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Let’s Play Name That Party [UPDATED BY PATTERICO]

Filed under: General — JD @ 5:45 am

[Guest post by JD]

This might be the best example ever of the MFM not naming or labeling Dem politicos involved in scandals. I have no doubt that there are Rethuglikkkans that have sullied their office as well, but this AP report is remarkable in that it simply ignores party affiliation.

I won’t even get started on the CA State Senator, running for Sec of State, is virtually ignored by the MFM. CNN said that they don’t generally cover State Senators. Imagine if a Republican were accused of trying to traffic arms to terrorists, all while using his legislative position to trample on the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens.

The MFM is not even trying anymore.


UPDATE BY PATTERICO: I think this is a very important post, and I am simply going to quote the AP article in its entirety, to preserve this example for posterity, because 1) the link will certainly break soon, as all AP links do, and 2) you can’t fully appreciate the way they dance around the issue unless you read the story itself. My reproduction is obviously for purposes of criticism — it’s not like this small blog is taking market share from the AP. I simply want to show for all time how they ignore party affiliation, and who they’re talking about:

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is facing public corruption charges after prosecutors said he solicited $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as developers. Cannon is the latest mayor of a large city to face a scandal in recent years. Here is a look at some others:

— Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty in February of 20 counts of accepting bribes and other corruption charges for taking money to help business owners get millions of dollars in city work, including in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

— Former Trenton, N.J., Mayor Tony Mack was convicted in February of taking money in exchange for getting approval in 2012 to develop a downtown parking garage that only existed in a federal sting. He is awaiting sentencing. He is one of a long list of New Jersey mayors to face corruption charges since 2000, including the leaders of Newark, Camden, Paterson, Perth Amboy, Hoboken, Passaic, Asbury Park, Orange and Hamilton.

— Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigned last August after a number of sexual harassment allegations. He pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery in October and was sentenced to three months of home confinement in December.

— Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is serving 28 years in prison after being convicted in October of extortion, bribery, conspiracy and other crimes. In October 2008, Kilpatrick spent 99 days in jail for his part in a sex-and-text scandal.

— Former Birmingham, Ala., Mayor Larry Langford took $235,000 in cash, loans and gifts while he was president of the Jefferson County Commission in the early- and mid-2000s. He was convicted of 60 counts in October 2009 and is serving 15 years in prison.

I looked up the ones I had not heard of — to verify that, yes, all six are Democrats. All six.

In so doing, I also learned that the AP writer is a racist for picking these examples of corruption, and that JD is a racist for linking the article. They are hereby denounced.

59 Responses to “Let’s Play Name That Party [UPDATED BY PATTERICO]”

  1. Racists

    JD (e1b64b)

  2. The Alphabet Media has always been in the pocket of the Democrats/Liberals/Socialists. The only difference now is that they have stopped even trying to claim to be non-partisan – or when they do so claim it’s an obvious, and easily debunked, lie (your recent “state senator” situation, for example).

    Rusty Bill (e3b0ca)

  3. What does “MFM” stand for? I’ve always wondered

    Leviticus (474b53)

  4. Mother *loving* media has been my guess.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. Hartford Courant (Tribune paper like the Daily Dog Trainer) once did a front page above the fold story on the indictment of the Hartford mayor and three of his political supporters/cronies.

    Right below the large type headline was a horizontal row of four photos, on e of each indictee, with a caption giving name, position, and relation to the mayor.
    Only one of these mentioned a persons party.
    Under a photo of an African-American woman the caption stated she was the minority leader on the Hartford city council and stated she was a Republican.

    Even not being a resident of the city I knew that the minority leader of the Hartford City Council was a member of the Working Families Party (a wholly owned affiliate of ACORN.)

    Name that party.

    Have Blue (e97630)

  6. JD’s #1 took the word right out of my mouth.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  7. When the Calderon story broke, I was watching NBC. They spent over ten minutes on that story without once mentioning the party. Of course, I knew that meant he was a Democrat.

    Bar Sinister (b48c12)

  8. Patterico’s update makes my example even more egregious.

    Have Blue (e97630)

  9. Leviticus – MotherF@ckingMedia

    JD (e1b64b)

  10. Why, it can’t be racist, ’cause not all of the gentlemen mentioned are black. They are, however, all male, so it could be sexist.

    The multicultural Dana (3e4784)

  11. MFM thinking:

    (A crooked Republican): We need to lead with the Republican connection as this is just the tip of the iceberg with respect to those evil, self-centered, greedy assh0les.

    (A crooked Democrat): We need to downplay the party angle since this unfortunate and unproven allegation shouldn’t be used by those evil, self-centered and greedy GOP assh0les.

    Kevin M (b11279)

  12. I always assumed that not mentioning the party affiliation wasn’t necessary because one could assume it was a Democrat. The exceptions to public service corruption is some other party such as Republican. Thus, it is a tacit admission by MFM that Democrats are more often than others to be the corrupt ones. Kinda of like if a story was about sparrows, one wouldn’t need to mention that it is a bird. Corruption, crime, lying……Democrat. Makes sense to me.

    Rich (ddc02c)

  13. As I read the post above, Mike Morell, Democrat party loyalist and former (acting) CIA Deputy Director is on TV lying under oath about the Agency’s analysis of the Benghazi attack and pretending the available evidence indicated a spontaneous attack in response to an offensive video.

    Morell’s lying, everyone in the hearing knows he’s lying, and most of the people who care enough to watch the charade know that he’s lying to shield Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from responsibility for their failure to provide adequate security and for refusing to allow US forces to come to the aid of Americans under assault from Islamic terrorists.

    ropelight (73c0f5)

  14. Oh yes, JD. This is one of my hot buttons, too. When reading or hearing about any news story on almost any topic anymore it certainly has become vitally necessary to actively reflect on the key omissions, rather than just glance at the story’s words.

    Another journalistic travesty/trick we see all the time is the use of “right wing” as a pejorative code for crazeee, instead of using the descriptor “Republican” or “Conservative” when they want the political orientation of the person to be quite clear so that the quote may more easily be discounted. (i.e., “according to the right wing columnist Thomas Sowell” or “Erick Erickson, founder of the right wing site RedState”. Messengers of the left, when quoted, are of course merely referred to neutrally as “Nobel prize winning Paul Krugman”, or “according to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.” Even on the rare occasion that a partisan columnist such as Ezra is quoted, it is almost always as “Bloomberg columnist and liberal blogger Ezra Klein”, never as a “left-winger.”

    elissa (0666e5)

  15. Aw, you missed my hometown: Sheila Dixon, Mayor of Baltimore, who stole gift cards that were meant to be given to needy families.

    Burnside (8fa39f)

  16. I remain confused. The MFM holds the position, at least the CNN version of MFM, that they do not cover events involving state senators, but instead cover mayors and council members of various cities within those states?? How does that calculus work?

    And what about that state senator from Texas a while back that got all that national press over some kind of half-assed filibuster in the Texas state senate?

    I probably ought to up my Geritol dosage…

    gramps, the original (8c018c)

  17. After Instapundit noted that despite CNN’s claim they don’t cover state senators, he found a dozen stories on their site about his own state senator, a Republican proposing a controversial bill.

    Someone else – sorry, forget where I saw it – searched the CNN site for “state senator” (in quotes) and came up with over 2500 results, most of the first few pages of which were Republicans doing or saying something controversial or stupid.

    But this is the network that hired Piers Morgan, fired by the Mirror (UK tabloid) for falsifying charges of atrocities against UK soldiers in Iraq and using doctored photos to support the false claims. So lying to their audience is something they consider a qualification.

    Estragon (ada867)

  18. In other news, man bites dog…

    Colonel Haiku (c4bd9a)

  19. MFM = Main Frame Media, a play on words with how media frames debates and has a tendency to fabricate cases against certain people or groups (ie McCain’s affair with a lobbyist right before the 2008 election).

    max (131bc0)

  20. Heh, Instapundit credits Popular Mechanics for scooping CNN on a big political scandal–the Yee story.

    elissa (0666e5)

  21. 13. Comment by ropelight (73c0f5) — 4/2/2014 @ 8:14 am

    As I read the post above, Mike Morell, Democrat party loyalist and former (acting) CIA Deputy Director is on TV lying under oath about the Agency’s analysis of the Benghazi attack

    No, he’s telling the truth or a half truth. There was Sooper Sekrit Intelligence.

    and pretending the available evidence indicated a spontaneous attack in response to an offensive video.

    He claimed the best information.

    Now obviously it wa Not the BEST information.

    He’s covering up extreme incompetence or foreign penetration of the CIA by moles.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  22. No, he was lying through his exhaust pipe, that’s what earned his slot at Beacon Global, Phillip ‘reset’ Reines firm,

    narciso (3fec35)

  23. By contrast, whenever a Mark Foley is implicated in a scandal, the first paragraph always reads like this;

    “Republican Congressman Mark Foley, Republican from Florida, exposed the Republican party as a party of horrible human beings who should all be voted out of office…”

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  24. Cut the chord.
    Purchase products made or grown locally.
    Corporate America is willing to dispose of American made workers. Dispose of them first.

    mfg (82f8cf)

  25. They’ve made it so obvious you can stop wasting your time looking for the pertinent information.

    Scandal with no party mentioned-Democrat
    Youths-Black thugs
    Gang related-a number of black thugs
    Aspiring Rapper-Black Thug
    Was turning his life around-Black Thug on parole
    Honor Student-black thug shot by another black thug
    Flash mob-too many black thugs to count
    Knockout Game-Black thugs attacking whites, Asians or Jews

    Funeral Guy (26d185)

  26. Along similar lines;

    neither Ron Bloom or Steve Rattner seem to available for comment, more importantly the press isn’t interested either

    narciso (3fec35)

  27. Speaking of icky stories on Democrats that the media did not want to cover–John Edwards was barred from attending Bunny Mellon’s funeral by her family. He and his daughter Cate arrived at Trinity Episcopal last Friday, but apparently were told they were not welcome.

    elissa (83ae49)

  28. If there was any doubt, the coverage of “Bridgegate” was a clear indication of the make believe media’s hackery when it comes to reporting on Republicans vs Democrats.

    Although, if you use the Donny Deutsch sliding-scale of relevance score, you may come to some other insane conclusion.

    Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (f7d5ba)

  29. By contrast, whenever a Mark Foley is implicated in a scandal, the first paragraph always reads like this;

    “Republican Congressman Mark Foley, Republican from Florida, exposed the Republican party as a party of horrible human beings who should all be voted out of office…”

    Comment by Elephant Stone (6a6f37) — 4/2/2014 @ 4:40 pm

    Yeah, somehow they didn’t use the Gerry Studds sliding-scale of morality score on Mark Foley’s ghey emails!

    Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (f7d5ba)

  30. Mike Morell briefed President George W Bush during the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers and offered this assessment,

    “I would bet every dollar I have that it’s al Qaeda.”

    Back then Morell was quick, focused, and exactly right, just what you’d expect from a top grade CIA analyst. Very little hard information was available while the attack was in progress, but Morell’s experience and intuition combined to produce an on-the-spot crystal clear assessment.

    Yet, after the Benghazi attack, with plenty of time and loads of first-hand information, Morell suddenly can’t seem to distinguish between an obvious ground-truth and self-serving fairy tales concocted by ambitious politicians trying to conceal the blood on their hands.

    ropelight (2baa0e)

  31. MFM = Main Frame Media,

    sorry Max, but that’s the wrong “F” word there in your translation of “MFM”… 😎

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  32. Comment by ropelight (2baa0e) — 4/3/2014 @ 6:50 am

    Yet, after the Benghazi attack, with plenty of time and loads of first-hand information, Morell suddenly can’t seem to distinguish between an obvious ground-truth and self-serving fairy tales concocted by ambitious politicians trying to conceal the blood on their hands

    The idea of a spontaneous attack was not concocted by politicians. It was concocted by the perpetrators and their allies. It was targeted actually only at the White House, so that the right persons would not be blamed, but this was such good news to them that they went public with it.

    Now, not recognizing an “intelligence failure” reviewing the matetr sand saying nobody at the CIA even made any mistakes, that’s a problem.

    Sammy Finkelman (fb61e5)

  33. This is a very important point, that this fairy tale was concocted by the perpetrators, but some people are so politically biased that they don’t look closely, and against all the evidence, want to blame that people in the White House invented this story. The attackers invented this story!

    A corrally of that is that they knew there would be an issue in cairo about a video – even though the demonstration in Cairo wasn’t really about the video – long in advance, and must have publciized it and Islamists commissioned the video in the first place. For some reaon some people seem to have trouble with the idea taht Nakoula was an Islamist agent. (The U.S. government of course is refusing to see the truth, probably because there are moles in the CIA and so on. It is as plain as the sky is blue that that is true. The U.S. has repeatedly made all kinds of mistakes in fighting Al Qaeda. There are some good people, or there would no successes at all.

    It’s probably both moles and extreme idiots, the moles making sure that only incompetents and careerists get promoted. The women who dedcued where al Qaeda was – she didn’t get promoted.

    Right now the CIA is locked in thia controversy with the Senate over whether the waterboarding helped or not and apparently they changed what their initial internal report was. The United States is planning on turning over weapons to Pakistan AND NOt to Afghanistan. Drones have sometimes attacked the wrong people – at least wrong in the sense of not being the important people they wanted to. There’s a lot, lot wrong.

    And the CIA’s analysis oof Benghazi after september 12, 2012 is part of it.

    Do not blame the politicians!

    There was SOOPER SEKRIT INTELLIGENCE supporting the idea that this was a spontaneous attack – the only problem is that that was garbage and disinformation, and the CIA does not acknowledge that they acepted disinformation till today’s day, and Barack Obama is not enough of a manager or accustomed to doing his own thinking, to shake up the CIA.

    Sammy Finkelman (fb61e5)

  34. The Senate committee members didn’t really question Mike Morell when he sdaid they relied on the best information available because they knew he was talking about SOOPER SEKRIT INTELLIGENCE and this was an open hearing.

    Is that not obvious?

    Sammy Finkelman (fb61e5)

  35. “Youbetchavlad. I just invaded that country”. Hilarious. If you want to see an Obamabot’s head assplode, just say “Vladimir Putin”. Putin is the one hard fact that Obama cannot be shielded from.

    nk (dbc370)

  36. they couldn’t well mention that it was AQ, we had worked with Bel Hadj’s faction the previous spring, and brought in Bin Qumu to train the rebels,

    narciso (3fec35)

  37. that’s the answer to the question she raises;

    narciso (3fec35)

  38. I think Sammy’s head is turning 360 degree circles and spewing pea soup vomit.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  39. narciso, I think that is the new top 3 blog site.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  40. Always click on narciso’s links.

    ropelight (2baa0e)

  41. To be fair, a friend pointed it out, but it was derived from Atkinson’s twitter,

    narciso (3fec35)

  42. Correction to 36: It was a House committee.

    Newspaper reports focus on only one thing. I know enough to know that that is often not what is noticeable to somebody watching it. so there’s nothing there about him saying best available information.

    The stories talked about his editing out of all references to Al Qaeda and those paragraph about warnings from the “talking points”

    The warnings was about the only thing the State Department, under Hillary Clinton, had objected to. And in truth, that was false and misleading.

    The CIA never warned that anything could happen soon, although, in one version of the talking points, they tried to make it look like they had.

    They were dishonest there and it was quite rightly cut out.

    The CIA had not given detailed warnings, just platitudes what everybody knew.

    They were going to have a meeting to discuss this thing when Morell obviated the discussion by just cutting the whole thing out.

    The State Department could have had its own complaints, in that the CIA had probably approved or even worked out the actual protection plan in Benghazi.

    Their security was based on the notion they would have warning – immediate warning, the kind you might use to evacuate. That, the CIA never provided.

    There was also had an emergency plan that doomed the ambassador. There was a “safe room” to go to, but it was a firetrap.

    And in all likelihood, the attackers knew a whole lot of things and planned accordingly. Both to get into the compound quickly and to start the fire.

    Sammy Finkelman (b66da2)

  43. What’s also getting lost about the extra security, is that most of the requests for extra security concerned the embassy in Tripoli, NOT Benghazi.

    There was a warning about Benghazi but it came from the State Department’s own employees, and not from the CIA.

    They said the mission in Benghazi could not be defended against a kind of attack that was quite plausible. You had all these armed groups growing in strength etc etc..

    Hillary Clinton didn’t bother to dispute anything that did not directly concern her, like whether or not there had been a demonstration in Benghazi, but only or mostly about these CIA claims of warnings.

    She wasn’t going to fight the CIA on the issue of the demonstration. Which could tell you a lot about Hillary Clinton if you didn’t already know it. Morell caved in completely so that other points would not be discussed. which tells you something about Morell or the CIA.

    He said he cut out the reference to Al Qaeda because that was based on classified information (meaning, we know, the telephone call from someone in Benghazi to someone in Mali. That’s not where this was planned)

    Sammy Finkelman (b66da2)

  44. “There was a warning about Benghazi but it came from the State Department’s own employees, and not from the CIA.”

    Sammy – Why downplay the additional requests for security form Benghazi which were denied, the prior attack on the compound, attacks on other diplomatic installations, departures of NGOs and other missions from the city in an effort to say there was no specific warning?

    Why do you need specificity when the whole security situation is falling apart? Facepalm!

    Didn’t the CIA issue a country report at the end of August warning of the deteriorating situation or was that another department?

    Falling back on the excuse of not having an explicit warning in an unsecure failed state seems like a “dog ate my homework” excuse that doesn’t pass the pink face test.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  45. “There was a warning about Benghazi but it came from the State Department’s own employees, and not from the CIA.”

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 4/3/2014 @ 1:10 pm

    Sammy – Why downplay the additional requests for security form Benghazi which were denied,

    Weren’t those requests mostly for Tripoli? There were soime anyway for Benghazi.

    the prior attack on the compound,

    In which nobody came to any harm.

    attacks on other diplomatic installations, departures of NGOs and other missions from the city in an effort to say there was no specific warning?

    No specific warning. Just the idea that something could happen.

    It is possible to believe that things would get noticeably worse before anything happened, so you could shut things down then, or that there would be enough time to escape.

    But what actually hapepned was a surprise attack.

    Why do you need specificity when the whole security situation is falling apart? Facepalm!

    You might think some other shoes have to drop before something really bad happens.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  46. Kissing scandal!!! but don’t worry–you won’t have to read very far into the article. It’s a freshman REPUBLICAN congressman.

    elissa (b364f8)

  47. A freshman endorsed by the Duck Dynasty folks, it does see, he was a little careless.

    narciso (3fec35)

  48. An explanation from that Hersh piece about the Syrian brouhaha;

    A highly classified annex to the report, not made public, described a secret agreement reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdoğan administrations. It pertained to the rat line. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities. Retired American soldiers, who didn’t always know who was really employing them, were hired to manage procurement and shipping. The operation was run by David Petraeus, the CIA director who would soon resign when it became known he was having an affair with his biographer. (A spokesperson for Petraeus denied the operation ever took place.)

    narciso (3fec35)

  49. ==it does see, he was a little careless.==

    it does seem, he was a lot stupid.

    Why do these scumbags always think they’re invisible??

    elissa (b364f8)

  50. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey wrote something about the Benghazi hearing with Morrell yesterday in the Wall Street Journal. He doesn’t think a regular committee hearing (where each member gets 5 minutes) is a way to find out the truth) but he does think a little progress was made:

    More Obfuscation on Benghazi Testimony by the former acting head of the CIA makes clear that Congress’s current approach isn’t sufficient.

    He notes Morell is still saying the demonstration in Cairo was about the video.

    On this, I read Petraeus comment in the emails to mean that he had been briefed about it and been told it was warning sign, and therefore Petraues wanted to know why wasn’t some still secret cable the CIA sent to the Cairo embassy not mentioned among the warnings.

    Well, that’s because the people who composed that knew it really wasn’t a warning sign – they didn’t want to get anything in an official file like that, but they said it orally. they were moles.

    Morell said he eliminated all the CIA warnings because he didn’t want it too look like the CIA was pounding its chest at the expense of the State Department.

    Mukasey accepts that the word the CIA uses for “terrorists” is “extremists” and doesn’t seem to think that’s a big thing.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  51. Mukasey writes:

    Mr. Morell spent his career in the directorate of intelligence. By his own account, when faced with a contradiction between what people on the ground were saying and what analysts were saying, his view was that unless the analysts—whom he called “my analysts”—changed their view, he would go with their version, even though they relied in large measure on local press reports.

    The directorate of intelligence functions according to a protocol whose rigidity we more often associate with the military. So analysts whose deductions put them at odds with those on the scene wouldn’t have considered, and apparently didn’t consider, simply ringing up those on the scene and getting their input. To the contrary, analysts deal only with information that comes in the prescribed way. The CIA station chief’s communication to headquarters came in an email and did not get circulated within the intelligence community as it would have if it had been contained in a cable.

    There was, as it happens, other information available. A private company, Agincourt Solutions, had followed the Twitter, and other social media in the vicinity of the U.S. installation attacked in Benghazi. The company found no evidence of a “demonstration.” There were video cameras trained on the front gate of the consulate that showed no demonstration. Days before the attack, al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri had been calling for an attack to avenge the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi, a senior al Qaeda member who was, as his name suggests, a Libyan.

    And Sept. 11 is a date of highly symbolic value to people who set great store by symbols.

    The last two data points were certainly available to the CIA analysts, and the camera feed should have been. But all this was discounted, apparently in favor of their consensus view that the attack at Benghazi had started with a demonstration that drew inspiration from violence inflicted on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo—allegedly as part of a protest against the video….

    … To be sure, after the attack Mr. Morell pointed out to White House officials during a secure video teleconference on Sept. 15 that the station chief disputed the analysts’ conclusion that there had been a demonstration in Benghazi.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  52. Q. Who is distributing stupid pills within the CIA?

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  53. Yes, he was a lot stupid, it was Christmas time, so he might have dipped into the nog, however who leaked the tape to the Daily Mail,

    narciso (3fec35)

  54. What tape now are we talking about?

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  55. the left and some libertarians put forth the notion that if it was only for Ajax, Khomeini would not have come to power, they ignore how fragile, the
    Mossadegh coalition, and it’s reliance on the Tudeh, the communists, same with Arbenz in Guatemala,

    narciso (3fec35)

  56. I found this interesting and amusing…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  57. 50. Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 4/7/2014 @ 7:44 pm

    Seymour Hersh wrote the article AND

    (A spokesperson for Petraeus denied the operation ever took place.)

    what reason is there to believe this is at all accurate?

    Sammy Finkelman (ebf45c)

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