Talk Show Host Richard Bey Claims Obama Cherishes Debate and Welcomes Criticism More Than Bush

October 28th, 2010 6:09 PM

Sometimes the liberal media's bias is subtle and nuanced, even, dare I say, clever.

This is not one of those times.

On Sirius host Lynn Samuels's eponymous program yesterday, Richard Bey, a liberal talk show host, peddled the laughable assertion that, compared to former President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama has governed as an inclusive, consensus-building chief executive.

"We embrace debate," declared Bey, referring to Democrats and liberals. "They don't. And if you want an example of that, go back and look at some of George Bush's town halls and then look at President Obama and some of the people who have approached him so closely that they're able to engage him in critical discussion, critical of his presidency, for quite a long period of time." [Audio here.]

For Bey, "critical discussion" entails holding health care town halls in which liberal labor unions comprise a "hefty segment of the audiences."

In Bey's world, a president can "embrace debate" by inviting only 20 students to an event billed as a "youth town hall" and arranged by Organizing for America, a political arm of the Democratic National Committee.

Bey might do well to stick to cameo appearances in slapstick comedies like Bruno and leave the serious political analysis to the subtle, nuanced, clever people.