Raw Story: A Profile in Leftist Media Mattering D-baggery [Dan Collins; UPDATED]
While Jeff and his wife are off activating their new person, I thought I’d bring this up. Raw Story is one of those lefty watchdog sites whose sole purpose is to try to make political hay of whatever the MSM are talking about, and since lies are so cheap they are munificent with them. One of today’s exercises in outrage is this:
A Fox News host on Tuesday stopped short of apologizing after he “did some paraphrasing” and misquoted President Barack Obama.
During an interview last week with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, host Steve Doocy quoted Obama as saying, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”
But the president never said the words “unlike some people,” which Doocy suggested was part of an attack on Romney.
Fox News promised on Monday that Doocy would “clarify” the remarks.
“When I was interviewing Gov. Romney on this show, I asked him about it,” Doocy said during Tuesday morning’s show. “However, I did some paraphrasing that seemed to misquote the president.”
“So to be clear, the president’s exact quote was, ‘I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.’ And I hope that clears up any confusion,” he added without noting what was incorrect about his original quote.
Liberal icon of integrity and perspicacity Stephen Colbert took it from there, mocking Doocy on his show . . . and so what? You misquote somebody, you have to expect to eat crow, right? Doocy seems like a nice enough guy, but I don’t really look to him for penetrating insights on politics. In fact, I hardly watch television at all, except when my old neighbor calls to tell me that Michelle Malkin’s going to be on Hannity or my dad calls to tell me to watch a Mitch Pacwa sermon on EWTN (the latter because I know he’s going to want to talk about it later, though I like Pacwa a lot, and also because I admire skilled exegesis).
Oddly enough, though, the media watchdogs over at Raw Story still haven’t issued any kind of a retraction or correction to their story claiming that George Zimmerman said “f*cking coon” on the phone with police prior to shooting Trayvon Martin. Even the network folks who threw that story out there doubled back on it when their sound engineers cleaned up the tape to show that what Zimmerman had said, instead, was “F*cking cold.” You know for sure that you’re dealing with unbiased speakers of truth to power when you see in a guy’s byline that he used to write for Crooks and Liars, but when you bring this up in the comments, it looks a little like this:
I suppose they did, because to return to Jeff’s intentionality discussions, they don’t really care what Zimmerman intended, and if what he actually said gets in the way of what they want to have heard, they’ll just change what he said. It’s only a bad thing when the other side does it.
Everywhere you look today, except the MSM, you hear this related story of some white dude who got drubbed into critical condition for telling some kids playing basketball to keep it down. They went home and told their parents, who were outraged enough to come after this guy and beat him within an inch of his life with a variety of purpose-manufactured instruments such as brass knuckles, as well as improvised ones, such as pipes and paint cans. On the way out, at least one of them shared aloud the opinion that that amounted to justice for Trayvon, according, at least, to the victim’s sister.
And it’s not the only such incident, as I assume you’re all aware. I could go on about ‘incendiary rhetoric’ and all the rest, but I trust you all already see where I would be going with that. I will say that assaulting random white people as a tribute to a martyr is a strange concept. The whole idea of remembering innocent victim Trayvon Martin by visiting violence on a person unconnected to that incident except by virtue of the color of his skin seems odd, and Skittles, and frankly perhaps just a little tinged with racism and that observation that goes by the name of profiling. Not that I’m saying justice shouldn’t be a mob sport . . . it’s just that sometimes when you’re having the most fun you it’s prudent to stop and reflect whether what you’re doing could have unforeseen consequences.
Hey, all extreme physical interracial violence aside, which of us is not prone to a little misquotation now and then?
In a speech today, President Obama misquoted tea-party congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R., N.C.), omitting certain words of a comment she made to give a very different impression of what she had said.
Obama did not name Foxx, referring to her as “one Republican congresswoman.”
“She said she had ‘very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt because there’s no reason for that,’” Obama told the students at UNC Chapel Hill. “I’m just quoting here, I’m just quoting.”
“She said students who rack up student loan debt are just ‘sitting on their butts having opportunity dumped in your lap,” he added. “I’m reading it here. So I didn’t make this up.”
But the full Foxx quote is very different.
“I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that,” Foxx said last week, per the Huffington Post. (Emphasis mine.)
I’m sure the mendoucheous jackwagons at Raw Story will be all over that. Oh, and Colbert, too. Like lots of liberal elitists, they are all about the common man and the middle class and that sort of thing, except that they despise your bourgeois values.
UPDATE: Police not investigating this as a ‘hate crime,’ since there’s only one person, the victim’s sister, alleging the remark about Trayvon. Beaten man’s condition upgraded to serious.