Uncommon Sense

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Two political books – guess which one American news media liked

NBC’s Curry Tries to Discredit Suskind Book With White House Lines of Attack
September 20, 2011 by Kyle Drennen


‘Today’ Show Gives Platform for Writer McGinniss to Hawk New Palin-Bashing Book
September 15, 2011 by Kyle Drennen

Former NYT Editor: Sarah Palin ‘Bears Some Guilt Here’ for Tabloidish Book Getting TV Coverage
September 19, 2011 by Tim Graham

‘Doonesbury’ Pimps Worst Palin Rumors: NBA-Sexing, Racist, Airheaded Shopper
September 15, 2011 by Tim Graham

Palin Stalker Compares Her to Nazis on Today Show
June 1, 2011 by Geoffrey Dickens

Slate’s Shafer Praises McGinniss’s ‘Stalking’ of Sarah Palin
May 26, 2011 by Ken Shepherd

Behar Defends McGinniss’s ‘Nazi’ Attack on Palin, Palinites Are ‘Very Dittohead-ish & Carry Guns’
June 2, 2011 by Brad Wilmouth

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Selective attention to polls, most believe economy is over-regulated

Media Silent on Poll Showing 74% of Voters Think Economy Is Over-regulated
September 14, 2011 by Ken Shepherd

On Monday, the Tarrance Group released a poll showing that 74 percent of American voters believe “that businesses and consumers are over-regulated.”

What’s more, “another two thirds (67%) believe that regulations have increased over the past few years. These percentages include majorities of all partisan affiliations, with 91% of Republicans, 75% of Independents and 58% of Democrats saying businesses/consumers are over-regulated,” the polling firm noted in a press release.

What’s more, “[a] key fear among voters is that regulations will hinder job creation, as most believe the result of new regulation will be either job losses (47%) or increased prices for American made goods and services (22%).”

Yet a search of Nexis of both major newspapers and broadcast network transcripts found no mentions of this poll and its results, perhaps because the numbers show the public agreeing with conservative arguments about how regulation is burdening American business and stifling economic recovery.

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Are we no longer concerned about cronyism?

Where is the incessant wall-to-wall coverage of this scandal?

ABC Breaks, Then Ignores News on Obama White House Ties to Solyndra
September 15, 2011 by Scott Whitlock

On Tuesday and Wednesday’s World News, reporter Brian Ross exposed e-mails indicating that the Obama administration gave a $535 million loan to the green company Solyndra, despite deep misgivings inside the government about its viability. Yet, Good Morning America has declined to follow-up on the ABC scoop.

GMA completely ignored the story, failing to even mention it in a news brief. The morning show did, however, find time to devote over five minutes to the divorce of reality TV star Michaele Salahi. While his own network minimized the new developments, Ross was able to explain the details on Wednesday’s O’Reilly Factor.

He warned that the controversy goes “right to the door of the White House. New e-mails that came out today at a congressional hearing revealed the pressure put on people inside the White House to move up the timing” of the loan.

Ross told Bill O’Reilly that he was stunned to learn that “early in the year, the White House became aware the company was about to go bankrupt. Now, the government, the White House told us and the company told people in Congress, everything was great, rosy projections at a time they knew they were running out of cash.”

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Who do you interview after a political speech or debate?

Instead of Republicans, Networks Turn to Obama Aide for GOP Debate Reaction
September 8, 2011 by Scott Whitlock

The morning after eight Republican presidential candidates debated each other in California, all three morning shows brought on a Democrat, White House chief of staff William Daley.

Good Morning America, the Early Show and Today all offered varying degrees of tough questions for Mr. Daley. But, couldn’t the networks have at least found one Republican candidate willing to appear on-air?

After GOP Debate, Networks Turn to a Democrat; After Obama’s Speech? A Democrat
September 9, 2011 by Scott Whitlock

On Thursday, the day after the Republican presidential debate, the network morning shows turned to a high profile Democrat for a response. On Friday, the day after Barack Obama’s jobs speech to Congress, the same programs turned to Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

On Friday’s Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos offered this softball to Biden: “Mark Zandi, the economist say this can create close to two million jobs. Is that what you expect? And what is the down side risk for the economy if the President’s plan doesn’t pass?”

Today co-host Ann Curry blandly asked the VP: “Mr. Vice President, let’s say for a moment that Congress comes together and supports the President’s plan. When is the earliest that the first job could be created as a result of this plan?”

She did wonder if Obama’s proposed legislation was “too late” in coming, but mostly failed to challenge Biden.

In a tease for the segment, Curry oddly asserted, “Also ahead this morning, we’re going to get reaction from both sides to last night’s speech from President Obama.” The reaction from “both sides” never really happened. Yes, Eric Cantor and Rick Perry were quoted in a Chuck Todd segment, but they didn’t appear as guests.

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When did it become alright for journalists to show concern and respect for the president?

Ah, if only news media professionals cared so much for our president from 2000 to 2008.

NBC’s Chuck Todd: ‘Our Pollsters Are Concerned’ About Obama’s Poll Numbers
September 6, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

Ingraham to NBC’s Todd: ‘I Don’t Remember You Saying Pollsters Were Concerned About Bush’s Poll Numbers’
September 8, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

NY Times on Poor, Disrespected Obama: Republicans ‘Simply Do Not Like the Man’
September 7, 2011 by Clay Waters

NBC’s Curry Chides ‘Disrespectful’ Republicans Not Attending Obama’s Speech
September 8, 2011 by Kyle Drennen

Andrea Mitchell Falsely Accuses Boehner of Being ‘Disrespectful’ to Obama
September 8, 2011 by Kyle Drennen

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Standard blame game: the other side doesn’t care

What do you do when common sense doesn’t support your agenda? Accuse the other side of either being uncaring or being bigoted. Notice what happens when anyone suggests record deficit spending might not be such a good idea.

Nancy Pelosi: GOP Wants to ‘Destroy Government,’ Asks ‘Do Their Children Breathe Air?’
September 4, 2011 by Eric Scheiner

During a Democratic fundraising event in San Francisco late last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.) declared Republicans are ‘hijacking’ the deficit issue in order to ‘destroy the public space’ and wondered aloud “Do their children breathe air?”

An audience member recorded Pelosi’s address at the August 21, 2011 fundraiser where the California Democrat attacked Republicans on the deficit. “The Republicans right now are using the idea of deficit reduction as an excuse, they’re hijacking an idea that has some resonance, we all want to reduce the deficit, in order to not reduce the deficit but to destroy the public space, destroy government,” Pelosi said.

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PBS’s Tavis Smiley and Guest: Republicans Don’t Want to Help Jobless
September 9, 2011 by Tim Graham

A taxpayer who doesn’t favor Barack Obama might not mind subsidizing a show where he’s attacked as unserious about the country’s problems. But with PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley, it’s been a relentless attack on Obama from the left. Everything he’s done isn’t half-socialist enough.

On Wednesday, Smiley welcomed fellow leftist and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert to his show to denounce Republicans for keeping Obama from passing a woefully insufficient second “stimulus” attempt. Herbert thinks Obama’s new spending proposal is about one-tenth of what’s needed. We need a four-trillion-dollar plan.

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They are all potential terrorists

Did this article’s headline make you think you were going to read about Muslims? You might think it outrageous to suggest all Muslims are potential terrorists. After all, our society goes out of its way to dispel such a notion; it’s discrimination, hate speech, or intolerance. And yet, it seems perfectly acceptable to do the same thing to a different demographic. Intellectual honesty should drive us to ask why.

NPR Lets Abortion Lobby Smear Pro-Lifers As Potential Terrorists
September 5, 2011 by Matthew Balan

On Thursday’s Morning Edition, NPR’s touted the Obama administration’s “more aggressive legal approach” towards pro-life demonstrators with the stepped-up prosecution of alleged violations of the controversial FACE Act. Correspondent Carrie Johnson highlighted the prosecution of an elderly pro-lifer, and let an abortion lobbyist denigrate pro-lifers as possible terrorists.

Host Steve Inskeep introduced Johnson’s report with slanted language about how “the fight over abortion rights continues in courtrooms and state houses all over this country. But a smaller-scale version of that conflict is on display almost every day between protesters and escorts at abortion clinics. And some of those tensions are on the rise, as the Obama administration takes a more aggressive legal approach against people who block access to clinics.”

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If you support Obama you can use hate speech, so much for civility

Scarborough: There Seems to be a Rule – If You Support Obama You Can Say ‘Take People Out’
September 6, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” spent a good deal of time Tuesday discussing Teamsters president James Hoffa Jr.’s disgraceful Labor Day comments about the Tea Party and his political rivals.

After playing a clip of Hoffa’s remarks as well as President Obama calling for civility months ago, Scarborough pointed out, “There seems to be a rule here which is don’t say really mean things that coarsen the debate, could encourage violence, unless you’re a Democrat…If you support [Obama], you can say, ‘We’re going to take people out'”

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DNC Chairwoman Refuses to Criticize Hoffa’s ‘Take These Sons of Bitches Out’ Line
September 6, 2011 by Ken Shepherd

“I know you’d like to focus on language, that’s not what the American people are focused on.”

That’s how Democratic Party chairwoman and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz dismissed “Fox & Friends” co-host Gretchen Carlson earlier today when she asked the DNC chief to repudiate Teamster president James P. Hoffa’s “take these sons of bitches out” comment that was directed against the Tea Party at a Labor Day rally that President Obama attended yesterday.

By contrast, earlier this year, Wasserman Schultz insisted to “Meet the Press” host David Gregory that “we have to think about our word choices carefully” and that “we also have to realize that, someone who is unhinged, someone who is mentally unstable, we don’t know the slightest thing could set them off.”

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Is hate politically correct if you’re a Democrat?

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Is hate politically correct if you’re a Democrat?

Erika Smith at Indy Star: ‘I Really Don’t Care’ About Truth of Andre Carson’s Comment
September 4, 2011 by Tom Blumer

On Wednesday (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), quoting Indiana Congressman Andre Carson’s inexcusable, hateful comment at a Congressional Black Caucus event on August 22 (key sentence: “Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree”), I observed that “Carson was obviously accusing some of his congressional colleagues, whom he gutlessly would not name, of actually wanting (not metaphorically wishing) to see himself and his black colleagues lynched.” I should also note that in an earlier segment of the quote originally cited by Matthew Balan at NewsBusters, Carson said, of Tea Party sympathizers wishes, “And this is beyond symbolic change.” This is why I also wrote that “The meaning of the words Carson used is not arguable.”

With a disregard for the truth and gutlessness similar to Carson’s, Indianapolis Star columnist Erika D. Smith wrote today that the congressman “had the guts to stand up and say what we’ve all seen over the last three years,” while also asserting that “I really don’t care” if any congressmen actually want to lynch anyone.

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How does increasing gov’t spending equal a funding cut?

Krugman’s Delusion: The Past Year Proves Cutting Spending Doesn’t Create Jobs
September 5, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

Exactly what country does New York Times columnist Paul Krugman actually reside in?

Before you answer, consider the following sentence from his article Monday:

Although you’d never know it listening to the ranters, the past year has actually been a pretty good test of the theory that slashing government spending actually creates jobs.

For the past year to be a good test of this theory, there would have needed to be a slash to government spending, right?

Was this the case?

Hardly.

In fiscal 2010, total federal outlays were $3.72 trillion. In fiscal 2011 which ends September 30, we’re projected to spend $3.83 trillion. That’s a $111 billion increase.

Yet this Nobel laureate in economics thinks government spending was slashed.

In reality, since the last time such outlays declined year over year was 1965, we should really be testing Krugman, Obama, and the Democrats’ theory that dramatic increases in government spending creates jobs.

Democrats have been radically increasing outlays since they took over Congress in 2007. During this time, as spending rose by 41 percent, the economy lost roughly seven million jobs sending unemployment skyrocketing from 4.4 percent to 9.1 percent.

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