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And The Most Irresponsible Journalist Award Goes to The Politico’s Jonathan Martin!
The Iowa Republican ^ | 10/30/2009 | Emily Geiger

Posted on 10/30/2009 4:53:25 PM PDT by JRochelle

So tell me, how do you write a “news” story about an organization paying for a speaker when you don’t even know if the organization is paying for the speaker?

Ask “journalist” Jonathan Martin. He knows all about it.

You see, Jonny wrote a piss poor story the other day about how the Iowa Family Policy Center will be paying a large speaker fee if Sarah Palin comes to Iowa to keynote the IFPC’s fall funderaiser. The only problem is that Jonny has no sources confirming that any exorbitant fee is being charged or paid.

In fact, he had just the opposite. Bryan English, a spokesman for IFPC told Jonny that he did not know yet if Palin was requesting any fee.

Yet, that didn’t stop Jonny from running with the headline, “Iowa Republicans wince at Sarah Palin’s $100K speaking fee.”

And, Jonny had lots of completely impartial sources who were happy to comment and help him “cobble together” an eleven-hundred word story.

Oh, those sources… they were so shocked at this (unconfirmed) unprecedented occurrence. How dare political operatives get paid obscene amounts of money. And speaking of politicos getting paid obscene amounts of money, Jonny went to a very knowledgeable source on that particular issue, Ed Failor, Jr., of Iowans for Tax Relief fame.

Hey Ed, how much were you paid by the Pataki campaign only to end up submarining it when you had a change of heart and decided McCain was your man? Oh well, at least Ed refrained from calling Palin a jackbooted Nazi, so he did show some self-restraint.

Jonny also got some inside info from David Kochel, who was a top aide to former (and future) presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

Hey Dave, didn’t I just read a story about how Mitt Romney tried to buy off the Iowa Christian Alliance? I heard you helped facilitate that little scheme. And somehow you are shocked at the thought of a well-known political figure (who very likely isn’t running for president) getting paid a speaker’s fee for (gasp) a public speaking appearance?

Another of Jonny’s sources was the Iowa Christian Alliance’s Steve Scheffler, who is totally impartial given that he runs a competing organization which is dealing with its own scandal.

And then we’ve got Tim Albrecht quoted. He was the Iowa spokesman for Romney’s 2008 caucus campaign.

Hmmm… Between Kochel and Albrecht, this sounds suspiciously like yet another case of former Romney staffers “going rogue” and badmouthing their meal ticket’s perceived competition.

And that leads us back to Jonny Martin himself. He was in charge of writing the Politico’s GOP blog during the 2008 caucus season. And it always seemed like, whenever the Romney people had rumors they wanted to start about other candidates, Jonny was their go-to guy to get those rumors in writing in front of a national audience.

Some things never change.


TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: backstabberromney; carpetbaggerromney; drivebymedia; fifthcolumn; jonathanmartin; journalist; liberalmedia; mitt; operationleper; palin; pimpromney; progressivemedia; romney; romney2lose; romneyantipalin; romneydirtytricks; staterunmedia; stenchofromney

1 posted on 10/30/2009 4:53:26 PM PDT by JRochelle
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Romney dirty tricks again...

Some things never change.


2 posted on 10/30/2009 4:54:13 PM PDT by JRochelle (Newt in '12? NEVER!)
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To: JRochelle

A few days before the Iowa Caucus, the Politico reported that Fred Thompson was going to drop out after Iowa. The reports was not true. Politico got that news from a Romney source. The Iowa Romney campaign hoped that Fred Thompson supporters wouldn’t waste their votes on Fred and instead support Romney.


3 posted on 10/30/2009 4:57:50 PM PDT by yongin
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To: JRochelle

How much does Bill Clinton get paid for a speech? I am sure there were some comparisons in the article or a sidebar right? To put it in perspective.


4 posted on 10/30/2009 5:01:20 PM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: Allegra; American Constitutionalist; CanadianMusherinMI; Clemenza; Diogenesis; ejonesie22; ...

Palin-smearing Slick Willard dirty tricks *ping*


5 posted on 10/30/2009 5:03:09 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: JRochelle
No surprise here. Politico is just a liberal whorehouse, a bunch of WaPo sluts who decided to kick their pimp and freelance.
6 posted on 10/30/2009 5:04:57 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard (Truth--The liberal's Kryptonite)
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To: JRochelle

Yea! Finally, someone else sees through this disgusting POS.

He was instrumental in clubbing FRed Thompson in the primaries.


7 posted on 10/30/2009 5:08:05 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: JRochelle

This is mild stuff and par for the course.

If Palin runs in 2012, all hell will break loose.


8 posted on 10/30/2009 5:08:21 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: GeronL

Ex presidents and veeps receive 6 figures for speaking engagements.


9 posted on 10/30/2009 5:10:34 PM PDT by yongin
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To: yongin

I don’t know about the reward though. He has a LOT of competition out there.


10 posted on 10/30/2009 5:13:32 PM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: JRochelle

So how much is the speaking fee!!


11 posted on 10/30/2009 5:17:18 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: org.whodat

Sarah has announced she will be talking to the group at a later date for no charge.


12 posted on 10/30/2009 5:27:10 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (He said red, yellow, black or white, All are equal in his sight, Mmm, mmm, mm!, Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: JRochelle; Al B.; SolidWood; Leisler; greyfoxx39; Tennessee Nana; EternalVigilance; Reagan Man; ...
While Romney and his lying RomneyBOTs are being protected on FreeRepublic for reasons unclear,
Romney's Team continues to attack Gov. Palin.
13 posted on 10/30/2009 5:33:27 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: org.whodat

Nothing. No charge.


14 posted on 10/30/2009 6:06:38 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: JRochelle

I smell a Pulitzer Prize for standing up to censorship in Johnny’s future. :D


15 posted on 10/30/2009 6:20:48 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: JRochelle

Can’t pass up a chance to bash Palin.


16 posted on 10/30/2009 6:30:53 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: JRochelle

ROFL!!!

If Romney and Newt think these tactics will work against Palin, then........well........no wonder they are part of the failed GOP.....

and Palin will be the leader sought after and trusted by Americans wanting their country to survive the Socialist onslaught....for her it is not about power, it is about right and wrong......


17 posted on 10/30/2009 6:44:25 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I wish that sleazy Romney would just GO AWAY.


18 posted on 10/30/2009 11:42:12 PM PDT by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: JRochelle
Romney dirty tricks again... Some things never change.

Emily Geiger doesn't take prisoners willingly, does she? But the Romneybots give her so much to work with .....

But hey, political writing needs this kind of expository outburst, and pretty often, too.

19 posted on 10/31/2009 12:38:07 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Allegra
I wish that sleazy Romney would just GO AWAY.

You know what it is about Romney really annoys me? It's that we've got big, huge issues and a White House crawling with Alinskyite Marxists, and Romney wants to play "small ball" with Sarah for the GOP nomination.

If he wanted to take a big step, you'd think he'd get out there and make a benchmark speech about what a doodoohead Zero is.

But no. He sends seamstresses out with poisoned needles to stab Sarah in the fitting room.

What a guy.

20 posted on 10/31/2009 12:53:20 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: yongin

You’ve raised a question in my mind. Did Geraldine Ferraro ever have anywhere near the kind of support after he VP bid that Gov Palin is enjoying?


21 posted on 10/31/2009 1:02:44 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: JRochelle

Thank you for posting this. Anyone who knows guys like Scheffler know that he doesn’t have a job besides Professional Christian.


22 posted on 10/31/2009 3:29:43 AM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: EDINVA

Geraldine Ferraro served as a CNN pundit in the 90s. Now she is a part time pundit on Fox. Ferraro did write a book, but it didn’t receive the sales that Palin received so far.

Joy Behar asked on her CNN show, “When are Palin’s 15 minutes up?”

The Left attacks Palin so viciously, because they feel that Palin’s fame is undeserved.


23 posted on 10/31/2009 3:33:16 AM PDT by yongin
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To: JRochelle
Hey Dave, didn’t I just read a story about how Mitt Romney tried to buy off the Iowa Christian Alliance? I heard you helped facilitate that little scheme.

WHAT!!??

Mitt Romney is involved in a scheme???

Why do you people hate him so?


(This is NOT my thread; so ANYone can post here.)

24 posted on 10/31/2009 5:07:59 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: yongin
The Left attacks Palin so viciously, because they feel that Palin’s fame is undeserved.

O...

K...



25 posted on 10/31/2009 5:10:28 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: nonliberal

Iowa conservative “leaders”...Oh what a tangled web they’ve weaved...


26 posted on 10/31/2009 5:17:03 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (We're winning.)
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To: yongin

It’s interesting that the Right never attacked Ferraro the way the Left came after Palin. I don’t remember any personal attacks against Ferraro, except as they related to her husband. Her candidacy in historical context is more significant than Palin’s and by comparison was a walk in the park.

Of course, Ferraro ran in ‘84 and the whole tenor of politics changed in ‘87 with the introduction of “Borking,” the latest, most glaring example of which is Palin. Nor did Ferraro have to suffer a hate-filled blogosphere, 24 hour media attacks, and an adolescent press corps that was drooling over another of the 4 major party candidates for POTUS/VA. Palin cleverly took all those lemons and made lemonade.

Sorry, Mz. Behar, but those 15 minutes aren’t ending any time soon.


27 posted on 10/31/2009 7:51:30 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: hinckley buzzard

[[No surprise here. Politico is just a liberal whorehouse, a bunch of WaPo sluts who decided to kick their pimp and freelance.]]

Agreed- I used to read politico in the past thinking it was fairly balanced, but lately, it’s becoem very evident they are nothign but a clone of Wapo


28 posted on 10/31/2009 8:38:49 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: JRochelle

Johnathan Martin a magna cum laude graduate of the Jayson Blair school of liberal Hot Tub wet dreams becoming opeds.

Johnathan should stay in Jayson’s Hot Tub and focus on bringing out opeds pushing his Great Gay Agenda: http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&fr=slv8-hptb5&p=Jonathan%20Martin%20%2b%20gay&type=


29 posted on 10/31/2009 9:47:15 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0b0z0 have any friends, who aren't traitors, spies, tax cheats and criminals?)
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To: Diogenesis; Jim Robinson
Dio, you know how much we -- and I believe Jim Robinson is part of that "we" -- are in agreement about how bad and dangerous big-government Romney is for the GOP and the U.S.

I for one applaud Free Republic's approach to Romeny Bots. I think it is wise and honest. Some of the very best and most powerful ammunition to defeat Romney is right here on Free Republic because of FR's right approach in letting the RomneyBots fully reveal themselves for the Eddie Haskell connivers they are.

30 posted on 10/31/2009 10:13:15 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: papasmurf
He was instrumental in clubbing FRed Thompson in the primaries.

Romney and, I'm sad to say, Fox News. I became disillusioned with Fox during that primary. There was an amazing story and an honest reporter would have seen it whether they liked the candidate or not: Thompson did more faster and with a fraction of the money that it took Romney, let alont the other candidates. I watched feeling sick as I watched Fox Sundays and saw Thompson's name, or his presence in the race at all, scrupulously avoided.

Brit Hume abandoned me and I see him now as no different than the other "We decide, then report" talking tools.

31 posted on 10/31/2009 10:20:46 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: lentulusgracchus
Pure as truth:

If [Romney] wanted to take a big step, you'd think he'd get out there and make a benchmark speech about what a doodoohead Zero is. But no. He sends seamstresses out with poisoned needles to stab Sarah in the fitting room. What a guy.

32 posted on 10/31/2009 10:27:03 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: EDINVA
Did Geraldine Ferraro ever have anywhere near the kind of support after he VP bid that Gov Palin is enjoying?

Not even close, as I recall.

33 posted on 10/31/2009 10:28:19 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: EDINVA; yongin

Ferraro’s selection was more a stunt choice. She was exceptionally underexperienced. Barely 5 years in the House as a backbencher, no executive experience whatsoever (what’s funny is from a federal standpoint, she STILL had more experience than Zero !).

Mondale should’ve gone with whom a lot in the media were expecting, that of then-San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein. She at least had “executive” experience and could claim she had her own leadership baptism by fire when she was thrust into the job following the Moscone-Milk murders.

That might very well have elevated Feinstein’s profile enough (mind you, it wouldn’t have gotten Mondale elected, but perhaps gotten him more votes overall, especially in CA) to have made her the ‘88 nominee for President. At least she’d have had the SF Mayorship to go back to after losing in ‘84.

Ferraro was just a House member, and once she lost as VP following the ‘84 elections, that was it, she was out on her butt. She wasn’t even able to get the nomination for the Senate later on in the ‘90s. Getting the VP selection probably was the worst thing to happen to her.


34 posted on 10/31/2009 10:33:45 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: CottShop
Agreed- I used to read politico in the past thinking it was fairly balanced, but lately, it’s becoem very evident they are nothign but a clone of Wapo.

With their daily segment on Morning Joe, they're a subsidiary of MSNBC.

I have no idea why Hugh Hewitt keeps bringing Mike Allen on his show.

Scratch that...Hewitt is a Romney-bot, so it makes great sense.

35 posted on 10/31/2009 10:33:59 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: Finny

Post #34.


36 posted on 10/31/2009 10:34:23 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: lentulusgracchus
If he wanted to take a big step, you'd think he'd get out there and make a benchmark speech about what a doodoohead Zero is.

I'm gonna hang his "present" vote in NYS-23 like an albatross around his effin' neck. That goes double for Huckabee.

37 posted on 10/31/2009 10:36:14 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: EDINVA

If you recall, Right to Life activists and even a few Bishops questioned, “How could she be a practicing Catholic and support abortion on demand?”. To the Left, that amounts to a smear campaign.


38 posted on 10/31/2009 10:38:53 AM PDT by yongin
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To: Elsie
Equallizing Obama's lack of qualifications for fame to the perceived "doesn't deserve it" in how Sarah Palin has captured the guts of millions of Americans is taking a bit of a tweaked view, IMO.

If only for her genuine ability to rally Americans to her, whether in books sales or speaking engagements -- something Obama has failed ever to accomplish without stagecraft; his "popularity" is manufactured and his accomplishments nil -- Palin's fame is most certainly "deserved." That's a pretty rare quality in any politician, let alone an apparently true-blue Limited Government Republican, in case you missed it.

Things I've read about her effectiveness in Alaska also indicate somebody who's a serious player. Obama is empty. Palin is substantial.

I think a lot of Americans want what I want: a Republican who will make it clear that the main goal is to get Government off our backs, out of our hair, and back into the servants' quarters where it belongs. That goes for everything from the First and Second Ammendments to gay "rights" which confer no rights but only take them away. Big government is the problem, and I want a polital party that will approach governance that way -- start hacking at the shackles of Big Government that are crippling American innovation, morality, productivity, prosperity, and liberty both spiritual and financial.

So far, Sarah's looking good in that department.

39 posted on 10/31/2009 10:48:59 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Yep. "Stunt" is a good way of putting it.

What I see from Palin is authentic.

God bless this Republic.

40 posted on 10/31/2009 10:55:11 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: Finny

Carl Cameron and Lil Johnny Martin conspired to bring FRed down, and boost Myth Romney. Cameron had a hardon for FRed after he said FRed promised him an exclusive for announcing in New Hampshire, Carl’s home State (and Carl even said that on air), and then FRed went on Leno instead, splattering well deserved egg on Carl’s face. After that, the virtual baseball bats came out, and FRed was set up, and knee capped, time and again.


41 posted on 10/31/2009 7:50:34 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: yongin
Geraldine Ferraro served as a CNN pundit in the 90s. Now she is a part time pundit on Fox.

Not unless she comes back from the dead!

42 posted on 10/31/2011 3:32:24 PM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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