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In her Tuesday interview with President Obama, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric wondered: "You're so confident, Mr. President, and so focused. Is your confidence ever shaken? Do you ever wake up and say, 'Damn, this is hard. Damn, I'm not going to get the things done I want to get done and it's just too politicized to really get accomplished the big things I want to accomplish'?" In her last interview with Obama , during the debate over the stimulus package in February, Couric also portrayed Obama as a victim of Washington: "You campaigned to change the culture in... continue reading
On Wednesday's Good Morning America , ABC's Chris Cuomo suggested Republicans were putting average Americans at "risk" by opposing President Obama's big government health care plan. Cuomo sought validation from liberal Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger: " Do you believe that Republicans are playing politics here, at the risk of people's health care....Is this getting to be a little bit of a reckless situation? " Even though Schwarzenegger assured Cuomo he generally supported Obama's health care ideas and laughingly agreed with the suggestion that Republicans were "playing politics," rather than opposing the government takeover out of principle, Cuomo also upbraided the California... continue reading
NBC's Matt Lauer, on Wednesday's Today show hit Senator Jim DeMint over his statement that health care reform could be Barack Obama's Waterloo as the Today co-host accused, "People are saying that you are playing pure politics with this issue," and, as seen in the following exchange, pressed "Are you rallying conservatives to the cause of health care reform? Or are you rallying conservatives to the cause of breaking a President?" LAUER: Let's start with the obvious. There are real differences of opinion in terms of how to achieve health care reform in this country and how to get insurance... continue reading
A night after CBS slammed as "incendiary" Senator Jim DeMint's observation that if Republicans are able to block Obama's health care push, "it will be his Waterloo, it will break him," CBS anchor Katie Couric adopted the same assumption as she expressed worry to the President: "Are you concerned at all that if health care reform fails it will be a huge and devastating setback to your presidency?" Couric framed her Tuesday newscast through the prism of a "threat" to Obama's quest , teasing: "Tonight, the latest threat to health care reform: Squabbling among Democrats on Capitol Hill, and the... continue reading
The Washington Post's Style section conducted a survey of who could fill the most-trusted void left behind by Walter Cronkite. A series of liberal-media heroes were named: Brian Williams, Bill Moyers, Jim Lehrer, Barbara Walters, Fareed Zakaria, Garrison Keillor, and Jon Stewart. But several people skipped the media stars and selected the Obamas. ABC Nightline correspondent Vicki Mabrey nominated Michelle as a Cronkite replacement: " Rosie the Riveter for our times in a designer gown. You just want to be her best friend forever ." Mabrey rarely covers politics, although she did report on Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation on July... continue reading
Former Clinton campaign operative George Stephanopoulos generally tries to put a happy face on big Democratic Party initiatives, but on Tuesday's Good Morning America the chief Washington correspondent for ABC News was gloomy about the prospects for Barack Obama's health care bill. He told co-host Diane Sawyer that "the votes are not there right now" for the White House to get a bill before the August 8 recess, as the President has demanded, and thought polls showing dwindling support for Obama and rising anxiety about the deficit were a "big problem" for the Democrats. But he did argue that Obama... continue reading
For the second weekday in a row, Katie Couric teased the CBS Evening News on Monday night by delivering President Obama's aggressive retorts to critics of his health plan as reporter Chip Reid pitched in to help, discrediting critics by disparaging their perspectives as "harsh" and "incendiary" attacks - all before Couric caught up with ABC and NBC from the night before and promoted Ted Kennedy's "We're Almost There" Newsweek cover story . Couric teased: "The President takes on critics of his health care reform plan. He vows to move forward and says trying to fix a system that's breaking... continue reading
Chris Matthews, on Monday's "Hardball," invited on Dan Rather to remember Walter Cronkite and the former CBS News anchor - famously fired for letting his bias spiral out of control during the George W. Bush National Guard story - called Cronkite "a straight news reporter," and claimed Cronkite advised him and others at CBS News to "Tell it straight without fear or favoritism. Pull no punches. Say it like it is, insofar as is humanly possible. Keep your own prejudices and biases and feelings and emotions out of it." After playing an old 1996 clip from an interview with Cronkite... continue reading
While the big liberal media usually find it hard to skip any news related to the Kennedy family, ABC, CBS and NBC breathed not a word about Saturday's 40th anniversary of Chappaquiddick . On the night of July 18, 1969 , Senator Edward Kennedy left a party with 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne and later drove off a bridge. Kennedy left the scene with Kopechne still in the submerged vehicle; he did not call the police until the following morning. The Saturday and Sunday New York Times and Washington Post also had nothing about Chappaquiddick. Several newspapers did carry a brief,... continue reading
In reaction to a propaganda video of the Taliban holding an American soldier hostage in Afghanistan, on Monday's CBS Early Show, terrorism analyst Jere Van Dyk argued: "What they [the Taliban] are saying is that 'we can treat American soldiers, we can treat prisoners, better than Americans are treating them.'" Speaking to co-host Maggie Rodriguez about the capture of Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, Van Dyk continued to explain his observation: "There's a story in the New York Times this morning, also in the Wall Street Journal earlier, about prisoner abuse, Americans abusing prisoners in Afghanistan. What they [the Taliban]... continue reading