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Rasmussen: People are Seeing the Bias

Posted by Ryan on September 10, 2008

New numbers from Scott Rasmussen indicate that a full 51% of Likely Voters believe that the media is trying to hurt Sarah Palin, while only 5% think the MSM is trying to help her.  Only 35% think that the MSM has been providing unbiased coverage (wonder who they are voting for?).

It is pretty obvious what’s been happening in the MSM’s nearly open advocacy for Obama, especially to those of us who follow these developments closely, but it seems like the average likely voter is also seeing the bias.  At the end of the day, the impression that Palin is being mistreated only helps her amongst important voter groups, like independent women.

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RNC– Day 3: Sarah, Rudy, Mike and Mitt

Posted by Ryan on September 4, 2008

Last night’s Republican line-up was awesome!  When Republicans fight back and articulate our basic winning principles in such a fashion as last night, we’re very hard to beat.  After 9pm EDT the activities began in earnest:

Mitt Romney’s speech was pretty good.  I thought he started slow but really gained momentum when he articulated conservative principles in his call to “throw out the liberal government in Washington” saying “Republicans prefer straight talk to politically correct talk.”

Mike Huckabee’s speech, however, was excellent. Huckabee had many great lines including: “I’m not a Republican because I grew up rich. I’m a Republican because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life poor, waiting for the government to rescue me.”  He went on to tell a story about a teacher giving a lesson about the importance of veteran’s sacrifices in the service of our country.  It was great speech-making and hit home.

At 10pm EDT Rudy Giuliani showed up and ripped the Dems a new one!  It was absolutely awesome, with so  many good points, I can’t write them all here!  In my opinion, the line which may be one of the strongest to undecideds was about reading the resume of the two candidates for President while blanking out their names and parties.  It’s not even close who should be President.  Giuliani also filled the speech with tons of red meat, tearing Obama limb from limb!

Then came Sarah Palin

Actually, her speech was similar to her first speech last Friday, but the stage was completely different: so big, so important, everyone watching.  With only six networks showing Sarah Palin’s speech at about 10:30pm (compared to Obama’s 10), she still managed to pull 37 million viewers (just 1.1 million short of The One’s speech).  Good thing, too, she knocked this one out of the park and the MSM doesn’t know what to do with itself!  From suggesting that she didn’t write her speech, to that she shares nothing but a chromosome  with She Who Must Not Be Named and so forth, the Dems and their campaign wing, the Mainstream Media, are completely miffed and grasping at straws that will come back to bite them. 

The energy was electric and the moment historic.  Even the adorable little Piper Palin, Sarah’s youngest daughter, waving at her mom and the crowd with the excitement of a seven-year-old who’s never seen so many people clapping for her Mom, was perfect. 

10 out of 10 as far as I’m concerned. 

If I were Barack Obama, I’d be a worried today.  Very worried.

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Let the Smears Begin!

Posted by Ryan on September 2, 2008

It began today in earnest:  the MSM onslaught against the McCain-Palin ticket is in full force after using the Labor Day holiday to figure out a way to attack McCain-Palin.  It’s been tricky.

Drudge has a good balance of the smearing on his site, including McCain’s response to what’s been going on since Friday at around 12:50 pm EDT: race and class war if Obama loses; pandering to women who feel sorry for Palin the Victim; and of course, McCain’s deep political calculation and cynicism.

All of it further demonstrates the MSM’s double standards, as well as their fear that the McCain-Palin ticket might pull it off. If they weren’t such a big deal, they wouldn’t care so much, nor would they get so personal.  It makes sense though.  Many MSM members suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome, which has carried over to the republican name-brand.  If a Republican wins in the Fall, they might as well cash it in.  They MUST do what they have to do to prevent that, even if it means handicapping the race in favor of Obama, then they’ll see to it with passion.  It’s going to be a rough 63 days.

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Gitmo Conviction

Posted by Ryan on August 6, 2008

Weeping as the verdict was read, Bin Laden’s old driver Salim Hamdan was found guilty of terrorism, not conspiracy, by a six-member military tribunal.  Since he was only convicted on the first count, he’ll probably just have his stay at Gitmo extended for the rest of his life. 

US troops found him in a car in Afghanistan in November 2001 with two SAMs (surface-to-air missiles) in his car… but he claimed only to be a simple mechanic.  Perhaps a jury in LA would have bought that, but not this tribunal.  Wait, that could be sooner than later!

The MSM is all about the “split” nature of this decision and not the progress of having the trial produce a conviction in the first place.  Granted one only needs a majority of the tribunal to bring a conviction, but it’s a good start!  Despite the spin, I think this decision is great.  I think that bringing these trials earlier would also have had the effect of keeping terrorism in the news, while quieting the critics.

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Obama’s Media Darlings to Follow Him on Trip

Posted by Ryan on July 18, 2008

As if there was any doubt about the MSM’s Big Three network’s bias towards Barack Obama, this removes all suggestion to the contrary.  Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, and Katie Couric are all going along on the trip!  John McCain’s been to Iraq three times since campaigning began last year (that sound you hear is crickets), and eight times total since the war began.  The MSM isn’t even trying to hide the bias anymore!

Yet, Obama hasn’t been to Iraq since January 2006 and has never visited the “real war” in Afghanistan, so all Big Three anchors will follow their clinically narcissistic and vain Good Shepherd around Europe and the Mideast, drooling, fawning, basking.  I guess that it should be big news that Obama was guilted and cornered into taking this trip… by John McCain of all people!  No mention of that in front of the Savior.  In fact, some in the MSM are blaming the McCain camp for making this a bigger story than it otherwise would have been!  So, McCain controls the media now?  Hmm.

This trip will strain one’s objective credulity worse than Greta Van Susteran’s hanging out in Aruba for months looking for Natalee Holloway — what a hard assignment that must have been: very few breaks in the story but lots and lots of sunshine!  It’ll be like watching the Big Three have spontaneous orgasms every night on TV, as they swoon over their chosen savior.  Get your V-Chips ready!  Good thing I don’t watch those networks.  I honestly don’t know anyone under 50 who does watch them more than once a week.  I’ll hear what’s going on when Brit Hume lets me know. 

What makes this whole affair worse is that Obama’s trip to Europe, Iraq and Afghanistan will probably be paid for by the taxpayers since the trip is being billed as a “fact-finding mission.”  Belonging to a Union I know what it feels like to have your money going to a campaign of someone you do not like and would never vote for.  I hope people take notice of this:  that, in the words of Rush fill-in Jed Babbin, the MSM has become a very large and very powerful “527” in Obama’s favor.

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Finishing the “Real War” in Iraq

Posted by Ryan on July 17, 2008

There’s this story going around the AP this morning which indicates that some soldiers are longing to go to the “real war” in Afghanistan, as Iraq is becoming the more quiet of the two battlefields lately.  With violence against Coalition troops in Iraq on pace to be the lowest in years and the Dems even having to accept the Surge’s success, this story reveals two major points in my opinion: 

1.  Our soldiers are awesome, ready for a fight wherever they happen to be sent, even longing for a chance to kill the bad guys.  As professional soldiers, soldiering is their job, so I’m very glad they take pride and have enthusiasm for their work. 

2.  The AP and the MSM are essentially embracing the Democrat’s position on Iraq, that the “real” bad guys are in Afghanistan and that the fight there should be escalated quickly.  This has been their narrative for five years, stating that Iraq was a distraction from the real War on Terror, even though Bin Laden himself believes that Iraq was the central front in the War on Terror.  What does he know, right?  Nonetheless, it’s a position designed to attack Bush and the Republicans on their strongest electoral issue historically, dealing with terrorism, and it’s obviously transparent and won’t work with flip-flop Obama as their spokesman.

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Phil Gramm’s Nation of Whiners

Posted by Ryan on July 11, 2008

Wednesday, Phil Gramm, former Senator from Texas and Presidential candidate back in 1996, said the following in an interview with the Washington Times:

“You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession,” he said, noting that growth has held up at about 1 percent despite all the publicity over losing jobs to India, China, illegal immigration, housing and credit problems and record oil prices. “We may have a recession; we haven’t had one yet.”

“We have sort of become a nation of whiners,” he said. “You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline” despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy, he said.

Gramm also happens to be John McCain’s top economic adviser.  Calling the electorate “whiners” is not a good formula for victory, so McCain threw Gramm under the bus yesterday for the comments, which the MSM was gleeful in saturation reporting of this — plus, it got Jesse Jackson’s castration threat of Obama off the front page real fast!

On the merits, Gramm or anyone in politics needs to know that it’s much easier to understand how $4.50 at the pump hurts the average commuter rather than the technical definition of recession as two consecutive quarters of negative growth or economic contraction.  Technically, we’re not in recession — so Gramm is right. 

But, the electorate has the right to complain, don’t they?  Right.  So, Gramm clarified his statements later saying that he meant it is the MSM and our leaders who are being doom-and-gloomy, which is giving the public a false economic picture when looking at the facts.  Again, Gramm is right about the fundamentals of his argument, but the MSM is not any Republican’s friend, and statements like this are giving the Dems another reason to use the age-old argument that Republicans are just a bunch of country-club blue-bloods out of touch with the average American.

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Headscarves are Out in the Obama-Nation

Posted by Ryan on June 18, 2008

In an Obama Nation, those traditional Muslim headscarves (hijabs) that some women wear will not be allowed in photo-ops.  At least that’s what happened in Detroit on Monday

The Obama camp apologized for what two of his campaign’s volunteers did on Monday by asking two women with hijabs to get off the stage.  Both volunteers gave different excuses: a heightened fear of Muslims by Americans, versus just making sure no one with headscarves or baseball caps were on stage for security reasons!  I know Obama is very touchy about his middle name (Hussein), so I’m not convinced that these incidents were done accidentally or without any wink-wink/nudge-nudges. 

Imagine what the MSM would do if John McCain’s Republican volunteers in two separate instances at a rally asked Muslims to remove their hijabs or get off the stage and out of the cameras?  I wonder how much play that would have gotten in the MSM?  I think I know the answer to that — and we wouldn’t have waited until Wednesday to hear about this incident either. 

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Now John McCain has a Crazy Reverend? Nice Try.

Posted by Ryan on May 4, 2008

Liberal New York Times Opinion Editorial Columnist Frank Rich wrote this piece, trying to play “gotcha” with John McCain over John Hagee, a radical white preacher who has endorsed McCain.  Where Rich’s argument collapses is about when Rich says: “It boils down to this: Mr. McCain was not a parishioner for 20 years at Mr. Hagee’s church.”  Well, that’s that — that is what makes all the difference!

There are plenty of crazies that are going to endorse whoever they are going to endorse in the course of this campaign.  It happens every year!  Rich’s disclaimer makes the point as to why most Americans have reacted so sharply towards Obama and Wright.  There isn’t a double standard: Obama is a relative unknown who wants the most important job in the world.  Hence the scrutiny that should have occurred earlier in Obama’s career is happening now — early in his career.

But, oh no, that’s not enough for Rich!  He declares open season on John McCain as a clearly transparent attempt to numb the pain Barack Obama is feeling over his crazy Reverend by essentially saying “you too.”  He also plays “nyah nyah” by essentially inferring towards the end of this piece that since there are so many Hispanics in America, it doesn’t matter what happens to this Republican “double standard” because Republicans are doomed.

Nice try, but I don’t think this will stick, despite the MSM’s best efforts.  He’s not the only one to bring this up over the last eight weeks and surely won’t be the last.  I can’t wait for Wright’s book tour this Fall just to see how MSM shills like Rich react to the continuing damage done Obama towards election day.

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Don’t Stop the NCGOP Ad!

Posted by Ryan on April 25, 2008

I know I’m going to disagree with John McCain more times than my conscience will like, but he needs to back off this one. The North Carolina Republican Party is trying to paint a Barack Obama out of touch with mainstream North Carolinians by citing Obama’s close relationship to the crazy Reverend Wright.

Here’s the ad which is causing all sorts of stress for the GOP right now:

John McCain calls the NCGOP as “out of touch” for airing such an ad.  It’s not out of touch, it’s a decent ad which highlights real voter concerns in a local election.  For McCain to come out before the MSM to condemn this ad, he’s adding unnecessary friction within the GOP at a time when we need to sit back and enjoy the other side’s breakdown.  Obama’s people are already painting this as McCain’s inability to control his own peeps.  Unfortunately, I’m sure this will not be the last time parts of the GOP clash with McCain this year in such a fashion. 

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LA Times Plays Age, Disability Card on McCain

Posted by Ryan on April 24, 2008

While the Democrats are in a locked Pyrrhic duel to the political death, the MSM (represented this time by the LA Times) has run this bigoted hit-piece on John McCain.  It’s really sad that they’ve gone this low, yet it’s hypocritical at the same time.

The crux of the argument infers that McCain’s too old, sick and disabled to be President because of McCain’s tax-free disability pension he receives from the government.

Upon entering the Oval Office Ronald Reagan was already old, John Kennedy was already very sick, and Franklin D. Roosevelt was already disabled.  Should none of these folks have been President because “questions have been raised” about their health status? 

This is the second time the MSM have tried to outright disqualify John McCain from this race in an attempt to guarantee the Dems a victory in pure “gotcha” mold:  remember the ridiculous questions about his birth eligibility?  That’s what makes this both hypocritical and a little bit funny: should someones age or health demographic disqualify them if they’re Constitutionally eligible to become President?  If we follow that logic then how about one’s race or gender, LA Times

No, something tells me that I don’t think that’s a problem for the folks in that Left Coast newspaper’s editorial room.  Nor should it be!  I hope aged-Americans are paying attention to the media’s bias here.  It’s not the first or the last time these questions will be raised before November.

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MSM Attacks Lead to Actual Attacks!

Posted by Ryan on March 24, 2008

So says a Harvard study on that very topic. 

I guess it takes a study by a group of leftist Ivy-League brainiacs (economists of all people!) to figure something out that makes perfect sense to us normal folk:  “anti-resolve” statements in our press correlate to increased attacks by insurgents in Iraq, who by and large have access to our media too.

Apparently this study has been out a while — my link is dated March 12 — yet I only heard about it on the news tonight: Fox News, of course, on Special Report with Brit Hume’sGrapevine” segment!

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