Politico invents nasty Mike Huckabee quote, mocks it

posted at 12:01 pm on January 28, 2015 by Noah Rothman

Mike Huckabee’s approach to winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 has been … perplexing.

He has taken to running as a culturally conservative candidate, but has defined cultural conservatism as that which stands in opposition to modern popular entertainment. Given his near myopic focus, Huckabee seems to have determined that the artist Beyoncé Knowles is the embodiment of all that is wrong with popular media.

In the weeks that have elapsed since he left his Fox News program to investigate the prospect of mounting a new presidential bid, Huckabee has spent most of his time alternately criticizing Knowles’s artistry and fashion sense and walking those criticisms back. It has not been an inspiring sight.

Huckabee’s curmudgeonly campaign theme is likely designed to invite liberal scorn and, concurrently, sympathy from conservatives. That does not give the coastal media license to simply invent embarrassing Huckabee quotes out of whole cloth. You’d think that would go without saying, but apparently it has not.

Politico readers awoke on Wednesday morning to this provocative headline:

… click.

But after clicking through to the article authored by reporter Adam Lerner, the reader was disappointed to learn that Huckabee said no such thing.

“In the South, or in the Midwest, there in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the F-bomb or use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting,” Huckabee told host Jan Mickelson in a Friday appearance on Des Moines’ “Mickelson in the Morning.”

“In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women,” he said.

“My gosh, this is worse than locker-room talk,” Huckabee continued. “As we would say in the South, that’s just trashy.”

Really, that’s it. No mention of Fox News at all, nor did he even dwell on the distinctions between men and women using profanity. He said that using profane words in a professional setting was generally obscene no matter who does it. Well, specifically “trashy.” In fact, the use of that word is just about the only accurate element of Politico’s headline.

So what led Politico to get this one so wrong? The article contains a clue: “Liberal media outlets have mocked Huckabee’s remarks — and not for the first time.”

So, in the rush to achieve self-validation by appealing to liberal prejudices, Politico just made up a salacious situation in which a likely presidential candidate slandered his former colleagues. By doing this, Politico has actually generated some sympathy among conservatives who are otherwise hostile to the former Arkansas governor’s campaign that is premised on litigating cultural grievances.

Maybe there is something to Huckabee’s strategy, after all.


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Kelly said it best.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Yawn.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2015 at 12:04 PM

Sister Souljah. It worked for the other guy from Hope, Arkansas.

RBMN on January 28, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Not a fan of the Huck but Politico is a trashy site.

rhombus on January 28, 2015 at 12:09 PM

You don’t have to make up something from Huck mouth to find mockable material.

Walter L. Newton on January 28, 2015 at 12:09 PM

As for media like Politico, if they don’t have news, they invent it themselves. That’s why every political headline, from now until the 2016 election, is only an invitation to confirm that it actually happened.

RBMN on January 28, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Hucklbuck pro: Answers the actual questions. Rare in politics.
Hucklbuck con: The answers that he gives. All too common.

S. D. on January 28, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Yet HotAir will link to Politico all day every day…

Blake on January 28, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Shame on anyone who reads Politico expecting the truth.

But bless their hearts.

Adjoran on January 28, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Huckabee is just an anti-abortion big government statist.

Oh — and Beyonce is trashy.

…And so are many New Yorkers.

What’s this post about again?

Timin203 on January 28, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Politico is going to be Politico. It’ll only get worse as the primaries really get going.

supernova on January 28, 2015 at 12:15 PM

So how will be fight back? I think he’s another OReilly: if Politico was favorable to him he’d have his arm around them and be slapping their backs.

Marcus on January 28, 2015 at 12:16 PM

So is Politico going to clarify? Apologize?

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2015 at 12:18 PM

Huckabee is just an anti-abortion big government statist.

Oh — and Beyonce is trashy.

…And so are many New Yorkers.

What’s this post about again?

Timin203 on January 28, 2015 at 12:14 PM

She’s ghetto trash from Houston’s Fifth Ward. When I hear her speak I think I’m listening to Sweet Brown.

Ward Cleaver on January 28, 2015 at 12:18 PM

My gosh, this is worse than locker-room talk,”

There should have been a warning for strong-language before I read this story. “My gosh”? He should wash out his mouth, he sounds like a sailor on leave.

Redstone on January 28, 2015 at 12:22 PM

politico is in the wrong here but also, huck is being silly. yes profanity is trashy but it’s really old-fashioned to believe that women use it less than men. that and the beyonce / jay-z criticism makes him the stereotypical old-fashioned prudish conservative. it’s annoying…

Sachiko on January 28, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Huckabee seems to have determined that the artist Beyoncé Knowles is the embodiment of all that is wrong with popular media.

Beyoncé the embodiment of all that is wrong with popular media? Not so long as the Kardashians are still around.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2015 at 12:24 PM

If it’s a legitimate quote, the mouth has ways to shut that thing down.

cbenoistd on January 28, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Well they work them so hard at Politico. I mean they can’t work the same hours at 28 years old that they did when they were 24!! Join the union!!

Deano1952 on January 28, 2015 at 12:28 PM

I’ll bet Mr. Lerner is one of those people who assure us that “Fox News Lies”.

Kurt von Agoot on January 28, 2015 at 12:28 PM

That does not give the coastal media license to simply invent embarrassing Huckabee quotes out of whole cloth.

Nothing new about that. “I can see Russia from my house.”

Mitoch55 on January 28, 2015 at 12:29 PM

So is Politico going to clarify? Apologize?

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2015 at 12:18 PM

Wouldn’t make one iota of a difference.

They hardly name Ds in their articles and they excuse them all the way.

De Blasio too “Silver is an honest man and should not resign”.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2015 at 12:29 PM

He has taken to running as a culturally conservative candidate, but has defined cultural conservatism as that which stands in opposition to modern popular entertainment. Given his near myopic focus, Huckabee seems to have determined that the artist Beyoncé Knowles is the embodiment of all that is wrong with popular media.

Having purchased a copy of his latest book, I find this characterization amusing. It’s 258 pages, and it’s hardly been a Beyoncé-fest (although he was right to criticize her music for its carnal content).

This also isn’t the first time that the media’s blatantly lied about what he’s said. According to the press, he also said women can’t control their libidos (even though his statement was that that was what Democrats think), and that North Korea is a great place to be (although from the context it was clearly a sarcastic quip).

Huckabee would be a great 2016 POTUS nominee. If the best that the press can do are fabrications, exaggerations, and mischaracterizations, then I think we’ve got a pretty solid contender.

I like Mike!

Stoic Patriot on January 28, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Y

ou don’t have to make up something from Huck mouth to find mockable material.

Walter L. Newton on January 28, 2015 at 12:09 PM

You should know.

Neitherleftorright on January 28, 2015 at 12:34 PM

I think he’s another OReilly

Marcus on January 28, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Yeah..OReilly. Heard him say, a couple of days back, that he think the minimum wage across the country should be $10.10/hr. He has drunk so much of his own KoolAid he oozes confirmation bias.

Mimzey on January 28, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Turn Down That Darn Rap Music!

Button Up That Top Button!

Get a Haircut!

Stop Enjoying Sex!

Get Off My Lawn!

Huckabee 2016

Cyhort on January 28, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Must be the tea gabbers.

itsspideyman on January 28, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Noah, a lesson in context and real meaning?
Hope you and others at HA will be applying this standard widely at HA.

verbaluce on January 28, 2015 at 12:54 PM

That’s too bad. Seems there’s a couple of wanna-be honest people trapped at Politico. I mean, if they were able to leave where is there to go? Their former employment qualifies them for MSNBC but not much else. And then Al Sharpton would be their mentor. Just one Potemkin Village after another.

/…hair ball

Willys on January 28, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Must be the tea gabbers.

itsspideyman on January 28, 2015 at 12:49 PM

I think you meant tea gabbers.

Tard on January 28, 2015 at 1:09 PM

He said the talk is trashy, not the women. THAT is the inaccuracy in the Politico tweet.

Alec on January 28, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Politico trolled.

Not only did you click, you sent them traffic.

Moesart on January 28, 2015 at 1:23 PM

He has taken to running as a culturally conservative candidate, but has defined cultural conservatism as that which stands in opposition to modern popular entertainment. Given his near myopic focus, Huckabee seems to have determined that the artist Beyoncé Knowles is the embodiment of all that is wrong with popular media.

If Huck was smart he’d say that Beyonce and JayZ are trashy entertainers…but at least they are married and they didn’t abort their baby, Blue Ivy. 60% of black babies in NYC are aborted.

monalisa on January 28, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Liberals lie, period. They have to lie to cover up their insane beliefs.

Ta111 on January 28, 2015 at 1:33 PM

That’s minor – not anything near what the major media accomplishes by Censoring the good ol’ Americans – concealing the truth.
THEY- the media- are the destructors.

FlaMurph on January 28, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Why is politico even an entity anymore? They must have a LOT of democrat donors supporting them….or a lot of click-throughs from places like HotAir.

Andy__B on January 28, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Huck should have kept his day job.

Kissmygrits on January 28, 2015 at 1:53 PM

The #1 problem facing our country right now is locker-room talk. Huckabee is therefore the clear choice.

Redstone on January 28, 2015 at 1:56 PM

Adam B. Lerner?

Look at him here:
http://images.politico.com/global/2015/01/14/20150114-adam-lerner127.jpg

chuckh on January 28, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Well isn’t that special?

GrumpyOldFart on January 28, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Yet HotAir will link to Politico all day every day…

Blake on January 28, 2015 at 12:13 PM

And I don’t get this at all. Politico has become a mockery of itself, and has much more in common with the DailyKos than any serious news outfit.

TREAT.IT.AS.SUCH.

dominigan on January 28, 2015 at 2:11 PM

The #1 problem facing our country right now is locker-room talk. Huckabee is therefore the clear choice.

Redstone on January 28, 2015 at 1:56 PM

It’s not hell. It’s just one of the early road markers.

RBMN on January 28, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Adam B. Lerner?
Look at him here:

LATFH

Chickyraptor on January 28, 2015 at 2:14 PM

Is there an editor on this site?

salacious
[suh-ley-shuh s]

adjective
1.
lustful or lecherous.
2.
(of writings, pictures, etc.) obscene; grossly indecent.

I don’t make the connection with the caption to anything in the article, sorry.

vityas on January 28, 2015 at 4:21 PM

Wow. Huckabee looks like Nixon in that pic.

ddrintn on January 28, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Mike Huckabee’s approach to winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 has been … perplexing.

He has taken to running as a culturally conservative candidate, but has defined cultural conservatism as that which stands in opposition to modern popular entertainment. Given his near myopic focus, Huckabee seems to have determined that the artist Beyoncé Knowles is the embodiment of all that is wrong with popular media.

In the weeks that have elapsed since he left his Fox News program to investigate the prospect of mounting a new presidential bid, Huckabee has spent most of his time alternately criticizing Knowles’s artistry and fashion sense and walking those criticisms back. It has not been an inspiring sight.

Huckabee’s curmudgeonly campaign theme is likely designed to invite liberal scorn and, concurrently, sympathy from conservatives. That does not give the coastal media license to simply invent embarrassing Huckabee quotes out of whole cloth. You’d think that would go without saying, but apparently it has not.

Wow. Are you afraid of some Huckabee cooties splashing on you or something? I mean, Politico makes up a quote to make Huckabee look bad, and you spend paragraphs sneering at Huckabee before even getting to the point.

It’s okay, Noah. No one really suspects you’re a secret Huckabee admirer.

Huckabee isn’t particularly popular around here, and I don’t care much for him myself, but this is getting ridiculous.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 28, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Noah, a lesson in context and real meaning?
Hope you and others at HA will be applying this standard widely at HA.

verbaluce on January 28, 2015 at 12:54 PM

There you go again…

Talking to the mirror.

Neitherleftorright on January 28, 2015 at 6:09 PM