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MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Pleads 'Guilty' to Barney Frank for Media Scrutiny of Obama Appointees
NewsBusters ^ | March 11, 2009 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 03/11/2009 12:56:13 PM PDT by Rufus2007

The Treasury Department oversees the Internal Revenue Service. But if the Secretary of the Treasury - or any other political appointee being considered for the Treasury Department - didn't pay his income payroll taxes, it doesn't matter. That's the message from House Banking Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and he blamed the fourth estate for acting like it does matter.

On MSNBC's March 11 broadcast of "Andrea Mitchell Reports," host Andrea Mitchell asked Frank to respond to criticism in a March 11 piece from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that too many appointees were being held up for what he deemed insignificant reasons.

"I think it's a problem, although I will say this - for the media to blame that entirely on the Senate seems to me a little bit self serving," Frank said. "I mean, the media is the problem here, in part. It is the over-focus on part of people in the media to relatively minor infractions that causes this. I guarantee you my colleagues would not on their own be doing this. So I do think we are in a culture now where a lack of perfection exacts too strong a toll, but that's the politicians reacting to the media."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
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I thought this was made up, but no - unfortunately she really plead guilty to Barney Frank.
1 posted on 03/11/2009 12:56:13 PM PDT by Rufus2007
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To: Rufus2007

Rush played the audio. I thought it was a joke at first.

Unreal.


2 posted on 03/11/2009 12:58:14 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Rufus2007

“Relatively minor infractions”


4 posted on 03/11/2009 1:00:20 PM PDT by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: Rufus2007

Barney Fwank: "This is not the culture of corruption you are looking for."

5 posted on 03/11/2009 1:00:33 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: Rufus2007
too many appointees were being held up for what he deemed insignificant reasons.

I do agree there. Compared to the graft of Frank, Dodd, Reid and others, a few thousand in tax evasion is chump change.

And that is the ENTIRE problem in Washington - what they consider insignificant.

6 posted on 03/11/2009 1:01:39 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Rufus2007
Where is mega barf alert on this?? These last 51 or days have been like a Twilight Zone episode. Finally, I find something to agree with Frank on however, his statement: "I guarantee you my colleagues would not on their own be doing this," is entirely true. Were it not for the media attention, they would be more than happy to sweep all of Obama's and the Dems criminal activity under the rug.
7 posted on 03/11/2009 1:03:04 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: a fool in paradise

It’s ridiculous how blatant they are. What does it take for the voters to see the mountain of lies and corruption.


8 posted on 03/11/2009 1:03:04 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: catbertz

It’s breathtaking isn’t it? I don’t understand the lack of outrage...what will it take??????


9 posted on 03/11/2009 1:04:06 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: catbertz

Really now. It isn’t the party, it’s the nature of the scandal. If he’d been a homosexual involved in a sex scandal they’d... oh wait.


10 posted on 03/11/2009 1:04:42 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: Rufus2007

Enjoy this spectacle while it lasts. Soon, the Imperials won’t bother justifying themselves to us.


11 posted on 03/11/2009 1:05:09 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Rufus2007

Guilty!
12 posted on 03/11/2009 1:05:21 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Rufus2007

The MSM is full of sycophants. Why was that Craig guy run out of town for offering a gay liaison once in a bathroom while one of Barney Frank’s gay live-in lovers was running a brothel out of the house he shared with Barney Frank?

It’s a mystery to me.


13 posted on 03/11/2009 1:06:02 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: Rufus2007

The hypocrisy of the left is mind-boggling.


14 posted on 03/11/2009 1:06:33 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: Rufus2007

That’s right, Andrea Mitchell NBC News,. What were you thinking? What’s more important -— any semblance of media credibility or the continued unfettered march to Marxism?


15 posted on 03/11/2009 1:08:08 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (Yo, Washingtonians, the American people called. They DEMAND their country back.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Yea..that sex scandal is just as mind-boggling. What Republican could survive an escort service being run out of their house? They would shot at dawn by the media.


16 posted on 03/11/2009 1:08:22 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: Rufus2007

Andrea vs. Frank is class vs. crass.

Andrea’s husband, Alan Greenspan, has an interesting article in today’s WSJ.

Most interesing in Greenspan’s article is that he doesn’t mention Barney Frank as “most sulpable” in causing today’s economic mess.


17 posted on 03/11/2009 1:09:45 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: catbertz

which one was “hot bottom” again?


18 posted on 03/11/2009 1:10:06 PM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Rufus2007
What the hell has our great country come to?

I gotta find something better to do than watch these idiots.

Is there NO way to hold these criminals accountable?

19 posted on 03/11/2009 1:11:33 PM PDT by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: Rufus2007

20 posted on 03/11/2009 1:12:18 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Let the 2nd American Revolution begin!)
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To: Rufus2007



"I take your point, Mr. Frank, Mr. Chairman," Mitchell said. "You're right and we plead guilty because this is this culture right now of ‘gotcha' has gotten completely out of control."
21 posted on 03/11/2009 1:12:55 PM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: wilco200

*barfs*


22 posted on 03/11/2009 1:13:38 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: GQuagmire

whoops..too big a photo


23 posted on 03/11/2009 1:13:41 PM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: Rufus2007
Do I have this right? After spending the past eight years giving every single Bush appointee the journalistic equivalent of a rectal exam, Missus Alan Greenspan is complaining that the media is now being too tough on Obama's nominees? Pardon me while I retch.

Perhaps if more of Obama's selections bothered to pay their income taxes, they'd have an easier time of it. Then again, Bush's nominees all paid theirs and it didn't stop the news media from dumpster diving with reckless abandon until they dug up whatever scraps of dirt the could gleefully rush into print or onto the airwaves.

24 posted on 03/11/2009 1:14:03 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: catbertz
In 2006, the media and Democrats also championed a Congressman who'd engaged in homosexual sex with a minor while in office in the early 1970s. He happened to die at the same time that the media and Democrats were gnashing their teeth at Mark Foley (who, contrary to slander, libel, and innuendo, did not have sex with minors).

Gerry Studds

25 posted on 03/11/2009 1:14:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: wastedyears
“Relatively minor infractions”
For a scumbag DemonRAT career politician like Franks, it is a relatively minor infraction. These Asshats lie, cheat, and steal with every breath they take, and the media is apologizing for “accidentally” failing to cover for them. My how the tune is different when the Pubbies are in charge. Why the media has to make up “possible corruption” to report on. And they wonder why their ratings are tanking. I have more respect for the National Enquirer and the Globe than the MSM anymore.
26 posted on 03/11/2009 1:16:14 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 139)
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To: GQuagmire

Interesting how these bums don’t have a problem playing “gotcha” when it comes to ‘Pubs. When that happens, they really “get them” (as in ‘kill’).


27 posted on 03/11/2009 1:16:20 PM PDT by chimera
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To: a fool in paradise
Barney's got his hands all over this one.


28 posted on 03/11/2009 1:16:28 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Rufus2007
Yeah, take that 'lack of perfection" line to the IRS and see what it gets you.

The media is digging too hard???LMAO

30 posted on 03/11/2009 1:18:10 PM PDT by Pietro
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Barney Frank “in bed” with ‘Fannie’.


31 posted on 03/11/2009 1:19:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: Rufus2007

Andrea is Frank’s new butt boy?


32 posted on 03/11/2009 1:20:25 PM PDT by maggief
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To: a fool in paradise

"You DON'T want to know where these fingers have been."

33 posted on 03/11/2009 1:21:32 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Rufus2007

You know of course that Andrea Mitchell is married to Alan Greenspan.


34 posted on 03/11/2009 1:21:47 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (FUBO Kenyan Usurper - "Don't Tread On Me!!!")
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To: Paleo Conservative

35 posted on 03/11/2009 1:22:27 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Rufus2007

Amazing...Libs will never admit guilt or even failure even in the face or overwhelming evidence...Except to other Lib’s. Only a dumb lib can forgive a dumb lib for their mistakes, I guess!!


36 posted on 03/11/2009 1:24:40 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Rufus2007

I want to know how come it is a minor infraction when a Democrat gets caught not paying for their employees and a major infraction when it is a Republican, Andrea?


37 posted on 03/11/2009 1:27:32 PM PDT by rocksblues (Sarah and Joe, Real Americans!)
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To: Rufus2007

Frank is just making certain Andrea Mitchell understands what is expected of her as a Party journalist.


38 posted on 03/11/2009 1:29:56 PM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Rufus2007

These people are caricatures of themselves.
Is there any low, outlandish, self serving behavior or conduct that is beneath them?

If their pretentious posing and asanine behavior wasn’t so disgraceful and harmful to the country it would almost be worth a good laugh.

It is difficult to decide which group are the biggest asses - elected officials or the media.


39 posted on 03/11/2009 1:31:12 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
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Two bozos.

40 posted on 03/11/2009 1:35:43 PM PDT by floozy22 (El Presidente: "Ten pounds of sh*t in a five pound bag.")
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To: americanophile; ariamne
Where is mega barf alert on this?? These last 51 or days have been like a Twilight Zone episode.

Be careful what you write...you don't want 0bama to send you to The Cornfield!


41 posted on 03/11/2009 1:36:37 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Gondring

LOL


42 posted on 03/11/2009 1:40:20 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: Rufus2007

Wonder how Wesley Snipes feels about that?


43 posted on 03/11/2009 1:41:19 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: nutmeg; MeekOneGOP

Ping


44 posted on 03/11/2009 1:44:21 PM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: Rufus2007

Is it me, or have others noticed Barney Frank sounds like Elmer Fudd?


45 posted on 03/11/2009 1:44:35 PM PDT by odin2008 (EVIL TRIUMPHS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING)
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To: Rufus2007

Barney Frank is clueless. Several years ago I had my bank trust department sell off some of my stocks, and I underestimated my annual earnings which was increased by the capital gains on the stock sale. So, my quarterly tax estimates were too small. So, after January 1st of the next year I rec’d a letter from the IRS stating that I had underpaid my taxes that year, so I had to pay the remainder of the taxes, AND THAT I WOULD BE FINED FOR UNDERPAYING MY TAXES. I had to pay an additional fee as a punishment for not preplanning exactly how much capital gains I was going to be making that tax year!

Yet, the clowns out in Washington, DC seem to think anything they do is peanuts, and we peons (who are not Ivy Leagers) ought not to be so picayune when criticizing them for tax dodging. Their hypocricy has no boundaries.


46 posted on 03/11/2009 1:46:46 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Rufus2007

Andrea Mitchell is a Washington hack who parrots the prevailing beltway/Democrat opinion on EVERYTHING. There isn’t an ounce of critical thinking. It’s all Washingtonian herd mentality with her. She was a vocal defender of Caroline Schlossberg too.


47 posted on 03/11/2009 1:48:34 PM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: Rufus2007

Chicagoan, Al Capone could be the dOpey-One’s head of BATFE if he weren’t dead. He only had a tax problem.


48 posted on 03/11/2009 1:54:40 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (Never retreat in the War Against Kenyan Usurpation.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I think he said “ This is not the culture of corwuption you are wooking for.”


49 posted on 03/11/2009 2:06:34 PM PDT by Augustinian monk (Only the Holy Spirit can fix stupid.)
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To: Augustinian monk

“Is this the tea bag you’re looking for?”


50 posted on 03/11/2009 2:07:23 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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