Coverage of Rangel’s Censure: The Network News Mourning Shows

Last evening I wrote over at Michelle’s place about Charles Rangel’s censure, and the pathetic way many of his fellow Democrats gave Rangel’s post-censure speech a standing ovation. Nancy Pelosi, who pledged to “drain the swamp” of corruption, was choked up as she read the censure resolution that, ultimately, leaves the swamp undrained.

Unbiased, completely apolitical network reporters were obviously upset too:

In a slightly extended news brief on Good Morning America, co-host George Stephanopoulos described the censure as “an unusual moment,” seeming to lament that Rangel “had to accept the punishment.” Correspondent Jonathan Karl remarked that Rangel “was defiant right to the end” and “told reporters this was a very political vote.” Stephanopoulos concluded the report by praising such bitterness: “That’s right. He fought it. He tried to get an alternative passed. But in the end, handled that apology with real grace.”

On Today, correspondent Kelly O’Donnell declared that “This is the kind of history making moment that makes everybody around here sad.”

They gave up even pretending to hide the bias years ago.

So that’s NBC and ABC. What about the CBS morning show? Not a problem there, because they didn’t mention the Rangel censure at all:

The CBS Early Show failed to make any mention of New York Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel being censured by the House of Representatives on Thursday for 11 ethics violations.

And they wonder why they’re always in third place? But hey, instead of reporting the news, maybe just changing the faces who aren’t reporting it will boost their ratings! Good luck with that.

Alan Grayson Refuses to Go Away

Lunatic Florida Rep. Alan Grayson (D-bag), before he is thankfully shown the door very soon, launched into some of his usual class-envy rhetoric using Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh as examples of how much they’d benefit from not raising their taxes (Dems like to say “I’m against extending the Bush tax cuts” because it sounds better than “I’m for raising taxes”).

From the Daily Caller:

“Instead of placating these people and letting them spew out onto the airwaves their lies about the Bush tax cut ever revealing the fact that they stand to gain millions, millions of dollars each year from their selfish desire to take advantage of the rest of America, let’s do this,” said Grayson. “Let’s take that money and create jobs.”

Good Lord, what a pathetic creature. Not to argue with a crazy person, because nothing is more futile, but I know that Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck employ many many people (not to mention give millions to charity). They do “create jobs.” Alan Grayson’s net worth is over $30 million — how many people does he employ (and I mean in his private sector dealings, not his congressional staff that taxpayers fund)? I’m fairly certain it’s far less than either Beck or Limbaugh.

The top 5% of wage earners in the US pay almost 60% of the federal income taxes taken in by the government. That’s a fair chunk of change but not enough to satisfy Grayson.

Rest assured the multi-millionaire Grayson pays the absolute minimum he’s required to pay in taxes, Bush tax cuts included or not. If Grayson feels he’s taking advantage of America and not paying enough, he should feel free to give more money to the treasury and lead by example.

I always feel like I need a shower and comprehensive delousing after watching this greaseball, but here it is nonetheless:

White House: Extend Unemployment Benefits or 600,000 May Lose Their Jobs (huh?)

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I’m guessing that most of these “jobs lost” they’re referring to if unemployment benefits aren’t again extended will be people who work at the unemployment office:

The White House on Thursday warned that the country could pay a heavy price for not extending federal unemployment insurance.

Failing to extend the jobless benefits could cost the country about 600,000 jobs by the end of 2011, according to a report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), and depress economic growth by 0.6 percent.

The CEA’s report says that previous extensions of unemployment insurance provided a significant boost to the economy. Employment as of September was about 800,000 higher than it would have been without the extensions, the report said, while economic growth was 0.8 percent higher.

In one breath they tell us that jobless benefits are good for the economy but in the next they want us to worry about the negative economic impact of more people being jobless, which would lead to them getting the jobless benefits that boost the economy? Paradox overdose!

At what point does this “jobless benefits boost the economy” philosophy become stupid? Pretty much immediately. With this kind of thinking, the economy will only be healthy and functioning at 100% efficiency if everybody is on unemployment.

There’s no more of a lethal mix than politicians who are shady, disingenuous and dangerously incompetent.

Wikileaks Heartbreak for (Former) Obamaniacs Who Hate Bush

(Note: If you voted for Obama in part to seek revenge on Torquemada Bush, skip to the bottom of the post and hit “play” for the appropriate background music as you read this)

Whatever Obama had left of his “Hope & Change” left-wing HuffPo/Kos/Soros-bot base is about to jump from the train:

In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. A “confidential” April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department—one of the 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks—details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.

Just a small sample of the disgruntlement at Mother Jones, where the above article appeared:

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Here’s something that sets the perfect mood for the current state of “progressives” who put all their faith in the unsinkable ship of Barack Obama:

Boehner to Move Women’s Restroom Closer to House Chamber

Am I to understand that Nancy Pelosi, the super-feminist first-ever woman to be House Speaker, never thought to do this for female members of the House?

Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) intends to commandeer a swanky office space adjacent to the House floor and build a women’s restroom for female lawmakers.

For years, men have had the luxury of using facilities located adjacent to the House floor, just outside the Speaker’s lobby. But women have had no such option.

If women need to powder their noses, they must instead go downstairs or to a restroom several halls away from the chamber.

This happened the same week Obama appointed a “leak czar.” Coincidence?

A few years back, they did the same thing in the Senate because the Majority Leader got tired of Hillary always using the men’s room:

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Sheriff Joe Doesn’t Know Right from Left

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Joe Biden performed the swearing-in for the new Senator from Illinois, Mark Kirk. We know Joe’s pretty good at the swearing part, but the rest of the ettiquette escaped him:

Chicago – There was a slight mix-up during the swearing in of Republican Senator Mark Kirk.

On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden asked Kirk to place his right hand on the Bible and raise his left hand.

His hands should have been reversed, however, according to Senate tradition.

Biden’s spokesperson said they checked all the rules, and that in the end it doesn’t matter which hand Senator Kirk raised, as long as he agreed with the oath to uphold the constitution.

Team Biden checked all the rules and everything’s okay? Considering that’s coming from the same people who say the stimulus is working great, I remain skeptical:

Enough Taxpayer Money Was Spent on Andy Griffith’s Ads Pimping Obamacare to Buy Mayberry Several Times Over

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A lot of our money was spent on those Medicare ads featuring Andy Griffith trying to convince everybody how totally awesome the Obamacare law. How much? According to Judicial Watch, $3.2 million to be almost exact:

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Obama Department of Health and Human Services regarding a series of three Medicare television advertisements featuring actor Andy Griffith, which were deemed misleading by a number of press outlets, including the nonpartisan FactCheck.org. The Obama Administration spent $3,184,000 in taxpayer funds to produce and air the advertisements on national television in September and October of 2010 to educate “Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and family members about forthcoming changes to Medicare as a result of the Affordable Care Act.” According to the documents released to Judicial Watch.

Probably the most troubling item in this story is that Andy Griffith provided his services for free. I was at least hoping that Griffith’s participation was only based on greed, but it turns out he was just stupid.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Narcissism No Longer Diagnosed as a Mental Disorder

If you needed any more evidence that Obama has taken over the health care system, here you go:

Narcissistic personality disorder, characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance and the need for constant attention, has been eliminated from the upcoming manual of mental disorders, which psychiatrists use to diagnose mental illness.

As Charles Zanor reports in today’s Science Times, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — due out in 2013 and known as D.S.M.-5 — has eliminated five of the 10 personality disorders that are listed in the current edition. The best known of these is narcissistic personality disorder.

What do you think about this news, Mr. President? Mr. President?

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(h/t Instapundit)