Patterico's Pontifications

7/21/2010

Is Cabalist the New Journolist?

Filed under: Media Bias — DRJ @ 11:41 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic, claims Cabalist is the new Journolist:

“Shortly after the Weigel scandal, Klein, the Washington Post’s left-wing policy blogger, shut down Journolist, which was meant to be off-the-record, though why anyone thought a listserv with 400 members, many of whom were professional scribblers, would stay off the record is beyond me. But the idea behind Journolist — a forum in which like-minded opinion-makers could share information and ideas (much of the content of Journolist that I have seen consisted of eye-glazing wonkery) but also, on occasion, plot campaigns against Journolist’s ideological foes — would not die. Hence, the birth of the heretofore secret Cabalist, which unlike Journolist, has only 173 members, rather than 400, but which in other ways resembles Journolist (such as in the propensity of Cabalist members to leak ostensibly private information to non-Cabalist members, including to yours truly).”

Goldberg sees irony in the Cabalist non-response to recent Journolist revelations and while he says he wasn’t a member of either group, he agrees with Andrew Sullivan, who called the Journolist revelations depressing and corrupt.

— DRJ

7/16/2010

WaPo to Publish Leaked National Intelligence Information?

Filed under: Media Bias,Terrorism,War — DRJ @ 2:00 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Quin Hillyer at the Washington Times passes along a notice from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that the Washington Post plans to publish a “compendium of government agencies and contractors allegedly conducting Top Secret work,” including the type of work performed and the location of facilities. The publication may be a series of reports beginning Monday.

— DRJ

7/7/2010

CNN Analyst Mourns Hezbollah Leader on Monday; Out on Wednesday

Filed under: Media Bias — DRJ @ 5:46 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

As Patterico posted Monday, CNN’s Senior Editor for Mideast Affairs Octavia Nasr mourned the death of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah in a tweet:

“Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah… One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.”

Today she left CNN:

“From Parisa Khosravi – SVP CNN International Newsgathering

I had a conversation with Octavia this morning and I want to share with you that we have decided that she will be leaving the company. As you know, her tweet over the weekend created a wide reaction. As she has stated in her blog on CNN.com, she fully accepts that she should not have made such a simplistic comment without any context whatsoever. However, at this point, we believe that her credibility in her position as senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs has been compromised going forward.

As a colleague and friend we’re going to miss seeing Octavia everyday. She has been an extremely dedicated and committed part of our team. We thank Octavia for all of her hard work and we certainly wish her all the best.

Parisa.”

It’s been my experience that when people are let go, “we wish you the best” isn’t the message they remember.

— DRJ

6/28/2010

Weigel Joins MSNBC

Filed under: Media Bias — DRJ @ 7:35 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Dave Weigel has landed at MSNBC and his first gig was with Keith Olbermann:

“Olbermann teased an announcement regarding Weigel throughout the program, and when he finally introduced his guest around 8:55pmET, he said, “We are very proud to announce is, as of like, I don’t know, 20 minutes ago, an MSNBC contributor. Welcome Dave…and you thought last week was fun, wait until you see what this week holds for you.”

Weigel’s segment was about an interview he did with Rick Barber (the guy behind this ad). Olbermann closed the interview by reiterating, “MSNBC contributor Dave Weigel, great thanks, as always, and good luck with this.”

Clearly he is there to be the conservative conscience of the network.

H/T Hot Air and JD.

— DRJ

6/27/2010

Dave Weigel, Seriously

Filed under: Media Bias — DRJ @ 7:07 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Jim Treacher makes Dave Weigel’s life even more miserable.

H/T Eric Blair.

— DRJ

6/25/2010

Just a Guess: AP Reporter Doesn’t Like Palin

Filed under: Media Bias — DRJ @ 9:50 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Sarah Palin is speaking tonight at the 50th Anniversary of California State University, Stanislaus. Here’s the first six paragraphs of the AP’s
“neutral” coverage
[emphasis supplied]:

Sarah Palin breezed into a gala dinner at a cash-strapped California university Friday, poised to speak before hundreds of well-heeled donors as a throng of students protested her appearance nearby.

The former Alaska governor’s headline speech at the 50th anniversary celebration at California State University, Stanislaus has generated intense intrigue and scrutiny since her visit was first announced and set off a pitched legal feud.

In preparation for her arrival, workers transformed the rural, public school’s humble cafeteria into a glitzy Gala Hall, draped with crimson tablecloths and surrounded by chain-link fences. Officials still refuse to divulge the terms of her contract, her speaking fee, or any additional details about the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate’s trip to California.

News of Palin’s requirements only came to light after students fished several pages of the contract from a trash bin, which prompted California Attorney General Jerry Brown to launch an investigation into the finances of the university’s foundation arm and allegations that the nonprofit violated public disclosure laws.

“We cannot believe the stuff that has gone on with our campus over Sarah Palin’s visit,” said Alicia Lewis, 26, who was one of the students who retrieved piles of paperwork, including pieces of the contract document, from a trash container in April. “And now they’re fencing the campus off? It’s outrageous.”

University spokeswoman Eve Hightower said the extensive fencing and extra security were standard procedure for large campus events, and said the university had remained open to students going to class.”

It’s not until the 7th, 8th and 9th paragraphs that the AP notes something positive about Palin’s appearance:

“Friday’s sold-out dinner will bring in more than $200,000, making the gala the most successful fundraiser in the university’s history, said university foundation board president Matt Swanson.

“We’re not here to make a political statement, we’re here to make money,” said Swanson. “This event has surpassed all of our expectations.”

Most of the money raised comes from new donors, Hightower said. The funds will help pay for a variety of pressing campus needs, which the foundation will determine after consulting with university officials, she said.”

Now imagine how that article would have been written if President Obama were the speaker.

— DRJ

Dave Weigel Resigns (Updatedx2)

Filed under: Media Bias — DRJ @ 11:02 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

The Washington Post’s conservative watcher Dave Weigel has resigned following JournoList revelations that he disses conservatives:

“FishbowlDC has obtained e-mails written by WaPo’s conservative-beat blogger Dave Weigel, that the scribe sent to JournoList, a listserv for liberal journalists. ***

Seems Weigel doesn’t like (and that would be putting it mildly) at least some of the conservatives he covers. Poor Drudge – Weigel wants him to light himself on fire.

Weigel’s Words:

•”This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire.”

•”Follow-up to one hell of a day: Apparently, the Washington Examiner thought it would be fun to write up an item about my dancing at the wedding of Megan McArdle and Peter Suderman. Said item included the name and job of my girlfriend, who was not even there — nor in DC at all.”

•”I’d politely encourage everyone to think twice about rewarding the Examiner with any traffic or links for a while. I know the temptation is high to follow up hot hot Byron York scoops, but please resist it.”

•”It’s all very amusing to me. Two hundred screaming Ron Paul fanatics couldn’t get their man into the Fox News New Hampshire GOP debate, but Fox News is pumping around the clock to get Paultard Tea Party people on TV.” “

Who at JournoList squealed on Weigel?

H/T JD.

— DRJ

UPDATE: JD has done all the work on this story. He points out The Daily Caller has a longer list of Weigel witticisms.

UPDATE 2: Was Weigel done in by an envious Journolist competitor?

“Various readers suggest that the email-leaker was after Dave’s job.”

How likely is it a liberal would crave the job of WaPo conservative overlord?

6/22/2010

The Best Thing About the LA Times

Filed under: Dog Trainer,Media Bias — DRJ @ 4:57 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

I don’t even live in California but I’d subscribe to the L.A. Times if it had a few more reporters like Andrew Malcolm. I’d especially subscribe if they were all as clever, and occasionally sarcastic, as Malcolm. So read the whole thing.

— DRJ

6/20/2010

Arizona Crime Statistics (Updated)

Filed under: Immigration,Media Bias — DRJ @ 5:45 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Tom Maguire points out the New York Times reports crime is down in Arizona (“On Border Violence, Truth Pales Compared to Ideas”) when it’s actually down in urban areas but up along the border:

“What we see that Arizona is broken into three categories – Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Cities Outside of MSA, and rural counties. Most people and most crime occurs in the MSAs. On the other hand, a glance at a map tells me that the Arizona border itself is not near what to the eyes of this former Manhattanite looks like is any major city.

And the stats reprinted below tell a different story – measured by violent crimes per 100,000, the non-MSA portion of Arizona has seen a dramatic increase in crime.”

Now why would the New York Times mislead readers about Arizona crime?

H/T Instapundit.

— DRJ

UPDATE: Bradley J. Fikes took a closer look at this story at his NCTimes blog and a related topic in this comment. I highly recommend both.

6/16/2010

It’s Popcorn Time Again

Filed under: Media Bias,Obama — DRJ @ 5:50 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Ed Driscoll has fun reminding Maureen Dowd what she wrote last year:

Pass the Popcorn
***
Meanwhile, back in the world of dead tree media, Maureen Dowd cluelessly asks, “How can a man who was a dazzling enough politician to become the first black president at age 47 suddenly become so obdurately self-destructive about politics?”

President Obama’s bloodless quality about people and events, the emotional detachment that his aides said allowed him to see things more clearly, has instead obscured his vision. It has made him unable to understand things quickly on a visceral level and put him on the defensive in this spring of our discontent, failing to understand that Americans are upset that a series of greedy corporations have screwed over the little guy without enough fierce and immediate pushback from the president.

Huh, I remember when people on the left thought that a cool, aloof, alienated, distant, detached president was a pretty good idea in 2008 and early 2009.

People like Maureen Dowd, for example.”

He adds an even better one here about Robert Gibbs, MSNBC and Fox News.

It really is popcorn time again.

— DRJ

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