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Sue

Go read Borger's journalistic efforts after the meeting. She is a good stenographer.

Dave (in MA)

"Sick puppies"
     --GHWB.

Fresh Air

Zero is proving that he is not only an incompetent, bumbling buffoon with a low IQ. He is also proving that his vaunted political skills are nearly non-existent. He can't deal with criticism. He doesn't know how to push his own agenda. His staff doesn't know how to influence Congress. And no one in the WH even seems to have a clue how the president is supposed to interact with the media.

These guys remind me of Michigan football in the 70s. They only have one play: attack their opponent; demonize the messenger. At some point you have to actually make an argument. They have no good arguments, and that's why the administration is a complete failure after only nine months. If Zero thinks attacking Fox News and blaming George Bush for his problems is a successful strategy, he is in for a brutally sobering education.

Sue

2.5 hours with these "journalists". .25 of an hour with the commander in Afghanistan.

glasater

he is in for a brutally sobering education

What was that Star Trek line?

Captain--your logic is impeccable--we are in grave danger!!

Happy Birthday Narciso:-)

clarice

Dickerson must be embarrassed to have been included with those clowns.
Did anyone get a snap of Dionne kissing the hem of Obama's jacket?

Soylent Red

President Approved Punditry.

PAP.

That's no joke brother...

Inspector Renault

round up the usual suspects

peter

NYTimes lays off a hundred newsroom workers. Newsday, a suburban liberal rag, will charge $260 for access to its mediocre website.
MSM is in its death throes, but won't go down easy.

Extraneus

Gwen Ifill? Say it ain't so!

narciso

Thanks glasater, and cathyf, from the
previous thread. Gwen, how 'the age of
Obama' working out for you.

grampa

unbelievable! george w. bush would NEVER have done something like this.

matt

clarice is featured on Instapundit! congrats!

Sunzeneise

Ah? . . . Did they deliver pizza before they dropped to their knees?

bgates

Ah, Gwen Ifill. I remember how my mom wouldn't admit that the author of "Politics in the Age of Obama: How Black Democrats Can Redeem This Stinking Hellhole of a Country" wasn't a neutral moderator for the VP debate. (Hey, the book wasn't out yet - it might have been a hit piece for all we knew, mom said.)

Speaking of hit pieces, I wonder how Maddow will deal with the rest of the Reds, since she's the only member of l'affaire rouge to get called up for the big meeting.

Speaking of l'affaire rouge, I saw this comment:
It should not have come as a surprise to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and her publisher that somebody would take the title of her upcoming memoir, flip two letters and come up with a parody.

That's from the website of National Public Radio, porn.rg.

Terry M. Sater

I think it is a GREAT idea to start getting Ifill prepared to serve as an impartial moderator for the next round of presidential debates.

Captain Hate

LOL @ inviting Frank Rich; when in doubt call for the theater critic turned political huckster. Same with Keefums only substitute sports. MoDo had to be included so that she doesn't make some snarky comments about his ginormous ears. Iowahawk must be getting nervous at reality co-opting his satire.

LTC John

So this is the "received their pat on the head" crowd? Except for E.J. Dionne clogging up some column inches in my local paper, I don't have much truck with any of 'em. Thank Goodness.

Stonemeister

I can't wait until 2012, when the grown-ups can take over, and let the children sit again on the sidelines and make up rhyming chants.

Chuck, Sacramento

Hope Gibbs brought a box of tissues.

Ah? . . . Did they deliver pizza before they dropped to their knees? - Sunzeneise

bolitha

I have always suspected Gerry(Jerry?) Seib of The Wall Street Journal of being liberal.

P bartels

Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!

Meanwhile obongo states how libs think for themselves while the right are the lemmings

Jimmy carter has to be pleased he no longer occupies the basement

John Galt

And there you have it.

Obama complete stable of whores.

narciso

Seib is the only one with a trace of sanity in that group, speaking of insanity, the honorable Senator from the state of New York, aspires to the height ofcluelessness, no the other one, in the LUN

Charlie (Colorado)

Zero is proving that he is not only an incompetent, bumbling buffoon with a low IQ. He is also proving that his vaunted political skills are nearly non-existent. He can't deal with criticism. He doesn't know how to push his own agenda. His staff doesn't know how to influence Congress. And no one in the WH even seems to have a clue how the president is supposed to interact with the media.

I don't think that's quite fair — I'm sure he has a reasonably high IQ.

Dave (in MA)

No Crissy Matthews?
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:XzL5dawAS8tAjM:http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d20/simonthedude/chrismatthews.jpg>
I wonder if his leg felt sad.

alwyr

In the overall scheme of things, these WH "approved" script readers and/or plagiarists (e.g. M. Dowd)don't have a collective monthly audience to match Fox News' or Rush L's individual hourly audience.

Patrick R. Sullivan

AKA, Obama's Poodles.

Charlie (Colorado)

Did anyone get a snap of Dionne kissing the hem of Obama's jacket?

Bad camera angle. That wasn't his jacket.

Charlie (Colorado)

Oh god dammit.

Charlie (Colorado)

I think it is a GREAT idea to start getting Ifill prepared to serve as an impartial moderator for the next round of presidential debates.

It does give a useful list of which of these turkeys are documented as in the tank.

Gregory Koster

Fresh Air: "If Zero thinks attacking Fox News and blaming George Bush for his problems is a successful strategy, he is in for a brutally sobering education."

And the nation is going to pay the tuition. No scholarship, just debts, debts, debts.

Look for a hair pulling match the next time Olbermann and Matthews are in the same studio.

But what did any JOMer expect from The Once?

Geez Louise

NOW WE KNOW WHO THE GENERALS ARE IN THE "WAR AGAINST FOX".

2 1/2 hours for the Commissioning Ceremony at the White House. From Lieutenant to General in one fell swoop. How proud FLOTUS
must be now!!

MAKE SURE YOU SALUTE THEM PROPERLY.

Charlie (Colorado)

Hah, I fixed it.

Here's the trick: include the end-italics tag FIRST THING in the comment. Like this:

</i><i>I think it is a GREAT idea to start getting Ifill prepared to serve as an impartial moderator for the next round of presidential debates.</i>

It does give a useful list of which of these turkeys are documented as in the tank.

Mike Huggins

Somebody has to come up with a tasteful, graphic Presidential Approved Punditry (PAP) "Seal of Approval" that we can slap on future efforts by the enlightened. It would be just like "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" or "The Comics Code." That way we could report unapproved punditry to the proper authorities.

"Oh Lead Us Forward, Dear Helmsman!!!"


Dave (in MA)

Charlie (Colorado), a shorter list would be of jwhorenalists not in the tank.

narciso

Thanks Matt, looking at it further, it's not an administration 'I'm a doctor not a. . ."It's a royal court, Hillary is supposed to be running foreign policy
, but she's not. Holbrooke is supposed
to be running Afghanistan, but Kerry is doing it. Jones, they just told him to sit
there, and come out every once in a while, like the troll under the bridge, Rhodes and McDonough run that shop. Gibbs, the Peter
Griffith lookalike, is the jester, no one
pays attention to him. What a way to run a railroad, or don't as the case may be

Gregory Koster

CharlieCO: "I don't think that's quite fair — I'm sure he has a reasonably high IQ."

Cunning is not equal to intelligence. I admit, it is dismaying to see all this adulation, but that's proof of Mencken's notion of solvency based on underestimating the intelligence of the American people.

Charlie (Colorado)

Right, but now we have an actual list from the WH of journalists known to be on the Approved List.

If Ifill moderates another one of the debates, the first answer to the first question by a Republican should be "Ms Ifill, I just want to recall that when the Obama Administration had a meeting for so-called journalists who were known to be strongly sympathetic, you were included, Now, could you repeat the question?"

E, O'Neal

What a mark of shame for Brownstein and Seib to be lumped in with the overt propagandists.

Charlie (Colorado)

Cunning is not equal to intelligence

Okay, that joke didn't work.

Steve from WIsconsin

When Obama was elected, I knew it would be terrible, as did all of you other posters. But this is so far beyond what I pictured there are no words. This administration is pathetic. As for the "mainstream media", what a bunch of lapdogs!

narciso

This all puts in the mind of the episodes of the Blackadder series, specially the 13th
and 18th century additions, with all this talk of 'cunning plans'

RegularJoe

Meh. Who cares? I'm a died-in-the-wool conservative, and think it's outrageous that the WH would DISS a news organ; but who cares if they have their favorites? Bush called all the talk radio guys in a couple of times -- I thought that was fine, and so is this.

But trying to strongarm a news network, as they are doing to Fox, is another matter. I think that's where we should concentrate fire.

Jane

You didn't fix it on my computer Charlie - sheesh that is like 5 in a row. Sit in the corner for a while, will you?

I wonder if his leg felt sad.

That made me laugh.

MayBee

Ha- clarice! I thought the same thing about Dickerson. I actually had just tweeted him to ask if he was offended.

Yephora

Eugene Robinson... oh, for a second I thought you meant Eugene Debs.

Elliott

OT, CH's comment from a few thread ago:

(do domestic journo-idiots like Charlie Gibson even know what the Anglican Church is?)

They still aren't clear on "Episcopal" and "Episcopalian," leading to such cacophonies as "the Episcopalian Church" and "Episcopalian priests."

AJB

So, I suppose you guys were all equally outraged by the Pentagon sockpuppets, prepackaged news, paying off of columnists, and mock press conferences, etc.

Charlie (Colorado)

You didn't fix it on my computer Charlie

What browser and OS?

My computer is in a corner already. So there.

Fresh Air

RJ--

I don't think we care about this per se, but we do find it a useful data point. Eighteen percent of Americans think the MSM fairly presents all points of view. Why they want to drive that down to 10 percent with stunts like this, I don't know.

Charlie--

Actually, I don't think he has a fairly high IQ. I think he is of slightly above average intelligence at best, and has glided on the rails of affirmative action for nearly 40 years. Zero's basically a slacker and pseudo-intellectual. Your prototypical pony-tailed social studies teacher is probably his ceiling in terms of political intelligence. If he has any more, he's sure been keeping his light under a basket.

Charlie (Colorado)

So, I suppose you guys were all equally outraged by the Pentagon sockpuppets, prepackaged news, paying off of columnists, and mock press conferences, etc.

No, no, yes, no.

Jane

He's a pied piper. He's not that bright, but he is indoctrinated, and basically I think he is just trying to see how much he can get away with. Other people are telling him how to go about it.

WE may or may not win this war, but we sure as hell aren't going to stop fighting.

Anyone hear any news on the net neutrality vote?

Carl

I thought Obama was going to be "different" and now even Bush haters have to admit he is more of the same.............only, in my opinion, much worse.

Charlie (Colorado)

Actually, I don't think he has a fairly high IQ.

Well, above average would be fairly high — by definition, that puts him above more than half the population. But he shows every outward sign of a high IQ: large vocabulary, facile speaker. Doesn't show much sign of intellectual rigour or deep thought, but attend a single Mensa meeting and it becomes obvious tose don't necessarily go together.

MayBee

AJB- I am not outraged. Obama can meet off the record with whomever he wants.
He can also try to sell the idea that he is horrified by the opinionated Fox news, so much so that other networks should ignore them.
He just can't look dignified while trying to do both in the same week.

clarice

Jane,
"The FCC voted Thursday to open a rulemaking process and begin receiving comments on a proposal to create new net neutrality rules following a contentious debate on whether new regulations are needed.

The FCC is still months away from voting on the final regulations, but the rules, as proposed, would allow Web users to run the legal applications and access the legal Web sites of their choice, while prohibiting broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content. Providers could use "reasonable" network management to reduce congestion and maintain quality of service, but the rules would require them to be transparent with consumers about their efforts."

LUN

Sapwolf

I'm gonna send them all copies of Sarah's book.

And call 911 for an ambulance to reach them after their heart attacks.

What a bunch of complete sycophantic hacks.

daveinboca

I'm sure Baghdad Bob Gibbs is doing follow-up on the inductees into the Hall of Robe-Kissing Hemline Slaves. See if they passed the quiz or need remedial brainwashing.

narciso

Hey, sapwolf found your way here, huh, my first original blog

Extraneus

If Obama was smarter than Bush, we'd have seen his SAT grades by now.

Jack is Back!

What's with this fascination with choirs that the Obama's have? First it was the kids in New Jersey singing his praises, mmmm, mmmm, mmmm. Now he has choir practice at the WH with the full adult variety.

I wonder if they will enter into the Battle of The Choirs that Nick Lachey last won?

maryrose

Just when you think you have heard or seen it all Obama does this. My take is he doesn't know how to handle the negative blowback from declaring war on Fox news so he is looking for pointers from his Greek chorus.

frank cooper

this clown needs to be impeached before it,s to late.

Extraneus

Rush played a new one of some 3rd-graders from February earlier, Jack. It even had cowbell.

narciso

Why do we need 'net neutrality' again, and what's neutral about anything this crew comes up with.

Jane

"reasonable"

Therein lies the rub.

peter

I think he is of slightly above average intelligence at best, and has glided on the rails of affirmative action for nearly 40 years. Zero's basically a slacker and pseudo-intellectual. Your prototypical pony-tailed social studies teacher is probably his ceiling in terms of political intelligence. If he has any more, he's sure been keeping his light under a basket.


Remember what a laugh it was when it was revealed that Gore's SAT scores, for all of his smarminess, were statistically a dead heat with those of W's? essentially 1200.
I'm guessing that Obama's were about a hundred points lower.

Jane

I wanna know what his LSAT's were - since that is one of the few tests in my life that I scored in the 99 percentile.

E, O'Neal

I wish Obama would wage war against the Taliban and al Qaeda as ruthlessly and single-mindedly as his war against Fox News, Rush, Hannity, Beck, the Chamber of Commerce and the health insurers. Fat chance! He plans to use the Democrat media to de-legitimize and to silence anyone who stands in his way, just like his leftist dictator role models have done.

PattyAnn

This is the same Ron Brownstein who is married to Eileen McMenamin, the previous campaign communications director for John McCain?

Fresh Air

Jane--

His LSATs, just like his grades and his Columbia thesis, were so good they have to be kept secret.

AJB
No, no, yes, no.
IOKIYAR, got it.
Neo

After you put Keith Olbermann's overinflated ego into any room, just how could any one else fit ?

clarice

You got in the 99th percentile! Wow. I still can't figure out half the questions.

Let's assume that one can with work game the SATs and LSATs..Let's see the courses he took and the grades he got. I think he's a slick operator who mostly did pass/fail independent studies with like minded lefty profs like Gates.

Rick Ballard

"But he shows every outward sign of a high IQ: large vocabulary, facile speaker."

That would be TOTUS, right? His off the cuff remarks exhibting his grasp of the profit to earnings ratio make it fairly clear (in all 57 states) that he may well be very facile in reading others words but we have very little evidence of any ability to articulate coherent thought without significant assistance.

His natural intelligence certainly appears higher than that exhibited by FLATULUS in her Princeton scribblings but that is a rather low bar. I sincerely doubt that we will ever see any firm evidence from which an actual conclusion might be drawn.

Neo

Eileen McMenamin and Ronald Brownstein, yes she worked for McCaind LUN

PeterUK

If Obama had a high IQ he would be handing out badges and T-shirts with it on.

"Hmmm,hmmm,hmmm Barack 199 Obama."

P bartels

No Mahr or Stewart?

Afterall he wants the neatest brainest

Jane

You got in the 99th percentile! Wow. I still can't figure out half the questions.

Yup and I was so prepared I could even tell which questions were experimental.

Now, I bet I passed the bar exam by the skin of my teeth - we don't get actual results here. I was never so worried about anything in my life. I'd just borrowed more money than I could ever hope to pay back (it took me 18 years) and one test determined whether it was all for naught.

The day it was scheduled to arrive, I took the day off. I finally tracked down the mailman about 1:00 PM and actually drove him to his pick-up spot because as some have suggested, patience is not my long suit.

I remember it like it was yesterday.

AJB

(Note how I cleverly don't mention that Clinton is the one who started doing all the things I listed, but blamed on Bush -- just like "free speech zones" and "extraordinary rendition". I'm such a clever troll!)

Neo

Mickey Kaus asks ...

Maybe it's all about raising money from the base by riling it up. It's late October, after all. Dems (and Dem consultants) need dollars. And those campaign fundraising dollars haven't been "materializing as much as expected." Just a thought. ... One clue: Does the FOX War last much past Election Day, or does it mysteriously wind down?

glenda

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NARCISO!!!!!!!!

Obama's grades, IQ, family tree, true friends are all below GWB's or he would be shouting them from the teleprompter or have his soul=brother Keith sneak it in.

It's fun to snicker at this handful of creeps that are dictating policy, but we all better sign up to be acorn-like for the next election and drive at least 100 sensible people to the voting booth in '10 and '12.

How about writing a Cliff Notes of Obama's book, Elliott or Clarice or Rick or CharlieCo, and release it like the lowbrows are doing to Sarah's book. I would buy it!! Or we could all submit a "why his dreams of his Father" are ruining our lives" chapter!

narciso

Thanks glenda, but who would bite the bullet and go through that entire tome. Yes we know Gore was unimpressive and Kerry was
slightly worse, but they all carrying that meaning patois, that makes all the academics
tingle

bad

Happy Birthday, Narciso. Hope you have a wonderful celebration!!

bio mom

Gerald Seib is an Obama lover. Every analysis that appears in the WSJ is favorable to him. Even when he discusses some negative thing happening, he slants it optimistically and deflects most of the blame to other, seldom to Obama. It is glaringly obvious.

narciso

Thanks, bad, how are you doing.

J

I'd love to read the talking points paper they were handed.....and what was in the goody bags?

PaulL

I wanna know what his LSAT's were - since that is one of the few tests in my life that I scored in the 99 percentile.

Not bad at all, Jane, but I guess that means you didn't get any points from the bonus questions.

clarice

I always found bar exams simple-I figured out early on that the examiners had to grade a lot of papers and wanted you to THINK SHALLOW.Show you could identify the issue, pick one side of it though briefly acknowledging and dismissing the countervailing opinion and write a plausible argument in support of your view.
Never fails.

PaulL

Exactly how many bar exams have you taken, Clarice?

Dave (in MA)

http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/3079/85395035.jpg>
Glenda,
How's this?

sbw

Jane, you beat me by one percentile.

And, I'll have you know, I've been rejected by some of the finest universities in the country!

maryrose

Happy Birthday Narciso!. Congrats to all on high scores for the LSAT and bar exams. If Obama had any academic achievement worth touting believe me we would have heard about it. .

Rick Ballard

"and what was in the goody bags?"

Same as in the Clinton days - kneepads, chapstick, a three year supply of Valtrex and crayons and a coloring book for the ride home.

clarice

Two, Paul. And I've been admitted to a third state as well.

narciso

That would be Wisconsin, D.C, and where else

PeterUK

Clarice.
A kind of a bar crawl?

bad

Texas Instruments is building a new plant in the Dallas area. It's expected to employ one thousand people.

GREEN SHOOTS
GREEN SHOOTS

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