Dear Lamestream Media,

Please, please, please keep helping out your preferred candidate, Barack Obama. We, the people know you’re as skittish as abused kittens, ever fearful that your Precious Once will be taken away. You’ve been kicked when you were down before. I mean, what else would you call the insult of 2004 after Election 2000? Some of us felt your pain back then. So we understand your skittishness and are only slightly amused by it. We’re not mocking you with our amusement; we’re just starting to feel the first fiery licks of satisfaction in our cold, empty bellies.

That satisfaction stems from watching you freak out and try to take the reigns yourselves, sure your preferred candidate could fuck it up after these last few weeks. I mean, let’s face it: he has. And it’s been…interesting, to say the least…to watch the realization dawn on you that Obama is just not that talented. He’s got one move and that’s it, and he played it in 2008. You carried water for him in 2008 because it was fun; now you feel you have to. So, seriously, if you could keep people like Andrea Mitchell pulling stunts like this, we would appreciate it.

Because we’ve learned a thing or two since you started practicing “advocacy journalism.” Namely we’ve learned how to harness the power of new technologies to make sure you never get away with your shenanigans again. Within an hour of Mitchell’s fabricated smear campaign, we learned the truth:

And you ended up with egg on your faces. And now we’re all up in those faces, just like you were in 2008. The chickens are coming home to roost. They’re scheduled to arrive on November 6, 2008. That’s the day we will fire Barack Obama, and a slew of other incumbents who’ve long needed to go.

But we couldn’t have done it without you. If you hadn’t become the cohesive group of friendly insiders (Journolist, anyone?), if you didn’t wear your rotten hearts and your designers sleeves, we might never have figured out how shallow and corrupt Washington and the press really is. Those of us who did know might have been cowed into a sense of disempowerment, too depressed to do much about it. Because of your obvious bias and failure to even pretend professionalism, we can all see now exactly how you manipulate the game. The blinders are off, and people are pissed. So really, thanks, and keep up the good work. Because of you, one Obama promise has been fulfilled: more transparency. I don’t think this is what he had in mind, however.

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49 Responses to Dear Lamestream Media,

  1. Oswald says:

    It’s a real shame. The media used to be held in high esteem but they squandered it.

  2. You go girl!!!! Right on!! The LSM isn’t as nutty over Obama as they were in 2008, but it’s still there, and they look truly pathetic. I am glad that they are being called out on it better this time. It’s easier because there are not the legions of sycophantic followers that there were last time around. I’m not seeing the pushback and blowback from his supporters that we saw last time. If anything, people are almost apologetic about supporting O this time around. hahahahahahahahahahaha

  3. DeniseVB says:

    I watched this story break yesterday on Hot Air. First as a “the media must be bored” coverage of Rom being wow’d by a WaWa touch screen hoagie order. Then some guy with a blog found the whole speech and exposed the deception of creative editing (has NBC/MSDNC not learned their lesson from the GZ edits?). Bam ! The story once again became the media. It was beautiful to watch πŸ˜€

  4. Lola-at-Large says:

    She mentions the Bush grocery scanner thing, which she probably built this smear around because she was around for that one and saw how effective it was. It was also untrue:

    The difference is that it took weeks to get the message out then that it was untrue, so long that the likes of Mitchell can still claim it as truth, even though it wasn’t. The difference this time is that we have new media and social media, and we put the kibosh on that crap right quick this time. This will not be Romney’s scanner moment. This will be the Lamestream Media’s “Wawas moment.” Do what you can to promote that idea in discussions and tweets on this.

    • Lola, way to get on this one so quickly! The Wawas moment will be so easily co-opted into a new Romney ad, akin to the one that had Obama speaking and the Charlie Brown “wawas” replace his speeches.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Here’s how it unfolded on Hot Air, the deception was added on the original post’s update:

  6. cj says:

    Oh how the mighty have fallen. There was a time when Andrea Mitchell was considered a serious reporter & now she’s reduced to fabricating silly smears. Well, at least no one can say she hasn’t given her all for the O. Sucker.

  7. WMCB says:

    The lamestream media is wetting their pants. They have spent years being able to present candidates in any light they chose, and the people had to make choices based on the info they provided.

    Now decisions are not being made based on their version of what was said in a speech halfway across the country. We can actually see/hear it for ourselves, whether they cover the whole thing or not.

    And I love it. I love it whether or not I will always agree (and I won’t) with every choice my fellow citizens make. Because averaged over time, I’m betting that ordinary people will make better choices than the “smart” DC Bureau Chiefs did.


  8. lyn5 says:

    Stop sucking it, Andrea. Your plastic surgery must have done something to your brain. Obama’s scanner moment is his whole damn presidency.

  9. HELENK says:

    My oldest granddaughter works for WAWA as a hiring recruiter. She started there at 16 working after school. The help pay for her college classes.
    They have great sandwiches and coffee. They are a good company to work for.
    As for the lame stream media they must be really desparate to keep from becoming illrelevant Well their stupidity and shameless pandering to backtrack makes them more and more useless every day

  10. Oswald says:

    Does Booman speak from experience?

    Now, most of you have never been to a WaWa. Here is how it works. They have several touchscreens lined up in front of the deli. You go in and tell the computer that you want a sandwich that’s four or six or eight inches long. Then you tell it that you want a certain kind of turkey with a certain kind of cheese, a little mayo or a lot, some vinegar, some onions, maybe some lettuce and tomato, hot or sweet peppers, maybe extra meat or bacon. Do you want your bread toasted? When you’re done making your choices, you get a receipt that you are supposed to take to the register. You pay for your hoagie and then they stamp your receipt. You bring your receipt back to the deli and they give you your sandwich.

    The thing is, you don’t really have to pay. No one checks for the stamp on your receipt. If you want to steal the sandwich, no one is going to stop you. Of course, the whole store is under surveillance, so if you make a habit of stealing their sandwiches you will eventually be arrested.

  11. HELENK says:

    this could be one reason for the lamestream panic Romney has the lead for the last 10 days

  12. elliesmom says:

    The problem is that the LSM is stuck with the narrative that Mitt Romney is a robot. To show him successfully interacting with the common folk destroys their message. I had the privilege of being part of a discussion of the realities of NCLB with Romney in the room, listening more than talking. When he did speak up, it was obvious that he had been paying attention. I had not been much of a fan of his up to that point, but I begrudgingly had to admit that he was likeable and open to other people’s ideas. I think letting other “non-believers” see that side of him scares the shit out of people like Mitchell.

    • WMCB says:

      Policy aside, when you paint someone as demonic and plastic and grossly inhuman, then he turns out to be an ordinary, actually fairly nice guy, it ruins your narrative.

  13. HELENK says:

    maybe the lamestream media is just following the whitehouse information site and think that editing the truth is ok

  14. HELENK says:

    do not know whether to laugh or cry at this

    If backtrack can not do a good job as president , then no one can

    • Oswald says:

      James Fallows, who was apparently at the event in question, jumped on the 33-page form claim with both feet, quoting a reader who emailed him to the effect that Romney was either a liar or a dupe:

      The Post Office change of address form, in paper format, has always been the size of a large postcard. I’ve filled it out numerous times in the last decade and it has never been anything remotely approaching 33 pages. Either Romney was lying or the doctor was lying, and in the latter case, it would be telling that no one in the Romney campaign caught this because none of them has any idea what a simple standard USPS change of address form looks like.

      Fallows quotes another email backing up the first one and then adds “I too have changed addresses many times and know that it’s not very hard.” So it’s completely settled then. Mitt Romney and his team are either lying or completely out of touch or maybe both. One problem with this bit of analysis. It’s not based on anything that Romney actually said. Here’s the story Romney told:

      This optometrist wanted to change his billing address. He’d moved his office from one side of town to the other. Same zip code, same post office, but he wanted to change his address. He got a form from the federal government, this is so he can get reimbursement from the federal government for the services he provides for the poor and seniors. The form he gets to change addresses is 33 pages long…33 pages long. He calls someone to ask how to fill it out. He calls someone in government. They tell him what to do. He sends it in. They send it back, wasn’t done right. Gotta do it again, another 33 pages. He calls another person. They tell him what to do. Doesn’t get it right the second time. Third time’s the charm though. This takes several months during which time he’s not getting the checks for the work he’s doing for people who need his care. That’s how government works.

      It should be clear, especially to someone who was there listening, that Romney was not talking about a simple US Post Office change of address form. He’s talking about changing an address on file with the federal government for purposes of issuing payments. Based on the description Romney gives (“services he provides for the poor and seniors”) this is probably a Medicare form. In fact, it might even be this form, CMS 855I.

      Romney’s information was incorrect – that form is only 27 pages long. Perhaps there were 6 pages of instructions too.

      • WMCB says:

        We went through that when my husband left his multi-practice and opened his own medical office. You have to get whole new billing ID to be an approved Medicare provider. And yes, the paperwork was insane, and every time you call them you get told something different.

      • angienc says:

        CMS 855-A form, required for all change in info for medicare providers is 60 pages, though. Maybe that one was needed too.

      • Post office change of address form has always been a small one pager form, ever since I know about it, i have filled for change of address countless times on last 8 years after starting my career though I fill it online change of address form now. But I can’t believe that it may have a variant of 33 pager?? Where in states you would get that? At least not in any of the post offices I have visited till date, even the Passport form is not that long.

  15. F**K you Andrea Mitchell. Romney’s fascination with digital selection of food is nothing like supermarket scanners. Most markets had scanners when Bush was running for reelection vs. the elitist stores that carry digital devices (i.e., touch screen devices). I bet Mitchell doesn’t even shop or only shops at like Whole Foods. Sick of elitist faux rage.

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  17. Underwhelmed says:

    Excellent article. But, it’s reins and on your designer sleeve.

  18. Karma says:

    CNN was in on the fun as well but with a kinda sorta better version.

    Heard this topic in the car with Erin Burrett attempting to put it into context by saying Obama was also out of touch. After running various clips of the candidates’ faux pas she introduces the panel. And since the discussion is based on the edited video version she laughs and comments that the panel’s faces are like Cheshire Cats.

    Radio didn’t do those faces justice. But at least they tried to smooth over the smear with some context while using the smear.

    All I wanted to know after the segment was what’s a WaWa?

    • melisshka says:

      It’s a really excellent convenience store/gas station in the Philly, S. Jersey, and Delaware area. Way better than 7-11. I don’t know what part of the country you’re in, so I wouldn’t know what to compare it to. Probably one of the first convenience stores that did made to order food.

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