Daily Archives: May 25, 2012

Tucker Carlson: Reporters have ‘slavish, dog-like loyalty’ to Obama

Tucker Carlson speaks to Brent Bozell

Republicans try to be as crude as possible when critically referring to President Obama.  History will not be kind to them…

The Raw Story

The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson on Thursday blasted “the average working journalist” for having a “slavish, dog-like loyalty” to President Barack Obama.

Guest hosting on Fox News’ Hannity, Carlson told the conservative Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell that he was outraged because the media had not spent enough time promoting Ed Klein’s anti-Obama bookThe Amateur.

“What is it about this president that so commands the slavish, dog-like loyalty of your average working journalist?” Carlson wondered.

“[Obama is] a radical and there are so many that are just radicals in the liberal media,” Bozell speculated. “But it’s also that they were completely vested in him in 2008. They gave him 100 percent positive treatment. And the last thing a liberal likes to admit is that he was ever wrong.”

Carlson saved his harshest criticism for MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who recently accused Newark Mayor Cory Booker of “an act of sabotage” for saying that Obama campaign ads about presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital were “nauseating.”

“What a Stalinist!” Carlson exclaimed. “So it’s not criticism, it’s betrayal.”

“He really is the original throne sniffer of the Obama administration,” he added, referring to Matthews.

A recent study from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism determinedthat Romney’s coverage was twice as favorable as Obama’s between January and April. Romney’s coverage was 39 percent positive during that period, while Obama’s coverage was only 18 percent positive.

“That means Romney’s depiction by the media was more than twice as positive as the president’s,”The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz wrote. “So much for liberal bias.”

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Trump Embraces Birtherism, Romney Embraces Trump

What makes this a serious issue is the fact that Mitt Romney has embraced the “Trump machine” wholeheartedly.  Shouldn’t Romney distance himself from all things “birtherism”?

Think Progress

In recent days, Donald Trump has intensified his efforts to advance discredited birther conspiracy theories against President Barack Obama. But that hasn’t stopped presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney from making Trump a major focus of his campaign.

Today, Romney announced a major campaign event with Trump next week, at the reality TV star’s International Hotel in Las Vegas. Romney is also soliciting low dollar contributions to win a meal with Trump. The campaign has published this flyer:

Trump rose to prominence early in the GOP presidential primary, at one time leading in the polls, by promoting birther conspiracy theories against Obama. In April 2011, he said:

I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding…it’s one of the greatest scams in the history of politics and in the history, period. You are not allowed to be a president if you’re not born in this country. Right now, I have real doubts.

Trump has not dropped the argument since. He has questioned the legitimacy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate. In the last few days he has tweeted the following:

Donald J. Trump

I wonder if @BarackObama ever applied to Occidental, Columbia or Harvard as a foreign student. When can we see (cont) tl.gd/hh6ksr

Donald J. Trump

Let’s take a closer look at that birth certificate. @BarackObama was described in 2003 as being “born in Kenya.”  bit.ly/Klc9Uu

Trump officially endorsed Romney at an event in February. He was used extensively in primary states to bash Romney’s opponents and in February recorded robocalls trashing Rick Santorumin Michigan. In March, Ann Romney called him an “honorary Buckeye” after Romney’s victory in Ohio.

There are now plans for Trump’s pro-Romney calls to go national.

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Myth McConnell

In my opinion, it’s not just Mitch McConnell, it’s all the GOP leadership in the House and Senate…

Crooks & Liars

In the wake of the debt-ceiling crisis he helped manufacture last summer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell boasted it was “a hostage that’s worth ransoming” which “also is a new template” for the future. As it turns out, those threats were among the few true words McConnell has uttered. Because while he’s promising once again to blackmail the White House over the debt ceiling, the Kentucky Republican claimed it’s because “we’d like to do something about the nation’s biggest problem, spending and debt, which of course is the reason for this economic malaise.” Of course, as the data show, it’s the very austerity policies here and in Europe which are costing jobs and hurting growth.

But Mitch McConnell’s myth-making hardly ends there. On the economy, taxes, deficits, health care and so much else, virtually all of McConnell’s talking points are tried – and untrue.

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Trump insinuates self into Romney campaign

What a pompous ass!

Salon

How a toxic attention-seeker (not Newt) will likely end up speaking at the RNC

So. Donald Trump again? Are we really doing this again? I guess we are!

There were stories, recently, in the usual places, about how Trump was being seriously considered for a major speech at the Republican Convention. I did not dwell on the story much, because I assumed that these rumors were a product of Donald Trump’s prodigious vanity and powerful imagination. Ha ha ha, sure, the Republicans willdefinitely want the stupid make-believe TV mogul who pretends to fire people for a living, at their big party.

Now that “Celebrity Apprentice” is done, Trump is back to pretending to be a major political player. He just announced his intention to start his own super PAC, because he is a weird attention-hungry idiot with a bit of money to burn (though not as much money to burn as he would like you to think he has to burn).

He is just, essentially, begging the party to let him be on TV at their convention. But Maggie Haberman wrote today that while Trump is just definitely not going to be anyone’s running mate, the Republicans might actually have him speak at their convention. Because Romney is actually getting a lot of use out of Trump:

He’s been a surrogate for Romney, recorded robocalls for him and pushed him on the Fox News airwaves and over Twitter. He’s also raised money for him, and both Ann and Mitt Romney have thanked him in public for his help. There is no question that he has an appeal to some voters and that Romney has been better off having Trump with him than against him.

“Some voters.” Awful voters. The worst voters. But yes, it is basically true: Romney embraces Trump because there’s very little downside. He gets support from horrible people, and he is not really taken to task by non-horrible people (or, for the most part, journalists) for associating with him. This is how Trump will end up at the convention, despite being the most prominent birther in the nation.

In fact, the Romney campaign is auctioning off dinner with Donald Trump, in case you have a couple thousand dollars and some sort of horrible grudge against someone. That does not suggest that anyone at the Romney campaign is particularly wary of the guy.

Here’s another line from Trump’s Newsmax interview, just so we understand that this Donald Trump is not any less invested in conspiratorial race-tinged dog-whistle Jerome Corsi nonsense than he was last year:

He adds: “If you’re going to look at that, on something that I don’t believe ever happened, you have to look into Barack Obama saying that he was heavy into drugs, heavy into alcohol, was a total disaster, was a horrible student. Then you have to say if he was a horrible student, how did he get into Columbia? How did he get into Harvard?

Suspicious! How did Obama get into Harvard? (Maybe his father was secretly … Charles Kushner!)

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Friday Blog Round Up

 Never a Shortage of Morons

Daily Caller Gives Away Guns

The Chronicles of Mitt: May 24, 2012

Elizabeth Warren now even with Scott Brown

Amazon quits ALEC, citing ‘public concerns’

Newt Gingrich Proves Ill-Fitting Romney Surrogate

Video: Dick Cheney poised to influence another presidency

More Republicans Rejecting Grover Norquist’s ‘No Tax Increases Ever’ Pledge

Right-Wing Media Spins Bain Capital Criticism As “Attack On Capitalism”

Another case of amnesia hits as ‘Hardball’ host Chris Matthews forgets..

 

 

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