How to buy a Romney White House: Foster Friess and The Daily Caller

Earlier I posted that both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Wyoming almost-billionaire businessman Foster Friess were at the Faith and Freedom Conference yesterday. McConnell spoke about wanting to protect Republican donors from more disclosure laws — to protect them from “public scrutiny.”  Friess talked about his plans to donate to Romney’s campaign ‘undercover,’ giving money to Romney superPACs through 501(c)4 organizations which wouldn’t disclose where the contributions came from.

After Neil Munro of the The Daily Caller heckled President Obama yesterday in the Rose Garden, during his address on immigration and the Dream Act, and Tucker Carlson (Munro’s boss) obviously approved, it’s worth noting that Foster Friess helped start the Daily Caller with $3 million in seed money — and continues to invest in it.

Video of the Day: In a serious breach of etiquette, Neil Munro heckled the president and was immediately condemned. This makes sense when you realize that the Daily Caller isn’t “reporting” news and isn’t a neutral media outlet in any way. The Daily Caller, Tucker Carlson, and Neil Munro take their marching orders from their owners like Foster Friess who have a clear political agenda and have enough money to make it happen.

CNN commentary:

Imagine the rending of garments on the conservative side, had this been done to a Republican president. Dixie Chicks, anyone?

John Boehner talked about jobs yesterday. Yawn.

JED LEWISON discusses John Boehner’s jobs speech:

As anyone with a pulse could have predicted, Boehner blamed weak job growth on President Obama, saying:

“Job creators in America are essentially on strike,” Mr. Boehner said, according to excerpts released by the Speaker’s office. “The problem is not confusion about the policies. The problem is the policies.”

That’s got to be the stupidest thing John Boehner has ever said. He’s basically saying that business owners would rather protest the nation’s fiscal and regulatory policy than make sense. But businesses don’t go “on strike” when there’s demand for their services and profit to be made. And even if they did, other businesses step in and meet the demand.

No, the problem is not that “job creators” have gone “on strike.” The problem is that there isn’t enough demand for their products and services. Boehner’s fundamental misunderstanding of this basic fact is reflected in his belief that the deficit reduction super committee is actually a jobs committee:

“The joint committee is a jobs committee. Its mission is to reduce the deficit that is threatening job creation in our country.”

If there were any truth to what Boehner said, if “job creators” really were “on strike” and if they really did believe that “the joint committee is a jobs committee,” then job growth would have soared after the conclusion of the debt deal in early August. Instead, this is what happened:

Jobs Growth

Thousands of jobs created per month in 2011 (data source)

Once again, the job creators are working and middle class Americans who have a paycheck and the income to spend on things they want. No good pay, no job, no demand for products or services.

Wealthy people and corporations who hoard their tax cuts, offshore what were formerly U.S. jobs, and / or increase their CEO bonuses year after year? That would be the OPPOSITE of job creators.

If rightwing media reported what Obama actually said, where would they get all the fake outrage?

There is a simple, yet successful, formula for rightwing media, politicians and blogs:

  1. (Words – Actual Meaning = Fake Outrage) +
  2. (RW fanbase – Reading the Actual Words = Drones)
  3. Fake Outrage + Drones = $$$!

Charles Johnson comments on the ‘Official RWNJ Talking Points™’ now being spread by the AP – Associated Press, Fox News, Drudge, etc. about Obama’s speech on Israel and Palestine (emphasis mine below):

Rarely have I seen such blatant distortion in a mainstream news release. Here’s the exact quote from Obama’s speech:

The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.

Note: he didn’t say “1967 borders,” he didn’t “side with the Palestinians,” and he absolutely did still insist on mutually agreed swaps and secure borders for both countries. It’s nothing but a re-wording of the same position the US has taken for many years.

And the AP’s first sentence is completely false:

…based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war.

When people refer to the “1967 lines” they’re always talking about the post-war armistice lines. Whoever wrote this sentence needs to have their journalism examined.

Based on this distorted and very misleading AP article, Fox News instantly put together a screaming fake outrage headline, currently leading on their front page:

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The Idiocracy is at Hand

Apparently (according to Paul J.J. Payack*) true God fearin’, Palin Bumpit lovin’, 100% U.S. of  ‘Mericans can’t understand  the 10th grade-level of elitist Socialism our President blah-blahed at them last night.

20-word sentences, Mr. President? How about next time you flash your information on LOLcat images, 5 words at a time. Meet this brain-damaged nation halfway.



President Obama’s speech on the gulf oil disaster may have gone over the heads of many in his audience, according to an analysis of the 18-minute talk released Wednesday.

Tuesday night’s speech from the Oval Office of the White House was written to a 9.8 grade level, said Paul J.J. Payack, president of Global Language Monitor…

Though the president used slightly less than four sentences per paragraph, his 19.8 words per sentence “added some difficulty for his target audience,” Payack said.


Wonkette: Obama needs to learn this lesson quick. Do not expect the American people, or pundits for that matter, to have passed the 10th grade. Treat them like they’re in middle school. And probably stop treating everything like it’s the Manhattan Project or Apollo program. You need to lower your expectations of what the American people can do. We just are not currently at the level of being able to achieve things like creating the atomic bomb or going to the Moon. The most complex thing the American people can do right now is create YouTube montages of pictures of Justin Bieber.

*J.J. = jumpin’ Jehosaphat?