Rachel Maddow reports on the role of partisan politics in the upcoming Scotland independence vote, where Scotland’s disdain for British conservatives could boost secession while empowering conservatives by taking Scotland’s liberals out of Parliament.
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During the Tuesday night broadcast of The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow ended the show by discussing Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and his recent comments regarding his state’s high uninsured rate. A recent survey revealed that Mississippi is the only state to have seen its uninsured rate increase since the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Overall, the country has seen a significant decrease in the number of uninsured people. However, Mississippi’s uninsured rate has climbed to 21.46%. Only Texas currently has a higher uninsured rate than Mississippi.
When presented with these results, Bryant decided that President Barack Obama and the ACA were to blame.
“If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in Mississippi, I’d say that’s yet another example of a broken promise from Barack Obama.”
Maddow highlighted Bryant’s refusal to work with any of the provisions of the ACA that would have helped bring health coverage to more Mississippians. The governor refused to assist in creating a state exchange even though his own state’s health commissioner, a Republican, had a well-designed exchange ready to be put in place. Due to Bryant’s intransigence, the HHS and other federal agencies were unable to work with the state exchange, and only two health insurance companies were willing to be placed on it. The governor also refused to expand Medicaid, which would have provided coverage to over 300,000 residents of his state. Instead, Bryant said that people have free coverage — the emergency room.
Rachel decided to use a visual metaphor to illustrate the effects of Bryant’s obstruction when it comes to Obamacare. The host brought out a model of a Lamborghini. The remote control car worked perfectly and she was able to drive it around the studio. After driving it around, she bashed it several times with a hammer. After causing severe damage to the car, she tried to drive it around again. Of course, it went nowhere. In mock outrage, Maddow kicked the car, called it a piece of junk and said nobody should get this car because it doesn’t work.
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of MSNBC:
In a short four-minute segment, Rachel Maddow destroyed Bryant’s declaration that the ACA is to blame for Mississippi’s high uninsured rate. The fact remains that red state Republican governors like Bryant and Texas’ Rick Perry have done everything in their power to ensure that the health care law is a failure in their state. However, when presented with the aftereffects of their obstruction, they turn tail and blame Obama or Democrats for the negative impact of their actions. Republicans take a jackhammer to Obamacare in their states and then call it a piece of junk when it doesn’t work as promised.
CNN and Fox News have largely ignored the news that President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT employment discrimination by companies that contract with the federal government - an historic measure that will protect up to 28 million workers.
On June 16, a White House official revealed that President Obama would sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The move comes seven months after the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a measure that has subsequently languished in the House as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) refused to bring the measure up for a vote.
ENDA’s diminishing prospects led many LGBT activists and Democratic lawmakers to press Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT employment discrimination by federal contractors. The ACLU’s Ian Thompson hailed an executive order as “the single most important step" Obama could take absent congressional action to combat anti-LGBT employment discrimination. One estimate suggests that Obama’s executive order will protect up to 28 million workers.
In a June 16 segment highlighting the persistent problem of anti-LGBT employment discrimination, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow laid out the context of congressional intransigence that led to Obama’s decision to act unilaterally on the issue:
While Maddow’s network gave the news of the impending executive order 31 minutes of coverage, CNN and Fox News barely covered it at all, with each providing a mere 20 seconds of coverage:
An astonishing 69 percent of Americans think employment discrimination against LGBT people is already illegal; as Maddow’s segment highlighted, that figure even includes the Speaker of the House. But it’s perfectly legal to fire someone for being gay - or for being perceived as gay - in 29 states. Meanwhile, workers can be fired for being transgender in 32 states. CNN and Fox’s failure to cover Obama’s executive order helps keep Americans in the dark about the reality of anti-LGBT workplace discrimination and makes it difficult to build momentum for a measure like ENDA.
In ignoring the executive order, CNN and Fox are repeating a troubling problem witnessed in the run-up to last year’s Senate passage of ENDA. Last summer, as the Senate moved closer to passing that measure for the first time in the legislation’s 20-year history, CNN and Fox both gave ENDA no coverage at all, even as both networks - and CNN particularly - fawned over the yet-to-be-born royal baby.
On Fox, silence is often the norm on LGBT issues, unless the network sees an opportunity to peddle religious liberty horror stories. The silence of CNN is more noteworthy, but it isn’t unprecedented. This spring, CNN joined Fox in completely ignoring the passage of Mississippi’s anti-gay license-to-discriminate law - a measure championed by anti-gay hate groups and which eerily echoed an Arizona bill vetoed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. In that instance, CNN’s silence came as the network devoted hours upon hours to obsessive speculation over the fate of a missing Malaysian airplane.
While CNN and Fox have responded to the latest LGBT rights story with deafening silence, they still have the chance to cover the story and inform viewers about the ongoing need to pass ENDA when President Obama actually signs his executive order.
Equality Matters searched news transcripts provided by TV Eyes for the terms “employment discrimination,” “employment nondiscrimination,” “employment non-discrimination,” “workplace discrimination,” “gay,” “lesbian,” “bisexual,” “transgender,” “LGBT,” “sexual orientation,” “gender identity” and “executive order” for June 16-17, 2014. Reruns, teases for upcoming segments, and passing mentions were excluded.
H/T: Luke Brinker at MMFA
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When the editorial board of The Star-Ledger of New Jersey gathered last October to consider an endorsement for governor, it was clear their support for Gov. Chris Christie was lukewarm at best. Even the board vote was an unusual split decision, 3-1, in favor of Christie, according to Editorial Page Editor Tom Moran.
Four months later the board has done an about-face, unanimously agreeing that they now regret the endorsement and, in the words of Moran, admitting they “blew this one.”
"Yes, we knew Christie was a bully," Moran wrote in the February 9 column. "But we didn’t know his crew was crazy enough to put people’s lives at risk in Fort Lee as a means to pressure the mayor. We didn’t know he would use Hurricane Sandy aid as a political slush fund. And we certainly didn’t know that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was sitting on a credible charge of extortion by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno."
The endorsement U-turn follows growing evidence tying Gov. Christie’s administration to the so-called Bridgegate scandal, in which Christie aides shut down several approach lanes of the busy George Washington Bridge for four days in September, deliberately sparking traffic tie-ups in the town of Fort Lee as a means of political retribution.
Christie fired the aides in question when their role became public, and the issue has sparked demands for more information on what the governor knew and triggered legislative and criminal investigations into the incident.
"We had a severe case of buyer’s remorse after endorsing him," Moran said Monday, a day after publishing an unusual column announcing the board’s change of heart. “Since his re-election, we have learned some new things about him. We learned that his senior staff was willing to put people’s lives at risk to make a political point on the bridge, we’ve learned that the Hoboken mayor has credible charges of criminal activity by the Lt. Governor and a couple of cabinet members, and we see more and more evidence that he is misusing [Hurricane] Sandy funds for political purposes.”
The Star-Ledger's editorial board began questioning potential ties to the bridge lane closing in December when Christie's top appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the bridge, resigned. Bill Barino, the agency’s deputy executive director, stepped down as questions arose over who ordered the lanes closed.
But Moran said he began to regret the endorsement once the scandal really broke open on January 8 after emails tied to a Christie deputy were released that showed top people in his administration were linked to the shutdown.
But even before the Bridgegate scandal broke the endorsement drew mixed reactions.
CNN offered surprise in a piece that said it was “hardly a glowing endorsement,” while Business Insider's Josh Barro wrote: “Christie got the Star-Ledger's endorsement even though they think he's 'a catastrophe on the environment,' even though he's refused to meet with their editorial board at any time since he was elected (a fact the Star-Ledger editors groused about in their editorial), and even though Christie mocked Star-Ledger editorial page editor Tom Moran as ‘the thinnest-skinned guy in America’ to uproarious laughter at a 2010 press conference.”
But MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow may have offered the most critical attention to the endorsement in an October 21 segment in which she declared, “It’s one thing to damn him with faint praise. This is praising with robust damnation. This is the weirdest newspaper endorsement I have ever seen. What a truly bizarre decision.”
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This world needs more truth-tellers like Rachel Maddow and less liars like Sean Hannity.