Hypocrites, Part 2

Posted Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at 4:53 PM
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  • I bet I could have heard the exact same thing by watching CNN last night for about 8 minutes. No wonder only 6 people tune into that station every night.

    -- Posted by Justin76 on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 8:56 PM
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    Here's the real problem you face posting well thought out opinions on blogs. You face the old challenge of arguing there are no witches to Cotton Mathers followers. You can talk and argue, and back up your thoughts with truckloads of hard evidence, you may do that right up until the moment the flames extinguish you.

    The ignorant are nothing if not the greatest hazard to intelligent life on the planet.

    -- Posted by didereaux on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 5:37 AM
  • justin,

    Hate to discourage your fantasy.

    The industry ratings show very clearly, CNN is the most watched and most trusted broadcast news source in the U.S and the world.

    Ammanpour is easily the most respected field reporter of this generation.

    It is a rare network newscast that does not include at least one CNN developed segment.

    They all have begun copying CNN innovations.

    Don't let your political theology pull on the blindfolds.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 2:49 PM
  • Hate to discourage your fantasy.

    The industry ratings show very clearly, FOX is the most watched and most trusted broadcast news source in the U.S and the world.

    Ammanpour is not the most respected field reporter of this generation.

    It is a rare network newscast that includes a CNN developed segment.

    They all have begun copying FOX innovations.

    Don't let your political theology pull on the blindfolds.

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 5:49 PM
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    Wow a discussion on which network is more watched CNN or Fox News. How enthralling. Unfortunately organizations have been copying Fox News innovations and it makes watching the actual news extremely difficult. Breaking News for every little thing whether it's important or not, scrolls running across the bottom that have nothing to do with news. Yes we can thank Fox News for dumbing down the newscast.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 6:02 AM
  • Boo

    Everyone copies everyone with technical innovations.

    Every NFL color analyst attempted to copy John Madden, but no other "X-Spurt" had the coordination, knowledge, teaching ability and pizz-zazz of Madden.

    He remained Numero Uno until he retired -- what was it -- just before his 100th birthday -- Joking of course.

    But FOX does not even rank among the top news organizations, simply because most of its "News" budget is wasted on opinion personalities.

    Until you get some serious credentials within the international news community backing your pathetic line of bull, don't try to blow smoke.

    There really is no competition for Ammanpour today.

    Several have serious credentials, but cannot stack up against Ammanpour's decades of field experience, her record for going after the most dangerous interviews, relentless impartiality and integrity, encyclopedic knowledge and unequalled language skills.

    More than a few of U.S. Field Commanders in the Middle East have considered Ammanpour their most reliable and trusted intelligence source to actually learn what the situation is on both sides of any conflict.

    Just watch her Sunday afternoon broadcasts. At the end, you have no idea where she stands.

    But you **** well know exactly how much her guests know and you know when one or more of them is a phony.

    Couric props up all her "guests." Ammanpour exposes them if they are not for real and know what they are talking about.

    She has exposed some people I had believed to be competent for decades within 15 minutes and opened them up like a can of sardines without them realizing what they were revealing.

    When she repeatedly rode horseback into Pashtun country in Afghanistan and Pakistan, asked the toughest questions of Taliban leaders and any others she located -- And did it so deftly they did not take offense at a woman confronting them directly on the most serious matters.

    Boo -- If you had attempted to follow in her footsteps, 20 years ago, or one year ago -- You would have been dead 20 years ago, or one year ago.

    I know men who fought at Tora Bora, who are absolutely in awe of Ammanpour. The 10th Mountain "pathfinders" don't give their respect easily -- but they insisted the brass provide videotapes of all her broadcasts from the mountains.

    Working news professionals do not have opinions in news time or print news space.

    Once a "News" staffer expresses a personal opinion on any serious subject, they have lost all credibility for impartial news reporting.

    I have not seen a Fox "News" broadcast in years which did not air at least one STRONG opinion expressed by each NEWS person.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 7:26 AM
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    Your critiques of Hank's often far fetched posts would carry much more weight if you didn't feel it necessary to engage in idiotic and childish mockery.

    -- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 8:51 AM
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    Your crticism of the Republican districts publicizing stimulus fund use is interesting to me. I can understand how you might see hypocrisy here, since you think everything a Republican does is hypocritical while Democrats apparently are free from that fault; but are there not Democrats in those districts who were in favor of the stimulus. Are representatives not elected to serve and represent all of thier constituents? Is it your position that only if a person is fully behind, 100%, any position that they should be able to use a service? As Obama famously said that he won, so did the Democrats in Congress win on that vote, your argument is that the money should be spent only in Democratic districts? What stimulative effect would that have?

    Where you in favor of the Bush Tax waste of money that gave us all a couple hundred dollars a few years back? I wasn't but I spent it anyway. I guess that just proves that in your view I am a hypocrite as well. Although, since I'm not a Democrat that may have been a foregone conclusion.

    -- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 9:00 AM
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    I don't have the power to censor hank, but thanks for thinking that I do but I love that you say that it annoys you to hell but you get a laugh out of it. Now THAT'S funny.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 10:29 AM
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    Actually SWNebr where the hypocrisy comes in and when these Republicans are in Washington and in front of cameras they trash the stimulus but when they are home and in front of smaller crowds that laud the stimulus. That is hypocritical. But your point is very interesting that because there are Democrats in the districts where these Republicans who voted against the stimulus, said it wouldn't, say it hasn't worked are going back home and saying completely different things about the stimulus that makes it okay. Don't really buy that line but if that's what you want to believe that's fine.

    Truth be told I was supportive of the one Bush tax cut that actually benefited everyone and not just the rich, so you attempt at a "gotcha" really did not work. Was it good for the economy? No it had no real effect but I supported it.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 10:34 AM
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    hank you nicknames for everyone is very similar to another poster who used to come on here parading as everything from a former student of mine to a high school drop out Taco Bell worker, not to mention as a female. The only reason I am convinced you are not that person is because you called me lil mike (which is a pretty sweet nickname so thanks for that) and not twiggy.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 10:36 AM
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    Oh and SWNebr one final point, I wasn't criticizing the districts. How they used the stimulus money was completely up to them. I was criticizing their representatives who spoke against the stimulus, voted against the stimulus, proclaim that it hasn't worked, and then go back to their districts and throw their arms up in jubilation at how the stimulus worked as if it was their creation and they should get the credit for their districts getting the money.

    The Senators and Representatives that actually voted against the bill and yet celebrate the stimulus at home are the hypocritical ones, not the districts themselves.

    I do not consider you hypocritical for not supporting the Bush tax cuts yet using the tax money you got because you did not physically vote against the cuts.

    So your unfounded attack on me that I consider all Republicans hypocritical falls a little flat when it's actually analyzed on what I have actually said and what you have taken from it.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 10:42 AM
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    So I'm starting the censorship machine? Can you show me where it is because I'm not sure I've ever seen such a machine. Hmmm ... I wonder if it's too late to shut it off. hank, you seem to know all about, have any idea where it is?

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 1:11 PM
  • Mike - Read your BOLD remarks that start this heading. You censured the comments. You removed them because you didn't like them. If that is not censurship then please explain what it is????

    -- Posted by wallismarsh on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 1:51 PM
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    I took down the remarks because the majority of the comments had nothing at all to do with the blog and was, instead, a battle to see who could thow the most insults at each other. I welcome criticism and I don't take blogs down because I don't like what is being said I take blogs down when the posters have gotten completely off task.

    But hey you say it's censorship so it must be.

    What's with all the question marks anyways.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 2:00 PM
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    hank are you sure you aren't Steffanie, steff, G5, or any of the numerous monikers that user used each time he got kicked off the site? Your rhetoric is just so very similar.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 5:57 PM
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    Joe Buck.

    -- Posted by Jaded American on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 9:43 AM
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    This is news to me. When exactly did President Obama attempt to suppress Fox "News"? Nevermind, don't answer that because he didn't but that's just one of those boogeymen that the Republican Party and Conservatives keep making up to scare people.

    What he did do was call Fox "News" out on their bogus claim to be fair and balanced

    Just today I notice he is holding a town hall meeting in Nevada, so you would think all the cable news networks would be showing that (because it is news). Well Fox "News" is more concerned with Tiger Woods statement to break away from coverage of his statement which was 2 hours ago to actually cover some news.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 12:22 PM
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    Interesting that after the Ft. Hood attack conservatives and Fox "News" were just appalled that it was not considered an act of terrorism and yet a man flying a plane into an IRS building in Austin, TX is definitely not an act of terrorism because the Homeland Security say it isn't.

    I guess the difference and the blatant hypocrisy is that the reason conservative and Fox "News" considered the Ft. Hood shooting terrorism is because the shooter was of Middle Eastern decent and the the guy that flew his plane into a federal building was a white guy. Maybe it's just me.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 12:37 PM
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    Wait a second hank are you saying with your quote "The IRS is not an international operation" that the IRS planned it's own bombing? You blamed one on the guy being a terrorist for an international muslim jihad against the United States, where you came up with that only one can assume.

    It almost sounds like you are excusing the coward that flew his plane into a government building.

    It also sounds like you don't believe in domestic terrorism. You keep telling everyone that they need to have a sliver of knowledge of current events which you clearly don't have but you might want to keep history in mind. In the US we have had far more domestic terrorism than foreign terrorism could even approach.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 4:56 PM
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    Works for me reformedrightwinger

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Sat, Feb 20, 2010, at 2:30 PM
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    It appears that my first prediction for the health care summit was right on the money. Not only are the Republicans claiming it was a trap (a theme they have been running with for weeks in the build up) they are even going as far as complaining about the way the room was set up. Ah, gotta love them, they are so sadly predictable.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 6:17 AM
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    Ahh the false argument already being played on the airwaves that poor little Republicans didn't get enough time.

    But it's not surprising, they went in declaring that it was a trap and they weren't going to be treated fairly so the shocking thing would have been them coming out of the meeting singing a different tune. Fortunately Republicans are the most predictable creature in D.C. and continued on their meme of "poor us, no one listens to us".

    It's interesting that whenever Bush talked down to Congressional Democrats you all loved it and thought that it showed that he meant business. Now all of a sudden you say Obama does the same to the Republicans and he's arrogant.

    By the way which party is this "Democrat Party" you keep mentioning. I've never heard of them. I know there's the Republican Party and the Democratic Party and many different 3rd Parties, but I've never heard of the Democrat Party.

    But you are right this was a desperate attempt to drive up poll numbers. That's why the President announced it more than a month in advance and gave Republicans ample opportunity to plan for this event because it was just plain old desperation. Boy howdy you called the President out on that one alright.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 6:00 PM
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    I do need to correct you on one point senior, "Democrat Party" is an invention by Newt Gingrich.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 7:14 AM
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    Oh this old meme again. The funniest thing that has come out of this supposed cult surrounding Obama and regarding him as a god is that only people who actually believe in any of it are the people that invented it. The only people that apparently believe that Obama is any kind of deity are all on the right side of the spectrum. And the whole thing of calling Obama B. Hussein Obama as if it's derogatory towards him is also laughable. People got over that 2 years ago, but at least I know that on this website you are still trying to slam him because of his middle name.

    Thank you hankherndon for keeping the oldies going here.

    But I'm being derogatory towards you hank (according to your definition) so I apologize. I don't want to upset you.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 9:56 AM
  • Backassward Henri,

    The remarkable thing that is coming out of personal experience, dealing with people in more than 20 states on a daily basis and reviewing a wide range of news and comment are two clear realities.

    The average men and women who provided most of Candidate Obama's financing and precinct campaign support have been totally confused by all the lies being repeated ad nauseum.

    The real "movers and shakers," especially those who are involved in any of the dozens of volunteer task forces, in military planning and the 50 or so major issues needing attention -- Are almost 100% favorable toward President Obama.

    An uber-conservative business friend flew out of Dulles in January. His seatmate was military "star grade" in casual civvies and "shades."

    The man exchanged the shades for bi-focals after settling into his window seat and was instantly recognizable from TV and front pages.

    My friend jokingly declared the attire and shades were indeed "deep cover." Got one sharp glance in return.

    When the steward came by with the cart, both ordered drinks, with a double scotch on the window.

    Sometime later the "Star Man" laughed aloud.

    Finally he said without preview, "I outlined the best plan my staff and I could put together and presented a brilliant supporting statement.

    "That big-eared S.O.B. asked one question and exposed a fatal flaw. Never criticized, just asked his question."

    My friend asked what "big-eared S.O.B." was referred to.

    "That guy in the White House. My Commander-in-Chief and thank God he is there. Thirty military professionals in that room and all of us realized instantly he had spotted a real flaw we hadn't recognized in the hour of my presentation."

    [I may be off a word or two, but this is an almost exact quote.]

    My friend and I had quit discussing anything political because he had become a raver against Obama before early 2008.

    The other thing the "Star Man" told him, "Prior to that one question, the President sat for nearly three hours without a word, listening to everyone else.

    Then he asked the one question and saved American lives."


    Mike has pointed out the GOP/Conservative hypocrisy.

    Our staunchly conservative GOP senator, who verbally assaults President Obama at least twice weekly, came home last week for a ribbon-cutting.

    Completion of a "Stimulus Bill" funded project.

    Guess who took full credit for that project, the improvement it has already made in lives and the jobs it provided.

    That's right, Henri, that Senator who has publicly charged the President with "being an instrument of Satan."

    That's hypocrisy.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 9:34 AM
  • By the way,

    I can remember Wendell Wilkie and Thomas E. Dewey sneeringly refer to the "Democrat Party."

    You can bet Warren Harding used the term deliberately, probably even Teddy Roosevelt.

    I find it interesting that I get ripped for using the "Tea Baggers" own name for themselves.

    While people who know it is incorrect, constantly abuse the term "Democrat Party" and insist it is all right.

    [By the way, how many realize former NYC D.A. Thomas E. Dewey has been officially exposed for being in the pocket of one of the major N.Y. Mafia families. Bonnano (Joe Bananas) as I recall.

    Dewey's crime fighting reputation came about because his financial benefactor fed him evidence about the other N.Y. Mafia Families and he was able to successfully prosecute.

    Files have revealed J. Edgar Hoover knew, but kept quiet -- knowing he would have complete control over Dewey.

    Hoover was seriously irritated that he had no control over Truman after being able to "hint" and get his way with FDR. [He knew about Lucy Mercer and FDR -- and that was a major hammer.]

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Fri, Mar 5, 2010, at 9:47 AM
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