Another Summer of Discontent; Another Summer of Stupid

Before the deep freeze starts here in the East-
A  brief summary of  another bummer of a summer…


By John Tully

The New York Herald Sun


Summer is just the perfect time to see just exactly what the heck is going on out there in “America”.

The first thing I remember was British Petroleum destroying the planet and our Leaders sitting on their thumbs.

All of a sudden I’m sitting in a hotel room in Florida after a friend’s wedding and watching a humongous plasma television. A woman named Trish Regan from CNBC declared: “the stimulus didn’t work”. I wondered what had happened and how she knew and what had happened so I quickly switched the channel and witnessed ABC News’ Jonathan Karl file a brave and hard-hitting four-minute “piece” on the cost of the road signs that tell citizens about stimulus money being used for infrastructure projects.

Brave Jonathan Karl.

It reminded me of that George Stephanopoulos fellow on World News Tonight. Less than two months into President Obama’s term, immediately after the Stimulus Bill was finally passed with all kinds of silly concessions to the fiscally illogical demands of the Say No Republicans (already in full Waterloo-mode) the TV Star declared gleefully “Now, Barack Obama owns the economy….”

Those ABC boys sure are wankers.

Jake Tapper much?

The next thing I know I’m in South Jersey watching CBS News’ Bob Schieffer indignantly imploring Bloggers to “pick up the phone next time and do some reporting”

Mr. Schieffer’s lazy network, lead by Fox News, had been fooled by a well-known fraud named Andrew Breitbart into covering the story of how every major news gathering organization in the U.S. had failed to investigate an obvious right-wing smear job that lead the cowardly Obama administration to fire an employee of the Department of Agriculture for doing the right thing and speaking the truth about Racism.

Schieffer’s wise and sage shtick is utterly revered in the District but this completely backwards, twisted and wholly illogical pooh-poohing/blame shifting was truly a Spin of epic proportions. He’s got BS right there in his initials after all.

That began a second straight summer of Red-Herring Race Babble.
Remember last summer’s “Beer Summit”? Months of wasted time and newsprint on distractions from the real problems in this country and it happened again this year. Halliburton and Blackwater were relieved I’m sure.

I met sweet and dopey 80 year-old Democrats who think that President Obama was still just swell; never mind his continuation of all the most heinous policies of  Bush-Cheney: “State Secrets” to defend endless imprisonment, renditions and assassinations in the War on Terror-coupled with no intention to prosecute the definitive War Crimes of the former administration.

The next thing I remember Fox News is on in some restaurant.
There is a weepy, pinkish, Morning DJ on the screen and he’s assembled a bunch of Libertarians who listen to bad music cry about God and Gold on the anniversary and location of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.
The stupid hurts.

For some reason, all this kvetching about Obama reminded me of long-time DC columnist and television commentator Mark Shields and his outrage three years ago about that famous Move-On Ad questioning General Petraeus and his leadership.
Betray Us?
Perish the thought.

I was so mystified at the time that I called Shields on the phone. He nicely and politely explained to me that basically the Move-On folks and their approach was not only disrespectful but highly arrogant. He made a lot of very reasonable points about Generals and War.

But then I saw the same Mr. Shields this summer on Television- making sure to declare that he “liked” House Minority leader John Boehner before politely and gently criticising his newest nonexistent policies.

This is a politician, Mr. Boehner, who has so little respect for his opposition that he routinely uses the derogatory term “Democrat Party” to describe his critics. He and most of  his fellow Republicans just love to throw that phrase in every chance they can get. Guess what? Np one in the mainstream media calls them on it. Not even good ol’ Mark Shields.

I spoke with a 40-something Republican woman who asked me about Obama. She railed against “all these people being on the dole” and all this darn “spending” in Washington. I started to argue that taxes have never been lower and that TARP was Bush’s plan but it seemed to be a losing proposition. She looked me dead in the eye and politely informed me that pesky facts and hard-truths about politics and Glenn Beck and Obama were merely my personal opinions.

Well, you were just asking me for them.

I decided not to mention Al Gore’s Global Warming Hoax.

The summer was almost over but a plan to build a Muslim community center took center-stage in the American News Soap Opera.

Plans for the “9/11 mosque” in a neighborhood sort of close to the place where mostly Saudi Arabians flew planes into buildings, where it’s taken 10 years to rebuild anything– has unleashed the pure stupid.

TV anchor Brian Williams, who wears excellent ties, threw to the next commercial, intoning: “the mosque that is proving to be Too Much for some people”

I’m just glad that the rational and reasonable Jon Stewart has identified the problem in America and has planned a rally in DC for later in the month to address it.

I mean, really, the Democrat Party needs to stop being so gosh-darn harsh and mean and partisan.

Love, Peggy Noonan

FreedomWorks Makes Shit Up, Michelle Malkin Uncritically Repeats It, Wingnuts Uncritically Link to Malkin — Then Blame Media

F I R E D O G L A K E

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By: Blue Texan

Sunday September 13, 2009

Here’s a fascinating little case study in wingnut BS transmitting.

The Anchor Baby got the ball rolling.

Police estimate 1.2 million in attendance. ABC News reporting crowd at 2 million — tweets Tabitha Hale from D.C.

Teeny, tiny fringe, huh?

Wingnut bloggers from Glenn Reynolds to the Pajamas putzen to Newsbustards start jerking off excitedly link to the Anchor Baby.

Estimates for crowd sizes are starting to come in. We’re talking at least a million people, folks.

Wingnut “experts” confirm the Anchor Baby’s “reporting” with super-scientific analyses.

I did a back-of-envelope based on the photos and reports. A pretty dense crowd is about 1.8 people per square meter, and the National Mall alone is about 125 hectares, 1.25 million square meters. So that would be 2.3 million people.

Wingnut BS is then, rather predictably, exposed as total BS.

Conservative activists, who organized a march on the U.S. Capitol today in protest of the Obama administration’s health care agenda and government spending, erroneously attributed reports on the size of the crowds to ABC News.

Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, the group that organized the event, said on stage at the rally that ABC News was reporting that 1 million to 1.5 million people were in attendance.

At no time did ABC News, or its affiliates, report a number anywhere near as large. ABCNews.com reported an approximate figure of 60,000 to 70,000 protesters, attributed to the Washington, D.C., fire department. In its reports, ABC News Radio described the crowd as “tens of thousands.”

Wingnuts, with egg on their faces, blame media.

I’ve been talking all night to people who are there and involved. The 2 million number was generated by the media, but truly seems to be a gross inflation of what is there.

Damn liberal media. Always exaggerating the size of right-wing protests, just to discredit wingnuts.

Thers has more.

The Weird and Douchey World of Jake Tapper

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Why is ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jake Tapper Such a Complete and Utter Tool ?

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Last week, in an appalling show of corporate greed, “a small group of speculators” sank the Obama administration’s proposed Chrysler deal for just “an extra fifteen cents on the dollar.” The selfish greed of the hedge funds may, however, have produced a good result by forcing Chrysler into the bankruptcy process. The New York Times reported on Friday, “whatever the outcome, this bit of brinkmanship — which many characterized as a game of chicken with Washington — has become yet another public relations disaster for Wall Street.” But instead, this story of corporate greed has now been turned into a right-wing attack on President Obama. Here’s how it happened in three simple steps.

Step 1: Right-Wing Radio Gives Corporate Hedge Funds A Venue To Attack Obama In an interview with Detroit-based conservative talk show host Frank Beckmann on Friday, Tom Lauria — a corporate lawyer representing the hedge funds calling themselves the Committee of Chrysler Non-Tarp Lenders — alleged that one of its members, the investment firm Perella Weinberg, was “directly threatened by the White House” if it did not cooperate with the Obama’s administration’s rescue plan. (Perella was Rahm Emanuel’s former investment partner.) Lauria claimed that Perella withdrew its opposition to the government deal because the White House threatened “that the full force of the White House press corps would destroy its reputation if it continued to fight.” (Listen here.)

Step 2: Right-Wing Pressures White House Reporters To Take Up Its Attack After the story was cooked up by right-wing hate radio, it was peddled to members of the White House press corps, at least one of whom took the bait. On his radio show on Friday, right-wing talker Mark Levin discussed Lauria’s claims against Obama, and then called on his listeners to pressure the White House press corps — specifically ABC’s Jake Tapper — to report the story:

LEVIN: Somebody needs to pursue what’s going on in the White House behind the scenes! And stop playing games and making nice! American citizens — whatever walk of life they’re in — should not be threatened by the White House! Should not be told we’re going to drag you through the mud with the White House press corps! So confident is the White House that they have the White House press corps wrapped around their little finger! Maybe Jake Tapper will take a look at this. Ask that doofus — Gibbs.

Listen here:

Levin works for the ABC Radio Networks. Tapper works for ABC News. Step 3: ABC’s Jake Tapper Picks It Up, Drudge Promotes It A day after Levin’s show aired, ABC’s White House correspondent Jake Tapper gave the right-wing attacks the platform they were looking for. Tapper reported, “A leading bankruptcy attorney representing hedge funds and money managers told ABC News Saturday that Steve Rattner, the leader of the Obama administration’s Auto Industry Task Force, threatened one of the firms.” After Tapper reported it, Drudge linked to his story and helped give it further amplification: ddrudgeauto1 Both the White House and Perella Weinberg have released statements to ABC News denying the accusations made by Tom Lauria and the right-wing echo chamber. Bottom line: the right wing has morphed a story of corporate greed into a false political attack against Obama.

General Barry McCaffrey Exposed For The Ultimate Spineless Shill That He Is

THE NEW YORK TIMES

November 30, 2008

One Man’s Military-Industrial-Media Complex

In the spring of 2007 a tiny military contractor with a slender track record went shopping for a precious Beltway commodity.

The company, Defense Solutions, sought the services of a retired general with national stature, someone who could open doors at the highest levels of government and help it win a huge prize: the right to supply Iraq with thousands of armored vehicles.

Access like this does not come cheap, but it was an opportunity potentially worth billions in sales, and Defense Solutions soon found its man. The company signed Barry R. McCaffrey, a retired four-star Army general and military analyst for NBC News, to a consulting contract starting June 15, 2007.

Four days later the general swung into action. He sent a personal note and 15-page briefing packet to David H. Petraeus, the commanding general in Iraq, strongly recommending Defense Solutions and its offer to supply Iraq with 5,000 armored vehicles from Eastern Europe. “No other proposal is quicker, less costly, or more certain to succeed,” he said.

Thus, within days of hiring General McCaffrey, the Defense Solutions sales pitch was in the hands of the American commander with the greatest influence over Iraq’s expanding military.

“That’s what I pay him for,” Timothy D. Ringgold, chief executive of Defense Solutions, said in an interview.

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