Archive for November, 2007

1/3 of CNN Questioners Where Democrat Plants

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/30/2007

John Fund reports on CNN’s sandbagging of the GOP Presidential candidates:

Now it appears that an amazing number of partisan figures posed many of the 30 questions at the GOP debate all the while pretending to be CNN’s advertised “undecided voters.” .. Almost a third of the questioners seem to have some ties to Democratic causes or candidates.

Commentary from Hugh Hewitt, and Michelle Malkin.

As I said yesterday, what a disgrace.

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Best Thing I’ve Read On Michael Gerson’s _Heroic Conservatism_

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/29/2007

In fact, this analysis by Yuval Levin is one of the most insightful things I’ve read in recent months on any topic.

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Gerson’s Heroes — FDR & Wilson

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/29/2007

The Wall Street Journal on Michael Gerson’s Heroic Conservatism.

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“The Foreignization of Poverty”

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/29/2007

George Borjas looks at the latest data on immigration. Some data points:

One of every 3 persons lacking health insurance is foreign-born.

About a third of adult immigrants lack a high school diploma.

A third of immigrant households use at least one major welfare program.

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Plantmania! The CNN/YouTube Freak Show

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/29/2007

Idiocracy is no futuristic disutopia — it’s America right now. CNN, MSNBC and ABC have given us Republican “debates” with questions from former Democrat party activists, now posing as “newsmen”. But now CNN has topped that, and they’ve gone straight to questions from current Democrat Presidential candidate supporters. What a disgrace.

UPDATE: Jason Coleman has found yet another Democrat plantand yet another. You begin to wonder whether CNN actually let any Republican ask a question at the Republican debate.

The Weekly Standard had this to say: “Is this what running for president of the greatest democracy in the world has become? Standing in front of CNN’s corporate logo in a hall full of yowling Ron Paul loons and enduring clumsy webcam questions from Unabomber look-a-likes in murky basements? .. America got to see a vaguely threatening parade of gun fetishists, flat worlders, Mars Explorers, Confederate flag lovers and zombie- eyed- Bible- wavers as well as various one issue activists hammering their pet causes .. ”

And the biggest pet cause advocate of the night was clearly Anderson Cooper and CNN. Stephen Green pretty much nails it: “What we really saw tonight was CNN playing out its own agenda in front of a couple million viewers and seven or eight candidates, without anyone calling them on it. To see what I mean, let’s take a look at some of the 30-odd questions CNN’s editors culled from the more than 5,000 submitted to YouTube by all those average Americans.

On of the best questions of the night came towards the end, and concerned the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. The questioner, was a retired Army general who served, in the closet, for 42 years before he could reveal himself as a gay man. Did CNN owe its viewers the courtesy of letting them know that that the general now serves on Hillary Clinton’s “Gay Steering Committee?”

Another question came from a very self-important sounding YouTuber, who wanted to know which of the candidates believed “every word” of “this book,” with his camcorder floating ominously above a copy of the Bible. Now, I’m no Christian, but even I was offended. The question wasn’t an honest inquiry—it was a set-up to see which candidate would step up and make himself look the most like a fundamentalist Christian bigot.

Two different YouTubers asked questions about gun control. Both were, like most of the candidates and probably the entire live audience, against it. But the questioners were not the most wholesome-seeming guys. One demonstrated how his pump action shotgun worked while explaining that, “In small towns we like our big guns.” The second guy was just plain creepy. Both men—obviously well-armed—pretty much dared the candidates to say something positive about gun control.

Mostly what I noticed wasn’t the bulge of their holsters, but the obviousness of CNN’s agenda.”

Wizbang narrows in on CNN’s journalistic double standards: “A few weeks ago, during the most recent Democratic debate, it was uncovered that a lot of the questioners CNN picked had were Democratic party officials and apparatchiks. The justification at the time was “oops — we didn’t know!” and “well, it’s for the Democratic primary, so of course it’s going to be a lot of Democrats asking the questions.” Now that lightning has struck twice at CNN and we have a new slate of Democratic appartchiks and activists asking questions of Republicans, the new narrative seems to be “well, they were valid questions, so it really doesn’t matter who asked them.” This raises the interesting question: if who asked the questions is irrelevant, then why didn’t the gay general ask about lead in toys, while the mom with her kids ask about gays in the military?.. CNN, by playing by completely contradictory standards for its questioners at debates, betrays its bias: the Democrats get to stack their questions to make their candidates look good; the Republicans find themselves having to squirm and evade, or give concrete answers that won’t make some people very happy.”

UPDATE: Fred Barnes weighs in.

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Levin On Gerson’s _Heroic Conservatism_

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/28/2007


I think it has to be said that the book is terribly unfair to fiscal conservatives. It treats them as essentially devoid of principle and idealism and lacking concern for the poor. Mike calls them at one point “small minded, cold, and uninspired.”

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The Lies — And Plagiarisms — of Michael Gerson

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/28/2007

David Frum posts a section from his National Review article on Michael Gerson and “Heroic Conservatism”.

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Douthat on Gerson

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/28/2007


Nor is Gerson likely to find a ready audience among conservatives. His year as a Post columnist has earned him few friends to his right, given the regularity with which he has piously scolded his fellow Republicans for being too partisan, too tightfisted, and too bigoted. In a characteristic column, he defended Bush’s proposed immigration reform by accusing its foes of betraying Jesus Christ himself ..

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Good Germs, Bad Germs

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/28/2007

The human body isn’t a single organism — it’s a super-organism made up of hundreds of species. Most of them bacterial ..

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“I think, therefore I’m right.”

Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/28/2007

John Tierney takes a look at the logic of Leon Kass, Bush’s medical ethics “brain”: “Listening to Dr. Kass, I kept imagining this argument being made to Galileo: Once you admit that the Earth shares similarities with the planets, humanity is ruined!”

Kass, remember, is the intellectual titan who contends that eating an ice cream cone in public is a morally repugnant act.

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