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OMG! Anchor Reads a Liberal Blog!

Here’s the latest faux freakout from the wingnuts. They’re throwing a fit over CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien reading a statement from Ron Wyden that was reprinted at Talking Points Memo. And to them, this proves…well, something. I don’t know what.

CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien is making headlines today after being snagged on the air reading from a leftist blog during an interview.

While filling in for regular host Anderson Cooper Monday night, O’Brien was talking with Virginia House of Delegates Republican member Barbara Comstock, who is a senior adviser for the Mitt Romney campaign.

O’Brien was seen reading from a printout by the left-leaning Talking Points Memo.

ZOMG! And here’s what she was reading:

According to Viral Read, “She never cited it, but used its contents. In fact, she claimed to be reading a direct statement from Senator Wyden’s office, but was in fact reading this excerpt from the blog: ‘The Romney campaign’s lone evidence that Ryan is a bipartisan leader amounts to a vague blueprint he co-wrote with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) late last year that mirrors key elements of his Medicare plan. Wyden voted against Ryan’s budget and said Romney’s characterization of their work was dishonest.

‘Governor Romney is talking nonsense. Bipartisanship requires that you not make up the facts,’ Wyden’s office said in a statement. ‘I did not ‘co-lead a piece of legislation.’ I wrote a policy paper on options for Medicare. Several months after the paper came out I spoke and voted against the Medicare provisions in the Ryan budget. Governor Romney needs to learn you don’t protect seniors by makings things up, and his comments sure won’t help promote real bipartisanship.”

So all of this is because TPM reprinted part of a statement from Wyden and O’Brien read that statement from the reprinting of it rather than from Wyden’s website directly. Wow, what a non-story. But that doesn’t stop the demagogues from throwing a tantrum over it:

“CNN, if you want to know why nobody’s watching,” said radio host Rush Limbaugh as he analyzed O’Brien. “You want to make the claim that you guys are objectively in the middle?”

Limbaugh continued, “Soledad O’Brien is doing McCarthyism, Charlie McCarthyism. She is a puppet. Somebody’s mouthing for her. She doesn’t know what to ask unless she goes to a liberal blog for guidance, has to print it out and use it on the air, and she’s one of their stars.”

Sure, because if it’s a liberal blog, every single thing on the page must be a lie, right? And I’m sure that Fox News anchors would never read conservative blogs. Idiots.

Comments

  1. says

    I find it odd that Limbaugh refers to McCarthyism as a bad thing, after all, he’s with the camp trying to recast McCarthy as a hero in my state’s history textbooks.

  2. piegasm says

    It’s not odd, really. People like Limbaugh will use anything at all for any purpose that suits them at that particular moment. He cares nothing for whether he’s consistent with himself, nor does anyone who thinks he’s a swell guy. It’s not about the truth or consistency, it’s about making the ebil liberals look bad in whatever way you can.

  3. A Hermit says

    I seem to remember John King once lauding the very right wing “Human Events” online mag as one of his favourite reads…funny how no one made a fuss about that…

  4. says

    But Limbaugh is still trying to have it both ways, Jeremy. He may want Tailgunner Joe rehabilitated, but he knows that a lot of his listeners won’t have a clue about that, and still associate the name McCarthy with bad guy. Limbaugh must also think his audience skews pretty old if he’s using Charlie McCarthy in a jibe.

  5. christophburschka says

    So all of this is because TPM reprinted part of a statement from Wyden and O’Brien read that statement from the reprinting of it rather than from Wyden’s website directly.

    As soon as a quote or any fact is reprinted on a liberal blog, it instantly becomes leftist propaganda.

  6. Chiroptera says

    So all of this is because TPM reprinted part of a statement from Wyden and O’Brien read that statement from the reprinting of it rather than from Wyden’s website directly.

    Well, if it were me, I would have checked to make sure it was an accurate statement by Wyden before I used it; then, being on Wyden’s website already, I would have copied it from there.

    I mean, I think we all have been burned before by quoting a second- or third-hand source that turned out to be inaccurate.

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    Limbaugh continued, “…She doesn’t know what to ask unless she goes to a liberal blog for guidance….”

    On the other hand, seeing that it is correct that Wyden did, in fact, make that statement, and the statement is not taken out of context, the main problem here is how the Republicans’ embarrassment is causing Limbaugh to grasp at straws.

  7. mrbongo says

    Well, Ed ignored Asia Bibi – the christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy – instead he even praised pakistani’s for being peacesul sufis (that was right before they killed the minister for minority affairs who suggested the blasphemy laws be repealed).

    Now in Pakistan an 11-year-old Christian girl with Down’s Syndrome arrested for blasphemy.

    Will Ed stand up for her? Oh hell no, too busy entertaiing the mentally ill chiroptera and demmocommie…….

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/11-year-old-girl-arrested-in-Pakistan-on-charges-of-blasphemy/articleshow/15549076.cms

  8. abear says

    In spite of criticism from the conservative intelligentsia such as mrbongo, I suspect Ed Brayton actually has a severe right wing bias.
    He constantly not only reads but quotes the creme de la creme of the right wing blogosphere and internet commentators.
    If Soledad O’Brien’s left wing bias can be shown by a quote from a single progressive blogger, then the constant diet of quotes from David Barton, Joe Farah, Rush Limbaugh, Victoria Jackson, and other conservative luminaries places Ed well to the right of Atilla the Hun.

  9. Chiroptera says

    She doesn’t know what to ask unless she goes to a liberal blog for guidance, has to print it out and use it on the air, and she’s one of their stars.

    And of course, there’s the subtext here. People who read liberal blogs are mindless drones looking for guidence. People who read rightwing blogs are intelligent, well-informed citizens looking for facts and reasoned analysis.

  10. davidml says

    I was curious about mrbongo’s claims @ 10, so I did some google searching and he made very similar claims in the comments of one of Ed’s posts in June:

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2012/06/22/yerushalmi-at-national-review-online/

    For anyone that cares, that comment thread pretty much showed mrbongo’s claims about Ed not mentioning Asia Bibi and about Ed praising Pakistan for being peaceful sufis as false, yet here he is, still making them just two months later.

  11. says

    I’m not generally an advocate for banning, but mrbongo has spammed several posts with essentially the same complaint (which is the same type of complaint that he/she always uses). You banned Chris Staab for essentially the same thing, and I think it’s time that mrbongo took that nonsense elsewhere.

  12. dan4 says

    So a news anchor reads only a PORTION of a statement made by a left-wing Democratic Senator refuting a (at best) misleading claim made by the Romney-Ryan campaign-and that reflects LIBERAL bias?

  13. says

    [edit]“CNN, if you want to know why nobody’s watching…You want to make the claim that you guys are objectively in the middle? Soledad O’Brien is doing McCarthyism, Charlie McCarthyism. She is a puppet. Somebody’s mouthing for her. She doesn’t know what to ask unless she goes to a liberal blog for guidance, has to print it out and use it on the air, and she’s one of their stars.” said Rush Limbaugh, ducking into his own punch.

    Ed Brayton “Yes, mrbongo continues to tell very bad lies that are easily disproved. That’s his MO.”
    Hey, don’t drag me in to this! You’re the one who isn’t living up to his standards, here on your blog that’s yours and not his! You’re just lucky you’re not the Food Network, which regularly gets letters from him accusing them of ignoring the organ meats.

  14. kantalope says

    Is MrBongo a disgruntled intern at Dispatches?

    “No one listens to me at editorial meetings, waaah. All my story ideas get canned — boohoo.”

    Dear Heloise didn’t have any stories about Pakistan at all this year and she has waaaay more readers than FtB. Why don’t you go complain to her?

  15. Reginald Selkirk says

    According to Viral Read, “She never cited it, but used its contents. In fact, she claimed to be reading a direct statement from Senator Wyden’s office, … Ryan … bipartisan … Medicare

    Looking for a moment at the substance of O’Brien’s behaviour rather than Limbaugh’s comments: Yes, it would be better if a respectable journalist went to the original sources. Here’s a few things I found on Ron Wyden’s official senate web site:
    .
    Wyden & Ryan Advance Bipartisan Plan to Strengthen Medicare and Expand Health Care Choices for All (December 15, 2011)
    .
    Preserving the Medicare Guarantee: Why I’ve Been Working with Paul Ryan (March 19, 2012)
    .
    While the statement quoted in the opening post is widely reported (rollcall.com, thinkprogress.org, slate.com, oregonlive.com, PuffHo), and is credited to “Wyden’s office has been sending out a short statement…“, I cannot find it on Wyden’s web site.

  16. Kevin Anthoney says

    Reminds me of when Media Matters was launched as a left-wing version of the Media Research Institute, and I had a look at both to see how they compared.

    Media Matters: Everything impeccably researched, backed up by thoroughly documented facts;
    Media Research: “Oh my God, they interviewed a Liberal!”

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