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NBC's Natalie Morales, on Wednesday's Today, was bowled over by the First Couple's "tag-teaming" effort to lure the Olympics to their home city of Chicago. Reporting live from Copenhagen, Morales cheered that "it doesn't get any better in terms of PR blitzes than this," and effused the First Lady was "turning on the charm, as only she can." Today co-anchor Matt Lauer introduced the segment touting the "star-studded campaign" led by the Obamas and Oprah Winfrey, as Morales called that combo a "one, two, three punch" that would require "a secret weapon," for the likes of other competing countries, like... continue reading
With First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey now in Copenhagen, CBS anchor Katie Couric on Wednesday night declared "the 'Dream Team' pushing Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympic summer games is nearly complete" and is now just awaiting "the team captain" - that would be President Barack Obama, who "arrives Friday ahead of the final vote." On ABC, reporter Yunji de Nies marveled at her discovery that members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are not as impressed by President Obama as are those in the American press corps: "Even the prospect of meeting President Obama on Friday leaves... continue reading
CNN's Jack Cafferty and Wolf Blitzer endorsed Thomas Friedman's " scary and sobering column " in the New York Times on Wednesday's Situation Room, where the liberal writer compared the current American political climate to that of Israel in 1995 prior to Yitzhak Rabin's assassination. After Cafferty remarked that "Friedman's right," Blitzer labeled the column "powerful." The CNN commentator began his 5 pm Eastern "Cafferty File" segment with his "scary and sobering" label of the New York Times column. After summarizing it and reading a quote where Friedman warned that "something very dangerous is happening" in the American political dialogue,... continue reading
Making a truly odious comparison, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman claimed parallels between the behavior of anti-Obama protestors (who have been quite peaceful) to that of "extreme right-wing settlers" in Israel before the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Friedman warned that "criticism from the far right has begun tipping over into delegitimation and creating the same kind of climate here that existed in Israel on the eve of the Rabin assassination." But where was this concern for the presidency when the left worked non-stop to delegitimize George W. Bush? From Wednesday's column, " Where Did 'We' Go?... continue reading
On Wednesday's Good Morning America, co-host Diane Sawyer and Dr. Tim Johnson touted the treatment members of Congress get as an example of the unfairness of the health care system. Sawyer speculated, " The question is continually raised, in this land of equal opportunity, should all Americans have, do all Americans deserve the same access to health care that members of Congress have? " Johnson, a well known fan of government-run health care, explained how, for a yearly fee of $503, representatives receive free access to X-rays, EKGs and minor surgeries. Talking to a Democratic Congressman who refuses to use... continue reading
"It is possible to have a very good health insurance system without a public option," ABC's Dr. Tim Johnson acceded on Tuesday's World News in the wake of the Senate Finance Committee's bi-partisan rejection of the liberal quest, but without it we must follow Switzerland and Germany which have "no public option" yet impose "very heavy government regulation" on the health insurance industry. "One way or another, public option or regulation, the government has to play a role," Johnson, who in March declared it a "national shame " that the U.S. lacks universal coverage, maintained. ABC anchor Charles Gibson actually... continue reading
Ian Urbina's Saturday New York Times story from the Group of 20 economic meeting in Pittsburgh last weekend, about left-wing and anarchist protesters who took to the streets, came under a headline that misleadingly implied peace abided: " In Pittsburgh, Thousands Stage a Peaceful March for Multiple Causes ." Yet in paragraph four we learned there were 66 arrests in downtown Pittsburgh, and "about 19 businesses sustained broken windows or other damage." And while the Times was loathe to estimate the crowd size of the enormous September 12 anti-Obama protest in Washington, the Times forwarded estimates from "observers" at the... continue reading
ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday America continued to raise questions about the arrest of Roman Polanski in Europe, spinning the case as a " 31 year-old prosecutorial obsession ." According to reporter Nick Watt, the film director has "been hunted since 1978." The network correspondent observed that Polanski, who is wanted for child rape and was detained in Switzerland, "has some powerful friends." He explained, "Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has released this statement. 'We're calling on every filmmaker we can to help fix this terrible situation.'" Watt also featured a snippet of ex-child star Melissa Gilbert on The View:... continue reading
President Barack Obama "wants the country to fail," legendary singer Andy Williams declared in flipping Rush Limbaugh's hope that Obama "fails" in his quest to enact left-wing policies, a remark which enraged liberals and the media for weeks. In an interview published in the October 3-9 edition of Radio Times magazine, the TV and radio program guide for the BBC which carries re-runs of Williams' 1960s NBC variety show, the 81-year-old Williams didn't hide his feelings about Obama: "Don't like him at all." London's Telegraph, in a September 28 article highlighted by the DrudgeReport , quoted from the interview which... continue reading
President Barack Obama's last-minute decision to fly Thursday to Copenhagen to pitch Chicago's bid for the 2016 summer Olympic games excited broadcast network journalists Monday night. "The Olympic motto is 'swifter, higher, stronger,'" fill-in CBS Evening News anchor Harry Smith reminded viewers before trumpeting: "Apparently, President Obama is taking that to heart. In a change of plans today, the President decided he will go to Denmark to try to win the 2016 summer games for his hometown." On NBC, Savannah Guthrie championed Obama's credentials: From his candidate days to earlier this month on the White House lawn, where he picked... continue reading