You’re grounded…

Well you know what they say about politics: Keep your friends close and boot your enemies off the plane

From Drudge:

The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states — and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president!

The NY POST, WASHINGTON TIMES and DALLAS MORNING NEWS have all been told to move out by Sunday to make room for network bigwigs — and possibly for the inclusion of reporters from two black magazines, ESSENCE and JET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Despite pleas from top editors of the three newspapers that have covered the campaign for months at extraordinary cost, the Obama campaign says their reporters — and possibly others — will have to vacate their coveted seats so more power players can document the final days of Sen. Barack Obama’s historic campaign to become the first black American president.


Some told the DRUDGE REPORT that the reporters are being ousted to bring on documentary film-makers to record the final days; others expect to see on board more sympathetic members of the media, including the NY TIMES’ Maureen Dowd, who once complained that she was barred from McCain’s Straight Talk Express airplane.

After a week of quiet but desperate behind-the-scenes negotiations, the reporters of the three papers heard last night that they were definitely off for the final swing. They are already planning how to cover the final days by flying commercial or driving from event to event.

Just another sneak peak at what we can expect with an Obama presidency. Where is all that tolerance the libs are always preaching to us about?


“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.

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?

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.

Double your standards in one week or less

Oddly enough, in all of the excitement over Sarah Palin’s family history, the MSM seems to have missed this story about Joe Biden which appeared in the L.A. Times last Thursday:

When Joe Biden’s brother and son wanted to buy a hedge fund company two years ago, they turned for financing to a law firm that had lobbied the Delaware senator’s office on an important piece of business in Congress — and in fact had recently benefited from his vote. The firm promised James and Hunter Biden that it would invest $2 million, and quickly delivered half of it.

That arrangement eventually fell through, and the firm’s money was returned. But the investment highlighted the close ties between the Biden family and SimmonsCooper, an Illinois law firm that specializes in representing asbestos victims — a multimillion-dollar line of business that was under threat in Congress.

Oh my, this raises some questions… tsk, tsk. Did Barack Obama not vet his running mate thoroughly enough?  Was the senator abusing his power to help a family member?  And what kind of dad does this make Joe Biden?  Will he even make it to the end of the week without dropping out of the race?

If you detected a little sarcasm here, you get a chocolate bunny. These questions mirror some of the “concerns” pundits have had over Sarah Palin. Apparently a spotless family record has now become a prime qualification for political office…  if you are a Republican.

Certainly these rules didn’t seem to apply to Al Gore when his son was charged with reckless driving during the 2000 campaign. I’m surprised you folks don’t remember that — it was clearly printed on page 13b of your local newspaper and then never mentioned again. Gotta pay closer attention if a Dem is involved.

The full L.A. Times story on Biden may be found here if it hasn’t mysteriously disappeared.

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.