Not only did Breitbart.com call President Obama’s “slow-jam the news” segment with Jimmy Fallon last night “possibly the worst ‘comedy’ segment in the history of mankind,” the site decreed that it violated a campaign-finance law: “Obama should be ashamed of himself (though, of course, he has no capacity for shame).” The FCC’s equal-opportunity rule states that if a broadcaster affords airtime to a candidate, equal time must be granted to “all other such candidates for that office.”
There are, however, exceptions to the rule: “(1) a bona fide newscast, (2) a bona fide news interview, (3) a bona fide news documentary, or (4) on-the-spot coverage of bona fide news events.” In Breitbart’s informed legal opinion, “Only the second provision could be construed as saving NBC from giving Mitt Romney equal time. But this was not a bona fide news interview. In fact, it wasn’t an interview at all — no questions were asked, no answers were given. It was literally Obama reading a campaign speech over a guitar, a horn, a keyboard, and some drums.”
But a recent FCC ruling sets a different precedent that would almost certainly include Late Night: Talk shows — in this case Anderson Cooper’s daytime chatfest, Anderson — qualify as bona fide newscasts. Furthermore, in a precedent set by Entertainment Tonight, the FCC noted that its role “is not to decide, by some qualitative analysis, whether one kind of news story is more bona fide than another.”
Of course, even if Fallon wasn’t protected under the rule, it could always invite Mitt Romney to lead a little slow-jam of his own. And who wouldn’t want to see that?
Breitbart seems to have some index cards on a wall. Each one has contains the kind of spin they will use that day on any particular story. If they’re going to play media law experts and basically call for reinstatement of the equal time provision, than Obama’s appearance would just be equal time for Michele Bachmann’s appearance. Despite the song the band played which caused yet another round of conservative pundits jumping up and down high fiveing each other at the opportunity to have a round of false outrage. Though the appearance was nothing but a politics, a chance to shore up her then flailing political campaign. If we venture outside examples of the Fallon show one marvels at the number of times CBS’s morning show has had the know-nothing do- nothing Senator McCain(R-AZ) on to babble in what always appears to be fodder for political satire. Besides his three? Four? Mansions, the morning news shows are practically one of McCain’s residences. Breitbarf is not really concerned in any honest or honorable way with fairness or they would write about the shallow crap that passes for political dialogue on the Sunday news shows – which according to FAIR are still dominated by white male conservatives. Digby nails McCain and conservatives for exploiting war, death and misery as standard operating procedure.
In case you missed it, Romney’s principled, radical view for America
But Romney, unlike Clinton, is not offering a program through which government would take specific steps to solve the problems he catalogues. Instead, he is calling on voters to share his faith that our difficulties would go away if the state simply got out of the way, allowed the market do its thing and counted on the success of the successful to lift up everyone else.
Romney is right in saying he has “a very different vision” from Obama’s, and this is where the magic comes in. He envisions “an America driven by freedom, where free people, pursuing happiness in their own unique ways, create free enterprises that employ more and more Americans. And because there are so many enterprises that are succeeding, the competition for hardworking, educated, skilled employees is intense, so wages and salaries rise.”
Just like that, all would be well — as if we never needed the trust-busting of the Progressive Era, the social legislation of the New Deal, the health programs of the Great Society and the coordinated action of the world’s governments in 2008 and 2009 to keep the Great Recession from becoming something far worse.
This keeps coming up and obviously is not going away. If president Obama and Democrats are so bad for the economy how come millionaires are still making millions. Is Romney going to make the case that Obama is micro manager letting gov’mint get in the way of a full recovery than how is he doing that while letting Wall Street and America’s biggest corporations make the same profits they were making pre-recession.
If Romney wants to paint Obama as Wall Street’s friend and an enemy of blue collar America, good luck in transforming himself from the crony profiteer of Bain, that made money regardless of how well his leveraged buyouts worked.
CEOs at top companies earned 380 times the average worker’s income in 2011. If Romney wants to come out and say that these lazy crony corporatists could do just fine on 150 times the average worker’s wage and use the savings to hire workers that would make him a progressive, not a conservative. I wish Mittens and his staff good luck in trying to paint the circle in such a way that no one looks beyond the obvious. First Romney staff mission is to destroy Congressional record or start using those millions to lie like there is no tomorrow. As of July, 2011, Republicans voted against 10 job creation bills in Congress. Not happy with preventing the creation of jobs they also voted for bills that would have destroyed 600,000 jobs. Conservatives have been telling us for ten years that low taxes will create millions of new jobs. Lowest taxes in sixty years have not created jobs. Regulations are killing jobs. Regulations have not changed in any substantial way since the Bush years. The biggest reason for a slow economy for Americans in the median income range( total household income of $50k and below) is the lack of demand:
President Obama has even offered to lower the corporate tax rate in exchange for closing some massive loopholes that let huge companies like Exxon and Apple pay very little in taxes. Conservatives will not even sit down for substantive discussions on the issue. Conservatives, including Mitt Romney want nothing to do with progress and fairness, they want to make the USA into Europe.
The absence was jarring, because Romney’s claim that President Obama is dragging the United States toward a loathsome European-style “social welfare” future has been a staple of the former Massachusetts governor’s shtick ever since he started campaigning in earnest.
[ ]…But there is a big problem with Romney’s formulation. For the last year or two, Europe has been implementing, in real time, exactly the policies that Romney and congressional Republicans fervently believe are the best strategy for boosting economic growth. It’s called “austerity,” and it means cutting deficits, slashing spending, and chipping away at all those goodies the social welfare state provides.
For those who like wonky economic stuff Paul Krugman has four charts up today that show European style austerity, tea bagger scorched earth austerity or Romney’s desire to make the USA into 17th century France – whatever you label it, does not work.
Rep. Darrell Issa(R-CA) who used to be a street hoodlum until conservatives promoted him to be a hoodlum in Congress is in charge of investigating any wrong doing in government. There used to be a cartoon about this situation like this with a cat left to guard a pet bird. Conservatives regarded that cartoon as an instruction manual – Get ready for Republicans to hammer on the nonsense idea that the White House is crooked.
Back in 2010, Rep. Darrell Issa called Obama one of the most corrupt presidents in history, and pledged to investigate his administration. After a year’s worth of hearings and investigations, Issa has come out empty-handed. Of course, when has lack of proof stopped anyone from making ridiculous accusations in politics?
Issa is another – there is a nearly endless supply – Koch brothers puppet.
The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government. – Franklin D. Roosevelt