Was Fox News upset that President Barack Obama invited and took a question from Ebony magazine? It sure seems as though the network for conservatives was more than a little unnerved by the fact President Obama took questions from nontraditional members of the press corps … including Ebony. This is an interesting segment because Fox News uses as an analyst the very biased Liz Trotta, who once joked on Fox News about assassinating Obama (when he was a candidate for the White House). President Obama is mixing up the questions and the questioners so that more media outlets have an opportunity to have access to the president – outlets that for years were shut out by elitists in the White House and in the mainstream media. I am trying to imagine a press conference for George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush where a reporter representing Ebony is allowed to ask a question. It seems clear a good number of people are upset (and perhaps uncomfortable) with Ebony being granted this kind of access.
Archive for March, 2009
The NCAA Division I basketball tournament is one of the most exciting sporting events of the year for me. But, it was even greater to watch Michigan State University’s men’s basketball team defy the odds and upset No. 1 seed Louisville to earn a trip to the Final Four in Detroit. So, the Spartans will have an opportunity to play for the National Championship atFord Field and in their home state … right in the heart of Detroit. It doesn’t get a whole lot sweeter for that … well … winning the national championship in Detroit would be a lot sweeter. Congratulations to Coach Tom Izzo and his team for proving all the Big Ten haters wrong and showing that just because the scores are low does not mean the teams are not playing good basketball. In the Big Ten, teams play good defense. Ask Louisville if Michigan State plays good defense. Good luck to the Spartans in the Final Four. I wish Michigan could be there too, but Coach John Beilein still has some building to do before the Wolverines are back at that level.
CBS interviewer Bob Schieffer, during an interview with President Barack Obama, tried to label Afghanistan as “Obama’s war.” The war started long before Barack Obama even announced that he was going to run for president. This attempt to label it Obama’s war is nothing more than an attempt to bring heat on the new president and take the burden of responsibility off of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and other Republicans. President Obama is just trying to clean up the mess left by President Bush and Vice President Cheney through support of our troops in Afghanistan as they fight to bring bring terrorists to justice. Schieffer and others may want to tag the current president with it, but the words ring hollow.
Karl Rove, the conservative “strategist” who helped President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney lead us into this current mess, has a lot of nerve. Rove is a hypocrite for calling President Barack Obama arrogant (a code word for “uppity negro”).
Check out this Web video to see what is real arrogance/ignorance:
Fear mongering Republicans continue to try to play “scary”card against President Barack Obama. The latest to play this card is former Congressman Dick Armey, who is claiming the United States of America has a president who makes him scared for the first time in his life. What a statement coming from a man who had an opportunity to see the administration of George W. Bush up close and personal. Crooks and Liars is all over these words from Armey. The tragic events of 9/11, war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, terrorists becoming inspired with anti-American feelings and more (all during the Bush Administration) did not scare Dick Armey. But, two months of President Barack Obama trying to clean up the Bush-(Dick) Cheney mess (including the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression).
It appears Chrysler is among a growing list of sponsors (being asked to reconsider their support of Bill O’Reilly) to say we’re not interested in supporting The O’Reilly Factor. The people are being heard and now it seems that Bill O’Reilly may be embarking on a damage-control pubic-relations tour to try and rehabilitate himself in the eyes of the national media. He is apparently scheduled to appear on The View and David Letterman.
Think Progress (Chrysler):
Think Progress (O’Reilly appearances):
Think Progress has issued a progress report on the movement to hold Fox News conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly accountable for his hateful words directed at rape victims. Think Progress also is working to hold Bill O’Reilly accountable for his tactics of sending reporters out to stalk and ambush people using various methods of intimidation. O’Reilly most notably and most recently used the tactic against Think Progress blogger Amanda Terkel. Read the update and join the movement to hold Bill O’Reilly accountable for abusing our airwaves to forward a narrow-minded and hateful extreme-right conservative agenda.
The more I listen to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, the more I realized the man has an inflated opinion of his position on the national political stage. Perhaps no place was that more evident to me than in a recent Huffington Post article I read. In the Sam Stein article (discussing a CNN interview), Steele talks about how he is done reaching out to President Barack Obama.
STEELE: Look, I like the president personally, even though I think he has got a little thing about me, that I haven’t quite figured out what that is.
CNN: You haven’t spoken to him?
CNN: You’ve reach out?
STEELE: Several times, and I’m done.
CNN: So there is no bipartisanship going on there?
STEELE: Not, not that I know of.
CNN: Is there any professional jealousy?
STEELE: Not on my part. What would I be jealous of?
CNN: He’s the president of the United States.
STEELE: I’m chairman of the RNC, so, what’s your point? We both have leadership responsibilities and roles. I’m not equating the two. My point is: you are on your track. I’m on my track. You do your thing. I do my thing.
I suspect there is at least a bit of jealousy on the part of Michael Steele and a lot of Republicans out there who still can’t believe they were thumped so badly in the presidential election by Barack Obama. But, Steele’s last comment seems to indicate he has an inflated opinion of his importance and his role as RNC chair. He seems to be equating it to the role of the president … even though he insists he is not. Besides, why would President Obama want to reach out to Michael Steele? Steele is already helping the Democrats nearly every time he opens his mouth. Barack Obama does not need Michael Steele. Although, Michael Steele’s mouth has been doing plenty to help the president and the Democrats.
I must commend UPS for stepping up and doing what is right in discontinuing its association with Fox News conservative hater Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly has a history of alleged sexual harassment and has said some despicable things about rape victims during his on-air career.
This latest update:
Thank you for sending an e-mail expressing concern about UPS advertising during the Bill O’Reilly show on FOX News. We do consider such comments as we review ad placement decisions which involve a variety of news, entertainment and sports programming. At this time, we have no plans to continue advertising during this show.
This, hopefully, is only the start.
Think Progress Announces Some Positive News: UPS Looking Into Bill O’Reilly’s Disgraceful Actions And WordsPosted: March 27, 2009 in Uncategorized
This is just in from Think Progress about its campaign to bring to light the hateful rhetoric and bullying tactics of Fox News Conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly.
In response to our Stop Supporting The O’Reilly Harassment Machine campaign, UPS told us yesterday that it was investigating whether to continue supporting O’Reilly’s show. “We are sensitive to the type of television programming where our messages and presence are associated and continually review choices to affect future decisions,” spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg told us.
Keep up the good work, Think Progress.
For more on the campaign to hold Bill O’Reilly accountable for his disgraceful words and actions, visit: http://thinkprogress.org/stop-oreilly-harassment/.
Fox News has a story on its Web site about Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
The Minnesota congresswoman has shown an uncanny knack for infuriating critics with her sometimes off-the-wall behavior and comments, all the while advancing her political career.
In all honesty, Michele Bachmann does not really infuriate her critics. Like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, Bachmann makes you wonder how someone so crazy can attract so much media attention and so much respect from a major political party.
In fact, Bachmann provides ample ammunition to use against Republicans.
“I don’t hate Balboa, but I pity the fool.”
-Boxer Clubber Lang in Rocky III
Fox News conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly has been taking some heat for sending one of his “producers” (Jesse Watters) to launch a cowardly sneak attack (after stalking the victim and her friends for two hours) on a female blogger from Think Progress (Amanda Terkel). O’Reilly has been a bit on the defensive as he is using handpicked letters he reads on his show to bolster his case for harassment and other acts of intimidation against those who differ with him.
O’REILLY: Gary Stebnitz, Madison, Wisconsin: “O’Reilly, how in the world do you expect to avoid a lawsuit after your attack on John Podesta?”
Now, I want you to write this down, sir, so you can read it to all of your Kool-Aid crew out there in Madison. Podesta is running a hate Web site. Everything we said about him was true. We used no ad hominem attacks, just presented the facts. Got it?
Conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly says he does not make ad hominem attacks, but we all knows that is a flat-out lie (as pointed out by Think Progress).
Here is some of the evidence Think Progress cited to refute O’Reilly’s big lies:
- O’Reilly on TP Managing Editor Amanda Terkel: “Well, Miss Terkel is certainly a villain.” [3/23]
- O’Reilly on ThinkProgress: “They’re insects, OK?” [3/25]
- O’Reilly on Podesta: “This smear merchant, character assassin John Podesta…” [3/25]
That sounds like typical Bill O’Reilly behavior … attack people and then turn around and blame the victim. I encourage everyone to join the movement that we all hope will bring about a change from Fox News and stop these vicious attacks, half truths and lies from Bill O’Reilly, who is ruining the name of Fox News (although he gets plenty of help from biased television personalities like Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Karl Rove, Fox and Friends, Tammy Bruce, Megyn Kelly, Laura Ingraham, Greta Van Susteren and others).
Stop the Bill O’Reilly harassment:
Want to see eye-opening views of what Fox News conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly is up to on a daily basis? Visit The O’Reilly Sucks Blog to learn more about the lies, acts of intimidation, abuse of power, biased viewpoints and irrational perspectives of Bill O’Reilly.
The O’Reilly Sucks Blog documents Bill’s dubious history (including the skeletons in his closet). The blog also documents his unbalanced panels that always are stacked with more conservatives (especially since he himself is a conservative in spite of how much he lies about it).
This is an excellent blog to see what O’Reilly is all about.
The O’Reilly Sucks Blog:
Conservative Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has long had a history of being a right-wing advocate (who lies and tries to portray himself as politically neutral). But, a movement is being led by Think Progress and is designed to call out O’Reilly’s corporate sponsors for sponsoring his right-wing partisanship and his aggressive (some would say vicious) methods of attack.
Here is the Web site to make your voice heard against the tactics of intimidation that led Bill O’Reilly to send one of his producers out to harass Amanda Terkel, a 5-foot, 100-pound female blogger who writes for Think Progress: http://thinkprogress.org/stop-oreilly-harassment/.
When I grew up watching the Detroit Tigers there were two play-by-play guys: Ernie Harwell, a legend anyone with much of a baseball IQ knows, was the man on radio while George Kell was the main voice on television. Those were the voices of Tiger baseball for me and now one of those voices has been silenced as Kell passed away this week at the age of 86. I realize now, growing up, I knew so little about how great (truly GREAT) a baseball player George Kell was in his time … long before he entered the broadcast booth and took a microphone to describe the action for my beloved Detroit Tigers for all of those years (many of which were alongside fellow Hall-of-Fame player Al Kaline). George Kell, to me, truly was a Hall of Famer and he will be missed … sorely missed.
Consider this question for President Barack Obama during a news conference on Tuesday night. The question is from NBC’s Chuck Todd.
TODD: Some have compared this financial crisis to a war and in times of war past Presidents have called for some form of sacrifice. Some of your programs whether main street or Wall Street have actually cushioned the blow for those that were irresponsible during this economic period of prosperity, supposed prosperity that you were talking about. Why, given this new era of responsibility that you’re asking for why haven’t you asked for something specific that the public should be sacrificing to participate in this economic recovery?
So, is Todd really saying that the American people have not sacrificed enough? Maybe he is not familiar with people losing their homes, homeless people living in tent cities, people who can’t afford to eat, people who are without health care, newspapers (and other businesses) shutting down left and right, people losing their jobs, salaries are being cut, benefits are being slashed and on and on it goes. Todd doesn’t think that is enough?
CNN’s Ed Henry is no different than a lot of these big-time reporters in the elite media (including those members of the media that get an opportunity to question world leaders like President Barack Obama). He wants to show his brothers and sisters in the media that he is tough on world leaders to score points for himself. President Obama was ready and I doubt Henry liked the response he got about why he felt the president was too slow in expressing outrage about the AIG bonuses. The president gave a straightforward answer that caused a bit of a tense laughter in the room.
When President Barack Obama was filling out his NCAA men’s basketball championship bracket for ESPN’s Andy Katz and when he was appearing on Jay Leno he was accused by critics of having too much fun when the nation’s economy (he inherited from the previous administration) is struggling. When he holds a presidential news conference and is business-like then his critics charge that he’s too boring and serious.