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11:15 -- Tipster Says Tom Brokaw Used Condi Speech To Talk About 'Birthers'
Email: Right after Condoleezza Rice's speech Tom Brokaw on NBC took her comment "it doesn't matter where you came from but where you're going" and actually tried to tied it to the "birther theory."
I'm sure he was so excited to have a chance to bring that up!
That's my only one, I couldn't stand to watch MSNBC for more examples, The thought of listening to Rachel Maddow makes we want to throw my TV out the window
11:08 -- As Soon As Ryan's Speech Ended, Wolf Blitzer Rushed To Call Him a Liar
The first words out of the execrable Wolf Blitzer's biased mouth after Paul Ryan's speech were how the "fact checkers" were going to be busy.
Erin Burnette just nodded along and said, yep.
This is nothing more than these two Obama shills making damn sure their viewers were left with impression that Paul Ryan is a liar before they could even turn their televisions off.
The Rush to bring up the need for fact-checking Ryan's speech and then doubling and tripling down on it wasn't the act of a journalist, it was the act of Obama's Palace Guards.
Man alive, these people are equal parts awful and desperate.
As I write this, Blitzer is still going on about fact checkers.
10:20 -- ABC News All But Ignores Condi's Speech
The networks are only broadcasting an hour of the convention a night. So here you can watch George and Diane come up with every excuse they can to eat up that hour with nonsense, you know, like the sound of their own voices.
The media absolutely hates the fact that this convention and the GOP is diverse and loaded with smart. charismatic women and people of color. And so, in order to protect Obama and the Democrats, they do everything they can to ignore and cover up that fact.
Day in and day out, the media just ignores these good people.
During the convention, though, they have to play games like George and Diane did tonight and NBC did last night.
10:18 -- Tipster Says Univision Leftist Interviewed at ABC Instead of Susana Martinez Speech
Email: ABC Interviews Leftist Univision News Anchor Jorge Ramos instead of showing the speech by Governor Susana Martinez.
George Stephanopoulos: "Right now at the podium Susana Martinez of New Mexico... Mexican-American First Term... She addressed the Convention in Spanish just a few minutes ago, and of course Diane... You know... Trying to get more of the Hispanic vote... Such a major challenge for Governor Romney right now... He's well behind President Obama at a rate right now where it will be very difficult for him to win..."
Looks like ABC is keeping the minorities off their airwaves tonight... Unless you're a Leftist/Progressive on their panel trying to destroy conservatives and their message...
10:10 -- Some Good Reporting at CBS -- Tony Lee
Norah O'Donnell: Paul Ryan will touch the third rail of politics. She says Democrats say Premium Support will end Medicare as they know it. Does not mention Democrats helped developed the idea during the Clinton administration. Does not mention Ryan's plan would not impact current seniors. She does give the GOP's side -- that without reform Medicare will not be solvent.
Scott Pelley and John Dickerson say Paul Ryan does not appeal to independents despite polls to the contrary. They quote "establishment Republican officials" who have been trying to undermine Ryan from the beginning.
CBS, though, unlike ABC devotes considerable time to Condoleeza Rice's speech. They cut in to the speech and air until she finishes the speech.
10:05 -- Brown Out: CBS News, ABC News, ABC News/Yahoo Do Not Air Susana Martinez Speech -- Tony Lee
God forbid Republicans have an American of Mexican descent who also happens to be female who is an effective governor of an important swing state. No national airtime for her!
ABC has Univision's Jorge Ramos, who has been biased against Republicans, instead, slamming Republicans regarding the Hispanic vote. Ramos says Republicans will have a tremendous challenge appealing to Hispanics. Mainstream media makes it tougher by effectively muting Martinez.
CBS is interviewing John McCain instead of airing Martinez's speech.
10:15 -- PBS Surprised Condi's Speech Wasn't 'Mean-Spirited' -- Warner Todd Huston
As Condi wrapped up, the PBS Newshour team had a minute for a few words to assess Condi Rice's speech. Ifill said that it was "the speech of the week" and remarked that the crowd was really on its feet and paying close attention the whole time. "It wasn't a mean spirited speech in any way, Woodruff said. Mark Shields felt that Rice's speech was the "distillation of the compassionate conservatism of George W. Bush."
10:15 -- NBC News Suspends 'White Only' Speech Rules, Broadcasts Condi Rice Speech
How so very progressive of them.
9:55 -- At The Politico Livestream Four White Guys Lecture GOP About Diversity -- Tony Lee
Four white guys -- Mike Allen, Jon Allen, Jake Sherman, Jim Vandehei -- in tedious discussion about how GOP needs more diversity with straight faces. Irony lost on them. No talk about POLITICO's newsroom or their "top-shelf" talent in need of diversification. Mainstream media does not hold themselves to same standards they hold Republicans.
9:15 -- PBS Relentlessly Pushes Class Warfare. Romney Likability Narrative -- Warner Todd Huston
Gwen Ifill welcomed Senator Ron Johnson (R, Wisc.) at this break. David Brooks began by asking Johnson how the GOP gets around being thought of as the party of business, one that doesn't care about the waitress that makes only $22,000 a year. Of course Johnson disputed that characterization and countered that the GOP cares about everyone.
Woodruff went on to note that business people say they are reluctant to hire because of the uncertainty Obama had engendered. Johnson noted that regulations are really hurting the nation. It costs over a trillion dollars a year to satisfy regulations Johnson said. He said we need to put a halt to regulations until we can get the economy moving again. Woodruff was aghast at this. "So, NO new regulations," she asked skeptically.
Johnson replied that we should stop regulatory avalanche until we get our economy moving again.
Ifill said that the Democrats would love to hang the Paul Ryan budget ideas around the necks of Republicans. "Wouldn't if be better to step away" from Ryan's ideas she wondered. Johnson said of course not and that his great ideas are why he was picked for the VP spot.
Woodruff then went right back to the panel's favorite topic: Romney isn't likable. She asked Senator Johnson if Romney needs to "open up."
Johnson went on to note that Ann Romney's speech went a long way to do that, but when he met Mitt he decided to endorse a presidential candidate even though he initially thought he should not endorse a candidate. Johnson says that Mitt is perfectly likable.
Mark Shields' final question was if the GOP takes any blame for the bad economy. Johnson notes that he ran for office because he was not happy with what was going o from both sides in D.C., but he noted that Obama made it far, far worse than the Republicans that run Congress earlier in the decade could ever do.
9:36 -- Rather Than Air Pawlenty Speech, CNN Grills Christie Over His 'Flop' Speech
Even MSNBC aired Pawlently's speech.
But CNN instead chose to have Piers Morgan interrogate Christ Christie over how "bad" his speech was and nitpick it apart. Of course, most of this nitpicking surrounded Christie's criticism of Obama. Once that was over, Morgan grilled Christie for not promoting Romney enough. Piers had even counted the number "I's" Christie used and compared that number to the number of times Christie said "Romney."
9:16 -- AP Upset GOP Isn't Undermining Own Convention With Talk of Offshore Tax Havens, Todd Akin
Just in case you forgot who awful and corrupt the media is, here's the opening of an AP piece titled: "On RNC stage, nettlesome issues unmentioned":
Viewers tuning into the Republican National Convention have heard Ann Romney speak lovingly of her husband and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pledge "a new era of truth telling." What they haven't heard is talk of offshore tax havens, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, or questions about President Barack Obama's birthplace - the kind of divisive issues that have bedeviled Mitt Romney in the weeks before formally accepting his party's presidential nomination
Trust me, it only gets worse.
9:12 -- CNN's Dana Bash Is Doing a Great Job
I should be less sweeping in my condemnations of the CNN crew. For the last two nights, Dana Bash has done a superb job asking smart questions and letting her subjects answer. She doesn't debate them with Obama talking points or undermine them later.
8:45 -- PBS Commentator Tired of GOP Immigrant Stories, Upset Settlers Pushed Indians Off Land -- Warner Todd Huston
Once again PBS commentator hits his favorite theme. Shields again praised Rick Santorum for being "genuine" and "warm" and tried to contrast that with how he feels Romney appears. "Americans do vote for the candidate they like more," said Shields, and no one like Romney he insisted.
The meme was continued as the booth went to floor reporter Jeffery Brown.
Brown was talking to Virginian Evan Draium, who at 17 is the youngest delegate at the convention. "What about Mitt Romney. Does he connect to young people. Can he get them to like him," Brown asked.
Young Mr. Draium said that as the campaign heats up his generation would likely warm to Romney.
Brown then went to Sen. John McCain asking the Senator of Mitt Romney is failing by not mentioning foreign policy more often. McCain, of course, said that this election is about jobs and the economy. "Mitt Romney understands America's role in the world, he understands American exceptionalism."
After the floor reporter finished, Mark Shields indulged his inner native American saying, "Tonight we've heard how 'my grandparents came here,' and I'm waiting for one native American to come on and say my grandparents were pushed off their land by those grandparents."
Yeah. White men are evil, remember, Mark?
9:03 -- Politico Livestream Goes TMZ, Breaks Rumor About Tebow -- Tony Lee
Maggie Haberman says she is about to break a scoop on the livestream even though it's just rumor and not a "hard fact." The four POLITICO panelists laugh that it is just gossip. Haberman reports there is a rumor that Tim Tebow will be the surprise speaker. When asked how certain she is Tebow will speak, Habeman says, "51.7%," and they laugh.
The broader point (speculating about Tebow is all fun and games on a livestream), though, is that the POLITICO folks were laughing and joking about reporting rumors as facts, acting like it is something they have done many a time.
Makes you wonder how many of their stories based on "anonymous" sources that slam Republicans are reported in a similar fashion. Is 51.7% probability POLITICO's threshold? And makes you wonder if POLITICO really is a hybrid of the National Enquirer (they actually got the John Edwards case right, so maybe that is not a fair comparison) and TMZ.com.
8:44 -- Politico Livestream Goes On Childish Palin-Bashing Spree -- Tony Lee
After John McCain's speech, Maggie Haberman, Jim Vandehei, Mike Allen, and Jake Sherman blather on about how only two people in the Republican Party -- John McCain and Sarah Palin -- think Sarah Palin was the right vice presidential pick in 2008.
Haberman, trying to act smart, then says there is one more Republican -- a third! -- who thinks Palin was the right choice: Palin's husband Todd. Except, smarty-pants Haberman doesn't seem to realize Palin's husband Todd is not a Republican but a registered independent.
The four POLITICO stooges who know nothing of conservatives then talk about how Sarah Palin has no more influence within the Republican party even as every GOP candidate begs for her support in the primary. To POLITICO, the only Republicans that exist are the insiders that stroke their egos. To POLITICO, these insiders speak for all Republicans.
In fact, their own publication ran a story titled, Sarah Palin: Senate Kingmaker. Do these people not read what is written in their publication? Do they not see the thousands of Republicans who turn out to watch Palin speak?
The author of that piece, Dave Catanese, got reprimanded recently by POLITICO's brass for doing what a reporter is paid to do (when he first heard Rep. Todd Akin's remarks, Catanese took to Twitter to think out loud about why Akin made those comments, if there was any science behind those comments, etc ... of course, Akin's comments were beyond reproach, but Catanese never assumed Akin's comments were ridiculous before he had proof that the science Akin was speaking of was junk. But because Catanese did not immediately condemn Akin and follow the politically correct mainstream media herd, he got taken off the Missouri Senate beat by an editor-in-chief whose wife used to work for branches of NARAL.
His tweeting was in direct contrast to how POLITICO reporters often "report" on conservatives and any piece of outrageous news or rumor about conservatives they assume to be true until proven false.). Catanese's tweeting was unlike the "reporting" the bumbling POLITICOS who bob their heads like seals and scarf down whatever scoops are handed to them by Washington insiders they wine and dine with when writing about conservatives like Palin. Either POLITICO writers are so stupid they do not know these GOP insiders are playing them like fiddles or they are willingly letting themselves be used. Either way, it does not speak well of POLITICO.
8:38 -- Unfunny 'Onion' Can't Stop Proving It's an Unfunny Obama-Toadie With Attack On McCain
This isn't funny; it's just sad.
Ha-har-har McCain blew his brains out! Aren't we edgy?!?!?
Political correctness and deference to The State murdered comedy a decade ago.
8:15 -- PBS Panelist Beats 'Romney Not Likable' Drum Endlessly -- Warner Todd Huston
Once again in the lull between speeches, Mark Shields beat the he's-not-likable drum as Rick Santorum came to the booth to talk to the panel. After Santorum's speech the night before, Shields thought that he gave us "more" than we got from Romney. "We're talking about a candidate we don't know. When do we get that from Mitt Romney? We don't get any of that from Mitt Romney!"
But, haven't we had all sorts of stories from the Romney family, the sons the wife, and other surrogates telling us of the people Mitt has helped, the people he's interacted with and lived with? Does Shields not pay attention to the whole milieu of the news? Mark Shields is determined to underscore his meme that Mitt Romney "isn't likable."
8:28 -- To Protect Obama, Wolf Blitzer Finishes Argument Crowley Lost With McCain
Unbelievable. McCain schools Crowley on Obama's handling of Israel and as soon as we cut back to the booth, as though he was David Axelrod, Blitzer starts shilling his heart out explaining that "he heard" just the opposite when he was in Israel.
The CNN crew tonight is absolutely no different than listening to Team Obama host this convention.
8:18 -- CNN is DEDICATED to Undermining Every Single Criticism Launched At Obama
Whether it's John King, Erin Burnett, Candy Crowley, or Wolf Blitzer -- no criticism of Obama goes untouched tonight. No matter what's said, one of these shills is always explaining why that criticism of Obama isn't true or isn't "exactly true" or isn't "quite true."
This squad of shameless journOlists are breaking their backs to shield Obama and "Republican" David Gergen just nods right on along.
This really is something to witness.
Rght now, Candy Crowley is arguing with John McCain over his criticism of Obama and Israel.
8:03 -- ABC News/Yahoo Livestream Sow Seeds Of Division With Paul Supporters -- Tony Lee
The first question ABC News’ Jon Karl asks Sen. Rand Paul: “How many [Ron Paul supporters here] are enthusiastic about Mitt Romney?”
Mainstream media want libertarian voters to leave the Republican party and not vote Romney to help Obama. That is why they are also trying to build up Gary Johnson.
7:50 -- PBS Commenter Uses Bush Tribute Video to Trash Romney As Artificial -- Warner Todd Huston
PBS contributor Mark Shields commented on the affecting video shown the convention that featured the two Bushes, George H.W. and George W. After the video the whole panel agreed that it was a wonderful little video, funny, affecting, and genuine.
But Mark Shields decided to use the Bush video to bash Romney saying, "clearly that was more personal than anything we've seen about Mitt Romney." Shields went on to say how great its been that George W. Bush has, as an ex-president, refused to criticize Obama. One wonders if Shield's could condemn jimmy Carter for being the most bitter ex-president we've had as Carter has indulged criticism of every president since Gerald Ford!
7:59 -- Both CNN and MSNBC Air Full Bush Tribute Video
Then trash them afterwards: WMD, deficit, "read my lips," unpopular, blah, blah, blah...
7:49 -- In Defiance of Media 'Fact Check' Overlords, Rand Paul Bases Speech on 'You Didn't Build That'
The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler's face is probably melting now as impotent, elitist rage fires on all cylinders. How dare Rand Paul not abide by my corrupt fact-checking!
Expect Kessler to fire off a gajillion Pinocchios tomorrow, baby!
7:38 -- CBS Evening News: Anthology of Shameless Obama-Shilling - Tony Lee
Navy Seals. Hurricane. RNC. Teaser of Romney interview.
"What do you say to the single mother?" is the question featured in the teaser. CBS News wants to hammer home Romney's "connection problems."
CBS leads with the new book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. This shifts the subject back to national security, which helps Obama.
Even though CBS News has an online story about how details from the book contradict the accounts the Obama administration gave to the press, this is not mentioned during the broadcast.
Scott Pelley interviews Romney:
1. Mentions Romney was born into a wealthy family and that he is worth north of $200 million and asks him how he can relate to single moms and unemployed?
2. Asks what programs Romney would cut.
Romney answers Obamacare, PBS, Amtrak.
Pelley wants to trap him, keeps asking Romney to name more cuts. MSM wants Romney to go on record with specific cuts so they can help Democrats build more narratives based on whatever cuts Romney names.
Romney doesn't play the game. He wins, for now.
Forty-Five year-old cancer survivor is profiled. Health insurance is an issue to her now after she beat cancer. She is anxious because 20 years will fly by.
CBS says President Obama offers little change and spins for Obama, saying Obama is not cutting $700 billion from Medicare but extending the plan by a decade with because these cuts are in reality "savings."
Romney's plan is framed as a plan that will not cover the 45 year-old. She tells CBS she doesn't know how many people would be able to afford the voucher program. Of course, this story is being run on the day Paul Ryan addresses the RNC. The lady who was profiled does say she does not know Medicare will be there for her without reforms and does not trust Obama on the economy.
7:31 -- ABC World News Tonight: Rundown of a Hit Job -- Tony Lee
The broadcast leads with Hurricane Isaac, juxtaposes destruction next to cheerful Republicans at the convention. No mention of the Commander-in-Chief President Barack Obama on the campaign trail or talking about White House microbrewed beer on Reddit instead of focusing on a story so major that it led the nightly broadcast instead of the Republican National Convention in which the vice presidential nominee will address the nation.
ABC News counters Ann Romney's speech by sending David Muir to interview women in Florida.
The first lady ABC World News shows seems disgusted with Ann Romney. What a surprise ABC plays the interview with this lady first. Did they interview a lot of people? Was she the first person they interviewed and hit the jackpot? She said after listening to Ann, she thinks Mitt Romney has no idea what average people are going through.
"She did not connect with me," she says.
The next woman liked Romney's speech.
The third lady did not.
"Did it help you sway you?," Muir asked.
"No," she says.
Two people interviewed who did not like Ann's speech versus one who did. Balance and neutrality.
George Stephanopoulos comes on next and says Romney had to overcome "personal unfavorability" numbers yesterday. Today, Stephanopoulos says Republicans have to battle the perception they are against the middle class. ABC World News flashes a poll saying a majority of Americans think Romney favors the wealthy. This adds to the narrative.
Diane Sawyer interviews Jeb Bush. She asks him repeatedly about why George W. Bush has not been mentioned at the convention. This reminds Americans that George W. Bush was president during Hurricane Katrina. The more the mainstream media wants to find any reason to talk about George W. Bush this week (it's the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina).
Sawyer then plays a clip in which Jeb said Republicans were acting "stupid" and frames the party as one that is hostile to minorities. Jeb plays the part of the "good Republican" in the mainstream media's eyes.
Sawyer then asks Jeb: "Do your children consider themselves Hispanic-American?"
Why is ABC trying to play the multiculturalism card/hypenization card?!?
[What I am thinking as I am watching the questioning] His kids were born in America. They are AMERICANS! No Hyphens. Period.
This question can only hurt Republicans and Bush (his wife was born in Mexico). If he answers that they are Americans, then ABC can try to make them seem like they are ashamed of their heritage. What is outrageous is, by asking this question, Diane Sawyer is trying to use the multi-ethnicity of the Bush children to hurt Republicans on the diversity issue on the night when one of the brightest Republicans of Mexican descent, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, will address the RNC in primetime.
ABC's Brian Ross, the Tea Party smearer, then talks about the Navy SEAL book. He does note some of the contradictions CBS Evening News did not mention. With Ross's past history of bias, perhaps he had no choice but to talk about the contradictions, but the network does not go further into depth about how the White House could have lied to the country and the media about the raid to score political points.
7:22 -- Michele Bachman To Piers Morgan: 'You're Reading Off Obama Talking Points'
CNN's Piers Morgan cornered Rep. Michele Bachmann on the convention floor and started spouting Akin-Akin-Akin-Abortion-Abortion-Abortion.
Without missing a beat, Bachmann said,"You're reading off the Obama talking points."
Bachmann then went on to make a fabulous economic and liberty case for why women will be better off under Romney and reminded Morgan that the "Obama winning the gender gap" talking point forgets that Romney is winning married women by a wide margin.
The interview ended on a positive note, however. Both agreed that Ann Romney is pretty awesome.
7:15 -- CNN Airs Full Ron Paul Video So Blitzer Can Sow Seeds of Division Among Republicans
Last night, Wolf Blitzer acted as though he cared about the way Ron Paul was treated at the convention. It was high theatre. Blitzer doesn't care about Paul, he just wants to do everything he can to keep Paul voters from voting for Romney's.
After Blitzer's concern-trolling tonight, he threw it to John King who then hosted a panel to sow the same seeds.
Subtle the liberal media is not.
Romney allows a freakin' tribute video to be aired in honor of Paul. Paul's son Rand has a nice slot tonight. But still these journOlisters act as though Romney slapped Paul's wife or something. It's really ridiculous.
7:06 -- CNN.Com Thinks Convention Needs 'More Energy' -- Warner Todd Huston
As CNN.com warmed up its online audience for tonight's coverage of the GOP convention, an assessment of Tuesday's crowd of participants and delegates was assessed. And CNN's determination? CNN thought that Wednesday would see "even more energy."
Yes, even more energy. We end where we started. The convention seemed tired on Tuesday night. The speakers, even the candidate himself, seemed to want to stay seated. Conventions have a key role in motivating and managing the party activists, and without a shot of adrenaline, the Republicans will have missed one of their best windows to energize their ground game and provide messaging that is repeatable.
This would probablly be a surprise to those who were actually there. There was plenty of excitement on that floor!
6:56 -- Ann Romney, Chris Christie draw 22.3M TV Viewers Who Went Holy Sh*t!
According to USA Today, last night Chris Christie and Ann Romney won 22.3 million viewers -- or 22.3 million people who were flabbergasted to learn that the GOP is not represented by RichRacistRapeEnablers WhoWantToEatThePoor AndFelonAbortionTaxReturns.
In better news, this was in increase of 800,000 viewers over this same time four years ago.
Also, New Media is bigger and much more powerful than it was in 2008, so via any number of ways, who know how many more were able to get an unfiltered look at what we really represent.
The reason the media works so hard to smother our message and ideas in nonsense like Todd Akin, is because unfiltered, our ideas are extremely attractive.
This is why conventions are so important and why the media would like to see them go away. The media hates the idea of not controlling what the American people are told. This is also why the corrupt media hates super PACs.
6:45 -- Wolf Blitzer Asks Mia Love About Her Mormonsim
Wolf Certainly seem more interested in Mayor Love's Mormonism than he ever was in Trinty Church of Christ.
6:33 -- Will NBC Violate Its 'Whites Only' Policy And Air Condi's Speech Tonight
The closest NBC News came to airing a speech by someone who wasn't white last night was when NBC's Chief White House Correspondent, Chuck Todd, walked around the hall and accused the GOP of strategically seating minority attendees for camera placement.
Other than that, every time a non-white speaker -- even Artur Davis! -- came on, they would cut away.
Wonder if Condi makes the cut tonight?
6:27 -- Politico Front Page Headline: "Christie's Flop"
More opinion presented as trolling journOlistic fact. The left-wing media knows a young Republican who can win and remain popular in a blue state like New Jersey is a threat to their precious Democrats -- so the media presents opinion as fact to knock some of the shine off him.
5:50 -- After Asking If GOP Convention's Appropriate During Hurricane, Blitzer Assures Us Campaigning-Obama's 'On Top Of It'
Today a life was lost due to Hurricane Isaac. Today President Obama broke a long-held precedent of not campaigning during the opposition's convention and politicked in a swing state. In other words: Instead of being at his post during Isaac, Obama gave partisan speeches.
Last night during the convention, CNN's Wolf Blitzer and John Berman kept wondering if it was appropriate for the GOP to hold the convention during the hurricane. This was a Narrative they pushed all night long. Not once, though, did they bring up the fact that Obama -- the guy actually in charge of FEMA -- also campaigned yesterday, you know, during a hurricane.
Today, a Republican guest on Blitzer's show floated the idea that maybe Obama shouldn't be campaigning today. Wolf's ready response, "He's on top of it."