CHUCK TODD ASKS THE HARD – AND NECESSARY – QUESTIONS

As any regular reader knows, I often criticize Chuck Todd as an Obama/Democrat partisan. So when he breaks free and asks the hard, and necessary, questions of this administration, I will be the first to credit him for it.  And yesterday was the day. Here, verbatim, is what he asked of Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney during yesterday\’s briefing: “The president in...

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PUSH-POLLING OBAMACARE

Push-polling, as you probably know, is devising a poll which, through the wording of its questions, and/or the order of its questions, and/or what is does and does not ask about, “pushes” the results to a particular side of things. With a major tip of my imaginary hat to Tom Blumer at newsbusters.org (I urge you to click here and read his entire blog), here is an excellent example...

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ARSENIO AND THE IRS SCANDAL

What does the Arsenio Hall show have in common with the IRS scandal? They both have died – at least so far – for lack of media coverage. Arsenio Hall\’s new (one year) talk show has been cancelled by CBS.  The reason?  Low ratings.  A key reason for the low ratings?  Virtually no media coverage.  It did not matter whether Mr. Hall\’s show was good...

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NATIONAL QUALITATIVE CENTERS: SPECIAL PRICE

Here is a completely non-political offer, to any readers who use qualitative research facilities in downtown Chicago for focus groups, one on ones, usability studies, simulated jury trials – or seminars, small meetings and any of the other many uses a such a facility is excellent for: My company, National Qualitative Centers (NQC), is running a sale.  Book focus groups with us now...

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THE ANONYMITY OF NEGATIVE GROWTH

Remember the terrible economic news, that first quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was 0.1%? Well, that number has just been revised.  Downward. The new, revised figure, as reported by The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) yesterday, is that, in the first quarter, GDP contracted 1.0%.  That\’s right, it went down by 1 full percent.  So the news media...

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JAY CARNEY RESIGNS

On the heels of Eric Shinseki\’s resignation as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jay Carney (AKA “Baghdad Jay”) has resigned as President Obama\’s Press Secretary. That\’s a lot of incompetence and BS to lose in one day.  But not to worry:  Based on his record of the past five years, I have no doubt that President Obama will have no difficulty...

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SHINSEKI RESIGNS

This morning, Eric Shinseki has resigned as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. President Obama\’s comment:  “A few minutes ago, Secretary Shinseki offered me his own resignation.  With considerable regret, I accepted.”  What President Obama might actually be thinking:  “Thank God this thorn in my butt is gone.  Now my Accomplice Media will quickly...

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THE WASHINGTON POST\’S HONEST ASSESSMENT OF OBAMA FOREIGN POLICY

My imaginary hat (I rarely if ever wear one) is not off to the folks on the Washington Post\’s editorial board very often.  But today is one of those days. They have written an honest assessment of President Obama\’s foreign policy – and make no bones at all about what a disaster it has been/continues to be. You can read the entire editorial by clicking here.  But...

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HILLARY CLINTON:THE BOOK ON BENGHAZI

For years, I have blogged about the fact – and it is one – that Hillary Clinton\’s career, encompassing over 30 years of appointments and elective offices, has virtually no accomplishments to show for it. Now, as she possibly prepares for a 2016 presidential bid (I have serious doubts that bid will ever materialize), Ms. Clinton\’s remarkably accomplishmentless career is...

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THE NBA-DONALD STERLING PROBLEM: A $OLUTION?

Believe it or not, there may be a $olution to the battle between the NBA and Los Angeles Clippers owner donald sterling. But what does this $olution say about the NBA and its reason for forcing sterling out? If the report at CNN and many other news/sports sites is true, Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, has made a $2 billion offer to buy the Los Angeles Clippers. The amount clearly...

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AND THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP IS ….. ????????

I was just watching a little bit of “Cinderella Man”, the excellent Ron Howard movie about James J. Braddock – as improbable a world heavyweight champion as we ever have had – and realized that either I am so removed from boxing, or boxing has become so inconsequential (probably both) that I do not even know who the current heavyweight champion of the world is. I assume...

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TWO WORTHWHILE DRIVING TIPS

Here are two worthwhile driving tips for you: 1. If you\’re driving through lower Manhattan (or, for that matter, just about anywhere in Manhattan) never get behind anyone with out of town plates, because it is an excellent bet they have no idea how to deal with it, and will wind up exasperating you. 2. If you\’re driving anywhere – Manhattan, the suburbs, small-town America...

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VA-GATE: SHINSEKI & DEMOCRAT TONE-DEAFNESS

As any regular reader knows, I frequently reference the political tone-deafness of Republicans.  As for Democrats?  Though it is considerably less typical of them it happens on that side of the aisle as well. Which brings us straight to the Veterans Affairs (VA) scandal. On May 12, I awarded Chuck Todd “Quote Of The Day” honors for advising Republicans that the VA...

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THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Today\’s quote comes to us from the iconic TV host – whose career in this medium was preceded by 22 years in the United States military (Marines and Navy) – Montel Williams. Mr. Williams takes great exception to the treatment Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals are giving — or, more exactly, not giving — our military veterans and the lack of Presidential...

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TODAY SHOW: SHAMED INTO COVERING THE VA SCANDAL

I could probably end this blog right at the title. The Today Show, this morning, provided serious, fairminded coverage of the Veterans Affairs (VA) scandal – after not reporting so much as one word about it the day before, and after the entire NBC News apparatus providing a scant 3 1/2 minutes of coverage over the entire Memorial Day weekend on all its news shows combined. What has suddenly...

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