Foreign governments with U.S. writers on their payroll?

This is pretty damn scummy:

“A range of mainstream American publications printed paid propaganda for the government of Malaysia, much of it focused on the campaign against a pro-democracy figure there.

The payments to conservative American opinion writers — whose work appeared in outlets from the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner to the Washington Times to National Review and RedState — emerged in a filing this week to the Department of Justice. The filing under the Foreign Agent Registration Act outlines a campaign spanning May 2008 to April 2011 and led by Joshua Trevino, a conservative pundit, who received $389,724.70 under the contract and paid smaller sums to a series of conservative writers….

Trevino’s subcontractors included conservative writer Ben Domenech, who made $36,000 from the arrangement, and Rachel Ehrenfeld, the director of the American Center for Democracy, who made $30,000. Seth Mandel, an editor at Commentary, made $5,500. Brad Jackson, writing at the time for RedState, made $24,700. Overall, 10 writers were part of the arrangement.”

You take secret, undisclosed money from a foreign government to write hit pieces in U.S. media against a man, in this case Anwar Ibrahim, who is struggling to bring democracy to his country and was beaten and imprisoned for years for daring to challenge the dictatorial government? (Russia has apparently run similar pay-to-say operations.)

Much of Trevino’s work under the Malaysian contract has been removed by the outlets that published it. But you can get a taste of its amoral quality from this piece that was published as a rebuttal to a Trevino column.

And here’s a Rachel Ehrenfeld piece, condemning Ibrahim for “careless sexual behavior” among other things.

We already know of course that “you can’t believe everything that’s on the Internet.” But paid agents of foreign governments masquerading as American journalists takes things to a dangerous level and says a lot about the character of those involved.

UPDATE: Among those named as receiving money from Malaysia in Trevino’s belated filing as a foreign agent is Christopher Badeaux. Here’s a small sampling of his Malaysia-related work at RedState.com:

“Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, has been on a more or less singular crusade to convince the Muslim world — and the West — that there is a path for moderate Islam in the world, that Islam does not equal terror, and that the taking of a life is contrary to Islam and civilization. His speech at Oxford was of a piece with that….

The salient point here is not whether we agree with the prime minister’s theological assertions, but rather we can appreciate the extraordinary effort he is making here, and the importance for the United States of his efforts.”

And:

In Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of Malaysia’s opposition, has apparently been caught in adultery, with video evidence that Dartmouth scientists say nearly certainly implicates him. The major dailies are calling on him to resign. For three years, after failing to topple the governing party in the 2008 elections, he has crisscrossed the planet telling anyone and everyone who would listen how corrupt and evil the governing party is. And yet despite all of this — despite his stated certainty that his opposition coalition of socialists, Islamists, and yuppie liberals is the only chance his country has to avoid certain doom at the hands of the centrist coalition that has been re-elected time and again in Malaysia, he has refused to resign.”

– Jay Bookman

1,428 comments Add your comment

getalife

March 2nd, 2013
4:05 pm

“The President does not particularly like the Washington press corps,” Gregory said. “And I think that feeling is mutual in a lot of respects. And so there’s not a great relationship between that Washington establishment and the President.” HP

Lets stop the mindless bs about the corporate media helping the President.

It is corporate media

Stevie Ray

March 2nd, 2013
4:07 pm

TaxPayer

March 2nd, 2013
3:52 pm

I’d have to disagree with you. I google “Obama blames” and got 8,780,000 hits. Granted a material amount are redundent but even you have to chuckle at that.

I googled “Bush blames..” and got 1,100,000 hits…

In retrospect, I like Bill Clinton…when I google “Clinton blames.” I get 228,000 hits….trend is not good.

If you are a true progressive, it might be time to move forward and focus what can be done as opposed to lamenting on the past and laying blame at every turn to protect you guy..

getalife

March 2nd, 2013
4:10 pm

About 7,250,000 results (0.25 seconds) on Bush blames

TaxPayer

March 2nd, 2013
4:11 pm

Stevie Ray,

I am unimpressed with your unscientific approach to determining who is to blame for something. And you call yourself a mathematician. You should demand a refund from that “school” you attended.

getalife

March 2nd, 2013
4:11 pm

Now he will blame the cuts.

TaxPayer

March 2nd, 2013
4:13 pm

P.S.

You got anything not so lame, Stevie Ray.

getalife

March 2nd, 2013
4:13 pm

Tax,

That is a very weak argument and he lied about Bush blames.

Do you think stevie is credible?

indigo

March 2nd, 2013
4:13 pm

It looks like the cons here are convinced liberals are just as guilty of
“scummy” behavior as conservatives.

They are taking great delight in pointing this out but, somehow, aren’t bothering to vigorously condemn the behavior itself.

I wonder why this is?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
4:15 pm

About 7,250,000 results (0.25 seconds) on Bush blames

Ruh, roh.

Mathematicians who lie about numbers should wear flame resistant pants.

TaxPayer

March 2nd, 2013
4:20 pm

barking frog

March 2nd, 2013
4:21 pm

Mathematicians who lie about numbers should wear flame resistant pants
………………………………………………………………………….
no mas pantalones….

TaxPayer

March 2nd, 2013
4:22 pm

Do you think stevie is credible?

Did you deliberately leave off the “in-” to throw me off.

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
4:22 pm

Doggone: “But the problem is an economic system that is broken, not people living beyond their means” /

“They aren’t mutually exclusive.”

Not saying they are. I’m saying there is one explanation that is far more accurate as a description of our current predicament than the other. To say that the economic system is fundamentally broken means that both the global system is highly unstable and likely to become more so, and the political economy of the US is incompatible with the social expectations that have been nurtured in over a half century of unprecedented widespread prosperity and freedom, which is incompatible with the sort of oligarchic and increasingly authoritarian crony capitalism that has now taken hold. We are not Singapore. So there is going to be enormous social struggle.

Recon 0311 2533

March 2nd, 2013
4:28 pm

0311/8541@1:15

Yeah, old crazy Joe really knows his weaponry.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
4:28 pm

td

March 2nd, 2013
4:40 pm

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
4:22 pm

I think you should consider the relationship between single parent households, two parent households and education levels in each as compared to household income. I think that study would enlighten you a lot more to where the economics of the nation is doing.

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 2nd, 2013
4:40 pm

…an economic system that is broken…

I disagree.

Our economic system is functioning incredibly well.

Just not for the bottom 85% or so of us.

But yes, for a tiny percentage of Americans – the landed gentry – these are the best times in American history! And given the self-destructive stupidity of millions of our right wing serfs, they’ll never end!

Guy

March 2nd, 2013
4:41 pm

Liberal and conservative writers both insist they are always the ones with all the correct answers. Choose the ones who you want to follow and move on. No side knows all the answers anyway. Do your own thinking anyway! Opinions are like rear ends anyway. Everyone has one! Let the sarcastic remarks begin!

Doggone/GA

March 2nd, 2013
4:45 pm

“So there is going to be enormous social struggle.”

Yes, there may be…but maybe no in the way you are thinking. There are more and more low-wage people around the world who are beginning to see that they don’t HAVE to be low-wage. And that might lead to a lot of social struggle. Whether it’s peaceful or violent remains to be seen.

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
4:50 pm

td : ” think you should consider the relationship between single parent households, two parent households and education levels in each as compared to household income”

Marriage has increasingly become a luxury status that is out of reach, or is at the very least a great struggle, for wide swaths of the population. The reason for that is the collapse of social institutions and political representation for working populations, who have been left to fend for themselves. The increasing stress and struggle of making ends meet takes a tremendous toll and largely explains the decline in social mores you mention.

JamVet: I largely agree of course. But that’s why I turn in my above post to the question of political economy, the interrelation between the economy and the social political norms underlying it. It’s one thing to set up an authoritarian oligarchic form of capitalism in a country like Singapore. It’s quite another thing to try to do it in a country like the US. That is not going to go well.

td

March 2nd, 2013
4:58 pm

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
4:50 pm

td : ” think you should consider the relationship between single parent households, two parent households and education levels in each as compared to household income”

“Marriage has increasingly become a luxury status that is out of reach, or is at the very least a great struggle, for wide swaths of the population.”

That statement does not pass the common sense test. It is always easier to combine resources of two people then it is for each individual to try to make it on their own.

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
5:12 pm

Doggone: ” There are more and more low-wage people around the world who are beginning to see that they don’t HAVE to be low-wage”

No that’s EXACTLY the kind of struggle I have in mind. That’s precisely what you’re beginning to see in China, for example, where worker militancy is on the rise. Under capitalism workers will be told that they HAVE to be low-wage for now, while they keep their nose to the grindstone and try to work up. When it becomes clear to them that only a small number will make the transition, they will either accept it, or not.

The US of course has a confusing, mixed history on this. On the one hand, as Toqueville said, the US has virtually zero inherent class consciousness in the sense of the old European nations. That’s one of the reasons that we’ve never had a truly left party of our own, a labor party, or even a decent vanilla social democratic party. On the other hand, if you go back a hundred years, the United States was right at the forefront of labor militancy, right up there with Russia and Germany. We don’t think of these things today, largely because labor militancy was ruthlessly and systematically decimated in this country.

But in the years to come, when it starts to become clear that the anemic growth we’ve seen IS the new normal, let alone when the next systemic world supercrisis hits (and it will hit), we might see a resurgence of the history of labor militancy in this country which has been dormant for so long.

dixie normous

March 2nd, 2013
5:13 pm

John Kerry said that you have the right to be stupid. These obama supporters exercise that right every day.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
5:14 pm

That statement does not pass the common sense test.

Yeah, it really does.

Not surprised that you don’t get it, though.

Guy

March 2nd, 2013
5:14 pm

I also think there will be tremendous social struggles ahead. Greed and lack of education will seal the deal.Maybe not!

getalife

March 2nd, 2013
5:15 pm

The end game will be socialism after the younger generation revolts against the establishment.

History repeating itself again.

TBS

March 2nd, 2013
5:16 pm

Scout

What exactly has the media not vetted out about Obama that millions of dollars in research and investigation from Republican and other sources have not found out?

I know it is great to believe everything you read at WND, but what exactly hasn’t been vetted?

django

March 2nd, 2013
5:16 pm

Jay your a paid shill fro the dem party and bash Republicans ever day. Whats the difference? You cover for the most inept pathetic President in our nation’s history….

TBS

March 2nd, 2013
5:17 pm

little dix

Why no comment on Jindal calling the Repubs the Stupid Party?

USA Patriot

March 2nd, 2013
5:17 pm

Okay, trivia question:

What do the Prime Minister of England, the President of the United States, and a kitchen have in common?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
5:18 pm

You cover for the most inept pathetic President in our nation’s history….

And yet, Romney still couldn’t defeat him.

Maybe y’all should gone with Elmer Fudd instead, huh?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
5:20 pm

What do the Prime Minister of England, the President of the United States, and a kitchen have in common?

They are both the subject of a mass email sent out to faithful conservatrolls that is about to be repeated here by one of our resident sock-puppets.

Doggone/GA

March 2nd, 2013
5:23 pm

“we might see a resurgence of the history of labor militancy in this country which has been dormant for so long. – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/03/02/foreign-governments-with-u-s-writers-on-their-payroll/?cp=4#comment-1249044

And that might depend on which side “wins” the government “control” of the economy. Labor movements are only neccessary when business and government stand in opposition to labor. But if government wakes up and realizes that labor is where ALL of the money comes from…then government COULD (not neccessarily would) make a labor movement unneccessary.

After all, the goal of a labor movement is to make itself unneeded.

td

March 2nd, 2013
5:23 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
5:14 pm

That statement does not pass the common sense test.

Yeah, it really does.

Not surprised that you don’t get it, though.

Then please explain it to me?

USA Patriot

March 2nd, 2013
5:23 pm

Oh, come on Kam, Chill!

Doggone/GA

March 2nd, 2013
5:24 pm

“Jay your a paid shill fro the dem party and bash Republicans ever day – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/03/02/foreign-governments-with-u-s-writers-on-their-payroll/?cp=4#comment-1249060

On the other hand, you are dumb enough to shill for the Republicans for free

USA Patriot

March 2nd, 2013
5:27 pm

Kam, just a trivia question with no political leaning one way or the other. Think my friend, think!

td

March 2nd, 2013
5:29 pm

Doggone/GA

March 2nd, 2013
5:23 pm

“After all, the goal of a labor movement is to make itself unneeded.”

The goal of the labor movement is to enrich itself as much as possible.

I was a member of a union at Lockheed that encouraged all its members to vote for Mondale even after he said he would cut defense spending if elected. But making the union stronger was more important then protecting the jobs of the members.

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
5:30 pm

td: “Marriage has increasingly become a luxury status that is out of reach, or is at the very least a great struggle, for wide swaths of the population.” /

“That statement does not pass the common sense test. It is always easier to combine resources of two people then it is for each individual to try to make it on their own”:

How’s this for a common sense test: it is generally those of means who have “resources” to combine in a marriage. Which is why marriage has historically been such a big deal – like a business transaction – for the nobility and aristocrats.

Yes, in some societies and throughout much of history peasants and humble people of the land have been able marry and survive together under great material hardship. But again, under our current atomized social conditions and capitalist culture of acquisition predicated on a myth of individualism we are not going to be able to just conjure up the world of humble virtue you’re talking about and which conservatives like Charles Murray and his ilk breezily propagandize about at the snap of a finger. Not without a renewed social compact with solidarity across class lines. But to do that, you’d have to give up the fantasy of the humble peasant or virtuous worker who pulls himself up. So it’s a vicious circle.

Doggone/GA

March 2nd, 2013
5:33 pm

“But making the union stronger was more important then protecting the jobs of the members – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/03/02/foreign-governments-with-u-s-writers-on-their-payroll/?cp=4#comment-1249063

Not my problem. I’m talking about the future, not not the past. So I don’t see the point of your story.

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
5:35 pm

Doggone: “Labor movements are only neccessary when business and government stand in opposition to labor.”

Which they are doing right now as almost never before.

“But if government wakes up and realizes that labor is where ALL of the money comes from…”

Which it won’t without pressure from below. Pressure from worker organization.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
5:36 pm

Then please explain it to me?

I’d rather try to explain algebra to a termite.

USA Patriot

March 2nd, 2013
5:37 pm

Okay, forget the trivia question. Was trying to add a bit of levity and failed miserably. Carry on with your dribble.

Welcome – do ya think ya think too much? Sheesh!

td

March 2nd, 2013
5:37 pm

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
5:30 pm

And what exactly would that “new social compact” look like that would encouage the peasants to join together and combine resources?

Guy

March 2nd, 2013
5:38 pm

Getalife, your last remarks said the truth,the whole truth,and nothing but the truth. Theywill learn nothing is free.

Doggone/GA

March 2nd, 2013
5:39 pm

“Which it won’t without pressure from below. Pressure from worker organization. – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/03/02/foreign-governments-with-u-s-writers-on-their-payroll/?cp=4#comment-1249067

Certainly, I never said otherwise. The question is: how MUCH pressure will it take? And I suspect that will depend on who has the most control of the government

td

March 2nd, 2013
5:40 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
5:36 pm

Then please explain it to me?

I’d rather try to explain algebra to a termite.

In other words you are just running off at the mouth and do not know what you are talking about. Got it.

Note to self: Kam does not have the capacity to actually carry on an intellectual conversation.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
5:44 pm

In other words you are just running off at the mouth and do not know what you are talking about.

Thanks for proving my point, sport.

josef

March 2nd, 2013
5:46 pm

THE TOPIC DU JOUR

So? Where’s the news in that?

FRED
Bonjour, Buddy. Permette-moi de demander à toi quelque chose. Quand ce sera que tu vas apprendre que se disputer avec un athée militant est le même que d’essayer d’avoir une conversation sensée avec un prêtre fondamentaliste?

USA
Ciao bene. Com’è la vita a casa tua questa fine di settimana cazzo di freddo?

So, y’all what’s up for debate or smart assed comment?

Towncrier

March 2nd, 2013
5:47 pm

“You take secret, undisclosed money from a foreign government to write hit pieces in U.S. media against a man, in this case Anwar Ibrahim, who is struggling to bring democracy to his country and was beaten and imprisoned for years for daring to challenge the dictatorial government?”

And what motivates “writers” such as yourself to write “hit pieces”? Are you not being paid for that?

indigo

March 2nd, 2013
5:49 pm

django – 5:16 “you cover for the most inept pathetic President in our nation’s history”

Says the adolesent homeschooler who is still trying to make it to the 9th grade.

Towncrier

March 2nd, 2013
5:51 pm

josef

March 2nd, 2013
5:52 pm

Django

Where did you get the handle? Do you know what it means? :-)

Towncrier

March 2nd, 2013
5:55 pm

josef

March 2nd, 2013
5:55 pm

indigo

One would think that if you’re going to take swipes at someone else’s educational level, you’d check your own spelling and grammar… :-)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
6:00 pm

TBS

March 2nd, 2013
6:02 pm

indigo

Are you aware that everyone that doesn’t share you views on a particular issue are not all home schooled or evangelical Christians?

Some of our regulars could have been home schooled and certainly some are evangelicals, but that seems to be your tried and true put down when in fact the majority of the issues being discussed have nothing to with where the blogger went to school or their religious beliefs.

TBS

March 2nd, 2013
6:05 pm

Indigo

I hereby announce that the left leaning bloggers are putting you on waivers. Not sure if any other team will pick you up, but certainly wish you well.

Jay

March 2nd, 2013
6:05 pm

Crier, I am being paid, up front, to write what I believe.

I am not being paid under the table, by a foreign government, to perhaps alter what I claim to believe in order to support a dictatorial government.

If that distinction is not clear to you, I am unable to help you.

josef

March 2nd, 2013
6:05 pm

TBS

He’s what Dean Kuntz would call “a born again moron.”

josef

March 2nd, 2013
6:07 pm

Aw, shoot, here I came spoiling for a name calling and labeling brawl and here comes Big Daddy…now I gotta pretend to be nice and civil…

Towncrier

March 2nd, 2013
6:08 pm

Who was accepted at Yale, Harvard and Oxford and attended the latter as a Rhodes Scholar? Hint: it wasn’t a community organizer.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/341834/president-obama-s-legacy-government-greed-gov-bobby-jindal

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
6:09 pm

Doggone, trim your posts!

josef

March 2nd, 2013
6:18 pm

DOGGONE

My nephew sent me this headline

Homicide Victims Rarely Talk to Police

I thought of you… :-)

Doggone/GA

March 2nd, 2013
6:19 pm

Josef..OMG, you’ve got to be kidding! And people get PAID to write stuff like that!

Towncrier

March 2nd, 2013
6:20 pm

“Crier, I am being paid, up front, to write what I believe.”

You are getting paid up front to write, but unless you are a lot less smarter than I imagine you to be, you cannot really believe all of the one-sided propaganda you serve up much of the time ( I certainly don’t buy a lot of what GOP leaders have said over the years and rarely defend any of them since most of them are self serving politicians). And that is why I can only conclude many of your columns are “hit pieces”. And from a moral standpoint, I don’t see all that much difference between supporting in writing a kind of infanticide (unlimited abortions) and supporting a dictator. If me saying that offends your sensibilities, I am sorry. But abortion is just sickeningly wrong.

Jay

March 2nd, 2013
6:23 pm

Then I’m stupid, Crier.

I’d rather be that than be selling stuff I know not to be true.

josef

March 2nd, 2013
6:24 pm

DOGGONE

I thought you’d like that one. The article was about how seldom victims had talked to police BEFORE they became victims, but….

One of his colleagues, a pathologist, took issue with his jocularity…

Doggone/GA

March 2nd, 2013
6:24 pm

“You are getting paid up front to write, but unless you are a lot less smarter than I imagine you to be, you cannot really believe all of the one-sided propaganda you serve up much of the time – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/03/02/foreign-governments-with-u-s-writers-on-their-payroll/?cp=4#comment-1249092

Looks like Jay is right…you can’t see the difference

TBS

March 2nd, 2013
6:25 pm

You guys behave…….

Can’t deal with “closet” cases.

peace

MiltonMan

March 2nd, 2013
6:26 pm

Too bad Jay did not write a piece about the great democratic city of Detroit being taken over by the state of Michigan

Doggone/GA

March 2nd, 2013
6:26 pm

Josef, yeah…but.

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 2nd, 2013
6:28 pm

And even as I wander,
I’m keeping you in sight.
You’re a candle in the window,
On a cold, dark winter’s night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuyWr7_Higo

Doggone/GA

March 2nd, 2013
6:29 pm

“Too bad Jay did not write a piece about the great democratic city of Detroit being taken over by the state of Michigan – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/03/02/foreign-governments-with-u-s-writers-on-their-payroll/?cp=4#comment-1249099

blogspot.com is ready when you are

Jay

March 2nd, 2013
6:29 pm

All these lazy bloggers with all these supposedly great ideas for blog posts, but they want somebody else to write the pieces for them rather than do it themselves.

Milton Man, maybe you should write Josh Trevino and ask him to go with your idea. But you should probably include a check when you do.

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think

March 2nd, 2013
6:31 pm

Hey everybody, having a good time?

Crier,
Yes, abortion is “sickingly wrong”, but so is trying to take away the right of a woman to own her own body…having said that, the lessening of abortions would be quite easy if contraception was more readily available. Get religion out of it and accept the fact that the human being is a sexually social animal. The Maker made us that way. It’s plain stupid to try to prevent what is a natural biological function. If you want to stop abortion, scream your loudest to your Congress Person to pass a good birth control bill paid for by medical insurance….simple as that.

josef

March 2nd, 2013
6:31 pm

IMAM
Did you catch Kerry’s little set-to with Erdogan? Looks like your boy Hagel’s got his work cut out for him! :-)

Ray

March 2nd, 2013
6:31 pm

Webster’s:

“Philosophy of government that stresses the primacy and glory of the state, unquestioning obedience to its leader, subordination of the individual will to the state’s authority, and harsh suppression of dissent. Martial virtues are celebrated, while liberal and democratic values are disparaged. Fascism arose during the 1920s and ’30s partly out of fear of the rising power of the working classes; it differed from contemporary communism (as practiced under Joseph Stalin) by its protection of business and landowning elites and its preservation of class systems. The leaders of the fascist governments of Italy (1922–43), Germany (1933–45), and Spain (1939–75)—Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, and Francisco Franco—were portrayed to their publics as embodiments of the strength and resolve necessary to rescue their nations from political and economic chaos. Japanese fascists (1936–45) fostered belief in the uniqueness of the Japanese spirit and taught subordination to the state and personal sacrifice. See also totalitarianism; neofascism”.

kayaker 71

March 2nd, 2013
6:31 pm

Bookman,

Most of us on the right would accept some of your blatant bias if, just once in a awhile, you would deviate a bit from the standard fare and present a thread where you took a middle of the ground type of stand and let the bloggers decide for themselves what was correct and what was not. But this incessant liberal bias, some of which has little to no credibility, is not only insulting to anyone’s intellect but serves no purpose but to keep you in a job with a liberal newspaper. Perhaps you have to do this to satisfy your leaders but after awhile, it gets pretty predictable. This clown in the WH has faults, lots of them, but to hear it from you, he has none. Woodward learned what it meant to deviate from the liberal message….. perhaps you might try it. They are not always right, you know.

Jay

March 2nd, 2013
6:32 pm

I’ve seen reports on it, Josef. But not any video.

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
6:32 pm

Towncrier: “But abortion is just sickeningly wrong”

Well, some of us disagree.

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 2nd, 2013
6:32 pm

Play me one more song,
That I’ll always remember,
And I can recall,
Whenever I find myself too all alone,
I can sing me home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWge0KIhkoE

Doggone/GA

March 2nd, 2013
6:32 pm

“All these lazy bloggers with all these supposedly great ideas for blog posts, but they want somebody else to write the pieces – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/03/02/foreign-governments-with-u-s-writers-on-their-payroll/?cp=4#comment-1249102

Yeah, we’ve noticed..the more they spout about being “independent” the more likely they are to want someone else to do their work for them

josef

March 2nd, 2013
6:33 pm

I wouldn’t say Big Daddy can’t be bought, but he ain’t cheap.

josef

March 2nd, 2013
6:34 pm

JAY

I haven’t seen any video either…I would sure have liked to have been a fly on the wall for that one, though!

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
6:35 pm

… but after awhile, it gets pretty predictable.

Do you need on of us to cal 911 for you?

Have you been kidnapped, held hostage and forced to read and respond to this blog against your will?

Doggone/GA

March 2nd, 2013
6:36 pm

“Towncrier: “But abortion is just sickeningly wrong” – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/03/02/foreign-governments-with-u-s-writers-on-their-payroll/?cp=4#comment-1249112

Then take it up with your God. As long as there are natural abortions it can’t be all THAT “wrong” to your God.

josef

March 2nd, 2013
6:38 pm

K’CHAK

@ 6:35

:-)

And won’t anybody pay the ransom for Red Chief…

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 2nd, 2013
6:38 pm

Ask the man in your heart for the answers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSOaLugmdSY

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 2nd, 2013
6:41 pm

And it’s only my will that keeps me alive
I’ve been licked, washed up for years
And I merely survive because of my pride

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_8KpR49bFI

josef

March 2nd, 2013
6:41 pm

Lazy bloggers? I work hard at this, thank-you…

Towncrier

March 2nd, 2013
6:42 pm

Well, Jay, looks like you have your “marching orders” from no less a heroic figure than Harry Reid himself:

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/sen-reid-press-you-guys-have-obligation-report-democrats-are-right#

Now, do you REALLY think Reid is a good, honest, wise and honorable man? If not, why are you “in bed” with him and the other clowns in the Democratic party who bear just as much responsibility for where we are as a nation as the clowns in the GOP, by writing cheerleading pieces?

And, regarding the other day, why is a one of two year leveling off of spending and indication that spending is not increasing anymore (despite the obvious entitlement spending tsunami about to hit us) but a 15 or more year leveling off of global temperatures is not a sign that global warming has ceased?

DannyX

March 2nd, 2013
6:42 pm

“All these lazy bloggers with all these supposedly great ideas for blog posts, but they want somebody else to write the pieces”

Hey they’re not too lazy to copy and paste the latest crazy chain email, or post a silly Drudge headline.

Then there are those like Kayaker who has the energy to write a whiny post about the “incessant liberal bias,” but hasn’t posted anything that has ever strayed from his own far right bias, ever.

Crazy Cracker

March 2nd, 2013
6:44 pm

“Lazy bloggers? I work hard at this, thank-you…”

Buuurrrrpppp! I don’t know who he’s calling lazy. I get my own beers.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
6:46 pm

Well, Jay, looks like you have your “marching orders” from no less a heroic figure than Harry Reid himself

Sock-puppet drudgey spammers say, “What?”

josef

March 2nd, 2013
6:47 pm

CRAZY
Hey, I’m privileged elite. I’ve got my own live-in bartender…long’s I’m here with “that pack of social malcontents you hang out with on the blog,” he gets a break.

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 2nd, 2013
6:47 pm

It’s in every one of us to be wise
Find your heart
And open up both your eyes
We can all know every thing
Without ever knowing why
It’s in every one of us by and by

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCvWZoom_cA

kayaker 71

March 2nd, 2013
6:47 pm

Kamchak, 6:35,

No, I have not been held captive and been forced to read anything against my will. Perhaps the format for these threads have to fit a certain mode to allow the AJC to fulfill their aim in life to be a liberal rag. Perhaps Bookman is not really a journalist but just some kind of liberal mouthpiece that satisfies the needs of his liberal bloggers. It that is the case, why not just write a liberal column and do away with the predictable liberal comments, the needs of which I have yet to figure out.
One of the finest journalists that I have ever heard or witnessed was Tim Russert. He had the talent to take a discussion and get the very best from everyone out of it. He was not overly biased but could express an opinion so as not to look stupid and at the same time, he left most of the demonic rhetoric at the door. It takes a certain talent to do this. Bookman is stuck in a rut. He fulfills a function at the AJC but, when you walk away and look at it from a distance, there is not much there. Just a predictable diatribe which satisfies his liberal sheep but doesn’t come close to telling the whole story.

getalife

March 2nd, 2013
6:47 pm

Where is your blog crier?

bman.

March 2nd, 2013
6:48 pm

That was a short musical break. Did the youtube server crash or something?