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John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

By John Ruberry

The leftist group MoveOn got its start as Bill Clinton was being impeached. Their initial message was along the lines of, Bubba has done a great job running the country, his affair with Monica Lewinsky was inappropriate, and now it’s time for Americans to, well, move on.

Now if only the cheerleaders in the media for the Democratic Party could do the same.

There’s a book’s worth of material out there for this post, but I’ll zoom in on just a few today. Dahleen Glanton, an African American Chicago Tribune columnist, puts the blame on the Democrats failure to keep the White House on where she feels it belongs. Yes, the headline gives the ending away, “White women, own up to it: You’re the reason Hillary Clinton lost.” Yet the first sentence of that column betrays how foolish she is, “I don’t understand women.” Her dazzling display of ignorance continues for another two dozen paragraphs.

There must be vile fumes from the Chicago River poisoning the minds of Chicago newspaper columnists, as ignorance begets insanity. I had to read Neil Steinberg’s Nazi-drenched column about Donald Trump and his advisor Steven Bannon, who, by the way, is not an anti-Semite, three times before I gave up trying to make sense of it. Well, almost.  When I am confronted with Nazis and insanity I do one thing and that is listen to avante-garde rockers the Residents’ masterpiece, “The Third Reich and Roll,” only this time I did so while trying to block out of my memory all of my knowledge of the 1960s garage pop classics that are satirized in this work, as a possible gateway into Steinberg’s rambling mess. That didn’t work either. But hey, I tried.

At the end of his column he all but claims that it will be followers of a religion who have been scapegoated for centuries who will be blamed if Trump’s economy doesn’t take off as he promises it will.

Oh, do newspaper columnists have editors anymore?

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, who was exposed as a colluder with the Democratic National Committee by WikiLeaks, is calling the incoming Trump administration “the fake news presidency.” Yet two months ago Milbank was covering for Clinton’s “deplorables” gaffe by claiming that “she might have low-balled the number.”


Perhaps what these mainstream media hacks really need is a good cry, which is something the Residents have done as they confide in “Hitler Was a Vegetarian.”

Yes, it’s your party, I know it’s your party
And, you know that you can cry, and, it’s cool
But you have to remember that I too cried my 96 tears
And… it’s just something we all have to go through some time or another.

Get to it.

And then move on.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Blogger outside of Wrigley Field
Blogger outside of Wrigley Field

By John Ruberry

“Bias has always been a factor in journalism. It’s nearly impossible to remove. Humans have their thoughts, and keeping them out of your work is difficult. But 2016 saw the remaining veneer of credibility, thin as it was, stripped away and set on fire.” Derek Hunter, Townhall, October 23, 2016.

“A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.” Albert Camus.

Both men are right.

I’ve known for many years that the mainstream media, consisting mostly of leftists, is biased, but I’ve also long suspected that these leftists have been colluding with the Democrats. Thanks to WikiLeaks we know that to be true.

The 2016 World Series, an intriguing matchup between the Chicago Cubs–of whom Hillary Clinton used to be a fan of–and the Cleveland Indians, begins Tuesday.

Which got me thinking: What if the self-righteous media guardians, umpires you might say, were in charge of baseball’s fall classic?

When the Chicago Clintons come to bat, their batters will earn a walk after three balls, Cleveland, Donald Trump’s team, will need five balls to gain a base on balls, and they’ll strike out after two strikes.

The media umpires, when the Clintons are in trouble, will take out their smartphones during the games and pass on actionable advice to their manager, who will quickly reply and request more pointers. Player after player for the Trumps will be ejected because the umpires will reveal decades-old sexual assault allegations just as the Cleveland team takes the field. Another Cleveland Trumps player will be ejected because he may not have paid federal income taxes. The umpires will claim it was only just then that they learned about about this tax issue.

Meanwhile charges that the Clintons are taking large cash payments from outsiders that could destroy the integrity of Major League Baseball are for the most part ignored–and not acted upon. And even though the umpires know that the Clintons destroyed evidence of their improprieties, they’ll deem it “old news.” The umpires will overlook the lies from the Clintons about their crimes.

When the fans in the ballpark complain, they’ll be rudely dismissed by the umpires as morons who don’t know how the contest is played.

But the truth is the public knows all too well that the game is rigged.

As Walter Cronkrite used to end his CBS Evening News broadcast, “That’s the way it is.”

And the way it is stinks. We need a new media.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By John Ruberry

A couple of headlines caught my attention this afternoon. Here’s one: “WikiLeaks Releases More Purported Emails, Bringing Total To More Than 11,000,” comes from NPR. Wow. This federally funded news outlet I guess “forgot” that the victim of the hack, Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, admitted that his private emails were illegally breached. But he added, without evidence, that some of that correspondence may have been altered. Bloomberg writes, “WikiLeaks Releases More Alleged E-Mails From Top Clinton Aide.” Bloomberg: Are you paying attention?

So yes, Podesta’s emails were hacked. By whom? The Clinton campaign is blaming the Russian government, offering little in proof, although this morning on Fox News Sunday, Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence says “the evidence continues to point in that direction.” The Clinton campaign, outside of Podesta, refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of these emails, claiming that the Russians are trying to sway the results of this autumn’s election, while deflecting findings from those emails, which include Bill Clinton receiving a $1 million birthday check for the Clinton Foundation–the charity is really a slush fund, by the way–from the government of Qatar, which we learn from another email, is funding ISIS, or at least Hillary Clinton believes so.

Did Russia write that $1 million check?

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John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

Also learned from those purported emails was that there was an anti-Catholic email exchange between Podesta, Jennifer Palmieri, communications director of the campaign, and John Halpin of the leftist Center for American Progress. If the trio had discussing Islam in the same manner, they’d almost certainly be looking for new jobs now.

And those revelations are just the ones on the top of the Podesta email pile.

But a couple of media outlets, probably more, apparently believe that by questioning the legitimacy of these alleged emails, people may doubt their veracity.

I don’t think it’s going to work. Not this time. We’re not as dumb as the media elites believe.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By John Ruberry

The Washington Post has long been a leftist publication, in the 1970s it was dubbed “Pravda on the Potomac” by conservatives.

The newspaper has gotten worse since then, even after its purchase in 2013 by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

On Friday it released a 2005 video of Donald Trump in a hot-mic conversation with Billy Bush of Access Hollywood as he very crudely discusses his sexual moves on women. In his apology the Republican presidential nominee categorized his behavior as “locker-room banter,” but the reality is that most men, or even high school sophomores, don’t speak in that manner about women, at least in such explicit detail. Trump needs to make one more apology added with a vow never to discuss women in that fashion for as long as he lives.

While NBC, which owns Access Hollywood, not surprisingly had the video clip first, it was cognizant of it on Monday. But while the network’s lawyers were still reviewing the clip, an anonymous source alerted the Post about it on Friday, four hours later it went live on the newspaper’s website.

But who was that source?

In a July Wikileaks release, Greg Sargent, who writes the Plum Line blog for the Post–most of the its blogs are leftist electronic rags–was exposed as a shill for the Democratic National Committee. Lee Cary in the American Thinker laid down how the DNC propaganda treadmill works at the Post. Sargent gets a tip of slanted information from the DNC, which of course he doesn’t credit in his blog entry. Writers higher up on the Post food chain credit the Plum Line on this “scoop,” other media sources credit the Post, when in fact the “news” is really a disguised Democratic Party informercial.

How many other shills such as Sargent at the Post have yet to be exposed?

“According to the Washington Post” is a much more convincing article lead-in than “According to a Democratic Party press release.”

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

Back to the Trump tape. Yes, it’s newsworthy, but if the DNC was the Post’s source, shouldn’t its readers know about that? Remember, there’s a conveyor line of information coming from the Democrats to the Washington Post. Here’s another question: Let’s say a similarly damaging recording of Hillary Clinton was out there and the Post became aware of it. Would the Post run with that story? Or does the paper ignore it, using feeble excuses that it is “old news” or “not relevant to the political discussion.”

Win or lose this autumn, conservative bloggers and activists need to widen the battlefield and include what Trump rightly calls the “dishonest media” in the war for America. The establishment media, with a few exceptions, is a leftist cabal. If we successfully expose them to the masses, we’ll discover that defeating the Democrats will be surprisingly easy.

Don’t worry about Greg Sargent. I’m sure he has a job waiting for him at the Democratic National Committee if things stop working out for him at the Post. Or in a Hillary Clinton presidential administration.

John Ruberry regularly blogs Marathon Pundit.

By John Ruberry

Last night the New York Times, using an illegally obtained copy of Donald Trump’s 1995 tax return, speculated that because of a $916 million loss listed on that return, the Republican nominee may have, yes, may have, avoided paying federal income taxes for 18 years.

With help from his wealthy father, not the government, Trump, a real estate developer, built an international business empire. And because of his Apprentice television franchise, even before his presidential run Trump was likely the most recognized business person in the United States.

Hillary Clinton is also rich. Her business–make that racket–is influence peddling. While her husband was attorney general, and then governor of Arkansas, Clinton was an attorney at the Rose Law Firm in that state’s capital city. The Clintons, aided by the Rose Law Firm, used its clout to protect themselves and Jim and Susan McDougal, their investment partners. While they didn’t make money in Whitewater, Arkansas’ first couple did their best to cover up the Whitewater scandal, which led to the convictions the McDougals, Bill’s successor as governor, and Webster Hubbell, a partner at the Rose Law Firm and a close friend of the Clintons.arkansas-sign

The McDougals ran Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan in Little Rock, which failed in the 1980s. They chose, of course, the Rose Law Firm to defend their thrift.

After emerging from the White House “dead broke,” the Clintons were still able to purchase a mansion in Westchester County, New York, one of the most expensive real estate markets in the nation. In 2001 the Clinton Foundation was formed, by this time of course Hillary was a US Senator from New York. The foundation traded off of Bill’s status as an ex-president–six-figure public speaking fees to him went to this “charity,” which offered high-priced salaries to Clinton family cronies and served as a lucrative waiting room for those Clintonistas between government jobs.

The former first couple learned that influence peddling, not property investments, was their pathway to wealth.

While Hillary was serving as Barack Obama’s secretary of state, foreign donors poured money into the “charity,” probably using their cash as down payments for favors from Madame Secretary. It worked. A majority of the non-governmental meetings Hillary had at State were with Clinton Foundation donors, which is why the foundation is commonly referred to as a slush fund.

In Illinois, where Hillary grew up, that’s called pay-to-play.

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John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

There’s nothing like this type of sordidness in Trump’s background.

After leaving State, it was Hillary’s turn to collect the big-money speeches, with Wall Street firms being some of her most lucrative clients. Without having been a major government figure–or the spouse of one–Clinton’s speech income just might have matched that of a Times Square busker, such as the Naked Cowboy.

In 2014 just 5.7 percent of the Clinton Foundation budget was spent on charitable grants.

Where is that story, New York Times?

Oh, do you know anyone who doesn’t try to pay as little income tax as possible?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.



911-des-plainesBy John Ruberry

This morning Hillary Clinton suffered what is being called a medical episode in lower Manhattan where she may have fainted, but she certainly had to be helped into a van by campaign aides as her knees wobbled, as you’ll see in a video. She’s was in New York to attend a Ground Zero 9/11 memorial service.

The Clinton campaign claims that the Democratic nominee was “overheated,” but so far there are no reports of anyone else among the thousands in attendance at the somber event being overcome by heat. Temperatures were in the late 70s in New York this morning. Today’s incident comes just six days after a four-minute long coughing spell during a Labor Day speech in Cleveland by Clinton, followed by a shorter one on her campaign jet, which the campaign blithely brushed off as related to allergies. Even hardened liberal Chris Cilizza of the Washington Post says that questions about Hillary’s health are legitimate ones, not just fodder for conservative conspiracy theorists.

Henry Wallace was pushed aside for Truman

It’s been said that Clinton is the most dishonest person to be a major party nominee since Richard M. Nixon. It’s now fair to say that she’s the unhealthiest one to run as a major party choice since another New York state Democrat, Franklin D. Roosevelt, won his his unprecedented fourth-straight presidential election in 1944.

Party bosses knew that FDR was sick in ’44, and fears that Russia-loving leftist Henry A. Wallace, his vice president, could succeed FDR as president was the primary reason Democratic leaders convinced him to dump Wallace as his running mate for Harry S. Truman. The press was rabidly pro-Democrat–sound familiar?–and it had for years covered up that Roosevelt was unable to walk, so it of course assisted in obscuring the president’s newer health concerns. But the what we now call the media didn’t convince everyone. So FDR was compelled to strenuously campaign in the autumn of that year–while of course America was at war–which likely further weakened him.

And how sick was Roosevelt?

In World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis, and the West, Lawrence Rees wrote in 2009 about Roosevelt’s health at the Yalta Conference in 1945:

Much has been written about Roosevelt’s physical state at the conference. Those who worked closely with him, like George Elsey, had noticed a profound deterioration of the president’s health over the previous months, and Churchill had remarked on how sick Roosevelt looked at the Quebec meeting in September. At Yalta, Lord Moran, Churchill’s doctor, recorded: “Everyone seemed to agree that the president had gone to bits physically…I doubt, from what I have seen, whether he is fit for his job here.”

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

Roosevelt was clearly duped by Joseph Stalin at Yalta, where he handed eastern Europe to the communists, including Poland, for whom Great Britain and France went to war after the weaker nation was invaded by the Nazis, which of course is how World War II began.

Do we want another ill–or yes, I’m going to say it–dying president to be swindled by another Russian leader? Or by Iran? (Of course, that is what happened with a presumably much healthier Barack Obama.) Or by anyone?

Roosevelt, as we all know, died three months after being sworn-in as president for the fourth time.

Oh, yes, I’m aware the John F. Kennedy had Addison’s disease, which was hidden from the public, but he had suffered from the ailment since the 1940s. His sister, Eunice, also had Addision’s, she died at 88. JFK’s health problems were partially attributed to his abuse of prescription drugs.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

By John Ruberry

I try not to cover the same subject in successive weeks in my weekly posts here, but these are not ordinary times. Media bias in regards to the presidential campaign is my topic, as it was last Sunday.

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz brought my attention to a New York Times article by Jim Rutenberg, a media columnist, who views a Donald Trump presidency as “potentially dangerous” and he essentially encourages reporters to “move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional.”

In other words, it’s okay for liberal journalists–an oxymoron–to work against the Republican nominee and support Hilary Clinton.

An oxymoron? A 2014 Indiana University poll found that just seven percent of journalists identify as Republican. My guess is that once you remove Fox News and Wall Street Journal reporters from the sample then that percentage would be quite close to zero percent.

Yes, Donald Trump and other Republicans are right. The media is biased. Yet, many voters, perhaps most, don’t understand, possibly because teachers and professors, themselves mostly comprised of leftists, tell students that journalists are simply collectors and conveyors of facts.

But the liberal guardians control that conveyor. Last week the Taliban-loving father of the Orlando terrorist who murdered 49 gay night club patrons sat directly behind Hillary Clinton as she spoke in that Florida city. Did the mainstream media cover that? Kinda sorta. But when white supremacist David Duke endorsed Trump’s candidacy in February, that incident received six times the coverage that the assassin’s dad story.

Last week’s Time cover showed a cartoonish image of Trump and his famous blonde hair pile with drips, with this headline, “Meltdown.” Sure, Trump–disclosure time, I voted for him in the Illinois Republican Primary and I will vote for in November–has engaged in many self-inflicted wounds.

But where is the Time cover story with Hillary Clinton with a Pinocchio nose? The Democratic nominee has repeatedly lied–wait, make that purposefully lied–about turning over emails from her private email server while serving as Obama’s secretary of state, about sending and receiving classified emails over that server, about Benghazi, and about ties to the so-called Clinton Foundation charity and the US State Department.

Donald Trump is right. The system is rigged. Clinton deserves to be under indictment. She isn’t because the Obama Justice Department is protecting her. And the corrupt media is shielding her by distracting the populace and preventing widespread rightful indignation.

The presidential race is being subverted by a media coup d’état.

Oh, if you are one of the increasingly fewer people who still subscribes to Time and the New York Times–and you are a conservative, I suggest that you kill the beast. Unsubscribe.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.


By John Ruberry

I overheard someone saying yesterday, “Did you you hear that Donald Trump hates babies? Yes, a baby was crying at one of his rallies and Trump said, ‘Get that baby out of here.'”

This person is a member of America’s largest voting bloc, the uninformed voter. He gets his news from his Facebook feed–FB’s trending topic page was recently exposed as biased against conservatives–and I suspect he doesn’t know who is state representative is or his member of Congress is. But presidential elections bring out uninformed voters at a higher rate than in off-year elections, which explains Barack Obama and the Democratic Party’s wins in 2008 and 2012 and the Republican successes in 2010 and 2014.

Oh, about that baby. While there was some harmless banter between Trump and the baby’s mother, the media lied, particularly its headline writers. Low-information voters read headlines but are less willing to read articles because sometimes they contain ideas and words they may not understand. Or maybe the uninformed are lazy, which of course explains how they got that way.

Here’s an honest headline: Donald Trump did not tell the baby’s mother to leave his rally.

Who says so? The infant’s mom, that’s who.

The media created a firestorm over Trump’s feuding with Khizr Khan, the father of a US Army officer whose son was killed in a terror attack in Iraq. While the political newcomer would have been better off avoiding the dispute altogether, the dishonest mainstream media avoided mentioning Khan’s suspected ties to the extremist Muslim Brotherhood and his history of supporting sharia law.

John "Lee' Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Of more importance to the ordinary American is that Hillary Clinton flat-out lied to Fox News’ Chris Wallace about her email scandal last week. Specifically she lied about her lying–FBI director James Comey did not say Clinton was truthful about her explanations of her use of an unsecured email server while she served as Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

In an attempt to talk her way out of her self-inflicted mess, on Friday Clinton, in her first press conference of 2016, uttered a top-level gaffe, claiming that she “may have short-circuited” during the Wallace interview.

Is America ready for a president who short-circuits? Or one who is a serial liar?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

I never Knew the New Republic did comedy because this argument by Brian Beutler is a joke.

Rand Paul’s Petulance With Reporters Will Ruin Him

Now in fairness to Mr. Beutler, you can make a case that Mr. Paul has been more flexible in his positions and to some degree his article makes that case

Paul went on to suggest his old view—that we should not provide foreign aid to Israel—isn’t in contradiction with his new view: that foreign aid should be phased out, starting with antagonistic countries and working back to Israel, because “ultimately all nations should be free of foreign aid because we shouldn’t borrow money to do it.”

However attacking the Senator for the difference between his ideal (the elimination of foreign aid) and the steps that are politically possible to move in that direction (elimination of foreign aid to our enemies) is a weak argument as selling what is currently possible while making the case to the people for the next step is the way an intelligent pol creates change.

But in terms of sheer nonsense that pales before the argument that not being friendly to reporters is going to ruin him.

When he shushes a reporter or scolds her for talking over him, his loyalists don’t see an otherwise talented politician unable to hide his annoyance. They eat it up. In their minds Paul is the rare politician who’ll bite back at reporters when they supposedly expose their biases. But asking questions that other conservatives continue to raise reveals no bias. What it reveals is that, for all his natural talent, Paul can’t reconcile his beliefs with his ambitions. That’s a huge problem for a national politician. It will define his candidacy.

This is nonsense for two significant reasons.

The first is the most obvious, no matter how many times as a Republican you go along with a reporters meme or make concessions to their opinions, the reality is the goal of the Mainstream media is your defeat and if you are a strong conservative not just your defeat you but discredit you.

Making accommodations with people who want to destroy you is analogous to the Iran deal a denial of reality that will in the end only make things worse.

That argument alone justifies Senator Paul statements but there is a second less obvious point that is even more decisive.  The media as an institution is not trusted by the public as Gallup noted during while discussing the Brian Williams fiasco:

Will this affect Americans’ trust in the media? It could, but it’s important to keep in mind that such trust is already as low as it has been since Gallup began measuring it.

Each September we track a measure of trust in “…the mass media, such as newspapers, TV and radio — when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly…” The accompanying graph shows the trend since 1997, with the “great deal”/”fair amount” of trust category dropping from as high as 55% in 1999 to a low of 40% both in 2012 and in 2014.

In other words six in ten Americans don’t trust the MSM in fact according to Gallup’s chart less than one in five Americans trust Television or Internet news quite a lot or more and Newspapers only manage to produce that level of trust from 22% of Americans.

In fact not only are media trusted less than Banks but only 38% of independents and 54% of Democrats have even a fair amount of trust of the media.

That being the case when Rand Paul expresses public distrust in the media the most likely reaction from the majority of the voting public is going to be agreement

Will it be enough to win Senator Paul the nomination?  Of course not, but disdain for the media can only help Rand Paul with voters and only someone from the media could fail to understand this.


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By A.P. Dillon

You read an article. It raises a question or talks about a particular topic.

You Google. You browse the results, checking out a couple with promising titles. You check Wikipedia. You read quotes from ‘experts’. You do your homework. You think you’ve got the facts and know the truth.

You thought wrong.

What you likely found was misinformation.

Sharyl Attkisson recently gave a talk that outlines this very scenario using the example of a cholesterol drug.

Attkisson explains in the video:

“What if the reality you found was false? A carefully constructed narrative by unseen special interests designed to manipulate your opinion. A Truman Show-esque alternate reality all around you.

Complacency in the news media combined with incredibly powerful propaganda and publicity forces mean we sometimes get little of the truth.”

An applicable recent story combining ‘propaganda and publicity’ would be that of the imposition of environmental regulations based on climate change ‘experts’ and the associated scam.

media what mediaSometimes misinformation is really about lack of information or rather, what the media won’t cover. Remember the Gosnell trial? Media? What media?

Shift gears to education for a moment.

Consider the messaging from Common Core supporters.

Buzzwords and slick catch phrases sing the praises of these Standards.  Dig deeper, beyond the sales job by ‘experts‘, non-profit and special interest websites, and you find out what a train wreck it really is.

Think of the Common Core, and the related public relations designed to support it, like a brand new house.

It looks great on the outside; impressive even. Most people continue on, admiring it from the outside. A few, however, walk up to the front door to peer inside. That is when things change.  The inside is empty, messy and not at all what the outside represented.


AP DillonA.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review,, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

DetroitBy John Ruberry.

Rap music is a bit–okay, a lot outside of my comfort zone, but last night a story broke in Detroit that as of this writing, among mainstream media sources, only Michigan’s Bay City Times has reported on. Rapper Rick Ross, the scheduled headliner at Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz 17 in the one-time Motor City. But a mob of 100, apparently fans of a rival rapper, Detroit’s Trick Trick, threatened Ross outside the performing venue, which Ross said caused him to fear for his life.

The show was organized by the radio station’s program director Jeremiah J. Hicks, whose remarks after Ross’ departure were reported by the Times:

“It took me nine months to put this show together,” Hicks told the crowd. “I do this for y’all; I was at work negotiating contracts, putting (expletive) together.

“I’m going to be real with y’all; I’m going to be real as (expletive). We had Rick Ross right outside here tonight at about eleven o’clock. As he was pulling in to come into Chene Park, he was met by 100 individuals outside. By 100 individuals outside!

“We will try to pull every resource together and ask him to come back (to the stage for the show Saturday night). He is in fear of his life. I’m just being real; real talk. This is some real (expletive). He was in fear of his life and he is not performing here tonight.

“And he may never come back to Detroit, and that’s no (expletive).”

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Here’s the uncensored video.

Ross has a unique background for a rapper; he’s a former Florida correctional officer and he says he is a committed Christian, although many of his YouTube videos are labeled “explicit.”

Say what you will about Ross or hip hop music, but where were the Detroit Police last night?

While details are still fuzzy, it appears that a group of thugs prevented an artist from performing at a major music festival, where tickets ran from $40 to $150–this was not a back yard gig. And the Detroit media as of this writing is ignoring the story. Why? Is it because of political correctness? Or laziness?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

11th Doctor:  (Showing Psychic paper to young Kazran)  I think you’ll find I’m universally recognised as a mature and responsible adult. 

Young Kazran Sardic: (confused)  It’s just a lot of wavy lines. 

11th Doctor: (looking at psychic paper) Yeah, it’s shorted out. Finally, a lie too big.

Doctor Who, A Christmas Carol 2010

It’s axiomatic that sex sells so when you combine the words: “Private Island”, “Lawsuit” & “Orgies” you have a story that normally is guaranteed viral:

Tales of orgies and young girls being shipped to the island, called Little St. James, have been revealed as part of an ongoing lawsuit between Epstein and his former lawyers Scott Rothstein and Bradley Edwards.

Young girls shipped to a private island for sex that’s gotta be worth headlines.

It is unclear what the basis of the suit is, but they go on to call witness testimony from some of the frequent guests at Epstein’s island to talk about the wild parties that were held there in the early 2000s.

The woman went on to say how orgies were a regular occurrence and she recalled two young girls from New York who were always seen around the five-house compound but their personal backstories were never revealed.

Given that kind of stuff one might wonder why this story involving Jeffrey Epstein, who was already jailed once for sex crimes got no traction last month? It’s just the type of thing to draw eyeballs. What could possibly cause the mainstream to give this story a pass?

A new lawsuit has revealed the extent of former President Clinton’s friendship with a fundraiser who was later jailed for having sex with an underage prostitute. Bill Clinton’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, who served time in 2008 for his illegal sexual partners, included up multiple trips to the onetime billionaire’s private island in the Caribbean where underage girls were allegedly kept as sex slaves. . . .

Did someone say Bill Clinton?

Flight logs pinpoint Clinton’s trips on Epstein’s jet between the years 2002 and 2005, while he was working on his philanthropic post-presidential career and while his wife Hillary was a Senator for their adopted state of New York.  ‘I remember asking Jeffrey what’s Bill Clinton doing here kind fo thing, and he laughed it off and said well he owes me a favor,’ one unidentified woman said in the lawsuit, which was filed in Palm Beach Circuit Court.

Oh that explains why the only place I saw it was at Stacy McCain site last month.

If there is one thing the media that loves to play the War on Women® card doesn’t want to touch it’s a story about people using their own private island to get laid that involves Bill Clinton.

What could the media do if this story involving the former father of the year? They would call it old news, not relevant, dirty tricks from a salacious lawsuit that doesn’t even involve him and an attack on Hillary that crosses the line. In fact the left will deploy a plethora of adjectives to discourage further discussion of this story from antiquated to zany, but there is one adjective that could not come out of their mouth to dismiss this story:


The last few years have proven that the left can convince a low information voter of a lot of things, but even the full power of the mainstream media and the strongest zealots from the War on Women® brigade would not be able to convince the American public that Bill Clinton would have no interest or business on a private island where orgies took place.

That’s why you didn’t see this story in the news last month and why as the case moves forward you’ll not see it covered period.

Olimometer 2.52

The time has come to ditch the weekly goal to focus on the monthly figure, that’s where the real action is at.

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By A.P. Dillon

Earlier this week, Jimmy Carter bemoaned that he felt that every email he sent was being monitored.


Given his irrelevance these days, if his email is being monitored one has to wonder how bored the NSA agent is reading them.  The former President stopped short of accusing President Obama of anything, of course:

The 89-year-old said the National Security Agency and others have abused the argument that gathering intelligence is critical to homeland security.

“That has been extremely liberalized and, I think, abused by our own intelligence agencies,” Carter said.

The 39th president, however, stopped short of criticizing No. 44 over the handling of the N.S.A. scandal, the crisis in Ukraine or anything else.

“I don’t have any criticism of him,” Carter said of Obama.

He was asked if the president ever asks him for advice.

“Unfortunately, the answer is no,” Carter said. “President Obama doesn’t. But previous presidents have called on me and the Carter Center to take action.”

Why not Obama?

“That’s a hard question for me to answer, you know, with complete candor,” he said. “I think the problem was that in dealing with the issue of peace between Israel and Egypt, the Carter Center [took] a very strong and public position of equal treatment between the Palestinians and the Israelis. And I think this was a sensitive area in which the president didn’t want to be involved.” – Yahoo News

“And I think this was a sensitive area in which the president didn’t want to be involved.”   Gee, because it’s not his JOB or anything right? Oh, I forgot, he gets all his information from the newspapers – my bad.



So, we’re being spied on. Who hasn’t figured that out yet? Cue the outraged Dianne Feinstein and then cry me a river. CIA, NSA… they’re apparently listening and scanning us all. Reminder: No one is listening to your phone calls.
Where’s the media? Oh, they are probably spooning with their Obama administration spouses. Not one of them seems to be too concerned as they laud Michelle Obama’s speech in China… while reporting it from the United States because she blocked them from coming.

The First Amendment is becoming a doormat on which our government and this administration casually wipe their feet off on daily.  Our media used to be skeptical and questioning of government, but now is subservient and loyal to it. The media is not to be trusted anymore and that is a scary statement to make in the nation held up as the world’s role model for freedom and liberty.

I wrote about this assault on free speech years ago when I first began writing.

I repeated it — in DETAIL. 

Now it’s a reality that our First Amendment is being subverted by our government in a multi-agency effort with the helping hand of a compliant, friendly media. Welcome to the United States of Spying.


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Olimometer 2.52

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Northeastern Iowa
Northeastern Iowa

By John Ruberry

Have you heard about the propane shortage? Probably not. Although, despite my headline, it has been reported, albeit by local flyover country media.

Stories such as this one offers more evidence on why we need new media.

Liquid propane (LP) is a commonly used fuel for home heating in rural areas, where natural gas lines don’t often reach. And a colder-than-usual winter has of course increased demand for propane.

“There’s 22 states right now that are having LP problems,” a propane dealer told Minnesota’s KAAL-TV. “That’s just about half the country having problems getting LP.” That dealer told the TV station that two weeks ago his customers could fill up a propane tank for $644, but now it costs $976.

The shortage is particularly severe in the Upper Midwest.

A late and wet harvest–farmers use propane to dry crops–and the closing for maintenance of a Wisconsin propane facility has contributed to the shortage.

Yesterday Ohio Governor John Kasich issued an emergency declaration to speed up delivery of propane; in Michigan, two weeks ago Governor Rick Snyder declared an energy emergency that also covers heating oil. Way back in October, Governor Scott Walker made a similar move regarding propane.

Making matters worse, sub-zero temperatures are returning to the Upper Midwest this week.

So why are national media reporters ignoring the propane shortage? Does covering cold weather issues disrupt their agenda to advance their belief in global warming? Is the rural Midwest not worthy of their attention, unless there is a flood, a tornado, or a mass murder?

Update: This is a historic Instalanche for two reasons:

#1 It’s the first ever Instalanche for one of my Magnificent Seven writing at my blog. If you want to see more of John’s posts on this blog they are here and it goes without saying you should check out his own blog Marathon Pundit.

#2 It you remember this post. You know this brings me even with Chucky. I’m sure Diary of Daedalus will get a charge out of it.


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In 1977 leader piece2the most innovative wargame ever made, Squad leader was released by Avalon Hill.

I wrote about it last year but for new readers let me bring you up to speed.

Squad leader unlike most wargames at the time dealt with soldiers on a small level most pieces representing 12 men with some pieces representing individual officers or non-cons leading them. With a set of composite boards it was possible to re-create almost every small action history leaving to a remarkable amount of expansions that would eventually become advanced Squad Leader and a phenom.

The real innovation was the morale system. If a unit lost its morale it could not move or fire until a leader moved over and successfully rallied it. It didn’t matter how many more men you had, if you were not able to rally the troops you were toast.

Politics is the same way, money is very important but if the people working on your campaign, the people who work the phone and knock on the doors believe the battle is lost, if their morale is gone, then it takes a miracle to overcome it rallied it.

Sometimes a poll can be that miracle or that dagger in the heart.

PPP knows this so when I read this:

We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42. In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release the poll. It turns out we should have had more faith in our numbers because she was indeed recalled by 12 points.

concerning the results of the Colorado recall elections:

An epic national debate over gun rights in Colorado on Tuesday saw two Democratic state senators ousted for their support for stricter laws, a “ready, aim, fired” message intended to stop other politicians for pushing for firearms restrictions. Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron will be replaced in office with Republican candidates who petitioned onto the recall ballot.

I simply didn’t buy it.

There is no reason why PPP couldn’t have released the poll saying and note how these results did not reflect what they would expect they could have given details on the methodology or noted the same things they did later in the article:

We did find on the poll though that voters in the district had a favorable opinion of the NRA by a 53/33 margin. And I think when you see the final results what that indicates is they just did a good job of turning the election more broadly into do you support gun rights or are you opposed to them.

But they gave away the game in the next two sentence

If voters made their decision based on the actual pretty unobtrusive laws that Giron helped get passed, she likely would have survived. But the NRA won the messaging game and turned it into something bigger than it was- even if that wasn’t true- and Giron paid the price.

Ah you see the NRA are just a bunch of liars so naturally we aren’t going to release this poll showing their winning, particularly in such a pivotal race.

I certainly have no business complaining about misinterpreting polls from last year, but I made my case openly and took my lickings when wrong.

I’d respect PPP a lot more if they had been willing to do the same as Nate Silver himself put it:

Legal Insurrection asked the best question:

that’s a very good question, I wonder if they have a good answer?

Yesterday the President had a press conference which was more notable for what wasn’t mentioned that what was.

The was one question that was asked concerning Benghazi by Ed Henry of FOX:

OK, thank you. I want to ask you about two important dates that are coming up. October 1st, you’re going to implement your signature health care law. You recently decided on your own to delay a key part of that. And I wonder, if you pick and choose what parts of the law to implement, couldn’t your successor down the road pick and choose whether they’ll implement your law and keep it in place?

And on September 11th we’ll have the first anniversary of Benghazi. And you said on September 12th, make no mistake, we’ll bring to justice to killers who attacked our people. Eleven months later, where are they, sir?

It’s always a mistake to ask a two part question on different subject By asking the question in this way Mr. Henry gave the President a chance to duck. He devoted 1145 words to Obamacare and the following sentences to Benghazi.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, the — I also said that we’d get bin Laden and I didn’t get him in 11 months. So we have informed, I think, the public that there’s a sealed indictment.

It’s sealed for a reason. But we are intent on capturing those who carried out this attack, and we’re going to stay on it until we get them.

Q: And you’re close to having the suspects in custody?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I will leave it at that. But — but this remains a top priority for us. Anybody who attacks Americans anybody who kills, tragically, four Americans who were serving us in a very dangerous place — we’re going to do everything we can to — to get those who carried out those attacks.

113 words and not a bit about the attack itself, why relief wasn’t called for, or answering the question Chip Jones raised about Valerie Jarrett involvement this week.

But even that 113 words are 113 words more than he had to say about the IRS scandal where we have discovered that the IRS is CONTINUING TO TARGET CONSERVATIVES.

“In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted.”

So we have a scandal that has gone on for 93 days and continues to develop and the president isn’t talking.


ABC isn’t interested, CBS isn’t interested, NBC & MSNBC isn’t interested, PBS isn’t interested, the NYT, Washington Post, Boston Globe et/al aren’t interested and the CNN has at best a very minor interest.

If no members of the press are pushing him on this, why would he ever, EVER consider giving out information that might make things difficult for him politically.

This is no upside for Obama in answering these questions, and as long as the press is unwilling to push these issues, issues which are contrary to their political proclivities, he never will and the american People will not know what this administration is up to.

For the MSM that’s not a bug that’s a feature..


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Matthew Harrison Brady: I do not think about things I do not think about.

Henry Drummond: Do you ever think about things that you do think about?

Inherit the Wind 1960

There was a moment during Sunday’s victory lap on the News shows for gay marriage and its media allies who support it that was very telling. Bob Schieffer the oldest and fairest (and that’s not saying much) of the Sunday Morning Hosts in the MSM had just finished speaking with Ted Olsen and brought on Tony Perkins of the Family Research Counsel to talk the Gay Marriage Issue.

TONY PERKINS: …We’re already seeing bakers and florists and photographers forced to participate in same-sex marriages under the threat of law and in some cases even jail. I can’t think of anything that’s more un-American than that. So I think as Americans see that there’s a lot more to same-sex marriage than simply two people who love each other that they’ll have time to reconsider this and– and– and decide whether or not we want to trade fundamental freedoms of speech and religion for the right of two people who love each other, which they can do now. They can live together, but can they redefine marriage in the rest of society with it?

Now to us in Massachusetts and who have been following the ride of the tolerance police, those sentences are nothing extraordinary but Bob Schieffer had no idea what Tony Perkins was talking about

BOB SCHIEFFER: How is it that bakers and florists are being forced to participate in this? I’m not sure I understand what you’re saying here.

Perkins then educates him

TONY PERKINS: Well, we’re seeing in Washington State, Colorado, and some of the other states that have these anti– anti-discrimination statutes that are being imposed that when a same sex couple comes and says “I want you to take pictures of my wedding or I want you to bake a cake.” And they say, look, my religious convictions will not allow me participate in that, they’re literally being sued by the government, not the individuals, and they’ve even been adjudicated in such places as New Mexico. So we’re going to see a loss of religious freedom. There is no question about it. It’s already happening.

Schieffer seems to be totally caught off guard by this, as evidenced by his hesitation in the following question.

BOB SCHIEFFER: How many– how many lawsuits have been filed on that? Because I must say this is under my radar. I haven’t– I haven’t heard this.

Perkins educates him (emphasis mine)

TONY PERKINS: Well, you know, Bob, that’s a great point. Because the media’s not reporting on this because they realize there’s a lot more behind this than the marriage altar. It’s literally about altering the landscape of America. There are a number of suits. I mean just a few weeks ago in Colorado one was filed. So this is happening. And it’s the reality that people will come to face to face with over time because right now same-sex marriage is limited to twelve jurisdictions. And as more people see that their freedoms, the freedoms of parents to determine what their children are taught, to be able to live your life according to your faith, and all of that’s at risk here. I think people will say, wait a minute, that’s not– I gave a nod of affirmation but not to that. And– and so I– I do think there’s going to be time to rethink this.

Frankly I think the media totally agrees with the prosecution of people in this fashion so they find nothing incredible about it, hopefully thanks to Bob Schieffer’s age he might find the prosecution of Catholics and Protestants for following their religion worrysome as opposed to Justice Kennedy, Kagen, Sotomayor, Ginsberg and Breyer who declare them simply haters.

(BTW I include the other four as none of them has disavowed the language Justice Kennedy used.)
Now you might have missed this small exchange in the vast ocean of hagiography surrounding the case, but it is significant and If I was Tony Perkins I would offer the defendants in these cases as interview subjects to Mr. Schieffer. He is old enough to not worry about being invited to dinner parties for daring to talk about it.

Frankly If I was Brian Brown, and Tony Perkins or any of the other defenders of marriage I would make sure I had the defendants in these cases at every rally and on every TV Appearance from this point on.

Update:  Left out the word  “worrisome”  in the paragraph beginning “Frankly  I think” corrected.

It takes an awful lot for our liberal friends to surprise me but this morning Morning Joe managed to do it.

I was writing a piece with Morning Joe on in the background as usual Katy Kay and Mike Barnicle were at the head of the table while Joe and Mika were off. They showed several shots of the incredible unrest in Egypt….

…and the immediately pivoted to the 2016 campaign complaining about this article on Mrs. Clinton’s age suggesting Hillary Clinton will be too old for 2016 and complaining (rightly) if she was a man nobody would be making such an argument.

They spent nearly 5 minutes on this subject making fun of the GOP for the supposed attack on Clinton age in full “Is that all they’ve got” mode…

totally oblivious to the fact that she was the Sec of State during the ouster of Mubarek and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood that the people of Egypt are protesting against, the subject they were discussing just a moment before.

The blind spot was incredible, just before talking Clinton, they talked Egypt, right after they were done with Hillary they mentioned Egypt but the fact that Hillary was the Secretary State.  The person who helped cement the Muslim Brotherhood takeover, not a word.

In the following hour they did a long segment on the revolt in Egypt.  Oddly enough while they mentioned protesters dislike of the current US ambassador somehow the subject of who the Secretary of State during Mubarek’s fall and the rise of the Muslim brotherhood somehow never came up.

Nobody needs to bring up Mrs. Clinton age, we simply need to bring up her record as Sec of State. Egypt, Syria, Iran, Russia, Libya the list goes on and on.

Personally I think every single mention of the current revolt in Egypt on twitter should have the hashtag #hillary2016 to remind every single person who wants to pretend she is a success.

I’ll do my best to make sure they don’t forget but it’s hard to break through the chorus of the song.

Amy: In a world ruled by a giant beaver, mankind builds many dams to please the beaver overlord. The low-lying city of Copenhagen is flooded. Thousands die. Devastated, the Danes never invent their namesake pastry. (pause) How does one miss that?

 The Big Bang Theory The Zazzy Substitution 2010

In the reporting Business everyone makes an occasional error. This Morning one of my favorite Reporters Byron York tweeted this out:

Three minutes later he issues the following correction:


Here is the page converted to an image with the relevant story highlighted :

I can see why he issued the correction so promptly. How on Earth does someone miss that?

Oh and one more tweet to finish the story


Yeah it’s in the New York Edition on Page 11, NOBODY outside of NY is gonna miss that!

BTW this Universal Document converter looks pretty good. If you need to convert web pages like this regularly I’d say it’s worth the money.

Buried in this USA today Story about Al Jazerra coming out of the closet so to speak, actually putting their shingle up in America is a line that might have been easily missed if you are doing a quick read:

Coleman says she watches Al Jazeera simply because it offers so much international news. “It has a lot more foreign correspondents in the field. If you want to know what’s going on in Mali, it’s going to be Al Jazeera that’s covering it. We just don’t have any more foreign correspondents on the ground in (U.S.) television the way Al Jazeera does.”

“Coleman” is Isobel Colemen of the council on Foreign Relations a “non-partisan” Washington think tank. The head of the group since 2003 his Richard Haass who is a regular on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Isabel was asked about the bias’ that might come from Al Jazeera concerning their treatment of Israel & the Arabs (all emphasis mine)

“They’re straight shooters as much as any major news outlet today. There is no unbiased news today,

She continued

“The bias is in the selection of what stories you cover and how you cover them. Al Jazeera will bring its own bias, but it’s no more or no less than what we’re used to already in this country.”

Now readers of this blog have known this for years but what will Chuck “Mythology” Todd say to this? How will he react when a person from an organization whose head, Richard Haass maintains media bias is a fact of life so matter of fact that it’s not worth commenting about?

I suspect it will likely look something like the reaction of Mrs. Merriwether when Rhett Butler bids on Miss Scarlett in Gone with the Wind.

One of the most glaring memories of the campaign from four years ago was the MSM playing defense for Obama.

It was so glaring that we actual has the vision of Tom Brokov saying bluntly we don’t know Barack Obama or what he believes four days before the election.

Now The DNC is in its 2nd day and here are a few things we’ve seen:

1. We’ve seen the Chairman of the Massachusetts Democrat party declare folding towels makes you an Honorary Girl

2. We’ve seen a platform change that removes language on Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel.

3. We’ve seen a video proclaiming “Government is the one thing we all belong to.”

4. And we’ve seen God pulled out of the Platform.

Or at lead I’ve seen it, because I get my information from the blogs. If you don’t watch Fox, or listen to Talk Radio, or Read the Blogs or twitter most of these things never happened.

Yes Piers Morgan gets kudos here for this question:

“What I can tell you is our policies and our values are is reflected in many faith traditions and that what our platform is all about.”

And Brian Ross managed to do some real reporting on some of the big money.

But the sad truth, this is the exception not the rule.

The rule is the Media see this as their best chance to change the direction of the election, and they don’t intend to let something as insignificant as news stop them.

Yesterday while the press was focused on Obama in Afghanistan and the online community found the one job loss that mattered in America more details about the Cleveland Bomb plot have come out that really illustrates the mindset of the Occupiers who have been so embraced and supported by the MSM and the left.

As the alleged plotters batted around assorted attack ideas–like bombing a “Nazi/Klan headquarters” or blowing up a Federal Reserve bank–Wright joked that he would wear a suicide vest and blow himself up, “but advised he would have to be very drunk.”

Look at the thought process, to the occupod there is no difference between a “Nazi/Klan HQ” and a Federal reserve bank.

* A local Justice Center was considered a good target, but a bombing there was rejected since the accused plotters believed “they would risk hurting inmates.

The guards, the nurses, the staff, no big deal if they are killed or hurt.

But rest assured the same media that ignored the Occupy Rap sheet through December will do their best to keep the actions of the occupy out of the news:

can you imagine that if instead of the story being about Occupy Wall Street doing Obama’s bidding, if this was the Tea Party threatening to close bridges and cripple the American economy on behalf of Romney? Do you think under those circumstances the corrupt media might be screaming from the rooftops about a promised threat?

Actually John we don’t have to imagine it, we saw it with the Gabby Giffords shooting where the MSM immediately tried to blame Sarah Palin, but rest assured other than a brief mention as the various court dates go on, this story will be quietly ignored and consigned to the back page or passed over by the MSM.

So we can’t expect the media to remind us of this plot when discussion of the Occupods come up. After all it’s not like one of the plotters was an Occupy Spokesman or something.

Update: Smitty noticed Cleveland:

If President Barack Obama deserves any credit for the takeout of bin Laden, then he certainly deserves to eat the dog that is #Occupy. This movement represents the culmination of the societal decay that BHO was supposed to fix. Somehow. And yet, as always, he achieves the opposite of his stated objectives.

And Jim Treacher continues to roll.

Update 2: At least Michael Moore thought it was a good day.

Update 3: Why does this story out of Quebec seem relevant:

The truth is, the education they’re getting is overpriced at any cost. The protesters do not include accounting, science and engineering students, who have better things to do than hurl projectiles at police. They’re the sociology, anthropology, philosophy, arts, and victim-studies students, whose degrees are increasingly worthless in a world that increasingly demands hard skills. The world will not be kind to them. They’re the baristas of tomorrow and they don’t even know it, because the adults in their lives have sheltered them and encouraged their mass flight from reality.

Update 4: Nothing to see in Seattle either

Update 5: Cameraman assaulted, no big deal, apparently assaults against the press aren’t newsworthy if the wrong people do it.

Update 6: Newsbusters details the cone of media silence

Baxter, Hayne and Wright all appear to have connections to Occupy Cleveland and the overall Occupy movement –a movement marked by extensive violence and criminality, yet embraced by Democrats and liberal leaders such as Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama. That may explain why the liberal media is downplaying or ignoring the Occupy connection – it might embarrass Obama.

USA Today? No mention at all.

Bloomberg? No mention at all.

CBS News? No mention at all.

Voice of America? No mention at all.

The New York Times? No mention at all.

This should surprise absolutely nobody paying attention.

With the death of Andrew Breitbart there is no blogger more feared on the right by Media Matters and those who do their bidding than Dana Loesch:

She laughed at my description of her but there is a reason the MSM wants her gone and these people will not stop their attacks until she is.

The full field guide is here

BTW I didn’t shoot her biblical quote tatto in my interview but Stacy McCain did in his.

…Whereby the press carries the “Look a Mormon” ball for the administration:

The Obama team won’t touch this stuff with 10-foot poll. And so long as they have press people who will carry the message (and retweet and link) questioning Romney’s views on race and gender because he is a Mormon, it doesn’t have to.

In an Twitter exchange Coppins insisted the piece was not anti-Mormon (“I’d hardly classify that story as ‘anti-Mormon.’ ”) You judge the portrayal of Mormon views and whether the piece (consistent with Coppins’ other efforts) portrays Mormonism as a liability for Romney.

Well it’s not like they are doing it on television, is it?

Via Glenn who is as surprised at this as he is shocked at “feminists” attacking conservative women.

Meanwhile Stacy says this:

Jen, seriously: Have you bothered to investigate the history, beliefs and practices of LDS? Because there is a metric buttload of this stuff just laying around out there, and those tolerant and enlightened liberals in the press corps are gonna unload it all.

Do you really think they’ll stint to use the dirtiest tricks in the book? Remember how your liberal friends learned to sling around “neocon” as an epithet (nudge, nudge) during the Bush years?

As the race gets more out of hand expect it to become more brazen.

when a mere blogger is the one asking the questions that by all rights you’d expect to be asked by actual reporters and editors in newsrooms in Washington and New York – you can be excused for thinking there’s something badly out-of-whack in the media universe.

Robert Stacy McCain May 29th 2011

Media Bias is mostly made up of sins of omission

DaTechGuy:  April 18th 2011

The NBC News editing of the Zimmerman 911 call really makes me wonder how many times in the past several decades something like this happened and we never knew anything about it.

Jeff Johnson Instapundit April 10th

There are a lot of flags flying over “editgate” but for my money the biggest story of the day comes from farther south.

On April 10th J. at 5:54 a.m. J Christian Adams posted this story at PJ Media:

Stokes said he looked back in his rear-view as he pulled away and noticed the biker rolling in the highway. “He either tried to jump in the back of the truck or onto the trailer and somehow slipped.”

Stokes said when he noticed the injured man flailing in the roadway he stopped, worried about leaving the scene of an accident. Stokes said he was getting out of his truck to go check on Clay when a woman in a red Jeep pulled alongside and shouted a warning: “You better get out of here — they’ve got guns.” That’s when Stokes looked back down the highway and some the motorcycle gang — 30 or 40 bikes strong — headed his way. “I jumped back in the truck and took off until I could find a busy intersection and that’s where I stopped.”

Stokes said he and Cooper were immediately surrounded by a gang of black bikers, all with black bandanas covering the bottom half of their faces.

The gang forced him out of the truck and commenced their revenge attack. “After I saw the knife and then felt the stabbings I fell to the ground and played dead — I think that may have saved my life,” he said.

Adams is quoting Scott Boyd’s story from the weekly Macon Beacon. The only paper that decided a gang of 30 to 40 bikers surrounding and stabbing a trucker at an intersection was newsworthy:

Boyd tells me he contacted the crime beat reporter at the Birmingham News and told her about his story. “Not newsworthy,” was her response. Boyd also tells me that law enforcement officials told Boyd they “don’t mess with the Outcasts of Alabama.”

The motorcycle gang is black, the driver who was stabbed was white. Adams continued:

Let’s see if the attack by a black motorcycle gang on an Alabama highway in broad daylight gets any more media or law enforcement attention now that the information is here for the asking. I won’t hold my breath.

Lo and behold guess at 3:02 p.m. the same day guess what story has suddenly become newsworthy to the Birmingham News.

Police probe March stabbing in Jefferson County

Adamsville police are investigating a March 24 road-rage incident in which a Mississippi man was stabbed, authorities said.

The story contains this interesting quote:

The motorcyclists were members of the Outcasts of Alabama Motorcycle Club based in Bessemer. Authorities said they’ve never had any incidents of violence from the social motorcycle club.

Well perhaps that why law enforcement officials “don’t mess with the Outcasts of Alabama” because they are so peaceful.

This morning Adams noted the sudden volte-face by the Birmingham paper and a bit of defense from the editor on their previous inaction:

Now that the new media has shamed Mr. Clark’s newspaper, the Birmingham News is pretending the call from Boyd never happened. It did. They might have “looked into it,” but the look lasted about three seconds and then Carol Robinson of the Birmingham News decided not to cover the stabbing, over a week ago. A weekly paper in Mississippi and the new conservative media at PJ Media covered events in Alabama better and quicker than the Birmingham News.

And this is an excellent illustration of the importance of blogs even on a smaller level.

We think about the the NBC’s and the New York Times as spinning an agenda, we rail about the Jon Stewarts and Stephen Colberts and the false narratives, but in truth to most of the country the NYT is a paper they will never read in their lives and Stewart and Colbert are so insignificant that a 53-year-old move that’s been available on video for decades not only beat them 3-1 in the rating last week but took them in the 18-49 year old demographic.

But for every NYT there are dozens of Birmingham News’ uninterested in violence by Biker Gangs if they are of the wrong color. For every Jon Stewart there are countless Worcester Telegrams who find threats of violence and arson trivial if directed at pro-life centers and for every CNN there is a slew of Torrance Daily Breezes who don’t find the actions or pronouncements of major party congressional candidates worth their time.

During his talk in Lexington Mass. last year Andrew Breitbart urged those in attendance to carry a camera and report and even if it was no more than a Kindergarten teacher pushing an agenda to send him the story and he would make it national. If you are a blogger willing to report on those local stories and promote them up the blog ecosystem you have the power to make a difference. Breitbart understood this and so does every member of the MSM with an agenda who dismisses bloggers and tweeters.

That more than anything else is why they hate you and fear you.

Update: Related thoughts on media hatred and containment from Ed Driscoll and J. Christian Adams

Update 2: Bill Quick points out the scope of the NYT goes beyond it’s print edition, fair enough but stories nationwide get promoted because they appear elsewhere and get traction thus making bloggers even more important and powerful on the local level.

It’s why they want Rush to shut up too, how many stories before the rise of the net did he push that the MSM wanted the world to forget or ignore?

There are some pronouncement that are just so nonsensical that one can’t believe that they are being expressed by an intelligent person.

Today on Morning Joe they talked about Mitt Romney’s frosty relationship with the press. The panel noted that it’s a very bad idea for Romney to avoid cultivating the press.

Mitt Romney might have a lot of problems as a candidate, but he should cozy up to the media, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

the media that wouldn’t vet Barack Obama?

the media that tried to blame Sarah Palin for the Gabby Giffords shooting?

the media that lionized the Occupy movement and refused to report on the crime, including rape within?

the media that still misrepresent Andrew Breitbart and the Shirley Sherrod business

and his $100,000 challenge

the media that ignored and/or celebrated the snuff stuff on George Bush

the media that STILL doesn’t report on Molly Norris for fear of offending islam

the media that has attacked Rush for a week but didn’t find new Afghan “guidelines” newsworthy

or the journo-list scandal

or fast and furious

or Pigford

the media that misrepresented the tea party at every chance they got

the media that ignored the global warming scandals

I could go on for a very long time.

Now I’ll make one caveat here. Joe Scarborough and Mika openly express their opinions, a person who talks to them knows where they are coming from so it changes the dynamic, but they are not the people following the candidates around.

There are only two types of republicans that the MSM approve of: those who will attack the GOP and those who are safely dead.

Romney may have a lot of faults, but to suggest that a bad relationship with the MSM is one of them is nonsense. He is smart enough to know that once the more conservatives candidates are finally eliminated anything resembling friendly or unbiased coverage will cease and the MSM will be full tilt for Barack Obama.

The sooner a GOP candidate acknowledges that reality the sooner they can adjust their campaign to deal with it.

On Monday I marveled at the lack of coverage of the LA school sex abuse issue, well there is a bombshell:

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy told parents Monday evening that the district is replacing the entire staff of Miramonte Elementary School in the wake of the arrests last week of two teachers on lewd conduct charges.

The unprecedented move is intended to build confidence among the many families who have lost faith in their neighborhood elementary school. More than a quarter of students did not show up for classes Monday.

Now you would think this would produce headlines and coverage all over the place. A sex scandal involving minors so bad that the entire staff of a school is replaced to restore confidence.

Yet I don’t see any TV coverage, I don’t see any Maureen Dowd columns, I don’t see anyone calling for a comprehensive examination of public schools and waving of statue of limitations for public school teachers. Until and unless the word “Priest” is involved for the story, as far as the MSM is concerned there IS no story.

I’ve said it before and say it again.

Media bias is not just about how things are reported but about what things people choose to report on.

The solution in LA by the way is clear, we must end Celibacy in the LA public school system and allow teachers to marry to nip this in the bud!

Update: The Washington Post has one story on it, lets see if there is follow up or TV coverage

While I was perusing Stacy McCain’s long post on what’s been going on while he’s been busy in Florida I noticed a particular headline that he highlighted:

Accused teacher’s behavior was reported decades ago, students say

School officials and Sheriff’s Department investigators have said they have no records of anyone complaining about former teacher Mark Berndt, 61, who is accused of gagging students with tape, blindfolding them and spoon-feeding his semen to them as part of a “tasting game.”

But two women came forward Wednesday to say that school officials had looked into a complaint made against Berndt in the 1990-91 school year.

Now one might think this story out of LA might be rather newsworthy nationally, but one would be wrong. This is very likely the first you’ve read about it beyond those initial days.

What is more amazing is this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a story of the Los Angelas School district being informed of teacher misconduct of that nature and it being ignored:

On May 1, 2008, police in South Gate California arrested Jesus I. Angulo, 35 and Maria Sotomayor , 36, the principal and vice-principal respectively, at South East High School. Months earlier, a 13-year-old-girl at the Los Angeles-area school came to them to report that the school’s girls’ soccer coach and substitute teacher, Jesus Salvador Saenz, had sex with her. By law the two administrators were required to immediately notify police or call the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. They did neither.

And if you think those two lost their jobs, think again

Even after pleading “no contest” and guilty, the two administrators still enjoy full employment with LAUSA today, in fact, LAUSD has since given each administrator a promotion…and not a single journalist has taken note
Double Standard Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church; David F. Pierre, Jr. P 29

And I didn’t even mention the Steven Thomas Rooney case in the same district.

Now think for one moment if either of these teachers were priests, or if these administrators were Bishops would there be any other story in the media? Would not Maureen Dowd be writing story after story on the subject.

The church has cleaned up its act. If the public schools systems are ever investigated in the way the church was the public school systems in the big cities would be shut down for good and the major cities bankrupted.

Update: HTML didn’t translate, fixed

After this sentiment was expressed on the air to the laughter of the panel, woman’s groups everywhere came out and denounced MSNBC. Nancy Pelosi called Joe Scarborough “Sexist” and Mika Brzezinski a “Traitor to her sex”. Stars in Hollywood vowed to no longer appear on the show until an apology was forthcoming, and Democratic and Republican representatives took to the well to denounce NBC, MSNBC and Morning Joe.

….oops, wait theirs there’s an update. Checked the transcript, what actually was said was: “Women don’t need men except to laugh at.”

Well that’s OK then.

Update: Here is the video

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Update 2: Spell checkers make you lazy, maybe that’s why Mika’s laughing

Update 3: Remember today is the day to call AM 830 DaTechGuy on DaRadio on WCRN at 10 AM EST to make the case for your favorite presidential candidate, with Sarah Palin not running my vote is up for grabs.

Lately I’ve been missing large chunks of Morning Joe due to Morning Mass but today I’ve been scanning the channels looking for the John Lewis Story on any of the Morning Shows.

I went to ABC, CBS, NBC in the 7 a.m. hour, I checked CNN and I started watching Morning Joe at 6:16. John Lewis? Not a word, is he Jerry’s kid brother?

To remind everyone who only gets their news from the left, over the weekend at the Occupy Atlanta protests the crowd refused to let Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis speak declaring: “He’s no better than anyone else”.

NOTE: I missed the first 15 minutes of Morning Joe today but I went back at 8 a.m. when it repeated, they quoted John Lewis saying the protests: “Reminded him of the civil rights movement” but somehow didn’t find “occupy Atlanta”‘s refusal to let him speak newsworthy.

Now if my wife and I were still in Maine with no laptop and the MSM as my only source of news, I would have no idea that this ever happened, nor would I know about GOP political consultant Ali Akbar’s invitation to Mr. Lewis to speak at a tea party event. Take a look at the Memeorandum thread that opened up after the Sunday shows:

Look at the links, not a single blog on the left has a problem with a predominantly white crowd insulting a 14 term congressman and civil rights icon with video to back it up. update the Crawdad Hole writes to say they are a blog of the left that doesn’t support the current Democratic party

The Crawdad Hole asks what they would have done if it had been a Tea Party, (even without video)? They don’t have to ask, we saw it with the false “Tea Party” incident leading on every network and the ignoring of Breitbart’s $100k challenge. In fact today Morning Joe played a clip of Nancy Pelosi repeating that same Tea Party canard.

OK so if the John Lewis story wasn’t news what did the MSM decide was the story of the week, with unemployment at 9.1% and leftist protesters going naked in SF and defecating on police cars in NY. What was the burning issue that had to be addressed:

Are Mormons Christians and do the GOP candidates think so?

Yup; THAT is the burning issue sweeping the nation. So this morning on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC the whole question of the remarks of Robert Jeffres at the Value Voters Summit was the only issue that matters. All of them went long on it. Morning Joe hit it both hours and attacked Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann for having the temerity to suggest that they aren’t running for theologian in chief.

Our betters in the elite beltway media beat their breasts shocked and dismayed that a group of American might choose to reject Mitt Romney based on his religion (as opposed to his constant flip-flops, Romney Care etc etc etc…) but in their self-righteous outrage I seemed to recall something they don’t.

During the proposition 8 campaign and its aftermath the Mormon Church was constantly attacked by the left, the media and gay activists for their opposition to Gay Marriage. That same media lionized the comedy “The Book of Mormon” that pokes fun at the religion and have had little outrage over TV shows that made fun of Mormons and their beliefs.

For some reason I don’t seem to recall their outrage then.

I agree with them and Bill Bennett that Mitt Romney’s religion should not be a cause to oppose him but I submit that there will be a whole lot more people on the left who will summarily reject a Mormon candidate due to religion than on the right.

I further question the news judgement of the most theologically ignorant segment in the nation, they couldn’t explain what Catholics believe with the Pope coaching them let alone Mormons, in their decision to consider this story more significant than the snubbing of John Lewis by the Occupyeverwhere people.

Finally I suggest that even though the MSM is not talking about the John Lewis incident, the Black Community is, via facebook , via twitter and via all kinds of social and black media. Black Americans have noticed the snubbing of Lewis and I’ll wager they’ll also notice the MSM rushing to embrace the “occupy everywhere protests” that did it.

They will not forget.

Update: Not just an instalanche but a HEH! Now that’s special!

Update 2: If by some miracle you missed the video here it is:

BTW on an unrelated issue with Sarah Palin not running, my vote is available. I’m issuing an open invitation to supporters of any GOP candidate (or the candidates themselves) to call my show Saturday at 10 a.m. EST 888-9-fedora to make their your case to win my vote.

Update 3: BTW don’t forget my bi-weekly column at the Conservatory Under the Fedora

Update 4: The Crawdad hole sends this correction:

The Crawdad Hole is a lefty blog. We are former Hillary Clinton supporters who do not support Barack Obama or the current Democratic party.

So noted.

Update 5: Terrorists, Smearaoists who cares about Occupy Boston lending support to an Al Qaeda terrorist when the Mormon question remains unanswered!

Question: Whats missing from this politico piece on the Obama-Perry Photo?

Maybe it’s just me but if you are going to have a piece about a photo, perhaps one might want to include it? I don’t recall the MSM being this shy about a photo or drawing since the Mohammad Cartoons.

A slightly different version of this picture showed up in my Inbox yesterday but I normally don’t follow that kind of stuff. Politico’s decision to avoid putting it out there converts it from internet junk-mail to an interesting story of omission.

What is Politico afraid of

Or to put it another way, that’s how much worried (and in the tank) Politico is for election 2012. They don’t dare risk showing a stupid internet e-mail picture for fear of elevating Perry and diminishing Obama.

What does that tell you? I know what it tells me:

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

Aww you guessed!

I am getting really sick of doing posts about Rick Perry but the left’s apoplexy over him keeps inspiring me.

You might recall the left went absolutely nuts when Herman Cain and later Newt Gingrich suggested that they might hesitate to appoint a Muslim to a cabinet post without being sure their loyalty was to the US and not radical Islam. The scream was a bigoted religious test for office.

Yet today the left is hitting Rick Perry for his protestant belief in a literal bible interpretation via Moe Lane.

Evolution is not a bad theory but macro evolution has several problems, mostly in the realm of mathematics and probability. Those who go nuts if anyone questions the theory in any way are without realizing it, practicing a fundamentalist religion of their own, but the real point is the implication that because Gov Perry is willing to question evolution he is not qualified for the presidency.

This disqualifies any fundamentalist protestant from the White House.

Now maybe it’s just me as we are at war with radical Islam the former question just might be more legitimate than the latter, but to the left any belief based on Christianity, no matter what is it is, poses a greater danger than any belief based on Islam.

Exit question: If Perry’s problem with Evolution was based on a fundamentalist belief in the Koran rather than the Bible would the left dare question him on it? I doubt it.

Question:(asked by Powerline blog concerning the shooting of a business owner in Ohio for hiring non-union labor) Does Anyone Care About Actual Political Violence?

Our media try endlessly to draw fictitious connections between violence and political or quasi-political movements. They do this to advance their own political agenda. But, when it comes to the one movement that has actually used violence to advance its interests over a period of decades, our reporters and editors carefully avert their eyes. This is one of the many media scandals of our time.

How do we solve this problem of media omission? From what I can see the best solution is the Rule 5™ approved IowaHawk Made-ya-Look™ media system!  For details click on the image below:

These girls hold the key to the problem of Media Bias!

Lisa Graas has links to a story at the Daily Caller that has to be read to be believed:

If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental illnesses — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

Lisa as you might guess is not amused and says this in part:

The collective conscience of a society is not, by itself, a “standard”. Rather, it is “mob rule” that has no basis in any standard.

Or as I have called it often here, the ICK factor.

I first mentioned the ICK factor in the early days of the blog in an attack on Richard Cohen :

And PLEASE don’t give me the “ick” factor argument about these other things being accepted. Ick is just an argument about culture. It is the same argument that one would have heard concerning gay marriage less that 20 years ago.

Then came the Polanski case:

If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But… f—ing, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to f— young girls. Juries want to f— young girls. Everyone wants to f— young girls!”

…This is all about trying to normalize behavior by an elite group of people who do not want to be judged.

We then saw the press reaction to Polanski:

in Hollywood I am not sure a 13-year-old is really a 13-year-old. Here I thought I was making an Ironic Joke and the Washington Post shows otherwise…

…Will the last blogger out the door pick up Patterico’s jaw from the floor?

Followed by John Nolte talking about how Hollywood works:

And this is how cinematic propaganda works. Whether the filmmaker’s motivations are good or evil, the idea is to get decent and thoughtful people to start second guessing themselves as they’re enveloped in the dark and held captive by the powerful sound and fury of the moving picture. First we’re led to identify and sympathize with a particular character, then that character does something designed to challenge our belief structure. This can range from, “If John Wayne opposes racism, maybe I should,” to, “Well, if a loving mother is okay with it, maybe I need to get a little more nuanced and tolerant about this whole child-rape thing.”

On its face, that may sound laughable, and maybe it is, but that doesn’t mean our eyes are lying to us. Last year merely topped off a campaign targeted at our children that began some time ago.

In that post I didn’t include his examples, but in this post I will.

In 2006’s “Notes on a Scandal,” Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett plays a school teacher engaged in a steamy sexual affair with one of her students. Like “The Reader,” the sex scenes between a mature woman and her student strive for the erotic and never once does the story stop to examine how such a destructive affair might psychologically affect a teen-aged boy. That same year, in “Little Children,” Jackie Earle Haley was Oscar-nominated for his support work as a molester just released from prison who’s the victim of that favorite Hollywood whipping boy, suburban hypocrisy. Just two years earlier, Kevin Bacon’s heroic molester in “The Woodsman” not only saves the day and wins the pretty girl, but in his valiant struggle to “reform” he’s presented as a kind of “civil rights” metaphor as policemen and “intolerant” co-workers torment him.

The award for Most Unsettling, however, must go to 2004’s “Birth,” where Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman stars as a widow convinced her dead husband has returned in the form of a 10 year-old boy. If watching a near-forty year-old woman exchange longing looks with a little kid isn’t creepy enough, wait till they end up naked in a bathtub together.

And now we see yet another attempt to move the ICK factor goal posts by the elites of the nation:

Researchers from Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Louisville, and the University of Illinois will be among the panelists at the conference.

My point? I’m not surprised one bit and nor should anyone who has been paying attention over the last 3-4 decades. The question is will this be the final trigger for the latest Great Awakening or in the final decline of American/Western society?

I tend to be an optimist and I believe we will see the former over the latter.

Update: I’m surprised that the conference has not gotten much media coverage, and neither has this:

“I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry. … It’s the big secret,” Feldman said.

The “casting couch,” which is the old Hollywood reference to actors being expected to offer sex for roles, applied to children, Feldman said. “Oh, yeah. Not in the same way. It’s all done under the radar,” he said.

“I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. … Didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, Oh, my God. They were everywhere,” Feldman, 40, said.

Now I’d think this would be a pretty big story, wouldn’t you, yet it is going nowhere. Why? Dave Piere has one answer

So here is a claim of massive abuse and cover-ups happening in Hollywood. Where is the major media on this?

Nearly a week after the episode aired, the response to Feldman’s alarming claims has been almost non-existent in the major media. While the Boston Globe and the New York Times have hyperventilated over decades-old allegations of abuse by Catholic priests (many of which were all-too-true), neither paper dedicated even a drop of ink to Feldman’s shocker.

Could it be that major media folks do not wish to dig too deep into this story and upset one of their largest sources of income?

But the Catholic League has the right answer:

So we have professionals who seek to normalize pedophilia, and a Hollywood milieu in which it thrives, and few seem to care. In other words, when the secular elite promote, or otherwise engage in, child molestation, it really doesn’t matter. It only matters if the sicko is Fr. Murphy.

That’s pretty much it.

Where would we be without our unbiased media folks like Tina Brown?

It’s because of stuff like this:

via Stacy McCain who notes:

What’s strange is that liberals find this type of narrative perfectly acceptable when what is being testified to is some appropriately secular conversion: “Why I became a lesbian feminist” or “When I learned the undenjiable scientific truth of global warming” or “How I discovered that my Republican parents are closet Nazis.” It is only the conversion narrative of Bible-believing Christians that liberals find obnoxiously repellant. And the idea that a Bible-believing Christian might think themselves called to high public office . . .

Well, liberals just can’t handle that — at least when the self-identified Christian is a pro-life conservative Republican. It was OK for John F. Kennedy to be Catholic, it was OK for Jimmy Carter to be a Baptist, and it was OK for Barack Obama to be whatever it is you want to call devotees of what Rev. Jeremiah Wright preaches. But let a conservative Republican speak in public about his or her Christian faith, and liberals immediately start screaming about “theocracy.”

It’s like Ann Coulter says in Godless: Liberalism is a religion and abortion is its sacrament.

As Rush Limbaugh says, the MSM will always telegraph who they fear

One final thought. Pre 1965 with very few exceptions the Average American would have found absolutely nothing odd about that kind of speech coming from a political figure running for president or any office.

Update: Ann Althouse raises an interesting point:

This reminds me of why I wouldn’t let Isthmus photograph me when it did a cover story about me. I figured they’d take a lot of shots and pick one that made me look crazy or bad in some other way.

But I wasn’t striving for media coverage, and Bachmann is. She’s got to take what she can get. The media is (mostly) liberal. Deal with it. You’ve got to manage your face if you want to get elected

What can’t be cured must be endured, but it doesn’t mean we can’t call em out.

Every now and then the MSM lets the mask slip (via Breitbart):

Not “The Democrats got nothing” or “The White House got nothing.” or “The Liberals got nothing” or “You got nothing.” but “We got nothing.”

My question for Norah O’Donnell, who are the “we” you are referring to?

If you want to know why blogs and bloggers are important and worth your financial support, this is it.

Of course at the New Republic Jonathan Chatt objects to Breitbart’s use of O’Donnell own words. I leave it to you, who are you going to believe, Jonathan Chatt or your own eyes and ears?

Update: Forgot the link to Chatt, inserted.

Gabe Sherman on Morning Joe is violating a basic rule of MSNBC. He has specifically defended Fox in the News of the World Scandal.

Even John Heilemann is dismissing the “9/11” stuff that Justice is investigating in the US (as they duck gunrunner) dismissing it as the charges of the Daily Mirror, another tabloid.

And of course we have Carl “I don’t mind getting personal info like phone numbers to bring down Nixon” Bernstein still trying to connect it to both sides of the Atlantic describing it as an “attempt to get power”.

They keep going back to Fox because that is why the media is going gaga on it, it’s why you have 45 minutes of an US morning show devoted to live coverage of Parliament.

If they just reported the story, the story would take care of itself and would sting, by overplaying it, suddenly it becomes less a news story than yet another attempt to climb higher by bringing down those ahead of them.

If you want to know why NBC has to “lean forward” it’s because it’s the only way that can get any closer to Fox news that is leaving them in the dust.


…concerning Zombie’s post about the Turn Right/ Ehlinger ad.

In their get out the vote flyer story on the CA 36 race they religiously avoid topics that might depress the Hahn campaign turnout while Highlighting items that might energize democratic voters. This in itself is no surprise, this is the MSM and that they are in the tank for Democrats should be no surprise to anyone who has paid any attention over the years.

Yet among their Omissions is any reference to the Turn Right USA rap video. Just to remind you Zombie’s post yesterday referred to the ad as “backfiring” and “dunderheaded video” yet the AP doesn’t mention it at all.

One would think that given the “Hey Democrats you need to get out and vote” theme of the story they might include the video that might energize democrats, while dodging the Fox news story on the gang connections, but they do not.

Why? Because they can’t take the chance of democratic voters finding one more reason to avoid voting for Janice Hahn.

Oh and one more thing, I hit Zombie on his conclusion concerning the Turn Right USA ads, but take a good look at Zombie’s full post vs the AP story running today. Compare the two and ask yourself this question: If you were totally uninformed about the CA-36 race, which one brings you up to speed?

The answer tells you in a nutshell why the MSM is declining while alternative media is rising.

What the article itself is not bad as it tries to disect why Drudge has succeeded the best evaluation comes from a commentator named Parker1227 from Seattle :

One of the great leftist laments in comments sections is, “Here comes the Drudge zombies!”

Of course, Drudge is now linking this article.

It goes without saying that The Drudge Report (like Fox News), was created by the obvious leftist bias built into journalism in the US.

If leftist editors, who control about 95% of our news headlines, had made any real attempt to serve all of their readers, left and right, instead of pushing their leftist ideology down everyone’s throats – Drudge and Fox News would probably not even exist.

No one but yourselves to blame.

It would be no contest to see how many folks hit this Times Article via Drudge vs how many hit Drudge from the time article.

(via Glenn).