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Some questions for Politico

As I worked out yesterday in the gym, I saw CNN’s Anderson Cooper devoting a full fifteen minutes to the Cain kerfuffle and assumed he was not the first on that network to tackle the topic.  How much time, I wonder, did Mr. Cooper’s network devote in the 1990s to corroborated allegations that a Democratic president raped a woman?

Oh, and that woman came forward to detail her allegations — unlike Politico’s sources.  Naming the four Politico reporters, Glenn Reynolds asked last night, “Would Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Anna Palmer and Kenneth Vogel have put their names on a similar piece, with no named sources, aimed at Barack Obama? Would Politico have run it?

Glenn thinks he knows the answer, but, well, let’s ask some questions first before rushing to conclusions.

So, let’s put some questions to Politico:

  1. When it was revealed that Barack Obama’s operatives successfully maneuvered to remove an incumbent state Senator from the ballot in 1996, indeed, “challenging petitions until every one of  four Democratic primary rivals was forced off the ballot”, how many reporters did your journal assign to the story?
  2. How many Politico reporters investigated Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers?
  3. When the LA Times refused to release a tape of a dinner where Obama apparently toasted anti-Israel historian Rashid Khalidi, how many reporters did Politico assign to try to determine what the Democrat said that night?  And to figure out why the Times was keeping the tape under wraps?
  4. Has Politico dispatched any reporters to determine why Barack Obama won’t release his college transcripts?
  5. How many reporters did Politico send to Chicago to find out how aware Barack Obama was of the racism, anti-Semitism and anti-gay bigotry of a preacher whose church he attended for twenty years?
  6. When it was revealed in 2008 that Barack Obama was the second largest recipient of campaign cash from then-bankrupt Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, how many Politico reporters investigated that connection, particularly given that the largest recipient of those government-sponsored enterprises largesse had served in the Senate for the full 19-year reporting period (which began 15 years before Mr. Obama’s 2004 bid for the U.S. Senate)?
  7. When news broke that Barney Frank’s boyfriend worked at Fannie Mae at the same time the Massachusetts Democrat served on the House committee overseeing the government-sponsored enterprise’s operations, how many reporters did you dispatch to cover this conflict of interest?  How many of them followed up when Gretchen Mortenson of the New York Times reported that the Congressman had “called up the company and asked them to hire” said boyfriend?
  8. When a White House spokesman yelled at a CBS reporter for not being “reasonable” in asking questions about the Fast and Furious scandal, how many reporters did you send to inquire why the White House wanted to bury the story?
  9. When Solyndra went bankrupt, how many reporters did Politico dispatch to inquire at the methods that Department of Energy used to evaluate this company or to investigate other companies receiving loan guarantees from the federal government?

Contending that the Cain “story was a legitimate issue for a presidential candidate“, blogging law professor William A. Jacobson quips, “we only wish the mainstream media would investigate Obama’s past with half as much enthusiasm.”  Well, we’re about to find out if they did.

I’ll be passing along this post to the woman from Politico who regularly e-mails me their posts and will let you know if she responds to these questions.

UPDATE:  Just thought of another question:

  • Did any reporters from Politico ever investigate Barack Obama’s promise to practice a “new kind of politics,” particularly in light of his relationship with the Chicago political machine and his record in the Illinois Senate?
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23 Comments

  1. Another question:

    Which of the Republican presidential candidates fed this story to Politico? Cui bono?

    Comment by Rick Sincere — November 1, 2011 @ 4:56 am - November 1, 2011

  2. @Rick: Shrewd point
    @Dan: Imagine what’s in store for gay Republican candidates, eventually.

    Comment by Jeremayakovka — November 1, 2011 @ 5:06 am - November 1, 2011

  3. So here’s a general, but fun question: Who planted the Cain story?

    Was it Obama’s people? or a Republican rival of Cain’s? Possibly one who is prone to malice, and feels he’s not getting enough attention? (*cough* Huntsman)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 1, 2011 @ 7:01 am - November 1, 2011

  4. I like how most of the focus isn’t on the story, but the messenger. I don’t really care who planted it, if its true then its true. It doesn’t matter if Perry, Romney, Newt or whoever feed the story to Politico, if its true. Its obviously somewhat true since Cain changed his original line and said now he remembers at least one woman and a pay out being given.

    If Cain has a good enough campaign, which from all accounts of it isn’t, this should provide a good test. He will have to find a way to right his ship, just like all candidates go through. He makes it through, he is better for it, if he doesn’t, then at least we all found out before it was too late.

    Comment by darkeyedresolve — November 1, 2011 @ 7:28 am - November 1, 2011

  5. I like how most of the focus isn’t on the story, but the messenger. I don’t really care who planted it, if its true then its true.

    DER, put it this way: Thus far, it appears that the parts which are true, are truly inconsequential.

    Its obviously somewhat true since Cain changed his original line and said now he remembers at least one woman and a pay out being given.

    WHAT is “obviously somewhat true”? It is “obviously somewhat true” THAT Cain remembers one woman and some payout (which could be nothing; just the Natl Restaurant Association avoiding a litigation cost). That’s it.

    The nation has much bigger fish to fry. And, if Cain were a Democrat, the media would be trying to tell us just that. The double standards here are not only undeniably but massive.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 1, 2011 @ 7:53 am - November 1, 2011

  6. And, I should have read Rick’s Sincere’s #1 before I made my #3 – oops :-)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 1, 2011 @ 7:56 am - November 1, 2011

  7. That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Cain is either going to show his ability to shine or he will perish under the hot light. Seems like he was one of those folk reluctant to get the professional handlers needed to navigate a high profile project like a presidential election.

    From Sunday’s first spotlight. . .

    Cain said he has “had thousands of people working for me” at different businesses over the years and could not comment “until I see some facts or some concrete evidence.” His campaign staff was given the name of one woman who complained last week, and it was repeated to Cain on Sunday. He responded, “I am not going to comment on that.”
    He was then asked, “Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life of harassment by a woman?”
    He breathed audibly, glared at the reporter and stayed silent for several seconds. After the question was repeated three times, he responded by asking the reporter, “Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment?”

    Comment by rusty — November 1, 2011 @ 8:46 am - November 1, 2011

  8. It may or may not be relevant to this, but in his autobiography The O wrote about his long live in relationship with a woman (white) while attending Columbia in N.Y. She apparently loved him but was not interested in becoming involved in his African American relationships and organizations. No one knows her name and I believe I read somewhere that she now lives in the Carribbean on someones dime? And we are also lead to believe by the MSM that ‘ole Barak was virginal until he married Michelle. I doubt that big time, but not a peep about that aspect of his past life.
    Just saying. I also think it is suspecct as to who is behind this “outting” of info.

    Comment by Linda Strickland — November 1, 2011 @ 8:49 am - November 1, 2011

  9. darkeyedresolve – the only problem is – is that all candidates do not go through media “tests” so this is blatantly unfair to Cain. Democrat candidates are rarely asked the tough personal questions, just as the blog story above notes. We would not have known about Edwards if it wasn’t for the Enquirer and I have seen no question placed to Obama concerning allegations of infidelity with a former staff worker (reported again in the Enquirer) I am not saying whether allegations are true or not, but I do dislike the media’s hiding info on some candidates, not asking them questions to clear it up – and then for others just bringing it all out.

    Comment by Krystal — November 1, 2011 @ 9:04 am - November 1, 2011

  10. Linda – the worker I mentioned in my post is the one now down in the Islands – the paper suggested that she gave up her career and moved down there due to the rumors coming out about her during Obama’s campaign. We won’t know because the media has not mentioned one thing…..story squashed.

    Comment by Krystal — November 1, 2011 @ 9:21 am - November 1, 2011

  11. How many reporters looked into the fact that the Obama campaign had shut off the security features for campaign donations in 2008….?
    How many looked into whether or not his wife’s salary at the University Hospital wasn’t a tad high ?

    Comment by NeoKong — November 1, 2011 @ 9:26 am - November 1, 2011

  12. Politico was founded on January 23, 2007…….. therefore they have valid dependability on lack of reporting on incidents before this time, however, the same questions can be asked in the context of vetting candidate Obama from this time forward.

    Comment by PAT09 — November 1, 2011 @ 11:16 am - November 1, 2011

  13. But never fear, when it comes to a black conservative, Politico is on the case. Never mind that what really happened is of course just as unknown to them as it is to us. That’s not the point. A man like Cain cannot be allowed in the White House. Why… why…. he might just…. harass an intern!

    That came from Roger L. Simon in this piece:

    http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2011/10/30/politico-and-cain-return-of-the-high-tech-lynching/

    Politico just solidified a huge amount of support for Cain. Cain predicted the “high-tech lynching” and now expect the liberal media to scream about Cain playing “the race card.”

    I love the “where there might be smoke there could possibly be fire” chicken dance that darkeyedresolve brings us in #4. It is the seriousness of the charge that matters and blah, blah, blah.

    Those of us who have been charged with “racism” or “sexual harassment” or “homophobia” know full well that in this world of political correctness inquisitions that you have to take the charge seriously and act first and forthright when someone hurls it. That is why Cain asked the reporter if he (the reporter) had ever had to deal with the charge.

    Some human worms will lash out and scratch when they are cornered or feel slighted and nasty innuendo is often the first thing to pass between their bitter lips.

    Politico and the Cain campaign know the name of one woman, because Politico provided it to the Cain campaign. That is a shoe which will undoubtedly drop and I expect the lady to get her fifteen minutes of fame and be chewed up and spit out by the MSM according to her usefulness to their agenda.

    Did Huntsman or Romney play a role in this? Perhaps. But I rather doubt it. This is too flimsy and weak to risk a campaign on. I imagine that legions of leftist zombies are at work on Cain in the same way they tried to destroy Joe the Plumber and dropped the DUI on G.W. just before the 2000 election.

    You may not recall, but the Clarence Thomas opponents charged him with renting Long Dong Silver by examining his video rental account. What did not seem to occur to anyone is that someone had to locate the video store Thomas used and that store had to have some reason to keep rental records and be willing to hand them over for no particular reason. It is hardly rocket science to create whatever “record” serves your political purposes.

    I am not inclined to “defend” Cain on the basis of how the media never vetted Clinton, Gore, Edwards, Kerry, Obama, or Biden. We know what they did to Bush the elder, Quayle, Dole, G.W., Cheney, McCain and Palin.

    It is clear that when it comes to the media, their side gets a pass and Republicans get hosed. They even get away with pontificating that the Democrats are golden boys and the Republicans are at least so stupid that they can not recognize evil or they are just truly evil.

    Cain has been made to explain himself. Score one for the “media.” Now, Cain and his team are working out boilerplate on this episode. That is a shame, because it does not let “Cain be Cain.” But that is how the media plays the game.

    On Sunday, Bob Schieffer made Cain take a series of oaths condemning cigarettes. Schieffer was in full snit over Cain’s internet ad in which his campaign manager took a drag and then the screen cut to Cain looking serious and slowly breaking out into a full smile. Schieffer say this as tacit approval of smoking. I saw it as a libertarian response. But Schieffer won, because Cain did not choose to open up that mole hill.

    I expect to see a great deal more of this type of combat with the keepers of political correctness.

    Comment by Heliotrope — November 1, 2011 @ 11:21 am - November 1, 2011

  14. @Krystal..thanks for the clarification!

    Comment by Linda Strickland — November 1, 2011 @ 12:37 pm - November 1, 2011

  15. The smear campaign may be backfiring.

    Comment by V the K — November 1, 2011 @ 12:46 pm - November 1, 2011

  16. Heliotrope – great post points and I agree that Cain ( and in fact all people ) should stop backing down on their beliefs or letting some overpaid cue card reader push them around. Stick to your guns. Conservatives always seem to have to disavow this or that when the media NEVER asks any liberal or Dem to do the same. Cain should have said well did you ask Clinton to vow to use cigars properly? And for Schieffer to be shocked is so stupid – with all the problems in our country he is concerned about cigarettes? Oddly today there was a report from that wacko Andrea Mitchell that Obama has been given a clean bill of health by some doctor that he is tobacco free…such a coincidence -not! Maybe it is time for the “keepers of political correctness” to be checked out/investigated – lets see just how virtuous they are….

    Comment by Krystal — November 1, 2011 @ 2:16 pm - November 1, 2011

  17. #12 HOWEVER, Politico didn’t materialize out of nowhere. They came from other journalism jobs. I think it would be fair to ask if they had ever followed through on any of those regardless of whether it was for Politico or not.

    Comment by TGC — November 1, 2011 @ 4:16 pm - November 1, 2011

  18. Where does the media not come after all high ranking politicans? Did we not just see several Democratic House Members get busted recently for scandals? I don’t get why this is a left or right issue when both parties have politicians that have been busted by leaks.

    Did the ball get dropped on Obama, yes, but thats not the rule for the most part. News needs to sell, so if they are going to get a big story on someone, whoever it is, they will put it out there.

    I guess is this story came out from Red State or some conservative mouth piece, then it would be okay.

    Comment by darkeyedresolve — November 1, 2011 @ 8:20 pm - November 1, 2011

  19. Two words: “Clarence Thomas”. The MSM can’t stand an African-American actually being a conservative. I haven’t read all the comments here, but did anyone take note that the accuser now works for the federal government? Hmmmm.

    Comment by Patriot Mom — November 1, 2011 @ 10:02 pm - November 1, 2011

  20. How much time, I wonder, did Mr. Cooper’s network devote in the 1990s to corroborated allegations that a Democratic president raped a woman?

    Considering the Lewinsky affair took up all the front page space the time Broaddrick went public, I doubt not much.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — November 1, 2011 @ 11:37 pm - November 1, 2011

  21. Considering the Lewinsky affair took up all the front page space the time Broaddrick went public, I doubt not much.

    I should think that the Broaddrick allegation would be fuel to the fire rather than shoved off to the side. Unless, of course, the Old Liberal Media was doing damage control by willfully ignoring the story. If I recall correctly, the Paula Jones case preceded both.

    The OLM ran defense for John Edwards and for Anthony’s Weiner as long as possible. If Cain were a democreep, we’d know what the inside of his accuser’s colon looked like by now.

    Comment by TGC — November 2, 2011 @ 12:05 am - November 2, 2011

  22. I remember those front page Lewinsky stories, most of the headlines were along the lines of, “Republican Prudes Waste President’s Time Over Personal Matter” and “Brave, Noble President Continues Doing the Work of the American People Despite Republican Obsession with Sex Scandal.” And who could forget, “All the Great Presidents (JFK, FDR) Had Affairs.”

    Comment by V the K — November 2, 2011 @ 6:14 am - November 2, 2011

  23. [...] of the items on Miss Garcia’s list parallel issues on my list of questions for Politico (to see how much attention they devoted to scandals involving Democrats).  Since posting that [...]

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