Ellmers gets McClatchy Treatment (Update)

The War on Conservative Women Continues

Imagine if this was a Democrat Female Representative? Likely that you wouldn’t have even heard of the story.

Via Agent Pierce Said:

August 21; ’12:  News & Observer Publisher Orage Quarles was not arrested Tuesday on charges of trafficking in child pornography and white slavery.  As to whether Quarles or N&O Editor John Drescher routinely expose themselves to pedestrians in Nash Square, FBI officials have not returned our calls…..

Does that headline “grab you”?  Not a single word of the above is untrue nor would Quarles nor Drescher deny one bit of it.

Welcome to the dumpster diving world of McClatchy Corporation.  McClatchy owns North Carolina’s two largest daily newspapers – Raleigh’s News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer.

Tuesday morning readers of both papers were greeted with the headline:

“Renee Ellmers (R-NC) Went To Israel But Did Not Go Skinny Dipping”

The opening line of the story was:

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers joined a group of lawmakers for a trip to Israel that the FBI looked into after reports that one congressman swam nude in the Sea of Galilee. Her staff said she did not join others swimming.

A picture of the attractive Republican legislator ran beside the headline.

The story beyond the lurid headline involved a Congressional fact-finding trip that Congresswoman Ellmers went on a year ago.   Apparently at some point during the trip a Congressman from Kansas did indeed jump nude into the Sea Of Galilee; but Congresswoman Ellmers did not nor was there the slightest reason to suspect she did….

EXCEPTto slander Rep Ellmers’ name and reputation.  A common practice for the overtly liberal media outlets.

Yes. That was entirely the point; Ellmers has taken a strong stand on supporting Israel and praised the Ryan budget as well.  Unlike the liberal run media like the News & Observer in North Carolina, Rep. Ellmers is not interested in distractions. Neither are the voters.

In the News: “Enough Distractions”



Last month, the Obama campaign dispatched actor Don Cheadle to give volunteers here in North Carolina a pep talk. This may say a number of things about the president’s campaign, but chief among them is that President Obama wants to talk about anything but the economy.

And that’s unfortunate given that we’re facing serious economic problems in this country. The most recent GDP numbers — which show our economy grew just an anemic 1.5 percent in the last quarter — sound off alarms that our economy is in disrepair. So, too, does the 8.2 percent unemployment rate, as well as the decline in average incomes and net worth we’ve seen as of late. Our economy, in other words, is slouching.

For too many people, the effects of this slump are all too real. Upwards of 23 million Americans can’t find full-time jobs. Millions of people are losing their homes to foreclosure or struggling to hold onto them.

Some argue that President Obama is a divisive force, but I would suggest the damage he’s inflicted on our economy has delivered hard times to Americans in a way that cuts across party lines and more. It doesn’t matter whether one is a Democrat or Republican, business owner or worker, young or old, mother or father: The uncertainty running rampant in the Obama economy overshadows one’s ability to make payroll or put food on the table.

And perhaps more disconcerting than these crushing realities, President Obama isn’t proposing any new ideas to get our economy moving in the right direction again. He’s exhausted his options and they haven’t worked. The stimulus — which thepresident boasts as an accomplishment — has yet to bear the fruit he promised. It turns out that nearly $1 trillion didn’t bring unemployment down to 5.6 percent as he claimed it would. And in spite of these facts, President Obama has had the nerve to tell Americans with a straight face, “We tried our plan — and it worked.”

It worked? Then why does the reality tell a different story? In North Carolina and across the country, voters know from experience that the president’s narrative is painfully untrue.

It’s also telling where President Obama looks for solutions to his reelection woes. He searches for answers in Hollywood — be it in Don Cheadle or glitzy celebrity fundraisers. It’s a move that underscores a lack of seriousness about the steep economic challenges Americans are grappling with in every corner of this country. The president’s campaign commercials certainly don’taddress them.

Regrettably, this kind of campaign — one that focuses on distractions instead of the real issues in play — meshes all too well with Barack Obama’s presidency.

On the biggest issues of the day — ensuring our budget crisis does not paralyze the ability of future generations to prosper, preventing the looming and devastating defense cuts, mollifying the intolerable levels of unemployment — President Obama has failed to lead. Instead of entitlement reform, we’ve gotten $5.2 trillion in more debt. Instead of cutting the budget responsibly, President Obama has played politics with our military.

Ultimately, however, Hollywood star power or more distractions cannot compensate for the president’s abysmal record.


UPDATE: Politico kinda made up the part about the FBI. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Ran with it. John Nolte has the scoop here.


Related Links:

Ellmers responds to lawmaker skinny-dipping (video)

Smearing Republican Women

The Gawker smear machine: A refresher course; Update: O’Donnell responds

The War On Conservative Women

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips: APDillon@Protonmail.com
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6 Responses to Ellmers gets McClatchy Treatment (Update)

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  2. SignPainterGuy says:

    LL, I like your header. Catchy without being over-done !


  3. SignPainterGuy says:

    Zilla is right; this is just a move to have a slander attached to a good woman`s name that won`t go away – the woman OR the slander ! I hope she can continue to be an effective thorn in the left`s side !

    On Obama`s statement, “We tried our plan, and it worked.” This is one of the worst kinds of lies; it`s the truth – he is intentionally tearing down this country and all that made her great, filling the doll-rolls – and it`s a lie that lazy people will believe because they will not look much past the headline !


  4. They did it so ‘skinny dipping’ will show up next to her name in web search results even though she had noting to do with any of it. People are lazy and won’t look for facts so they’ll see that and think the worse. That’s the strategy. Maybe we should start returning the favor.


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