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Joe Klein: open mouth and insert foot

Posted in Main Street Media with tags , on February 26, 2010 by MTR

I always thought it was a requirement for journalists to actually witness a situation before commenting on them. Apparently not so in the case of the reknowned Joe Klein of TIME. He figured he’d read snippets here and there and still expect to come up with the proper conclusion.

Joe Klein admits in his piece, “The Health Care Summit” (wow, wasn’t that an exciting headline!) that he never even saw the Summit at the Blair House where Obama hosted a discussion between the Democrats and Republicans.

Klein concluded that all sides, including Obama talked alot. Wonderful! But then Klein mysteriously developed some amazing skill of “reading between the lines,” which has nothing to do with facts but helps him embellish on his very apparent bias.

First of all, Joe Klein stated that the Republicans had nothing very interesting to say. Hmm. Joe Klein should actually have taken the time to watch the Summit. He missed the part where Ryan took Obama to task. In fact, Rep. Paul Ryan was the main event. Everyone else saw it. Guess they forgot to send Klein the memo.

Klein must have missed when Wolf Blitzer said, ““It looks like the Republicans certainly showed up ready to play.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)

And then there was Gloria Borgers’s remark, ““The Republicans have been very effective today. They really did come to play. They were very smart.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)

But David Gergen’s remark was the best, ““The folks in the White House just must be kicking themselves right now. They thought that coming out of Baltimore when the President went in and was mesmerizing and commanding in front of the House Republicans that he could do that again here today. That would revive health care and would change the public opinion about their health care bill and they can go on to victory. Just the opposite has happened.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)

But as I said, Joe Klein was too busy to actually watch the dog and pony show. That’s right. He was “elsewhere,” I forgot.

Somehow Klein concludes that if the Republicans were actually serious about reform, they would have gotten concessions from Obama. So because Obama had his own mind up (don’t forget, he wrote his own bill and placed it on line on the White House site), that it’s the fault of the Republicans that Obama wouldn’t give concessions?

Up to this point the Republicans haven’t even been allowed in the debate process. Obama figured since he gave the Republicans a good tongue lashing at the Republican retreat, that this was another chance to get in some good digs. Oh and he did! He got to remind everyone twice that he was president and inform Senator McCain to stop campaigning. See all the fun Joe Klein missed?

Instead, Klein got his tidbit of news and then made his own conclusions by reading tea leaves. Oh wait, that was  “reading between the lines” wasn’t it? And they pay him the big bucks for this crap he calls journalism? No wonder liberal journalism isn’t being read by the educated public anymore.

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Just because the Chicago Tribune says it, it don’t make it so

Posted in Main Street Media with tags on February 24, 2010 by MTR

Seems the Chicago Tribune is going through a case of  wishful thinking which is pretty much like the Swine Flu because  my response to their editorial, “Will of the People Backs Health Reform” can be simply put as “when pigs fly!”

First of all, the author won’t even man up and put his name on the Op-ed. If you feel you’re right about something, plaster your name all over the piece. So apparently the writer knows he can’t back up what he wrote……and he can’t.

Secondly, the editor chose the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll for its source. Kaiser? Didn’t want to use a more prominent polling group? But be it as it may, if you go by what the polls stated and the headline of the Op-ed, the editor down right lied. An even split of 43% -43% does not show public support at all. Last I heard, that was called a TIE, a DRAW, EVEN STEVENS, but definitely not a win for the liberals, the Democrats nor Obama.

And in looking at the different polls, it would appear that the Chicago Tribune could only find Kaiser that came anywhere near supporting the health care legislation that is before Congress right now.

In fact, since Scott Brown won his Massachusett’s Senate seat, most Americans (55% Gallup Poll) favor just shelving the whole health care idea which means that the majority are NOT in favor of the bills presently before Congress, which is a stark contrast to what the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

This is also in line with the Rasmussen Poll which shows that only 41% actually support the idea of the Health care bill. This is a far cry from the Chicago Tribune headline which tries to infer support.

No wonder liberal rags like the ChicagoTribune and New York Times are having problems with readership — they can’t even show honesty to the ones that actually support them financially. R.I.P.

Why is Joseph Andrew Stack a Teabagger?

Posted in Main Street Media with tags on February 19, 2010 by MTR

By this time we’ve all heard about the nut who hated the IRS so much that he crashed a small plane into the IRS office in Austin, Texas. And we’ve also read his manifesto. But somehow the MSM has concluded that this nut job was not JUST a nutjob, but an actual Tea Party supporter.

We see the following “editorials” from the MSM:.

NY Mag piles on

“In fact, a lot of his rhetoric could have been taken directly from a handwritten sign at a tea party rally.”

WaPo’s Capehart chimes in…

“But after reading his 34-paragraph screed, I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we’re hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement.”

Then Time slips this one in not so subtly:

“Toward the end of what appears to be his final note, Stack wrote, ‘Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.’   (See the making of the Tea Party movement.)

National Review

It’s more than apparent that the media decided to pick and choose words from Mr Stack’s manifestor with an already preconceived bias, namely they made the square peg fit into the round hole.

But what they ignored were the rants about anti-government, anti-Bush and even some pro-communism stances Start mentioned. Yeah, sounds really Teabagger to me. (sigh)

In his manifesto he curses the government:

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours?  Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies.  Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”.  It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in

He curses organized religion:

… Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions.  In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy….

He goes after Bush:

As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone.  The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government

And he supports communism:

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed

It would have to take a totally biased idiot to attribute any of the rantings of this man to “Teabagger.” Oh wait, I’m talking about the main stream media. I forgot.

This is a totally dishonest assessment and a hatchet job being done by the MSM. This would be like calling the shooter, Amy Bishop, at the University of Alabama, a die hard Obama lover who killed her collegues because of her obsession with Obama. Well we know she was obsessed with Obama, but no conservative has even considered that connection. YET, the MSM has decided to attach a Teabagger connection to Joe Stark.

To quote David Freddoso of the Washington Examiner; “Seriously, though, you’d think educated, intelligent people would see the difference. Unless they don’t want to see it.”

Rachel Maddow gets the coveted “Worst Person in the World Award”

Posted in Barack Obama, Main Street Media, Obama, White House with tags , , , , on January 17, 2010 by MTR

As of today tens of thousands of people have died because of the earthquake in Haiti. There is no food, no water, no shelter. People are in make-shift hospitals waiting to be treated for broken arms and legs. It’s a horrible situation to view.

This isn’t about who’s black or who’s white, who’s Republican or who’s Democrat, right? Wrong!

It seems that even in the midsts of tragedy the liberal media found time to toot the horn of Barack Obama and at the same time slam George W. Bush. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC (of course, who else?) felt the need to politicize an international tragedy by saying:

“The idea of more diplomacy and development — the idea of more USAID power — is a major part of the Obama administration’s agenda,” Maddow said. “… All of that, central to what the Obama administration says it wants to do differently than what Bush and Cheney did.” Raw Story

Instead of reporting on what every other news network is reporting, she decided to tout the Obama agenda. Kudos to Maddow! To quote Keith Olbermann, She get’s the “Worst Person in the World Award” for stupidity!

What’s amazing is that the story was difficult to find and the only clip available was from Jon Stewarts Comedy Central show. NONE of the liberal media, and only a few blogs even picked up on this story.

Geithner Tells AIG Keep Your Mouth Shut!

Posted in Main Street Media, Marxism, White House with tags , on January 7, 2010 by MTR

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner can’t seem to keep himself out of trouble. Geithner told AIG “.” to withhold details from the public about the bailed-out insurer’s payments to banks during the depths of the financial crisis.” Bloomberg

The New York Fed took over negotiations between AIG and the banks in November 2008 as losses on the swaps, which were contracts tied to subprime home loans, threatened to swamp the insurer weeks after its taxpayer-funded rescue. The regulator decided that Goldman Sachs and more than a dozen banks would be fully repaid for $62.1 billion of the swaps, prompting lawmakers to call the AIG rescue a “backdoor bailout” of financial firms.

“It appears that the New York Fed deliberately pressured AIG to restrict and delay the disclosure of important information,” said Issa, a California Republican. Taxpayers “deserve full and complete disclosure under our nation’s securities laws, not the withholding of politically inconvenient information.”

Some 120 B plus went to European Banks at 100 % on deals that other banks were settling for 40 cents – including 12 Billion on behalf of Goldman Sachs. The fact they were paying 100% on the dollar when they could have discounted it, was scratched out of the reports.  Is this also part of the coverup to explain why GS is still standing and its chief competitor Lehman let go?

Do you think this was the only example of this type of behavior during the 2008 financial meltdown? This was just the first of many favors Goldman Sachs got in the last 15 months.

Why do you think so much of the toxic assets are STILL being carried off the books?

Why is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac coming back for billions more in taxpayer bailouts?

Geithner is just a symptom of what went on then and is still going on at the taxpayer’s expense.

Someone (Obama) should have seen trouble coming when Geithner was a mere nominee for Treasury Secretary when it was revealed he hadn’t paid his taxes. The fool blamed it on Turbo tax. Oy vey! So what’s Geithner going to blame this on now?

Second question, what is Barack Obama going to do about this?

What Happened to Heathcare Bill Legislation Being Televised on C-Span?

Posted in Congress, Health Care, Main Street Media, Obama with tags , , , , on January 5, 2010 by MTR

Well, isn’t that what Obama promised?

Candidate Barack Obama: “When I’m elected president you’re going to see this health care legislation written in the open. It’s going to be on C-SPAN, and you’ll be able to see all the different people arguing to see whether they’re on your side or they’re on the side of the drug companies and the insurance companies and so on. But you’ll be able to see that process on C-SPAN.”

Well, it looks like C-Span hasn’t forgotten that promise either. They’re asking for Obama to get the legislation out of the closet and in front of the viewing audience. But even Congress is balking at the idea instead wanting to keep negotiations only between the Democrats, leaving out the Republicans

Congressional leaders, however, reportedly are expected to bypass the traditional conference committee process, in which lawmakers from both parties and chambers meet to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of a bill. Instead, The Associated Press reports that top Democrats at the House, Senate and White House will figure out the final product in three-way talks before sending it back to both chambers for a final vote. FOX

So what happened to Congress’s working together and Obama’s “bringing parties together?” Folks, if you don’t realize it by now,  Obama and Congress has made no attempt for bi-partisanship and they’re not about to start now. Thus you will not be seeing the negotiation process on the TV screen in your living room any time soon.

Welcome to Obamaland!

The Fawning Obama Media Quotes of 2009

Posted in Main Street Media with tags on December 25, 2009 by MTR

Now that we’re closing on 2009 it is good to reflect upon the words of people who made you bug your eyes out, cough nervously and gag. I’m talking about those quotes of people who fawned over Barack Obama, placing him on som messianic pedastal. Thanks to the Media Research Center, we have those infamous words.

“We know that wind can make a cold day feel colder, but can national pride make a freezing day feel warmer? It seems to be the case because regardless of the final crowd number estimates, never have so many people shivered so long with such joy. From above, even the seagulls must have been awed by the blanket of humanity.” ABC’s Bill Weir on World News, January 20

“What a day it was. It may take days or years to really absorb the significance of what happened to America today….When he [Barack Obama] finally emerged, he seemed, even in this throng, so solitary, somber, perhaps already feeling the weight of the world, even before he was transformed into the leader of the free world….The mass flickering of cell phone cameras on the Mall seemed like stars shining back at him.”
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on the January 20 Nightly News

“It was a giant love fest….When Barack Obama started to speak, I was right in the middle of the crowd. People were crying, they were laughing, they were cheering. Suddenly someone would just come up and hug you. It was just amazing. It was like you’re standing in the middle of these strangers, and all of a sudden you had a million friends around you. That’s what it felt like yesterday.”CNN’s Carol Costello on the January 21 American Morning, recounting her experience at Obama’s inauguration

“The legislative achievements have been stupendous — the $789 billion stimulus bill, the budget plan that is still being hammered out (and may, ultimately, include the next landmark safety net program, universal health insurance). There has also been a cascade of new policies to address the financial crisis — massive interventions in the housing and credit markets, a market based plan to buy the toxic assets that many banks have on their books, a plan to bail out the auto industry and a strict new regulatory regime proposed for Wall Street. Obama has also completely overhauled foreign policy, from Cuba to Afghanistan. ‘In a way, Obama’s 100 days is even more dramatic than Roosevelt’s,’ says Elaine Kamarck of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. ‘Roosevelt only had to deal with a domestic crisis. Obama has had to overhaul foreign policy as well, including two wars. And that’s really the secret of why this has seemed so spectacular.’” Time’s Joe Klein in the magazine’s May 4 cover story on Barack Obama’s first 100 days as President.

“It didn’t take long for Barack Obama — for all his youth and inexperience — to get acclimated to his new role as the calming leader of a country in crisis….Rookie jitters? Far from it….For the past three months, Obama has spoken in firm, yet soothing tones. Sometimes he has used a just folks approach to identify with economically struggling citizens. He has displayed wonkish tendencies, too, appearing much like the college instructor he once was while discussing the intricacies of the economic collapse. He has engaged in witty banter, teasing lawmakers, staffers, journalists and citizens alike. He has struck a statesmanlike stance, calling for a renewed partnership between the United States and its allies….”
AP Washington correspondent Liz Sidoti in an April 25 dispatch, “Obama quickly, confidently adapts to presidency.”

“There were ghosts in that chamber tonight, the other Presidents who tried to reform the health care system and failed. From Teddy Roosevelt, to Harry Truman, to Bill Clinton who came to Congress 16 years ago this month with his plan….There was another ghost in the chamber tonight, the spirit of Senator Ted Kennedy, who fought for decades for universal care….At the end, President Obama sought to draw on the grand rhetorical tradition of President Kennedy and others, trying to summon the country to a great and necessary endeavor.” Co anchor Terry Moran reporting on Obama’s health care speech to Congress on ABC’s Nightline, September 9

Of course you notice this is all from the media, the media that is supposed to REPORT the news, not BE the news.

It’s funny how the media has made a god out of Barack Obama yet the public approval rate at the end of the year teeters on 46%, a vast difference from Inauguration Day of 68%. Seems the public isn’t buying into the media hype as much as the media is.

With the likelihood that we will see healthcare in some form, and the taxes levied (and the plan not in effect until 2014), it’ll be interesting what 2010 will bring forth. All the House is up for re-election and they have to be biting their nails as they go back home with their tails between their legs facing the angry faces of their constitents. Will 2010 bring about a change in the face of the House? Will those Senators, up for re-election, be facing their own Waterloo? Riding on Obama’s coat tails probably won’t be a good idea for the liberals.