<div style="float: right"><object width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=ydaGkU4zSU&c1=0xFB9006&... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=ydaGkU4zSU&c1=0xFB9006&... allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194"></embed></object></div>Appearing on the June 3 "America's Newsroom" program, Graham discussed Newsweek economics columnist Robert Samuelson's gripe that the media's "Obama infatuation is a great unreported story of our time." <p>Samuelson "is a reasonable guy" who "has got to know that we've had years of pro-Obama bias, and certainly in the pages of his own magazine, where there are syrupy pictures of Barack and/or Michelle almost weekly," Media Research Center (MRC) Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham told "America's Newsroom" host Bill Hemmer. [<a href="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/06/2009-06-03-FNC-Grah... target="_blank">audio available here</a>]</p><p>Graham added: </p><blockquote>
Possible topic: President Obama's Middle East trip, particularly his planned stay at Saudi King Abdullah's farm.:
The president plans to spend the night at King Abdullah's farm outside of Riyadh. Following a red-carpeted arrival ceremony with the king at the royal airport terminal, Obama was scheduled to travel to the farm where Abdullah keeps a stable of more than 100 stallions.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Cheney discusses America's response to 9/11.
Topics in today's show: Nancy Pelosi visits China, GM files for bankruptcy, Al Qeada leader shows up on Iraqi tv, and Larry King advocates gay marriage. Love the show? Then help spread the word by embedding it on your blog or telling your friends on Myspace and Facebook. Think you're funny? Send your (short) jokes to newsbusted at dialognewmedia.com. If we use them, we'll pay you USD $50 for each one.
Today the Media Research Center’s Free Speech Alliance (FSA) will deliver nearly 400,000 petitions – combined with thousands of calls and faxes - to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging them to allow a full, fair stand-alone floor vote on the Broadcaster Freedom Act (BFA).
"Free speech on the radio airwaves remains in peril so long as the FCC is just a 3-2 vote away from reinstating the mis-named 'Fairness' Doctrine," MRC President Brent Bozell argued in a June 1 statement. What's more, the doctrine "remains a threat to free speech as long as elected officials like Pelosi and Reid... refuse to give the Broadcaster Freedom Act a vote."
The Free Speech Alliance (www.FreeSpeechAlliance.us) is made up of sixty-seven (67) organizations representing millions of Americans dedicated to defending free speech against a return of the Censorship Doctrine or any other assault on the First Amendment and talk radio. National talk show hosts Lars Larson and Rusty Humphries have also been heavily involved in the petition effort.
The full June 1 press release is posted below:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: you tell us.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: you tell us.
When wind blew over a Teleprompter while he was addressing the commencement crowd at the Air Force Academy on May 27, 2009, VP Joe Biden joked: "What I am going to tell the president when I tell him his TelePrompTer is broken? What will he do then?'' (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
As TimesWatch editor Clay Waters pointed out yesterday, the press had a far more cynical reaction to the “up-by-the-bootstraps” story of Clarence Thomas, elevated to the Supreme Court by the first President Bush back in 1991.
An excerpt from Harper’s Washington Times piece, “Sotomayor Finds Favor in Coverage”:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: you tell us!
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Obama spending taxpayer dollars to attend Democrat fundraisers.
President Obama has the star power to raise millions of dollars for the candidates and organizations he graces with his stump speech. But when the president hit the road Tuesday for a two-day fundraising tour to pack the party coffers, he also was racking up a $265,000 partisan bill for just one leg of the trip, according to a watchdog group -- part of which taxpayers, regardless of party affiliation, will have to pay. Obama started out in Las Vegas, where he stumped that night for state Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. On Wednesday night he was to attend a two-tiered donor dinner for the Democratic Party in Los Angeles. But sandwiched between political appearances, Obama squeezed in some quick public remarks on energy, ironically before burning fuel to Los Angeles, at Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base. It was a key stop, because it gives the entire trip an air of official legitimacy and allows the White House to write off part of the trip under rules governing travel, said Pete Sepp, vice president for policy and communications at the National Taxpayers Union.
Is this concerning, or something every president has done?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Obama to name Sonia Sotomayor as Justice Souter's replacement.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: We're out of money!
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Who's responsible for the growing credit card debt?
Let's be frank here. In an embarrassing number of cases, cardholders blithely rack up charges without a thought to payment. Consumer plastic has become the perfect dance partner to our irrepressible need for instant gratification. I want it, I buy it, and some day I may pay for it. The soul-searching question do I have enough money? doesn't always enter a purchase equation. Unlike that old-style method of layaway so popular during my childhood, charging gets you the coveted item NOW, not when you've finished paying for it...This is about living high on the hog without thinking about forking over the bacon. As consumers we owe nearly $1 trillion in consumer credit, and card debt has increased by 25 percent in the last decade. Granted, penalty fees are ridiculous, and about one-fifth of those carrying debt pay 20 percent in interest, surely loan shark-level rates. Nevertheless, we must bear responsibility for irresponsible spending and short-sighted decisions.
Read the whole piece and offer your thoughts.
Pres. Barack Obama delivers his commencement address at the University of Notre Dame, Sunday, May 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: U.S. to lose its AAA rating?
The dollar extended declines today after Treasuries and American stocks slumped on concern the U.S. government’s debt rating may at some point be lowered. Bill Gross, the co-chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Co., said the U.S. “eventually” will lose its AAA grade...Gross said in an interview yesterday on Bloomberg Television that while a U.S. sovereign rating cut is “certainly nothing that’s going to happen overnight,” markets are “beginning to anticipate the possibility.” Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, speaking in Hong Kong today, nevertheless argues it’s “hard to believe” the U.S. would ever default.
Is Gross right, or is he greatly exaggerating? If the full faith and credit of the U.S. doesn't deserve the highest rating available, whose does? After all, anything less than AAA suggests that entity could actually default.