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Update (16:35 EDT): Thanks for watching and be sure to tune into "Hannity" on Fox News tomorrow night around 9:30 p.m. EDT. Mr. Bozell is scheduled to be on for two segments.
Media Research Center President and NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell will appear on the Breitbart.tv's "The B-Cast" via Skype today at 4:15 EDT. He will be discussing last night's speech by President Obama to the Congress.
You can watch by clicking the link here or by watching the embedded video feed below the page break:
"The media must expose Obama's calculated scare tactics and lying on 'reform.' Failing to do so gives him a green light to lie and cry wolf about whatever he wants, whenever he wants," Media Research Center President Brent Bozell asserted in a statement released today.
The NewsBusters publisher explained:
Last night Obama told a litany of lies. He said the total cost of his health reform would be $900 billion over ten years, but even the government-run Congressional Budget Office found it would cost $1.6 trillion. He claimed his reform would not cover illegal immigrants or abortions, but nothing in any of the Democrat bills requires citizen verification and several organizations including the National Right to Life Committee have shown exactly how federal funds would be used to pay for abortion-on-demand. He knows these are lies and he tells them because he is confident the left wing ‘news' media will let him get away with it.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: the President's healthcare address.
What did you think of it? Was it a game changer? Will it move the debate in the Democrats' direction, or is it too late?
NewsBuster Mark Finkelstein was a guest yesterday on the Joe Scarborough Show, the nationally-syndicated radio show that the Morning Joe anchor co-hosts with Mika Brzezinski.
Listen to audio here.
For days, Scarborough had been lambasting Republicans for going after Pres. Obama on his speech to schoolchildren. Finkelstein argued that it was not so much the potential for indoctrination as the cult of personality which was objectionable. He pointed out that the Obama-centric study guide for the speech was of a piece with messianic image that the president has allowed to grow up around him, going back to the presidential campaign and his famous "this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal" speech.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: how does fining people if they don't get insurance reduce healthcare costs?
Dan Gainor, the Vice-President of Business and Culture for the MRC, appeared on the September 8 edition of Fox Business Live to discuss the media's failure to report on President Obama's green jobs czar Van Jones, who resigned late Saturday night.
Gainor stated that the mainstream media "absolutely ignored" the Jones stories. He detailed:
Just as soon as "average Americans practice their First Amendment free speech rights to protest another outrageous liberal proposal," the liberal media "immediately go into full-on attack mode - against the American people" Media Research Center President Brent Bozell argued in a statement released this morning.
"Just as with the tea party protesters, and the socialized health care town hall protesters, the media are again attacking the American people for having the temerity to speak up," the NewsBusters publisher complained.
Mr. Bozell was addressing the vicious personal attacks members of the media have been making on parents objecting to the proposed Obama administration "lesson plan," which was to accompany a speech President Obama is delivering today to American children.
President Obama is still addressing the children, but in response to public outrage has withdrawn the Department of Education "lesson plan" which recommended among other things that teachers have their students "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the President." As the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol has pointed out, it is against the law for the Department of Education to hand down any sort of teaching materials. But rather than report on this, the leftist media are attacking parents.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: here's the text of Obama's speech to America's kids today.
Read it and offer your thoughts.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Labor Day -- what does it mean to you?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: with Van Jones out, what will it mean to the Obama admininstration, and who will be next?
With the college football season in full-swing today, as well as the U.S. Open -- not to mention baseball season winding down before the playoffs begin!!! -- it seems like a good time to bring back the sports open thread.
So, what games do you like today?
Can anybody beat Roger?
Reacting to the Associated Press's decision to publish -- against a grieving father's wishes -- a photo of a mortally-wounded Marine, MRC President and NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell blasted the news wire in a statement today:
The Associated Press should be ashamed for even thinking something as preposterous as this. This photo will do nothing but cause great sorrow for the family of a hero. As the father of a Marine, I cannot imagine the pain they will endure because of its publication and the damage it will cause in their grief.
Way to go, AP. On the eve of the federal holiday dedicated to the American worker, you are causing pain for the family of a hero that has given the ultimate sacrifice of his life in labor for his country.
The AP defended its decision by insisting the decision came "after a period of reflection" and was done to convey "the grimness of war and the sacrifice of young men and women fighting it."
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has also slammed the AP's decision, reports Mike Allen of The Politico:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: next Mars mission should be somebody's one-way trip!
Topics in today's show: Seniors don't like Obamacare, Green Peace's lies, End of life care, And a stupid Michael Jackson video.
Think you're funny? Send your (short) jokes to newsbusted at dialognewmedia.com. If we use them, we'll pay you USD $50 for each one.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: terminal patients made to die prematurely in England!