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Over the weekend, Newsweek assistant managing editor Evan Thomas offered an intriguing insight into the MSM's approach to the liberal health care bill slowly rolling its way through the Democratic-controlled Congress. After conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer accurately pointed out how the Senate bill only pretends to be "deficit-neutral" by front-loading the tax collection process while delaying the payouts, Thomas agreed: "Charles is right. This bill is a fiscal fraud." But he quickly added: "I'd still vote for it." NPR's Nina Totenberg attempted to defend the Senate bill as one that "actually tries to do something about costs." But she, too,... continue reading
Newsweek's 20/10 Project has a list of the Decade's Worst Tactical Blunders. It might not be a shock that Newsweek decided three of the top four were made by Team Bush - and the fourth was John Kerry for letting Swift Boaters prevent him from taking that awful Bush out. What might be surprising are the authors of the little articles that accompany the list. The number one blunder was "Bush's Katrina Flyover." The author was Bush-hating atheist scold Bill Maher: But there was something about Bush's response to Katrina that did bother me-oh, yeah, it was that he didn't... continue reading
MSM polls may say a majority don't consider Sarah Palin qualified to be President (60 percent according to ABC News-Washington Post), but just as many people recognize the media's unfair hostility toward her. "About six in 10 Americans (61 percent) think Palin has been treated unfairly by the press," a Fox News-Opinion Dynamics survey released on Friday - and highlighted on Saturday's Fox Newswatch on FNC - discovered. That's up from 58 percent in January. Half as many, 31 percent, said she's been covered "fairly," with 8 percent answering "don't know." While an overwhelming 83 percent of Republicans consider media... continue reading
In contending America already has health care rationing, ABC's Dr. Tim Johnson, a universal coverage advocate, on Friday night's World News asserted "we have a lot of rationing, based on income, the kind of insurance you have, the way you can navigate the health system" and "a recent Harvard study estimated that 45,000 people died each year in this country because of lack of health insurance. If that's not rationing, I don't know what is." That "Harvard study," which the CBS Evening News promoted two months ago, was really produced by the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a... continue reading
MSNBC publicized Ebony magazine's "Power 150" picks by bringing aboard two left-wing honorees, Al Sharpton and Michael Eric Dyson , during Friday's 11 AM EST hour. "To be on any list with Al Sharpton," Dyson, an author and sociology professor at Georgetown University glowed, "is extraordinarily beautiful." He proceeded to rejoice: We have a man in the White House who has made, you know, thinking sexy, who's brought sexy brilliance back to the White House. Dyson on MSNBC, at about 11:40 AM EST on Friday, November 20: To be on any list with Al Sharpton is not a hit list... continue reading
At the top of Friday's Hardball on MSNBC, host Chris Matthews discovered the reason for President Obama's political difficulties in recent months: "President Obama has his chin out on just about every hot issue out there.... He's exposed and vulnerable. His poll numbers are dropping. Is he just too darned intellectual? Too much the egg head?" Later in the show, Matthews talked to Atlantic Media's Ron Brownstein and USA Today's Susan Page about Obama's great flaw. He began by wondering: "I'm not attacking intellectuals because I do appreciate their contribution - but when politicians begin to get a little too... continue reading
MSNBC publicized Ebony magazine's "Power 150" picks by bringing aboard two left-wing honorees, Al Sharpton and Michael Eric Dyson , during Friday's 11 AM EST hour. "To be on any list with Al Sharpton," Dyson, an author and sociology professor at Georgetown University glowed, "is extraordinarily beautiful." He proceeded to rejoice: We have a man in the White House who has made, you know, thinking sexy, who's brought sexy brilliance back to the White House. Dyson on MSNBC, at about 11:40 AM EST on Friday, November 20: To be on any list with Al Sharpton is not a hit list... continue reading
Talk show host Dick Cavett, whose TV show went off the air in 1982, appeared on MSNBC, Friday, to trash Sarah Palin as a "know nothing" and someone who has "no first language." Mostly, however, he seemed interested only in talking about himself, prompting News Live host Norah O'Donnell to chide, " Dick, this segment is about Sarah Palin, not about you, Dick." [Audio available here .] John Harwood, New York Times writer and CNBC contributor, co-hosted and kicked off the segment with this condescending question: " Let me ask you what you make of the Sarah Palin phenomenon and,... continue reading
Citing a Democratic congressman who recently proposed a no whining day, on Friday's Morning Meeting on MSNBC, host Dylan Ratigan asked: "...unemployment, health care, a couple of wars, Americans got plenty to be frustrated about these days...But some people say stop the whining....Is 'shut up and deal' the new American mantra?" Ratigan made that question the topic of discussion for the 'Trend or Talker' segment near the end of 9:00AM ET hour of the show with correspondent Contessa Brewer and Financial Times U.S. managing editor Chrystia Freeland. Ratigan explained: "...the congressman, by the name of Emmanuel Cleaver, wants to declare... continue reading
CBS's Early Show on Friday completely ignored the grilling Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner received on Capitol Hill on Thursday and the calls for his resignation by members of Congress. ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today both covered the contentious exchanges. ABC's Good Morning America provided the most coverage. Correspondent Bianna Golodryga observed that "a handful of Republicans and one Democrat are calling for his resignation" based on the current economic situation. She then played video of Republican Michael Burgess deriding Geithner: "I don't think you should be fired. I thought you never should have been hired." Another clip featured... continue reading