Skip to comments."60 Minutes" Hit Job On Palin Was Truly A Joke
Posted on 01/11/2010 3:45:27 AM PST by militanttoby
As cynical as I have become about the news media, even I never thought I would see the day where "60 Minutes" provided far more comedy than "Saturday Night Live," but Sundays edition of the formerly respected news magazine gave the educated viewer infinitely more laughs than SNL delivered (although Charles Barkleys pathetic performance may have still somehow been even worse than that of Anderson Cooper).
Specifically I am referring to the segment that was allegedly devoted to the new book Game Change about the 2008 Presidential election. Quite simply, (partly because it dealt with subjects about which I have devoted much of the last two years of my life and fortune) this was the worst piece of journalism I have ever witnessed on 60 Minutes.
Here are just some of the many outrages in the story that forced those who care about the truth to choose between laughter and tears.
The segment on the book was just under thirteen minutes long. About eleven of those were spent discussing the losing sides Vice Presidential candidate. About seven minutes were used interviewing the strategist for the losing the campaign and allowing him to take unsubstantiated pot shots at the aforementioned VP candidate. Less than two minutes was used on the current Secretary of States bid to be the actual President. Virtually zero seconds were given to the campaign of the current President. Literally zero seconds were devoted to brand new and startling revelations in Game Change regarding scandals involving John and Elizabeth Edwards and Harry Reid.
(Excerpt) Read more at johnziegler.com ...
I haven’t watched 60 minutes in years, but I was a bit surprised to hear they did a story on Palin at all.
same as above.
If I wanted to watch 60 minutes of democratic campaign commercials, I'd simply turn on CNN or MSNBC anytime. Of course that requires the patented "CBKATY chicken wire screen protector" we use to deflect beer bottles from the flatscreen....
IMO, he single handedly, lost that election.
Not just once, but twice, Ziegler calls Palin’s book “Going Rouge!”
Anyone know how to contact him?
Ziegler Strikes Back PING!
It simply indicates just how scared the Dems and the MSM are of Gov. Palin and her chances in 2012.
I find it laughable that they are already running against her.
Is that show still on?
It was a hit job, but I was surprised that Schmidt admitted that Palin drew a lot of votes to the ticket.
His email is buried in his website. I found it and just emailed him about his spelling mistake.
Steve Schmidt personal relations:
Matthew S. David - protege
Danny Diaz - protege
Brian Jones - protege
Katie Levinson - protege
Kevin Madden - protege
Matthew McDonald - protege
Angela Schmidt - spouse
Other current Steve Schmidt relationships:
Mercury Public Affairs - partner
Steve Schmidt past relationships:
1998 Matt Fong Senate campaign - communications director
2000 Lamar Alexander presidential campaign - communications director
2004 George W. Bush presidential campaign - media strategist
2006 Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA) gubernatorial campaign - campaign manager
2008 John McCain presidential campaign - senior adviser
George W. Bush - deputy assistant to the president
Richard B. Cheney - counselor
Karl Rove’s breakfast club - participant
National Republican Congressional Committee - communications director
Republican National Congressional Campaign Committee - spokesman
Stephen E. Schmidt
Steve Schmidt is a Partner of Mercury Public Affairs and leads the firm’s operation in California.
Recognized as one of the top political strategists in the country, Mr. Schmidt provides high-level counsel to political candidates, elected officials, and major corporations and organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, Hollywood studios and professional sports teams. He most recently served as a Senior Advisor to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign.
Prior to joining Mercury, Mr. Schmidt served as Campaign Manager for the re-election of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006. Schwarzenegger’s landslide victory was described by The New York Times as “particularly remarkable given that the Governor appeared to be all but finished just six months ago.” The Los Angeles Times commended Mr. Schmidt as having “ran a nearly flawless campaign” and overseen a re-election that “ran against a political tide that swamped other Republicans across the nation.”
Before the Schwarzenegger campaign, Mr. Schmidt served as a member of the White House senior staff as Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President. In that position, Mr. Schmidt advised on a wide range of issues and worked at the intersection of public communications, policy development, legislative advocacy and political strategy.
During his tenure at the White House, Mr. Schmidt played a leading role in the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Mr. Schmidt directed strategic communications for the nomination of Chief Justice Roberts and led the nomination team for Justice Alito. Prior to Justice Alito’s nomination, Mr. Schmidt served in Baghdad, where he performed a month-long assessment of media relations in the war zone at the behest of U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad.
Mr. Schmidt served as one of the top strategists on President Bush’s 2004 re-election and was a member of the senior strategic planning group that directed the campaign. Mr. Schmidt was responsible for directing and implementing the campaign’s daily tactical and strategic communications effort, overseeing rapid response, regional media, research, e-campaign, and television and radio operations. Mr. Schmidt served as a national spokesman in print, radio and television, appearing on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, as well as national networks and local affiliates across the country.
Prior to the President’s re-election campaign, Mr. Schmidt worked on Capitol Hill as the Communications Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee where he served as chief communications and media strategist for the U.S. House of Representatives Republican majority during the historic 2002 midterm elections. Described as a “damage-control master”, Mr. Schmidt has served on dozens of campaigns at the national, state and local levels.
The Honorable Emil Jones, Jr. is a Senior Counselor of Mercury Public Affairs.
Emil Jones, Jr. joined Mercury Public Affairs in 2009 and leads the firms operations in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Jones served as President of the Illinois Senate from 2003 to 2009, a position that culminated more than three decades of service in the Illinois legislature. Recognized as one of the most effective political leaders in Illinois state history, Mr. Jones left an unparalleled legacy of achievement, making lasting contributions throughout the state, particularly in the areas of education, healthcare and criminal justice.
Mr. Jones was the first Senate President in recent history to establish a bipartisan select committee on Education Funding Reform. In 2007, he secured an additional $600 million in public education funding, the largest increase in the states history, increasing funding for every public school student by $400. Mr. Jones also led efforts to reduce the number of uninsured citizens by spearheading the Governors All Kids initiative to offer healthcare to all children. In 2008, he passed legislation allowing the elderly and disabled throughout Illinois to travel on the states mass transit system for free. And he established a prescription drug discount program that reduced prescription drug prices for the elderly and disabled by up to 40 percent.
How dare they suggest such a thing about that fine lady?
Schmidt admitted that Palin drew a lot of votes to the ticket.................................. Yes and he admitted that without her it would have been a catastrophic loss for Mc Cain. Duhh.
You might want to include the one where he uses “succession” instead of secession.
Remember, they are scared to death of her. She is the Lefts public enemy #1.
I thought it was good. The last statement was the McCain would have lost more votes without her. She did say O’Biden during the debate. She will not make that mistake again so she learned something.
I also directed him to this thread, so hopefully he will see your comment and fix the typo. He must have been up really late last night writing his editorial and did not bother to proof read it.
California Rail Contract Raises Favoritism Questions
Los Angeles Times (LATWP News Service) (CA) - Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Author: Shane Goldmacher
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s high speed rail commission, dominated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointees, is set to award a $9 million contract to a company led by the governor’s top political adviser and his former campaign manager.
The three commission staff members charged with recommending a public relations firm have advised the board to give the contract to Mercury Public Affairs at its Thursday meeting. Schwarzenegger strategist Adam Mendelsohn is a partner at Mercury, as is Steve Schmidt, who managed the governor’s 2006 re-election effort.
Two members of the staff panel are former Mendelsohn colleagues.
Ethics watchdogs raised questions about the appearance of favoritism.
“You can’t help but raise your eyebrows,” said Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause. “We are seeing a revolving door of legislators and former state officials and state employees going from public service to private PR firms ... and pulling on all the personal relationships that they’ve developed to build up their business.”
Harry Reid’s “negro moment” led the ABC Evening News, but wasn’t even mentioned on 60 Minutes. Pathetic example of modern ‘journalism’.
They haven't stopped running against her since she announced she was going to be McCain's VP. If I'm not mistaken, she's the only one they've been running against.
Steve Schmidt, Partner
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60 min is a joke.
There are at least three things about what Ziegler writes that are emblematic of conservatism and Republican party politics. Things about which I’ve written for the past several years.
First, is that 60 Minutes is not now nor ever has been anything other than a liberal propaganda machine. It was Michael Moore only with polish. The creator of the show indicated his elitism many times in interviews he did about his show on other networks.
Second, Steve Schmidt is a Republican insider. He has been an advisor to many Republican candidates - major candidates such as Bush and Schwarzneggar. This shows what kind of person is in control of the Republican Party. The movers and shakers of the party are not conservative.
Finally - AND MOST IMPORTANTLY - is the fact that Ziegler has spent much effort defending Palin and did not get the recognition he deserves.
I have said this several times during the past several weeks: Conservatives need to patronize and promote conserative journalists and newspapers.
There is more to conservative journalism than Matt Drudge, Hannity, Limbaugh, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.
Don’t let the other New York conservative newspapers, the Washington Times, the New York conservative fiction publishers, the Hollywood conservative movie makers, conservative TV, conservative music or other conservative newspapers like the Philadelphia Bulletin go out of business.
They need your business to survive. They don’t get government or academia to support them like the liberals do.
Doesn’t Ziegler know how to spell? Rogue and Rouge are two different books.
“Todd was indeed officially registered for a time with a political party that believed in succession from the United States.”
They chose Sarah; she did not go to them. When she boosted his poll numbers, they were pleasantly surprised. But, when they didn’t listen to her (about going back to Michigan) and McCain messed up himself, they began worrying that she would be the chosen one to run next go round, and they didn’t like that at all. They also realized that if it was a Palin/McCain ticket, she would most likely be our president. And that kills them!
Rouge, Succession - When did we go Pidgin?
Ding ding ding! But what they haven't yet realized is that most thinking people see through the MSM's game (key word: thinking)!
This guy’s article is full of spelling errors. Twice he calls Palin’s book “Going Rouge”. He refers to “Troppergate” and then uses the word “Succession” for “secession”. A little proofreading would help his journalistic image.
Regarding 60 minutes:
We attack those we truly fear.
Twice he call Palin’s book “Going Rouge”.....
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Maybe he was referring to her makeup???????
Although I doubt she needs a whole lot....
He must have been very sleepy when he wrote that, maybe he could call his website “Rough Draft with John Zeigler”.
Obviously bullethead will be the darling of the leftwing media.
Pray for America and Gov Palin
That’s really doofus as is his misspelling of Troopergate - Troppergate!
Right behind Levi J.
I started watching it, but I turned the channel when I saw they were mainly focusing on Sarah, and not the Edwards or Hillary.
DING1 DING! DING! WE HAVE A WINNER.
In her book, it tells of when she and the "B Team" went to The Villages, the expected crowd size grew from 8,000 to 10,000 to 30,000 TO 60,000 in a matter of hours, and she was there without McCain.
If you see pictures from that rally, the people were waving signs
that says it all.
A lot of people are going to be mighty shocked when she’s the President.
Everything JZ stateds here is accurate; not one word about 0bama & co.
What was Anderson Cooper doing on 60 Minutes, anyway ?
Maybe he's too busy right now helping the elite OP remake Schmitt Romney's image.
Steve Schmidt, campaign manager for John McCain had this to say on last nights Hugh
Hewitt show talking about the 2012 Presidential campaign:
If I had to bet money on it, if I had to bet money on it today, youd have to say that the
people that I think look very good, very strong right now are Governor Romney,
Governor Huntsman. I think Newt Gingrich, should he run, is going to be a very
formidable, very formidable candidate. But the history of the Republican Party
nominating process is that it almost always goes to someone whos been around the track
once before. And in that instance, in this instance, it would be Governor Romney. I
thought he was a very scary opponent looking from the other side of the table in that he
was almost like a learning organism at the end. He just kept getting better week by week
by week, and kept becoming stronger. And I think these national campaigns are very
unique, and I think most people learn a great deal with they go through them. And I think
one of the reasons that President Bush was able to make it through the process the first
time, unlike most people on the Republican side, is because he had been up close and
personal through a couple of national races. And I think Mitt Romney is a candidate, is a
far stronger candidate, prospectively, for the 12 race because of his experience in 08
than he was heading into the 08 race.
Of course they’d devote 11 minutes to Sara Palin. She’s a threat to the liberals, even if she never runs for anything again, because people listen to her, and she pulls no punches. Journalism? 60 Minutes? They never were real journalists. Real journalists don’t film the rehearsal of your answers to lists of questions, then only ask selected questions from that list and insist that you stick with your prior answers, even if they sound totally different in their new context. The people who refuse to talk to them are smart. Those that do talk to them have a death wish.
I was flipping through the channels that night and came upon the story, but when I saw Anderson Cooper as the interviewer I quickly realized it was a “hit job” and turned back to watching a rerun of “Two & A Half Men”.
Anderson Cooper has no place in Journalism and should probably look for work in a gossip rag.(Sorry to offend any gossip rags out there.) If CBS wants to tie that anchor around their necks, they are going to sink at a faster rate than ever. Have they gotten any of the stimulus money yet?
Speaks volumes that 60 Minutes farmed out the hit piece to Anderson Cooper. It’s the type of piece that’s right up his ...alley.
hee hee, you said it was “up his ...alley”...
LOL. Yeah, is that an incorrect term?
Does that come on before, or after Lawrence Welk?