Wednesday, 07 August 2013

REINCE PRIEBUS AND ERIN BURNETT: A TRANSCRIPT

Ken Berwitz

Here, without commentary, is a transcript of the latter part of an discussion/argument between Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and CNN's Erin Burnett on Burnett's "OutFront" show.  The subject?  CNN's (and NBC's) decision to air a major feature on Hillary Clinton next year, and Priebus's warning that, if they do, Republicans will not participate in Presidential debates on either network.

Read it and decide for yourself who makes more sense:

PRIEBUS: Well, look. There's plenty of people and groups out there that would love to host our debates. And the fact is, what you're showing here is making our case. That we ought not have moderators that are in the business of making news at the expense of our party and our candidates moderate our debates.

And moreover, we ought not have moderators and companies that are in the business of promoting a Democratic opponent three years before an election. So, I mean, you're making our case, which is number one, NBC and CNN ought to halt their promotional movies of Hillary Clinton. If they don't want to do that --

BURNETT: Because you're saying if we air anything on Hillary Clinton, even if it is nasty, it's promoting her, right?

PRIEBUS: It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. The fact is, if your company is so interested in spending millions of dollars in promoting Hillary Clinton when they know darn well that Hillary Clinton and the people around her are gearing up for a presidential election, then that is a choice that as a news agency that's trying to be, or at least claims to be fair, ought to stop in their tracks and start to think about what the effects of that are. If you don't care, if CNN doesn't care, that's fine. Then, I don't care either. We move on without CNN and we move on without NBC. It's pretty simple. There's plenty of media out there for us to work with.

BURNETT: There are, and of course if you got rid of CNN and you got rid of NBC, that would leave you with -- when it come to the primaries, obviously, the vast majority of them are on cable so you'd have a lot possibly on FOX. But that's why I wanted to ask you about this, right?

PRIEBUS: You have FOX, you have PBS, you have ABC, you have CBS, you have a lot of other channels on cable. We can do Salem Communications. We can do radio. We can do town halls. We can do Lincoln-Douglas debates. The sun doesn't rise and set with CNN and NBC. Listen, Erin, I like you. I don't have a problem with you. But this is easy to understand.

BURNETT: But what about in 2005? A&E ran an adaptation of John McCain's autobiography. He was widely seen as a candidate. He then ran. Obviously it was a GOP presidential candidate. You didn't boycott then. And A&E is owned by ABC.

PRIEBUS: Listen, I can't - listen, I can't - I was a candidate for state senate, I think, back then. Listen, I can't speak to the past. What I can speak to is that we had, number one, a 23-debate traveling circus in our party a year and a half ago. Number two, we had moderators that did not have the best interests of our party and our nominees at heart. And number three, we've got two major networks that are spending million of dollars and attracting pretty high level actresses to be part of these movies.

And I'm not going to sit around as party chairman and just act like nothing's wrong. I mean, this is not right, Erin. And I'm just saying I've had it with this stuff and I'm going to try to do something about it.

BURNETT: Final question Reince, before I let you go. In the 2008 Democratic primary season, the candidates decided to skip a debate held by Fox News, the Democrats. So, then the debate was canceled. And Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said this.

ROGER AILES, Fox News chairman (VIDEO CLIP): Any candidate for high office of either party who believes he can black list any news organization is making a terrible mistake about journalists. And any candidate of either party who can not answer direct, simple, even tough questions from any journalist runs a real risk of losing the voters.

BURNETT: I don't know what my boss Jeff Zucker would say,  but it sounds like he might say exactly what Roger Ailes is saying.

PRIEBUS: Not at all. Not at all. That's the difference between - Roger Ailes didn't say any candidate that doesn't appear before CNN or NBC or any news outlet isn't fit to serve. These candidates can come on your show every night if they want to, Erin. And they can take all the tough questions in the world.

The question is, if the party is going to spend time and money and resources on organizing an intelligent and reasonable debate calendar, should we have networks and moderators that are promoting Hillary Clinton depose our candidates? And I say no way.

Who is right and who is wrong?  Your call.


EGYPT PEACE AND DEMOCRACY UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

Evidently John McCain is not a reader of this blog.

Excerpted from today's article at reuters.com:

Unrest in Egypt could turn into "all-out bloodshed" in coming days if efforts to find a political solution fail, U.S. Senator John McCain warned on Tuesday during a visit to Cairo.

"Oh my God, I didn't know it was this bad. These folks are just days or weeks away from all-out bloodshed," McCain said during an interview in Cairo with "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley."

Dear Mr. McCain:  I, along with numerous other bloggers, TV commentators, etc, - have been talking about this since mohamed morsi was unceremoniously ousted by the military - after spending his first year in office ignoring Egypt's constitution and working diligently to turn the country into a shari'a law state, as befits his membership in the fundamentalist, terrorist Muslim brotherhood.

Want examples?  Okay.  How about this one and this one -- among many others.

Can it be true that you didn't understand this was a real possibility?  You couldn't figure out that if a democratically elected President representing the fundamentalist views which propelled him into the presidency in the first place, was tossed out on his ear by the military, his supporters might be unhappy enough to do something about it?

That is amazing, bordering on scary. 

To review:  Hosni Mubarak, who - imperfect as he was (to say the least) - held Egypt together and honored its peace treaty with Israel - was unceremoniously dumped with the help and blessing of US President Barack Obama.  The subsequent events, including a potential massively bloody civil war, are therefore due in large part to Mr. Obama's bungling interference. 

I hope John McCain is aware of this....but given his reaction to what is happening in Egypt right now, I have to say I'm not sure.


PREIBUS PROOF

Ken Berwitz

A couple of days ago, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus issued a warning to NBC and CNN - both of which have decided to do special material on Hillary Clinton next year (NBC will produce a mini-series and CNN a "documentary").  

Mr. Priebus wrote to both, noted that they have been huge Democrat and Hillary supporters in the past, and informed them that if they intend to do some love-song to Ms. Clinton, to help her along to the presidency in 2016, Republicans will not participate in any presidential debates on their networks.

In this connection, I would like to point out that, today, CNN has a major article on its web page about bob filnerthe disgraced-but-not-resigning Mayor of San Diego; a "man" who has been accused by a dozen women - so far - of making offensive sexual advances toward them, including physical molestation.

The article is 36 paragraphs long.  But at no time does it mention that filner is a Democrat.  Zero, zilch, zipperoo.

And this is far from the only time CNN has somehow managed to forget which party a disgraced Democrat belongs to. 

But, strangely enough, CNN seems to have no such trouble identifying the party of disgraced Republicans.

Want evidence?  How about CNN's December 12, 2012 article noting that disgraced former North Carolina Governor, Republican Mark Sanford, was going to attempt a political comeback.  The article is 20 paragraphs long - slightly more than half the size of the filner article - and there are 8 references to "Republican" or "GOP":  five in the first eight paragraphs alone.

Then there is the fact that, for two decades, CNN has been serially accused of engaging in a nonstop love-fest with the Clintons - so much so that it has been derided as the "Clinton News Network".

Now, tell me:  If you were Republican National Committee Chairman Priebus, would you believe CNN's claim that the Hillary Clinton documentary will in any way be neutral? 

Me neither.

So let the media - the same media which Priebus is so correctly complaining about - cry that he is being unfair, childish, etc. etc. etc. - even when swallowing hard and admitting he has a valid point (e.g. Maureen Dowd's column in today's New York Times). 

Mr. Priebus does have a valid point.  And, ironically, as seen above, one of the same venues he warned is the one proving it. 

Zeke .... ..... Candy Crowley ... .... .... truth, fairness, (08/07/13)


EGYPT PEACE AND DEMOCRACY UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

Evidently John McCain is not a reader of this blog.

Excerpted from today's article at reuters.com:

Unrest in Egypt could turn into "all-out bloodshed" in coming days if efforts to find a political solution fail, U.S. Senator John McCain warned on Tuesday during a visit to Cairo.

"Oh my God, I didn't know it was this bad. These folks are just days or weeks away from all-out bloodshed," McCain said during an interview in Cairo with "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley."

Dear Mr. McCain:  I, along with numerous other bloggers, TV commentators, etc, - have been talking about this since mohamed morsi was unceremoniously ousted by the military - after spending his first year in office ignoring Egypt's constitution and working diligently to turn the country into a shari'a law state, as befits his membership in the fundamentalist, terrorist Muslim brotherhood.

Want examples?  Okay.  How about this one and this one -- among many others.

Can it be true that you didn't understand this was a real possibility?  You couldn't figure out that if a democratically elected President representing the fundamentalist views which propelled him into the presidency in the first place, was tossed out on his ear by the military, his supporters might be unhappy enough to do something about it?

That is amazing, bordering on scary. 

To review:  Hosni Mubarak, who - imperfect as he was (to say the least) - held Egypt together and honored its peace treaty with Israel - was unceremoniously dumped with the help and blessing of US President Barack Obama.  The subsequent events, including a potential massively bloody civil war, are therefore due in large part to Mr. Obama's bungling interference. 

I hope John McCain is aware of this....but given his reaction to what is happening in Egypt right now, I have to say I'm not sure.


ARE THEY REALLY TRAYVON?

Ken Berwitz

The latest issue of Ebony magazine has a cover featuring Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade and his two sons, with the title "We are Trayvon".  Here, see for yourself:

Dwyane Wade We are Trayvon 

I have a question for Mr. Wade.  Does he really want his children to be Trayvon Martin - a young man with tattoos up and down his arm by the age of 17 (who knows how much earlier he actually got them), a gold "grille" on his teeth, social media accounts loaded with vile language, who was serially suspended from school - once with women's jewelry and a burglary tool he could not explain? 

Is Mr. Wade going to instruct his children that if they are walking towards a destination where he is waiting for them, and think they are being followed by someone, not to get to the destination as quickly as possible - maybe calling 911 while doing so - but, instead, to confront that person and physically fight him? 

If so, he is right.  They are - or, at any rate, will be - Trayvon Martin.

Are you as sick as I am of the sainthood being conferred on this troubled, often in trouble, young man?  

Whatever you think about what happened on February 26, 2012, the trial, or the verdict, Trayvon Martin was no role model for anyone. 

Ken Berwitz free - Trayvon Martin was apparently a marijuana user, and - as I have blogged numbers of times - his purchase at the convenience store, of skittles and Arizona Watermelon Juice Fruit Cocktail (NOT iced tea), was for the non-prescription ingredients of a quick-high drink called "lean", "drank" or "sizzurp" in so-called rap culture - which I am reasonably sure was not a coincidence. (08/07/13)

free` Didn't Trayvon use alcohol and drugs also? (08/07/13)

WisOldMan Progressives roll out yet another wealthy I-got-Mine'r from the entertainment sector, to join in the fake "Trayvon-the-Victim" story. (08/07/13)


REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Racism of any kind sickens me.  But this one is in multiples.

Excerpted from Thomas Tracy and Rich Schapiro's article in the New York Daily News:

Cops are hunting for a vile vandal who scrawled swastikas and racist slurs on the famous Jackie Robinson statue outside the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium in Coney Island.

A manager at MCU Park stumbled upon the defaced statue about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, cops said.

Among the hate-filled messages written in black marker on the monument to Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese were: "Heil Hitler," "Die n----r," "F--k n----r" and "F--k Jackie Robinson."

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was a man among men.  He epitomized talent, intelligence, grace and perseverance.  He was a role model for any person who aspired to those ideals.

What does that make the brainstem who would write this kind of utter filth on the statue of Mr. Robinson with his teammate, Pee Wee Reese?  Did it make the brainstem feel important?  Maybe so, since it is a pretty good bet that writing graffiti on a statue is the closest thing to importance a racist idiot like this will ever accomplish.

Real racism.  It comes in all forms, from all sources.  No group is immune to it, or from it.  Certainly not a moron with a marker in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York.


THE "ONLY IN AMERICA" TOP 10 LIST

Ken Berwitz

Our pal West Coast Russ just sent me a "Top 10" list things that happen "Only In America". 

I can't swear for all of the statistics, and I felt a few modifications were necessary.....but it makes enough good points so that I am putting it up for you to see.

Here is the list:

ONLY IN AMERICA:

10) Only in America ...could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

9) Only in America ...could people claim that the government still discriminates against Black Americans when we have a Black President, a Black Attorney General, roughly 20% of the federal workforce is Black and 40% of the federal entitlements go to Black citizens...while only 14% of the population is Black.

8) Only in America ...could the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the House Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

7) Only in America ...can terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have media primarily react by fretting that Islamic people might be offended if the offenders are prosecuted!!!!

6) Only in America...would people who want to legally become American citizens be forced to wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while the government dscusses letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just 'magically' become American citizens.

5) Only in America ...could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country's Constitution be thought of as "extremists."

4) Only in America ...could you need to present a driver's license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

3) Only in America ...could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up, when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company ( Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

2) Only in America ...could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, but still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year - that's a rate of about $7-Million PER MINUTE - and complain that it doesn't have nearly enough money.

1) Only in America ...could the rich people - who pay 86% of all income taxes - be accused of not paying their "fair share" by people who don't pay any income taxes at all.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Since President George W. Bush is recovering from stent surgery, I thought it would be a good time to remind you of what he had to say - over 9 years ago - about steroid usage in baseball and other sports.

These words were stated toward the end of Mr. Bush's 2004 State of the Union address:

"Athletics play such an important role in our society, but unfortunately, some in professional sports are not setting much of an example.

The use of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids in baseball, football and other sports is dangerous and it sends the wrong message: that there are shortcuts to accomplishment and that performance is more important than character.

So tonight I call on team owners, union representatives, coaches and players to take the lead, to send the right signal, to get tough and to get rid of steroids now."

Think he had a point?  Like a huge one?  Too bad it took so long for them to start listening.

As over a dozen major league baseball players take their major suspensions, and one - alex rodriguez - fights an even more major suspension (he might get the number of games down somewhat, but that suspension is going to happen - count on it), President Bush's words have quite the prophetic feel to them, don't they?

I certainly prefer them to "You didn't build that"

Quote Of The Day honors are yours, Mr. Bush.  And here's wishing you a quick, full recovery.


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