Why is Faiz Shakir, Research Director for the Non-Partisan Center for American Progress, Engaged in Partisan Lies?

November 24, 2008 19:28 pm

by Erick · 7 comments

This is Faiz Shakir. He is a research director at the Center for American Progress and editor of Think Progress.

Center for American Progress is the “think tank” that only thinks about how to spin Democrat agenda items into publicly acceptable public policies.

And Faiz Shakir is one of their hit men — running Think Progress to help set a media narrative in favor of Democratic policy. Or he is he?

Earlier today he sent an email to Saxby Chambliss’s campaign from his gmail account:

From: Faiz Shakir [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 11:27 AM
To: Michelle
Subject: press list

Hi, I’m coming down to Atlanta to cover the campaign for a few conservative blogs. Any chance I can get on your press list? Thanks

Yes, I’ve confirmed [email protected] is the same Faiz Shakir at Center for American Progress.

So is he really covering the campaign for conservative blogs? No. Of course not. He’s lying trying to get a press list from Chambliss’s campaign.

But why is a research director at a left-wing “think” tank playing partisan games?

“The Center for American Progress is a non-profit, non-partisan organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code,” according to CAP’s website. CAP’s head honcho is in charge of Obama’s transition team. Is Shakir following orders in the fight to get a 60 seat Democrat majority to push Obama’s agenda?

Again, why is the research director of a non-partisan, non-profit think tank playing games — lying to get contact information from Saxby Chambliss’s campaign?

rugby fan November 24, 2008 at 7:52 pm

So…is this any different from Heritage Foundation?

Really Erick, this is what causes your blood to boil?

Romegaguy November 24, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Not as funny as the national GOP group running an ad that says we dont need these people from outside of GA telling us how to vote… or when they say that Jim Martin will give illegal aliens US citizenship

Erick November 24, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Yeah Rugby, it is.

(1) Heritage does not have an affiliated 501(c)(4) or PAC.

(2) Heritage does not send staff into states or districts to campaign.

(3) Heritage does not focus on candidates or campaigns.

LoyaltyIsMyHonor November 25, 2008 at 11:30 am

Romeguy, my favorite is: “Jim Martin wants to raise your taxes, Saxby Chamblis does not….”
I mean, could you insult my intelligence any further with that simplistic ad? Because of that I voted for Jim Martin.

rightofcenter November 25, 2008 at 11:40 am

Loyalty,
If you used that logic to vote for Martin, I would say you do a pretty good job of insulting your intelligence all by yourself……

Jmac November 25, 2008 at 11:49 am

Um, I still don’t see how something like The Heritage Foundation is any different then by Erick’s definition. If CAP exists to redefine Democratic agenda goals into public policy, then Heritage does the same thing from a conservative angle.

Isn’t that what a think tank is? A way to generate ideas that address challenges from different ideological prisms?

LoyaltyIsMyHonor November 25, 2008 at 1:41 pm

ROC, thank you.

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