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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Griper Blade: It's All Just a Game: How the Political Media Make Heroes Out of Jerks

Chess pieces
Hey, want to see some journalistic malpractice? Then head over to Buzzfeed and take a look at Evan McMorris-Santoro's latest steaming pile of fly food.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell put on a clinic in crisis
communications Tuesday, turning a potentially explosive secret recording
of his campaign's strategy session into a political bludgeon to beat
Democrats — and the campaign cash bushes.

"Last week they were
attacking my wife's ethnicity and apparently also bugging my
headquarters, much like Nixon and Watergate," McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill. "That's what the political left does these days."

If the press conference were an episode of the camp-era "Batman" that's where the "biff!" titlecard would show up. McConnell had gone from a man on his heels after a recording of an oppo research session on Ashley Judd was published by Mother Jones to the master politician driving the story to his own benefit.
It doesn't get any better. But you don't have to trust me on that, Buzzfeed
left it right out there in the open, like they're not ashamed of it at
all. Mitch McConnell was planning on attacking a woman for speaking
openly about depression, thoughts of suicide, and her religious beliefs.
But instead of manning up and taking responsibility for his actions
when they were made public, McConnell released a blizzard of whining
over likely-imaginary wiretaps. Suddenly, the villain is the victim and McMorris-Santoro responds with wild applause. "Masterful politics! Brilliant dishonesty! Behold the amazing shamelessness!"...[CLICK TO READ FULL POST]

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