For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: the media have turned on Bill Clinton.
As NewsBusters reported here, here, and here, the press this weekend went on a frontal assault of former President Clinton. What is their goal?
Is this retaliation for his media bashing the past couple of months? Do they really want Barack Obama as the nominee, and not Hillary? After all, many leading Democrats believe that she will so energize Republicans that even if she wins the White House, the GOP could take back one or both chambers of Congress.
Or, are they really behind Hillary, and believe that Bill is getting in the way of her success?
It's Championship Sunday: Do you know where your bigscreen TV is?
I gotta say that I'm more excited about today's conference championships than any in years, mostly because of the old school nature of the Giants taking on the Packers on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Honestly, for a real football fan, with all these new stadiums, some of them indoor, many with astroturf, does it get any better than this?
Add in the whole story line of an aging Brett Favre, having been written off by so many sportswriters, fans, and pundits, possibly taking his team back to the Super Bowl. If that's not why we watch sports, what is?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Romney takes Nevada, McCain wins South Carolina, Thompson does poorly...again.
How are NBers feeling about the primaries at this point? Most conservatives are not behind McCain for a variety of obvious reasons. Are you with such GOPers, or more friendly to a McCain candidacy, and why?
On the other hand, despite how the media are covering it, one really has to see Romney as the frontrunner inasmuch as he keeps on racking up delegates. How do you feel about Mitt as the nominee? Do you see him doing well at the national level?
Finally, has Huckabee's train hit a brick wall? Is Thompson done? Has Giuliani made a mistake banking on the bigger states and ignoring these early primaries, or is he still lurking in the wings with a serious chance?
During a campaign stop for his wife in Oakland, CA on January 18th, Bill Clinton became visibly annoyed when KGO ABC7 reporter Mark Mathews asked him whether Sen. Clinton's campaign should take a stronger stand against a union's lawsuit to keep casino workers from caucusing at special precincts in Nevada. View video of exchange here.
After weeks of complaining publicly about Barack Obama’s record, the news media’s coverage of the Democratic presidential race, or both, Mr. Clinton on Wednesday ripped into a television reporter who had asked him about a Nevada lawsuit concerning participation in the state’s caucuses this Saturday. Mr. Clinton believed the question had seemed sympathetic to Mr. Obama’s stakes in the suit, Clinton campaign officials said.
The former president continually seems tense and agitated. Is this an indication of how Hillary's campaign is going, or something more to do with Bill himself?
"It could be more women using contraception and not having as many unintended pregnancies. It could be more restrictions on abortions, making it more difficult for women to obtain abortion services. It could be a combination of these and other dynamics," said Rachel Jones of the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-health research organization publishing the report in the March issue of the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Mitt takes Michigan.
How do you see Romney's victory last night impacting the campaign? Is there a GOP frontrunner in your mind, or is this race as wide open as it can be? Also, with Mitt getting his first win, how will a Romney-hating media cover the story?
Every one of these Republicans is starting to talk about redefining the party, and this has been going on since the early days of this, not just now. If you recall, all during last year, I told you this was my big concern: that Reaganism and conservatism were going to be redefined so as to fit the mold of whoever these guys on our primary roster are. One of the things that Newt said is "redefine the nature of the Republican Party in response to what the country needs." Something about that rubs me wrong. Something about that sort of grates on me. The Republican Party is supposed to sit out there and I guess (slurps) moisten its index finger, stick it in the air, find out what people want, and be that? That's not who we are!
Longtime Hollywood publicist Julian Myers will turn 90 soon. And he worries the end may be near ... for Hollywood.
Myers frets that the WGA stalemate -- with all of its acrimony, vitriol and job losses -- is a harbinger of ill things for the industry..."Does a dying Hollywood need a civil war today to hasten its erosion?" he asks.
Is Myers right? Will this strike radically change the entertainment industry? Will said changes be positive for the consumer? Do you care?
The big news on Saturday wasn't that the Pack and Pats romped. Instead, it was just how poorly meteorologists forecast the weather in Green Bay. After all, moments before kickoff, the prediction was for light snow.
Good job, guys. Hope you used those computer models the global warming alarmists are so sure can predict what's going to happen in the next 50 to 100 years!!!
On to Sunday, with Owens injured, can the Giants end the 'Boys season today thereby making all Jerry Jones antagonists across the country very happy?
On the flipside, with Marvin Harrison back, does San Diego have a prayer in Indy today?
A series of comments from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, her husband and her supporters are spurring a racial backlash and adding a divisive edge to the presidential primary as the candidates head south to heavily African-American South Carolina.
The comments, which ranged from the New York senator appearing to diminish the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights movement — an aide later said she misspoke — to Bill Clinton dismissing Sen. Barack Obama’s image in the media as a “fairy tale” — generated outrage on black radio, black blogs and cable television. And now they've drawn the attention of prominent African-American politicians.
Will this be serious for Hillary's campaign, or will the media, as usual, give a Democrat a pass for racially insensitive remarks -- especially America's first "black" president?
On the other hand, is this whole "controversy" being advanced by Obama supporters -- paint the Clintons as racist in order to assist a black candidate?
The morning after appearing with NewsBusters senior editor Tim Graham at the National Press Club (pictures and audio from that event posted below) to discuss the media's lack of interest in Hillary Clinton's role in Clinton administration scandals, MRC president and NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell appeared on the January 11 "Fox & Friends" to discuss NBC's gauzy treatment of Barack Obama.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: improving the level of political discourse between liberals and conservatives.
Does the bickering between left and right leaning members in our message boards and forums bother you? Do you yearn for a more civil discourse where liberals and conservatives debated issues without the seemingly requisite venomous attacks? Or, is that part of the entertainment at a political website?
Can there actually be a forum for people on both sides of the aisle to engage with one another politely and respectfully whilst exchanging ideas about current events and the state of the nation? Or is this just a pipe dream for those tired of the caustic level of political discourse in this country?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: CNN beat Fox on Tuesday's primary night. According to Drudge:
CNN 3,298,000 FOXNEWS 3,068,000 MSNBC 1,648,000
Why might this be? Are liberals more interested in these primaries due to the battle between Clinton and Obama? Is it more about the party not in the White House always being more energized? Are the Republican candidates not generating much enthusiasm? Are conservatives disinterested due to the absence of a true conservative candidate as a frontrunner thereby auguring poorly for the GOP? Or, do right-thinking people understand these early primaries in tiny states are irrelevant?
For general discussion and debate. Most obvious talking point: What the heck happened yesterday in New Hampshire?
How do you feel about the outcome? Are you angered by how wrong the pre-primary polls were? How do you feel about McCain's comeback?
How important was this result to the players, in particular Clinton, Obama, McCain, Romney, and Huckabee? In the end, do Iowa and New Hampshire EVER decide a nominee? Are the press making much more of these two campaign events just to drive ratings? Will we look back months from now wondering why we got so excited about what happened in these two states?
Finally, how important was Hillary's crying game Monday to her victory Tuesday? Did the incredible focus this received push her over the top, or was this irrelevant? Will we look back on this as the crocodile tears that made a president?
All D.C. area NewsBusters readers (and those traveling in DC this week) are invited to the National Press Club on Thursday night to hear MRC president L. Brent Bozell III discuss his new book Whitewash: What The Media Won't Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will.
Will Brent boast that this expose is ruining Hillary's campaign? The party starts Thursday with a "Book Rap" at 6:30 pm, followed by a reception and book signing at 7:15. The Press Club is downtown at the intersection of 14th and F Streets (near the Metro Center subway stop).
If you'd like to attend, send an RSVP to Meghan Snyder at Shirley-Banister Public Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 703-739-5920.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: New Hampshire -- is it a make it or break it primary for Hillary, or have media spent so much time on these first two campaign stops that far greater importance has been given to their outcomes than is either warranted or logical?