- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Memo to Sen. John McCain. Now that even fake infomercials are viable political strategy, bring on the ginzu knives, a Popiel Pocket Fisherman and maybe some OxiClean next time. The media-savvy, Tweeting, Facebook-ing Arizona senator has attacked his main political rival J.D. Hayworth - once an infomercial pitchman himself - using a cavalcade of vintage clips featuring everyone from dollar-bill emblazoned Matthew Lesko to psychic Miss Cleo. Mr. Hayworth is framed as the ultimate 3 a.m. TV shill. “Caveat emptor, buyer beware,” warns the 90-second video, concluding, “character matters.”

Meanwhile, the media-savvy, Twittering, Facebook-ing Mr. Hayworth prefers to think of himself as “the consistent conservative,” and his campaign has dismissed Mr. McCain’s video as “unbecoming to a senator.” See it here: www.youtube.com/user/JohnMcCaindotcom.

ALREADY OUT THERE

“Bork Kagan.”

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MONEY TALKS, MAYBE

Oh, the humanity. BigHollywood.com founder Andrew Breitbart believes that a fat reward might reveal the veritable Rosetta Stone of liberal journalism.

“In the interests of journalistic transparency, and to offer the American public a unique insight in the workings of the Democrat-Media Complex, I’m offering $100,000 for the full ‘JournoList’ archive, source fully protected. Now theres an offer somebody cant refuse,” Mr. Breitbart says.

The aforementioned “list” was created in 2007 by Washington Post economic columnist Ezra Klein as a forum for left-leaning journalists and policy wonks to share insights in “an insulated space,” he explains, claiming it is not meant as secretive conspiracy, but rather as “a fractious and freewheeling conversation.” All the freewheeling eventually caught up with former Post writer David Weigel, whose private e-mails - contained in the list’s archives - were made public. Mr. Weigel, once tasked with covering conservatives for the paper, resigned Friday after three months on the job - but has already been hired by MSNBC.

“Dave Weigel is not the story. The ‘JournoList’ is the story: who was on it and which positions of journalistic power and authority do they hold? Now that the nature and the scope of the list has been exposed, I think the public has a right to know who shapes the big media narratives and how. Dave Weigel is a portal into the dark world of hardcore liberal bias in the media” Mr. Breitbart says.

“We want the list of journalists that comprised the 400 members of the ‘JournoList’ and we want the contents of the listserv. Why should Weigel be the only person exposed and humiliated?”

KOS AND EFFECT

It is a teachable moment. What do you do when 18 months worth of public opinion polls have turned up faulty? Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas, who published the fraudulent polls in good faith at his Web site, staged a precise pre-emptive strike and effectively defused this bomb. He declared the findings “likely bunk,” fired the pollster, removed the surveys from the website, and warned a vigorous lawsuit against the research company would follow.

“I held publication of the report until [Tuesday], because I didn’t want to partake in a cliche ‘Friday Bad News Dump’. This is serious business, and I wasn’t going to bury it over a weekend,” Mr. Moulitsas says.

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