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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:14 AM
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Barney Frank completely pwns hapless CNS reporter attempting 'gotcha' DADT question
You can tell that all these reporters for right-wing propaganda organs like the Media Research Center spend waaaay too much time watching Fox News and their army of would-be ambush journalists. Because they often try to imitate their betters only to discover that it can seriously backfire on them.

Especially when the intended victim is a seriously smart person like Barney Frank.

This happened yesterday to a young reporter for CNS (an MRC outlet), as Terry Krepel at Media Matters reports:

Apparently feeling confident (and sufficiently homophobic), CNS decided to target Rep. Barney Frank with a question about the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell specifically, whether he thought gay and straight soldiers should shower together. This was based on a statement calling for a ban on separate showers from the Pentagons report on the impact of repealing DADT that CNS had previously singled out.

Frank saw this coming from a mile away. As CNS reporter Nicholas Ballasy slowly got out the words shower with homosexuals, Frank let out an exaggerated gasp and responded, "What do you think happens in gyms all over America?" After calling it a "silly issue," Frank added, "What do you think goes wrong with people showering with homosexuals? Do you think its the spray makes it catching? ... We dont get ourselves dry-cleaned."

Frank then turned the tables on his interviewer by quizzing Ballasy: "I know youre looking for some way to kind of discredit the policy. Do you think that gyms should have separate showers for gay and straight people? Im asking you the question because thats the logic of what youre telling me. You seem to think that theres something extraordinary about gay men showering together. Do you think gyms should have separate showers for gay people and straight people?" Ballasy wouldnt answer, insisting that he was "just quoting the recommendation." Frank responded: "Dont be disingenuous. Youre quoting those you think may cause us some problems. Youre entitled to do that, but you shouldnt hide behind your views." Frank again asked the question of Ballasy, who again wouldnt answer, trying to change the subject: "So thats the question you would pose to people who have an issue with that part of the report, the recommendation?" Frank made his point one more time, and thats where the CNS ends the video.


As is often the case with Barney Frank, it is a delightfully thorough humiliation.

http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/barney-frank-co...

You can see the video at the link above.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:16 AM
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1. Thom Hartmann sometimes has some of the CNS people on to debate with......

...... and they are proof positive that evolution has not been kind to everyone.



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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:16 AM
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2. Funny the guy's name is ball-as(s)y, just sayin'.
Good for Frank! Way to turn the tables on the ignorant!!
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:20 AM
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5. Maybe Ball-Assy is related to Rear Admiral Roughead? n/t
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bullwinkle428 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:21 AM
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6. I was going to make the first "Beavis & Butthead-esque" comment
about the cub reporter's name, but you beat me to the punch!
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:30 AM
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9. that was my thought, as well.
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DirkGently Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:18 AM
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3. Excellent. Wit & Intelligence > Slimeballery.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:20 AM
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4. Hahaha! Go, Barney!
What a douchebag that news reader is. :puke:
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PDJane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:26 AM
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7. Thank you so much.......you too, marmar....
I definitely needed that this morning to prove to myself that the world isn't filled with idiots.....
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:27 AM
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8. CNS, the home of "Pocket Pundit" Terry Jeffrey.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:31 AM
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10. God, that man is great.
WTG Barney!

:spray:
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:38 AM
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11. Don't get into a "pissing contest" with Barney. He almost always wins. eom
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 09:46 AM
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12. i know a house that could use about 434 more just like him...
he's a national treasure.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 07:56 PM
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13. Barney Frank should not even bother having a battle of wits with a totally unarmed person.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 10:54 PM
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14. K&R
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DeadEyeDyck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 11:00 PM
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15. K n R
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-23-10 02:21 AM
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16. That was priceless. He handled that troll beatifully.
Edited on Thu Dec-23-10 02:22 AM by chill_wind
Well done, Barney Frank.
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CLANG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-23-10 09:17 AM
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17. Another Barney Frank classic:
"You stand there with a picture of the president defaced to look like Hitler and compare the effort to increase health care to the Nazis,? said Congressman Frank. "Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it."
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-23-10 10:18 AM
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18. Frank is never at a loss for words.
:)
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apex nerd Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-23-10 10:40 AM
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19. "What a silly person."
:)
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