” The biggest Benghazi-related story that took place outside of the House Oversight Committee’s hearing room today is this item in Politico, regarding CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. She’s the reporter who famously drew White House officials’ profane ire over her unapologetic pursuit of the Fast & Furious scandal story; now she’s apparently facing searing criticism from another source: Her own bosses. Why? Because she’s been covering the Benghazi story too aggressively. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you media bias:
“Attkisson, who holds a third-degree black belt in taekwondo, takes a fighting stance when she feels she’s being stonewalled. Which is exactly what she thinks the White House has done to her on Benghazi,” Farhi writes. But from where Attkisson is sitting, there are actually two Goliaths, one of which is almost entirely absent from the Post profile. The second Goliath is CBS News, which has grown increasingly frustrated with Attkisson’s Benghazi campaign. CBS News executives see Attkisson wading dangerously close to advocacy on the issue, network sources have told POLITICO. Attkisson can’t get some of her stories on the air, and is thus left feeling marginalized and underutilized. That, in part, is why Attkisson is in talks to leave CBS ahead of contract, as POLITICO reported in April. Farhi mentions “internal conflicts” in the final paragraph, though he seems to dismiss them. The “internal conflicts” are indeed real — Attkisson is still eyeing an exit, according to sources — and provide important context for today’s piece. Today, CBS News is celebrating Attkisson’s commitment to the Benghazi story. It’s good press. But that support is an aberration.
“Dangerously close to advocacy”? That’s how CBS News apparently views the work of a reporter who is doggedly seeking truth about an issue of enormous importance that many of her colleagues have scrupulously ignored. Remarkable. And as Ed Morrissey noticed, Attkisson’s Twitter feed went curiously silent very early on during today’s hearings. What happened? Allahpundit thinks he knows what’s going on here, and I agree with him:
[The media establishment and liberals] can’t stop conservative media from existing, but they can ghettoize it as illegitimate and “partisan” in a way that their own partisan garbage isn’t….Skepticism about Benghazi is fine for the wingnuts at Fox, but bringing such unhelpful nonsense into an “impartial,” i.e. pro-Obama, outlet like CBS risks lending credence to the GOP’s accusations. The proper line to take on Benghazi is to dismiss the new hearings with a sneer, a la Joe Klein, or, in the case of “impartial” news coverage, to dismiss them more lightly by referencing Hillary’s long-ago whining about a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to discredit the Clintons. “Going where the story leads” is unhelpful to liberalism in this case, ergo it’s advocacy by definition.”
So the only MSM reporter who is actually doing her job is being maginalized by her own employer for … actually doing her job .
” Thanks to the US media blackout, I had no idea who Dr Kermit Gosnell was until Friday. Now that I do, I hope the name becomes seared into the American national consciousness. It could transform the debate about abortion.
Gosnell was one of those “courageous foot soldiers of the prochoice movement” who ran an abortion clinic for poor women in Pennsylvania. A more accurate word for the institution, provided by Andrew McCarthy, is “abattoir”. It is alleged that conditions were unhygienic (investigators said it smelled of animal urine) and unqualified employees performed complex medical procedures. One woman died during an abortion from an overdose of anaesthesia. Terminations were performed after the state’s 24-week limit (which is itself only supposed to be reached in extreme cases) and babies were pulled screaming from their mothers. They were dispatched using a crude snipping technique: the victim was flipped upside down and the spinal cord severed using a pair of scissors. Bodies were stored in jars. Said one employee, “It would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.” If Gosnell is found guilty, he himself will face execution.
The case has three big consequences. First, it reminds us that the abortion industry is indeed an industry – operating for profit, sometimes with cynical motives. Gosnell claims he was helping poor women, but he charged $3,000 for a procedure and enjoyed an annual income of $1.5 million. That he is accused to reusing medical supplies suggests that he upped his profit margin by reducing costs. Gosnell was a businessman, not a doctor.
Second, the claim that “hundreds” of babies survived the late-term abortion within the mother’s body and had to be killed outside of it blows out of the water the insistence of Planned Parenthood that such survival rates are very rare. Evidently, those babies are made of tougher stuff than prochoice militants realise.
Finally, the Gosnell story has to reopen the discussion about the nature of late-term abortions. It is self-evident that state and local agencies did not do their job, reflecting a “hands-off” approach to the abortion industry by politicians and public employees that smacks of moral complacency. More profoundly, if the demon doctor is found guilty of seven counts of murder related to the children, the question has to be asked “why”? Beyond breaking the 24-week limit, the implication of a guilty verdict is that those were not just “parts of a woman’s body” but human lives that Kermit casually snipped away with a pair of scissors. That they only became human lives the moment they left the mother’s body is an absurd proposition: the issue here is clearly age and development of the fetus. Inside or outside their mother, a guilty verdict suggests that they had reached the point of becoming human beings with rights. To quote columnist Kirsten Powers:
Regardless of such quibbles, about whether Gosnell was killing the infants one second after they left the womb instead of partially inside or completely inside the womb — as in a routine late-term abortion — is merely a matter of geography. That one is murder and the other is a legal procedure is morally irreconcilable.
The conclusion that can be drawn is that because of the relative development of the fetus, a late-term abortion involves something closer to the taking of life than earlier terminations. Basic human empathy should tell you that. I want you to take a look at a photo published by The Atlantic of one of the girls delivered by Gosnell as part of a late-term abortion. Look at her hair, her fully formed face, arms, legs and toes. Imagine her crying. That is a child. A child with a right to life.
The Gosnell case isn’t just about one man’s guilt – it’s about the moral compass of an entire nation. Late-term abortion of this variety amounts to legalised infanticide. It must stop.”
Forgive our wholesale copying Dr Stanley but this piece must be read by all Americans . Please view this reproduction in toto of your article as the sincerest form of flattery in which it is intended . You , sir , have written what no American MSM writer has dared … The Truth . Thank You
Immigration Bill Contains ‘MarcoPhones
” The 844-page immigration reform bill the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” dropped in the dead of night contains a lucrative handout that would give taxpayer-funded free cell phones to some people who live or work near the U.S. border with Mexico.
Pages 43 and 44 of the bill detail what one conservative blogger, Javier Manjarres of Shark Tank, has already described as the “ObamaPhone” from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). That section reads: “
GOP Should Subpoena Benghazi’s Silenced Witnesses
” Benghazi: The House GOP has threatened to subpoena the survivors of the Benghazi terrorist attack, those who know the truth, and hold up the? nomination of our murdered ambassador’s replacement. It should do both.
The Obama administration is fond of using a familiar tactic, the shield of an “ongoing investigation,” to cover up its malfeasance in the deaths of Americans serving their country.
It was used to hide the truth regarding the administration’s Fast and Furious gun-running operation to Mexican drug cartels, which resulted in the deaths of agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata. They are using it again concerning Benghazi.
The only American witnesses to the Benghazi attack who have been named by the Obama administration are the four whom the terrorists killed in the Sept. 11 attack on our Benghazi mission — Ambassador Chris Stevens, State Department Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were working for the CIA.”
Image Courtesy Of gunssavelife.com*
” While nearly 100 companies have pledged to hold all purchasers of firearms and accessories to the standard of what’s available to everyday civilians, in what’s commonly known as the New York boycott, Armalite and now Magpul have taken an opposing stand. (See also The Police Loophole.)
The good folks at Magpul have instead sided with Armalite against freedom and law-abiding American firearm owners – and what’s more, they’ve one-upped Armalite in their sales practices!
According to their sales manager Justin Beard in a post at AR15.com, Justin Beard wrote:
The answer is yes, our Distributors are allowed to sell to LEOs in ban states. Our founder has also said regarding LEO restrictions, “We have not considered such a move as we are not convinced that this tactic will have any effect on those in power (they will just buy Israeli or some other generic parts). It also adversely punishes street cops, local sheriffs and individual military members for the actions of those in power. The last thing we want to do is hurt those who support our cause.”
So, we see that we can support Law Enforcement and Military members while standing up for our convictions and will continue to do everything in our power to protect our inherent rights.
Yes, indeed. The last thing they want to do is hurt those who support “our” cause.
Apparently to Magpul, that means supporting those who will enforce unconstitutional restrictions on our Second Amendment rights.
As we said, Magpul has one-upped Armalite and to add insult to injury, not only are they selling their products that are banned to civilian ownership to law-enforcement in those restrictive locales, they have established an express lane for law enforcement “professionals” to get their standard-capacity PMAGs right away… even law enforcement officers in restrictive locations such as New York which now ban sales of standard capacity magazines to civilians.
These law enforcement “professionals” will use these PMAGs in the course of the job-related activities to arrest and prosecute gun owners who were law-abiding at the end of 2012 but no longer.
Military and law-enforcement can order up to ten PMAGs in this “express lane”.
Read the whole thing . It includes a detailed response from Magpul along with a Fisking of that response which provides food for thought regarding Magpul’s true loyalties . Increasingly those loyalties are seeming to lie with the almighty dollar rather than the 2nd Amendment .
* Try as we might , we couldn’t locate this special offer page on Magpul’s webpage . We assume that they’ve decided to somehow reduce the visibility of that special LEO offer .