World’s Worst “Journalist” Gets Plum Assignment, Makes Everyone Dumber

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So this is the top-rated comment from the idiot brigade referring to Bill O’Reilly’s “interview” with the President.  It wasn’t so much an interview as a series of accusations where.

We’ve seen a pretty amazing recovery from a huge financial disaster, the end of multiple wars, and unemployment finally falling to levels not seen in half a decade.

But instead of allowing any idea at all that any thing could ever be better in the slightest while *that dang Obama* is in the White House, we instead get a re-hash of the Buzzword Scandal that Fox News plays every day…IRSBENGHAZIOBAMACAREIRSBENGHAZIOBAMACARE.

Ignore the fact that the website works really well now.  Ignore the fact that multiple hearings into the IRS haven’t uncovered any corruption, only outdated rules.  Ignore the fact that four times as many Americans were killed in West, TX, than Benghazi or that black ops happen or anything at all except somehow, someway, it’s Obama’s fault because he’s an American-hating Muslim marxist.

This crap is absurd…but it’s not a fringe thing.  It’s mainstream Fox viewers who believe this, because it’s all that Fox puts out.  One finds more and more that watching Fox is actually an impediment to having a rational take on reality, and the top rated comment on their farce of an interview illustrates why.

These people are crazy.

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Here’s a solid rundown of the “interview” and how ridiculous the questions were.

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Palin on Afghanistan

In CBS Interview, Palin Calls For Surge In Afghanistan – Horserace.

This is an excerpt from [and reaction to] an interview with Governor Palin from CBS  Spokeshead Katie Couric.  The question was regarding the difference in challenges between Iraq and Afghanistan.  This is a serious answer, allegedly.

Katie Couric: Why is it much more challenging there? Can you explain that?

Sarah Palin: The logistics that we are already suggesting here, not having enough troops in the area right now. The… things like the terrain even in Afghanistan and that border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where, you know, we believe that– Bin Laden is– is hiding out right now and… and is still such a leader of this terrorist movement.

[Woah…what?  Who is “we”?  Sarah Palin knows where Osama bin laden is?  Awesome.  Please, somebody give her a shotgun and a plane and she can go get ’em. -ed ]

There… there are many more challenges there. So, again, I believe that… a surge in Afghanistan also will lead us to victory there as it has proven to have done in Iraq.

[Awesome.  We won in Iraq.  Again.  Sure, the guy who implemented the Surge [+20,000 troops] (and presided over the Sadr Sit-down [-60,000 insurgents/”terrorists”]) said that talk of “victory” was silly.  But hey, screw it.  We won.

Again. -ed]

And as I say, Katie, that we cannot afford to retreat, to withdraw in Iraq. That’s not gonna get us any better off in Afghanistan either.

[Umm, it’s the same military in both countries.  Moving troops from one country to another is what happens.  It’s not retreat when you just said, a second ago, that we would be movinng troops from a country where we “won”.   And you don’t just magaically create a new “surge” with a military has been under vast strain for the past 5 years.  Some of this was in the news, I think. -ed]

And as our leaders are telling us in our military, we do need to ramp it up in Afghanistan, counting on our friends and allies to assist with us there because these terrorists who hate America, they hate what we stand for with the… the freedoms, the democracy, the… the women’s rights, the tolerance, they hate what it is that we represent and our allies, too, and our friends, what they represent. If we were… were to allow a stronghold to be captured by these terrorists then the world is in even greater peril than it is today. We cannot afford to lose in Afghanistan.

[No, they don’t hate us for our “tolerance”, Mrs. Pray-Em-Straight.  They hate us because we keep accidentally killing their women and children and bombing their weddings.  The Taliban doesn’t do these things.  The Taliban just runs the government in half the country, and outlaws modern/liberal society.  This isn’t a problem that bombing can solve.  “Ramping it up”, whatever that means, doesn’t seem like an adequate strategy prescription.  “Generals, ramp it up!!!” isn’t going to work on a people who have been “conquered” by the best in history, yet have somehow kept living the same lifestyle in some of the roughest terrain on earth…for a few thousand years. -ed]

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Watch the video.  The joke has gone on long enough.  And now that McCain has ‘suspended’ his campaign because he is so important to Washington getting stuff done, my guess is that Governor Palin will be front and center of the campaign now.

Right?

Leading the team to victory. 

Where you at, girl?

Old School Interviews

The Mike Wallace Interview

Mike Wallace rose to prominence in 1956 with the New York City television interview program, Night-Beat, which soon developed into the nationally televised prime-time program, The Mike Wallace Interview. Well prepared with extensive research, Wallace asked probing questions of guests framed in tight close-ups. The result was a series of compelling and revealing interviews with some of the most interesting and important people of the day.

The Mike Wallace Interview ran from 1957 to 1960, but the Ransom Center collection includes interviews from only 1957 and 1958. In the early 1960s, Mr. Wallace donated to the Ransom Center kinescopes of these programs and related materials, including his prepared questions, research material, and correspondence.

The kind of interviews where the interviewer blows smoke in your face, then asks you a question.

Watch the Pearl Buck one to see why Parliament cigarettes are the best smokes ever.