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  • FNC Shows Flashback to Obama Ridiculing Romney:

    03/01/2014 7:56:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | March 1, 2014 | Brent Baker
    Bret Baier opened a panel segment on his show Friday night with a flashback to President Barack Obama’s snide ridiculing, of Mitt Romney’s now seeming prescient concern about Russia’s “geo-political” threat, during the October 22, 2012 presidential debate. “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the cold war has been over for 20 years,” Obama lectured. FNC Shows Flashback to Obama Ridiculing Romney: ‘1980s Are Calling to Ask for Their Foreign Policy Back’Audio: MP3 clip Romney’s retort to Obama: “Russia, I indicated, is a geopolitical foe...and I said in the same paragraph...
  • Rove to Former Obama Advisor Plouffe Claiming IRS Scandal Wasn’t Political: ‘Baloney’

    06/02/2013 11:51:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies ^ | June 2, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    Former George W. Bush senior advisor Karl Rove and former Barack Obama senior advisor David Plouffe got into quite a heated debate on ABC’s This Week Sunday. When Plouffe claimed the ongoing Internal Revenue Service scandal wasn’t political, Rove pushed back twice saying “Baloney.” Rove to Former Obama Advisor Plouffe Claiming IRS Scandal Wasn’t Political: ‘Baloney’ DAVID PLOUFFE, FORMER SENIOR ADVISOR TO BARACK OBAMA: But there's been no suggestion. The independent, the prosecutor looked at this - excuse me, the inspector general - said there was no politics involved in this. No one has indicated at all that the White...
  • NYT's Weisman Wonders Why GOP Won't Just Capitulate After Obama Win: "What Are Elections For?"

    03/18/2013 2:08:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | March 18, 2013 | Clay Waters
    Betraying his impatience with the Republican Party's insistence that President Obama cut spending, New York Times political reporter Jonathan Weisman sounded shocked that the GOP wasn't simply surrendering its principles in the wake of Obama's four–point victory last November, in Monday's "Republicans Determined To Press On With Air, If Not Vote, of Confidence." (Nice flattering photo of Paul Ryan, by the way.) A year ago this month, Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin stood on the floor of the House and declared that the ideals of small government, privatized health care and rigorous spending discipline captured in the budget plan...
  • Will Schools Brazile on Mandates: ...

    11/18/2012 1:59:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | November 18, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    For approaching two weeks, liberal media members have been contorting themselves to make the case the President's victory on Election Day represented a mandate for his agenda. When CNN contributor Donna Brazile tried this on ABC's This Week Sunday, George Will marvelously responded, "Almost every member of John Boehner's caucus won his or her seat by a much bigger margin than Mr. Obama won his renewed term" (video follows with transcript and commentary): Will Schools Brazile on Mandates: Almost Every House Republican Won By Much Bigger Margin Than Obama MARTHA RADDATZ, SUBSTITUTE HOST: Simple math? And is there a mandate?...
  • Daily Beast Correspondent Calls Des Moines Register's Romney Endorsement 'A Practical Joke'

    10/28/2012 9:42:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | October 28, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    The Des Moines Register shocked many political observers Saturday by endorsing Mitt Romney for president. Clearly not accepting such a thing, Michael Tomasky, the Obama-loving correspondent for the Daily Beast, came out Sunday claiming the Register's endorsement "is little more than a practical joke": This Romney endorsement editorial, if you actually bother to read it, is little more than a practical joke. First of all, it has all the hallmarks of having been ordered by the publisher over the objections of the editorial board. Normally, a sentence like "the RegisterÂ’s editorial board, as it should, had a vigorous debate over...
  • Chris Matthews, Who Used the Phrase 'Shuck and Jive,' Now Calls Sarah Palin Racist for Saying [same]

    10/24/2012 5:48:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | October 24, 2012 | Scott Whitlock
    Liberal cable anchor Chris Matthews, who in 2010 used the phrase "shuck and jive," on Wednesday assailed Sarah Palin as racist for using the phrase "shuck and jive." Referring to a Facebook post the former Alaska governor wrote about Obama and Libya, Matthews ranted, "You know, a dog whistle is a dog whistle...A trumpet call is another." The MSNBC host insisted that "shuck and jive" has "a particular ethnic connection" and "to throw it at the president as an ethnic shot is pretty blatant." On July 7, 2010, Matthews, while talking to Rachel Maddow and her visit to Afghanistan, wondered,...
  • Debate Night: Will Liberal Bob Schieffer Be the Next Candy Crowley?

    10/22/2012 8:18:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | October 22, 2012 | Rich Noyes
    When CBS’s longtime Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer sits down in Boca Raton, Florida, tonight to moderate the final 2012 presidential debate, he’ll be following three journalists who became targets for criticism over how they handled their moderating duties. Upset liberals scorned PBS’s Jim Lehrer for taking a hands-off approach in the first debate on October 3, with MSNBC analyst Howard Fineman slamming him as “practically useless” for not jumping into the debate on behalf of President Obama. Such criticism may have encouraged the activist approach taken by ABC’s Martha Raddatz in the vice presidential debate October 11, and...
  • Joe Klein: Benghazi Consulate Controversy 'The October Mirage - It Really Isn't An Issue'

    10/21/2012 4:39:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | October 21, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    The Obama-loving media were out in force Sunday downplaying the significance of the White House's ever-changing position on the attacks on our consulate in Benghazi last month. After New York Times White House correspondent Helene Cooper called the death of four Americans "peripheral to what's going on right now" on Meet the Press, Time magazine's Joe Klein told Face the Nation viewers this matter "has been like the October mirage - it really isn't an issue" (video follows with transcript and commentary):Joe Klein: Benghazi Consulate Attack Controversy 'The October Mirage - It Really Isn't An Issue' JOE KLEIN, TIME MAGAZINE:...
  • Obama's Chummy Press Corps Offers David 'Axe' Axelrod Their Advice for Obama's Next Debate

    10/07/2012 12:30:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | October 7, 2012 | Tim Graham
    Neil Munro of the Daily Caller was attacked by journalists for asking President Obama a question out of turn -- because Obama wasn't offering a turn. He expects to speak without taking questions. On Thursday, Munro once again found himself surrounded by amateur Obama advisers thinly disguised as objective journalists after Obama lost the debate in Denver. Munro noted several reporters on the 11:15 a.m. phone conference promptly offered questions that bordered on advice. "Axe, I'm not sure you can hear me, David," said NBC's Andrea Mitchell,  "I'm wondering whether the president, whether you have rethought the strategy of not...
  • Move Along, Nothing To Cheese Here: Associated Press Spins Wisconsin Recall

    06/04/2012 6:09:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Even the New York Times, in an article by Jeff Zeleny today headlined "Recall Battle in Wisconsin May Snarl Obama Camp", acknowledges that a victory by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin's recall election on Tuesday could spell trouble for President Obama's re-election effort. But while the Times might be bending to reality, the Associated Press soldiers on in support of Obama. With even a Dem poll pointing to a Walker victory, the Associated Press, apparently fearing the worst, proclaims in an article today that "Few November clues to be found in Wisconsin recall." Authored by correspondent Thomas Beaumont, the...
  • Howard Dean Thinks Romney Could Carry Fewer States Than Goldwater

    03/14/2012 9:01:30 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    Could Howard Dean be the worst political prognosticator ever? Could a former DNC Chairman really be this clueless about the electoral map? Apparently. On MSNBC's Ed Show this evening, Dean claimed it was possible that in a match-up against Barack Obama, Mitt Romney might win fewer than the six states Barry Goldwater carried in 1964. Seriously, Dr. Dean? You see President Barack Obama carrying, oh, I don't know, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Nebraska and Idaho--all states Goldwater lost--plus some others Goldwater won. Utah, maybe? View the video here,
  • DNC Attacks Romney Flip-Flops--But Why Now?

    10/10/2011 1:36:08 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Being a proud cyber-card carrying, if non-contributing, member of the Democratic National Committee's email list, I just received a missive entitled "Test your knowledge: Take the Mitt quiz." Clicking along takes one to a DNC site called "" at which readers are asked to guess whether, on a variety of subjects from abortion to the Detroit bail-out, Romney said the first statement, the second statement, or all of the above. Of course the answer in every case is "all of the above." And there's no doubt that if nominated, and before, Mitt will have some 'splaining to do . ....
  • AP Editor: We Still Consider Herman Cain A Second-Tier Candidate

    10/10/2011 8:56:06 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Yeah, Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll, crushing Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. And OK, a CBS poll recently found him tied with Romney among likely Republican primary voters. Sure, he also scored a resounding victory in another straw poll this weekend. And Rasmussen just today released the finding that 56% of GOP voters like Cain's 9-9-9 plan. So is that enough to make the Associated Press consider Cain a first-tier candidate? Nah. On MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" this morning, AP's political editor, Liz Sidoti, sniffed "we still consider him a second-tier candidate." View the video here.
  • Kinsley Claims 'Too Fat' Christie Lacks Self-Control To Be President

    10/01/2011 6:57:49 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is Michael Kinsley sure he wants to go down this path? In a Bloomberg View column and then in a clip run on "Good Morning America" today, the liberal pundit claims Chris Christie is "just too fat" to be president. According to Kinsley, Christie's weight is evidence of a lack of the self-control necessary to be an effective president. If self-control is a key requirement for the presidency, I wonder how Kinsley would apply that standard to other recent occupants of the White House? View GMA video here.
  • Biden Fundraising Email: 'This Has Never Been About Barack And Me'

    09/30/2011 2:19:53 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Let's get the weekend off to a smiling start with this rib-tickler, courtesy Joe Biden. In a fundraising email I just received from the Obama campaign website [of whose email list of course I'm a proud member], good old Joe claimed, with a straight cyber-face: "This has never been about Barack and me. "We're just two guys. We're just two guys." More after the jump.
  • Martin Bashir Makes With The Christie Fat Jokes

    09/26/2011 1:07:13 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Chris Christie doesn't get into the presidential race, the would-be comics of the MSM might be even more disappointed than the Republican honchos reportedly urging the Jersey gov to run. Yesterday, I noted how ABC's "Good Morning America" managed to work a number of fat cracks into its report on Christie. Today it was the oleaginous Martin Bashir's turn. Bashir never acknowledged his jokes with a wink and a nod. But from describing Christie as "massively" popular with Republicans, to observing that when it comes to a possible run Christie hasn't "pushed away from the table," to suggesting that...
  • Good Morning America Making Fat Cracks About Christie?

    09/25/2011 6:16:22 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Was it just coincidence that of all the ways "Good Morning America" could have reported that Republicans are urging Chris Christie to get into the presidential race, the ABC show today spoke--twice--of Christie being "heavily" urged to run? Throw in GMA describing Christie supporters opining that the other candidates are "too small" for the job. Oh, and the show's decision to roll extended, less-than-flattering footage of Christie walking across an airport tarmac to greet President Obama. Makes you wonder whether this was the opening salvo of an ABC attack on Christie's avoirdupois. Of course, such cheap shots have a history...
  • Crazy Larry: Perry Is GOP's 'Favorite Killer, Favorite State-Sanctioned Killer'

    09/23/2011 7:21:29 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's going to be a long campaign . . . Republicans haven't come close to choosing their presidential candidate yet, but already a proud member of the MSM is calling a leading GOP contender a "killer." On his MSNBC show this evening, Crazy Larry O'Donnell accused Rick Perry of being--for his record of enforcing the law on capital punishment in Texas--the Republicans' "favorite killer, favorite state-sanctioned killer." View video here.
  • Friedman Floats Scarborough-Bloomberg Third-Party Ticket

    09/13/2011 7:14:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough and Mike Bloomberg for president and veep? Yeah, that's the ticket—according to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who floated the idea during his Morning Joe appearance today. Friedman foresaw Scarborough-Bloomberg running on a platform of Simpson-Bowles on the economy, an "investment agenda" [infrastructure spending], and getting out of Afghanistan ASAP. "I would bet any amount of money," forecast Friedman, that such a ticket would immediately have a "significant, significant" position. View the video here.
  • Scarborough: 'No Way' Perry Can Beat Obama

    09/06/2011 5:49:38 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 77 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Looks like Joe Scarborough aims to single-handedly winnow the Republican presidential field. A few weeks ago, the Morning Joe host dismissed Michele Bachmann as "a joke." Today, Scarborough proclaimed that there is "no way" Rick Perry could beat Barack Obama. Scarborough, imagining an anti-Perry ad, surmised that Perry's statements on Social Security, the selection of US Senators and secession would come back to haunt him. View video here.
  • Matthews: Obama Needs To Offer Alternative To Capitalism

    08/16/2011 6:28:35 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 94 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    He has, Chris; he has . . . Chris Matthews claims that for purposes of the 2012 campaign, Barack Obama needs to offer an alternative to capitalism. Along the way, Matthews, on his MSNBC show this evening, offered a completely crazed notion of what capitalism is about. Chris clearly never cracked 'The Wealth of Nations' back at Holy Cross. Does the Invisible Hand ring a bell, Chris? View video here.
  • Barnicle: Newt 'A Delusional Loser'

    05/12/2011 5:22:05 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle has greeted Newt Gingrich's announcement of his presidential candidacy with a sneer, calling the former Speaker of the House "a delusional loser." The former Kennedy-clan retainer and Boston Globe columnist seasoned his attack with some snobbery, disparaging Gingrich's educational background. Barnicle spewed his bile on today's Morning Joe. View video here.
  • 'They Can't Win': Mika Mocks '12 GOP Field

    03/15/2011 6:24:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski might be horrified by a hand-tossed pizza, but she's completely unfazed by the 2012 Republican presidential field. The Morning Joe co-host today disdainfully dismissed the GOP White House hopefuls, categorically stating "they can't win." Mika made her triumphal declaration during a panel discussion of Republican primary prospects. Pat Buchanan countered with the '92 historical analogy. View video here.
  • Crazy Larry: Pawlenty Only Plausible GOP Prez Pick

    03/07/2011 7:11:58 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Larry O'Donnell has named Tim Pawlenty as the only "plausible" Republican candidate for president in 2012. Take it for what it's worth. And consider that O'Donnell was almost surely seeking to sow dissension in Republican ranks. Caveats carefully in place, consider the reasons O'Donnell dinged all the other possible nominees. View video here.
  • Democrats and Media are not Sarah Palin’s Biggest Problem

    01/16/2011 7:10:26 AM PST · by jimjohn · 173 replies
    self | jimjohn
    Okay, the dust has settled and even rank-and-file democrats know that Sarah Palin and others on the right had nothing to do with the massacre in Tucson on January 8, 2011. Yet we know the attacks on Palin won’t stop. We get that. Thank you media, for detailing for us how irrelevant she is by taking the only meaningful statement on the matter - a 7+ minute video and text message - and reducing it to a record breaking two-word sound bite. Priceless. But some of us also know there only one reason the media and the left can continue...
  • Nicolle Wallace: 'Heaven Forbid' Palin Becomes President

    12/01/2010 6:54:20 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 92 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Saying that a woman engaged in feline fisticuffs might be called sexist. But when that woman actually accuses another of seeking to "claw" critics, illustrating her assertion with a cat-like hand gesture, well . . . It's no secret that Nicolle Wallace is no fan of Sarah Palin. But the former Bush communications director and McCain campaign aide perhaps took things to another level with her attack on Palin on today's Morning Joe. [snip] Wallace unleashed a hail of criticism of her own: * "Mistakes were made [by McCain in choosing Palin]." * "Her troubling deficiencies." * "Her incredible cynicism,...
  • Scarborough: Palin Knows She Can't Win, In It For Money

    11/18/2010 4:41:49 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 154 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough has a decidedly cynical take on Sarah Palin's public musings about the possibility of a 2012 presidential run. The Morning Joe host asserts that Palin knows she can't win and won't run. According to Scarborough, Palin is in it for the money, and is engaging in open speculation about a run for the mercenary purpose of keeping her brand alive. Joe offered his jaded view on today's Morning Joe after the show aired a clip of Palin telling Barbara Walters that she believed she could defeat Pres. Obama. View video after the jump.
  • Scarborough: 'Certain Networks' Would Maul 'Boss Hog' Barbour In Run Against Obama

    08/19/2010 5:26:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Gee, I wonder which network Joe had in mind . . . Joe Scarborough likes Haley Barbour. But he doesn't like the "optics" of the southern governor running for president against Barack Obama. He's worried that "certain networks" would "maul" the man Scarborough referred to as "Boss Hog." [H/t reader Ray R.] Interestingly, both the Politico's Jim VandeHei and Tina Brown of the Daily Beast were able to see more of an upside for Haley. VandeHei saw him as best among Republicans at articulating conservative principles, while Brown described the hands-on governor's potential as the "un-Barack." It was also revealing...
  • Mika: ‘Cut The Crap’ On Whether Palin’s Running—’She Is’

    07/12/2010 4:43:10 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 114 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski wants to "cut the crap" when it comes to building speculation as to whether Sarah Palin will run for president in 2012. According to Mika, Palin's candidacy is a done deal, and the press is letting itself be sucked into a phony build-up. Mika is so sure that Sarah is running that on today's Morning Joe she was willing to wager a dubious Jonathan Capehart $1,000. Brzezinski's comments came in response to Politico's report, highlighted by Mike Allen, that Palin has raised significant money and built a nascent campaign staff. View video here.
  • Matthews: Palin Can Win GOP Nod 'Though Media Will Try To Destroy Her'

    07/07/2010 4:52:36 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 45 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    An unexpected prediction, and an even more surprising admission from Chris Matthews this morning . . . Appearing on Morning Joe, the Hardball host predicted that Sarah Palin would seek the Republican presidential nomination, and painted a path to victory for her. In a moment of candor, Matthews admitted that "the media will try to destroy her, of course." Matthews made his comments in the course of a pre-taped Mojo Midterm Exam segment that aired on today's Morning Joe. View video here.
  • Schieffer Says Resignation Will Stop Sarah From Running

    04/09/2010 5:04:52 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies · 1,401+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Bob Schieffer predicts that Newt Gingrich will make a run for the presidency and Sara Palin won’t. Appearing on The Early Show today, Schieffer saw Palin’s resignation as Alaska governor as too big of a political obstacle in the primaries. Here’s how the Face The Nation host imagined a GOP primary opponent putting it to Palin in a debate: View video here.