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Category: Media Bias

Irrational fears about a well-armed public

Posted by – 8/13/09

I like this guy. And no, I’m not referring to Chris “Obama makes my leg tingle” Matthews.

I hope Biden's Daughter Enjoys Her Drugs

Posted by – 3/30/09

…because I really don’t care what she does. And neither should the media. I’m thoroughly impressed that none of the media outlets took Ashley’s friend up on her offer to provide video of the young Biden snorting coke (though I suspect that many outlets chose to ignore the story for political rather than principled reasons). Ashley Biden isn’t running for office. She’s not set to lead this county. She’s most certainly an adult.

Let’s put pressure on our political leaders in relevant ways, not through underhanded attempts to discredit them. The angry left’s feigned outrage over Bristol Palin’s un-planned teen pregnancy in an attempt to sully Sarah Palin was just plain dirty politics. During the entire campaign, I heard not a single substantive argument against Sarah Palin coming from the left and their MSM allies (and as much as I like her, even I could give you some). It was all foam-at-the-mouth and self-righteous indignation.

Let’s not do the same to the Biden family.

McCain's only saving grace is… the media?

Posted by – 10/28/08

I think Obama will probably take the Presidency here in a week, but the disparate polls should bring us pause. How is it that consistently over the past few weeks there have been some polls with Obama up by as much as 12 points and other that put the two candidates firmly within the margin of error of each other? Obivously, there are discrepancies in the way that different polling organizations present the data, but what I want to look at is the undecideds. My hypothesis is simple, short, and may prove to be completely right or way off base here in a week. 

With all the media coverage and fawning over Obama that we’ve seen, my guess is that if someone hasn’t made up their mind about Obama yet, they probably won’t now.

They’ve certainly had ample opportunity. Why are they still undecided? Are they holding out for more information on Obama or are they waiting to see if McCain loses all his marbles? I suspect the latter, and so if McCain proves sane over the next week, I think you’ll see the vast majority of undecided voters break for McCain. The big difference maker will be this: are the polls giving Obama a huge margin right or are the ones showing a dead-heat correct? Only one of the scenarios will have my theory giving McCain the presidency. It’s quite an uphill battle for him.

Covering for Murtha the Moron

Posted by – 10/27/08

Everyone, take a look at this NYT piece. Don’t you see? There is a movement. There is healing going on, and you too can take part in it! Cast off your hateful bigotry and be willing to vote for a black man! The soon-to-be-former racists in Western Pennsylvania are doing it! It’s clearly the only thing keeping any reasonable person from voting for Obama, and here the NYT chronicles the transformation from worthless racist to useful citizen for begrudging voters like Nick Piroli. McCain and his cronies are quite racist in their assumption that they’ve got the whole of the super-white region locked up. But that’s just because they’re racists. And then there’s the rabble rouser holdovers from a bygone era of racism like Olga Permon who just can’t bring herself to vote for a colored. And she’s representative of all old people, you see. “He scares me,” she says. She is scared because he is black. Anyone who is scared by Obama is scared because he’s black. Got it? “If Obama were white, this would be a landslide around here.” Well that’s it then, lock it up. All we needed was a personal testimony from a folksy union plumber — hear that Joe? this guy knows who’s looking out for him — to tell us just how racist that area is.

So to recap: Murtha was right, the whole area is racist, but those that are in the midst of a cure are voting for Obama. Everybody clear on this? Good.

Count of hands doesn't matter, script was already written

Posted by – 10/5/08

From the comments: “Wow, talk about working backwards from a desired conclusion.” To be fair to Soledad, she was probably also counting the entire CNN news crew behind the cameras.

“The fix is in, and it’s working.”

Another truth nugget of tankie-ness

Posted by – 10/5/08

Patterico details the LA Times’ response to McCain saying he’d fire the SEC Chairman, how they were wrong, and how long it took them to correct it.

The correction comes 10 days after I sent my letter — and too late to do much good. Because the L.A. Times and Jake Tapper failed to issue quick corrections, the public will likely remember this as a gaffe by McCain — one in which he foolishly spoke of exercising a power that he wouldn’t have as President.

I know it’s impossible to prove a negative, but seriously, is there any way the vast majority of major media outlets are not in the tank for Obama?

Joe Biden's got a great imagination

Posted by – 10/3/08

It’s fun to see the MSM put out fact checks on the things Palin got wrong last night, noticeably sidestepping Biden’s many blunders concerning foreign policy, legislation he and Obama voted on, and The Constitution. The ABCNews fact check turns out to be a two page advertisement, missing the required, “I’m Barack Obama, and I approved this message.”  And some of the few fact checks that even mention Biden are perfectly willing to help shore up his arguments! Well sure, he got all the details wrong, but his point was still valid! This is what a fact check looks like. Just give us the facts. Don’t try to explain away your favorite candidate’s missteps.

He apparently makes stuff up out of thin air. We’ve known this, we’ve seen him do it on the campaign trail. Only then, it was much more immediately obvious. Does a gaffe have to be immediately obvious to be a gaffe? Hmm. Not sure. Either way, there was a real beaut last night.

Regarding Lebanon?

What on Earth is he talking about? The United States and France may have kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon in an alternate universe, but nothing even remotely like that ever happened in this one.

Joe Biden has literally no idea what he’s talking about.

Like many who watched the debate, I was bracing myself for Palin to say something off-putting about foreign policy. She’s the one who needed the crash course, allegedly; Biden is supposedly Mr. Foreign Policy. He’s supposed to be the experienced elder statesman Senator Barack Obama chose to help him govern and fill in some of his knowledge and experience gaps. He’s supposed to know far more about foreign policy than she does.

In the comments, nothing like trying to spin Biden’s ridiculous assertion as a positive:

For Palin to have said that, she would need to possess foreign policy knowledge that extends beyond rehearsed talking points, which she clearly does not.

Palin is like Jacques Derrida. She can’t even be wrong, because she says nothing. This is because she knows nothing. One can’t even have a relationship with the truth if one knows nothing of it. Biden’s errors result from knowing too much.

See? Biden steps in it so often because his brain is simply overloaded with foreign policy expertise.

As for Biden’s remark. Yes, its hard to interpret. I have no idea what he meant.

You are correct, it is very hard to interpret balderdash. Don’t hurt yourself trying to figure it out though. The media’s already moving on to other things; no one will be talking about the debate come dinner time.

More comments:

The interesting thing in these comments is that Biden’s fantasy doesn’t impact the pro-Obama people at all. This isn’t a gaffe, it’s a man simply making things up out of thin air.

Biden proved last night that he could quite literally say absolutely anything and no one would care.

So true.

UPDATE: Had to add this one from the comments at Commentary Magazine:

Did Joe Biden say anything about hearing the Sermon on the Mount when he visited Greece, or the time, just after sundown when he helped Paul Revere onto his horse?

Wrong again!

Posted by – 10/3/08

Yup, that’s me. I got it wrong again. Turns out the Veeps looked more presidential to me than either of the heads of their respective ticket. Yeesh.

Of course there was Biden, the foreign policy hand of his ticket, getting his math on Afghanistan wrong. Not that I had the numbers with me, but when Biden let this one out, I immediately said, “You know, that doesn’t sound right, and if he’s wrong, he’s gonna get nailed on that.” Welp, he was wrong.

3 weeks of Iraq – $6.3 billion
7 years of Afghanistan - $150.5 billion

(UPDATE: More on Joe’s ignorance of Lebanon. And Joe being wrong on Gaza and the West Bank.)

He also doesn’t seem to have nearly as firm a grasp on the Constitution as he appeared to have during the debate. To answer Gov. Palin’s famous question, “What does a VP do?” Ace responds, “Under the Constitution, the VP only has two things to do: break ties in the Senate and wait for the President to die.” More information on Ace’s blog, but essentially almost nothing Biden laid out concerning the VP in the Constitution was correct.

I think the best thing that could’ve happened with the moderator, Gwen Ifill, was the news coming out so close to the debate that she has a book about the historic nature of Obama coming out on inauguration day. I think it forced her to be fairly even handed. She was just as tough on Biden as she was on Palin, and certainly didn’t produce the kind of underwhelming questions that her colleague did the week previous. One thing of note: she didn’t ask any questions on energy, which was odd. Not to worry, Gov. Palin took it upon herself to answer one (or several) anyway.

I think Palin did much better than most people expected, given the public perception of her based on several poor interviews. I have a tiny little conspiracy theory about that. Can I share? I know it sounds ridiculous, but McCain is known for enjoying the fun of tactics, maneuvers, and outflanking professional observers. Do you think there’s a chance that the campaign intentionally set her up to appear less than impressive before the debate? I dunno. Just a thought. (UPDATE: Justin Hart at Culture 11 seems to share my conspiratorial thought: “She basically had to show up and not get sick on camera.”)

Biden did fairly well, in my opinion. None of his toes tickled the back of his throat once all night. For Anchor Joe to come off a debate with nary more than a couple stutters is a miracle. Maybe a miracle of modern medicine, even. Brokaw’s pre-debate analysis: Joe needs to be succinct. “And for Joe Biden to be succinct, he may have had to undergo a gene transplant today.”

Who won? Oh, that depends so much on the rubric you use to determine a debate winner. The Governor is still a Rorschach test. Few that hated her before have changed their minds. It’s all in the undecideds; strategically, that’s really the only demographic either campaign should care about now. Just like with the first post-debate polls, the results are all over the place. Here’s one from Frank Luntz’s focus group:

I think the real winner will be whoever gets a sizable boost in the polls after this. I was impressed enough with Palin’s performance, but ultimately, all that matters is the results of the election come November 4th. Every little thing up to that is merely a chess move.

A more important question is…

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

Partial List of Questions for Tonight's Debate

Posted by – 10/2/08

I’m re-posting from Treacher because this is awesome and I hope he doesn’t mind. Some of Gwen Ifill’s questions for the VP debate:

Mayor Palin, Barack Obama is a handsome, charismatic demigod. How many boxes of Kleenex will you need after your crushing loss?

Senator Biden, what is your favorite color? And if you have time for a follow-up question: Why?

Mayor, you talk funny and you own a tanning bed. Why haven’t you released Trig’s birth certificate?

Senator, have you seen those pictures of Obama in his swim trunks? If not, I have them right here.

Mayor, what are the names, ages, and blood types of all 71 members of the Belgian Senate? And why are you unwilling to admit that your inability to instantly produce any and every fact I demand makes you unfit to stand in the way of history?

Senator, you’ve spoken at length. Could you please continue?

Mayor, which is your preferred method of stifling dissent, banning books or burning them? Since it’s both, please explain how you can deny the accusation that you’re a fascist, which I am making now.

Senator, could you please sign my book?


And as Treacher points out, maybe SNL will pick this idea up for a skit as well.

More cozy tankie-ness for O and the media

Posted by – 9/29/08

As he exited the hotel for his dinner break, Biden was asked “Senator, can we get your reaction to the House bill not passing?” 

Biden interrupted the question with a “Hey folks,” to reporters and then said “Oh, things are going well.”

Prior to Biden’s departure, the press was moved further away from the hotel’s exit, perhaps far enough away that it prevented Biden from clearly hearing the question.

How wonderfully helpful of this reporter to give Anchor Joe the benefit of the doubt here. Meanwhile, every major news agency has folks on the ground in Alaska and Arizona desperately searching for any scrap of evidence that can bring down the McCain-Palin ticket. I’m serious, the media’s on their last leg this election cycle.