“The fix is in…”

Speaking of that little oxymoron we call MSM objectivity… Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds recently recieved a revealing email from a media insider:

A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS: “Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working.” I asked permission to reprint without attribution and it was granted.

The Anchoress adds:

I have a couple friends who work in the MSM, too, and one of them tells me the newsroom is (exact words) “unbelievably cavalier” about any complaints viewers register about their reports, what they ignore, their bias or the way they edit Republicans vs. the way the treat Dems. “Cavalier” as in the fix is in and they don’t even have to pretend to care what half the country thinks or wants.

These are the same media outlets who routinely pooh-pooh the blogs for lacking balance in their reporting. Here’s a newsflash… we ARE the balance. We do the work the MSM refuses to do and we don’t have to resort to dumpster diving in Chicago to do it.  All of the scandalous info we need regarding the Chosen One and his Dem pals is usually just a Google away. Or an insider email away.  Or maybe even a LexisNexis away for those of us who have the funds. But RARELY is a trip to the dumpster warranted… no need to get those pajamas dirty.


Barracuda bites back

There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that Sarah Palin would hit a home-run with her speech at the RNC last night… the only question was how far. This was an upper deck shot, folks. With some finger wagging at the opposing team as she rounded the bases.

Great debut — I was very impressed and I must confess I sometimes found myself wishing the ticket were reversed as I watched her speak. She has a lot of charisma — as much as Obama in my opinion — and her record shows that she backs up her talk with action.

My favorite quote:

I love those hockey moms — you know they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.

Oh HELL yes! You won’t find that one in the official text of the speech, by the way. That’s pure, unscripted Sarah Palin. We got many such glimpses of the real woman last night as she connected with the crowd on the funny, down-to-earth level of a friend you might bump into at the grocery store. Try that Hillary.

Other notable excerpts:

In response to scrutiny of her family:

And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.

That’s how it is with us.

Our family has the same ups and downs as any other … the same challenges and the same joys.

Addressing Obama’s criticism of her “inexperience”:

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.

And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.

[big applause and laughter]

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities.

Ooooooooooh, that’ll leave a mark. Chuck Norris ain’t got squat on this babe. A well placed, well deserved roundhouse kick to the groin. WHAP!!

Next she takes a shot at the MSM:

I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment.

And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.

But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

And make no mistake, Sarah’s outsider status does indeed give fits to the elitists in the press. They’re not sure what to make of her and most of what they have assumed so far has been dead wrong. But any myths that lingered about Sarah Palin’s inadequacy were dissolved last night. The Barracuda showed herself as a force to be reckoned with and her opponents know it.

Mind you, that didn’t stop the spin. While the TV talking heads were forced to acknowledge afterward that Palin did a great job, a common theme soon began to surface as pundit after pundit began commenting on how the speech was “well written” — the implication being that Sarah’s only talent is in delivering the words of others. Funny how they fail to mention the fact that the Boy Wonder himself uses a speech writer… and in fact stammers awkwardly whenever he’s not in front of a teleprompter. Biden and McCain also rely on speechwriters.

But the media knows Palin made a huge impression last night and this is literally all they have left. Until she soundly trounces Biden in the debates, the MSM and the Obama camp will try to portray her as an empty suit (hmmmm…. now where have we heard that before?).

But what really kills me is how Palin’s opponents and lib pundits act so taken aback that the hockey mom actually came out swinging last night. What did they expect after all the abuse these bottom feeders have subjected her and her family to over the past several days? Payback’s a bitch ain’t it?

Full text of the speech may be found here.

Media mud

It’s been entertaining to watch the reaction of the liberal media over John McCain’s surprise bombshell (and I mean that on SO many levels) of choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate.  In the first place they are clearly bothered that he chose a woman — make that a Republican woman. After all, the official MSM template dictates that the first female ANYTHING in Washington HAS to be a Democrat. They being the enlightened ones who are with the times and all…

Secondly, they are resentful at being forced to turn their cameras away from the overconfident visage of the Golden One so soon after his star-studded pow-wow atop Mt. Olympus. After all, we were still supposed to be basking in the glow of history in the making last Thursday as Obama accepted the DNC nomination on the anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Today we were supposed to be reading the MSM’s poignant analysis of what this monumental event “means for America”.

Sure the media knew McCain’s introduction of a running mate was imminent. But they weren’t worried. They expected the traditional Republican cookie-cutter candidate… a Mitt Romney perhaps. They already had page two reserved for their obligatory three paragraph write-up on whoever the fuddy-duddy turned out to be.

So now the press has been thrown more than just a curve — we’re talking a Phil Niekro knuckler doing a butterfly dance around their bat. They are in absolute fits, folks… and they’re not playing nice. The same MSM who so obediently acquiesced after Barack Obama ordered them to lay off his wife and children has now embarked upon a hell-bent mission to find the dirt on anyone in the Palin clan all the way down to the family pooch.

And to the thrill of leftist pundits they believe they have uncovered some tasty morsels: Hubby had a DUI several years ago as a young man. Teen daughter is pregnant. Palin may have overstepped her authority while trying to protect her sister in a nasty custody battle. Sarah’s husband and son are (gasp) independents.

So how much of the mud will stick? From all indications not much at all. What is emerging here with the Palins is the family next door — or maybe our own.  It is actually refreshing for voters to see that Palin shares our problems and is somewhat approachable. As Politico’s Charles Mahtesian writes:

So far — and it is hard to tell what the future may hold for Palin’s unexpected national candidacy — the travails of the Palin family probably seem awfully familiar to many average Americans. It is this averageness that makes her such a politically promising running mate for John McCain — and such a dangerous opponent for Democrats. Many voters will find it easy to identify with her family’s struggles — a significant advantage in an election where the voting calculus is so unusually and intensely personal.

Agreed. These revelations may help her in an odd kind of way and will likely do little to put the brakes on what has suddenly become a very promising McCain candidacy.   The libs will kick up some dirt but what will be left when the dust clears is an intelligent, well spoken, confident, attractive, tenacious leader who is firm on her decidedly conservative convictions.

Dems and libs would like us to think they are laughing off McCain’s attempt at a checkmate. But make no mistake “Sarah Barracuda” is haunting their dreams at night. They are more than a little worried — and many of us on the right are now more than a little stoked. For the first time in the campaign we have… if I may borrow Barry’s buzzword… hope.  With Palin, we have finally broken the traditional Republican mold — at a time when things had indeed become moldy.

--Cartoon by Gary Varvel 

Golden Boy goes for the gold

Once again, Glenn McCoy nails it. Cartooning is a very underrated artform:

The smile high club

Does the following AFP Photo not tell us everything we need to know about the mainstream media’s infatuation with the Golden One?  I hope they passed around Obama dolls so these journalists would have something to cuddle during their long flight.

Media money malaise

I have often maintained that our ‘chicken-little’ mainstream media has been a major factor in bringing about our current economic woes by piling on the dire news until the public becomes fearful and overwhelmed. Certainly housing and fuel prices are a thorn in our sides at the moment but I suspect that it’s the the alarmist headlines which have a lot of consumers and businesses afraid to spend their money. And I further suspect that the headlines will take a much more positive tone if and when the Golden Boy is elected President.

Below is a link to a FOXNews video in which a panel discusses this very issue. Some interesting points are made here.

Doom and Gloom

CBS hits the “g” spot

Barack Obama is about to make his much heralded trip overseas to the Middle East. And in their excitement CBS News has given us one of the first instances of the “g” word in the 2008 campaign:

A 12,000-mile trip in the middle of an election campaign is an unusual choice for any candidate, but for Obama it’s an attempt to demonstrate he has the necessary gravitas to maneuver through diplomatic minefields – especially in the volatile Mideast.

For those not familiar with the term gravitas, it means “weightiness” or “dignified demeanor”. Rush Limbaugh had a lot of fun with the word during the 2000 presidential campaign after the MSM used it ad infinitum in it’s analysis of George Bush choosing Dick Cheney as his running mate. Here are some examples from the transcript on Limbaugh’s website:

HUNT: He is a man who meets all George W.’s weaknesses: lack of foreign policy experience, lack of gravitas. I think now when Gore is trying to make the case of lack of gravitas against George W. …

WILLIAMS: Now we look and we see the son, who is seeking some gravitas, to say to people that he is an intelligent man…

SHIPMAN: There is a lot talk they are looking at older candidates, candidates with gravitas.

ROBERTS: He’s had health problems, uh, he’s worked for a Big Oil company, but he has the gravitas. You can sum it up in one word: stature.

FAZIO: I really believe that George W. Bush needed that perhaps more than anyone in recent memory because, if there is a rap about him, it may go to the gravitas issue.

GREENFIELD: If the question about Governor Bush was one of the weight, or to use the favorite phrase of the moment, “gravitas“…

ALTER: What he gets here is grav-i-tas, a sense of weight, competence, and administrative ability.

KERREY: I’ve gotta strengthen it in some fashion. I’ve gotta bring gravitas to the ticket.

KERREY: He does not need anybody to give him gravitas!

CARLSON: It means that Bush, you know, Gore has experience and gravitas.

McCURRY: I think he also needs to demonstrate some gravitas, too.

DONALDSON: …that he was put on the ticket, but by former President Bush, to give gravitas to the ticket.

CLIFT: Well, Dick Cheney brings congeniality and he brings gravitas.

ISAACSON: He does seem to bring some vigor as well as gravitas and stature to the ticket.

HUNT: It’s called “gravitas.”

NOVAK: Right.

SHIELDS A little gravitas!

WOODRUFF: You certainly have gravitas tonight.

DONALDSON: Displayed tonight a certain gravitas.

The transcript doesn’t do it justice — you really have to hear the audio to get the full hilarious effect. But this should give a clue as to just how easily and willingly the MSM will take a buzzword fed to them by the Democrats and run with it.

We will most certainly be hearing this term more and more in association with Barack Obama — but in a different way than with Bush. Don’t be surprised when you start hearing reports about the strong impression Barry made in Jordan and Israel. And be prepared after his whirlwind tour overseas is finished to start hearing about Obama’s “newly found gravitas“… the authority and presence he carried as he interacted with foreign leaders. How he behaved almost… dare we say… presidential.

We eagerly await the next montage…