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Source: Chris Britt, (State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL), Cartoon submitted by JekyllnHyde

Everyone knows that Republicans hate publicly funded anything.

Well, except for publicly funded health care for members of Congress. Or publicly funded bridges to nowhere. Or publicly funded earmarks "transportation projects." Or publicly funded bonuses for Wall Street CEOs. Or publicly funded wars. Or publicly funded abstinence-only programs. Or publicly funded birth control for horses.

But other than that, Republicans hate publicly funded anything. Especially publicly funded media. Well, except when public funds are used to broadcast Rush Limbaugh to the troops on Armed Forces Radio. Then it's worthy of a Congressional commendation.

But other than that, Republicans hate publicly funded anything. And they especially hate National Public Radio.

Last year, after NPR fired Juan Williams, who also serves as the token "liberal" on Fox News, Republicans once again demanded the defunding of NPR. John Boehner claimed that "it’s reasonable to ask why Congress is spending taxpayers’ money to support a left-wing radio network – and in the wake of Juan Williams’ firing, it’s clearer than ever that’s what NPR is."

So it comes as no surprise that Republicans are now jumping on the latest James O'Keefe-manufactured scandal to again demand that NPR be stripped of its public funding. And the crux of this scandal? According to NPR:

NPR's soon-to-be-departing senior vice president for fundraising Ron Schiller is seen and heard on a videotape released this morning telling two men who were posing as members of a fictitious Muslim Education Action Center Trust that:

— "The Tea Party is fanatically involved in people's personal lives and very fundamental Christian — I wouldn't even call it Christian. It's this weird evangelical kind of move."

— "Tea Party people" aren't "just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it's scary. They're seriously racist, racist people."

Schiller also claimed that NPR "would be better off in the long run without federal funding," but that, of course, isn't what has Republicans clutching their pearls in horror and reaching for the nearest fainting couch.

Let's put aside for a moment that this "gotcha" video is brought to us by the same O'Keefe who gave us the edited, doctored, and downright fictitious video intended to bring down ACORN. His videos should be given no more credence than pictures of Bat Boy on the cover of Weekly World News.

And this video is, of course, no different. According to Scott Baker at The Blaze, the raw footage, compared with O'Keefe's heavily edited video, tells a different story. Take, for example, Schiller's comment that has most incensed Republicans—that the Tea Party people are "seriously, seriously racist."

[T]he clip in the edited video implies Schiller is giving simply his own analysis of the Tea Party. He does do that in part, but the raw video reveals that he is largely recounting the views expressed to him by two top Republicans, one a former ambassador, who admitted to him that they voted for Obama.

But let's pretend—as the traditional media, including the oh-so-liberal NPR, is eager to do—that this video is an accurate portrayal of Schiller's conversation. Let's pretend that Schiller volunteered his own opinion that the Tea Party is racist.

So what? Is this really indisputable proof of NPR's liberal bias? Or is it just the simple truth?

Republicans would have us believe that accusations of racism within the Tea Party are inherently biased. Only a biased liberal would think that spitting on a Black member of Congress and calling him "nigger" is racist. Only a biased liberal would think that a satirical essay, in which the "coloreds" beg Abe Lincoln to take back their emancipation, is racist. Only a biased liberal could read the Tea Party Nation's solicitation of stories about being harmed by "illegals" and call it racist. Only a biased liberal could see signs at Tea Party rallies—accusing the president of white slavery, for example—and call it racism. Only a biased liberal could watch a video in which Tea Partiers proudly proclaim their hatred of the Muslims, Mexicans, "faggots," and Obama (who should be sent back to Kenya), and conclude that Tea Partiers are racist. Only a biased liberal could look at poll after poll after poll about the attitudes of Tea Party members toward minorities and conclude that the Tea Party is racist.  

The Tea Party's racism is no secret. At rallies, on websites, in YouTube videos, the Tea Party's racism is on parade, without apology or shame. And while the most famous supporters of this party—from the talking heads on Fox to members of Congress—will dismiss the most egregious evidence of racism by saying that it does not represent the party as a whole, they don't exactly renounce it either. They like to pretend such incidents, like the assault on members of Congress, are the random acts of a few bad apples, when in fact, the whole barrel is rotten.

The problem isn't that an NPR employee called the Tea Party racist. The problem is that NPR didn't simply respond to this supposed "gotcha" video with a big yawn and a "Yeah? And?" Schiller said the Tea Party is racist. Oh my! This is the equivalent of a gotcha video showing a man saying the sky is blue. Shocking film at 11!

The problem is the unwillingness of the media, not to mention those on the left—including Vice President Biden—to state, unequivocally and unapologetically, that of course the Tea Party is racist. This isn't a debatable point, or at least, it shouldn't be debatable. Headlines about the Tea Party's racism don't require a question mark at the end. NPR needn't have tripped over itself to condemn the remarks of its vice president, even before the unedited video showed that Schiller was describing what Republicans had reported to him.

Members of the Tea Party claim they are simply motivated by their concern about the government's expanding powers. Of course, this party did not come into being during the Bush years, when the government justified warrantless wiretapping, indefinite detention of American citizens, and FBI investigations of peace activists. No, back then, some of the very same people who are now so concerned about their liberty were quick to say that anyone who questioned the president was unpatriotic. This sudden outcry to restore freedom coincidentally emerged after the election of our first African-American president, who, according to a majority of the Tea Party, and, in fact, the entire Republican Party, isn't even a real American.

And yet the media is supposed to show the utmost deference to the Tea Party and to apologize whenever it makes the horrid misstep of even hinting that the party's members are, as Schiller said, "seriously, seriously racist." And even though Schiller is leaving NPR, as is its president and CEO, Republicans still insist that taxpayers should not have to support a "left-wing radio network."

After all, we are living in an era that demands strict adherence to the Republican principle that water is not wet, and anyone who says otherwise is guilty of liberal bias. "Fair and balanced" is the new prescription for the media. Any fact must be countered by a critic. Any report must include the "some say" counter-argument. And likewise, any Republican claim, no matter how unfounded, must be given its due coverage. We must engage in debates about whether the government wants to kill grandmothers or the existence of global warming because to say that these points are not debatable is to commit the worst of all crimes: liberal bias. And no one, from our vice president to National Public Radio, wants to be found guilty.

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  •  A wise man once noted that the kind of Democrat (24+ / 0-)

    that always backed down in the face of rabid right wing crap should be known as "weenie liberals". It's truer now than ever.

    I don't dislike all conservatives... mainly just the ones that vote Republican.

    by OHdog on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:06:41 AM PDT

  •  Not only is Faux news supporting O'Keefe (16+ / 0-)

    Wallace named him this week's "Power player of the week!"


    I've never been much of a coffee drinker, until now.

    by orreljw on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:09:48 AM PDT

  •  The Beltway Democrats, GOP's best partners (10+ / 0-)

    No doubt about that.

  •  Where are the jobs you promised, Mr. Speaker? nt (20+ / 0-)

    An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics - Plutarch

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:12:24 AM PDT

  •  Adding another point (19+ / 0-)

    to the picture, the LA Times had a column the other day comparing O'Keefe's NPR 'prank' (the columnist's word) to the fake Koch call in Wisconsin, basically claiming they're equivalent.

    I pointed out that his column was based on a false equivalence: that Walker had admitted that he said what was on the recording (and it wasn't edited for release), and that O'Keefe edits his videos to make his victims look far worse than they actually are.

    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:14:30 AM PDT

  •  Double standard hypocrisy (21+ / 0-)

    Every time I read diaries on this subject, I can't help but draw similarities to being in an abusive relationship.

    I was- and the 'crazy making' was the worse part.

    To have arguments deflate because the response is "I have no idea what you are talking about"  To feel so helpless because the denial of actions frustrates beyond reason.

    Selective amnesia, re-writing history, IOKIYAR, all are designed to make us crazy- to make us sound like raving lunatics while they sit calmly, innocent and without guilt.

    Not to mention all the hoopla when we screw up- whether real or imagined.  Then we are slapped, or punched or kicked when we are down.  But don't even bother making a fuss because...

    "I have no idea what you are talking about.  It's all in your head.  You're making a big deal over nothiing."

    I got out- it's time for the American people to get out also.  

    It's time to say "Enough"!

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:15:34 AM PDT

  •  Probably one of the finest essays... (22+ / 0-) have written, in my opinion.

    My favorite part:

    Of course, this party did not come into being during the Bush years, when the government justified warrantless wiretapping, indefinite detention of American citizens, and FBI investigations of peace activists. No, back then, some of the very same people who are now so concerned about their liberty were quick to say that anyone who questioned the president was unpatriotic.
  •  Republicans engage a full-fledged assault on (9+ / 0-)

    reason, and Beltway Democrats think it's reasonable.

    Maybe Tim Leary was right, and we should put LSD in the water supply.

  •  How To Sabotage NPR (4+ / 0-)

    If I wanted to sabotage NPR, all I'd do is get a mole with cred. get him hired on and then pay him to represent NPR scandalously.  

    That he said he thought NPR would do better without public funding, that's called couched truth in advertising.

    The GOP is infested with CIA strategists and they know how to get things done.  That they might predict NPR would roll over and piss on itself precisely like it's doing, is just par for the course.

    Or this could all just be a wild conspiracy theory.  I've been wrong before.  But just to be sure, if I was NPR, I'd just weather the storm, seek temporary funding from the Gates Foundation until the dems take back the Whitehouse and Congress by storm in 1 1/2 years.  Like water off a duck's back.  Just roll with it.  

    Part of the plan is for NPR to squirm and implode with infighting.  You know, assuming I'm right.

  •  Gawd bless Clinton supporters for inventing... (2+ / 0-)
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    birtherism. Truly the gift that keeps on giving.

    I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:18:49 AM PDT

  •  Amazes me that a Party (11+ / 0-)

    that dominates radio the way this one does sees little old NPR as such a burr under its saddle.
    Right wing radio is all there is to hear on the air..not possible for me to get anything else, and yet they claim to be under such unfair attack by rabid lefties!
    I'm ready to make a deal with them - you take off Boortz, Limbaugh, Hannity, Huckabee, Beck, and Savage and anyone else I'm forgetting right now, and we'll take off NPR.
    NO political talk radio unless it's a debate between opposing sides.  No more hours and hours of lying through your teeth and convenient "forgetting", and we'll give you goddamned NPR, which has been so scared of the Big Bad Reds they've made themselves impotent anyway.
    Can you tell this ticks me off a tad?

  •  Right on (18+ / 0-)

    Although it's worth pointing out that some fault, some reasonable amount in fact, goes to Schiller and NPR and the Democrats for NOT DEFENDING Schiller and, as so often in the past (cough - Shirley Sharrod - cough) just throwing in the towel.

    Democrats and liberals or perhaps just liberal Democrats have such a hard time defending what they supposedly believe in. Time after time they just throw in the towel, whether its the budget, abortion, war funding, or anything else.

    Eli Stephens
    Left I on the News
    "Stand Up, Fight Back!"

    by elishastephens on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:20:59 AM PDT

  •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    John Kasich, R-OH-gov hates black people, women, children, and unions, I guess that covers almost everyone.

    by OHknighty on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:27:06 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for reminding us (14+ / 0-)

    of the publicly funded beaming of the execrable, lying, racist Limbaugh to our publicly funded soldiers overseas...I had forgotten about that little "inconvenient truth".

    Thank you, too, for saying what I've been saying for years: NPR is not only not liberal, it is downright right-of-center, and has been for quite a while. The day after the Schiller/Schiller "story", NPR-produced Diane Rehm opened her show with the repulsive rightwing toad Tucker Carlson - and allowed him to go on and on with virtually no opposition. Later in the show, the even more disgusting Steven Moore was given a prominent voice, and allowed to self-congratulate and bunrish his "moderate" cred by talking about how he "hearts" NPR and is a contributor, but the nation simply can't afford it. The latter rightwing lie, of course, went unchallenged.

    The next day, Rehm devoted her entire show to David Brooks who's pimping a new book. Some liberal, huh?

    And, as if this were a recent change  - which of course it isn't - there was Mark Sumner's excellent analysis of the dominance of the rightwing American Enterprise Institute on NPR nearly two years ago:

    What do we get if we look at a media outlet, say the supposedly liberal-friendly NPR? Based on the information from NPR's web page, 70 of the 86 people currently listed as scholars at AEI have had air time on NPR over the last eight years.  If you omit the people who were either members of the Bush administration, or elected officials you still have 63 AEI pundits got attention from NPR. Not only that, but 16 of them made over a dozen appearances. In total, they got their say on public radio over 600 times [emphasis mine] over that period. That's over 600 times that your tax dollars, and the contributions to your local station, helped AEI press the neocon message.
    It's really a shame that NPR, right-slanted as it is, is the best we as a nation have when it comes to professional radio journalism. I guess it's "liberal" when compared to AM Hate Radio and Fox Spews (and the rest of the corporate media), but if it takes a comparison to those vats of sewage to make NPR look decent, we're in bigger trouble than anybody realizes.

    "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

    by blue in NC on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:29:29 AM PDT

    •  While AEI scored 600+. (5+ / 0-)

      The Left? Near zero.  NPR has essentially tabooed even the mention of names like Chomsky, Zinn, Klein, Ehrenreich, and so forth.

      It makes me sick that NPR is threatened by the right.  But it makes me even sicker that NPR has been so thoroughly corrupted on the inside that (a) it has already gone far to the right, and (b) it now gets labelled 'left' as if it actually even represents the left, when all it can claim is a milder alternative to Beck and Limbaugh.  

      Search for "Chomsky" on the NPR site, and 41 results appear. Naomi Klein yields 15.  Ehrenreich 38.  Zinn gets more (54), because he died and no one has to engage with him, and -- oh yes -- Zinn's obituary also included comments from rightwing extremist sleazemaster David Horowitz.  Thank you, David, for lending your gravitas to NPR.  

      Horowitz, btw, clocks in at 44.  Search for "Limbaugh," and the number jumps to 411.  Insightful Sarah Barracuda bends the needle at "about" 2,200.  

      No one can claim that NPR supports intelligent political critique.  It's just "not as dumb."  And it certainly doesn't support the Left.  But it certainly does support the Right and its many corporate casus belli.  

      •  NPR (3+ / 0-)
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        blue in NC, Eikyu Saha, i like bbq

        I sent an email once to the Diane Rehm show asking if it was part of her contract that she had to have someone from AEI on at least once a week.

        I never heard back.

        •  I have emailed the Diane Rehm show (2+ / 0-)
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          Eikyu Saha, i like bbq

          to criticize her pandering to the right at least a dozen times, most recently during the Schiller/Schiller show where she opened with her obsequious hosting of Tucker Carlson.

          My most frequent complaint in the past was during the B**h "presidency", where she persistently had Bill Kristol on her "Friday Journalists' Wrapup" show. At that time, although Kristol was still associated with The Weekly Standard, he was already deeply involved as a White House insider as an Iraq war cheerleader (and, as a PNAC founder, an Iraq war originator). As such, I pointed out to her and her producers that he had forfeited his credentials as a "journalist" and should not be participating in a journalists' roundtable. Nevertheless, Kristol continued to appear time and time again on Fridays.

          Needless to say, the Diane Rehm show has never paid me the courtesy of answering one of my emails.

          "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

          by blue in NC on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 12:39:10 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Don't forget how much Teapublicans hate (3+ / 0-)

      Corporate Welfare.  Oops!  I guess that one goes in the hypocrisy list!

      Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

      by DefendOurConstitution on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 11:49:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Keep in mind (1+ / 0-)
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      blue in NC

      a liberal is anyone who isn't a movement conservative. EOS.

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 12:31:21 PM PDT

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    •  Agreed: NPR is NOT liberal (4+ / 0-)
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      blue in NC, 417els, Val, fabucat

      It is centrist because it allows for opposing points of view to be presented.  They have a story about the Republican Party or the tea party efvery single day, and the coverage is not negative, and more GOP and conservative guests are featured than liberal ones.  But it is perceived as liberal by the right wing because the right cannot tolerate any point of view that conflicts with their point of view.   So of course if they balance David Brooks with some "liberal" beltway boy, the whole damn thing is just more librul lamestream media.  And of course the Tea Party is so extreme that they have disowned Brooks and Frum and all the other polite, reasonable conservatives who would dare encourage bipartisanship in any way.

      Diane Rehm bends over backwards to be truly fair and balanced.  I do not mind having two points of view, or legitimate debate, but she blew it on this one.   She intimated that O'Keepfe's work was legitimate journalism by comparing him to Mike Wallace.  There is a huge distinction between pulling a partisan sting operation and putting out heavily edited tapes in order to shut down or tarnish a "liberal" institution (ACORN, members of the administration of a Democratic President, Planned Parenthood, now NPR).  How much more obvious could it be that there is a coordinated effort to pick off or weaken one liberal target after another using these tactics?

      She was completely wrong in comparing this stunt to Mike Wallace going under cover with hidden cameras to expose poor working conditions in a sweatshop etc.

      James O'Keefe is not a journalist.  He is not interested in determining facts.  His sole motive (besides money) is going after "enemies" to validate the entrenched political beliefs of his supporters.   He goes in with an end in mind, not with the end of finding out the truth.   Of course real journalists sometimes engage in deceptive actions to get the story, but they don't doctor and edit tapes in order to get the preordained result that they are seeking.  

      The fact that Diane Rehm, nor any of her guests could coherently or cogently make this distinction and instead focused on how awful Schiller's remarks were and how appropriate it was for NPR to fire said individual epitomizes how much the right wing has corroded the standards and ethics of journalism.   I continue to be amazed that these stunts get any credence at all in the mainstream media.

  •  Thank You ... (2+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, Hillbilly Dem

    May I re-publish to my Democratic Club website?


    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:31:40 AM PDT

  •  Words matter... (1+ / 0-)
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    Eikyu Saha


    Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle. Information is the ultimate key.

    by Radical def on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:34:14 AM PDT

  •  I just don't get (1+ / 0-)
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    Sister Havana

    what the big deal is, frankly.

     But hey, what do I know.

     I see the didn't cover the massive protest in Wisconsin yesterday on lbrul media either.

    ~a little change goes a long way~

    by missliberties on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:36:36 AM PDT

  •  NPR needs to ditch public $$$ (2+ / 0-)
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    They need to free themselves from the BS of congressional oversight.

    They could do it, if they wanted.  Look at the radio ratings. Something like 5 of the top ten radio audiences are for public radio shows.

    Take the leap, NPR! You'll be glad you did.

    You'd be free to become the liberal outlet that you really should be.

    Whenever loyalty to the enterprise becomes more important than simple morality, there you will find evil functioning smoothly -Roger Ebert

    by boojieboy on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:39:14 AM PDT

    •  No, moment happens then advertisers = big biz (1+ / 0-)

      dictate what NPR covers

      it would be worse

    •  Seriously (0+ / 0-)

      Rush Limbaugh says whatever he wants; no public funding, no right to make an issue out of what he says.

      NPR is not so dependent on goverrnment funding that losing it would make a difference in its survival.  And lots of listeners hold back on donating because they erroneously believe that the government is funding a big part of the costs.  

      And once the government is out of the picture, then true public radio will exist; where the popularity of the programming would determine how much funding comes in.  I think NPR is a little more centrist than it wants to be because it wants to keep its funding.

      I'm starting to feel America again.

      by Shesk on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 11:43:50 AM PDT

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    •  Maybe they would become liberal. (1+ / 0-)

      Then again, maybe not.  Chances are just as good that they would go farther to the right.  Gotta attract them company dullars, yuh know.  And the American Enterprise Institute looks like a good donor, no?  

    •  The issue becomes distribution (4+ / 0-)
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      OKParrothead, Val, Eloise, i like bbq

      NPR is certainly in a position, as Ron Schiller correctly stated, to function without the 2% of its funding that comes from CPB.

      But the Republicans are after more than just NPR's small piece of CPB funding - they're out to kill CPB completely, of course. Killing CPB entirely wouldn't kill NPR, nor would it kill big-city public broadcasters like WNYC in New York or KQED in SF or WBUR in Boston.

      It would, however, do huge damage to hundreds of smaller public radio stations, potentially killing at least some of the "NPR" that would survive would no longer be "National" Public Radio, and would be entirely missing in a lot of the parts of the country that need it most.

      So this is DK4, eh?

      by ipsos on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 12:28:46 PM PDT

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  •  I cannot believe how often the edited video (14+ / 0-)

    malarkey is getting a pass, you think someone would have noticed a pattern by now

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:42:07 AM PDT

  •  "liberal bias" - a trophy on the talk radio wall o (3+ / 0-)
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    Joes Steven, esquimaux, Hillbilly Dem

    shame, to go with all their other trophies, hunted and bagged freely while the collective left cranked the music and never heard the gunshots.

    Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

    by certainot on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:42:45 AM PDT

    •  Atwater, Gingrich, Lutz, Rove, et al, have (2+ / 0-)
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      certainot, mike101

      so deamonized the word 'librul' that the phrase 'librul bias' has a negative connotation to the public, while the phrase 'conservative bias' (if ever used) would not.

      The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

      by Hillbilly Dem on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 12:05:55 PM PDT

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      •  all those guys owe their fame and fortune to radio (1+ / 0-)
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        and the limbaughs and hanntys who read their scripts and repeated the talking points for them.

        Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

        by certainot on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 01:33:55 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Radio Rwanda, USA. (0+ / 0-)

          I loathe all of those manure eaters...HannityLimbaugh, Savage, Gingrich, Bush, Cheney, all of them

          The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

          by Hillbilly Dem on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 01:51:59 PM PDT

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  •  You nailed it, Mouse! (2+ / 0-)
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    Recommended and Facebooked. A fine piece of writing! Thank you.

    "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

    by Ivan on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:45:59 AM PDT

  •  Excellent diary KJG! (5+ / 0-)

    I've often worked with public funding from NPR, PBS, NEH/NEA and the like. Whenever I'd produce something that flies in the face of rightwing politics, I'd get called on the carpet by a congressman who complained about the "unfair" or "unbalanced" story. Once I was involved in a documentary about the Grand Canyon, which seemed to "green" for D.C. They made us insert an oil guy who rhapsodized about the potential resources that could be extracted. While standing at the edge of the Canyon, he actually says on camera something like, "Yeah, it's beautiful, but it would look better with a few oil derricks here and there." True story. But not once was I ever taken to the woodshed by a Democrat for a program that criticized one of his/her sacred cows.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:46:00 AM PDT

  •  if it's ok on 1000 radio stations, why not? (0+ / 0-)

    if it's okay for our universities to broadcast sports on those stations, why not?

    if it's okay for our community businesses to sponsor, why not?

    Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

    by certainot on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 10:46:14 AM PDT

  •  Tea Partiers hate Obama - doesn't make them racist (0+ / 0-)

    The Tea Party emerged out of nowhere because spoiled conservatives were upset that someone they didn't like was in the White House.  So they threw a massive hissy fit (think about it: who goes to the barricades over deficits?).

    But don't generalize that they're all racist.   That's simply not true.  

  •  And that liberal truth keeps leaking out... (2+ / 0-)
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    Looks like Obama got his scalp

    According to CNN, Crowley came under pressure from the Obama administration to step down in the wake of making controversial comments about the Pentagon's treatment of Army private Bradley Manning, who is currently detained over suspicion he was complicit in leaking classified government documents to WikiLeaks.

    despite all the efforts to quash it, punish it, and make it just GO AWAY!

    ... just floating by ...

    by cumulo on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 11:02:53 AM PDT

    •  Disgusting. Absoultely disgusting. (0+ / 0-)

      I just heard this on the news.

      Crowley was being nice, as far as I'm concerned, by calling the treatment of Pvt. Manning "stupid". He really wouldn't have been out of line if he'd called it "barbaric", "worthy of the world's worst regimes", "an atrocity", "torture", "a violation of the most basic human rights", "illegal", or any number of stronger terms than "stupid".

      Yet he is forced out by Obama anyway.

      In the US, telling the truth is a firing offense. Crowley. Schiller. Olbermann.

      And the Obama apologists here wonder why so many of us are disgusted by Obama?

      Do you need any reason after this?

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 12:47:56 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you Mouse :) (11+ / 0-)

    I am so tired of people making excuses for the Tea Party and their endless stream of racism and dog whistles.  

    All of the "but but but's....." that are part of the pushback and denial reminds me of a favorite saying, "anything after but is bullsh*t"

    "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 11:03:30 AM PDT

    •  Dog whistles (0+ / 0-)

      To a black person of any age and to any white folks over 50, especially Southern white folks, the racism permeating the Tea Party should be as plain as day -- and nothing new under the political sun. We've heard all of this rhetoric before and all the code words and know what they mean. There are so, so many dog whistles being blown, I'm amazed that huge packs of barking dogs don't trail every single Tea Party event -- or gathering of Republicans anywhere.

  •  Challenge GOP racism and racism denial (7+ / 0-)

    The GOP repeatedly claims racism is no longer a problem in America, when it, along with tax revenue imbalance, is obviously one of the two main problems confronting the nation. It is no surprise that the party built around white separatists, racist militias and Neo-Confederates serving as sneering, gun-toting muscle for trans-national plutocrats should want to deny their heinous resume.

    What is surprising is that Dems and progressives shy away from confronting this cadre of haters and money hoarders. At least Jimmy Carter, when asked on some talk show who the Teahadis were, simply replied, "They're racists."  What's wrong with that?

    Truth is the first casualty of war, and the Republicans are at war against America.

  •  & public-funded FARM SUBSIDIES! nt (2+ / 0-)
  •  Stephen Colbert was spot-on. (5+ / 0-)

    Reality does have a well-known liberal bias.

    Great, great post. This part especially couldn't be more true:

    "Fair and balanced" is the new prescription for the media. Any fact must be countered by a critic. Any report must include the "some say" counter-argument. And likewise, any Republican claim, no matter how unfounded, must be given its due coverage. We must engage in debates about whether the government wants to kill grandmothers or the existence of global warming because to say that these points are not debatable is to commit the worst of all crimes: liberal bias.

    Yes we can! Yes we did! Yes we will!

    by Sister Havana on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 11:19:22 AM PDT

  •  This is really good writing (3+ / 0-)

    Take a moment and savor this article, and appreciate the fact that it's the kind of thing you'd normally have to pay for. Journalism of this caliber is the province of paid media - and we get it for free.

    Best of all, it's exactly spot-on correct: the fact that anybody, any media organization in America takes the Teabag party seriously is evidence of grave ills in our society. These racist fucks are the worst of us, and they should be reviled and scorned for the garbage that they are.

    Of course NPR should report the truth: Teabaggers are seething bags of venomous hate, and they are racist pukewads. Everybody can see this - it's no secret. Schiller shouldn't have been fired for his remarks (exactly as twisted by O'Keefe), he should have been promoted for them.

    If somebody on NPR said, on the air, "The Teabag assholes are sick, evil motherfuckers," I would send them $100 on the spot. It would be the best fundraising strategy imaginable.

    For them to distance themselves from such sentiments has quite the reverse effect: It makes me question why I donate to them at all.

    Every day's another chance to stick it to the man. - dls

    by The Raven on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 11:19:41 AM PDT

  •  water is not wet. (2+ / 0-)

    i love it.  the parallel reality is killing me daily.

  •  My parents, the Oldsters, are in town (5+ / 0-)

    Yesterday, we were sitting out back enjoy the beautiful weather.

    They are visiting from South Carolina, where they retired to from Philadelphia.

    The oldster's are some of the most ardent democrats/liberals that I know.  Union all the way.

    The first hour was spent debunking all the tales they had from their bagger friends in South Carolina.

    The second hour was spent telling them the TRUTH that they don't hear in SC.

    The third was spent hooting and hollering about Mom's  recounting of how she explained to three of Dad's R friends from the coffee klatch that Medicare, of which they all partake, was actually a form of socialized medicine!  

    Needless to say, Mom hasn't been invited for coffee lately!

    Never confuse kindness and patience with stupidity and weakness!!

    by Joes Steven on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 11:24:15 AM PDT

  •  The entire point of the conservative (7+ / 0-)

    movement, of which the tea party is nothing but a particularly ugly front-end, is the preservation of white male privilege. People who deny the tea party is racist are simply trying to distract from that fact.  There is no way modern conservatism could survive to this degree without racism being its basic, fundamental foundation. Without that glue, there aren't enough people who want to cut their own entitlements and wave flags for the aristocracy.

    •  It's to preserve white privilege (0+ / 0-)

      but also the privilege of aristocracy. The policies the TPers support hurt us all. They're the ones standing behind Gov. Walker and repeating the "union thugs" line fed by the Kochs of the world. They're the ones most likely to whine about public employees with their "lavish" salaries and benefits.

      It's a race, gender, religious, and class pecking order they're so eager to protect. It's all an intricate web. They've been convinced that entitlement programs are nothing more than money taken away from those who earned it (which can be a dog whistle for whites) and giving it to "the lazy" (which usually means non-whites). Tim Wise has had plenty to say about it.

      Sometimes they treat the white "race traitors" just as bad. Remember this from the move A Time To Kill:

      Freddie Lee Cobb (after he has Ellen Roark tied up):

      "You can't blame a nigger for being a nigger, no more than you can blame a dog for being a dog. But a whore like you, co-mingling with mongrels, betraying your own. That makes you worse than a nigger. I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll leave you tied up here naked. First, it'll just be bugs eating at ya. One day, maybe two. That sun's gonna be cooking you. And animals... they're gonna pick on your stink. They'll come looking for something to eat"

      Then Cobb knocked her out after she said "Carl Lee Hailey should have shot you too".

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 12:21:39 PM PDT

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  •  proof (0+ / 0-)

    Bush said his invasion of Iraq was with God's approval.  He also claimed this is a Christian country.  Many White guys are as bad as any fundamentalist from the Middle East.

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 11:28:29 AM PDT

  •  This is deeper than racism. (2+ / 0-)
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    now before anyone gets upset that I'm saying racism isn't a problem, please read before you go off on me.

    Racism is a manifestation of the rage, but two words that Republicans/Conservatives (and Christians) use that crack me up are




    What's happening in America is that a group of people have finally revealed that when they said they were lovers of freedom, they only meant freedom to be like them.

    They are "entitled" to their freedom, because it's what (they feel) our founders, Ronald Reagan, and Jesus would want. Anyone who wants different should not be allowed to have such freedom, because it is in controvention to the people who gave us "freedom".

    Er go, freedom is only intended for those who wish to emulate the founders.

    Which brings me to another words that doesn't get as much attention as it should -


    The meaning of freedom has been bastardized, perverted - two more words which have lost their orignial meanings because neither one of them had a thing to do with sex, but misuse.

    If Barack Obama was a White Baptist Married Male, would it have stopped the hatred?

    Anyone remember a guy named Bill Clinton?

    (and before anyone brings up Clinton's infidelity, these are the people who say marriage is the pinnacle of American family and must be defended: note for the record that Hillary never divorced bill and thus, "defended" one of the most difficult relationships any of us can point to.)

    So it's never about freedom, or liberty, or family, or marriage -

    It's about the self-security that some people need by pointing out that other people (grossly named "them") are bad, therefore they must be good - and that allows them to continue forward amidst their own shameful behavior.

    Funny that the Right talks about "moral relativism" - they impeached a president for a blowjob, but they never even called one hearing to investigate an entire presidential cabinet ostensibly guilty of war crimes.

    Let's all be honest: none of this has anything to do with racism. Racism is just a sad characteristic of their arrogance.

    The fringe of the Republican party (which seems to be a larger and larger fraction of it) is about one group of people who never intended "democracy" to be fit for anyone but them, and they are the people who least understand what democracy is about in the first place.

    George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

    by snafubar on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 11:31:29 AM PDT

    •  A fair point (1+ / 0-)
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      but all of that and the racism aren't mutually exclusive.

      For me, it's no accident that Ronald Reagan launched his campaign in Philadelphia, MS as if to say "In your face!"

      The hatred of the social safety net has racism deep within its core. It wasn't always like that. There's a different reaction when programs help poor whites in Appalachia or the Dust Bowl than when it's showed to help inner-city non-whites.

      All of the bad things corporations and their loyalists do disproportionately hurt minorities, as well as women and children. If you're from the Denver area you'll never see smoke stacks in Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Centennial or Castle Pines. They're more likely to be around Montbello and Commerce City.

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 12:38:05 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I partly agree. (2+ / 0-)
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      snafubar, Val

      The right would hate any Democrat in the White House.
      That this Democrat is black has revealed a deep racism within the right (and also the left, frankly) that has always been there. I have no doubt that if it were Hillary in the White House, we would be witnessing the full force of sexism that has always been there. It does all lead back to the sense of entitlement and fear of the other -- the distrust and dislike of any non-white male Christian.

      But we have a black man in the White House, and it is that otherness, the otherness of his skin color, that is so uncomfortable for those who believe that the only "real" Americans are the ones who look like them.

    •  Great points. (1+ / 0-)
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      Well written too. Thanks!

  •  Republicans don't object to public funding. (2+ / 0-)

    That's how the Fed and Treasury wound up underwriting potentially trillions of dollars of privately incurred financial casino liabilities.  Hey, we're supposed to think we're lucky Congress didn't immediately buckle to Hank Paulson's three page coup d'état.  Like, we're so much better off now for dodging that torpedo because the bailouts that were implemented are infinitely better structured.  By some peoples' estimates.

    I do think the people who came out of the burning building with cash in both hands are doing very well.

    "The worst that can happen to any group of people working to unseat an existing power base is their failure to imagine the lengths to which those in power will go to keep it." Cognitive Dissonance at Zero Hedge

    by CarolinNJ on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 11:33:32 AM PDT

  •  Curious (5+ / 0-)

    as to why the Democrats in Congress are complicit is silencing voicing that support them...and thus lead to their own demise?


    Howard Kurtz gave O'Keefe a big wet kiss pass on Reliable Sources this morning and then went on to shrug off complaints about the unedited tape from NPR's Ombudsman.

    Liberal media. Right.....I mean sure....

    Garrhgsfsafasd! or...where the heck is Lieber?

    by Hedwig on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 11:33:42 AM PDT

  •  Betrand Russell and Rotten Apples (2+ / 0-)
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    la rocker sex chick, esquimaux

    After a bit of searching I cannot come up with the proper Russell quote, but in Why I Am Not A Christian he wrote (approx):

    "When I put my hand into a barrel of apples and pull out a rotten one, it is unreasonable to assume that the rest of the barrel is good."

    Extra love and points for anyone who can supply the actual quote - having read this some 50 years ago, my memory on  such is imperfect. But accurate, I think...

    "Always remember this: They fight with money and we resist with time, and they’re going to run out of money before we run out of time." -Utah Philips

    by TerryDarc on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 11:34:35 AM PDT

  •  Modern Conservatism (1+ / 0-)
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    Hates everyone and everything that doesn't fall exactly in line the way they want them to.

    Comity, working together for the good of the country, none of that matters anymore.

    Obviously opposing political parties have always had differences...otherwise there wouldn't be different political parties to begin with.

    But while most people left of center want to do things to make things better for as many people as possible, the current crop of right of center people only want to make themselves powerful, and they want everyone else to suffer.

    They don't give a flying fuck about anyone else, and the sooner everybody with even a quarter of a functioning brain realizes that, the better.

  •  GOP war against science and logic (1+ / 0-)
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    Sister Havana

    America is doomed if they win. What a sorrow state of American affairs that facts have become liberal opinions. And Fox & Co only broadcast conspiracy theories and right-wing nut stuff.

    My NPR support will go up would they go independent. I am just afraid that they would also take broadcasting wave lengths away and replace them with Rush Limbaugh, talk radio, and bible readings.

  •  Please remember to Witness Revolution (0+ / 0-)

    there is still so much going on and so many people putting their lives at risk:

    Thank you.

  •  The GOP is playing for the 'end game', the Dems (2+ / 0-)
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    blue in NC, MrJersey

    ...continue to play to win "Ms. Congeniality".

    Quoting the last line of Mark Sumner's excellent FP article this morning:

    They're not playing to win 2012. They're playing for the end game.

    Meanwhile the Democrats, led by Obama continue in the laughable,  mythical pursuit of bipartisanship. Some are starting to wake up now (see WI protests) but I'm afraid it's too late. By the time another election cycle rolls around, the sources of funding for Democratic candidates will be curtailed and about five decades of Progressive lawmaking will have been undone.

    "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by frisco on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 12:01:39 PM PDT

  •  100% truth (0+ / 0-)

    The media bends over backwards to cover the right-wing talking points as gospel truth, but provides "roll of the eyes" coverage to anything coming from the left.  

  •  A small factual clarification (0+ / 0-)

    Kaili, in your final sentence you seem to attribute the "racist Tea Party" comments to NPR's president and CEO. I think you're conflating your Schillers - the (now-defenestrated) NPR president, Vivian Schiller, did not make those comments. The (also now-defenestrated) NPR fundraiser, Ron Schiller, did make them.

    That's probably worth clearing up, since Vivian Schiller was in a position of influence over NPR content, unlike Ron Schiller, who was very much on the other side of the high wall that's supposed to separate fundraising from content production.

    So this is DK4, eh?

    by ipsos on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 12:22:35 PM PDT

    •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

      How am I conflating the two Schillers? I'm not sure which sentence you're talking about.

      •  Penultimate graf, sorry (1+ / 0-)
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        This one:

        And yet the media is supposed to show the utmost deference to the Tea Party and to apologize whenever it makes the horrid misstep of even hinting that the party's members are, as Schiller said, "seriously, seriously racist." And even though Schiller is leaving NPR, as is its president and CEO, Republicans still insist that taxpayers should not have to support a "left-wing radio network."

        And on rereading it, I see that I misread "even though Schiller is leaving NPR, as is its president and CEO" as "even though Schiller is leaving NPR as its president and CEO."

        In other words - my bad...just a confusing situation what with the two Schillers and all.

        As Emily Litella said..."never mind!"

        So this is DK4, eh?

        by ipsos on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 12:59:34 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  this is why Im no longer Republican. (0+ / 0-)

          republicans dont seem to care one iota about the truth.

          I need people who are willing to say "You're right. Im wrong."

          Its an honest search for the truth and the facts that serve us all best.

          I dont care what you call people who care about truth and facts.  i just want more of them.

          Im tired of people who bury the truth for fun and profit.

          Did they ever even read their Bibles?

  •  Bullshit has a conservative bias (0+ / 0-)

    not a coincidence that "con" is short for conservative

  •  The Bush Klan (0+ / 0-)

    Bush43 says you can call him anything but a racist.  So pointing out that he is an AWOL coward, drunk, war criminal, and an amazing incompetent executive, etc. is ok.  Beyond New Orleans there is plenty of evidence that he has long been a racist.  He was for nuking Vietnam to save the military from embarrasssment; Vietnamese were something less than human to him.  Having more than 500K soldiers there was not enough to convince him that it was not winnable without committing a war crime of dropping nukes.  His campaign of spreading nasty racial untrue rumors about the McCain family,  Bubba Jeb's disenfranchisement of blacks in 2000 are additional evidence.  Has he ever aplogized for these things.  Lets not forget Bush41 voting against the Civil Rights Act when he was in Congress.   More recently we have Governor SkinHead in Florida with this

    Have any of the Bush Klan spoken out expressing their disagreement with Scott.  So it is more than just the  Tea Party folks it is their enablers like the Bush Klan.  They may try to hide their true identity but we know what they are.

  •  James O'Keefe did take down ACORN (0+ / 0-)

    and he'll take down NPR.

    I hate to say it, but the Dems in congress will find NPR not important enough to keep. They'll throw it to the dogs and won't even get anything in return.

    This is probably the most damaging thing that could happen to the 2012 campaign. NPR was one of the few National News outlets that would actually give our Pres. and his policies some air time.

    I can't stand it when my local news team refers to the health care bill, daily, as Obamacare. Pisses me off no end and these are the non-Faux news outfits.


    "In a world of the blind, the one-eyed man is a pariah" Ask Galileo -- Ask Darwin

    by OKParrothead on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 02:02:40 PM PDT

  •  Awesome post. Thanks. (0+ / 0-)
  •  Where was the outcry? (1+ / 0-)
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    when Glenn Beck called President Obama a "white racist"?  Why wasn't he yanked off the air immediately?  Oh, sorry, I guess that's OK.  It's free speech on the air.  Whereas this true statement is cause for a media war against NPR.  What dupes they are over there.  Defend yourselves! You have proof positive that the VP was speaking the truth.  Wimps! Thanks for posting; I was waiting for this.  That O'Keefe is still running around and not in jail is an outrage.

  •  And "fair and balanced" just be nice to GOP (0+ / 0-)

    After all, if anyone from any private or public-funded media outlet, including those that are supposed to be objective and unbiased news, said "those liberals really are elitist and anti-military and smug and against the values of real middle Americans" it wouldn't have been news.  In fact it is standard practice to repeat such assumptions and frame issues based on such assumptions about liberals and urbanites and seculars and others thoughout the media and everyone just accepts it.  

    The only place where Republicans are anywhere close to responsible is in the dictionary.

    by DemDachshund on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 04:36:40 PM PDT

  •  I can't feel too sorry for NPR (1+ / 0-)
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    i like bbq

    for at least the last 5 years they have had a decidedly right of center slant, while being slammed as leftist. That's just incompetence.

    If they had told the truth, rather than bring on professional liars from Heritage CATO and AEI as the go-to sources, they could have had a reputation for honesty. Instead it was the fair and balanced where every fact needs a lie for balance.

  •  Best commentary on the state of media I've seen (0+ / 0-)

    "Is this really indisputable proof of NPR's liberal bias? Or is it just the simple truth?"


    "After all, we are living in an era that demands strict adherence to the Republican principle that water is not wet, and anyone who says otherwise is guilty of liberal bias. "Fair and balanced" is the new prescription for the media. Any fact must be countered by a critic. Any report must include the "some say" counter-argument. And likewise, any Republican claim, no matter how unfounded, must be given its due coverage."

    Exactly right.

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