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From The Spin Room: Candy, Check The Transcript. The President Was WRONG!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 - by Jeff Dunetz


Even though this might end forever Candy Crowley’s attempt to join computers with me…it is Candy Crowley who should check the transcripts — the president was wrong.

That moderator intrusion was the big focus of the spinmeisters.

Romney spokesman John Sununu said told me the moderator and the President were “dead wrong.”

“The President threw the world out in his statement at  the Rose Garden but never said it was an act of terrorism.  And two weeks afterwards the President said, not in a news conference, not in a passing comment but went to the UN and at the UN, six times blamed it on the video. It was the most dishonest statement I have ever heard by a president in a presidential debate.”

I asked him about the Crowley interruption:

Candy was wrong and Candy had no business doing that and she didn’t even keep the time right.”

The controversy is about a speech the president made on September 12, 2012.

The day after the terror attack in Benghazi, President Obama gave a Rose Garden Speech of 801 words.He mentioned the word terror once near the end of his speech but it was not in description of the horrible attack. When he referred to Benghazi, he said:

  • An attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi.
  • this outrageous and shocking attack.
  • attack
  • terrible act
In the speech Obama called the people who perpetuated the attack “the killers who attacked our people.” He did not call them terrorists.
In that Rose Garden speech, the president did allude to that anti-Muslim video which he knew at the time (and we know now) had nothing to do with the attack:

Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths.  We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.  But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence.  None.  The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.

Eventually he said the “T” word in a general way:

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. 

But the question is, was he talking about that specific attack? It didn’t seem so because he went on to say:

We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act.  And make no mistake, justice will be done.

Words are important, especially for this president. If he wanted to call the attack terrorism he would have, but he avoided calling the Benghazi attack “terrorism.” And John Sununu was correct: Candy Crowley, my sometimes stalker, was way out of line.

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From The Spin Room: The Big Bird Groan

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 - by Jeff Dunetz

The debate audience has been instructed not to react to the candidates’ answers.  That is not the case in the spin room.  While the crowd is generally silent and paying close attention. President Obama has generated some groans and giggles.  When he mentioned that the only cut Romney has committed to is Big Bird, even the liberal reporters groaned.  When Obama mentioned his mother during the question about women, there  was laughter.

I suppose that the reporters here are just a cynical as the rest of us.


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From the Spin Room: The Cheap Seats?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 - by Jeff Dunetz

If you are watching the debate on TV, you can only see part of the audience.  The audience you see “semi-circling” the moderator and the candidates’ chairs are the “independents” selected by Gallup to ask questions. Behind them and mostly off camera are the guests of the two candidates, or as Candy Crowley called them, “The Cheap Seats.”

Those selected by Gallup are all from the NY area, which leads to two important questions.

  1. How did they find a non-liberal (undecided) voter in the NY area?
  2. Why is this “town hall” debate in NY…which is guaranteed to go to President Obama? Wouldn’t it be better to hold it in a state like “Ohio,” a key swing state for both parties?

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From The Spin Room: We Have Had Disagreements With Israel Before, But NEVER On Survivability Issues

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 - by Jeff Dunetz

Peter King, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee (yes, I know House and Intelligence is an oxymoron), answered some questions about the breakdown in relations between the administration and  Israel.  King said it was clear president Obama has a disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

King added that Israel doesn’t trust Obama on Iran, and rightfully so.  On one hand Obama says the US will protect Israel should Iran get on the precipice of nuclear weapons; on the other he ties Israel’s hands. The president wants Israel to give time for the sanctions to work, but initially opposed congressional action to strengthen those sanctions.

He closed with a money quote: “We have had disagreements with Israel before, but they have always been on subjects such as settlements or boarders. This is the first time in our history where an administration disagreed with Israel on an issue of basic survivability.”

He added that the issue of a nuclear Iran is one that should not only concern Israel, but the entire Western world.

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From The Spin Room: Is Candy Crowley Stalking Me?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 - by Jeff Dunetz

With the debate a few hours away, I’ve settled into my aisle seat in the spin room.  To my  left is a curtain forming a hallway which serves to hide luminaries from sight as they walk in and out of the temporary Fox News studio.  To my right is a row of 32  other credentialed reporters and pundits. There are twenty other rows just like mine.  It looks more like the school gym  and we were taking our SATs.

In front of the row of desks is an open area….the spin area.   Already the campaign voices are telling us why their guys are good and the others are bad.  The first thing I learned about the spin area is the “more famous the spokesman,” the bigger the crowd.

John Kerry had the biggest pack of followers, Howard Dean’s crowd was huge also (and he didn’t have to scream to get it).

I cornered Rep Peter King (R-NY) who expected Libya to be a big part of tonight’s proceedings–we will see.

Getting back to my laptop. I discovered something worrisome:

That’s Right—-debate moderator Candy Crowley has hooked herself onto my laptop.  Do you think she is stalking me?

More later…


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PJ Tatler Exclusive: ‘Spy-blogging’ From The Hofstra Spin Room Tonight

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 - by Jeff Dunetz

Tonight’s Presidential Debate may end up being the most important of the three. If it is a repeat of the first debate, Mitt Romney may indeed be on his way to victory. An Obama win may reverse the momentum the GOP candidate has generated during the past two weeks.

PJ Tatler will be live at the Hofstra Debate tonight!

Joining the other credentialed media, I will be watching the verbal battle from the media spin room. Rather than focus on the candidates, these posts will exclusively report the reactions of each campaign’s spinmeisters as well as  the mainstream media. Often it is those reactions and political spin which informs us who is scoring points in the debate much more accurately than the polls or pundits.

If David Axelrod drops down to his knees and screams “Why me?” or if Chris Matthews tinkles down his leg in you will read about it here first. We will be the fly on the wall, spying on their reactions.

So for the full picture of the debate tonight have two browsers open–one open to the Vodkapundit as he drunkblogs the debate, the other open here to the Tatler as I “Spy-blog” the behind the scenes spin.

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The Whole Media Matters Megillah

Monday, February 20th, 2012 - by Jeff Dunetz

Ever since the Daily Caller released a list of foundation donors to Media Matters For America (MMFA) there have been posts pointing to one or two of the foundations being Jewish.  The issue of course is the fact that MMFA promotes anti-Semitism mostly through M.J. Rosenberg, its Senior Foreign Policy Fellow.  Rosenberg regularly questions the patriotism of American Jews who support Israel (calling them “Israel firsters”), and he claims those same Jews (he calls them the Israel lobby) control the media and America’s foreign policy.

After researching the entire list of  foundations helping to fund MMFA (hey, there was no football on yesterday, had nothing else to do), I discovered a broader list of foundations which were Jewish in mission, or had Jewish founders and donated to Jewish causes.

Donation Jewish Foundation Donors To MMFA
$2,225,000 Stephen M Silberstein Foundation
$400,000 Pritzker Family Foundation
$400,000 Sandler Foundation
$362,500 Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc.
$275,000 Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation
$250,000 Joseph H and Barbara I Ellis Foundation
$150,000 Community Foundation of the United Jewish Federation of San Diego
$85,000 Barbra Streisand Foundation
$55,000 Lear Family Foundation
$50,000 Rebecca and Nathan Milikowsky Family Foundation
$50,000 Scott A. Nathan Charitable Trust
$43,500 Jewish Communal Fund
$35,000 Beatrice Snyder Foundation
$35,000 Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland
$30,000 Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund
$25,000 Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund
$20,000 Peter and Linda Solomon Foundation
$12,500 Engelberg Foundation
$5,180 Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
$5,000 Glickenhaus Foundation
$5,000 Joseph & Florence Mandel Foundation


Among my favorites is the Lear Foundation, created by TV great Norman Lear, who donated both to MMFA and to the Museum of Tolerance. That is run by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who recently denounced MJ Rosenberg and MMFA for their use of anti-Semitic slurs.

There is more to learn about the hypocrisy of these Jewish foundations who support anti-Semitism, but sadly I am too busy to follow up right now.  According to Media Matters I need to go back to work running the media and controlling Congress.


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The Official “Stupid Things Used To Fear Monger About Global Warming” List

Friday, February 3rd, 2012 - by Jeff Dunetz

You have to feel for the people who live in the Denver Area, according to weather reports they are going to get slammed today by a massive snow storm—up to two feet of snow.  Despite the fact that Denver is one of the more hearty cities in America, being very used to snow, people are bound to be stuck in their houses for a few days.

So as a service to these hearty Coloradans who have “weather the storm,”  we thought it appropriate to provide some light “weather related” reading, the Official “Stupid Things Used To Fear Monger About Global Warming” List (What makes it official?  I said so).

Since July 2009 global warming moonbats have blamed global warming for each item on the list below, each one links to a real story naming climate change as the culprit for some unrelated crisis. These climate change alarmists are so creative, it will help ya’ll pass the time.

Incredible shrinking sheep, Invasion of jellyfish in the Mediterranean, Surge in fatal shark attack, Boy Scout tornado deaths, Global conflict, Beer tasting different, Suicide of farmers in Australia, Bigger tuna fish, longer days, shorter days, Collapse of gingerbread houses in Sweden, Cow infertility, UFO sightings in the UK, Rise in insurance premiums, Heroin addiction, Frigid Cold Winters in Great Britain, Cancer, Death from heart disease, diabetes, stroke, respiratory disease and even accidents, homicide, suicide, water -borne disease outbreaks, heavier, wetter snowstorms treacherous for travel and ambulation, Lyme disease, swarms of allergy-inducing, stinging insects, along with mosquitoes and devastating pine bark beetle infestations and the spread of forest and crop pests, 40,000 dead crabs , unrest in the Middle East, screwed-up love making, the Japanese earthquake-tsunami, horrible rash of tornadoes in southeast United States,extended severe allergy seasons, Lyme disease, malaria or dengue fever, trauma, depression, high blood pressure and heart disease,  increased threat of wars, violence and military action against the UK. migration of possibly rabid Vampire bats from Mexico,   Armed robbery, prostitution, and drug abuse in Ghana. and The Arab Spring.

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….And they Didn’t Use The Money To Pay Down The Debt??

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 - by Jeff Dunetz

According to former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, some members of Congress have received quite the windfall.

Brzezinski has both praise and criticism for the president: “He was an improvement by a very large score over his predecessor, but he could have been better.” He thinks the Obama administration “should have stuck to its guns in promoting a fair settlement” in the Middle East. A longtime foe of Israel’s partisans in the United States, he says the Obama team “fumbled by getting outmaneuvered by the Israelis.” Then he gets blunter: “Domestic politics interceded: The Israelis have a lot of influence with Congress, and in some cases they are able to buy influence.”

When you take away the not so subtle “diplotalk” Mika’s daddy was saying,  ”Those rich Jews have bribed their way into controlling Congress!”

This is more than a story of anti-semitism, it is an educational story. Remember this quote from then Senator Obama?

Brzezinski is someone I have learned an immense amount from”, and “one of our most outstanding scholars and thinkers” –Senator Barack Obama

Say what you want about the president’s policies, but you can’t say he isn’t a good student.

Click Here for more about the Brzezinski interview.

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Is This A Bad Omen For South Korea?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 - by Jeff Dunetz

This report can only mean bad things for South Korea

Officials across government have collectively conveyed America’s unwavering commitment to South Korea, Defense Department officials said today.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta spoke with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin about the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il in a 15-minute telephone call this morning, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

“The secretary conveyed to Mr. Kim the strong commitment of the United States to peninsular stability and to our alliance,” he said. “He made it clear that the United States stands with Korea in this time of uncertainty.”

Unwavering commitment? Stands with?  Uh-Oh you know what comes next.

Based on the Obama administration’s track record with Israel, those phrases  can only mean the US is about to tell South Korea to cede part of its land to the North and to stop building in Seoul, its capital.


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Is Ron Paul a Liar and a Bigot? Or Is He a Liar and a Fool?

Monday, December 19th, 2011 - by Jeff Dunetz

For those of you that can remember life before blogs, you may also remember that people used to publish newsletters on all topics. Forty years ago,  Ron Paul launched a conservative newsletter business. These newsletters contained racist, Antisemitic and  homophobic slurs, some of which were signed by Paul, others were credited to him. What was written in those newsletters was nothing short of disgusting.

For example, his company published a special issue of the Ron Paul Political Report on “racial terrorism” that analyzes the Los Angles riots of 1992. One of the articles written under the bi-line of Ron Paul reported:

 “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began. … What if the checks had never arrived? No doubt the blacks would have fully privatized the welfare state through continued looting. But they were paid off and the violence subsided.”

When defending homophobic comments by the late Andy Rooney of CBS, a 1990 newsletter notes that a reporter for a gay magazine:

“certainly had an axe to grind, and that’s not easy with a limp wrist.” Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.”


In an undated solicitation letter for The Ron Paul Investment Letter, and the Ron Paul Political Report, the Congressman is generous with his bigotry. He writes:

“I’ve been told not to talk, but these stooges don’t scare me. Threats or no threats, I’ve laid bare the coming race war in our big cities. The federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS (my training as a physician helps me see through this one.) The Bohemian Grove–perverted, pagan playground of the powerful. Skull & Bones: the demonic fraternity that includes George Bush and leftist Senator John Kerry, Congress’s Mr. New Money. The Israeli lobby, which plays Congress like a cheap harmonica.”

(more examples of the Congressman’s hateful prose can be found here)

When the newsletters were republished by the New Republic in 2008, Congressman Paul strongly denied authorship, saying that he had never even read the newsletters. Case closed, say his supporters.

Here’s the problem with Paul’s denial: When the newsletters first became an issue during his congressional race in 1996, the congressman didn’t deny them nor did he say he never read them. Back in 1996 Congressman Paul defended the articles saying they were taken out of context. But how could he know they were taken out of context if he never read them?

The real question about the congressman and his newsletter company is not being asked.  Is Ron Paul a bigot who is lying about not writing or even reading the newsletters he defended just a few years earlier, or was he lying when he defended them as his writing even though he never read them?

Think about this; if  you believe Ron Paul when he says  he didn’t write and never read those newsletter, you must also believe the congressman was so incompetent in running his  little newsletter company he never bothered to read what was printed in his name. And when first confronted about the hatred, responding by defending  the newsletters he never read, foolishly making himself look like a racist. Are those the actions of a man who is competent enough to be the chief executive of the United States?  Or is the man who spewed such hatred the right person to be leader of the free world.

One thing is certain: Ron Paul is a liar. If he was lying in 1996 then he is also a fool who admitted to something he didn’t do. If he was lying in 2008  he is a horrible bigot.  In the end it doesn’t matter, because  either way Ron Paul should never be considered a realistic candidate for President of the United States. He should never be allowed in Congress.

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Reform Judaism’s Convention Passes a Progressive “Manifesto”

Monday, December 19th, 2011 - by Jeff Dunetz

This past Thursday night  the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism.  passed an economic platform that would make the most hardcore progressive proud.

The platform called Proposed Resolution on Principles of Economic Justice in a Time of Fiscal Crisis Sponsored by the Biennial Resolutions Committee called for the government to increase taxes, extend unemployment benefits,  make the rich “pay their fair share” and add to entitlements.

How progressive was it?  Well, the day after it was passed President Obama lavished it with praise:

And just last night, you took another step towards the change we need and voted for a set of principles of economic justice in a time of fiscal crisis.  (Applause.)  And I want to thank you for your courage.  That statement could not have come at a more important time.  For as you put it, we’re at a crossroads in American history.  Last Tuesday, I gave a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, where I described that crossroads.  And I laid out a vision of our country where everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.  (Applause.)  And these are not Democratic values or Republican values; they’re not Christian values or Jewish values or Hindu or Muslim values — they’re shared values, and we have to reclaim them.  We have to restore them to a central place in America’s political life.  (Applause.)

I said it last week, I’ll say it again:  This is not just a political debate.  This is a moral debate.  This is an ethical debate.  It’s a values debate.  It’s the defining issue of our time.  It is a make-or-break moment for the middle class and for all those who are fighting to get into the middle class.  (Applause.)  And for those of us who remember parents or grandparents or great-grandparents who had to fight to get in the middle class, but they understood that the American Dream was available to them because we were all in it together — that’s what this is about.  (Applause.)  And last night, you reaffirmed the moral dimension of this debate.  (Applause.)

A progressive organization, even a Jewish one, cannot get a better heckser (approval as Kosher) than one from Barack Obama.  The Reform Movement proved definitively what is important to them, a political philosophy which goes against Jewish teachings. 

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Whoopi Goldberg’s All Time Most Intelligent Statement

Saturday, December 17th, 2011 - by Jeff Dunetz

In the past I have been very critical of Whoopi Goldberg.  Like when she claimed that the GOP wanted to (and could) take away African Americans’ right to vote and I suggested that she might just be too stupid to exercise her voting rights.

Then there was the time I begged her to drop her stage name and go back to her birth name of Caryn Johnson, at least start using the Johnson part. Because of her adopted last name, some people may think Whoopi might be Jewish.  There is plenty enough anti-Semitism in the world without people ascribing her stupid statements to the Jewish people.

Yesterday, however, Ms Goldberg was at her best. Compared to everything else she ever said, this is the Whoopi  Goldberg sound of  genius. Watch this video below from The View.



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Is Media Matters’ MJ Rosenberg Channeling The Pink Panther Movies’ Chief Inspector Dreyfus?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 - by Jeff Dunetz

Remember the Herbert Lom character in the Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers? Chief Inspector Dreyfus hated Inspector Clouseau so much he couldn’t discern between Clouseau’s good and bad acts.  The guy went mad trying to destroy everything Clouseau did. Take this exchange from the Revenge of the Pink Panther

Chief Insp. Dreyfus: Clouseau?
Clouseau : Yes?
Chief Insp. Dreyfus : Are you wounded?
Clouseau : No. Fortunately I was saved by the darkness.
Chief Insp. Dreyfus : So what we need is more light.

Media Matter’s for America’s (MMFA)  foreign policy fellow, MJ Rosenberg has become  is infamous for pushing anti-Semitic stereotypes, such as accusing American Jews who support Israel of dual loyalty (he calls them Israel-firsters), or claiming the “evil Zionist lobby” controls both the media and the U.S. foreign policy (being both married and Jewish Rosenberg knows very well that that Jewish men don’t even control what goes on in their own homes).

Lately Rosenberg’s hatred of his own people has grown so intense, it seems as if he is channeling the fictitious Dreyfus.

Recently the Forward, a Jewish Newspaper with a progressive tilt, reported two Jewish Organizations that that put progressive politics before their mission, the ADL and The AJC, have seen their donations plummet  during the past five years. Apparently the money is shifting toward single-issue organizations, especially Israel advocacy groups.

The MMFA fellow couldn’t wait to tweet out the news that the donations were down, because it matched some of his previous statements that groups such as AIPAC were “relics of  paranoia.”

Apparently MJ didn’t read the entire article before he retweeted it, or maybe he didn’t notice the the part of the article where it says the money lost by AJC and the ADL went to Israel-advocacy groups or as MJ would call them, Israel-firsters.  Groups whose bankroll increased included his arch nemesis AIPAC  The Israel Project, and Stand With Us, all Israel advocacy  groups that he would call Israel-firsters.

MJ also missed the fact that the groups that lost money, such as the ADL and AJCongress support progressive policies and candidates who tend to feel the same way about Jews and Israel as  he does.

Instead of proving his point, Rosenberg made himself look silly, just like Inspector Dreyfus.

(More on the story here)

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