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The real story behind Kathleen Parker's bizarre Palin boast
The Daily Caller ^ | November 14, 2010 | John Ziegler

Posted on 11/14/2010 10:15:54 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

You know it is a slow news week when something which happens on CNN’s dreadful “Parker & Spitzer” show makes “news,” but that is what happened when I appeared on the not-long-for-this-world program last Thursday. The full story behind the appearance may be even more interesting than why it was deemed by many to be “buzz worthy.”

The reason I was asked on the show was that my latest documentary film, “Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted,” is in the process of being re-released nationwide in a truly unprecedented fashion (a major development that is being missed by most of the media) via mainstream stores and virtually every Video On Demand provider in the country.

The only reason anyone cared that I went on the show was that, for some inexplicable reason, I was apparently the first person to ever confront Kathleen Parker, who is billed as a “conservative” on the show, about how and why she could have possibly endorsed Barack Obama for president while also allowing herself to be used by the left-wing media to help destroy the VP candidacy of Sarah Palin. This in itself is truly stunning to me and an indication that conservatives do an incredibly lousy job of enforcing even a meager amount of accountability on those who betray the cause for no substantive reason and with the obvious motive of augmenting their elite television and dinner party invitations.

Frankly, the only reason I agreed to even do the appearance was to get the chance to finally confront Parker about her obvious sell out. Nothing else about the show appealed to me. The timing was all wrong; they wanted me to go from Los Angeles to New York (my schedule required me to take a “red eye” flight), and the show is taped in such a bizarre way that I had no trust that what I said wouldn’t be edited in a nefarious fashion. I would later find out (while in the make-up chair right next to Arianna Huffington) that there is no way to even know what day the taped segment would air, if at all.

In fact, I was told when I arrived at the studio that the segment would not air the night of the taping (last Thursday) and this convinced me that I had made a mistake even coming to New York. After all, knowing I was in the lion’s den of CNN’s obvious liberalism, I would have to be edit myself just to make sure that anything I said had a legitimate chance of airing (I decided telling Parker & Spitzer that they were a perfect team because one was a “John” and the other was a “whore” probably wouldn’t make the cut).

So instead I decided to throttle back to about a 5 on my 10 scale of outrage and still plenty of fireworks ensued. Most of the focus has been on Parker responding to my attempts to get her to admit the treason she committed in 2008 by going in the other direction (in what I perceived at the time as a knee-jerk “fight or flight” response) and actually bragging that she “led” the “assassination” of Sarah Palin 1.0 (which is a term I have used to describe Palin’s pre-Fox News persona, which I see as fundamentally different than the one she was forced to create due to the media’s unfair targeting of her).

Apparently sensing that something had happened that people might actually find somewhat interesting, the moment I got off the set I was immediately told by CNN producers that the interview would be cut into two segments and would lead that night’s show.

While Parker’s admission about “leading” the “assassination” of Palin (1.0) was both bizarre and shocking (and elicited a rather perfect tweet from Palin herself), almost totally lost in that skirmish is that Parker blatantly lied when she denied ever endorsing Obama as a presidential candidate. A simple look at Charles Krauthammer’s evisceration of Parker’s Obama folly reveals that this was really the most remarkable revelation of my appearance.

As for the larger issue of “media bias” which was allegedly the primary topic of my appearance, the big picture of what transpired here proves the case of my film as well as any of the hours of facts and details I spent over a year compiling for my film and its DVD special features. Here I was, a “conservative” (immediately identified as such, unlike most liberals on TV) having to bend over backwards and self-censor in order be on a show on the allegedly “non-partisan” cable channel, hosted by a disgraced Democrat (when was the last time a scandal-ridden conservative got a prime-time show of any kind?) and a sometimes “conservative” willing to sell out in a heartbeat. Then, the next day the show decides to follow up on my episode (now calling me “ultra-conservative”) by examining the issue of “Palin bias” by inviting on … wait for it … a liberal commentator most well-known for having hosted a show on MSNBC. Shockingly, the verdict was that there is no anti-Palin bias, but without even once going beyond the most superficial analysis that, “We all know Palin is stupid and so the negative coverage is warranted.”

Gee, no liberal slant here at all!

The funniest thing about all of this to me is that how easy it is to rock the stogy, inbred world of cable news television. All I did was politely confront someone who should have been questioned about her obvious transgressions two years ago. But the culture of television “news guesting” seems to be: “Gee, isn’t this awesome that us nerds are all on TV?! Why would any of us be the slightest bit perturbed or dare to jeopardize future invites by possibly irritating the wrong person? After all, the truth is not nearly as important as augmenting our speaking fees!”

I had an incredibly dim view of cable news television before I went on “Parker & Spitzer.” Somehow it got even darker.

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John Ziegler is currently a documentary filmmaker who most recently released a movie on the 2008 election called, “Media Malpractice… How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted.” He has also been in radio talk show host in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Louisville and Nashville. Ziegler has written two books and has appeared live on numerous national television shows including the Today Show, The View, Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Politics; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: johnziegler; kathleenparker; obama; operationleper; palin; palinassault4romney; romney; romneyattackspalin; romneybotattacks; romneybotvspalin; sarahpalin; skank4romney; television
Amazing that Client #9 is the more credible of the two.
1 posted on 11/14/2010 10:16:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
L"This in itself is truly stunning to me and an indication that conservatives do an incredibly lousy job of enforcing even a meager amount of accountability on those who betray the cause for no substantive reason ..."

Got that right. The list long and storied.

2 posted on 11/14/2010 10:23:07 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL, It looks like CNN done themselves proud again ;^)


3 posted on 11/14/2010 10:24:06 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Go on a show with two disreputable whores and whaddya expect ?


4 posted on 11/14/2010 10:24:20 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
.....inbred world of cable television

That's it! That's the reason why they all sound the same! All those liberals on all those "news" shows are just one big incestuous bunch! No wonder they want progress on stem cell research and cloning. They desperately need to expand the gene pool!

5 posted on 11/14/2010 10:38:27 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Defund National Peoples Radio!! Democrats are for free speech. Just not for you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What's a television?

/johnny

6 posted on 11/14/2010 10:42:20 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I read the whole story and yet am a little puzzled. The writer seems to expend a lot of words over something that isn't controversial, but tries to make it seem like he broke up some kind of secret plot or something.

There's nothing weird or nefarious about taping a segment and not using it that night. If it was so weird and bizarre, why'd he do it? To promote his video. Now, I would like to see this movie, but what exactly is so "truly unprecedented" and "a major development that is being missed by most of the media" about releasing a movie on DVD?

Anyone surprised by Parker being a Palin basher hasn't read anything of hers in the last two years.

So it comes down to his accepting an offer from CNN, going on the air and talking about the host's hate for Palin. OK, that's fine, but the whole "inside scoop" of this "baffling" turn of events seems to be much ado about nothing.

7 posted on 11/14/2010 11:06:05 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: Darkwolf377; 50mm; darkwing104; Old Sarge
Not quite *sniff*, but check the posting history.

Long history of PDS.

(When can we have another bug-zapper thread?)

Cheers!

8 posted on 11/14/2010 11:10:36 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
cnn dnc
9 posted on 11/14/2010 11:38:38 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Darkwolf377

He said why, they can edit it up and make one look bad.


10 posted on 11/14/2010 11:45:38 PM PST by libbylu
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Parker is a stupid whore who is calling Palin unqualified in an attempt to boost ratings for the pathetic CNN TV show she does with that degenerate Spitzer.

She is a freaking Spanish Lit major from FSU, wow is Parker ever SMART, she must really have all kinds GRAVITAS.

Dumb whore.


11 posted on 11/15/2010 12:51:35 AM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: grey_whiskers
Long history of PDS.

If you're talking about me, I guess it's "PDS" if one openly was not convinced of Palin's being perfect, even while I've been saying for, oh, two years that she was my choice for president in 2012. Then I gradually came around, and as the thread originator can verify, I've been nothing but a fan of hers recently.

The stupid labelling of anyone who does anything but praise every single word Palin says as a sufferer of "PDS" shows the utter fear of those who can't stand people THINKING about Palin.

Even when, in my case, all that thinking has me supporting her completely. Not enough for those who would rather spout 'PDS!' than actually engage on the subject of the thread.

12 posted on 11/15/2010 1:05:30 AM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: grey_whiskers; 50mm; darkwing104; Old Sarge

BTW, the commentator is a trouble-maker who is still whining about a completely different subject. But labelling someone “PDS” instead of discussing the subject at hand is par for the course with this one.


13 posted on 11/15/2010 1:07:08 AM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: libbylu
He said why, they can edit it up and make one look bad.

So he didn't know of the existence of editing before he went in?

Kind of bizarre for a filmmaker.

14 posted on 11/15/2010 1:08:21 AM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: Rome2000

She was doing that before the show...now maybe yes she did it in order to get the show, or to get the elite dinner invitations.


15 posted on 11/15/2010 4:21:22 AM PST by scrabblehack
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Fact: The McCain/Palin ticket was up ++4 to 10 pts. in some polls, days prior to the election.
So rather than helping the GOP, Romney and
Parker and the rest of TeamROMNEY decided
…… to attack Gov. Palin to throw Election2008.


Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers…
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide…
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."


Kathleen Parker: "[I]t is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem." "Parker ... says something publicly that many of us have thought privately
but lacked the courage to say out loud - Palin should step down:"


"Kathleen Parker: After Interviews, Palin Should Bow Out"


Kathleen Parker: "Romney would bring more than squeaky clean qualifications
and youthful good looks to the ticket.
Romney would seem a logical choice."


"Parker: Romney raised bar on freedoms"
Kathleen Parker: "If Kennedy's speech was an important landmark in American political history,
Romney's was surpassing. With heartfelt humility and poetic eloquence,
he tracked the nation's struggle with and for freedom."


Staggering bigotry of Kathleen Parker - UPDATED"


Who benefits most from Sanford meltdown? Californian (that's right) Mitt Romney


"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"


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16 posted on 11/15/2010 5:09:11 AM PST by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does anyone actually watch Parker/Spitzer? Has anyone seen the Nielsen numbers for this show?


17 posted on 11/15/2010 6:33:51 AM PST by Padams
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Left is certainly terrified of Sarah Palin. They’re doing everything they possibly can to nullify her effect. She’s obviously doing plenty that’s right to pose such a threat to them. They’re like vampires raging against a crucifix.


18 posted on 11/15/2010 6:48:55 AM PST by Savage Beast ("You can, in fact must, shout 'fire' in a crowded theatre. It just has to be the truth." J. Goldberg)
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To: Padams
"Does anyone actually watch Parker/Spitzer?"

Not I. I couldn't even manage to read the article.

19 posted on 11/15/2010 6:50:57 AM PST by Savage Beast ("You can, in fact must, shout 'fire' in a crowded theatre. It just has to be the truth." J. Goldberg)
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To: grey_whiskers

I don’t have a clue what you are referring to about the poster, “not quite *sniff*, but this article by John Ziegler
sounds like the rant of a flaming Queen in high dudgeon over some perceived outrage.


20 posted on 11/15/2010 7:11:30 AM PST by csmusaret (Tax revenue increased 39% from2002 to 2007 as a result of the Bush tax cuts.)
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To: Darkwolf377
Live by the agenda driven edit.
Die by the agenda driven edit.

Of course he knew what was in store. But yes, the melodramatics over it were ill received by me as well, also the uptick in sales of his DVD as a newsworthy event not adequately covered in the media don't kindly predispose me towards the guy. ME ME ME, look at ME! ;)

21 posted on 11/15/2010 7:19:55 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Padams
Does anyone actually watch Parker/Spitzer? Has anyone seen the Nielsen numbers for this show?

Well, to be fair, both viewers had appointments with their PO's at airtime this week.

22 posted on 11/15/2010 8:13:48 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Darkwolf377
Troublemaker? You're the atheist on this pro-God site.

Cheers!

23 posted on 11/15/2010 10:22:28 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Darkwolf377; 50mm; Old Sarge; darkwing104
Hmmm, looks like Darkwolf may be coming around more recently:

See this and this.

As for *THINKING* about Palin?

I was on board before you.

Try reading this and this.

Note the date on the first one -- BEFORE the RNC speech.

Cheers! Cheers!

24 posted on 11/15/2010 10:44:54 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers

What are you, twelve? Running around the site collecting my quotes like a little teenager with nothing better to do with your time?

I couldn’t care less if you were ‘on board’ before I was—my whole point, if you’d learn to read, is that I came around RECENTLY.

Stop whining and crying because you don’t like that I posted facts about O’Donnell.


25 posted on 11/15/2010 11:29:47 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: grey_whiskers
Troublemaker? You're the atheist on this pro-God site. Cheers!

So just BEING an atheist makes me a troublemaker?

You so love scrolling through my posts, I challenge you to cut and paste every comment you can find where I comment on God and Christianity.

You won't do it, because I always defend Christianity, and never, ever push atheism on a pro-God site.

What a nervous, scared little troll you are, holding grudges and whining because someone dares have an opinion different than yours.

Now go cry to the mods, like usual when you can't discuss like an adult.

26 posted on 11/15/2010 11:32:30 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: Darkwolf377
That last two lines *show* you are a troll, child.
27 posted on 11/16/2010 4:33:16 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Darkwolf377
I couldn’t care less if you were ‘on board’ before I was—my whole point, if you’d learn to read, is that I came around RECENTLY.

And I took that claim seriously enough, that I went back, verified it, and posted the results backing up that claim.

If I were a troll, I'd not have done that.

As far as O'Donnell -- it's not *what* you posted, but the tone involved : and with it the implication that "conservatives can't win" and the secondary, implied corollary that it's better to go with RINOs whenever possible.

Cheers!

28 posted on 11/16/2010 4:36:05 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers
As far as O'Donnell -- it's not *what* you posted, but the tone involved : and with it the implication that "conservatives can't win" and the secondary, implied corollary that it's better to go with RINOs whenever possible.

When you have to lie, you've lost.

Shouting 'Troll!' like a child is the ultimate dodge, and you use it all the time.

I never, ever, ever said or implied "conservatives can't win" and that it's better to go with RINOs whenever possible.

You are a liar, and a whiney brat who cannot debate facts.

Now go whine to someone else, I only talk to those who are honorable and honest. You are neither.

29 posted on 11/16/2010 2:43:58 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: grey_whiskers
That last two lines *show* you are a troll, child.

Have you the ability to see that all you ever have to use against me is personal invective, while you hide passive-aggressively behind your "child" and "Cheers!" stuff?

By your definition a troll is someone who doesn't like your lies, yet you are free to write silly, pouting, personal posts--while you have said NOTHING about the actual ISSUE.

Cheers, you frightened, emotional child who's here for personal silliness instead of discussing issues.

30 posted on 11/16/2010 2:46:58 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: Darkwolf377
Have you the ability to see that all you ever have to use against me is personal invective, while you hide passive-aggressively behind your "child" and "Cheers!" stuff?

Rather the opposite: taking your word for it that you have come around on Palin, linking to posts which back up your claim, and including those I originally *PING*ed on the topic, is neither personal invective nor passive-agressive.

"Child" is in lieu of more inflammatory language, samples of which can be seen in some of your more recent posts to me.

"Cheers!" is something I close the majority of my posts with, and have done so for years.

By your definition a troll is someone who doesn't like your lies, yet you are free to write silly, pouting, personal posts--while you have said NOTHING about the actual ISSUE.

I covered that, too, when I posted a couple of articles I *wrote* here on FR within two weeks of Palin's nomination to the GOP ticket. These articles covered the ISSUE of Palin's likely appeal.

Cheers, you frightened, emotional child who's here for personal silliness instead of discussing issues.

...hit a nerve, did I?

Slainte!.

31 posted on 11/16/2010 6:11:02 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Darkwolf377
I never, ever, ever said or implied "conservatives can't win" and that it's better to go with RINOs whenever possible.

Trivial counterexample, excerpted from here:

Forget what Karl Rove said on one TV show—I blame O’Donnell, whose foolishness provided HUNDREDS of hours of television mockery of Republicans.

I think it can be argued that she did a lot more damage than Rove by being a constant reminder of media cliches about conservatives. Are any of those bitching about Rove have the intellectual honesty to consider that she may have cost us control of the senate?

Recall that YOU used the words "never, ever, ever said or implied".

Therefore a single counterexample is sufficient for refutation.

Cheers!

(Oh, btw -- I noticed too that in post #29, to which I am replying, you said,

Now go whine to someone else, I only talk to those who are honorable and honest. You are neither.

...but then your post #30 in the same thread was addressed to me too.)

Ta ta for now.

32 posted on 11/16/2010 6:18:50 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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