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How to find a Democrat and how to spot a liberal
Enter Stage Right ^ | June 30, 2003 | Bruce Walker

Posted on 07/01/2003 7:32:25 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln

How to find a Democrat and how to spot a liberal

By Bruce Walker
web posted June 30, 2003

Meg Phipps, the Agriculture Commissioner of North Carolina, resigned in disgrace in early June. Was this a big story? Big enough to make the Leftist establishment online news sources. MSNBC, for example, ran stories on May 6 "State Fair Commission, Campaign aides testify," May 12 "Former Aide Pleads Guilty," May 13 "Former Aide Resigns," and other stories, culminating on June 6 "Phipps to Resign."

Phipps Most of these stories do not mention that Meg Phipps is a Democrat. None of them advise that she is also statewide elected Democrat, the daughter of former Democrat Governor Bob Scott, who won her crooked election in November 2000.

What is surreal about the MSNBC coverage is that one of the principal charges against Phipps is that she rewarded McLamb when he ran against her in "the primary." The May 13 MSNBC story does not mention -- even though the two culprits ran against each other in a party primary -- which party was involved!

CNN, which was born in Atlanta, just south of North Carolina, ran one single story on June 5 with the title "N.C. agriculture commissioner resigns over campaign scandal." The entire fourteen paragraph story, which recounted "Last year, the state Board of Elections found that Phipps campaign violated state law by taking $84,202 in cash from donors it could not identify and more that $14,000 in illegal contributions" never even hints which political party claimed Phipps.

A few months earlier, another statewide elected official from another Southern state, had a similar problem. As CBS News reported on October 3, 2002 "Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown was also ordered to report to federal prison on October 15 to serve six months for lying to the FBI." But CBS News seems to have the same difficulty that other Leftist establishment media do in finding out much about the politics of these cases.

Was Brown nonpartisan? Was he an elected official or an appointed official? When I run across these stories of political corruption, which conspicuously lack any political identification, invariably the Leftist establishment media is blowing smoke for some corrupt Democrat.

Jim Brown, like Meg Phipps, was a state official who won election in a partisan race against a Republican opponent. So, does the media simply not consider the political party of these sorts of officials important? Phipps, after all, was not just a Democrat, but she was part of a Democrat political dynasty in North Carolina.

Let's think...is there any other woman who held statewide elective office in a Southern state who was rapped up in controversy surrounding the November 2000 elections? Well, there was Republican Katherine Harris who was a member of the Republican Party and who was part of the Republican administration of Republican Jeb Bush who certified, lawfully -- unlike Phipps -- election results which earned Republican George W. Bush, son of Republican...

All that mattered to CBS, MSNBC, CNN et al. was the party label. Whether it was a Democrat or a Republican decided whether the story was even newsworthy -- remember that Dan Rather would not even mention Gary Condit for months on CBS Evening News, even though the entire civilized world was speculating on a story filled with sex, lies and possibly much more.

Even when the Condit story was everywhere, it was typically about "Congressman Condit" and not "Democrat Congressman Condit" -- very different from the coverage given to "Republican Senator Bob Packwood" whose forced departure from the Senate would ultimately allow Tom Daschle to be Plurality Leader for a year or so.

But once the Leftist establishment press discovered that Gary Condit was, indeed, a Democrat what was the mantra after that? Condit was a "conservative." This was certainly news to the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, AFGE or NEA, each of which gave him very good voting records over his career. It was also news to such "conservative" organizations as Common Cause, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence or the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence.

Condit voted right every time according to the ACLU and almost every time according to the Children's Defense Fund, NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign (no, not tortured prisoners in Iran, Cuba or North Korea, but affluent gay and lesbians in America). The National Right to Life Committee found Condit on its side only fifteen percent of the time.

These numbers on particular issue organizations were not misleading. Americans for Democratic Action gives him a better rating than any Republican from California and the American Conservative Union gives him a lower rating than any Republican from California. His ADA rating is 50 per cent and his ACU rating is only 44 per cent.

How can one spot a Democrat in Leftist establishment media coverage? If the individual has done something really rotten, and yet the story says nothing about his political party, then the crook is a Democrat. How to spot a liberal? Well, remembering that there are no longer "liberals" but only "progressives" it is a bit harder, but if the rotten pol appears to be a tabula rasa, a "blank slate," then he is...liberal.

Bruce Walker is a senior writer with Enter Stage Right. He is also a frequent contributor to The Pragmatist and The Common Conservative.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: conservatism; democrats; liberalism; liberals
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1 posted on 07/01/2003 7:32:25 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln
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To: Lando Lincoln
Superb!
2 posted on 07/01/2003 7:45:41 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: Lando Lincoln
I noticed the same thing a couple years back when some democRAT pol from Lousianna got busted for something. The whole news story on CNN and MSNBC neglected to mention party affiliation. The same was true for their online spinnings of the story.

The same can be said for crime stories, unless its a white on black story, race is not an angle. Its funny how you can bet good money on the race/sex of the perp by how the mainstream media open the story.

3 posted on 07/01/2003 7:51:34 PM PDT by tonyinv (Webcam user? Checkout http://www.flexstand.com)
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To: Lando Lincoln
Atlanta, just south of North Carolina

Huh?
4 posted on 07/01/2003 7:53:57 PM PDT by visualops (I'm still trying to figure out why kamikaze pilots wore helmets.)
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To: Lando Lincoln
Even when the Condit story was everywhere, it was typically about "Congressman Condit" and not "Democrat Congressman Condit" -- very different from the coverage given to "Republican Senator Bob Packwood" whose forced departure from the Senate would ultimately allow Tom Daschle to be Plurality Leader for a year or so.

Nice story, but wrong factoid. Bob Packwood's depature from the senate did nothing to elevate Daschle. The Republicans held a majority at the time. Daschle briefly claimed leadership during the fall of 1996 after Packwood resigned to avoid expulsion and when the Republicans were without a majority leader due to Bob Dole's honorable resignation to run for president.

5 posted on 07/01/2003 8:00:20 PM PDT by Vigilanteman
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To: visualops
I paused at that point, too. I guess the author is suggesting that it is not much different geographically and demographically.
6 posted on 07/01/2003 8:00:24 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln (God Bless the arsenal of liberty.)
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To: Lando Lincoln
Wouldn't be easier to go to Berkley, California and conduct reasearch there? If there burning flags, selling anti-Semetic material, and praising Saddam, its a liberal!

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and qacks like a duck, its got to be a liberal!
7 posted on 07/01/2003 8:24:30 PM PDT by PeaceCorpsGuy (Message to Ann Coulter: Please, let it be true that your book can outsell the Hildabeast!)
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To: tonyinv
I noticed the same thing a couple years back when some democRAT pol from Lousianna got busted for something. The whole news story on CNN and MSNBC neglected to mention party affiliation.

I wouldn't give too much weight to this. After all, isn't it a well-known fact that a RAT politician in Louisiana is required to have at least 3 federal indictments on his record?

8 posted on 07/01/2003 8:28:12 PM PDT by Morgan's Raider
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To: Lando Lincoln; PoisedWoman
How can one spot a Democrat in Leftist establishment media coverage? If the individual has done something really rotten, and yet the story says nothing about his political party, then the crook is a Democrat. How to spot a liberal? Well, remembering that there are no longer "liberals" but only "progressives" it is a bit harder, but if the rotten pol appears to be a tabula rasa, a "blank slate," then he is...liberal.
PING LOL Posied woman, this rather backs up my post earlier tonight, does it not? LOL Thanks lando for the good article.
9 posted on 07/01/2003 8:36:17 PM PDT by Libertina (FR - roaches check in, but they don't check out....)
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To: Lando Lincoln
"If the individual has done something really rotten, and yet the story says nothing about his political party, then the crook is a Democrat."

That is so true. I am referencing this one on the voter fraud thread.

10 posted on 07/01/2003 8:49:30 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it.")
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To: Lando Lincoln
Several years ago, I was in a watering hole and some yahoo was going on and on about how "it's only right" that a republican is about to be strung up. He was talking about "Republican" Gary Condit. I enjoyed listening to him yammer on and on about what a crooked guy Condit was. After a while, I mentioned that the small r which might normally denote "Republican" was in front of his name and it meant Representative and that Condit was, in fact, a Dimocrat. He left pretty quickly after that info. Ok with me.
11 posted on 07/01/2003 9:05:20 PM PDT by Chu Gary
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To: sweetliberty
Me too!
12 posted on 07/01/2003 9:09:29 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only support FR by donating monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
Only Republicans deserve to be "outed!"
13 posted on 07/01/2003 9:22:31 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lando Lincoln; Humidston
Thanks for the post.

Perzactly!

14 posted on 07/01/2003 9:27:43 PM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: Libertina
I can spot a liberal across the street by the way they walk....they slither, actually. Nothing upright about them.
15 posted on 07/01/2003 9:28:04 PM PDT by PoisedWoman (Fed up with the CORRUPT liberal media)
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To: Cultural Jihad
Good catch, CJ! But how could this be true? We all know there's no bias in the left-wing media.

/sarcasm ;-D
16 posted on 07/01/2003 9:40:59 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: Lando Lincoln
So true, so true. You can still spot the male Dems and libs just by looking at the tie no matter how often the press stays mum. Holy Cow those guys buy some ugly ties.
17 posted on 07/01/2003 9:52:18 PM PDT by armymarinemom
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To: PoisedWoman
LOL You're too quick for them, Poised Woman!
18 posted on 07/01/2003 10:09:06 PM PDT by Libertina (FR - roaches check in, but they don't check out....)
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To: Chu Gary
He was talking about "Republican" Gary Condit. I enjoyed listening to him yammer on and on about what a crooked guy Condit was. After a while, I mentioned that the small r which might normally denote "Republican" was in front of his name and it meant Representative and that Condit was, in fact, a Dimocrat. He left pretty quickly after that info. Ok with me.

Oh geez, are they really that stupid?

19 posted on 07/01/2003 10:15:52 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: PhiKapMom; Howlin
FYI
20 posted on 07/01/2003 10:17:23 PM PDT by Mo1
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