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Crickets: Networks Avoid Democratic Gaffes and Scandals in 2014 Midterms

 

In 2012, gaffes and scandals by Republican candidates, such as Todd Akin, prompted a wave of coverage by the three networks. Yet, ill-conceived comments by Democrats in the 2014 midterms have created no such attention. Incumbent Colorado Senator Mark Udall made this cringe-inducing comment during last week’s debate in Colorado. Speaking of two beheaded Americans, he insisted, “Steve Sotloff and James Foley would tell us, don’t be impulsive. Horrible and barbarous as those executions were, don’t be impulsive.”

 

NBC’s Jansing: Midterm Outcome Could Change if Americans ‘Rally Around’ Obama

 

On Thursday’s NBC Nightly News, senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing provided not only spin favorable to President Obama a day after his prime time speech on ISIS, but also suggested that this could help the President in the midterm elections. At the conclusion of her report, Jansing told viewers: “It’s a war the President inherited with decisions made now shaping his legacy and his successor’s as well. Something else to watch, while it’s too soon to tell how voters will react to the President’s plan from last night, if they rally around the Commander-in-Chief it could impact the midterm elections with control of the Senate at stake.”

 

CNN’s Blitzer Refuses to Ask Susan Rice About Benghazi on Anniversary of Attack

 

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewed President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice during Thursday’s edition of The Situation Room and neglected to bring up the second anniversary of the tragic attack in Benghazi, Libya that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty dead. Instead, the nearly eight-and-a-half-minute interview discussed President Obama’s speech to the nation from Wednesday night on ISIS and reaction to Diane Foley speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about how she believed that the United States did not do enough to save her son Jim before he was brutally murdered by ISIS.

 

CNN Lobbies McCain to ‘Help the Administration Succeed’ with ISIS Strategy

 

On Thursday’s New Day, CNN’s Kate Bolduan hounded Senator John McCain to back President Obama’s new strategy to combat the Islamist terrorist group ISIS and help him gain congressional support: “We talk about how you are a critic of the administration. But now that there is a strategy, Senator – now that there is going to be action…how are you going to help the administration succeed now in implementing this?”

 

Networks Push Obama’s ‘Broad Coalition’ as Britain, Germany Drop Out

 

All three network morning shows on Thursday highlighted Barack Obama’s primetime speech from the night before, promoting his talk of a “broad coalition.” Yet, Germany and Britain have announced that they won’t take part in the President’s planned air strikes. In 2003, ABC, NBC and CBS hit George W. Bush for “going it alone” with a coalition of 18 countries.

 

Schieffer Undermines Obama Campaign’s Anti-al-Qaeda Talking Point He Advanced

 

CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Thursday night used the 9/11 anniversary as a chance to chastise Presidents Bush and Obama for making declarations that the war on terrorism had been won, but two and a half years ago Schieffer himself championed the Obama administration’s campaign boast. “The Obama administration declared Osama bin Laden dead and GM alive, as if the war on terror had been all but won, but, of course, it hasn’t.” During the 2012 campaign, however, Schieffer forwarded that very same talking point.

Media BiASS: Fools For Obama….

ABC Skips Own Poll Showing Record Lows for Obama on Leadership and Foreign Policy

 

Tuesday evening marked a return to ignoring President Obama’s poll numbers for ABC News as its evening newscast, World News Tonight with David Muir, failed to report on the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll and its findings. Between its morning and evening newscasts, ABC News refused to report on their poll, which found that just 43 percent of Americans say the President “is a strong leader,” which is the lowest since he became President. Meanwhile, 55 percent of Americans say that he is not “a strong leader,” which is a new career low for him in this poll. Plus, “Americans by a 10 point margin, 52-42 percent, see his presidency more as a failure than a success.” In contrast, NBC Nightly News both unveiled and discussed its own NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

 

ABC and NBC Barely Mention Obama Approval ‘Near Record Lows'; CBS Ignores

 

On Tuesday, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today, offered mere seconds on President Obama’s approval rating hitting “near record lows” amid his reluctance to aggressively combat ISIS terrorists. CBS This Morning skipped any mention of the dismal poll numbers for the commander-in-chief. On Good Morning America, after touting broad public support for the kind of military action against ISIS that Obama would likely announce in aWednesday night address to the nation, co-host George Stephanopoulos noted: “It comes at a time when he’s facing some real popularity problems. We see 56% of the country disapproving of how the President’s handling foreign policy.”

 

ABC, NBC Skip: Family of Beheaded American Slams Obama for Treating Them Like ‘Pawns’

 

A family spokesman for an American who was beheaded in Iraq appeared on CNN, Monday, and slammed the Obama administration’s handling of the death. Barak Barfi accused the White House of playing a “game of bureaucratic infighting and Jim [Foley] and Steve [Sotloff] are pawns in that game and that’s not fair.” On Tuesday, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today showed no interest in the condemnation of the Obama administration.

 

Clift Crushed Bush’s Coalition Building in 2003, Takes it Easy on Obama Now

 

In the 2003 run-up to the Iraq war Eleanor Clift mocked George W. Bush’s 39-nation strong “coalition of the willing” as the “bullied and the bribed,” but fast forward to today and The Daily Beast reporter is taking a much different tone with Barack Obama’s 9-nation grouping. On the September 7 edition of the syndicated McLaughlin Group, Clift claimed Obama’s response to ISIS was an opportunity for “Obama to chart a course and I think bring renewed purpose for the rest of his presidency and to put policies in place that will leave his successor a better hand than he was dealt when he came into office.”

 

Chuck Todd: Hillary 2016 Obstacle? Liberal Media is Sick of Her

 

On Monday, NBC’s Chuck Todd came on PBS’s Charlie Rose show and handicapped Hillary Clinton’s 2016 prospects and the new Meet The Press host stunningly predicted one of Clinton’s biggest obstacles would be the liberal media. When Rose asked Todd to rate Clinton’s chances, Todd responded: “If she were running to be the second woman president, I think she would not even be considered a frontrunner. She’d be just considered another candidate.” Todd then added: “There is a Clinton fatigue problem but it’s in the press corps.”

Media BiASS: Ignorance is Bliss…

NBC Ignores Own Poll Showing 54 Percent of Americans Disapprove of Obama Job Performance

 

On Tuesday, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that President Obama’s popularity reached its lowest point since first taking office in 2009. Overall, 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the job President Obama is doing as president with only 40 percent approving. Despite the negative numbers for President Obama, NBC Nightly News failed its own polling results on its Tuesday night broadcast. Rather than cover its own polling, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams spent 40 seconds promoting a video of a Norwegian mom trying to get her 2-year old son to go to bed on a hot summer night.

 

Diaz-Balart Badgers Guest: ‘How Many Terrorist Attacks in the U.S. Have Been Carried Out’ by Illegal Immigrants?

 

On his MSNBC show Tuesday morning, Jose Diaz-Balart invited on conservative commentator and film maker Dennis Michael Lynch to discuss a series of documentaries he has made that are critical of U.S. immigration policy and illegal immigration. From the start of the segment, it was clear that Diaz-Balart would be at odds with Lynch’s viewpoints and only grew to the point where he hounded Lynch on whether illegal immigrants have committed terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. When Lynch attempted to respond, Diaz-Balart cut him off and he ended the segment.

 

New Yorker Editor: Pro-Putin Anchors Are Russian Versions of Glenn Beck

 

David Remnick, on Tuesday’s Charlie Rose show, actually compared state-controlled Russian TV anchors to Glenn Beck. The editor of the New Yorker magazine told the PBS host that Vladimir Putin benefits from “a media that’s completely in the hands of the state” and then went on to liken pro-Putin anchors to the former conservative Fox News host and current CEO of The Blaze: “Imagine that Glenn Beck were in every anchor chair but he was appointed by the President of the United States. It’s, it’s that perverse.”

 

NBC’s Guthrie Tougher on Ohio Band Director Than Obama Advisor Susan Rice

 

On Tuesday’s Today, Savannah Guthrie had an exclusive interview with Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice, but rather than grill the controversial administration official on a variety of international crises, the NBC host merely tossed softballs. Meanwhile, about thirty minutes later, Guthrie interrogated former Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters on being fired over the group’s hazing practices. Guthrie began her exchange with Rice by not even asking a question, just making a statement that “U.S. officials seem very, very confident” that the West African ebola outbreak could be contained. In her first real question to Rice, Guthrie simply wondered if the Israel-Hamas cease-fire in Gaza “will hold?” Finally, Guthrie worried that the ebola outbreak would overshadow a White House PR event with African leaders. That was the extent of interview.

 

Ed Schultz, Who Sneered at ‘Bastard,’ ‘Slut’ Conservatives, Now Decries ‘Vile’ Glenn Beck

 

Considering that Ed Schultz has been forced to apologize for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut” and for deceptively editing Rick Perry, one might think he would accept the apology of others who regret certain comments. On Monday, however, the Ed Show anchor mocked a contrite Glenn Beck, deriding the conservative’s regret over past remarks as not going “far enough.”

 

6Jon Stewart Invokes KKK to Condemn House Border Bill

 

On Monday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart took his anti-GOP rhetoric to a new low when he invoked the Ku Klux Klan as a way of mocking House Republicans over the border crisis. During a segment focusing on Congress failing to pass a border security bill, Stewart played video of two members of the KKK who oppose illegal immigrant children coming into America as emblematic of the GOP’s position on the border crisis. The Daily Show host went on to proclaim that “we’ve got a choice between the Klan plan and our House of Representatives. Um, all right, let’s go with the House.”

Media BiASS: Nothing Here to See…..

ABC Ignores Lois Lerner E-Mails Slamming Conservative ‘Crazies;’ CBS and NBC Notice

 

ABC’s World News stood out as the sole Big Three evening newscast on Wednesday to not cover the release of Lois Lerner’s e-mails, where the former top IRS official slammed conservatives as “a**holes” and “crazies.” Instead, the news program devoted full reports to the water main that burst on the campus of UCLA and the controversy over usage charges on cell phone bills. By contrast, NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News on Wednesdayboth set aside about two minutes each of air time to Lerner’s “salty language,” as NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell put it. (The broadcast networks have a long record of spiking the IRS scandal.)

 

 ABC’s Harris Falsely Hits Sarah Palin as the ‘Woman Who Says She Can See Russia from Her House’

 

Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris on Monday night mocked Sarah Palin for her new internet channel and falsely identified the conservative as “the woman who says she can see Russia from her house.” No, she didn’t. It was Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live who uttered this line.

 

Jorge Ramos Hits Hillary from the Left on Immigration: ‘Do You Think You Have a Latino Problem?’

 

In an interview with Hillary Clinton aired Tuesday on his Fusion show America, anchor Jorge Ramos repeatedly pressed the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate from the left on the ongoing illegal immigration crisis, demanding: “Do you think you have a Latino problem?…I’m saying it because recently you said about the Central American children coming to the United States that we have to send them back.” After Clinton argued for only allowing children seeking legitimate asylum to stay, Ramos cited one of her possible 2016 rivals: “But if you deport them, Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley said that if you send them back, you would send them back to certain death. Do you agree that if we deport some of these children that they’re – it’s a death sentence for them?”

 

Geraldo: ‘Shame On Drudge’ for Trying to ‘Stir Up Civil War’ with His Border Crisis Stories

 

On Monday, Geraldo Rivera barked at his fellow FNC hosts for using the term “illegals” around him. On Wednesday, he amped up his attacks on conservatives when, on his WABC radio show, he accused Matt Drudge of “doing his best to stir up a civil war” because he was posting so many border crisis stories. Rivera also attacked him on Twitter: “Shame on Drudge. His authoritative website has gone hysterical on issue of immigrant children. 14 stories like ‘Could Ebola sneak across?’”

 

NBC Touts Vermonters Pining for Single-Payer Health Care Like Canadian Neighbors

 

In a report for Sunday’s NBC Meet the Press, correspondent Kevin Tibbles highlighted Vermont’s effort “to push into unchartered waters and go further than ObamaCare.” He explained the left-wing proposal: “Vermont’s Democratic state government says it can deliver health care more efficiently and for less to every one of its 600,000 residents equally. All paid for with tax dollars to the tune of some $2 billion a year.” Tibbles noted how, “Doctors bills would go to the state government, essentially eliminating the need for people to purchase private insurance.” He then posed the question: “A solution to America’s healthcare crisis or the road to bankruptcy for Vermont?”

 

NBC: Firefighters Battling California Wildfires Are On ‘Front Lines of Climate Change’

 

Not wanting to let a good crisis go to waste, Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News exploited California wildfires to push climate change. Correspondent Miguel Almaguer declared: “The fire season not just expensive, but historic. Nationwide so far this year, more than 32,000 wildfires have burned. 1.6 million acres charred, most of them in the west. Feeding the fires, drought crippling 60% of the west….Crews call this the front lines of climate change, a longer more destructive fire season.” Introducing the story, anchor Brian Williams warned: “In the American west tonight, a huge wildfire is burning in Yosemite National Park. One of more than 200 of them firing up in just this last week in California alone as this drought emergency continues to get worse.”

 

Stunner on The View: You Want to Protect Yourself Ladies? ‘Get a Gun in Your Home!’

 

Something really remarkable happened on Tuesday’s edition of The View. Three out of the four panelists actually came out strongly in favor of a woman’s right to protect herself and her children with a gun! The one panelist who didn’t want a gun in the house? ABC Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer. The three who favored firearm ownership (Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and FNC’s Juliet Huddy) all shared the real world threats that prompted them to go get a gun.

Media BiASS!!

ABC, NBC Ignore Grim Housing Report; Focus Instead on Selfie with Queen, 50 Shades of Grey Trailer

 

Both ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and NBC Nightly News on Thursday evening failed to mention a new, troubling report from the Census Bureau on Thursday night that sales of new homes decreased by 8.1% in June and that May’s originally reported double-digit increase was revised lower, from almost 19% to only 8 percent. The CBS Evening News did cover this story, but it only was in the form of a 12-second news brief from anchor Scott Pelley. Pelley grimly reported: “Today’s report on the housing market is raising concerns about the economic recovery. Sales of new homes dropped sharply last month, more than 8%, and that’s the largest decline in nearly a year.”

 

MSNBC’s Schultz Slams Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan; ‘Out There Selling the Turd in the Punch Bowl’

 

Ed Schultz spent a portion of his opening monologue on his MSNBC show Thursdayattacking Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his latest policy proposal to reform government welfare programs, declaring that Ryan is “more radical than ever” and he’s “out there selling the turd in the punch bowl.” After trumpeting the long-standing liberal policy of increasing the minimum wage, Schultz moved to attack Ryan and a speech he madeThursday in which he offered, among many topics, plans to consolidate government welfare programs and reform federal education spending.

 

CBS and NBC Finally Notice Criticism of Obama Fundraising Amid Crises, ABC Still Ignores

 

Both Wednesday’s CBS Evening News and Thursday’s NBC Today offered full reports on President Obama being criticized for attending Democratic Party fundraisers at a time of international crises. ABC continued to remain silent on the growing controversy. On Evening News, White House correspondent Major Garrett reported: “President Obama arrived late today in Los Angeles for his fifth meeting with big donors in two days.” A clip played of Garrett challenging Press Secretary Josh Ernest: “Could you address what many Americans believe is either the trivial or unnecessarily-distracting obligation of presidents – including this one – to raise money in the course of conducting important matters of state?”

 

NBC Notes Apollo 11 Astronauts’ Meeting With Obama; Ignores Press Shut Out of Oval Office

 

On Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams reported the Apollo 11 astronauts’ meeting with President Obama to mark the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing, but failed to mention that only photo journalists were permitted to cover the event. Williams spotlighted Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins’s visit to the White House, and how “with them in spirit in the Oval Office today was the late, great Neil Armstrong.”

 

ABC, NBC Ignore Montana Democrat Accused of Plagiarizing Masters Thesis

 

On Thursday, July 24, the New York Times revealed that Senator John Walsh (D-Mont.) plagiarized his Master’s thesis from the United States Army College and that at least 25 percent of his paper “was either taken without attribution from other authors’ works or improperly sourced.” Despite the embarrassing revelation, CBS This Morning was the only network morning news show to report on the plagiarism scandal whereas NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America ignored the story.

 

NY Times Decries ISIS’s ‘Brutal Crackdown’ on Iraqi Christians; Big Three Networks Yawn

 

ABC, CBS, and NBC’s morning and evening newscasts have yet to cover the dire situation of Christians in Iraq, particularly after ISIS’s takeover of the key city of Mosul. The Islamic extremist group drove most of the Christians out of the city, and issued an ultimatum to those who remained: covert to Islam, pay a hefty tax, or face death. Refreshingly, the New York Times spotlighted the crisis in a Thursday op-ed, and noted that the Christian community in Mosul has lived there for nearly 2,000 years.

Media BiASS: Meh….

Networks Ignore GAO’s Study on ObamaCare Accepting Fake Applications; NBC Touts Enrollment

 

The Big Three networks’ morning and evening newscasts have yet to cover the Government Accountability Office’s undercover tests of ObamaCare’s sign-up systems that uncovered that fraudulent documents were able to procure federal health plans and subsidies. On Wednesday, Amy Goldstein of the Washington Post reported that “undercover GAO investigators tried to obtain health plans for a dozen fictitious applicants….All but one of the fake applicants ended up getting subsidized coverage — and have kept it.” Brian Williams skipped this GAO investigation on Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, but set aside 21 seconds of air time to tout the latest enrollment numbers for ObamaCare.

 

ABC, NBC Ignore Obama’s West Coast Fundraising Trip Amid Turmoil in Ukraine and Israel

 

ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today continued to ignore President Obama’s fundraising trips across the country Wednesday morning as he spent Tuesday raising money for Democrats in California and Washington state. While CBS This Morning did mention that Obama was on the West Coast for fundraisers and that it has drawn criticism from Republicans, it lasted for only 27 seconds. Among the news stories covered at the top of the 8:00 a.m. hour, co-host Gayle King read a news brief in which she stated that “President Obama faces criticism this morning for following through with a fund-raising trip to the West Coast.” King mentioned that Obama made stops in two states to raise money for Democrats and added that: “Many Republicans say that his priorities should be focused on the tensions with Russia and the turmoil in the Middle East.”

 

NBC Spotlights Bloomberg Blasting FAA for Suspending Flights to Israel; ABC, CBS Omit

 

Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News was the sole Big Three evening newscast to notice the criticism of the Obama administration banning U.S. airliners from traveling to Israel. Prominent politicians from both sides of the political spectrum, including Senator Ted Cruz and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have denounced this move by the FAA. Senator Cruz accused the administration of using the “federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel.”

 

NBC Discovers Hypocrisy of Michael Moore’s Wealth; Used Him to Bash Wall Street in Past

 

On Wednesday, NBC’s Today offered a surprising full report on “filmmaker and liberal activist” Michael Moore tarnishing his “blue-collar, anti-capitalist image” after it was revealed during divorce proceedings that Moore and his now ex-wife lived in a Michigan mansion, “the 10,000-square-foot house, reportedly in the same neighborhood as Madonna and Bruce Willis.” Back in 2009, the morning show invited Moore on the broadcast to bash big bonuses for Wall Street executives. In part, Moore ranted against the wealthy business leaders living in “gated communities” and “castles with moats around them.” Perhaps Moore should have remembered that people living in giant mansions shouldn’t throw stones.

Media BiASS: Pandering Idiots……..

CBS, NBC Ignore Conflicting Court Rulings on Future of ObamaCare Subsidies

 

On Tuesday, July 22, two federal appeals courts ruled in different directions over the constitutionality of tax subsidies given to individuals who purchase health insurance through the federal ObamaCare exchange. At issue, was language in the law where subsidies would be given to individuals who purchased health insurance in an exchange “established by the state.” In a 2-1 ruling, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the IRS went too far by providing subsidies to individuals on the federal exchange but a separate ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld those same subsidies. Despite the contradictory rulings and the likelihood that the Supreme Court will take up the case, ABC was the only network evening news show to cover the story on Tuesday night.

 

CBS News Relegates Latest In IRS Scandal To Its Website

 

On Tuesday, July 22, CBS News’ Stephanie Condon got around to reporting that the IRS may in fact be able to recover Lois Lerner’s missing emails despite previous claims that they were permanently lost. In testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Thomas Kane, deputy associate chief counsel to the IRS, maintained that “there is an issue as to whether or not there is a – that all of the backup recovery tapes were destroyed on the six-month retention schedule.” Although CBS was a day late covering the latest in the IRS scandal, when the network finally reported on this development, it didn’t make it onto CBS News’ airwaves and instead appeared only on CBSNews.com.

 

The View Crew: Stop Trying to Shame Hillary with Bill’s Mistresses!

 

The women of The View are sick and tired of people using Bill Clinton’s mistresses to get in the way of Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions. At the top of Tuesday’s show Whoopi Goldberg introduced the topic: “You know, there’s a new book called The First Family Details: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents. And it claims that Bill Clinton has a mistress that visits the house so often that when Hillary is out of town, they see her and they have nicknamed her The Energizer.”

 

Brian Williams Grills Netanyahu, Then Touts Hamas Calling Him A ‘War Criminal’

 

In an interview with Benjamin Netanyahu aired on Monday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams hyped how the Israeli Prime Minister was “under increasing fire for the civilian deaths we’ve seen in Gaza” and proceeded to hammer Netanyahu on the topic: “Last night our network aired scenes of the largest hospital in Gaza having to turn away dead bodies at the hospital morgue. There was no more room….How does it strike you as a father, as a human being?” Following the tough questions to Netanyahu, Williams didn’t bother to bring on a Palestinian official to equally grill, instead, he simply read a statement from Hamas terrorists: “Hamas tells NBC News in a statement tonight, quote, ‘It is Netanyahu and his army of war criminals that have targeted and continue to target innocent and defenseless civilians. As for Hamas, every single Israeli killed by its fighters or its rockets except one have been soldiers in uniform, on duty, fully armed and on the battlefield.'”

 

ABC Derides Perry’s Border Move: ‘Not Needed’ and Comes With a ‘Hefty Price Tag’

 

All three morning shows on Tuesday worried about Governor Rick Perry’s “controversial,” expensive move to send the National Guard to the Texas border. But it was ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday that offered the most annoyed commentary. GMA correspondent Jim Avila began his report by lecturing, “But the border patrol says [National Guard troops are] not needed because federal law prohibits the military from enforcing civilian laws.”

 

S.E. Cupp’s ‘View': ‘Discipline Was Necessary’ Against CNN and NBC Reporters With Anti-Israel Bias

 

Appearing as a guest on ABC’s The View on Monday, CNN Crossfire co-host S.E. Cupp – who is reportedly in talks to join the daytime talk show – told the hosts it was justified for CNN correspondent Diana Magnay and NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin to be removed from reporting in the Gaza Strip after both expressed anti-Israel bias. After Cupp noted the social media comments made by Magnay and Mohyeldin, she observed: “Look, you’re a reporter and your job, no matter how passionate you are about this issue, everyone has strong feelings, your job is to be objective.” Co-host Jenny McCarthy asked: “So do you think it’s okay for them to lose their job?” Cupp replied: “You know, discipline was necessary. Yeah, it was.”