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Ed Driscoll

Just NBC the Hack Work

January 29th, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Layers and layers of fact checkers and editors.

As we mentioned when Martin Bashir had his scatological meltdown on MSNBC, it wasn’t an improvised speech; he was reading off the teleprompter, which meant that there had to be some sort of chain of command to get his words programmed into the ‘prompter. Multiple people likely saw Bashir’s monologue and signed off on it, if only with just an approving nod. It’s why nobody thought to question Melissa Harris-Perry overseeing a program whose panel ridiculed Mitt Romney’s adopted African-American grandson.

Similarly, no one at NBC News this morning had the brains, the simple common sense really, to rethink this analogy from Mark Murray, NBC’s senior political editor:

“America has never come easy”: Last night’s speech also ended on an emotional — and upbeat — note when Obama recognized Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, who was almost killed in Afghanistan and continues to recuperate from a brain injury. “My fellow Americans, men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy,” the president said. “Our freedom, our democracy, has never been easy. Sometimes we stumble, we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged. But for more than 200 years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress.” That story could also apply to Obama himself: Nothing in his seven years on the national political stage (2007-2014) has come easy. The 2008 race for the Democratic nomination. Even that general election. The health-care law. The re-election campaign. And now the president’s current situation in which he finds himself bloodied and bruised after the botched health-care rollout. Perseverance is an important quality for any president. Bill Clinton was usually able to talk his way out of sticky situations. But Obama’s M.O. is to grind it out. That, more than anything else, was the message he wanted to send last night — both he and the country are grinding it out.

As Mollie Hemingway writes today at the Federalist, “It’s amazing that any human would look on the sacrifices of Cory Remsburg and think of any president of recent memory, much less Barack Obama. It’s also just astounding that someone would have absolutely no compunction about expressing said thought.”

Click over to see the appropriately disgusted response from the right that Hemingway rounds up, and concurrently, the perplexed responses from the president’s defenders over Murray’s analogy. Hemingway links to a tweet from Jon Favreau, Obama’s former chief speechwriter, he of the “Peace in our time” facepalm-worthy gaffe in his boss’s second inauguration speech, who gives his thumbs up to the analogy, as did tyro MSNBC pundit Ronan Farrow.

The cluelessness of the left on this topic isn’t all that surprising — “Progressivism,” “Liberalism” and leftism in general have thought of themselves as being the “moral equivalent of war” for well over a century now, punching back twice as hard against those who wish to preserve small government and the vision of the Founding Fathers, residents of suburbia, the middle class in general, and, really, anyone who stands in their way of their self-anointed vision. As Robert Knight wrote in the Washington Times on Friday, “For Democrats, scorched-earth politics is war by other means — GOP, conservatives don’t grasp foes’ take-no-prisoners approach.”

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Army Ranger Cory Remsburg and his family are prominent and very public faces for the Wounded Warrior Project. His story and his family's collective courage and love break hearts yet inspires Americans on a daily basis to do more and be more as citizens. The same cannot even remotely be said of our current president. These two men should never be compared by anyone at all ever. ever. ever... certainly not by some network who(?).

Not sure about anyone else out there but it wouldn't hurt to just flat out boycott the 3 networks... it's not like you'll miss anything or suffer a loss if you tune out completely.
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Need any more proof NBC is head over heels in love with Obama
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The scary thing is that wasn't just a poor choice of words by Murray. He really meant what he said.
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Sad but true.
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NBC's Mark Murray conveniently left out that Barrack "Audie Murphy" Obama is gutting the military retirement and medical package of warriors such as Cory Remsburg: restricting the ability of retirees to get care at military hospitals, tripling Tricare premiums in a ham-handed attempt to force military retirees off Tricare and into the Obamacare exchanges, closing commissaries, and significantly reducing retired pay.

Not only did Obama promise civilians "if you like your health plan you can keep your health plan" but he promised that the military healthcare system and VA would remain untouched by the ACA.

I guess "if you like your military retirement package, you can keep it" is another broken Obama promise. (Remember, one of his administration's first trial balloons in 2009 was to suggest that our military use their private insurance -- like they have any -- to cover war wounds care before the gov steps in.)

The GOP (yeah, right) needs to punch back twice as hard every time Super Green Beret Obama uses a military vet as a photo prop. It's obvious NBC (We're Cowed! Cowed more than the rest!) isn't going to bring up these points.
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Yes, if Heroic Dear Leader Obama had a son he would certainly look like Cory Remsburg ... ... and if Heroic Dear Leader Obama would have had a real father, surly he would have looked like Audie Murphy. We should probably all start worshiping Obama as the real Messiah as surly he has already suffered more for America and all of mankind than that Jesus fellow ever did on the cross
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Maybe Obama should be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and a few Purple Hearts too, say three, I mean, after all, he did get the Nobel Peace Prize and after only a few weeks in office, so the precedent is set. And we can't have America's Dear Leader any less adored and adorned than his fellow self-sacrificing Dear Leader in North Korea.
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I also knew a guy who had a calf that was born without a head, and that reminds me of Joe Biden every time I think about it.
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Actually, this is unfair. I knew a person in an irreversible vegetative state, and he reminds me greatly of Obama.
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But I'll bet he's not nearly as annoying as Obama though.
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