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H/T: Tom Kludt at TPM

crooksandliars:

Failed Candidate Romney Blames Obama For Bush Failures

To listen to Mitt Romney, George W. Bush never existed or led the country into two horrible and entirely avoidable wars with his pal Dick Cheney. Next he’ll claim the economic crisis was Obama’s fault too.

On Meet the Press this morning, failed candidate Romney had plenty of blame to spread on President Obama and Hillary Clinton about the situation in Iraq. Evidently his memory has gotten more flawed since he failed to win the Presidency in 2012.

First, the history lesson. The status of forces agreement failed candidate Romney claims is an Obama/Clinton failure was actually a George W. Bush failure. Bush negotiated and signed the status of forces agreement. Obama was hoping to get a framework in place after that agreement to allow a small residual force, but the Iraqis refused. It’s their country. What was Obama supposed to do? Recommit to invading and knocking out the government the United States installed?

When it comes to underestimating the threat, no one did that better than failed candidate Mitt Romney. Here’s a guy who completely missed the fact that he was going to lose his bid for the White House in 2012. It came as a complete shock to him. Why anyone thinks he’s credible on matters of strategic importance is beyond me.

Mitt Romney is a political failure and a joke. The idea that he merits any consideration in a serious discussion of a serious problem is laughable. If this is the best Republicans can put up to display their political and national security acumen to the nation, they’re all failures.

crooksandliars:

McCaskill Slams Rove And Priebus For Attacks On Hillary Clinton

We weren’t going to see Meet the Press host David Gregory correct the record when RNC chair Reince Priebus came on and took former Secretary of State Hillary’s congressional testimony out of context, as they always do, so Sen. Claire McCaskill had to do it instead.

McCaskill let both Priebus and his pal Karl Rove have it when asked what voters should think about the recent attacks on both Clinton’s health and their fake Benghazi outrage that they’ve beaten to death.

DAVID GREGORY: I’ll ask the same question to you. Do you think Karl Rove should apologize? Was this over the line?

SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL: You know, I think Karl Rove is struggling to be relevant. I mean this is a guy who took hundreds of millions of other people’s money in the last cycle and had abject failure. So I think he’s trying to be part of the conversation. I think we all know what this is. It’s a cheap political shot. It’s the kind of politics that kind of make people not want to participate. And it’s too bad. […]

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Go Claire!! 

From the 05.18.2014 edition of NBC’s Meet The Press:

h/t: Jack Mirkinson at HuffPost Media

KLG being a righty doesn’t surprise me in the least bit.

h/t: Daniel D’Addario at AlterNet, via Salon

h/t: ProgLegs at Daily Kos

The Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, has sent letters to CNN and NBC asking them to cancel planned programming about former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Priebus says that if the programs are not canceled, he will recommend that the RNC not partner with NBC News or CNN for primary debates once the 2016 election season begins.

NBC is planning a scripted miniseries about Clinton for later this year, while CNN has ordered a film about her life.

“As an American company, you have every right to air programming of your choice,” Priebus wrote to both companies. “But as American citizens, certainly you recognize why many are astounded at your actions, which appear to be a major network’s thinly-veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

You can read both letters, embedded below. We will let you know if either company comments on them.

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H/T: TVNewser

PPP’s annual poll on TV news finds that there’s only one source more Americans trust than distrust: PBS. 52% of voters say they trust PBS to only 29% who don’t trust it. The other seven outlets we polled on are all distrusted by a plurality of voters.

When it comes to asking Americans which single outlet they trust the most and least out of the ones we polled on, Fox News once again wins both honors. 34% say it’s the one they trust the most, compared to 13% for PBS, 12% for CNN, 11% for ABC, 8% for MSNBC, 6% for CBS, and 5% each for Comedy Central and NBC. Fox News is the choice of 67% of Republicans, while Democrats basically split their allegiances four ways between ABC and CNN, both at 17%, and MSNBC and PBS, both at 16%.

Even more Americans identify Fox News as the outlet they trust the least- 39% give its that designation to 14% for MSNBC, 13% for CNN, 12% for Comedy Central, 5% for ABC and CBS, 3% for NBC, and 1% for PBS. 60% of Democrats give it their lowest marks while Republicans split between MSNBC (24%), CNN (19%), and Comedy Central (14%) on that front.

Full results

H/T: Public Policy Polling

MSNBC.com has become NBCNews.com, ending the site’s brand confusion with the cable channel of the same name and signifying that NBC’s long relationship with Microsoft is over.

The site became NBCNews.com, signifying the end of a relationship between NBC and Microsoft that dates back to the earliest days of the commercial Web. Early next year, MSNBC.com will be reborn as a stand-alone site for the cable channel MSNBC, ending the brand confusion that has plagued the site in the past.

With the changes, “we will fully own our digital businesses,” said Steve Capus, the president of NBC News. That’s because the company that controls NBC, Comcast, is acquiring Microsoft’s 50 percent stake in the joint venture that brought MSNBC.com to life in the mid-1990s — in effect, a big investment by Comcast in the news division’s future.

The moves come at a time when television news operations like NBC News, the home of “Today” and “NBC Nightly News,” are increasingly looking online for advertising dollars and new audiences. NBC executives say they will bring the television and NBCNews.com staffs closer; improve the digital distribution of their TV programs; and make more apps and Web sites optimized for mobile devices, a major area of growth.

“It’s undeniable how big a part of all of our businesses the digital properties are going to be,” Mr. Capus said in an interview at his office at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. “We think we have a much better opportunity to shape them, and frankly grow the news division over all, if we have direct control over all of it.”

In describing MSNBC.com, Mr. Capus said, “What we have right now is fine.” He stretched out the last word. “But I hate the word ‘fine.’ We want something more than fine.”

Like a couple who stays together for far too long — to their friends’ discomfort — the breakup between NBC and Microsoft has been a long time coming. The partnership was pioneering at first, with a best-in-its-class Web site owing to Microsoft’s technologists in Washington State and a companion cable news channel run by NBC’s news-gathering teams in New York. But drastic changes in the media business, differing priorities inside the companies and the physical distance between them brought them apart.

Microsoft’s stake in the cable channel was dissolved in 2005. But NBC came to feel handcuffed by the Web arrangement; an increasing number of advertisers wanted to buy ads both on its TV newscasts and its Web sites, a strategy called cross-media sales, but it could not respond effectively because Microsoft ran the ad sales part of the business.

Another driver was MSNBC, the cable channel, which started to take on a politically progressive persona several years ago. As the image of MSNBC changed, the head of MSNBC.com, Charlie Tillinghast, floated a name change.

“Both strategies are fine, but naming them the same thing is brand insanity,” he said to his staff in early 2010.

NBC and Microsoft could not agree on proposed changes that year. But conversations resumed after Comcast acquired a majority stake in NBCUniversal in early 2011. Divorce talks between Comcast and Microsoft started in earnest last winter and were reported by a number of media outlets in the spring. The deal was signed last Friday.

For now, MSNBC.com will automatically redirect browsers to NBCNews.com, and the site will initially look the same, save for a new logo. But it will be owned and operated by NBC, which will make changes more nimbly in the future. Production of the site will shift to New York, though some engineers and other technical employees will stay in Washington State, where NBC will set up what it calls the NBC News Innovation Center.

At first, NBCNews.com will retain sections for MSNBC’s political programs like “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Morning Joe.” But those will be moved onto a new MSNBC.com early next year, further splintering traffic.

H/T: Brian Stelter at The New York Times


HuffPo: Dick Durbin on NBC’s Meet The Press: “Mitt Romney Running From Bain ‘Like A Scalded Cat’”

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday joined the chorus of Democrats attacking Mitt Romney for his tenure at Bain Capital, saying the candidate is trying to evade questions about his record there.

"Why is Mitt Romney running away from his company, Bain Capital, like a scalded cat?" he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Because there is abundant evidence that under Bain Capital, they were exporting American jobs to low-wage countries. and he doesn’t want to be associated with it.”

Romney has said he left Bain in 1999 when he went to work on the Olympics, but he in fact was listed as CEO, president and chairman on official documents up until 2002. 

Durbin said the question of Romney’s involvement could be resolved, in part, if his campaign released more information.

 

The Sunday morning political talk shows have long played a key role in American political discourse, providing a venue for balanced discussion about key political topics. But in 2011 at least, they were heavily skewed to one political party over the other. According to a new analysis of shows like Meet the Press from Roll Call, Republican lawmakers appeared nearly twice as often as Democratic ones last year, and held a smaller advantage in previous years:

In 2009 and 2010, Republican Members held a small advantage over Democratic Members in appearances on these programs, getting 52 percent of the invites in both years. In both years, CBS had more Democrats as guests than Republicans by a narrow margin; in the same period, Fox News had more Republican guests by a wider margin.

But in 2011, the GOP lawmakers captured 64 percent of the Congressional appearances on the five shows that Roll Call tracks, and every network featured more Republican lawmakers than Democrats. Of 330 Congressional appearances tallied by Roll Call last year, 210 went to Republicans and only 120 went to Democrats — fewer if you subtract the eight appearances made by Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut Independent who caucuses with Democrats.

Certainly, some imbalance could be expected given that Republicans control the House and have a presidential primary contest, but the disparity could arguably be too great to explain this way. Michael Shanahan, assistant director of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, offered another explanation: “Democrats aren’t all that interesting.” In other words, producers find that Democrats provide less entertainment value. Either way, it means that viewers will get disproportional exposure to one world view.

h/t: Alex Seitz-Wald at Think Progress

PPP’s 3rd annual TV news trust poll (2011 version here, 2010 version here) finds that Fox News tops the list for both the source Americans trust the most and the one they trust the least.

Fox is the most trusted TV news source for 34% of voters, followed by PBS at 17%, CNN at 12%, ABC News at 11%, CBS News at 8%, MSNBC at 5%, and Comedy Central and NBC each at 4%.

68% of Republicans pick Fox as their most trusted source, with no one else even hitting double digits. Democrats split closely three ways with PBS at 21%, ABC News at 19%, and CNN at 17%. Despite having a reputation for appealing to the left MSNBC actually polls in only 6th place among Democrats at 8%, finishing slightly behind even Fox News’ 9%. Independents split almost evenly between Fox News (29%) and PBS (27%).

Fox is also the least trusted TV news source for 34% of voters, followed by Comedy Central at 16%, MSNBC at 15%, CNN at 11%, ABC News at 7%, CBS News at 5%, PBS at 2%, and NBC News at 1%.

Democrats (53-17 over Comedy Central) and independents (44-13 over Comedy Central) both overwhelmingly say Fox is their least trusted news source. Republicans go for MSNBC by a 28-23 margin over CNN, followed by Comedy Central at 18% and ABC News at 10%.

Some results:

Q1 Do you trust ABC News, or not?

  • Trust it
  •  37% 
  • …………………………………………………….
  • Do not trust it
  •  40% 
  • …………………………………………..
  • Not sure 22% 

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Q2 Do you trust CBS News, or not?

  • Trust it
  •  40% 
  • …………………………………………………….
  • Do not trust it
  •  42% 
  • …………………………………………..
  • Not sure 18% 

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Q3 Do you trust CNN, or not?

  • Trust it
  •  43% 
  • …………………………………………………….
  • Do not trust it
  •  39% 
  • …………………………………………..
  • Not sure 18% 
  • ………………………………………………….

Q4 Do you trust Comedy Central, or not?

  • Trust it
  •  28% 
  • …………………………………………………….
  • Do not trust it
  •  46% 
  • …………………………………………..
  • Not sure 26% 
  • ………………………………………………….

Q5 Do you trust Fox News, or not?

  • Trust it
  •  45% 
  • …………………………………………………….
  • Do not trust it
  •  42% 
  • …………………………………………..
  • Not sure 13% 
  • ………………………………………………….

Q6 Do you trust MSNBC, or not?

  • Trust it
  •  38% 
  • …………………………………………………….
  • Do not trust it
  •  43% 
  • …………………………………………..
  • Not sure 19% 
  • ………………………………………………….

Q7 Do you trust NBC News, or not?

  • Trust it
  •  44% 
  • …………………………………………………….
  • Do not trust it
  •  38% 
  • …………………………………………..
  • Not sure 17% 
  • ………………………………………………….

Q8 Do you trust PBS, or not?

  • Trust it
  •  52% 
  • …………………………………………………….
  • Do not trust it
  •  30% 
  • …………………………………………..
  • Not sure 17% 
  • ………………………………………………….

Q9 Which TV news outlet do you trust the most: 

ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Comedy Central, 

Fox News, MSNBC, NBC News, or PBS?

  • ABC News 11% 
  • ………………………………………………
  • CBS News  8% 
  • ………………………………………………
  • CNN 12% 
  • ……………………………………………………….
  • Comedy Central
  •   4% 
  • ……………………………………….
  • Fox News 34% 
  • ………………………………………………..
  • MSNBC  5% 
  • …………………………………………………..
  • NBC News  4% 
  • ………………………………………………
  • PBS 17% 
  • ……………………………………………………….
  • Someone else/Not sure  4% 
  • …………………………….

Q10 Working from the same list of choices, which 

TV news outlet do you trust the least?

  • ABC News  7% 
  • ………………………………………………
  • CBS News  5% 
  • ………………………………………………
  • CNN 11% 
  • ……………………………………………………….
  • Comedy Central
  •  16% 
  • ……………………………………….
  • Fox News 34% 
  • ………………………………………………..
  • MSNBC 15% 
  • …………………………………………………..
  • NBC News  1% 
  • ………………………………………………
  • PBS  2% 
  • ……………………………………………………….
  • Someone else/Not sure  9%

-For the second year in a row PBS easily comes out ahead as the outlet the most people trust, even if it isn’t necessarily the one they trust the most.

-In general trust in television news has been on the rise over the last two years. Trust in NBC News is up 15 points compared to 2010, CBS and ABC News are both up by 12 points, and CNN is up by 6 points. The only outlet in worse shape than it was 2 years ago is Fox News, which is down 9 points. But they’re still headed in the right direction- they’re up 7 points from 2011 after dropping by 16 points between 2010 and 2011.

-Democrats trust everything- except Fox News. NBC does the best with them at +50 (67/17), followed by PBS and CNN at +49 (66/17 and 65/16 respectively), ABC at +38 (57/19), CBS at +35 (58/23), MSNBC at +33 (56/23), and even Comedy Central at +4 (36/32). Fox News comes in at -36 (25/61).

-Republicans meanwhile don’t trust anything except Fox News. PBS comes the closest to breaking even among non-Fox outlets, although not very close, at -30 (26/56).  It’s followed by CNN at -49 (18/67), MSNBC at -51 (18/69), NBC at -52 (17/69), CBS at -54 (17/71), ABC at -56 (14/70), and Comedy Central at -59 (12/71). But Fox News comes in at a stellar 73/17.

Independents are with the Democrats. They trust everything except Fox News. Main takeaway from this poll: tv news has become just as polarizing as the political parties in this country.

Full results here

h/t: PPP.