Liberal Press: Caught padding their Editorial “Letter of the Day’ with GOP Trash

Awww – Poor Star Tribne!  Did you ever wonder why the Strib is bankruptcy court?  Could it be: “Pandering to the Right Wing means lower sales?”  Now here’s a newspaper that has diminished itself into obscurity while doing it willingly – with eyes wide open.

In today’s Editorial Page, the Star Tribune’s “Letter of the Day” was written by Senator Norm Coleman’s former Press Secretary, Andy Brehm.  Now it’s the content of that letter that I want to look at, but it’s ironic that the Star Tribune seems to be in the habit of publishing Mr. Brehm’s letters whenever he pleases!  For example; in Jan 11, 2008 – the Star Tribune highlighted Andy Brehm’s work titled Republicans Must Retrun to their Reagan Roots.

Q: “Why would any “liberal” newspaper bother publishing anything from a Republican in the first place?!”

A:  “Because the Star Tribune is nothing but a tool-job for the Republican propaganda machine!”

On April 13, 2008 – Andy gets highlighted again on a piece titled; “Actually, We’d do just fine without Earmarks“.  OH!!  And let’s not forget January 2006 when the Star Tribune published Andy Brehm’s piece “Replace the Dome or Lose Twins“. And then there was that time on Februrary 2007 when the Star Tribune printed Andy Brehm’s letter – Wait…Lemme get it – Oh! Here it is!  Filed by those Communist Sinners over at Lberal Elite blog titled: “Hack Alert: Andy Brehm“. Even Michael Brodkorb, Minnesota’s favorite GOP hack, crows about the Star Tribune’s love of publishing Right Wing Nutjobs’ letters in their Editorial Pages. fruitfly21

When the Star Tribune says Andy Brehm is a student at the U of MN Law Center, can we safely assume that the Strib is actively involved in helping Brehm with his homework too? (Please don’t tell the Strib Editorial staff that Mr. Brehm is no longer a “student” – with his current employer being an associate over at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.) Is it any wonder that Andy Brehm’s Facebook page lists the Minneapolis Star Tribune has one of his favorite “Products”?  The Star Tribune’s over-exposure would garnish him a far better pay-grade than he’s worth?!

Andy Brehm on a good day

Andy Brehm on a good day

Today is nothing new in this “news” paper.  Andy Brehm gets published as the Star Tribune’s “Darling of the Day” with this piece of garbage:

In his Tuesday night news conference, President Obama responded to questions about the colossal impact his budget will have on the federal debt the same way he always does: remind Americans that he inherited the current budget shortfall and that some Republicans critical of his deficit spending advocated in favor of President Bush’s. We’ve heard this again and again, and we get it, Mr. Obama. The previous administration was not particularly conservative when it came to fiscal matters, and recovering big spenders like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are not ideal spokesmen for the GOP on this one. I think most Republicans would agree. I certainly do.

But this is 2009, not 2008. Obama is no longer a candidate, he is the president. His insistence on arrogantly brushing aside serious and legitimate questions about his ballooned budget with political potshots is irresponsible at best, and cowardly at worst. The truth of the matter is that under the president’s proposed budget plan the national debt would more than double over the next decade, adding $9.3 trillion in red ink to Washington’s balance sheets by 2019. In fact, Obama’s budget would create more federal debt than that produced by all of his 43 presidential predecessors, combined. No commander in chief in American history has proposed doing this much damage to the national bottom line.

It’s clear that Obama, who seems to embrace liberal European-style economic initiatives, wishes to take this country in a drastically different direction. I’m not a sore loser; he won the election in November and has every right to pursue an agenda of his choosing. But he also owes those of us deeply concerned with his feckless fiscal policies a better explanation than simply pointing to the past. Younger citizens like me who will have to pay for the White House’s proposed short-term spending spree throughout our lifetimes deserve more details and less demagoguery.

Can you smell the hypocracy from across town?

He’s got all of the sexy buzzwords embedded into the piece too: “liberal”, “European-style economic initiatives”, “ballooned budget”, and “deficit spending”.  Why, it seems that the Star Tribune would once again – give Law Student Andy Brehm an A-Plus and three gold stars!

On October 6, 2006, Senator John McCain, who was the GOP’s Presidential hopeful at the time, blamed President Clinton for North Korea’s sub-mountain nuclear explosion.  McCain said:

I would remind Senator Clinton and other Democrats critical of Bush administration policies that the framework agreement her husband’s administration negotiated [with North Korea] was a failure. Every single time the Clinton administration warned the Koreans not to do something—not to kick out the IAEA inspectors, not to remove the fuel rods from their reactor—they did it. And they were rewarded every single time by the Clinton administration with further talks.

To Diane Sawyer of ABC News, McCain threw the Clintons under the bus with:

“Having said that, during the Clinton administration years, here we concluded an unenforceable and untransparent agreement, which allowed [North Korea] to keep plutonium rods in a reactor … in order to make them nuclear material,” McCain said. “[His negotiations] would put them on the path to develop nuclear weapons. … And we did nothing but more talk.”

Fox Trash quoted McCain by saying:

“I would remind Senator (Hillary) Clinton and other Democrats critical of the Bush administration’s policies that the framework agreement her husband’s administration negotiated was a failure,”

Fox Trash follows up with this little gem:

The agreement to which McCain referred was the 1994 U.S.-North Korean Agreed Framework which called for the construction of two light water reactors in North Korea and the delivery of large quantities of heavy oil to help meet energy demand. In exchange, the North agreed to allow in U.N. inspectors

But the agreement collapsed in 2002 when North Korea decided to revive activity at a nuclear plant which had been frozen as part of the 1994 agreement. U.N. inspectors who had monitored the freeze were then expelled.

Oops… The agreement that was built between the Clinton Administration and North Korea collapsed under Bush’s watch – But Clinton deserves to get blamed anyway.

FruitFly 6Let’s re-group for all of the GOP readers out there who are a little slow:  The Clinton Administration has been gone for six years and the Republicans are still blaming him for the world’s problems, but Andy Brehm is bawling about the Obama Administration blaming Bush only two months after the Bush Administration is gone?   And this my friends – wins the Star Tribune’s “Letter of the Day”!

Compare and Contrast: “Six Years” versus “Two Months”.  Compare and Contrast…

My Confession Sunday

In late May, 2003 – Matt Labash, senior writer for (conservative) The Weekly Standard was asked why he thought conservative Fox News and his own paper had grown in popularity over the past few years. Labash giggled by saying:

…because they feed the rage. We bring the pain to the liberal media. I say that mockingly, but it’s true somewhat…. While these hand-wringing Freedom Forum types talk about objectivity, the conservative media likes to rap the liberal media on the knuckles for not being objective. We’ve created this cottage industry in which it pays to be un-bjective…. It’s a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Criticize other people for not being objective. [An meanwhile] be as subjective as you want. It’s a great little racket.”

I think all of that ideology has been turned inside out today, six years later.  He was right!  I’ll have to agree with him. But no longer.   Today, it’s the Republican Party who’s feeding the rage and it’s the conservative media that’s being criticized for being subjective.  Their precious “cottage industry” has been yanked away from them and they haven’t figured out what to do next!

My Confession #1:  I no longer care what conservatives and Republicans think, aside from being great fodder for a blog.  The Republican Party has become shrill, almost idiotic.  And corporate media fuels those flames of idiocy so that becomes a backlash against them.

Consider Minnesota’s liberal largest newspaper the Star Tribune in today’s issue.   On the back-page of the Opinion section, Star Parker writes an amusing piece complaining about President Obama and griping that the media is too focused on Rush Limbaugh and RNC Chair Michael Steele for Scripps Howard:

We now have the most left wing president in our history using the excuse of a recession and the leverage of his “honeymoon,” together with decisive Democrat majorities in both houses of congress, to turn our country into the Soviet States of America. And instead of a clear and articulate message from the opposition, the press is writing about Steele and Rush Limbaugh.

Now that’s Idiocy!  That’s being shrill.  And that, my friends – is the Republican Party.  Ms. Parker is president of “CURE”, or Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education.  She’s a Right Wingnut that runs her organization (according to Wiki): It is a social policy think tank that looks at issues of race an poverty and tries to come up with alternative answers to thewelfare statethat are faith based and market based.  (In other words: “You can pray to Jesus to take your poverty away and then you can sell it to your neighbors!”)

My Confession #2: WCCO”s own Esme Murphy, is probably one of the most conservative of Republicans on the WCCO staff.  Pat Kessler of WCCO, Don Shelby, those two both run conservative “Republicanish” radio programs on the air.  Since Murphy doesn’t (and I don’t listen to ‘CCO so I’ll assume she doesn’t) have a radio show, she uses her blog to show off her own “Republicanish” style.  Her blog just of Right Wing Talking points: She comments on the famous Jon Stewart v Jim Cramer spectical last week on the Daily Show.   Without any consideration for the point Stewart was making (which was a pretty damned good point), she sympathized for poor Jim Cramer by saying:

Stewart’s assault on the network over the past couple of weeks has to be a blow to its credibility. I was shocked that Cramer last night didn’t attempt to mount much of a defense. Stewart has been using about eight minutes of clips from CNBC to attack the network recently…Stewart landed his most significant body blows when he questioned whether the network was really the cheerleader for corporate CEOs instead of playing the watchdog role that any journalistic organization should aspire to. Why, Stewart asked, wasn’t CNBC watching out for the small investors whose 401k contributions were keeping the fat cats fat?

What’s all the more amazing is that all of this has been raised by Jon Stewart and Comedy Central. No wonder the traditional network newscasts and news organizations are in trouble and people are turning to alternative sources for their news.

fruitfly21No Esme – people are turning away from you just like they turned away from the Republican Party.  Since you have nobody shilling for the Democrats in your news – nobody cares about you!  You have made yourself irrelevant. And, like the liberal Star Tribune and everyother corporate manufactured propaganda outlet for the  Republican Party, you’re paying the price for it!

But I have digressed.  Earlier last week, there was a dust-up in the DFL lead legislature on the debate of letting bloggers into the capitol galleries or not.  The conventional thought: “Are these professional journalists, or a bunch of hucksters who will hinder us during our debates with cellphone photography and instant on-line access”.  The DFL has decided against it, for whatever reason and this obviously has brought bloggers from both political persuasions together in unison.  The Republican bloggers obviously want photos of DFL members picking their nose and Democratic bloggers want photos of Republican members picking their underwear from out of their buttocks!  Gruesome, I know – but that’s the conventional wisdom in the Legistlature.

Esme Murphy went on that attack – on the DFL (of course). In a piece she titled “More on Capitol Censorship“, she swoons over Michael Brodkorb’s uber-Rightie blog “Minnesota Democrats Exposed” in an entry he titled: “The House Democrats should be Ashamed.  Esme writes:

I couldn’t agree more.

The quote is from Michael Brodkorb the author of the blog Minnesota Democrats Exposed commenting in Pat Kessler’s 5 p.m. story on the proposed censorship of journalists at the capitol.

She throws in Jason Barnett, from The Uptake, into her puddle of pooh as her “Lefty Voice” in a thinly veiled attempt to show bias, granted.  But, I’m fed up with Right Wingers in our news media.  Especially when they’re so patently right-wing, their credibility is completely gone!  Who can sit back and watch anything Pat Kessler, Don Shelby or Esme Murphy say on WCCO related to politics?!  There’s nothing – absolutely nothing, any of those people on WCCO say in relation to politics that I’m going to believe or even consider!  NOTHING!

Fox News claims to be “fair and balanced”, but they’re not.  Why would we even consider anything Fox News has to say when they’re so patently partisan?!  So, we don’t watch Fox News!

…And, WCCO is now in the same category:  “Ignored”.

Fustrated with all of this – especially with Murphy’s partisanship; I fired off this stinging little ditty Esme’s Blog:

Esme – you’re such a terrible Republican hack — you equate to being nothing short of a Sunday morning cartoon.

Literally: It’s the Star Tribune on a Sunday morning… and I’m reading Garfield, I’m checking out Pearls Before Swine and we’ve got you on the tube – occassionally.  And there’s confusion on differentiating between the soy ink on the printed page and what you’re babbling about on the television!

Point to note: I really don’t give a toot why you’re upset with DFL on this “blogger in the House gallery” story.  I really don’t!  The point is that you’d latch on to another Republican hack like Michael Broadkorb and readily agree with him while at the same time – note that lefty blogger Jason Barnett’s also ripping of the DFL.  In other words; you can’t even pretend to be biased in your political views!  And that strikes me as hilarious.

You could say, as an example; “Righty Brodkorb and Lefty Barnett agree: The DFL should be ashamed of themselves!”  That would work, Esme!

But that’s not what you say, is it?

It’s your willingness to run out there and grab those pom-poms for Team GOP.  And that thin veil makes you nothing more than a giggle right after finishing Beetle Bailey.

Pat Kessler (R-Hack) and Don Shelby (R-Hack) must be proud of you.  Query: Do you require the entire WCCO team to sign your Annual Performance Evaluation before discussing your pay-raise?  Or does WCCO simply farm out all of their employees reviews for Limbaugh’s approval? (I’m sure you’ve heard: Rush is your new boss.  He’s deciding your Party’s Ditto-Agenda.  If you haven’t received the memorandum – Your office mail clerk, Michael Steele, will be pushing his mail-cart by your cubicle soon.)

Oh!  And did I note?   Michael Brodkorb is so pleased with your agreeing with him – he’s noting his pleasure by updating his blog with your quote!  My guess: He’s so thrilled, he’s grabbing the seams of his trousers on both sides and he’s just finished whizzing inside of his Underoos.

Have a pleasurable day.  And remember:  – instead of Dilbert…This coming Sunday – we’ll still be laughing at you!

And that’s exactly what I was doing this morning…  Esme had Jason Burnett on her show, and constantly panned a camera lense over Brodkorb’s “Minnesota Democrats Exposed” blog site and I was laughing at the Daddy Alligator who threw the remote at the television blowing it up in Stephan Pastis’ “Pearls Before Swine”.

In the dust-up between Rush Limbaugh and Michael Steele, (R-Chair RNC) and Rush Limbaugh and Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA), has proven once and for all – Rush Limbaugh is the Republican Party’s “de factor leader”!  And, as stunning as it sounds: There’s no prominent Republican out there who will disagree with me on that!   Well, except for maybe this guy:

Even more stunning is the fact that Rush remains ungrateful for their loyalty.  He’s the “petulant king”. His show berates the “real” Republican leadership and all of the peasants living in Rush Country cheer him on some more!

Since Rush Limbaugh is so disliked in the country – the Democrats love to paint the Republicans with Rush’s big fat face. After all, the Republicans used to paint the Democrats with faces like Jane Fonda and Michael Moore!  So, why not?

fruitfly21So that’s my confession: I no longer care what Republicans think anymore.  Matt Labash was correct: The “Achille’s Heel” of the Democratic Party is that we’re too inclusive. ( “All are welcome! All are welcome!” said Tangina in that movie Poltergeist.)  And the Republican’s ginned up a cottage industry by simply saying; “How come you don’t welcome me?”  And it worked!  Liberals and progressives are notorious for listening and considering what is best for everybody in the country.  Not just the rich, not just the blacks or the gays – but for everybody.  And the Democrats have done gone out of their way to capitulation with the Republican Party.  And it’s high time we stop.FruitFly 6

If the Republican Party has become nothing but children suckling on Rush Limbaugh’s toes, while he bitches and snarls at them – There’s no logical reason we have listen to them complaining about us and our views.

“Stop complaining about the Democrats, you guys – and go back to your sucking!  You don’t want your fat fearless leader to get mad at you now!”

So there’s my Sunday Confession: “I no longer give a toot what the Republican Party thinks” and “I was a little snarky on Esme Murphy’s blog”.