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Obama vs. Fox News — behind the  White House strategy to delegitimize a news organization

By Kirsten Powers

There is no war on terror for the Obama White House, but there is one on Fox  News.

In a recent interview with The New Republic, President Obama was back to his  grousing about the one television news outlet in America that won’t fall in line  and treat him as emperor. Discussing breaking Washington’s partisan gridlock,  the president told TNR,”If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on  Fox News…for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll  see more of them doing it.”

Alas, the president loves to whine about the media meanies at Fox News. To  him, these are not people trying to do their jobs. No, they are out to get him.  What other motive could a journalist have in holding a president accountable?  Why oh why do Ed Henry and Chris Wallace insist on asking hard questions? Make  them stop!

Alas, the president loves to whine about the media meanies at Fox  News. To him, these are not people trying to do their jobs. No, they are out to  get him.

The president seems more comfortable talking to “real journalists” such as  Chris Hughes, who asked the question in the TNR interview that  elicited Obama’s reflexive Fox hatred. Hughes is the new owner of TNR and is a  former major Obama campaign donor and organizer who was  featured on the cover of Fast Company, with the headline, “The Kid Who Made Obama  President.”  You can’t make this stuff up.

This latest volley from the president is just one in a long line of comments  from his White House as part of their campaign to silence any dissent they  detect in the press corps.

Recently, the White House has kept Fox News off of conference calls dealing  with the Benghazi attack, despite Fox News being the only outlet that was  regularly reporting on it and despite Fox having top notch foreign policy  reporters.

They have left Chris Wallace’s “Fox News Sunday” out of a round of interviews  that included CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS for not being part of a “legitimate” news  network. In October 2009, as part of an Obama administration onslaught against  Fox News,White House senior adviser David Axelrod said on ABC’s “This Week” that  the Fox News Channel is “not really a news station” and that much of the  programming is “not really news.”

Whether you are liberal or conservative, libertarian, moderate or politically  agnostic, everyone should be concerned when leaders of our government believe  they can intentionally try to delegitimize a news organization they don’t  like.

In fact, if you are a liberal – as I am – you should be the most offended, as  liberalism is founded on the idea of cherishing dissent and an inviolable right  to freedom of expression.

That more liberals aren’t calling out the White House for this outrageous  behavior tells you something about the state of liberalism in America  today.

Sure, everyone understands how some of Fox’s opinion programming would get  under President Obama’s skin, the same way MSNBC from 4pm until closing time is  not the favorite stop for Republicans.  But it’s not okay — or  presidential — to continue smearing an entire network of hard working  journalists because you are mad at Sean Hannity.

During the initial launch of the war on Fox News in October 2009, then-White  House Communications Director Anita Dunn told the New York Times of Fox News, “[W]e don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news  organizations behave.” On CNN, she declared that Fox was a “wing of the  Republican Party.” Then: “let’s not pretend  they’re a news network the way CNN is.”

Gosh, this sounds so familiar. In fact, it’s exactly the line that Media  Matters used in a 2010 memo to donors: “Fox News is not a news organization. It  is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated  as such by the media, elected officials and the public.”

In fact, this is the signature line of Media Matters in discussing Fox News,  which they say they exist to destroy. Their CEO, David Brock told Politico in  2011 that their strategy was a “war on Fox” that is executed by 90 staff members  and a $10 million yearly budget, gratis liberal donors.

Can someone explain to me how it’s “liberal” to try and shut down a media  organization? What the Obama administration is doing, and what liberals are  funding at MMFA is beyond chilling – it’s a deep freeze.


“Brava Ms. Powers! Once again Kirsten Powers proves to me that there not only are some liberals with integrity but that they are willing to speak out. She has courage as well as integrity. Although she and I would not agree on much politically I can, and do, respect her for her courage and integrity. Perhaps her showing of both will encourage others. We can only hope so. And her courage does encourage that hope. Once again, brava Kirsten Powers!

More Stuff:

Obama’s Economy: The Excuses Begin

Blame everything, except the government’s policies.

Just days after the November presidential and congressional elections which gave President Barack Obama a non-mandate of 50.6% of the popular vote and the demonstrated supported of less than 27% of all U.S. adults, NBC’s Brian Williams actually told viewers:

With the election now over, it is once again safe to talk about the economy and jobs. Now that it is not a campaign issue, it’s back to reality.

till in Democrat-supportive campaign mode, Williams then introduced a report by correspondent Harry Smith about how “the idea that manufacturing in America is dead … is an outright falsehood.” Mary Andringa, president and CEO of Iowa manufacturer Vermeer Corporation and then-board chair at the National Association of Manufacturers, told Smith:

What’s really outstanding is the fact that in 2010, the U.S. had an output of $4.8 trillion of manufactured goods. That was up from $4.1 (trillion) in 2000 — and we’ve been through two recessions in the past decade.

That is undoubtedly an impressive achievement which should not be discounted. But then Smith delivered the kicker:

Five million manufacturing jobs were lost in the U.S. in the last decade. But new jobs have been created too, and believe it or not, many manufacturers in the U.S. are looking for help.

This highlights two problems. The first, which is that our educational system and culture are not preparing enough people for the jobs which need to be filled, is self-evident to anyone with open eyes.

The second, despite the unfilled positions just noted, is even more important: unlike what occurred after every other post-World War II downturn, not enough new jobs are currently being created to make up for the ones being lost. The new companies and entire industries which have always emerged and generated enough new jobs to replace those lost as a result of increased productivity in existing industries aren’t appearing at a rate necessary to reduce unemployment to an acceptable level.

Why not?

At the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, the post-election search for an explanation clearly had two important constraints. First: do not blame the Obama administration or the federal government for anything. Second: find something to blame which appears to be plausible and can’t be immediately refuted.


Hypocrite of the day award…  MSNBC

MSNBC Says It’s “Reviewing” Selectively Edited Tape Falsely Claiming Sandy Hook Parent Was Heckled

MSNBC is reviewing its portrayal of the testimony of Neil Heslin, the father of a Sandy Hook victim, at a legislative hearing in Hartford on Monday. The 33-second video clip in question, embedded above, features a graphics box saying “Mocked and Loaded. Sandy Hook Victim’s Father Heckled by Gun Rights Advocates.”

“We’re reviewing the video in question,” says an MSNBC source.

Smart move, considering that Heslin wasn’t, in fact, heckled. Audience members merely answered a challenge that Heslin posed from the microphone.


Doctoring videos seems to have become a very bad habit amongst the liberal media vermin. Having seen others get caught it seems they are not only corrupt but stupid as well. Or perhaps they are under the erroneous impression that everyone is as stupid as their few viewers.

Come And Take It…

What’s Up With the Democrats?

Clinton’s Victory Lap Ignores Egypt

Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is doing a victory lap around the networks this week, taking bows and basking in the admiration of a largely sycophantic media that agrees with President Obama’s glowing praise of her service. We know his praise, as well as the willingness of many in the press to buy into the notion that her willingness to spend a lot of time on airplanes is the same thing as a record of genuine achievement, is strictly political boilerplate. Clinton was a cipher at Foggy Bottom doing Obama’s bidding and has few, if any, actual successes to her credit along with disasters like Benghazi (for which she inexplicably took full responsibility but not blame). But it’s hard to see how her part in directing America’s involvement in the Arab Spring will be seen by history as anything other than placing her in the ranks of the most incompetent stewards of American foreign policy in the country’s history.

Anyone who doubts that evaluation need only ignore the softball interviews and breathless anticipation of another Clinton run for the presidency in 2016 and instead look at accounts of what is going on in Egypt today as the head of that country’s military described it as descending into “chaos.” Since as we noted yesterday, the president told “60 Minutes” that the transition from the Mubarak dictatorship to the current Muslim Brotherhood regime in Cairo was an administration success, those proclaiming Clinton among the greatest of our secretaries of state have some explaining to do.

Even as “60 Minutes” interviewer Steve Kroft was making sure the president and Mrs. Clinton felt safe from being made to look stupid or bad, tens of thousands of protesters had taken over Tahir Square registering their anger about the fact that the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi has assumed the same tyrannical powers as Mubarak. Today violent clashes are spreading throughout the Egyptian capital as a sense is taking hold that, as the New York Times put it, “the state is unraveling.”


What Up With Republicans?

Enough of This Glumness

By Peter  Ferrara

There’s light at the end of the Obama tunnel.

Conservatives are still glum about the election, and the upper hand President Obama seems to have over Republicans. But the political stage has been framed far worse for conservatives and Republicans in the past.

In 1964, conservatives and Republicans were annihilated, when the conservative leader Barry Goldwater was crushed in the election by more than 20 points. Democrats held 295 House seats to 140 for the Republicans, and in the Senate, Democrats held a filibuster proof 67 seats, to 33 for the Republicans. This just 19 years after FDR had dominated American politics for a generation. The Republicans seemed dead, and conservatives were a disfavored minority within the Republican Party, distrusted as sure losers.

But in 1966, Republicans gained 47 House seats, and 3 in the Senate. Two years later, Richard Nixon won the White House, and was reelected in 1972 in an historic landslide, winning all but one state (Massachusetts).

By 1974, the Republicans seemed routed again. Watergate hadforced Nixon to resign in disgrace, and the Republicans were annihilated again in the 1974 midterm elections. The Democrats gained 49 House seats, leading the Republicans 291 to 144, almost all the way back to 1964. Democrats gained 3 seats in the Senate, to lead the Republicans 60 to 38, with one Conservative Party Senator from New York, and one independent. In 1976, Democrat Jimmy Carter won back the White House from 8 years of Republican control.

But that was just a prelude to the Reagan domination of American politics for a generation, 24 years, after that. And during this time up until Reagan’s election, there was no Fox News, no conservative talk radio, no Internet and conservative blogosphere, and the Wall Street Journal editorial page did not blossom until the late 1970s.



   Whatever Happened to Private Sex?

“I  heart female orgasm” is a public event taking place at the University of  Minnesota to teach young women and girls enrolled in the school how to achieve  and improve their orgasms. Yes, you heard me right. “Sex Week” at Yale and now  this. There is only one way to combat this insanity. Minnesota parents need to  threaten to withhold their tuition payments until this ceases.

Do  college students really need this class? Women have been having orgasms since  time immemorial and learned it all on their own without the aid of university  classes. If someone has problems in this arena, this very personal matter should  be discussed in private with a doctor or therapist. Sex should be a private  concern but we are trivializing it with programs like this at the same time we  are making it too pressing of an issue in our already sex-obsessed culture.

Today’s  pop culture and university system are working hard turning sex into an open and  public endeavor. The messaging to young people is that it is nothing special, it  does not require intimacy, it’s for sport and entertainment, it’s something you  just have to do like going to the bathroom or blowing your nose, and whoever you  can do it with when you need to do it, is just fine.

The  overriding message is this is an animal urge and follow your instincts at all  times. The need for control and restraint is passé.

Well,  we aren’t just animals. We do possess free will and discipline and that is,  after all, what distinguishes us from our animal pals. Is there a course on this  at college?


  The State Tax Reformers

More Governors look to repeal their income taxes.

Washington may be a tax reform wasteland, but out in the states the action is hot and heavy. Nine states—including such fast-growing places as Florida, Tennessee and Texas—currently have no income tax, and the race is on to see which will be the tenth, and perhaps the 11th and 12th.

Oklahoma and Kansas have lowered their income-tax rates in the last two years with an aim toward eliminating the tax altogether. North Carolina’s newly elected Republican Governor Pat McCrory has prioritized tax reform this year and wants to reduce the income tax. Ditto for another newcomer, Mike Pence of Indiana, who has called for a 10% income-tax rate cut. Susana Martinez, New Mexico’s Republican Governor, has called for slashing the state corporate tax to 4.9% from 7.6%, and the first Republican-controlled legislature since Reconstruction in Arkansas is considering chopping its tax rates by as much as half.


  Whose Welfare?

  by Thomas Sowell

If there is ever a contest for the law with the most grossly misleading title, the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 should be a prime candidate, because the last thing this Act protects is the welfare of Indian children.

The theory behind the Indian Child Welfare Act is that an American Indian child should be raised in an American Indian culture.

Based on that theory, a newborn baby of American Indian ancestry, who was adopted immediately after birth by a white couple, was at 27 months of age taken away from the only parents she has ever known and given to her father.

Apparently the tribe has rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act. If this child were of any other race, a court would be free to decide the case on the basis of whatever was in the best interests of the child. Instead, the child is treated almost as property, contrary to the 13th Amendment that outlawed slavery.

Fortunately, the legal issues growing out of this case are now before the Supreme Court of the United States. We can only hope that the justices will use their wisdom, instead of their cleverness, to decide this case.

Solomon’s wisdom provided a good example many centuries ago, in a case where two women each claimed to be the mother of a child and each demanded custody. Since he did not know who was the real mother, King Solomon said that he would cut the child in half and give each mother her half.

When one of the women dropped her claim, in order to spare the child’s life, he knew that she was the real mother. Anyone who would ruin a helpless child’s life, in order to assert their own legal prerogatives, or to protect the tribe’s turf, raises very serious questions about what kind of parent they are.

The question is not which home is better, but whether the child will ever feel secure in any home again, after the shock of being forcibly taken away.

The welfare of a flesh-and-blood human being should trump theories about cultures — especially in the case of a two-year-old child, who has been torn away from the only parents she has ever known, and treated as a pawn in a legalistic game.

This little girl is just the latest in a long line of Indian children who have been ripped out of the only family they have ever known and given to someone who is a stranger to them, often living on an Indian reservation that is foreign to them. This has happened even to children who have spent a decade or more with a family to which they have become attached and is attached to them.


Media Cockroaches

Martha Raddatz, Steve Kroft: Voluntary Tools of the State

Apparently the media’s desire to serve The State (at least for as long as Barack Obama heads The State) is so strong that the State now trumps The Scoop. Sunday, both ABC News and CBS News had slow-and-over-the-plate opportunities that would make any objective journalist salivate. Instead, though, both organizations chose to bend over backwards to ensure no political harm was done to the Democratic party, and most especially, to the Obama White House.

On Thursday we learned that New Jersey Democrat, Sen. Bob Menendez, is under investigation by the F.B.I. for allegedly paying to have sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.

Imagine you’re the first journalist to get a chance to interview Menendez after news of this investigation broke. Who wouldn’t be chomping at the bit to make major news with just one question covering the scandal, even if you know the answer will be a vehement denial?

Well, that would be ABC News’s Martha Raddatz, who had this golden opportunity handed to her Sunday morning but chose instead to completely ignore the scandal.


Hmm, objective and journalist are two words that don’t come to my mind when thinking about Radditz or Kroft. In fact I try not to think about either of these corrupt people at all.

Cuomo in, Carville and Matalin out at CNN                        

The Jeff Zucker era begins with a bang as CNN takes on ABC personalities and loses its marquee dueling couple

Chris Cuomo, formerly of “Good Morning America,” is headed to CNN to hopefully revamp the network’s morning slate, reports the New York Times. Cuomo — the brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — is reportedly joining the network’s morning show, which is hosted by another former network stalwart, Soledad O’Brien. (O’Brien may be on her way out — the network is “discussing various options with” the anchor.) So begins the era of former NBC honcho Jeff Zucker leading the third-place cable news network, and the inventor of the concept in the first place.

From an NBC-trained anchor to an ABC-trained one, the morning shows may seem to be more of the same (though possibly with a new title replacing “Starting Point”), though the programming across the channel will lose some key personalities: Mary Matalin and James Carville, the dueling conservative-wife-and-liberal-husband duo, will peddle their act elsewhere, as they have been let go. (“I’m completely cool with it,” said Carville, noting that the pair were often unavailable at their New Orleans residence.) Also departing: conservative commentator Erick Erickson and managing editor Mark Whitaker.

There are more questions than answers raised by the personnel shift — not least of all because Chris Cuomo is not a name with a big public profile of any sort attached, not even as much as perpetually rumored potential CNN hire Ann Curry. He’s not the Bill O’Reilly-in-the-aughts or Rachel-Maddow-in-2009 level news star that can redefine a network — at least, he wouldn’t seem to be. But the most intriguing departure may be that of the network’s managing editor — indicating that the network, whose great strength has long been its wealth of foreign bureaus, may be about to rethink just how that news is gathered and disseminated on U.S. air, downgrading the importance of “contributor” pundits paid to opine and increasing the importance of news hour to hour.

Or they’ll replace Erickson with a generic right-wing pundit and Matalin and Carville with a new married couple — Tina Brown and Harry Evans are available! — in an attempt to apply new faces to the same old problem, that people interested in watching CNN are not looking for a less “partisan” “Morning Joe” or “Fox & Friends,” but rather for breaking news. We’ll be waiting to see whoever the next hire after Cuomo is with great interest.

Will CNN “try” to be more objective and not keep it’s Obama love alive? Only time will tell. Quite honestly I don’t hold out much hope.

  Whew! What a relief to learn this…

Subject: It’s the door

Ever  walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only  to completely forget what that purpose was?

Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for  these strange memory  lapses.

Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered  that passing through a doorway triggers what’s  known as an event boundary in the mind,  separating one set of thoughts and memories from  the next.

Your brain files away the thoughts you  had in the previous room and prepares a blank  slate for the new locale.

Thank goodness for studies like this. It’s not our age, it’s that damn  door!

  In surprise, GDP shrinks by 0.1 percent in fourth quarter

The nation’s economy unexpectedly shrank by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter  of 2012, casting fresh doubt on the strength of the economy recovery.

The new estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) from the Commerce  Department marks the first time the economy shrank since it was in the depths of  the recession in mid-2009.

As the “fiscal cliff” loomed, a significant downturn in  government and defense spending contributing to the surprising number.

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Media Malpractice:

Fox News Fights Back Against Obama Smear

Recently in an interview with the liberal magazine the New Republic on “his enemies, the media and the future of football,” President Obama took aim not just at his antagonists on Capitol Hill but also those in the press, particularly Fox News. He told the New Republic:

One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.

The swipe at Fox wasn’t the president’s first, though it appears to have struck a nerve at the network. Two Fox personalities, Megyn Kelly and Kirsten Powers, responded to the president’s remarks. In a blog post on the Fox website, Kelly’s remarks were partially transcribed by the network, indicating the following was the main thrust of Fox’s argument against the statement:

“For me this isn’t about what he said about Fox News […] it’s about once again the president saying that if somebody disagrees with him, if Republicans disagree with him, it’s because someone has ‘gotten’ to them,” she told Fox News Digital political editor Chris Stirewalt. “It sounds dismissive of heartfelt beliefs that Republicans may hold or their constituents may hold that just don’t line up with his.”

One of Fox’s most vocal liberals, Kirsten Powers, took to the Fox opinion page to discuss Obama’s “war on Fox News.”

Whether you are liberal or conservative, libertarian, moderate or politically agnostic, everyone should be concerned when leaders of our government believe they can intentionally try to delegitimize a news organization they don’t like.

In fact, if you are a liberal – as I am – you should be the most offended, as liberalism is founded on the idea of cherishing dissent and an inviolable right to freedom of expression.

That more liberals aren’t calling out the White House for this outrageous behavior tells you something about the state of liberalism in America today.

Powers’s entire column is a must-read and holds the president’s feet to the fire on his administration’s efforts to remove Fox from the national conversation by denying the network equal access to conference calls and interviews. Despite Fox’s record-setting ratings, the president has deemed the network an illegitimate source of news while his allies at Media Matters declared their intention to destroy the network through “guerrilla warfare and sabotage.” It’s easy to imagine the kind of uproar President George W. Bush would have faced if he had made a similar attempt at stifling MSNBC or another liberal news outlet. It’s more difficult, however, to imagine President Bush actually attempting something so hostile to the free exchange of ideas and information.

While some media liberals spent the eight years of the Bush administration accusing the president of fascism, one would hope that the current president’s attempts to limit the freedom of the press to do their jobs would elicit a response of some kind. That no liberal but a Fox News paid contributor has forcefully pushed back against the president’s efforts portends a sad future for American liberalism, as Powers herself notes:

“That more liberals aren’t calling out the White House for this outrageous behavior tells you something about the state of liberalism in America today.”

 ObamaCare Survival Guide Hits New York Times Bestseller List

The Guide reveals:

  • How currently insured Americans will be affected by rising premium costs and other factors.
  • New rules and funding cuts for Medicare
  • New protections for the uninsured
  • Hidden fees and levies
  • New taxes for the affluent
  • New requirements and tax credits for small businesses
  • New fees for prescription drug users
  • Essential benefits insurance companies must provide
  • Individuals’ responsibilities and penalties under the new laws
  • How to maximize your healthcare dollar on the new plan
  • The costs to consumers

Most importantly, the book explains how readers can protect themselves against the harmful aspects of ObamaCare.


Worth a Read:

MSNBC Analyst: Republicans ‘Crazy Crackers’ Who Use ‘Hateful Language’


RINO Colin Powell Pulls the Race Card, Again


It’s hard to believe that I was once a Colin Powell fan. I believed him to be a man of integrity. His actions before the U.N. during his time as George Bush’s SoS disabused me of that. And now? I begin to think that with Colin Powell, as with many African-Americans, you scratch the surface and find a racist.

Powell may also be paying back the GOP for what he thought he had to do as Bush’s SoS. Of course he knows, somewhere deep inside, that he didn’t have to do what he did. A man of integrity would have resigned rather than lie. He lied.

Now he’s trotting his sorry ass all over the media in order to play the race card. He voted for Obama for the same reason most AA voted for Obama, because he’s black and so are they. And that’s the truth General, whether you want to admit it to yourself or anyone else!

The Murderer’s Honor

by Daniel Greenfield


Where There’s Smoke…

Sen.  Bob Menendez’s Dominican prostitute scandal grows as FBI raids travel  companion’s Florida eye clinic



Albert Einstein  “A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.”  ~  Albert Einstein

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