As Budget Fight Looms, the Vicious Smearing Begins; Opposing Obama Is All About Hate (and Racism)
The 2013 Budget Battle: Let the Vicious Smearing Begin
MSNBC political analyst
Jonathan Alter: âItâs like negotiating with terrorists....â
Host Alex Wagner: âHostage takers, sure.â
Alter: â...They [Republicans] must understand that they will pay a price with patriotic Americans who understand that shutting down the government, which is what the Republicans are talking about, is an unpatriotic act....They have to feel the heat over and over again that they are acting against the best interests of the United States. Thatâs not happening, yet.â
MSNBC contributor Joy Reid: âTo put it another way, when somebody is threatening to bomb the stadium, you donât go out and make a speech about how youâre willing to dismantle the stadium in order to appease them.â
â Panel discussion on MSNBCâs Now with Alex Wagner, July 25.
âThey are political
terrorists, and like all terrorists, including those who use bombs, their
number one goal â their only goal â is to blow things up. [Senators Ted] Cruz,
[Rand] Paul and Mike Lee are on a mission to destroy, shut
down the American government, destroy ObamaCare, drive the country into
default, destroy the U.S. credit rating. Terrorists with one purpose: To bring
down, not just this administration but, letâs face it, the American
â Host Chris Matthews on MSNBCâs Hardball, July 31.
Spending Restraint = âGlee in Inflicting Suffering...Pathological Mean-Spiritednessâ
âSomething terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party. Weâve gone beyond bad economic doctrine. Weâve even gone beyond selfishness and special interests. At this point weâre talking about a state of mind that takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable....Somehow, one of our nationâs two great parties has become infected by an almost pathological mean-spiritedness, a contempt for what CNBCâs Rick Santelli, in the famous rant that launched the Tea Party, called âlosers.â If youâre an American, and youâre down on your luck, these people donât want to help; they want to give you an extra kick. I donât fully understand it, but itâs a terrible thing to behold.â
â New York Times columnist Paul Krugman July 15, writing about the defeat of a farm bill that would spend $940 billion over the next decade.
Berating Boehner for âLeast Productiveâ Congress
Host Bob Schieffer: âAny way
you cut it, and whoeverâs fault it is, you have presided over what is perhaps
the least productive, and certainly one of the least popular, Congresses in
history. How do you feel about that?...But itâs not the case, Mr. Speaker, of
just passing or not passing new laws. Youâve got the government in gridlock.
Youâre laying off people in the Defense Department. Theyâre working four days a
week. Youâve got the sequester that is the creation of Congress. This is not something
that was foisted upon Washington by somebody from Mars.â
House Speaker John Boehner: âWho insisted upon the sequester? The President of the United States.â
â CBSâs Face the Nation, July 21.
Opposition to Obama Is All About Hate (and Racism)
âThere are too many people on
the American right who hate the very notion of Barack Obama in the White
House....They hate not just his politics, but him....You can say itâs not about
race....[But] think about this manâs life, about how hard he has worked, how he
has achieved so highly at school, how he has married so well and so faithfully,
how he has fathered two great daughters and kept them protected, protected
them, been a truly great father to them, been a true partner in his marriage,
treated his office with such respect and dignity, has never once let us down
with his personal behavior, and yet they hate him. They really do.â
â Host Chris Matthews concluding MSNBCâs Hardball, July 25.
CNN Skips IRS âBombshellâ to Spotlight âPartisan Slugfestâ
Anchor Wolf Blitzer: âThere
were also some fireworks up on Capitol Hill today. A daylong hearing about the IRS, whatâs the latest?â
Correspondent Dana Bash: âIt was a very long day. And it was really less about trying to get to the bottom of why some groups waited for about three years for IRS tax-exempt status and a lot more about a partisan slugfest.â
â CNNâs The Situation Room, July 18.
âThe IRS scandal was connected this week not just to the Washington office â that had been established â but to the
office of the chief counsel. That is a bombshell....What the IRS originally claimed was a rogue operation now reaches up not only to
the Washington office, but into the office of the IRS chief counsel himself.â
â Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan writing about the same hearing, July 19. CNNâs report made no mention of the revelation applications were routed to the chief counselâs office, and CNN aired no other coverage of that July 18 hearing (a hearing that ABC, CBS and NBC also skipped when it occurred).
Detroit Democrats Spent Their Way Into Bankruptcy, So Whereâs Their Bailout?
âIs there a federal bailout for Detroit?...We bailed out big banks, we bailed out the auto industry, we bailed out speculative home builders. And here is a major American city where, by the way, the minority population is overwhelmingly the majority population, and thereâs no help from the federal government?â
â CNN State of the Union host Candy Crowley to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, July 28.
If Weiner Wins, Credit Hillary âthe Masterâ for How She Coached Huma
Co-host Savannah Guthrie: âMika, do you think thereâs any chance he [disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner] can win?â
MSNBCâs Mika Brzezinski: âI do. I think his wife is the key here and his wife has learned from the master, Hillary Clinton, her boss.â
â Exchange on NBCâs Today, July 24.
Looking Forward to the Day America Is No Longer on Top
Host Chris Matthews: âAndrew,
are we going to be â being we Americans, you included â are we going to be the
great, are we still going to use that word, âsuperpowerâ â I donât even like it
very much â the lone superpower? Are we going to be that 20 years from now?â
Journalist Andrew Sullivan: âWith any luck we wonât be....I think the transition to a post-imperial America is coming. I think itâs overdue and I welcome it.â
â Exchange on the final episode of The Chris Matthews Show, July 21.
Canât Fathom Why More People in Prison = Less Crime
âWhat I find most frustrating
is what we have seen is incarceration go up at the same time that crime is
going down, and yet the fear level is still stoked, even though what we have
objectively is less murders every year, we have less crime, we are living in a
safer society, and we are putting more people in prison.â
â MSNBC All In host Chris Hayes, July 26.
Voter ID Laws = Racist Apartheid Laws
âIt does look like itâs
almost like South
to this extent: You have a white â whatâs the word â feeble minority. Itâs
losing its majority status. And it says, the Republican Party, âWe can only get
so many white votes. So, we got to reduce the votes of others.â It does look
that way. Only the â maybe youâre non-partisan, but only Republicans have
pushed this in these 31 states. No Democratic legislature. You gotta look at
the pattern here. You talk about profiling. Iâm sorry, Republicans do this
â Chris Matthews on MSNBCâs Hardball, July 29, talking about laws requiring voters to show identification. In fact, Democratically-controlled Rhode Island passed a voter ID law in 2011.
Using Zimmerman Verdict to Slam America as Racist
âThis, for many Americans, George, is just another piece of evidence of the incontrovertible contempt that this nation often shows and displays for black men.â
â PBS host Tavis Smiley on ABCâs This Week, July 14.
âIn too many ways, we still
live in the same America that Emmett Till lived in, an America where blacks are often judged to be a threat to order
and citizens are able to destroy their bodies.â
â Co-host TourĂ© on MSNBCâs The Cycle, July 15, talking about a 14-year-old killed by racists in the 1950s.
But Obamaâs Post-Verdict Remarks a âSymphonyâ
âI thought this speech was one of the highlights of the presidency. I thought it was a symphony of indignation, professionalism, executive responsibility, personal feeling. It had all these different things woven together, I thought beautifully. But itâs important to remember, race is how he thinks.â
â New York Times columnist David Brooks on NBCâs Meet the Press, July 21.
âEverything about the Obama
presidency, race has been a subtext to all of it. From the Tea Party which saw
differently the Obama bailout of the auto industry from George W. Bushâs and
suddenly became a movement, to him being called a liar in the well of the
Congress to him having to show his birth certificate, there has been a subtext
around this President thatâs made it difficult for him to directly address race
issues....So I think for this President it is brave to step out and the fact
that it was extemporaneous and deeply personal, it was an important moment for
him and the country.â
â Joy Reid, an MSNBC contributor and managing editor of the NBC-owned TheGrio.com, on the July 19 NBC Nightly News.
MSNBC, Where the Hosts Hang Tampons From Their Ears
âI just have to show these. My producer Lorena made for me last week some tampon earrings [takes off her earrings and puts on the tampon earrings], because of course youâll remember that the Texas state legislature said that you couldnât bring tampons in when they were going â these women, to in fact stand up for their own reproductive rights â you werenât allowed initially to bring tampons. So, just in case that ever happens again ladies, you can just bring them on your earrings.â
â Host Melissa Harris-Perry during her 10am ET weekend MSNBC show, Melissa Harris-Perry, July 21.
To Get Viewers, âNo Doubtâ Fox News Would Be Anti-Semitic or Pro-Segregation
âIf Fox News were around years ago when anti-Semitism was part of the mainstream, I have no doubt they would be anti-Semitic to get viewers. I have no doubt they would be pro-segregation to get viewers in the times of the civil rights movement. They just feed to the worst element of our society and thankfully their viewers are dying off.â
â Comedian and frequent CNN guest Dean Obeidallah on the Stephanie Miller radio show, July 31.
Nostalgia for the Days When Dildos Roamed the Earth
âNow, extinctions â I donât have to tell you â have been part of the natural history of the world for millennia. And, man-made extinctions have even happened before. I guess we hunted the dildo into extinction.â
â CNN International anchor Jonathan Mann interviewing a climate expert on July 20. Moments later, Mann recognized his error: âThe dodo, rather. Forgive me, Iâm having trouble with my words today.â
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