Finally: Young liberals ready to explain the news to America

posted at 6:01 pm on March 10, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via John Sexton and Ace, I’m torn. On the one hand, the thought of pompous young Beltway lefties taking it upon themselves to “explain” the news to the unwashed gives me a headache. It’s as if the “wonk” brand didn’t carry a high enough smarter-than-you quotient for them so they decided to ramp up to “explanatory journalism.” They should have named it “Thought Leader” just for laughs. My sense of it after watching the vid is that it’s basically going to be Wonkblog but with more background in each piece and probably lots more charts and graphics. See this post for an extreme example. It’ll be as reliably liberal as ever but it’ll be presented as straightforward exposition; as lefties love to tell themselves, it’s reality that has a liberal bias, not them. (Actual quote from the site: “Our end goal isn’t telling you what just happened, or how we feel about what just happened, it’s making sure you understand what just happened.” Uh huh.) I’m imagining Vox as a complement to Nate Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight site, which is itself launching next Monday. Silver’s site will, I assume, focus on data deep-dives; I think Klein’s site is aimed at a more casual news consumer, who wants to get caught up quickly on a particular story but isn’t necessarily interested in nerding out at length. Trust Ezra, Matt, and company to give you a concise yet scrupulously fair and balanced take. They have no agenda.

On the other hand, you underestimate at your peril a site that’s marketing itself as willing to hand-hold readers who came to a story late or in bits and pieces and hope to learn quickly why everyone else seems to be talking about it. Someone who enjoys a BuzzFeed post with 37 GIFs in it might not sit still for a long Nate Silver data-crunch but they might be willing to devote three minutes to Ezra patiently leading them through an easily digestible Q&A annotated with simple graphs. If you want to bring people around to your side politically, you should aim for the low-information readers; they’re the natural target for “explanatory journalism.” (Ace thinks Vox is going to rely heavily on hyperlinks but I’d be surprised. Low-information readers are the least likely to actually follow the links. What’s the point of linking if you’re “explaining,” after all?) As the site’s fame spreads, it may be that casual news readers start to turn to it as a de facto fact-checker, e.g., “It sure looks like Obama totally cocked up his ‘red line’ on Syria. Please tell me I’m wrong, Vox!” (Don’t worry, they will.) The “impartial” arbiter niche is a powerful one, which is why you’ve seen so many fact-check sites spring up in the past few years. None of them have Ezra’s cachet online, though, and few if any of them are willing to get into detail on policy. Typically they confine themselves to fact-checking a specific statement from a politician, which ends up in tedious true/false/pants-on-fire “grades” or whatever. Vox won’t restrict itself to that, I assume.

Look at it this way. The more successful it is, the more pressure there’ll be to build a right-wing alternative, which means new opportunities for conservative writers. So good luck to them.


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great pic of the pin up pajama boy.

legs crossed.

yikes.

renalin on March 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Funny photo Allah. Lolz!

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

See this post for an extreme example.

Goodness gracious. Hope I’m not expected to absorb all that crap.

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Just what we need, another liberal website claiming that THEY understand the news.

Tater Salad on March 10, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I give it four months.

greggriffith on March 10, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Pajama Boy Explains the news to Adults.

portlandon on March 10, 2014 at 6:06 PM

So good luck to them.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure though the low info types that voted 0 aren’t gonna invest time on that kinda stuff.

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

If it’s just wonkblog with more background then it’s not just a 3 minute read for the low info voter.
If the low info voter cared about more background then they wouldn’t be low info. They’ll just stick to reading Yahoo! news headlines.

gwelf on March 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM

You’re not thinking AllahPundit. Think of all the opportunities for snarky posts ridiculing Vox’s patiently explaining the news to us ignoramuses.

rbj on March 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Ezra has a heII of a lisp. Never knew that. Maybe this thing will take off.

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Why are liberal men so effete? So eunuch like?

Any libs on here that can answer my inquiry?

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM

The insane leading the ignorant. What could go wrong?

VorDaj on March 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Pompous liberal buffoons brought to your home in living color!

What’s not to like? /sarc

sharrukin on March 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

More navigators huh?

Next thing you know they will paying jobs

Doyle Hargrave on March 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

This will go over like a Fart in Church..

ToddPA on March 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

You’re not thinking AllahPundit. Think of all the opportunities for snarky posts ridiculing Vox’s patiently explaining the news to us ignoramuses.

rbj on March 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Twitchy’s going to have a blast with this “endeavor” hahaha!

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Got to about the one minute mark. Realized they may have chosen the wrong name for the site. Metrosexual dweebs is catchier than vox.

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Basically, it’s the channel for people who think there’s not enough Chris Hayes-style programming on the air right now (Conservatives have PJTV online, liberals now have PBTV — Pajama Boy Television).

Vox as seen in this video is simply going to preach to the converted — if there were ratings gold in having a network full of liberals talking down to their viewers, rest assured NBC, CBS, ABC or CNN would have tried that format on cable already. But assuming they have enough progressive bog-money donors letting them have time to tinker with the format, Vox v2.0 might be marginally better, though with the left their beliefs + more energy almost always = a trip into MSNBC territory when they get mad that not everyone’s listening to their brilliance.

jon1979 on March 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I really miss Walter Cronkite, he made things understandable, and you could trust him.

..and I liked his history documentaries, “You Are There”.

Joseph OHenry on March 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I’m not going misunderestimate this project. Sure, it’s easy to laugh at these guys, especially Matty, but the site might be popular and effective.

I know I’m in the minority by not joining the mock-fest, but the last time I felt this way was before the VP debate.

forest on March 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

“There’s no such thing here as ‘the vegetables of journalism.”

Are you sure, Ezra?

Klein. Yglesias. And the chubby girl. The words “pudgy” and “beta” comes to mind. They can offer plaid onesies as promotional items on the site.

Behold – “The vegetables of journalism”.

bofh on March 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

“…the more successful it is …”

Right, because what people are clamoring for is more privileged rich white boys telling them what to think?

There is no real demand for this at all. As Ace noted when the venture was first announced, Wonkblog’s 4 million hits a month had to be substantially influenced by being associated with a major news hub at WaPo. Anyone who thinks Klein is taking all those hits with him is just dreaming.

Adjoran on March 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

There’s little risk of success here. (See Current TV) And isn’t there anyone out there who’s Better Than Ezra?

MajorKong on March 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

One of the perks of working at Vox is the free hot cocoa served in extra large mugs.

Bishop on March 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

bofh on March 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Lolz! ; )

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

They should have named it “Thought Leader” just for laughs.

Mind Closure?

the_nile on March 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

What ever happened to “Just the facts, ma’am” reporting?

myiq2xu on March 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Young person here.

Make fun of the liberals for this at your own peril. People under 25 care about what’s going on in the country, too, and it looks like the Democrats are doing something I was advocating for 6 years ago – educating the dumbest American voters and getting them to join the conservative cause.

Think what you want, but this is going to change the game. In order to be a conservative, you have to be able to wade through the garbage to find the truth, and use rhetoric to get people to believe you.

It’s way easier to create liberals than it is conservatives, and it’s way easier to convince someone to follow your ideology when they are relatively young and can be swayed. It’s much harder and more expensive to convert someone set in their beliefs – it’s usually impossible.

I’m basically at the point where I’ve given up on conservatives giving a damn about obtaining young voters. Republicans are so screwed. It’s going to take a new political party to undo this hole they’ve dug themselves into.

thinkingthought on March 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Realized they may have chosen the wrong name for the site. Metrosexual dweebs is catchier than vox.

Vox News?

myiq2xu on March 10, 2014 at 6:22 PM

And I’m thinking ol’ “Trei” was actually christened “Trey” at birth but decided to change the spelling to be more hip and edgy, as if a doughy dude with a head wider than his shoulders needs any help being perceived as different.

Bishop on March 10, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Ah…the Air America of the Internet spreads it’s wings….

BigWyo on March 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

They don’t want to be pajama boys. They want to be Pajama Men!

22044 on March 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

thinkingthought on March 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Thanks! Next time try telling me something I haven’t know for 30 years or so.

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

known, laughter makes it hard to spell. ; )

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Twitchy’s going to have a blast with this “endeavor” hahaha!

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

You know it!

Posted at 12:03 AM today on Twitchy.com

Naturally Curly on March 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM

We should come up with a name for this venture:

“Teaching Idiots To Spin” – TITS

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Low-information readers are the least likely to actually follow the links.

Low info voters are not mentally disabled, they just do not have physical time to follow the news cycles.

mjbrooks3 on March 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

I really miss Walter Cronkite, he made things understandable, and you could trust him.

..and I liked his history documentaries, “You Are There”.

Joseph OHenry on March 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

“Uncle Walter” was a “One World Order” liberal, who many credit with beginning the liberal bias in news reporting.

Flora Duh on March 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM

There’s little risk of success here. (See Current TV) And isn’t there anyone out there who’s Better Than Ezra?

MajorKong on March 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Ezra Klein is one of the most over-rated people in the Universe right up there with Lena Dunham.

Good luck, Ezra… you’re going to need it.. And lots of money from the DNC.

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Young person here.

Make fun of the liberals for this at your own peril. People under 25 care about what’s going on in the country, too, and it looks like the Democrats are doing something I was advocating for 6 years ago – educating the dumbest American voters and getting them to join the conservative cause.

Think what you want, but this is going to change the game. In order to be a conservative, you have to be able to wade through the garbage to find the truth, and use rhetoric to get people to believe you.

It’s way easier to create liberals than it is conservatives, and it’s way easier to convince someone to follow your ideology when they are relatively young and can be swayed. It’s much harder and more expensive to convert someone set in their beliefs – it’s usually impossible.

I’m basically at the point where I’ve given up on conservatives giving a damn about obtaining young voters. Republicans are so screwed. It’s going to take a new political party to undo this hole they’ve dug themselves into.

thinkingthought on March 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Yup , it’s like conservatives abandoned the propaganda war.

the_nile on March 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

A vox in the fox house.

driguana on March 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

You’ve known how to turn Millennials into conservatives for 30 years?

thinkingthought on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Indeed. I have the decency to keep my clothes on in public for the general welfare of society – but Ms. Dunham can’t seem to grasp the same.

MajorKong on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I really miss Walter Cronkite, he made things understandable, and you could trust him.

..and I liked his history documentaries, “You Are There”.

Joseph OHenry on March 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Yeah, I eally miss Walter Durranty too. Please, child.

Naturally Curly on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

First the fun stuff:

Matt: You are a pudgy old guy (for the market) with hair tufts. Wearing a hipster gray blazer with pink plaid does not hide that fact.

Ezra: No man sits like you sit.

And the liberal chick from central casting…. Do any of you actually own a “serious” dress that isn’t that same black thing with a scoop neckline?

But of course the serious stuff is this:

The message was that liberals no longer had to think. Vox is going to tell them what they think. Vox is a propaganda outlet that seeks to squelch dissent. It should be viewed in those terms.

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM


Think what you want, but this is going to change the game.

I agree with you about outreach. But seriously, this is going to change the game? This? This is Air America or Current TV or MSNBC, again.

The low-information voter isn’t looking for an on-ramp to high-information analysis only with charts, yo. Low-information voters are low-information for a reason. They don’t like the information part.

The left of centre line on issues and events performs commercially when it positions itself as objective, or when it positions itself as high-brow. It still requires subsidies when it positions itself as high-brow–e.g. NPR–but it can be sustainable when positions itself as unbiased, e.g. ABCCBSNBC. Vox will evolve into another blog for wonks or perish.

casuist on March 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

The more they dig into facts and history on a subject, the more they will come to the conservative viewpoint. So good luck, guys.

John the Libertarian on March 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

thinkingthought on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

No one turns anyone into a Conservative. That has long been the problem with Conservatism. Folks have to come to it on there own. Same with pro-life and many other philosophical topics. Don’t worry though I get what you are trying to say. ; )

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

0:58

That’s all I could take of the ‘splainin’…

Fallon on March 10, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Fallon on March 10, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Don’t you feel indoctrinated smarter though?

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:35 PM

I really miss Walter Cronkite, he made things understandable, and you could trust him.

..and I liked his history documentaries, “You Are There”.

Joseph OHenry on March 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

“Uncle Walter” was a “One World Order” liberal, who many credit with beginning the liberal bias in news reporting.

Flora Duh on March 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Indeed.

/BTW Good to see ya, glad you’re back in the fight Flora… Are you tracking St. Pete’s election tomorrow?

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 6:36 PM

The low-information voter isn’t looking for an on-ramp to high-information analysis only with charts, yo. Low-information voters are low-information for a reason. They don’t like the information part.

casuist on March 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

+1

A popular left-wing movie will have far more effect on the low information voters than this ever will. Oprah rather than Matt Yglesias.

sharrukin on March 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

In a better day I would he given Ezra Klein a wedgie and made Melissa Bell hold my coat while I did it.

“A feeling of anxiety as I opened a new article and knowing that I was about to feel stupid”. He actually said that. He was anxious about reading. In a better day I would have given Ezra Klein a wedgie and made Melissa Bell hold my coat while I did it.

Dad was anxious about having his head chopped off by the Japanese when he was 8 years younger than this douchebag. Feeding a family or holding onto a job causes “anxiety”. Is this really the kind of “man” we are churning out now?
Game over.

V7_Sport on March 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM


Ezra: No man sits like you sit.

Seriously. It’s like he thinks he’s wearing a short skirt.

casuist on March 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

So, what’s the chance they will have an alternate viewpoint represented at any time……

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 10, 2014 at 6:38 PM

This funky experiment didn’t exist in 2008 and 2012 and the dolts flocked to Dog Eater’s banner.

It’s preaching to the choir but the damage was already occurring.

Bishop on March 10, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Ezra: No man sits like you sit.

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Obama does, when he’s thinkin’ about whose ass to kick! Or when he’s on tv with the other girls on The View!

Naturally Curly on March 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Ezra: No man sits like you sit.
Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

He had to pee…

V7_Sport on March 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM

In twelve months Ezra will grasp it ain’t going anywhere and jump back into the MSM. They will welcome him with open arms because he has “acceptable” views. He will be widely praised for taking a chance and pushing the envelope – which is what happens with leftist and millenials fail spectacularly.

MajorKong on March 10, 2014 at 6:40 PM

casuist on March 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

I apologize, I didn’t mean this specific endeavor. This thing will flop, you can smell the smug a mile away and nobody can relate to these losers.

I’m just talking about taking the time to educate voters as a hole. The Republicans aren’t going to try and do it, but the Democrats will. They play the game better than Republicans do, and it’s a winning strategy.

thinkingthought on March 10, 2014 at 6:40 PM

He had to pee…

V7_Sport on March 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Fortunately he was already sitting down.

I’ll bet their studio bathrooms are unisex and don’t include a urinal.

Bishop on March 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM

V7_Sport on March 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Possibly the best post in the history of HotAir.

MajorKong on March 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM

“Vox”?
That was used in a Ratchet and Clank game as a “parody” of Fox News.
Of course, the behavior was like MSNBC, but whatever.

Count to 10 on March 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I prefer the time tested ways of attracting young people to conservatism:

Experiencing the joys of tax deductions on a steady pay-cheque.

The joys of property taxes on your first house.

can_con on March 10, 2014 at 6:42 PM

/BTW Good to see ya, glad you’re back in the fight Flora… Are you tracking St. Pete’s election tomorrow?

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Thank you. Not my district but it is close enough that I’m in the media market. I’m keeping one eye on it, last I saw a few hours ago it could go either way.

Flora Duh on March 10, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Vox… based on the latin phrase, vox populi? “Voice of the people”. Seriously?

This is the voice of the LEFTIST establishment… explaining to its own low information lazy types who, just coincidentally, are possessed of the the attention spans of a mayfly, apparently, what they want them to believe any incident, poll, or news item means. News from the LEFTIST perspective explained in the quickest, simplest terms for their base.

The first thing I thought of when I read this post was how quickly the LEFT will be reduced to simply adding the phrase from “Judge Dread”… “Happy happy, joy joy.” at the end of every explanation.

thatsafactjack on March 10, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Vox News:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bw8rel_tV4
This could get hilariously ironic.

Count to 10 on March 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Think what you want, but this is going to change the game.

I agree with you about outreach. But seriously, this is going to change the game? This? This is Air America or Current TV or MSNBC, again.

The low-information voter isn’t looking for an on-ramp to high-information analysis only with charts, yo. Low-information voters are low-information for a reason. They don’t like the information part.

The left of centre line on issues and events performs commercially when it positions itself as objective, or when it positions itself as high-brow. It still requires subsidies when it positions itself as high-brow–e.g. NPR–but it can be sustainable when positions itself as unbiased, e.g. ABCCBSNBC. Vox will evolve into another blog for wonks or perish.

casuist on March 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Oh, I don’t know. The parallels to Air America or Current TV are there, of course. But there are a number of people who have no idea what to think of the news, and could use someone telling them just what’s wrong with those vicious Teahadis.

Still, they already have their favored tactics to secure the LIV: sound bites and name-calling. Do you really have to explain why the Tea Parties are all EVIL EVIL EVIL!!!! when you’ve already tagged them as “extremists” multiple times?

So I expect this whole thing will give them a temporary advantage, then the viewers will go away. For a while after that, it will be kept going by contributions from the msm, and quoted repeatedly in serious news organizations (like MSNBC and NPR and CNN.)*

* No snorts of derision, please. That wouldn’t be nice.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Klein, like the liberal you are, and unfortunately too many conservatives, you regard the goings-on in Washington as what’s most important. Your new found perspective on providing news is anything but impressive. You will still be putting out the liberal propaganda, regardless of how it’s delivered. I expect people to quickly be bored with your Vox.

rickv404 on March 10, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Ezra: No man sits like you sit.

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Actually… have a look at Barky’s sitting posture. Must be a progressive thing.

bofh on March 10, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Ezra: No man sits like you sit.

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Seriously. It’s like he thinks he’s wearing a short skirt.

casuist on March 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Obama does, when he’s thinkin’ about whose ass to kick! Or when he’s on tv with the other girls on The View!

Naturally Curly on March 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM

He had to pee…

V7_Sport on March 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM

I ask this in all seriousness.

Are real men part of the target audience of the left or just the worthless pajama-boy types?

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Not sure if it was mentioned or not but the sponsor of the vox debut launch…

G. Blanking E.

can_con on March 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

No one turns anyone into a Conservative. That has long been the problem with Conservatism. Folks have to come to it on there own. Same with pro-life and many other philosophical topics. Don’t worry though I get what you are trying to say. ; )

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Sure they do. My dad is a conservative and back in elementary school I got detention because I told my teacher that ‘Bill Clinton was the devil’. Once I got older and started learning about how the world worked, my dad guided me down the path of conservatism, entrepreneurship, and Christianity.

What about all those kids that don’t have dads like mine? What about kids growing up that don’t know anything about politics, but see the Democrats as the best option. After all, who doesn’t want ‘fair wages, equality for all, and America to stop empire building’?

People like that aren’t going to go wading through all the bull crap propaganda the left puts out to realize. You have to get to them on a much smaller level and make it easy for them to see the correct path. You can’t just expect everyone to figure it out like you did.

Not everyone else is as smart are you are.

thinkingthought on March 10, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Essie Klein is a caricature of an effeminate, self-important liberal, right down to his gay leg-crossing schtick.

Jaibones on March 10, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Seriously. It’s like he thinks he’s wearing a short skirt.

casuist on March 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

With his pantyhose on, he forgets sometimes.

Jaibones on March 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

I really miss Walter Cronkite, he made things understandable, and you could trust him.

..and I liked his history documentaries, “You Are There”.

Joseph OHenry on March 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

As NewsBusters reminds us:

…during the time he was anchoring the CBS Evening News, Cronkite secretly begged liberal senator Bobby Kennedy to run for president and then later interviewed Kennedy about his plans, never disclosing his private pleadings.

-snip-

Cronkite planted recording devices inside the Republican Party’s convention in 1952 and then later had the audacity to go after president Richard Nixon for Watergate.

In 2009, it was revealed that Cronkite, who was open about his bias against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, was even willing to provide, free-of-charge, a helicopter to ferry Vietnam War critic Edmund Muskie to an anti-war rally.

And Democrat “historian” Douglas Brinkley wrote a book about Uncle Walter. He said:

“Cronkite tried to stay objective and was throughout the ’50s and early ’60s, but Vietnam turned it for him,”

Del Dolemonte on March 10, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Thank you. Not my district but it is close enough that I’m in the media market. I’m keeping one eye on it, last I saw a few hours ago it could go either way.

Flora Duh on March 10, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Got a blip on talk radio that the turnout is “much higher” than past elections. I’m just over in Tampa so will be keeping a close eye on it. If Sink loses? It’s a harbinger for sure… I respected her as our Insurance Commissioner but can’t believe she’s running on ObamaCare. Sheesh.

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Baked up some JournOlist cookies. Iced with “Integrity”.

Cookie?

famous amos on March 10, 2014 at 6:53 PM

With his pantyhose on, he forgets sometimes.

Jaibones on March 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Those are NOT pantyhose! They are SpiderMan Underoo’s. They make him feel important and powerful. Like, Lena Dunham!

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Yeah, I really miss Walter Durranty too. Please, child.

Naturally Curly on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

“Oh, I miss Durante too. I really loved his movies and his big schnozzola. He had a song… “Inka Dinka Doo” I think it was called. Great, funny guy. Wait, what?”
– liberal movie buff

bofh on March 10, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Air America redux.

It will all come back to, “Who you going to believe, us hipster douchebags or your lying eyes?”

I’ve read the tweets and predictions by these two hipster dochebags and have never found them to be correct.

jukin3 on March 10, 2014 at 6:58 PM

I wonder if Obama (a/k/a us Tax Payers) will be funding Ezra’s mission?

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

jukin3 on March 10, 2014 at 6:58 PM

They don’t have to be competent. They’re part of the system now. (See: Brazile, Donna)

MajorKong on March 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

See this post for an extreme example.

First, my eyes are bleary from looking at all those graphs.

However…..much of the graphed data is either misleading or an outright lie. It’s easy to twist misleading or incorrect data into a graph to make it look a specific way, but in many instances the conclusion that can be drawn from these poorly assembled graphs may not be the one that coincides with the liar author’s agenda. Several of the “income inequality” (GINI) graphs only lead to the conclusion that capitalist, free market countries have succeeded and socialist, oligarchal, fascist and dictatorship countries have done poorly. And, wonder of wonders, there is more income inequality now than in the 1500′s. Ya think that may be because some of the peasants got wealthy, and some didn’t?

The one that really got me was the gender income gap. Is it so unpredictable that women would make less money in any country simply because they have babies? I think the Progressives really want men to share the burden of childbirth equally with women.

What we as Conservatives need to learn how to do is lie as efficiently as Progressives do. Or learn how to more effectively call out their lies.

NOMOBO on March 10, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Air America Part II.

After it goes belly up all the Vox Pox will join Al Gorezeera.

Steve Z on March 10, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Watch when the elections are about to begin. Every one of these sites will have their “recommended candidates” posted in the headers that will be all liberal democrats, just like the NYT’s, Wapo, et all.

Rovin on March 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

“Oh, I miss Durante too. I really loved his movies and his big schnozzola. He had a song… “Inka Dinka Doo” I think it was called. Great, funny guy. Wait, what?”
– liberal movie buff

bofh on March 10, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!

Naturally Curly on March 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Without even looking at it it reminds me of Pajama Boy giving an explanation of the news and why you should buy his version of it. Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite must be turning in their graves.

scalleywag on March 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Air America Part II.

After it goes belly up all the Vox Pox will join Al Gorezeera.

Steve Z on March 10, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Thread Winnah! Chicken Dinnah!

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Why are liberal men so effete? So eunuch like?

Key West Reader on March 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Many of them got beat up and bullied in school, or were social outcasts. Many of them suffered some kind of childhood trauma, such as a painful divorce of their parents or maybe even some kind of abuse (not necessarily sexual abuse…just abuse in general).

Therefore, as a result of their feelings of helplessness as a child, as an adult, they seek to “control” other people. Tell them what to do, what to eat, how to live. Big Government is the only way to do that. The fact that other people might think differently then they do is “evil” and must be squashed. They reject diversity of thought.

I’m not talking out of my rear…I grew up with Lefties in one of the most Left-wing suburbs in the entire country. I think my hometown went 90% for Obama.

Anyway, carry on…

visions on March 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

People like that aren’t going to go wading through all the bull crap propaganda the left puts out to realize. You have to get to them on a much smaller level and make it easy for them to see the correct path. You can’t just expect everyone to figure it out like you did.

thinkingthought on March 10, 2014 at 6:48 PM

You’ve made some valid points. One of the big problems is that the Progressive ideology offers something that American conservatism can’t: It offers Perpetual Adolescence. Given a choice, many people would rather not “grow up.” Being a functioning, responsible adult is very difficult. Conservatism only offers adult decisions, adult trade-offs, and cold, hard facts with no chaser. It’s no wonder that Low-Info voters would be OK with something as regressive as ObamaCare….they want to be “taken care of” by someone else. My own Lefty sister is a perfect example: She is 40+ years old, no kids, unmarried and still lives like she’s 25. It’s sad, in a way.

Further, in order to understand conservatism (and perhaps be “converted”) a person needs to be able to read non-fiction. Unlike the Progressive ideology (“social justice!!!”) conservatism can not be explained in a few sentences or a catch phrase. It takes a stack of books 4 feet high to understand.

visions on March 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Not everyone else is as smart are you are.

thinkingthought on March 10, 2014 at 6:48 PM

And this is the point at which you lost me.

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

@thinkingthought

What you talk about at first sounded too much like indoctrination through government and outside nefarious influences. This is I believe is wrong and unethical regardless of party affiliation. Children and young adults need to be indoctrinated by their parents, ….period. Just like you described. Sadly this isn’t the case anymore for a large number of young people. The left indoctrinates through the public education system and higher education, grossly unethical. As a Christian we do not use rhetoric or forcibly convince anyone. We inform, pray, and let God do the rest.

I have to agree with BMore. If you’re not born into Conservatism, you’ll grow into it after life smacks you upside the head. Human nature is opposed to Liberalism I think.

With respect,
Fellow young gun, with a little hope still.

TexasJack on March 10, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Why are liberal women always so fugly?

bw222 on March 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

If you don’t agree with them then you don’t understand. How many times have we heard that?

InterestedObserver on March 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

I really miss Walter Cronkite, he made things understandable, and you could trust him.

..and I liked his history documentaries, “You Are There”.

Joseph OHenry on March 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Some day you’ll miss Chrissy Matthews too.

bw222 on March 10, 2014 at 7:46 PM

No one turns anyone into a Conservative. That has long been the problem with Conservatism.

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

I was born a Rethuglican, I will die a Rethuglican. Simple logic tells me liberalism is bad. And a simple look in my wallet proves it.

Lanceman on March 10, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Worth repeating here. From the 55% thread.

55% of Americans under 35 couldn’t find Russia on a map.

Walter L. Newton on March 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 7:49 PM

TexasJack on March 10, 2014 at 7:32 PM

I used to think this too but as I age I see my friends staying in loony liberal land while I grow up and face reality. Even some of my immigrant friends who’s parents are from Korea and Vietnam, who’ve worked their arses off are stuck in idiot leftist, big government utopia land. I try to explain to my idiot friend how small business people, especially the self employed get screwed with double taxation like the Self Employment tax. By treating single person business owners as both employer and employee. He shrugs and says ‘so, I pay my taxes too’. Completely missing the point that he’s only paying 6% in Social Security and Medicare tax while I’m paying 16% simply because I’ve decided to employ myself instead of working on a companies payroll.

jawkneemusic on March 10, 2014 at 7:49 PM

“We’ll give them what they want and need. If not we’ll change it”.

Sounds like a winning business lib model to me, like it hasn’t been tried in dopey lib land before. . . .

Airheads of America – msPmsDncTV – nytraitor – wapo ………

De Oppresso Liber on March 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

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