Another Week in which the LSM has covered itself in glory

By missing most of the important stories and making stuff up which just isn’t so.

At this rate I’m surprised they can walk and type after all the self inflicted gunshot wounds.

First Up, the President who can’t remember which living soldier he personally awarded the medal of honor to. Nary a word from the LSM:

Mainstream media covers up horrifying Obama mistake

By Michael Barone | The Washington Times

No one in mainstream media seems inclined to mention Barack Obama’s horrifying mistake last
Thursday when, speaking at Fort Drum,  he said that SFC Jared Monti was
“the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who
actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.” Alas, he was
mistaken. He awarded the Medal of Honor to Jared Monti posthumously in
2009 and awarded the Medal of Honor in person to SSG Sal Giunta in
person in 2011. Obama later apologized for this mistake, but it’s really
dismaying that a president who spoke movingly and even eloquently in
awarding the Medal of Honor made a mistake of this magnitude.

“It shouldn’t take a teleprompter for the C-in-C to get it right,”
writes military blogger Black Five. It’s interesting that mainstream
media journalists who are so eager to zing Michele Bachmann for getting
John Wayne’s birthplace wrong, have not been interested in asking
whether this was a mistake Obama made in ad libbing or whether the White
House speechwriters and fact-checkers fell down on the job. You might
think that their chief motive is to make Obama look good and to suppress
facts that make him look bad.

Michelle was more apt than she knew when she said of the LSM “They’re on our side.”

Second Up, the Tired Gray Crone comes out against fracking while getting it all wrong.

The New York Times’ natural gas fiasco

By Tina Korbe | HotAir

Talk about hot air. The Gray Lady blew a spectacular bit of smoke with a recent article
that suggested shale natural gas production is a shaky investment at
best and, at worst, a Ponzi scheme of sorts, destined to devastate those
who buy the “lie” that shale plays will not only produce high profits
for companies, but will also provide affordable energy for the country.

The piece — “Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush” — appeared in the Sunday New York Times
and implied natural gas companies intentionally or even illegally
overstate the productivity of their wells and the size of their
reserves. The article mentioned by name (among others) Aubrey K.
McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the second-largest
producer of natural gas in the country. The piece juxtaposed a McClendon
quote — “It’s time to get bullish on natural gas” — with supposed
“facts” that suggest no reason to be bullish exists.

Read the whole thing for an excellent fsck’ing of a damn lie.

And last but not least, the President gets caught in a lie, and only HotAir twigs to it:

Uh oh: White House caught lying about Petraeus’s withdrawal recommendations?

Allahpundit | Hot Air

Terrific catch by Stephen Hayes
from this afternoon’s Afghanistan testimony by Lt. Gen. John Allen. I
can’t help but wonder: Why would the White House lie and claim that
Obama’s withdrawal plan was within the range of options presented to him
by Petraeus? I thought the next 18 months were going to be all about
Obama going with his gut. Wingin’ it, if you will.

His gut told him that he needs to get reelected, and the easiest way
to do that was to yank as many troops as possible out of the country no
matter what it might mean for the war. That was the only “range of
options” that mattered.

So he winged it.

In response to questioning from Senator Lindsey Graham
(R-SC), Allen testified that Obama’s decision on the pace and size of
Afghanistan withdrawals was “a more aggressive option than that which
was presented.”

Graham pressed him. “My question is: Was that a option?”

Allen: “It was not.”

Allen’s claim, which came under oath, contradicts the line the White
House had been providing reporters over the past week–that Obama simply
chose one option among several presented by General David Petraeus. In a
conference call last Wednesday, June 22, a reporter asked senior Obama
administration officials about those options. “Did General Petraeus
specifically endorse this plan, or was it one of the options that
General Petraeus gave to the president?”

The senior administration official twice claimed that the Obama
decision was within the range of options the military presented to
Obama.

Follow the link up top for a full transcript of what that senior
administration official said last week. Are Hayes and I missing some
nuance in the quotes? It’s one thing if the White House wants to
squander the surge in the name of winning next year, but at least own
it. Don’t use Petraeus as the fig leaf for a terrible, electorally
motivated war “strategy.” Good lord.

Would anyone care to argue that LSM qualify for the title of “professionals” at this point?

Didn’t think so.

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