October 31, 2011

Leftist ProPublica Questions Politico’s Decision to Publish Cain Sexual Harassment Allegations

For those who don’t know, ProPublica (bold is mine) “is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with ‘moral force.’ We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.” It has received predominant funding from the Sandler Foundation (yeah, those Sandlers; Herbert Sandler is Chairman). Other contributors include George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (yeah, him) is also on ProPublica’s board.

Translation: They lean left. Nevertheless, the organization’s Stephen Engelberg (HT Instapundit) questions whether the Politico had enough information on sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain to publish a story (bolds are mine):

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Wes Pruden on Herman Cain’s ‘Awful Sin’

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:18 am

herman-cain_052111From the former take-no-prisoners editor of the Washington Times (bolds are mine):

Things have gone from bad to badder for the self-righteous artsy-fartsy elites, who for all their book-learning and self-regard just can’t figure out America.

The Herman Cain phenomenon is the latest puzzlement of those who think only they’re wise enough and entitled enough to tell the rest of us which fork to use. Mr. Cain’s sin is not that he doesn’t have the usual qualifications for president. Barack Obama established the precedent that presidents can attempt to do the job with on-the-job training. Mr. Cain’s sin is that he demonstrates, with considerable eloquence, that the notion that Republicans and other conservatives are mean-spirited bigots is the enormous lie of conventional media wisdom.

… (Cain) has changed attitudes and perceptions about what is possible. The most remarkable fact about the Cain phenomenon is that three years after Barack Obama’s incompetence began to reveal itself, the other party, painted in vivid color as benighted and bigoted, demonstrates that it will happily consider a black candidate, too. The prospect of a choice between a black Democrat and a black Republican is the tale that beggars anything Hollywood could imagine.

This reality owes nothing to the media, politicians of any stripe, or to the self-righteious elites. It owes everything to the ordinary men and women of the America that is great because America is good.

More than anything else, this explains the press’s intense attacks on the man (just a few of many examples in the past ten days are here, here, here, here, and here). They do not believe in their hearts that America is good. If they did, they would be focusing on how to improve it, not how to “transform” it.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (103111)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:00 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

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Erick Ericksen — “On every significant issue of the past decade, Mitt Romney has managed to be on every side of each issue except one — he has consistently been in favor of government dictated and government managed healthcare.”

As appropriately expressed by Don Surber, here’s the basis for the claim five years ago that polar bears were going extinct: “[W]e have an expert on birds guessing that white blobs on a photo are drowned polar bears. That’s it. That’s the science.”

Victor Davis Hanson, in his latest “Read the whole thing” item at PJ Media (“Liberal Indulgences”) — “Today, liberalism puts a comparable burden on its elites: can one occupy Wall Street and still enjoy the luxury of that iPhone 4s? Did the university professor in Zuccotti Park worry about Wall Street when his TIAA-CREF account used to return 8% plus per annum? Can we still jet to Tuscany and worry about carbon footprints? Can we live in Chevy Chase, Malibu, or Woodside and be stalwarts on the barricades of racial integration and multiculturalism? How can we make $200,000 a year as assistant vice provost for diversity affairs, when a part-time lecturer gets 1/5 for the same class a full-time, top-step professor teaches?”

The Herman Cain sexual harassment innuendo hit piece at Politico with no meaningful specifics about what or may not have happened well over a dozen years ago should be viewed in the context of what has been noted about the Obama White House of the past few:The Washington Post reports former communications director Anita Dunn says in the book (by Ron Suskind) — quote – “This place would be in court for a hostile workplace because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.” Mao worshipper that she is, Dunn has denied saying something for which Suskind surely has proof — or this White House would have stopped the book’s publication.

Related to the previous item, from Roger Simon at PJ Media (“Politico and Cain: Return of the High-Tech Lynching”) –

It took the mainstream media nearly a year to catch up with the John Edwards Affair (and only after the National Enquirer made it impossible to ignore — Ed.), but only weeks into Herman Cain’s narrow frontrunner status for the GOP nomination, the goodfellas at Politico are letting the uppity black conservative have it.

One thing is certain, whatever Cain did (if anything), it certainly isn’t in the ballpark of using campaign funds to support a mistress and love child while your wife is dying of cancer or even inserting a cigar in the pudenda of an unpaid intern in the corridors of the Oval Office. Those are certainly more than five-figure infractions — more like eight-figure.

… As Glenn Reynolds points out, another black man ran for president and mainstream media has surfaced almost nothing about him after all these years.

At the WaPo, the item involved, which would have had “hostile workplace” in the headline if a Republican or conservative were involved, instead had these headlines: In the text, “In early Obama White House, female staffers felt frozen out”; in the browser window’s title, “Friction over women’s role in Obama White House was intense.” What tools.

I believe it’s no accident that the Politico is the outlet surfacing the allegations. The relatively disengaged don’t read it, so this crap can be rolled out during a possible general election campaign by the AP, the New York Times, and the TV networks as “new” if necessary.

Positivity: 40 Days for Life Sees 361 Moms Change Their Mind on Abortion

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Columbus, Georgia, in a multi-city rundown column by Shawn Carney at LifeNews.com:

10/24/11 10:01 AM

People praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Columbus had a bad feeling when a young woman arrived on an abortion day. They had seen her previously – and tried to convince her not to abort her child. But here she was once again.

She went in – but a short time later she left … calling out that she had changed her mind. The volunteers put her in touch with the local pregnancy help center and promised to keep her – and her baby – in their prayers.

Later that day, two teenagers drove in – but walked on in after refusing to take information from one of the pro-life counselors. An hour later, they walked out – and handed the volunteer a receipt. At first, she didn’t look at it.

One of the other vigil participants then called out, “They’ve changed their minds!”

Yes – they were BOTH there for abortions – and they BOTH chose life.

Go here for the rest of the story.