Huffington Post reports the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters, along with the organization America’s Voice announced a new ad attacking Dobbs and CNN for airing “60 minutes of anti-immigrant hate.” And in a deft touch of political messaging, the groups announced that they had their ad buyer place the spot on CNN itself, during the network’s “Latino in America” series. CNN has refused to air the ad.
Daily Archives: October 15, 2009
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Texas Governor Rick Perry must be blinded by arrogance to believe that he could actually shut down and cover up an investigation and no one would notice. A politician would also have to be completely overcome by an over sized ego to do so during a primary contest.
Last night on MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews interviewed Samuel Bassett, former Texas Forensic Science Commission Officer about the Todd Willingham case.
OK so Perry did not like where this investigation was going and so, as only a dictator would do, he shut it down. And now we also know where the fake, self-serving “moderate” Kay Bailey Hutchison stands on barbaric medieval practices. We already know where she stands on ginned up wars and a deregulated Wall St. KBH voted with W. over 90% of the time. Princess Sparkle Pony may have made a brilliant tactical political move, at least according to Slater, but she also revealed her true colors as anything but moderate.
Earth to Perry: as hard as you spin, rail and cry, the execution of an innocent man on your watch ain’t going away. And Kay, hell will freeze over before this liberal would ever in her dreams vote for the likes of you. You squarely belong in the deather box right there along with Dictator Perry and your beloved W. who is responsible for the deaths of over 100,000 Iraqis. For? Please do remind us.
Scott Cobb over at The Burnt Orange Report has been providing exhaustive and outstanding coverage of this issue. Please click on the link to see how you can get involved with ongoing efforts to abolish the death penalty. Now that we know Texas has executed an innocent man, never has the case been stronger to eliminate this barbaric medieval practice.
This morning in the Houston Chronicle, Lisa Falkenberg wrote a sobering commentary about Rick Perry and the Todd Willingham execution.
Perry’s right that Willingham was nobody’s poster child.
The fact that he was a “bad man,” that he beat his pregnant wife, that he’d been convicted of low-level crimes, that he was fond of expletives, might have been enough, even a month ago to sow doubt about his innocence or simply deflect attention from the case of such an unsympathetic figure.
But the story isn’t just about Willingham anymore. It isn’t just about guilt or innocence. It isn’t even about whether Perry did his homework before allowing Willingham’s 2004 execution.
It’s about whether Perry is purposefully trying to subvert the law in Willingham’s case, and potentially obstruct justice in countless other arson cases that could benefit from the commission’s review, all for political gain during a hotly contested primary.
And the case looks clearer every day.
Also also today The Huffington Post reveals that Perry called Willingham a monster.
Though Willingham was certainly a monster if he beat his pregnant wife, he should not have been executed if he did not kill his children.
Professor Bob Stein of Rice University weighs in on the political ramifications of Perry’s coverup.
I don’t think it’s extreme to say it’s a fight for the hearts and minds of the Republican Party.
I beg to disagree with Professor Stein. This is not a fight for the hearts and the minds of the Republican Party. This is about covering up the execution of an innocent man for purely political reasons. Perry obviously doesn’t care about the wrongful death of an innocent man. He, a typical Republican, is driven by his own ambitions and agendas.
But fortunately for Texas, all of the good hair and handsome looks on the planet won’t make Perry’s coverup go away.
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Once again President Obama proves that he out classes his Republican opponents by a mile. Earlier today during a town hall held in Nola, the president mentioned the name of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. The audience replied with a resounding chorus of boos. So did the president agree with them (like his right-wing opponents would have) or did he show some real class by discouraging the booing?
“No, no, Bob is doing a good job,” the president told the crowd at the University of New Orleans. “Bobby, if it makes you feel any better I get that all the time,” he continued, and the crowd laughed. More seriously, he added, “Even though we have our differences politically, one thing I will say is that this person is working hard on behalf of the state, and you gotta give people credit for working hard.” This time, the audience cheered.
That’s how this President rolls…
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ABC News/Matthew Jaffe—President Obama, like any other President, has his fair share of critics. Even fourth-graders have noticed.
“Why do people hate you?”, a fourth-grade boy asked Obama at a town hall event in New Orleans today. “They’re supposed to love you. And God is love.”
“That’s what I’m talking about,” replied the President.
“First of all, I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me,” Obama noted, before adding, “What is true is if you were watching TV lately, it seems like everybody’s just getting mad all the time. And I — you know, I think that you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt. Some of it is just what’s called politics where, you know, once one party wins, then the other party kind of gets — feels like it needs to poke you a little bit to keep you on your toes.”
“And so you shouldn’t take it too seriously,” Obama told the boy. “And then, sometimes, as I said before, people just — I think they’re worried about their own lives. A lot of people are losing their jobs right now. A lot of people are losing their health care or they’ve lost their homes to foreclosure, and they’re feeling frustrated. And when you’re president of the United States, you know, you’ve got to deal with all of that.”
“You get some of the credit when things go good. And when things are going tough, then, you know, you’re going to get some of the blame, and that’s part of the job,” he continued. “But, you know, I’m a pretty tough guy.”
“You’ve just got to keep on going, even when folks are criticizing you, because — as long as you know that you’re doing it for other people, all right?” Obama concluded.
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The Plum Line/Greg Sargent—As expected, Democrats are jumping on the news today that an on-air CNN commentator doubled as the insurance industry’s ad buyer, broadening the attack on the industry and linking it to the GOP, which also enlisted the help of that same commentator to craft anti-reform talking points.
DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan points out that the CNN commentator, GOP consultant Alex Castellanos, who placed a huge AHIP ad buy, also wrote a memo for the Republican National Committee advising Republicans to paint reform as a menacing government takeover that would destroy Medicare.
Dems argue that Castellanos’ work for AHIP and the GOP shows that they share the goal of killing reform — and that they are united in their determination to stop at nothing to make that happen.
“The news that Mr. Castellanos is a highly paid consultant for the Insurance Lobby sheds piercing light on the motivations of the Republican party in wholeheartedly adopting a strategy he authored to intentionally delay insurance reform in order to kill it,” Sevugan emailed me.
“Whether it’s paying for a supposedly independent report that was purposefully skewed to kill reform or paying hired hands to attack reform on tv while passing themselves off independent commentators, the insurance lobby and their agents in the GOP, have proven that they are willing to say and do anything — including misleading the American people — to protect their record profits,” Sevugan added. “They have zero credibility.”
More @ The Plum Line
CNN’s Frank Donatelli Problem: On-Air Contributor Revealed To Be Paid By GOP, Insurance Industry
“A network spokeswoman has confirmed that CNN will soon clarify the conflict of interest Castellanos has in regards to AHIP. However, CNN should note that he has been paid by the RNC, and if he is to continue opining on the health debate, disclosure should be made during every segment in which he appears. Indeed, the policy of full disclosure should extend to other CNN pundits, including Frank Donatelli, a GOP lobbyist who represents Blue Cross Blue Shield.“–Think Progress
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ThinkProgress/Pat Garofalo—Fox News has been pushing back on White House Communications Director Anita Dunn’s assertion that the network is “a wing of the Republican Party” by arguing that “its news hours — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on weekdays — are objective.” Fox Political Analyst Brit Hume added that “if Fox News really were a GOP mouthpiece, the White House would not be attacking it.” However, Fox’s “objective” news hosts have literally served as the GOP “communications arm” when discussing the economic stimulus package and job creation. In July, House Republicans took to the floor to repeat the mantra “where are the jobs?” And Fox’s anchors, led by America’s Newsroom co-host Bill Hemmer, have adopted the phrase as their own, repeating it over and over on their “news” shows.
Watch a great video compilation from Think Progress.
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“I’m not tired… I’m just gettin’ started…” President Obama
Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to New Orleans on Thursday seeking to reassure residents of his commitment to the city’s recovery four years after the Bush administration’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina.Flying in for a close-up look at the rebuilding process, Obama was expected to see signs of progress but also stark reminders of how much remains to be done to get New Orleans, once a thriving tourist destination, back in full swing.
Former President George W. Bush was widely criticized for the federal government’s slow emergency response to Katrina, which hastened a slide in his popularity and left a stain on his presidential legacy.
Soon after taking office in January, Obama vowed to prevent a repeat of the previous administration’s “failures” and to do more to help New Orleans and the rest of the battered U.S. Gulf Coast rebuild.
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ThinkProgress/Amanda Terkel —During the tea party protests and the more recent 9/12 march, Fox News argued that it was justified in covering them incessantly because the network doesn’t “pick and choose these rallies and protests” — it covers them all. At the same time, it slammed other networks for not giving enough coverage to the right-wing rallies. But as Jon Stewart noted on The Daily Show last night, Fox ignored the weekend’s National Equality March, whose turnout was comparable to the 9/12 March. “You didn’t even send your own camera crew?” exclaimed Stewart. “You have a Washington bureau! Tell them to go to the window and point the camera down!”
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Posted by AudiegrlTuesday night the President and First Lady hosted the third installment of the White House Music Series, this one celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Fiesta Latina brought some of the country’s best Latin music performers to the White House, including: Mark Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano, Pete Escovedo, Thalía, Tito “El Bambino,” Aventura, Los Lobos and Sheila E., with hosts Jimmy Smits, Eva Longoria and George Lopez.
In his remarks at the event, President Barack Obama said of the genre: “In the end, what makes Latin music great is the same thing that’s always made America great — the unique ability to celebrate our differences while creating something new.”
Enjoy some snapshots from “In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina” and in case you missed the livestream, you can still catch the program on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check your local listings).
Videoclip de la Casa Blanca Fiesta Latina
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Justice Dept. Seeks Action vs. Gay Discrimination
Associated Press/Devlin Barrett—The Obama administration’s point man on civil rights said Wednesday he will seek to fight discrimination against gays, an area in which the Justice Department has had only a small role in the past.
Tom Perez, the assistant attorney general in charge of the department’s Civil Rights Division, said pending legislation in Congress will allow the department to attack discrimination against lesbian, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, a group often referred to by the acronym LGBT.
That would be new territory for the division that has historically gone after discrimination based on race, gender or religion. It would also be a major shift from the division’s work during the Bush administration, which opposed expansion of the federal hate crimes law to prosecute those who attack gays.
Perez on Wednesday he gave his first speech to division employees, saying the division must be transformed “so that we are capable of tackling the civil rights challenges of the 21st century,” include issues not historically addressed by the department.
“We must fight for fairness and basic equality for our LGBT brothers and sisters who so frequently are being left in the shadows,” he said, and to “ensure that there’s a level playing field in which our LGBT brothers and sisters are judged by the content of their character.”
Allison Herwitt, legislative director for Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights group, called Perez’s words “fantastic.”
“What’s so different between this administration and the last is that we have people who want to have these protections in place and to enforce these protections, and you have the top of the Civil Rights Division willing to openly talk about these protections,” said Herwitt.