March 11, 2009

Fox’s Sammon: Carville, Greenburg Told Reporters They Wanted Bush to Fail — On the Morning of 9/11

CarvilleGreenberg0504The above headline isn’t even half of it.

After the attacks were known to all, James Carville told assembled Washington reporters at a hotel conference room breakfast where Carville and Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg spoke(photo is from the May 20, 2004 Christian Science Monitor) to “Disregard everything we just said! This changes everything!”

The assembled press apparently understood that as something each and every one of them should take to the grave.

Bill Sammon of Fox News has the story (HT Hot Air):

Flashback: Carville Wanted Bush to Fail

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: “I certainly hope he doesn’t succeed.”

Carville was joined by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who seemed encouraged by a survey he had just completed that revealed public misgivings about the newly minted president.

“We rush into these focus groups with these doubts that people have about him, and I’m wanting them to turn against him,” Greenberg admitted.

The pollster added with a chuckle of disbelief: “They don’t want him to fail. I mean, they think it matters if the president of the United States fails.”

Minutes later, as news of the terrorist attacks reached the hotel conference room where the Democrats were having breakfast with the reporters, Carville announced: “Disregard everything we just said! This changes everything!”

The press followed Carville’s orders, never reporting his or Greenberg’s desire for Bush to fail. The omission was understandable at first, as reporters were consumed with chronicling the new war on terror. But months and even years later, the mainstream media chose to never resurrect those controversial sentiments, voiced by the Democratic Party’s top strategists, that Bush should fail.

That omission stands in stark contrast to the feeding frenzy that ensued when radio host Rush Limbaugh recently said he wanted President Obama to fail.

Limbaugh’s status as the nation’s top radio talker is hardly an explanation for the disparity between his antagonistic treatment at the hands of the media compared to Carville and Greenberg. In 2001, Carville was still an A-List star for his “It’s the Economy, Stupid!” management of Bill Clinton’s victorious 1992 presidential campaign. Greenberg had been the Democrats’ leading pollster for many years (though, “strangely enough,” at a human resources conference I attended in September 1996, where he told the assembled audience in essence that “Bill Clinton will be re-elected, get over it.” I don’t recall him disclosing his close ties even then to the party). A revelation that either one of these two wished failure on the president, especially after 9/11, might have been just as damaging to Carville and Greenberg’s reputations as those currently attacking Limbaugh hope theirs might be on his influence.

Sammon’s report demonstrates just how actively opposed George W. Bush the establishment press was, and clearly continued to be, during his entire term. In what you might expect to be the supposedly competitive environment of journalism (but it obviously isn’t), no one in the entire group thought this news worthy of reporting for all this time.

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LA TV Station Notes ACORN Presence at School Board Meeting; Other Outlets Ignore

Los Angeles’s NBC television affiliate must not have gotten the memo telling them that they should not utter the name of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), lest anyone reach the “wrong” conclusions.

NBC Los Angeles is the only media outlet I have found thus far to identify ACORN’s presence in a story about a “disruptive display of disobedience” by members the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) at a school board meeting Tuesday (the story credit is to “Associated Press/NBC Los Angeles, but as you will see later, I found no AP story containing an ACORN reference).

Here is the story headline that the Google News crawler apparently originally found:


Readers can decide after reading the NBC-LA story (HT Michelle Malkin), and looking at the videos at the link, whether the “mob” headline or the one that currently appears at the site is accurate, but it has to make you wonder what caused it to change:

Chanting Teachers Take Over Building

A school board meeting turned into a display of civil disobedience Tuesday as about 50 educators refused to leave, creating a brief standoff with police, who refused to make any arrests in the presence of media.

The members of ACORN and United Teachers Los Angeles — all wearing bright red shirts — entered the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday afternoon, sat down and began chanting.

Police said the protesters were staging an illegal occupation of a public building. The district said no arrests would occur as long as members of media were in building.

UTLA President A.J. Duffy approached the speakers’ lectern and told the board, “You know why we’re here. You know I’m not leaving this rostrum. You know I’m going to keep talking.”

As he spoke several teachers sat on the floor in front of the board and held up signs saying “Students lose when we lose teachers, No layoffs” as the crowd began chanting.

Board President Monica Garcia repeatedly asked Duffy to sit down, but he kept speaking. The microphone was turned off, but Duffy continued to speak and the chanting continued. Garcia then announced that the “disturbance has interrupted our meeting to the point where the orderly conduct of this meeting is not feasible.”

The board took a short recess, then reconvened in a smaller meeting room, with the proceedings broadcast on television sets in the district’s headquarters. Media and the public were allowed into the room on a rotating basis.

In the station’s defense the captions under two of the videos at the link characterize the protesters as a “mob.” I would suggest, first, that there was a lot more than “chanting” going on, and that ACORN’s presence makes it at least a bit likely that it wasn’t only “teachers” doing the chanting.

As for ACORN’s involvement in the protest, these media outlets didn’t note it in these linked stories:

  • AFP — “Los Angeles considers sacking 9,000 teachers”
  • The Associated Press, as carried at and in a pre-meeting story at Google News
  • The Los Angeles Times — “L.A. Unified board OKs layoff notices to about 9,000 employees”
  • LA Daily News — “L.A. teachers protest, but school board votes to send layoff warnings”

A Google News Search on [ACORN "Los Angeles" "school board"] (typed as indicated between brackets) returns only the NBC-LA story.

This document found at Google (search on ACORN once you get to it) would seem to indicate that ACORN’s support of UTLA goes back at least to 2005. Too bad the media in LA hasn’t bothered to try to determine the strength of those connections for its readers.

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Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘A Presidential Crisis of Competence’) Is Up (Plus Related Items)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 10:33 am

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Friday morning (link won’t work until then) when the blackout lifts.


Selected Crisis of Competence Lookbacks and Updates:

  • This is a must-must read — “Obama’s economic saviour savaged as Keating lets rip” — Peter Hartcher of the Sydney Morning Herald is referring to former Australian prime minister Paul Keating. Keating, who is a member of Australia’s Labor Party, i.e., left of center., was also Australia’s Treasurer during most of the 1980s. His criticism of Tim Geithner’s mishandling of the Asian financial crisis of 1997-1998 should thus carry considerable weight. Bottom line (Hartcher’s words): “In sum, Tim Geithner is a gigantic fool, the IMF the gun that can’t shoot straight, Alan Greenspan a bungler. The big US banks were run by the greedy and the hopeless, the Australian banks by counterhopping clerks. It’s a world of many villains. And only one hero (Keating).”
  • I detect a whiff of Lyndon Baines Johnson in the air — “U.S. Halted Some Raids in Afghanistan.”
  • Fabius Maximus — “Our ruling elites scamper and play while our world burns.”
  • The column’s assertion that “The administration’s nominee vetting record has become a national joke” gets further corroboration — “Charles W. Freeman Jr.’s abrupt withdrawal from his appointment as chairman of the National Intelligence Council came after he drew fire on a number of fronts – including questions about his financial ties to China and Saudi Arabia.” Zheesh.
  • At The Politico on March 5 — “Obama’s Safety Net: The Teleprompter.”

Lucid Links (031109, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:54 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

The head of the British civil service, Sir Gus O’Donnell, is frustrated (HT Legal Insurrection via Instapundit) that “no-one in the U.S. Treasury department was answering telephone calls.” Maybe Tax Cheat Tim Geithner’s folks are ignoring the ringing phones out of concern that their now-underlings at the IRS have found something else on Geithner’s prior-year returns.

Michelle Malkin, as would be expected, is on top of the “Going Galt” phenomenon.

Speaking of which, tea party protests will take place in Ohio on Saturday the 14th in Columbus and Sunday the 15th in Cincinnati. Established media alert: The crowd sizes promise to be noteworthy.

Camille Paglia at Salon — “President Obama’s clumsy, smirky staff is sinking him — and resurrecting a deflated GOP!”

Nancy Pelosi “treats the Air Force like her personal airline.” Judicial Watch has the details. Fox News reports JW saying that “Pelosi was notorious for making special demands for high-end aircraft, lodging last-minute cancellations and racking up additional expenses for the military.” If Gingrich or Hastert had done this stuff, it would have been the first item on the networks’ evening newscasts.

Roger Kimball at Pajamas Media — “The Idiot’s Guide to Destroying the Economy: a 12-Step Program.” Roger emphasizes that it’s not exhaustive, which is good because there are at least these two missing steps: “During a presidential campaign, nonchalantly threaten to starve the economy of energy in the name of the global-warming hoax,” and “During a presidential campaign, threaten to raise taxes to dizzying heights in a downturn.” Those were just two of the steps taken at the inception of The POR Economy last June.

Al Gore is confronted by Bjorn Lomborg (“would you be willing to have a debate with me on that point?”), and predictably stonewalls.

China is now the world’s largest automaker. It extended its lead in February “after the government cut taxes on some models.” Imagine that.

From the International Herald Tribune — ” U.S. banks may pay dearly for government aid.” Reportedly, “Some bankers say the conditions have become so onerous that they want to give the bailout money back.” I wouldn’t bet against the government preventing that from happening. The article claims that regulators haven’t “set up a process to accept the repayments.” Do you think they’re in any hurry?

In the Boston Globe (HT Hot Air), from the “How to Hand Obama a Second Term” Dept. — “Mitt Romney may be in a stronger position for a presidential run than many would have imagined just six months ago.” Ask yourself why an establishment media outlet is trying to position Romney as presumptive leader. It isn’t because the Globe wants a Republican president.

Positivity: Policeman hailed a hero after rescuing woman trapped in submerged car

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Wiltshire, UK (stunning picture at link):

8:08am Sunday 8th March 2009

A police officer is being hailed a hero after he dived into a stream to rescue a woman trapped upside down in a submerged car yesterday.

The woman, who has not been identified, was just able to breathe and was trapped for around ten minutes before the officer managed to free her from the vehicle.

Four crews from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the accident at 8.15am.

Her gold-coloured car had come off the A360 at Littleton Panell, near Devizes, Wiltshire, and was taken to Bath’s Royal United Hospital with injuries which are not considered life-threatening.

A spokesman for Great Western Ambulance Service said if it was not for the officer, the woman may have died.

She said: “We received a 999 call just before 8am reporting that a car had left the road, overturned and gone into a river.

“On arrival the car was upside down in the river with the woman trapped inside.

“Luckily she was just able to breathe but the car had been submerged for approximately ten minutes.

“The police officer entered the water and managed to free the woman and bring her to the bank. The ambulance crew then pulled them both back up the river bank.” …..

Go here for the rest of the story.