[VIDEO] BAD OPTICS: Obama on ‘Good Morning America’, Earlier Today: ISIS Is Not Getting ‘Stronger,’ We Have ‘Contained’ ThemPosted: November 13, 2015
Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” President Barack Obama seemingly downplayed the threat of ISIS in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that aired on Friday’s broadcast of “Good Morning America.”
“I don’t think they’re gaining strength. What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”
Stephanopoulos asked Obama if ISIS was gaining in strength, to which Obama denied they were.
“I don’t think they’re gaining strength,” Obama responded. “What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”…(read more)
Nearly three quarters of Americans believe the news media reports with an intentional bias, according to a new survey.
“These are discouraging results for those of us who have spent our careers in journalism. In 23 years in newsrooms, I saw consistent and concerted efforts to get stories right. Clearly, the public’s not convinced.”
— Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center, in an op-ed for USA Today
The 2015 State of the First Amendment Survey, conducted by the First Amendment Center and USA Today, was released Friday…
Other findings in the survey:
• Only 19 percent of Americans say the First Amendment goes “too far” in the rights that it guarantees. Last year, 38 percent said it went too far, meaning support for the First Amendment has grown.
• 38 percent agree that business owners should be required to provide services to same-sex couples, a 14-point drop from 2013, when the question was first asked. Read the rest of this entry »
The ABC News star, host to “Good Morning America (GMA)” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” is seen in a piece of street art tweaking him for a series of donations totaling $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Stephanopoulos appears next to Hillary Clinton, her arm draped over him, and the image caption dubs him her “Pay Pal.”
Stephanopoulos, who used to work in Bill Clinton’s White House, did not disclose his donations to the Clinton Foundation when discussing that very subject during a hostile interview with Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer.
Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash alleges that during Hillary’s time as Secretary of State, the Clintons accepted sizable donations to the Clinton Foundation seemingly in exchange for favorable U.S. deals with foreign governments…(read more)
— National Review (@NRO) May 19, 2015
“He pulled me into his office, and he said, ‘Are you sure you can do this?'”
Each year the National Press Foundation awards the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. The 2014 recipient? None other than embattled ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, whose acceptance speech includes the following interesting tidbit (starts at 1:54).
“And I have to say, it rocked me back on my heels.”
“I remember Ted Koppel coming to me when I first started,” Stephanopoulos recounted, “he pulled me into his office, and he said, ‘Are you sure you can do this? Are you sure you can be fair?’ And I have to say, it rocked me back on my heels.” He says he also met with “pointed questions” from ABC anchor Charlie Gibson…(read more)
Cloaked in Charity, George Gives His Critics The Finger
In a non-apology apology that is unlikely to appease the referees of press ethics, let alone his Republican detractors—and may just baffle morning television viewers who haven’t paid attention to the blossoming scandal within the media-political complex—the former top aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton put the very best face possible on his lapse in judgment in not disclosing $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation when he conducted a contentious April 26 interview with foundation critic Peter Schweizer on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, ABC News’s Sunday show.
Although Stephanopoulos’s case is very different from—and nowhere near as serious as—the embellishments of suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, his explanation of his mistake on Friday morning was much in the same vein as Williams’s claim last February that he made up a story about a helicopter ride in Iraq simply in an innocent, good-hearted attempt to honor America’s fighting men and women. Read the rest of this entry »
Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals
…The following list includes news media organizations that have donated to the foundation, as well as other media networks, companies, foundations or individuals that have donated. It is organized by the size of the contribution:
Chairman & CEO of Telmex, largest New York Times shareholder
Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox
Florida-based conservative media network
Owner of the Reuters news service
News Corporation Foundation
Philanthropic arm of former Fox News parent company
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Richard Mellon Scaife
Owner of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Former CBS, CBS News and Sony executive
Intermountain West Communications Company
Local television affiliate owner (formerly Sunbelt Communications)
Discovery Communications Inc.
ABC News chief anchor and chief political correspondent
Owner of New York Daily News and U.S. News & World Report
Time Warner Inc.
Owner of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting
Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Presenters of the Golden Globe Awards
Non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting journalism
Public Radio International
Parent company of CNN
Parent copmany of NBCUniversal
Parent company of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC
Public Broadcasting Service
Owner of POLITICO parent company Capitol News Group
AOL Huffington Post Media Group
PBS Newshour co-anchor and managing editor
The Washington Post Company
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 15, 2015
[VIDEO] Cintonesque Counterfeit Candor:
Posted: May 15, 2015
ABC News Analyst Democratic Campaign Operative George Stephanopoulos’ On-Air Apology
Limited Modified Hangout Specialist and Clinton Foundation Donation Donor George Stephanpoulos “Apologizes” For Not Disclosing Donation To Clinton Foundation. Sheds New Light on George Stephanopoulos’ April 2015 Interview with Peter Schweizer on ABC’s This Week.
David Weigel: Wrong Side of History? ‘Democrats Are Endorsing Something More Radical Than Voters Are Comfortable With’Posted: April 1, 2015
David Weigel writes:
..it’s now expected for Democrats to denounce RFRAs, just as large corporations are denouncing them. In doing so, all of the critics are on the wrong side of public polling. According to a March edition of the Marist poll, 54 percent of Americans agreed with “allowing First Amendment religious liberty protection or exemptions for faith based organizations and individuals even when it conflicts with government laws.” By a two-point margin, 47-45, even a plurality of Democratic voters agreed with that.
The margins were even larger in opposition to laws that proposed “penalties or fines for individuals who refuse to provide wedding-related services to same sex couples even if their refusal is based on their religious beliefs.” No Democrat is seriously proposing this; the nearest cultural analogue may be the story of Memories Pizza, the Indiana shop whose owner said that he would decline to provide pies to gay weddings, and saw its Yelp! page firebombed with angry comments. (The popularity of delivery pizza at gay wedding ceremonials is well known.) Still, according to Marist, Americans oppose penalties on businesses like Memories by a 65-31 margin. The margin among Democrats: 62-34 against. Read the rest of this entry »
Noting that polls consistently show the majority of Americans don’t support Obama’s foreign policy, Stephanopoulos asked the president, “Are you failing by your own standard?” (read more) The Corner – NRO
Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to former Clinton White House Press Secretary George Stephanopoulos, on ABC’s Sunday talk show This Week, complained about Russian president Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, grumbling about Putin’s “brazen act of aggression.”
“It’s a 19th-century act in the 21st century that really puts at question Russia’s capacity to be within the G-8”
Kerry had to respond to the question on everyone’s mind. Will Putin pay a price for his petulant plunge into sovereign territory?
Kerry carefully avoided saying anything offensive.
“We’re busy right now coordinating with our counterparts in many parts of the world…we don’t want this to be a larger confrontation…”
Kerry said that the president is “keeping all options on the table”, though Kerry’s phrasing is recognized by everyone, including Putin, as empty rhetoric when spoken by President Obama, or Secretary of State Kerry. Leaders east and west understand that the White House has no intentions of using any option other than diplomatic, though for the sake of appearances, it’s customary to signal that other options are being considered.
“We call on Russia to engage with the government of the Ukraine. We’re prepared to work very closely with Russia in order to address whatever legitimate concerns may exist…”
Note: Kerry’s bland answers and uninteresting quotes can be attributed to the lack of serious questions and probing redirects. While Kerry accepted invitations to appear on on each network news show this Sunday, he declined an invitation from Fox News Sunday, understandably preferring not to answer challenging questions from respected host and formidable interviewer Chris Wallace.
Bill Clinton: Obamacare Law Should Be Changed to Honor “If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan” Promise
Compare this new statement with one he offered just two days before Obmacare went
“The Republican Party is ‘begging for America to fail’ by rooting for President Obama’s signature health care law to fail, former President Bill Clinton said during an interview for “This Week” with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “I’ve never seen a time — can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail … I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I’ll be shocked if it fails,” [said Clinton].”
He went on to say that all these “dire predictions” Republicans were making would not come to pass, and agreed it would be a “big plus” in the “next election.”
And now? Probably doing some surrogating for Hillary!, he now says the law must be changed.
Barack Obama has always been less real than dream—a media dream…
…The mystery Obama—the hollow receptacle of out-sized fantasies left and right—is not a creation of his own making, political chameleon though he may well be. It emanates instead from a journalistic community that no longer in any way fulfills its designated function, that no longer even attempts the fair presentation of facts and current events aimed at helping the American electorate make up its mind according to its own lights. Rather, left-wing outlets like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, and the like have now devoted themselves to fashioning an image of the world they think their audiences ought to believe in—that they may guide us toward voting as they think we should. They have fallen prey to that ideological corruption that sees lies as a kind of virtue, as a noble deception in service to a greater good.
Theirs are largely passive lies and lies of omission. The active frauds—NBC’s dishonest editing of videos to reflect a leftist worldview, ABC’s allowing Democratic operative George Stephanopoulos to masquerade as a newsman, the Los Angeles Times’ suppressing even the transcript of the video in their possession that shows candidate Barack Obama at a meeting with a PLO-supporting sheik—these are only egregious salients of the more consistent, underlying dishonesty. The real steady-state corruption is revealed in the way Obama scandals like Fast and Furious, Benghazi-gate, and the repeated breaking of federal campaign laws have been wildly underplayed, while George W. Bush’s non-scandals, like the naming of Valerie Plame and the firings of several U.S. attorneys at the start of his second term, were blown out of all proportion.
And it is revealed in Obama’s blankness, his make-believe greatness, and the suppression, ridicule, and dismissal of any evidence that he is not the man this powerful media faction once wanted so badly for him to be. No other modern president could have associated so intimately with lowlifes like Wright and Ayers and the now-imprisoned Tony Rezko and not had those associations exposed in every detail. No other president could have made the radical remarks he’s made—about wealth redistribution, religion, and the federal government’s alleged ill-treatment of blacks—and not had them headlined all over for weeks. No other could have presided over such a crippled economy and such universal failures at war and in foreign policy and escaped almost without mainstream blame.
The Obama of the imagination is the media’s Obama. Out of their fascination with the color of his skin and their mindless awe at his windy teleprompted rhetoric, they constructed a man of stature and accomplishment. Now, with the White House on the line, they’re waging an ongoing battle against the undeniable evidence that he has never been, in fact, that man…
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