Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Pres.-elect Barack Obama and VP-elect Joe Biden meet in Washington January 14, 2009, after Biden and Graham's recent trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. Photo Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
"Sometimes, Brian, I think we live in a parallel universe, where the media see the world one way when it's a Democrat in power and another way when a Republican is in power," NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell told Fox News Channel's Brian Kilmeade. [audio of segment available here]
The Media Research Center president appeared on the January 16 "Fox & Friends" to discuss an astounding contrast that illustrates the media's liberal biases: the Associated Press scorned the roughly $40 million spent on the 2005 Bush inauguration but is assuring readers that it's okay to glam it up for the 2009 Obama inauguration.:
BRENT BOZELL: Look at these headlines. We found this, this is from AP. Four years ago on the eve of George Bush's second inauguration. This is the lede: "President Bush's second inauguration will cost tens of millions of dollars. Forty million alone in private donations for parties, balls, etc. Then it goes on to say, what else could that money buy..... Now, four years later, same AP news outlet. A story on Barack Obama. According to the Guardian newspaper, he could spend as much as $150 million. That would be three times more than George Bush spent. This is their [AP's] lede: "So you're attending an inaugural ball saluting the historic election of Barack Obama in the worst economic climate in three generations. Can you get away with glitzing it up and still be appropriate not to mention comfortable and finacially viable? To quote the man of the hour, 'Yes, you can.' Veteran ballgoers say you should, and fashionistas say you must."
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Bush says farewell.
Fellow citizens: For eight years, it has been my honor to serve as your President. The first decade of this new century has been a period of consequence – a time set apart. Tonight, with a thankful heart, I have asked for a final opportunity to share some thoughts on the journey we have traveled together and the future of our Nation.
What did you think of his speech? How will he be remembered?
Video of address embedded below the fold:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: a treasury secretary with tax problems?As Tom Blumer has reported here and here, Barack Obama's nominee for treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, has some tax problems. Do you think this is a serious matter, and something that should disqualify him?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: you tell us.
Playoff weekend began with what would have to be described as surprises Saturday with both away underdogs winning. Sadly, in the first game, much like in last weekend's games, the refs played a huge part.
Hey, zebras: when the play clock is at zero, and the ball hasn't been snapped, that's delay of game. Probably the easiest call you have to make all day. Sheesh.
Anyway, Joe's got us covered below the fold:
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).
As a possible theme, I'd love to see what everyone thinks is the funniest episode or scene from a sit-com.
To get the ball rolling, embedded right is the "Chuckles the Clown's Funeral" episode from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," considered by many to be the funniest installment of any American television program. The phone lines are open.
Well, I was intending to do British comedy another evening, but NB reader Vincent Williams offers the following from Fawlty Towers:
Pres.-elect Obama meets in the Oval Office with all the living presidents, past and current, January 7, 2009. Photo Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Fitzgerald makes a booboo!
In a remarkable screw-up, a Department of Justice official today accidentally distributed to the media a document containing the names of nearly 20 confidential witnesses interviewed during a federal probe targeting the operators of a fraudulent investment scheme. In announcing felony charges against two men for their roles in an alleged $15 million Ponziesque swindle, the spokesman for Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (he of Rod Blagojevich- and Scooter Libby-prosecuting fame) e-mailed reporters a 62-page U.S. District Court complaint filed against John Walsh and Charles Martin, principals of the now-defunct One World Capital Group...The inadvertent disclosure of the sources--former One World employees, customers, and "other" individuals who spoke with FBI and IRS agents--caused Fitzgerald spokesman Randall Samborn to send an urgent follow-up email asking journalists to destroy the complaint due to the "non-public information disclosing the identities of persons not named in the affidavit."
Should media honor his request or divulge these names? What would media do if this was a criminal investigation of a Republican, and the people wrongly disclosed were GOP elected officials? (wink wink)
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Anything BUT Palin Derangement Syndrome please! :-)
Media Research Center Director of Communications and NewsBusters.org Contributing Editor Seton Motley appeared on this morning's Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel to discuss the egregious media double standard when it comes to Republicans and Democrats misbehaving.
Motley pointed to the media's incessant chant in 2006, the "Republican Culture of Corruption," and noted that no such parallel moniker has been affixed by the press to the Democratic Party despite a great and apparently growing number of their members having become embroiled in scandals.
Motley "defended" New Mexico Governor and recently withdrawn Commerce Secretary designee Bill Richardson, currently under federal investigation for swapping large government contracts for large campaign contributions, saying Richardson was only engaging in his form of commerce, preparing for his (almost) next gig.
(Motley wrote about this on December 9th, 2008.)
MRC President Brent Bozell offered some words of consolation to author Ann Coulter in a statement Tuesday morning on the rumors of NBC News banning Coulter from their airwaves:
"Ann, as a veteran ban-ee from NBC, I can well attest to the fact that you will, in fact, survive this ordeal. I can also tell you that they’re not very good at banning people, however. During a two-year period while I was banned from MSNBC, on three separate occasions I was invited to go on that network and each time had to remind them of my banishment. Be patient with them, Ann, and gentle, for they know not what they’re doing.
"As for NBC, I have only one question: Have you lost your collective mind? Every broadcast network, yours included, is bleeding to death, your audiences abandoning you by the millions. The biggest body leaving is conservatives who correctly see you as having abandoned any pretense of objectivity in favor of a leftist political agenda. And how do you respond? By banning one of the best-known conservative voices in America. This is your commitment to political balance and the very idea of free speech, and the reason why, when the last of you leaves the building, you need to remember to turn out the lights."
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: you tell us!