Video: The media would like to remind you that yesterday’s Hillary scoop was published by a conservative “anti-Clinton website”

posted at 2:01 pm on February 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Washington Free Beacon, the same conservative “anti-Clinton” site responsible for yesterday’s “Hillary papers” story. Tough call for fair ‘n balanced news outlets like NBC: How do you handle a scoop that’s (a) leading the Drudge Report, (b) can’t be discredited on the facts, and (c) damages the Democratic nominee for president in waiting? You can’t ignore it entirely. Too many people read Drudge now for big media to take a story he’s pushing and wish it into the cornfield. (Had Drudge not touted it, rest assured that it would have been ignored.) You can’t cover it straightforwardly either. Your Democratic friends won’t like that, especially the would-be 45th president, whose relationship with NBC has been … complicated.

Solution: Cover it, but emphasize that it comes from a publication on the other side that’s allegedly out to get Her Majesty. Not only that, but don’t even name the Free Beacon when mentioning the source. Viewers will draw their own conclusions from that about how seriously they should take it. Michael Goldfarb, a founder of the Free Beacon, was waiting for it:

Free Beacon‘s founder Michael Goldfarb told The Mirror, “The piece wasn’t anti-Clinton, and our website isn’t anti-Clinton, but occasionally the facts are anti-Clinton–and when they are we report them. In this case, some of the documents showed Hillary as ruthless and calculating and vindictive, others showed her in quite a sympathetic light. It’s a shame that Mitchell couldn’t be more graceful in crediting our reporter Alana Goodman for her impressive work, but given her advanced age and deep partisanship–we forgive her for it. You don’t get angry at your grandmother when she says something rude and uninformed, you have to be patient and understanding.”

I’m torn between thinking this is old media-bias wine in new bottles or something qualitatively different, a sign of things to come in the age of partisan new media. Conservatives have complained for decades about “impartial” reporters often feeling obliged to note when a politician is conservative but not when he’s liberal. E.g., if Tom Coburn and Bernie Sanders are sitting next to each other at the State of the Union, you might get, “there’s the Oklahoma conservative, Tom Coburn, and Vermonter Bernie Sanders.” It’s a subtle way of treating liberalism as the political baseline and conservatism a noteworthy deviation. There’s an element of that here too. On the other hand, Andrea Mitchell’s network has spent years gobbling up lefty gruel spoonfed to it by hyperpartisan outlets like Think Progress and Media Matters for segment ideas. That’s life in the new media ecosystem, but I guarantee you that TP and MM are every bit as anti-Republican as the Free Beacon is anti-Democrat. (More so, actually. The Beacon is a legit news site, not a pure oppo shop like Media Matters is.) If the Beacon’s Hillary report requires a TV asterisk in the form of accusing them of being anti-Clinton or not even naming them for fear that people might take them seriously, every MSNBC segment inspired by TP or MM or Talking Points Memo or Wonkblog any other lefty news source should be treated the same way. If a partisan outlook is inherently discrediting, let’s at least be consistent. But then, if a partisan outlook is inherently discrediting, the story never should have aired on NBC in the first place. Drudge or no Drudge.

I think the future is total omerta. If Joe Klein can’t bring himself to type “Free Beacon” once in an eight-paragraph whinge about the Hillary story, we’re already near the point of reporters refusing to cover Clinton criticism from righty sources entirely. Exit question: Applying Mitchell’s own standards, what’s the argument for continuing to attribute scoops to MSNBC by name instead of to “an anti-Republican news outlet” without naming the network at all? They’re nastier and more ruthlessly partisan than any mainstream conservative rival, Fox News included. If ideological bias is discrediting, they should pull the plug.


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NBC news is pro-Democrat propaganda.

bluegill on February 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Since it’s now okay to be full fledged fascist in America (ask lib free), why don’t we just line up reporters against the wall with their blindfold and cigarette?

It’s what they want, right? Just make sure the leftist reporters are the ones on the wall.

Vanceone on February 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM

“Advanced age”….HAHAHAHAHAHA

I would have attributed it to Mitchell’s fondness for the bottle.

Bishop on February 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Hilldebeast isn’t going to be President in 2017 unless she successfully stages her own Coup to overthrow the Obama Coup.

As things stand now actual multi partisan elections in 2016 would shock me.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM

It’s what they want, right? Just make sure the leftist reporters are the ones on the wall.

Vanceone on February 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Um…. they’re the ones holding the Government guns and we’re the ones with our backs to the wall.

rhombus on February 11, 2014 at 2:10 PM

given her advanced age and deep partisanship–we forgive her for it. You don’t get angry at your grandmother when she says something rude and uninformed, you have to be patient and understanding.”

Heh.

rbj on February 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM

rhombus, I know. But since we seem to have collectively decided someone is going to be against the wall in front of the firing squad, I would prefer it to be the leftists, not me.

The path the left is pushing us down is quite scary.

Vanceone on February 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM

I’m very proud to be right wing. So this all just sounds complimentary to me. Thank you MSM.

WhatSlushfund on February 11, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Liberals just always assume that everybody thinks like them. Or at least would if it were not for some corrupting influence like evil Fox News. They’re truly deranged.

WhatSlushfund on February 11, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Which is of course the only reason we heard about it in the first place. The State-Run media and new Hillary Clinton fan club sure as hell wouldn’t report it.

Left_is_Wrong on February 11, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Everyone who is truly conservative knows the MSM is the propaganda arm of the Obama administration.

My recollection is the last poll on what percentage of people trust the MSM put the number around 25% … effectively everyone who is not Liberal/Progressive/Leftist down to their bones.

Until you are ready to give up the RINO ghost and just start excoriating the Obama SHILLS* , why are you bothering to flog this dead horse from a “they can be shamed” approach?

* – What’s the difference between a prostitute and a member of the Kneepad Media? There are some things even a prostitute won’t do.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Well, if Andrea Mitchell is telling me this, then
it was definitely a Smear against Hillary…

Merciful Teapot, what is this Nation coming to!!?

ToddPA on February 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Does MSNBC become one of the “minor” cable news channels?

KenInIL on February 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

What’s the difference between a prostitute and a member of the Kneepad Media? There are some things even a prostitute won’t do.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

A hooker expects to get paid, the MSM will do it for free.

Bishop on February 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Just wait until Hillary’s book comes out in June, and Mitchell praises it as a “new testament”.

“Hillary Clinton’s candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.”

Navigating challenges is double-speak for more hope and change. Hope Hillary’s aware this nation is sick of “transformations”.

Rovin on February 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Everyone who is truly conservative knows the MSM is the propaganda arm of the Obama administration.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

That explains why the Republican Establishment keeps taking the media’s advice time and time again.

joekenha on February 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

According to an anti-Hillary website” is lefty code for, “ALERT: Non-left-wing content ahead, skip to the next paragraph.”

Spurius Ligustinus on February 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Re the Beacon’s response to and charaterization of Mitchell:

BAZINGA!!!

Hucklebuck on February 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Why is General David Petraeus pandering to Hillary Clinton? Does he want to be Sec Def in Clinton cabinet?

In a new book he is quoted lavishing so much praise on Hillary Clinton, he seems to be endorsing her as a candidate for President.
“She’d make a tremendous president,” Petraeus says in the new book “HRC” by Jonathan Allen and Aimee Parnes. “Like a lot of great leaders, her most impressive qualities were most visible during tough times,” Petraeus tells Allen and Parnes. “In the wake of the Benghazi attacks, for example, she was extraordinarily resolute, determined, and controlled.”

http://washingtonexaminer.com/did-david-petraeus-endorse-hillary-clinton/article/2543781

You can bet Hillary will run with this when she will get attacked on Benghazi.

Thanks for nothing, Petraeus. I guess Moveon.org was right – Betrayus

Might_Is_Right on February 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Drudge broke the Lewinski Scandal.

So Mitchell/NBC would NEVER use any story hyped on Drudgereport.

libfreesMom on February 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

As Andrew Breitbart might have responded:

“So?”

I would add a “what” to that, because if this is the truth from Diane Blair’s letters, then why should it matter who initially published them?

Reno_Dave on February 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Hmm, why is anyone on MSLSD even worried about this story? Last night in the Hillary thread, verbalmooch told us the following:

Can someone please share what they see as anything shocking or damaging here?

verbaloon on February 10, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I think most of the “New Left” views that story as a resume enhancer for Hillary.

TarheelBen on February 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

given her advanced age and deep partisanship–we forgive her for it. You don’t get angry at your grandmother when she says something rude and uninformed, you have to be patient and understanding.

That. Was. Awesome!

nukemhill on February 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

A hooker expects to get paid, the MSM will do it for free.

Bishop on February 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

.
Are you forgetting all the close family members of MSM executives who WORK for the Obama administration?

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 2:50 PM

The path the left is pushing us down is quite scary.

Vanceone on February 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Though quite expected, every Leftist revolution becomes a blood bath. The only thing standing in the way of another few tens of millions of innocent dead added to the historical bill is the fact that we are still armed citizens…for now.

jnelchef on February 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

but given her advanced age and deep partisanship–we forgive her for it. You don’t get angry at your grandmother when she says something rude and uninformed, you have to be patient and understanding.”

SHOTS FIRED!!!
ANDREA MITCHELL ADMITTED TO BURN TRAUMA CENTER!!!

BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURN!!!

Michael Goldfarb doesn’t worry about burning bridges… or anything else, either.

Marcola on February 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Hey Andrea….. Honey … don’t you have another breaking report of Barry going out for hamburgers… or something……. what a gubRmint scrunt…..I can see her standing on a rail car platform, grubby fingers clutching a chewed yellow pencil, checking off the human cattle, from the list of shower accommodations, as the car doors slide open….”NEXT!”

roflmmfao

donabernathy on February 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

The media would like to remind you that yesterday’s Hillary scoop was published by a conservative “anti-Clinton website”

This reminder was a coordinated public service announcement by dozens of liberal pro-Clinton media outlets,standing guard to protect your sacred right to know exactly what the Democrats want you to know.

Ray Van Dune on February 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Overwhelming polling to the contrary, Clinton will not be the 2016 Democrat nominee. It will be Cory Booker. African-Americans are the most powerful voting bloc in the Democrat primaries and now that they know it is possible for a black man to be elected President they will not hesitate to throw their considerable support behind a black primary candidate.

All Booker has to do is declare and he has it. What’s more, he’ll be exempt from any meaningful attacks in the primaries because his opponents will know that if they go after him too hard blacks will sit out the General Election in protest. And without the black vote, a Democrat would have a hard time getting elected dog catcher.

If the Clinton Machine is as Machiavellian as we’re led to believe she would offer Booker the VP spot providing he doesn’t run against her.

Lamont Cranston on February 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

MSNBC just disqualified themselves from being a source on anything other than Democrat awesomeness.

Jackalope on February 11, 2014 at 3:49 PM

GOP House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon gives clean chit to Hillary and Obama Administration on Benghazi. There is a new Armed Services Committee report out today:

V. There was no “stand down” order issued to U.S. military personnel in Tripoli who sought to join the fight in Benghazi. However, because official reviews after the attack were not sufficiently comprehensive, there was confusion about the roles and responsibilities of these individuals.

VI. The Department of Defense is working to correct many weaknesses revealed by the Benghazi attack, but the global security situation is still deteriorating and military resources continue to decline.

“Given the military’s preparations on September 11, 2012, majority members have not yet discerned any response alternatives that could have likely changed the outcome of the Benghazi attack,” the report concludes.

Between this report and Petraeus endorsement, Hillary can repel Benghazi attacks easily.

http://armedservices.house.gov/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=C4E16543-8F99-430C-BEBA-0045A6433426

Might_Is_Right on February 11, 2014 at 3:58 PM

In unrelated news, the Slap Hillary iPhone app saw a huge spike in downloads today.

Herod on February 11, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Between this report and Petraeus endorsement, Hillary can repel Benghazi attacks easily.

http://armedservices.house.gov/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=C4E16543-8F99-430C-BEBA-0045A6433426

Might_Is_Right on February 11, 2014 at 3:58 PM

I have no doubt that the necessary people will cover for her, but she still needs to explain WHY there was insufficient security leading up to the 9/11 Anniversary, of all dates, AND why they decided to blame it on a YouTube video that was four months old at the time. That last point was just Amateur Hour.

Maddie on February 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM

“… given her advanced age and deep partisanship–we forgive her for it. You don’t get angry at your grandmother when she says something rude and uninformed, you have to be patient and understanding.”

That’s just eighteen kinds of awesome, that is.

It’s like my mama used to say, “If you can’t say anything nice, make sure you say it well.”

Brilliant.

Eric in Hollywood on February 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

“Hillary Clinton’s candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.”

Like I give a sh*t.

Put the vibrator down and step away from the book, Andrea.

Eric in Hollywood on February 11, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I think the future is total omerta. If Joe Klein can’t bring himself to type “Free Beacon” once in an eight-paragraph whinge about the Hillary story, we’re already near the point of reporters refusing to cover Clinton criticism from righty sources entirely.

Honestly, I think that future is already here, Allah, especially given Teh Lightbringer’s present self-destruction, and the road they wish to pave for Clinton.

However, where this notion once gave me fits of frustration and despair, I’m now of the belief that Democrats are nowhere near as savvy as they once were, having grown apathetic and arrogant in the era of Hope-N-Change.

In other words, the freer the pass they get from the LSM, the more likely they are to completely screw the pooch.

They can’t help it. It’s in their nature. They’re natural born f***-ups.

Eric in Hollywood on February 11, 2014 at 5:41 PM


given her advanced age and deep partisanship–we forgive her for it. You don’t get angry at your grandmother when she says something rude and uninformed, you have to be patient and understanding

My daughter emailed me the Free Beacon link and led with that quote, but I couldn’t open the link at work. Now I am lmao as I see they were talking about that nasty, wrinkled little hag in the twenty-something’s wig.

Poor old Andrea…she’s Helen Thomas with a more ambitious make-up artist.

Jaibones on February 11, 2014 at 8:20 PM