So it came as something of a shock to learn that a left-leaning journalist actually criticized the White House for wanting a state-controlled media.
To listen to the loud, plaintive wails from the left, you’d think that Obamacare was the greatest invention since white bread and that the only reason conservatives want no part of it is pure selfishness. Jamelle Bouie, as a case in point, has an item at the Daily Beast titled “They Just Don’t Care if Healthcare.Gov Works or Not.” The they in that sentence refers to Republicans — his umbrella term for all cretins who refuse to acknowledge the “truth” that the rough part is over and that the future of Obamacare is bright. He laments:
A new biography of Barack Obama is out and has been assigned to fourth-grade students in at least one Illinois community (Illinois is, after all, Obama’s adoptive home state), according to The Daily Caller (via EAGnews). A sample chapter, available at Google Books, ends with a “True or False” question. The question, which asks how many countries Obama’s family live in, is boring. No one cares about that.
The internet needs one of those signs that used to appear outside factories that read, “This plant has gone [blank] days without an accident.” In the case of the web, the sign would read, “The internets have gone [blank] days without a black and/or leftist commentator accusing white conservatives of racial animus toward Barack Obama.”
Out of the mouths of babes. That’s where the White House is going for bread (both the edible and metaphorical kind) to beef up the budget of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! anti-obesity initiative. The New York Post explains:
On Nov. 1, sizable cuts were gouged into the federal food-stamp program (or, as it’s now called, SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which feeds 47.6 million people, or nearly one in six Americans. In the city, 1.9 million folks get the bulk of their Jell-O and Campbell’s Soup from stamps.
But news has spread among the poor, like leafy green vegetables, that it wasn’t heartless Republicans who triggered the cuts.
Rather, some of the food-stamp cash was snatched to pay for Michelle Obama’s pet project, Let’s Move.
Another country heard from. A day after liberal political columnist Cynthia Tucker offered up her best dog-ate-homework explanation for why Barack Obama deserves only some of the blame for lying through his teeth to the American people about the fate of their health care policies, along comes Michael Cohen of the Century Foundation, a progressive think tank, to try his hand at conjuring.
Like Tucker’s, Cohen’s feat of alchemy, which appears in New York’s Daily News, mentions the fact-checking website Politifact as the ultimate truthometer. He quotes their report that Obama “said at least 34 times that ‘if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.’ That statement,” Cohen goes on to add, “was not completely true, and it’s a lie that is today causing the President no end of political headaches.”
Of all the soft-cushion drubbings Barack Obama has taken at the hands of once (and future) cheerleaders, none is as silly as an op-ed by Cynthia Tucker at Tallahassee.com. The piece is titled “Obama will have to take his lumps,” but the context suggests Tucker is using the metaphor in the sense of “one lump or two?”
Her argument, if it can be rightly called that, might be encapsulated as “Sure, Obama lied, but only after those conniving Republicans sabotaged his undeniably excellent health care reform law, thereby forcing his hand.” The sabotage claim, which did not originate with Tucker, was neatly dismantled in a Best of the Web Today column by James Taranto, who points out:
Give CNN and ABC News.com Senior Political Editor Z. Byron Wolf credit. At least in his article at the network’s website, Wolf didn’t write, as the New York Times Editorial Board did yesterday, that Barack “Obama clearly misspoke when he said,” If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance. (A person can be said to have misspoken when he says something once that turns out to be incorrect or untrue. When an individual makes the same claim two dozen times, each punctuated by the emphatic exclamation “Period,” he is way past simply misspeaking.)
Have the mainstream media found their collective conscience and begun at last to vet the most transparent administration in history? It’s too early to make that assessment, but suffice it to say that two of the big three networks have in recent days come down with a serious case of truth telling.
First, NBC News reported that the president did indeed “prevaricate” when he repeatedly assured Americans that they would be able to keep their health care plans come hell or high water. Now CBS news has upped the ante and actually done some investigative journalism. The network has uncovered an internal memo (here) written by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (h/t Weasel Zippers) which reveals not only that the administration lied again when it claimed early on to have no information on enrollment figures but that the White House has systematically fudged the stats it has shared throughout the month of October.
In Feb. 2011, I first put forward the notion that liberalism is an ideology of rage and hate. I later expanded on that to illustrate that liberalism had become genocidal in its hatred of anything to the right of Josef Stalin.
Recently, liberal Democrats — elected officials who are allegedly responsible leaders — along with their allies in the so-called “mainstream media,” have embarked on a relentless campaign of hate, calling Tea Party Republicans “extremists,” “terrorists,” falsely accusing them of treason and sedition, along with a host of other charges that would get most people sued for defamation.