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Saturday, July 31, 2010

My Oh My, POLITICO Sure Has A Lot Of Corrupt Journolisters On It's Staff

By Gary P Jackson

It's no secret that POLITICO is a biased news organization. The online polictical blog is as progressive as they come. Very agenda driven. In our reporting we have already addressed the fact that Journolist members are solidly entrenched inside POLITICO's upper levels. Something Roger Simon, who calls the website home, tried to downplay.

John Nolte over at Big Journalism isn't buying it, and has a simply marvelous retort:

You say MSM, I say Politico. You say corrupt, I say Politico.

Today, Politico’s Roger Simon was kind enough to almost scold JournoList for its lasting effect on his precious little profession of journalism. At one point, he and the scrupulously non-partisan Chuck “Fire Glenn Beck” Todd hold hands and commiserate over how this unfortunate JounoList thing is tarring “those of us who don’t practice activist journalism.” If Roger Simon wants to rebuild his precious little profession’s reputation, a good start might be asking his very own publisher some tough questions.

Politico might be an online publication, a part of the New Media, but when it comes to corrupted, left-wing arrogance they make the Washington Post look somewhat honest … somewhat. Part of the reason I reserve a special place in my heart to store up a unique resentment for all things Politico is due to the very fact that they practice their dark arts online. Like a toxic virus they spread over to the Internet where the right (by design) and the left (by accident) are trying to forever kill off the very thing Politico is — wolfish left-wing propagandists hidden in the sheeps’ clothing of “journalism.”

And yet these are the same bastards “journalists” who launched a smear attack on a private citizen for asking Their One a perfectly reasonable question, obsessed over Sarah Palin’s wardrobe (and yet ranked Obama being asked about his relationships with Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers as a 2008 top-ten ”media blunder“), and though they occasionally find Levi Johnston worthy of note, Department of Justice whistleblower, J. Christian Adams, remained a ghost up until and including Ben Smith’s factually challenged Nothing-To-See-Here gift to his embattled president.

Oh, and did you know that some of Politico’sjournalists were members of Ezra Klein’s now infamous JournoList, including Mike Allen, Lisa Lerer, and Mr. Ben “I-Got-Yer-Back-Barack” Smith?

And this little juicy nugget of fact raises a troubling question…

What Politico needs to disclose is exactly when their three employees joined JournoList, because now that we know what really was going on there, this Politico article reeks of a cover up.

Written by Michael Calderon in March of 2009 and titled “JournoList: Inside the echo chamber,” even at the time it was written, the thousand-plus worder ranked as another classic example of what Politico does best: write stories about why stories they don’t want covered aren’t worth covering. In other words, like Ben Smith’s Black Panther piece, this is how Politico spikes that which might damage the Leftist narrative.

While reading Calderon’s JournoList expose,’ you can practically hear the staged, self conscious yawn of a man trying to put across the false front that once again those crazy, paranoid right-wing conspiracy mongers have taken him away from oh-so important work to address this nothing-ness.

Calderon’s idea of “journalism” was to interview JournoList members such as Jeffrey Toobin, Eric Alterman,and Joe Klein, who each assure us in their own wrist-flicking way, Tell those silly right-wingers that no one’s pushing an agenda. In 2009 the piece was hilariously obvious in its biased and preordained objective to smoke-and-mirror away concerns about what Ezra’s little coven of left-wingers was up to. But reading it again in hindsight, it stinks to high heaven.

Deep, deep, deep in the article – long after the dull dutifulness of it all is supposed to kill your interest in clicking over to page two, Calderon finally gets around to admitting Politico’s Smith, Allen, and Lerer are members.

And herein lies Politico’s problem.

Now that it’s become crystal clear that at times JournoList was in fact a hotbed for left-wing ideologues to collude over how to kill stories that might hurt Obama, smear innocent conservatives as racist, coordinate lines of attack against Palin, and work directly with the Obama campaign, the question becomes:

What did Politico know and when did it know it?

Three Politico employees were members of JournoList, and yet in March of 2009, Politico published an article where JournoList members claimed nothing improper was going on there — which we now know wasn’t even close to the truth.

There’s only two explanations: Either Smith, Allen and Lerer weren’t JournoList members when this corrupt activity was taking place, or they were, and not only did they not disclose the improper activity but they allowed their employer to print a misleading story.

What did Politico know and when did it know it?

In a truly just world, all 400 plus members of Journolist would join the ranks of the chronically unemployed, but I digress.

Sadly, this is just more proof that it's almost impossible to trust any supposed news source in this country. I know a lot of folks, myself included, tend to frequent blogs and newsers that mostly agreee with our point of view, but we also need fair and balanced news sources that play it straight. Just the facts, no matter who it helps, or hurts. No agenda, just facts. Until this happens, America is in big trouble.

When consuming news these days, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan: Trust, but verify. And go easy on the trust part, and heavy on the verify part.

Romnesty? Looks Like Mitt Romney Wants The GOP To Help Push Amnesty Quickly So He Doesn't have To Address It On The Campaign Trail

By Gary P Jackson
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a front-runner for the nomination, has signaled quietly to Graham that Republicans must address immigration before the campaign heats up, according to several sources familiar with the conversation.

Looks like noted "Profile In Courage," Mitt Romney has crawled out of the shadows to tell his fellow GOP elite that they need to get it in gear before 2012, so the issue of illegal immigration doesn't hurt his already poor chances of a run for the presidency. Basically, he's asking his fellow elites to help him vote "present" on this issue. Never mind that amnesty will destroy the very fabric of the nation, for Romney, eevrything is seen through the prism of how it benefits him and his naked lust for power. Everything else be damned.

POLITICO, that sanctuary for corrupt Journolisters, is doing it's job in this piece, as they attempt to bring John McCain, who was once on the amnesty bandwagon, back into the fold. In doing so, they expose fellow traveler Mitt Romney and his actions.

Immigration advocates miss John McCain
His coming back to the table would be a very substantial move and something that could help break the logjam,” said Clarissa Martinez, director of immigration and national campaigns for the National Council of La Raza.

For those that don't know, La Raza means "The Race." In other words, this is a racist, supremest organization.

The conversation has to begin with John McCain and Lindsey Graham,” added Angela Kelley, vice president for immigration policy and advocacy at the Center for American Progress. “They are the top-tier Republicans.

Their hope now is that Republican presidential candidates and former operatives under Bush, a reform proponent, can convince GOP congressional leaders that the issue needs to be dealt with before 2012 — or that they could risk alienating the burgeoning Hispanic vote in the crucial swing states of New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and Florida.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a front-runner for the nomination, has signaled quietly to Graham that Republicans must address immigration before the campaign heats up, according to several sources familiar with the conversation.

Graham’s push against birthright citizenship prompted this response on POLITICO’s Arena from Cesar Conda, a former domestic policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney: “If the Republican Party embraces ending birthright citizenship, then it will be assured losing Latino and ethnic voters — and presidential elections for the foreseeable future.

Jason Rose, a Republican political consultant in Arizona, said there’s little chance of McCain backpedaling on immigration reform — even though such a major legislative accomplishment would cement his legacy.

For John McCain to re-engage as he did before on the immigration issue will create a new political vernacular: It would be flip-flop flipper,” said Rose, who resigned from Hayworth’s Senate campaign in March after a contract dispute. “His constituents want the damn fence and they want it now, and he gets it.”

Edmundo Hidalgo, president and chief executive of Phoenix nonprofit Chicanos por la Causa, said that in previous years, McCain demonstrated a willingness to understand and work through issues affecting the Hispanic community. But this month, when Hidalgo met with McCain staff members to push for the DREAM Act, he heard only one refrain: Secure the border first.

There is a disconnect with his priorities and our priorities,” said Hidalgo, whose group sued Arizona over its immigration law. “Although some of us may have a wishful sentiment to see the maverick, at this point, he is John McCain, the enforcer at the border. Those were fond memories.

With the way Hidalgo is talking up McCain's stance on illegals, he'll make sure he wins in a landslide, as most Americans are solidly behind Arizona's new law, and want the border secured, yesterday! Read more of this disgustng mess here.

It amazes me how stupid the Republican elites are. For one thing, Hispanics are not a monolithic group. Most legal immigrants, as well as American born Hispanics are very much against amnesty. Those pushing for amnesty, and the illegals themselves, have little if any regard for America, as witnessed by all of the Mexican flags they carry, and their refusal to even attempt to assimilate, learn English, and so on. This only hurts their chances for success, and all but guarantees they will end up living off of taxpayers, rather than being productive members of society. There is a reason why becoming a United States citizen is hard work, it pays off for everyone in the end.

The radical left is pushing for amnesty for one reason, and one reason only, they see a potential 20 million new democrat votes come this fall.

It would figure that Mitt Romney would be all for amnesty though. Sixty-eight percent of all Americans approve of building a border fence, however Sixty-seven percent of the political class, the ruling class, oppose, as you can read here.

It's hard not to be sympathetic with decent people who just want a better life, but the fact is, we are a nation of laws, and cannot survive if we pick and choose which laws we enforce. We must completely secure the border, and then we can work on reforming the system. Nothing can happen until we secure that border completely.

Lindsey Graham Can't be trusted, he is a very reliable vote for total amnesty. Mitt Romney knows this, which is why he is bending his ear. Birds of a feather, and all.

BTW, while Romney is doing everything possible to not have any difficult issues to face, Sarah Palin has consistently stood up against the open borders crowd, and on Thursday took Obama to task again on his total failure to do his constitutionally required duty of securing the border.

Mitt Romney is a political opportunist, and a political coward. If the RomneyCare fiasco doesn't prove he is unfit to hold office, this most certainly should.

Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund "Flight" in Clarksburg, WV

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Laura had come back from pre-flighting the plane, doing run-up, getting the weather info and filing her flight plan from Lunken Municipal to Clarksburg, West Virginia. “Sarah” was on her laptop posting on her Facebook wall and firing off a Tweet from her Blackberry. “We’ve got some isolated thunderstorms to the southwest of us. They’re far enough to not bother us…best we get going. If the storms come closer, we’re going to have to wait.” “Sarah” agreed, and the pair went to the plane, and Laura got the clearance. They would take off toward the southwest, then turn southeast, overfly York, Kentucky, then turn northeast to Clarksburg.

Laura climbed to 7,000 feet and stayed there for the duration of the flight’s enroute segment. The flight mainly followed the Ohio River – the Mississippi River’s largest tributary as it wound its way through Ohio and Kentucky.

This flight to Clarksburg is a pit-stop to bring “Sarah” closer to Reagan National. It is the last day flight. Reagan National, being one of the nation’s busy airports is no place to be bringing a Cessna 172 during most of the day and even the night. Instrument flights require a reservation 72 hours in advance except between midnight and 6 AM. Not wanting to mix it up with the airliners, “Sarah” and Laura agreed to make the last flight a “redeye.”

“So, Laura, what are you going to do after you leave me in Washington?” “Sarah” asked. “Well,” she said wistfully. “I’m going to meet my husband, then re-position the plane likely in southern New Jersey – the Flying W. From there…I don’t know. We’ve been talking about seeing California. This might be a good time to do it. Then fly along the coast back to Alaska. We could also fly straight back to Alaska. I’d probably go via Toronto, and work my way back to Winnipeg, then reverse our old route – except I’d like to re-enter Alaska via Juneau. It depends on how my husband can structure vacation from his job.”

“Sarah” and Laura talked about these possible trips as the flight progressed. “Sarah” would continue endorsing and campaigning, speaking, writing, hosting and guest-appearing on Fox – for now. “’Sarah,’ I think there is a greater plan for you. I think your place is in a certain building a few miles off the departure end of Runway 1 at Reagan National. The next time my flight is grounded by a Presidential flight restriction, it better be because of YOU,” Laura said. “Sarah” smiled and answered. “Thank you, m’am.”

Entering West Virginia, Laura saw towering cumulus clouds beginning to form. “We’re OK to pass here, “Sarah” she said, but I can see these turning into thunderstorms later.” The flat bottom, and the towering formations were precursors. Laura was instructed to descend head northeast and prepare for the instrument approach to the runway oriented southwest. She prepared the approach, and was instructed to descend to 2900 feet. The Pennsylvania state line appeared on the GPS. Laura marveled at how far this flight had gone. Soon, they would only be 166 nautical miles from Washington – 3178 from Wasilla.

Laura was instructed to turn to the southeast. She could see two large gray clouds and they appeared to be right over the approach to the airport. “See those, ‘Sarah’? Betcha, that’s why I was given this instrument approach.”

Sure enough, as Laura began the approach, the clouds were square in her flight path. As she got the airport’s weather briefing, “few clouds at 100” bothered her. “If we have to go missed, our filed alternate is Morgantown.” “Sarah” agreed. The cockpit went silent except for Laura calling out her usual “1,000 feet”, “500 feet”, “200 feet”, “100 feet,” and minimums on the approach. “Sarah” was familiar with – and agreed with keeping the cockpit sterile of non-flight related conversation during approaches.

The flight entered the clouds and broke out 500 feet above decision height. Laura landed and taxied to tie-down.

“OK, ‘Sarah’ I’m going to review the procedures for flying in DC’s airspace. I know them, but a review is always good. This last leg is going to be the shortest one – but the most important one. ”

“See you here at around 11 PM tomorrow?” “Sarah” said. “Yes. 11 it is.” As they parted, Laura realized that after tomorrow’s farewell, she might never see “Sarah” this close again. The pang nearly left Laura doubled over. She pushed it out of her mind. Those procedures needed a review. Best to focus on the job at hand, and so she did.

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