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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 – lack 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:

https://twitter.com/ToddKincannon/status/247389530909458432

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 Redstate.com 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 Twitchy.com, 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 “Obama admits suddenly WI is in play.”

But Twitter users didn’t see anything of the sort. It’s just a boilerplate Obama-Biden donation page inviting supporters to attend a reception with Obama in Milwaukee: ”Please join President Barack Obama for a reception with supporters like you in Milwaukee.”

Nowhere on the page does Obama state that Wisconsin is “in play.”

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’ll leave it up to readers to decide about Erickson’s claim the the Milwaukee fundraiser amounts to a newsworthy, tacit admission by Obama that “Wisconsin is in play.” 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.

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>

Jeff Jacoby Gets It

Posted: April 18, 2009 by lamayor in Communism, Cuba, Dems, Obama, Politics

This man writes for the Boston Globe. He is quite possibly the only one there with a working brain cell.  Well, other than the sportswriters, because I hate the Yankees.

All people should live in freedom. No one has the right to “run a nation” like a prison camp. Those are core American truths – truths most Democrats once understood in their bones. Do they still?

Read his excellent column here.

UPDATE: IT WASN’T A BOW!

The Obamans are now wanting us to believe that the President did not bow to the Saudi king.  Quite the contrary they say . . . .

“It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah.”

So, our President, who apparently towers over most world leaders, simply wanted to get a closer look at the diminutive King.

Click the link above and judge for yourself.

BRITAIN G20 PALACE

This is appalling.  A President of the United States, freely elected by the People, bowing to an unelected monarch of a country that raised 15 of the 19 9/11 attackers, no less?!  Can you imagine Reagan doing this?  Hell, I can’t even imagine Clinton doing this.

God help us.

More here.

H/T Babalu

Verbal Diarrhea Alert

Posted: April 7, 2009 by lamayor in Communism, Cuba, Dems, US House, Verbal Diarrhea

A Verbal Diarrhea Alert has been issued for the DLO reading area.  Today’s oral defecation comes to us not just from one but from many — The Congressional Black Caucus.  Also known as commie boot licking useful idiots, some CBC members made a trek to Havana to sip a few mojitos, smile at the quaint natives, and continue Obama’s meme of blaming the United States for every evil.

However, no visit to Havana could be complete without a meeting with Murder, Inc. — the Castro brothers.  Here they are hanging on little brother’s every word (indulging in a little verbal diarrhea himself, no doubt) . . . . .

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The Underboss getting his tribute.

Now, no visit to Cuber would be complete for these fellow travelers without an audience with The Don himself, El Coma Andante.  So, without any further ado, the diarrhea:

“It was quite a moment to behold,” Lee said, recalling her moments with Castro.

“It was almost like listening to an old friend,” said Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Il.), adding that he found Castro’s home to be modest and Castro’s wife to be particularly hospitable.

“In my household I told Castro he is known as the ultimate survivor,” Rush said.

Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Ca.) said Castro was receptive to President Obama’s message of turning the page in American foreign policy.

“He listened. He said the exact same thing” about turning the page “as President Obama said,” said Richardson.

Richardson said Castro knew her name and district. “He looked right into my eyes and he said, ‘How can we help? How can we help President Obama?'”

Yeah, right.  And if you believe that, then sunshine and bunny rabbits are about to hop out of his surgically repaired ass.

But, my friends, all is not lost.  Someone does get it.  Let’s wipe diarrhea with the venerable Thomas Sowell . . . .

How a man who holds the entire population of a country as his prisoners, and punishes the families of those who escape, can be admired by people who call themselves liberals is one of the many wonders of the human mind’s ability to rationalize. Yet such is the case with Fidel Castro.

More from Sowell (emphasis mine):

Barack Obama seems determined to repeat every disastrous mistake of the 1930s, at home and abroad. He has already repeated Herbert Hoover’s policy of raising taxes on high income earners, FDR’s policy of trying to micro-manage the economy and Neville Chamberlain’s policy of seeking dialogues with hostile nations while downplaying the dangers they represent.

Bravo!

Obama Really Hates the Brits

Posted: April 1, 2009 by lamayor in Obama, The Presidency
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"Mr. President, I would've preferred a Zune."

First, the President sends back  the bust of Winston Churchill.  Then he fumbled Gordon Brown’s visit to the White House.  The PM didn’t get a state dinner, a fawning press conference, and wasn’t even allowed to play on the killer new White House swing set.  To add insult to injury, Obama acted like a harried shopper on Christmas Eve and gave Brown a DVD box set.  Snakes on a Plane wasn’t even included, but hopefully the PM has Netflix.

So much for our vaunted “special relationship”.

Fast forward to today — April Fool’s Day no less.  President Obama meets with Queen Elizabeth II and he gives her . . . . an iPod!  I’m sure the Queen is not easy to shop for — I mean, you can’t just give her a Target gift card and tell her to buy herself something nice.  You have to put some thought into it.  Something that honors not just her but the British people.

Now, let’s not be too quick to judge.  An iPod may not be all that bad.  It is, after all, a premier innovation from one of this country’s hippest and exciting entrpreneurial companies.  It’s not the traditional monarchical gift but functional, and I’m sure she likes to get her groove on like anybody else.  That is, until she checks the playlist.

President and First Lady Obama gave Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II a video iPod with inscription, songs uploaded and accessories, plus a rare musical songbook signed by Richard Rodgers.

Uploaded onto the iPod:

  • Photos from the Queen’s 2007 White House State Visit
  • Photos from the Queen’s 2007 Jamestown, Va., Visit
  • Photos from the Queen’s 2007 Richmond, Va., Visit
  • Video from the Queen’s 1957 Jamestown Visit
  • Video from the Queen’s 2007 Jamestown Visit
  • Video from the Queen’s 2007 Richmond Visit
  • Photos from President Obama’s Inauguration
  • Audio of then-state senator Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and
  • Audio of President Obama 2009 Inauguration Address

Britain’s Press Association reports that the Royal couple gave the Obamas “a silver-framed, signed photograph of themselves.”

I can see it now: The Queen in her perfectly clipped English shouting, “Yes, we can!”  Like I said, he really hates the Brits.

The President was gracious, I’m sure, when presented with the framed photograph of the Queen and Prince Philip.  However, something tells me he was wondering when she would finally give him the gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

While we’re on the subject — the lovely SI swimsuit model, Marisa Miller, wins the award for Best Use of an iPod.  Nicely done.

dummies-man

Step 1: Go to Iowahawk.

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…

ATTENTION!

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.