E-Mails Reveal Justice Department Coordinating With Media to Spin Scandals

September 18, 2012 at 9:00 am (Eric Holder, Hans von Spakovsky, J. Christian Adams, Justice Department, Media Bias, Media Matters, New Black Panther Party, Scandal)

They do this over in state-run media loving China, don’t they?

Via the Daily Caller:

Internal Department of Justice emails obtained by The Daily Caller show Attorney General Eric Holder’s communications staff has collaborated with the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America in an attempt to quell news stories about scandals plaguing Holder and America’s top law enforcement agency.
Dozens of pages of emails between DOJ Office of Public Affairs Director Tracy Schmaler and Media Matters staffers show Schmaler, Holder’s top press defender, working with Media Matters to attack reporters covering DOJ scandals. TheDC obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. 
(RELATED: Complete coverage of Media Matters for America)
Emails sent in September and November 2010 show Schmaler working with Media Matters staffer Jeremy Holden on attacking news coverage of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation scandal.
Holden attacked former DOJ Civil Rights Division attorneys J. Christian Adams and Hans von Spakovsky on Sept. 20, 2010 for what he called an attempt “to reignite the phony New Black Panther Party scandal.”

Read the rest here… 

This story should be a bombshell to the American people, but let’s see how the Obama-friendly media spins it.  The reason any government official coordinating with the media is big news is because this is what they do in Communist countries.  It’s propoganda.

The fact that they coordinated with Media Matters is even more troublesome, because in another Daily Caller investigation, the group had bragged about writing the ‘prime time’ news for other media outlets.

Coordinated, undeniable, media bias.

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Comic Relief: Concerned Citizen on Media – You’re ‘Suck Ups’ with Your ‘Embroidered Knee Pads’

September 14, 2012 at 7:20 am (Embroidered Knee Pads, Mainstream Media, Media, Media Bias, Middle East, Suck Ups, Virginia, Washington DC)

A local 9 News station in the Northern Virginia and DC areas asked the locals what they thought about media coverage of recent events in the Middle East.

One woman’s response may stand as the best ever:

“I think you’ve been suck ups…I think you’ve got your embroidered knee pads from the White House, buddy. That’s what I think.”

Watch the video here…

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Reporters Using Fake Names to Purchase Obama Merchandise at DNC

September 7, 2012 at 7:00 am (Democrat National Convention, Democrats Are Hot, DNC, Hunter Walker, Liberal Media, Matthew Sheffield, Media Bias, Obama Merchandise)

What liberal media bias?

Hunter Walker of Politicker reports from the floor of the Democrat National Convention:

Members of the media have apparently been using “fake” names to buy official Obama gear and contribute to the Obama campaign inside the Time Warner Cable Arena where the President is due to speak in a few minutes. During our travels around the arena, Politicker spotted a souvenir stand in one of the press stands selling T-shirts and buttons supporting President Barack Obama, “Democrats Are Hot” bumper stickers and other official Obama merchandise.

The souvenir stand was in a secure area only accessible to those with a media credential and buying campaign gear means contributing to the campaign, so we asked the woman working the cash register whether anyone at the press stand had been making purchases. Her answers were quite surprising. 

The woman working at the souvenir stand told us she hadn’t been “too busy” during the day, but had seen business pick up in the past half hour or so. She then asked us whether we wanted to buy anything. When we informed her that our status as a reporter means we don’t buy campaign gear, she suggested a strategy other members of the media have apparently used to pick up their Obama swag.

“Have you ever thought of making up a fake name? That’s what the other guys do,” she said.

Perhaps the fake names would match their equally fake objectivity.  While this is a joke to those who already recognize the level of bias in the media, the act itself is no laughing matter.

Matthew Sheffield of NewsBusters explains:

Buying Obama merchandise at the DNC actually requires a donation to the Democratic National Committee. Giving out a fake name to buy Obama swag is also likely a crime, if indeed it is taking place.

Perhaps they wouldn’t be able to commit such a crime if they were only asked to present some sort of photo ID.

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Sununu to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien: Just "Put an Obama Bumper Sticker on Your Forehead"

August 14, 2012 at 10:42 am (Bumper Sticker, CNN, Congressional Budget Office, John Sununu, Media Bias, Medicare, Obama, Soledad O'Brien, Starting Point)

Wait, what?  Mainstream journalists are biased?

Via Mediaite:

Tuesday’s Starting Point began with a bang (and a whimper, on our end) as host Soledad O’Brien and Romney surrogate John Sununu entered into a heated argument over Medicare.

“I understand that this is a Republican talking point because I’ve heard it repeated over and over again,” said O’Brien after Sununu insisted the Romney and Ryan plans were different. “And these numbers have been debunked, as you know, by the Congressional Budget Office.”

“No they haven’t,” said Sununu.

“Yes, they have,” answered O’Brien.

It got worse, or better, depending on your perspective…

“Soledad, stop this!” said Sununu. “All you’re doing is mimicking the stuff that comes out of the White House and gets repeated on the Democratic blog boards out there….”

“I’m telling you what FactCheck.com tells you,” she insisted. “I’m telling you what the CBO tells you. I’m telling you what CNN’s independent analysis does.”

“Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead when you do this,” Sununu shot back.

Beyond fantastic!  Watch for yourself…

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Romney Campaign Launches Rapid Response Efforts to Combat Biased Media

August 1, 2012 at 7:20 am (CNN, Kiss My Ass, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, New York Times, Polish Holy Site, Rapid Response, Rick Gorka, Romney Campaign, Romney Response, Romney Social Media, Shove It, Tumblr, Twitter)

You may have heard the news recently about a Romney spokesman telling reporters to “kiss my a**” and to “shove it”.  The aide, Rick Gorka, was responding to a disrespectful barrage of media questions at a Polish holy site.  What you probably won’t here about are the actual  litany of inane and biased questions from the media that drew Gorka’s ire.  Here is a sampling:

CNN: “Governor Romney are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?

NYT: “Governor Romney do you have a statement for the Palestinians?

Washington Post: “What about your gaffes?

NYT: “Governor Romney do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?”

CNN: “Governor Romney just a few questions sir, you haven’t taken but three questions on this trip from the press!

Gorka: “Show some respect”

NYT: “We haven’t had another chance to ask a question…”

Gorka: “Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”

Acosta added: Moments later, Gorka told Jonathan Martin, a reporter for Politico, to “shove it.” About a half-hour later, the aide called reporters to apologize.

The news media would be crucified if they treated Barack Obama this way (they never would, of course.)

No doubt.  Has the media ever asked a question about Obama’s gaffes?  Ever?  Joe Biden commits two or three gaffes every time he exhales, and do they call him out on it?

In a direct response to this media bias, the Romney campaign has decided to fight back through the power of social media.  Last night we received this e-mail from the campaign:

The Romney campaign’s rapid response team is launching a new, branded twitter handle and tumblr page to fight the mainstream media and the Obama campaign’s distractions, and to get the facts straight. 

Gov. Romney’s trip abroad is yet another reminder that the mainstream media is determined to create gaffes and slanted coverage of him and his campaign. While the national media continues to blow up non-stories and gin up non-controversies, online conservatives are inspired by the actual events going on the ground. As Gov. Romney pointed out this morning, it’s becoming clear the mainstream media are going to attempt to distract voters from the real issues of this election. We’re tired of it, and we’re going to strike back.

Tomorrow morning at 7 am, we will be launching our new twitter handle, @RomneyResponse, and its accompanying Tumblr site, RomneyResponse.tumblr.com.

Here’s a video clip of Romney responding to the media’s attacks…

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Issa Issues Statement Regarding Fast and Furious Contempt Vote

June 21, 2012 at 7:33 am (Border, Brian Terry, Contempt, Darrell Issa, Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Karl Rove, Media Bias, Nancy Pelosi, President Obama, Security)

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued the following statement on the Committee’s approval of a report finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his refusal to produce documents related to Operation Fast and Furious.  The Committee yesterday approved the finding of contempt on a vote of 23 to 17. 

“The Oversight Committee voted to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt for his continued refusal to produce relevant documents in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. This was not the outcome I had hoped for and today’s proceeding would not have occurred had Attorney General Eric Holder actually produced the subpoenaed documents he said he could provide.  

“The President’s assertion of Executive Privilege this morning took us by surprise but did not alter the Committee’s conclusion that documents had been inappropriately withheld.  Executive Privilege only applies to materials that directly pertain to communications with the President and his senior advisors.  This assertion indicates that the White House’s role in Operation Fast and Furious and the response to whistleblower accusations has been greater than previously acknowledged.   Just yesterday, the Attorney General indicated a willingness to produce a small subset of documents on the condition that the Committee end its investigation before they were described or made available for review. Today, the President asserted Executive Privilege to ensure they are never produced.

“At the heart of the Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious are disastrous consequences: a murdered Border Patrol Agent, his grieving family seeking answers, countless deaths in Mexico, and the souring effect on our relationship with Mexico.  Congress has not just a right, but an obligation to do all that it can to uncover exactly what happened and ensure that it never occurs again.  After the Justice Department’s earlier false denial of reckless conduct, the Committee has a duty to pursue all options to gather and evaluate key evidence.

“I still believe that a settlement, rendering the process of contempt unnecessary, is in the best interest of the Justice Department, Congress, and those most directly affected by Operation Fast and Furious.  I urge Attorney General Holder and President Obama to reconsider their decision to withhold documents that would allow Congress to complete its investigation.”

Issa is trying to work with Holder but this has gone on long enough.  Holder has had every opportunity to turn over the requested documents, and repeatedly ignores subpoenas, something that would have the average American in jail by now.


Speaking of jail, Nancy Pelosi yesterday made the wild accusation that she could have had Karl Rove arrested a number of times if he was spotted in the Captiol – but then couldn’t name a specific charge he could have been arrested on.


From the Huffington Post:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is playing politics with its vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, an action she said that even she didn’t seek as House Speaker when she thought someone was legitimately deserving of it.
“I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day,” Pelosi said to laughter, during a sit-down with reporters. “I’m not kidding. There’s a prison here in the Capitol … If we had spotted him in the Capitol, we could have arrested him.”
Rove was senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2007.
Asked on what grounds she could have arrested Rove, Pelosi replied, “Oh, any number. But there were some specific ones for his being in contempt of Congress. But we didn’t.”

Pelosi has a history of spouting off at the mouth without any facts to back up her claims.  Remember recently when she alleged she had some sort of secret knowledge about Newt Gingrich, that when revealed would kill his Presidential campaign?  She immediately backed off, of course.

Let’s see if one single member of the media repeatedly hits her with the simple question ‘What could you have had Rove arrested for?’  They won’t, despite the fact that it would be a bombshell news story if there was an action that Rove had taken that could be considered in contempt of Congress.

The media knows Pelosi is lying, and they will not call her out on it.  They know Holder is lying and they will not call him out on it.  They know Obama is lying and they will not call him out on it.

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More Media Bias: Journalists Give Obama Standing Ovation, Sit on Their Hands for Romney

April 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm (American Society of News Editors, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, President Obama)

Finally, video contrast of the media fawning all over the chosen one, while simply politely acknowledging the Republican candidate.

From Beltway Confidential:

As Mitt Romney addressed the American Society of News Editors today, he was cordially greeted by a smaller group of journalists who warmly received President Obama yesterday for a similar speaking slot.

The large crowd at the luncheon yesterday gave President Obama a standing ovation after he finished his sharply partisan campaign speech. After Romney finished his speech today, the crowd remained in their seats,

“Romney ends prepared remarks at AP lunch with standard campaign points. No standing ovation like Obama got,” wrote the Wall Street Journal’s Tim Hanrahan on Twitter, noting that the crowd was “about half the crowd Obama attracted,” at the luncheon yesterday.

Watch the video…

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Obama Instructs Media Cheerleaders On How to Properly do Their Job

April 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm (2012 Election, Journalism, Media Bias, President Obama, Reporting, Washington)

Their leader has spoken…

Via Gateway Pundit:

Our most benevolent leader, Barack Obama, instructed the lapdog media yesterday on how to report on his radical positions. No doubt, they took notes.

I always assumed they held meetings like this behind closed doors anyway…

Transcript via Real Clear Politics:

“This bears on your reporting,” President Obama said to journalists. “I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing then they’re equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle. And an equivalence is presented which I think reinforces peoples’ cynicism about Washington in general. This is not one of those situations where there’s an equivalency.”

“As all of you are doing your reporting, I think it’s important to remember that the positions that I am taking now on the budget and a host of other issues. if we had been having this discussion 20 years ago or even 15 years ago … would’ve been considered squarely centrist positions,” Obama said a few moments later.

Is he concerned that their portrayal of him as a competent leader is starting to trail off?  When the election draws closer, they will be fawning all over the chosen one as they always have.

Video below…

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Nope, No Bias Here: 25 Journalists Sign Scott Walker Recall Petition

March 26, 2012 at 10:57 am (Gannett, Gannett Wisconsin Media, Governor, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Kevin Corrado, Media Bias, Recall, Scott Walker, Wisconsin)

First we had 29 supposedly impartial judges signing the Scott Walker recall petition.  Now, we have 25 supposedly impartial journalists.

Via Fox News:

Twenty-five journalists with the Gannett media group in Wisconsin signed a petition calling for the recall of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, according to a Green Bay newspaper where some of those journalists work.


Kevin Corrado, publisher of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, disclosed the actions of Gannett Wisconsin Media employees in a recent column and said they are facing disciplinary action.


“It was wrong, and those who signed the petition were in breach of Gannett’s principles of ethical conduct,” Corrado wrote.

Corrado later added…

“The journalists’ instincts, if not their training, should have kicked in, warning them not to get personally involved.

Corrado seems to be confused.  It’s precisely because of their instincts and training as journalists that they got involved.  Such is the state of media today.

Check out the rest here…

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What Media Bias? Obama Campaign Briefs Reporters Assigned to Follow Romney

March 21, 2012 at 7:30 am (2012 Election, GOP, Jim Messina, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, President Obama)

It looks like the chosen one thinks he can count on the media in his corner once again, and his loyal reporters will eat it up like the lapdogs they are…

Via Politico:

The Obama 2012 team hosted an off-the-record briefing for Mitt Romney‘s press corps at Chicago headquarters today, reporters tell me.
Obama press secretary Ben La Bolt and deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter hosted the event, during which reporters were given a tour of the office and asked questions about the Obama team’s strategy and outlook on the 2012 race. Campaign manager Jim Messina is said to have made a cameo appearance.
Reporters described the event as unrevelatory and said nothing groundbreaking was discussed, but also described it as an important “get-to-know-you” session for the TV, print, and wire reporters in attendance.
The Romney campaign, which has had a complicated relationship with its press corps, seems to have been unaware that the meeting took place.

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