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On the Topic of Media Bias…

Posted: September 17, 2012 by cacoop in Blogs, Media, Obamamania, Politics, The Presidency

To any rational observer, there is no disputing the notion that the US Media is overwhelmingly in the tank for the reelection of Dear Leader.  One needs to look no further than the press coverage over the past week in regard to the tragic murder of our Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stephens (or more to the point Рlack of actual coverage of the event and the skewing of its true provocation) to see that the media is doing everything in its power to create the narrative that Mitt Romney is unfit for the Presidency.  Even the editors at Fox News, the supposed last bastion of objective journalism, cannot control their impulses to covertly editorialize their reporting as they are STILL tagging (my in-eloquent moniker for the banner they put below the main screen) the unrest in the Middle East as a reaction to a ridiculous video few have seen.

Given the lack of effort it takes to identify such bias, it is distressing to me when our side goes the extra mile by drumming up charges of bias in cases which it simply does not exist.

Case in point:¬† This weekend, Peter Hamby, CNN political correspondent covering the Romney campaign, set prominent conservative thought leaders’ torches ablaze with the following tweet:

Now, you’ll most likely see immediately what riled up the hornet’s nest.¬† The link for the supporting evidence to his assertion that Wisconsin is now officially a battle ground state is a link to a “contribution page” for the Obama Campaign.

All weekend long I bore witness to conservative pundits excoriating Hamby.  Most were in the same vein as Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters fame:

… Relatively straight forward and frankly, factual. (He did, afterall tweet out a link to a donation page.)

However some went a little bit further (this one was repeated several times):

My initial reaction after seeing this go wild in my Timeline was to jump aboard the bandwagon and start sharpening my pitchfork.  I then saw a tweet from noted conservative and minor Twitter celeb, Todd Kincannon:

This sparked a back and forth conversation between Kincannon¬†and myself in which I questioned why he thought that Hamby’s¬†link didn’t smack of bias.¬† He responded that he knows Hamby¬†personally and the he is “not that guy.”¬† I took a second to go through Hamby’s¬†timeline and actually read the tweet again.¬† It dawned on me that I was guilty of doing exactly what¬† I hate about leftists.¬† I willingly gave in to conventional wisdom without thinking for myself.¬† I jumped to the conclusion that because the link was to Obama’s fundraising webpage, it automatically meant that Hamby was promoting Obama’s campaign.

In fact, Hamby was doing what any good reporter does.¬† He was breaking a story… an important one at that.

Hamby was first to note that Obama is spending time, money and political capital in a state in which he shouldn’t have to spend any.¬† In order to support his hypothesis that Wisconsin is back in play for Romney, he used the best evidence available:¬†a page from Obama’s campaign¬†listing the date and time of the fundraiser.

As of today, the vilification¬†of Hamby¬†continues.¬† It is also starting to turn ugly against those who break with the hive-mind¬†mentality and start to look at this non-story objectively.¬† Most notably, Erick Erickson from is the latest to come to Hamby’s¬†defense.¬† Erickson, a noted conservative, who happens to also be a commentator for CNN, is someone you would think would warrant a listen.¬† Unfortunately, not in this case.¬† Michelle Malkin (who I¬†generally respect¬†greatly) runs a site called, which is a tweet aggregator (and, in this case, aggravator) for the Right.¬† By listing Erickson’s tweets juxtaposed with an assortment of tweets from a variety of “Twitter¬†users”, Twitchy¬†crafts a narrative that Hamby¬†is somehow conspiring to promote Barack Obama’s fundraiser¬†in Wisconsin.¬† Twitchy claims that because the words “in play” are not said on the donation page, that there is no merit to the story and¬†Hamby is drawing attention to the link in order to drum up support for Obama.¬† Tacitly, they also are questioning Erickson’s integrity with the implication that he is shilling for his co-worker at CNN:

Today, CNN contributor Erick Erickson defended his colleague Peter Hamby, who tweeted a link to a Barack Obama donation page last week.¬† Erickson tweeted a link to the same Obama donation page that Hamby tweeted, claiming that the page shows ‚ÄúObama admits suddenly WI is in play.‚ÄĚ

But Twitter users didn‚Äôt see anything of the sort. It‚Äôs just a boilerplate Obama-Biden donation page inviting supporters to attend a reception with Obama in Milwaukee: ‚ÄĚPlease join President Barack Obama for a reception with supporters like you in Milwaukee.‚ÄĚ

Nowhere on the page does Obama state that Wisconsin is ‚Äúin play.‚ÄĚ

Twitchy concludes their post by saying they will leave it to the reader to decide, while at the same time making it clear where they stand:

We‚Äôll leave it up to readers to decide about Erickson‚Äôs claim the the Milwaukee fundraiser amounts to a newsworthy, tacit admission by Obama that ‚ÄúWisconsin is in play.‚ÄĚ Obama has had fund-raising receptions in many states, such as Washington, Oregon, California, and Maryland, that are not considered battleground states.

Ultimately, I don’t think it necessarily presents the best optics when a reporter tweets out a fundraising page for a candidate – whether that candidate be conservative or liberal.¬† But when it comes to alleging bias, the¬†question must be begged,¬† ‘What is to gain from the alleged offense?’¬† In this case, can anyone honestly state that Hamby was attempting to lure people in so they could donate money to the Obama campaign?¬† Is there anyone who would come across that tweet, click on it, and then say, “Hey!¬† I’m convinced.¬† I’m giving all I have to Barack Obama!”?¬† The answer is, ‘No.’¬† That simply isn’t going to happen.

The bottom line is that there is no bias here.¬† If you don’t believe me, look for yourself.¬† Do your homework on Peter Hamby.¬† If you read his entire Timeline, you will see that he is fairminded.¬† I have no idea what his politics are, as he does not wear them on his sleeve.¬† That is actually a good thing. Like Brett Baier, Jake Tapper, Carl Cameron and the like, he reports the news factually, with a minimal amount of editorialization.¬† Like them as well, he is always looking for a new angle to bring to the ever evolving reporting landscape, often times countering the conventional wisdom of both the Left and the Right.

Having exhaustively analyzed this situation, I can objectively¬†state that¬†Peter Hamby’s “offense” ¬†is not nearly as egregious as¬†witnessing our side commit the same crime which we see all too often from the Left:¬†the hysterical construction of¬†strawmen.


Getting back on the horse…

Posted: September 17, 2012 by cacoop in Uncategorized

Hey there… nobody.

I’ve been struggling for weeks on whether or not¬†to spin this little blog o’mine¬†back up.¬† After much deliberation, I decided that I had to break down and do it. (Largely due to incessant harping by my brother-in-law – whom I hope to enlist as a contributor moving forward.) Essentially it came down to¬†the fact that¬†I have a lot more to say than Twitter allows (at least in greater increments than 140 characters)¬†and my Facebook “friends” desire to read about.¬† Sooooo…¬†with much trepidation, I¬†made the decision this morning to¬†revive “Musings from the Disloyal Opposition.”

Having made¬†the decision to start blogging again, my¬†first¬†step¬†was to renew my domain.¬† Unfortunately, it turns out that a citizen of the great country of Japan has laid claim to¬† So, after cursing profusely, I settled on¬†(which has been my twitter handle since the outset anyway.)¬† I’ll keep an eye out next spring and see if I can snag the old domain back.

In the meantime, I will strive to update frequently with my thoughts, rants, diatribes, etc.  With a little luck, I can coerce LAMayor and the above mentioned Brother-In-Law to chime in as well.

Welcome back.

Arlen Sphincter

Posted: April 29, 2009 by cacoop in Blogs, Corruption, Dems, RINOS, Senate

Thanks to Ace,¬†I now have another stop on my daily blog tour…

…the fantastic S. Weasel.

<Cue golf clap>


Posted: April 12, 2009 by cacoop in Religion


When the sabbath was over, 
Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome 
bought spices so that they might go and anoint him.
Very early when the sun had risen,
on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb.
They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us
from the entrance to the tomb?”
When they looked up,
they saw that the stone had been rolled back;
it was very large.
On entering the tomb they saw a young man
sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe,
and they were utterly amazed.
He said to them, “Do not be amazed!
You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here.
Behold the place where they laid him.
But go and tell his disciples and Peter, 
‘He is going before you to Galilee;¬†
there you will see him, as he told you.'”

-Mk 16:1-7

Happy Easter from the Disloyal Opposition.


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Step 2: Read the often astonishing, always hilarious, post du jour.

Step 3: Clean (spewed coffee / chewed up bagel pieces / snot) off of monitor screen.

Step 4: Shamelessly create post linking his brilliance.

Step 5: Welcome visitors (even those who don’t poke around)

Let’s try it out…


This Verbal Diarrhea Alert is so unbelievably surreal, that Obi Wan (aka Iowahawk) doesn’t even find the need to editorialize.

Ladies and Gentlemen… The Esteemed Gentlewoman from the Great State of Florida…. The United States Congresswoman, representing the people of the 3rd Congressional District. The never underestimated, always insightful… Ms. Corrine Brown!!!!”

She is now serving in her 8th session of Congress. EIGHTH! 

Ho. Lee. Crap.

You may know him as Iowahawk…

Posted: March 20, 2009 by cacoop in Blogs, Obama, Silliness, The Presidency

… I refer to him as the guy that I would be totally hot for if I was gay. ¬†

Which I am NOT! ¬†(NTTAWWT) ¬†But if I was…

Okay, wayyy too much information, I know.

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Blog O’ the Day

Posted: March 19, 2009 by cacoop in Blogs, Obama, Silliness


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