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Yesterday I posted a diary about an MSNBC anchor, Amy Robach, who while commenting on a speech that Bush made in West Virginia, implied that those protesting Bush's visit were unpatriotic.

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The President there striking a patriotic chord in West Virginia at the West Virginia University. On this Fourth of July during his Independence Day address, he thanked those who have served and who are serving this country. He said that we are all praying for families who have lost loved ones during this time of war -- the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This, by the way, was Bush's third Independence Day trip to the state of West Virginia, of course, a state that certainly helped him win the election with those five electoral votes, a swing state. Certainly, the key is paying tribute to and thanking clearly for their support of him during his presidential race. And he certainly spoke to those who came out, and many have said they came out to support him. There were a couple of protesters we heard with a few signs, but for the most part, looks like a very patriotic crowd there. Very thankful and excited to see the president of the United States.

Here are some of those unpatriotic people she was talking about:




Originally posted to jmelli on Tue Jul 05, 2005 at 07:33 PM PDT.

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  •  A majority of traitors? (4.00)
    Rather more than a couple.  And considering that bush's approval is now solidly undr 50%, it seems the majority of Americans are unpatriotic.  

    When we outlaw free speech, only outlaws will speak freely. - DaveOinSF

    by Bob Love on Tue Jul 05, 2005 at 07:34:52 PM PDT

    •  exactly (4.00)
      She should have said "For the most part, this hand-picked, thoroughly-screened group representing a minority of Americans was very supportive of the President."
      •  Thanks! (none)
        I just want to say thanks for breaking this news again, jmelli!!

        Glad to see others (I won't name names) aren't trashing this thread as a "rehash" of an old diary like mine.

        This story may seem "minor" or "overblown" to some at dkos, but IMHO it is indicitive of how things are (especially in the MSM).

        Even though she did not use "unpatriotic", she clearly implied it -- and that is outrageous, coming from a person in her position.

        She should apologize and then do a story on the protesters, somehow.

        The MSM uses the insidiously uses the flag on a daily bases to "manufacture consent".

    •  That was the point of my (none)
      email to MSGOP.  I hope they get buried in complaints on this!

      Decisions are made by those who show up.

      by poe on Tue Jul 05, 2005 at 08:42:38 PM PDT

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  •  It's really hard to do live commentary... (4.00)
    ...especially when you're principle qualification for being a "journalist" is looking like a Vogue model.  (Rush Limbaugh used to call these newsreaders "infobabes".)

    But you know what?  She's getting paid scads of money to act like a professional.  At the very least, she,her producer and her director should make an on-air apology and take an upaid suspension.

    If there's a problem with that, there's an opening for waitresses at Hooters where her talents might be better employed.

    Recommended.

    "The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves." - Eric Hoffer www.InTheArena.bravehost.com

    by Thinking Republican on Tue Jul 05, 2005 at 07:40:52 PM PDT

    •  I never thought I'd say this (none)
      but Limbaugh has it 99% right for once.

      (Rush Limbaugh used to call these newsreaders "infobabes".)

      I didn't say 100%, because there are also "infostuds" who deserve an equal amount of scorn.

      The only newsreaders I don't mind are the ones on ABCNews' late, late, late night news broadcast (the ones after 2am), because they take themselves less seriously.  

      Please visit my blog Penndit.
      RWCM's CW is certainly conventional, but rarely wise.

      by Newsie8200 on Tue Jul 05, 2005 at 07:54:39 PM PDT

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      •  Ugh (none)
        Isn't that the perfect word for them, though?...

        I hate it too though.  

        It was true in the Clinton era, it is true now, they are are infobabes.

        "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine

        by Cathy on Tue Jul 05, 2005 at 08:41:09 PM PDT

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    •  Ooops...I'm tired.... (none)
      ...but that's no excuse.  Here is is again:

      ...especially when your principal qualification for being a "journalist" is looking like a Vogue model.  (Rush Limbaugh used to call these newsreaders "infobabes".)

      Hey, Kos...wish we could edit comments.

      "The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves." - Eric Hoffer www.InTheArena.bravehost.com

      by Thinking Republican on Tue Jul 05, 2005 at 08:04:43 PM PDT

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  •  not so bad (none)
    after watching what she said i don`t think she meant that the protesters were un patriotic only that the majority of the crowd was pro bush, i think she didn`t  express herself correctly.still she should have corrected herself later on.
    •  but she didn't (none)
      and there is no excuse for someone in that position putting her own spin, or the spin of the network on that report.
    •  No. It was bad. (4.00)
      She clearly characterized those that were excited to see bush as patriotic and the protestors as unpatriotic. I am beyond livid about this and she should have retracted statement immediately.
       And...there were more than a 'couple' of protestors holding many signs.
      This (downplaying of the protestors) was false reporting.
      Was she even there??
      Where were the producers on this? They listen to this chick babble don't they?
      I blame them more than I do a talking head.
       
  •  Here's the contact info again (4.00)
    viewerservices@msnbc.com
    MSNBC
    40 Hartz Way # 1, Secaucus, NJ 07094
    (201) 583-5000

    It probably wouldn't hurt to express our displeasure one more time.

  •  Great pictures... (4.00)
    This is what democracy looks like!
  •  Numbers (4.00)
    According to the local (republican owned) newspaper, there were about 4,000 people at the ticket-only Presidential Event. I find it amusing that there were 5,000 tickets given out, but apparently some 1,000 didn't bother to get up early to stand in the heat.

    And it's been reported that there were 350 Protestors. We carried signs, sang such unpatriotic songs as "America the Beautiful," and chanted in an apparently threatening manner (?) "This is what democracy looks like."

    So on behalf of my 349 friends, I am very insulted to be called UNPATRIOTIC. I was exercising one of those Bill of Rights thingies, you know - Freedom of Speech.

    "Unpatriotic my ASS!"

    by WV Democrat on Tue Jul 05, 2005 at 08:15:21 PM PDT

    •  Heroic AND Patriotic (4.00)
      Your protest is heroic. Few people know how important these relatively small protests (EVERYWHERE) will be to American History. In a completely globalized world, citizens still have their feet squarely planted on their native earth, whether they identify with a town, a university or a state. The Executive Branch can trample all the other branches and agencies under its control, but it can't trample the grass of "grass roots," and money can't make the grass green.

      Keep protesting, keep picketing. I took Kerry signs and fliers up and down the streets of Belpre, Ohio during the 2004 Campaign, then drove across W.VA and saw all the democrats waving their signs at major intersections and malls. No Republicans were putting their safety on the line; they preferred to shout their stupid slogans from their SUV's. Back in October, OH, WV, MD and VA were all full of Bushaholics, raging at anyone who dared to sober up.  

      •  hell YEAH (4.00)
        BushCo, the GOP, and their media stooges -- including this ignorant bimbo -- just LOVE to get all misty-eyed and sentimental when it comes to pro-democracy demonstrations around the world.

        Here in the USA, though?...Not so much.  

        Unpatriotic, you see.

  •  This was a great catch jmelli. (none)
    It was so quick it would have been easy to miss.  I hope they get a ton of complaints and fire the twit!

    Decisions are made by those who show up.

    by poe on Tue Jul 05, 2005 at 08:46:36 PM PDT

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