In 2007, when The New York Times granted MoveOn.org a special discount it wasn't entitled to so they could slam David Petraeus in a full-page ad as "General Betray Us," NPR reported on the ad, but never on the Times cut-rate controversy.
But NPR is sometimes very sensitive about the "independence" of media outlets -- when it seems compromised by Republicans. On Tuesday's All Things Considered, they granted air time to KUOW reporter Sara Lerner in Washington state to discuss how the Seattle Times outrageously used their own free ad space for an favoring the Republican running for governor, and how 100 of the paper's journalists were protesting[.]
This is a faulty comparison -- the two situations are nothing alike.
The Washington Post reported that there was no "special discount" to MoveOn for the 2007 ad; the Times mistakenly charged MoveOn a lower "standby" rate, $65,000, instead of the standard rate of $142,000. MoveOn said it had no reason to believe it was paying "anything other than the normal and usual charge" and would pay the difference.
Still, that's $65,000 (or $142,000) more than was paid to the Seattle Times for the full-page ads by the Republican gubernatorial candidate and a second ad opposing a same-sex marriage referendum. Graham provides no evidence that either the candidate or anti-marriage-equality forces have offered to reimburse the paper for these ads.
Only an right-wing anti-media obsessive like Graham could fail to see the difference between the two.
Obama’s lies about the Benghazi attack and the four American deaths are lies told to cover up not State Department “incompetence” but the predictable consequences of policies of denial, neglect and stupidity toward our nation’s enemy, radical Islam.
But here is the most damning aspect Obama’s behavior. Obama is unwilling even today to name the enemy that has declared war on the United States and to deal forthrightly with that imminent threat. Our pro-Islamist president will not name Islamism, the Muslim Brotherhood and the government of Iran as enemies of the United States even though they have declared war on us and are engaged in numerous plots to bring death and destruction to the American homeland.
Why are we so reluctant to call this by its right name – treason?
This column is not permitted enough words to educate readers on the many instances I have experienced in recent years where judges intentionally made either clearly wrong rulings (i.e., over Obama’s eligibility) or put cases on ice to avoid having to reach a determination on a politically charged issue or matter.
Are you like me? Are you sick of President Obama at every campaign stop bragging about how he saved GM, how he singlehandedly saved the U.S. auto industry? “Bin Laden dead, GM alive.” This is typical Marxist disinformation on a grand scale, or as Joseph Goebbels said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
To put things into perspective, my neighborhood is racially diverse, and I hope it always will be.
In 2008, however, most of my black neighbors placed Obama campaign signs in their yards. Distressed by racial identity politics, I wrote an op-ed called “Christ, Obama and America.”
This year, Obama/Biden campaigners and self-proclaimed “community organizers” have been knocking on every door – including my family’s door – for months. But Obama/Biden signs weren’t yet on display, so we thought the majority of their 2008 supporters had changed their minds due to Obama’s and Biden’s record. Then, in mid-October, two black households near mine put out Obama/Biden signs.
These two neighbors declare themselves Christian. One declares herself Catholic and pro-life, but something is amiss in the thought process of many Christians.
For example, our Catholic neighbor has blamed the ills of Obama’s presidency on George W. Bush. And she asked me, “Do you not believe that the eternal God made Obama president?”
“No. God didn’t make Obama president,” I replied. “We, the people, made Obama president. There’s a distinction between God’s ordained will and His permissive will. God made us in His image with free wills to choose life or death. In the United States, voters like you and I are free to elect or reject Obama’s deadly agenda.”
I believe a second term of Obama will spell the end of real opposition to that agenda. With four more years and no future election to face, Obama and the Democrats will use their power to attack their political enemies and adversaries with more zeal and more certainty than they attacked Osama bin Laden.
It’s their nature. It’s in their DNA. It’s what they do. They’ve already done it in Obama’s first term – in the form of politically motivated audits, Internet regulations and efforts to kill freedom of speech on talk radio. What do you think they will do if returned to power?
Barack Hussein Obama carried the state of Ohio in 2008 with 206,800 votes, but he won Cuyahoga County by 245,467 votes. Without these Cuyahoga votes the state would have gone to John McCain by 38,667 votes. The Obama victory in Ohio came from that one county alone, which is the home of Cleveland, one of the most politically corrupt cities in the United States.
Cleveland is an active area for thugs associated with the Black Panthers. I am very sure they will be at polling places in Cuyahoga “reminding” voters to vote for Obama. The real purpose of the presence, which will be permitted by the mayor of Cleveland, is to intimidate and scare off white voters.
We are at a tipping point in history. The core question before us in the Obama vs. Romney election was whether we would pull back from the edge of the abyss and preserve and defend the unprecedented American idea of individual rights and freedom, or succumb to the apathy and intellectual laziness that has infected the body politic.
Not only was defeating Obama and his gang critical to the preservation of our unalienable rights guaranteed under the Constitution, it was also essential to national security. In Afghanistan, for four years he has pursued attempts to partner with the anti-human Taliban, despite the fact that the death toll in Afghanistan under Obama far exceeds that of all the Bush years combined, and the fact that the Taliban’s savagery and brutality toward girls and less devout Muslims is monstrous.
As I write, it is not yet clear who has won the presidential election. Win or lose, though, Mr Obama was not and is not the president. The Hawaiian long-form “birth certificate” he publicly endorsed and posted at the White House website last year as proof that he was born in the jurisdiction of the U.S. and is thus constitutionally eligible to be president is a forgery.
I can prove it.
The investigators are closing in. When prosecutions begin (and it is “when,” not “if”), those who failed to honor their oaths of office will be in the crowded dock alongside Obama as accessories after the fact of forgery, fraud and – let us not mince words – high treason.
The exodus of tomorrow’s American exceptionalists will not even be noticed. The nation and its political parties are now gearing up for the fight over who gets how much of a slowly dwindling pie – until it’s gone, and we begin consuming one another.
So the next time you are pulled aside to be searched or fondled before boarding an airliner (it’s the terrorists, don’t you know), look at the kid who walks past you with a one-way ticket out of Obama’s America. Perhaps she carries within her mind – and to another country – one of the last remaining creative sparks of American exceptionalism. No alarm will sound as she walks through the screening area for the last time.
WIll MRC Apologize to Nate Silver? Topic: Media Research Center
New York Times poll analyst Nate Silver got a lot of grief from the Media Research Center during the runup to the election for his Democratic-friendly election predictions.
TimesWatch blogger Clay Waters wrote on Oct. 19: "However objective Silver attempts to be, the psychological boost he's given Democrats of late is clear."
Waters wrote on Oct. 26: "The closer Election Day looms, the more often New York Times golden-boy Nate Silver is thrust from his Five-Thirty-Eight blog into the print edition with another poll analysis rallying the troops for Obama." Waters added that Silver "boasted" that "Obama’s odds of re-election as being about two chances out of three."
On Oct. 31, NewsBusters' Bob Krumm complained that Silver "currently projects Barack Obama winning the popular vote by 1.7%" and that Obama would receive 50.4% of the vote, which "would place him well on the left side of most current polling."
Also on Oct. 31, the MRC's Geoffrey Dickens pointed out that Silver "has been roundly criticized for his overly-optimistic Barack Obama polling."
On Nov. 2, Waters made sure to note that Silver is "a former poster at the left-wing Daily Kos."
By Nov. 5, however, Waters seemed a little panicked by Silver's confidence, writing: "As Election Day draws closer, the New York Times's young star poll analyst Nate Silver becomes more and more confident of an Obama win. As of Monday morning, his blog fixed Obama as having a 86.3% chance of winning re-election."
On Nov. 6, Matt Hadro grumbled that "Former Daily Kos blogger Nate Silver turned heads with his Obama-friendly election predictions in the New York Times, but CNN's Soledad O'Brien thinks his conclusions show no bias. Of course, the liberal CNN anchor just might have a blind spot for poll numbers favoring Obama."
We all know how this turned out: As of this writing, Obama did indeed get 50 percent of the popular vote towin re-election. Silver's predictions were correct.
Will Waters, Krumm and the rest of the MRC apologize to Silver for denigrating his predictions as being biased to Obama? Don't count on it.
WND Gloats That Corsi Was On Romney Press Plane Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily couldn't be happier that Jerome Corsi finagled a spot on Mitt Romney's press plane. From a Nov. 6 WND article:
It hardly went unnoticed by the jealous and zealous monolithic media when WND senior staff writer and multiple No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Jerome Corsi began traveling with the Mitt Romney campaign weeks ago.
Various news agencies questioned Corsi and WND why he was on the press plane.
His answer was simple: “I’m a journalist covering a presidential candidate. Where else should I be?”
If only these press gatekeepers were aware of what happened yesterday – when Romney’s inner circle invited Corsi to abandon the press plane and travel with the Romney plane!
Corsi, who had planned to spend a week or two on the campaign trail, ended up staying much longer – capping it off with a stay tonight in Boston for the planned election victory night celebration.
Corsi, of course, is not a journalist -- he's a right-wing activist who has spent the past four-plus dedicating his life to the personal destruction of Barack Obama. If Corsi was a real journalist, wouldn't he have reported by now that his birther conspiracies have been discredited?
Ultimately, this reflects much worse on the Romney campaign than it does WND. After all, WND is a known entity as a rabid Obama-hater that's much more bias than the "mainstream media" could ever dream of being. As a result of that, as well as its insistence on reporting conspiracies and falsehoods, nobody believes WND.
Romney's campaign should have known that it was allowing a journalist whose credibility is on par with the Weekly World News not only on the press plane but, if WND is to be believed, giving him a promotion to the candidate's own plane. That it did not, or didn't care, is somehing the Romney campaign should explain.
Alan Caruba: Obama's Re-Election Means America is Committing 'National Suicide' Topic: CNSNews.com
Alan Caruba -- he of the global warming denialism -- is not taking President Obama's re-election well, arguing in his Nov. 6 CNSNews.com column that America is committing "national suicide" in doing so.
After lamenting that "Romney, sadly, lacked sizzle," Caruba went into an all-too-familiar conspiracy-laden smear attack of Obama:
Obama has never had any real sense of how people feel about things that are important to them. Why should he?
He was raised in a communist cocoon in which family, friends, fellow students, teachers, and mentors ensured he would never be exposed to the fundamentals of free market capitalism that has been the bedrock of the nation’s prosperity. I have written repeatedly that he just does not like America and that this explains his view that our nation is not an exceptional place in which to live.
His mother was attracted first to an African and, after being divorced, to an Indonesian, both Muslims. And then she abandoned Obama to the care of his leftist grandparents. His academic life led him from Occidental College to Columbia University, and then onto Harvard Law School, all leftist strongholds and, yet oddly few of his fellow students even remembered him.
Despite four years of his campaign and his first term not enough Americans understood that Barack Obama is as alien to America as if he had come from some very different, very foreign place.
Caruba also writes:
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."
As we first documented in 2004 -- when this quote started popping up in chain emails -- the professor's last name is Tytler, not Tyler, and according to Snopes, there's no evidence Tytler actually said this.
How apropos that Caruba's conspiracy-mongering ends with an inaccuate quote from a chain email.
Here's Caruba's big finish:
John Adams, Founding Father and the nation’s second President warned: "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
Today, conservatives in America are wondering if the 2012 election was a vote to commit national suicide.
Looks like Caruba's going to need more than a little healing -- and a lot of education in basic research -- to recover from this election.
Kessler Isn't Talking About His Wildly Wrong Prediction Of A Romney Landslide Topic: Newsmax
Dick Morris isn't the only right-wing writer to stake his professional reputation on a Mitt Romney landslide.
On Sept. 4, Newsmax's Ronald Kessler wrote an article called "Why Mitt Romney Will Win Decisively," in which he declared, "My prediction is that Romney will win by 10 to 12 percentage points." On Nov. 6, Kessler reiterated his prediction:
The shift to Republicans in the last congressional and gubernatorial elections, the intensity favoring Romney, and the early voting results on his side — not to mention the state of the economy — are all signs that point to the landslide I have been predicting.
Needless to say, Kessler got it wrong -- President Obama won re-election. But while Morris has issued a something of a mea culpa by admitting he got the election's demographics wrong, Kessler has yet to do so.
Instead, Kessler's first post-election column is dedicated to bucking up Republicans by embracing John Boehner's position on refusing to raise taxes to avoid the end-of-year fiscal cliff. "According to my sources, you can count on this: When Boehner says the Republican-dominated House will not raise taxes on the wealthy, he means it," Kessler wrote.
The question of Morris' sincerity aside, at least he did the walk of shame on Fox News. When will Kessler admit he wrong about a Romney landslide?
AIM's Don Irvine Tweets His Conservative Grief Topic: Accuracy in Media
Not to be outdone by the Media Research Center and WorldNetDaily, Accuracy in Media chief Don Irvine wanted to make sure everyone who followed him on Twitter knew he was just as bitter as they were about President Obama's re-election.
He started with the usual right-wing lament: "The liberal media wins another one for Obama."
Then it was right to denial: "Going to bed. Maybe I'll wake up in a few hours and find out is was just a bad dream."
When he woke up, Irvine was dismayed to see how things went in his home state of Maryland:
The Media Research Center isn't the only ConWeb component that's bitter about President Obama's re-election. Here's the original image (since changed) that accompanied WND's front-page carousel promo for its lead election story:
The carousel image has since been changed to a less evil-looking one.
But that's nothing compared to WND editor Joseph Farah's declaration that Obama's re-election is nothing short of "God's judgment" against America:
For those of us who fundamentally reject Obama’s policies, things are going to get very rough for the next four years. We have allowed our fellow Americans to pronounce judgment on the nation.
That’s what Obama represents to me – God’s judgment on a people who have turned away from Him and His ways and from everything for which our founders sacrificed their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.
Farah seems not to have considered that Obama's re-election may be God's judgment against him.
The price of WND's politics of personal destruction is that nobody beleives WND. Obama's victory is WND's failure.
Perhaps Obama's re-election is God's way of saying that he will no longer tolerate the lies and the libel and the smears coming from Joseph Farah and those he employs at WND.
If Farah really is the man of God he repeatedly portrays himself as, he should apologize to WND's readers for the bile and the lies his website has published over the years. Then, he should follow his own advice by humbling himself before God and begging for forgiveness.
The MRC's Sour Grapes Over Obama's Re-Election Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center did not take President Obama's re-election well, if their tweets are any indication.
MRC researcher Scott Whitlock flatly declared, "America is screwed."
MRC videographer Dan Joseph wrote, "If I were Romney, I would NOT concede until the popular vote margin is clear."
MRC Business & Media Institute writer Liz Thatcher was particularly bitter. She wrote, "Sick to my stomach about what the future of the country may be."
Thatcher followed that up with, "This is what the country wants, though, so we deserve whatever we get."
NewsBusters managing editor Ken Shepherd concurred, lamenting, "We get the government we deserve."
And Matt Philbin -- last seen defending Rush Limbaugh's misogyny -- tweeted, "Well girls, you can all rest easy, having secured your right to federally subsidized lady parts. What a country."
MRC chief Brent Bozell's new column is yet another fit of anti-media ranting, complaining that "the media lauded Obama no matter how horrendous his record, and they savaged Obama’s Republican contenders as ridiculous pretenders."
Bozell later appeared on Fox Business to insist that "There is absolutely no way" that the liberal media "represents the beliefs of the American people."
The MRC's Rich Noyes went over to the Fox News website to list "Five ways the mainstream media tipped the scales in favor of Obama." Among them is "partisan fact checking" -- which is basically Noyes complaining that conservatives were fact-checked, period.
But there's an elephant in the room that nobody at the MRC will likely talk about in public: the apparent failure of the MRC's $5 million anti-media "Tell the Truth!" campaign. Perhaps if so much of that money hadn't been wasted on stunts like Times Square billboards and preaching to the choir, maybe it would have had better results.
WND's Klein Hides Behind Yet Another Anonymous Anti-Obama Smear Topic: WorldNetDaily
Aaron Klein attempted one last sloppy smear of President Obama with a Nov. 4 WorldNetDaily article quoting a "senior Palestinian Authority negotiator" claiming that "if President Obama secures another four years in office, he will use his second term to target Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the main party to blame for the collapse of Mideast peace talks."
As is typical for Klein, the "senior negotiator" is anonymous -- indeed, there are no named sources whatsoever in Klein's article, and he doesn't explain why he granted anonymity to someone who, by dint of the person's status with the Palestinian Authority and Klein's own status as a Kahanist sympathizer, he presumably considers to be a terrorist.
Klein's history and his failure to provide an explanation for granting anonymiy means there's no reason for anyone to trust what his anonymous source says.
UPDATE: Perhaps in search of some reassurance in his Obama-hate, Klein's first post-election article turns to notoriously anti-Obama far-right Israeli politician Danny Danon -- who has called Obama a "dictator" -- for some comforting Obama-bashing.
Doug Wead has spent much of the 2012 campaign season being Newsmax's biggest Ron Paul fan. He eventually transferred that enthusiasm to Mitt Romney, which resulted in Wead's Nov. 5 column, in which he suggested that Romney was the fulfillment of a Mormon prophecy.
After highlighting a statement by Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith -- “The time will come when the Constitution and government will hang by a brittle thread and will be ready to fall into other hands but this people, the latter-day saints will step forth and save it" -- Wead declared that "If history is any indicator Mitt Romney will win Tuesday's election." He continued:
Only America's guilt over racism and it infatuation with Barack Obama's personality can save the incumbent.
The grand spectacle of inaugurating a Mormon president in 2013 after inaugurating an African-American in 2009 would make this another seminal moment in our history. The long suffering and persecution of a gracious, hardworking and honorable people would finally come to an end.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir would sing at the inauguration and there would be chills up our spines and tears in our eyes. The Mormon journey would finally be over. All of America would now be their home. It would be another true healing.
But whether Mitt Romney can fulfill the prophet's words and save us is another question altogether. Can Romney, the wounded animal, still carrying his grudges, deserved as they may be, now heal the land? Can the man who will change his opinion on any issue to add a few numbers to his popularity have the strength of character to lead us?
And finally, what exactly did Joseph Smith's prophecy mean? He didn't say that the Constitution would be restored just that it would be "saved" and in another paragraph, that it would be "born away" by its savior.
If the historic trend continues and Mitt Romney wins, as I suspect, where will Mitt Romney decide to take it?
Well, that prophecy didn't quite hold up as well as Wead hoped, did it?
There are many Americans who simply will not reward Mitt Romney with the presidency simply because he gets the nomination as the candidate to oppose Barack Obama. You can count me as one of those millions.
It’s hard for me to believe so many Republicans and even many so-called “conservatives” have found him to be an acceptable choice. But, mark my words, many of us see Romney for just what he is – the worst possible choice to succeed Obama. We will not vote for him. Period. End of story.
CNS' Jeffrey Brings Stupidity To Obama-Bashing Over Libya Topic: CNSNews.com
And the award for the stupidest analysis of events surrounding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, goes to CNSNews.com editor in chief Terry Jeffrey, whose Nov. 4 article on the subject is headlined "CIA Timeline Confirms: Woods and Doherty Killed in Benghazi 7Hrs After WH Told of Attack; Commercial Airliner Can Fly From London to Libya and Back in That Time."
And yes, that's exactly what he writes about:
What David Ignatius of The Washington Post describes as a “detailed CIA timeline” of the events that unfolded in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012 (and in the early hours of Sept. 12), confirms that former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were not killed until seven hours after the State Department informed the White House—in writing--that the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi was under attack and that U.S. Amb. Chris Stevens was in Benghazi where the attack was taking place.
On Expedia.com, British Airways is currently advertizing a non-stop flight from London to Libya on Nov. 15--via an Airbus A320--that is expected to have a duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes. That means that in the seven hours that elapsed between when the State Department informed the White House that the U.S. mission in Benghazi was under attack and when Woods and Doherty were killed, a common commercial airliner—not a military jet--could have flown from England to Libya and back.
Jeffrey's stupid reference to sending commercial airliners to Libya plays into the bogus right-wing narrative that President Obama deliberately abandoned Americans in Benghazi. In fact, even Fox News military analyst retired Gen. Jack Keane has pointed out:
The fact of the matter is, what took place in terms of response to the consulate and response to the CIA base was pretty significant from inside the country, and the reality is the quick response force that came out of the CIA base moved in 24 minutes -- now we know for a fact based on surveillance tapes, from the time the consulate called for help -- and clearly, what those people did is miraculous and certainly courageous in rescuing everybody was still alive. Also, a reaction force was organized from Tripoli and moved to the CIA base, which was under attack for four hours, and also strengthened that CIA base and then was able to safely evacuate them to the airport and back to Tripoli.
Further, as Fox News host Geraldo Rivera noted, "We have never in the history of this republic mounted a raid on the circumstance described here [in Benghazi] ever. We have never done it. The Israelis, when they rescued their people in Entebbe, it took them seven days to mount that operation. This was seven hours."
WND's Massie: Obamas' "Fruit Is the Fruit of Satan" Topic: WorldNetDaily
You know that Mychal Massie is a depraved liar and a walking case of Obama Derangement Syndrome. And he delivers more hate in an Election Day column at WorldNetDaily.
Massie ironically begins by noting "a uniformity of resentment and a consolidation of bitterness/anger that embody blacks" -- as if resentment and anger haven't been a staple of Massie's anti-Obama bile. He then calls the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP "godless servants of the devil" for criticizing Billy Graham's implicit endorsement of Mitt Romney. That set off Massie on yet another anti-Obama tirade:
If those NAACP leaders who also claim to be ministers actually spent time reading and studying the Bible, they would know that a socialistic view of appropriation (read: extortion by guilt and racial intimidation) exampled by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton has no biblical basis. They would also know that at the top of God’s agenda is salvation through Jesus Christ and the Great Commission to go forth preaching and teaching and leading people to be disciples of Christ.
William J. Barber, president of the state NAACP, who claims to be a minister, accused Franklin Graham of “cherry-picking easy parts of Christianity.”
First of all, Mitt Romney is not a Christian; he’s a Mormon – and yes, there is a difference. Secondly, if the Obamas were Christians, we would see the witness of the Spirit of God in the way he and his wife comport themselves. It’s not that we don’t know them by their fruit, because we do – their fruit is the fruit of Satan.
Since Massie is a black Obama-hater, his column (as one of several black-right-wingers writing at WND) gives WND cover to race-bait through the work of Colin Flaherty and his white-nationalist-friendly rants about "black mob violence."
Perhaps Massie should examine what his work gives cover to before he slings hysterical insults at others for holding different opinions than he does.