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Your Modern Liberal Media

I’m so old, I remember when it was the height of treason to say you were ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas! Such words would get your career killed, corporate sponsorships dropped, and radio stations would host CD-crushing parties in your honor. Ah, the good old days!

But Mark Halperin, editor of the “liberal” Time Magazine and also its “senior political analyst,” can show up on Morning Joe, of the “liberal” MSNBC, and call President Obama a dick. And Morning Joke’s response? Classic denial:

“Delay that. Delay that. What are you doing? I can’t believe… don’t do that. Did we delay that?”

No, you didn’t delay it, thanks to a new producer who was unclear on how to use the delay button. It was the talk of Twitter this morning. Which is pretty hilarious. I guess if no one heard it, it never really happened, right?

Your modern liberal media at work, folks. Halperin has apologized and it’s all, bygones! Hey Republicans, can liberals get that deal? No? Why not?

IOKIYAR, that’s why.

[UDPATE]: And MSNBC suspends Halperin. Time should do so as well.

[UPDATE] 2:

Of course, this is so much worse:

Judge Brinkema wrote in her opinion that in April 2003, Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser to President George W. Bush, and George J. Tenet, then the C.I.A. director, met with Mr. Risen and Jill Abramson, then the Times’s Washington bureau chief and now the newspaper’s managing editor, to ask them not to write about the agency’s effort to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. Ms. Abramson later told the government the newspaper would not publish the article.

That’s the “liberal” New York Times, bowing to do the bidding of the Bush Administration, for like the gazillionth time. Remember: Judy Miller published her pro-war propaganda, all of which was proved to be false, in the pages of the Times.

The notion that our media is anything close to “liberal” is ludicrous.

[UPDATE] 3:

Via Min in comments, courtesy of Nashville’s “liberal” NPR station, WPLN:

Haslam Opposes Big Jump in Fuel Economy Standards
Thursday, June 30th, 2011, by Daniel Potter

Tennessee’s Bill Haslam is among a group of fifteen governors from around the country asking the EPA and federal transportation officials not to push fuel economy too hard. Last week White House officials floated the idea of requiring all new vehicles to get better than 55 miles per gallon by 2025.

The group of governors is made up of 14 Republicans and one Democrat, many from states home to major carmakers. They argue against quote “overreaching regulations,” saying such high standards could drive up car prices, hurting sales and consumers.

Tennessee’s auto sector is huge, with thousands of workers for carmakers like Volkswagen and Nissan, as well as thousands more jobs in the parts-supply industry.

In 2009, the Obama administration raised standards to require carmakers to boost the average fuel efficiency of their vehicles to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. For a link to a letter sent by the 15 governors against the hypothetical further increase, click here.

No mention of the Haslam family business, Pilot Oil, the nation’s largest truck stop and travel center chain.

[UPDATE] 4:

Thanks to reader Min, WPLN has fixed its online version of the story.

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My New Year’s Eve Burn List

Hey, John Bolton! You’re on it.

Here’s why:

Yesterday, on Fox’s Hannity and Colmes, Iran war hawk John Bolton said that Israel’s recent bombing campaign in Gaza is all the more reason for the United States to bomb Iran now. “So while our focus obviously is on Gaza right now, this could turn out to be a much larger conflict,” he said, adding that “we’re looking at potentially a multi-front war here.”

Not only does Bolton say now is the perfect time to bomb Iran, but he says

I think in many Arab states in the region … they’d be doing the equivalent of popping champagne corks because the Arab states don’t want Iran with nuclear weapons any more than Israel does.

Champagne corks, peeps! It’s the 2008 version of chocolates and roses.

Here are some other folks on my New Years Eve Burn List:

• Tim Russert. Please, enough with the endless eulogizing. Let the poor man rest in peace already. Enough.

• William Kristol. The man has been wrong about absolutely everything, since forever. Why does anyone bother with him anymore?

• Joe Scarborough. On “Morning Joe” today, discussing the issue of Obama and race with John Ridley, I heard the following exchange:

Ridley: But you can also look at all of these people who were at these rallies saying “kill him.” I mean, there were people yelling, “Kill him, he’s a terrorist.”

Joe S: Come on, John!

Ridley: Did that not happen, did that not happen Joseph Scarborough?

Joe S: Come on. I guarantee you Barack Obama had no more people yelling “kill him” at a rally as I do every time I walk through a Democratic rally. Shouting at me. Come on! That’s such a cop out. You’re out of line.

Talk about your cop-outs. How many Democratic rallies do you attend, JoeScar? I’ve never seen you at one, but then I don’t imagine you make it to Tennessee too often. But I will say this: at all of the crazy, wild, liberal-orgy anti-war rallies I’ve attended, Democratic and otherwise, I have yet to hear anyone yell “kill him” at anyone. “Impeach him,” yes. “Arrest him for war crimes,” yes. “Kill him”? No.

So stuff it, JoeScar.

• Michael O’Hanlon and Ken Pollack. The Brookings Institute’s resident war hawks have also been wrong about everything, since forever. So no, I don’t want to see either of these clowns at the State Department or anywhere else that places them within striking distance of our foreign policy.

I’m just getting warmed up. Whose Who’s on your Burn List? (That’s what I get for doing this on one cup of coffee.)

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