President Merkin Muffley: But this is absolute madness, Ambassador! Why should you *build* such a thing?
Ambassador de Sadesky: There were those of us who fought against it, but in the end we could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace race. At the same time our people grumbled for more nylons and washing machines. Our doomsday scheme cost us just a small fraction of what we had been spending on defense in a single year. The deciding factor was when we learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid of a doomsday gap.
President Merkin Muffley: This is preposterous. I’ve never approved of anything like that.
Ambassador de Sadesky: Our source was the New York Times.

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb 1964

While Donald Trump has only been in office a few weeks it’s already pretty easy to see the pattern of how he operates, he’ll put something out there, the left/media will loudly denounce/disclaim what’s been said and then within a few days or weeks events end up showing Trump right. The best example of this is Sweden where Trump talked about their problems concerning Islamic immigration. The media , which spent years ignoring stories concerning this, pronounced it all phony and right on cue a new set of riots took place for the people who had not been paying attention before to see.

The media’s decision to go all in on denials of Obama Administration wiretaping of the Trump campaign, which is notable for the phase “without presenting any evidence” following any mention of the current president’s claims highlighted by the repeated. You can’t go to a MSM site without seeing people loudly saying that Obama did not or could not have ordered the bugging of the Trump campaign.

The first problem for the MSM narrative came when Glenn Reynolds pointed out in his USA Today piece that the Obama administration has a history of this kind of thing

It’s certainly not impossible to believe that the Obama administration spied on Trump. Obama wouldn’t be the first president to engage in illegal surveillance of opposition candidates, and his administration has been noted for its great enthusiasm for domestic spying. In an effort to plug embarrassing leaks, the Obama administration spied on Associated Press reporters and seized the phone records not only of a Fox News reporter but also of his parents. Obama’s political allies even alleged that his CIA spied on Congress.

Nor is it unbelievable that under the Obama administration, supposedly non-partisan civil servants would go after political opponents. After all, the notorious IRS scandal was about exactly that.

This must have been news to USA Today’s readers who normally aren’t treated to the stories the MSM has done it’s best to ignore.

The next blow came from old friend Yid with Lid who noticed an interesting coincidence, at the New York Times

On January 19th and 20th 2017, The NY Times reported that wiretaps of people on the Trump team were passed along to the Obama White House, one of the story’s authors was Michael S. Schmidt. On Saturday that same Michael S. Schmidt was one of the reporters who wrote the story, “Trump, Offering No Evidence, Says Obama Tapped His Phones.” That’s right, the same NY Times reporter who was one of the sources for the President’s claim, said that there was no evidence for the claim.

This post noting the NYT arguing with itself got him not only the attention of Breitbart and others but the well deserved attention of Rush Limbaugh which spread this evidence even further.

And Jeffrey Lord a CNN regular put the icing on the cake at the American Spectator:

Obamagate is here.

And Mark Levin is on the case. First on his Thursday radio show and then in his appearance on Fox and Friends over the weekend, Mark laid out in chapter and verse the mainstream media’s own reporting that the Obama administration was responsible for using government agencies to spy on its political opponents — namely Donald Trump, his aides, and then-U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, now the Attorney General of the United States.

Said the former chief of staff to U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III:

This is not about President Trump’s tweeting; this is about the Obama administration spying.… The issue isn’t whether the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign or transition of surrogates; the issue is the extent of it…. Donald Trump is the victim. His campaign is the victim. His transition team is the victim. His surrogates are the victim.

To the question of whether former President Obama was involved? After noting that there were repeated stories on the government’s spying of Trump and others in the New York Times and the Washington Post — newspapers unquestionably well-read by the Obama White House — the talk radio host added: “I will tell you this, he’s more involved than he says; it’s his executive branch.”

Bingo!

It will be a fun week on CNN as the panels he’s on explain where all the “Trump Russia” stuff comes from while at the same time denying any wiretapping, of course as Andrew McCarthy noted the demise of that line of attack might be an interesting side effect of this whole business:

Here’s the most interesting part: Now that they’ve been called on it, the media and Democrats are gradually retreating from the investigation they’ve been touting for months as the glue for their conspiracy theory. It’s actually quite amusing to watch: How dare you suggest President Obama would ever order surveillance! Who said anything about FISA orders? What evidence do you lunatic conservatives have — uh, other than what we media professionals been reporting — that there was any investigation of the Trump campaign?

But have you noticed? While all this head-spinning legal jibber-jabber goes back and forth, the foundation of the false narrative we’ve been hearing since November 8 has vanished. Now that we’re supposed to believe there was no real investigation of Trump and his campaign, what else can we conclude but that there was no real evidence of collusion between the campaign and Russia . . . which makes sense, since Russia did not actually hack the election, so the purported objective of the collusion never existed.

How bad is it, so bad you have law professor & Obama voter Ann Althouse writing this short post which I quote in full

I’m tired of reading things like “President Trump’s astonishing and reckless accusation that he was wiretapped on orders from President Barack Obama should finally be the tipping point in how the country views him and his presidency.” (That’s E.J. Dionne in The Washington Post.)

From what I’ve read, “ordered” is the weasel word that allows anti-Trumpsters to make flat statements portraying Trump as out of his mind. But the notorious Trump tweets do not say that Obama “ordered” a wiretapping. They ask if it is “legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election?” and refer to what a court had done. Though Trump didn’t precisely say this, any “order” came from the court. He then said “President Obama was tapping my phones,” which isn’t to say that he “ordered” it. I think the story Trump is relying on is that the FISA court granted a warrant (after some funny business to get around a previous denial), not that Obama just “ordered” it. Then, Trump tweeted that Obama had gone “low… to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process.” Trump portrays Obama as doing something, not “ordering” it.

Unless the anti-Trumpsters can speak clearly avoid the safety of that word, I will not trust what they say. 

Well that’s logical, after all the MSM is apparently asserting that they’re past reporting can’t be trusted either.

Exit Question 1. How bad is it for the left when even Erick Erickson, the origonal Trump foe hitting the attacks on him.

Exit Question 2. How long before we see the first Judicial Watch FOIA Suit on the subject?

Update: There’s a reason why I perfer paper books to electronic it makes it much harder for the NYT to change this:

into this


and pretend they never said what they did.

I’d be very interested in discovering when this change took place. If it was after the President’s charge against the Obama admin then it speaks volumes about the left trying to re-write history.

On the bright side it provides an actual legit reason for a conservative to buy the dead tree version of the Times


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Today on Morning Joe a fraud was perpetuated on the viewers during Mike Allen’s Politico segment.

The topic was GOP establishment strength in primaries in 2014.  Jazz Shaw touched on the subject at HotAir this weekend:

it just may turn out that McConnell is finding some room to relax. Chris McDaniel has made some gains in Mississippi, but it looks like Thad Cochran is still holding enough of a lead to feel comfortable. Of course, that primary isn’t until June and a lot can change between now and then. Milton Wolf has definitely eroded Pat Roberts’ favorability numbers in recent months, but the last polling we’ve seen still shows Roberts with a two to one advantage.

As for the long game of McConnell and Matt Bevin, well… what can you say? That 55 to 29 spread doesn’t seem to be budging.

I’ll have a lot more to say about McConnell’s CPAC  2014 later this week, but it’s certainly fair to say the Tea Party primary candidates including ones I supported like Dwayne Stovall have failed to carry the day, however the GOP establishment had one huge advantage in the 2014 primary cycle that they did not have in 2010 season. The silence of the movement’s most popular member, Senator Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz stills Wednesday 013
For those who have forgotten here is what Cruz said to the Dallas Morning News back in August:

“It is likely that I am going to stay out of incumbent primaries across the country, either supporting incumbents or opposing incumbents.”

and while the MSM called this a poke in the eye to incumbents to harm them as I said at the time

The reality is he is doing exactly the opposite.

Cruz knows better than anyone how an endorsement from the #1 Tea Party draw changes a race:

What would be the fastest way to build name recognition, to raise money for a run when the interests in the state are afraid of being on the wrong side of the sitting senator in the room?

A Ted Cruz endorsement.

Cruz’s deliberate inaction was the single biggest gift he could give to the GOP establishment during the primary season and senators from McConnell on down know it.

On Morning Joe that wasn’t the reality that was discussed when Mike Allen came on for the Politico Playbook segment

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Watching that segment a viewer would have no idea Cruz announced months ago that he was staying out of incumbent primaries this cycle.  That a sin of omission but at the very end of the segment  Mike Allen crosses the line from ignoring the lede to outright deception.   After Joe Scarborough notes Cornyn’s solid primary win sans a  Cruz’s endorsement Mike Allen closes the segment saying.

and then senator Cruz courageously endorsed Senator Cornyn the next day.

and it’s not just the use of the mockingly false adverb, but how he does so.  I’ve cut the segment to the final 25 seconds look at Mike Allen’s face as he sells the line.

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Yeah I know it’s MSNBC,  yes I know Mike Allen is a Journolist guy so perhaps this kind of mendacity shouldn’t bother me…

…but I’ve gotta tell you such a bald-faced deception of the audience is a dishonorable act  and there is at least one person on that set who that should bother a lot.

Joe Scarborough has his name on that show and I’ve already written that he makes it a point to treat his audience well, particularly at personal appearances and he’s can’t let something like that go.

It’s one thing to throw an ignorant insults as Mike Barnicle & Mika did to Sarah Palin (which Joe called them on) . That’s cheep but  in the end such insults demean the person making them more that the target.

It’s quite another thing for a regularly featured guest on the TV show that’s bears your name to under the guise of news,  misrepresent and misinform the audience to the actions of a sitting senator. That’s unfair to the senator, unfair to the viewers and unfair to the host who welcomes you to the show.

I was pleased to see in the 8 PM replay the Allen segment was cut to remove the entire conversation on the subject.  I’m also pleased it wasn’t removed from the online segment since pretending it never happened would be a second deception.

I think Allen owes Joe and the viewers an apology and  correction tomorrow or at least a clarification. You want to sell a point of view, that’s fine, we all have them, but if you are going to do so do it honestly.

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It not important for them to know, it’s important for me to know

Patton 1970

The chips are down. I want you to keep everything that Smith says out of all our newspapers and all the others you can line up in the state. As for those broken-down opposition papers who don’t want to play ball with us. I want you to tie them up for 24 hours.

Mr Smith Goes to Washington 1039

I’ve been under the weather since my returning colleges kindly Saturday’s show and last night so as soon as the Obama tape came out I watched the short version and crashed totally ignoring the debate over the tape.

Before I hit the sack our friends on the left were busying saying there was nothing to see here and trying to dismiss it even before the tape was seen

At about 7:30 p.m. ET, the DNC Rapid Response team sent an email to reporters titled “That was Lame,” listing “instant reaction to the latest lame Drudge/Hannity desperation tactics.”

The email merely included tweets from journalists — before the story was published — expressing skepticism and disinterest and the mistaken claim that the video had been published before.

The tweets used by the Democratic National Committee came from reporters at organizations including Politico, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, New York Magazine and the Atlantic.

Because it’s always the best practice to report on items before they are released.

Then the video was released:

and we saw things like this:

All forgetting that a joke isn’t old if you haven’t heard it

And then came the race accusations:

Because nothing is more racist than showing Barack Obama an unedited and unfiltered.

And of course then the left showed their own sensitivity toward certain groups like Gays and Jews:

Mind you this isn’t just some guy, this is a regular at Huffington post and a player, a man who has been in Washington for years and one who has served democrat members of congress and now a senior media matters fellow. I was half expecting a line about ladyparts but I digress.

When that didn’t stop the conversation the left decided to produce a video of their own at where else, the Huffington Post:

Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, share a similarly dim view of a very large portion of Americans, according to previously unreported remarks by Ryan. Both believe that many of their fellow citizens are dependent on government and have no motivation to improve their lives — but they disagree over the precise number.

Romney’s estimate, famously, is 47 percent. For Ryan, it’s 30 percent.

The idea being those not paying attention oh there is a video or there is another video And MSNBC being MSNBC played them side by side, only problem is a Politico pointed out on Morning Joe the Ryan Video actually helps Romney the quote:

Today 70% of Americans get more benefits from the Federal Government in dollar value then they pay back in taxes, so you can argue that we are already past that tipping point. The good news is. survey after survey, poll after poll still shows we are still a center right 70-30 country. 70% of Americans want the American dream they believe in the American idea only 30% want the welfare state. What that tells us is that at least half of those people in that category are there not of their wish or their will. They believe in that horizon that they’re shooting for, they’re down on their luck, they’re out of their job they’re back in school. They want the American idea and they want their kids to be better off. emphasis mine

But the left is correctly thinking it is less damaging to have attention drawn to an exculpatory video for Romney (and perhaps those not paying attention will just take it as described by the left) then for people to pay attention to the President in his own words.

What our friends on the left and the media have not figured out concerning the Obama video as they cry “race” is the target. It is not Barack Obama as much as it is the media that has protected him as Glenn Reynolds put it:

SO IN RESPONSE TO THE NEW OBAMA VIDEO DROP, one establishment political journalist tells me it’s no big deal because everyone knows Obama’s a big lefty, talks blacker when with black audiences, etc., etc.

But the thing is, in 2004-2008, Obama sold himself as a black guy who wasn’t in the mold of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. So when he sounds like that, it’s a contradiction. You know, the kind of hypocrisy the press usually goes after in politicians. Unless, as with Obama, the press is trying to drag them across the finish line. Because there’s no way they’re going to let Obama be a one-term, when the hated W got two. . . .

And that is the point, the Media knew Barack Obama for who he was in 2008 but that person might not have won, and that could not be allowed (particularly with the hated Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket) so they hid it.

Why do you think the movie 2016 continues to rock the box office? This movie has no business making the money it is, but the MSM decided that it wasn’t going to fill in the blanks on Barack Obama because it would tend to incriminate him. So when D’Sousa’s film came out and told the story the media would not, people rushed to see it.

The media decided to be Journo-listers, rather than Journalists and this is not the first time as Ed Driscol reminds us:

A presidential candidate calls for bankrupting an entire industry? Let’s ignore it in plain sight.

A presidential candidate calls for higher energy prices for all Americans, especially the poor? Capital idea, we agree! But on the whole, let’s ignore it in plain sight.

A presidential candidate has spent years marinating in a radical chic background? Let’s ignore it in plain sight.

The Middle East is in tatters as a result of an administration asleep at the wheel? Let’s ignore it in plain sight.

A border agent killed and guns in the hands of Mexican criminals? Let’s ignore it in plain sight.

An incendiary racially charged speech involving the man who is now the president of the United States emerges that 99 percent of the general public hasn’t seen? Old news. Let’s ignore it in plain sight.

There are those who have taken exception to my critiques of polls, and to the suggestion that the media is in the tank for this president. They might ask how I can say such a thing like this:

It is my nature to believe the best of people but if anyone ANYONE actually believes that this media is not collectively trying to give this race to Barack Obama they are suckers.

It’s because we saw it in 2007, we saw it in 2008, we saw it in 2010 and we continue to see it. Think about it for a second we actually saw the media after America was successfully attacked on 9/11’s anniversary killing our Ambassador focus on…blaming Mitt Romney for supposedly bad words.

The question isn’t why we distrust the MSM, the question is why any sane person would?

Update: BTW here is what that same media thinks of you

And that was retweeted by no less than John Harwood of CNBC

Thanks to some upload problems with some of my videos from the Ma-3 debate between Jon Golnik and Rep Nikki Tsongas I ended up missing most of Morning Joe, and due to some arrangements for my 100th Show event (You’re invited ticket at the bottom of this post BTW) I missed most of Morning Joe yesterday and with the big debate in Lowell between Scott Brown I only had time to note in passing the oddities of the latest Washington Post poll as an update to an already written piece:

If you are going to make a declaration in your poll you need to provide at least the cross tabs to be checked, like the Boston Globe poll.

Apparently while I was busy shooting photos, interviewing folks at the debate and etc a huge national debate over that Washington Post poll took place

Chuck Todd was ridiculing people who believe there is a media conspiracy. Meanwhile, his own network has dragged its feet on coverage of the administration’s disastrous handling of Libya and, well, he works for MSNBC.

That doesn’t bother me all that much in once sense, after all if media of national standing (or whatever standing MSNBC has) are answering you, that says where the debate is, but then this morning as I went through the posts I needed to do, I saw this bit revelation via Red State from the Post:

Out of 929 registered voters in the new poll, 161 live in one of these eight states, with a margin of sampling error of eight points.

Erick Erickson does the basic math

In short, the Washington Post conducted a national poll and discovered that 161 of those surveyed lived in swing states. Charitably — and Cohen does not break it down — that would work out to 20 voters polled in each of 8 swing states. TWENTY!!!

So there’s an 11 point gap among 161 people with a margin of error of around 8%. But the Washington Post reported this as a fact

So let me get this straight, the media that has called bloggers members of the Cheetos Brigade as Joe Scarborough did, the media that says we are in a “parallel universe“, the same media that called us conspiracy theorists when we dared point out the mathematics problems with the polls, some even admitted by pollsters. The same media that pooh poohed the nine year stats of voter registration , the media that has maximum access to the voters and large corporations to back them up.

This same media is using their national microphone to report as fact an 11 point lead for Barack Obama in swing states based on a twenty voters per state?

Pardon my language but ARE YOU FRIGGIN KIDDING ME?

Yes I’m a blogger, yes I don’t have a degree in journalism, writing or even English (BS Computer Science Minor American History) Yes I’m actually typing this in my bed wearing my underwear as per the stereotype because that’s when I scan the news in the morning and do my writing before I get myself ready to go out and do everything else.

But I damn well know you can’t judge a lead in swing states based on a sample so small per state that it couldn’t fill the 5th street diner.

Erickson again

Perhaps instead of being insulting, he, a former staffer for Tom Harkin’s Presidential campaign and whose wife was or is a Democratic operative, should acknowledge conservative distrust of the media and try to explain how the polls are shaped, skewed, weighted or not, and the general methodology.

It is my nature to believe the best of people but if anyone ANYONE actually believes that this media is not collectively trying to give this race to Barack Obama they are suckers.

And with all due respect to the opinion of Gov Christie I think it is vital to call these guys out on it, not because of a single election but because it is damaging to our democracy and to the first amendment to ignore this.

I’m a Republican, I’m with Mitt Romney, but when, in my opinion I thought Mitt was the weakest of the GOP candidates I called him out on it, and took flack for it from my side.

I’m with Scott Brown, but when I saw the WBUR poll that gave Elizabeth Warren a lead correctly reflected state voter registration I complemented them on it and took flack for it from my side.

I’m with Jon Golnik but when I said he did not win the debate Sunday against Nikki Tsongas I took flack for it from my side.

I could have ignored these things and wrote on something else but I said them anyway because I live in realville and THESE THINGS ARE TRUE!

My name is on this blog, I owe it to my name to say what I see and think is accurate.

I live off of the tip jar hits and subscriptions people make here and off the ads people buy, I owe it to those people to give them not just a quality product but a product as accurate as I can based on my observations and reporting.

I am a partisan and want my side to win, I owe them a fair critique so if they know how to fix problems they might have so they can win.

If you are a member of the MSM and you have a byline I don’t mind if you have a bias, I don’t even have a problem if you want Obama to win, but I do mind if you for the sake of that bias and that desire to re-elect Obama, report without question bad data or skewed data and then go after those who call you on it.

That is simply disgraceful, dishonest and dishonorable and you should be ashamed of yourselves for prostituting yourself in this way.

Until you change your ways, don’t you dare DARE treat me and my friends in a condescending way.

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UPDATE: The worst poll EVAH! These guys are trying their best do hide it but I’m sorry if you poll a sample with a +17.2 point advantage of people who voted Obama in 2008, a result that gets you a +15 Obama lead in 2012 is not a surprise it’s almost a foregone conclusion. Note the same poll in Aug that showed Obama up +3 had a +7.3 Obama 2008 vs McCain 2008 voter split

Cross-posted at Haemet.

In the latest round of Republicans are stealing your ladyparts!!, liberals have ditched the facts and gone for wild speculation, designed to gin up controversy and scare women into voting for them.  In the latest round, liberals claim that a Georgia state representative compared women to livestock and wants to force them to carry stillborn babies to term. (See also here, from the mis-named ThinkProgress.)

Here is the text of Georgia House Bill 954.  Take a quick read through it.  Now, most of you aren’t lawyers, but you’re probably wondering where the stillborn language is.  Or where the stillborn language was struck.

It wasn’t.  The new bill would prohibit abortion beyond the twentieth week unless to save the life of the mother, if the baby would die anyway, or if continuing the pregnancy would have a severe and permanent effect upon the bodily organs of the mother.  The bill would not change the meaning of abortion (notice how Chapter 9(B)(a)(1) does not have a strikethrough), which, under Georgia law, is:

(1) “Abortion” means the use or prescription of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device with the intent to terminate the pregnancy of a female known to be pregnant. The term “abortion” shall not include the use or prescription of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device employed solely to increase the probability of a live birth, to preserve the life or health of the child after live birth, or to remove a dead unborn child who died as the result of a spontaneous abortion. The term “abortion” also shall not include the prescription or use of contraceptives.

[Emphasis added] As conservatives, we should start with the belief that the media will always lie to us, then move from there in figuring out the exact nature of the mendacity being shoveled down American throats.