Did Obama’s Media Market Bubble Burst?

obamastockIt sure has been interesting over the past week to watch the news media finally approach the Obama administration with the one tactic many of us thought they’d never use in their coverage: Some good old fashioned scrutiny.

Despite showing up to the game way late on Benghazi, many in the mainstream media are actually now demonstrating some genuine interest in challenging the staggering discrepancies between the government’s talking points on the topic and what actually happened on September 11th, 2012.

The media is also surprisingly taking the IRS’s targeting of politically conservative groups as the serious news story that it is, and they’re not downplaying the significance of the Justice Department’s secret obtainment of phone records from the Associated Press.

While the behavior is still not even in the same ballpark as the obsessive, axe-wielding castigation the press routinely came at the Bush administration with, even the most cynical of media critics have to recognize that something has certainly changed. The liberal media complex in this country has been rattled.

One has to wonder what happened. I mean, it’s not as if the administration hadn’t done anything controversial or worthy of intense media scrutiny during its first four and a half years in office. Even if you dismiss all of the uniquely-Obama debacles (everything from the lies and shady tactics used to sell Obamacare, to the incessant creation of false villains to deflect political blame onto), all the media would have had to do is use the same standard they used for George W. Bush to find controversies that merited months-long news cycles.

Guantanamo Bay, the Patriot Act, the use of drones, warrantless wiretapping, and rendition (just to name a few), were huge media-driven controversies during the Bush administration. Now, the continuation of those policies under Obama are all inexplicably non-issues.

The Maywand District murders committed by American soldiers in Afghanistan in 2010 could have easily been President Obama’s Abu Ghraib. The slaughter of at least three innocent people and its military cover-up should have warranted at least as much attention as the pyramid-stacking of Iraqis. Yet, I bet that the vast majority of people reading this column have never heard of the Maywand District murders.

Fast and Furious, while not a controversy on the level of Benghazi, was certainly a bigger deal than the highly-publicized dismissal of U.S. attorneys in 2006 under the Bush administration. Yet, if you aren’t a Fox News viewer, the term “Fast and Furious” most likely carries no weight beyond that of the cheesy action-film franchise.

And of course, if the media wanted to pursue a current day controversy reminiscent of Plamegate (a story they obsessed over during the Bush era), all they would have had to do is take just one of the highly-classified tidbits that Joe Biden has inadvertently blurted out during his tenure as vice president, and start cranking out the headlines.

No, something has definitely changed with the mainstream media. Political commentator Jonah Goldberg amusingly referred to the development as a spring awakening of journalism, but I think what we’re seeing is more comparable to the bursting of an economic bubble.

For years, the media has invested deeply in Barack Obama. They took a charismatic, idealistic, community organizer with no leadership experience and championed him into the White House on little more than liberal hopes and dreams. For them, he was like an exciting start-up business in which all of them held a stake. The venture was fueled with a lot of passion, but had no real business plan behind it.

Still, the media dreamed of large dividends from an Obama presidency, willingly handing over their journalistic capital to keep the Obama stock rising. They never bothered, however, to actually evaluate the intrinsic value of their investment to determine its true worth. They just kept on investing and hoping for the best, allowing Obama’s media market bubble to expand steadily beyond any sensible capacity. Speculative values soared and the momentum held tight all the way past election day of 2012.

It was only then that something rattled the market.

A major investor known as ABC News (specifically Jonathan Karl) got wind of some market data compiled by Fox News, and unexpectedly sold a significant share of its Obama stock by finally lending credence to the truly scandalous Benghazi story.

This was a wake-up call to others in the mainstream media. It prompted them to examine their own portfolios and conclude that perhaps their Obama stock was no longer worth the price of their journalistic integrity. After all, they had already gained a significant return on their investment: Obama had won re-election. He’d maxed out on presidential terms. The stock had already peaked. With their minds beginning to digest what the market was telling them, they began to sell off their shares as well (even though it pained them to do so).

What we’re seeing right now from the media is the Obama stock crashing. The most loyal investors (like MSNBC) are still holding tight and passionately pleading with others to buy back in, but overall confidence in the investment has been compromised. It’s on its way down.

While it’s kind of fun to watch many in the national news media finally setting aside their political ideologies and actually doing their jobs, it’s also disheartening to know that what we’re witnessing is a rare occurrence. So rare, that it begs the question: Will Obama’s media stock rebound at some point?

No one can say for sure, but the answer is likely yes. After all, unlike with the real stock market, there’s a propensity by the mainstream media to double-down on sure losers. And for that reason, I suspect the sell-off will bottom-out soon.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • buckrodgers

    For decades the liberal media and Hollywood has been able to keep their institutions predominantly white by labeling everybody but themselves a bunch of racist, so how can white journalist be expected to honestly report on America First African American President without finding themselves being labeled a closet racist.

  • John Daly

    Fantasy can be fun, but the findings of the special prosecutor say you’re wrong.

    Serious question: Do the facts have no bearing whatsoever on how you form your opinions? Just about every argument you put forth is based on what was once partisan speculation, but has since been thoroughly debunked – in some cases many, many years ago.

    It’s a sad way to meander around on the Internet, if you ask me. I’ve seen few people as proud of their willful ignorance as you are.

  • plsilverman

    “Plamegate” was based upon a FACT. No? Joe Wilson went to an African country and learned that a certain ingredient was NOT being processed for WMDs. thatw as not his assignment, was it? so they messed around with his wife..putting her security and in a way, the country’s security at risk. But with wonderful people like Rove [do you hang with him? :) ] on the scene, this is what happens. Rove, the nice guy who cooked up a story about McCain Fathering a “black child” so W. could win South Carolina. Look amongst your Bill Sammon memo cards for that one.

    • John Daly

      Ugh. Why do I bother?

      Joe Wilson, who changed his account of his Niger findings multiple times, certainly torqued the administration with his ineptitude and self-proclaimed importance, but no one outed his wife in retaliation.

      Richard Armitage, a guy working under Colin Powell at the State Department, accidentally revealed that Plame was with the CIA in a casual conversation he had with reporter Bob Novak.

      The special prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, who handled the case determined that what Armitage did was an accident, and was without malice. He was not charged.

      Karl Rove leaked nothing, and was found by Fitzgerald not to have done anything wrong.

      Scooter Libby was busted for lying under oath about something unrelated to the Plame outing.

      Of course, none of this is relevant to anything I wrote in my column because my point was about the media. They went ballistic over the notion that someone would leak information like Plame’s status with the CIA, yet when good old Joe Biden does that kind of thing on a routine basis, the media couldn’t care less.

      As stated earlier, I want the Obama administration to be scrutinized using the same standard they did for Bush. I think that’s a pretty fair request.

      • plsilverman

        Yes, his wife was “outed” in retaliation. I’ll look up where I read all that. You really think that gang, Cheney, Tenet, Rove, Rice, did absolutely nothing wrong in their reportage to the American public? I’m not aware Wilson changed his story from NO to YES and back about the yellow stuff, or whatever. Ok..who in heck “outed” Plame, then? >>>what do U think the reaction was at the White House when Wilson came back with “nothing” they could use, eh?

        • Jeff Webb

          Well, John laid out the facts above pretty well, but I’ll just add a lil’ wrinkle: Plame wasn’t covert.

          Victoria Toensing, who knows a little something about what qualifies as covert status (she wrote the rulebook), is on record saying Plame wasn’t “outed” like liberals claimed.

          • plsilverman

            ok…how *was* she “outed” and was it related to Joe Wilson not adding any “slam-dunk” insurance to the pile of b.s. that Colin Powell was manipulated into delivering to the American Public? Here, a war hero treated like a fool. Bush II lets *him* go and fights to keep *Rumsfeld*.

          • John Daly

            How was she outed? Why do you keep asking the same question that was already answered? Richard Armitage was the one who revealed that she was with the CIA. As Jeff said, there’s a strong case to be made that she wasn’t even covert in the first place.

            But please, go ahead and keep asking the question and validating your ignorance on the topic by explaining that your version is right because you “read it somewhere”.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Even you cannot be dumb enough to believe that Novak just randomly outed a random CIA operative. Certainly Plame and her husband have more credibility than Toensing who is a hard core right winger and has ZERO CREDIBILITY.

          • John Daly

            Good point. Let’s ignore all of the facts, and instead go with conspiratorial, left-wing speculation. Then we can all call ourselves “smart”, right?

          • I Hate Fascists

            So you believe no malice intended? Just a slow news day so Novak randomly outed a random CIA operative just to fill up column space?

          • John Daly

            No malice from the administration, per the investigation. I haven’t a clue what Novak’s intentions were.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Don’t be so coy bro. Even if you believe Armitage just “happened” to mention to Novak that Wilson’s wife just happens to be an undercover CIA agent, it would be a non-story unless there was malice intended. Libby was convicted among other things of obstruction of justice related to Plamegate. Plame and Wilson say that Plame was outed. You can believe what you want to believe but I will take their word over Toensing, who did not write any “rule book” unless it was on how to be a right wing political hack. Random stories on the Internet have a 50% chance of being right. Toensing has a 100% chance of being wrong.

          • plsilverman

            perfectly expressed. you’ll have those Fox full-time hosts scrambling thru their Sammon memos for some juvenile response.

          • plsilverman

            you like your extreme righty speculation, though. You love Beck, Alex Jones, Limbaugh? :)

          • John Daly

            I love none of the three, little fellow. But please, continue to make up things and attribute them to me. It’s what trolls do after all.

          • plsilverman

            Pal, I added a question mark. See it?

          • plsilverman

            surprised a noted writer like yourself resorts to clichés like “trolls”. By the way, I don’t like being called a “liar”. Got it?
            >>>>>I sense a lot of defensiveness about the race-baiting coming from this site. If your critics are so obviously screwed up, why worry? :)

          • JBubs

            Gentlemen. There is an old saying: “Never argue with a fool. Soon no one can tell the difference.”

          • John Daly

            I can’t speak for Novak. He was a reporter – not part of any administration. Thus, I can’t imagine he had any grudge with Plame or her husband. All we know is that the government leak was determined to be an accident, and it had nothing to do with Rove or anyone else in the White House, despite wishful thinking by lefties.

          • plsilverman

            how about your wishful thinking on “Plamegate”? You think those slobs walked on water?

          • John Daly

            lol. Phil, you might us well just roll yourself up into a ball and start tearing up at this point . You can’t back yourself any further into your corner. You’ve proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that you haven’t a clue about anything you’re talking about. Reduced to rubble.

          • plsilverman

            reduced to rubble? where’s your professional courtesy here? you are the big man, writing the big articles, very well written, yes, but ultimately more shameful propaganda for the birthers, the corp. raiders, those who want to reduce to rubble medicare and make it vouchercare. if you came to town for a speech, I’d attend, and go eyeball to eyeball with you and then we’ll see how weak my knowledge and communication skills are. your cliché-ridden tripe would be out there for all to see…join Mark Steyn, Glenn Beck, Alex Jones on the Hate train. you are already riding free. the train conducted by the KOchs and the RNC and Newscorp. All ethnicity aside, but there’s a lot of folks I this country who just can stand seeing ayoung African-American in charge. He could be doing the Republican will for most of his adm. and he still is a flaming Marxist. very clever. very obvious.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Go Phil Go!!!

          • plsilverman

            really strong post…she poo-poohed the Boland Amendment after it got Oliver North fired.

          • Jeff Webb

            IHF, please pay attention. There are certain conditions that must be met in order for agent at the CIA to be legally covert. These conditions are laid out in a law. The author of that law is Victoria Toensing, and she said Plame didn’t meet the conditions.

            You can call her whatever names you want if it makes you feel better, but it doesn’t change a thing. She has ABSOLUTE credibility.

            Oh, and your claim might carry a tiny bit of weight if you weren’t a hard core left winger.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Well Papi, she may have played some part in drafting the law. But you are not getting off that easy. Read this and see what you think.

            http://m.npr.org/story/4760261

            In particular the former CIA general counsel Jeffrey Smith states: “…the CIA apparently does regard Valerie Plame as undercover…”.

            Also Nick Kristof in the NYT states that while Plame’s claims may be overblown, “Working abroad in ugly corners of the world, American journalists often learn the identities of American C.I.A. officers, but we never publish their names. I find Mr. Novak’s decision to do so just as inexcusable as the decision of administration officials to leak it.”

            http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/11/opinion/secrets-of-the-scandal.html

          • plsilverman

            Toensing…yeah…I recall her saying that when Reagan violated the Boland Amendment it was no big deal.

          • Jeff Webb

            You apparently didn’t recall her saying that Plame wasn’t covert. Anything else?

          • plsilverman

            yeah, I’ll give you ‘anything else’, pal: am I to eat and sleep by V. Toensing’s interpretations and opinions? Even if Plame was not “covert” – which is a funny thing considering her security clearance – I think somebody(s) at the Slam-Dunk Conference decided to do a vendetta against Mr. Wilson.

          • Jeff Webb

            Oh, I have no doubt you think that.

            I have no input on how you eat and sleep, but it’s safe to say the attorney who officially established the definition that is now on record as U.S. law wouldn’t be interpreting or opining in this instance. She pointed out a fact. Take it up with her.

          • plsilverman

            what definition? Boland? Covert? >>>why the sarcasm, pal? :)

          • John Daly

            I love Phil’s defense to the so many things things that he gets absolutely wrong: “I read that somewhere, so it’s true.”

          • plsilverman

            really? I read that somewhere so it’s true? NO. but it doesn’t mean it’s automatically untrue. I read about a lot of things from a lot of sources. what sources do you trust? Fox? I read in WORSE THAN WATEGATE and other places that she WAS “OUTED” and it WAS probably retaliatory. what’s your source for saying it wasn’t. Libby’s conviction was NOT unrelated to Plame. You mus really think those slam dunkers had good intentions and happily accepted Wilson’s report.

          • John Daly

            My source? Phil, this was thoroughly investigated by a special prosecutor who concluded what I wrote earlier. Do you honestly not remember that?

          • plsilverman

            Main point: the slam dunkers were corrupt as h*ll. howz about that?

          • plsilverman

            that’s cool. what info. is available on the web, in books, in mags, that is lacking compared to the info. U have on this subject? in all seriousness, did the special prosecutor call you?

          • I Hate Fascists

            The only lil’ wrinkle is in your butt. No one with any sense cares what Toensing has to say about anything.

          • Jeff Webb

            “The only lil’ wrinkle is in your butt.”

            No, I had that lipo’d in March. You need to update your photo album.

            “No one with any sense cares what Toensing has to say about anything.”
            Darn right! Anything! Well, except for her field of expertise which includes the law she crafted, that is.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Yeah before it was a big wrinkle now it is just a little one eh? Even if for argument’s sake, you want to accept that Toensing has expertise in that field, there’s a big difference between what she may know and what she is saying. I sincerely doubt that Toensing wrote any “rule book” except maybe how to be a right wing political hack. You right wingers are the self-described Stupid And Proud Of It Party, and as such you have ZERO CREDIBILITY.

      • plsilverman

        Your article is well written, but of no use for anyone outside of the hard right, Obama is the anti-Christ group. Media Bubble? There’s bubbles all over the joint for the Right, isn’t there? Because now “The Media” includes the Internet. Now, on radio, CoasttoCoast, politically is to the right of John Birch. All about, Obama comin’ fer our gunz so’s to put us folk in them femer campz. they get about 16 million listeners every nite. why not get yourself on there? no facetiousness intended.

      • plsilverman

        you want the “Media” (which now incl. the Internet and therefore is neutral) to treat Obama the same as Bush II? Guess what, they LOVED his patootie until the facts of the crime against humanity, the Iraq War, came to light for Dems and Repubs. Yes, then they went nuts. It was somewhat justified. To repeat, they showed very little animosity towards W. until about 2003.

      • plsilverman

        what did Biden do that compares to “outing” a CIA agent?

        • John Daly
          • I Hate Fascists

            Sincere condolences to the families of the Seals. But with all due respect to them (and all due disrespect to you), there is no comparison between Biden’s statement that a Seal team killed Bin Laden (he did not identify the team or any of the team members) and outing a CIA agent by name. Do you suppose the Taliban thought a troop of Boy Scouts killed Bin Laden until Biden spilled the beans? Oh come now.

          • John Daly

            He DID identify the team. That’s the problem. Did you watch the video at the link? Did you listen to the mother’s story about how her Seal son reacted to Biden’s comment, and how it made him fear for his own life and his family’s lives?

            You can joke about it, but to the Seal hero who was later killed, it was absolutely no joke.

            And of course, if Cheney had done it, it would have been a months-long news story. We both know that.

          • I Hate Fascists

            No joke bro. It is deadly serious. There is a lot in that video, rules of engagement, inadequate aircraft, insufficient hatred of Muslims by Obama, in addition to calling Biden out for naming Seal Team 6. Again all due respect to those parents. I don’t know that Biden was the first to identify Seal Team 6. One of the members wrote a book, if you recall. I don’t know (and neither do you) to what extent if any the name ‘Seal Team 6′ aided the Taliban. It is quite possible that they already knew who did it. But that aside, the real issue is intent and malice. Even if you want to make the leap from Biden’s statement to the Seals being shot down, you cannot seriously be saying that that was his intent. Plamegate was all about intent and malice.

          • John Daly

            Biden WAS the first. The book didn’t come out until later (after the press substantiated Biden’s careless remark and the cat was already out of the bag). Neither Biden’s gross stupidity nor Plamegate were about intent and malice. The point is that the media has an amazing double-standard when it comes to how they cover the Obama administration vs the Bush administration.

          • plsilverman

            any comments about W. and Cheney sleeping thru the 08-06-01 warning?

          • I Hate Fascists

            Even if Biden was the first, still a quantum leap in making the connection between uttering the words ‘Seal Team 6′ and the Seals being shot down. Similarly your castigation of the media for failing to take that leap with you.

          • John Daly

            As big of a leap as the admin outing Plame’s name in retaliation for something he husband said? Remember, that didn’t happen.

            And explain to me why the only people giving those two parents any media attention is Fox News. The media turned Cindy Sheehan into a hero for her plight to find answers to questions when it came to her son. And those questions were largely rhetorical. Why is the plight of THESE set of parents not worthy of attention?

          • plsilverman

            Fox, wonderful people. using edited videos from turkeys like O’Keefe and Breitbart. To scandalize Mrs. Sherrod. Read THE FOX EFFECT.

          • I Hate Fascists

            You are relentless bro. You just want to set the record for most comments to an article right? So the world according to you is: Plame was not covert. Toensing wrote the rulebook. Armitage casually named Plame as a CIA agent. Novak is not returning phone calls so we don’t know what is with him. Believe what you want to believe bro. I’m not going to twist your arm. That’s what Fascists do. I’m just trying to get the light to turn on in your empty head. Why are the parents only showing up on Fox? I don’t know but let me do what you right wingers do when you don’t know, make something up. Judging from Mr. Vaughn’s comments, in particular his backhanded zinging of Obamacare, I would speculate that he is a hard core right winger, and like so many of you he would decline any invitation from any network other than Fox.

          • plsilverman

            Cheney is a major reason the war took place at all. He and W. slept thru warnings of 09-11 on 08-06-01

      • plsilverman

        you and Bernie, et. al., apparently have no understanding that the MSM now incorporates the Internet and all that Lefty media stuff has very little resonance now.

        • John Daly

          lol. That might just be one of the most idiotic arguments I’ve ever read. Complete nonsensical. There’s every bit as much bias and hacky nonsense on the Internet as there is on television. Even more.

          • plsilverman

            nah.

          • plsilverman

            care to expand on your reply or just stay sarcastic? you know, you have never really told us WHY each point I’ve made is wrong…you just say, no, it’s wrong…you’re a Lib…very convenient. very strange: considering you’ve been given a chance to write on a famous person’s site.

          • plsilverman

            my point. as much from the right as the left.

  • plsilverman

    yeah, there’s no bond between Newscorp and the RNC.

  • I Hate Fascists

    Nice job rewriting Goldberg’s horsefeathers article bro. So the highest priority items before Congress now are: When did the President know that it was card carrying Al Queda terrorists, not a bunch of random terrorists, that attacked the embassy in Benghazi. When did the President rewrite the talking points. When did the President know that “tea party”, “patriot”, “9/12″ groups were being singled out for heightened security, preventing them from carrying out their “social welfare” mission, which is to embrace Fascism in America. (In spite of the fact that these are about as much about “social welfare” as the KKK. And you cannot name a single one of these that were denied tax-exempt status, but never mind). Until every little detail of these vital investigations is known to the satisfaction of Issa and his Insane Clown Posse, (or until Obama does the honorable thing and resigns), lower priority items such as jobs, the economy, immigration, will just have to wait. Listen up right wingers, you are the Big Red Hate Machine, the self-proclaimed Stupid And Proud Of It Party. Hatred and stupidity are inbred, so to speak, in you. And you cannot stop being hateful and stupid any more than rabbits can stop multiplying. As such you have ZERO CREDIBILITY. Now turning to your incessang whining about left wing media bias. It’s real simple. Let me repeat. The right wing has ZERO CREDIBILITY and no one with any sense, media or otherwise, takes you seriously. Do you think you can throw any doo-doo at the wall and if it has the Republican brand on it, the media is legally required to swallow it? Maybe in your Fascist Fantasyland, but here in the Land Of The Free Home Of The Brave the media, or anyone else, is free to reject any ideas that do not pass the sanity test.

    • John Daly

      Anything on my column?

      • I Hate Fascists

        Yeah it’s horse doo-doo like the one you stole it from. You are lucky I like you bro, but Jesus are you dumb. Your column like most of your columns is whining about left wing media bias. I think I addressed it, but since you didn’t understand it, let me make it even simpler for you. If the media is biased against you, that is on you. Not the media.

        • John Daly

          ” If the media is biased against you, that is on you. Not the media.”

          lol. Get that off a fortune cookie in the MSNBC food court, did you?

          • I Hate Fascists

            That’s the best you can come up with? Pretty weak bro

    • plsilverman

      Hip! Slick! Far out! luvvit.

      • I Hate Fascists

        Thanks bro

        • John Daly

          Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reunite! Happy you found each other.

          • I Hate Fascists

            ¿¿¿Qué???

          • John Daly

            It will come to you.

          • I Hate Fascists

            What is your message of peace and love for the world?

  • mark train

    Every second term turns to tripe. Why do presidents even want one?

    • John Daly

      lol. Good question.

    • plsilverman

      Clinton’s and Reagan’s were not tripe, at all.

  • Jeff Webb

    John,

    You really hit it with this one–it’d be a tall order trying to find a better metaphor.

    I officially resent you now, of course. I’m going to have to really up the quality of my columns here. Remember the burden you place on others the next time you decide to up yours.

    -Jeff Webb

    • John Daly

      lol. Thanks Jeff. In the future, I’ll be more mindful of where I set the bar. ;)

      • I Hate Fascists

        Where to set the bar? Up his wrinkly butt?

    • I Hate Fascists

      Up your what?

  • plsilverman

    aw, cute…the leopard metaphor. give me solid facts about Barack Obama’s past PLUS if you have something yiou find compelling then relate it to 2013. I always get angry respondents when I mention Reagan’s messes..they say, why go into the “past”? Funny, ain’t it?

  • Mari Jo O’Neill

    The Main Stream Media has given this President a pass on everything since day one. They are disgusting when they try to pawn themselves off as “journalists”. For the American people who really are interested in what this Administration has been doing this is a good thing. For all of the no or low information voters, this means nothing. It is really sad when you see one groupof progressives try to control every facet of each persons life, we are losing our ability to free speech, freedoms and liberty. I only wish more people could see this dectruction day by day and realize what is happening. The Benghazi debacle is the first, it is not a side show as the President said. Can he say that to the families of the four “American’s ” who lost their lives because of the ineptness and disreagrd of all involved, and to lie about it. The IRS did just what the President wanted them to do to demonize anyone and anything that might stand in the way of his re-election. This Administration has trampled on every right that we have as American’s and it needs to stop.

    • plsilverman

      yeah, a pass. on his birth and his social security card. sure. but where it really COUNTS – he’s gotten no pass and no respect: from the GOP and the House: approx. 450 filibusters and clotures so as to fulfill the “Conservative’s Voice” – Rush Limbaugh’s wish – “I want him to fail”. they say he rammed -thru AFCA….with that kind of compromise what’s he to do? he even enlisted Romney’s healthcare experts and referenced the 1993 alternative to Hillarycare but no cigar. he offered an approx. 4 trillion dollar deficit reduction package with big cuts to the big…no stogie there, either.

  • FloridaJim

    Although there is plenty to keep the media busy I am afraid it is short lived they are too much in bed with each other. the truth would end Obama’s reign.
    What good boss when his people are begging for his help ignores them and flies off to Las Vegas for a fund raiser? Then parses his every action on the failure at Benghazi.

    • John Daly

      Definitely a Michael Scott move, at best. ;)

      • plsilverman

        Moore? is that your reply? please try again. tell us why my above post is off-base.

        • John Daly

          Michael SCOTT! Not Michael Moore. No wonder you get so many things wrong. You see words that aren’t there.

          • plsilverman

            for a guy who knows Goldberg and gets to have an article published on his site, you show little respect for the posters who disagree with you.

          • John Daly

            I show little respect for race-baiting liars, Phil… not those who merely disagree with me.

    • plsilverman

      give us rock solid proof he “failed” with Benghazi. and that he was in the position of being a first-responder in that situation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

    MSM and I say “MSM” journalistic integrity compromised because Meet The Press has not spent 17 weeks fishing for a scandal about F & F, the IRS, Benghazi? The man who runs this site belongs to the 24-7 Obama Hate machine, formerly known as the fair and balanced station. Since 01-20-09 *they* have compromised *themselves* by turning into the Media arm of the RNC and the GOP assault on the blue collar worker. They are fullforce into half (well, 47%) the country are takers…those production workers and infrastructure workers, teachers, fire fighters, police, forced onto unemployment lines for political reasons. some victims of the program to return stimulus $$$. some victims of corp. raiding of struggling, not failing, and ery viable American companies, now outsourced, while those “successful” outsourcing agents send their spoils into overseas accounts. HEY JOHN, HEY BERN’, why don’t YOU report on THAT drain to our economy??

    • Drew Page

      That’s right Phil, the emperor isn’t really naked, he’s wearing beautiful new cloths. Five years later everything is still the Republican’s and Fox News’ fault. Seems to me that in 2009 and 2010, when Obama and the Democrats controlled the White House, Senate and House they “saved” millions of jobs with that $750 billion “Stimulus” legislation. All those production and infrastructure workers you mention must certainly have found work in all those “shovel ready” jobs that Stimulus money created. It must have been Bill O’Reilly and Rush LImbaugh that refused to provide the necessary security for the Benghazi “facility” and certainly it must have been they that issued the stand down order to the troops that were ready, willing and able to come to the aid of the murdered Americans. The IRS targeting of conservative and religious groups for audits when they applied for tax exempt status? That must have been Hannity’s fault. The seizure of AP reporter’s phone records, that had to have been the work of Greta Van Sustren.
      Let me ask you something Phil, have you ever bought anything made in China, or Japan, or Pakistan, or India, or Mexico, or from the middle east? If you have, it’s at least partly your fault that jobs are being outsourced to foreign countries. If no one bought anything made in foreign countries the USA would have full employment. If Mr. Obama and all his liberal Democrat fans really were serious about restoring full employment to America, why don’t they ban all foreign imports?

  • http://profiles.google.com/tbfh1955 tb thomas

    I hate to break the news, but the mainstream media figures they’ve done their due-diligence, and now they’re back to covering for the Narcissist-in-Chief. The squelch on the IRS goes like this: “As usual, the Republicans are making a big-deal out of nothing. Out of 279 applications that were investigated, only 70 of them were targeted at the Tea Party”.
    (Numbers are approximate.)

    If you really want to get sick, check out Alan Colmes phone interview with John Dean:

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/2390606854001/john-dean-obama-is-no-nixon/

    The title of the video is “Obama is no Nixon”. That’s for sure. Notwithstanding his obstruction of justice beef, history will remember Nixon & Reagan as the two most accomplished post-WWII Presidents. Until I actually heard him talking about Watergate etc. I actually thought John Dean was a stand-up guy. As of now, he’s Left of Howard Dean.

    I’m sorry to say this, but the more I get to know members of the American Bolshevik party (and tally up the number of people who are signing on lately), the more certain I am that this country is doomed. I seriously doubt we will make it out of Obama’s second term alive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      Really? Why not read John Dean’s terrific book, WORSE THAN WATERGATE? About the Cheney-Bush Administration.

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      So I guess you want to believe that Barack Obama directed the IRS to look at the Tea party applications?>>>>>Yes, Nixon was very good. Reagan, intermittently good: how good was the debt he left to Bush I? did U enjoy his 11 tax raises? the 1986 payroll tax? his sending 241 Marines into Beirut, into the same compound? planning a trip to a Nazi cemetery? firing for POLITICAL REASONS ONLY, 11,000 airtraffic controllers? trying to assassinate Gafaddi which possibly lead us to the Lockerbee disaster? His amnesty for illegals program? violating the Boland Amendment and then firing War Hero Oliver North? allowing the ex-CEO of Merrill-Lynch to turn Wall Street into a casino? over de-regulating leading us to ’87 and ’08?

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      what does your last sentence mean? unemployment is dropping; we will be out of the wars which could have been easily prevented; the auto indus. is back; healthcare insurers can no longer deny coverage to cancer patients for mercenary reasons. what does that sentence mean?

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      American Bolshevik party? That would be the only Communist party left in the world.

    • plsilverman

      Dean *is* stand-up: read his book, WORSE THAN WATERGATE.

  • Shane

    I certainly hope that the liberal media will do its job and investigate these 3 scandals. I believe that this IRS scandal will be the most damaging to the Obama administration and that Obama used other government agencies against his political enemies.

  • JBubs

    With all Socialist/Marxist/Liberal/Progressives whether in politics or in media, where marketing and propaganda is essential, the method always has been: Appear to move back one step while advancing two. Remember these people believe the end always justifies the means.

    • plsilverman

      them Lefties! with their Civil Rights Legislation and Child Labor Laws!!!!!!

      • JBubs

        Both were spawned by Republicans. In Illinois, Owen Lovejoy helped Lincoln form the anti-slavery party, the party of civil rights, the Republican Party. Their efforts triggered in the Civil War. Years later, Republican Congressman Lovejoy crafted the first child labor bill, and Republican Senator Albert Beveridge introduced it to Congress in the early 1900′s.

        • plsilverman

          no. I disagree to this extent. whoever spawned the progressive, actually Constitutional ideas, by the 1920s, then into the 1950s, it was the Democrats who pushed for civil rights legislation. Yes, there were “Democratic” Dixiecrats who were actually to the right of John Birch. they were STONE CONFEDERATES. In 1954, “Democratic” in name only. Today the extreme right, the Tea party capitol Kids, are all about going back to segregation because to them that means people can have the FREEDOM to discriminate i their state. I know LBJ is responsible for starting the Vietnam war but the GOP was instrumental in keeping the semi-hoaxed , non-declared War going over 10 years. The Dem. party wanted O-U-T. Within 48 hrs. of 11-22-63 LBJ reversed the Vietnam policy. Today the GOP is associated with extremists like whoever is left of the John Birch Society and it’s new front group, the TP. They want to overturn the Voting Rights act of 1965, quite obviously. they are pro-Corp. raids and allowing a VP to play commander in chief when his ex-co. gives him a 45 to 62 million dollar going away present..

  • Bud Mulqueeney

    I see how Politico likes to block/delete posts they don’t like………not surprising for a left-wing disinformation source!

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

    Wall Street never richer, corporations never happier, soldiers coming home from the Cheney-manufactured War in Iraq, auto industry restored, unemployment #dropping fast, cancer patients no longer denied coverage for mercenary reasons, yeah, a real disaster. Go back to your John Birch newsletters from 1962.

    • John Daly

      Any thoughts on my column?

      • ksp48

        Any thoughts at all.

        • dave davies

          Phil Silverman’s love affair with Obama and liberalism and hatred for Bush is standard fare. You are right on, and Phil is so deflated he must fall back on old topics that were full of holes the first time.

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            Mr. Presumptuous, welcome! I detest the far left agenda. What “old” topics do I fall back on? Ya mean, if an event occurred before 2013, it’s irrelevant. Then why do youse guyz still say Reagan walked on water and is the ultimate Republican icon? Nixon was a real Republican. By the way, I say Nixon is in the top 5 of Presidents. Howz that for Liberalism?

          • John Daly

            Phil, you ARE the far left agenda. If you don’t realize that, you’re worse off than I thought.

          • plsilverman

            I’m far worse than….why the insult, pal? I am not far left. I am against recreational abortion, I am pro Israel. I think Nixon’s in the top 5.
            you really got nerve saying I’m “worse off..”. you are given this vaunted spot that about a zillion good writers only dream about and you get reactionary on the posters? pretty shameful.
            I am very upset with Bernie Goldberg (since about ’08) but at least he shows a interest in learning from those he disagrees with.

          • John Daly

            Phil, you spew Keith Olbermann nonsense on this website practically every day. Against ‘recreational’ abortion? Pro-Israel? That somehow keeps you from being far left?

            I’m pro gay marriage. Does that mean I’m not a conservative?

            I don’t take offense to people disagreeing with me. I take offense to people who use racial slander the way you routinely do. It’s absolutely shameful.

          • plsilverman

            I do not use racial slander. that is a very serious charge for someone in your position to make. I say that your piece on race baiting was racially charged. Then you said I called you a “racist”. I’m no dummy and dummies do that. The hard Right has become more and more racially charged since Obama’s election(s). I’ve mentioned many of the biggest GOP “mouthpieces” who have race baited. Yes.
            The fact that I am against recreational abortion, pro-Israel most certainly shows I’m actually centrist, leaning left. what is the great shame of that? Further, I was/am pro Welfare Reform. I actually worked at the State level to enforce those new rules in my original state. Howz that sit with ya?

          • John Daly

            First of all, look up what “racially-charged” actually means.

            Secondly, you use racial slander ALL THE TIME. I’ve seen the stuff you routinely write on this website and about this website. All you see is racism when it comes to conservatives. I’m half expecting to learn that you’re an intern at MSNBC.

            No one hears these supposed dog-whistles other than the unfortunate souls routinely spouting off about them.

          • plsilverman

            I know what racially charged means, was on radio for 12 years, actually longer. It implies non-conscious behavior. “All I see”? no. I see incredible racism from side of the aisle since 2009, howz that? I like MSNBC…I watched Fox for about 11 years…they devolved..MSNBC evolved. they are very critical of Dems a lot of the time, now. believe it. PLease read (some of)my amazon reviews, have about 1,000. I just reviewed Neil Simon’s female ODD COUPLE.

          • John Daly

            Nice try, man.

            I don’t doubt that you ‘see’ all of this racism. I’m just telling you that it isn’t there. You see what you want to see.

            Spare me the MSNBC defense. Next you’ll be telling me that Jay Carney is ‘critical’ of the administration.

            And why on earth would I read your Amazon reviews? Are you spamming now?

          • plsilverman

            not familiar with jay Carney. what can I tell you? I’ve been watching MSNBC for about 4 years and Fox since 1996.

          • John Daly

            No familiar with Jay Carney? Are you serious? Wow. Just… wow.

          • plsilverman

            why wow? you want me to watch more of MSNBC? okay!!

          • plsilverman

            is he the new kid on the block at MSNBC. yes, the *name* is familiar. same dude?

          • John Daly

            For the love of God, Phil. He’s Obama’s press secretary! You know, the guy who’s in the national news practically every day, spinning for the president.

            Unbelievable.

          • plsilverman

            I know about Jay Carney…did not know he was now with MSNBC. howz that? ….”spinning” for the President. How unusual!!!!

          • plsilverman

            “unbelievable” what? Did you notice I wote that I have been watching MSNBC and Fox for years and was unaware that Jay Carney was now with MSNBC. But that’s cool, Bush II’s press secretary is now a Foxnews “head”. “it’s a-a-al-l-l …in the g-a-a-a-m-m-me”.

          • John Daly

            No one ever said he was with MSNBC. Again, you’re having trouble reading.

          • plsilverman

            why the unnecessary insult? am I spamming *now*? like, it’s in my psyche to be corrupt? that ain’t nice. I see you do some (pause) “spamming”, too, right here on this site. I did not IDENTIFY A PRODUCT. yes, amazon is for-profit.

          • plsilverman

            I dug your own spam for your for-profit website! ok, no problem.

          • plsilverman

            Keith’s copy (on MSNBC) was excellent…he just delivered it in a very obnoxious way. His stuff was about a man who let his VP run the military. we were all enraged. many republicans, too. no?

          • John Daly

            lol. I rest my case.

          • plsilverman

            about what, mr. Expert? enlighten us.

          • plsilverman

            what “case”? you only had 11 beers.

          • dave davies

            You mean Nixon who left office disgraced? You sure can pick them. I only know of one who walked on water, but Reagan, although not perfect, sure accomplished a lot. Have you ever read Cheney’s book, “In My Time” ? When you listen to people who hate him, you get a jaded perspective. There are reasons for everything our leaders have done. before you judge, you should walk in their shoes a little. Bush has said he never sold his soul as president. You may disagree, but after the parade of lies Obama used to tear down Romney, he has no soul left.

          • plsilverman

            Cheney is a wanted man outside the USA; he manufactured the war in Iraq; he tried to run his own energy commission.

          • John Daly

            Wrong on all fronts.

          • plsilverman

            Right on all backs>>>>ok, sir, you are the expert here. WHY am I wrong? I am an eager “student”. rapp on, brother.

          • John Daly

            Because what you stated isn’t based in fact. It’s partisan, conspiratorial wishful thinking, just like Bush not really winning the election in 2000, and Obama being born in Kenya.

          • plsilverman

            Nope. I most certainly did READ this clearly on the web. Cheney has two international indictments. why don’t you also look it up? “wishful”? do you think we were slam-dunked into a largely manufactured war? I do. 4+ thousand Americans gone, about 100, 000 civilians? conspiratorial? ha! Further, I say that the Supreme Court ILLEGALLY stopped that recount. read the Bugliosi book. He ain’t no conspiracy guy…read his JFK book.

          • John Daly

            Ahhh. You read it on the web. Well that must be pretty serious then. Ugh.

            The Bush admin was wrong about WMDs, as was every major intelligence agency in the world, the U.S. Congress, the Clinton administration, and half of the big wigs currently in Obama’s administration.

            Major intelligence flop? Absolutely.

            Manufactured war? Lying about WMDs? Gore winning the presidency? All pure, left-wing fantasy and comparable to the Birther movement.

          • plsilverman

            I guess what you read on the web is no value, either. Bush II himself – now follow this, pal – said to the slam dunkerz – “you gotta give me more than that”. But he went along with the evil, disgusting program. He got a true hero, Powell, to BS the nation with an address, providing vague at best data to the people.
            ok….let’s say that two weeks after the (cough) pre-emptive strike they (the dunkers, the Bush II adm.) saw that “none can be found. if they were there, they are not there now”. when they decided to GO AGAINST Bush II’s “nation building” credo and make up “Free Iraq!”, then both Dems & Repubs knew it was a scam to enrich Cheney’s ex-employer. the guys who gave hima 45 to 62 million dollar going away present. they were at the freaking point of nailing Bin Laden in A., and then>>>>>>>>? you are the expert, John, you tell US.
            it is not a fantasy about Gore getting more popular votes. I am not sure if he got the electoral count. fine.

          • plsilverman

            got no hard proof….but ya think that Cheney was anxious to do something nice for the company which gave him a 45 to 62 million dollar going away present?

        • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

          Cute..I like that. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        Tell ya what…I’ll go back and check it out again. In the meantime, tell me what’s wrong with my comments directly above. :)

        • John Daly

          No need to. Drew’s already thoroughly dismantled them.

          You really ought to look up the difference between the comment section for a column and a general topic discussion board.

          • plsilverman

            like, uh, yeah….I guess you should dismiss 100% of what I wrote.

    • Drew Page

      Seems to me that Congress approved the incursion into Iraq. And for all his bluster about bringing the troops home while campaigning in 2008, Mr. Obama still has American troops in both countries. It is also strange that for all their complaints about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Democrats in Congress never had the courage to cut off funding for those wars.
      When you talk about the auto industry being ‘restored’, whose auto industry are you talking about, Toyota, NIssan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Volkswagon? I don’t recall any taxpayer bailouts of these companies. The unemployment rate does drop fast when people who exhaust their unemployment benefits are no longer considered unemployed.
      You also seem to have a problem with health insurance companies who don’t want to take people with pre-existing conditions. Do you believe that’s it’s ok to forego buying insurance until you have a claim? “Hey, my house is on fire, I want to buy fire insurance. Here is my $1,000 premium, nor replace my $300,000 house. By the way, I’ll be dropping my fire insurance policy right after you pay my claim. If I have another fire, I’ll be sure to buy another fire insurance policy.” You should only have to pay for insurance when you have a claim, right? If you are so upset by the “greedy insurance companies”
      show them who’s boss. Cancel your health insurance plan and self insure, that’ll show ‘em. Keep all those outrageously high insurance premiums in the bank and use them to pay for your medical care when you need it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        SAme ol’ nonsense. Because the Dems supported the “incursion” (nice!) then the War in Iraq is justifiable? (Are we playing the Dems are hypocrites so never criticize a GOP game?). The DEMS, just like many GOP, were APPALLED to learn how the slam dunkers BSed us into that war. Wonder if the fact that Cheney was the ex-CEO of Halliburton factored in?
        Your health insurance argument is pathetic: read what I wrote – cancer patients were denied coverage for mercenary reasons. patients who wanted to pay the premium! keep on fishin’.
        tax payer bailouts of car companies? according to Bush’s TARP, it was targeted to companies that needed the help. Obama continued and implemented the TARP and GM and Chrysler are expecting to sell 14 million cars worldwide; GM was hiring walk-in applicants after how many years!

      • John Daly

        The touting of the unemployment rate by liberals always cracks me. First of all, it still sucks. Secondly, all of that stimulus money did nothing to bring it down. Lastly, as you pointed out, it’s only as low as it is because far less people are working now than when Obama took office. They’re just no longer factored into the unemployment rate because they maxed out on their unemployment benefits.

        Doing and end zone dance over that is like when my son boasts that he’s finished with all of his homework when he was given none that day.

        • plsilverman

          the stimulus $$$ that went from the “takers” up the economic ladder wound up overseas. and consider all the stimulus $$$ returned by Red States. What do ya think, John?

  • Brhurdle

    While Mr. Daly places the blame on an Obama/MSM infatuation, I think the problem preceded this event and is much more deeply ingrained. The liberals took control of the higher education apparatus some years ago and now have educated several generations in uber liberal philosophies – capitalism has unfairly enriched only a few and if the wealth was redistributed everyone could be wealthy. The MSM naively believes that there is enough income generated for everyone to be paid a generous wage – this can easily be accomplished through government confiscation. Obama just happened to be the ultimate proponent of this philisophy. I am already beginning to see the signs of a defense – the conservatives deserved this scrutiny because of their atrocoius behavior. The adoration will return since it is impossible for them to remain disenchanted at one of their own.

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      MSM was over when the Internet came in. Howz about the anti-Obama infatuation? You guys plus Limbuagh, Drudge, Alex Jones, Coulter, Ingraham, Hannity, Beck, Levin……………………… :)

      • John Daly

        None of those people are reporters. They’re commentators. Huge difference.

        • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

          They don’t report? Come on, man. They get information and then editorialize. They are anti-Obama. Whatever is left of MSM is pro-Obama. Fine. Obama Hate Organizations like Foxnews / this site, etc., purport to be fair and balanced.

          • John Daly

            Phil, you’ve always had this problem, and I can’t quite figure out why. It’s a pretty simple concept.

            Commentators express their opinions on news stories, while hard news reporters are supposed report the news in a fair way, without interjecting their opinion or personal biases.

            All of those people you listed above are commentators. There’s nothing wrong with commentators speaking out against policies or even people they don’t like, as long as they’re not making up things and misstating facts.

            It makes me laugh whenever you complain that commentators aren’t “fair” because they see things differently than you, and aren’t “balanced” because they don’t offer a compliment to someone or something for every criticism they offer.

            This is basic stuff that you really should try and familiarize yourself with.

          • plsilverman

            who in the “MSM” bothers you? the ones who do not spend 80 hours fishing for clues about Obama’s birthplace? Most people get their info. *from Commentators*! – like Limbaugh, Coulter, Levin, Marlsberg, Goldberg, Gaffney…and Shultz, Maddow. They COMMENT on what already been reported. Then their listeners/viewers then go to various websites, youtubes, etc.
            let me ask you….do you find that Rachel Maddow’s copy is a pack of lies? the stuff she comments on? although I like O’Reilly, his show has turned into a flea market for his catalogue.

          • John Daly

            I’m bothered by the people in the MSM who refuse to cover Obama the same way they covered Bush. I could give you a list of everyone that includes, but it would go on for pages and include entire organizations.

            Read my numerous columns on media double-standards and you’ll have your answers.

          • plsilverman

            cover WHAT of Obama and WHAT of Bush? Cover that Obama was born in Kenya versus (that) Bush allowed his VP to play commander in chief with Iraq? anything with Obama ris9ing to that level…. read Bugliosi’s book THE PROSECUTION OF GERORGE W. BUSH FOR MURDER [Iraq]…also his book on how the Supreme Court illegally stopped a recount in 2000. Or is he just another Lib?

          • plsilverman

            >>>>>interesting that about half of the Foxnews staff are workers from W’s administration. when the Gulf explosion happened all we heard was this was Obama’s “Katrina”. what trash!

          • John Daly

            If you had actually READ THE COLUMN ABOVE, you wouldn’t have to ask this question.

          • plsilverman

            I read the column. It was well-written. But ultimately…a lot about nothing. a lot about business as unusual in the Despise Obama 24-7 industry. Read the 24-7 OBAMA HATE MACHINE, THE NEW HATE, and THE FOX EFFECT.

          • John Daly

            Glad you enjoyed it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

          …continuing: is it the reporting or editorializing that bugs you about what’s left of the MSM? So Limbaugh puts a racist twist on what’s REPORTED. huge difference?? nope.

    • plsilverman

      but the Kochs have spent a fortune – OR a drop in the bucket 4 them – on paying schools to do their extreme right agenda. :) thanx.

  • Ted Crawford

    I find it interesting and not a little humorous, that the scandal(?) that has, temporarily, awakened the MSM, will in all probability turn out to be, as disgusting as that is, also the most Legal action taken by this administration in years!
    Given the fact that the egregious Patriot Act was rendered even more egregious by NDAA, the confiscation of the AP E-Mails, will probable be found to be “legal”!
    I doubt that this scruff with the MSM will turn out to amount to any more than the scruff between the Progressives and CPUSA in 2010! A little touchie- feelie and CPUSA was brought on board the Progressive train. To the point that CPUSA felt no need to even field a Candidate in 2012 and threw all their money and support behind Obama instead. The 2010 Copyright Law suit long forgotten!
    Obama and MSM will very soon kiss and make-up and everything will return to normal!

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      Name one “illegal” action by the Obama adm.

      • Bud Mulqueeney

        YEAH, ONE….and it IS a question? Why did your “messiah” spend over a million dollars in lawyers fees to prevent knowledge about his questionable past? And don’t give me the uber-liberal answer about Romney not revealing all of his tax records during the campaign to “prove” that he was nothing more than a so-called “rich capitalist” making monies in legal ways.
        A person that spends over a million dollars to hide his past, obviously is not an honest person and OBVIOUSLY has to hide something, eh ?

        • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

          a person who spends a million DEFENDING HIMSELF in this age is automatically a suspicious person? Romney??? ok…. let’s see: it SEEMS he sent an undue amount of jobs overseas and sent an undue amount of $$$ into overseas accounts – putting that $$$$ out of the American system. He raided struggling, not failing companies, and in one case. pocketed a million bucks sending Americans to the unemployment line. keep on fishin’.
          gettin’ back to Obama’s “past” – you a “birther”??

        • plsilverman

          my “messiah”. whooz yours, pal, the Gipper (the man who gave us the “Beirut 241″, 11 tax raises, the Wall Street Casino run by Don Regan? The man who fired a War Hero?

      • Ted Crawford

        I could go after the low hanging fruit of IRS, but that’s too easy! Let’s look at another, forgotten one, Fast and Furious!
        The Obama administration had two examples to use here. First the failed example of Wide Recieves, another operation run through DOJ by the Bush Administration in 2006. It was another unilateral operation and after about a year it was deemed to be unworkable and canceled!
        2008; This time in cooperation with, and the participation of the Mexican Government, Armes Cruzadas is launched. This time however through DHS. Obama’s DHS continued the operation and it was a hugh success: 500 Arrests, 300 Inditements, 2,000 lbs of Cocaine and 50,000 lbs of Marijuana, 2,300 weapons and $3 Million in cash was confiscated! Question; With the example of one failed unalateral operation, and the fact that another, multi-National and successful operation was still under way, why the need for another, clandistine operation?
        Clearly fast and Furious was Agenda driven and not at all intended to stop illegal gun running!

        • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

          Here we go…….you give me the IRS mess and F & F? THAT’s your freaking examples?

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            >>>>Do you have specific proof that Barack Obama DIRECTED the IRS to go after the Tea Party? You don’t. And Fast and Furious was developed and implemented by George W. Bush’s Attorney General, essentially the same program but under a different name. Obama had Holder put an end to it. Got any more great examples? I’ll wait as you sort thru your Foxnews memo cards approved by Roge Ailes.

  • gbandy

    I feel Obama has become so arrogant that he feels he can literally get away with murder. Now with the AP being attacked by the DOJ the time has come that even the media feels they too are amongst the foray of attacks by this administration. Let us all watch and see how this pans out but the media was really biased up to the point this AP story was revealed. The only problem I can see against fair reported is all the basic incest of Media execs spouses or relatives in this administration. Like the President of CBS and his brother in the Administration.

    • John Daly

      Agreed. It’s the media that really created the bubble because they proved to him that they weren’t willing to scrutinize his actions. When you’re not ever held accountable for what you do, it’s easy to continue doing the wrong thing with impunity.

      • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

        The media won’t scrutinize him until THEY THEMSELVES are attacked.

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        Yeah, pal, the 24-7 Obama Hate Team, which you belong to, has suddenly has taken a snooze.

        • John Daly

          I’m obviously talking about the ‘mainstream’ media, Phil.

          Hey, isn’t it about time for you to tweet again that we’re all a bunch of racists?

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            I see racism on this site and I am appalled. May I provide examples 4 U? By the way, MSM is pretty much over, isn’t it? You know ANYONE who gets their news from John McLaughlin or from Meet The Press?

          • John Daly

            Please give me the name of a single columnist on this site who has demonstrated racism in any way. There’s your challenge.

          • plsilverman

            you’re getting the “big bucks” – you have been given a spot by a very famous person…..make some calls…..look it up yourself. then you can tell ME. I want you to include the posters, too.

          • John Daly

            Phil, you are absolutely spineless. If you’re going to throw around a charge as serious as racism, it’s on you to provide an example. Don’t be a coward. Give me a name.

          • plsilverman

            A racially charged article is not necessarily a “racist” article. howz that?

          • John Daly

            Fine, but my columns aren’t “racially charged” either. A column about racism and false accusations of racism doesn’t make that column “racially charged”.

          • Jeff Webb

            “May I provide examples 4 U?”

            That’s you 2 days ago, Phil. Given this, and yesterday’s challenge by John, it’s now time for you to back up your accusation.

            Should be easy enough for you, given your claim that there’s “plenty of racism on this site.”

            Well?

          • John Daly

            I think he got held up writing reviews on Amazon. ;)

          • plsilverman

            what’s wrong with writing reviews on Amazon? I review Bernie’s books, O’Reilly’s, Joe Conason, not just movies. I would read yours on there if U wrote any.

          • John Daly

            Nothing. Never said there was.

          • plsilverman

            why don’t you take the time to look it up? it’s more blatant on the post replies. tell ya what…go FIRST to the replies to the commentary/editorials…then to the content of the racially charged articles.

          • John Daly

            Yes, Jeff. Please take the time to look up what doesn’t exist. Phil assures you it will be worth the effort. ;)

          • Jeff Webb

            “why don’t you take the time to look it up?”

            Why? Because I never made the accusation. Really, are you actually still unclear on this?

            You should know, your entire post really, profoundly belittles you. It displays a stunning level of arrogance, gall, and cowardice on your part.

            Do Obama’s accusers get the same low standard you give yourself?

            Any stranger can come here and post a reply, but that doesn’t mean they represent the site. You should be smart enough to understand this. Any post that is out of line should be reported, be it racist, threatening, spam, excessively provocative, whatever. I can tell you with absolute certainty, violators have been reported (and dealt with) before.

            Nobody’s stopping you from doing that, but you will be put on the spot if you play the race card on Bernie’s columnists. Remember that next time you reach for it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            I do not say you are “all” anything. I saw one example here: a guy refers to Obama as the “alfalfa and the omega”. There are many others. Doesn’t Bernie have an intern to delete something like that. Now please don’t say, oh, yeah, what about offensive posts on the Huffington Post. We both know that since ’08 racially charged posts come mostly from the rightside. BERNIE himself sees an African-American getting emotional as he reports that our first African-American President has just been elected. Says he was totally unprofessional.

          • John Daly

            Phil, you have specifically thrown accusations of racism at ME. Yes, I’ve read your little Twitter feed.

            You come across like a pig in it.

          • plsilverman

            I will look that up…and I never have anyone a racist since I’m about 18. I say racially charged. There’s plenty of racism on this site. It’s more subtle and sophisticated in the columns and opinions than in the blog comments. why don’t you take an objective look? why is something like “the alfalfa and the omega” tolerated? .I’m a “pig”? You are given this important spot and you call NAMES to people who see something inappropriate?

          • John Daly

            Subtle and sophisticated in the columns? Phil, it’s non-existent in the columns. This racist dog-whistle nonsense routinely thrown out there by people like you and Chris Matthews is a sick joke. You WANT people like me and the other writers here to be racists because it makes it easier for you to disregard viewpoints that are sharply different from yours. It’s a hallucination.

            As far as the anonymous people who come to this website and leave comments, we try to keep an eye out for whatever detestable stuff that makes it passed the auto-filters, but some things are bound to skip our attention, like someone typing “alfalfa and omega” (a single line out of thousands of lines of comments for a single column) in reference to our president. If you see something like that, report it. Don’t fool yourself into believing it’s representative of what the columnists here believe. It’s not.

          • plsilverman

            really? I said your name in ONE Twitter – that a particular site article about race-baiting by you amounts to race baiting. Is that calling you a racist? :)

          • John Daly

            That’s a big problem with you, Phil. You don’t understand that merely discussing racism is neither race-baiting nor racist.

            Additionally, making fun of Obama missing a bunch of basketball shots in a row isn’t racist either. Yet, that didn’t stop you from declaring that the commenter who did it was also a racist.

            To me, people that throw around baseless charges of racism, as if it means nothing, are just about as bad as actual racists. That’s why it’s extremely difficult for me to respect you.

        • dave davies

          Phil, have you ever wanted to comment on a liberal site so everyone would think you are right? You could be king.

          • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

            Can U rephrase, man? you’re freakin’ me out.

          • dave davies

            You are considered a little dim by almost everyone here. You could go to a liberal site where everything is a bit dim, and get some praise for your opinions.

          • plsilverman

            I’m considered dim by all the John Birch members here? I wonder why? :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        Scrutinize according to Newscorp standards? I guess you say they should have spent more time on Obama’s birth certificate. What if they are not as disgusting as Bernie implies all the time and they decided that they will not spend a lot of time chasing what Rupert Murdoch decides are “scandals”. F & F was a disgrace but one inherited and unfortunately continued by this current administration. Bush II’s Att. Gen. started it under a different name. Benghazi? Where in the President’s job description is he required to direct military actions from 1600? Mid-level State Dept. bureaucrats are in charge of such a situation. But I guess you want to keep on digging until you hear something solid. To prove ..what?

        • John Daly

          How about just scrutinizing according to Bush standards? Again, you should have really read my column first.

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      Literally get away with…? Can you be more specific?

      • gbandy

        Well first and most importantly never forget there were 4 dead Americans in Benghazi you seem to want to bury under some Liberal carpet. Unfortunately for the Nation Obama did not seem to know anything was happening when the attacks occurred.

        • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

          I am not of low character and want to bury such a thing, pal. Further, Mr. Presumptuous, I am no Liberal. Ntion Obama? ya mean the non-segregationist part of the USA – willing to defy Voter Suppression in Swing States?

          • John Daly

            No liberal… lol.

          • plsilverman

            why do you call me a Liberal? I am a little left of center, being pro-Union. I’m pro Israel. I’m pro nuclear family. pro defense. pro police.

          • plsilverman

            you are the expert..give us a few sentences to back what U just wrote.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    Right-wing and left-wing media, alas, will always strive to play down and whitewash improprieties, real or alleged, attributed to politicians from their side of the aisle respectively, while eagerly hyping misconduct, real or alleged, attributed to the opposition. What else is new in the world?

    If, all other things being equal, this were a Republican administration, I doubt that Fox News would be running quite as many Benghazi stories as they do.

    • Drew Page

      Cyber — I noticed that FNN, specifically Bill O’Reilly, was critical of the Mitt Romney campaign for not being more aggressive. He was also critical of a number of Republican candidates during their primary elections. I seem to remember that FNN was also critical of massive government spending under the Bush administration. While O’Reilly espouses conservative values, he has no trouble exposing the misdeeds or stupid comments made by Republicans.
      If you don’t like Fox News that’s your right. If you think you will get more objective reporting of the news from the MSM or MSNBC or the N.Y. Times go for it. But don’t try selling the idea here that FNN is the same as the rest.

      • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

        It’s not the same as the rest in absolute terms, but its proclivities are the same. And I like O’Reilly, but if you think he goes after the right to the same degree he goes after the left, “you’re crazy” (to use one of O’Reilly’s favorite expressions).

        • plsilverman

          he almost NEVER goes after the right. he has NEVER said “right wing loons”. but he’s still a great host.

          • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

            In fairness, I think he has said it several times, albeit far outweighed by the number of times he has said “left-wing loons.”

          • plsilverman

            all due respect to you, but I have watched a whole lotta O’Reilly since 1996. I doubt very much he said “right wing loons” maybe more than once. I recall one show where the guests asked him about the loons on the hard right and he said there’s none. Then someone mentioned Dr. Michael Savage. Bill concurred but still did not call the Doctor a “Right wing loon”.

          • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

            I think we’ve both made our points. We’ll let the audience decide.

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        O’Reilly is the only credentialed full time host they have there. It seems he has eagerly jumped on the Despise Obama 24-7 Train but he is the only full-time host to be depended upon to fill the original Foxnews mission statement: fair and balanced. I watched Fox from 1996 to about 2007-8, when it switched to RNC Campaign Headquarters. O’Reilly has been fairly consistent as to Big Oil ripping us off; he has admonished hard rightees like Michelle malkin and Laura Ingraham to not bring their extremism to his show. He’s said some bizarro things in the past (“Blacks were still better off here than in Africa”, etc.) and over-hypes his own career but overall he’s the real deal. The rest are parrot puppets, memo card reciters.
        MSNBC is vastly improved, yes they love Obama. But their research is good and the copy is often brilliant. Ed Shultz went to Wisconsin during the time Walker tried to destroy the Union there (after they accepted HIS business plan) and did a good job. They do a good job analyzing what Fox puts out – esp. when Fox gets all worked up over edited videos from turkeys like O’Keefe and Breitbart.

  • joepotato

    Time will tell how long this “lovers spat” will go on for. Sideshow Barry, the Teflon Don of the O’Soetoro crime family is still riding some successes in the wake of the recent scandals. He still can’t pass E-Verify, and not a word. An appeal process in the AL Supreme Court to determine if O’Soetoro was negligently put on that state’s ballot, because of fraudulent ID’s (LFBC). I guess that’s not news either. There seems to a question of O’Soetoro’s true citizenship in light of his forged documents and his missing passport records… more on that later…

    • plsilverman

      E-verify? who puts out their real soc. sec. for the world to see? By the way, one of your presumptive idols, Orly Taitz went to 30 judges who rejected her “case”. I asked her how e-verify was better than 30 judges (I assume most were Conservative)? She told me that in Russia, the judges are corrupt.

      • joepotato

        OK Obot, would you really like to see the crimes committed by Sideshow O’Soetoro, the object of your affection? It’s real easy…
        Go to commieblasters dot com and spend an hour or so… or you might want to search out the affidavit that was submitted to an AL appeals court regarding Sideshow O’Soetoreo’s forged LFBC. I usually don’t respond to trolls but I made an exception… for the sake of spreading info… Have a great day!

        • plsilverman

          “commie” what? I have been to countless sites which support birtherism, etc. it’s all bizarro trash. I’m sure Goldberg agrees. Can U provide 2 examples from that site which you agree with. I really don’t want an association with an apparent trash site.

  • rider237

    Obama and the media are like two best girlfriends. they spend all their time together and share all their secrets. they gang up on any one who is mean to them, then giggle together in the corner.

    like best girlfriends, sometimes they have a fall out. one borrows the others favorite shirt and gets chocolate ice cream on it, and the other gets bent out of sorts.

    the bad feelings won’t last. after all, it is just a shirt. even if the stain doesn’t come all the way out, it can still be worn as an old shirt. it’s not worth destroying a great team!

    • Drew Page

      When two people agree on everything, one of them isn’t needed. That goes for Obama and the MSM.

      I truly hope that the current events (Benghazi, IRS and AP scandals) have awoken the sleeping giant that is the main stream media. It would indeed be a wonderful thing for reporters and journalists in all media to recover their objectivity and their integrity and report even handedly. There is room in the media for opinion programs, both liberal and conservative. Let people like Hannity and Limbaugh give their opinions, the same goes for Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow, these people are entertainers with strong political points of view. None of them should be considered objective reporters. Editorial pages of newspapers are free top express the opinions of their publishers and editors. But the reporting (and non reporting) of the news should not be colored by the political opinions of the publishers.

      Let the people of America be served by honest investigating and reporting of the news. A free and objective press that holds the government and those in it responsible for their actions and inactions is the only way “government of the people, by the people and for the people” can be safe guarded. Let the example set by Jonathon Karl of ABC News set the example of digging up the truth and reporting it honestly become the model for news reporters. Recover your integrity reporters and journalists. You can still be liberal or conservative, but first and foremost be honest even if it hurts the party or the person you voted for. Don’t allow your personal political persuasion to color your reporting of events. That is serving America and its people.

      • John Daly

        Good post!

    • erik2020

      Sorry to say but you are right on the nose with this one. The media will grudgingly report as little as they can get away with, praying for some Republican dirt so they can drop it all. These scandals just interrupt the important work Obama needs to be doing like expanding the welfare state, paying off unions and giving away money to cronies to promote green energy companies to not produce any energy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        Expanding the welfare state? if he expanded it at all, he had no choice because of the GOP war on blue collar. The state he may have inadvertently expanded, is the Corporate Welfare State.

    • erik2020

      Oh, and the best we can hope for with these scandals is that they do prevent the realization of any more of his progressive dreams.

      • plsilverman

        “Progressives”, yeah those commie-pinkoz who gave us medicare, social security, unemployment; Civil Rights legislation….horrible thugs.

    • plsilverman

      how about all the Republican candidates who got all the softball lobs in 2011 and 2012. you seen Greta interview Santorum? what a disgrace. I thought they were going to share a straw on an ice cream soda.

      • rider237

        that might have been a brilliant comment except for the fact that Gretta does commentary, not hard news. ;-)

        • plsilverman

          ok..howz about she comments on hard newz??

  • Becky928

    This week in the press is like a hole in an air raft, which will be patched and plugged by the end of the month when the “slobbering love affair” returns.

    • John Daly

      I hope you’re wrong, but I’m confident that you’re right.

  • Paul Courtney

    John: Love the small business analogy, clever. Listing the huge Bush era controversies, just a few I know, but one other has not been noted, and huge irony missed. When Bush used law to get phone records, that was another huge “war crime’, and press dutifully followed law profs to court. As I recall, they sued gov’t and phone companies (who lawfully co-operated) even though their own records hadn’t been touched. It was thrown out, but not before left wing profs were quoted by left wing press (AP in particular) for months on end (you had to follow the story, it wasn’t always above the fold) on the destruction of the constitution blah blah blah. Now Obama Admin is using same laws to get phone co records, it’s only a story because they went after reporters (something Bush never even tried). Where are the law profs when you need them? Actually, I don’t want to know.

    • John Daly

      Very true Paul. It’s sometimes hard to keep track of all of the media double-standards between the Bush and Obama administrations, being that there are so many. ;)

  • David Hunter

    Mr. Daly,
    Once again, thank you for a great column. Do you have your own site? I’d like to read more of your work. I was not familiar with you until you started contributing to Mr. Goldberg’s site.

    • John Daly

      Thanks David. I do (mainly for my upcoming novel). It is:
      http://johndalybooks.com/

      • plsilverman

        how is that post less “spammy” than my post? :)

        I’m talking about other people’s stuff, not my own. and I’m not promoting who I just mentioned. although I did buy an extra copy of a Joe Conason book, today. ok, ok…………..

  • cmacrider

    John: Obama could have fully explained his tri-fecta of scandals if during his press conference he had tapped twice on his right temple with his index finger as he uttered the words “there is no there there.” As it is, it seems that Sarah Palin’s capacity for critical thinking and managerial skills far exceed that of both Biden and Obama combined although I am not a Sarah fan.

    • John Daly

      I think Bristol Palin has more relevant experience that our president does.

      • dave davies

        Negative press toward Sarah Palin comes from a refusal to look at her accomplishments and understand the strength of her character.

        • Wil

          Sarah Palin comes from a refusal to look at her accomplishments.>>

          They are?

        • plsilverman

          accomplishments like leaving her post as Governor? going into Alaskan libraries and removing books she finds offensive? Murkoswksi can’t even stand her. NOW, O’Reilly, Krauthammer, and Ailes can’t stand her.

      • Wil

        And, Bristol Palin is WHITE all over. That’s really it, with you people.

        • John Daly

          The race card? Seriously? How original.

          • plsilverman

            you guys have mastered the art. no doubt. why does this site allow ” [ Obama is] the alfalfa and the omega”? Obama is the “boy” king. and your olove of Limbaugh: “[Eric Holder is] Obama’s ‘bitch’ “. is that race card for you, pal? How about Ingraham reading from the OBAMA DIARIES as Michelle Obama and using a stereotypical SOUTHERN black accent? You like to hear Coulter say, “[the Republican party] has better Blacks”? She’s in your starting lineup, no?

      • plsilverman

        how? ….yes, an African American winning two terms in a country with about 50% who are pro-segregation surely implies he is lacking in intelligence and ambition.

        • John Daly

          It was sarcasm, Phil. And the fact that you would immediately jump to skin color substantiates everything I’ve been pointing out about you lately.

          • plsilverman

            I see the “sarcasm” but the reply was quite obnoxious to me.

          • John Daly

            … and apparently racist, right?

    • plsilverman

      Yes, by this time Sarah can provide the job description for VP and knows that Africa is a continent. Why did McCain’s team leader say she “knows nothing”? was he lying?

  • Wil

    The right-wing sets the agenda: Fox and Drudge pick up on some idea for attacking whatever liberal that emerges from Republican Oppo Research and if they can give it legs the corporate mainstream media take that as the Scandal of the Week. The tribal here are the Republicans. If you don’t see that you are clueless.

    • John Daly

      LOL. Cute.

    • cmacrider

      Poor Wil: Suddenly his world of perceptions comes crashing down as the evidence pours out that “the amateur” has been completely out of his depth since he moved into the WH.

      • John Daly

        I’m sure it’s a lot to take.

    • Paul Courtney

      “Tribal”? Please consider this a second request for repair/replacement on this troll, still mailing it in.

    • nickshaw

      Jeez! They really hate it when they THINK we’re using their methods, don’t they?
      Or is this that deflection stuff I’ve heard so much about?

    • Drew Page

      Wil — What planet are you on? ‘The right-wing sets the agenda”??? Just exactly what agenda is that? Democrats control the Senate and the White House.
      The right-wing didn’t invent Benghazi, it really did happen. don’t take my word for it, call the families of the deceased. Ask them if at this point in time, what difference does it make now that their loved ones are dead. Ask them what difference does it make if requests for more security were denied. Ask them what difference does it make that troops in Tripoli that were getting on a C-140 aircraft to come to the aid of those under attack were ordered to stand down.
      The right-wing was not in charge of the IRS when they admitted and apologized for targeting conservative and religious groups seeking tax exempt status for audits and personal information of every officer, member and supporter of such conservative groups.
      It wasn’t the right wing that runs the Department of Justice, who decided to secretly pull the phone records of the Associated Press and it reporters. If it was suspected that AP reporters were getting leaked information with respect to national security, who would they be getting that information from? It would have had to have been from someone in government. Has the DOJ obtained the phone records of those in government? If not, why not?
      Wil, it was not the “right-wing” that set the above agenda of scandals. It was the current administration.

      • John Daly

        It’s probably just something Wil heard Chris Matthews say. He rarely thinks for himself.

        • Wil

          John, Have you ever disagreed with Bernie Goldberg? And, I mean EVER!

          • John Daly

            Absolutely. His thoughts on religion, for one thing, differ greatly from mine. We differ on whether or not gay marriage is a civil right. I think we probably stand apart on a number of social issues, actually. We have foreign policy differences as well (He’s less of an interventionist than I am).

            On the media and the economy, however, I’m the first to admit that we have very similar views. This shouldn’t be all that surprising since that’s what drew me to this website in the first place.

        • plsilverman

          weak. come on, man, you’re not givin’ it us!!!

        • plsilverman

          that’s a very lame and low-class reply (from an obviously non-lame and high-class pundit) to a person who takes time to write a thoughtful, insightful post.

      • Wil

        Drew, On IRS: if my tea party organization was dedicated to destroying the IRS, I’d
        expect to be looked at for tax exempt status.

        On AP: this was done by subpoena, you know, due process, in pursuit of
        terrorism security leaks.

        What’s not to like?

        BTW, On Benghazi, The Accountability Review Board, which Pickering headed
        with retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
        and Gen. Martin Dempsey disagree with you!

        • plsilverman

          you’re freakin’ me! where else can I read your stuff? do you write reviews for Amazon?

      • Wil

        Looks like AP took up the efforts of the Bush White House, and outed a spy for personal gain. Are you okay with that?.