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Think Progress Hillary Shill Upset That Hillary Not On Sunday Talk Shows…No, Make That Upset That *Other Women* Not On Sunday Talk Shows…(Because Hillary Might Actually Be Forced To Answer Direct Questions About Pesky Issues She Is Working To Avoid And We Can’t Have That!)

Filed under: General — Dana @ 2:51 pm

[guest post by Dana]

There was an amusing twitter exchange this morning between Think Progress legal brain, Judd Legum (whom I have previously written about), and CNN’s Jake Tapper:

So, what was Legum’s girl, Hillary, up to? Well, she was making sure no solid reporters worth their mettle confronted her with any substantive questions about any number of current scandals involving her – unless of course, they were about ice cream:

Nothing says freedom on Independence Day like corralling reporters with a rope to keep them away from Hillary Clinton as she marches in a July 4th parade.

Clinton’s advance team used a rope to separate the press from the Democratic presidential candidate as she walked the parade route, at times dragging the cranky reporters down the road.

The decision to lasso the media was a reminder of Clinton’s fraught relationship with the press. Pictures of the reporter-roping took on a life of their own on social media and overshadowed what was supposed to be a news-less holiday photo-op in the early primary state.

Republican candidates marched in 4th of July parades “without obstruction from their staff.”




Think Progress: Poor People in Luxury Condo Building Forced to Use Different Door from Rich Folks

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:24 pm

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read this?

A luxury condo building on New York City’s Upper West Side has gotten clearance from the city to have a separate entrance, or a “poor door,” for low-income tenants, according to the New York Post.

To me, the first thing that comes to mind is: hey, low-income tenants get to live in a luxury condo building on the Upper West Side? Sounds pretty sweet!

But what initially seems like a sweet deal, upon closer inspection, turns out to be a scene of utter horror:

And besides being made to use a separate entrance, some low-income residents in luxury buildings are prohibited from using the amenities offered to the wealthy tenants, which in the case of this particular building include swimming pools and regulation-sized basketball courts. Several buildings in the city ban affordable housing or rent-regulated tenants from using perks like gyms, rooftops, and pools, and the practice is on the rise.

That is DISCRIMINATION! How dare they prevent people from using luxury amenities just because they aren’t paying as much as people who are!

Luckily, lawmakers are on the case:

New York City lawmakers have taken notice of all of this, and two council members are working on legislation that would expand the city’s anti-discrimination protections to include rent-regulated tenants. A state assemblywoman has introduced legislation that would require buildings to let low-income renters use all the amenities.

Thank goodness. I, for one, applaud lawmakers’ efforts to ensure that poor people get the same stuff even if they don’t pay for it. But why stop here? Poor people also have to fly coach, whereas rich people can fly first class — and where is the equity in that? Hopefully, lawmakers will address this inequity, so that those of us who pay coach fares can have access to the first class amenities we deserve.

Also, I drive a car with over 150,000 miles on it. It is scratched in several places and dirty. I would certainly prefer to drive a brand-new Lexus or Mercedes . . . but our society’s discriminatory policies ensure that such comfort is reserved for people who pay for it. I don’t have a car payment, but why should I have to pay for a Audi? Equitable legislation would mandate that I have access to luxury automobiles without having to suffer the indignity of paying for them.

Three cheers for New York lawmakers, who truly have their eye on the ball. It’s high time we ended this system where some get to have better things than others, and revert to something akin to the glorious Soviet system, where everybody has equal access to the same lousy living conditions.

Agree, comrade!

UPDATE: You pay for my water!


Fox News’ Chris Wallace Makes the Westboro Baptists Look Like Jerks And For Some Reason Think Progress Has a Problem With That

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 7:31 am

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]

So on Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace ran an interview with the Westboro Baptist’s lead lawyer, Margie Phelps, to discuss their recent Supreme Court victory and just who exactly is going to hell.  Wallace did an expert job of making them look like a bunch of jerks by the simple technique of giving them enough rope to hang themselves.  Believe you me, this was an intentional ploy to get them to expose their idiotic mentality.  I have seen it done dozens of times in cross-examination:

So Think Progress decides that somehow this is an indictment on Fox News.  Yes, really.

The title of the post, for instance, suggests approval: “Fox Hosts Hate-Church Lawyer Who Claims Obama Is ‘The Beast Spoken Of In The Revelation.’”  And in the post they suggest that this is presented as “legal analysis.”

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court held that even the most repulsive hate speech — Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay rallies at military funerals — is entitled to First Amendment protection. At the top of its show this morning, Fox invited one of the leading purveyors of such repulsive speech, Westboro’s attorney Margie Phelps, as its sole commentator on this Court decision. Phelps, who is the daughter of hate church leader Fred Phelps, provided exactly the same kind of thoughtful legal analysis that Americans expect from Fox News[.]

So basically they are upset that this is the only commenter on the decision, on the program that day.  But it had already been covered to death by other hosts, so it hardly seems necessary to add more (and that is assuming they are telling the truth).  And it is simply a lie to say that this is the kind of “legal analysis” provided by Fox News.  A simple search of Patterico’s site for “Megyn Kelly” will turn up many examples of quite expert legal analysis, not to mention that from Greta, and O’Reilly’s femme fatales.  Finally, they end by saying:

It’s telling that in a week which featured… [many other important stories], Fox decided to ignore these stories in order to focus on the important question of whether President Obama is the Antichrist.

Well, first, Wallace didn’t choose where this interview went.  He asked precisely about whether Obama was going to hell.  And that was just after asking if the Supreme Court was going to hell.  And if they are trying to suggest that he agreed with them on Obama, then by the same logic, he must think that the entire Supreme Court is going to hell, including the justices conservatives typically like, such as Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito.  And it is worth noting that all of those justices, but Alito, ruled in their favor—which is probably why Wallace asked in the first place.

It all raises the question of whether this deception is done on purpose.  Its hard to say, but anyone watches that interview and honestly believes that Wallace agreed with this Westboro idiot is so prejudiced against Fox News that they can literally do nothing right in their eyes.  If that actually includes anyone from Think Progress (and I think that would be crediting them with too much honesty), then they should find a new job: their prejudice literally makes it impossible to see the truth right in front of them.

And if the author, Ian Millhiser, was simply lying, TP should fire him for being so terrible at it. I only had to watch the interview to see that he was full of it.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]


Think Progress Makes a Martyr Out of Brad Friedman, While Censoring Any Mention of His Business Partner, Convicted Bomber Brett Kimberlin

Filed under: Brad Friedman,Brett Kimberlin,General — Patterico @ 12:42 am

[Welcome, Instapundit readers! This post has information about the anti-speech thuggery of convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin, and his business partner Brad Friedman, against me.]

Think Progress is making Brad Friedman into a martyr by pretending that the Chamber of Commerce is targeting Friedman and his “family.” But what Think Progress isn’t telling you: the Chamber of Commerce was far more interested in Friedman’s business partner, convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin.

Think Progress published parts of internal Chamber of Commerce e-mails talking about Friedman. But what Think Progress hides from you is that the Chamber was actually primarily interested in Kimberlin. They described Kimberlin as having “a bit of a checkered past and has been associated with some more radical and violent activities.” That’s a pretty mild description of a guy who set off several bombs, one of which blew off a man’s leg. Meanwhile, they were very kind to Friedman, describing him as “much more mainstream” and someone who “can often be seen on many of the political talk shows.”

Their focus was Kimberlin. But Think Progress cut out any mention of Kimberlin. Entirely.

Luckily, you have me here to tell you what Think Progress won’t.

Here’s the background.



Think Progress Tries to Ambush* Jesse Watters, Comedy Follows

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 8:38 am

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]

Jesse Watters, a Fox News producer, is kind of known for the “ambush” interview, where people refuse to sit down for interviews, so he approaches them on the street and tries to force them into one.  So Think Progress thought it would turn the tables on him. Think Progress has allegedly some “insider” accusing Fox of making things up and being a propaganda arm of the Republican party.

Yes, that is Think Progress making that accusation.  Mind you, they are not specifically citing anything that was made up, just generally someone who supposedly was an insider, who may or may not have been paid to say this, saying they made something up.

Anyway, Jesse Watters has waaaay too much fun explaining the trade to this amateur.

Via: The Blaze.


Oh, there I go again with that violent rhetoric, “ambush.”  I will flog myself now.  And sure, “flog” is violent rhetoric, too, but I mean that literally.

(No, not really.)

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: The alleged Fox insider thing is from a piece by Eric Boehlert, who has railed on anonymous sources so many times in so many contexts it renders his wholly anonymous (and clearly partisan Democrat) source a complete joke. I almost did a post about it the other day, but couldn’t muster the energy to care.

UPDATE x2 BY PATTERICO: Thanks to Instapundit for the link. Fans of busting Think Progress should check out my post from this morning, in which I discuss how they whitewashed information about a lefty convicted bomber.


Extra! Stop the Presses! Think Progress Lies About McCain

Filed under: 2008 Election,General — Patterico @ 12:38 pm

Think Progress has a post titled McCain: I ‘Don’t See How It Matters’ That I Don’t Know The Price Of Gas. Wow, that sounds pretty bad. Let’s take a look:

In a telephone interview with the Orange County Register earlier this week, John McCain acknowledged he was unaware of the price of gas.

Jeez. That’s really awful. But let’s take a look at the actual exchange that Think Progress is citing:

WICKSOL: When was the last time you pumped your own gas and how much did it cost?

MCCAIN: Oh, I don’t remember. Now there’s Secret Service protection. But I’ve done it for many, many years. I don’t recall and frankly, I don’t see how it matters.

Later in the interview, McCain says:

I’ve been on the campaign trail for so long I don’t remember when I last filled up my own gas tank, but I certainly did for many, many, many years and I understand the difficulties and challenges that it poses for the people of California and my home state of Arizona.

Think Progess cites this as evidence of “McCain’s cluelessness about gas prices.”

But McCain isn’t saying he doesn’t know the price of gas. He is saying that he doesn’t remember the last time he pumped his own gas, and how much it cost then.

So, does John McCain know the cost of a gallon of gas in America? Yes, he does. Here’s a news story from June 18:

“The price of a gallon of gas in America stands at more than four dollars. Yesterday, a barrel of oil cost about 134 dollarsm” said McCain.

Again, that McCain quote is from June 18 — six days before the O.C. Register interview that Think Progress uses to claim McCain doesn’t know the price of gas.

This Think Progress post is a lie. At best, the story is that McCain doesn’t remember the last time he pumped his own gas. Even that is a non-story, since nobody pumps their own gas while on the campaign trail. Someone ask Obama when he last pumped his own gas.

Your mission: to go to every single blog that has linked this Think Progress post, and post the quote I just gave you that shows what a lie it is.

Have fun.

UPDATE: Here’s a partial list of bloggers who have repeated this: Andrew Sullivan (now partially corrected), James Joyner (no correction stand-up correction issued), and John Cole (now acknowledging that he may have gotten it wrong). For more, check Memeorandum.


Think Progress: “They All Look the Same to Us!”

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 11:13 pm

Think Progress says:

The media reports this morning that among Lam’s politically powerful targets were former CIA official Kyle “Dusty” Foggo and then-House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA).

Actually, Jerry Lewis was being investigated by Debra Yang, not Carol Lam. But that’s just, you know, a fact. And Think Progress isn’t one to let “facts” stand in the way of a good story.

P.S. I’m having a little fun with Think Progress, but in reality, I can hardly blame them for being taken in by the slippery way that the L.A. Times has reported this story.


Arizona Progressive Dems Target Sen. Kyrsten Sinema: No Independent Thinking Allowed

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:05 pm

[guest post by Dana]

It’s refreshing to see a politician remain undeterred by their party’s pressure for conformity of thought and vote their conscience in an effort to serve the best interests of their constituents. When she was elected to represent Arizona in the Senate, Kyrsten Sinema was the first Democrat elected to a Senate seat in 30 years. In her victory speech, she made it very clear that she intended to do what Arizonans were clamoring for: focus on common goals and bridge the political divides in her state. Arizonans, she recognized, simply wanted the state to work as it should, and to work without all hyper-partisan nuttery that is Washington:

As your Senator, that’s exactly what I’ll do. Not by calling names or playing political games, but by showing up and doing the work to keep Arizona moving forward.

So far she has charted her own course. Too bad for her, though, that’s against the Party rules. As a result of being a political centrist, the Progressive Caucus wing of Arizona Democratic Party are up in arms, and have submitted a resolution of censure:

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is facing a censure vote from the Arizona Democratic Party, brought by progressives who deem her politics too accommodating to President Donald Trump at the expense of Democratic values.


The Arizona Democratic Party is planning to hold a vote this week to determine whether Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) should be censured.

The Arizona Republic reports the censure vote is due to the fact that progressives in the state Democratic Party see her as too accommodating to President Trump and his policies.

Those seeking to censure Sinema point to her vote to confirm David Bernhardt, Trump’s nominee to serve as secretary of the Interior, as well as her vote to confirm William Barr as Attorney General, the news outlet notes.

Additionally, progressives in the Arizona Democratic Party cite Sinema’s resistance to joining fellow Democrats in trying to reinstate net neutrality rules to prevent internet service providers from throttling websites.

Here is precisely what’s bothering Democrats:

FiveThirtyEight’s Trump Tracker found that Sinema has opposed Trump during her time in the Senate 81 percent of the time. During her time in the House, where she served three terms, she supported Trump’s agenda 54% of the time.

Dan O’Neal, the state coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America, asserts that Sinema’s centrist ways are unacceptable:

“Here’s the thing: We really support Kyrsten Sinema, we want her to succeed, we want her to be the best senator in the country,” O’Neal said. “But the way she is voting is really disappointing. We want Democrats to vote like Democrats and not Republicans.”

In contrast to O’Neals’s observations, Arizona’s Democratic Party chairwoman, Felecia Rotellini, demonstrated a little of her own independent thinking when discussing the censure (which she isn’t convinced will pass):

“We are a very diverse group and that means diversity of thought, as well,” Rotellini said. “I don’t think it reflects poorly on the party at all, I don’t think it’s an indication of a fracture. I think it’s an indication of a group of people who think differently and have a different perspective on the same topic.”

Here is the resolution. The vote to bring it to the floor will be held on Saturday.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)



So Long, ThinkProgress

Filed under: General — JVW @ 3:29 pm

[guest post JVW]

Faced with ongoing red ink and the inability to find a new left-wing sugar daddy, er, corporate buyer, the progressive website ThinkProgress will be closed down today according to an announcement from the Center for American Progress, its current owner. The CAP, which lest we forget is a policy research center with close ties to the Clinton Crime Family, as told The Daily Beast that the site will henceforth be used as a vehicle for disseminating the left-wing opinions of CAP researchers, rather than disseminating the left-wing opinions of journalists.

ThinkProgress launched in 2005, and almost since then this blog has chronicled some of their partisan lies, tendency to cry wolf, odd choice of victims, outright garbage, double-standards, and woke nonsense that they have spread among their gullible readers. ThinkProgress has been the launching pad for Faiz Shakir, currently Bernard Sanders’ campaign manager; Alyssa Rosenberg and Andrea Peterson, last seen slinging nonsense for The Washington Post; and the increasingly tiresome Vox juiceboxer Matthew Yglesias. Their slanted reporting was received favorably by and often mindlessly repeated in mainstream media outlets, even after it became clear that Legum and CAP staffers were oftentimes little more than thinly-disguised political operatives rather than the progressive policy wonks they desperately tried to portray themselves as. Considering the fact that today’s media is now almost completely bifurcated between MAGA and Resistance, it would seem that ThinkProgress was no longer needed in these increasingly dumb times.



Selfish, Privileged Progressive Mocks Ann Romney: Just Who In The Heck Do You Think You Are Trying To Give Hope To The Terminally Ill?

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:20 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Earlier today, Oliver Willis, Research Fellow at Media Matters for America, publicly declared himself a small, self-absorbed man who revels in his seemingly own good health while mocking one less physically privileged for trying to help others cope with their devastating illnesses as well as trying to provide much needed funding for research on any number of neurological diseases:


ann romney has *another* book coming out. has any candidate spouse who DIDN’T become flotus ever write so many books?
10:41 AM – 19 Jul 2015



cindy mccain; 0 books
teresa heinz kerry: 1 book
tipper gore: 1 book
elizabeth dole: 1 book
kitty dukakis: 2 books
ann romney: 3 books
10:48 AM – 19 Jul 2015

Ann Romney’s new book, “In This Together,” chronicles her struggles with MS:

“With all the blessings I’ve had, I believe MS has been my greatest teacher: it has taught me about faith, compassion, and serving others. I’ve met many people along the way who’ve shared advice and demonstrated enormous resilience in the face of challenges: their stories gave me strength. In sharing my story, I want to give others hope, as I’ve been given hope on this journey,” she said.

Proceeds from the memoir will be donated to the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, which she launched to battle five neurological diseases: multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s disease and brain tumors.

When it was suggested that it’s likely Romney is more cognizant of the quick passage of time and therefore wanted to share this hope sooner rather than later, renowned neurologist specializing in MS, Dr. Oliver Willis, discounted the silly notion:

she’s lived w ms for 17 yrs, i dont think death is knocking at her door right now, didnt start books till after campaign

Two quick points: I think if Romney wasn’t an extraordinarily wealthy, white Republican, Willis wouldn’t have commented. But since we know that agitators like Willis are fairly predictable, we can be assured that when drilled down to its heart, this is a complaint of either racial inequality or income inequality. (Ironically, if we asked Romney whether she would rather have health-wealth or monetary wealth, I think we can guess the answer to that.)

Second, when living with a terminal illness or suffering from a devastating physical setback, there is a great need for encouragement (books, support groups, ministries). Often that hope comes by learning about somebody else’s personal journey. The hope shared is frequently what helps others make it through the next minute, the next hour, the the next day, or through whatever time is left. Words of hope are a loving reminder that you’re not alone when you find yourself in the middle of a dark tunnel where no light can be seen. Hope becomes your best friend. And any true hope is appreciated. Which side of the political aisle it comes from, whatever the skin color of the encourager, however high their income bracket might be, matters not. It is irrelevant. Because at at the end of the day, as seen with Ann Romney, terminal illness and disease makes no distinction with whom it afflicts.

I don’t think Willis quite gets it:


@RobProvince ann romney’s got it great, despite her illness
10:53 AM – 19 Jul 2015

Which is all the more difficult to understand, given that he is currently mourning the loss of his own mother. Did he not offer her hope and encouragement to see her through the journey? Why, yes he did.


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