Whiskey Fire posts the facts about the Frost family, Next Time You Get Sick You’ll Know — You Might Even See. Including things like real numbers. In comparison the Right has collected a few bits of information and extrapolated what they ever so deeply feel is the truth from there. Parading out barely plausible scenarios that their followers can cling to has become a specialty. Michelle Malkin has decided that the only way to get at the truth is to stalk the Frost family – Profiles in Class. Malkin thus caught bereft of the facts pulls out a lie to justify her stalking the debunked silliness that the Washington Post let al-Queda know where former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld lives ( Rumsfeld had previously given permission to the NYT when they did a profile.) and Cheney’s home can be found on any guide to historic homes of D.C. He too gave permission. So in summary rather then call the Frosts and ask for an interview Malkin sniffs around like a rabid hound dog and justifies her behavior by repeating some previously debunked nonsense about WaPo. Malkin has had plenty of help from the keyborad cowards of Wingnuttia ranging from Free Republic to The Weekly Standard to Captain’s Quarters who repeats the lies of Queen Bee Malkin and FR per batem, no fact checking required,
October 8, 2007, S-CHIP Expansion – The Ultimate School Voucher Program?
1. Graeme and his sister Gemma attend the Park School, a private school that costs $20,000 per child.
2. Brown wrote that the family lives on $45,000 per year, but icwhatudo notes: “Halsey Frost has owned his own company ‘Frostworks’ since…1992 so he chooses to not give himself insurance. He also employed his wife as ‘bookkeeper and operations management’ prior to her recent 2007 hire at the ‘medical publishing firm.'”
3. His business is housed in a $160,000 building — that he owns.
4. The Frost family lives in a recently remodeled 3,000-square-foot home that cost $485,000.
The truth, something old Cap couldn’t find with a GPS if his life depended on it is a bit different,
* Graeme has a scholarship to a private school. The school costs $15K a year, but the family only pays $500 a year.
*His sister Gemma attends another private school to help her with the brain injuries that occurred due to her accident. The school costs $23,000 a year, but the state pays the entire cost.
*They bought their “lavish house” sixteen years ago for $55,000 at a time when the neighborhood was less than safe.
* Last year, the Frost’s made $45,000 combined. Over the past few years they have made no more than $50,000 combined.
* The state of Maryland has found them eligible to participate in the CHIP program.
This may seem unrelated, but Justice Clarence Thomas and the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol give us a little insight into why the Right thinks it is OK to attack a 12 year old rather then argue on the merits, Bill Kristol’s Favorite Bible Verse
‘Wash Post’ on Monday Excerpts New Media Book by Howard Kurtz -The Right is focusing on Rather’s threat to take the Bush AWOL story to the NYT if CBS management killed the story. Well management did kill the story so they wouldn’t get on the bad side of the Bush administration. The Right seems to conveniently ignoring 99% of the story, the failure of the press in general to challenge the Bush/Cheney narrative,
She had firsthand experience with what she considered the chilling effect on the media. Two months before the 2004 election, when she was still at NBC’s “Today” show, Couric had asked Condoleezza Rice whether she agreed with Vice President Cheney’s declaration that the country would be at greater risk for terrorist attacks if John Kerry won the White House. Rice sidestepped the question, saying that any president had to fight aggressively against terrorism.
Couric interrupted and asked the question again. Would a Kerry victory put America at greater risk? Rice ducked again, saying that the issue should not be personalized.
Soon afterward, Couric got an e-mail from Robert Wright, the NBC president. He was forwarding a note from an Atlanta woman who complained that Couric had been too confrontational with Rice.
What was the message here? Couric felt that Wright must be telling her to back off. She wrote him a note, saying that she tried to be persistent and elicit good answers in all her interviews, regardless of the political views of her guests. If Wright had a problem with that, she would like to discuss it with him personally. Wright wrote back that such protest letters usually came in batches, but that he had passed along this one because it seemed different.
Couric felt there was a subtle, insidious pressure to toe the party line, and you bucked that at your peril. She wanted to believe that her NBC colleagues were partners in the search for truth, and no longer felt that was the case. She knew that the corporate management viewed her as an out-and-out liberal. When she ran into Jack Welch, the General Electric chairman, he would sometimes say that they had never seen eye to eye politically. If you weren’t rah rah rah for the Bush administration, and the war, you were considered unpatriotic, even treasonous.
It’s difficult for me to see Couric as a heroine since she could have told the truth, but instead has moved her career along in a way that guaranteed that she would continue to receive her enormous income. This is something the Right either doesn’t realize about network journalists or just refuses to acknowledge. Couric might well have liberal leanings or at least very moderate Republican, but she and many of her colleagues are all too happy to skimp on the truth in exchange for those McMansions in Connecticut.