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Republican Leaders Pushing Wealth Redistribution

September 27, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Entitlements, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Liberals, Nanny State, Paul Ryan, Progressives, Senate, Socialism, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Traditionally, Republicans are supposed to be against the redistribution of wealth in the USA. But it seems times may be changing with at least three purportedly conservative leaders in Congress suddenly advocating for at least some income redistribution.

According to Fortune magazine three major congressional Republican leaders are floating plans that call for some sort of redistribution.

Republican Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio have recently proposed what they are calling a pro-family and pro-growth tax reform plan that would refigure tax rates from the current seven brackets to only two; 15 and 35 percent.
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If Congress Tells You It Will Save $$ ‘Over Ten Years’ They Are Lying

December 16, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Liberals, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Republicans, Sequester, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Over the last few decades, Congressmen have fallen into this scheme of telling us all that their budget deals will “save money over a ten-year period.” Don’t fall for this. It is an outright lie.

No, I am not being hyperbolic, here. The claim that any budget deal will save any money at all over five or ten-year time spans is simply an outright lie and every congressman knows it. When you hear a Congressman, Republican or Democrat, tell you this, they simply aren’t telling the truth.

In fact, it isn’t really even built into the system for one Congress to pass a budget that holds ten future Congresses to its strictures. This is why the Constitution insists that a new budget be passed every year. One Congress can only budget for itself, not any future Congresses.

We have a perfect example of this with the very budget in the news today, the Ryan/Murray budget.

In 2011 Congress agreed to a budget scheme that contained discretionary spending limits. As Sean Davis recently reported, these limits were agreed to by over 70 percent of House Republicans and signed into law by President Obama.

But, wait. Now Ryan/Murray comes along and dispenses with all those limits and hikes spending without any mind at all to the “law” enacted in 2011.

How did this happen? Because any congressional budget agreement made in 2011 has no permanent restrictions on a Congress in 20123.
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Reuters Regurgitates Democrat Talking Points on Budget Plan

March 14, 2013 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Reuters, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington, Wisconsin | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On March 12, Representative Paul Ryan (R, WI) released the GOP’s budget proposal sparking an afternoon of analysis and criticism. By Tuesday evening Reuters was contrasting Ryan’s budget with one sponsored by Senator Patty Murray (D, WA). But there is one problem with Reuters’ analysis. The Democrats didn’t actually release any budget for Reuters to analyze by the time the news service had published its story. So, Reuters is simply regurgitating Murray’s talking points.

In the Reuters report, the pair of budgets are deemed difficult to pass because they appear “crafted to appeal to their respective party bases.”

Reuters claims that the problem with Ryan’s budget is that it is likely aimed at getting Rep. Ryan the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination as opposed to being a serious attempt to solve Washington’s budget problems.

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UPI Sings the Praises of Paul Ryan

November 6, 2012 | Filed Under Conservatives, Elections, GOP, House of Representatives, Journalism, Media, Paul Ryan, President, Republicans, UPI, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

United Press International recently published a nice piece on Paul Ryan touting his “youth” and his “political savvy.”

Nicole Debevec notes that Wisconsin Representative Ryan “brings a lot to the ticket,” going on to say that supporters feel he “brings youth, conservative bone fides and roots in a swing state to the campaign.”

Debevec gives us a quick Ryan resume, that he worked as a speechwriter for conservative icon Jack Kemp and organized the House “Young Guns” program, and even though repeating the tired “he’ll end Medicare as we know it” bilge, wound up on a high note reiterating Ryan’s convention promise not to “duck the tough issues.”

Over all a positive little piece on Paul Ryan.

It is interesting to note, though, that the Old Media establishment has largely gone dark on stories about Paul Ryan. He cannot be made “the stupid guy,” (as they did with Sarah Palin and Dan Quayle) and he isn’t the sort to which “the mean guy” accusation will stick (like they did to Dick Cheney). So, since the Old Media can’t turn Ryan into either a laughing stock or a monster, they’ve steered clear of too much reporting on him.

In any case, it is nice to see a story that reports positively on Romney’s VP pick.
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Politico Pumps NJ Gov. Christie as ‘Mitt’s First VP Choice’

November 5, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Politico, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Ever since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went all weepy over how wonderful Barack Obama was in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Old Media establishment has been attempting to use Christie as a wedge to cleave voters away from Romney and toward Obama. Politico followed that narrative with another unnamed source story, this time saying that Mitt Romney really wanted the boisterous New Jersey Guv instead of Paul Ryan as his VP pick.

Calling the tall tale “one of the most tantalizing subplots of the 2012 campaign,” Politico offered the claims of those oh, so well known unnamed, “campaign insiders,” saying that Romney was leaning heavily in favor of Gov. Christie for his veep.

But as you read the story, it really tends to show that, to the contrary, Romney didn’t really consider Gov. Christie a top tier candidate for the number two slot. In fact, there are many good reasons why Chris Christie would have made a terrible choice for vice president.

Naturally we know that the real purpose for this story is to keep in front of readers Christie’s over the top, effusive praise of Obama during natural disaster, Hurricane Sandy. They mention Christie’s response to Obama several times in the piece.

OK, we get it. Christie got weak in the knees for the Bamster.
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GOP Insiders Not Just Playing Rope-A-Dope, Really Believe Polls are Close

November 4, 2012 | Filed Under Elections, Ethics, GOP, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of the pitfalls of listening to the happy talk that many Republicans are indulging about Romney’s sudden momentum is that it could be just that, happy talk not backed up by reality. But is the surge many are reporting for Romney just a rope-a-dope strategy, a last ditch effort to get Romney over the wire? Ramesh Ponnuru says no. They really believe what they are saying.

Of course we Romney supporters don’t want to fall for a mere game of forlorn hope polling. And we are seeing a lot of Republicans citing polls that say that Mitt Romney is quickly closing the gap in this race. Yet many lefty pollsters and their Old Media establishment cohorts are pointing to as many polls that say, no, Obama has this election in the bag. So, who is right? Is this just a game by Republicans who are telling tall tales in a desperate bid to make a last second difference in this election?

Are we about to fall for the worst wool-pulling ever? Or are the Republican pollsters right that the Old Media establishment have this wrong?
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VIDEO: This is Our Moment | This is Our America

November 1, 2012 | Filed Under Elections, GOP, Government, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

For generations, we’ve understood that with a little hard work, nothing was beyond our grasp. It’s time we had a government that worked with us, and not against us. The “This is Our America” campaign shares stories from candidates and regular Americans around the country who are fired up about the 2012 election and have faith that America is bigger than it’s challenges.

We are the National Republican Congressional Committee, and our mission is to make sure Congress spends and taxes less, so the economy can get back on track.

TRANSCRIPT:
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Yale University Economic Model Gives Election to Romney

October 31, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Jobs, Joe Biden, Liberals, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Republicans, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Based on his economic election model, Yale University economist Ray Fair predicts that GOP nominee Mitt Romney will pull out a sparse victory in November.

Fair’s model successfully predicts the winners of every election but two since 1916. The two, the 1960 election of John Kennedy and the 1992 election of Bill Clinton, are the only ones his economics-based electoral prediction model gets wrong.

Fair uses several economic indicators in his model to determine winners. Those factors include the per capita growth rate of the gross domestic product, inflation, and the number of quarters that the GDP grew more than 3.2% during the incumbent’s term.

But even Fair’s model predicts a race that is within his margin of error. Obama could still pull this out despite an economy that argues against his re-election.
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New Hampshire Going… Romney?

October 26, 2012 | Filed Under Elections, GOP, Government, Mitt Romney, New Hampshire, Paul Ryan, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In keeping with the “Mittmentum” that we are seeing in many states and swing states across the country, New Hampshire is for the first time looking more like a lovely purple color tinged heavily in red with polls showing Mitt Romney topping President Obama there for the first time.

With less than two weeks to go, historically blue New Hampshire is showing a 50% Romney to 48% Obama result in Rasmussen’s latest polling. Rasmussen has shown a steady move forward for Romney for some time. In October, Rasmussen had NH at 48-48 and in June Obama was up 48% to Romney’s 43%.

In recent history New Hampshire has since 1992 gone mostly for Democrats for President. Obama won New Hampshire in 2008. Dem. John Kerry also won the state in 2004. Though Bush won by a sparse 1.2 percent in 2000, the state was back to blue in 1996 and 92 when it went for Clinton, twice.
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New Mitt Romney TV Ad: ‘The Clear Path’

October 23, 2012 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Conservatives, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Jobs, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Donate, won’t you? http://www.mittromney.com

VIDEO TEXT: “Mitt Romney: The Two Paths”

MITT ROMNEY: “There are two very different paths the country can take. One is a path represented by the President, which, at the end of four years, would mean we’d have $20 trillion in debt, heading towards Greece. I’ll get us on track to a balanced budget. The President’s path will mean continuing declining in take-home pay. I want to make sure our take-home pay turns around and starts to grow. The President’s path means 20 million people out of work struggling for a good job. I’ll get people back to work with 12 million new jobs. I’m going to make sure that we get people off of food stamps not by cutting the program but by getting them good jobs. America’s going to come back. And for that to happen, we’re going to have to have a president who can work across the aisle.”

“There are two very different paths the country can take. One is a path represented by the President, which, at the end of four years, would mean we’d have $20 trillion in debt, heading towards Greece. I’ll get us on track to a balanced budget. The President’s path will mean continuing declining in take-home pay. I want to make sure our take-home pay turns around and starts to grow. The President’s path means 20 million people out of work struggling for a good job. I’ll get people back to work with 12 million new jobs. I’m going to make sure that we get people off of food stamps not by cutting the program but by getting them good jobs. America’s going to come back. And for that to happen, we’re going to have to have a president who can work across the aisle.” (Presidential Candidates Debate, Boca Raton, FL, 10/22/12)

VIDEO TEXT: “Mitt Romney: The Clear Path”

MITT ROMNEY: “I’ll work with you. I’ll lead you in an open and honest way. And I ask for your vote. I’d like to be the next President of the United States to support and help this great nation, and to make sure that we all together maintain America as the hope of the earth.”

“I’ll work with you. I’ll lead you in an open and honest way. And I ask for your vote. I’d like to be the next President of the United States to support and help this great nation, and to make sure that we all together maintain America as the hope of the earth.” (Presidential Candidates Debate, Boca Raton, FL, 10/22/12)

“I’m Mitt Romney, and I approved this message.”


Wash Post Reporter: Ryan is an SVU Perp of the Week

October 16, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Joe Biden, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Newspapers, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Washington Post reporter Dan Zak saw a different vice presidential debate than nearly everyone else in the Old Media establishment. Zak saw the debate where Joe Biden was brilliant, Martha Raddatz was fair, and Paul Ryan was like “the perp-of-the-week” on an episode of TVs Law and Order: SVU. That is exactly what he said on Twitter as he watched the debates.

Zak must have thought he was brilliant with this Twitter observation: “35 min in, Biden is Det. Olivia Benson and Ryan is the perp-of-the-week. #SpecialVeepsUnit,” he tweeted.

If you aren’t familiar with the TV show, each week it features yet another sex criminal “perp” that has attacked a little child, raped a woman, or murdered someone. The show is one long cavalcade of sickos, weirdos, and creeps chased by cops that imagine they are above the law employing the sort of shoddy police work that would lead them to be either fired or put in prison themselves.

That wasn’t all Zak had to say about GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan. He also characterized him as a child, Tweeting, “My #VPdebate review coming soon: ‘A man debated a boy Thursday night on national television, and both were ultimately schooled by a woman.’”
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CNN’s Soledad O’Brien Raves for Biden/Raddatz Tag Teaming Ryan

October 15, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Joe Biden, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Republicans, TV News, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Whereas most people in the middle and the right saw Biden as a snorting, chortling, constantly interrupting blowhard and “moderator” Martha Raddatz as Biden’s willing assistant during Thursday’s vice presidential debate, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and Dana Bash saw “perfect pitch” and a “terrific” performance by the left-wing tag team.

On Friday morning’s Starting Point, CNN’s O’Brien and correspondent Dana Bash were all a twitter over Biden and Raddatz’ work at the debate.

Right out of the gate, O’Brien gushed about Raddatz saying, “I thought she was terrific.”

Bash agreed saying, “Absolutely. If there was a winner because it was a draw between the two candidates, Martha Raddatz. She was commanding. She followed up when she need to. She pressed them on specifics.”

Raddatz’ performance was “perfect pitch,” Bash added.

Bash went on to express total simpatico with Biden’s childish debate performance.
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Fox News Channel the Big Winner for VP Debate Viewers

October 15, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Cable, CBS, CNN, Elections, Entertainment, Fox News, Joe Biden, Journalism, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, MSNBC, NBC, Paul Ryan, President, TV, TV News, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Fox News Channel won the race during the vice presidential debate this week; the ratings race. Fox brought in more than twice as many viewers as MSNBC and CNN… combined. Not only that, but Fox even drew more viewers than each of the big three networks individually.

Here is how the ratings panned out:

9:00 PM – 10:30PM

  • FNC: 10,019,827 in total viewers (3,057,099 in 25-54)
  • MSNBC: 4,378,671 in total viewers (1,619,542 in 25-54)
  • CNN: 4,145,951 in total viewers (1,523,882 in 25-54)
  • CBS: 8,308,421 in P2+ (3,400,620)
  • ABC: 8,287,610 in P2+ (2,995,352)
  • NBC: 7,851,757 in P2+ (3,560,307)

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This Laughing Hyena is One Step Away from The Presidency, Folks

October 11, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Joe Biden, Liberals, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off


Undecideds Not Budged By Smirking Joe Biden’s Debate Performance

October 11, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Joe Biden, Liberals, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Joe Biden did not help team Obama tonight, folks.

I am seeing a few conservatives wringing their hands that Paul Ryan “missed opportunities.” Maybe so, but since he was interrupted a full 83 times (yes it has been counted) it’s no wonder that he didn’t get all his valid points in.

With smirking Joe Biden and jolting Martha Raddatz both teaming up to interrupt every single reply Ryan tried to give, it is certain that his points got lost in some instances.

In fact, Joe was such a jerk that it is sure he only appealed to the radical, left-wing base that Obama has been slowly losing this month. Apparently Joe’s job was to shore up the base and not bother with undecideds. This is a bad sign for team Obama. If he is still trying to appeal to the base with only weeks to go before election day… well, let’s just say it’s a bad, bad sign.

But the final assessment of the VP debate will be that Ryan won on points. He seemed knowledgeable, even tempered, and nice. Biden will be loved by his base for being an asshole with his smirking, arm waving, interrupting, sputtering, scoffing, and laughing (Al Gore in 2000, anyone?) but independents, moderates and undecided voters will wonder why Biden was such an asshole.

All in all, Ryan did fine and didn’t hurt himself and Biden did NOT help team Obama with undecideds.

Here is one undecided from CNN…

And polls on CNN after the night was said and done showed Ryan with a slight lead in all categories with CNN’s viewers. Within the margin of error, often, but it still shows that Biden did not help Obama with the very group that he needs to win.
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Woman Objects to Obama Campaign’s Misuse of Her

October 8, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Entitlements, GOP, Government, Liberals, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Lisa Morrison of Fulton, Iowa is not very happy with the Obama campaign’s “misrepresentation” of her in a campaign statement. “I am outraged that my question is being misrepresented and used as a political tool against the Romney/Ryan campaign by both media and the Obama camp,” Morrison wrote to the Quad-City Times.

Obama attempted to claim that Mrs. Morrison attacked Paul Ryan at an Iowa campaign stop on Friday. But she says that wasn’t the case at all

“I was not calling Ryan out,” she insisted referring to the Obama campaign’s characterization of her question.

On October 5, Paul Ryan appeared at a campaign rally in Clinton, Iowa where Morrison called on him to explain a bit more about his plan for the nation should he and Romney be elected in November.

As soon as the event was over the Obama campaign highlighted Morrison’s question to Ryan and characterized it as an antagonistic confrontation. An Obama campaign statement was issued saying that Ryan, “can’t attend his own campaign rallies without being called out for failing to provide specifics about what Mitt Romney would do if elected.”

Morrison, however, vigorously disputes that portrayal of her question. In fact, she says she is a hearty supporter of Romney/Ryan.
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Follow The Debate Right HERE with the Romney Debate Feed

October 3, 2012 | Filed Under Elections, GOP, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off


Media Blasts Ryan, Acts as if AARP is Non-Partisan

September 25, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Health, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Medicare, Mitt Romney, Obamacare, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last week the media was all over Paul Ryan’s visit to an event with the American Association for Retired People gleefully reporting that he was booed. The media treated the whole affair as if the AARP was some non-partisan organization. But, the truth is, the AARP is no more non-partisan than any organization carrying water for the Obama administration.

Take The Hill, for instance. In its report the inside Washington newser noted that the boos Ryan received was “a clear sign of just how big a challenge Medicare poses to the Romney campaign.”

This characterization is absurd. It presents the AARP as a venue that might not boo any proposal of the reform of an over taxed government program! AARP is solidly on the side of big government – it was a leading proponent of Obamacare — and will brook no truck with anyone talking of reforming anything. Of course they’ll boo Paul Ryan.
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Mountains out of Molehills: The False Attack on Ryan’s Mountain Climbing

September 10, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Democrats and their progressive cohorts are now trying to claim that Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan is lying about the number of times he’s hiked Colorado’s mountainsides. Naturally they are garbling the truth. Is there anything these left-wingers won’t try to make into an end-of-the-world outrage?

This faux outrage is, indeed, a “mountains out of molehills” moment, because the facts show this purported controversy is reaching to the heights of pure demagoguery.

These Obama surrogates are claiming that Paul Ryan lied when he said he climbed 40 of Colorado’s 54 mountain peaks that rise to over 14,0000 feet in height — peaks called “fourteeners.” This, they say, is nearly impossible because the amount of time and training that would be necessary to have tackled 40 of Colorado’s “fourteeners” would have left Rep. Ryan little time for Congress.
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VIDEO: Meet Mitt Romney and Family

August 31, 2012 | Filed Under Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

This is the touching, well-made film that was shown at the Republican convention last night. It is a great piece to introduce Mitt Romney and family to the country.


CNN’s ‘A Team’ Rather Do Hurricane Coverage Than RNC Convention

August 30, 2012 | Filed Under CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Journalism, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Something interesting to note about the front half of this week’s coverage of the news over at CNN is that the network’s A team reporters — Soledad O’Brien and Anderson Cooper — have for the most part eschewed the GOP convention preferring to stand in the winds of hurricane Isaac rather than be faced with covering Republicans.

For most reporters, when they are told they are doing storm coverage, it consists of standing in the rain and winds to yell into a mic about the wrath of Mother Nature. And it’s usually considered an unwelcome assignment, too.

Think about on-site weather coverage by your local TV news station and you’ll recall that the correspondents that are standing in the wind and rain are never the A team news anchors. As the A team is always sung as a bug back at the studio, usually it’s some low ranking reporter or reporterette — the ones always doing the 100 birthday stories or the lost dog stories — that are sent out to stand in the harsh weather.

But not CNN. No, this week two of CNN’s top talents were the ones standing in the churned surf and 100-mile-per-hour winds to report about hurricane Isaac, a job usually given to reporters on the lowest rung.
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CNN’s Important GOP Convention News: Strippers Readying for Convention

August 25, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Family, Florida, GOP, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

CNN has a habit of getting to the real meat of a story, finding all the most important angles, and its coverage of the GOP convention is no exception. CNN has a reputation to burnish by finding only the most important convention stories and with its latest story about how an important sector of Tampa is readying for the convention, it appears the cable channel really is at its hard hitting best. What important sector is under the CNN microscope? Tampa’s strip clubs, naturally.

Of all the important stories that CNN could pick to investigate, strip clubs is where the venerable “news” leader goes?

CNN’s opening paragraph really goes for the salacious right off the bat, too.

Go-Go and Ezili are dancing cheek to cheek on a Friday night. That is to say they’re spinning, glute to glute, on a polished chrome pole at a strip club.

Really? Dancing “glute to glute”?

Did someone let the TMZ or National Enquirer editors into the CNN newsroom?
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Ryanitis: Dowd Loses Her Delicately Balanced Mind in Ryan Fearmongering

August 22, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Republicans, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Usually I don’t write much about wholly meaningless people, but on Saturday, August 18, New York Times screedist Maureen Dowd turned in a particularly unhinged performance that just screams to be discussed. It might also scream that MoDowd’s Ryanitis is at such an advanced case of virulence that she might just need professional help to get over it.

MoDowd begins her piece discussing the prescient, important political theories of that highly consequential “metal rap guitarist,” Tom Morello. You may know — or you may not care — that Mr. Morello is part of the band Rage Against The Machine, a group that has been so vital on the music scene that they haven’t put out an album since the year 2000. I guess they are still hiding from the coming millennial bug that is sure to destroy the world as we know it.

Anyway, Mo quotes Mr. Morello’s hatred for all things Paul Ryan and Republican as if the opinion of yet another extremist, left-wing “entertainer” is something of note, but she soon abandons Morello’s ramblings to ramble on a bit herself.

What seems to get Mo’s inner goat the most appears to be that Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan has excited the conservative base. Apparently she finds this approval appalling. But appalling or no, she has time to put on her pop psychologist’s hat and imagine she can peer into the brains of every GOP presidential and vice presidential coupling since George H.W. Bush and has come to the conclusion that Ryan “looks like a bonus Romney son.”

Deep, eh?
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Gary Hart Predicts Obama in a Landslide

August 21, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Huffington Post, Joe Biden, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Politicians, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

One-time presidential hopeful Gary Hart recently penned a blog post at Huffington Post predicting that if the coming presidential election is decided on “the economy stupid,” it “won’t even be close.” It’ll be Obama/Biden in a landslide.

Hart notes, and correctly, that the economy is quite intertwined with foreign policy these days due to globalization. Considering the interconnectedness of economic and foreign policy, Hart says, Obama/Biden have the greater experience.

Should President Obama have had a successful foreign policy doctrine and would that Vice President Biden been an able and vital partner in such a policy, Hart might be correct. Unfortunately, few foreign policy experts see a successful Obama foreign policy regime much less any sort of scheme that could even be called the “Obama Doctrine” of foreign policy.

“Leading from behind,” if you will, is not a successful foreign policy doctrine. But Hart is sure that because Obama grew up in Indonesia he better understands the “international set of complex networks” that is our world today.
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Politco’s Full Court Press to Destroy Paul Ryan

August 17, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Politico, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Politico seems to have decided where it stands on Paul Ryan. On its main page on the afternoon of August 15, the news site seemed to carry a single message: Paul Ryan is a bad, bad man and Romney made a big mistake picking him as his wingman.

Ryan is slammed in a dozen stories on Politico’s main page. He’s either personally bad, reflects badly on Romney, or he makes his Party look bad. In fact, on this day there was only one sort of positive story about Paul Ryan that appears on Politico’s main page.

One story even ridicules him for having appeared too many times on the campaign trail dressed almost the same as Mitt Romney. Seriously. Politico is even now trying to attack Romney and Ryan over how they dress!

Here is a listing of the Ryan is bad stories:

  • How Ryan spurned deficit commission
  • Ryan no help to Romney with Hispanics
  • Romney’s VP pick lays out a road divided
  • Obama attacks Mitt-Ryan on Medicare
  • Tom Reynolds warns on Medicare (Ryan pick is bad for publicity)
  • Romney and Ryan: Fashion twins
  • Boehner tries to calm House GOP (Over Ryan’s budget ideas)
  • Beneath ‘Mediscare’ talk, who’s right?
  • Press restrictions on Ryan trail (whining about how bad Ryan’s aides are)
  • GOP pros fret over Ryan
  • Romney/ Ryan Medicare plan (Jay Leno slamming the GOP)
  • Obama hits Romney/Ryan on Medicare (Video)

And the Positive Ryan Stories:

  • Poll: Small post-Ryan bump for Mitt

On the purported positive story, note that the headline goes out of its way to call the polling bump “small” as if it is inconsequential? Yeah, we don’t want people excited that Romney/Ryan got a bump in the polls, do we?

So, Politico has decided. Paul Ryan brings nothing good to the ticket and there just isn’t a single thing out there to report that puts him in a positive light. Imagine that?
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Long After Romney-Killed-My-Wife Ad, Politico Finally Ready to Compare Claims Of Romney and Obama?

August 17, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Joe Biden, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Politico, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Now that Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan for his running mate, Politico finds itself finally ready to compare the stump claims and campaign ads of the two campaigns. But instead of looking at gutter ads like Obama’s claiming Mitt Romney killed a steel worker’s wife, Politico thinks it’s better to compare ads and rhetoric focused on Medicare.

Calling it the “Mediscare” campaign, Politico’s piece is a long comparison of Obama’s and Romney’s claims of how each other would treat Medicare. This is certainly a useful discussion, to be sure, but where is Politico’s piece comparing Romney’s mild campaign thus far to the cynical, lie-filled attacks that Obama and Joe Biden as well as all their minions have launched at team Romney over the last few months?

Wouldn’t it have been useful to compare Romney’s issues-based campaign claims to Obama’s claiming that Romney killed a man’s wife or even this week’s claim from Biden who told an African American audience that Romney and Ryan want to bring back the black slave trade? (And worse, Biden even resorted to “black dialect” to do it!)
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NBC Nightly News: Ignores Republican Delight About VP Pick, Says Ryan Got ‘Not So Warm Welcome’

August 17, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, NBC, Paul Ryan, President, Redistricting, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Tuesday’s broadcast of NBC’s Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams and reporter Peter Alexander made to look at Rep. Paul Ryan’s first few days on the hustings as Mitt Romney’s new VP pick. And what did they see? They didn’t see the almost universal praise by conservatives and Republicans alike, no, what they saw instead was a “not so warm welcome to the Big Leagues” for Paul Ryan.

There have thus far been few, substantive complaints about Paul Ryan from the GOP rank and file or from conservative leaders or conservative commentators. Ryan premiered to solid positive poll ratings, the first major poll featuring the VP pick sees Ryan at 50% approval, a very solid debut rating, and a past poll even found that Ryan is doing well with seniors — exactly the voters that Obama is trying to frighten to death with his obscene campaign rhetoric.

But praise and excitement for Ryan is not what NBC wants people to believe about the Paul Ryan pick. NBC wants people to fear Ryan, to feel he’s “controversial,” and unpopular.
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Paul Ryan: Most Talked About Pol on Facebook

August 16, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, CNN, Computers, Conservatives, Elections, Facebook, GOP, Government, Inernet, Journalism, Media, Mitt Romney, New Media, Paul Ryan, President, Republicans, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

CNN reported this week that Rep. Paul Ryan has become the king of Facebook by knocking President Obama off “the most talked about” list of US politicians.

CNN recently entered into a partnership with Facebook to track things political on the social sharing network and according to the new “Facebook-CNN Election Talk Meter,” in the 54 hours after presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney introduced Rep. Paul Ryan as his choice for the vice presidency, Paul Ryan became the star of social media.

Facebook-CNN talk meter scores

  1. Rep. Paul Ryan 5.21
  2. President Barack Obama 4.84
  3. Vice President Joe Biden 4.01
  4. Gov. Mitt Romney 3.74

In fact, Ryan became such a hot topic on social media that he almost matched Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps on the Talk Meter and that is pretty impressive considering how badly politics typically shows up on Internet “top” lists compared to pop culture and sports. As CNN measured it, in the days after he won all his most recent Olympic medals Phelps rated a 6.51 to Ryan’s 5.21 on the 1-10 scale.
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Buzzfeed Buries Story of Obama Supporter Punching Romney/Ryan Volunteer

August 15, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Buzzfeed, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Paul Ryan, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Now, if you had a story about GOP veep candidate Paul Ryan’s first Iowa rally and an Obama supporter rushed the stage after punching a Romney/Ryan volunteer, would your headline read, “Ryan Heckled At First Solo Event“? Or would you maybe want to rather highlight the whole punching thing?

Well, to Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller “heckling” is far more newsworthy than punching, I guess. In fact, it was so low on the list of important points that Buzzfeed threw it away a few paragraphs into the story, with a lone line, effectively giving it little notice.

It seems that some wild-eyed, violent Obama supporter rushed onto the stage upon which Ryan was speaking on August 13 and was snared by the police who were on hand as security. As she charged the stage, police are reported as having yelled, “She just punched a volunteer.”

One might think that an Obama supporter violent enough to punch people on the way to rushing the stage where an opponent of the President is speaking would be the focused aspect of this story of Ryan’s fist visit to Iowa. But, no, the headline goes for “hecklers” instead.
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Lefty Attack: Paul Ryan is a Follower of Ayn Rand

August 11, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Republicans, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Welfare | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

It was only minutes after news broke that Paul Ryan was Romney’s likely pick for Vice President that leftwingers on Twitter began to needle Ryan as a follower of that mean ol’ Ayn Rand, the famed objectivist philosopher of the middle of last century most famous for writing Atlas Shrugged and for being a proponent of what the left says is a less than compassionate philosophy on humanity.

There is a mistaken belief on the left that Paul Ryan was somehow programmed by Ayn Rand and that his entire budget plan, his Roadmap For America’s Future, is somehow one great Randian, or worse Darwinian, exercise in the survival of the strongest. The left also chides him for later turning his back on Rand and pretending his ideas really aren’t driven by what they consider to be Ayn Rand’s mean-spirited philosophy.

Neither claim is true.
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