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Archive for April 7th, 2010

Chairman Steele Needs to Stay and Go on the Offense

Posted by iusbvision on April 7, 2010

The elite media narrative, we have all seen it, a couple of minor players at the GOP federal machine make a foolish error, and it is all over the news.

This is like indicting Rudolph Giuliani as a bad mayor because Bernie Kerrick used to work for him. The truth is that Giuliani hired thousands of people and made thousands of decisions with the vast majority being very good for the people of New York.

Republican Chairman Michael Steele

Yet where is the constant onslaught against white Republicans and former GOP chairs who were less effective? Or DNC chair’s who get beaten in fund-raising and media presence by our GOP Chairman Steele?

Do you remember Miguel Estrada? He is a brilliant lawyer and when nominated by the president to be a federal judge, the Democrats said in their own leaked judiciary committee memos that his nomination had to be stopped “because he is Latino”. Read it in their own words HERE.

The left and the elite media’s narrative is that anyone who isn’t a Democrat or opposes a Democrat is a racist. How effective can that narrative be when effective Black and Latino leaders are the face of the GOP and are in power? 

Did we see Senator Schumer illegally obtaining any other DNC or Republican chairman’s credit report and leak it to the press (or any other candidate’s credit report for that matter)? No. Do we see democratic operatives showing up to Steele events and throw Oreo’s at him? Yes. Do we see the failures of the DNC as far as fund-raising and generating a persuasive media presence being piled onto by the elite media? No.

Election season is near and Micheal Steele will be the face of the GOP this midterm. The elite media and the Democrats racist narrative cannot hold water with Steele being on television every single day, so they must destroy him. It is the same reason that when a Latino or a Black Tea Party participant rises to speak at an event, the elite media turns the television cameras off. Anyone who has been to a large Tea Party event has seen this happen. Look at the racist attacks on Supreme Court Justice Thomas from the left or how about the left comparing Condi Rice to Aunt Jemima etc. ?

Kevin Jackson has headlined 80 Tea Party events, yet I bet this video is the first time you have ever seen him.  

The RNC just had another record month of fundraising. When you have the big gun you become the target and take a lot of fire from the enemy and this is what we are seeing in the attacks on Chairman Steele. Yes Steele has made mistakes, who doesn’t, so did Mayor Giuliani; by and large both are very capable and effective leaders. It is foolish to make the perfect the enemy of the good.

The uncomfortable truth is that the elite media narrative would be much more effective if the face of the GOP was a white southerner like Haley Barbour (don’t get me wrong, Gov. Barbour is a great guy but we are talking about a media war here). If Chairman Steele was a white man from Queens, the elite media would not be piling on as they are.

Republicans too often get caught up in the wave of media narrative and end up going along with it. Democrats, no matter how corrupt they get, can always get together to smile for the camera, drink beer and eat polish sausage. Republicans hold their own to a much higher standard, but once again we should not make the perfect the enemy of the good. Chairman Steele is an effective leader. It is time to stop making him less effective by adopting the elite media’s bogus narrative. It is time for Chairman Steele to go on the offense, big time.

Chuck Norton

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Elite Media Disinformation Leads to Mass Chaos on ObamaCare

Posted by iusbvision on April 7, 2010

From our left of center friends at McClatchy News:

Two weeks after President Barack Obama signed the big health care overhaul into law, Americans are struggling to understand how — and when — the sweeping measure will affect them.

Questions reflecting confusion have flooded insurance companies, doctors’ offices, human resources departments and business groups.

“They’re saying, ‘Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?’ ” said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for eHealthInsurance.com. The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.

[You mean after a year of “explaining it” the American people still don’t know what is in it? Whew and I thought that Bush had a bad communications machine. Of course the point was to spread disinformation to confuse the people and keep them from understanding it, an effort that was partially successful.  – Editor]

McLean said the call center had been inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage. That widespread misconception may have originated in part from distorted rhetoric about the legislation bubbling up from the hyper-partisan debate about it in Washington and some media outlets, such as when opponents denounced it as socialism. [ This is pretty amusing, it wasnt the GOP or Fox telling people that OBamaCare would make coverage more affordable, because it wont, it wasn’t Fox and the GOP telling you that it will insure the uninsured people, because it doesn’t, it will help some people get insurance that will be very expensive, but that is down the road. You just have to ‘luv’ the elite media’s total lack of introspective. After showing us that ObamaCare is the answer for a year with a deluge of Democrat talking points, while telling us that the opponents who were revealing the details of it are liars, now they are back pedalling. – Editor]

More…:

Adults with pre-existing conditions are frustrated to learn that insurers won’t have to cover them until 2014 (though those under 18 will be protected in late September); then they become both hopeful and confused upon learning that a federal high-risk pool for them will be established in the next few months. “Health insurance is so confusing. You add this on top of it and it makes it even more confusing,” McLean said.
 
 
…and wayyy deeper in the article…:
 

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Rasmussen Poll: 55% Say Media Bias Bigger Problem in Politics Than Big Contributions

Posted by iusbvision on April 7, 2010

Rasmussen:

Voters agree that big money talks in politics but apparently not as loudly as big media.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of U.S. voters continue to think that media bias is a bigger problem in politics today than big campaign contributions, identical to the finding in August 2008.

Thirty-two percent (32%) say big contributions are the bigger problem, but that’s down four points from the previous survey. Thirteen percent (13%) more are not sure.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters say they are more likely to contribute time or money to a political campaign this year compared to previous election years.

Voters ages 30 to 49 are the most wary of the media’s influence on politics today.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Republicans and 62% of unaffiliated voters say media bias is the bigger problem in politics, a view shared by just 37% of Democrats. The plurality (46%) of Democrats says campaign contributions are a bigger problem.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of Mainstream voters and 54% of the Political Class agree that the bigger problem facing politics is media bias.

 

This is interesting:

Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters say the average reporter is more liberal than they are. Eighteen percent (18%) say that reporter is more conservative, and 20% think their views are about the same ideologically as the average reporter’s.

As far as voters are concerned, liberal is the most unpopular of five common political labels.

Sixty-two percent (62%) believe that what the media thinks is more important to the average member of Congress than what voters think. Sixty-seven percent (67%) say the news media have too much power and influence over government decisions.

In a survey in February of last year, 57% of Americans said political donors get more than their money back in terms of favors from members of Congress. Fifty-one percent (51%) said you can influence a governor or member of Congress for less than $50,000 in contributions.

However, 68% believe that requiring the disclosure of all campaign contributions is more important that limiting those contributions.

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CNN Reporter: Almost everyone I met was welcoming to this African-American television news producer.

Posted by iusbvision on April 7, 2010

After wall to wall lies about the elite media Tea Party coverage, CNN finally did a fair piece. This is no surprise though as the pattern is usually the same, take 15 steps forward with the elite media spin and take one step back with one honest report so when called on how unfair their narrative is they can point to this and say “see”…..

CNN:

But here’s what you don’t often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: Patriotic signs professing a love for country; mothers and fathers with their children; African-Americans proudly participating; and senior citizens bopping to a hip-hop rapper.

Last week, I saw all of this during a five-city Western swing as the Tea Party Express national tour made its way across the country. CNN was along for the ride, and I was charged with planning CNN’s coverage for five stops in two states: St. George, Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah; and Grand Junction and Denver, Colorado.

CNN was the only national news outlet on this Western leg of the tour. We had a full team on the ground: myself, correspondent Ed Lavandera, producers Tracy Sabo and Jim Spellman and the crew of the CNN Express bus. For Spellman, it was his third Tea Party Express tour.

Together, we beamed out images of the anger and the optimism, profiled African-Americans who are proud to be in the Tea Party’s minority and showed activists stirred by “God Bless America” or amused by a young rapper who strung together rhymes against the president and Democrats.

The CNN Express traveled with the Tea Party Express buses for hundreds of miles, from rally to rally to rally.

Being at a Tea Party rally is not quite like seeing it on TV, in newspapers or online. That’s the reason CNN is covering this political movement — and doing so in ways few others can or choose to do.

It is important to show the colorful anger Americans might have against elected leaders and Washington. But people should also see the orange-vested Tea Party hospitality handlers who welcome you with colorful smiles.

There were a few signs that could be seen as offensive to African-Americans. But by and large, no one I spoke with or I heard from on stage said anything that was approaching racist.

Almost everyone I met was welcoming to this African-American television news producer.

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Video: Rachel Maddow and Elite Media Incite Violence and Hate to FreedomWorks

Posted by iusbvision on April 7, 2010

Content Warning: These are a small sample of voice mails to the public policy institute FreedomWorks from those who claim a monopoly on love and tolerance.

FreedomWorks:

Some money quotes:

“Be careful what you wish for – the right to bear arms means that everyone can bear arms.”

“We will be fighting you to the death.”

“I’m so glad that I saw Rachel Maddow. She’s brilliant. She’s absolutely fantastic. And her diagnosis of the ills of the American right are so right on. I mean, basically, what you’re doing is just saying no. You’re like belligerent children. You have no concept of how hard people have worked to get this together, and to make sure that we win. We WILL win, and will continue. That’s why Obama got elected.”

“We are now organized. We will show up at your town meetings, and your town halls, and trust me, it’s a force to be reckoned with.”

Sounds pretty threatening to me… but will Rachel condemn this? I’m sure she won’t. How about any of these phone calls, posted back in August? 

I’ll be the first to say that the calls to violence that are floating around both sides are inappropriate. It’s not productive, and makes everyone look bad. The media isn’t helping the situation by feeding stories that may or may not (and are most likely not) true from last weekend’s Tea Party rallies in Washington…

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