Resurrecting an ideological tag from the 1980s media era, on Monday’s CBS Evening News, the network’s chief Washington correspondent, Bob Schieffer, fretted over how “ultra-conservatives” in the House – a label he used twice – are making a mess of things.
Just after a GOP congressman told CNN's Dana Bash he was "deeply offended" by suicide bomber comparisons, Bash asked him if he wasn't "fighting a kamikaze mission" in trying to delay ObamaCare.
"Are you fighting a kamikaze mission here?" Bash asked Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) after he said he wouldn't abandon the fight against ObamaCare to defund the government. "You know the way the Senate Democrats are going to respond. And they run the show over there." [Video coming soon. Audio here.]
CNN's Ashleigh Banfield scolded two Republican congressmen for bringing the U.S. economy "to the brink," and one of them retorted that she was giving them a "tirade."
"[W]hy connect the funding of the government, the entire U.S. economy, why bring it to this brink? Why not do it at all of the other times? All of the other 100-plus congresses have been able to fund the government," Banfield asked Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.). [Video below the break. Audio here.]
In its 40-year history, the liberal media never really cared for the Heritage Foundation. But now that the think tank has been more assertive in its engagement of Capitol Hill, the liberal media are rewriting history to depict the move as something that is threatening the organization's respectability inside the Beltway. In July, I noted the Wall Street Journal's stab at the concern-trolling about Heritage's diminishing gravitas. In January, my colleague Matthew Balan noted the Washington Post's bias about Heritage's lobbying arm, Heritage Action.
Today it's Time magazine's turn, as writer Zeke Miller looked at how "political action arm of the once-esteemed Heritage Foundation has perfected the art of disrupting DC, whatever the cost":
In an interview with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer urged Republicans to abandon their opposition to ObamaCare in order to avoid a government shutdown: "By the latest count, there have been something like 40 efforts in the House to either get rid of ObamaCare or defund it. And yet, as John McCain said last week...'We lost that fight.' The Supreme Court has upheld ObamaCare as constitutional. Do you think the Republicans should move on?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
O'Reilly flatly rejected the idea: "No. It's a bad deal for the folks. That's absurd, why would they move on?" Lauer interjected: "It's law of the land, though." O'Reilly continued: "They can tweak it and make it better. Right now it's hurting the economy. Doctors say they're going to quit. Nobody knows what they're gonna pay."
In defiance of reality illustrated in numerous polls, on Sunday’s Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer scolded Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn when she correctly asserted “there is only partisan support” for ObamaCare. Schieffer cut her off: “Well now Congresswoman, that’s not entirely true. The polls don’t suggest that. Polls say that most people favor it.”
With ObamaCare about to start signing up its first patients and Congress in the middle of a debate concerning its funding, the folks at NBC’s Saturday Night Live decided to begin their new season this weekend mocking the president and his signature piece of legislation.
The cold open started on C-SPAN with Barack Obama played by Jay Pharoah speaking about the Affordable Care Act at Prince George’s Community College (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):
Media mogul Mort Zuckerman had some harsh words for the President's signature piece of legislation Friday.
Appearing on PBS's McLaughlin Group, Zuckerman said, "88 percent of the jobs that have been created this year are part-time jobs. A large part of the reason for that number of part-time jobs which is unprecedented in American history is because people are apprehensive about the impact of ObamaCare on and the costs of ObamaCare on full-time jobs."
JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, HOST: More Cruz on ObamaCare.
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SENATOR TED CRUZ (R-TEXAS): When you have a law that is killing jobs, when you have law that is hammering small businesses, when you have a law that is forcing people into part-time work, into working 29 hours a week, when you have a law that is causing skyrocketing insurance premiums, when you have a law that is causing more and more people to lose their health insurance, you have a law that’s not working. You have a train wreck.
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MCLAUGHLIN: Question Mort Zuckerman, is Cruz right?
MORT ZUCKERMAN, US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT: Well, I checked with the Bureau of Labor Statistics just this very day and they said that 88 percent of the jobs that have been created this year are part-time jobs. A large part of the reason for that number of part-time jobs which is unprecedented in American history is because people are apprehensive about the impact of ObamaCare on and the costs of ObamaCare on full-time jobs. If they’re part-time jobs they don’t qualify under ObamaCare.
Now, I happen to support national medical service, national medical care, but we have to do something about its effect on the job market because this is a disaster for the average American family.
Never mind Rush Limbaugh’s warnings about misguided “low information voters.” CNN stumbled upon some best dubbed “zero information voters” – though one hopes they are never allowed near a ballot box.
Finding confirmation for a Kaiser Family Foundation poll which found 43 percent of those without health insurance “still have no idea about the new exchanges,” one man speculated ObamaCare “has something to do with caring about people” and another demanded to know: “I’m just wondering, as a citizen of America, how come I did not hear of this?”
"In the Republican Party, there has been nothing but dead wood for about 15 years," NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto on Friday evening. But now that dynamic conservatives like "Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul," are on the rise, the GOP's "old guard," which "will not fight for anything" is outraged and joining liberal journalists and comedians as they pile on abuse against the junior senator from Texas for his nearly 22-hour filibuster of ObamaCare, Bozell noted.
Ultimately, while the liberal media love to mock Cruz and other conservatives, "out in the real world, in America, you've got nothing but bad news" coming out day after day about how ObamaCare is hurting everyday Americans. "It's no laughing matter," anchor Neil Cavuto agreed. Indeed, Bozell agreed, and what's more, "it's not going to connect [with the American people] when they attack Ted Cruz," because "they like what Ted Cruz is saying." [watch the full segment from the September 27 'Cavuto' below the page break]
Melanie Hunter at CNS News reports Al Gore launched some hot rhetoric at the normally sedate Brookings Institution on Friday on the threat of a shutdown over Obamacare. " I think the only phrase that describes it is political terrorism." He spoke in an alleged Tea Party voice: "‘Nice global economy you got there. Be a shame if we’d have to destroy it. We have a list of demands. If you don’t meet ‘em all by our deadline, we’ll blow up the global economy." Then he said: "Really?:
No, not really. This isn't exactly burning through the liberal media. But my friend at Laurence Jarvik Online reports that Brookings was proud of this uncivil mess in an e-mail to supporters. This is a think tank the leftists think is way too moderate and part of the milquetoast establishment:
Kudos to NPR All Things Considered anchor Robert Siegel, who on Thursday night pressed liberal Sen. Patty Murray to consider that perhaps Democrats might want to bend a little on Obamacare. He cited a Pew poll showing the partisan blame for a shutdown would be 39 percent Republican, 36 percent Democrat.
But it really got amusing when Murray wouldn’t budge – in fact kvetched that Obamacare was based on a “Republican idea” – when Siegel suggested that if Obamacare remained unpopular a year from now, would she then concede something might be wrong? Murray, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, actually suggested the American people are simply unaware they have already benefited:
The Little Sisters of the Poor sued over ObamaCare's birth control mandate on Tuesday, claiming the law forces them to violate their consciences. However, CNN ignored these nuns after boosting the liberal "Nuns on the Bus" tour last year that slammed the Ryan budget.
"We cannot violate our vows by participating in the government's program to provide access to abortion inducing drugs," said Sister Loraine Marie, the superior of one of the congregation's provinces. The Becket Fund, which filed the lawsuit, said the congregation will not be exempt from the mandate and faces millions of dollars in fines.
UPDATE (Sept. 27; 12:45 p.m. EDT): Alter is thrilled with having won last night. He tweeted this morning, "I won grand prize from rightwing Newsbusters for saying in '12 that repealing ACA wld lead to death. Yeah!"
UPDATED (Sept. 27; 11:20 a.m. EDT): We've added the videos of Melissa Harris-Perry and Chris Matthews, winners in the Dan Rather Memorial Award for the Stupidest Analysis and The Puppy Love Award, respectively.
As voted on by a raucous crowd of nearly 900 attendees at the Media Research Center's 2013 Gala, the Quote of the Year Award was given to none other than the ever-so-contemptible Jonathan Alter, an all-too-frequent contributor at the Obamagasmic network MSNBC. Alter beat out Chris Matthews and Melissa Harris-Perry, also of the Lean Forward network. Alter won for his pronouncement in August 2012 that "repeal [of ObamaCare] equals death" for many Americans.
To watch video of the winning clip, click the play button on the embed below the page break. Come back on Friday for more blog posts about the 2013 MRC Gala featuring the DisHonors Awards.
On Tuesday's The Last Word on MSNBC, host Lawrence O'Donnell called Rush Limbaugh a "drug addict" as he recounted a discussion between the conservative talk radio host and Texas Senator Ted Cruz over the issue of blocking ObamaCare.
While ObamaCare remains widely unpopular with the American people, on Tuesday's ABC World News, anchor Diane Sawyer touted how "the President is bringing out the big gun to argue it will lead to a healthier and cheaper medical cost for Americans." In the report that followed, correspondent Bob Woodruff gushed: "Call it Bill Clinton to the rescue....the President turns to the man he calls his secretary of explaining stuff." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
On NBC Nightly News, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd declared: "...the White House thought, hey, this is a great opportunity to tap Bill Clinton to help them do what Bill Clinton did in 2012, demystify a little bit of some of the issues around the economy. This time on health care there was a lot of theatrics as well."
On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, CNN lambasted Sen. Ted Cruz who led a 21-hour Senate floor speech against Obamacare.
During the speech by Cruz and other Republican senators, CNN hosts Piers Morgan and Chris Cuomo mocked Cruz as "deluded" and a "kid playing with matches." Chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash called it "by many people's account here a fool's errand." [Video below the break. Audio here.]
Jay Leno took another comedic shot at the President Tuesday.
Early in his monologue on NBC’s Tonight Show, the host said that AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad concludes Sunday when “Walter White dies in the hospital waiting room while filling out all the paperwork for ObamaCare.”
The rhetoric on MSNBC has gotten so over the top in recent weeks it’s almost unbelievable.
On Tuesday’s The Cycle, co-host Krystal Ball said that Republicans are asking young people to not buy health insurance thereby supposedly risking "agonizing and unnecessary death" in order to hurt President Obama (video follows with transcript and commentary):
In a long screed on Tuesday's Tom Joyner Morning Show, CNN's Don Lemon accused "some Republicans" of lying and "holding the American people hostage" over Obamacare. In focusing on Republicans, he glossed over any falsehoods or failed promises made by Democrats and President Obama about Obamacare.
"According to FactCheck.org, since 2009 there have been a lot of willing, willful misinformation given to the American people about Obamacare by both Democrats and Republicans. But really mostly by Republicans," Lemon stated.
"I’m going to torch this [bleep]ing place." That's what an angry Ed Schultz reportedly threatened at a testy August 2010 exchange with the suits at MSNBC. Schultz was reportedly fired up because, "the network was running election-night promos and he wasn’t in them. He’d been arguing on the phone with marketing, then he slammed down the phone and exploded," a witness to the outburst told the New York Post.
So imagine our glee this afternoon when ol' Ed opened up his September 23 program with a montage featuring, wait for it, "Burning Down the House," by The Talking Heads. [video excerpt follows page break; audio of full Ed Show intro here; video of full Ed Show intro here]
On Monday morning's New Day, CNN continued whacking Republicans who voted to defund Obamacare after comparing them to "inmates" who were "running the asylum" on Friday.
CNN contributor John Avlon said the "defund" movement has a "racket element" and is pure "fantasy." Correspondent Jim Acosta called some House Republicans "shutdown supporters" though that was incorrect since the continuing resolution that passed the House on Friday still funded the government minus Obamacare. [Video below the break. Audio here.]
PBS put its late-night leftism on display on Meet the Press when PBS host Tavis Smiley used his slot, on the Sunday morning NBC News show’s panel, to regret President Barack Obama’s supposed touting of “American Exceptionalism” and claim the presumed desire of conservatives in the House, to shut down the federal government, means “we are going to lose our democracy. It’s that serious.”
Smiley fretted that “the President recently, much to my chagrin, spoke of, advanced once again, this notion of American Exceptionalism, and clearly he isn’t the only one in town who likes to push that notion that we as Americans are exceptional.”
On NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, PBS host Tavis Smiley spouted the tired media meme that the only reason Republicans are opposed to ObamaCare is because they hate the President.
Fortunately for viewers, The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol was there to say, "If Nancy Pelosi or John Kerry were president, Republicans would have voted against Kerrycare or Pelosicare. It's not personal to President Obama" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Throughout Friday morning's coverage of the House vote on the continuing resolution (CR), CNN repeatedly slapped Republicans for supposedly risking a government shutdown to defund Obamacare.
A CNN chyron even stated that they were voting on a "shutdown," though that is inaccurate since the bill voted on would still fund the government, just not Obamacare. Below is the worst of CNN's contempt for House Republicans who voted to defund Obamacare. [Video below the break. Audio here.]
"The Republican Party is destroying America" with a "murder-suicide" pact in the U.S. Congress to "shut down" the government.
You might expect such over-the-top language from anyone at MSNBC and quite a few at CNN, but, alas, that's from the pen of one Kirsten Powers, a liberal Fox News contributor who has struck us in the past as a rather rational lefty who doesn't resort to the same tired talking points. After all, she is a pro-life Christian who was great on the Kermit Gosnell issue. And let's not forget she's been good on the Benghazi matter. But today, however, she was railing that Tea Party-friendly congressmen in Washington "seem determined to take us all down with them."
CNN's Brooke Baldwin had some stunningly ignorant analysis on Thursday about the opposition to Obamacare in Congress.
"Congress passes a law, in this case Obamacare, and then some of its members turn around and essentially try to sabotage it. Again, I repeat, it's a law. Certainly not the way the Founding Fathers maybe drew this thing up," she argued. [Video below the break. Audio here.]