Thursday, 08 January 2009

I only investigated this report online. Michelle Malkin’s vaunted list of “investigative online reporting published on conservative blogs” demonstrates, for the umpteenth time, that Michelle Malkin can’t tell the difference between reporters and partisan political operatives. She opens the list reportly enough—Patterico’s posts on William Jefferson, Alex Kozinski and Chuck Philips are, in fact, works of investigative journalism—but after that you have: a hit-piece on Air America a hit-piece on Al Franken an unpublished hit-piece by Larry Grathwohl that Confederate Yankee posted because neither knew the New York Times doesn’t print op-ed rebuttals something or other in which someone talks about attending political rallies a hit-piece on Ayers in which one “Zombie” did a Lexis-Nexis search numerous failed hit-pieces by Charles Johnson—representative—about trolls on Obama’s community blogs a hit-piece on Jeremiah Wright a hit-piece on Obama Jr. via Obama Sr. numerous hit-pieces by Stanley Kurtz—representative—on Obama numerous hit-pieces on Obama for his “abortion extremism” in which his public voting record and campaign statements were “reported on” some “top notch investigative work” that links to back to Malkin’s post some video hit-pieces on YouTube that rebroadcast Obama’s never-before-heard and never-anywhere-seen statements about “redistributing wealth” a Google search for Ed Morrissey at Hot Air that “brought down [Canada's] liberal government in 2005 a whole slew of hit-pieces written by Malkin herself which I won’t bother to link to My point? Doing a Lexis-Nexis search is not investigative reporting. Reprinting material from social networking sites is not investigative reporting. Rebroadcasting clips that every network—including Foxnews—had in heavy rotation for weeks on end is not investigative reporting. Attacking people with whom a Presidential candidate had some contact is not investigative reporting. While it’s possible for partisan hacks like Malkin to do investigative reporting, little of what she presents as investigative reporting is investigative reporting. The majority of her links are to undisguised attacks by unpaid political operatives, and—say it with me now—an undisguised attack by an unpaid political operative is not investigative reporting. (via Young Matthew.) (x-posted.)
Top 5 Conservative Characters on the First Episode of The Wired (This isn’t a guest post by nobody’s friend, Ben Shaprio. This is just a tribute. Via S, N!) I first got into HBO’s hit television program The Wired about two years ago. A stranger mentioned it to the person in front of him at the 700 Club cafeteria, and by the time I finished the first episode, I knew I would be telling people I was completely hooked. (This, by the way, is my Recruitment Rule for The Wired: watch the first four minutes. If you don’t like it by then, dump out.) I am so excited by my enthusiasm for the show, in fact, that I often tout the first episode of The Wired as the best show in the history of television. I don’t simply love this episode for its terrific acting, wonderful writing, quirkly plotting, or mind-boggling twists. I also love it because of its subtle conservatism. Here are the top five conservative characters on the first episode of The Wired. Beware—SPOILERS INCLUDED. 1. William Rawls: John Doman’s tough Homicide investigator, William Rawls, is the top conservative character on television, bar none. Rawls is a real man’s man, a true paragon of conservative integrity. He knows that America is a meritocracy and, according to Wikipedia, in Season 4 openly attacks the reverse racism of affirmative action by proving that, instead of working up the ranks honestly like he has, the blacks in the Baltimore Police Department were recruited up the chain of command because of the color of their skin. This racism created a leadership vacuum, and like true conservatives, Rawls knows the value of a true leader of men. He may not always love the men beneath him, but he knows they need discipline and is determined to give it to them. 2. Jimmy McNulty: If every public servant showed McNulty’s commitment to civic duty, we would never have heard the odious phrase “President-Elect Obama” said without a snigger. In this episode alone, McNulty attends a trial when he could have been at home and stays up all night to make sure his report is on his deputy’s desk at 0800 clean and with no typos. Here he is in a clip from Season 2, going above and beyond the call of duty: He’s also a family man who wants nothing more than the judge to give him more than three out of four weekends with his children. 3. Snot Boogie: Every Friday night, anonymous young black men would roll bones behind the Cut Rate, and every Friday night, Snot Boogie would wait until there was cash on the ground, grab it, and run away. Snot Boogie knew these games were unsanctioned and bravely confiscated the illegal proceeds even though he knew the young black men would catch him and beat his ass. To do what you know to be right, no matter the consequence, is a true conservative value. 4. The Anonymous Young Black Men behind the Cut Rate: The anonymous young black men behind...

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