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Showing posts with label Ari Fleischer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ari Fleischer. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rightwing Presstitutes And Demagogues Using "Clinton Administration"

Are we seeing GOP Strategy?

After Hillary Clinton criticized Fox News a few days ago, Sean Hannity decided to feed his sycophant viewers a demagogue laced diatribe.  The Fox News propagandist revealed a Freudian slip comparable to none other.  He referred to Clinton as President Clinton.  

It takes a dunce.

You shouldn't think Hannity was a one-offer. watch and listen As Trumpite Corey Lewandoski goes "Clinton  Administration"  while his Fox News facilitators grin and giggle to cover their embarrassment.
“...we should be focusing on the continued lies of the Clinton administration.”
An we find another GOP talking head and former BUSH DUBYA Presstitute, Ari Fleischer doing what he does best. He runs his mouth while spewing pure demagoguery and receives large paychecks to do so. Watch the following video from the 1:25 minute mark. 
 “So we do know that the Clinton administration paid a foreign operative to get information from the Kremlin on Donald Trump. That is using the Kremlin to get dirt on your opponent.”
Link: Read Here 

Right Wing media and its presstitute cousins are losing their minds. They spew so much rhetoric, they find it impossible to stifle their Freudian Slips. One slip, OK write-it-off to on-camera nervousness. Two such cases, well suspicious. But, three cases almost leaves me with the thought of a subliminal strategy.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Daily GOP Ignominious: "My Brother Kept Us Safe"

"My brother kept us safe"

A very disputable piece of conservative rhetoric and a common conservative audience dog whistle.

Forward Progressive recently published a piece regarding last week's terror attacks in Paris and subsequent conservative blaming President Obama for the carnage. While high information voters (people) know the genesis of middle east instability far precedes President Obama's Inauguration to the Oval Office, we from time-to-time revisit life before January 2009. We find it necessary to address the US conservative's penchant for a core belief life in the United States started on January 20th, 2009. Just as millions of the same people actually believe humankind commenced during a time period that sprang into existence about 6,000 years ago. 

Allen Clifton writing for Forward Progressive keyboarded as follows:
To the Republicans Blaming President Obama for the Attack in Paris: Are You Out of Your Damn Minds? 
Many Republicans have reached such a point of absurdity, it's unfathomable to me that there are people who still take them seriously. Try as I might, I cannot bring myself to the simplistic, small-minded level of thinking that it clearly requires to buy into and believe the nonsense the GOP constantly pushes. It's as if the…Read more
The genesis of the current radical terror scourge far outdates any actions that may have commenced after Obama's inauguration in 2009. While conservatives will find what follows against their paradigm, facts are facts and they point to a vastly different reality. Evil yet authoritarian leaders in virtually all middle Eastern countries offered humankind a respectively ugly reality (country to country), but they offered containment of more evil entities and ideology. The Bush inner circle went about a committed focus on Saddam Hussein almost immediately after the 2000 SCOTUS Awarded of the US Presidency to George W Bush.

In 2002, George W. Bush started a very public campaign for attacking Saddam Hussein and perpetrating war against Iraq. During a speech in Houston Texas in September of that year, Bush delivered a speech that included this excerpt.    

The following September 2002 CNN report from John King is point-on about the Bush quest for war with Iraq. 
Bush calls Saddam 'the guy who tried to kill my dad'From John King (CNN)
Friday, September 27, 2002 Posted: 1:48 AM EDT (0548 GMT) 
HOUSTON,  Texas (CNN) --President Bush leveled harsh criticism Thursday at the Senate on homeland security issues, but he revised his stump speech to make clear "there are fine senators from both parties who care deeply about our country."
And, in discussing the threat posed by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Bush said: "After all, this is the guy who tried to kill my dad."
If you prefer a visual reminder, take a couple of minutes to view pure jingoism and war-mongering, regardless of purpose. What you are about to see and hear provided a "Go-forward" order for Administration operatives throughout the White House and Defense Department. The order may well have been: "find me war and an opportunity to go into Iraq."

Other well-publicized reports of perceptions Bush wanted into Iraq and at Saddam Hussein need not be repeated. I have linked (here) to a 2012 piece which includes information that refutes "He kept us safe" while making the case, he was strategically indifferent to pre-9/11 INTEL.

In July 2003, The Bush Security Team received the following Detail Briefing and summary ignored the warnings. Warnings that literally include the name Osama bin Laden.

Transcript: Bin Laden determined to strike in US

Saturday, April 10, 2004

The following is a transcript of the August 6, 2001, presidential daily briefing entitled Bin Laden determined to strike in US. Parts of the original document were not made public by the White House for security reasons.
Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate bin Laden since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the US. Bin Laden implied in U.S. television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and "bring the fighting to America."

After U.S. missile strikes on his base in Afghanistan in 1998, bin Laden told followers he wanted to retaliate in Washington, according to a -- -- service.

An Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) operative told - - service at the same time that bin Laden was planning to exploit the operative's access to the U.S. to mount a terrorist strike.

The millennium plotting in Canada in 1999 may have been part of bin Laden's first serious attempt to implement a terrorist strike in the U.S.

Convicted plotter Ahmed Ressam has told the FBI that he conceived the idea to attack Los Angeles International Airport himself, but that in ---, Laden lieutenant Abu Zubaydah encouraged him and helped facilitate the operation. Ressam also said that in 1998 Abu Zubaydah was planning his own U.S. attack.

Ressam says bin Laden was aware of the Los Angeles operation. Although Bin Laden has not succeeded, his attacks against the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 demonstrate that he prepares operations years in advance and is not deterred by setbacks. Bin Laden associates surveyed our embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam as early as 1993, and some members of the Nairobi cell planning the bombings were arrested and deported in 1997.

Al Qaeda members -- including some who are U.S. citizens -- have resided in or traveled to the U.S. for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure that could aid attacks.

Two al-Qaeda members found guilty in the conspiracy to bomb our embassies in East Africa were U.S. citizens, and a senior EIJ member lived in California in the mid-1990s.

A clandestine source said in 1998 that a bin Laden cell in New York was recruiting Muslim-American youth for attacks.

We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a ---- service in 1998 saying that Bin Laden wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to gain the release of "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists.

Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.

The FBI is conducting approximately 70 full-field investigations throughout the U.S. that it considers bin Laden-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our embassy in the UAE in May saying that a group or bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives.

If you read the July 2003 Daily Briefing, you are probably one who feels the Bush Administration could have done much more to disrupt the September 11 attacks in NYC, Washington DC and the downed airliner in Pennsylvania. Moreover, if you are politically astute on current events you also know that Jeb Bush works to waylay his brothers military malfeasance with "He kept us safe". 


Conservatives apparently possess DNA that induces forgetfulness and the wiping clean of gray matter within hours of substantive national events. They seem to file away everything beyond yesterday to a never to be brought forth again, file. Thus Jeb Bush's kept us safe is as flawed an argument as arguing his brother actually won the US Presidency in 2000. 

Politico recently published a must-read piece that offers a lifeline for the reality Bush knew of the developing attack strategy while doing nothing to thwart terrorist planning nor the actual acts of terror. 

Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”The CIA’s famous Presidential Daily Brief, presented to George W. Bush on August 6, 2001, has always been Exhibit A in the case that his administration shrugged off warnings of an Al Qaeda attack. But months earlier, starting in the spring of 2001, the CIA repeatedly and urgently began to warn the White House that an attack was coming.

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You may recall Bush's White House spokesman, Ari Fleischer, and his consistent and persistent indifference reported warnings; accurate warnings.  Fleischer's vapid puerile bleating in support of his boss's agenda should serve along with the Bush legacy of how the White House should not work. 

Ari Fleischer's contrive facade regarding Bush's attention to warnings.

ABC News "Bush Warned of Hijackings Before 9-11"

"There has been long-standing speculation, shared with the president, about the potential of hijackings in the traditional sense," White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said. "We had general threats involving Osama bin Laden around the world and including in the United States."
Fleischer insisted that Bush did not ignore the threats, saying that hijacking warnings were something that past White Houses have faced for decades. No one, Fleischer said, could have conceptualized what happened on Sept. 11. White House officials believed the hijackings could occur in a more traditional manner.

Read more linked above (A must read if you think Bush "kept us safe.")

While not one Bush Administration official spoke honestly while employed by the administration, a moderate number have come forth (mostly via book hawking) to speak about Bush's indifference to relevant INTEL and associated warnings. Over the past few days, Bill Gates, former Administration Defense Secretary, has joined others in speaking honestly about what Jeb Bush calls "kept us safe."

Americans who fall for the Bush "kept us safe" mantra should also have learned this valuable refrain:

'Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it', George Santayana (16  1863 in Madrid - September 1952 Italy)
If we ae going to following media warmongers and acclimating to the Jeb Bush mantra of "He kept us safe", let's do so with a full magazine (Republicans will love that metaphor). 


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Escape Income Inequity And Poverty Via Marriage! Seriously?

If I practice polygamy, does that mean I will become a Top 1% (er)?

Are we to believe that getting married will impact the following graphic representations? Moreover, is political/social Right actually posturing such?  I believe  Marco Rubio spoke the insane statement and at least one noted Right-Wing operative/mouthpiece has done same.

cbpp income inequality 2011.png
Poverty Rates for Adults by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity, 2010

We wonder if economist agree with the Right-wing talking-point?

Whenever I lower myself to peeping at CNN, I am overly cautious about exposure to Fred Zucker's recently hired: Ari Fleischer.

As we suffered the first few years of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's first-term, we sat through daily lies from Fleischer as White House Press Secretary. Since we screed-ed on Fleischer last fall, we will simply link that piece to avoid redundant rehashing of our contempt for the man as a Right-wing demagogue with little to no credible substance. 
Just before Bush and Cheney charged into Iraq equipped with WMD lies and a completely manipulated nation, and allied "Coalition," Fleischer served up what one writer called the "WHOOPER OF THE WEEK."

An even more poignant example of Fleischer "Hire me, I will lie" model was captured by Crooks& Liars in September, 2010. 

Paul Begala Calls Out Ari Fleischer For The Lies He Told That Got Us Into Iraq
By Heather September 1, 2010

If these Bushies want to come on the air to attempt some turd polishing about why the Bush administration chose to invade Iraq, a country that was not a threat to us, then they should be treated the way Paul Begala treated lying propagandist Ari

Read much more

Fleischer has appeared all over CNN whenever the network wants a GOP opinion about any utterance or appearance related to president Obama.  His utility as a Right-wing fdunct8ionary spans well beyond paid television punditry.

Fleischer was intimately involved in the hire of the former Georgia State representative hired into Susan G. Komen as a key figure in a plan to eliminate Komen funding to Planned Parenthood. Komen's funding debacles eventually led to a drudging for the CEO of Susan G. Komen and embarrassment for conservative America. Another case of Fleischer involvement that went way south (excuse the pun) on conservatism.

Writing for the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Fleischer works to advance a fairly new GOP talking-point: "lift one's self out of poverty and gain income inequality by getting married." Did you notice the focus on women vs. men? How do impoverished men lift themselves out of poverty?  

The talking point is as ludicrous of consideration of Fleischer as a credible pundit and consideration Rupprt Murdoch's WSJ as fair and open. While the WSJ has always published as a conservative publication, since the Murdoch's purchase the international publication has been turned into nothing more than a Right-wing rag (especially the WSJ opinion pages and OP-ED articles).

The WSJ and Fleischer have actually taken print and internet publication to the level of a copy of the National EnquirerActually, printing or electronically publishing about marriage as a vehicle out of poverty is as low-information and demeaning to people of intellect as I have read in many years. Speaking the point is ridiculous enough; WSJ archiving (via print and electronically) speaks to the Murdoch "yellow journalism" model.

Of course, keyboarding propaganda and far right insanity for the WSJ always leads to another Murdoch property: Fox News. 

Greta Van Sustren provided the Fox News platform and Fleischer followed the script like a well-paid hired hand. 
Linked article and Van Sustren video....Media Matters

Media Matters excerpt (in case you did not follow the link above).
Wash. Post's Kathleen Parker: Marriage "Creates A Tiny Economy Fueled By A Magical Concoction Of Love." In a January 15 op-ed for The Washington Post, Kathleen Parker argued that "being unmarried is one of the highest risk factors for poverty" and argued that an increase in marriages "would help in the War on Poverty":
If I may. This is not a new idea but recently has fallen into disrepair if not disrepute, though it would help in the War on Poverty: Marriage.
More to the point, we know that being unmarried is one of the highest risk factors for poverty. And no, splitting expenses between unmarried people isn't the same. This is because marriage creates a tiny economy fueled by a magical concoction of love, selflessness and permanent commitment that holds spirits aloft during tough times.
In the absence of marriage, single parents (usually mothers) are left holding the baby and all the commensurate challenges and financial burdens. As a practical matter, how is a woman supposed to care for little ones and/or pay for child care, while working for a minimum wage that is significantly less than what most fair-minded, lucky people would consider paying the house cleaner? Not very well.
Obviously, marriage won't cure all ills. A single mother could marry tomorrow and she still wouldn't have a job. But in the War on Poverty, rebuilding a culture that encourages marriage should be part of the arsenal. The luck of the draw isn't nearly enough -- and sometimes old ideas are the best new ideas. [The Washington Post1/15/14]
Fox's Van Susteren: "Is Getting Hitched The Key To Getting Rich?" On the January 13 edition of Fox News' On The Record, host Greta Van Susteren asked, "Is getting hitched the key to getting rich?" She claimed that "a new strategy could take the wind out of President Obama's recent war on income inequality," and welcomed former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer onto the show to discuss his January 12 Wall Street Journal op-ed, which criticized President Obama's anti-poverty programs while advocating that policies addressing income inequality should focus more on "marriage equality" than economic restructuring:
Of course, we know Murdoch properties, especially Fox News and the WSJ editorial page, provide information to very specific segments of the population. Each news source counters news from more progressive media; often with degrees of information insanity that is hard to fathom. It would be easy to ignore Murdoch and Fox insanity by turning our backs while pretending it simply feeds 'derangement.' The danger of deranged information insanity should be obvious as it feeds the spread of a nation's descent into information deprivation and cognitive process limited to daily feeds from propagandist.
We are thankful Media Matters monitors Fox News with deep levels of scrutiny, analysis and reporting. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Ari Fleischer Again Makes As Fool Of Himself!

Will the nation ever rid itself of the "Ghosts of Bush?"
The Bush Administration left an indelible mark on US History. The failed eight years of Bush was replete with horrors only surpassed by Richard Nixon and his question for fixing a presidential election.  Bush's incompetence and elitism even surpassed that of Ronald Reagan in many ways. While Bush avoided Reagan's over-the-top appeal to the US south and his brand of 'coded' anti-minority politics, the administration clearly left the nation in a state of economic horror.  Both of which have lingered well beyond imaginable impact on the nation.

Part of the Bush doctrine was his handling of the media and messages to the American people. Since, another Bush nor Cheney were about the business of interacting with the people, communication was left to Bush's Press Secretaries. The first press secretary for the 'eight years of Bush was Ari Fleischer. Fleischer served during a period when Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld clearly laid ground work for their eventual attack on Saddam Hussein.  
Damn, I did it again!
Since, we now know that Bush and team broke standards of decency, broke international law, and contributed to the level of overwhelming nation blanketing debt, we can assume Fleischer was a mouthpiece behind clear strategies of deception.  During his term Fleischer had to know of /Bush;s deep desire to attack Saddam Hussein.  He had to know of the outing of Valerie Plame as Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld develop their impetus for war in Iraq .  Basically, Fleischer had to know of, and help develop every lie that came to the nation from the White Press Room and via Bush's infrequent communication to the American People. 

I offer it is safe to state Fleischer has long been a GOP operative. An operative who has consistently and reliable stepped on his credibility at every time and with each opportunity he faces.  If you can argue that Fleischer does not suffer from "Obama Derangement Syndrome," I welcome your response.

If you need a recent example of "Obama Derangement Syndrome" how about Fleischer latest SNAFU (Situation Normal EFF"D Up). Take a look at a Fleischer response to an Obama Administration Tweet.  Fleischer actual labored to copied and pasted the White House tweet as evidence of his "GOTCHA."

If you think it a minor point, your are one who will accept just about anything from the Right. Fleischer knee-jerk screw-up is simply the latest example of over-active angst, incompetence in posing an argument, poor vision, and maybe even an inability to count beyond the number 50 (with a degree of accuracy).  The Fleischer remark also delivers Fox News and Glenn Beck like rhetoric. When most of us realize that special media has sophisticated software to read and detect violations of their platforms, Fleischer obviously believes Twitter has a "exception" list for Obama.  Maybe, he believes that Twitter has hundreds of thousands of in-house twitter message readers with waiting management teams to  approve "let the president's tweets go".  

How silly, childlike, and trite is Ari Fleischer!  

A really sad point beyond his inability to check and double check before going public, he is highly paid for his punditry. The fact that he failed to check and recheck before going worldwide with evidence on his incompetence was telling. That same level of inability to think and dig deep probably contributed to a Bush Team perception he would facilitate the devious intent for the Bush team (in the early years). 

A word about Emotional Intelligence (EQ).  

EQ so trumps IQ.  All Eq images post here link to their source and associated EQ information. 

Proper practice of EQ would certainly have prevented yet another Fleischer screw-up.  He is so obsessed with fulfilling his role as an anti-Obama pundit his judgment and commonsense coupled with an ability to think and reason is overshadowed by a need to "strike." 

Fleischer has about as much Emotional Quotient (Intelligence) as a wounded rattlesnake. He strikes out at any utterance form Obama.  He strikes out at any information from the White House.  He calls into his employer, CNN, with any nuanced rant he wants to deliver. He has no cognitive "filter "(imaged above) when it comes to President Obama; thus he is 'deranged' and suffers from ODS (Obama derangement Syndrome). 

People who exhibit an EQ deficiency should work to improve their cognitive process as ti relates to behavioral exhibitions.

Fleischer cannot improve his lot. He is far to far gone into the world of ODS. 

Of course, after a few hours Fleischer delivered the ever-present perfunctory apology. There is one very notable benefit from mastering and developing one's EQ: the person only rarely have to apologize for his or her actions.

Mediaite capture......and the result of ODS and lack of EQ.
There are exactly 136 characters in that tweet. Here is what Fleischer tweeted out next:
WELL?! Why isn’t Obama using Twitlonger like the rest of us?
Fleischer got mocked (to put it lightly) for his miscounting, and eventually retracted the tweet.
But it was too late, the damage was done, and Fleischer was barraged by a storm of tweet-mockery.

And retracting it didn’t exactly make anyone ease up.

[photo via screengrab]
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ari Fleischer Delivers CNN's Message About Obama Press Conference.

Small image of the day: Ari Flesicher, former Bush Administration front-man.

Google: Lawrence Ari Fleischer is a former White House Press Secretary for U.S. President George W. Bush, from January 2001 to July 2003.
CNN's fairly nascent contributor, Ari Fleischser, followed President Obama's Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman Trial press conference with typical conservative remarks which can be described only as obtuse. For clarity and to avoid ambiguity, try this definition of "obtuse" from Merriam-Webster: 
a : lacking sharpness or quickness of sensibility or intellect :insensitive, stupid
b : difficult to comprehend : not clear or precise in thought or expression
As a new contributor to CNN's unavoidable and concerted move for a more conservative Fox New like news model, Fleischer was allowed by CNN producers to call into the network without any staging of his comments and without regard for whatever he might say.  Now, that is a dynamic that places CNN squarely in the arena of "seeking conservative viewers" without caring about what the right-wing propagandist will say with an open microphone (telephone). We assume CNN did not track-down Fleischer for a negative remark!  The press conference was so impromptu the  conservative managers at CNN were unable to have Fleischer physically on hand as Obama concluded his remarks.  Is it possible the network sought out the willing Fleischer for a four minute 'spew' of Anti-Obama drivel and inane rhetoric. Did CNN seek a progressive commenter?   How revealing was the telephone call as we consider CNN.  

I was taught early in life, "If you watch people carefully, motive will reveal."  CNN's apparent motives for ratings and the networks move to a more conservative delivery of news, is revealing. 

We are posting the full Brooke Baldwin/Fleischer phone interaction below.  POLITICO posted the full transcript yesterday; we borrow a few passages. 
“Why did it take the Trayvon Martin case for the president to come out and raise some of these very valid issues that it would be constructive for our nation to talk about in a unified fashion,” said Fleischer, a CNN contributor and former White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush. 

“This president, when it comes to racial issues, has really been touch and go,” he added. “He touches on it under moments of pressure or stress and then he lets it go. There’s really no commitment, no ongoing follow up for the president doing anything about urban matters, poverty matters, matters affecting the black community.”

“I think frankly that’s a terrible excuse for some of the terrible decisions that get made, principally by fathers who walk out on their children’s lives and never come back,” he said. “That’s the biggest cause of poverty in the black community today. It’s not the history of slavery, which is what the president is alluding to in his remarks.”

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Full Transcript

Fleischer's remarks are obviously ridiculous. Ridiculous not from the perspective of unrealistic. His remarks were so obviously meant to simply criticize President Obama as a mouth-piece for his employer.  

President Obama caught unmerciful hell from the Right when he spoke about the arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. early in his first term. He was resounding criticize for intimating of two issues. He called the local Police 'stupid' for arresting Gates. Well, to arrest a man who proved he was forced to break-into his own home, was stupid.  It was not only stupid it reminded of this:  PROFILING AT ITS WORSE AND MOST REVEALING


Professor Gates walks with assistance of a cane. Gates at the time of the incident was well over 60 years of age.  Gates is not a psychical specimen akin to an MMA athlete nor a professional baseball player; he is small in stature and rather slight in weight. He posed no threat to the police, nor the community,  yet he was arrested for 'allegedly' being overly vocal in his resistance to being accosted in his own home. He would not come-out when ordered to do so and after proving he was owner of the property. 


Would you have been angry and uncooperative after proving you had authorized entry to and residence in the structure? Would it not have caused you immeasurable grief to have been ordered out of your dwelling (without concern about summary execution) for no reason at all?  Yes, the local police department handled themselves very "stupidly." And, the police department most certainly profiled Professor Gates. 

The president was also heavily criticized by conservative media, many conservatives  and probably well criticized by the opportunist Fleischer for even speaking about Gates's arrest.  He is the nation's first African-American President yet he was criticized for speaking out on what he perceived as an injustice. There are times when a leader must lead. President Obama's speaking out might have delivered a message that we have to be cautious in unbalanced treatment of some citizens when others are not treated similarly. Yet, he caught pure hell for trying. 

Since the Gates arrest, how many cases of police heavy-handedness and brutality have we witnessed on video tape or in pictures? Far too many, even if you answered three to four. Now, how many of those victims were black people? 

Ari Fleischer is as culpable of practicing pure propaganda against the president was he was intimately immersed did the Susan B Komen scandal. Another right-wing fiasco that was completely unnecessary and frankly unforgiving.

I remind you that Fleischer served George W. Bush during times when the Bush Administration was whittling away at the nation's solid economic and international foundation. Fleischer came to the White House Press Room on a daily basis to spew pure "BS" and Bush/Cheney lies and deceit. He was the visible manifestation of an administration that almost pushed the United States into an international economic abyss. I noticed Fleischer does not list his service to Bush/Cheney on his Twitter Page. He listed himself as a former White House Press Secretary. I wonder why?  Would the mention of the Bush Administration reveal lack of credibility? He has no credibility and CNN should be embarrassed his feeble attempt to dismantle the presidents' thoughtful, balanced, revealing, frank, and calmly delivered press conference remarks.

Fleischer knows as well as you and me, if Obama had entered the White House with a declaration of abolishing racial injustice, he and his "kind" would have declared open (figurative) war from more angles than those deployed since January 2009.
 He would have been labelled a president for black people only; a reality in a nation which seems all too consumed with itself African-American community. We should make no mistake in overlooking "consumed" in ways that are not productive to advancing society for the betterment of all. 

Ari Fleischer  rhetoric and CNN's conservative mission failed. If you saw the segment both Brooke Baldwin and Candy Crowley struggled to avoid countering Fleischer and his CNN conservative mission. The press conference was well received by the vast majority of pundits and commenters who are not obligated to go negative.  An expectation of positive comments from the far right would have been a ridiculous expectation. We also expect any comment from Fleischer would also join conservative pundits and paid surrogates  in 'going negative.' 

Google: ".....Press Secretary for U.S. President George W. Bush, from January 2001 to July 2003." We ask what took place during the formative years of the Bush Administration  think beyond Fleischer's intimate role in leading the nation to war.  Bush and Cheney were not people who would speak to the public unless forced to do so via required speeches (e.g. State of the Union), or national emergencies (e.g., 911 and Katrina and the Iraqi War). Fleischer was the very much the mouth and image for the public  There were many more Bush Era lies and manipulation from the now CNN contributor as we embarked on the darkest of times since the Civil War. 

We have for this screed, avoided criticism of conservative and far-right excitement about the killing of Trayvon Martin, via our focus on CNN and their new contributor Fleischer. If you feel our characterization of "excitement in the killing of Trayvon Martin" is a bit over the topic, think about the extent of out-right racist comments from the Zimmerman defense team through just about every right-wing demagogue who holds a feeds right-wing propaganda to their audiences. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

President Obama Speaks To The Nation And Receives Appreciation From Trayvon Martin's Parents

Last weekend a jury of six Florida state residents returned a verdict of "Not Guilty" in the trial of the killer of an unarmed 17 year old high school student who happened to be African-American.

We at the TPI did not report weekly on the Zimmerman murder trial, as we felt the state judicial system should take its course.  The state judicial system includes decisions to charge offenders, decision to prosecute (or not) those arrested, and actual prosecution with counter alleged offended 'defense.'  Since, we have written extensively about the case since last weekend, we are moving slow but surely back to normal operations. We are doing so with a curious eye on information leaks related to the case.  We also await decisions on civil charges from the Martin Family and a decision from the DOJ about federal civil rights charges.  We do not feel federal charges will be filed.

Of course, we have awaited reaction from the White House and President Obama.  Why have we awaited such remarks? Basically, we do feel Zimmerman factored race into his confrontation with young Mr. martin. We also have complete contempt for Florida law. We feel those laws have been handed to state legislators by organizations such as The American Legislative Exchange (ALEC). Finally, we know that Jeb Bush signed the Florida "Stand Your Ground" Law into Florida Law.  There is little doubt, armed with knowledge of that law, Zimmerman exited his vehicle (with one in the chamber) to track-down a frightened teen.  Yes, we join millions who are astonished with verdict and disappointed with a Florida legal system that appears to prop-up 'privilege' for some and forms of oppression for others.

President's must lead and the leader must do so regardless of constituency. African-Americans and millions other minorities and non-minorities have awaited comment from Obama.  On the opposite end of the spectrum there is apparently an element (who predominately find the verdict satisfying) who are upset the nation's top executive spoke out.

Now, if you have a few minutes to listen to the entire Obama conference, it is linked here with full transcript.

Trayvon Martin's parents respond to President Obama's remarks.

The Blaze

“We are deeply honored and moved that President Obama took the time to speak publicly and at length about our son, Trayvon. The President’s comments give us great strength at this time. We are thankful for President Obama’s and Michelle’s prayers, and we ask for your prayers as well as we continue to move forward.
We know that the death of our son Trayvon, the trial and the not guilty verdict have been deeply painful and difficult for many people. We know our family has become a conduit for people to talk about race in America and to try and talk about the difficult issues that we need to bring into the light in order to become a better people.
What touches people is that our son, Trayvon Benjamin Martin, could have been their son. President Obama sees himself in Trayvon and identifies with him. This is a beautiful tribute to our boy.
Trayvon’s life was cut short, but we hope that his legacy will make our communities a better place for generations to come. We applaud the President’s call to action to bring communities together to encourage an open and difficult dialogue. Our family is committed to this dialogue through the work of the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
We seek a future when a child can walk down the street and not worry that others see him as dangerous because of the color of his skin or the clothes on his back. We seek a future where our children can grow up and become the people God intended them to be.”
As we close this piece you will find a few links from right-wing news media.  One segment escapes our ability to post or link it for your purview.

I was unable to find a specific response from a call-in to CNN from Ari Fleischer, former Bush Administration spokesperson. Fleischer fulfilled his role as  GOP operative in literally calling the CNN newsroom and using his CNN clout to speak on camera without interruption without prior scrutiny from CNN On-air producers.   The very fact the Fleischer could call into to CNN and get on the a live broadcast within seconds of the end of the press conference speaks volumes about CNN Management and ownership.  The network knows full well Fleischer will find no redeeming qualities in anything President Obama says.  Why give the demagogue a forum? Unless, and of course, CNN management has joined Fox News in advancing conservative dogma well beyond a news model of fair reporting.  

Fleischer's remarks appear to have caught on-air personality Brooke Baldwin and panel member Candy Crowley by a bit off guard. 

We will seek to locate a video of the call from Fleischer. Rest assured the increasingly political CNN will not provide a archive of the segment.  I ask once more, what Administration did Fleischer serve so dutifully? The answer to the questions should speak to Fleischer's credibility and place his rhetoric in perspective.

Hannity Radio Show

"Obama connect with Trayvon Martin because he smoked pot and id a little blow." A man who never uttered one word about George W. Bush's open exhibition so intoxication.
Fox News Chris Wallace
Fox News' Chris Wallace: No, Obama Isn't Stoking Racial Tensions With Trayvon Remarks