Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on May 14, 2015 by Allahpundit

The scandals that derailed the career of NBC News anchor Brian Williams are of the pathetic and pathological kind. Obviously, Williams is not to be trusted. Nevertheless, other than the Katrina fairytales that were obviously meant to damage President Bush, all of his lies were self-aggrandizing resume-enhancers. What ABC News and their chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos are guilty of makes Williams and NBC News look like freshly-scrubbed Eagle Scouts

How deep in bed is ABC with the Clintons? ABC is the same network that not only edited its own “Path to 9/11″ miniseries to protect the Clintons; ABC has since memory-holed the miniseries. Rather than make money with a DVD release or a re-broadcast, ABC  decided instead to protect the Clintons by deep-sixing a miniseries critical of Bill Clinton.

How are we supposed to begin to trust an anchorman and news outlet that would cover up such a massive conflict of interest until they were caught — and then engage in Clintonian spin after being caught?

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When Peter Schweizer appeared on This Week on April 26 to promote his new book about the Clintons, he got a skeptical grilling from host George Stephanopoulos. One subject that wasn’t raised? The fact that Stephanopoulous has personally contributed $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation, as Politico reported Thursday morning.

With the ABC host’s donations suddenly in the spotlight, Schweizer feels he got burned. “Really quite stunned by this,” he said in an e-mail. It’s “a massive breach of ethical standards. He fairly noted my four months working as a speech writer for George W. Bush. But he didn’t disclose this?”

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“It’s a mistake, and it’s a dumb one, but it’s not a criminal offense,” said Columbia University Journalism School professor Dick Wald, a former vice president and “ethics czar” of ABC News. “Other people have done other dumb things.”

Wald told The Daily Beast that if Stephanopoulos had disclosed his contributions to viewers, there would have been nothing wrong with his doing the Schweizer interview.

“Audiences aren’t dumb,” Wald said. “They are perfectly capable of making decisions about whether or not this was a reasonable series of questions and answers.”

Asked if it wouldn’t have been better if Stephanopoulos had recused himself and delegated the interview to another correspondent, Wald answered: “They could have switched, but that’s not necessary. It might have been a smart thing to do in retrospect.”

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How big a deal is this? Large: Stephanopoulos IS ABC News. Though he doesn’t anchor “ABC World News Tonight,” he is the network’s chief anchor, meaning that he fronts the network in breaking news situations — or just when it matters. More: He is anchor of “Good Morning America” and of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”…

A donation from Stephanopoulos to the Clinton Foundation in any amount constitutes a scandal and an immediate crisis for ABC News. Though the donations in 2013 and 2014 appear to have occurred after Hillary Clinton left the State Department (in early 2013) and before she announced her presidential run (weeks ago), come on: Her inevitability as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination has been a Washington fact throughout this period…

Good journalism simply cannot tolerate such a stake. Stephanopoulos already has a history with the Clintons, having served as Bill’s senior adviser for policy and strategy. Those ties already had media critics — many of them conservatives — wary of just how objective he could be in covering a Clinton-colored political landscape. Now he has confirmed their wariness, in perhaps the dumbest move by a major media figure in some time.

Does Stephanopoulos have the bona fides at this point to cover the Clintons? Nah.

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In September of 2013, the This Week anchor sat down with Clinton for an interview that encompassed several topics, but included a three-minute segment about CGI.

“In the meantime, (Hillary Clinton) has joined the Clinton Foundation,” Stephanopoulos says in the introduction to that segment. “[And] of course, at the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings philanthropists and CEOs together with nonprofits to make concrete commitments aimed at some of the world’s toughest problems. Almost 10 years in, they have leveraged billions of dollars in assistance to more than 180 countries and we have talked to President Clinton about that, too.”

The positive interview about the foundation is largely Clinton talking with few questions.

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George Stephanopoulos thanked Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook in the acknowledgement section of his 1999 tell-all memoir All Too Human…

Mook was an undergrad student at Columbia during Stephanopoulos’ brief tenure and was already politically active. He was a member of the College Democrats and was active in Democratic politics in his home state of Vermont.

Mook was also part of the team of interns who worked under Stephanopolous’ research assistant at Columbia, responsible for “reviewing thousands of pages of public records and making sure I got my facts straight,” wrote Stephanopolous…

The Clinton campaign did not return a request for comment on Mook’s relationship with Stephanopoulos.

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Let’s all recall that the Democrats’ 2012 #WarOnWomen main campaign theme was not announced by an acknowledged partisan, but by an unacknowledged, covert one — George Stephanopolous, injecting birth control into the Republican debate, and furthermore asking about Mitt Romney’s views on it — though Mitt Romney had never before indicated he had any political opinion on birth control. (And his confused, What the hell are you talking about? response signaled that.)

The question was, maybe, appropriate if directed towards Rick Santorum, but then, the Democrat Party wasn’t afraid of Rick Santorum — they were doing their Battlespace Preparation against Mitt Romney, not Santorum.

And George Stephanopolous sounded the opening trumpet of that battle.

He says the question was not planted.

Here’s what I say: He’s a goddamned liar.

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But you see, the thing is, once again, there’s a whole generation of Millennials, they don’t know Stephanopoulos had anything to do with the Clintons in the nineties.  They don’t know that Stephanopoulos was half of the war room with Serpent Head.  They don’t know anything about anything.  All they know of Stephanopoulos is that he’s the guy that tripped up Mitt Romney on contraception and got that whole stupid War on Women thing going…

He’s not sorry for anything.  The real question is, how many other reporters have donated to the Clinton Crime Family Foundation?  That’s what I want to know.  I don’t think it stops Stephanopoulos.  You think he’s the only one of these guys giving to that foundation?  Every damn one of these.  The Clintons have let it be known if you want them, you have to buy them.  If you want access, you have to pay for it. You want to interview them, you have to pay, except for NBC because they hired Chelsea…

He went from Clinton war room defender and hack and campaign strategist right to Good Morning America.  There’s only one reason that happens, and that’s ABC’s buying access to the Clintons.  Now, they may have some studies that women like the way Stephanopoulos looks and on the morning show that’s what you want, yip yip yip yip yahoo, but that’s a secondary reason.  He wasn’t even a journalist. He didn’t even have a journalism pedigree.  He’s a political strategist, a campaign consultant.  He was hired as such. 

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“Of course not,” Cruz replied on Thursday when asked if Stephanopoulos should be hosting any debates in 2016. “Debates should not be moderated by partisan Democrats who are actively supporting one of the candidates.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) also said that Stephanopoulos shouldn’t be allowed to host any debates in 2016.

“It’s impossible to divorce yourself from that, even if you try,” Paul said of Stephanopoulos’ Clinton Foundation donations, according to the New York Times. “I just think it’s really, really hard because he’s been there, so close to them, that there would be a conflict of interest if he tried to be a moderator of any sort.”

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[N]obody is saying Stephanopoulos should be fired for this. But a suspension certainly makes sense given his failure to disclose the three donations he made ($25K each) over a two-year span, and the poor light this sheds on ABC, currently #1 in the primetime news race. And when he returns, Martha Raddatz should take his seat out of the This Week bullpen, which she’s already used to doing on occasion. As for his hosting GMA, that can go on after the suspension because serious politics are discussed less and less on the program.

Is all of this too harsh? Not even close.

Because the next time Stephanopoulos goes at a Sens. Paul or Cruz or Rubio or Govs. Bush or Huckabee or Dr. Carson or (insert 10 other candidates here) hard, half the audience will simply scream bias, even if the donation and his former occupation in the Clinton White House has no bearing on how the anchor performs his duties.

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[U]p until now he has been treated as a straight newsman under the informal rule that allows political operatives one free career change. We all seem to think there’s nothing much wrong with a politician or political aide crossing over into journalism so long as they keep away from partisan hackery and don’t actively work to advance the causes of their former associates or bosses. But by giving so much to what is, in effect, a non-profit political slush fund for Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Stephanopoulos has violated that rule.

He ought to recuse himself from any further reporting or comment about the Clinton Cash issue or Hillary but we know that won’t happen. Like the Clintons, Stephanopoulos will simply move on and act as if nothing has happened that should cause us to view him differently.

But while what happens to him isn’t all that important, it still must be pointed out that if a journalist were exposed as giving money to the Koch Brothers charities and then reported on them, there would be howls for his scalp throughout the media. The rules are different for liberals.

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The real story in my mind is that the Republican Party ever thought George Stephanopoulos should moderate a Republican Presidential debate to begin with. Did I mention he is a former Clinton employee?

George Stephanopoulos may be as objective as possible, but he is still a liberal with a liberal world view. That thinking shapes his questions to candidates and was on full display in 2012 when he asked Mitt Romney about banning birth control.

Not one damn soul in America thinks that is going to happen and there is not a single elected official in the United States who is seriously considering that, or was even considering it in 2012. But George Stephanopoulos felt the need to ask that question as a way to set up a media gotcha moment to feed on the “war on women” narrative.

And the Republican Party still felt like it could let the former Clinton employee moderate a Republican debate in a year Hillary Clinton is running for President.

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I long ago concluded that most journalists don’t notice liberal bias for the same reason fish don’t notice water. It’s everywhere, all around them, and it’s all they’ve ever known. Because liberalism is the default mindset of nearly everyone in the media, it becomes a sort of self-confirming prejudice, where those who don’t buy into the liberal mythology are systematically excluded from the industry and the few dissenters are ostracized within the industry…

The vile dishonesty of the Democrat-Media Complex is exceeded only by the vile hypocrisy of the Democrat-Media Complex.

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Via the Free Beacon.


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For you Peeps still up,….OnGoing Story:

Armed Bank Robber (African American) still at large,
manhunt on,

No word yet on Officers condition!
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Andy Paras @AndyParas · 11m 11 minutes ago

Interim Sheriff Butch Henerey, Chief Deputy Rick Ollic and spokesman Mike Mule should be here at staging area in next 45 minutes #chsnews

Berkeley, SC, US
2h
Berkeley County, SC, sheriff’s deputy shot, police say; no word on deputy’s condition – @Live5News
Read more on live5news.com

https://twitter.com/ABCNews4

https://twitter.com/AndyParas

https://twitter.com/StephenLive5

https://twitter.com/hashtag/chsnews?src=hash

canopfor on May 15, 2015 at 2:07 AM

I feel depressed, I feel so bad
‘Cause you’re the best girl that I’ve ever had
I can’t get your love, I can’t get affection
Uh-oh, little girl, Psychotic Reaction

I feel so lonely night and day
I can’t get your love, I must stay away
Well, I need you girl, by my side
Uh-oh, little girl, with the light up in your eye, now
I can’t get your love, I can’t get satisfaction
Uh-oh, little girl, psychotic reaction
And it feels like this!

Anti-ControI on May 15, 2015 at 2:14 AM

For the second attempt,..Ongoing story:


Berkeley, SC, US
3h
Berkeley County, SC, sheriff’s deputy shot, police say; no word on deputy’s condition – @Live5News
Read more on live5news.com

Raymond Owens [email protected] 3m3 minutes ago

Sheriff on his way back to scene of shooting from MUSC. Will give press conference once he gets here @wcbd #chsnews

https://twitter.com/hashtag/chsnews?src=hash

canopfor on May 15, 2015 at 2:18 AM

Sounds like they found the missing helicopter.

http://nepalitimes.com

Christien on May 15, 2015 at 2:34 AM

Mom sues school board for teen’s arrest, suspension over NRA shirt

A West Virginia mother is suing the Logan County Board of Education for violating her teenage son’s constitutional rights after he was charged and suspended for wearing an National Rifle Association T-shirt to school.

Tanya Lardieri filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of her son, Jared Marcum, who was charged in 2013 for disrupting the educational process and obstructing a police officer after he refused to turn his NRA T-shirt inside out, EAGNews.org reported.

A judge later dismissed the charges, but the school still forced Jared to serve a one-day suspension.

“The shirt was an un-alarming olive green tee shirt bearing the NRA logo, which is the letters ‘NRA’ in black, the words ‘PROTECT YOUR RIGHT,’ an image of a hunting rifle and the officials NRA logo which has an eagle and two cross firearms,” according to the lawsuit, obtained by the Charleston Gazette.

The lawsuit names several school board members, the school district superintendent, several teachers and staffers at Logan Middle School, as well as the principal and the school itself.

The lawsuit claims that Jared was waiting in the lunch line in the school’s cafeteria when he was physically stopped by school secretary Anita Gore, who placed her hand on his chest and prevented him from moving forward, The Logan Banner reported.

The lawsuit says Ms. Gore told Jared that he had to turn his shirt inside out or face suspension. After the teen refused, teacher David Burroway hauled him off to the principal’s office by his arm, according to the lawsuit, The Logan Banner reported.

The teen was later charged with obstruction of justice because he refused to keep quiet after the officer ordered him to stop talking.

The family is seeking $200,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages for alleged violations of Jared’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights, EAGNews.org reported.

Anti-ControI on May 15, 2015 at 2:41 AM

Elvis Presley – “Twelfth of Never”

Anti-ControI on May 15, 2015 at 2:50 AM

Anti-ControI on May 15, 2015 at 2:41 AM

…GREAT!…it’s time people started pushing back!

JugEarsButtHurt on May 15, 2015 at 2:56 AM

…GREAT!…it’s time people started pushing back!

JugEarsButtHurt on May 15, 2015 at 2:56 AM

It’s always time to be on the offense! :)

Anti-ControI on May 15, 2015 at 3:05 AM

Black witches sing their verses
Of charms and hexes and curses
They tried to take out my eyes
But I Don’t Have to Hide

I don’t have to hide, I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide from you

Black sunset’s on it’s way down
I’ve got to go out on the town
I’m not afraid of the night
But I don’t have to hide

Black moondogs chasing at me
Way down to the sea
They want to steal my life
But I don’t have to hide

Anti-ControI on May 15, 2015 at 3:08 AM

Apparently I can’t say A$$hole on this site.

KCB on May 15, 2015 at 12:33 AM

You can if you say it that way.
HA only allows certain dialects…..

dentarthurdent on May 15, 2015 at 12:35 AM

…apparently…I can’t mention they are encouraging Eb0nics either!

JugEarsButtHurt on May 15, 2015 at 3:18 AM

For Bkitty, 31g, and HonestLib:

Louis Armstrong – “When the Saints Go Marching In” live 1962

Anti-ControI on May 15, 2015 at 4:09 AM

…apparently…I can’t mention they are encouraging Eb0nics either!

JugEarsButtHurt on May 15, 2015 at 3:18 AM

That would be:

“they be couragin’ Obamics, yo!”

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 15, 2015 at 4:40 AM

B.B. King-Lucille

WestVirginiaRebel on May 15, 2015 at 3:57 AM

I knew someone would get that. :)

Anti-ControI on May 15, 2015 at 4:45 AM

Midnight, one more night without sleepin’
Watchin’, till the morning comes creepin’
Green Door, what’s that secret you’re keepin’?

There’s an old piano and they play it hot behind the green door
Don’t know what they’re doin’, but they laugh a lot behind the green door
Wish they’d let me in so I could find out what’s behind the green door

Knocked once, tried to tell ’em I’d been there
Door slammed, hospitality’s thin there
Wonder just what’s goin’ on in there

Saw an eyeball peepin’ through a smoky cloud behind the green door
When I said, “Joe sent me,” someone laughed out loud behind the green door
All I want to do is join the happy crowd behind the green door

Anti-ControI on May 15, 2015 at 4:56 AM

Good Morning, y’all!

[T]he Christian religion… is the basis, or rather the source, of all genuine freedom in government… I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of Christianity have not a controlling influence. – Noah Webster

My take:http://wp.me/pSio7-3nW Baylor Religious Survey: American Christianity is Alive and Well. Pew Poll Misinterpreted.

kingsjester on May 15, 2015 at 6:35 AM

American Christianity is Alive and Well. Pew Poll Misinterpreted.

kingsjester on May 15, 2015 at 6:35 AM

If I didn’t know better, I’d say that those Pew folks have an agenda or something. /

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2015 at 6:57 AM

Huge Bummer!

The King of Blues has passed away. 89 year old B.B. King, (the 15-time Grammy winner), passed away peacefully in his sleep last night.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/blues-legend-bb-king-dead-at-age-89/ar-BBjNZFb?ocid=ansnewsap11

B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone Live From Crossroads Festival 2010

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfqHLX3hdcs

Rovin on May 15, 2015 at 7:00 AM

As to George Stephanopoulos, the RNC should refuse to have anything to do with ABC News so long as their Chief Political Correspondent is a shill for Blue. No debate participation, no interview opportunities, nothing. And the GOP hopefuls should be encouraged to enact a similar ban. They should have learned their lesson when Stephanopoulos set Romney up with an abortion question in the midst of a foreign policy debate. This should be the final straw.

Brian Williams got a six-month suspension for far less an ethical lapse than “forgetting” that he gave 3/4 of a million dollars to a woman who he then defends from critics without any disclosure.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2015 at 7:03 AM

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2015 at 6:57 AM

Gee, DiNozzo. Ya think? LOL!

kingsjester on May 15, 2015 at 7:17 AM

Brian Williams got a six-month suspension for far less an ethical lapse than “forgetting” that he gave 3/4 of a million dollars to a woman who he then defends from critics without any disclosure.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2015 at 7:03 AM

$75,000

Walter L. Newton on May 15, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Walter L. Newton on May 15, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Oops! Let this be a lesson not to do math before the caffeine kicks in.

Nevertheless, it isn’t the amount that is the problem here, it is the lack of disclosure.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2015 at 8:07 AM

Gov. Ricketts Announces Purchase Of Death Penalty Drugs
Great news for NE…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2015 at 10:47 PM

They should start with this sub-human POS. (read at your own risk)

JetBlast on May 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM

They do not know, because all they have ever been taught is that the only thing that counts is winning, and it does not matter how you win, just as long as you win.

oscarwilde on May 14, 2015 at 11:04 PM

Our school books in the fifties and sixties had paper covers (donated or sold by GE) with “wise sayings” that ought to be brought back for our Precious Snowflakes.
Sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
It matters not if you win or lose, but how you play the game.
(Nobody in Texas football country (that’s all of Texas) really believed that losing didn’t matter, but they did believe in the second part; some great movies have come out about teams that still do.)

AesopFan on May 15, 2015 at 1:54 PM

VorDaj on May 15, 2015 at 12:19 AM

Yoop on May 15, 2015 at 12:18 AM

I heard Everest is supposedly 1 inch lower now – something to do with other mountains tilting up and making Everest tilt down.

dentarthurdent on May 15, 2015 at 12:24 AM

Puts on best Handel singing voice: “Every valley shall be exalted…”

AesopFan on May 15, 2015 at 1:56 PM

One last question before bed–Isn’t the Republican party sophisticated enough to hold it’s own debates on alternative media and tell regular media, yeah, you can cover them, but WE will select the moderators and set the rules?
This and the Journ-o-list thing would seem to be slam dunk evidence of the need to establish independence from the MSM. Time to tell ‘em take it or leave it.

Doc Holliday on May 15, 2015 at 12:47 AM

What’s the ante and the kickback to play with DeMedia?

AesopFan on May 15, 2015 at 1:57 PM

What’s not normal is pumping billions of gallons of useable water out to sea without using it first, and draining entire reservoirs because a guy/kid was seen peeing on the shore.

dentarthurdent on May 15, 2015 at 12:59 AM

Loss of the Holy Ghost causes stupor of thought.
California may not have the proportional “5 righteous” any more.

AesopFan on May 15, 2015 at 1:59 PM

Nothing like cuddling with a fish.

Scotty J on May 15, 2015 at 1:17 AM

Fish are sea kittens.
PETA said so.

AesopFan on May 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Islamic State (IS) has released an audio message it says is from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which if confirmed would be the first in months.

The speaker says: “There is no excuse for any Muslim not to migrate to the Islamic State… joining [its fight] is a duty on every Muslim. We are calling on you either to join or carry weapons [to fight] wherever you are.”

He adds: “Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting. No-one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against infidels.”

kcewa on May 15, 2015 at 1:30 AM

What do they have to do to get Obama to notice them?

AesopFan on May 15, 2015 at 2:01 PM

My take:http://wp.me/pSio7-3nW Baylor Religious Survey: American Christianity is Alive and Well. Pew Poll Misinterpreted.

kingsjester on May 15, 2015 at 6:35 AM

Never trust the polls that affirm the pollsters’ bias.
I would say that applies to Baylor as well, but maybe they cancel out.

AesopFan on May 15, 2015 at 2:05 PM

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