The IUSB Vision Weblog

The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

ABC’s Jake Tapper Not Giving the Full Story on Alaska Earmarks – Update Tapper lied.

Posted by iusbvision on March 13, 2009

Jake Tapper had this to say this morning (its ok Jake I know its early and you haven’t had your coffee yet ;-) :

Palin’s Back to Lovin’ Her Some Earmarks

March 12, 2009 9:55 PM

Not only are earmarks a bipartisan affliction, but the double-talk and hypocrisy surrounding them are as well.

After spending sigificant (SIC) time and airspace bashing the earmark process as the running mate of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin requested an unspecified number of earmarks in the omnibus spending bill, Jonathan Stein and David Corn report at Mother Jones.

One hundred earmarks worth $144 million are headed for Alaska, Taxpayers for Common Sense says. That works out to $209.71 per state resident — more money, per capita, than any other state.

“We have drastically, drastically reduced our earmark request since I came into office,” Palin told ABC News’ Charles Gibson last year after he pointed out that Alaska received $231 per person in earmarks in 2008.

“The abuse of earmarks, it’s un-American, it’s undemocratic, and it’s not going to be accepted in a McCain-Palin administration,” she said. “Earmark abuse will stop.”

Hey Jake, here is the Alaska Daily News Sept. 8, 2008:

For the 2007 federal budget year, the administration of former Gov. Frank Murkowski submitted 63 earmark requests totaling $350 million, Palin’s staff said. That slid to 52 earmarks valued at $256 million in Palin’s first year. This year, the governor’s office asked the delegation to help them land 31 earmarks valued at $197 million.

And this year according to what you have there $144 million this year. Another reduction. I have seen Governor Palin say that she wanted to lower the amount of earmark requests to avoid abuse. It seems like she is weening the state off of them. Looks like promise made promise kept. [This is 4 years in a row where earmarks dropped.]

Chuck Norton, Editor


The Governor’s press release on this issue is HERE.

Jake Tapper knew he was being deceptive in today’s Palin reporting. This is another example of how the media lies and creates false and misleading narratives. They give you some of the facts and present them with a false spin or attitude, in this case to try and make Gov. Palin out to be a liar when in fact she has always been consistent on this issue and 10 minutes worth of fact checking would have given him the truth. I used to think that Jake Tapper was different, now we know he is just another lying member of the drive by media. If Jake Tapper had a residue of integrity when shown the truth he would have retracted and apologized and not posted this immature comment. Tapper is ABC’s White House correspondednt and there is no excuse for this.

If Gov. Palin runs for office again, reporters who lie to us in order to destroy her need to be treated as if they are a political opponent. There are ways to do this effectively.

Here is what happened this morning.

Jake tapper put out a tweet this morning saying that “Forgot to mention palin back to pro-earmark”

So I sent him a tweet back saying:

As you can see the number of earmarks used by Alaska has dropped four years in a row. Literally this is a Palin promise made and a Palin promise kept.

So Jake Tapper is reporting this evening:

Palin v. Political Punch

March 13, 2009 6:43 PM

A very irate aide to Gov. Sarah Palin contacted ABC News today to explain why his boss’s 31 requests for earmarks in the fiscal year 2009 budget, totaling $197 million, represent a victory for fiscally conservative values.

“I am disturbed by this item,” wrote Bill McAllister, director of communications for Gov. Palin, referencing a blog entry from last night in which we referred to an article in the liberal magazine Mother Jones noting that Palin — after what seemed like a campaign against earmark abuse — was back at the proverbial trough.

“The headline doesn’t seem very dignified for a major news organization,” said the spokesman for the governor who repeatedly referred to then-Senator, now-President Obama as “palling around with terrorists.” He also quibbled with our referencing Mother Jones. (We also reference conservative publications here. But anyway.)

“Let’s start with the overwhelming mischaracterization of Gov. Palin’s stance on earmarks that has been repeated and repeated since Aug. 29,” McAllister wrote. “The governor never said that earmarks should be abolished or that the State of Alaska wouldn’t seek or accept any. Didn’t happen. What she said well before she was a national candidate (going back at least to October of 2007) was that earmark reform was necessary and the state would need to rely less on federal money than it had been.”

McAllister then pointed out that Palin made 51 earmark requests for the FY 2008 budget, totaling $256 million; and 31 requests totaling $197 million, for the FY 2009 budget.

McAllister said that for next year’s budget, Gov. Palin will only make eight requests, totaling $69 million, which will include “six ongoing federal appropriations and just two new projects: an upgrade at the Kodiak Missile Defense Facility, which is relevant to national security, and a bridge replacement critical to construction of the pending Alaska natural gas pipeline, also in the national interest.”

Than Tapper posted this smart ass comment:

Alarmed, I asked McAllister how Palin was “literally” injured. Was she okay? Was she infirm?

“I didn’t say physically injured,” he wrote back. “Certainly her reputation was injured by the erroneous reporting.”


Update II – comments HERE.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: