February 11, 2016

The Nation’s Walsh ‘Wonders’ If ‘White Working Class’ Isn’t Supporting Hillary Because of Obama (Hint: His Race)

Joan Walsh, who after a long tenure at Salon.com is now National Affairs Correspondent at far-left publication The Nation, is responding as leftists usually do when their favored candidates and causes are in trouble: immaturely, and by smearing recalcitrant people who, in their fevered minds, should be supporting them.

Walsh is a big fan of Hillary Clinton, whose legal and electoral situations seem to get more dire with each passing week. In Walsh-World, Mrs. Clinton is having problems garnering “white working class” Democrats because of racism. But of course, she won’t directly say that. Instead, she issued the following passive-aggressive tweet, followed by the oh-so-predictable “Who, me?” response (HT Breitbart via Instapundit):

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Paglia at Salon: Hillary ‘Has a Rap Sheet 5 Miles Long,’ ‘Heavy With Lies and Greed’

As Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential effort has weakened, many on the left in fairly prominent places have begun releasing years of pent-up frustrations about her, her husband, and their record. At long last, the long knives are beginning to come out.

Many of these missives are unhinged, but one which isn’t, and deserves a closer look, comes from Camille Paglia at Salon.com. Given that Paglia’s views don’t neatly check off all of the far-left boxes, the fact that Salon has Paglia back for biweekly commentary on “the presidential race, the culture world, and everything in between” after a four-year hiatus is quite telling. Meanwhile, readers can count on the establishment press hanging on to Hillary as long as they can, while ignoring the mostly excellent points Paglia strenuously made early this morning.

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February 10, 2016

Napolitano: Hillary ‘Is a Felon and Should Be Indicted’

On Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Saturday Fox News program, Judge Andrew Napolitano succinctly summarized the implications of the latest revelations concerning Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was the Obama administration’s Secretary of State.

One can’t help but notice that almost no one else is making Napolitano’s obviously valid points. If a Republican or conservative had done similar things on Mrs. Clinton’s scale, establishment press reporters and pundits would be making them on a daily basis:

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January 29, 2016

AP: 8 Smoking Guns Later, Hillary Still ‘Will Not Be Charged,’ Per ‘Experts’

This afternoon, Catherine Herridge at Fox News reported that “the intelligence community has deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails ‘too damaging’ to national security to release under any circumstances.”

This eighth “smoking gun” — on top of the seven an Investor’s Business Daily editorial identified last week — wasn’t enough to move the Associated Press Bradley Klapper from the AP’s default position virtually since Mrs. Clinton’s private email server was discovered, naturally referencing unidentified “independent experts,” namely that “it’s unlikely Clinton will be charged with wrongdoing.”

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January 27, 2016

AP Vaguely Headlines, Selectively Reports Thwarted Islamist Milwaukee Massacre

Barely making the Associated Press’s top 10 U.S. stories list shortly after 11 p.m. Eastern Time is a story about the arrest and indictment of Samy Mohamed Hamzeh in Milwaukee. With informants posing as co-conspirators, Hamzeh intended to carry out a massacre of “at least 30 people” at “a Masonic temple in Milwaukee,” intending to kill “everyone they saw,” and to then “walk away from the scene as if nothing had happened.”

It’s clear from the AP story by Greg Moore and Todd Richmond that the pair read the actual indictment, as they grabbed quotes from Hamzeh found there which are not present in the joint Department of Justice/FBI press release. What’s odd is that they used one of them twice, while they chose to ignore other provocative statements quoted in the indictment.

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January 25, 2016

Des Moines Register’s Hillary Clinton Endorsement Ignores Seven Private Email Server ‘Smoking Guns’

The Des Moines Register likely broke new ground when it endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination on Saturday. The Register may be the first major newspaper to endorse a major-party presidential candidate under investigation by the FBI at the time of the endorsement.

The time stamp at the editorial’s link is currently and inexplicably this morning, but pundits and bloggers have been commenting on it for two days, and Google News says the endorsement is from “2 days ago.” This time disconnect seems fitting, as it reflects how disconnected from reality the Register’s editorial board had to be on so many levels to make its endorsement. Let’s look at just one of them, namely Mrs. Clinton’s admitted use of a private email server to conduct government business when she was President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State.

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January 20, 2016

Not This Again: Politifact Gives Rubio ‘Pants on Fire’ For Correctly Pegging Reagan’s Influence in Hostage Crisis

Politifact, the leftist propaganda mill disguised as a “fact-checking” web site, always has its “Pants on Fire” matches at the ready for conservatives and Republicans. This is remarkable, given that it has never given any Hillary Clinton statement or campaign assertion a “Pants on Fire” evaluation. The one example it cites falsely claims to “involve” her, but has nothing to do with anything she or anyone in her campaign said.

One of the latest outrages concerns the web site’s obvious problem with accepting the realities behind the January 1981 resolution of the Iran hostage crisis. GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio made an obviously true claim about the timing of the hostages’ release after 444 days, namely that it occurred as Reagan took the oath of office on January 20 of that year. He further stated that the Iranians knew that America would “no longer (be) under the command of someone weak.” Fortunately for Rubio and unfortunately for Politifact, Rubio’s timing-related statement is beyond dispute, and his implication concerning the Iranians’ and American negotiators’ respective mindsets is true beyond a reasonable doubt.

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January 13, 2016

NY Times Headline, As Iran Humiliates U.S.: ‘Release of U.S. Sailors Hailed as a Sign of Warmer Relations’

Iran’s increasing belligerence towards the United States in the wake of — or, more accurately, as a result of — the so-called nuclear “deal” between the two countries is unmistakable, as is the Obama’s willingness — no, make that eagerness — to kowtow before that rogue regime.

Thus, the facade created at the New York Times by reporters Thomas Erdbrink and Helene Cooper after Iran released ten U.S. sailors who were captured and detained on Tuesday should be cause for embarrassment at the Old Gray Lady, except that it appears to no longer have any sense of shame, or even of reality: “Iran’s Swift Release of U.S. Sailors Hailed as a Sign of Warmer Relations” (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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January 11, 2016

Imagine That: Supposedly Mythical ‘No-Go Zones’ Are Back in the News — But Not at U.S. Media Outlets

Despite reports and statements containing the term coming out of Germany during the past week, searches at the Associated Press on “no-go zones,” and even on “no-go,” return nothing. The New York Times has no recent report identifying European no-go zones, but has at least demonstrated that it might be getting over its nearly allergic reaction to the term by observing that parts of Ramadi, Iraq recently liberated from Islamic State control are “no-go zones because they have yet to be searched for booby traps left by the jihadists.”

“No-go zones” again became news because, despite U.S. media outlets continued denial of their existence, several officials in Germany once again used the term.

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January 1, 2016

Obama’s NSA Spying on Congress Not a Story at AP — Until GOP Responds

The Wall Street Journal ran a blockbuster story Tuesday afternoon (“U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress”) about how the Obama administration’s National Security Agency’s “targeting of Israeli leaders swept up the content of private conversations with U.S. lawmakers.” In other words, the NSA spied on Congress. As talk-show host and commentator Erick Erickson drily observed: “Congress began impeachment proceedings on Richard Nixon for spying on the opposing political party.”

Whether or not Congress has the nerve to defend itself and the Constitution’s separation of powers, what the Journal reported is objectively a major story. Yet the Associated Press ignored it on Tuesday, and most of Wednesday. Finally, at 7:15 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, the AP ran a story by Erica Werner — about how Republicans are planning to investigate the matter.

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December 25, 2015

AP Ignores Minn. Terror Suspect’s Involvement With Airport De-Icing

In a year-end interview with National Public Radio, President Barack Obama largely blamed “a saturation of news” coming from a media which “is pursuing ratings” for growing concerns in America over the ability of ISIS and other terrorists to conduct attacks on U.S. soil, and indicated that “it’s up to the media to make a determination about how they want to cover things.”

It’s reasonable to believe that Obama was telling the press corps, which already works furiously to prop him up, that they need to cut back on their reporting of domestic terrorist activities, arrests and court proceedings. It seems fair to say that the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, quickly took that advice to heart in its selective coverage of the saga of Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, and that its selectivity has kept a noteworthy story very quiet.

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December 17, 2015

AP: San Bernardino Terrorist Massacre Was a ‘Mass Shooting’

Pity the poor folks at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press.

The Obama administration, usually hyper-reluctant to characterize a domestic terrorist attack on U.S. soil as, well, a domestic terrorist attack, has actually had to admit in the face of overwhelming evidence that the San Bernardino massacre on December 2, during which 14 were killed and two dozen injured, was indeed a terrorist attack. Failing to adapt at sufficient speed, the headline writers, tweeters and Obama fans disguised as journalists at the AP, so used to avoiding the T-word at all costs, have made fools of themselves.

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December 9, 2015

Time Names Merkel ‘Person of the Year,’ Lauds Her ‘Leading From Behind’

In an announcement which deservedly carries far less weight than it has in the past, Time Magazine (1997 circulation, 4.2 million; current circuation, 3.3 million) has named German chancellor Angela Merkel its 2015 Person of the Year.

The stated reason for her selection: “Not once or twice but three times this year there has been reason to wonder whether Europe could continue to exist, not culturally or geographically but as a historic experiment in ambitious statecraft.” The magazine believes that Merkel saved the day each time. It seems highly unlikely that she would have risen to the top of the pack without the third item the Time’s Nancy Gibbs cited, namely Merkel’s open-borders acceptance of migrants erroneously described as “refugees” dozens of times in its various supporting articles.

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December 8, 2015

LA Times Editorial Opposes ‘No Fly List’ Gun Purchase Ban As ACLU Waffles

In the debate over whether persons whose names are on the “no-fly list” should be denied their constitutional right to purchase a gun, one quite predictable thing has happened. Now that President Barack Obama has come out in favor of such a move in a nationally televised speech — to the point of wondering “What could possibly be the argument?” for opposing him — The ACLU, which 5 years ago strongly opposed it in official congressional testimony, is now trying to appear noncommittal while paying lip service to due-process rights.

That was to be expected, as the ACLU is largely funded by wealthy leftist donors who strongly support curtailing Second Amendment rights, due process be damned. What has literally come out of far-left field as a pigs-must-be-flying surprise is an editorial in the Los Angeles Times which opposes Obama on this issue.

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December 7, 2015

Compromised AP and Reporter Julie Pace Offer Predictably Uncritical Coverage of Obama’s Speech

At the Associated Press Sunday evening, White House Correspondent Julie Pace’s coverage of President Obama’s Oval Office address was predictably weak.

One could cite at least a half-dozen problems with Pace’s story, but two of them were particularly disingenuous.

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