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.
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.”
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.
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…
What liberal media bias?
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.
Wait, what? Mainstream journalists are biased?
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…
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:
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.