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1. Lauer Empathizes with Obama Over 'Sobering' Intel Briefings Matt Lauer started his live interview with President Barack Obama, from the White House during NBC's Super Bowl pre-game show, on a light note, "So let me ask you the question that's on everyone's mind right now: How's it going living with your mother-in-law?" And he wondered if Obama now gets to read a story to his daughters "at night, tuck them in bed?" But the member of a press corps which usually showed more concern for the Bush administration's tactics than the terrorist threat they were meant to avert, empathized... continue reading
1. Network News Embraces Obama's Wall Street-Bashing After years of agitation over what they saw as President George W. Bush's self-righteous moral certitude, journalists on Thursday night embraced President Barack Obama's vilification of those working for Wall Street firms who got a bonus last year. "Shameful," NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams teased his newscast, "that's how President Obama labels those Wall Street types paying themselves big bonuses while getting billions in tax dollars." Reporter Chuck Todd referred to how Obama was "channeling his inner populist" as he "got upset about something that the public has been angry about for... continue reading
1. ABC & CBS Chide Republicans for 'Turning Cold Shoulder' to Obama Shortly after the House on Wednesday passed President Barack Obama's $825 billion "stimulus" package, ABC and CBS commiserated with Obama over his unsuccessful efforts to woo Republican votes. "Not one Republican voted for it," ABC anchor Charles Gibson announced on World News with "Rescue Plan" as the on-screen heading, "turning a cold shoulder to the President's appeal for bipartisan support." Reporter Jonathan Karl fretted: "So much for the President's charm offensive. Today it was all partisan rancor and name-calling." CBS reporter Chip Reid related how "the White House... continue reading
1. CNN's Cafferty Slams Limbaugh as 'Corpulent Oxycontin Aficionado' CNN commentator Jack Cafferty labeled Rush Limbaugh "that corpulent Oxycontin aficionado of right-wing talk radio" during his usual "Cafferty File" segment on Tuesday's Situation Room. The slam came as Cafferty launched a mild criticism of President Obama's first week in office on issues such as his reluctance to answer questions from the press, the closing of Guantanamo Bay, and making an exception on his ban on lobbyists from his administration. Cafferty fretted: "And picking a fight with that corpulent Oxycontin aficionado of right-wing talk radio, Rush Limbaugh -- well, that mobilizes... continue reading
1. MSNBC's O'Donnell Hails Obama's 'Cojones' in Bashing Limbaugh On Monday afternoon, MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell wondered: "Does President Barack Obama finally have the cojones, that some Democrats haven't had in the past, in saying to other Republicans 'you don't have to listen to Rush Limbaugh?'" Democratic strategist Penny Lee agreed with O'Donnell and replied: "Enough with this politics of personal destruction. Let us get back to business and you don't have to listen to the extremes on either side." O'Donnell also spoke with Republican strategist Phil Musser and asked: "What out does it give the Republican Party to have Rush... continue reading
1. After 3 Days, Obama Delivers 'Sweeping Change' at 'Warp Speed' ABC and CBS on Friday night delivered glowing assessments of President Barack Obama's first three days in office, with ABC's George Stephanopoulos declaring "this first week was disciplined and strategic" enabling "sweeping change." Fill-in anchor Diane Sawyer pronounced: "Change the tone and change it at warp speed." CBS's Bob Schieffer relayed how "I think he's off to a very good start" and marveled at how -- given "the severity of the problems" -- any "human" could "live up to the expectations," yet Obama "has laid out an ambitious program"... continue reading
1. Brown Scolds Limbaugh's 'Outrageous...Foul'; Halperin: 'Off-Key' CNN's Campbell Brown on Thursday night framed a panel segment around Rush Limbaugh's comment that he wishes President Obama will fail if success means implementing socialist policies, a remark she characterized as matching his usual "outrageous" outbursts and which "has a lot of people crying foul out there." Guest Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time magazine and the former political director at ABC News, then denounced Limbaugh as "off-key" from the "mainstream media" and "congressional Republicans" -- as it that's a bad thing -- and thus declared expressing the view... continue reading
1. Kids Around the World on ABC: Obama Means 'Peace' & 'Yes We Can!' ABC's World News on Wednesday night used limited news time to feature a silly piece with soundbites from naive kids around the world sputtering beauty pageant-like simplicities about how President Barack Obama will bring "world peace" and inspires them to say "yes, we can!" Reporter Jim Sciutto touted how "we heard children around the world expressing hope and fascination with the new American President." Viewers heard a boy in Russia yearn for "peace, democracy and friendship" and a girl in the United Arab Emirates assert "he's... continue reading
1. ABC: 'National Pride' Made Cold Feel Warmer While Seagulls 'Awed' Offering the most hyperbolic take of the night on the crowds who attended President Obama's inauguration, on World News ABC's Bill Weir delighted in wondering "can national pride make a freezing day feel warmer?" He decided it can indeed since "never have so many people shivered so long with such joy" while "from above, even the seagulls must have been awed by the blanket of humanity." Weir was certainly awed. Meanwhile, over on the NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams must have been as awed as those seagulls since... continue reading
1. ' Honor of Our Lifetimes' for All Left-Wing MSNBC Anchor Team Abandoning any pretense of balance, MSNBC's Inauguration coverage will be quad-anchored by four left-wingers: the network's three night time hosts -- Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow -- plus regular analyst Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post. has finaPlugging the team at the end of the 7 PM EST Hardball on Monday night, Matthews trumpeted how "this is one of the great opportunities in journalism to cover history in the face" and declared "it's going to be the honor of our lifetimes." 2. And Obama Shall Bring... continue reading