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How Obama got elected and Palin was targeted

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Angus, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    Exclusive Review: Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted
    by John Nolte

    Big Hollywood was given an exclusive first look at John Ziegler’s latest documentary covering the media coverage of the 2008 presidential election.

    In journalistic terms it’s called a “tick-tock.” This is when the media crafts a news story that takes you behind the scenes of an event and breaks down, piece by linear piece, the individual acts which led up to that event. With “Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted,” director John Ziegler (”Blocking the Path to 9/11“) turns the art of the tick-tock around and aims it, with damning effect, squarely at the news media. The result is not a documentary, at least not for anyone who believes in truth, fairness or journalistic integrity - the result is a horror film.

    If you expect Ziegler to build his case using easy targets like Keith Olbermann aping David Strathairn playing Edward R. Murrow, think again. Olbermann’s a bit player in this cinematic indictment, a clown. The real conspirators run the gamut of every network (cable and otherwise), and most of the major print and online publications. Maybe it’s not a horror story, after all. Maybe it’s something closer to an Agatha Christie mystery where everyone’s the murderer.

    The victim, of course, is American journalism.

    Even for those of us who obsessively followed every twist and turn of the 2008 presidential election, watching Ziegler’s autopsy of the grisly affair, starting with the primaries and ending with the days immediately following Barack Obama’s securing of the Presidency, is to experience in a comprehensive way the breadth and scope of American media corruption.

    Watching election coverage in real time last year was often frustrating to the point of outrage, and for the first half-hour of “Media Malpractice” the old outrage returns. But what Ziegler does is summarize his case like a prosecutor delivering a closing argument, bringing the disparate pieces together into something much more important than a narrative. What we see is the media’s behavior in full blown context, and as the entire story comes together your outrage slowly evolves into something much more disturbing.

    The real genius behind the film is in the wise choice not to use talking heads. Other than pieces of an interview with Governor Sarah Palin (the full interview is included as a DVD extra) that pop up in the opening and then later during the coverage of her bid for Vice President, Ziegler understands that no matter how smart or insightful, no analyst could make as damning a case against the participants as the words and actions of the participants themselves.

    Other than the director’s narration to fill in the gaps and frame the context, the filmmmaker gets out of the way and allows us to witness first hand as Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper, Brian Williams, Wolf Blitzer, Major Garrett, Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson and a troubling legion of familiar others summon audacious amounts of hypocrisy, ignorance and dishonesty to blunt any piece of news that could hurt Obama and destroy any individual who could stop him - and that includes Hillary Clinton, Palin, and an unlicensed plumber who dared to ask a question the media wouldn’t.

    This compelling first person approach more than makes up for the film’s few flaws. The first and last ten minutes are sluggishly paced and the soundtrack is frequently intrusive and unnecessary, but once the film’s narrative takes hold these issues are of little consequence. And with a run-time of 115 minutes the overall pacing is deliberate. This is a necessity, though, in order to fairly and fully make the case for an expansive and darkly effective media conspiracy.

    So trained are we for the few second clip that it took a while for me to understand that the reason some clips feel longish is because the film is more interested in being fair than fulfilling the needs of our national ADD. We’re not “told” what anyone said. No shady editing techniques are employed to make a subject look bad. Ziegler let’s them talk. Full quotes. Full context. He knows it’s not necessary to play the drive-by game on the drive-byers. They step into the noose and jump all on their own.

    It’s worth pointing out that “Media Malpractice” is not anything close to an anti-Obama screed. Obviously within the mission of the film, William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright and other cuts from our current President’s Not So Greatest Hits get some play, but for you reasonable Democrats who were horrified by the media corruption even as it benefited your guy, there’s nothing to fear here.

    Palin haters will be disappointed. Included in the DVD is Ziegler’s full 45-minute interview with the Governor, snippets of which were released earlier in the year to great media uproar for her daring to criticize the likes of Katie Couric. Ziegler has the Governor watch and comment on the harshest coverage she received, some of it for the first time, and her impressive poise, good humor, and graciousness, while witnessing the lies and attacks on her family, remains intact. Whatever effect this vicious and partisan coverage may have had on her future is yet to be seen, but that she hasn’t allowed it to get under her skin is obvious.

    Narrative or documentary, all good films have a moment that stay with you long after the credits roll, and there’s one here that put a chill down my spine. Directly after Palin’s triumphant acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, which, in effect, made complete fools of all those involved in the coordinated three-day media attempt to destroy her beforehand, NBC anchorman Brian Williams took to the air and read, word for word, a manifesto written by Time magazine’s very partisan Joe Klein demanding the media not relent in their destruction of her. His piece was littered with lies, including the scurrilous one furthered by Charlie Gibson about Palin claiming God was on our side in Iraq, even though a videotape of the event proves otherwise.

    Watching Brian Williams, who up to that point had always come off as a slightly befuddled Dad right out of a 50’s sitcom, trumpet a partisan character assassination and call to arms his media cohorts is a revealing look at the rancid heart that beats beneath the blow dry. It’s also a warning.

    In the production-values department, “Media Malpractice” may feel a bit rushed in spots but as of right now it’s the most important post-election analysis released and couldn’t be more timely or necessary. We’re less than 20 months away from the next election and you only think you understand the magnitude of media corruption.

    http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/j...ot-elected-and-palin-was-targeted/#more-57370
  2. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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  3. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Will be interesting to see how this thing views.
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I will watch it on mute...IF...IF...she is in some hawt outfit...like a bikini made from baby seals or a polar bear lingerie get up.
  5. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I know better. You will watch and listen to it in all it's glory and be busy poking holes in it within the hour of having seen it. I don't know that you will even wait that long.

    ;)
  6. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Poking holes in what. (you old pervert you)

    Hmmm...naughty palin
  7. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Alas, you've found me out. Or, in an odd sort of way, you've kinda ratted yourself out.

    :laugh2:
  8. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I never have hid my lust for her...grrrrr

    Old uncle BP loves him a women that looks like a naughty librarian. Grrr...I got that dewey decimal system down.:laugh2:
  9. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    :laugh2: Sorry, threw up a little bit in my own mouth right there.

    Yeah, she is pretty smoken hot alright. I like her. I think she got a raw deal but hey, we all got a raw deal IMO. Some of us believed that right away, some of us don't believe it yet, some may never believe it. A lot is riding on the next couple of months. I guess we'll see what happens.

    One things for sure, I will not miss this little video.

    ;)
  10. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    You could take Palin completely out the equation...she is but a side note to the overwhelming media corruption. The writer makes a great point in saying that fair minded democrats where also appalled by just how tranparently corrupt the election coverage was.

    If you had any ethics or morals or senses of fairness in your soul, it was unbearable to watch, regardless of who you were voting for. And anyone who thought the coverage was at all fair, well, that tells everyone just how completely delusional and unfairminded they are.
  11. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    for a 2nd there i thought her chest was lopsided...
  12. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I count on you to spot these very important kinds of details Ice.

    :D
  13. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    well how the fur got there i hadn't worried about really.
  14. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I can't say for sure but I'm fairly confident that the fur was in no small part due to one Brainpaint. He's got considerable exprience with fur and the application of same to attract young ladies.

    :laugh2:

    It's one of the qualities I admire in the man.
  15. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    i could never look at bp and give him hair/fur grief and ever say i'm not a hypocrite again. : )
  16. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    Very interesting read, even if BP tries to down play it because of his being on the side of the bias.

    I will watch this piece because of its importance on how the media is trying to brainwash our society in their view of the world.

    A few of us have really seen it while people like BP says it goes both ways...It does. 95% liberal and 5% conservative. Which BP thinks is more than fair.

    BP, If I hit the powerball on Wednesday I would pay you $100,000.00 to put you in a live debate with Palin and I would forward her all of your comments on here before hand. She would skin you alive and make you feel good about it.
  17. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Not my fault she could not do a simple interview...seriously.

    I mean gotcha questions like what newspapers do you read and so on.

    And I would take your $100k in a heart beat...I don't know who would do the spanking but I like a spanking getting or giving...especially from a hawt librarian. :D
  18. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    Palin was definitely targeted by certain vociferous, left-leaning elements in the media. It's not that she didn't have any gaffes. Quite the contrary, actually. It's merely that her gaffes were no worse than anyone else's, especially Biden's. (Who was President in 1928? And has he even heard of clean-burning coal?)

    She was attacked with a zeal and ferocity reserved for only the most dangerous threats to Obama.
  19. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    Don't take it wrong Brain, I like you and think your a nice guy and all. I just think you have been assimilated by the media. Between the TV and being online as much as you are, media is more real than real for some people.

    If I do win, I would pay you $10,000.00 to not watch TV, read a paper, listen to the radio and stay off the internet for 1 month.

    We want you back.
  20. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Those who think that corruption in elections magickally appeared in 2008 have not been reading enough history....

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