Journalists Demand Liberal Action from Obama; Opposing Susan Rice = More Evidence Republicans Are Racist
Opposing Rice = More Evidence Republicans Are Racist
MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe: âItâs outrageous that there is this witch hunt going on on the right about these people of color, letâs face it, around this President: Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett, now Susan Rice; before it was Van Jones. This is not about who is hawkish in the same way John McCain is about foreign policy, because if you look at Iran and Libya, Susan Rice checks those boxes. This is a personal vendetta. Itâs about presidential authority.â
Host Chris Matthews: âSo, you think McCain is being â McCain and people like Lindsey Graham, McCain, who had his own daughter attacked, where he was accused of having an illegitimate child when, in fact, he adopted a young girl from South Asia â youâre saying that McCainâs being driven by racial prejudice here?â
Wolffe: âThere is no other way to look at this....â
â MSNBCâs Hardball, November 19.
Itâs Also Racist to Say Obama Won the âUrbanâ Vote
Chris Matthews: âUp next: What did Paul Ryan mean when he blamed President Obamaâs victory last week on the urban vote? Do you like that word? Is he blowing that dog whistle again?...Thereâs more of this dog whistle crap going on. Hereâs Paul Ryan expressing his surprise at the proâObama turnout in an interview Monday....â
Rep. Paul Ryan: âI think the surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout in â especially in urban areas, which definitely gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.â
â Hardball, November 14. In fact, exit polls show Obama won a large majority of the vote (62%) in large cities, while losing suburban and rural voters to Mitt Romney.
Journalists Demand Liberal Action from Obama
âMr. President, on the fiscal cliff, two years ago you said that you wouldnât extend the Bush era tax cuts, but at the end of the day, you did. So, respectfully sir, why should the American people and the Republicans believe that you wonât cave again this time?â
â CNNâs Jessica Yellin to Obama at his November 14 press conference.
âWhat specifically do you plan to do in a second term to tackle the issue of climate change? And do you think the political will exists in Washington to pass legislation that could include some kind of a tax on carbon?â
â Question to Obama from New York Times correspondent Mark Landler.
âOn immigration reform, the criticism in the past has been that you did not put forth legislation with specific ideas and send it up to the Hill. This time around, you have said again that this will be one of the top priorities for a second term. Will you then send legislation to the Hill? And exactly what do you envision is broad immigration reform â does that include a legalization program?â
â Question to Obama from Telemundoâs Lori Montenegro.
ABC Anchor Raves Over âObama Smackdownâ
âThereâs nothing like a reâelection to give the President a jolt of confidence....The 44th President today was ready to rumble. You heard and saw it most dramatically when he leapt to the defense on Susan Rice, his ambassador to the United Nations....An Obama smackdown.â
â Coâanchor Terry Moran on ABCâs Nightline, November 14.
NBC Fawningly Compares Obama to Movie Prez
Anchor Brian Williams: âAnd then, John McCain said that if
the President puts up his U.N. Ambassador, Susan Rice, to replace Hillary
Clinton as Secretary of State, she will be blocked, theyâll do everything in
their power. Thatâs where the President today, almost conjuring the wording of
Aaron Sorkin from the movie American President, as will be pointed out all day,
really decided to throw down.â
NBCâs Andrea Mitchell: âThis was âPresident Andrew Shepherdâ really coming through in the East Room of the White House....It was dramatic.â
â Exchange during live coverage following Obamaâs press conference, November 14. [MP3 audio (1:09)]
Pushing Republicans to Accept Obamaâs Tax Hikes
âYou talked about tax reform; the President is talking about specific increases. He campaigned on specific increases in tax rates from 35% to 39% for those making more than $250,000. So, is that on the table, right now?...But is it on the table to talk about, because he campaigned on it, 60 percent of the voters have said that they are ready to raise these taxes. They are ready to have the wealthier Americans pitch in.â
â ABC anchor Diane Sawyer to House Speaker John Boehner in an interview, excerpts of which were shown on World News November 8 and Good Morning America November 9.
Correspondent Jon Karl: âIf there was one issue that the
President campaigned on, it was raising taxes on the wealthy, every, single
speech he gave. Doesnât he have a mandate there? The top earners â seeing them
pay more of their fair share as the President put it?...Could you see yourself
supporting a plan that raises tax rates on the top two percent?...So, you donât
support a plan?â
Representative Paul Ryan (RâWI): âI donât want to get into negotiating with the media, but I do not support raising tax rates.â
â Interview segment shown on Good Morning America, November 14. [MP3 audio (0:52)]
Phony Document Peddler Dan Rather Lectures GOP to Get More âFactâBasedâ
âRepublicans, their number one need is to get in touch with
a factâbased world, that they are now in the position of being pictured like a
man who wears spats to the office or something â so far out of touch that it is
â Dan Rather on MSNBCâs Rachel Maddow Show, November 14. [MP3 audio (0:57)]
Time for Republicans to Purge Conservative âExtremistsâ
Fillâin coâhost Mario Cantone: âWhat do you think the
Republican Party has to do to fix themselves....What do you think?â
MSNBCâs Joe Scarborough: âYeah. Theyâve got to stop listening to the most extreme people in their party.â [Applause]
Coâhost Whoopi Goldberg: âSay it one more time. One more time. One more time, Joe, please say it.â
Scarborough: âItâs very simple. Theyâve got to stop listening to the most extreme people in their party, whether itâs on talk radio or on cable news or on the internet.â
â ABCâs The View, November 9. [MP3 audio (0:57)]
NBC political director Chuck Todd: âLetâs look back at the Republican Party. How did they become a coalition of special interest forces? They really do look like the Democratic Party of the â70s and â80s where they seem to â the leaders in Washington canât control the special interest groups....â
ExâMcCain advisor Steve Schmidt: âConservatism is a serious governing philosophy that has served this country well. But to too many swing voters in the country, when you hear the word âconservativeâ now, they think of loons and wackos....Our elected leaders are scared to death of the conservative entertainment complex, the shrill and divisive voices that are bombastic and broadcasting out into the homes. And this country is rejecting the social extremism of the Republican Party on issue after issue.â
â NBCâs Meet the Press, November 11.
Hillary: Most âQualified Human Beingâ to Be Next Prez
âCan you think of a more qualified human being? She lived in
the White House for eight years with another President, she was a United States
Senator, and now sheâs got every world leader on speed dial, so thereâd be no
questions about her qualifications.â
â Coâhost Willie Geist on NBCâs Today, November 12. [MP3 audio (0:56)]
Bloomberg a âBrave Thinkerâ for Banning Big Sodas
Fillâin anchor Richard Lui: âThe Atlantic Monthly has honored some of Americanâs most provocative thinkers for more than 150 years. In their latest issue, they reveal their picks for this yearâs brave thinkers â people who have risked their reputations, fortunes and lives in the pursuit of big ideas....To the cover now, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. You interviewed him. What did you select that made him stand out?â
Editor James Bennet: âWell, it is a kind of lifetime achievement award for Mayor Bloomberg, but the specific thing this year was his pursuit of the soda ban and the ban on sugary drinks served in containers that are more than 16 ounces in size.â
â MSNBCâs Jansing & Co., November 19.
Hyping a Global Warming âCatastropheâ â âA World Without Coffeeâ
Coâhost Dan Harris: âIf youâre drinking your morning cup of coffee right now, prepare to do a spit take. Weâve got potentially catastrophic news for you.â...
Correspondent John Muller: âThe coffee bean may be going to way of the dinosaur. Weâre talking about extinction if you believe this new study, which says coffee may be extinct sooner than you think....A new study is dark with no sugar. It says climate change has the wild Arabica coffee plant headed for extinction as soon as the year 2080....Imagine it: a world without coffee.â
â Good Morning America, November 11.
Choosing to Vote with an EighthâGrade Mentality
âRafi, 12, said Romney wants to âtake from the poor and give to the rich.â Ariana, 14, said if Romney wins, she wants to leave the USA and move to her second favorite country â the Netherlands. Andre, 14, says he likes Obama because the President knows âplaying basketball is a good way to relax and get your mind straightened out.â Reflecting on our kidsâ thoughts on the presidential election, Iâm not suggesting that your children should determine your vote. But I strongly urge you to consider their opinions. Itâs that background that helped Obama get my vote.â
â USA Today founder Al Neuharth recounting the views of his kids and how he voted, November 9 column.
PostâElection âUnityâ = Flicking Off Ann Coulter
âWeâre all Americans. Letâs unite. Letâs be as one. Itâs not
a time to gloat. [screaming] Yeah!!! Ann Coulter: This oneâs for you, baby!â
â Actor/comedian Robert Klein, celebrating Obamaâs win by flicking off Coulter, on the November 12 Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. [MP3 audio (0:46)]
âOrgasmicâ At Obamaâs ReâElection?
Host Jay Leno: âWell, Obama was reâelected. You must be orgasmic.â [laughing]
Chris Matthews: âYou know, I never thought of that word in this context, but itâs a good metaphor.â
â NBCâs Tonight Show, November 16.
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