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Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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Another Casualty of Sarah Palin Rhetoric

Unfortunately there is no new clever, or serious, or boring post on The Prudence Paine Papers tonight. In honor of the determination of the Left and the media to blame Sarah Palin’s “violent rhetoric” for the mass murders in Tucson, the right wing of Twitter was all atwitter today with a new hashtag game: #BlamePalin.

And so, I spent the evening fishing through the entertaining Twitter stream of all the numerous events and items for which Sarah Palin is surely to blame—according to the laws of liberal logic.

As a result, there is one thing for which I know Sarah Palin’s rhetoric is definitely to be blamed: no new Prudence post. #BlamePalin

Therefore, in substitution, I present some of my more favorite #BlamePalin hashtag game entries:

From @PruPaine:

  • the asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs #blamepalin
  • oops… broken link [in that last tweet]. sorry! #blamepalin

From @SooperMexican:

  • @BarackObama‘s failure as a President #blamepalin
  • Fall of Rome #blamepalin

From @leahblizz:

  • Naked Rahm yelled at me in the shower #blamepalin

From @Dtindle:

  • Snuggies, Chia Pets and Mr. Microphone. #BlamePalin

From @ZephyrK9:

  • Continental Drift #BlamePalin

From mybrandieb:

  • The toilet seat was left up and I #BlamePalin

From JonahNRO:

  • My annoying habit of tapping my ballpoint pen against my glass eye when doing crossword puzzles? #blamepalin

From @iowahawkblog:

  • Driving troubled lunatics into insane fits of rage, causing them to get primetime host jobs at MSNBC #BlamePalin
  • Destruction of the Aztecs, Creation of Pontiac Aztek #BlamePalin
  • [NYTimes columnist] Paul Krugman’s confusion whether this hashtag game is sarcastic or not #BlamePalin
  • 36 of Keith Olbermann’s last 43 nervous breakdowns #BlamePalin


Another clever hashtag game that was popular earlier in the day was #NewTone: gentle mockings of the media’s and the left’s hypocritical call to eliminate all “vitriolic” language, to adopt a new politically correct, Big Brother double-speak tone for public discourse.

From @PruPaine:

  • All episodes of William F Buckley’s “Firing Line” to undergo editing to rename as “Skip Thru the Meadow With Bill” #newtone
  • “screen capture” will now trigger an Amber alert (in reply to @LHphotog: oops, I used “ScreenShots” in my last #tech tweet #NoMeta4s #Dupnik #newTone)

From @rsmccain:

  • I just hit deadline for American Spectator. But I guess “hit” and “deadline” are both violent rhetoric. #NewTone

From @jimgeraghty:

  • U2’s album [War] will now be called, “Disagreement.” #NewTone

From @BrewingAle:

  • “Crosshairs” are now to be referred to as “Orthogonally aligned filamentous biomaterial” #NewTone

From @alexashrugged:

  • In the spirit of a #newtone and getting rid of violent, overheated rhetoric, I call on Rep. Louise Slaughter to change her name

From @diskinetic:

  • WiffleBall, with Chris Matthews! #newtone
  • “Give me liberty, or deeply inconvenience me!” #newtone

From @iowahawkblog:

  • Johnny Cash rewrite: “I hugged a man in Reno / just to watch him smile” #newtone

From @SooperMexican:

  • @KeithOlbermann‘s “Not the best person in their general vicinityyyyyy” #newtone
  • “Death Panels” to be referred to as “life-challenged panels” #newtone
  • White House will be repainted and renamed Off-White House to dissuade ‘black and white” thinking… #newtone
  • UN passes resolution for Islamists to use Environmentally-Friendly and Low-Decibel Suicide Bombs #NewTone

Th-th-th-that’s all, folks.

|Media | Prudence Potpourri

Hotline Editor Covers Up Smear on Giffords Rival

This afternoon I watched my Twitter feed scroll with the horrific unfolding news of the shooting of US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) at a Congressional event outside of a Tucson grocery store by some crazed gunman. At the time, news channels were reporting that Giffords had died.

Suddenly one tweet caught my eye. It was a stomach-turning dispatch from Jeremy Jacobs, the editor of National Journal’s On Call online column:

What? That’s sounds disgusting. To schedule an “exciting” announcement barely an hour after your rival has been murdered would be beyond heartless.

So I went to the link, Jesse Kelly’s website. Here’s what I found, and what @HotlineJeremy would have seen just moments before.

If you click on the picture, you can zoom in for a clearer view. Note the date of the post on the left side, right between “Exciting Announcement” and “Event Date.” It clearly shows that Kelly scheduled this announcement back on Tuesday, January 4, 2010, long before any tragedy had befallen Giffords or his district.

Jacobs’ tweet, however, clearly implied that Kelly was behaving like a vulture and plotting to profit from the murder of his opponent. That’s a fairly vile thing to assume of someone. In making such an implication, Jacobs belied his animosity towards Republicans by not even bothering to say, “Wait, let me check this despicable thing out before I run with it.”

Instead he joined in with the liberal blogosphere, where they pointed fingers at the Tea Party and Sarah Palin’s “target list” (even though both Daily Kos and the DCCC had Giffords on their own “target” lists) and made any preposterous smear they could invent to paint the right ugly and guiltydespite all evidence to the contrary and calls to not politicize a shooting in earlier instances. (Gateway Pundit has an excellent collection of reports on today’s events and the hideousness of today’s actions by the left-wing and the media. Even the National Journal couldn’t help piling on with left-wing spin.)

But Jacobs is a professional journalist. He must be held to a higher standard than the cesspool known as the Daily Kos.

I know how it can be in the heat of the moment, when a reporter thinks he has a scoop and acts quickly. Mistakes can be made, and they can be corrected.

So I immediately tweeted him to get him to make sure he was aware of his error.

Eight minutes later, worried about how quickly things can be seen and spread on Twitter, especially a tweet from an editor at a supposedly reputable publication, I tweeted Jacobs again:

[Note: Sorry that the time stamps don’t sync up with the Jacobs tweet, because I neglected to capture my own tweets at that time. Below is a screen shot of his Replies page that shows his tweet had already been retweeted by the time I contacted him. (Click the image to enlarge it.)]

About 10 to 15 minutes later, I checked to see if Jacobs had done anything to rectify the situation. I clicked on the original tweet:!/HotlineJeremy/status/23827729388408832. What? It said: “Sorry, that page does not exist.” Looked like Jeremy went and deleted the evidence.

So I checked his Twitter profile page to see what he had tweeted to announce his deletion. Below is what I found. The tweet to @HonCraigJohnson had been the last tweet before his Jeff Kelly tweet.

Now, nearly 8 hours beyond the deletion, Jacobs has still issued no correction for his vile implication, nor has he apologized to Kelly for it either.

It’s not as if Jacobs doesn’t know how to issue a tweet correction. Barely 20 tweets after his deleted one, he made one:

Jesse Kelly, on the other hand, promptly updated his website with a new front page, putting all politics aside and dedicating it to prayers for Giffords and her family. He concludes: “Senseless acts of violence such as this have absolutely no place in American politics.”

UPDATE: Even the National Journal had an article about how so many in the media attempted to politicize the shooting, right away, into something the right-wing caused. But they didn’t bother to include themselves.

Perhaps National Journal could take some advice in setting an ethical policy with regards to their tweets. Craig Silverman at the Columbia Journalism Review did a piece on how to handle a misreported fact, such as Giffords had died when she hadn’t, in his “To Delete or Not to Delete?” Most news organizations felt deleting tweets, even ones that have disseminated egregiously wrong information should not just be swept under the rug. (And they aren’t talking off-the-cuff tweets that libel someone, as in the Hotline tweet.) CJR comes down on the side of issuing a corrective tweet, and then contacting all the retweeters of the original tweet to let them know of the correction and asking for an RT of the new info.


Guess What Day It Is

I’ll give you a hint: It’s something that the media usually goes wild about.

Need another hint? It’s the six-month anniversary of some event.

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|Media | The Left

Rick Sanchez Meet Petard...Updated

Rick Sanchez: Conventional Racist

Just spent 20 minutes of my life listening to the complete Pete Dominick interview with Rick Sanchez. You know, the one in which he says CNN and all media are run by people like Jon Stewart (i.e., Jewish), and that Jews have no right calling themselves oppressed minorities.

[If you haven’t read all the coverage of it yet, I recommend:

Why would I give up such a large amount of precious time listening to someone I know to be a pompous, moronic, drunk-driving hit-and-run manslaughterer that I can’t bear to watch for five minutes on TV?

I just had to hear the actual sound of him making such an anti-Semitic statement to truly believe it, and frankly, I thought it would come at the start of the interview. But even after he said it halfway through, I couldn’t believe he continued for the rest of the interview defending and repeating it.

It turns out that Dominick, the interviewer, was the first one to actually utter the word “Jew.” But Sanchez doesn’t seem to need that door held open for him. He was ready to plow through it.  This was no Freudian slip or a non-thinking use of a situationally inappropriate idiom, as when Sanchez called Obama the “cotton-picking President.

At the end of all 20 minutes, I was drenched in the bigotry and racism that Sanchez poured forth for whites, and Jews, and anyone else that isn’t like him. Oh, how he has suffered. He has nothing to back it up, but you can be sure that anytime anyone has ever looked at him, it was filled with racist intent. And anytime anyone did *not* look at him, that too was racist. Just writing this about him is racist.

This repulsive buffoonery has been going on for years. How has he stayed on the air? Because people like Rick Sanchez look for racism everywhere but never hear it when it is coming out of their own mouths.

My one take-away thought from his rambling interview: Thank goodness he finally said something about “the Jews.” That is a word that the liberal elite will not tolerate being slung around. Finally, the liberals will have the scales drop from their eyes and they too will see at least part of his racism, be rightfully offended by it and give him the racist boot he has so long deserved.

If you’re a masochist like me and would like to hear the full 20 minutes, here’s a link to it. (I tried and tried to get the video to embed here, but I must be too stoopid to figure it out. Sorry!)

Since it took me so long to fail at embedding the video, we have breaking news: Sanchez has been fired by CNN. Their statement says they “wish him well.” (The Hot Air link to the news makes the amusing point that Sanchez is currently hawking a book he wrote, titled: Conventional Idiocy. He has proven his expertise on the topic indeed.)

Update: Woo-hoo! Finally found a way to get Mediaite’s video to embed here. Not sure if I could repeat the feat, but here it is in all its glory:

Update II:
Clicking around, still entertained by the Sanchez news, I stumbled across an ancient 2003 scathing, hilarious review of his new MSNBC show by the Broward New Times. (h/t: an old Pat Dollard story)

This led me to look up the BNT-referenced Don Zacharias critique in his now-defunct Blue Mag.

The table of contents, however, piqued my interest. It turns out that one of the main writers for the Sanchez-ripping Blue Mag at the time was none other than a Peter Dominick. Given our man-of-the-day Pete Dominick’s own website bio and his Wikipedia bio, it seems unlikely the two are the same. I’ve sent Pete a tweet, but he wouldn’t have had a chance to reply yet—even if he would actually deign to do so while riding the wave of fame and adulation and preparing for his new show debut today. No matter, it’s just one of those weird coincidences I love.

By the way, when I said Mediaite had the original audio on their site, I was inaccurate. Dominick has the full original, original audio, along with a write-up by Pete’s “Big Brother” Brian Dominick transcribing and rehashing the interview from Pete’s point of view. Sorry, Pete.

Other Sanchez snippets on the Internet:

In Pat Dollard’s early reporting on Sanchez, he calls him out in CNN’S Rick Sanchez Leads The Charge Against Israel. I’m unsure if Sanchez was being anti-Israel here or just doing his typical bumbling around in waters too deep for his muddled head. Dollard himself is taking him on for bumbling, not anti-Semitism.

Newsbusters is the place to go for proof that Sanchez was an equal-opportunity offender. Their search engine offers an amusing trip down memory lane in their catalog of Sanchez’s goofs, gaffes and gee gollys–his greatest hits, so to speak.

The place everyone will be at 2:30 pm EDT today, though, will be in front of a TV tuned to CNN. Pete Dominick will be airing his new show. His latest tweet says: Watch me and my guests David Webb @thegrindershow, Stephanie Miller @smshow, @samseder… No word on whether he’ll discuss Sanchez, but it would be a let-down if he didn’t.