Filed under: Energy / Environment
Word comes this morning that the Washington Post has killed its Mouthpiece Theater video series after last Friday’s clip sparked outrage when the two hosts essentially called Hillary Clinton a “mad bitch.” In case you missed it, here’s a summary of the controversy from Politico, as well as an absolutely brilliant and devastating online video that helped bring the Post to its knees.
In the “Ménage à Stella Artois” episode — panned by the Columbia Journalism Review’s blog — the Post reporters discuss the “beer summit,” offering comical suggestions on what beers leading political figures would drink.
While Milbank and Cillizza mock figures on both sides of the aisle, and themselves — they’d take Jackass Oatmeal Stout — their beer suggestion for the Secretary of State could prompt charges of sexism.
Both Talking Points Memo and Media Matters have seized upon the part where Hillary Clinton’s face is on the screen, while Milbank says, “we won’t tell you who’s getting a bottle of ‘Mad Bitch’ beer.”
Hopefully at some point soon, Washington Post reporters will, you know, start actually reporting the news — instead of acting like buffoons auditioning to be the next Jon Stewart or Bill Maher. Because we already have too many of those.
This piece in this morning’s Washington Post is nothing short of breathtaking. In other words, it fairly, accurately and honestly reports the regret that many people are now feeling about casting their votes for Obama last fall.
Read the whole thing, but just check out some of the language – this kind of stuff has never appeared in the mainstream media before this morning:
“The coffee was still brewing when Chris Ann Cleland got her first reminder of the day that voting for Barack Obama might have been a mistake.”
“For Cleland, it was another example – one of many this day – of the broken promises of a president who she thought would be different.”
“He’s just not as advertised… I feel like I’ve been punked.”
“I haven’t come across one person who’s been helped.”
“The most stark evidence of Obama’s failure…”
Filed under: Health Care, Obama, Online Video, Shameless Self Promotion | Tags: Health Care, linda douglass, Obama, obamacare
By now you’ve probably seen the White House video featuring former
objective ABC News reporter Linda Douglass pushing back on ObamaCare critics.
Of course, her video leaves out lots of relevant facts and doesn’t exactly rebut any of the valid criticisms of ObamaCare.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the White House actually told the truth about ObamaCare? If they did, Linda Douglass’ little star turn on YouTube might have looked like this:
A new poll in the Virginia Governor’s race is set to be released this morning, but the folks at Public Policy Polling have already given a sneak peek at one of the headlines:
“Creigh Deeds is not doing well… The problem is all in who’s motivated and planning to turn out- McCain supporters are at a considerably higher rate than Obama’s, and that means a healthy McDonnell lead… there’s basically an 18 point enthusiasm gap for turning out this fall between McCain voters and Obama voters at this point.”
Of course, this is something that’s been evident for a while, dating back at least to the first round of tea parties back in February. And anybody who’s seen video of recent Congressional Town Hall meetings knows that anger is reaching a fever pitch among folks who are very concerned about massive levels of new spending and debt, energy taxes under a cap and trade scheme, and an attempt to nationalize the health care system.
I moved to Washington in June of 1994, just as a similar wave of anger was sweeping “flyover” America in response to President Clinton’s tax hikes, midnight basketball programs, gun control, and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policies. But this wave of frustration seems much, much larger.
Of course, the biggest difference between 1994 and 2009 is that the wave of frustration 15 years ago peaked during a Congressional midterm election, giving the GOP its first House majorities in 40 years. I don’t see the current wave subsiding between now and this November’s statewide elections in Virginia and New Jersey, but the big question is whether this level of energy is sustainable through all of next year. That’s a long time to stay full throttle.
Filed under: MSM
Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Esteemed Newspaper of Record, circa 2009.
Now if they’d only start fact-checking Paul Krugman’s columns…
Very good new health-care video from House GOP Leader John Boehner: