ABC News commentator George Stephanopoulos denied the existence of bias in the mainstream news media during a brief run-in with a blogger at the Republican National Convention.
However, Stephanopoulos has a previously undisclosed connection to President Obama – the two were part of a small group at Harvard University that met for a period of three years purportedly to promote involvement with U.S. community institutions.
Participants at the research project, which took place between 1997 and 2000, included scores of individuals with ties to Obama, including several activists who were later appointed to positions in the Obama administration. Other participants were instrumental in promoting Obama’s political career.
At the sidelines of the RNC last week, Stephanopoulos was approached by the Media Research Center’s Joe Schoffstall, who asked the ABC host whether he believes there is a liberal bias in the media.
“I don’t,” he replied. When asked again, Stephanopoulos walked away.
Stephanopoulos is best known as the chief political correspondent for ABC News and the co-anchor of the ABC morning news program, “Good Morning America.” He is also host of the Sunday morning news program, “This Week.”
Prior to joining ABC News, Stephanopoulos was a senior political adviser to the 1992 U.S. presidential campaign of Bill Clinton and later served as Clinton’s White House Communications Director for two years.
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Former President Bill Clinton tried to get former senator Ted Kennedy to endorse Hillay Clinton for president in the 2008 election by describing Barack Obama this way: “A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.”
This anecdote is revealed in a New Yorker article on the relationship between Bill Clinton and Obama:
Tim Russert told me that, according to his sources, Bill Clinton, in an effort to secure an endorsement for Hillary from Ted Kennedy, said to Kennedy, “A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.”
Clinton is giving a keynote address at the Democratic convention this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dinesh D’Souza found in the United States a land of opportunity: Free from India’s repressive caste system, here was a nation where the native of Mumbai could determine his own destiny, a land where a poor boy could actually improve his lot in life through education and hard work. To him, it was like being loosed from the chains of bondage.
The U.S. is not a perfect country, and it falls short of its own ideals, D’Souza discovered, but it is still the greatest nation on the face of the Earth.
D’Souza’s father, however, warned him that the U.S. was a land of “white” people, those conquering colonialists who had invaded the third world, stripped it of its resources and grew rich off the wealth of other people’s land. The greedy Western capitalists, he believed, built their riches on the backs of Asians, South Americans and Africans, then left the natives to rot in barren lands of squalor. The West, he warned, is a land of crooks and thieves who should give back to the world what they stole.
Two very different impressions of Western nations like the U.S. and U.K., no?
But which vision better explains the actions of Barack Obama in office?
Could this anti-colonialist loathing for the wealthy nations of the West explain Obama’s apology tours? His odd choice in the first 40 days of his administration to return to England a bust of Winston Churchill, the man who crushed Kenya’s Mau Mau independence uprising in the 1950s and allegedly was responsible for torturing Obama’s grandfather? His State Department’s policy-reversing urging of negotiations between Argentina and the U.K. over the fate of the Falkland Islands?
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Heather Surovik’s unborn son, expected to be delivered literally within hours, allegedly was killed by a drunk driver who will face no punishment, because Colorado law inexplicably leaves those not yet born completely unprotected.
She knows there never will be justice for the death of Brady, killed when Gary Sheats, with multiple DUI offenses on his record, allegedly slammed into Surovik’s car earlier this year.
But she’s not going to be silent about the injustice.
“I realize my son will never see justice for his murder, but I intend to see that other children will be protected under the law,” she told WND. “I want to look lawmakers who oppose personhood in the eye and ask them why they think my son, who was perfectly viable, did not deserve to be protected and why they believe his killer should go free.”
It was several months ago, shortly after Surovik had seen her doctor and learned that Brady could be delivered as early as that evening, when her car was smashed by the allegedly drunk driver.
She said she believes her child was placed on this earth to help save others.
“If it were not for Brady, the doctors said I would have probably died in the crash. He prevented me from suffering more severe injuries that would have killed me,” Surovik said. “He gave his life to save me, and I hope his death can be used to help save other children as well.”
The organization Personhood USA, which advocates for changes in state laws and constitutions to recognize the unborn as “persons,” now is making a TV commercial featuring Surovik. A longer segment is intended for churches to draw attention to the issue.
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A talk-show host this weekend on MSNBC, widely considered a heavily left-leaning news network, suddenly erupted into a screaming rant after one of her guests suggested Obama wasn’t acknowledging the “risks” entrepreneurs take in America’s economy.
“What is riskier than living poor in America? Seriously!” host Melissa Harris-Perry shouted on her self-titled show yesterday. “I am sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky!”
Harris-Perry was discussing welfare reform and economic class mobility with a panel of guests.
One guest, Nancy Giles, described as a “social commentator,” suggested it was public education and low-cost health care that enabled people to move out of lower economic classes.
But Monica Mehta, described as a “business/finance expert,” countered that class mobility is fueled by entrepreneurs “taking risks,” and began to imply that Obama’s “You didn’t build that” speech was indicative of anti-entrepreneurial bias.
But Mehta didn’t have the opportunity to finish her thought.
“What is riskier than living poor in America? Seriously! What in the world is riskier than being a poor person in America?” the host interrupted. “I live in a neighborhood where people are shot on my street corner. I live in a neighborhood where people have to figure out how to get their kid into school because maybe it will be a good school and maybe it won’t. I am sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky! No! There is a huge safety net that whenever you fail, we’ll catch you and catch you and catch you! Being poor is what is risky. We have to create a safety net for poor people, and when we won’t because they happen to look different from us, it is the pervasive ugliness. We cannot do that!”
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Saturday on ‘Fox and Friends Weekend’ Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) revealed that 70% of US forces killed and 84% of US forces wounded in Afghanistan have been under President Obama’s watch at Commander-in-Chief.
During President Bush’s time in office 625 American troops were killed, compared with 1474 under President Obama. 2638 American troops were wounded during President Bush’s tenure, while under President Obama a staggering 141,817 have been wounded.
What makes these statistics all the more alarming is the fact that Obama’s dead and wounded have occurred in less than 4 years, while those under President Bush occurred in 7 years.
The reason for these horrifying statistics? Put simply, under President Obama the rules of engagement for US forces have been designed to protect Afghan civilians – and the president’s political ass – rather than American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.
When US troops come under fire they are not permitted to shoot back if civilians are in the line of fire. The rules for calling in air support are even more restrictive, requiring approval from up the chain of command.
In addition, the President’s decision to announce a date certain for withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan have emboldened the Taliban and made our Afghan “allies” skittish. As a former military officer recently said, “We have the watch, but the Taliban has the time”. The Afghans know that once the US leaves their country, the weak and corrupt government in Kabul will fall and those that are seen as collaborating with US and NATO troops will be slaughtered. This has led to increasing “Blue on Green” attacks by Afghans being trained to become police.
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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) broke with his party Sunday to say Americans are not better off than they were four years ago — but said that’s not what the November election is about.
Democrats have been studiously avoiding the “are Americans better off today?” question, but O’Malley addressed it head-on during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“No,” he answered host Bob Schieffer, two days before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. “But that’s not the question of this election.”
He continued, according to BuzzFeed: “Without a doubt, we are not as well off as we were before George Bush brought us the Bush job losses, the Bush recessions, the Bush deficits, the series of desert wars, charged for the first time to credit cards — the national credit card.”
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