Remembering Trig

While Forgetting Basic Math

Thus speaketh the Anchorage Daily News on March 8th of this year.

JUNEAU — Gov. Sarah Palin shocked and awed just about everybody around the Capitol on Wednesday when she announced she’s expecting her fifth child.

That the pregnancy is so advanced astonished all who heard the news. The governor, a runner who’s always been trim, simply doesn’t look pregnant.

Even close members of her staff said they only learned this week their boss was expecting.

But people just couldn’t believe the news.

“Really? No!” said Bethel state Rep. Mary Nelson, who is close to giving birth herself.

“It’s wonderful. She’s very well-disguised,” said Senate President Lyda Green, a mother of three who has sometimes sparred with Palin politically. “When I was five months pregnant, there was absolutely no question that I was with child.”

Lots of numbers there – three, five, the implied seven – and I bring up this old news because of them.  We tend to believe in numbers, after all.  It’s a pity that someone’s feeding us a load with the particular set we’ve seen lately.

What do you think about these, for instance, provided by The Anchoress?

In my email, today, One Baby, One Vote:

49 Million American babies have been aborted since 1973; 25 million would have been old enough to vote in this election.

Or these, provided by Allahpundit?

OBAMA’S OCT 1-15 SPENDING = $105,599,963.76

That’s more than $293,000 an hour.


To put Obama’s numbers in perspective, to break even at $293K an hour, he needs slightly more than three $25 donations per second. Which brings us back to yesterday’s story du jour before Ashley Todd plopped into the blogosphere’s lap.

Or these (also provided by her, by way of the New York Post)?

Thirteen campaign workers for Barack Obama yesterday yanked their voter registrations and ballots in Ohio after being warned by a prosecutor that temporary residents can’t vote in the battleground state.

A dozen staffers – including Obama Ohio spokeswoman Olivia Alair and James Cadogan, who recently joined Team Obama – signed a form letter asking the Franklin County elections board to pull their names from the rolls.

Or these, provided by Scott Johnson at Powerline:

We’ve previously noted the gusher of illegal campaign contributions flowing into the Obama campaign from contributors such as “Doodad Pro” and “Good Will.” More recently, incidents have been reported in which people have seen credit card charges surface suggesting they donated to Barack Obama when they did not. Matthew Mosk and Sarah Cohen noted one such incident earlier this week:

Now comes the story of Mary T. Biskup, of Manchester, Missouri. Biskup got a call recently from the Obama campaign, which was trying to figure out why she donated $174,800 to the campaign — well over the contribution limit of $2,300.

The answer she gave them was simple. “That’s an error.”

Right.  In a separate post, The Anchoress decries the press coverage we’ve been seeing, and asks rhetorically “Who listens to me?”

I had hoped that someone like Tim Russert would see journalism going out of control and yell, “hey, let’s pull back the reins,” but that didn’t happen. I still want to believe he’d be appalled at the galloping disintegration of our free press – now fully beholden to every leftwing concern, and to their Lord Barack Obama.

I have a pal who was a journalist for over 20 years who has said “goodbye to all that” because he was beginning to feel unclean, and ashamed of his profession.

Which brings me to my point, which is, oddly enough, not about politics.  It’s about reporting.  To call what we’ve seen in the MSM awful is to damn with faint praise.   It’s not that the politicians are manipulating the press; it’s that the press is trying to manipulate us.  Quoting the American Spectator:

In an interview with his fellow airhead, CBS’s Katie Couric, late in September, the senior senator from Delaware expressed his firm belief that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president of the United States in 1929 and that in that illusory year FDR had at his command a large and apparently receptive television audience. Ha, ha, ha — and the mainstream moron media insist that Senator Biden’s opponent, Governor Sarah Palin, “stumbled” when she was interviewed by CBS’s cutie. Stumble Governor Palin might, but Senator Biden fell head over heels and he has continued to do so.

There are a few stories I won’t forget when this election is over stories that appeared only briefly in the MSM, or buried deep (each of these stories, you will note, had to be dug out of the internet and blogs and almost forced onto the MSM).  Trig Palin is the only one that started in the MSM, and it was a lie.  Others stories that I won’t forget will be:

Please note that this last story appeared on page A19 of The Washington Post.  Many already have.

Oh – And while we’re busy digesting those numbers that the press has (and hasn’t) given us, here’s a few more to add to the pile.

Ad revenues continued to dwindle in August at top U.S. newspaper publishers, in some cases by double digits, Media Post reported. The New York Times Co.’s advertising revenue dropped 14 percent to $110.6 million, while Media General reported a modest decline of 4.4 percent.

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