1. Before Being Obama Flack, Jay Carney Claims He Was ‘Old-Fashioned Journalist’ Who ‘Didn’t Take Sides’
Appearing on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney asserted that he had been a completely objective reporter forTime magazine before becoming a spin doctor for the Obama administration: “Right after the election in 2008, I was the Washington bureau chief for Time. And I was an old-fashioned journalist, not an advocate, didn’t take sides in my job. But I was extremely excited personally about the Obama-Biden victory.”
Carol Costello badgered Congressman Matt Salmon on Thursday’s CNN Newsroom over Congress choosing to go into recess instead of dealing with issues like illegal immigration: “Congress is again the butt of jokes on late-night TV. Rome burns and lawmakers go on vacation….Why don’t you guys just stay in Washington and deal with problems like immigration?” Costello later hounded the Arizona Republican for the House of Representatives’ vote to sue President Obama, and wondered, “Why didn’t Republicans vote to impeach the President then?”
On Wednesday, CNN anchor Bill Weir, formerly with ABC News, sent to a particularly disparaging tweet to his over 49,500 followers regarding a post on the Fox Nation Web site about Al Gore and global warming: “Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore’s Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings.” In commenting about the Fox Nation post, he referred to Fox as “you willfully ignorant fucksticks.”
Over the past week, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has been embroiled in a political scandal following his decision to cancel his own Moreland Commission, created to expose political corruption in the state capitol. On July 23, the New York Times reported “that the governor’s office deeply compromised the panel’s work, objecting whenever the commission focused on groups with ties to Mr. Cuomo or on issues that might reflect poorly on him.” Since the news broke, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan has threatened to investigate the Cuomo administration for “possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering.” Despite the potential damning investigation against the New York Democrat, CNN — where Governor Cuomo’s brother Chris Cuomo is employed as anchor of New Day — has yet to acknowledge its existence.
In an interview with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer on Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie noted how “anti-Israel protests around the world” “have taken a disturbing turn and become anti-Semitic in nature,” but proceeded to blame Israel for the prejudice: “Do you ask yourselves, ‘Okay, we may be winning militarily but are we losing the larger battle, the PR war?’ And perhaps, as one headline put it yesterday, minting the next generation of terrorists?” The headline Guthrie cited was from the liberal Daily Beast website, which on Wednesday published an article by Jesse Rosenfeld, who ranted: “It is not Hamas propaganda, the school curriculum or even their parents that make these children see a future where continued resistance is the only option for survival. That was an education taught by the Israeli bombs…”