During Thursday evening's edition of The Colbert Report, Comedy Central's faux conservative turned his attention to the latest problems confronting the Affordable Care Act, including comments made by Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber that ObamaCare only passed due to a “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter.”
Of course, Stephen Colbert was only joking when he said that “Professor Gruber just delivered a death blow to ObamaCare,” which the host claimed he never liked because it “put a bureaucrat between you and your doctor,” and “the next thing you know, the doctor and the bureaucrat are hanging out all the time. … Thanks, Obama.”
Appearing on TBS's Conan Thursday night, NBC's Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd downplayed the big Republican wave in the midterm election: "...they didn't win because people said, 'We want to hire the Republicans.' Essentially this was an election of 'Well, alright, we're firing the Democrats'....I think the leadership knows that they have to prove that they can govern, that they're just not the anti-Obama party."
When it comes to political prognosticating, Chuck Todd in 2014 erred repeatedly as he imagined Democratic victories and Republican missteps with conservative legislation. On August 1, the Meet the Press host appeared on the Daily Rundown and speculated, "If November comes and goes and Democrats hold the Senate and break even in the House, I think we’re going to look back at the month of July as the month Republicans lost their shot at the Senate."
All three networks on Thursday covered the abrupt reversal of the United States Senate on the Keystone XL Pipeline. In the wake of the devastating midterm losses last week, Democrats are allowing a vote. NBC's Today, unlike ABC's Good Morning America and CBS This Morning, ignored the fact that the vote is a transparent attempt to save Senator Mary Landrieu, currently struggling in a Louisiana runoff election.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has had a decades-long love affair with the Landrieu family, and it has been particularly in the tank for the increasingly difficult re-election bid of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu this year. But the T-P, or at least its online version known as NOLA.com, outdid itself on Monday with a hideously biased "news" story by "legislative and state politics reporter" Cole Avery. Note: "reporter," not "columnist."
The headline writers captured, and amplified, the editorialized message right from the start: "Rand Paul, Rob Maness endorsements show far-right ready to embrace Bill Cassidy."
Well, if this doesn't beat all.
Based on excuses provided by 63 people (35 percent) out of a "smallish sample" (I'll say) of 181 nonvoters, the Washington Post's Christopher Ingraham whined on Wednesday (HT Twitchy) about how "scheduling conflicts with work or school" kept people from voting last Tuesday. This alleged problem calls for solutions like "requiring employers to allow flexible scheduling on voting days," "making election day a national holiday," and/or "requiring eligible citizens to vote." Even if you buy the "I was working" excuse — which I don't — Ingraham acts as if other means of voting don't exist, when of course they do.
Major broadcast network NBC broke its silence and joined fellow networks ABC and CBS on Wednesday night in covering the news that the Alaska Senate race has been called with Republican challenger Dan Sullivan being declared the winner over Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Begich.
NBC Nightly News aired a 23-second news brief on the election result, which gives the GOP at least 53 Senate seats in the next Congress, with a 54th seat possible if Republican Congressman and challenger Bill Cassidy defeats Democratic incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu in the runoff election on December 6 in Louisiana.
During a discussion on MSNBC’s The Cycle about the disparaging comments ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber made about the law’s passage and the “stupidity” of voters, New York Times writer and substitute Cycle co-host Josh Barro sought to defend him by blasting the expectations that Americans have about health care as “completely incoherent” and lying was the only solution to make them happy. Barro told fellow panelists and guest Lauren Fox of National Journal that “what drives me crazy about this story” was that: “Jonathan Gruber was right. Public opinion on health care policy is just completely incoherent.”
Who says left wingers have no sense of tradition? Sure they do, at least when it comes to revision of history.
Arguably their most ardent practitioner these days is Rachel Maddow, she of Democrat house organ MSNBC, and her most recent example qualifies as textbook. During her program Monday night, Maddow recounted release of White House visitor logs by the Obama administration in 2009, several months after Obama took office.
Edwin Lyngar argues that right-wingers not only “creat[e] and exploit…irrational fear” but also disdain empathy, whereas “kindness…is the hallmark of liberalism.” The article was headlined I was a conservative coward: How the midterms evoked my past of shame, terror and Fox News”.
Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator of Meet the Press, just released his latest book “The Stranger: Barack Obama In the White House” chronicling the Democrat’s first six years as president. While much of the book details the numerous political battles the administration was engaged in, three excerpts from the book are quite striking. Not only does Chuck Todd concede that MSNBC is openly leftist, the NBC host writes that “perhaps most frustrating to Team Obama was that even their allies weren’t always allies.”
Early Wednesday morning, Republican Dan Sullivan officially defeated incumbent Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) more than a week after Election Day. With the victory, the GOP now has 53 Senate seats and could pick up a 54th seat if Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-La.) defeats incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) in December’s runoff election. Despite the GOP victory, NBC’s Today ignored the story altogether during its Wednesday morning broadcast but found time to talk about the world’s largest corn maze.