Friday, 17 April 2009
THE HANDCUFFING OF JOHN ZIEGLER
A few days ago I put up video of Tom Tancredo being prevented from speaking at a college campus by group of far
left fascists who first screamed and chanted over him and then started breaking
property. The fascists were allowed to disrupt and summarily end
congressperson's talk - with no apparent retribution of any kind.
That being the case, I thought you might want to see what happens when
the "disruption" is from someone on the right.
In this case it is documentarian John Ziegler,
who, as you will note, is doing nothing but speaking, and asking questions outside
of an award ceremony for Katie Couric.
See if you notice any difference in how this is
CLICK HERE TO SEE
I have to admit I find Ziegler a little annoying and a little
goofy. But what in the world is he doing to engender this kind of
treatment --- other than having the wrong politics?
And, with great regret, I note that this is the
story of a great many college campuses today. The way they are contorted to
one point of view is maddening.
Maybe one day they will revert back to being
institutions of learning where all views are welcome.
But not this day. And not in the forseeable future.
UMASS: FASCISTS IN CONTROL
Since I've written about USC's disgraceful suppression of John Ziegler,
I would like to show that college fascism is just as alive and well on the east
Here, from www.thefire.org, which, like
www.campuswatch.com is a web site
dedicated to exposing what passes for freedom of speech/open exchange of
ideas at our universities these days, is a rundown on the unbelievable
cesspool that UMass - Amherst has become:
UMass Amherst Stands by as Student Newspaper is
Stolen and Censored
Student Government Senator Ejected for Trying to
Uphold First Amendment on Campus
April 16, 2009
FIRE Press Release
AMHERST, Mass., April 16, 2009Multiple First
Amendment violations have rocked the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus
in recent days. UMass has done nothing about the videotaped theft of and, later,
the student government's official censorship of The Minuteman, a
conservative campus newspaper that mocked a student government official. Worse,
last night, when a student senator offered a bill to reverse the
unconstitutional censorship of The Minuteman, the Senate's speaker had
the UMass police throw him out (video of this incident is expected soon). These
assaults on free speech came in the wake of last month's disgraceful episode in
which a speech by columnist Don Feder was shouted down by hecklers while UMass
police officers did nothing. The many aggrieved parties on this out-of-control
campus have come to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for
"The situation at UMass has spiraled out of
control," FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. "UMass' offenses against the
Constitution are legion. So far, it has done nothing after copies of a student
newspaper were stolen because the paper mocked a student government official, it
has stood by while the student government unconstitutionally censored the
newspaper, and it has allowed its police to be used to silence a free speech
Mob censorship through the theft of newspapers is
a recurring problem on America's campuses. FIRE has acquired a video
recording of the most recent such newspaper theft on the campus of
UMass Amherst. Shockingly, it depicts a UMass police officer idly standing by as
hundreds of copies of The Minuteman are stolen out of the hands of a
student intending to distribute the paper.
One of the individuals who stole the papers, shown
in a photograph
as standing on a stack of papers and on video as grabbing them out of the other
student's hands, has been identified to FIRE as Vanessa Snow, the leader of
UMass' Student Bridges organization, a powerful campus organization strongly
supported by the UMass Amherst Student Government Association (SGA). Snow was
ridiculed by name in that issue
of The Minuteman.
As if the theft was not enough, The
Minuteman's mockery of Snow also resulted in official censorship. Last
week, the SGA passed a resolution
demanding that The Silent Majority, the student organization that publishes
The Minuteman, publicly apologize to Vanessa Snow for its
constitutionally protected mockery of her, or else face loss of recognition by
the SGA, which would shut down both the organization and the paper. At the
request of The Silent Majority, FIRE wrote to
UMass Amherst Chancellor Robert C. Holub urging that the coerced speech and
threat of punishment be rescinded immediately.
But the student government outdid itself last
night after student senator Derek Khanna tried to place a resolution
on the SGA agenda that would have rescinded the SGA's unconstitutional decree of
press censorship. SGA Senate Speaker Shaun Robinson not only refused to hear
Khanna's resolution but reportedly threw it on the
floor, soon calling the police to eject
Khanna from the SGA meeting after Khanna insisted that he be heard. Video of
this incident is expected soon and will be posted on FIRE's website.
"Not only has the SGA decided to
unconstitutionally censor the press, it tried to do so through the
unconstitutional method of coercing speech, and then it threw out the one person
in the student government who was standing up strongly for Constitutional
rights. It is difficult to imagine how the SGA could have more thoroughly abused
the First Amendment and humiliated UMass," said Adam Kissel, Director of FIRE's
Individual Rights Defense Program. "UMass Amherst and Chancellor Holub must act
immediately to rein in the SGA's outrageous behavior before it results in
further embarrassment and legal liability for the university."
UMass' spate of free speech problems on campus
began in February, when a large group of students calling itself the Coalition
Against Hate posted flyers inviting people to protest at a speech by columnist
Don Feder that was to be hosted by the Republican Club. In response, the UMass
Police Department pressured the Republican Club into paying an additional
$444.52 for extra security at the event due to the threatened protest. The club
agreed to pay the money, but the organized hecklers nevertheless disrupted
Feder's speech. (Video of the
disrupted event is available online.)
Having been charged extra for security that was
not even effective, the Republican Club contacted FIRE for help. FIRE wrote
UMass, reminding the university of the Supreme Court's holding in a
1992 decision that "[s]peech cannot be financially burdened, any more than it
can be punished or banned, simply because it might offend a hostile mob." After
FIRE also published an op-ed in The
Boston Globe, UMass publicly
relented in a letter to the Globe. The letter announced
that UMass would return the excess fee but deceptively claimed that UMass had
only charged more money because of greater anticipated attendance at Feder's
"UMass' deceptive claim that it charged more for
security only because of greater anticipated attendance fails to mention the
fact that the university knew that attendance was greater only because a large
number of students attended to protest and disrupt the event," said Kissel. "A
policy of charging a group for extra security when large numbers of people plan
to disrupt an event will only encourage hecklers to shut down further events at
Unbelievable. But this is standard-issue activity at UMass-Amherst, and many
other major universities.
Freedom of speech and the free exchange of ideas has been replaced by left wing fascism. And it is a
Hey, I just had a radical thought: given the behavior of these thugs posing as
students, I wonder if keith olbermann will make them his "worst
person(s) in the world" tonight.
I would put the chance of olbermann doing so slightly below the chance that
Nancy Pelosi will switch parties and take over the Eagle Forum from Phylis
ISRAEL AND THE IRAN THREAT: TWO LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The New York Times publishes a columnist named Roger Cohen.
Cohen is a British Jew who claims to be a strong supporter of
Israel. However, this "strong supporter of Israel" has written several
columns which tell us that Iran (on record as wanting Israel "wiped off the face
of the map" and currently creating nuclear weaponry) is not a real threat.
Cohen also criticizes Israel for "overplaying its hand" against hamas and
hezbollah, both terrorist entities specifically committed to Israel's
Remember the saying "With friends like this, who needs enemies?" Even
Johnny Cochran would have agreed it fits Roger Cohen like a glove.
In any event, the Times ran five letters today reacting to Cohen's latest
foray into la-la land. As you would expect from the Times, a
majority are anti-Israel (the only surprise is that it's 3-2 against Israel
instead of 4-1 or 5-0).
But I thought the two pro-Israel letters were especially intelligent,
thoughtful and provocative. So I'm posting them below. See if you
To the Editor:
Roger Cohen continues to play down Irans
intentions against Israel or other countries in the Middle East.
Last I checked, Iran was doing all that it could
to destabilize the region through its support of Hamas, Hezbollah and Iraqi
What does the region have to gain by giving Iran
all that it wants? Do any rational, fair-minded people really believe that
this would produce a good outcome for the region?
How much evidence is needed to see Irans
dangerous game? Should we really believe that Iran has no intention to develop
a nuclear weapon when its leaders have repeatedly stated their desire to wipe
Israel off the map?
We ignore threats at our peril. We would be wise
to do all we can to ensure that Iran does not continue its path of
destabilization throughout the Middle East. To pin our hopes on a laundry list
of behavioral changes that Iran may promise but not deliver is to capitulate
to a very dangerous regime.
Malden, Mass., April 13,
To the Editor:
The Iranian government and its religious leaders
would clearly like Israel and Jews everywhere to disappear. They will have the
means to do so if they develop a nuclear weapon. The crisis is coming, and
whether it is two years or five years from now is almost irrelevant.
What is Roger Cohens solution? To urge
President Obama to finally get tough with Israel. A country is presented with
an existential threat, and Mr. Cohens solution is to blame the potential
Isnt it clear that Israel will act to
neutralize any development of a nuclear weapon in its neighborhood? It has
done this in the past against other would-be nuclear powers in the region, and
it is wishful thinking to assume it will not do so in the case of Irans
Perhaps Mr. Obamas great crisis will come when
he has to make the decision to allow Israeli jets to fly toward Iranian
targets, or conversely to shoot them down or warn Iran.
Peter W. Dorfman
Las Cruces, N.M., April 14,
JANEANE GARAFALO: HATE-FILLED LUNATIC
It figures that janeane garafalo said this on keith olbermann's daily
hate-fest -- and that he didn't challenge her on it. (Why would he, what part of
it would he disagree with?)
From Amanda Carpenter at the Washington Times:
actress and political activist Janeane Garofalo, in all seriousness, said
activists who attended tea parties are racists with dysfunctional brains in a
recent prime-time television appearance.
"Let's be very honest about what this is about.
This is not about bashing Democrats. It's not about taxes. They have no idea
what the Boston Tea party was about. They don't know their history at all.
It's about hating a black man in the White House," she said on MSNBC's "The
Countdown" with Keith Olbermann Thursday evening. "This is racism straight up
and is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks. There is no way around
Olbermann did not once try to challenge her on
The actress went on to describe the brain size
of typical "right-winger, Republican or conservative or your average white
"Their synapses are misfiring. ... It is a
neurological problem we are dealing with," she said. This isn't the first time
she's offered this analysis, either. Ms. Garofalo said similar things about
Alaskan GOP Governor Sarah Palin's brain last February in an interview with an
The actress went on to bash the GOP on MSNBC
Thursday because it had "crystallized into the white power movement" as well
as Fox News, which she said has captured the "Klan demo[graphic]."
"Who else is Fox talking to? Urban older white
guys and their girlfriends who suffer from Stockholm Syndrome," she
Ironically, Ms. Garofalo is currently playing a
role on the drama 24, which is aired by the Fox Broadcasting Company and is
popular among conservative circles.
My one major point of contention with Ms. Carpenter's piece is that she
characterizes janeane garafalo as "liberal".
garofalo is full-to-overflowing with hate and intolerance. That is
anything but "liberal" to me.
IS THIS WHAT HE MEANT BY TWO AMERICAS?
This enlightened little tidbit is about john edwards, his wife and the mother
of all but one of his children Elizabeth, and his non-wife but the mother
of his other child, rielle hunter. It comes to us from a
web site called - I kid you not - www.celebitchy.com:
mistress agrees to interview with ABC
The situation for disgraced former
presidential candidate John Edwards is really starting to get sticky. We told
you how Edwards privately admitted to his wife that he is indeed the father of
mistress Rielle Hunters 1-year-old daughter, Frances. Now, Elizabeth Edwards,
who is dying from terminal breast cancer, will be making an appearance on The
Oprah Winfrey Show. Its not clear what Mrs. Edwards will be talking about, but
Rielle Hunter is prepared to respond to any potential remarks by making an
appearance of he own in an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer or Barbara
John Edwards mistress Rielle
Hunter is ready for her close-up with her first national TV interview since
the cheating scandal wrecked his career, The ENQUIRER has learned
In a startling change of heart,
Rielle Hunter has decided to face the cameras and has narrowed her choice of
interviewer to either ABC News correspondents Diane Sawyer or Barbara
Walters, say sources.
Rielle had previously assured
John she wasnt going to spill the beans, said a close source. But shes
changed her tune after thinking Elizabeth Edwards might disparage her in the
upcoming interview shes already taped with Oprah Winfrey.
The interview will be broadcast
in mid-May to coincide with the publication of Elizabeths new book in which
shes likely to address the affair.
As a result, a behind-the-scenes
war of words is breaking out between Rielle and Elizabeth.
Rielles decided shes not
going to sit back while Edwards wife gives her side of the story, said the
close source. As much as John hates it, hes defenseless to stop either woman
from saying what she wants. Its now erupted into a war between his wife and
his former mistress over who will have the last word in what could be dueling
Rielle intensified talks with
the ABC superstars in early April in preparation for going in front of the
No deal is done, but Rielle
seems to favor Barbara Walters over Diane because Barbara admitted recently
she engaged in a long-ago affair, said the close source. This makes Rielle
believe Barbara will show her more compassion than Diane would.
Following a series of world
exclusive Enquirer exposes, the former presidential candidate finally admitted
to the affair last summer - after our reporters caught the ex-senator visiting
Rielle and her baby in a Beverly Hills hotel.
Both Edwards and Rielle have
publicly maintained that Edwards is not the father.
Rielle claimed that the father
is Andrew Young, a married Edwards crony. But weve reported that Rielle has
privately told close friends that she never had a sexual relationship with
Young - and has confided that Edwards is really the babys father.
Will Rielle spill her guts on
[From The National Enquirer print
version, April 27, 2009]
Between his wife doing Oprah and
his mistress doing ABC news, John Edwards head must be about to explode. And I
say, serves him right! This jerk thought he could get away with cheating on his
terminally ill wife AND fathering a child with that mistress. He admitted in
that interview last year that not only did he cheat, but he is a narcissist.
Damn right. I dont really have any interest in hearing what this Rielle person
has to say. Shes just as bad as he is. Its not like she didnt know what she
was getting herself into with Edwards. The person Id love to hear from is
Elizabeth - although it seems like she has chosen to stand by her man- even
though hes a total scum bag.
The way I look at it, with a 28,000 square foot home on over 100 acres,
edwards can probably keep both of them close by, without either really seeing
the other very much.
To think: this slimy oil slick on legs could have been the President or Vice
President of the United States....
GLOBAL WARMING UPDATE
From KUSA, Denver:
9NEWS Meteorologist Ashton Altieri says rain in
the metro area will continue to change into snow through the morning on Friday.
Many areas above 6,000 feet had already reported snow and up to 10 inches of
accumulation before sunrise on Friday.
A WINTER STORM WARNING has been
posted through Saturday morning for almost the entire Interstate 25 corridor as
well as most mountain areas in Colorado. Most of southern Wyoming, including the
Interstate 80 corridor, is also under a warning through Saturday at
As usually is the case in Colorado, snow totals from this storm
will be very closely related to elevation. Locations above 6,000 feet in
Jefferson, Boulder and Larmier Counties will see the most significant
accumulation. Communities such as Bailey, Evergreen, Genesee, Nederland, Estes
Park and Red Feather Lakes could see a total of 18 to 36 inches by
Locations along the Palmer Divide in Douglas and Elbert
Counties including Castle Rock, Franktown, Parker, Elizabeth and Kiowa will
likely see between 15 and 30 inches of total accumulation.
forecast for areas below about 5,550 feet including the Denver, Aurora,
Lakewood, Boulder and Fort Collins areas is much more
According to Ashton, the freezing level will seesaw between
about 5,200 feet and 5,600 feet on Friday and Saturday meaning the precipitation
could alternate between rain and snow. Obviously, the more rain the metro area
sees, the less snow accumulation can be expected.
It appears temperatures
will be cold enough in Denver on Friday and Saturday for the freezing line to
remain low enough for almost all the precipitation to remain
Assuming that happens, the Denver, Lakewood, Aurora, and Boulder
areas could see 10 to 20 inches of heavy, wet snow with the highest amounts near
the base of the foothills. About 4 to 8 inches would fall on Friday during the
day before another 4 to 8 inches falls on Friday night. The remainder would fall
Northern Colorado including the Fort Collins, Loveland, and
Greeley areas will likely see 8 to 16 inches of snow with the highest amounts on
the west side of Fort Collins near Horsetooth Reservoir. Even higher amounts are
possible along Interstate 25 from Wellington north into Cheyenne, Wyo.
Thursday night, state transportation officials shut down I-25 from Wellington,
about 65 miles north of Denver, to the Wyoming state line because of snowy,
slushy conditions. They also closed U.S. 287 from Ted's Place, north of Fort
Collins, to the Wyoming line.
On the Eastern Plains, this event will be
mostly rain for locations such as Sterling, Limon, Lamar and Burlington.
However, these areas could see snow with minor accumulation on Friday
For the high country, a WINTER STORM WARNING continues until
Saturday morning for most central mountain areas west of Vail Pass to the
northern mountains around Rabbit Ears Pass. These areas will see at least 8 to
16 inches of total snow accumulation.
A WINTER STORM WARNING is also in
effect for mountain areas east Vail Pass including the mountains of Summit
County, Winter Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. These areas could see a
total of 1 to 2 feet of snow.
For Colorado Springs and the southern I-25
corridor, a total of 1 to 2 feet of new snow is possible for mountain areas and
6 inches or more could potentially fall over the adjacent
JOHN HINDERAKER ON THE "TORTURE MEMOS"
Here John Hinderaker's (www.powerlineblog.com) take on the
so-called "torture memos" released by the Obama administration. I think
you'll find he is spot-on correct:
The Obama administration has made public four
memos that were authored by the Justice Department between 2002 and 2005, in
which lawyers from DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel responded to requests by the
CIA for legal opinions as to whether harsh interrogation techniques, including
waterboarding, could legally be used on a few high-level al Qaeda detainees. DOJ
concluded, among other things, that the use of such techniques would not violate
the statute that prohibits torture.
You can read the memos here. If you
do, you will see that DOJ's lawyers grappled carefully and fairly with issues
that are, by their nature, both difficult and distasteful. I find much to agree
with in the memos and little, if anything, with which I disagree from a legal
standpoint. Several things about the memos are striking: the concern that is
shown for the health and well-being of the detainees; the very limited
circumstances under harsh interrogation techniques were used (only when the CIA
had reason to believe that the detainee had knowledge about pending terrorist
attacks, among other limitations), and confirmation of the fact that thousands
of American servicemen have been waterboarded and subjected to the other
techniques in question, as part of their training--a practice that continued at
least up to the dates of the memos.
I think the opinions were correct in substance; in
any event, CIA officials were obviously justified in relying on them. In this
context, the Obama administration's announcement that it will not prosecute the
CIA personnel involved is evidently grandstanding. Of course they won't be
prosecuted: to do so would be a double-cross of the worst sort, and the
likelihood of getting a conviction would be nil. The fact is that the CIA
officials who extracted valuable information from captured al Qaeda
leaders--information that we have every reason to believe prevented successful
terrorist attacks--are heroes. Their task was a thankless one, but, based on all
the information we have, including the newly-released DOJ memos, they performed
It would be good to remember this common-sense logic as you see and hear the
usual suspects railing about how terrible the USA is -- er, excuse me, was until
NANCY PELOSI'S VIEW(S) ON TORTURE
For the last couple of days we have been hearing outraged howls from
Democrats regarding the awful "torture" a small number of enemy combatants
was subjected to. (The fact that it was determined not to be
torture at the time somehow is lost in the haze).
Nancy Pelosi, in the February/March
issue of Washington Monthly, had this to say about the subject:
The use of torture violates fundamental American
values. It damages the reputation of the United States in the eyes of the
international community, and it increases the risks for our military
personnel, diplomatic officers, and intelligence agents around the world. Many
intelligence professionals have stated that torture is ineffective: it is
unlikely to produce the kind of timely and reliable information needed to
disrupt terrorist plots. The negative consequences of the use of torture far
outweigh the supposed benefits.
For decades, the United States used the Geneva
Conventions as the standard for the treatment of captives, and we regularly
condemned conditions and practices not in accord with the Conventions. Now,
Bush administration officials have admitted that the United States has used
waterboarding on at least three suspected terrorists, while refusing to define
which interrogation methods would constitute torture.
To uphold American values and to underscore our
belief that torture is wrong, the House of Representatives in December voted
to expand the current prohibition against torture so that it applies not only
to the Department of Defense but to all U.S. government personnel. America is
on stronger ground ethically, morally, and practically when our practices for
holding and interrogating captives are consistent with the Geneva
Conventions-when we don't torture. The next president should make the return
to that standard our highest priority.
From The Weekly Standard we have this demonstration (as if anyone still
needed it) that nancy pelosi is a fraud and a hypocrite:
What a fraud. What a
hypocrite. But don't count on this being picked up by our wonderful
"neutral" media any time soon.
Peter Wehner reminds us of this Washington Post story:
In September 2002, four members of
Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed
to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S.
custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included
current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour
of the CIAs overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques
interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk. Among the
techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a
practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and
some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were
The Post added that the during the
CIA's 30 congressional briefings on these matters only one formal
complaint was issued, and Porter J. Goss told the paper that there was
bipartisan "encouragement" for the CIA's program:
"Among those being briefed, there was a
pretty full understanding of what the CIA was doing, said Goss, who
chaired the House intelligence committee from 1997 to 2004 and then
served as CIA director from 2004 to 2006. And the reaction in the room
was not just approval, but encouragement.
It's good to have a D- after your name.
JAN SCHAKOWSKY: HYPOCRITE OF THE FIRST ORDER
comes congressperson jan schakowsky's view of peaceful protest - when the
protestors do not agree with her:
April 16, 2009
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) blasted "tea party"
protests yesterday, labeling the activities "despicable" and
"The 'tea parties' being held today by groups of
right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead
the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of
Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs," Schakowsky said in a
"It's despicable that right-wing Republicans would
attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a
shameful political stunt," she added. "Not a single American household or
business will be taxed at a higher rate this year. Made to look like a
grassroots uprising, this is an Obama bashing party promoted by corporate
interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians."
This is the strongest language to date opposing
the protesters, which, according to some estimates, topped 250,000 across the country.
Now let's see what schakowsky doesn't consider despicable or
shameful. The following is excerpted from an
article in USA Today, August 31, 2005:
Congresswoman's husband pleads guilty to two
CHICAGO (AP) The husband of an Illinois congresswoman pleaded guilty
Wednesday to tax violations and bank fraud for writing rubber checks and failing
to collect withholding tax from an employee.
Robert Creamer, a political
consultant married to four-term U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, could face four years
in prison on the two felony counts when he is sentenced Dec. 21.
"In my heart, I know that these
mistakes do not define or diminish this good man, or the good work that he has
done over the last 40 years or that he will do in the future," Schakowsky,
D-Ill., said after her husband's court hearing.
The indictment alleged Creamer
caused a series of insufficiently funded checks and wire transfers to be drawn
on accounts he controlled as executive director of the Illinois Public Action
Fund. According to the indictment, he allegedly then used the inflated balances
to pay the group's expenses and own salary.
Creamer pleaded guilty to one
count each of bank fraud and failure to collect withholding tax. In exchange for
his plea, prosecutors dropped several other counts.
His lawyer, Theodore Poulos,
said he hopes Creamer can avoid prison and serve whatever sentence he receives
in a halfway house or under house arrest.
Schakowsky, who lives in the
Chicago suburb of Evanston, said she doesn't think her husband's plea would
prompt a primary challenge next year in her heavily Democratic district.
FYI, Creamer was sentenced to 5 months in jail and 11
months in home confinement.
But his thievery wasn't "despicable" or "shameful", was it? To the same
jan schakowsky, he is "a good man" who has done "good work".
schakowsky also said, in her statement after he was convicted, that
anything, I am proud of who Bob is. ... He has been a constant
He sure did do good work and was a constant crusader. Too bad for him
that he got caught doing the crusading.
I think, maybe, schakowsky should get a better handle on what is "despicable" and "shameful"
in this country. HINT: It ain't hundreds
of thousands of people who peacefully assemble to petition the government
for a redress of grievances.
Oh, by the way, when creamer was bilking people out of millions of dollars
and pocketing the dough? schakowsky signed their tax returns right along
with him. What does that make her?
Can you come up with any adjectives?
MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE TEA PARTIES
On April 15th, hundreds of "tea parties" took place in cities and towns,
large and small, throughout the USA. The crowds ranged from less than 100
to 5,000 and more (Atlanta alone may have had 15,000 - 20,000).
I don't know the exact number - no one does - but the total certainly is in 6
This was accomplished despite a virtual blackout of news coverage for the entire lead-up to these
parties -- and other than Fox News, which treated this as the major event it
was, almost all of the meager coverage from our wonderful "neutral" media ranged from
negative to sarcastic to condemnatory.
If coverage had been a small fraction of what we saw for, say, the
"million man march" or for cindy sheehan when she sat outside of then-President
Bush's Crawford Texas ranch, with maybe a dozen supporters, it's a very good bet that
the number of tea party participants would have been dramatically higher.
But that didn't happen.
In the last two days I have blogged about the sickeningly
crude attacks on participants by some media, which apparently think it is professional,
fair and funny to tie tea party protests to the sexual act of "tea-bagging".
Frankly, it is none of those three. It is little more than a demonstration of the
stunning level of bias these people have - and empirical proof that if
they perceive the subject to be conservative, they feel it is open season to
disregard all norms of journalism.
Yesterday I looked through the New York Times to see how it reported the tea parties.
I figured there would be a small front page reference that would take up part of
one column below the fold. But I was wrong.
The tea party story did not make the Times' front page. It was
buried on page A16 (the lesser-read left side page) on the bottom.
The article's sub-head told us that "thousands"
participated, which, while technically true, dramatically downplays the extent
of actual participation. And the article made a special point of
noting that conservative groups became involved in the tea parties (did the Times
feature which left wing and racist groups were behind the" million man
march" as prominently? At all?)
Lamentably, nothing that you just read is remarkable at all. It isn't
The truly remarkable thing is that the New York Times, and so many of
its kindred media venues, claim to be neutral. Even more remarkable
(and horribly sad) is the fact that, though their numbers are clearly dwindling,
some people still believe them.
PUTTING THE WOOD TO MATT TAIBBI
matt taibbi is a nasty, vituperative, hate-filled left wing "journalist" (I
put the word in quotations because what he writes is not what I think journalism
Here is a put-down of Taibbi from whoever runs the web site www.therudenews.com.
I warn you. It is
rude. Extremely rude. And extremely non-PC.
And just as profane as taibbi's screeds are.
If you can put up with that (and you're still reading,
aren't you?), then enjoy taibbi's come-uppance. It is a classic:
Matt Taibbi wrote this post called
Teabagging Michelle Malkin
Aside from his covering for the worst math ever
used in a budget, he fails real world economics 101: Costs are passed down, to
He also pushed the liberal talking point from his
favorite lefty blogs, that nobody was on the street over TARP I:
- I didnt see anyone on the street when we forked over
billions of dollars to help JP Morgan Chase buy Bear Stearns. And I didnt see
anyone on the street when Hank Paulson forked over $45 more billion to help
Bank of America buy Merrill Lynch, a company run at the time by one of the
worlds biggest assholes, John Thain. Moreover I didnt see any street
protests when the government agreed to soak up hundreds of billions in
troubled assets from Citigroup, a company that just months later would lend
out a jet furnished with pillows upholstered with Hermes scarves to former
chief Sandy Weill so that he could vacation in Mexico over Christmas
Now Matt writes this
simply because he cant type bailout protesters into Google. Back when
Michelle Malkin was leading the charge against Hank Paulson, every right of
center blog, from Little Green Footballs to little ol TRN, was saying either
the idea was bad, or was publishing pictures of the protesters at the
Far left groups like Code Pink were out early, and
so were libertarians and independents of varying stripe. Many of these folks,
came out and met conservatives on 4/15/09. You would know that if you went to a
tax protest instead of waiting for CNN to tell you what to think.
Try Google next post Matt, its so easy, even you
can do it.
The good part is he attacks a far more talented writer so he can get some attention, because his talent couldnt cut
He actually uses the words:
- Now when I read
her stuff, I imagine her narrating her text, book-on-tape style, with a big,
hairy set of balls in her mouth.
I could see how a conversation
between The Rude Dog and Matt would play out:
- The Rude Dog: Hey your Matt Taibbi, the guy who has sexual
fantasies about Michelle Malkin.
- Matt: Yeah. (Wipes some spittle from his
- The Rude Dog: Do you really think she would
get with you? I didnt know she was into eating pu**y.
- Matt: (cries)
I think anybody who is in the vicinity of Mr.
Taibbi should tell him what a piece of shit he is.
So many of these liberals have pushed the sex
jokes ad nauseum this week, and their ratings have suffered for it. Only John
Stewart can get away with this crap, and you know what? He was the most classy
liberal broadcaster that made fun of the protests.
While CNN and MSNBC were busy high-fiving
each other over teabagging replays, John Stewart pointed out that some tax
protesters were protesting government waste, by buying thousands of teabags. It
was funny, poigninat, and he didnt giggle and smirk (anymore than usual)
about tea bagging every ten seconds. I guess you can see the difference talent
Back to Matt. The idea of a male writer talking
about putting balls into the mouth of a female writer would have caused liberals
to go wild years ago. Then their guy Clinton molested a bunch of widows and
interns, and they were silent. The unleashing of sexual insults
against Sarah Palin showed us just how far liberals will go. Now every
woman writer or pundit who does not subscribe to liberalism, is a prime target
of sexual invective from pseudo intellects and wannabe bad boys.
Its too bad Rolling Stone employs swine
like this. He makes Rachel Maddows teabagging tirade look classy. At least she
has the equipment to teabag with.
Whew. Remind me never to get on this guy's bad side.
If I see a response from taibbi I promise to post it.