Emptywheel writes the narrative but who writes the Checks?

by Datechguy | December 12th, 2012

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Emptywheel writes the narrative but who writes the Checks?

Today Stacy McCain notes an odd narrative.

After yesterday’s inci­dent in which labor union activists tore down an Amer­i­cans for Pros­per­ity tent in Lans­ing and sucker-​punched Stephen Crow­der, this head­line zoomed up the Mem­o­ran­dum aggregation:

Bre­it­bart Folks Appear to Fake Vio­lence in Lansing

Huh? This was a decid­edly odd piece of blogging.

Not so odd when you con­sider the goal involved is as he put it the “per­ver­sion of the nar­ra­tive” Stacy continues:

Crow­der is being smashed “through a plate glass win­dow,” so to speak. If con­ser­v­a­tive New Media and citizen-​journalists call atten­tion to such an inci­dent, that very fact — the involve­ment of con­ser­v­a­tives, and their inter­est in the inci­dent as news — will be lever­aged by lib­er­als as part of the counter-​narrative to dis­credit and de-​legitimize the story.

So it doesn’t mat­ter to Marcy Wheeler at “Emp­ty­wheel” whether her bizarre ver­sion of what hap­pened in Lans­ing is true or even ratio­nally plau­si­ble. She has no inter­est in truth.

She only cares about “winning.”

In this case, “win­ning” means pro­vid­ing reporters with some flimsy pre­text for ignor­ing what actu­ally hap­pened yes­ter­day: Union thugs phys­i­cally attacked their oppo­nents in broad daylight.

Is she win­ning? Let’s take a quick screen shot of the Meme­o­ran­dum link today:

Note that both con­ser­v­a­tive and lib­eral sites are below the link, now lets look at a wider shot:

Note what is miss­ing from the con­ser­v­a­tive pri­mary links, any link from a lib­eral site or pri­mary news site other than FOX.

Marcy Wheeler’s pur­pose is clear, to cre­ate a shel­tered nar­ra­tive for the crowd, as Stacy McCain sug­gests to give media an excuse to ignore facts already in evi­dence and as you can see some of the strongest and best funded sites of the left are flock­ing to it.

Deny Deny Deny!

While as we see that effort has met with some suc­cess on Meme­o­ran­dum the Deny Deny Deny strat­egy has not been uni­formly suc­cess­ful as evi­denced by this clip from MSNBC’s Morn­ing Joe.

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This sug­gests Wheeler’s efforts have failed to some degree as this was showed TWICE on MSNBC this morn­ing and I give the entire Morn­ing Joe crew a lot of credit the hosts were united in con­demn­ing the Union vio­lence while dis­agree­ing with the mer­its of the bill. They get full marks for buck­ing the trend.

Stacy McCain ques­tion is how­ever still relevant.

If the basic facts of the story check out, then does this not also prove that Marcy Wheeler at “Emp­ty­wheel” is a con­temptible liar?

And, strange to say, when I did a Google search just now, it led me directly to a Paste­bin file by … Ron Brynaert.

Maybe this is just a coin­ci­dence. Or maybe not.

I don’t think it is coin­ci­dence because that same search led me to this post at Pat­terico where he wrote about this woman years ago at the start of the Acron busi­ness saying

OK, now on to Marcy Wheeler. Her post is titled NYT Thinks TeaBug­ger James O’Keefe Enti­tled to Own Set of Facts. And she says … wait. What is that term? “Teabug­ger”? Oh, I get it. It’s like “tea bagger” — only the word “bug­ger” is sub­sti­tuted … a ref­er­ence to O’Keefe’s “bug­ging,” which it’s now clear he did not do. So it’s a joke name based on a lie. Which tells you all you need to know about Marcy Wheeler.

Any­way, Wheeler sez:

Brad Fried­man lays out an entire exchange that, first, one of their read­ers, and then Brad Fried­man him­self had with the NYT, attempt­ing to get them to either cor­rect or back up the claim that O’Keefe dressed as a pimp.

Except that, again, the paper never made that claim in the way (at least in the way that Wheeler means, if you read her post).

Also, all three blog­gers repeat­edly refer to a sup­pos­edly “inde­pen­dent” report by a guy paid by ACORN, which makes var­i­ous find­ings totally at odds with the unedited audio that the report (and all three blog­gers) refuse to acknowl­edge even exists. (Did you know there is unedited audio? In all the whin­ing about the lack of unedited video, did any­one ever bother to tell you that you can lis­ten to the full unedited audio of these vis­its? It’s true! Click the link if you don’t believe me.)

In short, these three are pathetic hacks.

So two years ago we have Marcy Wheeler appar­ently coor­di­nat­ing with Eric Boehlert and Brad Fried­man to cre­ate a false nar­ra­tive out of a true nar­ra­tive that hurts lib­er­al­ism in order to sup­press it and today she again tries to cre­ate a false nar­ra­tive and is embraced by the names of the left and MSNBC.

That brings to mind a basic ques­tion Qui Bono? Who ben­e­fits? Well it ben­e­fits the Team­sters, MSNBC, Think Progress and Media Mat­ters if they can seem­ing be not the point of ori­gin for that nar­ra­tive, but it also begs the ques­tion that was asked and repeated on last week’s DaT­e­chGuy on DaRa­dio show on the Brett Kim­ber­lin crowd. Who is financ­ing and pay­ing for this?

I think that ques­tion is at the heart of the Kim­ber­lin crowd because thanks to Stacy’s post of today and Patterico’s post of 2010 we know the pur­pose of those like Marcy Wheeler, we just don’t know who is pay­ing for it.

Wouldn’t it be fun to find out?

Pre-​Post Update:

Via Jam­mie Wear­ing Fool and the Toledo Blade:

Actual News Report From Lans­ing: ‘The protests were mostly peaceful’

What a coin­ci­dence, the descrip­tion of “mostly peace­ful” would be an accu­rate descrip­tion of those who attended the play “Our Amer­i­can Cousin” at Ford’s The­ater on April 15th 1965

deny Deny DENY!

Update 2: And lets not for­get that the use of the word “Nig­ger” as a pejo­ra­tive and the destruc­tion of a black man’s busi­ness is not uncalled for or even a rea­son for cri­tique if said per­son is per­ceived as oppos­ing the posi­tion of a demo­c­rat constituency

I sus­pect this Meme­o­ran­dum Thread will not con­tain a lot of left lean­ing sites

Beat­ing peo­ple, destroy­ing black busi­ness, call­ing black peo­ple Nig­ger, all for­given if done against the right peo­ple by the right peo­ple. Appar­ently vot­ing cor­rectly is the ulti­mate indul­gence as far as the MSM and left is concerned.

Update 3: Jim Treacher asks the ques­tion con­cern­ing Clint:

Now, I do hope some­body will explain to me how this isn’t racist. An over­whelm­ingly white crowd goes after a black man who’s just try­ing to make a liv­ing. Defend your­selves, racists.

Easy, their actions are pro­tected under the Obama/​Liberal ver­sion of the Bill of Rights

Update 4: Union thugs destroy Black Man’s busi­ness one day, 600+ peo­ple online pay to replace it the next

Today Stacy McCain notes an odd narrative.

After yesterday’s incident in which labor union activists tore down an Americans for Prosperity tent in Lansing and sucker-punched Stephen Crowder, this headline zoomed up the Memorandum aggregation:

Breitbart Folks Appear to Fake Violence in Lansing

Huh? This was a decidedly odd piece of blogging.

Not so odd when you consider the goal involved is as he put it the “perversion of the narrative” Stacy continues:

Crowder is being smashed “through a plate glass window,” so to speak. If conservative New Media and citizen-journalists call attention to such an incident, that very fact — the involvement of conservatives, and their interest in the incident as news — will be leveraged by liberals as part of the counter-narrative to discredit and de-legitimize the story.

So it doesn’t matter to Marcy Wheeler at “Emptywheel” whether her bizarre version of what happened in Lansing is true or even rationally plausible. She has no interest in truth.

She only cares about “winning.”

In this case, “winning” means providing reporters with some flimsy pretext for ignoring what actually happened yesterday: Union thugs physically attacked their opponents in broad daylight.

Is she winning? Let’s take a quick screen shot of the Memeorandum link today:

Note that both conservative and liberal sites are below the link, now lets look at a wider shot:

Note what is missing from the conservative primary links, any link from a liberal site or primary news site other than FOX.

Marcy Wheeler’s purpose is clear, to create a sheltered narrative for the crowd, as Stacy McCain suggests to give media an excuse to ignore facts already in evidence and as you can see some of the strongest and best funded sites of the left are flocking to it.

Deny Deny Deny!

While as we see that effort has met with some success on Memeorandum the Deny Deny Deny strategy has not been uniformly successful as evidenced by this clip from MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

This suggests Wheeler’s efforts have failed to some degree as this was showed TWICE on MSNBC this morning and I give the entire Morning Joe crew a lot of credit the hosts were united in condemning the Union violence while disagreeing with the merits of the bill. They get full marks for bucking the trend.

Stacy McCain question is however still relevant.

If the basic facts of the story check out, then does this not also prove that Marcy Wheeler at “Emptywheel” is a contemptible liar?

And, strange to say, when I did a Google search just now, it led me directly to a Pastebin file by . . . Ron Brynaert.

Maybe this is just a coincidence. Or maybe not.

I don’t think it is coincidence because that same search led me to this post at Patterico where he wrote about this woman years ago at the start of the Acron business saying

OK, now on to Marcy Wheeler. Her post is titled NYT Thinks TeaBugger James O’Keefe Entitled to Own Set of Facts. And she says . . . wait. What is that term? “Teabugger”? Oh, I get it. It’s like “tea bagger” — only the word “bugger” is substituted . . . a reference to O’Keefe’s “bugging,” which it’s now clear he did not do. So it’s a joke name based on a lie. Which tells you all you need to know about Marcy Wheeler.

Anyway, Wheeler sez:

Brad Friedman lays out an entire exchange that, first, one of their readers, and then Brad Friedman himself had with the NYT, attempting to get them to either correct or back up the claim that O’Keefe dressed as a pimp.

Except that, again, the paper never made that claim in the way (at least in the way that Wheeler means, if you read her post).

Also, all three bloggers repeatedly refer to a supposedly “independent” report by a guy paid by ACORN, which makes various findings totally at odds with the unedited audio that the report (and all three bloggers) refuse to acknowledge even exists. (Did you know there is unedited audio? In all the whining about the lack of unedited video, did anyone ever bother to tell you that you can listen to the full unedited audio of these visits? It’s true! Click the link if you don’t believe me.)

In short, these three are pathetic hacks.

So two years ago we have Marcy Wheeler apparently coordinating with Eric Boehlert and Brad Friedman to create a false narrative out of a true narrative that hurts liberalism in order to suppress it and today she again tries to create a false narrative and is embraced by the names of the left and MSNBC.

That brings to mind a basic question Qui Bono? Who benefits? Well it benefits the Teamsters, MSNBC, Think Progress and Media Matters if they can seeming be not the point of origin for that narrative, but it also begs the question that was asked and repeated on last week’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio show on the Brett Kimberlin crowd. Who is financing and paying for this?

I think that question is at the heart of the Kimberlin crowd because thanks to Stacy’s post of today and Patterico’s post of 2010 we know the purpose of those like Marcy Wheeler, we just don’t know who is paying for it.

Wouldn’t it be fun to find out?

Pre-Post Update:

Via Jammie Wearing Fool and the Toledo Blade:

Actual News Report From Lansing: ‘The protests were mostly peaceful’

What a coincidence, the description of “mostly peaceful” would be an accurate description of those who attended the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater on April 15th 1965

deny Deny DENY!

Update 2: And lets not forget that the use of the word “Nigger” as a pejorative and the destruction of a black man’s business is not uncalled for or even a reason for critique if said person is perceived as opposing the position of a democrat constituency

I suspect this Memeorandum Thread will not contain a lot of left leaning sites

Beating people, destroying black business, calling black people Nigger, all forgiven if done against the right people by the right people. Apparently voting correctly is the ultimate indulgence as far as the MSM and left is concerned.

Update 3: Jim Treacher asks the question concerning Clint:

Now, I do hope somebody will explain to me how this isn’t racist. An overwhelmingly white crowd goes after a black man who’s just trying to make a living. Defend yourselves, racists.

Easy, their actions are protected under the Obama/Liberal version of the Bill of Rights

Update 4: Union thugs destroy Black Man’s business one day, 600+ people online pay to replace it the next

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