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impartiality

 Aw bless, our old buddy Mark Knoller – who’s not even trying any more to be impartial – is not happy with the President’s shocking proposal that the rich pay the same tax rate as the middle class.

He’s tired of hearing about Warren Buffett and his secretary, so he has a solution: in this Twitter exchange with a right-winger, he suggests Buffett pay his secretary in stock, thereby reducing her tax – and then they’ll both shut up.

Yep, that will sure solve the tax inequality issue for the whole of America.

It’s funny, CNN fired Chez Pazienza in 2008 for having a personal blog and contributing opinion pieces to The Huffington Post.

Meanwhile, Knoller regularly expresses his Teabagger-esque views on tax on Twitter, but that’s okay for the CBS White House Correspondent whose job it is to report impartially on the administration?

You know, impartial reports like this:

MediaMatters (August 2011): CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller whitewashed former President Bush’s role in creating $1.2 trillion in deficit for the 2009 fiscal year, instead blaming President Obama for every penny of debt increase since “the day Mr. Obama took office.” But the Congressional Budget Office had already projected $1.2 trillion in deficit before Obama took office, based entirely on Bush’s actions and economic conditions.

More here

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Greg Sargent: Beltway head-in-sand-moment of the day: David Brooks is very, very upset with Obama for aggressively articulating his tax-the-rich vision, and signaling he won’t budge from it, in the face of Republicans who are aggressively articulating their no-tax-hikes-at-all-costs vision and signaling they won’t budge from it. That’s silly enough on its own. But then Brooks gives us this:

“He repeated the populist cries that fire up liberals but are designed to enrage moderates and conservatives.

Brooks must have missed all those polls that show solid public support for tax hikes on the wealthy, particularly the ones that show solid support for high end tax hikes among independents.


94 Responses to “impartiality”


  1. September 20, 2011 at 8:57 am

    These reporters are paid to do one thing, get rid of this president!
    It appears!

    • 2 COS
      September 20, 2011 at 9:09 am

      I say if Mr. Buffett doesn’t have a problem with PBO using him as a prop, why is Knoeler worried about it? He should just shut up and do his job.

      • 3 desertflower
        September 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

        That hasn’t worked out well so far! (Him doing his job!)

      • 4 anniebella
        September 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

        COS, I agree with you, and CBS need to fire that bastard Mark Knoller. I don’t tweet, I don’t know if Knoller has a email but if I have to I will write him a letter. I will write CBS. Because this bastard have cross the line to many times. He has gone way over the line.

    • 5 LOL
      September 20, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Exactly. Everyday I am more inclined that these reporters are ginning up what we all know to be true. Even with all the RW wing BS this president has put up with for the past 2.5 yrs- He is STILL BEATING or EVEN with these Repubs who have had no scrutiny and have been allowed to say whatever they wanted. Hello- Romney’s state was 47th in Job Creation, Gov Good Hair’s state is dead last in education, health care, etc. AND the jobs he keeps tooting about are Gumbint jobs. Alex Castellanos had the balls to say this was going to be a better and more exciting race than the 08 elections- yeah because we’ve always had the possibility between the first female president or the first african american president. Never had a white man as president from Texas or Massachusetts. Morons. I can’t wait to wake up the day after the elections and tweet A BIG F U to @jaketapper @markknoller @chucktodd @johnkingusa @joescarborough @politco (ALL OF THEM)

    • 6 Mel
      September 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

      Yes Jovi you are correct as we see and the clip vidio of Dienne sawyers , they are lying the mayority of the people
      want the very rich to pay their fair shere.

  2. 8 collegekay
    September 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Did he delete that tweet? I don’t see it.

  3. 12 hopefruit2
    September 20, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Even before the President actually spoke yesterday, Knoller was up with his usual snarky tweets about the WH’s “fact sheet” and emphasizing that he was using quotes to insinuate that the sheet contained non-facts. He did get quite a bit of push back from several TOD-ers, myself included. Meanwhile, he would simply repeat what Boehner or McConnell said about the plan without questioning, insinuations or snark, yet everything associated with the President’s speech was surrounded with some kind of doubt or innuendo.

    • 13 utaustinliberal
      September 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

      He’s just a lazy lazy lazy person and a crappy “journalist.” He’s supposed to be impartial for heavens sake and CBS News just allows him to give him his less than factual opinions, and less than factual tweets that have no basis in truth. What is his business if the President is proposing a policy change? All he’s paid to do is to report about said policy change and not fire off sarcastic dumb insulting tweets with a rightwinger.

  4. 14 Olivia
    September 20, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Hey Knoller: how would you like it if CBS paid you in stocks? I don’t know of a single bill that can be paid in stocks…

    • 15 57andFemale
      September 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      This illustrates the disconnect the people have. Stock is a risk. A paycheck is a paycheck that you can count on. You tell a secretary that a portion of her salary will be in risky stock, and she thinks about her rent and her kid’s school books. She needs stability at her income level. She cannot afford to gamble.

      A narrative that is little reported is the pain inflicted just because of moves to 401(k)’s and other ‘investments’ that impacted so many workers. My sister-in-law, may she rest in peace, was a bookkeeper for a good-sized company, now defunct. Her retirement was in stocks and investments, and when the market blew up in the late ’90’s, she was left destitute, just at the time she was set to retire. She died of brain cancer, always worrying about money, worrying about how to pay for her health bills, her veterinary bills for her doggies, who were the only children she had.

      Pensions used to be regulated. Pensions used to only be allowed to be invested in blue chips and maintained a slower rate of growth but a safer one. Thank you, Republicans.

      So a bookkeeper who works diligently her entire life is left to the swings of the stock market. Not everyone has the time, inclination or skill to maneauver through whether stocks are a good investment. You trust your broker, but your broker is no longer any smarter than you are or inclined to keep your investments safe. I finally pulled out of the stock market — I do not have the time or interest in figuring out what I should be investing in. And I certainly cannot afford to lose money. Rich people can weather these swings — the average person cannot.

      Warren Buffett’s secretary wants a reliable paycheck, a bit of a retirement program that does not put her livelihood at risk, and a cushion of Socical Security and Medicare.

      Mark Knoller knows nothing about working Americans, the miserable fire-breathing Republican jackass that he is.

      • 16 theo67
        September 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

        This is a very sad story about your sister-in-law, and could be repeated by millions in the country, I’m sure. I’m sorry she had to go through such a stressful time while battling with cancer.

        The safety net really is a life-saver, and makes such a difference in providing a quality of life for seniors. Moving everything to the stock market, which is basically just a casino run by millionaire nervous nellies, who analyze events based on rumours and innuendo – doesn’t make sense. How can the value of a company fluctuate day by day simply because of “consumer sentiment” or daily polls of a President’s likeability. If that was the case, then people would have to be very afraid that the nations companies are run by unqualified people who can’t plan for the future or deal with economic uncertainty – and that’s just not true.

        I basically ignore my 401K, because it’s not real value until I cash it in or retire. Look at how it moved from the 6000 level to the 12000 level in the span of a year under President Obama. There’s no way to know what will be left if Republicans get back in power, or after 20 or more years of economic growth and upheaval. Impossible.

  5. September 20, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Knoller just tweeted this:

    markknoller Mark Knoller
    GOP aides citing an AP story this morning that shows America’s wealthy, on average, pay a lot more taxes than the middle class or poor.

    markknoller Mark Knoller
    Link to AP story on rich taxed more than secretaries: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iP3lhS4ZQ-UhyUvFfUgdPCiu-jJA?docId=47a565563a294b2bad96544a7f0ddc1b

    Is he really unaware of how much he shills for the GOP and how biased he sounds? I don’t expect him to cheer PBO, but to just report rather than editorialize.

  6. 32 JER
    September 20, 2011 at 9:14 am

    THE BUFFET RULE – PATRIOTIC MILLIONAIRES:

    • September 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

      I love this ad! The ads coming out this season have been timely, ‘clean’, and totally on point! I’m sooo happy with the way things are warming up. 😆 😆 Ain’t no stopping us now. We’re on the move… to 2012!

      • 34 TrumpDog
        September 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

        I almost cried (after almost falling out of my seat) when I saw the DCCC released TV ad pushing for the American Jobs Act yesterday. It showed a part of Obama’s speech to Congress. It was very well done.

        I hope they do more.
        And yeah, I may start donating again – if they keep this up.

  7. 35 Bill
    September 20, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Knoller is so ill informed that he is not aware that Buffett is talking about earned income, and his commenta have nothing to do with capital gains.

    • 36 Mel
      September 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

      Bill do not count on The MSM to report anything favorable for PBO they are twisting evrything around
      there polls indicating that 79 or 81 % of the people do want the very rich to pay more , they were doing the same
      thing when he was running against Hillary remember she was ahead 35% points?
      So let’s stop waching those high paid talking heads in the MSM, they think we are NOT apying attention I do
      have a lot’s of confidence in PBO he is my ony Source of Information.

  8. 38 Fred
    September 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

    such an asswipe this Mark Knoller.Too bad I cannot be on twitter or I’d call him a teahadist hack

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  10. September 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Hey TOD Family… I’ve been away from my computer, having to travel across the state to our Fargo VA for some tests… thus I had a lotta catching up to do this morning. I was able yesterday, while waiting for my first appointment at the VA, to catch most of POTUS’s speech.. but I had to fight to hear it 😉 The waiting room was full, about 12 people, young, old, male, female- vets & spouses, caretakers… all caucasian as this is ND. One vet in his late 50s, 60s- was jabbering about POTUS, making nasty comments about how we’d have more $$$ if he (PBO) would knock off the ‘travel all over the world’.. grinning & ginning the BS while a couple of folks grinned back and shook their heads in agreement. Then Mr. Anti-POTUS says- listening to the President was just a waste of electricity.. I finally went off- I said, look I want to hear what the President has to say.. the guy repeats that “it’s a waste of electricity to listen to ‘this guy’- all he does is lie”. I said he’s the President of the United States and I want to hear what HE has to say.. at which point the guy says “He’s not the President, he’s not my President”. I say back (mind you we were speaking across a ten foot space with a room full of people, thus this was not exactly a quiet exchange) “He is absolutely the President Of the United States and I want to hear HIM, not your racist crap”! Well that shut the entire room up… and we got to hear the last 2/3 of the speech in peace.. which by the way was excellent.. and more importantly everyone in that room was able to hear the words from POTUS’s own lips and not the bs spewed by the kook. In fact folks began looking up at the tv, especially when POTUS talked about raising taxes on the very wealthiest, when he spoke of Warren Buffett’s secretary and the discrepencies in how they pay taxes.. folks paid attention. The guy sitting next to me, who’d earlier been shaking his head in agreement with the loudmouth… was now shaking his head in agreement with POTUS 🙂 The fact is some people do not know what they think, don’t form their own opinions because they are so busy getting their info second hand & manipulated by others- that they never really know whats true or whats lies.. and don’t have the ability/willingness to learn for themselves. So I think ultimately any time we can clear a room of the noise long enough for people to hear President Obama for themselves- their opinions can be given an opportunityto be formed by virtue of the facts… anyhow, I have to tell you- I felt good, I have long passed the point where I’ll listen without speaking up, to lies about my President.

    I have one more appt this afternoon, then my son & I will be back on the train home.. thanks for keeping up with the happenings Chips, its so much nicer to read things here… I did attempt to watch tv last night here in the hotel- ya’ll know I don’t watch tv.. so for the first time I heard Sean Hannity (eww). I peeked in on Ed- who used the word FINALLY in regards to POTUS fighting.. which disgusted me.. then all the other pundits were either attacking POTUS nonstop, or carrying on about President Obama was finalllllly fighting.. and how THIS is the ‘guy’ they voted for. Anyway, I realized I’ve missed abolutely nothing by not tuning into pundits for 3 years.. they’re all about themselves and not about this country or it’s people..

    Happy Tuesday to you all 🙂

    • 41 Fred
      September 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

      hope all is well with you Sherijr.So happy you set this fool straight.Have a good day 🙂

      • September 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

        I’m ok, nothing to worry about right now.. just a few tests. Since I’ve only one appt left, it willl be a good day – then son and I will take a walk in downtown Fargo.. 😉 thank YOU Fred~ you have a lovely day.

    • September 20, 2011 at 9:39 am

      sherijr!! I’m SO proud of you!! This is exactly the kind of thing that can make a difference. People are so stuck in their bias, turned off to listening, oblivious to truth. It’s racist and deplorable. You stood up for PBO and for yourself and silenced the nonsense! BRAVA!

      When you don’t watch the punditry, it is completely shocking to tune in for an evening. It turns my stomach to realize how much the media has contributed to and exacerbated the ugliness and ignorance in this country, and how inured we are to it. People really don’t know how to listen and think for themselves. I’m so glad you were able to feel good about your actions. Take good care.

      • September 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

        thanks meta.. I agree with you so much- man the media is a real enemy, I cannot imagine listening to that crap every night. And yeah I feel good, Our President deserves our respect and our acknowledgment imo for all that he’s done and all he’s attempted to do- and the bias crap against him from every corner. I will always fight for him to be heard.

    • 45 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 20, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Have I told you lately that YOU ROCK, sheri? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      You said it right: a lot of people don’t know what they think! Weak minded and easily propagandized. You pierced a little fog of stupidity in ND yesterday — maybe a little sun can shine through.

    • September 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

      That’s a fantastic story. Good for you on shutting that jerk up. It’s not right for guys like that to firce their opinions on everybody else.

    • September 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

      {{Sherij}} Good on you, Sheri for having the courage to speak up! This is an encouragement – I usually think what I should say in similar situations but never actually say it. Hope your appointments go well and that you and your son travel safely back home. Have a good rest-of-the-day and see you here when you get back!

    • 51 desertflower
      September 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

      sherijr….HOLY MOLY! Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly, that was awesome. Good to see you doing the right thing, even though it’s not always easy to do. The guy was, no doubt, a FUCK’S viewer,so that explains all we need to know. What if these people KNEW of all the good things this man has done…FOR THEM! One person at a time, one day at a time….the bonus was, all the people in the room got to hear the REAL ideas of this President…not filtered and opinionated garbage from pundits.GOOD FOR YOU! One person changed a room:)
      Hope all is well with you and the family and you get home safe and sound.

      • September 20, 2011 at 9:53 am

        thanks df.. oh yeah, he sounded just like what I figure Rush Limbaugh sounds like. And I agree, we have to be the change, the media, spread the truth or at the very least make a path for President Obama to be heard and not drowned out by the lies.

    • September 20, 2011 at 9:49 am

      Thank you Sherijr for standing up for PBO. Hope your test results are good.

    • 56 a4alice
      September 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

      way to go Sherijr! Man that took some guts but look you told the truth to that guy and then it opened up the opportunity for people to really listen to what PBO was saying. That is absolutely fantastic!

      • September 20, 2011 at 10:00 am

        thanks a4alice.. I was actually kind of amazed that he was quiet.. and that no one else jumped in to support him.. so I admit to being relatively pleased with my actions 😉 but what really stunned me is how clear it was that folks were listening and there was just nothing POTUS was saying that these very ordinary, very middle class (and lower) people could not identify with.. that was what was so comforting- that I saw first hand that when average people are given a chance to hear sensible common sense stuff- this President speaking- they take note, they do hear it, they hear HIM when given the opportunity. He is something ~

        • 58 desertflower
          September 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

          Wonder if they will now connect the dots that they have been lied to and deceived this whole time? That would be a remarkable achievement! “Gee, this President is NOTHING like they portray on FOX.” (or on the “news” in general!) He actually MAKES SENSE!

        • 59 57andFemale
          September 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm

          had you not taken the stand that you took, those people would not have heard the President yesterday. Well done.

          It’s scary, I know. I am very nonconfrontational, yet my husband and I took on an 80 year old bigot at my eye doctor’s office. It felt great.

          Of course we thought of everything we should have said after the encounter, but these bullies need to know that we will push back. she tried to cloak it all under her ‘Christian’ beliefs, to which I said at the top of my voice as we left the office, “God bless President Barack Obama and our country is blessed to have him as President.”

    • 60 dotster3
      September 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Way to go sherijr! Don’t let them get away with all the lies. Thank you for speaking up.

    • September 20, 2011 at 10:22 am

      That was magnificent. Good on you. You are way braver than I am.

    • 62 MTmarilyn
      September 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

      Sherijr, thank you for sharing your story! If I am in this situation your story will give me the courage to speak up. Thank you! Safe travels!

    • September 20, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Sherijr. First, here is wishing you the very best. And boy, I take my hat off to you. Thanks for standing up like that. That was just wonderful. Without the noise, people will learn to stop going against their own interest.

      Just like Ed, I saw a tweet this morning from Bill Press stating that the PBO he saw fighting yesterday was the man he voted for. I tweeted him back saying, that PBO always been fighting, but people were too busy complaining to see what he was doing.

      All of these guys fill their own heads and others on their show with goo. They’re so impressed with themselves. Ughhhhh.

      Thank you again for what you did yesterday!!! And best wishes!!!!

    • 64 TrumpDog
      September 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      First, take care and I hope you are doing well.

      That said; YOU ROCK! Thank you so much for speaking up.

    • 65 theo67
      September 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Excellent job on both counts, Sheri – I hope you’re feeling better! You certainly have enough fighting spirit to beat this bout of illness – that’s for sure.

      Your exchange with this naysayer is probably more important that you will ever know – because everyone in that room actually heard the President. It astounds me that someone sitting in a VA facility, which have been greatly improved under President Obama, can sit there and say that the POTUS is not their President. Really sick. But everyone else who still had a little bit of an open mind was able to hear words directly from the President – this is how grassroots works.

      And yes, stay away from the pundits. They are up to no good.

  11. September 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I also am perplexed by this.

    @keithellison Rep. Keith Ellison
    Support Obama’s suggested $1.5T in taxes to cut debt; includes taxes on wealthiest. Can’t support bene cuts to SS, M’care, M’caid.

    I searched through the document to find where it says Social Security benefits are being cut but can’t find any:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2012/assets/jointcommitteereport.pdf

    So I asked him to show where the plan does this. No response. ARGH.

    • 67 hopefruit2
      September 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

      I predicted that the CBC would be trot out to complain about “cuts” to medicare…it happened even faster than I predicted. These folks are ridiculous!!

      These people have friends who are providers or administrators and benefit from the fraudulent and excessive overcharges and overpayments in these programs. Now their cash cow will end, and that’s what they are really worried about. They couldn’t care less about the benefits to the actual consumers, they are concerned about the extra monies that go into the pockets of already well-off providers and administrators. These people need to be EXPOSED.

      • September 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

        Medicare providers, like hospitals!

        Of course, this is part of their constituency!
        No separating the republican donations and democratic, they are all the same folk!

    • 69 isonprize
      September 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

      There are NO CUTS to Benefits in SS, Medicare or Medicaid.

      THE REPS ARE JUST TOO LAZY TO READ THE DAMN THING!!!!

    • 70 a4alice
      September 20, 2011 at 9:56 am

      I am perplexed as well meta. I’ll try to find the tweet or at least ask him to relook at this.

    • 71 a4alice
      September 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

      You know Meta I read it and then saw an article that GoBrooklyn had tweeted to Keith Ellison. I just don’t know what he’s thinking. I encouraged him to pls read the article and to re-read the bill. I copied out some stuff and think I’ll email him as well. He is really a great progressive guy so I’m wondering what gives with that. Maybe he’s just misinformed (?)

      thanks

      am

      • 72 hopefruit2
        September 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

        Misinformed – as a congressional Rep? That is unacceptable. If we who are not in congress are fully informated about the bill, why should this man use “misinformation” as an excuse?!?

        I think it’s something else. As I said, these Democrats are protecting themselves and their lot. They benefit from the “looseness” which which Medicare/Medicaid were originally administered and now that the bill aims to slash wasteful spending which funnels money into the pockets of handsomely paid adminstrators and providers, they are balking, acting as though they are concerned about cuts to beneficiaries, when that’s not the issue at all.

        • 73 hopefruit2
          September 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

          Sorry for the typos in the comment .eg “informated” should be “informed.”- I cannot really see what I’m typing.

    • September 20, 2011 at 11:06 am

      GoBrooklyn tweeted him asking if he read the plan and sent him this article http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-cohn/95104/obama-medicare-means-test-cost-sharing-home-health-drug-rebate-vbi — which I retweeted to him.

      I asked him also to please tell us if he read the plan and if what’s in the article is what he opposed. I asked him if so, to please tell us why and give us his own solutions.

  12. 75 zizi
    September 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

    From the reaction of the beltway media and the wingnut tizzy, you can tell that PBO drew some mighty blood yesterday. They yawned about the jobs bill last week, cuz it did not affec them. But taxing millionares? Their dander is up, even moreso the media peacocks than the m/billionaires.

    How can anyone think putting overpaid stenographers in charge of informing us about the news would ever lead to us being really informed? As we see all they can do is shill for their paymasters who let a few of them slip into the millionaires club to taste the good life. And boy are they clinging to it for dear life.

    I made the mistake of listening to Morning Joke this AM, and Mike Barnacle’s sputtering and snide comments said it all. Yeah, sure the fatcats chuckle in derision at PBO’s deficit plan, and he parrots it on TV with a straight face.

    Well let’s just say that come Nov. 2012 they will not know just what hit them.

    • 76 utaustinliberal
      September 20, 2011 at 9:57 am

      I also listened to Morning Joe, Zizi and Barnicle made me want to scream incessantly. His snide comments about PBO and the level of disdain he showed the President was just disgusting. I switched to the Today Show and lo and behold who did they have on but Ron Suskind and his crap book about the infighting in the White House, Anita Dunn’s supposed comments and all the nonsense. Anne Curry wasn’t really hard on him. The only hard question she had was that this morning they found out that his book (just as Jay Carney) said is full of factual errors and citings from Wikipedia and then she told him that since it had so many factual errors why should anyone believe what he wrote and he gave her some BS answer and the interview continued on with him spewing “factual crap” about his hit piece. I was disguted again, calmly shut my tv off and left for classes an hour and forty minutes early because today is the official end of DADT and nothing is going to ruin this victory for President Obama and millions of LGBT citizens despite what crap the pundits spew.

      • 77 dotster3
        September 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

        I actually thought Ann Curry did a decent job pointing out everyone in the book who has come out to refute their quotes. (of course I have low expectations). And when she said the Anita Dunn quote was ‘if it hadn’t been for President Obama, it would have been a hostile work environment for women’ and Suskind left out the “except for President Obama” part, changing the whole meaning of what she said, I thought that made it clear how Suskind was dishonest and had a preordained motive with his book. And NBC is using that point in their news breaks. (Thankful for small favors)
        And in case anyone isn’t clear about Joe Scarborough—-(in the dark), he penned a “brilliant” piece yesterday for GOPolitico titled “Barack Obama is LeBron James”, saying both had so much promise and both are failures. Just idiotic.

    • 80 Linda
      September 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Barnacle is a low rent slob, IMO. He can’t even sit up straight in a chair and his shirt tails are always hanging out.

    • September 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

      Nailed it. “Well let’s just say that come Nov. 2012 they will not know just what hit them.”

      I believe that in the depths of my heart and a lot of these guys like Barnacle will be eating their words — but the Internet is filled with their nonesensical drivel to remind them.

      And as for Barnacle he ought to be thankful he gets second chance after his plagiarism. Need not be sitting on TV and judging anyone, least of all the President of the United States. He has no credibility.

      Strange how all these guys with their deep, deep flaws are the ones that are quick to spout their foolishness about this president. They should befriend their mirrors a little more.

  13. 84 FiredUpInCA
    September 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I tried to find out the origin of Mark Knoeller’s creepy vendetta. I wondered if he had been snubbed at a press conference or during the campaign. I can’t find anything from 2008. But just doing cursory research — because that’s all this pathetic peevish man deserves in this wonderful life that is all too short — I notice a pattern: he is often the source of the Big Lies that get emailed endlessly by the factose intolerant among voters.

    For instance, Knoeller was the source the President Obama flew more than Bush claim, which factcheck.org de-bunked: “The first e-mail forwarded to us by numerous readers claims that “Obama flew in Air Force One 172 times, almost every other day” last year. That’s based on a blog post written by the Los Angeles Times’ Andrew Malcolm, who got his figures from veteran CBS News reporter Mark Knoller. But figures provided to FactCheck.org by the Air Force’s 89th Airlift Wing show that Obama traveled less on Air Force One last year, and in his first two years, than President George W. Bush did.”

    http://www.factcheck.org/2011/07/the-traveling-president/

    He’s also the source of other airplane claims, like the President using 9000 gallons of fuel on one Earth Day event. I think he likes planes because the amount of fuel required to support a plane provides him with big round numbers to rouse tea partiers.

    He also claims that President Obama held more fundraisers than George Bush had by the same point in his Presidency.

    For this I went to the website in my head, SoWhatCheck.org. For this claim my website concluded: even if this is true, so what?

    Bush did not have as much big money allied against his Presidency as this President. When Bush was running for re-election, The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling was not in effect, allowing unlimited cash, from unnamed and possibly foreign sources, to fill the coffers of political campaigns.

    When you add this to the deficit blame he tried to lay at this President’s feet, while ignoring the fact that part of that deficit had grown prior to President Obama entering office, there really is no reason to ever seriously consider anything Mark Knoeller tweets or “reports.”

    • September 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Great research FiredUp. The problem is that while we know of his political leanings I doubt most of those listening to him do, it’s disgusting that this guy is the CBS White House Correspondent.

    • 86 hopefruit2
      September 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

      “Factose intolerant!”

      I love that term and it is very aptly used in cases like Knoller and MSM suspects 🙂

    • 87 auntydee
      September 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

      If it were possible to check Knoeller’s income that might shed some light on his spiels ,You know ,follow the money. plus it seems to be profitable to bash PBO.

  14. 88 desertflower
    September 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Troy Davis gets to be heard in front of SCOTUS? Thomas, Scalia…need to be GONE from the bench!
    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/09/20/supreme-court-justice-antonin-scalia-says-executing-an-innocent-man-is-not-unconstitutional/ Let me see if I can find more about this….

  15. 89 desertflower
    September 20, 2011 at 10:35 am

    This is what I see now…nothing like the piece that I just posted. Anyone know the real deal?
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44592285/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/

  16. September 20, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Good morning to all in TOD ville. Reveille, reveille, Heave ’round and trice-up your bunks. We’ve got to re-connect all fuel lines and prepare the ship for the next voyage. Able seamen Fred and sherijr i anticipate a good report for you. Stay the course.
    Our course will be steady and true with Chips at the helm. So single up the mooring lines and prepare to get underway…….4 more for 44!
    (i hope all questions about my avatar were answered last night)

  17. September 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

    One great thing about the campaigns and subsequent debates, when they start, is that the president can’t be filtered. When people hear him directly, they support him. The presidential debates cut out all the media people so viewers can see for themselves the stark contrast between the character and vision of the president and his opponent. When they try to skewer the debate results as they did in 2008, people still remember what they saw.

    Sherijr, you are a hero for doing what you did. May we all have the courage to imitate you and start shouting out with thousands and thousands of voices.

  18. September 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    It’s not a good idea to put every thought, and every action on twitter. Just ask Anthony Weiner.


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