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How Media Bias Works: The John Ziegler Interview

Posted by iusbvision on January 10, 2009

Here is the treatment that documentary film maker John Ziegler received from MSNBC in his interview. Is this a professional interview or an attempt at a smear job?

If only I could be John Ziegler’s communications director. Ziegler handled himself pretty well in this outrageous interview, but there are a few things one can do and say to help combat these typical tactics of the elite media.

Lets deconstruct these interviews.

Round I:

In this interview MSNBC mischaracterizes Governor Palin’s recent press release. Palin was not criticizing Ziegler at all, she was criticizing media outlets for mischaracterizing what is in it we showed you HERE.

Look at how the MSNBC host compares what is obviously Ziegler’s comments about character assassination and draws a ridiculous analogy with real assassination to attack Ziegler. This rhetorical tactic is called demagoguery.

In the interview the MSNBC anchor says that “Palin is clearly unqualified” to be vice president. So let’s take a look at the record shall we?

IUSB Vision went deep into the public records to get the record of Sarah Palin as mayor and governor. We also talked about what the elite media said about far less experienced candidates for VP such as Geraldine Ferraro and John Edwards. They were Democrats so naturally they were treated much different link (HERE):

Palin runs a commercial fishing business, was a councilman and a mayor. As a councilman she helped to found her city police department and as mayor Palin oversaw tremendous growth in Wasilla as it became the cross roads of what is likely the two busyest highways in Alaska. So important did Wasilla become as the virtual crossroads of Alaska that a referendum to make Wasilla the capital of Alaska was only narrowly defeated. Palin easily won re-election as mayor.

After her terms as mayor Palin served on government commissions, brought down a corruption ring that had a stranglehold on the state and ended the political careers of many who put self over service. Palin beat an incumbent GOP governor in a primary and a popular former two term Democratic governor in the general election. Palin, while fighting both parties and their machines, got ethics reforms passed, overhauled the tax system so energy companies could no longer game the system, returned money to the taxpayers and achieved the largest state infrastructure improvement in American history, a 40 billion dollar pipeline that was languishing in state government for decades. Palin cut the Alaska budget by 10% and cut her own Governor’s expenses by 80% compared to the previous governor.

Palin held elective office for 5 years before Obama ran for anything and as mayor and governor was not afforded the option to vote “present” 130 times. I see lots of bloggers and journalists drawing an equivalency between Obama’s experience and Palin’s. When the truth is told there is no equivalency.

The most corrupt states in the union a few years ago were:

New Jersey

It is because of Sarah Palin that Alaska is off that list and Louisiana is making big progress toward change thanks to Governor Jindal. Barack Obama comes from what is now the second most corrupt political machine in the country, the Democrat/Daley machine in Illinois. What has Barack Obama done about it? Obama was a leader in the campaign for Blagojevich in Illinois. Look at the corruption and taxpayer crookery that has gone on with groups such as ACORN that Obama has worked with for years. What has he done about it?

Here is former Clinton Chief Political Strategist Dick Morris, who is also the author of the huge best seller FLEECED, talking about Sarah Palin’s experience as governor, a reformer and corruption fighter:

Did the media tell you these other highlights of Palin’s record:

Alaska invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program that provides support for low-income older Alaskans.

Created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office

Created Climate Change Subcabinet for Alaska.

Overhauled the state’s ethics laws

Developed a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline [which languished for decades and is the largest state financed infrastructure project in US History].

Chaired the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

Chaired the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee,

Served two terms on the City Council and two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla.

Chaired the Alaska Conservation Commission.

Presided over the Alaska Conference of Mayors.

Any cursory examination of Palin’s record that is in any way serious shows that she is more qualified to be president than most others who have sought high office. The facts show that Ferraro, Edwards and Obama had no significant accomplishments in office before they ran for high office. Obama voted “present” 133 times as a state senator and had no significant legislation in the US Senate.

Here is former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on Palin’s Record:

Here is Major General Craig E. Campbell on Sarah Palin. General Campbell is a career military officer and did not have to talk to Greta or do any interviews at all.

Now Let us Examine what the MSNBC host did in the second interview. You can see that once again he tried to mischaracterize the parts of the Palin interview that have already been released.

Round II:

The tactic here is to play a numbers game with Ziegler. The MSNBC anchor gives Ziegler a list of “Republicans” who say that Plain isn’t qualified. The names he listed off are mostly those who are considered the northeastern “blue-blood”  Rockefeller Republicans who have fallen into disfavor with the party. Class-ism is a problem that shows its ugly head in both parties. It is important to point out that there are people in every election and in both political parties who say that a candidate is not qualified. comments, “A nice point scored by Ziegler halfway through about the incentives big media creates for Republicans to bash Palin.”

Democratic Governor Zell Miller and other hawkish Democrats said that John Kerry was not fit to be commander in chief. This video is a must see:

Look at all of the Democrats who said that Obama ws not ready to be president. In includes, Joe Biden, Joe Lieberman, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, John Edwards…. well just look at these videos:

In 2004 Obama said himself that he is not ready to for national office in 2008 because people should know what they are doing. You wont see this on MS-NBC:

So let’s get this straight, there are always people in both parties who fall off the partisam bandwagon in every election.

The other numbers game that the MSNBC anchor plays with Ziegler is that “According to a poll 49% of the people polled said that Palin was not qualified to be president so can all those people be wrong?” Of course the obvious inverse is also true, about half the country voted for Palin and must think she is qualified as evidenced by their vote so can all those people be wrong?

Zeigler has stated up front that he is a fan of Palin because of her record as governor, which is reasonable because any honest examination of her service as Mayor and Governor shows that her service has been rather extraordinary. The result has been 80% approval rating in her home state. MSNBC on the other hand, claims to be straight down the middle. Who do you trust is telling you the truth?

To wrap up – why was Sarah Palin so vague with Couric in the interview? Video: It is important to point out, that the media and the Obama campaign objected to Palin saying that Obama wants trillion dollar spending programs. If you have been watching the news over the lats few days, that is exactly what Obama has proposed. Palin was right. humorously asks, “Remember When Deficit Spending was Evil?”

In other interviews Palin answered all of the questions about the Supreme Court etc. The video is HERE, HERE, and HERE. MSNBC said that she never answered these questions. Well now you have the proof otherwise.

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Arctic sea ice now 28.7% higher than this date last year – still rallying

Posted by iusbvision on January 10, 2009

WUWT has a great post on the latest arctic sea ice data:

10/14/2008 7,064,219 square kilometers

10/14/2007 5,487,656 square kilometers

A difference of: 1,576,563 square kilometers, now in fairness, 2008 was a leap year, so to avoid that criticism, the value of 6,857,188 square kilometers can be used which is the 10/13/08 value, for a difference of 1,369,532 sq km. Still not too shabby at 24.9 %. The one day gain between 10/13/08 and 10/14/08 of 3.8% is also quite impressive.

You can download the source data in an Excel file at the IARC-JAXA website, which plots satellite derived sea-ice extent:



Watch the red line as it progresses. So far we are back to above 2005 levels, and 28.7% (or 24.9% depending on how you want to look at it) ahead of last year at this time. That’s quite a jump, basically a 3x gain, since the minimum of 9% over 2007 set on September 16th. Read about that here.

Go nature!

There is no mention of this on the National Snow and Ice Data Center sea ice news webpage, which has been trumpeting every loss and low for the past two years…not a peep. You’d think this would be big news. Perhaps the embarrassment of not having an ice free north pole in 2008, which was sparked by press comments made by Dr. Mark Serreze there and speculation on their own website, has made them unresponsive in this case.

What I like about the IARC-JAXA website is that they simply report the data, they don’t try to interpret it, editorialize it, or make press releases on it. They just present the data.

Click HERE to see the entire post and to view their satellite top-down pole view.

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IPCC Author Dr. John Christy Lecture on Climate Change

Posted by iusbvision on January 10, 2009

You have heard all about it, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that tells us that global warming is our fault and the world will burn (slight satirical exaggeration) unless we do the exact same thing the alarmists said we should do when the fear was the next ice age, hand over our economy to central control and Marxist theory.

Here is one of the IPCC authors you don’t here about and he isn’t alone. Dr. John Christy, whose credentials are impeccable, gives you the view of the IPCC authors that didn’t make NBC News. The lecture is one hour long at Auburn University and you will NOT be disappointed. It’s rather amusing at the end when a global warming alarmist tries to give Dr. Christy a hard time; Dr. Christy handles the poor propagandized student most gently and effectively.

Those who practice envirinmentalism as some kind of pegan religion should watch this video at their own risk as you may find yourself in a fit of cognitive dissonance.

Posted in Alarmism, Chuck Norton | 1 Comment »

National Climatic Data Center: Cooling in Last 10 Years

Posted by iusbvision on January 10, 2009

Yet ANOTHER dataset showing the cooling of the last 10 years.


NCDC now has December 2008 in the database. Annual North American temperature since 1998 (11 years of data) is falling over the period at a rate of 0.78(F)/decade or 7.8(F)per century. At this rate we will be in an ice age within 5 decades. If you can get the graphic, the heavy black line is the average over the century 1901 to 2000.

This data set is a collection of this continent only, but it shows the same cooling trend that other global data sets have shown. Since 1998 the Earth is cooling and it happens to coincide with a similar period of unusually low solar activity.

Of course we realize that to many people, including many radicalized professors, global warming alarmism is almost  like a religion. No data set or series of data sets is going to put a dent in those people. Fortunately there are still plenty of people who are not zealots who can appreciate the information.  Thanks to the famed WUWT Blog for the heads up.

Posted in Alarmism, Chuck Norton | 4 Comments »

AWESOME: CIA Drone Kills 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombers

Posted by iusbvision on January 10, 2009

ABC News:

Two top al Qaeda officials are believed dead following a New Year’s Day drone attack in northern Pakistan, ABC News has confirmed. U.S. officials said Fahid Mohammed Ali Msalam and Sheikh Ahmed Salem Swedan, both on the FBI’s most wanted terrorists list, were killed in the CIA strike.

Msalam, who also went by the alias Usama al-Kini, and Swedan were both from Kenya and were indicted in the Aug. 7, 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and for conspiring to kill U.S. citizens.

“It’s amazing that it took 10 years to get these guys when they were on the FBI most wanted list all of this time,” said former national security advisor and ABC News consultant Richard Clarke.

U.S. counterterrorism officials said that they believed the al Qaeda leaders were running operations for the terrorist group in Pakistan.

“Hopefully this provides some sense of justice for the 1998 bombings,” one official told ABC News.

The U.S. Department of State had offered rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the capture or conviction of each of them.

John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer and ABC News consultant, described Msalam as “probably the single most prominent African member of al Qaeda” and a leader who known as a “logistics whiz.”

“He was very important in al Qaeda’s ability to coordinate and plan very complicated terrorist operations,” said Kiriakou, adding that the U.S. government had been looking for him “for a very long time.”

Ed Morrissey at comments HERE.

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Baltimore Mayor Indicted for Theft, Fraud, Perjury

Posted by iusbvision on January 10, 2009

Culture of corruption.

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Mayor Sheila A. Dixon (Democrat) was charged today with 12 counts of felony theft, perjury, fraud and misconduct in office, becoming the city’s first sitting mayor to be criminally indicted.

The case stems in part from at least $15,348 in gifts Dixon allegedly received from her former boyfriend, prominent city developer Ronald H. Lipscomb, while she was City Council president. She also is accused of using as much as $3,400 in gift cards, some donated to her office for distribution to “needy families,” to purchase Best Buy electronics and other items for herself and her staff.

Lipscomb was not indicted in the Dixon case, but he and City Councilwoman Helen L. Holton were charged this week in a separate $12,500 bribery scheme. Both cases grew out of a nearly three-year probe by the state prosecutor into City Hall corruption.

If convicted on all charges, the 55-year-old former teacher and mother of two could be sentenced to 85 years in prison. The most serious charges, two counts of felony theft, each carry a possible 15-year prison term.

HERE is a list of the charges. HERE is the indictment.

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