ah yes, the liberal media….

Steve Benen: The very first question in this morning’s White House press conference was pretty discouraging:

“On your jobs bill, the American people are sick of games – and you mentioned games in your comments. They want results. Wouldn’t it be more productive to work with Republicans on a plan that you know could pass Congress as opposed to going around the country talking about your bill and singling out – calling out Republicans by name?”

Towards the end of the event, another reporter asked the nearly identical question…. these questions make it seem as if it’s incumbent upon President Obama to change strategies – stop taking a compelling message to the public, stop trying to create conditions that would pressure Congress to do the right thing, and start asking Republicans if they might please consider working with him on some half-measures that probably wouldn’t do much good, at their convenience, if they don’t mind.

Have we not already been through this? The president has pleaded with congressional Republicans to work with him on good faith …. It’s proven to be pointless …. As he said this morning, “I’m also dealing with a Republican Majority Leader who said that his number-one goal was to beat me – not put Americans back to work, not grow the economy, not help small businesses expand, but to defeat me….”

…… And some White House political reporters want to know why Obama isn’t trying to negotiate with those bent on destroying his presidency? Seriously?

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131 Responses to “ah yes, the liberal media….”

  1. 1 Bobfr
    October 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    #NEWSTAINERS #WHPCStenographers >> The #GOPFAIL’s mission is to Destroy #OBAMA. They will Destroy America, if necessary, to do so. Got it?


    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      October 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      I got it, Bobfr! Love that tweet.

      Sounds like Steve Benen thinks the way we think about the baby press corps questions.

    • 4 cuphalffull
      October 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      I have begun to think of it as they want to destroy us, anyone that is not in their control. The President is the most obvious representative of us but its really about power, abusive, destructive, mentally unhinged power. I am a surmounter of domestic violence and being able to see that connection between the malice of the bully and their need for power over everyone and everything in order to compensate for morbid insecurity was what broke the cycle in my case. I got it when I came to understand that. We as a country need to get it as well. The President does a remarkable job, in my opinion, working among such malignant bullies.

  2. 5 Ladyhawke
    October 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi explains the China Currency Issue at her weekly briefing. (She’s just amazing)


  3. 6 Bobfr
    October 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Calling you out @SpeakerBoehner – Stop Destroying America to score a political victory against #PresidentObama. #PASSTHEBILL NOW.


  4. October 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    there is one brilliant thing the Quitta From Wasilla did once she hit the national scene: correctly naming the media The Lame Stream Media. Someone on another thread correctly called those tools stenographers. Might I also add that they are GOP stool pigeons?

  5. 9 Ladyhawke
    October 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    This photo is just amazing…..



  6. 12 nintendowii10
    October 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    President Obama has been so effective at taking his message to the people, that these GOP press corps bozos have to resort to bringing this POTUS down to feel better about themselves.

    And this is the same media that is accused of getting the President elected and being in his back pocket. If I relied on the media alone, I’d think that Obama has been a do nothing failure, luckily I’m smart and wise enough not to pay them any attention. This is the same media that gave Donald Chump a platform to “investigate” the President’s birth certificate, all a ploy for his TV show.

    Besides Reverend Al, I give these media clowns no attention. They are a yellow journalist tabloid media.

  7. 13 Fred
    October 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    there should be 2 “s next to liberal

  8. October 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Howard Fineman is a creep. Says PBO should be more like Truman. Chris Matthews isn’t much better.

    • October 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      Why are they so intent on trashing one of the best pressers hes done. Why?

      • 16 nintendowii10
        October 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm

        Because Tweety and Coward Fineman are frustrated and angry that Chris Christie and Sarah Palin aren’t running, so they have to beat up POTUS to take out their frustrations.

    • October 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Coward needs to try to be a better human being. Tweety is such an idiot.

    • 19 chiara
      October 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      What was astounding for me was when they started talking about his action of picking up a paper and putting it in his inside pocket and they turned that into a discussion about whether he was running, whether he was really in this or was he really just ready to pack it all in………truly one of the most inane conversations I’ve seen in a long time.

      • 20 dotster3
        October 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

        Wasn’t that just beyond belief? That whole Tweety/Fineman show was like the Twilight Zone. I know what I saw and what I heard with my very own eyes and my very own ears, and they are reporting the exact opposite. At one point Tweet said, “The press has really turned against Obama, hasn’t it?” and he looked all giddy about it, with spit slobbering——-and as if he just noticed and this was a new phenomenon. “The press” has been antagonistic toward Obama since he was elected—–review the idiotic, repeated gotcha questions at every press conference—–and even during his campaign, they were mighty happy to give the Rev. Wright stuff a mighty whirl, all day long, day after day——happy as a lark thinking they finally had something which would damage Obama. But yes, when Tweet asked if Obama even wanted to be relected and the proof was that he put some paper back in his inside coat pocket——I wondered what in the world are they talking about, he and Fineman, they sounded like they were completely off their rockers.

    • 22 Fred
      October 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      with all due respect Yard but I’d like to remind Hineman and Tweety that Truman is dead

    • 25 Eleroy
      October 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Isn’t it strange that President Obama is “snippy” when he pushes back, but Chris Christie is called “bold”, no-nonsense” and “in-your-face” for being rude, brash and stupid!!!

      I hate Howard Fineman. This is man has been paid a lot of money to damage America!!! He is truly evil and why Chris Matthews and MSNBC have decided to give him premium use of their station and every program to ram through his destructive and false republican talking points is no mystery!!!

      Karma cannot visit Howard Fineman soon enough in my opinion!!!

    • October 7, 2011 at 2:28 am

      Fineman is a lying creep. I caught him on Lawrence’s show last night shortly after the news of Steve Jobs’ death was delivered. Howard loudly proclaimed that Jobs was “apolitical” and had no affiliation with either political party. I just knew that was lying and so went to look up Jobs’ political contributions, discovering very quickly that he was a major Democratic donor, especially liking people like Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi and giving large soft money contributions to the DNC. Clearly a very liberal Dem in his politics, which didn’t surprise me in the slightest. I tweeted both Lawrence and Fineman about the error but of course no correction was ever made.

      • 27 Mae who love our CIC
        October 7, 2011 at 7:36 am

        Because Mr. Jobs was an intelligent, kind person who happens to be a Democratic principled man.

    • October 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      What’s with all the violence? These are the images that will bring the movement down. And turn average Americans against the cause. Sad.

  9. October 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I just discovered you can follow the whole TOD list on Twitter. Wow! Im snowbired42 Somehow Ive been posting here under my name.

  10. October 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    So, Senate is voting to appeal ruling of parliamentarian. It’s a majority-vote threshold. In the end, it blocks consideration of jobs bill.
    from Twitter.

    Senate is messing with the jobs bill.

  11. October 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    This is a good poster that symmetry11 tweeted:


  12. October 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Matthews has Clinton retreads on Dee Myers what’s her face, asking her what would Clintion do? I ABSOULUTELY HATE THESE MOFS.

    • 37 Eleroy
      October 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      Didn’t Dee Myers’ husband do that damning article on the Clintons in Vanity Fair magazine!!! Please all these out of work Clintonites will do and say just about anything to get paid!!!

      Their lack of integrity and character is only a reflection of their former boss, in my opinion!!! No surprise really!!!

    • October 7, 2011 at 2:32 am

      Her claims that Bill Clinton would be an aggressive populist in the face of what PBO is facing was hysterical. He was the architect of the regulatory weaknesses that allowed the financial crisis to spin out of control. He defends his policy calls to this on financial deregulation, claiming that he would have kept a better eye on things than did the Bushites.

  13. October 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    WHOAAAAAAAAA!! Something big just happened in the Senate, courtesy of Senator Reid:

    Reid triggers nuclear option to change rules, prohibit filibusters
    By Alexander Bolton – 10/06/11 07:01 PM ET
    In a shock development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely-used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules.

    The surprise move stunned Republicans, who did not expect Reid to bring heavy artillery to what had appeared to have been a hum-drum legislative knife fight.

    Reid appealed a ruling from the chair that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) does not need consent to force a vote on a motion to suspend the rules to consider an amendment after cloture has already been approved.
    The maneuver is highly arcane but momentous. If a simple majority of the Senate votes to uphold Reid’s appeal, the Senate’s rules will have been changed by the unilateral action of one party.

    Republicans had considered using this maneuver, dubbed the “nuclear option” in 2005, to change Senate rules to prohibit the filibuster of judicial nominees. Democrats decried the plan and the crisis was resolved by a bipartisan agreement forged by 14 rank-and-file senators known as the Gang of 14.


    Stay tuned…..

    • October 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      This is complicated but here’s where we are:

      14c14 Thursday’s Votes: At this time, no further votes are scheduled. — > Thursday’s Votes: The Senate is currently voting. 7:10 PM 25c25 Sen. Reid motion to proceed to a Motions to Suspend Rule XXII in order to consider the following amendments: — > Sen. Reid motion to proceed to a Motions to Suspend Rule XXII in order to consider the following amendments: 27c27 — > Coburn amend #670 (Regarding foreign aid). 33c33,36 Sen. McConnell objected. — > All votes on the Motions to Suspend will be subject to a two thirds yea vote threshold. Sen. McConnell objected. > S. 1619 (Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act). Motion to Invoke Cloture on the bill. > Reid amend #695 (Date change). Withdrawn. > Coburn motion to suspend rule XXII with respect to germaneness for the purpose of considering his amendment #670 (Regarding foreign aid). Sen. Reid made a Point of Order that Motions to Suspend with Rules are Dilatory in nature. The Chair did not sustain Sen. Reid’s Point of Order. Sen. Reid requested a reconsideration of the ruling of the Chair. The question before the Senate asks the Senate if the ruling of the Chair should be sustained. Yeas and nays ordered.

    • October 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      Lawd hammercy Harry Reid just grew a humoungus set of gonads.

  14. 63 GGail
    October 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Steve Benen can clearly see what the reporters FAIL to see! Maybe we should recruit him to go into the Press Pool and EDUCATE those idiots!!!

    • 64 COS
      October 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      I love Steve Benen. I heard Rachel say that he is a part of her daily reading. Anyone would have to be blind to not see how much those reporters were carrying water for the republicans today.

  15. October 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Now Reid is talking about the judges. Maybe they can vote on Cordray/

  16. October 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Leahey stands up to express his frustration with the endless filibuster tactics.

  17. 69 Ladyhawke
    October 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    The Republican Party has rendered the Senate dysfunctional. This is long overdue. Give them hell Harry.

  18. 70 Bobfr
    October 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Senator Reid has brought the hammer and #GOPFAIL Senators know it and are whining like a bunch of 2 y/os

  19. October 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Motions to suspend are still available, just not post-cloture.

  20. 72 nintendowii10
    October 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I just read the Teabag comments on the hill article linked by meta, OMG what a bunch of juvenile delinquents!

    They’re just MAD that Harry Reid and Barack Obama continue to play them like fiddles, continue to outwit, outsmart, and outclass these poor excuses of politicians in the Republican Party.

    Our President and Harry Reid have a full deck, and the Republicans have nothing but JOKERS, that is why they are crying, crying crying, and it’s sweet. I enjoy tasting their crocodile tears… now we just need Orange Man Boner and newly unemployed Hank Williams Jr. to join them 😆 😆

  21. 73 a4alice
    October 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    wow. I’m on my flippin phone but this’ sounds exciting! 🙂

  22. 74 HZ
    October 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Schumer is now speaking.

  23. 76 Bobfr
    October 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Senator Schumer telling the truth!!!

  24. 77 HZ
    October 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Preach it, Schumer. Do not mess with Harry and POTUS. Tired of the gamesHZ

  25. 81 nintendowii10
    October 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    It really has been a terrible day for the Teabag Republicans hasn’t it? Hank Williams Jr. laid off, and Harry Reid pulling a fast one on McTurtle and his cronies.

    I love a comment I read on HuffnPuff Post that read “Hank Williams Jr. better hope Obama’s jobs bill passes…” too fucking right, no self respecting employer would come near him, not even Fox Propaganda. Maybe he can get a job on the Becksters radio show.

  26. October 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Off topic:

    Have you ever heard something that made you so sick you just knew you were going to throw up any minute? That’s how I feel about now.

    Herman Cain is on Lawrence O’Donnell. I decided to give him a chance and listen to what he had to say. I’ve heard enough. The man is an absolute embarrassment. He has never held any office before and now I know why. I wouldn’t vote for him for dog catcher.

    He can’t seem to answer any of Lawrence O’Donnell’s questions. All he does is change the subject and attempts to bash the President. I guess when he doesnt know an answer to any questions, he just reverts to Obama bashing. Such a waste of time. I think I’ll turn to the Cosby reruns.

    • 83 nintendowii10
      October 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      Herman Cain is the new Alan Keyes, an uncle tom of the Republicans. He ran against George W. Bush in 2000 to make a political statement, called Bush “the chosen one” and endorsed Steve Forbes. He’ll join the ranks of Alan Keyes, Ken Blackwell, Michael Steele, and Alan West as irrelevant uncle tom Republicans soon enough.

  27. October 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I’m wondering how this affects the AJA and if we have the votes.

    • October 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      We have 51, I think, but will this continue forward. Hope there is a utube of the exchange tonight so everyone will see. Harry was magnificent

      • October 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm

        OK, I wasn’t sure of the latest count on the Senate side. WHEW, that was kind of intense. It was a real clearing of the air.

        • October 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm

          McConnell was trying to attach the old Jobs Bill to the Chinese currency bill to embarrass Obama. the new bill with the millionaires tax can pass.

          • October 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm

            Got it. Thanks, Sukey.

          • 93 chiara
            October 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

            Aside from the games that Republicans like to play a big issue is that without amendments the AJA would not pass because there are Democrats like Mary Landrieu and Mark Begich who want to protect oil companies more than they want to create jobs and they wouldn’t vote for the bill as is, they want the subsidies to stay. So McConnell knew that attaching the AJA as an Amendment to the Chinese currency bill would have disallowed any amendments to it therefor would not have garnered enough Democratic support.

            My point is, we can be sick and tired of Republicans and their games but it’s the Dems like Landrieu who are really messing things up for us and who won’t support the President. He’s out there working his ass off and he has the country behind him and Dems like Landrieu basically don’t care.

  28. 95 hopefruit2
    October 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Oh dear…Herman Cain on Lawrence O’Donnell now… what a wretched piece of cinema!

  29. October 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    @Senator Reid I just thanked him

  30. October 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Josh Marshall says
    We’ll have a fuller explanation of this shortly. But something kind of big just happened in the Senate. Reid and McConnell have been jousting all week as Reid tries to find a way to bring some form of President Obama’s jobs bill to the floor and McConnell struggles to prevent that and embarrass the Dems. They were going back and forth tonight on arcane procedure. McConnell appeared to find a way to outwit Reid with another 60 vote filibuster when Reid essentially said enough and pulled the plug on McConnell’s attempt to pull yet another filibuster. This provoked a stammering “but, but, but … ” from the Republican side of the aisle. And that’s where we are. More shortly.

    • 103 Doris
      October 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks for the update.

    • 104 nintendowii10
      October 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      The Republicans have turned into the biggest bunch of crybabies ever, and Harry Reid outwitting, outsmarting, and outclassing them proves it. It looks like he pulled an ace up his sleeve and got them crying for mommy, TOO BAD. If the Republicans had not decided that kicking President Obama out of office was more important than putting the American people back to work, we wouldn’t be in this situation. Reid did what he had to do, and the Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for acting so childish, juvenile, and immature. They need a TIMEOUT!

  31. 105 Bobfr
    October 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @SenatorReid Thank you for defending the American People from the mega-damage being caused by #GOPFAIL obstruction #PRESSON


  32. October 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    It’s appears as though the turtle has been placed on a fence post……. DeMint, Demint come get me off this post! 😀

  33. 107 Doris
    October 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Ezra Klein is doing a great job on Rachel. Jared Bernstein coming up.

  34. 108 Ladyhawke
    October 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Attention: Meta

    I am trying to find the video of what happened in the senate so our TOD family can watch too. But I can’t figure out where the drama started. Could you take a look at the link below and see if you can figure at what point in the days proceedings Majority Leader Harry Reid brought down the hammer on the GOP?


    Scroll down the TRANSCRIPT section until you see Mr. Reid bringing up the nuclear option.

    Thanks, Meta

  35. 119 COS
    October 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    So now Steve Schmidt who ran the nasty McCain campaign against PBO has been hired as an analyst for MSNBC.

  36. October 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Here’s the best explanation of what happened in the Senate that I’ve found so far. It’s on DKos, though: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/06/1023638/-Sensationalist-headline-about-nuclear-option-in-the-Senate!-But-not-quite-so?via=blog_1

  37. 124 globalcitizenlinda
    October 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    one of the things that caught my attention in President Obama’s press conference is when that pompus dude Chuck Todd said that one reason that congressional ctritters are ignoring the American Jobs Act is because they are not hearing calls from regular people demanding that they do so!

    come on people, are we once again letting President Obama down by not raising our collective voices? I knlow that many of the members of the TOD family have done their part. What else can we do to make people call and push congress to act on the jobs bill???

    I remember in the past that a tactic has been to call confirm a positive vote for a bill and thereafter adding to the list and publishing it with a follow up of the no votes. can we do a roll call of yes votes on AJA?

    • 125 nintendowii10
      October 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      I would take what Chuckles Toad says with a grain of salt, he has done nothing BUT bash President Obama and carry water for the Republicans.

      And apparently shit went down in the Senate with Harry Reid invoking the nuclear option and calling for an end to the endless filibustering shenanigans by the Republicans, so AJA might get passed yet.

      • October 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm

        Wouldn’t believe anything the guy says. There was never going to be the tidal wave of calls in a contracted time frame that came withe the debt ceiling crisis. That was perceived by people as a world-shattering, economy busting moment and there was a do or die deadline approaching. I’d be willing to bet a lot that there has been a steady flow of calls, e-mails and tweets on the AJA (I know I’ve made more congressional contacts on this issue than any in recent memory). I know when I called Casey’s office, it was evident that many calls had come in. Also, PBO is not done yet by a long shot. He will fly, take a bus or walk from city to city to get people to respond. And he will continue to call out the culprits until everybody in America has heard him. Remember what he said in Texas about asking Cantor/ Boehner et al, to come tell the local teachers and construction workers why they shouldn’t be put back to work and why crumbling bridges, roads and schools shouldn’t be prepared. Nothing is going to stop the president and they underestimate him at their peril.

    • October 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      I actually also just want to make the point that it shouldn’t have to take the voices of the American people for them to create jobs when we are in an unemployment crisis. They should just be DOING THEIR JOB.

    • 128 chiara
      October 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      I actually sent Chuck an email and included a link to Steve Benen’s article. I also may have mentioned that I think he’s an embarrassment.

    • October 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Chuck Todd needs to do his homework I just heard on the news yesterday that our congress crtters are receiving more calls,emails, & letters than ever before. Communications from constituents have increased nearly 1000 %. I just called that Cantor creep’s office yesterday, the kid that answered the phone didn’t have a clue as to what was going on with the jobs bill. Jeez.

  38. 131 chiara
    October 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    This is a really good break down of the drama in the Senate today and what it might mean for Democrats in the future when we aren’t in the majority. The move by Reid is narrower than some people (on other sites) were insisting. It does not eliminate the filibuster but does eliminate this narrow procedural filibuster move that McConnell was trying to use.


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