More Troubles for Rep. Aaron Schock: Aide Resigns After ‘Racist’ Posting

February 5, 2015 | Filed Under Aaron Schock, Congress, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock has not had a good week. First he was criticized over his office decor, and today he has had an aide resign over a “racist” posting on social media.

Schock was criticized for ethics violations after initially having his office decorated for free in a garish pseudo-Downton Abby style.

Before that controversy even died down, though, he’s found a troublesome aide that needed firing over some sort of racist remark on social media.
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CNN Caught Red-Handed Lying About French ‘No-Go Zones’ Debate

January 22, 2015 | Filed Under Bobby Jindal, CNN, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Europe, Fox News, France, Government Corruption, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, PCism, Progressives, Sharia, Society/Culture, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Early this week CNN went after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal after he insisted that there are “no-go zones” in France, parts of France filled with Muslims that French police would not go. CNN claimed this was untrue and attacked the Gov. for saying there was. But for months CNN has said exactly the same thing that Jindal said despite their sudden claims to the contrary.

Eric Wemple, media critic of The Washington Post, discovered that before attacking Jindal and Fox News for using the “no-go zones” rhetoric, CNN itself had spent months reporting that there were, indeed, such things as “no-go zones” in France.

“A search through Nexis archives finds that CNN traded in just the sort of ‘no-go zone’ that popped up on Fox News in the days after the Jan. 7 massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine,” Wemple wrote on January 20.
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WaPost Enlisting ‘Hispanic Media’ To Attack GOP

July 14, 2013 | Filed Under Civil Rights Act, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Hispanics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Newspapers, President, Race, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post is very concerned that if the Republicans don’t rush through an amnesty bill, it might cause the “Hispanic media” to get mad at least he says so in his latest entry at The Plum Line blog. There, Sargent warns that the “GOP will get a beatdown by the Hispanic media” by slowing immigration reform.

Sargent sourly notes that Republicans in the House are putting the brakes on any forward momentum in favor of amnesty and “see no urgency whatsoever about acting this summer on immigration reform.”

Of course, many of these Republicans, the Post writer says, “won’t feel any pressure to act on reform” because they are in safe, conservative districts.
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WashPost’s Sargent: IRS Scandal is ‘Fever Swamp’ Stuff

June 26, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, IRS, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post has decided that any worries over the IRS intimidation tactics that have gotten the county so riled up is nothing but “fever swamp” nonsense.

In his June 21 post at The Plum Line, Sargent has declared the IRS scandal over. In fact, it is nothing but Republican foolishness.

Despite the very fact that the IRS has admitted that it had, indeed, targeted Obama’s critics unfairly in a purely political action, despite disclaimers of coordination even though the heads of the IRS have visited the White House hundreds of times, and despite the reports from whistleblowers that the intimidation tactics and polices came from Washington, Sargent has declared it all a myth. Move along. Nothing to see here.
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Public Trust in Newspapers Falls to New Lows

June 19, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Associated Press, Business, Cable, Capitalism, CBS, CNBC, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Fox Business Network, Fox News, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, NBC, Newspapers, NPR, PBS, Progressives, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TV, TV News, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new poll on newspapers and television news shows that Americans’ confidence in the news industry continues to erode in this era of mass communications, reaching a low not seen since 2007.

The Gallup polling firm finds that trust in newspapers has fallen to 23 percent. This is down from 25 percent in 2012 and 28 percent in 2011.

The previous low was recorded in 2007 when trust in newspapers reached 22 percent.

Trust in newspapers has undergone steady erosion since its 1979 high of 51 percent, Gallup reports.

Television news fares no better in the estimation of those polled by Gallup. Trust in TV news tied that of newspapers with 23 percent saying they trust TV news sources. This is down from a 1993 high of 46 percent–when Gallup first began asking about it.
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Activism, Not Journalism? Radical Filmmaker Laura Poitras Shares Washington Post Byline on NSA Story

June 14, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Ethics, FBI, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, NSA, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Washington Post recently made waves with a story on the National Security Agency’s domestic data mining project “Prism,” but interestingly one of the co-authors of the article is a radical, left-wing filmmaker who has been a loud critic of U.S. counterterrorism policies.

The article, “U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program,” authored by former Post writer Barton Gellman and filmmaker Laura Poitras, is a bold expose of the NSA’s domestic surveillance program.

While Gellman is certainly to be considered a “journalist,” Poitras is more of an activist who has quite a history of criticizing the United States since the attacks on September 11, 2001. She has, for instance, called the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba an “illegal” prison and has called treatment of suspects “legalized torture.”

It is clear that she is an activist, not a journalist. Yet nonetheless here we see the Post giving her a byline on a straight news story.
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Washington Bridge Collapse Being Used to Push Big Government

May 26, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, CBS, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Huffington Post, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Policy, President, Progressives, Sequester, Stimulus, Taxes, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston, Washington, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

By all accounts the Interstate 5 bridge collapse in Washington State was a result of an over sized truck load as opposed to “failing infrastructure.” But a plea for greater federal spending figured prominently in many reports on the accident nonetheless.

Naturally, many on the left stampeded immediately to decrying “austerity,” or accused the Republicans of “endangering lives” by opposing big government, while still others blamed the sequester as news of the collapse spread.

In the progressive media, infrastructure also featured prominently in coverage.

CNN, for instance, injected Obama’s call for higher spending in its piece. USA Today also claimed that the bridge collapse would “raise questions about the nation’s infrastructure.” Reuters focused on a call for “public officials to invest in infrastructure and upgrade bridges.” The Associated Press joined Reuters in that focus. And, not to be outdone, Bloomberg said, “The bridge’s collapse put a new focus on the nation’s failing infrastructure, an issue that President Barack Obama has highlighted in his second-term agenda.”

Sadly, the Voice of America also used the collapse as a means to talk about Obama’s spending wants.
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WaPo/ABC Poll: Obama Lying About Benghazi, IRS Targeting ‘Inappropriate,’ Media Still Distrusted

May 23, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, ABC, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Congress, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Ethics, GOP, Government, IRS, Journalism, Liberals, Libya, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new poll conducted jointly by The Washington Post and ABC News revealed some interesting trends. Among other findings, more Americans feel that Obama and his administration are lying about Benghazi, a majority feel that the IRS acted inappropriately by targeting conservative groups, and the media is still distrusted with a majority feeling that the Justice Department’s seizure of the AP’s phone records was justified. Despite all this disapproval, Obama’s approval rating is still just over 50 percent positive.

An important metric in the ABC/WashPost poll was the question of whether or not government is doing more to protect or threaten our rights. 54% felt that the government had become a threat to our rights while only 34% said that the government was acting properly to protect our rights. The American people’s faith in government is at low ebb.

This distrust is echoed when the poll turned to the specific cases of Benghazi and the IRS.

55% said that they feel that Obama is trying to cover up what happened during the terror attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. Only 33% felt he was honestly disclosing what he knew.
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Wash. Post Hires Democrat Activist/Lobbyist for Editorial Pages

February 15, 2013 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gay Marriage, Gays, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Washington Post has announced that it is adding Hilary Rosen, a long-time Democrat operative, attorney, and lobbyist, to its editorial pages.

Rosen will join a parade of liberals and Democrat operatives, one Republican operative, and others as one of the “Insiders” writing daily political commentary.

Washington Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt said he looks forward to Rosen’s contribution. “Hilary will be a lively addition to our diverse voices. Like Ed, she is an experienced insider with strong views and an original, independent mind.”

Rosen is most recently known for attacking GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, during the late election for having “never worked a day in her life.”

The furor that arose from Rosen’s attacks on motherhood eventually caused a backlash against her even among Democrats, a backlash that prompted CNN to ask her how it feels to be “thrown under the bus.”
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Washington Post Pushes Janet Napolitano for President in 2016

February 6, 2013 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Security/Safety, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

If Hillary really doesn’t run for president in 2016, it is so hard for the Washington Post to “imagine the presidential field without a woman contender” that the paper has decided to look at who might replace her. And the paper has arrived at… Janet Napolitano?

But with its touting of the Homeland Security Secretary, the Post insists “there is reason to take her seriously.”

The Post notes that Napolitano was once a “highly regarded and very popular governor in Arizona.” And yet goes on to say she dropped the ball on illegal immigration during her tenure in the Governor’s mansion (2003-2009).

But her role at Homeland has given her a chance to “change that image,” we are told.
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Wash.Post Slams Gun Owner-Outing Paper for ‘Cowardice’

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, New York, New York City, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Now that the Journal News has removed the names and addresses of New York’s legal gun owners from its online map, at least one other newspaper is slamming the gun-outer for its “cowardice.”

In a Friday piece at the Washington Post, columnist Erik Wemple slammed the Journal News for its latest move in this gun owner-outing incident.

Wemple spared no effort to bash the statement issued by Journal News publisher Janet Hasson, calling it “cowardly” and ridiculing the conceit that New York paper used to justify its posting of the gun owner’s names and addresses in the first place.
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Wash. Post Year in Cartoons: Majority Ridicule Romney/Republicans

December 16, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Washington Post has its year in review of the best political cartoons of 2012 posted this week. A review of the 56 cartoons shows that a majority of them attack Mitt Romney, Republicans or conservatives while only a small sampling make fun of Obama, members of his administration, or liberal ideas.

Many of these political cartoons are quite good for what they are, of course, a skewering of a shibboleth, left, right, or cultural. But out of the 56 cartoons presented, the vast majority of them attack the right.

Out of 56 cartoons, 28 of them hit at the right. 9 attack Mitt Romney directly, 6 attack the GOP or other GOP candidates — such as Newt Gingrich — and an additional 13 attack conservatives or center right cultural ideas.
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Twitter Suggests White House is Just Like Left-Wing Commentators Sullivan, Krugman, Cuomo

December 7, 2012 | Filed Under ABC, Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, President, Progressives, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Daniel Halper recently discovered that Twitter wanted to help him out. After he chose to follow the Twitter feed of the White House, Twitter sent him a list of other accounts he might enjoy, accounts that the social media giant felt were “similar” to Barak Obama’s White House. Amusingly that list was filled with left-wing media types.

When Mr. Halper decided to follow the Twitter feed of the White House, Twitter quickly sent him an automatically generated email with some loverly suggestions. Now that he was following the White House, Twitter thought he might be interested in the following “similar” Twitter feeds:

  • Left-wing newspaper The Washington Post
  • Leftist Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan
  • Far left “economist” Paul Krugman
  • NBC News “First Read” blog
  • ABC News Chief Legal Correspondent Chris Cuomo

Quipped Halper, “Looks like Twitter’s algorithm, which appears to have automatically generated this email, is working perfectly.”

Just so.
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Old Media Still Attacking Mitt Romney

December 6, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Remember weeks and weeks of reports on how down-in-the-mouth the defeated John Kerry was when he lost the presidency to George Bush? Remember how the Old Media establishment obsessed about how badly Al Gore felt after he lost in 2000? Me either. But we sure keep getting stories about how downtrodden Mitt Romney feels after his epic loss.

This time it is The Washington Post in a lengthy December 2 piece that portrayed the Romney’s as sad sacks that have nothing left in life but to mope around the house and feel sorry for themselves.

In this empty report, The Post tells us the Romney’s “wake up each morning now without a plan.” We find out that Romney has become “secluded” and is “marked by repressed emotions.” He’s just a mess if you believe The Washington Post.

Well, the Post must have gotten quite a lot of access to have so thoroughly assessed the Romneys mental state, right?

Maybe not:
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NYTimes Attacks The Washington Post

November 21, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Progressives, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C., Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Amid turmoil within its own ranks over its new CEO, The New York Times found itself looking from without and scolding the leadership of another major newspaper characterizing that paper’s chief as incompetent and claiming that she had “faltered anew.”

On November 18, NYT media critic David Carr went after Katharine Weymouth, The Washington Post’s publisher, for a meeting announcing a change in her Paper’s executive editor in what was, perhaps, a bit of an ungracious manner.

Weymouth’s meeting was called to announce that Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli was leaving and being replaced by Marty Barton, recently the editor of The Boston Globe.

There has been some intrigue between Brauchli and Weymouth, granted, and Weymouth has been at the center of some aborted attempts to grow her paper. But for the media critic of one paper to attack the leadership of another paper is reminiscent of the old days of newspaper wars, something not seen in modern times.

Mr. Carr thought the change in editors signaled “an inopportune time for The Post to stumble.”
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Washington Post Softens Criminal Actions of Dem. Corzine in MF Global Fraud

November 19, 2012 | Filed Under Banks, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New Jersey, Newspapers, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In its November 15 print version, The Washington Post published a story about the criminal financial malfeasance of former Democrat Governor and MF Global Chief John Corzine. But, the Post seemed to have trouble properly identifying Corzine as a Democrat not to mention that it buried the story deep in the paper.

Corzine was the subject of a report this week issued by the House Financial Services’s oversight subcommittee that, while it stopped short of calling Corzine’s actions outright felonies (the committee is leaving that determination to prosecutors), the report raised deep concerns about the magical disappearance of $1.6 billion in investor’s money.

If Corzine were a Republican, who doesn’t believe that The Washington Post would have made sure that the story of the release of this report would have been front-page news? But, no, this story was buried back on page A18.
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Obama’s Failed Recovery: This Graph Should Scare You

November 18, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Media, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

This is something one wishes the Washington Post bothered to tell us before the election, but, yes, the chart below proves that Obama has utterly failed to aid in our economic recovery.

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In other words, you’re not imagining it: This economic recovery has been a big disappointment relative to what the United States has usually experienced after a recession. Growth has been 9 percent below what was seen in past recoveries on average in its first three years. The CBO report tries to disentangle where that underperformance is coming from and its answer is deeply unsettling: The U.S. economy just isn’t as good at growing as it used to be…

Read the rest at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog.
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Washington Post Jubilant at ‘Oct. Job Growth’ Then Says ‘Unemployment Rate Flat’

November 5, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Just before Election Day, the Washington Post is super excited about all that “job growth” for October. Yet the paper goes on to note that the “unemployment rate is flat.” So, which is it, Washington Post? Are we to be jubilant that there was job growth in October, or is the unemployment rate flat?

Regardless, the Post tries to have it both ways as it gives Obama cover even as it ultimately notes that there really wasn’t much improvement in jobless figures for October. In fact, the Post almost admits that its report is intended to help Obama right in its first paragraph.

The U.S. jobs market in October sustained its slow trudge toward better times, the government reported on Friday, in the last major report card on the economy before the presidential election.

Ah, that “slow trudge toward better times.” But is it? Despite all the happy talk sprinkled through the article, the Post is forced to note that much of this “good news” is closer to treading water as opposed to any “slow trudge toward better times.”

For instance, the Post notes that the unemployment figures remained “essentially unchanged” and didn’t really get much better because more people are now putting themselves back in the job market. So, new jobs didn’t really keep pace with the number of job seekers.
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Wash. Post on Romney’s Mormon Plot to Take Over the Country

October 22, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Mormons, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Religion, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Washington Post must not have noticed that the United States is supposed to be a land that is tolerant of religions, especially where it concerns out electoral system. This week the Washington Post has published a long story filled with innuendo that Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith is somehow engaged in a conspiracy to make him president.

The more than 3,000 word piece is also filled with pop psychology and subtle rhetoric all intended to make the reader simultaneously suspicious of Romney and his religion as well as doubting that any of his life is his own idea but is, rather, merely programming instilled in him by his father, his wife and his religion. This isn’t the only time WaPo writer Jason Horowitz investigated Mitt’s suspicious Mormonism, either. In June, Horowitz wonders if Romney’s Mormonism was “fair game” for attack.

At the outset of his newest near slanderous piece, Horowitz calls Mitt a “political scion” because his father was once the Governor of Michigan. Of course, George Romney was also a successful career auto man, as well. Why isn’t Mitt an “auto scion”? We know why. Horowitz is trying to cast Mr. Romney as a member of some privileged class who expects public office is to be bestowed upon him because it is somehow a birthright.
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Wash Post Reporter: Ryan is an SVU Perp of the Week

October 16, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Joe Biden, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Newspapers, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Washington Post reporter Dan Zak saw a different vice presidential debate than nearly everyone else in the Old Media establishment. Zak saw the debate where Joe Biden was brilliant, Martha Raddatz was fair, and Paul Ryan was like “the perp-of-the-week” on an episode of TVs Law and Order: SVU. That is exactly what he said on Twitter as he watched the debates.

Zak must have thought he was brilliant with this Twitter observation: “35 min in, Biden is Det. Olivia Benson and Ryan is the perp-of-the-week. #SpecialVeepsUnit,” he tweeted.

If you aren’t familiar with the TV show, each week it features yet another sex criminal “perp” that has attacked a little child, raped a woman, or murdered someone. The show is one long cavalcade of sickos, weirdos, and creeps chased by cops that imagine they are above the law employing the sort of shoddy police work that would lead them to be either fired or put in prison themselves.

That wasn’t all Zak had to say about GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan. He also characterized him as a child, Tweeting, “My #VPdebate review coming soon: ‘A man debated a boy Thursday night on national television, and both were ultimately schooled by a woman.’”
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Wash. Post-Owned Website: Will Romney Reach Out to Racists?

October 2, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Hate Crimes, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, President, Progressives, Race, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A website owned by the Washington Post, one that caters to African Americans, has a question about the upcoming debates. In yet another outrageous use of the race card, The Root wants to know if GOP nominee Mitt Romney will “reach out to racists” in the debates.

Keli Goff ‘s Root piece is exactly as insulting, racist, and ignorant as that title leads you to believe it is, too.

In Goff’s blinkered opinion, only racists question the inappropriate, 20-year-long relationship between racist Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama. Goff’s feverish imagination conjures that racism as Romney’s next move to gain the advantage in this close election contest.

First of all, aside from her own racist premise that all whites are racists enough that re-introducing Rev. Wright into this election will automatically win Romney votes, one has to wonder why this fool would think that this tactic would work in 2012 when it didn’t four years ago?
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Wash Post Imagines Non-Existent ‘Questions About Gun Violence’ at Olympics

August 6, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Sports, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The headline of the Internet version of a Washington Post story about the shooting sports at the Olympics asserts that “even at the Olympics” the Olympians face questions about gun violence. Yet, upon reading the article, it is clear that the author of the piece is saying that none of the Olympic contestants have been confronted with such questions at all, at least not from anyone in the Olympics.

The headline of the piece reads, Even at the Olympics, Athletes in the Sport of Shooting Face Questions About Gun violence. But as you read it, what is clear is that only the media are pestering the Olympic Shooters with such questions. The contestants said no one actually in the Olympics, no fellow Olympians, have asked any such questions.

The print version carries a different headline that isn’t much better: Shooting: Athletes Battle for Titles — and to Dispel the Stigma of Gun Violence.
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Washington Post Falsely Claims Rush Limbaugh Said Batman Movie Bad Guy is ‘Liberal Attack’ on Romney

July 18, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Movies, Newspapers, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It’s another case of newspaper columnists claiming someone they’ve never listened to in their lives is talking trash against them. This time it is Paul Farhi for the Washington Post who on July 17 claimed that Rush Limbaugh said that the super villain in the new Batman movie is a “liberal attack on Romney.”

Farhi’s headline reads, “Rush Limbaugh claims ‘Dark Knight’ movie is liberal attack on Romney,” but the truth is, of course, that Rush, did not say that the terrorist character Bane in the soon-to-debut Batman movie is meant as an underhanded slap at Mitt Romney. He just didn’t.

My guess is that Farhi only briefly scanned the transcript of Rush’s comments about the Batman movie made during his July 17 show because tone is telling when you actually hear the Rush’s comments as I did when the show was going on. Rush was not saying that the movie was planned as an attack on Mitt but that some pundits were making such a claim that day. He was also ambivalent on the whole thing, not claiming to have fully accepted the idea himself.
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Elizabeth Warren Lies or is She a Victim of ‘Right-Wing Smear Machine’?

July 7, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Massachusetts, Media, Media Bias, Senate, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

No one is responsible for their lies, if they are liberals, anyway. We see this axiom at play again in the Massachusetts Senate race where Democrat candidate Elizabeth “Faux-Cahontis” Warren — who has for decades made her fortune and gained professional success in part for falsely claiming she has native American ancestry — is now being called a victim of the “right-wing smear machine.”

Apparently, Warren’s apologists are now saying that her decades of lies and wealth building of a false claim isn’t her fault. The whole darn mess is just a result of those mean ol’ right-wingers.

Already we’ve been treated to Warren’s statement that the whole issue is an attack by “a right wing extremist .” This claim was made after the candidate refused to meet with representatives of the real Cherokees who demanded Warren meet with them to explain her false claims of being one of them.
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WaPo Fact Checker: We Won’t Fact Check WaPo Articles

July 7, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Only others should be held accountable, not the Washington Post. I suppose that is the stance of Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler if I read correctly his somewhat confusing July 2 article answering to the measurably false story the Post published claiming Romney out sourced jobs when he worked for Bain Capital. Fact checking is only to be applied to others because, as Kessler says, the Washington Post Fact Checker won’t fact check any facts published by the Washington Post.

Kessler announced in his article that he won’t be awarding any “Pinocchios” to the whole controversy over the Post’s claims that Romney outsourced jobs during his Bain days which, I suppose, makes Post writers sigh a sigh of relief. But look out everyone else. Your words better be truthful or the Fact Checker will be on your case.

We’ve been discussing the original Post story and other coverage on the Bain jobs out sourcing issue. John Nolte talked about some of the stories on July 3 and as he notes, no out sourcing of jobs occurred while Romney was at Bain Capital. That is just a fact.
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Washington Post Accuses GOP Congressman of Saying Something He Never Said

July 4, 2012 | Filed Under Congress, Cook County, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Joe Walsh, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Military, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

This is a perfect example of Old Media “gotcha” reporting. On July 3, the Washington Post attempted to accuse GOP Congressman Joe Walsh (Ill. 8th District) of saying that his Democrat opponent, Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, is not a hero.

Not only is this perfect as “gotcha” reporting, it also an example of the Washington Post getting its marching orders from the left-wing, George Soros controlled Internet group Think Progress because that is where this faux report originated.

Only July 1, Congressman Walsh held a townhall event near Elk Grove, Illinois, ostensibly to talk about the Obamacare decision issued by the Supreme Court of the United States a few days before. In his comments Walsh brought up those men and women that serve or have served the U.S. in our armed forces, as he always does at the beginning of his appearances. He noted that such heroes don’t usually talk about their service and he used the example of Senator John McCain, who was often reluctant to talk about his service during the 2008 campaign for President.

Eventually, in an offhanded comment, Walsh mentioned Duckworth’s touting of her own service saying, “that’s all she talks about.”

Now, before we get into this further, I was actually at this Walsh Townhall. I reported on it at my Illinois site, but I mention this so that I can tell you my impression of what actually went on there.
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Here is Why Liberals Think Politics is so Bad Today

May 23, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Communism, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, GOP, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Republicans, Socialism, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Washington Post published a long Op Ed by a pair of think tankers pretending at both being “centrists” and offering an unbiased analysis of why politics has gotten so “partisan” these days. The pair also claim they know how to end this messy partisanship. But what they wrote is a perfect example of why things have become so polarized, not an example of how to fix anything.

The authors, Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, published theirs headlined, “Want to end partisan politics? Here’s what won’t work — and what will,” a piece filled with all sorts of claims, pseudo analysis, and offers of solutions. The piece is practically one long paean to liberalism as opposed to serious analysis, but it does do one thing successfully. It shows us why the public debate has gotten bad not for its analysis and solutions but for the left-wing ideological underpinnings of their arguments.

The pair start with five solutions they think we should avoid, the first being a propensity to invest our hopes in a third party. On its face, this is correct. Third parties are now and always have been a joke in the U.S. system. They have never been worth anything other than a sideshow act. Only once did a third party ever make major headway and that was Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party — with which he almost won another shot at the White House — but once TR was gone the party collapsed.
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Washington Post Columnist: You Know, My Racist Dog Is Pretty Republican

April 10, 2012 | Filed Under Animals, Anti-Americanism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten wants us all to know that he’s “fallen in love” with a racist, sexist, female that presents “awkward truths that people tend to deny.” His dog, you see, is a racist Republican. And in the end the whole column is just an excuse to slam Mitt Romney.

I guess it’s supposed to be a “humor” column, but when this “humorist” thinks it’s funny that Republicans are racists, and any manner of creeps, well, perhaps we red staters might be forgiven if laughter isn’t our first reaction.

Weingarten begins by confessing that at 60 years of age he’s “fallen in love with a Republican.” Apparently, it’s Murphy, his dog of five years.

Then Weingarten goes on a terror rolling out all the anti-Republican tropes. Republicans are racist, they are prudes, they are buttinskis, they are rigid, they hate the disabled, they’re against alternate energy, they hate the environment, and are gun-loving rednecks. In short, Republicans are all ignorant creeps that embarrass smart fellows like Weingarten.
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Washington Post Skews Poll for ‘The One’

February 8, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Journalism, Media, Media Bias, President, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Washington Post was very excited to report on Feb. 5 that President Obama has finally achieved “the edge” over Mitt Romney in a “general election matchup” poll. The Post was pleased to note Obama was “boosted by improved public confidence” and that he now led Romney by over 50%. Well, he does if you don’t poll actual voters, anyway and therein lies the major problem with the Post’s polling.

The flaw in the Post’s poll is that they seem to have polled “adults” instead of “likely voters” and this fact calls into question the claim in the headline that “Obama holds edge over Romney in general election matchup.” You see, you have to be an actual voter before your opinion in an “election matchup” much matters but the Post apparently did not make sure that its respondents were actual voters before declaring that Obama is now winning over more voters.

But the bigger problem is the fact that the Post has decided it no longer needs to include the partisan breakdown of its respondents for readers to assess. The Post did not include the percentages of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in its polling data so there is no way to know if the poll included a fair representation of all parties or if the whole poll was weighted heavy with Democrats.
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Wash. Post Plays Hate-The-Rich-Republicans With Graphic Chart

December 30, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Money, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Wednesday morning the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake posted an infographic that was a perfect example of how one can use a graphic chart to influence the public in subtle ways, ways that we of the center right better start employing in our own efforts if we want to win over the public.

Blake’s post, “Why People Hate Congress,” fits in well with President Obama’s class warfare rhetoric as employed in his campaign to set different economic classes against each other in a desperate and cynically populist bid to get reelected next year. There is little of substance to Blake’s post other than to fan the flames of the sort of hatred that he wants to see grow in order to aid Obama in 2012.

The Post’s Blake also ended up having to pull the graphic off his The Fix blog post because it simply did not illustrate what he claimed it did in his story — but that is another issue that we’ll deal with at the end of this report.

Blake begins his piece asking, “Want to know why Americans hate Congress?” He then goes on to claim it is in part because our elected representatives in Washington D.C. are members of the eeeevil rich.

The fact that members of Congress are getting richer (and 57 members come from the top 1 percent, according to USA Today) confirms what Americans suspect about the people who are running this country: that they don’t empathize with normal people.

Of course, with a dispassionate application of logic, having a few dollars more than the next guy does not ipso facto make the richer guy so out of touch that he cannot empathize with anyone in a lower salary range. Only those filled with hate make this assumption. Empathy has nothing to do with class, money, or politics. It has to do with one’s character.

Further there are plenty of members of Congress with the character to understand and have empathy with others. Then there are some that don’t. People are people, rich or poor.

It is also telling that even Blake admits that Congress has always been filled with “the rich.” The founders were not groveling in poverty, after all. It often takes a person that has achieved a certain place in society to become elected. I mean, should they be elected, how can anyone expect “the poor” or even the lower middle class to afford to fund homes both in D.C. and back in their district? Who can afford to leave their family and business if half the year off more to fly off the D.C. to attend to government business? And with the costs of elections and the Byzantine election laws these days causing many candidates to self fund, it will only be natural that “the rich” end up being our representatives in Congress.

But special attention has to be paid to the graphic Blake used to illustrate his story. And what a masterwork of subtlety it is. Blake claimed that the illustration made by a well-known hate-the-rich researcher from California showed in graphic form the distribution of wealth among both chambers of Congress. The graphic depicts the “top 1%” and the “next 9%” in the color red. Then it uses blue to show the “following 10%” and the “bottom 80%.” Notice what is going on? That’s right, this graphic uses the color red to depict the eeevil rich. And what is the color red in politics these days? None other than the color the Old Media has assigned to the Republican Party.
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