Thursday, March 5, 2015

Attacks on Scott Walker Remind of Reagan - What it’s like when the gotcha left is out to get you!

American Spectator ^ | Paul Kengor 

".....Whoa. Now is that fair? The minute that this PolitiFact item was released, I got an email from a fellow Reagan expert who was steamed. “Paul, you’ve got to take this on!” he wrote.
No, I didn’t want to take it on. I instantly recognized what Walker was talking about, and was mystified by the harsh reaction. I knew the PATCO material published in Peggy Noonan’s and Edmund Morris’ books, and elsewhere.
Because a politician in an unscripted TV interview referred to documents rather than books by biographers, he’s a liar with his pants on fire? Should we hold a governor to the standard that we do scholars because he used the word “documents” in an off-the-cuff remark to a TV guy? Do we expect our politicians to be archival experts in Cold War documentation adhering to the utmost academic-scholarly precision while making general statements?
Clearly, Walker had indeed correctly read that the Soviets were impressed by Reagan’s actions, and surely assumed (understandably) that the authors he remembered writing about the incident (being authors) probably used some sort of “documents” for their research.
But because he used a word like “documents” instead of, say, “biographers,” we’re going to denounce him, “Liar, liar, pants on fire?!”
Does anyone really think that Scott Walker lied here? Please, give me a break...."
As Scott Walker moves on, he can expect to get much more of this. Ronald Reagan certainly did. Don’t let it bother you, governor, you’re in good company.
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How Press Attacks On GOP 2016 Contenders Could Backfire

The Federalist ^ | March 5, 2015 | Christian Toto 

The next presidential election is more than a year away, but news reporters are pummeling GOP presidential hopefuls like Rocky taking on a freezer full of meat.
The attacks could work against the Scott Walkers and Jeb Bushes of the party, but they also leave the press vulnerable to months of assaults on its integrity. The latter appears more likely thanks to conservatives hammering guilty reporters on social media. Their message is clear: this isn’t 2012 or 2008.
Just do a Twitter search on #ObamaLovesAmerica and you’ll be inundated with snarky and sober comments from the Right. It’s only a fraction of the blowback heading towards reporters who are all too eager to take out a GOP contender.
Conservative media outlets like National Review and Breitbart News are underlining the bias, but they aren’t alone. Conservatives are sharing their news stories, cranking up comic memes based on the hopelessly biased reportage, and peppering via Twitter reporters who unfairly target the GOP. In short, they’re revealing media organs like The Washington Post for what they appear to be, the Ready for Hillary campaign’s not-so-secret weapon. Scott Walker, Social Media Warrior
And the initial GOP frontrunner, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, leads their efforts. In true Andrew Breitbart fashion, Walker is calling out media outlets for their gotcha queries.
Such press attacks on the GOP are the kind rarely visited on Democrats. The Washington Post conducted a thorough, and utterly nitpicky, examination of Walker’s college years. Time magazine went so far as to interview the governor’s former high-school teacher for some gotcha gold.
Those very same outlets couldn’t be bothered to dig into President Obama’s college records, then or now. They are sealed and likely will remain so since few reporters feel curious enough to so much as type “Obama AND college” into Google. Or Bing.
So what did Team Walker do in response to the academic attacks? It started raising money off the obvious bias:
‘When you have a record like President Obama and the Democrats’, the last thing you want to talk about are results. That is why their defenders in the mainstream media love to distract the public,’ the email said.
Over the weekend, conservatives pounced when Jezebel published a story accusing Walker of stopping sexual assaults at the University of Wisconsin from being reported to the government. It was the War on Women 2.0—or perhaps 8.0., given how often the tactic is used against conservatives. The Daily Beast quickly picked up the story, magnifying its reach and clout.
Except the story was a lie. Walker was simply responding to a university request. It was already reporting these statistics to the government, so duplicating that effort wasted time and resources.
Conservatives let the Jezebel story’s author, Natasha Vargas-Cooper, have it on Twitter for not doing a Google search for context. Vargas-Cooper initially fired back in a defiant tone. The sheer volume of Tweets mocking her fallacious story convinced her to lock her Twitter account. The Right Swings Back
We learned this week that Jeb Bush’s wife is prone to spending some of the couple’s considerable wealth. Where is that fainting couch when we need it? Breitbart News’ John Nolte shredded The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty in true Jon Stewart fashion for co-authoring the Bush wife story.
Nolte wasn’t alone in publicly pressuring Tumulty. He got a hand from others on social media, and after getting a cyber smackdown Tumulty threw up her hands and said, “I’ve got work to do.”
Consider the plight of poor Ron Fournier. The veteran scribe at National Journal faced the brunt of conservative ire earlier this month. He sent out the following tweet to share a withering New York Times column on Walker’s school-based rulings..... READ MORE

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Walker's campaign site: Our American Revival - Good opening video and Ronald Reagan quote:
"It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government." - President Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981

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