On Monday the White House hosted an off the record chat with President Obama which MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann, along with Eugene Robinson, PBS’ Gwen Ifill, and Gloria Borger of CNN were all present, but Fox News was not invited. This led FNC to compare Obama to Nixon and cry about being shut out.
At the same time as Republicans are fighting Healthcare Reform and Universal Healthcare for all as a socialist program and denouncing government involvement in healthcare, they are inserting themselves in between a patient and her doctor, invading the patient’s privacy and medical history, and attempting to interfere in a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion in her first trimester.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele was on CNN’s The Situation Room today, where when confronted with the new Washington Post poll numbers that show a majority of Americans support the public option, he admitted that the idea is popular. He tried to falsely equate the public option with government run healthcare.
Within a year, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has gone from a little known congresswoman to a being figure on the far right. Bachmann has accomplished this by working the media, especially the cable news networks, in order to raise her profile and campaign cash.
According to the new Washington Post poll, the Republican Party has gained no ground on the Democrats on the generic congressional ballot. Those polled favor Democratic candidates 51%-39%. This represents no change from 2008 when Democrats led 52%-37%, and 2006 when Democrats led 51%-45%.
Today on his radio show, Glenn Beck warned that the Obama White House is trying to isolate Fox News, and he compared the network that he works for the National Enquirer, which could be the most accurate thing that Glenn Beck has ever uttered on his radio show.
On his FNC program tonight, Glenn Beck went on a conspiracy filled rant that managed to turn an attempt to promote volunteering into an attempt to undermine capitalism. Beck said, “First green week and now service week, soon we can have 52 weeks of the White House writing scripts telling us what to do.”
Today on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh mocked reports that children are dying from H1N1. Limbaugh accused the administration of using the swine flu body count to promote healthcare. Limbaugh said, “It’s a new battlefield, but the same thing, battlefield deaths, the new swine flu body count, all because the priority is healthcare.”
Today on MSNBC Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough defended Fox News, and retreated back into the liberal media bias argument while discussing the David Axelrod’s statement that Fox News isn’t a really news station. Scarborough said, “Fox News is no more biased in its own way, than the other networks are biased in their own way.”
David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel hit the Sunday talk show circuit and continued to redefine Fox News as a political organization. Axelrod said that FNC isn’t really a news organization, and that they are pushing a point of view. Emanuel said that the network is so much a news organization, but a perspective. The White House is not going pretend that FNC is fair and balanced.
The former Bush’s Brain, Karl Rove was on Fox News Sunday today where defended Fox News and compared Obama to Richard Nixon. He also claimed that the president is demeaning the presidency by keeping an enemies list, and picking out enemies in the media.
Even though research and Bristol Palin have demonstrated that abstinence only education is not effective, Republicans continue to support it. The GOP would rather play to ideological and religious fantasies than admit that abstinence only education drives up healthcare costs while providing poor results.
On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh descended into conspiracy theories as he blamed the Obama people for his rejected bid to become a minority owner of the St. Louis Rams. Limbaugh said, “Obama, the Obama people have got their hooks in the NFL. I am assuming that when Limbaugh gets a cold, he blames Obama for that too.
Last night on The Daily Show, as part of his ‘Doubtbreak ’09” segment, Jon Stewart sarcastically pilloried the news media’s coverage of H1N1 and the imminent availability of a swine flu vaccine, especially FNC’s Glenn Beck. Stewart pointed out to Beck that, “I think the virus is more interested in killing you than the government is.”
Glenn Beck’s Red Scare Revival 2009 continued on his FNC program today where he named the names of the Marxists in the Obama administration. Beck named Van Jones, Mark Lloyd, Carl Browner, and Cass Sunstein as Marxists because they support social justice and environmental justice. In Beck’s mind, any progressive cause is Marxist.
CNN announced today that they will not air an ad urging the network to drop controversial anchor Lou Dobbs during their much hyped “Latino in America” series next week. The ad urges CNN’s viewers to tell the network to, “drop the hate, drop Lou Dobbs.” It had been reported that CNN would air the ad, but this afternoon the network said it won’t.
On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh took out his bitterness over not being able to become an owner of the St. Louis Rams on the NFL. Limbaugh said that he was demonized with false quotes so that the NFL could protect their, “outpost of racism and liberalism.” I hope Limbaugh realizes that 90% of the NFL’s political contributions go to Republicans, not Democrats.
Recently, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) succeeded in getting passed in the Senate Finance Committee a new measure to re-fund the disastrous Abstinence Only Sex Education that clearly was so ineffective under the eight years of the Bush Administration. The measure would restore $50 million dollars in funding to what is nothing more than a failed ideological experiment.
On his radio show today Rush Limbaugh continued to make the criticism of his ownership bid for St. Louis Rams political. Limbaugh said, “This is all about smearing mainstream traditional conservatism, and I El Rushbo, happen to be the most prominent voice for mainstream traditional conservatism.”
Despite Glenn Beck’s protests that he is non-partisan, on his radio show today he offered to hold a fundraiser for right winger Rep. Michele Bachmann. Beck asked Bachmann how he could help her raise money, and then said, “We should have a fundraiser for you, Michele.”