This is How It’s Done

If you doubt that McClatchy is the only DC press service with a working bullshit detector, check out “New film on Palin is a fawning one-sided valentine to her“:

It repeatedly cites great poll numbers from her days as governor, but doesn’t mention how they’ve collapsed since then. It brags about her role in pushing for a natural gas pipeline and raising taxes on oil companies – but doesn’t mention that the pipeline hasn’t been built or that her Republican successor now blames the oil taxes for slowing exploration. And it revels in her successful challenge to former Gov. Frank Murkowski, but never mentions the family feud with the Murkowskis or the fact that Alaska voters last year sided with the Murkowskis against Palin’s pick for a Senate candidate.

The whole thing is brutal, and it’s telling to compare it to Ben Smith’s story on the film at Politico:

The atmospherics at times obscure the movie’s core argument, which is that Palin was a serious executive during her partial term in Alaska, taking on the oil industry and the Republican establishment alike in a genuine reform campaign.

That’s Ben’s only attempt to be critical of the movie, and his only criticism is stylistic. Other than that, he simply reprints what the film’s director told him without examining a single factual claim, proving yet again that Politico is nothing more than the TMZ of the Potomac.

40 replies
  1. 1
    WereBear says:

    Criticism would imply the bad stuff is true. And then liberals win!

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    I can’t wait to read Ebert’s review. I hope he does one. Someone should ask him on twitter.

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    MizB says:

    “Politico is nothing more than the TMZ of the Potomac.” Perfect description!

  4. 4
    amk says:

    ben smith has always been one two bit, third rate hack of fourth estate, who thinks snark is the answer for all serious questions.

  5. 5
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @amk: I saw what you did there.

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    Brian R. says:

    The comments at that McClatchy piece are just what you’d expect:

    Yeah, who said it’s illegal or taking money from taxpayers or just a project of government influenced media companies? Folks are no longer free in Obama’s Amerika to put their money where they intend it to do the most good?

    Now that Barry Soetoro has been nearly fully vetted, America’s center will reject him the next time his name appears on their ballots! Even some liberals have had enough of the teleprompter reader.

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    amk says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I left out the final part

    … of fourth estate, who are truly fifth columnists.

  8. 8
    Steve M. says:

    Bizarrely, the New York Post review is also quite brutal.

  9. 9
    sdhays says:

    OT: My dad just sent me this:

    The most interesting thing in that story, to me, is that Beck and Lush Bimbaugh have each lost a third of their listeners in the last year. That’s great news, to be sure, although I’d like to have data on why. Is it an indication that people are truly rejecting “peak wingnut” or is something else going on? “Over the last year” indicates that the fall-off in ratings was already happening before the Tea Party election in November, so…are they just going somewhere else?

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    jeffreyw says:

    @amk: …I have a sixth sense about these things because I’m a seventh son.

    What fun!

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    Woodrowfan says:

    yeah, the comments on the bad review are what one would expect. it’s like the Scientologists all swarming to claim that “Battlefield Earth” was a GREAT movie!!!

  12. 12

    @jeffreyw: You are the eight wonder of the world.

  13. 13
    Alex S. says:

    Palin raised taxes?

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    Comrade Javamanphil says:

    @amk: A sixth sense tells me that liberal criticism of Ben Smith just convinces him he’s doing his job well.

    ETA: Should have known I’d be too slow. I think that only strengthens my argument.

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    Comrade Javamanphil says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: We also would have accepted” Eight eight, I forgot what eight was for.

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    amk says:

    @Comrade Javamanphil: yeah, the guy must be in seventh heaven when he reads this.

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    Brian R. says:

    @Steve M.:

    Wow, that Post review is terrific.

    If you’re hopeful (or worried) that this movie is the secret trigger for a Palin relaunch, don’t be. Even if you fixed the blaring soundtrack and took out all the symbols of the cataclysmic evil opposing Palin (barking dogs, disaster footage, a closeup of Rosie O’Donnell), you’d still be left with a hopeless sputtering jumble.

    The busted logic and narrative chop of “The Undefeated” don’t suggest the phrase, “spirited new defense of Palin.” They say, “cyclone landed here.”

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    geg6 says:

    With a few exceptions (like McClatchy), our news media is a toxic sludge. And Politico and the WaPo are the most toxic of all the sludges simply by the virtue that The Village takes them so seriously. It makes me wonder about the news media in Rome around the time of its fall.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Brian R.: I think my wingnut decoder ring is a little out of date. Can someone please remind me why Rosie O’Donnell is supposed to be an avatar of evil?

  20. 20
    4tehlulz says:

    @dmsilev: Gun control

  21. 21
    Spike says:

    @MizB: Might be a little unfair to TMZ, but your point stands.

  22. 22
    Brian R. says:


    I think it was this.

  23. 23
    Woodrowfan says:


    She’s a 9/11 Twoofer. And gay.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Steve M.:

    Not bizarre at all. Rupert’s gotten as much mileage as he can out of Lady Starburst, so it’s time to kick her to the side of the road and find someone that can win in 2012.

  26. 26


    don’t put another dime in the jukebox, cause i don’t wanna hear that song no more.

    i was thinking more along the lines of i got a nine a sign a set and now i got a name.

  27. 27
    MaxB says:

    I’m getting inspired to give more overt support to McClatchy. Downloaded their iPhone app, for starters.

    NYPost…I think I’ll let that one incubate a while yet.

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    Yevgraf (fka Michael) says:


    That’s great news, to be sure, although I’d like to have data on why

    It is no mystery – listening to those assholes on a constant basis is as much a recipe for domestic household disaster as is a porn addiction. Put simply, when you respond to your wife’s request that you come with her to go see a movie with “but Beck is about to start, and he’s going to tell me – again – that the n*****s are taking everything”, things are going to detonate. Smarter men come to recognize this (I know I did, and it was a close run thing about 10 years ago).

    Now, that third peeloff is not going to result in a great majority of new Obama voters, but it will result in some, as those who stop guzzling the koolaid begin looking at the wider world around them once more.

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    shortstop says:

    Thanks, mistermix.

  30. 30
    rikyrah says:

    it’s good that someone will tell the truth on Caribou Barbie.

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    ErikdaRed says:

    It brags about her role in pushing for a natural gas pipeline and raising taxes on oil companies

    Wow, a Repug raised taxes on oil companies in her state and brags about it??

  32. 32
    Hewer of Wood, Drawer of Water says:

    “barking dogs, disaster footage, a closeup of Rosie”

    They filmed it at Cole’s house?

  33. 33
    grandpajohn says:

    @geg6: Don’t forget CNN

  34. 34
    Paul in KY says:

    @jeffreyw: If you have a seventh son youself, then he’ll be a ‘maker’. You & wife need to get right on this.

  35. 35
    Bulworth says:

    Palin was a serious executive during her partial term in Alaska

    Actually this little snippet is so choice I highly recommend it as a new tag.

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    Xenocrates says:

    I must take issue with your characterization of Politico as “…the TMZ of the Potomac.” TMZ is a gossip site, which uncovers the peccadilloes and foibles of “celebrities”; Politico is allegedly a provider of analysis and coverage of political issues. You are however entirely correct inasmuch as TMZ is honest about what they do, while Politico is not.

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    Comrade Javamanphil says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: Ten’s for everything, everything, everything (This song sums up my feelings on the subject of this post pretty accurately, actually.)

  38. 38
    shortstop says:

    @Comrade Javamanphil: Don’t let them hurt you bad, baby. Fight back. We do it all the time, yeah, yeah.

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    Nick says:

    For those of you still thinking the Grifter won’t run…
    she finally hired a voice coach sometime around May 2011.

    The Village has certified as serious and Presidential and she has multiple Breitbartians on her payroll. She can coast to the nomination with lots of behind-the-scenes ratfucking and a few scripted debates.

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    Nutella says:


    I’ll be the first of many to say: Judging by her Paul Revere performance, that must be one lousy voice coach.

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