Refusing to See "Atmosphere of Scandal" Around Obama; On Cue, MSNBC Finds Racism
On Cue, MSNBC Equates Scrutiny of Obama With Racism
‚ÄúThe IRS is being used in exactly the same way as they tried to use the President‚Äôs birth certificate...Despite the complete lack of any evidence linking the President to the targeting of Tea Party groups, Republicans are using it as their latest weapon in the war against the black man in the White House....This afternoon, we welcome the latest phrase in the lexicon of Republican attacks on this President ‚ÄĒ the IRS. Three letters that sound so innocent, but we know what you mean.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ MSNBC host Martin Bashir, June 5.
‚ÄúHis whole life has been crystal clear, and clean as a whistle and transparent. We know his whole life, through all the great, excellent education he‚Äôs had, the good pro bono work he‚Äôs done through his life. He‚Äôs never been a money-grubber. He‚Äôs never doing anything wrong in his life ‚ÄĒ legally, ethically, whatever. His family is picture-perfect. The way he‚Äôs raised those daughters. Everything is clean as a whistle. And yet, they just refer to him as evil. They just refer to him as a liar. I‚Äôve got to believe it‚Äôs ethnic with these people. They just got a problem with this guy being President. Is there any other evidence to justify why they keep calling him a bad man?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Host Chris Matthews on MSNBC‚Äôs Hardball, June 5.
Refusing to See ‚ÄúAtmosphere of Scandal‚ÄĚ Around Obama
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs very easy to lump all of these issues together. I know that they absorb journalists inside of Washington. But I‚Äôm not sure how much any of these particular issues has absorbed the American public....Clearly, I‚Äôm very concerned about the leak cases, which is why I came here to talk to you this morning. But I‚Äôm just not sure, you know, they come together and create, you know ‚ÄĒ quote, unquote ‚ÄĒ ‚Äėan atmosphere of scandal.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson on CBS‚Äôs Face the Nation, June 2.
‚ÄúYou know, I think it‚Äôs true that the White House has often been tone-deaf, but every second term has scandals. And if you compare these with Iran-Contra, with Monica Lewinsky, I mean, these just seem pretty minuscule.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof on CNN‚Äôs Fareed Zakaria GPS, June 2.
‚ÄúTragedy‚ÄĚ if Scandals Keep Obama from Accomplishing ‚ÄúEconomic Restoration‚ÄĚ
Moderator David Gregory: ‚ÄúTom Friedman, this is part of a bigger issue that the President faces, which is, where is his agenda left in all this? I want to show something. You wrote about how to get a job this week, which got incredible response. Here‚Äôs a poll from Quinnipiac this past week, that shows the following: ‚ÄėWhat should be a higher priority?‚Äô Investigating Benghazi and AP at 22 percent, people said, relatively low; the economy and unemployment was at 73 percent ‚ÄĒ clearly a much higher priority as you look at that poll. The President‚Äôs coming under fire for losing his scope, effectively, in a second term to rebuild America, to usher in economic restoration.‚ÄĚ
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman: ‚ÄúWell, that‚Äôs the tragedy for him. It‚Äôs a tragedy for all of us.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ NBC‚Äôs Meet the Press, June 2.
Obama Doesn‚Äôt Have Any ‚ÄúScandals,‚ÄĚ Just ‚ÄúKerfuffles‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSee, my problem with Obama, and it continues, and I don‚Äôt understand it. You know, the reason he‚Äôs been in trouble the last four or five weeks, and it‚Äôs because of these kerfuffles. They‚Äôre bad, but they‚Äôre not awful....Has the White House learned any lessons from the scandal ‚ÄĒ the kerfuffle, rather ‚ÄĒ over at the IRS?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Chris Matthews on Hardball, May 28.
Conservatives‚Äô Exit Gives Journalist ‚ÄúFaith in Humanity‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI have faith in humanity, I have faith in America in that if you think about a lot of the most controversial figures who‚Äôve gotten big platforms in politics ‚ÄĒ Michele Bachmann today announcing that she retired, Steve King not running for Senate in Iowa, Allen West in Florida, Herman Cain, Sarah Palin ‚ÄĒ all these people who were the most bombastic voices on the Right, who were political celebrities....They‚Äôre gone. They have been discredited.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Politico executive editor Jim VandeHei on PBS‚Äôs Charlie Rose, May 29.
GOP: Extreme, Intolerant, Stupid and Paranoid
‚ÄúThe big problem with today‚Äôs Republican Party isn‚Äôt its policies. Certainly, those policies are extreme and would be deeply injurious to middle-class and poorer Americans should they be enacted. But Bob Dole wasn‚Äôt thinking, I don‚Äôt believe, just of policies. He was talking about the whole package ‚ÄĒ the intolerance, the proud stupidity, the paranoia, the resentments, the rage. These are intertwined with policy of course ‚ÄĒ indeed they often drive policy. But they are the party‚Äôs real problem.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Newsweek/Daily Beast writer Michael Tomasky, May 28.
Nasty Conservatives Want to ‚ÄúPunish‚ÄĚ Immigrants With ‚ÄúAlligator Moats‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúAround immigration, there‚Äôs a sense that we need to punish people when they come here and they don‚Äôt know our language. We gotta punish people who came here the wrong way, even if they‚Äôve been contributing to American society for a decade or more. Bigger, meaner, scarier fences by people suggesting electrified, alligator-filled moats to prevent ‚Äėthem‚Äô coming in, by the language we use to talk about ‚Äėthose people‚Äô who want to be here. You know what? Those people who want to be here are us. That‚Äôs what this country is made of.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ MSNBC host Alex Wagner in one of her network‚Äôs ‚ÄúLean Forward‚ÄĚ commercials.
Getting Ready to Bash GOP for ‚ÄúBeating Up Two Women‚ÄĚ
Anchor Chuck Todd: ‚ÄúAny danger that the Samantha Power nomination [to become U.N. Ambassador] becomes sort of a proxy that some Senate Republicans try, because that is a Senate confirmation appointment. And that some Republicans try to somehow go after her because they can‚Äôt go after Susan Rice?...Beating up on two women, I think, would be something that the Republican Party brand doesn‚Äôt need.‚ÄĚ
Politico‚Äôs Lois Romano: ‚ÄúThey don‚Äôt need it, but they ‚ÄĒ they haven‚Äôt had much, you know, problems beating up on Susan Rice.‚ÄĚ
Todd: ‚ÄúTrue, before. That‚Äôs for sure.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ MSNBC‚Äôs The Daily Rundown, June 5.
‚ÄúIsn‚Äôt there any Republican hesitation ‚ÄĒ Howard, you and I have watched this game for a long time ‚ÄĒ hesitation about beating the hell out of an African American woman again. I mean, don‚Äôt they feel any hesitance on just the gender and the ethnic front? Here they are, the old white guys, kicking the hell out of another African American candidate for something. Don‚Äôt they say, ‚ÄėWait a minute, this isn‚Äôt going to look good for the Republicans?‚Äô‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Chris Matthews to The Huffington Post‚Äôs Howard Fineman on Hardball, June 5.
Frank Lautenberg: A Liberal Even Before It Was ‚ÄúCool‚ÄĚ
Host Chuck Todd: ‚ÄúFrank Lautenberg [was] sort of an interesting character in the U.S. Senate over the years.‚ÄĚ
Washington Post‚Äôs Dan Balz: ‚ÄúYes, he was. And a liberal when people weren‚Äôt necessarily-‚ÄĚ
Todd, interrupting: ‚ÄúWhen it wasn‚Äôt cool.‚ÄĚ
Balz: ‚Äú-when it wasn‚Äôt cool to be liberal. And, and he never hid that....‚ÄĚ
Todd: ‚ÄúHe would push things. He was on the gun issue, again, before it was cool to be on the gun issue. Smoking bans. He was a big proponent of that. I think he himself was a recovering smoker. And I believe that‚Äôs why he pushed some of these things so hard.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Discussion on MSNBC‚Äôs The Daily Rundown, June 3, just a few minutes after news of the New Jersey Democratic Senator‚Äôs death was announced.
CNN Hosts Deplore America‚Äôs ‚ÄúGun Culture‚ÄĚ
Host Piers Morgan: ‚ÄúDo you think that the gun debate will ever change in the way that the drunk-driving debate changed in the ‚Äô70s, the civil rights debate changed from the ‚Äô60s onwards? Do you think it‚Äôs one of those things that in the end, it will change?‚ÄĚ...
Panelist Margaret Hoover: ‚ÄúYou and I both know that there‚Äôs a culture in the United States, a gun-owning culture. And it is the difference between rural and urban, coastal and the middle of the country-‚ÄĚ
Morgan: ‚ÄúThere was a racist culture, there was a drunk-driving culture...‚ÄĚ
Liberal panelist Mark Lamont Hill: ‚ÄúA Southern gun owner is not like a Klan member. I mean, come on.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ CNN‚Äôs Piers Morgan Tonight, May 30.
‚ÄúLook at how many guns are around. Look at how easy it is to get a gun. You can go to a department store and get a gun in this country. That makes me uncomfortable, because I grew up in a [Canadian] city where if you have a gun, you‚Äôre going to jail. We don‚Äôt have the same culture of guns. We don‚Äôt have the John Waynes, dude.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Newly-named CNN nighttime host George Stroumboulopoulos in a June 3 HuffPost Live interview.
Benghazi: Already a ‚ÄúRidiculous‚ÄĚ Scandal Like Lewinsky?
Host Gwen Ifill: ‚ÄúBut Ed, why is this ‚ÄĒ why is this stuck? Why is this [Benghazi] a story that never went away?‚ÄĚ
Washington Post‚Äôs Ed O‚ÄôKeefe: ‚ÄúIt never went away because House Republicans especially believed that there was always something more. And now that they have these emails, the fact that we‚Äôre talking about it at all, to them is a victory....The big problem, just real quick, is that now House Republican leadership is saying, despite their genuine concerns and interests in this, ‚ÄėBe careful. Don‚Äôt overreach. Don‚Äôt turn this into a Lewinsky-like scandal, where we begin to look ridiculous for doing some things and saying things. Let‚Äôs do a measured response.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
CNBC‚Äôs John Harwood: ‚ÄúI think we‚Äôre already there.‚ÄĚ
O‚ÄôKeefe: ‚ÄúWell, some would say.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Exchange on PBS‚Äôs Washington Week, May 17.
Obama Regime Raising Media Bias to ‚ÄúDangerous‚ÄĚ Level
‚ÄúLiberal media bias is an old complaint, but the Obama presidency has given it a new and dangerous form. Never has the prevailing bias of the media been so closely aligned with the ideological aims and political interests of the party in power. The American media remain free and independent, or you would not be reading this column. But to a large extent they have functioned for the past few years as if they were under state control.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ The Wall Street Journal‚Äôs ‚ÄúBest of the Web‚ÄĚ editor James Taranto, May 20.
Denouncing Bush for Helping Disabled Vets
‚ÄúGeorge Bush, over the Memorial Day weekend, held the Wounded Warrior 100K [bike ride], which was a kind of a celebration for wounded warriors who came back from Iraq, and I guess they walked or ran or something on their prosthetic limbs. And I found this to be nauseating. I mean, first he sends them off to war to get their limbs blown off, and then he has them over for a barbecue. This is like the Cleveland guy having a pizza party for those girls he had in his basement.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ HBO‚Äôs Bill Maher on Real Time, May 31.
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