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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:25 AM
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Good grief. Barbara Walters is carrying water for the billionaires this morning
on The View. She spent some time trying to humanize Bernie Madoff to the point that even Sherry called her on it. Then she's onto some bit she will be doing elsewhere on "billionaires who give back" after noting that one of them is the guy behind the Paul Mitchell hair products. She went on not to tell how he gives back but prefaced the tease with "look what he has" and proceeded with a brief tour of one of his many homes with tile floors from a 16th century Italian home and his antique restored railroad car. Barbara Walters has become the new Robin Leach, namedropping and besotted with ostentatious displays of wealth.
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:29 AM
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1. Rich people admire other rich people. They are in the club.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:30 AM
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2. Walters gave up any pretense of being a serious journalist long ago
with her it's all about the glitz and glamour of celebrity.
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:30 AM
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3. I will make one comment - this man is in jail because he affected the wealth of the already-rich...
If he had affected the poor or middle class, he'd be out on the street, enjoying his life, like the rest of the mega-rich a-holes who have done harm to the poor and middle class.

Only if the very rich are affected, does anyone land in prison.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:31 AM
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6. Right! Because the most important thing in the world is to make rich people richer.
Nothing else matters.

That is not hyperbole. That's a fact.
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:33 AM
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8. Exactly! Meanwhile I can't even count how many mega-rich hurt the poor and are running free
So really, why is Madoff even punished? Only because he hurt mega-rich people. End of story. According to the law, he cheated the wrong ones, huh?
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:39 AM
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13. Yep. Laws are written for and only apply to the benefit of the .01%. nt
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:47 AM
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20. That's what OWS is about. Thank goodness people are realizing it. nt
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:42 AM
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16. Nailed it.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:30 AM
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4. Birds of a feather. nt
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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:31 AM
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5. that was the tone i got from the front pages of the tabloids in NYC today
Poor Madoffs tried to kill themselves because of the negative press and hate mail but failed.
Meanwhile NY Daily News had absolutely no mention of Oakland or Scott Olsen.
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:49 AM
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21. Some help for the Madoffs:
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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:50 AM
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23. I'll play for you as you fall...
:nopity:
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:32 AM
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7. And water is wet.
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dmosh42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:33 AM
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9. Shocking, I say!
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:33 AM
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10. K&R #3 to expose her inveterate shamelessness. Oh, & e-mails don't work for her.
Despite her trademark whining and cloying fakery, she has the toughest dismissiveness of all criticism of her. It's like Shrub's, "Who cares what you think!1"
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:37 AM
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11. Walters has carried more than water.
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:38 AM
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12. Of course she is, that's her job
A card carrying member of the 1%, that's Baba Wawa.

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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:41 AM
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14. I think billionaires are her escorts to social functions.
Or for whatever else she needs. That's how they "give back" to society, by keeping Barbara Walters happy. :shrug:
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:42 AM
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15. She's quite wealthy herself. She's wired into the political machine.
She was John Warner's regular date to "W" stuff during the Bush years.
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:43 AM
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17. Never could stand her. Silly and vapid.
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 10:43 AM by efhmc
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:44 AM
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18. If billionaires giving back was enough to solve the problems...
There would be no issue. Bernie Madoff is subhuman. But thanks, Babs, for pointing out how vast the chasm is between the rich and the poor!

Compare...

And contrast...

Compare...

And contrast...


Thanks again, Babs... I get it now.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:46 AM
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19. Baba wawa is too old to noes bettah...she had her career to boost her wealth and
now she has blue blood
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:49 AM
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22. She is thinking about...
the OWS movement and is trying to gain humanize and gain sympathy for her millionaire,billionaire friends..
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durablend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:51 AM
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24. See, I told ya...
Media is going to be working overtime to humanize the Madoffs...if anything to get rid of certain "rogue protests" from their eyesight.
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:29 AM
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25. one of them is the guy behind the Paul Mitchell
Heres what his daughter, Alexis Dejoria is doing now.......





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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 11:18 AM
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26. I wonder if the episode is titled, "I, Billionaire"
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 11:22 AM
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27. The media defending Billionaires, no surprise.
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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 11:23 AM
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28. Bernie Madoff Stole Money from Holocaust Survivors
Cannot get much lower than that.
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 11:24 AM
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29. Barbara Walters has never been on our side.
Just another worthless hack.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 11:27 AM
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30. I liked her better in the 70s when she hosted Not For Women Only
It was a mid-day public affairs show panel discussion that relayed real information.

She's been useless since then.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 11:28 AM
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31. Is she an ''investor''? She's not on the list of clients...
Here's the list:

http://www.businessinsider.com/2009/2/bernie-madoffs-cl...

I'm wondering if she got into the pyramid early and got out with much more than she took in as an unnamed member of an LLC or other partnership.

It's easy to come to that conclusion: Being a longtime loyal servant of the monied people, she now is doing her bit to "pay it forward."

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