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Marc Ambinder

Hack blogger for The Atlantic magazine who pretends to be a real reporter but who's actually simply a worthless hack. Occasionally sent press releases and tidbits from politicians. Was present when John McCain was asked a question about Juan Hernandez and not only did not ask McCain a follow-up, in his discussion of the question he didn't reveal that Hernandez had previously been a cabinet-level member of the Mexican government, pretending only that the issue was that his "positions on illegal immigration seem to be more liberal than McCain's".

Last modified Dec 22, 2008
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Obama devastates GOP "arguments" live on TV (House Republican retreat) - 01/30/10

... video is here and here, and see Marc Ambinder's take here and a Politico report here. This incident shows a structural problem the GOP has: their leaders are great at cashing checks, but not so great at representing the interests of the American public. They aren't going to change, so if you want to oppose Obama in a smart and effective way you'll have to do it yourself. See the question...

Politifact "Lie of the Year" misleads (Angie Drobnic Holan; Sarah Palin's "death panels") - 12/19/09

... contributor to the Atlantic.) (per Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic, link). In fact, Emanuel is Obama's "Special Advisor for Health Policy". For an Obama-friendly discussion of Emanuel's comments, see the Ambinder link (and, see the last, anti-Ambinder comment at that link). For more persuasive discussion from the other side, see this, this, this, and this. For a related discussion that doesn't...

McCain campaign - not Palin - came up with "palling around"; Schmidt regrets largely true ad - 07/10/09

Marc Ambinder has an advance copy (link) of a book about the 2008 elections from Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson, and it might contain a good number of behind-the-scenes tidbits. For instance, one of the mistakes that Sarah Palin made was to claim that Barack Obama was "palling around" with Bill Ayers. Except, it was Nicolle Wallace of the McCain campaign - and not Palin - that came up with the "...

Republicans that Obama administration listens to include McCain, Schwarzenegger, and Mel Martinez (on immigration) - 06/10/09

... What It's Worth" department, Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic offers "The Six Top Republicans Obama Listens To" [1]. He doesn't provide a source for his information, but it could happen. Especially since all those listed are RINOs. The two in the lead are Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, followed by Richard Lugar and John McCain, the latter two on foreign policy. Those stellar lights are followed...

Michael Steele: Obama wasn't vetted because of his race (Ali Frick /ThinkProgress, Ben Smith, Marc Ambinder) - 05/22/09

... byte. And, it's a regular hackfest as Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic raises issues with Steele's "civility" [2] then says: I still know a few Clinton advisers who would, in their heart of hearts, agree with this. In other words, he's more interested in being political correct and not telling the truth then looking into how and why the mainstream media completely failed to vet Obama. [1] politico...

Marc Ambinder pretends Obama's citizenship isn't a "legit" topic - 12/03/08

Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic - a blogger who tries to pretend that he's a real reporter - offers "Discourse Watch: Obama's Citizenship A Legit Topic?" (link) in which he falsely states that questions over where exactly Barack Obama was born are "specious" and have "been convincingly refuted". At his post, the last bit links to Snopes, which is not a reliable source. In fact, where exactly Barack...

John McCain still skates on Juan Hernandez issue, again (Matt Lewis) - 06/04/08

On a conference call today (link via this), Matt Lewis of Townhall asked John McCain about his Hispanic outreach director Juan Hernandez, a former cabinet level official with the Mexican government who worked directly with Vicente Fox.

John McCain's Juan Hernandez almost gets MSM attention (Eunice Moscoso, WashTimes, Marc Ambinder) - 02/15/08

John McCain's director of Hispanic outreach is a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen who until 2002 worked directly with Vicente Fox as part of his cabinet.

Allez Obama! (the blogs are alive with sock puppets) - 01/21/08

... a thread by Atlantic blogger Marc Ambinder about a Barack Obama speech and identified themselves by their race, gender, and age and indicated their support for the speech. An even odder example comes from September of last year at the barely-visited TAPPED (link), also about an Obama speech: The tide is starting to swell.The coal is getting stoked. The blinders are being removed. The chant...

Matt Yglesias, Ross Douthat, and Marc Ambinder at... The Table - 12/19/07

This video of the premiere edition of The Atlantic's entry into vlogging is just too funny for words. I was laughing so hard at the intro music plus the hosts turning to the camera that I was unable to listen to the rest (probably for the best). IT WAS ALL JUST A DREAM UPDATE: Now, SansAClue (Yglesias) says the intro was meant to be ironic. Apparently, as in, we were expecting three privileged...