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Politico’s Credibility Problem





Last week, Politico’s Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen sat down to talk about the recent changes over at Fox News. As anyone could guess, these two individuals used the topic of the day to trash Governor Palin and others they decided to lump into the narrative.

Posted on Politico’s website under the video of the two talking, they wrote (emphasis):

Republicans and Fox News are moving to purge the controversial political creatures they created.

Interesting choice of words but when you’re getting ready to marginalize someone, "creature" is a good way to start. They go on (emphasis):

Both were damaged badly in 2012 by loud, partisan voices that stoked the base — but that scared the hell out of many voters. Now, the GOP, with its dismal image, and Fox News, with its depressed ratings in January, are scrambling to dim those voices. To wit:

Fox ousted contributors Sarah Palin and Dick Morris, two of the most obnoxiously partisan figures on the network’s air.

One could write an entire post on those few sentences alone. This is the left-wing media performing a textbook example of distorting every aspect of the subject to try and control what their readers walk away from the article and video believing.  Too bad we aren’t all suckers, eh guys?

First of all, does anyone who knew a thing about Governor Palin BEFORE the 2008 presidential election believe for one second that she is a "most obnoxiously partisan figure?" The democrats in Alaska certainly didn’t think so. But, this is 2013, and the leftist press has spent many years now distorting who Governor Palin is, so this is really just par for the course.

Secondly, Governor Palin was not "ousted" from FNC. If she were "ousted," Fox wouldn’t have been in negotiations to renew her contract.  But, the phonies in the media have their narrative and they’re sticking to it regardless of facts.

Not that long ago, Andrew Kaczynski ?at Buzzfeed tweeted out the following:

I responded to him (a little angry at the time, I might add):

His smart alec response to me and another individual who had challenged him on this:

My response to that:

And guess what? He never responded to my question about knowing any details of those negotiations. The reason for that is because he doesn’t know the details, and he is simply repeating the left-wing media’s narrative to reinforce the notion to his followers. They’re all full of it.

As just a reminder, Scott Conroy, who broke the story about Governor Palin not renewing her contract with FNC wrote (emphasis):

After a three-year run as a paid contributor to the nation’s highest-rated cable news channel, Sarah Palin and FOX News have cut ties, according to a source close to the former Alaska governor.

“It’s my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX, and she decided not to renew the arrangement,” the source close to Palin told RCP. “She remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism across the country and will be expanding her voice in the national discussion.”

[...]

Bill Shine, Executive Vice President at FOX, subsequently issued a statement to the New York Times confirming the news, saying, “We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Governor Palin decided to part ways, not the other way around. Fox didn’t get "rid of" her, and she certainly wasn’t "ousted." But we all know that facts are irrelevant to most in the media when it comes to Governor Palin.

The one thing that Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen did have correct in the first part of this article, was when it stated:

Fox News, with its depressed ratings in January…

It’s true that FNC’s numbers were down in January. Did anyone bother to tell Vandehei and Allen that Governor Palin was NOT on Fox during that month? That was the first month she didn’t appear on the network, yet these two "journalists" end that same paragraph by writing:

…are scrambling to dim those voices.

So, FNC’s numbers are down the first month that Governor Palin doesn’t appear on the network, and these two use that fact to claim the network needs to "dim" her voice due to Fox’s poor ratings. That doesn’t make any chronological sense!

Then the segment shifts to the ever present anonymous republican establishment type, who gave these two some juicy quotes to feast on in regards to the battle between conservatives and the GOPe. They write (emphasis):

One high-profile Republican strategist, who refused to be named in order to avoid inflaming the very segments of the party he wants to silence, said there is a deliberate effort by party leaders to “marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots — there’s a lot of underbrush that has to be cleaned out.

I think calling fellow party members "cranks, haters and bigots" to the left-wing press is a pretty good way to "marginalize" them. But this has become common with the anonymous cowards in the GOPe who work directly with the media to attack Conservatives and reformers. The article continues:

For establishment Republicans, this is all about survival, after two straight elections that saw extremely conservative candidates blow Senate races Republicans should have won…

See how that works? The anonymous GOP strategist feeds the leftist "journalists" some red meat, and "reporters" respond by selling another false narrative that directly benefits the republican establishment. According to them, it’s the Conservatives who are costing republicans election after election, not squishy moderates like Mitt Romney. Where’s the logic?

A columnist by the name of Kellyanne Conway at USA Today recently wrote:

For outside groups such as American Crossroads’ reinvented "Conservative Victory Fund" to intervene in races is not new. It was attempted just last year, and with spectacular failure. Conservative senate candidate in Missouri Todd Akin and his Indiana counterpart Richard Mourdock? are the easy soundbites from the 2012 GOP losses, but those memorable names hide many more failed Senate candidates who had all the king’s horses and all the king’s men — and all the king’s money — and lost: Josh Mandel (Ohio), Connie Mack (Fla.), Denny Rehberg (Mont.), Rick Berg (N.D.), Heather Wilson (N.M.), Tommy Thompson (Wis.), George Allen (Va.), Linda McMahon (Conn.) and Linda Lingle (Hawaii).

Names seldom mentioned because it doesn’t benefit the left or their cocktail buddies in the republican establishment to do so.

The Politico piece goes on (emphasis):

Roger Ailes, the channel’s chairman and CEO, has a politician’s sense of his base — Fox viewers… He created not only the most-watched cable news channel in the country — he created political celebrities, several of whom dominated Republican politics in the 2012 cycle.

At various points, many of those celebrities, all with Fox contracts, were at or near the top of Republican presidential polls: Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Palin and Mike Huckabee. But by the end of campaign, Fox could seem like an alternate universe, one in which the Benghazi killings were the most important story in America and Mitt Romney, contrary to public polls and Fox’s own polls, was on his way to winning the election.

I’m not writing this piece to defend FNC in any way, but the line about Benghazi made my blood boil. What happened at the American diplomatic mission in Libya should have been the most important story in the nation, and on every network. The fact that it wasn’t tells you everything you need to know about the media in this country. Americans that were serving our country at the behest of President Obama, were killed while the Commander in Chief did nothing. And then, the administration blamed the entire event on a 15 minute Youtube clip that nobody had seen. If Hillary Clinton were a Republican, there is no way anyone would be talking about "Hillary 2016″ after Benghazi. Her career would have been rightfully over, but I digress. 

Vandehei and Allen continue:

Ailes has aggressively, and shrewdly, toned things down post-election. Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly were among the first conservatives to call for a rethinking of the GOP’s opposition to comprehensive immigration reform. And then Palin and Morris got the boot, sending an unmistakable message about the new expectations for the channel’s contributors.

Here again, insinuating that Governor Palin wasn’t offered a new contract and didn’t decline it by choice. This isn’t journalism, it’s dishonesty. But we live in an era that many in the media have no ethics and no appreciation for the truth. Everything is politics to them, and anytime they can push a negative meme about Governor Palin, they will do so.

The article concludes by talking about Karl Rove and the ongoing battle between Conservatives and Rove’s wing of the party. It ends by stating (emphasis):

But a senior Republican operative said the party has two huge, unresolved impediments to the top leaders’ grand plans: “suicide conservatives, who would rather lose elections than win seats with moderates,” and the “many groups on the hard right that depend on direct mail fundraising that requires a high degree of audacity, and borderline shrillness.”

Throw in a third obstacle: loudmouth personalities and candidates who, once created, are hard to control.

Translation: Self-made, principled reformers can’t be controlled by the GOPe or manipulated by the left-wing media, therefore must have their character completely assassinated by both as often as necessary. They must blur the lines between self-made, principled reformers and nutty candidates that said self-made, principled reformers never endorsed. Throw in some words like "bigot" here and there, and maybe just maybe, people will stop listening to them.

The media can wish Governor Palin had been "ousted," they can keep writing articles about how "irrelevant" she is, after doing so for over four years now, but it doesn’t change reality. And that is that every day more and more Americans see their deception for what it is and decide to stop listening to the "loudmouth personalities" who make up the LSM.



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  • c4pfan

    BuzzFeed and Erick Erickson.  Yup, they are basically the same types to me. 

    I guess BuzzFeed didn’t see that Erick was let go from CNN who had even WORSE ratings than Fox and MSNBC?  

  • AmazedOne1

    Thank you for writing this article, Stacy.

  • Shane Ladd

    Politico has no credibility. It is a loony-lefty site; but you can log on & post an opinion which doesn’t sing to their choir. That’s more than you can say for many other sites, both liberal & conservative.

  • TangledThorns

    Remember Politico’s hit pieces on Palin with ‘anonymous’ sources?  

  • Mr.L

    Way to take it to them Stacy.  Like I said in my last segment, the left wing media begin to defend or compliment such players like Colin Powell and Karl Rove, two men in politics who they have been demonizing for over 8 years, to bash Gov Palin.  All of a sudden there’s some kind of weird alliance forming between people like Rove, Erickson & Powell and the left media.  Why? Those guys are no longer a threat.  Colin Powell took all of those hits from the left because back then they thought he would run for president and be the first black president on the republican side.  They just couldn’t have that.  And now they know who the real threat is today.  The left are all about identity politics.  What a disruption to their shrill claims "the right has a war on women" will be if a woman on the right like Sarah Palin rises to the presidency one day in the future.  They just can’t have that.  And I am the last person who wants to defend Fox News, but the idiot’s claim that Benghazi was a non story is a disgrace. And kudos to Fox and reporters like Jennifer Griffen and Catherine Herridge for being the female Woodward and Bernsteins of our time and the only reporters covering that story properly.  Mocking Benghazi and insinuating that its a nonstory? Non story my ass.  It’s a dereliction of duty on the part of Obama and the major players in the Dept of Snake.  And I do not like quoting Tina Brown, but this week she went on the Bill Maher and stated that if Obama was Bush he would be impeached already for this drone business.  She’s right.  Also, if Obama was Bush or any other republican for that matter, he would’ve been impeached over Benghazi.  If it were an (R) instead of a (D) the R would never have been re-elected because the media would’ve been going in overdrive with the Benghazi story just weeks before a major election.  Frankly, the Democrat Media Complex in the 1970s used to call for Nixon’s impeachment because 1) violating the constitution 2) obstructing justice 3) they didn’t think Nixon was working with the Congress. Obama has done all of these. By no means am I trying to defend Nixon, he was one of my least favorite republican presidents.  But if Obama had the media today that Nixon had then, Obama would’ve been gone already.

    • palin45potus

      I love your passion, Mister L.

      I am so frustrated.

      It seems as thought the entire game is rigged against us.  The Bush Family has absolute control over the GOP process, and the media conspire with the mushy moderates who will work against real reformers to paint them as evil when they are in fact the only ones trying to hold on to the country we love and do not wish to see "Fundamentally Transformed"

      Marco Rubio is nothing but a stupid tool of the left and the Bush Family who is being used to guarantee no true reform ever takes place that would interrupt their dynasty or their access to our tax dollars and our votes…which they ensure by controlling the media and taking out any real threats to them.

      And thanks Stacy for being such a noble defender of Sarah Palin.

      • stevethird

        Not to belabor a point, but this is why I say that if we want to see Governor Sarah Palin run for the presidency in 2016 we need to be willing to entertain the notion of an  independent run.. If she were somehow to overcome the Bushes,  Sununu, Aisles, and asshats like Chrispy,  and preppy-snot-bags like Carlson, Coulter ,and Laura I. to get the nomination, she would never have their support. They would again cut their noses off to spite their faces It’s not enough to defeat a communist, it is more important that they approve of who does it. That whoever it is, is one of THEM. Can you imagine Rove at this point giving her his full support and approval? It won’t happen. None of the beltway crowd, pol pr pundit, will sign off on her candidacy. We are the only ones who will do that..we the people. BTW, I know for a fact that she does not dismiss the idea of an indie run. I heard her say it. And I think at the time she was rightly thinking that there was no way she would have any support from GOPe. I keep thinking about how she can get on the ballot in 2016. And I keep coming back to this. Right now I don’t see another way. The Party is gonna run Marco, or Chrispy, or Jindal. and most likely lose again. They are incapable of thinking outside of the little boxes they live in.

        • conservativemama

          "preppy-snot-bags like Carlson, Coulter, and Laura"

          I love that!

          To get this country back on the right track we really need to clear out this Ivy League deadwood.  One of the big secrets of those schools is that they are very difficult to enter, but once there, not so hard, at least not in the social sciences.  Everyone gets good grades because the schools have their reputations and endowments to protect.

          I’m not just saying this, I’ve read about it in a couple of articles over the last few years.

          • socon

            What’s with FOX?  It looks like they’ve gone on a RINO rampage.

             I couldn’t seem to get away from the Preppy Snot Bag Tucker Carlson’s smug mug this weekend.  ugh

            • conservativemama

              I saw Tucker and turned the channel.  The man’s haircut is straight out of the 1970s.  I’m sorry.  If you can’t look in the mirror and see that you look the fool, I can’t take you seriously.  It’s like not knowing that you’ve got your dress stuck in the back of your pantyhose.

              I’ve mostly left Fox and I don’t bother with Hannity on the radio anymore.  I have a local guy, Andy Parks, who’s a great alternative in that time slot.I wonder what Levin is thinking because he’s friends with Hannity.  It’s all coming to a head in the next couple of years.

              • socon

                 Fox’s numbers are tanking.  lol

    • blueniner

      So true Mr. L. Remember the left/media used to call Nixon the "Imperial President", well Obama takes the cake he is more of an Imperial President then Nixon ever was.

    • section9

      We have to be willing to destroy the GOP to save it, so to speak.

      IMHO, Reaganism and the Conservative Movement is more important than some jimcrack party of time servers and ticket-punching swag-haulers, which is what we have now.

      True story: I was on FB not long ago this evening. A prominent local Republican woman, party stalwart who used to be a state rep was posting "why are people leaving the Party". After the usual posters came and went about the GOP being too extreme I let them have it about the GOP being run into the ground by light Democrats, so let it go the way of the Whigs.

      It may be Palin’s purpose in history to apply the coup de grace to a party that has lost its purpose. But that’s just me.

      The Establishment will throw everything it has at the Reagan Wing of the Party to stay in power, and they don’t care who they have to destroy to do it. And if they have to walk all over conservatives again just to put Little Lord Fauntleroy in the White House in 2016, then it’s time to pack it in and call them the Whigs after all.

      • blueniner

        I would have like to read your post.

      • CharterOakie

        section – no, not just you.  I agree completely.  Then again, I’ve been an independent for nearly 20 years.

        I believe that Sarah Palin has several purposes in history, and we are watching it unfold and participating.

  • carmtom13

    Excellent article Stacy. Thank you for calling them all out, this is what needs to be done more often. The fictional stories by the liberal progressives and the DC gop establishment and the GOP mouth piece Rove tells us who they fear the most and it is very evident it is Governor Palin. It is time that the conservative writers and pundits answer the bs stories immediately after the fabricaters put them out. We must remember what Breitbart said and heed his words:
    "We no longer will sit down and shut up!" To quote Mark America about Governor Palin she will STAND. Time for us to unite and STAND against these control freaks in DC ie. Rove and his ilk who want to control and that is the name of the game. When Governor Palin spoke in Iowa she sent the DC GOP elite establishment a message loud and clear she is not 4 sale, nor should any of us be.

  • IndieDogg

    It is also widely reported that Fox News gave the "boot" to Patrick Henry following Henry’s outburst at the Virginia Convention in 1775, calling him a "loudmouth" and "difficult to control." Others in the media applauded the move, concerned that Henry’s incendiary "Give me liberty or give me death" might encourage disruptive behavior in the colonies. Henry’s spokesperson replied that Mr. Henry was "glad to be rid of the King’s rag."  CNN anchors reported a general sense of relief at this "common sense return to sensibility" and applauded their news rival’s actions.

  • RedDaveR

    Politico is a disgrace.  They have dropped all pretense of objectivity.

  • indemind

     Stacy, Thank You for another EXCELLENT POST…

    From Rush- "Where can you go, when you don’t need to know…. POLITICO"

    SarahAmerica – "Here’s to liberty!"

  • blueniner

    First off, good article Stacy, I am glad someone called these two clowns out in print. Politico should be suied for "Journalistic Malpractice". I have been on several blogs and that is the meme now thanks to rags like Politico. The trolls contend she was fired, and when you call them on it, their comeback is, "if you want to get rid of somebody you offer them less money, it happens in business all the time" one blogger shot back, but that is a common response from the trolls. I would like to see this go viral to prove what is going on behind the scenes, with not only the Liberal Media but the GOP establishmen.This all dovetails with what we have just seen this last week with Karl Rove being revealed for the little snake he is. Rove leaks to the NY Times and then denys the NY. Times article to Hannuty. There is a lot of little nuiances going on behind the scenes, and it always come back to Sarah Palin somehow.

  • palin45potus

    A look back at Politico:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/44449.html

    Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin

    By MIKE ALLEN & JIM VANDEHEI | 10/31/10 8:31 PM EDT

    Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.

    Interviews with advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders and with other veteran Republican operatives make clear they see themselves on a common, if uncoordinated, mission of halting the momentum and credibility Palin gained with conservative activists by plunging so aggressively into this year’s midterm campaigns. (See: Sarah Palin wreaking havoc on campaign trail)

    There is rising expectation among GOP elites that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and could win the Republican nomination, a prospect many of them regard as a disaster in waiting.

    Many of these establishment figures argue in not-for-attribution comments that Palin’s nomination would ensure President Barack Obama’s reelection, as the deficiencies that marked her 2008 debut as a vice presidential nominee — an intensely polarizing political style and often halting and superficial answers when pressed on policy — have shown little sign of abating in the past two years. (See: Palin speaks to electability issue)

    "There is a determined, focused establishment effort … to find a candidate we can coalesce around who can beat Sarah Palin," said one prominent and longtime Washington Republican. "We believe she could get the nomination, but Barack Obama would crush her."

    This sentiment was a nearly constant refrain in POLITICO interviews with top advisers to the candidates most frequently mentioned as running in 2012 and a diverse assortment of other top GOP officials.

    Nearly all of these interviewees insisted on keeping their views on background, fearing the wrath of conservative grass-roots activists who are enthralled with the former Alaska governor and who have made plain that the establishment’s disdain for Palin and her devotees is mutually reciprocated. (See: Palin personifies GOP divide)

    Top Republicans, from presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty to highly influential advisers such as Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, are said to be concerned she will run, and could win, according to the officials. 

    P45P Comment:

    Well, these traitors threw the gains of 2010 in the trash to please their partner-in-crime Obama, as well as to pave the way for Romney to win the 2012 Nomination. Yet in my view, they betray they game because the GOP mismanaged Romney’s run so badly that I now believe that in addition to throwing the 2008 election, they also threw tho 2012 election in order to line Jeb up for 2016.

    Doesn’t it seem as though they have had all their ducks in a row since the minute Romney conceded? It was the very next morning that we heard that only Marco Rubio could possibly save the day. Which is a transparent ploy to lead us to Jeb Bush.

    The Bush Family has been 100% in partnership with the left in working to destroy Sarah Palin’s electoral chances.

    I will Never vote for another Bush in my life.

    • RedDaveR

         Thanks for posting the Politico piece.  It is one that should never be forgotten when looking at today’s GOP.

  • ZH100

    Excellent read. Thank you Stacy.

  • DocBarry1

    superbly done thank so much!

  • John_Frank

    Stacy, thanks for taking the time to write this excellent rebuttal, setting out the facts.

  • conservativemama

    "suicide conservatives who would rather lose electons than win seats with moderates"

    And exactly who are these winning moderates?  Not Romney and a bunch others.

    Here’s what I see, Senator Ted Cruz is already on the national radar and yes sir, he is a conservative and he was greatly helped by Palin.

    Show me the Rove candidate equal to Cruz right now.

    Honestly, Politico writes about an alternate universe when up is down and hot is cold.  I mean, we are conscious and aware.  We have been watching what’s been happening so writing lies just makes Politico even more ridiculous.

    • socon

      Polutico.

      I think it’s very telling that RINOs and leftists are telling us the exact same thing.
      They are a distinction without a difference.

      • conservativemama

        You make an EXCELLENT point!

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      "And exactly who are these winning moderates?"

      Mitt Romney
      Charlie Crist
      Tommy Thompson
      George Allen
      Trey Grayson
      Arlen Specter
      David Dewhurst
      Meg Whitman
      Linda McMahon
      John Mandel
      Connie Mack
      Rick Berg
      Danny Rehberg

      and anybody endorsed by Karl Rove and/or Jeb Bush and/or Joe Scarborough and/or Ann Coulter and/or Chris Christie, et. al.

      There’s lots of  ’em, all still waiting to be elected. To SOMETHING. Anything.

  • bri

    I hate the media.

  • David Farrar

    History will show this was the smartest move Sarah Palin could have made at his time. She is perhaps the only person who can build up the Tea Party organization all across this country inside of 20 months to an unstoppable force, enough to win the House, the Senate, and the Republican Party by 2014. All the while, carpetbagging her way into Saxby Chambliss’ old Senate here in Georgia, while becoming the unchallenged leader of the new, grassroot Republican Tea Party along the way. You betcha!

    ex animo
    davidfarrar

  • socon

    I can’t think of bigger loudmouth celebrities/politicians than Shill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter and Blimp Boy Christie.

  • Garym

    "But a senior Republican operative said the party has two huge, unresolved impediments to the top leaders’ grand plans: “suicide conservatives, who would rather lose elections than win seats with moderates,” and the “many groups on the hard right that depend on direct mail fundraising that requires a high degree of audacity, and borderline shrillness.” "

    This paragraph mocks us "shrill" "suicide conservatives", but doesn’t seem to realize that the establishment would also lose elections than have our "shrill" candidates win.
    There is no logic in that paragraph.

    • David Farrar

      I think the Rove Republicans thought they were, indeed, powerful enough, or could make Obama out to be powerful enough, to frighten a winning number of voters to the polls, irrespective of what either they or the "shrill" conservative wing of the party did or didn’t do. 

      As you say:  now they know better. Now, we all know better.

      ex animo
      davidfarrar

  • Gelston

    great article . great job

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