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Belated Thoughts on Tracy Flick’s Interview with Sarah Palin

Long before the 2008 presidential campaign, I found CBS News Anchor Tracy Flick Katie Couric annoying.   Like Reese Witherspoon‘s character in the 1999 flick Election, Couric comes across as smug and self-righteous.  It seems she believes that her prominence means she knows better than the rest of us.  That’s one reason I didn’t watch the entirety of her interview last fall with the then- Republican nominee for Vice President and, for a time, had taken an Obama-supporting friend’s word that Couric had asked Palin about her record in Alaska.

How wrong I was.

After hearing a bit of Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, I decided to investigate this.  You see when they talked about Couric‘s interview with her, Palin offered

It seemed to me that she didn’t know anything about Alaska, about my job as governor, about my accomplishments as a mayor or a governor, my record.

So, I decided to review the transcripts and found that Couric didn’t ask a single question about Palin’s record in office.  You’d think that when a politicians suddenly vaults onto the national stage, the media would be interested what she had previously accomplished in state office.  But, Katie Couric showed no such interest.  No wonder some have defined her treatment of this reforming Governor with a record of bipartisanship as part of a pattern of media malpractice.

The malpractice may go deeper than Couric’s failure to ask Palin about her record.  Couric and her team at CBS may have edited out some of Palin’s more thoughtful answers to focus on her seemingly air-headed ones.  Ann Althouse observes than in her book,

Sarah Palin criticizes CBS for editing long interviews into the most damaging soundbites and making her look stupid and irritable. . . . There is a lot of material in the book making assertions about all sorts of trenchant comments Palin supposedly made. Palin says she was asked the same questions over and over in an effort to elicit a bad answer. She says that some of her answers were clipped after some simple beginning and before she delved into details that would have made her look smart and knowledgeable

That blogress offers what she calls “an easy solution” to see if this is so:  “Release the unedited video.”  (Via Instapundit who adds that Palin “should have brought her own camera.“)

No wonder I find Couric so smug, so self-righteous.  She claims all she’s doing is reporting the news, but in reality she wants to make the news and shape our perceptions of political figures. (more…)

Why I Feel Sorry for Levi Johnston

When a reader sent me an e-mail on how Sarah Palin’s ex-son-in-law-to-be was not made welcome at a swank Hollywood Party this weekend, I begin to feel sorry for the teenager:

Levi Johnston flew first class to LA for the party and calls himself “Ricky Hollywood,” but he was barely noticed by the dozens of actual Hollywood celebrities inside GQ’s “Men of the Year” party at Chateau Marmont Wednesday night.

His fifteen minutes of fame are running out.  His usefulness to those who promoted him is beginning to wane.

Were he older, I would have little sympathy for the guy.  But, because he’s so young and comes from a messed up family (thanks to the MSM’s Palin obsession, we know all about his mother’s drug problems), it’s no wonder he was subject to the blandishments of the media.  One wonders if some “journalist” helped promote his split from Palin’s daughter Bristol by making promises to the handsome young man of a career in Hollywood.

For certain figures in the media clearly delighting in promoting him so as they could better destroy their favorite villain in the post-George W. Bush era, the grandmother of his child.  He took their interest in destroying Palin as a real interest in him and giving a kid from rural Alaska a chance in the big city.

Levi Johnston to the media is like Jay Gatsby to the New York socialites who attended his swank parties, but missed his funeral.  They loved him for the entertainment he could provide, but didn’t care about him as a person.  So it will be with Levi–when he can no longer help them advance their agenda, they could care less about him as a person.

And given how young Levi and lacking strong guidance from his parents, he may well have assumed that the media interest in his story indicated that Hollywood folk were interested in his career.

GayPatriot San Francisco Brunch Saturday, November 28

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:36 pm - November 20, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Travel

While I’m up in San Francisco spending Thanksgiving with the most important person in the state, I’ll be organizing a brunch for our readers next Saturday, November 28.  Given that reader Leah will also be in the Bay Area and wants to see the Asian Art Museum (one of my two* favorite museums in SF), we’re looking for a brunch place near there for the gathering.  So, let me know if you have any recommendations where we might meet and eat.

And drop me a line if you’d like to join us.

*Legion of Honor is the other.

(LA Readers, make sure to make your calendars for our holiday party on December 6.)

The Day for Disclosure of Doctored Democratic Data

Maybe those climatologists who had predicted ever-increasing temperatures wouldn’t be puzzled by the failure of global temperatures to keep rising had they not relied on doctored data.  When someone hacked into “a major global-warming advocacy center in the UK  [and had] the data published on line“, we learned that some scientists hid information which conflicted with their conclusions:

The director of the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit confirmed that the e-mails are genuine — and Australian publication Investigate and the Australian Herald-Sun report that those e-mails expose a conspiracy to hide detrimental information from the public that argues against global warming

Wonder what the thinking man’s thinking man has to say about this fraud.

You can almost bet that global warming alarmists will focus on the hacking.  I do agree with Michelle on this one, “The alleged hackers need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”  But, that’s not the only issue here.

And this isn’t the only doctored data disclosed today.  We learn the price tag of the Reid Health Care Bill is higher than originally advertised:

Democrats put the price tag of the 2,074-page measure at $979 billion, higher than the $849 billion figure they had cited Wednesday as the cost of expanding coverage to 31 million who now lack insurance. Republicans calculated it at more like $1.5 trillion over a decade, and said even that was understated because Reid decided to delay implementation of some of the bill’s main features until 2014.

And at a mere $849 billion, the bill was supposed to have slashed the deficit by $127 billion over ten years.  But, now we’ve got a $130 billion increase in the program’s cost, and yet “Officially, the Congressional Budget Office said the measure would reduce deficits by $130 billion over the next decade with probable small reductions in the 10 years that follow”.  Something smells fishy here.  We see a huge spike in a bill’s cost and an increase in its savings.

No wonder many on the right are skeptical of the Democrats’ numbers.

Why President Should Go to Texas & Listen to Carly Fiorina

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:46 pm - November 20, 2009.
Filed under: Economy,Entrepreneurs

With his “stimulus” boondoggle going bust and unemployment at its highest rate in a quarter-century, in California at its highest rate since Barbara Boxer was in Kindergarten, the president is at his wits end; he doesn’t know what to do.

So, he’s holding a jobs summit at the White House and going on a listening tour across the country.  Seems we elected a guy who, as Jim Geraghty put it, doesn’t have a Plan B:

Now he’s announcing a “jobs summit” at the WhiteHouse, and a “listening tour.” You’ve officially run out of good ideas when your plan to help people who can’t find jobs consists of listening to them tell you that they can’t find jobs.

If they had better ideas, the Obama administration would be trying those instead.

It’s a sign of his arrogance that he assumed the economy would react as he said it would if the “stimulus” became law.

Well, I have some ideas the could consider at that summit.  Figure out what they’re doing right in the Lone Star State.  Seems that’s where the jobs are.  Of the top ten cites on a list compiled by “ and Moody’s to identify America’s 25 next recovering job markets,” four are in Texas.  Cities in Texas, Alabama and Georgia dominate the list.

Maybe he should talk to the Republican governors of those states.  And then he should talk to people like Carly Fiorina who have identified what needs to be done to create jobs:  go to the job creators–and ask those executives, entrepreneurs and innovators what the government can do to reduce the obstacles to their expansion.  ‘Cause when such folks expand their operations, they create jobs.

The key thus is, to borrow a much overused phrase, to “grow the economy.”  Government never really does a particularly good job at that.  That’s why the President need listen to the entrepreneurs, the job creators.

“The warming is taking a break…
There can be no argument about that”

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 12:01 pm - November 20, 2009.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

So says meteorologist Mojib Latif of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in the northern German city of Kiel.  He is also one of Germany’s best-known climatologists.  The facts have begun to overtake the fiction (NBC’s shrill Green Week was undeterred, however).

Global warming appears to have stalled. Climatologists are puzzled as to why average global temperatures have stopped rising over the last 10 years. Some attribute the trend to a lack of sunspots, while others explain it through ocean currents.

Otherwise, however, not much is happening with global warming at the moment. The Earth’s average temperatures have stopped climbing since the beginning of the millennium, and it even looks as though global warming could come to a standstill this year.

The planet’s temperature curve rose sharply for almost 30 years, as global temperatures increased by an average of 0.7 degrees Celsius (1.25 degrees Fahrenheit) from the 1970s to the late 1990s. “At present, however, the warming is taking a break,” confirms meteorologist Mojib Latif of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in the northern German city of Kiel. Latif, one of Germany’s best-known climatologists, says that the temperature curve has reached a plateau. “There can be no argument about that,” he says. “We have to face that fact.”

Now who was it that talked incessantly about “Inconvenient Truths”?   Hmmmm…

-Bruce (GayPatriot)