Saturday, February 9, 2013

February 9, 2013

Conservative Doc Reveals Why He Spoke Out Against Obama’s Policies at Prayer Breakfast — Plus, Would He Ever Run for President?
by Jason Howerton
February 8, 2013

With President Barack Obama sitting just feet away, Dr. Benjamin Carson stood up for conservative principles in his speech at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, discussing the national debt, political correctness and even healthcare. Readers loved his speech so much that TheBlaze’s story on it went viral.

On Friday, Carson appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” to explain why he felt compelled to speak out against the big government policies endorsed by Obama, in front of Obama.

Carson, a renown neurosurgeon, said the response to his speech has been “overwhelmingly” positive. However, he argued he didn’t make a conservative argument, but rather a “logical” and “common-sense” one.

“I don’t know where we left our brains,” he told host Sean Hannity.

Carson went on to talk about his life story, saying he grew up in a single parent home in a poverty-stricken area. He said his mother “refused to be a victim” and “never felt sorry for herself,” despite only having a third grade education.

Regarding his comments on political correctness, the neurosurgeon emphasized the importance of “freedom of speech and freedom of expression” in the United States.

“And yet, we have imposed upon people restrictions on what they say, on what they can think. The media, I think is the largest proponent of this,” he explained.

He lambasted the media’s outrage at Brent Musburger’s flattering comments about Alabama beauty queen Katherine Webb during the BCS National Championship.

In the second portion of his interview with Hannity, Carson argued he didn’t craft his message based on who was going to be in attendance. In other words, wasn’t trying to stick it to Obama in his speech.

“It really didn’t matter who I was sitting in front of, because I always pray before I give a speech and I ask God to give me the right things to say. And I think that it’s very rare these days for people to speak the truth,” he said. “Meanwhile, the fabric of our nation is being destroyed.

One of the “real dangers” facing America, according to Carson, is the fact that people don’t know “anything” about things like history or technology. “They don’t think for themselves,” he added.

Seizing upon what many of Carson’s supporters are probably wondering, Hannity asked him if he would ever consider running for president. The doctor did not it rule out, but said God would have to “grab him by the collar and make him do it.”

Watch Carson’s interview on “Hannity” below:

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Top 10 Media Missteps of 2013 - So Far
by Ken Hanner
February 9, 2013

The New Year has barely begun and we already have enough lapses by the Fourth Estate to make a list of its miscues. In a topic sure to be revisited as the year progresses, here then are recent examples of media malpractice.

1. Destroy Republicans

CBS political director John Dickerson, writing in Slate, went beyond journalistic analysis with a starkly partisan screed, saying that President Obama “can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP. If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat.” If that wasn’t enough, Dickerson goes on say that Obama needs to “pulverize” and “delegitimize” Republicans to “cause a rift in the party that will leave it, at least temporarily, in disarray.”

2. Inaugural coverage

Imagine if a Republican president gave an inaugural address that ignored the plight of the economy while a record percentage of Americans were out of the workforce, even while reciting a litany of conservative policy initiatives. Certainly, it didn’t bother the mainstream media. The New York Times headlined its story with, “A Call for Progressive Values: Evolved, Unapologetic and Urgent,” while the Washington Post went with, “Obama’s Speech Heralds a Bolder Leadership Style.”

3. Anti-gun fervor

Following the Newtown, Conn. tragedy, the mainstream media went on a mission to push an anti-gun agenda. As an example of the zeal, let us look no further than the august Bob Schieffer, who, during CBS’ coverage of Obama’s gun-control news conference, made this startling comparison: “Surely, finding Osama bin Laden; surely, passing civil rights legislation, as Lyndon Johnson was able to do; and before that, surely, defeating the Nazis, was a much more formidable task than taking on the gun lobby.”

4. Gun map

The Journal News, a suburban New York paper, published a map showing thousands of local gun owners, including their names and addresses, in Westchester and Rockland counties. After facing a huge backlash, the paper finally removed the material from its website, but not before being denounced by gun owners, politicians and police groups for creating safety issues for the community. Indeed, several homes in the area were burglarized shortly after the map was published.

5. Michelle’s bangs

The Associated Press said they were “the talk of the town, and the airwaves and social media” and, indeed, the media salivated over Michelle Obama’s new hairdo. President Obama called her bangs “the most significant event” of the inaugural weekend, and the press followed suit with wall-to-wall coverage. Not to be forgotten are earlier moments of Obama presidential coverage when sycophants in the media fawned over the first lady’s bare arms and the crease in her husband’s pants.

6. Atlantic’s Scientology infomercial

The Atlantic published on its website what looked like a positive story about the Church of Scientology, praising its “social and humanitarian initiatives.” Only it wasn’t a story at all, but part of an advertising campaign by the group, called sponsored content. The Atlantic pulled the ad after an outcry questioning the journalistic ethics of the practice, including sharp criticism from members of the magazine’s own editorial staff.

7. Piers’ anti-gun crusade

After the Newtown, Conn. school shootings, CNN host Piers Morgan went on an anti-gun crusade, sharply arguing for new restrictions on firearms while castigating guests on his show who believe otherwise, calling one “an unbelievably stupid man.” In response to Morgan’s on-going efforts to limit the Second Amendment, a petition was filed on the White House “We the people” site seeking deportation of the Brit, which garnered more than 100,000 signatures.

8. Letters to Obama

Like a star-struck teeny-bopper writing to a rock star, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman revealed that he had written a letter to Obama every day of his first term, for a total of 1,463 letters. Alas, Mr. Foreman never heard back from the president despite the journalist’s constant pleadings. His last letter, dated on Inauguration Day, concluded: “I know you are busy today, but call when you can.”

9. Manti Te’o’s ‘girlfriend’

The media fell hook, line and sinker for Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s inspirational story of dealing with the death of his grandmother and his non-existent girlfriend. Tender anecdotes, direct quotes, and tear-jerking scenes all appeared in reputable publications chronicling the star’s relationship with the fictional character. Not journalism’s finest hour.

10. Swooning over Obama

Two new books about Obama’s re-election campaign, Spin Masters by David Freddoso and Panic 2012 by Michael Hastings, lifted the veil from the adoring White House press corps. As Hastings said on MSNBC, “That’s the presence of Obama, even on the press corps, even on the people who follow him every day. When they are near him, they lose their mind sometimes. They start behaving in ways, you know, that are juvenile and amateurish and they swoon.”

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Tea Party Groups Attack Rove Machine
by Ben Shapiro
February 8, 2013

With Karl Rove under heavy fire after his group, the Conservative Victory Project, took to the pages of the New York Timesto attack the Tea Party, donors are beginning to turn on the Project. Politico reports Friday morning that the Project will “essentially preform oppo research and grade potential candidates on a variety of factors that might affect their ability to win a general election contest.” Some donors are overjoyed at the opportunity, including media honcho Stan Hubbard and Fred Malek of the American Action Network.

But others don’t trust Rove and the American Crossroads team to judge talent for office, says Politico: “the plan has sparked nearly unanimous opposition from anti-establishment deep-pocketed conservatives who have begun formulating their own big-money counter plans.” Those opponents could include other major super PACs who have long believed that Rove’s establishment bona fides prevent him from making truly conservative decisions about candidates.

And even some of Rove’s heretofore allies may be wary of his crystal ball strategy after the disastrous 2012 election cycle, which heralded not just the loss of Senate seats in Tea Party-influenced races like Indiana, but establishment strongholds like Wisconsin. American Crossroads had a mere 5.7% rate of return – just 5.7% of the money they spent on the 2012 election was actually spent on winning candidates.

Steven Law, president of American Crossroads, understands that he is now facing an uphill battle with conservative, especially given his group’s less-than-stellar 2012 performance. Law promises an investigation into “all of our activities last year, as well as external factors that contributed to last year’s deeply disappointing results.”

Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks openly scoffed at the notion that Rove’s network would be able to pick winners and losers. “The guys who fund groups like Rove’s want to re-establish that they’re in charge, but they just don’t understand the inevitable decentralization and democratization of politics,” said Kibbe. Club for Growth president Chris Chocola seconded that motion: “When you think about a Republican primary, and you think about a principled conservative versus a moderate Republican – well, our model wins more often.”

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