Russia believes Media Supporting Obama/Media Surprised?

Even Russia Sees It– The US Media Is Openly Supporting Obama

This week Newt Gingrich said the way the media elites treat Governor Sarah Palin is like the way the Polish Communists used to treat opposition leader Lech Walesa. Newt even compared the US media to Pravda.

Now Russia agrees.
A Russian elections committee sees major bias by the US media in this year’s national elections.
Via Ace of Spades and The National Post:

Russia’s Central Elections Committee has also assigned its Centre for the Study of Election Technology to review the U. S. election campaign.

A preliminary report prepared by the group, after studying U. S. media coverage on the NBC, CBS and ABC television networks since September, has concluded Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, has a “hidden advantage.”

A preliminary report obtained by the Russian daily online newspaper Kommersant concludes the U. S. television networks devoted more time to Republican candidate John McCain, but “the material that makes up that time difference can be assessed as negative.”

The Russian study also said Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential pick, has been subjected to more criticism than her Democratic counterpart, Senator Joe Biden.

It adds that when the presidential candidates’ platforms are described, Mr. Obama’s is described last, to make it look better, and when platforms are compared, “Obama’s is presented preferable.”

The observations appear to ape western criticisms of Russia’s elections in which international observers have complained Russia’s television networks are overwhelmingly pro-Kremlin and offer unbalanced and unfair coverage of opposition candidates.

Mark Levin has more on the media’s open and brazen in their attempts to influence the outcome of this election.

Even liberal Bob Kerrey sees the obvious media bias this year.

Note they’re releasing this defensively, to prove that Russia’s own media abuses are just par for the course, no worse than that in the US.

And, apart from the murder of opposition journalists, they’re pretty much right.

hat tip: Gateway Pundit

Media is going to have to pay up to get close and personal..Surprise Surprise! It’s the Money Honey!

At last, the media is beginning to realize just how it will be treated in the event of an Obama Administration:

The Obama campaign is putting a hefty price tag on the best camera and reporting positions for news organizations covering Barack Obama’s outdoor election night activities in downtown Chicago. If a reporter wants access to the file center–which will be the best place to find Obama officials and spokesmen–be prepared to write a check for $935. The cheapest place a reporter could stand on a riser with a view is $880.

That $935 covers one reporter in a heated file tent, power, cable tv, internet and food. I am told by an Obama spokesman who did not want his name used that this just covers costs and they are not turning a profit on this. The planners could have built in more al a carte options.

This is an outrageous pay to play plan that caters to national elite outlets with deep pockets.

I am not asking for a free ride–but this is pricey and does not take into account some reporters won’t need power, cable, internet or food but will crave the access more than the food. As I was talking to this unnamed spokesman about this enormously expensive set-up, he did say–that a news outlet could rotate people in and out of the tent on that one credential. Great.

A general media area will be created where a reporter could watch for free, but the set-up is separate, unequal and clearly second class when it comes to getting top access to campaign people.

Doubtless, the Obama people think that covering Obama is a privilege and an honor, one that the media will gladly pay through the nose for. On the upside, perhaps such displays of arrogance will convince the media to stop covering for the Obama campaign’s gaffes. Hope springs eternal, anyway.

Source : Red State

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Obama’s Fairness Doctrine, Gas Cartel, Palin, Race Baiting, and Secret Service finds NO ONE Yelled “kill him”

While pundits talk endlessly and badly about the debate (that CNN panel is ridiculous – isn’t anyone embarrassed to be there? They should be), I thought I’d look around and see what else is out there.

1)The NYPost talks about Joe the Plumber today. It calls Obama’s “economic plan” a wealth redistribution scheme.

Obama’s plan isn’t about sinking hooks into Wall Street CEOs and other fat cats, as he usually says. Fact is, there’s not enough of them to raise the cash necessary to finance his other grand plans.

No, to do that, he’ll have to go after ambitious working-class guys like Wurzelbacher – who’s been a plumber for 15 years and is looking to better himself and his family while just maybe creating a few jobs.
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Heretofore, Obama has sought to paint himself as a tax-cutter – claiming he’ll slash taxes for 95 percent of Americans.

As we noted yesterday, that’s a flat-out lie – not least because nearly half of all tax filers pay no income tax at all. So how can he “cut” their taxes if they don’t pay any to begin with?

Answer: tax “credits.”
To wit, in part:
* A $1,000 “make work pay” credit.
* A $4,000 college-tuition credit.
* A $6,000 child-care credit.
* A $1,100 bump in the earned-income tax credit.

These aren’t to be income-tax deductions – which would be worthless to those who pay no income taxes.

These are to be checks from Washington – with the subsidies expected to grow to more than $1 trillion in 10 years.

That’s a massive transfer of wealth.

How does Obama justify it?

“Fairness,” he says.

But that’s an absurdly radical view of what’s “fair.”

Read the rest

Hattip:NoQuarterusa

Interesting comment found:

BTW everyone how is BOs 4000 dollar credit for college any different than the one already in place. I took it last year. It is called the college tuition credit of all things. I do not understand how this is a new deduction.

Another: It is new because now you have to volunteer for service to get it.

Wow, how slick and manupulative..Obama, your pants stay on fire…problem is, most people don’t know it yet. Guess Obama will take a lot of credit for ed-u-ca-tion! Right!

Keeping it Real-McCain Palin

Hattip to MK’s Views – Down under on the right side

Taking a few days off friends, 3 new posts today. Lots more in the works..be back soon. Meanwhile enjoy this video. Too cool! Don’t miss tomorrows scheduled post on Obama past as a Socialist.

Did Biden get His Facts Right? Did Fact Check?

The Media is corrupt..Journalism is dead!

Excerpt: John Lott

Early vice presidents spent a lot of time in the Senate. Thomas Jefferson even spent his time writing “A Manual of Parliamentary Practice: for the Use of the Senate of the United States.” Modern vice presidents may show up only when they think tie votes will occur, but that is their choice.

This isn’t rocket science. The Constitution on this point is very straightforward: “The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.”

Instead, it was Palin who got it right. Besides correctly stating that the vice president holds positions in both the executive and legislative branches, she also noted that:

Of course, we know what a vice president does. And that’s not only to preside over the Senate and [I] will take that position very seriously also. I’m thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chooses to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president’s policies and making sure too that our president understands what our strengths are.

But just as the vice president’s job includes more than simply being ready to assume the presidency if the president dies, the Constitution merely states what the vice president’s minimum responsibilities are.

Compare the uproar over Palin’s answer to Charlie Gibson about the “Bush Doctrine,” a doctrine that Gibson clearly didn’t understand and for which there apparently exist at least four different versions. Where is the outrage over Biden not understanding what vice presidents do? For Biden, his inability to correctly say what vice presidents do was surely his “gotcha” moment.

Yet, this mistake during the debate was hardly unique. Biden got a lot of things wrong in the debate that are going unnoticed by the fact-check media. Take just a few:

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Can And Will PBS Ifill Be Impartial During Biden-Palin Debate

             The controversial PBS anchor Gwen Ifill will be the Moderator tonight at the VP debate. who is very much Mesmerized by Obama. She is the author of a new book featuring the great one that will be released on Inauguration day. Let’s look at some of the controversy swirling around her as the choice for Moderator.

During the Democratic National Convention, Ifill offered her neutral analysis before Michelle Obama’s speech on NBC News “A lot of people have never seen anything that looks like a Michelle Obama before. She’s educated, she’s beautiful, she’s tall, she tells you what she thinks and they hope that she can tell a story about Barack Obama and about herself…”

During the Republican National Convention, the PBS ombudsman fielded numerous complaints about Ifill’s coverage of Sarah Palin’s speech. Wrote Brian Meyers of Granby, Ct.:

“I was appalled by Gwen Ifill’s commentary directly following Gov. Sarah Palin’s speech. Her attitude was dismissive and the look on her face was one of disgust. Clearly, she was agitated by what most critics view as a well-delivered speech. It is quite obvious that Ms. Ifill supports Obama as she struggled to say anything redemptive about Gov. Palin’s performance. I am disappointed in Ms. Ifill’s complete disregard for journalistic objectivity.”

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Update on ‘Grassroots Smear’ Campaign

The Original Astroturfing: Change we can Fake

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Thanks to Brian.

UPDATE ON GRASSROOTS SMEAR CAMPAIGN:

I wanted to follow this story and where do you go to follow something that could be sizzling with slander lies and corruption other than to the one that did the tough work of true journalism, investigating. So I offer you Dr. Rusty Shackleford from JawaReport. Thank you so much for digging for the truth!

Of course, the naysayers are out..Obama’s campaign denies it..Michelle Malkin was on FoxNews this morning and of course, all the reporters do today is call a campaign and ask if they had anything to do with it..no real investigation. Too much work, I suppose. Then we have as you will see, when you follow the links below..there are now 2 video’s. HARDEEHARR! Thank you Rusty for keeping the original that was emailed and blogged all over the web. Now of course, Fox had the one that said ‘member’ but go on, read the rest of the story. If you need to catch up from the beginning..The links are here.

Circle the Wagons!

Too bad that lunatic Olberman is muzzled. I’d love to hear some ranting from him. In the meantime, this is pretty funny: JayTea at Wizbang fisks a Media Matters report called “The Jawa Report Shoots and Misses” (“Just another day at the office for the can’t-shoot-straight gang on the far side of the blogosphere.”). bwahahaha. JayTea makes oh, a few good points, take a look.

A few more good points can be found at The Examiner. Its a complete analysis, and this is from the conclusion:

If like me, you suspect that this video was an Axelrod production, it leaves you with two reasonable theories. First, the ad was possibly produced by Axelrod before The New York Times retracted the claim carried in the video. Then Axelrod shelved it. At that point, Winner probably had the ad from Axelrod and was either told to sit on it and he disobeyed or told to release it as a viral video.Take note of the Obama spokespeson’s denial. He said we had nothing to do with this “YouTube video”. Let’s parse that statement. By characterzing the video as a “YouTube video” he can disassociate the general act of making the video from the act of uploading it to YouTube. In fact, this does not expliciately deny that Axelrod’s company or another contractor produced the video for the Obama campaign. Too fine a point? Does what the meaning of “is” is ring any bells? (emphasis added-j)

Or, perhaps, as Ethan Winner claims, he was completely responsible from top to bottom for the ad. Of course, a sleazy ad like this would harm any professional PR firm’s reputation. What would his motivation be to damage his own reputation?

That’s a good question, especially when there is no disputing the claim that the lovely Sarah was not a member of AIP. Ethan admitted he knew the smear was already de-bunked in the comments at the Youtube vid he posted spreading the smear. And we could see that if he didn’t yank the vid and close his account within minutes of Jawa’s post.

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Since we just got a mention on Fox News, I guess I’ll come out of my hole and direct new readers to the report we did on how employees of a mega-PR firm are behind the smear and how there may be a connection to the Obama campaign.

Click here for the original report —> Hope, Change, & Lies: Orchestrated “Grassroots” Smear Campaigns & the People that Run Them

Related:
Ethan Winner Responds: Claims He Produced Video
Obama Denies Behind Anti-Palin Video; Bloggers Solely Behind Accusations
Winner Worked with Axelrod in Past
How Much Money did Axelrod’s PR Firm Get from Obama
How they Astroturfed Hillary Remembered
Second Winner Produced Palin Smear Video Appears

Let’s keep the heat on the Media. It is time for them to step up.

Time for me to perhaps get on with the State of the Union..ain’t looking too good folks, but then I am an optimist..truly. I believe in the American people to get through it and come out fine. It just ticks me off that I did not buy a house I could not afford..On second thought, I should have bought a cool Yacht! Want to buy some swampland in Florida?

Possible Obama Campaign Link to You Tube ‘Grassroots Smear’?

The information on the post yesterday on ‘Grass Roots Smear’ is growing more intriguing all the time. Rusty Shackeleford of Jawa Report has some interesting background on this scheme. I am linking to this story without much of my own take,,,I believe this says it all. I do suggest you go over to Jawa Report and read all the updates, Truly some good investigation work here. Don’t think I would want to get on Dr. Rusty Shackleford bad side. Check out the video’s he thankfully saved before they suddenly left the building.

Check out the blog post link below

Rusty Shackleford on the Rusty Humphries Show

Thank you to :http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com for leaving us your link.

Updated Excerpt from JawaReport

So, the million dollar question is who, if any one, paid Winner & Associates to produce this ad?

[NOTE: The JawaReport legal department has pleaded with me to point out that everything from this point forward is pure conjecture on my part.

That said…]

THE OBAMA CONNECTION

My initial money was on George Soroswho has contributed to Winner run campaigns in the past, . The sheer viciousness of the attack bears all of the hallmarks of Moveon.org.

But it could be any number of 527sthat Obama has now given the wink-wink-nudge-nudge to start hammering away at McCain.

Or the money could come from an untraceable source like the “charitable organization” run by Justyn Winner.

So why would any one hire a PR firm like W&R? Did I mention that they specialize in “crisis communications?”Again, from the Publicis website:

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Which leaves open the possibility that Obama or the Democratic Party might also be the ones paying for the campaign. Is there anything that might be suggestive of that? Yes there is.

First there is Ethan Winner’s Facebook account. Among the 27 friends Ethan has on Facebook, one of them is David Washington. Dr. David Washington is described as a senior Obama campaign adviser in California.

[Update: Facebook account vanishes, but here’s the cache.]

In and of itself, that’s not much of a link. Washington is involved in hosting fundraisers for Obama in the L.A. area, and as we’ve already noted the Winner family has contributed to Obama’s campaign. Perhaps that explains the connection. But there are more compelling links between the video which we believe was uploaded by Ethan Winner and the Barack Obama campaign.

PROFESSIONAL WORK FOR OBAMA CAMPAIGN?

We began this post by noting that a video uploaded to YouTubeappeared to have been produced with a voice over done by a professional. As this Politico article makes clear, voice over artists are often used over and over by the same campaign. That shouldn’t be shocking to any one. That when called upon to make an advertisement a producer will use people that they’ve worked with before.

What is surprising is that voice artists are often partisans. Not only do they work for the same producers over and over, they often only work for one side of the political aisle. For instance, Betsy Ames is one of the premier voices for Republican campaigns. Kathryn Klvana is often heard on political ads — but only Democratic ones.

We believe that the artist in the “eswinner” Palin smear video has also worked directly for the Barack Obama campaign. What we think is her voice can be heard in Obama’s “Burden” video, released on Sept. 15th — less than a week after the “eswinner” Sarah Palin, a Heartbeat Away video.

Audio from each advertisement was ripped by Dan Riehl and spliced so that a better compare and contrast between the two voices could be made. I then equalized volume levels on the two ads, producing this video. Sorry about its poor quality, I don’t have the resources of a PR firm!

Are the two voices the same? You be the judge.

We think it is.

We also believe that she worked on this Obama ad, released on Sept. 20th, and this one, from August. She may be on others, but with over 1300 videos on Obama’s YouTube channel we just didn’t look for any more.

LINKS TO THE “KING OF ASTROTURFING” — DAVID AXELROD

We believe the voice can also be heard on these AKP&D Message and Media produced videos. In fact, all of the female voice overs showcased on the AKP&D website seem to belong to the same woman. That’s right, all of them. The same voice heard in some Barack Obama ads, and which was used for the “eswinner” slime campaign.

More importantly, though, what is AKP&D? It’s the Chicago based political consulting firm headed by David Axelrod. Yes, thatDavid Axelrod. As in theDavid Axelrod who is Barack Obama’s chief media strategist.

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David Axelrod is also known as The master of “Astroturfing“, which is what PR industry insiders call the practice of “manufacturing grassroots support.” As Ace notes:

It tries to disguise itself as a “grassroots” phenomenon — but it’s artificial and inorganic. Hence, “Astroturf.”And David Axelrod is notorious for making extensive use of this controversial tactic — and was notorious for it even before he begain running Barack Obama’s campaign.

According to Businessweek, one of Axelrod’s astroturfingcampaigns stealthily spent $15 million convincing Illinois taxpayers that their power would be shut off if they didn’t approve an increase in their electric bills. It wasn’t until a complaint was filed with the state’s regulators that it was revealed that Axelrod’s “grassroots” campaign was fully funded by ComEd — the power company which would benefit from the rate hike.

Axelrod is a “community organizer” you might say.

This does not mean that we believe that Barack Obama’s campaign is behind the stealth Palin smear campaign. In fact, a preliminary analysis of Obama’scampaign expenditures filed with the FEC did not find any payouts to Winner & Associates or Publicis. But our familiarity with how to search FEC expenditures is limited, and there are tens of thousands of recorded transactions.

What we do believe we have found is that David Axelrod’sfirm has worked with the voice over artist in the “eswinner” Palin smear video. In fact, each and every political ad showcased on Axelrod’s website that has a female voice over seems to be the same voice from the Palin smear ad. That Axelrod used her over and over again in his videos going back several years.

We also believe that Axelrod has used her in several official Obama campaign videos.

We also know that David Axelrod is considered the master of orchestrating grassroots campaigns that appear spontaneous and which are difficult to trace to him.

In fact, Axelrod has a second company called ASK Public Strategieswho’s sole purpose seems to be running professional astroturfing campaigns. We can’t help but wonder if they ever outsource any of their work?

We also can’t help but ask if the Obama campaign has ever hired Publicis or Winner & Associates to do any work for them? Or the extent to which those advertising firms hired by Axelrod on behalf of the Obama campaign subcontract out to other large corporate PR firms?

A BROADER ASTROTURFING CAMPAIGN?

We believe that the case has been made that the Palin smear video was produced by the Publicis Groupe’s Winner & Associates. We believe the evidence to this effect is compelling.

We also believe that the evidence shows that W&A tried to spread the lies about Palin in such a way as to catch the attention of the left-wing netroot supporters of Barack Obama. We think it is unlikely that one of the largest PR firms in the world would do this for free. That they would pay for video production out of their own pockets, hire a well known voice actress, or that its employees would work together in their free time to help the video go viral.

So, if we’re right, who paid them? As of this writing we cannot answer that question. Our initial reaction was that this campaign had all the hallmarks of the Soros funded Moveon.org, but given David Axelrod’s known predilection to these type of stealth campaigns it would not surprise us in the least if the Obama campaign itself was orchestrating it.

That this is what Obama meant by “taking the gloves off”. Especially given the timing of the video’s release —during the brief period when Obama trailed McCain in the polls, and when most of McCain’s sudden surge was attributed to the popularity of Sarah Palin.

And if the company has been hired to stealthily spread these Palin smears, what other smears might they be paid to spread? Ones in which they more successfully covered their tracks?

The Palinsmear video analyzed here fits in nicely with the post-Palin pick narrative being offered by the Obama campaign. That narrative is that John McCain may not fill out his term in office. The narrative is bolstered by questions about McCain’s age, the present status of the skin cancer he once had, and by demands that his medical records be released.

The second ingredient in the narrative paints Sarah Palin — who would take McCain’s vacated Presidential office — as not ready for the job.Obama’s campaign has called her experience & intelligence into question, but there is also a “grassroots” viral campaign of deception that claims Palin is on the political fringe and is a religious lunatic.

Just in the past week, since we first began following the astroturfing of Sarah Palin, rumors have circulated that Palin was a member of the John Birch Society and that she hates rape victims. Bored with the spreading the lie that Palin thinks the Earth is 6,000 years old and that she banned books, this week the netroots are claiming that she supports witch hunts. Not metaphorical witch hunts, actual witch hunts.

Sometimes rumors and lies get spread organically with no need from direction. But sometimes what may seem to be an organic bottom up grassroots movement, may actually be led from the top and may be professionally organized.

We believe at least one such campaign to discredit Sarah Palin is currently underway. It seems highly likely that others are as well. We’ve done the initial work, but now it’s time for the professionals to take over and ask the tough questions.

UPDATE: Within an hour of this post going up, YouTube videos implicating Ethan Winner were yanked, sockpuppet accounts deleted, and more importantly, the Wikipedia entry on David Axelrod began to edit out mentions of his well know astroturfing campaigns. Hmmm, it sounds to me like we’re on to something.

We have backups of all the deleted websites, and have now included them in the post.

Thanks to all who have linked this post. Due to high interest in the story, we are unable to check all posts relate to it at this time. If you have something important you think should go in updates to this post — something we’ve overlooked — please e-mail Rusty.

Update: Weekly Standard calls Jared Liu-Klein who didn’t deny he was “stckyfngz” …. and then proceeded to hang up.

Nailed! Ethan Winner confesses he was behind video!

So gang, we better get busy contacting the Media to investigate this..probably won’t but we must try. Greta on Fox might be a good bet. No pain, no gain..let’s try them all. Contact and complain..The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Or so I have been told. Dr. Rusty Shackleford has done the tough work of investigation. Can we do no less?