In which Newt eviscerates CNN’s John King

January 20, 2012

There’s no other way to describe it: John King, moderating last night’s debate in Charleston, SC, opened with a question about salacious allegations made by Gingrich’s second ex-wife. The former Speaker then gutted King and the MSM in front of the entire nation, calling them out for their biased coverage. It was a thing of beauty, an instant classic. The only thing missing was King falling to his knees in tears to beg for mercy.

Enjoy, my friends:

Now, I’m not much of a fan in Gingrich, though I admire his intellectual acuity; he has a lot of good ideas (and a lot of bad ones). But, were he to become the nominee, I would so look forward to the debates with Obama. The president would be reduced to a quivering mound of Jello.

And I’d need extra popcorn.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


At least Newsweek is honest

January 16, 2012

This really is what the intelligentsia in the MSM, academia, and the leadership of the Democratic Party think of most of the nation:

I don’t know about you, but I prefer this honest contempt to the patronizing variety we usually get.

For those not familiar with Andrew Sullivan, he had been blogger for The Atlantic, until he went off the deep end with wild conspiracy theories about THE TRUTH behind the birth of Trig Palin. Now he writes, supposedly as a conservative, for (what’s left of) Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

But we’re the dumb ones.

via Newsbusters

UPDATE: Joel Pollak asks, “Why is Andrew Sullivan so dumb?”

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Klavan on the Culture: Michele Bachmann makes a gaffe!!!

July 15, 2011

Andrew Klavan has decided it’s too much fun not to participate in the mainstream media’s latest game: waiting for Representative Michele Bachmann to get something wrong so they can make fun of her.

Pay no attention to that chap in the background:

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Katrina was newsworthy; Midwest floods, not so much

June 12, 2011

And the difference seems to be the letter after the President’s name, in this case a D instead of a R.

At Pajamas Media, Roger Kimball thinks back to the hysteria-laden criticism of the Bush administration during and after Hurricane Katrina and, in a photo essay, wonders why everyone is so quiet, now. Here’s one sample:

To which Roger asks:

Why is the MSM not demanding to know where are the FEMA trucks and trailers and food services?

Good question. Click through for more.

Afterthought:

And yet Sarah Palin’s email records as governor are so important that the MSM goes into a feeding frenzy and begs the public for help? Seriously?


Sunday Funnies: Klavan on the Culture

November 7, 2010

Forget Survivor and Jersey Shore, Andrew Klavan brings us the best reality show yet: Lies! Deceit! Treachery! You too can be a Mainstream Media reporter!

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


California congressman plays dumb, fails

July 13, 2010

Alternative headline: “California congressman thinks his constituents are dumb, gets surprise.” At a town-hall meeting in Reseda, Representative Brad Sherman (D-Oligarchy) tried to deny knowing anything about the voter-intimidation suit against the New Black Panther Party or the Holder Justice Department’s dropping of a case it had won. As you’ll see, his constituents weren’t buying it:

This is another example that shows how the progressives and their “moderate” enablers in the Democratic Party can’t rely anymore on being shielded by the mainstream media’s slanted coverage or non-coverage. Thanks to the Internet, the MSM’s role as gatekeeper is over. Whether it’s via a cable network such as Fox, Center-Right news and opinion aggregators such as Pajamas Media or Real Clear Politics, the moderate to conservative blogosphere, or just individuals armed with video cameras and a YouTube account, there are too many holes in the Great Wall of the Liberal Media to keep alternative opinions at bay. As our elected representatives discovered during the health-care town halls last summer, their voters are informed and willing to ask questions – and they expect answers, not feigned ignorance or stonewalls or temper tantrums.

Much to their chagrin and the public’s benefit.

LINKS: More at Power Line and Big Government.

RELATED: An earlier post about the NBPP and Holder’s Department of Injustice.


What if the MSM had been at D-Day?

June 6, 2010

A bit of rueful humor for the anniversary of the Normandy landings. The Combat Report asks, what if the modern mainstream media had covered D-Day?

BONUS: Some neat color footage of the war in France, from the landings at Normandy to the liberation of Paris.

UPDATE: How our President honored D-Day in a time of war, no less. Quote:

“Security is not something that comes from the barrel of a gun,” he told the crowd.

He just does not get it.  Doh

WALK-BACK: Hold the outrageous outrage, it was  Archbishop Tutu, one of the honorees at the party the President attended, who said that stupid quote. See the second link. (But Obama still doesn’t get it.)


The media finally notices the bigotry of the Left?

April 11, 2010

Recently, a series of vicious and bigoted phone messages left for an African-American professor who was opposed to ObamaCare drew media attention. At Big Government, Bob Parks vents his disgust… at the media:

When I read Monica Crowley’s piece on Big Government, I must admit to being thoroughly disgusted.

Not because she posted racial-slur laden voicemails sent to Dr. Christopher Metzler, Associate Dean of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University because of his opposition to ObamaCare. No, I am disgusted because for years the mainstream media has invited black conservatives on their radio and television programs to be an opposing voice to the black liberals who are often sought as the voice of black America. We’ve told them (off the record) of the response we normally get after our appearances.

We know what the headlines would read if something were said to annoy Al Sharpton. But it took racist phonecalls to a dean to invoke outrage.

I know many other black conservatives have endured the racial slurs from the left for decades, and the media has never had our backs.

Parks then goes through a long list of racist attacks by the Left against Black conservatives that the media has ignored.

(Argh. Hit “publish” instead of save draft. The rest of the post follows….)

The question is why this happens. Why does the media regularly ignore churlish behavior originating on the Left that they gleefully expose when it comes from the Right?

For some, I’m sure, it’s ideological: the American mainstream media largely skews Left, and they’re supporting their allies. For example, look at the extensive effort of Dan Rather and other figures at CBS to smear President George W. Bush in order to help Senator John Kerry just before the 2004 election. (An overview of the scandal: Rathergate)

For others, though, I think it’s just the self-perception of virtue causing a form of blindness: “Our side is the good side; they’re the racists. We just can’t be guilty of the same thing. When we characterize Condoleezza Rice as Mammy, or Michael Steele as Sambo, that’s legitimate satire.” This refusal to see fault in one’s own side is the more common reason I think, and something not limited to the Left.


Henry Waxman and the knowledge problem

April 5, 2010

Let’s get past the obvious, first: Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) is a statist thug. He’s upset that corporations have begun reporting the very real costs they’ll incur under ObamaCare, even though they’re required to do so by law, so he’s scheduled show trials hearings at which to chastise them. After all, health-care reform was supposed to bring only good to America, wasn’t it?

Trouble is, as Glenn Reynolds points out, would-be statists like Waxman always run up against a brick wall: there’s too much information for them to process efficiently in order to run a command economy, so they regularly face surprises like the corporate announcements. Call it the knowledge problem:

Economist Friedrich Hayek explained in 1945 why centrally controlled “command economies” were doomed to waste, inefficiency, and collapse: Insufficient knowledge. He won a Nobel Prize. But it turns out he was righter than he knew.

In his “The Use of Knowledge In Society,” Hayek explained that information about supply and demand, scarcity and abundance, wants and needs exists in no single place in any economy. The economy is simply too large and complicated for such information to be gathered together.

Any economic planner who attempts to do so will wind up hopelessly uninformed and behind the times, reacting to economic changes in a clumsy, too-late fashion and then being forced to react again to fix the problems that the previous mistakes created, leading to new problems, and so on.

Market mechanisms, like pricing, do a better job than planners because they incorporate what everyone knows indirectly through signals like price, without central planning.

Thus, no matter how deceptively simple and appealing command economy programs are, they are sure to trip up their operators, because the operators can’t possibly be smart enough to make them work.

In this case, Waxman and his progressive-statist allies didn’t realize that imposing vast new regulations would trip other regulations that forced the revelation of information harmful to their political position – and perhaps their political careers. As Reynolds points out, there’s a silver lining in this: as Waxman, Pelosi, and Obama keep trying to create a command economy, they’ll step on more and more of these mines because they can never have all the information they need. These will serve as regular reminders to the people that government that’s too big simply can’t do the job and should be shrunk down to size.

The dark cloud behind that silver lining, however, is that getting there is likely to be painful.

FURTHERMORE: Dan Riehl discusses the mainstream media’s role in abetting the Waxmans of the world:

When news broke of ATT and others promptly announcing write downs after ObamaCare passed, only the Wall Street Journal shed much light on what was really taking place. And they only did that several graphs down. Most mass media outlets simply let the narrative stand that, government passed a law to help the little guy, now big business Republicans have hit back by citing earnings woes, yadda, yadda. Whether due to rushing, bias, or simple incompetence, as the story played out across America, the mainstream media did less to inform the country, than they did to inflame it, while feeding into whatever one’s preconceived notions might have already been.

It’s going to be hard to expose the knowledge problem unless the major media, on which most of the public depends, starts doing its job and stops being a facilitator.

LINKS: More at Hot Air.