Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More Quote of the Day Honorable Mention, Part 262

"Idiot Wind" Edition

Bob Dylan - Idiot Wind - Bootleg Series Vol.2 - MyVideo

SF at SF Says:
“A notorious trick used by newspaper reporters--and allowed to be used by like-minded editors-- is that of reporting a false story published by another outlet and harmful to a political opponent as if it were fact. The malicious reporter doesn't need to actually say the story is true, but by discussing various possible conclusions and logical aspects... the reader is left with the clear impression that the story is fact. Case in point: During the '08 campaign a story surfaced that when she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin had tried to ban some books in the local library. The story helpfully included a list of the titles. The ‘story’ was quickly picked up by the MSM/ liberal/Dem media. Just one tiny problem: The story was a hoax from the get-go. One tipoff was that several of the books on the list were published after Palin was no longer mayor. The one nugget of fact was that a constituent had asked the mayor if it was possible to get offensive books removed from the town's library. The mayor relayed the question to the library staff, but never sought to ban any books... one of the many ways the media accomplish hatchet-jobs on people they hate. And of course they never retract the scurrilous stories, let alone apologize.”
Bryan Preston at The PJ Tatler:
“For a silly hick snowbilly who doesn’t know anything, whom loving and tolerant liberals call a ‘special needs case’ in honor of the new civility, Sarah Palin is establishing a track record on the issues that is, over the past year or two, without equal.”
Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters:
“A day before the liberal website Wonkette posted a truly disgraceful piece about Sarah Palin's Down's syndrome son Trig, the Los Angeles Times published an article calling the former Alaska governor a ‘special-needs case.’ Columnist Meghan Daum's ‘Why Sarah Palin Doesn't Get What She Deserves’ was just another in a long line of hit pieces on the woman from Wasilla the elite media love to hate... Since she first hit the national stage on August 29, 2008, Sarah Palin has brought out the worst in just about every liberal media member in this country.”
Nice Deb:
“If ‘thoughtful writers’ are ‘too easy’ on Palin because of her ‘special needs’ status, what’s their excuse for the sycophantic way they cover Dear Reader?”
Christopher Chantrill at Road to the Middle Class:
“Way back when, in 2009, Palin put up a note on her Facebook page about ‘death panels’ in President Obama's ObamaCare package. Now it's the law and the president is optimistically talking about his ‘independent commission of doctors, nurses, medical experts and consumers’ that will be cutting Medicare reimbursement rates. Sarah Palin has always been solid on the need to develop conventional energy resources and hold back from wasteful subsidies on ‘green energy.’ She has sneered at President Obama's ‘very fast trains’ and now the Chinese are slowing theirs. Sarah Palin went to Wisconsin and told the teachers that their pensions were sacred and Gov. Walker was working to save them. And now as experts are starting to agree that the Federal Reserve's ‘quantitative easing’ or inflation hasn't boosted the economy as much as it has boosted food and energy prices, we are reminded that Sarah Palin spoke out against QE2 months ago... Gov. Palin is rock solid and consistent as a common-sense constitutional conservative. So why do the pundits think she's a flake?”
Freedom Fighter at Joshuapundit:
“Once again, a certain housewife from Wasilla has proved that she's a few steps ahead of the game. Tell me again how she's not qualified to be president!”
Don Surber at the Charleston Daily Mail :
“Mrs. Palin: ‘When Germany, a country that knows a thing or two about the dangers of inflation, warns us to think again, maybe it’s time for Chairman Bernanke to cease and desist. We don’t want temporary, artificial economic growth bought at the expense of permanently higher inflation which will erode the value of our incomes and our savings.’ She referred of course to the hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic days of Germany in the 1920s — which collapsed and paved the way for Hitler and Nazi Germany... How did she know? She has real world knowledge. She has run a business. She has been a governor. She actually ran something other than her mouth.”
John Hayward at Human Events:
“The secret to Palin’s remarkable gift of prophecy about Obama economic policy is simple. She understands that prosperity can never return while the private sector is growing smaller.”
William A. Jacobson at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion:
“Politico's Cheapest Shot Yet... I'm not a fan of Politico's news operation. Today's feature article, ‘Mission for anti-Palin movement: Expose her,’ is a prime example of how the MSM will go after Republican candidates or potential candidates. Under the guise of reporting on the anti-Palin movement, Politico manages to dredge up almost every crank accusation against Palin. The fourth word in the first sentence of the article just happens to be ‘promiscuous.’ How nice. In the course of the article, Politico manages to compare Palin to Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Hitler, and Father Coughlin, but only because such people were controversial and celebrities, of course. And Politico did not make the connection itself, it merely quoted someone making the connection, that's how real reporters do it, right?”
Greg Krehbiel at Crowhill Weblog:
“The lamestream media at it again... Any time Palin is not in the room, the liberal mean streak comes out with zeal. But… to her face? No, they can’t do that.”
David Weigel at liberal website Slate:
“Good news, everyone! We have survived the latest flare-up of the conspiracy theory generally known as ‘Trig Trutherism’ — the discredited hypothesis that Sarah Palin's youngest son is not hers. Last week, ‘The Lies of Sarah Palin’ author Geoffrey Dunn published a lengthy piece — spiked by the Huffington Post, then acquired by the traffic-hungrier Business Insider — going over the same turf. His argument was blown to smithereens by Justin Elliott at Salon as well as by other reporters who sighed and decided to engage with one of the duller conspiracy theories of all time. (A serious conspiracy theory should seem less like a General Hospital subplot.)”
Mark Whittington at Yahoo! News:
“There is something crassly personal about the campaign against Palin, of how the attacks tend to be about her personal life rather than her politics. What is it about a telegenic, athletic, religious, conservative woman that causes certain people to lose all reason and leap the length of their chains? The answer likely wanders out of the realm of politics and into abnormal psychiatry.”
Doug Fletcher at Let's Make Obama Resign:
“I think that if Sarah Palin chooses to run, the other candidates and their allies in the party establishment will have a difficult time defeating her. If she does manage to win the nomination, it will have been after a fierce fight, and she will come out of the nominating convention looking very strong indeed. The White House will of course attempt to make her an object of ridicule, but I doubt they'll have much luck at that, and what they'll have on their hands instead is a serious battle in which Palin won't feel any of the reservations against attacking Obama that plagued the McCain campaign in 2008.”
Daria at Conservative Diva:
“Where was Trump in the run-up to the 2010 midterms when Sarah Palin and the grassroots were rolling up their sleeves and putting money, time and effort into electing Tea Party Republican candidates?”
Bill S at RedState.com:
“I am inclined to support a candidate who is most likely to make the Democrats squirm and who is most likely to expose the Left’s true colors of hate and divisiveness. Who might that be? Which candidate can do the most damage to the Left? Sarah Palin... As an opponent to Obama, Palin can be expected to fight - hard... We need a candidate that can connect with common people…that doesn’t happen by asking voters if they know what Whole Foods charges for arugula or by babbling incessantly about windmills or by condescendingly suggesting that potential voters should sell their minivans to buy a non-existent hybrid van. No, connecting with people happens by distilling complex issues into words that people understand and relate to. Palin’s speeches, and even her essays on Facebook, connect with people... Can Palin win? At this point she would likely fare as well as anyone else in the field, and she most certainly can make the Left and their media sycophants look horrible. If she were to win, would she be an effective President? I don’t know - but I do know that we were asking very similar questions when a certain governor and ex-actor ran for POTUS in 1980.”
- JP

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