“immediately recognized it as newsworthy” Why Stacy McCain matters

by Datechguy | May 24th, 2012

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"immediately recognized it as newsworthy" Why Stacy McCain matters

Look­ing at Robert Stacy McCain’s lat­est on the Brett Kim­ber­lin he, good blogger/​journalist that he is, leads with the most news­wor­thy ques­tion:

Today there is a mas­sive Meme­o­ran­dum aggre­ga­tion about con­victed ter­ror­ist Brett Kim­ber­lin, includ­ing one on an arti­cle by my film­maker buddy Ladd Ehlinger Jr.:

What Did Bar­bara Streisand Know …
And When Did She Know It?

An excel­lent ques­tion: Why would Bar­bra Streisand’s “phil­an­thropic” foun­da­tion donate money to a 501©3 whose direc­tor is a vio­lent felon noto­ri­ous for his dis­hon­esty (a “top-​flight con man“) to say noth­ing of the other heinous crimes Kim­ber­lin has committed?

For me how­ever when look­ing at this 9th post since May 17th Stacy has writ­ten on Kim­ber­lin, posts that have forced him to relo­cated both him­self and his fam­ily for their own safety there is a dif­fer­ent line that jumps out at me:

Last Thurs­day morn­ing, I was plan­ning to go cover the G8 Sum­mit at Camp David. Instead, I saw Aaron Worthing’s story, imme­di­ately rec­og­nized it as news­wor­thy…empha­sis mine

That phrase, “imme­di­ately rec­og­nized it as news­wor­thy” is the story of Robert Stacy McCain

As you may or may not know although I was blog­ging for three years as a tech blog­ger for the sup­port com­pany I worked for (HiWired) and 14 months before I first met him I con­sider Robert Stacy McCain my blog mentor.

The week he lived with me dur­ing the Scott Brown spe­cial elec­tion taught me more about actual report­ing than any­thing else. For exam­ple while I was inside lis­ten­ing to Bill Clin­ton giv­ing a speech to a bunch of ador­ing fac­ulty. Stacy McCain was out­side inter­view­ing peo­ple wear­ing SEIU shirts for Scott Brown.

More than 75 boost­ers of the GOP can­di­date turned out for the counter-​rally, stand­ing the sub-​freezing weather to wave Brown signs and loudly sing (to the tune of “Bat­tle Hymn of the Repub­lic”), “Glory, Hal­lelu­jah … Send Scott Brown to D.C.!”

Among the Brown sup­port­ers were — believe it or not — rank-​and-​file mem­bers of the Ser­vice Employ­ees Inter­na­tional Union.

We’re Amer­i­cans — we have our free choice,” said one of the SEIU mem­bers, who iden­ti­fied her­self only as Michelle and said she drove more than 60 miles from West­ern Mass­a­chu­setts — “The stepchild of this state” — to show her sup­port for Brown in Worcester.

This was rapidly picked up by state & national blog­gers

“imme­di­ately rec­og­nized it as newsworthy”

And when you are capa­ble of see what is news, you can also see when a news­wor­thy story that like the story of David Epstein the Huff­post blog­ger and Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor who appar­ently took time away from hit­ting Palin to um…spend more time with his daugh­ter:

That rul­ing was on May 11 — two weeks ago — and yet I can find no news reports about Epstein’s con­vic­tion. You might think that at least the New York Times would find the dis­po­si­tion of this case newsworthy.

The alert reader who informed me of this pre­vi­ously unre­ported news also passed along the court doc­u­ments to some mem­bers of the Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty, result­ing in this angry e-​mail from Epstein’s lawyer

Stacy noted not only the NYT’s dis­in­ter­est in the incest story in four widely linked posts and two Spec­ta­tor sto­ries noted an inter­est­ing defense by the Mr. Epstein’s lawyer

But he ques­tioned why, if the alleged incest was con­sen­sual, why Epstein’s daugh­ter had been treated by pros­e­cu­tors as “some­how a vic­tim here, when she can be best described as an accomplice.”

Moral rel­a­tivism is eas­ier if your rel­a­tives are immoral.

“imme­di­ately rec­og­nized it as newsworthy”

When the News­me­dia used Pamela Geller’s bust­line to dimin­ish her actions against the Ground Zero mosques the father of Rule 5 called them out:

The video is from August 2006 and out of all that Geller has done in the ensu­ing four years — includ­ing author­ing The Post-​American Pres­i­dency: The Obama Administration’s War on Amer­ica with her fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor, Robert Spencer — evi­dently noth­ing lends itself so eas­ily to a fea­ture lede as her bikini moment.

Geller laughed about this treat­ment when I spoke to her on the phone last week, and at her blog says, “It is com­edy. It is to laugh. It is to cry.” Geller told me she was amazed at how she has been sin­gled out as the insti­ga­tor of con­tro­versy over The Lower Man­hat­tan Islamic Cul­tural Cen­ter That the Asso­ci­ated Press Won’t Call the “Ground Zero Mosque” Anymore.

Yes Pamela Geller’s beauty is self evi­dent but her work on Rad­i­cal Islam is the real story. The MSM doesn’t see it, Stacy McCain does.

“imme­di­ately rec­og­nized it as newsworthy”

Stacy McCain spent weeks in Iowa cov­er­ing the start of the cam­paign with the type of leg­work that would make any major news orga­ni­za­tion proud and when the entire talk of the GOP was Rick Perry as sav­ior he saw what was com­ing first:

There have been a few lit­tle things — includ­ing one source who says Perry has been on the wrong side of the eminent-​domain issue — that lead me to think Perry is a lot less cer­tain ulti­mately to win the nom­i­na­tion than some peo­ple seem to think. What I fear will hap­pen is that Perry will spend sev­eral months suck­ing up media oxy­gen and burn­ing through GOP donor cash, only to col­lapse early next year. This will have the effect of suf­fo­cat­ing other con­ser­v­a­tive can­di­dates, and thereby lead to … Rom­ney 2012.

and rec­og­nized what did him in:

His fel­low GOP can­di­dates fired at the Texas gov­er­nor all night, but it wasn’t until Min­nesota Rep. Michele Bach­mann said the phrase “inno­cent lit­tle 12-​year-​old girls” that he suf­fered any seri­ous wound

“imme­di­ately rec­og­nized it as news­wor­thy”

When Deuce Biga­low Blog­ger Gigolo Will Folks grad­u­ated from Nikki Haley rumors to fake pro-​life activists Stacy Called him on it:

And to return to my orig­i­nal ques­tion: “Who Is Eliz­a­beth Reichert?” Read the Will Folks story and you’ll see he refers to her as a “pro-​life activist,” but we have no rea­son to sup­pose that she is such an “activist,” if she even exists. Prior to Folks’s report­ing of this mys­te­ri­ous flyer, there was no online record of her, cer­tainly not in con­nec­tion with any sort of pro-​life activism.

“imme­di­ately rec­og­nized it as newsworthy”

And when the Wein­er­gate story broke and the MSM & left alter­nated between ignor­ing the story

Wein­er­Gate has been at the top of the Meme­o­ran­dum aggre­ga­tion for hours, and yet it appears that no tra­di­tional news orga­ni­za­tion finds it newsworthy.

and blam­ing Andrew Breitbart

Jesse LaGreca at Daily Kos is try­ing to turn this into a story about Andrew Bre­it­bart, which is ridicu­lous. We seem to have actual facts here, facts which require some plau­si­ble explanation.

Stacy Asked the rel­e­vant ques­tions on day 1

Very sim­ple ques­tions: Was Rep. Weiner exchang­ing online mes­sages with Ms. Cor­dova? If so, why? If this is all just a mis­un­der­stand­ing — if Rep. Weiner was the vic­tim of hack­ers — why was Ms. Cor­dova the recip­i­ent of that mes­sage? Why would a hacker ran­domly select a stu­dent jour­nal­ist in Wash­ing­ton State to send that to?

The congressman’s office can either answer those ques­tions — and answer them PDQ — or else wait until every polit­i­cal reporter on the West Coast is camped out in front of Ms. Cordova’s house.

and 55 posts later he reported on the res­ig­na­tion:

For the first 10 days, Weiner lied, lied, lied, and the lib­er­als who believed Weiner were wrong, wrong, wrong, while con­ser­v­a­tives were right, right, right. In the past 10 days, since Weiner’s June 6 press con­fer­ence, lib­er­als have tried to for­get that their credulity in believ­ing Weiner’s lies, and the idi­otic con­spir­acy the­o­ries they prof­fered in his defense.

“imme­di­ately rec­og­nized it as newsworthy”

But there is one post in that series that per­fectly encom­pass every­thing I’ve writ­ten here:

Few things annoy me more than hav­ing my news judg­ment ques­tioned. Dis­agree on pol­icy or doubt me on pol­i­tics — we might argue, but such argu­ments do not call into ques­tion my com­pe­tence as a pro­fes­sional jour­nal­ist. And, by God, after 25 years in the news busi­ness, I know what’s news.

… as soon as I began research­ing the back­ground of last weekend’s inci­dent I real­ized, Hey, there’s a legit news story here.

What’s more, there was a per­fect oppor­tu­nity to get ahead of the story, because the main­stream media had been ini­tially reluc­tant to report it. Sat­ur­day after­noon, I checked Google News and there was zero, zilch, nada from major news orga­ni­za­tions. Yet I antic­i­pated (cor­rectly) how the story would develop, and so began hoover­ing up every fact I could find online and aggre­gat­ing every tid­bit of infor­ma­tion other blog­gers were reporting.

And that is what Robert Stacy McCain’s crime is to the left as a whole. Brett Kim­ber­lin might have gone after Stacy for expos­ing him but for years he has cov­ered the sto­ries that the left would rather not see pub­lished and in a year when Barack Obama will be fight­ing for his polit­i­cal life it is vital that voices like Stacy McCain are muted.

That’s why the MSM will not be talk­ing about Robert Stacy McCain’s story. That’s why the Tides foundation’s and Bar­bara Streisand’s con­tri­bu­tion to Kimberlin’s 501©3 will not be pur­sued by the left. That’s why the Brad Blog and oth­ers on the left will be retain­ing Kim­ber­lin and his ser­vices. While Andrew Bre­it­bart was alive he was their pri­mary tar­get, now that he is no longer there to oppose them, those other voices that might speak out on sto­ries they “imme­di­ately rec­og­nized it as news­wor­thy” must be silenced…

..at any cost.

Update: Right Wing Granny gets it:

When I began this blog, my chil­dren asked me not to con­nect my name and address with the blog. They feared that some­one would get upset at what I wrote and choose to attack a lit­tle old lady. I thought they were being ridicu­lous, but I have gen­er­ally respected their wishes. Some­thing has been hap­pen­ing lately that shows the wis­dom of their request.

This is EXACTLY What is desired. The Tea Party move­ment and the rise of the right that dev­as­tated the left in 2010 and the estab­lish­ment GOP in pri­mary after pri­mary is fed by folks like Right Wing Granny. If they are stopped at the start it serves their pur­poses well.

Update 2: Lady Lib­erty 1885 notes Babs has inter­est­ing giv­ing tastes:

So not only does Babs give to Kim­ber­lin who gets money from Soros, but she also gives to Soros directly. It’s ring around the check­book with these peo­ple. Dis­cover the Net­works pro­file for The Streisand Foun­da­tion also lists Tides as one of their recip­i­ents and is more up to date, although JTMP is not on the list.

I won­der if she knows what’s coming?

Update 3: Stacy links from an unknown loca­tion. As long as the inter­net exists you can’t keep him down.

Looking at Robert Stacy McCain’s latest on the Brett Kimberlin he, good blogger/journalist that he is, leads with the most newsworthy question:

Today there is a massive Memeorandum aggregation about convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin, including one on an article by my filmmaker buddy Ladd Ehlinger Jr.:

What Did Barbara Streisand Know …
And When Did She Know It?

An excellent question: Why would Barbra Streisand’s “philanthropic” foundation donate money to a 501(c)3 whose director is a violent felon notorious for his dishonesty (a “top-flight con man“) to say nothing of the other heinous crimes Kimberlin has committed?

For me however when looking at this 9th post since May 17th Stacy has written on Kimberlin, posts that have forced him to relocated both himself and his family for their own safety there is a different line that jumps out at me:

Last Thursday morning, I was planning to go cover the G8 Summit at Camp David. Instead, I saw Aaron Worthing’s story, immediately recognized it as newsworthy…emphasis mine

That phrase, “immediately recognized it as newsworthy” is the story of Robert Stacy McCain

As you may or may not know although I was blogging for three years as a tech blogger for the support company I worked for (HiWired) and 14 months before I first met him I consider Robert Stacy McCain my blog mentor.

The week he lived with me during the Scott Brown special election taught me more about actual reporting than anything else. For example while I was inside listening to Bill Clinton giving a speech to a bunch of adoring faculty. Stacy McCain was outside interviewing people wearing SEIU shirts for Scott Brown.

More than 75 boosters of the GOP candidate turned out for the counter-rally, standing the sub-freezing weather to wave Brown signs and loudly sing (to the tune of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”), “Glory, Hallelujah . . . Send Scott Brown to D.C.!”

Among the Brown supporters were – believe it or not – rank-and-file members of the Service Employees International Union.

“We’re Americans – we have our free choice,” said one of the SEIU members, who identified herself only as Michelle and said she drove more than 60 miles from Western Massachusetts – “The stepchild of this state” – to show her support for Brown in Worcester.

This was rapidly picked up by state & national bloggers

“immediately recognized it as newsworthy”

And when you are capable of see what is news, you can also see when a newsworthy story that like the story of David Epstein the Huffpost blogger and Columbia University professor who apparently took time away from hitting Palin to um…spend more time with his daughter:

That ruling was on May 11 — two weeks ago — and yet I can find no news reports about Epstein’s conviction. You might think that at least the New York Times would find the disposition of this case newsworthy.

The alert reader who informed me of this previously unreported news also passed along the court documents to some members of the Columbia University faculty, resulting in this angry e-mail from Epstein’s lawyer

Stacy noted not only the NYT’s disinterest in the incest story in four widely linked posts and two Spectator stories noted an interesting defense by the Mr. Epstein’s lawyer

But he questioned why, if the alleged incest was consensual, why Epstein’s daughter had been treated by prosecutors as “somehow a victim here, when she can be best described as an accomplice.”

Moral relativism is easier if your relatives are immoral.

“immediately recognized it as newsworthy”

When the Newsmedia used Pamela Geller’s bustline to diminish her actions against the Ground Zero mosques the father of Rule 5 called them out:

The video is from August 2006 and out of all that Geller has done in the ensuing four years — including authoring The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America with her frequent collaborator, Robert Spencer — evidently nothing lends itself so easily to a feature lede as her bikini moment.

Geller laughed about this treatment when I spoke to her on the phone last week, and at her blog says, “It is comedy. It is to laugh. It is to cry.” Geller told me she was amazed at how she has been singled out as the instigator of controversy over The Lower Manhattan Islamic Cultural Center That the Associated Press Won’t Call the “Ground Zero Mosque” Anymore.

Yes Pamela Geller’s beauty is self evident but her work on Radical Islam is the real story. The MSM doesn’t see it, Stacy McCain does.

“immediately recognized it as newsworthy”

Stacy McCain spent weeks in Iowa covering the start of the campaign with the type of legwork that would make any major news organization proud and when the entire talk of the GOP was Rick Perry as savior he saw what was coming first:

There have been a few little things — including one source who says Perry has been on the wrong side of the eminent-domain issue — that lead me to think Perry is a lot less certain ultimately to win the nomination than some people seem to think. What I fear will happen is that Perry will spend several months sucking up media oxygen and burning through GOP donor cash, only to collapse early next year. This will have the effect of suffocating other conservative candidates, and thereby lead to … Romney 2012.

and recognized what did him in:

His fellow GOP candidates fired at the Texas governor all night, but it wasn’t until Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said the phrase “innocent little 12-year-old girls” that he suffered any serious wound

“immediately recognized it as newsworthy”

When Deuce Bigalow Blogger Gigolo Will Folks graduated from Nikki Haley rumors to fake pro-life activists Stacy Called him on it:

And to return to my original question: “Who Is Elizabeth Reichert?” Read the Will Folks story and you’ll see he refers to her as a “pro-life activist,” but we have no reason to suppose that she is such an “activist,” if she even exists. Prior to Folks’s reporting of this mysterious flyer, there was no online record of her, certainly not in connection with any sort of pro-life activism.

“immediately recognized it as newsworthy”

And when the Weinergate story broke and the MSM & left alternated between ignoring the story

WeinerGate has been at the top of the Memeorandum aggregation for hours, and yet it appears that no traditional news organization finds it newsworthy.

and blaming Andrew Breitbart

Jesse LaGreca at Daily Kos is trying to turn this into a story about Andrew Breitbart, which is ridiculous. We seem to have actual facts here, facts which require some plausible explanation.

Stacy Asked the relevant questions on day 1

Very simple questions: Was Rep. Weiner exchanging online messages with Ms. Cordova? If so, why? If this is all just a misunderstanding — if Rep. Weiner was the victim of hackers — why was Ms. Cordova the recipient of that message? Why would a hacker randomly select a student journalist in Washington State to send that to?

The congressman’s office can either answer those questions — and answer them PDQ — or else wait until every political reporter on the West Coast is camped out in front of Ms. Cordova’s house.

and 55 posts later he reported on the resignation:

For the first 10 days, Weiner lied, lied, lied, and the liberals who believed Weiner were wrong, wrong, wrong, while conservatives were right, right, right. In the past 10 days, since Weiner’s June 6 press conference, liberals have tried to forget that their credulity in believing Weiner’s lies, and the idiotic conspiracy theories they proffered in his defense.

“immediately recognized it as newsworthy”

But there is one post in that series that perfectly encompass everything I’ve written here:

Few things annoy me more than having my news judgment questioned. Disagree on policy or doubt me on politics — we might argue, but such arguments do not call into question my competence as a professional journalist. And, by God, after 25 years in the news business, I know what’s news.

… as soon as I began researching the background of last weekend’s incident I realized, Hey, there’s a legit news story here.

What’s more, there was a perfect opportunity to get ahead of the story, because the mainstream media had been initially reluctant to report it. Saturday afternoon, I checked Google News and there was zero, zilch, nada from major news organizations. Yet I anticipated (correctly) how the story would develop, and so began hoovering up every fact I could find online and aggregating every tidbit of information other bloggers were reporting.

And that is what Robert Stacy McCain’s crime is to the left as a whole. Brett Kimberlin might have gone after Stacy for exposing him but for years he has covered the stories that the left would rather not see published and in a year when Barack Obama will be fighting for his political life it is vital that voices like Stacy McCain are muted.

That’s why the MSM will not be talking about Robert Stacy McCain’s story. That’s why the Tides foundation’s and Barbara Streisand’s contribution to Kimberlin’s 501(c)3 will not be pursued by the left. That’s why the Brad Blog and others on the left will be retaining Kimberlin and his services. While Andrew Breitbart was alive he was their primary target, now that he is no longer there to oppose them, those other voices that might speak out on stories they “immediately recognized it as newsworthy” must be silenced…

..at any cost.

Update: Right Wing Granny gets it:

When I began this blog, my children asked me not to connect my name and address with the blog. They feared that someone would get upset at what I wrote and choose to attack a little old lady. I thought they were being ridiculous, but I have generally respected their wishes. Something has been happening lately that shows the wisdom of their request.

This is EXACTLY What is desired. The Tea Party movement and the rise of the right that devastated the left in 2010 and the establishment GOP in primary after primary is fed by folks like Right Wing Granny. If they are stopped at the start it serves their purposes well.

Update 2: Lady Liberty 1885 notes Babs has interesting giving tastes:

So not only does Babs give to Kimberlin who gets money from Soros, but she also gives to Soros directly. It’s ring around the checkbook with these people. Discover the Networks profile for The Streisand Foundation also lists Tides as one of their recipients and is more up to date, although JTMP is not on the list.

I wonder if she knows what’s coming?

Update 3: Stacy links from an unknown location. As long as the internet exists you can’t keep him down.

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