Texas Rainmaker

This is how media bias works, folks. Search for MSM stories on the ethics charges leveled against Sarah Palin and you’ll find an endless number of articles from CNN, ABC, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post and more, using the trumped-up charges to trash her reputation and, more importantly, her political viability. And it worked. They didn’t care about the lack of evidence supporting the charges… just that charges had been leveled. The damage was done. The MSM had tarred and feathered Governor Palin by reporting that the “ethics charges” were evidence to question her integrity and claim abuse of power by the self-described “Maverick”.

But two things have now happened rendering the story of Governor Palin’s “ethics charges” of no interest to the mainstream media. The election is over… and she has been cleared of wrongdoing on all counts.

The accusations made news, but with another dismissal of an ethics charge last week against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential nominee has quietly been cleared of every ethics complaint filed since the torrent of allegations began in 2008.

Mrs. Palin, who became a target of such complaints after being named Sen. John McCain’s running mate, is 14-for-14 in fighting off the complaints.

Quietly is the key word. Search online for stories of Palin being cleared of all ethics charges and the most you’ll find is an article in the UK’s Guardian, one in a Newsweek blog and another in the conservative-friendly Washington Times.

With the election over, the damage is done. With Palin being cleared, the story is done.

What bias?

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Ayers on Obama: We are Family Friends
November 14th, 2008 11:10 pm

Sarah Palin took a public beating in the MSM because she mentioned that Barack Obama was “palling around with terrorists”, while Barack Obama’s story on his relationship with Bil Ayers kept changing. Now, the unrepentant terrorist confirms Palin was right and Obama was lying.

In a new afterword to his 2001 book, Bill Ayers, former leader of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground, describes President-elect Barack Obama as a “family friend” and denies he wished his group had set off more bombs in the 1960s.

“We had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fund-raiser at my house, where I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign,” he writes.

On the business side, he worked with convict Tony Rezko. On the spiritual side, his mentor was America-hating racist Rev. Jeremiah Wright. And his family friend is a guy who led a group that bombed various locations in the U.S., killing innocent Americans.

It’s nice to know such a circle of influence exists around the next resident of the White House.

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It Doesn’t Have to Happen…
October 24th, 2008 1:31 pm

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Thanks for the Warning, Joe…
October 23rd, 2008 5:02 pm

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5 Questions for Democrats…
October 14th, 2008 11:59 pm

1. If you’re so concerned about Sarah Palin being a heartbeat away from the Presidency because she lacks experience, how do you explain your support for the inexperienced Barack Obama being THE heartbeat?

2. Why do you think a candidate’s links to George Bush is cause for concern, but a candidate’s links to Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and Tony Rezko aren’t?

3. If Clarence Thomas and Condoleeza Rice weren’t black enough, why is the half-black Barack Obama okay?

4. Why do you think it’s not racist to vote for Barack based on his skin color, but would scream racism if someone voted for McCain because of his?

5. Why did you believe Joe Biden when he said Barack Obama was not ready to be President, but don’t believe John McCain when he says it?

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Palin-McCain 2008
October 6th, 2008 7:07 pm

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CNN’s “Overwhelming” Bias…
October 5th, 2008 8:43 pm

Note Soledad O’Brien’s commentary as folks raise their hands…

Now check out the screen caps that Allah has taken of the votes…

“How many think Joe Biden won?”

13 hands

“How many think Sarah Palin won?”

11 hands

The difference is two votes… and O’Brien says it is “overwhelming” and “a significant margin”…

What bias?

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So Who Won the Debate?
October 3rd, 2008 6:40 pm

Wasn’t even close…

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I guess one will say anything when they’re getting their political ass handed to them by someone they claim has no experience. It appears to be a concerted effort by liberal bloggers, elected Democrats, the Obama campaign and the MSM. Unfortunately for the Left, facts often get in the way of their politics of personal destruction.

Liberal Lie: Web postings and emails claimed Palin cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. The bogus claim was even “reported” by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.

Truth: She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.

Liberal Lie: An email circulating claimed she demanded that books be banned from the Wasilla library in the Fall of 1996.

Truth: The list includes the first four Harry Potter books, none of which had been published at the time of the alleged event. The first wasn’t published until 1998. In fact, the list is a simple cut-and-paste job, snatched (complete with typos and the occasional incorrect title) from the Florida Institute of Technology library Web page, which presents the list as “Books banned at one time or another in the United States.”

Liberal Lie: The New York Times reported (in an article designed to bolster the “never vetted” narrative) that Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States.

Truth: The director of Alaska’s Division of Elections, Gail Fenumiai, confirms that Palin registered to vote in the state for the first time in May 1982 as a Republican and hasn’t changed her party affiliation since.

Liberal Lie: Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler of Florida claimed Palin supported “Nazi sympathizer” Pat Buchanan, and branded her pick by McCain as an “affront to all Jewish Americans.” Barack Obama’s spokesman also published this lie in an email to supporters.

Truth: Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a “courtesy” when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

And on and on and on… as these numbers continue their trend, expect this garbage from the Left to only get worse.

UPDATE: Oh no, they finally found something on Palin… apparently she billed the state of Alaska for stuff she was allowed to bill.

The main gripe here is that she billed the state for “lodging” while staying at her own home in Wasilla; the governor’s official home is in Juneau, so technically any nights spent away from there while working entitled her to a hotel per diem. WaPo supplies us with only one sample expense report which includes an item for “lodging - own residence”, but as Jonah Goldberg and David Bernstein note, there’s no amount listed on that line. She simply noted it, almost as if to say “I’m not charging anything because I stayed at my own residence.” The only amount on the line, $60, is for meals and incidentals (M&IE). The money question, then: Did WaPo simply misread her reports, treating amounts for M&IE as though they were amounts for lodging? Remember, they’ve already egregiously misread one financial report of hers, generating a smear that still hasn’t been fully scrubbed away.

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Change is a Comin’…
September 7th, 2008 8:25 pm

And apparently it’s starting with MSNBC. The network, apparently tired of hearing complaints about Chris Mathew’s Obama-inspired leg-tingles and Keith Olbermann’s general idiocy decided to dump some of their bias overboard to save their sinking ship.

From another sinking ship:

MSNBC tried a bold experiment this year by putting two politically incendiary hosts, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, in the anchor chair to lead the cable news channel’s coverage of the election.

That experiment appears to be over.

After months of accusations of political bias and simmering animosity between MSNBC and its parent network NBC, the channel decided over the weekend that the NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host David Gregory would anchor news coverage of the coming debates and election night. Mr. Olbermann and Mr. Matthews will remain as analysts during the coverage.

The change — which comes in the home stretch of the long election cycle — is a direct result of tensions associated with the channel’s perceived shift to the political left.

But as the past two weeks have shown, that success has a downside. When the vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin lamented media bias during her speech, attendees of the Republican convention loudly chanted “NBC.”

And the Democrats claim she isn’t an agent of change. The Republican VP nominee for less than 100 hours and the change is already starting…

The change casts new doubt on what some staff members believe is an effective programming strategy: prime-time talk of a liberal sort.

Of course, this is nothing new. Just like the failed Air America and other liberal ventures before it, when consumers are given the choice, liberalism is rejected in wholesale. It’s why liberals have to try everything they can to package their views as something they’re not. They understand their product sells about as well as a bible in Tehran.

UPDATE: A couple of our liberal friends have emailed with the usual (yet completely wrong) tripe about the MSM being completely unbiased and neutral. Sorry to disappoint you guys with the facts (again), but here’s what MSNBC President Phil Griffin had to say about the political ideology of his network last year (h/t Ed):

Officials at MSNBC emphasize that they never set out to create a liberal version of Fox News.

It happened naturally,” Phil Griffin, a senior vice president of NBC News who is the executive in charge of MSNBC, said Friday, referring specifically to the channel’s passion and point of view from 7 to 10 p.m.

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