts a premium on personal integrity, and with a few exceptions…

I’ll tell you how he got into such a -uh – “scandal-less state”. Most of the idiots in the MSM aren’t reporting on the scandals as they should be, (in some cases they’re actively running interference for the administration – *cough* NYTs *cough* . So those who don’t watch Fox News, read conservative media, or page 23 D of the newspaper the one and only time the scandal’s mentioned, don’t get to find out what is really going on.

But the White House’s intense focus on scandal prevention has had mixed results. The almost proctological vetting process has ended up wounding Obama as much as prospective nominees. He gets cleaner but often less imaginative officials.

Bwahahahah…*breathe, breathe* Bwahahahaha!

Who was the proctologist in charge of the Van Jones vetting process? Eric Holder? Kathleen Sebelius?

There’s been a culture of corruption in the Obama administration since day one, as should be obvious by now to anyone with working brain cells. It was so blatant and egregious, Michelle Malkin was able to write a book about his “team of tax cheats, crooks, and cronies” only six months into his Presidency.

The vigilance about wrongdoing has worked better when it comes to oversight of the $787 billion stimulus program. The money might not always have been spent on the right things. But a rigorous process supervised by Vice President Joe Biden, and made transparent with the help of, has prevented widespread fraud and abuse.

He really had to bring “Sheriff Joe’s” stellar work fighting waste and fraud, into it, didn’t he? Because we haven’t laughed enough, already.

A few months ago, Doug Ross listed what he considered to be the top 10 boondoggles funded by the  “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, selected from the Coburn reportAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act“.

Here’s a few – You’ll love these:

1. Restoring a ‘national park’ that’s almost 100% underwater (FL) – $13 million

Visitors to Key West, Florida with enough time and money can explore one of the National Park Service’s less convenient destinations: Dry Tortugas National Park. Located 70 miles offshore, the park is almost entirely underwater and accessible only by airplane or private boat. Despite its relative inaccessibility, the park will get $13,304,484 in repairs for its barely above-water attraction, Fort Jefferson. Those willing to take the 4 1/2 hour round-trip ferry ride aboard the Yankee Freedom II have to pay as much as $165 per person, but will discover that only 40 of the park’s 65,000 acres are dry land.

4. Commerce Dept. Makeover and Door Shift (Washington, DC) – $183 million

The Hoover building in Washington has been rehabbed at a cost of nearly $1 billion over the last decade. It houses approximately 3,500 federal employees at the Department of Commerce, the White House Visitor Center, and the National Aquarium. The money will be used renovating unused office space for temporarily rotating groups of up to 400 Commerce employees at a time and ripping out

walls to install 16 miles of insulation. And moving a door to the aquarium.

3. Snow-making equipment and chair lifts (Mt. Snow, Vermont) – $25 million

Mt. Snow will use the stimulus dollars to replace two chairlifts, construct a 120-million-gallon storage pond for snowmaking, and install additional snowmaking fan guns. “Mount Snow was pursuing the chairlift renovations when they learned that government stimulus funds were available for ski area capital improvements.”

2. Fake News Videos Pitching ObamaCare (NYC, New York) – $25 million

What do you do when a key government program is unpopular with the general public? In the case of the stimulus, you sign a multi-million dollar contract with a public relations firm previously embroiled in controversy. For some time, the administration’s push for health information technology systems has faced significant public resistance because of privacy concerns. In response, the Department of Health and Human Services spent $25.8 million on a contract with Ketchum Inc. to help win over public opinion. Ketchum was criticized before, however, on other governmental work. The reason? Producing fake TV news stories for government agencies.

It turns out that waste and fraud are features, not bugs in the unwanted stimulus – the inspiration for the Tea Party.

I realize Alter’s target audience are the drones – he means to keep them in a continued state of unawareness -  but judging from the comments at Bloomberg, it ain’t flying with most if not everyone at that site. If the first page of comments are an indication of the rest of the 1338 Comments, Alter has  safely cleared the shark in a clown-suit as far as most people are concerned.

Here are a few sample comments:

Miracle? How? The media consistantly gives the false messiah, Soros’ pet a pass. What is the big surprise? If this was GW Bush, he would have been impeached 16 times already.

DRIPPING WITH STUPIDITY. . .. . This writer is as intellectually honest as Obama is. Where to begin? …

packsoldier 1 hour ago
Has this clown ever heard of Solyndra? Or Operation Fast and Furious? Who TF is Jon Alter kidding?
Todd James 1 hour ago
Oh brother…keep grabbing at straws Mr. Alter…I’m enjoying the show! This President isn’t and wasn’t qualified to be dog catcher just as you are not qualified to be an objective, fair and honest journalist. You didn’t do your job in the last election cycle so I’m certainly not going to put any stock in what you write or say now. There is no way in hell I would vote to re-elect this man. He’s done enough damage and needs to find a career he’s actually qualified to do and I have no idea what that is.
Wow. Just. Wow.
How much alprazolam does one need to take to write such an article?   This guy seems to be on enough to cause drug shortages elsewhere.
  • What a buffoon. In the fantasy, make-believe world of Leftists, where all they do is read each other’s swill, Obama is “free of scandal”.  In the real world, everyone knows otherwise.  Whatever brains or standards these Leftists may have once had has been converted into mush in their demented, suicidal quest to prop up this President, the worst of all time.
  • jasoncraig1982 2 hours ago
    This is the most ridiculous article I have ever read.  It is filled with lies and distortions and is your typical liberal spin.  What’s “unethical” is that you people call yourselves journalists.  Whoever wrote this is a mindless Obama drone.
  • Alisnicesometimes 2 hours ago

    Only thing I can add that hasn’t already been mentioned regarding Alter is that I keep thinking back to that old BeeGees song, written especially for JA’s parents:  “I started a joke.”

    Keep ‘em coming, Jonny…keep ‘em coming.  Like Joe Pesci, you amuse me.

I haven’t read a single comment in defense of the article. Granted, I only read the first page of comments, but still….
Pretty brutal stuff – especially when you consider that the vast majority of the over 1,300 comments are in the same vein.

Was devouring “Antonio Gramsci unicorn skittles” in front of God and everybody really worth it for Alter, I wonder?


One more biggie for the scandal list: Pigford – Thanks to an anonymous commenter for reminding me.

There are so many scandals, it’s really hard to keep track of them all.

Linked by Gay Patriot, and Doug Ross, thanks!

Obama Fantasies

During the 2008 campaign, Bill Clinton, in a rare moment of honest candor, described Obama’s candidacy as ” the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen”. He was roundly lambasted for that raaaaacist comment, but of course he was 100% correct.  That fairytale, or  “fantasy” as I like to call it,  didn’t develop without a whole lot of assistance from the MSM. Assistance that continues to this day, I should add..

In the past few months, we’ve seen Obama, characterized as our “scandal-free” “adult in the room” President who  is “finally going to get tough with his opponents”, and has “no time to feel sorry for himself”.


The “scandal-free” narrative tried to gain traction,  a week or so ago:

Mark it on your calendars: if President Obama has just 20 days to go — October 6! — in order to claim the record as the most scandal-free president since 1977.

Then the Solyndra scandal broke in a big way, smashing the meme to smithereens. But the idea that the Obama administration was “scandal free” was a complete fantasy before Solyndra.

Here’s an incomplete list of Obama scandals to date:

DealergateDOJ Black Panther whitewash, the Obamafication of NEA art, the Sestak affair, the politically expedient IG Gerald Walpin firing, misspent Porkulous funds,  the DOJ’s secret astroturf propaganda unit, the Shorebank scandal, oilgate, Blagojevich Rezko Obama corruption, his  unaccountable Communist czars, Fast and Furious, The Gibson Guitar Raid, and now Solyndra and LightSquared.

Scandal-free, my a$$.

The Obami tried to position Obama as the “adult in the room” during budget negotiations with Republicans,

To strengthen his credibility as the “adult in the room,” President Obama repeatedly asserted his willingness to stand up to liberal activist groups in pursuit of a grand bargain. “I’m prepared to take on significant heat from my party to get something done,” he said, “and I expect the other side should be willing to do the same thing if they mean what they say.”

Yet it is he is who has been the irresponsible spendthrift, procrastinating action on the debt crisis until he could come up with a transparently political plan that won’t work.

It’s hard to keep track of all the tax hikes that President Obama is proposing, but it’s very simple to recognize his main target – the evil, nasty, awful people known as the rich.

Or, as Obama identifies them, the “millionaires and billionaires” who happen to have yearly incomes of more than $200,000.

Whether the President is talking about higher income tax rates, higher payroll tax rates, an expanded alternative minimum tax, a renewed death tax, a higher capital gains tax, more double taxation of dividends, or some other way of extracting money, the goal is to have these people foot the bill for a never-ending expansion of the welfare state.

This sounds like a pretty good scam, at least if you’re a vote-buying politician, but there is one little detail that sometimes gets forgotten. Raising the tax burden is not the same as raising revenue.

That may not matter if you’re trying to win an election by stoking resentment with the politics of hate and envy. But it is a problem if you actually want to collect more money to finance a growing welfare state

At various times throughout his presidency, the MSM has celebrated Obama’s “new, more combative” tone in fighting those intransigent Republicans. Because we all know, Obama’s been such a meek and mild shrinking violet until now.

Riiiight. Michelle Malkin burst that particular fantasy some time ago:

“We don’t mind the Republicans joining us,” Obama taunted a few weeks ago. “They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

“They’re counting on young people staying home and union members staying home and black folks staying home,” the fear-mongering agent of hope and change jeered on the campaign trail last month.

You would think they’d be saying thank you,” he sneered last April, when millions turned out for the nationwide Tax Day tea party protests.

I want them just to get out of the way” and “don’t do a lot of talking,” he scoffed in response to prescient critics of the federal trillion-dollar stimulus boondoggle.

In addition to labeling GOP opponents of his open-borders policies “enemies” who needed to be “punished” by Latino voters, Obama accused them — that is, us — of lacking patriotism. “Those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values,” he told viewers of the Spanish-language network Univision.

Now, in full 2012 campaign mode, Obama tries to rally the dubious CBC, by saying, “I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain.” He also told the CBC to “take off your bedroom slippers” and “put on your marching shoes.” And he scolded them to “stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying.”

Obama doesn’t have time to feel sorry for himself?!

As Commentary’s Peter Wehner says:

If there has been a president in my lifetime who has felt more sorry for himself – who has laid the blame for his failures on more people (George W. Bush, the Congressional GOP, the Tea Party, conservative talk radio hosts, millionaires and billionaires) and more things (ATMs, Japanese tsunamis, the Arab Spring, Fox News, Wall Street, et cetera) – I can’t think of who that might be. As the wheels on the Obama presidency come off, as his record of ineptness becomes more indisputable, Obama is becoming more intemperate, more aggrieved, more prickly, and more detached from reality.

What we are seeing is a president attempt to create, almost out of whole cloth, his own character, his own narrative, his own truth. That might work in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel; it works less well in an American presidential campaign.

Well, it may work if enough of his sycophants in the MSM help keep the fantasies alive.


In Interview Paul Krugman Says He has Regular Contact With White House, Bush WH Was “Evil and Stupid” – Obama WH “Good Guys and Smart”

Krugman laments that those good, smart guys in the Obama White House aren’t forceful enough. (after all, Obama could go over the heads of Congress and pass everything by executive fiat.)

He says he’s trying to make this Communist “progressive” moment in American history  a success.

This very special interview was conducted on September 3rd, and is brought to you courtesy of The Blaze:


Rush Limbaugh Morning Update: Poor Pharaoh Obama!

Rush Limbaugh was in fine form this morning responding to the AP’s latest journalistic malpractice that Tom Blumer of Newsbusters skewered, yesterday:

This is the utter garbage in a Tuesday morning report, (“Obama faces tight restraints in crafting jobs plan”) the Associated Press’s Jim Kuhnhenn expects his wire service’s readers, listeners, and viewers to swallow, and its subscribing media outlets to non-skeptically publish and broadcast.

After you read the whole thing, you’ll be wondering what planet Kuhnhenn lives on.

Here’s Rush’s humorous morning update for Sept. 1, 2011:


Rush’s little bro, David  on Hannity, last night:

The Right Scoop David Limbaugh rips into Obama and the Democrats

I love David Limbaugh’s passion as he rips Obama for not only disregarding the law and the Constitution, but for being beholden to his ideology so much that he is the one man standing in the way of reforms that would put this nation on the right path:

Watch the video at the link.

Hat tip: Brian B.


Has Obama’s MSM Praetorian Guard Helped or Hurt Him?

Fred Barnes, writing for the Weekly Standard seems to think the MSM’s extreme pro-Obama bias has ended up hurting our beloved “Naked Emperor” in Obama’s Enablers:

As a rule, the press is the scourge of presidents. They’re expected to endure unending scrutiny, mistrust, and badgering—plus hostility if they’re Republicans—by a hectoring herd of reporters and commentators in the mainstream media. But there’s an exception to the rule: President Obama.

It’s counterintuitive, but Obama has been hurt by the media’s leniency. Both his presidency and reelection prospects have suffered. He’s grown lazy and complacent. The media have encouraged him to believe his speeches are irresistible political catnip, though they aren’t. His overreliance on words hasn’t helped.

The kind of media pressure that can cause a president to sharpen his game, act with urgency, or take bolder steps—that has never been applied to Obama. If it had, I suspect he’d be a more effective, disciplined, energetic, and popular president today. Ronald Reagan is a good role model in this regard. When the media attacked him over gaffes in the 1980 campaign, “Reagan responded like all competitive men by working to improve himself,” says Reagan historian Craig Shirley. “Experience taught him to be better and try harder.” He took this lesson into the White House.

I don’t want to exaggerate the media’s baneful influence on Obama. It’s hardly the main reason for his decline. It’s a secondary reason, and it continues to have an impact.

Well, I would say that as a rule, since around 1980, the MSM’s “unending scrutiny, mistrust, and badgering” has almost entirely been directed at Republican Presidents. Reagan, Bush senior and Bush Jr  were constantly pounded by the media. I distinctly remember feeling awful for Bush Sr. after he got sick at the Japanese State Dinner. And I was shocked at how unfair the ensuing uproar was:

According to USA Today, the incident was one of the top “25 memorable public meltdowns that had us talking and laughing or cringing over the past quarter-century.”[4]

A satiric play featuring the incident,[5] and an art exhibit with an image of it was reviewed in 2000.[6]

Yes, it was treated like it was “public meltdown”, (like there was some great personal failing involved) not that he had just very unfortunately fell ill in public. Nausea is obviously not something you can control, yet they mercilessly made fun of him anyway. And this happened back when there was not as much conservative media to push back their unfair narratives.

The MSM mostly  looked the other way during Clinton years whether it was any of the numerous “Gates” that plagued his administration, or something minor like Clinton being seen merrily yukking it up at Ron Brown’s funeral, then quickly biting his lip and wiping a tear away when he spotted the TV cameras.

They circled the wagons for their man — especially during Lewinsky-gate.  Clinton was almost as dishonest as Obama  -  I say almost because no one will ever be able to hold a candle to Obama when it comes to lying to the American people.

(You know, there’s a reason why the left screeched that George Bush was a liar for eight long years. They know that their own guys are pathological liars, and they’re actually okay with that when it’s their own guys. When Republicans hold power, they  project their own sides’ pathologies onto them, thinking conservatives are the same way.  We see this over and over and over and over again. It actually explains all those charges of “reich-wing” fascism, through the years, too. We see what happens when they’re in charge, and it ain’t pretty.)

The thing about the media bias for Obama is that it has never before been this blatant,  this uniform, or this extreme. It’s not just that the MSM doesn’t pressure their hero — they actively bury stories that are damaging to him, while viciously going after his enemies. And they unquestioningly parrot his talking points. That’s pretty darn helpful, there’s no getting around it. Most people still blame Bush for Obama’s crappy economy. That’s thanks to Obama’s praetorian guard.

Barnes continues:

In Washington, the plight of the jobless has been underplayed, and not only by the media. The White House has promised for two years to “pivot” to an agenda stressing job creation, but still hasn’t made the turn. On his three-day bus tour in the Midwest, Obama seemed oblivious to the depth of the unemployment trauma.

“Private sector job growth is good,” he said in Alpha, Illinois. In reality, it’s bad and getting worse. “The economy is now growing again,” he said. Barely. Obama said trade deals and patent reform would promote hiring, if only Congress would approve them. But it’s the president who has delayed the trade treaties, and both houses of Congress have passed patent reform measures.

The media routinely give Obama a pass on such stuff. On the tour, Obama insisted, as he has many times before, that he saved the nation from a “Great Depression.” So far as I know, the press has never challenged this dubious claim. But it is belied by the fact the recession came to an official end in June 2009, months before Obama’s policies could have played more than a minimal role.

Ask yourself this: If unemployment were treated by the media today as the top national issue, as it was in 1982 and 1983 when Reagan was president, would Obama be dawdling? Not likely. The jobless rate then was only slightly higher than it is now. But in those days, the press focused relentlessly on the jobless.

Not likely?

The premise here, unless I’m mistaken, is that the “dawdling” president would do more to make things better if only he were challenged more by his friends in the media. But this  is Marxist ideologue, Obama we’re talking about, and he isn’t dawdling - he has been quite actively destroying the economy since day one of his tenure. Let’s look at the evidence: Besides the non-stop spend-a-thon, his administration has been pummeling  businesses with burdensome regulations, moratoriumsabsurd NLRB demands, and looming tax increases. His desire to pick  winners and losers is leading to the destruction of entire industries.

These aren’t the actions of someone who’s trying to “create jobs” in a free, capitalistic economy.

If you look at what Obama is doing as Cloward Piven on steroids, only then  it begins to make sense. Can anyone really be this incompetent?

Barack Obama has spent the last 1,000+ days defying reason and choosing policy directions that seem nonsensical to the rational mind: a failed stimulus package; ObamaCare; growing the deficit to astronomical proportions; and cynically portraying wealth as immoral. Now, when cuts are the only fix to a budgetary balloon about to burst, a seemingly illogical President digs in and demands additional phantom dollars to spend on a system that is collapsing under the weight of unmanageable debt.

It’s hard to figure out the method to the President’s obvious madness, because based on Obama’s approval rating, if the election were held today even Pee Wee Herman could replace Obama behind the Resolute Desk.  Maybe the “method” isn’t “mad” in the least!

Could it be that Barack Obama is purposely pressuring the system in a premeditated effort to foster a major crisis?   One that would demand extraordinary measures to control by a President who could then mete out basic sustenance to Americans who would agree to anything to regain some sense of normalcy.  And in the process successfully usher in the “socially just” system Barack Obama has dreamed of all his life.

While radical Alinsky/Cloward-Piven disciple Obama appears to be clueless and detached, it may be a ploy; he may actually be focused and engaged as he purposely pursues an Alinsky-inspired course of action to force the system to “live up” to its own rules.  Obama’s ultimate goal of once-and-for-all discrediting the capitalist system and replacing America’s foundational economic and social tenets with a broad-based socialist one headed by progressive Marxists like himself, is actually within reach.

As Obama pushes and prods the US economy and instigates social unrest, it could be that he believes a Cloward-Piven-style utopia resides just beyond the horizon — a progressive panacea where an election-free, classless society, thankful for a simple crust of bread, looks to Barack Obama to keep the peace by remaining in power indefinitely.

Obama is leading the organized left’s charge  to fundamentally transform America.

This is what Obama’s enablers are enabling.

More thoughts from:

Joy McCann of The Conservatory

Citing 13 Erroneous Statements, Issa Demands NY Times Retract Error-Ridden Front Page Story

The office of Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has formally requested that the New York Times issue a front-page retraction for an error-filled hit-piece entitled, “Helping His District, and Himself“, by Eric Lichtblau, (who has been described by some in the right-wing blogosphere as a contemptible “lick-spittle”):

Lick-spittle. A slimy grovelling and devious person who will do anything to get ahead in their life and career including accepting an order from the boss to lick a big green greasy lump of spit in the hope of promotion or a pat on the head.

The hit piece came  earlier this week as Issa continues to investigate the Obama administration’s deadly gunwalker plot.

So far, The New York Times has issued one correction and is reviewing other errors (13 in all) cited by Rep. Issa’s office.

Below is the formal request for a retraction sent by Rep. Issa’s office yesterday to editors of The New York Times:

On behalf of Rep. Darrell Issa, please accept this as a formal request for a full front page retraction, including the headline, “Helping His District, and Himself,” that ran in the Monday, August 15 edition of the New York Times. The request for a full front page retraction is based on numerous errors that invalidate the primary assertions made in the story that is a false and sensationalized account of Rep. Issa’s efforts to conduct congressional oversight of the Obama Administration and other matters.

This request is being sent after New York Times reporter, Eric Lichtblau, who wrote the story, refused to share the contact information of his editors for a discussion of errors in the story as requested by Rep. Issa’s congressional office.

The central claim in the New York Times story is an allegation of self-dealing on the part of Rep. Darrell Issa, as the story describes, “with at least some of the congressman’s actions helping to make a rich man richer” and “specific actions that appear to have clearly benefited his businesses.”

The New York Times story cites three central examples it believes justifies these allegations:

  • A medical complex purchased by Rep. Issa in 2008 that the Times story alleges enjoyed a 60 percent appreciation as it increased in value from $10.3 million to $16.6 million, “at least in part because of the government-sponsored road work” that Rep. Issa supported.
  • That he “went easy” on Toyota during 2010 hearings on unintended acceleration due to “his electronics company’s role as a major supplier of alarms to Toyota.”
  • An alleged 1900 percent profit Rep. Issa’s charitable foundation made on an investment of “less that $19,000″ that was sold seven months later for $357,000 “months before the stock market crashed.”

All central examples, however, are wildly inaccurate, and the truth deserves to be told.

  • The medical complex the Times story alleges enjoyed a 60 percent appreciation since it was purchased for $10.3 million and is now valued at $16.6 million is a patently false claim. According to the buyer’s final settlement statement, the property in question was not purchased for $10.3 million as the New York Times reported but for $16.6 million – the exact same figure of its current tax assessment. According to these numbers, the appreciation is not 60 percent but roughly zero. In addition, the government sponsored road work noted in the article has not even begun and Rep. Issa’s requests for the project (which were publicly announced and made on behalf of and at the request of the City of Vista, and the San Diego Association of Governments which is the regional transportation planning authority) all came before the 2009 property purchase.
  • The allegation that Rep. Issa “went easy” on Toyota during 2010 hearings because of “his electronics company’s role as a major supplier of alarms to Toyota” is again an example of a factual error in the Times story that lends no support to the story’s central premise. While the Times story tells readers that Rep. Issa’s former company, Directed Electronics, is a “major supplier of alarms to Toyota,” the story offers no evidence, and Directed Electronics is, in fact, not a supplier to Toyota. The New York Times also fails to note that Rep. Issa does not have a personal financial interest in Directed Electronics.
  • The “1,900 percent” profit allegation is, again, based on reporting errors by the New York Times. This is assertion is based on an incorrect form obtained by the Times. According to a financial transaction record, the Issa Family Foundation’s initial investment in the AIM Small Company fund was not $19,000 but $500,000. The asset was later sold for $375,000 resulting in a $125,000 loss – not a 1900 percent gain as was reported.

In addition, the lede line of the Times story – an attempt by the New York Times to foreshadow a corporate image of Rep. Issa’s congressional office – contains a factual inaccuracy in introducing intentionally distorted imagery. The story begins, “Here on the third floor of a gleaming office building overlooking a golf course in the rugged foothills north of San Diego, Darrell Issa, the entrepreneur, oversees the hub of a growing financial empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars.” As this video shows, however, the office building located at 1800 Thibodo Rd. in Vista does not overlook a golf course.

Because of these errors, and another error the New York Times did correct that grossly exaggerated the value of some holdings held by Rep. Issa, the following lines in the New York Times original story that ran August 15 are incorrect or made on baseless assertions:

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