There has never been a U.S. President like Donald Trump. It’s not his history, his ideologies, or even his style that make him completely unique. All of these traits have precedents in some form or fashion. The one thing that truly makes President Trump different from every other President before him is his ability to make mainstream media look like absolute fools.

Journalists have always had the upper hand. When they had a President they didn’t like such as George W. Bush, they could selectively pick out quotes that made him look silly while aggressively examining his missteps with a microscope. When they had a President they liked such as Barack Obama, they could just hang out with the guy and fawn over his clever quips.

With Trump, the media is tripping all over themselves, falling flat on their faces in the process. They seem to finally understand that Twitter is where they’re going to get their “sound bites” instead of directly from the mouth of the President. This is the only positive in the eyes of the media to having Trump as President. Everything else makes their jobs not only harder but potentially dangerous.

We’ve seen disinformation coming from the administration that essentially puts the media on notice. They fell hard for reports that the National Guard would be turned into a deportation force. Only after reporting the memo did the administration come out and say it was false despite attempts to verify it before the report. This was done specifically to promote the administration’s narrative that mainstream media posts fake news constantly. More recently, we saw the President himself act as a “senior administration official” to leak a story that he “envisions a bill allowing many immigrants to stay in US.” The motivation behind this one was even funnier. He wanted to get press coverage before his big speech before Congress so he’d have more eyeballs watching.

Both strategies worked wonderfully.

I mention his penchant for disinformation first because it’s not new to the office. Every President tries with various degrees of success to manipulate the narrative. Some say Obama was great at it, but let’s remember that the press were willing victims in many cases when the last administration wanted to shift perspectives. Bush43 was awful at it (though some in the administration were decent). Bill Clinton was masterful. Bush41 barely even tried. Ronald Reagan was arguably the best in modern history… until Trump.

This is part of the game that must be played in Washington DC. The press knows it. Their thirst for a scoop often supersedes their desire for the truth, so they’ve always played the game and hoped to come out on top as often as possible. With Trump, they’re quickly being taught (though likely not learning) that his administration has the upper hand.

With that important piece out of the way, let’s look at the thing that makes Trump unique.

Truly useless and bound to be replaced

Most pundits are aware that President Trump is pushing the narrative of mainstream media being loaded with fake news because he doesn’t like them. That’s only half the story. The other half is more nefarious and must be watched carefully by both sides of the political aisle.

Trump doesn’t just want the mainstream media to look bad. He wants them eliminated. He wants them replaced. The easiest way for his agenda to be successful and his next term to be secured is if he can make the people disenchanted with the press itself. He’s known this for years and has discussed manipulating the media since the 1980s. The difference today, as president, is that Trump realizes they will never be on his side. He could make Barack Obama his personal adviser and start initiating leftist policies and they still wouldn’t like him. The leftists press aren’t as concerned with his policies as much as they’re concerned with the man himself. They hate him.

As a result, he’s going to eliminate them as much as possible.

Past presidents have had contentious relationships with the media, but Trump is going to continue to push the bounds far beyond anything we’ve ever seen. He’s making the relationship personal and relying on their unhinged desire to destroy him so he can paint them as dishonest and “enemies of the American people,” as he once declared. What the press doesn’t seem to understand is that he’s winning this war. They’re still playing the game as if it’s them versus him. He’s playing the game as if it’s them versus America. Over time, he’s going to win this battle.

That’s the good news. As someone who has had an issue with mainstream media for decades, I cheer his efforts. The only thing that concerns me is that he seems to be pushing to not only eliminate them but to replace them with his own people. Anyone who thinks he has Steve Bannon so high in the administration because of Bannon’s political know-how doesn’t get it. Yes, Bannon knows politics, but he knows the media better than just about anyone.

For the sake of space, I’ll wrap it up, but there’s so much more to explore on this topic. We’ll cover it further on Thursday. In the meantime, be mindful that President Trump is going to continue his attacks on the media and there’s nothing they can do about it.

Every day, the media loses credibility. Every day, President Trump gains new sympathizers who are sick of how mainstream media paints the administration and anything associated with Trump. Even the left is starting to notice the bias. As improbable as it sounded a few months ago, Trump’s war with the press is going to pay off. Their hatred for him will demonize them in the eyes of the people.

In college, I learned that generalizing is a bad thing for reporters and commentators. It’s ironic that I’m breaking my own training by generalizing about the craft that I studied all those years ago. Mainstream media in general is unabashedly opposed to Donald Trump. They need to be put squarely in their place. Then deserve the “Trump Treatment.”

I thought it was bad during the campaign. That was nothing. The complete and utter meltdown of respected journalists over Trump’s inauguration, Sean Spicer’s first press conference, and every little move the administration has made in the three days since Trump became President of the United States has placed them even further down on the trust scale. We’re no longer seeing subtle leanings or hidden propaganda. Many of the biggest names in journalism are making mockeries of themselves and the government they’re attempting to cover.

The Trump Treatment is this: disregard their reports, offer an alternative, and allow Americans to choose which truth to believe. In any other situation, this would be the type of Kremlinesque attack on media that I would oppose. Considering how badly the media is botching their jobs, I see it as unfortunately justified.

Their bias is blatant. There’s no longer a need to pretend otherwise. For example, here’s WaPo:

WaPo Headline

If you’re thinking that the article may not be as insulting as the headline, don’t. It’s actually worse.

Another example surrounded the report that Trump had MLK’s bust removed from the Oval Office. To the credit of the TIME reporter who made the initial claim, he quickly and adamantly tried to correct the record and displayed genuine remorse for spreading such an inflammatory rumor. Other journalists who had reported it weren’t as loud with their retractions and even took offense when I tried to call them out on it.

It would be different if we were used to this sort of thing. After all, we just had a failed Presidency for the past eight years. Where was the media through the many debacles at the hands of the Obama administration? Instead of rebuking him, they were fawning over him. As Mollie Hemingway pointed out, their treatment of Obama is one of the reasons they have no credibility in their attacks on Trump.

How are they getting away with this? As has become the custom for those who push fake news (which today seems to be just about everyone in mainstream media), their technique is a straightforward three-step process:

Now is the time that conservatives should be helping to guide Trump through advice and dissent. We should be encouraging him when he does the right thing and calling him out when he does the wrong things. Unfortunately, the mainstream media is positioning us in a way that forces many to take Trump’s side even when we don’t fully agree with his perspectives. This polarization forced by media is hurting the nation in many ways while helping only those ignorant enough to feel vindicated by negative press reports about him.

It would be easy for conservatives to push Trump in the right direction if we didn’t have to defend him constantly against unfair attacks. We’ve seen that he listens; the immigration “softening” during the campaign is an example of a proposed idea that he shifted based upon outcry from conservatives. Instead of being a voice of reason whispering in his ears, we’re forced to fight the corrupt liberalism launched at him from mainstream media. This is going to be a long four years for the press if they don’t change their ways quickly.

dunce-capby baldilocks

When the time comes for choosing—and the time will come—most of the leftist, pseudo-conservative, and even some real conservative media will convert to Islam. And they will do it for this reason: ignorant pride, along with cowardice. How do I know this? Well, heck I’m just guessing, but I think that ignorance about the spiritual foundation of one’s own culture makes a person prone to accepting those of other cultures–especially when the option of continuing to breathe is on the line.

“What make you say that the leftist and pseudo-conservative media are ignorant about Judeo-Christianity,” I hear you ask.

There have been plenty of unironic examples of this type of ignorance on public display since Christmas. Mostly of it is the result of relying on one’s memory for the important, but not essential details surrounding the birth of Christ.

This doozy from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kathleen Parker—noted by Mollie Hemingway–is, however, not the misunderstanding of a minor detail.

One observation. I don’t know… this seems to have slipped through the cracks a little bit but Ted Cruz said something that I found rather astonishing. He said, you know, “It’s time for the body of Christ to rise up and support me.” I don’t know anyone who takes their religion seriously who would think that Jesus should rise from the grave and resurrect himself to serve Ted Cruz. I know so many people who were offended by that comment. And you know if you want to talk about grandiosity and messianic self-imagery I think he makes Ted Cruz makes Donald Trump look rather sort of like a gentle little lamb.

Parker thinks Jesus is dead and has no clue what the term ‘body of Christ’ means.

Ponder that for a bit.

I may be wrong, but I think that Parker is emblematic of those who the mainstream media entities employ and reward. And I think all her offended friends are emblematic of the rest of Organized Left. Conversion by the sword to Islam will not matter to those who don’t really know anything about the terms of their alleged salvation in the first place.

With their necks on the line, they’ll deny Christ and will not understanding the significance of that act of volition. After all, what’s the big deal about denying a dead guy?

I contend that there will be a lot of people in Hell who are too stupid to figure out how they ended up there.

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10th Doctor: Look, clean. Look, if we’d been touched, we’d be dead. So how’s it going up here? What’s the status?
Clovis: There’s nothing but silence from the other wards. I think we’re the only ones left. And I’ve been trying to override the quarantine. If I can trip a signal over to New New York, they can send a private executive squad.
10th Doctor: You can’t do that. If they forced entry, they’d break quarantine.
Clovis: I am not dying in here.
10th Doctor:  We can’t let a single particle of disease get out. There is ten million people in that city. They’d all be at risk. Now, turn that off!
Clovis:   Not if it gets me out.

Doctor Who, New Earth 2006

You can’t turn on a cable channel or a news network without finding someone talking about Ebola, a scare here, an exposure there, a bad joke etc etc etc.  It is the only topic in town.  This is because people are afraid and unlike the AIDS “epidemic” they have to some degree, cause to be.

One of the realities of AIDS in the west for a person to catch the disease, even during its hayday in the 80’s you had to be pretty much part of a specific group:

You had to be a heroin addict sharing needles or having sex with a heroin addict who was sharing needles 

You had to be promiscuous bi/gay man,  or having sex with a promiscuous bi/gay man (that’s what killed Gunsmoke actress Amanda Blake)

As the disease progressed sex with any promiscuous person involved risk but in the end if you weren’t sleeping around or shooting drugs barring carelessness in a hospital you had a better chance of winning a $10,000,000 lottery than catching AIDS and if you’re avoiding drugs and promiscuity that’s still very true.

Ebola is different its spread by common everyday behavior,  simple contact.  Also consider the symptoms direct from the CDC site:

Symptoms of Ebola include

  • Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

Now consider the symptoms for the flu from the same site:

The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

and this note concerning the common cold vs the flu:

it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

I’d be willing to bet that everybody reading this post has had contact with a person who has at least one of these symptoms over the last 2-3 weeks.

Given that fact one might consider all this coverage and all this panic over Ebola to be justifiable.

You’d be wrong

Consider:  Ebola has been around for 50 years. here is the CDC map of confirmed cases

Ebola

 

if you look at the facts it’s pretty clear. Before 2014 there were only 2365 confirmed cases of Ebola in all in Africa (population 1.1 billion) since 1076.  Even with the current “epidemic” there are only 4655 confirmed cases of the disease and of those a total of 3, count em 3 cases that have been reported outside of Africa that weren’t from lab accidents.   1 from the infected traveler who died in Texas and 2 from healthcare workers to treated Ebola patients 1 at the Texas Hospital where the late patient was treated & one in Madrid.

The problem is of course that like the AIDS epidemic before it the disease is already being used to further various agendas and arguments.

Moreover thanks a combination of government institutions used as political footballs and sheer incompetence,  the people who could get out the message that general panic isn’t warranted can’t do it.   The low info public aren’t getting the message and the informed intelligent public just doesn’t trust them anymore:  As Glenn Reynolds put it:

After so many lies and failures, we’d be fools to trust them.

The problem is, we’re heading into what looks like a dark period, one when trust in government will be very important to dealing successfully with the many challenges we face. But trust in government comes primarily from one thing: a government that is worthy of trust.

So given we’re working with:

  • A disease whose symptoms mimic those of common diseases
  • A government that’s incompetent
  • A sensationalistic agenda driven media
  • A narcissistic culture
  • And an uninformed public

It’s a wonder that we don’t already have panic in the streets.

Final thought we could, in fact,  easily stop the threat of Ebola in America by the following steps

1.  Quarantining the one person in the US with the disease 

2.  Quarantining the people in the US who have had contact or potential contact with infected people for three weeks to see if they develop the disease and further quarantining any of said people who do 

Combine this with restricting travel from infected nations and/or aggressively screening travelers from or in areas of known infection and viola the risk of a US Ebola outbreak goes practically to nil

Any reasonably competent government could implement these steps and calm the fears an informed educated public.

Isn’t it a shame we don’t have either?

Update:  The count goes to 4:

 

 

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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — Sarah Palin is an eternal optimist.

In her most recent Facebook post, she challenges The Washington Post (and the mainstream media) to “get back to work.”

Looking back to the days of Watergate and true investigative journalism, Governor Palin writes:

Today, you’ve fallen like a lead balloon. Whereas you once doggedly covered the 18.5 minute gap in Nixon’s White House communications, you’ve virtually ignored the Obama Administration’s 1.2 million minutes of deleted communications by just one of the agencies under Obama’s executive branch. I’m speaking of the Lois Lerner IRS harassment-of-conservatives scandal wherein Lerner “lost” pertinent email communications. You’ve allowed Obama to skate with his proclamation that absolutely no wrongdoing occurred at the IRS, “not even a smidgen.”

The list of Obama abuses and impeachable offenses is long. I challenge you to lift a finger and help protect democracy, allow justice for all, and ensure domestic tranquility by doing your job reporting current corrupt events fairly. If not, you prove yourselves incompetent and in bed with Obama, not caring one iota about media integrity.

Well of course they don’t care about “media integrity.”  And by “they” I am referring to legacy media in general.  They proved long ago that there would be no investigation or challenging of Obama.  This president has never produced the most basic documents pertaining to his background to include his education papers and records which one would think would be pretty good considering he is supposed to be the smartest president evah.

I think this beating of the “impeachment” drum is pointless.  Of course the man is incompetent and of course he should have been impeached long ago, but I don’t see any future in such an action at this time.  It won’t get him out of office.

What we, as conservatives, need to focus on is taking the Senate and holding on to the House.  We need to concentrate on stopping the damage.  Cauterize the wound.

You can be sure the media will cover the vacation to Martha’s Vineyard and the parties with celebrities even if they could care less when it comes to finding answers about Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the VA scandal, and the IRS/Lois Lerner mess.   Michelle’s most recent magnificent dress must be covered.  Fashion icon!  Trust the legacy media to focus on what’s important….no?

Governor Palin’s optimism that the Post will rise to her challenge is admirable, but probably ill-fated.  Small bloggers have been working to expose this man for the feckless incompetent dimwit that he is since 2008; it would be truly refreshing, albeit shocking, if the legacy media did the same.  I’m not holding my breath.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — I have no delusions about the 2016 presidential election.  We, as a nation, are in serious, serious trouble.  This trouble is the result of myriad reasons however complicit in this downward spiral we now find ourselves in is without a doubt the mainstream, legacy media.

That, and the uniformed voter.

Consider the review in the New York Times of Hillary Clinton’s book, Hard Choices.

I’m not the least bit interested in reading this book, however the review sucked me in with the comment that the book “provides a portrait of the former secretary of state and former first lady as a heavy-duty policy wonk.”

What, what?!

“A heavy-duty policy wonk”?

That never crossed my mind.  Ever.

The review goes on to laud Mrs. Clinton and to praise the book as a “statesmanlike document intended to attest Mrs. Clinton’s wide-ranging experience on national security and foreign policy.”

Oh, please.  It’s too much.

Can we talk about Benghazi?

Can we talk about Fast and Furious?

Statesmanlike?

I don’t think so.  Not one bit.

Okay, so the review goes on in this vein and you can read it yourself if you must, but trust me, it’s all the same whitewash driveling sap that we got about Obama.  And we all know that the legacy media is going to continue to prop up these incompetent fools while our country spins around the bowl, but surely, surely people are smarter than that now, right?  Haven’t we learned something over the past tenure of Obama?

I am reassured to see that most of the comments attached to this article question Mrs. Clinton’s ability to lead the country and question her leadership on issues like Benghazi and Fast and Furious.

There are, of course, a few Hillary supporters who commented:

One woman says she will certainly vote for Clinton because “we are contemporaries (I am exactly the same age as Clinton)…”.  Well, that’s a good reason to vote for a president, eh?  To be fair, this woman goes on to say that she admires Mrs. Clinton’s “tenacity and ability to accept challenges”  which is a good quality however I don’t think that it actually applies to Mrs. Clinton.  How did she accept the challenge of Benghazi, again?

Have we caught those who murdered Chris Stevens yet?

What about Fast and Furious?  How did she accept that challenge?

Let’s just hit the reset button on all that, shall we?  No.  She must answer for all of that.

Clearly there will be those voters who will just vote for Hillary because she’s a woman, because she’s a contemporary, or for whatever nonsense, but by the tone of the comments maybe, just maybe, people are not going to be snowed by The New York Times this time.  Maybe people are ready for a true leader who will put the country back on the track to prosperity.

One can dream.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Beekeeper:

 ♪ Here’s to the ladies, I love’em all !
Here’s to the ones I recall !
Here’s to the ladies, married or free
They all look pretty good to me…. ♪

The Alamo  1060

Captain Darling: So you see, Blackadder, Field Marshal Haig is most anxious to eliminate all these German spies.
General Melchett: Filthy Hun weasels fighting their dirty underhand war!
Captain Darling: And, fortunately, one of *our* spies–
General Melchett: Splendid fellows, brave heroes, risking life and limb for Blighty!

Black Adder goes forth General Hospital 1989

Yesterday we talked about MSNBC willingness to point the finger at Catholic judges on the Supreme Court saying that can’t couldn’t be trusted to rule fairly on the Hobby Lobby

However when I got home from a badly needed absence from my PC I found this Time Magazine article leading Drudge on the ladies of the court with the headline:

Supreme Court Women Raise Questions on Contraception Coverage

Hmmm an interesting title choice for Time magazine choice of title for time and the bolding of the next paragraph in the original was telling.

Justices Kagan, Sotomayor and Ginsburg aggressively questioned the corporate challengers who want exemptions from providing contraception under Obamacare at Tuesday’s oral arguments. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties say the measure violates their religious freedoms

Hmmm again.

So the three woman on the Supreme Court made it a point to actively go after the company trying to assert its religious freedom when the question is contraception coverage.

Now Time is a publication that leans so far left it’s a wonder it doesn’t fall over on the newsstand so perhaps, Ms. Alter the author of the piece, doesn’t see it but imagine that same piece written for the National Review or done as a story on Fox with the conclusion concluded that the female justices could not be trusted to judge the Hobby Lobby case fairly based on their sex.

The outrage would be never-ending.

Now it so happens that there is a grain of truth in the argument in the sense that there has never been any doubt what direction Justices Kagan, Ginsburg and Sotomayor will take on this issue both sides of the aisle would be shocked shocked if they were part of a majority upholding Hobby Lobby’s case.

This however has as little to do with their sex as the certainly in the minds of both sides that justices Scalia, Thomas & Alito will be voting with Hobby Lobby.

The truth is we all know the reason Kagan, Ginsburg and Sotomayor will almost certainly vote against Hobby Lobby, it’s the same reason why Justice Breyer likely will, because they are reliable liberal votes on the court. That is the very reason why liberal presidents nominated them for the court.

And on the other end of the spectrum that’s why Scalia, Thomas & Alito were nominated because they were considered reliable conservative votes by republican presidents.

Now that doesn’t mean any of them from Kagan to Alito come to their positions dishonestly, or with an intent to prejudge a case, what it means is they see the law a particular way and based on how they read and see it rule accordingly (It’s also why the wild cards on the court, Kennedy & Roberts drive people like me nuts. Kennedy because you never know where he will rule and Roberts due to evidence of a yellow stain).

So lets agree to stop pretending that the justices on the court are making decisions because of sexual or religious prejudices and bluntly say what we all know:  These justices believe what they believe and generally vote accordingly if they didn’t they would still be serving in academia or lower courts and you would likely never have heard their names.

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Sen Joseph Payne: Thirty years ago, I had your ideals. I was you. I had to make the same decision you were asked to make today and I made it, I compromised. Yes. So that I could sit in that Senate and serve the people in a thousand honest ways. You’ve gotta face facts. I’ve served our state well, haven’t I? We have the lowest unemployment and the highest federal grants, but well I’ve had to compromise, I’ve had to play ball. You can’t count on people voting. Half the time they don’t vote. That’s how states and empires have been built since time began.

Mr Smith goes to Washington 1939

There was all kinds of coverage of Bill DiBlasso’s inauguration how he was absolutely determined to make sure that “income equality” becomes an issue. How he would be the great progressive hope escorting in the era in NYC where the wealth and power of the rich will no longer drive the decision of the City administration…

…unless you have to repay a political donor who just might want a piece of land where the Central Park stables are located of course:

 An anti-carriage pamphlet Nislick circulated in 2008 made this interesting observation: “Currently, the stables consist of 64,000 square feet of valuable real estate on lots that could accomodate up to 150,000 square feet of development. These lots could be sold for new development.” Gross asked the obvious question: “What are the odds that good neighbor Nislick, the out-of-state real estate developer, simply covets those valuable, underdeveloped New York lots — and has teamed up with ambitious pols to use the emotions of animal rights activists as fuel for their own agendas?”

By an odd coincidence Stacy McCain’s American Spectator Piece notes that Steve Nislick…

founded a 501(c)4 group called New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) that spent big money to elect de Blasio mayor

Amazing all of that evil big money to elect the great progressive hope isn’t it?

Strangely enough the media that has been celebrating the coming of the great liberal hope to NY has been oddly disinterested in the subject

Mayor de Blasio’s willingness to do the bidding of his anti-carriage backers has puzzled many observers, who can’t fathom why he would make the issue such a focus. “What makes him think this subject is important enough to occupy his first days in office?” asked New York Times editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal. Evidently, reporters at Rosenthal’s newspaper can’t be bothered to do the kind of “follow the money” investigative journalism that might provide an answer to that question.

I suspect that our progressive friends who have not been told this story of DiBlassio fighting against the middle class workers who drive those carriages on behalf of Steve Nislick & NYCLASS with PETA playing the Taylor machine doing their best to hijack the #SaveNYCHorseCarriages hashtag reading this will be having their Jimmy Stewart moment:

and wonder why the MSM isn’t even looking at this story?

Having been in this business for a few years now I suspect the liberal media is ignoring his story to maintain plausible deniability on their part.

The truth is they would be almost as shocked at the great progressive hope DiBlasso & PETA working at the behest of big money as they would be to discover there is gambling going on at Rick’s cafe in Casablanca.

And they can’t let the low information voters figure out uncomfortable truths such as this

Don’t let this “animal rights” talk deceive you. Starry-eyed idealist don’t have that kind of juice. The big money behind the anti-carriage effort is rumored to come from real-estate interests who covet the property currently occupied by carriage stables.

can they?

Update: Stacy McCain tweets that this isn’t new…

I’m no Bloomberg fan but there is one advantage to an insanely rich mayor, hard to buy him. Update 2: Not only has Stacy put up a follow up but the Lonely Conservative, Weasel Zippers, Dan Riehl, the Evil Blogger Lady & American Thinker have joined the fray. But the most interesting development as a tweet of mine produced a direct response from PETA

 

Can you say “over the target”.

Update: 3:  Interesting to note Buzzfeed took the time to mock several tweets defending the carriage owners but totally ducked the issue of the Mayor getting rid of the horses to reward a big money contributer.

I suspect that part of the story doesn’t serve a dishonest narrative.

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Dr. Graves: My dear Doctors it is indeed a pleasure to welcome you here at the beginning of your practice.  This letter states that in this group that there are three of you who are not overly bright but were graduated because had been in the senior class, too many years. Your identity I will keep secret and will disclose to no one on one condition, that you try hard and forever devote your lives to the glorious cause of duty and Humanity!

Moe, Larry & Curley:
We Will!

The Three Stooges Men in Black 1934

One of the oldest jokes in the book goes like this:

What do you call the person who finishes last in his class in medical school?

Doctor!

That’s still true but if you are a dunce of a doctor today is a tough time for you.  With malpractice laws and insurance these days and the plethora of media not to mention a litigious society a doctor who is prone to making mistakes would seem to have dim prospects..

But if you are not inclined toward duty and humanity Robert Stacy McCain and Jeff Quinton report there IS an option for you:  Late Term Abortionist in Maryland!

Why, because if you accidentally kill somebody nobody will notice:

Dr. LeRoy Carhart is one of America’s most notorious abortionists. He specializes in late-term abortion and, unless you actually know what’s involved in it, you cannot possibly imagine what a gruesome atrocity the bland phrase “late-term abortion” describes. Now, according to a report by Operation Rescue, a 29-year-old woman has died after Carhart performed such an atrocity at a Maryland clinic:

Now you would think that a woman dead by one of the most notorious doctors in the country might be newsworthy.  Stacy McCain certainly thought so:

Carhart is a celebrity of the pro-abortion movement. Described as “one of the few doctors in the U.S. to openly perform late-term abortions,” Carhart was an associate of Dr. George Tiller, who was assassinated in 2009. Michael Martelli of the Maryland Coalition for Life notes that Carhart “was hailed as a ‘hero’ in the film ‘After Tiller’ at the recent Sundance Film Festival.” Now that a 29-year-old woman has reportedly died as a result of Carhart’s butchery, however, it seems that no major news organization considers him newsworthy.

Neither the Washington Post nor the Baltimore Sun has yet reported on this woman’s death in Maryland, despite the fact that there was an 11 a.m. press conference today in front of the Germantown clinic. The story is also being ignored by the Associated Press, USA Today, the New York Times, and television news networks. As of 1:30 p.m. Friday, the largest organizations reporting the story were WorldNetDaily and LifeNews.com.

However the rest of the media would seem to disagree.  That’s should be reassuring to every quack and slacker in the country.  Even better if anyone in the media does bother to catch up and do the story, it will be Saturday in the metro section on the day of the biggest blizzard in 30 years. McCain again:

OK, it’s only a 350-word item in the Metro section, but it’s something. Still nothing from the Baltimore Sun, the New York Times, USA Today or the Associated Press, but at least now one major news organization has grudgingly acknowledged that a 29-year-old woman has died after being treated at the clinic where “Doctor Death” was willing to perform an abortion in the 33rd week of pregnancy.

Yes, I said the 33rd week – eight months pregnant — which is actually legal in Maryland.

So if YOU are at the bottom of your medical class and worried that you can’t find any kind of practice, Maryland wants YOU to perform late-term abortions. And if you screw up, don’t worry, just think. if the MSM will bend over backwards to avoid reporting on the death of a 29-year-old woman from a botched abortion by a notorious physician, you should have no trouble covering up almost any mistake or injury you inflict on any woman.

One caveat, Doctors who have decided to devote their lives to the glorious cause of Duty & Humanity need not apply.

Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind

Michael Corleone Godfather III 1990

Yesterday there was no story on the web bigger than that of the Image from Barack Obama’s Literary Agent.

As you doubtless already know by now from 1991 till just before he entered the presidential race the agency for Barack Obama’s book in their bio listed his place of birth as Kenya. The agent claims this was a simple oversight, however it would appear none of the other biographies on the site have such glaring errors. As Breitbart’s Big Government says:

The errant Obama biography in the Acton & Dystel booklet does not contradict the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate. Moreover, several contemporaneous accounts of Obama’s background describe Obama as having been born in Hawaii.

The biography does, however, fit a pattern in which Obama–or the people representing and supporting him–manipulate his public persona.

Left wing sites like Mediate are pooh poohing this:

Yes, this pamphlet to advertise a book that was never written, right alongside a New Kids On The Block book that was written, is obviously another piece in the Obama world-domination jigsaw puzzle. What better way to get your Obamaganda out there than a trade pamphlet that will be read by dozens?

Our friends on the left either don’t want to or don’t care to get the reason why this matters.

We are constantly dismissed as “just bloggers” yet with its “layers of fact checkers” and Corporate infrastructure behind it the MSM should have found and reported this 4 years ago but instead, a blog site with a staff the size of a baseball team did. That of course presumes the mainstream media did not find this and choose to ignore it.

Tim Stanley at the London Telegraph gets it both in terms of the agent’s story:

If we accept that Obama didn’t provide the biography, it would seem highly unlikely that he didn’t get a chance to vet it. Accepting that he didn’t do that either, it’s incredibly strange that the literary agent approached by Breitbart.com does not remember Obama calling the agency to register a complaint and make a correction. My mother spent a lot of her childhood in Grenada. If my literary agent told people I was born in the Caribbean, I’d at least pick up the phone to set the record straight.

and then about the media:

Look beyond the sordid details and the big story here is that this nugget wasn’t part of the wider discussion had back in 2008 about Obama’s background and credentials. And why not? The documents were easy to find – the one that showed that “born in Kenya” was still being used in 2007 was on the Internet.

Apparently not as easy to find as second-hand sources for quotes from dead people about Mitt Romney

Bottom line this “vetting series” isn’t about Obama being unfit or unqualified as president, (his record amply demonstrates this for him) it’s about the fitness of the media and left that spent a frantic weekend pouring over Sarah Palin’s e-mail that was, and still is more interested in electing (and re-electing) Obama than doing their jobs.

If the MSM actually acted like, you know reporters, and did the jobs they claim to do, than Rush, Fox News, Drudge, Breitbart and me wouldn’t have one.

That’s why it’s not surprising to see the left swinging at Breitbart, it beats acknowledging their own deliberate failures.