September 18, 2009

Poor ‘Liberal Leaning’ ACORN: AP Plays ‘Pin the Blame on GOP’

acorn_rottenLeave it to the Associated Press to drive the establishment media’s attempt to portray ACORN’s serious impairment as almost entirely the product of the Republican Party.

Never mind that Democrats control the Senate, which voted 83-7 to pull HUD funding from the group earlier this week, meaning that the vast majority of Democrats supported the measure. Never mind that the House, including about 70% of Democrats, yesterday voted to totally defund ACORN by 345-75.

In the world of Jim Abrams and the Associated Press, it must be almost all the GOP’s fault that this happened. Check out the headline (frequently used elsewhere, as seen in this Google Web search on the exact title in quotes) at the reporter’s story:

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In AP’s partial defense, the headline without the final six words is at links such as this one with the same time stamp of 1:40 a.m. this morning. In AP’s complete non-defense, what’s with the word “strike” in the first sentence, even if it’s not in the headline? It was a GOP “move,” because the Republican Party can’t “strike” anything, let alone get the majority indicated, without getting a lot of Democrats to throw their weapons (i.e., votes).

Abrams waited until the 5th paragraph to describe the video undercover work of James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles. To the AP reporter’s credit, he didn’t reflexively tag O’Keefe as conservative, instead going with O’Keefe’s self-description as an “activist filmmaker.”

A big miss by Abrams is in this later paragraph:

ACORN said Wednesday that it is ordering its own independent investigation of the incidents, while stressing that they were isolated cases.

Isolated, schmisolated. After the ACORN announcement, the BigGovernment web site released similar O’Keefe/Giles vids out of San Diego (teased on Wednesday evening; fully released very early Thursday). ACORN’s contention crumbled further, and Abram’s failure to report it Thursday evening is pathetically weak journalism.

Make that two big misses by Abrams. O’Keefe and Giles have been so relentless, I almost forgot to mention their adventure in San Bernardino, California. Abrams totally forgot.

But look at the bright side: AP is only 36-48 hours behind in the news cycle. That’s better than the five days of ignorance Charles Gibson displayed earlier this week.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Lucid Links (091809, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:13 am

Jay Leno ridicules “A-Porn” — er, ACORN – at Breitbart. He could have hit much harder. See the next item.

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OUTSTANDING — Doug Ross busts the Obama campaign’s “Fight the Smears” web site bigtime (“Obama campaign scrubbed its website to hide ACORN lies”). Why is that lefties always seem to be the ones who have to do the scrub-a-dub-dub?

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The American Spectator’s Bob Tyrell, who owns theBoy Presidentmoniker hung on Bill Clinton (yours truly is the proprietor of the sadly dead-on “Punk President” in referring to the White House’s current occupant), has a useful history lesson in reference to a third Democratic Party president:

“There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president,” said this smug little malcontent. Actually that is a fiction. “Hardly anyone thinks that,” says the polling expert Karlyn Bowman, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and she cites a 2008 Gallup finding that 94 percent of the country was willing to vote “for a well-qualified person for president who happened to be black.”

Moreover, Jimmy is no paragon on the question of race baiting. At least two of his biographers — Betty Glad, three decades ago, and Steven F. Hayward, four years ago — record that Mr. Carter played the race card in his early days in Georgia politics. His 1970 campaign for governor went so far as to distribute racially charged literature to the Ku Klux Klan. One could argue that Mr. Carter is playing the race card again, this time playing to the sense of black grievance. In both instances, he has encouraged ugly passions.

You know me. I just had to check it out — and Tyrell’s take, as of course expected, checks out (near the bottom of the page at link from Steven F. Hayward’s The Real Jimmy Carter):

Biographer Betty Glad scoured the records of the Sumter County school board, discovering that in 1956 Carter offered the motion to delay construction of a new school for blacks after white parents complained that black and white students would be taking the same roads to their respective schools. On another occasion, Carter supported buying new typewriters for white schools but used typewriters for black schools. On the other side of the ledger, Carter supported building a new black elementary school in Plains.

I don’t agree with the author that Carter’s support for the new black elementary school is “on the other side of the ledger.”

Note that the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, which unanimously opined that segregated schools are unconstitutional, was decided in 1954. Sticking with constitutional protocol, it’s virtually certain that the Georgia Legislature hadn’t repealed any of its Jim Crow laws relative to schooling two years later. While there was thus nothing “illegal” about what Carter supported, it would clearly have been nullified if anyone had chosen to challenge it all the way to the Supremes.

Further, openly supporting a new black school in the wake of Brown is in my opinion more properly seen as an overtly defiant and racist “in your face” gesture made to a judicial system that had just opined that segregated schools shouldn’t even exist in the first place. It’s also worth asking whether the “new” school got new or used typewriters.

And there’s more, at Page 60 of the same book:

(While Governor in the early 1970s, Carter) wrote to a constituent, “I have never had anything but the highest praise for George Wallace …. I think you will find that …. George Wallace and I are in agreement on most issues.”

Since Carter didn’t take office as Georgia’s governor until January 12, 1971, his effusive praise of Wallace had to have been penned after Wallace’s ugly, overtly racist 1970 gubernatorial campaign.

During his political ascendancy, the best you can say about Carter is that he was a cynical, career-advancing opportunist lacking any core convictions. I don’t believe that has ever changed. Sometimes, it works out for the betterment of many. On the race relations side, he has been and continues to be absolute poison to sensible people of legitimate good will.

Positivity: Family, friends, colleagues honor Reds beat writer Hal McCoy

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Hal McCoyFrom Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati:

Updated 2:12 AM Thursday, September 17, 2009

A special ceremony was held at Great American Ball Park for Hall of Famer

Through the hum of storytelling and laughing behind him, Tom Browning shared his first Hal McCoy memory.

“I remember the first time I ever crossed Hal McCoy’s path, we were still training in Tampa,” Browning said at a gathering of family and friends in McCoy’s honor at Great American Ball Park. “(Another writer) and Hal, they would sit in the bleachers sunbathing while we were trying to win ballgames in spring training.”

That was about the only relaxing McCoy did during the baseball season. And for that work, 37 years of covering the Cincinnati Reds for the Dayton Daily News, McCoy, who announced last month that he would retire at the end of the current Reds season, was honored before the Reds game against the Houston Astros on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Hal McCoy Night included an autograph session at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, a gathering with family, colleagues, former colleagues and friends and an on-field ceremony with broadcaster Marty Brennaman serving as master of ceremonies.

It was a night, those gathered said, well deserved for a reporter who dedicated those years to covering some of the most respected teams in Major League Baseball history — and also some stinkers.

During the ceremony, McCoy sat with his wife, Nadine, next to a podium while Brennaman and other speakers talked about his career and presented him with gifts. Then, before the game, McCoy threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former Reds and current Astros infielder Aaron Boone.

“It was my life and my passion,” McCoy said from the podium. “My wife Nadine hates it when I say this, but I love three things: Baseball, writing and traveling. I got to do all three for 37 years, and I got paid for it.”

Go here for the rest of the story.