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Media Bias

Media Protect Obama as Record Energy Prices Hit the Poor

Feb 5, 2013 6:58 AM PT

It's pretty easy to have a 54% approval rating when the media either refuses to report bad economic news, or manufactures happy talk around news that can't be ignored. Meanwhile, in the dead of winter, gas prices have hit an all-time high. And I can send you the bill if you’re wondering if this affects home heating costs.

The cruelest tax of all is inflation. It's a "tax" that hits the poor and those living on the margins hardest. They feel it in everything because the cost of energy affects the cost of everything else.

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Foreign Affairs

Trial by media

Feb 5, 2013 6:46 AM PT

Today we've got two stories about national security that provide a nice contrast: the drone strike program Obama has been keeping secret, and the cyber-war program that was suspiciously "leaked" last summer, just in time to polish up the President's anti-terrorist credentials for the election.  

What both of these stories have in common is the indispensable role of the media as prosecutor and jury.  Both of these stories would have been huge scandals in a Republican administration, especially that of George Bush.  They would have been tied into a "narrative" of a bloodthirsty President carelessly willing to compromise national security in the pursuit of political success.  Quotes from foreign leaders outraged by drone assassinations would have been solicited; civil libertarian concerns about American citizens terminated without due process would have filled the headlines and spilled over into Hollywood movies.  Remember the Hollywood Left got the vapors when they thought Bush was just arresting terror suspects without due process, or making them temporarily uncomfortable to collect valuable information?

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Hipsters

The dogged pursuit of every last voter

Feb 5, 2013 6:30 AM PT

In response to Time to get hip:

I remember the precise moment when I first began having grave doubts about the Romney political machine, and the overall conservative view of the electorate: when Obama political technician Jim Messina talked about using computer technology to locate "marginal voters" and usher them to the polls.  A lot of people on the Right began mocking Messina, because they thought he sounded pathetic - he might as well have been talking about rounding up unicorns and planting ballots upon their horns!  But I didn't think it was funny at all.  Messina said some odd things during the campaign, but this made perfect sense to me.  Why not use the power of data mining, coupled with a little old-fashioned shoe leather, to track down disaffected voters and persuade them to pull the lever for your guy?

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Politics

Rubio, The Next Reagan?

Feb 5, 2013 5:54 AM PT

 Former George W. Bush advisor, Karl Rove said that Rubio was “the best communicator since Ronald Reagan.” Rove appeared on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier with Democrat Joe Trippi, who also believes that Rubio is the glue that could bring the Republican party together, and come to terms with the Democrats on immigration reform.

Unfortunately for Republicans, both these men are right. The Republican party is now Rubio’s party. Without Rubio, and a coherent, substantive immigration reform message, as has been the case for the GOP, the Republican party is dead in the political water.

Politics

Karl Rove VS Tea Party: Is Colin Powell Starting to Make More Sense?

Feb 5, 2013 5:47 AM PT

When Republicans want to reach back in history to prove a point, they point to Ronald Reagan.  I can understand why.  Reagan was a great President but he wasn't the only Republican President.

Abraham Lincoln's main priority was preserving the Union, with or without slavery.  But there came a time when Lincoln knew the only way to preserve the Union was to rip it apart.

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