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Showing posts with label Bob Schieffer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bob Schieffer. Show all posts

Sunday, May 21, 2017

US Media Lavishes "Presidential" On Trump

An American Shyster heads overseas for his first "presidential" trip outside of the White House and Mar-A-Lago and US media has a fields day. A fields day which involves normalizing that which has come to be recognized as the absolute worse US President in US History. 

Watch as Fox News's "Justice" Pirro attempted to shield her sycophant viewers from the reality of a Trump curtsy to the King of Saudi Arabia. Her hand signals took her right wing dogma far beyond reporting with a bias to the level of over the top propaganda. She offers fodder for feeding the gullible.

Now watch as CNN offers one of the most non-credible right wing talking heads the camera for pure insanity. Yes, CNN has a contractual relationship with Mr. 2012 "Blah People", Rick Santorum. 

How is it possible so many reveal the level to which their brains have devolved?

Yet, there isn't one across US media who has so subscribed to the lowest level of commentary. Do you recall a few weeks back when Trump lobbed a series of missiles at an empty airfield in Syria. Trump's team alerted Putin of the pending attack and the airfield was wiped clean of significant aircraft and personnel. CNN host Fareed Zakaria and a few others on the network publicly stated the attack validated Trump as "presidential." 

Yes they earn their millions from networks who earn billions off the minds of viewers seeking entertainment. The ultimate platform for American number one shyster: Donald Trump.

Crooks & Liars

Bob Schieffer Normalizes Trump: 'He Actually Sounded Presidential' In Saudi Speech
During a CNN appearance on Sunday, CBS News contributor Bob Schieffer asserted that President Donald Trump "actually sounded presidential" because he did not go off script during his speech to Muslim leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. "Today, you saw a very different President Trump," Schieffer said following the speech. "He actually sounded presidential. You may agree…


Monday, March 16, 2015

The Daily GOP Ignominious: "The 47's" Senate Leader

"The 47"

Repentance from some, recalcitrance from others.  In all cases "The 47" Earn their place in The Daily GOP Ignominious.

The de facto leader of the GOP Senate Majority visited the Sunday Morning news circuit this past Sunday.  Of course, he stuck to his position on sending the letter, even while appearing as out of place as any 60 day member of the US Senate.  

His journey around the networks drew attention of social media's more creative characters.  One such masterpiece was published on the TPI yesterday:
As I often state visuals are far more powerful than the written word!

NewsBusters video, here.

We also published a 33 second segment of the CBS interview with Bob Schieffer. The quick hit portion of the segment no doubt sent the creator of the meme (above) scurrying with talent laden wherewithal for the social media post. 


Schieffer's mockery was uncharacteristic, but relevant in addressing the infantile nature of the Senators Senate leadership.

Cotton also told the Face the Nation audience he has "no regrets at all" regarding his work in publishing the letter. 

"It's so important we communicated this message straight to Iran," Cotton stated.

Administration reaction and response hasn't been tempered.

John Kerry was asked if he would apologize to Iranian's for the letter from "The 47."

Watch Kerry's interview video via CBS:

President Obama was more measured, but uncharacteristically stinging in his typically cerebral manner. 

"I'm embarrassed for them......" 

Obama interview with VICE media founder Shane Smith.
“I’m embarrassed for them, for them to address a letter to the ayatollah, who they claim is our mortal enemy, and their basic argument to them is, ‘Don’t deal with our president because you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement,’” Obama said, referring to the open letter that 47 Republican senators signed and sent last week to the leaders of Iran“It’s close to unprecedented,” he added.
The following video is an excerpt from the eighteen minute interview.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ted Cruz Underestimated The Intellect Of An Intellectual!

It is good to finally see a national television network host place the GOP number one (elected) charlatan, Ted Cruz, to task for public attempts to manipulate CBS viewers. 

CBS host laughs in Ted Cruz's face for repeatedly denying he shut down government (via,
By David January 26, 2014 12:15 pm CBS host Bob Schieffer's was driven nearly to a fit of giggles on Sunday after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) repeatedly refused to take responsibility for last year's government shutdown. CBS host Bob Schieffer's was driven…


Monday, January 6, 2014

Peggy Noonan Deflects From Income Inequity to ObamaCare! WOW!

"....did you know that the average CEO's pay is 1,039 times more generous than that of the average worker? 


Morgan is the editor of Co.Exist.

The conservative joins other conservatives in "WE DO NOT CARE."
After a while conservative pundit resistance to matters important to the nation becomes an indication of various cognitive abnormality and extreme insensitivity mixed with over-the-top short-shortsightedness. 

Highly compensated pundits appear of the network and cable Sunday morning news talk shows as reliably as the 24 hour clock. A better analogy would be the likeness and reliability of conservative pundits (on Sunday morning) and their unyielding support for protecting the current tax structure; thus protecting the earnings power of the nation's Top 20 percent income earners. Earning power that contributed one such pundit' active  deflection this past Sunday.

Pundits like Peggy Noonan (in all of her splendid self-aggrandizing elitism), George Will (Fox News's newest propagandist) and Charles Krauthammer (Pulitzer-Prize winning demagogue), are contracted for appearances Sunday, after Sunday.
 They offer constant feed for people who thrive on anti-Democratic/anti-Obama rhetoric and they do so with the most acute examples of stubbornness and zaniness imaginable. Their harm to the nation and efforts to provide a better life for allow Americans is suppressed only be the ridiculousness of networks who have the demagogues contracted each Seventh Day.

Media Matters published a detailed review of guest on the Sunday Morning shows. The review reflected results that shouldn't surprise.  Not only do certain networks book a preponderance of conservative guest, they almost exclusive book white males. The Media Matters review spanned the first three quarters  of 2013 (illustrated as September = Q3). Pay particular attention to the graphic illustration of Q3. 

It is obvious the major networks booked pundits and surrogates to leverage viewership incited by the implementation of the "Affordable Care Act (ACA). The October 1, 2013 open enrollment date and complete and utter failure from the HHS (and the Administration) via providing a website tool to facilitate enrollment, was a literal gold mine for the graphed networks. How best to garner viewers, book guest who are dogmatic in their opposition to  the ACA?   

Those same networks become booking bastions for white males in the very same manner the GOP reflects a 92% white membership. The Libertarian Party reflects similar racial demographics. 
Both parties/political ideology are also as male dominant as conservative and GOP ideology and practice as exemplified by the ongoing GOP War on Women. A War on women that focuses almost exclusively on unmarried, younger (than aged 50) women. We shudder to think of why married older women march in "lock-step" with their husbands in obvious indifference to equal rights for women (i.e., equal pay, health services for the child bearing women, unemployment payments etc.). We actually know why the dynamics exists, but do not care to pursue our opine in this screed.

We Digress! The real danger in Network facilitation of right-wing ideology strikes at teh core of out future. 

Over this past weekend CBS occupied a seat with one of the most pompous right-wing pundits alive: Peggy Noonan. CBS broke the predominance of white males, but got the very same twisted right-wing dogma as that spewed by dominate party white males.  It is important to note, Noonan earns a hefty paycheck from the Ruppert Murdoch owned Wall Street Journal. Therefore, we should expect no less than delivery of extreme Right dogma for the CBS audience. 

We offer one additional fact, before moving to the inimitable Noonan. Since, Noonan posited about income disparity/inequity (an Obama 2014 focus and a sure State of the Union Speech item) as a strategy to take the nation away from the failures of "ObamaCare."

Noonan spews "hopeful" Right-wing anti-ACA talking points embodied in one (without any credible basis) statement.

While we certainly cannot assume the ACA( AKA ObamaCare) will not suffer reality setbacks in 2014. We posit the Administration has dealt effectively with setback since October 1, 2013, and we assume any glitches will be address similarly).  How can pundits like Noonan secure air-time to spew pure hopeful rhetoric without counter probing for details vs. GOP "playbook" Mantra? Why can't host ask about the nine million (reported) benefactors of the law? Why can't a host try this, "What happens to the medical coverage fore nine million reported ACA benefactors?" Now, how hard was that? Put them on the spot vs. providing a ideology platform that cannot help, but influence minds.

Media Matters...
Noonan responded to host Bob Schieffer's question about why Democrats were focusing on income inequality and increasing the minimum wage by claiming that they "need to change the subject" away from Obamacare:

NOONAN: [Obama] does not want to talk about Obamacare. It is widely assumed that in 2014 the bad news of Obamacare, the dislocations, the lost coverage, the price hikes, the premium hikes, et cetera, et cetera, that all of this will continue. It's not the website. The website is the old story. It is the program. It will unveil over the next two years and it's going to be problematic. The president does not want to talk about it. The Democrats do not want to talk about it. Therefore,  income equality, minimum wage, et cetera, et cetera. They need to change the subject.

Linked video; CLICK and scroll-down

Noonan also dropped a bomb via labeling newly elected Mayor of New York a Sandanista. While, she quickly attempted to rephrase the remark, I have little doubt the mission was accomplished. You can rest assured her words will surface in right-wings memes, websites and probably some host of Fox will share the B/S.

We should not expect better from Noonan regarding incommode inequity. she served in the Reagan Administrations, we we suspect remains dogmatic about "trickle-down" economics.

Maybe, Noonan,s lack of regard for the less economically privileged has deep conservative roots. the real question is how can CBS continue to pay her a hefty paycheck to show-up on Sundays with GOP 'playbook"; B/S that literally makes no sense at all. On top of her flawed punditry, viewers are forced to tolerate her over-the-top pompous non-verbal demeanor.

Reagan's "Trickle-down"...did not trickle! Noonan was there!

Noonan was there!

How crass to deflect from income inequity at a time when her party is denying unemployment payments to millions?

Income inequity...

CNN 2010 segment 1:00 minute: Linked

RT Network 2010 segment 5:26 minutes: Linked

We linked the two links above due solely to the timing of the broadcast. Obama has only just begun to speak about income inequity. We suggest the two links and Noonan's inane deflection (to OBamaCare) reflects the shallowness of counter progressive arguments from the Right.

Surely Noonan is aware of The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality study. The following infographic--by Kristy Tillman for Objects in Repeat--explains 15 different facts about American inequality that might tweak your worldview a little. 

Larger Version: Linked (CLICK again image after large version)

CBS should seriously consider re-formatting its revenue model to include credible sources of information and credible pundits (or more balanced pundits) for sharing information critical to the nation's economic and social health. Simply booking guest to spew GOP ideology or guest to refute the GOP demagogues may garner revenue, but falls well shy of journalistic social responsibility. 

We would not expect Noonan in any way to agree to intelligently discuss income inequity (Or for that matter national healthcare), but we should expect surface efforts to deflect from a critical issue would be mitigated.  Bob Schieffer's responses to Noonan were proper journalistic probing and retort, but even he pulled-up shy of fully challenging the propagandist. If challenged with demeanor and comment denoting pundit lunacy, these people will restrict their insanity to Fox News, and the new CNN.