Refusing to See "Atmosphere of Scandal" Around Obama; On Cue, MSNBC Finds Racism
On Cue, MSNBC Equates Scrutiny of Obama With Racism
âThe IRS is being used in exactly the same way as they tried to use the Presidentâs 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 â the IRS. Three letters that sound so innocent, but we know what you mean.â
â MSNBC host Martin Bashir, June 5.
âHis whole life has been crystal clear, and clean as a whistle and transparent. We know his whole life, through all the great, excellent education heâs had, the good pro bono work heâs done through his life. Heâs never been a money-grubber. Heâs never doing anything wrong in his life â legally, ethically, whatever. His family is picture-perfect. The way heâs 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. Iâve got to believe itâs 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?â
â Host Chris Matthews on MSNBCâs Hardball, June 5.
Refusing to See âAtmosphere of Scandalâ Around Obama
âItâs very easy to lump all of these issues together. I know that they absorb journalists inside of Washington. But Iâm not sure how much any of these particular issues has absorbed the American public....Clearly, Iâm very concerned about the leak cases, which is why I came here to talk to you this morning. But Iâm just not sure, you know, they come together and create, you know â quote, unquote â âan atmosphere of scandal.ââ
â New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson on CBSâs Face the Nation, June 2.
âYou know, I think itâs 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.â
â New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof on CNNâs Fareed Zakaria GPS, June 2.
âTragedyâ if Scandals Keep Obama from Accomplishing âEconomic Restorationâ
Moderator David Gregory: âTom 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. Hereâs a poll from Quinnipiac this past week, that shows the following: âWhat should be a higher priority?â Investigating Benghazi and AP at 22 percent, people said, relatively low; the economy and unemployment was at 73 percent â clearly a much higher priority as you look at that poll. The Presidentâs coming under fire for losing his scope, effectively, in a second term to rebuild America, to usher in economic restoration.â
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman: âWell, thatâs the tragedy for him. Itâs a tragedy for all of us.â
â NBCâs Meet the Press, June 2.
Obama Doesnât Have Any âScandals,â Just âKerfufflesâ
âSee, my problem with Obama, and it continues, and I donât understand it. You know, the reason heâs been in trouble the last four or five weeks, and itâs because of these kerfuffles. Theyâre bad, but theyâre not awful....Has the White House learned any lessons from the scandal â the kerfuffle, rather â over at the IRS?â
â Chris Matthews on Hardball, May 28.
Conservativesâ Exit Gives Journalist âFaith in Humanityâ
âI have faith in humanity, I have faith in America in that if you think about a lot of the most controversial figures whoâve gotten big platforms in politics â Michele Bachmann today announcing that she retired, Steve King not running for Senate in Iowa, Allen West in Florida, Herman Cain, Sarah Palin â all these people who were the most bombastic voices on the Right, who were political celebrities....Theyâre gone. They have been discredited.â
â Politico executive editor Jim VandeHei on PBSâs Charlie Rose, May 29.
GOP: Extreme, Intolerant, Stupid and Paranoid
âThe big problem with todayâs Republican Party isnât 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 wasnât thinking, I donât believe, just of policies. He was talking about the whole package â the intolerance, the proud stupidity, the paranoia, the resentments, the rage. These are intertwined with policy of course â indeed they often drive policy. But they are the partyâs real problem.â
â Newsweek/Daily Beast writer Michael Tomasky, May 28.
Nasty Conservatives Want to âPunishâ Immigrants With âAlligator Moatsâ
âAround immigration, thereâs a sense that we need to punish people when they come here and they donât know our language. We gotta punish people who came here the wrong way, even if theyâve been contributing to American society for a decade or more. Bigger, meaner, scarier fences by people suggesting electrified, alligator-filled moats to prevent âthemâ coming in, by the language we use to talk about âthose peopleâ who want to be here. You know what? Those people who want to be here are us. Thatâs what this country is made of.â
â MSNBC host Alex Wagner in one of her networkâs âLean Forwardâ commercials.
Getting Ready to Bash GOP for âBeating Up Two Womenâ
Anchor Chuck Todd: âAny 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 canât go after Susan Rice?...Beating up on two women, I think, would be something that the Republican Party brand doesnât need.â
Politicoâs Lois Romano: âThey donât need it, but they â they havenât had much, you know, problems beating up on Susan Rice.â
Todd: âTrue, before. Thatâs for sure.â
â MSNBCâs The Daily Rundown, June 5.
âIsnât there any Republican hesitation â Howard, you and I have watched this game for a long time â hesitation about beating the hell out of an African American woman again. I mean, donât 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. Donât they say, âWait a minute, this isnât going to look good for the Republicans?ââ
â Chris Matthews to The Huffington Postâs Howard Fineman on Hardball, June 5.
Frank Lautenberg: A Liberal Even Before It Was âCoolâ
Host Chuck Todd: âFrank Lautenberg [was] sort of an interesting character in the U.S. Senate over the years.â
Washington Postâs Dan Balz: âYes, he was. And a liberal when people werenât necessarily-â
Todd, interrupting: âWhen it wasnât cool.â
Balz: â-when it wasnât cool to be liberal. And, and he never hid that....â
Todd: âHe 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 thatâs why he pushed some of these things so hard.â
â Discussion on MSNBCâs The Daily Rundown, June 3, just a few minutes after news of the New Jersey Democratic Senatorâs death was announced.
CNN Hosts Deplore Americaâs âGun Cultureâ
Host Piers Morgan: âDo you think that the gun debate will ever change in the way that the drunk-driving debate changed in the â70s, the civil rights debate changed from the â60s onwards? Do you think itâs one of those things that in the end, it will change?â...
Panelist Margaret Hoover: âYou and I both know that thereâs 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-â
Morgan: âThere was a racist culture, there was a drunk-driving culture...â
Liberal panelist Mark Lamont Hill: âA Southern gun owner is not like a Klan member. I mean, come on.â
â CNNâs Piers Morgan Tonight, May 30.
âLook 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, youâre going to jail. We donât have the same culture of guns. We donât have the John Waynes, dude.â
â Newly-named CNN nighttime host George Stroumboulopoulos in a June 3 HuffPost Live interview.
Benghazi: Already a âRidiculousâ Scandal Like Lewinsky?
Host Gwen Ifill: âBut Ed, why is this â why is this stuck? Why is this [Benghazi] a story that never went away?â
Washington Postâs Ed OâKeefe: âIt never went away because House Republicans especially believed that there was always something more. And now that they have these emails, the fact that weâre 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, âBe careful. Donât overreach. Donât turn this into a Lewinsky-like scandal, where we begin to look ridiculous for doing some things and saying things. Letâs do a measured response.ââ
CNBCâs John Harwood: âI think weâre already there.â
OâKeefe: âWell, some would say.â
â Exchange on PBSâs Washington Week, May 17.
Obama Regime Raising Media Bias to âDangerousâ Level
âLiberal 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.â
â The Wall Street Journalâs âBest of the Webâ editor James Taranto, May 20.
Denouncing Bush for Helping Disabled Vets
âGeorge 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.â
â HBOâs Bill Maher on Real Time, May 31.
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