Assassination plot

Liberal media's coverage of GOP candidates stuck in attack mode

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Extremist. Right-wing Christian conservatives. Out of step. Kooky.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, shown with his wife, Mary Pat, is reportedly reconsidering a run for the presidency in 2012. If he does, watch for liberal media to pounce as they have on other GOP candidates.  Noah K. Murray/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Noah K. Murray/ASSOCIATED PRESS
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, shown with his wife, Mary Pat, is reportedly reconsidering a run for the presidency in 2012. If he does, watch for liberal media to pounce as they have on other GOP candidates.

These are just some of the descriptions that today’s news media would use if the current Republican presidential field were populated by the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison or any of the signers of the U.S. Constitution.

Yes, the country has changed in more than 200 years. But to the point where the founders would be regarded as unfit for public office? And you wonder why the country they stitched together is unraveling?

The truth is, the liberal media – which still include the three original broadcast networks, CNN, MSNBC, most major newspapers and many wire service reporters, NPR, PBS and even late-night comedians and the Comedy Central network’s fake news shows – have done their best to assassinate the characters of every promising and up-and-coming GOP candidate. They will never find one that they like, certainly not as much as they like just about any Democrat that comes down the pike.

The media’s well-documented “slobbering love affair” with the current president, as one author put it, tops even their regard for disgraced former President Bill Clinton: The Today show’s Matt Lauer recently asked Clinton, “One of the things that’s always impressed me – you’re really good in a closed room. I mean, you get people to commit to things, to invest money. Are you surprised at how good you are at that?”

The lesson here is, you ultimately can’t take to the bank the characterizations of the candidates that you see in the media. They are not unbiased; in fact, they are highly biased. In short, you must make up your own mind.

We have personally met several of the Republican presidential candidates, and have researched all of them. They are nothing like what many in the media want you to believe. They are smart and capable individuals with a great love for this country and its inherent goodness. They’re not mean and intolerant and racist and all the other shopworn slurs that are hurled their way.

The most “extreme” of them, Rep. Ron Paul, is guilty only of adhering as closely to the Constitution – which is still supposed to be a legally binding contract on us all – as he can. If that’s the worst you can say about someone, it hardly disqualifies him for office.

Michele Bachmann is a personable, engaging and highly accomplished individual. Herman Cain, a non-politician whose résumé is replete with national-level business success, is given no credit for it but is winning a lot of hearts and minds. Newt Gingrich has some personal baggage – although the kind of which has never stopped the media from fawning over Bill Clinton – but he’s clearly among the smartest in the field.

This will tell you how cynical and irrelevant the media can be, though: When Gingrich announced this week that he’ll be unveiling his vision for America in a Sept. 29 speech, the snarky website Politico.com concluded, “Newt Gingrich has been staking his whole White House bid on the idea that he’s the smartest and most idea-driven candidate in the GOP field.” So, instead of wondering what the ideas are or if they’re worthy of trying, Politico just wants to make being “idea driven” a self-serving attribute.

Is it any wonder why good ideas go to Washington to die? They can’t catch a breath in this stultifying political climate.

In this polluted atmosphere, some Republicans are in a panic over the GOP presidential field supposedly being lackluster. They’re only eating the pap the media are feeding them. But it’s leading them to keep asking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to run, despite his consistent refusal. He may be cracking; reports indicate he may be reconsidering a run.

We hope he does; we love his frankness.

It’s a good bet the media won’t.

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willie7
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willie7 09/21/11 - 10:27 pm
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SOS!!!! Same Ole Stuff----
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SOS!!!! Same Ole Stuff---- from the AC

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 09/21/11 - 10:48 pm
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Run Christie, run!

Run Christie, run!

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Cassandra Harris 09/21/11 - 11:08 pm
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ROFLOL!!!!! Oh my gosh AC,

ROFLOL!!!!! Oh my gosh AC, I'm laughing at this SNL comedy routine you wrote so hard I can't catch my breath. My, my Kettle, what was your problem with the pot again? hehehe

Seriously, when I have to go to the hospital because I've split my side laughing at this satirical work you've produced - cause I know as much character assassination and smear campaigns the AC editorial staff has been responsible in the editorial and letter content of this paper.... you aren't trying to point any fingers at anybody about character assassinations, are you? Because you know you have three times as many fingers pointing back at you. And what's been said about the candidates, which has pretty much all been captured on film coming right out of their wide open mouths couldn't possibly be true, could it?

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Insider Information 09/21/11 - 11:46 pm
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Saul Alinsky would be so

Saul Alinsky would be so proud.

Those on the left are being good little students and obeying his teachings without question, without hesitation.

KSL
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KSL 09/21/11 - 11:48 pm
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What kind of dog is that, CH?

What kind of dog is that, CH?

Vito45
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Vito45 09/22/11 - 12:22 am
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All, what specifically, do

All, what specifically, do you disagree with in the editorial? Cassandra, I would like for you to be first since you were the most dismissive and condescending. What do you disagree with, point by point; so we have a chance to rebutt, point by point?

KSL
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KSL 09/22/11 - 12:30 am
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Good luck, Vito45.

Good luck, Vito45.

DanK
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DanK 09/22/11 - 01:37 am
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Let's see --- all the news

Let's see --- all the news media in the country (and probably the world) other than Fox Entertain .. er.. News, is "liberal" and out to assassinate the character of the Republican candidates. Is that it?

Nobody has to assassinate their character. They do a fine job by themselves. They are so far beyond the realm of mainstream that their every proclamation, idea and speech condemns them to marginality. They are extremists, far, far right of the vast majority of Americans.

The very idea of comparing them to the founding fathers is rather nauseating. And the AC's unrelenting propagandizing is downright sickening.

Give it a break. Come up for air. View the world with your own eyes rather than the black lenses of the right wing media machine.

Sityou
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Sityou 09/22/11 - 02:53 am
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So I have finally come aboard

So I have finally come aboard to read the Chronicle online after my neighbors and friends tell me much hillarity ensues the editorial section these days. Needless to say, my friends were correct. Hey Greg, I owe you a beer. You definately won the bet. I had to see it to believe it.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 09/22/11 - 06:11 am
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AC, I don't think the media's
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AC, I don't think the media's slamming of the right will help Obama and the liberals. Polls show Rick Perry will mop the floor with him right now. And even the 15 people who watch Chris Matthews on MSNBC can't stop this. Yup, more "change" coming, but the libs sure won't like it.

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shrimp for breakfast 09/22/11 - 06:24 am
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I like some Republicans and I

I like some Republicans and I like some Democrats. I remember when Sarah Palin was in Michigan and she said it was her kind of place. Where we love our Religion and our Guns. I found that statement rather odd. She would always bring up the term "Hockey Moms". Well here in the South I don't know of any Hockey Moms. Soccer Moms yes but Hockey Moms?
I've heard it said that Republicans are Pro-Life but once the child is born to heck with them. Republicans want to get crime off the street just so long as it's not Wall Sreet.
Democrats want to spend money that's just not there. We can just print more money. Republicans want to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security but give us a good war and we'll find the money. Democrats don't want to cut anything. Let the next generation worry about it. Democrats have a lot of fine ideas. But not a single one on how to pay for it. Politicians say anything to get elected. That's the rule of thumb. Once in office they could care less about you and I. Both parties tell the American people what they would do if they were elected to office yet once elected they never do one single thing they said they were going to do. We as Americans should demand that our represenatives listen to us. We don't work fot them. They work for us. They think that they are our bosses but no WE are the BOSS they are merely peons doing what we tell them to do. Too bad it doesn't work that way. Lobbyists and special intrest groups swoop in with their suitcases full of loot and suddenly the politician forgets about who put them there. They see dollar signs and are hypnotized forgetting about the struggling American. They see a way to get richer. There was a time when politicians were public servants. Now they're Rock Stars drunk with Power and inflated egos while the average American fights to make it from paycheck to paycheck while the Politician turns a blind eye to anyone who can't further their political carreer.

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Insider Information 09/22/11 - 06:27 am
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Anytime I hear someone

Anytime I hear someone describe one of the candidates as "extreme," I have to laugh.

You know the Kool-Aid is good when it is "extreme" for a candidate to support balancing the budget and upholding the Constitution. Feel free to call me an "extremist" as well. I'll wear the label with pride.

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DuhJudge 09/22/11 - 06:36 am
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The election was not a

The election was not a mandate from the citizens, it was close. But it was enough to get elected. And it took a lot of effort from the media to get the job done. But in my heart, I believe that was a bought election. The man was put there to do two things.....bail out the banks and bail out Detroit. He got it done in his first hundred days. No Republican would have done the job. And the media that was used to win the election...sell a lot of time to banks and car advertising. If you count how many cars and loan advertisements you see on each of those channels, you would think the economy was rocking along as if everyone had money to spend on new. Eventually, the taxpayer in these voters will wake up. And AC, you are guilty of plenty of assassinations and crucifictions yourself.

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justthefacts 09/22/11 - 06:44 am
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Shrimp, just for record, and

Shrimp, just for record, and it's not very important in the overall scheme of things, but I know a lot of Hockey Moms.

robaroo
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robaroo 09/22/11 - 06:59 am
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Thank goodness Fox News, Rush

Thank goodness Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, the Augusta Chronicle, and other media never have negative coverage of Democratic candidates.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/22/11 - 06:59 am
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Thankfully we live in a time

Thankfully we live in a time where no matter how news is presented, and by whom, we have enough outlets to provide balanced coverage for those willing to look. The last elections and the President's tumbling approval ratings are proof.

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rmwhitley 09/22/11 - 07:18 am
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Journalism schools preach and
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Journalism schools preach and teach: If there is no news, create it. democrats who espose obama's lies have a serious character flaw.

hounddog
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hounddog 09/22/11 - 07:32 am
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Shrimp, ‘I like some
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Shrimp, ‘I like some Republicans’
Is it April Fools day?

Techfan
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Techfan 09/22/11 - 07:56 am
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"was not a mandate from the

"was not a mandate from the citizens, it was close. But it was enough to get elected." Which election are you talking about?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/22/11 - 08:12 am
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DanK says when referring to

DanK says when referring to Republican candidates (all of them I guess), "They are extremists, far, far right of the vast majority of Americans." We should hang on to that statement for about 18 months and see if it's correct.

deeo1055@yahoo.com
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deeo1055@yahoo.com 09/22/11 - 08:12 am
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Chronicle of Billy Morris

Chronicle of Billy Morris throwing stones at media types DOING political assassination of folks they disagree with?....God save us from all those "constitutionally protected" talebearers....

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madgerman 09/22/11 - 08:20 am
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FTF. We we have three
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FTF. We we have three branches of government, Which branch is receiving the highest approval ratings??? It appears all three are viewed as extremely low, but last I checked the Congress was almost at zero in the approval ratings and the president was at about 50 percent.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/22/11 - 08:30 am
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madgerman, think whatever it

madgerman, think whatever it takes to get your through the night. Whistle your way through the graveyard. Whatever. It don't look too good for the President. Of course it could change. Unemployment could drop. The economy could rebound. The troops could come home. President Obama could finally....finally fulfill his promise to GET those dirty rich people. Who knows, but based on the most current election results...I'm just sayin.

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Techfan 09/22/11 - 08:56 am
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"Unemployment could drop. The

"Unemployment could drop. The economy could rebound." Not if the Republicans can help it.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/22/11 - 08:59 am
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Ahhh, there's that darn

Ahhh, there's that darn "buck" again! If only it would stop landing on the Top guys desk.

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billyjones1949 09/22/11 - 09:05 am
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You can call me an extremist

You can call me an extremist also. I believe in a balanced budget and don't spend more that you have. Of course that is going to make alot of people unhappy but who cares.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/22/11 - 09:06 am
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NO! NO! NO! NO! for anything

NO! NO! NO! NO! for anything Obama comes up with (and even a lot of things the Republicans previously supported). Since he's caved on pretty much everything and we're still following the Republicans' plans from the Bush era, the "buck" needs to trickle down (unlike jobs and money).

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/22/11 - 09:10 am
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Tech, go read David Brooks

Tech, go read David Brooks NYT article. It addresses your concerns.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/22/11 - 09:16 am
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A balanced budget is fine, as

A balanced budget is fine, as long as you don't try to do it overnight and if you're willing to raise revenue to help balance it. Maybe when people find out that taxes will have to go up to cover a $3 to $4 trillion cost of a war, they'll think twice about jumping into one.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/22/11 - 09:18 am
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Lots of NYT is subscription

Lots of NYT is subscription only. Have a link?

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