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Coulter Battles Hannity over Tea Party: It’s Being Taken Over by ‘Shysters and Con Men!’

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Ann Coulter sat down with Sean HannityWednesday night to talk about the birth of the tea party movement five years ago this week (borne from and whether it still has the same kind of power and influence it did years ago, most prominently when a tea party wave helped bring in a Republican House in 2010.

And while the two agreed the tea party is still a big force, Coulter immediately went after people she believes are manipulating tea partiers for their own benefit, “tricking Americans to send them money.” She said these tea partiers keep railing against the establishment GOP with the risk of tanking their chances of taking back the Senate.

Hannity shot back that they’re just sticking to principle, but Coulter insisted you can’t repeal Obamacare if you don’t first take control of Congress. She shouted, “Fight to give them a majority, then we will repeal Obama and have Keystone!”

She concluded that there are “shysters and con men” ruining the tea party, and no one should donate a penny to them if they have any interest in helping the cause of the Republican party.

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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Stewart Finds Minority NY’ers Who’ll Stop Being Minorities So Hannity Will Stay

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On Monday, The Daily Show host Jon Stewarttook on the controversy surrounding comments made by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who suggested that far-right conservatives running for office are not welcome in the Empire State. Noting that Fox host Sean Hannity pledged to leave the state as a result of those comments, Stewart worked out an innovative way to convince the conservative broadcaster to stay in New York.

The Daily Show talked to gay couples pledging to marry people of the opposite gender, cab drivers pledging to abandon their accents, food vendors promising to stop selling Halal meats, and African-American youths pledging to take off their hoodies if Hannity would stay.

RELATED: Sarah Palin, Madonna and More Win ‘Racist’ Awards on The Daily Show

Even the cast of Jersey Boys got in on the backhanded begging of Hannity to remain a New Yorker.

Watch below, via Comedy Central:

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Tuesday Blog Roundup – 12-17-2013

The fear of a black Santa continues

Judge orders NSA to stop phone spying

Paul Ryan On Immigration: ‘No Amnesty’

Christie scandal almost too absurd to believe

Obama suffers most from year of turmoil, poll finds

Snowden to Brazil: Swap you spying help for asylum

Jeh Johnson confirmed as secretary of homeland security

Senate Conservatives Fund accuses Boehner of discrimination. Against conservatives.

Arizona Woman Gets Punched for Saying ‘Happy Holidays’ Instead of ‘Merry Christmas’

Media Matters staff: Fox’s Sean Hannity: “The Pope Sounds Like He Is Against Capitalism”

Homophobic RNC Committee Member Accuses Gay Colleagues Of Manipulating Health Benefits

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Sean Hannity On NSA Surveillance, Then And Now

Media Matters

Sean Hannity is warning that data mining and surveillance are “very clear violation[s] of the Fourth Amendment,” a drastic change for the Fox News host, who was a loud defender of National Security Agency surveillance during the Bush administration.

Media Matters offers a look at Hannity on NSA surveillance, then and now.

 

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9 Things Said By Potential Jurors In Zimmerman Trial That Made Us Go “Hmmm?”

Looks like it might be a very long trial…

Global Grind

George Zimmerman’s trial is here. And though we’re all anticipating the outcome, we have to tackle first things first.

Jury selection. And that daunting process of choosing six jurors and four alternates is proving difficult, hilarious, sad, and LONG.

Let me break it down for you:

Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson ordered the clerk of counts to summon a total of 500 potential jurors. Between 100 and 200 of those showed up the first day, and 100 more will show up each day as needed until the panel is seated. Each potential juror will be given a lengthy questionnaire to fill out. Nelson and lawyers will review them and then question the jurors individually.

And the questioning, if you haven’t been keeping up, is too interesting to miss. Here are a few things that were said that made us go HMMM????

Juror B-29: A lady from Chicago says she doesn’t watch news…she prefers Bad Girls Club.

Damn, so do we! We were just embarrassed to say…

Juror B-12: How did this woman react to her court summons? “Oh my goodness, I might be on Zimmerman!”

It’s not a show…so….

Juror B-51: Her family doesn’t have time to discuss Trayvon and Zimmerman. Why? Because they talk more about their “family dysfunction” than the news.

Yes…family dysfunction is REAL.

Juror B-37: When the state attorney asked her to describe Trayvon, she referred to him as a “boy of color.” Ummm…

Can we just retire “color” and all of its derivatives?

Juror B-37: Oh. She also only uses the internet to find recipes. Oh, and information on her 10+ pets.

You mean you don’t check GlobalGrind? Duh! Somebody is missing out!

Juror B-35: One of the two black jurors so far watches Fox News and Sean Hannity. He also doesn’t believe that the killing was racially motivated. He also called civil rights leaders who focused on racial aspect of the case “so-called.”

The defense’s dream guy…

Juror B-86: What she remembers about Trayvon? Her sons making fun of the “Skittles” that he was holding when he was shot.

Ummm…what?

Juror B-86: Thought she heard that Trayvon was expelled from school. That struck a chord because she’s “big on school discipline.” And so, she wasn’t so sure she could get over that detail in the case…

Uhhhhh…

And last but not least…AGAIN…

Juror B-86: If Trayvon wasn’t “expelled” from school, he might be alive today.

WOW WOW WOW WOW!

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Malkin on London attack: British ‘brought it on themselves’ by not deporting Muslims

Michelle Malkin speaks to Fox News

Great Britain is a democracy Ms. Malkin, let’s start from that premise?  Those guys did horrific things yesterday and there’s no defense for their actions.  Whatever their fate, they will deserve it.  However,  to put every Muslim into the same category is just plain ignorant.

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Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin on Wednesday asserted that the British people “brought it on themselves” after an apparent terrorist used a meat cleaver to hack a soldier to death in London.

Following Wednesday’s horrific slaying, Fox News host Sean Hannity speculated that President Barack Obama would have refused to call the incident a “terrorist attack.”

“What do you need to have? Neon lights that say, ‘Islamic jihad,’ ‘Islamic jihad?’ I mean, duh,” Malkin agreed. “They were screaming at the top of their lungs, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ and repeatedly swore in the name of Allah that they would continue to fight against us.”

“And in large part, unfortunately, in British culture, among the progressives there, they brought it on themselves in some ways because of lax deportation policies, and an unwillingness to screen out and profile Islamic militants who are now doing this in a homegrown manner on British soil,” she added. “It’s tragic.”

Hannity, however, suggested that greater access to guns could have prevented the attack.

“And also it does bring into question gun laws,” the Fox News host opined. “If the soldier had been able to protect himself and defend himself, which people all over the media in this country bragging about the fact, well, people don’t have guns in England.”

“Well, do you know who did have a gun? One of the assailants had a pistol!” Malkin exclaimed. “And everyone else was unarmed! Completely!”

Prior to being shot by police, the terrorist suspects also expressed the sentiment that the British people were to blame for the attacks.

“The only reasons we killed this man … is because Muslims are dying daily,” one attacker was caught on video saying. “This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for tooth.”

 Watch this video from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast May 23, 2013.

 

 

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Rachel Maddow Blasts Fox News For Skipping President Obama Medal Ceremony In Israel

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On Thursday night in the Jerusalem residence of Israeli President Shimon Peres, American President Barack Obama received the Medal of Distinction, the highest honor that Israel’s government can award a civilian (and also a hunk of hardware that looks like it could be murder on the ole sciatica). As Rachel Maddow noted on Thursday night’s The Rachel Maddow Show, however, only some cable news viewers got to see that ceremony live: all of the cable news viewers who weren’t watching Fox News.

One of the most important functions that a news program can perform, and perhaps the most basic, is to inform the viewer. While technically a so-called “opinion” program, this short segment of The Rachel Maddow show was packed with information. For example, I already knew that Republican deity and former President Ronald Reagan never visited Israel, nor did George H.W. Bush, and that George W. Bush didn’t make the trip until late in his second term. However, I did not know that the Medal of Distinction/Dothraki Battle Shield was the highest honor the Israeli government can give to a civilian, or that President Obama is the only U.S. President ever to receive it. Information.

Viewers of the Maddow show who had missed news of the President’s trip would also have been informed of several events of the day, such as the heckler who interrupted President Obama’s speech to a group of students, or the weird robot snake he checked out, or clips from the speeches he gave that day.

One of the other ways that news programs inform viewers is by bringing them live video of newsworthy events, such as the first American president to be awarded the Medal of Distinction. It was the middle of the afternoon in the U.S., and both CNN and MSNBC carried the event live. As Rachel noted, though, Fox News had other business to attend:

Fox was running a commercial about how Sean Hannity thinks President Obama is strengthening Israel’s enemies. When I saw the Maddow segment, I sus[ected there might be more to the commercial (sorry, Rachel), that there might be some part at the end that sort of redeemed it, like “But they gave him a medal!!” But I checked, that was the whole thing.

I also checked the President’s schedule for Thursday, and as expected, the dinner and the award ceremony were covered by the White House traveling press pool. That means that whether or not Fox News aired the video of the first ever American president receiving Israel’s highest civilian honor, they paid for it.

Much has been made, recently, of a Pew study that compared the ratio of “opinion” to “straight news” among the three major cable networks, but it didn’t really take into account the quality of the programming. Rachel Maddow’s show, while containing heavy doses of commentary, also fulfills journalism’s duty to inform.

The study also made the assumption that “opinion” can’t also be news, an assumption belied by recent events (Robert Gibbs made news on several MSNBC opinion shows with a revelation about the drone program), and by one of the more pivotal moments in the 2012 presidential campaign. Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom made his now-infamous “Etch-a-Sketch” remark during an interview segment that Pew would have counted as “opinion.” The question was asked by comedianJohn Fugelsang.

On the flip-side, your straight news is only as good as the news you’re reporting. If you can’t get your facts straight, or you select which stories not to air based on something other than established news practices, then it doesn’t really matter how straight it is.

 

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“Obama’s Sequester?” No Way

“Obama’s Sequester?” No Way

Speaker of the House, John Bohener, et al are making sure that they pin the “sequester” bill on President Obama.  The idea is to blame Obama for anything that goes wrong once the sequester is set in motion.

Economist and former Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden,  Jared Bernstein knows a thing or two about these things and wrote the following piece:

Salon

It’s time to defuse the latest fiscal time bomb

This originally appeared on Jared Bernstein’s blog, On the Economy.

For my sanity and yours, I rarely get into the silliest corners of politics, but this conservative talking point that the word “sequester” must actually be called “Obama’s sequester,” like they had nothing to do with it, is really beyond the pale.  I get that both sides are trying to position themselves to not get blamed for this totally preventable, self-inflicted wound, but here are some facts that belie this ridiculous Republican disowning of a policy they supported.

–The sequester was part of the Budget Control Act, passed in 2011 with bipartisan support.  In fact, a larger share of House R’s voted for the bill than D’s: 174 (73%) voted for it and 66 against, while Ds were split 95-95.   In the Senate, 28 Rs voted for it and 19 against, while D’s supported it 45-6.

–Voting in support of the bill that contained the sequester were Reps Boehner, Ryan, Cantor and Sen. McConnell.

–Speaker Boehner said of the bill including the sequester: “I got 98% of what I wanted.”  Given their highly amped up disdain of the sequester now, I find it hard to believe that this was the 2% he didn’t want.

–On the day of the vote, Rep Paul Ryan explained the spending cuts in the bill to Sean Hannity, adding the following:

“And if they breach that amount across the board, sequester comes in to cut that spending, and you can’t turned that off without a supermajority vote. We got that in law. That is here…”

–Then there’s the Power Point slide that the Daily Beast put up yesterday from Speaker Boehner in July of 2011 advertising the sequester as a selling point to his fellow R’s: “[The bill] sets up a new sequestration process to cut spending across-the-board…”

So, should we be calling this “Ryan’s sequester?”…“Boehner’s sequester?”

No.  We—they—should stop acting like truculent kids on the playground, get to work, and defuse their latest fiscal time bomb.

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With Sean Hannity Getting Stomped In the Ratings Fox News Attacks Rachel Maddow

Fox News epitomizes what’s wrong today’s the Conservative movement.  If things don’t go their way (and they’re used to having things their way) they manifest their rotten philosophy of “our way or the highway”.

Whether they are right or wrong, it seems to me that most conservatives in the media and in politics act like spoiled children when the tide of approval shifts from them to their opposition.  It’s what most would call plain old sour grapes.

Remedy: Get over it!  You screwed up, now it’s time for the grown-ups to clean up your mess and take over.

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Since election day, Rachel Maddow has been beating Sean Hannity in the key demo ratings. Fox News has responded with a juvenile attack on Maddow.

There is something happening in cable news that can no longer be ignored. MSNBC is seriously challenging Fox News. Specifically, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell are regularly beating their Fox News competition in the key 25-54 demo. Last week, Maddow beat Hannity, 378,000 viewers to 352,000 in the demo.

This week Maddow handily defeated Hannity on Monday (394,000-336,000) andTuesday (388,000-285,000). Even with guest hosts filling in for Maddow on Wednesday and Thursday, Hannity was only able to eek out small wins of 55,000and 38,000 in the demo. From election day through the end of November, Maddow beat Hannity by 13%.

Hannity’s margin over Maddow in total viewers is inflated by the fact that Fox News is available in more homes than MSNBC. Bill O’Reilly’s show is the only thing keeping Fox News ahead in the primetime demo. If anything ever happens to O’Reilly, Fox News will be in deep trouble.

The biggest sign yet that Fox News knows they have a problem was how they responded to Rachel Maddow being nominated for a Grammy for her spoken word version of Drift.

Here was the headline on Fox Nation:

This behavior is nothing new for Fox News. Every since Jon Stewart started crushing them in the ratings, they have regularly and sometimes personally attackedThe Daily Show host. Among other things, Fox News has edited his appearances on their network and called Stewart a racist.

Stewart and Maddow both are the anti-Fox News. Both draw big ratings, and both are now enemies of Fox. As more younger Americans continue to rebel against information bubbles like Fox, they are seeking out alternatives that place an an emphasis on information over propaganda, and perhaps no show on Fox is as propagandistic as Hannity. On occasion during his broadcasts, Sean Hannity literally reads or quotes verbatim from Republican talking points. Maddow’s show is the exact opposite. She is fair to her guests, and is does not shy away from being tough on the Obama administration and Democrats.

If MSNBC was available in more homes, Maddow would have probably blown by Hannity in total viewers a while ago.

The Fox News style network is being rejected by more and more viewers. There may be little that Fox can actually do to stop this slide. So like the the impotent old man of cable news that they are becoming, Fox News has resorted to using juvenile attacks against younger and stronger competition that is gaining on them every day.

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John Sununu’s History Of Racial Remarks About Obama

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On Thursday, Romney campaign co-chair advanced the theory that Gen. Colin Powell endorsed President Obama because he’s black. But this isn’t the first time Sununu or even Mitt Romney’s campaign have introduced Obama’s race into the election. The former New Hampshire governor has repeatedly suggested that Obama or his policies are “foreign,” European, and something less than American. Here are some of his greatest hits:

– Obama is foreign. Obama doesn’t understand the “American system” because “he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia, and, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure.” [Fox News, 7/17/2012]

– Obama doesn’t know how to be an American. During a conference call, Sununu claimed, “The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses, from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world. It is the American way. And I wish this president would learn how to be an American.” [Conference call, 7/17/2012]

– Obama is a lazy idiot. Sununu described Obama’s debate performance as “babbling,” “lazy,” and “disengaged,” and dismissed the possibility that he could do better in the future. “When you’re not that bright you can’t get better prepared.” [Fox News, 10/4/2012]

– Obama has no class, just wants to be cool. “That moment of using the B.S. word was kind of a self-defining moment for the president,” he told Sean Hannity. “No class, wants to be cool. Sacrifices the dignity of the presidency for appearing cool to a magazine that works for some of his base.” [Fox News,10/25/2012]

Romney has never publicly rebuked Sununu’s racial remarks, though Sununu has previously issued retractions of some of his statements. With just 11 days before Election Day, he remains the campaign’s most prominent spokesperson and is even attacking Obama for dividing Americans along racial lines. During an appearance on Fox News on Thursday he complained that Obama has instituted “class warfare,” adding, “This guy has tried to create some racial divides.”

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