The Pardu

The Pardu
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Showing posts with label press conference. Show all posts
Showing posts with label press conference. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Obama Goes On The Offensive Via Frank Talk! Benghazi and the IRS

Let's review a press conference for the ages and analysis on the IRS issue via Rachel Maddow (below).  

I often used video from MSNBC for obvious reason, he network is the voice of progressives in a sea of conservative media.  We know of the role Fox News plays in US politics. You should also know that CNN has embarked on direct competitive attacks against Fox to steal viewers.  The sad part of that dynamic  while understandable from a revenue perspective, it places CNN in the precarious position of, "What happens when you guys fail?"  The network will never steal enough hardcore FoxPEN (Fox Propaganda and Entertainment Network) sycophants to have market share impact. If you doubt my posit on CNN's changed business model, each their booked guest and pundits.

You will notice the second video segment below is of Fox News. We like "Fair and Balanced."

This week in US politics has been both busy, disgusting and revealing.  Prime Minister Cameron's visit to the US has been tarnished by 'hopes' and claims of scandal from the Right.  We have yet to find validity in either claim. Two of the most noisy claims from the Right are: "Benghazi" and the IRS alleged victimization of the tea party.  Associated with those claims are keywords like, "Cover-up" and  "Abuse of power." The Right dares speak about abuse of power as if Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice never existed.  If you need a bit of icing on that spoiled cake, mixed and baked by the Right  add a bit of insanity.  Dick Cheney speaks out of the side of his crooked mouth like no other.

Maddow on the IRS issue. 

The segment is 10:24 minutes, but the issue demands deep analysis and opine.  Ultimately, Maddow ends the piece with, "IT MUST BE STOPPED!"

Since, this issue is unfolding as we breathe, I will leave this one for deeper probing by the Department of Justice.
Fox News Insider also published a piece on Obama's reaction to claims of a cover-up.
'There's No There There': Obama Slams GOP for Criticism Over Benghazi Talking Points 

At news conference, President Obama denies the White House tried to play down terrorism following the Benghazi attack.

President Obama went after Republicans for creating a political "sideshow" by continuing to accuse his administration of intentionally altering the Benghazi talking points in order to remove references to terrorism.
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If you need more evidence of GOP "Witchhunts" click this link.
Seven Other Scandals That Didn't Tunrout To Be Scandals Till We  Meet Again on the Trail GOP! (Link)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Rachel Maddow Blog.."Spontaneously inspired".... McCain's War on "Air"

John McCain, his fellow conspiracy attack dog Lindsay Graham, and others (including one very visible female member of congress, Kelly Ayotte a top Romney surrogate) have very visibly taken on the role of Obama Administration 'killers'. I guess when attacking a woman, correctness from the GOP means, have a woman handy? 

Despite Obama's press conference remarks about the nature and scope of Ambassador Rice's appearance on Sunday Morning Talk shows, the attack dogs continue.

The three attackers even missed a security briefing related to the attack with preference for a nationally televised attack.  Motive here is so very obvious.

Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC The Last Word, discusses McCain's missing the briefing   O'Donnell has significant experience with working inside the US Senate  and on Capital Hill. Before the news segment, think for a moment, "...if McCain suffered a scheduling mishap", I suppose Lindsey Graham was not schedule to make the briefing?"

The silliness of making this tragedy a political football, is astounding.  
Rachel Maddow contributor , Steve Benen has taken a close review of Ambassador Rice's comments after the tragic attack.  His findings do no support McCain's "gonna get you" railings in anyway. 

'Spontaneously inspired'


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Five days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Susan Rice appeared on "Face the Nation" to give the public an update on the available information. She explained that it was too early to draw "definitive conclusions," but the "best information we have to date" suggested the violence "began spontaneously ... as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo" in response to the anti-Islam internet video.

The ambassador then added, "But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons." Asked about a possible al Qaeda role, Rice said this was unclear, explaining, "I think this is one of the things we'll have to determine."
CIA Talking Points obtained by CBS. 

In an interesting twist, CBS News obtained the CIA talking points given to Rice in preparation of her interview. 

CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan says the talking points, which were also given to members of the House intelligence committee, make no reference to terrorism being a likely factor in the assault, which left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. [...] 

The CIA's talking points read as follows: "The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US diplomatic post in Benghazi and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations."