July 02, 2010

When You've Lost AC360.....



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June 30, 2010

You motherfuckers wanted him

And you got him.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah Tuesday presented a united front against a common enemy: the press.

Abdullah, at the end of an appearance with Obama following an Oval Office meeting, uttered a prayer asking God to spare the two leaders from the wrath of their "friends here in the media."

"May God spare us from all of the bad things they can do to us," Abdullah said sparking laughter from those present. "And may God bless us with all the positive things they can do for us and for humanity."

"Well, that is an excellent prayer," Obama responded.

Each and every conservative politician in America was too busy laughing their asses off to comment.


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June 15, 2010

In the real world...

President George W. Bush used a lemon-lime snow cone to show that parts of the Gulf Coast remain unaffected by Hurricane Katrina –and that he's fully engaged in the ongoing crisis on a day and a half visit to the region.
I may have changed a few words there in order to, well, you know.

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June 10, 2010

Chris Matthews and Andrea Harris: ZOMG DA TEABAGGERS ARE GONNA GIT US!!!1!1eleventy!11!11!!1one!1

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Chris Matthews and Andrea Harris reporting on the rise of the Tea Party Movement

Okay, so we have this breathless bit of stupidity from Matthews, where he has a brief clip of the Michigan Militia guys, and he equates them to the Tea Party at large,



Note that line starting at 1:47, where he says that the other scary thing about the Tea Partiers is that "the Supreme Court doesn't get the right to determine what is constitutional, they do, and they've got guns."  Matthews statement of course shows what an ignorant tool he is, as do all his statements, but this is extraordinarily dumb and lazy, even by his standards.  It also demonstrates the divide we face, whether it be ignorance or malice on his part. 

The Constitution and Constitutional rights are not something the government grants to us, it is not a contract between government and people, it is simply something that the government acknowledges that we already have, which is of course terrifying to the left, and Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell.  They're being more and more honest about the authoritarian scum they are.  This is not a bad thing.

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May 24, 2010

Ann Curry: Genius

Heh.

Wheaton's 2010 graduation ceremony this past Saturday was the most delightful I have ever experienced, as the warmth the students showed for their faculty and for each other was so overwhelming it was felt even by me, an outsider.

So it is with a heavy heart that I ask you to forgive me for mistakenly naming graduates of the other Wheaton College in my address.

I now know I should have named National Medal of Science winner Dr. Mary Ellen Avery, former New Jersey Governor and former EPA Director Christie Todd Whitman, literary agent Esther Newberg, Oscar-nominated actress Catherine Keener and Ken Babby, the youngest senior officer in the history of the Washington Post, among others. Thank goodness I got Lesley Stahl right.

I am mortified by my mistake, and can only hope the purity of my motive, to find a way to connect with the graduates and to encourage them to a life of service, will allow you to forgive me.


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May 11, 2010

So, some MFM hacks at USA Today declare Americans are actually undertaxed

Using some creative calculating. I'm gonna go ahead and ignore the DPUD Stylebook that says math will not be involved and link Jeff M's takedown anyway.  No worries, alex or someone will post some hotassery and all will be well with the world.

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May 06, 2010

The double standard, writ very, very large

Imagine this conversation taking place about five years ago, after Hurricane You Know Who. I'm not even going to excerpt any of it here, since it really has to be read to believed. Seriously, it's hi-fucking-larious.

(Oh, and I found it via St. Andrew of the Blessed Heart-Ache, who actually made sure to call Obama "our temperamentally conservative president" in commenting on this discussion. Yes, really.)

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May 05, 2010

Sinking of the Fleet

Past week or two haven't been too kind to the MFM, last week, the Philly Inquirer and Daily News were both sold to their creditors.  This week, WaPo is looking to unload Newsweek.  Many factors contributed to this, I think.  Obviously the right's abandonment of old news sources is a central one, even among older consumers of news, with FNC, talk radio and teh intarwebs.  Certainly the migration to intarwebs news has had a major impact, but then again, I think people still, for the time being, have a sentimental attachment to newspapers and news magazines, there is something physically nice about holding and reading the newspaper or magazines, just like there is with a book.  That sentimentality will only carry so far, especially when journalists and editors have become so rabidly biased while claiming impartiality and generally sloppy on facts, information and writing quality.

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April 29, 2010

LATimes accuses Pat Tillman's army unit of murdering him

...and then scrubs that accusation without noting the change when they get called out on it.

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It's the tone, stupid

Have you ever wondered why papers like the NYT are losing readership hand over fist in areas outside of liberal enclaves? Well, take a look at this editorial about an Alabama gubernatorial candidate's (debatable) stance that the state's drivers' license tests should be English-only.

•Headline: "The Candidate From Xenophobia"

•The candidate, Tim James, is given "the award for best bottom-feeding campaigner," and readers are told that in Alabama, "'We speak English,” Mr. James warns in a make-my-day growl.'"

•The editorial notes that, "Running in a four-way Republican nomination race, Mr. James, a business executive, is transparently intent on tapping into the anti-immigrant, anti-government mood of malcontent voters." Yes, "malcontent." Because their concerns aren't legitimate at all.
Notice that I used the word "debatable" earlier in describing the candidate's stance. That's because I think people who live here should learn English, but resident aliens, many of whom are small business owners (and I have plenty of experience with such people, who were the immigrant parents of my friends) need to get their drivers' licenses in order to fuel our economy.

What I can't stand is the idea that people who think that the idea of learning the dominant language of this country is some sort of problem facing immigrants. I grew up in an environment where lots of my neighbors were resident aliens, some of whom worked toward citizenship. Others kept their citizenship in their home nations. But they ALL spoke English.

The bottom line? Fuck you, NYT. That is all.

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April 14, 2010

Minitru getting blatant

Eric at Classical Values went to a tea party event in Lansing, Michigan last week and saw what you see at all the tea party events.
You know, friendly, normal  people who are angry at our gov't for either ignoring us or calling us names and telling us to shut up and give them our their money.
He has some good pics.

So today he sees an article about all the homophobes at the event, including a guy proudly selling "Straight Pride" shirts who was an official member of the Tea Party Express and who gives a cut of the proceeds to the Tea Party Express and who wore a button saying Official Sponsor.
Eric was there for 3 hours and didn't see the guy.
Minitru "journalist" provides two pics as "proof" that show nothing of what he claims. There's no pic of the guy wearing the Official Sponsor button.
In one pic you can see just the shirt and part of another shirt next to it that I can't read, the other pic shows a guy wearing one but you can't see around him or even see his face. There are no wide angle shots showing all the tea partiers in the background.

Read the second, short link. He has links to the lies and the happy, happy lefties screaching about Teh Hatez, including the lying piece by the lying Minitru bastid.

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March 27, 2010

A great how-to by the AP

So, I was reading this boring little AP article about a tea party protest in Searchlight, Nevada (home of the one and only Harry Reid).  The gathering was headlined by Sarah Palin, and Andrew Breitbart showed up as well.  I found one line in particular to be particularily ironic and especially stupid, so please note that it's my emphasis on teh stupid:

Conservative columnist Andrew Breitbart disputed accounts that tea party activists in Washington shouted racial epithets at black members of Congress amid the health care debate, although he didn't provide any evidence.

Really, AP?  Really, you're going to slip that tiny, innocuous little phrase in there?  You're going to be the ones saying that Breitbart didn't provide any evidence?  Because, as I recall, it's you and your fucking cronies who are lacking in any damn evidence for anything.

Oh, but let's not stop there, AP.  No, you're right; pointing out that there's no evidence for tea partiers screaming hateful slurs isn't nearly enough.  You had to go and find a damn birther in the crowd, too, because we all know that no smear of the conservative group isn't complete without a birther quote:

Leonard Grimes, a 70-year-old retired logger, said the nation is drifting toward socialism, and he's not convinced Obama is eligible to be president.

"I'd like him to prove he's an American citizen," said Grimes, a registered independent who is originally from Michigan but now lives in Golden Valley, Ariz.

In summation, fuck you, AP.  In a very, very uncomfortable place - and I don't mean the back of a Volkswagen.

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March 12, 2010

How low the yellow journalists have fallen

No, not Raines whining about someone disagreeing with his Messiah, this story you've probably seen a few places.
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For the want of a better two-second picture of a tachometer, ABC News has called into question its reporting on acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles.

I'm going a totally different direction from where I've seen others go and I'm kind of surprised by that.

This story shows exactly what's most wrong with "journalism" today
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Notice the above beginning, "For the want of...", no, for using a fraudulent clip their 'reportage'/crap hit piece is in question.
The article is full of ABC saying, 'Sure it wasn't the right clip, here's some bullshit reason we're claiming is why we couldn't use the real clip, so it's all okay.'

None of the "journalists" involved in this story even see the fundamental problem.

Fake But Fucking Accurate is not journalism you dumb fucks.
How hard is that concept to understand? Seriously.
All you had to do was put in "dramatization" or some note about why you used that shot and problem solved.

Not a one of the idiot, "journalists" involved in this story, including the many layers of idiotor... err... editors probably even thought about it and if any of them happen to get lost and end up here instead of Kos and read this they will have no idea why this is a problem and they'll think I'm the idiot.
That's how journalism works these days, they'll think.

It's absolutely funny that as reporters started coming out of J-schools instead of just getting a degree and going into journalism their reporting ethics, abilities and diligence have gone right down the tubes.

We now have "fake but accurate", "too good to check" and "feels right" for journalistic standards.
Why, it's almost as if J-schools are teaching advocacy journalism instead of "just the fax ma'am".

H/T, I don't know, I've seen it all over.
Let's say....... Lemur King, I missed giving him one once.

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March 09, 2010

So, who was it that called Obama 'articulate'?

I'm thinking it was Pluggy Joe and not the Republicans.  Funny that between Biden and Dan Rather, 'articulate' is now an epithet.

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March 05, 2010

Aaaand...

...the MSM branding of this weirdo as a member of the Tea Party movement and/or Conservative begins in 3...2...1...

(I'm going to guess that the LaRouche stuff doesn't get mentioned prominently.)

Update: Because of some personal stuff, I haven't watched much news over the past couple of days, so I didn't see this.

 

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March 04, 2010

Do not taunt Happy Fun Alex

Example #23,567,920 as to why Veeshir accurately refers to the modern press as Minitru.

Current headline on an LA Times article: Is a Sarah Palin reality show about to become reality?

Oh happy day!  Will we see Sarah jogging?  Will we see Todd lifting heavy things?  Will we see the Firestarter actually start fires?  Will we see Sarah kill a wolf from a helicopter?  Oh the mind it it it . . . .

Um.  Wait just a second.  Here's what the show is really about:

Sarah Palin, TV producer? Multiple sources confirm that Palin and uber-reality show producer Mark Burnett have been making the rounds in Hollywood this week to pitch a TV docudrama about Alaska.One source called it a “planet-Earth type look” at Palin’s home state.

Sooooo by a "Sarah Palin reality show" they mean a nature documentary.  Now, that would be awesome and all but the LA Times now full damn well that's not what the headline implies.

Do not taunt Happy Fun Alex like that.  It won't end well.

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More MSM Coffee Party fun

This time, from a Kansas City Star columnist named Barb Shelly, who takes a different approach than the NYT or the WAPO. Instead of simply glossing over Coffee Party founder Annabel Park's pro-Obama activism and/or involvement with Netroots Nation, she doesn't bother to mention Park at all. Clever, that.

But Barb luuurves the Coffee Party much more than the Tea Party, even though she thinks the latter (lamentably, in her eyes) has a better chance at changing the political landscape:

It's fueled by idealism. But idealism doesn't carry the same jolt as anger, which is stoking the tea party movement.

Idealism gets weary and watered down. But in these United States, anger is a bottomless cup.

It has so many targets. Wall Street bankers, illegal immigrants, climate scientists, Barack Obama. Health care reformers, stimulus packages, public education, Barack Obama. The Federal Reserve, John McCain, open borders, the United Nations, gun control backers, Barack Obama.

Um, Barb, do you notice a common thread in any of those "targets" that you just mentioned? Possibly that they're all, more or less, involved in the shitty economy that we've got right now? That we've got ten percent unemployment? That there's a government-run health insurance boondoggle that one of the "targets" you happened to mention three times there is trying to ram down the throats of a citizenry which has said over and over that it DOES. NOT. WANT. IT?

Oh, and this part is fun...

There are think tanks, lobbyists, consultants, magazines, talk shows, an entire television network, devoted to telling Americans that, even in the good times, we should be aggrieved.

Government is out to oppress the people of America. So say the captains of the aggrievement industry, speaking from their lavish office suites and their suburban Virginia mansions.

So she says, without a fucking trace of irony. When we had unemployment at around five percent and the economy was growing pretty well, we heard nothing from TIMENEWSWEEKNYTWAPOCNNNBCCBSABC, etc. and their buddies in liberal think tanks and on talk shows about how we were supposedly in the WORST ECONOMY SINCE HERBERT HOOVER!!!

Yeah, sorry if I don't take you particularly seriously now.

Oh, and if you'd bothered to mention the Coffee Party's founder, you might have had to mention that she was a progressive activist from (dun dun DUHHHHN!!!) suburban Virginia.


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March 02, 2010

I guess it was implied

Gee, while the slogan "Meet Me in the Middle," which implies that the "Coffee Party" is some kind of centrist, moderate reaction to the crazy-eyed rightwing Tea Party is mentioned in this NYT article about the former, there's no mention of the fact that she's been in the tank for Obama since at least 2008 or that the founder has previously been a speaker at Netroots Nation (aka YearlyKos) in the past.

Oh, and this is a hoot:

But Ms. Park said that while the Coffee Party — and certainly the name — was formed in reaction to the Tea Party, the two agree on some things, like a desire for fiscal responsibility and a frustration with Congress.

“We’re not the opposite of the Tea Party,” Ms. Park, 41, said. “We’re a different model of civic participation, but in the end we may want some of the same things.”

You're a fucking liar, Ms. Park, and you fucking know it. You want the government to take over Americans' health care insurance, and the only thing preventing you from admitting it is the fact that the rest of us realize that it's a fucking boondoggle and a disaster.

And the NYT (and Jon Zak of the WaPo, as well) are fucking abettors of your lies, trying to make it seem that you're some kind of centrist who just wants the left and right to come together.

You lie.

(h/t)

Update: By the way, Annabel Park is never mentioned even once in the same sentence as Barack Obama in the NYT article, even though she was an Obama supporter at least as early as 2008.  And, while the WaPo didn't bother to mention that, they at least mentioned that she worked for Virginia Dem Sen. Jim Webb.  The NYT glossed over that, too.

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February 28, 2010

Give us Jake Tapper already, ABC

Elizabeth Vargas' performance on ABC's This Week didn't exactly instill me with great confidence in her objectivity:

How are we going to...empower Congress to be able to pass the sweeping kinds of changes that we need in the country?

ISeeWhatYouDidThere. Um, aren't they empowered by, you know, having massive majorities in both houses? Yes, clearly the problem is that Congress has too little power.  Good gravy...

Media Research Center has more.

Isn't the obvious pick for the slot the only guy at ABC who is even cognizant of the idea of journalistic integrity?  Stop screwing around with Vargas and Baba Wahwah.  Give us Tapper!

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February 26, 2010

Minitru

Nothing major, just another example of why I started calling them Minitru a little over a year ago.
First, we've all seen Hot Air's story about Rubio's credit card.
I hadn't read it earlier (I usually don't read the Capt's posts unless I can't get to sleep), so I did when I saw the update. I'm waiting for the hockey game to start and nothing's going on here.
Lo and behold, the article was substantially rewritten, removing much of what Capt Ed quoted, with no mention of how or why.
What was left was pretty typical of Minitru.

They manage to find a bunch of people to say bad things about Rubio.
Like Ana Navarro, "Rubio contributor" who's 'concerned'. Yup, she contributed to him, she gave more to a Dem congressman.
It's also disingenuous to call her a "contributor" she's a pac treasurer and bundler.
The Pac is "Friends of Liz Cheney" but I can't find any money going in or out of that pac anywhere from  2002 to today.
Personally, she gives to both Dems and the GOP.

The rest of the quoted are similarly misrepresented, including the last quote by "U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston" who is also 'concerned', she is not listed as a Democrat.

They do get a quote from a Republican
Attorney General Bill McCollum, the Republican front-runner to replace Crist as governor, said of releasing the credit-card records: ``To open this at the present time could compromise a criminal investigation.''

Heh, maybe I'm just paranoid (well, too paranoid) but that surely looks as though they're trying to imply that Rubio is the target of that investigation. What is the investigation? I'd guess it's who leaked it, if Rubio was the target that would have been the headline, the lead and every other paragraph would have included that.

I used to call them the NYTimesWashPostCNNABCCBSNBCetc., but they're just Minitru anymore and just as dangerous.

Another, smaller, Minitru moment.
My alarm clock is set to WTOP (traffic, weather, conventional leftism), this morning it came on to one guy saying something about Obama's "We're not campaigning" as the other two tools laughed, laughed, laughed at McCain being all bitter about not winning and Obama slapping him down.
These are "news" guys, not opinion. I mean, they're called "news", but like the rest of Minitru, they have ceased even pretending to be neutral even as they screach about how they are neutral.

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