“Liberal” Greta Van Susteren jumped into the middle of her political panel last night to help rehab Mitt Romney’s tarnished image after he was widely criticized for his attack on President Obama in the middle of the Middle East violence. Unfortunately her effort – which was to liken Romney’s remarks to Obama’s comments – that the Cambridge police had “acted stupidly” when they arrested Professor Henry Gates for breaking into his own home – were smacked down by ABC News’ Rick Klein.
Van Susteren noted that Obama had said, “Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”
Klein, who is not exactly a bulwark of opposition to Fox News propaganda, told Van Susteren that “This was teed up for (Obama) because Mitt Romney decided to make this bold play overnight and it ended up backfiring to an extent.”
But Van Susteren said, “You know when I hear things like that, the first thing I think, though… the first thing I thought was the beer summit, where the President had to have because he took sides with his friend who was a professor at Harvard University and against the police and he said the police ‘acted stupidly’ before he heard any facts. That sounds like shooting first before you hear anything.”
Klein said drily, “The stakes may be different.”
Yet as conservative Byron York went on to note that the Romney campaign had made a point of accusing the Obama administration for having “a tendency to apologize for U.S. actions,” there was not a peep of “balance” from Van Susteren. She left that to Time’s Michael Crowley to point out, “Barack Obama never apologized.”
There’s a glitch in the system of Sky Italia. Sorry.
I’m appalled at the insults and insinuations against the President that I’ve heard over the past half hour. This is not healthy criticism; it’s ganging up with intent to harm. And they continue to say they are F&B.
Answer to that may be that those reporters are professionals who are aware that Romney became the republican candidate a few days ago and that he is not yet privy to such details. He started talking about about which as yet he knew nothing, zero, zilch. The reporters wanted to find out if he was aware that he had jumped the gun.
Remember that well: Limpballs said he “wouldn’t carry their [the GOP] water anymore”; he actually maintained that stance for a whole . . . twenty-four hours.
A piece over at PoliticusUSA summed up the right wings’ in general, and Limpballs’ in particular, feelings:
Rush Limbaughâs Anti-Romney Media Conspiracy Collapses Under Its Own Stupidity
By: Jason Easley
[from Rush Limbaugh}:
“Iâm sorry if it sounds disjointed, but I get a neuron of a thought and I want to launch and explain it âcause Iâm afraid Iâll forget it if I set it aside. Here, grab the sound bite. This is again the coordination, two reporters, one CBS, one NPR. They are setting the narrative of the day. This is before theyâve asked Romney a single question.
[Limbaugh plays sound bite conversation between the two reporters]
“LIMBAUGH: So the answers that Romney would give to any of those questions are irrelevant. They donât care what heâs gonna say. They donât care what his ideas are. They donât care what his policy is. They donât care a whit. The only point that they have here is to set up a narrative all day long where Romneyâs the problem; where Romney spoke too soon; Romneyâs unpresidential; Romneyâs unqualified; Romneyâs this, Romneyâs that. Thatâs the objective, and that is something that happens every day in the media, every day. They donât have to collaborate, although we now know that they do. They donât have to. They all think alike. They all have the same objective. They are Democrats with bylines. Itâs very hard to avoid this narrative each and every day.”
As the realistic possibility of Romneyâs defeat closes in on right wing minds, they are looking for refuge in their favorite conspiracies. For decades the myth of liberal media bias has been the blankee used to soothe the toddler like psyches of some in the conservative movement, so it is absolutely predictable that this is the sanctuary Limbaugh would seek.
Republicans are waking up on Christmas morning, bounding down the steps, and realizing that all Santa left them was four more years of Obama.
No, Grets, it isn’t . . .
President Obama said the police “acted stupidly” — and here, I must congratulate you for at least not continuing the rightwingnuts’ earlier meme, claiming that Obama CALLED the police “stupid” — because they DID.
Arresting a man for entering into his own home — even AFTER that man presents PROOF the home is indeed his residence — cannot be described as anything other than stupid.
I must say, though: it speaks to the level of empathy and compassion possessed by Fox News personalities, that they can equate remarks made after a terrorist attack where 4 persons were killed, to remarks made after a home break-in where there were no casualties . . .
One really has to wonder what these guys are going to say the morning after the election. Will this be a replay of 2006, when Limbaugh famously ranted that he was happy he wouldn’t have to support candidates he didn’t believe in?