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  • 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 it’s a dollar plus an agreement to assume their huge financial liabilities, but if you throw me an opportunity for a headline that sweet, I’m 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. Harman’s bid appealed to Mr. Graham and the Post Company because Mr. Harman has said he would retain a significant number of the magazine’s 325 employees. The financial details of...
  • 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...
  • 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 don’t 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 don’t. “I don’t know of anything like this,” Gigot said Sunday on Fox News’ Journal Editorial Page Report. The Washington Examiner’s Bryon York agrees. “Is...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Caller’s 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 today’s story work for avowedly liberal publications. Still, it’s worth a read. This may all have the result of making Spencer Ackerman wildly famous. It’s 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.” It’s interesting that Kurtz doesn’t mention the Obama administration’s attempt to boycott Fox News, and its ongoing complaints about that network. Conservative aversion to the media is indicative of a key fact about...
  • Justice Dept. cracks down on leaks (selectively ?)

    05/25/2010 11:26:06 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 602+ views
    Politico ^ | 5-25-10 | Josh Gerstein
    The Obama administration’s crackdown on leaks to the press has snared a high-profile conviction of an FBI linguist, who was sentenced to 20 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to giving classified information to a blogger. The sentence for Shamai Leibowitz is likely to become the longest ever served by a government employee accused of passing national security secrets to a member of the media. His case represents only the third known conviction in U.S. history for a government official or contractor providing classified information to the press. And it reflects a surprising development: President Barack Obama’s Justice Department...
  • WaPo Distorts Its Own Poll On Perceptions of Tea Party Racism

    05/05/2010 7:08:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 259+ views
    Hot Air ^ | May 5, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    The Washington Post, among other mainstream media outlets, relentlessly stokes claims that Tea Partiers are racist. Eugene Robinson accuses almost everyone who opposes the Obama agenda — but particularly those active in the Tea Party movement — of being motivated by racism and prone to violence. Jonathan Capehart, another WaPo columnist, does the same. So low and behold, the WaPo news writers, citing a WaPo poll, announce that Tea party groups battling perceptions of racism (emphasis mine): As several states with active “tea party” groups prepare to hold important primary elections this month, the movement is struggling to overcome accusations...
  • Helen Thomas: The Last Defiant Roar Of the Old Media Dinosaurs [FR buckhead incident mentioned]

    05/01/2010 9:08:11 AM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 96 replies · 3,476+ views ^ | 5/1/2010 | Kevin L Martin
    Helen Thomas simply longs for the days when reporters and pundits could report spin, lies and opinion as fact and were never held accountable outside of page A-16 retractions. The new media’s finest moment came when in 2004 CBS’s Dan Rather attempted to influence a national election (much like his predecessor Walter Cronkite did with the Vietnam War after the Tet Offensive), but unlike then, now there is a new media filled with grassroots activists who were going to hold the old media accountable and one of those activists on the Conservative Site Free-Republic under the handle “Buckhead,” was able...
  • The Smear Continues ("Tea Partiers are racists!" scream the Jourbalists)

    04/30/2010 7:11:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 245+ views
    Power Line ^ | April 29, 2010 | John Hinderaker
    You'd think the Lamestream Media would give it up, but no: they are determined to push the absurd claim that Tea Partiers are "racists." Never mind that the issues driving the Tea Parties--the constitutional role of the federal government, bailouts and government takeovers, spiraling deficits and out of control spending--self-evidently have nothing to do with race. The smear is the only kind of argument most liberals know, so they press on doggedly. This time it's Newsweek, carrying out its new mission as a limited-circulation journal of liberal opinion. ("Limited circulation" isn't a strategy, of course, it's an admission of failure.)...
  • Reporter asks black protester if he's "uncomfortable" as part of tea party

    04/17/2010 7:51:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies · 1,451+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2010 | J.P. Freire, Associate Commentary Editor
    NBC News reporter Kelly O'Donnell asked Darryl Postell, a black man at a tea party rally held Thursday in Washington: "There aren't a lot of African-Americans at these events. Have you ever felt... uncomfortable?" Postell replied, "No, no, these are my people, Americans." (VIDEO AT LINK) O'Donnell's question wasn't the only one addressing race at tea parties. Politico asked one white tea party protester about how she could spot an "infiltrator" -- a liberal posing as a tea party protester -- and she said that more "racially-oriented signs" were a giveaway. "This movement is not about race. My husband and...
  • In Living Color: The Major Networks’ War On the Tea Party

    04/16/2010 5:17:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 463+ views
    Pesky Emotional Republican ^ | April 15, 2010 | Frank Ross
    Think there’s been a media campaign to disparage and marginalize the grassroots Tea Party movement, almost from its inception, especially by the major networks? Think the coverage has been blatantly slanted and made to fit the liberal narrative? Well, maybe you’re not crazy The Media Research Center is just out with this analysis: The Tea Party movement launched one year ago, in response to the unprecedented expansion of government by President Barack Obama and congressional liberals, a massive increase in spending that will create economy-crushing fiscal burdens for future generations of taxpayers. In that relatively brief period, the Tea Party...
  • Teatime at the Times

    04/01/2010 1:08:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 460+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | The April 2010 Issue | Andrew Ferguson
    The tiny corner of the New York Times empire where David Barstow works is called the investigative unit. The name has an impressive urgency to it, like the title of a TV spin-off—CSI: Times Investigative Unit. You can imagine guys in Weejuns and khakis getting a hot tip and springing into action, yanking their tweed coats off the backs of chairs and shouting something irreverent and ironical over their shoulders as they bolt for the newsroom door. Perhaps a new “torture memo” has been leaked; maybe a politician has committed an act of creative accounting on Supplement B (3) subpart...
  • Columnist Charles Blow Insults Poor Mississippians, 'Tea Party Crybabies'

    03/24/2010 10:49:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 471+ views
    Times Watch ^ | March 23, 2010 | Clay Waters
    Times columnist and active new media guy Charles Blow mocked Obama-care protesters (as well as, um, impoverished Mississippians) in a rant on the social networking service Twitter. Blow temporarily abandoned the brevity spirit of Twitter while fulminating against “foul-mouthed Tea Party crybabies,” stringing actual complete sentences across five consecutive tweets which had to be read (in my Twitter feed at least) from bottom to top, as well as the arbitrary crack at Mississippi (Times Watch's home state, by the way), where evidently only three people in the state make over $200K a year. You learn something everyday from Times writers....
  • Letter: Never 'Misunderestimate' Someone Like Sarah Palin

    02/27/2010 1:22:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1,324+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 27, 2010 | Muriel Ross
    Why is it that women are often other women's worst enemies? The attack by Dorothy Rabinowitz on Sarah Palin ("What Sarah Palin Doesn't Know," op-ed, Feb. 18) is but one recent example. Sarah Palin's common-sense opposition to out-of-control government spending and a mounting national debt is a prime reason she has been so successful. She speaks about these issues in a language all can understand. I was raised during the Great Depression and know what we are in for if we continue down the path President Obama has so eloquently prepared for us. The catchy line in Ms. Palin's tea...
  • Palms, knuckles, and fingertips: a rich assessment of Palin hate

    02/18/2010 10:50:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 663+ views
    Renew America ^ | February 18, 2010 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    Oh, it is indeed a hard time to be a liberal. The storm clouds of destiny are so close one can feel the humidity of the humiliation that is about to rain down on the liberal left. The thunder, of course, is the American people who have had enough of uncontrolled spending and the quickstep to socialistic left with which Barack Obama and his political supporting cast has taken this country with an arrogant indifference to opposition by the American people. So, as is the case in a free country, our system will be used to wash away these destructive...
  • Sarah Palin’s Detractors and Double Standards

    02/16/2010 4:13:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 682+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | February 16, 2010 | Andrew Cline
    Two events in the past week highlighted yet again the outrageous double standard that the mainstream media and the political Left apply to Sarah Palin. When it was reported that Sen. John Edwards relied on his wife Elizabeth for advice on everything from public policy to haircuts, it was universally hailed as both sweet and savvy. She’s the smarter one anyway, some would even whisper. Similarly, when President Obama said he consulted his wife Michelle on important matters, it was treated as the sage decision of an intellectually curious man who loved his wife. Bill Clinton was praised for consulting...
  • Sarah Palin's evangelical-speak

    01/14/2010 6:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 676+ views
    The Abiline Reporter-News ^ | January 14, 2010 | Terry Mattingly
    According to a top strategist in the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain, Sarah Palin believed that the decision to pick her as the Arizona Republican’s running mate was actually made by Almighty God. Translated into the logic of an Associated Press report, this political theology sounded like this. “In an interview with the CBS news magazine ‘60 Minutes,’ Steve Schmidt described Palin as ‘very calm — nonplused’ after McCain met with her at his Arizona ranch just before putting her on the Republican ticket. ... Schmidt said he asked Palin about her serenity in the face of becoming ‘one...