Introductory at Big J

The ideological war in which this country is currently embroiled has many fronts and one of those fronts is media. The media existed as the watchdog for the people but at some point became the attack dog for the government. What is reported in media eventually becomes history. One of the things which spurred my conversion from liberalism in my early 20s was the realization that bias was becoming history, that partisanship threatened to bury truth, and that without knowledge of the past and examination of the causes which led to specific conclusions, humanity risked a cyclical existence, never progressing. Like Groundhog Day, but way less funny.

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Libs Quiet on Conservative Assaults

I’ve been watching Media Matters fake concern over the Reid-supporting chick punched at a townhall forum this week.

Suddenly Eric Boehlert is a defender of women. Except when those women are conservative, because hey, Kelly Owens and Allee Bautsch TOTALLY had it coming, right?

Because Media Matters likes to portray itself to its three readers as being objective and high enough to serve as a faux-journalism critique, I expected to find tons on the on-video, cop-witnessed (as per police report) assault of Kelly Owens by the SEIU crowd. So I did a little search in the Media Matters’ archives:

What? That bastion of media purity, the calvary to the rightwing media, the Soros-funded “media” outlet didn’t have anything about the assault of conservative Kelly Owens?

OK, so I imagine that they’re hurriedly drafting a post now to remedy that glaring oversight, since, afterall, they’re such huge defenders of women all of a sudden.

I figured that Media Matters/Eric Boehlert/George Soros would also have written about the severe beating of Allee Bautsch, too, right?

That’s ‘No for $200,’ Alex. Oh, wait, sorry, MMfA did mention Bautsch’s name in an attack on Jim Hoft. So, that’s something, right?

So why, after all this time, nothing on MMfA on either Owens or Bautsch? Why the silence? Why the double-standard?

We’ve had:

tea partiers attacked in Florida:

– an Obamacare supporter bite the fingers off a man;

– SEIU and lefty crowd beating Kenneth Gladney;

– I received threats concerning my children just last week from a leftist and have since involved the police and the cyber crimes division and, along with my station who is involved, am pursuing maximum criminal charges against the perpetrator

leftists threatened Andrew Breitbart in Nevada

leftists spit on people, call Breitbart and conservatives at Right Nation gay slurs

leftists assault a videographer at a public event

a lefty congressman assaults two college kids

– the assault of Nathan Tabor and his wife

More lefty assaults, lefty screeching and intimidation, threats of assault, advocating violence, hateful rallies.

Meanwhile, the tea parties repudiate any such things.

Violence in lieu of discourse is wrong, period. Party, ideology is irrelevant.

Why are only the conservatives saying this, though?

Maybe Media Matters can do a story on it.

Surprise: Liberal Group Releases List of Republicans It Hates

CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, not to be confused with the infinitely more awesome crue, released a list of the Mostly Republicans We HateCrooked Candidates” for 2010. They’ve been getting play on a couple networks and former Democrat activist and CREW head Melanie Sloane has been insisting at every opportunity that her group is “non-partisan.”

Right.

Non-partisan in that seemingly every person listed as a title-holder on the group’s website is a democrat and that members have worked with SEIU, Tom Harkin, Al Gore’s climate protection initiative, and even Joe Biden (Sloane), which I think is important to mention considering the majority of CREW’s criticism is, momentarily, directed entirely at Christine O’Donnell who is vying for Biden’s old seat. The group is also funded by far left umbrella Democracy Alliance, an outfit founded by two former Clinton operatives who publicly lists George Soros as a major donor.

But hey. NON-PARTISAN.

Their list of crooked candidates lists two from Missouri (but oddly, not a whisper about Russ Carnahan who is now at the center of a controversy being that he voted ‘yes’ on the stimulus and his brother’s windfarm received $90 million dollars in stimulus money) and of course, Christine O’Donnell. They make hay over the allegation from a disgruntled O’Donnell staffer but their website makes no mention of the below, among others:

  • The Pigford scandal which could cost Americans billions if passed by congress in invetted USDA claims
  • The story of Eleanor Holmes Norton who was caught on tape violating FEC law by calling lobbyists and shaking them down for cash in voicemail
  • Geithner, save for this, the most critical of the words written him (previously as reference only) on the website – note the difference in aggression when compared to O’Donnell
  • An in-depth look of stimulus waste (it seems they focus mainly on lobbyists)
  • An examination of non-elected health panels and the new process by which the FDA will regulate medicine under health control
  • The ridiculous disparity between their address to Democrat candidates and their over-the-top, torches and pitchforks approach to Republican candidates. To wit: a letter CREW sent “expressing concerns” over the Dodd-Frank act in the Consumer Protection Act:

Today, CREW and 10 other government transparency advocates sent a letter to Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) outlining concerns with provisions in the recently passed Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Chris Dodd, one of the causes of the Fannie/Freddie disaster and they “express concerns.” Did they send a Hallmark card apologizing afterwards? Meanwhile their homepage is the equivalent of the graffiti on a girl’s bathroom stall wall, subject: O’Donnell. They pay a penance of going after fish-in-a-bucket target Charlie Rangel but a handful of obvious easy criticisms does not make a group non-partisan; consistency and lack of ties to a well-known progressive sugar daddy does.

From Last Night’s Anderson Cooper

What amazes me is the need for liberal media types, like Tiabbi in this clip, to continually downplay and ignore the amazing activism from black conservatives. They pretend that black conservatives don’t exist because acknowledgment would mean forfeiture of some insane narrative and in the end, perpetuating that narrative seems more important than recognizing conservatism in the black community. That, to me, speaks volumes as to where many in the prog-soc community are concerning race.

Carnahan Confirms Powers Firebomb Story

Rep. Russ Carnahan confirmed that former staffer Chris Powers was the individual who “firebombed” his campaign office, not tea party activists as some in the local media had reported:

Congressman Russ Carnahan held a press conference confirming that the person St. Louis police arrested and released for last week’s firebombing of his campaign headquarters did in fact work for his re-election campaign.

Now that Carnahan has ended speculation, I expect to see a full apology from local “blogger” Chad Garrison apologizing to activists for the disparaging reporting as well as a full retraction for the falsehood that activists left a coffin in Carnahan’s yard during the spring, a story proven false by oh, facts and also Betsey Bruce’s reporting which showed, on camera, the coffin in the garage of one Bill Hennessy. I won’t hold my breath.

Previously:

*UPDATE: Carnahan “Firebombing” an Inside Job?

Prosecutor Lets Carnahan Firebomb Suspect Go?

*Carnahan says that Powers “failed to do his job.” True? Perhaps Powers will take to the Internet and clarify.

*UPDATE: Carnahan “Firebombing” an Inside Job?

Jim Hoft leads with the story that the Carnahan “firebombing?” The one about which I had many questions because it didn’t add up? It may have been an inside job.

The suspect was reportedly a disgruntled progressive activist employed by Russ Carnahan. An unnamed source familiar with the case released the information. Suspect Chris Powers reportedly was upset because he did not get paid so he firebombed the Carnahan finance offices at 2 in the morning.
What a complete shock.

Here’s alleged suspect and Chris Powers raising Cain at Carnahan’s infamous August 2009 townhall:

He’s said to also blog anonymously at Talking Points Memo and described himself as a former journalist. Sources say that Powers has allegedly denied the charges and that the FBI were/are involved. I really hope, for Powers’ sake, that it really is as a listener suggested: just a case of a Carnahan staffer having a bong mishap.

Did the Carnahan camp know this possible truth and consent by silence to the media’s attempt to trump this up as a tea party incident? If this is true, doesn’t this make the fourth incident in which people associated with the Carnahan campaign have run afoul of the law and have engaged in illegal behavior? Why didn’t the Russ Carnahan campaign correct the narrative of the local alternative weekly and Jake Wagman’s subtle suggestion that it was a tea partier? Because he’s in the campaign of his life and is desperate for anything, even the sympathy vote?

The alternative weekly’s heinously irresponsible “blogger” – who once admitted, in print, his inability to vet his posts because he lacked the skills to write ten posts a day and be accurate – and the daily’s Jake Wagman need to issue retractions and clarifications, respectively, and the Russ Carnahan campaign needs to issue an apology for allowing this charade to be pinned on the very people whom he seeks to represent.

Following this story and will update as it develops.

*Adam Sharp has video of his asking Rep. Carnahan about Chris Powers:

and more footage of the infamous August 2009 townhall.

*On further thought – if this is all true I hope Powers gets the help and assistance he needs to not be used in such a manner by a political campaign.

Prosecutor Lets Carnahan Firebomb Suspect Go?

Um, dude?

Police have released a man taken into custody Tuesday in connection with a firebombing at the campaign office of U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.

The man, whose name was not made public, was let go after the prosecutor’s office declined to immediately issue charges. The case was “taken under advisement” by the prosecutor, a step that can mean more evidence is needed before a case can be made.

Does reporter Jake Wagman know what a “firebomb” is? From what I’ve seen of the carefully controlled photos in circulation, this looks nothing like the damage caused by such incendiary devices.

Jim Hoft has more.

Then there’s this report from KMOV Channel 4 reporter Mark Schnyder:

When I went by the building this morning I got a weird vibe.  I saw a campaign worker coming out of the back of the office with big Bread Company to-go bags.  I jokingly said, “Are you with Bread Company or the Carnahan campaign?”  He said, “Bread Company,” then tossed the bags in the dumpster and went to the front of the building, presumably back in the office.  Weird.

(I talked to a reporter at another station who worked on this story who told me when she was there, she met a campaign worker outside the building who also denied being associated with the campaign.  When she went inside to talk to a spokesperson, she saw that person who denied being with the campaign IN Carnahan’s office.)

OK, so now things seem a little … odd.

If this was the description of the incident

Firefighters responded after witnesses called about hearing broken glass and later smelling smoke at the office in the 7000 block of Chippewa Street in south St. Louis.

… that sounds infinity times more massive than what we see in the photos.

Who put out the fire? The fire department? Who reported the witness? Was he apprehended at home, where was he taken into custody? I wish we had these thing called journalists to report these facts.

Russ Carnahan may be a bad congressman, but he’s our bad congressman and if someone is bombing offices of elected officials in St. Louis then I want to see a federal investigation and that person shipped off to jail. No joke. In fact, I think an investigation is warranted considering it’s a FEDERAL OFFENSE to do such a thing to the office of an elected official.

Previously on this story

*Aimee writes: Either his staff spilled their bong and are trying to cover it up or his team is stupid enough to think they can bait James O’Keefe types to dig through his dumpster. Someone give them their own reality show.