VIDEO: Newt Gingrich unloads on the mainstream media

As promised in my prior post, here’s the video of Newt Gingrich on Greta Van Susteren’s show tonight, absolutely going off on the mainstream media’s biased treatment of Senator McCain and Gov. Palin:

Gateway Pundit has posted a copy of the video as well, and has a partial transcript (make sure to watch the full video for additional commentary not noted below):

The elite media’s attack on Governor Palin again and again has been factually wrong, intellectually dishonest, totally biased, worthy of the Polish State news media attacking Lech Walesa back in the 1980’s. I mean this is the type of deliberate, vicious, dishonest, total distortion of who Governor Palin is including by the way, the Saturday Night Live Skit some of which by the way, I think were slander and were worthy of a lawsuit.

And, I think the American people should realize that the elite media on the Left is so desperate to elect Barack Obama that the view they are giving you of Governor Palin is fundamentally a falsehood. And, the one you saw from CNN is so outrageous that they owe her an absolute apology. But frankly, Katie Couric misquoted Henry Kissinger, earlier than that, ABC News misquoted the Bush Doctrine. Again and again you’ve seen elite reporters do things that were false in order to try to make Governor Palin look bad…

If you would look at the coverage Michelle Obama has gotten and the coverage that Cindy McCain has gotten you have to believe that the fix is in. When you look at the magazine covers, the pictures that were taken, again and again, over and over for the last year we have been brainwashed, propagandized, insultingly lectured by the news media. If you look what happened to Joe the Plumber… Now, I haven’t seen anyone from the elite media do a live broadcast from the non-existent Katie’s Restaurant to point out that Joe Biden is just out of touch with reality. He’s either dishonest or has a total memory lapse about his hometown. Yet, nobody notices it. Again and again there were 14 factual mistakes by Biden in the vice-presidential debate. Nobody said that disqualified him. This has been a totally one-sided campaign where the news media has been the best ally that Barack Obama has gotten. And we ought to be honest about it. There’s no pretense, not a shred of neutrality on the part of the major networks or The New York Times…

I’ve been thinking about having one of my researchers look at every single elite media interview of Governor Palin to see if any of them asked her how she gave $1300 a person back to Alaskans as a tax break, how she negotiated and got so much money out of Big Oil, how she worked out the deal for the natural gas pipeline, or anything of substance about how she shaped an $11 billion budget involving 29,000 employees of the state government.

I don’t believe by the best of my knowledge that there has been a single question by an elite television journalist about her actual career in Alaska.

And, I think it is the most insulting. I can’t say this too strongly. This is like watching Pravda.

This is a one-sided vicious unending dishonest campaign.


CNN’s unmistakable anti-Palin bias

I have raved a bit this year over what I found to be CNN-TV’s surprisingly decent election coverage, primarily on primary nights and debate nights. Even though I grit my teeth over the fact that they sometimes invite their mainstream journalists to join in on the political commentary and continue to include Paul Begala and David Gergen in their coverage, I will still watch it as I find their debates to be – for the most part – respectable and engaging.

However, it’s become clear over the course of the last month and a half that CNN’s newsroom is blatantly biased against Senator McCain and Gov. Palin, particularly the Gov. Yeah, I know most major news outlets are biased against the McCain-Palin ticket, but CNN takes it to new lows. I’ve documented it a bit at this blog, like how they got wrong McCain’s stance on deregulation and oversight as it relates to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (more here). There are other instances, too, like this one, where they ask, “Fact check: Obama said he would ‘spread his wealth around’? They declared that “misleading” and gave this rationale for their “verdict”: “McCain’s remark was an oversimplification of a five-minute-long conversation. Obama replied in great detail about his tax plan, and the “spread the wealth” remark was one small part of the conversation.” Huh? How can it be “misleading” to say that Obama said we should “spread the wealth” around because it would mean everyone would be better off when it’s captured on video for the world to see?!

Add two more recent instances to the list. The first one:

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is taking heat Wednesday for appearing to overstate the role of vice president, saying in a recent interview that she would be “in charge of the Senate” should John McCain win the White House.

The comments came in an interview with Colorado TV station KUSA in response to a third-grader’s question, “What does the Vice President do?”

“[T]hey’re in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom,” she said.

The comments have drawn criticism from Democrats and liberal blogs which note the actual role of the vice president when it comes to the Senate is simply to cast a tie-breaking vote in the event of a stalemate. According to Article I of the U.S. Constitution, the vice president is the “President” of the Senate, but has no executive position when it comes to presiding over the chamber.


Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for Palin, said the Alaska governor was simply answering the question in a way a third-grader could understand.

“Governor Palin was responding to a third grader’s inquiry,” she said. “She was explaining in terms a third-grader could understand that the vice-president is also president of the U.S. Senate.”

In an interview with CBS earlier this month, Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden also said he hoped to play an influential role in the legislative branch if Barack Obama wins the White House.

“I hope one of my roles as vice president will be as the person actually implementing Barack Obama’s policy. You gotta get the Congress to go along with it,” he said. “And it’s presumptuous to say, but I know it pretty well. And I think I am fairly respected on both sides of the aisle.”

But what did CNN leave out of this piece? Joe Biden’s bonafide gaffe from the veep debate a couple of weeks ago regarding a vice president’s role and where it’s noted in the US Constitution. Now, you didn’t hear a peep out of the far left over Biden’s faux pas when it happened, yet the left is starting to go ballistic over Palin’s answer about veeps, insinuating that her answer to a 3rd grader is grounds to disqualify her from the vice presidency. I guess we can chalk up their silence on Biden’s veep answer to them beleiving that it was one of Biden’s many “rhetorical flourishes.”

Last but not least is how, earlier this week, CNN reporter Drew Griffin tried to ridicule Gov. Palin in an interview by using a quote by NRO’s Byron York that was taken so far out of context that it’s hard to believe that it was a “mistake.” Once you read the quote at the NRO link, you’ll see why the use of it was so despicable.

Tonight I watched Newt Gingrich on Greta Van Susteren’s show and he absolutely unloaded on CNN for that interview, as well as went off on the mainstream media in general for how far in the tank they’re in for Obama. I’ll post the video of it in my next post (update: here it is). What he says expresses the views of many conservatives across the country, including myself – conservatives who by no means believe Gov. Palin is perfect but who also realize that the treatment she’s been given by the liberal press has been one-sided from day one. It’s gotten beyond frustrating having to fight a mainstream media that continues to get it wrong on purpose in order to get ‘their guy‘ elected.

More spin on Biden’s “tested” comments from … Barack Obama

Yesterday, I reported about how Obama’s campaign was spinning Joe Biden’s Sunday remarks about how Barack Obama, being the new kid on the block (so to speak) would be tested in his first six months if elected president.

Today, it gets even funnier – and this time it was Obama himself who tried to “explain” things:

(RICHMOND, VA.) – Although Barack Obama’s meeting with the campaign’s national security experts today came on the heels of Joe Biden’s comments that Obama will “tested” in the first six months of his administration, Obama denied that there is a connection between the two.

“It was prompted by the fact that, I was focused fairly single-mindedly on the financial crisis” Obama explained, adding that the meeting was planned two to three weeks ago.

However, when pressed on his running mate’s comments, Obama admitted that Biden may have misspoken.

“You know I think that Joe sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes” Obama said. “But I think that his core point was that the next administration is going to be tested regardless of who it is.”

LOL! Nope – here’s what Biden said:

“Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

“I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,” Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. “And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you – not financially to help him – we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”

He made a brief remark on domestic issues, but then went right back to foreign policy – which was clearly what he was trying to emphasize the entire time:

“I’ve forgotten more about foreign policy than most of my colleagues know, so I’m not being falsely humble with you. I think I can be value added, but this guy has it,” the Senate Foreign Relations chairman said of Obama. “This guy has it. But he’s gonna need your help. Because I promise you, you all are gonna be sitting here a year from now going, ‘Oh my God, why are they there in the polls? Why is the polling so down? Why is this thing so tough?’ We’re gonna have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the first two years. So I’m asking you now, I’m asking you now, be prepared to stick with us. Remember the faith you had at this point because you’re going to have to reinforce us.”

“There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don’t know about that decision’,” Biden continued. “Because if you think the decision is sound when they’re made, which I believe you will when they’re made, they’re not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they’re popular, they’re probably not sound.”

There was nothing, absolutely nothing, in Biden’s remarks that indicated that he meant “whoever was elected,” whether it ends up being McCain or Obama. Clearly he was saying Obama, if elected, was going to be tested on an international scale the first six months of his presidency by people who believed he was too inexperienced. In order to try and ease any lingering fears doubters may have about Obama’s lack of substantial foreign policy creds, Biden actually tried to talk down his own 30 years of experience on that front and pump up Obama’s as if it were better! Hysterical, considering Biden was supposedly picked because his experience in that arena would help Obama out with voters who have been concerned about his lack thereof.

The media may have swallowed whole Obama’s spin about Biden’s comments, but a simple review of Biden’s remarks tells a far different story than the way the Obama campaign has tried to spin the remarks the last two days.

Thanks again, Joe :D

Wednesday open thread

Yet another busy morning ahead – sorry, the rest of this week will probably be the same. The 8-5 is fortunate to have work, considering this economy, so I’m not complaining a bit. I’ll catch up later this afternoon or tonight.

Here are a few poll-related links for your perusal:

—- Michael Barone: Are the Polls Accurate?

—- McCain Outperforming Bush in Ohio Bellwethers?

—- AOL’s Political Machine blog: A closer look at state polling, and information from an internal pollster from Obama, stating that their numbers only show him up by 2 in PA.

—- Politico: McCain pulls even with Obama in Nevada.

Take all that info with a grain of salt … but it does provide a glimmer of hope in what has otherwise appeared on the surface as a bad last three weeks for Mc.

Back later.