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The Non-Exit Strategy Strategy: Damage Control Now Impossible

In Weekly Rant on 23/03/2011 at 19:59

On his way back from samba lessons in Buenos Aires Barack Obama is being greeted by a decidedly disappointed liberal media. When Jake Tapper is disappointed with a liberal president, let’s face it, damage control is pretty much impossible.

Never mind that Tapper and his cronies in the New York division of the White House press room have pimped this guy off on the American people for three years, now they want us to believe they are astonished with the result. We’ve not seen ingenuousness like this since Louie discovered gambling at Rick’s Place.

For weeks now—actually since the beginning of the year—we have been witnessing the gradual defection of the liberal media from the Obama camp, but there is a problem. They have nowhere to go.

Where is the Ted Kennedy who will challenge a president so out of his depth that the US Coast Guard couldn’t mount a rescue operation? Hillary gives no indication of running.

We are now in a de facto state of war with Libya and Obama is like a kid playing behind the wheel of Daddy’s car. He’s pushing buttons, cranking the wheel this way and that, and suddenly he finds the keys. Now the car is rolling out of the driveway.

This is not what we had in mind when we called for a no-fly zone. Charlie Wilsons War was funny; this is not. Before one wages war with even the most despicable Third World potentate, it is advisable to 1) know that one can finish the job, and 2) know that someone—preferably someone friendlier to your national interests—can fill the void once the operation is completed.

The Obama doctrine—which as near as we can determine is something akin to the Butterfly McQueen doctrine on birthing babies—it would seem does not take into consideration finite details. Get Gates on the phone; he can figure it out.

So what do we have?

What we now have is a media shooting rubber bands at each other across the press rooms of America, while a befuddled president makes yet another unfixable mess. This is no small problem for the likes of Tapper and Williams and that hoopster Harry Smith. They have to cocktail with this guy.

The question is now being asked: What if Gaddafi survives? And not a moment too soon, we might add. Because, thus far, it appears the dictator is consulting Jean Paul Gaultier on his fall line.

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It’s Starting: Arianna Huffington’s AOL Identifies Murderer as “Border Activist”

In Bowling for Dollars, Disappearing Ink on 23/02/2011 at 09:19

UPDATED BELOW

After taking the helm at AOL, Arianna Huffington promised that she would not pull the Internet provider to the left. Today the Wicked Witch of the Left showed her true character once again. The woman who former Reagan campaign strategist Ed Rollins called one of the most unprincipled people in American politics, has told a real lefto whopper.

In its email news prompter today, AOL boldly and erroneously emblazoned, Border Activist Sentenced to Death for Fatal Home Invasion, in its banner announcing the sentencing of an Arizona home invasion murderer.

The screamer refers to convicted Pima County murderer, Shawna Forde, who formed the Minutemen American Defense, a sham border activist group, for the purpose of locating drug suppliers, so she and her cohorts could raid them for drugs and money. Forde and two others murdered alleged drug smuggler Raul “Junior” Flores, 29, and his daughter, Brisenia Flores, 9.

A second scenario that has been floated is that Forde and her group of less than 20 members were seeking to take the immigration battle to the “next level,” a term whose meaning has never quite been made clear.

Since her arrest, Forde has been widely touted by the Left as a border activist and associated as a member of the legitimate Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. Although she did join that group in February 2007, she was dismissed from the organization the same month as unstable.

Huffington knows this, since her Huffington Post reported the story incorrectly from the very beginning, on at least one occasion linking Forde to the Minuteman Project. No evidence exists that Forde or her cohorts were ever associated with the Minutemen Project.

There of course was never any question that Huffington would take the former Internet giant to the left once she gained control of content; she has always been a leftist, even when she was bearding for ex-hubby Michael, who came out of the closet after his failed Senate bid in California during the 1990s.

But one question remains: will the struggling, heretofore nonpartisan Internet company, fare better with Huffington’s left-wing content?  The last 15 years has seen AOL wither from a near-monopoly-level presence on the net to the place not to be, with email accounts down to between four and five million.

LCL is canceling its AOL account tomorrow.

Bill Maher: Olbermann was Just too Nice?

In Can You Hear Me Now?, Disappearing Ink on 22/01/2011 at 20:53

Editor’s Note:  There is a good update on the Olbermann story by Laura Donavan at The Daily Caller.  Perhaps I’ve been a little harsh on Keith, because the man does seem deeply disturbed … Naw, he’s still a three-alarm jerk.

Check it out.

I hate to kick a good man when he’s down, so I’ll just kick Keith Olbermann. Nothing I can say could possibly describe the elation I feel at the thought of this phony going away.

MSNBC was paying the now, thankfully, defunct commentator a reported $7 million a year to give us his boundless wisdom and insight on the political topics of the day. He was not astute, not funny and not particularly good, unless you are a 9-11 truther. What he was, was a mean-spirited, bomb-throwing, conspiracy-hatching attention grabber with not the least bit of civility. Olbermann was the screamer in the corner every pre-school teacher has to deal with.

When Keith could not compete in his time slot with the top-rated Bill O’Reilly he resorted to holding up a mask of O’Reilly and giving the Nazi “Sieg Heil” salute. So much for not offending Jewish sensibilities by using terms associated with the Holocaust. But, then again, that is the hypocrisy that is—or I should say was—Keith Olbermann.

So now we are left with the likes of Bill Maher, who thinks maybe Olbermann was just too nice because he modified his “Worst Person in the World” segment.

“Once he started backing off ‘Worst Persons in the World,’ it really is all downhill,” Maher added. “It came back with a parenthesis like you don’t really mean it. Stop organizing life around the people who don’t get the joke. F_ _ k them if they don’t get a joke.”

No Bill, much like you, Keith just wasn’t funny.

In the coming days we will hear how Keith cleverly engineered himself out of his MSNBC contract because they weren’t paying him enough. That’s our Keith, always a step ahead of the landlord. We will eventually hear that he has cut a deal with that great satellite radio bone yard in the sky where all washouts seem to go these days, or perhaps—as Maher had to do when ABC axed him for calling U.S. military policy “cowardly”—a pay cable program, where he won’t have to obsess over Bill O’Reilly, night after night.

Although Olbermann towers over Bill Maher in stature, the two have much in common. They are both small, insignificant, unethical little men without a lot of talent. It is hard to imagine either of them getting a date they don’t have to pay afterwards.

But, unlike Maher, Olbermann had to manufacture a better Keith, and, therefore, he is also a liar.

So Goodbye, Keith. Mission Accomplished.

UPDATE:  Where Does Olbermann Go Next?  His options may be limited, as Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey points out.  Read it Here:

UPDATE:  This one from Mediaite via Hot Air:

Sources tell Mediaite Keith Olbermann and MSNBC were headed for a breakup long before Comcast’s rise to power, but clearly something set the divorce into motion quickly today, with network promos set to run touting Olbermann’s role in MSNBC’s coverage of next week’s State of the Union address–and, notably, a Keith Olbermann promo running on MSNBC in the hour after the host signed off and left the network…

In recent weeks, sources tell Mediaite there have been meetings on the topic of Keith Olbermann and his future at the network. Did Comcast–as many Countdown viewers seem to suspect–order Olbermann out? It appears that the end of the Olbermann era at MSNBC was not “ordered” by Comcast, nor was it a move to tone down the network’s politics. Instead, sources inside the network say it came down to the more mundane world of office politics–Olbermann was a difficult employee, who clashed with bosses, colleagues and underlings alike, and with the Comcast-related departure of Jeff Zucker, and the rise of Maddow and O’Donnell, the landscape shifted, making an Olbermann exit suddenly seem well-timed.

Yeah, Sam Stein at HuffPo is also touting Zucker’s departure as key to Olby leaving. Quote: “Zucker was Olbermann’s protector there.” But the mystery lingers: Why was Kayo’s departure today so sudden? Did he find out about the meetings that were being held to plan his exit, and decided to quit before he was fired?