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Audience laughd at Ted Cruz for claiming he ‘didn’t want a shutdown’

The crowd made their opinion of this statement clear.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) faced howls of laughter from an audience in Washington, D.C. on Thursday when he claimed that he “didn’t want a shutdown” over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.

At The Atlantic‘s Washington Ideas Forum, Fox News host Chris Wallace pointed out to the Texas Republican that many of his colleagues thought he hurt the party by forcing the government shutdown instead of letting Obamacare fail on its own.

“That ignores who I think was responsible for the shutdown,” Cruz replied. “I didn’t want a shutdown. Throughout the whole thing, I said we shouldn’t have a shutdown.”

That remark elicited laughter from the forum audience.



Malcolm X

Dear CBS News/60 Minutes, from: Edward R. Murrow

"Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar."
~ Edward R. Murrow

Dear CBS News/60 Minutes,

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.


Edward R. Murrow at his desk The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.

One of the basic troubles with radio and television news is that both instruments have grown up as an incompatible combination of show business, advertising and news. Each of the three is a rather bizarre and demanding profession. And when you get all three under one roof, the dust never settles. The top management of the networks with a few notable exceptions, has been trained in advertising, research, sales or show business. But by the nature of the corporate structure, they also make the final and crucial decisions having to do with news and public affairs. Frequently they have neither the time nor the competence to do this.


All I can hope to teach my son is to tell the truth and fear no man.

Good night and good luck with your credibility,

Edward R. Murrow
CBS News


Nailing Cohen

Richard Cohen: Worse Than Just Racist


As a conventional middle class white girl married to a conventional middle class white dude, I resent the living hell out of being told that people raised the way I was, who look like I do, get to sit back and be shit-stupid scared of the world around us and that that fear is somehow normal. I resent my major so-called liberal media telling me I can take comfort in how awful I am, because it's the change taking place around me that's the problem, not me. I resent not being challenged, not being pushed, not being told to look harder and love more and draw the circle of people I care about wider and wider every day as the place I live does the same.

How does excusing me from my human responsibility help me in anyway? How does it help anyone else? Newsprint is not unlimited these days and Cohen is using up ink to tell us that the problem is what the world looks like to fraidy-cats, instead of telling us to be less scared, to get over ourselves, to get with the goddamn program.



GOP Blessings


Norquist: “I never drink water. Cheney tortures people with it, which gives it an awkward taste”

Norquist is a reliably droll interview and has won the "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. At Clemons' urging, he opened with a few jokes including, "I never drink water. Dick Cheney tortures people with it, which gives it an awkward taste."
MORE (not funny):

Divine intervention? Pope opposes fracking

Divine intervention? Pope opposes fracking
By John Upton

13 Nov 2013 11:25 AM

The worldwide leader of the Catholic Church, none other than the motherfracking pope himself, has come out in opposition to the worldwide scourge of hydraulic fracturing.

OK, so Pope Francis didn’t exactly make a policy statement or a speech denouncing fracking. But hints have emerged that he might do so soon. And Twitter is afire with pictures of His Holiness holding up anti-fracking T-shirts. The pictures were taken Monday following meetings with Argentinians dealing with environmental issues:

Environmental filmmaker Fernando ‘Pino’ Solanas told elEconomista that the pope had indicated during a Monday meeting that he was working on a papal memo, known as an encyclical, that will address environmental issues.


McConnell: "I prefer the news of that day to be what I’d like for it to be"

Mitch McConnell Wants Kentucky Senate Race to Focus on Obamacare Woes


In a candid moment, McCOnnell told reporters that was all that he wanted to discuss at Tuesday's press conference even in the face of polling numbers that show his popularity waning and that the Kentucky race is tightening.

"I’m probably not going to be answering questions about anything else, but I’m happy to respond to questions about Obamacare," McConnell said. "As some of you have complained from time to time that I don’t do a stake out after every event and I’m not going to do a stake out after every event because as you can imagine I prefer the news of that day to be what I’d like for it to be rather than what you all may be interested in pursuing."


'If you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it,' says India's top police official

'If you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it,' says India's top police official
Ranjit Sinha, chief of India's Central Bureau of Investigation, apologises for remark that causes outrage across country

India's top police official has apologised for saying: "If you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it," – a remark that has outraged the country.

Ranjit Sinha, chief of India's Central Bureau of Investigation, made the remark on Tuesday during a conference about illegal sports betting and the need to legalise gambling. The CBI, the country's premier investigative agency, is India's equivalent of the FBI.

Sinha said at the conference that if the state could not stop gambling, it could at least make some revenue by legalising it.

"If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying: 'If you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it,'" he said.


तुम गधे बकवास

That won't do, CBS. That won't do. - "Dylan Davies may have lied to you, but you lied to us."

TUE NOV 12, 2013 AT 10:00 PM PST
That won't do, CBS. That won't do.
byMark SumnerFollow


The thing is, the story itself was the least of it.

It's not that you made a mistake. It's that you sold that mistake with such vigor. You maintained that the report had been verified by FBI sources. It hadn't. Instead, sources in the FBI quite readily acknowledged that the story your source had provided to them did not match your information. You were already aware that Dylan Davies had given a different account of events to his employer. More than that, you were certainly aware that months of congressional testimony and investigations had produced information that directly contradicted the information in your story. The narrative provided by Davis should have been subject to the kind of extraordinary proof that such extraordinary claims demand. Far from validating the information, you deliberately and knowingly withheld information that made your source appear less reliable, and clearly you did not carry out the level of validation you maintained. That's not being misled. That's abetting a lie. That's collusion.

Why would you take this action? Well, the reporter in the story admitted openly that she had a direct, political motive. She wasn't passing along information to enlighten the public. She didn't even make a pretense at neutrality. She called for vindictive action against people who had done nothing wrong, on the basis of a story she knew—knew—was at best the unverified second (if not the third) version of a story told by a confessed liar. In running her story without validation, you endorsed that position.

Finally, you ran the story with no admission that CBS' parent organization had a direct, financial interest in raising the profile of this tale and it's author. It's not the first time that a network has failed to divulge its clear interest in promoting other media properties in their portfolio, but it may be the most egregious.

A completely fabricated story? Yes, but that's not the real issue. Dylan Davies may have lied to you, but you lied to us. You pretended to verification you didn't do. You accepted a story from a reporter working toward an acknowledged political goal. And you ran a story in which you had an undisclosed, but clear financial interest.

That's journalistic malpractice in the first degree. "Whoops," is not going to cut it.

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