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Rolling Stone Editor Defends Biden: Everyone Knows He's an Idiot [VIDEO]
NewsBusters ^ | 08/16/2012 | Libby Sternberg

Posted on 08/16/2012 7:32:00 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

On Wednesday, August 15, MSNBC’s noon show, “NOW With Alex Wagner,” featured a brief but revealing segment on Vice President Joseph Biden’s recent gaffe. This was the one where Biden addressed a crowd, mostly of African-Americans, and, using what sounded like a Southern accent, said of the Romney/Ryan team: “They’re going to put ya’ll back in chains,” supposedly with deregulation of Wall Street.

The “NOW” panel was urged to address this by host Alex Wagner, but from a specific standpoint – “How do we get past this and get to the big issues?”

One of her guests, Eric Bates, executive editor of Rolling Stone, had this to say in response to Wagner’s question:

ERIC BATES: I think it’s going to blow over pretty quickly, so I don’t think we will have to do much to get past it. I think Romney’s response, even the rhetoric of his response, is interesting. He called the Obama administration angry and desperate. Well, you can call Obama a lot of things. Angry isn’t one that comes to mind very often, and I think a lot of his own supporters would like to see President Obama more angry than he is. Desperate? If you want a sign of desperation, latching on to something Joe Biden says, as evidence of anything, that’s an act of desperation.

When others on the panel pointed out that Biden is, after all, vice president, and thus the gaffe is fair game, Bates went on to say:

ERIC BATES: I’m not saying it it’s not fair game. He’s almost gaffe-proof in that we’ve come to expect that from him so much, and it’s a reflection of who he is and how he talks, and everybody kind of gets that.

What’s striking about this exchange is how cavalier a major editor—even of a publication such as the Rolling Stone—is about a gaffe-prone vice president, making excuses for him the way one would for, say, a goofy uncle. As others on the panel rightly pointed out: Joseph Biden is not just anybody; he’s the vice president, a heartbeat away from the presidency.

When Bates says “everybody gets that” about Biden, what does he really mean—that we all know Biden is not as dumb as he repeatedly sounds? Or is he saying Biden is as dumb as his gaffes make him appear, but it doesn’t really matter? If the former, where’s the evidence? If the latter, should an editor be shrugging off this story?


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012electionbias; bidengaffes; bumblingbiden; dainbramage; fumbduck; gaffemaster; gaffes; gaffetastic; joebiden; pravdamedia; rollingstoned; slowjoe

1 posted on 08/16/2012 7:32:10 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: Mr. Silverback; Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro; TheOldLady; Liz; Tennessee Nana

Ping.


2 posted on 08/16/2012 7:33:21 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Heh..some endorsement. A heartbeat away as they say.


3 posted on 08/16/2012 7:38:38 PM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I’m lovin these photos. Very creative minds.


4 posted on 08/16/2012 7:38:38 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Biden: "HOPE and CHAINS for all 57 states".)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Very pathetic that this idiot is the second best that we have in this country.....


5 posted on 08/16/2012 7:50:10 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

This tripe from the same rag that disparaged Palin as a dolt and how the VP should be qualified and “prepared to assume the Presidency”. These idiots talk so much smack they forget what they say days after they say it.


6 posted on 08/16/2012 7:57:47 PM PDT by 7thOF7th (Righteousness is our cause and justice will prevail!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Rolling Stone?
Are they still selling that fish wrap?


7 posted on 08/16/2012 8:00:44 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Does this Rolling Stoner idjut even stop to think what this says about the POTUS, who selects this brainless twit [Biden] as his back-up??
8 posted on 08/16/2012 8:02:23 PM PDT by Nevermore (...just a typical cracker, clinging to my Constitutional rights...)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Schenectady!!!


9 posted on 08/16/2012 8:02:53 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Every free weekly rags by libs I always use to line the bottom of my garbage bags.


10 posted on 08/16/2012 8:03:53 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

He’s a moron, he’s an idiot, he’s a buffoon. He may even be mentally unstable. And even if he is a “heartbeat away” from being president, that’s no reason to not to vote for the ticket./s


11 posted on 08/16/2012 8:06:48 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Nevermore; All

Biden was selected .... wait for it .... because he was not in any way competition for Obama.

The top dog cannot abide competition!!!


12 posted on 08/16/2012 8:07:10 PM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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To: SueRae
Joseph Biden’s an idiot, but he is such a gifted idiot.

Really, who' s in chains here?

13 posted on 08/16/2012 8:12:39 PM PDT by oyez ( .Apparently The U.S. CONSTITUTION has been reduced to the consistency of quicksand.)
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To: max americana

CREEM was “Americas Only Rock and Roll Magazine”


14 posted on 08/16/2012 8:15:56 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: All

Oops! wrong thread!


15 posted on 08/16/2012 8:17:12 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Because of course they gave Palin the same grace. And SHE is as sharp as a tack, and ten times as qualified as Obama.


16 posted on 08/16/2012 8:52:10 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
using what sounded like a Southern accent

It was NOT a Southern accent.

It was a lame attempt at a Negro Dialect.

17 posted on 08/16/2012 8:59:22 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

This was painful to watch. It was a cornucopia of leftard opinion, conflict of interest, distressingly bad grammar (”the cap doesn’t fit too GOOD;” “the reason is BECAUSE” (the reason is always “that.”)), and, IMO, complete ignorance of what most Americans believe. Really, it was worse. I just don’t feel like writing an essay.
When the only articulate member of the panel was a dude from the NY Times, you know it was a pathetic panel.
The ringleader, in particular, is a real dunce.


18 posted on 08/16/2012 9:04:55 PM PDT by BIV (typical white person)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

And he’s one step away from being the idiot president.


19 posted on 08/16/2012 9:09:34 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

So they admit they voted for an idiot...


20 posted on 08/16/2012 9:10:41 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Signalman
He’s a moron, he’s an idiot, he’s a buffoon. He may even be mentally unstable. And even if he is a “heartbeat away” from being president, that’s no reason to not to vote for the ticket./s
I guess they got tired before reaching the obvious conclusion ... ;-)
21 posted on 08/16/2012 9:17:31 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Rolling Stone Editor Defends Biden: Everyone Knows He's an Idiot

Actually, this raises a question that should concern us all. Most presidential candidates select as their running mate someone who is barely capable of walking and chewing gum!!

Notable exceptions include McCain's selection of Gov. Palin, Bush 43's selection of Dick Cheney and Dwight Eisenhower's selection of Richard Nixon. For personal reasons many here won't understand, I would also add FDR's selection of Harry Truman.

In te evenbt that something happened to zero, for example, we would be stuck with Biden. Biden is as dumb as a bucket of hair and goes out of his way to prove it on a regular basis!! Why is this man a "heartbeat" away from the presidency? Suppose somethin had happened to Clinton (too many jokes, here!), we would have been left with Algore!

This practice of POTUS candidates selecting as their VP someone who isn't up to the same levelhould terrify us all. We used o consider POTUS and VPOTUS as a team. Contemporary egos demand that the veep be "seen (occasionally), but not heard", principally because the VP typically has the IQ of toenail fungus.

Scary! We deserve better.

22 posted on 08/16/2012 9:59:08 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: mylife

Tiger Beat is 100 times more relevant than rolling drone.


23 posted on 08/16/2012 10:02:08 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: max americana

LOL!

Creem was the only really decent music magazine


24 posted on 08/16/2012 10:24:11 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: max americana

Rolling Stone was always such a boring piece of crap.

Only they could fawn on and on about what Joni Mitchell thought of politics


25 posted on 08/16/2012 10:30:12 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

“Everyone Knows He’s an Idiot”

Hell, you can’t argue with that.


26 posted on 08/16/2012 10:41:59 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: mylife

And when they finally put Dr. Hook on the cover, they only did it as a drawing. And they tried to kick the singer out of the office when he came to buy his five copies.

Screw’em.


27 posted on 08/16/2012 11:12:48 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
So everybody knows that Biden is an idiot. Then why the hell did Obama chose him to be VP?
28 posted on 08/16/2012 11:12:51 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: antiRepublicrat

Let’s face it.

Rolling Stone sucked. Always did, even in the Hippy days.


29 posted on 08/16/2012 11:16:00 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
When Bates says “everybody gets that” about Biden, what does he really mean—that we all know Biden is not as dumb as he repeatedly sounds? Or is he saying Biden is as dumb as his gaffes make him appear, but it doesn’t really matter? If the former, where’s the evidence? If the latter, should an editor be shrugging off this story?

Either way, it's still an indictment of the MSM. This is their administration. They wanted it. They made it happen. They own it.

It's ironic that Biden is personifying the MSM in general. It's what they asked for; it's what they got; but it's not what they wanted. And it's not what they wanted to defend.

As Biden goes down, so goes the MSM.

-PJ

30 posted on 08/16/2012 11:26:03 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't come naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: CyberAnt

“Biden was selected .... wait for it .... because he was not in any way competition for Obama.”

Biden was selected as a life insurance policy for 0haha. Clintons have, shall we say, sharp elbows.


31 posted on 08/17/2012 3:09:39 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

>> Rolling Stone Editor Defends Biden: Everyone Knows He’s an Idiot

Yet these Leftwing dirtbags held Palin accountable for every massacre, hate slur, and beheading; yet, described her as stupid.


32 posted on 08/17/2012 3:15:34 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: I still care

“And SHE (Palin) is as sharp as a tack, and ten times as qualified as Obama.”

No, no, no.

Mr. Obama’s intelligence is off the charts; his brilliance is cosmic, his genetic advancement is beyond that of the most brilliant human on the face of the earth, and, by the way, Ms. Palin is an idiot.

This message was brought to you by Herr Goebbles, Izvestia and Pravda.

IMHO


33 posted on 08/17/2012 3:39:26 AM PDT by ripley
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I can’t even imagine how entertaining the Ryan/Biden debate will be.


34 posted on 08/17/2012 4:54:33 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: MomwithHope

FWIW there won’t be any debates. But, if there is, Joe walks off. And the press tries to demonize Ryan. It’s in the scrip.


35 posted on 08/17/2012 6:04:25 AM PDT by DeadFurrow (Your rights end where mine begins.)
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To: mylife

36 posted on 08/17/2012 6:42:20 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (When is the Queen Haters reunion tour?)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

37 posted on 08/17/2012 6:51:09 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: martin_fierro

Well .. of course, Obama didn’t want Hillary .. because people who associate with the Clintons seemed to have this major problem of either being shot; or having a terrible accident.

You can’t really blame O for looking out for his own survival.


38 posted on 08/17/2012 8:24:06 AM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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