Politico’s Credibility Problem


By Stacy Drake
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Last week, Politico’s Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen sat down to talk about the recent changes over at Fox News. As anyone could guess, these two individuals used the topic of the day to trash Governor Palin and others they decided to lump into the narrative.

Posted on Politico’s website under the video of the two talking, they wrote (emphasis):

Republicans and Fox News are moving to purge the controversial political creatures they created.

Interesting choice of words but when you’re getting ready to marginalize someone, “creature” is a good way to start. They go on (emphasis):

Both were damaged badly in 2012 by loud, partisan voices that stoked the base — but that scared the hell out of many voters. Now, the GOP, with its dismal image, and Fox News, with its depressed ratings in January, are scrambling to dim those voices. To wit:

Fox ousted contributors Sarah Palin and Dick Morris, two of the most obnoxiously partisan figures on the network’s air.

One could write an entire post on those few sentences alone. This is the left-wing media performing a textbook example of distorting every aspect of the subject to try and control what their readers walk away from the article and video believing. Too bad we aren’t all suckers, eh guys?

First of all, does anyone who knew a thing about Governor Palin BEFORE the 2008 presidential election believe for one second that she is a “most obnoxiously partisan figure?” The democrats in Alaska certainly didn’t think so. But, this is 2013, and the leftist press has now spent many years now distorting who Governor Palin is, so this is really just par for the course.

Secondly, Governor Palin was not “ousted” from FNC. If she were “ousted,” Fox wouldn’t have been in negotiations to renew her contract. But, the phonies in the media have their narrative and they’re sticking to it regardless of facts.

Not that long ago, Andrew Kaczynski @ Buzzfeed tweeted out the following:

I responded to him (a little angry at the time, I might add):

His smart-alec response to me and another individual who had challenged him on this:

My response to that:

And guess what? He never responded to my question about knowing any details of those negotiations. The reason for that is because he doesn’t know the details, and he is simply repeating the left-wing media’s narrative to reinforce the notion to his followers. They’re all full of it.

As just a reminder, Scott Conroy, who broke the story about Governor Palin not renewing her contract with FNC wrote (emphasis):

After a three-year run as a paid contributor to the nation’s highest-rated cable news channel, Sarah Palin and FOX News have cut ties, according to a source close to the former Alaska governor.

It’s my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX, and she decided not to renew the arrangement,” the source close to Palin told RCP. “She remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism across the country and will be expanding her voice in the national discussion.


Bill Shine, Executive Vice President at FOX, subsequently issued a statement to the New York Times confirming the news, saying, “We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Governor Palin decided to part ways, not the other way around. Fox didn’t get “rid of” her, and she certainly wasn’t “ousted.” But we all know that facts are irrelevant to most in the media when it comes to Governor Palin.

The one thing that Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen did have correct in the first part of this article, was when it stated:

Fox News, with its depressed ratings in January…

It’s true that FNC’s numbers were down in January. Did anyone bother to tell Vandehei and Allen that Governor Palin was NOT on Fox during that month? That was the first month she didn’t appear on the network, yet these two “journalists” end that same paragraph by writing:

…are scrambling to dim those voices.

So, FNC’s numbers are down the first month that Governor Palin doesn’t appear on the network, and these two use that fact to claim the network needs to “dim” her voice due to Fox’s poor ratings. That doesn’t make any chronological sense!

Then the segment shifts to the ever present anonymous republican establishment type, who gave these two some juicy quotes to feast on in regards to the battle between conservatives and the GOPe. They write (emphasis):

One high-profile Republican strategist, who refused to be named in order to avoid inflaming the very segments of the party he wants to silence, said there is a deliberate effort by party leaders to marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots — there’s a lot of underbrush that has to be cleaned out.

I think calling fellow party members “cranks, haters and bigots” to the left-wing press is a pretty good way to “marginalize” them. But this has become common with the anonymous cowards in the GOPe who work directly with the media to attack Conservatives and reformers. The article continues:

For establishment Republicans, this is all about survival, after two straight elections that saw extremely conservative candidates blow Senate races Republicans should have won…

See how that works? The anonymous GOP strategist feeds the leftist “journalists” some red meat, and “reporters” respond by selling another false narrative that directly benefits the republican establishment. According to them, it’s the Conservatives who are costing republicans election after election, not squishy moderates like Mitt Romney. Where’s the logic?

A columnist by the name of Kellyanne Conway at USA Today recently wrote:

For outside groups such as American Crossroads’ reinvented “Conservative Victory Fund” to intervene in races is not new. It was attempted just last year, and with spectacular failure.

Conservative senate candidate in Missouri Todd Akin and his Indiana counterpart Richard Mourdock? are the easy soundbites from the 2012 GOP losses, but those memorable names hide many more failed Senate candidates who had all the king’s horses and all the king’s men — and all the king’s money — and lost: Josh Mandel (Ohio), Connie Mack (Fla.), Denny Rehberg (Mont.), Rick Berg (N.D.), Heather Wilson (N.M.), Tommy Thompson (Wis.), George Allen (Va.), Linda McMahon (Conn.) and Linda Lingle (Hawaii).

Names seldom mentioned because it doesn’t benefit the left or their cocktail buddies in the republican establishment to do so.

The Politico piece goes on (emphasis):

Roger Ailes, the channel’s chairman and CEO, has a politician’s sense of his base — Fox viewers… He created not only the most-watched cable news channel in the country — he created political celebrities, several of whom dominated Republican politics in the 2012 cycle.

At various points, many of those celebrities, all with Fox contracts, were at or near the top of Republican presidential polls: Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Palin and Mike Huckabee. But by the end of campaign, Fox could seem like an alternate universe, one in which the Benghazi killings were the most important story in America and Mitt Romney, contrary to public polls and Fox’s own polls, was on his way to winning the election.

I’m not writing this piece to defend FNC in any way, but the line about Benghazi made my blood boil. What happened at the American diplomatic mission in Libya should have been the most important story in the nation, and on every network. The fact that it wasn’t tells you everything you need to know about the media in this country. Americans that were serving our country at the behest of President Obama, were killed while the Commander in Chief did nothing. And then, the administration blamed the entire event on a 15 minute Youtube clip that nobody had seen. If Hillary Clinton were a Republican, there is no way anyone would be talking about “Hillary 2016″ after Benghazi. Her career would have been rightfully over, but I digress.

Vandehei and Allen continue:

Ailes has aggressively, and shrewdly, toned things down post-election. Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly were among the first conservatives to call for a rethinking of the GOP’s opposition to comprehensive immigration reform. And then Palin and Morris got the boot, sending an unmistakable message about the new expectations for the channel’s contributors.

Here again, insinuating that Governor Palin wasn’t offered a new contract and didn’t decline it by choice. This isn’t journalism, it’s dishonesty. But we live in an era that many in the media have no ethics and no appreciation for the truth. Everything is politics to them, and anytime they can push a negative meme about Governor Palin, they will do so.

The article concludes by talking about Karl Rove and the ongoing battle between Conservatives and Rove’s wing of the party. It ends by stating (emphasis):

But a senior Republican operative said the party has two huge, unresolved impediments to the top leaders’ grand plans: “suicide conservatives, who would rather lose elections than win seats with moderates,” and the “many groups on the hard right that depend on direct mail fundraising that requires a high degree of audacity, and borderline shrillness.

Throw in a third obstacle: loudmouth personalities and candidates who, once created, are hard to control.

Translation: Self-made, principled reformers can’t be controlled by the GOPe or manipulated by the left-wing media, therefore must have their character completely assassinated by both as often as necessary. They must blur the lines between self-made, principled reformers and nutty candidates that said self-made, principled reformers never endorsed. Throw in some words like “bigot” here and there, and maybe just maybe, people will stop listening to them.

The media can wish Governor Palin had been “ousted,” they can keep writing articles about how “irrelevant” she is, after doing so for over four years now, but it doesn’t change reality. And that is that every day more and more Americans see their deception for what it is and decide to stop listening to the loudmouth personalities who make up the LSM.


Filed under In The News, Politics, sarah palin

2 responses to “Politico’s Credibility Problem

  1. Jim Thompson

    Excuse me, toall of you at Pollutico. 🙂 I’m beginning to realize that you’re trying to cover- up for the GOPe, and the so-called conservative commentators over at FOX News by trashing Sarah Palin. You are doing a piss poor job at it. I believe all of you guys are trying to cover your asses under Sarah Palin’s skirt because your chosen guy Mitt Romney lost. Oh, how lame that stunt is.

    I almost forgot. Happy Birthday Sarah Palin.

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