1. ABC: 'National Shame' Will Propel Obama's Health Plan to Victory "Ultimately," President Barack Obama will get his way on "universal" health coverage, because of "just one fact" ABC's Dr. Tim Johnson declared "I want to let everybody hear," and that is the "national shame" of how "we spend more than twice as much, per person, on health care in his country as the average of all other industrialized countries, yet we're the only one that doesn't have universal coverage." 2. Nina Totenberg's Friend: 'Oh My God, We Have a President Again!' NPR's Nina Totenberg revealed Friday, not surprisingly, that... continue reading
1. CNN: Obama Leading U.S. 'Into Sunlight' & 'Up to Mountaintops' CNN personalities Jack Cafferty and David Gergen continued the chorus of praise for President Obama on Wednesday evening for his first address to a joint session of Congress, twenty-four hours after he had given it. During his regular "Question of the Hour" segment on The Situation Room, Cafferty gushed that the Democrat "had that place in the palm of his hand for the entire time he was in that room" and, despite all the serious issues he discussed during the speech, that the President "seems remarkably unruffled by all... continue reading
1. Stephanopoulos: Obama Speech 'Made a Start in Inspiring Hope' Former top Democratic aide-turned journalist George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday applauded Barack Obama's address to Congress, lauding it for making "a start at inspiring hope out in the country." The This Week host appeared on Wednesday's Good Morning America and affirmed co-host Robin Roberts' question about whether Obama "hit his marks last night." Stephanopoulos asserted that the President needed to show that he had a strong plan to fix the economy. He then complimented: "And I think he made a good start last night." He singled out the section of Obama's... continue reading
1. Couric Pushes 'Out of Touch' GOP to Be 'More Supportive' of Obama Obama senior adviser David Axelrod made the rounds of the broadcast network evening newscast anchors on Tuesday to discuss President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress, but CBS's Katie Couric, in uniquely offering some balance by matching Axelrod with a segment featuring House Minority Leader John Boehner, only served to expose her impatience toward GOP opposition. With Axelrod, she cued him up to expound on the administration's policies, pressed him about nationalizing banks and empathized with the terrible conditions inherited by Obama's team. In contrast,... continue reading
1. MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell Denies Anti-Palin Media Bias During the Monday 12PM EST hour on MSNBC, anchor Norah O'Donnell interviewed conservative film maker John Ziegler, creator of Media Malpractice, a documentary on media bias against Sarah Palin, and denied any such bias: "Well, let me ask you, you called the treatment of Sarah Palin and her family a, quote, 'media assassination, one of the greatest public injustices of our time.' Is that a little strong? Are you and her a little thin-skinned?" Ziegler responded by pointing out O'Donnell's own anti-Palin bias: "The evidence is overwhelming. It's continuing today. I mean,... continue reading
1. ABC's Terry Moran: For Obama, Presidency Is a 'Step Down' Nightline co-anchor Terry Moran gave an interview on Friday to the Media Bistro's "Morning Media Menu" podcast and compared Barack Obama to George Washington. Talking to host and editor Steve Krakauer, Moran gushed: "I like to say that, in some ways, Barack Obama is the first President since George Washington to be taking a step down into the Oval Office. I mean, from visionary leader of a giant movement, now he's got an executive position that he has to perform in, in a way." 2. Cuomo Assures Viewers: Bill... continue reading
1. Couric: Nationalizing Banks Will Provide 'Big Dose of Confidence' Katie Couric concluded a Thursday night look at the pros and cons of nationalizing banks by seeing the federal government as a comforting security blanket: "Nationalization may have a psychological impact as well, and Uncle Sam wrapping his arms around failing banks in this country might provide a big dose of confidence for the American consumer." Building to her pro-nationalization conclusion, Couric asserted that "everyone hopes to avoid what happened to Japan back in the 90s when the government pumped good money into bad banks, essentially keeping unhealthy financial institutions... continue reading
1. New Yorker Editor: Rush Limbaugh 'Very Similar' to Bull Connor New Yorker magazine senior editor Hendrik Hertzberg appeared on Wednesday's Morning Joe on MSNBC and compared Rush Limbaugh to 1960s segregationist and Ku Klux Klan member Bull Connor. He also linked Barack Obama to Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King. According to Hertzberg: "And I'm not saying that Obama is Martin Luther King or that Rush Limbaugh, the leader of the opposition, is Bull Connor. But the dynamic is very similar." Hertzberg, who once wrote for Newsweek, was on the MSNBC program to promote his new article that touts... continue reading
1. ABC Champions How 'Stimulus' Will Enable Mayors to Create Jobs ABC's World News on Tuesday night celebrated President Obama's signature on the 'stimulus' package by devoting a full story to how mayors will supposedly use their portion to create 1.6 million jobs. Fill-in anchor Diane Sawyer recited "the wish list" of "nearly 19,000 infrastructure projects -- roads, bridges, mass transit -- costing some $150 billion" and "the mayors argue that the projects are ready to go and will bring along 1.6 million jobs." No word about the inevitable corruption as reporter David Muir trumpeted: "Across this country, mayors and... continue reading
1. Giddy Over 'Presidential Whirlwind' & 'Remarkable' Cookie Photos Get Diane Sawyer together with George Stephanopoulos on World News and they can't contain their giddiness over President Obama. Back on Friday, January 23, when Sawyer last anchored, Stephanopoulos hailed Obama's first three days as "disciplined and strategic," thus enabling "sweeping change," while Sawyer gushed over " warp speed." Monday night, Sawyer returned to the anchor chair and excitedly announced how "the trillion dollar week has begun" and so "finally," as if it's been too long of a wait, "the stimulus starts to flow." She soon heralded how "we embark on... continue reading