House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at a press conference in support of the Democrats' stimulus proposal, January 28, 2009. Photo AFP/Getty/Mark Wilson
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Senate GOP must follow House brethren and vote unanimously against stimulus package.
"What’s worse than the liberal media’s sycophantic coverage of President Barack Obama? ABC’s George Stephanopoulos actively helping design and deliver the Administration’s strategy and message - which he is then charged with reporting."
That was MRC President and NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell's reaction to Tuesday's report by Politico that the "This Week" anchor has daily strategy and message chats with former Clinton administration alumni: Rahm Emanuel -- Obama's White House chief of staff -- and CNN pundits Paul Begala and James Carville.
“For Stephanopoulos, the line between journalist and liberal strategist would be completely obliterated were it not for the fact that it apparently never existed at all. He didn’t fail in his attempt at transformation from liberal operative to journalist – he never made the effort," Bozell concluded.
The full press release exists after the jump.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: you tell us!
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Does history support Republicans unanimously opposing Obama's stimulus plan?
President Obama's recent remarks about Rush Limbaugh should make conservatives sit up and take notice. This is just an opening salvo from the new administration in the war to stifle conservative talk radio and could soon be followed by a concerted effort to resurrect the so-called Fairness Doctrine, argues NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell in a new press release (audio available here).
Alexandria, VA - President Barack Obama took a shot at conservative talk radio king Rush Limbaugh by warning GOP leaders that "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done." This attack came during a meeting on Capitol Hill held to discuss Pres. Obama's hefty $1 trillion stimulus package. One White House official attempted to cushion the jab by alleging that the President was pointing to the fact that "There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats" and that "partisan politics" should not get in the way of accomplishing "very important things."
President of the Media Research Center Brent Bozell doesn't buy it:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Increased government spending on birth control will help the economy?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: You tell us.
UPDATE: We're getting some of the best submissions we've seen since we began this segment months ago. Do yourself a favor and venture below the fold. You won't regret it!
Tonight's Comedy Video Open Thread will again feature your recommendations. Readers are encouraged to submit suggestions to Noel and Warner via PM or EM (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Our first submission isn't a comedy video, but given the events of the week, NBer AnotherFedUpOne rightly thought we all needed some uplifting...and this certainly did it for me:
MRC Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham is scheduled to appear on the "Hannity" show on Fox News Channel on Friday night. In a "media mash" segment, Tim will discuss some of the latest media-bias issues and video. (We're told it's near the end of the hour.)The show airs at 9 pm and midnight Eastern time.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: are media already getting frustrated with President Obama?
Tuesday's broadcast media inaugural coverage "really was over-the-top" with journalists falling over themselves to describe the Obama ceremony in glorious overtones, Media Research Center President Brent Bozel
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: How do responsibility and socialism mix?A theme in Obama's inaugural address was a new era of responsibility. Yet: "[I]f Obama gets his stimulus package passed, and it includes the tax credits he’s after, less than 50 percent of the nation will actually be paying federal income taxes. That means more than half the population will have absolutely no fiscal responsibility under the new administration."
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Have all your problems gone away now that Obama is President?Have your mortgage and monthly bills been mysteriously paid for? Did you wake up thinner, taller, fitter, healthier, and sexier? Did your boss give you a raise today completely out of the blue? Are your kids suddenly better behaved, and saying "Yes, sir/ma'am" to all your commands? Did your spouse give you an affectionate greeting this morning like you haven't received since your honeymoon?Does the sky and the sun look brighter today?
"Up to this point, there's very much a mirage going on. Barack Obama is what people want him to be. It is not the real thing, yet. He hasn't been tested yet. Once he's tested, then we are going to see the real Barack Obama. I hope he does well," Brent Bozell told the crew of "Fox & Friends" this morning. (audio available here)
The MRC president and NewsBusters publisher braved the cold and heavy inaugural security to appear with FNC's Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade on the roof of the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, where he gave some advice to the incoming president, assessed the outgoing chief executive's engagement with the media, and slammed the media for failing to cover President Bush's farewell address.
On the latter:
BRENT BOZELL, MRC President: Let me give you a fascinating statistic. And this is truly, I think, offensive. On Thursday night, George Bush gave his farewell address to the American people. It's the only real public thing he's done.
STEVE DOOCY, "Fox & Friends" co-host: We covered it the next day a lot.
BOZELL: Friday morning, ABC, NBC, CBS, a grand total of 7 hours combined coverage. Guess how much time they gave to George Bush's farewell address, combined? Fifty-eight seconds.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Inauguration Day.What are your final thoughts for George W. Bush? What are the high points of his administration, and the low points? How will history eventually view the man as well as his presidency?As for our new president, what are your thoughts today? Do you wish him the best and hope things are much better four years from now, or do you want him to fail so that Republicans can take back Congress and the White House as soon as possible?