There have been some different numbers thrown about referring to President Obama's chances for being reelected based upon various economic indicators. If one looks at consumer spending an unemployment, the economy hasn't improved enough to assure an Obama win:
While the media love ripping into Republicans for gaffes both real and imagined -- even this week failing to understand an old joke by a Santorum donor -- the Democrats say ridiculous things and the media are quiet. Take Rep. Maxine Waters, who attacked critics of illegal immigration: "They would have you believe that if they get into office, they are going to make sure that they are going to get rid of everybody in our society who was not born in America."
Or take Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, who was so outraged at anyone wanting to make people pay for their own contraceptives, she said birth control “is not a male issue, it’s a female issue. I’ve never met a man that had the need for birth control.” Take that as a conversation starter and add anything else that you'd like.
MRC Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham appeared late Friday afternoon on Your World with Neil Cavuto to discuss the Yahoo! guesstimate that President Obama would win re-election with 303 electoral votes, the one co-written by a professional Democrat.
Graham said the posting is something they "throw out there to try to say, 'Let's keep the Democrats happy. Let's have a little spring in their step, and let's make sure they keep donating to us.' It doesn't make any sense otherwise." [Video below. MP3 audio here.]
In a one-time only break with his longstanding policy of not discussing the far-left Media Matters, MRC President and NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night that the group has been exposed by the Daily Caller as "radicals" doing "the dirty work for the Obama administration."
Bozell praised the Daily Caller series on Media Matters, and predicted that as the group becomes more irrelevant, they could also become more dangerous: "I think the tactics they are employing are the tactics of desperation. When they go this personal, this savage, this ugly, that's desperation. And that's when I say to conservatives: Watch out."
Since the beginning of the debate over Obamacare began, the left has taken to alternatively calling the unconstitutional "individual mandate" provision of the law a tax. In its briefs to the Supreme Court defending the law, the Administration has insisted that the penalty levvied against people who refuse to purchase medical insurance is a tax. Earlier this week, however, the Administration's top budget official was at great pains to avoid calling the mandate a tax:
Today's starter topic: The so-called green jobs industries that President Obama loves to tout so often have already been suspected of being riddled with insider dealings and conflicts of interest. More word of this came out yesterday when the Washington Post revealed (only in a blog post so far) that nearly $4 billion in federal money has gone to companies directly connected to Obama Administration bureaucrats. For all the anger and hysteria promoted by the left over Halliburton, this is starting to seem far worse:
Today's starter topic: President Obama has decided to run against the Republicans in Congress, blaming them for his failures. In fact, though, it is the Democratic-controlled Senate which has been the real "do nothing" house in this Congress:
Today's topic: The growing number of people dependent on federal largesse is becoming a problem for the nation's budget. A new study by the Heritage Foundation shows that the number of people who receive cash payments from the federal government is at all-time highs:
"This time, they went too far," MRC President and NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell said of the Obama administration's rule to force Catholic institutions to violate their conscience on contraception, and he scolded the media for refusing to cover the controversy at first.
"The national news media has no understanding of what goes on in the Catholic church. This is massive inside the Catholic church, and think about how long it took -- it took CBS 10 days to do a story on this and they only devoted seconds to it," Bozell argued on the February 9 edition of FNC's Hannity, during his regular "Media Mash" segment. "It took NBC and ABC 17 days to arrive at this story. This is the biggest story dealing with an assault on religious freedom in the history of the Republic."
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With all the focus on Newt Gingrich versus Mitt Romney of late, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum not only reminded everyone of his presence once again, he did so in a sweep--taking caucus victories yesterday in the important states of Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri. He was not awarded any delegates for these victories, however, so the question for today is, how much do Santorum's triumphs count? A lot, not much, or somewhere in between?
The publishing of Peter Schweizer's Throw Them All Out seems to have inspired some of the editors and writers at the Washington Post who published this week an exposé on how many members of Congress are directing money in federal earmarks to projects that have some direct connection to themselves. It's not necessarily indicative of corruption but the data is fascinating to take a look at. From the Post's summary of its findings:
I'm sure y'all want to talk about the Super Bowl. As a Niner fan still grousing about the clear fumble that was wrongly whistled dead with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship game, I can't possibly root for the Giants. And I think we've all had enough of the Patriots.
So who do you root for? Exactly what pleasure can come from this game besides the commercials and the beer?
Today's starter topic: President Obama mixed religion and politics heavily at a National Prayer Breakfast today, something the liberal media is continually saying is a bad idea. Since they're not likely to repeat this story, it's today's open thread topic:
Politico correspondent Jonathan Martin's Tuesday morning comment about the "cracker counties" of Florida has gone unaddressed and unrebuked by the liberal media, so Sean Hannity and NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell led off last night's "Media Mash" segment with it.
MSNBC's "Chuck Todd agrees with Jonathan Martin," but he works at the same network which is constantly trying to find hidden racist messages in Republican speeches, particularly those of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the Media Research Center president observed. [see the full segment video below embedded below the page break]
Today's starter topic: Despite billions of dollars in taxpayer corporate welfare, electric vehicles are failing to sell everywhere, not just in this country. The results worldwide are showing that Obama's subsidies for vehicles no one wants are failing even more than you'd think:
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One year after insulting the Supreme Court and promising a better economy, President Obama is back at it again tonight for another State of the Union Address. If you're watching the speech and the after-the-fact commentary, feel free to join us as we discuss the debate in a live chat right here on NewsBusters.
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Today's starter topic: After a long delay, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney released some of his tax records today. Even though they failed to adequately look at the background of President Obama, expect the media to be over these records like white on rice.
Will the records help Newt Gingrich intensify his attacks on Romney's venture capitalist background though? Will we keep complaints about Romney's wealth from the liberal media even though John Kerry's net worth is greater and that didn't seem to bother them? Or will the media move on to something else?
Fresh off his commanding South Carolina victory, Newt Gingrich is looking to keep his momentum going in yet another Republican presidential debate hosted tonight in Florida at 9pm Eastern. NBC "Meet the Press" host David Gregory is set to moderate (don't ask us why). Join us in a live chat if you are interested in tuning in to the debate. You can also watch it online here.
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"There was nothing newsworthy" about Marianne Gingrich's latest claims about the dissolution of her marriage to Newt Gingrich, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Fox News host Sean Hannity on his January 20 program.
"We looked at the September 2010 Esquire story on the marriage" and found "there's nothing, let me underscore, nothing in the story last night that wasn't in that interview," Bozell noted during the "Media Mash" segment [MP3 audio here; videofollows page break]
All eyes are on South Carolina today. Can Newt Gingrich overcome last week's poll plummet and upset Mitt Romney's rise? How will Ron Paul and Rick Santorum do? Will anyone do so poorly that another suspended candidacy will result leaving only three?
We hope the CBS cameraman and Politico's photo editor aren't hitting the unemployment line because of this, but we're glad the message is getting out to consumers of liberally-biased outlets. You can see the screen shot below the page break.