Yesterday I talked about how Hillary Clinton and Democrats were caught flat footed by the FBI re-opening their email investigation. but what’s been really interesting is how the line of James Comey have changed with the same GOP member praising this decision who called him corrupt a few weeks ago and Democrats who praised his integrity a few weeks ago crying “foul!”
In the last 36 hours FBI Director James Comey has been slammed by the full force of the progressive left media. I noted yesterday that, within hours of the letter being released, NY Times columnist Paul Krugman was accusing Comey of trying to swing the election for Republicans or, at a minimum, of trying to preserve their control of congress. A Democratic PAC filed a complaint with the DOJ that Comey had violated the Hatch Act by publishing the letter. A CNN legal analyst wrote today that it was time for Comey to resign…
…With all the accusations flying, I thought it was a good moment to recall a Washington Post editorial from back in July. That was when Comey announced he would not bring charges against Clinton. In an editorial titled “Republicans attack Mr. Comey for doing his job” the Post rebuked the right for for questioning Comey’s decision making:…
…A few months ago, criticizing Comey was risking damage to the rule of law. Now that it might be Hillary’s ox getting gored, bashing Comey is just fair game.
It brings to mind the Climatic Scene from Shakespeare’s the Merchant of Venice where you have Shylock saying lines such as: A Daniel come to judgment, yea, a Daniel!—O wise young judge, how I do honor thee!, O noble judge! O excellent young man! Oh wise upright judge, when granted the pound of flesh from his bond, and then, when the same judge said that you aren’t allowed any blood and if you shed any you lose your goods suddenly it was Gratiano saying: O learnèd judge!—Mark, Jew, a learnèd judge! An upright judge, a learnèd judge! A second Daniel!
So what is actually going on here? Is Comey a Clinton dupe or not? Here is what I think
I still think James Comey was as a Clinton dupe, didn’t mind playing the game and seemingly didn’t care about the blowback as long as it was about him. I think because of this when the compromised Loretta Lynch advised him against the release of this letter to congress:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch advised FBI Director James Comey against sending a letter to Congress to inform them about the reopening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
She and team Clinton had every expectation that her advice would be followed. That’s why Clinton allies were blindsided and reacted thus:
“I’m livid, actually,” one Clinton surrogate told The Hill. “This has turned into malpractice. It’s an unforced error at this point. I have no idea what Comey is up to but the idea this email issue is popping back up again is outrageous. It never should have occurred in the first place. Someone somewhere should have told her no. And they didn’t and now we’re all paying the price.”
In an internal memo obtained by Fox News, the beleaguered director noted that the FBI typically would not communicate with the public when reopening a case, according to a Department of Justice source. But Comey said he had to in this case because Clinton is seeking the White House in an election on Nov. 8.
“Of course we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed,” Comey wrote. “I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.
You see, when he thought the storm would only affect him and his reputation that didn’t matter, but then it produced stories like this:
THE FBI REVOLT BEGINS: A retired FBI agent says “The FBI has politicized itself, and its reputation will suffer for a long time. I hold Director Comey responsible.”
and a hundred more like it, that’s when he realized that not only was the reputation of the entire FBI compromised ,but story after story of the rank and file of the FBI bitterly resenting the tarnishing of the entire agency image over his attempt to cover for Hillary Clinton meant trouble in the ranks.
I suspect Comey didn’t anticipate this, but now he’s discovered that the FBI is not the MSM.
The ability of the chief national law enforcement arm to protect the country from things like Islamic Terror, properly enforce the laws, or even hunt fugitives is difficult if not impossible without the cooperation of law-abiding citizens. I suspect James Comey didn’t anticipate his acts would convince a good chunk of the country that the FBI was no longer a law enforcement agency but just another arm of the Democrat party and would enforce the law accordingly.
The MSM can successfully function even if half the citizenry dismiss them as corrupt tools of one political party and treat them as such. The FBI can not.
I think Comey decided that it’s one thing to cover for the Clintons it’s another when running that interference takes down your entire agency.
Update: Fixed poor sentence structure in a paragraph.
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There was a lot of talk this morning on the left side of the MSM about plagiarism concerning Melania Trump and her speech yesterday.
Now I only heard a little bit of her speech before I went on my shift and have not had a chance to hear the rest so I have no idea if and how much of her speech echoed Michelle Obama circa 08, but if you want to understand why the MSM wanted the subject of today to be her, there are two words to explain it:
Now if are a person who gets their news from the MSM you likely never heard of Pat Smith the mother of Sean Smith who died at Benghazi until yesterday when she spoke at the GOP convention saying this
You might wonder, if your primary news source is the MSM why she is only saying this now but the fact is she has been doing so for four years but during that time the MSM have treated Pat Smith Unlike Cindy Sheehan who was made a celebrity to harm George W Bush, as an unperson and unless you watch Fox News you have not likely seen or heard a word Mrs. Smith has said on Benghazi since it happened. In fact the only MSM journalist who gave her the tie of day was as you might guess has a name that “Lake Mapper”.
Her speech directly contradicts the MSM narrative and carries credibility to the audience that the Trump convention has drawn because she is not a pol. It was so devastating that Chris Matthews managed to go over the top even for him claiming she “Ruined the evening”, which if you are Hillary Clinton fan trying to change the subject from her mendacity, and a GQ reporter declared on twitter: I don’t care how many children Pat Smith lost I would like to beat her to death and spent last night defending said tweet until it was finally deleted and apology issued today claiming “satire”
but for my money the most telling moment came when CNN switched to Wolf Blitzer after her speech who attempted to spin it, unfortunately for Mr. Blitzer he was pared with Jake Tapper who being Jake Tapper didn’t play along even to the point where he stated one couldn’t dispute some of her points.
As I tweeted at the time You never saw an anchor so desperate to switch to a panel in your life.
Wolf Blitzer: "Anderson over to you" Translated: "Anderson save me, @jaketapper refuses to help me spin Pat smith away!" #RNCinCLE
So I can confidently predict that the MSM will bury Pat Smith’s speech as minutia and when the post convention stories are written the single most devastating speech of day 1 (Rudy Giuliani not withstanding) to the cause of Hillary Clinton’s election to the White House will, as far as the MSM is concerned, be an afterthought that barely existed.
Closing Thought, if I was Donald Trump and his surrogates I would be talking about Pat Smith’s speech at every chance I get both during and after the convention and I’d certainly turn her speech into an ad that I’d be running every night during the Democrat Convention and beyond.
Remember how Maureen Dowd talked about Patricia Smith’s ‘absolute moral authority?’
No, I don’t remember that either.
Because it didn’t happen.
Instead, Patricia Smith is being relentlessly ‘fact-checked’ this morning. By PolitiFact. By The Washington Post. And probably many more.
The crux of Patricia Smith’s argument is that Hillary is a liar who told her, more-or-less over the body of her dead son, that the ‘video’ was responsible for the Benghazi attacks. Mrs Smith believes that Hillary knew, at the time, that the Benghazi attacks were organized terrorism. And there is strong evidence to indicate that she did know that. Including an inconveniently discovered email to her own daughter, sent on the night of the attack.
Just as there is strong evidence to indicate that, for days afterwards, Hillary, along with the rest of the Obama administration, was telling lots of people, and even foreign governments, that the video was responsible for the attack.
So, why is it so hard to believe that she would have told Patricia Smith the same thing?
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My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.
Yesterday I talked about the math that explains the Democrat Party’s decision to ignore the driver for the Orlando attack, that is Islamic Terror
The question then becomes: Why is the media treating this as a “too many guns issue”.
Do you think CNN or the New York Times will notice a crime like this? No, of course not, because the perpetrators are black and the lesbian who got assaulted is white, and therefore it’s strictly local news.
The same principle explains why, when a bloodthirsty Muslim fanatic kills 49 people in Orlando, it’s not a story about the danger posed by bloodthirsty Muslim fanatic. Instead it’s an excuse to lecture Americans about how much we hate gay people. The principle that determines how the media covers such stories is always the same: “How can we report this in a way that helps the Democrat Party?”
It is the last sentence of his argument that is most relevant and the proof of this comes via a Rasmussen poll linked by Ann Althouse
“Among voters who consider the mass murders in Orlando, Florida this past weekend primarily a terrorist attack, Trump leads Clinton 64% to 16%.”
“Clinton posts an 83% to four percent (4%) lead among those who see the killings as chiefly a gun control issue….”
If these numbers are correct then for the MSM to be successful in their attempt to aid and abet a Democrat victory in the fall it not only becomes necessary for the MSM to make the Jihadist attack by a registered gay democrat a gun control issue but it becomes vital that any indication that this was indeed a terror strike against America in general and the gay community in particular be quashed.
Remember the paramount object for the media is to elect democrat and not to report on islamic terror or anti-gay violence. If they could elect democrats by reporting on islamic terror & anti-gay violence, they would do so. If they can election democrats by ignoring anti-gay violence and islamic terror they will do that, an if they can elect democrats by reporting on some anti-gay violence and islamic terror attacks while ignoring others they will do that too.
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“The target audience for all this activity was 535 people in Washington,” Treglia says — 100 in the Senate, 435 in the House. “The idea was to create an impression that a mass movement was afoot — that everywhere they looked, in academic institutions, in the business community, in religious groups, in ethnic groups, everywhere, people were talking about reform.” …
Dr. Peter Blood:Nuttall, me lad, there’s just one other little thing. Do you think you could find me a good stout piece of timber? About so thick and so long? Honesty Nuttall:Yes, I think so. Dr. Peter Blood:Then do so and lash it to your spine – it needs stiffening. Courage!
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, who said Saturday it “only makes sense” to let the next president pick the justice, wouldn’t rule out holding hearings for Obama’s eventual pick.
“I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decisions,” Grassley told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday, according to Radio Iowa. “In other words, take it a step at a time.”
Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, also sounded skeptical of simply rejecting any nominee at the outset.
“I think we fall into the trap if we just simply say, sight unseen—we fall into the trap of being obstructionists,” Tillis said on The Tyler Cralle Show.
What’s most interesting the sudden cracks in the wall is the difference between the reality and the propaganda.
The reality is that the Senate Republicans have the absolute power to stop president Obama in his tracks. No amount of editorializing, speech making or angst on the part of the President, Democrats and the NY & Washington Based media changes this fact.
The only thing these people can do is generate fear, and that’s the plan.
You will see editorial after editorial, story after story, advocate after advocate appearing on cable news channels, in newspaper editorials, on sunday shows, in tiny protests stage-managed for the eyes of the press, on college campuses, on radio news at the top and bottom of the hour excoriating the GOP about how upset the public will be about them failing to confirm Barack Obama’s Supreme Court Pick and how that backlash is going to doom them.
This despite the fact that the same predictions concerning a government shutdown preceded the GOP taking of the Senate in 2014
In July of last year, popular perceptions of the conservative jurist were evenly divided, with 29% seeing him favorably and 27% unfavorably. Scalia, whom one prominent legal scholar named “the most influential justice of the last quarter-century,” was nonetheless unknown to nearly a third of Americans (32%) and generated no opinion from another 12% in 2015, Scalia’s 29th year on the nation’s top court.
So let me ask the obvious question:
Assuming I’m right about the media meme that’s about to be sold to members of congress, how can said meme be accurate if 44% of the pubic doesn’t even know or care who Justice Scalia was?
and provide the answer: IT ISN’T.
The left’s media meme and online blitzs that are coming are the equivalent of John Magruder or Nathan Bedford Forrest marching the same group of troops over and over again around a hill to make a small force seem like a mighty host, and like their modern democrat successors using the same tactic, their success in that endeavor was dependent on their foes falling for that ruse and losing their nerve.
Don’t fall for it, and if you want to be afraid of something ask yourself this: Do you really think that the Tea Party and the NRA will forgive and forget if you give in to the Democrats on this?
I’ll give the last word to Jake Tapper
.@hughhewitt: GOP senators in blue states may lose reelection opposing Obama push for SC nominee but if they join Dems they will def lose
When I first conceived this piece it was going to be something different.
When the NYT came out with their piece about a loan for the first Ted Cruz campaign for Senate it was meant to bring out visions of an evil conspiracy by the folks at Goldman Sacks to deceive conservatives whose main cog was Senator Cruz’s wife Heidi. For big money to seize the White House under the guise of the Tea Party
It was the perfect story for the MSM. Cruz as a phony beholding to the wealthiest of the wealthy & his wife as Hillary Clinton, the scheming conniver behind the throne, in disguise.
Now of course the truth of the matter is quite different and easily explained.
I was going to use this piece to point out that if you have a Whole Life insurance policy, a bank account or a 401K account, an annuity account etc and have ever taken out a loan against it to finance something important like college, a house, or even something trivial like a boat, you have done exactly what Ted Cruz did. His crime apparently is having a successful wife who had a good job and stocks to borrow against so that he could get a bigger loan than most people do (which is another club to hit the senator with, he married too well). The whole thing is smoke and mirrors meant to plant a meme for the media to run with.
“But DaTechGuy”, you ask, “ That doesn’t address the single most important part of the story, if this was all on the up and up, why did he conceal it?”
Well thank to Syndicated Columnist Phil Kerpen and the wonders of twitter, the answer is quite simple to give and prove, HE DIDN’T!
Ted Cruz's primary runoff against Dewhurst was July 31, 2012. He publicly disclosed the margin loan July 9, 2012. pic.twitter.com/8yyV4zxrV9
If you want to argue that Senator Cruz should have had this in his FCC report that is a fair statement, but if you want to argue that Cruz had some cunning plan to hide this info which the MSM want to play up, then including it on a financial disclosure statement filed with the Federal government seems an odd way of doing it.
Now this will of course not stop either the MSM or other campaigns to continue to play this card. It’s only to be expected, the MSM hates conservatives, the other campaigns because they are desperate to catch up and the establishment GOP because they Cruz more than they do Trump.
But I, maybe naively, expect that if you are a conservative activist, even one who supports a different candidate, you hold yourself to a higher standard and are smart enough not to trust the New York Times and the MSM it feeds.
If you remain indifferent in time of adversity, your strength will depart from you. Rescue those who are being dragged to death, and from those tottering to execution withdraw not. If you say, “I know not this man!” does not he who tests hearts perceive it? He who guards your life knows it, and he will repay each one according to his deeds.
Barack Obama: ” I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close. “ Jan 12, 2016
Joe Biden: “One of the boats had engine failure and drifted into Iranian waters. The Iranians picked up both boats, as we have picked up Iranian boats that needed to be rescued and took them to — I’m not sure exactly where. I don’t want to misspeak here. And realized they were there and distressed, and said they would release them, and they released them like ordinary nations would do.
Jan 13, 2016
John Kerry “I want to express my gratitude to the Iranian authorities for their cooperation is resolving this matter quickly”
Jan 13, 2016
I don’t expect any better from Barack Obama, Joe Biden or John Kerry, to them the humiliation of America is a feature not a bug. Nor do I expect better from the press who believes the same or any of their enablers in the Democrat party. In this I disagree with Noah Rothman:
Admin defenders who bent over backwards to pretend this was just a friendly misunderstanding should be ashamed. pic.twitter.com/HdKO28Dbsw
I had planned to spend my Tuesday evening finally making it to game night with friends before getting to work for 10:30 PM work time but when I woke from an odd dream ( Involving a Train, A Fedora, Robert Stacy McCain in a Fez an a missing pair of trousers and Baltimore and Washington because as Stacy McCain put it, dreams are like that) and found that reality was even weirder.
Ten American sailors were being held in Iranian custody after two small U.S. naval craft entered Iranian territorial waters, defense officials said Tuesday.
That was a shock, but not as much as what followed in the story (emphasis mine)
The White House expects the situation to be resolved quickly. A senior administration official said there is nothing to indicate this was anything hostile on the part of any entity in Iran, adding that the U.S. has received high-level assurances that the sailors will be released promptly.
Because NOTHING say “not hostile” like seizing the armed forces of another country.
So instead of seeing my pals & find myself at 8:10 PM typing this story and bumping my planned Wednesday morning post to Thursday to talk about a state of the Union speech I planned to skip.
Now one would think that Barack Obama would be saying: “Why Me” because the new Iranian Hostage situation came just in time to step on the message he wanted to deliver and as we know without a Teleprompter this President is not one who can think on his feet.
However if there is one thing I have learned in the last seven years that there is nothing Barack Obama can do that will affect either the MSM’s preferred narrative concerning him.
So here is what I expect to see when I get home from Mass after work at 9 AM or so tomorrow morning.
All night the narrative is going to be how well Barack Obama in not letting the Iranian situation distract from his forward looking message.
If the Iranians choose to release the sailors by 9 AM EST the media will paint this as a major victory for the administration justifying their deals with Iran (If Iran want to prop up Obama they would time the release so Obama can announce it during his speech).
Democrats will attack (in fact on twitter have already started to attack) conservatives for their hateful comments on the issue and If the sailors are not released the it will be blamed by the MSM on the hardline rhetoric of GOP candidates hampering our diplomacy . If the MSNBC and CNN have candidates on TV they will be asked if the republican rhetoric is endangering our troops.
Any release of these sailors before Saturday will be spun as a great diplomatic victory.
One last thing, note these two tweets from two different twitter threads
@DaTechGuyblog Reagan made a terrible call in Iran. To me, it is self-evident, but that's because I read a wide variety of journalism
In this episode (the only one in the original series without a companion) the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) returns to Gallifrey due to a premonition of the murder of the President. Landing in the Capital the head of security Castellan Spandrell (George Pravda) is after him. Eluding him The Doctor fails to save the President from Assassination and in arrested for the Murder. At a Trial presided on by the presumptive successor Chancellor Goth (Bernard Horsfall) the Doctor is able to use a legal technicality supported by his old teacher & jurist Cardinal Brousa (Angus MacKay) to delay his execution. He discovers that his old enemy The Master (Peter Pratt) is behind it having beamed his premonition from the Panatropic network used to anticipate such events. The Doctor enters the Panatropic net with the help of Co-ordinator Engin (Erik Chitty) and manages to survive an epic battle in a dreamworld created in the APC net by his foes and expose Goth & the Master’s plot. While Brousa decides to paint the now dead Goth as a hero to deflect scandal, the Master, having feigned suicide managed to acquire his goal the ceremonial items of the Time Lord Presidency which unbeknownst to all are the key to the entire powersource of the planet which the Master is prepared to destroy to allow him to regenerate. After one more epic battle the Doctor saves the planet earning the grudging respect of his old teacher as his TARDIS leaves the Master’s Tardis also disappears into a universe that Castellan Spandrell suggests “isn’t big enough for the two of them.”
While it’s a delightful story that you can purchase here I suspect you are asking the obvious question, what does this have to do with Ted Cruz and the MSM not to mention election 2016?
Well because the relationship between the Doctor, The Master and the Chancellor reminds me so much of the relationship between Senator Cruz, the Democrats and their media servants.
Senator Cruz has been getting some flack from the MSM concerning his refusal to attack Donald Trump either over his statements concerning illegal immigration or his counterattack on John McCain after Senator McCain referred to Trump’a Arizona supporters as “crazies”.
Cruz explained to Kelly that he’s “not going to engage in the media’s game of throwing rocks and attacking other Republicans.” Fine. But that doesn’t mean he should salute an obvious fraud like Donald Trump.
Mirengoff’s is quite correct that Cruz is looking to keep himself viable with Trump’s supporters but that is actually purely incidental to the main thing that Ted Cruz is doing, and that’s defying the construct that the MSM is creating.
And that’s where Ted Cruz is playing the 4th Doctor to the Democrat’s Master. The First thing the Doctor does is recognize the Master’s methods
Castellan Spandrell:I’ve never seen anything like it.
4th Doctor:I have, I’m afraid.
Castellan Spandrell:You have?
4th Doctor:Yes. It’s a technique the Master picked up somewhere on his travels.
Castellan Spandrell:Who’s the Master?
4th Doctor:Who is the Master? He’s my sworn arch-enemy.
Somehow our friends like Senator McCain and Governor Romney never seem to recognize the Democrats for what they are as Cruz does.
Furthermore like the 4th Doctor in this episode he realizes that their friends in the media are looking for a lot more than just wounding Donald Trump
Castellan Spandrell:Four cold-blooded killings in one day.
4th Doctor:Flea-bitings, Spandrell, flea-bitings. Things will get a lot worse
But it’s more than this, as I said there is no better parallel to the relationship between the MSM and the Democrat left as the this episode of Doctor Who. For example in this episode the Master’s servants create a false reality in the APC net & attempt to trap the Doctor in it.
4th Doctor: It’s an illusion. Dreams, I deny this reality. The reality is a computation matrix.
Figure: I am the creator here, Doctor. This is my world. There is no escape for you.
In he same way the MSM create a reality and try to trap their foes as you can see during this ABC interview with Trump. No mater what he says the next question goes to the attack again.
Trump…What happened is, later on, the Republican candidates, some of whom are registering 1 percent and zero, and they’re very upset that I’m leading the polls by actually a nice margin, they’re extremely upset and they were extremely when the Nevada numbers just came out and they’re through the roof too. They started attacking me —
Raddatz:Mr. Trump, I want to — let’s go back to this issue of John McCain, and you’re talking about the Sharyl Attkisson piece. You said he’s a war hero because he was captured, I believe perhaps he’s a war hero.
Trump… And the vets — I’ve been going around to the campaign trail. They’re treated like third-class citizens. He’s done nothing to help the vets. And I will tell you, they are living in hell.
Raddatz: You — let me tell you this, what the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, John Stroud (ph), said about your comments….
Trump…I go all over the country and I speak to vets all the time. And they’re absolutely having miserable times. It takes them six, seven days just to get into waiting in a reception room, just trying to get in to see a doctor. They’re treated horribly. And everybody knows it and it —
Raddatz: Let’s go back here — let’s go back to your comment about John McCain –…
Trump…Martha, when we had thousands and thousands of people in Phoenix, Arizona, and John — who, by the way, are devastated by illegal immigration, something I’m very proud to have brought to the forefront. We had thousands of people and he said they’re all crazies. He called them crazies.
And frankly, I think he owes them an apology.
Raddatz:Let me talk about your language about him being captured…
Trump…People that were not captured that went in and fought, nobody talks about them. Those are heroes also.
Raddatz: I think people do talk about those people as well.
Trump…And as in the report, it said, from Sharyl Attkisson, four times, I said he is a hero. But you know, people choose little selective like you try to do. People choose little selective pieces. If you read what I say or if you watch what I say, which is even better, you’ll say that there was nothing wrong. But the people that weren’t captured are also heroes, Martha.
Raddatz:I want to talk about you and your deferment.
There was not a question concerning any presidential issue in the entire interview and when Trump pointed to an actual issue, the treatment of vets, Raddatz spun away & turned to attack again
No other topic other than attacking a republican is allowed, Take Bill Kristol later on that same show. He tries to bring up the “All Lives Matter” meltdown for Martin O’Malley at Netroots Nation on ABC’s this week, suddenly the subject abruptly changes. No other member of the panel is to be consulted or made to comment, there is a reality that their Democrat master’s demand is pushed and that alone:
The Master: Stand. I have a task for you. There may be difficulties. Others may try to prevent you fulfilling my orders. You will ignore them and obey only me. You will let nothing stop you. Do you understand?
SOLIS:Yes, Master. I will obey only you.
Nothing will distract the media from obeying their Democrat Master’s command. For example:
Since Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign exactly one month ago on June 16, ABC, CBS and NBC have aired a combined 31 evening news stories discussing his comment about illegal Mexican immigrants: “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” When then-President Bill Clinton was accused of rape, those same newscasts aired just four stories mentioning those charges during a 12-month period from March 1998 through March 1999.
In the Deadly Assassin the Master’s servant created a dreamscape forcing the Doctor to fight in his reality.
4th Doctor: [bleeding from a gunshot wound in the APC net] I deny it. I deny it! [the wound fades away]
The Enemy (Goth):You are trapped in my creation, Doctor. [the wound reappears] My reality rules.
4th Doctor:All right, I’ll fight you in your reality.
The Enemy (Goth):Then it will be a pleasure to destroy you. Be on your guard.
The MSM monopoly is the same thing, a dreamscape where the Planned Parenthood video doesn’t exist and Donald Trump & the Confederate Flag are the only news that matters and GOP candidates who play by those rules are caught up in it.
And it wasn’t just here, what was the topic the media discussed with GOP candidates on the weekend shows? Donald Trump’s vs McCain. What is the only story they are pushing? The same. Consider Meet the Press this week, here is a screen shot of their main page. Look at the lead videos.
Seven videos five GOP vs trump, one trump stupid one defending Iran deal.
For the media the story of the day is the dreamscape that you can not get out. That they won’t let you out of.
So how do you win in that environment, you use the same advantage that the Doctor had.
ENGIN: He’s created a mental stronghold, a dreamscape if you like. The Doctor’s got caught up in it.
SPANDRELL: So he doesn’t stand a chance?
ENGIN:A very slight one. His opponent is expending energy in maintaining the reality projection. The Doctor can employ all his own artron energy for defence.
Chuck Todd:So let’s go to immigration. What do you do with the 11 million?
Senator Ted Cruz:You know, it’s an interesting thing in Washington. That is the question that both President Obama and Democrats love to focus on. How do you solve the problem? You focus on areas of common ground. I am long term optimistic and short term pessimistic on immigration. Long term, I’m optimistic because there’s a lotta bipartisan agreement outside of Washington on immigration. There’s overwhelming bipartisan agreement, number one, that we need to secure the borders. That we need to finally do something to stop illegal immigration.
Chuck Todd:What do you do with the 11 million people though? Do you have to send ’em back, or do you give them a way to get legal?
Senator Ted Cruz:Chuck, I don’t accept the premise that you have to solve every aspect of this problem all at once. President Obama and the Democrats focus on that issue because the question you’re asking is the most divisive partisan question in this entire debate. And I don’t believe President Obama wants to solve this.
and when the left tries, as the TimeLord leaders to ignore burdensome facts
Cardinal Borusa: The story is not acceptable. This is a very difficult, very delicate position. We must adjust the truth.
Engin:In what way, Cardinal?
Cardinal Borusa:In a way that will maintain public confidence in the Time Lords and their leadership. How many people have seen this Master since his death?
Spandrell:Apart from ourselves, Hildred and the two guards who took the body to the Panopticon vault.
Cardinal Borusa:Then we shall rely on their silence. We shall change the appearance of the corpse, Castellan. We all know the posthumous effect of a staser bolt. Within the hour, the body will be charred beyond recognition. Our story is going to be that the Master arrived in Gallifrey to assassinate the President, secretly. Before he could escape, Chancellor Goth tracked him down and killed him, unfortunately perishing himself in the exchange of fire. Now that’s much better. I can believe that.
You put them on the spot exposing basic truths like Senator Cruz does here with Jorge Ramos
Ted Cruz: If you cross illegally into Mexico what does Mexico do
Jorge Ramos:Of course they’d be deported.
Ted Cruz: So why should the United States not enforce our laws?
Or Ted Cruz on Chris Matthews:
or even the way that Rick Perry did on Morning Joe concerning Planned Parenthood
I threw in Perry to show showing that it CAN be done by others if they choose.
That’s how Ted Cruz beat the NYT over his Best Seller, instead of accepting their premise he counted with facts by defeating them in their own reality.
While other candidates are hitting Donald Trump Cruz is hitting planned parenthood
I am calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate – has federal law been violated? And I am calling on state officials and – any location where Planned Parenthood exists – for state district attorneys, state attorneys general to investigate criminal conduct.
“And I’ll say in addition, that I serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I believe the Judiciary Committee will hold oversight hearings to get to the bottom of what they did. I chair the oversight, federal rights and federal courts subcommittee, and if the full committee doesn’t hold hearings, I intend to hold hearings to get to the bottom of what appears to be barbaric practices being carried out by Planned Parenthood.”
So I ask this question of all those who would are coming after Cruz for leaving Trump alone:
What will be more likely to help the GOP win in 2016: Making headlines discussing issues like Immigration and planned parenthood and the Iran deal while politely ignoring the MSM memes, allowing Trump to sink or rise based on the actual votes of voters?. Or ignoring the issues voters actually care about and playing the media’ reality by provoking a man with a large ego a proclivity for attacking those who hit him and a billion dollars spare dollars to do so if he chooses?
You can take your time thinking about it. As the 4th Doctor once said: “I can be there five minutes ago.”
I submit and suggest that Ted Cruz has played this with the wisdom of the 4th Doctor and like that incarnation of the time lord he is content to let the media pretend he is a fool to do so. Would that the rest of the GOP was wise enough to follow his example.
The Doctor: (screwdriver buzzes moving frantically ) It’s all wrong. President Obama taking questions from the press? The press challenging him on issues? The TARDIS taking us to Washington when we are supposed to be in Bermuda…
Rory: You’ve got to admit that last one isn’t unusual.
Last Friday we talked about the problem for Steven Moffat for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who namely how deal with a situation with a cast and a narrative that didn’t fit into what he needed to do.
As Election 2016 comes closer the MSM/left has similar problems.
Like Steven Moffat the MSM/left had to handle two potential problems, the first is to attack and weaken the GOP for the left.
Normally that would be pretty easy, you simply talk up the GOP candidate who is easiest to beat in a general election. Call him “presidential”, experienced etc while attacking his opponents. Then once your pigeon has the nomination sewed up, pivot suddenly & defining him has the biggest racist sexist bigot homophobe elitist of all time.
This misinformation project requires an early start because unlike Moffat’s Doctor Who audience who followed his every move religiously the low information voter that is the target of the media’s propaganda has little interest in politics.
It takes an awful lot of coverage to define a candidate to people who are paying no attention but you can’t define the target if you can’t identify him.
This GOP field is wide open. There are just so damn many of them it’s impossible to pick one out to target. While Moffat had to deal with 8 possible living doctors out of 11 in deciding who to cast that’s nothing compared to the GOP field. Think about that for a second. The GOP field in 2016 contains more people than there have been incarnations of the doctor and that’s even if you count the Peter Cushing movies.
While the left might use the Bush’s name to target Jeb (Hard of course when GWB is outpolling Obama) there are just too many candidates of all stripes to be sure he will be the one break out. If they put all their time into Bush and he doesn’t go anywhere the eventual GOP candidate might manage to define him (or herself) to the public before the media can do so.
That’s problem one for the MSM/left but it’s a minor problem compared to the second issue they have to deal with and like the first problem it is similar to the issue Steven Moffat had with the Day of the Doctor.
Moffat had to identify one of the doctors (either the 8th or 9th ) as the person who committed mass murder on a global scale as evidenced by exchange:
The Moment:Gallifrey. You’re going to burn it, and all those Daleks with it, but all those children too. How many children on Gallifrey right now? The War Doctor:I don’t know. The Moment:One day you will count them. One terrible night. Do you want to see what that will turn you into?
The Day of the Doctor 2013
How do you pick one of the heroes of your show as the man responsible for this horror?
The MSM/left has the same issue. Media spin notwithstanding since late 2008 we’ve seen a stagnant economy which huge numbers of the workforce simply giving up, racial tensions to the point where we have police targeted for murder and sections of American cities left to the mob, Abroad we have defeat in Iraq, an American ambassador left to die while others are beheaded on camera. At the same time our enemies no longer fear us and our friends no longer trust us.
But the numbers are not as bad as they look and the economy is still likely to work in Clinton’s favor next year.
even a disinterested public knows all is not well and like Steven Moffat they have to assign blame and while Moffat being a writer of fiction had the luxury of creating a whole new Doctor, the War Doctor, to do his dirty work.
“So all of this led me to the idea that if you’re going to sell to the Not-We audience a Doctor who essentially they haven’t seen before, then you have a freer hand than saying it has to be one of the ones you’ve already had
MSM can’t assign blame for America’s situation to Barack (the man of peace winning Nobel Peace Prize for just showing up) Obama while at the same they can’t critique or even acknowledge the state of the country, our economy, the state of Obamacare or the state of foreign affairs in the world without referencing the Administration and through them Barack Obama the man in charge.
And if the MSM can’t do this how much less does any Democrat running for office dare to discuss the actual state of the country and associate it with Barack Obama, watch how Martin O’Malley deals with it:
Mr. O’Malley told the crowd that President Barack Obama made “a lot of tough decisions” on behalf of the people since he has been in office and “saved our country from a second Great Depression.
“But we elected a president; we did not elect a magician. No person can fix what was 30 years in coming, in terms of the structural problems with our economy. … We need to continue this work.”
Thirty years? hmmm
But, as a nation, “over the course of the last 30 years,” Mr. O’Malley said, “we have seen … a growing gap of injustice between the country our children need for us to become and the country we’re in danger of becoming.”
Mr. O’Malley cited “failed trickle-down economic theories” which have caused the “greatest concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few that we have ever seen in this country, perhaps just once before.
The past 30 years? Trickle Down economic theories? Yes you guessed it Martin O’Malley is blaming Barack Obama’s economy on Ronald Reagan.
Note he doesn’t actually say it aloud because even the MSM would have a hard time selling it. The low info voter is pretty gullible but that’s a bridge too far .
Hillary Clinton can’t even use that tactic, after all if the structural problems are Reagan’s fault then why didn’t the eight years of Bill Clinton fix them? So instead we get stuff like this:
I’m so relieved that as I travel around the country and talk with people, there is a sense that we are on our feet. We’re not running yet but we are on our feet. We can see the changes that are happening in people’s life and can put them in a context as to where we go from here now as a country. I am very grateful to President Obama for the hard work
But now it’s not enough just to tread water. We need to get ahead and stay ahead and people need to feel that their work is being rewarded that the deck is not stacked in favor of those at the top that they too have a chance to go as far as their hard work and aspirations will take them.
Hmmm we’ve been treading water? How bland how non-committal and how totally lacking of any mention of the person who has been in charge of an economy that is only treading water.
And if Hillary can only obliquely speak about the economy she is in an even worse state concerning foreign affairs what can she say about foreign policy
Expecting a Commander in Chief to have some kind of accomplishments that show their qualifications before getting hired for the job is reasonable, right? Maybe, just not if those accomplishments happened while serving has the head of the State Department, according to U.S. News and World Report’s Susan Milligan.
On Hardball with Chris Matthews’ Milligan said the question posed to the Iowa Democratic panel was “unfair.”
“I think most people could not look at a Secretary of State and point to an accomplishment.
Well most people aren’t reporters but neither they (or anyone else for that matter) name an accomplishment of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. But we can all recognize all the stuff that is going wrong. Which is why all the candidates are being asked if they would have done anything different in 2003 but nobody is asking what they would have done different in 2010. As Glenn Reynolds reminds us:
As late as 2010, things were going so well in Iraq that Obama and Biden were bragging. Now, after Obama’s politically-motivated pullout and disengagement, the whole thing’s fallen apart. This is near-criminal neglect and incompetence, and an awful lot of people will pay a steep price for the Obama Administration’s fecklessness.
And as for talking about 2003
I keep repeating this stuff. Because it bears repeating. In Iraq, Obama took a war that we had won at a considerable expense in lives and treasure, and threw it away for the callowest of political reasons. In Syria and Libya, he involved us in wars of choice without Congressional authorization, and proceeded to hand victories to the Islamists. Obama’s policy here has been a debacle of the first order, and the press wants to talk about Bush as a way of protecting him. Whenever you see anyone in the media bringing up 2003, you will know that they are serving as palace guard, not as press.
Of course if this was Steven Moffat’s and the Day of the Doctor with a TARDIS in hand the solution would be easy:
10th Doctor:You’re not actually suggesting that we change our own personal history? 11th Doctor:We change history all the time.
Alas for the MSM & for the left the TARDIS only appears with Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama in fan fiction. But it will be interesting to see how they try to pull it off without creating a War Obama or a War Clinton to take all the blame.
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In the university this is absolutely true there are lots of example of guys who have done contradictory research and suddenly find they can’t get a grant anymore because they are not saying the political correct thing.
Dr. Larry Schweikart March 28th 2015
A while back I interviewed Dr. Larry Schweikart who gave a speech at a YAF event talking about history being spun:
The meat and potatoes of the argument was that ignoring facts had become a part of our culture.
I couldn’t help think of this when I saw this piece by John Bohannon on how he got a phony study published:
It was time to share our scientific breakthrough with the world. We needed to get our study published pronto, but since it was such bad science, we needed to skip peer review altogether. Conveniently, there are lists of fake journal publishers. (This is my list, and here’s another.) Since time was tight, I simultaneously submitted our paper—“Chocolate with high cocoa content as a weight-loss accelerator”—to 20 journals. Then we crossed our fingers and waited.
Our paper was accepted for publication by multiple journals within 24 hours. Needless to say, we faced no peer review at all.
That was how he got it into “scientific” journals, and for getting journalists to bite,
The key is to exploit journalists’ incredible laziness. If you lay out the information just right, you can shape the story that emerges in the media almost like you were writing those stories yourself. In fact, that’s literally what you’re doing, since many reporters just copied and pasted our text.
Take a look at the press release I cooked up. It has everything. In reporter lingo: a sexy lede, a clear nut graf, some punchy quotes, and a kicker. And there’s no need to even read the scientific paper because the key details are already boiled down.
There are two important points to make here, the first is that the study was not so much inaccurate as it used methodology to make sure they got the results you want. Think of how many computer models that are cited by the media on Global warming that are built exactly the same way.
The real important point however is this:
If “professional journalists”, trade journals and mainstream papers fell so quickly for this “science” without questioning it at all, how much quicker will they do so if it concerning a topic that matches their belief system, and how much less once they have promoted a study that backs their beliefs will they look favorability on one that goes in the other direction?
Remember this the next time the media tries to belittle views it disagrees with.