July 26, 2015

Goalposts Moved: Reporter Asks For Proof Hillary’s Private-Server Classified Emails Caused ‘National Security Harm’

Veteran journalist John Harwood, according to his Twitter home page, covers “Washington and national politics for CNBC and the New York Times.”

Saturday morning, despite all of his experience, Harwood tweeted a question (HT Twitchy) so naive that a freshman journalism student would have been embarrassed to ask it:

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July 25, 2015

AP’s Lederman Really Believes That Obama Got ‘Three-Quarters of a Loaf’ in Iran Deal

I’m virtually certain that he wouldn’t dream of it, but the Associated Press’s Josh Lederman seriously needs to consider correcting two extremely embarrassing paragraphs he wrote in his coverage of President Obama’s appearance on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show earlier this week.

At the 15:03 mark of the Comedy Central video following the jump, Obama treated Stewart as if he’s a legitimate journalist, telling him that “It’s not your job to focus on the three-quarters of a loaf or half a loaf that we get. Your job is to point out what we still haven’t gotten.” Actually, after enduring the video, it seems far more correct to say that Stewart’s job was to make it look like he was challenging Obama by giving him a bit of grief several minutes earlier about the still-scandalous situation at the Veterans Administration, and then to give him a virtual open mic the rest of the way. But I digress.

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July 24, 2015

Today’s Winner of the Internet

Link:

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Underlying story:

NEW YORK TIMES STEALTH-EDITS CLINTON EMAIL STORY AT HER COMMAND

… And there’s no mystery about why, as reporter Michael Schmidt explained to Politico: “It (the editing — Ed.) was a response to complaints we received from the Clinton camp that we thought were reasonable, and we made them.”

July 21, 2015

Five Days Later, Obama and the Press Still Not Facing up to Chattanooga Killer’s Most Likely Motivation

After five days, President Obama finally today ordered “that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds” and at other official federal locations until sunset on Saturday to honor the five victims of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s murder spree in Chattanooga, Tennessee last Thurday.

Though the White House will never admit it, Congress shamed the President into doing what he did by unilaterally choosing to fly the Capitol flag at half-mast earlier this morning. Obama’s order referred to “the victims of the senseless acts of violence.” Sadly, the more we learn, the more we understand that Abdulazeez didn’t see it as “senseless” at all. Yet he, those who work for him in the Executive Branch, and the press continue to pretend.

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July 15, 2015

Well, They Are …

John Hinderagker at Powerline:

I won’t say much about Major Garrett’s question about the Americans held prisoner in Iran, to which Obama responded petulantly. But if Barack Obama and John Kerry seriously doubt that they could have said, “Oh–if you want that $100+ billion, one more thing you have to do–let these four people go” – if they doubt that the mullahs would have agreed in a heartbeat, they are the worst negotiators in the history of the world.

Well, they are. The only alternative is that they were determined to give away the store on purpose.

CNN and Leftist Hacks Attack Major Garrett For His Tough Questions of Obama

Journalists and lefitsts (but I repeat myself) are hopping mad.

They’re not mad at President Obama for failing to make freeing American hostages held by Iran an issue in negotiations with that nation. Instead, they’re furious at Major Garrett of CBS News for daring to ask Dear Leader a question about it, even though in the process Garrett got a clearly irritated Obama to make news by admitting, and then trying to justify, his team’s failure to make such an effort.

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In Interview With Iran’s Zarif, MSNBC’s Mitchell Rolls Her Eyes As She Discusses Netanyahu

In an extraordinarily and inappropriately indulgent interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif yesterday, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell rolled her eyes as she mentioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position that the “deal” between Iran and an alliance led by the U.S. is a “mistake of historic proportions.”

Immediately after doing so, she refocused her attention on Zarif, smiled and batted her eyelashes as she finished her question. The video which immediately follows the jump was posted at Digitas Daily (HT PJ Tatler via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit):

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July 14, 2015

Iran ‘Deal’: Sellout Appears Complete

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:29 am

From a USA Today email:

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Oh boy. They get to “press for” inspections. What kind of crap is that?

And if Iran says no? (Likely: Nothing happens.)

July 13, 2015

Eonline Further Distorts NY Times Scott Walker Hit Piece

Here is an object lession in how the perceptions of low-information voters are shaped to the disadvantage of Republican and conservative candidates.

In the daily email I receive from Eonline.com (subscribing to the web site’s missives is a necessary evil), the fifth item listed read: “Scott Walker Announces 2016 Presidential Run.” (Curiously, the web version of that email no longer links to the Walker item, perhaps indicating that someone at the web site is unhappy that it gave him any notice at all.) Two paragraphs near the end of the Eonline.com writeup tie back to the New York Times hit piece Tim Graham at NewsBusters critiqued in detail earlier this afternoon. Rebecca Macatee’s writeup makes it appear as if the Walker campaign itself is seriously concerned about how the nation perceives him (link is in original; bolds are mine):

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NY Times Claims Walker Needs to Work on Being Seen as ‘Smart’ and ‘Sophisticated’

It’s worth noting how I first came across today’s Page A1 New York Times item on Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker’s formal announcement of his 2016 run for president.

It started with an email I received from Eonline.com (subscribing to the web site’s missives is a necessary evil). The fifth item listed read: “Scott Walker Announces 2016 Presidential Run.” Curiously, the web version of that email no longer links to the Walker item, perhaps indicating that someone at the web site is unhappy that it gave him any notice at all. Two paragraphs near the end of the Eonline.com writeup tie back to the Times piece. They make it appear as if Walker’s campaign is concerned about how the nation perceives him:

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June 30, 2015

Former Obama Official Asks: ‘Can Gay Marriage Defeat the Islamic State?’

In a column at ForeignPolicy.com, a former Obama administration defense official who “served as a counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy from 2009 to 2011″ has asked: “Can Gay Marriage Defeat the Islamic State?”

Rosa Brooks, who “is a law professor at Georgetown University,” is serious. Her earnestness and deep ignorance are especially troubling, because it’s clear that there are many people who “think” just like her who are still in the Obama administration and at the State Department (See: John Kerry’s slow-motion sellout in Iranian negotiations).

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June 29, 2015

Hillary Deleted Passages, Edited Emails Delivered to State; Will Press Ignore?

Yeah, yeah. This post is about Hillary Clinton. The left and the press (but I repeat myself) insist that nobody cares about her scandalous behavior, or her evasiveness, or her demonstrated serial dishonesty. And even though a large and growing percentage of Americans don’t trust her, that doesn’t matter either, because she’ll still get most of their votes. That’s because no one wants to ever-ever-ever-ever see a non-Democrat take the White House again. So yeah, I know, we should just shut up already. Well, if you’re on the left and reading this, do us a favor and spare us any condescension you might include in the comments. People who remain in touch with reality will recognize that what follows is pretty darned important. Perhaps by some miracle someone in the establishment press with a conscience will too.

Six weeks ago, I marveled at how nobody in the press thought that it was the least bit unusual that Hillary Clinton’s team submitted supposedly complete paper copies of the “non-personal” emails present on the secret private server she kept at her New York home while serving as the nation’s Secretary of State. A Washington Examiner report today (HT Ace) has provided the likely best (i.e., really the worst) reason why Mrs. Clinton handled the situation as she did.

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June 28, 2015

JPost’s Glick: U.S. Is Not Pushing for Iranian Nuke Inspections, and Will Instead ‘Facilitate Iran’s Development of Nuclear Weapons’

It would be nice if the establishment press, including the folks at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, had spent a bit less time this past week preparing for and celebrating the Supreme Court’s sadly as-expected Obamacare and same-sex “marriage” rulings, and a bit more on giving readers, listeners and viewers genuine updates on the horrid state of U.S. “negotiations” with Iran.

The only open question is no longer how quickly the pace of the sellout by Secretary of State John Kerry and his team to everything the Iranians want will be. It’s far worse than that. Now, thanks to a chilling writeup authored by the Jerusalem Post’s Caroline Glick, we have to ask why Barack Obama, Kerry and the rest of the “six powers” involved in the “negotiations” are so eager to help Iran build nuclear weapons.

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June 18, 2015

Fox News Alone Covers Hillary’s High-Level Private-Server Libya Emails

2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as seen in this March 10 Associated Press report, has claimed for several months that “No Classified Material (was) Sent via Her Personal Emails” from a home-based server she said “would remain private.”

That claim, like so many other representations Mrs. Clinton has made, fell apart earlier this week, when, as Fox News reported, it was learned that Mrs. Clinton “used her personal email account to handle high level negotiations in 2011 for a no-fly zone to help topple Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.” Only Fox considers this a story. Apparently, the fact that icky Fox has reported it means that no one else in the establishment wants to. Video and the Fox story follow the jump.

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June 12, 2015

Michelle Malkin on Trade Deal: ‘What part of ‘Stop selling out America!’ does D.C. not understand?’ (See Update)

First few and final two paragraphs from Michelle Malkin’s column today:

Constitutional conservatives don’t like it. Trade unions abhor it. Obama critics hate it. Environmentalists despise it.

Outside the Beltway bubble, a broad coalition of voters from the left, right and center opposes the mega-trade deal getting rammed through Congress this week by the Republican establishment on behalf of the White House. Here’s why.

The Obama administration, House GOP leader John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have sold out American sovereignty.

… Here is what those of us against the GOP-Obamatrade bills can all agree on: Both political parties in Washington are screwing over our country. American citizens are sick and tired of the permanent ruling class subverting the will of the people in the name of “bipartisanship.” We’ve had enough of Big Business betrayals and Big Government collusion.

What part of “Stop selling out America!” does D.C. not understand?

Locally, Boehner, Steve Chabot and Mr. COAST himself, USA Brad Wenstrup, voted yesterday to enable fast-track trade authority to narrowly clear a procedural hurdle, bringing it closer to reality. Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie opposed it. Shame on them; good for him.

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UPDATE: At RedState

If you don’t like GOP opposition to TPA and TPP, thank Leadership

So at this point, conservatives are being asked to accept that Republicans must vote for TPA, so that the TPP can pass. Oh, and they’re being asked to accept that TPP is probably a good thing, despite us having to pass TPA to find out what’s in TPP, but even if it weren’t, it wouldn’t pass. Except, see above. We’ve seen time and again Republicans make show votes, after casting the Cloture vote that really decided whether the bill would pass.

It comes down to trust. And the GOP establishment has consistently failed to show any backbone when it comes to fighting Obama. They’re constantly telling us that the good, responsible thing is to pass this bill, but we’ll fight the next time. Only, next time never comes.

Exemplifying this point, I just got off the phone with an official from an outfit which generally supports trade agreements, and asked why his group hadn’t taken a position on TPA, the authorization bill. The answer was essentially that they don’t know what’s in it, so it’s impossible to know where to stand.

That’s leadership’s fault. Until the American people know what’s involved, TPA must be rejected to force it out into the open so it can be properly evaluated.