Quotes of the day

posted at 10:42 pm on September 17, 2012 by Allahpundit

By the time the presidential campaign had ended four years ago, the media’s role in driving the outcome had become a fact too obvious to dispute. The impact of the journalistic horde’s devotion to the Democratic candidates was clear, the evidence vivid—especially in the case of reporters transported to a state of ecstasy over candidate Obama’s speeches. One New York Times reporter wrote of being so moved he could barely keep from weeping. Not for nothing did the role of the press become a news story in itself—an embarrassing one that might, serious people thought, serve as a caution during future campaigns.

In 2012 Barack Obama is no longer delivering thrilling speeches, but an unembarrassed press corps is still available, in full prosecutorial mode when it comes to coverage of the Republican challenger. If you hadn’t heard the story about Mitt Romney’s bullying treatment of another student during his prep-school days—1965, that is—the Washington Post had a story for you, a lengthy investigative piece. On the matter of Mr. Obama’s school records, locked away and secured against investigation, the press maintains a serene incuriosity.

Mr. Obama continues to receive the benefits of a supportive media—one prone to dark suspicions about his challenger. The heavy ooze of moral superiority emanating from all the condemnations of Mr. Romney last week, all the breathless media reports on those condemnations, did not begin with something he said last week. But the moral superiority was certainly on its gaudiest display.

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After the American media grabbed and held the pro-Obama headlines against Romney’s comments and took Obama’s “Romney shoots first and aims second” quote to iconic proportions, the rest of the world is reporting that the Obama administration knew about the planned-attack on the Benghazi, Libya Embassy where four Americans, including United States Ambassador Christopher Steven was murdered.

That strong allegation needs to be “the story”, not the political-trouncing of Mitt Romney, a man who has nothing to do with the White House, the U.S. Embassy, or the deadly and non-deadly attacks on our United States Embassy’s around the world. “The story” obviously involves the White House and the president within – Barack Obama – not the Massachusetts challenger.

The reporters and bloggers who have made Mitt Romney the story – instead of the attacked-United States Embassy, the innocent Americans who were attacked, and the White House with its president in abstention as he continually treks the campaign trail regardless of the duties left behind in Washington, D.C. – are guilty of letting another American tragedy remain buried.

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The mainstream media’s recent coverage of the Democratic National Convention was fawning – little or no mention was made of the extremist abortion plank or the decisive defeat on the floor of the motion to reinstate a reference to God in the platform (nevertheless gaveled through by the party establishment) and an acknowledgment that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel (pro-Israel language that had been included in previous party platforms). So, the Democrats won their convention week with a bullet. Next, even though Obama’s bounce was modest by historical standards, and he still could not pull above 50 percent nationwide or in the key swing states, the mainstream media dutifully declared not only that Obama was winning, but that the Romney campaign was in utter disarray…

Long gone are the days of straight journalists calling the balls and strikes fairly. And make no mistake: This is not merely a liberal bias we are dealing with, but a Democratic party bias. There is now a revolving door between the leftwing blogosphere, the broader Democratic establishment, and the mainstream media – and the phony narrative of a runaway Obama lead is just one result of that insidious alliance.

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I would urge those within the MSM who think of themselves as among the best at informing the public to ask whether the obsession with “narratives” — think of prepackaged storylines, tropes, if you will, with noble heroes often within one political party and nefarious, retrograde, and sinister forces within the other — is doing a good job of keeping the public well-informed with the circumstances our troops face in Afghanistan…

If this were occurring under a Republican president, the declaration of defeat and comparisons to Vietnam would be loud, incessant, shrill and ubiquitous. Because this is occurring under a Democratic president, you get intermittent coverage — the media checks the boxes, but there’s no steady drumbeat, no newsweekly cover pieces, no hour-long specials on the cable networks, few columns in the Washington Post and New York Times about it. None of the biggest movers and shakers have decided that this must be a national conversation, on par with, say, the national week-long dissection of Todd Akin’s unfamiliarity with basic human biology. We may cynically conclude that there’s no real pro-Obama or anti-GOP spin that can be put on this story — there’s no easily discernible angle to advance the cause of the Left — and so the story doesn’t quite disappear but it just bobs up and down every now and then…

But the desire to reduce every development in the news to “here’s the latest reason why our preferred candidate rocks and your candidate stinks” means that A) certain stories get ignored or downplayed and B) something like Romney’s reaction to attacks on our embassy are treated as twenty times as important as the actual attacks themselves.

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[W]e’ve gotten to the point where the MSM seems to be treating the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and the metastasizing attacks on our embassies as an unfortunate distraction from the “real story” of Romney’s incompetence. Indeed, much of the political press seems to have decided that their job is to explain why Romney shouldn’t be president. In an effort to master self-parody, Chris Matthews now believes it was “arrogant” for Romney to even run against Obama in the first place.

Anyway, amidst a remarkable amount of tut-tutting and chest-thumping from journalists about Romney’s rush to (an accurate) judgment, very little attention has been paid to the fact the same mainstream media so quick to denounce Romney’s overeagerness just happened to report that this video was produced by a bunch of nefarious Jews eager to slander Muhammed and sow bloodshed across the Muslim world. And they got the story entirely wrong. Corrections are now being issued but the damage was done. Obviously, this is a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison, since the media and a presidential campaign aren’t exactly the same thing. But given the determination of the “objective” press corps to impose its editorial judgment into their coverage, it just feels worthwhile to point out that their error was far more egregious and harmful than anything Romney said.

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Via Newsbusters.


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Bmore on September 18, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Night Bmore!

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Bmore on September 18, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Very cool! Goodnight, B! Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on September 18, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Good night bmore sleep good!!

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 1:46 AM


Anyone remember this…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 18, 2012 at 1:47 AM

No. Where was that taken?

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Evenin’

thatsafactjack on September 18, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Seven Percent Solution on September 18, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Something I’m working on. It’s not finished, but — see if that second bit looks familiar :)

(If you feel like it. Not everyone’s thing.)

“But worse things lurk. Some men pretend
They for mankind groan, but no friend
Is so afraid to lose his blood
He’d hide and scheme while others’ flood.
Beware these creatures! All men fear,
But he who counts his breath so dear
Would pay his soul if flesh survived –
A man like that is not alive.

“See self-love gnashing in the streets.
They write our names, but not our feats.
They count our deaths, but not our lives,
And when we fall, they leer with pride.
Lamenting pain with wailing sobs,
They seed confusion, leaven mobs.
Majestic beings on display –
It tempts my heart to wax profane.

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Obama’s bounce lasted as long as a dead baby, literally

that was kind of crude Slade

Slade73 on September 18, 2012 at 1:53 AM

pretty good Axe

Slade73 on September 18, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Obama’s bounce lasted as long as a dead baby, literally

that was kind of crude Slade

Slade73 on September 18, 2012 at 1:53 AM

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Almost two in the AM, so we’ll give you a pass.

listens2glenn on September 18, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Axe, you are an amazing poet!

Wow!

Are you published?

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 1:55 AM

See y’all tomorrow, nighty nites.

listens2glenn on September 18, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Awesome Jackie as always… fab tunes

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Gravity

“Keep yourselves in the light.”

I bid you all goodnight. Its been a pleasure, as always. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on September 18, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Nite nite Glenn

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 1:42 AM

dammit scrump I was fixin to check out but I had to pour another whiskey and listen to this. Brings back memories of good times. Now I’m diggin’ Very good. Sometimes it’s good to be old.
Fred

jrsrigmvr on September 18, 2012 at 1:56 AM

haha

thanks listens2glenn

Slade73 on September 18, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Good night jackie sweet dreams!

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Goodnight, Scrumpy, my friend. I hope you feel better soon. Its great sharing tunes with you.:)

thatsafactjack on September 18, 2012 at 1:58 AM

jrsrigmvr on September 18, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Yeah it is :-) have one for me!!

we had the best of times eh, musically, and still I am fascinated with any and all music…

Can’t put an old rocker down!!

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Same here jackie… always such a nice time spent here…

So many special folk…

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Last one for the road!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ayDFbZJ1qQ&feature=related

Good night… sweet dreams!!

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 2:03 AM

thatsafactjack on September 18, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Enjoyed it!!..Later..:)

Dire Straits on September 18, 2012 at 2:07 AM

listens2glenn on September 18, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Night L2G, Night Scrump. :)

Thanks Scrump :)

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Night Jackie. :)

Wow. Lots happens on fridge runs.

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 2:08 AM

I just want to compliment you on the Dokken video!..Very cool!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 18, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Willard= heartless plutocrat

also: never gonna be President

DBear on September 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Shoot, I missed you. I have a present for you:

Dancing Bear: Hopenchange Baby, Obama Baby, Foot Soldier For The Man

M2RB: Elton John, Madison Square Garden
.
.

Hopenchange crazy, Obama baby, foot soldier for the man
Mesmerised, spellbound smile, you’ll cede your freedoms to your man
Obamarina, you must have seen him swaying in the stands
And, now, he’s in jobless, always with indebted, a tiny puppet in His hand

Obamafreaks out in the street
Handing tickets out for ObamaGod
Twirling ’round, they faint, cry and laugh
Bankruptcy Boulevard, you see, is not that bad

Empty Chair, He makes his stand
In the auditorium
Looking on, he chants the mantra-songs
The words, he knows. “Yes, We Can!” he hums.

But, oh, how it feels so real
Lying though, Empty Chair says what they want to hear
Only He, He intones, can lower the oceans and hear thee
And, when He says softly, slowly

Hold me closer, Obamarina
Count the votes on the electoral highway
Pay my campaign down to your last penny
I’ve had a busy day, today

Hopenchange crazy, Obama baby, foot soldier for the man
Mesmerised, spellbound smile, you’ll cede your freedom to your man
Obamarina, you prayed to see Him, as you were swaying in the stands
And, now, your jobless, always indebted, a tiny puppet in His hand

Resist We Much on September 18, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Slade73 on September 18, 2012 at 1:54 AM

It’s OK. It’s a cut from something longer. It’s a soldier about to leave explaining to his kids why some people go to the wall and some don’t. It’s not all as heavy handed as that; there’s lots of reasons to not go. But when he gets to “Cindy Sheehan” he gets a little hot. :) I wish I could write better. It’s supposed to be a kind of memorial, but my hands aren’t really up to it. Still, it’s what I’ve got so — Ah well.

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Dire Straits on September 18, 2012 at 2:13 AM

“2 dislikes? They must have never been saved by zero.”

:)

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 2:20 AM

So.. where is Spark? I wanted to consult on my ‘Jackie-O-Lantern’ Halloween costume he suggested.

thatsafactjack on September 18, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Sorry, I was busy at a board meeting in the Tree-Fort conference room of SparkPlug Industrial Corp LTD.

Well, of course your costume should be hawt, sultry and full of witchcraft like Elvira only classier because you are smart and classy with a nice chassis.

LOL

SparkPlug on September 18, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Resist We Much on September 18, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Saved by Ø!

That’s gotta have a use one day. :) So many people expect to be saved by Zero.

Just tossing.

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 1:52 AM

I like your poetry Axe.

SparkPlug on September 18, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Darn. I got here too late for Jackie. Stupid board meeting messed up my action.

SparkPlug on September 18, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Without bacon, pigs would be impossible.

SparkPlug on September 17, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Genius. :) Wanted to tell you. Did. Done.

now what

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Very nice!!..But let’s talk..talk!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 18, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Purrrfect! I have one that I’m working on that might be perfect for that song. Thanks!

I’m always open to suggestions. Sometimes, choosing the music takes longer than writing the post. lol

G’nite all.

Resist We Much on September 18, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Uhm, you are the brainiac here. My poems are of the “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue”, ilk.

I wouldn’t know an IAMBIC from a DACTYLIC thingy.

SparkPlug on September 18, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Axe,

This is a text specimen for Jackie exploring the full range and depth of my poetic repertoire:

“Jackie is smart and classy with a nice chassis.”

That’s it. I’m tapped.

SparkPlug on September 18, 2012 at 2:36 AM

SparkPlug on September 18, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Setting aside your obvious racist dog-whistle “brainiac” –

Iambic means “pertaining to the iamb.”

– and dactylic means, of course, “of a dactyl.”

duh. :)

Night Resist! STANDING OFFER!

Very nice!!..But let’s talk..talk!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 18, 2012 at 2:26 AM

That was really nice.

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 2:39 AM

This is the funniest sh!t ever.

John the Libertarian on September 18, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Axe on September 18, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Obama is a posa’
a lima losa’ snooza’
he takes it up the poopa’
evolutionary hoopla

an’ my skillz is supa’ dupa’
socialism thrilla’ killa’
symbolism lyric spilla’

and Bammy wit’ the skillz a
mommmy jeans and half vanilla

Slade73 on September 18, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Robert Spencer: “Finally: NATO scales back joint operations with Afghan forces. How many had to be murdered by their “trainees” and “partners” before this happened? General Allen and the rest of the high command should be put on trial for the deaths of every one of those troops. What war strategy? There is no plan for victory, no definition of victory, no clear goal, no clear means to get to any goal — nothing. Just more and more of our troops killed for a Sharia government that its people hates, battling Sharia forces that enjoy broad support.”

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/09/finally-nato-scales-back-joint-operations-with-afghan-forces.html

VorDaj on September 18, 2012 at 5:57 AM

morning joe orgasmic over mitts video. joe wonders what the waiter on his 3rd job at the the event thinks. combination of gordon gekko and thurston howell III is the consensus.

i see no problem with the video. i believe the same thing. i sure hope its the mitt we see in the upcoming debates.

renalin on September 18, 2012 at 6:17 AM

getting angina watching those clowns. switching to fox.

renalin on September 18, 2012 at 6:23 AM

renalin on September 18, 2012 at 6:17 AM

Refuse to watch it. They’re in 110 percent Obama campaign mode, and there’s no Pat Buchanan anymore. They got rid of him when Mark Halperin called Obama “a d!ck” and I have no doubt Obama personally gave that show hell to pay for that. They’ve been on their knees since.

Marcus on September 18, 2012 at 6:25 AM

folks gettin’ a lil’ sideways on the overnight shift. :)

ted c on September 18, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Agree, it’s totally unwatchable today. Joe wants to put a bag over his head. Make it a plastic bag, Joe!

Naturally Curly on September 18, 2012 at 6:52 AM

My take.

kingsjester on September 18, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Oh my LORD. Watched three minutes of Schmoe doing a LIVE feed to The Today Show. “Jeb Bush never would have said something so tone deaf…..Jeb Bush…..George Bush……Karl Rove…….Jeb Bush……compassionate……Jeb Bush……Jeb Bush…….compassionate……Jeb Bush……..”

It’s hilarious!

Marcus on September 18, 2012 at 7:13 AM

The media is happy to blow up this controversy over Romney’s answer to a question during a fundraiser back in May to distract attention from Barry’s disaster in the Middle East. It furthermore takes Romney off message.

bayview on September 18, 2012 at 7:16 AM

So what is the answer to the media?

albill on September 18, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Don’t be afraid to call them what they are. Put the focus on them.

tomas on September 18, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Another sure sign that the Romney campaign really is incompetent: A coordinated attack on the “left wing media” by the right wing media.

Losers are lways blaming the refs.

urban elitist on September 18, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Another sure sign that the Romney campaign really is incompetent: A coordinated attack on the “left wing media” by the right wing media.

Losers are lways blaming the refs.

urban elitist on September 18, 2012 at 7:43 AM

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I’m gonna hold out on passing any kind of judgement on this “gaffe” until I know what Jay Z and Pimp with a Limp think of it.

FlaMurph on September 18, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Losers are lways blaming the refs.
urban elitist on September 18, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Tim Donaghy is calling you out, but you are likely too stupid or ignorant like a typical lefty or liberal.

bayview on September 18, 2012 at 7:51 AM

They lost their credibility last election and have done nothing to regain it since.

bflat879 on September 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

urban elitist on September 18, 2012 at 7:43 AM

How is it incompetent to point out that Democrats buy the votes of the poor with entitlements? They do.

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.

Fallon on September 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

urban elitist on September 18, 2012 at 7:43 AM

There shouldn’t have to be two separate teams of “refs”.

Cindy Munford on September 18, 2012 at 8:28 AM

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