Hank Green Says It’s Not OK for the Mainstream Media to Snipe at YouTube Stars
But the Reason Isn't What You Expect -- He Even Calls Out Jon Stewart
Bethany Mota's post-interview selfie

Bethany Mota’s post-interview selfie

If you missed it in the post-game coverage of the recent State of the Union speech, Pres. Obama broke new ground beyond perfecting presidential ad libs. He also agreed to one-on-one interviews with three YouTube stars, and one of them, Hank Green, isn’t happy with the way the “legacy” press corps treated the endeavor. Green’s article, posted on Medium, is titled “Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President.” It might have been better named, “Holy Shit, the Mainstream Media is Killing Democracy.”

Green: How does a democracy function with no credible system for informing its citizens?

CNN intro’d and outro’d every segment with Glozell [Green] in a bathtub full of cereal, as did ABC’s morning show…Even new media companies like Vice were dismissive:

“Think of it as a teeny-bopper AMA…The interviewers will be GloZell Green, who’s perhaps best known for sitting in a tub full of cereal; a 19-year-old who gives beauty advice named Bethany Mota; and Hank Green, a notorious YouTube ranter whose brother wrote The Fault in Our Stars.”

Obama Adds New Words to SOTU Lexicon

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Ben Smith of Northeastern University analyzed the language of President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night against every SOTU since 1790 and found Obama introduced a number of words never before used in the address. The list includes:

  • dodge
  • drowning
  • dusted
  • eBay
  • Instagram
  • les­bian
  • lows
  • luck
  • Tesla
Now It’s Clear Why Tea Partyers Don’t Like Boehner

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He’s darker skinned than Pres. Obama. But seriously, if you missed the president’s State of the Union Speech last night, check out Matthew Iglesia’s take over at Vox.

The Curse of the SOTU Response

The Bobby Jindal slow-motion train wreck.

The Bobby Jindal slow-motion train wreck.

First Read suggests having pity on Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) for being picked to give the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Why? Because of the curse of the State of the Union responders. Here are the last eight:

2007: Jim Webb (out of politics, although he’s making a quixotic presidential bid)

2008: Kathleen Sebelius (Obamacare rollout!)

2009: Bobby Jindal (uncomfortably awkward intro, his star has fallen)

2010: Bob McDonnell (felony conviction)

2011: Paul Ryan (losing VP nominee, though he’s still a top GOP voice)

2012: Mitch Daniels (out of politics)

2013: Marco Rubio (the great water incident, incident, maybe running for the White House)

2014: Cathy McMorris Rodgers (safe – so far)

In Interview with Mike Huckabee, Jon Stewart Plays Clip of Huck Jamming on ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ with Ted Nugent

It was awfully polite of Jon Stewart not to bring up Mike Huckabee’s son, who tortured and killed a dog.

Did News Corp’s Muslim Billionaire Investor Force Fox News to Apologize for Anti-Islam ‘Errors’?
Or was Murdoch embarrassed by the ridicule over its lies about 'no-go zones' Fox received in Europe?
Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, billionaire investor in Fox News' parent company

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, billionaire investor in Fox News’ parent company

Fox News apologized not once but twice Saturday night for false statements about European Muslims made repeatedly during the network’s broadcasts last week. Because Fox disseminates lies and misinformation so regularly and apologizes so rarely, the fact that it issued two “wea culpas” on the same night — albeit during the weekend while no one was watching — appears to be significant. Of course, Fox is not revealing why it issued the apologies, nor whether it did so under pressure and, if so, from whom.

Kaiser Poll: Republicans Love Obamacare
The individual mandate, which was created by the GOP, is still unpopular - especially with Republicans
Huckabee – Whose Son Tortured and Killed a Dog – Should Avoid Bashing the Obamas’ Parenting Skills
The former Fox host also disparaged the Obama girls' healthy diet, even though both his sons were morbidly obese
Left, the Huckabee family with dog in the 1990s; right, a recent photo of the Obamas taken in the White House

Left, the Huckabee family with a dog in the 1990s; right, a recent photo of the Obamas taken in the White House

Fox News fired Mike Huckabee from his job as a chatshow host last week when he revealed he was testing the waters for another presidential run. (Interesting to know that Fox has some ethics.) Suddenly finding himself outside the right-wing limelight, Huckabee urgently needed attention, so he took a cheap shot at the Obamas’ parenting skills:

Big Government GOP Bill to Deport Undocumented Families Would Add $285 Billion to US Debt

graph-cost-of-mass-deportationsAs its first major action in the 114th Congress, the GOP tea-party controlled House voted yesterday to deport the nearly 12 million people living in the United States illegally, including many families who have been U.S. residents for decades.

Republicans, who won additional seats in the House and control of the Senate in the midterm elections, claimed their action to overturn Pres. Obama’s executive action to stop mass deportations expressed the will of voters. In fact, the president did not issue his executive action until after the Nov. 4 elections. In their messaging about the bill, GOP representatives persistently referred to the president’s order as “illegal amnesty,” ignoring the fact that recent Republican presidents, including Ronald Reagan, issued 18 similar executive orders revamping immigration policies.

Despite the fact that terror attacks in Paris had drawn international attention less than a week earlier, Republicans gamed a crucial funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security with partisan ploys intended to force mass deportations. GOP amendments to the bill funding the government’s anti-terrorism activities targeted undocumented residents, especially the “Dreamers,” young people who were brought into the country when they were children or infants:

How the GOP’s ‘Five-Ring Circus’ Is Shaping Up

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This from Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight: “The chart is an oversimplification, but it recognizes the GOP’s dynamics are more complex than a simple left-right spectrum would imply. Some wings overlap more with others. For instance, a candidate could easily have a lot of appeal to both tea party and libertarian voters. But it’s unlikely that one candidate would simultaneously be the choice of both Christian conservatives and moderate voters.”

Enumerati

  • $889 million

    Amount the Koch brothers’ political operation intends to spend in the run-up to the 2016 elections, Politico reports. “The spending goal, shared with donors at a Monday morning session at the Rancho Mirage Ritz Carlton, reflects the sweeping ambition of a private conservative political network that in many ways has eclipsed the power of the official Republican Party. The $889 million spending goal dwarfs the $404 million the Republican National Committee spent during the 2012 election and the $188 million it dropped during last year’s midterm campaign.”

  • 50%

    President Barack Obama’s job approval rating less than a week after his State of the Union speech, according to Gallup Daily tracking conducted Friday through Sunday. This is the first time the president’s rating has returned to that level in Gallup’s ongoing three-day rolling averages since June 2013.

  • 27.7%

    The percentage of U.S. adults who are obese in 2014, according to Gallup. That is up more than two percentage points since 2008 and is the highest obesity rate Gallup and Healthways have measured in seven years of tracking it.

  • $500,000

    Amount Republican Jeb Bush is telling donors they they must raise by March 31 to join his “national executive committee,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “A pledge form for Mr. Bush’s newly formed Right to Rise political committee offers other levels of membership: donors who collect $250,000 by March 31 can join the ‘national committee,’ $100,000 to join the ‘state executive committee’ and $50,000 for the ‘state committee.’”

  • 77

    Number of books about the topics of diet, exercise, bariatric surgery or self-help weight loss that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) has received since he’s been in office. “The records show that gift-givers have seen fit to shower the governor with virtually every diet book, CD, DVD and weight loss kit available,” the Newark Star Ledger reports.

Poetic Justice

Now Jimmy McMillan is an entertaining guy.
When running for New York mayor he was not shy.
But he couldn’t get elected,
And now he’s being evicted.
Now we see the rent really is too damn high.

Verbatim

  • Let me put it this way — I hope he’s their nominee.

    — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, quoted by The Hill, on Mitt Romney considering another presidential bid.

  • I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ when they have affairs, and I know of many who are and have. I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out.

    — Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd (D) warned her colleagues there would be consequences if they continues to oppose same-sex marriage, the Times Daily reports.

  • It’s been massaged, it’s been doctored.

    — Rick Perry, telling a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition that they shouldn’t trust the official unemployment rate coming out of Washington, Huffington Post reports.

  • Please stop using our music in any way … we literally hate you!!!

    Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys, admonishing Gov. Scott Walker (R) to stop using their music for his political purposes, in a scathing tweet, The Washington Times reports.

  • I think the GOP needs to earn the right to be a governing party. We can’t just be the party of no. We have to be a party of solutions.

    — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, quoted by the Washington Post.

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