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NYT Calls Eastwood Speech Off-Color, Rambling

From the always high-minded New York Times:

Surprise Speaker Delivers the Unexpected

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MICHAEL BARBARO | Fri August 31, 2012

TAMPA, Fla.—Clint Eastwood’s rambling, head-scratching endorsement of Mitt Romney on Thursday set off immediate questions and finger-pointing among Romney supporters: Who booked Mr. Eastwood? Did anyone have an idea of what he was going to say? Did anyone read his remarks before they were broadcast?

Now we know Mr. Eastwood’s speech hit home. Since the news media doesn’t have the guts to try to discredit his speech by doing a ‘fact check’ on it, they will resort to their usual trick of finding surrogates to be horrified for them.

The actor, in one of the more unusual moments in Republican convention history, offered a speech in which he pretended to have an off-color conversation with an imaginary President Obama sitting by his side in an empty chair.



Obama: I Didn’t Sell My Stimulus Hard Enough

From a commiserating Associated Press:

Obama expects a second term to bring more cooperation from GOP, like “popping a blister”

August 30, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — President Barack Obama says his re-election might help end the political stalemate in Washington, much like “popping a blister.”

In an interview with Time magazine, Obama says he expects Republicans in Congress to work more cooperatively in a second term, since his re-election would no longer be a factor.

“My expectation is that there will be some popping of the blister after this election, because it will have been such a stark choice,” Obama said.

Of course, we can’t think of a better way to pop the blister than to get rid of Obama. After all, he is the blister.



WP Fact Checks Romney Speech – In Advance

From the Washington Post:

Previewing the ‘facts’ in Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech

by Glenn Kessler | Thursday Aug 30, 2012

The details of Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night are not known, but he’s been road-testing various claims about President Obama’s record for months. Here are five dubious assertions that he frequently makes on the campaign trail or in his campaign advertisements…

Glenn Kessler, the same ‘fact checker’ who lied so blatantly about Paul Ryan’s speech, is at it again. And this time Mr. Kessler couldn’t even wait for Romney’s speech to ‘fact check’ it. (Weirdly, the media is turning the phrase ‘fact check’ into how they use ‘Swift Boat.’)

But can you expect from these media hirelings?


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Hillary Gets As Far From Charlotte As Possible

From Foreign Policy Magazine:

Clinton staying as far away from Charlotte as physically possible

By Josh Rogin | Thursday August 30, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as a sitting administration official, does not have any role at the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte.

Er, several sitting administration officials are scheduled to speak at the DNC’s convention, including Kathleen Sebelius, Tom Vilsack, Arne Duncan, and Ken Salazar.

So why not include Mrs. Clinton, especially if your theme is the ‘War On Women.’ Thanks to Bill, Hillary knows all about that war first hand.

Then again, we can understand why she wouldn’t want to appear on the same stage as her husband. (In fact, when was the last time she and Bill were seen together?



MSNBC: References To Golf, Chicago Are Racist

From NewsBusters:

Can’t Make This Up: Now Joking About Obama’s Love for Golf is ‘Racist’ to MSNBC

By Ken Shepherd | Wed August 29, 2012

This afternoon, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell got his hands on excerpts of the remarks that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was preparing to give this evening…. Taking to the air on Martin Bashir’s eponymous program, O’Donnell laid out his case that McConnell’s crack that the president "has been working hard to earn a spot on the PGA tour."

That’s just plain racist, even if by two or three degrees of separation, O’Donnell explained. The long and short of it: When you think Obama at the PGA, you think of Tiger Woods, and when you think of Tiger Woods, you think about his cheating on his wife…

Who thinks like this?



Code Pink Disrupts GOP’s VP Speech – Again

From a highly amused reporter at The Hill:

Code Pink disrupts Ryan speech, ushered out to chants of ‘USA!’

By Jordy Yager | Wednesday Aug 29, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — Two protesters from Code Pink disrupted Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) convention speech on Wednesday night and were ushered out of the hall as tens of thousands of Republicans chanted, “U.S.A.!”

The two women were protesting Ryan’s views on military and healthcare issues, complaining that the Republican vice presidential nominee does not devote enough money in his budget proposal to government-run health services.

They do make a good case for more spending on mental health services.

In the middle of Ryan’s address, retired Col. Ann Wright unfurled a banner that read, “Fund Healthcare not Warfare!” and began shouting the same refrain.



CNN: Ryan Was Right About Obama’s GM Vow

From CNN:

CNN Fact Check: Did Ryan get Obama’s GM speech right?

Thu August 30, 2012

(CNN) — Paul Ryan on Wednesday night told a story about then-presidential candidate Barack Obama telling automotive workers that government can help keep their plant going — an account that Ryan reportedly got wrong previously…

Hilariously, even though this is probably the only mainstream media ‘fact check’ to admit that Ryan was right, they don’t mention that in their headline or lead. In fact, the lead only mentions that Ryan "previously" got his facts wrong. (Which is a charge that is also up for debate.)

The facts:

First, some context. Ryan reportedly recalled this event incorrectly just days ago, during an August 16 speech in Ohio. Ryan reportedly alleged that Obama said he’d "keep that plant open," and therefore broke his promise because the plant closed.


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Media ‘Fact Checkers’ Lie About Ryan Speech

Here is just one example of the literally dozens of ‘fact check’ articles that have been breathlessly rushed out overnight after Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican convention.

This one is from the stunningly ‘fact free’ propagandists at the Associated Press:

FACT CHECK: Ryan takes factual shortcuts in speech


WASHINGTON (AP) — Laying out the first plans for his party’s presidential ticket, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took some factual shortcuts Wednesday night when he attacked President Barack Obama’s policies on Medicare, the economic stimulus and the budget deficit

The AP goes on to, once again, falsely claim that Obama-Care does not $716 billion dollars from Medicare, and that Obama’s stimulus was not a matter of political patronage and corporate welfare.



Code Pink Tries To ‘Arrest’ Condoleezza Rice

From the Associated Press:

Convention protesters try to arrest Condoleezza Rice

Tues August 28, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. – Police in Tampa stopped a dozen anti-war protesters from entering an event attended by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice after the group said it intended to arrest her for war crimes.

The protesters from Code Pink carried handcuffs Tuesday and tried to enter a performing arts center. Rice was attending an event in conjunction with the Republican National Convention. They said they wanted to make a citizen’s arrest of Rice, who was Secretary of State when the Iraq War started.

This is probably the first time that the AP has ever identified the professional protesters from Code Pink. They normally pretend they are spontaneous grass roots protesters.



Soros Hires GOP Stalkers (Caught Todd Akin)

From the Washington Times:

Outspent on ads, Dems pay ‘trackers’ to tail candidates for dirt

By Luke Rosiak | Tues August 28, 2012

A George Soros-funded super PAC is vowing to send operatives to stake out Republican campaigns to hunt for and to record any gaffes or controversial statements the candidates may make.

On Tuesday, American Bridge sent a fundraising plea to supporters asking for money to pay for “trackers,” a term for political operatives who sometimes tail opponents.

The organization, which includes both a super PAC that discloses its donors and a nonprofit group that does not, bragged in its fundraising letter about its flagging the clip of Rep. W. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, making comments about “legitimate rape” that led top Republicans to call for his exit from that state’s U.S.



Dem Families Deal With Children Going GOP

From the Associated Press:

When partisan politics stretch parent-child bonds

By Leanne Italie | Tuesday, August 27, 2012

When David Burrows took on Barry Goldwater and Ayn Rand as “mentors” at age 14, his parents wanted to know what else he was doing that might make them ashamed.

By the way, the Washington Times headline for this AP article is probably more accurate: "Democratic families deal with shock of children going Republican."

Andrew LaGrone’s grandmother was an Edmund Muskie delegate at the Democratic National Convention in 1972 and was stunned when Andrew became a Republican at 19. As Jake Wagner was growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., his dad assumed he’d be a Democrat. Not.

While young people have gone “liberal” on their conservative parents for decades, teen crossovers to the GOP are more of a rarity.



MSNBC Cut Away From Every Minority Speaker

From the website Red Alert Politics:

MSNBC cuts every speech made by a minority from RNC speech coverage

By Francesca Chambers | August 28, 2012

MSNBC wants you to think the Republican Party hates minorities. So much so that the liberal news network cut minority speeches from it’s convention coverage.

When popular Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, the GOP nominee for Senate, took the stage, MSNBC cut away from the Republican National Convention and the Hispanic Republican from Texas’ speech.

MSNBC stayed on commercial through former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis’ speech, as well. Davis, who recently became a Republican, is black.

Then, when Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno’s wife Luce’ Vela Fortuño took the stage minutes later, MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews opted to talk over the First Lady’s speech.



WP: GOP Convention Theme Is Based On Lies

From the Washington Post:

Fact checking the GOP Convention’s opening night

by Glenn Kessler | Wed August 28, 2012

Can an entire convention be built around a grammatical error?

We wondered about that as we watched the first night of Republican Convention. From House Speaker John Boehner to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to Ann Romney, speaker after speaker made reference to Obama’s statement that “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

When Ann Romney declared that her husband “was not handed success — he built it,” the delegates even began chanting “We built it” — which in fact was the official theme for the convention on Tuesday…

We originally gave Romney’s use of the phrase Three Pinocchios, a ruling that did not seem to please anyone, with Democrats complaining that Obama’s words were clearly taken out of context…




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