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Former President George W. Bush has canceled plans to visit Denver. The former president made the decision after learning that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was also invited to attend the same event.Good move Mr. President.
Bush planned to speak at Saturday’s Young Presidents Organization’s “Global Leadership Summit” at the Convention Center on Saturday, Feb. 26, but backed out when he learned Assange was invited.
The annual conference attracts about 2,000 business leaders from 75 countries.
John Nicolakakis from South Africa told CBS4′s Tom Mustin that Bush’s decision was a disappointment.
“I do understand, but in the same breath he has let down a group of people who might have come just to see him,” said Nicolakakis.
Wikileaks has been criticized for releasing secret U.S. government and military documents.
Bush spokesman David Sherzer spoke to Mustin by phone. He said the former president “doesn’t want to share a forum with someone who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States.”
The folks at MSNBC should be deeply embarrassed and ashamed of their prime time commentator Rachel Maddow.
Having been exposed by Politifact for lying last week about Wisconsin having a budget surplus, Maddow on Thursday hypocritically defended herself by playing nine cherry-picked words from the broadcast in question while disgracefully calling her critics homophobes....
But also pathetic was Maddow playing the gay card.
During her segment Thursday, Maddow indirectly referred to an article at Johnny Dollar's website concerning herself and Fox News's Shepard Smith.
She went on to say (with a picture of JohnnyDollar.us on the screen):
MADDOW: Because this particular burst of anger is a pure right wing Internet phenomenon, if you have seen anything about this, you have probably seen it retweeted at some point as Rachel Maddow is wrong and she looks like a man. Also favorite Rachel Maddow is wrong and also gay.
You know, just because you don’t like the way it sounds when I say it or you don’t like my hair cut, or you don’t like that I’m gay, it does not mean that what we say is not true. [...]
And if you squint a little bit it is true, I do sometimes look like a dude, and I am definitely gay.If you look at Johnny Dollar's piece or mine, you will see no references to her appearance or sexual orientation.
I don't care what political commentators look like or who they choose to couple with. For Maddow to use the gay card to evoke sympathy from her viewers, as if the only reason she's being criticized is because of her appearance or sexual orientation, is disgraceful.
Loud protests by Wisconsin public employee unions against a budget reform proposal from new Governor Scott Walker have drawn considerable national network news attention since Thursday, the day Democratic state senators fled the state in a last-ditch gambit to prevent the bill from becoming law. A story-by-story analysis by the Media Research Center shows the Wisconsin protests are a perfect case study in the media's longstanding double standard favoring left-wing causes while demonstrating much more hostility to the Tea Party and conservative protests.
Last March, as thousands protested on Capitol Hill in the days before the passage of ObamaCare, CBS's Nancy Cordes slammed it as "a weekend filled with incivility," while World News anchor Diane Sawyer painted the Tea Party as a violent gang, with "protesters roaming Washington, some of them increasingly emotional, yelling slurs and epithets." In August 2009, ABC anchor Charles Gibson complained how "protesters brought pictures of President Obama with a Hitler-style mustache to a town hall meeting," failing to mention that the signs were produced by Lyndon LaRouche's wacky fringe movement, not the Tea Party or conservatives.
Over the past several days, the liberal demonstrations in Wisconsin (bolstered by the national Democratic Party and President Obama's Organizing for America group) have included signs just as inflammatory as the ones that bothered the networks during the health care debate, including several showing Governor Scott Walker as Adolph Hitler. Others have likened Walker to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin ("Scott Stalin") and recently deposed Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak ("Walker = Mubarak").
Another protest sign drew a cross-hairs over a picture of Governor Walker's head, with the caption "Don't Retreat, Reload; Repeal Walker" — an obvious parallel to a Facebook map posted by Sarah Palin last year, although that much-criticized graphic placed the target sights on maps of congressional districts, not any politician's face.
Yet none of these signs in the hands of liberal protesters have drawn the slightest complaint from network journalists. MRC analysts examined all 53 ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news stories, segments and anchor briefs on the Wisconsin protests from Thursday, February 17 (when they first drew major national coverage) through Monday, February 21. While eight of the 53 stories (15%) visually displayed one or more of the signs described above, none elicited a single remark from the network correspondents.
Instead, network journalists actually suggested the "Walker = Mubarak" theme of some of the more inflammatory signs. On Sunday's This Week, for example, ABC's Christiane Amanpour linked Wisconsin to the uprisings against oppressive dictatorships: "Populist frustration is boiling over this week, as we've said, not just in the Middle East, but in the middle of this country as well." So did NBC's Brian Williams on Friday's Nightly News: "From the Mideast to the American Midwest tonight, people are rising up. Citizens' uprisings are changing the world." NBC's on-screen caption: "The Uprising at Home."
ABC's Diane Sawyer opened Thursday's World News by empathizing with the protesters:
Today, we saw America's money trouble meet a reality, a human reality, as teachers, nurses, tens of thousands of state workers took to the streets in this country, protesting cuts by the governors, saying to these governors, a promise is a promise. One lawmaker looked out at the crowds gathered in the Wisconsin capital today said it's like Cairo moved to Madison.
The only time network journalists fretted about the Wisconsin protests getting out of hand was when their favorite bogeyman, the Tea Party, became involved — as ABC's Barbara Pinto did on Saturday's Good Morning America: "Today, those demonstrations are expected to get more intense and more polarizing — we're watching police officers arrive here this morning. And that is because the Tea Party is staging a counter-demonstration of its own today."
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV Friday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Barack Obama’s decision not to fully enforce the Defense of Marriage law eventually could lead to a constitutional crisis, as he has directly violated his constitutional duties by arbitrarily suspending a law.
Gingrich even suggested that, if a “President Sarah Palin” had taken a similar action, there would have been immediate calls for her impeachment. Asked directly whether President Obama could be subject to articles of impeachment, Gingrich said, “I think that’s something you get to much later. But I think clearly it is a dereliction of duty. Clearly it’s a violation of his constitutional oath. Clearly it is not something that can be allowed to stand."
(A Gingrich spokesman stressed after the interview that we are not currently in a constitutional crisis, nor was Gingrich calling for the direct impeachment of the president. His statements were meant to illustrate the hypocrisy of the left and the mainstream media.)
Obama Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday that the administration will not defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, which has banned recognition of same-sex marriage for 15 years. President Clinton signed the act into law in 1996.
Obama’s decision to forego a legal defense of the law has caused a firestorm of anger from conservative groups.
Gingrich slammed Obama for his decision, telling Newsmax that he is not a “one-person Supreme Court” and his decision sets a “very dangerous precedent” that must not be allowed to stand.
magine that Governor Palin had become president. Imagine that she had announced that Roe versus Wade in her view was unconstitutional and therefore the United States government would no longer protect anyone’s right to have an abortion because she personally had decided it should be changed. The news media would have gone crazy. The New York Times would have demanded her impeachment.
“First of all, he campaigned in favor of [the law]. He is breaking his word to the American people,” Gingrich says.
“Second, he swore an oath on the Bible to become president that he would uphold the Constitution and enforce the laws of the United States. He is not a one-person Supreme Court. The idea that we now have the rule of Obama instead of the rule of law should frighten everybody.
“The fact that the left likes the policy is allowing them to ignore the fact that this is a very unconstitutional act,” Gingrich said.
Yesterday we brought you the story of the anti-abortion group that set up the lovely billboard in New York with the caption, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.” Shockingly, the sign has since been taken down. Rush Limbaugh, hearing the story and knowing that there’s an opportunity here to ruffle more feathers than with a thousand “Michelle Obama is fat” jokes put together, jumped into the fray. He began his segment by proclaiming New York “the abortion capital of the world” and then just went from there.
Limbaugh discussed the same NYC Health Department findings that inspired the billboard which showed that blacks had the highest abortion statistics in the city. Then, with the race and abortion pots a’boiling, he added the perfect spice from his Liberal outrage recipe:
“You want to to really stir things up, talk about who owns Planned Parenthood and where are these clinics being put? They’re being put in black neighborhoods. Who’s making money? Who’s profitting? Liberals! Leftists, obviously! Pro-abortion types. And who’s defending them? Someone tries to put a billboard up defending them, they get run out of town by Al Sharpton and the rest. My God, folks, this is, this is…well, this is intolerable…Well, I don’t know if we should go that far. Planned Parenthood, doing the job the Klan could never finish? Is that what you’re thinking?”
Now, I like Rush Limbaugh. The time I would ever agree with a word that came out of his mouth is if he commented on the weather I was geographically nearby. But I still like him. And this is why. Listen to that clip as he laughs right before saying that Klan line. Not only does he laugh, he phrases his perfect quote as if it already were a freaking blog headline! That guy knows exactly what he wants.
Kathleen Parker, the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who co-hosted CNN's 8 p.m. show, is leaving just five months after the show debuted, the company announced Friday.
"I have decided to return to a schedule that will allow me to focus more on my syndicated newspaper column and other writings," Parker said in a statement.
She said she enjoyed her time on the show "Parker Spitzer" with former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, but she had missed focusing full-time on her column in the months she had been working on the show.
"With the show going in a new direction, it is a good time to move on," Parker said. "I want to thank the viewers who have been so kind with their comments and support."
Ken Jautz, CNN executive vice president, said a new program, called "In the Arena," will begin Monday. Spitzer will remain on that show, which will adopt "an ensemble format with several newsmakers, guests and contributors joining Eliot Spitzer each night."
A series of videos making the rounds on conservative websites shows a black Tea Party protester engaging pro-union protesters at the Colorado Statehouse Tuesday, and at least one such exchange was unmistakably racist. Complicating matters, though, is the fact that the initial report the report failed to ascertain pertinent details, greatly undercutting the news value of the footage. We filled in some of the blanks, with a little help from the site that originally posted the videos. (h/t The Blaze)
What is evident is that at least two of the people at the protest (and to a lesser extent, a third) made remarks to a black Tea Partier that ranged from racially tone-deaf (“get behind that fence where you belong“) to out-and-out reprehensible (“Do you have any children…that you claim?”).
Since lefty blogger Ian Murphy prank called Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday, various media outlets have devoted significant coverage to the prankster. None have seen fit to mention some of Murphy's more colorful antics - proclaiming "f**k the troops," for instance, or pretending to be autistic to gain access for a story.
CNN has been out front covering the prank and its perpetrator. The channel named Murphy its "most intriguing person of the day" in one segment, and devoted an article on its website to Murphy's wild claims - that Walker is "delusional," as CNN's headline blared, and that market economics amounts to a "fairy tale."
In reaching out to Murphy for comment, however, CNN did not see fit to ask him - or even mention in its multiple stories about the prank - that he is not just a "liberal website editor," but is in fact a radical, foaming-at-the-mouth leftist whose work includes fantasies about killing prominent Republicans and other far-left memes popular during the Bush years.
For a taste of Murphy's style, observe this excerpt of a 2008 article in the Buffalo Beast headlined "F**k the Troops":
So, 4000 rubes are dead. Cry me the Tigris. Another 30,000 have been seriously wounded. Boo f**king hoo. They got what they asked for—and cool robotic limbs, too…
The nearly two-thirds of us who know this war is bull***t need to stop sucking off the troops. They get enough action raping female soldiers and sodomizing Iraqi detainees. The political left is intent on “supporting” the troops by bringing them home, which is a good thing. But after rightly denouncing the administration’s lies and condemning this awful war, relatively sensible pundits—like Keith Olbermann—turn around and lovingly praise the soldiers’ brave service to the country. Why?
You get the idea.
Many of Murphy's writings perfectly channeled the attitude of the frantic anti-war left during the Bush years. "If Rove is Bush’s brain," he wrote in another article, "may the 43rd president be lobotomized before we string him up."
But don't worry, Murphy has at least a few qualms with murdering elected officials. "Do I often fantasize of jamming a rusty shiv into the Vice President’s eye socket and twirling it around until he passes out from shock and slowly bleeds to death? Of course," he wrote in 2007. "Would I do it? No. This author does not torture." He does, however, engage in some pretty sick homicidal fantasies.
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is proving he’s not afraid of anyone on his media tour, and after escaping some recent comedic and serious interviews virtually unscathed, he was now ready to enter the lion’s den known as The View. The most interesting moment came when Barbara Walters may have caught Rumsfeld a little off-guard, as she twice asked Rumsfeld if he wanted to apologize to the families of soldiers who died during the Iraq war.
Yet Rumsfeld did not think an apology was appropriate, instead repeating his belief that no soldier died in vain. In a more humorous exchange, conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck suggested that “the First Lady may have had a stronger stance on trans fats than Obama did on Gaddafi,” but the media savvy Rumsfeld, possibly knowing his audience, did not take the bait to bash Obama and surprisingly ended up agreeing with liberal co-host Joy Behar (to much audience amusement) in defending Obama’s efforts at private diplomacy.
President Barack Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage for federal purposes as only between a man and woman, according to a statement Wednesday from Attorney General Eric Holder.
"The president has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny," Holder said.
The key provision in the law "fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional."
"Given that conclusion, the president has instructed the (Justice Department) not to defend the statute" in two pending cases in New York, Holder said. "I fully concur with the president's determination."
Obama has previously expressed his personal opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act but had never stated an opinion relating to its constitutionality.
The administration had a March 11 deadline to respond to two lawsuits against the measure in New York. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals -- which includes New York -- is the only federal circuit to have never decided the basic legal question of whether a law discriminates against gay men and lesbians.
Republicans immediately ripped the White House's decision, calling it a distraction at a time when they said the focus needs to be on the economy.
"While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending,the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation," said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
After the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., last month, Democrats excoriated some Republicans and tea party activists, accusing them of overheated rhetoric and alleging that such contentiousness contributed to the tragedy. Now, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano is singing a different tune — saying protesters might need to get bloody, The Hill reports.
Capuano made the comment Tuesday as he defended the public unions in Wisconsin that oppose Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to curb their collective-bargaining rights in an effort to combat the state’s budget crisis.
Addressing a group of union members in Boston Tuesday, Capuano said, "I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an e-mail to get you going," according to the Dorchester Reporter.
"Every once in a while, you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary."
Meanwhile, in the Badger State, inflammatory rhetoric and signs amid protesters at the Capitol have raised concerns about security there.
On the other hand, one protester chose a light-hearted approach with a sign proclaiming: “I blame Brett Favre.”
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation's third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley.It's the Chicago Way.
With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, Emanuel had trounced five opponents with 55 percent of the vote — a margin that allowed him to avoid an April runoff. He needed more than 50 percent of the vote to win outright.
It was the city's first mayoral race in more than 60 years without an incumbent on the ballot and the first in more than two decades without Daley among the candidates. Daley and his father have led Chicago for more than 43 out of the last 56 years.
Emanuel called the victory "humbling" and thanked Daley for his lifetime of service, saying the outgoing mayor had "earned a special place in our hearts and our history."
But he added: "We have not won anything until a kid can go to school thinking of their studies and not their safety. Until the parent of that child is thinking about their work and not where they are going to find work, we have not won anything."
America Live host Megyn Kelly took a look at the ongoing union protests in Wisconsin, paying special attention to the fact that doctors have been writing notes – on camera, no less – to excuse demonstrating teachers from having to work, despite the fact that some weren’t ill.
To get to the bottom of the matter, Kelly spoke with Mike Langyel, the president of the Milwaukee Wisconsin Teachers Union. She began the interview by asking Langyel whether he condoned union members lying about their health issues so that they could take days off without losing their jobs, to which he responded, multiple times, by talking instead about Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.
Kelly attempted to get a straight answer out of Langyel, telling him that while many viewers are sympathetic towards the plight of Wisconsin’s teachers, they’re less inclined to be sympathetic to acts of fraud and pleading with him to step away from his “vanilla, sort of plain Jane talking points” and simply answer her question directly.
Referring to the video of a doctor writing notes for a perfectly healthy teacher, Langyel told Kelly that “whatever happened there, I didn’t see it. I don’t know what it is” before informing Kelly that her question was the “wrong one” to be asking. And that’s precisely the point when Kelly told Langyel how, exactly, television news works:
For better or for worse, I’m the anchor and you’re the guest. So I’ll come up with the questions and you can answer them or not.
A new Gallup Poll finds fewer Americans self-identify as Democrats today than did in 2008. That's potentially bad news for President Obama's 2012 re-election bid, as many of the declines occurred in states he carried in 2008.
According to Gallup, in 2010 every state and the District of Columbia had fewer residents describing themselves as Democrats or identifying as independent voters who leaned Democratic. Some of the biggest declines occurred in swing states that helped Obama claim the presidency in 2008, including Nevada, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Colorado and Indiana.
According to Gallup, a total of 12 states--including Tennessee, Virginia and Missouri--that were "solidly" or leaned Democratic in 2008 have now shifted to "competitive." At the same time, no states have moved in a more Democratic direction in the last three years.
In New Hampshire, a state Obama carried in '08, the number of voters identifying as Democrats dipped more than 11 percent--a turnover second only to Rhode Island, where Democratic identification declined just over 12 points.
After months of speculation, Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, told supporters Tuesday that he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 and instead will focus his time and efforts on Capitol Hill.
Thune released a joint statement with his wife, Kimberley, on his Facebook page shortly after noon saying that, for now, he needs to be in the Senate.
"There is a battle to be waged over what kind of country we are going to leave our children and grandchildren and that battle is happening now in Washington, not two years from now," Thune said in the statement. "So at this time, I feel that I am best positioned to fight for America's future here in the trenches of the United States Senate."
Thune, who ran unopposed for reelection in 2010, gained national attention just six years earlier when he defeated then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. Thune's victory earned him the label as a "rising star" in the Republican Party, and he became an early backer of Sen. John McCain's presidential bid in 2008.
The all-out war between Glenn Beck and George Soros to make Godwin’s Law an official scientifically-accepted principle continued this weekend on CNN, where the billionaire told Fareed Zakaria that Fox News’ “falsehoods” were similar to what succeeded in Weimar Germany. On tonight’s Factor, Bill O’Reilly tried to make sense of Soros’ continued escalation of the feud while regular guest Bernie Goldberg wondered why Zakaria allowed that language to begin with.
Once in a while, O’Reilly said by way of explanation, “Soros comes down from this plush boardroom, or his private jet lands somewhere near CNN headquarters,” and he gives an opinion. This was highly perplexing to O’Reilly, as he didn’t believe Soros was “changing anybody’s mind” by speaking out, nor was he making much business. Goldberg argued that Soros merely spoke out because he believed in what he said. “I think he honest to God believes every syllable of what he said,” he argued, but that, more problematic than Soros’ opinions was the fact that “it takes two to tango,” and “supposed journalist” Zakaria didn’t challenge his propositions on the “American fascist dictatorship” forwarded by Fox News– “Zakaria didn’t ask a single question.”
At this point O’Reilly and Goldberg’s comments flew past each other a good deal, as O’Reilly was fixated with the reasoning behind Soros’ behavior, while Zakaria was far more interesting to Goldberg. O’Reilly argued that many who used similar rhetoric on the right are “in business to do that” and “are making money doing it,” but Soros didn’t need that. “Aren’t there drugs you want to give out for free?” he asked of Soros. Goldberg’s reaction to this was merely that he spoke what he believed to be the truth and Soros, as a private citizen with little influence as a speaker in the media, was not nearly as important as Zakaria in this context. “Zakaria is supposedly a journalist,” Goldberg concluded, “and a journalist just doesn’t sit there like a bump on a log when someone is making crazy statements like that.”
Rachel Maddow weighed in on the Wisconsin union protests and suggested that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was stripping unions of power primarily to weaken the Democratic party in future elections. Any crisis related to the budget, Maddow believed, was either fabricated, or only true as a result of Walker’s own tax giveaways to business. The nonpartisan website PolitiFact declared such assertions to be “false.”
Maddow informed her audience:
I’m here to report that there is nothing wrong in the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin is fine. Wisconsin is great, actually. Despite what you may have heard about Wisconsin’s finances, Wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year.
If Wisconsin is in great financial condition, PolitiFact suggests that the message has yet to be received by the state. Furthermore, Maddow suggested that the Governor’s recent tax breaks to businesses are now the cause of any shortfall. However, PolitiFact clears up this rumor as well, revealing that such tax cuts will increase the government’s deficit but not until next year’s budget when they actually go into effect. PolitiFact concludes, “there should be no debate on whether or not there is a shortfall. While not historically large, the shortfall in the current budget needed to be addressed in some fashion.”
Given the view of some that the future of the Democratic party might be at stake and the quickness with which this budget fight became a national story, it’s understandable for passions to be running high on both sides of the argument. Yet now with the facts unveiled, it will be interesting to see whether Maddow is willing to recalibrate her view.