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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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Comments (10)

I'm starting to feel sorry ... (Below threshold)

I'm starting to feel sorry for that "In The Tank For Obama" tag. It's getting more of a workout than usual these past couple of weeks.

When your mass media looks ... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

When your mass media looks bad by way of comparison to 1950's-era Pravda then you've got serious problems afoot. Honestly, calling the modern-era U.S. media a group of lying liberal whores really is an insult to lying whores.

Memorial Day 2008, Obama sa... (Below threshold)

Memorial Day 2008, Obama saw fallen heroes then, too.


Its inescapable, Barry is a... (Below threshold)

Its inescapable, Barry is at least as dumb as his handlers.

Most of the legacy media ou... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Most of the legacy media outlets gave up even the pretense of balanced reporting or the appearance of trying to be objective with Obama's election. After successfully keeping his background deep in the background, dodging all vetting or investigation of a man with no particular experience or achievement in his life, they figured it was no longer necessary: De Revolution Come!

Democrats had large majorities in House and Senate, a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and the first black President. Liberal Nirvana . . . but it all went to hell so quickly, thanks in part to the head start program begun with Pelosi and Reid after the 2006 midterms when they took control of Congress.

But for all the disappointed Old Media types, including those in the New Media, it's a bit late to turn back now, so get used to the cover-up jobs for Obama, the twisting of facts, the blatant attacks on Republicans, and the rest. It will only get worse through 2012.

The LSM are speculators tha... (Below threshold)
Walter Cronanty:

The LSM are speculators that caused the Obama bubble. They are heavily invested. They can't afford to change - hope they're jumping out of windows when he loses in 2012.

Rodney Graves - W... (Below threshold)

Rodney Graves - Would anyone care to argue that LSM qualify for the title of "professionals" at this point?

Absolutely. Winston Smith was a professional. Ditto Joseph Goebbels. The people who worked at Pravda, Der Sturmer... The list is endless, really.

You simply can't make sh*t up 24/7 without being a TOTAL pro. Yes, there's the occasional gifted amateur, but to do it day in and day out takes the sort of training, dedication, mentoring, and on-going professional development that are the hallmarks of the professional in ANY industry.

"Would anyone care to argue... (Below threshold)

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

Being a whore is a 'profession', isn't it?

docjim505,Should I... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:


Should I have refined it by saying "professional journalists" vice "professional propagandists"?


Less of a profession than a trade in my opinion.

But they have more importan... (Below threshold)

But they have more important stories to cover like what town John Wayne was born at or slamming a medical clinic for accepting Medicaid. You know anything that can hurt a Republican.






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