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Calculated Outrage (Must Read Nails It on What the MSM is Up To in It's Non Stop Bush Attacks)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/17/05 | Daniel Henniger

Posted on 03/02/2006 3:02:50 PM PST by MikeA

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I know this is a couple weeks old now, but it is so dead-on it just keeps coming back to mind day after day as the media whips up some new anti-Bush frenzy or another.

You can read the rest of this incredibly insightful piece on the Wall Street Journal's free site. You don't have to be a subscriber to go there:

http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post_article?forum=news

No one has done a better job of nailing it as to what the Democrats and their media lapdogs are up to in coming up with the "Bush scandal" dejour to scream headlines with. Every week they come up with something new, even when it's old news such as this week a long ago released videotape of the president's meetings about Katrina that the ADMINISTRATION gave to the AP back on August 28th. And of course last week it was their misrepresentation of the ports deal, then prior to that the Cheney shooting, wiretaps before that and on and on.

For those of you who remember, the 2004 election year was exactly the same with week after week the media blowing some story way out of proportion and dialing it up to a 10 on the hysteria meter. They're just using the same playbook this time around. We can all hope it will begin to just bore the American public and they'll begin to just glaze over at the latest "Bush bash of the week club" offering from the MSM.

But it has the potential of tiring Americans on Bush and the Republicans as Henniger warns. Democrats saw how exhaustion over the Clinton presidency helped put Bush into the White House in 2000. They're hoping the same strategy will fatally wound him for what remains of his presidency and turn him into a premature lame duck. What's disgusting is that the Democrats have the news media's full cooperation in this unseemly strategy.

1 posted on 03/02/2006 3:02:57 PM PST by MikeA
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To: MikeA

Whoops, I posted the wrong link to the entire article. Here it is: http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/dhenninger/?id=110007980


2 posted on 03/02/2006 3:04:16 PM PST by MikeA (Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, the mainstream media: The As*es of Evil)
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To: MikeA
I think they not that they can't take him down with any one story so they are trying to create a "buzz" of negativity so that the average Joe will associate "Bush" with "scandel".

Much like the did in 89 Bush vrs Clinton. EVERY story on the news was about the failing economy. I mean every bleeping story.

Clinton gets elected, the bad economy story evaporates overnight.

It worked for them once.
3 posted on 03/02/2006 3:08:16 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: MikeA

It's an adaptation of 'Say something often enough and people will believe it", which the dems use ALL the time.


4 posted on 03/02/2006 3:09:22 PM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: MikeA
Why not make the public just want to throw in the towel on the Republican "experience"?

I think that's exactly it. I mean, which of us isn't just sick of reading about non-stop crises. Some of us recall when Richard Nixon, near the end of his presidency, came down with phlebitis. Newsweek did a cover with a caption like "Now, Illness . . . " which translates, "Here's even more bad news about Tricky Dick." I think that's how most people finally took it: Nixon was unrelenting bad news.

5 posted on 03/02/2006 3:09:25 PM PST by madprof98
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To: PetroniusMaximus

We didn't have Free Reublic in 1989.


6 posted on 03/02/2006 3:11:36 PM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: MikeA

Repeat a lie often enough....


7 posted on 03/02/2006 3:12:47 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Yo-Yo

"We didn't have Free Reublic in 1989."

Let's hope you're right. But the MSM can still generate a lot of buzz.


8 posted on 03/02/2006 3:14:44 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: madprof98

Rampant abuse of freedoms leads inexorably to curtailment of those freedoms--in other words, a backlash to dictatorship. It's happened before in history. You can't have liberty without wisdom--and it seems our press is sorely lacking in sagacity.


9 posted on 03/02/2006 3:15:12 PM PST by Cyclopean Squid (History is a work in progress)
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To: MikeA; All
Henninger is the best. He can always be counted on for something "incredibly insightful."

I notice after turning my iPod up full volume in the subway, after a while, it ceases to be loud enough. I no longer experience the music as intensely. In fact, it wears me out after a while and I turn it off... yeah, there's an analogy here...go ahead, MSM, deafen us...hasten your demise.

10 posted on 03/02/2006 3:15:49 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Who is it, really, making up your mind?")
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To: MikeA

I can tell you the MSM is certainly influencing my opinion. I never let a Bush bashing story on tv go by without telling my three sons that this is all MSM hogwash and propaganda, and the talking head are just mindless robots doing the bidding of the DNC.


11 posted on 03/02/2006 3:16:31 PM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: MikeA
"They're hoping the same strategy will fatally wound him for what remains of his presidency and turn him into a premature lame duck. What's disgusting is that the Democrats have the news media's full cooperation in this unseemly strategy."

That's certainly their intention, but it didn't work in 2000 or 2004.

Now, consider that the news media has fewer subscribers/viewers today than in 2000.

Likewise, consider that our labor unions are smaller today than in 2000 (e.g. the AFL-CIO has lost over 6 million members in the past half-dozen years).

So the Democrats are repeating their same plays, but with an even smaller core than they had back in 2000 (when they lost).

What makes them think that they can win now?!

12 posted on 03/02/2006 3:16:34 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: MikeA

It will backfire. The dems and msm will be perceived as the nattering nabobs of negativism that they have been for the last 40 years.


13 posted on 03/02/2006 3:17:23 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
But the MSM can still generate a lot of buzz.

And they wear the people out.

14 posted on 03/02/2006 3:17:24 PM PST by ncpatriot
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To: Yo-Yo
We didn't have Free Reublic in 1989.

that is, We didn't have Free Republic in 1989.

Boom! Out of the park!

15 posted on 03/02/2006 3:17:58 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Who is it, really, making up your mind?")
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To: PetroniusMaximus

...and you can add ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, the NY Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and their ilk across our once great Country.


16 posted on 03/02/2006 3:18:08 PM PST by oldtimer
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To: MikeA
It's dead-on-balls accurate... and it's 'gonna get worse.

IMO, the MSM thinks it's invulnerable... it got away with forging documents designed to affect the results of a presidential election... pretty heddy stuff. Nobody was brought up on charges... no one.

Until their offices are stormed by a disgusted citizenry... they will expand their efforts in denying Americans the truth.

17 posted on 03/02/2006 3:22:20 PM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Spul Chik strikx agn.


18 posted on 03/02/2006 3:29:50 PM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Yo-Yo
Spul Chik strikx agn.

I only did that because...it was gnawing at me.

you said it -- plain and simple.

19 posted on 03/02/2006 3:32:55 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Who is it, really, making up your mind?")
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To: MikeA

Same author's newest editorial in WSJ is great as well...

"Senator Yosemite Sam
Washington defines politics downward.

BY DANIEL HENNINGER
Friday, February 24, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST "


20 posted on 03/02/2006 3:33:14 PM PST by antceecee (Reagan Democrat and now a Bush Republican...)
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To: MikeA

Oh my goodness, who believes anything they read or hear in the secular or liberal media these days? Don't tell me! Too many do - sob! The media hasn't made a dent in my belief in GWB. Some of our President's policies have made a few dimples, though. Like our insane open border policy, like our urging Israel to give up territory to the Palestinians. I don't THINK GWB had an "off" button to push when he learned of approaching Katrina, or that leaving his ranch a few days earlier would have made a difference. No, inspite of some of my larger concerns with this administration, I must respect MOST of what he has accomplished so far. I must also trust that most thinking Americans cannot be led astray by those accusatory headlines in the birdcage liners every day.


21 posted on 03/02/2006 3:36:58 PM PST by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: Spok

It's interesting isn't it how with every one of these Bush bashing media freak-outs, when you dig just under the surface you find they're based on lies, distortions, historical revisionism and some Democrat's spin on the events. I would say 95% of the time you can debunk a media Bush bashing story with just a couple minutes of web research. That's why whenever there is one, I almost always know it is a lie without even doing any further research. But I always do just to have the substance to rebut their bull with.


22 posted on 03/02/2006 3:37:49 PM PST by MikeA (Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, the mainstream media: The As*es of Evil)
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To: antceecee

Yeah, I loved the Yosemite Sam piece too. It was a perfect follow on article to this one. The Yosemite Sam analogy was dead-on.


23 posted on 03/02/2006 3:39:22 PM PST by MikeA (Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, the mainstream media: The As*es of Evil)
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To: MikeA

The sad thing is that in the latest frenzy, the ports debate, conservatives are pouring gasoline on the lib's fire.


24 posted on 03/02/2006 3:42:28 PM PST by colorado tanker (We need more "chicken-bleep Democrats" in the Senate!)
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To: MikeA

for later


25 posted on 03/02/2006 3:46:14 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: MikeA

An interesting comparison would be to go back and review the broadcast stories on Vince Foster and Monica. None of these stories was ever told with the sense of disapproval or outrage. In fact, I got the impression that the Clinton stories were reported fairly objectively, just concisely laying out facts without editorial head shaking or eye rolling. The big difference was the MSM reported those stories only once, and after that it was 'old news'. They never gave them the repetition, ad nauseam, that bad news about Bush gets.


26 posted on 03/02/2006 3:48:20 PM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: colorado tanker

"conservatives are pouring gasoline on the lib's fire."

It really is sad to see so many otherwise good conservatives drinking the media's Koolaid on this ports issue, not realizing it's just all part of the media's disinformation campaign to keep the pressure on the Bush administration and to wear people out on Republican governance.

Unfortunately since it feeds into their prejudices, too many conservativews were willing to swallow the media's misrepresentations about the terminals operations issue and just took the bait. Fortunately many are taking the time to inform themselves and slowly they're coming around to realizing they were taken on a major flight of fancy by the demagogues in the Democratic party and their media lapdogs. I hope these people have enough shame to be embarrassed when once they come back down to earth.


27 posted on 03/02/2006 3:48:31 PM PST by MikeA (Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, the mainstream media: The As*es of Evil)
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To: the invisib1e hand
I AGREE, this is wearing out the MSM not Bush.
The Internet blogs are a place to get real news.
28 posted on 03/02/2006 3:51:43 PM PST by Roverman2K
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To: johnny7
it got away with forging documents designed to affect the results of a presidential election

They see what they get away with, and so each time I think they'll step a little further out on that limb.
29 posted on 03/02/2006 3:59:37 PM PST by visualops (www.visualops.com BUY DANISH!)
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To: MikeA

What? Was there some news involving Dick Cheney? Oh, yeah, didn't he go hunting with a buddy of his? It was some time ago, I think. How did that all work out?


30 posted on 03/02/2006 4:02:45 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: MikeA

bump


31 posted on 03/02/2006 4:03:37 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: MikeA

Fox did a great story on the port deal last night or the night before- interviewed a former Marine longshoreman who's worked the port for 29 years. He was really great explaining how it works and saying that all the talk was baloney. I really hope alot of people saw that.


32 posted on 03/02/2006 4:03:39 PM PST by visualops (www.visualops.com BUY DANISH!)
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To: visualops

Tonight on Brit's show, Bill Sammon, author of "Strategery" called the AP and old media reporting on the "new video tape" journalistic fraud. He sure did hit the nail on the head. Indeed, the media was even in attendance during that videotape, as per Brit, and there was nothing "exclusive" about it as presented by the AP and old media. These people make me sick, and yes, the backlash will be on the media, not on the President (eventually). The truth always outs itself.


33 posted on 03/02/2006 4:03:51 PM PST by Laverne
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To: Larry Lucido

I would bet you that scumbag David Gregory doesn't even remember Harry Whittington's name.


34 posted on 03/02/2006 4:05:23 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Laverne

I just saw that, it was great! You are right, the truth comes out, and thanks to Fox and the internet, more people learn the truth. Far too many people are still headline skimmers and MSM watchers, though.


35 posted on 03/02/2006 4:05:33 PM PST by visualops (www.visualops.com BUY DANISH!)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"It will backfire. The dems and msm will be perceived as the nattering nabobs of negativism that they have been for the last 40 years."

Spiro? Is that you?

36 posted on 03/02/2006 4:07:05 PM PST by blam
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To: Yo-Yo

"We didn't have Free Reublic in 1989."

Bush's fault.


37 posted on 03/02/2006 4:07:18 PM PST by toddlintown (Lennon takes six bullets to the chest, Yoko is standing right next to him and not one f'ing bullet?)
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To: Laverne
"Tonight on Brit's show, Bill Sammon, author of "Strategery" called the AP and old media reporting on the "new video tape" journalistic fraud. He sure did hit the nail on the head. Indeed, the media was even in attendance during that videotape, as per Brit, and there was nothing "exclusive" about it as presented by the AP and old media. These people make me sick, and yes, the backlash will be on the media, not on the President (eventually). The truth always outs itself."

Yup. That was very well done.

38 posted on 03/02/2006 4:08:26 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

And to think that good old Prosecuter Fitzgerald believed the old media proven liars over Libby. Boy what a fool he will be shown. I so look forward to seeing Russert, et al, on the stand as the defense attorney's show time and time again what absolute liars and propagandists they are.


39 posted on 03/02/2006 4:14:00 PM PST by Laverne
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To: Laverne
Tonight on Brit's show, Bill Sammon, author of "Strategery" called the AP and old media reporting on the "new video tape" journalistic fraud.

YES! Sammon was excellent!

40 posted on 03/02/2006 4:15:33 PM PST by Arizona
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To: Southack

I think the MSM is loosing their following exactly for the reasons you outlined, and people have grown ever more weary.

The people are also finding other outlets....talk radio and the internet.

They knew something was wrong about the MSM but couldn't put their finger on it.


41 posted on 03/02/2006 4:17:31 PM PST by TheLion
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To: PetroniusMaximus
And, as has often been pointed out...

the "homeless" disappeared from 1993-2001, before coming back with a vengeance about 30 days after GWB took office.

42 posted on 03/02/2006 4:20:04 PM PST by daler
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To: Arizona

I switched over to watch CHris Mattheews show for a minute or two tonight -- and surprise of all surprises. The deputy press secretary (Trent Duffy???) was on, and he was excellent!!!! He needs to be front and center, and President BUsh needs to have Scott moved to another position. Following Trent was Governor Barbour who was also excellent. Chris then said he was going to have the democrat response, so I switched (having a democrat response on is a waste of time, since Chris is the democrat response anyway).


43 posted on 03/02/2006 4:25:44 PM PST by Laverne
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To: MikeA

An intereresting quote from Pulitizer in the 1890's:

Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together," Pulitzer wrote. "An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations."

Scary!


44 posted on 03/02/2006 4:31:50 PM PST by TheLion
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To: TheLion

A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself."

How prophetic is that!!! Look at how base our culture has become and how ignorant. People form ignorant opinions off of inaccurate and deceptive headlines. Reading is no longer valued. Research to learn the truth takes away time from "American Idol" and "Desperate Housewives." Americans buy into whatever the media spoon feeds them and remain ignorant on what the media refuses to report. Americans know more about the Simpson's than the contents of the constitution according to that study released this week. And a president who help revive their economy bringing it back from negative growth when he took office to one that grew at 3.7% GNP in the 2005 the same as a the "boomtown" 90s, gave them full employment, record home ownership, record numbers of jobs, protected them from further Al Qaeda assault in their cities for 4 1/2 years, and overthrew two terrorist regimes is reviled by the public largely because of what the media has told them to believe about the man. Pulitizers quote could not have been more dead-on if he had lived to see the times we're living in. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Good post.


45 posted on 03/02/2006 4:44:09 PM PST by MikeA (Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, the mainstream media: The As*es of Evil)
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To: MikeA
"A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself."

Like minds....exactly the line that glared out at me! Is there any wonder we face the problems we do today!

46 posted on 03/02/2006 4:55:28 PM PST by TheLion
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To: MikeA
This is what I wrote concerning how talk-radio hosts seemed incredibly eager to attack Pres. Bush over the port deal. There was barely enough information out to know what any of it meant, yet, there they were. Levin having Schmuckie Schumer on his show talking about the horror and how they'd finally agreed on something at long last.

We need Republicans who will shout back. That's what we need to do. Bump their screaming faces from the headlines. Expose the true scandals that pack their closets.
47 posted on 03/02/2006 5:10:06 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: Berosus; Cincinatus' Wife; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Do not dub me shapka broham; ...
Ping!
48 posted on 03/03/2006 12:42:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Fiction has to make sense, unless it's part of the Dhimmicrat agenda and its supporting myth.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I guess nobody has told the MSM that Bush and Cheney aren't running for re-election again. What a waste of energy on their part!


49 posted on 03/03/2006 3:49:54 PM PST by Berosus ("There is no beauty like Jerusalem, no wealth like Rome, no depravity like Arabia."--the Talmud)
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To: Berosus; SunkenCiv

I like Heninger. But as you said this bashing doesn't make sense. I wonder how much of it is just irrational and uncontrollable hate.


50 posted on 03/03/2006 9:31:02 PM PST by dervish ("And what are we becoming? The civilization of melted butter?")
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