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'Today' Rains on Bush-Blair Parade, Katie & McCain Spar
Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 05/25/2006 5:34:14 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

May 25, 2006

With the Yankees fresh from taking two-out-of-three from the Red Sox, why not a NewsBuster double-header this morning?

In the opener, with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Washington for talks with President Bush, Today did its best to rain on any good news emerging from Iraq.

NBC White House reporter David Gregory obseved that "two leaders who have paid a heavy political price for launching the war in Iraq will stand together tonight before the country to argue there is new reason for hope."

A hope that Gregory was quick to seek dash. Whereas new Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said he expects Iraqi forces to be able to assume major responsibility for securing the country within 18 months, Gregory described it as a "tall order given Iraqi forces have been infiltrated by gangs fueling sectarian violence in the country."

Added Gregory: "Some analysts think the goal is unrealistic, suggesting the Iraqi prime minister may only be telling the U.S. what it wants to hear."

We were then treated to a clip of Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution asserting "we've never had enough troops in Iraq, and the Iraqis are only now beginning now to have enough, where the sum total of everybody in uniform begins to approach the minimal level."

Gregory saved his nastiest shot for last, observing "a dynamic duo after the 9-11 attacks, the Bush-Blair alliance has been reduced to the 'Axis of Feeble' according to a magazine," as Today obligingly displayed The Economist cover pictured here.

In the 'night-cap,' John McCain went to bat against lefty Katie Couric. What are normally the 'friendly confines' of the Today show for the senator turned decidedly chilly when talk turned to McCain's recent commencement speeches.

When McCain spoke at the far-left New School in NYC, many in the audience booed and turned their backs. If the tables had been turned, with a liberal Democrat, say, receiving the same treatment [as unprecedented as that would be] on a conservative campus, one can imagine Today decrying the lack of civility and perhaps devoting a segment to respect for freedom of speech. Here, Katie only quickly asked whether McCain was suprised, and in the same breadth took this shot: "How much do you think Iraq is going to haunt the republicans during the mid-term elections?" You might say Katie was expressing her solidarity with the back-turners.

Things got even frostier when the topic turned to McCain's commencement address at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, as Couric buzzed McCain with this high, hard one:

"Some wonder whether what you gained in appealing to religious conservatives will hurt you with more moderate members of your party if you do run for president. In retrospect, are you glad you made this appearance?"

As McCain began to respond, Couric cut him off.

"But you called [Falwell] an agent of intolerance!" she interjected.

McCain: "Can I finish my answer? Can I finish my answer, please?"

A begrudging Couric: "Yeah, sure."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; US: New York; US: Virginia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: almaliki; blair; bush; couric; davidgregory; iraq; jerryfalwell; libertyuniversity; mccain; newschool; redsox; yankees

1 posted on 05/25/2006 5:34:17 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Today Show/NewsBusters ping.


2 posted on 05/25/2006 5:34:41 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I was happy to hear McLame tell Katie that at least the Liberty students were respectful, civilised and actually had the decency to listen to his speech. I subtle but effective backhand to the Christian hating leftist.


3 posted on 05/25/2006 5:41:14 AM PDT by Ron in Acreage (Liberal Democrats-Party before country, surrender before victory, generous with other peoples money.)
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To: All
This is how Today chose to highlight the Bush-Blair talks.


4 posted on 05/25/2006 5:41:50 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

McCain is going to hate dealing with the Driveby Media as they turn on him. He was a useful idiot and played his part to perfection but they will chew him up and spit him out... and there will be no one on the right who wants to help him out, because he has been such a turncoat on some important issues like CFR.


5 posted on 05/25/2006 5:43:40 AM PDT by RobFromGa (The FairTax cult is like Scientology, but without the movie stars)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Right, and 'Cutsie' Couric is oging to pull CBS out of its nose dive.

Like asking a kid with water wings to save the Titianic!

Wouldn't you make a fortune on her if you were her dentist (Lord forgive me!).


6 posted on 05/25/2006 5:46:56 AM PDT by truemiester (If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
amazing, the 'crafting' of the news. . .so as to make it fit to print. Great to see MSM continue to reward those who 'bias' the news for us. . .

As for Katie's new endeavor. . .'you go girl'. . .I see a huge cliff ahead . . .

7 posted on 05/25/2006 5:55:02 AM PDT by cricket (Live Liberal-free. . .or suffer the consequences)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Venomous Katie flagellates all conservatives and McCain has lost his luster with the treacherous and traitorous Ms. Couric - she coos over sleaze like Hillary and Bill Clinton.


8 posted on 05/25/2006 5:56:04 AM PDT by yoe (Proud member of Coop’s GCA !– ( Gruntled Conservatives of America))
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I was just stopping in briefly and am glad I caught this. Excellent analysis as usual. :)


9 posted on 05/25/2006 5:57:58 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (Come on, Gary, act! (I finally saw Team America and am still laughing))
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To: proud American in Canada

Many thank, pAiC. My pleasure, as always.


10 posted on 05/25/2006 6:00:49 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The real axis of feeble: NBC, CBS, ABC


11 posted on 05/25/2006 6:01:17 AM PDT by Laverne
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To: Laverne

Don't leave out the NY Times. Their front page coverage of the new Iraqi government last Sunday predicted that this was just the final stage before a slide into chaos. They don't even bother to disguise their glee.


12 posted on 05/25/2006 6:04:38 AM PDT by joylyn
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

the leftist media is more ridiculous by the hour...

this morning while getting my daughter ready I turned on CNN...

there top three headlines:

1- Cheney may be called to testify during Libby trial

2- Hasert demands retraction of ABC story

3- FBI talking to a few select congressmen about the NSA leak...

They then spend several minutes cover covering the potential of Cheney testifying.....they moves to the GWB-Bush meeting ending it with saying "this could be the final time the men meet as leaders as President Bush will only be in office a few more years"...of course they then went to the American idol story, never covering the Hassert or FBI headlines!


13 posted on 05/25/2006 6:09:15 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
You summed it up beautifully. For some reason I broke my own rule and watched some of Today this morning. Couric was downright obnoxious. I'm certainly no defender of John McCain (I detest him, in fact), but this remark was offensive to all republicans:

"Some wonder whether what you gained in appealing to religious conservatives will hurt you with more moderate members of your party if you do run for president. In retrospect, are you glad you made this appearance?"

I guess Katie doesn't realize that most people who vote Republican are believers, even moderates. For republicans who aren't, they certainly aren't going to offend people who are religious like democrats do routinely.

It's obvious to me that the media knows perfectly well how to tweek McCain, knowing very well that his volatile temper might errupt at anytime if annoyed. It's like a game with them. They will continue trying to irritate him, and for that I should be grateful. I hope that famous temper of his will flare again soon. The sooner he is eliminated as a Presidential contender, the better.

14 posted on 05/25/2006 6:15:44 AM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Good story. David Gregory and Katie Couric, does it get any worse than that, lol?


15 posted on 05/25/2006 6:30:56 AM PDT by khnyny
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Despicable!


16 posted on 05/25/2006 7:01:21 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you see strange men lurking about in groups of three - especially in North Carolina, RUN!)
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To: khnyny
David Gregory and Katie Couric, does it get any worse than that

How about Paul Begala and Ellen Ratner?

;-)

17 posted on 05/25/2006 7:02:52 AM PDT by beyond the sea ("If you see strange men lurking about in groups of three - especially in North Carolina, RUN!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
If the Today show is ever targeted by the Islamofacists, perhaps they'll discover there really is evil in this world, and it isn't from George Bush, or Christians, or conservatives.

But I doubt it. They'll probably find a way to say "George Bush made these terrorists mad, and that is why the Islamicists attacked us."

18 posted on 05/25/2006 7:23:10 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Thanks for the ping.


19 posted on 05/25/2006 7:36:26 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: demkicker
"Couric was downright obnoxious."

She's practicing to take over the Dan Rather Memorial Anchor Chair.

20 posted on 05/25/2006 7:37:00 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Jabba the Hutt's bigger, meaner, uglier brother.)
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To: demkicker

Let me know when the hatred of McCain from the Treasonous Leftist Liars exceeds that of the Ultra Right.


21 posted on 05/25/2006 7:41:15 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: Laverne

actually the axis of evil is NBC, ABC, AND CBS.


22 posted on 05/25/2006 7:41:38 AM PDT by JFC (W, I am with YA)
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To: justshutupandtakeit

It'll probably remain a toss up.


23 posted on 05/25/2006 8:34:06 AM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"two leaders who have paid a heavy political price for launching the war in Iraq...

Wouldn't you love to have a fact-checker standing next to that oaf Gregory. The President and Prime Minster Blair have both been reelected. Their biggest ally, Australia's Howard has also. Chirac and his girlfriend DeVillepin are both in the toilet with job approval maybe half the President's. Shroeder is gone. Canada booted their corrupt "leader" out and put in a conservative. Spain and Italy were lost but our alliance is basically intact.

The media has waged jihad against the President. They have distorted, slanted, filtered and even fabricated news to destroy him. Yes, his popularity is low, but the Democrats' is worse. The media now score lower on trustworthiness than the government in both the US and the UK. Their circulation and advertising revenues are falling. Their TV ratings remain dismal.

Yes Gregory, you and the "journalism" wing of the entertainment industry have hurt the President, but you irreparably damaged yourselves. Your DNC pimps have taken you down with them. You can fly a "Mission Accomplished" banner but we all see it was a suicide mission.

24 posted on 05/25/2006 8:58:19 AM PDT by Dilbert56
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To: demkicker

Not from what I see. I am no big fan of the guy but the bile heaped over him by his haters may turn me into one.


25 posted on 05/25/2006 9:39:39 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: justshutupandtakeit

First of all, it's not just the ultra right that despises John McCain. It's the people who have taken the time to thoroughly study him and educate themselves. I hope you will take the time to research him yourself rather than have a knee jerk reaction to the negativity he generates.


26 posted on 05/25/2006 2:28:42 PM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: demkicker

I have watched McCain for years and his opposition is almost entirely from the Ultra Right. He is correct in many of the things he says and does but where he isn't the Hate meter goes off the charts.

McCain did a great job of campaigning for the President in 2004 and gave a great speech at the convention. He is a Patriot who is his own man. However, I do not hate someone merely because I disagree with him. We do have freedom of thought even within the Conservatives.

The reaction of many here to McCain borders on the pathological.


27 posted on 05/25/2006 2:34:42 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: justshutupandtakeit

I've watched McCain for years too. He is not a conservative and carries more (political) garbage around than a BFI truck after Thanksgiving.

Most of us elephants have long memories. McCain's behavior to conservatives in 2000 was appalling. He offended legions when he called Rev. Falwell an “agent of intolerance” and an “evil influence” in the Republican party. Recently, he has been sucking up to Falwell and trying to repent, knowing he needs conservative voters if he has a prayer at the nomination.

McCain has managed to trample on political speech by limiting the right of political expression with McCain/Feingold finance law, which is a joke. And last month when Don Imus interviewed him he answered a critics complaint about his campaign finance reform's stance with this gem:

"I would rather have a clean government than one where First Amendment rights are being respected, that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government."

Ah, and one of my favorite John McCain moments is when he immediately labeled the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth as "dishonest and dishonorable" as soon as they came forward against his good buddy, John Kerry.

How nice of him to slander over 200 brave decorated combat Veterans in favor of one sleazy anti-war activist turned media hero, when it suits him. I'll never forget how he treated the families of MIA's when they went to ask for his help. So forgive me if I don't consider John McCain a war hero either.

There are dozens more reasons to distrust and dislike the RINO, John McCain, the most recent being his pathetic stance on securing our borders.

Surely you realize that McCain did a complete turn around and decided to kiss up and make nice/nice and campaign for our President in 2004 due to a political trade off.

I'm going to have to decline listing the DOZENS of other reasons everyone should detest and not trust McCain because it would take up my entire evening. You don't have to do much digging to find them yourself.


28 posted on 05/25/2006 3:23:38 PM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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