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Roger Stone’s Defense Of Daily Caller Calls Attention To Stone Himself

9:41 pm in banality of evil by Phoenix Woman


The latest turn in the implosion of the Daily Caller‘s months-long effort to smear US Senator Robert Menendez has been the sudden self-injection of none other than Roger Stone into the public debate on this topic, via a series of somewhat desperate-sounding late-Sunday night tweets, all done in the space of an hour:

Why does Sen Menedez campaign spend so much on DC Hotel Rooms? Apt staked out? — Expand

Menendez? WaPo will be proven wrong- Daily Caller/Tucker Carlson will be proven right- Menendez banged hookers in DR — Expand

ABC NEWS skype interviewed current DR Govt official who attended Menendez Sex party- Suppressed? — Expand

WaPo full of shit- 3 girls who said they were paid for sex with Menendez are being paid to lie NOW- Not the same girls in Daily Caller — Expand

ABC NEWS skype interviewed current DR Govt official who attended Mennedez Sex party- Suppressed? — Expand

A few things spring to mind:

– Really, Roger? Still pretending that the Washington Post is the only entity that’s called the Caller‘s smear job into question? When the FBI found it baseless? When ABC, the New Jersey Star-Ledger, and the Associated Press have all publicly cast doubt on it? Did all of these entities somehow interview the wrong hookers, Roger? Are they all paying hookers to trash the Caller? Really? Read the rest of this entry →

Why Is the Washington Post Giving Respectful Treatment to a Disgraced and Debunked Racist Liar?

4:30 pm in Uncategorized by Phoenix Woman

Will someone please explain to me why neocon nutjob Fred Hiatt thinks letting disgraced racist liar and failed scientist Charles “Bell Curve” Murray defecate all over the editorial section of Kaplan Test Prep’s Washington Post arm is a good idea?  Please, someone help me out here.  Why did Fred Hiatt let a known purveyor of racist crapola write approvingly of the racists of the GOP’s Tea Party?

Is there something in the WaPo watercoolers?  Could be — after all, this was the paper that thought that anti-Muslim bigot and liar (and FOX News darling) Juan Williams’ having made hells of the lives of fifty female Post staffers only rated a slap on the wrist that in no way hurt his future prospects or income levels.  (In fact, Williams still has at least one defender at the Post, Eugene Robinson, a thirty-year WaPo veteran who was around when Williams was busted for harassing fifty female Post staffers yet somehow still respects him “as a journalist and author”.)   And Fred Hiatt is the guy who recently OKed the singularly — up to now — embarrassing hate speech posing as an Op-Ed by right-wing bigot Dinesh D’Souza.

For those of you who weren’t around when this Murray jackass first hit the scene nearly two decades ago, he and his late co-author Richard Herrnstein, spurred with over a million in funding from conservative groups, wrote a book called The Bell Curve that was in essence one great big long and dishonest apologia for racism, one that right-wingers joyfully took and still take to their bosom despite its having been debunked six ways from sundown by every reputable biologist and social scientist.  (The classic takedown is and remains Stephen Jay Gould’s New Yorker piece “Curveball“;  in addition, Gould was so infuriated by the GOP/Media Complex’s rush to fawn over Murray et al that he wrote an extra chapter specifically eviscerating The Bell Curve for the 1990s reprint of his book The Mismeasure of Man.)

One would think that the same mass media that gleefully did the conservatives’ bidding to marginalize and demonize obscure people like Ward Churchill for having said some things they deemed naughty would have learned their lesson and avoided giving a cross-burner like Murray (yes, folks, Mister I’m Not A Racist Charles Murray is a cross-burner) the time of day, much less valuable space in a major American daily paper.   But apparently, just as bigotry against Muslims and women is A-OK (just ask Juan Williams), now they deem it safe to try, yet again, to rehabilitate Charles Murray.

Somehow, I don’t think we’ll see any of the people reaming out NPR for something they should have done ages ago ever bothering to attack Fred Hiatt for allowing a known racist and fact-fudger posing as a legitimate scientist hold forth in the pages of the Washington Post.  In fact, they very likely approve, whether or not they say so openly.  And that disgusts me.

Juan Williams is a Sexist Pig. Discuss.

7:12 am in Uncategorized by Phoenix Woman

Dear Sarah Palin:

Since you’re so invested in defending your FOX buddy Juan Williams and his bigoted remarks, would you care to address this little sexism eruption of his:

Washington Post Magazine reporter Juan Williams said yesterday [November 1, 1991] that the newspaper has disciplined him for what he called "wrong" and "inappropriate" verbal conduct toward women staffers and he apologized to his colleagues.

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Williams’s letter came several hours after about 50 female employees met with Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. and said they objected to The Post’s refusal to say how the paper had resolved allegations of verbal sexual harassment against Williams. The newspaper’s management has maintained that such personnel inquiries must remain confidential.

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The disclosure came five days after a Williams column on The Post’s op-ed page in which he said that Anita Hill had "no credible evidence" for her allegations of sexual harassment by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, but that Hill was "prompted" to make her charges by Democratic Senate staffers. The Post’s personnel inquiry had begun more than two weeks earlier, but the column angered many women in the newsroom, and several came forward to say that they had also had problems with Williams. Post editors say they decided to make a public statement after WRC-TV aired a report on the controversy.

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Seven women said in on-the-record interviews yesterday that Williams had repeatedly made hostile and sexually explicit comments to them, in some cases over a period of several years. All of them said they believed the comments were meant to embarrass them, not an attempt to date them, and most said that Williams persisted despite their protests.

Jo Ellen Murphy, art director of the Weekend section, said that "he was obsessed with my sex life and that’s all he wanted to talk to me about . . . . I raised my voice at him and said, ‘Just don’t talk to me again.’ "

It was speechifying like this by sexists and sexism enablers like Juan Williams — and the climate of fear and intimidation this engendered against women, such as Thomas’ then-girlfriend Lillian McEwen, that kept them from speaking out to stop Thomas — which helped slide Clarence Thomas into a Supreme Court seat for which he was manifestly unfit.

In 1991, Williams got off for his sexually harassing behavior with a slap on the wrist that in no way hindered his increasingly lucrative career path. Now, having exercised his bigotry yet again — this time against Muslims — he is rewarded by his pals at FOX News with a few extra million.

UPDATE: And guess what? Juan Williams just got caught lying about the insane and sexist bigotry he’s been directing at our First Lady, Michelle Obama:

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Homophobes Use Media to Play ‘Blame the Victims’ Game in Suicides of Gay Teens

7:01 am in Uncategorized by Phoenix Woman

Interesting how two newspapers publish, within a week of each other, identical anti-gay opinion pieces blaming gays for the suicides of gay teens.

The most widely-read of these so far has come from the increasingly far-right Washington Post (aka Kaplan Test Prep), whose neocon(federate?) editor Fred Hiatt saw fit, on National Coming Out Day, to turn over valuable "On Faith" Op-Ed real estate to the rabidly homophobic Tony Perkins of the amusingly misnamed "Family Research Council" so he could blame "the homosexual movement" for these kids’ deaths:

Perkins links to a February 2002 American Psychologist article, which reported on the "results of several breakthrough studies are offering new insights on gay men, lesbians and bisexuals." While Perkins is right, "Several studies suggest that gay men, lesbians and bisexuals appear to have higher rates of some mental disorders compared with heterosexuals," he’s totally wrong that these rates have nothing to do with discrimination. In fact, the article immediately goes on to report that "[d]iscrimination may help fuel these higher rates." The article reported: "In a study that examines possible root causes of mental disorders in LGB people, [Susan] Cochran [PhD] and psychologist Vickie M. Mays, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, explored whether ongoing discrimination fuels anxiety, depression and other stress-related mental health problems among LGB people. The authors found strong evidence of a relationship between the two." Several other studies back up this finding.

But at least Tony Perkins was willing to sign his name to that garbage. Not so the editorial staff of The Daily Targum, Rutgers’ student newspaper, which on October 5 pushed a very similar piece of unsupported "blame the victims" crapola:

The death of University student Tyler Clementi might have been properly mourned if it were not for the massive rallies and aggressive news coverage that altered the nature of the situation. The truth is that an 18-year-old boy killed himself – he was a student just like the rest of us, someone just trying to receive an education. Yet people’s relentless agendas took his death and turned it into a cause based on false pretenses.

Hello?!? He was gay, he was spied on and secretly filmed making love by people he thought were his friends, and when they publicly humiliated him by posting the video for everyone with internet access to see, he jumped off the George Washington Bridge. What part of that is best shoved under the rug, you dipwads?!?

Fortunately, the Targum’s readers aren’t as bigoted as its editorial staff. Here, for instance, is part of one reader’s brilliantly, acidly sarcastic response:

Perhaps Rutgers fine student paper could follow this up with a piece on how rape victims deserve what they get, since they were probably flaunting their sexuality by wearing short skirts.

This could be followed with a few days on a nice editorial justifying lynching of Blacks, especially if they happened to look at a white woman and acknowledge her existence while walking down a public street.

I am certain that with a little research you could even come up with some nice editorials on how all the Black and Hispanic and poor who tried to buy homes over the past decade are the real cause of the impending total collapse of the housing industry and and home values in America, since clearly illegally executed loans lacking required documentation, all folded into toxic securities in a fraudulent manner that has left a huge percentage of mortgages totally lacking proof of what bank owns them had nothing to do with the situation.

Oh, and while we’re at, maybe you could write an nice editorial explaining the justified position of the right wing Christian fundamentalists who consider it a holy act to murder abortion providing doctors.

The fact that remarkably similar "blame the victims" pieces have appeared in two separate publications, one with a national focus and reach, within a week of each other, makes me wonder if there isn’t a coordinated sub rosa push by homophobic groups to use this version of "blame the victims" as their standard defense when called to account for making these gay kids’ lives so miserable that they felt taking their own lives was the only option left them. Keep your eyes and ears open, especially those of you on college campuses, and let us know what’s happening.

WaPo Persists on Ignoring the Racism of the GOP Elephant in the Room

10:11 am in Uncategorized by Phoenix Woman

I had a lovely laugh this morning at a Politco piece by Ben Smith that begins thus: "The once-cautious Washington Post has begun to invest heavily in the liberal blogosphere…" and then lists Dave Weigel, a writer for the conservative-libertarian magazine Reason (whose founders, particularly Bob Poole, were and are fans of conservative icon Ayn Rand), as one of the "liberals" recently acquired. As for the rest, they — with in my opinion the exception of Greg Sargent — are mostly centrist Democrats who aren’t likely to say or support anything that’s much farther left than the preferred position of the Obama White House; they are useful conduits for Rahm Emanuel, which almost by definition means that they can’t be true fire-breathing liberals.

The truth is that, online redecoration aside, Fred Hiatt’s Washington Post is increasingly a conservative fantasyland where good reporters like Dan Froomkin get run off and the blind spots are so huge you could hide, say, an elephant in them. A very big, stinky, racist as all get out elephant. To see this, one need look no further than this article by Amy Gardner and Krissah Thompson entitled "Tea Party groups battling perception of racism":

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Are There Any Obscenely Wealthy Creeps to Whom the WaPo Won’t Sell Themselves?

5:56 pm in Uncategorized by Phoenix Woman

The paper of Bernstein and Woodward has suffered quite a falling-off in recent years. Its editor, Fred Hiatt, is a right-wing stooge of the purest kind, stacking the paper with fellow conservative hackaroonies such as Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, Cheney apologist Marc Thiessen, PNAC Platoon leader William Kristol, and Ben the Bigoted Wet-Behind-the-Ears Plagiarist Domenech to join lying crapweasel Charles Krauthammer and genteel racist George Will, while dumping on and then simply dumping Dan Froomkin, who is arguably one of the ten best mainstream-media reporters working in the US today.

Entwined with the hard-right push is a hard-sell ethic, or non-ethic as the case may be. The Post never has been a moneymaker for its owners at Kaplan Test Prep, and the efforts to change that have veered like a drunken frat boy between the ridiculous and the horrifying. There’s been the "salon" scandal, wherein access to WaPo writers was to be sold to lobbyists for as much as $250,000 a pop. There’s the unspeakable deal with the devil himself, billionaire leech Pete Peterson, who wants to use the Post as a platform for his decades-old war on Social Security and Medicare and has apparently bought their compliance with the lure of free content via his Fiscal Times propaganda rag.

So really, it isn’t that surprising that the WaPo is hiring itself out yet again, this time to the coal industry:

The Washington Post introduced a new web page about politics called PostPolitics.com, and the site’s exclusive sponsor is the coal industry’s shady front group, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). ACCCE is the group whose lobbying firm, Bonner and Associates, was caught forging letters to Representative Tom Periello (D-Virginia) in July, 2009, which urged Rep. Periello to oppose the Waxman-Markey Climate bill. The letters were supposedly from groups like the NAACP or Creciendo Juntas — on what appeared to be their stationery. ACCCE admitted that Bonner had been working on its behalf as a contractor to another PR firm, The Hawthorn Group. Hawthorn’s Senior Partner, Suzanne Hammelman, in late 2008 sent out a report to "friends and family" boasting that Hawthorn’s astroturf activities succeeded in manipulating presidential candidates to support "clean coal" in the run-up to the 2008 election. Hammelman wrote, "President-elect Obama and Senator McCain, their running mates and their surrogates adopted our [clean coal] language and included it as part of their stump speeches." Dan Becker, director of the Sierra Club‘s Global Warming and Energy Program, argues that the term "clean coal" is misleading: "There is no such thing as ‘clean coal’ and there never will be. It’s an oxymoron." Despite ACCCE’s shady track record, and the misleading nature of supposed "clean coal" technology, Post National Editor Kevin Merida says of the paper’s new page, "What we bring to the often muddled political landscape is a clarity that is unmatched and an authority you can trust."

Have you no shame, Fred Hiatt? At long last, sir, have you no shame?