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The incredible lameness of Media Matters

Media Matters, the “watchdog” group funded by convicted felon billionaire George Soros, has a tough job. It tries valiantly to assert that the right’s conviction that the media is made up mostly of unapologetic lefties who have no qualms about letting their ideology color their reporting is unfounded.

As you can imagine, its nit-picking “critiques” tend to be pretty lame, mainly because there are very few nits to pick when you’re looking for conservative bias in the media. But today’s report on Rush Limbaugh and Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft is lamer than usual.

Media Matters claims that Limbaugh and Hoft didn’t tell the whole story when they accurately quoted former Obama administration economic guru Christina Romer as characterizing the Obama recovery as “growthless” and “jobless.”

“Romer Was Clear That Growth Is Being Slowed By Factors Unrelated To Obama Policies,” headlined MM, breathlessly.

So, let me get this straight. Media Matters doesn’t dispute the accuracy of the quotes used by Limbaugh and Hoft. Instead, they criticize them not for leaving out out key facts, but for refusing to repeat the litany of pathetic excuses, spin, and rationales Romer used to deflect blame for the economic failures of this administration.

Come on, MM, you’ve got to have something better than this. If you want to see what substantive media critiquing is all about, visit NewsBusters.org.

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Stunning Disconnect That Explains a Lot

The Washington Examiner points out the stunning disconnect between the political elites and the rest of us.

What Obama and too many congressional leaders in both parties still don’t get is that business-as-usual politics is over. A recent Rasmussen Reports survey illustrates how wide the gulf is between the country’s political leadership and most Americans. Sixty-eight percent of ordinary Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction, but 72 percent of the political class contend it is going in the right direction. In a related vein, Gallup recently reported public approval for Congress is now down to 17 percent. Obama has little room to gloat over Congress’ troubles, however, as he is currently in a dead heat with a “generic Republican” 2012 presidential nominee when Rasmussen asks likely voters who they favor in the White House.

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Let’s See Who Wants to Work and Who Wants to Campaign

This Washington Examiner editorial puts forth an excellent idea that would shine the light on the federal budget’s crisis of spending and borrowing. Let’s engage in a real-world example of the marketplace of ideas and see who wants to engage in substantive discussion and who wants to obfuscate and campaign for re-election.

 

So, not only do we repeat our previous admonition to Obama and leaders of both parties in Congress to suspend all recesses, foreign junkets and campaigns for re-election, we also believe it’s time to bring the budget negotiations out from behind Washington’s closed doors into the sunlight. Let Senate and House leaders appoint their respective negotiators, then meet with Obama, with the C-SPAN cameras rolling, and keep on meeting until they reach an agreement. We’re confident such a broadcast will be among the most widely watched ever, and the American people will definitively see who among the negotiators understands the country’s problems and what must be done to solve them. Like old Judge Brandeis said, “sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

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For the Children?

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes this pathetic example of the Big Education monopoly’s dereliction of duty and breach of public trust:

 

Across Atlanta Public Schools, staff worked feverishly in secret to transform testing failures into successes.

Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students’ answer sheets.

Area superintendents silenced whistle-blowers and rewarded subordinates who met academic goals by any means possible.

Superintendent Beverly Hall and her top aides ignored, buried, destroyed or altered complaints about misconduct, claimed ignorance of wrongdoing and accused naysayers of failing to believe in poor children’s ability to learn.

For years — as long as a decade — this was how the Atlanta school district produced gains on state curriculum tests. The scores soared so dramatically they brought national acclaim to Hall and the district, according to an investigative report released Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal.

In the report, the governor’s special investigators describe an enterprise where unethical — and potentially illegal — behavior pierced every level of the bureaucracy, allowing district staff to reap praise and sometimes bonuses by misleading the children, parents and community they served.

The report accuses top district officials of wrongdoing that could lead to criminal charges in some cases.

 

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