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Is Mainstream Media Hiding Mormon Behavior Because of Mitt?
A photo of the Strack family, whose parents and three youngest members were recently deceased. The photo was published in the Deseret News.

A photo of the Strack family, whose parents and three youngest members were recently deceased. The photo was published in the Deseret News.

Mitt Romney’s thinking of running for president again. That means it’s time for the mainstream media to sweep the truth about how zingy Mormonism is under the rug.

Here’s how you know “legitimate journalists” are talking about Mormons.

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

obama_1400-740x493Ben 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:

Now It’s Clear Why Tea Partyers Don’t Like Boehner

photo-darkest-skin-sotu-dias

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:

Enumerati

  • 34%

    Of Republicans called President Obama an imminent threat to the United States, versus 25% who ranked Russian President Vladimir Putin and 23% who viewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assed as that dangerous, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

  • 90%

    The likelihood that Carly Fiorina will enter the GOP presidential race, “with her announcement coming in April or May,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • 19%

    Jeb Bush’s lead in the GOP presidential field in New Hampshire, followed by Scott Walker at 14%, Rand Paul at 7%, Donald Trump at 6%, Ted Cruz at 5% and Chris Christie at 5%, according to a new Suffolk University poll in New Hampshire.

  • 739

    Number of amendments the Senate had attached to the budget bill during yesterday’s vote-a-rama marathon, reports the New York Times.

  • 29%

    Scott Walker lead in the GOP presidential race in Iowa, followed by Ben Carson at 14%, Jeb Bush at 12%, Mike Huckabee at 11%, Ted Cruz at 7%, Marco Rubio at 5%, Rand Paul at 5% and Chris Christie at 5%, according to a new InsiderAdvantage poll in Iowa.

Poetic Justice

Lindsey Graham’s a GOP-er from down in South Carolina,
But he sees a clear path forward in white-bread Iowa,
And in all fairness,
The question of his gayness,
Likely won’t come up as long as he steers clear of homophobic Indiana.

Verbatim

  • My base is really beyond just evangelicals. I think the untold secret is a lot of the support that I have, and that I anticipate I will have, is from the working-class, blue-collar people who grew up a lot like I did – not blue-blood, but blue-collar.

    — Mike Huckabee, quoted by The Hill, brushing off the challenge to his base in the GOP presidential race from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

  • Even Nixon didn’t destroy the tapes.

    — RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, quoted by The Hill, blasting Hillary Clinton for wiping her private email server and permanently deleting all emails.

  • The First Amendment says keep government out of religion, not religion out of government.

    — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by David Brody, speaking at a private prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C.

  • Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth.

    — Arizona state State Sen. Sylvia Allen (R), raising the possibility of requiring church attendance for every American, the Arizona Republic reports. Allen added that she wished things were more like they were in the 1950s: “People prayed, people went to church. I remember on Sundays the stores were closed. The biggest thing is religion was kicked out of our public places, out of our schools.”

  • The unfortunate reality is this is what happens when you put someone in office who’s never led before. This president, unfortunately, having been a senator, a state senator, a community organizer, never led anything, and so he’s never been in a position to make those sorts of judgments.

    — Gov. Scott Walker (R), quoted by Bloomberg.

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