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The Press: Mad As Hell, and Not Going to Take It Any More (cause their guy is losing)
PowerLine ^ | 9/12/2008 | John Hinderaker

Posted on 09/12/2008 1:04:24 PM PDT by mojito

Howard Kurtz's column in the Washington Post is surprisingly blunt and surprisingly revealing. The mainstream media, Kurtz says, are mad. Their anger, though, is oddly unidirectional:

"The media are getting mad. Whether it's the latest back-and-forth over attack ads, the silly lipstick flap or the continuing debate over Sarah and sexism, you can just feel the tension level rising several notches. Maybe it's a sense that this is crunch time, that the election is on the line, that the press is being manipulated (not that there's anything new about that)."

There certainly isn't. Barack Obama has been manipulating the press for years. His manipulation didn't make the media mad, though, because reporters were willing accomplices who have been trying to get Obama elected. It's the thought that John McCain could be manipulating them that has the media seeing red:

News outlets are increasingly challenging false or questionable claims by the McCain campaign, whether it's the ad accusing Obama of supporting sex-ed for kindergartners (the Illinois legislation clearly describes "age-appropriate" programs) or Palin's repeated boast that she stopped the Bridge to Nowhere (after she had supported it, and after Congress had effectively killed the specific earmark).

But the two examples Kurtz cites are ads that are indisputably true. Obama did support sex education down to kindergarten. Kurtz thinks that's OK, because the sex education for five-year-olds would be "age appropriate." He's entitled to that opinion, but my opinion, and that of most voters, is that any sex education for kindergartners is a terrible idea. In any event, whether you think teaching five-year-olds about sex is a good idea or a bad idea, the ad is true.

Likewise with the ad that says Governor Palin killed the Bridge to Nowhere: it's a simple fact that no one, including the Democratic Party in Alaska, thought to deny until Palin was selected to run for Vice-President. We wrote about it here. As the Anchorage Daily News reported on March 12, 2008:

Palin ruffled feathers when she announced - without giving the delegation advance notice - that the state was killing the Ketchikan bridge to Gravina Island, site of the airport and a few dozen residents.

If Kurtz or other members of the media want to criticize some other aspect of Palin's record they are welcome to do so, but the suggestion that she didn't kill the famous bridge is ridiculous.

That's not to say that there is no false advertising in the air this campaign season. We wrote here that Barack Obama's oft-repeated claim, in a television ad and elsewhere, that he "reach[ed] out to Senator Lugar...to help lock down loose nuclear weapons" is flatly untrue. It was Sam Nunn who "reached out to Senator Lugar" in 1991. Obama's minor amendment to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Act in 2006 had nothing to do with "locking down loose nuclear weapons;" on the contrary, it specifically excluded them. Obama's amendment has turned out to be a bad idea, too. But these and other falsehoods by Obama aren't what the press is "getting mad" about, and reporters have no intention of reporting on them.

While noting that the media in general are "getting mad," Kurtz himself is mad about the "lipstick on a pig" flap:

"The lipstick imbroglio is evidence that the Drudge/Fox/New York Post axis can drive just about any story into mainstream land. Does anyone seriously believe that Barack Obama was calling Sarah Palin a pig?"

I'm not sure what Obama had in mind, but I find it odd that in pages of outrage devoted to the supposed excesses of the McCain campaign, Kurtz finds no room to mention the fact that prominent Democrats (not anonymous emailers, who are much worse) have said that Governor Palin is Pontius Pilate and that her primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.

The truth is that Sarah Palin has been the object of the most vicious and concerted smear campaign in modern American history. But that fact doesn't cause the media (or Howard Kurtz) to get mad.

It's not too hard to diagnose why, as Kurtz correctly says, "the media are getting mad." They're getting mad because their candidate is losing. They've spent years building him up and covering for his mistakes and shortcomings, and he is such a stiff that he can't coast across the finish line. I'd be mad too, I guess, but I think I'd have the decency not to take it out on Sarah Palin.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
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Another condescending blowhard from the MSM is mad.

Mad that the MSM can't win an election for their guy.

Just like they couldn't win it for Jean Francois Kerry.

Mad that the public is sick and tired of their obnoxious partisan cheerleading.

Mad that bloggers and sites like FRee Republic exist to swat down their arrogance and pretensions of knowing what's best.

Poor cranky Mr. Kurtz. This whiny baby needs a time-out, and a nap.

1 posted on 09/12/2008 1:04:25 PM PDT by mojito
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Here is the link to Howie “Mad as Heck” Kurtz’ original piece:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/11/AR2008091100793.html

2 posted on 09/12/2008 1:06:07 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

These idiots cause the problems with the electoral process, then become angry and vindictive when people don’t accept their lies as sheep and choose to fight back.


3 posted on 09/12/2008 1:06:54 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: mojito

This is really good news.


4 posted on 09/12/2008 1:06:57 PM PDT by Melinda
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To: mojito

Hey Howie,
Take a bong hit for Barry.


5 posted on 09/12/2008 1:06:57 PM PDT by aroostook war
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To: mojito

When McCain and Palin win, the media loses big time.
No power base at all in DC.
They burned this bridge and won’t get a “do-over”.


6 posted on 09/12/2008 1:07:01 PM PDT by mabelkitty (Obama thanks McCain for not questioning his Muslim faith)
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To: mojito

Hey Howie,
Take a bong hit for Barry.


7 posted on 09/12/2008 1:07:04 PM PDT by aroostook war
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To: mojito

Yea their made did you see Bahba on the view she almost popped a vein. She looked so angry...wow


8 posted on 09/12/2008 1:08:57 PM PDT by Texas4ever (SIT DOWN JUNIOR :))
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To: mojito

Obama is not manipulating the press, the press is manipulating itself for Obama. The press is giving Obama a multi-channel, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, campaign commercial. For free.


9 posted on 09/12/2008 1:12:39 PM PDT by webheart (All sarcasm contained in this post is intentional, and does not necessarily reflect a real opinion)
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To: mojito

The NOW crowd and the MSM cannot believe that the highest ranking women in the USA is going to be a conservative member of the GOP. They were sure this was going to be an ultra liberal like Hillary or Nancy. If Sarah becomes VP it will shatter their image as the arbiters of what a modern woman has to be. They are in shock and must destroy this upstart woman. They are scared and desperate. It is going to be brutal over the next 50 days.


10 posted on 09/12/2008 1:13:19 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: mojito

I have no doubt in my mind that when Sarah “provoked” the lsm, she did it on purpose, knowing that it would help her voters see them for what they are—a bunch of lying, over the top, scum sucking liars that good, normal citizens would no longer ignore.


11 posted on 09/12/2008 1:14:38 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: mojito

The MSM are almost totally irrelevant. They are just now beginning to realize this. Those that the gods would make crazy, they first make mad.


12 posted on 09/12/2008 1:15:00 PM PDT by Free State Four
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To: Texas4ever

When are all these reporters, journalists and hacks, who compromised their ethics to support and build up Barrack Obama going to turn their anger where it is best directed...AT BARRACK OBAMA.

I would be p.o.ed to if I was done in and made to look foolish by a big old fraud with a history of using people and his skin color to get where he wanted despite his complete and utter lack of qualifications. I’d be downright embarrassed for being such a sap for him.


13 posted on 09/12/2008 1:15:27 PM PDT by johnnycap
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To: mojito
Of course they're mad. They've lost their audience. POing people and treating them as stupid will eventually do that. The ordinary hardworking, taxpaying, minimum-wage-earning American gets no respect.

What goes around, comes around. You can only abuse people for so long, until they say "so long."

14 posted on 09/12/2008 1:15:27 PM PDT by pray4liberty (Stand up and pray up!)
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To: mojito
Does anyone seriously believe that Barack Obama was calling Sarah Palin a pig

Does anyone seriously believe that he wasn't?

15 posted on 09/12/2008 1:15:30 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("Spare me all the phony talk about change." Senator Barack Obama)
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To: mojito

Well, lets see, first we had the dotcom bubble, then the housing bubble, now we got the MSM inflating Obama far beyond his true value......... guess what come next.


16 posted on 09/12/2008 1:15:32 PM PDT by umgud
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To: mojito
"The lipstick imbroglio is evidence that the Drudge/Fox/New York Post axis can drive just about any story into mainstream land. Does anyone seriously believe that Barack Obama was calling Sarah Palin a pig?"

Why not? They had no problem believing that Bill Clinton's reference to Obama's "fairy tale" rise was racist, nor for that matter, numerous other innocuous remarks made by people that the Obama campaign surrogates cried "racism!" about. For that matter, I can just imagine Michelle Obama giving Barack the idea to say it, it sounds like just the kind of thing a jealous catty woman would say, not a man (well, maybe a metrosexual type like Obama would).
17 posted on 09/12/2008 1:15:41 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: mojito
They're getting mad because their candidate is losing. They've spent years building him up and covering for his mistakes and shortcomings, and he is such a stiff that he can't coast across the finish line.

Add: they can no longer control America's political conversation.

18 posted on 09/12/2008 1:16:21 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: mojito

Righto! I want them to go after Palin with everything they can. It backfires everytime.

Normal everyday folks are going to stand firm and protect the Palin family.


19 posted on 09/12/2008 1:18:17 PM PDT by rrrod
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To: Texas4ever

yup I watched it. man they’re not even hiding their BIAS anymore.. straight out in the open. MSM is imploding as well.


20 posted on 09/12/2008 1:18:24 PM PDT by Ancient Drive
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To: mojito

The Drive-By’s have hitched their wagon to the wrong team and they are headed over the cliff.


21 posted on 09/12/2008 1:19:13 PM PDT by Rodm (Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings)
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To: mojito
Maybe it's a sense that this is crunch time, that the election is on the line, that the press is being manipulated

The PRESS is being manipulated? Now that's funny considering it was they who practically selected the candidates on both sides.

22 posted on 09/12/2008 1:19:35 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: mojito
whether it's the ad accusing Obama of supporting sex-ed for kindergarteners (the Illinois legislation clearly describes "age-appropriate" programs)

Point one: Who gets to decide what 'age appropriate' sex ed for kindergarteners is? Plenty of leftist politicians support teaching 5 year olds about homo sex. A Mack truck could be driven through the term 'age appropriate'.

Point two: Age appropriate or not, sex ed has NO PLACE in the younger grades AT ALL.

23 posted on 09/12/2008 1:23:16 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Uncle Hal
You are absolutely right.

It's going to be a verrrrrrrrrrry long 50 days in the trenches!!!

Who knows what kind of nasty surprises that Obama and his media people have in store for Americans.

The Obama people are such a vile lot.

24 posted on 09/12/2008 1:24:21 PM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: mojito
All hail the Drudge/Fox/New York Post axis
25 posted on 09/12/2008 1:26:29 PM PDT by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: mrsmel
"The lipstick imbroglio is evidence that the Drudge/Fox/New York Post axis can drive just about any story into mainstream land. Does anyone seriously believe that Barack Obama was calling Sarah Palin a pig?"

Based on the crowd response, I'd suggest that they sure as hell interpreted it that way.

I can't comprehend why there is any argument over this contention.

Sure, it was a childish cheap shot. But that's the kind of candidate the Democrats nominated. So, let's all get beyond it...including the press.

26 posted on 09/12/2008 1:27:34 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: mojito

“The media are getting mad.”

And millions of their readers and viewers are getting angry at the press for its obvious attempts to try to control the outcomes of elections.

The media are mad if they think they get away with it in the era of the internet.


27 posted on 09/12/2008 1:28:21 PM PDT by mombi
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To: mojito
Just like they couldn't win it for Jean Francois Kerry.

That line really cracked me up!
28 posted on 09/12/2008 1:29:42 PM PDT by parisa
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What his story, and the analysis really means is that it's going to get worse, a lot worse.
Remember Rathergate? Well, that will be nothing compared to what they'll do the few weeks before the election. I can't fathom what depths they'll drop to give voters a reason to think twice before pulling the lever for the Republicans. Whether it be Palin’s psuedo scandal du jour or McCain's houses, we have not seen anything yet

If their guy doesn't win, we'll get a period of introspection, like we got in 2000 and 2004 as to what they did wrong. If he wins, they'll be patting themselves on the back for two years until the dems lose the house, senate and governors seats.

We saw this in 1992. They did the exact thing in 92, but now we have the web to counter their monopoly. They had a two year victory lap of parties and events. There was only three channels along with PBS and CNN, which as we know are all leftists. We didn't have a voice back then. Nothing. Imagine 2004 rathergate w/o the internet. That is what it was like.

29 posted on 09/12/2008 1:30:34 PM PDT by newnhdad (Naval Aviator or "community organizer", you make the call.)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood
"Does anyone seriously believe that Barack Obama was calling Sarah Palin a pig?"

Does anyone seriously believe that he wasn't?

I'm trying to come up with a reason he wasn't, and can't think of a single reason, scripted or not. He knew why the audience laughed extra hard. He sealed the fate when he refused to apologize (it was intentional), then joked about it on Letterman.

30 posted on 09/12/2008 1:32:51 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Free State Four
Those that the gods would make crazy, they first make mad.

"Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."
Euripides, Greek tragic dramatist (484 BC - 406 BC)

The MSM's been crazy for years! "Destroy" is what I can hardly wait for! ;-)

31 posted on 09/12/2008 1:37:07 PM PDT by maryz
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Does anyone seriously believe that Barack Obama was calling Sarah Palin a pig?"

Well, the crowd certainly seemed to think so. There was a roar of cheers and laughter that certainly wasn't merited if, as so many in the media assert, it was a simple case of Obama using an old adage.

Obama himself admitted that it wasn't simply a case of using an old adage. On Late Night With David Letterman, he said that he intended the comment be interpreted as Sarah Palin being the lipstick on McCain's pig. Am I wrong? Do the media have a better idea than Obama about what he meant?

And isn't it just a little bit too much to believe it was a coincidence that Joe Biden made a similar lipstick comment the same day? Am I wrong? I can't find my links to it; is there anyone who can post that information?

Plus, I've read a couple of columnists who indicate that "the" Democratic website had used the lipstick line. Am I wrong? Does anyone know WHICH website that was?

I guess I should believe it was a coincidence that on at least three occasions when speaking about Hillary Clinton, Obama suddenly had an itch on his cheek that required scratching with his middle finger? The crowd reacts to his immature gesture.

32 posted on 09/12/2008 1:48:54 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.)
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Does anyone seriously believe that Barack Obama was calling Sarah Palin a pig?"

Yes.

What's more, he's a black separatist commie who will install a secret police force to get whitey.

No, I'm not joking.

33 posted on 09/12/2008 1:52:58 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: jersey117

Just remember, media backwards is aidem. Say it fast.

‘Nuff said.


34 posted on 09/12/2008 1:58:16 PM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: mojito

Kurtz’s column is so out of touch with reality, it is surprising he hasn’t been fired.


35 posted on 09/12/2008 1:59:36 PM PDT by mombi
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“Barack Obama has been manipulating the press for years.”

Oh horsesh**. They've willingly been in bed with him since the very beginning.

36 posted on 09/12/2008 2:11:12 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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“and after Congress had effectively killed the specific earmark”

thanks to McCain and no thanks to Obama/Biden


37 posted on 09/12/2008 2:18:04 PM PDT by ari-freedom (We never hide from history. We make history!)
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To: mojito

For Howard Kurtz:

http://www.retrorush.nl/shop/images/A-Team_MrT_Shut_Up_Fool_t-shirt_small.jpg


38 posted on 09/12/2008 2:18:57 PM PDT by moose2004 (Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill And Then Drill Some More)
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To: okie01
So they can find racist "code words" in anything an opponent says about Obama, but get all disingenuous when Obama uses a phrase that got exactly the response he knew it would get, because he waited for it. He knew that that crowd would know exactly what he was saying. We need to fight fire with fire and do exactly the same thing back to him-not in reference to his race, but to all the many legitimate issues the media is ignoring-his ties to a terrorist, his black liberation theology (that would be his racism), his sexism which he used on Hillary (and I can't stand her), and is now using on Palin.
39 posted on 09/12/2008 2:19:26 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: mojito
Memo to all Presstitutes:

GFY

40 posted on 09/12/2008 2:20:26 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Ukiapah Heep

“All hail the Drudge/Fox/New York Post axis “

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Drudge/Fox/New York Post/Free Republic...


41 posted on 09/12/2008 2:23:10 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (CHEVY VOLT COUNTDOWN: V minus 95 Weeks. Waiting...)
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To: mojito

The MSM is furious because when Palin was selected they figured all they had to do was point out to we the unwashed what a poor candidate she was and we would reject her. Instead, we gave them the proverbial finger. They hate being ignored, it so goes against their sense of being superior to the rest of us.


42 posted on 09/12/2008 2:24:57 PM PDT by yazoo
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They are going mental.

44 posted on 09/12/2008 2:41:15 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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Does anyone seriously believe that Barack Obama was calling Sarah Palin a pig?"

Memo: To H. Kurtz.

From: H. Buzzard:

The answer is, Yes. Millions.

Read it and weep, a-wipe.

45 posted on 09/12/2008 2:53:51 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: BerryDingle

I wish someone would make an ambiguous remark about his ears, and see how funny he thinks that is.


46 posted on 09/12/2008 3:25:10 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: HIDEK6

I believe you. I also firmly believe he will try to enact reparations, and if the Congress is majority ‘rat, he just might be able to do it.


47 posted on 09/12/2008 3:26:52 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: mojito

48 posted on 09/12/2008 3:30:17 PM PDT by SuperSonic (Bush "lied", people dyed.......their fingers purple.)
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To: mojito
Does anyone seriously believe that Barack Obama was calling Sarah Palin a pig?

If you traffic in baryard epithets and metaphors, you're going to get some sh*t on yourself.

49 posted on 09/12/2008 3:31:00 PM PDT by nonsporting
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To: SuperSonic

Don't know why these are not posting, but here's the addy, just in case: http://scotthong.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/palinwecandoit.jpg

50 posted on 09/12/2008 3:35:12 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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