Friday, September 5, 2008

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow: LIAR!

MSNBCs Newest LiarI never thought I would find a more liberal "journalist" than Keith Olbermann (no link provided as I don't wish to promote his form of politics), but tonight, on the popular MSNBC program Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the show was guest hosted by Rachel Maddow (again, no link, again for the same reason). She has taken over from Keith Olbermann in my mind as the most liberal among the mainstream media's flunkies.

Tonight, after calling many of the remarks during John McCain's acceptance speech Thursday evening "lies" -- and blatantly calling Senator McCain a "liar" -- she turned the tables on Governor Sarah Palin and attempted to call her a liar, as well. She opened the show with a comment that Governor Palin lied about selling the private jet that belonged to the state of Alaska on eBay. She let the teaser hang for nearly the entire hour before elaborating on her "definition" of the word lie.

Maddow claims that Governor Palin, in her speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, claimed to have sold Alaska's private jet on eBay. She went on to claim that it was, in fact, untrue, because the jet did not sell on eBay. She explained that the Governor did indeed list the jet on eBay three times -- each with no sale -- before finally selling it to a broker of some sort for $2.1M. She then went on to say that Alaska paid $2.7M for the jet, and therefore Governor Palin's sale of the private jet actually cost Alaskan taxpayers money.

Now, let's get real and put aside the liberal smear politics for a moment, shall we? First, when was the last time you purchased any type of vehicle, used it for a while, and sold it at a profit? Used cars are rarely sold for a profit, and I would expect the same of airliners. The fact that Governor Palin recovered 78% of the purchase price of the unneeded private jet for the state of Alaska is significant. That's $2.1M added back into the state budget while at the same time eliminating fuel and maintenance costs on an airplane that was not needed.

Second, if you read the full text of Governor Palin's speech, or view the video (embedded below -- start watching at the 20 minute mark) of the speech, you will see that Governor Palin never claimed to have sold the jet on eBay. What the Governor said was:
While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for.

That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.
[emphasis added]
That statement, in fact, is true. In fact, by the liberal Maddow's own admission, Governor Palin "put" the jet on eBay three times. More importantly, when the jet failed to sell on eBay, rather than give up, she found a buyer to take the unneeded property off the state books.

It is thoroughly disgusting that of the mainstream media, only one news network seems to be able to report without any bias slant -- to report the news, the truth, and the facts. The other news networks can't seem to report on the news without first spinning it to support their favored candidate. With so many Americans casting their votes based upon not what they know, but rather what they hear in the media, it should be a crime for the media to falsify their news reports in such a manner as to intentionally mislead the American people.

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Anonymous said...

Finally...someone had the sense to tell it like it is.
Keith Olberman is a typical liberal...meaning he only brings people on his show that will agree with him, I have never once seen him debate any of his ridiculous claims with anyone, he only brings in political hacks who agree with him.
Rachel Maddow is even worse, for such an educated woman she seems quite narrow minded, even angry...she needs to relax, maybe switch to decaf and seriously maybe try to understand the other points of view, otherwise she will continue to look stupid and come off as militant. As much as I disagree with almost everything she says, she certainly has more guts than Olberman.

Anonymous said...

Great post. However, you call Olbermoronn's freakshow "popular". In the event that you are not kidding, Olbermoronn's ratings are abysmal. In the history of television, what other program would lose to a competitor by a factor of 3 or 4 and routinely finish third, fourth or fifth against only four competitors, but still be alleged to be "popular"? Answer: No show but Olbermoronn's has ever been touted as "popular" with such humiliating, poor numbers.

Anonymous said...

In the last day or two I saw Maddow as a panelist on the network which has recently hired her.
She was waving a militant arm around and pointing with a manly jab at the table. Excuse me, but trouble is coming with this woman.
Regretably, the more criticism she gets, the more MSNBC will wrap defensive protective arms around her.

Anonymous said...

Great post Joe!

They should just replace the MSLSD logo with the AIr-America logo. This will fail as Air-America did because of this reason. People don't like hearing how their country sucks 24/7. AND, they don't like hearing MOM being called a liar. THEM'S FIGHTIN' words!

Olbermann is a joke, a baby, and a [expletive removed]. Here's a guy that had to hide in New York while the RNC convention was going on. Nuff said.

Mandow is really going to be funny. She's just going to be preaching to Keith's crowd. (the celler dwellers) Except she will have her really wackey friends from Air-America on.

Remember Joe, CNN tried to promote AAR when it first came on. Then they dropped that idea fast. Why? Talk about MSDNC re-using failed policies eh?

America47000 said...

Is it just me or was Maddening Maddow actually doing an Olbermann impression as part of the farce of guest hosting that propaganda show?

She's even matching his inflections, facial expressions and body language.

If idiots like Olbermann and Maddow are so concerned about impoverished America that they're willing to risk our national security to advance the agenda of and elect proto-socialist candidates, why aren't they rushing out to redistribute their own MSNBC millions? Why do they need the government to do something they are perfectly capable of doing out of the goodness of their own hearts?

Is especially infuriating to watch Maddow spit out epithets against the qualifications of working mothers, especially considering her own choice of lifestyle. Hypocritical feminists like to advocate "freedom of choice" while decrying any choice that doesn't conform to their liberal views. Although perhaps lumping Maddow in with the feminists is a stretch, given her own obvious lack of femininity.

How is this woman supposed to have any credibility on these panels at the conventions and such when she displays such utter contempt for decency and common sense when given her own forum? It's a joke.

Here she is on these panels, outclassed by Pat Buchanan, pouting like a lost little puppy who can't wait to return to the sanctuary of master Keith's lair (and I might also point out Herr Olbermann's equally pathetic cowardice in using Hurricane coverage as an excuse to avoid the RNC so he could stay in his cushy New York studio and lob partisan gripes across the airwaves with no filter or fear of local response).

But surprise surprise, put in that same cushy chair, with those same partisan hack writers posing as journalists, Maddow suddenly channels all of Olbermann's cockiness. What a shock.

For all the potshots Olbermann and Maddow throw at those who spark their jealousy, I wonder what they must think of Bill O'Reilly landing the huge interview with their messiah, Lord Barack, giving Fox News the continued credibility MSNBC is willing to piss away through the ongoing employ of these anti-American dingbats.

RIP NBC news and any semblance of honor in American journalism.

Anonymous said...

Rachel didn't actually say that Palin said she sold the jet on eBay.

Approximately two minutes into the show, they showed part of John McCain's speech from earlier in the day where he said, and I quote, "She took the luxury jet that was acquired by her predecessor and sold it on eBay - and made a profit."

Rachel followed up with, "except she never actually sold it on eBay, and she never made a profit."

America47000 said...

She said Palin put the part about putting the jet on ebay in her speech, and then Maddow said Palin later said she made a profit. In actuality McCain is the one who said she made a profit off the plane.

I just wonder if Maddow or Olbermann would ever consider scrutinizing every word of the glorious empty suit, Obama, with such a fine-tooth comb, only to fill half of an hourlong show with similar nitpicks.

Dames said...

Olbermann proclaimed after Palin's speech that she was "disingenuous" about her son's deployment date (9/11/2008). First he declared that releasing that info violates "opsec" (military operational security) which is a crime. And that the date she gave was not for his deployment, but rather the public sendoff of his unit for combat deployment. Madness!

Anonymous said...

This lady is absolutely whe epitomy of femi-nazi.... It is her way and her way only... She has a grudge against America and lives only for her cause with no regard for other views or discussions. No wonder MSNBC is and will stay in the tank.

Zeek said...

Clueless tools.

A woman has opinions that disagree with yours, and isn't bashful about expressing those opinions, along with facts to back them up, and you get defensive and start shouting "femi-nazi!". Pathetic. Grow up. I'd like to see you actually try to defend McCain for claiming that Palin sold the jet on e-bay and made a profit. Why? Because you can't. You just stated it isn't true.

You're so upset because she said McCain is a liar? He is. He has lied numerous times during the campaign. Or were they all just mistakes? Was he confused? Which is better, being confused all the time, or lying? I'm not sure. Both are pretty bad for someone who wants to be president.

An example: Remember when McCain was talking to the Pittsburgh press and talked about how the first thing that comes to mind when he thinks of Pittsburgh is the Steelers, because they hold a special significance to him. He explained that while he was being held in a vietnamese prison, he gave up the names of the Steelers offensive line as his squadron mates. The problem with this? He has said hundreds of times, including in his own book, that he gave up the names of the Green Bay Packers line. So was he lying to try to win over the important pittsburgh voters? Or has he started losing his bearings to the point where he can't even remember his own stories from one of the most important parts of his life? Stories he has told over and over during his life? Choose which one you would like us all to call him. A liar, or an old man who is losing his memory. Your choice.

Average Joe American said...


Don't be an angry liberal. If you read closely, you'll see that I have never used the term "femi-nazi." For one, I believe that the Nazi's were an abomination and would never saddle anyone else with such a label.

My contention is twofold: first, Maddow played a line as if Palin had LIED (she didn't), and let it ride for the whole show, before revealing the truth. Second, when I tune into a news channel such as MSNBC (which is rarely my news channel of choice), it is with the hopes of hearing news, not the attack politics of some liberal hack with an agenda.

Maddow is a hack. She is a liberal. And she clearly has the agenda of furthering the candidacy of the only Democrat ever to run who is less fitting to be President than was Al Gore or John Kerry.

Just reporting the facts.

Zeek said...

The "femi-nazi" part of my post was in response to the anonymous poster who made that comment, and the countless other folks on the extreme right who enjoy using that term.

I am a proud "angry liberal". Liberals have a right to be angry. The right has lied and cheated their way to election victories that have caused great harm to our country time and time again. So yes, many of us are fed up with it.

The right has no standing to complain about accusations being made against their candidates. Not after they dragged the name of a Democratic candidate and war hero (John Kerry) through the mud for political purposes. Imagine if the left did something similar. Do you see the left making up lies about McCain's service in order to try to win an election? I sure don't. And yet the right jumps all over the left when they even make simple harmless comments, such as when Wesley Clark responded to Bob Schieffer's comment that Obama had never "ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down." by saying "I don't think riding in a fighter jet and getting shot down is a qualification to be President".

Palin did lie in her speech. The ebay comment was at best intentionally misleading, and at worst lieing. Her other lies included:

"I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for that Bridge to Nowhere.
If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves."

That one is one of her favorites. She was for the bridge to nowhere, and for getting all the earmark money she could from congress until it became apperent that the money was not going to be coming and the position was a political liability. Then she flip-flopped to assume the position she has now.

"And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.
That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart."

Lie. She says they "began" the pipeline, but the facts are that no contruction has begun, and they don't even have (and may never get) many of the approvals necessary to begin construction.

"What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it."

Lies. The part about "taking more of your money" is only true if she is only talking to the 5% of the country who make more than $250,000 a year, which I don't think she would claim she is. The part about reducing the strength of America is a lie, he has proposed increasing defense spending and spending money on things that will actually keep us safe instead of weapons programs that don't serve a purpose in the post cold war world. The part about him being against producing energy is a lie because he has never said he was against producing energy, he's just against drilling opening up drilling in the areas currently protected off the coasts, and in ANWAR. If she thinks that means he is against producing energy then she is not the energy expert she claims to be. There are other forms of energy available to us. Maybe she would know this if she had more experience.

I could go on, but it is late and I am tired. The fact is, she's a liar, McCain is a liar, and neither can be trusted with our country.

Anonymous said...

Rachel Maddow is a rising star and a whiff of fresh air for the left. She makes her points hard hittingly but with greater grace, dignity, and humor than many. She's going to be an effective weapon in the coming culture wars and I heartily welcome her.

Andy Reibson said...

Re: Rachel the Liar.

Sometimes when their vile, vicious bias enrages me, I wonder if it's just me, if I'm the one who's lost perspective. But with the last few presidential elections split about 50/50, and over 80% of journalists who'll answer surveys admitting they voted Democrat & federal records showing that over 90% of journalists who donate giving to Democrats, I don't feel so crazy, just angry. Libs with microphones and printing presses are a debilitating virus. Hope the country can survive the attack

JD said...

John McCain has cited this story on the stump and not only stated that Palin sold the plane on ebay, but also at a profit:

"You know what I enjoyed the most? She took the luxury jet that was acquired by her predecessor and sold it on eBay -- and made a profit!" McCain declared in Wisconsin at a campaign stop on Friday.

You going to do a story on that calling McCain a liar?

Sean said...

The repubs are Lying about that plane and over and over again......McCain DID say the plane "SOLD" on ebay and "MADE" a profit. See for yourself.


Anonymous said...

y r u even watching real tv? kettle go back to the pot of faux news. PALIN & MCCAIN R THE LIARS and people like u are trying to screw us all for the third [expletive removed] time electing mccain (who used to be a maverick) and the pitbull who regurgitates lies & dumb jokes.

Average Joe American said...

Typically disrespectful response from someone supportive of the Obama campaign.

Zeek said...

Ha! Nice try Joe.

Are you claiming that Obama supporters are more disrespectful than right wing McCain supporters? That is a laugher. The right have been sending out emails full of lies, racist jokes, and various other forms of "disrespect" toward Obama, even before Obama began his run for the presidency.

America47000 said...

Palin's comments on the bridge to nowhere show her to be guilty of little more than being glib with a multi-layered situation. The fact of the matter is, she was willing to entertain the idea of the bridge when it was being planned, and when the spending skyrocketed, she rightly pulled the plug. As for the smear that she kept the money ... Congress removed the earmark restriction on it, thus opening it up for more sensible infrastructure projects as determined by the state government, which is how it should be.

Now the left is trying to distort her record with lame insinuations that she is using state travel accounts for her family vacations, which is an outright distortion. She's done nothing beyond the norm, and has spent far less on travel than her predecessor, one of the so-called party bosses she helped throw out of office.

How is it dragging John Kerry through the mud to question the validity of his war record when Kerry himself is using it to distinguish himself in the campaign. The man even stood up on that stage and uttered in his weasley voice "I'm reporting for duty." If the left wants to poke holes in McCain's war record as put forth by McCain, they are free to try. Sure, there's the regretable but ultimately irrelevent Wesley Clark comment. And let's not forget Jimmy Carter's little spiel about McCain laying it on too thick about being a POW. As if Carter has any credibility on this issue, considering how long American citizens had to suffer as hostages of Iranian militants.

As for Obama's tax plan, Bill O'Reilly exposed the Messiah's faulty logic for what it was on The Factor. Bush's tax cuts have brought in 20% more revenue than the Clintonian model Obama wants to emulate. So Obama wants to bring in less revenue (for the sake of social justice so we can all feel better about ourselves) while upping the ante on social programs (cuz lord knows universal health care will be cheap).

Which brings us back to the liberal argument about deficits going up under Bush. Since revenues also rose, the problem must be with spending. And Congress is in charge of that, and this Congress has been a complete joke the past two years (begging the question, just how much has Obama voted with Nancy Pelosi?)

If you want to talk about change, Obama is the one peddling more of the same. More extensions of failed entitlements that are rapidly going bankrupt. Since Obama is too afraid of losing votes to actually attempt to solve the real problems, what credibility can he possibly have? Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid's "reelect me first" crowd will see to it no real change can happen.

The version of change McCain seems to be preaching now is systemic. He's putting forth the notion that it's not about who's voting with who, but that the whole attitude in Washington needs to change. That's one of the reasons Palin was selected. As a complete Washington outsider, she offers some credibility to this issue for McCain (if only the experience question doesn't undercut it for the Republican ticket).

So let's talk about entitlements. Liberals like to bring up the idea of "shrinking the deficit." Well, how do they do that? By taxing more Americans of their money (contrary to liberal philosophy, businesses do not actually pay taxes. They may get the bill, but the costs are easily passed on to their customers). And how do liberal presidents maintain their precious entitlement programs (which offers the illusion of help while actually serving to oppress those they are designed to help ... quite brilliant)? They cut spending, but their first target always seems to be the military (Obama has already pledged similar cuts).

So liberals weaken our military to lower our debt. Seems like a fair trade, until you realize that our enemies then see it is a time to strike. And by the time they strike, the political cycle has So then we have to not only ramp up our military to match what we lost, we have to expand beyond that. And since we can't touch the social programs, of course overall spending will probably go up. The only failing of George Bush in this regard is that, due to the inevitabilities of the political cycle, he happened to be president on 9/11 and, dare I say it, felt the country was worth defending.

The last time Liberals complained about such deficits was during Reagan, whose military build-up ended the cold war. Then his tax policies began to bring in enough revenue to lower the debt ... which Clinton mostly took credit for.

Cathy said...

A lie is a lie is a lie. Palin lied. McCain lied. Even the conservative WSJ says they lied. Live with it. You are party to the lies you keep spreading. Changing my registration to Independent. It is not Christian to spread lie or sit in judgement.

Mickie D said...

I can't stand Rachel Maddow. She is nothing but a liar and a person more interested in ratings and her right to be a lesbian than truth in Journalism. Where the [EXPLETIVE REMOVED] did she come from? How do I e-mail MSNBC and file a complaint. Not that it would do me any good.

america47000 said...

Did you see Maddening Maddow on her "show" tonight. She's talking about some BS photo of McCain and Anne Hathaway's criminal boyfriend, and then brings in a guy from some magazine no one has heard of to talk about e-mails in Alaska and executive privilege. The usual nitty-gritty procedural claims liberals like to go after when public officials don't play by the bureaucratic rules. Maddow looked like a giddy cat that just killed a mouse and was trying to show off to her master, which in this case I assume is Herr Olbermann. After 10 minutes of tolerating her "look how clever I am" expression and shrill voice, I finally turned it off. I'm trying to keep an open mind here, but this is ridiculous. Thank goodness for O'Reilly on my DVR to restore some sanity after sampling the liberal comfort food that is Olbermann and Maddow.
And after seeing Olbermann lay it on thick tonight, as if being relieved of his superficially objective anchor duties actually represents MSNBC taking the leash off for real, all I could wonder is if he suggested Joe Scarborough get a shovel to dig up from all the BS Olbermann himself was spewing. That is, when his mouth isn't otherwise wrapped around Obama's ...

James Messina said...

Last election these crowds that one could still hear echoing “four more years!” that resonated and ultimately stirred a winning cause, was based on Bush would do better in time of war. Did they forget the attracts happened on his watch?
I keep hearing polls insinuating McCain would do better in war because of his experience. Let’s reverse the situation. Who would do better making peace? Better yet. Who would do better in preventing war? Who is the best ticket on talks with our Arab and Muslim friends, McCain-Palin or Obama-Biden? Education is the key here, all nations learning from each other in a give and take of important attitude and feelings. One thing is certain, in the Muslim culture; it is easier for men to converse with each other rather then man and women that’s where Biden has the advantage over Palin. On the same token a man who cries fire (“I would fire him”) is a scary image of McCain’s hand slamming down on a big red button yelling “fire!” Our friends and allies of the Arab and Muslim nations would apt to have a better rapport with Obama

wp said...

McCain & Palin are both liars. Yes, liars. It was McCain that said she sold it on ebay and for a profit.UPDATE: John McCain, fibbing his way through an introduction of Palin in Cedarsburg, Wisconsin, advances the falsehood: "You know what i enjoyed the most? She took the luxury jet that was acquired by her predecessor and sold it on eBay -- made a profit

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