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  • YUGE NEWS! NY Times Says There’s Nothing on the Trump Tapes

    03/04/2016 9:14:42 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 172 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3-4-16 | Jim Hoft
    The New York Times leaked off-the-record conversation with Donald Trump in January recently to Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed’s editor in chief Ben Smith wrote this week that Mr. Trump reportedly told the NY Times that his extreme position on deporting immigrants was fluid and developing. Senator Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio lashed out at Trump and immediately demanded that Donald Trump order the release of the off-the-record conversation.
  • Donald Trump Secretly Told The New York Times What He Really Thinks About Immigration

    02/29/2016 12:47:40 PM PST · by TheThirdRuffian · 241 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 2/29/2016 | Ben Smith
    The New York Times is sitting on an audio recording that some of its staff believes could deal a serious blow to Donald Trump who, in an off-the-record meeting with the newspaper, called into question whether he would stand by his own immigration views. Trump visited the paper’s Manhattan headquarters on Tuesday, Jan. 5, part of a round of editorial board meetings that — as is traditional — the Democratic candidates for president and some of the Republicans attended. The meetings, conducted partly on the record and partly off the record in a 13th floor conference room, give candidates a...
  • BuzzFeed Editor to Staff: It's OK to Call Trump a Racist

    12/09/2015 2:20:54 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 29 replies ^ | 12/08/15
    BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith told staff in a memo on Tuesday that it's permissible for them to call Donald Trump a racist as a fact on social media. Smith wrote the memo in response to queries from staff about what was OK for them to post on social media networks such as Twitter or Facebook about Trump.
  • Uber Exec in Hot Water After Suggesting Smear Campaign on Journalists

    11/19/2014 3:52:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies ^ | 11/19/14
    Uber’s reputation as a stalwart of the digital economy is quickly becoming matched by its reputation for brazenness in addressing its critics. The latest example comes from Emil Michael, a senior executive at the ride-sharing company. Michael thought it wise to tell a group that included BuzzFeed top editor Ben Smith his idea to invest $1 million in hiring opposition researchers to smear reporters critical of the company. According to Smith’s report, he specifically named Sarah Lacy, the founding editor of PandoDaily, a tech website that has been critical of multiple Uber practices in recent years. Lacy recently wrote about...
  • You can love Palin without wanting her to be president (Journolist Alert)

    08/30/2010 9:55:57 AM PDT · by pissant · 235 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/30/10 | Journolist Liberal Ben Smith, pissant's latest hero
    A new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll offers what is, I think, a somewhat misleading way to look at Sarah Palin. The poll finds that 59% of Americans and 40% of Republicans don't think she'd make an "effective president" -- numbers that come very close to disqualifying her even in the primary, if she chooses to run. This trouble imagining President Palin is constant across the polling since soon after she was chosen as John McCain's running mate, and it reflects both her own lack of experience and the higher bar set for a woman -- Hillary Clinton did years of...

    02/19/2014 2:55:07 PM PST · by onyx · 60 replies
    Breitbart Big Journalism ^ | 19 Feb 2014, 9:13 AM PDT | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a message for Donald Trump about BuzzFeed blogger McKay Coppins, and it's one that other Republican officials might heed when liberal journalists come looking to "humanize" them. "This nervous geek isn't fit to tie the Donald's wingtips," Palin told Breitbart News after Trump ripped Coppins for lampooning him with what he alleged were out-of-context quotes and boorish behavior at Trump's Florida resort. "Don't ever give him attention again."Coppins tricked Trump's advisers into thinking he would profile Trump as a potential "major" GOP 2016 presidential hopeful. As Breitbart News reported, the Jan. 5 email...
  • Ex-Navy SEAL: Our politicians are using us (to try to provoke us so they can crush us) {Video}

    10/16/2013 6:16:53 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | October, 15, 2013 | Bill Hemmer
    Veterans hold new protest of partial government shutdown at WWII Memorial
  • MSNBC's Dyson: 'All Hate Ain't Equal'; 'Horrible' Americans Have 'Fomented Hostility Toward Muslims'

    09/14/2012 1:54:30 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 55 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 09/14/2012 | Ken Shepherd
    Discussing the violent anti-American demonstrations erupting across the Middle East outside U.S. embassies in Arab capitals, MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson put a share of the blame on, well, "horrible" Americans. It was the "demonization of a predictable minority," in this case Muslims, that was the spark that light the conflagration, Dyson argued on the September 14 edition of the noon Eastern program Now with Alex Wagner. "It's not as if, oh in America, we've resolved this with equanimity and grace," he added, seeking to conflate isolated incidents of hate speech against Muslims inside the United States with the violent...
  • Republican Source: Akin Moving To Withdraw

    08/20/2012 1:48:44 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 120 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | 8/20/12 | Ben Smith
    Missouri Republican Todd Akin has begun moving toward ending his candidacy after his remarks on rape and abortion provoked a firestorm, a top Republican said. "Akin is taking concrete steps to withdraw by tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.," a senior Republican told BuzzFeed, adding that Akin could still change his mind. But a Republican close to Akin said his position hasn't changed: He's still in the race. Tomorrow afternoon is an important deadline: If he files papers to end his candidacy in Jefferson City tomorrow he can end his candidacy unilaterally; after that, he would have to file an application in...
  • Obama’s Third-Party History

    06/07/2012 6:42:04 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/7/2012 | Stanley Kurtz
    New documents shed new light on his ties to a leftist party in the 1990s. On the evening of January 11, 1996, while Mitt Romney was in the final years of his run as the head of Bain Capital, Barack Obama formally joined the New Party, which was deeply hostile to the mainstream of the Democratic party and even to American capitalism. In 2008, candidate Obama deceived the American public about his potentially damaging tie to this third party. The issue remains as fresh as today’s headlines, as Romney argues that Obama is trying to move the United States toward...
  • Romney adviser: Perry 'has lost'

    09/07/2011 8:25:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 226 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept. 7, 2011 | Ben Smith
    Mitt Romney's campaign leapt just now on Rick Perry's restatement of his view that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme" and that promising to maintain it in its current form is a "monstrous lie." "PERRY DOES NOT BELIEVE SOCIAL SECURITY SHOULD EXIST," read the headline of Romney's press release. Romney adviser Stuart Stevens emails: He has lost. No federal candidate has ever won on the Perry program to kill Social Security. Never has. never will.
  • Palin splits with neocon advisers

    05/03/2011 8:24:13 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 183 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/03/2011 | Ben Smith
    Sarah Palin has parted ways with the neoconservative foreign policy advisers who had been writing speeches and advising her on policy since she joined the McCain campaign. An aide to Palin, Tim Crawford, confirmed that Orion Strategies' Randy Scheunemann and Michael Goldfarb are no longer working for her PAC. They parted, both sides said on good terms. "Randy flat out said, 'We can't give you the time,'" Crawford said. (snip) Crawford said they've been replaced by Peter Schweizer, a writer and fellow at the Hoover Institution who blogs regularly at Andrew Breitbart's Big Peace. The personnel shift carries an ideological...
  • View from Middle East: President Obama is a problem

    11/22/2010 1:01:22 PM PST · by mojito · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/22/2010 | Ben Smith
    JERUSALEM — Vowing to change a region that has resisted the best efforts of presidents and prime ministers past, Barack Obama dove head first into the Middle East peace process on his second day in office. He was supposed to be different. His personal identity, his momentum, his charisma and his promise of a fresh start would fundamentally alter America’s relations with the Muslim world and settle one of its bitterest grievances. Two years later, he has managed to forge surprising unanimity on at least one topic: Barack Obama. A visit here finds both Israelis and Palestinians blame him for...
  • View from Mideast: President Obama is a problem

    11/23/2010 5:14:38 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Ben Smith ^ | 11-22-10 | Ben Smith
    JERUSALEM — Vowing to change a region that has resisted the best efforts of presidents and prime ministers past, Barack Obama dove head first into the Middle East peace process on his second day in office. He was supposed to be different. His personal identity, his momentum, his charisma and his promise of a fresh start would fundamentally alter America’s relations with the Muslim world and settle one of its bitterest grievances. Two years later, he has managed to forge surprising unanimity on at least one topic: Barack Obama. A visit here finds both Israelis and Palestinians blame him for...
  • Another tough hit on Obama Middle East policies

    11/23/2010 5:19:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jewish Week ^ | 11/22/2010 | James Besser
    Isn't this called piling on? Well, sometimes piling on is justified. Yesterday former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer heaped what looks to me like well deserved scorn on the Obama administration's attempt to “bribe” Israel back to the peace table, and predicted it will never work. This morning Politico's Ben Smith uses a wider club to bash the President, arguing that his unclear, seemingly naive policies in the region have managed to alienate both Israelis and Palestinians, and may actually have set back the cause of peace. “[F]ar from becoming the transcendent figure in a centuries-old drama, Obama has...

    09/28/2010 9:46:53 AM PDT · by Syncro · 19 replies · 1+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | Ann Coulter
    BREAKING: JAYSON BLAIR NOW WORKING AT POLITICO!September 28, 2010 Excerpts from a Politico reporter who seems not to have been at the event he was allegedly reporting on, probably because he's homophobic: “The broad surge in the conservative grassroots made it as far as PayPal founder Peter Thiel’s grand apartment overlooking New York’s Union Square Tuesday night, where about 150 backers of the conservative gay group GOProud gathered to laugh at Ann Coulter’s red meat riffs on Democrats, blacks, and the Obamas at a fundraiser organizers touted as ‘Homocon.’” The event was Saturday night -- not "Tuesday" -- there...
  • Politico Compares Newt Gingrich to Mussolini

    08/18/2010 9:16:15 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 18 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | August 19, 2010 | ZIP
    (Politico) — A regular correspondent wondered why Newt Gingrich’s recent declaration on the planned downtown mosque sounded so familiar, and found this: Gingrich: There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. Mussolini: There will be a mosque in Rome, the Fascist ruler said, only when a Roman Catholic church is permitted in Mecca.
  • Political operatives on Journolist worked to shape news coverage (Gotcha!)

    07/29/2010 1:00:26 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 29 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 29 2010 | Jonathan Strong
    . . . Present among the bloggers, reporters and editors were a number of professional political operatives, including top White House economic advisors, key Obama political appointees, and Democratic campaign veterans . . . Two of the administration’s chief economic advisors, Jared Bernstein, the vice president’s top economist, and Jason Furman, deputy director of the National Economic Council, were members of Journolist until they began working officially for Obama. Ilan Goldenberg, now an advisor on Middle East policy at the Pentagon, was a member until he joined the administration. Moira Whelan left Journolist to work at the Department of Homeland...
  • Socialist "JournoListas"

    07/26/2010 8:47:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 2+ views
    New Zeal ^ | 7/26/10 | Trevor Louden
    The now closed down JournoList, has caused considerable controversy in recent weeks. According to its opponents, JournoList, teamed up some 400 prominent "progressive" journalists in an effort to smooth Barack Obama's path to the White House. There have been accusations that "Journolitstas", deliberately sought to downplay Obama's association with the marxist Rev. Jeremiah Wright and tried to smear conservatives, or opposing journalists as "racists". This post looks at 106 reported "Journolistas" to look for connections or common threads. Of the known "Jounolistas" and organizations listed below, many can be linked back to two interrelated groups Democratic Socialists of America, the...
  • JournoList: 135 Names Confirmed with News Organizations

    07/26/2010 10:00:39 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 58 replies · 3+ views
    Source List Included | 07/26/2010 | BuckeyeTexan
    Spencer Ackerman - Wired, FireDogLake, Washington Independent, Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect Thomas Adcock - New York Law Journal Ben Adler - Newsweek, POLITICO Mike Allen - POLITICO Eric Alterman - The Nation, Media Matters for America Marc Ambinder - The Atlantic Greg Anrig - The Century Foundation Ryan Avent - Economist Dean Baker - The American Prospect Nick Baumann - Mother Jones Josh Bearman - LA Weekly Steven Benen - The Carpetbagger Report Ari Berman - The Nation Jared Bernstein - Economic Policy Institute Michael Berube - Crooked Timer, Pennsylvania State University Brian Beutler - The Media...
  • Our experience with Journolist member Ben Smith during the 2008 general election

    07/22/2010 7:06:59 PM PDT · by Bratch · 74 replies · 1+ views
    HillBuzz ^ | July 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm | HillBuzz
    It was interesting to see Ben Smith, from, listed as a member of Journolist — the committed Obama operatives in the Media who banded together to make sure negative stories about their Lightbringer were quashed while attacks were coordinated to label anyone opposing Obama “RAAACIST” during the 2008 campaign. We had a brief encounter with Smith during September and October of 2008, where he repeatedly refused to run a story we were involved in that would have damaged Obama and drawn closer attention to his continued and longstanding ties to terrorist bomber William Ayers. Here in Chicago, we’re friends...
  • JournoList: 65 Names Confirmed (so far ...)

    07/21/2010 12:24:42 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 132 replies · 3+ views
    Source List Included | 07/212010 | BuckeyeTexan
    The following 65 names are confirmed members of the now-defunct JournoList listserv. 1. Ezra Klein 2. Dave Weigel 3. Matthew Yglesias 4. David Dayen 5. Spencer Ackerman 6. Jeffrey Toobin 7. Eric Alterman 8. Paul Krugman 9. John Judis 10. Eve Fairbanks 11. Mike Allen 12. Ben Smith 13. Lisa Lerer 14. Joe Klein 15. Brad DeLong 16. Chris Hayes 17. Matt Duss 18. Jonathan Chait 19. Jesse Singal 20. Michael Cohen 21. Isaac Chotiner 22. Katha Pollitt 23. Alyssa Rosenberg 24. Rick Perlstein 25. Alex Rossmiller 26. Ed Kilgore 27. Walter Shapiro 28. Noam Scheiber 29. Michael Tomasky 30....
  • Ellie Light speaks

    01/26/2010 6:36:29 AM PST · by maggief · 144 replies · 3,434+ views
    Politico ^ | January 26, 2010 | Ben Smith
    EXCERPT Well, the mystery may be over. A woman who said her name was, in fact, Ellie Light called this morning into the radio show of Michael Smerconish, a national talker based in Philadelphia who has been friendly to Obama, to clear things up. "I'm only me," she said, identifying herself as a traveling nurse who works for 13-week stretches at hospitals around the country, and whose primary residence is in Southern California. "I need to own up – I did misrepresent my home town in some places," Light told Smerconish. Her logic in faking the addresses is one familiar...
  • Kennedy hires insider to soothe critics

    12/16/2008 8:44:41 PM PST · by jessduntno · 21 replies · 694+ views
    politico ^ | Today | BEN SMITH & GLENN THRUSH
    Kennedy hires insider to soothe critics By BEN SMITH & GLENN THRUSH | 12/15/08 7:19 PM EST Caroline Kennedy’s trial balloon candidacy for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate seat was springing a few leaks over the past few days — so she’s made her ambitions more explicit and hired one of New York’s top political consultants to gain some altitude. After a week of coy courtship and low-key feelers, Kennedy began working the phones in earnest Monday — and signed up major Democratic fixer Josh Isay, who has deep connections to New York powerhouses Sen. Charles Schumer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and...
  • censoring comments

    12/10/2008 5:50:09 PM PST · by CENSEI · 14 replies · 629+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/10/2008 | Ben Smith
    December 10, 2008 Categories: Transition Blagojevich questions censored on Transition site President-elect Barack Obama's Transition today launched "Open for Questions," a Digg-style feature allowing citizens to submit questions, and to vote on one another's questions, bringing favored inquiries to the top of the list. It was suggested when it launched that the tool would bring uncomfortable questions to the fore, but the results so far are the opposite: Obama's supporters appear to be using -- and abusing -- a tool allowing them to "flag" questions as "inappropriate" to remove all questions mentioning Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich from the main pages...
  • What Blagogate Says About Obama

    12/10/2008 4:04:56 PM PST · by DocT111 · 22 replies · 1,104+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/10/08 | Michael Goldfarb
    Ben Smith: Perhaps the best way to see him is as a neutral in the (lopsided) battle between machine and reformers in Illinois. That's the stance he took in a defining battle, the 2006 contest for the presidency of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Reformers fault him for failing to support their champion; but he didn't endorse the machine favorite either. He stayed on the sidelines, and kept his focus on the White House. You can accuse him of cowardice for that, or you can grant him that he had decided to devote himself to larger causes and ambitions...
  • Who is Barack Hussein Obama(Arabic): And Why Won't the Press Ask?

    09/09/2008 5:09:28 PM PDT · by Victory111 · 5 replies · 159+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 9-9-08 | JB Williams
    Though Obama has built his campaign upon being the first “black” candidate (entirely ignoring the white half of his family tree as if it doesn’t even exist), the questions over whether or not he is African or Arab, Christian or Muslim, seems to have a very simple answer… Yes - all the above! Those who have not spent much time with a world globe lately might have forgotten that Africa is made up largely of Arab nations and Arab Muslim people. Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Morocco, Algeria and Niger are all Arab nations on the African continent. Across the Red Sea...
  • Bush's 2004 temple (from Politico's Democratic writer)

    08/27/2008 5:37:29 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies · 344+ views
    Politico ^ | August 27, 2008 | Ben Smith
    Barack Obama's appearance in Denver won't be the first convention speech framed by Greek columns. Republicans who are mocking Obama's appearance haven't mentioned it, but George W. Bush accepted his own nomination in 2004 on a set with a similar neoclassical theme, with columns rising on either side of him, as the pictures above and below show.