August 31, 2008
How big are the risks for McCain?First of all, she has been to the Middle East (Kuwait, not Iraq) as many times during her tenure in office as Barack Obama has in his. Secondly, what mother with a son headed to Iraq isn't following what's going on there?
Enormous. The fighter pilot whose hero is TR is trying to land with zero visibility. It is going to be hard to wrest away from Obama the banner of change, and McCain risks being seen as unserious about national security. Palin is smart and quick on the draw, but she is completely untested and prone to bursts of the mouth. She seems to know very little about Iraq and the world and even about the national economy. She is an identity pick, first and foremost, and a process-pick, second. Women could be offended or inspired.
As far as the national economy goes, I've (of course) found her to speak eloquently on how America's reliance on foreign oil hurts both our national security and economy. But then again, I'm from a town that's smaller than Wasilla, Alaska, so what do I know?
Update: I've just been informed that Sarah Palin is not--I repeat not--a Jew like Eric Cantor and Jack Abramoff. I'm not sure if this applies to her bastard grandson Trig Palin. I'll keep you updated .
August 30, 2008
It will be fascinating to see the Alaska Republican delegation front and center at this week’s Republican National Convention now that Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be on the ticket.Gee, I guess those 80-90% approval ratings were just a fluke! Who would have thought that running against both the Democratic and (to some extent) the Republican parties in her state would leaver her with a few enemies?
This is a state party whose establishment faction, to put it mildly, isn’t too enamored with their reform-minded governor.
This is a state party whose chairman, Randy Ruedrich, has been feuding with Palin for years. Palin exposed Ruedrich for ethical violations in 2004 when both served on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission — and their relationship has been frosty ever since.
Ruedrich declined to comment at the historic nature of having an Alaskan on the national ticket for the first time in the state’s history.
Exit question: Why hasn't the Politico gone to great lengths to highlight the frosty relationships between Sen. Obama and his opponents in Chicago?
August 26, 2008
Uh-huh. Sure. Whatever you say.
August 22, 2008
Sayeth the Deciders:
Apparently, according to the AP, she then said, "Mr. President, want to?"Read that quote, and then think to yourself, "What would one of the LA Times' favorite presidents, Bill Clinton, do in this situation?"
And instead of laughing at the sheer grotesque silliness of the situation, we have this picture of the president.
Update: Oh yeah, the political attack ads during the Games made the list, too. But guess whose ads they decided to screen cap for the picture...
It's a good thing he did.
August 21, 2008
The "conservative" Deciders have spoken and they say that a McCain-Lieberman ticket would be a winner! Well, if it weren't for the uneducated rubes who think the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee should be at least, ya know, a Republican:
Mr. Lieberman's national security credentials are first-rate, and we've known him long enough to remember his opposition to an income tax in Connecticut, and his support for lower capital gains taxes, school vouchers and private Social Security accounts. Liberated from having to run as a Democrat, he might recall those policy instincts.
We have no doubt he'd be a better vice president than many oft-mooted Republicans, including some of those who are favorites of the anti-Lieberman alarmists.
Sen. Lieberman would make a better vice president than a Mitt Romney or a Tim Pawlenty or a Sarah Palin because he might go back to holding some conservative positions that these "oft-mooted Republicans" already hold. Well boys, you sold me!
(h/t Kathryn Jean Lopez, who thinks a convention cage fight between National Review and the WSJ might be in the mix. Blech. Please don't film it.)
August 20, 2008
Naming Mr. Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew who is pro-choice and voted against a ban on partial-birth abortions, would certainly transform Republican presidential politics.How about that, it has been a long time since the GOP went bipartisan with it's vice presidential choice. What better time than now?
Not since Republican President Abraham Lincoln chose Democrat Andrew Johnson as his running mate in 1864 has the GOP taken a bipartisan leap.
Exit question: When was the last time a Democratic nominee chose a Republican to be their vice president?
August 18, 2008
After Andrea Mitchell aired her belief that the theory that John McCain must have cheated in the Saddleback Forum, McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis sent off a letter to president of NBC News:
Indeed, instead of taking a critical journalistic approach to this spin, Andrea Mitchell did what has become a pattern for her of simply repeating Obama campaign talking points.I'm going to let the past two days of actually liking John McCain wash over me, because I'm sure it won't last.
This is irresponsible journalism and sadly, indicative of the level of objectivity we have witnessed at NBC News this election cycle. Instead of examining the Obama campaign's spin for truth before reporting it to more than 3 million NBC News viewers, Andrea Mitchell simply passed along Obama campaign conspiracy theories. The fact is that during Senator Obama's segment at Saddleback last night, Senator McCain was in a motorcade to the event and then held in a green room with no broadcast feed. In the forum, John McCain clearly demonstrated to the American people that he is prepared to be our next President.....
August 15, 2008
Don't say I didn't warn you!
But because there is such intense interest in Obama, Corsi's book is a No. 1 New York Times best seller despite the fact his sole purpose for writing the book is to defeat Obama.Ah, you've got to love that "despite" there, huh? Because, as far as Mary is concerned, anybody who shows "interest in Obama" ought to be interested in the Hope and Change and nothing else. Certainly nothing negative. I mean, there isn't anything negative about the Obamessiah, is there?
If you feel like having another laugh at Mary's expense, I'd suggest the third paragraph, where she notes that Corsi's book on John Kerry was "largely discredited" without mentioning, you know, anybody who actually discredited anything from the book, about which she makes a major mistake. Painstaking layers of editorial fact-checking in action, right there.
Jerome Corsi's anti-Obama book, "The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality," claims the Illinois senator is a dangerous, radical candidate for president. The book is a compilation of all the innuendo and false rumors against Obama — that he was raised a Muslim, attended a radical, black church and secretly has a "black rage" hidden beneath the surface. [my emphasis]I'm sorry, but how is that (the second paragraph of the story, by the way) appropriate for a "straight" news story? Maybe it was a rush job, and someone left out the part where that's the Obama campaign's assertion, but otherwise, that sure as hell looks like the reporter's opinion to me.
I'll keep my eyes peeled to see if they make any changes.
August 13, 2008
Quick! Someone inform HuffPo!
August 11, 2008
In the wake of heavy criticism from certain recent stories which are perceived to have gone under-reported, the following style guide is proposed to help journalists decide which stories are worthy of coverage.
Reporters should ask themselves the following questions, and if the answer to 8 or more is "Yes" then it may be considered a potentially newsworthy and thus referred to higher-ups in the organization who can best decide how individual journalists should be spending their time.
The ten questions to determine newsworthiness:
1) Is the report being broadcast by other serious outlets?
(Note: Serious in this case denotes someone who is not affiliated with tabloid journalism, so-called "blogporting" on the Intertubes, or Fox News.)
2) Is the source of sound mind?
(Note: If allegations detail issues regarding a sitting President of the United States who is running for re-election, this can be assumed to be 'Yes,' because crazy people would never pit themselves against the President.)
3) Has allegation been confirmed true by a source close to the accused, such as a friend, staffer, or family member?
(Note: If you don't know, feel free to call up the campaign or family member and ask. It's a proven fact that the more emotionally close the contact is, the more likely their answer will be 100% truthful and not at all designed to protect the accused.)
4) Does this story help Michelle Obama's children in some way?
(Note: The answer to this must be "Yes.")
5) Is story within accepted framework of desired characterization of the person charged?
(Note: Stories must further media presentation of particular public figures as buffoonish or saintly, without exception.)
6) Did the story come from a stringer, or get confirmed by one?
(Note: Stringers are extra-reliable, particularly in the
7) Can a suitable photo be found to accompany the story? It not, can one be manufactured to fit the story?
(Note: Contact graphic arts department if need be.)
8) Will the entire story be easily summed up in a snappy headline that can be written at a third-grade level, preferably referencing the pain of high gas prices on ordinary American families just struggling to get by?
(Example: "Ordinary American families struggle to deal with high gas prices as ______.")
9) Is the story of purely prurient interest?
(Note: Sex scandals involving religious leaders or "values candidates" are always prurient. Any gay sex scandals are super-prurient and should be in forty-two-point font.)
10) If scandalous and damaging to one political party or group, can heretofore unexamined allegations against someone in the other party be tangentially referenced to produce a trickle-down scandal effect and thus diminish both groups equally, as mandated in the Journalist's Oath to First, Appear Neutral?
(Note: If 'Yes' unexamined allegation must be put to the other 9 questions to see if it is in fact the lead story. Be sure to submit unexamined allegation to editors for consideration. If tangential secondary allegation is lead story, current allegation will be forgotten.)
August 10, 2008
Now, let's see how The Politico decided to compare Sen. Obama's first statement to Sen. McCain's statement (link in the original):
While Obama offered a response largely in line with statements issued by democratically elected world leaders, including President Bush, first calling on both sides to negotiate, John McCain took a remarkably — and uniquely — more aggressive stance, siding clearly with Georgia’s pro-Western leaders and placing the blame for the conflict entirely on Russia.You silly conservatives! Obama's generalized initial statement doesn't show that he's unfamiliar with foreign affairs, it shows that he's an experienced statesman like like the leaders of various European powers, the EU, NATO, and even your dear President Bush.
Obama’s statement put him in line with the White House, the European Union, NATO and a series of European powers, while McCain’s initial statement — which he delivered in Iowa and ran on a blog on his Web site under the title “McCain Statement on Russian Invasion of Georgia” — put him more closely in line with the moral clarity and American exceptionalism projected by President Bush’s first term.
August 09, 2008
Oh, and all the media lust that will accompany them.
August 08, 2008
August 07, 2008
The media has since pulled back, regrouped and redeployed in Afghanistan, with media cells popping up in Afghanistan, hoping to push back coalition forces with their defeatist rhetoric. Pinch Sulzberger hopes that they can win this one before his political sledgehammer newspaper folds. It has been a few rough years for America's Pravda, with sales steadily falling. Sulzberger wonders how long they can hold up if American forces continue having successes.
August 06, 2008
The recent series of ads was good, but more is necessary or the media will completely seize the narrative from him. He also has to offer a coherent philosophy and vision for America, which he hasn't done, but needs to if he's to stand a chance against the Hopey Changey One.
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