Posted: December 28, 2017 Filed under: Censorship, Crime & Corruption, Foreign Policy, Mediasphere, Terrorism, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Cassandra, Democrats, DOJ, Drug Trafficking, Echo Chamber, Iran, Iran Deal, Josh Meyer, Politico, propaganda, The Secret Backstory Of How Obama Let Hezbollah Off the Hook, Twitter
Politico reporter is punished for raising the curtain on Obama’s Hezbollah policy.
Lee Smith reports: A week after Josh Meyer’s Politico expose, “The Secret Backstory Of How Obama Let Hezbollah Off the Hook,” former Obama officials are still berating Meyer for his 13,000-word article detailing how the Obama administration killed a nearly decade-long DEA effort to stem a global Hezbollah cocaine-smuggling-and-organized-crime ring to help secure its nuclear deal with Iran. “This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” former Defense Department analyst David Asher explained in the article. “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”
Asher helped establish and oversee the project, codenamed Cassandra, that looked into Hezbollah’s wide-range of illicit activities across the globe, including weapons procurement, drug trafficking, and money laundering. Senior Obama officials, according to Asher, ignored the legal and financial instruments that he and others had provided to target a terrorist organization with American blood on its hands and was still plotting against the United States.
In response, a Twitter mob of mid-level bureaucrats and former intelligence officersorchestrated in the usual fashion attacked Asher in tandem with the media echo chamber used to sell the Iran Deal, with former political operatives from the Obama White House supplying the usual talking points to their hatchet-men. Meyer’s “on the record sources have undisclosed anti-Iran deal bias,” tweeted former Obama speechwriter Tommy Vietor, who has remade himself as a podcast host. Meyer’s “entire piece,” tweeted Obama lieutenant and former CIA officer Ned Price, “is based on pure speculation by these ‘1 or 2 sources’ w undisclosed anti-Iran deal bias.”
The catchphrase, “undisclosed anti-Iran deal bias,” is an extended replay version of the catchy slogans Team Obama used to market the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Opponents and critics of the nuclear deal were “warmongers” beholden to “donors” with “agendas” whose concerns were shaped by their loyalties not to America but rather to the Jewish state. Now, the echo chamber insisted, Meyer’s sources aren’t to be trusted because they were against the Iran deal, or have associated with think tanks that opposed the Iran Deal—which means that they are secret neocon slaves of Israel, of course. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 22, 2017 Filed under: Censorship, Crime & Corruption, Foreign Policy, Mediasphere, Terrorism, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, CBS, Drug Trafficking, Hezblollah, Iran, media, NPR, Politico, propaganda
Now swap out “Trump” for “Obama” and “Russia” for “Iran” and imagine the eruption these revelations would generate. Because, by any conceivable journalistic standard, this scandal should’ve triggered widespread coverage and been plastered on front pages across the country. By any historic standard, the scandal should elicit outrage regarding the corrosion of governing norms from pundits and editorial boards.
Yet, as it turns out, there’s an exceptionally good chance most of your neighbors and colleagues haven’t heard anything about it.
Days after the news broke, in fact, neither NBC News, ABC News nor CBS News — whose shows can boast a collective 20 million viewers — had been able to find the time to relay the story to its sizeable audiences. Other than Fox News, cable news largely ignored the revelations, as well.
Most major newspapers, which have been sanctimoniously patting themselves on the back for the past year, couldn’t shoehorn into their pages a story about potential collusion between the former president and a terror-supporting state. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 5, 2017 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Democrats, Donald Trump, Karl Rove, Left Wing, media, news, Politico, propaganda, satire, Steve Bannon
Posted: January 21, 2017 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Buzzfeed, CNN, Deportation, Donald Trump, Illegal immigration, Inaugural Speech, Jake Tapper, Politico, President Trump, United States Congress
The television anchors, reporters and analysts covering President Donald Trump’s inaugural speech may have appeared on different networks, but they were united in their depictions of Trump’s speech.
“A speech that, in the early 1960s, gave us ‘ask not,’ today gave us ‘American carnage,’” said MSNBC anchor Brian Williams.
“One of the most radical inauguration speeches we’ve ever heard … Pure populism,” CNN’s Jake Tapper said.
“This was Donald Trump seizing power, in the sense that there is a new sheriff in town,” Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said. “The American carnage must stop right here, right now. … This was the speech of an insurgent, the leader of a revolt that has won and taken control of Washington.”
Even the more charitable descriptions of the speech noted the darkness of his rhetoric.
[Read the full story here, at POLITICO]
“I thought the speech was not poetic, but quite strong. It was very much Trump. While it wasn’t soaring he had many lines that were quite memorable,” said Fox News’ Brit Hume. “He painted this dark landscape of circumstances in this country, and promised to fix it all, basically.”
Some fact-checked Trump’s speech, which mentioned crime rates and Americans out of work. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 11, 2016 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Space & Aviation, Terrorism, White House | Tags: Alberto Gonzales, Dick Cheney, Emma E. Booker Elementary School, Executive Office of the President, Florida, George W. Bush, Politico, September 11 attacks, United States, White House
Where was the president in the eight hours after the Sept. 11 attacks? The strange, harrowing journey of Air Force One, as told by the people who were on board.
Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001. But for a tiny handful of people, those memories touch American presidential history. Shortly after the attacks began, the most powerful man in the world, who had been informed of the World Trade Center explosions in a Florida classroom, was escorted to a runway and sent to the safest place his handlers could think of: the open sky.
For the next eight hours, with American airspace completely cleared of jets, a single blue-and-white Boeing 747, tail number 29000—filled with about 65 passengers, crew and press, and the 43rd president, George W. Bush, as well as 70 box lunches and 25 pounds of bananas—traversed the eastern United States. On board, President Bush and his aides argued about two competing interests—the need to return to Washington and reassure a nation and the competing need to protect the commander in chief.
[Read the full story here, at POLITICO Magazine]
All the while, he and his staff grappled with the aftermath of the worst attack on American soil in their lifetimes, making crucial decisions with only flickering information about the attacks unfolding below. Bush struggled even to contact his family and to reach Vice President Dick Cheney in the White House bunker.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
The story of those remarkable hours—and the thoughts and emotions of those aboard—isolated eight miles above America, escorted by three F-16 fighters, flying just below the speed of sound, has never been comprehensively told. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 19, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Bernie Sanders, breitbart, Data breach, Democratic National Committee, Democratic Party (United States), Drudge Report, Hillary Clinton, New Hampshire, NGP VAN, Politico, The Washington Post
Source: Clinton goes for the jugular after data breach – POLITICO
Live Updates: Democrats Debate in New Hampshire
Breitbart.com – Drudgereport.com – Politico.com
Posted: December 2, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: American Revolutionary War, Chicago, Cuba, Finance, Government budget, Mayor of Chicago, Mike Allen, Playbook Breakfast, Politico, Property tax, Rahm Emanuel
Apparently, the two had discussed Emanuel’s plans to go to Cuba backstage before the event, but Allen spilled the beans with this question.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel became angry with Politico reporter Mike Allen on Wednesday for revealing his vacation plans during a Playbook Breakfast event.
“Well, first of all, thanks for telling everybody what I’m going to do with my family. You just had a private conversation with me, and now you decide to make that public. I really don’t appreciate that. I really don’t…I’m expressing to you now publicly my displeasure.”
Apparently, the two had discussed Emanuel’s plans to go to Cuba backstage before the event, but Allen spilled the beans with this question.
“Headed these holidays to Cuba, why?” Allen asked.
[Read the full story here, at the Washington Free Beacon]
“Well, first of all, thanks for telling everybody what I’m going to do with my family,” he said. “You just had a private conversation with me, and now you decide to make that public. I really don’t appreciate that. I really don’t … I’m expressing to you now publicly my displeasure.”
Emanuel went on to explain that he and his wife like to take their children on various cultural experiences….(read more)
Source: Washington Free Beacon
Posted: September 10, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, David Brock, Hillary Clinton, Media Matters For America, Politico, Sidney Blumenthal, Supreme Court of the United States, The New York Times, United States Department of State
Brock, the former right-wing journalist-turned-pro-Clinton crusader, takes aim at a top New York Times editor in a soon-to-be released book obtained by POLITICO. In the book, titled “Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary Clinton and Hijack Your Government,” Brock accuses senior politics editor and former Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan of helping to turn the paper into a “megaphone for conservative propaganda” by unfairly targeting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The founder of liberal watchdog groups Media Matters and Correct the Record casts Bill and Hillary Clinton, whom he tormented in the 1990s as a reporter with the American Spectator, as personal and political angels who offered him access to some of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors.
But he uses the book as a platform to attack the Times — whose editorial board endorsed Clinton over Barack Obama in 2008 — over its approach towards the Clintons from the Whitewater investigations of the 1990s to the current coverage of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
“As it concerns Clinton coverage, the Times will have a special place in hell,” he writes, claiming that interviews with current Times employees prove his case. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 17, 2015 Filed under: Politics, Reading Room | Tags: Barnes & Noble, Bestseller, Bookselling, HarperCollins, Nielsen BookScan, Politico, publishing, Ted Cruz, The New York Times, The New York Times Best Seller list
Depressed New York Times staffers, reported to be on suicide watch since the scandal began, struggle to endure the hardship of working at a newspaper that accurately lists Ted Cruz’s bestselling book.
KATIE MCHUGH reports: The New York Times acknowledged on Wednesday that the book, A Time for Truth, belongs on its best-seller list and gave it a no. 7 ranking in nonfiction, after snubbing it and accusing the Cruz campaign of making “strategic bulk purchases.”
Harper Collins sent an inquiring email to The New York Times last week after the book’s impressive sales were ignored by the paper.
“We have uniform standards that we apply to our best seller list, which includes an analysis of book sales that goes beyond simply the number of books sold,” spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said, according to Politico. “This book didn’t meet that standard this week.”
[Order Ted Cruz’s bestselling book – excluded by the New York Times! “A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America” from Amazon.com]
Cruz’s campaign furiously attacked The New York Times for their deliberate omission.
“The Times is presumably embarrassed by having their obvious partisan bias called out. But their response — alleging ‘strategic bulk purchases’ — is a blatant falsehood. The evidence is directly to the contrary. In leveling this false charge, the Times has tried to impugn the integrity of Senator Cruz and of his publisher HarperCollins,” Cruz campaign spokesperson Rick Tyler told Politico on Friday.
New York Times Spokesman responding to the inclusion of Ted Cruz’s book
Amazon also pushed back. An Amazon spokeswoman said that A Time for Truth: was a bestselling book and they found no evidence of “unusual bulk purchase activity.” Cruz’s book currently ranks as the number-one best-selling book in “Political Conservatism & Liberalism” on Amazon. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 15, 2015 Filed under: Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Barack Obama, Democratic Party (United States), Federal Election Commission, George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Political action committee, Politico, Republican Party (United States), The Pantsuit Report, United States
Hillary Clinton, the dominant front-runner in the Democratic field, is facing a massive pile of money on the Republican side, with early numbers showing that the GOPers have outraised Clinton more than four times over.
So far, the 15 candidates vying for the Republican nomination have raked in more than $280 million to Clinton’s $69 million, through a mix of campaign fundraising, super PAC donations, and other money groups.
Yes, the field is lopsided, but that doesn’t diminish this fact: Hillary’s squaring off against a lot of Republican cash. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 14, 2015 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense, White House | Tags: Bill Clinton, Clinton Foundation, CNN, Gun control, Gun rights, Guns, Hillary Clinton, More Guns Less Crime, Politico, Second Amendment, Sidney Blumenthal
Posted: April 8, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Bob Menendez, CBS Interactive, Chuck Schumer, Democratic Party (United States), Harry Reid, Jorge Ramos (news anchor), Michael Patrick Leahy, Nevada, Party leaders of the United States Senate, Politico, Univision
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is changing the story about how he sustained those gruesome New Year’s Day injuries that have left him blind in one eye
Michael Patrick Leahy reports:
…Previously, Reid claimed that an exercise band he was using “broke.”
“Sources familiar with the incident said Reid was exercising in his bathroom, with the exercise band attached to the shower door.”
— Politico reported on January 22.
“I was doing exercises that I’ve been doing for many years with those large rubber bands and one of them broke and spun me around and I crashed into these cabinets and injured my eye,” (emphasis added) Reid said at a press conference on January 22.
(You can see the video of that press conference here.)
But now, in an interview conducted by Fusion (a joint venture between ABC and Univision), excerpts of which have been released today, Reid tells Univision anchor Jorge Ramos that the exercise band “slipped,” rather than “broke.”
“Now, however, Reid tells Ramos a different story. The exercise band was not attached to the shower door in his bathroom, Reid says, but was instead attached to ‘a big metal hook that came out from the wall’ in an unspecified room in his new Nevada home.”
“[T]he [elastic band] strap had no handle on it, slipped, spun me around, uh, about, oh I guess four feet (Reid points with his right hand to the wall of the interview room) and so I smashed my face into a cabinet,” Reid tells Ramos.
Reid’s latest version of the incident, as told to Ramos, differs from previous versions advanced by his team in another very significant way.
“Sources familiar with the incident said Reid was exercising in his bathroom, with the exercise band attached to the shower door,” Politico reported on January 22. (emphasis added)
As Breitbart News reported previously, that version of the story, almost certainly told to Politico by Reid’s staffers with his approval, is not credible.
Now, however, Reid tells Ramos a different story. The exercise band was not attached to the shower door in his bathroom, Reid says, but was instead attached to “a big metal hook that came out from the wall” in an unspecified room in his new Nevada home.
Watch the full video of the excerpts of the Fusion interview here:
Here’s a partial transcript of the excerpt of the interview released by Fusion:
Ramos: You said recently that the accident had nothing to do with your decision to retire.
However, we are seeing the consequences of what happened.
What really happened?
Was it really with an elastic band? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 14, 2015 Filed under: Censorship, Diplomacy, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Democratic Party (United States), Foggy Bottom, Hillary Clinton, New York, Politico, United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Department of State
The Email Traffic of Senior Officials was Not Automatically or Routinely Archived
FLASHBACK: When reporters chased cars to expose “gaffes”.
Posted: March 12, 2015 Filed under: Diplomacy, Global, Humor, Mediasphere, The Butcher's Notebook | Tags: American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Barack Obama, Chinese Hackers, GOP, Hacking, Hillary Clinton, Israel, Jennifer Lawrence, John Boehner, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, National security, Politico, Republican Party (United States), satire, United States Department of Homeland Security
Chinese hackers offer Clinton Archive in Exchange for Exclusive Access to Future Celebrity Porn Leaks
HONG KONG – Chinese hackers contacted John Boehner‘s office this week, offering their archived record of Hillary Clinton’s email database, in exchange for a guarantee of exclusive access to future leaks of celebrity nude images and videos, sources inside the capitol have confirmed. The Department of Homeland security, however, denies any knowledge of a deal being offered by the Chinese, and authorities in Beijing decline to comment. “This is either a rogue operation, or a prank”, said Eric Holder, when contacted for comment. “There’s no evidence the emails they claim to have are authentic.”
Other officials disagreed, conceding that military and non-military hackers inside Chinese have long held copies of every email written and received by cabinet officers in the U.S. “We know they keep records of our correspondence, probably even more complete ones than we do”, said one official. “There’s really not a lot we can do about it. We might as well benefit from it.” Boehner agreed, and suggested that negotiations with A-list actresses are already underway.
“I’d do my part, if it meant this scandal could be neutralized”, said actress Kirsten Dunst, “but only if other actresses do it, too, and only if the images don’t appear outside China.” A spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence said that under certain conditions she might allow personal photographs to be shared among Chinese hackers, but declined to say what those conditions are. “Jennifer is a patriot,” her spokesperson said. “But she’s also a realist. She doesn’t necessarily trust the Chinese to honor non-disclosure agreements. Another actress, Kate Upton, declined to participate, “If they wanted picture of me, they’d have them by now. Everyone else does”, she said. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 20, 2014 Filed under: Censorship, Mediasphere, Politics, Think Tank, U.S. News | Tags: Alan Grayson, Americans, Barack Obama, Broadcast license, Campaign finance reform in the United States, Democratic Party (United States), Harry Reid, Party leaders of the United States Senate, Politico, Republican Party (United States)
By Tim Phillips and David Spady
Benjamin Franklin’s warning is perhaps more apt today than at any point in American history. In the past four years, the Democratic Party and the progressive movement have been dealt devastating losses at the ballot box, in large part because voters rejected their policies as violations of fundamental liberties.
Yet rather than debate the merits of their policies, many on the left responded with a coordinated campaign to suppress free speech—primarily by intimidating, demonizing and silencing the people who opposed and defeated them. Examples include the Internal Revenue Services’ targeting of conservative nonprofit groups, Senate Democrats’ recent attempt to write a new constitutional amendment that would gut the First Amendment, and a host of other anti-free-speech efforts at both the state and federal level.
Our organizations, Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit advocacy group that mobilizes grass-roots activists to support or oppose specific legislation and hold lawmakers accountable, and Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which educates citizens about the benefits of free-market policies, have been among the left’s primary targets. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 3, 2014 Filed under: Humor, Politics, Think Tank, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, David Harsanyi, Democrats, Eugene Robinson, GOP, Jonah Goldberg, Nancy Pelosi, New York Times, Obamcare, Politico, The Federalist, Unicorns, Vox
With Defeat Looming, Democrats Retreat Into Fantasy
One of the unfortunate things about being addicted to reading news about politics is that it doesn’t take long to become overexposed to the parallel hypocrisy and predictable self-delusions of each side’s columnists and loyalist OP-ED writers. One longs for relief. One thing I like about The Federalist is their media coverage of media coverage. Media criticism and analysis isn’t exactly in short supply in the blogosphere, especially in the run-up to the 2014 election. But finding good sources of media commentary (about media commentary) that are revealing, on-target, and reliably entertaining isn’t easy. The Federalist delivers. Particularly when conducted at the savage keyboard of virtuoso ego-slayer Mollie Z. Hemingway. But you know who else has a good aim? David Harsanyi. Here’s a sample of Harsanyi’s latest column, from which I borrow liberally in the following post. To enjoy the full text, go here.
David Harsanyi writes: With prospects of Republicans recapturing the Senate a chilling reality—though certainly not a given—I’ve noticed a number of pundits, including, the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, embrace some conventional self-soothing myths about our political situation. Each one means to reaffirm liberal intellectual and moral superiority and rationalize events that aren’t exactly going according to plan.
“Maybe Obamacare killed for decades the idea of big centralized governance? I find the prospect heartening.”
It is inconceivable voters could be unhappy with Democrats’ recent body of work or the content of their message. A GOP victory will sit atop a mandate-free edifice of anxiety, hate, rage, and lies. “Republicans are conducting a campaign of atmospherics,” Robinson explains. “Be afraid, they tell voters. Be unhappy. Be angry.”
“Parties often fool themselves after setbacks. The GOP will, as well. No doubt, we’ll soon have a barrage of post-election autopsies that will get to the heart of the matter. You know the drill…”
Is Robinson referring to the campaign to persuade voters that plutocrats have the ability to steal democracy by drilling into the collective subconscious of America and forcing all of us vote for Republicans? That kind of atmospheric? Or is he talking about the condom-thieving vote-stealing white men whose detestation of entire genders and races is so fervent that it leads them to a career in reactionary politics? You know the type. The kind of scum that still supports slavery. Or maybe, when Minnesota becomes a desert because we haven’t pumped enough subsidies into windmills conservatives will be happy? After all…
“Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.”
…says the rational, idea-driven leader of the House Democrats.
“…what if people aren’t interested in being governed in such dramatic ways any longer? Maybe Americans are increasingly uncomfortable with the notion of politicians planning so much of their future.”
Sure, only one party has a laser-focus on the issues that matter.
Only One Party Is Irrationally Rigid
In a recent POLITICO piece sifting through potential bipartisanship measures after the midterms, Norm Ornstein ascertains that trade policy (please retard your excitement) is the most feasible low-key legislation Washington can hope to pass, because Republican “activists will not go ballistic over a signing ceremony conducted by the Socialist Kenyan president.”
[You’re on the wrong side of history if you haven’t read Jonah Goldberg‘s book, “The Tyranny of Cliches“, but you can order it from Amazon]
So biting! You hear this sort of thing often, of course. I’d say believing GOP obstinacy is driven exclusively by fantasies and bigotry is almost as inane as believing in a Manchurian candidate. But if you think there’s gridlock now, wait until Republicans are driving policy. Should Republicans win, I do look forward to a slew of Ornstein columns lamenting the Democrat minority’s filibustering and sabotage…
Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere | Tags: Barack Obama, Brietbart, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fox News Channel, Global Panic, Internal Revenue Service, Obama administration, Politico, Poll, Ted Cruz, Texas, United States
Brietbart.com – Politico Poll: 64% Believe America Is Out of Control
Posted: October 20, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Demagogue, Fox News, Jonah Goldberg, NRO, Politico, Senate Democrats, The Corner, War on Women
Posted: October 7, 2014 Filed under: Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Hillary Clinton, Maggie Haberman, Paul Ryan, Politico, Rand Paul, Republican Party (United States), Republicans, Ted Cruz, Washington
Private, except, well, it appeared in Politico. Which means A. Politico needs a dictionary, or B. (more likely) Ted Cruz fully intended the comment to be public, but indirectly, using an easily-accessible Washington D.C. news organization like Politico as a gullible tool to be fed information to.
Politico, a willing message carrier for leaks? Impossible! Unthinkable! My goodness. One would almost think Ted Cruz is a politician, or something.
Posted: September 23, 2014 Filed under: Politics, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Lerner, Politico, Smidgen Report, Tea Party, United States Congress, Washington
Everyone in Washington has a P.R. machine, or at minimum, an agenda. That’s certainly the case with Lois Lerner, the former IRS executive whose division targeted conservative nonprofit applicants with delays and harassment.
“Lerner is willing to testify only in the news media, where the whole truth is not required and irrelevant information can be shared to make her seem less unsympathetic.”
Lerner’s division of the IRS systematically obstructed and denied status to Tea Party groups while subjecting many of the smallest ones — those most vulnerable and least likely to be lawyered up — to inappropriate demands for information that was not legally required. In one case, this included the content of the opening prayer recited in meetings, and in others, this IRS Inquisition demanded that leaders of certain groups pledge never to run for office.
Lerner is out of that business now, and on to a new campaign. This campaign, in which she has enlisted friends and former colleagues, aims to tell the side of the story that she has refused to give Congress under oath.
The resulting Politico piece includes — this is no joke — the revelations that she once baked brownies for colleagues and that she loves dogs. How delightful for her and the dogs! But so what? Lerner cited the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer questions about her involvement in this scandal. The reason for doing that is that she believes her answers could facilitate a criminal prosecution against her. The mysterious destruction of evidence in this case strongly suggests she is right to worry about that. So does her concerned email inquiry to government IT workers as to whether her instant messages with colleagues could ever be obtained by congressional investigators. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 4, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Donté Stallworth, Florida, Hot Air, Huffington Post, Onion, Politico, September 11 attacks
Another gem by Hot Air‘s Noah Rothman. Read it all here.
It’s hard to think of a worse candidate for a reporter covering national security issues than a once-committed 9/11 truther, but The Huffington Post apparently could.
“The Huffington Post’s Washington bureau has hired professional football player and 9/11 truther Donte Stallworth as a fellow, covering national security,” Politico’s Dylan Byers wrote in a lede that would not seem out of place in The Onion.
The Huffington Post was apparently not deterred by either Stallworth’s controversial views on the September 11 attacks, or his concern that the swine flu vaccine was part of an elaborate plot, or his criminal record.
In 2009, Stallworth plead guilty to manslaughter after killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in Florida. His plea netted him a light sentence – just 30 days for the DUI charge alone.
Byers noted that some of Stallworth’s comments are well outside the mainstream…(read more)
Posted: August 29, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Entertainment, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNN, Jeff Zucker, Layoff, Politico, Senior management, Time Warner, Turner, Turner Broadcasting System
‘A lot of folks are worried’ about their jobs, CNN reporter Lisa Dejardins says in farewell clip
For Variety, Kevin Noonan reports: Former CNN Capitol Hill reporter Lisa Dejardins posted a video of her final sign off from CNN on Thursday as she prepared to leave the building after being laid off.
Dejardins, a reporter for CNN.com who was not an on-air personality, compares the mass goodbye emails from laid off CNN employees to the personal ones, finding a wide discrepancy in the general tone and niceness between the two, and expresses her disappointment CNN’s decision to get rid of a congressional reporter given the bipartisan struggle in the Capitol.
However, CNN is in the midst of expanding its digital staff in Washington, D.C. as it prepares for the 2016 presidential race. The news giant recently recruited Politico alum Rachel Smolkin as executive editor for politics to spearhead an elaborate digital initiative out of D.C. Dejardins’ departure was part of a restructuring of CNN’s Washington bureau and not part of the buyout offer. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 11, 2014 Filed under: Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Democratic Party, Kay Hagan, North Carolina, Opinion poll, Politico, Public Policy Polling, Thom Tillis, Washington Post
Polls from major networks, researchers and newspapers agree: America’s in a bad mood.
For Politico, Lucy McCalmont reports: In just one week, polls found politicians of all stripes are hitting approval numbers with record lows. The president finds himself roughly as popular as a trip to the dentist. The entire Democratic Party gets the thumbs down. Oh, and so does the Republican Party.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
But it doesn’t stop there. Americans are also bummed out about the future in general, especially the economy. Things are so low that even an old favorite, sugar, polled poorly.
“What we’re really seeing in an unprecedented way, especially in the key Senate races, is that voters don’t like either of the major candidates.”
— Tom Jensen, the director of Public Policy Polling
Pollsters say it all adds up to a country that feels “everything is terrible,” as one put it, a mood that campaigns should consider as they head into the midterm homestretch, when turnout should be all about enthusiasm — not pessimism.
(Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
“With an ‘everything is terrible’ mindset, I’m mostly thinking about how after several years of cantankerous and unproductive lawmaking in Washington, there are very few political figures or institutions who the public trusts anymore,” Scott Clement, The Washington Post’s polling analyst, said in an interview.
When it comes to candidates, voters are also less than thrilled with both incumbents and their challengers. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 17, 2014 Filed under: Humor, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, National Labor Relations Board, National Review, Obama, Politico, Republicans, Rich Lowry, United States Congress
Don’t miss Rich Lowry‘s Politico column today:
President Barack Obama styles himself a wit, and some of his best material lately has to do with his abuse of his powers.
“Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff,” Obama told a crowd on the Georgetown Waterfront on July 1. “So sue me.” Hilarity ensued.
He cracked them up in Austin last week. “You hear some of them,” he said, referring to Republicans, “‘sue him,’ ‘impeach him.’ Really? Really? For what? You’re going to sue me for doing my job?”
He must have killed in a private meeting last month with activists who were pushing him to waive more immigration laws. According to POLITICO, the president resorted to one his favorite comic riffs: “You’re not going to get me impeached, are you?”
One can only imagine the comedic possibilities in his 9-0 defeat in the Supreme Court in June for his blatantly abusive recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board or any of the court’s other recent unanimous rebukes of his executive overreach.
It takes a truly blithe spirit to play the constitutional deformation of his office, and the ensuing congressional reaction, for laughs…(more)
National Review Online – Politico
Posted: June 28, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Politics | Tags: Breitbart.com, Democratic Party (United States), Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Lois Lerner, Politico, Tea Party, William Taylor
For Breitbart.com, Robert Wilde reports: Although former IRS official Lois Lerner refuses to speak, pleading the fifth amendment, her attorney spoke on her behalf regarding the controversy over two years of missing IRS emails.
“It’s a little brazen to think she did this on purpose.”
— Lois Lerner’s attorney, William Taylor III
William Taylor III said that accusations by Republicans that she is hiding something is “silly… she doesn’t know what happened… It’s a little brazen to think she did this on purpose.”
[Also see: Majority of Voters believe IRS emails were deliberately destroyed]
[Lois Lerner attorney: She has no records of missing emails]
The IRS and Democrats contend that the emails were lost due to a hard drive crash. Yet, as Politico reported, it so happens that the computer glitch was concomitant with the 2009 time period in which Cincinnati IRS agents started delaying the approvals of Tea Party groups vying for 501(c)(4) non-profit status. Notably, the not-for- profit designation would have allowed the conservative groups the capacity to carry out a limited amount of political activity. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 13, 2014 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Chelsea Clinton, Hillary Clinton, NBC, NBC Nightly News, New York, New York Magazine, Politico, Rock Center with Brian Williams
Posted: May 30, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: 2012 Benghazi attack, Barack Obama, Benghazi, Bret Baier, Hillary Clinton, Politico, United States, YouTube
Posted: May 11, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Eric Schmidt, Gossip columnist, Hollywood Reporter, Politico, Twitter, U.S. News & World Report, Washington, Washington Post, White House, White House Correspondents Association
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt attended a party thrown by Google and the Hollywood Reporter on the eve of the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
This Washington Post article is self-serving and shallow. But it’s written by a Politico hack, about Washington D.C. What else would we expect?
Patrick W. Gavin writes:
It’s not been a good few years for the Washington gossip industry.
Politico, my home for five years before I left recently to pursue documentary filmmaking, once had six journalists — myself included — writing for its “Click” gossip section. All of us left over the years, and the section was disbanded in December.
“Gossip columns may be dying off, but gossip reconceived as a zero-calorie giggle nugget is alive and well.”
If Politico, whose success has been driven by its aggressive coverage of every move in Washington, has decided that there’s no more water to be squeezed from that rock, then trust me, it must be dry.
“The gossip hasn’t gone away — it’s gone mainstream.”
Look around. While long-standing columns such as The Washington Post’s “In the Loop” and “The Reliable Source” and U.S. News’s “Washington Whispers” are still around, many of their brethren are gone. The Washington Examiner folded its “Yeas & Nays” column. The Hill killed its “Washington Scene” section. Roll Call trimmed the staff of its “Heard on the Hill” column in half. The once-titillating Wonkette.com has turned away from snarky stories of Capitol Hill liaisons and toward snarky takes on actual policy. TMZ said it would start TMZDC.com in 2007; the site has yet to launch. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 29, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Censorship, Crime & Corruption, Politics | Tags: California State Senate, CNN, Democratic, Leland Yee, lelandyee, Media malpractice, Politico, Texas, Twitter, Wendy Davis
Shameless. Breitbart has coverage:
CNN dismissed complaints that the network was not covering last week’s shocking arrest of Democrat Leland Yee, the California state senator who was arrested for alleged arms trafficking and bribery, and falsely asserted that it does not give attention to state senators.
That standard did not apply to Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, whom CNN covered relentlessly. This was long before she even considered a gubernatorial run after filibustering a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks and make those conducted before then safer.
Viewers and readers on Friday complained that the network, just like Politico, was not reporting or discussing Yee’s scandal online, and the official and verified @CNNWriters account tweeted to one critic that ignoring Yee’s arrest was standard practice. (read more here)
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Posted: March 27, 2014 Filed under: Censorship, Crime & Corruption, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Arms trafficking, Breitbart.com, California State Senate, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Herman Cain, lelandyee, Politico
My only complaint about Breitbart.com‘s fixation with Politico.com‘s news coverage is its assumption that anyone thinks Politico is relevant in the first place. A search in Breitbart.com’s site reveals 9,240 references to Politico. 9,240, really?
Breitbart.com‘s Warner Todd Huston writes: The world of political news was captivated by Thursday’s report of the arrest for gun trafficking of a famously anti-gun California state senator. Yet while most other news outlets reported the incident, Politico, an outlet that supposedly leads the nation in political news, didn’t post a single story on the incident the day the news broke.
“The story is quite a shocking one, too. During an investigation, Yee is accused of telling an undercover FBI agent that he would spend as much as $2.5 million on automatic, “shoulder-fired” weapons…”
This is the same Politico that managed to publish 90 separate stories on the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal when it broke – within six days.
California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) made a name for himself by becoming one of the most virulently anti-gun legislators in a state filled with anti-gun legislators. On March 27, news broke that Yee had been arrested for corruption the day before. He wasn’t just arrested for run-of-the-mill corruption, either. He was arrested under charges of attempting to actually supply guns to local gangs.
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Posted: March 10, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Barack Obama, Benghazi, CBS, CBS News, Obama administration, Politico, Sharyl Attkisson, Twitter, White House
CBS: Report the Facts, Follow the Truth Wherever it Leads, Hold the Administration Accountable (Except when a Democrat is in the White House)
For Breitbart News, John Nolte reports: Via her verified Twitter account, CBS investigative news reporter Sharyl Attkisson announced Monday that she has resigned from CBS.
Although Politico received no comment from Attkisson other than the split was amicable, the left-wing outlet is reporting that Attkisson left due to the network’s “liberal bias.” This split is ahead of her contract. “She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her packages on television.”
Politico writes that Attkisson became “a polarizing figure at the network.” Some saw a political agenda in her work. Politico adds:
The bulk of Attkisson’s work since 2009 has focused on the failures or perceived failures of the Obama administration, including the administration’s failed green energy investments and the attack in Benghazi, though she has reported on several Republican failures as well.
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Posted: March 3, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Darrell Issa, Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Fox News Sunday, Internal Revenue Service, Lerner, Politico, United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, William W. Taylor
“Ms. Lerner has been the subject of numerous threats on her life and safety, and on the life and safety of her family,” her lawyer William Taylor III wrote to Issa on Wednesday morning in a letter obtained by POLITICO…
“Oh, yes, well, that changes everything, definitely. You’re right. She doesn’t have to obey the same laws the rest of us do. Lois? You can go home, it’s okay, you don’t have to testify.”
Posted: February 16, 2014 Filed under: History, White House | Tags: New York City, Nixon, Pat Nixon, Politico, Richard Nixon, San Francisco, World War II
Frances Martel selects some Nixonian Love Wisdom from Politico‘s published collection of President Nixon’s love letters to his wife, to present Nixon’s Top Five Love Quotes:
[You mean you haven’t ordered this book yet? Pat and Dick: The Nixons, An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage at Amazon]
The letters, once revealed, in part, by the Nixon Foundation to celebrate what would have been the President’s 100th birthday, began as correspondence from spouse to spouse in their second year of marriage, as Nixon went off to officer training in Rhode Island. Since the military stationed Richard Nixon overseas, far away from his wife and her career, he would write her again and again. Below are five of the most romantic, inspiring, butterfly-inducing quotes revealed by Politico on Valentine’s Day:
1. “I am certainly not the Romeo type. I may not say much when I am with you—but all of me loves you all the time.”
It is certainly not difficult to imagine Richard Nixon describing himself as “not the Romeo type,” but there is something heartwarming about telling his new wife that he loves her this much but will never be able to make a dramatic gesture about it–as is the fact that he appears concerned that she will think he does not care for her. The sentiment comes at the conclusion of a romantic getaway to New York City one weekend he managed to escape the military. There they dined in Midtown Manhattan and gave themselves the luxury of each other’s time.
“Let’s swing over to my pad, we’ll listen to some Barry White…”
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Posted: February 2, 2014 Filed under: Politics, U.S. News | Tags: American Crossroads, Declaration of war, Karl Rove, Political action committee, Politico, Rove, Tea Party
Tony Lee reports: After wasting nearly $325 million during the 2012 election cycle with nothing to show for it and then declaring war on the Tea Party, donations to Karl Rove‘s three Crossroads groups decreased by 98% last year. The groups reportedly raised a paltry $6.1 million combined in 2013.
“Rove’s organization has been so tarnished among the conservative base that candidates fear donors will not contribute to any group associated with him.”
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Posted: December 15, 2013 Filed under: Economics, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Chris Christie, Elizabeth Warren, Goldman Sachs, Hillary Clinton, New York, Politico, Volcker Rule, Wall Street
Sheldon Richman writes: If you share my belief that the major obstacle to the free society is the national-security/corporate state, 2016 is shaping up to be a year of apprehension. The Wall Streeters, who are among the biggest advocates of partnership between big government and big business, are looking forward to a presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie, a contest the bankers can’t lose.
They have already discounted any populist rhetoric Clinton may need to fight off a primary challenge from, say, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. As “one well-placed Democrat” told Politico, “Wall Street folks are so happy about [having Clinton run] that they won’t care what she says.”
Clinton recently spoke to a gathering in New York organized by Goldman Sachs, the giant, influential (and bailed-out) investment bank, a gathering that Politico says was attended by “a few hundred major investors.”
Ordinarily these masters of the universe might have groaned at the idea of a politician taking the microphone. In the contentious years since the crash of 2008, they’ve grown wearily accustomed to being called names — labeled “fat cats” by President Obama and worse by those on the left — and gotten used to being largely shunned by Tea Party Republicans for their association with the Washington establishment. And of course there are all those infuriating new rules and regulations, culminating this week with the imposition of the so-called Volcker Rule to make risky trades by big banks illegal.
“But,” Politico continues, “Clinton offered a message that the collected plutocrats found reassuring, according to accounts offered by several attendees, declaring that the banker-bashing so popular within both political parties was unproductive and indeed foolish.”
Striking a soothing note on the global financial crisis, she told the audience, in effect: We all got into this mess together, and we’re all going to have to work together to get out of it. What the bankers heard her to say was just what they would hope for from a prospective presidential candidate: Beating up the finance industry isn’t going to improve the economy — it needs to stop. And indeed Goldman’s Tim O’Neill, who heads the bank’s asset management business, introduced Clinton by saying how courageous she was for speaking at the bank. (Brave, perhaps, but also well-compensated: Clinton’s minimum fee for paid remarks is $200,000).
She got one thing right: The politicians and big bankers “all got into this mess together.” The financial and housing collapse of 2008 was the fruit of that malign partnership of big government and big business. (See my article “Wall Street Couldn’t Have Done It Alone.”) But the big banks are doing fine now, thank you, and there’s no reason to think that too-big-to-fail is over. It’s regular people who are still hurting.
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Posted: December 14, 2013 Filed under: Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Self Defense, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Congress, Gun control, Politico, Starbucks, Twitter, White House
Awr Hawkins reports: According to Politico, “like much of Obama’s second term agenda, gun control is buried under the reality of a divided Congress.” The outlet reports a “political shift” has taken place, and the push to pass gun control in Congress is gone.
This leaves President Obama with little else to do but capitulate. Thus he will mark the first anniversary of the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary “not with a visit to Connecticut or even Saturday’s National Cathedral Memorial Service but a private moment of silence at the White House.”
Meanwhile, local and regional groups try to take up the slack by launching targeted campaigns against businesses that allow customers to carry guns for self-defense.
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Posted: December 5, 2013 Filed under: Censorship, Politics | Tags: Campaign finance, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, JPMorgan Chase, Politico, Third Way, United States, Warren
Timothy P. Carney writes: I’m generally for more disclosure in campaign finance, but the best argument against requiring full disclosure by groups engaged in political speech is that politicians sometimes retaliate against their critics. Sen. Elizabeth Warren inadvertently made that very argument this week.
As told by Ben White at Politico, a group called “Third Way” criticized Warren. Warren apparently suspected that Third Way’s criticism of her was funded by banks. So she wrote a letter to bank CEOs demanding they disclose which political groups they’re funding.
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