Two weeks ago I was demanding an apology from ABC & George Stephanopoulos for not disclosing his conflict of interest in the Clinton Cash Story saying this:

today ABC’s broadcast the above interview never noting to viewers that Mr. Stephanopoulos was an Senior Advisor to the Clinton White House nor did Mr. Stephanopoulos (like MSNBC before him) note that the Sunlight foundation that he so emphatically quoted is funded by liberal billionaire George Soros. (To the tune of over a million bucks since 2008)

Now the stockholders of ABC and the people in charge of programing have a perfect right to put whoever they want in charge of their Sunday show and if they want to have a former Clinton Senior advisor to the honors that’s up to them.

But if they wish to keep of the pretense of offering objective journalism as opposed to Democrat political advocacy then journalistic ethics would have required them to have a different person conduct the interview with Mr. Schweizer or at the minimum have Mr. Stephanopoulos disclose his connections to the Clinton White House either before or after the interview.

Today the other shoe dropped:

Now ABC & Mr. Stephanopoulos have to deal with the embarrassment of this disclosure, but then again if they had not bothered putting a Clinton Crony in the big chair this would not be an issue in the first place.

Update: While some might consider this story part of a “vast right wing conspiracy” remember it’s much more likely that it came from the left as part of their attempt to derail Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Democrat nominee.

Update 2: Bazinga!

Update 3: Via Ace a suggestion from the Federalist

ABC News, if it cares one whit about its reputation, should ban Stephanopoulos from doing any 2016 campaign coverage. It’s bad enough that he was once a Clinton White House staffer. But everyone went along with the charade that his political days were behind him and that he just wanted to be an objective reporter. That charade ends today.

Allahpundit has a question

And Glenn Reynolds has a suggestion too:

Inquiring minds want to know.

Update 4: 50 50 50 Do I hear $75,000?

But that’ OK says Hillary Rosen because….

sure it might be a charity that strong arms watchdog organizations

New York Magazine is reporting that team Clinton unsuccessfully attempted to strong arm Charity Navigator into changing its lousy rating of the Clinton Foundation.
The [Clinton] Foundation has demanded they extend the Clintons special treatment. They also allege the Foundation attempted to strong-arm them by calling a Navigator board member. “They felt they were of such importance that we should deviate from our normal process. They were irritated by that,” says [former Charity Foundation CEO] Berger.
Apparently the Foundation was warned they would be added to the “watch list” on March 11th based on pre-“Clinton Cash” reports of possible Foundation/State Dept. quid pro quo deals in late February.

But it’s still a charity no matter what the brains behind it says…it’s just that the Clintons believe in old fashoned sayings…

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Earlier today on This Week with George Stephanopoulos the host interviewed Peter Schweizer author of the upcoming book Clinton Cash concerning the author Peter Schweizer

The interrogation of Mr. Schweizer by George Stephanopoulos brought back memories to an old news junkie like me of another Sunday morning twenty years ago when that same George Stephanopoulos appeared on This week in the days when it was This With David Brinkley to attack Gary Aldrich the author of another book Unlimited Access An FBI Agent inside the Clinton White House on which Mr. Stephanopoulos called the book: “A campaign of character assassination.” while defenders of the administration attempted to link Mr. Aldrich’s publicist to the GOP.

The difference of course was at the time Mr. Stephanopoulos employed by the Clinton white house as a senior advisor who was specifically dispatched to go on the attack, while today Mr. Stephanopoulos is employed by ABC news, but apparently his job hasn’t changed, only who pays him.

We are constantly told that media bias is overblown that media like Fox News can’t be trusted, that authors with any connections to conservatives are biased.

Yet today ABC’s broadcast the above interview never noting to viewers that Mr. Stephanopoulos was an Senior Advisor to the Clinton White House nor did Mr. Stephanopoulos (like MSNBC before him) note that the Sunlight foundation that he so emphatically quoted is funded by liberal billionaire George Soros. (To the tune of over a million bucks since 2008)

Now the stockholders of ABC and the people in charge of programing have a perfect right to put whoever they want in charge of their Sunday show and if they want to have a former Clinton Senior advisor to the honors that’s up to them.

But if they wish to keep of the pretense of offering objective journalism as opposed to Democrat political advocacy then journalistic ethics would have required them to have a different person conduct the interview with Mr. Schweizer or at the minimum have Mr. Stephanopoulos disclose his connections to the Clinton White House either before or after the interview.

I therefore call upon ABC News to offer a public apology for their failure to make said disclose to their viewers.  Furthermore I call upon Mr. Stephanopoulos to open next Sunday’s show with said apology and a full disclosure to his past as a Senior advisor to the Clinton White House so that any viewers who are not familiar with his past are so informed.

Liberal Advocacy or Journalism ABC, pick one.

 

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For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.

Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

John 18:37b-38

Cardinal Borusa: Gallifrey has never know such a catastrophe, such devastation. What will we say?
4th Dcotor: Well, you’ll just have to adjust the truth again, Cardinal. What about subsidence owing to a plague of mice?
Cardinal Borusa: As I believe I told you long ago, Doctor, you will never amount to anything in the galaxy while you retain your propensity for vulgar facetiousness.

Doctor Who The Deadly Assassin 1976

General Longstreet: …in the morning we may be outnumbered, and they’ll be entrenched on the high ground.

General Lee: General, you know as well as I, we have never concerned ourselves with being outnumbered.

General Longstreet: That is true, sir, you are right. If we move to the south to Washington, they have to pursue us, and then we can fight on ground of our choosing.

Gettysburg 1993

There are some fundamental rules of politics that one must observe if you wish to win as evidenced by these three clips from the last seven days.

Senator Ted Cruz on ABC’s This Week on Sunday

Rep Steve King on CNN as commented on by MSNBC’s Morning Joe

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And Sarah Palin on Gretta (hat tip Fire Andrea Mitchell)

Can you spot the common thread in the three? the answer is below the fold

Continue reading “Fighting on the Political High Ground”

Friday I wrote this about Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehed El-Haddad’s attempt to dupe the western media:

So it seems Gehad El_Haddad is back to his old game tweeting out the Muslim Brotherhood line in the hope that the Western media doesn’t spot the scam.

Well I shouldn’t worry after all if a mere blogger like me can spot it, I’m sure the rest of the major western media can do the same,

well except for the NYT.

Saturday I repeated the question during my radio show while speaking to Robert Spencer and Pam Geller and Ray Hanna of Act for America: who in the media is stupid enough to fall for this guy BS?

The Hill gives the answer:

“I don’t understand what naivete can behold any person to see all the ingredients, political signs of a coup, and not see the coup,” El-Haddad said on ABC’s “This Week.”

This week.  ABC’s this week had him on camera?

Well OK the Muslim Brotherhood is news right now, so ABC asked a few questions of the guy.

It’s not like they made a video of him on the streets of Cairo pretending he is a man of the Egyptian people and not someone who’s primary purpose is to look good for the west while giving the Muslim brotherhood line while their followers repress them.

Oh come ON guys!

Well that’s the MSM at least there aren’t members of congress, particularly Republican members, willing to give the president cover in re-empowering the Muslim Brotherhood:

“Reluctantly I believe that we have to suspend aid until such time as there is a new constitution and a free and fair election,” McCain added.

SERIOUSLY?

ABC calls McCain a tough critic of Morsi but apparently he wasn’t tough enough to cut off aid when he was in charge.  Now that the Brotherhood is out he is apparently tough enough on Morsi’s foes to give president Obama and the Brotherhood cover to do the one thing that can empower islamists in tough spot.

But Maybe I’m overreacting to the Brotherhood after all doesn’t every political movement throw teenagers off buildings and beat them to death for celebrating their defeat, sanction rape and shoot Coptic priests when angry.

Or even station snipers to shoot Cairo residents.

That’s no reason to keep them out of the political process is it?

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Two Simple words in the English Language: I Forgot

Steve Martin

In the movie “A guide for the married man” there is a famous exchange between Walter Mathew and Robert Morse when Matthau’s character is advised what to do in case his wife gets suspicious in the event of an affair:

Mosre:   Deny Deny Deny, no matter what she knows or thinks she knows, Deny it!

Matthau:  But what if she really knows…

Mosre:  Deny it

Mosre:  but what if she really

Mosre:  Deny

Mosre:  but what if she

Mosre:  Deny Deny DENY!

I suspect this was the strategy of Senator Robert Melendez as he appeared on ABC’s THIS WEEK two days after news of the FBI investigation of a sexual scandal involving underage Dominican Hookers broke.

Alas for the Senator ABC News’ Martha  Raddatz totally foiled that strategy by cleverly choosing to refuse to ask a single question on the subject provoking this comment from Jim Hoft

That’s outrageous. You could imagine the grilling this man would have taken if he had an “R” behind his name instead of a “D”. Instead, ABC willfully keeps the public in the dark on this horrific scandal.

and this from Glenn Reynolds

That’s what media apparatchiks do.

I’d say that Senator Menendez should think his lucky starts, but as this story actually broke before the election and no member of the mainstream media had bothered to touch it, perhaps Martha Raddatz thought it would be unfair for them to start now.

Of course, now we have two scandals.  Senator Menendez’s scandal now being investigated by the FBI and the scandal of Martha (of course I’m not too Biased for the VP debate) Raddatz deciding that a senator being investigated by the FBI for banging underage hookers isn’t newsworthy.

Naturally the new media and Radio Hosts will have a field day with it tomorrow, in fact I’ll certainly mention it in Under the Fedora and on next week’s show.  That being so the real question becomes:  How will Martha the unbiased choose to answer these questions?

Well, if I may be so bold as to suggest  the Morse/Matthew strategy is still tanned rested and ready for  use….

 

 

Octavian: Dr Song, I’ve lost good clerics today. You trust this man?

River Song: I absolutely trust him.

Octavian: He’s not some kind of madman then?

River Song: I absolutely trust him.

Doctor Who Time of the Angels 2010

I took a look at the Sunday Shows this morning and I’ve noticed a common theme. The River Song Gambit

On the various shows the same question was asked over and over again: “Are we better off than we were four years ago.”

Here is David Axelrod (Moe Lane had it up first)

On This Week we had a different face but more of the same:

Only on Face the Nation did you see an answer. When Bob Schieffer asked the question Martin O’Malley gov of Maryland quickly said “No” and changed the subject.

Bill Richardson, Stephanie Cutter went along with changing that subject.

That’s the problem for the Democrats, it’s the question that overrides everything else, it’s the question that must be avoided and the subject changed at all costs. This election can’t be about Barack Obama’s record, it has to be about something else.

When River Song dodged the question about a “Madman in a Box” she could lean on the centuries of success of the Doctor

Unfortunately for the president, show a video montage of the Obama record and the reaction is the same as the above clip:

Hello, I’m Barack Obama: “Basically, Run”

Update: Time Can be re-written:

A day after saying, no, the country was not better off than it was four years ago, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley reversed course on Monday and said, yes, indeed it was.

Must not have been a fixed point.

On ABC’s this week during his interview with Pastor Rick Warren Jake Tapper asked this question concerning the Mormon church:

TAPPER: Mitt Romney will almost certainly be the Republican nominee, and if that happens, as it looks like it will, he’ll the first member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be the nominee. A lot of evangelicals have been talking about whether or not Mormons are Christians. Are Mormons Christians?

WARREN: Well, the key sticking point for evangelicals and actually for many is the issue of the Trinity. Orthodox Christians, Catholic Christians, Protestant Christians, evangelical Christians and Pentecostal Christians all believe in the Trinity; that’s the historic doctrine of the church, that God is three-in-one. Not three gods; one God in Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

WARREN: Mormonism denies that. That’s a sticking point for a lot of Catholic Christians, evangelical Christians, Pentecostal Christians, because they don’t — they don’t believe that. Now they’ll use the same terminology, but they don’t believe in the historic doctrine of the Trinity. And people have tried to make it other issues. But that’s really one of the fundamental differences.

In terms of the question of how what would be called “Mainstream Christianity” it’s a pretty good answer and frankly it’s not a bad question, but if you are going to ask the question I think the better question would be: “Based on your definition of salvation by faith, does a believing Mormon qualify?”

This is likely the most benign “Mormon” question we will hear over the next few months.

I can’t find the full interview online yet but you will want the catch the entire interview with Rick Warren, it was pretty good and he is one of my favorite protestants…

…still theologically wrong a bit, but gotta love him.

Update: On NBC David Gregory went so deep into the Mormon question with his panel including the Cardinal designate of Baltimore and Billy Graham’s daughter that she eventually asked when they would get to Easter since this is “our day”.

The Graham family might be informed religiously but if they seriously believed that Gregory would talk about Easter on Easter Sunday rather than try to support Obama, they certainly aren’t paying attention.

Back on November 27th Cokie Robers on ABC’s this week said this:

I would not be at all surprised if Rick Santorum won the Iowa Caucus

The Panel which included Christiane Amanpour, Michael Gearson, Sam Donaldson seemed surprised and Johnathan Karl told Roberts that he would take that bet.

Today on This week with two days to the Caucus, Jake Tapper asked his panel who was going to win Iowa. Matthew Dowd said a “three way tie”, Neera Tanden hesitated Byron York, and Craig Robinson, both said: “Santorum”.

In an interview later in that same show Johnathan Karl was asked who he predicted to win in Iowa and he answered: “Santorum”. No word what his bet with Cokie Roberts might have been.

On Meet the Press host David Gregory interviewed Santorum and accidentally illustrated the difference between a tough interview (as per Jake Tapper v Ron Paul and Michelle Bachmann today) and an advocacy (Dare I say “Journo-listic” ) interview, but in the end his very different panel was also talking Santorum.

Nobody is laughing anymore.

As a Santorum fan I would have liked at least one more day when the expectation game had not reached this point, but the point of the entire exercise is to Win and I will be delighted if Santorum does it but I think it highlights an important point.

No matter how much we pontificate, no matter how many words we write and no matter how much money is spent, in the end it is the voter and not the pundit that makes the final decision.

The latest exhibit in my theory concerning the Herman Cain / Sarah Palin /MSM connection took place this morning.

The panel for This week with Christiane Amanpour included Herman Cain. He certainly deserves the attention but isn’t it strange that he is on now? Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that nobody in the MSM wanted him, deciding that neither his debate win, nor the 15,000 people who turned out for his announcement were newsworthy?

However with Sarah Palin dominating the headlines and making fools of the media by knowing her US history better than they did, something HAD to be done to minimize her in the media and to keep possible GOP supporters in Iowa talking about something else.

Enter Herman Cain. He is no fool and knows the media’s game. He is playing to win and will take all the attention he can get, and remember even if he doesn’t win, his standing as a leading republican is slowly being cemented.

The media does not support him, will not support him and frankly knows what a symbolic danger he is to the democratic party and all they believe in.

But that doesn’t matter, In their minds Sarah Palin is a bigger and longer lasting threat. They understand that a Palin presidency could have the same lasting effect as the Reagan presidency did and they can’t take that chance.

I guarantee that once the “threat” of Palin is gone they will do their best to stop him. By that time, the very savvy Cain might already be riding a bandwagon that tramples the both the media and the left.

And that’s fine with me, in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if that was fine with a certain former Alaskan governor too!

Update:
This really should be a new Exhibit but tell me: What voters in the GOP really care what the NYT says?

This is how scared the NYT is of Sarah Palin, they are willing to risk their “The Tea Party is a bunch of Racists” narrative

Meanwhile on Fox

Cokie Roberts repeats the John Lewis lie, and the panel pounds on Fox and once again nobody touches the words Breitbart actually used.

When Jake Tapper quotes Sherrod saying that Breitbart wants to return to the days of slavery and Donna Brazille ducks saying she doesn’t want to comment on her.

The self righteousness on Donaldson et/al who had no trouble when the NAACP and the media have gone after the tea parties with false charges of racism speaks very poorly of them. It’s all about the loss of control of the narrative.

This show will really be hurt when Tapper leaves it.

Update: Oh and who are Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly? The people that the public trust more than you these days Sam because you, the mainstream media spent the trust you had like a drunken sailor for the sake of your agenda.

Update 2: What the sad thing? Other than fox ABC had more conservatives on the panel than anyone else.