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Brutal: CNN Torches DWS on Medicare Falsehoods
Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2012 | Guy Benson

Posted on 08/13/2012 7:55:47 PM PDT by Kaslin

Let me say this right up front: Congratulations to Wolf Blitzer for being a relentless, responsible journalist. If you value the truth, this interview is a pleasure to watch.  If you have even an ounce of human compassion for the in-over-her-head target of Blitzer's inquisition, it's positively brutal:
 

DNC Chair Gets Blitzed By Wolf On False Medicare Attacks


Poor Debbie.  She's totally out-gunned and has nowhere to hide.  Her talking points are pitifully hollow and cannot withstand even basic questioning.  She stubbornly rejects the (correct) premise that the Romney/Ryan Medicare reform plan exempts everyone over the age of 54, and plays fast and loose with numbers -- conflating 55 and 65 on several occasions.  When she is brow-beaten into finally acknowledging -- if not admitting -- the truth around the 3:45 mark, she quickly realizes her "mistake" and reverts back into denialism.  When Blitzer asks her to specify exactly how current or soon-to-be seniors would be impacted by the GOP plan, she cannot.  Because they're not.  The Left is intellectually bankrupt on the very subject they claim will allow them to crush Mitt Romney in November.  They despise the bipartisan solution Republicans have offered, but they have no alternative of their own.  Dear Democrats, Medicare is slated to go bankrupt in 2024.  You say it's wrong for future seniors to be denied Medicare as it currently exists.  Okay, what's your plan, guys?  We know that your actions have already cut Medicare by $700 Billion to pay for part of Obamacare.  We also know that Obamacare establishes a government panel to ration care for the elderly.  And yet the 2024 deadline is still coming.  Again, what's your plan, Democrats?  Mr. President?  Anyone?  I confronted Wasserman Schutlz on this very question last summer, and she gave an incoherent and inaccurate response.  Also, here's video of Paul Ryan destroying DWS' talking point about seniors (read: future seniors) having to pay $6,000 more per year for healthcare.  A debt crisis is on the near horizon.  Entitlement programs are going under.  Twenty-three million Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have given up home.  GDP growth is slowing.  The president and his allies have no plans, so they're forced to invent smears and argue against positions that their opponents don't hold.

I'll leave you with this clip of my debate with Sally Kohn on Fox News.  The topic: Whether comparisons between Paul Ryan and Ronald Reagan are apt.  Sally, like many liberals, is forced to pretend that she adores Reagan -- arguing that he was far too liberal to win the GOP nomination these days.  (Remember, every Republican is either dumber or more evil than the last).  This assertion is laughable, and her characterization of Reagan's record is flat wrong.  Kohn also offers some, um, creative "interpretations" of what the Romney/Ryan plan would do:
 

Guy Benson on America Live with Megyn Kelly

The Romney/Ryan plan does not raise taxes on anyone, let alone 95 percent of the country.


UPDATE - Just a reminder: I do not pick on DWS because she's an easy target.  I hold her to account because she is Barack Obama's hand-picked leader of his party.  She's not a fringe player.  She's the DNC Chairwoman, installed at the request of the president of the United States.  This seems like a good commercial for Mitt Romney: "I picked Paul Ryan.  He picked Debbie and Joe.  I'm Mitt Romney and I approve this message."


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1 posted on 08/13/2012 7:55:49 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I saw a bit of that exchange at the office today. He was absolutely taking her apart, which deeply distressed the liberals in my office who insist on CNN over FOX. Hehe.


2 posted on 08/13/2012 8:02:13 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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To: SandyInSeattle

WOW!!!! Good boy, wolf!!


3 posted on 08/13/2012 8:05:43 PM PDT by OL Hickory (Jesus and the American soldier-1 died for your soul/1 died for your freedom)
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To: Kaslin

Excellent. Let the media continue down this path. I don’t hold out much hope but shall pray they might finally wake up to the disaster of Obama.


4 posted on 08/13/2012 8:06:10 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Romney/Ryan 2012 The Future of Our Children and Their Children are at stake.)
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To: Kaslin

PFL


5 posted on 08/13/2012 8:06:37 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: Kaslin

Just keep lying, sweetie. It’s a heck of a lot of fun to watch!

By the way, DWS, obama is NOT the president. McCain won the election, you dummy.


6 posted on 08/13/2012 8:06:44 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Kaslin. Debbie gets blowtorched.


7 posted on 08/13/2012 8:07:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Kaslin

How can we have a medicare guarantee that this woman claims is there when Obama just stole 716 Billion dollars from it.

Under Obamacare, medicare is a dead duck anyway.

She knows that unless she is smoking in the Choom Wagon.


8 posted on 08/13/2012 8:08:15 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

DWS is a maroon!


9 posted on 08/13/2012 8:09:09 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Kaslin

What????

CNN is actually practicing JOURNALISM?????


10 posted on 08/13/2012 8:19:51 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: Qwackertoo

They still love BO but realize the disaster is in their ratings.


11 posted on 08/13/2012 8:26:09 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Went out to the VA Hospital today. As usual ALL the TVs are on CNN. If CNN keeps practicing actual journalism they’re going to have to change it to msnbc. But I won’t hold my breath. Wolf was trying to give her a chance to explain obama’s plan that he doesn’t have and to slam Ryan’s plan. She wasn’t smart enough to do it.


12 posted on 08/13/2012 8:29:08 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To my kin and former friends: Do not contact me if you still love obama.)
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To: Kaslin

The left is really trying to throw Obama under the bus. They better pray he loses.


13 posted on 08/13/2012 8:31:04 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Emperor Palpatine

I wonder if CNN’s poor ratings have anything to do with it.


14 posted on 08/13/2012 8:32:47 PM PDT by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t trust anything the SRM does. They are just trying to make it look like they aren’t biased, leading up to the debates, when everyone on the planet knows that they are!


15 posted on 08/13/2012 8:41:38 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: Kaslin
Here's what's strange. We're amazed and thrilled a journalist acted like a journalist. Are we alienated from the MSM or what?

Debbie appears stunned her obvious lies were being challenged. She has that look on her face that says, 'stop it Wolf - I'm trying to score a point against Republicans here - play along'. And Wolf, he just continues saying the truth, correcting her lies. Did you see the disbelief in her eyes - she couldn't believe it was happening.

Dems are going to have to get smarter more ethical people if people like Wolf Blitzer are going to resume being real journalists - and acting in a dignified professional manner..

Wolf Blitzer, thanks for standing up for the truth. It's appreciated. We don't expect you to be conservative - just honest with the facts. You did that today. Thanks.

16 posted on 08/13/2012 8:44:29 PM PDT by GOPJ (Freeper Neveronmywatch's convinced: Put a compass in the hands of a liberal it'll point south.)
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To: Kaslin

Every now and then, Wolfie screws up and does the right thing.


17 posted on 08/13/2012 8:54:06 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: markoman
I wonder if CNN’s poor ratings have anything to do with it.

I believe there's been at least one other incident in recent days where CNN actually showed a surprising degree of fairness in dealing with Democrat lying. I can't remember exactly; it was late last week, Thursday or Friday.

I've long wondered why none of these going-down-the-tubes news networks doesn't adjust their hard-left trajectory just a skosh, if only to see what would happen. I mean good grief, every single one of them has been pushing the left-wing line without letup since right around the time Rush Limbaugh got popular, in 1991 or so. More than 20 years, without a second's letup.

Now pretty much every one of them is a non-profit corporation, whether their shareholders like it or not. You would think one of them might decide to pull it's collective head out of its you-know-what if only for a day or two.

Maybe that's what CNN is doing. I doubt it, but it's not mathematically impossible.

18 posted on 08/13/2012 8:57:21 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: GOPJ
She also blinks non-stop like Pelosi. I've never paid attention to her; does she always do this or just when she is lying?

Never mind; I think I answered my own question.

19 posted on 08/13/2012 8:59:24 PM PDT by Oliver Boliver Butt
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To: Kaslin

You know, now that Jim Walton has announced he’s stepping down after presiding over a disastrous 30 year slide in ratings at CNN, it seems like there may be a new direction coming for CNN. This is at least the second time in as many weeks in which Wolfie sliced up a leftist operative.

It would really be exciting to see more of this from CNN. It would for sure help their ratings.


20 posted on 08/13/2012 9:10:40 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t believe your ears when you hear a sheep in wolf’s clothing


21 posted on 08/13/2012 9:13:37 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: SandyInSeattle

DWS couldn’t handle it when someone from the MSM called her on her lies. So used to softballs.....


22 posted on 08/13/2012 9:18:18 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Kaslin

She sorta reminds me of the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz.


23 posted on 08/13/2012 9:21:56 PM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Kaslin

Sally Kohn....Why would anybody name his son “Sally”?


24 posted on 08/13/2012 9:25:03 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: Steely Tom

“I’ve long wondered why none of these going-down-the-tubes news networks doesn’t adjust their hard-left trajectory just a skosh, if only to see what would happen.”

I could personally turn CNN ratings around in one week. I’d start by hiring James O’Keefe and give him a million dollars to start with and tell him to go do anything he wants to do as long as it was legal.

Then I’d institute good ol’ fashioned yellow journalism as the metric for raises and advancement. The more people you get fired with your stories, the more money you make. There would be bonuses for firings, like the bonuses the New Orleans Saints paid their defensemen for cheap shots. I’d also concentrate on the left because that’s where all the low hanging fruit is since everything they’ve done for the last few years has been completely covered up.

Heck, I think I’d give Joe Arpaio his own show. I’d have a show called “The Birther Show”. I’d hire Glenn Beck and tell him to bring down as many political figures as possible. Another show would be devoted to whistle blowers, both already outted ones as well as new ones, which would be featured with silhouettes and altered voices.

Yellow journalism fireworks 24 hours a day. It would be better than a soap opera. People wouldn’t be able to stop watching. Ratings zoom up and sponsors line up. I’d make money doing this and make lots of it.


25 posted on 08/13/2012 9:26:41 PM PDT by catnipman
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To: TruthWillWin
She sorta reminds me of the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz.

Indeed, both lack a brain.

26 posted on 08/13/2012 9:29:43 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Right Wing Assault
They will take DWS to the vet and update her distemper and rabies vaccinations, then give her a flea dip, and she will be just as good as new.
27 posted on 08/13/2012 10:13:53 PM PDT by oyez ( .Apparently The U.S. CONSTITUTION has been reduced to the consistency of quicksand.)
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To: Kaslin

Give CNN a call to give cudos to Wolf

CNN
One CNN Center, Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30303-5366
Phone: 404-827-1500


28 posted on 08/13/2012 11:46:34 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: Steely Tom
I mean good grief, every single one of them has been pushing the left-wing line without letup since right around the time Rush Limbaugh got popular, in 1991 or so. More than 20 years, without a second's letup.

They were solidly on-board with Carter's Greenies and Pinkos back in the 70's until the Iranian Embassy crisis; that's when ABC News launched Nightline, as a kind of daywatch.

The MSM were all hooking it for Carter right up to the election; everyone was nonplussed when Reagan won so handily -- hell, it was a landslide. No incumbent since maybe Grover Cleveland had ever been blown out so hard.

The MSM talking heads were subdued until 1987, when they started cranking up for the '88 race .... and went all-out for the Dims until Dukakis collapsed, and then you could see the air go out of them until Clinton arrived. When Slick won, they started to see their chance to put America away forever, and they've been on a tear ever since.

29 posted on 08/14/2012 1:05:37 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: clintonh8r

Because his brother got “Sue”. Johnny Cash sang about that.


30 posted on 08/14/2012 1:21:16 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Kaslin
Can you imagine what news CNN could break if they really investgated all the discrepancies, lies and forgeries involved in Obama's Presidential ineligibility?
31 posted on 08/14/2012 1:39:05 AM PDT by eCSMaster ('Nancy Pelosi is a DINGBAT.' - Gov. Sarah Palin)
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To: Kaslin

Just WOW. Welcome back, CNN.


32 posted on 08/14/2012 1:51:40 AM PDT by BearArms
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To: Kaslin

Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz is admired and believed by typical Democrats and that ilk.


33 posted on 08/14/2012 1:55:49 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Kaslin

I wonder if CNN is more serious about improving their ratings than they are about sticking to their instinctive “re-elect Ubama” agenda? This is really weird to see a CNN anchor throw anything but softballs at one of their own.


34 posted on 08/14/2012 1:59:01 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Steely Tom
I've long wondered why none of these going-down-the-tubes news networks doesn't adjust their hard-left trajectory just a skosh, if only to see what would happen.

I think Rush addressed this not to long ago and the gist was the MSM folks who call the shots are more concerned with perception than reality. That if they directed their anchors and personalities to be more objective and less lefty, they would find work elsewhere and their network would be trashed internally and by the other lib media. So they've painted themselves into a corner.

Only other choice is to do what pmsnbc did and go "all in" lefty aka the dem party mouthpiece.

I do wish there was a conservative news network that would give Fox a run for their money. They would state that they would not be fair and balanced and would report on news in a way that supports a conservative agenda.

35 posted on 08/14/2012 3:00:24 AM PDT by Toadman (Objective 2012 - Hussein OUT. Objective 2016 - Romney replaced by a Ryan)
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To: Kaslin

Hey hideous DWS doesn’t even know what party PRIORITIES USA represents.....how can she be expected to know anything!!!! She is such a BAD LIAR!!


36 posted on 08/14/2012 3:16:29 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: markoman

“I wonder if CNN’s poor ratings have anything to do with it.”

Maybe. They can see that Fox has the highest viewership. Fox is more apt to be honest than not. It’s possible that they can deduce something from these facts and do what they need to in order to be more successful.


37 posted on 08/14/2012 3:46:28 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam ("When America ceases to be good, she'll cease to be great!” - de Tocqueville)
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To: SandyInSeattle

It’s not about solving problems for these people. Real liberals misguidedly believe their side is all about rational solutions. Really, their side is all about destruction. They know they can’t bend the world to their will in a free system, so they have to destroy it... this is what Cloward-Piven was all about. They recognized we can’t have a good old-fashioned Bolshevik ho-down as long as there is a middle class. So, they set in to place policies that destroy the middle class, label Republicans the party of the evil rich — when in fact they are the evil rich. I’m not sure why most journalists are “liberal” — I suppose it’s the generational influence of the success of the Nixon impeachment. But they are “liberal” in the very clueless sense I’m talking about... obviously, Blitzer isn’t on the same page as those he admires. Maybe ... briefly ... he just realized that himself?


38 posted on 08/14/2012 3:57:17 AM PDT by Publius Maximus (It was a nice Republic, while it lasted.)
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To: doug from upland

Just called. asked to be transferred to comment line. told them with more honest reporting like wolfs i might begin to watch cnn.


39 posted on 08/14/2012 3:57:57 AM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Kaslin

Medicare is, and always was, a socialist time bomb.

The promise to pay all “usual, customary, and reasonable” charges, forever, WITHOUT KNOWING IN ADVANCE WHAT THEY ARE is a promise to wreck the budget.

That is exactly what has happened, and no “reform” which does not restrict HOW MUCH OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY will go to this every year can succeed.


40 posted on 08/14/2012 4:07:49 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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To: lentulusgracchus
Nice summation and time-line, and I agree with you. You remember some of the nuances better than I do.

I realize that the media has shown its left-wing stripes since Watergate, at least... maybe even earlier.

My parents gave me a subscription to Newsweek when I was in high school; I started reading it in the orthodontist's office, and enjoyed it.

Newsweek had a caption format for pictures back then that was interesting. Each caption was in two phrases, separated by a colon. The first part was factual, and the second part was more analytical, sometimes in the form of a question. The second part was in italics, too. I liked that, thought it was cool. Newsweek back then was pretty much down-the-middle. They covered campus unrest, but with a very slight underlying cynicism that I thought sounded like my parents.

That changed after Kent State; they began be a little less evenhanded. Their support for the students became a little more noticable.

Then, during Watergate, they began to really get into it. Newsweek had (IIRC) more than 50 cover stories about Watergate before Nixon resigned. When they got rid of Nixon in 1974, the media really started to get full of themselves.

I was aware that they supported Carter, but the intensity, the explicitness of their support was far less noticable then than it is today. You're right that that level of support began to waver with the hostage crisis; one might even say that it began to waver just a little bit when Carter admitted that he was shocked that Brezhnev had lied to him about Soviet intentions in Afghanistan.

They tried to support Carter during his election campaign, but their support was less than whole-hearted due to the obvious problems, the Iran hostages topping the list but others besides. The economy was a mess, with inflation noticable on a week-to-week basis and the prime rate over 15%. The misery index was a staple of the nightly news, and there was no escaping it.

I agree with you about the sea change that happened during the Clinton campaign. They completely stopped even pretending to be objective; that all went right out the window. Clinton made them giddy, made them act like teenage girls. When Bush 41 lost, they practically started dancing the jig on camera.

41 posted on 08/14/2012 4:59:17 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: catnipman

Wonderful idea. Pass it to Mark Cuban. He is a lib but Lib who loves to make money. LOL


42 posted on 08/14/2012 6:56:27 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Romney/Ryan 2012 The Future of Our Children and Their Children are at stake.)
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To: Oliver Boliver Butt
...does she always do this or just when she is lying?

Ummm, her mouth was moving AND she's a democrat... Seriously, I believe she was blinking so much because she was furious that Wolf wasn't buying her lies.

Usually 'journalists' give dems a pass even as the lies are dropping from their twisted mouths. DWS wasn't expected Blitzer to treat her like she was some kind of outcast or, worse - a Republican...

Dems are smug with the press, it's 'kiss my behind here - now kiss my behind here = and over here'...

I was a Democrat when I was young - and I can tell you that Democrats have ZERO respect for the press. Republicans respect them more... much more. Why, I'll never know.

43 posted on 08/14/2012 8:14:36 AM PDT by GOPJ (Freeper Neveronmywatch's convinced: Put a compass in the hands of a liberal it'll point south.)
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