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  • Snuggling Up To Celebrities Not Part Of Journalism Training

    11/08/2015 11:12:56 AM PST · by blam · 1 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 11-8-2015 | Walter_Brasch
    November 08, 2015 Walter_Brasch One of the basic tenets of journalism ethics and practices is that reporters must keep their distance from news sources. They’re allowed to be friendly. They’re even allowed to share a meal with a news source. But, they must be independent. It’s a “Caesar’s wife” thing—they must be above suspicion. This past week, Lara Spencer, co-anchor of ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” snuggled up to Donald Trump. In a photo posted to Instagram, she is seen with her left arm around Trump’s shoulder, her right hand across his stomach. Both are looking at each other and smiling....
  • CBS News Covers Tracks After Pro-Obama Merchandise Store Revealed

    08/18/2011 4:07:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/18/11 | Aubrey Vaughan
    As reported by the Blaze earlier today, CBS News's online store is selling seven different Obama-related items, but complementary Republican merchandise is suspiciously absent. The online store includes paperback and hardback copies of Obama's memoir, "Dreams From My Father," and five memorabilia books and DVDs of his campaign and election. When the Blaze looked into the matter, CBS News had even dedicated an entire tab of its store to the president. The category has since been removed, but searching "Obama" in the online store still returns all the merchandise. When the items are clicked on, though, shoppers are redirected to...
  • What the rest of the world thinks about Sarah Palin

    11/08/2010 10:28:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Week ^ | November 8, 2010 | Various Pundits
    American commentators hang on the former Alaska governor's every word. What do foreign pundits have to say about her? Sarah Palin makes headlines in American newspapers nearly every time she expresses an opinion, whether it is as a Fox News contributor or tireless Twitter-user and Facebooker. But the former GOP vice presidential candidate's countrymen aren't the only ones obsessed with her she gets nearly as much attention overseas as she does at home. Here are some uniquely foreign takes on the Tea Party queen: Spain: We need a Sarah Palin figure Sarah Palin has given America a fresh start,...
  • MSNBC 2010 Election Coverage Lacks Any Pretense of Neutrality

    11/02/2010 8:27:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | November 2, 2010 | Robert Schlesinger, Opinion Editor
    Part of the funwell, torture reallyof election night is flipping between the three news channels, mostly to avoid their most irritating commentators (hello Messrs. OReilly and Schultz) or channel-hopping pols (our inability to escape Michael Steele literally made my wife scream). But one thing I find really striking is how the three cable networks are approaching their coveragemost particularly that MSNBC has given up any pretense of being a straight news channel. Heres how it breaks out: CNN is anchored by Wolf Blitzer who occasionally throws it over to Anderson Cooper and CNNs cast of roughly 435 pundits from across...
  • Liberal group zeros in on next target: NPR correspondent and Fox News contributor Mara Liasson

    10/21/2010 11:37:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 21, 2010 | Chris Moody
    Now that Fox News contributor Juan Williams has been dropped from National Public Radio, the liberal website Media Matters for America is now targeting Mara Liasson, the last remaining NPR correspondent who works with Fox News. NPRs Mara Liasson and her long-running association with Fox News has often raised questions. This might be the proper time for NPR to finally address that thorny issue, wrote Media Matters columnist Eric Boehlert Thursday in a post entitled What about Mara Liasson? [I]f you look at NPRs code of ethics, theres simply no way Liasson should be making appearances on Fox. Boehlert cited...
  • 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...
  • Barack Obama is Not a Muslim [As far as you know]

    08/18/2010 9:41:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 19, 2010 | Amy Sullivan
    But not only has that fact not gotten through to many Americans, the percentage of adults who believe he is a Muslim has now risen sharply after holding steady for two years, according to a new Pew poll out today. For my money, though, the real headline--and the news that should be causing heartburn over at the White House right now--is that the percentage of Americans who can correctly identify Obama's religious faith as Christian has dropped by 14 points in the past year and a half. A plurality of Americans (43%) have no idea what religion he practices. I'm...
  • Katie Couric's Notebook: Obama's Birthday

    08/05/2010 12:36:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CBS News' Katie Couric's Notebook ^ | August 4, 2010 | Katie Couric, CBS Anchor
    Today 44 turns 49. President Obama is celebrating his birthday in Chicago tonight...home alone. The First Lady and Sasha are in Spain, and Malia's at summer camp. On those rare nights we parents are truly on our own, we may exhibit what Carrie Bradshaw calls "secret single behavior." A mud mask. A marathon of Top Chef. Maybe staring in the mirror to find new gray hairs. And the president admits...he sees a lot more grays these days. The job has aged him, as it did his predecessors. Dr. Michael Roizen at the Cleveland Clinic stated constant stress can age the...
  • Good news: Newsweek sold for a dollar (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch)

    08/02/2010 3:42:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 5+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 2, 2010 | Allahpundit
    Technically its a dollar plus an agreement to assume their huge financial liabilities, but if you throw me an opportunity for a headline that sweet, Im going to take it every time. Hopefully, in a few years and with a few trillion more tacked onto the national debt, the U.S. can get a deal like this from China. According to several people who have been briefed on the process, Mr. Harmans bid appealed to Mr. Graham and the Post Company because Mr. Harman has said he would retain a significant number of the magazines 325 employees. The financial details of...
  • Top 10 Sarah Palin Haters From Blogosphere, Media, Comedians and Obama Supporters

    08/01/2010 6:55:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies · 50+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | August 1, 2010 | Susan Duclos
    Since August 29, 2008, when Sarah Palin was first introduced as John McCains Vice Presidential choice of a running mate, reactions to Palin were and continue to be extreme. The extremity of Palin hatred started within hours of the announcement, as did the hideous rumors (about her son Trig for instance) that were passed from one leftist website to the next without one shred of evidence to back them up. The goal, simply put, was to destroy Sarah Palin by any means possible. Being as passionate as they always are, progressive bloggers, media pundits, leftist groups and even comedians started...
  • Palin blames media for unfavorable rating

    08/01/2010 9:50:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 5+ views
    The Politico ^ | August 1, 2010 | David Catanese
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blames her upside-down approval rating among independents on one of her favorite foils: the media. Palin, who serves as a paid commentator for Fox News, said on "Fox News Sunday" that "if I believed everything I read or heard in the media, I wouldn't like me either." Fox host Chris Wallace cited recent polling numbers from Quinnipiac University that showed 50 percent of independents viewed the former vice presidential GOP nominee in an unfavorable light. Just a third said they viewed her favorably. "I've never committed to running for president for one and I know...
  • Refudiating Palins critics

    07/31/2010 12:58:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | July 31, 2010 | Don Surber
    One of the delights about the Internet is watching new people use a new technology to make the same old mistakes. Consider the admissions by Politico and Greg Sargent that they regularly run items on Sarah Palin simply to drive traffic. From Politico: More traffic comes from an item on Sarah Palins refudiation faux pas than from our hundreds of stories on the complexities of health care reform or Wall Street regulation. Perhaps if Politico were as vigilant in its coverage of health care reform and Wall Street regulation as it is every slip by Sarah Palin readers would be...
  • Next weeks news: Sarah Palin edition [PBS uses our $$ to attack Governor Palin]

    07/30/2010 3:58:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 3+ views
    Need To Know on PBS ^ | July 23, 2010 | Andy Borowitz
    This week were peering a little further into the future: to 2012. If the presidential election were held today, Sarah Palin would defeat Barack Obama. Thats according to a new poll published in Mayan Prophecy Weekly. Heres what you need to know about a Palin presidency. Her first official act will be to cancel the agreement between nouns and verbs. Next, shell replace the English language with Palinese: a language known only to her. Even her husband Todd doesnt speak it - although, to be fair, no one has ever heard him speak. We got a little taste of this...
  • Journolist, day 7: Setting up the post-debate spin (McCain vs. Obama in 2008)

    07/29/2010 9:25:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 29, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    On the seventh day of Journolist, Daily Caller gave to me the party line on post-debate sensibility. The latest from Jonathan Strong looks at the access by political operatives of Journolist and their sometimes-naked attempts to push the members into political advocacy. The strongest evidence comes from a posting by Jeff Hauser, who advocated to Journolist members to skew their opinions on an upcoming debate between Barack Obama and John McCain: The single biggest thing journolist can do is to lay the analytical framework within the media elite necessary for an actual Obama debate win to be viewed as...
  • The Men of Journolist [Life as High School]

    07/29/2010 8:36:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 29, 2010 | Mark Judge
    Somebody needs to say it. The Journolist scandal will not be finished until someone says it. Who let the dogs out? The website is posting pictures of the Men of Journolist, the listserv where journalists got together to hammer out talking points to help liberal politicians. The Journolist has been called corrupt. A disgrace. Something that will never be lived down. But its also the ugliest group of life forms this side of a National Geographic special. When do these orcs march on Helms Deep? Its childish to make fun of someones looks, I know. So Ill get to...
  • 100 days of oil: Gulf life will never be the same [Can you say Obama's fault? Ass. Press can't!]

    07/28/2010 7:20:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    NEW ORLEANS -- One hundred days after the rig explosion that set off the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, the oil giant behind it is hoping to move beyond the losses, the gaffes and the live video that ran for weeks of the busted well coughing up massive amounts of crude every second. BP is replacing CEO Tony Hayward with Managing Director Robert Dudley, selling $30 billion in assets and setting aside $32.2 billion to cover the long-term cost of the spill. It's also claiming a $9.88 billion tax credit in the second quarter based on the $32.2...
  • Journolisters debate making coordination with Obama explicit

    07/26/2010 1:39:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 26, 2010 | Jonathan Strong
    Sarah Palins speech to the 2008 Republican convention impressed more than a few doubters, including even some members of Journolist, an online community for liberal journalists. This speech is gangbusters, wrote Ari Melber of the Nation. Her tone is pitch perfect. Adele Stan of the Media Consortium agreed: Palin is golden. The exuberance appeared to unnerve the Guardians Michael Tomasky. People get a hold of yourselves! Tomasky wrote to his fellow Journolisters. Its a very good speech with good lines. But theres very little substance. Rebecca Traister of Salon wrote to say she was grateful for Tomaskys message. (This is...
  • Journolist Coconspirator Matthew Yglesias Shoots Furiously at Conservatives, but Fires Blanks

    07/26/2010 1:42:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | July 25, 2010 | John Guardiano
    Matthew Yglesias and other Journolist coconspirators dont want to hear it, but conservative journalists are independent actors who kowtow to no one and no movement. One of the rationales that the Journolisters use to justify their now-defunct secret listserv is that everyone does it, even conservative journalists. But this is simply not true. Most conservative journalists do not belong to secret listservs. Wall Street Journal editorial page editors Paul Gigot, James Taranto and John Fund dont. I dont know of anything like this, Gigot said Sunday on Fox News Journal Editorial Page Report. The Washington Examiners Bryon York agrees. Is...
  • Fox News's 50-state Southern strategy [Joan pulls the race card]

    07/25/2010 5:35:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Salon ^ | July 25, 2010 | Joan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief
    CNN's "Reliable Sources" from Sunday is worth watching. American University's Jane Hall has the best quote, in my opinion: The former Fox contributor said Shirley Sherrod was the victim of "virtual world McCarthyism." I wasn't that disciplined or clever in my comments. I was angry at the attempt to make this story about the Obama administration (I've already stated my objections to how Obama handled the mess), to whitewash the role of Fox in the scandal, and to try to turn the tables on Shirley Sherrod and insist she's wrong to call either Fox or Breitbart "racist." Our conversation quickly...
  • Will Palin run in 2012? (Hit piece disguised as analysis)

    07/24/2010 12:41:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Macleans ^ | July 24, 2010 | John Parisella
    Like her or not, Sarah Palin will play a decisive role in who gets the Republican nomination in 2012. Since being plucked out of relative obscurity by 2008 GOP nominee John McCain, Palin has emerged as a celebrity in her own right. Anyone longing for the nomination will have to deal with her persona, her influence, and her supporters. Along with Palins notoriety, the rise of the Tea Party movement has created a number of inviting venues for the Palin message. She is now a regular commentator on Fox News, adroitly uses social media to comment on current issues, and...
  • Dissing the Media

    07/24/2010 12:25:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 24, 2010 | Philip V. Brennan
    Anybody who accused members of the media of being little short of dedicated advocates of the liberal propaganda machine and adjuncts of the left wing of the Democratic party were routinely dismissed as right-wing nuts. Critics who dared to suggest that a large number of journalists worked in lock step as avid promoters of the ultra-left policies of the ultra-left wing of the Democratic party were inevitably portrayed as right-wing nuts. Suggesting that reporters could be doubling as left-wing propagandists were always greeted as the results of some kind of mental disorder peculiar to anyone with conservative views. It turns...
  • Faith in Team Journolist, again

    07/23/2010 5:50:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Get Religion ^ | July 23, 2010
    When cultural and religious conservatives talk about the whole Journolist media mini-storm, here is the kind of quotation from The Daily Caller coverage that has them hot and bothered. This particular burst of rhetoric comes from the DC story about members of the Journolist or JournoList sharing their feelings about the conservative feminist that they already loved to hate, only moments after she entered national politics Sarah Palin. Daniel Levy of the Century Foundation noted that Obamas non-official campaign would need to work hard to discredit Palin. This seems to me like an occasion when the non-official...
  • Journolist Equals Journalistic Corruption

    07/23/2010 2:33:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 23, 2010 | John R. Guardiano
    Don't make excuses for the Journolisters. They subverted journalism and the pursuit of truth for politics and the pursuit of power. John Tabin has entered the fray over Journolist, the now-defunct secret listserve of several hundred liberal journalists, activists and academics. Tabin agrees that much of what the Daily Caller has reported about this cabal is extremely troubling and reprehensible. To wit: the Journolisters' attempt, during the 2008 presidential campaign to kill and bury stories about Obama's relationship with "Reverend" Jeremiah Wright; their push to deliberately smear innocent conservative journalists and politicos as "racists" and "bigots"; their...
  • "The Line On Palin" (Even Trig Birther Andrew Sullivan admits Journolist is a conspiracy)

    07/22/2010 1:55:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 22, 2010 | Andrew Sullivan
    Ezra Klein's attempt to pass off JournoList as just a water-cooler confab seems pretty much exploded by this latest Daily Caller piece. I mean: what is the point of putting out an email with the subject line "The Line On Palin" if there isn't an actual line? And what is this if not organizing a media narrative: Okay, lets get deadly serious, folks. Grating voice or not, inexperienced or not, Sarah Palins just been introduced to the country as a brave, above-party, oil-company-bashing, pork-hating maverick outsider, Kilgore said, What we can do is to expose her ideology. What you mean...
  • JournoListers Conspired To Destroy Sarah Palin Day McCain Picked Her

    07/22/2010 8:26:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies · 2+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 22, 2010 | Noel Sheppard
    New e-mail messages published by the Daily Caller Thursday show a coordinated effort by the JournoList's members to destroy Sarah Palin the moment she was named John McCain's running mate on August 29, 2008. Some even discussed how the former Alaska governor's decision to have a Down Syndrome baby rather than abort it could be used against her. As the attacks ensued, the Nation's Chris Hayes wrote, "Keep the ideas coming! Have to go on TV to talk about this in a few min and need all the help I can get." Witness America's so-called journalists conspiring to destroy a...
  • Meet the New Journolist, Smaller Than the Old Journolist [Cabalist]

    07/21/2010 9:20:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | July 21, 2010 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    Blogosphere, please join me in celebrating the birth of Cabalist, the wittily-named successor to Ezra Klein's infamous Journolist, the listserv of liberal bloggers, pundits and academics that inadvertently brought down (very temporarily) the ex-Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel, and which is now the subject of an endless and embarrassing (for certain former Journolist participants) investigation by The Daily Caller, which has discovered e-mail chains suggesting that certain Journolist members were secretly devising partisan campaigns to advance Democratic Party interests. (Message to normal Goldblog readers: This post will consist mainly of inside-journalism double-meta-navel-gazing; we will return to our regular programming shortly....
  • Palin weighs in on Journolist

    07/20/2010 2:02:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Keach Hagey
    Sarah Palin has thrown in her two cents about the Daily Callers Journolist leaks on her Facebook account. As David Corn noted on his Twitter account, she seems to miss the rather important point that Journolist is expressly a liberal listserv and especially that most of those quoted in todays story work for avowedly liberal publications. Still, its worth a read. This may all have the result of making Spencer Ackerman wildly famous. Its encouraging for commonsense conservatives who are frustrated with media cover-ups and biases to see truth revealed.Remember the infamous Journolist the listserv chat group of...
  • Are conservatives suspicions regarding the media justified? Yes.

    07/19/2010 3:52:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 19, 2010 | Laura Curtis, Special to The Examiner
    Howard Kurtz whines that [Conservative] candidates seem to regard it as an affront when reporters challenge them on their past statements and inconsistencies, which is a basic function of journalism. They are avoiding or limiting interviews with all but the friendliest faces as a way of circumventing the press. And some of them delight in skewering the mainstream media, a tactic that plays well with their base. Its interesting that Kurtz doesnt mention the Obama administrations attempt to boycott Fox News, and its ongoing complaints about that network. Conservative aversion to the media is indicative of a key fact about...
  • White people to NAACP: Time to disband! Right-wing Caucasians know what's best for blacks (Barf)

    07/15/2010 5:05:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Salon ^ | July 15, 2010 | Joan Walsh, Editor in Chief
    Ben Jealous, give it up. Your organization, the NAACP, is no longer needed. How do I know? I read it in a press release today from a group of "Nevada Conservative Leaders and Grassroots Activists," which told me that "In 2010, the NAACP has outlived its usefulness." Thanks, white people! A lot of white conservatives are upset with the NAACP this week for daring to talk about racists in the Tea Party movement. The group passed a resolution asking the Tea Party to condemn the racists in its midst. It didn't denounce the entire Tea Party, as simple-minded folk like...
  • President Sarah Palin, 2012?

    07/15/2010 2:43:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Associated Content ^ | July 15, 2010 | Mark Whittington
    There has been a not-so-subtle shift in the way the media regard Sarah Palin. The old conventional wisdom was that Palin was a washed out, brainless bimbo. The new conventional wisdom is that she is a potential President of the United States. Mark McKinnon, writing in the Daily Beast, thinks that Sarah Palin will run for President in 2012, but will likely be defeated. McKinnon states some very obvious reasons why Palin will run, from her fundraising acumen, to her creative use of media, both old and new, and the rise of the "Mama Grizzlies," a more picturesque way to...
  • The Palin Effect and the Death of Political Journalism

    07/14/2010 3:16:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | July 14, 2010 | Robert Schlesinger
    Palin, Paul, and Angle tactics and disappearing media add up to bad news for democracy. Sarah Palin is living the dream. Since the dawn of time, or at least since the 1960s, politicians from both parties, though conservatives in particular, have yearned to block out the press. They have pined for a way to commune with their voters without the pesky media distorting their message. Now, a couple of incipient trends are increasingly making it possible. On one hand, the reportorial ranks have been decimated, leading some to fear the end of that journalistic species known as the local political...
  • A Quick Primer On The US Newspaper Collapse

    07/11/2010 4:56:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 9, 2010 | Joe Pompeo and Antonina Jedrzejczak
    Earlier this week, we gave you a few staggering factoids on the state of the U.S. newspaper industry. You know, cheery stuff like how there have been roughly 35,000 newspaper job losses or buyouts since March 2007. Or how 166 newspapers have either shut down or stopped putting out a print edition since 2008. Or the fact that the U.S. print sector lost more than 24,500 jobs between September 2008 and September 2009. Good times. It's all from a new report by the World Association of Newspapers and Newspaper Publishers. The stats seem even more bananas when viewed in the...
  • Love Or Hate Sarah, Shes The Best Pick For RNC Chair

    07/11/2010 11:39:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 2+ views
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 11, 2010 | Andrew Marcus
    In tracking the response to the launch of the site and petition to draft Sarah Palin for the Chairmanship of the RNC, we have seen varied reactions ranging from enthusiasm, to curiosity, to skepticism, to racist bigotry, to deafening silence. One common denominator in near uniformity, however, is the consensus that Michael Steele is, at best, ineffective as Chair of the RNC for one or more of the following reasons. Steele V. Limbaugh Praising ACORNs Bertha Lewis Steele Doesnt Know If GOP Ready To Lead RNC chairman doubts GOP will win back the House this November Republican National Committee spent...
  • Eleanor Clift: Inside the GOP, a Shadow Battle for Control

    07/11/2010 1:28:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 9, 2010 | Eleanor Clift
    The prospect of the November elections becoming a replay of 1994 has Democrats running scared everywhere except, apparently, the White House, where the famous Obama cool keeps everyones emotions in check. Sure, losses are expected in the first midterm of a new president, but lets not lose too much sleep over it. Indeed, some of the presidents allies think all the attention on the Democrats is misplaced, that the real replay of 94 is happening on the Republican side, with a new generation of self-described young guns maneuvering to topple the old guard. In this scenario, Republican whip Eric Cantor...
  • Palin falls short of conservative expectations (Holier-than-thou alert)

    07/10/2010 9:42:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | July 11, 2010 | Stan Giles
    The religious right's fascination with Sarah Palin befuddles me. I just don't get it! Her lifestyle and qualifications fall short of what I would expect the religious right to embrace in a candidate for high office. By way of disclosure, I fit the profile of the religious right - I am a social conservative with strong faith values. Thus when Senator McCain invited her to join his presidential ticket I was open to this unknown outsider, but within weeks I became quite underwhelmed by her candidacy. Yet the religious right mostly went gaga over her, seeing her as a religious...
  • Chris Matthews Calls George W. Bush and Sarah Palin 'Know-Nothings'

    07/10/2010 3:38:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    News Busters ^ | July 10, 2010 | Noel Sheppard
    Chris Matthews on Friday called George W. Bush and Sarah Palin know-nothings. Chatting with California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown on "Hardball," the MSNBC host also called the Republican candidate for governor in that state Meg Whitman a know-nothing. "What is it in the American psyche or character that says, if you don`t know anything, you`re somehow an average person or average guy and you have horse sense?" asked Matthews. "What is it about people that keep picking people like George W. Bush to be president? And you see these people like Sarah Palin out there with fans." It seems in...
  • Cheering in the Pressbox

    06/30/2010 11:28:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 29, 2010 | Jay Nordlinger
    This afternoon, I wrote a long, rather huffy post on liberal media bias. It was prompted by 1) those reporters who were caught on tape trashing Sarah Palin, and 2) the David Weigel affair. I have deep-sixed the post, however spiked it. I can huff about media bias again, as I have in the past. (And Ill huff and Ill puff and Ill not budge the house an inch.) Let me instead say this: I think many of my conservative colleagues are far too gingerly when it comes to liberal media bias. Far too timid, delicate, and forgiving....
  • Andrew Sullivan: Why Does Trig Matter? [Governor Sarah Palin driving them insane!]

    06/28/2010 6:16:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 28, 2010 | Andrew Sullivan
    Jonathan Bernstein asks: Sullivan believes that Palin's birth story for her youngest son is implausible. I think he has a good case for that, for what it's worth. As I've read over the last two years, I've seen three possible explanations. The first is the wild one, that the baby isn't really hers; she's covering for someone else's inconvenient pregnancy and has adopted that child. The second is that she was an irresponsible mother, and took terrible risks given the dangerous nature of the pregnancy. The third is that she made the whole thing up, or most of it: she...
  • Palin is in their heads

    06/28/2010 2:44:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | June 28, 2010 | Don Surber
    Carla Marinucci, the San Francisco Chronicles Political Writer, had some sad news for her liberal readers this morning: Sarah Palin is alive and kicking and kicking ass in California. Carla Marinucci cited Sarah Palins speech on Froiday night, which raised a record $200,000-plus for the Cal State University Stanislaus Foundation, money much needed for a school in a recession at a time when donors are low on cash as well. Wrote Carla Marinucci: After months of buildup, including investigations, outrage and celebration, the former Alaska governors trip to Californias farm belt over the weekend proved beyond a doubt that...
  • A Left-wing Journalistic Plant in the Conservative Movement

    06/27/2010 9:51:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 27, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    A writer masquerading as a conservative who was supposed to be covering the conservative movement has quit his job under fire at the Washington Post. The writer, David Weigel, left after it came to light that he had made disparaging remarks about conservative personalities on a private email list of liberal journalists. The scandal involves The Washington Post, Reason magazine, and a network of independent on-line publications with funding from billionaire George Soros and multi-millionaire gay mogul Tim Gill. In a major understatement, the Post ombudsman, or consumer advocate, says the scandal will affect the papers standing among conservatives. But...
  • Why Is Anyone Surprised by This Dave Weigel Business? [WaPo's "Right Now" Blogger]

    06/25/2010 8:23:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Red State ^ | June 25, 2010 | Erick Erickson
    You can read Ben Smiths post here at the Politico on Dave Weigel. A few points from me: 1. It is no surprise to me that Ben Smith is on Journolist too. I wonder if the push back by lefty oriented journalists over Sarah Palin complaining about that stalker moving in next door was coordinated on Journolist. Probably. 2. The most shocking story is a Journolist member leaking Dave Weigels emails. Talk about stabbing a comrade in the back particularly one who successfully infiltrated the right posing as a quasi-right of center journalist. Im guessing someone got jealous. 3....
  • An Unhappy Day At The Washington Post

    06/25/2010 12:23:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 36 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 25, 2010 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    (Warning!Contains Highly Offensive Expletives Undeleted!) Via Instapundit But also sort of a happy day at The Washington Post, for the dwindling band of writers and editors there who value such old-fashioned traits as temperance in the expression of personal views; forthrightness; and fairness. The liberal blogger Dave Weigel, who was hired by The Post to cover the conservative movement, has resigned, after advising Matt Drudge on a semi-public forum for leftish commentators to set himself on fire. Put aside the controversy over whether the Post, which was advised by its star blogger, Ezra Klein (who once advised parties unknown, via...
  • Sarah Palin's fence didn't have to be so ugly

    06/22/2010 9:04:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2010 | Adrian Higgins
    Do bad neighbors make bad fences? I've seen a few fences in my time, but none quite as defiantly ugly as the one now shielding Sarah Palin and her family from what she suggests are the prying eyes of her new neighbor, an author named Joe McGinniss. McGinniss wanted to rent a place in Wasilla, Alaska, to be close to the subject of his next book, the state's former governor, who is one of the hottest political celebrities of the moment. McGinniss hit the bull's-eye when Sarah and Todd Palin's next-door neighbor offered to rent him her rambler for the...
  • WaPo's Colbert King: Obama is a better father than Sarah Palin is

    06/20/2010 5:12:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | June 20, 2010 | Don Surber
    From Colbert King of the Washington Post: Family, marriage and the contribution of fathers come together as topics for reflection on Fathers Day. So Id like to know why Barack Obama, a husband and a father in a family structure that encompasses bonds deemed essential to our society, is constantly and savagely attacked by conservative leaders whose personal circumstances undermine the family values they espouse? 1. His support of late-term abortion. 2. Being part of a church that preached racial division and a contempt for America. The Reverend Jeremiah Wright: The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes...
  • The arrogance of Palin critics

    06/17/2010 2:17:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies · 856+ views
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | June 17, 2010 | Don Surber
    From Voice of America: In Louisiana and other states on the Gulf of Mexico there is frustration over what many residents see as a slow response by the U.S. government to protecting coastal areas. Some critics of the Obama administration cite offers by the Netherlands in April to supply sophisticated skimmers and dredging devices, and the administrations failure to accept the offer. The issue is as murky as the oil slick now threatening regional beaches. A Houston-based company is now cleaning oil off surface water in the Gulf of Mexico using sweeping arms that attach to a boat and help...
  • Liberals Hate Palin Because Shes Beautiful

    06/17/2010 8:40:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies · 1,444+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | June 17, 2010 | A.W.R. Hawkins
    Liberals have never liked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. They dont like that she didnt go to an Ivy League school, that she doesnt follow the usual protocol of not speaking until a liberal says its okay to do so, and that she chose to carry her Down Syndrome baby to term instead of aborting it. (That last one really drives them crazy.) They dislike her political support for smaller government, tax cuts, and a strong military. They are outraged by her ongoing push for drilling in ANWR, her participation in hunting sports, and the fact that shes a card-carrying,...
  • What Is Wrong With the Economist? (Pro-Statism, anti-Tea Party and Palin, for starters)

    06/16/2010 4:43:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 640+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | June 16, 2010 | The Editors
    The Economist is out with an editorial this week called Whats Wrong With Americas Right. It starts out rowing back from its endorsement of Barack Obama in 2008, explaining that he has done little to fix the deficit, shown a zeal for big government, and all too often has given the impression that capitalism is something unpleasant he found on the sole of his sneaker. So it asserts their endorsee needs to be pegged back. Then editors John Mickelthwait and Co. take out their humiliation on those American Republicans and conservatives who have stood most steadily on principle from the...
  • Why is MSM ignoring Obama's radical past?

    06/16/2010 5:49:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 800+ views
    The Indiana Gazette ^ | June 15, 2010
    The first response to publicist Maria Sliwa's e-mail queries to news organizations about whether they would like to receive a review copy of ``The Manchurian President: Barack Obama's Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists'' came back from a reporter at the Christian Science Monitor. The answer was ``no.'' But it wasn't just ``no.'' The reporter called the book by journalist-author-WABC radio host Aaron Klein and researcher Brenda J. Elliott - at the time embargoed and thus unread - a name for toilet paper I'd rather not print. Reflexively, Sliwa hit the delete button (thus losing the reporter's name...
  • How do you solve a problem like Newsweek? [Gov. Sarah Palin "Prophet" Cover]

    06/14/2010 2:52:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 873+ views
    Get Religion ^ | June 14, 2010 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Journalists have long been puzzled over Sarah Palins popularity. In November, Newsweek took a stab at the trend with its provocative cover of Palin in running clothes: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah Palin: How Sarah Palin Hurts the GOP And the Country. The magazines latest cover features Palin with a halo on her head titled Saint Sarah: Whats Palins appeal to conservative Christian women says about feminism and the future of the religious right. Lisa Millers thesis is compelling if it is true, but journalists usually rely on hard facts, polls, maybe interviews with political scientists to...
  • Liberal media hypocrisy: Ok to mock Palin, wrong to mock Boxer's hair

    06/14/2010 12:25:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 382+ views
    The Examiner ^ | June 13, 2010 | Devonia Smith
    Left wing Media boobs are pushing their hypocritical agenda again. This time they are busy criticizing Carly Fiorina for her joke about Barbara Boxer's hair - the same media that recently spent days mocking Sarah Palin about whether she had a breast enlargement. Are both an example of left-wing media bias gotcha journalism targeting conservatives? In a "Girls will be girls, rivals will be rivals" moment, Carly Fiorina zinged Barbara Boxer's hair - it was caught on mike. No doubt Barbara Boxer is seething but the Boxer team is not demanding an apology. It happened when the California Republican Senate...