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“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.

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Achors away

Alas, after a long internal battle at MSNBC, the Keith and Chris show has departed from prime time. Who saw this coming?

Keith Olbermann may be the “voice” of MSNBC, but network executives have decided to yank the talkmeister off its political anchor desk after the cable channel finished dead last in the Nielsen rankings of all news coverage during the two weeks of political conventions.

The network announced Monday that Olbermann and Chris Matthews have both been booted as co-hosts on political night coverage in favor of David Gregory, whose White House press corps experience may make him better suited to deliver sober and less opinion-driven assessments of the news.

All summer, MSNBC executives have fought off complaints that Olbermann and Matthews, the network’s top commentators, could serve in the role of impartial newsmen. Those complaints reached a crescendo last week when Olbermann, reporting on the Republican National Convention from New York rather than St. Paul, apologized to the audience after the channel aired a Sept. 11 video tribute crafted by the RNC.

“We would be rightly eviscerated at all quarters, perhaps by the Republican Party itself, for exploiting the memories of the dead, and perhaps even for trying to evoke that pain again. If you reacted to that videotape the way I did, I apologize,” Olbermann said.

No I didn’t react the way you did, Keith… and evidently a lot of other viewers didn’t either.  National security is a pivotal election issue and the Republicans have every right to bring it to the forefront. These are still insanely dangerous times. We need to be reminded of the enemy we’re up against and who is best qualified to confront them.

THAT’s the real issue that’s rubbing ol’ Keith. When we see those sobering images again we become livid, and any question about who needs to be Commander-in-Chief is instantly erased from the viewer’s mind. John’s the man, Barry’s the boy. Plain and simple.

Can’t blame MSNBC for unloading some dead weight to save a sinking ship. This move was long overdue.

Full story below:

Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews Booted From MSNBC Political Anchor Desk



Tabloids, lies, and sleazebags

Still boiling over the US Weekly hit piece on VP candidate Sarah Palin? This clip should make you feel better. Watch with sweet satisfaction as FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly proceeds to take apart US senior editor Bradley Jacobs limb for limb.  Incidentally, doesn’t this guy look exactly the way you imagined?



Heavy “mettle” woman

I can’t quite recall a time when the MSM has gotten as agitated and panicked over a presidential running mate as they have over Sarah Palin. And why? Is she not a strong and accomplished woman? Has she not forged her own path to become the head of the largest state in the union? Does she not exemplify all of the qualities women have worked so tirelessly to cultivate over the years?

Well yes… but she’s also a conservative. She’s pro-life. She staunchly supports offshore drilling in her home state. She owns — and uses — guns. She likes to lower taxes and tackle government corruption. And so, says a leftist press, the woman must go.

Rest assured that the lib media is on the case. Their modus operendi is to relentlessly turn up the heat on Palin’s personal life until she finally bursts into tears and leaves the kitchen (a little sexist lingo there).  And I have to say, after decades of observing the political scene, never have I seen the MSM spring into such swift and ruthless action in going after a V.P. candidate and their family. Throw a sickly cow into a piranha pond and you won’t see the frenzy you are witnessing here.

Of the handful of “disturbing” revelations which have surfaced, the one bit of news that opponents seem to see as Palin’s Achilles heel is the pregnancy of her teenage daughter, Bristol. After all, how can a good mom possibly manage her daughter’s crisis and be there for her while running for the second highest office in the land? And what kind of gall must the woman have to even accept McCain’s offer under such circumstances?  Lib pundits breathlessly speculate that Palin’s family troubles may just cause her to sheepishly withdraw from the race by week’s end. Or as The Trentonian so tactfully put it in their caption to an AP photo:

Yesterday, the sexy mother said that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant and that her mountain man hubby was busted for driving under the influence. Some think she won’t last the week as McCain’s No. 2.

Very objective journalism there Trentonian!  But as John McLaughlin would say: WROOOOONG! Sarah ain’t going nowhere.

Good God, how many ways can a liberal media underestimate a situation? I can count three right off-hand — three factors that the Obama camp and their accomplices in the press aren’t taking into account:

  1. Palin’s resilience. Sarah is well-known in Alaska as someone who never backs down from adversity. In fact, she seems to thrive on it. If her bulldog rep is true, these attacks from the left will only energize her.  Get ready for a zinger or two aimed at the press during Palin’s speech tonight.
  2. Hillary voter backlash. Many Hillary Clinton supporters are still fuming over what appeared to be a sexist media bias against the first female presidential candidate in history. Now that another woman has thrown her hat in the ring, questions about Palin’s readiness based merely upon the fact that she’s a mom will only fan the flames higher. Examples of this are already popping up in some of  the comments sections of articles and blogs about Palin. Hillary’s peeps are NOT happy, folks.
  3. General voter backlash. Most of us have known a family at some time in our lives who has had to deal with a teen daughter getting pregnant. We know how freaked out a young girl can get in this situation and how essential maintaining privacy is to her and her family. The MSM’s shameless efforts to bore down on Palin’s daughter will not play well with the public… at all.

So there you have it… yet another case of the media inadvertently helping the very person they were trying to destroy. Will they ever learn? Let’s hope not.



If it weren’t for bad luck…

Here’s the latest economic news from the AP:

Gross domestic product, or GDP, grew at a 3.3 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, its fastest pace in nearly a year, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The revised reading was much better than the government’s initial estimate of a 1.9 percent pace and exceeded economists’ expectations for a 2.7 percent growth rate.

Now for the title of the article… drumroll please…

Spring’s economic rebound unlikely to last

And the subtitle:

Spring’s economic strength unlikely to last given slowdowns overseas, struggling consumers

Nuff said;) The article then goes into gloomy reason after gloomy reason as to why we shouldn’t derive any hope in these revised economic numbers. Click here for the full dreary details and then click here for the vocal accompaniment.



Deep dark depression, excessive misery…
August 1, 08, 3:56 pm
Filed under: democrats, economy, GDP, liberal media, media bias, MSM | Tags: , , , , ,

In case you haven’t heard, the economy was up in the second quarter. The latest reports say it grew at a 1.9 percent annual rate — double what it was in the first quarter. So how does the MSM decide to report this? Here are some samples of the latest encouraging headlines:

  • Unemployment at 4-year high
  • Economy Loses 51000 Jobs in July
  • Economy running out of steam
  • Economy grows, but warnings sound
  • US economy expanded less than forecast in Q2
  • United States economy shrinks for first time since 2001
  • US Recession May Have Begun in Last Quarter of 2007
  • Report: GDP Growth Is Stagnating
  • US economy slows, report shows

All this spin is making me dizzy.

One facet of the report that really excited the media was the fact that the numbers for Q4 of last year were revised down to -0.2%.  AHA! A CONTRACTION! If only we had followed that with another dip in Q1 of 2008 we would have been able to call this puppy an official RECESSION! Damn, we were so CLOSE!

The other cause for MSM giddiness came with the the jobless data.  51,000 jobs were lost in July — the “highest in 4 years”. But what is not being emphasised is that this was considerably less than the 75,000 that were forecast by economists (which, coincidentally is the number of miles that would be taken up if you put these “experts” end to end).

But you don’t have to see a silver lining if you don’t want to. I can already hear some of you: “WELL [snort], the only reason the GDP GREW was because if the STIMULUS package.” Yes folks… that’s why it’s CALLED a stimulus package. It stimulates SPENDING. But if you want to see a half-empty glass, who am I to stop you?

Incidentally the headache I had this morning is gone… but that’s only because of the ASPIRIN I took. Without THAT it would still be here and furthermore I’m sure when the ASPIRIN wears off my headache will be back WORSE THAN EVER… Get off with your gloomy selves already.

But for those who insist on being unhappy and believing all the doomsday drivel, I have a catchy little tune for you. Feel free to join the chorus of the new Democrat and MSM theme song (after clicking the link, hit “Play” to hear the song).

Enjoy your weekend, folks!  And spend some money for God’s sake.



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.