Remember the CNN / MSM gatekeepers insist we should follow their lead on what is important and what is not and Memeorandum is supposed to tell us what stories are big.

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There are plenty of things about Donald Trump’s quest for the GOP nomination that are newsworthy and worth a story to top Memorandum.  Trump telling a kid:   “I’m Batman” isn’t one of them

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Yesterday on Twitter when I went through my rankings on the debate I was asked a question on how I came up with my rankings:

All candidates have different short-range goals designed to enable their long-term goal of winning the nomination, which contrary to what some on twitter think, was not decided last night.

But There were other people on that stage.

Chris Wallace, Brett Baier and Megyn Kelly were all on stage and their goal was two fold  to raise their own profile and Fox’s.  Based on the print media coverage they got high marks the Washington Post:

Megyn Kelly/Bret Baier/Chris Wallace: Moderating a 10-person debate that includes Donald Trump is no easy task. The Fox trio managed the back and forth very well and, more importantly, asked good, challenging questions without venturing into “gotcha” territory. With the exception of the weirdness that happened between 8:50 pm and the start of the debate (more on that below), they were outstanding.

The NYT

They took each of the 10 Republicans onstage to task. They held each of them to account. They made each address the most prominent blemishes on his record, the most profound apprehensions that voters feel about him, the greatest vulnerability that he has.

It was riveting. It was admirable. It compels me to write a cluster of words I never imagined writing: hooray for Fox News.

Additionally every single. cable show since 11 PM struck has been talking Megyn Kelly vs Donald Trump. That is the primary topic everywhere and furthermore every single MSM and cable outlet from CNN to MSNBC have been talking it up and complementing Megyn Kelly.

And that’s the whole point.

For a long time the MSM has been painting Fox news as the mirror image of themselves,  just an arm of one side of the argument whose goal is to advance a philosophy.  That’s just not the case.

Roger Ailes has only had one goal, the best ratings possible and the #1 position in cable news.  That’s why he didn’t care about Jon Stewart, because  Ailes put it

He’s feeling unrewarded because Fox News beats him on the amount of money we make, on ratings and on popularity. I’m sure it’s very depressing when he sits home at night and worries about it. We never did,” Ailes said.

In that same spirit the Goal of the Fox team at the debate was not to protect the GOP, was not to look professional, it was to generate ratings in the short run and the long run

The short run goal was met spectacularly.

16% of United States homes with TV sets tuned in.
Fox News usually has 1% or 2% of the household audience.
For the sake of comparison, the highest-rated Republican primary debates in 2011 and 2012 were watched by approximately 5% of households.
The Democratic primary debates in 2008 were bigger, but none of those ever topped 10%.

And with every single person on TV talking Megyn Kelly what do you think her ratings are going to be tonight? (I’m writing this Friday afternoon).  I predict they’ll be through the roof.

Furthermore all of this is diametrically opposed to the MSM meme that Fox can not be trusted, that it is not “Fair and Balanced and how many of those people who will tune into fox for the first time over the next few days might decide to stay and frankly it’s not like the conservatives who are upset have anywhere else to go.

Roger Ailes must be dancing in the streets.

Does anyone seriously believe there any chance at all that any of the other networks will be as hard on the Democrats as Fox was on the GOP

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The third of three parts (plus an epilogue)  series on Donald Trump and the MSM part 1 Donald Donald Donald is here part 2 The Big Lie:  is here.   And today we are talking about the author of what is going on here.

The National GOP.

The GOP establishment (or as Ted Cruz calls them the “Washington Cartel”) has long ducked dodged and hidden when it comes to illegal immigration.  When election time comes around the tough talk comes on display but as soon as the election is past the chamber of commerce’s desire for  cheap labor that will not ask a lot of questions nor make the demands of the American born and the funds they contribute come into play.

The support of big money supporters is an important card but there is a second card in play.

As we have already established the media, particularly the Spanish media has been pushing the big lie that the GOP base dislikes illegal immigration because they dislike the Spanish.  It has been the reason immigration issue forward for many years trying to make it a wedge issue to use against Republicans & Conservatives (apparently the failure of a Democrat supermajority to bother with the issue from 2008-2010 had no bearing) .  At every opportunity the various arms of the media and culture paint conservatives in general and Republicans in particular as racists.

Now the GOP could fight back, they could directly confront the media that hates and spins the GOP, but there is one thing that holds them back.

It would mean the slings and arrows of the press to defend a base that many republican dislike.

They dislike a base that demands fiscal restraint when they would prefer the funds to grant favors to fatcat supporters who would repay them with high paying jobs when their time in congress is done.  They dislike a base whose devotion to Christianity & opposition to abortion causes them embarrassment in elite DC.  They dislike a base that gives scrutiny to bills that they would like quietly passed.

But most of all they resent a base that acts as if they, the people are in charge, that doesn’t submit to their betters.

Why fight for people you don’t like when it’s so much easier to go along?

So now we have Donald Trump speaking up when the party is silent and we’re treated to the spectacle of the same media that demonize Mitt Romney seeking him out to lead the attack with the rest of the GOP anxious to follow with only Ted Cruz is smart enough to call out the media for the game it’s trying to play.  The game that is never played on Democrats when a Carlos Henriquez comes along.

For the record I think the party, as I’ve already written,  has reason to distrust Trump, but not as much reason as the GOP voter has to distrust the party, now if the party had been willing to give some deference to the people who elected them, they would find them grateful.  If the GOP had been willing to lead on the immigration issue, to stand with their base, to make the case without having to be dragged screaming and kicking, then the base might have backed them up when they needed it.

Instead they kicked their base in the teeth,  and THEN they wonder why a man like Trump is able to make hay with them.

Bobby Jindal once famously called the GOP the stupid party, by running away from their base and enabling both Trump and the MSM, they are doing their best to prove him right.

The only saving grace of all of this is the trap that threatens the MSM, a trap that involves basic math, but that’s not so much part of the story but the epilogue.

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One thing about online polls they are designed to draw hits to your website but apparently.  This is why Time Magazine has an annual poll of which word should be banned.

Unfortunately for them, they didn’t like the people being drawn to their website such polls

TIME apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban. While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.

–Nancy Gibbs

Or more accurate according to Time’s customer base which is apparently confined to the MSM and people who want to control the clothing decisions of scientists objected

One might think that in the magazine era you would want to grow your customer base of course if you kick potential new customers in the teeth their arne’t likely to come back.

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Last week, my husband returned from a six month deployment in Afghanistan.  So politics haven’t been on my mind much.  Mostly, we’ve just enjoyed family time.  The separation is hard, but reunion is the reward.

With hubby still cleaning the moon dust off his boots, I got a little curious.  How is it going over there?  And are they talking about it much in the mainstream news outlets?

My husband and I have lived the military life since before 9/11.  Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom have been a constant for us for a long time.  Also, we don’t have cable TV, and I don’t turn on the local news unless a hurricane is on the way.

It’s hard for me to get a feel for what is common knowledge and sentiment outside of the military community.  Now, President Obama has said for a long time that we were gonna be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.  So that is probably common knowledge.

But then recently I read that he wants Afghanistan’s President Karzai to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that keeps US troops there until 2024.

Well that’s confusing.  So I started googling.  Here’s what I found.

Apparently, personnel designated as “combat troops” would withdraw under the BSA, but Special Forces and other counterterrorism personnel could remain another ten years.  This semantic hair-splitting allows President Peace Prize to continue claiming that the war will end in 2014.

I also found out that President Karzai might not sign the BSA, and if he doesn’t, then Obama might be forced to withdraw all troopsJust like Iraq.

Here’s some more tidbits that I found:

Duh:  Iran opposes the foreign presence in Afghanistan.

Oh really?  Thomas Jefferson used the Quran to devise the legal, moral and ethical stipulations for the American Constitution.

Good grief:  The US considered spending $4 billion of foreign aid to get Afghan men married.

Oh dear:  Both sides of the Afghanistan conflict are using Syria as a training ground.

And here’s some things I didn’t find:

I didn’t find much in the way of antiwar protests against the potential extension of the Afghanistan War.  I googled various key phrases, and the best thing I found was a HuffPo article (Amusing sidenote: guess which president is featured in the photo of this 2013 article?)  It’s about a handful of diehards that hold weekly protests in Montpelier.  Good for them, at least they are consistent.

I also didn’t find many recent official statements about the Afghanistan War, beyond the claim that it is ending soon.  Mark Levin recently lamented the lack of a definitive mission in Afghanistan, so I wondered whether that was true.

Whitehouse.gov was my first stop.  If you hover the cursor over “Issues,” a list that includes Defense pops up.  Oddly, the only specific subtopic is End of Iraq War.

Clicking on the topic Defense gets you some Guiding Principles.  There, we learn that President Obama’s new comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan

“will ensure that all elements of national power are engaged . . .  in an
effort to defeat al Qaeda to prevent attacks on the homeland and on our Allies
and partners.”

You have to click on the link to the new comprehensive strategy for more information.  There, you will find statements like

“We will achieve these objectives [by] . . . targeting the insurgency, working to secure key population centers, and increasing efforts to train Afghan security forces.”

“we are focusing assistance on supporting the President of Afghanistan and those ministries, governors, and local leaders who combat corruption and deliver for the people.”

So there is a mission, and maybe it is comprehensive, but it’s awfully confusing.  We will defeat Al Qaeda by targeting them?  What does that mean?  As long as we are going after them, that is a victory?  I guess the assumption is that Al Qaeda will give up after we target them long enough.  I wonder how long that is.

I had a look over at the Department of Defense, too.  They included Afghanistan as a specific subtopic in “Top Issues,” but disappointingly it was just a link to a NATO homepage.

What’s my conclusion?  Oh, I don’t know.  I hate forming opinions on policies that place friends and loved ones in harm’s way.  Please do share yours in a comment.  And remember all the deployed personnel in your prayers tonight.  And maybe every night until 2024.

There is one side effect of Chick Fil-A’s policy of not opening on Sunday that isn’t talked about much.

Because Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sunday the business that normally would go to Chick-fil-A goes elsewhere.

While that business likely isn’t as big as the rest of the week and there are likely a few people for who no chicken sandwich can replace Chick-fil-A (personally I think the spicy fillet at Wendy’s is better) There are a lot of small eateries that are very grateful to not have to compete with Chick-Fil-A for at least one day a week.

MSM in general and MSNBC In particular is a lot like Chick-fil-A on Sunday to conservative sites. Ignoring stories and giving us the business

Case in point, Project Veritas and the Obamacare Navigator story:

Last week we had three posts on the subject of Project Veritas’ video showing navigators advising people to lie concerning their income including an exclusive interview with Daniel Francisco recorded before the release of the first video.

Since that time a second interview has been released with more navigators illustrating that Juan Williams not withstanding, this wasn’t an isolated incident.

And Saturday I interviewed Daniel again on DaTechGuy on DaRadio

and yesterday Project Veritas tweeted us that more is coming…

 

But if you aren’t reading conservative site, or watching fox news or local news in Texas you still haven’t heard of this.

Just like the breaking Census scandal. This broke Monday Night at the New York Post. Yesterday the census department said this:

“We learned about the information today, and we’re reviewing the information contained in that article,” said Luiz Santos, the acting director of the division of congressional liaison and communications in the Department of Labor’s inspector general’s office. Santos said he could neither confirm nor deny whether the IG’s office had opened an investigation.

Zero hedge put it well:

Following the White House’s ignorance of anything that could be going on at the Census Bureau (apart from knowing for sure that the report on jobs data manipulation was misleading), the Census Bureau itself has chimed in…

*CENSUS BUREAU SEES NO ‘SYSTEMIC MANIPULATION’ OF JOBS DATA

So that’s good then – just unsystematic?

So this is the first they have heard of it and even if it happened it is “unsystematic”.

Not according to the latest from the post today:

I don’t know how high up in the Census Bureau the orders to fake employment survey data came from, but the director of the Philadelphia region was aware of those charges against one of his field representatives back in 2010.

Fernando E. Armstrong, the regional director at the time, admitted as much in an internal Census report I have reviewed.

And that field representative, Julius Buckmon, who filed as many as 100 fake reports a month — and admitted to me faking household survey reports — was not the only field rep to do so, according to a Census source.

Lets review:

1. We have a report of fraud to manipulate labor states before an election
2. a statement by the Census bureau saying they just heard about it and it’s not systematic
3. A follow-up report that directly contradicts the statement of the Census bureau.

There is a word for a story like that: Newsworthy

But not if you are the MSM, not if you are MSNBC and not if you are Morning Joe who has yet to find either of these stories worth their time.

Perhaps  this  might because they like to spread the wealth. Because they leave these stories to sites like mine they give us traffic and visibility. They are simply trying to help the little guy by giving us a chance by giving people a reason to visit us and hit or tip jars.

However a more cynical person you likely conclude this is because they don’t want to change the Obamacare story focus from the web site and certainly not wanting to deal with fraud before the president’s election. They want to protect this administration & this president.

Hmmm maybe they ARE like Chick-fil-A. It’s all about loyalty to the religion of liberalism and to their God.

Update: The new Veritas video is out:

I’ll have more to say about this tomorrow.

Pike Bishop:  What would you do in his place? He gave his word.

Dutch Engstrom:  He gave his word to a railroad.

Pike Bishop:  It’s his word.

Dutch Engstrom:  That ain’t what counts! It’s who you give it *to*!

The Wild Bunch 1969

One last thing about the Shutdown fight.

I posted this Morning in my “Why we fight” piece about Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky reward for his part in securing a victory for the White House and Democrats.

What I didn’t talk about was the left’s reaction to it.

On Morning Joe today in the 2nd segment politico brought up the deal and the kickback for his state, Joe Scarborough snickered at the idea noting the political crassness of it.

One would think that a critique of the GOP leader would be happily joined by the leftists at the table but they were having none of it.

One INSISTED McConnell had not asked for or had anything to do with the change, a second said it was a small price to pay for re-opening the government and the venerable Cokie Roberts defended it as a program that had been in the works for years that benefited people in his state.

It was simply amazing, here was the Republican Leader in the Senate taking the time to get something for himself that might help him perhaps in an election year using taxpayer funds, funds which he couldn’t secure using the normal procedures and what is the left’s reaction?

They defended him to the hilt.

How can this be, well it’s pretty easy.

First of all these people all want massive spending to return, this is exactly the type of stuff they want for their own, so naturally they cheer at any chance of it taking place.

But more importantly, McConnell brought Obama and the left victory over the tea party and any action that aids an Obama victory is laudatory, from gypping taxpayers, to using the IRS as a weapon, to letting seal die and blaming filmmakers in inherently righteous if it either serves TheOne™ or confounds his enemies.

Those ends justify all means.

I like Joe Scarborough and he’s always treated me well, however that doesn’t prevent me from calling him out when he says a whopper and today said something so amazing that I can’t believe actually said it on the air.

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Now this is the first chance I’ve had to see Morning Joe since Tuesday since I was in Boston Wednesday & Thursday at the RNC meetings. I interviewed people from 30 states and in order to expand Joe’s social circle let me introduce him to some of the people I interviewed:

Meet T. W. Shannon speaker of the house in Oklahoma

Meet Marilinda Garcia (R-NH) from the State legislature.

Meet John Burnett (R-NY) the GOP alternative to Client #9 for Comptroller in NY

Meet Anitere Flores (R-FL) who serves in the Florida State legislature

Meet the Changs (R-HI) Husband and wife

Mrs. Chang is a state rep in NI & Mr Chang is the State Party Chair in HI

Meet Glenn McCall (R-SC) State committeeman

Meet Ann Clanton (R-RI) Executive Director of the RI GOP

and finally meet Dr Ada Fisher Author and State Committeewoman from NC

Her book is Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions: Solutions For What Ails Us (Volume 1)

And as I’m typing this I’m sitting in a room ready to hold 170 NH Republicans

Waiting to see this gentleman who just arrived as I began pasting that last video…

col west nh 001

In fact they are paying MONEY to do so.

col west nh 002

Now the with the exception of Col west I tweeted out every single one of those interviews this morning after Joe said what he said and do you know what the reaction of the viewers were.

Yup every single interview is “cherry picked” as if I ignored any non-white person at the RNC Boston event. One look at my YouTube Channel gives the lie to that business.

I have a much better question for Joe Scarborough et/all and all those folks on the left who breathlessly linked to Mediaite’s piece on his words.

With the exception of Col West who I’ve covered before the first time I met or was aware of these people was at this RNC event. Why hasn’t MSNBC in general or Morning Joe in particular found these people worthy of a spot on the show? Why haven’t I seen them on CNN, or PBS, or This Week or Meet the Press or Face the Nation etc etc etc

I think that’s a very good question and I would love to hear a very good answer from the MSM, but I think I already know it.

Update: Next time Joe is in NH I should introduce him to Karen Testerman gathering signatures for a US Senate run

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I’m just under half way to my $305 paycheck this week with $146 dollars in the till as I sit typing as the Crowne Plaza prepares the ballroom for the Allen West event in NH.

At least I THINK that’s where I am, as the GOP doesn’t welcome black people I might actually be at home in my bed suffering from a Chinese food induced delusion if you think I am than obviously I don’t need your tip jar hits to cover the Nashua trip.

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Agrippinilla: I shan’t be a cipher I’ll tell you that. If you give me power, I shall use it.

Claudius:
Why else do I think I’m giving it to you?

I Claudius 1976

Yesterday the Senate tried to advance Chuck Hagel nomination but failed to get the 60 votes to bring his nomination to the floor.

Harry Reid immediately went to the floor to say how it demonstrates how horrible the GOP is, almost instantly sock puppet accounts appeared deploring the entire republican party on twitter, the White House attacked. Even before the vote Chris Matthews was calling Ted Cruz “The Next Joe McCarthy“.

Given this large amount of censure & opprobrium that the left and the media is throwing at the GOP there is only one thing that should be done.

Laugh!

I’ve been saying this over and over again it doesn’t matter how often you try to appease them, if you are a republican the media is not your friend.

They will treat you nice as long as it suits their purpose, (supporting liberalism and defeating conservatism) but when you are no longer useful things change (as Jon Huntsman didn’t learn).

The 45 GOP senators serving were elected in their respective states. The people have given them office, and the rules of the Senate gives them power. They should use it.

If no matter what you do the Media is going to attack you the best thing to do is WIN, better to have them complain about your victories rather than praise you in defeat. Be Newt Gingrich, not Bob Michael.

Richard Tisei seemed poised to score a win over John “Taxes? What Taxes?” Tierney in a race that would add at least one GOP seat to the Massachusetts House delegation.

There is no question that Tisei is a better choice than Tierney who frankly had no business being re-elected in 2010, but Mr. Tisei has started to show signs of catching the dreaded GOP disease Scozzafever!

Scozzafever is an illness that spreads among members of the GOP that want to be loved by the MSM. Symptoms include public disdain for the GOP caucus, allergic reactions to all things grass-roots or tea party (except fundraising dollars) and the obsessive need to go before the cameras to attack the party. The disease is most common among Gay or pro-abortion republicans but prolonged exposure to the national media in DC can cause this disease to strike the most stalwart member of the party over time.

In its most advanced stages Scozzafever (Sometimes referred to as Huntsman’s disease) causes the victim refer to his own party as Knuckleheads and to appear on cable networks as a regular guest supposedly “representing” his party in the eyes of the viewers while spending his entire appearance attacking the very caucus that he is a part of.

Once out of public office victims of Scozzafever tend to find themselves as regular contributors to MSNBC whenever it is necessary to have a “republican” on set however this symptom only manifests itself after a successful election or a presidential campaign.

When signs of Scozzafever appear Republicans need to take special care, while it is always better to have that extra seat the question becomes: Will the advantage of that single house seat be sufficient to compensate for the damage a single victim of Scozzafever can do to the party?

This is a disease that can be beaten, but one who has been hit with said symptoms has to be willing to publicly shake them off, in this case Richard Tisei has one advantage, he has first hand experience on how hitting social conservative positions can turn a winnable race into a disaster. After all that’s why it is Mr. Tisei not Lt. Gov Tisei running for national office.

The National Party backed Dede, and Charlie Crist and was burned twice, let’s hope that their support of Tisei means the 3rd times the charm.

Pseudolus: (to Hysterium) Calm yourself down! I’ll tell you when it’s time to panic!

Miles Gloriosus: (noticing the hourglass) I smell mischief here!

Pseudolus: It’s time.

A funny thing Happened on the way to the Forum 1966

Looking at this debate Joe Biden is doing the kind of attacking necessary mollify the left and give them an excuse to not hide from the spin room, but Ryan is beating him in both style and presentation and of course substance.

Biden is certainly doing better than Obama but that is one of the lowest bars that any candidate should have.

Biden is familiar to the American people, Ryan is not, but today Ryan has introduced himself in a spectacular fashion.

Biden has alternated from being good to being odd in terms of reaction, Martha Raddatz has pressed Ryan a lot more than Biden so she will get less flack from the media but she has been unable to save Biden except in as much that she has slowed down the debate near the end.

I’d say Biden has slowed the bleeding but I don’t think this will stop the Romney Trend, that is going to be up to Obama, the real question will be how the media will spin it. I think Biden has done enough to allowing the left to try and spin it as a win, but I doubt the focus groups will agree.

The clock is running out on this president Biden didn’t hurt Barack Obama but Paul Ryan has helped Mitt Romney.

Be Afraid Democrats, be very afraid.

If it’s day ending in “y” we have a poll showing Mitt Romney in terrible shape:

A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll of likely voters finds little good news for Mitt Romney but a race that remains competitive.

Obama leads 50 percent to 47 percent, which is within the margin of error. His 50 percent job approval rating puts him at a crucial threshold for an incumbent seeking reelection. It’s an uptick from the spring and summer, but 48 percent still disapprove.

It’s interesting to note that on TV this split being played up a lot more than in the written story. On Morning Joe this was evidence Mitt Romney DOOM! (no video available yet)

However Dalek Media not withstanding I live in realville and in realville we judge polls by their internals and the internals of this poll have two results that say a lot:

Let’s zoom in on that

So we have a poll with a 43-40 sample D + 3 but lets look even closer at the internals. They asked a really good question:


Which of these statements best describes how you have usually voted in past elections:

Not only do you have a 49-45 split D vs R here but look at the straight/strongly numbers and you have D + 7 split.

Let’s remind everyone where the Electorate actually is:

Ok lets give Barack Obama the benefit of the doubt and assume that after the DNC convention who’s most memorable moment is needing a phony vote to put God & Jerusalem back in the platform the 4.3 GOP August advantage has gone back to a 0.9 that existed in July. That still means this poll is off +4 to +5

As I’m typing this Chuck Todd is saying in every “legitimate poll” president Obama is ahead (thus he discounts the new PA poll showing a 2 pt gap but as I haven’t seen internals yet I’m still withholding judgement on it.) so I ask this question to Chuck Todd via Twitter?

I submit and suggest that until the media answers that question, all they are doing is spreading Democrat propaganda.

I don’t pretend I am not unbiased but the numbers are the numbers, if you have the numbers to back up what you say, provide them, if you don’t then you are simply an in-kind contribution to the Barack Obama campaign.

BTW I call the MSM the “Dalek Media” because no matter what MSM show you see they all look alike, all sound alike and if you dare speak words that contradict their liberal narrative this is their reaction:

Update: Latest PPP poll in Florida Obama up +4 but unfortunately for those pushing the poll some of us live in realville and want to see the splits:

Not only do we have a D+8 sample on this poll but when it’s known that Democrats do better with women and the GOP with men this poll has a +6 split women over men.

Update 2: Heard back from the reporter who did the initial story on the PA poll, internals go out tomorrow but he directed me to this link which shows a D+6 sample

First, our ratio of interviews conducted with Republicans and Democrats in our recent polls (49D – 43R) gives Democrats a 6-point advantage based on the fact that Democrats outnumber Republicans in actual registration. However, this ratio is slightly more Republican based on both national and state polling showing that Republicans are more likely to vote than Democrats this year given high intensity among Republicans who strongly disapprove of the President’s job performance. Nonetheless, this +6 Democratic advantage is only one point less Democrat than the 7-point advantage these same exit polls gave Democrats in the 2008 presidential election.

Oh and fixed a bad link.

Editor’s note: Normally Under the Fedora doesn’t appear on the site, but I’m angry and I want this read everywhere I write.

I had such plans for Under the Fedora this week.

I was going to talk about the Hollis event with Kelly Ayotte & Lt. Gov Kerry Healey , the Mitt Romney event at Holman stadium and all I've covered.  I'll save that for next week…

 

…beacuse yesterday on 9/11 our embassies in Libya & Egypt were attacked, our diplomats killed, the flag torn down, the Islamic flag raised on 9/11 no less… and our administration responded thus:

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

That is not an misprint, it is not a phony site, this was the statement put out.

As I watched last night all I could think of was Jimmy Carter.  Ironically  the same day that Greg Sargant insisted this was not 1980 our embassies are attacked, but that’s unfair to Carter, his first reaction was not to defend the Iranians who hit our embassy.

Moreover here is Sec of State Hilary Clinton:

"The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind."

Note that Mrs. Clinton’s first words were not for the Attacked Americans, the burned embassy, it was for the religious sensibilities of the attackers.

As Steven Clarke put it:

“While the responsibility for our lack of credibility in the greater middle east rests with Obama, let’s not forget that our middle east foreign policy is the product of Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Samantha Power and others who share their views. These past four years do not reflect well upon their judgment: something to bear in mind when talk of a Hillary Clinton presidency arises.”

My reaction to the embassy statement frankly is not printable, But Mitt Romney is a much more measured man that is he had this to say:.

“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi,” the statement read. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

And the media response to this has been united, loud and decisive, to condemn pillory and attack….Mitt Romney for his inflammatory statements: such as this headline from Salon:

Mitt’s shameful Libya statement

MSNBC has been unrelenting attacking Mitt Romney panel after panel condemning Mitt & Bibi Netanyahu  but hasn’t had much to say about the embassy statement, like the killing of the Copts and the burning of their churches as far as MSNBC and our friends on the left are concerned it’s never happened. Or It’s not newsworthy.

As I watched it this Morning I was in complete disbelief.

These people have no idea, no understanding at all.  This is their world view, that Israel is the enemy, in their world Islam has to be appeased, that Mitt Romney not those who have attacked our people are the enemy that HAS to be stopped.

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The title of this piece is Frenchie , Rooster and Lt. Data & Sherman.  That is because when I look at what has happened it reminds me of three movie/TV moments.

In the Movie 1943 Sahara a small contingent of British, French, Australians & Americans find themselves untilled in the Egyptian desert in 1942.  Earlier in the movie when a Nazi flyer is shot down the Frenchman offers to take him behind a dune, when the others object he says they don't understand: 

“This is a Nazi”. 

They ignore him, later in the movie when the small band is in a fight with hundreds of Germans.  Under a flag of truce Frenchie is sent to talk to the German commander, as he returns is shot in the back.  The British Officer too late gets it saying: 

“Frenchie was right, we don’t’ understand the Nazis”

When I look at our reaction to the Muslim Brotherhood this is what I see.

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On the TV show Star Trek the Next Generation there is an episode called:  "The Most Toys" where an eccentric  named Kivas kidnaps Lt. Cmdr Data to add to his collection.  He continually threatens the life of a woman who has served him to keep Data in check and when they both try to escape he slaughters her with a weapon that produces violent painful death.

When Data picks up the blaster and orders his surrender his captor notes Data can not kill and threatens says the following:

“You will entertain me and you will entertain my guests if you don’t I’ll kill someone else, him perhaps, it doesn’t matter, his blood will be on your hands just like Varia”

Data the android without feelings finally concludes “I cannot allow this to continue.” And just as he is about to fire he is transported out

When I see the repeated deaths, and attacks by radical Islam, I wonder when we will say what Data does.

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The final quote come from the movie True Grit.  Here is a short clip of the scene where he after talking to a rat telling it to stop, John Wayne in his Academy award willing roll as Rooster Cogburn acts.

after Mattie puts the rat out Rooster turns to her and says 

“You can’t serve papers on a rat baby sister you have to kill him or let it be”

The full clip is here

This is the reality of radical Islam.  For years we have been warning about Islamic Terror, for a long time we’ve warned about the Muslim Brotherhood.  I’ve maintained that Libya & Egypt both have the right to the government they wish, but with those rights come responsilities.  Yet our friends on the left are convinced that we can talk our way out of this, that if only we are nicer and more submissive they will be come our friends.  This is not only a delusion it is a delusion that is fatal

I give the last word to General Sherman

"We cannot change the hearts of those people of the South, but we can make war so terrible…that generations pass away before they again appeal to it.".

And I will say out loud what nobody else wants to.  We can not change Islamists hearts we can not make the love us unless we abandon free speech and the principles we hold dear.  We can not change these people unless we submit and we are fools to try to do so.  All we can do is make them fear us, all we can do is make them understand that any such attack, any such action will produce a response so massive so horrible and so unrelenting that generations will pass before they consider striking again.

Remember It wasn’t diplomacy or even the impending invasion of Japan and the potential of millions of deaths fighting us that ended World war two, it was two atomic bombs.

Your call people.

I haven’t done a lot on the Kimberlin story lately preferring to rely on Robert Stacy McCain to continue digging deeply and waiting for the other lawsuits to weave their way through the courts to their ultimate conclusion: the defeat and emasculation of the Kimberlin Machine’s attempt to silence conservatives.

There has, however been one question that I have been most interested in seeing answered but have not the time to dig into myself, namely: Does Kimberlin et/al have serious connections to higher-ups in the Democrat party and are they financing the actions in order to restrain our side during election 2012 and beyond?

I suspect that the appearance of this article at Salon might help answer that question

But most importantly, even if you don’t believe a single word Kimberlin says, no one has ever presented any evidence, at all, that Kimberlin is behind the “SWAT-ing” — at this point, they mainly insinuate it really hard. Or they claim that one of his allies is responsible. Or something. (Erick Erickson said he suspected it was a member of Kimberlin’s “fan club.”) Patterico accused two Kimberlin “associates” of being responsible, though he doesn’t even have evidence that they’re “associates.”

Now before we get to my question lets note some reactions to this piece by people who have done more than play stenographer for Kimberlin.

From Patterico post I suspect jaw is currently laying down on the floor somewhere after falling off in disbelief:

Actually, I have accused nobody. I have presented evidence. And the idea that Neal Rauhauser is not an associate of Brett Kimberlin’s is hard to square with Brett Kimberlin calling Rauhauser an “associate” in court, or Rauhauser showing up to numerous different court proceedings involving Kimberlin, handing him documents during the hearings, and such.

Is there any mention of Rauhauser’s obsession with Mike Stack, myself, and Weinergate? Any mention of the fact that Rauhauser wrote Stack at the same wrong address used by the SWATter? Any mention of the connections between Rauhauser and the “Gaped Crusader,” who threatened to “out” Aaron’s identity before it happened, published my home address, published a picture of a nude man claiming it was me, and cyberstalked several of us in other ways?

No. And Pareene never asked me about any of it.

Thus Patterico. How about Robert Stacy McCain? He not only replies with snark of a quality befitting a man who writes for money:

Well, if Alex Pareene would care to give me a phone call or send me an e-mail, perhaps we can discuss whether it is “character assassination” to suggest that the “unknown blogger” behind the “Breitbart Unmasked” site is notorious Internet menace Neal Rauhauser, who keeps showing up in Brett Kimberlin’s courtroom entourage and is almost certainly on Kimberlin’s (tax-exempt non-profit) payroll.

Pareene could call me to ask why the Kimberlin-Rauhuaser connection seemed to me newsworthy and relevant, and then I’d happily give Pareene the chance to deny that he’s a major opium distributor.

but notes that unlike Salon he manages to make an ( albeit small) living without losing millions:

No one knows how much money Salon has lost since 1995, although it was estimated last year that its annual operating loss was $1.5 million. So, cumulative losses by now are probably somewhere between $20 million and a metric buttload.

In 2009, Salon laid off six staffers out of a total editorial staff of about 30. Its marquee bylines nowadays are the execrable Joan Walsh and the keening hysteric Glenn Greenwald. At about the time Arianna was palming off HuffPo to AOL for $315 million and Tina Brown was buying Newsweek for $1, there was some talk of selling Salon to Michael Wolff’s Newser, but negotiations reportedly broke down because nobody could figure out what Salon was worth, if anything.

As for myself, while I would enjoy noting that the idea that Neal Rauhauser is not an associate of Brett Kimberlin is like implying I dislike hats, there is a much more significant point to note:

There is, in fact, no real plus side to defending Brett Kimberlin. At best he is a small player in the big game and even if he were more, Kimberlin & co are only effective if there is no attention to their activities.

With federal suits, the attention of bloggers around the nation, nearly 90 members of congress either signing documents against Swatting or asked about the same and Robert Stacy McCain not only continuing his revelations but getting so many instalanches it’s a wonder Charles Johnson hasn’t climbed onto a ledge, And argument for Kimberlin’s potential value and effectiveness for the left would be less plausable than the success of a national letter writing campaign in behalf of The Secret Life of Desmond Pfeiffer.

So if this is the case why on earth would Salon bring up the name of Kimberlin, let along defend him? Why would the left invest an asset that has existed for so long in such a losing endeavor? Why even if the MSM is doing their best to ignore developments even bother making the argument from the left in defense of the speedway bomber a figure that a party might not want to associate with in an election year?

There are clues to the answer.

The first being Salon has the same earning potential as the Secret life of Desmond Pfeiffer:

No one knows how much money Salon has lost since 1995, although it was estimated last year that its annual operating loss was $1.5 million. So, cumulative losses by now are probably somewhere between $20 million and a metric buttload.

In 2009, Salon laid off six staffers out of a total editorial staff of about 30. Its marquee bylines nowadays are the execrable Joan Walsh and the keening hysteric Glenn Greenwald. At about the time Arianna was palming off HuffPo to AOL for $315 million and Tina Brown was buying Newsweek for $1, there was some talk of selling Salon to Michael Wolff’s Newser, but negotiations reportedly broke down because nobody could figure out what Salon was worth, if anything.

So if Salon is not only a money loser but one that is so bad that people who were able to price Newsweek as slightly more valuable than a Wendy’s 5 piece spicy chicken nuggets couldn’t work out if it was worth as much as a Mounds Bar how does it stay alive, or perhaps the better question might be WHY does it stay alive:

it’s entirely possible that “investors” in such an enterprise don’t care how much money they lose, but are simply taking a tax write-off to support left-wing journalism. At some point, then, the calculation is more about political utility than about revenue potential.

We’ve talked the left bankrolling this kind of stuff before but the calculation assumes political utility and as I’ve noted Brett Kimberlin & Co’s values to the left is dropping in value like a Greek government bond. It’s one thing to sink millions into fighting the online battle and damn the losses, but if you are going to finance such assets why would you ever use that money to defend goods as damaged as Kimberlin & co? What is the value of such a defense?

Might it be that the connections that Stacy McCain has written about have more validity that what has already be revealed? Might it be that my speculation that Kimberlin & Company’s is funded by the left not because they were unaware of his background and tactics but because they WERE and wanted to use those tactics as a weapon in this election cycle and beyond more than mere speculation?

If such speculation was correct then it would be imperative that any evidence that would support it be inhibited at least during this critical election cycle.

I submit suggest and speculate that the left understands there is more information coming out along these lines. I submit suggest and speculate they’re trying to create a different narrative to counter it before it happens, and I further suggest that the use of Salon, an online magazine quoted by their friends and allies on MSNBC is being utilized in order to create that narrative in the MSM before an alternate one can bleed through.

I further suggest that if this Kimberlin business was just a question of a couple of minor players getting in trouble the left wouldn’t waste it’s time or an asset that it funds on it. They would just let it happen, concentrate on the election and be pleased we are writing about this rather than making fun of Obama.

What Alex Pareene and Salon are saying about Kimberlin is laughable to anyone who has actually followed this story. That they are saying it suggests there is a bigger story to tell and somebody not only doesn’t want it told but more importantly needs to preempt any possibility of it being believed or suspected by the true believers on the left or in the MSM.

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The DaTechGuy Fundraiser is in progress, our goal is $3000. As we were just talking about liberals throwing money around let’s quote one more bit from Stacy McCain:

Look at the expenditures for four Republican presidential campaigns:

Tim Pawlenty ………….. $5.0 million — Quit: Aug. 14, 2011
Herman Cain ………….. $16.2 million — Quit: Dec. 3, 2011
Michele Bachmann …… $9.0 million — Quit: Jan. 4, 2012
Rick Perry ……………… $19.3 million — Quit: Jan. 19, 2012

Four candidates, two of whom quit before the first votes were cast, and two others who quit before the South Carolina primary, who between them raised and spent a total of $49.5 million.

Ask yourself, “How much journalism would $49.5 million buy?”

I don’t know about $49.5 mil but $3,000-$20K would keep thing rolling around here for 1-6 months for sure

Any help is appreciated. For details click here for the progress check the thermometer to the right and to kick in hit DaTipJar”.





In my last post I noted the MSM is a year behind bloggers on Fast and Furious. On the Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser et/al story it looks like they will have to play catch-up as well.  Only instead of being behind the young beautiful and talented Katie Pavlich they are lagging behind the less beautiful but completely unrelenting Robert Stacy McCain

Brett Kimberlin became a “client” of Neal Rauhauser in 2011. Rauhauser has described his specialty as “solving problems in the social media work space for political campaigns and causes,” and Kimberlin had distinct “problems in the social media work space,” namely how to stop bloggers from writing about Kimberlin’s criminal past.

One should not that this “problem in the social media work space” didn’t and apparently still doesn’t apply to the MSM but unfortunately for Brett, Neal et/al Stacy McCain seems to be doing the work of 20 journalists all by his lonesome. He excerpts a 2000 word document from Rauhauser (that he scrubbed from the net) that to a techie would be worth reading for the excellent technical insights concerning online identities alone but for the purposes of this story these two bits jump out at me all emphasis mine:

The whole idea is to encapsulate an online persona in a safe environment. The VM is the container for the personality, but what if your laptop is stolen, or if you’re arrested and questioned? We run http://truecrypt.comsoftware to make encrypted file containers. Our first test involved creating a 4 gig space, binding it to drive W:, and installing Windows in a VM there. The persona in the VM is now perfectly safe if the machine is lost or stolen, so long as a strong password is used. . . .

and this

This cannot be stressed strongly enough: we have only protected against the following threats. Disclosure due to loss/theft/seizure of host computer

Hmmmm maybe it’s the Sicilian in me but am I to understand Mr. Rauhauser is giving advice to people creating false identities on how to stymie law enforcement?

Lets put this all into context:

1. You have Conservative writers and bloggers who have been Swatted because they have written about Brett Kimberlin et/al.

2. You have a Journalist who has been forced to relocate his family for their own safety for exercising his first amendment rights concerning this story.

3. You have one of the principals of this story giving advice in writing on how to keep ones activities and identities concealed from law enforcement, and then after writing these 2,000 words scrubbing them from the net.

4. You even have a possible connection to the Stop Rush Limbaugh Movement where its head Mr. Eddlestein worries:

“that someone had discovered “one of my plant names that I use on the web to confuse the Right.”

Exactly the type of thing that Mr. Rauhauser was giving advice on.

Any one of these items individually would be we call a STORY. A newsworthy story. and as I said in this week’s under the fedora column at the Conservatory, the Minority Report and Conservatively Speaking

There are now, thousands to tens of thousands of people who had no idea who Brett Kimberlin & Neal Rauhauser et/al were 60 days ago. They do today due to the now nomadic Robert Stacy McCain.

It’s said that one needs to hit rock bottom before recovery can begin, the MSM still has a way to go. The question remains if they will decide to cover this story before they are forced to by events beyond their control?

If they do then once again we will have the spectacle of their remaining viewership looking on in amazement as people go to jail for something they never heard of…

… and wondering why?

Update: Stacy Links on his fast and furious story and I’ll repeat the question I asked in the previous post, it was made concerning Fast and Furious but could apply here:


Are we seeing today, what Watergate would have been if the president had been a Democrat beloved by the MSM?

and since to our knowledge there is no White House connection to the Kimberlin & Co story (yet)


Are we seeing today how the Watergate burglars etc would have been treated if they were on the same political side as the MSM?

I think the answer to both is yes, but the fact both questions can be credibly asked is a disgrace in itself.

Back in April at Blogcon I filmed this interview with Kaite Pavlich author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up

Katie had been writing about this for a while.

Obama took credit for confiscating 64 percent more weapons than ever before. Well, that’s what happens when the federal government sends thousands of guns into Mexico in the first place through Operation Fast and Furious under the Obama Justice Department and ATF, of course it becomes easier to confiscate more guns when you put more into an area to begin with.

that entry was from May 11th 2011.

Meanwhile today the viewers of Morning Joe found themselves learning about the president’s use of Executive privilege to shield Eric Holder which necessitated talking about Fast and Furious.

This entire conversation and the death of an ATF agent must have come as a shock to their viewers who were wondering why the administration is invoking executive privilege.

Ironically, like MSNBC I was late to this story as well, my first post on it was June 28th of 2011 in a post titled “Is it Watergate yet? which starts with the line:

I’m likely the only blogger on the right who hasn’t written on project gunrunner…

The post linked to a story at Fox News (you know that company the media urges all right thinking people to ignore)

‘Project Gunrunner’ Whistleblower Says ATF Sent Him Termination Notice

By Maxim Lott

Published June 27, 2011

Here is the video I didn’t embed at the time.

 

That weekend I had Barbara Espinosa on my WCRN’s DaTechGuy on DaRAdio to talk about this issue. (BTW she will be on my show this week in the 2nd hour WCRN during my 11 AM hour listen live at wcrnradio.com).

A little over a month later the ATF chief resigned My post on the subject was titled:

ATF chief resigns and nobody knows why

…at least nobody who follows the MSM

If you search for the words “fast and furious” on my blog you will only find 14 posts after this one and remember I was not only late to this, but I didn’t give this story much attention.

If however you do a search for “fast and furious” or “ATF GUNRUNNING SCANDAL” at Instapundit ( a former MSNBC contributor no less) you will find dozens of entries dating back to Feb 13th 2011: NRA weighs in on ATF gunrunning scandal.

Over and over I’ve seen the Morning Joe crowd scoff at “just bloggers” and tweeters who comment, yet even a “blogger and tweeter” like myself who has given this story short shift has been on this story for a year while the Morning Joe viewers are only now getting anything resembling coverage of this story and they dare to paint it as an “election year stunt”.

They could have covered this story, with their vast resources they could have done the work that a 23-year-old blogger Katie Pavlich did, or they could have interviewed her and talked about her book. They deliberately choose not to do so.

After today I don’t want to hear a single person on MSNBC or anywhere else talk about “bloggers in their pajamas” vs “real reporters”, because speaking as a blogger typing cross-legged in his bed, I find the comparison insulting to me.

Exit question: I’m listening right to my show from a year ago as I type this and one section is jumping out at me:

DaTechGuy “…This is serious stuff because Watergate nobody ever, For all that Nixon did with Watergate no one died from Watergate and we already have, we have two deaths directly connected with this…”

Barbara Espinosa: “…but you don’t just have two deaths”

DaTechGuy: “…and that’s not counting the deaths in Mexico.”

Barbara Espinosa: “Well there’s been hundreds of Mexican citizens who have been killed with these guns…”

When I reflect on how the MSM has covered for this administration for a full year I challenge my readers to consider this question:

Are we seeing today, what Watergate would have been if the president had been a Democrat beloved by the MSM?

I say yes!

Update: Let the record show that Barbara Espinosa has been writing about this forever and has written about this today as well

Update 2: Powerline talks to a Justice Department vet who says:

Even with his fawning press, [Presdient Obama] will pay a price for this one. He knows this, meaning that the documents now to be withheld must be dynamite. They have to show either that Holder knew what was going on with Fast and Furious and approved it, or that he directly committed perjury in his Congressional testimony, or both. I just can’t see any other explanation for such a risky move.

Wasn’t the Washington Post just covering big time the 40th anniversary of Watergate? I wonder how much coverage this one will get.

Like I said, we are seeing what Watergate would look like if the MSM were all behind Nixon

Update 3: Missed a link, fixed.

DaTechGuy blog March 3rd:

On further reaction I think Rush is about to Breitbart the MSM, and the left. They will not accept his apology and he will open his show noting the similarities in the reaction to his apology by the left and the reaction of Afghans to Obama’s apology.

Well I was wrong that he would be playing the differences on apologies but it looks like Rush has in fact Breitbarted the MSM in a serious way.

Then I started to think. Did Limbaugh just Breitbart everyone? Did he do this on purpose? Did he take one for the team knowing that the howls of self-righteous outrage by the left could be turned against them? Operation Chaos 2.0? He seems to have played them equally as well as I originally thought they had played him.

We have reached a point where Democratic congresswomen are asked on camera to condemn misogynistic statements by Bill Maher and choose not to…for a million reasons.

Meanwhile while Obama’s numbers continue to plummet, (he is now trailing Santorum? I thought discussions of Social issues hurt the GOP?) the left continues to play the false, GOP anti-women business supported by such voices as Jane Fonda, favorite of vets everywhere, and is claiming and crowing this morning over a claimed victory. Dan Riehl is suspicious as one should always be on claims by the left, but lets consider for a moment:

Let’s make the assumption that this is correct, let’s assume that large advertisers decide to avoid talk radio. What would the effect be?

We have already seen Louis CK have to cut and run over his own statements. Imagine this on a larger scale, think of the Hollywood left, the music industry and the movie industry, the television industry. Think of all of these business’ and the money they give to the left. Think of these businesses that are totally dependent on large advertisers or corporate sponsorships.

Now the audience of Talk radio, the business owners, the workers, the people not demanding government bailouts, the people who have not gone anywhere. Consider Rush’s 20 million listener base with the listener bases of other conservative talkers approaching these same companies, with video and audio of statements said on TV on tours and in music, imagine groups such as ShePac and Smart Girl Politics confronting them along the same lines that the left hits Rush?

What do you think these corporations when being pressured not by liberal interest groups that are all wind, but 20 millions plus of actual measurable consumers asking: “You are either withdrawing ads or not advertising on conservative talk radio because of X, but you are advertising on Y & Z that says this:

This is not somewhere that the left wants to go and if it has the results I think it will have, the Breitbarting of the media will be complete.

Also Friday’s “Under the Fedora” column is up and it touches on this:

Okay, that’s more polite than “get stuffed,” but consider: they had ( Sleep Train ) advertised with him for 25 years, and folded like a cheap blanket. After hearing from that 20-million listener base they not only wanted him back, but asked for a voiced endorsement, meaning that they wanted Rush himself to narrate their ads, which fetches a premium price. Yet it was apparently not enough to buy Rush.

I guess stories of the impending doom of Rush’s show are greatly exaggerated.

Head on down and read the whole thing.

Unified Patriots takes a trip down memory lane:

After Bill Clinton denied a long-time affair with Gennifer Flowers, media+Left said “move on, she’s lying.” When the audio tapes appeared in 1992. The media+Left said “move on, the tapes are doctored.”

After Clinton denied having Paula Jones summoned up to a private room and invited her to “free willy”, the media+Left chortled when government officials claimed she was what turns up when you drag a dollar bill across a trailer park. They said “Can’t prove it, therefore she’s lying. Move on.”

after a few more permutations along this line he hits the punch line:

And this is where moveon.org was born. As a smarmy, self-righteous response to national outrage over the cheapening of the Oval Office, they came back with “It’s just sex! Move on! And by the way, you suck!”

Apparently however this will not be the case for two reasons both having to do with race:

1. Black conservatives need to be crushed as a rule, a black conservative who is more qualified than Obama AND who could draw even 20% of the black vote particularly needs to go.

2. The left has a convoluted idea of how Republicans think. I suspect they will continue to push this with the idea that conservatives will somehow be shocked at the idea of a Black man hitting on a white woman. Why, because to the left it is forever the days of Jim Crow with Republicans cast in the role of Democrats.

What is true and what is false is irrelevant to the MSM and the left. What will win and what will not win for them is the only truth that counts.

…if you support a different campaign and want to join in the ecstasy before you do take a peek at this line from the Reuters story:

Ipsos conducted the poll of 1,007 adults on Friday and Saturday by interviewing individuals via a U.S. online household panel.

Since it was an online poll, typical margins of error do not apply. Despite that, various recognized methods were used to select as representative a sample as possible and weigh the results.

An ONLINE POLL! The MSM is reduced to using ONLINE polls to show problems for Herman Cain?

I guess when the facts don’t meet your template, and when your “accusers” are unwilling to talk even when released from confidentiality agreements you’ve gotta spin what you’ve got.

Rush always says the MSM will tell you who they fear, would the media be playing this card if they were not afraid of Cain?

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Update 2: Via Live at Five Bill Jacobson crunches the numbers, a peek:

Politico news stories about or mentioning “sexual harassment“: 91
Politico news stories about or mentioning “sexual harassment” not involving Herman Cain: 0
Politico news stories showing what Herman Cain actually did: 0
Politico news stories showing specifically what Herman Cain was accused of: 0

And Politifact is getting ready to team with THEM? HA!

Update 3: The Media and Morning Joe continue to ignore this story.

Update 4: Howard Kurtz, guilty of committing journalism

Update 5: Gloria Allred? What, was Charlie Sheen’s lawyer unavailable?

Here is the Cause:

Well that sounds like a credible accuser

Effect

The response from Herman Cain Campaign:

This is a huge win for Herman Cain. He has proven he can take the hardest punch the MSM can throw and come out ahead of the polls. The Lawyer on CNN was amazing, he claimed yet another woman called him claiming harassment, yet did not state the nature of the accusation nor the name of the person.

This is the worst of all possible news for the MSM they are revealed as toothless.

Update: Is politico serious with this headline?

Herman Cain allegation: Accuser breaks silence

Cain’s accuser breaks silence by saying she’s not talking, but she stands behind her story…whatever it is.

The comments are even funnier. These guys on the left are delusional. Or as Stacy put it:

“What the [bleep] is Politico doing?” said the man on the phone. “And how the [bleep] are they getting away with this [bleep]?”

Update 2: You’ve GOT to be kidding me:

we have advised Mr. Bennett that we are willing to waive the confidentiality of this matter and permit Mr. Bennett’s client to comment

So now the NRA says go ahead and talk and the accusers suddenly decides not to? Amazing! More amazing is this:

Bennett said that in his legal opinion, what occurred between Cain and his client met the legal definition of sexual harassment. But despite repeated questions from Blitzer, he refused to specify what the alleged actions were, and he said his client would not be appearing to shed any further light on the matter.

She has flipped Ace.

It has now been a full 5 days where the media has immersed itself in a fanatical feeding frenzy concerning Herman Cain. This allows us to judge with a more practiced eye the effect this “scandal” has had upon him.

Some very credible blog voices on the right, (that I’ve already linked to) are certainly not satisfied have declined to run to the barricades (“show me the CarFax”) before siding with Cain but bloggers and media aside the real test is what the GOP voters think.

We’ve already seen a partial answer with the Cain Money bomb already 20% toward its goal, and now we have polling that has come out AFTER the break of the “scandal

Businessman Herman Cain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney are running nearly even atop the field of 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows, with most Republicans dismissing the harassment allegations that over the past week have roiled Cain’s campaign.

This despite a relentless attack by a media who would frankly love to bring Cain down because:

1. It hurts their chosen candidate

2. No matter what else there is no question that Cain is a conservative

3. He is a serious threat to give black voters, already upset with Obama, to vote for the GOP ticket

4. They consider him their intellectual inferior

The contrast to the press on the Clinton story is astounding. The MSM has to be dragged screaming and kicking to the story and when covering it did their best to defend a president who they still idolize and celebrate.

In this case the media is trying to drag the public to this scandal but the media has forgotten something critical. The MSM, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS etc etc etc base audience not only doesn’t include the GOP base which distrusts and despises them, or as Stacy McCain put it:

Republicans are extending their middle fingers to the media and saying: “You don’t get to choose our nominee for us.”

and even worse republicans who don’t support Cain are saying stuff like this:

Politico has now framed discovery of the identity of the source as is a noteworthy story. Yet, Politico knows that if the identity of the source is a story, it is only because Politico itself is being coy. Politico has reported that Perry may be the source and that Romney may be the source. Yet, Politico knows precisely whether the Perry campaign or the Romney campaign (or both . . . or neither) is the source. It is thus almost certainly true that at least some of the conflicting allegations Politico is airing are known by Politico to be false. In fact, both the Perry and Romney camps have denied involvement — if it so happens that one of those camps is the source, then Politico knows the denial is a lie, yet it published the denial anyway. That would amount to colluding with its source in order to tarnish Cain while fraudulently portraying its source as above the fray.

In sum, Politico is publishing at least some things it knows to be misleading or untrue, and framing as a great mystery something to which it knows the answer. That can only be because Politico finds the specter of the Republican circular firing squad more appealing than the prospect of informing readers of the accurate version of events.

And even bits that made it to the conservative press has results like Cainaquiddick: Where Source-Based Journalism Goes to Die

Remember the initial story caused Cain to rise in my own Herman Cain vs Rick Santorum derby (With Newt coming up on the outside) how do you think the GOP voting base that already despises them and distrusts Mitt Romney.

I think we have to start to conclude that this has been a big plus for Herman Cain for several reasons:

1. It endears him to the base

2. It has enhanced his fundraising

3. The constant unending coverage blocks out every other GOP candidate’s attempt to get attention.

4. It has caused some of the brightest and most popular members of conservative media to come out swinging for days.

and most importantly

5. It has tested the Cain Campaign early at a time when he actually needs to be tested. Even a poor job handling this provides vital experience for the next political crisis that comes a vital skill for any potential pol

And his fans is learning:

From a conservative standpoint the unmasking of the MSM as a toothless tiger unable to stop Cain is nearly as appealing as the press’ new found problem when bringing up the Clintons but it is to Clinton that this must be compared, no matter how bad the Clinton Scandal got, the press stood behind him and he not only finished his presidency but even now is sought after and adored by the MSM.

In that respect Herman Cain has become Bill Clinton, only without actual evidence of wrongdoing. No matter what the press decides to throw he is coming up on top.

Yet all is not lost for the MSM, while they are failing miserably to bring down Cain, thanks to their scandal coverage it allowing them to ignore any number of stories that are massively damaging

And Stacy McCain has this to say:

It is absolutely impermissible for a leading candidate for the presidency to be publicly accused of sexual misconduct by anonymous accusers. We have been told that the women themselves did not push this story to the press, and they would have preferred that the matter remain confidential. But now that the accusation is public, how can the accusers remain anonymous?

And to hell with a confidentiality agreement at this point. Anyone who thinks it possible to enforce a confidentiality agreement now, when descriptions of these cases have already become front-page news everywhere, needs to wake up to reality.

If you believe Herman Cain’s denial of these accusations, you should demand nothing less than complete disclosure of the entire story, in confidence that he will be vindicated.

I agree with that statement.

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Update: As far as I can see this is game set and match, from CBS news:

Well that sounds like a credible accuser

I can’t see how Cain doesn’t win at this point. Not only does this suggest this is all over but he wins BIG. The MSM has thrown all they have at him and it’s failed.

Update 2: Stacy and Smitty react as does the Cain Campaign.

An awful lot of the power of any authoritarian comes from the general belief that said power exists. When they falter, the pronouncements continue but become a source of comedy rather than fear, the most famous example being Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf better known as Baghdad Bob.

In the same way we are seeing the demise of the MSM and their agenda. During the first two years of the Obama Administration the MSM insisted in a Kevin Bacon manner that good times and recovery were just around the corner and the Tea Party was a passing fad:

Even as we got closer and closer to election day 2010 and any unbiased examination of the fact suggested otherwise, the pronouncements of the media that the Tea Party was ineffective and the democratic majority was secure continued. As facts continued to overtake the they instead focused their hype on all the various left-wing marches culminating in Jon Stewart’s event with Huffington paying for the buses. The media promoted it as a game changer.

It was only when Stewart’s event proved ineffective (and even worse not funny) that the media, a day before the election, conceded that democrats were in danger.

One the election was safely over it took less than a month for the MSM’s Baghdad Bob Game to resume. My favorite example being the claim that because of a single poll a 63 seat mandate was not really a mandate.

The problem with pushing non-reality is that eventually reality catches up. Gaddafi, for example continued to give pronouncements that he would prevail right up until he finally attempted to flee in his convoy.

Lately the MSM is all about republican divisions and disagreements, yet even as the media pushes the meme of a GOP in trouble we are still seeing stories like this:

In trips to Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania — all states that he carried in 2008 — members of Congress were notably missing from the president’s side. Though none came out and said they were deliberately avoiding him, they didn’t have to: Dodging a presidential candidate who’s riding low in the polls is a time-honored political practice.

The last three elections — the Sept. 13 House special elections in New York and Nevada and the Oct. 4 West Virginia special governor’s election — haven’t done much to inspire confidence about Obama’s ability to help the entire ticket: the president was unquestionably an anchor on the Democratic nominees in each race.

And this has been going on for months, MONTHS!

The bottom line? The Media can make the case all they want about Obama’s strength or GOP weakness but the bottom line is the people who actually have skin in the game refuse to play along. Their own retention of power demands that they make decisions based on actual events instead of propaganda, particularly faltering organs such as the MSM. They can play the Herman Cain Abortion card, the Rick Santorum and gays card, the Newt Gingrich and marriage card, the Rick Perry and birther card and even the Mitt Romney as a GOP Dukakis bit all they want but it doesn’t matter. As Dana Loesch put it on CNN:

“I would rather be the GOP’s Dukakis than the Democrats Obama”

This is the reality of election 2012. No amount of spin from a media with a shrinking core demographic or “conventional wisdom” will change the fact that this president and the left is heading for an electoral abyss.

I predict that you will see democrats (with the exception of the most secure) continue to run from him like the plague.

So at the risk of being redundant I say one more time:

Ride Right Through them They’re Demoralized as hell!

and stop worrying about the left and their allies in the MSM. Take this quote from General Grant to heart

“Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what are we going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.”

Right now they are MUCH more afraid of us than we are of them, lets keep it that way.

Because this attack on Palin ensures that she will be the “MSM goto conservative” for decades to come:

TIME: In the book, the vice presidential character, Tara Meyers, is completely unfit for her job.

WALLACE: The idea of a mentally ill vice president who suffers in complete isolation was obviously sparked by the behaviors I witnessed by Sarah Palin.

I know she has a child on the way, I guess she wanted to be sure she could afford college in uncertain times. Thanks to Sarah Palin’s youth Nicole knows that hating her from the right will provide gainful employment even in a tea party future.

C.S. Lewis The Screwtape letters

The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality.

Zero Mostel & Leon Greene: A funny thing happened on the way to the forum

Pseudolus: (to Hysterium) Calm yourself down! I’ll tell you when it’s time to panic!
Miles Gloriosus: I smell mischief here!
Pseudolus: [beat] It’s time.

While MSNBC and company tout last night’s Obama speech, anticipating its use as a mighty sword to slay the GOP dragon, two small special elections are suddenly appearing on the national radar. Nv-2 and NY-9.

The race in the NV-2 is not expected to produce a lot of drama. In the 30 years the district has existed it has never elected a democrat, although there has been a few close races. By an odd coincidence just after Ladd Ehlinger’s latest ad in the district we see Democrats folding the tent:

In truth, the party has all but given up on winning; early-voting numbers show a sluggish Democratic turnout, suggesting that Amodei is en route to a big win.

NY-9 is another matter: It elected its first democrat in 1836 twenty years before the GOP even existed. In 154 years since the party was formed and 70+ elections they ran in the district, Republicans have won 5, the last when Woodrow Wilson. was in the white house.

However Barack Obama has changed the equation and the numbers are looking good for Bob Turner.

Robert Stacy McCain:

There’s good reason for the Democrats to panic: A poll conducted last week showed Turner leading 44%-40% with 12% undecided.

Mickey Kaus:

The Public Policy Polling surveys affiliated with Markos Moulitsas’ Daily Kos web site have established a track record for off-year accuracy in recent months. They were eerily right about the race to succeed Jane Harman in my own district. (CA-36). They were right in the Wisconsin recall elections. So I’ve been eagerly awaiting their poll for the vacant Weiner seat, NY-9. Now we have some indication as to which way it will go, in the form of twitters from PPP’s Tom Jensen, including this one:

My pretty straight forward take on the first night of our NY-9 poll: Dems in BIG trouble. It deserves the caps.

Big Government:

Republican Bob Turner holds a 6-point lead over Democrat rival David Weprin, 50-44, in the race to replace Anthony Weiner in New York’s 9th congressional district, as the campaign heads into its final days ahead of the special election on Tuesday, September 13. The lead is significant, outside the poll’s 3-point margin of error, and suggests that Turner heads into Tuesday’s contest as the slim favorite.

Daily Kos:

David Weprin Might Lose —NEEDS HELP!

Now before you start thinking that Bob Turner is the second coming of Oscar W. Swift (the only Republican in history to be re-elected in ny-9) lets concede he has one intrinsic advantage over democrat David Weprin. He actually lives in the district:

That’s nice. So the Democrats are running a man who doesn’t live int he district and has no plans to move into it if he should win. I wonder how that would be spun in the media if Turner lived outside the district.

When you have Democratic heavyweights like Pelosi and Hilderbrand taking a personal interest in a race that shouldn’t even be close this means trouble.

With this election right on the heels of the presidential speech that the media trumpeted for weeks as a gamechanger such a once is a century defeat will be tough to spin away:

Barack Obama’s approval rating is 43 percent in the poll, against a 54 percent disapproval rating. So if they lose Democrats are going to struggle to explain how the election was a fluke, and not evidence that Barack Obama’s new jobs push is doomed. It won’t be like the loss of Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, which enabled Republicans to filibuster bills, but it’s one less vote, and one unwelcome talking point just five days after his Big Speech.

That’s Dave Weigel writing for Slate, that well-known bastion of GOP thought.

And the spin has already begun as you can tell from tweets like this via Kerry Picket:

If democrats lose in NY-9 it is going to be seen as a repudiation of Barack Obama directly after his major speech. While the media will do their best to spin it otherwise Democrats in congress and democrats in states who will have to run on a ticket with this president will see this result and ask: “Am I willing to put my political future in Barack Obama’s hands?”

I think the answer to that question will make or break many a democrat.

So to anybody believing the MSM spin concerning Obama’s electability and the GOP’s field’s weakness I have one thing to say:

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

Update: Ladd Ehlinger and the surfing Rabbi have weighed in, does that mean it’s all over?

So has Yid with Lid

If they put you on the spot, we got to fold the con.
Henry Gondorff the Sting 1973

I have written a lot about how the bias of the MSM is shown more by sins of omission than by sins of commission. Today I received a first hand explanation why this is the case.

Meet Tamesha Sumpter who tweets as @nycocoqt.

Until September 1st 2011 I never knew she existed. Her twitter profile identifies her as from Washington DC. Her Twitter photo shows her as a young black woman and a quick net search suggests she is a professional about 35 years of age based on her college graduation date.

Other than the fact that we both watch Morning Joe I know nothing else about her: likes, dislikes, married, single, children, hobbies, religion, straight, gay nothing else. I looked at her tweets and she seems pretty liberal, (not unexpected for a black woman in DC) but let me tell you two things I DO know about her:

1. She is a reasonable person.

2. The MSM is afraid of her.

On the Morning of Sept 1st I turned on the TV at 6:03 a.m. and watched the Morning Joe Panel go on about the disrespect the speaker was showing to the president over the timing of his jobs speech and immediately began a post on the subject when I saw the following tweet from Tamesha backing up Joe and Mika’s point:

Debate? What Debate

I saw the tweet and responded

and left it at that. Well sometime in the next 90 minutes she tweeted the following back to me:

That tweet not only pleased me enough to follow her on twitter at once, but it spoke volumes.

Here is a person on the left, educated and dedicated. Likely a strong supporter of the president, but when given the full story on this particular piece, she was willing to reconsider her position and it hit me:

How many other people like Tamesha are there who for whatever reason would never have been exposed to or known there was more to the story?

I’m betting the number is tens of thousands and it’s those tens of thousands of people who worry the MSM. What happens if when given facts they don’t have they come to a conclusion different from our media gatekeepers want to produce? And remember who these gatekeepers are:

The other day, I was walking on W. 67th St., where ABC News is. (Manhattan, we’re talkin’.) Saw an ad — a poster, a billboard, or whatever we should say — for Good Morning America. (Odd there’s no comma in the title, but there you have it.) I learned that the show is now hosted by Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos.

Last time I saw Roberts, she was emceeing a fundraiser for presidential candidate Bill Bradley in Madison Square Garden. Stephanopoulos, of course, was the Clinton flack, the one who said, “We’ve been over that and over that” — his way of deflecting any sensitive question about the Arkansan running for president. He was such a bully, in that campaign, well groomed, maybe, but a bully.

And now these two are news guardians? Joe and Josephine Mainstream? Oh joy.

And THAT’s why the MSM is afraid of Tamesha Sumpter and folks like her, normal reasonable people of the left. They can count on ideologues or people who make their living off of division, but what happens if Tamesha and thousands like her come to the conclusion that conservatives are not born with horns?

Once people become folks we disagree with rather than unreasonable enemies it’s hard to keep the con. If that goes by the boards the next thing you know they might take FOXNEWS off the block list, notice blogs on the right, start having civil conversations with tea party members and you end up with Tea Parties moderating Mayoral Forums all over the nation.

I don’t expect that I’m going to be agreeing with Tamesha all that much and I suspect a lot of her tweets will be in opposition to my beliefs but I’ll follow her and give her a fair hearing. She’s already demonstrated that she will give one to me.

And that more than anything else answers the question: “Why does the MSM so often omit known facts in their reporting?”

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.

I had a long post at the Conservative Commune on why Stacy McCain is invaluable. Yesterday Stacy put up a short piece in the American Spectator:

“I think you have to tell people the truth, and America is in crisis,” the former Massachusetts governor told a gathering of Republicans here. “We elected as our president a person we didn’t know very well. . . . There were people who said, ‘I wonder what will happen if we choose as president a man who has no experience?’ Now we know – and it’s not a very positive thing,” .

But it is his post on his site that clinches my argument

So far in Iowa, I’ve been to events for Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. If they get a couple of local TV stations and two or three newspaper reporters to an event, that’s “good coverage.” But at today’s Romney event — held at the home of a local businessman — it was a totally different level of coverage: The Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, Gwen Ifill, Charlie Cook, Al Hunt, Carl Cameron of Fox News, etc. I counted no fewer than 12 TV or video cameras recording Romney’s speech.

That is the power of the MSM. It decides who the GOP front-runner is (and who they want it to be) and allocates coverage accordingly. Stacy McCain has covered Mitt Romney, but he has not limited his coverage to him. He has covered Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty.

This more than anything else highlights the importance of bloggers and social media, they are the best way to bypass the elites determination to convert convention wisdom into fact.

The ScrewTape Letters is a series essays by C. S. Lewis written in the form of letters from a senior tempter from Hell (Screwtape) to his nephew (Wormwood) a junior tempter assigned to a specific person in England around 1939-1940 or 41 with advice on how to help damn his “Patient”

In letter #10 Screwtape talks about a new set of friends that Wormwood’s “patient” has made and how they are diametricly opposite to his Christian life and how these difference can be exploited:

Sooner or later, however, the real nature of his new friends must become clear to him, and then your tactics must depend on the patient’s intelligence. If heis a big enough fool you can get him to realise the character of the friends only while they are absent; their presence can be made to sweep away all criticism. If this succeeds, he can be induced to live, as I have known many humans live, for quite long periods, two parallel lives; he will not only appear to be, but actually be, a different man in each of the circles he frequents.

I could not help but think of this turning on Morning Joe today and MSNBC this week.

We have seen the MSNBC host such as Lawrence O’Donnell, Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow declare the president will be re-elected and this morning on Morning Joe, before the 7 a.m. hour talking about the President and his ability to get re-elected. They talked about the Karl Rove strategy from 2004 would be played and said how with this republican field the president certainly can energize his base and win.

Less than 15 minutes the subject was borrowing at 100% of GDP and how it is almost impossible to get out of our economic crisis without a spiral followed by a talk about the weakness of the president.

These two arguments are diametrically opposed to each other, yet we are seeing them being made on a (major) American Cable Network. Why? Because their belief in the re-election of Obama and their disdain for the GOP, particularly the Tea Party wing, is so ingrained that the state of the economy, and the condition of the people can not shake it.

In the Screwtape letters the “patient” turns around in Letter 13 and see reality for what it is. The question is when will these guys on MSNBC turn it around?

My guess, it will take November of 2012 to do that.

Because apparently Chris Matthews is going the full Dixie:

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews took his hateful attacks on conservatives to a new level Wednesday, smearing “southern” “secessionists” as wanting to “kill” Obama. The Hardball host quickly amended, “politically.”

Is MSNBC reaching the point where Al Sharpton will become the evening voice of reason?

Here is the clip:

This morning’s stuff was weird enough but if they going the full Confederate then these guys have seriously cracked.

Update: Stacy McCain links from Iowa where he is investigating further signs of Neo Confederate Sex Panic.

Meanwhile, Herman Cain arrives here Thursday morning and will speak at the Greater Des Moines Partnership at noon and the Professional Educators of Iowa at 5 p.m. In between those events, he’ll visit the “Sweet Corn Serenade” festival in Oskaloosa. So I’m working hard, honest.

Hmmmm, Herman Cain, a Tea Party favorite who just Happens to be from Atlanta which of course was the city that John Bell Hood was defending. Somewhere Amanda Marcotte is rubbing her hands together and saying “I knew it!”

More evidence, I suppose it is just a coincidence that this item is sold out?

Question: Why on earth are stories about Michelle Bachmann’s migraine headaches front page news and being reported on ABC?

For the daily Caller this is a win, the MSM often fails to pick up their materials, but as Stacy McCain noted when “conservatives” attack republicans suddenly a Daily Caller piece becomes desirable.

But why the Daily caller? The question is answered by who this piece benefits the most, and that Answer is Mitt Romney and the establishment GOP. Let’s go back to March 31st and note Romney’s one big advantage in this race.

The establishment GOP hates and fears any Palin-like candidate and likes him.

Romney needs to keep the Tea Party vote divided (welcome aboard Thaddeus McCotter). Sarah Palin continues to wait, Herman Cain has lost some conservatives like Yid with Lid, (my guest this Saturday 10 a.m. WCRN listen live here).

The worst thing that can happen to him is a candidate to break out and the candidate he wants least to break out if Michelle Bachmann. Unfortunately for Mitt he can’t afford to be seen directly attacking either a Palin or a Bachmann. So surrogates must be called into play.

So the needs of the left and Bachmann have converged. Romney needs Bachmann to be Palinized. As David French put it on the Corner:

Exactly one week ago, I wrote that Michele Bachmann should prepare for the Sarah Palin treatment. As Glenn Stanton noted today, the Left is coming after her with its customary class, accusing her husband of being gay. But now anonymous conservatives have bared their claws. I suppose such betrayals are inevitable in politics, but they are still intolerable.

The doctor’s note not withstanding the left is going to run whole hog on this. (Carl Bernstein was hitting her on Morning Joe today, Mika thought the whole argument was sexist)

Unfortunately for the left her story is even more compelling than Palin’s French again:

Michele Bachmann has a personal story that Hollywood would love if she were liberal. A mother of five took in foster child after foster child, grew alarmed at the poor quality of their mandatory public education, and then launched herself into the political process to improve their lives. They’d pitch Julia Roberts for the part if Bachmann had only been crusading against a power plant or land development. As it is, she has to settle for the Palin treatment — from the Left and the Right.

and in the Herald:

“Nobody would ever ask a man whether they thought of themselves as a flake,” said Jennifer Duffy, senior political editor at Cook Political Report, an independent, nonpartisan online newsletter. Duffy said that while Bachmann has not been grilled about her hair, makeup or clothes, Wallace’s question suggested a sexist litmus test. Bachmann’s response: She’s a mother, a lawyer and a congresswoman — and the question was “insulting.”

Expect an awful lot more of this stuff as long as Bachmann’s numbers continue to run high, why?

There’s only one reason for this sort of thing: Mitt Romney is feeling the heat.

and as long as the heat is on so will the pressure from any outlet funded by establishment money.

…as the Justice now makes a public charge to the press but not to the police?

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Justice David Prosser tried to choke her during an argument in her office on June 13, the day before the court handed down a decision upholding a new law eliminating most public employees’ collective bargaining rights.

Let’s forget for the moment that none of the other side of the story is of interest to MSNBC et/al and focus on this:

A woman who is an officer of the court, a Justice whose job is to protect the rights of citizens has publicly accused a sitting member of a physical assault against a woman. This charge has been repeated nationwide by a media who hold Justice Prosser responsible for the upholding of a law unpopular with the media/left.

Yet that same justice Bradley, that defender of goodness and champion of the left chooses not to press formal charges.

How is that consistent with justice? After all just one week ago Ladd Ehlinger called the authorities over the gasoline and lighter incident. If a man goes around physically assaulting women and even more so goes around choking Justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court wouldn’t you think that be worth a call to the police and the filing of a report?

Yes, just as you would have thought a sitting congressman and his friends who accused Andrew Breitbart,a man hated by the media and the left, of “hacking” him, would have been anxious for a police investigation.

Yet she did not, as in the case of Anthony Weiner the Liberals didn’t bark.

We now of course know why Anthony Weiner declined to call police and file a report. I would be delighted to discover why Justice Bradley did not as well.

What else can they do?

Then again I pity them this business, Even with the full power of the MSM it’s nearly impossible to turn: “Foster Mother of 20+” into: “Unqualified lunatic who should not be trusted” into the mind of even the most deluded.

Of course they have this idiot in their corner.

Oh BTW on Bachmann some readers might be wondering why the media’s sudden fascination with Bachmann isn’t evidence in the quest to keep Palin out? It is nearing that point, but Bachmann clearly won the debate that was highly covered. It would be impossible to not state that fact. Her subsequent rise in the polls was a natural result to be expected.

It may reach a point where this will be the case, but we aren’t there yet.

Update: Fixed spelling error in title

The news that the president waiting 16 hours before pulling the trigger on this mission has come out.

OBL had been there for months I don’t have the problem with the wait per-se (although it violates Nelson’s “Lose not a moment.” meme.) I don’t share Ace’s “anybody would have done it” meme either, I think what was done was done and anything else is speculation.

What is more significant is the title 7 Minutes Vs. 16 Hours: How The Media Reports Delay.

Consider: the administration rightly deserves praise for this mission but if the media was any more excited in their reaction to this president right now you would need to tell them to get a room. It’s all the more amazing considering the tactics. It’s a stark contrast to what we have seen before. As Ron Futrell asked at the Minority Report

Where are the activist old media members nowadays complaining about the methods used? They could even blame Bush, if they wanted to—but they even refuse to go there because Obama benefits from this great news, and they want nothing to distract from that.

Now when it comes to wars I’m very pragmatic, The Goal was to keep the win in Iraq, Get the win in Afghanistan and to nail Bin Laden. I’m not as concerned about the details of the mission as I am with the success. The media feels the same way about the democratic/liberal agenda.

That’s why for the media CrossHairs in maps can be beyond the pale one day and OK the next, that’s why vacations in Crawford are a sign of laziness but frequent Golf trips aren’t a problem, that’s why Navy Seals can be critiqued as “assassination squads” during one administration and celebrated as heroes in the next.

Sam Rayburn once said: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can accomplish if you’re willing to let someone else take the credit.” When it comes to the media the saying is “There is no limit to the amount of good you can get the media to support as long as you’re willing to let them give liberals credit for it.”

If you keep that in mind then it will all make sense.

Update: Related: Stacy McCain: It’s Kinda Hard to ‘Work the Refs’ When the Refs Are Playing for the Other Team

via Glenn we see the media is continuing to exhibit abused spousal syndrome concerning be locked up by the VP’s staff :

Powers had not sneaked into the event. He was chosen as the pool reporter for local media and was expecting to speak with guests in addition to hearing speeches by Biden and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida). Instead, when he got there he was told the politicians had not yet arrived and hustled into a closet that seems to be more nicely appointed than my apartment.

How ignored? Only Jake Tapper has bothered to write about it and that was days after the fact:

“Scott – You have our sincere apologies for the lack of a better hold room today,” wrote Vice President Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander last Wednesday to Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers.

“Lack of a better hold room” is an interesting way of putting it. In order to keep Powers from mingling with guests at a Democratic fundraiser last Wednesday, Powers was escorted into a storage closet by a Biden staffer.

Yup a reporter kept in a storage closet isn’t big enough news for Morning Joe of Mika this morning, after all they know that the administration actually loves them and wants the best for them and as you can see by the apology they really mean it this time.

Meanwhile the media still ignores the Al Qaeda links to the people we are fighting a war engaging in a kinetic military action for.

Al-Qaeda’s offshoot in North Africa has snatched surface-to-air missiles from an arsenal in Libya during the civil strife there, Chad’s president said in an interview to be published Monday.

Idriss Deby Itno did not say how many were stolen, but told the African weekly Jeune Afrique that he was “100 per cent sure” of his assertion.

“The Islamists of Al Qaeda took advantage of the pillaging of arsenals in the rebel zone to acquire arms, including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries in Tenere,” a desert region of the Sahara that stretches from northeast Niger to western Chad, Deby said in the interview.

the Australian and Arab press have been reporting this, our press, not so much. I’m sure that Al Qaeda has only the most peaceful intentions for these surface to air missiles. I feel safer in an airliner already!

I wonder if the NYT will after the fact suddenly discover that these folks aren’t nice guys as they did in Egypt?

Finally while the Huffington post is busy banning Andrew Breitbart his site is reporting on an actual racial incident that people are trying to hide:

Multiple sources reluctant to come forward publically, or speak on the record, paint an extremely troubling picture that only raises even more serious questions, if true. Why did Snider abruptly resign? If there was an altercation, why was no one charged? Why did the local police turn the case over to the State Police? Are they really the best qualified to investigate one of their own given such a potentially significant story impacting race relations, especially for Democrats, in Illinois? Will justice be served, or only the interests of Democrats, who control all levers of government in Illinois?

Some have alleged that Snider entered the Anchor Inn in Carlinville, leaving after making a curious comment about the tavern appearing “dark.” Allegedly, there were a number of black patrons present, including students from Blackburn College. It’s also claimed that Snider returned later and proceeded to remark loudly as to the large number of “n#&&ers” present. It’s said some tried to quiet Snider, or get him to leave; but he resisted.

At some point, an altercation between Snider and a black Blackburn student is said to have taken place due to Snider’s outburts. It’s also been claimed that a number of Blackburn students, including one involved in the alleged altercation, then fled with Snider pursuing them on foot, allegedly “threatening to get his gun and kill them” at some point.

Dan Riehl is on the case, his blogging will suffer for it, but that’s what happens when you do the job and report the stories that the MSM will not.

If only these stories reflected on republicans, then these would all be front page news and vital stories that the media would want you to know.

Bill Maher talking on his show

Or an actual video of Sarah Palin answering a question in front of a crowd in India?

I am sure this will get very little coverage in the normally Palin Hungry MSM. When you actually see Palin unfiltered by a hostile media it’s hard to paint her as some kind of idiot.

…they are playing the role of Wellington.

Was it only 48 hours ago that liberals buoyed by polls and news reports were convinced that Scott Walker and the republicans were about to back down?

Now not even one day after they were proved spectacularly wrong the left has decided on a new meme to replace the old one that didn’t seem to work. Apparently now this vote is a case of political suicide for Republicans. E. D. Kain is convinced this will be their doom:

And now conservatives have chosen public-sector workers and teachers as their hill to die on. They have followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and elected Scott Walker, Rick Scott, and various other Tea Party candidates. Heavily funded by big campaign donors like the Koch brothers and other corporate interests, the Republican party has made a concerted effort across the country to take on unions, public pensions, and social services for the poor.

It is to laugh. Apparently E. D. hasn’t figured out that the “interest” that public unions fight against is…”the public” that is the taxpayer.

Richard Trukma is also playing the lemons into lemonade game as Jennifer Epstein reports:

While blasting Walker and Wisconsin’s Republican legislators for their “absolute corruption of democracy” in passing an anti-labor bill, the leader of the nation’s largest union group thanked the governor for getting activists fired up. “We probbably should have invited him here today to receive the Mobilizer of the Year Award,” Trumka said Thursday morning while speaking to the National Press Club in Washington D.C. “Wisconsin is the beginning — it’s pushing the start button” for pro-labor activism.

Right, he mobilized people so well that unions had to bus in supporters and were unable to match anything near tea party numbers in national rallies across the country.

Let’s cut to the chase here. The unions went all in here because they understand what is at stake, not bargaining, but the political clout that the union monies bring the leadership and the democrats who reward them with those monies. This is was what the unions were defending. That’s why they were willing to give up so much to avoid this vote.

Think about what it has cost the Democrats/unions:

1. War Chests: The three weeks of protesting had to have been a drain on both union and democratic funds. The monies they claim to have raised are not insignificant but they have not reported the expenses of their national campaigns. I would not be surprised if the funds raised are not sufficient to cover what they’ve already spent. In fact they will need the extra money to fight in all the other states that, seeing the union defeat in Wisconsin, will find themselves willing to take them on.

2. The schedule: Unfortunately for democrats this took place at the beginning of the term of Governor Walker. This means that this plan will have time to make the difference in the state economy meaning the voters will be able to see actual results by the time he is facing re-election. The unions are making a lot of fuss about recall efforts forgetting that recall efforts are also being placed against democratic lawmakers who actually fled the state as well. Those efforts will not reverse the bill nor did they manage to intimidate the lawmakers in question.

3. Voting with their dues: Even worse for the unions is the reality that the state is no longer obliged to collect union dues for them. The compulsion is gone. Legal Insurrection has it nailed:

The vote will be taken with the feet of tens of thousands of Wisconsin public employee union members, who will have the choice for the first time in memory of deciding whether to join the union and pay the union dues, which have been estimated in the $700-1000 per year range.

The public employees will have to make a choice, take a pay increase or pay the union.

I think we know how that vote will turn out, and whether the employees — once given a choice — will buy what the unions are selling.

I think the unions knew how this vote will come out too. That’s why they decided to die on this hill. They understand that where union membership is not compulsory it has dropped like a rock. They understand that this vote will be before any election and will signal nationwide how weak and narrow their actual support is within their own ranks.

4. Public Opinion:
That’s the other card that the unions and the media tried to play. I’m going to make the wild assumption that the office holders of Wisconsin are no more brave that other office holders across the nation. If they actually believed that they were going to suffer the public harm that the unions and the media insist they are going to get, don’t you think that they would have backed down? I think they didn’t back down not because they were any more courageous than other polls, I think they knew how to count and saw the protests for what they were and acted accordingly. As I’ve said, if the unions were convinced it would have resulted in a huge turnaround (particularly in an election year with Obama on the top of the ticket) they would have acted differently.

5. The visuals: This is the big one. The visuals of this protest favored the tea parties and the governor from the start and continue to do so. People don’t like to see their capital occupied, or doors handcuffed shut or people threatened with death, or their legislators running away. There is supposedly a big protest with Michael Moore this weekend. Yup Michael Moore and Jessie Jackson are really going to be able to sell this nationally. As I said in my examiner piece yesterday:

There has been an awful lot of video shot of the Wisconsin protests, there has been even more taken of both tea party protests and tea party meetings. The question becomes: which set of images are more likely to elicit the support of the majority of the American Populace? We will find out in 2012.

The only thing the Wisconsin democratic protesters and the tea party protesters have in common is both will likely be prominently featured in GOP ads in 2012. I’m sure the death threats against the Wisconsin legislators and those against Scott Walker (some actually signed on twitter) are going to go over real well come election day.

6. Bigger Events: Even if the unions want to keep the pressure on unfortunately for them bigger events are overtaking them, the rising costs of Gas, the war in Libya, and the national budget battles are going to trump any attempt to keep the furor up in anyone except for the truest of true believers.

E.D. Kain is trying to pull the Albert Sidney Johnston who with insufficient military to stop a union advance, used propaganda to keep the enemy thinking he was stronger than he was.

My advice to the Republicans? It hasn’t changed: Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell!

Update: Yup that should have said Albert Sidney Johnston, thanks to Edward for the Catch.

Update 2:
Unsurprisingly the NYT doesn’t get it but Obi Wan does.

One of the advantages that control of the MSM and the major newspapers gives the media is the ability to convince people who do not regularly pay attention to current events beyond Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber of things that simply aren’t true.

Half of this battle is ignoring stories that they don’t want promoted (see “The News Hounds that didn’t bark” or this link at Big Government of yet ANOTHER assault on a tea party member by a union man“. The other half is manipulating the reporting on events that are covered. Today’s example is Move-on’s “50 state rally” attempt to rally non-union types.

By all accounts the rallies didn’t energize much of anyone:

Despite the best efforts of the state-run media and the far left, protesters failed to materialize today at the dozens of rallies in support of government employee unions. Maybe it’s because government employees make twice as much as the private sector?

Let’s face it. These were no tea party numbers despite their best astroturfing efforts.

In Jefferson City, Missouri about 200 and around 300 counter tea party protesters turned out at competing rallies. The tea party protesters, of course, showed more energy. In St. Louis only 40-50 protested. In Utah maybe a couple hundred turned out.
Possibly 300 in Virginia. Around 500 in Washington DC where a bunch of loosely-connected leftist groups took turns complaining about the usual suspects: corporations, the rich, Speaker Boehner, the Tea Party, and men. Los Angeles may have had one to two thousand in attendance – including self-avowed socialists.

Over all, it was a complete failure. But, don’t tell the state-run media.It doesn’t fit their agenda.

So how horrible was the turnout? There were more people at the Recall Wisconsin Senator Wirch rally today that there were at several of the MoveOn rallies.

As a reader at Instapundit writes:

‘It seems that unless government workers get a paid day off (from us) they’re not too interested in taking their unpaid days off to protest.’”

Meanwhile Professor Jacobson who has some harder numbers notes that the media had already decided that Move-on’s protests were successful:

Outside of Madison, there were no reports of sizable crowds. And if you read the news reports, almost all the protesters were other union members. Despite the efforts, the organizers failed to motivate significant numbers of non-union members to come out for protests.

The 50-state protest was a failure, plain and simple, although the images from Madison may create the false impression of massive nationwide protests.

Update: As predicted, the mainstream media is painting the nationwide protest as a success. The headlines talk about protests around the country, but the stories talk almost entirely about Madison, giving the false impression that there was widespread support around the country:

Why is this important? He explains

Since NYT and AP stories are run at thousands of local newspapers around the country who cannot create their own content, it is likely that most people in this country never will hear about the dismal turnout for these protests. This is your biased MSM in action.

The idea is to go into the fight with a pre-ordained template and to find a way to manipulate the available information to make it fit.

The target of this is not those who are involved but those who are not, who don’t check out the cable news (except for during a huge crisis or maybe just before an election) those who will catch only a glimmer of what is happening and then when in a position to make a decision will have only that glimmer as a reference, something that “everybody knows”. It’s playing on the nature of belief.

In the 3rd episode of the Doctor Who Serial Image of the Fendahl from 1977 there is an exchange between the elderly Mrs. Tyler and her grandson when she tries to give him a charm and he objects:

Jack Tyler: “You know that I don’t believe in all that.”

Mrs. Tyler: “Most around ‘ere do and when most believe that da make it true.”

Jack Tyler: “Most people used to believe that the earth was flat, but it was still round,”

Mrs. Tyler: “Ha ha but they behaved as it were flat!”

The exchange begins at 6:51

And that is, as always, the goal of the MSM. To make people behave “as it were flat!” so that when a person on a show says: “the Union protesters are peaceful or the Tea Party is violent” that it will be accepted as common knowledge.

Update: Here is a great example:

Thousands of people rallied in cities across the United States on Saturday against a Wisconsin plan to curb the power of public sector unions that has sparked similar government efforts in other states.

The headline Labor protests draw thousands across United States is telling, 50 states and “thousands” how many thousands? one thousands? two thousands? only when you go deep into the story do you see only one rally cited with even 1000 people outside of Madison.

Update: Thanks glenn. Just to give you an idea of how many Hits Instapundit gives. Glenn’s link to me was the 3rd update on a post put up 12 hours ago. that means the vast majority of his readers have already read that post, yet it has generated 100 hits in 2 hours on a Sunday morning.

…last night.

She e-mailed and after getting back from the Tea Party Bowling league (we still need bowlers to roll off BTW more details here and in a new post) I gave her a ring and answered a series of questions she had.

Dealing with the MSM in this way is a new experience for me. As you know I generally pretty hard on them but seemed a very nice young lady and was happy to answer her questions.

Now ironically in my door to door trips yesterday I met a man who was involved in the hijacking TWA Flight 847, was interviewed by the NYT and is still angry at the way he was treated and quoted in the piece he was interviewed.

One says you only get one chance to make a first impression, being me I’m assuming the best and will be very interested in reading what she writes.

Way to go Mr. President not only are you fumbling the ball but you actually have managed to make Mubarek a “hero” for staying.

Nothing raises the profile of an Arab leader more than poking an US president in the eye.

Of course James Clapper actually saying that the Muslim Brotherhood is “largely secular” was nonsense too but at least that was simple stupidity in testimony, saying stuff like the publicly just makes us look like dopes.

Now if the administration’s goal was to make sure Mubarek stays without making it known that it was the goal then it was brilliant but my God it’s the late 70’s all over again. It’s also interesting to note that if you check out Memeorandum not a single headline hits the White House for making dopes of themselves, but its moves like this that validate Trumps statements on the administration.