Thursday, March 12, 2009

Carville, Greenburg Told Reporters They Wanted Bush to Fail On Morning of 9/11

We have been hearing a LOT of ham-fisted reporting about radio talk king Rush Limbaugh's statement that he wanted Obama's policies to fail.

However, on the morning of September 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: "I certainly hope he doesn't succeed."

Carville was joined by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who seemed encouraged by a survey he had just completed that revealed public misgivings about the newly minted president.

Now, what we are not hearing any thoughtful reporting about these statements.

After the attacks were known to all, James Carville told assembled Washington reporters to "Disregard everything we just said! This changes everything!"

The press followed Carville's orders, never reporting his or Greenberg's desire for Bush to fail. The omission was understandable at first, as reporters were consumed with chronicling the new war on terror. But months and even years later, the mainstream media chose to never resurrect those controversial sentiments, voiced by the Democratic Party's top strategists, that Bush should fail.

That omission stands in stark contrast to the feeding frenzy that ensued when radio host Rush Limbaugh recently said he wanted President Obama to fail.

Bill Sammon of Fox News has the story.

Limbaugh's status as the nation's top radio talker is hardly an explanation for the disparity between his antagonistic treatment at the hands of the media compared to Carville and Greenberg.

In 2001, Carville was still an A-List star for his "It's the Economy, Stupid!" management of Bill Clinton's victorious 1992 presidential campaign. Greenberg had been the Democrats' leading pollster for many years (though, "strangely enough," at a human resources conference I attended in September 1996, where he told the assembled audience in essence that "Bill Clinton will be re-elected, get over it." I don't recall him disclosing his close ties even then to the party). A revelation that either one of these two wished failure on the president, especially after 9/11, might have been just as damaging to Carville and Greenberg's reputations as those currently attacking Limbaugh hope theirs might be on his influence.

Sammon's report demonstrates just how actively opposed to George W. Bush the establishment press were, and clearly continued to be, during his entire term. In what you might expect to be the supposedly competitive environment of journalism (but it obviously isn't), no one in the entire group thought this newsworthy of reporting for all this time.


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Monday, March 9, 2009

Obama: "I have more than enough to do without having to worry the financial system."

President Barack Obama Sunday once again blamed others for the nation's economic woes but this time he added that he was already too overworked to worry about the economy.
"By the time we got here, there already had been an enormous infusion of taxpayer money into the financial system," he said in an interview posted Saturday on The New York Times' Web site. "And the thing I constantly try to emphasize to people if that coming in, the market was doing fine, nobody would be happier than me to stay out of it. I have more than enough to do without having to worry the financial system."

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in 2006 Poll, Most Democrats Wanted President to Fail: Where's the Reporting?

We keep hearing from the media over and over about how unpatriotic and supposedly treasonous for conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh to want Barack Obama's policies to fail in the middle of a serious recession.

How is that any different for Democrats who wished President Bush wouldn't succeed while the nation was at war?

In August 2006, a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll asked the following of 900 registered voters:

Regardless of how you voted in the presidential election, would you say you want President Bush to succeed or not?

Here are the stunning results:


That says 51 percent of Democrats and 34 percent of Independents didn't want President Bush to succeed ... even though our nation was at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Where's the fair and balanced press on this story?

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

WND: Wikipedia Scrubs Obama Eligibility, Ayers, Wright From Obama Bio

Wikipedia users have scrubbed all references to homegrown terrorist William Ayers and the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright from Barack Obama's entry at the online encyclopedia.

Wikipedia has also been deleting within minutes any mention of eligibility issues surrounding Obama's presidency, with Wiki administrators banning anyone who writes about the subject,according to a WND report.
The entire Wikipedia entry on Obama seems to be heavily promotional toward the U.S. president. It contains nearly no criticism or controversy, including appropriate mention of important issues where relevant.

For example, the current paragraph on Obama's religion contains no mention of Wright, even though Obama's association with the controversial pastor was one of the most talked about issues during the presidential campaign.

That paragraph states: "Obama explained how, through working with black churches as a community organizer while in his twenties, he came to understand 'the power of the African-American religious tradition to spur social change.' He was baptized at the Trinity United Church of Christ in 1988 and was an active member there for two decades."

Ayers is also not mentioned, even where relevant.

WND monitored as a Wikipedia user attempted to add Ayers' name to an appropriate paragraph. One of those additions, backed up with news articles, read as follows:

"He served alongside former Weathermen leader William Ayers from 1994 to 2002 on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund the Developing Communities Project, and also from 1994 to 2002 on the board of directors of the Joyce Foundation. Obama served on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 2002, as founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1991. Ayers was the founder and director of the Challenge."

Within two minutes that Wikipedia entry was deleted and the user banned from posting on the website for three days, purportedly for adding "Point of View junk edits," even though the addition was well-established fact.
A check of Obama's Wikipedia page at 8:30 PM Eastern Time corroborated WND's claim. There was no reference to Ayers, and the only mention of Wright was in the notes section:
An Associated Press wire story on Obama's resignation from Trinity United Church of Christ in the course of the Jeremiah Wright controversy stated that he had, in doing so, disaffiliated himself with the UCC. (See "Obama's church choice likely to be scrutinized". Associated Press. November 17, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-1-20.)
Source: Wikipedia scrubs Obama eligibility

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