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Appearing on CBS's Sunday Morning, commentator Nancy Giles shared her thoughts on Congressman Joe Wilson's outburst: "Some sign waving and you probably heard about it, heckling. At a joint session of Congress.... That's the voice of Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina, not some drunk at open mic night, calling the President a liar." Giles continued, denouncing all health care reform protestors: "He later apologized, but still, it was a frightening mix of disrespect and bad behavior, with a dash of this summer's town hall meeting craziness. I guess we should be grateful that there weren't any 'show us your... continue reading
Weatherman/global warming alarmist Sam Champion on Tuesday again promoted the cause of toilet paper-avoiding environmentalist Colin Beavan. In his brief "Just One Thing" segment, Champion touted books made on recycled paper and cheered that the tome No Impact Man is made on 100 percent recycled paper. The weather man marveled, "And when [Beavan] was with us, he kind of shared the idea that not only did he do an entire year of living, trying to make no impact on the environment, but he thought he would carry it through with his book." Champion has aggressively promoted Beavan, who went a... continue reading
Good Morning America co-host Diane Sawyer on Tuesday conducted a surprisingly tough interview with Tim Geithner, grilling the Treasury Secretary on tax increases, spending and highlighting the 9/12 rally in Washington D.C. Speaking of the American people, she asserted, " They don't see a possible way out without tax raises. " After Geithner tried to squirm out of responding, Sawyer, who will leave GMA in January to become the anchor of ABC's World News, reiterated, "Are you still guaranteeing that no one in America will have their taxes raised unless they make more than $250,000 a year?" Geithner noted how... continue reading
CNN's efforts to smear Obama critics as racist gained visibility on Monday's Situation Room when the usually more sensible Wolf Blitzer, with "RACIAL TINGE TO TEA MOVEMENT" as the on-screen heading, set up a story on how, "most disturbing," within the tea party crowds there's "a very small but vocal minority, they're targeting President Obama's race." Though reporter Elaine Quijano said "we have to emphasize by far most tea party protesters are not casting their arguments in what could be seen as a racial light," she nonetheless proceeded to treat as newsworthy how "a small but passionate minority is also... continue reading
NBC's Norah O'Donnell, guest hosting for Chris Matthews over the weekend, repeatedly questioned her Chris Matthews Show panelists why there was "So much hate," and "venom," directed at Barack Obama at town hall events and Time's Joe Klein responded it was all Rush Limbaugh's fault as he depicted opponents of Obama as racists that are "being egged on by the demagogues in, in the Republican Party, by Boss Rush Limbaugh. And I call him the boss because there isn't a single Republican elected official who's willing to call him out on his lies." The following exchange was aired on the... continue reading
CNN's Jim Spellman did his best to paint the participants of the Tea Party Express's rallies across the nation in late August and early September as a bunch of extremists on Saturday's Newsroom. Spellman played clips which zeroed-in on the protesters who called President Obama a Nazi, carried guns, or forwarded "outlandish conspiracy theories," and labeled all of them "a dark undercurrent." The CNN journalist followed the Tea Party Express organization's bus caravan during its 2 week journey across the United States, and the thirty-plus rallies held where it stopped. Spellman appeared just after the beginning of the 5 pm... continue reading
Over the weekend, ABC provided hyperbolic, worried reporting on the 9/12 protest in Washington D.C. And while the other networks had mixed results, Good Morning America co-host Bill Weir opened the program on Saturday by fretting, " This morning, outrage. Protesters descend on Washington to rally against the President's health care plan. As civility gives way to shouting, what's fueling all this anger? " On Sunday's GMA, Weir spun that the protesters were "rail[ing]" against higher taxes, government run health care and spending. Reporter Yunji de Nies highlighted a marcher who labeled Barack Obama a "communist." She then pounced, "Do... continue reading
A conservative protest at the Capitol numbering in the tens of thousands was worth an unfavorable story on page 37 of Sunday's New York Times while a much smaller Obama rally got better placement, and so had a previous ACORN-led left-wing protest numbering...40 people. There was a huge protest against Obama's big-government plans at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, but one was hard-pressed to find evidence of it on the Times home page Sunday morning: A small headline tucked under the Political subhead. The print edition wasn't much more forthcoming. Although the Washington D.C. Fire Dept. estimated 60,000 to 70,000... continue reading
At the end of Sunday's Face the Nation on CBS, host Bob Schieffer denounced South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson: "The irony of a congressman trying to heckle a President in the midst of a speech that was, among other things, about the need for civility, is just one ugly sign of the mindless meanness that has settled over our politics." Apparently Schieffer forgot this passage of President Obama's speech last Wednesday: "Some of people's concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim...that... continue reading
"The public's assessment of the accuracy of news stories is now at its lowest level in more than two decades of Pew Research surveys," a new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, embargoed for release at 11 PM EDT Sunday night, discovered. The survey, of 1,506 adults conducted in late July, found "nearly three-quarters (74%) say news organizations tend to favor one side in dealing with political and social issues," up 21 points from 53 percent 24 years ago, "while just 18% say they deal fairly with all sides." The percent who perceive the... continue reading