The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results for this week's Watcher's Council match up!!
This week's winner, The Right Planet's Rush for Judgement: The All-Star ‘'Calumnists’' of the MSM is a sharp, well written examination of how Alinsky's principles permeate the media in a real life version of Orwell's Two Minute Hate...and coins a new word in the process! Here's a slice:
Following the 2011 Tuscon shooting, I predicted the left-wing media would jump on the opportunity to use the horrific crime as an opportunity to further their political goals. I just have seen this behavior from radical leftists for too long now. It is completely predictable. Oh, and they didn’t let me down, either. Not only did they “not let me down,” it was way beyond even what I thought possible, in terms of vicious audacity and outright buffoonery.
If you might recall, Sarah Palin and the Tea Party were blamed for the 2011 shooting in Tuscon, which resulted in six deaths and one wounded, as well as former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-D) being critically injured. At the time, the preposterous notion was fomented by the progressive media that target reticule symbols printed on Palin’s campaign literature somehow influenced the shooter, Jared Loughner, to commit a heinous multiple murder.
Just so we’re all on the same page, here’s a prime example of some of the ridiculous linkages and rhetoric that was being bantered about by the deranged left in their all-out effort to smear Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.
After the tragic fatal shooting of six people yesterday, half-governor Sarah Palin’s supporters are scrambling more than Michael Vick trying to escape Justin Tuck’s clutches in order to make an excuse for Palin’s pathetic use of crosshairs in an ad for the 2010 midterm elections which targeted 20 Democratic Representatives who voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Fast forward to the Aurora movie theater mass shooting. The media was quick to “rush to judgement” and blame, once again, the Tea Party.
ABC’s Brian Ross reported this morning that there is “a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea party site… talking about him joining the Tea Party last year.”
Ross later apologized for his rash conclusions. But it was too little too late.
Of course, we can’t forget the unimaginable horror of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre which saw scores of children shot dead by madman Adam Lanza. Yet, like clockwork, the mainstream-media went into hyper-drive and blamed the NRA and the nation’s legal gun-owners for the appalling atrocity. It’s just utter nonsense, yet this is what passes for journalism from our state-run press these days—ruthless left-wing agitprop and unadulterated leftist political advocacy.
Is there ever any respect or period of observable mourning for the dead and the victims of these awful crimes by the mainstream-media? If there is any mention of the victims by the MSM, it is only an effort to further a political cause via emotional appeal—like so-called “gun control,” for example—otherwise tributes and memorials to the victims are cast aside as “not viable” for promoting the cause—which is the only the liberal media cares about … nothing can supersede the struggle.
Now consider what just happened in Boston. Instantly the vile spinsters of leftist agitprop (i.e. MSM) went immediately to work to try and link, once again, the bombing of innocent Americans at Monday’s Boston Marathon to “right-wing” groups. MSNBC’s resident socialist Larry O’Donnell even went so far as to blame the NRA for helping the Boston bombers get away.
Oh, it doesn’t end there. I’m just getting started. So buckle up. As a matter of fact, while researching this post, I found so many glaring examples of frothing progressive liberals in the media and the state-run press eager to “rush to judgement” and blame “white people” and so-called “right-wing groups” for the bombings in Boston that I can’t include it all here. It would takes days, weeks, months … maybe even years.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Michael Totten's The Beginning of the End for Hezbollah submitted by Joshuapundit. It's yet another of Totten's fine pieces on Lebanon, and in it he explores the changing dynamic enveloping the terrorist group Hezbollah.Do read it.
OK, here are this week’s full results:
- *First place with 4 1/3 votes! The Right Planet –Rush for Judgement: The All-Star ‘'Calumnists’' of the MSM
- Second place with 4 votes – Simply Jews -Boston bombers: mission accomplished
- Third place with 2 votes – The Noisy Room-Sleeping With The Saudis
- Fourth place with 1 1/3 votes – Joshuapundit-The Two Boston Marathon Bombers And What It Says About Jihad And The West
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Bookworm Room- Islam — the ultimate umbrella organization for violent malcontents
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Razor- The Alarm System
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Gay Patriot -Millennials & the Real Republican Problem
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Colossus of Rhodey – Apocalypse now ... and then
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – VA Right! –Bombings, Shootings and Obama’s Gestpo: Welcome to the Fundamental Transformation
- First place with 3 2/3 votes! – Michael Totten- The Beginning of the End for Hezbollah submitted by Joshuapundit
- Second place with 2 1/3 votes – Mark Steyn –The ‘Co-exist’ Bombers submitted by The Noisy Room
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – RedState –Hunt for the elusive Tea Party murderer continues submitted by Gay Patriot
- Third place with 1 1/3 votes -Ace of Spades -Congressional Panel Releases Report on Beghazi: Hillary Not Truthful submitted by VA Right!
- Fourth place with 1 vote Dennis Prager/NRO -Lessons from Boston and Chechnya submitted by Bookworm Room
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 votes - American Center For Democracy –Boston’s Jihadi Terrorists & The Chechen Connection submitted by The Political Commentator
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote - The Propagandist – We Have to Look at the Root Causes submitted by Simply Jews
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote -Zenpundit/Carl Cameron – Tamerlan Tsarnaev end times videos I: the Mahdist video, pt 1 submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote -Scheiss Weekly – Good People Exist & They Shall Prevail! submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote -American Thinker –President Obama's Plan for A Socialist One Party State submitted by The Right Planet
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote -Daniel W. Drezner/Foreign Policy –5 Essays That Changed World Politics submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote -Althouse –Don't say "there is a piece of Boston in me" when orating about a bombing in Boston that put shrapnel in many victims. submitted by Rhymes With Right