Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Don't you dare blame Obama for this budget deficit!
We just received word that C-SPAN 2 is going to air a "slightly abbreviated version" of the Media Research Center's 2009 Gala and Dishonors Awards dinner.
It should start airing at 1:26 p.m. EDT.
<p><object align="right" width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=ydSUaGSU4z&c1=0x3E635C&c2=0... /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=ydSUaGSU4z&c1=0x3E635C&c2=0... allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194" align="right" /></object>Media Research Center President and NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell appeared on the Fox News Channel program, "America's Newsroom" shortly after 10 a.m. Eastern. [See video embed at the right; <a href="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/04/2009-04-16-FNC-Boze... target="_blank">audio available here</a>] </p><p>Mr. Bozell gave his thoughts on the media's coverage of the Tea Party protests, the good, the bad, and the <a href="/blogs/julia-seymour/2009/04/15/cnn-correspondent-claims-tea-parties-anti-government-anti-cnn" target="_blank">Roesgen</a>. Below is an excerpt:</p><blockquote><p>MEGYN KELLY, co-host, to Brent Bozell: There's been a lot of outrage over this clip, online and other words [sic]. CNN has come out and said she [CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen] was doing her job and quote, "called it like she saw it." Do you see a problem with it?</p><p>BRENT BOZELL, MRC president: Well, you tell me where in that clip was a reporter reporting news. This was an activist debating with an activist, and calling herself a reporter in the process.</p>
<p><object align="right" width="250" height="202"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=ydSUaG8zSU&sm=1"></para... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=ydSUaG8zSU&sm=1" allowfullscreen="true" align="right" width="250" height="202"></embed></object>Media Research Center's Seton Motley appeared on FNC's <i>Fox & Friends</i> on April 16th to talk about the egregious media bias in covering the tax day TEA Party protests. And there was no shortage of bias to talk about.</p><p>Of <a href="/blogs/julia-seymour/2009/04/15/cnn-correspondent-claims-tea-parties-anti-government-anti-cnn" title="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/julia-seymour/2009/04/15/cnn-correspondent-... Susan Roesgen's openly hostile reporting </a>from one event, Motley said, "She was totally in attack mode. She was almost angry to be there."</p><p>He also addressed the juvenile pornographic references by <a href="/blogs/matthew-balan/2009/04/15/cnns-anderson-cooper-its-hard-talk-when-youre-tea-bagging" title="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2009/04/15/cnns-anderson-coop... Anderson Cooper</a> and <a href="/blogs/jeff-poor/2009/04/14/msnbc-place-low-brow-teabag-humor" target="_blank" title="NewsBusters.org | Media Research Center">MSNBC</a>, which he referred to as "Nestea-Plunging" "so as to not sink to their level." </p><p>Motley added "They can't get any more biased, so they decided to go vulgar too." </p>
For general discussion and debate: Shouldn't EVERYONE pay income tax?
Today, Mr. Obama and many congressional Democrats want the "wealthy" to pay even more so there is more money for them to redistribute. The president says he wants the wealthy to pay their "fair share." Who can argue with that? But he never defines what that means. Is it fair for 10% to pay 70% of the income tax? Does he believe they should pay 75%, or 95%, or does fairness mean they should pay it all? It's clever politics to speak like that, but it is risky policy. Mr. Obama is adding to this trend with his "Make Work Pay" tax cut that means almost 50% of the country will no longer pay any income taxes, up from a little over 40% today. A certain amount of income redistribution in a capitalistic society is healthy, but this goes too far. The economic and moral problem is that when 50% of the country gets benefits without paying for them and an increasingly smaller number of taxpayers foot the bill, the spinning triangle will no longer be able to support itself. Eventually, it will spin so slowly that it falls down, especially when the economy is contracting and the number of wealthy taxpayers is in sharp decline.
Read Ari Fleischer's fabulous op-ed and add your thoughts.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: top talent leaving banks and Wall Street.
There is an air of exodus on Wall Street — and not just among those being fired. As Washington cracks down on compensation and tightens regulation of banks, a brain drain is occurring at some of the biggest ones. They are some of the same banks blamed for setting off the worst downturn since the Depression. Top bankers have been leaving Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and others in rising numbers to join banks that do not face tighter regulation, including foreign banks, or start-up companies eager to build themselves into tomorrow’s financial powerhouses. Others are leaving because of culture clashes at merging companies, like Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, and still others are simply retiring early.
Is this good for banks and Wall Street firms as they rebuild themselves as stronger, more risk averse entities, or will the best leaving and/or refusing to work for these companies weaken them further?
Before we begin, some prayers and thoughts for the friends and family of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart. Rest in peace, Nick.Moving forward, isn't there a golf tournament this week? Active leaderboard available here. UPDATE: Live broadcast of Amen Corner holes now available here!!! How 'bout Anthony Kim's round yesterday? Eleven birdies in one round. Are you kidding me? Nice rounds also yesterday for Sergio, Rory, Kenny, Angel, and Phil. So, predictions for today? With NBA playoff positions set, what do you see? Will there be any surprises, or are LeBron and Kobe destined to meet in the finals? Same question in the NHL: any surprises, or will we go according to Hoyle and see the Bruins and the Sharks in the finals?Am I missing anything?
President Barack Obama talks to France's President Nicolas Sarkozy after crossing the "Two Banks Bridge" on the Rhine river in Strasbourg April 4, 2009.
Topics in today's show: Geithner wants to replace more CEOs, Ward Churchill wins his court case, The Obama administration ditches the term "War on Terror", and TV Land announces a dating show for cougars.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.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Why did the RINO Gang of Three vote against Obama's budget last week?
On Sunday, NewsBusters reported Glenn Beck being blamed by liberal b