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Posts Tagged ‘media bias’

Study: Gender Stereotypes in Media Coverage of Palin in 2008 Election Could Have Affected Voter Decisions

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 7, 2012

Scientific validation of what we already knew to be true.  From an article by Stacy Forster at University of Wisconsin – Madison News:

News coverage of Palin, then the Republican governor of Alaska, not only significantly outweighed that received by Biden, then a U.S. senator from Delaware, was markedly different in substance and across media, according to a new study of media coverage of the vice presidential candidates.

Coverage of Palin was more likely to include references to her family, physical appearance and social issues, particularly in newspapers and by political blogs, while coverage of Biden dealt more with foreign policy and the economy.

“Each of these differences could have had important influences on public opinion formation and the public’s voting decisions in this particular race,” write Leticia Bode, a former graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is now an assistant professor at Georgetown University, and Valerie M. Hennings, an assistant professor at Iowa State University, in the study published in the journal Politics & Policy. She conducted the research while at UW-Madison.

“Without an examination of vice presidential contests, our understanding of the intersection of political communication and the experience of women as political candidates is incomplete,” Bode and Hennings write. “If gender stereotypes in media coverage have the ability to negatively affect women candidates, this calls into question the American political system’s ability to produce elected representatives in a fair and democratic manner.”

Bode and Hennings tested three theories: The amount of coverage Palin received was greater than Biden; gender stereotypes would be reflected in the substance of coverage and emerge on such issues as family, electability, policy issues and physical appearance; and the amount and substance of coverage Palin and Biden received would differ across media.

They performed a content analysis that included coverage from Aug. 16 to Nov. 11, 2008, the period just before the Democratic National Convention to the week after the general election. News coverage mentioning the candidates was gleaned from the New York Times, the Washington Post and USA Today; transcripts from the three major broadcast networks’ evening broadcasts, as well as the equivalent periods on CNN and Fox News; and entries on nearly 400 political blogs.

The research showed that the vice presidential race in 2008 was in itself unique because of the attention it received. Discussion about McCain selecting Palin accounted for 7 percent of all television election coverage of the 2008 campaign, while the debate between Palin and Biden was the most-watched vice presidential debate in U.S. history, attracting nearly 70 million viewers.

In addition, the authors said, the race was especially novel because of Palin’s selection as the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket.

The high level of interest in her candidacy was reflected in the volume of coverage that went her way. The authors found that the average number of stories a day in overall coverage was 36 for Palin, compared with 14.9 for Biden. On television, Palin was the subject of 8.8 stories a day compared with 4.6 for Biden; in newspapers, it was 15 compared with 8.2 stories a day, and on political blogs, 14.2 compared with 3.2 stories a day.

In that coverage, the authors found evidence of gender stereotypes, with stories mentioning her family, physical appearance and positions on social issues; this trend was more pronounced on television. However, on issues that might be considered “women’s issues,” such as health care or education, Biden received more coverage.

“Each of these differences could have had important influences on public opinion formation and the public’s voting decisions in this particular race,” the authors write. “If future research finds similar differences in coverage in other races, the implications could significantly affect the election process, particularly for female candidates.”

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Judge Pirro’s Disservice To Governor Palin

Posted by Sheya on March 7, 2011

On Saturday, Judge Jeanine Pirro interviewed Governor Palin. The interview covered a wide range of topics: the budget, the deficit, energy, Israel, Libya, Mexico, the Obama administration’s incompetence, terrorism, the war on terror, and unions. Basically, the Governor talked about all of the important issues facing the country and the world today.

(VIDEO HERE)

It was a great interview for both sides. The Judge asked great questions and Governor Palin responded in kind.

That is until the judge’s urge for a soundbite led her to throw in a stupid question about the whack job Kathy Griffin.

Really Judge? With all the issues facing the country and the world, was that really necessary? I’ll forgive you for the question about the shoes – you’re a woman, you liked the shoes – but Griffin?

Ms. Pirro did Governor Palin a great disservice by asking her this question. Governor Palin had no choice but to respond. Now, out of a 15 minute policy-based interview, not a single media outlet, including Foxnews’s own Fox Nation, is covering anything other than that 44 second soundbite.  By asking that question the Judge just helped to advance the false narrative that Governor Palin never discusses issues of substance.

Of course Ms. Pirro will justify herself by saying that Governor Palin didn’t have to respond had she not wanted to. She could have easily answered “Come on Judge, we’ve just spent 15 minutes talking about far greater problems, are we really going to discuss the the casting of TV shows?

That’s what people don’t get about Governor Palin. She speaks her mind. Governor Palin doesn’t play games and doesn’t spin. So when she’s asked a question, she responds and the media know that. I’m sure Governor Palin would have loved to respond to those questions by saying:  “With all due respect, we’ve just covered many important topics; the economy, energy, national security and foreign policy. Now you’re asking me this question simply because you want a soundbite that will take away the attention of my substance. Well I’m not giving it to you, it’s about time people get to hear what I have to say and not the headline you want to push to use me to get traffic.” But dare her do that and you have these headlines Sarah Palin to Bill O’Reilly: Don’t interrupt! or Sarah Palin doesn’t take kindly to … That is why they pull those stunts.

One can easily conclude that the judge felt the interview was going really well for the Governor. She was very good at discussing a wide range of issues and Pirro realized that this may help her politically, so she decided to deliberately sabotage the interview.

The conservative blogosphere is not an innocent party either as some found it amusing to cherry pick just the Griffin part of the interview. Many in the conservative blogosphere portray themselves as supporters of Governor Palin but do they really support her? It’s pretty clear that, like many on the right, they are not interested in actually helping Governor Palin; they just want to use her as a sledgehammer and wedge to slam liberals that they dislike.

Over the weekend Governor Palin had three interviews, totalling 29 minutes of substance, covering every issue currently in the national debate. Yet, apparently no one in the mainstream or conservative media found anything other than three 30 second soundbites that were completely irrelevant to the substance of the interviews, to report on.

The same thing happened with her Long Island Association Q&A. The Governor took questions on every issue from a pro-abortion, pro-gun control Democrat for over an hour before an audience of socially liberal Democrats and Republicans in an area where the Democrat Party is strong, yet no one found anything to report on other than some made up controversy about breast milk.

If I’m wrong, can someone explain it to me why we see very little coverage of any substantive comments Governor Palin makes, but almost daily coverage of how some dumb liberal attacked her?

Sure some in the conservative blogosphere will hide under the cover of “we’re defending her”, and they will on some occasions throw a bone to keep up the appearance that they are helping her. But the facts point to them using her and it’s about time someone called them out.

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Politicizing An Horrific Tragedy

Posted by Sheya on January 9, 2011

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is in intensive care unit following surgery for a gunshot wound in the head at close range by a liberal lone heartless gunman.

While the shooter was a lone criminal, liberals are coming out of the woodworks to pin the shooting on no other than Governor Palin for targeting 20 house democrates during the 2010 mid-term elections. Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Tweeted, “Mission accomplished, Sarah Palin.”  Matt Lewis notes:

If your first response to such an event is to think of Sarah Palin, something is wrong.

It is a sad state of affairs when a tragedy gets politicized, unfortunately some on the left have no shame in doing so and as a result we are left with no alternative but to correct the record.

It is ironic that it’s no other than the far left Daily Kos who are pushing this blame Palin narrative when it was just 2 days ago when the Daily Kos indirectly called for the death of congreswomen Giffords.

On January 6th the Daily Kos had an article titled My CongressWOMAN voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now DEAD to me. The post has now been removed.

The targeting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by the Daily Kos goes back to June 2008 when they placed a Bullseye on Rep Giffords:

In 2004 the Democrats had a “Targeting Map” of their own, as it turns out Arizona just so happens to be one of their targets.

Reports are still coming in but from information already available the shooter is a 22-year-old white male named Jared Loughner a nut who on his YouTube channel lists Mein Kampf and Communist Manifesto as his favourite books.

User @caitieparker on twitter claims to know the shooter, according to her, Loughner is a redical liberal, following are some of her latest tweets:

Unlike the Daily Kos, we are not trying to blame anyone for the shooting, it is obvious that the gunman is a crazy nut who didn’t need any encouragement to carry out this senseless and unconscionable act. Rep Giffords is Jewish and this may well turn out to be racially motivated, but people need to take a step back and stop using a tragic event to advance their political agendas. Our message to the Dialy Kos: People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones

More on this from Michelle Malkin, HillBuzz, The Anchoress, All Voices, Gateway Pundit, HotAir

Cross-Posted: Sheya.com

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CBS Affiliate Busted on Voicemail Conspiring Against Senate Candidate Joe Miller

Posted by Adrienne Ross on October 31, 2010

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

The media has been busted conspiring once again. This time the target is Alaska’s Joe Miller who is running for Senate. Not too many knew who Miller was before he received the support of Governor Palin, and the lamestream media–along with other PDS sufferers–see a loss for him as a win against the Governor. So once again, the media stops at nothing to promote their agenda. This one is particularly troubling, and heads should roll. Nonetheless, we see an example of this truth: “what’s done in the dark will come to the light.”

Big Government reports:

The following voice mail message was inadvertently left on the cell phone of Joe Miller campaign spokesperson Randy DeSoto.

The voices are believed to be those of the news director for CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA, along with assignment editor Nick McDermott, and other reporters, openly discussing creating, if not fabricating, two stories about Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller.

The following is a transcript of a call recorded after CBS Alaska affiliate KTVA called Joe Miller’s Senate campaign spokesperson. The call failed to disconnect properly. It was later authenticated by McDermott, who sent a text to Randy DeSoto stating, “Damn iPhone… I left you a long message. I thought I hung up. Sorry.”

 

Clearly the reporters were conspiring to set up some type of smear of Joe Miller. With glee, they even cite a recent controversy over an incident involving the Rand Paul campaign, while discussing how they would spread the story via social media after whatever incident they had in mind came off. It also brings to mind another recent episode that ended with Jerry Brown’s California gubernatorial campaign being caught up in controversy when someone from Brown’s camp called Brown’s opponent, Republican Meg Whitman, a “whore.”

This calls into serious question what type of campaign coverage CBS’ KTVA has been providing Alaskans all along, given their reporters’ willingness to conspire against Miller.

This totally makes me sick to my stomach. Can the public no longer count on the media to fairly report the news? That is the media’s job, is it not? We saw this type of nonsense here and here when, during the 2008 campaign, “Journolisters” went after Governor Palin after Senator McCain tapped her to be his running mate and she was deemed a threat to their victory plans. We saw it in the media’s decision to protect then-candidate Obama from serious scrutiny and downplay his radical associations. We saw it with the conspiracy to depict all Republicans as racists. We see it still–everyday–because the lamestream media has decided that their job is to be the deciding factor in who the public respects and elects. Joe Miller is just their newest target.

May this truth exposed send Alaskans to the polls with a determination to vote for the real Joe Miller, rejecting the Left’s sick agenda–so sick they joke and laugh about child molesters. Their behavior is disgusting, and certainly not befitting those who should be honored to represent our First Amendment rights. The term “sick puppies” comes to mind.

(h/t C4P)

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Are Lamestream Media Lies About Bristol Palin Intended to Prejudice “DWTS” Voting?

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 3, 2010

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

Picture retrieved from Us Magazine.

The lamestream media strikes again in their dishonest reporting of all things Palin. Why are they so intent on spewing lies about this family? Why are they so threatened? What do they hope to accomplish?

Bristol Palin is having a blast in her new “Dancing with the Stars” role. Instead of applauding this young woman for doing her own thing, taking part in this family-friendly fun, and demonstrating that women can handle motherhood while taking on new challenges, they promote lies about her.

In a lie that reportedly originated with The Hollywood Report, The Chicago Sun-Times continues the Bristol-as-Diva falsehood, just as they’ve done with her mother. Bill Zwecker writes:

Things keep getting interesting behind the scenes on ”Dancing With the Stars.” A show insider says, ”Move over, Michael Bolton! Bristol Palin is now out-diva-ing you!”

The source said the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has become a constant pain in the rear for “DWTS” staffers. ”Clearly she didn’t read the fine print on her contract — and that’s just a figure of speech. There’s nothing hidden in the contracts,” said the ”Dancing” source.

”Otherwise, Bristol wouldn’t be complaining about all the things contestants are required to do.”

[…]

On top of all that, Palin reportedly has been very upset by some questioning — from staffers and other contestants — about both her mom (and her expected run for the presidency) and ex-beau Levi Johnston and his less-than-flattering cracks about Bristol competing on the ABC series.

• It didn’t take Sarah Palin long to play ”Mama Grizzly” for her daughter, tweeting, ”Wow! media goofballs rearing heads this wk, big time! Wonder what’s up? Taking the cake: ink re:Bristol=a diva? Silly; obviously have nvr met her.”

No, but some people we trust have!

“Some people we trust”? What is this, kindergarten? We heard that she heard that he said so it must be true! Lame stream all the way–and so juvenile.

Yesterday, I wrote that ABC described Bristol as “excited and scared.” These are certainly not adjectives typically used to describe a diva. And for good reason: there’s no diva in Bristol. In the same post, I quoted Bristol herself, who referred to this experience as “positive” and “good competition.” Again, Bristol’s attitude toward this opportunity is anything but negative.

These lies about Bristol are so far-fetched that those pimping them need to be held accountable. Bristol is not asking for any special favors–just to be treated and judged fairly like everyone else. Are these aspersions intended to prejudice people and influence their voting? That’s a question to be pondered. Bottom line: it’s not fair, it’s not true, and it’s not right. Contact information for The Hollywood Report is here, and Bill Zwecker can be contacted here. A retraction is in order.

As I posted here, Bristol will be on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” tonight. Tune in and hear what Bristol Palin herself has to say. I imagine we’ll get an understanding of how she really feels about “Dancing with the Stars,” how hard she’s working, and how much fun she’s having.

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Sarah Palin: Hey Democrats, What’s The Plan, Man?

Posted by Gary P Jackson on August 7, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

One of the reasons we absolutely love Sarah Palin, and support her so strongly, is the fact she simply doesn’t suffer fools well. She also doesn’t take crap from anyone. Sarah is a street fighter who loves the sting of battle, and when she is on a mission, the last thing anyone with a lick of sense would want to do, is try and stop her from completing that mission.

Sarah has been hammering the Obama regime and his Congress over the upcoming $3.8 TRILLION tax increase, the largest in history. She was attacked by the far left, “Journolist approvedPolitiFact, an outfit known for carrying the water for Obama and the Marxist-progressives. They claimed she was “pants on fire lying.” Sarah took PolitiFact to school, showing them what real fact checking looked like, as you can read here.

Obviously undetered by attacks from the left, Sarah took time from her commercial fishing gig to again ask Obama and his crew: “What’s the plan, man?

Pants on Fire, Still

A $3.8 trillion tax increase is coming down the pike, folks. America’s tax cuts which can incentivize small businesses to expand and hire more people (thus fulfilling the mission to grow more private sector jobs), or even just to keep our doors open, will expire in four months. That expiration equates to an increase on your tax bill, starting at midnight, December 31.

I’ll keep calling out President Obama and the Democrats until they tell the American people what the plan is to save the incentives – to not allow the mom and pops’ tax cuts to expire. Granted, liberals (including stubborn “fact-checkers” who claim I’m lying about the soon-to-be tax cut expiration) are trying to clobber me for holding them accountable and prodding them toward revealing their intentions (because they’ve had 18 months to publicly propose a plan to stave off the $3.8 trillion tax increase that will soon slam us, but have revealed no plan). If they have a bill to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, let’s see it. Time for them to put up or shut up.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Take the word of the “fact-checkers” at PolitiFact, who, before moving the goal posts in their second dissembling “fact-check” on the Democrats’ tax hikes, wrote in their original “fact-check”:

There are no formal congressional proposals yet to keep the Bush tax cuts in place, so we don’t have precise estimates from official sources like the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Still, there’s a good bit of consensus on what the tax increases would look like, both if lower rates expired only for high earners and also for all incomes.

As Ed Morrissey noted:

And there’s a big problem with this argument, which is that “consensus” means nothing without passing a bill, and especially not without proposing one first. Thanks to Democrats in 2001 and 2003, those bills cutting the tax rates have hard-and-fast sunset provisions that create an expiration date absent of any other action.

We are now less than four months away from that expiration date after seven years of seeing it coming, after more than 3 years of Democratic control of Congress, and after eighteen months of the Obama administration. Democrats don’t even have a proposal on the table yet, and the legislative calendar is rapidly shrinking to take action before the expiration date hits. Without action, we will see a $3.8 trillion tax hike across the entire spectrum of earners.

So much for “consensus” without action. PolitiFact is curiously stating that in his 2011 budget, the President mentioned some “plan” to do something about not raising taxes on all Americans. Um, don’t know about you, but I don’t find this general, vague promise of some “plan” all that reassuring.

The Left also “plans” to do something about our out of control deficits and high unemployment, and the President “planned” for his nearly trillion dollar stimulus to keep unemployment under 8%. We’ve seen how successful that “plan” worked out.

The President’s budget “plan” hasn’t worked out so well either. As the economist Bruce Bartlett explained at the time, the President’s budget – including the tax promise – was never much more than a vague statement of intent. Practically speaking, it was dead on arrival. Even Bartlett couldn’t have known how dead, though, because in the end Congress didn’t even succeed in passing a budget, let alone in taking a decision on the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.

Bottom line: until we see a formal proposal – an actual bill before Congress – then get ready for that $3.8 trillion hit.

(By the way, the Left sure gets wee-wee’d up when they’re called on something like this, eh? And here I am, thousands of miles away from DC out on a commercial fishing boat, working my butt off for my own business, merely asking the Democrat politicos and their liberal friends in the media: “What’s the plan, man?”, and they seem to feel threatened by my question. So, I’ll go back to setting my hooks and watching the halibut take the bait, and when I come back into the boat’s cabin in a few hours, I’ll log back on here to read their reply. I’ll have succeeded if they’re forced to finally reveal to Americans how they plan to increase taxes, and what they intend to do with our money. In the meantime, I’m catching fish.)

Sarah Palin, in Homer, Alaska

As Sarah points out, while these idiot “fact checkers” as talking noise and claiming she is wrong, their position is unsustainable, because there is NO PLAN. Nothing is written down, and most certainly nothing is waiting in Congress for passage.

Much like Obama did regularly as a Senator in both the Illinois Senate, as well as the U.S. Senate, Congress voted “present” when it came time to pass a budget, thus there is no mechanism to stop this $3.8 TRILLION monster tax increase coming your way. Nothing to stop it at all. The Obama regime was hoping you wouldn’t notice.

Just like the so-called “fact checkers“, Obama and his party are just making it up as they go!

The radical left wants you to just trust them. They say it will all be OK. We all kinda know what happens to those who trust the Marxist-democrats, don’t we! These are people who will lie to you when the truth would work better!

On a side note, one wonders where all of the GOP show ponies are. You know, those “profiles in courage” like Mitt Romney. They’ve all been quite conspicuous by their absence on this, and many other serious issues.

All I can tell you for sure is Victory in November is essential if our Republic is to survive. This is no time to sit around and fret. This is a time to stand up and be counted. Time to get off the couch and into the game!

Sarah Palin is the one who is standing up for us, so in turn, I am standing with Sarah Palin and asking Obama and his Congress: What’s the plan, man?

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CAUGHT ON TAPE: Katie Couric Dissin’ Sarah Palin The Day John McCain Named Her As His Running Mate

Posted by Gary P Jackson on August 4, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

Not exactly the most shocking thing we’ve seen, especially since we learned that the more than 400 members of Journolist, from the media and academia, conspired to coordinate attacks on Sarah Palin, as part of the “unofficial Obama campaign“, or knowing these same “defenders of the truth” went into overdrive covering up all of Obama’s radical past. Not even as shocking as learning these same corrupt media members actually realized Sarah was a strong, capable candidate, nothing like the lies they would tell their readers, (and viewers) or how they worried about how to smear her.

Oh, and let’s not forget the “Trig trutherism” that ran rampant among this bunch, which Sarah herself addressed.

This does prove what Sarah has maintained all along, Couric was incredibly biased.

From the editors of Conservatives 4 Palin via The College Press. This is raw footage:

As you can see, the video shows Katie Couric preparing to go on the air on the day John McCain announced Governor Palin as his running mate. It shows some tantalizing hints of Couric’s attitude toward the Governor–when talking about first Trig, then Track, Couric says “where the hell do they get these [names]?…” At that point the producer running the sound board shut off the sound because he or she didn’t want to have Couric’s disdainful and contemptuous view of Governor Palin’s children captured on even an internal CBS tape that they never expected would see the light of day. You can tell this by the “OMG!” reaction of the CBS news employees who were in the control room as Couric said that about the Governor’s kids. This video also shows Couric taking a shot at female basketball players and at Governor Palin’s hometown, one of the fastest growing areas in the country, and the fifth largest city in Alaska.

There’s a larger story here, of course.

It’s not just what was said by Couric in her discussion of Governor Palin, but also the way CBS framed the narrative of Governor Palin’s life in their story. The script covers moose burgers, her kids, her being a former beauty queen and being on the cover of Vogue.

Sarah Palin was a sitting governor, and at that time, before the Obama campaign and their allies in the press spent months relentlessly smearing her good name, she had the highest approval ratings of any governor in the country.

She was also responsible for getting the largest energy project in North American history underway after several decades of interminable delays in Alaska. She was a courageous corruption-busting whistleblower who turned in the leader of her own party in Alaska for his corrupt practices.

She was a fiscal conservative who made the largest veto cuts in Alaska history, reined in the reckless waste, cut her own expenses, sold the governor’s private jet, let the personal chef go, and put away billions of dollars in savings for Alaska for a rainy day.

She was a tough CEO who went toe to toe with the Big Oil companies and fought to get the best deal for Alaskans, the resource owners she represented. And she did all of this as a woman from a modest background who was entirely self-made – without the benefit of a rich or influential father or husband.

But what in this impressive biography did CBS News and Couric choose to focus on? Moose burgers and beauty pageants.

By their choice of the framing of the story, it’s evident Couric and CBS had an agenda here: They wanted to diminish Governor Palin because her impressive record of accomplishments towered over the non-existent record of the guy at the top of Democratic ticket.

We know from the JournoList archives that the national press viewed Governor Palin as a threat to their anointed candidate whom they sought to elect with ferocity and determination. We don’t even need to see Couric’s snarky comment about Governor Palin’s children to know that CBS News and Couric were not interested in covering who Sarah Palin was or what her qualifications were, but rather in caricaturing her to influence the election in favor of their favored candidate.

As Governor Palin would say, “may the light continue to shine” to expose this sickness at the heart of our corrupt and biased mainstream media.

There’s more history between Sarah and the Perky One, than this bit of childishness. As Sarah pointed out in her book, there are hours upon hours of video tapes from a series of interviews Couric did with Sarah. Instead of airing all of that footage, CBS and Couric selectively edited it to paint Sarah in the worst light possible. CBS has refused to release the full tapes to either Sarah, or the McCain campaign. (or the media at large) Hmmmm. Wonder why?

Let’s also never forget that Perky sat down with longtime Marxist-democrat Sam Nunn, and Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haas, before she interviewed Sarah, and was coached extensively on just the right sort of “gotcha” questions to ask. Nunn was on Obama’s short list for Vice President, and served on his transition team after the election. In other words, Couric sat down with Team Obama and worked out the best strategy on how to question their opponent!

Think about that. Katie Couric, who is supposed to be a journalist, sat down with one campaign, to work out how to interview someone from their competition. Seems to me the Federal Elections Commission should look at this as a “contribution” to the Obama campaign. Either that, or the IRS needs to ask her if she has a 1099 to show her payment from Obama for America, for services rendered.

When you think about it, that’s pretty fantastic, and incredibly troubling. 

The media in this country is dead. You can’t trust a word they say, especially if it comes from the so-called “mainstream media.” They are all a bunch of proven liars, and little more than stenographers for the Obama regime.

Corrupt as the day is long.

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Video leaked of Couric mocking Palin

Posted by loricalabrese on August 4, 2010

It is almost impossible for any network, journalistic publication, or reporter not to be accused of some media bias and this new leaked video of Katie Couric mocking Sarah Palin proves that each individual who reports or writes the news has to work hard to guard against his or her own opinions.

In the video, Couric is seen rehearsing for the “CBS Evening News” during the 2008 Republican National Convention and mocks the names of Sarah Palin’s children.

“Where the hell do they get these names?” Couric says after mentioning Palin’s youngest son, Trig, and her oldest, Track.

Couric also jokes about the pronunciation of Wasilla, Palin’s Alaskan hometown, and when stating that Palin’s parents were out hunting caribou, Couric says, “You can’t make this up.”

This video was taped several weeks before Palin’s notorious interview with Couric, in which the Republican vice-presidential nominee answered questions about a wide variety of issues and stoked controversy with what some felt were shaky and uninformed answers to questions of national importance. That interview set off something of a feud between the two high-profile women, with Palin firing back at Couric in her memoir, Going Rogue, labeling Couric’s interview style as “badgering” and saying that Couric came into the interview with a “partisan agenda.” Palin claims that Couric and CBS left out her more substantive moments and went easier on Democratic candidate for Vice President Joe Biden.

So you’re probably saying, what’s the big deal with this video? We’ve all said things we’re not proud of to lighten up the mood at our workplace. However, what makes this newsworthy is that Couric is mocking the GOP’s Vice Presidential nominee in front of her media team who is expected to be fair and accurate.

Is this the first time it’s ever happened? Probably not. I’m sure if old news reels popped up, we’d find a lot of jokes cracked and opinions presented, however, what makes this significant is that it’s the time of YouTube, the time that everything you say on camera could possibly be leaked.

Sarah Palin and other conservatives have recently pointed to a “BOMBSHELL!” story on the Journolist in the Daily Caller as evidence of media bias in the “lamestream media” and now this video is leaked, raising the question once again of media bias.

Journalists who say they’re not biased are. Everyone has an opinion–even smart, fair-minded journalists. And bias in the news is not generally about politics. There’s much more involved, including social and cultural issues that include abortion, feminism, racism, and affirmative action. But it’s important for journalists to seek fairness to those concerned with the news, and conduct a professional process of information gathering that seeks fairness, completeness and accuracy.

It’s important to note that media have tremendous power in setting cultural guidelines and in shaping political discourse. And the editors at Conservatives4Palin raise an interesting point about Couric and Co.’s efforts to marginalize Palin: “[W]hat in [Palin’s] impressive biography did CBS News and Couric choose to focus on? Moose burgers and beauty pageants.”

As the “lamestream media” attempts to belittle Sarah Palin, they actually make themselves look bad. And as Palin said in her Facebook post Journey into the Media’s Heart of Darkness, “There is a sickness and darkness in today’s liberal media. With revelations like the JournoList exchanges, may the light keep shining to expose the problem.”

Read more articles by the National Sarah Palin Examiner at Examiner.com

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My Oh My, POLITICO Sure Has A Lot Of Corrupt Journolisters On It’s Staff

Posted by Gary P Jackson on July 31, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

It’s no secret that POLITICO is a biased news organization. The online polictical blog is as progressive as they come. Very agenda driven. In our reporting we have already addressed the fact that Journolist members are solidly entrenched inside POLITICO’s upper levels. Something Roger Simon, who calls the website home, tried to downplay.

John Nolte over at Big Journalism isn’t buying it, and has a simply marvelous retort:

You say MSM, I say Politico. You say corrupt, I say Politico.

Today, Politico’s Roger Simon was kind enough to almost scold JournoList for its lasting effect on his precious little profession of journalism. At one point, he and the scrupulously non-partisan Chuck “Fire Glenn Beck” Todd hold hands and commiserate over how this unfortunate JounoList thing is tarring “those of us who don’t practice activist journalism.” If Roger Simon wants to rebuild his precious little profession’s reputation, a good start might be asking his very own publisher some tough questions.

Politico might be an online publication, a part of the New Media, but when it comes to corrupted, left-wing arrogance they make the Washington Post look somewhat honest … somewhat. Part of the reason I reserve a special place in my heart to store up a unique resentment for all things Politico is due to the very fact that they practice their dark arts online. Like a toxic virus they spread over to the Internet where the right (by design) and the left (by accident) are trying to forever kill off the very thing Politico is — wolfish left-wing propagandists hidden in the sheeps’ clothing of “journalism.”

And yet these are the same bastards “journalists” who launched a smear attack on a private citizen for asking Their One a perfectly reasonable question, obsessed over Sarah Palin’s wardrobe (and yet ranked Obama being asked about his relationships with Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers as a 2008 top-ten ”media blunder“), and though they occasionally find Levi Johnston worthy of note, Department of Justice whistleblower, J. Christian Adams, remained a ghost up until and including Ben Smith’s factually challenged Nothing-To-See-Here gift to his embattled president.

Oh, and did you know that some of Politico’sjournalists were members of Ezra Klein’s now infamous JournoList, including Mike Allen, Lisa Lerer, and Mr. Ben “I-Got-Yer-Back-Barack” Smith?

And this little juicy nugget of fact raises a troubling question…

What Politico needs to disclose is exactly when their three employees joined JournoList, because now that we know what really was going on there, this Politico article reeks of a cover up.

Written by Michael Calderon in March of 2009 and titled “JournoList: Inside the echo chamber,” even at the time it was written, the thousand-plus worder ranked as another classic example of what Politico does best: write stories about why stories they don’t want covered aren’t worth covering. In other words, like Ben Smith’s Black Panther piece, this is how Politico spikes that which might damage the Leftist narrative.

While reading Calderon’s JournoList expose,’ you can practically hear the staged, self conscious yawn of a man trying to put across the false front that once again those crazy, paranoid right-wing conspiracy mongers have taken him away from oh-so important work to address this nothing-ness.

Calderon’s idea of “journalism” was to interview JournoList members such as Jeffrey Toobin, Eric Alterman,and Joe Klein, who each assure us in their own wrist-flicking way, Tell those silly right-wingers that no one’s pushing an agenda. In 2009 the piece was hilariously obvious in its biased and preordained objective to smoke-and-mirror away concerns about what Ezra’s little coven of left-wingers was up to. But reading it again in hindsight, it stinks to high heaven.

Deep, deep, deep in the article – long after the dull dutifulness of it all is supposed to kill your interest in clicking over to page two, Calderon finally gets around to admitting Politico’s Smith, Allen, and Lerer are members.

And herein lies Politico’s problem.

Now that it’s become crystal clear that at times JournoList was in fact a hotbed for left-wing ideologues to collude over how to kill stories that might hurt Obama, smear innocent conservatives as racist, coordinate lines of attack against Palin, and work directly with the Obama campaign, the question becomes:

What did Politico know and when did it know it?

Three Politico employees were members of JournoList, and yet in March of 2009, Politico published an article where JournoList members claimed nothing improper was going on there — which we now know wasn’t even close to the truth.

There’s only two explanations: Either Smith, Allen and Lerer weren’t JournoList members when this corrupt activity was taking place, or they were, and not only did they not disclose the improper activity but they allowed their employer to print a misleading story.

What did Politico know and when did it know it?

In a truly just world, all 400 plus members of Journolist would join the ranks of the chronically unemployed, but I digress.

Sadly, this is just more proof that it’s almost impossible to trust any supposed news source in this country. I know a lot of folks, myself included, tend to frequent blogs and newsers that mostly agreee with our point of view, but we also need fair and balanced news sources that play it straight. Just the facts, no matter who it helps, or hurts. No agenda, just facts. Until this happens, America is in big trouble.

When consuming news these days, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan: Trust, but verify. And go easy on the trust part, and heavy on the verify part.

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Another Liberal Opens His Mouth and Goes Off in The Wind

Posted by Sheya on June 21, 2010

Here we go again. Some liberal goes on television, doesn’t bother doing even minimal homework, starts up with the usual drivel, complains when he’s interrupted, and doesn’t have the courtesy to admit a mistake. Let’s go to the video first shall we.

SEE VIDEO HERE

Mr Klink begins with his so called admiration for the Governor. He says she’s a “nice lady” and he even “loves her positions”. Then he goes on to say she’s wrong. Imagine my confusion. Which is it…does he like her positions or doesn’t he? Next:

I love the fact that, you know, she is the one who talked about death panels in the health care bill when they didn’t exist.

Well, Mr Klink seems to have missed the fact that Peter Orszag, Director of Obama’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has already vindicated Governor Palin on the issue of Death Panels.

She’s the one who could see Russia from her back yard

The left have been pushing this ludicrous narrative about the Governor so much that they now either actually believe it or they are just plain stupid (I opt for the latter). When Ms Bream was courteous enough to correct him, pointing out that Tina Fey said this in a SNL comedy skit, not Governor Palin, he has the stupidity to say “yes she did”.

I like the fact that she quit her first elected position half way through to go make 12 million dollars

Mr Klink talks about “facts”, here’s a fact for you: Governor Palin served two terms (1992- 1996) as a member of the Wasilla, Alaska City Council. She then served two full terms (1996-2002) as mayor of Wasilla. Her position as governor wasn’t exactly her first elected position, it was her fifth elected position. Trust the left to make things up as they go along.

As Governor Palin’s influence is taking shape and her endorsements are having a real impact, the “quitter” meme is being dug up again, both from the left and the right. For the benefit of those who didn’t understand it the other gazillion times this has been addressed, I’ll try it again, in plain English so even a 6 year old can understand it.

When Governor Palin returned to Alaska after the 2008 election, the left unanimously decided that this women must be taken out, they unleashed a herd of wolfs who began throwing at her one frivolous ethic complaint after another (24 to date, all of which have been dismissed). Their plan was to personally bankrupt her. Besides personally costing the Governor over a half a million dollars, it ended up costing the state over $2 million in money and thousands of hours in state time. Fighting off those complaints compromised her position as governor and effectively rendered her position useless; the mere fact that she was Governor brought Alaska’s state government to a standstill.

When the legislature refused to pass a simple bill that would have fixed the abuse of the ethics complaint process, Governor Palin knew that her last year and a half in office would be nothing more than a complete waste of time and money. She wanted better for Alaska than that.

Governor Palin had two choices, either hang on, waste even more state time and money, taking down the state with her, or, she could uphold her oath to protect and defend Alaska, remove the obstacle that was holding up the development of the state, and resign. She would pass the baton to her lieutenant Governor who would take over and put the state back on track, essentially following her policies. Governor Palin opted to do the right thing; she got out of the way and allowed the state to progress without her being a distraction. Ever since Governor Parnell took over the state has been moving forward, and I’m guessing that the majority of Americans today couldn’t name the Alaska Governor. I’m also guessing Alaskans are happier that way.

If Governor Palin hadn’t resigned, the ethic complaints would have continued, hundreds of thousands of hours would have continued to be wasted, and the state would have continued wasting millions of dollars. There would have been an outcry from the left and the right calling for her to do the right thing and resign. “How can Governor Palin stand around and see that happen”, “she needs to do the right thing and resign for the good of the state”, “Governor Palin is only thinking about herself, all she wants is to further her national ambitions” Can anyone truly argue that this wouldn’t have been the case?

What bothers them is that she did it but on her own terms. Now that she’s making money, the left just can’t handle it. The plan was to destroy her, render her absolutely ineffective, demand her resignation and take her down. But the plan backfired. She resigned, is serving her country, and her state better elsewhere. She’s doing exactly what the anklebiters feared: she broke free of their chains so she could influence the national scene. They accomplished the opposite of their goal, and they made her rich in the process. She’s keeping her promise to campaign for candidates who share her values and they are wining. Thanks, anklebiters.

When Ben Ferguson challenges him by pointing out that Obama quit his senate seat to run for president, Mr Klink responds by saying that Obama stayed in elected office. Apparently Obama’s self-aggrandizement is more noble in Mr. Klink’s mind than Governor Palin’s self-less move to allow her state to progress. Governor Palin has always said she doesn’t need a title to make a difference. In the year since Governor Palin resigned she has affected more change out of office and without accepting a paycheck from the taxpayer, than the community organizer has achieved in office – other than bankrupting the nation and speeding America toward a financial cliff.

Let’s move on:

Klink argues that it’s a legitimate question to ask whether the candidates Governor Palin has endorsed will follow her lead and also “quit” half way through their term.

What Klink is suggesting is that every time a candidate receives an endorsement it is legitimate to ask: Will the candidate feel obligated to do everything the endorser ever did or something. Mitt Romney endorsed Nikki Haley. Does that mean Nikki Haley will try to pass a version of RomneyCare in South Carolina? You can see what a non-sequiter this argument is. But if Klink thinks otherwise, I have some “legitimate” questions of my own regarding those candidates President Obama endorses and campaigns for:

Will they bankrupt their states?

Will they also ignore the will of the people and push through bills over half their constituents are against?

Will they engage in Chicago-style backroom deals?

Will they bow to foreign leaders?

Will they go around apologizing for America?

Will they go golfing and have parties every time there is a national crisis?

Whose A** do they plan to kick?

How many terrorist friends do they have?

How much community organizing have they done?

Do they have zero executive experience?

Do they have no history of accomplishing anything?

Will they think the best way to clean up an oil spill is to build more windmills?

Mr Klink also asks how Drill baby Drill is working out. Good question, how IS IT working out for you? If the Obama administration would just listen to Governor Palin and “drill baby drill on land (ANWR, for example) and in shallow waters, we may not have had the problem we have now. Governor Palin still advocates drilling here and now, but she also advocates doing it ethically and responsibly.

Klink does make one good point though, when people start listening to Sarah Palin’s OWN words and to her OWN positions – rather than listening to what people like Klink try to convince us to believe what they think she said or believes – and when people really look to her to solve problems, they will find out that there is real hope for America. In the meantime you can rest assured that whenever a liberal like Klink opens his mouth, the BS will pile up so fast we’ll need wings to stay above it.

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*Written in collaboration with Doug Brady and Kelsey (Uffda) – Cross-Posted: C4P, PalinTV

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