by baldilocks

From Reuters:

Venezuelan activists are increasingly posting details of locations and lifestyles of leftist officials and their families, depicting them as thriving off corruption while the population struggles to eat in a devastating economic crisis.

The social media blitzes, targeting officials and their business partners, relatives and even lovers, are another weapon in a wave of huge protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s government that began in April. Protesters are seeking early presidential elections, freedom for jailed activists, and humanitarian aid to alleviate chronic food and medicine shortages.

One Twitter account published photos purportedly showing the wife of Vice President Tareck El Aissami enjoying champagne and lounging on a pristine beach with her sisters. In another case, an alleged lover of a powerful Socialist Party official is shown on trips to the Middle East.

Venezuela’s opposition accuses officials of profiting from currency controls and a decade-long oil boom to fill their pockets. The opposition-led congress estimates that at least $11 billion have “disappeared” from state-run oil company PDVSA .

Monica Showalter:

Reuters doesn’t mention it, but this is the outcome of socialism, and not just a one-off event but the usual and inevitable outcome of socialism, which always leads to a protected class[.]

Daniel Ortega got caught shopping on Fifth Avenue buying $3,000 worth of designerluxury sunglasses. Romania first lady Elena Ceaucescu was caught with diamonds on the soles of her shoes. The Castros own billions in assets in Spain, Italy, Argentina, China. Two years ago, the late [Hugo Chavez’s] daughter, Maria Gabriela, was reported to be Venezuela’s richest woman with $4.2 billion in assets. (…)

As a blogger and writer under different venues, I have been reporting this stuff for years. The flashing dollar bill parties of the Chavistas. The Caribbean luxury vacations of the Chavistas. The Miami condo-buying. The trips to Disneyland. The Miami shopping trips. The dollar-bill flashing parties. The Chavista luxury yachts. The social whirl and real estate. These stories extend all the way back to 2004. Yet they never got all that much traction.

As I’ve opined before, most people cannot see the connection between cause and effect, but just to be on the safe side, the MSM would prefer to not only keep silent on information which would spur that connection—on this topic, especially–but also to use active means to distract attention away from the potential connection. Makes you wonder if even certain failed comedians are merely carrying out their orders. If true, the drastic methods indicate that the MSM may be scared.

The future nomenklatura must protect its interests, however. I don’t know if I want to see them become more desperate.

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I was at Lucianne.com looking for ideas for a post when I noticed these two pieces within five posts of each other that were interesting. One pushing a Reuters story from the 19th:

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The other posting a mediate story saying the exact opposite:

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I thought they would make an interesting contrast so I tried to pull up both stories, the Mediaite story dated today came up easy.

However when I tried to click on the Reuters link I kept getting “page not found”.

I tried a search for the title and found multiple results such as this one at Forbes:

Trump Visits Baton Rouge, Despite Governor’s Request Not To

We welcome him to Louisiana…but not for a photo-op,’ the Democratic governor said.


U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate toured the flood-damaged city of Baton Rouge on Friday, despite the Democratic Louisiana governor’s urging not to make political stops in areas affected by recent deadly rains.

Trump’s motorcade drove past piles of possessions and building materials that had been ripped out of flooded homes en route to Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in a flood-ravaged portion of East Baton Rouge Parish.

“You’re all going to be fine, you’re going to be fine,” Trump told several dozen supporters gathered outside, many asking for autographs and selfies.

But for the life of me I couldn’t find the story at Reuters.  So I went to the Reuters site and looked for the story.  There was no sign of it, but I DID find this story, with a time stamp a few hours later with this title:

Trump tours flooded Louisiana, Obama to visit next week

And when I looked at the body of the story it seemed awfully…familiar (emphasis mine)

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump toured flood-battered Louisiana on Friday, shrugging off the Democratic state governor’s plea for politicians not to stop in areas affected by deadly rains.

President Barack Obama said he was also eager for a firsthand look at the damage done by floods that damaged more than 40,000 homes and killed at least 13 people, announcing plans to visit Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

Obama’s travel requires a massive retinue of Secret Service agents and assistance from local and state law enforcement officials, so the White House usually waits to visit disaster zones to avoid tying up police and emergency resources needed elsewhere.

On Friday, Trump’s motorcade drove past piles of possessions and building materials that had been ripped out of flooded homes en route to Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in a hard-hit portion of East Baton Rouge Parish.

“You’re going to be fine,” Trump told several dozen supporters gathered outside, many asking for autographs and selfies.

LA governor John Bel Edwards found his original statement had not gone over well and decided to revise it, apparently Reuters found that their old story noting the president would not be visiting for a while wasn’t playing well either so they decided to :

Delete the original story

Rewrite the headline to emphasize that president Obama was visiting Louisiana

Insert new copy into the old story suggesting president was ALWAYS going to visit while making an excuse for his failure to do so before the Trump visit.

Or put simply, the attempt to advance the narrative of Trump as an opportunist for visiting Louisiana  and Obama as responsible by not visiting had not only failed but proved inconvenient.  So Reuters decided, rather than write a new story to show the president’s change of heart and showing him forced to visit in reaction to Donald Trump’s move, decided to rewrite history to push the narrative of the president planning to visit this week all along.

There are many words to describe this, I choose “dishonest” and “dishonorable”.

As  Michael Goodwin quoted by Ed Driscoll at Instapundit put it American journalism is collapsing before our eyes,

Personally I disagree, I suspect American journalism was always like this, it’s just that thanks to the net it’s not possible to hide these trick anymore.

Unexpectedly.


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…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?

Republicans scored an upset in one of Hawaii’s most Liberal Congressional districts on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the national Democratic Party in a race that largely turned on the party’s plan to overhaul Healthcare.

Oops sorry that is the headline and lead paragraph that the NYT should have run a year ago when Charles Djou won a congressional seat against a divided democratic party in Hawaii last May if they treated that election the same way they did NY-26.

It’s a game you can play with MSM sites, Reuters for instance:

Here are the lead paragraphs that Reuters ran yesterday and one year ago, can you guess which one is which?

A {name of State} {Name of party} defeated two {name of party| who split their party’s vote Saturday in a special U.S. congressional election in the heavily { name of party} district …

And here is the lead paragraph of the other:

{name of party} {name of winning candidate} drew on voter discontent over {name of party} plans to revamp }{name of program} to score an upset win on Tuesday in a special election to represent a {name of philosophy} {name of state} congressional district.

One story minor unimportant victory of minority party signaling nothing, the other a seizmic shift the the political landscape. If you can’t figure out which is the GOP win and which is the Democratic win then you might be a liberal or a member of the MSM psy-ops campaign.

A few days ago I noted that Andrew Sullivan was making Charles Johnson look like his old self, but now Johnson has managed to grab a little bit of his old mojo back:

The British-based Reuters news agency has been stung for the second time by charges that it edited politically sensitive photos in a way that casts Israel in a bad light. But this time Reuters claims it wasn’t at fault.

The news agency reacted to questions raised by an American blogger who showed that Reuters’ photo service edited out knives and blood traces from pictures taken aboard the activist ship Mavi Marmara during a clash with Israeli commandos last week. Nine people were killed and scores were injured in the clash.

I’m looking at the Memeorandum thread and noticed one common thing few if any mention Johnson.

This isn’t a surprise, I don’t care for Johnson, I don’t like the way he treated my friend Stacy, or Pam or Peg and he has run in my opinion run his site like a cheap dictator, but in the end his position on Israel and his willingness to expose Reuters shows he still has a trace of the old Johnson in him.

Christians in general and Catholics in particular are very much into redemption. I’ve still got a little Pollyanna in me so I’ll include him in my prayers this week. Who knows.