July 2013


As soon as George Zimmerman was declared “not guilty”  on Saturday, the liberal media has gone into overdrive to try and paint the decision as a failure of our justice system, rather than pointing out that the prosecution had a weak case from the start and didn’t do a very good job in presenting their case.

trayvon-martinThe decision was a major blow to the media which tried extremely hard to make the case about race and racism,while ignoring the facts.

NBC was one of the first to go to bat for Martin with an edited version of the 911 call, that totally changed the context of the call.  Then there is the media as a whole who chose to run pictures of Martin at age 12-where he looked wide-eyed and innocent, rather than more recent photos which showed a different young man, while showing a less than flattering picture of George Zimmerman in order to make him appear guilty.

MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Bloom weighed in on the trial, by saying that the prosecution needed to focus extensively on the racial angle in their summation-though their was no evidence that race played a part in the incident, and added on another appearance that Martin’s reference to Zimmerman as a “creepy ass-cracker” was lighthearted and humorous, and not as serious as Zimmerman’s derogatory comments about Martin.

Also, in trying to make the case for this being racially motivated, Zimmerman- whose mother is from Peru, was referred to as a  white Hispanic.  What’s next, white Black?  Oh, sorry, that’s an oreo. Gimme a break!

Now the focus of the media along with other liberals and Democrats is to try and convince the Justice Department to file civil charges against Zimmerman, while decrying the decision and harping on how the judicial system doesn’t treat blacks fairly.

Even President Obama, who said earlier this year that if he had a son he would look like Trayvon, reminded the public that the jury has spoken.

That message seems to be lost on the media.

While black leaders condemn the decision, they weren’t quite so outraged when former NFL star O.J. Simpson was acquitted of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, who both happened to be white in 1995.  While many people were outraged at the verdict, there wasn’t a wide-scale by protests by whites as we are now seeing by blacks after the Zimmerman decision.

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From an email that I received last night.

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It was the equivalent of someone firing a shot-gun through our window—clearly aimed to intimidate us and interrupt our work. Tens of of thousands of MoveOn members and other visitors were unable to organize on our site—sign petitions, plan events, run campaigns—for hours as our ace tech team raced to fight the attack and get the site back up.

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Paralyzing MoveOn for a few hours was a big blow. Taking us out for a day would be a disaster. Our 8 million members are everywhere, fighting bravely to change this country, working on timely campaigns—they can’t wait for the tools and back-up we provide. We need to be ready for the next attack—and we will be.

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Somehow except for the hardcore leftists that support MoveOn, I can’t imagine too many people are all that broken up about the DNS assault on their servers.

After ten years as the lone conservative voice on ABC’s The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving the show to join Fox News as the new co-host of Fox and Friends.

elisabeth-hasselbeckThe departure of Hasselbeck has been rumored for months and the move to Fox News should be a good fit.

Hasselbeck’s last day on The View is today and she will start her new Fox gig in September, just as the fall TV season gets underway.

Gretchen Carlson who has co-hosted the show since 2006, will be getting her own daytime show as Fox continues to rearrange its schedule after revealing last week that Megyn Kelly will host a primetime program when she returns from maternity leave in the fall.  That announcement had insiders speculating as to what will happen to Greta Van Susteren, who will likely lose her 10 p.m. slot to Kelly.

That picture just got a little cloudier with the Carlson announcement as it likely means that Van Susteren will get either the 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. slot that Kelly vacated, but that isn’t guaranteed either.

While I like the Kelly and Hasselbeck moves-I think Hasselbeck will be infinitely better than Carlson, I’m leery about Carlson hosting her own show and Van Susteren potentially moving to daytime.

Fox News has built a ratings juggernaut and there is no doubt that Kelly will improve their primetime ratings, but it may be at the expense of the daytime ratings and it’s unlikely Carlson and Van Susteren will be able to duplicate Kelly’s afternoon ratings.

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In her haste to find a conservative scholar that was critical of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg attributed a quote critical of the Defense of Marriage Act to that of the VRA.

I have always believed in correcting mistakes, especially bad ones. In my wrap-up piece at the end of the Supreme Court term, I quoted Northwestern University law professor John McGinnis as one of several conservative scholars highly critical of the court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act. In my telling, he called the decision “as singular a failure as I’ve seen in the history of the Supreme Court.” But I inadvertently misused the quote, which came from his appearance on a panel at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

McGinnis used those words to describe the court’s decision in the Defense Of Marriage Act case, not the Voting Rights Act decision about which he was also critical but not nearly as sweeping in his condemnation. I listened to the whole panel but apparently got confused in my notations about what McGinnis was talking about at about an hour and 10 minutes into the panel.

All the other quotes in my piece were from interviews that I personally conducted. This one was not, and my error illustrates why I should have been doubly careful.

I deeply regret the error and apologize to McGinnis and to listeners.

While I applaud Totenberg’s apology, her excuse for mixing up the quotes is a little suspect.  As a legal affairs correspondent she should be able to follow the arguments and distinguish which case is being spoken about.

I don’t think she was as confused as she professed, but had to apologize for getting caught spinning a story to make it look like conservatives were equally appalled as liberals with the VRA decision.