September 05, 2008

Media Play Dumb To Smear McCain/Palin

MSNBC's Mark Murray and ABC News' Jake Tapper seem to have found a new way to help Barack Obama, playing dumb and purposefully misconstruing a McCain/Palin fundraising letter in order to claim the Republican ticket is being dishonest.

Murray writes:

This afternoon, the McCain campaign issued a Palin fundraising solicitation for the joint McCain-Palin-RNC fund. (After this week, McCain no longer can raise money after accepting $84.1 million in public funds, but the Republican National Committee and state parties can.)

"I cannot tell you how special last night was for me and how enthused I am to be John McCain's running mate," Palin said in the email solicitation, adding: "Unfortunately, as you've seen this week, the Obama/Biden Democrats have been vicious in their attacks directed toward me, my family and John McCain. The misinformation and flat-out lies must be corrected."

Unless we're mistaken, neither Obama nor Biden nor the campaign has attacked Palin's family.

Echoing Murray hours later with unerring precision, Tapper writes:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin sent out a fundraising solicitation today that charged that "the Obama/Biden Democrats have been vicious in their attacks directed toward me, my family and John McCain."

I asked spokespeople of the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee just which "Obama/Biden Democrats" they're referring to.

The response I got was that Obama spokesman Mark Bubriski erroneously attacked Palin as a supporter of Pat Buchanan.

That's it. That's the evidence.

An attack on Palin herself.

In other words, they can't name one person affiliated with the Obama-Biden campaign who attacked the Palin family.

So, the only "Obama/Biden Democrats" in existence are those staffers in the Obama campaign?

Sorry, all you folks with Obama '08 bumper stickers, Obama buttons, and Obama-Biden bumper stickers on your car, you aren't "Obama/Biden Democrats." Even though you've contributed money to the campaign, and think Obama is the best thing since sliced bread, and your proudly think of your self as an Obama Democrat, you aren't. Why? Because Jake Tapper and Mark Murray say so.

As I wrote to Tapper in his comments (and this being ABC News, we'll see how it stays up):

Please, Jake, you're better than this.

The actual candidates will of course take the high road, but it is rabid Obama/Biden supporters in the blogosphere and media--including your counterpart Brian Ross--that smear Palin and her family.

On the Blotter, Ross tried to portray a 1997 lawsuit filed against thrown out by a judge as a current scandal. The judge dismissed it for having no merit. But spin away, boys! It is what you do.

Gust this week Obama-supporting media have accused Obama of slashing funding for special needs programs when she actually raised them 175%, just as she was accused of slashing funding for pregnancy prevention programs when she raised those as well.

The Obama media lies about Sarah Palin, and then won't retract.

But are you referring to lies against her family only? How about the fevered insistence of left-wing "journalists" that Trig Palin was the son of his sister? How about media claims that Levi Johnston was being forced into a "shotgun marriage" with Bristol Palin, when they were already hoping to get married before they found out she was pregnant?

Americans have had a declining respect for the media at least since I was in j-school in the early 1990s. That decline is part of the reason I switched majors.

It looks like I made a smart choice.

John McCain and Sarah Palin have terrified the mainstream media/leftwing blogosphere, to the point they are now reduced to reporting direct lies.

CNNs Soledad O'Brien claimed that Palin, the mother of a Down's Syndrome child, cut funding for special needs programs 62-percent, a lie so blatant that even the openly pro-Obama partisans at the Daily Kos felt compelled to call them on it.

The Washington Post tried to claim that Governor Palin slashed funding for teen moms, when the very documents they show prove that she expanded funding by $3.9 million dollars.

At The Atlantic, the same out-of-control Obama partisan-who-will-not-be-named who demanded medical evidence to prove that Bristol Palin wasn't her brother's mother (even after she revealed her own concurrent pregnancy) doctored the headline of old news story to insinuate that while Sarah Palin was a mayor of town of thousands, that she was at fault for a rise in methamphetamine in an area the size of West Virginia.

Mainstream media journalists at the Associated Press lied and claimed Palin said the Iraq war was a mission from God. They lied. The truth of the matter is that only three suited fools from Chicago think they're on a mission from God, and Jake and Elwood aren't running.

The media—yes, those cheering fans spotted during Obama's acceptance speech—are more willing than ever to lie, cheat, and steal their way to an Obama advantage in this election.

It is pathetic. But it is what they have become.

Update: The comment cited above at ABC News? Deleted in less than a half-hour. Good thing there are such things as screen captures.

The last time this happened, Jake Tapper wrote to tell me he wasn't responsible for deleting comments and that he'd ask ABC News about it. Now he has another example to cite. He also just said via email that referring to him a s a member of the Obama-supporting media was "nonsense."

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 5, 2008 06:31 AM

Your comment is already gone.

I really can't believe that he posted the Chelsea Clinton joke.

Posted by: Neo at September 5, 2008 08:04 AM

I enjoyed the comment by LA2000, claiming that the Republicans don't trust Sarah to answer inpromptu questions...

I can't wait for the debates. She'll tear Biden a new one.

Posted by: Jayne Cobb at September 5, 2008 09:49 AM

The other poster you screen captured above says that Obama faces reporters and takes questions. The fact is Obama is NEVER asked anything of a serious nature or that is specifically about his past, his record, his association with ACORN and W. Ayers, allegations of voter fraud and corruption and so forth. Palin will be hit with smirking questions already having the smear in the question. Obama has never been seriously specific in his policy plans - just talks in generalities. Does the press ever ask him why he wrote two memoirs already? If Palin did they would be going over it with a fine tooth comb. Has the press ever dug into Obama's background to see if he has DUI's, love children, arrests, etc as they have to Palin.
Reporters are not our government - they act as if they are governing the people and we should do as they say. They are supposed to REPORT, and do that truthfully and unbiasedly.

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Posted by: Steve at September 5, 2008 10:46 AM

How can he call it nonsense after you proved your assertion with facts?

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at September 5, 2008 11:23 AM

It's easy to get fired up over the McCain, Palin ticket. I can't say enough about Sarah Palin. I liken her detractors to skaters who go down hard; legs akimbo, that look of disbelief. Again, were seeing them fold like lawn chairs. Its long overdue. Anyway, here's a clip from Jan & Dean. I found it apropos. Bet you cant watch just once: And how bout them Dems: true tales from the Pork-master General:

Posted by: Peggy McGilligan at September 5, 2008 02:16 PM

When ABC mis-reported the auction of Congress smear letter vs Limbaugh, ABC didn't just delete comments they didn't like, ABC edited them to change the meaning.

I'll never forget that.

Posted by: Looking Glass at September 5, 2008 06:13 PM

I can't tell if the media is in denial or just running scared.

Posted by: usinkorea at September 6, 2008 01:24 AM

These claims of cutting funding usually mean that the requested budget increase for the current year was reduced, not that the funds were cut below the inflation adjusted level of the prior year's budget.

Word games.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at September 6, 2008 11:24 AM