Last week Dean Reynolds of CBS News wrote about the pool reporters’ experience on both the Obama and McCain campaigns. Reynolds wrote:
“The other day in Albuquerque, N.M., the reporters were given almost no time to file their reports after McCain spoke. It was an important, aggressive speech, lambasting Obama’s past associations. When we asked for more time to write up his remarks and prepare our reports, the campaign readily agreed to it. They understood.
Similar requests are often denied or ignored by the Obama campaign aides, apparently terrified that the candidate may have to wait 20 minutes to allow reporters to chronicle what he’s just said. It’s made all the more maddening when we are rushed to our buses only to sit and wait for 30 minutes or more because nobody seems to know when Obama is actually on the move.”
As expected, other members of the media have come to Obama’s defense by calling Reynolds a “spoiled poodle” and a “whiny whinerpuss.” Radar Online named him “America’s Least Liked Reporter.” Ana Marie Cox, formerly of the snarky Wonkette and currently Washington editor of Radar and contributor to Time magazine, said, “Every other reporter I talk to thinks the column was asinine.”
This is reminiscent of the story of a liberal at a cocktail party that exclaims after Nixon won, “I can’t believe Nixon won. I don’t know anyone that voted for him!”
Other People’s Money
At a campaign stop in Ohio, a plumber asked Obama about his tax plan. Obama replied, “It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everyone that’s behind you… that they’ve got the chance at success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for people.”
It’s not a surprise that Obama favors the redistribution of wealth. In his proposed tax plan, 95% of people will get supposedly get a tax cut. Meanwhile, less than 70% of Americans actually pay federal taxes.
All in the Family
During the October 7 Presidential debate, Obama dismissed federal earmarks by saying that they only “account for about $18 billion of our budget.”
The Associated Press researched Obama’s earmark requests while in the Illinois state house and reported:
“As a state senator, Democrat Barack Obama awarded $75,000 in government grants to a Chicago social service organization led by a rabbi who is also his wife’s cousin, records show.
In 1999, Obama arranged for $50,000 for adult literacy and counseling services offered on Chicago’s South Side by a group called Blue Gargoyle. A $25,000 grant for the group’s youth services followed the next year.
The group’s executive director when the grants were awarded was Capers Funnye, a South Side rabbi and Michelle Obama’s first cousin once removed.”
Obama has never been critical of the earmark system at the state or federal level. Like many politicians, Obama uses taxpayers’ wallets to dole out money to friends and family. As Ed Morrisey at HotAir.com wrote, “Obama requested more than a million dollars a day in earmarks in his first three years in the Senate. He’s not part of the solution to Washington’s corruption — he’s part of the problem.”
The G7’s Left-Wing Kook
Author Mark Steyn revealed what could be a daunting picture of America’s position on the political spectrum:
“If Obama is elected in November, at G7 meetings, for the first time since they began, America will have a more left-wing leader than any other member of the group – Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and Britain (and that’s before Gordon Brown loses to David Cameron). Right-of-center government throughout the western world – except Washington.”
Elite Media Cite Misleading Videos
Danny Glover at Media Research Center’s Eyeblast.tv uncovered that an Obama donor is behind two videos aimed at baiting people into calling Obama a terrorist. Tim Russo of Blogger Interrupted has a history of making false claims on the internet in both his professional and personal life. Russo admitted on his blog that he was arrested during an FBI sting in which he lied about his age to an agent posing as a 13 year-old boy. Russo sent pornographic pictures, sexually explicit messages and attempted to meet the boy in person. Russo confessed, “I didn’t care anymore about risk, about right or wrong, about anything or anyone but me and my desires, however foolish they’d become.”
Last week Russo released two videos that have collectively been viewed more than 1.3 million times on YouTube. Regarding the videos and coverage by the media, Glover wrote:
“The John McCain and Sarah Palin supporters in the videos are characterized as ‘The McCain-Palin Mob.’ The videos selectively feature voters who, upon being asked antagonistic questions, make some outrageous statements about Obama.”
“The videos feed into the current liberal media narrative that McCain-Palin supporters are unhinged. At least two high-profile journalists, Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic and Steve Benen of Washington Monthly, already have linked to one of the videos. Great Britain’s The Guardian also has quoted lines from it.”
“But journalists shouldn’t take at face value Internet videos that are produced by activists. They shouldn’t be duped into publicizing the work of online troublemakers like Russo, who by his own profanity-laced admission is unrepentant about pursuing an agenda at all costs.”
Celebrity Quote of the Week
Since the Left is so enamored with their celebrity supporters, Obama Watch highlights one each week. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow told Harper’s Bazaar magazine:
“I also feel we’ve done such damage to our reputation and as someone who lives outside America for half the year, I overhear things that I wish I didn’t overhear. A lot of people in the West think that we’re not very sensitive to the rest of the world, and I think that having a president called Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 says that we are part of the world, and we don’t want to make unilateral decisions about the fate of all of us. I just pray to God that he wins.”