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Showing posts with label Greta Van Sustren. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Greta Van Sustren. Show all posts

Friday, August 14, 2015

The TPI Morning Gazette (Brief Edition): Bush'd, Jeb Bush, Iraq War, Fox News, Hillary Email, Greta Van Sustren,

Non-Progressive News...


Jeb Bush...digging deeper and deeper into the inconsequential.
Real Clear Bush Taking Out Saddam Turned_Out_To_Be_A_Pretty_Good_Deal

(M) Jeb Bush is trying to get rid of his negative name recognition, but it's not working.Posted by Being Liberal on Friday, August 14, 2015

We realize Jeb Bush has a tough road to travel following the many pitfalls of his brothers administration. However, it is hard to imagine the road is so littered with "Dubya" landmines, Jeb and his team cannot come-up with more palatable answers for questions they should have known were on the horizon. The Iraq War is working against Jeb Bush like an anvil connection in a deep lake. 

What is the vale of a pivot to President Obama and Hillary Clinton, when the US should never have gone into Iraq? Regardless of your perception of "the value," any attempt to answer has fallen in the realm of the ridiculous.  The answer are an insult to all, but those who are hard core Right, hate Obama and want Clinton of the 2016 campaign.  The answer has basically comical.

Fox’s Greta Apologizes to Christie for Saying He ‘Hugged’ Obama

“I look at the picture, that’s no hug. I’ve got to say — I’m sorry about the hug.”Posted by Mediaite on Friday, August 14, 2015
After years of knowing these people have used the Christie handshake and shoulder bum as "hug" mantra; one comes clean.  

Erik Erickson is experiencing a major case of the chickens coming home to roost. He has served as a front-line soldier in garnering, developing and spreading right-wing hatred and shameless analogies over the past six years.
"This is anger at an unhealthy level," Erick Erickson said. "It is an anger that has become unhinged and is potentially uncontrollable."Posted by Mediaite on Friday, August 14, 2015
It is safe to assume Fox News is connected American conservatism and serves as an electronic beacon for the GOP. Additionally, it doesn't take a full syllogism to equate what you  are about to see and hear with the GOP "War on Women." 
A male Fox News host in 2015 literally advocated that women should be stripped of their rights to their own bodies.
 The Hillary email strategy could backfire!
A new Associated Press report today once again took a lot of the air out of right-wing allegations.Posted by Media Matters for America on Friday, August 14, 2015

And the chaff comes off the corn.

Editor's Choice (s)



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. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

CBS Goes Intern With Uninformed Guest! (VIDEO)

When media goes bad people follow! A fact that was recently published by Gallup Polling," Americans get their news from television." 

Furthermore, it is safe to assume CBS News frequently comes-in at the top end of viewer rating surveys.  

Intern level electronic journalism from CBS
Stumbling on the truth via Fox News
CBS fails in its obvious effort to refute or expose Presdiet Obama's claim that people with medical coverage can keep the coverage. Most viewers should have thought a bit deeper via asking the basic question related to the quality of Ms. Barette's plan coverage. If most viewers should have questioned the bottom line veracity of Ms Barette's complaint, CBS News writers and producers should have sought and accomplished a basic step in credible journalism: verify information via digging a little deeper. Their failure to do so led the network down a dark path consistently traveled by Fox News.

CBS profiled a 56-year-old Florida resident who a seems prototypical of what is reported as 5% of the population who feel that have been wronged by the ACA.  The issues relates being forced to give-up the insurance they so cherish. In the case of Ms Barrette, one has to wonder about her true understanding of quality and comprehensive medical coverage. 

Watch as CBS's Jan Crawford profiles Ms. Dianne Barrette.

The impact of the interview stands as is, if one does not pay close attention to the CBS's Jan Crawford. Ms. Barrette's case may qualify for an ACA subsidy. Mediaite covered the misleading (or incomplete) report and covered it thoroughly. Ms Barrette's policy doesn't even cover hospitalization!  Her policy is only slightly better than being uncovered. We find it very intriguing and disappointing CBS News with its scope of resources and supposed professionalism did not big deeper. Reporting as Crawford reported certainly garners more potential viewership ratings, but such reporting does a serious disservice to dissemination of information. Some of us can remember a time when information dissemination was the major focus of network and Cable news.

Lets zero-in on this one a bit more.

Of course, an MSNBC producer and on on-air host exposed the failings of the story. Well, not so! The digging came from none other than Fox New's Greta Van Sustren. 

Check it out....

Fox news coverage via Mediaite.

Here’s  YouTube version of the Fox News’ On the Record segment.
Summary via the Daily Kos (via Mediaite)
Greta teed up the interview using the same setup as Crawford’s piece, that Barrette is “finding out she will have to pay 10 times as much for health insurance” because “she is losing her current plan to Obamacare.”  
“I have a copy of your Florida Blue insurance and it’s about $54 a month,” Greta continued, “and now I understand that under Obamacare, it’s going to go up, at least they said that the policy they would offer you under Florida Blue, would be $591; is that correct?” 
Actually, the plan BCBSFL was only one of many plans Dianne has to choose from, 10 of which are cheaper than that $591, and based on her income, she’d only pay around $209 a month, but Greta did cut right to the chase about the quality of her old plan. 
“Your $54 a month policy is a pretty, you know, bare bones policy, “Greta said. “Why do you want to keep that one, except for the price? Maybe you can get something better with a subsidy?”
Ms. Barrette goes on to say that this 'insurance' is perfect for what she needs: a doctor visit copay and prescription copay, and maybe some outpatient services. It turns out that she actually had that reversed and the insurance company paid a $50 'copay' towards a doctor visit, and $15 for prescriptions, and she herself was responsible for all the rest of the costs. The interviewee acknowledged no hospital stays were covered in response to Greta's question.

According to The Daily Kos Ms. Barettee was scheduled for subsequent Fox News interviews.

We at the TPI are also frustrated with problems associated with the most important legislation from the Obama Administration. There are surmountable problems with the website. Apparently, there are also issues on the back-end of the process with insurance company administration . 

In fairness, we are reading reports the preponderance of problems manifest in states in which Republican governors refused to develop ACA exchanges. Exchanges developed by contracted services, yet at a lower development requirement scale than national coverage.

CBS could have and should have probed much deeper into Ms Barette's perceived predicament. When we find evidence of "low affirmation", "no information" and misleading information (as is often the case with Fox News) fueled by agenda driven news coverage, there is little room for empathy for either party. Our concern with political and media subterfuge is comparable to a Blood Hound on the trail of an escape prisoner. Fox News and Sean Hannity's recent charade with his game show like panel spewing obvious misleading information, seems to have become a tip of an iceberg of "kill the ACA" strategy. It was not surprising Neil Cavuto would join the "shark feast" with additional misleading guests (within the week). After being burned by Hannity's subterfuge, is it possible Fox News management sought an "easy pickings" case of incompetence, rush to broadcast, surface journalism from CBS and MS Barrette? 

We expect focused political and social leans from MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. When 'mainstream" media fails to perform at the level of journalism interns, there-in lies a true tragedy. How many on Jan Crawford's viewers will seek information about differences in Ms Barette's plan and the provisions of the ACA? How many of those people will seek opportunity to understand that Ms. Barette may be eligible for ACA subsides. 

We cannot allow millionaires in media to influence the ultimate success of live-saving and life preserving legislation like the ACA.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fox News, And The Latest Oooops!

I have to wonder aloud if Greta Van Sustren and her producers realize the former HHS official would venture into an area that has to be a Fox News taboo.

There is actually no need for additional dialogue.  

Media Matters

Well, just a bit more dialogue.  Comments from the Fox News guest actually reminds of GOP cuts to embassy security expenditures, and year later railing abut Benghazi.  

The interview must have seriously riled many Fox News viewers who did not receive their daily does of "red meat."


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Daily GOP Ignominious

Sarah Palin
If you are one who loves to follow the inane, or are afflicted with Fox News(itis) the video posted below, in its entirety, is for you. If you are more sane, I have posted this video for comments from Palin which start around the 2:30 mark.

After commenting in response to Fox News' Greta Van Sustren about Romney appearing to have the nomination ' locked-up,' Palin goes on a typical Palinesgue tirade. 

Note, the following is one sentence! 

"Well, I think that Newt Gingrich would be the toughest debater, debating ideas and solutions, and his experience as one who had learned through the Reagan revolution what true conservatism is, and how it is that with foreign policy we need to provide that peace through strength in our world, and how it is that we need to balance budgets and we need to slash budgets because we are going bankrupt, all those things that Newt has talked about in his campaign," Palin said.

Huff-Post: the video


Now, I am noted for very long sentences, but Plain takes the language to some out-lying extreme that is really only discernible among those who speak as does she, or sycophant admirers. 

The Huff Post-POLITICS article also provides poll data which seems to refute Palin's remarks.

The finishes on what has to be a carnival-like note. Highlights for emphasis.

"Palin has been one of Gingrich's most vocal supporters, despite her ongoing decision not to follow her husband, Todd, and give Gingrich her outright endorsement.  She's repeatedly encouraged Republicans to vote for him in primary contests in order to prolong the nomination process, and defended him against attacks on his conservative credentials. Last month she said that attempts to expel him from his supposed place in the Reagan Revolution were "Stalin-esque.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Is He For Real? The Demise Of Citizen Cain And Lessons For America

Cross posted from

November 30, 2011

As we view the continuing saga of a dissolving Herman Cain, evidence of his demise sprouts a new leaf. Before Cain’s campaign killing allegations of an affair hit the airways, the candidate had secured an important media opportunity. Apparently, Matt Lauer, Barbara Walters, Bill O’Reilly and (of all people) Greta Van Susteren, and others had agreed to join a group of media personalities for a New York City dinner. Cain has now cancelled the dinner.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Van Sustren and the FOX News Web of Public Relations

On The Record Show....well, yes it is on the record, Mrs. Van Ssutren

OK, OK, "I get it".  We are still pretending that Fox News, Murdoch's Media Corp, practices within ethical  journalism  standards.

The latest on-air personally to validate the entertainment and propaganda value at Fox News vs its responsibility for  journalistic integrity is Great Va Sustren.  Van Sustren has again step into the 'spot light" of conflict of interest via her on-air interaction with high level republicans.  First she consistently provide softball interview forums for Sarah Palin while her  husband (Van Sustren's) has a record of what might be paid positions in the Palin political camp. He served in roles that supported the following, according to Media