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Latest Mainstream Media Bias Scandal: WaPo Reporter Covering Conservatives Outed In Emails

June 28, 2010

Imagine the New York Times assigning a reporter to cover liberalism and the liberal agenda.  They pass this reporter off as being himself a liberal, but he’s really a plant.  He personally despises liberals and hates the liberal agenda, and is only on staff to sabotage the liberal movement by continually reporting a slanted picture of on only the worst aspects of liberalism.

Don’t worry, liberals.  You can stop hyperventilating.  Such a thing will never happen.  You don’t have to worry.  Every story you read will be doctrinally pure leftist propaganda.

But that is precisely what the mainstream media does to conservatives 60 seconds every minute, 60 minutes every hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and so on.

The leftwing bias and total lack of objectivity is simply unrelenting.

The perennially dishonest left have destroyed journalism.  It is dead.

Breaking: WaPo’s David Weigel Resigns After More Conservative-bashing Emails Disclosed
By Lachlan Markay
Fri, 06/25/2010

UPDATE | Lachlan Markay – 6/25, 3:00 PM: A roundup of reactions from all over the blogosphere and twitterverse below the fold. Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel resigned today after a host of offensive e-mails surfaced revealing his disdain for much of the right – the beat he was charged with covering. Fishbowl DC, which published a number of those emails yesterday, confirmed the resignation with the Post just after noon.

Yesterday I reported on leaked emails from Weigel to a listserve of liberal journalists bashing conservatives and conservatism – you know, the people Weigel is supposed to be covering. As bad as those email were, a plethora of messages from Weigel published in the Daily Caller take the conservative-bashing to a whole new level.

The new emails also demonstrated that yesterday’s quasi-apology from Weigel was really not as sincere as he claimed. He said that he made some of his most offensive remarks at the end of a bad day. But these new emails show that there was really nothing unique about them, and that offensive remarks about conservatives really were nothing new or uncommon.

Many of the misguided statements were clearly made in jest – “I hope he fails,” Weigel said of Rush Limbaugh after the radio host was hospitalized with chest pains, a reference to Limbaugh’s hope that Obama’s agenda would fail. But other bouts of name calling – ragging on the “outbursts of racism” from “amoral blowhard” Newt Gingrich, for instance – were obviously not jokes.

The Daily Caller revealed some quite stunning statements from the JournoList in its piece today:

“Honestly, it’s been tough to find fresh angles sometimes–how many times can I report that these [tea party] activists are joyfully signing up with the agenda of discredited right-winger X and discredited right-wing group Y?” Weigel lamented in one February email.

In other posts, Weigel describes conservatives as using the media to “violently, angrily divide America.” According to Weigel, their motives include “racism” and protecting “white privilege,” and for some of the top conservatives in D.C., a nihilistic thirst for power.

There’s also the fact that neither the pundits, nor possibly the Republicans, will be punished for their crazy outbursts of racism. Newt Gingrich is an amoral blowhard who resigned in disgrace, and Pat Buchanan is an anti-Semite who was drummed out of the movement by William F. Buckley. Both are now polluting my inbox and TV with their bellowing and minority-bashing. They’re never going to go away or be deprived of their soapboxes,” Weigel wrote.

Of Matt Drudge, Weigel remarked,  “It’s really a disgrace that an amoral shut-in like Drudge maintains the influence he does on the news cycle while gay-baiting, lying, and flubbing facts to this degree.”…

Republicans? “Ratf–king [Obama] on every bill.” Palin? Tried to “ratf–k” a moderate Republican in a contentious primary in New York. Limbaugh? Used “ratf–king tactics” in urging Republican activists to vote for Hillary Clinton in open primaries after Obama had all but beat her for the Democratic nomination.

Weigel continued to defend these outbursts, as he did when contacted by the Daily Caller. “My reporting, I think, stands for itself,” he said. “I’ve always been of the belief that you could have opinions and could report anyway… people aren’t usually asked to stand or fall on everything they’ve said in private.”

First, there’s the issue of whether anything said on a 400-member email list can really be considered “private.” “There’s no such thing as off-the-record with 400 people,” Nation columnist Eric Alterman told Politico.

But the real issues are, first, whether such mean-spirited jabs demonstrate a disdain for many conservatives that precludes Weigel from covering them fairly (he did label gay marriage opponents “bigots,” after all), and second, whether the Post feels it is appropriate to have someone hostile to the right covering conservatism, while a through-and-through liberal in Ezra Klein covers the left.

The Post signaled that it did not consider Weigel’s comments to be a serious problem. It seems that attitude has changed.

Managing Editor Raju Narisetti told Politico that “Dave’s apology to readers reflects he understands, in calmer hindsight, the need to exercise good judgment at all times and of not throwing stones, especially when operating from inside an echo-filled glass house that is modern-day digital journalism.” He added that it was “time to move on.”

The Post declined comment on Weigel’s resignation.

*****UPDATE

Below is a roundup of reactions from prominent online commentators since Weigel’s resignation.

Politico’s Ben Smith paints Weigel as an unfortunate casualty of the collapsing facade of objectivity in the Post’s online efforts.

The current flap over Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel has its roots in a fact that suprised me when I learned of it earlier this year: The Post appears to have hired Weigel, a liberal blogger, under the false impression that he’s a conservative. The new controversy over the revelation that he’s liberal is primarily the Post’s fault, not his, except to the degree that he allowed the paper’s brass to put him in an unsustainable position.

Ed Morrissey seems to share this sentiment:

Having an anthropological study of conservatives, such as Dave provides, would work if the Post had a similar anthropological look at liberals from someone on the outside to balance it.  As it stands, however, Post readers get a Conservatives In The Mist approach that seems to predicate itself on the belief that they can’t figure conservatives and conservatism out for themselves.  That’s not a reflection on Dave, but a criticism of the editorial decision to pursue a one-sided strategy of critical analysis at the Post.

And indeed, one of the most interesting elements of the reaction to Weigel’s resignation seems to be the admission, or at least the acknowledgment, that he is, in fact, a liberal. The “libertarian” label seemed to stick.

But today,  Weigel’s liberalism was treated as a given. Even Keith Olbermann, on whose show Weigel is a regular guest, tweeted his agreement: “If the WaPost didn’t know @DaveWeigel  wasn’t a conservative blogger, it’s time for the Post to FOLD. My full support is yours, David.”

At the Atlantic, Jefferey Goldberg made that observation almost in passing. Goldberg went on to make what has been (somewhat surprisingly) a sparsely invoked argument in the hours since Weigel’s resignation: that the crudity of his comments itself was enough to sully his reporting.

Media consultant Josh Treviño claimed on Twitter that “nearly all journalists mock their subjects. Maybe not the ones covering elementary schools. But all the others.” But Goldberg disagrees:

“How could we destroy our standards by hiring a guy stupid enough to write about people that way in a public forum?” one of my friends at the Post asked me when we spoke earlier today. “I’m not suggesting that many people on the paper don’t lean left, but there’s leaning left, and then there’s behaving like an idiot.”

I gave my friend the answer he already knew: The sad truth is that the Washington Post, in its general desperation for page views, now hires people who came up in journalism without much adult supervision, and without the proper amount of toilet-training. This little episode today is proof of this. But it is also proof that some people at the Post (where I worked, briefly, 20 years ago) still know the difference between acceptable behavior and unacceptable behavior, and that maybe this episode will lead to the reimposition of some level of standards.

Others, such as NewsBusters contributor Dan Gainor and National Review’s Jim Geraghty, attributed Weigel’s decline not so much to the language he used as to his style of reporting; his tenancy to seek out the fringe elements of the movement, and focus on them, rather than on mainstream conservatism.

As Gainor said in a statement today,

Weigel’s rapid meltdown showed the incredible danger for traditional media to play fast and loose mixing news and opinion. The Post was either unwilling or unable to find a neutral reporter to cover conservatives. Nor did it hire an actual advocate as it has done for the left with Ezra Klein. Instead, the Post brought in someone who tried to tear down conservatives and look at the right as if he were visiting a zoo. This disaster should be proof enough that their method was a failure.

Geraghty echoed Gainor’s comments in a blog post, saying

Dave only fits the loosest definition of conservative; I think he’s best defined as a left-leaning, idiosyncratic libertarian. He is also a political junkie with a voluminous appetite for news and a dogged reporter. From where I sit, he spends too much time writing about fringe figures and trends that are largely irrelevant to national politics (Orly Taitz, Birthers, etc.) but perhaps that’s his genuine fascination and/or what his employers wanted. Righties suspected Dave wanted to spotlight the freakiest and least appealing self-proclaimed “conservatives”; I suspect that at least part of Dave’s mentality was simply, “You have got to hear what this lunatic is saying.”

Journalism is a field that basically only hires liberals.  Like another liberal-dominated field – education – it basically maintains standards of ideological purity that rival the Nazi or Communist Parties in their worst days  of yore.  Journalism is dead in America, and liberals were the murderers.

Education is likewise dead.  Like the unions that destroyed every single other industry they touched, liberals have destroyed education – turning it into leftist indoctrination – just as liberals turned journalism into leftist propaganda.

You will never see a day in which half of all reporters, journalists, and op-ed writers are conservatives.  The status quo is hard-core liberalism; and the field of journalism will maintain that status quo at absolutely all costs – even as the liberal dinosaur media shrink into bankruptcy or laughably low ratings and readership.

Which means any scintilla of objectivity is a farce.

The most asinine thing of all is this notion that reporters – who are so overwhelmingly liberal it is absurd – somehow believe that they can think conservatives are not only stupid, but genuinely evil, while at the same time believing that liberals are both intelligent and virtuous, are somehow able to cover both sides fairly and objectively.

In that regard, journalists are so arrogant, and so transcendentally stupid, that it defies all rationality.

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SEIU VP Gerald Hudson: You White Union Workers Are Just So F-ing Rabidly Racist

April 13, 2010

Are you a white member of a labor union?  If so, you are a racist.  Especially if you’re one of them Wisconsin white union workers.  You’re the most racist of all.  F-ing rabidly racist, in actual point of fact.

My own transcript from video:

SEIU Executive Vice President Gerry Hudson
On Union Members Attitudes About Immigration Reform at Georgetown University
4/6/2010

“I’ve organized huge numbers of conversations among workers about immigration, comprehensive immigration reform.  And there is significant worker opposition to comprehensive immigration reform.  And, appallingly, among African-Americans.  People have gone overtime in trying to organize a battle royale – right? – for the country between African-Americans and Latinos on this whole issue.  So I’ve got a feeling it’s got some legs.

What’s interesting to me is it doesn’t take a whole lot to argue, at least African-American workers, to another place.  It doesn’t take a whole lot.  And I’ve spent not a lot of time doing it, but I I’ve had some success.  And so I think we need to spend more time doing it, try to figure out what’s the best ways to get it done.  But I think we can get the work done.

On white workers, I think we’ve got some real problems. I’ve spent a lot of time in Wisconsin and places like that where I have heard some of the most anti-immigrant sentiments around. It’s also, and this is where you get the black workers first; it’s so fucking rabidly racist – ’till black people get scared.  They don’t just mean you.  So you can organize them quicker.”

Man, can you just imagine the unreal media circus feeding frenzy that would have ensued if a white member of a powerful pro-Republican organization which was getting more visits to the White House than anybody had said this kind of vile crap about black people???  I mean, just to say that black people are “fucking rabidly ANYTHING” would have raised a stink with a giant mushroom cloud that would have been visible from neighboring galaxies.

What we have here is a racist black man who hates and demonizes white people.  And incredibly, the white people he seems to have the most naked and open contempt for are SEIU white workers.

Understand, Gerry Hudson isn’t talking about conservative tea party white people; he’s talking about very uberliberal Service Employees International Union white people.  I mean, the mainstream media have been out spewing never-actually-witnessed allegations of tea party racism like machine gun bullets.  But the nastiest racism –  the “fucking rabidly racist” racism – is coming from those white liberal Democrat union neanderthals.  Just ask the SEIU.

I’ve always said, if you want to see hatred and racism, just look at the left.  And here is a classic example of a) a black leftist demonizing white people as a racial group; and b) a leftist pointing out it’s the white liberals who are “fucking rabidly racist.”

It’s just a giant neon sign of liberal racism from every possible angle.

I think about “rabid,” and I think about that leftist ObamaCare supporter that bit the finger off of a man who merely happened to be passing by.

There’s another angle to this, of course.  Because once again, the massive hypocrisy of the self-righteous liberalism raises its festering, putrid head yet again.

To paraphrase Clark Griswold, it’s about time that the American people realize what cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit hypocrites that liberals truly are.

Here’s a story out just yesterday about MSNBC “journalist” Norah O’Donnell describing Newt Gingrich’s “racism” for his remark about Barack Obama’s ability to shoot 3-pointers:

The question of the day: What could a leftist possibly say on MSNBC that would be so far out, so ridiculous, so inane that even the network’s other leftists scoff?

The answer: Norah O’Donnell’s claim that if a Republican says a Democrat is athletic, it’s some kind of nefarious secret code that really means “negro.”

Newt Gingrich, speaking at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, said that “shooting three-point shots may be clever, but it doesn’t put anybody to work.”

Referring to President Obama, Gingrich said, “What we need is a President, not an athlete. We need somebody who actually focuses on getting people back to work.”

That’s when Morning Joe guest host O’Donnell accused Gingrich of being a racist.

“But I’m not sure what he means by this particular sound bite,” O’Donnell said, “and I think it’s open to some criticism because it suggests that the President is an athlete and some people may suggest, you know, because all black people are good athletes. I mean that’s what it sort of sounds like to me.

The reaction on the Morning Joe set was instantaneous. Even the other leftists couldn’t help but make fun of O’Donnell’s “interesting” interpretation.

Apparently, the Republicans racist code is an ever changing thing. Last year, they told us the word “socialist” was code for “negro.” This year, “athlete” is the new code word. And later this year, it’s going to be “incumbent.”

What about the flat-out proclamation that white people are “fucking rabidly racist,” Norah???  Apparently, THAT didn’t bother you enough to file a report.

Now, I want you to understand: as far as the lamestream media is concerned, Newt Gingrich making a remark about Obama’s ability to shoot a basketball – which not only the media but Barack Obama himself have frequently alluded to –  is racist.  But a black SEIU executive vice president saying poor white workers as a class of people are “fucking rabidly racist” –  is not racist.

That’s the level of leftist ideological propaganda masquerading as legitimate news we’ve plunged into.  There’s you liberal media demagogic double-standard wrapped-up with a nice little bow tied around it.  That’s largely how ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and newspapers such as the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, operate every single day.

I am beyond sick of this crap.  Where’s the CONGRESSIONAL WHITE CAUCUS that dedicates itself to securing political benefits for white people, and blacks be damned???  Where’s the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF WHITE PEOPLE that is operating with prestige and acclaim???  Where are the HISTORICALLY WHITE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES that exist to educate white students rather than black students???  Where’s the UNITED CAUCASIAN COLLEGE FUND that exists to give scholarships to white students for the sake of being white???  Where’s the NATIONAL WHITE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE to secure business opportunities for white people against black people???

Hey, let me ask a more compelling question, given the occupant of the White House: where’s the national major white politician who spent 20-odd years in a “church” that espoused a commitment to the white value system, which entails a commitment to the white community, a commitment to white self-determination, a commitment to the white family, a commitment to white education, a commitment to the white workforce, a commitment to the white ethic, a commitment to white progress, a commitment to support white institutions, and a commitment to pledge allegiance to all white leadership?

Raise your hand if you plan to vote for that white guy and his “fucking rabid racist” commitment to all those white values.

Raise your hand if you intend to vote for the white man who went to a white church with a commitment to the white value system whose preacher – whom he described as his spiritual mentor – shrieked out a sermon about black folks’ greed driving socialist screed.  How about if that white politician wrote a book using the title of that sermon???

And, by the way, if you’re a black person, and you DON’T vote for my white values candidate, YOU ARE A RACIST!!! And you ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Just who the hell are these people to lecture anybody about racism???

And just who the hell are the mainstream media “journalists” – who have been the gatekeepers of an incredibly hypocritical double-standard – to lecture us???

There are a bunch of white people out there who just want to be able to take care of their families who are constantly getting labeled as “racist” by people who seriously ought to take a long hard look in the mirror.  Not that these people are even morally capable of meaningful self-reflection.

It’s time that decent people of ALL melatonin levels went after these race-baiting demagogues and shamed them out of the public domain.

Sarah Palin Makes For Happiest Republican Convention Ever

September 6, 2008

A few days ago I wrote an article titled, “Sarah Palin: Enter the Happy Conservative Warrior.”  My point was that the choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s Vice President has unified and energized the party as it has never been in my voting lifetime, right when we need it most.

Now I find that Newt Gingrich has a similar take on recent Republican energy levels:

This was the happiest convention I have attended.

In seven conventions going back to 1984, I have never seen delegates as happy.

I have seen them eager, energized, committed, determined but the underlying mood last night was sheer joy.

There was joy that Senator McCain had had the courage to pick Governor Palin. (more…)

Newt Gingrich Drops Atomic Bomb On MSNBC Over Sarah Palin

September 4, 2008

I don’t need to say a word of introduction: just watch the minute-long pulverizing:

Reporter Ron Allen’s silence: journalistic objectivity, or dumbfounded into silence?

It’s almost like one of them Kung Fu flicks.  Maybe I can win a fight with a liberal; but I am young and foolish, and take too many punches.  Noot Geen Greech – gray and wizened master of the martial arts – takes out 25 guys armed with submachine guns with a single Yoda-like side kick.