In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.

William F. Buckley Jr Up From Liberalism (1959)

A few days ago talking about Prager U’s excellent video on Nazi’s vs communists I wrote about the 180 the left did on the US entering WW 2 as soon as Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, we saw a perfect example of this on CBS yesterday.

As I and other noted the firing of FBI director James Comey forced a sudden 180 on the part of the left. For the last six months had been portraying him as public enemy number one on every TV show and social media platform that exists, and suddenly that same left decided getting rid of the said villain was prima facia evidence of our living in a police state.

Unfortunately nobody told Stephen Colbert’s audience that the meme had changed as Rush explains:

So anyway, Colbert goes out there. He says, “A huge story broke just moments ago, less than 10 minutes ago, FBI Director James Comey has just been fired by Donald Trump,” and his audience cheered!

His audience practically gave it a standing O, and Colbert didn’t know what to do. The audience, which is indicative of liberals and leftists all over the country, thought it was the greatest thing they could have heard because that’s what they’ve been conditioned to do: Hate Comey. They have been told that Comey stole the election from them by dumping all over Hillary. They’ve been told that Comey showed all kinds of favoritism to Trump, so they have been conditioned to literally hate Comey.

The Hillary camp has played a role in that; the Drive-By Media has led that charge; the Democrat Party got their digs in. So Colbert goes out there, and he’s fully expecting for his audience to boo and hiss, and what did they do? They cheered it! They gave it a standing ovation because that’s what they’ve been programmed to do. They’ve been told to hate Comey. Colbert was totally taken aback, and he said something like, “Wow, wow. Huge, huge Donald Trump fans here.”

As Jim Treacher put it:


It’s akin to Pavlov kicking his dog for coming when he rings the bell, or for those without a classical education the Good Wife episode: What’s in the Box where two sides in a courtroom are fighting over a ballot box one claiming it should be thrown out due to evidence of fraud and other other saying the votes should count, then suddenly word comes that the box has been opened and once the contents are known the two sides do an instant 180

Diane: Your Honor, we ask that these ballots be immediately counted to determine whether a fraud…
Patti: The sanctity of the voting booth must not be breached, Your Honor.

[then word comes out the votes in the box have been counted and it turns out the box contains exactly the opposite of what both sides expected it to be]
Diane: We… Your Honor, um…
Judge: Would you like to change your motion?
Diane: Yes, we– actually, we are going to withdraw the motion out of respect for the voting process.
Patti: We’d like to make a motion, Your Honor.
Judge: Of course you would.
Patti: These ballots are fraudulent and should be thrown out.

Alas unlike the cast of CBS’ The Good Wife the Audience wasn’t given the script.

Even better Jon Stewart who was the guest that night (it was a comedy central reunion show) ended up illustrating the absurdity of the situation: (commentary via newsbusters)


COLBERT: I got a question for the audience. When I said (previously) that Comey was fired by Trump, you all cheered — w-why? (more laughter) Is it because of what he did to Hillary? (cheers and applause from audience)

STEWART (pointing finger at audience): No!

COLBERT (reminding audience of proper response to Comey firing): But you know he’s investigating Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia …


COLBERT: … which will now evaporate like cotton candy in the ocean.

STEWART (aware that Colbert is losing audience): No, you know what you got? You got, they were riding a wave. That was like a beginner’s surfers class where they were like (mimicking a struggling surfer), I’m standing up! Oh no, wait! (audience laughs after being insulted) Oh no, now I’m on my knees! Hold on! Which it was — I hate that guy, I love that guy, but Trump did, and they didn’t


In other words, how dare you ignorant masses not realize that the meme has changed.

Cue Gene Wilder:

This is what the left is reduced to, the cool kids being told what they have to think, when they have to laugh and when they are supposed to cheer.

And the really fun part of it? They think they are free thinkers.

Mike “Meathead” Stivic:   I’m trapped, I’m trapped! I shoulda left a flap. Archie was right!

All in the family 1976

Yesterday while I was looking at twitter a person I follow Dr. Pat Peters PhD tweeted out a joke picture hitting Senator Clinton:

Now I’ve bow to nobody in my disdain for Hillary “$100,000 reward if you can name an accomplishment of mine” Clinton and I like a good joke but that hit me the wrong way.

She running for President of the United States, not for movie star in chief. Her job is not to have Lynda Carter’s legs at 66 but in fairness…

and quipped:

Well the next day I turned on Morning Joe and the lead topic was Hillary Clinton and the talk was all about her appearance on Jon Stewart’s show. Showing clips about the shape of the office he wanted to have, the shape of her office etc etc etc.

The show spent five minutes talking strictly how she successfully played the gimme joke that Stewart fed her on no substantive subject. They never did get to anything that actually mattered concerning Mrs. Clinton except fundraising.

So when Pat was making light of Mrs. Clinton’s legs, apparently he wasn’t just making a superficial point. He was actually making an argument in the wheelhouse of the low information voters who can’t name an accomplishment of Hillary’s. An argument that the liberal viewers of Jon Stewart and Morning Joe care about come election day. He knew the reality better than I did.

So Dr. Pat, I owe you an Apology, you were right.


Democrats had so much hope for the Occupy movement, they were sure they could create their own version of the tea party in time for the 2012 elections

Alas, unlike the tea party that actually attracted previously unengaged voters to their cause, the Occupy movement’s core of professional activists found themselves only able to swell their numbers with union members, paid protesters, clueless college students and those who wanted both a free lunch and an area where law enforcement was non-existent.

The results were predictable.

Not surprisingly as the mess grew so did the rap sheet including deaths, sexual assaults, thievery, drug dealing that has become an embarrassment for democrats who initially rushed to support them. It’s actually reached the point where people are being assaulted for NOT joining the movement.

Not really the cup of tea for a pol seeking re-election is it?

Today at Big Journalism John Nolte talks about subtle changes in coverage as the media tries to move the democrats away from this movement.

Democrats See Minefield in Occupy Protests

NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican Party and the tea party seemed to be a natural political pairing. But what may have seemed like another politically beneficial alliance — Democrats and Occupy Wall Street — hasn’t happened.

Insert record scratch here.

Sorry AP, but the only reason Democrats see a minefield is because they’re standing in it.

Democrats such as…

House Democrats. And look, the story about House Democrats endorsing Occupy is an AP story!

Top Democrats.

Nancy Pelosi.

…A President named Obama, who said of Occupy, “We are on their side.”

…The SEIU.

Need I go on?

When the AP matter-of-factly (the most effective way to propagandize) states that this natural alliance “hasn’t happened” … they are lying. The alliance between Occupy and prominent Democrats occurred weeks ago

And Mr. Nolte has left out Elizabeth Warren a Morning Joe Favorite who embraced the movement at first, but after this ad started running

began the process of running away.

Yet today on Morning Joe, you would not know this at all. John Heilman, Mark Halperin, Jeffery Sachs and Mika Brzezinski, excoriated Newt Gingrich for suggesting that the occupods need to get a bath then a job. To the Morning Joe/Politico/MSNBC crowd the entire 302 count rap sheet doesn’t exist, the assaults, the cries for socialism, the robberies and the violence, none of these things have happened.

And it not just the rap sheet that is missing, note WHO is missing from today’s show as well. We see SNL skits featuring Jon Huntsman and a pseudo Mitt Romney, we see David Letterman treating Herman Cain in a fashion they would not tolerate for a liberal pol, but strangely no clip from Jon Stewart. Perhaps because Stewart gave the occupod movement a fatal blow among the youth who might have joined in the hopes of being cool or getting laid.

When he gets back to hitting the GOP I’m sure he will return to their link lineup.

It is almost as if the new media and the internet doesn’t exist for Morning Joe today. It brings to mind the old information ministries of the old Soviet Union or even Baghdad Bob assuring us that the Americans are about to be defeated as our troops are just a few hundred yards away.

How and why could this be? It’s pretty simple, the goal today is not to inform, it is to re-assure the niche audience that gets their info strictly from the far left that all is still well. I suspect their efforts will be much like Kevin Bacon’s

And what is the lesson we should learn from this? You likely have already guessed it

Ride right through them, They’re demoralized as hell!

You can only hide from reality for so long. I would think a journalist would be embarrassed by this.

But perhaps we are dealing with journo-lists instead.

Update: Or perhaps she is just loyal to the guild:

While journalists are quick to expose conflicts of interest that could influence political leaders, some often-sympathetic reporters covering the Occupy Wall Street movement might want to look in the mirror.

Those are the journalists belonging to the Newspaper Guild, a national union that represents many journalists in the state, including some at The New York Times.

The Guild is a branch of the CWA, or Communications Workers of America, one of the strongest supporters of the Occupy effort in the nation.

The union’s home page on the Web, for instance, proudly declares, “CWA Supports the Occupy Movement.’

Via JWF who notes:

…look at their home page is filled with links to the OWS movement, as well as one to recall Governor Walker in Wisconsin, so don’t expect any impartial coverage of that story, either.

When you “share” the goals of the deranged occupiers, don’t expect fair and balanced coverage.

To the rest of the MSM the New York Post has become an “unpaper” in the same way dissidents in the old Soviet Union became “Unpersons.”

Update 2: I wonder if the Morning Joe crew objected when the Zuccotti park folks denied a permit to the anti-ground zero mosque crowd (via lonely conservative)?

Did you know that not so long ago opponents of the Ground Zero mosque were denied a permit for a protest there? [Emphasis added]

The owner, Brookfield Properties, expressly prohibits tents, tarps and sleeping in the park—rules ignored by the protesters. It also has a history of denying use of the park for political activities, which is within its rights. Last year the city and Brookfield Properties denied a request by a group to use the park to protest against the planned new mosque near the World Trade Center. A content-neutral approach, the cornerstone of First Amendment jurisprudence, should also have kept Occupy Wall Street out. [Read More]

Since when is the taking over of a public space an exercise of one’s First Amendment rights? And if the Occupiers could do it, why not the anti-Mosque people?

I suspect if they anti-Mosque crew “occupied” the park way back when the Mika Brzezinski would not have been so supportive and the Mayor of NY would not have needed two months to eject them.

Update 3: from the Mercury News today

County officials this week released a list of 93 complaints of disruptive and illegal behavior near the county’s main offices and courthouse, adjacent to the Occupy Santa Cruz camp.

Since the camp was joined by dozens of tents that belong to the homeless, county workers and others have documented drug and alcohol use, public urination and defecation, littering, bathing in county restrooms, fights and more. Two pieces of artwork on display at the county building were vandalized – although county officials said it is not known who was responsible for it.

Several planned courthouse marriages also had to be moved, deputy April Skalland said Friday.

Via Don Surber. Whatever you do don’t tell Mika.

Exit question: Would the 60’s be worshiped the way they are if the internet and camera phones existed to record the hippies etc as they actually were?

Update 4: Instalanche a great way to start the week. And if you like this kind of thing please consider kicking into my November fundraiser, all that I do here is paid for by the ads you see, and YOU.

Update 5: via MRC and here is the video:

Update 6: Stacy goes all Doug Piranha on Mika

It is impossible for people of good faith to disagree with Mika, because disagreeing with Mika is proof of bad faith. And if you weren’t so dumbed-down from watching Fox News, you’d understand that.

To Mika and her friends, sympathy toward the Occupiers is not merely an emotional feeling, but rather an objective fact: “These are good people. Their cause is worthy. They deserve support.”

…that it’s now ok to laugh at the occupods

The occupods draw from a fair amount of college students who both think it is hip and frankly believe it will increase their chances of scoring. If Stewart is openly mocking them then that’s a signal that it’s ok to decide it is uncool, particularly if you wanted to stay away due to the violence, smell and disease anyway.

Jon Stewart has made a pretty good living off attacking conservatives. His niche market’s biggest boosters are liberals sitting behind anchor desks.

Today however Stewart finds himself on the defensive. His Fox interview did not go well, He was hit by the British Papers who are not in love with him. He counter attacked on his show talking about seeing the “full interview online”

Oh Really, Jon Stewart objects to “selective editing”? Let’s go down memory lane:

Jon Stewart’s recent attack on CNBC’s Jim Cramer was so brilliantly performed, so smoothly produced and cruelly compelling, almost nobody noticed that it didn’t make sense. The climax came as Stewart put up a number of grainy clips of Cramer describing how to artificially (and unethically) depress a company’s stock price. The video was damning. Cramer looked sweaty.

Stewart summed up the significance of what Cramer had said on the tape: “You can draw a straight line from those shenanigans to the stuff that was being pulled at Bear and at AIG, and all this derivative-market stuff,” he said sternly.

I can still picture him standing outside the makeup room, gesticulating as the rest of us tried to figure out what he was talking about. It was one of the weirdest things I have ever seen.

Except that you can’t draw any such line. In the video, Cramer hadn’t mentioned derivates or securitized loans or credit-default swaps, or any of the other exotic financial instruments that caused the fall of AIG and the current recession. There’s no evidence that Jim Cramer had anything to do with any of that, and Stewart didn’t offer any.

Stewart plays selectively edited clips for a living, yet Morning Joe ran with the “unedited tape” clip today as they did yesterday with the “uninformed Fox viewer” clip. They however didn’t have room for PolitiFact’s calling Stewart’s assertions about Fox’s viewers False:

Now about Polifact I can take or leave ’em myself, but the Morning Joe crowd normally treats it as Gospel so they decided to pull omit the uncomfortable part in brackets (Ephesians 5:22-24 anyone?). Polifact shouldn’t feel bad, they didn’t report on the Crowder e-mail either.

That might not be a surprise as Don Surber notes from this piece at the Baltimore Sun

he has been wrong in his media criticism before — and no one called him on it. My take on why he gets a free pass is that many media critics aren’t sure of their own values and standards. The one thing they know, though, is that they are scared to death of being ridiculed by Stewart.

And Stewart never is accountable in his media criticism, is he? When he is wrong, he goes into the tap dance of saying he’s only a comedian and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

The best example is the Million Moderate March. If it had saved the democrats in 2010 he would have taken credit, when it didn’t it could be just another Comedy show (except it stunk).

Surber goes on with some history that won’t make MSNBC today.

It is important to point out that Stewart has on occasion risen to the occasion. Remember it was only three months into the president’s term that he actually made fun of Barack Obama. He took the Acorn videos mainstream and was the man who highlighted the classic Obama line “Yes we can, But” It wasn’t until Stewart hit Obama that others felt it safe to do so.

I don’t think Stewart sought this power, but I think when the MSM decided to give it to him, he took it, and I think he’s let it go to his head. He has become what he makes fun of.

Kinda sad.

…these days:

WALLACE: You don’t think The New York Times is a liberal organization now pushing a liberal agenda?
STEWART: The New York Times – no. I think they are to a certain extent. Do I think they’re relentlessly activist? No. In a purely liberal partisan way? No, I don’t. I think this is — Fox is a very special.

Stewart went on to defend some of the material on his shows,

Why am I not surprised because remember what else would we expect of the originator of the Steven Crowder e-mails:

And furthermore:

And, the layer that protects Jon Stewart broke down too. That’s the layer that kept Leno from looking like the jerk years ago. See, when word got out about the e-mail, Stewart’s apparent reaction wasn’t outrage at his show’s policy, it was outrage that Crowder’s manager let the world know about his show’s policy.

So am I shocked that Stewart doesn’t see bias when it is there? Nope, actually I’d be shocked if he did.

Looking at the Anthony Weiner case there is one thing that hit me this morning.

Weiner seems to be totally taken aback by the MSM (with the apparent exception of the Morning Joe squad) willingness to question him.

One of the few advantages of an overwhelmingly liberal press is it tends to sharpen conservatives who rise to the top. You know that every day you are going to face a press whose primary goal is to bring you down.

Conservatives who have forgotten this fact then to be blindsided when the Media turns on them (Hello John McCain)

Anthony Weiner is was a rising (you just can’t avoid the Double Entendres on this story can you?) star in the democratic party. In the past the MSM never seriously challenged him. The closest thing to it I ever saw was Joe Scarborough on the first responder bill last year.

When challenged by the MSM in this situation, he literally had no idea what to do. It was more of a “Do you know who I am?” moment than anything else.

And even as the MSM interviewed him on the subject, their frustration at having to do so leaked through. Wolf Blitzer at the end of his piece finished with: “You should have done this yesterday”. Has he ever made a similar statement when confronting a member of the GOP?

Even this incredibly funny John Stewart piece tells the tale near the end.

The point is congressman to help us help you…

Help us help you? If this was Todd Palin would you be telling asking him to help us help you? Or would that singer have been accompanied by a full band with the lyrics on a large screen for the entire audience to sing along with?

Remember when Stewart said that he actually means it. He and the rest of the MSM WANTS this to be gone, they would love to rehabilitate Weiner as a happy warrior against the republicans.

Apparently all the fawning coverage in the past has had the same effect on Weiner as the self esteem movement on a student about to enter the workforce to compete in the real world; they simply can’t cope.

Contrast that to say Sarah Palin. Since the moment of her announcement in 2008 she has been under constant attack, by the media, by democrats and by the GOP establishment and the sub rosa allies of Mitt Romney. Yet she not only carries on she manages to impress those who oppose her:

For Governor Palin, this is not only how she operates a potential pre-campaign bus tour. It’s about how she governs as a politician as well. Over two years ago, to the disappointment and frustration of some Alaskans, Governor Palin rejected federal stimulus dollars for some educational and arts programs. Rather than huddling down in her office and ignore those who protested the her decision, she went out in the cold sans a coat and talked with her protesting constituents. The woman who organized the protest even conceded that Governor Palin was very open to a dialogue, expressed honestly her reasoning for rejecting the funds, and encouraged the protesters to remain engaged with their legislators on the matter of those funds

She is like the British Public during the blitz, she (with apologies to Joe Scarborough and the no labels crowd) keeps calm and carries on.

I’m sure that democrats given the choice of easy coverage and bigger blowups vs tough coverage would rather keep the status quo, but everything has a price and this inexperience in dealing with a hostile press has to be paid for.

Anthony Weiner is now doing so.

It looks like Comedy Central is REALLY trying to stage manage a successful rally:

Steve Albani:
Please note, taping for television or any other filming is strictly prohibited between 3rd and 7th Street without a media credential.

Richard Pollack sets him straight about the law:

Although it may not make any sense to you at this moment, the National Mall is not a TV set, although it may look like one.

As the former chief Washington producer for ABC’s “Good Morning America” for nine years, let me assure you that you cannot bar cameras from public walkways on the Mall. It has never happened.

And so we will be there crew and all.

It does seem a bit incredulous that a rally for “reasonableness” should exclude freely based camera crews exercising their First Amendment rights to cover your attendees walking on public property. Unless this is Prague in 1968. And unless Comedy Central own tanks. Or unless it deploys a Comedy Police with enforcement powers.

An attempt to protect their live show, or an attempt to manage news? It will be fun to see them try to stop people on public property filming and tweeting. I don’t think it will go over well with their fans. Are these people really this stupid?

I smell crashing and burning.

Update: After 2 hours of watching this I know why they were forbiding filming. It really REALLY Su*&^!

Update: Tweet of the day:

This really says it all