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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:16 AM
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The dumbest three sentences of last week
http://mediamatters.org/blog/200908230001

The dumbest three sentences of last week

August 23, 2009 9:56 am ET by Eric Boehlert


The prize goes to Politico (surprise!) and three in question were penned by Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei. The article's premise was utterly predictable: The White House is bumbling, while the GOP is super savvy! (Politico's been writing that same piece for six months straight now.) But behold what happens when news is literally filtered through the RNC:

By doing so much, so fast, Obama gave Republicans the chance to define large swaths of the debate. Conservatives successfully portrayed the stimulus bill as being full of pork for Democrats. Then Obama lost control of the health care debate by letting Republicans get away with their bogus claims about "death panels."


How does Politico know the GOP was successful in portraying the stimulus bill as full of pork? Allen and VandeHei don't say. Everyone understands that's the claim that the GOP made during the stimulus 'debate.' But how does Politico come to the conclusion it was successful? The duo don't bother pointing to any polling data. They don't provide any evidence that that GOP claim stuck among everyday voters. Politico simply announces the claim as fact.

What I think they really meant to suggest was that the GOP was successful in convincing journalists that the stimulus bill was full of pork. The Beltway press club concluded that conservatives had successfully tagged the bill as being wasteful, so therefore it's now considered fact.

Think about it: The bill itself was easily passed and was signed into law. And the "Cash for Clunkers" stimulus program, for instance, has sent automobile sales soarings this summer. But at Politico, conservatives won the battle over the stimulus bill.

Nifty trick, eh?


Second, note how it was the White House's fault that conservatives launched the phony "death panel" smear campaign. It was the White House's fault that the other side rolled out a wild, unhinged, sci-fi lie about health care reform. It was the White House's fault that Republicans got "away with their" bogus claim. But how did they get away with the smear? By the media, including Politico, often repeating the hollow claim, of course.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:27 AM
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1. Politico is the Fox News of print journalism.
Politico is an utter and complete fraud. Don't waste your time on it.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:30 AM
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3. There are other contenders to that throne.
The Washington Times and New York Post come quickly to mind.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:31 AM
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4. The WSJ and WaPo are right up there, too. nt
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:34 AM
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5. I don't disagree, but I still put Politico at the top.
Because they are over the top, and claim to be "fair and balanced."

Where have we heard that before?

WSJ and the Post are pathetic, as well, I will grant you that.
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:14 PM
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6.  Love that damn frog!!! n/t
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:30 PM
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:51 PM
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8. rofl
You're a sweetheart :hug:
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:29 AM
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2. Cash 4 Clunkers sure was a bunch of Pork
So much Pork it forced Ford to "Re-Open" closed manufacturing plants and give all the Autoworkers their Jobs back.

Ford Motor Co. said last week the program has ignited sales, prompting it to reopen plants and increase third-quarter production by 18 percent to 495,000 vehicles, especially its fuel-efficient Focus and Escape models.

http://www.autonews.com/article/20090817/ANA08/90817998...


How dare the Dem's use public funds to spur growth in the manufacturing sector and fuel the expansion of good paying union jobs for American citizens
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:24 PM
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9. Yea, what a lousy program...
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 07:26 PM by babylonsister
A Rush to Cash in on "Cash for Clunkers"
Car Dealers across the Country Swarmed Ahead of Program's End Monday Night; More than Half a Million Cars Sold


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/08/23/eveningnews/m...
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LisaLynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:05 PM
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11. Of course it is!
When the money goes to helping non-rich Americans, it's bad -- very bad. Now, say, if you were to take that money and build bombs and then pay some mercencaries to kill anyone left AND THEN pay more contractors to "rebuild", well, then you're doing God's work!
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:59 PM
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10. Thank Goodness for MediaMatters is all
I have to say!

Politico can bite the big elephant.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:35 PM
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12. I agree. MM is a great site! nt
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