this billion dollar thing….

Crooks and Liars: You know, there are just some things that look and sound ridiculous … this is one of them. John King looks like a fool with his touchy-feely screen while fantasizing about what one billion dollars could do.

His reference to one billion dollars goes to the current meme about what the Obama campaign 2012 might end up spending. Of course, he forgets to note a few things, like the absence of corporate cash funneled through anonymous 501(c)(4) associations, and the DNC’s announcement that they won’t accept corporate funds for the convention. I also thought it was interesting that King chose red states’ deficits as his comparison point for what that billion could do. Poor red states. They won’t see much of that money.

But you know, one billion dollars is an insane amount of money to have to raise to keep ahead of the TeaBirchers’ funding paths. As I write, I’m busily tracking over $5 million funneled through one public donor-advised fund to right-wing “policy” organizations. So while the Republicos want to make a big stinking deal out of the money spent by Obama’s side of things, just remember they’ll end up spending more between their secret money tunnels, their anonymous corporate donors’ ad buys, and the inevitable stirring-up of the “angry base” by the Tea Party.

More here


Now, it is my fervent wish that the President’s campaign will raise several billion dollars to see off the Republicans’ anonymous corporate donations (much of it from the likes of the Koch brothers and from overseas).

But, naturally, the President is being attacked – from the right and far left – for being associated with something as ‘obscene’ as a billion dollar campaign.

So, who in the President’s team boasted that his campaign would raise a billion dollars? The truth? No one. But King suggests it was David Axelrod:

King: Listen to top Obama political advisor David Axelrod telling us over lunch recently the fundraising goal could top one billion dollars.

Check the transcript:

King: What’s the ball park we’re talking about, you see people throwing around figures like a billion dollars. More than a billion dollars.

Axelrod: I’m not going to put a number on it, obviously that would be more than we spent last time, I don’t know in this economy if that’s going to be that case. But it will be a lot of money, more than anybody would like to see spent…. (CNN cuts tape)


So, it’s King – and only King – who mentions “a billion dollars”, not Axelrod – who actually shows some sensitivity about the issue in light of the fact that these are difficult times for many Americans.

So, King distorts what Axelrod said, then, em, delights his viewers with a snarky piece based on his distortion. Quality journalism, Mr King! Can’t wait for your piece on the Koch brothers and overseas funding of the Republicans’ election efforts 😉


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25 Responses to “this billion dollar thing….”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    April 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Our media is a joke!

  2. 2 Hachikō
    April 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Sometimes I think it’s hopeless. Just hopeless. *sigh*

  3. 3 BARBARA
    April 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    GREAT WORK – but if only this could be shown all over the ignorant
    airways! Bring on the Koch Brothers contributions please!!!!

  4. 4 Asher in Boston
    April 5, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    All I can give the lame media and this idiot cnn guy, is the middle finger. Sorry guys, but these people wont stop peddling lies.

  5. 5 sherijr
    April 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    There really isn’t any difference between the ‘media’ and the Republicans.. they are the same folks. full of bs, imo.

    • 6 Eleroy
      April 6, 2011 at 12:34 am

      LOL Sherijr!!! Totally correct!!! You can easily interchange media and republican in America today.

      • 7 sherijr
        April 6, 2011 at 12:48 am

        Just sickening isn’t it Eleroy? Of all things, I dislike the media the most.

        • 8 Sue in Minnesota
          April 6, 2011 at 4:20 am

          Sherijr, the MSM is my biggest heartache as well. They abuse our trust, and attempt to influence and manipulate.
          I sent King and e-mail requesting an on air correction. I also asked him to give balance to the topic by discussing the funding sources for the Republican ticket, the impact of Citizens United, and the promotional venue for Republican agenda and potential candidates that is Fox Lies.

          • 9 sherijr
            April 6, 2011 at 9:36 am

            Well done Sue, I will follow your good example and do the same.. I guess thats what we really need to make a concerted effort at is to let them know we’re listening and we’re not playing their biased games and we expect and demand that they give us the facts.

  6. 10 anniebella
    April 5, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I sent John King a email and told him exactly what I think of him and CNN. I told him that those who support this President is ready to fight for him because we believe in him. Despite all the B.S. he has had to deal with,and that goes for the B.S. he gets from the media, we are going to stand up and fight with this President, because we know he has done a darn good job, he is a darn good President, and we trust him.

    • 11 majii
      April 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      I also sent him an email, anniebella. I reminded him that Mr. Axelrod did not mention a specific amount of money the president might need for his re-election campaign. I also told him that he made zero mention of the 501(c)(4) organizations that donate to primarily rw politicians and reminded him that Americans need facts, not editorializing.

    • 12 Eleroy
      April 6, 2011 at 12:32 am

      Good for you Anniebella, I think I will send silly John an e-mail too!!!

    • 13 africa
      April 6, 2011 at 7:25 am

      I too, sent John King an e-mail. I sent him the transcript from the text. I told him that he was “THE PERSON,” that mentioned $1 billion in his conversations with Mr. Axlerod, and not Mr. Axelrod. Clearly, Axelrod states he was not putting a number on the anything. What gives? I told King to re-read the transcript.

      I hope everyone sends him an e-mail. These guys are insufferable.

      Great day everyone!!

  7. 14 Fred
    April 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Day ONE since the Obama re-election announcement and King already comes out with his first hit piece.

    I’m actually quite unhappy that I even clicked on that link. Bad click finger…BAD bad bad!


  8. 15 Eleroy
    April 6, 2011 at 12:30 am

    John King is a right wing tool together with his little silly wife Dana Bash!!! Too many barbeque’s at John McCain’s Sedona, Arizona ranch has their heads firmly up the GOP arse!!!

    • 16 Sue in Minnesota
      April 6, 2011 at 4:22 am

      Figures, John King has that smuggness that I associate with the Republican superiority complex.

    • 17 lisa
      April 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Dana Bash is his wife? for real? wow. Those two numbskulls. I sent him a comment telling him what I thought of his ‘journalistic integrity’. I almost puked as i wrote down those two words. What a hack.

  9. 18 Titti
    April 6, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Wrote theses clowns too and told them they were as bad as faux news with their misinformation. Informed them that I stopped watching em years ago even tho their channel was free – not everything that’s free is good for you!

  10. 19 anniebella
    April 6, 2011 at 8:25 am

    We have to keep doing this, contacting people like John King and CNN and Rachel Maddow and MSNBC and letting them know that we don’t buy their bull. I sent that Elliot Spitzer CNN a email too. You know the ex Govenor of New York who was caught with prostitutes, or this one girl name Ashley DuPree. He has some nerve to even be sitting on tv dissing our President. I also let Spitzer and that David Gergen know that President Obama does not have to do things the way they think he should, this President has his way of doing things, we elected him President, not them. And Gergen because he worked for other Presidents years and years ago, he think Obama should handle things the way they did back then, but Obama is Obama, and he has his way of doing things. Let him do it. They sit up there and say things like I don’t know what Obama didn’t do this or do that, and I told them that’s right you don’t know why, you don’t know him, you don’t talk to him, you are not part of the ones he listen too, or get advice from. You are just someone who sits on cable tv who gets paid to run your mouth, and it doesn’t matter if what you say are true or not. It’s all about ratings.And what gets ratings, CONTROVERSY and LIES and CNN is just as good at it as that trash channel FOX. We who support this President must let them know that we are willing and ready to fight for President Obama re-election. We are fired up and ready to go, because we trust our President, we believe he is trying to do what is best for all Americans.

  11. 21 conlakappa
    April 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

    King made his bones at Pat Robertson’s Christian [*cough*] Broadcast [*cough] Network. Every day he opens his lying mouth, it shows. And that would cover all days that end in -y.

    • 22 sherijr
      April 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

      Now thats important info conlakappa, I didn’t know that & it shows his bias right out of the gate imo.

      • 23 conlakappa
        April 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

        Yep. I think he’s worked on scrubbing it from his resume. You have to really dig to find it. I know folks who call Matt Lauer a sweater model. King makes Lauer look as deep as any ocean.

  12. 24 lisa
    April 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    As soon as I read this post I immediately sent John-The Hack-King a piece of my mind. Of course when the dialog box asked if my comment was positive or negative, I clicked positive.Those idiots. If I’d clicked negative, it would probably go straight to the junk box. Unbelievable.

    • 25 Sue in Minnesota
      April 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      Lisa I clicked positive as well, as in constructive criticism. They always have the opportunity to improve their product….only they can answer for their failings. I’ve been writing increasingly more media sources, and I always include a statement that there is a growing trend, wherein people are turning their backs to and their dollars from those that demonstrate such a blatant disregard for journalistic standards and integrity.

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