Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) participated in a blogger conference call Monday to discuss President Obama's stimulus package and its prospects for passage in the Senate.
NewsBusters associate editor Noel Sheppard participated in this discussion, and had an interesting exchange with the Senator concerning current tax receipt projections by the White House and what they suggest about the economy.
Last week, Media Research Center President and NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell issued a statement expressing displeasure with "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos, who, reported the January 27 edition of Politico, has daily message and strategy chats with Obama chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel and fellow Clinton administration alumni James Carville and Paul Begala. [click here]
The Media Research Center's MRCAction.org quickly took action, working with its grassroots members to present ABC News with a recusal petition (accessible here) and by informing members how they can call ABC News to complain about Stephanopoulos conflict of interest.
Below is an excerpt of Friday's MRCAction Alert, including information on how to call ABC News:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Porkulus might not clear Senate.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday the massive stimulus bill backed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats could go down to defeat if it's not stripped of unnecessary spending and focused more on housing issues and tax cut.
Is this possible? Could Obama actually lose this battle? If so, why?What are your thoughts on porkulus? Want it to pass or fail? Why?
Is it the best catch in Super Bowl history?
It's Super Bowl Sunday, and we've got Joe Concha below the fold. Also, those following the track career of Brandon Sheppard get an early season update:
Last Saturday's comedy video open thread was the most popular yet with almost 6,500 reads. Sweet.
Tonight, as we're hours away from our nation's most highly-watched sporting event, it seems appropriate to focus on comedy in sports. As Archie Bunker used to say, can you folly that?
Our first offering is a collection of sports bloopers:
Obviously, most will want to talk about tomorrow's Super Bowl. So, have it.Other topics:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Thou shalt be saved, just not as many of you nor as quickly as I promised.
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: