Monday, October 01, 2012

Cruising the Web

Who would think that some of the most powerful and damaging media coverage of President Obama would come from Univision? First there was the Obama interview with actual tough questions. Now Univision is reporting on Fast and Furious and how it was connected to murders in Mexico. It's a powerful reminder of how the program was responsible for many more deaths than Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Will Hispanic voters care? Who knows?

The Washington Post reported yesterday that "security was lax" before the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens. No wonder the administration wanted to blame a video in the hopes that that would put off questions about what they did to protect our diplomats despite a previous attack and warnings. As Ed Morrissey concludes,
In other words, the State Department had plenty of indicators that the consulate in Benghazi was at high risk. The British had pulled out of the city entirely due to the deteriorating conditions in eastern Libya. Instead of bolstering security or moving diplomatic personnel back to the embassy in Tripoli, State did nothing — and sent Stevens into the city for a very public tour. Ironically, the US now won’t send FBI investigators within 400 miles of Benghazi now for the investigation into the terrorist attack because of security concerns in the Benghazi region.

Most of this has already been known or assumed, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t note the confirmation of the incompetence that left four Americans dead and a diplomatic installation an open target for radical Islamist terrorists.
And as Ace of Spades observes, the State Department has deleted their memorandum denying a threat of 9/11 terrorism from their website.

The Washington Post ombudsman notices that there are a lot of liberal opinion writers in the paper who write standard news stories instead of being relegated solely to the opinion pages and sites. And he names names.
Ezra Klein of Wonkblog comes out of the Democratic left, fills in for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz on MSNBC and sometimes appears in the printed Post on the front page.

Steven Pearlstein, who covers business and also appears occasionally on the front page; Walter Pincus on national security; Lisa Miller of the On Faith blog; Melinda Henneberger of She the People; Valerie Strauss, the education blogger; plus the three main local columnists — Robert McCartney, Petula Dvorak and Courtland Milloy — all generally write from a progressive perspective, readers say. (So does Dana Milbank, who works for the Opinions section but writes a column that appears on Page A2 twice a week.)

Is it any wonder that if you’re a conservative looking for unbiased news — and they do; they don’t want only Sean Hannity’s interpretation of the news — that you might feel unwelcome, or dissed or slighted, by the printed Post or the online version? And might you distrust the news when it’s wrapped in so much liberal commentary?
Ya think?

Here are the "Top five Worst Obamacare Taxes" coming your way on January 1.

Americans are fleeing California and they've lost almost all of the gain from Americans who moved there from 1960 to 1990. And with those moving out go jobs and lost revenue for the state. If you want to know what happens when the Democrats control all levers of government, just look at California and Illinois.

Matthew Continentti notes how, despite reports to the contrary, the Democrats are the ones who are outspending Republicans.

For those of my readers getting depressed, as I am, about the polling results, Michael Barone and Hugh Hewitt have some cautions about the polls we're seeing. On the other hand, Scott Rasmussen predicts that Democrats will have about a 3-point advantage on Election Day.

Here's a good point. How can either candidate claim a mandate if his margin of victory relies on nagging slackers to remember that there is an election going on and they need to come out to vote?

Michael Goodwin writes that we're hearing the 3 am phone ringing as Hillary Clinton warned us. Yet Barack Obama just isn't there. Meanwhile Deroy Murdock calls him our "Slacker-in-Chief."

Our national fiscal year starts today. Happy Birthday.

Howard Kurtz notes how the media have achieved a closed loop where they publish bad polls for Romney and then slant all their coverage of his campaign through that prism of defeat. Every story is told as part of their narrative of Romney's failures. Meanwhile, they ignore stories that could have been told about Obama through that same prism of failure, but instead are ignored or downplayed. It's just what I describe to my students as the "spiral of death" for candidates when they're perceived as losing.

Keith Hennessey takes apart the Washington Post's "hatchet job on Paul Ryan." It's amazing how much of the story the Post reporter simply ignored.

Reporters are scoffing at the Obama camp's spin to lower expectations for the President in the debate.

We saw "Won't Back Down," the movie about a mother and a teacher who fight the system to turn a failing school into a charter school. It has a powerful message - it's rather the fictional account of "Waiting for Superman." It's rather predictable at times and throws bones to the teacher unions. Yet overall, the message is that the unions are just out for themselves regardless of the effect on children.