Tag: Media bias

The Clinton Foundation

This week, AP ran a story alleging that about half of the people outside government who met with Clinton when she was Secretary of State had donated to the Clinton Foundation. This is on top of reports that donors to the Clinton Foundation mysteriously mysteriously earned lucrative contracts from the State Department under Clinton’s tenure. There is no smoking gun at this point; no proof of an explicit quid pro quo. But there is an awful lot of smoke.

The response of the Left Wing has been … astonishing. They have basically been writing pieces all week that are little more than wrappers for the Clinton campaign’s press release. Their claims are basically:

  • The AP deceptively focused on only 154 of Clinton’s thousands of meetings during her tenure. This talking point is garbage. AP deliberately excluded people with whom Clinton would have met anyway as Secretary of State (some of whom, incidentally, were also big Foundation donors). Moreover, the State Department has refused to release large parts of Clinton’s schedule. The AP worked with what they had.
  • There is no explicit proof of a quid-pro-quo.. True enough. But the Left Wing knows perfectly God-damned well that this is not how corruption works. Government corruption does not work like it does in movies with smoke-filled rooms, cackling fat men and suitcases full of cash. What the Foundation donors are alleged to have been buying is access. And a group of people who have spent the last six years screaming and wringing their hands over Citizens United should understand that.
  • The Clinton Foundation is an A-rated charity and puts 88% of its money into good causes. I’m a bit dubious of the charity rater they are citing, who seems a bit too enthusiastic. But even assuming this, that’s kind of beside the point. I’m sure the Clinton Foundation does do a lot of good — $2 billion will do that. That does not mean that donating to it isn’t the best way to get the Clintons’ time and attention. It does not mean that its money can’t be directed toward certain organizations and causes. That the Foundation does good and the Clintons are corrupt are not mutually exclusive possibilities.
  • Republicans don’t face this level of scrutiny.. As the Intercept points out, this is bullshit. Non-profits associated with John McCain, Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush have come under fire for similar incidents. Just because you haven’t been paying attention doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

Honestly, it’s pathetic. So pathetic that Vox had to run an article where four experts carefully explained to them why these allegations are so troubling.

Clinton Derangement Syndrome is a thing. There are certainly people who are driven to madness by the Clintons and see everything they do in the worst possible light. But Clinton Defense Derangement Syndrome is also a thing. There are people who continually insist that all the allegations about the Clintons are baseless right-wing smears. Hell, there are people who still insist that Whitewater — which resulted in forty felony convictions — was a whole lot of nothing. To these people, the Clintons are wonderful do-gooders who have endured 25 years of baseless persecution.

(Left unanswered by the Clinton defenders is this: if the Clinton scandals are all Republican dementia and invented nonsense, why have we seen nothing like this with Obama? The Republican hatred of Obama is arguably deeper than their hatred of Clinton. And they’ve tried to pin some stuff on him sure. But they’ve never gotten anywhere with it. The IRS scandal fizzled and ended up focusing on Lois Lerner. The gunwalking scandal fizzled. Benghazi ended up focusing on Clinton (and fizzled). Even the VA scandal fizzled. The most they could come up with from his pre-Presidency days was Jeremiah Wright/Bill Ayers which no one outside of Fox News cared about. They’ve made a lot of noise and tried to get something going, but we’ve not seen them gain the kind of traction they did with Whitewater or Lewinski. And while the media arguably runs interference for Obama, it’s peanuts compared to the interference they run for Clinton. Obama’s been in office for eight years without any felony convictions, impeachment proceedings or perjury. The vast majority of criticism is focused on his policies, not his ethics. Doesn’t this suggest that there may be at least something to the idea that the Clintons are a bit slimy?)

Now I wouldn’t go as far as some pundits have in describing the Clinton Foundation as a criminal organization. The money it dispenses actually goes to good causes, such as providing anti-malarial drugs in Africa and disaster relief in Haiti and Indonesia. It’s also burned money on a lot of dubious liberal initiatives like “sustainability” and patting do-gooders on the back. Overall, I suspect it’s fine … on its terms.

But I also think it’s highly likely that it’s become a nexus of Clinton influence, with donations to the Foundation catching the attention of the Clintons and occasionally largesse from the government. It’s not nothing. And I wish the media would quit pretending that it is.

NYT caught shilling for Shillary

In case you didn’t get to see it, the NYT ran a hit-piece on Trump titled “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private“, where they used quotes from women to basically paint the picture that Trump was a cad. Unfortunately for the scumbags at the NYT that feel obligated to shill for democrats, and for Hillary Clinton in particular, one of the people they “misquoted” (that is me being sarcastic, because I have no doubt they lied on purpose) decided to fight back.

I guess the idiots at the NYT felt that they could lie with impunity and that since nobody in the DNC controlled media would give these people they were lying about a forum to call them out. By the time the truth comes out, it is too late because people made the wrong choices already. Let me point out that this is a tactic used to not just elect, but reelect Obama by the DNC controlled media, and thus considered very effective by these propagandists. I guess they got unlucky that one of the people they chose to lie about not only had the avenue to get the truth out, but chose to do so. Maybe people in the LSM that want to make a name for themselves should find some of these other women quoted, and see if their story checks out. My guess is that the lot of it was fabricated by the scumbags at the NYT.

Let me be clear that I wouldn’t mind real investigation into people running for high office’s personal behavior, if I for a second believed that the media actually meant to just inform the public. But the problem is that whenever you get one of the SJW hit pieces it tends to be replete with falsehoods and always targets non-democrats to push an ideology that basically is evil. If the shitheads in the LSM had vetted Obama with the same expediency and faked rigor they felt was necessary to undermine candidates like Palin, Romney, and now Trump (see a pattern there yet?), and applied the same rigor to any democrat, I think we would never see another democrat winning any election. You might think Trump is a blowhard and likely to make a mediocre president like I do, but then again, I am willing to bet money that he can’t sink to the level of Obama, and for that matter the stupidity of Sanders or the criminal behavior of any of the Clintons.

BTW, I have some advice for the NYT and rest of the DNC controlled media about finding men that treat women like sex objects and shit: if you want to do a serious hit piece, one based on truth and that targets a real scumbag that abuses women, write about Bill Clinton. No need to make up any facts there to show how much of a lowlife that dude is. But nobody at the NYT, or in the LSM for that matter, seems interested in actually writing objective pieces about members of the DNC, where we have real despicable and law breaking activity going on constantly, precisely because they feel they are protected by the media.

Oh, That Liberal Media, Part 7614

You know, I can’t imagine why people think the media has a liberal bias. I mean it’s not like they stealthily edit articles to remove politically damaging quotes from the President and then come up with multiple BS explanations when caught.

Oh, wait. That’s exactly what they do.

(In other news, the media are going nuts because PPP did a poll asking voters if we should bomb Agrabah. 30% of GOP voters agreed. But Agrabah is not a real place; it’s the fictional city in the movie Aladdin.

Here’s the thing. You have to read further in to find it (and some outlets elide it entirely). But 19% of Democrats agreed. Moreover, 57% of Republicans said they didn’t know if we should bomb a fictional country. But only 45% of Democrats said they didn’t know. In other words, Democrats were more sure that they knew whether or not to bomb a country that doesn’t exist.

This is also an illustration of why polls mean little. You can get 20% of people to agree to anything in a poll, just from trolling. So when you hear something like “20% of Republicans think the moon is made of green cheese”, add a lot of salt.)

And Still………..

I know, there is bias in the MSM, and water is wet, no insight is needed to recognize the obvious, but it highlights not only the extraordinary night last Tuesday, but more generally the obstacles erected to confound any GOP win in any election. Liberal bias permeates almost every facet of American culture, how did this happen?

Conservatives have long believed American culture is entrenched with a liberal bias, only to be scoffed at and called paranoid. However, three new charts dealing with political donations from academia, media, and Hollywood prove this to be the case.
Business Insider was provided a data set of federal campaign contributions dating all the way back to 1980, making the sample size considerable. The data set confirms that media, academia, and the entertainment industry are some of the most liberal professions in America.

Interesting charts provided, revealing biases the extent at which even surprised me.

Liberal bias is like voter fraud, we have lived with its presence so long that we get desensitized to how debilitating it is to the process. And like cockroaches, for every one you find, there was 10 more hiding under the fridge.

We talk a lot about the low information voter here on this blog, the folks that populate those hilarious videos on Water’s World, Kimmel, and other late night shows. These are the folks that are embarrassingly ignorant of current events, yet voted for Obama because;

1) Their college professors, supposedly wiser, are always labeling the GOP as racists, homophobes, sexists, religious fanatics, and generally inbreed freaks.
2) The girls that man the “Free Palestine” booth usually put out, if you can get passed their poor hygiene.
3) Jon Stewart is cool, hip, and progressive, be like him.
4) Whenever they stop by their local Quickstop for a Red Bull or some smokes, newspapers are predominately placed by the cash register, papers that headline with ,”GOP hates poor people and wants to starve your kids”
5) MTV, the Comedy Channel, and the big three networks run spots with a cool celebrity like Katie Perry (donning her latest Obama dress) warning that their vigilance is needed in protecting reproductive rights, equal pay, and rights of women not to get raped.
6) Hitting the Stairmaster at your local fitness club, you are bombarded with TV monitors, with scrawling headlines at the bottom warning of the evils of the Kotch Brothers, and how Obama is really trying to get immigration legislation passed and raise the minimum wage.
7)Even at your local supermarket, the periodicals placed by the check out sport headlines about how stylish and elegant Michelle is and how much she cares about school nutrition.

Given all the subtle (?) reminders to those who could not find Canada on a map, don’t know who the vice president is, or actually think more government is a good thing, it is a miracle that Republicans ever get elected, to anything.

Oh, THAT Liberal Media, Part 87

Just remember, kids, our media are totally not biased. That’s why things like this happen:

National media coverage of North Carolina’s Senate race between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis has focused on Hagan’s allegedly “perfect” campaign, in which the Senator has hammered her opponent on his record of attempting to reform a horrifically inefficient state education system while serving as Speaker of the state’s House of Representatives.

Admittedly, education is a far more appealing wedge issue than claiming one’s opponent plans to ban condoms, but lurking beneath the surface of the Hagan-Tillis race is a troubling ethics issue, one that has gone virtually unreported by North Carolina’s two largest newspapers, the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News and Observer: that Kay Hagan’s family, including her attorney husband “Chip” Hagan, her son, and her son-in-law, made out like bandits under the 2009 federal “stimulus” bill championed by Senator Hagan, receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate buildings owned by their companies through solar power companies which, coincidentally, were also owned by the Hagan family. Instead, coverage of this potential conflict of interest, in which Hagan’s family may have benefitted from her vote and her political connections, has been left to the tiny Carolina Journal, a blog run by North Carolina’s economic libertarian John Locke Foundation, which has run rings around the state’s larger papers in coverage of this race.

Last night, the Charlotte Observer posted some coverage of the story (note, this is less than 48 hours before the election). Today, they tried to memory-hole the story but conservative sites have archived it.

I’m sitting her with my jaw on the floor. You know damn well that if, say, Jeb Bush had stimulus dollars flowing to his family in possible violation of regulations, it would be a front-page story. It’s simply stunning that a major news outlet would ignore it. The deference to the powerful — no matter what their political stripe — is absurd.

Or … maybe not so stunning.

Want to see some serious double standards in play?

While everyone remains focused on what happened in Ferguson and the LSM is milking it for all its worth while presenting very little factual information – must be an election year or something, and the demcorats need something to get their voters to the polls – we get this laughable story. There are two things in the story that caught my eye. Here is the first:

A rural Mississippi man suffered life-threatening injuries and required brain surgery after he entered a Waffle House despite receiving a warning not to enter the restaurant because of the color of his skin.

The severe beating occurred early Sunday morning around 2 a.m., reports The Clarion-Ledger. Up to 20 assailants participated.

The injured man is Ralph Weems IV, a veteran of the Iraq War and a Marine. He is white.

The altercation began at about 1 a.m. when Weems and a friend, David Knighten, chose to go inside the Waffle House. They made this decision after a man in the parking lot diplomatically suggested that they should leave because the patrons inside were angry about the Aug. 9 police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Thus, the unidentified man explained, the restaurant would not be a safe place for two white people.

Can you imagine telling a minority something like this? Even if your intentions are as pure as the driven snow and your motive is to protect them? yeah, well that’s not the part that chafes. So fast forward a bit and you get:

ZKnighten added: “I do remember racial slurs being yelled from the crowd.”

Police failed to arrive on the scene until the crowd had dispersed.

“This does not appear to be a hate crime,” local police chief Tim Brinkley said, according to The Times-Picayune. “It’s very early in this investigation but thus far the evidence and statements suggest that a verbal altercation turned physical and somebody got hurt.”

Yeah sure Mr. police chief. Again, reverse the races of the victim and perps, and how do you think this would be playing out? Of course, this was racially motivated, and revelations like this one should leave no one with any doubt who are the ones making things worse. The last time the evil white man, oh, pardon me, the white Hispanic, was the catalyst for their push the vote agenda. I guess when you have a winning formula, you just keep going back to it.

Our police forces are over militarized and need to be restructured, but our media is a despicable political stooge of the biggest criminals to run the nation, and IMO far greater threat and problem for our democracy’s survival than the militarized agents of the nanny state. Things are only going to get worse because of these people. Don’t you trust that these collectivists or their stooges have any good intent at any time. It’s about power for these bastards, and nothing more.

So will the left demand legal redress this time?

Back during the Boosh days, Richard Armitage, a donkey, disclosed the identity of a woman that had once been a low level CIA desk jockey, and the left went bat shit about it because they figured they could use a pretense of caring about national security to nail evil Boosh and his gang. It went nowhere, but they managed to fuck over some guy – Libby – for not playing along nice with the witch-hunt. Well, now Obama’s own WH has revealed the identity of a real CIA station chief in a country we are at war in> How much do you want to bet that Holder and the left all tell us this is nothing to worry about and that this is just a manufactured scandal, huh?

Karma is a bitch you leftards. Do that dance. Squirm. Show us that the only standards you have are double standards. Line up to see the excuse making. This is going to be fun.

He’s Not the Messiah; He’s A Very Naughty Boy

I just knew the combination of Piers Morgan and Barbara Walters would produce something special. It did. Barbara admitted to what we all have suspected:

PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?

BARBARA WALTERS: Well, you’ve touched on it to a degree. He made so many promises. We thought that he was going to be – I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime, but – the next messiah. And the whole ObamaCare, or whatever you want to call it, the Affordable Health Act, it just hasn’t worked for him, and he’s stumbled around on it, and people feel very disappointed because they expected more.

It’s very difficult when the expectations for you are very high. You’re almost better off when they are low and then they rise and rise. His were very high and they’ve dropped. But you know, he still has several years to go. What does he have, three years, Piers? And, you know, there will be a lot of changes, one thinks in that time.

Who is this “we” you speak of, Ms. Walters?

This is the latest in the long series of excuses being made for the President’s plunging approval ratings. The problem is never Obama. The problem is Republican obstruction. The problem is the unworkable system. The problem is the Constitution. The problem is the lofty expectations of the American people.

This excuse is pretty easy to dismiss. First, if there were huge expectations out there, it was because Obama himself built them up. Remember this?

Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.

That was just the high tide of a sea of soaring rhetoric that promised the world. And all of this was to the hosannahs of media types who got thrills up their legs every time the man spoke.

But more importantly, the American people aren’t completely stupid. We knew that every President promises a paradise. But we’ll usually settle for less than that. Competence is what we really ask for. When Obama was elected, his approval numbers were in the mid-60’s. Americans were willing to give him a chance. And we understood he was walking into one of the all time shit sandwiches of a situation. We even re-elected him with a weak economy and soaring debt because at least the place wasn’t on fire anymore.

But he hasn’t even delivered on some of the most basic promises. Obamacare has been a fiasco. Maybe it will work at some point, but it was a flop out of the box. I would be generous if I described our foreign policy as muddled. The budget is a wreck, fundamental reforms haven’t even been proposed and the economy isn’t even breathing hard right now.

The media thought Obama was the Messiah. Some of his most partisan supporters did. And maybe he did as well. But we didn’t. We don’t disapprove of him because we expected too much; we disapprove because he has delivered so little.

CONSENSUS! So it must be true.

It must be true because the members of propaganda arm of the DNC say it is so, and we all know that when the LSM says so, it is so:

The nation’s big three news networks are falling right into place for President Obama and the Democrats, blaming the Republican Party for the government shutdown by a whopping 21-0 story count.

According to a survey by the conservative media watchdog Media Research Center, in 39 stories during the two weeks leading up to the shutdown, CBS, ABC and NBC blamed the failure to cut a budget deal on the Republicans 21 times, both parties four times, and Democrats zero times. In 14 stories, nobody was to blame.

Yeah, OK, that’s got to be true then since these shills all agree on it. Then you get revelations like this one, which shows the blatant bias they pretend doesn’t exist.

Of course, I believe this whole shutdown thing is to keep people from finding out problems with Obamacare’s exchange implementation. Stuff like the hotline for this turd sandwich actually being 1-800-FUCKYO, something I am sure is purely coincidental and not by design, because we all know that they mean well. Of course, the alternative, that they are too stupid to figure out their hotline number is that, doesn’t speak well for them either, if this was just a coincidence.

The only people losing out, both when it relates to this shutdown and to Obamacare, are the productive and tax paying American people.

Oh, THAT Liberal Media, Part 425

I’m working on a 10-Year-Anniversary of Iraq post for, uh, two days ago. In the meantime, check out the Daily News‘s front page on the collapse of the federal assault weapons ban. Most people try to be a bit subtle in implying that people who oppose gun control are murdering children. Not the Daily News.

Oh, just to put off the usual Fox News retort, check out what Pew found on opinion vs. news reporting.