American Thinker: Donald Trump Scores an Important Victory… Over the Media

But Trump has achieved something important. His decision to focus like a laser on Obama’s failure to produce a birth certificate has highlighted the absolute corruption of the American media on the subject of Obama, and the dangers of power granted in the absence of an unaligned press.  

Given that Obama’s primary claim to the presidency has been his compelling life story — his biracialism, his international upbringing, especially the time he spent in Muslim lands — the media has shown shockingly little interest in several pieces of information about Obama’s life which might legitimately concern voters. Nowhere in his biographies, for example, does Obama mention his 1981 trip to Pakistan, where he stayed with influential political leaders from that country at a time when a State Department advisory warned U.S. citizens against travel to Pakistan.  There has also been a strange disinterest in Obama’s 2006 trip to Kenya where, as a sitting U.S. senator, Obama criticized the incumbent government (a U.S. ally) and barnstormed with a Marxist candidate he supported. So too, there has been nary a peep among media elites over Obama’s funding of the radical “education” work of bomb thrower Bill Ayers, or his own work on behalf of the activist group ACORN, the now defunct largest purveyor of voter registration fraud in American history (and, apparently, an enabler of under aged prostitution.).

One of the functions of the media is to protect the public from fraudulent statements made by public figures. The unwillingness of the media to fulfill this role in the case of Obama has led to significant, and probably needless, public tension. Obama’s resistance to releasing the long version of his birth certificate, has served not only to raise legitimate speculation about the circumstances surrounding his birth, but to give fodder to anti-Obama extremists.

MSM is an embarassment…

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Obama modestly calls himself “the most successful President over the last 50 years” | IHateTheMedia.com

Obama modestly calls himself “the most successful President over the last 50 years”

April 8, 2011 · 9 comments

His supporters have called Barack Obama the most intelligent president ever, the most handsome president ever, the most athletic president ever, the most charming president ever, the greatest orator ever, and now to that list of distinguished achievements we can add most modest president ever.

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He’s also faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive.

Politico has the unassuming, unpretentious untruth:

On a conference call with hundreds of organizers, volunteers and campaign operatives, Obama played up the threats posed by Republicans to his agenda while boasting of “hav[ing] had the most successful legislative initiative of any president over the last 50 years.”

The call was the culmination of a day-long roll-out of his re-election campaign, which began with the 5 a.m. release of a video entitled “It Begins With Us.” That was followed by an email to supporters, the filing of re-election paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and a more exclusive rally-the-troops conference call with top donors conducted by campaign manager Jim Messina.

“I’m fired up, I don’t know about everybody else,” Obama said after being patched through by the White House switchboard to a core group of campaign workers that pulled off an upset victory over Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries nearly three years ago and went on to defeat Republican John McCain.

We think he misread the teleprompter again. We’re pretty sure he meant to say, “I should be fired.”

can we just replace him with Paul Ryan, now? Please……………

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American Thinker Blog: It’s 2012 on Obama’s calendar

April 06, 2011

It’s 2012 on Obama’s calendar

Joseph Smith

Why waste time on trivial issues like the national debt and a government shutdown when campaign speeches beckon from tarmac to teleprompter?

The President told John Boehner and Harry Reid on Tuesday that if they can’t agree “I want them back here tomorrow.”  Only problem is, Obama will not be home if they come calling.

On Monday the President announced the kickoff to his 2012 campaign, and today he is jetting off to Philadelphia to promote green jobs at a “plant owned by Spanish windmill producer Gamesa,” a campaign stop characterized by American Spectator’s Chris Horner as “tilting at windmills again”

Then he is off to New York City, for a Rev. Al Sharpton event.  The Wall Street Journal reports that “the White House said there is no connection between Mr. Obama’s 2012 campaign and his decision to attend the National Action Network’s annual convention.” 

But it sure beats sitting in the hot seat.

Ronald Reagan famously changed the 1980 debate by asking Americans “are you better off now than you were four years ago?” 

With record deficits, persistent unemployment, near-record gas prices, a middle east in turmoil, and a nation divided over ObamaCare, who is better off now?

And so the President begins with shoring up the base to recreate 2008.

A CBS news analyst comments on the Obama campaign kickoff video:

What’s interesting about the video the president put out is, he’s barely in it… There are only images of him from before 2008. It’s all about the movement. All about those people who gathered in 2008 and walked the precincts and signed up their friends. And that’s what the campaign is trying to rekindle again, is that feeling of 2008.

While the President leaves by the side door on a campaign swing, the theatre surrounding the budget impasse heats up, as Fox News reports:

House Speaker John Boehner says: The president is certainly entitled to disagree with our budget, but what exactly is his alternative? If he wants to have an ‘adult conversation’ about solving our fiscal challenges, he needs to lead instead of sitting on the sidelines.

The President then goes “to the press room to rip Boehner for playing ‘games’ with the process and ‘quibbling around the edges’ of the nation’s fiscal problems.”

Boehner responds that “Republicans would not be ‘put into a box’ by the president” and that “Democrats are using ‘smoke and mirrors’ to create the false appearance of spending cuts.”

Speaker Boehner has now proposed a further one-week budget extension including an additional $12 billion in cuts.  As Fox notes:

That proposal was quickly dismissed by the White House, but shifted the balance of power on the shutdown debate. Now, Democrats are refusing a Republican plan to keep the government open without a counter offer.

But the President has a campaign to conduct.

Another Fox News report speculates that a government shutdown could lead to unionized federal employees staging Wisconsin-style demonstrations, leaving the President with the unpalatable choice of defending “the hardships of well-paid federal workers.”

How much easier it is for the dreamer-in-chief to stump about green jobs and economic justice than it is to face reality in the Oval Office.

How much easier for Obama to woo the crowds and lead the chants than to face the grim choices and hard decisions expected of the Chief Executive.

In the wistful lament of the old pop standard:

“Make the world go away…
Say the things you used to say”

couldn’t we please just switch him out with Paul Ryan?

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American Thinker Blog: CBS, WaPo get early retiree cash from Obamacare

CBS, WaPo get early retiree cash from Obamacare

Rick Moran

Is anyone surprised they haven’t disclosed this?

From the Daily Caller:

Two mainstream news organizations are receiving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars from Obamacare’s Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) – a $5 billion grant program that’s doling out cash to companies, states and labor unions in what the Obama administration considers an effort to pay for health insurance for early retirees. The Washington Post Company raked in $573,217 in taxpayer subsidies and CBS Corporation secured $722,388 worth of Americans’ money.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee has a devastating response:

“It is fine with me if they continue covering the ObamaCare debate,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee, in an e-mail to The Daily Caller. “When NBC used to cover energy issues, they identified themselves as a subsidiary of General Electric. CBS and Washington Post just have to disclose that they are subsidiaries of the Obama Administration.”

The more we find out about this $5 billion fund, the more questions it raises about cronyism and favoritism in government.

At a Friday morning hearing, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns, Florida Republican, asked Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIO) official Steven Larsen for how the administration decides who gets a slice of the $5 billion pie – and how the application process works. In his response, Stearns referred to the fact that corporations like General Electric, Verizon and AT&T in addition to several labor unions were getting taxpayer funding.

Stearns was not impressed. “This program is providing ‘free’ money to corporations, states, unions, and pension plans,” the Congressman said in an e-mail to TheDC. “In addition, the Washington Post and CBS received funding under this program. How can the Washington Post and CBS be impartial on the issue of health care when they received funding under the health care law?”

CBS Corporation spokesman Gil Schwartz told TheDC that newsroom employees, like any other CBS employees, are indeed allowed to take the taxpayer subsidies.

“Yes they are,” Schwartz said. “Why wouldn’t newsroom employees be allowed access to that money like all other CBS employees?”

Pay for play, anyone?

More of the transparent administration…

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How can you tell when President Obama is lying? He moves his lips. | IHateTheMedia.com

How can you tell when President Obama is lying? He moves his lips.

April 5, 2011 · 8 comments

Holy crap. Has this guy ever said anything that’s true?

He said he’d end the war in Iraq, but we still have 50,000 U.S. troops there. He said he’d close Gitmo, but it’s still open for business. He said he’d bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan in July 2011, but that’s not going to happen. He said he’d end rendition, but it’s still going on. He said he’d stop using torture, but hasn’t. He said he’d lift the embargo on Cuba, but it’s still in place.

He says he was born in Hawaii. Is it any wonder people doubt him?

“You know what Obama’s problem is? He’s bored because he’s just too damn talented to do what other people do.”

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Former British health director dies after operation canceled four times | IHateTheMedia.com

Instant karma’s gonna get you: Former British health director dies after operation canceled four times

April 3, 2011 · 13 comments

Remember when the Democrats said ObamaCare would give all Americans the kind of government-operated healthcare that’s available to the British? That’s exactly what we’re afraid of.

The Daily Mail UK explains what critics of ObamaCare were talking about:

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Poor Margaret Hutchon died of a severe case of government healthcare

A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation – at her own hospital.

Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.

But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.

Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust – the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors.

He said: ‘I don’t really know why she died. I did not get a reason from the hospital. We all want to know for closure. She got weaker and weaker as she waited and operations were put off.’

To repeat: A former Director of the Great Britain’s National Health Service died when her operation was canceled four times at her own hospital. John Lennon summed up this situation perfectly:

Instant Karma’s gonna get you,
Gonna knock you right on the head,
You better get yourself together,
Pretty soon you’re gonna be dead

Don’t worry, the government knows what’s best for us….

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Intel analyst to CNN host: “You’re just carrying water for Mr. Obama” « Hot Air

Intel analyst to CNN host: “You’re just carrying water for Mr. Obama”

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke, although one could be forgiven for thinking that they’ve landed in Bizarro World in watching this interview of Michael Scheuer on CNN yesterday. Newsbusters has the whole transcript, which you will want to read in full, but one particular exchange had my head swimming — and it had nothing to do with anyone carrying water:

CHETRY: But they’re very careful to say it’s the American-led West. That NATO is now fully taking over the operation.

SCHEUER: Well, that –

CHETRY: Yes, our firepower was used in the beginning, but that this is a coalition that includes Arab states.

SCHEUER: That may fool some Americans. It’s not going to fool the people who sympathize with bin Laden and other Islamists. This is really a U.S.-led operation. And you talk about Arab states that are involved — the Arab states are tyrannies that are hated by their own people. This is — this is a piece of theater set up by Mrs. Clinton and Mr. McCain and the bipartisan group that loves to intervene abroad. In the Muslim world, this is Americans killing Muslims again and it looks like it’s for oil.

CHETRY: I just want to ask. Are you trying to have both ways in saying that, OK, these are tyrannies that hate their own people, well, that’s why we’re helping because in Libya, it was the people that wanted Gadhafi out, that they were tired of it. So, weren’t we then supporting Islamic democracy, I guess you could say, in these countries where they’re tired of totalitarian rule?

SCHEUER: If we were supporting Islamic democracy, that would be one thing. But if you listen to Mrs. Clinton and especially rather crazed Ms. Rice at the U.N., this is all about democracy in a world where democracy is not going to take hold.

It should be noted that Scheuer was no fan of the war in Iraq, either, mainly for the same reasons. But Kiran Chetry’s sudden devotion to “Islamic democracy” is noteworthy, even apart from being an oxymoron. She seems to mean “Arab democracy,” but even that only makes sense if the rebels are some sort of known force for democracy of any sort — say, like the Green Revolution in Iran. No one knows who or what the Libyan rebels represent.

And on that point, there was a lot more reason to depose Saddam Hussein for “Arab democracy.” The Kurds in the north (not Arabs, of course) had already established a stable representative government, and Iraqis both inside and outside of the country had organized a government-in-exile structure that gave us a much clearer indication that democracy was a viable endgame. For all of that, I don’t recall Kiran Chetry defending the Iraq war on behalf of “Islamic democracy,” or Christine Romans, either, despite Saddam Hussein’s arguably more despotic and cruel regime and our twelve-year standoff with Baghdad under his rule.

All of this goes to Scheuer’s point about carrying water — which is probably what embarrassed Romans into terminating the interview.

why don’t we get more of this cut through the BS honesty?

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