The LA Times Applies a Factual Standard

NEW SLAUGHTERTalk about setting dangerous precedents.

The Los Angeles Times recently declared that it was no longer going to run “factually inaccurate” letters about climate change. Anyone who follows the, uh, “debate” on that issue knows what the paper is talking about. Climate science is up there with abortion and gun control in terms of setting off an irrational, emotional explosion among a certain faction of the public … with the notable difference that there is actual science involved in the mechanics of human-caused climate shifts.

A reporter at Mother Jones then called around to nine other big mainstream papers to see what their policies are regarding … reader opinions that have no basis in fact. He got some great weasel-word quotes. The best/worst came from the Denver Post, who said:

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Who You Calling “Nixonian”, Pal?

NEW SLAUGHTERThere is much to love about the secret taping of a Mitch McConnell strategy session, and I’m not just talking about Mitch himself referring to it as “Nixonian”.

The story, briefly, is that back on Ground Hog Day someone recorded Team McConnell huddled to discuss the points of attack they’d likely take against various Kentucky Democrats positioning to run against their man, Sen. Do Nothing Ever, Oppose Everything Always. Whether the whole meeting was taped we don’t know. But the first eleven and a half minutes, where the team rattled off actress Ashley Judd’s vulnerabilities was and it was given to Mother Jones’ David Corn, the guy who also received the video of Mitt Romney’s now-legendary 47% comments.

The Mitch Machine immediately made a big show of calling in the FBI … the FBI! … to root out the criminal low-life who would make such a nefarious assault on the Senator’s precious constitutional freedoms. (The FBI is required to consider investigating, but hasn’t exactly jumped on it yet.)

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“Class Warfare”

Mondays are becoming bad days for Governor Romney.

Last Monday, you may remember, we woke to the debate over his criticism of Obama administration for its appeasing ways in the face of attacks on two of our diplomatic facilities.  Except, of course, it turned out Governor Romney was criticizing a statement that was issued by a staffer in Cairo before the attacks actually occurred.


Whether you think this incident was an appalling lapse in judgement that confirmed your belief that Mitt is not ready to be promoted up from his office supply chain (my view) or whether you think this was yet another case of the liberal media and Obama sycophants trying to make something out of nothing (see the comments section of the “Mitt’s Character Moment”), the result of Mr. Romney’s statement was a whole week’s worth of debate over the appropriateness of his statement that culminated in every weekend talk show having a “Is Romney losing?” discussion and a long, long, long article on Politico detailing the growing disfunction within the Romney campaign .  At best, a waste of precious days for the Governor and there’s some polling evidence that he’s done some real damage to himself.

Which brings us to this Monday when Mother Jones magazine posted a video of candidate Romney declaring class warfare on half of the country:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…Our message of low taxes doesn’t connect…so my job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

Conservatives are fond of crying “class warfare” when anyone dares suggest raising taxes or that there might be something less that perfect equality of opportunity in America.  “They’re trying to divide us, set us against one another.  It’s un-American!” they like to claim.

The way I hear this, Governor Romney just declared war on me, my family and most of my friends who pay taxes, who believe in doing for themselves but who also believe that government is not the enemy of its people and that it helps to steady the hand of capitalism.  In Mr. Romney’s worldview, being in favor of “radical” ideas like universal health care or a social safety net or providing food or subsidized housing for people who live in poverty also apparently means we’re shiftless, lazy parasites living off the sweat of all the “good” people (presumably the ones who paid a reported $50,000 a piece for the privilege of hearing this hate speech live and in person) and that he doesn’t see it as his job to worry about us – either during the election or should he be elected.

Well, we don’t have to worry about Governor Romney either.  Screw you, Governor, and the Bentley you rode in on.  I’m pretty sure you can take the next 7 weeks off because I’m not seeing how you’re digging yourself out of this one.

– Austin