Exhibit A in the Stop Palin Campaign, Dave Journolist Weigel

by Datechguy | May 27th, 2011

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Exhibit A in the Stop Palin Campaign, Dave Journolist Weigel

I’ve com­mented a few times on how the media has, for the most part ignored Her­man Cain and his early success.

Yes­ter­day Dave Weigel wrote quite a few excel­lent posts but the most inter­est­ing was con­cern­ing a Gallup poll and Her­man Cain:

Cain has come out of the gate mak­ing knowl­edge blun­ders (not know­ing what the “right of return” is, for exam­ple), get­ting gen­er­ally dis­mis­sive cov­er­age. There is no team of reporters cov­er­ing his every move on the trail, as there is for Hunts­man. There’s no mas­sive scrum out­side his appear­ances, as there is for Paw­lenty. And yet he’s out­polling Pawlenty.

That’s accu­rate, but while Stacy is ecsta­tic that his pal Dave is giv­ing Her­man some richly deserved props, I think he is miss­ing the big pic­ture here.

It is axiomatic that the old Journo­list crowd hates Sarah Palin and will when­ever pos­si­ble knock her for a loop. I’ve already stated the MSM and the Demo­c­ra­tic party (talk about redun­dancy) actu­ally fear a Palin can­di­dacy and will do their best to derail one.

Does Weigel do this, Why yes! While Prais­ing Her­man Cain he damns Sarah Palin in the guise of cri­tiquing Byron York for miss­ing the pri­mary story:

But we’re talk­ing about the 2008 GOP vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee who has been the sub­ject of mul­ti­ple books (includ­ing two of her own), two doc­u­men­taries, and in some months as much as 50 per­cent of all media cov­er­age of the GOP field. Fif­teen per­cent? That’s actu­ally about half of what she got in the very first sur­vey of this pri­mary, a Feb­ru­ary 2009 CNN poll.

Dave some­how doesn’t take into con­sid­er­a­tion in his cri­tique relent­less attacks from a media that never men­tions her suc­cesses while always attempt­ing to belit­tle her.

The sim­ple fact is the left needs to stop Sarah Palin and the best equa­tion to stop her has already been written:

(Social Conservatives+Tea Party) /​(Sarah Palin+Michelle Bach­mann + Her­man Cain) = Rom­ney wins in early primaries

As long as the left was rea­son­ably sure Sarah Palin was not run­ning, Her­man Cain needed to be ignored by the MSM. They couldn’t take the chance of him becom­ing a threat to Mitt Rom­ney and/​or Jon Hun­st­man, who are the most likely GOP can­di­dates to lose to Obama. That means any atten­tion Dave gave Her­man online wasn’t picked up by the MSM.

And while his oblig­a­tory Palin Bus post was fun:

I sort of like the idea of Palin doing this on Memo­r­ial Day week­end, a time when plenty of reporters (like, er, me) are headed out of D.C. Brings back mem­o­ries of her giv­ing reporters a July 3, 2009 assign­ment to cover her res­ig­na­tion announcement.

It seemed inter­est­ing to me the very day polls indi­cate that Palin might be run­ning, Weigel’s first post is: “Gosh that Her­man Cain looks pretty impres­sive doesn’t he?”

Well of course that’s just Dave. It doesn’t mean the old Journo­list crew is back in busi­ness decid­ing to sud­denly notice Her­man Cain . I mean you’d need some­thing like a poll­ster from Daily Kos writ­ing for the NYT say­ing the same thing for that to be true wouldn’t you?

But what I found more news­wor­thy is the strong per­for­mance of Her­man Cain, the entre­pre­neur and talk-​show host who was included in Gallup’s poll for the first time. He polls at 8 per­cent, ahead of can­di­dates like Tim Paw­lenty, Michele Bach­mann and Jon Hun­st­man, who have received far more attention.

Well what do you know Nate Sil­ver in the NYT is impressed by Her­man Cain too! What an amaz­ing coincidence!

Now I’ve already said I like Her­man Cain, but mark my words, the “Journo-​listic” MSM will sud­denly find him a lot more inter­est­ing and wor­thy of cov­er­age for as long as they think he will take votes away from Palin.

Will Her­man take advan­tage of it? He’s not run­ning to lose so of course he will, but I sus­pect that if the media’s attempt to use him to neu­tral­ize Palin suc­ceeds then they will no longer con­sider him news­wor­thy or electable.

EXTRA UPDATECBS fol­lows suit.

Update: Exhibit B: the DNC attacks

Update 2: On Morn­ing Joe the entire the­sis of the open­ing team is Sarah Palin is NOT run­ning (One thing they didn’t men­tion her age, she would only be 60 in 2024 so she has a ton of time). They spent their time say­ing she will not, Politico also says she was not run­ning, call­ing it an “atten­tion grab”. (They don’t deign to men­tion this Byron York Piece)

And sur­prise sur­prise, who do they not men­tion by name? Her­man Cain!

Remem­ber the the­sis, If Palin is run­ning they boost Cain, if not they ignore him. As long as they believe Palin is out, Cain (who they also fear) must be kept down.

Update 3: Same theme on Today. They main­tain Palin is not run­ning so not only to they fail to men­tion Cain they don’t even show the Her­man Cain Graphic in the Gallup poll. Can’t show a Black Repub­li­can in 3rd 5th place if Palin isn’t running.

Update 4: Wel­come Con­ser­v­a­tives for Palin read­ers, You will want to check out this post on why I sup­port Palin and today’s DaT­e­chGuy on DaRadio’s 2nd hour on polit­i­cal courage.

Update 5: Wel­come Weigel read­ers, exhibits B C and are here. Also might I point out that Charles John­son and co are not argu­ing with me but with Paul Revere’s own words.

I really like Dave, only met him one but Stacy McCain vouches for him and there was some­thing about the man that just seems right, but I think he’s dead wrong on Palin. But check out my stuff and make up your own mind and give me what for if you would like to.

Update 6: BTW Charles John­son btw is hav­ing a very bad day.

I’ve commented a few times on how the media has, for the most part ignored Herman Cain and his early success.

Yesterday Dave Weigel wrote quite a few excellent posts but the most interesting was concerning a Gallup poll and Herman Cain:

Cain has come out of the gate making knowledge blunders (not knowing what the “right of return” is, for example), getting generally dismissive coverage. There is no team of reporters covering his every move on the trail, as there is for Huntsman. There’s no massive scrum outside his appearances, as there is for Pawlenty. And yet he’s outpolling Pawlenty.

That’s accurate, but while Stacy is ecstatic that his pal Dave is giving Herman some richly deserved props, I think he is missing the big picture here.

It is axiomatic that the old Journolist crowd hates Sarah Palin and will whenever possible knock her for a loop. I’ve already stated the MSM and the Democratic party (talk about redundancy) actually fear a Palin candidacy and will do their best to derail one.

Does Weigel do this, Why yes! While Praising Herman Cain he damns Sarah Palin in the guise of critiquing Byron York for missing the primary story:

But we’re talking about the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee who has been the subject of multiple books (including two of her own), two documentaries, and in some months as much as 50 percent of all media coverage of the GOP field. Fifteen percent? That’s actually about half of what she got in the very first survey of this primary, a February 2009 CNN poll.

Dave somehow doesn’t take into consideration in his critique relentless attacks from a media that never mentions her successes while always attempting to belittle her.

The simple fact is the left needs to stop Sarah Palin and the best equation to stop her has already been written:

(Social Conservatives+Tea Party) / (Sarah Palin+Michelle Bachmann + Herman Cain) = Romney wins in early primaries

As long as the left was reasonably sure Sarah Palin was not running, Herman Cain needed to be ignored by the MSM. They couldn’t take the chance of him becoming a threat to Mitt Romney and/or Jon Hunstman, who are the most likely GOP candidates to lose to Obama. That means any attention Dave gave Herman online wasn’t picked up by the MSM.

And while his obligatory Palin Bus post was fun:

I sort of like the idea of Palin doing this on Memorial Day weekend, a time when plenty of reporters (like, er, me) are headed out of D.C. Brings back memories of her giving reporters a July 3, 2009 assignment to cover her resignation announcement.

It seemed interesting to me the very day polls indicate that Palin might be running, Weigel’s first post is: “Gosh that Herman Cain looks pretty impressive doesn’t he?”

Well of course that’s just Dave. It doesn’t mean the old Journolist crew is back in business deciding to suddenly notice Herman Cain . I mean you’d need something like a pollster from Daily Kos writing for the NYT saying the same thing for that to be true wouldn’t you?

But what I found more newsworthy is the strong performance of Herman Cain, the entrepreneur and talk-show host who was included in Gallup’s poll for the first time. He polls at 8 percent, ahead of candidates like Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann and Jon Hunstman, who have received far more attention.

Well what do you know Nate Silver in the NYT is impressed by Herman Cain too! What an amazing coincidence!

Now I’ve already said I like Herman Cain, but mark my words, the “Journo-listic” MSM will suddenly find him a lot more interesting and worthy of coverage for as long as they think he will take votes away from Palin.

Will Herman take advantage of it? He’s not running to lose so of course he will, but I suspect that if the media’s attempt to use him to neutralize Palin succeeds then they will no longer consider him newsworthy or electable.

EXTRA UPDATE…CBS follows suit.

Update: Exhibit B: the DNC attacks

Update 2: On Morning Joe the entire thesis of the opening team is Sarah Palin is NOT running (One thing they didn’t mention her age, she would only be 60 in 2024 so she has a ton of time). They spent their time saying she will not, Politico also says she was not running, calling it an “attention grab”. (They don’t deign to mention this Byron York Piece)

And surprise surprise, who do they not mention by name? Herman Cain!

Remember the thesis, If Palin is running they boost Cain, if not they ignore him. As long as they believe Palin is out, Cain (who they also fear) must be kept down.

Update 3: Same theme on Today. They maintain Palin is not running so not only to they fail to mention Cain they don’t even show the Herman Cain Graphic in the Gallup poll. Can’t show a Black Republican in 3rd 5th place if Palin isn’t running.

Update 4: Welcome Conservatives for Palin readers, You will want to check out this post on why I support Palin and today’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio’s 2nd hour on political courage.

Update 5: Welcome Weigel readers, exhibits B C and D are here. Also might I point out that Charles Johnson and co are not arguing with me but with Paul Revere’s own words.

I really like Dave, only met him one but Stacy McCain vouches for him and there was something about the man that just seems right, but I think he’s dead wrong on Palin. But check out my stuff and make up your own mind and give me what for if you would like to.

Update 6: BTW Charles Johnson btw is having a very bad day.

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