Day: July 19, 2012

Boehner: Bachmann charge against Clinton aide ‘pretty dangerous’

 

If  Speaker John Boehner says something is dangerous when it concerns his own party members, then you know that Michele Bachmann went too far…

The Hill

At a press conference Thursday, Boehner (R-Ohio) defended Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).

Boehner said he did not know Abedin well, but that “from everything that I know of her she has a sterling character. I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”

Boehner is the latest high-profile GOP official to criticize the charges by Bachmann and four other GOP lawmakers that Abedin could be using her position at the State Department to aid the Muslim Brotherhood.

In a letter to the inspectors general at several government agencies, the five GOP lawmakers said Abedin’s position affords her access to Clinton, and that the State Department has “taken actions recently that have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Boehner said he hadn’t seen the letter. When he was asked if he would remove Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee because of the issue, Boehner said: “I don’t know that that’s related at all.”

Boehner’s comments were relatively tame compared to the rebukes by other Republicans.

2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called out the GOP lawmakers for the accusations from the Senate floor on Wednesday.

“These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop now,” said McCain.

And Ed Rollins, the campaign manager for Bachmann’s failed presidential campaign, compared the tactics to McCarthyism.

 

Got Irony? Fox News Exec Complains Obama Too Critical Of Fox

I have to ask, what mutant gene do Conservatives/Republicans possess?   They seem to never recognize their own short-comings yet project those short-comings on others.  Fox News has been doing this from Day One, as have their contributors and  viewer base.

NewsHounds

The New York Times has an article about tensions ratcheting up between President Obama and Fox News. The Obama campaign has taken a few swipes at Fox lately and the GOP propaganda machine executive vice president of news, Michael Clemente, is reacting the way they do to almost anything and everything Obama says or does: by going on attack.

The Times reports: 

“I think it lowers the office,” Michael Clemente, Fox’s executive vice president of news, said in an interview on Wednesday. “For it to come up as regularly as it does — and it’s not every day but every other week, I’d say — it’s just unusual. Especially given the issues out there, like the lack of new jobs and Syria.”

Of all the items on the president’s plate, Mr. Clemente added, “I would like to be 15th on the list, not 3rd.”

Clemente’s own comments (that Obama only mentions Fox every other week) indicate that Fox is not 3rd “on the president’s plate” and I’ll bet him any amount of money that if you analyzed the content of the Obama campaign’s attentions that Fox wouldn’t even make it to 15th place. But hey, they’re so busy at Fox distorting Obama’s words and accusing him of being anti-American that who could blame them for losing track of what he actually says and does?

But for anyone at Fox, which has single-handedly degraded  American media and news coverage to shocking lows, to accuse anyone else of lowering an institution – well, it just degrades their own credibility even further.

Barbara Walters Rejects George Zimmerman’s Interview Demands

 

Barbara Walters Daytime Emmys

I wonder when all is said and done, will the Zimmerman defense team plead that their client is insane?

The Huffington Post

Barbara Walters revealed on Thursday that she had rejected demands made byTrayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman in exchange for an interview.

The New York Post reported on Thursday  that Walters had traveled down to Florida with the intention of interviewing Zimmerman, but walked away after he requested that ABC get him a hotel room for a month.

Walters was not competing for the first interview with Zimmerman, as he had already granted that privilege to Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Hannity’s interview aired on Wednesday night.

Walters confirmed much of the Post’s story on Thursday’s “View.” She explained that Zimmerman’s lawyer, whom she referred to as “effective,” confirmed Tuesday night that Zimmerman would do an interview. Walters said that Zimmerman was going to tape an interview with Hannity before sitting down with her. Walters said Hannity “had been very supportive to [Zimmerman] in the past and George Zimmerman told me that he was very grateful, and I appreciated his loyalty to Hannity.”

Walters agreed that her interview would tape and air after Zimmerman sat down with Hannity. She said that she had then flown down to Florida for the interview.

When Walters and her team arrived in Florida, she said that Zimmerman came in dressed in a t-shirt, rather than a suit. “That should have been my first clue,” she said.

According to Walters, Zimmerman said that the plans had changed, and he was refusing to do the interview unless ABC granted him one request. Walters refused to confirm that he had requested a month-long stay in a hotel. “It was a condition that, being a member of ABC News, I was unable to grant,” she said.

Walters described Zimmerman as “desperate for money” and “very worried about his family.” She also said he was “polite, soft-spoken, stubborn.” She said that his lawyers “wanted him to do the interview.”

The drama took a bizarre twist when Walters announced that Zimmerman wanted to call into the show to speak to Walters. “He wouldn’t do the interview, but now he has something to say,” she said, later adding, “This has been an interesting day, to say the least.”

She then pointedly refused to put him on air. “Mr. Zimmerman, if you could not do the interview yesterday, I don’t think we should do a quick one today,” she said. “In the future if you feel differently, we will consider it.”

Though she did not acknowledge that there had been any monetary request made of the network, Walters has asserted in the past that ABC News does not pay for interviews.

In July 2011, ABC News chief Ben Sherwood announced that the network would stop licensing photos, since questions about payment would inevitably follow after ABC News nabbed a major interview.

 

Ann Romney: ‘We’ve Given All You People Need To Know’ About Family Finances

Ann Romney

The unmitigated gall of this “privileged” woman is rather unpleasant, in my view.  The “all you people…” part is what’s so damned unacceptable here…

The Huffington Post

Mitt Romney’s wife is reinforcing her husband’s refusal to make public several years of tax returns, saying “we’ve given all you people need to know” about the family’s finances.

“You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially,” she said. “He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary for four years.”

Ann Romney told ABC News she thinks the Obama campaign’s attacks on her husband have been “beneath the dignity of the presidency.” And she said people will decide whom to vote for based on whether their lives would be better under Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama.

She said that ultimately she believes voters are “going to fire the coach.”

CORRECTION: The original version of this article omitted the word “people” from Ann Romney’s quote.

See video here…