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As Lachlan noted earlier, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller claimed at the National Press Club that NPR isn't a left-wing sandbox. But the transparent fakery of this became even more transparent when she boasted that in a world drowning in punditry, NPR deals in fact, and then quoted leftist smackdown artist James Wolcott of Vanity Fair for honoring NPR as "The Sound of Sanity."

Schiller also proclaimed the firing of Juan Williams was a mistake, but didn't note that Wolcott's reaction to the firing last October was ecstatic, and very uncivil: "Well, now he can Uncle Tom to his heart's content and feel like he's Solzhenitsyn."  

Schiller also quoted Wolcott's "sanity" line in a November 2010 speech at the USC Annenberg School, where she also claimed NPR was as unbiased as any human enterprise could ever be:  

Listeners appreciate the dignity, craftsmanship, balance and impartiality of fact and reporter-based news coverage [on NPR] at a time when many other news organizations are going in a very different direction.  

They value hearing a range of opinions, but in the context of civil dialogue, and they appreciate our respectful approach to news — challenging common assumptions while always striving to treat newsmakers and sources fairly. Most encouragingly, our digital community appreciates these very same values.

An article about NPR in this month’s Vanity Fair by one of the most acerbic and eloquent critics around, James Wolcott, was titled, “The Sound of Sanity.” I love that. 

In her remarks Monday, Schiller began her conclusion:

At a time when our industry is cutting back; when punditry is drowning real news and thoughtful analysis, NPR is moving continuously forward with quality reporting and storytelling delivered with respect for the audience — what columnist James Wolcott recently called "The Sound of Sanity."

But Wolcott was slamming conservatives and Christians in the very first paragraph of his Vanity Fair piece. Did Schiller love that, too? Does Wolcott have any respect for the American audience? Or just the snobby liberal NPR audience? He began:

It isn’t until I leave New York City and turn on the car radio or the creaky one in the motel room that NPR’s distinctive, coherent, cadenced qualities press to the forefront: its commitment to informing and entertaining an educated audience like adults speaking to other adults while every other hothead and hysteric on the dial hops up and down on the pogo stick of the outrage du jour. Or, conversely, reaches out from the speaker to soothe thy troubled brow, a ghostly comforter which turns out to be the radio ministry of a Jesus station requesting a prayer offering payable by check or credit card. Right-wing or religious, radio packs a ton of nuts into every listening bite.  

How can Schiller say the world is drowning in incivility, and then quote this pie-throwing sourpuss? How can she cite as her beacon of civility the magazine with the "Authoritative Trig Palin Conspiracy Timeline"? In his ode to "sanity," Wolcott blatantly shilled for the official NPR propaganda book This Is NPR, and added:

Unlike nearly all the rest of talk radio, which divides civilization into us and our Churchillian allies and Everybody Else (ungrateful bastards who haven’t thanked us in the last five minutes for winning World War II), NPR is cognizant of a whole world out there that isn’t the United States and is worth knowing, even if we’re not dropping bombs on them at the moment. 

This is why Schiller loves his "acerbic and eloquent" writing. Wolcott also praised the presence of so many women on the air at NPR, and insisted that their feminism also makes NPR superior:

It isn’t that NPR is matriarchal but that it has dedicated itself to not being patriarchal in its outlook and presentation, stipulating from the outset that its headline voices would not resound across the fruited plains from big male bags of air sent from Mount Olympus.

The big male bags of air have been puffing at NPR from the outside, trying to blow the house down. And blowhards don’t come any blowhardier than Newt Gingrich, who, upon being elected Speaker of the House following the Republican takeover of 1994, pronounced his intention “to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,” putting it on a starvation diet that would have wiped dozens of smaller stations off the airwaves that depended on grant moneys from the C.P.B. and reduced others to skeleton crews, recounts This Is NPR.

This animus against public radio first gained rhetorical traction on the right during the “Reagan Revolution,” as so many ideologically driven crusades did, when NPR was christened “Radio Sandinista” for what the contra-backing Reaganites considered its slanted-left Nicaragua coverage. Gingrich railed against the elitism of NPR, proclaiming that the popularity of Rush Limbaugh represented the real face of public broadcasting, but as usual Gingrich’s grandiosity was greater than his grip on political reality, and his plan fell as flat as his Speakership after the first flush of giddiness.

In This Is NPR, Gingrich is quoted as graciously conceding in 2003 that he no longer considers the network an enemy within. “NPR is a lot less to the left … or I’ve mellowed. Or some combination of the two.” Or a third alternative: in the era of Sarah Palin Superstar, bashing NPR no longer gets the primitive, tribal juices going on the right, not with such a bumper crop of Muslims and illegal immigrants for Tea Party panderers to sink their gums into.  

Gingrich has mellowed, but NPR and Wolcott have not. These people take taxpayer money, but see it as their right to take that money and professionally hate conservatives and "Jesus freaks." This kind of sassy leftism is exactly why other lobbyists for the leftist sandbox like Free Press also linked up to the "genius" of Wolcott. This is just another NPR executive unsubtly winking at the Obama's-way-too-centrist, MoveOn crowd that supports them.

Vivian, your slip is showing.

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As Lachlan noted earlier, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller claimed at the National Press Club that NPR isn't a left-wing sandbox. But the transparent fakery of this became even more transparent when she boasted that in a world drowning in punditry, NPR deals in fact, and then quoted leftist smackdown artist James Wolcott of Vanity Fair for honoring NPR as "The Sound of Sanity."

Schiller also proclaimed the firing of Juan Williams was a mistake, but didn't note that Wolcott's reaction to the firing last October was ecstatic, and very uncivil: "Well, now he can Uncle Tom to his heart's content and feel like he's Solzhenitsyn."  

Schiller also quoted Wolcott's "sanity" line in a November 2010 speech at the USC Annenberg School, where she also claimed NPR was as unbiased as any human enterprise could ever be:  

Listeners appreciate the dignity, craftsmanship, balance and impartiality of fact and reporter-based news coverage [on NPR] at a time when many other news organizations are going in a very different direction.  

They value hearing a range of opinions, but in the context of civil dialogue, and they appreciate our respectful approach to news — challenging common assumptions while always striving to treat newsmakers and sources fairly. Most encouragingly, our digital community appreciates these very same values.

An article about NPR in this month’s Vanity Fair by one of the most acerbic and eloquent critics around, James Wolcott, was titled, “The Sound of Sanity.” I love that. 

In her remarks Monday, Schiller began her conclusion:

At a time when our industry is cutting back; when punditry is drowning real news and thoughtful analysis, NPR is moving continuously forward with quality reporting and storytelling delivered with respect for the audience — what columnist James Wolcott recently called "The Sound of Sanity."

But Wolcott was slamming conservatives and Christians in the very first paragraph of his Vanity Fair piece. Did Schiller love that, too? Does Wolcott have any respect for the American audience? Or just the snobby liberal NPR audience? He began:

It isn’t until I leave New York City and turn on the car radio or the creaky one in the motel room that NPR’s distinctive, coherent, cadenced qualities press to the forefront: its commitment to informing and entertaining an educated audience like adults speaking to other adults while every other hothead and hysteric on the dial hops up and down on the pogo stick of the outrage du jour. Or, conversely, reaches out from the speaker to soothe thy troubled brow, a ghostly comforter which turns out to be the radio ministry of a Jesus station requesting a prayer offering payable by check or credit card. Right-wing or religious, radio packs a ton of nuts into every listening bite.  

How can Schiller say the world is drowning in incivility, and then quote this pie-throwing sourpuss? How can she cite as her beacon of civility the magazine with the "Authoritative Trig Palin Conspiracy Timeline"? In his ode to "sanity," Wolcott blatantly shilled for the official NPR propaganda book This Is NPR, and added:

Unlike nearly all the rest of talk radio, which divides civilization into us and our Churchillian allies and Everybody Else (ungrateful bastards who haven’t thanked us in the last five minutes for winning World War II), NPR is cognizant of a whole world out there that isn’t the United States and is worth knowing, even if we’re not dropping bombs on them at the moment. 

This is why Schiller loves his "acerbic and eloquent" writing. Wolcott also praised the presence of so many women on the air at NPR, and insisted that their feminism also makes NPR superior:

It isn’t that NPR is matriarchal but that it has dedicated itself to not being patriarchal in its outlook and presentation, stipulating from the outset that its headline voices would not resound across the fruited plains from big male bags of air sent from Mount Olympus.

The big male bags of air have been puffing at NPR from the outside, trying to blow the house down. And blowhards don’t come any blowhardier than Newt Gingrich, who, upon being elected Speaker of the House following the Republican takeover of 1994, pronounced his intention “to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,” putting it on a starvation diet that would have wiped dozens of smaller stations off the airwaves that depended on grant moneys from the C.P.B. and reduced others to skeleton crews, recounts This Is NPR.

This animus against public radio first gained rhetorical traction on the right during the “Reagan Revolution,” as so many ideologically driven crusades did, when NPR was christened “Radio Sandinista” for what the contra-backing Reaganites considered its slanted-left Nicaragua coverage. Gingrich railed against the elitism of NPR, proclaiming that the popularity of Rush Limbaugh represented the real face of public broadcasting, but as usual Gingrich’s grandiosity was greater than his grip on political reality, and his plan fell as flat as his Speakership after the first flush of giddiness.

In This Is NPR, Gingrich is quoted as graciously conceding in 2003 that he no longer considers the network an enemy within. “NPR is a lot less to the left … or I’ve mellowed. Or some combination of the two.” Or a third alternative: in the era of Sarah Palin Superstar, bashing NPR no longer gets the primitive, tribal juices going on the right, not with such a bumper crop of Muslims and illegal immigrants for Tea Party panderers to sink their gums into.  

Gingrich has mellowed, but NPR and Wolcott have not. These people take taxpayer money, but see it as their right to take that money and professionally hate conservatives and "Jesus freaks." This kind of sassy leftism is exactly why other lobbyists for the leftist sandbox like Free Press also linked up to the "genius" of Wolcott. This is just another NPR executive unsubtly winking at the Obama's-way-too-centrist, MoveOn crowd that supports them.

Vivian, your slip is showing.

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The far-left Fox-haters are at it again. In just the past couple of days, we've seen multiple instances of leftist pundits dishonestly bashing the Fox News Channel in yet more attempts to slime the cable news channel.

The latest such attempts caught the attention of cable news blogger Johnny Dollar, who consistently documents the left's growing hatred of everything Fox.

The more notable instance of Fox-hating came from former MSNBC host David Shuster. Shuster took to twitter Thursday to celebrate Canada's rejection of Fox News's application for a broadcasting license. Just one problem: Fox's licesnse was approved in 2004. Called out on the mistake, Shuster deleted his tweet, blocked Dollar, and to date has not issued a correction.

The deleted tweet - which, thanks to a few re-tweets, is still viewable elsewhere - linked to a Huffington Post column by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., which inexplicably claimed that "Fox News will not be moving into Canada after all!" But again, Fox moved into Canada years ago. Where did RFK get his incorrect information? It's not clear. But it is incorrect, as was Shuster's tweet parroting the claim. Like Shuster, HuffPo has yet to correct the record.

For his part, Shuster apparently felt no need to verify the claim. It reflected poorly on Fox, so it was just too good to check. Another Shuster tweet posted on Thursday praised Canada for "rejecting" Fox News. That one has yet to be deleted - or corrected.

If the hypocrisy of a journalist celebrating our northern neighbor's stringent limits on freedom of the press (licensing for cable news would be thoroughly unconstitutional in the Untied States) weren't astounding enough, Shuster has the gall to continue alleging dishonesty on Fox's part while the latter tweet sits in his Twitter feed.

And Shuster is thoroughly convinced that Fox News lies. He told left wing talk radio host Stephanie Miller, apparently in all seriousness, that the country is infatuated with Charlie Sheen because, you guessed it, Fox lies (mp3):

In an environment where you do have a self-proclaimed news organization that spews lies day in and day out and doesn’t usually get called on it by the rest of the media, I mean maybe this is some escape that some people have, to be able to say OK, enough of the serious stuff. I want to take a break. I just want to be entertained for ten minutes and hear the latest about Charlie Sheen’s travails.

Meanwhile, ultra-liberal blog ThinkProgress, which has been struggling with factual accuracy of late (let's not sugar coat it - they've struggled for a while now), accused Fox's Greta Van Susteren of trying to draw a comment out of Wisconsin GOP State Senator Glenn Grothman, who found himself surrounded by an angry mob of union protesters in Madison early this week.

"Despite Fox host Greta Van Susteren’s best attempts," ThinkProgress blogger Alex Seitz-Wald wrote on Thursday, "while appearing on her show last night, Grothman said he never 'felt threatened,' and that in fact, 'there were many friendly people in that crowd.'"

What were Susteren's "best attempts," exactly? The blogger doesn't say, for one obvious reason: Greta did no such thing. In fact, a cursory review of the segment's transcript reveals this question from Susteren, which of course evaded mention in the ThinkProgress post:

Senator, what’s it been like for the Republicans going through those crowds? Actually, I’ve been in the State Capitol and they were quite respectful at least towards the media when I was there. But tell me what it’s like for you being a Republican in a crowd that’s protesting against you?

At no point in the segment did Susteren try to get Grothman to say he felt threatened.

Some on the left are so determined to demonize Fox, it seems. that they will disregard truth altogether if it conflicts with that effort.

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When Batton Lash and I decided to take on the Obama Administration with our strip 16 months ago, few people were willing to mock the president. Yet we both saw that this president was at times foolish, mendacious, clueless and vain. Perfect fodder for a political cartoon.

Batton and I are not so much conservatives as libertarians. We’re believers in small government because, as I outline in my political thesis, it’s the only workable form. President Obama is very much a big government fan. He has tripled the debt and deficits in his first year in office. His new budget would add another three trillion. These are things we don’t like about him. We also don’t like the lies. Which seem to be second nature to the man.

So last Sunday we turned in what we thought was a very mild cartoon mocking the first lady’s over reach of her powers. And I decided to show her eating hamburgers like Wimpy from the old Popeye cartoons to mock the fact that she tends to scold other people’s eating habits, yet every time we read about what they’re eating at the White House, it’s extreme. And to throw in a gag we used before, the President is shown eating hardly anything. Because, let’s face it, she is bigger than he is. Her arms are thicker than his legs. But no one was suggesting she was fat. No one was commenting on her race. It’s merely funny to show them in contrast to one another.

The cartoon did not get a lot of comments at first. I figured it was rather mild. I would try to be funnier next time. Little did I expect the firestorm that followed a few days later.

The propaganda wing of the Democrat party known as Media Matters for America, who is out to destroy all critics of this administration, ran an article saying the cartoon attacked the first lady’s weight and gave out our emails, encouraging people to send us hate mail. Like pigs to the trough the mainstream press jumped on the story. Yesterday morning I got up and saw it mentioned on several websites like Salon. The NY Daily News wanted to interview us. And it was on the local TV news. We started getting inundated with hate mail. But the worst was yet to come.

The Daily News article came out and basically said we were mocking her weight, which wasn’t true at all. We posted our full response on the Big Sites and my blog. Most of the emails and comments we received during the day were about us allegedly mocking her weight. And I had to set people straight over and over again. Some of them accused us of racism. Which is just the left’s way of telling you to shut up. One e-mailer suggested our cartoon was going to inspire teen suicides because we were supposedly mocking body issues.

But then they died down. As evening came, I got a message that MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell was taking us to task, calling us mentally disturbed racists. He showed our pictures. He gave out where we lived. Told people to go after us. Even mentioned Batton’s wife who had nothing to do with the cartoon. I had to wait for the video clip to be uploaded and what I saw was jaw dropping. Aside from the patently absurd characterization of the strip where he calls it “racist” and claims (without showing the art) that it depicts the president as a half-human, half animal creature, it was the most hysterical, over-the-top tirade since, well, since Keith Olbermann did his nightly carny act.

Frankly, I was surprised that Lawrence O’Donnell made such an epic fool of himself, that he would open himself and his company to such legal liability. Not only did he lie about what we were doing, he told people where we lived and to attack us! Is this a professional show? Is he a professional news commentator? Not hardly. He should be fired. What he did was tantamount to a call for violence.

Aside from being a shill for the worst administration in American history, his actions were blatantly fascist. Calling for the heads of two critics of the administration. It’s a bit like the Muslim’s reaction to that Everyone Draw Mohammed Day cartoon that Molly Norris did. The Muslim fanatics called for her death, despite the cartoon being utterly tame. So now we have fanatical followers of MSNBC (all 1000 of them) sending one death threat after another. They were coming in every other second.

you are a racist and you you should be shot.” “Will hope you get what’s coming.” “I hope black people kill your ass.” “You are gong to die, fatso!” “FUCK YOU BITCH!!DIE SOON!HEART FAILURE!!” etc.

Half of them were from emails that bounced back.

Lefty friends of ours on Facebook came to our defense, which we’re thankful for. Yes, Batton and I have plenty of friends on the left. We are not haters or ideologues. Nor are we racists. We’re merely critics of this administration. I call myself a classical liberal because that’s what I am. And liberals should question everything. Why should this administration get a pass? Because he’s black? Isn’t that racist?

To all the people who called this strip racist, I say the same thing. You are seeing what you want to see. If you see her as fat in the cartoon, that’s in your mind. So is the racism. It says a lot more about the critics, like O’Donnell, than it does about the cartoon when they see something that isn’t there. There’s a name for people who see race in everything. They’re called racists.

Neither Batton nor I care what race the first couple is. We care about their competence. We care about their over reach of power. We feel like condemning those things we don’t agree with or like. And we don’t appreciate being called Racist just because we disagree with the administration’s policies.

The left keeps saying we need more civility. Is this how they show it? I got news for you people, this nonsense only makes me want to push back 10 times harder. All you did was give us free promotion and made us more famous. If this little cartoon was as boring and untalented as you said, no one would have cared. Instead, it drove some of you mad.

We exposed your dark sides. We got you to reveal to the world what kind of hate festers in your souls. You see racism where there is none. Calling white people racist without evidence is racist. You attacked me because of my weight, which reveals your own bigotry. Projection is all you’ve got. Attacking someone you don’t even know and calling them something with no evidence is what fanatics and lunatics do.

You’re the monsters you scream about. It’s time you started acting like liberals and question the people who’ve lied to you.


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When Batton Lash and I decided to take on the Obama Administration with our strip 16 months ago, few people were willing to mock the president. Yet we both saw that this president was at times foolish, mendacious, clueless and vain. Perfect fodder for a political cartoon.

Batton and I are not so much conservatives as libertarians. We’re believers in small government because, as I outline in my political thesis, it’s the only workable form. President Obama is very much a big government fan. He has tripled the debt and deficits in his first year in office. His new budget would add another three trillion. These are things we don’t like about him. We also don’t like the lies. Which seem to be second nature to the man.

So last Sunday we turned in what we thought was a very mild cartoon mocking the first lady’s over reach of her powers. And I decided to show her eating hamburgers like Wimpy from the old Popeye cartoons to mock the fact that she tends to scold other people’s eating habits, yet every time we read about what they’re eating at the White House, it’s extreme. And to throw in a gag we used before, the President is shown eating hardly anything.

The cartoon did not get a lot of comments at first. I figured it was rather mild. I would try to be funnier next time. Little did I expect the firestorm that followed a few days later.

The propaganda wing of the Democrat party known as Media Matters for America, who is out to destroy all critics of this administration, ran an article saying the cartoon attacked the first lady’s weight and gave out our emails, encouraging people to send us hate mail. Like pigs to the trough the mainstream press jumped on the story. Yesterday morning I got up and saw it mentioned on several websites like Salon. The NY Daily News wanted to interview us. And it was on the local TV news. We started getting inundated with hate mail. But the worst was yet to come.

The Daily News article came out and basically said we were mocking her weight, which wasn’t true at all. We posted our full response on the Big Sites and my blog. Most of the emails and comments we received during the day were about us allegedly mocking her weight. And I had to set people straight over and over again. Some of them accused us of racism. Which is just the left’s way of telling you to shut up. One e-mailer suggested our cartoon was going to inspire teen suicides because we were supposedly mocking body issues.

But then they died down. As evening came, I got a message that MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell was taking us to task, calling us mentally disturbed racists. He showed our pictures. He gave out where we lived. Told people to go after us. Even mentioned Batton’s wife who had nothing to do with the cartoon.

I had to wait for the video clip to be uploaded and what I saw was jaw dropping. Aside from the patently absurd characterization of the strip where he calls it “racist” and claims (without showing the art) that it depicts the president as a half-human, half animal creature, it was the most hysterical, over-the-top tirade since, well…since Keith Olbermann did his nightly carny act.

Untitled from Breitbart on Vimeo.

Frankly, I was surprised that Lawrence O’Donnell made such an epic fool of himself, that he would open himself and his company to such legal liability. Not only did he lie about what we were doing, he told people where we lived and to attack us! Is this a professional show? Is he a professional news commentator? Not hardly. He should be fired. What he did was tantamount to a call for violence.

Aside from being a shill for the worst administration in American history, his actions were blatant fascist. Calling for the heads of two critics of the administration. It’s a bit like the Muslim’s reaction to that Everyone Draw Mohammed Day cartoon that Molly Norris did. The Muslim fanatics called for her death, despite the cartoon being utterly tame. So now we have fanatical followers of MSNBC (all 1000 of them) sending one death threat after another. They were coming in every other second.

“you are a racist and you you should be shot.” “Will hope you get what’s coming.” “I hope black people kill your ass.” “You are gong to die, fatso!” “FUCK YOU BITCH!!DIE SOON!HEART FAILURE!!”

Etc. Half of them were from emails that bounced back.

Lefty friends of ours on Facebook came to our defense. Which we’re thankful for. Yes, Batton and I have plenty of friends on the left. We are not haters or ideologues. Nor are we racists. We’re merely critics of this administration. I call myself a classical liberal because that’s what I am. And liberals should question everything. Why should this administration get a pass? Because he’s black? Isn’t that racist?

To all the people who called this strip racist, I say the same thing. You are seeing what you want to see. If you see her as fat in the cartoon, that’s in your mind. So is the racism. It says a lot more about the critics, like O’Donnell, than it does about the cartoon when they see something that isn’t there. There’s a name for people who see race in everything. They’re called racists.

Neither Batton nor I care what race the first couple is. We care about their competence. We care about their over reach of power. We feel like condemning those things we don’t agree with or like. And we don’t appreciate being called Racist just because we disagree with the administration’s policies.

The left keeps saying we need more civility. Is this how they show it? I got news for you people, this nonsense only makes me want to push back 10 times harder. All you did was give us free promotion and made us more famous. If this little cartoon was as boring and untalented as you said, no one would have cared. Instead, it drove some of you mad.

We exposed your dark sides. We got you to reveal to the world the kind of hate that festers in your souls. You see racism where there is none. Calling white people racist without evidence is racist. You attacked me because of my weight, which reveals your own bigotry. Projection is all you’ve got. Attacking someone you don’t even know and calling them something with no evidence is what fanatics and lunatics do.

You’re the monsters you scream about. It’s time you started acting like liberals and question the people who’ve lied to you.


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The left-wing website Talking Points Memo (known as TPM) is worried that the tea party-backed True The Vote effort in Harris County, Texas — home of the City of Houston — is going to successfully enlist Texans to join an effort to “true the vote” by battling vote fraud. Because of this fear, TPM has been trying to undermine the event with several left-slanted blog posts.

TPMs latest posting is artful for its vague accusations and spin, but it is short on any actual proof of the nefarious goals that the left-wing site is trying to ascribe to the True The Vote National Summit, coming up on March 25 and 26. Read closely TPM’s post also has the odd effect of coming to the support of vote fraud by seeming to discount the True The Vote event. Sadly, this dismissive attitude is of a piece with the left’s desire to shy people from paying attention to the massive vote fraud that they, themselves have been involved in for decades.

Typical of left-wing alarmism, TPM’s rhetoric casts suspicion on everything that True The Vote is trying to do, but never makes any actual accusations. For instance, of the addition of John Fund, Andrew Breitbart, and Hans von Spakovsky to the event program, TPM calls them “three of the biggest voter fraud alarmists in the country.” I guess from this we can assume that TPM doesn’t care about voter fraud because it is merely alarmism?

Further down in the piece, TPM discusses the vote fraud that the Obama-supported and later criminal organization ACORN was involved in. And like much of the rhetoric the left uses, TPM contradicts itself in just a few short lines.

First, TPM says this:

ACORN had been accused by conservatives of engaging in voter fraud.

Notice how TPM puts the onus on the conservatives and not ACORN. It is just conservatives “accusing” ACORN of vote fraud in TPM’s formulation. Notice how TPM uses its rhetoric to minimize the vote fraud as but the conservative’s “accusations.” Yet the very next sentence is this one:

Several employees of ACORN were prosecuted for defrauding the organization by submitting fraudulent voter registration forms, but those typically don’t lead to actual votes.

Notice that TPM tries to make the convictions for vote fraud seem less than it is. TPM said, “Several employees of ACORN were prosecuted…” Notice that TPM does not inform its readers that they were also convicted? Also notice that that TPM tries to minimize the number of convictions to a meaningless handful by saying only “several” were “prosecuted.” The truth is, it has been far more than just “several.”

Additionally, if there were actual convictions for vote fraud, then it wasn’t merely conservative “accusations,” now as it? It isn’t a simple matter of partisan, right-wing accusation at all. It is FACT. There WAS voter fraud. And a lot of it.

In 1986 12 ACORN members were convicted of vote fraud in Missouri. In 2004, six more were convicted of it in St. Louis. In 2007 eight ACORN employees were convicted for vote fraud in The Show Me State. And these are just a few of the conviction just in Missouri alone. Over the last three decades or so, dozens and dozens of ACORN members and workers in affiliated organizations have been convicted of voter fraud.

It has hardly been only “several” ACORN members convicted of vote fraud.

Also all this poopooing of voter fraud tends to cause the reader to wonder if TPM is really in support of voter fraud? After all, that is the corresponding assumption when someone dismisses something. The impression is left that what is being dismissed is unimportant or not worth doing anything about. And TPM is dismissing vote fraud.

Naturally, the reason leftists like those at TPM dismiss voter fraud is because it is nearly exclusively a practice of the Democrat Party and has been for generations. Vote fraud is de rigueur for Democrats. No wonder TPM dismisses it. Vote fraud benefits their ideology!

And what exactly is so alarming or wrong with trying to make sure that the integrity of the vote is assured? Why should anyone be against making sure that our elections are “true”?

The left’s dismissing of this whole effort is telling, for sure.

Now, if you are in or near Houston, Texas and would like to attend the True The Vote National Summit visit the event info page now.


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The left-wing website Talking Points Memo (known as TPM) is worried that the Tea Party-backed True The Vote effort in Harris County, Texas — home of the City of Houston — is going to successfully enlist Texans to join an effort to “true the vote” by battling vote fraud. Because of this fear, TPM has been trying to undermine the event with several left-slanted blog posts.

TPMs latest posting is artful for its vague accusations and spin, but it is short on any actual proof of the nefarious goals that the left-wing site is trying to ascribe to the True The Vote National Summit, coming up on March 25 and 26. Read closely TPM’s post also has the odd effect of coming to the support of vote fraud by seeming to discount the True The Vote event. Sadly, this dismissive attitude is of a piece with the left’s desire to shy people from paying attention to the massive vote fraud that they, themselves have been involved in for decades.

Typical of left-wing alarmism, TPM’s rhetoric casts suspicion on everything that True The Vote is trying to do, but never makes any actual accusations. For instance, of the addition of John Fund, Andrew Breitbart, and Hans von Spakovsky to the event program, TPM calls them “three of the biggest voter fraud alarmists in the country.” I guess from this we can assume that TPM doesn’t care about voter fraud because it is merely alarmism?

Further down in the piece, TPM discusses the vote fraud that the Obama-supported and later criminal organization ACORN was involved in. And like much of the rhetoric the left uses, TPM contradicts itself in just a few short lines.

First, TPM says this:

ACORN had been accused by conservatives of engaging in voter fraud.

Notice how TPM puts the onus on the conservatives and not ACORN. It is just conservatives “accusing” ACORN of vote fraud in TPM’s formulation. Notice how TPM uses its rhetoric to minimize the vote fraud as but the conservative’s “accusations.” Yet the very next sentence is this one:

Several employees of ACORN were prosecuted for defrauding the organization by submitting fraudulent voter registration forms, but those typically don’t lead to actual votes.

Notice that TPM tries to make the convictions for vote fraud seem less than it is. TPM said, “Several employees of ACORN were prosecuted…” Notice that TPM does not inform its readers that they were also convicted? Also notice that TPM tries to minimize the number of convictions to a meaningless handful by saying only “several” were “prosecuted.” The truth is, it has been far more than just “several.”

Additionally, if there were actual convictions for vote fraud, then it wasn’t merely conservative “accusations,” now was it? It isn’t a simple matter of partisan, right-wing accusation at all. It is FACT. There WAS voter fraud. And a lot of it.

In 1986 12 ACORN members were convicted of vote fraud in Missouri. In 2004, six more were convicted of it in St. Louis. In 2007 eight ACORN employees were convicted for vote fraud in The Show Me State. And these are just a few of the conviction just in Missouri alone. Over the last three decades or so, dozens and dozens of ACORN members and workers in affiliated organizations have been convicted of voter fraud.

It has hardly been only “several” ACORN members convicted of vote fraud.

Also all this poopooing of voter fraud tends to cause the reader to wonder if TPM is really in support of voter fraud? After all, that is the corresponding assumption when someone dismisses something. The impression is left that what is being dismissed is unimportant or not worth doing anything about. And TPM is dismissing vote fraud.

Naturally, the reason leftists like those at TPM dismiss voter fraud is because it is nearly exclusively a practice of the Democrat Party and has been for generations. Vote fraud is de rigueur for Democrats. No wonder TPM dismisses it. Vote fraud benefits their ideology!

And what exactly is so alarming or wrong with trying to make sure that the integrity of the vote is assured? Why should anyone be against making sure that our elections are “true”?

The left’s dismissing of this whole effort is telling, for sure.

Now, if you are in or near Houston, Texas and would like to attend the True The Vote National Summit visit the event info page now.

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"Rush Limbaugh needs to choke to death on his own fat," deranged left-wing radio show host Mike Malloy hissed on his February 18, 2009 program.

Michele Bachmann should "slit [her] wrist!" Montel Williams told his Air America radio show audience in September 2009.

"We ought to rip [Dick Cheney's heart] out and kick it around and stuff it back in him," MSNBC's Ed Schultz blustered on his February 24, 2010 radio program.

Those are just three examples of left-wing hate that the mainstream media haven't denounced while accusing conservatives like Sarah Palin of engendering violence in the wake of the Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shooting.

"Have you ever heard any reporter… denounce these examples?" NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell asked Fox News' Sean Hannity after watching the montage during last night's "Media Mash" segment on "Hannity."

[For the full segment, watch the video below the page break or listen to the MP3 audio here.]

"Conservatives don't talk this way, yet they're attacking us for something we have nothing to do with," Bozell concluded.

Bozell later noted that the media's complaints about Sarah Palin's "target map" are specious and hypocritical.

"How about this, Sean? How about the original logo of the show "Crossfire"? What did it have? It had crosshairs!" Bozell reminded Hannity.

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"Rush Limbaugh needs to choke to death on his own fat," deranged left-wing radio show host Mike Malloy hissed on his February 18, 2009 program.

Michele Bachmann should "slit [her] wrist!" Montel Williams told his Air America radio show audience in September 2009.

"We ought to rip [Dick Cheney's heart] out and kick it around and stuff it back in him," MSNBC's Ed Schultz blustered on his February 24, 2010 radio program.

Those are just three examples of left-wing hate that the mainstream media haven't denounced while accusing conservatives like Sarah Palin of engendering violence in the wake of the Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shooting.

"Have you ever heard any reporter… denounce these examples?" NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell asked Fox News' Sean Hannity after watching the montage during last night's "Media Mash" segment on "Hannity."

[For the full segment, watch the video below the page break or listen to the MP3 audio here.]

"Conservatives don't talk this way, yet they're attacking us for something we have nothing to do with," Bozell concluded.

Bozell later noted that the media's complaints about Sarah Palin's "target map" are specious and hypocritical.

"How about this, Sean? How about the original logo of the show "Crossfire"? What did it have? It had crosshairs!" Bozell reminded Hannity.

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In response to a friend who asked him how he-as a lefty-can defend Israel, David Harris writes that “Israel is a liberal cause, and I am proud to speak up for it:”

Yes, I’m proud to speak up for Israel. A recent trip once again reminded me why.

Sometimes, it’s the seemingly small things, the things that many may not even notice, or just take for granted, or perhaps deliberately ignore, lest it spoil their airtight thinking.

It’s the driving lesson in Jerusalem, with the student behind the wheel a devout Muslim woman, and the teacher an Israeli with a skullcap. To judge from media reports about endless inter-communal conflict, such a scene should be impossible. Yet, it was so mundane that no one, it seemed, other than me gave it a passing glance. It goes without saying that the same woman would not have had the luxury of driving lessons, much less with an Orthodox Jewish teacher, had she been living in Saudi Arabia.

…It’s the Friday crowd at a mosque in Jaffa. Muslims are free to enter as they please, to pray, to affirm their faith. The scene is repeated throughout Israel. Meanwhile, Christians in Iraq are targeted for death; Copts in Egypt face daily marginalization; Saudi Arabia bans any public display of Christianity; and Jews have been largely driven out of the Arab Middle East.

It’s the central bus station in Tel Aviv. There’s a free health clinic set up for the thousands of Africans who have entered Israel, some legally, others illegally. They are from Sudan, Eritrea, and elsewhere. They are Christians, Muslims, and animists. Clearly, they know something that Israel’s detractors, who rant and rave about alleged “racism,” don’t. They know that, if they’re lucky, they can make a new start in Israel. That’s why they bypass Arab countries along the way, fearing imprisonment or persecution. And while tiny Israel wonders how many such refugees it can absorb, Israeli medical professionals volunteer their time in the clinic.

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Michael Calderone at The Cutline blog at Yahoo! devoted a post to controversy on the Left over why radical WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange wasn't Time's Person of the Year. (Lefties have insisted conservatives could win since they're an evil force like Hitler, but Assange somehow isn't put in the Bad Guy camp, or even the Egomaniac camp.) But Calderone picked a long-time Newsweek contributor to diss Time, without really noting the professional tie:

In picking a less-controversial figure, Stengel ended up creating a controversy. Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg, for one, said [in a Tweet] it was "gutless of Time not to name Assange."

Stengel, who had an exclusive Skype interview with Assange a few weeks ago, said he considered the WikiLeaks chief and, indeed, did select him as a runner-up for 2010. Assange, he acknowledges, has "had a big year." But in Stengel's view, Assange's actions in 2010 will not have the long-term impact of Zuckerberg's. "I think Assange will be a footnote five years from now," Stengel said.

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Michael Calderone at The Cutline blog at Yahoo! devoted a post to controversy on the Left over why radical WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange wasn't Time's Person of the Year. (Lefties have insisted conservatives could win since they're an evil force like Hitler, but Assange somehow isn't put in the Bad Guy camp, or even the Egomaniac camp.) But Calderone picked a long-time Newsweek contributor to diss Time, without really noting the professional tie:

In picking a less-controversial figure, Stengel ended up creating a controversy. Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg, for one, said [in a Tweet] it was "gutless of Time not to name Assange."

Stengel, who had an exclusive Skype interview with Assange a few weeks ago, said he considered the WikiLeaks chief and, indeed, did select him as a runner-up for 2010. Assange, he acknowledges, has "had a big year." But in Stengel's view, Assange's actions in 2010 will not have the long-term impact of Zuckerberg's. "I think Assange will be a footnote five years from now," Stengel said.

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First it was the clinger who shot his television after Bristol Palin made it to the finals on “Dancing with the Stars.” Now we learn that white powder was sent to Palin at DWTS studios this past week.

An FBI investigation was launched when a mystery white powder was found by studio employees in Bristol Palin’s fan mail last night.

Fearing the powder could be hazardous, experts were called in by Dancing With The Stars bosses to analyse it.

But it turned out to be nothing more dangerous than talcum powder.

The alert was sparked days after Bristol shocked many by winning a place in the semi-final  of the dancing show.

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‘The L.A.P.D., L.A. City and FBI Hazardous Materials officials responded to a report of a threatening letter containing white powder received at CBS Studios in Los Angeles.’

Police and fire engines rushed to CBS studios where the show is filmed and the area was evacuated, before it was established it was harmless.

What happened to all the talk from the left about a “return to sanity?”

Where is the media to craft their narrative about the violent tendencies of the left? Where are all the people who angrily point fingers whenever anyone (rarely, if ever) whispers a word about the Obama girls? Bristol Palin isn’t doing anything political; she’s making lemonade out of the lemons life - by way of attention brought on by a political decision which was not hers to make - has given her and is doing quite a stellar job, I might add.

It amazes me, as it also does Jon Stewart, how the left will so nurse a prejudice against an individual that they’ll allow it to transcend the political figure and extend to their children - and the media and societal construct encourages it.


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One failure of logic is to generalize from the anecdotal to the whole. Conservatives, who know rules of logic-we have Thomas Sowell after all (see what I did there?)-understand this. So, when it comes to rhetorical arguments or situations where some weirdo commits some random badness, they tend to blame…well, the perpetrator. It’s also just fundamental fairness.

The left, in contrast, has spent the last year and half trying to pin every act of terrorism and evil on the vast, white, racist, homophobic, bigoted Tea Party. They do it without shame. They impugn, malign and besmirch repeatedly. Best Tea Party sign? "You’ll say I’m racist anyway."

Lefties generalize from anecdotes unless the crazy person is one of their own (and yes, that was just a generalization). Then, of course, the crazy is an "outlier". He’s a depraved individual. And often, there are compelling reasonsfor the outburst. Those compelling reasons demand more examination. And upon examination, well, it turns out the context is complex and nuanced.

Enter the Discovery Building bomber-hostage taker-gun nut. The blogger Atrios was quick to point out that the guy with a clear eco-terrorist bent was just a "crazy individual".

What ensued were two responses: Rise above it and model good behavior or get dirty and use the opposition’s tactics of smearing the whole with the actions of one.

Ace chided Mary Katherine Ham and Michelle Malkin for letting the Left off the hook. (Michelle said that she’s "not playing the opportunistic blame game.") They get to have it both ways he said and they won’t learn to stop using their unfair tactics if they’re never called on it. Michelle said (and I’m paraphrasing) it doesn’t matter, the Left never learns. To which Ace responded thusly:

No they never learn, but they can be forced to go on record w statements that lunatics’ lunacies are not due to "rhetoric."

I happen to agree with Ace on this. I’ll tell you why, but first a detour of explanation.

One of my children has autism. An autistic child is inside his own head and lacks a certain self-awareness. So, for example, when the child does repetitive behaviors called "stimming" like rocking in place or flapping his hands in front of his eyes, he doesn’t realize what he’s doing. A parent might say, "Johnny, stop swaying" or "Stop flapping" and the child will continue. He doesn’t know that he’s doing anything.

Modeling normative behavior can help-but only if the child is aware of the normative behavior. That is, if he is not "seeing" it, he cannot model it. He is internally focused and that’s the problem.

So how do you get that child out of his head? You mirror his behavior. Try it some time. A child who is swaying or flapping will show a dawn of awareness when the parent or teacher mirrors what the child is doing in front of his face. So, in my house, I will start flapping my hands in front of my face and my son will get a sly smile of awareness and he’ll stop. He gets out of his own head for a minute, registers his behavior and quits. It is very effective. In fact, it is far more effective than modeling…until the unwanted behavior stops. Once the child stops the asocial behavior, he will start watching for different behavior. Awareness comes first.

You can see where I’m going with this. From what I can tell, and it’s a scientific fact to boot, leftists lack empathy. That is, they cannot put themselves in someone elses’ shoes and modify behavior based on how they would feel if the behavior was turned toward them. They are rather autistic about their intellectual and social behavior. They’ll tar and feather a whole segment of people based on the action of one crazy and not even bat an eye. However, when their own crazy gets caught, they want the more reasonable and reasoned and logical response of not smearing a whole group of people (say, all people who watched and liked the Al Gore movie An Inconvenient Truth).

Modeling has not helped the left. They simply do not see good behavior. They’re too into their own lefty world where their own asocial behavior is reinforced and fed (for example, Journolist).

What is the answer then? Mirroring.

At every opportunity, people on the right need to illustrate the absurd by being absurd. A crazy dude who hates babies and loves squirrels? Why, he’s a typical environmentalist! I mean, how is he different from Keith Olbermann and Dylan Ratigan? They’re all crazy, anger-lust filled wackos who would love for the world to be rid of humans and populated with trillions of squirrels.

The funny thing is that conservatives and libertarians on Twitter are in on the joke. Well, most of them are. They get that the smear is unfair and ridiculous. They understand that it’s childish and a little silly. They have also learned that modeling fairness to the lefties does not work. They simply are too inside their own experience.

So, mirroring it is. When lefties start holding to fairness in reporting and thinking, when they start viewing right-leaning outliers as the work of crazy outliers, it will be time to start modeling good behavior.

I understand the notion of being above it and acting in a manner in which you want others to act. I get not getting dirty. I also know that playing nice hamstrings the right and gives the left license. So, as long as the mirroring is conducted in a self-aware, joking manner, I say have at it.

Court Jesters, parody, and all manner of humor have always been used to reveal absurdity and bad behavior. Until the left mends their mendacious ways, mirroring is the best medicine.

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One failure of logic is to generalize from the anecdotal to the whole. Conservatives, who know rules of logic-we have Thomas Sowell after all (see what I did there?)-understand this. So, when it comes to rhetorical arguments or situations where some weirdo commits some random badness, they tend to blame…well, the perpetrator. It’s also just fundamental fairness.

The left, in contrast, has spent the last year and half trying to pin every act of terrorism and evil on the vast, white, racist, homophobic, bigoted Tea Party. They do it without shame. They impugn, malign and besmirch repeatedly. Best Tea Party sign? “You’ll say I’m racist anyway.”

Lefties generalize from anecdotes unless the crazy person is one of their own (and yes, that was just a generalization). Then, of course, the crazy is an “outlier”. He’s a depraved individual. And often, there are compelling reasons for the outburst. Those compelling reasons demand more examination. And upon examination, well, it turns out the context is complex and nuanced.

Enter the Discovery Building bomber-hostage taker-gun nut. The blogger Atrios was quick to point out that the guy with a clear eco-terrorist bent was just a “crazy individual”.

What ensued were two responses: Rise above it and model good behavior or get dirty and use the opposition’s tactics of smearing the whole with the actions of one.

Ace chided Mary Katherine Ham and Michelle Malkin for letting the Left off the hook. (Michelle said that she’s “not playing the opportunistic blame game.”) They get to have it both ways he said and they won’t learn to stop using their unfair tactics if they’re never called on it. Michelle said (and I’m paraphrasing) it doesn’t matter, the Left never learns. To which Ace responded thusly:

No they never learn, but they can be forced to go on record w statements that lunatics’ lunacies are not due to “rhetoric.”

I happen to agree with Ace on this. I’ll tell you why, but first a detour of explanation.

One of my children has autism. An autistic child is inside his own head and lacks a certain self-awareness. So, for example, when the child does repetitive behaviors called “stimming” like rocking in place or flapping his hands in front of his eyes, he doesn’t realize what he’s doing. A parent might say, “Johnny, stop swaying” or “Stop flapping” and the child will continue. He doesn’t know that he’s doing anything.

Modeling normative behavior can help-but only if the child is aware of the normative behavior. That is, if he is not “seeing” it, he cannot model it. He is internally focused and that’s the problem.

So how do you get that child out of his head? You mirror his behavior. Try it some time. A child who is swaying or flapping will show a dawn of awareness when the parent or teacher mirrors what the child is doing in front of his face. So, in my house, I will start flapping my hands in front of my face and my son will get a sly smile of awareness and he’ll stop. He gets out of his own head for a minute, registers his behavior and quits. It is very effective. In fact, it is far more effective than modeling…until the unwanted behavior stops. Once the child stops the asocial behavior, he will start watching for different behavior. Awareness comes first.

You can see where I’m going with this. From what I can tell, and it’s a scientific fact to boot, leftists lack empathy. That is, they cannot put themselves in someone elses’ shoes and modify behavior based on how they would feel if the behavior was turned toward them. They are rather autistic about their intellectual and social behavior. They’ll tar and feather a whole segment of people based on the action of one crazy and not even bat an eye. However, when their own crazy gets caught, they want the more reasonable and reasoned and logical response of not smearing a whole group of people (say, all people who watched and liked the Al Gore movie An Inconvenient Truth).

Modeling has not helped the left. They simply do not see good behavior. They’re too into their own lefty world where their own asocial behavior is reinforced and fed (for example, Journolist).

What is the answer then? Mirroring.

At every opportunity, people on the right need to illustrate the absurd by being absurd. A crazy dude who hates babies and loves squirrels? Why, he’s a typical environmentalist! I mean, how is he different from Keith Olbermann and Dylan Ratigan? They’re all crazy, anger-lust filled wackos who would love for the world to be rid of humans and populated with trillions of squirrels.

The funny thing is that conservatives and libertarians on Twitter are in on the joke. Well, most of them are. They get that the smear is unfair and ridiculous. They understand that it’s childish and a little silly. They have also learned that modeling fairness to the lefties does not work. They simply are too inside their own experience.

So, mirroring it is. When lefties start holding to fairness in reporting and thinking, when they start viewing right-leaning outliers as the work of crazy outliers, it will be time to start modeling good behavior.

I understand the notion of being above it and acting in a manner in which you want others to act. I get not getting dirty. I also know that playing nice hamstrings the right and gives the left license. So, as long as the mirroring is conducted in a self-aware, joking manner, I say have at it.

Court Jesters, parody, and all manner of humor have always been used to reveal absurdity and bad behavior. Until the left mends their mendacious ways, mirroring is the best medicine.

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