Halperin: Media pretty much does what Obama wants

posted at 11:01 am on August 19, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

I’m not sure if we file this one under a refreshing trend of honesty in the media this election cycle, or simply a case of everyone having become so immersed in the day to day reality of political news coverage that they’ve just stopped caring or trying to pretend. Either way, Time Magazine’s very own Mark Halperin delivered a rather frank assessment of the state of media coverage of the White House this weekend during an appearance on The Today Show.

“The Obama folks clearly know they’ve found some traction on this tax return issue with Romney,” said NBC’s Lester Holt. “And then of course late in the week comes this challenge–’give us a little more and we won’t complain anymore.’ Has this issue come to the point it’s jumped the shark?”

“I think the press still likes this story a lot, the media is very susceptible to doing what the Obama campaign wants, which is to focus on this,” said Halperin.

That might be a bit much to believe just reading it here, so let’s go to the video.

You’ll notice there’s one other quote in there worth noting, re: Mitt’s tax returns:

Do voters care about it? I don’t think so. The economy is still top, front and center, this Medicare debate is important, it’s mostly something that the press and insiders care about. It’s an important issue of transparency, but there are other, bigger issues in the campaign.

Did somebody slip something in Halperin’s coffee? Will he still be employed at Time and be invited back to ABC this time next week? Stay tuned for another exciting episode of, As The Pundit Turns.


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THIS JUST IN: Water is wet.

aunursa on August 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

No. Ya think? Lapdogs.

Philly on August 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

The media has refused to vet Obama to any extent. His mentor is very interesting. GOOGLE:Obama’s mentor.

volsense on August 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Captain Obvious.

Aizen on August 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Lester knows. I think he may be in trouble.

tomas on August 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

This ought to make the White House press corpse happy.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/obama-aide-entertainment-tonight-just-as-importan#HTWF2

Philly on August 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Has someone finally realized that the dwindling marketshare and financial viablity of what is affectionately known as the Lame Stream Media might be worth actually investigating? Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of very shallow, unintelligent people. When the day comes that the NYT, WaPo, the Big Three and CNN all cease and desist the news business, the overall knowledge of all of America will take a large leap forward.

Zomcon JEM on August 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

“I think the press still likes this story a lot, the media is very susceptible to doing what the Obama campaign wants, which is to focus on this,” said Halperin

No sh#t, Sherlock.

BallisticBob on August 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Reminds me of little tax cheat Geithner admitting that we don’t have a plan, we just don’t like yours.

nobar on August 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

He did not include himself?

bayview on August 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Nothing more satisfying than seeing leftists only declare themselves to be the pathetic little sycophants they know themselves to be in their heart of hearts…

Pest on August 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

No! say that again, the MSM does what ever Obama wants? Kind of hard not to see that but hearing one of their own say it out loud, WOW hell just had a snow storm.

jainphx on August 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Yet, Obama thinks People magazine and ET need more access. I guess his media gate keepers have to swallow really hard when doing their jobs.

rubberneck on August 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

…I think the press should be required to wear their knee pads outside of their trousers so that the uninformed can all see the pads… and they shouldn’t be allowed to wipe off their face for at least an hour!

KOOLAID2 on August 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

These people are boring. They’re boring when they flog their narratives, and boring when they offer their tapioca insights behind the narratives. They’re just boring.

rrpjr on August 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

In other news water is wet.

Media we get it. You are non paid by the DNC operatives thereof. Mitt is making you prove it.

You are SO desperate to save the donks nobody on the right would believe you that the house was on fire if the neighbors were getting s’mores ready to cook.

We get it, and one day soon by hook or by crook YOU’ll get it.

If a soldier engaged in such naked partisanship using the authority entrusted to them by the electorate he’d be court-martialed.

All your safety under the Constitution is predicated on the idea that you act as a watchdog for the electorate, yet you are all so brazenly in the bag for the left that you undermine the desire of a portion to protect you at all.

I look forward to you getting the Lubyanka treatment when you finally “win”.

Ask the writers who backed Trotsky how much fun Stalin was after he secured power.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Our Mandate and chief is out of control

tomas on August 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

This kind of falls under the Evan Thomas Rule — i.e., Thomas was the one in 2004 who said that the media support for John Kerry was worth “maybe 15 points” in his race against George W. Bush. It was shockingly honest about the problem with the media, but at the same time it didn’t mean that Thomas was going to stop trying to help Kerry get that 15 point margin.

Same thing here. Halperin may admit that much of the media readily follows whatever game plan Team Obama wants them to run, but that doesn’t mean that Halperin or the people under him at Time are going to stop running it.

jon1979 on August 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Yet, Obama thinks People magazine and ET need more access. I guess his media gate keepers have to swallow really hard when doing their jobs.

rubberneck on August 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Correct, the media are essentially saying “Go comrade Soetoro and hide until we can make your argument for you.”

It does not matter anymore if the American electorate is so stupid this feeble trick fools them better to have it out on the table.

I think the Rasmussen numbers are noise, but if there has been a genuine shift in independents to now favoring Obama by 10 points based on the outright LIES the media is telling democracy is dead anyway.

The pity is that people literally have to vet facts themselves now, because you cannot rely on the media to do so AT ALL now.

I could even tolerate their attempts at spin if they would acknowledge fact, but they are trying to bypass fact straight to spin.

Hey you democrat retards, you are aware that none of Paul Ryan’s ideas are law yes?

Barack Obama made the theft from Medicare LAW he and the Congressional democrats and the Donk Senate raided Medicare.

Paul Ryan never took a penny,

Both of the above are facts.

Ryan’s “sin” is accepting Barack’s theft as the “new baseline”.

Defeating you will be joy, and losing to you no source of dishonor because you have no honor in the fight itself.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

This kind of falls under the Evan Thomas Rule — i.e., Thomas was the one in 2004 who said that the media support for John Kerry was worth “maybe 15 points” in his race against George W. Bush. It was shockingly honest about the problem with the media, but at the same time it didn’t mean that Thomas was going to stop trying to help Kerry get that 15 point margin.

Same thing here. Halperin may admit that much of the media readily follows whatever game plan Team Obama wants them to run, but that doesn’t mean that Halperin or the people under him at Time are going to stop running it.

jon1979 on August 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

If they win this way the conservatives of America will have to create an information insurgency to fight the Press’ institutional biases.

We will need to use citizens to observe and report on press actions and connections and use the internet and handbills to expose the press’ private laundry as they so enjoy exposing private citizens and one sides’ political class.

Not a violent insurgency, a political one.

If we lose running our best and acting our best it is time to lay the groundwork to use the enemy’s methods against them.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM

“I think the press still likes this story a lot, the media is very susceptible sycophantic to doing what the Obama campaign wants, which is to focus on this,” said Halperin.

FIXED

BigAlSouth on August 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I dunno… you can plagiarize like Zakaria and Horwitz, lie like Blair and Duranty, but this… this truth-telling… guy’s gotta go. The media has its standards.

de rigueur on August 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM

On Mitts tax returns–

It’s an important issue of transparency, but there are other, bigger issues in the campaign.

After four years of these clowns in this administration and the Democrats in congress? This struck me as funny. LOL

whbates on August 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The real genius of Fox News isn’t Fox News. It’s how Ailes got everyone else to stop pretending they were not biased. They got so mad at “Fair and Balanced” they all collectively dropped their pants.

Sean Hannity is right. Journalism doesn’t exist.

AYNBLAND on August 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM

remember way back when if a TV station gave one candidate free time, they had to offer it to all opponents of that candidate?

katablog.com on August 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Call me cynical, but I think this is simply the MSM laying down markers so that when Obama loses in November, the media can suddenly use the claim that they aren’t going to be in the tank for any candidate to be as intensely unpleasant as they choose with Romney/Ryan and any other GOP politician, or any donor to them, or any member of the GOP, whom they choose. They will inevitably claim that the negative coverage is all part of their efforts to be ‘unbiased’ and burnish their credentials as ‘journalists’.

thatsafactjack on August 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

After four years of these clowns in this administration and the Democrats in congress? This struck me as funny. LOL

whbates on August 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM

It’s simultaneously galling and funny — not sure whether to howl in outrage or convulse in laughter. I find myself in this position a lot lately. It’s very unnerving, as if I live in a penumbra between madness and sanity.

That someone in the media can even bring up “Mitt’s tax returns” and keep a straight face in view of the galloping, virulent and lethal corruption and abuse of trust of this administration — well, I don’t know what to say. That we’re forced to suffer this kind of surreality on a daily basis is a moral and sanity endurance test.

rrpjr on August 19, 2012 at 11:42 AM

“Mitt’s ad writer, pick up Line 1″…economy is still #1, but expose every angle of deceit beginning with these nutsacks…

Although I adored Tony Snow to no end (rest his soul), our Press Secy needs to be Newt-like as we must recapture the narrative and expose the MSM for the sycophants they are during these next 4 yrs.

hillsoftx on August 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

This says it all. Grenell’s tweets are a thing of beauty. Such a shame he was hounded out team Romney.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Wow. And then there’s this.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

This isn’t news, tell me something we don’t know.

banzaibob on August 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Maybe the press is getting a little impatient with Obama…maybe.

Terrye on August 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Repeat after me… Fifth Column Treasonous Media… Word do have meaning you know…

What does “You didn’t build that” really mean?

SWalker on August 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM

No shit, Sherlock

beedubya on August 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Press happy to report the Blightbringer family is in church this morning..for the 3rd time this year….pandering for the Christian vote I surmise since he resembles nothing of the such…

hillsoftx on August 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Wow. And then there’s this.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Did MTP really edit the clip?

rrpjr on August 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Maybe the press is getting a little impatient with Obama…maybe.

Terrye on August 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM

No Terry Barack is telling them “work harder” and so they are. If they get him five points ahead of Mitt for real he will grace them with his presence.
The evil is they are trying.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Hey we are going to keep whining about stuff that no one but Obama cares about. Because what Obama cares about is what we care about!

Are news agencies getting stimulus money or are they doing this for love?

Cindy Munford on August 19, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Hey we are going to keep whining about stuff that no one but Obama cares about. Because what Obama cares about is what we care about!

Are news agencies getting stimulus money or are they doing this for love?

Cindy Munford on August 19, 2012 at 12:03 PM

These are donations in kind to the DNC. Given the cost of air time I think the libs owe about 250 million and growing.

We should yank their licenses.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

msdnc won’t be too happy

cmsinaz on August 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Did MTP really edit the clip?

rrpjr on August 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I didn’t watch it but I’m assuming they did. No reason to tweet something like that out if it isn’t true. That’s what Dem propagandist’s do.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Er, “propagandists”.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I didn’t watch it but I’m assuming they did. No reason to tweet something like that out if it isn’t true. That’s what Dem propagandist’s do.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM

HEY we weren’t engaging in bias…our airtime is a precious comoddity and we HAD to cut a corner….the story is about the old lady right?

//Moonbat Media

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Are news agencies getting stimulus money or are they doing this for love?

Cindy Munford on August 19, 2012 at 12:03 PM

They’re doing it for the tingles up their legs.

TXUS on August 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Maybe the press is getting a little impatient with Obama…maybe.

Terrye on August 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM

No, the press is just butthurt that he isn’t paying them enough attention after they worked so hard to get him elected the first time. All he has to do is wink at them and say a few words to soothe their feelings.

beedubya on August 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I wonder if I were in Mitt’s place and actually won the election, how would I deal with the media. I would almost be tempted to call all the heads of the MSM and give them the riot act. I would let them know their broadcast licenses are in jeopardy because they are not serving the public with their biased news.

If Democrats complain, remind them about the Fairness Act when it conservative radio they wanted to control. If the public owns the airwaves that includes television.

banzaibob on August 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM

halperin to backtrack on morning joe first thing tomorrow am….

guaranteed

‘i was taken out of context….yada, yada, yada’

cmsinaz on August 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I haven’t donated to Mitt’s campaign yet and will the first time I see an ad that Romney says something like I’ll give you more tax returns when I see your college transcripts. Mitt, are you listening?

TulsAmerican on August 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I would let them know their broadcast licenses are in jeopardy because they are not serving the public with their biased news.
banzaibob on August 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM

NO! Don’t even go there! The free market must decide the fate of the media, not the government.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Halperin: Media pretty much does what Obama wants

You’re being dishonest, Jazz.

Malperin siad the media are doing Obama’s bidding in this instance only:

“I think the press still likes this story a lot, the media is (sic) very susceptible to doing what the Obama campaign wants, which is to focus on this,” said Halperin.

He never admitted to an overall media bias. He’s not that candid.

itsnotaboutme on August 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Malperin Halperin

itsnotaboutme on August 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

NO! Don’t even go there! The free market must decide the fate of the media, not the government.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

The founders gave the press license because the government was not in the business of stopping people from having access to a printing press friend.

I am NOT going to let them turn this nation communist through media criminal advocacy openly.

The free market has spoken repeatedly, the left willingly takes losses with this bias because profit is not their goal power is.

You are correct the founders said the press is free let the market decide.

Shall I remind you what remedy they had for tyrants and traitors in mind as well?

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Former TASS employees have to work somewhere.

No moving on to important news items. Did you hear about
Seamus and Romney’s vacation 30 years ago?

acyl72 on August 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

He never admitted to an overall media bias. He’s not that candid.

itsnotaboutme on August 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

You miss the overall point in its entirety the tax issue being rammed is not the point. They will not pursue Fast and Furious as they would a Bush scandal, they used thirty times the airtime for Scooter Libby than murder and DoJ refusal to provide evidence to Congress…..

the press is aiding tyranny a leader who has told Congress F*** you has told the electorate f*** you.

He is President not king.

Free men know what to do with Kings who refuse to respect the rights of their subjects.

You part company as we did, or you take a king’s head like Cromwell.

If the media refuses to do their jobs and let votes fall come what may they are refusing to let the “head” be cut by ballot….

what did the founders say about ballots, bullets, and boxes?

The reason I am saying remind the press they are not democrats in their job or they are and subject to election law is very much that I would give up even my deference for original intent rather than want blood shed or tyranny easily rendered.

If the media can openly evangelize for their preference on air unrebutted the Republic is doomed.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Jazz, Ed would have embedded the Casablanca scene on this one. Shocked I say.

Hummer53 on August 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

No. Ya think? Lapdogs.

Philly on August 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

mmmmmmmmm….lapdogs….yum!

Laura in Maryland on August 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The only surprising thing about this is the fact that Mark Halperin actually told the truth.

Cylor on August 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Former TASS employees have to work somewhere.

No moving on to important news items. Did you hear about
Seamus and Romney’s vacation 30 years ago?

acyl72 on August 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Exactly. If I want to live in a collectivist dictatorship with a healthy vibrant economy, I have it on good authority from Barack’s friend Mr. Krugman that they both want the US to be more like China….well I can go live in China and get the real thing.

At least people who live liberty in China screw with their government when they go to far….

sure they die but they understand there are problems.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I

would let them know their broadcast licenses are in jeopardy because they are not serving the public with their biased news.
banzaibob on August 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM

NO! Don’t even go there! The free market must decide the fate of the media, not the government.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Too late the liberals in government already do.

banzaibob on August 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Y’know what would be refreshing? If a media creature confessed that some MSM reporters and commentators are deeply disenchanted with Mr. Obama or–apostasy!–now actually loathe him. Of course, such a “traitor” would be shunned or worse…

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Too late the liberals in government already do.

banzaibob on August 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Correct you can’t unscramble eggs.

We either fight fire with fire or we don’t.

The issue of waiting for the people to demand punishment for the flouting of our ideals is a losing hand because only the members of one side have ever had a genuine interest in those ideals in modern times.

The left only brays about the media when we are in power and the media cannot literally grab our leaders from bed at 2am.

I am done with two sets of rules, and if they win this way then the new game is the game.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM

To heII with the lot of them!

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 12:39 PM

No, what you do is shut them out. Give them no access, don’t call on them at press conferences, don’t make anyone in your cabinet available for any interviews – nothing. They can be in business all they want, but when they work part and parcel for your political opponents, hit them where they live – dry up their sources.

Then we can continue making sure they lose enough money they disappear forever.

Zomcon JEM on August 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM

First he says the media “like” the story (mainly because Obama told them to.) Then he says the American people aren’t very interested in it – at least not yet.

This is a rare frank admission from one of the people who actually works in the sausage factory. Modern political propaganda adopts the same principles as mass media commercial advertising, but the media have no “product” to sell save themselves. So, to a very large extent, the media don’t really serve the market so much as they create their own demand — from, essentially, nothing.

Liberals don’t really think about the world in a pro-active fashion. The simple-minded believe most things for the same reason they believe “McDonalds is my kind of place.” They tend to become interested in whatever they hear repeated most often, assuming that it must be important or else “everybody” wouldn’t be talking about it all the time.

logis on August 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Too late the liberals in government already do.

banzaibob on August 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM

How? They tried to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine and failed. Please provide specific examples of government deciding who gets to broadcast or prient and who doesn’t.

What you are asking for – to use the federal government’s power – would set a dangerous precedent which would come back to bite us. Really bad idea.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM

On Mitts tax returns–

It’s an important issue of transparency, but there are other, bigger issues in the campaign.

After four years of these clowns in this administration and the Democrats in congress? This struck me as funny. LOL

whbates on August 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Me too. The transparency meme is outstandingly ironic & hypocritical.
I am really amazed at the blatant lies & double standards.
They just get bolder & bolder. They think no one notices this $hit.

Badger40 on August 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

How? They tried to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine and failed. Please provide specific examples of government deciding who gets to broadcast or prient and who doesn’t.

What you are asking for – to use the federal government’s power – would set a dangerous precedent which would come back to bite us. Really bad idea.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM

It has already bitten the Republic repeatedly this viper and the poison may finally have the toxicity to kill the Republic.

In every market where there is real competition Conservatism eventually wins, BUT the rich left and corporations making alliance with the left have shown a willingness to accept losses and reduced relevancy and perusal to spread the lies and aid the left in any way they can.

The founders did not license printing presses, and they most assuredly would not tolerate the presence of only one view in a medium sans war.

You refuse to understand the media and the left are at war with us.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Halperin!!!
Master of the Obvious!!!

Thank the Lord for our investigative media. What would we ever do without their deep digging investigative journalists?

Someone should really pop the bubble these morons live in.

gordo on August 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM

No, what you do is shut them out. Give them no access, don’t call on them at press conferences, don’t make anyone in your cabinet available for any interviews – nothing. They can be in business all they want, but when they work part and parcel for your political opponents, hit them where they live – dry up their sources.

Then we can continue making sure they lose enough money they disappear forever.

Zomcon JEM on August 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I agree and they know we will that is why they are all in.

They grasp that they are tied to an idiot with dreams of being a madman but they also know that a large portion of us on the right hate them so deeply we will laugh at their protestations this time openly in public no matter the crowd and point out their oral pleasuring of Choom King and remind people of Barack’s actions.

If they win this way it is our duty to make them pay the price they now rightly fear.

I do not begrudge the leftist being a leftist they are the opponent.

I hate the media with all proper fury because they are as the referee attacking one fighter and not the other.

We either punish them or they continue.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Do voters care about it? I don’t think so… it’s mostly something that the liberal press and Democratic insiders care about

Edited for clarity.

farsighted on August 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Jet plane headed to earth.

We may avoid bankruptcy if someone looks at the financial state of our nation and has the guts to handle a budget. We have conservatives and a few smart liberals for that.

Nobody is there to save our media from the mad rush to destruction they began long ago but added afterburner thrust to in 2008. The public doesn’t trust them and they have empowered leaders who lack respect for our traditions and the maintenance of our system.

Surprise! The guys in wigs and stockings created their place, too and they are (or will be) going out with the proverbial bathwater.

IlikedAUH2O on August 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Nahh, Halperin’s done this before–i.e., told the truth about the HOES IN THE MEDIA.

He got suspended from Morning Joe for inadvertently saying what he thought, and had to grovel to get back on teh air.

At some point, maybe the HOES IN THE MEGIA will become so EMBARRASSED THAT THEY’RE SUCKING OBAMA PUBLICLY that they’ll give it up and try to regain some dignity.

But I won’t hold my breath.

mountainaires on August 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM

How? They tried to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine and failed.

They will keep trying. They will lie on the MSM to say it is only fair and the MSM will work on the public to be stupid enough to vote for politicians to support the Fairness Act. Of course the MSM will not be included in such legislation.

Please provide specific examples of government deciding who gets to broadcast or prient and who doesn’t.

You don’t think they haven’t tried. They control what is put out in press corp briefings, when they have them. Asking Carney a question is almost like asking a chimpanzee. The MSM works with the friends in the government to boycott businesses not freindly to Obama. Wasn’t a supporter of Romney called in for an audit of taxes and labor pratices on his ranch.

What you are asking for – to use the federal government’s power – would set a dangerous precedent which would come back to bite us. Really bad idea.

Am I supposed to sit back and watch them take my country away with their lies, the answer is no. Too many people in this country get their news from the MSM and they vote more liberals into office.

banzaibob on August 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Serves them right!

Cutter just demoted the press corpses to the entertainment level.

It’s perfect. They all eat Obama’s sh*t, mistaking it for Beluga caviar. Good job, morons. She served it to you on a platinum platter, the witch.

Enjoy it, you harlots.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM

It has already bitten the Republic repeatedly this viper and the poison may finally have the toxicity to kill the Republic.

In every market where there is real competition Conservatism eventually wins, BUT the rich left and corporations making alliance with the left have shown a willingness to accept losses and reduced relevancy and perusal to spread the lies and aid the left in any way they can.

The founders did not license printing presses, and they most assuredly would not tolerate the presence of only one view in a medium sans war.

You refuse to understand the media and the left are at war with us.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I asked you for specific examples of how the Federal Government has used its powers with broadcast licenses. You have failed to do that. All you’ve done is given me a hyperbolic rant which includes totally incorrect conclusions about MY understanding of the media and the threat they pose.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Halperin better watch his step . . . he’s getting close to another ‘d1ck’ comment. Loved it when he called the Prez that on MSNBC and got promptly banned. However, he’s only stating the obvious.

Bob in VA on August 19, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Keep talking tax returns we are going from Medicare to the economy during the convention. See how you
Ike that Halprin hahahaha

Conservative4ev on August 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

NO! Don’t even go there! The free market must decide the fate of the media, not the government.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Indeed. Start with NO more taxes to PBS and NPR.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Halperin: Media pretty much does what Obama wants

You’re being dishonest, Jazz.

Malperin siad the media are doing Obama’s bidding in this instance only:

“I think the press still likes this story a lot, the media is (sic) very susceptible to doing what the Obama campaign wants, which is to focus on this,” said Halperin.

He never admitted to an overall media bias. He’s not that candid.

itsnotaboutme on August 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

You miss the overall point in its entirety the tax issue being rammed is not the point. They will not pursue Fast and Furious as they would a Bush scandal, they used thirty times the airtime for Scooter Libby than murder and DoJ refusal to provide evidence to Congress…..

the press is aiding tyranny a leader who has told Congress F*** you has told the electorate f*** you.

He is President not king.

Free men know what to do with Kings who refuse to respect the rights of their subjects.

You part company as we did, or you take a king’s head like Cromwell.

If the media refuses to do their jobs and let votes fall come what may they are refusing to let the “head” be cut by ballot….

what did the founders say about ballots, bullets, and boxes?

The reason I am saying remind the press they are not democrats in their job or they are and subject to election law is very much that I would give up even my deference for original intent rather than want blood shed or tyranny easily rendered.

If the media can openly evangelize for their preference on air unrebutted the Republic is doomed.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Of course the media are biased.
I’m just saying that Halperin never said they are intentionally helping Obama.
He simply said they’re doing what Obama wants in this one matter.

itsnotaboutme on August 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Indeed. Start with NO more taxes to PBS and NPR.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2012 at 1:29 PM

That’s a separate issue from restricting broadcast licenses via executive (FCC) fiat. This would require a vote in Congress.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 1:32 PM

So claiming that Obama beats his wife is half true because he does, in fact, have a wife?

jukin3 on August 19, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Now if he can just figure out why no one reads Time anymore….

one free individual on August 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I asked you for specific examples of how the Federal Government has used its powers with broadcast licenses. You have failed to do that. All you’ve done is given me a hyperbolic rant which includes totally incorrect conclusions about MY understanding of the media and the threat they pose.

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Fox News is the closest thing we have to competition with the MSM BD, what did Schumer threaten to do because of Fox’s success?

Fairness Doctrine

Getting the ability to broadcast a newscast is not too expensive. In the founders time if I had the equipment I could air what I would. The act of needing a license is by its very nature a prohibition on a true free market.

You keep acting as though I need to hand you cases of the government directly saying with a denial “no sorry you are bad because you don’t agree”.

Not so, the press’ deference in the founding was because any man who was so inclined and had the funds or the backing could air in any media of the day come what may.

Schumer also wanted Limbaugh’s ability to air thwarted by the FD back in ’94 recall?

They know that through the FD’s forced losses by gifting airtime to idiots they would disincentivize stations from allowing the market to choose.

This is by design a structurally uneven playing field and we must force the left to either openly own their advocacy in the media and decide how to deal with it, or use the same subtle and sublime methodology to cow the M$M into submission to balance.

GE happily takes the losses to aid their bagman in getting the power to save them billions.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM

The act of needing a license is by its very nature a prohibition on a true free market.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM

The act of needing at least a radio license is actually necessary bcs there is physically only so much bandwidth available.
I see the need for things like that.

Badger40 on August 19, 2012 at 1:52 PM

The act of needing at least a radio license is actually necessary bcs there is physically only so much bandwidth available.
I see the need for things like that.

Badger40 on August 19, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I am not arguing against licensing, I am stating that the 1,2 punch of needing a license and the liberals use of threats concerning the fairness doctrine show already that the government can and has in the past very much used coercive force over free speech.

There is no solution possible to the trap they have thus far set. We need to acknowledge the elephant in the room, or bite the bullet and allow an overt government media source because the only difference between Gov TV and the “Free Press” is that the “Free Press” is serving one set of masters.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Buy Danish on August 19, 2012 at 1:32 PM

All known…they have not received a dime from me since congresswoman Schroeder inserted the high taxes into a bill, in the middle of the night. To hell with them all, the congress and the stations.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Shouldn’t it read “Media pretty much DO whatever…”?

HornHiAceDeuce on August 19, 2012 at 2:26 PM

the government can and has in the past very much used coercive force over free speech.
harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Let’s not forget the democrats’ threat to ABC over its broadcast of “Path to 9/11″.

http://hotair.com/archives/2006/09/07/thugs-for-life-dems-threaten-abcs-broadcast-license-over-path-to-911/

rrpjr on August 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Let’s not forget the democrats’ threat to ABC over its broadcast of “Path to 9/11″.

http://hotair.com/archives/2006/09/07/thugs-for-life-dems-threaten-abcs-broadcast-license-over-path-to-911/

rrpjr on August 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Correct, although I winder if that was not a bit of Kabuki theater to lay the groundwork to cow Fox as a test run.

You don’t get virginity back. If the wall is so oiled, slippery, and high we simply cannot win then we have to discuss the destruction of the wall or bypass it. The problem with bypassing it is that the Left/M$M/Edu bias attempts to thwart all bypassing.

harlekwin15 on August 19, 2012 at 2:30 PM

And that mean Mark ‘He’s a dick’ Halperin pretty much does what he’s told, right?

LizardLips on August 19, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I’m just saying that Halperin never said they are intentionally helping Obama.
He simply said they’re doing what Obama wants in this one matter.

itsnotaboutme on August 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

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That’s one hell of a hair being split there. So… they just can’t help themselves when they hump his leg like they do… Got it.
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Mr Tingles for example…
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RalphyBoy on August 20, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Just because this commie hack wears a suit and tie does not mean he and his commie Democrats do not intend to take you life via taxes.

To take your life via over taxing and spending they first must take your freedom and liberty. That requires that they over come your constitutiion via the congress, Pres. and judical appoitments.

They do that with the 24/7 intentional enabling of these little gofers like Mark Halprien.

He is not news, he is just a well dressed and slicked up Stalin.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM