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This is your brain on MSNBC

This is your brain on MSNBC

Politico has made a list they call “The top ten media blunders of 2008” and I call bullshit.  Here’s a taste:

6) ABC Democratic Debate in Philadelphia: Co-moderators Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos faced plenty of blowback following the Obama-Clinton debate for spending the first half focused on what many complained were trivial issues — his relationships with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers, and his stance on flag pins.

Response: Gibson and Stephanopoulos weathered the criticism, but also didn’t get another debate. Little was heard about Wright after that, or about Ayers until the McCain campaign went hard at the link in the final weeks of the race.

They DID face plenty of blowback – from Obama supporters, including the Obamabloggers and the rest of the corporate media.  The reason for the outrage?  Charlie and George committed the ultimate sin of questioning The Lightbringer.   Even supposedly “neutral” blogs freaked out over the debate.  Crooks & Liars did 11 posts on the topic, and not one of them discussed which candidate won (Hillary, Duh!) 

Trivial questions?  They asked Obama one question about his “bitter-cling” comments, questioned him about about inconsistencies in his claims about Rev. Wright, and asked him how well he really knew Bill Ayers (Obama lied, claiming “This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood”)  Not everyone considers those trivial issues. 

They asked Hillary if she thought Obama could beat McCain and about her Tuzla Airport statements. They also asked both of them if they would pledge to take the other as their running mate (neither one gave a definite answer)

They asked Obama a follow-up about Tuzla Airport which gave us this exchange:

STEPHANOPOULOS:Senator Obama, your campaign has sent out a cascade of e-mails just about every day, questioning Senator Clinton’s credibility. And you, yourself, said she hasn’t been fully truthful about what she would do as president. Do you believe that Senator Clinton has been fully truthful about her past?

OBAMA: Well, look, I think that Senator Clinton has a strong record to run on. She wouldn’t be here if she didn’t.

And, you know, I haven’t commented on the issue of Bosnia. You know, I…

STEPHANOPOULOS: Your campaign has.

OBAMA: Of course. But the — because we’re asked about it.

This exchange is revealing because it shows that the Obama campaign was pushing media story lines despite repeated denials that they were doing so.  As I recall, Obama supporters did not consider the Tuzla Airport kerfluffle “trivial” prior to the debate.

Obama was so traumatized by the way he was treated that he refused to do any more debates with Hillary, and would only agree to two debates with McCain.

This next one was okay until they slid a zombie lie into the last sentence:

1) New Hampshire primary: Pundits predicted a campaign-ending, double-digit loss long before the polls closed, and some networks, perhaps disbelieving the results, didn’t call the election until after Obama had already conceded. “I will never underestimate Hillary Clinton again,” Chris Matthews said on MSNBC.

Response: The New Hampshire debacle came up again and again, especially when cable talking heads began saying Obama had sewn up the nomination. But many pundits, perhaps wary of repeating their previous mistake, kept up with the claim the race was neck and neck well after the delegate math no longer gave Clinton any opening.

If I have to explain what’s wrong with that last sentence then I’ll do it while slapping you across the face with a dead fish.

What’s missing from the list of media blunders?  Here’s a few off the top of my head:

1. The lack of coverage of the theft of Hillary’s delegates at the RBC meeting in May and/or during the convention in August.

2.  The failure to “vet” Obama.

3.  “Babygate” aka “The Great Alaskan Panty-sniff Raid.”

4.  The lack of coverage of Obama’s fundraising.

5.  The RFK fauxrage.

6.  Pretty much all the rest of the media coverage (or lack thereof) of the primary and general campaigns.

7.  Everything involving this guy:



and/or this one:

Keith Obamamann

Keith Obamamann

25 Responses

  1. I’ll add one — the meme that was trumpeted by the Obama campaign and repeated ad nauseum about “the mathematical impossibility” of overtaking Obama when he was only 13 delegates ahead going into the Convention.

  2. how abought the roll call at the DNC convention

  3. off-topic but I’m doing my catching up reading and saw this on Politico:

    ‘Overwhelming’ expectations worry Biden

    Don’t worry Joe. If you really want to do, at this point, for anyone with a brain let’s just say we have underwhelming expectations of what you and your boss are gonna do for the next 4 years.

  4. Two biggies for me:
    Allowing Donna Brazile and all the other Obots (DeaNC) to get away with calling themselves impartial.
    Claiming black people turned to Obama after Iowa because white people voted for him, instead of the media propelled “racist Clinton” push before South Carolina.

  5. sorry about that garbled mess. should have been:

    Don’t worry Joe. If you really want to know

  6. When I saw Barry on the links, I swear he was going to say “watch this drive” . W with a tan . Will they buy him a phony ranch too ? Barry has to have a vacation White House somewhere , since he’ll will be looking to break Regan’s R and R record

  7. Will they buy him a phony ranch too ?

    Yes, they probably will. It will be simply too inconvenient to go back to the urban Chicago residence and too difficult to make it the “Chicago White House”.

    Maybe Dubya can let him have 5 or 10 acres for the Obie TX White House and he can use the same security enhancements already put in place for Bush. Might save a buck or two. 😆

  8. How about all the PORK in the Senate?

    His fundraising not being vetted really gets me.
    There are reasons he is being sworn in as Barack Hussein Obama. And why there are no Jews in his Cabinet.

    Nothing on Odinga either in the media.

    And how about the impoverished Primary school in Kenya-named after BO, on his visit there two years ago, but which got crickets out of him?

  9. Laurie:

    His chief of staff is Jewish, and his nominee for Secretary of State is a strong supporter of israel.

    If you are suggesting he is a stealth Muslim, don’t go there.

  10. I hope someone will post something about the POPE and his latest christmas message. . Spoken like a true former member of the Hitler youth. Yeah sure it must be teh gender roles that need straightening out…. and teh gays and trans are screwing up the world…. couldn’t have anything to do with the FAILURE of patriarchy and all the abuse and bullshit that comes with it.

    YOU SIR are part of the problem – your HYPOCRITical Holier than thouness!!!

    Happy Xmas/Happy Holidays Conflucians. PUMATIZE the World, because if you don’t the lunatics will retain control of the asylum!!!

  11. CNN and MSNBC pretending they were impartial in any way , as they continue to cheer bo on his way even now , and see everything he does thru the prism of their own hypocrisy.

  12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7796663.stm

    Pope attacks blurring of gender

    Pope Benedict XVI has said that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

    Saving humanity from fools like Benny 16th was more in line with Jesus quoted beliefs as far as I can tell.

  13. Alice, you have it !! how catholic of the Pope to make some judgemental statment , rather than express some kind of compassionate loving view. But he was not as harsh to ‘gender role blurring ” as he was to women .
    If a woman wants to be a priest , she must be excommunicated ( condemend to eternal damnation until she repents ; how medieval ) , and anyone who helps her will be excommunicated as well. Homosexuals can be priests as long as they are male and celibate .

  14. Sorry for going off topic but I didn’t know where to post it that it might be seen. As for the topic at hand, I don’t know what has been missed I have just watched the powerpoint presentation from “where’s the line?” (can’t remember the url right now but it should be posted on the front page?)

    Anyway I don’t know what has been missed but we never need to stop … Tweety and Olberfart need to be top of every list of who should be campaigned and rallied against at every turn.

  15. swanspirit, hi, It is always with the double standards for the holy hypocrites isn’t it? The patriarchal war against women has gone on too long and it must be ended in this century. We must expose the flaws in this corrupt and damaging system along with the hyprocrisy of those who maintain it wherever we find it.

    good (slightly related) vid and thread here (President Bartlett in West Wing)


  16. They just aired a special about the working of D.C. from the West Wing on Bravo. It had fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter. It was on at 3 am. I watched a bit of it. Have it on dvd so not too much. Then they aired the transition between the Bartlet administration and the Santos Admin. *headdesk* the most useless fucking character would be based on the most useless fucking politician–if he can even be called that–of our time. I had to change the channel. Pissed me off too much.

  17. TheyreAllCrooks, looks like Berger got caught and paid his dues. Now that’s unique, getting caught and paying your dues.

    “After a long investigation, Justice Department prosecutors determined that Berger only removed classified copies of data stored on hard drives stored in the National Archives, and that no original material was destroyed.”

    From Wikipedia:

    On July 19, 2004, it was revealed that the U.S. Justice Department was investigating Berger for unauthorized removal of classified documents in October 2003 from a National Archives reading room prior to testifying before the 9/11 Commission, by stuffing them down his pants. The documents were five classified copies of a single report commissioned from Richard Clarke, covering internal assessments of the Clinton administration’s handling of the unsuccessful 2000 millennium attack plots. An associate of Berger said Berger took one copy in September 2003 and four copies in October 2003.[14]

    After a long investigation, Justice Department prosecutors determined that Berger only removed classified copies of data stored on hard drives stored in the National Archives, and that no original material was destroyed.[15] Berger eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material on April 1, 2005. Berger was fined $50,000 [16], sentenced to serve two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, and stripped of his security clearance for 3 years.[17] Berger also relinquished his license to practice law. [18]

  18. I don’t know if this is off topic, but I heard that ‘Tweety’ has decided not to run after all.

    Good news!

    Merry Christmas. 🙂


  19. Fredster said: “Maybe Dubya can let him have 5 or 10 acres for the Obie TX White House and he can use the same security enhancements already put in place for Bush.”

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO! Keep that fool the hell out of Texas (both of ’em but especially The Lightbringer)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Thanks for setting the record straight, purplefinn.

  21. Delle> But that means he’s staying on TV! Blech. If he ran and lost we wouldn’t have him on TV anymore. He would just shrivel away and die.

  22. DYB – you have a point.

    But at least we don’t have to watch him.


  23. Myiq,

    May I just say that your writing has more sex appeal than Obama ever dreamed of having during his endless workouts?

    Let’s not forget the frenzied misogyny of David Shuster at MSNBO.

  24. myiq-4.08am

    “If you are suggesting he is a stealth Muslim, don’t go there”

    I’m not that wacko to think he might be a stealth Muslim.
    However I do feel that a number of foreign nationals (international fratboyz et al) may have contributed quite heavily to his campaign, believing him to be in fact, one of them.
    If there is no transparency to where his money came from, beyond generic $10 internet contributions-people are bound to wonder…

  25. Laurie:

    Thanks for clarifying.

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