November 3, 2013

Per Libs’ Book ‘Double Down’: Obama Told Aides Last Year That He’s ‘Really Good at Killing People’

I think we have the winner in the “If a Republican or conservative had said it” media bias category this year, if not this decade.

In the book “Double Down” by liberal journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (reviewed by Peter Hamby at the Washington Post on Friday), President Barack Obama, while discussing drone strikes in 2012, reportedly told aides that he’s “really good at killing people.” This would have been headline news three seconds after Hamby’s review, and Hamby would have headlined it himself instead of casually mentioning it in Paragraph 11. A Google News search on the obvious search string (“really good at Killing people” obama; sorted by date) at 6:45 p.m. returns only 11 items, none of which are establishment press outlets. Michael Kelley at Business Insider, which did not show up among the search items returned, had some interesting thoughts on Obama’s alleged remark Saturday evening (bolds are mine throughout this post; Update: Important links relating to CIA practices which can only be considered barbaric are in original):

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Incomplete WSJ Report Notes That ‘Policy Advisers’ Were Overruled by ‘Political Aides’ on Obama’s ‘Keep Your Plan’ Promise

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 4:03 pm

On Saturday morning, three Wall Street Journal reporters told readers that as President Obama was promoting Obamacare, there was internal debate between “policy advisers” and “political aides” as to whether the President’s obviously unqualified and unconditional “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” statement, made roughly 20 times between his inauguration and the law’s March 2010 passage, “was a promise they could keep.”

“Policy advisers” didn’t like it, but “political aides” prevailed, concluding that Obama’s promise should remain dishonestly unconditional because “salability” and “simplification” were more “practical” and important than the truth. One particularly weak paragraph in the Journal report ends up reading like Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” riff (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Bill Maher to Piers Morgan: MSNBC ‘Very Rarely Wrong,’ CNN Lagging For ‘Play(ing) It Down the Middle’

Bill Maher was a guest on Piers Morgan’s CNN show on Tuesday night; the interview segment was replayed on Friday. Among other things, Maher confirmed that he is a member of the left’s unreality-based community when he described MSNBC as “very rarely wrong” and Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly as someone who “says something that is insanely off-base and not true” almost every night.

Maher also lamented what he sees as CNN’s biggest problem: They’re trying to “play it down the middle,” and viewers don’t want that.

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Politifact: Jarrett’s ‘Nothing in Obamacare Forces Cancellations’ Claim Is ‘False,’ But Obama’s ‘You Can Keep Your Plan’ Still ‘Half True’

Even when it occasionally does credible work, Politifact, the website which pretends to be the ultimate arbiter of the truth or falsehood of claims made by politicians and public figures, continues to beclown itself. On Monday, Matt Hadro at NewsBusters noted the absurdity of Politifact’s unchanged “Half True” assessment of President Obama’s June 2012 claim — a claim made with minor variations more than 20 times over a four-year period — that “If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

Two days after Matt’s post, Politifact rated a Valerie Jarrett tweet — “FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans” — as “False,” but made no revision to its “Half True” rating of Obama’s core claim.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110313)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Chills, tears and joy as Red Sox place trophy at marathon finish line

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Go there. Have a hanky handy.