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Is @MaggiePolitico the Favorite Girl in David Axelrod’s Stenography Pool?

Posted on | May 16, 2012 | 7 Comments

Drew M. at AOSHQ catches Team Obama’s Pet pushing Democrat oppo research against a dude who appears in a new Romney campaign ad. Here’s the ad, and the dude Hagerman blows up is Jason “Jay” Clausen, who got laid off from his job in Iowa:

Permit me to say, from long experience, that political reporters get tips from all kinds of sources all the time. The identity and motives of the tipsters are often not known, just a voice on the phone or a pseudonymous email account. The facts are the facts, without regard to who reports them or why. But if this isn’t an oppo-dump, what is it?

The question is whether Maggie Haberman would protect the confidentiality of a Republican source who gave her such a cheap little piece of dirt about a Democrat, or whether her Opposition Research Stenography Service is only available to Team Obama.

Haberman has reported things that I have gladly linked in the past, and I’m sure I’ll link her again in the future.

She is a good reporter. But if, as I suspect, she’s pushed this tawdry cheap shot at the behest of PROFESSIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY POLITICAL OPERATIVES, perhaps next time they ship her a load of dirt, she would DO HER READERS THE FAVOR OF BEING HONEST ABOUT WHERE SHE GOT IT.

I’m sorry. Was I shouting? Kinda stressed out lately . . .

My point is that you don’t have to burn your sources in order to be honest with your readers. If Democrats were pushing dirt, you can give the reader a general sense of that without being specific. But I wasn’t born yesterday and I know an oppo-dump when I see one. I saw it done to both Herman Cain and Rick Santorum during the GOP primary campaign, and knew damned well that it came from rival Republican campaigns.

If Maggie Haberman wants to swear out an affidavit that she independently took it on herself to do a public-records search on Jay Clausen, then I will admit my suspicions were misplaced.

Prove me wrong, or I’ll take your silence as an admission I’m right.



7 Responses to “Is @MaggiePolitico the Favorite Girl in David Axelrod’s Stenography Pool?”

  1. richard mcenroe
    May 16th, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Wonder what a good background check on Politico’s Robert Albritton  would turn up?

  2. richard mcenroe
    May 16th, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    Of course, we won’t know what the real story is until Daily Caller gives us the exclusive Tyson interview about Jay Clausen.

  3. Adobe_Walls
    May 16th, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    So Mr Clausen’s personal economy didn’t tank until 09 neither did mine or a lot of other folks. So what if Mr Clausen isn’t as upstanding a citizen as he should be that doesn’t make the economy a little better because he’s suffering from it.

  4. scarymatt
    May 16th, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    So the bottom line is that Democrat supporting felons should be able to vote, but Republican supporters with misdemeanors shouldn’t have jobs?

  5. jwallin
    May 16th, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    “Why this booking sheet just floated in over my transom.”


    (do they even have transoms anymore?)

    If that’s the standard, I say let’s run a criminal records check on everyone in Obama’s White House.

    Including the Obama’s.

  6. Why Didn’t Politico Report Anything About Obama Ad Star John Slagle? | The Lonely Conservative
    May 16th, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

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  7. Adjoran
    May 16th, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    “Good reporter” and “works at Politico” are mutually exclusive.  It is a hack propaganda outfit.  Every founding member there was also a charter member of Klein’s original Journ-O-List attempt to manage and massage the news secretly behind the scenes so that all leftist reporters gave it the same spin.  It was founded by Ezra “Goebbels” Klein, disbanded when Dave Weigel outed it.

    You can bet there is a new version, more secretive, with more selective screening for leftist dependability, and you can bet Maggie the leftist hoor is on it.

    I don’t click Politico links.  I know who they are, where they come from, and what they are doing.