Politico: Unnamed Politico Source Disagrees With Unnamed NYT Sources


TheNew York Times posted an article last night entitled "Obama Advisers Weigh Ad Assault Against the GOP," which detailed the Democratic Party's plan to propagate the notion that Teabagger ideas have taken over the Republican Party, based on unnamed sources. So, hey, welcome to the show! Your librul media has been sort of doing that for a while! But David Axelrod, the guy who would do such a thing, says this isn't true. And more importantly, Politico says it isn't true, because their unnamed source says so. But whom should we trust? David Axelrod? No, probably one of those unnamed sources.

The Times had to stick this thing in their article after posting it:

Late Sunday night, White House advisers denied that a national ad campaign was being planned. “There's been no discussion of such a thing at the White House” or the Democratic National Committee, said David Axelrod, Mr. Obama's senior adviser.

So now it looks pretty stupid. "Here is some speculation and people without names we got to say this speculation is true. Except the people in charge say on record this speculation is not true. And now here is some more of this speculation."

But Politico also looks stupid for posting an article about this article without getting a source to go on record. Is it safe to assume all the unnamed sources in these stories are named "My Ass"? Yes, yes it is. Or maybe a homeless guy laying near the White House said he would confirm these things if these reporters gave him five bucks.

So the NYT story seems plausible because Democrats have nothing else to run on right now other than the Teabagger thing that has been set up for them. But that's really a silly platform for a party in power to run on. How did we get to that? Because the Democratic Party has run scared from the things it has passed at the first sign that voters may dislike them, rather than standing up for them and trying to shape public opinion back in their favor. When you don't run on how well you have governed, it sort of implies that you haven't. So they are left just this little thing to run on despite years of government control.

But, of course, this story is obviously wrong, because it's implausible that Democrats could unite under a strong, uniform message. The only one Democratic strategist capable of that is the homeless guy laying near the White House. He's not afraid to piss on things or brag to passerby about that cat he turned into a rocket ship. [NYT/Politico]

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The Church of Scientology had some thoughts about Our Robyn's piece, Who Wants To Watch A Creepy White Guy Rap About Scientology? We had some thoughts about their thoughts.

Thanks for writing in, Scientology! As you doubtless realized when you didn't demand we take down our story, but requested it instead, our opinions of your weird cult and that poor young man's rap skills are protected by the First Amendment. (I learned about libel law in college and grad school but also on the job: I was in newspapers so long that I was actually colleagues with Tony Ortega -- about whom you sound quite "venomous" and "biased" -- at the very same newspaper chain you can't believe he defended! Next up, please show your due diligence by talking trash about a woman you didn't know was my mom.)

Also, a lot of your former members say on the record that you kidnap people, and stalk them, and harass them, and sometimes beat them up good, and I request that if so, fucking stop it.

The rest of you click the headline, if you want your OPEN THREAD.

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Monday's Trump-Putin press conference landed on the entire free world like a hot treason-shaped turd, didn't it? Congressional Republicans have been saying mean things about it on Twitter, and even Fox News has been less than 100% supportive! The White House communications department obviously knew it had a crisis on its hands, what with how it's generally considered inappropriate for the leader of the free world to get on all fours in front of the Russian president and wag his tail and slobber with anticipation while he awaits his next marching orders. WOMP WOMP, etc.

So the comms department typed up a thing for the president to read aloud today at the beginning of his meeting with members of Congress, about how he was VERY SORRY he said one word incorrectly during the Putin presser. That's right, only one word of that whole fucking shitshow was wrong. All the rest of his traitor words were exactly what he meant to say.

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