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American Clown Journalism 101
GOP USA ^ | 2-15-06 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 02/14/2006 9:10:28 PM PST by smoothsailing

American Clown Journalism 101

By Michelle Malkin

February 15, 2006

Journalists around the world are being targeted by suicide bombers, threatened with "hate crimes" prosecutions and thrown in jail for defending a free press from crazed Islamists.

You wouldn't know it from the circus-show antics of the American media.

Vice President Dick Cheney, as you all are aware from the Beltway press corps' incessant flapping and yapping, was involved in an accidental shooting during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas. The victim is recovering.

It's the me-me-media hyperventilators who need intensive care.

Peacock Network News correspondent David Gregory, whose self-absorption rivals the leading brand of paper towels, threw a snit fit over the 18-hour delay in public disclosure of the incident. His exchange on Monday with White House press secretary Scott McClellan was a walking advertisement for beta blockers.

McClellan: "David, hold on, the cameras aren't on right now. You can do this later."

Gregory: "Don't accuse me of trying to pose to the cameras. Don't be a jerk to me personally when I'm asking you a serious question."

McClellan: "You don't have to yell."

Gregory: "I will yell! If you want to use that podium to try to take shots at me personally, which I don't appreciate, then I will raise my voice, because that's wrong!"

McClellan: "Calm down, Dave, calm down."

Gregory: "I'll calm down when I feel like calming down!"

Funny thing is, I can't recall the mainstream media melting down over the 30-hour delay -- presided over by Hillary Clinton, according to internal records -- in releasing the late White House counsel Vincent Foster's suicide note to authorities and her own husband. Can you?

News anchors who couldn't find the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights if you put it under klieg lights pontificated about 28-gauge shotguns and hunting etiquette. CNN personality Kyra Phillips, in a rare moment of cable news humility, giggled self-consciously as she asked a correspondent to explain the difference between birdshot and bullets. "I think I might sound stupid," I heard her say.

Yes, but at least she didn't look stupid.

On that front, Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank outdid them all. Appearing on MSNBC to provide his fair and balanced analysis of the political fallout from Cheney's accident, Milbank donned a blaze orange stocking hat and matching reflective vest. Emulating a hunter in danger of being shot by Cheney, Milbank looked more like a Hooters parking attendant.

Or a colorblind "Where's Waldo?" wannabe. Or a fugitive from a prison crew assigned to pick up roadside trash on Interstate 495.

"Lighten up," you say. Okay. I suggest the Washington Post run a large color photo of the costumed Dana Milbank with his bylined pieces from now on. That way, all readers may enjoy the hilarity every time Milbank's work as "Washington Post National Political Reporter" is published as objective news.

The bad joke of American journalism is made all the more odious by the plight of endangered defenders of press freedom abroad. Last week, Abdel Halim Akram Sabra, editor of the independent weekly Al-Hurriya, journalist Yahya Al Aabed and editor of the Yemen Observer Mohammed Al Asaadi, were arrested for publishing the Mohammed Cartoons -- something most of our right-to-know poseurs in the U.S. media still refuse to do.

The arrested journalists' newspapers, along with another publication, Al Rai Al Aam, have all been shut down for printing the cartoons, which were first published by the Jyllands-Posten in Denmark five months ago to underscore the chilling effect of Islamism on European artists. In Johannesburg, South Africa, the high court allowed a Muslim group to pre-emptively block the publication of the cartoons by the nation's leading weekly, the Sunday Times.

In Calgary, Canada, the publishers of the Jewish Free Press and Western Standard magazine face civil lawsuits by local Muslims for publishing the cartoons. In Jordan and Algeria, a total of four other journalists face trial for publishing the cartoons. The original cartoonists have been targeted by Islamic terrorist groups and are in hiding.

Yet, here we are, as embassies blaze and editors cower in fear and radical imams ululate against the West, watching our esteemed media go Looney Tunes over an isolated hunting accident.

Who do you think will have the last laugh?

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Michelle Malkin is author of the new book "Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild." Her e-mail address is malkin@comcast.net.

COPYRIGHT 2006 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: malkin; michellemalkin; quailgate

1 posted on 02/14/2006 9:10:29 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

If only the media had been half this inquisitive about Chappaquidic.


2 posted on 02/14/2006 9:13:33 PM PST by Reaganesque
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To: smoothsailing
I can't recall the mainstream media melting down over the 30-hour delay -- presided over by Hillary Clinton, according to internal records -- in releasing the late White House counsel Vincent Foster's suicide note to authorities and her own husband.
3 posted on 02/14/2006 9:18:37 PM PST by kcvl
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To: smoothsailing

Someone please get David Gregory a fan and a fainting couch before the next White House presser. Some smelling salts might be good, too.


4 posted on 02/14/2006 9:18:51 PM PST by Palladin ("Governor Lynn Swann."...it has a nice ring to it!)
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To: smoothsailing
Great article and great post. It's one of Malkin's better ones.
5 posted on 02/14/2006 9:20:53 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: kcvl

Yep.

Just like Clinton and Carter doing "illegal" wiretaps.

And we saw how the MSM was all over them, RIGHT?

Hypocrites, the lot of 'em!


6 posted on 02/14/2006 9:22:31 PM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: smoothsailing

"American Clown Journalism 101"

Title should have read: Ass Clown Journalism 101.

They aren't Americans in my book.


7 posted on 02/14/2006 9:24:39 PM PST by LibSnubber (Liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: ntnychik; devolve; PhilDragoo

News correspondent David Gregory ping. They should have kicked him out!


8 posted on 02/14/2006 9:25:23 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: smoothsailing
The victim is recovering.

It's the me-me-media hyperventilators who need intensive care.

Peacock Network News correspondent David Gregory, whose self-absorption rivals the leading brand of paper towels, threw a snit fit over the 18-hour delay in public disclosure of the incident.

I love this Gal

9 posted on 02/14/2006 9:27:10 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: smoothsailing

I asked this on another thread, and I'll ask it again: If these frigging reporters think Cheney's hunting accident was so damn imprtant, why weren't any reporters covering Cheney's trip???


10 posted on 02/14/2006 9:34:33 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

My husband asked the same question.

I guess they were sitting on their ***** like they usually do waiting for someone to call them with 'news'. Lazy bunch of hypocrites.

When was the last time one of them actually reported a 'news' story that wasn't called in to them or leaked to them by some disgruntled government employee?!


11 posted on 02/14/2006 9:40:32 PM PST by kcvl
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To: smoothsailing; Mo1; Howlin
BTW, Dana Milbank's father-in-law, Anthony J. DePasquale, is a model maker at O. F. Mossberg & Sons, a gun manufacturer in North Haven, Conn.

Shouldn't we be blaming him for manufacturing these guns?! /sarcasm
12 posted on 02/14/2006 9:43:30 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl
When was the last time one of them actually reported a 'news' story that wasn't called in to them or leaked to them by some disgruntled government employee?!

Hell if I can remember when

13 posted on 02/14/2006 9:49:20 PM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: potlatch

I noticed he was wearing a pink shirt. Appropriate for a pinko.


14 posted on 02/14/2006 9:51:23 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Pinko for sure. They should have some rules for those newspeople if they don't already. When they start yelling at Scott they should be escorted OUT.


15 posted on 02/14/2006 9:55:59 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: jazusamo
Thanks,jaz. :)

I still can't get my mind around the "silent heart attack".The WH press corps was going nuts again today about it.But then I heard that the admitting doctor when Mr. Whittington was first brought in said he had planned to give him some antibiotics and send him home.Plus in another report I heard that a diagnostic machine detected a minor fribillation.

I can understand the hospital's caution, but they still say Mr. Whittington is stable and doing fine.

I've heard that there's apparently one small birdshot near his heart wall.Normal birdshot hurts if you get hit by it(I've had it happen),but if it penetrates an organ like a lung or the heart muscle,then that's problematic.I'm not up to speed on the truth of the situation,since most of the day all I've heard is MSM reports.

16 posted on 02/14/2006 9:56:53 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: potlatch; devolve; ntnychik; Boazo; Victoria Delsoul

17 posted on 02/14/2006 9:57:04 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: potlatch

18 posted on 02/14/2006 9:57:32 PM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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To: kcvl
Perfect.
19 posted on 02/14/2006 10:01:26 PM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: ozzymandus
On a weekend? And miss all the swell cocktail parties in the Hamptons just so they can trudge around in Texas with a trigger happy Halliburton mob?

Ozzy,come on! :-)

20 posted on 02/14/2006 10:02:46 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: PhilDragoo
Peacock Network News correspondent David Gregory, whose self-absorption rivals the leading brand of paper towels,

LOL!!!

Great cartoon as well.

I've been reading as much as I can before going to bed, but I think your post deserves a bump.

Nighty night.

21 posted on 02/14/2006 10:03:29 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: smoothsailing

bump.......


22 posted on 02/14/2006 10:05:02 PM PST by tcrlaf
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
I can't recall the mainstream media melting down over the 30-hour delay -- presided over by Hillary Clinton, according to internal records -- in releasing the late White House counsel Vincent Foster's suicide note to authorities and her own husband.

Bingo.

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

23 posted on 02/14/2006 10:07:04 PM PST by nutmeg (NEVER trust democRATs with our national security)
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To: ajolympian2004; Gracey; Alamo-Girl; RottiBiz; FoxGirl; Mr. Bob; xflisa; lainde; dixierose; ...
I can't recall the mainstream media melting down over the 30-hour delay -- presided over by Hillary Clinton, according to internal records -- in releasing the late White House counsel Vincent Foster's suicide note to authorities and her own husband.

FoxFan ping! (Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin)

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my FoxFan list. *Warning: This can be a high-volume ping list at times.

24 posted on 02/14/2006 10:09:29 PM PST by nutmeg (NEVER trust democRATs with our national security)
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To: devolve

Lol, they go right together! In the preview box he has passed her by and is on the right side!! Funny.


25 posted on 02/14/2006 10:10:09 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: smoothsailing
What you just laid out is about how I understand the whole thing, I've been on FR today and had FNC on. Sounds like Whittington is going to be okay.

What I really don't understand about this is the venom the MSM and Dem political pundits have for Cheney. I know he's hated by them but this fiasco is so transparent I think it's going to come back to bite them.

They're ignoring other news over this and this accident is a personal thing and has nothing to do with American's security or our nation. It's plain old 'gotcha' politics.
26 posted on 02/14/2006 10:11:03 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: jazusamo
Thanks for your update.It's definitely 'gotcha',no doubt about it.

The dems can't help themselves and their reaction is so boring and so predictable.

The antique media,even given their anti-Bush everthing transparency, is a little different.I think they're just plain lazy.This is an easy story to blow all out of proportion without lifting a finger.

Why dig for real news and disrupt your cocktail circuit schedule when you can dream up new angles on this one and pound Scott McClellan day after day?

Malkin nails it, American Clown Journalism 101.Invent the news and head for the keg party.

27 posted on 02/14/2006 10:29:35 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
You're right about interrupting their cocktail circuit and dreaming up new angles. That looney Lawrence O'Donnell came out today and said we can't be sure they weren't hunting drunk. I guess he just pulled it out of thin air. There's been no one else even hint about that.

I'll bet they come up with some new ones tomorrow.
28 posted on 02/14/2006 10:41:53 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: nutmeg
Michelle Malkin always seems to put things in the proper perspective. Too bad she is not asked to anchor CBS news!

Thank you, Michelle Malkin, wherever you are.

29 posted on 02/14/2006 10:51:28 PM PST by FOXFANVOX (Tony Snow fan!)
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To: smoothsailing

Gregory acts like a speed/cocaine addict. Take your pick.


30 posted on 02/14/2006 10:55:12 PM PST by John Lenin (Rehab is for quitters)
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To: smoothsailing

The dems and media are sad, that the man did not die.

They are covering it now, in hopes that he does die.


31 posted on 02/15/2006 12:07:52 AM PST by truth_seeker
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To: smoothsailing
In March 2000, CNN showed a picture of the Virgin Mary made out of dung:
http://archives.cnn.com/2000/STYLE/arts/03/27/museum.flap/index.html

Right there on CNN’s website you have a picture of "The Holy Virgin Mary" by British artist Chris Ofili. He used elephant dung and images of female genitalia in that ‘work’.

This garbage posing as ‘art’ was deemed offensive to Christians. CNN had no qualms about showing it and offending Christians. It has remained on their web site until today. Nearly five years now.

In fact, if you click on the link above, you will see this ‘work’ - still proudly displayed on CNN’s website.


Now the violent Muslims are rampaging and burning things - again - about a few cartoons, and CNN says, “CNN has chosen to not show the cartoons out of respect for Islam.”

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/02/05/cartoon.protests/index.html
Follow this link and read the last line in the article.

Hypocrisy?
Do not trust the MSM.

32 posted on 02/15/2006 12:54:42 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: smoothsailing

Big Media lies awake at night feverishly fantasizing scandals at the White House. Money scandals, sex scandals (especially that one), any kind of scandal that would destroy the Bush admin and launch their pathetic careers into liberal superstardom ala Woodward and Bernstein. Gregory might be the worst of the lot, but there's plenty more where he comes from.


33 posted on 02/15/2006 1:53:45 AM PST by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: nutmeg

Ill see your BINGO and raise you a Yahtzee!


34 posted on 02/15/2006 2:26:50 AM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: kcvl; Mo1; John Lenin; driftless; smoothsailing; Reaganesque; Palladin

David Gregory: "I got this job and it's way cool. I sit in this room all day, and people, well, like you know, tell me stuff."


35 posted on 02/15/2006 2:43:50 AM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: smoothsailing

Milbank...Hooters parking attendant.

**
Love it!


36 posted on 02/15/2006 6:53:50 AM PST by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


37 posted on 02/15/2006 8:50:28 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: PhilDragoo

Phil,That's how I would handle it!


38 posted on 02/15/2006 5:12:37 PM PST by Boazo (From the mind of BOAZO)
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To: smoothsailing; puroresu; trillabodilla; Element187; bill1952; repubzilla; Highway55; kevinm13; ...

Malkin ping!

Photo credit: FReeper dinasour.

Please FReepmail me if you would like to be added to, or removed from, the Michelle Malkin ping list...

39 posted on 02/16/2006 10:06:41 AM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: jazusamo

You're right. One of her better articles. Especially the part about the unbelievable hypocrisy of the media's need to know the details of the hunting accident, but no need to know about the cartoons.


40 posted on 02/16/2006 10:12:52 AM PST by half-cajun
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To: smoothsailing

You can tell the media folks are bumming about the realization that they look like idiots (well, I don't know if they realize it, but I do know they don't like the bad reviews they are getting). During today's White House press briefing, one of the reporters, quoted from this Malkin article and asked McClellan if he agreed with Michelle. I believe Scott sidestepped a direct answer (since the WH link was using real player, I was having many connection drops and didn't get the full answer).


41 posted on 02/16/2006 10:15:41 AM PST by frankjr
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To: smoothsailing

Michelle hits another home run!


42 posted on 02/16/2006 10:18:21 AM PST by puroresu (Conservatism is an observation; Liberalism is an ideology)
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To: cgk

WooHoo!


43 posted on 02/16/2006 10:34:16 AM PST by RunningWolf (Vet US Army Air Cav 1975)
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To: smoothsailing; scott says
Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank outdid them all. Appearing on MSNBC to provide his fair and balanced analysis of the political fallout from Cheney's accident, Milbank donned a blaze orange stocking hat and matching reflective vest. Emulating a hunter in danger of being shot by Cheney, Milbank looked more like a Hooters parking attendant.

Or a colorblind "Where's Waldo?" wannabe. Or a fugitive from a prison crew assigned to pick up roadside trash on Interstate 495.

Milbank:

It's a new contest among the media clowns.

Begala:


44 posted on 02/16/2006 10:40:38 AM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: cgk

LOL Take off, Hoser

45 posted on 02/16/2006 10:49:12 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: smoothsailing

Here press press press press!
Here press press press press!


Oink! oink! oink!


Calm down, piggies, calm down


Don't tell us to calm down, we'll oink when we feel like oinking!

Oink! oink! oink!
46 posted on 02/16/2006 10:51:28 AM PST by TheForceOfOne
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To: cgk
ROFLOL! Begala & Milbank-the lolipop kids!
47 posted on 02/16/2006 10:52:54 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: RunningWolf; dinasour

That's a great pic of Michelle that dinasour took, isn't it?


48 posted on 02/16/2006 10:55:37 AM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: sauropod

marwk


49 posted on 02/16/2006 1:59:24 PM PST by sauropod ("Here Lies Joe Biden, Buried Under His Own Words.")
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To: cgk; dinasour

very nice!


50 posted on 02/16/2006 4:06:47 PM PST by RunningWolf (Vet US Army Air Cav 1975)
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