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Gov. Palin shares Jeffrey Lord’s article about leftist think tank’s hit job against Fox News

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 30, 2014

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Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this afternoon:

Sarah Palin shared a link.
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The Hit Job on Fox News
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It was a hit job. Sixty veterans signing a much publicized “Open Letter to Fox News” — yet the signers were mysteriously never identified beyond the military branch in which they served. No wonder. I have been through the list of sixty, and it is filled…

Here is the article that she linked to:

The Hit Job on Fox News

Veterans’ letter attacking Bolling, Gutfeld, hid liberal activists.

By 9.30.14

It was a hit job. Sixty veterans signing a much publicized “Open Letter to Fox News” — yet the signers were mysteriously never identified beyond the military branch in which they served.

No wonder. I have been through the list of sixty, and it is filled with Obama campaign workers, one ex-Obama White House aide, liberal activists, Democratic Party congressional candidates, Democratic Party state legislators, and more. The letter was sponsored by the Truman Project, a ten-year-old think tank with a focus on national security. Its board of directors includes Hunter Biden, the son of the Vice President. None of which was even whispered in the haughty “Open Letter” that was distributed to a media all too eager to go along with an attack on Fox News and two of the co-hosts on the Fox show The Five — Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld. Instead the letter was presented as a source of genuine outrage from average, non-partisan American veterans — while keeping the real identity of the signers secret.

And you wonder why Americans are cynical about politicians?

The other day on Fox’s The Five co-host Eric Bolling made a mistake. Following up a “One More Thing” salute by co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle to United Arab Emirates Air Force Major Mariam Al Mansouri for being that rarity of an Air Force pilot in an Arab country – a woman pilot in that part of the world where women are all too frequently treated as less than even second class citizens. Bolling joked about whether this meant “boobs on the ground.” Gutfeld smiled a joke about whether the Major could park the jet. (For those who watch Gutfeld on both The Five and his own Redeye, the joke is always the joke within the joke, obviously lost on less sophisticated critics — unless, of course, it wasn’t lost and they needed Gutfeld’s remark to help play their game.)

By the next day there was the inevitable apology from Bolling, which he expanded on during a second show after that. Bolling mentioned that Fox had heard from a number of women in the military who were in fact genuinely upset. And Gutfeld, who correctly notes that he is known for “hacky jokes” that are supposed to be “hacky jokes,” did his own apology.

Time to move on, yes? There are people out there who wish “death to America” and are working on it. Surely there’s more to be concerned about than this? No. Not if you’re the Truman Project.

What in the world does the Truman Project have to do with the Bolling/Gutfeld episode from The Five? Well, gee. If you’re only a ten year old think tank and your coin of the realm is national security, the Bolling/Gutfeld remarks are pure PR gold. So without wasting a moment, the Truman Project had a new project to raise its profile: Jump into this pool and make a sure-fire splash by self-righteously attacking Fox News, Bolling, and Gutfeld. So it did.

The tool selected for this job was a condescending-in-tone “Open Letter to Fox News” ripping Messrs. Bolling and Gutfeld — after they apologized. And the hook? Have the letter signed by sixty former members of the U.S. military. All of them signing with nothing but their name and their branch of service. As in “Jane Doe, US Army” or “John Doe, US Navy” etc.

So the letter was written, the sixty signers added — and voila! Great PR ensues from the media! It took off on the Internet and social media. Mediate headlined: “60 Veterans Sign Open Letter to Fox News Condemning ‘Boobs on the Ground’ Remark.”

Over at Talking Points Memo the headline read: “An Open Letter To Fox News About ‘Boobs On The Ground.”

At Business Insider the header was: “US Veterans Send Fox News An Open Letter About ‘Boobs On The Ground’ Joke.”

The letter went everywhere. And what did the Truman Project letter say?

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What followed were the sixty signatures, with service branch indicated.

Now. Notice the very first part of the very first sentence? The part that begins: “We are veterans of the United States armed forces….”

True enough, as far as it goes. But right off the bat something very important was left out. Who are these people? Veterans – i.e., former members of the military — are like everyone else. When not in the service they are doing other things. In this case the question is obvious. Like… what? Curiously — very curiously — the letter does not say what these signers have been doing in their non-military lives. There was a reason.

The very first signer is “Michael Breen, U.S. Army.” Who is Michael Breen? Aside from being the executive director of the Truman Project? The Truman Project itself identifies Mr. Breen as having “clerked in the Office of White House Counsel, where he focused on national security matters and assisted with the confirmation of (Obama nominee) Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.” Which is to say, Mr. Breen is a former Obama White House aide.

And from there on through the list one finds the signatories to this letter of outrage to have backgrounds other than being a veteran — serious political backgrounds. Backgrounds that are highly partisan — and hidden from readers. For example?

  •  “Margot Beausey, U.S. Navy” is a staffer for Colorado Democrat Senator Michael Bennet and is pictured here with President Obama when she worked as an Obama White House Navy liaison.
  •  “Scott Holcomb, U.S. Army” is State Representative Scott Holcomb, a Democrat from Georgia who serves as the Democrats’ Chief Deputy Whip in the Georgia State House.
  •  “Aryanna Hunter, U.S. Army” is Aryanna Hunter Strader, the 2012 Democratic nominee for Congress from Pennsylvania’s 16th District.
  •  “Alex Cornell du Houx, U.S. Navy” is a Democrat in the Maine House of Representatives. He is a “vice-chair of the DNC Veterans Council and member of the DNC Youth Council.”
  •  “Kevin Johnson, U.S. Army” is an Obama White House “Champion of Change” as featured on the White House website.
  •  “Andrea Marr, U.S. Navy” is likewise celebrated on the Obama White House website as a “Champion of Change”
  •  “Jon Gensler, U.S. Army” is an environmental activist who has worked for the left-wing Environmental Defense Fund and been a “guest blogger” on climate change at the left-wing Think Progress.
  •  “Rob Miller, U.S. Marine Corps” appears to correspond with ex-US Marine Rob Miller who twice was the Democrats’ nominee against South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson.
  •  “Terron Sims II, U.S. Army” is in fact a former co-chair of 2008’s Virginia Veterans for Obama and is now “a member of Organizing for America’s (OFA) veterans steering committee.”
  •  “Sonia Fernandez, U.S. Marine Corps” as noted here, “served as a campaign volunteer for the Presidential campaign of then Senator Barack Obama in 2008, working in New Mexico and again in 2012 serving as a national campaign surrogate for his reelection, writing blogs, appearing in the media as well as serving as an elected delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She is currently the Western Regional Coordinator for the Democratic National Committee’s, Veterans and Military Families Council where she helps to advocate for veteran issues.”
  •  “Dan Futrell, U.S. Army” is a Democratic activist from Massachusetts, a supporter of Elizabeth Warren who wrote of veterans support for her candidacy in the pages of the Huffington Post.
  •  “Daniel Savage, U.S. Army” has “served on the staff of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel” — President Obama’s former White House chief of staff.
  •  “Matt Pelak, U.S. Army” is seen here at this White House website meeting with President Obama about a project called Team Rubicon.
  •  “LaRue Robinson, U.S. Army” served as “National Democratic Law Students Council, Vice President, 2008-2009.”
  •  “Anthony Woods, U.S. Army” was a Democratic candidate for Congress in a California primary. He lost to John Garamendi but received considerable favorable press attention, as here in the Daily Beast where he was lauded for having “the best political résumé ever” as “a gay, black Iraq veteran with a Harvard degree.”
  •  “Matt Zeller, U.S. Army” was “the Democrat candidate for Congress in 2010 in NY’s 29th Congressional District.”

The Truman Project has quite deliberately and deceptively made this “Open Letter to Fox News” appear to the media and the wider public as if its signers are nothing more than outraged veterans. Nothing to see here more than that…just look, report it and move on. Which, in fact, is what all those “news” outlets above not to mention the wider social media did. Not a one of them published the backgrounds of the signers.

But in reality this snarky letter is filled with signers who have either worked directly in the Obama White House, have served in or have run for state or federal office as Democrats, or have worked as activists for various liberal causes.

What we have here in fact is a classic example of a left-wing hit job. No one, beginning with Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld, believes their off-the-cuff remarks on a live TV show were appropriate. Both men have apologized, Bolling twice. But this isn’t really about Eric Bolling or Greg Gutfeld. What this is really all about is a hardcore and on-going political effort to smear Fox News. This time as part of that “war on women” business liberals need to survive politically.

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Palin: Bolling’s Offer Must Suffice for Now

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on March 11, 2013

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Sarah Palin used her Facebook page to draw attention to the closing of the White House tours.

Bake sales, anyone? I make a mean Baked Alaska, but afraid Nanny State would shut ‘er down. Bolling’s offer must suffice for now.

Palin then shared this story:

Fox News anchor offers to personally pay to keep White House tours open

As critics pounce on the White House for closing their doors to tourists because of the automatic spending cuts that went into effect this month, a Fox News anchor is offering his own solution that will certainly create some buzz.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, anchor Eric Bolling announced that he will offer to personally pay the costs to keep the tours at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue open for a week.  More

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Palin: “The Tea Party is Alive & Well”

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on August 1, 2012

Earlier this afternoon Governor Sarah Palin appeared on FOX News channel’s “Your World” with guest host Eric Bolling.  Palin addressed a number of topics including the Ted Cruz victory in Texas thanks to the Tea Party and the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa at the end of the month.

h/t SarahNetToo

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Palin: Call In to “The Five” 4/17/12

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 18, 2012

As a follow up to Friday night’s “Pain at the Pump” special with Eric Bolling, Governor Sarah Palin called into “The Five” to discuss President Obama’s recent move to crack down on oil speculation.

H/T SarahNetToo

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Pain at the Pump

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 13, 2012

Posted to Sarah Palin’s Facebook page earlier today:

Here’s an interview I did with Breitbart News about our energy policies. Eric Bolling and I are hosting a special called “Paying at the Pump” at 10pm ET tonight on Fox News.

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In an exclusive interview to Breitbart News, Sarah Palin discussed energy policy and her Fox News Special (with Eric Bolling) “Paying at the Pump,” which airs tonight on FNC at 10pm ET. The program will re-air on Saturday and Sunday.  She also touched on some other topics of the day…      More

 

Eric Bolling posted the following to his FOX News blog regarding tonight’s special “Paying at the Pump”:

In a special called ‘Paying at the Pump,’ Governor Sarah Palin and I are extremely concerned about the gasoline crisis in America. It’s an energy crisis that threatens our fragile economy at a time most Americans cannot afford it. The gas price spike affects every single American in ways you would never think of. That’s why we decided to offer the Obama administration our help. Combined, Governor Palin and I have five decades of experience in energy, and we will offer the administration some actionable steps they might take to save Americans hundreds of billions of dollars. But, will they listen? Will they act or let the American people suffer more pain at the pump? Don’t forget to tune in Friday at 10p ET.

There’s a series of 9 photos from the filming of the special here. You won’t want to miss them.

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Palin: “Follow The Money” Tonight – Game Changing Statement

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 15, 2012

Sarah Palin will be appearing with Eric Bolling tonight at 10:00 p.m. Eastern on “Follow The Money”, the FOX Business Network.

Earlier today, Eric Bolling posted the following to his Facebook page:

“ALERT! Palin breaking big news… the 15 minutes with Gov Sarah that may change everything.. stay tuned 10p FBN”

This statement has created quite a buzz on Mr. Bolling’s Facebook page.  A portion of Governor Palin’s segment (recorded earlier today) has been posted via transcript and it seems that the excitement surrounds a comment made when discussing a brokered GOP convention. She is quoted as follows:

“I mean nobody is quite there yet. So I think that months from now, if that’s the case, then, you know, all bets are off as to who it will be willing to offer themselves up in the name of service to their country. I would — I would do whatever I could to help”

You can read more here on the Time website.   

Cross posted at Sarah Palin Blog

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Palin: Appearing on “Follow The Money” Tonight

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on January 10, 2012

Earlier today Eric Bolling posted to his Facebook page that Governor Sarah Palin will appear on “Follow The Money” tonight. Tune into the FOX Business Network starting at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.

Mr. Bolling’s post:

ALERT! Gov Sarah Palin weighs in on NH results AS THEY HAPPEN! tonight FollowTheMoney 10pet-> until the Fat Lady sings!

H/T Texans for Sarah Palin

Cross posted at Sarah Palin Blog

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