Gee. Where’s Michael Goldfarb?

Kristol: Nicht!

i. prologue, incest among the NeoCons

I’ve told you at length about the Rovian Campaign of McCain’s deputy director of communications, Weekly Standard blog writer and editor Michael Goldfarb (on a ‘leave of absence’). And I’ve told you about how William Kristol is so tangled up in the McCain campaign, Fox News and the selection of Sarah Palin that his (less than one year old) column in the New York Times OUGHT to have that small-type slug “Paid Political Advertisement.”

Tom Phillips, Rupert Murdoch, Robert Novak @ 2006 Awards

Now, here’s the Phillips Foundation’s 2007 Fellows page entry on Goldfarb. Tom Phillips owns Eagle Publishing, Regnery Press and The American Spectator, the first publisher of Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Jerome Corsi’s original Swiftboating book in 2004 and this year’s swiftboating book on Obama.

Michael Goldfarb
Part-Time Fellowship*

Project: “The Upside of Global Warming.” Michael is online editor at The Weekly Standard where he has worked since 2003. He also works as a research associate at the Project for the New American Century. He received a B.A. in History from Princeton University with a concentration in war, revolution and the state.

* A Part-Time Fellowship is, according to the foundation’s webpage [emphasis added]



CONTACT: John Farley 202/250-3887, ext. 609

WASHINGTON, DC, May 9, 2007 — The Phillips Foundation today announced seven winners of its fourteenth annual journalism fellowship awards.

… Winners of three $25,000 part-time fellowships: … Sonny Bunch, 24, assistant editor for books and arts at The Weekly Standard; and Michael Goldfarb, 26, deputy online editor at The Weekly Standard.

The fellowships require that “Applicants propose a one-year writing project on a topic of their choosing, focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society.” (webpage), and are judged by three “Phillips Foundation Trustees,” Tom Phillips, Robert Novak and Alfred Regnery. (Take a look at the trustees’ page, while you’re at it. Interesting reading.)

Kind of a sweet deal if you can get it. Approve projects for books and articles that just happen to coincide with the demonstrated inclinations of Phillips’ publishing empire. Regnery is publisher of the American Spectator magazine, which was much chronicled in the book by Media Matters for America’s founder, David Brock: Blinded By The Right. Oh, and then you have the option of publishing the stuff you’ve commissioned as a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation wearing your other hat as a for profit publisher. If you pay peanuts, well, they DID get their fellowship, right?

(Phillips’ Regnery Press was the subject of a scandal last year on bilking their authors out of their royalties.)

Set up your farm team on fully-tax deductible “charitable” funds, and if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t cost you a dime. Of course, all the tax decuctible funds you’ve sucked up for your “charity” have to be offset by tax dollars from us poor plebes, so, in a real sense, they’re writing on our dime.

Kind of like Barbiegate™, where the Republican National Committee chair unapologetically admitted that the McCain Campaign asked the RNC to buy Sarah Palin the $150,000 because it would be illegal for the McCain campaign to do so.

You know, “Mr. Campaign Finance Reform” ignoring the intent of campaign finance reform laws to flaunt loopholes in the laws he probably had a hand in writing.

It’s all about laundering the money through various loopholes in the law, because they don’t think they should pay any taxes. And like the Goldfarb/Kristol connection, incestuous as all hell.

But that’s not where we’re going (although I may pick up the thread later on). No.

ii. Missing In Action during the most critical 14 days

Long time readers will recall that I’ve laid out an exhaustive dissection of the interconnections of the rightie blogosphere, the White House, even General Petraeus’ chief information officer, a fellow tasked with accrediting and embedding the press, AND, seemingly a conflict of fundamental interest, in charge of the psy-ops, information aspect of Iraq.

Last year, in July of 2007, Michael Goldfarb was tasked by senior management at the Weekly Standard to call a blogswarm (start an “information jihad”) against a story in The New Republic. This became the Beauchamp Affair, and, I’ve showed you how Goldfarb literally walked the results of the Army’s “Investigation” of Pvt. Beauchamp from Col. Boylan (Petraeus’s info offricer) to Confederate Yankee — as the pentagon decided to bypass the mainstream press and release the information to an army-friendly blogger — to the Weekly Standard’s blog, to Howard Kurtz, at the Washington Post, and the New York Times who BOTH quote Goldfarb on the story Goldfarb ginned up for Kristol, his boss. The Post and the Times are not accorded the respect the rightie blogger is, and have to confirm the CY results with Boylan’s deputy. The AP are reduced to confirming it with a sergeant in that same “Public Affairs” office.

Then, I showed you how that same blogger (who writes for the evil Rightie doppelganger of Media Matters, Newsbusters, a project of Brent Bozell, William F. Buckley’s nephew) “caught” the discrepancy in ad rates on the MoveOn “BetrayUs Petraeus” ad in the New York Times, which caused a blogswarm-fueled firestorm that — by an astonishing coincidence — overshadowed General Petraeus’ testimony on the “Surge” before congress on — another amazing coincidence — Nine-Eleven, Two Thousand and Seven.

(Take a minute to catch your breath.)

Now, the guns either smoke or they don’t, but you must admit that manipulation of media is what these folks are all about.

And Michael Goldfarb was the blog attack dog in the early part of the campaign. The subject of several news stories, usually making unfounded charges against Barack Obama.

And now he’s vanished.

Here’s the screenshot and a timestamp from Tuesday’s blog “The McCain Report” (note the subject: can you say idée fixe?)

NOTE: This was still the page as of 8:40 AM PDT on 10/29/08
click for larger
no change as of 2:56pm

That’s damned peculiar when you think about it. Moreso when you look down the page. No postings on October 28, 27, 26, 26, 25, 22, 19, 16, etc. The Report was fairly consistently updated through August, September and October, and it would seem, with a week remaining in the campaign, ODD that there are no McCain report postings, and an erratic week beforehand.

So, where is Michael Goldfarb?

iii. The Blogswarms of October

Well, finally, after weeks of an uncoordinated, random series of rightie blogging (much like leftie blogging), suddenly targeted blogswarms are being spotted, carefully aiming at McCain talking points, and/or final week smears. Here’s one from today (using that great Firefox add-on that gives blogs on Memeorandum red and blue highlighting — it’s not perfect, but very useful):

This morning’s blogswarm

Note the push to force the LA Times to release a supposedly “real” video. (A win/win for the sleazy Right: if the LA Times HAS the video, it puts pressure; if not, it feeds into the meme that the “liberal media” is a’suppressin’ the wingnut right.)

Just a coincidence that all these rightie blogs happened to ALL stumble on the same paranoid, conspiracy thought about a video that may or may not exist, right? Well, maybe not so much of a coincidence.

Let’s take a look at the blatant attempt to launch a meaningful Rightie blogswarm bright and early Monday morning. From Memeorandum:

8 AM EDT Monday, 27 Oct.

By the 3:05 EDT that afternoon, the story had overwhelmed the early morning top of the page story from CNN: Palin and Hasselbeck blast ‘ridiculous’ wardrobe story.

Which is why blog-swarming works: it moves the coordinated agenda item to the top of the page and moves embarrassing and/or negative items from the scene. As you’ve no doubt heard, this item was posted on Drudge, and then spread virally.

According to Drudge’s records:

Drudge Report Archives, October 27, 2008


Dates and Times are GMT.
* = Link appeared here.

So, subtracting four hours from Greenwich Mean Time (also known as Universal Time — UT — and Zulu Time to all US forces), we get EDT = 1:09 AM. Normally, this wouldn’t set off any alarm bells, except that Drudge is known for leaking news that GOP operatives want leaked WHEN they want it leaked. And, Drudge was the source of the Friday story (which turned out to be a hoax and was quickly dropped, about the B-Girl who was “mutilated” and beaten by an Obama supporter.

And “owning” the news cycle on Monday of the last full week in the presidential election sure seems convenient as hell. Worse, the “story” turns out not to be much of a story at all. But, as the Official Campaign Meme slithered through the media, it was picked up by Fox, then by the New York Times, and was discussed at length by Rush Limbaugh, finally ending Tuesday night with Keith Olberman’s “Worst Persons In the World.” Nice two day run, that.

A good rule of thumb in the news game is: If it seems too good to be true, than it probably is. And this was too good to be true, coming from the same launch pad that shoved the LAST “too good to be true” (from the McCain campaign’s point of view) story, the White McCain girl “mutilated” with a “B” “carved” in her face with a “knife” by a black Obama-supporting mugger.

iv. Naked Emperors and News: Where to begin?

The link itself was the most interesting. It comes to us from something called “Naked Emperor News dot com” and was posted on YouTube. It’s kind of telling that it’s not really a “VIDEO” at all, but was, rather, a Real Audio recording from a Chicago Public Radio station from 2001, and has been hacked up to make the McCain campaign’s “redistribute the wealth” cum “Obama is a socialist!” (Commie, since most Americans have no idea that there’s a difference) last-gasp effort.

That “story” showing up on Drudge, timed to overwhelm the Monday news cycle is just TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. And so it is.

Here’s the smoking gun link:

That is the nexus of all the blogging. And then, all is murk. But there are too many disquieting “coincidences” to consider, and I’ll let you make up your own mind.

Naturally, the first question to ask is, WHO is “Naked Emperor News dot com?

Good question.

Well, here’s the mission statement from “Naked Emperor News” on a parallel posting of the same “video” clip:

Obama Bombshell Redistribution of Wealth Audio Uncovered
Posted by on Sunday, October 26, 2008 9:16:13 PM

Naked Emperor News

Naked Emperor News aims to expose those in power who escape the scrutiny of the main stream media. We are the ones screaming “the emperor has no clothes” in the face of the media bias. We specialize in finding smoking gun video and audio.

No. I mean it. It’s a good question because the domain was registered anonymously, according to a WhoIs search, on April 2, 2008.

Domain Listing Agent (NRPDB)
PO Box 927010
San Diego, CA 92192-7010
United States
Phone: +1 (858) 731-1701

Record last updated on 2008-04-02 00:00:00
Record created on 2008-04-02 00:00:00
Record expires on 2009-04-02 00:00:00

Domain servers in listed order:

Registration Service Provider: AplusNet(APRO)

Registrar: NAMES4EVER,

And, on that date, the following appeared on the Free Republic (Freeper) website:

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Newly obtained Video Of Obama and Rev Wright ^ | 4/1/08 | Naked Emperor News
Posted on Monday, April 21, 2008 2:51:45 PM by Pacothecat

Newly obtained Video Of Obama and Rev Wright. Extended footage of the two a book signing at Trinity Untied Church of Christ

TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; obomber; revwright; wright

1 posted on Monday, April 21, 2008 2:51:46 PM by Pacothecat

To: Pacothecat


2 posted on Monday, April 21, 2008 2:53:50 PM by YHAOS

To: Pacothecat

Imagine that? The day before the Pennslyvania (sic) primary and somebody stumbles on a new tape.

And, as with the Obama Radio Interview from 2001, it’s a dud, smoking gun-wise.

So, who is “Naked Emperor News”? We don’t know. The poster is anonymous (but somebody is trying to sell their cruddy, if professional art and graphic art by way of Cafe Press t-shirts and mugs on the site.)

There is a slew of virulent anti-Obama multimedia.

Now, the guy at The National Review Online vouches for our anonymous pamphleteer:

I happen to know the person who found this audio. It is an individual person, with no more resources than a desire to know everything that he or she can about who might be the next president of the United States and the most powerful man in the world.

I know that this person does not have teams of highly paid professionals, does not work out of a corner office in a skyscraper in New York, does not have access to all of the subtle and hidden conduits of information … who possesses no network television stations, owns no satellite time, does not receive billions in advertising dollars, and has a staff of exactly one.

Then a long tirade damning the gosh-darned liberal media:

Remember this, America: The press did not break this story. A single citizen, on the Internet did.

There is a special hell for you “journalists” out there, a hell made specifically for you narcissists and elitists who think you have the right to determine which information is passed on to the electorate and which is not.

That hell — your own personal hell — is a fiery lake of irrelevance, blinding clouds of obscurity, and burning, everlasting scorn.

You’ve earned it.

Er, except that who the heck is THIS carpet-muncher? From his blog:

[October 26, 2008

My friends, it’s been an exciting couple of months for me. My new job at Pajamas TV came hot on the heels of being invited (!) to write for freakin’ NATIONAL REVIEW, and both of these amazing opportunities have simply blown my mind.]

Not what you’d call “street cred.” Sure is funny that this crappy audio hack job (it’s basically an .mp3 with a couple slides) YouTube video comes from an anonymous blogger vouched for by another anonymous blogger. Sounds like an extended case of what the Nixon Boys used to call Ratf***ing.

Because it’s kind of lame. Really, sadly so.

Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish: Drudge’s Latest — Go read the original talk that Obama gave on NPR and see if it says anything even faintly similar to the truncated quotes about to be used by McCain. I mean: come on.

But let that pass. Let’s look at what happened to that crappy little video. By 3:05 PM the blogosphere’s front page was dominated by the story:

Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch: McCain to Attack Obama for Public Radio Comments from 2001


Oooh. Newsworthy!

But let’s ask ourselves this important question: How come there is this degree of “viral” penetration in the blogosphere, and it just exactly happens to coincide with John McCain’s “closing argument” viz. that Obama wants to be “Redistributor in Chief.” (Try saying THAT with soup in your mouth.)

The McCain campaign was already out pushing it within hours, if not minutes, as you’ll see in the Washington Post ‘Fact Check’ below. Just the same way they were out pushing the “B-Girl” story before the facts were known.

v. Field Notes: Tinker to Evers to Chance

If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. So, track back in your mind and connect the dots, Tinker to Evers to Chance … and here’s a little map of spread of the “viral” video (from my research notes). Note the intensely incestuous nature of the linkages. If the raw notes are not your cup of tea, just note the Greenwich Mean Times of the various postings:

All with links to
the original “Naked Emperor News” video that started the mess:



EDT = 1:09 AM

GMT = October 27 5:09 AM

Note how Drudge is actually LATE to the game. I’ve converted all times to GMT, not in any particular order, but Drudge links at 5:09 AM GMT.


Posted by Pamela Geller on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 09:52 PM [EDT] GMT -4

GMT = Oct 26 @ 5:52 PM


(she states “via Michelle Malkin”) **

This entry was posted on Monday, October 27th, 2008 at 10:17 AM (presume EDT = GMT+4)

GMT = 2:17 PM Oct. 27 same date



Obama in 2001: How to bring about “redistributive change
By Michelle Malkin • October 26, 2008 11:44 PM (presume EDT GMT+4)

GMT = 3:44 AM Oct. 27

MM sez: “STACLU has transcribed the choice parts of the interview”

Same link “Jeff Goldstein”


(Audio) Obama the Marxist
Posted on October 26, 2008
First comment = Ed on October 26th, 2008 10:23 pm (assume EDT)

GMT = 5:23 AM Oct. 27



Nope Bad link on MM. Jeff Goldstein is writing for Protein Wisdom.

26 October 2008
Posted by Jeff G. @ 8:46 pm
(about) “”
Jeff Goldstein is a writer living in Colorado.

8:46 PM MDT = GMT +6

10:46 PM EDT = GMT +4

GMT = 2:46 AM Oct. 27



Obama’s Brave New Deal: A Preview
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October 27, 2008 Posted by Scott at 5:47 AM

[ Assume EDT 9:47 AM GMT]

Many readers have written to alert us to the audio of Senator Obama’s reflections on, and advocacy of, the redistribution of wealth in this vintage 2001 audio clip. Underlying Obama’s remarks is his hostility to the constitutional protections of property that I wrote about in “Obama, Joe the plumber, and the gospel of envy.” Based on the audio, one must conclude that Obama has thought long about the subject and seriously about the project.

UPDATE: In “Shame, cubed,” Bill Whittle comments on this revelation of Obama’s stated views.


October 27, 2008 7:00 AM (PDT = GMT+7)

(Bill Whittle lives in Los Angeles and is an on-air commentator for “)

GMT = 2 PM Oct. 27

Shame, Cubed
Three separate reasons to be appalled, each more disgusting than the last.

By Bill Whittle

The Drudge Report this morning led off with a link to audio of Barack Obama on WBEZ, a Chicago public radio station. And this time, Barack Obama was not eight years old when the bomb went off.

Posted by Bill Whittle at 3:11 AM (PDT = +7)
October 27, 2008

(same as National Review Online post, just earlier)

GMT = 10:11 AM Oct. 27

[October 26, 2008

My friends, it’s been an exciting couple of months for me. My new job at Pajamas TV came hot on the heels of being invited (!) to write for freakin’ NATIONAL REVIEW, and both of these amazing opportunities have simply blown my mind.]


And, finally:


Obama Wants “Major Redistributive Change”
How is That Not Socialist?
Posted by: Brian Faughnan
Monday, October 27, 2008 at 12:14PM CDT (= GMT+5)

GMT = 5:14 PM Oct 27

Conservative blogs are abuzz over an interview Barack Obama did in 2001 …

© Redstate, Inc., 2008 Eagle Publishing, Inc.

Eagle Publishing, Inc. is owned by Tom Phillips who also owns Regnery Press, and American Spectator Magazine. And who gave out that fellowship to Michael Goldberg last year.

Michael Goldberg who successfully led blog swarms against The New Republic and the New York Times a year ago, and was hired by the McCain campaign as “deputy director of communications” and in charge of the “McCain Report” the official mouthpiece blog — as opposed to the McCain blog, which is run by underlings and more bloggy — of the Campaign. But Goldfarb hasn’t been posting much the last week.

Which brings us almost full circle.

vi. the aftermath

The blog swarm finally made it into the mainstream press by way of The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker”

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 4:56 PM ET (9:56 PM GMT)

“In a previously uncovered interview from September 6, 2001, Barack Obama expressed his regret that the Supreme Court hadn’t been more ‘radical’ and described as a ‘tragedy’ the Court’s refusal to take up ‘the issues of redistribution of wealth.’ No wonder he wants to appoint judges that legislate from the bench.”
–McCain economics adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin

With just over a week to go until the election, the McCain campaign is stepping up its efforts to portray Barack Obama as a closet “socialist” bent on implementing a major redistribution of wealth in American society. The Illinois Democrat’s remarks to “Joe the Plumber” on “spreading the wealth around” are Exhibit A in the Son of Karl Marx argument. Exhibit B is a newly-discovered interview that Obama gave to a Chicago public radio station back in 2001 in which he mentioned the R-word several times in a generally positive context.

Did Obama really say what the McCain camp says he said?

The Facts

“Obama Bombshell Audio Uncovered. He wants to Radically Reinterpret the Constitution to Redistribute Wealth!!” runs the YouTube headline from the conservative video blog Naked Emperor News. “This video exposes the radical beneath the rhetoric.”

On closer inspection, the “bombshell audio” turns out to be a rather wonkish, somewhat impenetrable, discussion of the Supreme Court under Earl Warren….

The Pinocchio Test

With very few exceptions, all American politicians, including both presidential candidates, are in favor of a progressive income tax system and welfare policies (such as Medicare and Social Security) that “redistribute wealth.” Barack Obama is more enthusiastic about “spreading the wealth around” than his Republican rival. But that does not make him a “Socialist.” The McCain camp is wrong to suggest that the Illinois senator advocated an “wealth redistribution” role for the Supreme Court in his 2001 interview.

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 4:56 PM ET turns out to be 8:56 PM GMT, which means that this whole blog swarm, from Sunday, October 26, 2008 9:16:13 PM Eyeblast Tv (which happens to be owned by Brent Bozell’s Media Research Center, who publish the “Newsbusters” blog) has lasted about 24 hours.

By 3:05 PM, the Memeorandum front page was completely dominated by the story.

That doesn’t happen without coordination, kiddies. The McCain campaign already had that as their Monday Morning message — to grab the news cycle, and to dovetail with the rollout of his closer message. It is entirely too good to be true. It was all set up Sunday night, and it worked like a charm, except …

Ted Stevens got himself found guilty and the whole house of slimy cards came crashing down. Sometimes, when you try to manipulate the news, you forget that actual news just might take precedence.

And then,

Fox News:
Government Foils Skinhead Plot to Assassinate Obama

Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Arrests in Plan to Kill Obama and Black Schoolchildren

By 11:05, the Memeorandum front page was dominated by those stories, and the blogswarm was rapidly passing from the scene. The news had trumped all.

And they’re doing it again even as I write this: different topic, usual suspects.

If at first you don’t secede (sic), try try again.

But there is a coda: The radio interview smear was picked up by Rush Limbaugh who made, Tuesday afternoon, Keith Olberman’s “Worst Persons in the World” list for his distortion of the interview:

You can see it here.

So, to McCain’s McGuffey Reader character list, we can add Anonymous the Smearer and Blog the Swarmer.

But I still wonder, what’s taking up so much of McCain blogmeister Michael Goldfarb’s time that he doesn’t have time to post the McCain Report? (Still nothing posted since Friday’s gratuitous attack on the New York Times as of 2:56 PM PDT Wednesday.)

It is a puzzlement.


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