John Nolte over at Breitbart has a meltdown. He can't believe that the cowed media is finally doing it's job. So he invents feverish conspiracy theories of some grand conspiracy between Obama and the entire media. Does he believe this all happened in one room?
It's a fascinating look inside the cartoon mind of Breitbart's yellow journalists. That's why they are so great at political fiction.
"For four long years, I've waited for these disgracefully partisan left-wing fact checkers to implode, and this morning and last night it finally happened. And it happened under the weight of their own lies and shameless Obama-shilling. "
Ok, that needs to be translated from yellow journalism to English. Ie, for four years the cowed media that worries about nothing more than being called liberal has continually not done it's job and actually done some fact checking. Indeed, that the media is so often AWOL is widely admitted:
"The political media has received its own share of criticism for a "he said, she said" approach to covering politics, giving Democrats and Republicans the chance to simply rebut one another -- sometimes anonymously -- without making a judgment about whether a statement is actually true or false."
This is the environment that we have lived in-it's Krugman's "opinion's differ" where if one side says six million Jews were gassed in the Holocaust and the other says none were, David Brooks will be out to tell us that we shouldn't insist on 6 but compromise and give the Holocaust deniers a fair hearing.
So the "meltdown" that Nolte feverishly screams about is the media finally is doing it's job, not just saying "Well Democrats say the GM plant was closed before Obama was in office but Republicans say it was after."
For once the media checked and found that, yeah, it was actually before. It's not an opinion, it's just a fact. Now I should be sensitive. I know how much the Nolte's of the world and the Romney campaign hate facts. Notle's piece is even called "The Era of Fact Checkers Intimidating Republicans is Over."
In other words, the Republicans plan to lie with impunity from now on. That's certainly Romney;s strategy and why not? It's his only hope of winning, as his own campaign now knows that no matter how bad the economy is, it probably can't get bad enough that people will actually elect him. No, they need to put their finger on the scale in some way.
So they make up lies about the President and welfare, and Romney tells "jokes" about his birth certificate.
If they lie they may still not win. If they don't they are assured defeat.
More from Notle who clearly learned a lot as Breitbart's apprentice.
"Last night, before the applause had even died after VP nominee Paul Ryan's masterful speech, CNN's Wolf Blitzer was calling Ryan a liar. Before the echoes of Ryan's last words had even faded, Blitzer was telling America the fact-checkers would take issue with the speech."
Talk about dealing in lies! Nolte seems to think that the idea that Ryan's speech was masterful is a fact rather than a quite questionable opinion. And listen to him beat up on poor Wolf Blitzer. The truth is that Wolfe is one of the most craven hacks around. He hates to criticize Republicans ever. Even here he was so timid. His whole life revolves around not having hacks like Nolte call him a liberal.
However, Ryan took such blatant liberties last night that he had no choice. Even here he hedged himself:
"Coming right off Ryan’s speech Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett seemed unable not to mention that Ryan’s speech had well … contained a lot of pretty huge fibs. So euphemisms to the rescue. The transcript …
Blitzer: So there he is, the republican vice presidential nominee and his beautiful family there. His mom is up there. This is exactly what this crowd of republicans here certainly republicans all across the country were hoping for. He delivered a powerful speech. Erin, a powerful speech. Although I marked at least seven or eight points I’m sure the fact checkers will have some opportunities to dispute if they want to go forward, I’m sure they will. As far as mitt romney’s campaign is concerned, paul ryan on this night delivered. Burnett: That’s right. Certainly so. We were jotting down points. There will be issues with some of the facts. But it motivated people. He’s a man who says I care deeply about every single word. I want to do a good job. And he delivered on that. Precise, clear, and passionate.
See, this is why the kind of craven cowardice of people like Blitzer is counterproductive. Putting your head down so you don't get called a liberal doesn't work. Does Bretibart's outfit care that he hasn't done his job in years? No. Does he get any credit? No. Are his plaintive euphemisms even noted, much less appreciated by Nolte? No. So why not just do your job, media?
Nolte then employs some of his own strange logic. He thinks that he's showing how silly the alleged Obama fifth column is, but instead he only implicates himself:
"Hilariously, even though Paul Ryan never blamed Obama for closing a GM plant in his hometown or said the closing occurred during the Obama administration, the fact-checkers said he did and that Ryan was a liar for saying so. What's even more hilarious is that the GM plant did close down months after Obama took office. Keep in mind here, I'm not talking about left-wing sites. I'm talking about CNN, PolitiFact, The Washington Post… "
So first he claims that Ryan never blamed Obama for the closed plant and that he never said it closed during Obama's term. Then he says it did close in the "months after Obama took office." So he's both claiming that Ryan didn't lie and claim the GM plant closed after Obama got in office. Then he says in fact it did close after Obama got in office.
Nolte uses feverish hyperbole about the day "the fact checkers died" but behind this quite false piece of braggadocio, is the truth. Today is the day the fact checkers finally woke up. People like Bertibard and Limbaugh have been intimidating the media for years. None have reacted to this more than CNN that's mostly scared shitless of being called liberal. They mostly have preferred not to do their jobs if it helps them avoid the hated l word.
However, the media finally has had enough. And this is what all Nolte's hyperbolic screeching is all about.
See, the docile MSM didn't do the job the folks at Bertibart expected it to do. They were supposed to all write cloying coronations to Ryan's imaginary "masterful wonkery." Instead they did their job. The Bretibarts of the world are besides themselves. They are apocalyptic.
Because the mainstream is writing any eulogies to Ryan's fake mastery. So only the Right wing hack outfits like Breitbart are writing them, taking away much of their effectiveness. After all, how are the swing voters going to be won over as they don't watch Fox News and read Breitbart?
What this means is that Romney's Ryan offensive last night, has fallen flat. He is not being coronated by those who are recognized as being the real press not yellow Right wing journalists.