THE LIBERAL MEDIA'S FAVORITE "REPUBLICAN"
By Cliff Kincaid
September 16, 2009
The demonstrators were mostly against Big Government, but many banners and signs on display during the 9-12 march and rally in Washington, D.C. expressed disgust with liberal media bias. One of the harshest was, “Mainstream media: communists or puppets?”
Another said, “Why are the watchdogs White House lapdogs?” One of the most direct, equating liberal news outlets to state-run media, was “AP, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC=Pravda.”
Still another said simply, “Shame on Mainstream Media!”
On the other hand, television and radio talk-show host Glenn Beck was a hero, as the “Glenn Beck for President” sign illustrated. Several signs declared “Thank God for Fox News Channel,” on which Beck appears.
Nevertheless, on the day of the protest, September 12, the Washington Post used an old liberal media trick—trying to depict the protesters showing up in Washington, D.C. as extremists. In order to give this attack some semblance of credibility, the paper ran a story quoting “a former adviser” to Republican senator and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain as saying that he was afraid that “right-wing nutballs” and “freaks” would dominate media coverage of the event.
But the real “nutball” or “freak” was the adviser, Mark McKinnon.
The Post, which is referred to by critics as the “Compost,” failed to disclose that McKinnon is a well-known liberal who panders to the “mainstream media” in order to get headlines. He came to our attention in June when he garnered press attention by urging Republicans not to oppose Obama’s pick of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. He considered her record and the substantive charges against her not worth talking about. He even went on lesbian commentator Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show to bash conservative opponents of Sotomayor.
He had previously won the admiration of the left by resigning from his role as media consultant for the McCain presidential campaign because he had promised that he would not be involved in any effort to defeat Obama for president. At the time, McKinnon said that Obama’s election “would send a great message to the country and the world.”
It is not surprising that he is now the “go-to” guy when the liberal media want a quotation designed to undercut or mock conservatives.
McKinnon is the vice-chairman of Public Strategies, the firm which employs Richard Wolffe, former senior correspondent for Newsweek and MSNBC commentator. The dishonesty of Wolffe’s book, Renegade, about Barack Obama, is reflected in his misrepresentation of Obama’s childhood mentor, Communist Frank Marshall Davis, as just a black activist. Wolffe was hired by Public Strategies to gain access to Obama’s inner circle so that McKinnon and his fellow lobbyists, including Dan Bartlett, former counselor to President George W. Bush, can make their political “bipartisan” deals and big money.
On the Maddow show, McKinnon called himself a “progressive Republican.” The term “progressive” is preferred by those who used to be known as “liberal.” His own bio quotes Obama as calling him a “class act.” No wonder the liberal papers like the Washington Post and New York Times love him.
McKinnon can refer to the 9-12 protesters as “nutballs” and “freaks,” but what I saw on Saturday in Washington, D.C. were ordinary people, many with their families, very concerned about the foreign ideology of Marxism being implemented in the United States. I took dozens of photos of the participants. Some were military veterans who fought and sacrificed to preserve the U.S. Constitution and don’t like what America has become under Obama. Many were parents who don’t want their children saddled with enormous financial debt. Young people who showed up were concerned about the government intruding more and more into their lives. Others are afraid of Obama’s attempt to seize control of the health care sector, and what this will mean for the elderly.
Take a look at the photos, Mr. McKinnon. Is it nuts to want to save your country?
James Rosen of McClatchy newspapers, also on September 12, used McKinnon for another liberal purpose, citing the “prominent Republican strategist” as saying that South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson should be defeated next year for calling Obama a liar during his speech to Congress. This is the only way to “change the political discourse” in the country, McKinnon said. The quote was taken from a column that McKinnon writes for The Daily Beast, a website financed by pro-homosexual champion Barry Diller.
and his editor, liberal commentator Tina Brown, are the people McKinnon
is comfortable with.
Many at the 9-12 demonstration, especially those carrying “Joe Wilson for President” signs, are sick and tired of the lies and those who refuse to expose them.
McKinnon is one of the biggest frauds and deceivers.
In connection with our June-B AIM Report, we suggested that AIM subscribers send McKinnon postcards with this message:
You are advertised on your website as a “communications strategist” but your comments on Obama Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor have been misguided and misleading. You attacked those who are trying to bring her record of judicial activism to public attention. Yet, her comments about courts making policy were captured on YouTube and were truly alarming. We know that your comments get the attention of liberal papers like the New York Times, but many people see through the political games you are playing. We suggest you drop the label of “Republican strategist” and quit trying to fool people.
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The liberal papers continue to use him because they want to fool the public into thinking that opposing Obama, his policies, and his nominees is not popular with prominent “Republicans” like McKinnon.
But people like those at the 9-12 rally are not fooled by such tricks.
Check out the YouTube video of a CNN reporter being drowned out by 9-12 demonstrators chanting “Tell the truth” and “No more lies.”
The same admonition should apply to the media touting the phony “Republican” McKinnon.
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Cliff Kincaid, a veteran journalist and media critic, Cliff concentrated in journalism and communications at the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Cliff has written or co-authored nine books on media and cultural affairs and foreign policy issues. One of Cliff's books, "Global Bondage: The UN Plan to Rule the World" is still awailable.
Cliff has appeared on Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, Crossfire and has been published in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Chronicles, Human Events and Insight.