Debate Rant

The second Presidential Debate was yesterday and I don’t care what any FOX news correspondent says, Barack Obama whooped Mitt Romney.  There is only one way to describe Obama’s performance last night and that’s, straight up, Reagan-esque.

Anyway I don’t really want to talk about the candidates’ performances, What I really want to talk about is this faux outrage surrounding Candy Crowley fact checking during the debate.

You can catch what I’m talking about at the end of the video above, but basically what happened was Mitt Romney said something untrue, Barack Obama corrected him, the two then disagreed on the facts, then Candy Crowley told them the facts, simple.

This led to the right crying favoritism.

-Glenn Beck tweeted,  “Candy loves to police Romney!”

-Americans for Limited Government said, “Crowley’s behavior goes beyond despicable as it was a blatant attempt to influence the presidential election,”

-Rush Limbaugh said, “She committed an act of journalistic terror or malpractice last night. If there were any journalist standards, what she did last night would have been the equivalent of blowing up her career like a suicide bomber.”

[Side Note: This is just more proof that Reps know there guy lost the debate last night, so they’re trying to discredit the moderator.  To be fair, Dems did the same thing to poor Jim Lehrer after the first debate.] 

Anyway back to the point at hand,  why is politics the ONLY forum where a person can blatantly lie and not be held responsible?

Here’s a bold idea, how about we embrace this whole “fact checker” thing?

Here’s an even more bold idea, when someone bullshits, YOU CALL BULLSHIT!

This is not “journalistic malpractice?”  This is journalistic integrity.  Journalists have a responsibility to inform the public.  Not sit idly by while someone slanders an American President.  Of course this faux outrage is only because it reiterates the reality that Romney plays fast and loose with the facts.  Something, Romney pollster, Neil Newhouse has already confirmed when he made it clear, “we are not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”

Now of course Mitt is not alone in having some fun at the expense of facts, Obama, like any politician, does his fair share of manipulating the truth (you can read here each sides’ misstatements) but my point is, why shouldn’t there be fact checkers at the debate?  I know the news media will tell you it’s too difficult to fact check in real time, but to steal a phrase from Joe Biden, that’s a bunch of malarkey.  Mitt Romney’s been running for president for SIX years, Barack Obama has been President for four.  Each of these guys have answered these debate questions in some form or another a million times, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out what talking points each candidate will trot out.

Here’s my overall point.  If you have fact checkers at the debate each candidate will understand that they HAVE to be honest or risk being called a liar on national TV.  That’s how you make each candidate responsible for what they say.

In closing, I think we should have Will McAvoy moderate the next debates.

Rant Ended.

VP Debate: The Analysis

Last night was a busy TV day, between  new episodes of 30 Rock and The League, there was also Yankee playoff baseball and Thursday Night Football, but none of that  could compare to the most entertaining thing on TV last night.

The Vice Presidential Debate.  Well to be more specific Joe Biden’s facial expressions during the Vice Presidential Debate.

Because, I’m your go to political analyst (or at least I should be).  I broke down Joe’s best facial expressions and what was going on in his head.

Mitt Romney: They Don’t Deserve Cake

RANT. RANT. RANT.

This morning I saw this video posted on Twitter.

“There are 47% of people…who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing.”  ENTITLED TO FOOD!!!???!! FOOD!??!  Yes, there’s 47% of people who believe they are entitled to food and THEY SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO FOOD!  FOOD!  ENTITLED TO FOOD!  IT’S FOOD!!  PEOPLE ARE ENTITLED TO EAT!  HOW DOES SOMEONE WHO’S RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT SAY THAT?!?   This has to be Mitt Romney’s Marie Antoinette “let them eat cake” moment.  Except, of course, Marie Antoinette thought THEY SHOULD EAT!  For the last month Mitt Romney has combated claims he’s out of touch, that he lacks compassion, that he may well be a Bond villain.  Well, there goes that. This makes Barack Obama’s “You didn’t build that” quip look like -well- nothing more than an out of context quip.

I turned on MSNBC ready to see a  public lynching.  Ready to see Mitt hung by his feet, Mussolini style.  Ready for a loop of, ‘they think they’re entitled to food,” over and over and over again.  Instead, I get a wonky look at the tax policy.  WHAT?!?!?  The bastion of liberal media saw that video and said, “Let’s throw a bunch of pie charts and line graphs and the American people to show them, how the rich also receive entitlements, how mostly the elderly (who happen to vote Republican) don’t pay income taxes.”  MSNBC, you realize Mitt Romney, a man who’s running for President of the United States of America, just intimated that poor people are not entitled to FOOD.  FOOD!  Let me say that again.  FOOD!!!

Oh MSNBC why can’t you be more like Fox News.  You do realize Fox News is still running with “You didn’t build that,” even though they KNOW it’s out of context?  MSNBC get YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!  This is the election right here. The Deceleration of Independence says, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,”  while it’s not directly in there, I’m pretty sure FOOD plays a part in that.

Now you’re showing maps MSNBC?  WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?!  You’re over thinking this one.  YOU’RE DROPPING THE BALL!!  Someone in Obama’s campaign PLEASE call these guys.  Get off the tax issue.  THIS IS NOT A TAX ISSUE!!  THIS IS A MORALITY ISSUE!!  THIS IS A RIGHT TO EAT ISSUE!!  You’re letting him off the hook and Fox is LOVING this.  They’re calling it “class welfare.”  They’re calling it “tax reform.”  They’re calling Obama’s America “a welfare state.”

Now you’re back on Paul Ryan lying about his marathon time.  NO ONE CARES ABOUT PAUL RYAN’S MARATHON TIME!!! Get to the fact that Mitt Romney just said people are not ENTITLED TO FOOD!!!!

Someone call Bill Clinton please!!!  I need Bill Clinton.  They’re sweeping this under the rug.  Bill Clinton, WHERE ARE YOU??

Ugh, so frustrating, (facepalm).

Mitt Vs. Hov

68 Days Till The 2012 Presidential Election.

  They say Mitt’s a “genius” when it comes to business, but lets see how he compares to a real business man.

Mitt

Co-Founder/CEO of Bain Capital (1986-2002)
CEO  of 2002 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee (1999-2002)

Hov

Co-Founder of Roc-A-Fella Records (1996-2006)
Co-Founder/CEO of Rocawear (1999-2007)
Co-Owner of 40/40 (2003-present)
President of Def Jam (2004-2007)
Co-Founder of Roc Nation (2008-present)

Throw Your Rocs in the Air

Warren Buffet Knows What I’m Talking About.

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