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  •  Karl is now talking like a GOPer operative. (19+ / 0-)

    Do you recognize what he's really saying? When he says "public reports while this was still happening of groups complaining," he's conflating "complaining" with "public reports." "Public reports" makes it sound like some government document dump instead of a group of teabaggers on motorized shopping carts.

    What a complete disingenuous asshole he is. A disingenuous asshole trying to crap his way into keeping his job.

    •  "like" a GOP operative? Nah. (21+ / 0-)
      Karl came to mainstream journalism via the Collegiate Network, an organization primarily devoted to promoting and supporting right-leaning newspapers on college campuses (Extra!, 9-10/91)—such as the Rutgers paper launched by the infamous James O’Keefe (Political Correction, 1/27/10).


      After a stint at the New York Post, Karl soon found his way to CNN, but he was still connected to ideological pursuits; he was a board member at the right-leaning youth-oriented Third Millennium group and at the Madison Center for Educational Affairs—which, like the Collegiate Network, seeks to strengthen young conservative journalism. After moving to ABC in 2003, Karl contributed several pieces to the neo-con Weekly Standard, such as his April 4, 2005 article praising Bush Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as out to “make her mark with the vigorous pursuit of the president’s freedom and democracy agenda.”


      During the rollout of Paul Ryan’s budget plan, Karl (1/26/11) gushed that the Republican media darling was “a little like the guy in the movie Dave, the accidental president who sets out to fix the budget, line by line.” And while Democrats were saying Ryan “is a villain,” Karl was clear about which side he was on: “Ryan knows what he sees.... Paul Ryan is on a mission, determined to do the seemingly impossible: actually balance the federal budget.”

      If you have the time, take a look at the FAIR article.

      There is no "like" here. He IS one.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue May 21, 2013 at 02:45:59 PM PDT

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      •  Objectivity for Sale? (5+ / 0-)
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        So, how does someone with that background, get a job at a Network News Bureau like ABC News?

        We thought that only Fox would allow the appearance of impropriety and welcome it, while the three major news bureaus would try to appear objective .. even if not.

        This guy is a very special type, and must get a job at Fox News immediately!  His talents are truly wasted where he is.

        •  I was once in college in a northern clime (5+ / 0-)

          but the weather there was extremely hot one summer. In fact it was over 100 several days in a row. Because that was a rarity, no place had AC and we all tried to get by on fans. It didn't really work.

          I was living with three other guys. All of us were getting zits and sores where our very limited clothing was rubbing up against our overheated skin. One day three of us were sitting there, sweating and hating life when the forth rang the doorbell.

          I thought it would be funny to screw with his head. So we agreed to all get naked and hang out around the kitchen table casually to see how he would react.

          Our flatmate came in, took one look at us and said "Hey!" stripped off all of his clothes and sat down with us.

          The way I see it, with Fox and CNN setting the tone, ABC is the one basically saying "Hey!" because really, who in the hell wants to wear clothes when you're using fans to suck in air that's over 100 degrees from the outside to replace the 110ish stuff you've got inside?

          I think to the corporate shills at ABC, Fox, CNN and the like just gave them the opportunity to do what they wanted to do and have it be socially acceptable.

          Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

          by journeyman on Tue May 21, 2013 at 03:26:53 PM PDT

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      •  The question is then, why is ABC continuing (5+ / 0-)

        to allow him to say stupid things? They may not want to fire him, and I'm never for firing anyone, as most people need their jobs. But, if he's allowed to continue this nonsense, doesn't it eventually impact their credibility? Let's talk about the liberal media.

        •  I dunno. (2+ / 0-)
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          But I don't mind when folks like this get fired, quite honestly. First, they'll pick up cushy jobs at RW think tanks. Second, it might show others in the industry (and viewers as well) that there is actually something called Truth (capital T) and that it actually matters.

          What ABC is saying with its total inaction right now is that Truth doesn't matter.

          © grover

          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Tue May 21, 2013 at 03:58:13 PM PDT

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      •  That FAIR article is brutal (4+ / 0-)
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        but really good information. Thanks for posting the link.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Tue May 21, 2013 at 03:14:37 PM PDT

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      •  Adding to this Charlie Pierce's takedown (0+ / 0-)

        based on the FAIR article.

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