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Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan Strong’

Sick Puppies Attack Gov. Palin Con’t

Posted by Adrienne Ross on July 26, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com


Governor Palin recently used the term “sick puppies” to describe some members of a group that went by the name Journolist. The Daily Caller has been drawing attention to the group the last few days, revealing that there was a collaborated conspiracy by these media members to swing the 2008 election in Obama’s direction by targeting Governor Palin. Read more about that here and here.

The truth is coming out, and already it has shown the lamestream media as the obsessively partisan, corrupt, shameless hacks they are. But it’s not over. In fact, this exposure may just be in its beginning stages. Fifteen pages of emails among Journolisters reveal that there are those within the group who were captivated by the insane Trig Truther bull that persists to this day. I am glad to see that there were some who dismissed it as the bogus conspiracy it was, but still others really bought into the nonsense, toying with the lie that Trig is really Bristol’s son, discussing a cover-up, wondering about medical records, examining photos of Governor Palin’s belly. “Sick puppies” is too kind for some of these people.

Here’s an example of one such wacko exposed by The Daily Caller:

Kathleen Geier
Aug 30, 2008, 5:20pm

When I first heard this story, I thought it was preposterous. (And btw, a scenario similar to this lurid tale occurred last season on Desperate Housewives). And maybe I really am losing it, driven over the edge at last by my hatred of all things Republican, but at this point I’m starting to believe it.

There are a lot of things about the official story that just don’t add up.

[…]

Give the Daily Kos post a read. And if you think I’m heading deep into tin foil hat territory, give me a good hard slap across the face, and a Cher-in-Moonstruck-like “Snap out of it!” please.

I don’t know if anyone provided that slap, but she obviously qualified for it–and she did ask. That’s just one email out of fifteen pages worth. Read them yourself here.

The reason behind the attacks on Palin? It’s the same reason behind the attacks today: fear. And she had them trembling right from the beginning, the very day Senator McCain announced her to America. That fear rose considerably during her RNC speech.

Jonathan Strong of The Daily Caller writes:

Sarah Palin’s speech to the 2008 Republican convention impressed more than a few doubters, including even some members of Journolist, an online community for liberal journalists.

“This speech is gangbusters,” wrote Ari Melber of the Nation. “Her tone is pitch perfect.” Adele Stan of the Media Consortium agreed: “Palin is golden.”

It was clear just how good Governor Palin was, so one Journolister attempted to quell the fear that was developing. However, the Governor’s speech did shake things up:

“People get a hold of yourselves!” Tomasky wrote to his fellow Journolisters. “It’s a very good speech with good lines. But there’s very little substance.”

Rebecca Traister of Salon wrote to say she was grateful for Tomasky’s message. (“This is a reassuring sentiment, since at the moment, I feel like we’re in End Times.”) But the rest of the country apparently didn’t agree. Polls a few days later showed Obama’s lead in the race had narrowed to virtually nothing.

This is where the lamestream media began to really focus in on a concerted effort to derail the McCain/Palin ticket:

Palin’s speech had been remarkably effective. This troubled members of Journolist. On Sept. 8, 2008, five days after Palin’s national debut, some members of the group discussed producing coordinated propaganda designed to wound Palin and boost Obama.

[…]

Mitchell replied: “Fair enough! But it seems to me that a concerted effort on the part of the left partisan press could be useful. Why geld ourselves? A lot of the people on this list work for organizations that are far more influential than, say, the Washington Times.

“Open question: Would it be a good use of this list to co-ordinate a message of the week along the lines of the GOP? Or is that too loathsome? It certainly sounds loathsome. But so does losing!”

Ezra Klein of the Washington Post, the founder of Journolist, quickly jumped in: “Nope, no message coordination. I’m not even sure that would be legal. This is a discussion list, though, and I want it to retain that character,” he wrote.

Mitchell replied: “Fair enough, Ezra! The list is great at as it is and I didn’t mean to suggest anything out of bounds. I am still curious about the reluctance of the left media to organize, though.

[…]

Yet almost immediately after writing these words, Roberts sounded somewhat less than independent himself, referring to the Obama campaign as “we”: “I’m not bashing,” he wrote. “I’m guilty too. I just despair. We’re going to lose again, for all the same damn reasons.”

Ed Kilgore of the Progressive Policy Institute, another supposedly “independent analyst,” did the same, even outlining specific talking points: “It requires no particular strategic genius or ‘message coordination’ to recognize that we and the Obama campaign have the next two months to demonstrate that McCain and Palin represent the status quo party, the status quo ideology, and status quo policies,” he wrote.

So a few level-headed people seemed to exist among the group. However, others were completely wacked out in their desire to get Barack Obama elected. Todd Gitlin of Columbia University was determined to push his agenda no matter what. He, a man responsible for training up-and-coming journalists, lapsed into speech resembling that of a dictator hell-bent on brainstorming his inferiors:

While other members of the group debated whether to coordinate a pro-Obama message – or, more precisely, whether to concede that such a message was being coordinated — Todd Gitlin of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism had already made up his mind. Gitlin, whose job is to train the next generation of America’s most elite journalists, wrote this impassioned plea on behalf of the Obama campaign:

“On the question of liberals coordinating, what the hell’s wrong with some critical mass of liberal bloggers & journalists saying the following among themselves:

“McCain lies about his maverick status. Routinely, cavalierly, cynically. Palin lies about her maverick status. Ditto, ditto, ditto. McCain has a wretched temperament. McCain is a warmonger. Palin belongs to a crackpot church and feels warmly about a crackpot party that trashes America.

“Repeat after me:

“McCain lies about his maverick status. Routinely, cavalierly, cynically. Palin lies about her maverick status. Ditto, ditto, ditto. McCain has a wretched temperament. McCain is a warmonger. Palin belongs to a crackpot church and feels warmly about a crackpot party that trashes America.

“These people are cynical. These people are taking you for a ride. These people are fakes. These people love Bush.

“Again. And again. Vary the details. There are plenty. Somebody on the ‘list posted a strong list of McCain lies earlier today. Hammer it. Philosophize, as Nietzsche said, with a hammer.

“I don’t know about any of you, but I’m not waiting for any coordination. Get on with it!”

In an interview, Gitlin conceded he was noting the “features of McCain and Palin most worthy of highlighting towards the end of defeating them.” He said he had never advocated “bending facts” to get Obama elected.

Read the rest here.

Gitlin can say whatever he wants now. The emails reveal the truth: he was one sick puppy, amidst many others, who decided to use his influence to shape an election.

And now that the truth is out, what will be the retribution? Surely it’s forthcoming, right?

(h/t C4P)

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Exposed Emails: The Media’s Plot to Destroy Palin to Elect Obama

Posted by Adrienne Ross on July 22, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

The Daily Caller has been shaking things up all week. Jonathan Strong’s articles exposing the evil acts of mainstream media members, who went by the name of Journolist, have been both eye-opening and a confirmation of what many people already knew. This week has shed light on their commitment to playing the race card, their desire to oppose free speech and silence Fox News, and the latest, their coordinated effort to destroy John McCain’s 2008 VP pick.

If anyone has seen John Ziegler’s Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin was Targeted, he has already seen evidence of the media’s plot to affect the election. If anyone has heard this audio (via C4P), she’s already heard of said plot. And if anyone has a heart and an ounce of decency, he has already felt the disgust that comes when witnessing the media’s obvious disdain for Governor Palin.

2008 has been coined “the year journalism died.” The exposed emails do nothing to belie that fact, and apparently the coffin was picked out the very day Senator McCain announced Governor Palin as his runningmate. Jonathan Strong writes:

But in many other exchanges, the Journolisters clearly had another, more partisan goal in mind: to formulate the most effective talking points in order to defeat Palin and McCain and help elect Barack Obama president. The tone was more campaign headquarters than newsroom.

The conversation began with a debate over how best to attack Sarah Palin.

[…]

Daniel Levy of the Century Foundation noted that Obama’s “non-official campaign” would need to work hard to discredit Palin. “This seems to me like an occasion when the non-official campaign has a big role to play in defining Palin, shaping the terms of the conversation and saying things that the official [Obama] campaign shouldn’t say – very hard-hitting stuff…

The media, therefore, so important in our free society to report the news, took it upon themselves to figure out how to shape the news so as to shape the outcome of an election. Yet they whine about being called lamestream.

Despite their relentless insistence to this day that Governor Palin poses no threat to their left-wing agenda, these emails tell the truth. Clearly, she was a problem who had to be done away with. This called for a plan:

As the morning wore on into the afternoon, some on Journolist came to believe the Palin pick had been shrewd. Palin was coming off as appealing and a maverick, they worried.

“Okay, let’s get deadly serious, folks. Grating voice or not, ‘inexperienced’ or not, Sarah Palin’s just been introduced to the country as a brave, above-party, oil-company-bashing, pork-hating maverick ‘outsider’,” Kilgore said, “What we can do is to expose her ideology.”

So we’ve established Governor Palin was deemed a threat. And in their campaign to destroy the threat that she was to the real inexperienced candidate–the community organizer–nothing was off-limits, not even dragging her youngest child into the picture:

“Her decision to keep the Down’s baby is going to be a hugely emotional story that appeals to a vast swath of America, I think,” Donmoyer wrote.

Politico reporter Ben Adler, now an editor at Newsweek, replied, “but doesn’t leaving sad baby without its mother while she campaigns weaken that family values argument? Or will everyone be too afraid to make that point?”

Of course, this was followed by Trig Trutherism, which exists to this day–yahoos contacting the Governor’s doctor to demand proof that she actually gave birth to Trig, blogs that run several stories a day with before and after pictures of her belly, and gullible sheeple nodding, salivating, and saying, “Yeah…yeah…”

The Daily Caller is calling attention to the behind-the-scenes workings of Obama’s “non-official campaign.” I can’t say for sure, but I believe that the President, as smart as he is, had to be aware of what was going on. My goodness, anybody with one eye could see it, one ear could hear it, and one nostril could smell it. But now that it’s out there via these personal emails, I’d love to hear our Commander-in-Chief speak on it.

The actions of those who are supposed to represent our 1st Amendment rights are not to be obsessively partisan, not prejudiced, and certainly not election-deciders. They are to be honorable. Our society depends on it. What they did/do is inexcusable. If you’re thinking, “Well, this doesn’t seem so bad,” first, you’re a yahoo, and second, let me point you to the last sentence of Mr. Strong’s article:

That was all on the day of the announcement.

In other words, that was just the beginning. Day 1. A portion of Governor Palin’s Facebook note when the first email story emerged is ringing prophetic:

It really says it all – though more will no doubt be revealed in the future, no doubt covering the lamestream media’s coverage of other issues and people. May the light keep shining!

Stay tuned, and in the meantime, read the full Strong article here.

So what has Governor Palin said about all this? The Daily Caller reports on her exclusive remarks:

From a remote location on an island off Alaska’s coast, former Governor Sarah Palin is blasting what she describes as the “sick puppies” in the media who immediately and ruthlessly attacked her when Sen. John McCain picked her as his running mate during the 2008 presidential campaign.

In exclusive remarks to The Daily Caller, Palin described “hordes of Obama’s opposition researchers-slash ‘reporters’” descending upon Alaska in the days after she was picked by McCain.

She said the media became a key reason she decided not to finish out her term as governor and faults, in part, the McCain campaign for failing to vigorously defend her.

Palin chose to be a public figure at the highest level, as a candidate in a presidential campaign, arguably inviting the most intense scrutiny imaginable.

Yet TheDC revealed posts from Jounolist that show liberal journalists coordinating attack lines against Palin from the moment McCain picked her, suggesting she may have had the deck stacked against her.

Palin said she sensed the vitriol coming from campaign reporters at the time.

“It was too obvious to me, my family, my administration and anyone else who knew me (and my record) that we were in a defenseless position the minute I gave my acceptance speech and the hordes of Obama’s opposition researchers-slash ‘reporters’ had descended upon Alaska,” Palin told The DC.

Palin, whose conflicts with key McCain campaign staffers are infamous, said the campaign could have stood by her more firmly.

“To not have had the McCain campaign staff defend my record was an insurmountable challenge, because once a bell is rung, it’s impossible to un-ring,” Palin said.

Regarding a television interview with Katie Couric widely seen at the time as a turning point in the public’s perception of Palin, which critics argued illustrated Palin’s inexperience, Palin said the interview was selectively edited.

“It didn’t help, either, that the hours and hours of interviews with the likes of Katie Couric resulted in a few minutes here and there of selected snippets of my annoyed answers. (I naively had not believed at the time of some of the badgering questions [for example, questioning my pro-life position] that the editing process would fulfill their biased purpose),” Palin said.

Palin says the feeding frenzy culture of the media galvanized her political opponents in Alaska. “The media incentivized political opponents to file false ethics charges and expensive, wasteful, frivolous lawsuits against me, my family and my staff, in an obvious attempt to destroy us,” Palin said.

When those lawsuits — which Palin said she won, but the media didn’t cover — caused legal costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Palin had finally had it, she said.

“I said, ‘Enough. Political adversaries and their political friends in the media will not destroy my State, my administration, nor my family. Enough.’ I knew if I didn’t play their game any longer, they could not win. I would not retreat, I would instead reload, and I would fight for what is right from a different plane.”

[…]

“The lamestream media is no longer a cornerstone of democracy in America. They need help. They need to regain their credibility and some respect. There are some pretty sick puppies in the industry today. They really need help,” Palin said.

[…]

“I have lost all respect for the ‘mainstream’ media because they lied; and still lie. And they abuse America’s freedom of the press — because with freedom comes responsibility. My son chose to put his life on the line to defend that freedom, and I feel like his, and every good soldier’s, efforts are thrown in their faces when the press takes advantage of their sacrifices instead of respecting the freedoms they’re willing to die for,” Palin said.

Read the full article, “Sarah Palin strikes back at Journolist’s ’sick puppies,’” here.

Below is the video of Jonathan Strong talking about this on Fox and Friends this morning.
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(h/t C4P)

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