Under the fedora: Hiring men, bloggers vs reporters and internet sweeps week



As my readers know I’m a big fan of Morning Joe but like any people everybody needs a day off and Friday Morning Joe was lacking both Joe and Mika and there were two really bad segments that set me off.

Donny Deutch was going on about how rich people he knows are greedy about sharing their money in the form of higher taxes, as if what you pay in taxes makes all the difference in how good you are.

I’ve already written a post on it titled “I don’t give Jobs, I hire men”. The title comes from this clip from the movie McLintock

That should be required watching for every teenager.

That simply annoyed me, what really set me off was Mike Barnicle’s speech about his late friend Anthony Shadid who died of an Asthma attack while covering the war in Syria.

“RIP Anthony Shadid, a truly great journalist and a great colleague,” said Stephen Farrell, who was captured in Libya with Shadid, in a message on Twitter on Thursday.

Hicks told the Times that Shadid suffered a severe asthma attack triggered by the horses used by their Syrian guides.

The pair had snuck into Syria by crawling under a barbed-wire fence in the mountainous northwestern corner of the country, Hicks told the Times.

Barnicle opined that Anthony “didn’t blog and didn’t tweet” and thought about what he said before he wrote it.

As a matter of fact he DID tweet, and although not an avid tweeter almost 10000 people followed him.

Now I’m sorry for the death of his friend, and all indications are Mr. Shadid was a fine reporter but let me tell you something, many bloggers do fine reporting, and use twitter as a tool to spread info live from events. People like Stacy McCain, Ed Morrissey, Verum Serum the Breitbart crowd and many others have been in the thick of things. Many other too numerous to name have gone to events and covered stories that his friends in the MSM have chosen to ignore.

Now perhaps like Ann Coulter after 9/11 he is speaking too close to the death of his friend but I’m not going to sit by and watch friends of mine hit on national TV without challenge.

There as a story on CNN this week that was so amusing that it could only come from a the MSM.

“The Catholic bishops and their allies in the Republican Party are increasingly isolated,” James Salt, executive director of a liberal group called Catholics United, said in a statement over the weekend supporting the White House’s contraception rule.

The left always seems to roll out “Catholics United” who’s only purpose seems to be to give Catholic pols cover when acting against church doctrine, meanwhile 100% of bishops who head dioceses (181 out of 181) and over two dozen actual catholic organizations have come out against the mandate.

But what’s that next to Catholic’s United and their fax machine to the MSM?

Another big annoyance lately has been the constant hits on Santorum on twitter by the Romney camp. The notion Mitt keeps his hands clean while Rick takes hits online.

Santorum has counted with his rather clever Rombo video

There are real positive reasons to vote for Mitt Romney but if he hasn’t made the sale over the last 5 years with conservatives despite a boatload of cash, how is he going to make the sale to general public now?

I’ll still vote for Mitt over Obama if nominated, if you are thinking: “If you don’t’ nominate my guy I’m staying home.” Keep this in mind from William Jacobson:

For everyone who says that under no circumstances would they vote for a particular Republican candidate if that person were the nominee, ponder this list of potential Obama nominee replacements for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a second Obama term.

Be sure to go far down the list to some politicians who are lawyers and may seriously be considered.

Sure, you say, replacing a liberal with a liberal, no change.

Then imagine one of these people replacing Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas.

And I thought The Exorcist was scary

Flying home I passed though security and all the hoops it involves. Unlike most of my conservative friends it doesn’t bother me and I part with them on this topic of the airline security.

Yes taking off the shoes and everything else is a pain in the rear and all that, but somehow I find exploding in mid air just as annoying if not more.

And lets remember sooner or later some bastard will decide to target a checkpoint, there is a tiny chance that you will be there when it happens, but there is a 100% chance that TSA agents will be there and if you are a TSA agent at whatever airport gets targeted there is a 33% chance that this will go down on your shift.

Imagine going to work every day with that hanging over your head and then tell me just how much these guys enjoy “groping” you.

Right now Media matters is reeling from the daily caller’s story on their internal works.

“They were using our research to write their stories. They were eager to use our stuff.” Media Matters staff had the direct line of MSNBC president Phil Griffin, and used it. Griffin took their calls.

Stories about Fox News were especially well received by MSNBC anchors and executives: “If we published something about Fox in the morning, they’d have it on the air that night verbatim.”

But MSNBC executives weren’t the only ones talking regularly to Media Matters.

“The entire progressive blogosphere picked up our stuff,” says a Media Matters source, “from Daily Kos to Salon. Greg Sargent [of the Washington Post] will write anything you give him. He was the go-to guy to leak stuff.”

“If you can’t get it anywhere else, Greg Sargent’s always game,” agreed another source with firsthand knowledge.
Reached by phone, Sargent declined to comment.

“The HuffPo guys were good, Sam Stein and Nico [Pitney],” remembered one former staffer. “The people at Huffington Post were always eager to cooperate, which is no surprise given David’s long history with Arianna [Huffington].”

The Atlantic notes the lack of response and provides excuses but makes one point as well:

On the part of Media Matters, it likely declined due to how personal the attacks were against its founder David Brock (they include reports of him using cocaine, insulting ugly employees, being paranoid and “manic,” and drinking heavily).

But soaking in the overall lack of response from the reporters, The Washington Post’s media blogger Erik Wemple makes a valid point. “Speak up, journos — that’s what you ask people to do every day.”

I don’t see why anyone would comment to a reporter who answers “no comment” to them.

This is a story the MSM and the left REALLY hates and they will suppress it as much as they can but in the end if media matters dies they will go back and start yet another organization, the big money people on the left will fund it and they’ll start again.

That’s what the left does. It’s what they’ve always done.

Apparently it is sweeps week in the blogosphere because we have seen more posts focused on skirtlines and thighs than anything else. The various posts all over the net from Stacy McCain to Little Miss Attila to myself have all drawn a ton of comments and although I can’t speak for the others, my own post, drew more traffic than all of my CPAC coverage combined , is as of right now the 5th 4th most popular post since I’ve moved to the new blog and may rise to 3rd by the time this column is published. There is even an outside shot it will get the #1 spot.

Here I thought all the interviews, all the writing and all the posting I did at CPAC would get attention. Apparently all I needed to do to get hits was to write about “thighgate”

Mel Brooks was wrong Merchandising isn’t where the real money from the movie is made, beautiful women with incredible legs apparently is.

Glenn Reynolds quipped:

I predict a vast increase in CPAC attendance next year.

I think it would be hilarious if that did happen and the skirts dropped to the knee then we could see a thousand young guys lamenting as the skipper in Rescue from Gilligan’s Island about missing mini-skirts

“We missed from here to here!”

Just got the word that Tim Wakefield is going to retire from baseball after 19 years, 17 with the Red Sox. He was my favorite player on the team. A man who always put the good of the organization above his own ego.

If selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame was based on Character Wakefield would be selected unanimously

BTW no Wakefield no comeback vs the Yanks and no World Series PERIOD!

Finally I wasn’t aware that the conservatory was up for best new blog. Unlike Joy Dan and Bruce I don’t have a stake in their site other than the pieces I write but it’s nice to be involved in a blog that’s been recognized.

Joy is determined to bring home the gold next year, I’m going to work hard to make it happen Joy, honest I will.

Of course I will do the same for the Minority Report, maybe we can win for best regular internet column?

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