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  • Alter Compares Obama's Executive Actions on Gun Control to the Emancipation Proclamation

    01/05/2016 7:47:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 5, 2016 | Curtis Houck
    On the Monday night edition of MSNBC's All In, longtime liberal columnist Jonathan Alter reacted to President Obama's executive actions on gun control by comparing it to President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and remarking how heartbreaking it was for Obama to have met with the families of Sandy Hook victims and "see those six-year-olds stacked up like cord wood." Host Chris Hayes began the segment with a number of soundbites from the President and Republican presidential candidates opposed to the move before remarking: "While the substantive reason to be concerned about guns seems clear, in a country where...
  • MSNBC's Alter Suggests Bush to Blame for Not Preventing 9/11 Attacks

    10/18/2015 3:49:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 112 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | October 18, 2015 | Brad Wilmouth
    Appearing as a panel member on Sunday's Up show on MSNBC, Bloomberg View columnist and MSNBC political analyst Jonathan Alter hinted that President Bush deserved blame for not stopping the 9/11 attacks as he recounted a vague warning from August 2001 that Osama bin Laden wanted to attack the U.S. He further accused the "Bush people" of "Orwellian, deceptive, historically amnesiatic (sic) thinking." Host Richard Wolffe picked up on recent comments by Donald Trump similarly seeming to blame President Bush. After playing a clip from a Trump interview with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle, and then recounting GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush's...
  • Press Gives Obama Raspberries For Remarks

    11/06/2014 5:14:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Investors.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | John Merlin
    If the reaction to President Obama's post-election press conference is any indication, he's in Dutch not only with voters but with the mainstream press as well, after several gave Obama two thumbs down for his performance. The Daily Beast's Jonathan Alter, for one, was not impressed. "His post-election press conference was too long, too provocative and too stingy in his phoned-in praise for the winners. Obama managed the extraordinary feat of making (Senate Minority Leader Mitch) McConnell look gracious by comparison." Politico's White House reporter, Josh Gerstein, poked holes in Obama's defense of his record. "President Barack Obama and his...
  • Bozell Column: Obama, The Media's Favorite Autocrat

    01/29/2014 5:40:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Newsbusters.com ^ | January 29, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Everyone proposes drinking games for the State of the Union speech. But it’s not just the president that can drive you to drink. It’s the opportunistic media elites deciding which branches of government have too much power, depending on which branches the Democrats presently control. After a lot of stalemate in 2013, the partisan media think it’s high time for the executive branch to go completely around the legislative branch. They think that now that Congress has proven itself unwilling to provide Barack Obama with the historical greatness he deserves, they should and must be driven around like roadkill. They’ll...
  • Jonathan Alter: People Will Die If Romneys Elected

    08/10/2012 10:47:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/10/2012 | Meghan Kiesel
    Forget seeking to tie Mitt Romneys past with one womans death from cancer a charge that lacks much evidence. A political pundit and journalist took a great leap further when he said Thursday that a Romney presidency would cost people with preexisting conditions and those out of work their lives. On MSNBC Thursday night, Jonathan Alter spoke out against the repeal of Obamacare. People will die in the United States if Obamacare is repealed, Alter said on air last night. That is not an exaggeration. That is not crying fire. Its a simple fact. Alter then went on to...
  • MSNBC left-leaning pundits turn on Obama after economic speech (Video)

    06/14/2012 2:09:34 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 13 replies
    TheDC ^ | June 14, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    At the very end of MSNBCs NewsNation hosted by Tamron Hall, immediately after President Barack Obama had wrapped up his much-ballyhooed economic speech from Cleveland on Thursday, MSNBCs liberal-leaning pundits appeared to be less-than impressed. According to Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Alter, formerly of Newsweek, the speech was too long-winded to be effective. I thought this honestly was one of the least successful speeches Ive seen Barack Obama give in several years, Alter said. It was long-winded. He had a good argument to make. And at the beginning of the speech he seemed to be making it in a fairly compelling...
  • Jonathan Alter: Obama has miraculously remained free of scandal

    10/30/2011 7:23:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 10/29/2011 | Tina Korbe
    In a fawning opinion piece for Bloomberg, author and columnist Jonathan Alter writes glowingly of “The Obama Miracle” — the supposed lack of scandal in the White House under Obama’s purportedly upstanding leadership. Alter’s analysis approaches the absurd, but at least mercifully stops short of the worshipful psalms that could pass for parody of some Esquire opinion writers.Alter writes, apparently without irony: For starters, the tone is always set at the top. Obama puts a premium on personal integrity, and with a few exceptions (Tim Geithner’s tax problems in 2009) his administration tends to fire first and ask questions later....
  • Obama A Bad Economic President? Consider It "Proved" (A response to Jonathan Alter's challenge)

    09/01/2011 3:11:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/01/2011 | Louis Woodhill
    In a Bloomberg opinion piece published Aug. 25, Jonathan Alter asked for proof that Barack Obama has been a bad president, specifically with regard to his handling of the economy. OK, Jonathan, heres your proof. Executives are judged by results. In terms of the economic results produced during the first 2.5 years of his first term, Obama is the worst president of the past 60 years. Given that Alter himself would likely agree that there have been some bad presidents during the past 60 years, this makes Obama a bad president. Ten presidents have been elected since 1952: Eisenhower, Kennedy,...
  • Has Obama Been A Bad President?

    08/31/2011 5:56:20 PM PDT · by Neoavatara · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | August 31, 2011 | Neoavatara
    Jonathan Alter has a well publicized piece on Bloomberg asking people opposing Barack Obama why he has been a bad president. I know, I had to chuckle too. Varied commentators have taken their stabs at answering the question. Classic non-conservative David Frum even took a swing at it. Mickey Kaus at The Daily Caller probably had the best answer. But I thought I would take a swing at it too...especially in direct response to Alter's claims regarding the economy. Obama's failure economically can be divided into two distinct parts: the stimulus, and everything after the stimulus. 1. The Stimulus Was...
  • Answering Jonathan Alter

    08/28/2011 9:41:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 28, 2011 | Carl Paulus
    On Friday, Jonathan Alter wrote a column challenging his readers to "prove" why Obama "has been a bad president." He ended his piece, which he based off of the old Mission Impossible television show, by saying, "Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to be specific and rational, not vague and visceral." I wish to take up that task, but before I do so, readers must understand something about Jonathan Alter and his views. The former editor of Newsweek, Alter has written books and articles defending liberalism for decades. His latest book, The Promise: President Obama, Year...
  • Obama is a Bad President: An Answer to Jonathan Alter

    08/27/2011 4:10:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2011 | John Ransom
    Progressive Jonathan Alter is outraged that everyone is ready to fire Obama. I want to know, wrote a snippy Alter on Bloomberg.com, on a substantive basis, why you think he deserves to be in a dead heat with Mitt Romney and Rick Perry and only a few points ahead of Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann in a new Gallup Poll. Is it just that any president -- regardless of circumstances and party -- who presides over 9 percent unemployment deserves to lose?I was tempted to treat Alter with the What? You got to be kidding, routine. Any Republican should be...
  • Answering Jonathan Alters Challenge ("why Barack Obama has been such a bad president?")

    08/26/2011 6:35:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08.26.2011 | Peter Wehner
    “Tell me again why Barack Obama has been such a bad president?” Jonathan Alter writes in his column.Alter tells us he’s not talking here about Obama as a tactician and communicator, and he’s not interested in hearing ad hominem attacks or about people’s generalized “disappointment.” (Neither am I.) He wants to know on a substantive basis why Obama should be judged to have failed so far.In Alter’s words, “Your mission, Jim [or anyone else for that matter], should you decide to accept it, is to be specific and rational, not vague and visceral.”Consider the mission accepted.In one sense, the answer...
  • Answering Jonathan Alters Challenge

    08/26/2011 11:57:22 AM PDT · by cruise_missile · 21 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 8/26/2011 | Peter Wehner
    Tell me again why Barack Obama has been such a bad president? Jonathan Alter writes in his column. Alter tells us hes not talking here about Obama as a tactician and communicator, and hes not interested in hearing ad hominem attacks or about peoples generalized disappointment. (Neither am I.) He wants to know on a substantive basis why Obama should be judged to have failed so far. In Alters words, Your mission, Jim [or anyone else for that matter], should you decide to accept it, is to be specific and rational, not vague and visceral. Consider the mission accepted. In...
  • Jonathan Alter: You Think Obama's Been a Bad President? Prove It

    08/26/2011 10:38:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 08/26/2011 | Jonathan Alter
    Tell me again why Barack Obama has been such a bad president? I'm not talking here about him as a tactician and communicator. We can agree that he has played some bad poker with Congress. And lets stipulate that at the moment hes falling short in the intangibles of leadership. Im thinking instead of that opening sequence in the show Mission Impossible, the one where Jim Phelps, played by Peter Graves, gets his instructions.
  • President Obama: GOP Opposition to Stimulus 'Helped to Create the Teabaggers'

    05/04/2010 8:26:16 AM PDT · by kristinn · 103 replies · 2,372+ views
    ABC News ^ | Tuesday, May 4, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations. In Jonathan Alters The Promise: President Obama, Year One, President Obama is quoted in an interview saying that the unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills set the tenor for the whole year ... That helped to create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party to where it now controls the agenda for the Republicans. Tea Party...
  • Why Did Kerry Fold? Ohio Recount Stirs Distressing Nuttiness (Democrat Whine Alert)

    11/20/2004 7:54:40 AM PST · by kennedy · 35 replies · 3,237+ views
    New York Observer ^ | November 20, 2004 | Ron Rosenbaum
    Here is the speech John Kerry should have delivered at 10 oclock on the morning after Election Day. The speech that might have prevented, or at least transformed, the fever of "stolen election" paranoia that is sweeping through cyberspace now. Or, if not prevented it, given people some reason to hope that their candidate cared about their votes, even if he lostcared enough to make sure, as hed pledged, to get them counted. The speech that might have spared us the post-election dialogue on the phony "values" issue. Heres the "alternate history" Kerry speech. Its 10 a.m., when only two...
  • New Obama book by Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter airs private flares of temper

    05/08/2010 5:51:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 68 replies · 2,868+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | May 5, 2010 | David Saltonstall
    President Obama may cultivate an image as the unflappable Mr. Cool, but he can get hot under the collar too, according to a new book. In "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," by Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter, the author recounts a series of private blow-ups - including a particularly fiery one involving the nation's top military brass. "A presidential dressing down unlike any in the United States in more than half a century," is how Alter describes the October 2009 eruption. [Snip] But it's often the flashes of anger, not amour, that shine through Alter's tome, including: Asked...
  • Gibbs Can't Say, Wont Check, If Obama Used Sexual Slur Against Tea Party Activists

    05/07/2010 3:20:40 AM PDT · by Man50D · 26 replies · 1,336+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | May 06, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    Rest of Title: in Interview With Newsweek Editor White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he did not know and could not imagine asking President Barack Obama whether he used the vulgar sexual term tea baggers to describe Americans active in the Tea Party movement. I cant imagine I would ask the president that, Gibbs said at Thursdays White House press briefing. According to Newsweek senior editor and columnist Jonathan Alter in his new book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One, the president used the slur to describe the largely conservative activists of the Tea Party movement, which has been...
  • The President and the Politics of Civility

    05/06/2010 9:09:15 AM PDT · by PhxRising · 5 replies · 459+ views
    wsj.com ^ | 5/6/2010 | Karl Rove
    Last Saturday, Americans were again instructed on their political manners by their Moralizer in Chief. While delivering a commencement address to the University of Michigan's graduating students, President Barack Obama's comments were really meant for the nation's political class. His speech dealt with the importance of "a basic level of civility in our public debate." "We cannot expect to solve our problems if all we do is tear each other down," Mr. Obama said. He spoke against "demonizing" political opponents or "questioning their motives or their patriotism." It is "not the hurt feelings or the bruised egos" such rhetoric causes...
  • Strong brew

    05/05/2010 6:06:17 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 5 replies · 353+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 5, 2010 | Jennifer Harper
    The term "tea-bagger" is like uttering the "n" word, some say. Though he aspires to promote civility, evidence has surfaced that President Obama has added "tea-bagger" to his public lexicon, though it's considered a cheap and tawdry insult by "tea party" activists. Watchdogs at Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) barked when they saw the proof, tucked in a sneak peak of Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter's new book, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," to be released May 18. Indeed, it appears the president joined certain partisan critics and the liberal media, and took the tea-bag plunge.