OUTRIGHT CORRUPTION! Three cheers! Todd and Milbank frankly describe their cohorts outright corruption: // link // print // previous // next //
THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2008
OUTRIGHT CORRUPTION: Well congratulate NBCs Chuck Todd for doing what is expressly forbidden—for telling the truth about the press corps while appearing on cable. On Hardball, Chucks red-faced and excited host was cheer-leading hard for a famous old saint. Asked to offer his response, Chuck described his cohorts corruption:
Matthews signed off quickly—but good for Chuck! He did what the good boys never do. In this case, he stated the obvious about the way his cohort is re-pimping their beloved old saint, John McCain. Speaking frankly on cable TV, he described his cohorts corruption.
Has the press corps started to re-pimp McCain? They began to pimp him very aggressively in December 1999, when McCain finally registered in New Hampshire state polls as a potential primary winner. And in recent weeks, theyve been climbing back on the familiar bandwagon as McCains numbers have started to move up again. But lets review what Chuck said about the press and McCain. Frankly, that is whats going to happen, he said. According to Chuck, the press corps is going to take a third place finish [in Iowa] and somehow use that to...get him the victory in New Hampshire.
Scribes arent supposed to say such things—to describe their own cohorts bald-faced corruption. But omigod! Dana Milbank did the same thing on last weekends Reliable Sources! Were not big fans of Milbank ourselves. But just in case some future generation is more willing to deal with such matters than ours is, Milbanks comments to Howard Kurtz deserve to be widely recorded:
Milbank is a major press corps insider. And in his view, the press corps is going to savage Clinton no matter what happens tonight. Interesting, Kurtz blandly said, as his guest described outright corruption.
But there you see a familiar story, told by two major press corps insiders. Tomorrow, well offer a fuller reaction to what Milbank and Todd have importantly said. But this is a remarkably familiar story—an obvious echo of Campaign 2000. And uh-oh! Career liberals shut their traps about this conduct back then, and have rarely stirred themselves to mention it in the eight years since.
Reading what Todd and Milbank have said, we see the shape of the liberal worlds reward for our own leaders bald-faced corruption. More on these comments tomorrow.
SHEER STUPIDITY: Outright corruption is one of their hallmarks—but then too, we should mention their stunning stupidity. Cable pundits have spent the past week doing the one thing they cant hope to do—attempting to predict the outcome of tonights caucuses. Dumb as rocks, and proud to show it, they seem to revel in their cluelessness. They cherry-pick the polls they like, then pretend theyve never heard of the vagaries of sampling. But then again, some of these people are so dead-dog dumb that they actually may not have heard.
Margin of error? Most of them have heard of the concept—but few of them show any real sign of understanding that polls provide approximations of possible outcomes. Small hint: On the Democratic side, the Iowa race has been a three-way tie going all the way back to the spring. But these people are proud to be dumb. Theyre proud to pretend they dont know this.
THESE TRAITS CONJOINED: How stupid are journalists willing to be? Consider Robert Novaks newest column, in which he rails against Vile Clinton for her vile triangulation. Indeed, your scribes are so high-on-life this week that Bob even starts with a sex joke:
Premature triangulation! What did we do to make the gods punish us with rule by such dim-wits?
At any rate, everyone knows that triangulation is code language for Clintons fake phony falseness; in this column, Novak has decided to take one last shot at tipping a few votes in Iowa. And this is where the sheer stupidity of our discourse comes in again. What are Novaks examples of Clintons vile conduct? His first example (of two) is health care. Human beings cant get dumber than this:
Whats so stupid about that passage? Just this: Novak forgets to say that Candidates Obama and Edwards also decided not to propose this genuine universal health care scheme! Were they triangulating too? Playing his readers like absolute rubes, Novak doesnt ask this obvious question—and his editors allow him to do it.
But then, his second example of Clintons triangulation is just as dumb as the first. Now the tired old fixer gets busy with that Kyl-Lieberman vote:
Note how tired old fixers work. Novak mind-reads Clintons vote; its obvious that she voted insincerely, with her eye on the general election. Question: Is it possible that Dodd, Biden, Obama and Edwards adopted their own stances insincerely, with an eye to the primary vote? Not in the world of this column it isnt! Were told that Clintons vote was fake—and we arent invited to ponder the others. Further example: Obamas leading senate supporter, Dick Durbin, cast his vote the same way Clinton did. Was he triangulating too? Readers arent invited to ask. (For more on the way senate liberals voted, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 11/5/07.)
Todd and Milbank described the corruption—and then, a fixer acted it out. But then, here was Matthews, cheerleading openly at the start of last nights Hardball. This is what Broadcaster Coughlin said before Todd offered his comments:
What a child. Obama is Ike! And McCain is Saint Churchill! Matthews went on to pimp his standard blend of cherry-picked polls and overt, open insults. (A few minutes later, Todd spoke up.) As we told you months ago, this program has become a remarkable study in pure press corps propaganda. Todd and Milbank described the corruption. Matthews keeps acting it out.