Earlier today, Matt Hadro at NewsBusters noted how CNN's reporting on the government's 17% shutdown has been incredibly one-sided ("CNN Keeps Pounding GOP: 'Holding the American People Hostage,' Wanting to 'Destroy' Government"). It's as if they're on a different continent.
Perhaps that's partially explains why the cable network somehow placed Hong Kong in Brazil earlier today (graphic is at Twitchy.com):
How do you know you're winning an argument with a liberal? When she resorts to cheap shots and personal attacks. Come to think of it, that's how you know you're talking to one.
Randi Rhodes, long known as one of the dimmer lights on the left, realizes that she has to go beyond liberal talking points to garner attention. So she'll occasionally up the ante in a feeble bid to remind those who'd rather listen to Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann or Stephanie Miller that ... Hey! Don't forget me! (Audio after the jump)
"This is a welcome change for Democrats who thought Obama was too accommodating to Republicans during previous crises," Bolton noted, adding, "Simply put, they believe less is more when it comes to Obama’s involvement in negotiations with the GOP" (emphasis mine):
Just last week, Boz Tchividjian, a prominent Liberty University law professor and the grandson of Billy Graham, stood before a roomful of journalists and declared that Evangelical missions are a "magnet" for sexual abusers and that Evangelicals "are worse" than the Catholic Church at handling the problem.
Speaking to the annual gathering of the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) in Austin, Texas, Tchividjian said that Evangelicals have "sacrificed the souls" of innocent children, and of known data from abuse cases, a shocking 25 percent are repeat cases, he claimed. Tchividjian is also the executive director of an organization called Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), which works on combating abuse in the Evangelical community.
The first laugh line from Gross? She asked Matthews, “Can you remember that far back, to when you were partisan?” Another gag line came when Gross asked if Matthews grew emotional when his liberalism (“love for the political process”) was challenged by people who want to dismantle and defund things:
An AP poll in April 2013 showed 79 percent of Americans polled didn't think the Washington Redskins should change its name. But media liberals were thrilled that President Obama suggested that maybe that name’s too politically incorrect. (One might think Jeremiah Wright’s church would lobby against “Chicago White Sox,” as long as we’re at it.)
Guest-hosting Meet the Press on NBC on Sunday, Savannah Guthrie ran a three-minute news story on this sjubject and then asked the roundtable about it. GOP consultant Mike Murphy mocked it for the majiority, but liberal NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep joked there were better names, scarier names:
Amanda Terkel at The Huffington Post reports that Cincinnati-area viewers of the Bengals-Patriots game will be "treated" to an ad attacking Speaker John Boehner to a baby throwing a temper tantrum.
The Democrats at House Majority PAC feature a close-up of a toddler crying for half the ad before an announcer says "Speaker John Boehner didn't get his way on shutting down health care reform. So, he's shut down the government and hurt the economy."
Cher is a regularly harsh critic of the “Teapublicans” and their unbearable whiteness. So it wasn’t a huge surprise when she regurgitated it on Twitter this week...except that she started talking about them as the “devil incarnate” who the good people should “deep 6.”
First, there was this tweet: “WHO THE F--K DO THESE TBAG (DEVIL INCARNATE)MEMBERS OF GOV.THINK THEY R? PPL R ACTUALLY GOING 2 DIE(cancer trials shut down)& THEY R REASON”.
Dolphins deserve “personhood” and human babies deserve subsidized killing. At many institutes of “higher learning,” such a position would hardly raise eyebrows. But at an ostensibly Catholic university?
Around 80 college faculty and staff members at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) lent their signatures to a demand in the in the student newspaper that the university continue abortion coverage via its healthcare plan, according to the Cardinal Newman Society. Administrators last month stated that employee health coverage no longer included abortions.
Far left radio host Thom Hartmann has said some really crazy stuff over the years such as that evil right-wing billionaires deliberately provoked the violence in Benghazi, Libya in order to make President Obama look bad. He’s also said that NPR is full of “right-wing bias.”
Hartmann’s latest delusion is particularly hilarious. He is quite convinced that congressional Republicans plotted to shut down the government as a way to distract people from the glorious rollout of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges. You know, the ones that less than 10 people in the entire country appear to have signed up for because of widespread system failures.
Former CBS News vet and O’Reilly Factor regular Bernard Goldberg is hopping mad at conservatives who’ve written him to tell him they will no longer watch him or read him. Goldberg even stooped to suggesting his critics “don’t want to even hear the other guy. You want the other guy dead (in some cases, I suspect, literally dead!)”
At what point does this kind of rage at the audience start hurting Fox’s ratings? Comparing American conservatives to Islamist Iranian dictators? He unleashed on them in a column called “An Open Letter to the Ayatollahs.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday fired back at the liberal, Obama-friendly talking points from MSNBC host Thomas Roberts. At one point, a disgusted Priebus, appearing to discuss the shutdown, slammed MSNBC, attacking, "This is a joke. I think you ought to just apply for a job in the Obama administration or the communications department of the DNC." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
An annoyed Roberts rather lamely replied, "No, I'll come work for you guys and help you sort out what's going on, because your message is a little befuddled." The MSNBC anchor acted as grand inquisitor in the interview, repeating all of the White House's talking points against the congressional GOP. At one point, he wondered, "But does the Constitution really allow for the Republican Party to take the government hostage and shut it down?"
The best-selling author Tom Clancy died at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 66 after a brief illness. Our condolences go to Clancy’s family. Foxnews.com reports Clancy’s career was jump-started by President Reagan saying he couldn’t put down “The Hunt for Red October.” (Historian Tevi Troy confirms this.)
For liberals, Clancy’s name became synonymous with rah-rah patriotism and the military-industrial complex. Let's rewind to a Brent Baker item about a Clancy interview with Newsweek.com in 2003. Brian Braiker asked if patriotism in the U.S. creates hostility abroad. Clancy shot back that the most arrogant people in America work at the largest newspapers:
Movie star, comedian, and “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Rob Schnieder announced he was switching to the Republican Party in an interview with Anne-Marie Murrell of the website Politichicks.tv.
“The state of California is a mess,” Schneider declared, “and the supermajority of Democrats is not working. I’ve been a lifelong Democrat and I have to switch over because it no longer serves the people of this great state. We need to have a new voice. We need to have a new direction, and we need to break the supermajority. It isn’t helping with jobs.”