Primetime Propaganda

Ben Shapiro has a new book out, called  Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV.  It chronicles the very deliberate insertion of leftist thought into television programming, and leaves no doubt this is far more than simply a case of people with similar world-views allowing their biases to seep unconsciously into their work.

Shapiro took an interesting approach to preparing his book: he arranged interviews with Hollywood liberals and politely asked them about their biases, while wearing his Harvard Law baseball cap.  They assumed he was a friendly liberal interviewer and let it all hang out.  (Sorry, I haven’t made an Anthony Weiner joke yet today, and that just bubbled out of me.)

The flavor of the resulting interviews is captured in a few videos created to promote the book.  Here’s a little pinch of hatred from George Schlatter, creator of the biggest comedy of the 60s, Laugh-In:

And here’s a primer in hidden-agenda programming from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry:

Conservatives often wonder how even the lowest-information voter could believe some of the colossally silly things they believe.  It’s not that mysterious.  They believe those things because they have been programmed to believe them, or at least reject alternative ideas with knee-jerk reflexes.  Primetime Propaganda offers a series of frank interviews with the people who wrote the cultural operating system for American decline.

Read at Human Events by John Hayward, Human Events


Former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller brings grassroots PAC to Fairbanks

Joe Miller told supporters there is no truth to rumors that he’s living in either Nevada or Arizona or Wasilla during a launch barbecue Friday at Pioneer Park for his new political action committee.

Although he works for another PAC with a Nevada address, he and his family have been living in Fairbanks, he said.

His new political group, Restoring Liberty Alaska, will work to support his limited government platform in Alaska.

“We’re going to restrain activist judges, and we’re going to get good people elected,” he said.

One politician he said needs more help in Juneau is Sen. John Coghill, who also spoke at the barbecue.


Pro-Abortion Obama Judge Pick Goodwin Liu Withdraws Nomination

Following a Senate vote upholding the filibuster Republicans mounted against the nomination of pro-abortion activist Goodwin Liu for a federal appeals court position, Liu has submitted a letter to President Barack Obama withdrawing his nomination.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Liu’s nomination for the federal appeals court in the western United States in April on a 10-8 party line vote. Last week, the Senate voted 52-43 against stopping the Republican filibuster with Republican senators Lindsay Graham, Dick Lugar, John McCain, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Scott Brown all voting to stop the nomination from moving forward. Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska joined them while “pro-life Democrats” Bob Casey and Joe Manchin voted to allow the nomination of the abortion activist to move ahead.

Lisa Murkowski, a pro-abortion Republican, was the lone GOP vote for ending the filibuster.

“In light of last week’s unsuccessful cloture vote … I respectfully ask that you withdraw my nomination from further consideration by the United States Senate,” Liu wrote to Obama in his letter, according to Politico. “With no possibility of an up-or-down vote on the horizon, my family and I have decided that it is time for us to regain the ability to make plans for the future.”

“In addition, the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit has noted the ‘desperate need for judges’ to fill current vacancies, and it is now clear that continuing my nomination will not address that need any time soon,” he said.

Read More at Life News by Steven Ertelt, Life News


Think you know everything there is to know about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin? Think again.

Since 2008, Mother Jones‘ David Corn has been actively petitioning for access to and public release of Palin’s e-mails. Following in the footsteps of Corn’s initial request, other media outlets subsequently began formally asking the Alaska government to release the e-mails Palin sent during her term. Mediaite sheds additional light on the scenario:

The state of Alaska initially told Corn that they had located 26,552 pages of emails, but are redacting 2,353 pages for unspecified reasons. Along these same lines, Palin apparently also used a personal email address for some of her official correspondence, and while the Alaskan government recovered some of these by looking through the official inboxes of some top officials, it’s possible that some communication was done among Palin’s personal account and the personal accounts of other State officials.

In sum, 24,199 pages will be presented for public viewing. In fact, Yahoo! reports that “Mother Jones, and ProPublica“ are preparing to make the documents available for mass consumption ”in a searchable archive.”

In an op-ed for the Anchorage Daily News piece, Paul Jenkins writes that the e-mails may paint Palin in a very negative light:

The emails are going to be — if released in readable form after passing through lawyers‘ hands and being scrubbed by the governor’s office — delicious. There likely will be little good news in them for her. Having read only snippets of emails in Palin staffer Frank Bailey’s book, “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin,“ or ”Hey, I Got Emails Nobody Else Can Get and I Can Make Some Dough,” the venom, bullying, intimidation, absolute paranoia and craziness of the Palin administration spins off the pages.

What do you think about this? Should Palin’s e-mails be released by major media outlets in a “searchable database?” Once public, the media will surely find appealing tidbits to feature and focus upon for some time to come.

Read More at the Blaze By Billy Hallowell, the Blaze

Prez on Bibi – Will the Real Barack Obama Please Stand Up?

As yet there is no category for most amazing backtracking done by a president in the Guinness Book of World Records but there is little doubt that Barack Obama would beat all other entrants to the category hands down.

Using words and phrases like Obama changes stance, clarifies or explains what he really meant are rife across the news cycle of the mainstream media including the internet. Explanations, gyrations and backtracking notwithstanding the rest of America is not going to be fooled as in, they know exactly what they heard the first time. If the audacity of dumb Americans was not already the thorn in Obama’s side for far too long now they are told they are people who, ‘just don’t listen.’

On May 19, 2011 the president clearly said these words to the entire world, no spin attached, nothing added.

“The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”

To say that this statement was just a onetime event that may have been either misread or misspoken is countered by the fact that Obama said the same thing on more than one occasion.

In a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee the president said he was misunderstood and what he really meant was, “By definition, it means that the parties themselves – Israelis and Palestinians – will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967.”

Read More at American Prophet by Rev. Michael Bresciani, American Prophet

Obama’s “Animal House” Policy for Medicare

The trustees of the Medicare system recently reported that the program will go broke in the year 2024—five years sooner than was projected just last year.

The millions of Americans who have been counting on Medicare to be a reliable, stable guarantor of affordable health care in their senior years should be asking themselves, “Who is responsible for this predicament?” The short answer is “lots of people,” but let’s start by looking in the mirror.

The shameful status of Medicare brings to mind a sequence in the movie Animal House. A freshman pledge, Flounder, let some upperclassmen in the fraternity use his brother’s brand-new Lincoln for a road trip. Naturally, the brothers trashed the car. As Flounder wept in regret, the suave, smooth-talking senior, Otter, put his arm around Flounder’s shoulder and explained the facts of life to him: “You [goof]ed up; you trusted us.” (“Goof” replaces the original R-rated verb.)

“We the people” have goofed up big time, trusting a government bureaucracy to oversee our health care.

When will we learn that gigantic bureaucracies—undisciplined by the profit-motive and insulated from the normal competitive pressures of the marketplace—are inherently inefficient?

Read More at Floyd Reports By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson, Floyd Reports

The Hispanic Vote in 2010

Before the 2010 election some commentators argued that the failure to address immigration would increase Hispanic turnout, while others argued it would cause them to stay home. New Census Bureau voting data show that neither of these predictions was correct. Hispanic turnout conformed to the pattern of recent mid-term elections.

Among the findings:

Prior to the 2010 election, the Center for Immigration Studies projected that Hispanics would comprise 6.8 percent of the national electorate in congressional elections. The new data from the Census Bureau almost exactly match this projection, with Hispanics comprising 6.9 percent of the vote.

Our projection was correct because it was based on the assumption that Hispanic turnout would follow past patterns for mid-term elections and that Hispanics would neither be especially animated nor especially disengaged in 2010.

The 31.2 percent of Hispanic citizens who voted in 2010 matches the 31.2 percent who voted in the 2002 mid-term election, and is very similar to the 32.3 percent who voted in 2006. All of these values fall within the margin of error of ± 1.7 percentage points and indicate that 2010 was not unusual.

In addition to the 6.9 percent of voters who identified as Hispanic in the 2010 election, 77.5 percent of voters identified as non-Hispanic white, 11.5 percent as non-Hispanic black, and 2.4 percent identified as non-Hispanic Asian.

Read More at CIS Steven A. Camarota, Ashley Monique Webster,Center for Immigration Studies

Obama’s top dog: Pat Robertson is like Osama bin Laden

President Obama’s faith adviser, Eboo Patel, likened television evangelist Pat Robertson to Osama bin Laden, calling both “totalitarians” who worked collectively against coexistence.

The statements by Patel mark the latest in a series of controversial remarks by the faith adviser to be reported by WND, including comments against the U.S. and Christianity.

In February 2010, Obama named Patel to his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Patel, a Muslim activist, is the founder and executive director of Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, which says it promotes pluralism by teaming people of different faiths on service projects.

In his 2007 book, “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation,” reviewed by WND, Patel compared Robertson to the now late al-Qaida chief.

Read More at WND By Aaron Klein, WorldNetDaily

Obama’s reelection team has already played some major cards

Presidential elections are won or lost because of how a candidate’s team plays the “cards” it has. It is puzzling then, to watch the “play” pattern Barack Obama’s reelection team is using.  It begs the question: What could motivate the playing of Obama’s best “cards” eighteen months before Election Day?

Major “cards” already used

Last week Representative James Clyburn, a Black Democrat from South Carolina, played the race card saying, “.. the president’s problems are in large measure because of his skin color.” Using this one now can only mean trouble with Obama’s Black base.

Obama has already released his “real” birth certificate. Which may actually be real, but why release it now instead of just before Election Day?

April’s unemployment number was made better by an infusion of 62,000 of the Democrats’ dreaded “hamburger flipping” jobs, (the ones that didn’t used to count when Bush was in office).  Getting the current 9.0% unemployment down is essential to Obama’s chances next year. Last fall McDonald’s got a wavier from the more expensive sections of Obamacare. It is a sure bet these jobs were the YING to the wavier YANG. Obama could have dialed up Mickey Dee’s anytime to collect on this debt. Why use the quick jobs jump now?

An Afghani Intelligence chief is on record as insisting the location of Osama bin Laden was well known for four years. While this may be a stretch many observers maintain his whereabouts was known for at least several months. Obama might not have had much choice. Maybe he really didn’t know where to find bin Laden until just before the mission. But that event coming so close to releasing his putative birth certificate has somewhat blunted the value of both moves.

Read More at Coach is Right By Coach Collins, Coach is Right

Morning Bell: The Unstimulated Obama Economy

Newsflash from The New York Times: President Barack Obama’s stimulus did not work. No, the Times doesn’t say that in so many words, but in an op-ed this morning, the paper laments the sputtering economy and the fact that Washington just isn’t doing enough to help the economy grow. The problem, of course, is that Washington has done too much of the wrong things to get the economy moving again.

The economic news that’s really sticking in the Old Gray Lady’s craw is revised data released last week that shows the economy’s growth stuck at 1.8 percent, slow consumer spending, stagnant wages, higher prices for gas and food, the poor housing market, flagging consumer confidence and a recent Labor Department report showing a higher-than-expected rise in claims for jobless benefits. The Times complains:

The grim numbers tell an unavoidable truth: The economy is not growing nearly fast enough to dent unemployment. Unfortunately, no one in Washington is pushing policies to promote stronger growth now.

What the Times forgot to mention, though, is that Washington over the past two years has done a lot—a whole lot—with the biggest ticket item being the Obama-Reid-Pelosi $787 billion stimulus that was designed to “create or save” 3.5 million new jobs by 2011. Despite the extraordinarily high cost, that didn’t happen, and unemployment has increased to 9 percent.

But don’t tell that to the Obama stimulus apologists, though. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace remarked that in light of the dismal economic numbers, the Obama Administration’s policies and near $1 trillion stimulus “isn’t working” and asked Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to respond. For her, those dots just don’t connect:

Well, I mean – I don’t know that I agree with that, because, you know, first of all – let me finish here. I mean, first of all, the trillion dollars for stimulus package – actually $786 billion – was absolutely necessary to make sure that this economy didn’t go into a freefall. We also know that we had to make sure that we began to stimulate the kind of growth that we need in this country to invest in the future.

For the American people, though, that reality is hitting home. Joseph Lupton, an economist at JP Morgan Chase and Company, says, “There are pretty big costs to not really generating a sizeable recovery.” And as The Wall Street Journal reports, those costs are high unemployment, with 5.8 million people out of work for more than six months.

Read More at The Foundry Mike Brownfield, The Foundry