Yet another round of Palin polls that find her to be a wildly, wildly unpopular politician. So yes, you can be sure that Laura Bush's former flak and full-time (factually-challenged) Palin cheerleader, Andrew Malcolm, will not be detailing the results for LA Times readers.
It's true Malcolm routinely botches the facts when trying to portray Obama as "suddenly" falling in the polls. And yes, he just flat-out lied last week when he claimed Obama's approval rating was "souring" in the immediate aftermath of the health care vote. (The opposite was actually true.)
But it's also true that Malcolm's apparently allergic to writing up polling results that show his hero, Palin, to be almost painfully unpopular.
A death threat against a member of Congress -- any member of Congress -- is a deplorable thing and a very real cause for concern. You'd think pretty much everyone would agree with that, but that doesn't seem to be the case with NewsBusters' Brent Baker, who considers the videotaped death threat against Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) to be "real," in contrast to the recent threats against Democrats, which were "less-immediate."
That's the case Baker made in a blog post this morning headlined "No Time for a Real Threat as ABC and CBS Skip Arrest of Man Targeting GOP's Cantor":
NBC on Monday night squeezed in a few seconds for the arrest of "a Philadelphia man for threatening the life of the number two Republican in the House of Representatives, Eric Cantor of Virginia."
Yet after the networks led last week with less-immediate threats against Democrats, they weren't so interested in a real case of a death threat against a Republican as neither CBS nor ABC aired a word about the arrest and NBC's Brian Williams gave it short-shrift after leading last Wednesday with Democrats as the victims: "It's getting ugly as anger over health care reform erupts into some over-the-top rhetoric, including threats now against members of Congress."
Baker offered absolutely no explanation as to why the voicemails threatening the life of Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), or the images of nooses faxed to Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), were any less "real" than the threat against Cantor's life.
Baker actually came uncharacteristically close to having a legitimate complaint here. As I wrote above, any threat against a member of Congress is a serious thing, and there's a very good argument to be made that the media should afford them equal weight of coverage. Baker ran into problems, however, when he suggested that the "real" threat against Cantor merited coverage, whereas the threats against Democrats -- which he implied to be bogus -- did not.
That's not just bad media criticism, it's reflexive and disgusting partisanship.
From Washington Times editor emeritus Wesley Pruden's March 30 column:
We're not yet a nation wholly of whiners, but some of our congresspersons are working on it. Democrats who should have been taking a victory lap spent a week cowering in fear of the contents of a tea cup. No wonder real men - mostly but, by no means all, white - are shunning the Democrats.
The polling gurus are finding that millions of the white men who helped put Barack Obama in the White House are leaving the Democrats in great numbers, and this could lead to really bad news in November. Gallup finds that white male support for a Democratic Congress has fallen 8 percentage points since last summer, while the support of women has remained remarkably steady. White women who voted for Mr. Obama continue to support him, but only 38 percent of white men support him now. Unless the president and his party find a way to reverse this trend they must prepare for an epic bath nine months hence.
Accomplishing such a turnaround would require first of all for Democrats to pipe down about what a tough life they have. Life is real, often hard, and, as Damon Runyon famously said to a whiner at the poker table, "three out of three people die, so shut up and deal." Democrats in Congress who got their way in the health care "reform" debate are frightened now that the people they abused are angry and determined to do something about it. With the help of the compliant "mainstream" media, they have created the specter of a tsunami of hate, bigotry, racism, slander, rock-throwing, spitting, irritable bowel syndrome and seven-year itch. Sarah Palin has got the Democrats particularly spooked.
What the Democrats actually got were dirty looks, catcalls, and cries of "shame!" They accused their constituents of hurling naughty words, including "the N-word" (which has become more terrible than the A-bomb in modern usage) as well as sticks, stones and occasional bricks. Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan, who betrayed his anti-abortion allies who believed him when he vowed never, ever, to vote for legislation to make taxpayer-funded abortion easier, even insists that his life was threatened by unidentified evildoers.
What most Democratic whiners don't understand - and what some of their betters understand very well - is that people get mad when they're ignored and punished by consequences imposed on them. Barack Obama understands it, and is contemptuous of the backlash, as anyone knows who saw the curl of his lip and heard the disdain in his voice when he celebrated the signing of Obamacare.
The Democrats know they have shoved an unwanted and despised health care "reform" down the throats of Americans, and they understand that arrogance, like elections, sometimes invites consequences. Once upon a time the liberal establishment - now the terrified whiners - didn't have to worry about consequences, since it had silenced the great unwashed. But the unwashed have found their voice, and they're not giving it up.
From the March 30 broadcast of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
From Robinson's March 30 Washington Post column:
The episode highlights the obvious: For decades now, the most serious threat of domestic terrorism has come from the growing ranks of paranoid, anti-government hate groups that draw their inspiration, vocabulary and anger from the far right.
It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree by saying that there are "crazies on both sides." This simply is not true.
It is dishonest for right-wing commentators to insist on an equivalence that does not exist. The danger of political violence in this country comes overwhelmingly from one direction -- the right, not the left. The vitriolic, anti-government hate speech that is spewed on talk radio every day -- and, quite regularly, at Tea Party rallies -- is calibrated not to inform but to incite.
Demagogues scream at people that their government is illegitimate, that their country has been "taken away," that their elected officials are "traitors" and that their freedom is at risk. They have a right to free speech, which I will always defend. But they shouldn't be surprised if some listeners take them literally.
Last week we brought you news that during an appearance on Fox News' O'Reilly Factor Newsmax's James Hirsen said Nickelodeon promotes "political indoctrination," including "homosexual parenting." Well, this week it was Bill O'Reilly offering up the insightful political/media observations to Newsmax readers in the form of an "exclusive" interview.
Newsmax's Jim Meyers describes the interview thusly:
In an exclusive Newsmax interview, top-rated Fox News host Bill O'Reilly says President Barack Obama is seeking to turn the U.S. into a "nanny state" providing cradle-to-grave entitlements - a vision that will weaken the country.
He also declares that MSNBC trails far behind Fox in the ratings because they made the mistake of "hiring bad people" he calls "guttersnipes" - while CNN has lagged because it did not "change with the times."
And he challenges House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to sit down for an interview with him on the "no spin zone" - his prime-time show "The O'Reilly Factor."
Why Speaker Pelosi would ever choose to appear on the Factor is anyone's guess. Especially given the way O'Reilly and his pals have disparaged her at every turn over the years.
O'Reilly also takes shots at MSNBC, saying the network, "made the key mistake of hiring bad people. It's as simple as that. They've got a bunch of guttersnipes on their network and even if you're a liberal, which is what they sell, you don't like these people."
You can watch the entire interview below or here.
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 March 29 sponsors, in the order they appeared:
Glenn Beck opened his Fox News program today saying: "Welcome to a special edition of 'The Glenn Beck Program.' The story of America is really one of self-reliance and optimism, and profound faith. Not only in the context of religious freedom, but also in the unprecedented faith in the ability of human beings to control their own destiny."
Sound familiar? That's because it's from Beck's mini "documentary" film, The Revolutionary Holocaust: Life Free or Die." Today, Beck replayed his half-baked attempt to tie the atrocities of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Ernesto 'Che' Guevara to modern progressivism. We thought this would be a good opportunity to remind Beck's audience that back in January, when the special first appeared, numerous historians disputed Beck's claims in the film, calling it a "complete lie" representing an "alternative universe."