April 7, 2015

New Republic Writer: Rolling Stone’s Failure Due to Use of ‘Rightwing Tactics’

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):

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April 5, 2015

Consequence-Free: ‘Scathing’ Columbia Report Leads to No Firings at Rolling Stone

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):

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March 31, 2015

Reid: No Regrets Lying About Mitt’s Taxes Because ‘Romney Didn’t Win, Did He?’

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):

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March 24, 2015

CNN Panelist: Suggestion That ‘Jackie’ Made Up UVa. Rape Story ‘Flies in the Face of Statistics’

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:

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March 23, 2015

USAT Reaction to Discredited Rolling Stone Rape Story: ‘Didn’t Quite Hold Up’

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”:

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March 11, 2015

OMG … Please Go Away, Hillary

Filed under: Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:46 pm

March 10: She found it convenient to use just one device.

A couple of weeks ago (HT Patterico):

Transcript:

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?

MODERATOR: Blackberry.

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.

February 11, 2015

To Rebut Axelrod on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Deception, Leader of Free World Goes to … Buzzfeed

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.

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February 10, 2015

New York Mag: NBC Has a ‘Dossier of Williams’ Apparent Lies’

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):

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Rory Ryan Has a Fever, and the Only Cure Is … Rob Portman?

Filed under: Activism,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:38 pm

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-posingthen-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.

February 8, 2015

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.

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February 6, 2015

You Can’t Make This Up

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Scams — Tom @ 5:39 pm

O … M … F … G:

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.

NY Post’s Page Six: Willams’s Copter Got No Ground Fire; Brokaw Wants Him Gone

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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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Please Stay On, Brian Williams’) Went Up Thursday Evening

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog Saturday evening (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Thanks to the editors at PJ Media for the quick review turnaround.

Thanks to Allahpundit at Hot Air for quoting the column in his Quotes of the Day (last item at link).

February 5, 2015

10th Anniversary NBC Promos Celebrated Brian Williams’s ‘Integrity,’ ‘Humility,’ and ‘Battle Scars’

As Curtis Houck at NewsBusters reported last night, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is in serious trouble after he, in Houck’s words, “admitted to not being aboard a helicopter that was shot and had to be rescued following RPG fire during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003.” Williams’s apology, also carried at Houck’s post, only refers to the “mistake” he made “on this broadcast last week” — as if it was the only time in 12 years he has recounted the incident. It’s not; his “war story” was relayed several other times, including in 2013 on David Letterman’s show (video here; note the level of detail now effectively admitted as having been fabricated).

In his apology attempt, Williams also told America that he was in “a following aircraft.” That’s very misleading. Larry O’Connor at Truth Revolt noted, that Williams “neglected to explain that he was in an aircraft that followed the one hit by RPG fire by an entire hour,” which “makes it sound like he was right behind the copter in question.” It seems more than fair to compare what we’ve learned in recent days to how NBC promoted Williams on the tenth anniversary of his presence in NBC’s anchor chair last year.

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February 4, 2015

NYT Op-ed About Sheldon Silver, And Its Lengthy Correction, Fail to Tag Him as a Dem

On Friday, Joe Nocera at the New York Times, in the words of a February 4 Times correction, premised his op-ed column “about the indictment of the longtime New York State Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver … on several factual errors.”

The correction failed to correct another factual error, namely that Silver, who was arrested, as the Times itself reported, on January 22, has not yet been formally indicted. Here is the full text of that correction (HT Instapundit; bolds are mine throughout this post):

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