The Danger of the Party Press and Voter Line

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The Danger of the Party Press and Voter Line

You know when play­ing “fol­low the leader” with a polit­i­cal party is a prob­lem? When that leader lies through his teeth and you mimic him:

How many Democ­rats made the promise? There’s no com­pre­hen­sive list of all of them, but Sen­ate Minor­ity Leader Mitch McConnell’s office has com­piled a list of 27 Demo­c­ra­tic sen­a­tors who pledged that Amer­i­cans could keep their cov­er­age under Oba­macare. The list includes the entire Demo­c­ra­tic lead­er­ship in the Sen­ate as well as Democ­rats fac­ing tough re-​election races in 2014, like Mary Lan­drieu, Mark Begich, and Kay Hagan. Here is that list, com­piled by McConnell’s office:

How much do you want to bet that as soon as they put them­selves on record sup­port­ing he Upton bill vul­ner­a­ble elected democ­rats had aides div­ing through their twit­ter streams to delete any sign of them repeat­ing the President’s Promise in their name.

Of course for Democ­rats in dis­tricts where they couldn’t lose if they released a sex tape four­some with Hitler, Satan & Cruella de Vil it’s not a prob­lem:

Pelosi isn’t wor­ried, and she’s not alone. Check out these names from Byron’s York’s list.

DURBIN (D_​Il), SCHUMER (D-​NY), MUR­RAY (D-​Wash.), HARKIN (D-​Iowa), BOXER (D-​Calif.), CARDIN (D-​Md.), LEAHY (D-​Vt.), MENEN­DEZ (D-N.J.), MERKLEY (D-​Oreg.), MIKUL­SKI (D-​Md.), REED (D-R.I.), SANDERS (I-​Vt.), WHITE­HOUSE (D-R.I.).

Do you think a sin­gle one of them is going to be called on direct lies to the vot­ers of their state? Is a sin­gle one of them fright­ened for their job over this disaster?

No.

The ulti­mate respon­si­bil­ity lies of course with the vot­ers who send peo­ple who lie to their face back to the con­gress over and over again but in fair­ness the peo­ple who helped these pols deceive the voter are the press.

While Tom Brokov on Meet the Press Sun­day talked about the Rus­sians giv­ing Pres­i­dent Obama cover on Syria but nei­ther he nor his coun­ter­parts on any other net­work had any­thing to say about the cover they gave the pres­i­dent and democ­rats for five years. As I asked on twitter:

Stacy McCain had the answer:

Grant that the edi­tors of the Los Ange­les Times know their read­er­ship: No Repub­li­can would sub­scribe to a news­pa­per which is so bla­tantly biased, and so the remain­ing sub­scriber base of the Los Ange­les Times – which has been hem­or­rhag­ing cir­cu­la­tion for 20 years — is com­posed entirely of Democ­rats who don’t want to read hon­est report­ing. Just like the New York Times, the Wash­ing­ton Post and prac­ti­cally every other major news­pa­per in Amer­ica, the Los Ange­les Times has become a Demo­c­rat Party pro­pa­ganda organ.

“Lib­eral bias is not a mat­ter of unfair­ness, but rather
a mat­ter of dis­hon­esty — delib­er­ately ignor­ing some facts,
and mis­rep­re­sent­ing other facts, in order to mis­in­form
the pub­lic by por­tray­ing to them a polit­i­cally fal­si­fied
view of events and personalities.”

I sub­mit and sug­gest that we have a press that is so des­per­ate for Democ­rats in gen­eral and the first Black Pres­i­dent in par­tic­u­lar to suc­ceed that they either kept them­selves will­fully igno­rant or sim­ply didn’t report any evi­dence con­trary to the party line and I echo Stacy McCain’s final word from his excel­lent piece:

The prob­lem is that you’re not angry enough about this.

Until the view­ers and vot­ers get angry enough, noth­ing will change.

Via Ed Driscoll & JohnE. at Ace of Spades, comes this video.

Key quote from the pres­i­dent at 2:57

This exchange will take effect in four years which will give us time to do it right.

That never gets quoted

Update 2: Insta­lanche, thanks Glenn and don’t for­get this whole mim­ic­k­ing a leader BS really broke through the dam in 1998 for Democ­rats.

Update 3: BTW if you are com­ing here from Instapun­dit don’t for­get that DaT­e­chGuy Blog now fea­tures DaTechguy’s Mag­nif­i­cent Seven seven writ­ers and blog­gers deal­ing with all kinds of sub­jects Make sure after 1 PM EST you check out this post by Linda Szu­gyi of No one of any import.

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It’s Mon­day and we’ve had two straight hor­ri­ble Tip Jar weeks where we not only didn’t make pay­check, but the two weeks com­bined didn’t even make the old pre-​magnificent Seven goal let alone our new $340 weekly goal.

You know when playing “follow the leader” with a political party is a problem?  When that leader lies through his teeth and you mimic him:

How many Democrats made the promise? There’s no comprehensive list of all of them, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office has compiled a list of 27 Democratic senators who pledged that Americans could keep their coverage under Obamacare. The list includes the entire Democratic leadership in the Senate as well as Democrats facing tough re-election races in 2014, like Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich, and Kay Hagan. Here is that list, compiled by McConnell’s office:

How much do you want to bet that as soon as they put themselves on record supporting he Upton bill vulnerable elected democrats had aides diving through their twitter streams to delete any sign of them repeating the President’s Promise in their name.

Of course for Democrats in districts where they couldn’t lose if they released a sex tape foursome with Hitler, Satan & Cruella de Vil it’s not a problem:

Pelosi isn’t worried, and she’s not alone.  Check out these names from Byron’s York’s list.

DURBIN (D_Il), SCHUMER (D-NY), MURRAY (D-Wash.), HARKIN (D-Iowa), BOXER (D-Calif.), CARDIN (D-Md.), LEAHY (D-Vt.), MENENDEZ (D-N.J.), MERKLEY (D-Oreg.), MIKULSKI (D-Md.), REED (D-R.I.), SANDERS (I-Vt.), WHITEHOUSE (D-R.I.).

Do you think a single one of them is going to be called on direct lies to the voters of their state? Is a single one of them frightened for their job over this disaster?

No.

The ultimate responsibility lies of course with the voters who send people who lie to their face back to the congress over and over again but in fairness the people who helped these pols deceive the voter are the press.

While Tom Brokov on Meet the Press Sunday talked about the Russians giving President Obama cover on Syria but neither he nor his counterparts on any other network had anything to say about the cover they gave the president and democrats for five years. As I asked on twitter:

 

Stacy McCain had the answer:

Grant that the editors of the Los Angeles Times know their readership: No Republican would subscribe to a newspaper which is so blatantly biased, and so the remaining subscriber base of the Los Angeles Times – which has been hemorrhaging circulation for 20 years — is composed entirely of Democrats who don’t want to read honest reporting. Just like the New York Times, the Washington Post and practically every other major newspaper in America, the Los Angeles Times has become a Democrat Party propaganda organ.

“Liberal bias is not a matter of unfairness, but rather
a matter of dishonesty — deliberately ignoring some facts,
and misrepresenting other facts, in order to misinform
the public by portraying to them a politically falsified
view of events and personalities.”

I submit and suggest that we have a press that is so desperate for Democrats in general and the first Black President in particular to succeed that they either kept themselves willfully ignorant or simply didn’t report any evidence contrary to the party line and I echo Stacy McCain’s final word from his excellent piece:

The problem is that you’re not angry enough about this.

Until the viewers and voters get angry enough, nothing will change.

Via Ed Driscoll & JohnE. at Ace of Spades, comes this video.

Key quote from the president at 2:57

This exchange will take effect in four years which will give us time to do it right.

That never gets quoted

Update 2: Instalanche, thanks Glenn and don’t forget this whole mimicking a leader BS really broke through the dam in 1998 for Democrats.

Update 3: BTW if you are coming here from Instapundit don’t forget that DaTechGuy Blog now features DaTechguy’s Magnificent Seven seven writers and bloggers dealing with all kinds of subjects Make sure after 1 PM EST you check out this post by Linda Szugyi of No one of any import.

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It’s Monday and we’ve had two straight horrible Tip Jar weeks where we not only didn’t make paycheck, but the two weeks combined didn’t even make the old pre-magnificent Seven goal let alone our new $340 weekly goal.