Saturday, January 9, 2010

A day later, incompetent Wolf Blitzer still does not call out Giuliani on his lies

Crooks and Liars report,

Rudy Giuliani came on The Situation Room to attempt to clarify his remarks on Good Morning America and still has his facts wrong.

Of course Blitzer didn't point out how utterly ridiculous that statement is, or some of the other domestic terrorist attacks that happened on Bush's watch as well, so he didn't do much better than George Stephanopoulos' bit of stenography on Good Morning America.

See video of the exchange here.

MMFA has compiled a terror attacks that happened on Bush's watch.

Several domestic attacks took place under Bush, including 9-11 attacks
September 11, 2001 attacks. As CNN noted, "On September 11, 2001, four U.S. planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people in a matter of hours."

2001 anthrax attacks. A March 2004 State Department report on "Significant Terrorist Incidents, 1961-2003" quotes then-Attorney General John Ashcroft saying of the letters containing anthrax mailed to various targets: "When people send anthrax through the mail to hurt people and invoke terror, it's a terrorist act." Five people were killed as a result of those letters in the autumn of 2001.

2001 shoe bomber attempted attack. In June 2008, then-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff described Reid's December 2001 attempt "to blow up a trans-Atlantic plane with a shoe bomb" as an attempt to "carry out terrorist operations for Al-Qaeda."

2002 attack against El Al ticket counter at LAX. In July 2002, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet opened fire at an El Al Airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport killing two people and wounding four others before being shot dead. A 2004 Justice Department report stated that Hadayet's case had been "officially designated as an act of international terrorism."

2002 DC-area sniper. The state of Virginia indicted Washington, D.C.-area sniper John Allen Muhammad -- along with his accomplice, a minor at the time -- on "an act of terrorism" for one of the murders he committed during a three-week shooting spree across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Muhammad was convicted, sentenced to death, and subsequently executed for the crime.

2006 UNC SUV attack. In March 2006, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill graduate Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar drove an SUV into an area of campus, striking nine pedestrians. According to reports, Taheri-azar said he acted because he wanted to "avenge the deaths or murders of Muslims around the world." Taheri-azar also reportedly stated in a letter: "I was aiming to follow in the footsteps of one of my role models, Mohammad Atta, one of the 9/11/01 hijackers, who obtained a doctorate degree."

Friday, January 8, 2010

Giuliani lies through his teeth. Incompetent Stephanopoulos lets him lie

On Good Morning America, Rudy Giuliani falsely claimed that "[w]e had no domestic attacks under Bush. We've had one under Obama." In fact, while Giuliani and other conservative media figures have recently downplayed the number of attacks on the United States under former President Bush, there were numerous terrorist attacks attempted during the Bush administration, including the September 11, 2001, attacks, the attempted detonation of an explosive device on an airplane by shoe bomber Richard Reid, and the anthrax attacks.

More on this here: Giuliani's shameless lies

George Stephanopoulos is incompetent as a journalist and absolutely boring as a TV host. watch. He needs to find a different line of work.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

How Obama and McCain differ on taxes

From WaPo,

Obama's plan gives the biggest cuts to those who make the least, while McCain would give the largest cuts to the very wealthy.

For the approximately 147,000 families that make up the top 0.1 percent of the income scale, the difference between the two plans is stark. While McCain offers a $269,364 tax cut, Obama would raise their taxes, on average, by $701,885 - a difference of nearly $1 million.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rightwing Boor Neal Boortz smears Obama

From Media Matters,

On the August 21 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, host Neal Boortz falsely suggested that Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim. While discussing Sen. John McCain's inability to answer the Politico's question about how many homes he and his wife own, Boortz said: "Let's ask Obama how many prayer rugs he has." As Media Matters for America has noted, Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim.

From the August 21 broadcast of Cox Radio Syndication's The Neal Boortz Show:

BOORTZ: How many houses do you have?

ROYAL MARSHALL (engineer and "sidekick"): Two.


MARSHALL: But I want to say one thing here. It could also be wealth envy, like you said, but it also could be a matter of age. He's so old he can't remember --

BOORTZ: Oh, jeez.

MARSHALL: -- how many houses. He forgot he's got two houses in Florida. He forgot about the house in Boca.

BOORTZ: Oh, jeez. OK.

MARSHALL: I mean, it's a possibility. The guy is 72.

BOORTZ: Senile. He's senile. He can't remember -- he goes -- he keeps going to the wrong home, too, at night.

JAMIE DUPREE (Cox Radio correspondent): Sometimes, it's the dumbest things that get you in trouble in a campaign, you know?

BOORTZ: Well, like I said, if this is it in this campaign, then this country just deserves whatever is gonna happen to us.

DUPREE: Well, just wait and see. Just watch if that thing keeps coming up in the next few days.

BOORTZ: Let's ask Obama how many prayer rugs he has.

DUPREE: See? And, you know, somebody would say that's not fair.

BOORTZ: Well, I'm not trying to be fair.

DUPREE: Well, exactly.

Olbermann and Scarborough fight on live TV

Olbermann tells Scarborough to "Get a shovel" because Scarborough was regurgitating McCain campaign's talking points.

Later, Joe Scarborough took it out on David Shuster during a discussion on withdrawal from Iraq. Joe is losing it.