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Confederacy Of Dunces

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
The indispensable Media Research Center never lacks for material when compiling its “Notable Quotable” listings of stupidity, bias and malfeasance on the part of journalists and other media types.

Here are some recent howlers:

 
Obama Is President, But Blame Bush

Arianna Huffington: “George, the truth is that right now we have precisely the regulatory system that the Bush-Cheney administration wanted. Full of loopholes, full of cronies and lobbyists filling the very agencies they’re supposed to be overseeing the industry.”

George Will: “So, it’s Bush’s fault? Just clear this up.”

Huffington: “It is absolutely a thousand percent Bush-Cheney’s fault.”

- Talking about the oil spill on ABC’s “This Week,” June 6.

 

“This is more Bush’s second Katrina than Obama’s first . Because it was the Bush regulations, it was Dick Cheney’s deregulation, and lording over the Minerals Management [Service].”

 - Time’s Joe Klein on “The Chris Matthews Show,” May 30.

 

“The oil spill is the perfect metaphor for Obama’s presidency so far. It’s been cleaning up a lot of the messes left to him by his predecessors, whether it was bank bailouts, auto bailouts, Afghanistan – which turned out to be a much bigger mess than anybody anticipated – preventing a depression that, you know, began to happen on George Bush’s watch. So this is more of the same.”

- Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” June 10.

 

Cutting Helen A Little Slack

“[Helen Thomas] is a bona fide icon and she is also nearly 90-years-old…. Some have argued that Thomas deserves a break, given her status as a journalistic giant and a trailblazer for women, and given her age. After all, many of us have elderly relatives who have lost their verbal filter.”

- ABC’s Dan Harris on “World News,” June 7.

 

“I have known her for a long time, and she held many presidents’ feet to the fire. At a time when nobody in the Bush press room would say ‘boo’ about George W. Bush after 9/11, she was already asking the tough questions. And I just, you know, I like to see people be judged in the largest context of their career, not in their senility.”

 - Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter talking about Helen Thomas on CNN Headline News’s “Joy Behar Show,” June 7.

 

One Last Rant Against Israel

Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas: “Our initial reaction to this flotilla massacre, deliberate massacre, an international crime, was pitiful. What do you mean you ‘regret,’ when something should be so strongly condemned? And if any other nation in the world had done it, we would have been up in arms. What is the sacrosanct, iron-clad relationship where a country that deliberately kills people and boycotts – and we aid and abet the boycott?”
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: “Look, I think the initial reaction regretted the loss of life as we tried and still continue to try to gather the relevant-”

Thomas: “Regret won’t bring them back!”

- June 1 White House briefing.

 

Tea Partiers Are Terrorists
Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, talking about radical Muslims: “Somehow, the idea got into their minds that to kill other people is a great thing to do and that they would be rewarded in the hereafter.”
            Host Tavis Smiley: “But Christians do that every single day in this country.”
Ali: “Do they blow people up every day?”

Smiley: “Yes. Oh, Christians, every day, people walk into post offices, they walk into schools, that’s what Columbine is – I could do this all day long…. There are folk in the Tea Party, for example, every day who are being recently arrested for making threats against elected officials, for calling people ‘nigger’ as they walk into Capitol Hill, for spitting on people. That’s within the political – that’s within the body politic of this country.”

- PBS’s Tavis Smiley, May 25.

 

Reagan An Actor – Obama Real

“Can you understand why the president, though, is frustrated when people say, ‘Be madder’? If I could channel Obama for one moment, I think he would say that he’s surprised that this is even an issue…. You know, ‘You want me to act madder?’ You know, ‘I’m not acting. I’m actually the president, you retards’ – ooh I’m sorry – ‘you people who are not that bright in America. You have been used to people like Bush and Reagan who acts like the president. I’m not acting. I’m actually the president.’ “

- Bill Maher talking about the oil spill with Democratic operative Paul Begala on HBO’s “Real Time,” June 4.

 

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

The Tarnished Idol

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Well, now, that didn’t take long, did it? Less than two months into Barack Obama’s presidency and the doubters are already coming out of the woodwork – among them several big-name pundits who, just an hour or two ago (or so it seems) were still in full swoon mode for the Miracle Man sent to lift and cleanse us from the hellish Bush-Cheney miasma.

Newsweek’s Howard Fineman may have got the ball rolling when he wrote on March 10 that “in ways both large and small, what’s left of the American establishment is taking [Obama’s] measure and, with surprising swiftness, they are finding him lacking.” The blasphemy having been uttered, albeit ever so meekly, other worshipers began putting down their hymnals and singing a new, more skeptical tune.

In a column titled “Obama Needs to Discover His Inner Dirty Harry,” Bloomberg.com’s very liberal Margaret Carlson wrote, “It’s up to the new sheriff in town to put things right…. Unfortunately, it’s hard to scare the bad guys when your new Treasury secretary comes across like Barney Fife…. The new team took over with a whimper, not a bang.”

Meanwhile, Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift – yes, that Eleanor Clift, for two decades the resident screeching liberal of “The McLaughlin Group,” incapable of uttering a good word for Republicans or a bad one for Democrats – asked in an online column, “Who would have thought that 55 days into this administration we would be asking the question, what did he know and when did he know it? Word that a provision in the stimulus bill gave the green light for AIG to hand out bonuses using taxpayer money sent the media bloodhounds hot on the trail of whoever is the culprit…. President Obama likes to remind voters that he inherited a mess, and that’s true, but this one is of his own making.”

And then there was Peggy Noonan, the former Reagan speechwriter who during the campaign never made a secret of her soft spot for candidate Obama, now suddenly complaining in The Wall Street Journal that the president “is willowy when people yearn for solid, reed-like when they hope for substantial, a bright older brother when they want Papa, cool where they probably prefer warmth…. Isaiah Berlin famously suggested a leader is a fox or a hedgehog. The fox knows many things but the hedgehog knows one big thing. In political leadership the hedgehog has certain significant advantages, focus and clarity among them. Most presidents are one or the other. So far Mr. Obama seems neither.”

Some of the sharpest words came form Vanity Fair’s media columnist Michael Wolff, who on his Newser.com blog delivered the ultimate insult to a Democratic president: “Sheesh, the guy is Jimmy Carter.”

Wolff continued, reacting to Obama’s appearance on the “Tonight” show, where he was feted by a typically craven Jay Leno: “The guy just doesn’t know what to say. He can’t connect. Emotions are here, he’s over there. He can’t get the words to match the situation…. He’s cold … he’s uncomfortable; he’s not funny; and he’s getting awfully tedious…. So Jimmy. It’s instructive and humorous to remember that Carter ran a brilliant campaign that succeeded largely because his voice was new. Simple, direct, basic, human. And then, of course, he turned into a sad-sack twit.”

Obama’s approval rating remains strong – though as pollsters Douglas Schoen and Scott Rasmussen noted in a March 12 Wall Street Journal op-ed column, his numbers are actually lower than George W. Bush’s at a similar point in his presidency in 2001.

But the polls indicate, wrote David Warren in The Ottawa Sun, that Obama “had better start selling his policies harder, because they are showing signs of not going over very well.”

Especially, added Warren, since “the unpolled elites, including those within the Democratic Party, have started to ask questions aloud about whether their man is competent; and as we know from painful history, such uncertainties from an elite tend to ‘trickle down.’”

Back in June 1993, just five months into his presidency, a miniaturized Bill Clinton (the media’s anointed candidate in the 1992 campaign) appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Above him, seemingly pushing him off the page, were the words, in huge type, “The Incredible Shrinking President.” Would-be saviors turn fallible all too quickly.

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

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