john king’s credibility? (if he ever had any). bye bye

At a time when even some Republicans are conceding that Michele Bachmann is bat-shit crazy, King says this:

Yep, “You have taken what I would describe as a reasonable position……”

It gets worse…..

Let’s have a look at that exchange again:

Bachmann: We need to have the fight on Obamacare … I think it is a crime against democracy because Speaker Pelosi and President Obama failed to even tell the members of the House and Senate, much less the American people, that if a member casts a vote for the Obamacare bill they would also be voting to spend $105 billion…..it is my opinion that that money should be given back because it was passed fraudulently, no one knew that money was there…..

King: As you know, a lot of Democrats dispute your numbers on the healthcare bill, but I want to save that one for another day….


No, no John, it’s not that Democrats dispute her numbers, it’s that every single independent observer has concluded that she was talking complete and utter shit about this “bombshell, hidden $105 billion”. eg:

Washington Post (Fact Checker) …. Bachmann’s main points have been that “this money was broken up, hidden in various parts of the bill” – something akin to a “slush fund” – and that it was done “secretly, unbeknownst to members of Congress.”

This is bordering on ridiculous.

…The Obama administration insisted that the health care bill be “paid for” through various revenue raisers and cost cuts in order to not increase the deficit. In the end, CBO declared that the health care bill would reduce the deficit over the next decade.

… it is disingenuous of Bachmann to talk only about the costs without noting that, in theory, all of this spending is fully funded.

There is a further problem with Bachman’s charge of “hidden” spending … the administration has not tried to hide this money at all; instead, it has trumpeted each dollar spent in a press release.

As for the claim that “this money was broken up, hidden in various parts of the bill,” we think she means that there were different sections in the legislation, depending on the issue. This is common practice for virtually all major bills, and it is not unusual or nefarious at all….

The Pinocchio Test: There is no “bombshell” except Bachmann’s bombast.

She is correct that Congress already has appropriated some spending in future years, but her claim that this money was “hidden” does not have credibility. The money for these programs was clearly described and analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office before the legislation was voted into law…..

Four Pinocchios:


With Beck’s imminent departure from Fox, you have to wonder if King is looking to fill the gap. He was already a joke, but after suggesting that the racist nutjob that is Bachmann had taken a “reasonable position” on anything … and failing to challenge her on her debunked lies about that ‘fraudulent’ $105 billion …. oh dear, oh dear.

12 Responses to “john king’s credibility? (if he ever had any). bye bye”

  1. 1 sherijr
    April 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I have concluded that some people in Congress are just stupid. They are literally ignorant of how bills are made and how budgeting and funding is done. I believe they were “popular” in their little neck of the woods and they had $$$ and friends with $$$.. but they’re dumb as rocks and they’re loud as blowhorns and frankly they’ve got zero business running anything in our government. But it is America and even really stupid people get to vote, lol. And let me just say this.. I understand ignorance, I understand folks who’ve had less than opportune educations.. wherein they receive the best there is in this country.. but frankly my experience has been that folks with lesser opportunities often strive to learn, to gain more.. to have a goal of enriching their level of education and knowledge base. But this kind of person, this Bachmann who gets EVERYTHING WRONG because she is a racist hateful fool- gets on teevee to spew her stupid and not a living soul speaks up to her while she’s doing it- she works at being dishonest and twisted.. and then ‘journalists’ like this loser who has the audacity to have the last name King.. lets her get away with it. F***ing Republicans. They need to lose so damn big in 2012.

  2. 2 sherijr
    April 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    oh typo… “wherein they DON’T receive the best..” sorry.

  3. 3 Anonymous
    April 7, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Great rant, Sherijr. I can’t bring myself to watch the video and see these cretins in action. All I know is that anyone who votes for Bachman, or thinks that John King is a credible person (I didn’t use the term “journalist” to describe him, because that would be a joke) – well, they’re idiots.

  4. 4 hgerhard
    April 8, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Yes, sherijr, unfortunately you are right about that. Remember Cantor’s ridiculous statement that a bill passed by the House and not taken up by the Senate becomes the law of the land? That from a person in a leadership position in the U.S. House of Representatives? Every school child knows better than that after studying “Mr. Smith goes to Washington”. I think these people should be taken to task for such ignorance of their own institutions and the people’s business. It is a scandal that they can get away with it.

    • 5 sherijr
      April 8, 2011 at 12:22 am

      You are correct.. and whats more I think some in the media are just as ignorant of the facts about how things work.. which is part and parcel of why they ask such dumb questions all the time. Of course they’re more about drama and trauma too.. but their seems to be no line between the crassness and foolishness of the media and the republican Congress. They ae not serving us as a country at all.

  5. 6 Audrey
    April 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

    John King is the pits! He sucks! He should move to Fox already, he has auditioned long and hard already. And he should take his lying wife with him!

  6. 7 Fred
    April 8, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I made the mistake of clicking on that last King video posted of his hit piece on Obama day one after Obama announced his re-election campaign.

    I won’t make that mistake again by clicking on this video. Nope!

  7. 8 dotster
    April 8, 2011 at 7:39 am

    John King is the worst. He has never been a fan of Obama, to put it mildly. I was so furious at him during the pres. campaign when he would frame every map, every development, with a racial connotation. It was a not so sly way to try to divide the electorate. I sent 100’s of complaint emails off to CNN, but they obviously didn’t care. His shtick might have been the agenda there. And I won’t even comment on M. Bachmann—-she’s in the Looniest of Looney Birds club.

  8. 9 Perry
    April 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Bachmann – the Fruit Loop

  9. 10 anniebella
    April 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Glen Beck is leaving FOX, that is a job for John King. After all isn’t John Roberts who use to be at CNN at FOX now? Then again, CNN is becoming just like FOX. Anyway Johe King is a jackass. I never could stand him.

  10. 11 anniebella
    April 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

    John King is a jackass.

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