Sunday, 05 July 2009

OPEN SEASON ON SARAH PALIN

Ken Berwitz

Ever since John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate it has literally been open season on her in the media.  "Journalists" who would do weeks of hit pieces on anyone who attacked a Democrat with a fraction of the intensity and hatred reserved for Ms. Palin have been happy to jump right in and play "can you top this" with their insults. 

The single worst attack was from a subhuman idiot named erik sean nelson, who thought it was comedic to claim that Ms. Palin (the mother of a Down Syndrome child) was in favor of retardation.  But he was far from alone in his sick hatred.

Noel Sheppard of www.newsbusters.org has put together a tiny compilation of what has been said about Ms. Palin over the past ten months.  Take a look:

Notable Quotables Flashback: Ten Months of Media Scorn for Sarah Palin

 

By Rich Noyes (Bio | Archive)
July 4, 2009 - 11:23 ET

 

In announcing that she was stepping down as Alaska Governor on Friday, Sarah Palin noted the unrelenting hostility of liberal media elites. In the barely ten months since she burst onto the national scene, Palin has been scorned and mocked by journalists -- including many supposedly objective reporters -- like few other politicians. Here are a few of the choicer attacks, as compiled from MRC's Notable Quotables newsletter:

"She is a far-right conservative who supported Pat Buchanan over George W. Bush in 2000. She thinks global warming is a hoax and backs the teaching of creationism in public schools. Women are not likely to be impressed by her opposition to abortion even in the case of rape and incest."
Newsweeks Jonathan Alter in a "Web exclusive" posted on his magazines Web site, August 29, 2008.

"[McCain has] done it [picked Sarah Palin] at great cost, because the whole Republican convention...was going to be the slogan, Hes not ready to lead, meaning Barack Obama. Well, Sarah Palin makes Barack Obama look like John Adams. I mean, its just, its no contest."
Newsweeks Howard Fineman on MSNBCs Countdown, August 29.

Newsweeks Eleanor Clift: "This [McCains selection of Sarah Palin] is not a serious choice. It makes it look like a made for TV movie. If the media reaction is anything, its been literally laughter in many places across news-"

Host John McLaughlin: "Where is that? See that?"

Clift: "In very, very many newsrooms."
Exchange on The McLaughlin Group, August 31, 2008.

 

"Im not that convinced that thats her baby....The daughter who we know is fertile because shes knocked up again, or maybe for the first time...she did like take a five-month leave from high school because she had [uses fingers to indicate quote marks] mononucleosis right around the time the baby was being born. And the mother, the so-called, you know, okay, maybe it is the mother, but, you know, she was back to work three days later. You dont smell something?...Its not like theyre not willing to lie about everything else."
HBOs Bill Maher on Real Time, September 5, 2008, promoting the left-wing conspiracy theory that Sarah Palins infant son is actually her daughter Bristols baby.

"If [Bobby] Jindal had been governor of Louisiana in 2005 [during Hurricane Katrina], everything would have been different, and he would be John McCains running mate instead of this wacko right-winger."
Co-host Mort Kondracke talking about Sarah Palin on FNCs The Beltway Boys, September 6, 2008.

"Before Gov. Sarah Palin came flying in from the wilds of Alaska for the Republican convention in St. Paul, there was a lot of sniggering in media rooms and satellite trucks about her beauty queen looks and rustic hobbies, and the suggestion that she was better suited to be a calendar model for a local auto body shop than a holder of the second-highest office in the land....In the press galleries at the convention, journalists wrinkled their noses in disgust when Piper, Ms. Palins youngest daughter, was filmed kitty-licking her baby brothers hair into place."
New York Times media writer David Carr, September 7, 2008.

"You know, the one thing that I dont think anybodys said yet is that shes very mean to animals, this woman. Why does she have it in for these poor polar bear and the caribou and she aerial kills wolves? Thats a very mean thing to do. I think that thats an important point."
ABC The View co-host Joy Behar explaining her opposition to Sarah Palin, CNNs Larry King Live, September 9, 2008.

"Is this a, like a Clarence Thomas where they wanted to pick an African-American for the Supreme Court so they picked the kind they wanted?...They have a person [Palin] here, whos apparently, to some extent, in terms of foreign policy, tabula rasa. Someone they can fill up with all this neo-conservative thinking....Is that what they wanted, just sort of a vessel to sell and carry their product, rather than someone with independent thinking on foreign policy?"
MSNBCs Chris Matthews on Hardball, September 16, 2008.

CNNs Jack Cafferty: "If John McCain wins, this woman will be one 72-year-olds heartbeat away from being President of the United States. And if that doesnt scare the hell out of you, it should....That [Sarah Palins interview with Katie Couric] is one of the most pathetic pieces of tape I have ever seen for someone aspiring to one of the highest offices in this country. Thats all I have to say."
Wolf Blitzer: "Shes cramming a lot of information."
Cafferty: "Theres no excuse for that. Shes supposed to know a little bit of this. You know, dont make excuses for her. Thats pathetic."
CNNs The Situation Room, September 26, 2008.

"Is this [vice presidential debate] about her brain power?... Do you think cute will beat brains?...Do you think shed do better on the questions on  Jeopardy or the interview they do during a half-time?...My suspicion is that she has the same lack of intellectual curiosity that the President of the United States has right now and that is scary!"
MSNBCs Chris Matthews during the 7pm EDT Hardball on October 2, 2008 a couple of hours before the debate.

"Heres whats disturbing: Either she didnt know, because actually the legislative role [of the Vice President] is just about zero as Biden says, or -- scarier -- she has a little bit of Huey Long in her. The kind of -- you could see her being a demagogue, saying I got to do this, the rules are in the way, to heck with the rules, lets do it."
Newsweeks Evan Thomas reacting to Palin suggesting at the debate that a vice president has a legislative role, on Inside Washington, October 3, 2008.

"Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice presidentShe has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is a hell of a time to start....For John McCain to have chosen this person to be his running mate is fundamentally irresponsible."
Newsweek international editor and CNN host Fareed Zakaria in his Oct. 6, 2008 column, "Palin Is Ready? Please."

"The fact of the matter is, the comparison between her [Sarah Palin] and Hillary Clinton is the comparison between an igloo and the Empire State Building!"
MSNBCs Chris Matthews on Hardball, October 14, 2008.

Reporter David Wright: "Last summer, McCain mocked Obama as an empty-headed celebrity....But then he created a celebrity of his own."
Clip of John McCain: "When you get to know her, youre going to be as impressed as I am."
Wright: "Many were impressed, but plenty of others came to see Sarah Palin as an empty designer suit."
ABCs World News, November 5, 2008.

Sarah Palin: Ill-informed, inarticulate shopaholic has ego bigger than Alaska and shes still the darling of the GOP.
From Newsweek's Conventional Wisdom column, December 29, 2008-January 5, 2009 issue.

Sarah Palin now dont laugh is writing a book. Not just reading a book, writing a book. Actually, in the word of the publisher, shes collaborating on a book....What an embarrassment! Its one of these I told you, books that jocks do. You know shes already declared I mean, why they do it like this? She cant write, we got a collaborator for her.
MSNBCs Chris Matthews on Hardball, May 13, 2009.

Heres the question: Would you rather listen to a speech by Sarah Palin or a speech by Newt Gingrich...or would you rather just stick needles in your eyes?
CNNs Jack Cafferty on The Situation Room, June 9, 2009.

Ex-MSNBC anchor Dan Abrams: Sarah Palin, to me, is like the representative of everything thats gone wrong [for the Republican Party] lately....
Comedian Chuck Nice: Sarah Palin to the GOP, this is what Ive got to say: She is very much like herpes shes not going away. Okay? Thats it.
Exchange on NBCs Today, June 9, 2009.

Now please remember that, when she was picked by John McCain (before the tidal wave of hatred and invective), polling indicated that Sarah Palin was the single most popular Governor in the United States. 

She was also a self-made woman who had little going for her in life other than her own brains, guts and determination.  Everything she got, every advance, every success, was her own.  She had no slick husband to grease the skids for her - like, for example, the media-beloved Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. 

In short, Sarah Palin was, and remains, the pace-setting, glass-ceiling-breaking woman that the others pretended to be.  She was, and remains, the real deal.

But things are as they are, and what Rich Noyes has shown us is what passes for journalism today.  It is what "journalists" do when they decide their job is not to be neutral, but to bare their fangs and go after the people they think are beneath them.

I don't care whether you love, like, dislike or hate Sarah Palin.  Their behavior should make you want to puke.


THE OAS AND HONDURAS

Ken Berwitz

From Steve Gilbert of  www.sweetness-light.com, we have an excellent analysis of what Honduras is up against as it tries to enforce its own constitution rather than kowtow to the leftists running the Organization of American States:

OAS Admits Cuba, Kicks Out Honduras

July 4th, 2009

From an approving Reuters:

OAS set to suspend Honduras as it renounces charter

By Patrick Markey Patrick Markey Sat Jul 4

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) The Organization of American States prepared to suspend Honduras on Saturday after a caretaker government refused to restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya and defiantly renounced the OAS charter in an apparent preemptive move.

The measure by Honduras to distance itself from the hemispheric group came after its rulers rejected an OAS demand to restore Zelaya, who was ousted by troops in Central Americas worst political crisis since the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989.

Honduras, an impoverished coffee and textile exporter, would be only the second country suspended by the Western Hemispheres top diplomatic body after Cuba, which was barred in 1962 as Fidel Castro took the island toward communism.

After he gave Honduras a 72-hour deadline, OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza said the interim government showed no willingness to reinstate Zelaya, who antagonized opponents with an attempt to lift presidential term limits and by allying himself to Venezuelas left-wing President Hugo Chavez

Somehow this article fails to note that Venezuela is an honored member of the Organization Of American states.

Worse yet, our media masters at Reuters seem to be unaware that the workers paradise of Cuba has recently been made a member of good standing in the OAS.

Perhaps their ignorance is understandable, since the joyous news was not heavily reported.

Indeed, we found only this report, which was quietly buried noted on the CBS News blog:

OAS Lifts Ban On Cuba After 47 Years

by Portia Siegelbaum

June 3, 2009

Despite decades of harshly criticizing the Organization of American States as a puppet of Washington, Cuban TV welcomed todays scrapping by OAS Foreign Ministers of the 1962 resolution excluding the island from active membership.

For 47 years, the Cuban flag has been displayed along with those of the other member countries but its seat has remained empty, barred as an "undemocratic" state

Cuban Government journalists particularly stressed the declaration of Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya, host of the assembly, who said that "Today the Cold War is ended." Referring to former President Fidel Castros famous 1953 saying "history will absolve me," Zelaya said, "today he is absolved." The remarks are sure to raise hackles among hard-line anti-Castro exile circles

[Cuban] TV anchor Randy Alonso read a statement by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez welcoming the decision

So now Cuba and Venezuela are deemed to be democratic states, but Honduras is not?

Yes, the OAS has tremendous moral authority here.

By the way, do note how Mr. Zelaya welcomed the news of Cubas reinstatement.

My only criticism is that Steve omitted Barack Obama's name.  He could have been on that platform too.

WHERE ARE OUR MEDIA?


HONDURAS: A CHRONOLOGY

Ken Berwitz

For the past week I have been writing about the fact (and it is a fact) that there was no coup in Honduras, but rather a legal, constitutional removal of its President, manuel zelaya.  I pointed out that it was zelaya, not the rest of Honduras' government, who was trying to implement a coup.

In today's Washington Times, Oliver North has provided us a chronology of what happened there and who did what.  Please read every word.  Not only will it educate you as to the real story in Honduras, but it will demonstrate with crystal clarity how badly you have been misled by Obama and his fawning media acolytes - the ones who cannot find a thing he does wrong, no matter how many things they have to choose from:

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Wrong-turn Obama

Oliver North

 

It took the Obama administration less than eight hours to side with Cuba's Fidel Castro, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega over the ouster of Manuel Zelaya in Honduras.

 

As we have come to expect, Mr. Obama got it wrong again, but this time, nobody noticed. The U.S. news media, preoccupied with the sudden demise of Michael Jackson, ignored the event in Central America.

 

For those who care about things more important than the passing of a "pop music legend," here's the rest of the story:

 

Manuel Zelaya, a wealthy rancher and agribusiness executive but self-described "poor farmer," won a four-year term as Honduran president in November 2005 with 49.8 percent of the vote. Article 374 of the Honduran Constitution bars the nation's chief executive from serving consecutive terms. Apparently, one term wasn't enough for Mr. Zelaya, a protege of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez and Nicaragua's phobic anti-American leader, Daniel Ortega.

 

Late last year, as the Honduran economy tanked and unemployment grew to nearly 28 percent, Mr. Zelaya forced Elvin Santos, the country's elected vice president, to resign and began holding conversations with Mr. Chavez and Mr. Ortega on how to hold onto power. In lengthy Chavez-like populist speeches, he denounced the United States and wealthy landowners and linked himself with leftists in the Honduran labor movement. On March 23, he issued an executive decree directing a national referendum on a Venezuela-style constituent assembly to rewrite the country's constitution in time for presidential and legislative elections in November. The Obama-Clinton State Department was mute about all this.

 

Unfortunately for Mr. Zelaya's aspirations, the Honduran Constitution requires that amendments be passed by a two-thirds vote of the country's unicameral Congress during two consecutive sessions. By late May, the Honduran Congress, the Honduran Supreme Court, the commissioner for human rights and the Honduran Supreme Electoral Tribunal all had overwhelmingly declared the referendum unconstitutional.

 

Mr. Zelaya ignored the people's representatives, had ballots printed in Venezuela and announced that the vote would take place June 28. Again, the O-Team was silent.

 

In keeping with the rule of law, Honduran Attorney General Luis Alberto Rubi took the case to court. The Honduran Supreme Court ruled the referendum to be illegal and ordered the ballots to be confiscated. Late on June 23, Mr. Zelaya countermanded the court order and directed the army to distribute the ballots. Gen. Romeo Vasquez, the chief of staff of the Honduran military, sought legal opinions and decided not to distribute them. The following day, Mr. Zelaya accepted the resignation of Defense Minister Angel Edmundo Orellana and fired Gen. Vasquez.

 

The Honduran Supreme Court unanimously ruled the Vasquez firing illegal and reinstated the general on June 25. That prompted Mr. Zelaya and a group of supporters to seize the ballots and issue another executive decree, which directed government officials to set up 15,000 polling stations at schools and community buildings across the country. In response to a request from Mr. Rubi, the Honduran Congress - controlled by Mr. Zelaya's own Liberal Party - opened an investigation into the president's mental stability and fitness to govern.

 

Mr. Zelaya replied with a two-hour broadcast harangue in which he claimed: "Congress cannot investigate me, much less remove me or stage a technical coup against me, because I am honest. I'm a free president, and nobody scares me."

 

On Sunday, just hours before the referendum was to begin, the Honduran army, acting on a warrant issued by the Honduran Supreme Court, arrested Mr. Zelaya and sent him, in his pajamas, into exile in Costa Rica. The Honduran Congress affirmed Mr. Zelaya's departure and, in accord with the constitution, named Roberto Micheletti, who had been president of the Congress, interim president of the country.

 

It has been downhill from there. Mr. Chavez, Mr. Ortega, Mr. Castro and Bolivia's Evo Morales immediately condemned the "coup" and demanded that Mr. Zelaya be restored to power. Mr. Chavez went so far as to threaten military action.

 

When asked about these events on Sunday, the O-Team punted the issue to the Organization of American States, calling for "all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter." Now there's a powerful statement of support for a constitutional process and the institutions of democracy. Meanwhile, the Clinton State Department is said to be looking at cutting off aid to the impoverished country.

 

The O-Team doesn't seem to grasp that simply holding an election does not guarantee a democracy. Adolf Hitler was elected. Hugo Chavez was elected. The Castro brothers were "elected." When potentates decide the rule of law does not matter, that constitutional restrictions on power can be overcome by executive fiat, the people inevitably suffer.

It's a point to remember this Independence Day weekend, our nation's 233rd.

There are the facts in chronological order.

 

Does that look like a coup to you?  Or does it look like the prevention of one?

 

Now:  When do our wonderful "neutral" media start reporting facts about Honduras, instead of propaganda that the zelayan counterparts of Rahm Emanuel, James Carville and Paul Begala could have approved word for word? 


HUGO CHAVEZ SHOWS ZELAYA THE WAY...

Ken Berwitz

In case you're wondering what zelaya's hero, hugo chavez, is up to these days, here is an Associated Press story that will tell you:

 

 

 

 

Venezuelan official:  Radio licenses to be revoked
2009-07-04 12:55 AM

 

 

The head of Venezuela's telecommunications regulatory agency said Friday that 240 radio stations will have their licenses revoked for failing to update their registrations with the government.

 

Critics warn the move could be aimed at punishing radio stations that are critical of the government.

 

A total of 86 AM radio stations and 154 FM stations have failed to turn in required documents, said Diosdado Cabello, who heads the telecommunications agency. He said "an administrative proceeding is being opened immediately" and will lead to the "recovery of all those concessions by the state."

 

Cabello, a close ally of President Hugo Chavez, said those radio stations "aren't interested in updating their information" and aren't complying with the law. It remained unclear what recourse the radio stations might have.

 

The government last month began a process of updating the registrations of television and radio stations based on a law regulating broadcasters, and demanded that all outlets present their information to the regulatory agency by June 23.

 

The move against the radio stations comes amid tensions generated by other investigations against the opposition-aligned television channel Globovision, which could lead to its closure.

This is exactly, precisely, what Honduras took action to avoid.  An "elected President" using the election to become a dictator and, in effect, taking over the government through a successful coup against his own election.

My congratulations to the Hondurans who retained their democracy. 

And my sympathies to the Venezuelans who want their democracy back.  You will never hear the words of support from President Obama that he is so willing to give to zelaya and his co-conspirators. 

Just ask the Iranian protestors.


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