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  • Obama's first problem is US war crimes. (UK Times, by Andrew Sullivan) (Beyond B^RF ALERT)

    11/30/2008 1:00:31 AM PST · by FocusNexus · 36 replies · 1,305+ views
    UK Times ^ | Nov. 30, 2008 | Andrew Sullivan
    The president-elect has to take a stand on Bush's dark legacy. A small and largely unnoticed spat among the transition planners for the president-elect, Barack Obama, broke out last week. It was the first genuinely passionate debate among the Obamaites and it centres on a terribly difficult and terribly important decision that will be among the first that Obama has to make. How does he deal with the legacy of criminal actions of his predecessor's administration when it comes to detention, interrogation, abuse and torture of terror suspects? That has long hovered in the back of the minds of those...
  • TV Week: TV to Treat Obamas 'Like Royalty' for Ratings Bonanza

    11/26/2008 6:20:10 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies · 330+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 11/26/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Are you looking for hard hitting, serious journalism? Don't turn to the syndicated "newsmagazines" like Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, or The Insider (not that anyone ever did, of course). They are apparently admitting right up front that they have every intention of pumping up the Obama mythos by treating him "like royalty." TV Week is reporting that all the so-called "newsmagazines" (a misnomer for sure as tabloid spectacles are more to the truth of the matter) are going to try and fuel a ratings bump by promulgating Obamalot in a direct emulation of JFK's mythical "Camelot" years in office --...
  • Olbermann Devotes 6 1/2 Minutes to Mock the Sarah Palin Turkey Clip

    11/24/2008 8:11:22 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 38 replies · 1,067+ views
    Hotair.com ^ | November 24, 2008 | Allahpundit
    The purest “Countdown” segment you’ll ever see: Not only is his reaction a foregone conclusion before the tape begins, but the commentary itself is largely dispensed with in favor of a sustained, closed-captioned sneer. Why they don’t use this gimmick for all footage of Republicans, with Olby’s theatrical mugging acting as a form of sign language to the nutroots faithful about precisely how disgusted they should be, I don’t know. No special comment, at least. In the spirit of the season, for this we give thanks. (Video after the jump_
  • Time Mag: Obama a 'Prince' Like Jesus Born of 'Imagination, History and Hope'

    Warning its readers to “be prepared to gag,” the “Scrapbook” page of this week's Weekly Standard magazine recited “some of the worst over-the-top reactions to The One's ascendance,” starting with Time's Nancy Gibbs who opened this week's cover story by comparing Obama with Jesus: “Some princes are born in palaces. Some are born in mangers. But a few are born in the imagination, out of scraps of history and hope...” In the November 17 issue, she heralded (citing his full name) the greater meaning of Obama's victory:
  • NYT’s Rich Invokes Apartheid on ‘All White’ GOP, Looks ‘Idiotic’ & ‘Morally Bad’

    10/31/2008 1:57:26 PM PDT · by pissant · 44 replies · 1,003+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 10/31/08 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Thursday’s Countdown show on MSNBC, New York Times columnist Frank Rich charged that it looks "morally bad" and "idiotic" that Republicans have not elected a black candidate to federal office in six years. The Republican party also seemed to remind Rich of South Africa’s racist Apartheid policy of the past: "The fact is, this isn`t South Africa 25 years ago, this is a major political party that is essentially all white. And the hierarchy of it is definitely white. There hasn`t been a new black Republican elected to federal office, I think, in six years. And so, what does...
  • Sarah the Diva, Looking Past John the Runner-Up

    10/27/2008 8:46:35 PM PDT · by pissant · 45 replies · 1,957+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 10/27/08 | Dana Milbank
    Add this to the Republicans' lessons learned in 2008: One man's maverick is another man's diva. John McCain thought he was being clever picking a fellow maverick to be his running mate. The problem with mavericks, however, is that they don't follow instructions. Pretty soon they go rogue and before you know it you've got a full-fledged diva on your hands. When Sarah Palin, looking sharp in a black suit that could have come from Neiman Marcus, took the stage at a campaign rally in Leesburg yesterday, it didn't take long for roguish elements to creep into her speech. She...
  • Barnicle: Palin Candidacy 'An Insult to Intelligence'

    10/17/2008 4:23:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 50 replies · 1,548+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Has Mike Barnicle called Sarah Palin stupid? Seems that way. In a Huffington Post column that Mika Brzezinski read on today's Morning Joe, Barnicle, referring to Palin, wrote of the: "preposterous pronouncements of a woman whose candidacy is an insult to intelligence." Let's deconstruct. The normal formulation is to speak of something being an "insult to our intelligence" in the sense of asserting something that is obviously unbelievable. For example, you might say Barack Obama insulted our intelligence when he claimed against all evidence during this week's debate that his only tie to ACORN is his past representation of the...
  • Examiner.com Attacks Gov. Palin’s Unborn Grandchild

    10/05/2008 10:06:43 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 41 replies · 1,132+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | 2008-10-05 | Warner Todd Huston
    Warner Todd Huston Examiner.com Attacks Gov. Palin’s Unborn Grandchild 2008-10-05 -By Warner Todd Huston Ben Kamin: In Year 2024 Palin’s Grandchild a ‘Bastard,’ Loser Palin Operates a ‘Lenscrafters,’ Hates Grandson Apparently, Rabbi Ben Kamin thinks he’s a funny guy. Yes, he must be auditioning for SNL with his latest column on the Examiner.com, a Denver based, Internet news service. You see, to devise the newest way to smear Governor Sarah Palin, the “Rabbi” thought it would be hilarious to wonder what the life of Palin’s grandchild, son-to-be of Palin’s daughter Bristol, will be like in the year 2024. This odious...
  • NY Times Editorial Page: These People Are Palin-Obsessed

    10/04/2008 7:32:14 AM PDT · by publius1 · 30 replies · 1,118+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 10/3/2008 | Several
    UNSIGNED EDITORIAL: Dick Cheney, Role Model: In all the talk about the vice-presidential debate, there was an issue that did not get much attention but kept nagging at us: Sarah Palin’s description of the role and the responsibilities of the office for which she is running, vice president of the United States. Bob Herbert: Palin’s Alternate Universe: Sarah Palin is the perfect exclamation point to the Bush years. We’ve lived through nearly two terms of an administration that believed it could create its own reality: GAIL COLLINS: Talking in Points: The Republicans were euphoric over Sarah Palin’s debate performance, particularly...
  • Suzy Shuster: Sarah's Son 'Her Favorite Prop of This Campaign Season'

    10/03/2008 11:03:00 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 73 replies · 2,380+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 10/03/2008 | Mike Bates
    Just when you think mainstream media people can't stoop much lower in their final stages of Palin Derangement Syndrome, they plunge to new depths. Suzy Shuster works as a sideline reporter for ABC Sports. She also blogs at the Huffington Post. Her most recent contribution is,"Say It Ain't So: Trig Palin's Post-Debate Photo Op." She describes what irritated her most at last night's vice presidential debate: It actually came after the debate, when for seemingly the millionth time, Sarah Palin trotted out her piece de resistance, her favorite prop of this campaign season: her five and a half month old...
  • CBC offers online apology for Mallick column maligning Sarah Palin

    09/29/2008 12:28:33 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies · 781+ views
    canadianpress.google.com ^ | September 29, 2008 | The Canadian Press
    The CBC has issued an apology and retraction for posting a controversial online column by freelancer Heather Mallick about Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin earlier this month. Following 300-plus complaints from readers, and attacks from Canadian and American media organizations, including Fox News, publisher John Cruickshank said the public broadcaster had erred in its editorial judgement and the item should never have appeared on the CBC website. In an online statement, Cruickshank said reaction to the column has caused the CBC to install new editing procedures that will ensure inappropriate work won't appear. "We are open to contentious reasoned argument...
  • The Mother of All Insults (Palin-Bashing Taken to New Level)

    09/30/2008 2:11:15 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 91 replies · 2,322+ views
    Madistan.com ^ | September 30, 2008 | Joan Fischer
    So Sarah Palin's participation in the vice presidential debate is going to be the sparring equivalent of bumper bowling. The McCain camp insisted upon a tightly formatted structure for Palin's debate with Joe Biden, one that is designed to protect her from spontaneous questions and discussion. Geraldine Ferraro was granted no special protection when she debated George H.W. Bush in 1984, and it is inexplicable why the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates gave in to McCain's demands now. It's hard to call this progress. An experienced, knowledgeable female candidate should not require special treatment. But Sarah Palin is a female...
  • Roger Ebert can't stand Sarah Palin

    09/23/2008 6:38:39 PM PDT · by pissant · 90 replies · 1,262+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/23/08 | Roger Goldstein
    It's no secret that everyone is weighing in on politics these days, from David Letterman to Barbara Walters and the esteemed ladies of "The View," who, as the New York Times pointed out today, have had Barack Obama, John McCain and even Bill Clinton on their couch, with McCain clearly getting the toughest grilling. But should film critics be weighing in on the presidential race as well? It's no secret that America's leading film critic, the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert, has been on quite a roll lately, writing a series of barbed commentaries about GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin....
  • Why It's Getting Mean

    09/22/2008 9:06:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies · 187+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/19/08 | Peggy Noonan
    ..... The economic crisis brings a new question, unarticulated so far but there, and I know because when I mention it to people they go off like rockets. It is: Do you worry that neither of them is up to it? Up to the job in general? Is either Mr. McCain or Mr. Obama actually up to getting us through this and other challenges? I haven't heard a single person say, "Yes, my guy is the answer." A lot of shrugging is going on out there. This is a read not only on the men but on the moment. ........
  • 'SNL' Palin 'Incest' Skit Angers Viewers - Viewers, Bloggers Think Skit Went Over Line

    09/22/2008 9:56:46 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 313 replies · 951+ views
    'SNL' Palin 'Incest' Skit Angers Viewers Viewers, Bloggers Think Skit Went Over Line POSTED: 11:30 am EDT September 22, 2008 UPDATED: 12:14 pm EDT September 22, 2008 For the second week in a row, NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has taken to lampooning Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin -- but this time, it has angered conservative viewers over a skit that suggests that the Alaska governor's husband, Todd Palin, was having sex with the couple's daughters. In the skit, show guest host James Franco plays an assignment editor at the New York Times at the head of an editorial meeting....
  • SNL Takes the NY Times & Reporters to Task re Sarah Palin

    09/21/2008 8:01:45 AM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 186 replies · 1,191+ views
    Saturday Night Live ^ | 08/20/2008 | NBC's SNL Staff
    On last nights Saturday Night Live, there was an eight minute clip that focused on the NY Times coverage of Sarah Palin. The skit addressed a fictional meeting where the Peter Conolly Assignment Editor of the NY Times explains his plans to send 50 reporters to Alaska, to dig dirt on the Palins. The media may try to play this off as SNL bringing up the topic of incest in the Palin household.  The real story is that SNL framed the NY Times and it's staff for precisely what kind of tactics they have used against the Palins so far. ...
  • NBC Jokes: Sarah Palin's Husband Has Sex With Daughters ( Saturday Night Live )

    09/21/2008 7:09:36 AM PDT · by kellynla · 439 replies · 2,216+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | September 21, 2008 | Joe Kovacs
    A week after a high-profile send-up of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live," the NBC comedy show returned to making fun of the Alaskan governor in a skit where New York Times reporters sought to probe the possibility Palin's husband was having sex with the couple's own daughters. "What about the husband?" asked a Times reporter during a mock assignment meeting for the paper. "You know he's doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It's Alaska." The assignment editor for the Times, portrayed by actor James Franco, responded: "He very well could be. Admittedly, there is...
  • Palin family 'incest' joked about on NBC (UNBELIEVABLE!)

    09/21/2008 1:07:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 129 replies · 1,805+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | September 21, 2008 | Joe Kovacs
    A week after a high-profile send-up of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live," the NBC comedy show returned to making fun of the Alaskan governor in a skit where New York Times reporters sought to probe the possibility Palin's husband was having sex with the couple's own daughters. "What about the husband?" asked a Times reporter during a mock assignment meeting for the paper. "You know he's doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It's Alaska." The assignment editor for the Times, portrayed by actor James Franco, responded: "He very well could be. Admittedly, there is...
  • Lipstick Bungle (NY Slimes Op-Ed barf)

    09/20/2008 11:46:55 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 62 replies · 335+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | September 19, 2008 | CHARLES M. BLOW
    Mr. McCain, on Monday you repeated your delusional notion that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. Now, the federal government is working on a deal to save that economy from collapsing. You have admitted that the economy is not your forte, so you could have used a running mate with some financial chops. (Remember Mitt Romney?) But no. Who did you pick? SnowJob SquareGlasses whose financial credentials include running Wasilla into debt, listing (but not selling) a plane on EBay and flip-flopping on a bridge to wherever. In fact, when it comes to real issues in general, she may...
  • The Palin Effect: Her enemies are bellowing like a wounded moose [Must Read]

    09/19/2008 11:34:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies · 313+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 29, 2008 edition | Noemie Emery
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle from the whirlwind descent of Hurricane Sarah, it may be time to stand back a little and assess in perspective what the moose-hunting beauty from Wasilla, Alaska, has wrought. Things will change between now and November, but she has already had a sizeable impact, and four major themes do stand out: 1. Call off the funeral. Three weeks ago, the wisdom was that the conservative movement was over and done with. It had burned itself out, taking the Republican party down with it, and setting the stage for the biggest explosion of...
  • Todd Palin: 'first dude' or 'shadow governor?' (Yet ANOTHER Hit piece!)

    09/19/2008 10:30:14 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 42 replies · 292+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/19/2008 | Randi Kaye
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -- He's the man Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin affectionately calls her "first dude." Todd Palin, who grew up in Alaska, is a former oilfield worker and world-record holding snowmobile racer. Todd and Sarah met in high school at a basketball game and eloped in 1988, six years after graduation. Todd grew up in Alaska and is part Eskimo. He's an avid outdoorsman and champion of the Iron Dog snowmobile race. He's worked in Alaska's oil industry and as a fisherman. But in recent times, he's had another role. Some call him the "Shadow Governor."
  • Todd Palin: 'first dude' or 'shadow governor?'

    09/19/2008 1:48:52 PM PDT · by pissant · 26 replies · 132+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/19/08 | Randi Kaye
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -- He's the man Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin affectionately calls her "first dude." Todd Palin was introduced to the nation at the Republican National Convention as a blue-collar oil worker, a laid-back father of five and a world-record-holding snowmobile racer. Todd and Sarah met in high school at a basketball game and eloped in 1988, six years after graduation. Todd grew up in Alaska and is part Eskimo. He's an avid outdoorsman and champion of the Iron Dog snowmobile race. He's worked in Alaska's oil industry and as a fisherman. But in recent times, he's had another...
  • Columnist's Labeling Palin Backers 'White Trash' Spurs Review at Canadian TV

    09/18/2008 6:27:21 PM PDT · by VinceASA · 39 replies · 222+ views
    Fox News ^ | 9/18/08 | Fox News
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is reviewing complaints from both Americans and Canadians about a Web site columnist who recently described Sarah Palin’s supporters as “white trash,” compared the vice presidential candidate to a “porn actress” and called her daughter’s boyfriend a “redneck” and “ratboy.” The incendiary column by Toronto-based writer Heather Mallick appeared on the CBC News site on Sept. 5, after the close of the Republican National Convention. On the same day, Britain’s Guardian newspaper published another column by Mallick in which she trashed Palin’s home state of Alaska as a “frontier state full of drunks and crazy people.”...
  • Atlantic Magazine Might Sue McCain Smearing Photographer

    09/15/2008 1:55:09 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies · 1,068+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 15, 2008 | Noel Shepphard
    The photographer that viciously smeared John McCain at her website might be facing a lawsuit for violating the terms of agreement in her contract with The Atlantic magazine. As NewsBusters reported Saturday, Jill Greenberg not only admitted to taking a rather sinister picture of the Republican presidential candidate that she hoped The Atlantic would use on its October cover, but she also generated some truly disturbing and disgraceful images of McCain which she proudly displayed at her website. The magazine's editor, James Bennet, told Fox News's Megyn Kelly Monday that he was deeply sorry about this incident, and that...
  • Atlantic Monthly Editor to Offer Apology to McCain for Photog’s Doctored Pics

    09/15/2008 12:40:53 PM PDT · by Alouette · 54 replies · 638+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 15, 2008
    The editor of The Atlantic Monthly said Monday he is sending a letter of apology to John McCain after a woman the magazine hired to photograph the Republican presidential nominee posted manipulated pictures from the photo shoot on her Web site. Photographer Jill Greenberg, who is vehemently anti-Republican and expressed glee that the photos would stir up conservative ire, took pictures of McCain for the cover of The Atlantic’s October issue. During the shoot, she took several other backlit pictures, which she then doctored and posted to her site. In one photo, she added blood oozing from McCain’s shark-toothed mouth...
  • Bush's war moves on par with Hitler's [Barf Alert]

    09/15/2008 1:34:58 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies · 161+ views
    The Daily News ^ | September 14, 2008 | Bill Kasch
    I hadn’t planned to write this, but after reading William G. Dennis’ defense of George W. Bush and his referring to me (Sept. 7) as a “Bush hater,” I must explain myself. No, I don’t hate Bush. I hate what he and Dick Cheney have done to my wonderful country. Yes, we are still the greatest power in the world, but Bush has done more to destroy us than Osama bin Laden could ever have done. In fact, he’s increased Muslim anger that will come back to our children. This immoral Iraq war has ripped out our heart and soul....
  • Magazine photographer shoots McCain to look like monster

    09/14/2008 4:35:10 PM PDT · by 1-Eagle · 10 replies · 244+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 14, 2008 | Worldnetdaily
    [Excerpt] When the Atlantic sought a portrait of GOP presidential nominee John McCain for the cover of its October 2008 issue, the magazine called self-described "hard-core Democrat" Jill Greenberg, who took the opportunity to purposefully make McCain look bad, including snapping a shot in which the candidate looms like a horror-movie monster. Greenberg, whose website – www.manipulator.com – advertises her heavily retouched photography style, told the editors of Photo District News that she chose to omit even a standard, complimentary retouching of McCain's photos. "I left his eyes red and his skin looking bad," she said. According to a report...
  • 'Creepy': Rich Sees Palin Behind McCarthyite Plot

    09/14/2008 10:41:43 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies · 363+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    My NewsBusters colleague Noel Sheppard, in the course of detailing how the New York Times devoted four items and over 6,000 words today to attacking Sarah Palin, cited Frank Rich's column and its malicious message. Rich's column is such a treasure trove for chroniclers of Palin Derangement Syndrome that I'd like to devote a bit more time to deconstructing it. For sheer paranoid fantasy, it will be hard to outdo the scenario Rich sketches. In having mentioned Harry Truman in her convention speech, Rich sees nothing less than a "creepy" clue to what Palin has in mind. Truman, you see...
  • MAC HATER HAS A LOUSY 'IMAGE'

    09/14/2008 8:20:37 AM PDT · by petercooper · 39 replies · 170+ views
    NY POST ^ | 9-14-08 | NY POST
    Didn't see this posted. By GINGER ADAMS OTIS Click To EnlargeVisit Greenberg's Blog Here Last updated: 5:49 am September 14, 2008 Posted: 4:31 am September 14, 2008 Controversial celebrity photographer Jill Greenberg, a self-professed "hard-core Dem," deliberately took a series of unflattering shots of Republican nominee John McCain for the current cover of The Atlantic - and then bragged about it on a blog.... http://www.nypost.com/seven/09142008/news/politics/mac_hater_has_a_lousy_image_129007.htm
  • The Palin-Whatshisname Ticket (Frank Rich: McCain is Palin's puppet)

    09/13/2008 2:23:49 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 51 replies · 386+ views
    WITH all due deference to lipstick, let’s advance the story. A week ago the question was: Is Sarah Palin qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency? The question today: What kind of president would Sarah Palin be? It’s an urgent matter, because if we’ve learned anything from the G.O.P. convention and its aftermath, it’s that the 2008 edition of John McCain is too weak to serve as America’s chief executive. This unmentionable truth, more than race, is now the real elephant in the room of this election. No longer able to remember his principles any better than he...
  • Dimwittedness Might Actually Prevail (Palin Hit Piece)

    09/13/2008 2:01:55 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 72 replies · 184+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/13/08 | nhwingut
    While watching the Sarah Palin interview with Charlie Gibson Thursday night, and the coverage of the Palin phenomenon in general, I’ve gotten the scary feeling, for the first time in my life, that dimwittedness is not just on the march in the U.S., but that it might actually prevail. How is it that this woman could have been selected to be the vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket? How is it that so much of the mainstream media has dropped all pretense of seriousness to hop aboard the bandwagon and go along for the giddy ride?
  • Jill Greenberg's despicable photo treatment of John McCain

    09/13/2008 11:36:28 AM PDT · by nuzman · 48 replies · 260+ views
    How Jill Greenberg Really Feels About John McCain ^ | September 12, 2008 | David Walker
    After getting the shot for The Atlantic cover, "Greenberg asked McCain to “please come over here” for one more set-up before the 15-minute shoot was over. There, she had a beauty dish with a modeling light set up. “That’s what he thought he was being lit by,” Greenberg says. “But that wasn’t firing.” What was firing was a strobe positioned below him, which cast the horror movie shadows across his face and on the wall right behind him. “He had no idea he was being lit from below,” Greenberg says. And his handlers didn’t seem to notice it either. “I...
  • Gov. Palin’s Worldview [Barf and Irony]

    09/12/2008 10:29:24 PM PDT · by charles m · 60 replies · 1,322+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/13/08 | Editorial Board
    As we watched Sarah Palin on TV the last couple of days, we kept wondering what on earth John McCain was thinking. If he seriously thought this first-term governor — with less than two years in office — was qualified to be president, if necessary, at such a dangerous time, it raises profound questions about his judgment. If the choice was, as we suspect, a tactical move, then it was shockingly irresponsible. It was bad enough that Ms. Palin’s performance in the first televised interviews she has done since she joined the Republican ticket was so visibly scripted and lacking...
  • Media Freak Out Over Palin and Giuliani's ‘Community Organizer’ Jabs

    09/12/2008 2:47:21 PM PDT · by vadum · 55 replies · 294+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 12, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    Apoplectic journalists have spent more than a week now howling with indignation at GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's belittling of Barack Obama's so-called community organizing. To recap, she accepted the veep nod quipping, "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities." Neither Palin nor ex-NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, who made similar comments, attacked the honorable American tradition of volunteerism, but the media reacted as if their comments were somehow un-American. Pious liberal muckrakers ferociously attacked Palin and Giuliani, excoriating them for grinding one of their sacred cows into hamburger....
  • Blizzard of Lies [PMS: Palin Maddness Syndrom]

    09/12/2008 7:58:32 AM PDT · by mathprof · 23 replies · 159+ views
    nyt ^ | 9/12/08 | PAUL KRUGMAN
    Did you hear about how Barack Obama wants to have sex education in kindergarten, and called Sarah Palin a pig? Did you hear about how Ms. Palin told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks” when it wanted to buy Alaska a Bridge to Nowhere? These stories have two things in common: they’re all claims recently made by the McCain campaign — and they’re all out-and-out lies. Dishonesty is nothing new in politics. I spent much of 2000 — my first year at The Times — trying to alert readers to the blatant dishonesty of the Bush campaign’s claims about taxes, spending...
  • Sarah Has Frank in a Frenzy

    09/07/2008 11:15:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 47 replies · 132+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Frank Rich expends his 1,500-words today ripping into Sarah Palin. Into John McCain for picking Sarah Palin. Into any members of the press who might not rip into Sarah Palin. What's got Rich so riled up? Cut to Frank's final line: "they just might pull it off." With props to the late Robert Palmer, Rich has a bad case of not-loving Sarah Palin—but he's badly worried America will find her simply irresistible. We've had fun with this kind of thing before, so let's ring up the curtain on Rich, Fisked: Act II. Rich's headline is "Palin and McCain’s Shotgun Marriage."...
  • Ruben Navarrette: Palin Rises Above "Shrill" Media

    09/07/2008 5:59:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 16 replies · 106+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | September 07, 2008 | Ruben Navarrette
    SAN DIEGO -- Anyone who heard Sarah Palin's rousing speech at the GOP National Convention should now understand why Democrats have been trying to destroy her. And why, luckily for the country, they've failed. You mess with a hockey mom -- and even go after her family -- and you're bound to lose some teeth. Such as when Palin drew a distinction between "candidates who use change to promote their careers," and "those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change." Or when she said that "a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that...
  • The Swift-Skirting of Sarah Palin

    09/07/2008 10:10:17 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 13 replies · 262+ views
    publiusforum.com ^ | 09/07/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Apparently the media wants to get even for the Swift-Boaters successful torpedoing of John Kerry in 2004 because they are by the dozens every day promulgating lies about the career and life of Governor Sarah Palin. I recently posted a piece on the lies, exaggerations and misbegotten assumptions of a Baltimore Sun columnist and it got me to thinking to try and gather one thread rebutting the media's ever evolving negative memes against this strong woman. From unproven claims of infidelity, to claims she is a book banner and a negligent Mother, the media have been smearing this woman daily...
  • Media loves to hate Sarah Palin

    09/06/2008 9:52:36 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 73 replies · 397+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Howie Carr
    The Beautiful People just won’t let up on Sarah Palin. It’s become a regular “60 Minutes”/Texas Air National Guard feeding frenzy of bogus reporting out there. The whoppers about Palin are piled up so high in the moribund mainstream media that the wrinkly newsreaders have taken to blaming their most scurrilous, sexist screw-ups on those nefarious unnamed left-wing “bloggers” - you know, like Brian Williams. Why do the pampered poodles of the elite media loathe Sarah so much? Let’s go down the list.
  • Alan Simpson: Cheney Coverage Was 'Crap'

    02/20/2006 7:30:43 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies · 1,716+ views
    Alan Simpson: Cheney Coverage Was 'Crap' Former Sen. Alan Simpson blasted the media's obsessive reporting on Dick Cheney hunting accident on Sunday, saying reporters typically focus on nothing but "controversy, crap and confusion." "How are we to trust [the press], after a whole week of absolute dribble, and babble, and people, you know, interviewing themselves," he told "Fox News Sunday." Noting that Washington is filled with "good people doing good things," Simspon fumed: "You'll never find it if you just follow the Washington media. You'll never know the good. All you get is controversy, crap and confusion." Simpson said reporters...
  • Current administration seems to relish media's anger

    02/19/2006 4:55:16 PM PST · by chiller · 109 replies · 2,389+ views
    Macon.com ^ | 2/16/06 | Steven Thomma
    To many on the outside, it looked like a mistake when Vice President Dick Cheney failed to notify the White House press corps first of his shooting accident. But in the White House, it reflected a strategy of marginalizing the press. More than ever, the Bush White House ignores traditional news media and presents its message through friendly alternatives, such as talk-show hosts Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. And when a reporter appears belligerent in a televised confrontation with the White House spokesman, as NBC's David Gregory did this week, the imagery helps the administration turn the story into one...
  • WHITE HOUSE PRESS SHAMES ITSELF (Lonsberry)

    02/15/2006 5:37:37 AM PST · by shortstop · 116 replies · 2,811+ views
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 02/15/06 | Bob Lonsberry
    A question for the White House press corps: Who the hell do you think you are? Seriously. Exactly how egomaniacal are you people? The question is spurred by your conduct the other day over this Dick Cheney matter. The vice president was involved in a hunting accident and all of a sudden it wasn’t about him or what happened, it was how you weren’t notified. Like the world revolves around you. And you started acting like idiots. Juvenile, arrogant, antagonistic idiots. It was a shameful spectacle that further alienated regular Americans and showed, in the view of many, your bias...
  • The MSM Campaign Against Cheney

    02/15/2006 8:56:14 AM PST · by frankjr · 82 replies · 1,836+ views
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | 2/15/06 | Hugh Hewitt
    Headlines: Los Angeles Times: Hunter Suffers Setback as Criticism of Cheney Grows The Washington Post: Cheney's Response A Concern In GOP The New York Times: Handling of Mishap Creates Strain in the White House The Boston Globe: Hunter shot by Cheney has a heart attack The Globe's story is particularly breathless, saying the "sudden turn" in Harry Whittington's condition left the White House "stunned" and his "prognosis difficult." Washington Post columnist David Ignatius opines that "arrogance of power is on display with the Bush administration," and astonishingly compares the Veep's hunting accident to Chappaquiddick and Watergate: "Nobody died at Armstrong...
  • Lawrence O'Donnell Suggests That VP Cheney was Drunk

    02/14/2006 7:12:57 PM PST · by outofhere2 · 184 replies · 4,471+ views
    Scarborough
    Lawrence at it again.
  • New York Times-Eavesdropping Worse Than Internment Camps

    01/18/2006 6:27:07 PM PST · by sactodan · 7 replies · 370+ views
    SactoDan Blog ^ | January 18, 2006 | SactoDan
    The New York Times most recent absurdity from the Op Ed page is that listening to phone calls into or out of the US to targeted overseas locations is a more graphic example of ''scrapped civil liberties'' than the internment of Japanese in America during WWII. In times of extreme fear, American leaders have sometimes scrapped civil liberties in the name of civil protection. It's only later that the country can see that the choice was a false one and that citizens' rights were sacrificed to carry out extreme measures that were at best useless and at worst counterproductive. There...
  • America Is Plagued With Pack Journalism (Cindy Sheehan pack mentality)

    11/15/2005 5:34:44 PM PST · by JLO · 6 replies · 750+ views
    AccessNorthGA ^ | 11/14/05 | Gordon Sawyer
    I don't know where the term "pack journalism" originated, but it has been around for a long time. The idea was that when one leading newspaper broke with a story, all the other newspapers would jump on it, like a pack of dogs on a wounded deer. That was called pack journalism, and it goes back at least as far as World War II. Well, it strikes me that our American mainstream media is plagued with a bad case of pack journalism. It works this way: The New York Times or the Washington Post breaks a story. The Associated Press,...
  • Man, doesn't this picture just say it all about our media?

    10/21/2005 1:04:32 PM PDT · by dead · 97 replies · 4,244+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 10/21/05
    With the face of Rep. Tom DeLay pasted over a photo of Napoleon, Chris Levack talks with the media outside an Austin, Texas courthouse Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, where DeLay made his first court appearance on money laundering and conspiracy charges. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Mark Steyn: Why is Bush's Christianity so risible

    10/10/2005 6:41:37 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 77 replies · 4,424+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 10/11/05 | Mark Steyn
    Of all the total non-stories reported by the British media since 9/11 - the brutal Afghan winter, the non-existent Jenin massacre - has there ever been a bigger waste of space than the column inches devoted to "Bush: God Told Me to Invade Iraq"? That was the Independent's headline. The Guardian, like the Indy, led with a front-page picture of the President aglow in his own personal halo, but preferred the caption: "George Bush believes he is on a mission from God." And my old comrade Mark Lawson piled on with a full columnar sneer at the President's "Manichean convictions"....
  • Bennett Blames Media for Stir Over Remarks (Media Bias Alert)

    10/09/2005 6:12:41 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 40 replies · 677+ views
    The Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | October 9, 2005 | Juliana Barbassa
    Former Education Secretary William Bennett on Saturday blamed the news media for distorting his remarks about aborting black babies, saying he had intended to make "a bad argument in order to put it down." Bennett, making his first public speech since the comment aired on his radio show last month, said the meaning of his remark linking the crime rate with black abortions was reversed in many news reports. "I was putting forward a bad argument in order to put it down," Bennett said, drawing sustained applause from nearly 4,500 people attending the Bakersfield Business Conference. "They reported and emphasized...
  • How Phony can they get? (Media busted at Crawford!)

    08/28/2005 6:22:54 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 112 replies · 6,620+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | 8-28-05 | Charles Johnson
    Here’s a touching scene, featuring Cindy Sheehan and the Reverend Al Sharpton, in front of crosses, looking solemn and sad.Now let’s zoom out and see the media swarming around this manufactured event: (Hat tip: Bill P.) UPDATE at 8/28/05 5:36:04 pm: More pictures of this moving tableau at Getty Images. Co-starring “Army Mom.”UPDATE at 8/28/05 5:42:51 pm: Several LGF readers point out the Jewish star at lower right of the second photograph. Somebody tell CODEPINK not to let the Nazis know.