On Meet The Press this morning David Gregory completely disregarded the work of his colleague, Rachel Maddow, over the past week or so as to the growing scandal involving Governor Nikki Haley in South Carolina.
Haley took money from the federal government to study creating a health care exchange in SC., as part of health care reform. She apparently dictated that, contrary to the purpose of the funding, the whole point of the study would be to determine how to opt out of the program. So she obtained and used the money under false pretenses and contrary to the terms for which the money was provided.
She furnished inadequate info and apparently hid relevant info when requested under the state FOI law. And she has been evasive to the press when asked about this:
So, her appearance on MTP this morning was a golden opportunity for a journalist to ask her direct questions about all of this. David Gregory must have been aware of Rachel's work on this. I'm sure she and others at MSNBC must contribute areas of questioning to Gregory for his MTP guests.
But Gregory did not ask Haley a single question about this scandal. Anyone have any thoughts on why he would ignore this legitimate news story?
Here’s a discussion I filmed from Morning Joe this morning where Lawrence O’Donnell, appropriately, gets angry toward a naive bush flunkie (speechwriter Marc Thiessen) who accuses Obama of inviting the next terrorist attack.
The fireworks are mainly near the end of Part 1. But there is also some interesting stuff in Part 2, especially near the end where O’Donnell questions the flunkie’s credentials to level any sort of critique of terrorism policies.
On the Sunday morning talk shows today you could see the beginnings of a major republican push to oust Sen. Harry Reid for his poorly worded, but not racist, comment about Obama. I’ve put together the following video montage, beginning with Steele and Kaine on Fox, then on MTP. Following that is Bob Schieffer going nuts on Face The Nation and Liz Cheney, spouting incredible inanities on This Week.
The key talking point that is evolving is that Reid’s comment is just like that of Sen. Trent Lott in 2002 who had said something along the lines that the nation would be better off if Strom Thurmond had won in 1948. Thurmond of course advocated segregation.
I caught this confrontation on Hardball tonight between Howard Dean and Mary Landrieu. The fireworks begin at about the 5:45 point where Landrieu says that Dean wants "to eliminate the insurance companies in America" – an amazing distortion which sounds like something you’d hear from a far right wingnut, not a fellow democrat.
The GOP’s decision to not work for any solutions, but to just oppose everything Obama, is leading them to one absurd stance after another. They seriously have reached a point where they remind me of the "Bizarro World" in Superman DC comics. Here’s what Wikipedia says about Bizarro:
"The Bizarro World (also known as Htrae) is a fictional planet in the DC comics universe...
"In the Bizarro world of "Htrae" ("Earth" spelled backwards), society is ruled by the Bizarro Code which states "Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Is big crime to make anything perfect on Bizarro World!". In one episode, for example, a salesman is doing a brisk trade selling Bizarro bonds: "Guaranteed to lose money for you". Later, the mayor appoints Bizarro No. 1 to investigate a crime, "Because you are stupider than the entire Bizarro police force put together". This is intended and taken as a great compliment."
Was anyone else annoyed by Harry Reid putting his arm around Nancy Pelosi at that press conference yesterday? It annoyed me on several levels. Pelosi sure seemed annoyed, though she did her best to suppress it with all the cameras present.
It may seem like a little thing at first glance, but I think it speaks volumes about Harry Reid. Would he do this with a male counterpart? I doubt it. It was sexist. Apparently he is way, way out of touch with current norms. and still views women as lesser beings who just love and need the signs of support and approval from men.
Perhaps because (after the inside the WH documentary) he is feeling he's perceived as being too pro-Obama, on the NBC nightly News tonight Brian Williams perpetuated the right wing propaganda that Obama has said nothing critical about the Iran situation:
"Good evening. While there's been fighting in the streets of Teheran between protestors and the Iranian government, there's been a fight underway in Washington and elsewhere over whether President Obama should do more or say more on the situation. He's avoided doing that, he says, for his own set of reasons until today. At a news conference he was tougher than he has been on the Iran situation. It's where we begin here tonight with WH correspondent Savannah Guthrie...."
This falls right in line the nonsensical question Garrett of Faux News posed ("Why so late?") and with the moronic recent criticism by John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
I love it when there is a forceful, confident liberal in a panel to take on a a forceful right winger. Katrina Vanden Heuvel did just that this morning on "This Week With George Stephanopoulos", taking on Karl Rove quite strongly!
Along with Katrina and Karl, the other two panelists were george Will and Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg (who also did a damn fine job!)
I watched the CBS and NBC Nightly newscasts tonight, hoping that they'd fairly report the Gregg departure. I mean like, after all, the man plainly stated that he was leaving, basically because he changed his mind because he didn't know himself very well, and that it wasn't Obama's fault. How could the networks distort this? Well, they found ways.
On CBS Evening News they led with the Gregg story and had absolutely nothing about Obama in Peoria, with his important comments about job creation.
Couric was eager to play this Gregg thing into a big, grossly exaggerated story about vetting problems. Look at this exchange between Couric and Bob Schieffer:
The only time "Morning Joe" is worth watching is when they have an intelligent, confident person on, who's not afraid to take on the mighty Joe, Pat, and Mika (rofl). For example, those rare times when Katrina Vanden Heuvel is on, or, like this morning when Paul Krugman was on. Here are videos of Krugman this morning bitch slapping the 3 of them and refuting republican myths right and left.
I'd love to see the Obama administration PR these comments by Cheney so as to expose them as a major, sick, blunder by Cheney, who is acting out of such bitterness that he would weaken the U.S. against terrorist attacks.
"He warned that there is a "high probability" that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed."
This botched oath may be a minor thing, but I am seeing wingnuts talking about how Obama botched it. That is nonsense. Roberts botched it, and that should be the story, to the extent there is a story.
The oath of office for the President of the United States is specified in the U.S. Constitution (Article II, Section 1): "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
I went ahead and transcribed the oath Roberts gave Obama this morning, with some bracketed comments added by me: