“MSNBC host Brian Shactman wants to know how “we” can propagate the White House’s Obamacare talking points better.
Guest hosting “MSNBC Live” Monday, the host of MSNBC’s “Way too Early” laid out the White House’s case on Obamacare after noting the Obama administration is renewing its public relations campaign to promote its troubled policy. Bringing in Rosa DeLauro, Shactman then asked the Democratic congresswoman what “we” could do to get the White House’s message out to the people.
“So my question congresswoman is, what are we doing to get that message out there a little more?” Shactman asked.”
Via The Daily Caller
“Left-wing journalist Jeremy Scahill appeared on the syndicated show “Democracy Now!” this Thursday to discuss the global “war on journalism,” claiming that “this White House seems to only want state media.”
Scahill spoke with left-leaning hosts Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez about the global suppression of reporters in places far-flung such as Somalia and Mexico.
But although he was responding to the British government’s crackdown on The Guardian newspaper, Scahill reserved special ire for the Obama administration’s aggressive actions against reporters and the First Amendment.
“You have, on the one hand, President Obama saying that his administration is going to be the most transparent in history and that they want to be friends with the press,” he said. “And on the other hand, they are monitoring the metadata of journalists, they are seizing phone records, they are trying to compel journalists to testify against their sources, they are trying to figure out who journalists are talking to within government so that they can go and indict those people.””
Via The Daily Caller
” NBC News has completely censored any mention of the unfolding ObamaCare disaster for the last 72 hours. Not one word about the millions of Americans losing their health insurance nor the severe political damage that has been done to President Obama and the Democratic Party.
In that same time period, both CBS and ABC reported on major developments regarding the new law, including revelations that much of ObamaCare’s infrastructure was still unfinished and that the administration knew of serious problems with the HealthCare.gov website as early as March.
The last time ObamaCare was even mentioned on the air waves of NBC News was during Monday morning’s Today show, when White House correspondent Peter Alexander touted a “to-do list” of damage control for the President and former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs was given a platform to spin for his former boss.
So what has NBC covered instead?”
Via News Busters
“On Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on Tuesday night, former New York City Police Department detective Bo Dietl explained why the “Knockout” game — an activity which involves sucker-punching an unsuspecting bystander with the goal of knocking them unconscious — is something the news media should be devoting more attention to, despite its racial aspects.
According to Dietl, the media has largely ignored the trend because it involves black-on-white crime.
“That was the Bloods and the Crips were involved with that,” Dietl said. “Also, there was — you had to go shoot somebody. But this thing, again, it’s being suppressed by the news media. The liberal news media doesn’t want to say exactly what it is. It’s gangs of black youths attacking whites. It’s called polar bear hunting. It’s called Jews being targeted. And that’s exactly what it is. It’s black-on-white crime. That’s racism.””
Via The Daily Caller
Politico Defends Obama’s “Keep Your Plan” Lie: He Had To Say It To Pass Obamacare Because Public Couldn’t Handle “Unpleasant Truths”…
It’s the cardinal rule of marketing management: Under-promise and over-deliver. If the sign at “Pirates of the Caribbean” says the wait is 45 minutes, and your kids are floating along on the ride in half that time, Disneyland really is the Happiest Place on Earth.
So it’s little wonder that the glaring contrast between the White House’s perpetually optimistic talk about its health care plan — “Try it! You’ll like it!” — and the messy realities of its rollout has sent President Barack Obama’s job approval ratings to all-time lows, and for the first time left the public with a negative view of his honesty in some surveys.
From the start, the plan was more complex and unpredictable than Obama liked to acknowledge, reliant as it was on the profit-driven market forces of the private insurance industry, individually regulated in all 50 states. And his strategy for selling it was always based on an unspoken assumption that the public could not tolerate such unpleasant truths.
Via Weasel Zippers
“The Obama administration is secretly negotiating a treaty that could have significant effects on domestic law. Officially, it’s a “free trade” treaty among Pacific rim countries, but a section of the draft agreement leaked in 2011 suggested that it will require signers, including the United States, to make significant changes to copyright law and enforcement measures.
Strangely, the administration seems to be encouraging the public to have a debate on the treaty before they know what’s in it. The Office of the United States Trade Representative has solicited comments about the treaty on its Web site, but there is no particularly detailed information about the content of the agreement, or a draft of the current version of the proposal.
Now, as Maira Sutton at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) notes, the New York Times editorial board has endorsed the TPP. While the editorial acknowledges that some are “worried about provisions on intellectual property that could restrict the availability of generic medicines and grant longer copyright protections to big media companies,” it nevertheless argues that a “good deal” would “not only help individual countries but set an example for global trade talks.”"
Via Washington Times
“Reporters with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers received “training” on how to cover Obamacare’s rollout from a policy expert who works with President Obama’s former health information technology adviser.
The Commonwealth Fund’s Sara Collins claimed during the training that healthcare.gov’s chronic dysfunctionality does not signify “deeper issues” with the law.
“I don’t think it signifies deeper problems, I think it is a website issue,” Collins told SABEW during the Oct. 28 training seminar.
Her optimistic take on the law’s difficulties is unsurprising since she works for an organization led by David Blumenthal, who was President Obama’s national coordinator for health information technology from 2009 to 2011.”
NBC has purged the story exposing the Obama administration’s knowledge of millions of Americans losing their insurance plans from their NBC News Investigations website.
NBC News has offered no explanation of this event nor have they issued a retraction or an editorial correction to the story. All we can do is speculate as to motive.
It is interesting to note, the latest story on the page for NBC News Investigations is now a story about the U.S. killing terrorists linked to the Westgate Mall Tragedy.
A Google Cache of the page exists here for those interested in reading the original story.
Via Weasel Zippers
Did MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Use ‘KKK’ Image for Cruz, Paul, Rubio?
“Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s All In, has a favorite tactic–though not an original one: connecting today’s Republicans with the racist Democrats of the old South. In June, he rewrote history by casting George Wallace as a Republican–an error for which, to his credit, he later apologized. On Wednesday, he appeared to use a more subtle tactic to connect the Tea Party’s Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio to the Ku Klux Klan.
In a segment on possible Tea Party contenders for the Republican Party’s nomination in the 2016 presidential race, Hayes used a graphic (above) that portrayed Cruz, Paul, and Rubio as kings in a deck of cards–and that, rather conveniently, spelled out the initials “K K K.” (Hayes did not say the word “kings” during the segment.)
The use of KKK imagery–historically associated with Democrats, not Republicans–to describe the Tea Party would not be unique to Hayes. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) recently used a burning cross to provide the “T” in “Tea Party” in a fundraising email. Hayes’s “dog whistle” was more clever, but–if intentional–no less offensive.”
“Now that the government has reopened and this threat to our economy is removed, all of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists, and the bloggers, and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do, and that’s grow this economy, create good jobs, strengthen the middle class, educate our kids, lay the foundation for broad-based prosperity and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul.”
Via Zero Hedge