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  • CBS Worried GOP Congress Will Actually Pass Legislation ['They're gonna send bills up to...' Obama]

    11/06/2014 4:26:23 PM PST · by Colofornian · 30 replies
    On Wednesday's CBS This Morning, co-host Norah O'Donnell fretted that the newly elected Republican Congress would dare to pass legislation: "If you look at a number of these new senators, they're quite conservative. Why wouldn't they go along with what Rand Paul has said? They're gonna send bills up to the President, as he told Charlie Rose last night, 'We're going to keep sending bills up to the President and we'll see whether the President wants to work with us or not.' Is the President going to be forced to veto a bunch of bills?" In response, political director John...
  • Cardinal Dolan Defends Hobby Lobby: You Can Buy Contraceptives At 7-11

    04/21/2014 4:28:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    talkingpointsmemo ^ | April 21, 2013 | IGOR BOBIC
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, on Sunday unsurprisingly defended Hobby Lobby, the company challenging the rule under Obamacare that for-profit employers' health plans must cover contraceptives for female employees at no extra cost. But in his defense of religious liberty, Dolan incorrectly claimed that women already have access to widely available contraceptives at "any shop on any street in America," namely 7-Eleven. “I would be inspired by the Hobby Lobby,” Dolan said on Sunday's "Face The Nation." “I think they’re just true Americans. They’re saying, look, the genius of America is that religious convictions affect the way...
  • CBS Touts Dem Effort to Make Koch Brothers 'Public Enemy Number One'

    04/02/2014 7:41:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 4/1/2014 | Kyle Drennen
    Teasing an upcoming story Tuesday on a left-wing smear campaign against conservative donors Charles and David Koch, CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell proclaimed: "Battling the Koch brothers, Democrats are fighting back against the family that spent more than $150 million trying to shake up Congress." Introducing the segment, fellow co-host Charlie Rose announced that "one of the best-known families in big-money politics is once again in the spotlight."
  • O'Donnell: 'The lady' for CBS mornings

    10/06/2012 4:27:27 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 37 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | Oct 3 2012 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Norah O'Donnell understood the cultural differences that led Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to shake her hand before their "CBS This Morning" interview last week, and to request that she not cross her legs.
  • Reporter Crushes Jay Carney Over Obama Tax Trick

    07/10/2012 10:01:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/10/12 | staff
    Yesterday’s WH Press briefing… NORAH O’DONNELL: On that very point that it’s been the president’s position all along, in Dec. 2010, when he advocated an extension of all of the Bush tax cuts including those for the wealthiest Americans, he argued that raising taxes would be a “blow to our economy.” So what’s different now from then? CARNEY: The president’s position has always been that we should permanently extend the tax cuts for middle-class Americans and that we should no longer extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. At the time, from the question, there was a package of...
  • CBS' O'Donnell: Obama Displayed Engagement To Irene Relief by returning from vacation (video)

    08/28/2011 8:53:52 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 44 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 28, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    CBS White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell said President Obama displayed his engagement to the federal government's response to Hurricane Irene by returning a day early from vacation and meeting with the head of FEMA. O'Donnell says the administration wanted to make sure no comparison to the government's handling of Katrina was made. "I think it's important to note too that the Obama administration was really determined to avoid any comparisons to the failed federal government response to Hurricane Katrina. So, President Obama made a very public display of his engagement on this issue. He returned from his vacation a day...
  • Huffington Post Forced to Issue Retraction, Apology After Falsely Accusing Andrew Breitbart,,,

    08/03/2011 9:25:03 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    fox news ^ | 8/3/2011 | fox news
    Arianna Huffington’s liberal-leaning Huffington Post was forced to write a retraction Tuesday after alleging that conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart doctored a video clip from a White House press briefing in order to make it look like CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell was unhappy about the recent debt compromise during an exchange with White House press secretary Jay Carney. In the clip, which Breitbart and other conservative media used to describe what they saw as O’Donnell’s liberal bias, the CBS anchor appears to claim about the debt compromise: “You gave them everything they wanted and we got nothing.”
  • WATCH: CBS's Norah O'Donnell: "You Gave Them Everything They Wanted And We Got Nothing!"

    08/01/2011 12:07:14 PM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 63 replies · 1+ views
    During a White House press briefing, CBS's Norah O' Donnell asked Jay Carney "where are the tax revenues?" and bemoaned, "You gave them everything they wanted, and we got nothing!" in response to the debt ceiling deal.
  • Indignant Norah O'Donnell Defends Obama's Lack Of Leadership On Libya

    02/24/2011 5:44:33 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Time-magaziner-turned-WH-press-sec Jay Carney ever tires of defending Pres. Obama, Norah O'Donnell clearly seems ready to step in . . . When on today's Morning Joe Donny Deutsch described PBO as having a passive leadership style as evidenced by his approach to Libya, health care and other issues, an indignant O'Donnell piped up, defending the president's passivity. View video after the jump.
  • Norah: WaPo, NY Times The 'No Labels' Of The Media

    02/09/2011 12:05:40 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What would be worse: if Norah actually believes it--or if she doesn't? Norah O'Donnell has claimed that the Washington Post and the New York Times provide straight-up information, without bias, of the sort that would be appealing to members of the putatively non-partisan "No Labels" group. Norah's mind-boggling assertion came on today's Morning Joe during a discussion of AOL's acquisition of HuffPo for $315 million. Reacting to indications that Arianna Huffington may be be guiding her creation toward the center and away from its leftist roots, WaPo's Jonathan Capehart argued the move made sense on the theory that people such...
  • Norah Grossly Understates NPR's Fed Funding

    10/22/2010 7:22:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Trying to downplay calls--in reaction to the Juan Williams firing fiasco--for the federal defunding of NPR as mere right-wing electoral politics and "cable catnip," Norah O'Donnell has grossly understated the proportion of its budget that NPR obtains from the feds. Aided and abetted by Chuck Todd, Norah offered her misleading math on today's Daily Rundown on MSNBC. O'Donnell claimed that only 1-3% of NPR's budget is derived from federal funding. But as you'll see, the real number is at least double that. View video here.
  • O'Donnell vs. O'Donnell: Norah Calls Christine 'Freak Show'

    10/14/2010 4:08:02 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 42 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    So now we know what Norah O'Donnell thinks of that other O'Donnell, Christine. On today's Morning Joe, MSNBC "correspondent" Norah referred to the Delaware Senate candidate as a "freak show." Norah's nasty jibe was a segue off Mike Barnicle's observation that people were fascinated by the miner rescue story because, amidst all the artifice of politics and culture, it was something real. View video here.
  • Couric: Mosque Opponents 'Tear Down Towers' Of American Values

    08/24/2010 4:26:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 80 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "There is a debate to be had about the sensitivity of building this center so close to Ground Zero. But we can not let fear and rage tear down the towers of our core American values." -- Katie Couric's Notebook, 8-23-10 [emphasis added] Hey Norah: Katie's stealin' yer lines! As I noted here, last week Norah O'Donnell accused mosque opponents of acting "like the people who attacked America and killed 3,000 people." In her "Notebook" of yesterday, Katie Couric sounded the same theme. Couric employed WTC imagery to claim that "fear and rage" [translation: animated mosque opponents] were threatening "to...
  • Norah: Mosque Opponents Acting Like 9-11 Terrorists

    08/17/2010 4:39:26 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 79 replies · 3+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Harry Reid may have deserted Pres. Obama over the Ground Zero mosque, but PBO can count on at least one stalwart defender: Norah O'Donnell. On today's Morning Joe, the MSNBC "correspondent" declared that the prez is deserving of praise for his position. Then, dancing a quantum leap further, O'Donnell accused mosque opponents of acting "like the people who attacked America and killed 3,000 people." View video here.
  • Norah Specifies What Kind Of Butts Boehner Likes

    07/02/2010 4:52:58 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The fall-out from Lazy-Gate continues. After rolling a clip of John Boehner rebutting Joe Scarborough's assertion that the GOP House leader is lazy, Norah O'Donnell got into the act, with some [presumably] unintentional humor. Seconding Scarborough's suggestion that Boehner is known to hang out in bars, O'Donnell declared on today's Morning Joe that: "There's been a reputation that John Boehner likes his butts and he likes his booze." Realizing that her words lent themselves to more than one interpretation, Norah clarified . . . View video here.
  • Norah Moved By Plight Of . . . Obama Staffers

    06/08/2010 4:41:10 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 45 replies · 147+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When it comes to heart-wrenching images, forget about those oil-plunged pelicans. What appears to really move Norah O'Donnell is the plight of . . . Pres. Obama's White House staffers. Check out the very end of the video clip from today's Morning Joe and see if it doesn't seem that O'Donnell gets choked up as she describes Obama aides waking up in the middle of the night with nightmares of gushing oil. View video here.
  • Norah Defends Napolitano

    04/30/2010 5:30:13 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies · 529+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How should MSNBC supplement its income? Have the DNC underwrite part of Norah O'Donnell's salary. She's certainly earning it . . . Yesterday, as noted here, a giddy Norah enthused that Charlie Crist's vote-splitting independent run gives the Dems "a real shot" to win the Florida Senate seat. Norah was back on the Dem ramparts this morning, defending Janet Napolitano's execrable record on border security, leading Joe Scarborough to mock the Homeland Security secretary with some effervescent imagery . . . View video here.
  • Norah Crows Crist Cross Could Elect Kendrick

    04/29/2010 3:44:49 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies · 773+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Break out the pom poms . . . Check out Norah O'Donnell's reaction to the news that Charlie Crist is poised to enter the Florida senatorial race as an independent. Appearing on Morning Joe today, the MSNBC correspondent was absolutely giddy with excitement at the prospect that Crist's independent run could give Democrat Kendrick Meek "a real shot!" View video here.
  • Norah's Nah-Nah Defense Of Obama Leather Jacket: Palin Wears One Too

    03/29/2010 6:58:48 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies · 1,654+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How quick is Norah O'Donnell to come to Pres. Obama's defense? When on Morning Joe today fellow O'Donnell Kelly gently ribbed PBO over his wearing of a macho, faux-military leather jacket while addressing US troops in Afghanistan yesterday, Norah immediately piped up to point out that "Sarah Palin wears a leather jacket, too." So there! Of course, neither O'Donnell described the gaping chasm, discussed here, between PBO's swaggering "America doesn't quit" rhetoric to the troops and his 2007 call for America to immediately quit Iraq, at which time he said "there is no military solution in Iraq and there never...
  • Norah Still Mocking Palin Hand-Notes

    02/24/2010 5:25:22 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies · 895+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's been almost three weeks since Sarah Palin addressed the Tea Party convention. More than two weeks since Andrea Mitchell did her taunting little imitation of Palin's hand notes. But there was Norah O'Donnell today, still milking the moment to mock Palin. O'Donnell worked her hand-note reference into a discussion on today's Morning Joe of Scott Brown's vote for the "jobs bill." Later, on a different subject, after criticizing socialism, Norah wryly observed "I sound like I'm on another network." See Bonus Coverage, below. View video here.
  • Norah: Palin Supporters Too Busy To Know What's Going On

    12/04/2009 8:11:54 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies · 1,572+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Norah O'Donnell just can't stop condescending to supporters of Sarah Palin. Appearing on Morning Joe today, the MSNBC correspondent rehashed a line she has used before: that fans of Sarah Palin are just too darn busy to know what's happening in the world. According to O'Donnell, Sarah supporters don't have "30 minutes to an hour to read the newspaper." As I reported here, O'Donnell sounded the same theme a couple weeks ago, when interviewing Palin fans waiting on line at a book-signing in Michigan. By coincidence, Jackie Seals, a high school senior and Palin supporter whom Norah had ambushed with...
  • Daily Gut: Sarah Palin’s Books Sales Prove We’re All Racists (Again)

    11/22/2009 8:08:08 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 12 replies · 669+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 11.20.09 | Greg Gutfeld
    So apparently Sarah Palin sold over three hundred thousand copies of her book in one day – and as you can guess – they were all purchased by racists. At least, that’s what the sociology professors over at MSNBC Community College believe. Check out Hardball guest Norah O’Donnell, impersonating a talking puffin…
  • Daily Gut: Sarah Palin’s Books Sales Prove We’re All Racists (Again)

    11/22/2009 8:08:10 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 33 replies · 1,182+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 11.20.09 | Greg Gutfeld
    So apparently Sarah Palin sold over three hundred thousand copies of her book in one day – and as you can guess – they were all purchased by racists. At least, that’s what the sociology professors over at MSNBC Community College believe. Check out Hardball guest Norah O’Donnell, impersonating a talking puffin…
  • Norah O'Donnell Breaks Out Prepared Notes To Debate Palin Fan

    11/19/2009 1:36:02 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies · 3,189+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Have a close look at the screencap. Notice what Norah O'Donnell's holding in her left hand? Those are notes, with factoids from the 2008 presidential campaign. She's reading from them to challenge a Sarah Palin supporter who was waiting in line at the book signing yesterday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We all remember how back during the '08 campaign, MSM reporters would challenge people attending Obama rallies with uncomfortable truths about their candidate, along the lines "would you still support him if you knew he had the most liberal voting record in the Senate?" Or not. I certainly can't remember...
  • Norah O'Donnell Grills A Young Girl In Line At A Book Signing For Supporting Sarah Palin (Video)

    11/18/2009 7:27:10 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 80 replies · 4,451+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 11/17/09 | talkradio03
    This girl is probably around 15 years old, and MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell starts hammering her on Sarah Palin supporting the bailout...This is a sight to behold..(Video)...
  • Norah O'Donnell: ACORN Video 'Might Be Viewed As Entrapment'

    09/15/2009 6:47:53 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 113 replies · 4,262+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Entrapment n. In criminal law, the act of law enforcement officers or government agents inducing or encouraging a person to commit a crime when the potential criminal expresses a desire not to go ahead. The key to entrapment is whether the idea for the commission or encouragement of the criminal act originated with the police or government agents instead of with the "criminal. It's turning into quite the morning for NBCers to defend the left on Morning Joe . . . First, Chuck Todd flatly rejected the notion that the MSM failed to adequately report on Van Jones, suggesting coverage...
  • MSNBC defending Palin vs. Levi's smears (Hell freezes over)

    09/03/2009 11:29:14 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 73 replies · 4,081+ views
    MSNBC ^ | September 02, 2009 | MSNBC
    Okay, I think most of us have had enough threads on the rantings of the little punk, but this segment on MSNBC left me flabbergasted... on MSNBC (DNC house channel) a report on the disgusting and ridiculous smears by Levi Johnston introduced by no one else but Norah O'Donnell actually defends Palin and exposes Levi as the lying attention-mongering goofball he is and debunks his BS. Norah, not at all a Palin fan, is visibly disgusted with the slimey punk. Watch for yourself: Video Of all places MSNBC... wow.
  • MSNBC's Norah O’Donnell Grills Opponent of Obama's Address at Notre Dame

    05/14/2009 6:59:08 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 53 replies · 1,782+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 5/14/2009 | Matthew Balan
    Instead of performing as an anchor, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell became a liberal sparring partner to the Cardinal Newman Society’s Patrick Reilly on the network’s Thursday afternoon programming over President Obama’s upcoming commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. Invoking her Catholic upbringing, she used the common left-wing tactic to equate the Church’s unequivocal teaching against abortion with its skepticism of the death penalty, and asked if former presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan shouldn’t have addressed prior commencements for their support of capital punishment. O’Donnell also inquired as to why Reilly was “advocating a Catholic Church that advocates...
  • Liz Cheney Utterly Destroys Norah O'Donnell on "Torture"

    04/26/2009 12:42:52 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 57 replies · 2,282+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | April 26, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    Let's just put this out there right now. If Liz Cheney wants to be president, she's got my vote. She is asked by Norah O'Donnell about the "torture" techniques and Cheney astutely denies the premise that it is torture at all. She points out that the very same techniques, including waterboarding, are done to our own military as training for being captured. Therefore, by definition, it cannot be torture. She also points out that the techniques were very effective in gaining vital intelligence, which prevented future attacks. By the end, O'Donnell is unhinged, foaming at the mouth, and yelling at...
  • MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell run over by steamroller

    02/25/2009 6:41:17 AM PST · by slomark · 65 replies · 3,354+ views
    Ouch. Norah O’Donnell never saw it coming. It’s been hours now and she’s probably still woozy after the figurative beating she took from documentary maker John Ziegler. Ziegler’s out promoting “Media Malpractice,” his new documentary, by making the rounds of all the news and talk shows. Today was MSNBC’s turn. Based on the smug smile on O’Donnell’s face when the interview started, she though Ziegler was going to be easy pickings. She was wrong....
  • Norah O'Donnell: Have The Republicans 'Lost Their Cojones?'

    01/21/2009 1:25:11 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 50 replies · 1,517+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Norah O'Donnell just mocked the manhood of the Senate Republicans. The MSNBC host was discussing with Tucker Carlson the way that, while making noises about wanting more financial disclosure about donations to Bill Clinton's foundation, Republicans have announced their intention to vote for Hillary's confirmation as Secretary of State nonetheless. O'Donnell wondered out loud whether the Republicans "have kind of lost their cojones." View video here.
  • Double Standard? MSNBC Quick to ID Coleman as Republican

    12/10/2008 9:07:52 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies · 1,638+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    This is just too perfect. Earlier today, noting that none of the network morning shows explicitly identified Rod Blagojevich as a Democrat, I wondered out loud how a Republican would be treated in like circumstances. It's taken less than three hours to get our answer. Let's preface this by saying that Norm Coleman is not, repeat not, the target of an investigation. To mention him anywhere within a million miles of Blago is unfair. I'm citing the MSNBC coverage just for purposes of illustrating the double standard. At about 11:20 AM ET, here's how Contessa Brewer threw it to Norah...
  • Anarchists disrupting MSNBC coverage at RNC -- Right Now!!!

    09/03/2008 12:11:48 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 76 replies · 263+ views
    Norah O'Donnell is anchoring in an outdoor studio thing, interviewing Sen. Kay Bailey-Hutchison, and you cannot hear a darn thing with all the yelling & screaming from anarchists in the background holding up posters and other 9/11 conspiracy theorists holding up signs that say that the US government is to blame for 9/11. Nice job, MSNBC. Move it inside!
  • Norah: What Gives With Obama's God-like Shtick?

    08/27/2008 2:26:27 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies · 324+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Between Maureen Dowd's column of this morning and Norah O'Donnell's questioning of an Obama spokesman this afternoon, it looks like Barack's halo is losing its glow in some MSM sectors. Obama spokesman Bill Burton was O'Donnell's guest just after 3 PM EDT, and she read to him from Dowd's column, which he jokingly professed not to have read. NORAH O'DONNELL [reading Dowd]: "Ed Rendell compared Obama to the passive-aggressive Adlai Stevenson and told the Washington Post that Obama gives six-minute answers and "is not exactly the easiest guy in the world to identify with." Boos from the pro-Obama crowd in...
  • 'Hottest Ring in Hell' for Messing with Michelle

    06/11/2008 2:59:11 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies · 87+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    My late father, who worked with the toughest kids in a Brooklyn high school, used to say that when a person's reaction is disproportionate to the stimulus, something else is causing it. So when Obama campaign co-chair Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) dramatically reserved the "hottest ring in hell" for those who would go after Michelle Obama, my antennae went up. Interviewing him, MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell also seemed a bit taken aback by the forcefulness of Durbin's response. O'Donnell broached the subject by quoting from Maureen Dowd's NY Times column of this morning: It’s good news for Obama that Hillary’s out of...
  • Norah to McAuliffe: 'Mathematically Impossible' for Hillary to Win Nomination

    05/07/2008 10:19:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies · 92+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hillary's odds of overtaking Obama among elected delegates is not much better than those of the milk-wagon nag's winning the Preakness. But is it "mathematically impossible" for Clinton to win the nomination? No way. Many superdelegates remain undeclared. And even those who have come out for Obama are not bound. If another shoe of the Rev. Wright variety were to drop, it's far from inconceivable that the supers would move to Hillary. But perhaps in a sign of how much the MSM wants Hillary out and their guy in, Norah O'Donnell has had the chutzpah to proclaim to Hillary honcho...
  • O'Donnell, Tubbs Jones Spar Over Clinton Campaign's Role in Pushing Rezko Story

    03/05/2008 1:47:44 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies · 177+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The last time I wrote about Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, I described her as "ever-smiling." Scratch that. The Dem congresswoman from Ohio and Hillary co-chair just snapped at MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell during a discussion of who is responsible for circulating the story about Rezko trial: the media or the Clinton campaign. The conversation was proceeding swimmingly until Norah broached the Rezko matter. And then . . . NORAH O'DONNELL: What about, congresswoman, that many--and Barack Obama--essentially charged today that the reason he failed to win in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island last night is because Hillary Clinton went negative on...
  • Matthews 'Worried' Hillary Could Regain Momentum?

    02/18/2008 4:27:38 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies · 97+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Slip of the tongue, or was the man who gets a thrill up his leg from Barack Obama's rhetoric voicing his innermost apprehension at the prospect of Hillary Clinton regaining the upper hand? On this afternoon's Hardball, host Chris Matthews was discussing the March 4th Texas primary with Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News, John Heilemann of New York magazine, and Norah O'Donnell. The MSNBCer made the point that under the arcane Texas rules in which the race is a hybrid of caucus and primary, it's possible for one candidate to win the popular vote and the other to...
  • 'Now That She's Tanking'

    01/07/2008 1:47:11 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 58 replies · 70+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    This one could leave a mark. As MSMers go, A.B. Stoddard has been one of my favorites during this campaign season for her grown-up, no-nonsense style. The Associate Editor of The Hill is not someone given to overblown flights of rhetoric. That's why I was so struck by the brutal assessment of Hillary's predicament Stoddard just offered on MSNBC. The topic was Clinton's 11th-hour openness, reflected in her granting an interview to Access Hollywood to discuss her personal side, and epitomized during a campaign stop today when she got a bit misty while discussing the campaign and her hopes for...
  • Would Norah Dare Be as Tough on Hillary as She Was on Mrs. Kucinich?

    10/30/2007 2:29:59 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies · 49+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What's a good-looking young girl like you doing with a weird old guy like him? And what's up with the tongue-ring? Norah O'Donnell all but asked the first question of Elizabeth Kucinich this afternoon, and did ask the second one. View video here.
  • AP, Not DNC, Describes Dem Tax Hike as 'Asking' Rich to Pay More

    10/25/2007 1:54:12 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies · 39+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Notice Norah O'Donnell glancing down? Although the screen graphic refers to the Lewinsky scandal, the MSNBC anchor was at that moment discussing the Democrats's $1 trillion tax proposal with Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY). As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rangel is the key mover behind the tax plan. O'Donnell, obviously reading from a document, described the proposal as a plan "to eliminate the alternative minimum tax and ease the tax burdens of most Americans by asking the rich and some corporations to pay more.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm: Politico's Hearn Finds Hillary's Positive Poll Number 'Exciting'

    10/24/2007 6:45:21 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies · 35+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Was it just a slip of the tongue, or did Josephine "Josie" Hearn of Politico just let her liberal slip show? On this evening's "Tucker," she sure seemed to wax enthusiastic over a positive poll result for Hillary. Norah O'Donnell subbed for Tucker Carlson on his MSNBC show this evening, and talk turned to the latest LA Times|Bloomberg poll, which put Hillary at 48%, with Obama at 17% and Edwards trailing with 13%. Norah invited Hearn to comment. NORAH O'DONNELL: Josie, it just shows she's continuing her wide margin on just about every demographic, right?
  • Huh? Norah Claims McCain's Iraq War Support 'Stalled' Candidacy -- But Helps With Voters

    04/25/2007 5:40:58 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 3 replies · 369+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Q. How can embrace of a given policy "stall" a candidate's campaign if it helps him with the voters? A. If the policy in question is the Bush administration's Iraq war plan, and the MSM finds it difficult to admit that support for it can be an electoral plus.As NewsBuster Geoffrey Dickens and I have noted here and here, NBC reporters, notably including Andrea Mitchell and David Gregory, have repeatedly explained McCain's weak standing in the GOP primary polls by his support of the Iraq war. The truth, of course, is just the opposite. Republicans are less than enthusiastic about...
  • Pelosi Blames Sexism, Rummy for Plane-Gate

    02/08/2007 11:41:23 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 129 replies · 5,537+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Nancy Pelosi has decided to play the gender card. For good measure, she's thrown in a soupcon of Rumsfeld-phobia. MSNBC just aired a clip of Pelosi making the following remarks on the issue of her demand to the Pentagon for a large plane: "I don't even know the numbers of the planes. So this is something that is really very strange. That the Department of Defense, the Pentagon, which I have been a constant critic of the war in Iraq, and where I understand Mr. Rumsfeld still has a desk, even though he's no longer the Secretary, has decided that...
  • Norah's Iraq Knock: 'It Should Be A Political Solution'

    01/10/2007 4:14:47 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies · 715+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    While there's never been much doubt as to where Norah O'Donnell stands politically, I've never heard her express a political position in such unmistakably personal terms as she did this afternoon on Tucker Carlson's MSNBC show. Said Norah, discussing the President's imminent announcement of a surge: "The President has chosen a military solution to the sectarian violence. As Brownback said today, and an increasing number of Democrats, it should be a political solution." When Tucker countered that the military is traditionally used for the express purpose of ultimately achieving a political solution, Norah again expressed her own view: "Perhaps when...
  • Friday Night Fights: Ann Coulter Takes on Norah O’Donnell (Cat Fight!!!!!)

    07/17/2006 5:41:52 AM PDT · by teddyballgame · 23 replies · 2,647+ views
    NewBusters ^ | 7/16/06 | Noel Sheppard
    It wasn’t the barnburner it could have been, but there was a wonderful mini-flyweight boxing match Friday night on MSNBC’s “Hardball.” In the left corner, weighing 105 pounds, Norah O’Donnell. In the right corner, weighing 100 pounds, Ann Coulter (video to follow). The crowd got a sense before the opening bell that O’Donnell was ready for a donnybrook when prior to Coulter even stepping foot out of her dressing room, O’Donnell referred to her opponent as a “conservative provocateur.” The first actual fisticuffs though came early in round one with O’Donnell jabbing at Coulter over the recent hostilities in Israel...
  • Scarborough Apologizes for Saying Dems Wouldn't Welcome OBL Capture

    07/07/2006 6:37:32 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies · 1,268+ views
    Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 7, 2006 Does Norah O'Donnell read NewsBusters? Could it be pure coincidence that on this evening's 'What'd You Say?' Hardball segment featuring the audio highlights of the week Norah just happened to select two items we had featured here and here? Who knows? In any case, Joe Scarborough took the occasion to apologize for being too mean to Democrats earlier in the show. For the record, the two soundbites featured were Joe Biden's Indian/7/11 slur, and Cindy Sheehan's pronouncement that she would rather live under Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez than George Bush. Panelist Tucker Carlson had...
  • Sheehan: 'I'd Rather Live Under Chavez than Bush', Norah Gives Cindy Rough Ride

    07/05/2006 4:50:47 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 162 replies · 4,247+ views
    Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 5, 2006 As James Taranto suggested Monday in his WSJ 'Best of the Web' column, at some point you *can* question a person's patriotism. Cindy Sheehan surely passed that point long ago. But just in case there was any doubt, Sheehan made things clear this evening, flatly stating that she'd rather live under Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez than George Bush. Sheehan made her comments during a Hardball appearance, during which guest host Norah O'Donnell, sitting in for Chris Matthews, gave her a surprisingly rough ride. At one point, O'Donnell asked: "Why go stand by side by...
  • Norah Needles North Koreans For 'Going Limp After 30 Seconds'

    07/05/2006 3:45:02 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 41 replies · 1,755+ views
    Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 5, 2006 Ouch! Norah O'Donnell knows how to get a guy where it hurts. And Kim Jong Il might be feeling 'ronrier' than ever. On this evening's Hardball, Norah, guest-hosting for Chris Matthews, discussed the failed North Korean missile tests with three separate panels. In each case, she used the same metaphor to describe the failure: To her first panel, composed of congressmen Dan Burton [R-IN] and Bill Pascrell [D-NJ], Norah noted: "We saw the Taepodong missile essentially exploded and went limp into the sea of Japan after 45 seconds." Next, with guests Michael Scheuer and...
  • 'Dr.' Ron: Domestic Terrorists Might Suffer From Mental Illness

    06/23/2006 3:19:31 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 883+ views
    Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein June 23, 2006 Even before the evidence on Haditha is in, Jack Murtha was ready to accuse American Marines of 'cold-blooded' killings. But let terrorists plan to kill Americans, and - what do you know? - liberals are quick to ascribe their acts to everything from poverty to insanity. Norah O'Donnell was the guest host on this evening's Hardball. Discussing the arrest of seven alleged domestic terrorists charged with plotting to blow up the Sears Tower among other targets, O'Donnell asked her panel of 'Hardball Hotshots': "where is this hatred coming from?" Mike Barnicle was first to...