An #MSDNC smear so bad Chris Matthews apologizes for it on their behalf

While Romney is not my candidate of choice, I will not sit idly by while he gets falsely painted as a “racist” by the race-baiters at MSDNC. Via Newsbusters’ Scott Whitlock:

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Wednesday apologized for his network’s “appalling lack of judgment” in comparing a Mitt Romney campaign slogan to the Ku Klux Klan. The Hardball host conceded, “It was irresponsible and incendiary of us to do this, and it showed an appalling lack of judgment. We apologize, we really do, to the Romney campaign.” [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

In the 11am hour of MSNBC, anchor Thomas Roberts smeared, “…So you might not hear Mitt Romney say ‘keep America American’ anymore. That’s because it was a central theme of the KKK in the 1920s. It was a rallying cry for the group’s campaign of violence and intimidation against blacks, gays and Jews. The progressive blog America blog was the first to catch onto that.”

Here’s the video clip of Chris Matthews apologizing on behalf of MSNBC:

Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, also in defense of Romney, has a link to the Americablog post in question, which I won’t post here. I will post some of the text of the AB post, though, just to show you the lame “justification” used by the blogger:

He’s said it repeatedly for over a year now.  Here is Romney a year ago, using the Klan slogan in a campaign ad.

Romney said it again four days ago.

In an era in which it’s apparently okay for Republicans to accuse President Obama of being a socialist, I guess we now need to ask if Mitt Romney is a Ku Klux Klansman.  Not whether Romney inadvertently is using the KKK’s number one slogan from the 1920s on the stump, no, the Republicans would say, if this were a Democrat, that clearly the candidate was a closet member of the KKK.  So, is Mitt Romney a closet member of the KKK?  Keep in mind, that even Romney is now claiming, between the lines, that President Obama is a socialist.  So why shouldnt’ America be asking if Mitt Romney is a Klansman?

Why do some liberals have to be so bleeping stupid sometimes? Let me break this down in little pieces so the clueless wonders on the left – including certain MSDNC daytime “anchors” – can digest it: There is no link between Romney and the KKK. There is no link between Romney and any alleged “racist” past, “secret” or otherwise. There is no trail to trace back to on any supposed “racist roots of Romney” because, as far as we know, there aren’t any. Because of that, it is a shameless, gutter-type smear and one MSNBC rightly apologized for. On the other hand, President Obama’s socialist tendencies are well-known and well-documented, so it’s perfectly reasonable to call him a socialist – even though the definition of word is varies depending on who you are talking to (liberals, in repeated attempts to fool people, typically don’t define socialism as what it actually is).

Get it now, liberals? Probably not, but at least I tried.

As far as Matthews’ apologizing for the smear, it’s good that he did that, but I’m not jumping over the moon about it. Both he and his “network” – an admitted favorite of the Obama administration – have a long, deeply disturbing history of falsely painting Republicans as racists, most notoriously so via selectively edited videos like this one and this one. In my opinion, this “news outlet” should self-censor and not do one more blasted piece on any alleged “racism” within the GOP until they understand that in order to push the charge, they must do it without editing/cropping photos/videos/quotes to make it look like a Republican said something they didn’t. And any editor who pulled the same stunt going forward should be fired. I won’t hold my breath on this happening, though, because the brass at NBC apparently give more a damn about ratings and controversy (not to mention catering to Obama) than they do the actual facts.

Not only that, but they should know better than to rely on left wing bloggers as the sole source for a claim about anything. Unfortunately, they’re not the first liberal news organization to do this and they won’t be the last. Then again, we really can’t expect much more in an industry that is dominated by left-wingers.

Sigh …

Time’s “Person of the Year” is “The Protester”? Really? #POY

This was the “year of the protester” says Time Magazine in announcing their “person of the year” winner:

In short, 2011 was unlike any year since 1989 — but more extraordinary, more global, more democratic, since in ’89 the regime disintegrations were all the result of a single disintegration at headquarters, one big switch pulled in Moscow that cut off the power throughout the system. So 2011 was unlike any year since 1968 — but more consequential because more protesters have more skin in the game. Their protests weren’t part of a countercultural pageant, as in ’68, and rapidly morphed into full-fledged rebellions, bringing down regimes and immediately changing the course of history. It was, in other words, unlike anything in any of our lifetimes, probably unlike any year since 1848, when one street protest in Paris blossomed into a three-day revolution that turned a monarchy into a republican democracy and then — within weeks, thanks in part to new technologies (telegraphy, railroads, rotary printing presses) — inspired an unstoppable cascade of protest and insurrection in Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Milan, Venice and dozens of other places across Europe, as well as a huge peaceful demonstration of democratic solidarity in New York that marched down Broadway and occupied a public park a few blocks north of Wall Street. How perfect that the German word Zeitgeist was transplanted into English in that unprecedented, uncanny year of insurrection.

“In short, 2011 was unlike any year since 1989”?? Excuse me? Any informed conservative reading that must have thought “um, hello – Tea Party? Iranian revolution?” Ed Morrissey did, and in a must-read he slams not only Time’s lack of historical perspective, but also for their failure to recognize that the modern “year of the protester” happened before 2011 …. 2009 to be exact:

Oh, please.  First, the idea that political protest originated in the 1960s is nothing but nostalgic nonsense, and quoting the long-debunked Fukuyama at this point is almost self-parody.  America has seen plenty of grassroots protests throughout its history, nor is the US alone.  From our own history, we had massive anti-war and anti-draft protests in the 60s … the 1860s, in New York.  It had the same effect as anti-war protests in the 1960s, which was that the war continued apace (and the nation elected a Republican as president in the next national election).

In 2009, Time had the same opportunity to pick “the protester” when the protests were the Tea Party and Iran’s Green Revolution, which followed from Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, and so on.  Who did they pick?  Ben Bernanke.  When the Tea Party movement actually delivered results at the ballot box in 2010 in a historic midterm drubbing of Barack Obama’s Democrats — they lost 68 seats, the worst outing since 1938 — they could have hailed The Protester then, too.  Who did they pick?  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

So they’re a little late to “the protester” story in terms of real impact.  And what impact has “the protester” actually had in 2011?  Has the Occupy Movement, such as it is, had any kind of ground-breaking impact on politics in the way the Tea Party did in 2010 and still does in this cycle?  Not even close, and even people on the Left have begun washing their hands of the literally pointless display.  The Arab Spring protesters have had somewhat more impact, but the two dictators they overthrew in Tunisia and Egypt look to be replaced by Muslim Brotherhood theocrats.  In Libya, Moammar Qaddafi didn’t get taken down by “protesters,” but by an armed insurrection that combined several militia forces with NATO’s air power dropping bombs on the capital for several months.  In Syria, the Assad regime is mowing down the protesters while the US and Europe stand idly by.  In that sense, it’s exactly like Iran in 2009 — when Time passed on the opportunity to name the martyred Neda as their person of the year.

Tim Graham has more, including excerpts of Time’s slobbering all over the failing, violent, anarchistic Occupy Wall Street movement which – according to Time magazine – is “in its very early days.”   8-|

If you subscribe to Time Magazine, I highly recommend that you use this edition to line your bird cage – or to help start a fire in order for you to have a nice, warm evening by the fireplace.   In my opinion, that’s really all this edition of the magazine is good for – if even that.

Obama campaign wants Republican email addresses? Shades of the children’s choir…

**Posted by Phineas

And they want their supporters to submit them.

File this under “Huh?

The Obama presidential campaign is launching an effort to collect Republican email addresses by inviting its supporters to submit information about their Republican associates to the Obama 2012 website.

The effort could help the Obama campaign build a database that would enable it to target Republican voters during the general election campaign. But, more perniciously, it could also become part of an Democratic effort to influence Republican primary voters to select a candidate Democrats think Obama could most easily defeat.

This administration seems to have a special talent for launching projects designed to set off the alarm bells of conservative and libertarian-leaning folks. Remember when the White House asked supporters to report people for spreading misinformation? Or when his reelection campaign set up Attack Watch?

Now they want any Obamatons in our midst to turn over our names and email addresses for a “prank?”

To be honest, I don’t see this as some conspiracy to “round up” our names and addresses for some sinister purpose. No doubt some marketing flack said in a meeting, “Hey, I know what we can do to get our followers excited!” So, that part doesn’t really concern me.

What does bother me, though, is what I am sure will be the gleeful enthusiasm of a certain core of Obama voters who will be all too happy to report their neighbors and colleagues who stand in the way of “community” and Hope and Change… or whatever slogan they’re pushing this time. Those kind of people make me nervous.

You know, the kind of people who form a children’s choir to sing the praises of Dear Leader.

Those folks worry me.

via ExJon

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)