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Showing posts with label TRMS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TRMS. Show all posts

Friday, August 29, 2014

Jesse Benton Falls From The McConnell Campaign

Jesse Benton (AP Photo/ Charles Dharapak, File)

Another one bits the dust!

Jesse Benton, Mitch McConell's campaign manager has resigned, a midst deeper investigation into campaign activities for the Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign. Why is the Paul name seeming all to frequently mentioned among talk of political malfeasance? From elder Paul's 1990s racist newsletters through the younger Paul's plagiarism and hacked reports of Ron Paul's conference call with white supremacist groups, the Paul name is all too  frequently accompanied by a seedy cloud.

As I watched the following Rachel Maddow show segment of August 27, 2014, I was only haphazardly paying attention. alas, I feel victim to busing myself with stuff that led to only peripheral knowledge of real investigative reporting on my 42 inch LCD flat-screen.
The TRMS segment is standard twelve minute Maddow fare, but worth the minutes if you are one who values information about our soiled political climate and GOP political operatives. With the nascent news of Benton's abrupt resignation, I revisited the segment. 

Maddow's segment precedes today's Talking Point Memo report of Benton's resignation. 

Political payoff case threatens to upset Mitch McConnell campaign
Rachel Maddow reports on a guilty plea in a case involving payments for political endorsements in Iowa in 2012, in which one of the players now serves in the Mitch McConnell campaign.


Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign manager, Jesse Benton, announced his resignation amid questions about his alleged role in 2012 Iowa bribery scandal. 
According to the Kentucky Herald-Leader, Benton met with McConnell on Friday afternoon and gave the top Senate Republican his letter of resignation, which McConnell accepted. 
Benton's resignation is effective Saturday. 
The major staff change comes amidst a bribery scandal from when he was the political director for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) during the 2012 presidential campaign that could spill over into McConnell's re-election fight. Benton has stressed that he is innocent and blamed "inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors."
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Rather than post farther, I will pose one very basic questions.

Why does CNN and Fox News never report on such political malfeasance from the Right.  I spent a good part of the day hearing repeated comment about President Obama's frankly remark about operation military strategy and additional with smiles) comment about Obama's choice of attire for yesterday's press address. The day was completely absent any mention of Benton as McConnell's campaign manager and no stories associated with Maddow's previous day's report. 

Yet, at the "end of the day" (as some say) Benton resigns.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rand Paul: Chameleon With Trojan Horse In Tow

African American voters watch out for the Trojan Horse. 
Rand Paul is after your Achilles Heel.

The partnership between Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) is bothersome. Of course, there is heartfelt and touching good associated with renewing voting rights and freeing certain felons of the anvil against fair employment to some who may have been convicted of felonies that were non-violent crimes is an issue. And, yes, young black males receive disproportionately unbalanced sentences for crimes their white counterparts (for various reasons) may never see a day in court. We even have recent revelations of convictions and prison sentences of judges who took money to railroad youth to private prisons. So, the Paul/Booker 'Buddyship' is for germane and relevant to fairness in the US

The Daily Review February 2011
Mark A. Ciavarella Jr/ Michael T. Conahan
A jury in U.S. District Court found Ciavarella guilty of racketeering and conspiracy for accepting $997,600 from wealthy developer Robert K. Mericle. Mericle testified he won a contract to build a for-profit juvenile detention center after a referral from Ciavarella.
The judges, and I am sure there are more, sentenced youth to prison across the racial spectrum. They are identified here as examples to delineate the good in the Booker/Paul initiative (bill). That said, I find it intriguing Paul chooses voting rights and employment rights for certain felons over other issues that would serve for a better life for Americans in aggregate (e.g., the ACA, Unemployment payments, minimum wage hike). Intriguing, but not surprising as we watch Paul's efforts to "woo" the black vote. He knows as do you and me black youth reap the worse of the US Justice system. He also knows he cannot win the US Presidency absent some degree of "smiles" from the black community.

Rand Paul has a recent history of revelations regarding 'serial plagiarism' and videoed public comment to an audience of medical students about his recognition of the need for misinformation. "Misinformation" is a euphemism for "lies." Some might say Paul's comments in this clip were meant to be flip. Au contraire! His comments appear serious. Moreover, his comments to the young medical students were deeply revealing regarding Paul's inner core and honesty deficiency.

Paul and Booker have embarked on a visuals tour to sell their initiative. Paul is obviously using the camera opportunity to enhance his standing with black voters (and yes non-violent felons comprehensively). Booker's motive? Well, no comment in this screed. Their trod-ding around led to an afternoon exclusive interview with a co-host of the MSNBC's , The Cycle.   I have embed the interview below. It is a 12 plus minute exhibition, but (allow me to influence) worth every second. While Ari Melber listened as Paul and Booker spoke about the necessity of their bill (unarguable good), you had to know Melber would perform a professional level of journalism and question Paul about past comments regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1965.  He went on record with Rachel Maddow with issues regarding the legislation. Today he repeats his denial to another MSNBC reporter (earlier in the week). He denied he ever said he was against the Civil Rights Act.

The misinformation specialist and subterfuge guru is applying basic legalese and deploying a twisted form of sophism. He will say grab the tape, "I never said I was against the Act." Melber gave Paul at least two opportunities to say he had evolved from his comments with Maddow. Paul went Machiavellian and took the offensive with his own from of Gish Gallop via repeatedly stating he was not against the Civil Rights Act (along with showing of "The Hand" for effect). He went offensive (more than twice) while reminding Melber "his network" (MSNBC hosts) was lying about his comments six hosts mind you.   The advantage in going Gish Gallop is supported by the fact the perpetrator knows the host has limited air-time in which to conduct the interview. When Mitt Romney used the debate technique on President Obama in the first Presidential Debate. We regularly see it used in time framed on-air appearances when the speaker does not want a fully comprehensive or probing interview.

As you view the interview, watch the dynamics. Not only does Paul deploy "The Hand" he looked to Booker for humor and validation when first questioned about "stirring-up controversy." Booker was coy enough to give "his buddy" a perfunctory one third smile. He certainly was foolish enough to offer his buddy a full set of 32 gleaming white teeth.  The sincere person who maybe felt Paul was guilty of flip flopping for effect would have given no nonverbal response.

Maddow, of course would respond and I am most pleased she did who within hours.  I must also state, I am growing increasing weary and leery of Chris Matthews seeming to warm-up to Paul when he knows Paul has major credibility flaws.

TRMS July 30, 2014       

And Rand Paul wound be president?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

FAIR Reports Supposed Surprise Study Results Regarding Minority Guest On Cable News

FAIR Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting conducted a study  recently published a five week study of the extent to which  prime-time evening cable TV news shows (of alleged news shows) programmers booked diverse guests. The results are a bit surprising on one hand, but with a bit of thought not at all surprising on the other hand. 

A few words about the study. If you are chopping at the bits to get to the study, skip to FAIR below. Come back and read our thoughts regarding FAIR's piece

For progressives, MSNBC did not fare as well as we would expect. In fairness, Chris Hayes' ALL-in was first in booking non-white guests. But, there are issues with the study regarding the study criteria and scope.

My review of the study led to one major observation. While Hart and company span well beyond the prime-time shows of MSNBC, Fox News and CNN, I read a bit of a "gotcha" when the author compared Rachel Maddow's guest list with that of Fox New and CNN hosts (during the same time period). An interesting focal point of those who conducted the study and published its findings. 
"Oh lookit.. the alleged prime-time progressive news network has fewer people of color on set for guest interviews."  
While we note a peculiar reporting, we give credit for the revelation and comment related to Chris Hayes's guest list and his reported commitment to diversifying his guest.  (admirable to say the least). 

We at the TPI do not dispute the study findings.  We do question a couple of details regarding "apple-to-apple" opportunity for an accurate depiction of reality. First, Maddow's show seems to develop broadcast segments without the "panel" or guest model employed by both Fox's O'Reilly and CNN's Cooper. Maddow has a staff and research team that when coupled with backroom staff of other MSNBC evening show hosts runs rings around bank of news shows on Fox or CNN.  Her show simply lends less to host in chairs and does O'Reilly's show. And even more poignant reality is, while O'Reilly might show better than Maddow regarding non-white guests, think for a minute about how O'Reilly's non-white guest support his show. He is the "King of Bereting" guest vs. actually involving guest in meaningful dialogue.  Example:

Of course, Dr. Hill's appearance on the The Factor well pre-dates the study. We offered the clip as an example of how O'Reilly uses his guest to feed his viewer base.  What is the point of booking non-white guest when the host conducts the interviewer from a lofty and elitist perspective accompanied by what appears as pre-determined message for viewers. The snipe at the highly educated and accomplished Dr. Hill as "looking like a drug dealer" was so obviously scripted to roll from O'Reilly's face.

As prime-time cable news shows fare, The Factor consistently garners large Nielsen viewer numbers. Nielsen ratings speak to the sadness of so many in our nation spend an hour of their lives on a daily basis listening and watching such a pompous and bloviating host. A host who has verged on broadcast material and comment that rivals Rush Limbaugh.

The FAIR article is posted below in its entirety.  While, the piece has a comments section with a few related comments, we have taken a few of those comments and posted just below (before the piece). 

Excerpt comments
As a daily viewer of The Rachel Maddow Show and other MSNBC evening show hosts, I must agree with Clark (above).  Why didn't Hart and FAIR undertake a full review of the three networks with equal (non headline grabbing) non-white guests data?  Alas, why not report on which network more non-white shows hosts.  A much more relevant and critical review would be a backroom study with a focus on gender, sexual orientation and race.  

If you are a true progress or liberal, you are now thinking, as am I why not study the racial and gender make-up of cable network management and show producers. The results will probably show a major lack of diversity at the level of decision-makers and sharpers of our news.

 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Who Gets to Speak on Cable News?

The identity of the whitest, malest show we found may surprise you

All In With Chris hayesAll In With Chris Hayes had the most ethnically diverse guestlist we found on cable news.
A survey of major cable news discussion programs shows a stunning lack of diversity among the guests.
FAIR surveyed five weeks of broadcasts of the interview/discussion segments on several leading one-hour cable shows: CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° and OutFront With Erin Burnett, All In With Chris Hayes and the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, and Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor and Hannity.

More after the break below

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cantor: The Tip Of The Iceberg!

An indication of all that is wrong in US politics: Eric Cantor. The Majority Leader laid himself to rest.

NBC noted that according to FEC campaign finance reports, Cantor spent $168,637 in payments at BLT Steak and Bobby Van's Steak House in 17 payments up to May 21.                                                                                                                                                     By contrast Brat's campaign spent $122,793 in the race.                                                                                                                         Cantor also raised far more than Brat in the race. Cantor campaign raised $5,447,290 and spent almost as much — $5,026,626. Brat raised just $206,663.

The following brief cell phone video of House Majority Leaders Eric Cantor is a tip of the iceberg of his political demise. Cantor speaking in a private session with oil speculators in mid-May 2011.

Do you recall a few years ago the talk of the nation was per gallon gasoline prices in the context of accusation Obama was doing nothing to lower "gas prices." As GOP accusations of Obama negligence became mantra, Eric Cantor was about the business of securing money from Wall Street oil speculators. Cantor clearly referenced paving the way for the speculators (to earn copious compensation) while he as House Leader role would 'run interference' moats against consumer protection legislation.

The House Majority Leader eventually succumbed to a Libertarian professor in part for failing to interaction similarly with his constituents. He failed to host a town hall meeting over the past five years.  When Cantor would on infrequent occasion go before a camera it was in the this manner (The first 18 seconds are relevant)If you clicked on the linked video you probably noticed Cantor delivered that comment within weeks of his Chicago visit with oil speculators (video embed above). 

Anyone with even rudimentary knowledge of gas price fluctuation knows cost per gallon will rise and ebb cyclically over-time. The problem for most people and the advantage to greedy politicians like Cantor: most do not understand gas price fluctuation. Moreover, most have no idea about futures trading in the oil products markets. On the contrary, Wall Street speculators the futures market and so does Cantor. Thus the 2011 Chicago quorum recorded by Campus Progress staff writer and ThinkProgress Blog Fellow Micah Uetricht. Cantor was the consummate politician and the pinnacle example of all that is wrong in US politics.

Cantor scrambled around the nation hobnobbing at a Koch mansion in the Hamptons , attending quasi-secretive Koch brothers junkets (events) and on overseas junkets (some at Tax Payer expense).

'Maybe he should have spent less time in Davos and more time in Culpepper,' a Republican strategist told Huffington Post reporter Jennifer Bendry. Davos is located in Switzerland near the Swiss Alps. Cantor took a congressional delegation here earlier this year on the taxpayer's dime
'Maybe he should have spent less time in Davos and more time in Culpepper,' a Republican strategist told Huffington Post reporter Jennifer Bendry. Davos is located in Switzerland near the Swiss Alps. Cantor took a congressional delegation here earlier this year on the taxpayer's dime.

Cantor and company were officially in Switzerland in January to attend the World Economic Forum, but they were slammed at the time by news outlets on the left and the right for ditching work to hang out at the ski resort pictured here

Read more: Linked above (Overseas Junkets)

Cannot literally laid himself wide open for his eventual demise. He became unpopular among most who interact with the Majority Leader.   

While most call it a night this past Tuesday thinking "Immigration" had sunk the Cantor ship, it become obvious within hours, he actually succumbed to a form of self-laid booby-trap.

If Cantor was actually enjoying steak with a group of lobbyist while losing to the libertarian Brat, I again state Cantor eventually stepped on a landmine it took him over 13 years to plant. He lot track of where he planted his own demise.

Friday, June 6, 2014

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Nails Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Flak From The Right

Looks like a captive; not a deserter!

If you have not watched the following two segments from the Rachel Maddow show, you are effectively uninformed regarding all matters related to the Bergdahl prisoner exchange.

I am not going to posit beyond the segments. They are occupy a total of 30 minutes.  Yes, I am going to use the over-used phrase. "They are must watch!"

You might be falling victim to right-wing politicizing an issue that would never have been manipulated six years ago.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Aid To Ukraine Could Depend on GOP "Scratch My Back?"

What is it about Republicans in Congress that leads to taking up causes, initiatives, or legislating only when inertia is to be applied from their financial supporters?


GOP ties US hands on Ukraine with odd demands

(The 6:34 mark of the video starts our point of interest)