George Will caught lying. Daily Kos diary praises him

In today's column, George Will, the most widely read newspaper opinion columnist in the nation, repeated a falsehood that has been used by the likes of Chris Matthews and others, to paint Hillary Clinton as a phony: that she "switched" teams, from the Cubs to the Yankees, just before the 2000 senatorial elections in New York, for political convenience.

But as Media Matters notes today, Will's own newspaper, the Washington Post, which he apparently doesn't read, reported in 1994, (6 years before she ran for senator) that Hillary Clinton was as as kid "a big fan" of the Cubs and Yankees, and that she worshiped Ernie Banks and Mickey Mantle.

Despite proof offered by Media Matters, not only today but several times in the past, a Daily Kos diarist has praised Will for trashing Clinton. 23217/8222/325/512245

Lesson: Visit Media Matters on a daily basis, and bookmark it as one of your favorite sites.

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CNN: Fire Brazile (or re-classify her)

CNN regularly includes Donna Brazile, a superdelegate, on its "Election Center" panel.  They officially refer to Brazile as a "CNN Contributor." Paul Begala, James Carville and others, in contrast, are referred to by CNN as "CNN Contributor, Clinton Supporter."

Why does CNN continue to pay Donna Brazile to sit on that panel, day after day, and pretend to be neutral when it's apparent to a 10-year old that Brazile supports Barack Obama?

It's unethical, unprofessional, and infuriating.

I stopped watching CNN's election coverage due to its anti-Hillary bias months ago but when I read about this segment, I had to take a look.  Pay attention to the titles CNN puts up for Begala and for Brazile.  And listen to Brazile explain, in response to Cambell Brown's suggestion that Brazile is in-the-tank for Obama, how she is "not undecided" but "undeclared." Does that mean, Donna, that you have decided who you prefer for President but you have not yet "declared" as a Superdelegate because you don't want to lose your CNN paycheck?

Donna sounds angry at anyone's suggestion that Barack Obama may have flaws.

Take a look at Brazile's website.  Sure sounds like she should declare, doesn't it?

To Obama's opponents and those carrying the dirty water, it's all about winning, not governing or leading a diverse, multiethnic and multicultural society. Our strength has always come from our ability to unite as one people, one indivisible nation...

With a wink and a nod, Obama's detractors and political opponents use code words such as electability to drive home the most divisive of messages: Obama's 20-year association with what some in the media world label as a radical pastor is now new fodder to make him a drag on the Democratic ticket or an easy target for the Republicans. Pick your weapons carefully

And here's an email reply from Brazile to a Hillary supporter who wrote her suggesting that she might vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee. I saw this posted on another website and I've edited it for privacy.  

From: Donna Brazile
Subject: RE: Switching to Republican Party - I'm a Hillary supporter
Date: May 7, 2008 7:48 PM

Yes, please join Rush and McCain asap. The train has left. Catch it.

Please don't send these emails to working people like myself. Notice you sent it to my campus address. I am a working class person. Can you find someone who drinks latte?

Message to the base: stay home.

Message to the base:  stay home? Way to unify, Donna.

CNN: Your credibility and integrity is going down the sewer.  You should immediately fire Donna, or re-classify her "Obama Supporter." You should have done it months ago. She's no more "neutral" than I am.

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Elizabeth Edwards Speaks Truth To The Press

In today's OpEd section of The New York Times, Elizabeth Edwards delivers a very well expressed and unfortunately, very necessary, critique of today's press regarding the picking of a president.

Opening with a mention of the media's (lack of serious) coverage of the Pennsylvania primary, Elizabeth hits the nail on the head and calls the press out for what it has become: shallow. She also notes that she is not alone in this observation.

I'm not the only one who noticed this shallow news coverage. A report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy found that during the early months of the 2008 presidential campaign, 63 percent of the campaign stories focused on political strategy while only 15 percent discussed the candidates' ideas and proposals.

The picking of our president is too important a task to approach without good, solid analysis of a candidate's policies and positions.

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The Media's Creation Unravels: Why Obama Should Drop Out

Sen Obama should drop out of the race. Having just seen the new attack ad that the GOP is showing in NC -- condemning the state's Democratic leadership for backing Obama, replete with Rev Wright cursing America -- it is clear that Senator Obama is detrimental to the Democratic brand nationwide. As Jerome Armstrong wrote nearly one month ago, "That's fall-out from Wright, not against just Obama, but also Clinton, and most likely against the Democratic Party in general. It's branding of Democrats Obama, and Clinton, as anti-American."

Obama earned his lead early on, prior to being vetted. After he lost Texas and Ohio, the Wright videos appeared, shocking the nation. Slowly, information about his relationship to Rezko, and his affiliation with William Ayers have also entered the mainstream.


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Neither Hillary nor Obama are electable

Enough nonsense and exit poll numbers. Let's talk about who makes a candidate electable or unelectable at will.

The media in our nation is controlled by a few corporations, whose interests are best kept by the Republican party. Most opinion columnists are conservative, and most journalists are rich; many of them millionaire. And I'm not talking about the John F. Kennedy type of rich who care about the poor. I am talking about the John Solomons and Maureen Dowd (no, she is not a progressive despite what you may have heard) of the world, who care more about haircuts than health care.

On TV, the only major progressive we have is Keith Olbermann, and he's a moron.

First, Obama:

The media has pretendended to be fond of Obama in order to knock Hillary Clinton out of the race. This is confirmed by the fact that in the last few days, now that it's clear that Clinton cannot win the nomination, the media has finally begun to slam Barack every once in a while. Don't get me wrong, their hatred towards Hillary is alive and kicking, but you get my point.

for instance, Bob Novak had his first anti-Obama hit piece 3 or 4 days ago. Same goes for Dick Morris, who spent months trashing Hillary. He is now focusing on Obama. Peggy Noonan, Maureen Dowd, Novak, David Brooks, George Will, will not longer have Hillary to push around, so they will go on the attack against the Democratic nominee, of course.

Today we saw a preview of the flurry of anti-Obama ads that will surface  now until November (NC-GOP).

Now Hillary: Even if she pulls a miracle and wins the nomination, the same media cited above will have an even easier time destroying Hillary's chances, this time with extra help from the Huffington Post, Daily Kos and other "progressive blogs" that are sure to blame her for any non-victory in Obama's life, and who wont mind helping elect McCain as an alternative

Forget about exit poll numbers and April pre-election matchup polls. I am too young to have followed the 1988 elections, but I heard that Dukakis led Bush Sr. for a few months in the polls until the media mocked him for getting in some war tank and other trivialities.

Kerry's chances looked good in early 2004 as well, but it's not about electability in April, but about who WILL BE electable come November. And the answer is neither.

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