And it is everything that you would expect it to be. Hold on: let me screenshot this brilliance by Matthew Yglesias (with able assistance from Mark Kleiman and Philip Longman). You know. Just in case there’s a sudden server malfunction, or something.
Well, there are many reasons, but here’s one: if somebody had ever tried to institute this kind of top-down control over what RedState Contributors can or cannot write about, that person would have drawn back a bloody stump where his hand had been. I’m not going to pretend that RS doesn’t have expectations – our most famous one is that all Contributors are pro-life – but here’s the thing: we also have a basic sense of self-worth. And we can be a prickly bunch about our independence.
So I would appreciate it if the Left stopped assuming that everybody else engages in the same behaviors that they do.
OK, maybe I need to explain this one a little:
— Moe Lane (@moelane) January 3, 2013
Short version is, ThinkProgress is whining about gerrymandering again: specifically, they added up all the votes for Democratic House candidates, all of the votes for Republican ones, cried “A-HA!” at the way that the one was marginally higher than the other, and decided that it was all due to gerrymandering, GERRYMANDERING, I SAY!!!!!
It is adamant that you can see a golf course from the Representative’s San Diego office! Adamant! The Time has a third-party ad and everything! So there! But what about the allegations that Rep. Issa used his influence and position to make significant profits on both a mutual fund purchase and a real estate sale? Which is to say, two of three allegations* that the New York Times used as the framework for its hit piece on Representative Issa?
Let me just executive summary this ThinkProgress/New York Times trainwreck, because Powerline has a very good detailed takedown of it already:
- ThinkProgress wrote some sloppy, badly researched hit pieces on House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa (R);
- Eric Litchblau of the New York Times apparently turned them – without attribution – into a extremely sloppy, badly researched hit article on House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa (R);
- and Issa’s office spent a leisurely afternoon blowing large holes in the Times’ story.
Among other things, apparently Litchblau misstated prices of buildings purchased, got business relationships wrong, woefully overestimated profits, and generally demonstrated why math is hard. At least, it’s hard for New York Times reporters – and the left-wing shills that they apparently rip off.
By the way, the ThinkProgress author himself thinks that the NYT article plagiarized him, although I agree with John over at Powerline: this is one time that you don’t want to be associated with a major newspaper. (more…)
(Video canceled in order to tell all y’all how awesome I am, for given values of ‘awesome.’ Rather sad values, at that.)
I called this. I so totally called this.
I said it first on Inauguration Day, 2009 (on RedState, too): and I said it again in November 2010, twice. I knew that it was going to happen, and so did you. But here’s the kicker: ThinkProgress didn’t. And that’s why they’re so personally and professionally ineffectual – just like most of the Online Left. They don’t know themselves and they can’t be bothered to know us… and, fortunately, we don’t have the poisoned luxury of either type of willful ignorance, ourselves.
The best part? I can point and laugh… and they won’t change their behavior one iota. Pride’s a harsh master, eh, what?
PS: Please, no applause: just throw money.
…although I think that Project Valour-IT could use the cash more, frankly.
OK, I’ll be honest: the major reason why I’m posting these buckets of cold water regarding the relative popularity of the Daily Caller to ThinkProgress (short version: TP gets about half of the traffic of DC, and acts like it gets twice) is because I have the tabs still up and content is content. You may be forgiven for thinking this irrelevant, in other words. Lord knows that ThinkProgress largely is*.
Inside-blogpoll screenshots after the fold: (more…)
Legal Insurrection tipped me to this one: apparently, ThinkProgress (link available via Legal Insurrection) got itself in a bit of a tizzy over a story in the Mexican press that one of the Navy SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden was the son of Mexican immigrants, which apparently means (according to TP) that we need to pass the DREAM Act* and that the military is by the way keeping Latinos down. Now, let’s establish something right off of the bat; I don’t know who was on that SEAL team, and it would not surprise me in the slightest to hear that one or more of them were of Latino ancestry. Or any other ancestry, frankly. That’s not the point: the point is that when you’re a hardcore partisan ideologue using a story for agitprop, you should probably check the story first to make sure that you don’t get burned.
ThinkProgress did not check the story first.
Quick: read this sentence (from the original Mexican newspaper article that sent TP into a tizzy) and tell me what’s wrong with it. It’s OK if you don’t speak Spanish: neither do I, really – and I still can pick out the howler, so you should be able to, too.
El soldado Rubén Mejía, nacido en este país y de padres guanajuatenses, ha sido ascendido a sargento por el operativo en que un equipo enfrentó y dio muerte a Bin Laden.