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Posts Tagged ‘Media Malpractice’

Treatment of Governor Palin Sparks Change in Alaska’s Ethics Rules

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 23, 2010

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

After the 2008 election, Governor Palin returned to the state of Alaska and was greeted by a plethora of partisan, frivolous, bogus ethics complaints. This abuse of the ethics system cost the state of Alaska and the Palin family reams of money. These antics tied up the Governor’s office, forcing her administration to have to deal with this sick game instead of being free to fully focus on the business she was elected to perform. There was no end in sight; the complaints kept coming–for things as silly as the type of jacket Governor Palin wore.

Alaska law made it easy for people to get away with this nonsense. Those filing a complaint didn’t have to pay a dime, while the accused had to pay to defend him or herself. These ridiculous complaints against the Governor were consistently dismissed, as there was no substance to them. Still, much damage was done–and that was the plan. To disarm the haters, who purposely and maliciously abused the system with no regard for neither the Palins nor their state, Governor Palin sacrificially stepped down from a job she loved in a state that loved her, as evidenced by the incredible approval rating she enjoyed prior to the media malpractice of 2008.

As a result of what Governor Palin endured, the state of Alaska realized that their approach to ethics complaints had to be changed. They have now adopted new ethics rules, which took effect yesterday. The Associated Press “reported” on this. As usual, they did a backassward job filling in the people as to what triggered this change.

Stacy Drake writes about this anemic coverage:

The Associated Press published an article about the new rules back on December 8th. As usual, the AP dropped the ball when it came to performing their standard journalistic function of providing their readers with the “five W’s” of the story. This time, they completely omitted the “why” part. C4P readers understand the context and origin of the new rules, but unfortunately many people not familiar with our site, rely on one of the news outlets that release AP stories such as that one, as is. The AP is biased and lazy, but thankfully more Americans realize this than ever before.

In the end, it is good to know that no other governor in the state of Alaska will ever have to endure what Governor Palin and her family went through in those months following the 2008 presidential campaign. Given the conspicuous timing of the frivolous claims (after the 2008 campaign) and the sudden disinterest of the Democrat party machine in the comings and goings of Alaska’s Governor, I think it’s safe to say that use of the new rules will be minimal.

Also, read Stacy’s article, “Why Governor Palin Resigned.”

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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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American Pravda Keeps Going After Palin

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on November 13, 2009

By Shane Vander Hart, Caffeinated Thoughts

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After botching initial coverage of Governor Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue: An American Life, and having one of their mistakes regarding a legal bill go viral.  They keep at it.  Today there is blatant editorializing in their article that was up at the Anchorage Daily News site:

NEW YORK — Sarah Palin’s new memoir describes heart-wrenching anguish about her teen daughter’s pregnancy playing out before a national audience. But the 413-page tome doesn’t contain a single reference to the father of her grandson, soon-to-be Playgirl model Levi Johnston.

In "Going Rogue," which will be released Tuesday, Palin also laments about everyone in her entourage being forced to wear fancy clothes she couldn’t afford — preferring simpler, cheaper garb. But it’s as if Johnston, who was among those hastily spiffed up to appear at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., had never left Wasilla.

The tactic does appear to have merit; Johnston, who has sparred repeatedly with his former mother-in-law-to-be, continues to warn that she should leave him alone, or he might dish some serious dirt that "will hurt her." (emphasis mine)

It appears to have merit?  Yes, after reports about what was said during her Oprah interview, after receiving his “Fleshbot award” in New York for his upcoming Playgirl spread he reiterated this.  Let that sink in for a moment.

Perhaps the better answer is that she doesn’t want to destroy the father of her grandson (who is doing a good job of that all on his own).  Perhaps she’s doing that for the benefit of her grandson who may later on read the book.  Perhaps she doesn’t want to rehash all of the stupid things this kid has done or said after the break-up.  This kid has lost all credibility and most on the left see that he is a complete liar, but in the AP’s mind, it has merit.  Oh brother.  If he had something on her we can be sure it would have been discovered by now.

I really didn’t want to blog on this kid again, thanks AP.

They are in full-blown attack mode “fact-checking” her book.  And their fact-checking needs fact-checking.  Did they ever do this with President Obama’s books?  How about the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s memoir?  Then sources (we have sources here!) say this book is policy-lite.  But Rush predicted the tactic we see being used:

I talked to her yesterday, I’ve got the book, I have it right over there and I’ve had a chance, I just got it a couple days ago, three days ago, and I’ve had a chance to go through it, and I made a prediction to her when I talked to her yesterday.  I said, "You’ve got enough in here that people who get hold of this, like the AP or any of the State-Controlled Media, they’re gonna focus on the soap opera aspects of your book, and they’re going to ignore what is truly one of the most substantive policy books I’ve read."  

This woman, Governor Palin, clearly is jazzed by policy, particularly environmental policy and energy policy, as well as taxes and so forth.  I talked to her about the future of the Republican Party, what she thought about New York-23, how she deals with the character assassination, not just of herself, but of her entire family.

Now it is a memoir, it isn’t going to be all policy and become a wonkish tome, but to say it doesn’t tackle any policy issues at all doesn’t wash.  Especially if you’ve been reading her Facebook notes of late.

Obviously this is the type of “news” organization that the White House likes, but if you’re wondering about her book, keep your powder dry, you can read it yourself this Tuesday.

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts.  You can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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In Hong Kong, Palin won’t be dealing with the media

Posted by Ron Devito on September 14, 2009

by Upinak

Per News 24:

The former Alaska governor will address hundreds of chief executives, fund managers and other financial big-hitters from around the world at the Hong Kong forum.

The event in general is open to the media. But a spokesperson for CLSA, one of Asia’s top investment houses, said that Palin’s session with the moneyed audience will take place in private.

“Some of our keynote sessions in previous years were also closed to the media. So this is not the first time,” she told AFP, declining to be named.

“Ms. Palin has not yet confirmed with us the topic of her speech,” the spokesperson added.

Awesome! So from now until after the 24th of Sept., the media following around Sarah like a dog, and will be fabricating details of what she might be saying to these executives. Either way, I think it is funny. Gov. Palin is doing exactly what the media had done to her but Gov. Palin has the upper hand, as she always does when it comes to surprises.

I have a feeling she will be very well received at the Investors Forum, unlike what the media will be portraying. What I wonder is what media outlet is going to try to sneak into the convention. Any wagers?

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She’s Got IT

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 6, 2009

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

Governor Palin’s support continues to grow, which completely baffles those who never understood her support to begin with. After the media malpractice, after the bogus ethics complaints, even after Levi Johnston, she remains strong when much weaker souls would have been laid to rest by now. How is that possible? Keep reading.

I will always remember the first time a student came to my defense in class. Somebody said something disrespectful, and, before I could open my mouth, someone else said, “Don’t be talking to Miss Ross like that!” Silence followed. That was the end of that–until the next time, of course.

That’s when you know you’ve got it.

Now, I don’t actually need my students to stand up for me because I do pretty well by myself. In fact, it’s a good thing I didn’t get a chance to respond–good for the student who uttered the disrespectful comment, that is. I don’t take a lot of mess, nor do I have to. Overall my students have always loved and respected me, and I have very few behavioral problems. The reasons, I believe, are simple: I love and respect them first, they think I’m cool, and I can “bust ’em down” in basketball. That’s my recipe for success! I’ll add to that one more ingredient: I was in a staffing with a parent who relayed the story of why his child said he never gave me trouble, though he gave other teachers trouble. According to this parent, his son said, “‘Cause Miss Ross will knock me out!” Nice mix of respect and fear there, I suppose (though I’d never do that!). I say all that to say I can clearly handle myself.

True authority, however, is revealed when I don’t have to.

To this day, I have no recollection of what the first student uttered, just that he was put in his place rather quickly by his classmate. Now, I don’t advocate students being aggressive with other students, but I do believe that harmless positive peer pressure goes a long way. Because one student came to my aid, I could get on with the business at hand without taking the time to deal with nonsense, saving myself for bigger issues that really need my attention.

I was thinking of this in light of Governor Palin. Some don’t understand why so many of us speak up and fight back when we hear her being smeared by the likes of the mainstream media, anklebiters on the Left and the Right, and even her daughter’s ex-fiance’. “What’s with all these people,” some say, “these bloggers, these activists, these supporters, and why won’t Palin herself address every allegation thrown at her?” We all know she can handle herself, so why doesn’t she deal with every single issue? The answer is simple: she doesn’t have to.

See, most of the attacks against Governor Palin are like the comment in my classroom: distractions meant to take her attention from what’s important, slurs and accusations intended to sting and bite, and all-out attacks with the hopes of sparking a fiery retort so the process can continue. And for what? To wear her down.

Each year I get new students, several of whom would say in a heartbeat, “We got your back, Miss Ross.” Now, they know good and well I’m no pushover and certainly no punk. However, dealing with every individual about every comment is a waste of everyone’s time, and it doesn’t accomplish anything. Students who speak up, out of respect for who I am and what I represent, allow me to just keep on steppin’– never missing a beat, never being sidetracked, never wasting energy.

Then, when something big arises, I’ll use that reserved energy to deal with it.

Governor Palin, too, has plenty of opportunities to decide to speak or to be silent, to defend herself or to keep on steppin’. More often than not, wisdom tells her to keep on steppin’–and that’s when we step up. That, I suppose, is part and parcel of the “online footprint” first written about here and then commented on here and here. She doesn’t need to ask anyone to have her back. Before she turns around, we’re already there–just as my student addressed his peer before I could even open my mouth. We’re there on Twitter, on Facebook, on our blogs, on talk radio. Everywhere you turn, we’re there, so she doesn’t have to fight every single battle because we’re fighting for her.

Again, that’s true authority. That’s when you’ve got it, and today, more than ever, public servants need it–and they need a whole lot of it. The more we can step in the ring and throw some punches and block some unfair hits for them–and the more of us who do so–the more strength people like Governor Palin can reserve for the bigger battles.

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