Thanks to Andrew Breitbart, who has turned conservative media criticism into a laughing stock with his pointless, fact-free rants, the genre is pretty much a joke at this point. Yet even against that backdrop, this comical, RW attempt at dissecting the New York Times is rather priceless in terms of ineptitude.
And surprise! it unfolded at CPAC.
Here's the bulk of the complaint, as reported by Washington Independent:
But another young conservative, whose video exposes have made him a star on the right, has taken a lot more flak at CPAC than O'Keefe. Jason Mattera, the media spokesman for Young Americans for Freedom, gave a speech promoting his book "Obama Zombies" that the New York Times's Kate Zernike pilloried for its "racial tones" and "racial stereotypes," comparing his tone of voice to Chris Rock. Mattera, who has a thick Brooklyn accent, couldn't believe it.
"She couldn't take a minute to find out that I'm from Brooklyn?" Mattera told TWI. "Guess what? Chris Rock is from Brooklyn, too. It's unbelievable. Calling somebody a 'racist' is the most damaging accusation you can make." He encouraged TWI to investigate how the story was written. "If you see her, you could ask her, reporter to reporter, why didn't she find that out?"
Huh? Right-winger Mattera, who caused a buzz by linking Obama to cocaine at CPAC yesterday, is angry the NYT didn't know he was from Brooklyn because Chris Rock is from Brooklyn.
That doesn't even make any sense.
Whether or not Mattera is from Brooklyn is utterly irrelevant which, I'm guessing, is why the NYT didn't bother to report it out. The Times never claimed the `winger wasn't from Brooklyn. All the Times reporter did, in a passing phrase, was liken Mattera's delivery to Chris Rock. Period. End of story. But adopting the perpetual RW whine, Mattera thinks it's a big deal the newspaper didn't post his bio, or something.
Honestly, just too dumb for words.
Why play dumb? Because the CPAC attendees are very serious conservatives. At least according to the press, which apparently is willing to wear three-inch thick blinders in order to to not report on the hateful craziness that CPAC always descends into.
One of yesterday's obvious examples came when a featured speaker claimed that Obama's "notion of freedom" consistted of snorting cocaine. Of course, the line drew a huge laugh from the crowd:
But like I said, good look finding any reference to that in today's coverage. In fact. good luck finding any references to the unhinged hate on display at CPAC. The press just won't go there.
UPDATED: Credit the New York Times. According to Nexis, it was the only major news org today that alerted news consumers to the CPAC's "cocaine" attack.
From the February 19 edition of Fox News' Fox and Friends:
From the February 19 edition of Fox News' Fox and Friends:
At least 80 advertisers have reportedly dropped their ads from Glenn Beck's Fox News program since he called President Obama a "racist" who has a "deep-seated hatred for white people." Here are his February 18 sponsors, in the order they appeared:
*Allergan, Inc was previously erroneously identified as a parent company of Hydroxatone, LLC. Media Matters regrets the error.
Washington Post, Newsweek, and ABC News commentator George Will is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the CPAC 2010 presidential banquet tonight, bestowing the prestige of these media outlets on the conservative gathering. Here is a sampling of some of the things that have been said so far at CPAC events being televised by C-SPAN:
Further information on CPAC speaker Kevin McCullough is available here: Meet CPAC speaker, "XPAC" youth outreach leader and gay-hating bigot Kevin McCullough
From a February 18 post by the Washington Post's Stephen Lowman:
In this era of blog wildfires, one fast-moving flame can be quenched before it scorches the facts. First lady Michelle Obama did not stock the White House library with socialist books.
The only problem is the books Port photographed have been sitting in the library since 1963.
The library came into being during the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. In 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy asked Yale University librarian James T. Babb to oversee a committee that would select books for the library. In 1963, 1,780 were placed on the shelves.
"The White House library is a reference and recreational library for the use of the President, his family, and official staff," wrote Babb in the forward to "The White House Library: A Short Title List," a document from the White House Historical Association.
"It is intended to contain books which best represent the history and culture of the United States, works most essential for an understanding of our national experience. The collection has to be strictly limited because the attractive library on the ground floor of the White House has shelf space for only twenty-five hundred volumes. Authors, with few exceptions, are citizens of the United States; fiction and poetry by deceased writers only have been included."
"The American Socialist Movement, 1897-1912" by Ira Kinnis and "The Socialist Party of America" by David Shannon are included on that original list of books, along with books about the two national parties, communism and still others about socialism.
Babb told The New York Times in 1963 that there was "bound to be criticism" of the choices. "There will still be people telling us what should be in this library, but we'll just have to be adamant," he said.
It is impossible to know if the White House guide misspoke, or Port misheard.
"I guess if they have been in there since the 1960s then they have been there through several presidents," Port said when asked about the discovery. "All I said was that our tour guide told us they were chosen by the First Lady. I thought the books were interesting in the larger context, but now I guess it is what it is."
From The Fox Nation, accessed February 18:
From the February 18 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:
A front-page, above-the-fold February 18 Washington Post article -- carrying the print-edition headline "Growth hasn't hit payrolls a year into the stimulus effort" -- begins by asserting that "The giant economic stimulus package enacted a year ago has helped stabilize the economy but has not made much of a dent in the nation's vast unemployment," adding, "The Obama administration is acknowledging that its program of spending cuts and tax breaks has yet to ease joblessness."
But that's not what the rest of the article reported.
The paragraph immediately following the one asserting that "The Obama administration is acknowledging that its program of spending cuts and tax breaks has yet to ease joblessness" quotes President Obama as saying, "You can argue, rightly, that we haven't made as much progress as we need to make when it comes to spurring job creation." That is not an acknowledgment that the stimulus bill has "yet to ease joblessness" -- it's an admission that joblessness hasn't been eased enough, not that no progress has occurred.
This is followed a few paragraphs later by this statement: "Many economic analysts also agree with the administration's claims that the stimulus law has created or preserved 2 million jobs and that the number will total 3.5 million by the time the spending ultimately plays out."
If "many economic analysts" agree that the stimulus" has created or preserved 2 million jobs," doesn't that completely contradict the headline's claim that "growth hasn't hit payrolls a year into the stimulus effort"?
Further, as the Economic Policy Institute has pointed out, without the stimulus bill, the unemployment rate would be 11 percent, not the 9.7 percent it was in January, which would seem to be another contradiction of the headline.
Someone at the Post seems to have noted this, albeit belatedly. The headline of the online version of the article now reads "White House crafts jobs bill, a year into stimulus effort." That's much closer to the truth.
Meet Kevin McCullough.
McCullough wants to "hang" with students and under-30s attending CPAC. McCullough and Sharks in Venice star Stephen Baldwin have assembled something called the "XPAC" lounge, a.k.a. the "ultimate in cool." There, young folks can find "free food, films, games, and more" -- like meeting noted youth icon Brit Hume. According to McCullough and Baldwin, it'll be "GNARLY," which I understand to be one greater than tubular.
Speaking today at CPAC, McCullough told the audience that "saving freedom" from academia and government is the "greatest task" asked of a generation except "perhaps" the WWII generation, young conservative activists "will not sit at the back of the bus," and he's "not that terribly disturbed" that birther promoter J.D. Hayworth is challenging John McCain.
McCullough, a radio host and Townhall.com blogger, has apparently "been called the heir apparent to Dobson and Falwell" and "advocates for such shocking things as absolute truth." Indeed, "ultimate in cool" organizer McCullough has made a career out of bashing gays for their "perverse" lifestyle of "nihilism, narcissism and compulsive sexual addiction." A brief history:
This is the guy CPAC is using to reach students and young Americans?