Friday, September 10, 2010

Instant Classic: Susana Martinez Refutes Attack Ad

Chris Christie is not the only Republican politician on the opposite side from teacher's union bosses. Democrat operatives tried to smear Susana Martinez, the GOP's gubernatorial candidate in New Mexico, with false charges about education policy, but as you can see is this brilliant Martinez response, it completely backfired on them.

Another Chris Christie Video Goes Viral

Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor, is one of the few politicians who really represents the ordinary taxpayer for once. Millions of workers in the private sector (assuming they still have jobs) have had to kick in more and more for their health insurance benefits, while public sector pay and perks have gone through the roof. Christie asked the greedy teacher's union leadership to agree to make a small sacrifice to help with the huge state budget deficit and they basically went nuts. Here is Christie's latest encounter with a teacher:

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The Department of Injustice

It wasn't enough to sue the state of Arizona for enforcing immigration law under SB 1070; the hyper-partisan U.S. Department of Justice has now filed what appears to be a suspiciously timed lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, "America's Sheriff." The currently misnamed Justice Department is more interested in suing those who seek to uphold the law rather than protecting the American people. The pathetically politicized agency also won't lift a finger to prevent or prosecute vote fraud. The Power Line blog puts it in perspective:
In Washington, there are probably 10 or 20 faux "scandals" for every real scandal. One of the real scandals these days is the way in which Barack Obama and Eric Holder have politicized the Department of Justice. The Democrats criticized the Bush administration for politicizing DOJ, but that was sheer fabrication. It didn't happen. Immediately upon taking office, however, Obama and Holder embarked on a program of partisan law enforcement the likes of which this country may never have seen before.
And it gets worse:
Illegal immigrants who get pulled over by police for traffic-related offenses will be set free if a proposed change in Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy is approved. [Fox News]
Sgt. Joe Friday is having none of it:

News Executive Admits Massive Left-Wing Bias, Finally

It seems to be an article of faith among the mainstream (a.k.a dinosaur) media to never admit its palpable liberal bias. The stubborn tilt to the left is, in part, why many newspapers and magazines have reached the brink of bankruptcy and traditional news networks have seen their market share evaporate. ABC News just recently announced massive staff cutbacks, for example. It's also why Fox News, despite its real and/or imagined faults, has been a ratings juggernaut.

So this candor from the head of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is long overdue, although the admission may be an attempt to get on the good side of the Conservative coalition that is governing the U.K. under David Cameron. The BBC is funded by an annual license fee that is collected from every British household.
BBC Director General Mark Thompson has admitted the corporation was guilty of a 'massive' Left-wing bias in the past.
The TV chief also admitted there had been a 'struggle' to achieve impartiality and that staff were ' mystified' by the early years of Margaret Thatcher's government.
But he claimed there was now 'much less overt tribalism' among the current crop of young journalists, and said in recent times the corporation was a 'broader church'.
...But he said he was optimistic about a good settlement in forthcoming licence fee discussions with the Coalition. [DailyMail]
On this side of the pond in a related story, the Washington Examiner recently revealed some interesting information about the "massive" political donations of network news employees:
Senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and NBC contributed more than $1 million to Democratic candidates and campaign committees in 2008, according to an analysis by The Examiner of data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Democratic total of $1,020,816 was given by 1,160 employees of the three major broadcast television networks, with an average contribution of $880.
Something to think about when someone claims the three networks or even CNN plays it down the middle.