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August 11, 2013 - 7:12 pm
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The competition for the most loathsome news organization in the U.S is fierce.

Based on their offenses against the basic tenets of journalism seen during just the past two weeks, some of which would have made the propagandists at the former Soviet Union’s Pravda blush, three lame losers — Politico, the Huffington Post, and the Associated Press — have emerged as leaders of the left agenda-promoting, Barack Obama keister-covering brigade.

Politico is the trailblazer in frequently tailoring and even altering its coverage to minimize Obama administration embarrassment. The practice makes a mockery of its “Our Story” page promise of “tough, fair and fun coverage of politics and government” while “delivering nonpartisan news, fast, fair and first.”

On August 4, the web site’s Kyle Cheney published an item headlined “Poor attendance at Obamacare event in Virginia.” The headline perfectly fit the story. At one such gathering orchestrated by the Obama agenda-promoting Organizing for Action in the Metro DC community of Centreville, “Just one volunteer stayed … and the event’s organizer bolted after 20 minutes.”

Lo and behold, by the next morning the Obama-embarrassing headline had been altered. It now reads: “Obamacare message war goes local.”

The next day, Reid Epstein outdid these headline fixers. In a writeup about OFA’s totally unsurprising and questionably legal involvement in efforts to assist Democratic candidates in electoral contests, he informed readers that two people he had already interviewed for his story “asked to be removed” — and that he had honored their requests. The two people involved begged off ”after receiving a phone call” from OFA Executive Director Jon Carson.

So the leader of Obama’s political shock troops gets to dictate what material Politico can and can’t use. And they still expect us to believe that they’re really journalists?

Two other Politico items seem to pale in comparison to the first two just noted, but are remarkable for their studious attempt to avoid an inconvenient yet truthful word. As the disgusting bipartisan spectacle of Congress exempting itself and its aides from the ravages of Obamacare by allowing the federal government to continue paying nearly 75 percent of their healthcare premiums unfolded in late July and early August, reports co-authored by John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman, except in one quote from a Republican senator, somehow avoided using any form of the word “exempt.” Their preferred description: “Obamacare fix.”

The Huffington Post has had its own recent rough and rotten self-inflicted run.

On July 29, it withdrew and replaced a disgracefully erroneous, completely unchecked report by a University of Kansas undergrad who misrepresented his status there about how “Doubling McDonald’s Salaries Would Cause Your Big Mac To Cost Just 68¢ More.” The truth? The average price of Mickey D’s signature sandwich would have to increase by $1.28 to $5.27, a 32 percent hike. But it’s all good, because the haughty HuffPo found an “expert” to claim that “McDonald’s is so vast and lucrative that it could easily survive a major wage increase.” Not if none of its other competitors followed their suicidal lead.

On August 7, HuffPo’s Nick Wing — or is it “Nick Left-Wing Nut”? — ever on the alert for opportunities to smear potential Republican presidential contenders, reported the following context-free statement by Rick Santorum about certain supporters of the “pro-choice” movement:

“They make it uncomfortable for students who come to Austin to shower at a Young Men’s Christian Association, YMCA, gym,” he said.

In isolation, it appeared that Santorum might have been referring to worries about homosexual or other assault. Many lefty loons with keyboards who read Wing’s woeful piece had no difficulty inferring that.

There’s only one problem. Byron York at the Washington Examiner, doing work Wing should have done himself, pointed to a story (“Anti-abortion group says it was bullied out of YMCA”) published four weeks earlier at KVUE in Austin. Specifically, a YMCA, which had allowed a group of out-of town pro-life protesters to take nightly showers there for a week, backed out of their agreement after one night because “there were some people that support abortion who talked to our staff, intimidated them. They actually said that they felt threatened, and they asked us not to come back.”

So Santorum was right, for reasons that had everything to do with pro-aborts acting like thugs and nothing to do with his personal-issue positions. Though HuffPo posted a prominent update, others who linked to it have either ignored it or twisted the situation to legitimize the Y’s cowardly excuse that the pro-lifers, by entering and leaving its facilities wearing T-shirts supporting their cause, were somehow “bringing a political debate” into their precious building. Over at HuffPo, I suspect that the prevailing sentiment is: “Mission (mostly) accomplished.”

Politico’s and HuffPo’s hypocritical poses, their sheer volume of misinformation and disinformation, and their obsequious treatment of the Obama administration, leftists, and Democrats make them arguably closer to being official wings of the Democratic National Committee than even the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press.

Not that the AP isn’t trying mightily.

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News Flash: The U.S. now has a Ruling Class, perpetually devoted to redistributing all wealth other than their own.
36 weeks ago
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I cannot recall the last time I read a Politico article (I avoid them), ditto for the HuffPo (I never visit that website). I think sometimes the worst abuses comes from sources such as the NY Times or Wash Post (they amazingly still seem to retain some residue of "believability" -- but if they continue down their current path, I hope they don't survive. The best thing for the public would be their bankruptcy.)
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The article covers the best "teams" but the MVP of the league is Candy Crowley of CNN. Her painfully obvious attempt to keep Barack Obama from two disastrous debates in a row stands alone as the closest thing to a Triple Crown for media bias I have ever seen. It was so transparent that she was prepared for that moment that she currently stands alone as the Babe Ruth of media malpractice. Before the 2nd debate I actually held her in high regard among "journalists" but she pretty much ruined her reputation that night. Talk about taking one for the team.
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My favorite will always be the AP's use of "white Hispanic" to fit the Obama narrative. That both Zimmerman and Martin were minorities and Democrats didn't fit the bill.
36 weeks ago
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Hillary 2016 Yea!!!
36 weeks ago
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Heard at an East Boston breakfast joint in the late 80's: "Half of what the Boston Globe publishes is not true. The other half is irrelevant."

Sometimes life just makes truths come out of the woodwork.
36 weeks ago
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I agree that the three you mentioned are loathsome and contend for being the worst, I would've made room for ABC, CBS, NBC and especially CNN and MSNBC. Also the NYT and WaPo. And AP and Reuters.
36 weeks ago
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If you actually had to list honest, non-partisan news organizations, the list would be really short.
36 weeks ago
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The American MSM is truly a propaganda cartel. If they actually report a fact it is only a rare coincidence. The "news" they don't fabricate is surpassed only by the real news they intentionally omit. Once the Revolution starts, don't be too surprised to see them all disappear.
36 weeks ago
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Interestingly, Pravda is still in business. Occasionally I'll take a look at its website. Its news is much more fair and balanced that 90% of American news stories.
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My favorite Administration Pravda Press story is this one: AP, to support Global Alarmism, published that the North Pole ice had melted creating a lake at the North Pole. Except thee was and is no such lake.

http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/ap-issues-retraction-over-fake-north-pole-photo-in-global-warming-article-20582/
36 weeks ago
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As is all too often the case, I never saw the retraction of the outrageous lies told in the original story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

If I was running the world, all retractions would have to be exactly as prominent as the original lie. In other words, if a lie is told on the top of the front page, the retraction would also have to appear at the top of the front page in the same font and for the same length of time, not buried in small print at the bottom of page 27. But that's not the world we live in. Here in the real world, if retractions appear at all, they are small and buried on back pages and sometimes don't even appear until the original story is forgotten.
36 weeks ago
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I have the distinctive pleasure of being banned from Huffpo commenting for pointing out that Chris Hayes only has left wing pundites on his shows. What an Honor
36 weeks ago
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I cannot recall the last time I read a Politico article (I avoid them), ditto for the HuffPo (I never visit that website). I think sometimes the worst abuses comes from sources such as the NY Times or Wash Post (they amazingly still seem to retain some residue of "believability" -- but if they continue down their current path, I hope they don't survive. The best thing for the public would be their bankruptcy.)
36 weeks ago
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NYT had to sell Boston Globe for 20% of what they paid for it a couple of decades ago and, of course, the Washington Post just sold itself.
Amazing what happens when you "bite the hand that feeds you."
36 weeks ago
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I read a few articles on some new website I had found. The headlines and tags made them seem interesting. But with each article, I noticed that after an interesting first few sentences, they would become biased and nuanced in ways that the facts and good journalism couldn't allow. In tiny letters at the bottom of each was a HuffPo copyright.
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