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Why Publish the Marco Rubio Story?
Commentary Magazine ^ | 10-21-11 | John Podhoretz

Posted on 10/22/2011 7:59:21 AM PDT by radioone

The Washington Post released on its website yesterday afternoon an article by Manuel Roig-Franzia that has to rank as one of the more disgraceful pieces of personal hit journalism in memory—alleging that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio “embellished” the facts surrounding the departure of his parents from Cuba. You can judge for yourself by the piece itself and the devastating takedown of it by the Miami Herald‘s Marc Caputo. I just want to offer a few thoughts, based on years working in newsrooms, of how a piece like Roig-Franzia’s comes to be and why it is usually published even when it fails to make its own case.

The Post article is, in one respect, the result of classic reportorial cynicism. A politician gets popular and tells a self-made story and seems unimpeachable as a result and somebody is just desperate to bring him down a peg. That can be the reporter who does it, or the source who feeds him the idea. Given that Rubio is a conservative Republican Hispanic, the fact that he has dodged the bullet of being given the traitor-to-his-own-people-by-being-right-wing treatment through the modality of a journalistic assault until now is actually remarkable.

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TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: democrats; roigfranzia; rubio; washingtonpost

1 posted on 10/22/2011 7:59:27 AM PDT by radioone
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To: radioone

Memo the WaPo-Idiots and ask them why they did not do nor release a like ‘in-depth’ background on the AnointedIdiot; oh wait, my bad.... =.=


2 posted on 10/22/2011 8:02:57 AM PDT by cranked
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To: radioone

They certainly fear Rubio, don’t they?


3 posted on 10/22/2011 8:03:12 AM PDT by samtheman (Newt? Can you do it? Can you repudiate your time on the Pelosi couch?)
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To: radioone

The ombudsman for the Post will have to spend an entire week defending this story. The reporting staff ends up looking like a bunch of college newspaper journalists....with no leadership....and they basically take some 1-star story with no foundation....and pump it up. Then they wonder why people cancel subscriptions left and right. And they can’t understand why they get just a $400 yearly bonus for all their efforts.


4 posted on 10/22/2011 8:04:29 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: radioone

Why? Pretty sure that is obvious.


5 posted on 10/22/2011 8:06:53 AM PDT by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: radioone

Why? It’s part of the billion-dollar carpet bombing of each and every potential threat to power in 2012!


6 posted on 10/22/2011 8:08:23 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: radioone

who cares?

i’m tired of rinos forcing people on us.

i want palin, cain, et al.


7 posted on 10/22/2011 8:13:14 AM PDT by ken21
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To: pepsionice

“The ombudsman for the Post will have to spend an entire week defending this story.”


The so-called ombudsman and the WaPost could care less. The paper is a hard core leftist rag that caters to its Republican hating, government-loving audience in DC.


8 posted on 10/22/2011 8:13:14 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: radioone

What? The Wapo is a biased half-assed stupid liberal rag?

WHO KNEW?


9 posted on 10/22/2011 8:18:01 AM PDT by JusPasenThru (HEY UNION MEMBER: INVEST IN YOUR OWN DAMN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A CHANGE!)
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To: radioone

Evidently the demorats “Latino Plantation” has just as stringent rules as the other plantation they keep enslaved.


10 posted on 10/22/2011 8:21:03 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: radioone

The Cuban Revolution was well underway in 1956, so I don’t know how they reached their conclusion that the Rubios could not have left Cuba in the effort to flee the revolution.

I note that they don’t point that out, as well. In fact, they try to make it sound like the revolution did not come until much later. The revolution actually began in 1952.

I suppose that they might make the argument that we did not know at that time that Castro was a communist. The CIA did not draw that conclusion until very late in the game. But that’s pretty much irrelevant to their attack on Rubio.


11 posted on 10/22/2011 8:21:31 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: pepsionice

The Washington Post and New York Times (and many other papers)no longer really make money on their newspaper operations.

In the case of the New York Times they are mainly being kept alive by Carlos Slim, which I expect is some part of a complex payoff, someone is trading him favors in consideration of which he keeps the Times going. I would not be surprised if the Post is in something of the same bind.

What they really are now, the part of their business that keeps them from going under immediately, is what we have long suspected - they are political campaign organs for the Democratic party, and some at least of the party interest groups. Certain people close to the Democrats keep them alive.


12 posted on 10/22/2011 8:21:36 AM PDT by buwaya
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To: JusPasenThru

13 posted on 10/22/2011 8:24:04 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: radioone; All
It's fairly obvious from all of your comments that little, if any, damage has been done to Marco Rubio. He will continue to be supported by the people who matter and publications such as The Washington Post will continue to be identified by the hit pieces that they publish.

People who continue to read and digest the Washington Post and other leftist pap will never be able to identify the forest because of the brambles that they've surrounded themselves with. Marco Rubio is a part of the forest that rises tall above the brambles. May it ever be so.

14 posted on 10/22/2011 8:25:41 AM PDT by davisfh
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To: davisfh

This kind of c*ap gets so tiresome.

And it’s instructive to make comparisons to Democrats.

Obama has told the story of how his father came to America because of the promise of America, he was an immigrant, yadda, yadda, yadda. His father was inspired by America, etc. etc. All of it is false and fake boasting by Obama, yet he has never been called on it by the MSM.

His father was just another foreign student who was in America going to college, nothing more, nothing less.

His father was not inspired by the promise of America, was not an immigrant, did not intend to stay in America, did not have this great American romance with Obama’s mother, or any of that. Yet Obama will never be taken down by an investigative piece into his family dynamics. That subject is verboten.


15 posted on 10/22/2011 8:32:26 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: radioone
St. Augustine Florida has century old ties to many Cuban families, many of them moved from here when Britain took over from Spain.

During the last 3 years of my high school days Cuban families were sending their kids to area boarding schools and to live with local families to get them out of danger. I suppose they kept hoping for the best as long as possible.

One of my high school sidekicks was the son of the Minister of Agriculture in Oriente province.

Marco's story isn't uncommon at all.

St. Augustine was also an informal gathering spot for some of the guys who went ashore at Bay of Pigs. They didn't talk about it but a lot of us knew something was in the works.

16 posted on 10/22/2011 8:33:13 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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17 posted on 10/22/2011 8:34:14 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

My favorite ignored lie, delivered in a major ‘speech’ by barry bassturd was the one about how what happened on a bridge in Selma inspired his conception. The media, by ginoring that gross lie, exposed their total anti-American/anti-Christian bias. They serev a lie because their father is who he is, the father of lies, a murderer from the start.


18 posted on 10/22/2011 8:35:12 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: samtheman

“They certainly fear Rubio, don’t they?”

YEP!


19 posted on 10/22/2011 8:38:00 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Brilliant
An absolutely gorgeous cuban girl named Conchita Solano came to St. Augustine in 56 or 57. Her parents didn't get out until later. At any rate she was so damned cute that I walked around in total confusion any time she came in sight. The Solanos are probably one of the oldest families in the USA but some went south when Britain took over in Florida.

There is a good chance that Marco had ancestors in the USA a long long time ago.

20 posted on 10/22/2011 8:42:48 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: radioone

The WaPo is nothing more than a hitman for the left.


21 posted on 10/22/2011 8:45:04 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: radioone

As Rubio’s star rises in the conservative movement, liberal hacks will search every nook and cranny of his private and public life to dig up something...anything to derail that train. Liberals and Hispanic grievance-mongers cannot stand the idea of any American who is not a person of European anglo-white ancestry (even though Rubio could fall in that category) not identifying with ethnic-group politics and the liberal-socialist dream. Rubio, as a Hispanic-American, is supposed to resent America and demand “social justice” i.e. some sort of special ethnic favor. He is not supposed to love his country.


22 posted on 10/22/2011 9:09:19 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: radioone; Joe Brower; seekthetruth

Hit pieces against successful conservative politicians are the coin of the realm. Hussein’s cult will NEVER be investigated...the leaders, followers, and priests therein are all part of the mainstream media.

Even the south Florida media—tv, news rags (usually blatant tabloids that carry strip club and massage parlor ads), and fake newspapers have been joining in on the “bash Rubio” meme. They aren’t thinkers, they’re FOLLOWERS of the Hussein cult in D.C.


23 posted on 10/22/2011 9:54:50 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Exactly: Hussein and his lies are NEVER reported. I say it has to do with his: party and race. Who knows which is first?

I think no matter the race, liberal media will cover for a liberal politician. So the fact Hussein is half-black is just another “cover”.

The media was pulled into the Clinton story—they ignored it until it became too big to ignore.


24 posted on 10/22/2011 9:57:15 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat
The frst lie is most Cubans because of the betrayal by Kennedy are Republicans

Add a touch of Elian Gonzales by Clinton and Reno.

25 posted on 10/22/2011 10:35:36 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: Dilbert San Diego

bttt


26 posted on 10/22/2011 10:37:42 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Obamageddon, Barackalypse Now! Bam is "Debt Man Walking" in 2012 - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
The WaPo is nothing more than a hitman for the left.
Nobody is objective, and those who claim actually to be - not just strive to be but actually to be - objective are the most tendentious of all.

The wire service business model of journalism requires all journalists to claim that all journalists are objective - so all journalists are highly tendentious.

Journalism and Objectivity

27 posted on 10/22/2011 11:27:18 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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28 posted on 10/23/2011 7:42:41 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Joe Brower; seekthetruth; All
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The anti- birthers aren't too happy about this info being revealed?

29 posted on 10/23/2011 11:03:03 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: radioone

To cover up for the criminal SS##### cheater in the Whit-Hut’s NBC issue!!!


30 posted on 10/31/2011 1:04:44 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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