Report: Sensitive Documents May Have Disappeared in Libya Attack Aftermath

October 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm (Ambassador Stevens, Benghazi, Christopher Stevens, Hillary Clinton, Libya, Obama Administration, Sensitive Documents, Washington Post)

The incompetence of the Obama administration in handling this attack grows ever more apparent.

Via the Washington Post:

More than three weeks after attacks in this city killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, sensitive documents remained only loosely secured in the remains of the U.S. mission here on Wednesday, offering visitors easy access to delicate details about American operations in Libya. 

Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s trip and the personnel records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission were among the items scattered across the floors of the looted compound when a Washington Post reporter and a translator visited Wednesday. 

Although the gates to the compound were locked several days after the attacks, looters and curiosity-seekers were free to roam in the initial chaotic aftermath, and many documents may already have disappeared. 

No government-provided security forces are guarding the compound, and Libyan investigators have visited just once, according to a member of the family who owns the compound and who allowed the journalists to enter Wednesday.

Of course nobody is in a hurry to secure the crime scene and investigate the attack, Hillary has already said she’d like to hold off on finding answers until after the election.

Read the rest of the report here…

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Actual Headline: Will Romney Reach Out to Racists in Debates?

October 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm (Are You a Racist?, Debates, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Racism, Racist, The Root, Top Headline, Washington Post)

A publication known as The Root ran an analysis of the upcoming debate strategy for the Romney campaign, and asked the following question in it’s headline – Will Romney Reach out to Racists in Debates?

Upon first viewing the article in question, one might think that it’s just a leftist blogger on a small site asking an inane question.

However, The Root is a publication owned by the Washington Post and as such, the inflammatory headline actually ran on the home page of the Post on Saturday afternoon as a “Top Headline”.

Here is a bit of the argument presented by author Keli Goff:

In 2008 something remarkable happened: America elected a black man with a Muslim-sounding name president. The even more remarkable part? That he beat a white war hero from an American military dynasty.

But there are plenty of political watchers who believe this turn of events happened only because the war hero was not willing to engage in the political equivalent of nuclear warfare with his opponent.

As related in Game Change, the best-selling book about the 2008 presidential election, Republican nominee Sen. John McCain was pressured by his campaign advisers to exploit the controversy surrounding comments by then-Sen. Barack Obama’s longtime pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. As told in the book, McCain — still haunted by some of the negative campaigning invoking his foreign-born, adopted daughter during the bruising 2000 GOP primary, in which he was eventually beaten by George W. Bush — eschewed their advice. The rest, as they say, is history.

Goff then goes on to question if Romney will do what McCain was unwilling to – start questioning Obama’s relationship with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

Of course, this premise is flawed in a manner that a middle school student could see right off the bat.  The argument only works if somebody believes that the only type of person that could call into question Obama’s relationship with the controversial (and racist) reverend, is a flat-out racist.

This is an unacceptable premise for a journalist.  Jeremiah Wright, and by extension a man that sat in his church for twenty years listening to his racist, America-bashing, intolerant sermons, is fair game for exploration.  Or at least should be by the media.

But this author simply puts any investigation into the controversial relationship into a category of racist.

That’s tunnel vision … in black and white.

Goff asks:

Now the Romney campaign finds itself at a crossroads. With just over a month to go before the election, the question becomes: Will he be willing to do what McCain wasn’t, in order to win at any cost? Will he give in to the temptation and begin lacing his ads and language with messages to appeal to those who miss the days of the Southern strategy — and the days of a white Republican president?

Sorry, but I’m willing to bet the southern strategy isn’t to put a white President back in office, but rather one who has the experience to get the job done, to improve the American economy and recover our standing as a revered country around the world.

There’s only one candidate in this race with that kind of experience, and it isn’t Mr. Obama.

It’s experience, not race Ms. Goff.  And the fact that you can’t see past the President’s skin color to accept that fact makes you … a racist.

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Obama Caught in Misspelling of a Four-Letter State, Wapo Tries to Rescue

August 23, 2012 at 7:00 am (Barack Obama, Christopher Maloney, Ohio, Oihi, Oiho, Rachel Weiner, Sarah Palin, Spelling, Washington Post)

Imagine for a moment, if you will, Sarah Palin attending an event at Ohio State University.  She casually greets college aged supporters, and a group of excited, young students decide to spell out the word “Ohio” using the old YMCA routine.  The group is in place, arms readied, fans surrounding them armed with their cameras and cellphones.  Then this happens…

           
OIHI.

It is inarguable that the media, in all their smugness and ‘we are intellectually superior’ attitude would have ripped her from the California coast to the glaciated plains of … well … Oihi.

Oi.  Hi.

More like oy vey.

The smartest President ever to grace us with his intellect, the man who was destined to lead us to a better America, who was to lead the nation out of the doldrums of the Great Recession, couldn’t lead three college kids to the proper spelling of a four-letter state.

The photo was tweeted by the Director of Mitt Romney’s Ohio communications team, Chris Maloney, who added:

A word of advice to @BarackObama: it’s “O-H-I-O” that has 18 electoral votes, not “O-I-H-O”.

Maloney sees an ‘O’ at the end, I see an ‘I’.  You spell ‘potatoe’, I spell ‘potato’.

Admirably, a reporter from the Washington Post quickly tried to rescue the phonetically challenged President, claiming without much in the way of evidence, that the image was photoshopped, and thus a hoax.

Post reporter Rachel Weiner, wrote a piece originally titled, Yes, Obama Can Spell Ohio.  It included a second image which showed the President and his college buddies eventually getting the spelling right.  And the Washington Post tweeted out a link to her segment which included the following message:

Don’t be fooled. This photo of Obama is photoshopped.

Instead of viewing the White House image and entertaining the possibility that there were two photos, Weiner jumped the gun and assumed that the spelling error was so improbable that it simply had to be photoshopped.

Turns out that Weiner and the Post were the one’s looking rather foolish.  A short time later, they acknowledged the existence of two photos, renamed the piece, “Can Obama Spell Ohio?”, and issued the following correction:

Correction: There are different photographs of Obama’s attempt to spell Ohio from a similar angle. We incorrectly stated the first one appeared photoshopped.

Even in their correction, the bias shows.  The Post did not say the photo “appeared photoshopped”, they said it isphotoshopped.  Here was the original tweet again:

Don’t be fooled. This photo of Obama is photoshopped.

Covering for the President’s embarrassing mistakes can’t be easy, but you have to give the Post and their reporters credit for trying.

The bais is strong in this one.  Misspelling intended.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters

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Report: Team Obama Tried to Pay Jeremiah Wright to Shut Up

May 14, 2012 at 7:00 am (2008 Election, 2012 Election, Jeremiah Wright, Mitt Romney, New Media, Old Media, President Obama, Trinity United Church, Washington Post)

Best part of this report?  The claim that the media ate Jeremiah Wright alive.  The Wright scandal left Obama relatively unscathed and was vastly under reported.  

How telling it is that Team Obama recognized the potential cost of this relationship with the radical preacher, but the media did not.

Via the New York Post:
‘Man, the media ate me alive,” Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicago’s Kwame Nkrumah Academy. “After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”
“Who sent the e-mail?” I asked Wright.
“It was from one of Barack’s closest friends.”
“He offered you money?”
“Not directly,” Wright said. “He sent the offer to one of the members of the church, who sent it to me.”
“How much money did he offer you?”
“One hundred and fifty thousand dollars,” Wright said.
“Did Obama himself ever make an effort to see you?”
“Yes,” Wright said. “Barack said he wanted to meet me in secret, in a secure place. And I said, ‘You’re used to coming to my home, you’ve been here countless times, so what’s wrong with coming to my home?’ So we met in the living room of the parsonage of Trinity United Church of Christ, at South Pleasant Avenue right off 95th Street, just Barack and me.

Ed Morrisey at Hot Air states:

Wright’s version of the conversation makes it clear that Obama knew very well what his pastor had preached from the pulpit, and what he was likely to do once attention focused on him.

Some members of the media apparently are not willing to eat Wright alive. Take the Washington Post, which recently ran an embarrassing and thoroughly debunked story about Romney’s high school bullying.  They apparently have not yet found the time to cover a story involving a Presidential campaign bribing somebody to shut up in order to protect their candidate’ reputation.

Via Legal Insurrection:

The Washington Post, all too happy to cover in detail the now-discredited story about Romney’s supposed bully incident, has yet to report on the story. Perhaps they’re still busy re-editing their myriad Romney hit pieces.
We have a right to be righteously indignant over the carelessness with which the media have skimmed over Barack Obama’s past and current affiliations. As the Washington Post concocts ways to vet Romney, perhaps they’d be better off doing some catch-up work on the one who has the keys to the ignition.

2008 seems like such a long time ago.  The President will be thoroughly vetted this time around, and the mistakes of the past will not be repeated in 2012.

Make no mistake, the old media will continue to cover for the President.  But the new media will hold the old media accountable.  2012 is a new game.

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Washington Post Continues to Ignore Their Own Scandals

March 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm (College, Debt, Donald Graham, For-Profit College, GI Bill, Kaplan University, Online Degree, Student Loan, Veterans, Washington Post)

What better example of media bias, than when a company you own has been alleged to have conducted fraudulent business practices, questionable lobbying tactics, and possible insider trading – and you report nothing about it.
The Washington Post recently published an article regarding a potential ‘debt bomb’ on the American economy – student loans.  But in this article, the Post continues to do little in the way of reporting on for-profit colleges, a prime sector for student loan defaults.  And it most certainly ignores a for-profit college which is the main source of its very own revenue – Kaplan University.
Kaplan over the last several years has accounted for the vast majority of revenue at the Washington Post company.  In 2009 for example, Kaplan accounted for 58% of the Post’s revenue, while newspaper and magazine publishing accounted for a mere 19%.  So it stands to reason that the Post’s lack of reporting may be due to their reliance on cash from the university. 
By ignoring the story however, the Post is avoiding the dark side of the Kaplan enterprise.  The university has generated profit by putting many students into deep debt, with degrees that offer lesser value in the job market.  They pressure potential students into signing up at their school based on the reputation of their parent company.  The Post itself has lobbied to water down federal regulations which could have cleaned up the way Kaplan runs its business, while fighting to dissolve government regulations that would protect students.  Additionally, CEO Donald Graham has partaken in some rather timely stock selloffs on behalf of his family’s trusts.
But you won’t see these things reported in the Washington Post.
Other items not reported regarding the Post/Kaplan relationship can be summed up in my Accuracy in Media investigative report, including:
  • Kaplan University maintains a consistent dropout rate of over 70 percent; while graduates earn well below the national average.
  • The Post Company’s Washington lobbyists have fought to weaken a regulation that keeps Kaplan from receiving more than 90 percent of its income from federal student loan programs.
  • Kaplan aggressively recruits military veterans, since GI Bill and Dept. of Defense funds are exempt from the ’90 percent’ regulation.
  • Kaplan recruiters are encouraged to seek “true pain and fear” advantages over potential students as motivation to enroll.
  • The Post and Kaplan have successfully lobbied for regulations allowing for-profit colleges to a have a student loan default rate of 40 percent per year.
  • Post CEO Donald Graham has openly lobbied Congress to accept regulation changes by threatening tuition hikes on the financially threatened student body.
  • The Graham family has sold over $40 million worth of Washington Post stock since 2008, immediately prior to severe market drops.
The Washington Post article on student loans becoming the ‘next debt bomb’ on the U.S. economy is yet another example of a willingness to report on an industry-wide problem, while ignoring the role of one of their own in the process.  They speak of the perils of student loan defaults without ever mentioning the company’s personal lobbying efforts to allow default rates at for-profit colleges, such as Kaplan, to rise as high as 40 percent annually.
Despite student loan default rates currently over 30 percent, recruiting tactics which prey on an individual’s “pain and fear”, and a history of generating massive profits while saddling their most vulnerable students with massive debt, Kaplan University continues to escape scrutiny by their parent company.
What is worse here, the fraudulent tactics and questionable lobbying efforts, or the journalistic malpractice being exercised in failing to report on Kaplan?
Only the Washington Post can answer that question.

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Covering Sex at Occupy Events

January 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm (Crabs, NewsBusters, Occupy DC, Romance, Sex, Soap, Tim Graham, Washington Post)

Cute couple…

Must be another slow news day at the Washington Post.  And because of it, I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

The headline at NewsBusters says it all:


WaPo Tells of Protester ‘Cuddle Puddles’ and ‘Occubabies’ on the Way

Well, once you overlook the rampant head lice, lack of soap, and openly defecating on police cars, what’s not to love?

NewsBusters Tim Graham reports:

The Post’s Sunday front page was dominated by the headline “LOVE AMID THE TENTS.” The biggest “news” of the day was casual sex, hippie-style.

A gag-inducing two minute video on their site can be seen below:

Graham continues –

Post reporter Annie Gowen proclaimed that “As the Occupy movement enters its fourth month locally, it has spawned two full-service camps, more than 100 arrests and an ongoing constitutional debate over the right to free speech on federal land. But a combustible combination of youthful energy, enthusiasm for shared ideals and tight living quarters has given rise to something else: Romance. Lots and lots of romance.”

And the Washington Post went on from there…

Medics at both D.C. protests routinely hand out condoms. At McPherson Square, there are also pregnancy tests — at least one of which has come back positive. Indeed, Occupiers are beginning to joke that a string of Occubabies may appear come June

Occubabies?  No word on whether or not STD’s will heretofore be referred to as Occucrabs.

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Slow News Day: Washington Post Article Defends Michelle Obama’s Backside

January 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm (Jim Sensenbrenner, Large Posterior, Laura Bush, Let's Move, Michelle Obama, Washington Post)

Is there really nothing else of importance going on in the world (h/t Weasel Zippers)?

From the Washington Post:

Can you imagine how the incident would play out if an African American congressman made a crude remark about First Lady Laura Bush’s body? It certainly would have taken more than an insincere apology to wash that sin away. That scenario never happened —hopefully because those congressmen were raised with a measure of common decency. I know that America’s first family – an image this country presents to the world — is traditionally granted a certain amount of respect across party lines.


They are of course referring to Wisconsin Republican congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, who was recently overheard criticizing Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiative: “She lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself.”

Why would someone be so cruel as to insult the first lady?

Why they’re racist, of course!

Not only is this disrespect crude, it also proves yet again that you can’t go wrong disrespecting a black woman in the United States of America, even if she lives in the White House – and in some constituencies, especially if she lives in the White House. Sensenbrenner’s nasty rant made me sick and sad because it brings to the surface the ugly history of how black women are viewed in America, stereotyped and dehumanized, our bodies everyone’s business except our own.


The article then goes on to paint Sensenbrenner as some sort of psychotic stalker.

What in the world is Sensenbrenner doing staring at the First Lady –not as a person but as a specimen, each part an item on an anatomical checklist? He doesn’t approve of what he’s seeing but he can’t keep his eyes off of her. It’s creepy but unfortunately familiar, the way he devalues black beauty while being mesmerized by it.


I seriously doubt Sensenbrenner is ‘mesmerized’ by Michelle Obama’s backside.

What do you think?

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