Yes, America. This Is The Media

To those who say President Obama and his communications team aren’t doing their jobs, I present this to you and kindly request that you proceed to STFU.


























103 Responses to “Yes, America. This Is The Media”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Great post, ut.

    • 2 Vicki
      July 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Bravo, nerdy, Bravo.
      This disgusting propagandist deserves everything he gets.

      On the other hand I hope you are okay. Strong feelings and espressions can take their toll. You are invaluable to TOD. so please take care.

    • 4 Cindy
      July 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      Hi amk for obama,

      Congrats on 1st – you’re #1!!!! Hope Jenny and the boys are all doing well.

      Wishing everyone a blessed day.

      Just got in from teaching at the University; turned on the TV, and I am beyond shock. I am heartbroken over this, it’s on the local stations here and they are talking about bodies being every where. I had no idea what was going in the news today.

      I keep asking; What’s going on?

      Our world is in turmoil, our children are in fear, our daily living is being challenged on every front, hate is in the air from every corner, killings are by the second, and war is not the answer.

      When one has done all that they can do – prayer is what we still need.
      May the good Lord watch over our President, Administration, our country and the world, as the question still lingers – what’s going on?

      • 5 jackiegrumbacher
        July 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm

        I know exactly how you feel, Cindy. I was in a Democratic GOTV strategy meeting all afternoon and am just now catching up on the news. It’s so hard to take in, so tragic and overwhelming. I hope you are personally doing well after the recent ordeals you’ve been through.

        • 6 Cindy
          July 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm

          Hi jackiegrumbacher, hope you’re doing well my friend.

          I came in; shoes kicked off and ready to relax, turned on the TV and “bam – in your face disaster.” I sat down to try and process it, and came to TOD for “real news.” Its truly overwhelming. I started crying, just feeling helpless because its so much of everything. The pictures of those who lost their baby boys yesterday in Gaza; the faces of mothers and children at the borders, the hate that is embedded in the hearts of people who are wishing for President Obama to fail, the gun violence, and tragedy everyday is gut wrenching.

          We had two mothers who were murdered yesterday by their ex husband, one left 4 little babies behind……………. I just don’t know.

          My ordeals are nothing in comparison to the suffering around us, but by grace, I am coming through them. My neighbor’s crazy husband is in jail, and will be there until the hearing at the end of the month, so that was good news. My health is improving and I am feeling better because of the improvement, so I am grateful.

          We all have to take care of each other, and pray for the best outcome in everything; for the world we live in, is filled with trials and tribulations at every turn.


          • 7 jackiegrumbacher
            July 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

            Thank you, Cindy, for letting us know. It is all too much to take in and my tired brain is trying to process it all. The depth of hatred, anger and violence throughout the world are shocking, in the fullest sense of that word, So sorry about the murdered mothers and their babies. I hope those ex-husbands spend all the rest of their lives in jail under horrendous conditions while they think about what they’ve done. And may the babies find loving homes. I also hope thereis a plan to safeguard your neighbor from her insane husband until he’s put in jail for a long time and she can return home. Be safe yourself and bless you for your kind heart.

    • July 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Congrats on 1st, amk!!

      Well done, NW, Very Well Done!!

  2. 9 Cindy
    July 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    How sad…..

  3. July 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Leave Peter alooooooooooooooooooooooooone!!!

  4. 14 hopefruit2
    July 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    WOW – thanks NW for this excellent post and compilation of tweets.

    I don’t think Baker was prepared for the onslaught of pro-PBO pushback that he got from that comment. I suspect he thought his little tweet about PBO was oh-so clever and would garner him hi-fives, hundreds of retweets and favorites, and more snarkiness & snickering at PBO…

    • 15 Vicki
      July 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Unprepared because he has been getting away with his poison for years.
      Peter Baker wrote a Sunday New York Times Magazine piece on President Obama a few years ago , a very long article, so prejudicial and hateful it made me sick. Since then I see him as a little turd in a fedora.

      • 16 jackiegrumbacher
        July 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm

        Perfect image, Vicki. The irony is that if this little numbskull with a fedora actually listened to the president’s speeches he would not only learn something, but understand how much substantive information each of them contains. Of course, that presupposes you don’t close your mind to begin with.

    • 17 japa21
      July 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      The thing is, even if we leave PBO out of it and substitute another President or even a governor, or whatever, he still deserves the pushback, as does all media.
      Their egos have gotten to the point that only they have the wisdom to determine what we peons are supposed to know and what is worthy enough to tell us.
      They really don’t care what the people want to know about. They only report those things that they decide is important.
      The fact that this is even worse during PBO’s administration only heightens this fact.
      People still say that jobs and infrastructure are important to them. The media has determined not so much.
      So here is something happening in real time, which can be reported accurately without having to make guesses.
      But don’t report on this, let’s spend all our time repeating a news loop about which only one thing is totally known, which is that a plane tragically crashed, and then report all the conjecture without anything to back up the conjecture. I may think the separatists shot down the plane (and I do) but I don’t have the knowledge of that fact yet.
      I do know what the President said, I do know that our infrastructure sucks, I do know that infrastructure spending boosts the economy. These are all facts. There is no doubt about those facts. But the public as a whole doesn’t really need to know about it, per the media.

      • 18 Desertflower
        July 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        This a million times over.

      • 19 hopefruit2
        July 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

        Excellent points japa.

      • 20 amk for obama
        July 17, 2014 at 3:36 pm

        yup. sanctimonious overpaid corrupt gatekeepers.

      • July 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm

        They only report those things that they decide is important.



      • July 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

        How many so-called experts have they brought on to make obscure and totally irrelevant comments about this? How much reaching will they do to keep the loop going…adding nothing new or worthwhile.

      • 23 EricFive
        July 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm

        It is important to note that the infrastructure story is a good one for Dems and puts the GOP in a bad light. That is the reason these propagandists are reluctant to cover it. They are not making independent decisions, they are following orders from their bosses. If this were not the case wouldn’t the NYT fire or suspend this guy who was hired to be their White House correspondent. Wouldn’t chuck todd and the Washington Post fact checker both be out of work for saying it is not their job to call out GOP lies?

  5. July 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm

  6. 27 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 3:18 pm

  7. 29 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    bbc http://www.bbc.com/news/world-28354787

    Armed pro-Russia separatists stand at the crash site near the settlement of Grabovo in the eastern Donetsk region.

    cover-up starts?

  8. July 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    So thrilled you highlighted this worthless shill Nerdy, endless thanks to you!

    • 32 Nerdy Wonka
      July 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      It’s just so infuriating and heartbreaking. These are 700K people whose lives are affected. They have mouths to feed, families to feed, mortgages to pay, rents to pay, children to care for, parents to care for, etc. but to Peter Baker and his ilk in their ivory towers, it’s all “Hey, screw ’em. Now pass the champagne around.”

      The lack of empathy in addition to the dishonesty is nausea inducing.

      Thank goodness President Obama and his team use different outlets to get out the news and positively impact peoples lives because the majority of the media is worthless.

      • July 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm

        As much as I loathe the press – and believe me, I really loathe them – even I was taken aback at his tweet. Such lazy condescending garbage.

      • July 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm

        Thank you so much for your advocacy, Nerdy! You really are a champion and we all appreciate what you do very much.

      • 35 Cindy
        July 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm

        Awesome post Nerdy Wonka;

        I know today is challenging for all of us in so many ways but I pray that you have comfort in knowing, that what you have done in calling this clown out is so appreciated.

        How can one not have compassion for people when their lives change for the worse; millions have lost unemployment, no extensions, they are hurting and how are they living?

        We need people like you, and all the others who are here, who will call it what it is – publicly. What ever our gifts are, we can use them to bring about change. We are all blessed and endowed with special gifts.

        Thank you for speaking the truth.
        Blessings {{{{Nerdy Wonka}}}}

      • July 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm

        Thank you so much, NW, for exposing the unethical behavior of the so called journalists in the U.S.

  9. 39 57andfemale
    July 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm

  10. 40 57andfemale
    July 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm

  11. July 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I’ve discovered that today’s journalism is not about reporting NEWS. It’s about reporting CONFLICT and SCANDAL to generate readers/users. So they have their false equivalency of “getting both sides of the story” — only, reporting the facts so that citizens have actual information takes a back seat to scandal. And let’s say it’s impossible not to have a point of view, even when reporting. Why then, could I trust Walter Cronkite infinitely more? Because the guy wasn’t a sellout to corporate media. And his point of view was that democracy was a pretty good thing. That power was held accountable. And that you backed up every single story, more than once. And yes, I understand that it is an impossible environment today for journalists to be in, this is not the news era of Edward R. Murrow. But I just wish more of them had guts, instead of always trying to snark their way out of justifying selling out. I see it in reporters for our local paper (that was sold to a larger publisher) who are so afraid of losing their job and that mentality just permeates all the way to the national level.

    • 42 EricFive
      July 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      How come there are no GOP scandals reported? I think they would get a lot of clicks and viewers if they honestly reported the effects GOP obstruction is having on the country. Instead they obsess over PBO’s “optics” and let the GOP off the hook. They obsess over PBO, but don’t have time to air his speeches. This is similar to the “horserace theory” often used to explain our media environment. Since the Dems are supposed to lose big in 2014, why isn’t the MSM working to prop up Dems and scandalize the GOP so that the races will be closer? I wish the reason for our corrupt media were as innocent as a quest for ad dollars and clicks. Instead the msm has devolved into the media arm of the GOP. Every story is skewed to favor the GOP or harm Dems/PBO. A lot more people voted for PBO than voted for McCain, why is it so much easier for him to get airtime than the President?

  12. July 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    NW…thanks for the tweets.

    I love it when those sanctimonious jerks think they deserve a pat on the back when they think they’ve taken a good shot at PBO, only to be put in their place by Twitter-world…led by TOD’s Twitter Brigade. 👍

  13. 44 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm


    The Ukrainian Security Service SBU has published on its Youtube account what it says are intercepted conversations between pro-Russian militants in which they say they admit shooting down a civilian plane, BBC Monitoring reports

    • July 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      I won’t believe it until Ed Snowden chimes in.

    • July 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Yep. See bottom of previous thread. I’m not going to copy it here. Will just add this …

      • July 17, 2014 at 3:37 pm

        Ha, Mr. Snowden – your turn !

      • 49 jackiegrumbacher
        July 17, 2014 at 4:03 pm

        Bob, if this turns out to be true, I would like to know what kind of maniacs talk about bringing down a civilian plane? This has nothing to do with Ukrainian separatism or anything else these people can dream up. This is an act of deliberate murder. You don’t TARGET a civilian plane, unless you’re purposely trying to start a global war and even the Russian loonies on the ground in Ukraine can’t be that stupid. If this was deliberate, it should be approached as an unprovoked act of terror and the perpetrators rounded up and put on trial.

        • 50 japa21
          July 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm

          Best guess would be they didn’t realize it was a civilian plane and mistook it for a Ukrainian military plane. Probably figured no civilian plane would be stupid enough to fly over that airspace. This is assuming the seapartists are responsible.

          Although I suspect that to be the case, I prefer to withhold judgement at this time.

    • July 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm

  14. July 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks, Nerdy Wonka, it was even worse than I could see from my TL.

  15. 53 Linda
    July 17, 2014 at 3:28 pm


    MSNBC just got punked by a Howard Stern flunky posing as a American Military Sgt from the US Embassy in Ukraine …

    He said the plane was shot down by a fart from Howard Stern’s ass and Kristol Ball just continued the interview.

    He called her a dumbass and they quickly went to a break.

  16. 59 africa
    July 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Want to bet if president Obama said something in his speech that “THEY” deemed “Controversial,” they would be taking to twitter like ants. Shame on this reporter. Thanks so much NW!!

  17. 60 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    this about covers it for our peter pan.

    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      July 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      This guy sounds like a typical mean girl who is so full of snide cynicism that she continually says snarky things to get applause from her clique–until the day she takes a step too far and she herself becomes the object of scorn. Jane Austen would have had fun with a dweeb like this.

  18. 62 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    BBC Monitoring reports more from the conversation between militants allegedly intercepted by the Ukrainian Security Service.

    The conversation starts with Igor Bezler, a key militant, apparently telling a Russian security official by phone that the pro-Russian militants have shot down a plane.

  19. July 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

  20. 65 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    In the YouTube footage a militant nicknamed “Major” is seen saying it was shot down by “Cossacks from the Chernukhino roadblock”.

    Major goes on to say: “It is definitely a civilian plane… there was a lot of people on board,” BBC Monitoring reports.


  21. 66 Dakota
    July 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    OMG! I’ve only just been able to read up on the Malaysian plane. Just horrible.

    On another note, I’d like to offer many thanks to all those who are ripping Peter Baker a new one.

  22. 67 dotster3
    July 17, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Oh wow—–was anyone watching The Cycle——when Krystal Ball was supposedly going to talk to “an eyewitness at the scene” of the plane crash—–and as it turned out it was really one of those idiot Howard Stern prank dudes on the phone, and he told a serious Krystal that the plane was shot down by a missile fired out of Howard Stern’s a$$. She either didn’t hear him or it didn’t register in time as she proceeded to ask a follow up question. OMG. And the caller couldn’t believe it either and he said to her, “You’re really a dumb a$$, aren’t you?” Pause. Finally starting to register that this caller is not an eyewitness on the scene in Ukraine. Hurriedly goes to break. Our media—–triple sigh. It’s so sad, so pathetic.

    • 68 Linda
      July 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      I saw it happening……

      Right now that dumbass Abbie Huntsman just asked Gen McCaffrey what he thinks PBO will have to say later today.

      How the f would he know ?

  23. 69 Paulita
    July 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Major Israeli offensive going on right now in Gaza. We are descending into madness…

    • 70 Vicki
      July 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Pushback from International press on yanking by NBS Noise of Ayman Moyheldin.
      Good. let’s expose NBC as the worthless shill they have been for a very long time.

  24. 71 yardarm756
    July 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Tail-end Charlie from last thread.

  25. July 17, 2014 at 3:46 pm


    • July 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      We need a balanced perspective……..”lets pull Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza” …..pathetic

      • 74 EricFive
        July 17, 2014 at 4:15 pm

        Can’t let any TRUTH get out now can they. Now if Israel says kids playing soccer were “human shields” that will be the official msm line, as it always has been. Pulling this reporter also sends message to other reporters to not attempt to humanize the victims of Israeli aggression.

    • July 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Netanyahu’s aim….genocide of the Palestinian people…because as it was with blk folks in America…the Palestinian people have no rights that needs to be respected..


      what will the world do…

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      July 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Madness. Madness, Madness. There is no other word for what Israel is doing with this ground operation. Has everybody lost their mind?

  26. July 17, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Somebody should storify this Peter Baker takedown and send it to Josh.

  27. 78 dotster3
    July 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Now we have Israel launching a big ground invasion
    I’m tempted to say I surrender——
    But——–on we go.

  28. 79 GGail
    July 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Good West Coast afternoon NW, Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Work has had me extremely preoccupied, but when I surfaced I was surprised to see so much has happened in a few hours 😯

    Nerdy – let me say a giangantic THANK YOU for this post. It shows us non-tweeters what goes on in that world. I must say, I am so happy to see you giving Peter hell and then having so many join you! Will the poor boy ever surface again on Twitter?

    I’m proud of you all. And thanks so much for posting it here for us to read and enjoy 😀

    On a sad note, I’m sorry to read about the plane crash. I await more information.

  29. July 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Ground offensive in Gaza. Because it was so surgical and low-casualty last time it happened.

  30. July 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

  31. 82 JER
    July 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm

  32. 83 JER
    July 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    LIVESTREAM: Awaiting Vice President Biden Netroot Nations conference remarks – http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/politics/live-politics-stream-5/16221466

  33. July 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Video of Buk surface-to-air missile system being transported from Torez to Snizhne, Donetsk region:

    Collecting all evidence to claim no Russian responsibility….

    • 86 jackiegrumbacher
      July 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      How on earth was this allowed??? That black box belongs to Malaysian airlines, not these terrorist murderers.

  34. 87 hopefruit2
    July 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    • 88 hopefruit2
      July 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      A suspicious package apparently was found near the WH – hence this lockdown. It might turn out to be nothing.

  35. 89 Linda
    July 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I posted the video of Krystal Ball getting pranked twice.

    I still don’t see it . I guess I will try this….


  36. 90 Linda
    July 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Alex Gagner has Peter Baker on right now

  37. 92 JER
    July 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm

  38. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    July 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I like this one, when she actually referred to him as “Chief White [instead of White House] Correspondent, etc.”

    Anna @TallyAnnaE
    .@peterbakernyt So sorry. I took your twitter bio, Chief White Correspondent, NY Times, seriously. My mistake.

  39. 95 JER
    July 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

  40. July 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    • 98 anniebella
      July 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      If this is true is Putin responsible for this?

      • July 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

        Of course……he is just trying to destroy as much evidence that ties him/Russia directly to it. Remember these same folks shot down a Ukrainian cargo plane last week……what I assume happened is they thought they were doing it again……except it was a KLM/Malaysian airliner.

  41. 100 Vicki
    July 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Al Jazeera and BBC are covering Tragedy in Gaza thoroughly.

    MSNBC noise, infotainment, gossip, hate network almost 100% on downed plane.
    For those of us newly estranged from MSNBC—-separation and divorce are always very difficult but maybe these concurrent events will be helpful. Sooner or later we all come to see our lost loves as they really are.
    MSNBC is Ugly.

  42. July 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Get all Western journalists out of Gaza so they can’t disprove our “human shields” or “Hamas” teens playing soccer reasons for bombings:

  43. 103 Smoothscotch
    July 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Ohmygawd. Troubles everywhere. Keep strong Mr. president. Everything landing all at one time.

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