MSDNC’s @Toure takes heat for “power of whiteness” remarks about Holocaust survivors

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MSDNC’s Touré.

Toure is no stranger to controversy – especially on issues like abortion and race, but this time he stooped to even lower lows (hat tip):

Late last week, MSNBC host Touré responded to a Twitter user who compared his family’s survival of the Holocaust to African-American’s survival of slavery with this message:


The Simon Wiesenthal Center addressed Touré’s ignorance and bigotry today:

“It’s obviously absurd and smacks of intense and disgusting anti-Semitism. It’s reverse-racism basically,” Efraim Zuroff, Israel office director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said in a statement to TheBlaze. “There is no question that part of the anti-Semitism that we see has its roots in the form of jealousy. This is a perfect example: ‘Jews made it because they’re white and Jews.’”

To the Tourés of the world, everything revolves around race – including whether or not you were ‘powerful’ enough as a ‘white person’ to survive, escape, and prosper during and after the Holocaust.

He hasn’t yet addressed the massive backlash surrounding what he said. His “The Cycle” show airs at 3 pm ET weekdays on MSNBC, so perhaps he’ll have a response at the next airing. Stay tuned.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker: Our network has no shame whatsoever

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Image via Salon.com

There’s really no other way to interpret Zucker’s remarks, as quoted from a Monday interview he did with thew New York Times – which was recorded by Capital New York (via):

Last night, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker gave a hint of where the network will go next now thats its two-plus-month coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is subsiding.

“I don’t think there’s any question about our commitment to breaking news, as evidenced by all the questions about the plane,” he told New York Times television reporter Bill Carter during an interview at the Deadline Club’s annual awards dinner. “So we’re still there whenever that happens, but we’re going to supplement that with some different kind of storytelling.”

[…]

CNN’s round-the-clock coverage of the search for the missing Malaysian flight was mocked widely for its obsessiveness, and was the “so-called 777 in the room” at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in midtown, where the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists was celebrating its annual awards.

Asked whether he considered his channel’s ratings-elevating coverage of the event was ever excessive, Zucker said, “If I take a step back from our coverage of the Malaysian plane’s disappearance, I’m incredibly comfortable with it. I believed early on, right from the start, that it was an enormously important story: an American-made Boeing jet liner, with Rolls Royce engines with 239 people, disappears into thin air…That’s why we devoted the resources that we did to it.”

CNN continues to mention the story every day, Zucker said, noting that the families of the 239 people aboard the plane still ask for updates. Yesterday, CNN reported that raw satellite data about the plane’s course could soon be made public.

Zucker was also asked if his network would devote any significant amount of time covering the upcoming Benghazi special committee hearings where House Republicans will try to get to the bottom of who knew what and when:

“We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,” he said. “If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it.”

Translation: If they can figure out a way to sensationalize the hell out of the murders of four innocent Americans on foreign soil for ratings, as they did the MH 370 disaster, they’ll be all over it.  Keeping a watchful eye on government hearings purely for the sake of a little thing like oversight and accountability is not enough. As far as politically “shaming” his network into covering an issue, it all depends on who is having the “temper tantrums” and doing the “shaming”, however (natch):

Carter asked if the network, which has been criticized for its oversight of climate change, might devote more live airtime to the subject.

“Climate change is one of those stories that deserves more attention, that we all talk about,” Zucker said, “but we haven’t figured out how to engage the audience in that story in a meaningful way. When we do do those stories, there does tend to be a tremendous amount of lack of interest on the audience’s part.”

Don’t ever change, CNN.  Please don’t ever change.

QOTD: @JakeTapper grills WH Chief of Staff on VA hospital deaths

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Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper – CNN’s Chief Washington correspondent and anchor of ”The Lead” afternoon program.

CNN’s Jake Tapper is one of the few DC journalists who hasn’t forgotten that their jobs involve holding the government accountable for their actions and digging beyond their standard talking points no matter the party, and he doesn’t disappoint here – as Newsbusters’ PJ Gladnick recaps:

[Thursday] White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough kept defending the record of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinkseki over his handling of the Veterans Administration hospitals scandal on CNN’s The Lead. Finally an increasingly agitated Jake Tapper grew frustrated with the excuses until he exploded in anger: “How Many Dead Veterans Do You Need?”

It was an all too familiar administration two-step but the normally mild-mannered Tapper wasn’t going to have any of it. In the dramatic video below the jump, you can see a clearly  upset Tapper finally lash out at McDonough.

Gladnick provides video of the exchange at the link above.  Below is a contextual transcript of the back and forth:

MCDONOUGH: And we work with Chairman Miller, we work with Chairman Sanders, we work with all of the members of the House and Senate to make sure that they have it.

That’s why the president has seen dramatically expanded investments in Veterans Administration operations over the course of these last five years, year on year, historic increases in that budget, at a time, by the way, Jake, when we have seen budgets under intense pressure. We will continue to make those investments.

-Gladnick – Finally Tapper could take no more of the excuses:

TAPPER: How many stories like this, how many letters like this, how many dead veterans do you need before somebody asks the question within the White House, maybe this guy isn’t the best steward of these veterans?

MCDONOUGH: The question, Jake, is, are we doing everything we can every day to get the veterans the care and the opportunities that they deserve?

TAPPER: But you are not. This letter was sent a year ago. And you guys ignored it.

MCDONOUGH: And we have been working aggressively to ensure that not only is health care expanded, opportunities made more ready to our vets, but that people are held to account, as Ric is doing in this case. We will continue to do that.

TAPPER: Last question, sir. And that is, I appreciate your being here and I appreciate your coming and facing these questions live on television.

Drew Griffin has been trying to get an interview with General Shinseki for months, literally. He is the one that broke the story. He’s the reason there was a hearing today. Why has Shinseki avoided reporters like Drew Griffin? Why does the VA cordon itself off from accountability, not only from lawmakers and the public, but the press? Doesn’t there need to be a bigger cultural change there?

Well done, sir. Make sure to watch the video clip at the link above as well.

Tapper, formerly of ABC News, is no stranger to issues impacting veterans and their families.  He has a book titled The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor which you should promptly buy and read, if you haven’t already.

Memo to the national media: Hillary Clinton is not a delicate flower

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Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden

If you scroll down the front page of Newsbusters, you’ll notice that the mainstream national media has resumed its role of the protectors of all things Clinton, and in this case it’s former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton – whose name is floating around out there as a possible 2016 contender for President. Before I get to those, here’s the back-story behind the latest round of defense posturing from “unbiased” journos:

Karl Rove never explicitly said that Hillary Clinton had brain damage, the Republican strategist said Tuesday morning on Fox News.

“I never used that phrase,” Rove said when asked about a New York Post report that said he suggested the former secretary of state might have brain damage from a blood clot she suffered in 2012.

Rove defended most of his comments, though, saying that Clinton went through a “serious health episode” and that she will be forced to deal with many questions about her health and age if she chooses to run for president in 2016.

“I never used that phrase, I never used that phrase. But look, she had a serious health episode. And I don’t know about you, but if you go through a serious health episode, it causes you to look at life a little bit differently. This was a serious deal,” he said.

America’s Newsroom host Bill Hemmer challenged Rove on his timeline, saying his research showed that Clinton was in the hospital only for three days. Rove conceded the point about her hospital stay but largely stuck by his monthlong timeline. “She goes in on a Sunday, she comes out on a Wednesday. But this is a 30-day period where she’s fighting something.”

The Republican strategist said his main point was that her health invariably will come up on the campaign trail if she chooses to run for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Now, this is a line of attack that not many would use against a candidate – unless you’re a Democrat going after a Republican, of course, but this is Karl Rove here, so it’s a safe bet to say he doesn’t really view anything as off the table – especially when it comes to the Clintons.   And considering the left (and the media) set the standard for questioning someone’s health (and age) when they went after Senator John McCain along those same lines back in 2008, why shouldn’t it be on the table? Well, because it’s Hillary Clinton – who may one day be the first female President in United States history – so the media is predictably doing their thing, just like they did for Barack Obama, in helping try to pave the way.  Here are some recent examples of them in the role of human shields for La Clinton … and not just over Rove’s comments:

Expect much more of this in the coming months as the same MSM that eventually sided with Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008 – even going so far back then as to give her AND her husband the same kind of unfair kneecapping treatment they typically do Republicans –  transitions into “Hillary 2016” mode, saying and doing … and not saying … whatever they can to not only inspire her to run but to carry her through the rough and tumble primary fight she would potentially face and onto the Presidency.  Imagine the exclusives they could get of the first lady President in American history if they treat her the “correct” way!?

While that’s all well and good, now is as good a time as any to remind people – and the media – that this is the same Hillary Clinton who, along with her husband, kept an “enemies list” of both politicos and media types alike as she presided as “co-president” alongside Bill for eight years – a habit she never dropped, as we learned from her 2008 “enemies list” activities.    I think it’s safe to assume it’s a practice she still keeps up.

Not only that, but the former SOS has shown she’s no shrinking violet, as we saw at the Benghazi hearings last year, and as we’ve seen at other public functions where she was invited as a guest to speak or testify.  She deserves the same level of scrutiny and questioning that journalists routinely give not only to male politicos but that they gave to Sarah Palin in 2008 and beyond as well – minus the hypocritical, cheap shot attacks on Mrs. Palin’s looks and family, of course.

That said, we all know Hillary Clinton won’t get anywhere close to the level of scrutiny by the press that she deserves – but fortunately we don’t have to rely solely on “old media” for in-depth reporting anymore.  Thank God.

Related: Twitchy Team – ‘Got hypocrisy?’: Jedediah Bila slams media’s coddling of Hillary Clinton

QOTD: New York Times discovers that #Obamacare “narrows choices”

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The NYT’s HQ.

Sorta kinda finally paying attention to reality:

In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want.

These so-called narrow networks, featuring limited groups of providers, have made a big entrance on the newly created state insurance exchanges, where they are a common feature in many of the plans. While the sizes of the networks vary considerably, many plans now exclude at least some large hospitals or doctors’ groups. Smaller networks are also becoming more common in health care coverage offered by employers and in private Medicare Advantage plans.

Insurers, ranging from national behemoths like WellPoint, UnitedHealth and Aetna to much smaller local carriers, are fully embracing the idea, saying narrower networks are essential to controlling costs and managing care. Major players contend they can avoid the uproar that crippled a similar push in the 1990s.

What’s this? Obamacare limits doctor and hospital options? Ya don’t say.

Hate to say we Toldjah So, NYT, but …

Runner up for today’s “quote of the day” was in the very next paragraph of the NYT piece:

“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” said Marcus Merz, the chief executive of PreferredOne, an insurer in Golden Valley, Minn., that is owned by two health systems and a physician group. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”

Got that? “Choice” and a desire for “open access” are habits we must break. Guess insurers have adopted the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality when it comes to the realities of the so-called “Affordable Care Act.” Oh well, when your choices are, um, limited in that regard ….

(Video) Hamas TV: children’s show encourages killing Jews

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**Posted  by Phineas

He’s back! Nahoul the antisemitic killer bee, whom we last heard was killed by those evil Jews, is alive! And, not only that, but he’s returned to Palestinian television, encouraging children to do the right thing.

Kill Jews.

Here’s an excerpt from the transcript, via MEMRI:

Nahoul (talking to girl TV host Rawan) : Rawan, I want to tell him to pick up a stone, and when the Jews come, to take it and throw it.

Rawan: That’s right, if the neighbors are Jewish…

Nahoul: He should beat them up.

Rawan: If his neighbors are Jewish or Zionist, that goes without saying.

[…]

Rawan (to Tulin, a little girl in the studio) : Tulin, why do you want to become a policewoman? Like who?

Tulin: Like my uncle.

Rawan: Who is your uncle?

Tulin: His name is Ahmad.

Rawan: He’s a policeman? What do the police do?

Nahoul: They catch thieves and troublemakers.

Rawan: And they shoot Jews, right?

Tulin: Right.

Rawan: You want to be like him? Allah willing, when you grow up.

Tulin: I will shoot the Jews.

Rawan: All of them?

Tulin: Yes.

Rawan: Good.

In fact, it’s even a little more evil, when you think about it; not only are they using a cute animal figure (something kids love) to teach a message of hate, but they’ve co-opted an older girl, essentially a “big sister” to the little ones, to make the murderous teaching explicit. “It’s okay.”

If Dante were around, he’d add another circle in Hell to his Inferno, just for the rats who who program this garbage.

Think about it: these are the people the Israelis are supposed to negotiate with. These are the people to whom our Secretary of State (and, in fairness, almost every Secretary before him for the last 40 years) is trying to be an honest broker, to reach a good-faith settlement between them and the Israelis. And it’s not just the Islamo-fascists of Hamas; the supposedly secular Palestinian Authority regularly pumps Jew hatred through its media, too.

How is one supposed to negotiate with someone who not only wants you dead, but teaches their children that killing you is a divinely-ordained duty?

RELATED: We’ve met other cute antisemitic animals before on Arab television. Here’s another: Assud, the Jew-eating rabbit. Also check out my “Teach the Children” category. And, for the adults, an important message: Muslims should humiliate Christians to make them convert to Islam.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#TBT: Congressman @TGowdySC owns media on questions surrounding #Benghazi (VIDEO)

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Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC-4
Photo by Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call

In honor of Throwback Thursday, I present to you this awesome video of Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC-4) – recently named Chair of a new select committee on Benghazi – taking the media to task (presumably) last October for their failure to ask important questions of the President and his administration on the Benghazi issue. My friend @KatMcKinley, from who I saw this video on Facebook, sets it up:

This is epic. Watch at the end when Trey Gowdy asks the media questions. Such a grand takedown that I hope all media there slithered away in shame. If you watch nothing else today, watch this. He basically drops the mic at the end. My respect for him just tripled.

I think yours will, too, after you watch it:

Doubly cool is the fact that Gowdy is ignoring recent reported threats against him and is pressing on for answers:

While appearing on Fox News Wednesday, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., laughed off a death threat he received after being tapped to head a select committee on the Benghazi terror attack, Newsmax reported. He also told Megyn Kelly he intends to subpoena former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

As we reported Tuesday, Politico said journalists had received emails saying harm would come to Gowdy over the Benghazi investigation. Capitol Police did not provide any details, but said “an active, open investigation” is underway.

“I was a prosecutor for 16 years. This is not my first death threat,” he said. “I’m always happy when it doesn’t come from my wife, and this one did not. So, I’m going to be fine, and it’s not going to keep me from doing my job.”

I really like this guy.

.@CNN #MH370 coverage hits absurd lows w/ US poll on how many believe there are survivors

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What

Shaking my head.

There have been across the board complaints both from the left and the right on the ridiculous amount of coverage time CNN has given to the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 tragedy.  While there is no question the horrific story deserved covering and scrutiny, the complaints have centered around, among other things, the news network spending 24-7 pretending to have “BREAKING NEWS” when they really didn’t.

This poll, released by CNN, will certainly not help matters.  Check out the headline:

CNN headline

Yeah, this question was asked.

Story:

Most Americans believe the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 should continue, but roughly half the country thinks the arduous search is being conducted in the wrong place, according to a new national poll.

The CNN/ORC International poll comes nearly two months after the March 8 disappearance of the plane carrying 239 people. The Beijing-bound flight took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Nearly eight in 10 respondents, or 79%, think there are no survivors.

After failing to find any wreckage or debris on the ocean surface, authorities last week announced the suspension of aerial searches to focus efforts instead on 60,000 square kilometers of the ocean floor, a process that could take six to eight months.

[…]

Slightly more than half of all Americans — or 52% — believe that the general public will eventually find out what occurred, but 46% say that the fate of the missing airliner will always remain a mystery.

[…]

Fewer Americans — about 42% — think hijackers may have been involved, while 9% believe that space aliens or beings from another dimension were involved.

Outside the Beltway’s Doug Mataconis comments:

To be honest, you could probably find 9% of Americans to answer yes to almost any question, and I have no doubt that some of the people who answered yes here probably did so to mess with the pollster, I know I would. The real issue, though, is why CNN though it was a good idea to (1) poll people who have no idea of the actual facts of the disappearance for their theories on what happened and (2) to ask them such an exceedingly silly question.

That goes double for the “Do you think there were any survivors?” question. Frankly, I find it extremely disrespectful and exploitative to their respective memory.  Shame on CNN.

I wish I could say this came from The Onion. Sigh. *shakes head*

(Via Memeorandum)

Oregon GOP Senate candidate catches editorial board disrespecting fellow candidate

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And no surprise it’s a left-leaning newspaper’s editorial board.  Via Fox News:

A Republican Senate candidate was kicked out of a local Oregon newspaper’s editorial board meeting after daring to challenge a reporter who dissed a fellow candidate by writing “blah blah blah” in his notes instead of her actual quotes.

The entire argument was captured on video and posted online by the newspaper, Willamette Week.

The Republican candidate, Mark Callahan, told Fox News that the newspaper was on a “power trip.”

“It’s a fairly liberal paper. And they were basically trying to manhandle us Republicans,” Callahan said Sunday. “They were very condescending, very controlling.”

The video shows an editorial board meeting where the newspaper was interviewing Republican candidates for Senate. One of those candidates, Jo Rae Perkins, was responding to a question over the phone when Callahan noticed something was amiss.

“You want to talk about disrespect, I see what you’re writing down there,” he said, pointing at a reporter at the table. “You just wrote down ‘blah blah blah blah blah’ for everything that Jo Rae said. Jo Rae is a respectable woman. Why are you not respecting her by writing ‘blah blah blah blah blah’ on your notepad?”

The moderator tried to get Callahan to “move on” and answer a question about whether climate change is a “myth or a reality.”

Callahan said “myth.”

Then, the same reporter, later identified by the newspaper as Nigel Jaquiss, asked him a follow-up: “Where are you on the Easter Bunny?”

“What’s that?” Callahan said, and the reporter repeated the question.

The interview really went downhill from there.

Make sure to read the whole thing.  The paper acknowledged that Jaquiss wrote “blah blah blah” for an “answer” to one of Perkins’ questions, but they said it was because she wasn’t answering the question they asked.    I’m guessing they weren’t asked about his “Easter bunny” question, which to me was equally disrespectful.

I’m not saying the paper shouldn’t have been trying to get the candidates to focus on the actual questions, but Jaquiss’ lack of professionalism was unacceptable – and for the paper to try and justify his behavior by blaming it all on the candidates just shows how seriously you should take the editorial board. Which is to say … not at all.

Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw adds:

I’ve had to sit through a few of these over the years with candidates and they can be really infuriating events, but even in New York I’ve never run into one quite this bad. But we can’t let that discourage people from running for office. All we can do is return to the age old question which really spawned the evolution of modern blogging in the first place…

Why, oh why, can’t we have a decent media?

Why indeed?

(Hat tip: Memeorandum)

Reuters in shill mode for #Obamacare, declares it “saved” the US economy

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Obama's media cheerleaders

”2, 4, 6, 8 – who do we appreciate?!”

You really can’t make this stuff up – oh  yeah, you can. If you’re Reuters (via Memeorandum):

WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – As the U.S. economy teetered on the brink of contraction in the first quarter, one thing stood out. Healthcare spending increased at its fastest pace in more than three decades.

That surge is attributed to the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Because of Obamacare, the nation narrowly avoided its first decline in output in three years.

“GDP growth would have … been negative were it not for healthcare spending,” said Harm Bandholz, chief economist at UniCredit Research in New York.

Healthcare spending increased at a 9.9 percent annual rate, the quickest since the third quarter of 1980, and it contributed 1.1 percentage points to GDP growth.

The economy expanded at only a 0.1 percent rate in the first quarter, held back by a drop in exports and business investment, which economists attributed to a harsh winter. A sharp slowdown in the pace of inventory accumulation was also a drag.

The gauge of healthcare spending published on Wednesday is simply an estimate based on Medicaid benefits, ACA insurance exchange enrollments, and other related information. Firm data will not be available until June, and the government could well revise its figures for both healthcare and overall GDP.

Let me issue a few corrections to this White House talking points memo disguised as a “straight news piece.”  1) There will be no “firm” numbers on Obamacare from this administration. Ever.  2) Constant “revisions” in economic numbers are a hallmark of Team Obama (see 1).  3) Millions lost plans they liked, lost jobs, or had their FT status cut to part time as  a result of Obamacare.  This is not “saving” the economy, no matter how high the Reuters cheerleaders jump for our celebrity President.

What we’re seeing here is the latest attempt by the mainstream media to “rehabilitate” the reputation of Obamacare in the eyes of the American public. Most people don’t like it – many (and not just on the right) absolutely despise it. After months of (finally) trying to hammer the administration and Congressional Democrats over their lies on “if you like it you can keep it” (which the right predicted would happen before the bill was shoved down the throats of the American people), the MSM is back into “cover Obama” mode – especially on this issue.  Just in time for the election season as it kicks into high gear. They’re already trying desperately to find people who Obamacare has “helped”, and have managed to locate a few – as if that makes up for all the damage done from its passage in the first place.

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t fall for their attempts at whitewashing the truth.  Obamacare is and always will be an utter failure, because you can’t take back the pain and misery this has caused average citizens in terms of health care, health costs, job security, and full time status.   As the old saying goes, you can paint an old barn a shiny shade of red, but in the end it’s still gonna be the same old barn.  Would someone alert Reuters, please?

Obama Reuters

Really, Reuters?

Related: Twitchy Team – ‘Not a joke’: Brit Hume calls Reuters’ absurd Obamacare spin ‘classic liberal thinking’