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TheDream.US: Don Graham, Gates, Bloomberg, Norquist turn their backs on American students (scholarships for illegal aliens) - 02/04/14

... two reporters involved in the Politico article. Ask Maggie Severns and Hadas Gold the questions at those links, and if they don't respond look up those they chat with and work to undercut them by pointing out their failure to present any contrary information in their report. UPDATE: Based on the video of Graham, I added Jill Biden and Murdoch to the list of endorsers. ------------------- [1]...

Jose DelReal makes Politico immigration coverage even worse - 01/21/14

Politico's immigration coverage is already very bad, but their reporter Jose DelReal is apparently working at making it even worse. For example, DelReal [1] offers "States boost immigration action" ( peekURL.com/zSymrNd ) which contains this: The National Conference of State Legislatures report, released Tuesday, documents a 64 percent increase in state-level immigration legislation; in all, 2013...

Amnesty fans cheer GOP, Teaparty mostly ignoring immigration to oppose Obamacare (NumbersUSA, Tea Party "Patriots") - 08/20/13

... priority. UPDATE: Anna Palmer of Politico offers "Anti-immigration reform’s laid-back summer" ( peekURL.com/zSLkY3C ), which is highly similar to the ABC post. Whether she copied their idea, came up with it completely on her own (not likely, given the similarities), or both sources are taking their marching orders from the same group isn't known. It continues the failure outlined above: But the...

NumbersUSA, Steve King, Teaparty Patriots assist amnesty with weak immigration rally - 08/13/13

... people turned out, according to Politico reporter Seung Min Kim. A reporter for the conservative outlet Breitbart News Network reported that there were "maybe 30 people." ...In photos, the event looks comically under-attended. * Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post: washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/08/13/ media-hypes-rep-steve-king-while-immigration-reform-advances/ But the thing is...

What Darren Samuelsohn won't tell you (Politico, Sierra Club, immigration) - 06/02/13

Darren Samuelsohn of Politico offers a generally worthless three-screen article named "Greens move to heal immigration reform rift" ( ). What he's not telling you after this except (bolding added): Environmentalists are getting off the sidelines and backing immigration reform - but it wasn't easy. During the Senate's last go round on the issue in 2007, greens stayed silent to avoid airing their...

How CBS immigration poll misleads (legalization, amnesty, Cirilli, Mataconis, Moran) - 01/29/13

... credible: * Kevin Cirilli of Politico ( peekURL.com/zhjxZgV , @kevcirilli) * Doug Mataconis of Outside the Beltway ( peekURL.com/ztU4bKQ , @dmataconis ) * Rick Moran of American Thinker ( peekURL.com/zbuhNY7 , @rickmoran_rwnh ) UPDATE: Another who presents the poll at face value: * Niraj Chokshi of National Journal ( peekURL.com/zdAKNtx , @nirajc )

Joe Scarborough is very wrong about the Tea Party - 10/22/12

For an unknown reason, Joe Scarborough of MSNBC offers "The truth about the tea party" (link). Scarborough's version of the truth needs a lot of work. For my extensive coverage of their movement and why they should be vigorously opposed, see Tea Parties. Scarborough lists various supposed successes that the Teapartiers supposedly assisted with, and to some extent some are right. Others have big...

Alexander Burns thinks a mainstream immigration stance is "hard-line" (Wil Cardon, Arizona, Jeff Flake) - 04/10/12

Alexander Burns of Politico offers (link) a textbook example of how the establishment media presents a mainstream, pro-American immigration position as "hard-line". At the same time, Burns presents the corrupt position of Rep. Jeff Flake (running for senate from Arizona) as "moderate". From "Immigration returns to Ariz. airwaves": The Arizona immigration furor is back. Not that it ever really...

Glenn Thrush is a shameless hack: Part 1 (Politico, Romney, Mankiw) - 03/20/12

... below. Of this, Glenn Thrush of the Politico says the following (link), thus ushering in the first part of what might be a long series of posts showing how much of a hack Thrush is: Greg Mankiw, the Harvard professor who serves as one of Mitt Romney’s top economic advisers, has managed to take a shot at two key constituencies – Hispanics and seniors – in a single linked post on his popular...

Herman Cain scandal revealed: corruption and incompetence (Politico, Tea Parties) - 11/01/11

... link). In fact, out of the four Politico writers who broke the story, I've discussed three at this site [1], and not in a good light. My goal was to discredit those reporters: * Kenneth Vogel (six posts, the first over three years ago) * Jonathan Martin (two posts, the first over three years ago) * Maggie Haberman (three posts, the earliest in June 2010) If the teapartiers had helped me with...

GOP debate: September 7, 2011 (immigration, Rick Perry, Romney, Bachman, Huntsman, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum) - 09/07/11

... major GOP debate, sponsored by Politico and NBC News and featuring Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum. I'll replace this text with a discussion of the immigration portions of the debate after a transcript becomes available. In the meantime, see each of those links for background information, and feel free to leave comments on...

Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Limbaugh, Hannity paid to promote FreedomWorks, AFP, Heritage (Koch, immigration) - 06/18/11

... Kenneth Vogel and Lucy McCalmont of Politico, link). * FreedomWorks sponsors Glenn Beck. See their name's link for more, and note that Freedom Works is headed by Dick Armey, a supporter of illegal immigration. They're one of the main tea parties stringpullers, and they've probably played a key role in keeping that group from highlighting immigration; see the last link for all the details. The...

Jake Sherman shows again why The Politico isn't a legitimate source (Newt Gingrich, Tiffany's) UPDATED - 05/17/11

... provides yet more evidence that The Politico isn't a legitimate news source in "Newt Gingrich owed six figures to Tiffany's (link), which starts with this: Newt Gingrich, a fiscal conservative? Not when it comes to Tiffany’s. In 2005 and 2006, the former House speaker turned presidential candidate carried as much as $500,000 in debt to the premier jewelry company, according to financial...

Byron Tau misleads about Obama certificate issue (Politico) - 04/28/11

... Tau is about as truthful as his Politico colleague Ben Smith, meaning not much. The latest example is provided in "Hawaii's blunders fueled birthers" (politico.com/news/stories/0411/53842_Page2.html). Why the following from the article is misleading will be explained below: One month before the presidential election, then-state Department of Health Director Chiyome Fukino — a Republican...

Ben Smith and Byron Tau can't tell the truth about Obama certificate ("Birthers", Politico) - 04/22/11

... around he's got some help from his Politico colleague Byron Tau. 1. They write "[The Obama campaign] posted Obama’s certificate of live birth on their “Fight the Smears” website and gave a copy to the liberal website Daily Kos." The picture in question is not a certificate; it says right at the top it's a "Certification of Live Birth" ("COLB"). Smith, as with Anderson Cooper, John King, and...

Rightwing wants to stoop to MMFA, CAP level (opposition research, SHOCK!, hypocrisy...) - 04/03/11

Kenneth Vogel of the Politico reports (link) that conservatives are trying to offer their own alternatives to opposition research groups like Media Matters for America and the Center for American Progress. They certainly might have some short-lived success with it, especially due to Fox News no doubt retailing their reports. However, along the way they'll also negatively impact U.S. society...

Ben Smith keeps lying about Obama certificate issue, two years later - 04/01/11

... years ago I posted Ben Smith /Politico keeps lying about Obama certificate issue. Now, over two years later, Smith is still lying about the basic, indisputable facts of the matter. At [1] he says: Obama has, as has been reported for years, released the document. Hawaii officials have verified it. The conspiracy theory is crazy. And, having been held at bay by the Republican Establishment for...

Ben Smith finally does real reporting on the Birth Certificate (Donald Trump's that is) - 03/28/11

Ben Smith of the Politico is finally doing real reporting on an issue about the Birth Certificate. No, not whatever Birth Certificate Barack Obama has: Ben Smith has a habit of lying about that. Rather, Smith's real reporting involves looking into a certificate of some kind that Donald Trump posted after engaging in "Birther theorizing" (politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0311/...

Amnesty author Mike Pence for president? Dick Armey, Club for Growth, others hype him (UPDATE: he's out) - 01/21/11

... Martin and Kasie Hunt of the Politico try to claim (link) that the appeal to Armey and Chocola is due to the claim that Pence "is viewed as a politician who would actually govern as a social and fiscal conservative" and that the "Draft Pence coalition can be best described as a group of insiders that prefers outsiders - and especially those focused on social issues like abortion and gay rights...

DHS uses Giffords shooting to push loose borders political agenda (Jared Lee Loughner, American Renaissance) - 01/09/11

... Arizona state police major, told POLITICO Tuesday. The ACTIC - also known as the "Arizona Fusion Center" is per azactic.gov "a joint effort between the Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and other participating agencies". There's much more about this at the link above; while past reports from Kenneth Vogel of The Politico have...

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, several others shot; Palin, Tea Party candidate - 01/08/11

... Renaissance (Maggie Haberman, Politico, link). A Department of Homeland Security memo quoted by Fox News says the agency is looking into whether Loughner is “possibly linked” to the fanatical group American Renaissance... The group promotes views that are “anti-government, anti-immigration, anti-ZOG (Zionist Occupation Government), anti-Semitic,” the memo says... Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords...

Lamar Smith might be weak on immigration (GOP DREAM Act?) - 12/24/10

Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico offers "Lamar Smith avoids hard line on immigration" [1]. Because we're dealing with definitions of those who aren't trustworthy (such as Brown), it's difficult to tell whether Smith will be weak on immigration matters or whether he just won't support nonsensical "boob bait for Bubba" policies. Smith's first two hearings as head of the House Judiciary Committee...

Kasie Hunt lies about Obama certificate issue - 09/27/10

... reporting of Kasie Hunt or of the Politico in general, consider the article "Candidate trips on birther issue" [1]. The article is designed to enforce rightthinking about the Obama citizenship issue and in it Hunt makes this false statement: Obama has been dogged by questions about his citizenship despite producing a birth certificate that proves he was born in Hawaii. 1. The picture she's...

Misleading Politico immigration poll, spun by Mark Penn - 08/16/10

The Politico has released a poll [1] that asked people to choose from the following two choices (graphic with results below). The second choice is mostly clear-cut, but the first choice - to the extent it makes any sense at all - is open to multiple interpretations. Taken together, the poll question and the results are mostly meaningless: Q. Which is closest to your views regarding immigration...

Chris Christie supports immigration "reform" (aka amnesty) - 06/30/10

... through what he supports. [1] politico.com/news/stories/0610/39208.html The "reporters" were Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman and, while we're informed what they and Christie had for breakfast, neither of them bothered to call Christie on the downsides of amnesty. [2] politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0610/Christie_on_immigration.html

Dennis Welch, Kos, Amanda Terkel, Steve Benen, Ben Smith, Ben Frumin smear Jan Brewer over quote - 06/02/10

... explanation. * Ben Smith of the Politico politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0610/Brewer_claim_on_fathers_death_draws_scrutiny.html He links the AZ Republic interview and the Arizona Guardian story, but fails to do any more reporting than any of the others listed who are open about being partisans. * Ben Frumin of TalkingPointsMemo tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/ az-gov-my-dad-died-fighting-...

Obama devastates GOP "arguments" live on TV (House Republican retreat) - 01/30/10

... 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 authority page for a plan (note...

Claim: McCain called Republicans against massive immigration "a**holes" (McCain denies) - 01/11/10

... a party of such a**holes? [1] politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0110/ McCain_aide_denies_party_of_aholes_line.html

John Harris of Politico protects Obama from the stories he doesn't want told - 11/30/09

... faux-insider chatter, John Harris of The Politico offers "7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told" (politico.com/news/stories/1109/29993.html). Except, none of them are all that damaging, and other stories - the ones that sources like the Politico and the MSM would never challenge Obama over - could be far more damaging. For instance, two of his stories are "Too much Leonard Nimoy" (i.e., that...

Glenn Thrush lies about Lou Dobbs (leprosy; possible presidential run) - 11/23/09

... establishment hack Glenn Thrush of the Politico who simply reads what's on the card he's been handed (politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/1109/ Dobbs_2012_presidential_run_not_crazy.html): Dobbs has become a prime target of Hispanic groups for his fire-breathing pronouncements about illegal immigration - including a discredited claim that Mexicans were bringing leprosy across the border. First,...

"Enough is Enough!" anti-Lou Dobbs campaign from Democracia Ahora (DNC link, Obama too?; Bendixen) - 09/18/09

... one of the questions from the Politico report by Carol Lee (link): "Many Hispanics are offended by the news content of Lou Dobbs’ show and regard him as a demagogue who is helping to create a negative image of Hispanics. Do you agree or disagree with this assessment?" Those who took part in the poll - almost assuredly among the 90% who agreed with the preceding question - include Sen. Bob...

Maybe John Richardson of Esquire should try some real reporting (Ben Smith, HotAir, Orly Taitz) - 08/12/09

... issue) and by Ben Smith of the Politico (who's continually lied about this issue), and it discusses the wacky ways of Orly Taitz, the person some call "Queen of the Birthers". For an important note about her, see [2]. While the Esquire article isn't as bad as it could be in the mocking sense, Richardson might consider that being a real reporter is a higher role than simply being a...

Maybe Kathryn McGarr and the Politico should try real reporting for a change - 08/07/09

... working in some capacity at the Politico. On Glenn Thrush's blog, she offers "So where's your birth certificate, congressman?" (link) in which she asked Rep. Bill Posey and the co-sponsors of his "birther bill" to show their birth certificates. It isn't exactly an example of good journalism; it's more in line with a childish stunt that ThinkProgress (or worse) would pull. So, maybe McGarr and...

"Operation Embarrass Your Congressman": OK, but better questions please - 08/02/09

Like human ancestors emerging from the primordial ooze, the tea parties might be growing a brain. Someone who appears part of that overall movement has started a new campaign called "Operation Embarrass Your Congressman" (link) which is highly similar to my two-and-a-half year old plan outlined in the question authority summary. Since February 2007, I've spent countless hours urging people to go...

Glenn Thrush implies most Republicans are racists, including those not buying Politico's lies; help discredit him - 07/31/09

Glenn Thrush of the Politico says: Shocker poll from Kos/Research2000 today... A whopping 58 percent of Republicans either think Barack Obama wasn't born in the US (28 percent) or aren't sure (30 percent). A mere 42 percent think he was... When do we start a serious dialog about the Birther movement being a proxy for racism that is unacceptable to articulate in more direct terms? The GOP and...

John Aravosis of AmericaBlog confuses the GOP with Amazon.com, hilarity ensues (Chris Frates) - 07/16/09

... material? UPDATE: Chris Frates of the Politico joins in the virtual book burning with "RNC pulls game selling offensive items" (politico.com/news/stories/0709/25069.html). While, unlike AmericaBlog, he points out that the books were coming from Amazon, he doesn't point out that the author of the book listed above was Martin Luther. Nor does he point out that a book called "The Latino Threat" is...

Obama, ADL, SPLC, Phil Gordon, Catherine Herridge, Shep Smith, Joan Walsh, Chris Matthews, others try to exploit shooting at Holocaust Museum - 06/11/09

... #14). * Josh Gerstein of the Politico in "Attacks validate DHS report, some say" (link). He quotes the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mark Potok: "I think this latest round of killing once again shows how ridiculous the criticism from the right of the Department of Homeland Security report was. That whole brouhaha was absurd... Rush Limbaugh and John Boehner can go on until the end of time about...

Obama administration briefs Bilderberg group on foreign and economic policy - 05/26/09

... mainstream. Kenneth Vogel of the Politico - seen here "debunking" some "myths" in order to assist the Barack Obama campaign - offers "Obama officials gave Bilderberg briefings" (politico.com/news/stories/0509/22957.html): A handful of high-ranking Obama administration officials this month delivered private briefings at the annual invitation-only conference held by an elite international...

Sonia Sotomayor: affirmative action nominee for Supreme Court? Close to far-left Puerto Rico extremists? - 05/26/09

[SEE THE UPDATES] Judge Sonia Sotomayor is Barack Obama's choice to replace David Souter on the US Supreme Court. Weak GOP talking points are here; Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny (remember him?) have the New York Times' take here. Was she selected only because of her outstanding grasp of legal issues? Or, was at least part of the selection due to the fact that she's a woman and a Hispanic? Were...

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

... to lying hack Ben Smith at the Politico who links to their post at "Your Friday Steele" [1], saying: What happens on Fridays: Michael Steele guest hosts Bill Bennett's radio show; young staffers at Media Matters and the Center for American Progress listen and compete for the most entertaining sound byte. And, it's a regular hackfest as Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic raises issues with Steele's "...