Schieffer: Welcome to Dumb and Dumber in Washington

posted at 8:41 am on May 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Jazz covered White House communications strategist Dan Pfeiffer’s no good, very bad day on the Sunday talk shows yesterday, but one exchange in particular is worth revisiting — especially since Pfeiffer may have set a new gold standard for throwing gasoline on a political fire. As part of doing the full Ginsburg (as Susan Rice did eight months ago almost to the day with similar impact), Pfeiffer sat across the desk from Bob Schieffer on CBS’ Face the Nation, and Schieffer wondered … why? Why does the White House rush to take credit for every little success, Schieffer wondered, and then send out ignorant flacks in every failure and scandal? Mediaite noted the exchange:

“Is this president out of touch?” the CBS host asked, addressing the talk about Obama often appearing to be a bystander. The “actual, real scandal” would have been if the president had interfered with an investigation, Pfeiffer countered.

Schieffer pressed on though: Later in the interview, he denied any desire to be “argumentative,” but pointed out that when the executive branch does something right (e.g. killing Osama bin Laden), the White House has no “hesitancy” in taking credit.

“But with all of these things, when these things happen, you seem to send out officials many times who don’t even seem to know what has happened,” he added, as contrast.

“And I use as an example of that Susan Rice who had no connection whatsoever to the events that took place in Benghazi, and yet she was sent out, appeared on this broadcast, and other Sunday broadcasts, five days after it happens. And I’m not here to get in an argument with you about who changed which word in the talking points and all that. The bottom line is what she told the American people that day bore no resemblance to what had happened on the ground in an incident where four Americans were killed.”
Not quite responding to the point Schieffer was making, Pfeiffer reverted to the much-repeated argument about how the administration put forth information as they received it.

Schieffer reiterated that he was speaking about the “PR plan.”

“Why did you do that?” he asked. “Why didn’t the secretary of state come and tell us what they knew and if you knew nothing say, ‘We don’t know yet’? Why didn’t the White House chief of staff come out? I mean I would, and I mean this as no disrespect to you — why are you here today? Why isn’t the White House chief of staff here to tell us what happened?”

Pfeiffer didn’t provide an answer, providing an ironic proof of Schieffer’s point. The CBS host wasn’t done, either. After Pfeiffer left, Schieffer offered this editorial welcoming viewers to “Dumb and Dumber”:

Remember what White House sources told Sharly Attkisson about Benghazi in their fallback posture last week?

“We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”

That seems to be the sales pitch these days.

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Somebody’s about to get audited.

Good Lt on May 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Why does the White House rush to take credit for every little success, Schieffer wondered, and then send out ignorant flacks in every failure and scandal?

Because you let them, Bob. Because you beg them to use you to do such, Bob. You, as much as anybody, created this America, Bob. Now own it.

MNHawk on May 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Idiots are more acceptable than thugs. Whichever way, it bodes no good for the country.

Woe to the Republic!

Liam on May 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

We get the government we lazy Americans deserve.

We get a completely enabling gop that is a joke.

We get tough minded Socialist Democrats that will destroy you to get their agenda through.

We have a complicit media that is just interested in currying favor with the Progressive Ruling class (as long as they are Dems or gop media whores that will bash Conservatives).

And we the stupid lazy Americans keep electing them because we are more worried about our Chicken strips in drive through and getting our Internet connection faster.


All hail the great American Superpower.

PappyD61 on May 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Somebody’s about to get audited.

Good Lt on May 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

With medical records made public by pure ‘accident’!

ajacksonian on May 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Maybe no one should drink the beer that Obama brews..
If he is really brewing it…

Electrongod on May 20, 2013 at 8:48 AM

No wonder our leaders hold the voters in such contempt.

We’re too freaking stupid to push back against tyranny in the water pressure coming out of our faucets, someone telling us what kind of fuel we can use, that we must pay more property taxes (for the children).

And half the country would be supportive of Obama if he announced Tea Party thugs had been arrested and were being sent to re-education centers.

PappyD61 on May 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM

And half the country would be supportive of Obama if he announced Tea Party thugs had been arrested and were being sent to re-education centers.

PappyD61 on May 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM

HAL approves..

Electrongod on May 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Bob has been enabling this, then he acts shocked when Obama’s antics finally rub him the wrong way.

And for a guy born yesterday, he sure hasn’t aged well.

Dongemaharu on May 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Does anyone even know who the Chief of Staff is?

Curtiss on May 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Sure wish you’d made that speech 6 months ago Bob.

JimK on May 20, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Every point Bob made was almost apologetic. Credit for something I guess

jake-the-goose on May 20, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Grandpa – Why are you here?

Pfeiffer – blank stare

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I ask you, what motive could Bob Schieffer have for calling a back man dumb? Think about it…

Akzed on May 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Hey, Bob, how many Americans died in Watergate?

Welcome to the party, dufus.

LoganSix on May 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM

“If I find that any members of my Administration have had any intimate knowledge of, or involvement in, the workings of the United States government, they will be dealt with accordingly,”
President Obama, weekly radio address.

pambi on May 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Does anyone even know who the Chief of Staff is?

Curtiss on May 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Denis McDonough…He’s sitting next to Frau Hillary in the situation room Bin Ladin photo.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

“We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”

Obviously, someone who missed the class in BA where they explained the concepts of “stupidity is not a viable defense”, and “when you’re in a deep, deep hole, stop digging already.”

If their best defense is hoping we’ll believe that they’re just a bunch of amiable dunces, as opposed to malicious ideologues, they should be talking to Congressional investigators. Something along the lines of “If I tell everything, under oath, can I get into the Witness Protection Program?”

Run by the U.S. Marshal Service, that is, not the FBI.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Journalist who took “acces to contraception” story seriously during the presidential campaign complains about dumbing down of American politics.

Ted Torgerson on May 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

I ask you, what motive could Bob Schieffer have for calling a back man dumb? Think about it…

Akzed on May 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

The standard answer from liberals is that Schieffer is a closet Conservative and, therefor, a racist.

Liam on May 20, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Why does the White House rush to take credit for every little success, Schieffer wondered, and then send out ignorant flacks in every failure and scandal?

Breaking News:

Barack Obama was totally unaware about the sun unexpectedly setting last night, and only became aware when he saw the weather report on television. “We do know that this happened multiple times under the previous administration. If we hadn’t cut funds from the National Weather Service under the Sequester, this might have been avoided,” one White house staffer commented this morning.

In related news, President Obama will hold a press conference in the Rose Garden to answer questions about the administration’s successful efforts to make the Sun rise this morning. The White House released photos of the President and his National Security team watching the sunrise via secure video link.

trubble on May 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

I’m showing my ignorance here, but what is “the full Ginsburg”?

herm2416 on May 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Along with Sharryl Attkisson, it looks like Bob & CBS News are “wading dangerously close to advocacy” by their ‘impudent’ questioning of 0dumba’s administration – right, Shallow HAL? ROFL@you!

Anti-Control on May 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

According to Chucky Todd, everything is a Republican response to these scandals. So, the liberal media can’t respond, and doesn’t represent all of the people?

Rovin on May 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Wait wait… Rice said what the CIA believed that the time? Really? No one believed that. In fact, it was so stupid that most people that were told that was the cause and yet had nothing else to go on thought it smelled like bs.

Show me the CIA reports blaming this on a Youtube video. I’d love to see some sacrificial analyst trotted out to lie to me. Because that’s what they’d have to do to back up that whopper.

Karmashock on May 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Pfeiffer was actually effective in the first half of that clip.
He was probably lying through his teeth, but he was convincing.
It was in the second half that the wheels came off. :)

itsnotaboutme on May 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Drudge serving paranoia to journolistas this morning…

DOJ targeted Fox News Reporter:

“Court documents in the Kim case reveal how deeply investigators explored the private communications of a working journalist — and raise the question of how often journalists have been investigated as closely as Rosen was in 2010. The case also raises new concerns among critics of government secrecy about the possible stifling effect of these investigations on a critical element of press freedom: the exchange of information between reporters and their sources…”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-rare-peek-into-a-justice-department-leak-probe/2013/05/19/0bc473de-be5e-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_story.html

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Bob has been enabling this, then he acts shocked when Obama’s antics finally rub him the wrong way.

And for a guy born yesterday, he sure hasn’t aged well.

Dongemaharu on May 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Agreed.. they not only enabled it, they aided and abetted it by viciously attacking as eye rolling crazy anyone who suggested Obama’s WH had any dark side..

He’s typical of the old style left, democrats, who sat on their mountain of self righteous moral and ethical superiority.. looking down on the country. So CERTAIN that democrats were by their nature superior beings who never did wrong, or ever lied openly.

So certain, that when something like this happens, it’s smothered, buried, because their ideological filter didn’t pick it up.

Well.. no…. no that can’t be… only republicans can produce a Nixon… right?

That blind arrogance is still there among most.. Nice that Bob finally woke up and decided that honesty trumps party..

a shame so few other “journalist” types make that leap.

mark81150 on May 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Baghdad Bob reincarnated.

Did anyone ever find his body? Maybe it’s him working again.

acyl72 on May 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Well should anybody be surprised coming from a right-wing partisan like… Bob Schieffer?! Chuck Schumer’s butt-buddy?! Dude…

Gingotts on May 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Hell hath no fury like a press corps that’s been rolled, eh Bob?

LizardLips on May 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Every point Bob made was almost apologetic. Credit for something I guess

jake-the-goose on May 20, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Schieffer and some of the other liberals who are getting mad a Team Obama right now are trying to save this White House from itself. Bob’s all but yelling at Pfeiffer — and by default, at Jarrett, Axlerod and the rest of Obama’s handlers “You’re acting like Nixon’s White House!” He still wants Obama to succeed, but he wants the White House to come clean before this gets any worse.

The problem is, based on 4 1/2 years of coverage, plus the campaign before that and the overall fawning media coverage of Democrats that’s been the template dating back to the consolidation of media coverage in the 1960s, the White House doesn’t see it that way. The media’s always been on their side — why not now?

Pfeiffer was basically telling all the Sunday show hosts (minus Chris Wallace at Fox) “You’re supposed to be covering for us!” via softball questions — which he kind of got Sunday from David Gregory on NBC. Team Obama still thinks, when push comes to shove, media outlets like CBS News or the AP will back off, and follow NBC or the New York Times’ lead in trying to spin this as simply politics by House Republicans. Time will tell if the other news outlets will fall in line.

jon1979 on May 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Heard that too rovin
??????

cmsinaz on May 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Am I the only one thinking that Pfeiffer looks like Flounder’s evil love child?

He’s got the floundering around like a dolt part down pat..

he really looks like a doughy fall guy,

picked as the next human sacrifice.

mark81150 on May 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Does anyone even know who the Chief of Staff is?

Curtiss on May 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Hmmm… I do know Bill Daley (of the Illinois Daley Machine, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Chicago Way, Inc.) high-tailed it out of there once he took a good look around. How bad is the Obama administration, really? That bad.

Fallon on May 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Hmmmm….

“The Kim case began in June 2009, when Rosen reported that U.S. intelligence officials were warning that North Korea was likely to respond to United Nations sanctions with more nuclear tests. The CIA had learned the information, Rosen wrote, from sources inside North Korea…

The story was published online the same day that a top-secret report was made available to a small circle within the intelligence community — including Kim, who at the time was a State Department arms expert with security clearance.

FBI investigators used the security-badge data, phone records and e-mail exchanges to build a case that Kim shared the report with Rosen soon after receiving it, court records show…

The court documents don’t name Rosen, but his identity was confirmed by several officials, and he is the author of the article at the center of the investigation. Rosen and a spokeswoman for Fox News did not return phone and e-mail messages seeking comment.

Reyes wrote that there was evidence Rosen had broken the law, “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.” That fact distinguishes his case from the probe of the AP, in which the news organization is not the likely target…”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-rare-peek-into-a-justice-department-leak-probe/2013/05/19/0bc473de-be5e-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_story_1.html

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Was Obama actually in an illegal campaign meeting in the Whitehouse, the fact they are so desperate to hide?

meci on May 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Hell hath no fury like a press corps that’s been rolled, eh Bob?

LizardLips on May 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Didn’t just not leave a Grant on the pillow… they gave him the crabs AND syphilis.

mark81150 on May 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM

This is my shocked face.

While it’s refreshing Schieffer has finally waken up 5 years later, you’ll forgive me if I don’t take up the media flag.

For years this administration has gone without any serious questions, inquiries or particularly deep interest on major issues from the press. They’ve been more of a fan club and admirers than reporters.

What did they get in response? Well the AP received phone taps and monitoring by the DoJ. Oh, and first rate tickets to the correspondents dinner.

I largely blame a disinterested press for the insufferable malaise and scandals. Had there been a modicum of curiosity or actual journalism most of this nonsense would not have taken place or at least been reasonably tempered.

Now the country which has been suffering get’s to see a press awakening. While it will be nice to see them finally catching on to what most of us have known for years, that is- this administration is corrupt, borderline incompetent and a bunch of destructive political hacks, I doubt the scrutiny will last. So I give them 4 yawns on a scale of 5.

Marcus Traianus on May 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM

In the old days this was called Intimidation…

“WASHINGTON — The president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press on Sunday called the government’s secret seizure of two months of reporters’ phone records “unconstitutional” and said the news cooperative had not ruled out legal action against the Justice Department.

Gary Pruitt, in his first television interviews since it was revealed the Justice Department subpoenaed phone records of AP reporters and editors, said the move already has had a chilling effect on journalism. Pruitt said the seizure has made sources less willing to talk to AP journalists and, in the long term, could limit Americans’ information from all news outlets.

Pruitt told CBS’ ”Face the Nation” that the government has no business monitoring the AP’s newsgathering activities.

“And if they restrict that apparatus … the people of the United States will only know what the government wants them to know and that’s not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they wrote the First Amendment,” he said…”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ap-ceo-calls-government-seizure-of-phone-records-unconstitutional-says-chill-already-felt/2013/05/19/60ae7c4c-c0a1-11e2-9aa6-fc21ae807a8a_print.html

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Denis McDonough…He’s sitting next to Frau Hillary in the situation room Bin Ladin photo.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Of course. But it seems odd that he doesn’t make many public appearances. For example, Andrew Card or Rahm Emanuel appeared on the Sunday talk shows or made other public appearances quite often. Even Jack Lew showed up a couple of times.

Maybe the Chief of Staff position in the Obama White House isn’t what it used to be.

Curtiss on May 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM

jon1979 on May 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

You may be right in Schieffer’s attempt at a spin. Obama’s not evil or inept. He’s a victim of bad advice, that’s all!

But the problem there, if that’s the LSM’s next excuse in the line, is that Obama chose his advisers. No matter what, it all goes back to Obama himself.

Liam on May 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Was Obama actually in an illegal campaign meeting in the Whitehouse, the fact they are so desperate to hide?

meci on May 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Interesting thought. Through this Benghazi scandal, we’ve all been struggling to imagine what big secret is worth the scale of coverup we are seeing.

I suspect it’s several layers of secrets.

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Was Obama actually in an illegal campaign meeting in the Whitehouse, the fact they are so desperate to hide?

meci on May 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Who knows…Unlike past presidents…It’s offensive to inquire about the whereabouts of the Historical President because that eludes to the days of Jim Crow or something…

“Ya’ll…as an African American you have to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to get by…But if you stay hungry, if you keep hustling, if you keep on your grind and get other folks to do the same, nobody can stop you…” – Obama (Morehouse College Commencement, May 19, 2013)

Keep your Grind on and everything will work out? WTF does that even mean?

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Bob: Why did the White House insult you, your profession, and the entire body of the American people, by responding to being caught doing grave evil nonchalantly and with the impunity that only hard core arrogance can create? Because you deserve it for the total lack of character, personal and professional that is your mode of operating on behalf of the Godless left.
Drooling over faux messiahs and being blinded their Photo-shopped haloes has a consequences.
Why should they waste time inviting mere guard dogs to their dining table when you so eagerly settle for a pat on the head?
Whimper away Bob!

Don L on May 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Denis McDonough…He’s sitting next to Frau Hillary in the situation room Bin Ladin photo.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Of course. But it seems odd that he doesn’t make many public appearances. For example, Andrew Card or Rahm Emanuel appeared on the Sunday talk shows or made other public appearances quite often. Even Jack Lew showed up a couple of times.

Maybe the Chief of Staff position in the Obama White House isn’t what it used to be.

Curtiss on May 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Apparently Jarrett hires and fires…so it’s basically an impotent position. That’s why Daly left.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 9:26 AM

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Paraphrasing that speech btw…

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 9:32 AM

trubble on May 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

That’s good! You should send that off to “The Onion.”

Vince on May 20, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Was Obama actually in an illegal campaign meeting in the Whitehouse, the fact they are so desperate to hide?

meci on May 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Probably going over his Vegas speech for the next night. Not sure if it’s Illegal but it sure is damn cold.

can_con on May 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM

A “chilling effect” on the media?
I wonder how will tell?

justltl on May 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM

OT…Headsup via JWF (Maps and schedule/locations at the link)

“OK, all you astroturfing lefties, it’s time to get your “racist” signs out and dust them off. Those evil Tea Partiers are back in action. The media that is desperate to put Obama’s IRS scandal behind them may actually be forced to cover this.

The organizers of Tea Party Patriots have called for a nationwide protest against the Internal Revenue Service to challenge the government agency’s abuse of power while targeting Tea Party groups.

The planned protests will take place at IRS offices around the country at noon on Tuesday. The Tea Party Patriots website highlights over 100 IRS offices where protests are planned.

Although many Tea Party groups exist, the Tea Party Patriots is one of the most influential coalitions with over 3,000 organized chapters…”

http://www.jammiewf.com/2013/tea-party-patriots-plan-nationwide-protests-at-irs-offices/

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

we’ll :(

justltl on May 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I’m showing my ignorance here, but what is “the full Ginsburg”?

herm2416 on May 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

He was Monica Lewinsky’s attorney during the BJ imbroglio that engulfed Billy Jeff Clinton’s presidency. Ginsburg went on all 5 Sunday talk shows one weekend, the first time anyone tried that. Since then, the act of doing so is known as “the full Ginsburg.”

TXUS on May 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Bob’s upset because he got a second stringer thrown at him.Hey Bobby, that’s what they think of useful idiots.

docflash on May 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM

“Schieffer is a Republican hack.” – HAL the fascist

NotCoach on May 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Chuck Todd on DOJ investigations involving reporters: “Throw-away cell phones….I guess this is the next thing we’ll all be receiving”

I hear Obamaphones are available Chuck.

Rovin on May 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Another obama puke that makes me want to puke……..

crosshugger on May 20, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Was Obama actually in an illegal campaign meeting in the Whitehouse, the fact they are so desperate to hide?

meci on May 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Pfeiffer answered that…. The President was kept up to date. Any suggestion the President was out of the loop was just a conspiracy theory. He was in constant touch with his National Security Team (except of course for Clinton and Panetta or CJCS) Forget about what is now history, we’ve moved on. We need more funding from Congress. Satisified? Neither am I.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Was that Susan Pfeiffer or Dan Rice we saw yesterday?

Talk about clueless!

new2wnc on May 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I’m showing my ignorance here, but what is “the full Ginsburg”?

herm2416 on May 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

When the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke back in 1998, her family hired a lawyer named William Ginsburg (who just died a few weeks ago). He, I think, was the first person to do an interview with every Sunday talk show possible. (Oh, look! He’s on Disgrace the Nation. And Beat the Press, too! Wow, even This is Weak with Sam and Cokie! Fox News Sunday, too?? Is there a show that this guy isn’t on this morning? Nope. He’s on them all.) Therefore, whenever someone makes the rounds of every show on a Sunday, it’s called “the full Ginsburg”.

JimLennon on May 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Obama in a secret campaign meeting at the white house during Bengazi? Please, how much trouble could he get in for that? He does it all the time! But it is the right question and he was missing for all of an evening. Sounds like he had a hot date he didn’t want to break. Completely understandable.

sleepyhead on May 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

JimLennon on May 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Yes. And it generally means that the “Ginsburger’s” boss has something to hide, and knows it. As such, it’s a good mine canary that (as a friend of mine who spent a year in SK with the U.S. Army says) the Boss is in deep kimchi.

cheers

eon

eon on May 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

“We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”

Right, because being an idiot is not a crime.

Dusty on May 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Gotta give credit where it’s due. That old liberal codger Bob Schieffer, on CBS, slapped this lying Obama mouthpiece harder than any other commentator on any other talk show, including Fox news.

I still think media anger at Obama is soley over the AP phone records. If there was no AP scandal, the media would be in some room with obama, right now, strategizing over the best way to help him respond to the other scandals.

Cavalry on May 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Was that Susan Pfeiffer or Dan Rice we saw yesterday?

new2wnc on May 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

What difference does it make…We’re all bystanding passerby disengaging here or something…

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

That old liberal codger Bob Schieffer, on CBS, slapped this lying Obama mouthpiece harder than any other commentator on any other talk show

We are so easily appeased and manipulated.

Underlings are taking the fall.

faraway on May 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

OK, all you astroturfing lefties, it’s time to get your “racist” signs out and dust them off. Those evil Tea Partiers are back in action. The media that is desperate to put Obama’s IRS scandal behind them may actually be forced to cover this.

workingclass artist on May 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Sometimes, you can’t make it up!

http://twitchy.com/2013/05/18/racist-umbrellagate-scandal-overshadowed-by-fake-benghazi-irs-outrage/

Anti-Control on May 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Gotta give credit where it’s due. That old liberal codger Bob Schieffer, on CBS, slapped this lying Obama mouthpiece harder than any other commentator on any other talk show, including Fox news.

Cavalry on May 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I want to have somebody ask a very fundamental question. The rat-eared coward has managed to find time to call a slut whining about having to pay for contraception. He’s managed to have a beer summit with a Cambridge PD officer and a racist Harvard professor. He’s managed to do countless fundraisers. He’s done NCAA basketball brackets. He’s called a gay basketball player. He’s spent months literally on vacation…..

And for all that, he hasn’t found the time to call the victims of his negligence in Benghazi.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Schieffer: “Why didn’t the White House chief of staff come out? I mean I would, and I mean this as no disrespect to you — why are you here today?”

Pfeiffer “… And I do mean total disrespect to you and your audience, Bob … talking point, obfuscation, talking point, most transparent ever, talking point and so on and so forth and the like, etc.”

LetsBfrank on May 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Well it looks like Schieffer can kiss off an invite to the White House Christmas party.

And expect an audit from the IRS real soon.

GarandFan on May 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Maybe the Chief of Staff position in the Obama White House isn’t what it used to be.

Curtiss on May 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Never been to a Chicago bathhouse eh?

Nutstuyu on May 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

One has to wonder how Shieffer sleeps at night after he sold his soul to the devil.

jqc1970 on May 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM

It would help a bit if Pfeiffer didn’t look so much like H.R. Haldeman

kurtzz3 on May 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM

“The president won reelection last year with a smart political team.”

– Bob Schieffer

Um, Bob, using the IRS to target the TEA party and then covering it up were the ideas of that “smart” political team.

Odysseus on May 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

“We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”

The part left unspoken …

“But still much better than the evil Republicans — wink, wink.”

They’ll take the “idiot” hit hoping people will give them the benefit of the doubt.

IOW… It’s all dumb mistakes and coincidences. We are only human. We’ll make mistakes. We’re sorry and will do better in the future. But the nefarious and evil Republicans are trying to make it all into more than it is for political purposes.

Isn’t this basically the Bill Clinton defense?

farsighted on May 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

“The president won reelection last year with a smart political team.”

– Bob Schieffer

Um, Bob, using the IRS to target the TEA party and then covering it up were the ideas of that “smart” political team.

Odysseus on May 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Correction: the president stole the presidential election of 2012.

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

We’re watching the thrashing around of the progressive movement as it wrestles with trying to find an anchor.

We’ve been treated with stories that the progressive era is the eventual one, being steered by a general consensus of the people.

What we’ve now seen (and confirmed) is that public opinion has been suppressed by government agencies.

Pro-life groups being ordered to not picket abortion clinics?

Government officials wanting the prayers of religious groups?

What has been exposed is that progressives suffer from a blind spot, a fear that their ideas will fail in a free and open society. Think they call this hubris.

itsspideyman on May 20, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I love how this d0uchebag speaks faster and faster as the interview goes on. I guess he thinks that if nobody can understand him, then he’s not really lying.

Dopenstrange on May 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Maybe no one should drink the beer that Obama brews..
If he is really brewing it…

Electrongod on May 20, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Eureka! That’s it!
‘O’ was brewing beer late into the night of Sept. 11, 2012.

Carnac on May 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

I wonder if Schieffer will have an accident shortly?

Nothing too serious… just a reminder of how easy it is to trip an elderly gent like him.

As the mobster in movie “The Blue Dahlia” said:

You’re cigar is out. [-and, while helping to re-light it, adds:] Cigars go out so easily, pop.

profitsbeard on May 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

It’s all part of the defrauding of both Congress & the American people. Miller, chief of the IRS – during the Hearing last week, told Congress he felt no obligation to tell the Oversight Committee when he met with them earlier this year about the on-going scandal & ‘thought you would hear about it in the news’. He kept saying ‘I ansered your questions’, as if to say, ‘I can’t help it if you either did not ask the questions about it or did not ask the RIGHT questions to drag it out of me’. The arrogance & gall of this Obama administration crony! He believes that withholding evidence/info is not a crime; however, deceiving Congress & the American people equates to the crime of FRAUD & the targeting of Conservatives also violates descrimination laws.

Miller should be the 1st of several that gets sent to jail.

easyt65 on May 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM

I hope Bob has his financial records in order, because he just majorly flagged himself for an audit.

Boudica on May 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Despite Schieffer making many good points, this is a rather sneaky example of what I’d call declarative propaganda in the form of a question by Schieffer:

“And I use as an example of that Susan Rice who had no connection whatsoever to the events that took place in Benghazi…”

No, Bob, “we” do NOT “know” that.

Lourdes on May 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Bob has been enabling this, then he acts shocked when Obama’s antics finally rub him the wrong way…

Dongemaharu on May 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Yes. It’s a little too late for Leftmedia to play the role of shockedshockingshocked bystanders *curious* about Obama’s (expanding) quagmires.

The amount and extent of role playing they are responsible for as to allowing if not creating the Obama quagmires is exhaustive. Think back to the exposure of Journolist and wander into any Sociology, Political Science and/or Humanities classroom on any university to hear how tainted the faculty opinions are in efforts to justify media as propaganda for the Left.

Lourdes on May 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

The amount and extent of role playing they are responsible for as to allowing if not creating the Obama quagmires is exhaustive. Think back to the exposure of Journolist and wander into any Sociology, Political Science and/or Humanities classroom on any university to hear how tainted the faculty opinions are in efforts to justify media as propaganda for the Left.

Lourdes on May 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

(continued): …classrooms in which faculty urge bendable students’ minds into believing “the Tea Party” is some nefarious underthebed bogey taking the life out of the USA, with little to no evidence of such except their skewered Leftwing hateful opinions.

Lourdes on May 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM

“If I find that any members of my Administration have had any intimate knowledge of, or involvement in, the workings of the United States government, they will be dealt with accordingly,”
President Obama, weekly radio address.

pambi on May 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

This is “classic” Obama-speak to redirect focus or try to from his wrongdoings and irresponsibility onto him-as-solution (meaning, source, The Right, Smart Leader, etc.).

He ridicules (or, rather, has his helpers ridicule) his wrongdoings and results of his irresponsible actions, policies, and then claims that same thing: “never allow them to happen again,” “be sure not to let this ever happen again,” etc.

That way, Obama brings the worst, the awful results of his very awful irresponsibility, back to him-as-savior.

He’s sneaky but he’s not very smart.

Lourdes on May 20, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Along with Sharryl Attkisson, it looks like Bob & CBS News are “wading dangerously close to advocacy” by their ‘impudent’ questioning of 0dumba’s administration…

Anti-Control on May 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Attkisson seems to truly be engaged in journalism with a few unresolved ethical issues of late, but, in general, what I think is occurring is the Leftmedia corps *finally got it* that their credibility is appropriately exposed as corrupted as players in the Obama Fiasco, and, so, they’re deploying players gradually like leaks out before the public who appear to NOT be drunk on Obama. So, so far, I don’t trust any of them as reliable sources.

If there’s an ongoing body of work by some in Leftmedia or media at all who appear to have had the scales removed from their ethical natures and who consistently do non-propaganda work for Obama, I’ll give them some due, but until or unless that appears, I’m still assuming that media remains Leftmedia and isn’t trustworthy (has motives involved bent on swaying the public in the rut that most benefits Obama/DNC longterm).

Lourdes on May 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

When Bush used the best information that was available to suggest WMDs were present in Iraq, and all prominent Dems were in agreement, and the CIA

demigogue on May 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM

When Bush used the best information that was available to suggest WMDs were present in Iraq, and all prominent Dems were in agreement, and the CIA actually thought so too, that was lying to the American people. And Dems who were “for the war” before they “were against it” all too easily called Bush the liar. When the Obama administration lies and edits the CIA intelligence to fit its campaign narrative, they are “using the best information available” and “everyone” agrees with it. Irony.

demigogue on May 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM

In my criminal defense days we called this “the dipshit defense”. Never worked very well then, either.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on May 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Pfeiffer/Rice — 2016

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Got to give it to democrats. They can sit there a tell bold faced lies and not even blink! I can’t believe that old Bob actually asked the questions, but I can believe that he didn’t call him on the smear of the Republicans.

flytier on May 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM

To: Bob Schieffer, Anchor, CBS Evening News; Host, CBS Face the Nation; former 2012 Presidential Debate Moderator (3rd Presidential Debate, held October 22, 2012).

From: A Concerned and Curious Citizen of the United States

Date: May 21, 2013

Mr. Schieffer: I watched a fascinating video clip involving a key portion of an appearance by White House staff underling, Dan Pfeiffer, on an interview show (Face the Nation) held on May 19, 2013, which you hosted for CBS.

At one point during that interview, you expressed righteous indignation at the mere presence of Mr. Pfeiffer, to take questions regarding a brewing scandal about IRS abuses of power in the targeting and auditing of American individuals and groups on partisan political grounds. Your umbrage was directed at Mr. Pfeiffer because it was he, and not some more knowledgeable “higher-up” Obama Administration official, who was making the appearance on your show. The Administration did not send someone who actually knew what happened. They sent a “flak.”

You finished your point to Pfeiffer by saying:

“I mean I would, and I mean this as no disrespect to you — why are you here today? Why isn’t the White House chief of staff here to tell us what happened?”

Good one, Bob! Now that’s the way to do it, just like in the old days, huh?

Hey, I have a great idea! Why not use that same tactic in order to flush out some of the unanswered questions regarding the Benghazi scandal? And, you know, part of the problem with that one seems to have occurred right on your home turf — at CBS. So, you could use your position there to really get at the truth.

Let me explain. On the day following the attacks that killed four brave Americans, September 12, 2012, this exchange took place during an interview of President Obama by Steve Kroft of CBS:

. . .
KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word terrorism in connection with the Libya Attack, do you believe that this was a terrorism attack?
OBAMA: Well it’s too early to tell exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.
. . . .

Unfortunately for the American people (but fortunately for the President) someone at CBS intentionally suppressed that portion of the taped interview with Kroft. We now know the interview was intended for airing on the 60 Minutes Wednesday show that week. That was when the other portions of the Kroft interview were first aired, but NOT the above portion.

Someone at CBS also kept that portion of the Kroft interview completely under wraps until a mere two days before the November election, too late to have any effect in resolving the issue that had arisen during the 2nd debate (on October 16th), and therefore too late to have had any effect on the election.

Bob, the suppressed tape was also released long after you, as CBS anchor, Bob Scheifer, “moderated” the third Presidential debate, on October 22, 2012.

It was a mere two days before the election when CBS quietly, and without any public notice, posted that additional video clip on the network website!

Only Fox News noticed the quiet release and covered that on their news during the final two days.

Even your network, CBS, ignored it, as did all the other major broadcast networks, including CNN. Yet, we all remember when Candy Crowley of CNN had incorrectly “backed up” the President when she moderated that second debate. But when the release of the Kroft interview proved conclusively that she had been wrong in backing up Obama back on the 16th, why do you suppose she not do a story on CNN to correct her error? Why has neither she nor CNN publicly addressed that issue since then do you suppose?

I’m also curious why you folks at CBS ignored that clip, Bob? Why — as the anchor of the CBS Evening News — didn’t you play it up on the news, including noting the contextual significance of that Q&A portion in light of the patently false claim the President made during the second debate — i.e., that he had publicly called the Benghazi attack a terrorism attack right from the get go?

Now, I assume that whoever suppressed that portion of the tape did NOT let you know about it at the time, right? Bob, you only became aware of it, as the rest of us did, two days before the election, right?

Anyway, so . . . here’s my idea. You should invite Steve Kroft and his producer (who BOTH would have been very aware of the suppression of the tape), to appear on Face the Nation to answer questions about why the tape was initially suppressed, and also why it was not released right after the second debate, when it was patently obvious how newsworthy it was.

I mean, catching the President in an obvious “whopper?” Whoa, now that would have been great, huh?

And, if Steve Kroft and his producer both decline your invitation to appear on Face the Nation, and they send some lackey over to talk to you about it, you can say, “Why are you here today?” Cool, huh?

Same thing with CBS News President, David Rhodes. I’ll bet he knew about he suppression of the tape too. At least someone should ask him, no? You should invite him to appear on Face the Nation and if he sends some lackey, you can also ask him (or her), “Why are you here today?”

Bob, the reason I suggest this is that is that David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, who is the President’s deputy National Security Adviser AND one of the key players in “editing” what turned out to be the bogus talking points that Susan Rice tried to run past you guys way back in mid-September?

Small world, huh Bob?

Trochilus on May 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM