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Politico…Reprinting Lies Since 2007!

From a story at the Raw Story…

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow tore into Politico Wednesday for reprinting Republican “spin” without reporting the actual truth.

Politico reported that Republicans had delayed a meeting with President Barack Obama because he had “ambushed” them at a previous meeting back in January. But Maddow pointed out that there is little truth to that version of events.

According to Glenn Thrush at Politico, Republicans rescheduled a meeting with Obama because they are distrustful after he “crashed” their January retreat and humiliated them on national television.

“The roots of the partisan standoff that led to the postponement of the bipartisan White House summit scheduled for Thursday date back to January, when President Barack Obama crashed a GOP meeting in Baltimore to deliver a humiliating rebuke of House Republicans,” Thrush reported.

That is a blatant lie, and isn’t Politico supposedly the most in touch publication, getting all the inside info from both sides….cough, spit. Whoever wrote that crap had to have known it was completely false and Republican propaganda. So much of the media just doesn’t care about the truth anymore, it is sickening, really. Rachel tells it like it is…

“Today cable news all day was driven by a story from that same website, Politico, that was purportedly about that same real event but was completely made up,” Maddow said. “I don’t mean to say it was completely made up by Politico. Quite transparently it was made up by unnamed Republican staffers who were trying to inject a new anti-Obama story into the news today that didn’t have any basis in fact whatsoever. Those were the folks who made it up. It was Politico who printed it.”

Josh Marshall weighs in on this with a reminder to everyone about the reality that didn’t seem to make it into the Politico story…

“So was it an ambush? Well, My God, not even close. Here’s the press release from Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, thanking the president on January 13th for ‘accept[ing] our invitation to meet with the Republican Conference later this month,’” Marshall continued.

“In other words, that’s more than two weeks before these House Republicans who must have spent the month in a sensory deprivation chamber were stunned to see the president’s motorcade driving up unannounced to crash their party.”

So what in the fuck is Politico doing? Why would they print completely false information, manufactured propaganda from Republican operatives? Is there journalistic integrity anywhere these days? Once again, Rachel Maddow tells it like it is…

Maddow was particularly offended by the way Politico printed this quote from a Republican staffer: “There were [House Republicans] who only knew Obama was coming when they saw Secret Service guys scouting out the place.”

“I am sure some unnamed Republican operative said exactly those words and that’s why there are quotes in the article to justify those words being written,” Maddow said. “But just printing something somebody said is not itself — what do you call it? News, right. It’s publicity. And in this case, it’s publicizing somebody’s totally fake, untrue story about a knowable, reported on, real thing.”

Later in the day, Politico edited their story to remove that quote.

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November 18, 2010 - Posted by | Media, MSM, Politics

4 Comments »

  1. She was great wasn’t she? I watched on the Internet this AM. I have never believed the crap they report on. And drives me crazy when C-Span refers to them, Wallstreet Journal, NYT. There really is not a news outlet that is not partisan anymore or just reports talking points or anonymous sources. YUK.

    Comment by Roberta in MN | November 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. The MSM treats Politico as if they are the “Vatican” of journalism but one only need to look at WHO is in charge there….it is bankrolled by the billionaire banking/communications Allbritton family who “pal around” with influential Republicans.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62544-2004Jun22.html

    Politico CEO Fred Ryan, Jr. is a Reaganite Bush family insider…

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2007/05/04/politico_funding

    Glen Greenwald feels Politico/I> tilts Republican. Salon.com did a piece on the organization earlier this year where they decried how chummy Politico “journalists” were with Washington insiders…

    This complete lack of concern for grounding reporting in its proper context means that Politico writers often end up as stenographers for whoever wants to feed them information, and publish plainly ridiculous arguments or gossip. Because if someone important is talking, it must be news.

    Media Matters criticized Politico a couple of years ago for tilting towards the Republicans:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0307/3011.html

    Comment by Grant in Texas | November 19, 2010 | Reply

  3. Politico contributor Morning Joe Scarborough was suspended today by MSNBC for making 8 donations to Republicans.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45411.html

    “What’s good for the goose…..!”

    Comment by Grant in Texas | November 19, 2010 | Reply

  4. I have always given the side-eye to that silly newspaper, and have always wondered why it gets treated like some Beltway oracle.

    Comment by Eric | November 20, 2010 | Reply


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