October 30, 2014

Some ‘Update’: Politico’s Burns Still Ignores Burke Bio Fail, Walker’s +7 Poll Lead

At NewsBusters yesterday, P.J. Gladnick justifiably went after the over-the-top hackery pervading Alexander Burns’s Politico story on how “Scott Walker limps toward 2016.” Burns bitterly criticized Walker’s “divide-and-conquer strategy,” and the governor himself as “confrontational” and (of course) “polarizing.”

Given that his column was allegedly updated this morning, I expected Burns to revise his writeup to react to two recent newsworthy campaign developments. Incredibly, he didn’t mention either.

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October 29, 2014

AP’s Bauer Effectively Admits That Media Didn’t Vet Mary Burke

M.D. Kittle at Watchdog.org’s Wisconsin Reporter scooped everyone covering the Badger State Governor’s race on Tuesday when he reported that Democratic candidate Mary Burke’s resumé is not what her campaign’s web site says it is.

Burke’s campaign bio claims that she “played a central role in Trek’s expansion as the Director of European Operations.” Kittle found “multiple former Trek executives” who told him that, in Kittle’s words, she “was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff.” The real question to me is why it took until a week before Election Day to learn this.

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USAT Lists 7 ‘Things’ Middle Class Can’t Afford, Including Medical Care

On Saturday, Erika Rawes at USA Today’s Wall Street Cheat Sheet engaged in some impressive gymnastics as she discussed the middle class and identified seven things its members “can’t afford anymore” (the headline) or that “a larger percentage of people have trouble paying for” (the content).

It’s a sloppy list. One of the items — debt — isn’t a “thing” at all, but rather the result of buying too many “things” without paying for them. Rawes also managed to avoid citing any government policies or practices which might be contributing to the problem. It’s not like there’s a shortage of items in the past 6-1/2 years (since the recession as normal people define it began), or the past dozen (if you want to go back to where the housing bubble began to inflate in earnest), or even the past 25 (if you want to talk about roughly when the mad rush to have things made in Communist China began). One of the six legitimate “things” on the list is of far more recent origin (HT Political Outcast; bolds are mine):

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CBS Fails to Challenge Warren’s Discredited ‘Republicans Cut Ebola Funding’ Claim

Tuesday’s CBS This Morning show was an especially disgraceful display of media bias.

Late yesterday morning, NewsBusters’ Jeffrey Meyer noted how the show’s Nora O’Donnell admitted to throwing “a softball of a question” at Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. The question: “What’s going to happen if Republicans take control (of the Senate)?” NB’s Scott Whitlock additionally observed that the program “alternated between confusion as to why Barack Obama may be driving Republicans to a big midterm victory and strident declarations that the GOP would have no mandate.” Still another item needs to be separately cited: Warren’s tired, refuted, but unchallenged assertion that Ebola is the GOP’s fault, specifically (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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October 28, 2014

Ann Romney Blasts Dems, Media Over Handling of Sheheen’s Nikki Haley ‘Whore’ Comment

Apparently Ann Romney believed that no one was going to call Democrats and the press onto the carpet over their disgraceful conduct and non-reaction, respectively, after South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen called incumbent Palmetto State Governor Nikki Haley a “whore” — and failed to “apologize” for it for four days.

Mrs. Romney, sadly, is presumptively correct. Searches indicate that the Associated Press still has no national or regional story on what Sheheen said (“we’re gonna escort whore out the door”). She correctly asserts that “if a Republican had said this, it would be blowing up in their face like nobody’s business.” For those who haven’t seen it, the Sheheen video, along with excerpts from coverage at Charleston’s Post and Courier, follow the jump.

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October 27, 2014

CNN’s Poll Coverage Ignores Historically Awful 76% Voter Dissatisfaction

The most recent CNN/Opinion Research poll covering October 24-26 shows that 68 percent of those surveyed said that they are “very angry … or somewhat angry … about the way things are going in the country today,” and that 60 percent are “very scared” or “somewhat scared.” CNN’s web coverage and the poll report presented on Jake Tapper’s show today relayed that info.

But, predictably, the poll was seriously cooked. Its 31%-21%-48% breakdown of Democrats, Republicans and independents is a sick joke. Gallup’s continuously running breakdown as of mid-October, by comparison, is 29%-33%-35%, a 14-point swing from the CNN poll. So CNN’s video reassurance that voters have a one-point generic ballot preference for Democrats really translates to at least a +4 for Republicans in the real world. Especially given the poll’s party skew, the finding which didn’t make it into either the web or TV report is stunningly bad for the left — which explains why it remained hidden.

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Press Was All Over GOP Gov. Candidate’s ‘Sweetheart’ Comment in Sept., Ignores Dem’s Nikki Haley ‘Whore’ Comment

In late September, Charlie Baker, the Republican who is the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Massachusetts, told female reporter Sharman Sacchetti, who had already asked him a series of questions: “OK, this is going to be the last one, sweetheart.”

That was enough to send the press into a tizzy. Jack Coleman at NewsBusters noted how Rachel Maddow at MSNBC turned Baker’s statement into proof that the GOP is engaged in a “war on women,” even though Baker quickly apologized directly to the reporter and indicated that, as paraphrased by the Associated Press, “the comment was a mistake and doesn’t represent his work attitudes.” This would be the same Associated Press which has, based on searches, not had a single national or local story on South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen calling incumbent Republicn Nikki Haley a “whore” — even though Sheheen waited four days to (insincerely, in my view) apologize.

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S.C. Dems Are Furious About Vincent Sheheen’s Nikki Haley ‘Whore’ Comment …

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:38 pm

… but only because word of it got out, and on tape:

VINCENT SHEHEEN CAMP LIVID OVER LEAK
DEMOCRATS LOOK FOR SOMEONE TO BLAME IN WAKE OF GAFFE

Senator Vincent Sheheen‘s 2014 campaign for governor of South Carolina has been one misstep after another … culminating with an ill-conceived (albeit accurate) Freudian slip last week in which he referred to incumbent “Republican” Nikki Haley as a “whore.”

The Sheheen gaffe – which went unreported by the local mainstream media – quickly went viral. Republicans denounced the comment as well as Sheheen’s extended laughter in the wake of the slip, while most Democrats defended it as an honest mistake.

Frustrated Democrats are pinning the blame for the story on one of their own former operatives – John Osborne.

According to several Democratic operatives, Osborne – now working with “Republican” campaigns – is the operative who sent the clip of Sheheen’s gaffe to several national media outlets.

Wait … hold up …

A candidate for statewide office (inadvertently?) calls his female opponent a whore and then laughs about it … and someone else is to blame for it becoming a “thing?”

Yep. You can’t make this up.

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UPDATE: I wasn’t looking for this, but commenter “zf” caught the ridiculous reference to “albeit accurate” above.

So the writer apparently believes Nikki Haley really is a whore, but that Sheheen was just stupid to say it.

Accordingly, I have removed the link to this clown.

Shaheen ‘Apologizes’ for Calling Nikki Haley a ‘Whore’; S.C. Reporter Calls It ‘Slip of the Tongue’

Earlier today, South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen “apologized” for telling supporters last Thursday that if he defeats incumbent Republican Nikki Haley, “we’re gonna escort whore out the door.”

Sheheen’s “apology” is far from satisfactory, especially given the point NewsBusters commenter “Rio5″ made at last night’s post, namely that “As my father always said, ‘If it isn’t in your head it won’t come out of your mouth.’” As will be seen after the jump, Vincent Sheheen wants us to believe that he is a miraculously rare exception to that wise saying. Readers will also see that State.com reporter Cassie Cope is being incredibly indulgent in covering the “apology”:

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October 26, 2014

Press Ignoring Nikki Haley’s Opponent Wanting to ‘Escort Whore Out the Door’

Did you hear about Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott in Texas saying of opponent Wendy Davis, “We need to keep the whore away from the door”? Of course you didn’t. We know that if Abbott had said anything like that, it would become national news story more important than even Ebola within minutes.

So why is it only news at about a dozen web-based center-right outlets that Democrat Vincent Sheheen, who is running against incumbent Republican Nikki Haley in the South Carolina Governor’s race, told supporters on Thursday that “we’re gonna escort whore out the door”? Those who want to try to contend that Sheheen sincerely corrected himself when he immediately said “We’re gonna escort her out the door” are wrong, as evidenced by the crowd’s reaction and Sheheen’s self-satisfied behavior after his supposed blunder in the video following the jump:

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CNN: Omitting What Obama Said From WH Transcript ‘Corrects Record’

On Tuesday, Michelle Kosinski and Gabe LaMonica at CNN provided those who believe that the nation’s establishment press has permanently crossed the line into the kind of behavior we used to see at the old Soviet Union’s Pravda and Izvestia with plenty of corroborating evidence.

They did so by calling a White House transcript of a speech by President Barack Obama containing an obvious cover-up “corrected” (bolds are mine):

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October 25, 2014

Press Continues to Virtually Ignore Michelle Obama’s Campaign Speech Gaffes

One can only imagine how much grief the national press would have given Laura Bush had she gone on the midterm congressional campaign trail during her husband's presidency and mispronounced the name of a Republican senatorial candidate, or if she had presented part of the bio of a Democratic opponent as that of the incumbent Republican for whom she was stumping.

First Lady Michelle Obama has done both things — reversing parties, of course — in recent weeks. The national press is largely pretending that these things never happened, and, when they do notice the gaffes, making excuses for her.

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October 24, 2014

Sore Losing Losers at the Big Three Nets Won’t Cover Democrats’ (So Far) Rough 2014 Election Cycle

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:51 am

From the Media Research Center, as carried at NewsBusters:

NetworksMidtermCoverage2006and2014

ABC is the sorest losing loser of the bunch, having broadcast no stories on the midterms from September 1 to October 20.

Grimes Says She’s Won’t Be ‘Bullied’ by McConnell … or Chuck Todd

Imagine the pile-on that would be occurring from other members of the nation’s establishment press if a Republican or conservative U.S. Senate candidate went after an individual member of the press as Alison Grimes just has against NBC/MSNBC reporter Chuck Todd. The “How dare you?” cries would be everywhere.

It’s hard to see how employing such a tactic works to get votes, but Grimes, the Democrats’ candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, seems to think that acting as if she’s standing up to playground bullies might get her some mileage. Todd, along with incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, is one of the supposedly all-powerful bullies. Video follows the jump:

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October 23, 2014

Vox’s Amanda Taub: Reax to Canada Attack Shows ‘We’ Are Biased Against Islam

Taking the web site even further down the path of useless, pretentious collection of hackery than it already is — and that’s quite far — Vox.com has tweeted (HT Twitchy) that “Our obsession with the Ottawa shooter’s religion reveals more about us than about him.” It must be a shock to their system to learn that a lot of “us” would rather not be cut down by a member of the alleged “Religion of Peace.”

The site’s underlying writeup by Amanda Taub, its “Senior Sadness Correspondent” (not kidding) accuses “us” of jumping to conclusions, when there was plenty of evidence from the get-go that the attack was jihadist in nature:

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