Larry O'Connor

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'Morning Joe' Worries IRS Scandal Will Lead To 'More Extremist Candidates'

"Basically what it is going to do, it’s going to force, in the primaries, to galvanize the Tea Party. You’re going to get more extremist candidates. They’ll lose in general election. Come general election time, if somebody voted against background checks for guns, if somebody is still doing the crazy, crazy, crazy social issues, I disagree with you." May 16, 2013 6:00 AM PT

O'Donnell: IRS Did Nothing Wrong

"I do not believe what the IRS was reported to have been doing is an outrage. I believe that the IRS agents in this case did nothing wrong. Let me say it again, you won’t hear it anywhere else: the IRS agents did nothing wrong. They were simply trying to enforce the law as the IRS has understood it since 1959." May 16, 2013 4:29 AM PT

NBC News Hosts: White Supremacy Motivates Obama's Critics

They can't stand the idea that he's president. And a piece of it is racism. Not that somebody in one racial group doesnt like someone in another racial group, so what? It's the sense that the white race must rule. That's what racism is. And they can't stand the idea that a man who's not white is president. That is real. That sense of racial superiority and rule is in the hearts of some people in this country. May 16, 2013 3:45 AM PT

Axelrod Tries to Shift DOJ/AP Blame to Media

"Last summer, I appeared with you, and you challenged me with the same tone, actually, on these leaks and said, ‘When is the president going to send a strong signal to people that leaking classified information won’t be tolerated?’ ‘When is he going to make people accountable for these leaks?’ They’ve apparently interviewed 550 people and went to court and got a subpoena to do what they did. In order to do what you and others said should be done." May 15, 2013 8:17 AM PT

Stewart Nails Obama's Claim He Learned of Scandals from Media

One common thread in the multiple scandals hammering the Obama White House is the president's claim that he first heard of the stories from news reports. Many find this claim to be unbelievable and are beginning to echo Sen. Howard Baker's famous inquiry from the Watergate era: "What did the President know, and when did he know it?" May 15, 2013 7:50 AM PT

Politico Absolves IRS: Actions Were Not Partisan

Politico reported on the IRS Inspector General report on the systematic targeting of grassroots conservative groups for extra scrutiny. And, ultimately, in its article Politico has done what it does best: Pretend to report on a story but ultimately give Democrats cover by declaring the story a non-story. May 15, 2013 3:28 AM PT

NBC News Somehow Connects Citizens United to IRS Scandal

On the "Open Channel" investigative reporting blog at Dave Levinthal of The Center for Public Integrity gets to the real root of the problem surrounding the IRS scandal involving revelations that conservative groups suffered more intense scrutiny when qualifying for their non-profit status. According to Levinthal, Citizens United is to blame. May 14, 2013 4:30 AM PT

Bloomberg Admits To Snooping, Media Matters Ignores

Matthew Winkler, Editor-In-Chief of Bloomberg News, admitted Sunday that his reporters had accessed proprietary trading information and used the information in their reporting. The admission was made in an article posted on the Bloomberg website titled "Holding Ourselves Accountable:" May 13, 2013 7:09 AM PT

All The President's Yes Men: Bernstein 'Can't Imagine' Obama Involved In IRS Scandal

"We know a lot about President Obama and I think the idea that he would want the IRS used for retribution, we have no evidence of any such thing. I think we also got a look at all of these events in the last couple of days in terms of the poisonous hyper-partisanship and ideological warfare in Washington that is making governance impossible." May 13, 2013 6:54 AM PT

Barbara Says 'Bye-Bye'

Late Sunday night Barbara Walters took to Twitter to announce that she is retiring "next summer." She will make the formal announcement Monday morning on "The View." May 13, 2013 6:29 AM PT

Teen Fans: Boston Bomber 'Too Beautiful To Be Terrorist'

The media is giving oxygen to a bizarre facet of the Boston terror bombings: The strange movement of young teen girls who seem to have a Bieber-like crush on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The #FreeJahar movement on social media is gaining steam on Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler, and the media is now focusing on the young women and giving them 15 minutes of fame for their disturbed attraction. May 13, 2013 6:20 AM PT

Chuck Todd On IRS Story: 'Where's The Outrage?'

"It didn’t seem like they had a sense of urgency about it, a real sense of outrage. And then look at the reaction of the entire Democratic Party. Of course the Republican Party’s jumping on this, they’re standing up for members of their base constituency, and at the same time, beating up the IRS is always good politics. Why aren’t there more Democrats jumping on this? This is outrageous no matter what political party you are. Where was the sense of outrage?" May 13, 2013 6:04 AM PT

MSNBC Politicizes Ohio Kidnapping To Fit 'Women's Health' Agenda

In a segment that was introduced with the dramatic 911 call made by Amanda Berry that led to the incredible story that unfolded last week, Harris-Perry not-too-subtly pivoted to American laws and policies related to women's health and contraception, suggesting that the continuous decades-long rape of the three captive victims in Ohio were somehow comparable. May 12, 2013 9:46 AM PT


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