September 03, 2008

Brian Ross: Caught in the Smear

Brian Ross of ABC News is letting his political biases show in a most unseemly way.

Ross' article, Another Controversy for Sarah Palin, attempts to undermine the Republican Vice Presidential candidate by insinuating there is still some some controversy surrounding Palin's firing of the Wasilla Police Chief more than a decade ago.

Says Ross in his lede:

Gov. Sarah Palin is already facing ethical questions over her firing of the Alaska public safety commissioner, and now she faces questions over the firing of a longtime local police chief.

Now faces?

The lawsuit filed in 1997 by the police chief, Irl Stambaugh, was dismissed by the judge, as Palin had every right to replace him and other town officials. As a matter of public record, other officials were also pushed out of office on Palin's reform pledge, but Ross inexplicably refuses to mention their firings. Ross seeks to frame resolved history as a current scandal, and then tie it the dismissal of public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan, roughly a decade later.

This is dishonest advocacy journalism at it's most naked, and ABC News owes Sarah Palin a retraction and an apology.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 3, 2008 10:20 AM

Sheesh, they're in hysterics. Palin Derangement Syndrome, indeed...

Posted by: changer1701 at September 3, 2008 11:10 AM

The news media has worn the mask if impartiality for years. They feel so threatened that nothing matters but to destroy Sarah Palin. This is war without guns.

Posted by: James at September 3, 2008 11:37 AM

Again, the Obies pass up a good chance to be silent. Do they not know, these MSM cultists, that this vigorous scrub of Palin (which bears no fruit because there is no fruit) makes their see no evil approach to Barry untenable?

Oh yeah.

Strap in, Barry. There are two more days of coverage at the RNC, plenty of time to get the data points of the disgrace that is Obama out into the ether now that the anti-Palins have set the precedent and tone. Once there they are not recoverable. Not ever.

Posted by: megapotamus at September 3, 2008 11:41 AM

I do think this is another of the shell games the MSM/Democrats love to play with conservatives and Republicans. The "best defense is a good offense" strategy.

Sling all sorts of false, illegitimate, and dishonest mud at [fill in the blank] when their man is getting more and more threatened by both revelations (Annenberg Challenge Fund) and fair attacks (surge? Georgia? Energy? Joe "let me make up some more lies" Biden as VP?). Conservatives/Republicans fall for this in the same way that Charlie Brown kept believing Lucy would actually hold the football and play it straight while the MSM/Democrats snicker all the way to the (vote fraud contaminated) polls.

Posted by: iconoclast at September 3, 2008 11:59 AM

This is all going to backfire very poorly for the press. They'd better get a grip quickly, or they're going to give McCain/Palin an unintended 10 point bounce, not to mention what they're doing to their already tattered reputation.

Posted by: mindnumbrobot at September 3, 2008 12:24 PM

Brian Ross is pretty fair most of the time. He did come out with the Wright stuff.

Posted by: Brian Ross at September 3, 2008 01:33 PM

Actually the Wright stuff was being talked about on blogs for MONTHS before any of the MSM picked it up. Now, if you want to give him the credit to be the first of them to pick it up so be it but being at least 3 months behind the news isn't anything to brag about

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at September 3, 2008 02:55 PM

For years the Dems have been running on the equality pledge and against McCarthyism. Now we find that equality doesn't apply at all to women inside the Democrat Party or out. The Dems have become peeping toms, a gross caricature of Tail Gunner Joe.

And yet the MSM manages to look even worse.

Posted by: trentk269 at September 3, 2008 07:35 PM

brian Ross is a cheap liar. he proved it again with his lies last night about Tom Delay. instead of talking about rogue prosecutors he just piled on nonsense about the abramhove issue.

Posted by: RC at September 4, 2008 09:54 AM