EVEN SO, THE BELTWAY MEDIA AND THE MSM continue falling down on the job. The AP returned from vacation and decided, in some editorial meeting or other, maybe they should catalogue Mitt Romney's LIES UPON LIES UPON LIES AND MORE LIES. Hey, there's an election on, you know. As a followup WaPo's hardhitting Greg Sargent, an outlier who posts one substantive column after another had more, that went largely unnoticed. Here's a puzzler: Besides the occasional mention, Sargent hardly gets any facetime at all on MSNBC compared with that flippant unamusing libertarian Dana Milbank who writes nothing but fluff.
Remember when I outed that GOP MOLE Mark Halperin, aka not Rachel's cuddly animal but a creepy political WEASEL —W.E.A.S.E.L. —for (a) writing his narrative on marriage equality from his base of operations at MORON JOE for his Game Change sequel; (b) trekking over to Hardball where he generally has little problem rolling the obsequious Chris Matthews to whine that "THE PRESS" is all in on marriage equality ... and they're SO SO "UNFAIR" to Mitt Romney; then, BRAZENLY, INCREDIBLY, CONTEMPTUOUSLY (of his host, Chris) RETURNING TO HARDBALL TO:
Helloo, Idiot Punditocracy; EARTH TO BELTWAY MEDIA — anyone spot a pattern here? There are no smoke-filled rooms any longer. There's no need. E-mail works just fine to coordinate the GOP message and pushback. Their coordinated narrative is born: Team Obama is hitting Romney where it hurts, telling the truth about Romney's vulture Bain capitalism, and scoring. What is Team Romney's response? That timeworn age-old tactic: BLAME THE MESSENGER — "THE PRESS."HALPERIN (RE: BAIN AD): "This is one instance THAT THE PRESS will be more sympathetic to the Bain ad ..." Aww ... poor poor Mitt will have to find a sympathetic narrative "WITH THE PRESS."
YOU TELL ME, CHRIS-MARK — WHAT PRESS?! DEFINE IT.
UN-EFFIN-BELIEVABLE. And Matthews even makes some stupid joke to bolster Halperin by speculating "THE PRESS" alleged "hostility" to Bain Capital is envy over their (low?) salary?! Halperin's contemptuous comebacker is TV personalities' salaries, too, an obvious malicious dig at Chris that went right over Chris's head.
I'D BE FASCINATED TO KNOW WHO-WHAT-WHERE-WHEN-WHY-HOW IS THIS HOSTILE TO BAIN/ROMNEY "THE PRESS" COMPRISED OF IN MARK HALPERIN'S REPUBLICAN MIND?!
'RE TOTALLY SHAMEFULBEEN HAD! REALLY, FRIEND. I MEAN IT.
Need I spell out Halperin's role? Ah well, okay, for Chris's sake, he's always the last to figure things out. In exchange for unfettered access to Romney, to chronicle his "inside garbage" account of the campaign for his book sequel, he agrees to plant a few seeds of pro-Romney disinformation. Whether he's doing this willingly or coercively (in exchange for access) is immaterial — I think the former. The mole's been telegraphing his words quite clearly: The idea is to get Chris (whose show is a gateway to the Beltway Media) to stop hammering Romney on his LIES and go, "hmm ... maybe we're being UNFAIR to Mitt, or TOO SYMPATHETIC to the President ... We'd better pull back"— as Alex's "Cheshire Cat Pundit" stretches out on his limb with that odious smug grin, and looks down upon his handiwork.
Meanwhile, embattled but ever fetching Alex Wags hosted a pair of LYIN' Republicano geezers in ex-NY Gov. George Pataki and The Steelenator. These LYIN' old pols contributed NOTHING to the conversation, except filibustering Alex and slobbering their germs all over her between Pataki's cough and Ed Rendell's noisy nose blows ... the most sense he's made to me. The only interesting thing going on, with GOP talking points flying fast and furious, as Alex, AGAIN, couldn't get a word in edgewise, was their line of attack REVEALED: BOTH PATAKI AND STEELE BITTERLY BLAME THE MEDIA FOR MITT ROMNEY'S LIES. In a frontal assault from Pataki.
P.S. (Score one for Jonathan Capehart; leveling the field of sophists a little bit, at least.) I LOVE IT WHEN RATIGAN THE MASTER OF SOPHISTRY GETS SLAMMED! Well done, Jonathan.