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Calling out Gibson and Tapper

Say it ain’t so, Jake!

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ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper, ABC News White House Correspondent,  has consistently posed harder questions to President Obama than virtually anyone else in the largely fawning gaggle of groupies also known as the White House Press Corps and because of that higher level of intellectual honesty many of us follow Jake on Facebook or on Twitter.  When he noted yesterday that ABC’s World News Tonight was [finally] going to report on the recent ACORN sting and their on-tape support of numerous illegalities I made sure that I did not miss it.  I like Jake Tapper.  I was more than a little disappointed by the story, and frankly he and Gibson need to be called out on it.

Please go watch the short segment, which can be viewed here, to decide for yourself.

The segment seemed slanted from the very beginning and I had a flashback to the late 90s when Dan Rather was reporting on the Lewinsky scandal during President Clinton’s second term.  Like Charlie Gibson’s graphic, which read “ACORN Under Fire,” Rather was doing his best to run interference for Mr. Clinton and similarly the graphic over his shoulder sympathetically read “White House Under Fire”.  Many more properly descriptive alternatives come to mind, such as “ACORN Accused of Criminality” or even “Big Media Scooped by Amateurs”, but would clearly fail to portray the group sympathetically enough.

UPDATE 9/18: To be completely honest, O’Reilly’s graphic last night said “ACORN Under Fire” as well!  But I do think that the points that I make in the rest of this post stand alone.

Gibson’s lead-in statements before handing the story off to Tapper attempted to frame the story immediately as some sort of GOP grudge match.

“For years, republicans in that city have been taking aim at an umbrella group of community organizers called ACORN.  Opposition to the group intensified when ACORN helped President Obama in his election campaign. And now a video tape has surfaced which has prompted calls for investigations of ACORN’s activities.”

ABC News Anchor Charles Gibson

ABC News Anchor Charles Gibson

Gibson immediately struck a sympathetic tone with ACORN, once again painting a picture of a group in the crosshairs of the “republicans” who are “taking aim” at ACORN and he tried to present it as a simple partisan grudge against a group who supported their opponent.  Furthermore, while being interviewed on a Chicago radio show on Tuesday (Sept. 15th), Gibson actually claimed that he was unfamiliar with the story!  Given that the story, complete with video from ACORN offices of their people happily assisting in plans for illegal activities, had broken five days earlier one would expect Mr. Gibson to be familiar with it.  The Senate had voted the night before to cut ties to ACORN and the Census Bureau had terminated their association with the radical group four days earlier on Friday, September 11th.  Mr. Gibson’s claim of ignorance truly requires an unacceptable level of credulity.

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The Cloward-Piven Strategy

Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinsky

 

I wrote a piece on my other blog called The Cloward-Piven Strategy that you should read as it plays into the basic MO of Obama and his Alinksy-ite tactics.

The Cloward-Piven Strategy.

Illegal Aliens, ACORN, Obama and the Census

President Obama’s power grab, oops – I guess that I should be more specific… Mr. Obama’s Census power grab is going to have significant consequences.  First he seized control of the Census from the Commerce Department so that he could completely control it, steering the outcome to be best for his collectivist party.  Then he enlisted ACORN, the well known voter fraud and intimidation group, to aid in that Census…. starting to smell the picture here?

This has been bugging me since I heard Mark Levin speak on it.  I know that the Constitution says that we count “people” rather than “citizens” but it is reprehensible to suggest that the number of illegal aliens should have any impact on the apportionment of House seats.  Only the “end justifies the means” power hungry collectivists on the Left could think otherwise.

Michelle points out that Mr Obama is doing everything he can to over count illegals:

Obama’s census partners are using the process to pressure homeland security agents to halt interior enforcement efforts and workplace raids so that illegal alien cooperation with the national survey is maximized. Inclusion of the massive illegal alien population has resulted in a radical redrawing of the electoral map.

The Census is used to divvy up seats in the House as a proportion of their population based on the head count. More people equals more seats. More illegal immigrants counted equals more power. This is not hypothetical. The Center for Immigration Studies determined that in the 2000 election cycle, the presence of non-citizens (including illegal immigrants, temporary visitors, and green-card holders) caused nine seats in the House to switch hands. As the think tank’s analysis reported: California added six seats it would not have had otherwise. Texas, New York, and Florida each gained a seat. Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin each lost a seat. Montana, Kentucky, and Utah each failed to secure a seat they would otherwise have gained.

Translation in plain English: Open borders have profound consequences. And they don’t end with congressional apportionment. The redistribution of power extends to presidential elections because the Electoral College is pegged to the size of congressional delegations.

Being Jimmy Carter 2.0, Mr Obama is trying to replicate what our first Jimmy Carter did:

Under the Carter administration, the men and women who enforce our immigration laws were ordered not to do their jobs during the census count; non-enforcement was the unspoken policy during the Clinton administration in 2000. The policy, in other words, was to put political interests above security interests and leave No Illegal Alien Left Behind. The Obama Department of Homeland Security is already continuing the tradition – reversing the work of investigative agents who have uncovered massive document fraud at illegal alien worksites and cutting immigration and customs enforcement operations at the knees.

Mr Obama is a power hungry traitor to his fellow Americans.  Not ony will this affect the makeup of Congress but also the Electoral College.

Does anyone feel comfortable with ACORN playing a role in the Census?  It is unbelievable to me.  That guy has audacity but it has nothing to do with “hope”.

Michael Barone also points out that Obama’s Census power grab is likely unconstitutional.  Man, that Constitution is just a pesky thing to the Left!

Treasonous actions by the New York Times

If a newspaper has a story on a political candidate that could easily wreck that candidate’s chances of winning and they spike that story because they ideologically agree with that candidate and want him elected it goes beyond bias.  Given the multitude of protections given to the media under our system of a free press, one could argue that such actions are treasonous against America.  The New York Times did just that.

A lawyer involved with legal action against Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) told a House Judiciary subcommittee on March 19 The New York Times had killed a story in October that would have shown a close link between ACORN, Project Vote and the Obama campaign because it would have been a “a game changer.”

I would submit that the New York Times committed treason against the people of the United States.

Heather Heidelbaugh, who represented the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee in the lawsuit against the group, recounted for the ommittee what she had been told by a former ACORN worker who had worked in the group’s Washington, D.C. office. The former worker, Anita Moncrief, told Ms. Heidelbaugh last October, during the state committee’s litigation against ACORN, she had been a “confidential informant for several months to The New York Times reporter, Stephanie Strom.”

So the New York Times is using secret informants.  That is fine, that is journalism as long as it is a reasonably credible source, as a former ACORN worker would likely be.

Ms. Moncrief told Ms. Heidelbaugh the campaign had asked her and her boss to “reach out to the maxed-out donors and solicit donations from them for Get Out the Vote efforts to be run by ACORN.”

Ms. Heidelbaugh then told the congressional panel:

“Upon learning this information and receiving the list of donors from the Obama campaign, Ms. Strom reported to Ms. Moncrief that her editors at The New York Times wanted her to kill the story because, and I quote, “it was a game changer.”’

So, the NYT (the newsletter for the Social Democrats) is doing investigative journalism on a story but they stop cold once it becomes obvious that their story could reflect negatively on their chosen candidate for President.  They have critical information on the man likely to be the next leader of the “free world” and they keep it to themselves because they want him elected – talk about a smoking gun of outright media bias!

Rep. Sensenbrenner (R), had some poignant observations:

“If true, The New York Times is showing once again that it is a not an impartial observer of the political scene,” he said. “If they want to be a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party, they should put Barack Obama approves of this in their newspaper.”

That would be a good thing for their masthead.  Perhaps they should change their name to Pravda as well.  Some arguably less partisan academics had similar criticisms of how the NYT reported on Democrats versus Republicans:

Academicians and journalism experts expressed similar criticism of the Times.

“The New York Times keeps going over the line in every single campaign and last year was the worst, easily,” said Mal Kline of the American Journalism Center. “They would ignore real questions worth examining about Obama, the questions about Bill Ayers or about how he got his house. Then on the other side they would try to manufacture scandals.”

Mr. Kline mentioned Gov. Sarah Palin was cleared by investigators of improperly firing an Alaska State Trooper, but went unnoticed by The Times.

“How many stories about this were in The New York Times,” he asked.

“If this is true, it would not surprise me at all. The New York Times is a liberal newspaper. It is dedicated to furthering the Democratic Party,” said Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of Political Science at Grove City College. “People think The New York Times is an objective news source and it is not. It would not surprise me that if they had a news story that would have swayed the election into McCain’s favor they would not have used it.”

Hammer meet nail.  And don’t forget the completely manufactured story about John McCain having an affair with a lobbyist; that one ranks up there with Mary Mapes’ and Dan Rather’s fake George Bush National Guard scandal.

The New York Times committed treason against the citizens of America.  Read the story on this from the Philadelphia Bulletin here.

Stuart Varney vs. ACORN

[via Sweetness and Light]

Stuart Varney interviewed ACORN representative Bertha Lewis on Fox Business Channel and they really got into it.  S&L has a more full transcript, but go watch the video to see for yourself.  This was interesting because not only was Varney tough on her, but when those ACORN people let you see what they really stand for you realize that they are difficult to distinguish from marxist thugs.

Bertha Lewis: Every 13 seconds, Stuart, people are getting foreclosed on and they have the right to protect their homes and to protect their communities. It’s the most American thing you can do to protect your community.

Stuart Varney: ACORN is well known for looking at banks and saying “give us a loan,”….they don’t give you a loan so you scream racism you then invade their offices and demonstrate outside the private homes of bank executives, you embarrass the banks and you force them to give you loans on favorable terms, now…those loans cannot be repaid, you will not leave those homes and your claiming a right to stay in them and have a right to my money to make sure you stay in them, again…I come back to it Bertha, they may be be foreclosing every 13 seconds but you have absolutely no right to that house.

Then he hits the nail on the head:

Stuart Varney: So you invade these homes with a lot of guys. You’re not going to leave, you’re gonna protect these people, we’re gonna stay in the home….You’re a nice lady, your a gentle and a nice lady

Bertha Lewis: No I’m not…

Stuart Varney: But I put it to you….this is political thuggery.

Bertha Lewis: Well, I’m a very determined lady, I don’t think it’s political thuggery and I think it’s thuggery when you put out hard working members of home owners from their homes…..here’s the thing….

Stuart Varney: And it’s not when you invade a bank managers office so you shout racism? That’s not political thuggery?

Bertha Lewis: Well, it is true….

Stuart Varney: It is….that’s exactly what it is…

Heh.  Go over to Sweetness & Light where I found the video and transcript and check the whole thing out.