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A Shameful Brushing And Colmes-Over

I have to admit, I've never watched a single airing of "Hannity and Colmes," and my one exposure to Alan Colmes was a brief portion of his radio show I once caught.

But now I know all I need to know about him: he's an asshole.

Over on his blog, "Liberaland," he thought he'd opine about the circumstances surrounding the birth of Sarah Palin's fifth child. He found it rather alarming that she had flown home from Texas after her water broke.

Oh, let's just let Colmes speak for himself:

Did Palin Take Proper Pre-Natal Care? August 30th, 2008, 9:54 PM EDT

Rogers Cadenhead gives the timeline associated with the birth of her newest child. She had a speech in Dallas and, even after the water broke, continued with her activities, and then boarded a plane for home. She did consult by phone with her doctor.

Still, a Sacramento, Calif., obstetrician who is active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said when a pregnant woman's water breaks, she should go right to the hospital because of the risk of infection. That's true even if the amniotic fluid simply leaks out, said Dr. Laurie Gregg.

Posted in Liberaland by Alan

I'd link directly to the article, but it seems to have vanished from Colmes' site. Apparently, though, he's unfamiliar with how these newfangled intertubes work, because it's damned near impossible to unwrite something once you commit it to the aether. I asked you readers to track down the original article, and danged if you didn't come through. "justacanuck" was first with the Yahoo! cache, but Freddy found one with the comments still attached. Mister Snitch and michael found versions, but MDP posted the thing -- in its entirety -- on his/her own site.

So, why isn't the article still on Colmes' site?

Well, initially, it was "technical problems."

Then, when that story didn't wash, it was because of the "hateful comments" in that thread.

Speaking as a blog editor, that one, too, is bullshit. That's happened a few times here, and in those cases you have some superb options. You can delete the worst of the comments. You can "disemvowel" them. (Thanks, Kevin, for that amazingly entertaining option.) You can close off the comments entirely. And you can do any combination thereof.

One thing you DO NOT DO is delete the entire original article. That is not only the coward's way, but it is incredibly ineffective -- look how quickly readers here at Wizbang tracked down multiple copies of the article. All that does is add "incompetent" and "chicken" to whatever other epithets you have earned.

Well, we're up to version #3 of the story, when Colmes realizes that he can't just make the matter go away. He borrows our own Kim's screen shot of his original article.

Well, if he has no problems with Kim's screen shot, he shouldn't mind my reprinting his entire article.

Oh, and Alan: if you need some advice on how to be a semi-competent blogger, drop me an e-mail. I'm known as the most technically inept member of the Wizbang family (shut up, Bill), but even I know the basics better than you apparently do.

Update: I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of informing Kim that Mr. Colmes had borrowed her screenshot. Nice chatting with you, Kim -- feel free to call me any time, and sorry I interrupted your grocery shopping.


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Comments (31)

A lot of women (including m... (Below threshold)

A lot of women (including myself) have had amniotic leaks and not realized it for awhile. If she consulted with her doctor and her doctor said it was okay to fly home, that should be that. She sought an expert's opinion and followed it. I frankly think it is unethical of the doctor Colmes cited to offer an opinion on a case s/he had no real knowledge about.

Colmes is incompetent on so... (Below threshold)

Colmes is incompetent on so many levels. No proof you understand, but I've heard "things" from "others" that the Chosen One has said that he's been "left unsatisfied with Alan Colmes". Not making any accusations ya know, just "asking questions".

I've heard him before also ... (Below threshold)
Jon M:

I've heard him before also and to call him an asshole is an insult to assholes. How anyone could take seriously anything that comes out of the mouth of that liberal piece of shit is beyond my comprehension.

anyone who has had a child ... (Below threshold)

anyone who has had a child knows every doctor forbids you from flying after 7 months pregnancy. case closed. if she did this, it is beyond reckless. but as we know she is a proven liar and this is her grandchild. so the story is made up, but if tru it means she should be nowhere near the white house. she is a bizzare wierdo. also look at the recent family photo. her teen daughter is obviously making milk while palin is a board. there is no way palin was pregnant and you know it inb your heart. face it. when this comes out mcain may as well withdraw from this race and save the country some money in a time of war.
notiz=Say goodnight, Billy. You're done.

Jay, this might be a grand ... (Below threshold)

Jay, this might be a grand time to try one of those OPTIONS you have available to you. Did you say you can DISEMBOWEL billy? You talk about your assholes - ol' billy makes Colmes seem like Mrs. Claus.

I would be most appreciative if you would remove a good deal of his comment, which is so highly offensive I can't stand it.

Billy can we just call you ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Billy can we just call you another CLUELESS NO RESEARCHING LIBERAL.
"anyone who has had a child knows every doctor forbids you from flying after 7 months pregnancy. case closed"


"There are some restrictions as to just who should and should not travel the skies when they are pregnant. Generally, women who are having a healthy, normal pregnancy are free to come and go as they please. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) (TAKE NOTE BILLY THEY ARE DOCTORS IN CASE YOU DIDNT KNOW) recommends women don't fly after their 36th week of pregnancy.

Airlines have their own flight restrictions for pregnant women, which can vary according to whether you are flying domestically or internationally and which airline you will be flying. Some airlines won't allow you to travel for 30 days before your due date, while others won't let you on board if your due date is less than seven days away.


" but as we know she is a proven liar and this is her grandchild. so the story is made up"

Pray tell provide THIS PROOF YOU SPEAK OF?

Does she have to take a paternity test to get you MORONS to shut up? Of course you will say that is faked right? How about if they show a video of the delivery? Why hollywood producers can do that easy so that isnt proof either. Just what would it take for you to believe that the child is her own tell us please?

"she is a bizzare wierdo"

In what respect? And I bet she can use the English language just a tad bit better than you as well.

"also look at the recent family photo. her teen daughter is obviously making milk while palin is a board"

Really you can tell this (whatever this is becuase it is really hard to understand what you are trying to say) from a photo. Gee, you must be a genius right. I mean there must be thousands of photo experts that the journalists haven't found yet that must be waiting for someone to knock on their door so they can prove you right.

"when this comes out mcain may as well withdraw from this race and save the country some money in a time of war.

Captial letters are good when you

a. start a sentence
b. use a proper noun.

Try commas to break up those independent clauses as well.

So we should just king Obama now and hopefully by then someone will have given him an opinion on when a baby gets human rights. Is that what you are trying to say?

Do me a favor please. My first name is William. Please change your name as you are giving the rest of us a bad name.

Weee I got to bust Billy ou... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Weee I got to bust Billy out before they deleted the vowels. WOOOHOOO.

Also Billy, in case you did... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Also Billy, in case you didnt know, 36 weeks is considered a FULL TERM pregnancy as it is 9 months.

Quick question off topic (s... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Quick question off topic (sorry) to the moderator who deleted the vowels in Billy's post. Couldn't you have left them in? I mean his English was so bad that his post was almost unreadable anyway.

Sorry, retired military, bu... (Below threshold)

Sorry, retired military, but I had to do it. I was on the fence, but a friend of mine called me and asked me to do it. That sealed the deal.

I also banned "billy/tom delay's" IP address, to boot. Got no use for asswipes like that.


JayUnderstood. Th... (Below threshold)
retired military:


Understood. There has been entirely too many like that in the past few days. But thanks for the response.

What are the asswipes doing... (Below threshold)

What are the asswipes doing, trying to make Palin look good in contrast? Or do they think their barely coherent, unresearched and badly written arguments are going to swing people's opinions?

Well, I know they've swung mine - anyone generating such animosity from the left is probably VERY capable and deserving of the VP slot.

Gotta love this colmes quot... (Below threshold)

Gotta love this colmes quote: "I'm not running away from what I posted. I simply wanted to avoid the vile comments under that thread."

Still ignorant after all these many "blog years." The numb skull is using WordPress and all it takes is a click of the mouse to close comments.

Of course that won't expunge his turd droppings which is his entire point.

Think about this for a hot second: The chances of colmes knowing one wit about the software he's using is pretty damn close to nil I suspect.

If true, the "code-monkey" that does has let his boss twisting in the wind as he posts excuse after excuse.

And another thought... anyo... (Below threshold)

And another thought... anyone wanna give me an over/under bet on this....

Was colmes more shocked by the right wing nutjobs that posted comments (and there definitely was/are) or was he more afraid to let the public view this nutcake:

Listen you right wing neocon potato pickers..Sarah Palins baby is not hers.. its her daughters Bristols.. Can't wait for this to hit the MSM.. its been floating round on blogs for a couple days now.. its on daily kos.. so i expect it to be already being investigated by the newyork times.. when this comes out.. do you think she'll leave office? has this type of thing ever happened before?.. see John mcsame never vetted her...gonna get the popcorn in..
I'm betting the later, lets face it if he could have left only the "right nutjobs" they'd still be there.

I've never thought that Col... (Below threshold)

I've never thought that Colmes was anything more than a paid stalking horse for Hannity. I personally am pleased with McCain's selection of Palin as his running mate. The election is now in the bag.

If Alan were a blogger on a... (Below threshold)

If Alan were a blogger on a site about pregnancy and prenatal care, I could see this post. Shoot, if he ran a 'young moms' blog, I could see it. Shoot, if he ran a 'general parenting' blog, maybe. Those sorts of places are a good place to talk about whether pregnant women should fly and in what circumstances.

As it is, he's a political commentator and blogger, so it's just dumb. Completely unrelated and irrelevant to any thing, aside from being tasteless. He's been better on television lately (from what I've read, don't watch the show), actually providing a spineful (as opposed to spineless) counterpoint to his blowhard counterpart, but my goodness his judgment failed him on this one.

Colmes now has a new swipe ... (Below threshold)

Colmes now has a new swipe at Palin. She had sex before marriage because her first child was born in less than the required 9 months. At least the Palin's got married and the child has a legal name. Someone show me proof that Hussein's mother ever married his father, and the divorce before she Married ?? another Islamic Arab. Colmes has always been a poor excuse of a human and he proves it 5 nights a week. I recommend Hannity bring a baseball bat to work and adjust Colmes altitude...

Colmes is sharpening his sh... (Below threshold)

Colmes is sharpening his shovel...so we should leave him alone.

He protests about prenatal responsibility and premarital sex, yet defends abortion.

Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!

What a burden it must be as a blunt instrument in the defense of liberalism.

Just uploaded the cached ar... (Below threshold)

Just uploaded the cached article in Fox's UNews. Hope the Bass Turd gets called into the Principals...Principles office on Tuesday.

What does Palin having her ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

What does Palin having her baby have to do with becoming the Vice President.

Maybe we should dig up how Democratic politicians handled their or their spouse's pregnancy and analyze those situations and then ask why the press didn't make a big deal of it.

Thank you Wizbang for bring... (Below threshold)

Thank you Wizbang for bringing this to my attention! These people are CRAZY !!!


"Colmes took down the post after being attacked by the blog Wizbang and later reposted a screenshot of the blog to prove he "wasn't running away from what I posted."

The libs are running scared... (Below threshold)

The libs are running scared...trying to come up with some dirt.Just let them dig...it'll keep em busy. Only fellow liberals listen to their lies and quickly spread them as if they were true.
bwahahaha! Let's watch them self-destruct.

I wonder how many doctors C... (Below threshold)
Jim C.:

I wonder how many doctors Colmes had to call before he got this opinion? Or perhaps he just forgot to post the part where the doctor probably said something to the effect that this isn't an absolute rule, it's impossible to recommend something for a patient he hadn't examined, and the patient's own doctor would know best. (Omissions such as I've suggested happen all the time in the media.)

Colmes is a piker compared to Olbermann and even to some of the liberal commenters here. I don't think this is a *huge* outrage. It's a medium outrage. And certainly low and weaselly.

OK, Jay.I have to ... (Below threshold)

OK, Jay.

I have to say this.

The title for this post should go into your Hall of Fame of Titles. :-D

*heh*And Colmes is... (Below threshold)


And Colmes is actually one of the brightest and most ethical of the faux liberal punditry.

Of course, that so much of the electorate listens to these dumbasses says a lot about the intelligence of the electorate...

First of all Dr. Laurie Gre... (Below threshold)

First of all Dr. Laurie Gregg is found to be a democrat activist in Sacramento.

Secondly, the picture of Palin's daughter where she looks like she has a bump was published in the Anchorage paper in 2006. Unless she was pregnant for two whole years, well, you get my drift....

And thirdly, for someone who supposedly thinks a woman's body is her own and she can do with it what she wants, he sure is concerned with Mrs. Palin's all of a sudden.

These clowns are so desperate and I guess we should take it as a good thing.

One more thing:The... (Below threshold)

One more thing:

The leftwing blogosphere, who seemed to have absolutely NO INTEREST in the John Edwards scandal (even when he was running for prez and stories were coming out with pics of a pregnant Rielle)....they sure are POUNCING on this nonsense.

You can't make this stuff up.

Figures... colmes is also a... (Below threshold)

Figures... colmes is also a piss poor researcher of facts or a flat out liar. (or do I repeat myself?)

Colmes is definitely rattle... (Below threshold)

Colmes is definitely rattled over this. So much so, as he tried to defend himself, he shot the other foot (Marc's link).

What is so funny is his faux concern about Palin's pregnancy. He was desperately trying to imply some level of "bad judgment" there. So much so that he inadvertently highlighted his own poor judgment. Even the title suggests far more than just whether or not she flew home.

I think he was trying to imply that her flying while pregnant was directly related to any judgment calls she'd make as VP.

I don't have children, so n... (Below threshold)

I don't have children, so no authority here on giving birth, but don't you think after 4 kids, she kinda knew what was going to happen and how to react?

When did Colmes give birth last?

I never watch H&C because of him.

Never give someone credit f... (Below threshold)

Never give someone credit for something they don't have. In Alan Colmes case this would be intelligence and decency. That he's backpedaling hard over this is proof enough his original intent was to smear Palin's reputation and it has blown back on him. It will be interesting to see just what happens to him.






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