Howard Fineman Apologizes for 'Ayatollah' 'Smear' Against Norquist

December 4th, 2012 12:49 PM
Former Newsweek editor Howard Fineman apologized on Monday for his "inadvertent smear" against Grover Norquist. First reported on NewsBusters, Fineman appeared on the December 3 Hardball and slammed the President of Americans for Tax Reform. The journalist railed, "A long time before the Tea Party existed or had a name, Grover Norquist, the famous anti-tax lobbyist in Washington, was running…

CNBC's Cramer Slams Norquist: You Want to Sacrifice Economy 'On the Cr

December 4th, 2012 10:46 AM
During the panel discussion on Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer launched an assault against Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist for holding Republicans to a pledge not to raise taxes: "What this is about is avoiding a recession which is going to happen....You're going to sacrifice that on the cross of two percent. Is that what you want?" [Listen to the…

ABC’s Cokie Roberts Urges ‘Cut the Knees Out from Under’ Norquis

December 2nd, 2012 12:30 PM
In a colorful demonstration of the Washington press corps’ disdain for Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge, on Sunday’s This Week, a flustered ABC News/NPR veteran Cokie Roberts blurted out: “It’s...politically smart to cut the knees out from under Grover Norquist. I mean this guy is, you know, who is he? He’s an unelected lobbyist.” She soon urged that “a certain amount of saying ‘the…

CNN's Velshi Calls Grover Norquist a 'Dangerous Man

November 30th, 2012 5:19 PM
CNN's Ali Velshi labeled anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist a "dangerous man" on Friday for blocking a fiscal cliff compromise between Democrats and Republicans. "Hey, speaking of the fiscal cliff, there's been all this focus on one dangerous man who stands in the way of a deal that could avert it, Grover Norquist. He is neither elected, nor has he ever run for office, so why is Washington so…

Bozell, Kudlow Discuss Media Bullying Republicans Over Anti-tax Pledge

November 29th, 2012 4:57 PM
NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell appeared on the November 28 edition of CNBC's Kudlow Report, in his capacity as chairman of For America. Kudlow brought the Media Research Center founder on to discuss the fiscal cliff and the need for Republicans to stand firm on opposing tax hikes, especially in light of the liberal media's tag-teaming with Democrats. "I can't hardly pick up a newspaper or…

Seize Them! Politicians Who Sign Norquist Pledge Are 'Traitors', Spews

November 28th, 2012 7:43 PM
Remember when a person had to actually betray our country before he or she would be labeled a traitor? Now all it takes is steadfast aversion to higher taxes during an era of nosebleed government spending and debt. (video clip after page break)'s Montopoli Says GOP Held Hostage by Tax Interests; Ignore

November 28th, 2012 1:51 PM
It’s the Republicans who are in a bind.  They’re beholden to the will of the evil genius Grover Norquist.  They’re scared to death of The Club for Growth. That's the trite liberal media narrative that's  Brian Montopoli furthered earlier this morning in a piece in which he forecast that the Republicans, and only Republicans, are in for a bruising in the coming weeks should a "fiscal…

Chris Matthews and Alan Simpson Joke About Grover Norquist Drowning

November 28th, 2012 10:37 AM
As the media push Republicans to raise taxes, anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist has been taking a pounding. This may have reached a high point Tuesday when MSNBC's Chris Matthews and former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY.) actually joked about Norquist drowning (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Bozell Column: Pushing Conservatives Off the Fiscal Cliff

November 27th, 2012 10:46 PM
The conventional wisdom has emerged that in order to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” politicians in Washington must agree to some method of tax increases (“revenue”) – which will be real, even if low taxes are not the cause of our ills -- alongside some kind of promise of spending restraint on entitlement programs, which is our problem, and which no one believes Washington will restrain.…

Piers Morgan Belittles Grover Norquist: 'Everyone Laughing at You From

November 27th, 2012 1:31 PM
CNN kept pushing for Republicans to abandon Grover Norquist and his anti-tax hike pledge on Monday evening. Piers Morgan belittled Norquist and ostracized him from the debate over tax hikes. "Why are you so concerned about protecting the vast wealth of America's small percentage of increasingly rich people? Why do you care?" Morgan pressed Norquist, adding, "Everyone laughing at you from…

New York Times: 'No Place in a Democracy' for Anti-Tax 'Purists' Like

November 27th, 2012 12:56 PM
Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist has suddenly become liberal Public Enemy #1 as the media pressures Republicans to accede to rising taxes. Frank Bruni devoted one of his excessively personal New York Times columns Tuesday to demonizing Norquist: "Is Grover Finally Over?" The text box: "Pledges are for purists, who have no place in a democracy." Is that how the paper feels about regulatory…

ABC Continues to Hype GOP Compromise on Taxes, Abandonment of 'Anti-Ta

November 27th, 2012 11:38 AM
For the second time in less than 24 hours, ABC's Jon Karl on Tuesday hyped a "newfound willingness" by Republicans to compromise on raising taxes and a possible abandonment of "anti-tax enforcer" Grover Norquist. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Yet, this didn't appear enough for Karl who lamented that "even Republicans who say they are willing to violate the pledge say they will only do so…

Grover Norquist on Buffett's Call for Higher Taxes: 'Write a Check and

November 26th, 2012 10:49 PM
Billionaire Warren Buffett said Monday that there should be a minimum tax on the wealthy. Appearing on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, low tax advocate Grover Norquist responded, "If he wants to write a check, he should write a check and shut up about what everybody else should do" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

ABC Salivates Over ‘Mutiny’ Against Anti-Tax Pledge That’s Been

November 26th, 2012 8:53 PM
ABC anchor Diane Sawyer and correspondent Jonathan Karl on Monday night salivated over Republicans breaking Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge. “We did see a sign the paralysis may be ending,” Sawyer relayed over “Tax Revolt?” on screen, touting “a Republican mutiny against a man who had convinced them to take a pledge.” She soon trumpeted the “new sign of flexibility.” As if that’s a bad…