Saturday, November 8, 2008

Press: Ooops We Were Biased for Obama, Time to CYA

Admitting the Washington Post's editorial bias in favor of Barack Obama, WaPo's Reader Ombudsman, Deborah Howell writes:
Obama deserved tougher scrutiny than he got, especially of his undergraduate years, his start in Chicago and his relationship with Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was convicted this year of influence-peddling in Chicago. The Post did nothing on Obama's acknowledged drug use as a teenager.
Wait a minute.

This is the Washington Post we are talking about here, right?

This is the newspaper that broke the Watergate story and hosed the Nixon presidency, right?

The problem is easy to fix.


However, that's not the template now.

The new story template it that these big media outfits didn't and still don't know who Obama really is, so they cannot be held responsible for his bad behavior when he starts acting all clueless and fails to meet expectations.

Charlie Rose and Tom Brokaw a week ago today said of Obama, "We don't know anything about him. It's an interesting question, he's written two books, largely autobiographical, we really don't know what his views on China are."

More recently Evan Thomas and Jon Meacham from Newsweek were on the air talking about Obama and how Saul Alinsky is a big community organizer, and how Alinsky dedicated his book to Satan, the first real conscientious objector to power. Here's their conversation.
THOMAS: Saul Alinsky is, uh, really was a model from this, er, famous community organizer in Chicago, and this whole idea that Alinsky had that it's not gonna work if you offend large groups of people. You know, we think of community organizers as having their fist out and, you know? Ah, no, no, no, no, no. You have to win over the majority by being peaceful and nonthreatening. Saul Alinsky used the word "nonthreatening." This is key to Obama. There's no militancy involved. This is very important and -- and his chief strategist, Axelrod, really understood this. Especially if you're running a black guy for president, you cannot threaten the whites.
All of this just proves they knew all that they didn't report about Obama and his associations and his alliances and how Obama was gaming the election.

Jon Meacham and Evan Thomas of Newsweek admit and discuss, there's something creepy about Obama.
MEACHAM: He's very elusive, Obama, which is fascinating for a man who's written two memoirs. At Grant Park he walks out with the family, and then they go away.

ROSE: Mmm. Mmm-hmm.

MEACHAM: Biden's back, you know, locked in the bar or something.

ROSE: (haughty chuckle)

MEACHAM: You know, they don't let him out. And have you ever seen a victory speech where there was no one else on stage?

ROSE: Mmm.

MEACHAM: No adoring wife, no cute kid. He is the messenger.

THOMAS: There is a slightly creepy cult of personality about all this. I mean, he's such an admirable --

ROSE: Slightly. Creepy. Cult of personality.


ROSE: What's slightly creepy about it?

THOMAS: It -- it -- it just makes me a little uneasy that he's so singular. He's clearly managing his own spectacle. He's a deeply manipulative guy.

What's this? Obama is creepy and a phony?

Ha! It's not gonna' work.

These so-called professional journalists wonder why newsrooms are shrinking, circulation is dwindling, and publications are moving onto the Web to stay alive.



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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Obama Congratulated by a Whole 9 World Leaders (Dissed by the Rest)

Drive-by hack and wanna-be journalist Nedra Pickler, writing in an AP story today, breathlessly reported that President-elect Obama accepted congratulations, eh ... ah, ... eh ... from nine, ... eh ... presidents and prime ministers Thursday, returning calls from world leaders who phoned after his presidential victory. The leaders who called were all on friendly terms with the Bush administration, and with the U.S. in general, and are staunch military allies.

However, the president of Russia didn't call, nor did the president or Iran, nor did the president of Venezuela... you get the drift?

This non-event reminds me of how so many of the truly powerful in the world respect strong leaders and regard with contempt weak leaders.

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Let's Give Democrats the Unity They Need

We have a new president-elect.

In the spirit of reaching across the aisle, we owe it to the Democrats to show their president the exact same kind of respect and loyalty that they have shown our recent Republican president.

(From Ann Coulter)


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Obama Recession Begins: Stocks Have Biggest Post-Election Slump Ever

Writing at, reporter Elizabeth Stanton says the stock market posted its biggest plunge following a presidential election as reports on jobs and service industries stoked concern the economy will worsen even as President-elect Barack Obama tries to stimulate growth.
"We had an election yesterday; that doesn't mean the problems go away," said Kevin Rendino, a Plainsboro, New Jersey- based money manager at BlackRock Inc. who oversees $10 billion. "We still have an economic slowdown."
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Related: Reuters Factbox - U.S. stocks on the day after presidential elections

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Election Over, Obama Issued 1st Challange by Russian President

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev took advantage of the blind euphoria in the U.S. today to order the deployment of missiles inside Europe as a response to America's plans for a missile defense shield.

His announcement prompted a burst of applause from government ministers and parliamentary deputies assembled in the Kremlin.

Medvedev failed to congratulate Obama or even to mention him by name during his 85-minute state of the nation address televised live across Russia.

In his only reference to the U.S. election, Medvedev said that he hoped the new administration would work to repair its relationship with Moscow. He said: "I stress that we have no problem with the American people, no inborn anti-Americanism. And we hope that our partners, the US administration, will make a choice in favor of full-fledged relations with Russia."

In a criticism directed at the U.S., Medvedev said: "Mechanisms must be created to block mistaken, egoistical and sometimes simply dangerous decisions of certain members of the international community."

Medvedev basically challenged the U.S. to negotiate on Russian terms.

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Election 2008: Winners and Losers

Winner: Barack Obama and the politics of cash, smoke and mirrors, and the left's co-opting of the Democrat party.

Loser: John McCain and the politics of liberalism-light.

Winner: Traditional conservatism, proving once and for all that it doesn't pay to reach across to liberals.

Loser: The mainstream media, for unabashedly showing their lack of objectivity and trustworthiness. Big media in 2008 abdicated their role as America's Fourth Estate to the alternative media.

To win, Obama took only a few votes more than Bush in 2004. The election, unlike how it will be reported, is not a liberal mandate. Instead, it is a conservative mandate; it is a message to country-club, elite Republicans that they must return to the politics of Reagan.


Conservative Hope Amid Republican Ruins

The editors of Nation Review today write all Americans should be glad that a black American has been able to make it to the presidency, and hope that President-Elect Barack Obama’s time in office will redound to the country’s long-term benefit.
The public has, however, clearly rejected the Republican party in its present configuration. It is always difficult for a party to maintain control of the White House after two terms in office. But both President Bush and Senator McCain made the task harder. Bush took too long to change course in Iraq and botched the response to Hurricane Katrina. McCain rarely stuck to one message or strategy. The financial crisis, for which we do not primarily blame either man, sealed the party’s fate.
The editors at NRO say that conservatives should be willing to work with the Democrats in Washington where appropriate -- assuming the Democrats are interested in having their help -- but should be no more mealy-mouthed, apologetic, or timorous than the Democrats were after the 2004 election. When Democrats misread the election as a mandate for liberalism, and particularly when they betray the explicit and implicit commitments Obama has made during this campaign, Republicans should do everything they can to drive the point home, less in the expectation that they will change legislative outcomes than that they will move voters in advance of 2010 and 2012.

I'm not sure I agree....

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Voters Reject Country Club, Big Government Republicanism

Conservationism wins every time it is tried....
"Voters did not reject conservatism," Richard A. Viguerie, the Chairman of, said. "They rejected Big Government Republicanism in all its forms, including the Bush administration and the Republican leadership in Congress."

The McCain campaign, Viguerie said, "represented many things Americans do not like about politics. Senator McCain spent more than a quarter-century in Washington as a 'moderate' and 'insider,' and his campaign was run by longtime Washington insiders and lobbyists for Big Government."

"This disastrous defeat can and will be laid at the feet of the Big Government corporate Republicans, who abandoned the Reagan Coalition, massively expanded government, and ignored the needs and values of regular, grassroots Americans. They protected Wall Street and K Street and forgot about Main Street."

Said Viguerie: "Republicans will make a comeback only after they return to their conservative roots. That process starts with the replacement, with principled conservatives, of all of the Republicans' elected Congressional leaders, as well as most members of the Republican National Committee and most state party officials. It's time for new leaders, from top to bottom."

"The battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party," Viguerie said, "begins now."


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Obama's Civilian Security Force: The New Black Panthers?


See them in action at the polls:



Monday, November 3, 2008

Paper: Revenge of the Left Across the World

Whatever the exact result of the US elections tomorrow, we must assume that the whole governing machinery of Washington and the state capitols will soon be hostile to laissez-faire thinking.
Writing in the UK Telegraph, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard observes it is not just that the Democrats will win a crushing victory in both houses of Congress, perhaps reaching the 60-seat Senate threshold that lets them steam-roll legislation. It is also that the incoming class of 2008 is of a new creed. Many no longer believe -- or actively reject -- the free trade and free market catechisms.
As [DailyKos founder] Markos Moulitsas put it in Newsweek: "The big question is, will Democrats nationwide simply 'win' the night–or will they deliver an electoral drubbing so thorough that it signals the utter rejection of conservative ideology and kills the notion that America is a 'center-right' country?" he said.
While the many of the premises in the article are clearly wrong, the message is clear: take your pick, worldwide socialism or WWIII is on the brink.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Video: I Am My Brother's Keeper



Audio: Obama Tells Newspaper He Will Bankrupt Coal Industry


It's too bad the jerks reporting for 'big' media let us down and haven't vetted Obama.

The (big) mainstream media: no longer trustworthy as America's Fourth Estate.

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