Sunday, August 02, 2015

More Media Corruption

Journalists Attend Private Koch Brothers Gathering, But Agree Not To Name Donors:

Several news organizations gained rare access Saturday into a private gathering of influential Republican donors hosted by Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.

But journalists covering the three-day event, held at a luxurious California resort, had to agree to an unusual restriction. They weren’t allowed to report the names of any of the 450 donors attending without the individual’s permission...

The Political Doldrums

Trump and Sanders surge, Congress stalls, voters seethe | The Kansas City Star:

...But it’s business as usual on Capitol Hill, where too-common political Band-Aids and fiery appeals to narrow constituencies trump thoughtful debate and long-term solutions....

On Truth And Journalism

Why you can't trust journalism | Fusion:

...Journalism would be greatly improved were it to learn a lesson from empirical science, which is that even the best and most assiduous work can turn out on examination to be deeply flawed. That doesn’t mean the original piece was sloppy, it just means that everybody is human, and that the truth is usually messy, and hard to find, and even harder to encapsulate in a neat story with a compelling narrative. Whenever there’s only one story on any given subject, then relying on that one story is always going to be dangerous. And yet, the way the journalism world works, once there’s one big compelling story, no one else tends to ever go near that area again...

Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Daily Flashback:: Lying Media Edition

At Least Six Times The Media Shouldn't Have Trusted Selective Leaks From Congressional Sources | Research | Media Matters for America:

The New York Times was forced to issue two corrections after relying on Capitol Hill anonymous sourcing for its flawed report on emails from former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The Clinton debacle is the latest example of why the media should be careful when relying on leaks from partisan congressional sources -- this is far from the first time journalists who did have been burned...

Flogging The NYT--- Again

The NY Times’ Criminal Headline | Uppity Woman:

Last week, the NY Times published a false, fake, made-up, lying-liar story about Hillary, claiming she was the target of a criminal investigation. She wasn’t. The sources were likely Gowdy’s lackeys. (But I don’t *know* that.) Here’s the link, but be advised, the story has been repeatedly “corrected” from it’s original really, really wrong form to a moderately incorrect form...

Lil'Lindsey's Error

Lindsey Graham on War with Iran and the Lessons of Iraq - The Atlantic:

...Lindsey Graham’s notion that the question of war between America and Iran is coherently reducible to “we win” or “they win” is facile, dangerous, and especially galling from a man who ought to have learned better from the last war he urged. Even the most severe Iranian losses would not necessarily mean that “we win.”

$$ Corrupting Politics

‘Super PACs’ Spent Millions Before Candidates Announced, Filings Show - The New York Times:

 Acting as shadow campaigns, the political committees backing the major presidential candidates supported them with tens of millions of dollars in chartered planes, luxury hotel suites, opposition research, high-priced lawyers and more, spending reports showed Friday.

Campaign disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission underscored just how far the candidates — particularly Jeb Bush — went in outsourcing many of their traditional campaign operations to “super PACs,” which face much looser regulation...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Just A Tad Racist

GOP criticizes 'offensive' posts of NC elections appointee:

...In another, Butner posted a photo of a Moral Monday event in Raleigh protesting the policies of the state's Republican leaders.

"Gee they are all black," he wrote. "I guess the white folk could not get off because they were too busy being productive good citizens..."

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Kurdish Problem

The Kurdish Elephant�|�John Feffer:

...Because it would be stitched together from bits and pieces of their territory, the countries of the region oppose an independent Kurdistan. Outside actors, meanwhile, feel varying degrees of guilt for abandoning Kurds over the years: for not paying attention to human rights abuses visited on the minority, for ignoring the promises of self-determination (going back to Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points), and for using the Kurds as pawns in myriad geopolitical games. Sovereign sensitivities and outsider guilt combine to drape a cloak of invisibility over the Kurds...

Con Critter Linked To Clinton Email Fiasco

Vox's Jonathan Allen Implicates Trey Gowdy In The NY Times Botched Clinton Emails Story | Blog | Media Matters for America:

Vox's Jonathan Allen suggested that House Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy knew about the request to the Justice Department regarding Hillary Clinton's email practices "at least a day" before The New York Times published its botched story relying on anonymous sources that "had it wrong" according to "a top-ranking editor directly involved" with the report....

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

OH Pot Not Fraud

Ohio elections chief opens investigation into group's petitions to legalize marijuana:

...ResponsibleOhio legal counsel Andy Douglas, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice, said Husted "will have to answer for" his treatment of the campaign.

"Instead of working with us and addressing the problems within his office and at the county boards of election, Secretary Husted has slapped us with a subpoena meant to silence us and chill any future opposition," Douglas said in a statement. "He even deputized a former prosecutor to investigate us, then bragged about his past success gaining convictions — all in a further attempt to frighten, harass and silence us..."

Local Carpetbaggers Pulls A Boner

All puns fully intended.



John Boehner coup leader an army of one - Lauren French - POLITICO:

You’re on your own, pal.

That, in so many words, was the response from House conservatives to Rep. Mark Meadows after he launched his quixotic bid this week to boot John Boehner from the speakership.

In fact, the message has been delivered to Meadows three times in the last 24 hours – by some of the North Carolina Republican’s closest friends and political comrades in the House. Just hours before Meadows introduced his so-called motion to vacate the speakership Tuesday, leading members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus held an emergency meeting and pleaded with him to reconsider....

Flogging The NYT

Veteran Editors And Journalists Rip NY Times' "Ready-Fire-Aim" Approach On Clinton Emails | Blog | Media Matters for America:

Veteran newspaper editors and other longtime journalists are harshly criticizing how The New York Times has handled its recent botched story related to Hillary Clinton's emails, calling out the paper for failing to take responsibility for its errors and for being slow to offer corrections for its mistakes sparked by anonymous sourcing...

Training Time For Police

In Iraq, I raided insurgents. In Virginia, the police raided me. - The Washington Post:

...Rhoads, the Fairfax County police lieutenant, was upfront about this mind-set. He explained that it was standard procedure to point guns at suspects in many cases to protect the lives of police officers. Their firearm rules were different from mine; they aimed not to kill but to intimidate. According to reporting by The Washington Post, those rules are established in police training, which often emphasizes a violent response over deescalation. Recruits spend an average of eight hours learning how to neutralize tense situations; they spend more than seven times as many hours at the weapons range...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GOPer Tail Wagging Dog

Veteran Republicans Say Right-Wing Media Is "A Big Problem For The Party" In New Harvard Report | Blog | Media Matters for America:

...Dave Schnittger, a longtime former top aide to House Republican leaders, told Calmes that conservative media are loudest in opposing actions "that leaders have to get done as part of governing," such as meeting basic fiscal deadlines.

Another top Republican aide, who asked for anonymity, complained of the conservative media: "There's no money, ratings or clicks in everyone going along to get along." Calmes added, "Asked whether he could offer examples of legislative outcomes affected by conservative media, this Republican all but snapped, 'Sure. All of 'em.' Does he worry more broadly then about the small-d democratic process? 'Yeah, absolutely. Because the loudest voices drown out the sensible ones and there's no real space to have serious discussions...'"

The Bully Stakes Out Another Bully Position

Christie to Colorado: Pot party ends with me | TheHill:

 "If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie, a Republican presidential candidate, said during a town-hall event in the early voting state of New Hampshire, according to Bloomberg.

“As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws,” he added...

The Bully Stakes Out Another Bully Position

Christie to Colorado: Pot party ends with me | TheHill:

 "If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie, a Republican presidential candidate, said during a town-hall event in the early voting state of New Hampshire, according to Bloomberg.

“As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws,” he added...

Paul Becomes A Landscape

The Cancer on Rand Paul’s Campaign - The Daily Beast:

...But that's more of a symptom than the cause of the cancer on Paul's candidacy. The root of the decay is this: as Rand Paul has campaigned, it has become increasingly evident that he is not the candidate his supporters were promised he would be–a more electable version of his father. And the candidate he did turn out to be is not interesting or authentic enough to stand out from the 20,000 other Republicans seeking the nomination. Paul, previously “the most interesting man in politics,” is now just scenery...

Monday, July 27, 2015

Krugman Flogs JBush

Paul Krugman: The GOP has never “abandoned its dream” of destroying the social safety net - Salon.com:

In his Monday column at the New York Times, economist Paul Krugman went after GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush for claiming that Medicare ought to be “phased out,” claiming that such talk is emblematic an ideologically motivated desire on the part of the Republican Party to destroy the social safety net — especially if there’s evidence that it’s working.

Krugman began by mocking Bush for espousing yet another obsolete idea. “Mr. Bush often seems like a Rip Van Winkle who slept through everything that has happened since he left the governor’s office,” he argued, because “after all, he’s still boasting about Florida’s housing-bubble boom...”

Go Donald Go!

Trump's Gift to Hillary: Rest and Extra Prep Time!�|�Carl Jeffers:

This past weekend the noise over the Clinton State Department emails erupted again as Senate hearing dates were announced. But, ironically thanks to Donald Trump, the average American's response was, "Oh yeah, I forgot about that." And think about it: When had you last heard about Benghazi, or Clinton Foundation campaign contributions, or State Department emails? About a month ago.

Why? Because in the last month Donald Trump has just about sucked all of the air out of the 2016 presidential campaign in a way that has helped Hillary and hurt the overall Republican chances in the fall elections -- next year's fall elections, not this year's -- another problem we as the people need to do something about -- with or without the media's help...

Ammosexuals Dominate House

The House’s hypocrisy | TheHill:

...In contrast to the quick action of the House in response to the tragic shooting of Ms. Steinle, it has been two years and seven months since the gun massacre of 26 people, 20 of them children, in Newtown, Connecticut. It has been almost exactly three years since the shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado where 12 were killed and 70 people injured. And it will be three years on August 5 since the killing of 6 people and wounding of 4 in a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Despite these horrific, tragic events, Congress has done absolutely nothing to prevent gun shootings from happening again and again...

Raising Stupid To A New Level

Fox's Elisabeth Hasselbeck Suggests Sandra Bland's Lit Cigarette Could Have Justified Police Conduct | Video | Media Matters for America:
HASSELBECK:But, what if, I mean, there are times, I'm sure, someone has, in the history of this land, used a cigarette against a police officer, maybe chucked it at him, pushed it at him...

Clinton On GOP Climaters

Hillary Clinton Calls Out GOP Climate Change Deniers in New 'Stand With Reality' Video - ABC News:

Hillary Clinton today attacked the Republican presidential contenders who deny "the settled science of climate change" and laid out two renewable power goals in a new video that outlines part of her plan to tackle global warming.

"It's hard to believe there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of climate change, who would rather remind us they're not scientists than listen to those who are," Clinton narrates over a graphic that shows quotes from Republican presidential candidates, including Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump...