The New York Times has published two articles on the relationship between former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton and longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal. It has been known for some time that Blumenthal, barred by the Obama White House from working at State, nevertheless ran “a secret, private intelligence network” for Mrs. Clinton’s benefit, “apart from the State Department’s own Bureau of Intelligence and Research.”
In a “completely unexpected” (no, not really) development, Dorian Johnson, the person who was with Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri when Brown was killed by police officer Darren Wilson, has been arrested. I know, I know, it’s a real shock to learn that the guy who completely fabricated the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie and, along with Brown, “stole a box of cigars” from a store before their fateful encounter with Wilson could possibly have broken the law.
The Associated Press has written a story on the arrest. What’s really odd (again, no, not really), at least based on searches on Johnson’s first name, is that the story isn’t posted at the wire service’s main national site or at its “Big Story” site. But of course, a Tuesday story about how Johnson is suing the City of Ferguson and Wilson at both sites (here and here). Here are excerpts from the AP story on Johnson’s arrest found, apparently exclusively, at the Post (bolds are mine throughout this post):
PunditFact Calls an Accurate Assertion About the Clinton Foundation by the Federalist and Rush Limbaugh ‘Mostly False’
If Rush Limbaugh told his audience that the sun rose in the east today, it seems that PunditFact, an arm of Politifact, would find a way to determine that he wasn’t telling the truth.
That’s pretty much what you have to conclude from the web site’s laughable evaluation of Limbaugh’s true assertion that “The Federalist reports only 15 percent of the money donated to the Clinton Family Foundation went to actual charitable causes.” So its beef isn’t really with Limbaugh anyway, but the cynical evaluators at the web site knew that they would catch more eyeballs by going after Rush.
New Republic staff writer Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig has clearly run out of defenses for the conduct of those involved in the disgraceful, scandalous journalistic malpractice which gave rise to the now-retracted and thoroughly discredited “A Rape on Campus: The Struggle for Justice at UVA” at Rolling Stone.
So here’s her last refuge: Conservatism deserves some of the blame, because Sabrina Rubin Erdely and others associated with the story supposedly “Used Rightwing Tactics to Make a Leftist Point” (links are in original; bolds and numbered tags are mine):
Earlier this evening, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism issued its report on Rolling Stone Magazine’s November “A Rape on Campus” story. The report follows up on the magazine’s request of Columbia to conduct an independent review of how the disastrously false 9,000-word story made it through to publication.
USA Today is reporting that for all the harsh criticism the piece’s author and the others at the magazine received, and despite the fact that RS has now formally and fully retracted the story, no one is losing their job or suffering any other visible consequences. In fact, the magazine considers the whole affair “an isolated and unusual episode” (bolds are mine):
So Harry Reid knew he was lying about Mitt Romney not paying taxes for ten years when he made the claim in 2012 from the lawsuit-free zone known as the floor of the U.S. Senate, but didn’t care.
That’s what one must conclude from Reid’s response to CNN’s Dana Bash about that statement. Asked on the network’s “New Day” program if he regrets what he said, Reid responded: “Romney didn’t win, did he?” Rather than question Reid’s outrageously cynical “end justifies the means” mentality, Bash’s edited interview moved on to another topic. Video (HT Washington Free Beacon) and transcript follow the jump (HT Instapundit):
On CNN yesterday, after the network cut away from the press conference where Charlottesville, Virginia Police Department announced that it “found no evidence to support claims in a Rolling Stone article that a University of Virginia student was gang raped at a campus fraternity in September 2012,” network panelist and CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin bizarrely resorted to “statistics” to defend “Jackie,” the student-fabulist involved.
The panel discussion which followed the press conference seemed to be all about telling viewers that “Despite what everyone says, it’s really not over.” Hostin’s major contribution to that meme was to essentially contend that because “only about 2 percent of rapes that are reported are false,” any allegation that “Jackie” was making things up is unfair and likely incorrect because it “flies in the face of statistics” — even though, in a new development, we learned that “Jackie” claimed that she was the victim of a second gang-rape incident in April 2014. Police also could find no evidence supporting that incident’s occurrence. Video and a transcript follow the jump:
The press’s reluctance to let go of a popular but debunked meme — in this case, the nonexistent “epidemic” of college campus sexual assaults — is sometimes inadvertently humorous, though still intensely annoying.
Take how John Bacon and Marisol Bello at USA Today characterized the news that “Police in Charlottesville were unable to verify that an alleged sexual assault detailed in a controversial Rolling Stone magazine article ever took place at the University of Virginia”:
March 10: She found it convenient to use just one device.
MODERATOR: I have to ask the big question.
HILLARY CLINTON: Okay.
MOERATOR: iPhone or Android?
HILLARY: (after a cackle that could shatter glass and eardrums a mile away) iPhone. (Pause while some in audience cheer) Okay, in full disclosure?
HILLARY: And a Blackberry.
The country can’t stand either 2, 6, or 10 more years of Hillary Clinton and her First “Husband” lying about stuff that doesn’t matter while covering up and lying about stuff that does.
Pleased go away, Hillary.
By yesterday afternoon, the Obama administration recognized that it had a serious problem on its hands. Zeke Miller at Time.com reported that 2008 presidential campaign manager and longtime adviser David Axelord’s book revealed that, in Miller’s words, “Barack Obama misled Americans for his own political benefit when he claimed in the 2008 election to oppose same sex marriage for religious reasons.” Obama never opposed same-sex marriage, but acted on advice from Axelrod and others to act as if he did during the campaign.
Axelrod’s claim generated enough coverage that Team Obama knew that even the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, was going to have to do some kind of story on his adviser’s revelation. So how to do damage control without creating the kind of stir which would force the network broadcasters to inform low-information voters of the core deception? That’s easy. Throw all pretenses of presidential dignity out the window and go to (holy moly) Buzzfeed.
In his story on Brian Williams at 10:55 p.m. ET this evening, Gabriel Sherman at New York Magazine reported that the now-suspended anchor and his agent "were presented with a dossier of Williams' apparent lies," and that "Williams himself was only slowly grasping the depths of the mess he'd created."
That begs the obvious question of whether the public will ever get to know what's in that "dossier," and what impact its contents may have had on the substance of NBC's news reports during the past dozen (if not more) years. Excerpts from Sherman's report follow the jump (links are in original; bolds are mine):
Longtime readers here may recall a certain Rory Ryan, publisher and owner of The Highland County Press.
Mr. Ryan may be a generally fine gentleman, hard worker, and most of those other things you might expect from a heartland journalist who genuinely seems to lean conservative.
But in at least two instances one going back over a decade and the other very recent, Ryan has demonstrated that his nose for news and political acumen are, to say the least, awful.
Ryan’s carreer list of endorsed candidates includes the one and only, habitual House Bank NSF check-writing, false incumbent-posing, then-Viriginia residing, habitually illegally voting, election law-violating, Amway/Quixtar scam-selling former Congressman Bob McEwen.
Mr. Ryan had, and perhaps still has, a horrible blind spot with Mr. McEwen.
After McEwen’s decade of illegal voting as an absentee in Ohio while living in Virginia was exposed, I asked how “newspaperman” Ryan, who supposedly is close to the pulse of his area, could possibly not have not known:
- That McEwen and his wife Liz were using his father’s address as their voter-registration “residence” address during the mid-1990s?
- That Bob and Liz began using the addresses of others in Hillsboro, places in which they clearly were not living or “residing,” for that same purpose beginning sometime in the late 1990s?
- The story of the infamous 2003 “Mrs. Lyle’s house is not your home” letter addressed by the Highland County Board of Elections to Bob McEwen, Liz McEwen, and two of their children, in which the Board cancelled the voter registrations of all four of them? (I was told that this matter was brought to the attention of the county prosecutor at the time, yet Ryan still endorsed McEwen’s attempts to return to Congress.)
To be clear, these were matters that McEwen and his campaign completely failed to refute.
If Mr. Ryan indeed was aware of the items just noted, it seems that putting Bob McEwen back into Congress was of such overriding importance that he was willing to overlook, and to keep from the public he has pledged to serve in his profession, matters that made Mr. McEwen objectively unfit to serve in public office.
Based on this background, you’ll have to excuse me for having a hard time not rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably at the idea that Rory Ryan hearts Rob Portman so much that he thinks he ought to be our next president:
As recently as Feb. 6, his name was still “part of the discussion” for the 2016 campaign. And although he says he is focusing on his re-election to the U.S. Senate – to which he can add our endorsement, I can’t help but think the nation would be better served if the once Grand Old Party would endorse a Portman for President banner at the 2016 convention.
Like I said, one can hope.
Count me out, pal.
What has Rob Portman accomplished in the past four-plus years? … (stone silence) … (If anyone can cite anything meaningful and tangible, please let me know. I am completely unconcerned about getting flooded with substantive responses, because I don’t think anyone can point to anything.)
Would Rob Portman govern with the welfare of the nation at the forefront of his mind, or according to how his actions and decisions will help or hurt him politically?
Here’s the answer, originally delivered to the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2005:
Back in his Washington office last month, Portman, who usually sits back calmly in his chair, suddenly leans forward when he’s told that one of his colleagues recently questioned how far he’ll go in politics because he seems “risk-averse.”
The description appears to rankle Portman, who has taken more than a few physical risks over the years – from ducking bullets whizzing over his head while kayaking on the Rio Grande, to defying Chinese officials who refused him permission to kayak on the Yangtze River. *
“I probably am a little risk-averse compared to some members [of Congress],” he concedes, “but I think a lot of that is a deliberate decision on my part that some things are worth it for my career and some things aren’t.”
* – I don’t hink I’m alone in sensing potential Brian Williams-like problems with these claims.
His career is clearly more important than taking risks for being right.
Rob Portman will never live that statement down — nor should he.
Rory Ryan has once again shown horrible political acumen. In light of his history with Bob McEwen, that is sadly not a surprise.
Geraldo Echoes Rathergate: Williams Critics Attacking ‘From Their Mother’s Basement’ Should ‘Shut up’; Tweets Advice to Wrong Brian Williams
Friday morning on Fox and Friends, Geraldo Rivera, echoing Rathergate, the 2004 scandal which put the blogosphere and New Media on the map to stay and accelerated its growth, reacted to the Brian Williams debacle by denouncing those criticizing the NBC Nightly News anchor “from the safety of their mother’s basement,” telling them that they should just “shut up.”
Saturday, in a pair of tweets reacting to Williams’ decision, quoting from the anchor’s internal memo, “to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days,” Rivera expressed sharp disappointment, saying that Williams should “stand & fight.” But in an epic fail, the Twitter account which Geraldo linked in one of his rants belongs to a different Brian Williams.
BRIAN WILLIAMS: I ONCE SAVED A PUPPY FROM A BURNING HOUSE
And in another telling of the tale, he said he saved two puppies from the fire
Really, this is more than any of us should have to tolerate.
If Brian Williams or any of the executives at NBC thought that the controversy over his “fake Iraq story” might start to die down, developments this evening have proven that they were sadly mistaken.
The quoted words in the previous sentence are from a headline at an Associated Press story by David Bauder, the wire service’s TV writer. The fact that the nation’s self-described “essential global news network” felt comfortable using those words to describe the 12 year-old saga of Williams’s fabricated adventure in Iraq is actually among the least of his and his network’s troubles tonight. Two major stories at the New York Post’s Page Six appear to have made their continuing with the status quo very difficult to imagine.
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