Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Nolte: Jon Stewart Should Get History Lessons From Gov. Palin

"Five days on destroying Bachmann means no one’s talking about Obama"
Big Hollywood Editor-In-Chief John Nolte not only pwns John Stewart in his latest op-ed, but he makes the more important point that the left's media front men -- Stewart, Colbert, Mediaite, MSNBC's talking heads and others -- are employing a “Two Minute Hate” tactic to keep the focus off of the Obama administration's failures:
Uncharacteristically, Jon Stewart is pretty late with his latest intellectually dishonest attempt to dehumanize Sarah Palin into a punchline. This phony Sputnik kerfuffle was settled last week. For those of you who only get your news from The Daily Show, I’ll set the stage and try to keep the words below three syllables: As is always the case, whenever Palin says a word, the left-wing media loses their collective minds and then proceeds to make fools of themselves looking for some way to further the dishonest narrative that the former governor is dumb or mean or crazy or all three. Stewart is a main player in this nasty business of character assassination but again, this entire matter was settled last week by our own Peter Schweizer, the Editor-In-Chief of Big Peace and a man who knows of what he speaks.


Last week, immediately after Palin’s appearance on Greta, Steve Stromberg at the Washington Post used the same dishonest arguments as Stewart to ridicule Palin. This is when Peter Schweizer, someone whose knowledge base, unlike Stromberg’s, extends beyond Wikipedia, stepped in. Here’s his main point, but you’ll want to read the whole thing:
Palin’s other point is that Sputnik was the sort of government bureaucratic program that got the Soviet Union in trouble; it’s an example of what eventually did them in. Citing Wikipedia (what journalistic ingenuity!), Stromberg argues that actually the Soviet Union didn’t have a debt problem until some “thirty years after” Sputnik. Perhaps instead of relying on Wikipedia, Stromberg might have consulted Robert Gates’ book From the Shadows which chronicles, in part, his career as a Soviet analyst at the CIA. (Just in case they are unaware at the Post, this is the same Robert Gates who is now the Secretary of Defense.) On page 173, he accurately points out that the CIA knew early on of the “Soviet economic crisis. From the late 1950s, CIA had clearly described the chronic weaknesses as well as the formidable military power of the Soviet Union.” Hmmm. Do you think this “chronic weaknesses might have had something to do with excessive bureaucracies and the size of government? Note to Stromberg: you will have to close Wikipedia and actually crack a book for this one.
Note to Jon Stewart: you will want to close the Washington Post and actually crack a book for this one. Maybe Palin can lend you whatever she’s reading.

- JP

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