Daily Caller RNC Hit Piece Is Factually Incorrect

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March 29, 2010

Someone should take Tucker Carlson's bow tie and shove it down his throat, provided they can get the silver spoon out of his mouth long enough. The Daily Caller is his rag, after all.

Is this his idea of journalism? Picking up every piece of dirt because some back-stabbing Republicans refuse to play team ball, willing to do what they can to hurt their own side because they think they're entitled to carve up the pie the way they want to? And why let facts get in the way, it fits the narrative, right?

Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele travels in style. A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.

It seemed clear to me from the start there was no proof at all one particular expenditure was Steele's, but why waste good link bait for the Left. This from an RNC spokesperson I contacted.

"We are investigating the expenditure in question. The story willfully and erroneously suggests that the expenditure in question was one belonging to the Chairman. This was a reimbursement made to a non-committee staffer. The Chairman was never at the location in question, he had no knowledge of the expenditure, nor does he find the use of committee funds at such a location at all acceptable. Good reporting would make that distinction crystal clear. The committee has requested that the monies be returned to the committee and that the story be corrected so that it is accurate."

It also sounds as if off the record conversations suddenly became on the record due to amateurish ethics and editorial judgment, and the item includes multiple falsehoods that I imagine will be addressed, assuming actual journalists get involved. You're pretty bad when it'll probably fall to Politico, or bloggers, to correct your many errors, Tucker. Welcome to the blogosphere, jerk. Don't waste too much money before what many bloggers are coming to view as a mostly worthless site crashes and burns.

The piece repeated talks about "Steele's expenses," when quite often they are finance/fundraising expenses and not just for the expenditure in question.

According to sources, all this and more was made extremely clear to Strong, the author. Maybe the dog ate his notes on the way to posting. I hear amateurs do run into problems like that. But then, what should one expect when someone even MSNBC had to cancel tries to do a news website. Geesh!

What a pathetically weak story tailored to play to the Left and create problems for the GOP.

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Comments:
  1. rattyburk says:

    Is it just me but it seems that most of the linked “stories” at Daily Caller seem to have a negative bent to them??? It’s almost as if liberals are funding The DC? Just saying.

  2. Charlotte says:

    I picked up on this too when I perused the website this morning.
    I didn’t read the whole article (thank you, Mr. Riehl) but was bothered by the “tattletale” attitude.
    Thank you for the clarification. I like Mr. Steele. He has a pretty thankless job.

  3. Mike2Cents says:

    Dan –
    Had this story run with ‘DNC’ in place of ‘RNC’, and “Kaine” in place of ‘Steele; –
    you’d have embraced it fully and built a week of posts off of it.
    Yes, this is a shoddy piece, thought isn’t the article ‘just asking questions’?
    Do you have any sense at all of how hypocritical you are by critiquing this type of ‘journalism’?
    Seriously…at all??

  4. Iben Hakenluggis says:

    I’m thinking someone needs to give RETRACTO a call …

  5. AJsDaddie says:

    “The committee has requested that the monies be returned to the committee and that the story be corrected so that it is accurate.”
    Hahahahahahahaha! While I agree the story is misleading as to making it seem Chairman Steele was the culprit, trying to saying the story is “inaccurate” is a bit of a stretch. Money was spent on a bondage club, was expensed, and was reimbursed.
    Who submitted the expense? Who approved it? What sort of atmosphere exists where an expense like this would even be considered, much less submitted?
    This might not be directly linked to Chairman Steele, but unless the person approving the appropriation is publicly fired, this is exactly the reason so many of us won’t spend a nickel on the RNC, and will instead directly support our candidates of choice.
    Oh my.
    “create problems for the GOP”?
    No, this creates problems for the RNC, and they richly deserve them.

  6. Mike2Cents says:

    I don’t think the piece said anything about Brietbart’s little buddy O’Keefe –
    Though you are probably right that someone over there got their feelings hurt.

  7. Terry in Alaska says:

    Thank you Dan!!! I have thought that the Daily Caller was nothing more than a Tabloid web site.
    I completely agree with your analysis of Daily Caller and Tucker for that matter.

  8. x11b1p says:

    Dan, its always refreshing to see liberals NOW being in favor of asking questions. It was not 2 weeks ago when anyone who questioned the HCR bill, the answer was along the lines –SHUT UP! Now, its okay to ask questions. Good to know.

  9. FeFe says:

    The Daily Caller appeal eludes me. Links with photos of 20 people or more but I have no idea who they are or why I should care what they have to say. Some articles are satire but many aren’t and it seems they don’t care to make the difference known. If you’ve reduced Jim Treacher to a road kill blogger, there’s something wrong with your business model.

  10. Dan Riehl says:

    “No, this creates problems for the RNC”
    Yeah, because you’re sothrilled with our DNC overlords, I guess you don’t want the GOP going after any West Coast money from biz people who might want to help push back against the far Left, right?
    Really, AJD, save the sanctimony for someone who cares, my friend. I’m down for wahtever it akes to win. And if you want to hate on the GOP, or the RNC, please do it elsewhere. For me, the scumbag Republicans pushing this crap because they want more power for themselves are the problem here.

  11. AJsDaddie says:

    Whatever wins? Well, from my perspective all that’s needed is for candidates to run on a platform of fiscal responsibility and limited government. An RNC that thinks it’s okay to spend money on B&D clubs is the antithesis of that. It stinks of RINO elitism and is as dangerous to the GOP as anything else.
    Every time Steele says something inane or the RNC gets caught doing something stupid, it pushes conservatives away from the GOP and makes some of them consider third party candidates because both parties are incapable of normal fiscal conservatism.
    And that’s just the practical side of it. What really cracks me up is when people call us in flyover country sanctimonious because we don’t mix politics with perversion. How in the world a B&D club is going to get money for the GOP escapes me, but I’m pretty comfortable that even if it could, I don’t want it.
    Sanctimonious? Perhaps. But anybody whose contributions get bigger when they see women in leather making out is someone whose money I don’t need.
    I mean really, would you wear a G-string if someone stuffed contribution checks in it? Ewwwww, Dan. Just ewwwwwwww.

  12. OurCountryNotUsvThem says:

    So Steele or someone on his staff likes to unwind at expensive sex bars. Big Deal. They probably soend hundreds of thousand in petty cash on similar nights out. they need to keep it on the cash only side of the ledger.
    Steele never said he was an angel and sex clubs are fun.

  13. Dan Riehl says:

    Depends on what she looked like , AJD. heh heh heh

  14. steve says:

    I looked at the FEC filings (would it have been too much for the DC guys to include them in their post?). Curiously, on Feb 4, there are two disbursements for $1,946.25, both itemized as meals – one to Voyeur West Hollywood and one to Erik Brown of Orange California (who seems to be involved with the Orange County YR organization). Now, this could be that the RNC and OCYR split the tab for an event, or the amount of one receipt being transposed to another, or something completely unrelated. Regardless, a bit more digging (it wasn’t hard) might shed light rather than just lighting a fire.

  15. Thomas says:

    Steele is a good guy and Carlson is a jerk. Steele is surely not to blame here, beyond a bit of “Buck stops here” responsibility that I am sure he will assume when he apologizes. But this could happen on anyone’s watch. I am glad it is reported, though. We need a conservative party that is independent of corrupt, overspending mainstream Republican crapola and the more we can get wedge ourselves away from the party the better. (I actually think Steele would join us, given how he has been courageous in supporting tea parties)

  16. AJsDaddie says:

    “Depends on what she looked like , AJD. heh heh heh”
    Ah, crude humor to deflect. Didn’t see THAT coming.
    Attack the messenger! Sex clubs are okay! You’re a prude if you don’t like it! This is the way it’s done! The Dems do it! We need the money! The sky is falling!
    In fact, this is a fantastic RNC slogan: Vote for us, because we like B&D clubs, too!

  17. OurCountryNotUsvThem says:

    I think politicians are used to expense account living. Spitzer ran off almost 100 grand on Hookers, and he got caught in a sting. The smart guys know ho0w to hide the expenses.
    Most people in politics live large. They don’t make much money up front, but they all end up quite well off, and they all spend money on living well.
    The fact is, they have bigger egos and bigger needs than Jane and Joe Average. The money is there and there is lots of it.
    What hurts is when they get caught, but then Dan Riehl and the others swing into action and protect them and their life styles mostly because the little guys want Fox and the Big Checks too.
    Ericson settled for CNN where they made him eat a plate of crap yesterday saying he had “Matured”.
    Making money is the whole point and so is Fame.
    If you don’t like it, you are probably a loser with nothing to sell.
    I say, Go Steele Go! As people point out, Steele even sounds like a Porn Star.

  18. OurCountryNotUsvThem says:

    Late breaking development: the “consultant” is “returning the money”. He has disabled his Twitter and will lie low. You can bet this is not the only time consultants use this money to live high off the hog, but thanks to Dan Riehl and the others defenders of the status quo, these guys will continue to laugh at the people who make them wealthy.

  19. Bob says:

    Politico’s falling apart so the Daily Caller can step into the “we’re sort of middle of the road, but really our job is to EID the GOP” role.
    Just when the Tea Party people are being wrongly accused of spitting and name calling, it’s malevolent to try to force a resignation of Steele.

  20. Jim Treacher says:

    “If you’ve reduced Jim Treacher to a road kill blogger, there’s something wrong with your business model.”
    Reduced?
    Seriously, though: The truth doesn’t care who tells it.

  21. Terry in Alaska says:

    So, what are you saying Jim Treacher? You are certain that it is the gospel truth that RNC Chair Michael Steele, is guilty of what Daily Caller accuses him of?
    I remember when you were involved in the hit and run ordeal. Your story was reported “differently” than what you said happened.
    Hmm, and you were actually the victim of the accident but we were told it didn’t happen the way you said it did. Now, perhaps we should re-examine the immediate knee jerk reaction to believe your story. After all, Mr. Steele said he was not at the club but the Daily Caller doesn’t seem to believe him.
    The truth doesn’t care who tells it.
    P.S. If you are sticking up for Michael Steele, please disregard this post.

  22. Dan Riehl says:

    “Seriously, though: The truth doesn’t care who tells it.”
    Oh, puhlease. Seriously though, sloppy reporting doesn’t matter who writes it, either, Jim. Funny that DC seemed to find time to comb through RNC expense reports and I found the DNC 10k club charge on my own in 20 mins. Guess that didn’t interest anyone there. If that’s how your boss wants to deploy his resources, fine. But who needs it when we have the NYT’s?
    No doubt it’ll put Tucker in solid with the usual inside the beltway suspects. And as I’m guessing someone walked in and handed it to him in the first place, I’m not sure much of any real reporting went on at all.

  23. Vynotagoose says:

    “Someone should take Tucker Carlson’s bow tie and shove it down his throat, provided they can get the silver spoon out of his mouth long enough. The Daily Caller is his rag, after all.”
    Rightwingers loved him when he was a smug little putz ragging on liberals and Democrats. NOW you discover he’s smirky pile of snark? What took you so long?
    You are cracking me up. “Bait for the Left?” From Tucker CARLSON? Nothing is ever about a conservative doing something wrong.
    The second I heard the story was his, I was suspicious.

  24. Jim Treacher says:

    I’m not sure what you’re getting at, Terry in Alaska, but thanks for responding.
    And that’s an interesting conspiracy theory, Dan. I’ll be sure to pass that one along.

  25. Vynotagoose says:

    And BTW, whining that Smugness Master Carlson is only creating bait for LWers?
    The irony.
    “During the “Great American Panel” segment of Hannity Friday night (3/26/10), Sean Hannity once again hauled out Rev. Jeremiah Wright in order to inject race into the usual Fox News “radical socialist” attacks on President Obama. Unfortunately for Hannity, nobody followed his lead until he had hammered the point a few times. Finally, panelist and Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson complied by adding a creative interpretation of Obama’s campaign speech on race.
    Carlson said it “basically play(ed) on white guilt and sa(id), ‘Stop asking questions because you’re responsible for segregation and slavery. Be quiet.’” With video.”
    httphttp://www.newshounds.us/2010/03/29/on_hannity_tucker_carlson_says_obama_played_on_white_guilt_and_told_white_people_be_quiet_about_race.php#more
    He’s your dunce. Don’t blame him on anyone else.

  26. Bob says:

    I like Jim Treacher. I bet he’s been a major register/sign up mover for the Daily Caller.
    The other day the Daily Caller had a “5 bloggers who are smart” piece. Three of the five were Lefty and I thought at the time–why not showcase some of the really smart lesser known right blogs?
    The fair and balanced act, where ever it’s used, seems to be a whirlpool to suck in the Independents and reinforce Left ideas that have been brainwashed in since the flood.