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9/19/2009

ACORN and other Sunday Talk Show Topics (Updated)

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 11:48 am



[Guest post by DRJ]

President Obama’s ambitious 5-program sweep of the Sunday morning shows is just hours away, and this AP article will make it more difficult for the media to ignore ACORN. Here’s an excerpt:

“The organization praised for its Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and treated by federal, state and local governments as a valuable public resource has had nearly $1 million embezzled by its founder’s brother. The openly Democratic-leaning group has seen its employees accused of voter registration fraud, and taking it down has become a cause celebre for Republican lawmakers, activists and pundits.

As if volunteers allegedly signing up cartoon character Mickey Mouse to vote didn’t give ACORN enough bad publicity, the public is enthralled with new videos appearing on the Internet and TV news shows showing ACORN employees in Brooklyn, N.Y., advising a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp to lie to get housing aid, and employees in other cities counseling the pair on tax, banking and immigration issues.

Many Democrats used to advertise their ACORN connections. Now, however, the Democratic-led Senate has voted to cut off its grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Democrat-dominated House doesn’t want it to get any federal money, period.”

EDIT: This LA Times’ article also details ACORN’s woes.

I suspect there will also be questions about other topics: the letter from 7 former CIA directors urging Obama to stop Eric Holder’s investigation of CIA interrogators, Obama’s discontinuation of the missile defense program (including the Czech and Polish response), and … oh, yeah … health care.

It could be a challenging week for Obama’s health care plan.

— DRJ

UPDATE: Here’s an ACORN-Obama post by Michelle Malkin that the Sunday shows won’t mention.

37 Responses to “ACORN and other Sunday Talk Show Topics (Updated)”

  1. If Il Douche gets anything other than softball questions with no follow up it will be a complete departure from past practices.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  2. Good point, daleyrocks, but even softball questions take up time that Obama wants to devote to health care.

    I also updated the post to add a link to an LA Times’ article re: ACORN.

    DRJ (a51a0e)

  3. DRJ – Michelle said yesterday that health care was a woman’s issue. Why should Barack take the lead on it. Let she and Joe Biden be spokespeople going forward for the nonexistant White House plan.

    What could go wrong?

    daleyrocks (718861)

  4. Heh. Speaking of woman’s issues, what was with Michelle’s belt or whatever that was around her waist?

    DRJ (a51a0e)

  5. DRJ – Don’t get me going on Michelle’s fashions. I’m still in awe of her Klingon Battle Warrior outfit from the inauguration, or was it shower curtains?

    daleyrocks (718861)

  6. Even when the MSM mentions ACORN, they fail to accurately reflect the full extent of the illegal and amoral practices they have been involved in.

    JD (8f4186)

  7. Don’t forget the retro 70’s sofas that she wore.

    JD (8f4186)

  8. Democratic-leaning. This is nonsense and yet it is true. This sort of nonsense is the sort of thing Meghan’s daddy and his little dog Lindsey facilitate because of how they are so so certain that their media pals will applaud them when they go to ACORN meetings and kiss dirty socialist ass.

    Meghan’s daddy needs to lose his primary challenge in the worst way. He’s an endless disservice to our little country and an endless service to his own bloated pompous ego.

    I think it’s Mr. Chris Simcox who has the best chance of helping our little country by making Meghan’s poor old useless daddy go home to one of his houses to be determined later.

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  9. If Wallace is half as tough on Aunt Esther tomorrow as he was on Joe Wilson last Sunday, we won’t hear about healthcare or CIA directors or missile shields or anything else.

    In advance: Chris Wallace, you are a racist.

    Matador (ad4464)

  10. Wow! If AP had done this kind of reporting from the beginning, the papers that use AP would have been spared a lot of grief from Glenn Beck’s callers.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0fd4c9)

  11. I looked over that exchange, Bradley – you deserve some type of award after responding to that preening dipsh-t Law. I’m barely aware of that paper in the first place – no doubt it will sink into the tar pits in short order.

    Dmac (a93b13)

  12. AP will report only things that make America look bad. And this clown for a President is making America look bad, for sure.

    nk (df76d4)

  13. I think we’re very much past the point where goofball can blather on about health care on as many shows as he wants and people will just tune him out. Even dirty socialists what are avid to take over our little country’s health care system and pervert it will tune him out.

    Mostly it’s cause it’s so apparent that goofball is just taking another tack and is transparently hopeful that maybe just maybe the remaining dregs of his charisma and the assistance of his dirty socialist media tools will somehow be enough to convince Congress that people are really a lot enthusiastic to embrace the third world health care system what he proposes.

    Congress is stupid so there’s a good chance goofball’s right.

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  14. I suspect there will also be questions about other topics:

    I hope that includes why the current White House and the State Department it wraps its tentacles around (an agency, btw, already notorious for its many staffers into “lefty,” globalist sentiments, regardless of the occupant of the Oval Office), and visa versa, are being such assholes to Honduras and its current president.

    Mark (411533)

  15. I agree Bradley is to be congratulated on his fortitude, Dmac, and I think that’s a journalism school. Sad, isn’t it?

    DRJ (a51a0e)

  16. DRJ, I was wondering the same thing. It looks like some kind of ammunition belt.

    Ellen (363d8b)

  17. It is a military pistol belt.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  18. what was with Michelle’s belt or whatever that was around her waist?

    She makes me think of the wife of Japan’s newly elected prime minister, who, as is true of Obama, also of the left.

    Flakes of a feather flock together.

    Foxnews.com:

    The wife of Japan’s incoming prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, claimed in a book called “Most Bizarre Things I’ve Encountered” that she flew in a UFO to Venus in the 1970s, where she made fast friends with the natives, the Times of London reported.

    “While my body was sleeping, I think my spirit flew on a triangular-shaped UFO to Venus,” wrote Miyuki Hatoyama. “It was an extremely beautiful place and was very green.”

    The space-bound spouse has also been a musical actress, cookbook writer, designer and TV personality — and says that she was friends long ago with Tom Cruise, whom she knew in a previous life when he was Japanese.

    Mark (411533)

  19. DRJ, thank you, and don’t blame Poyner or Romenesko for the idiotic commenter I sparred with, and the Austin paper. Romenesko just pointed out the editor’s deluded commentary. The disingenous lefty who claimed to be non-ideological just jumped in and promptly beclowned himself. I have a lot of fun debating those types.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0fd4c9)

  20. Brother Bradley – Even heirs to the Massengill name would not be willing to allow themselves to be called John Law.

    JD (8f4186)

  21. You’re right, Bradley, and I don’t know who the commenter is. But my gut says most of the people who read that blog are journalists or people who work in the journalism field.

    DRJ (a51a0e)

  22. Also, I updated the post with a link to Michelle Malkin.

    DRJ (a51a0e)

  23. The MSM only grudgingly covered ACORN, and they will certainly aid Barcky in tip-toeing away from them.

    JD (8f4186)

  24. I would just be crushed if UT beat the Gators.

    JD (8f4186)

  25. This is the kind of “ambush” journalism(?)we don’t need in this country.

    I just loved this line. These folks give themselves away all the time. They want control and democracy is just too messy. The hidden authoritarian comes out at the damnedest times. Reagan was quoted as saying the communism was a form of insanity; that it didn’t correspond to human psychology. Leftism of the less obvious varieties is similar. Another strategy of the left is to lecture the rubes on what they should do while doing the opposite themselves. Rangel is a good example. So is the comment on another thread about the guy who complained that Obama would raise his taxes and his leftist friend asked if he had a good tax accountant.

    They don’t mind raising taxes to levels that kill initiative because they don’t plan to pay them themselves.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  26. The disingenous lefty who claimed to be non-ideological

    LOL. He’s like all those variety of liberals who claim, well, no, the New York Times isn’t biased to the left! How can it be!? It’s owned by a big corporation, and corporations are run by greedy Republican rightwingers!

    Or, I’m not a liberal. I’m a progressive!

    This is such a hilarious example of dishonesty and cognitive dissonance, I’ve just got to paste it here:

    John Law:

    In fact, my Facebook page contains lots of information about me, but nothing about my ideology. Because I don’t really have one (though I certainly have opinions.)

    ^ And if people like that can’t be honest about or are a very poor judge of themselves, you know they’re very likely to be dishonest about and a poor judge of many other things in life.

    Mark (411533)

  27. Yes, Romenesko is aimed at journos. But notice the comment I linked to defended the ACORN protesters.

    OT, WordCamp Portland is on right now. WordPress Founder Matt Mullenweg is speaking now. Click here to see the Webcast.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0995a3)

  28. They don’t mind raising taxes to levels that kill initiative because they don’t plan to pay them themselves.

    Coming across information recently that analyzed the tax returns of one of the most famous and beloved icons of the Democrat Party and left, Franklin Roosevelt, was another eye opener to me, although hardly surprising.

    That FDR raised income taxes on the wealthier in the US while saying his own taxes shouldn’t be subjected to the same level was one of those “a-ha” moments. That he wanted to make tax-free municipal bonds, among other things, subject to taxes was another major “a-ha” moment—that he himself also owned tax-free bonds, well, surprise, surprise!

    I guess the least of all the “a-ha” moments — because I’ve known for some time that it’s a phenomenon applicable to many “leftys” — was a scrutiny of the tax returns of Roosevelt revealed he wasn’t very generous in charitable contributions.

    Mark (411533)

  29. I think Michelle’s belt is code for authority…on women and health care issues, putting fruit on the table, etc, because everything code for something.

    Dana (863a65)

  30. Looks like we finally have arrived at that code day in hell many have alluded to when referring to things you’d never imagine coming to pass. Many of which are exceptionally reported and discussed in these well crafted posts and comments.

    political agnostic (88ec76)

  31. Good grief, this Law fella really hates conservatives. What’s amazing is how he cites a very vulgar site to prove his point that the right is not civil or well informed. Does he have no self awareness, or is this some kind of arrogance short circuit?

    The Austin paper is really disgusting to refuse to inform people of stories that FNC supports. If the Statesmen reported REAL news, they know damn well FNC would report it. that’s because FNC is in the business business, and not the propaganda business.

    Juan (bd4b30)

  32. I agree Bradley is to be congratulated on his fortitude, Dmac, and I think that’s a journalism school. Sad, isn’t it?

    Yes, but not surprising. I’ve had more than a few unpleasant personal e – mail exchanges with many graduates from Medill here (Northwestern) – they’ve taken over most of the editorial boards at the two papers and local network stations. Their responses to my objections to their editorializing in their news articles is not only disengenuous, but indicative of the profession as a whole. This used to be a terrific hard – news town, and the local reportage went after all politicos, no matter what stripe – days of long ago.

    Dmac (a93b13)

  33. Comment by Ellen — 9/19/2009 @ 12:36 pm

    No, it’s not an ammo belt; but it is on a par with her other forrays into the fashion wilderness.

    AD - RtR/OS! (f96136)

  34. I think Michelle’s belt is code for authority…on women and health care issues, putting fruit on the table, etc, because everything code for something.

    Comment by Dana — 9/19/2009 @ 2:07 pm

    Heh. Maybe it’s code for “See how tight this belt is? That’s how all of your belts will look once Barack is through taking you out of your comfort zones and requiring you to work!”

    Or maybe it’s just: Don’t make me use this thing!

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  35. Ha, NOYK, I think it represents conflict: she is an accomplished, well educated and powerful woman who enjoys dressing in a classy, feminine style – but in case anyone remotely thinks she’s a prissy pushover, just let ’em take in that leather!

    And if anyone tries to relegate me back into east wing territory, a la Nancy Reagan or Laura Bush, I’ll cinch this baby even tighter!

    Dana (863a65)

  36. She should cinch it down to zero, and wear it just above her chin.

    AD - RtR/OS! (f96136)

  37. DRJ,
    Michelle’s Belt is akin to John Bolton’s Moustache. It has a life of its own at this point.

    Patricia (c95a48)


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