Trust a hooker, a drug dealer, a petty thief, before you trust Big Media. Whether it’s John Edwards or Tiger Woods (we wrote about the Tiger Woods, Obama similarities) Big Media protected their favorites and violated their duty to report the news to their various publics and the American electorate. Don’t trust Big Media.
The latest news about Al Gore (by the way, when is a Big Media outlet going to write about Clinton Karma – the ugly fate that has befallen so many, if not most, Hillary backstabbers?) is another example of Don’t Trust Big Media. We don’t particularly care about the Al Gore divorce. We do not rejoice at the news of potential sexual misconduct, or worse. But this alleged incident of Al Gore and the masseuse, official police report filed, back in 2006 IS and was NEWS.
There was a police report filed, there are some creepy allegations, there are some lurid allegations – and a big newspaper knew all about this but decided to keep the NEWS quiet. That the woman in question refused to press charges at the time or to cooperate with a “legitimate” newspaper then, and only now is cooperating with the National Enquirer for pay, are facts to be considered, but the bottom line is that this was and is NEWS.
To say the least, the Al Gore Sex Creep story has to make Bill Clinton supporters queasy. There is even the angle of alleged DNA stains on the woman’s clothes. [The music allegedly played by Al Gore to the masseuse was “Dear Mr. President” by the singer “Pink” – which makes us doubly blush.]
Bill Clinton had a rakish history which Americans knew about when they elected him. Bill Clinton, as documented by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons in The Hunting Of The President was targeted by Republicans for destruction going back to 1988, before he ran for president. Once elected Bill Clinton made a mess of things by consorting with Monica Lewinsky. This was a consensual relationship. Bill Clinton, according to the lurid Starr Report repeatedly tried to stop his affair and was remorseful of his actions. But by then busybodies like Linda Tripp and assorted Republicans (as vividly described by then Republican insider David Brock in Blinded By The Right) conspired to keep the affair going and advised Monica Lewinsky to keep the affair going – in pursuit of their nefarious schemes.
Bill Clinton was hardly an innocent, but without doubt he was a target of a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy which had its origins in the mind of Lee Atwater and other Republican operatives who feared Clinton’s political skills and political opportunities. It has therefore been disappointing to find people like Joe Conason allege that Obama has been hunted in the same way that Bill Clinton was hunted. To the contrary, Obama was protected and advanced by nefarious elements in the Democratic Party and given a pass by foolish Republicans who fell for his “unity” scam. But we digress. The point we are trying to make is that the Al Gore NEWS is indeed NEWS and should have been reported in 2006 as NEWS.
The Al Gore story was NEWS simply by dint of the alleged echoes with the Bill Clinton mishaps. That there was a police report filed also made it NEWS. That Al Gore was a major public figure made it NEWS. That Al Gore was involved in major battles of public policy made it NEWS. That there was a potential angle of hypocrisy made it NEWS. That it was not a consensual relationship made it NEWS. It was NEWS but it was not reported to the American public in a timely manner.
That such a story could be unfair to Al Gore should be a consideration before publication. A well written story, including strong caveats and warnings as to its validity should have been the course taken. Al Gore should have been provided a full, front page opportunity, to respond to the allegations.
But instead the Big Media outlet in question chose to ignore the NEWS and the value of a fully informed public. Could this story have hurt Al Gore and denied him the now very much devalued, but once worthy, Nobel Prize? Undoubtedly. But the first priority for a NEWS outlet should be NEWS and the public should have been informed of what was not a consensual relationship. Hillary supporter Ed Rendell, is currently responding to allegations of marital infidelity due to a story about to be published tomorrow. Instead of hiding the story from the public, Ed Rendell, according to conservative magazine The Weekly Standard has responded in a way to be emulated (Ed Rendell Teaches Everyone How To Respond To A Thinly Sources Sex Scandal Rumor)
The priority for a NEWS operation should be NEWS not protection of its favorites. But the alleged news outlet, The Portland Tribune, protected Al Gore and defrauded its readers:
The woman did not wind up pursuing her complaint, for reasons unclear. It’s also worth noting that the Portland Tribune had the story two years ago, and writes that it “chose at that time not to publish a story.”
UPDATE: Portland Tribune executive editor Mark Garber declined to discuss the story in detail, but did shed a bit more light on why his paper had chosen not to run with it, based on what he called “many of the test points that we would normally have to determine whether there was sufficient evidence that something inappropriate had occurred.”
“We weren’t able to meet our own test,” he said.
The paper also quoted a Gore spokeswoman, Kalee Krieder, saying, “Not only has there not been a settlement, we haven’t been approached about one nor can we imagine any basis for one.”
Big Media outlet The Portland Tribune did its readers a disservice by keeping the public ignorant of a major story about a major public figure in a story with a police report. The Portland Tribune‘s excuses for not informing their readers and the American public are not believable and are not the standard a NEWS operation should operate under.
Al Gore was protected. It’s possible that his issue posture in a state in which environmentalism is very popular protected him. Al Gore has almost disappeared from the environmental debate at a moment when there is an environmental catastrophe in the Gulf Of Mexico. This is very odd. But we are used to oddity when it comes to Obama.
The other day a federal district judge scorched Obama and the Interior Department decision to impose a drilling moratorium. The judge today refused to stay his order striking at the drilling moratorium. The judge has been threatened with death, attacked for having financial interests in the matter. But little mention of Obama’s financial interests can be found at Big Media outlets. Obama indeed has financial interests at stake and as we have reported and re-reported lots of lobbyist friends from BP.
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Yesterday another Big Media protection of Obama continued the slow motion over years crumble.
“A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich’s plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.
John Harris, Blagojevich’s former chief of staff, testified Wednesday in the former governor’s corruption trial that three days after the Nov. 4, 2008, presidential election, the ex-governor told Harris he felt confident Obama knew he wanted to swap perks.
“The president understands that the governor would be willing to make the appointment of Valerie Jarrett as long as he gets what he’s asked for. . . . The governor gets the Cabinet appointment he’s asked for,” Harris said, explaining a recorded call.
Harris said Blagojevich came away believing Obama knew what he wanted after having a conversation with a local union representative, who in turn spoke with labor leader Tom Balanoff, with whom Blagojevich met to discuss a Jarrett appointment. Jarrett, now a White House adviser, was seeking the appointment to Obama’s Senate seat.
Defense lawyers say Harris’ testimony contradicts the government’s previous public statements that Obama knew nothing about deal-making involving the Senate seat appointment.
The defense on Wednesday moved to force the prosecution to turn over FBI reports of Obama’s interview with federal agents in December of 2008. Obama is not accused of wrongdoing.
“Testimony elicited by the government from John Harris and wiretaps played in court raise the issue of President Obama’s direct knowledge and communication with emissaries and others regarding the appointment to his Senate seat,” lawyers wrote in the filing.”
“Obama is not accused of wrongdoing” only by those blind or willfully blind. Obama must be dragged away from the gold courses and to the witness stand even if the defense has to hire Tiger Woods’ wife to chase him with a gold club to testify.
Obama’s own “internal report” from 2008 stated that various people in the White House communicated with Blagojevich and that Blagojevich wanted to be Health and Human Services Secretary in exchange for making Obama crony Valerie Jarrett a U.S. Senator. Drag Jarrett and Emanuel and others to the witness stand as well.
A special prosecutor has long been needed to investigate the Chicago Corruption Obama. We started to write about Rezko and Obama and Chicago Corruption our first week of publication in April 2007. Since then we have documented the Blagojevich twists and turns and why Obama is sweating it out. We’ve discussed why Obama was mentioned at least 40 times by Prosecutor Fitzgerald in the 76 page criminal complaint.
We have not left out Michelle Obama’s various corruptions nor her sleeved pal Valerie Jarrett. When the Blagojevich trial began we noted the potential hazards for Barack Obama and his circus of crime.
Just before the trial began, a major victory for the Obama protection squads was announced. For many obvious reasons Barack Obama should have been called as a witness in the trial, but the presiding Judge instead issued various protective rulings and an order which meant Obama would not have to testify and be subjected to cross examination.
After yesterday’s testimony we know that Obama’s testimony to the FBI contradicts one of the main witnesses against Blagojevich. Rahm Emanuel provided a list to Blagojevich of Obama’s supposed choices to replace him. Obama should be dragged to the stand to either refute the testimony or confirm it. Obama should be cross examined, at length, about Chicago Corruption and his relationship with Rezko and other criminals. Blagojevich should be allowed access to Obama’s FBI testimony and any inconsistencies by Obama given a proctology exam.
At the very minimum, Big Media should ask the questions that Blagojevich’s lawyers are thus far prevented from asking. What did Obama know and when did he know it. For that matter, even though we hope the story has no semblance to the truth, Al Gore needs to be asked the questions John Edwards was not asked because Gore purports to be a moral leader on public issues and because there is a public report with allegations and circumstantial evidence (the bill and the dates confirm aspects of the story) that support the allegations.
Big Media deserves to die because Big Media protects its friends and attacks its enemies. No thought is given to the public interest by Big Media even though the American Constitution protects the “press” in the interests of an informed citizenry.
Big Media failed to vet Barack Obama in 2007, 2008, 2009 and in 2010. It’s about time Big Media outlets did their job. Till then trust hookers, drug dealers, petty thieves and masseuses for the news before you trust Big Media.