Washington Post: Character Assassins

2 Sep

macacalert2We told you it was an orchestrated smear campaign:

WaPo Ratchets Up Attacks on Republican Bob McDonnell; Six Articles in Four Days
Scott Whitlock, NewsBusters

The Washington Post on Wednesday increased its frenzied attack on Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, featuring two stories in the paper’s Metro section, an op-ed and a cartoon. Including opinion pieces, the Post has delivered six articles in four days on the Republican’s 1989 master’s thesis about families and government policy.
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Here are the articles (so far). It’s important to note that the headlines are more inflammatory than the actual articles.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Front Page Story:  ’89 Thesis A Different Side of McDonnell

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Governor’s Race Erupts Over McDonnell’s Past Views

Bob McDonnell, Culture Warrior
An editioral demanding McDonnell respond, ignoring the 90 minute media conference call less than 24 hours prior.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

McDonnell Tries to Salvage Women’s Votes

Thesis Issue Builds, McDonnell Tries to Move On

The Macaca Thesis, Editorial


This is a pattern for the Washington Post.  They did it to George Allen in 2006.  They did it to Sarah Palin in 2008.

Of course, once they’ve destroyed the Republican, they’ll apologize.  Sort of.

Sunday, November 5, 2006
Balance and Bias on the Political Beat, Deborah Howell
The macaca coverage went on too long, and a profile of Allen was relentlessly negative without balancing coverage of what made him a popular governor and senator.

Sunday, November 9, 2008
An Obama Tilt in Campaign Coverage, Deborah Howell
The Post provided a lot of good campaign coverage, but readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama. My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on both counts.

Will they get away with it this time?  That depends on you and me.

SWAC Girl has an excellent summary today:  Examiner and others begin “macaca watch” on WaPost
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the Washington Post to look into past writings from Creigh Deeds or to do an indepth study of his voting record. And don’t wait for them to demand accountability from Barack Obama who refuses to release his college thesis from Columbia University or his academic records from Occidental College, Columbia University or Harvard Law School.


WaPo Opens Jihad Against McDonnell
Christian Toto, Human Events
Can the Post serve as a political kingmaker again for the Old Dominion State? Or will a feisty alternative media rise up to stop any attempts to turn a college assignment into a campaign killer? And if so, why didn’t the paper pull out all the stops regarding another candidate’s past?

Is the Washington Post trying to ‘Macaca’ Bob McDonnell?
Michael Barone, The Washington Examiner

The obvious agenda here is to raise the specter that if McDonnell is elected, all women in Virginia will be fired from their jobs and forced to stay home knitting or driving car pool. We’ll see how much longer the Post can keep this story on the front page.


Left-Leaning Washington Post Goes After Bob McDonnell
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I remember a junior Senator from Illinois who admitted to smoking pot and snorting cocaine, broke bread with admitted domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, sat in a church pew for 20 years listening to the racial, bigoted, anti-semetic and anti-American hatred of Rev. Wright and admitted that his goal was to redistribute wealth, or as he put it, “spread the wealth.” What I don’t remember is the Washington Post or any other leftist news outlet ever bothering to cover these stories.




3 Responses to “Washington Post: Character Assassins”

  1. Nayagan September 3, 2009 at 11:50 am #

    The more information the public has, the better able it is to vote intelligently. His thesis is now ‘out there’ and if you think VA voters are so thick as to weight it equally with his legislative record, your contempt for us is not Menckian in the least.

  2. Michael September 3, 2009 at 10:08 pm #

    The thesis has been “out there” for 20 years. Funny how in 18 years of the left trying to paint Bob McDonnell as a right wing radical NO ONE thought to look for it. They still wouldn’t have looked if he hadn’t mentioned it.

    Odd too, don’t you think, that Deeds didn’t consider this to be a problem in 2005? Plus we’ve known for a year and a half that Bob McDonnell would be the Republican candidate.

    That’s some crack research team the Democrats have there. Not only does Creigh Deeds have to sayt “me too” to every issue Bob McDonnell addresses, we even have to do your opposition research.


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