The Pardu

The Pardu
Watchful eyes and ears feed the brain, thus nourishing the brain cells.
Showing posts with label Steve Kornacki. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steve Kornacki. Show all posts

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Demographics Matter (Trump's GOP Influence)

If you failed to watch MSNBC's  The  11th Hour last night, fill-in host Ali Velshi hosted a segment with the networks data geek Steve Kornacki. While we liberals relish in what you will see and hear as you watch the following segment, know it is early April. When fall midterm elections roll around, we will probably find the white female again will follow their loved ones (spouses, significant others and relatives) into voting booths and cast that all GOP vote.


How party demographics are changing because of Trump

Additional comment; unnecessary.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Conservative Scam! US Troops As Bait!

Entertainers used to get your money:  

Conservative group scams us all with our troops as the bait. These are the sorts of organizations that makes me wonder if the IRS shouldn't provide a greater degree of scrutiny.

I also do not recall hearing or reading about any liberal or progressive groups running such a scam.  Steve Kornacki filling-in for Rachel Maddow last evening introduced the scam operation. I have posted the Kornacki segment below. It is a very long segment, but comprehensively revealing.  

The scam is a tragic example of criminal who have no regard for decency. The scam perpetrators fiend caring for our troops, while taking you and my money to live lavish lifestyles.  These people also remind of how conservatives are the first to grab our military and our troops to enact a worldwide police force and to satisfy their jingoist core beliefs. When we look deep, we find a good number of those same people will recoil when it is time to spend federal dollars on behalf of our troops.

Since ProPublica first published the story, let's start with ProPublica before the Kornacki segment. If you wish you can, of course, skip over the written piece and view the TRMS segment.  I either case, recognize another side of conservatism that should put up a sign reading: "Be Aware for Rabid Opportunist" Or"Danger Scam Liar."


Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets

Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops.

But its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission, and its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs.

This story was co-published with The Daily Beast

In February 2013, Move America Forward announced an ambitious fundraising goal. The charity, launched in part by one of the most prominent figures in the Tea Party movement, had adopted the 800 Marines in a battalion fighting in Afghanistan and wanted to send them all care packages.
"For some troops, these care packages are the only mail they will receive all year," the group said in one email solicitation.
The charity later described the fundraising drive as a rousing success: In less than five weeks, all 800 Marines in a 1st Marine Division battalion nicknamed Geronimo were sent care packages and notes in Afghanistan, it claimed.
But that couldn't have been true. The Marines of Geronimo weren't even in Afghanistan during Move America Forward's fund drive. Instead, they were deployed more than 3,000 miles away, in Okinawa, Japan.
Move America Forward calls itself the nation's "largest grassroots pro-troop organization," and has recruited a bevy of Republican luminaries, including former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney, to support its efforts.
Yet an examination of its fundraising appeals, tax records and other documents shows that Move America Forward has repeatedly misled donors and inflated its charitable accomplishments, while funneling millions of dollars in revenue to the men behind the group and their political consulting firms.

In several instances, the charity has taken images and stories from other groups and from veterans themselves without permission to use in fundraising appeals.
Last year, Move America Forward even solicited funds by claiming a partnership with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the largest hospital for wounded service members in the country. No such partnership existed, Defense Department officials say.
The charity's funds and other assets also appear to have been used to subsidize three conservative political action committees, records show.
Charity watchdogs have long criticized Move America Forward for spending too much on administrative fees and having little outside oversight. For instance, it earned zero stars out of a potential four from the rating organization Charity Navigator.
But experts on campaign finance and taxation say Move America Forward's practices may trigger more than bad ratings. Its activities could violate tax rules, which prohibit charities from engaging in partisan politics or overly benefiting the people who run them.
"They're playing audit roulette," said Marcus Owens, a lawyer who once ran the division on tax-exempt organizations in the Internal Revenue Service. Owens said Move America Forward reminded him of the Coalition for Freedom, a charity linked to then-Senator Jesse Helms that lost its tax-exempt status with the IRS largely because of its political activities in the mid-1980s. "They're betting the IRS won't find them, or won't find them in time."
The driving force behind Move America Forward is Sal Russo, 67, the longtime political consultant who is listed on the 10-year-old charity's tax returns as chief strategist.
Russo is better known for helping to form the Our Country Deserves Better PAC, also known as the Tea Party Express, one of the largest Tea Party groups in the country. Consultants from his Sacramento-based firm, Russo, Marsh and Associates, also set up two other PACs, the Move America Forward Freedom PAC and the Conservative Campaign Committee, to aid conservative causes and candidates.
Russo and his associates have previously drawn attention for lavishing funds raised through the committees on themselves, using this money on an Alaskan cruise and fancy hotels as well as paying themselves huge consulting fees.
Russo didn't respond to questions from ProPublica. Danny Gonzalez, a spokesman for Move America Forward, did not answer questions either, instead providing a four-paragraph defense of the charity. "We are proud of the fact that we always appropriate our donor's (sic) funds ethically and in the spirit of our mission to support the troops," he said, adding that Move America Forward was currently preparing 2,000 boxes of care packages for shipping.
It's not clear who currently oversees Move America Forward's day-to-day operations. The former executive director, Shawn Callahan, left in 2012 and does not seem to have been replaced. Callahan also didn't respond to questions, although last year, he defended the group to ProPublica in an email and said Move America Forward had been audited recently by the IRS. (The IRS does not comment on individual taxpayers.)

Sal Russo, chief strategist of Move America Forward, pictured center-left at a Tea Party Express election night party Nov. 2, 2010, in Las Vegas.
"I personally oversaw the audit where I worked with the IRS as they went over every penny spent with a fine-tooth comb," Callahan wrote in March 2013. "As expected, they reported that we were in full compliance and all our expenditures were appropriate."
Bill Durdin, the family readiness program coordinator for the 1st Marine Division, said Move America Forward recently sent care packages to at least five units in the division, but said a "thank you" letter from him the charity included in a March 2013 email praising donors for the Geronimo pledge drive had actually been written a year or two earlier. In an email to ProPublica, Durdin described the charity's use of his letter as "a serious case of 'Cut & Paste(ing)'!"
Move America Forward raises much of its money with its annual fundraiser, called Troopathon, held this year in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and broadcast live on the Internet.
Over the years, Troopathons have featured live and taped appearances by conservative stars from entertainment, media and politics, including actor Gary Sinise, rock idol Gene Simmons of KISS, Sarah PalinRick PerryRush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. The charity counts all the money raised in the month of the broadcast as part of Troopathon.
"I'm hoping this will be the biggest and best event that we've had to let our troops know that we will not forget you," spokeswoman Debbie Lee said during an appearance over Memorial Day weekend on the Breitbart News Sunday radio show that kicked off this year's fundraiser. "We do recognize, even though, you know, there's been changes over there, that you're still there fighting.
"And we're here for you. We've got your back."
Read more after the Break below

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Bob Costas Joined Steve Kornacki on Fox ....... OOOPs... MSNBC



As social opinion machine with nothing more to
 say than Fox News mouthpiece!
Bob Costas appeared on Steve Kornacki's Up W/Steve Kronacki this past Saturday morning. I do not watch the show as it is aired far too early on Saturday morning.  More significantly, Kornacki has an air of inquisitive privilege that really gets under my skin from time to time. As an example of such manifest this past week as Kornakci in a fill-in role on another MSNBC completely went "Wolverine" with a White House official, White House Communications Director Jennifer Palimieri, about an opinion survey with President Obama approval ratings at a less than 45% level.   

We recognize TV News today is not truly TV news. Watching the MSNBC host attempt to wrestle some from of reserved defeatism from Palimieri was a bit over-the-top.

Take a moment and watch an interview Kornacki must have felt was good "gotcha" journalism. After the interview, I have linked a Tommy Christopher, The Daily Banter piece.
Christopher's "dead-on" piece in response to Kornacki's ratings hunting blown interview with Palimieri linked here.

Christopher has also published on weekend the Costas interview with Kornacki.

After watching the interview, a couple of items are clear. Kornacki and his producers knew exactly where Costas would go with his comments. On air television interviews rarely yield surprise responses from guest and pundit. The Rachel Maddow Rand Paul Civil rights interview stands as classic revealing regrading Paul's actually thoughts on Civil Rights. Another example of outside the script on-air performances emanates from Right-wing officials and pundits who respond to MSNBC interview request with clear plans to hijack the interview with what I call "Gish Gallop" ambush yelling accompanied by illogical inclusion of peripheral or non-related topics. (Case in point: Chris Hayes attempts to interview a director at the Koch Brothers Americans for Prosperity: Jennifer Stefano). 

Kornacki's producers and the host knew Costas would "go there." We respect the thought people should be responsible for their own well being. However, we place that respect in perspective against empirical evidence whites do factually have greater prospect for opportunity based on various degrees of bias, discrimination and flat-out racism. You have seen it, heard or sense it, and you like me know barriers exists.

Why Costas would feel free to open-up on MSNBC shows a level of contempt from progressive reporting that frankly startles. Does the media icon feel MSNBC should join CNN and Fox News in blasting the black community with various carefully nuanced broadcasts? Broadcasts so over-the-top crafted to poke at the black community while feeding the paradigm of whites who refuse to work towards open-mindedness and tolerance. When it comes to certain media, feeding their biased audiences with favored messages while raking-in the revenue takes precedent over news related broadcasting. I recall CNN Don Lemon's low class and specifically targeted attacks on some in the black community ("N" word, sagging pants and picking up trash). Lemon's points were point-on, however sitting as a six figure mouthpiece on CNN broadcasting to an vastly dominate older white audience relegated his word so ratings garnering minutia.

Of course, there is no need to address Fox New's propagandists like O'Reilly Hannity, Kelly, Van Sustren and the entirety of the morning "silly" show, Fox and Friends. The Fox values, mission and goals is clear. The fact it serves as acceptable media for millions is both tragic and nation killing. People who buy into the 24/7 propaganda crafted and delivered by Ruppert Murdock's millionaires cast votes for the GOP with primary concern for social issues.  

MSNBC's Kornacki is investigative by nature as evidenced by his revelations of Chris Christie's alleged malfeasance as Governor New Jersey.  Why Kornacki did not quickly question Costas about ways to deal with a problem he obviously views as a "black problem" is only perplexing only if you avoid thought of intent. 

Sweeping generalizations are dangerous and sad. Especially when delivered by celebrity icons. The Banter's Christopher captured a comment from Costas that is worth a bit of contemplation.
Costas said that “What people really want is a chance to repeat the same narrative,” rather than talk about “less comfortable truths” about race relations. What those “less comfortable truths” are is anyone’s guess, but he hinted at them a minute later. After drawing comparisons between Nixon going to China and some hypothetical conservative being sane about guns, Costas told Kornacki that even though the “narrative” of racist oppression of black people is, historically, “the overriding truth” and “the single greatest stain on our national history,”someone at MSNBC would have to be the left’s Nixon, and point out that “that narrative is much more complex now, and some of the issues that are afflicting black America are not the result of white racism.

Christopher aptly commented on MSNBC's programming choices.  Both Costas and Kornacki are white. Why couldn't the supposed progressive of networks consider inviting Costas to sit with Al Sharpton, Joy Ann Reid or Tamron Hall. The answer can probably be found in Kornacki's wish to broadcast on the topic.
Why couldn't the host ask Costas about admitted voter suppression from some in the GOP?  How is it possible to invite a message guy on air without data without probing employment statistics. The answer is simple. Did I not use the phrase, "message guy." Someone at MSNBC wanted to deliver a message without may regard for true journalistic integrity. The network also practiced a degree of "White Privilege" (as does Fox News on a consistent basis) via staffing the show with whites when the topic should best have been undertaken with a mixed race cast. 

We do not expect MSNBC to blanket run interference or "Moat" For the black community as Fox and the GOP "moats" for some whites and right-wing oligarchs. However, if the network relishes its fleeting viewership, it should recognize appealing to conservative whites as does CNN may not work for its business model. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Bundy's Fifteen Minutes Of Fox News Fame, GOP, Tea Party Darlings (VIDEO)

Fox News Heroes and Right-wing darlings!
Bundy's fifteen minutes of fame; derailed by his love of the camera and his inner racist core.  His fifteen minutes doesn't surprise me in any way. What I find interesting are those who so loved him on Wednesday are now covering their faces and disavowing their hero.

I have posted two previous pieces on Bundy and his opportunist hordes.  For now, I  have posted video segments from MSNBC's Ed Show, Politics Nation, ALL In and Hardball. While their is a bit of redundancy in running the Racist's comments about African-Americans, each host provides perspective important to understanding conservative core of many Americans, its dedicated media and the phoniness of using an authentic American moocher as a hero. It is also important to know Cliven Bundy garnered "narcho-terrorist" from across the full scope of the US to what could have been a gun battle. A battle that literally pictured terrorist hiding as snipers and other anarchist speaking of placing women on the front line to be shot first.

A video gallery, if for now other reason a TPI archive for future use.  

The Ed Show

Politics Nation (poignant remarks from guest Jimmie Williams)


Bundy attempts a backtrack that is straight from the Rick Santorum "BLAH People," I did not say black people" strategy.


Steve Kornacki filling-in for Chris Matthews and guests probe Bundy like few others.  We will leave the MSNBC segments with the Hardball segment.   

Do you see the problem?  

For the person who visited the TPI this morning and left a snarky remark about "Getting their news from FOX News...." Well it is great to be a dedicated and loyal viewer and customer. It is the basis for all business in capitalist nations. But, think for a moment about your comment (left anonymously). The essence of your comment is you are paradigmed to Fox News and the stuff they feed you. And "the stuff " is a far distance from news. Bundy is the perfect example. If you need more do a TPI search using Hannity as your search tag.  Poster, how do Bundy actually leave you?  How do you feel about all of the Fox News opportunist who embraced the racist Bundy and their back-tracking now that his inner core is visible beyond insightful liberal and progressives. There is nothing emanating from Bundy that is a surprise to us. You the other hand have two options. You can feign disgust like Van Sustren. Hannity (Bundy's lover), Doocy (the ultimate of stupid) and all others, or you are by default for the lower option, much like Bundy. In either case I admire your devotion to Fox News. But, it is a far greater person who will simply admit their racism and personal disgust Vs. leaving snide "anonymous' remarks (along with you IP address, yes your IP address is captured when you leave comments).

Back on task! For those of you who want to follow Bundy through his feigning ignorance and "not have a big vocabulary" and for those who want to read how the GOP is dropping Bundy like any mention of the Affordable Care Act. GOP (new found) aversion to Bundy includes disavowing remarks from every mouth-piece who affiliated with the racist anarchist and from Reince Priebus, who watched the BLM Vs.Bundy confrontation in all quietness. Priebus adorned his "Superman suit" and spoke-out once, Bundy revealed himself and the press revealed him as a card carrying member of the GOP. "Click Me link" Surprise, surprise, surprise.......

The complete ignorance of Alex Jones via Media Matters, before the New York Times video surfaced. If you click this link, remember these radio comments took place a few hours before Bundy's underwear was exposed.  The link also has a reference that speaks to the utter ignorance of Bundy and his deep rooted racism. He comment today as follows: "Bundy also defended himself by explaining "there's a black man right in my front yard right now" as part of the militia siding with him against the government."

Does this man not realize that both the slavery laden US South, the racists of the US North and decades of Jim Crow found black men in front yards who harbor views thatr are anti-government?  We have today a few who choose to wear horse blinders regarding the party their profess to love (.e.g., Clarence Thomas, Allen West, Allen Keyes, Herman Cain, that fat guy on FOX New Business Network). Bundy need sot recognize these people as "differentiators' with a life's mission in life is to show whites, they are different than the hordes of African-Americans. 

It is important to note, Bundy pulled a Bill O'Reilly and jumped on the Thursday press conference with the very visible black man figuratively in tow. I suppose the visual was to help with the case he is making about having empathy for black people. I wonder if the back man who accompanied Bundy on the stage can reach back into his ancestry for archives about how his people were better off in slavery. Maybe he has already done so and shared the findings with Bundy, providing impetus for Bundy's racist rant. Of course, we know why the black man visited the stage with Bundy. How many times have you seen video of O'Reilly dragging (for a hefty fee) a person of color onto his set to provide validation and serves as a football game-like "color commentator" (pun intentional) for his twisted and often bigoted opine?
GOP says Bundy "over the pale." Excerpts from CNN link above....
Thursday morning, hours after The New York Times story went viral, the Nevada Democratic Party put out a statement saying "These comments are reprehensible, and every Republican politician in the state of Nevada who tried to latch on to Cliven Bundy's newfound celebrity with TEA Partiers and the militia movement should be ashamed of their actions." 
"Every Republican elected official who risked inciting violence to gain political capital out of Cliven Bundy now owes the people of Nevada an apology for their irresponsible behavior of putting their own political future ahead of the safety of Nevadans," added the Nevada Democrats. 
Some top national Republicans quickly condemned the remarks. 
Sen. Rand Paul, who originally supported Bundy's case, issued a statement Thursday morning decrying Bundy's racial comments.
"His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him," said the Kentucky Republican, who's seriously considering a 2016 presidential run. 
GOP Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, who earlier called his supporters "patriots", also "completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy's appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way," according to his spokesperson, Chandler Smith. 
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who had not previously weighed in on the land dispute, said in a statement that "Bundy's comments are completely beyond the pale. Both highly offensive and 100% wrong on race."
Did you notice the insincerity of the statements? Not one can be attributed to the official who's staff issued the statements.  Wow! 

I plan to explore GOP affinity with slavery in another piece.

So, I will end now with....

" I simply wondered if the Negro was better off in slavery."  Cliven Bundy GOP and Fox News hero former hero. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Arrogance, Hubris And The Bush Henchmen: Cheney and Rumsfeld And A Case For war Cromes Tribunal!

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) sat (on camera) with Steve Kornacki, MSNBCUP, and provided a serious and level-headed approach to continued "double-down" yapping from dick Cheney about US torture in the Middle East. Cheney continues to speak about "he would do ti again." I have to wonder if he would be so bold and brazen to go there if President elect Obama had followed the wishes of progressive Americans via authorizing Eric Holder's Justice Department to perform a full and detailed accounting of Bush/Cheney's " False WMD and US Torture."

From Cheney to Rumsfeld ........

MSNBC, Alex Witt and Errol Morris.."The Unknown Known" movie

CNN's Christiane Armanpour and Errol Morris, Producer "The Uknown Known"  movie.

The WIP, "The Case for Donald Rumsfeld’s Prosecution"

ExcerptIn 2009, Manfred Nowak, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, stated that there was already enough evidence to try former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes. Nowak’s statement confirmed what human rights and legal organizations have been saying for several years, and spotlights one of the Bush administration’s most controversial decisions regarding the use of torture. 
Nowak’s statement followed a bipartisan Senate Arms Services Committee investigation made public in December. In scathing and unequivocal terms, the investigation revealed that Rumsfeld and other high-ranking administration officials, including former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, bore major responsibility for detainee abuse by American troops at Abu Ghraib in Iraq; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and other military detention centers. 
The abuse was not the result of only a few soldiers acting on their own, but the consequence of interrogation policies approved by Rumsfeld and other top officials who “conveyed the message that physical pressures and degradation were appropriate treatment for detainees.” 
The use of torture in Guantánamo, Afghanistan and Iraq has a long history. On Dec. 2, 2002, following a request by Guantanamo officials that additional techniques beyond those in the U.S. Army field manual be approved for use, Rumsfeld authorized new interrogation policies for Guantanamo, including placing prisoners in “stress positions,” hooding detainees for 20-hour interrogations, exploiting phobias to induce stress, sensory deprivation, and isolation. 
These techniques were later used in Afghanistan and Iraq. Complaints of abuses at Guantanamo by FBI officials to the Defense Department in December 2002 were disregarded. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in January of 2003 senior officers of the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) office repeatedly objected to interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo, but “Pentagon officials ‘didn’t think this was a big deal, so they just ignored the JAG."

There has to be some form of justice for a time when American crusaded for the simple sake of crusading!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

More Allegations Against The Christe Regime (We are seeing the smoke!)


 Approve a ‘lucrative redevelopment plan favored by the governor’ or ‘be starved of hurricane relief money.
If you read the statement above for the very first time, do you feel you could avoid the perception of 'bullying?"

Steve Kornacki, MSNBC UP W/Steve devoted his Janury 18, 2013 show exclusively to probing into Chris Christe's "Brigdegate." Some segments are very lengthy, but investigative electronic journalism often runs far longer than Fox News and CNN on-sided 'quick hit' segments. If you recall 60 Minutes once had the reputation of extensive investigative journalism broadcast via lengthy Sunday evening 20 minute plus segments. The show continues with long segments, but for my viewing and the fact a former Fox News executive now runs CBS News, 60 Minutes has been placed on shelf labelled "DO NOT WATCH." The show has nudged the entirety of Fox News to the right on the shelf and edged CNN closer to the right-middle (shelf position).

It is also critical to recall, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, latched lLike a wolverine onto the story and continues investigative probing, when no other cable show (MSNBC or others) broadcast reports. 

The story is of major importance and Kornacki has joined in the investigation. MSNBC is helping to understand what could be the most corrupt state and federal administration in decades.

While some of our readers took exception to the following analogy, we stand firm in comparisons of Christe's Bridgegate and Nixon's Watergate. It should be noted that Ronald Reagan also immersed in a cover-up of his and Oliver North's Iran-Contra guns for hostages scandal. Did you notice there is a common thread among those three leaders. 

We digress, back to Mayor Zimmer and allegation of "bullying" for political leverage.

What follows is an MSNBC "spider diagram" (excuse the vernacular) of the web of suspicion from the Mayor of Hoboken. The prospect of a Christe ally and potential multi-billon dollar construction project contributes significantly to the prospect of political leverage in closing the GWB.

A few media pundits (Both Left and Right) the mayors comments are of less value because she held her reports until "Bridgegate" revelations. We suggest it is easy for six to seven figure media pundits to sit on camera and posit as such. They have no regard for the various intricacies and nuances of politics from the mayor's perspective.  The pundits also are not the same person as the duly elected mayor of Hooboken, and I posit the pundits are a bit insensitive in suggesting she may be less credible for not speaking-up sooner.

I would actually expect theaa conservative former Bush communications direct (now MSNBC conservative pundit) to speak negatively about the mayor. When the progressive pundits spoke similarity, I was forced to wonder about the full scope of the guy's insight into 'power-brokering" and regime "bullying."