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Showing posts with label Kevin McCarthy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kevin McCarthy. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

BENGHAZI! Political Shenanigans Towards 2016

As the US Congress continues to spend Federal budget dollars on investigations of the 2012 Benghazi tragedy, it is important to remind of a few points regarding the Select Benghazi Committee.

Mere days after yet another member of the GOP House majority spoke the truth about the Benghazi committee (radio interview).
Kevin McCarthy basically blew himself up with that comment over the Benghazi committee. Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth. This may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton. REP. RICHARD HANNA (R-NY) (Relevant comments at the 9:30 mark)

The ultimate truism!

Think Progress developed and published a great read regarding the fallacy of the Select Committee. Ring of Fire Radio re-posted a critical set of visuals representation from the original piece.
The Republicans have led more hearings, investigations, and interviews regarding Benghazi than any recent American tragedy, including 9/11. After 9/11, there were two congressional committees charged with investigating the attacks. Eight committees were assembled to investigate the Benghazi attacks.
The number congressional hearings conducted for the Benghazi attacks, 32, far outpaced the number held for 9/11, 22. This number includes both public and private hearings. 9/11 was a highly sophisticated and organized terror attack, especially compared to Benghazi, yet, it received far less congressional scrutiny. The Benghazi investigation is completely politicized.
For more on this story, visit ThinkProgress “Proof That The Benghazi Investigation Is Totally Unlike Any Other, In Two Charts”
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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Benghazi Committee Subterfuge Is Oozing From The House Chambers (Video)

In January 2011, a former South Carolina prosecutor and Republican politician, Trey Gowdy, was sworn in the US Congress. How can it be in Gowdy's third term in the US Congress the ambitious former prosecutor could have allowed himself to be drawn into the inner core of a political party that practices deceit and dirty tricks politics comparable to no other time in US History? 

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In 2014, Gowdy was appointed as the chair of the GOP Benghazi Committee. Does the following Open Congress information qualify as competent to chair such a critical congressional committee?

Since he took office in 2011:
1 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 428 of 440) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 41 of 440)
77 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 392 of 441) 4 Made Into Law (Ranks 69 of 441)
Or, did his background as a prosecutor so enamor GOP leadership, it established the nascent congressman as imminently qualified. Better yet, was there behind the scenes maneuvering with Gowdy showing a willingness to play the "hunt Hillary Game?" 

It seems Gowdy has performed well in working towards sabotaging the nomination aspirations of Hillary Clinton. The linked fact sheet speaks to the level and scope of Gowdy as the good GOP more solid vs. Gowdy as the honest fact seeking Benghazi Committee Chair (as promised).  Reports of incessant leaks from the Committee ay have genesis from Gowdy's leadership. The fact sheet and incessant links actually pale when factored against recent comments from House speaker aspirant Kevin McCarthy and this Democrat video.

There seems to exist a committee investigator who for whatever reason is coming clean on what he reports as "get Hillary" responsibilities that failed and led to termination from his investigators role. The US Army Reserve Major delivered a bombshell admission that adds validity to McCarthy's statements and confirmation what we on the Left have known since the first mention of a Benghazi Select Committee.  

From an October 10 New York Times report:

A former investigator for the Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi plans to file a complaint in federal court next month alleging that he was fired unlawfully in part because his superiors opposed his efforts to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission in the Libyan city. Instead, they focused primarily on the role of the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, he said.

The former investigator, Bradley F. Podliska, a major in the Air Force Reserve who is on active duty in Germany, also claims that the committee's majority staff retaliated against him for taking leave for several weeks to go on active duty. If true, the retaliation would violate the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, which Major Podliska plans to invoke in his complaint, according to a draft that was made available to The New York Times.

Podliska was also interviewed by CNN's Jake Tapper. In the October 11 interview on State of the Union, Podliska claimed the "partisan investigation" shifted focus to almost exclusively focus on Clinton after it was reported that she utilized a private email server. Podliska told Tapper, "The victims' families are not going to get the truth and that's the most unfortunate thing about this."
Reservist Major hired by Benghazi Committee was fired!
Media Matters has extensively documented that Fox News and the conservative media have been one of the driving forces behind the creation of the House Benghazi Committee, particularly its focus on Clinton.
After McCarthy's remarks, Gowdy has been all too willing to appear on CNN and Fox News to refute McCarthy's revelation.  He like John Boehner has railed about McCarthy statements as the wrong equal to the level of noise and silliness emanating from Donald Trumps GOP 2015 campaign.

Why then has Gowdy refused to go on CNN to address the terminated investigator? 

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Benghazi Committee Chair Declines CNN Interview To Discuss Ex-Staffer's Allegations

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Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, reportedly declined to appear on CNN's "State of the Union" program Sunday to address allegations made by an ex-staffer of the committee. 
The staffer, Bradley Podliska, who was an investigator on the committee for 10 months, told news outlets Saturday that he planned to file a federal lawsuit against the committee for wrongful termination. 
Podliska said that he was terminated, in part, for refusing to focus his investigation on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 
The committee responded to The New York Times' request for comment on Saturday in a letter.
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It seems nothing good emanates for Americ Republicanism. Gowdy has started a career in the US Congress which seems to have fallen to typical GOP politics. 

How about a bit more perspective from Media Matters David Brock?

This chicanery was years in the making.
Posted by Media Matters for America on Sunday, October 11, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Conservative Media Channels Benghazi Committee Lies To Conservative Gen X and Boby Boomer Viewers

Earlier today GOP Benghazi Committee Chair (and GOP congressional anti-Hillary) operative, Trey Gowdy, joined the crew of Morning Joe for a bit of "foot-in-mouth" clean-up. "Foot-in-Mouth?" Yes, Kevin McCarthy's frank and uncensored remarks about GOP strategy against Democrat Party presidential Hillary Clinton.

As you can image Scarborough and Gowdy's mission was another version of facilitation commonly deployed via Fox News.  In fact, McCarthy has also appeared on Fox News with a similar story. Let's visit a moment with Scarborough and Gowdy's "Mr. Clean" attempt to GOP-plain his party's strategy.


“You and I both like Kevin very much, he’s a great guy,” host Joe Scarborough said. “I can’t imagine how angry I would be if I were in your position, working nonstop to bring credibility to what I consider to be a very important investigation, and then a guy who I consider a friend and ally undercut you this way.”

“Well, he is a friend, but my first reaction is, ‘Kevin, you’re wrong,’” Gowdy said. “When Speaker [John Boehner] called me, he never mentioned Secretary Clinton’s name. In fact, we’ve had three public hearings, Joe. I never mentioned her name.”
Wait a minute, is right-wing dogma so critical MSNBC facilitates Gowdy's comments? Of course, Boehner would never mention Hillary's name. Gowdy is a former prosecutor and a learned attorney, surely he knows educated readers can see through the early morning "plaining."  Moreover, if Boehner had mentioned Clinton, are we to believe Gowdy would speak honestly on camera.  

Therein lies the problem with what six media conglomerates serve up as news. During the initial comment with Hannity, McCarthy mentioned "trust." How much gall does it take to stand on camera with Fox News's number three demagogue and spew comments that clearly denotes mistrust of the GOP. How much trust should we place in Scarborough's mission in helping to "GOP-plains" McCarthy's words? 

Scarborough's mission message when coupled with a constant drum of similar McCarthy GOP-plaining reaches their intended audience: Gen X (ers) and Baby Boomers. Millennials exist with news viewing habits opposite that of the Boomer. Pew Research published a piece in June 2015, that delineated the media viewing habits of Millennials from the habits of Gen X (ers) and Baby Boomers.

Generational definitions (March 2014)
The Generations Defined

JUNE 1, 2015

How Millennials’ political news habits differ from those of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers

Here are five key takeaways from the report:
1. Millennials rely on Facebook for their news far more than any other source. About six-in-ten online Millennials (61%) report getting political news on Facebook in a given week. Baby Boomers’ political media habits, on the other hand, are strongly rooted in local TV: A majority of them (60%) say they turn there for political news. Millennials’ relatively low reliance on local TV (37% watch political news there in a given week) almost mirrors Baby Boomers’ low reliance on Facebook (39%). Gen Xers bridge the gap, with about equal portions of online adults in this generation getting political news from Facebook (51%) and local TV (46%).
Pews four additional points are linked below, but let's take a look at graphics from the June piece. It is a critical read if you value the significance of how a population (millennials) that votes less in years past isn't a target of our increasingly conservative news networks.  

News Sources, Millennials, Baby Boomers  Trust and Distrust of News Sources

Millennials, Awareness of News Sources 

Pew linked here

Conglomerate preferences for a conservative news slant drives short-term revenue gains while, ignoring growing changes in the significance of the Millennial vote.

The Gen X and Boomer vote is as reliable as the 24-hour clock.  Fox News delivers minds in the millions to Ruppert Murdoch's socially regressive empire via energizing people who literally view supposed news as a matter of learned behavior and preference.  Millennials do not appear to share new viewing habits with Gen X (ers) through the Silent Generation.

N Niche illustrates our point. While Millenials are more apt to participate in the coming general election, they tend to grab what news they absorb via social media. 

Scarborough and other media broadcast of Gowdy's efforts to "plain" Mcarthy's words are delivered with an expectation of "trust" in the minds of network or show viewers.  An easy preach for a congregation of viewer sycophants. It doesn't take much effort to find "trust" regarding McCarthy, Gowdy and the GOP et al is a convenient facade among those inclined to believe.  Gowdy's record while chairing the Benghazi Committee is laden with mistrust and subterfuge. The Daily Kos has published a Fact Sheet authored by Democrats on the Benghazi Committee. The Fact sheet is a bit of a read, but as we consistently state, information wards-off the dangers of Republicanism.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Kevin McCarthy: Your Typical GOP

Look I am working with limited capacity here!

During a week when House Speaker John Boehner  announced his resign from the US Congress, a leading prospect to replace Boehner is dragging GOPism through the lens of high scrutiny accompanied by apropos ridicule.   

Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Leader, aspires to the third in line for ascendancy to the Us Presidency: The speaker of the House. Even before his open admission of GOP strategy in establishing a Special Committee for investigating of the 2012 tragic deaths in Libya (Benghazi) to combat a Hillary Clinton  presidential run, Rachel Maddow exposed McCarthy as what at times seems comparable to a functional illiterate. 

One minute of the man who would replace Boehner:

Within hours Maddow and her team's clairvoyance was affirmed via McCarthy's visit with Fox News's number one soft interviewer and ideology facilitator, Sean Hannity.

McCarthy advertised himself to the Fox News audience as a conservative speaker who has successfully lowered the political ratings of Hillary Clinton. Inherent in his candidacy for the Speaker position is typical conservative ideology and dogma accompanied by serious lapses in rational thought. McCarthy offers more. The House Majority Leader offers chronic inability to enact mental processes that are necessary for cogent communication and speaking the English Language. Therefore, McCarthy fails to possess a critical and requisite skills necessary for national security and he seems to fail to possess cognitive skills to provide top level leadership to the Executive Branch of the federal Government

If you are thinking we are being harsh on the higher level party leaders watch and listed as he again runs to Fox News for "help, after his frank comments about the Benghazi Committee. 

McCarthy has issues that cannot be overcome to the point of effective leadership beyond his office desk.  He can sit as Majority Leader and hide deficiencies with full assistance for his staff and others in Congress, He hardly warrants sitting as the third in line to the US presidency.