Inbreeders, Or Why Cops And Crooks Shouldn’t Go To The Same Picnics

Erick Erickson:

A Look at Chuck Todd and Conspiratorial Media Incest

I got a great laugh out of this Chuck Todd near meltdown on Meet the Depressed the other day. His voice quivered in moral outrage over Jack Welch suggesting something was up with the unemployment numbers last Friday. Chuck Todd proclaimed, “What we’re doing, we’re corroding trust in our government in a way, and one time responsible people are doing to control it. And the idea that Donald Trump and Jack Welch, rich people with crazy conspiracy, can get traction on this, is a bad trend.”

He really does not get it. Chuck Todd reflects most of the media not getting it. As ratings decline, newspaper fold, and they all scream about how biased Fox News is, they do not get it.

Neil King is a political reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He is married to Shailagh Murray who left a reporting job at the Washington Post to take the job of Joe Biden’s communications director. She replaced Jay Carney who moved to the White House and who himself left Time to take the communications director role for Biden.

John Harris of the Politico is married to an abortion rights activist who used to run NARAL Virginia.

The Politico’s Chief Washington Correspondent, Jonathan Allen, left the Politico to work for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then returned to the Politico.

Andy Barr of the Politico left the Politico to work for the Democratic National Committee and now works for Richard Carmona, the Democrats’ candidate for Senate in Arizona against Jeff Flake.

George Stephanopolous of ABC News used to be a strategist for Bill Clinton and even after becoming Chief Washington Correspondent still engaged in regular conversations with Rahm Emanuel, James Carville, and Paul Begala from the Clinton days. (Ironic, isn’t it, that John Harris wrote that story)

Michael Scherer of Time, where Jay Carney left to go to Joe Biden’s office, got his start in left wing publications, as did Ezra Klein of the Washington Post who famously created the left wing Journolist filled with Washington journalists and pundits to bounce around themes in the left wing echo chamber.

Linda Douglass of ABC News left ABC to serve as Chief Propaganda Officer for the Obama White House in charge of getting Obamacare through.

Andrew Rosenthal of the New York Times made up the story about President George H. W. Bush being surprised and taken aback by a common supermarket check out scanner. The story was made up by Rosenthal who was not even present. Andrew Rosenthal is now the Editor of the New York Times Editorial Page.

The BuzzFeed crew are mostly left of center, hang out with left of center reporters and pundits, and the media considers them and their cat GIFs the second coming of a supposedly objective Huffington Post.

Chuck Todd himself is married to a former DNC staffer and he worked as a Democratic staffer to Senator Tom Harkin. He works with Chris Matthews who worked for a Democrat in Congress and Jimmy Carter. They both work with Andrea Mitchell who is married to Alan Greenspan, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Among the myriad problems with our media, one of the biggest ones is incest. Not the old-fashioned hump-yer-cousin kind of incest but the bad kind. When it comes down to it, Washington DC is a small gene pool.

I’m not talking about the poor people, the working class or the faceless civil servants that live and work around our nation’s capital. I’m talking about the people who wield power.

If you add up all the elected and top-level appointed officials in Washington that is only a thousand or so people. My high school graduating class was nearly that big. Add to that all the top aides and top assistants as well as every military officer with a star on their collar and the top lobbyists and that’s still only four or five thousand people. Last but not least are the top members of the media.

Now consider how many of them will occupy at least two or three different positions on that list during their careers.

But that’s not all. Once upon a time all the real power positions were occupied by men. Their wives might wield some power but only because of their position as spouse. One of the side-effects of feminism is the “power couple” where two spouses both wield power on their own. That’s not necessarily bad, as evidenced by Bill and Hillary Clinton.

But the media is supposed to be different. They aren’t an official part of government, but they are supposed to be they eyes and ears of the people. It’s their job to keep an eye on them other sumbitches up there.

That becomes problematic when they socialize with and even marry the people they are supposed to be watching. It’s also a huge conflict of interest when their career advancement depends on staying in the good graces of government officials.

You don’t hire a fox to guard the henhouse.

What’s the solution? The first thing is being aware of the problem. The second thing is to stop listening to the corrupt media. The third thing is to demand more openness from our leaders. The only way to do that is with your vote. If you keep voting for assholes, the assholes will keep winning.

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47 Responses to Inbreeders, Or Why Cops And Crooks Shouldn’t Go To The Same Picnics

  1. votermom says:

    A bit OT (not really)

  2. tommy says:

    Power attracts power. The media are not doing their jobs, they’re always sniffing out for better personal career opportunities. I always have the least respect for politcians. I expect them to smile pretty at me while subtly stabbing me in the back. But I expect much more from the media, they’re supposed to be the watchdogs.

  3. swanspirit says:

    The update to that article is so read and share worthy , as well as the beginning . I did not realize how literal the ” in bed with ” phrase was ; with regard to the media and the government and this administration. I thought that the media had to read their emails for talking points , when they are really simply whispered in their ears

    ” After the Libya fiasco, Mitt Romney spoke and the media proclaimed he’d made a gaffe in his statement. No, there is a sizable portion of the nation that really does believe Barack Obama bowed to world leaders (he did and we have video of him doing it) and traveled around the world apologizing for America. But the media acted as if Mitt Romney had made a gaffe pointing these things out.

    Time and again the media reports on gaffes and does not report on stories that not just conservatives, but people outside Washington and New York, are talking about. Time and again, the media decides something is so or something is not so and reports it as the media sees it even when a sizable portion of the country disagrees with them, whether it be abortion, gay marriage, global warming, war, poverty, Hurricane Katrina, Mitt Romney’s campaign, Obamacare, and the list goes on and on and on.

    The press corp often ridicules various factions in the country for being stuck in echo chambers oblivious to their own echo chamber from which they rarely escape to experience America as most Americans live it.”

  4. Lulu says:

    While the power elite is a small closed circle there is a much larger circle of wannabe’s who are willing to do whatever it takes to get admitted to the club. These worker bees are led to believe that they have a chance of being one of the elite, high paid, high status, high access ,members. They never will make it. These are the bloggers, lawyers, fundraisers, organizers, agitators, and general flunkies who will be used like toilet paper. They are regularly treated to glimpses of “making it” but never quite get there. They are tolerated as long as they are useful and discarded whenever and by whomever they displease.

    There was an interesting discussion in an earlier thread about Americans not knowing much history. I had a second major in history in college mostly Western European courses. I have read a LOT of history over many, many years. This administration, the media, and elites remind me of royal courts and their manipulation of courtiers. Elizabeth I did it very well to control the nobility. So did Catherine the Great. But the master was Louis XIV who had the nobility so whipped, dependent, and marginalized that they fought over who got to watch him shit in the morning. The current media and various elites (especially academia) remind me of the current situation. They will crawl on their knees for crumbs, bark like dogs and consider it a honor.

    • votermom says:

      But the master was Louis XIV who had the nobility so whipped, dependent, and marginalized that they fought over who got to watch him shit in the morning.

      And who got to wipe his arse. Literally.

    • pipermn says:

      Let’s not forget Stalin who murdered some many people for so little cause like the his generals during WW11 and sent others off to the infamous gulags. But the NY Times reporter, Duranty, wrote wonderful stories about the regime even after he had seen the starvation in the Ukraine. Also destroyed the career of Malcom Muggeridge.

      • pipermn says:

        that should be so many people

        • Lulu says:

          Power, fear and ideology were the draws for Stalin sycophants. For Louis XIV it was power, fear and ideology but also glamor, religion, and cult (very expensive to maintain) which are also themes which Obama cultivates. Once the audit is done on the Obama’s personal spending on the public dime it will resemble Louis’ profligacy.

    • Underwhelmed says:

      Obama reminds me of England’s Richard II. Shuddery.

  5. votermom says:

    Anne will be in Elizabethtown College in Lancaster PA today

  6. jjmtacoma says:

    Maybe they should have a disclaimer about their connections before speaking.

  7. votermom says:

    Piers Frickin’ Morgan gives a grumpy, grudging endorsement of Mitt Romney. LOL.

  8. pipermn says:

    Gary Bernsten:

    “It’s about leadership. In this particular case I saw the Department of State and I heard testimony that said that the rational that we were not on the ground in Benghazi after 17 days is because they couldn’t get Visa’s. Which is insanity. They should have gotten people on planes, both the agency and the FBI, and similarly they should have had military people there, moving there to aid an embassy that was under attack that was sovereign US territory in an area that weakly controlled by the government. And even if it’s a diplomatic problem, you move to save your people first.”

    • My rage returned when I read that. VISAS?????
      Screw these people- get our people home and let them all go back to throwing rocks at one another and bashing each other with clubs.

  9. tommy says:

    ABC/Wapo has O up by +3, and Rasmussen has R up by +1. The RCP average is now a tie.

  10. gram cracker says:

    Haven’t read McClatchy, based in Sacramento, much this campaign season but did so in 2008. They seemed more independent then as they mostly serve mid and smaller size cities and don’t have a large DC or New York organization. They don’t seem to be a big player in the DC media/politician circle jerk.

    “In 2008, McClatchy’s bureau chief in Washington, D.C., John Walcott, was the first recipient of the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, awarded by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.[7] In accepting the award, Walcott commented on McClatchy’s reporting during the period preceding the Iraq War:

    Why, in a nutshell, was our reporting different from so much other reporting? One important reason was that we sought out the dissidents, and we listened to them, instead of serving as stenographers to high-ranking [Bush administration] officials and Iraqi exiles.[7]

    McClatchy journalists have also won dozens of Pulitzer prizes over many decades.”

  11. votermom says:

  12. SHV says:

    “Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says the State Department is sitting on $2.2 billion that should be spent on upgrading security at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, but the Obama administration will not spend the funds.
    Issa claims the State Department will not spend the already approved funds because they didn’t want to the appearance of needing increased security.”

    Well so much for Rethug budget cut killed Stevens.

  13. gram cracker says:

    Incest between the media and politicians is nothing new. If you want to see an extreme example of media/politician incest and intrigue read the wikipedia entry on Mary Pinchot Meyer. It is a stunning revelation of how the media did not report aspects of Kennedy’s personal life that no doubt affected his Presidential responsibilities and actions.

    Socialite Mary Pinchot Meyer was Ben Bradlee’s, of Washington Post/Watergate fame, sister-in-law. Ben Bradlee was probably a covert CIA agent at some point in his life. Mary was married to CIA official Cord Meyer. Mary was a close friend of LSD guru Timothy O’Leary. The CIA is known to have had an interest in using mind altering drugs as interrogation tools.

    Mary and Cord were neighbors and friends of John and Jackie Kennedy. Mary Pinchot Meyer and John F. Kennedy reportedly had “about 30 trysts” and at least one author has claimed she brought marijuana or LSD to almost all of these meetings.

    In January 1963, Philip Graham (WaPo) disclosed the Kennedy-Pinchot Meyer affair to a meeting of newspaper editors but his claim was not reported by the news media.

    Mary Meyer’s murder, two days before her 44th birthday, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., during the fall of 1964 would later stir speculation relating to Kennedy’s presidency and assassination.

  14. 49erDweet says:

    Please change the subject. We’re not ready for the truth re: Kennedy’s assassination yet.

  15. swanspirit says:

    OT I have a feeling that Obama could come to the debate riding a unicycle, balancing a beach ball on his nose , and juggling flaming torches , and it won’t make a difference .Romney will win . just my humble opinion.

  16. tommy says:

    Kerry’s daughter, Alexandra Kerry is starting a super PAC. Jeez, everyones doing it nowadays. Myiq, why don’t you start a super PAC?

  17. gram cracker says:

    Another example of fourth estate being used as a tool of government is Operation Mockingbird. Pretty scary to read what was going on then. Do I believe it doesn’t happen now? Wish it didn’t but believe the evidence indicates that politicians are still using a complaisant press to mislead and control the public. Dick Chaney and Judith Miller are an example on the right. There are too many Obama boot lickers to name individually.

    “In 1948, Frank Wisner was appointed director of the Office of Special Projects (OSP). Soon afterwards OSP was renamed the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC). This became the covert action branch of the Central Intelligence Agency. Wisner was told to create an organization that concentrated on “propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world.”[2]

    Later that year Wisner established Mockingbird, a program to influence foreign media. Wisner recruited Philip Graham from The Washington Post to run the project within the industry. According to Deborah Davis in Katharine the Great; “By the early 1950s, Wisner ‘owned’ respected members of The New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles.”[3] Wisner referred to this apparatus as a “Mighty Wurlitzer”, referencing the theater organ capable of controlling diverse pipes, instruments, and sound effects from a central console.[4][5]”

    • gram cracker says:

      If Obama doesn’t show up for the debate expect to see the rending of garments at MSNBC. In that case not only will Tweety not have a tingle up his leg, viewers will be tweeted to the site of him pissing himself.

      • swanspirit says:

        I think he will show up, but it will seem so different ,it will appear forced or phony , and just won’t work well . And Mitt will still be Mitt , smarter faster , better looking , and yes more likeable

  18. HELENK says:

    for the townhall debate, undecided must submit their questions ahead of time and candy crowley gets to check them.

    gee I feel that is will be sooooo even handed NOT

    • HELENK says:

      that link may not work
      here is part of the article that got my attention

      Town halls have lost some of their spontaneity. The 80 or so undecided voters chosen for Tuesday’s event must submit their questions in advance and moderator Candy Crowley of CNN will decide which people to call on. She can pose her own follow-up questions.

  19. DandyTiger says:

    Some possibly useful information for you (ok, funny thing I saw on FB): “Halloween is, by far, the safest day to kill a person and leave them in a chair on your porch.”

  20. wyntre says:

    Great and informative post. I spread it around.

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