Schooled

October 17, 2012

Did CNN’s Candy Crowley collude with the Obama campaign before last night’s debate in Hempstead?

I think so, and I think I can prove it.

Let’s restate the obvious:

For this Town Hall format debate, alleged undecided voters submitted questions to the candidates. As moderator, Crowley selected which questions would be asked. Her selections were curious to say the least; they appeared designed to highlight issues helpful to the incumbent and embarrass the challenger. For instance, one audience member asked a question about “equal pay” for women. The premise of the question is bogus, but pointing out its deficiencies can only hurt the side inclined to tell the truth. Crowley repeated the tired assertion that women receive 72% pay for “the same work” as men.

Where to begin? Hasn’t the percentage of the disparity changed since the feminists first made this claim? Crowley repeated a number dating back to the 70’s. It was bogus then, and bogus now. If the premise is true, then it must also be true that employers are paying men nearly 40% more than necessary for the same work. Most businesses operate on much tigther profit margins than this, so any employer with a grain of common sense would hire employees willing to work for 72% of what their costly male counterparts demand. Mitt opted not to challenge the premise of the question. I went to the kitchen to make a sandwich rather than find out which candidate gave the better vapid answer.

I loved the most obviously slanted “question.” Paraphrasing for brevity, the “questioner” prefaced with an editorial: while he was disappointed with the last four years, he blamed George W. Bush for most of our problems. “So please tell us Governor Romney, how your policies would differ from those of George Bush?” Classic heads-we-win/tails-you-lose trick question for the challenger forcing him to choose between defending Bush (so Obama could run against Bush again) or discrediting the 44th President. I think Romney should have challenged the premise of the question and turned it on Obama, e.g., “The President always talks of failed Bush policies of the previous eight years, but doesn’t specify which ones? Does he mean the failed $1.83 per gallon gasoline prices or the 4.7% unemployment we had before the Democrats took over Congress and caused Fannie and Freddy to trigger the 2007 financial crisis?

Throughout the evening, Crowly kept challenging Romney on his answers, and thanking Obama for his.

Obama was much better prepared this time, kept his talking points straight with no signifcant flubs. In fact, he seemed a little too prepared, uncharacteristically so without his teleprompter in my opinion. I began to smell a rat.

Actually, I began to smell a rat before the debate started when it was announced that the questions were not disclosed to either campaign. I was reminded of how I cringe when I hear an inexperienced magician say “I have here a perfectly normal deck of cards.” Normal people don’t go around making disclaimers before they are challenged. Try this experiment: next time you play cards for money, announce to the table “I have here a perfectly normal deck of cards” as you introduce a new deck when it’s your turn to deal. Media moderators give disclaimers for the same reasons magicians say they’re using a perfectly ordinary deck of cards. Usually the magicians who say this are lying.

Midway through the debate, I saw the proof.

Toward the end of the debate, finally we heard a good question about the Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens. The questioner asked about reports that the State Department denied Embassy requests for additional security. He wanted to know if that was true and if so, why? Obama dodged the question and Romney, who’s much quicker on his feet than the President, didn’t call him on it. Not because he missed the point, but because why flick a jab when you can go for the knockout. And to everyone watching, Obama had left his glass jaw wide open by making the ludicrous claim that he correctly called the attack on the embassy an act of terrorism the very next day.

An incredulous Romney challenged him, but Obama stuck to his preposterous claim. When Romney asked him to repeat what he just said, Obama turned to Crowley, who confirmed that Obama was right. Suddenly the knockout punch missed wildly and Obama scored a telling counterpunch.

Except he didn’t. The counterpunch was a cheapshot, delivered not by the limp-wristed flyweight, but by the super-heavyweight referee. Before an audience of 70 million, Crowley said to Romney, “He’s right. That’s what he said.” Except, in the immortal words of Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra, Obama never actually said what Crowley insisted he said. Afterwards, before an slightly smaller audience (400K vs. 70 million), Yogi Crowley admitted she’d “made a wrong mistake.”

The whole thing was a set-up, and one that Obama could not have pulled off without collusion on the part of Crowley. Obama’s unmemorable comments the day after the Ambassador’s murder included a throwaway line that “acts of terror will not go unpunished.” He never said the embassy attack was a terrorist act. Indeed, it defies logic and common sense to claim he would have done so one day after the incident, and then spend several weeks, blaming the attack on a silly internet movie trailer. (This from an administration that three years later still won’t concede that the Camp Hood massacre was a terrorist act even though Maj. Hasan shouted “Allah Akhbar” as the shooting began.)

When Crowley affirmed Obama’s deception, some members of the audience applauded—in violation of the house no applause rule. Who broke the rules? Michelle Obama and members of the media.

Think about this. Crowley just happened to have the transcript of a perfunctory Obama speech that was about as memorable as a typical Soviet apparatchik’s glowing paen to the architects of the latest five-year plan. In the Soviet Union, such speeches were worth saving—to line birdcages. Yet somehow Crowley just happened to bring a copy of the same speech Obama misleadingly quoted in response to a question he wasn’t given in advance. And Crowley already had highlighted the selective quote, as if it was somehow important.

The setup was interesting. While Romney looked as stunned as everyone else who’s been following the story and challenged the statement, Obama, looking like the proverbial cat who ate the canary, calmly replied, “Proceed Governor.” Understandably, the exchange left Romney speechless. For Obama to claim that he correctly called the attack a terrorist act from day one wasn’t a mistake or “spin,” it was a shockingly brazen reality-denying Orwellian Big Lie. To anyone who followed the news, it was utterly preposterous to suggest he told the truth when his entire Administration spent weeks knowingly and falsely blaming the attack on a silly video—including Obama himself in a speech to the United Nations—when the Aministration already knew the video story was a lie.

And then like an amateur magician reaching into his top hat, Obama asked Crowley to pull the transcript. Huh? By a remarkable “coincidence” Crowley just happened to have the transcript of Obama’s September 12 Rose Garden speech right in front of her, with the relevant quote highlighted. And she said that Obama was right.

Riiigghhht!!!

How could Obama KNOW that Crowley would have the transcript ready to refute Romney when he pounced on what was an obvious lie?

Equally curious, how did Crowley immediately produced the precise sentence in question when Obama asked for the transcript? Have you ever heard a talk show host ask a producer for a tape and the producer has trouble locating it? It happens all the time … even though radio shows prepare these things in advance. Yet last night, Obama referenced one of his hundreds of unmemorable speeches, and the moderator not only had the transcript with her, she had the line Obama cited already queued up to make Romney look bad.

If that isn’t evidence of collusion, what more proof do we need?

And like the amateur he is, Obama made Candy repeat herself “a little louder this time.” (“You never saw me go near the deck of cards right?”) And the intrepid journalist obediently wagged her tail and stood up on her hind legs on command. I was disappointed Obama did not give her a puppy treat; she definitely earned one.

On a related note, a friend asked: Is CNN’s Candy Crowley related to Satanist Aleister Crowley?

We report. You decide.


Air (Death to) America Folds

January 21, 2010

Looks like Air Al Qaeda is toast.

Here’s the announcement, slightly edited by yours truly [my comments in italics/brackets]:

It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of [Billy Ayers and the rest of] our Board, that we must announce [since no one would otherwise notice] that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to [avoid paying our creditors, steal whatever isn’t nailed down and] carry out an [dis-]orderly winding-down of the business.

The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business. This past year has seen a “perfect storm” in the [dodo and dinosaur] media industry generally [while inexplicably avoiding Rush, Sean, Glenn, O’Reilly and Fox News]. National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically [coincidentally in perfect synch with our sharply declining listenership], causing many [left/liberal, but not conservative] media companies nationwide to fold or seek [solace in bong hits and] bankruptcy protection. From large to small, recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry’s long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times.

Those companies that remain [clueless] are facing audience fragmentation as a result of new media technologies, are often saddled with crushing debt, and have generally found it difficult to obtain operating or investment capital from traditional sources of funding. [Ironically, for all our efforts to kill capitalism, it killed us.] In this climate, our painstaking search for new investors [with money but not brains to spare] has come close several times right up into this week, but ultimately fell short of success. [Translation: Soros won’t return our calls.]

With radio industry ad revenues down for 10 consecutive quarters [rather an amazing accomplishment when you consider we had zero revenues last year], and reportedly off 21% in 2009 [we made 79 cents!], signs of improvement have consisted of hoping things will be less bad [if Obama gave us a bailout to save us from the predictable consequences of his disastrous economic policies, but alas we were screwed]. And though Internet/new media revenues are projected to grow [for reliable, trustworthy, creative and innovative companies, but unfortunately we are none of the above], our expanding online efforts face the same monetization and profitability challenges in the short term confronting the Web operations of most media companies [who shill shamelessly for obscenely bloated government in general and Obama in particular].

When Air America Radio launched in April, 2004 with already-known [psychotic] personalities like Al Franken and then-[and still-] unknown future stars like Rachel Maddow, it was the only full-time progressive voice in the mainstream broadcast media world [other than NPR, PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the 95% of journalists who voted to nationalize the banking, auto and healthcare industries, quadruple the deficit, undermine our allies, and weaken our national security]. At a critical time in our nation’s history — when [extreme loathing of our country and military masquerading as legitimate] dissent on issues such as the Iraq war were [never in fact but] often [in our sick fantasies] denounced as “un-American” — Air America and its talented team helped millions [and by millions, we mean hundreds] of Americans remember the importance of compelling [delusional unhinged rants in lieu of actual] discussion about the most pivotal events and decisions of our generation.

Through some 100 radio outlets nationwide [and fewer listeners], Air America helped build a new sense of purpose and determination among American progressives. With this revival [and with Soros funneling billions to radical left 527 groups and our government schools' success in graduating reliably Democrat voters completely lacking critical thinking skills], the progressive movement made major gains in the 2006 mid-term elections and, more recently, in the election of President Barack Obama and a strongly Democratic Congress.

Laws have changed for the better [for Obama-favored constituencies: suspected terrorists with al Qaeda ties, ACORN, SEIU,  illegal immigrants, etc.] thanks to this revival…..but all the same our company cannot escape the laws of economics [despite Obama's and the Democrat Congress' efforts to repeal them]. So we intend a rapid, orderly closure over the next few days. All current employees will be paid through today, January 21 [so Obama can count them as jobs saved or created in January]. A severance package [paid by our chump investors’/affiliates’ who would have seen better returns from Madoff] will be offered tomorrow to full-time current employees with more than six months of tenure.

We will strive to assist affiliates and partners in achieving a smooth transition. Starting at 6 pm EST today, we will provide our affiliates, listeners and users a selection of encore programming until 9 pm EST on Monday, January 25, at which time Air America programming will end [with our progressive band playing Nearer my Satan to Thee].

We are proud that Air America’s mission lives on through the words and actions of so many former radio hosts who [in a sane world would be unemployed or in jail, but] are active today in progressive causes and media nationwide [because what this country needs most is more community organizers]. In the years ahead, as we look back, we should all be [embarrassed and humbled, but we will inexplicably remain] proud of our [colossal failure and our] passionate determination to assure that our nation’s progressive voice would be heard loud [very very loud] and clear. Through the [lack of] hard work and dedication of current staff, and those who preceded you, a lasting legacy was forged which will now continue through other voices and venues.

Thank you.

Actually I’m rather amazed they could compose a 600-word press release without blaming their problems on global warming or George W. Bush.

H/t: Daniel Foster at The Corner/National Review Online


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