Category Archives: bias

How the Media covers a story: #Benghazi vs. Valerie Plame and Abu Ghraib

benghazi-11The Media has been doing a masterful job of avoiding any-and-all discussions about Benghazi since the day after it happened, and it’s a job they are largely continuing.

However, in the rare instances that Benghazi does get mentioned, the comparison to Watergate is often made. Many on the Right have long made this connection, and just as many on the Left repeatedly call such comparisons ridiculous.

Personally, I think that comparison is imperfect, for a couple of reasons. First, the Press will never allow it to stand, since for many of them Watergate has been elevated to a sacred religious experience, to be celebrated and revered. Thus, they react to its being compared to other scandals in much the same way an Islamist does if you draw a cartoon of Mohammed, …minus the rusty scimitar and poor grooming habits.

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How the Media got it 100% wrong… AGAIN.

If you don’t follow Cornell Law Professor William A. Jacobson’s blog, Le•gal In•sur•rec•tion, please consider doing so today.

Jacobson has an alarmingly revealing post (complete with videos), which details the Leftist Media’s pathological insistence on framing every potential crazed killer/shooter/bomber/terrorist as “Right Wing”.

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Here’s just a taste:

It started with Bill Sparkman, the part-time Census worker who went missing and then was found dead, setting off an avalanche of mainstream media and left-blogosphere accusations that he was the victim of anti-government “right-wing” hate.  It turned out that Sparkman killed himself, but there were few if any apologies coming.

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The Only Causes Worth Fighting For

Conservatives, libertarians, and other guardians of liberty today remind me a lot of Jefferson Smith from the classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Like Smith, conservatives stand in awe of the U.S. Constitution and the wonderful institutions it created to preserve their freedoms. But then reality hits and they realize that their cherished freedoms are being eroded in the name of graft and good intentions.

It might seem hopeless to turn things around when so much damage has been done. But as Smith rightfully points out, “Lost causes… are the only causes worth fighting for.” That’s because if we are on the right side, it doesn’t matter who opposes us: truth must prevail.

Jefferson Smith pleads with the senior Senator to do what's right during his filibuster

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington provides a blueprint for today’s battle and it offers hope that we can win. I’d like to compare that film’s events to our day and express optimism for the future.

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The New York Times Calls (again) for Higher Taxes on Middle-Class Americans

A solid post highlighting one of the MSM’s most ubiquitous narratives:

“there’s nothing wrong with our country that Taxing-The-Rich can’t cure”.

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International Liberty

All statists want much bigger government, but not all of them are honest about how to finance a Greek-sized welfare state.

The President, for instance, wants us to believe that the rich are some sort of fiscal pinata, capable of generating endless amounts of tax revenue.

Using IRS tax data, I’ve shown that this is a very inaccurate assumption. And I’ve also used IRS data to show the President that there are big Laffer-Curve effects when you try to rape and pillage high-income Americans.

Heck, even the Europeans have realized that you can only squeeze so much blood from that stone.

Notwithstanding the misleading rhetoric from the Obama Administration, there are some honest folks on the left who understand and acknowledge that you can’t have bigger government unless you put ordinary people on the chopping block.

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The fall of Jesse Jackson Jr: yet another lesson in Media Bias

Bias and mediaPut. Your coffee. Down. 

Trust me.

‘Cause if you haven’t had a chance to see this yet, at least now you won’t ruin your computer screen.

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While you watch (it’s only 2 minutes), test yourself and see if you can see both ways that THIS story is handled differently than reports  about Republican/Conservative/Tea Party politicians. 

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Hell Freezes Over: Politico reports on Left bias in the media

From Politico:

On the front page of its Sunday edition, the New York Times gave a big spread to Ann Romney spending lots of time and tons of money on an exotic genre of horse-riding. The clear implication: The Romneys are silly rich, move in rarefied and exotic circles, and are perhaps a tad shady.

Only days earlier, news surfaced that author David Maraniss had unearthed new details about Barack Obama’s prolific, college-age dope-smoking for his new book, “Barack Obama: The Story” — and the Times made it a brief on A15.

No wonder Republicans are livid with the early coverage of the 2012 general election campaign. To them, reporters are scaring up stories to undermine the introduction of Mitt Romney to the general election audience – and once again downplaying ones that could hurt the president.

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It’s certainly hard to argue that the Romneys’ horse-riding habits today are worse than the Maraniss revelations, which have gotten little mainstream coverage.

It’s the rare even-handed piece from Politico, and may be the only one seen from them between now and November.

You may wish to frame it.

Spy vs. Spy

There are myriad examples of Left bias in the news every day. This particular one deserves your attention because it concerns life-and-death, as well as our national security.

And it involves spies, so what’s not to like??

The Power Line blog covered this on Monday, and this post from Libertarian Leanings came the next day. Read them both, but I believe ‘Leanings’ places this in the superior context.

Courtesy of Tom Bowler @ Libertarian Leanings blog:

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Power Line Remembers… 

Valerie Plame.  Valerie Plame, for those who may not remember, is the former CIA employee who was supposedly “outed” by the Bush White House in retaliation for a New York Times op-ed by her husband, Joseph C. Wilson.

When George Bush said in a State of the Union address that Saddam Hussein had been trying to acquire large quantities of uranium from Africa, Wilson countered in his editorial that in his opinion the African country of Niger could not possibly have gotten away with selling uranium to Iraq.  Therefore George Bush was lying.

The couple have been glorified by Hollywood, but the glory isn’t sticking so well.

“Fair Game” starred Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. It grossed $9.4MM domestically,  against a production budget of $22MM. Fewer Americans than anticipated,  it seems, wanted to view the sweeping drama of a couple of D.C.  mediocrities sipping poorly selected wine at the Four Seasons Georgetown  and falling backwards into a glorious victimhood.

As you may or may not remember, it was not the Bush White House who leaked the identity of Valerie Plame.  A higher up State Department official, Richard Armitage, was the leaker.  I don’t think I ever knew exactly why, but he revealed to the late Robert Novak that Wilson’s wife had helped to arrange the trip her husband made to Africa upon which he based his Times op-ed.  Armed with that information Novak looked up the double top-secret name of Wilson’s wife in “Who’s Who in America” and published it in a story of his own about Wilson’s trip and his editorial.  A witch hunt ensued.

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald conducted a grand jury inquisition into possible violations of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.  Fitzgerald learned early in the investigation that it was Richard Armitage who revealed the identity of CIA “operative” Valerie  Plame, but he concluded that no crime had  been committed.  Still, he kept the investigation going until he finally netted Scooter Libby, Vice President Richard Cheney’s chief of staff, for lying.

In grand jury testimony Libby said he thought he had first heard of Valerie Plame from the late Tim Russert of Meet the Press fame.  He later amended his testimony, based on notes he had showing that he must have heard her name earlier, but he said hadn’t recalled the notes, nor the meetings in which they were made.  Patrick Fitzgerald argued that he did, too, recall them.  Libby was convicted of lying.  Lying about a non-crime, actually.

So why does the subject of Valerie Plame resurface?  Just recently another agent — this time a real honest to god covert agent — was outed.  But this time, news outfits tripped all over themselves celebrating an Obama administration intelligence coup.

WASHINGTON — The suicide bomber dispatched by the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda last month to blow up a United States-bound airliner was actually an intelligence agent for Saudi Arabia who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for the mission, American and foreign officials said Tuesday.

In an extraordinary intelligence coup, the double agent left Yemen last month, traveling by way of the United Arab Emirates, and delivered both the innovative bomb designed for his aviation attack and inside information on the group’s leaders, locations, methods and plans to the Central Intelligence Agency, Saudi intelligence and allied foreign intelligence agencies.

Officials said the agent, whose identity they would not disclose, works for the Saudi intelligence service, which has cooperated closely with the C.I.A. for several years against the terrorist group in Yemen.

Apparently there are a couple of problems with that narrative.

As the story broke, the establishment media was more than happy to attribute the intelligence coup to the CIA and the Obama administration, describing the mole as a “CIA informant.”

It turns out that wasn’t true. The double-agent hadn’t been recruited and placed by the CIA, but by British intelligence, who also managed the operation. In fact, the Americans had only recently been made aware of the joint British-Saudi effort.

The leaks about the operation from the American side have infuriated British intelligence officials, who had hoped to continue the operation. The leaks not only scuttled the mission but put the life of the asset in jeopardy. Even CIA officials, joining their MI5 and MI6 counterparts, were describing the leaks as “despicable,” attributing them to the Obama administration.

Compare press coverage of this blown cover to the trumped-up case over Valerie Plame, a CIA employee who commuted to an office at CIA headquarters in Langley every day, and whose name was listed in “Who’s Who in America.”  Ms. Plame, who was in no way endangered by publication of Novak’s story, became a media celebrity, victim of an imagined retaliatory leak from the Bush White House.

This time, though, the life of a British agent is threatened, opportunities for more intelligence have been thrown away, and from all outward appearances it’s because of the Obama administration’s compulsion to score political points wherever they may be had.

And this time the press is too busy touting Obama’s supposed “evolution” on gay marriage to report on anything else.

Posted by Tom Bowler at 10:28 AM

A Cynical Opportunist

“….an overwhelming majority of respondents, 67%, think the president backed same-sex marriage last week “mostly for political reasons,” while only 24% think he did it “mostly because he thinks it is right.” This column agrees with the 24% more than the 67%, but in any case Obama has managed a neat trick: He has managed to look like a cynical opportunist while taking an unpopular position.”

>>James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2012

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This article is a great review of the past week’s events and the resulting political fallout thus far, but you’ll need to go over to wsjonline for the entire column.

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