It's a couple days old, but this is pretty weak stuff from Politifact and deserves a quick look.
Following the right-wing's freakout regarding second graders who sang Obama's praise during Black History Month, Politifact decided to determine whether the allegations in RNC chief Michael Steele's fundraising letter, in which he denounced the school children's performance, were true.
In his plea for cash, Steele denounced the song as "indoctrination" and an example of "fanaticism" that was sweeping the country. He also claimed the performance represented, "the type of propaganda you would see in Stalin's Russia or Kim Jong Il's North Korea."
Incredibly, Politifact concluded Steele's claims were true. Actually, Politifact punted on most of Steele's outrageous allegations:
You can argue whether or not Steele laid the political rhetoric on a little too thick.
The fact we wanted to check was the question that immediately popped into our head when we saw the video, "Did this really happen at a public school?"
Oh brother. Steele claimed the kids were part of a propaganda exercises straight out of communist Russia, and were the victims of insidious "indoctrination." But Politifact didn't want to bother itself with those fiery allegations. (It's merely "rhetoric.") Instead, it simply wanted to determine if the video took place in a public school.
Gee, that must have been tricky since, y'know, the public school in question confirmed the video was filmed there.
Next time Politifact is confronted with egregious, fact-free allegations by the RNC chief, researchers there ought to not look away in order to confirm a mundane fact that's not even in dispute.
From an October 1 "You Decide" online poll on FoxNews.com:
This is why it's hard to take the Beltway press corps seriously. After weeks of teeth-gnashing about how Obama was supposedly overexposed, The Note switches gears:
Remember back when President Obama was everywhere?
A president whose new, new push on health care was all about active engagement, and flooding the messaging zone, has now gone two weeks without holding a health care rally. Since pulling off the full Sunday spin cycle two weekends ago, the health care interviews have ceased.
It's like the Goldilocks approach to journalism: Obama gives a handful interviews and he's too hot! Obama doesn't give interviews and he's too cold!
Oh brother. I don't remember this kind of almost hourly temperature-taking during the Bush years.
From Ted Nugent's October 1 HumanEvents.com column:
Jimmy Carter is either a racist or an idiot or both. Probably both, tinged with a little senility.
Carter recently made the statement that he believes racism is at the core of the angst by those who are protesting Barry O's policies and programs.
Schindler's list was probably racist too. Bad deal, criticizing the naked Emperor like that.
With beliefs and statements such as these, one has to wonder if Jimmy Boy still lusts after other women or if Rosslyn has finally tamed the beast.
When the left-wing moonbats and their toxic, dopey, hippie-inspired ideas are cornered and exposed, they will often revert to hollow and tired charges of racism in hopes of deflecting the blazing light of truth. These are the actions of a racist. What say you, Peanut Boy?
The Democrats know that without the support of black Americans their political party is doomed --a t least until they can addict the immigrants who have arrived over our southern border. Get them dependent on Fedzilla handouts, and the Democrats believe they can own their votes.
Meanwhile, the condition of black America continues to erode because our government keeps it so. How sad. How totally unnecessary.
You don't need to be an historian to see who the real racists are in America. Jimmy Boy, Barry O and others have been destroying black America for decades for their votes. That's the ugliest side of racism.
Here's the Big Government headline [emphasis added]:
Massive Voter Fraud in NY Linked to ACORN
Wow, sounds like a big deal. And Big Government even linked to a legit news org for the details, the Albany Times Union. Here's the newspaper's excerpt that Big Government posted:
Dozens of forged and fraudulent absentee ballots from people registered to vote on the Working Families Party line were filed in the Sept. 15 primary elections in Troy. Documents at the county Board of Elections show the fraudulent ballots were handled by or prepared on behalf of various elected officials and leaders and operatives for the Democratic and Working Families parties. There may be as many as 50 absentee ballots that were forged, according to people close to the case. Countywide, there were 126 absentee ballots applied for on the Working Families Party line. Okay. A) In the world of Big Government, 50 questionable absentee ballots qualifies as "massive voter fraud." Good to know. And B) What does any of that have to do with ACORN, which we're told is "linked" to the case? Well, according to the Times Union, the fraud case has nothing to do with ACORN. In fact, ACORN is never mentioned in the article; an article Big Government flagged as proof of a massive ACORN fraud case. The "link" only came when Big Government rolled out its right-wing attempt at guilt-by-association. It only worked when Big Government linked to partisan GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone, that paragon of good taste, to spell out the supposed link.
Dozens of forged and fraudulent absentee ballots from people registered to vote on the Working Families Party line were filed in the Sept. 15 primary elections in Troy.
Documents at the county Board of Elections show the fraudulent ballots were handled by or prepared on behalf of various elected officials and leaders and operatives for the Democratic and Working Families parties.
There may be as many as 50 absentee ballots that were forged, according to people close to the case. Countywide, there were 126 absentee ballots applied for on the Working Families Party line.
Okay. A) In the world of Big Government, 50 questionable absentee ballots qualifies as "massive voter fraud." Good to know.
And B) What does any of that have to do with ACORN, which we're told is "linked" to the case? Well, according to the Times Union, the fraud case has nothing to do with ACORN. In fact, ACORN is never mentioned in the article; an article Big Government flagged as proof of a massive ACORN fraud case.
The "link" only came when Big Government rolled out its right-wing attempt at guilt-by-association. It only worked when Big Government linked to partisan GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone, that paragon of good taste, to spell out the supposed link.
Andrew Breitbart seems to be upset that Media Matters keeps picking apart his online reporting. Apparently Breitbart wants to be a player in conservative "journalism," he just doesn't want anyone else to point out the gaping holes in the stuff that gets posted on his sites.
From a September 30 post on former Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Eric Black's MinnPost blog:
My friend and former colleague Katherine Kersten connected a few non-existing dots in a Sunday Strib column to imply that the demonic ACORN may have stolen the 2008 MN Sen. election for Al Franken. She offers precisely zero particles of evidence that any improper act by ACORN resulted a single improper vote for Franken being counted, or even rejected. Of course, she didn't say that such a thing occurs, she merely puts together facts from other states, the current ACORN embarrassments in other states, notes that ACORN was active in voter registration in Minnesota, that ACORN supported both Franken and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, and concludes with a question:
"Did ACORN folks pull some fast ones to help get their favorite son Franken elected - a win that handed Democrats the 60-vote, veto-proof majority that they needed to enact their liberal agenda?"
She does not note, as basic fairness might have required, that despite the enormous scrutiny given to the Minnesota election, neither Norm Coleman nor any of his attorneys ever alleged that such a thing had occurred and in fact specified to the Supreme Court that it was making no allegation of fraud in the election.
As I've written before, the lack of any evidence of fraud, or even attempted fraud, in this excruciatingly close, highly scrutinized election is something of which Minnesota should be proud.
From conservative web publisher Andrew Breitbart's Twitter account:
From the September 30 edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck:
More than 60 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 of white people." Here are his September 30 sponsors, in the order they appeared:
* Correction: Media Matters incorrectly identified this advertiser as GFI. We regret the error.
As the Daily Howler notes today, too bad Friedman didn't make that blindingly obvious conclusion, y'know, during the 1990's. Instead, at the time Friedman stuck to the preferred NYT script and treated the phony Whitewater story as a big deal.
Here's the passage in question for Friedman's column today [emphasis added]:
Sometimes I wonder whether George H.W. Bush, president "41," will be remembered as our last "legitimate" president. The right impeached Bill Clinton and hounded him from Day 1 with the bogus Whitewater "scandal." George W. Bush was elected under a cloud because of the Florida voting mess, and his critics on the left never let him forget it.
Writes the Howler:
Friedman has been a columnist at the Times roughly since the invention of noise. According to the Nexis records, his first reference to "Bill Clinton" occurred in March 1992. But his first reference to "Whitewater" didn't occur for five years after that! And how weird! This is what he wrote at that time, about this bogus non-scandal:
FRIEDMAN (5/19/97): Does Ken Starr do diplomacy?
I ask because it's now clear that NATO expansion is the Whitewater of the Clinton foreign policy. Like Whitewater, NATO expansion began with a poorly financed, poorly conceived real estate deal, sold to Bill Clinton by fast-talking policy hucksters...Like Whitewater, the cover-up is worse than the original deal, and the ultimate costs far greater than if he had just walked away.
Today, Friedman dismisses Whitewater as as a "bogus" "scandal." But during the Clinton years, when press elites hyped the pointless saga, Friedman played along.