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Dick Morris: Obama's Ruse in Fox News Attack

By    |   Sunday, 21 June 2009 04:33 PM

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Dick Morris: Obama's Ruse in Fox News Attack
2. Democrats Skirt Obama's Ban on Lobbyists Contributions
3. Democrats Torpedo Move to Bar ACORN from Census Funds
4. Rep. Michele Bachmann Refuses to Fill Out 2010 Census
5. Obama's FCC Nominee: 'I Don't Support Fairness Doctrine'
6. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Calls Obama a 'Cream Puff'
7. Obama's Chicago-Washington Flights Cost Taxpayers $236,000


1. Dick Morris: Obama's Ruse in Fox News Attack

Political analyst Dick Morris says President Barack Obama's complaint about Fox News' coverage of his administration is meant to deflect talk that the media is in the tank for him.

Obama on Tuesday told CNBC's John Harwood: "I've got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration . . . That's a pretty big megaphone. You'd be hard-pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front."

Obama did not disagree when Harwood suggested that he was talking about Fox News.

During the Wednesday broadcast of "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly asked Morris if Obama was merely "whining."

"No, it's got nothing to do with whining," said Morris, whose latest book is "Catastrophe: How Obama, Congress, and the Special Interests Are Transforming . . . a Slump into a Crash, Freedom into Socialism, and a Disaster into a Catastrophe. . . and How to Fight Back."

"He is getting an avalanche of incredibly positive publicity. One network had a two-day series with him at the White House. Another network is invited to do a full day's broadcasting from the White House as long as they focus on healthcare reform. With that kind of sloppy sentiment coming from the media, he has to talk about criticism."

Morris went on to say: "He has to appear that the media is being fair and balanced to him and he has to say, oh, I'm being criticized, so he can counterbalance public perceptions that he is getting a sweetheart deal from the media."

O'Reilly asked, "You feel it's because he wants the American public to think that the media is not in the tank for him?"

Morris said, "Exactly."

O'Reilly: "Everybody knows the media's in the tank for him."

Morris: "That's why he had to say the opposite . . . He in fact is getting media adulation on a scale no president has ever gotten."

Obama complained about Fox News as long ago as October, Newsmax reported at the time. He said in an interview, "I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls . . . If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn't vote for me, right?"

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2. Democrats Skirt Obama's Ban on Lobbyists' Contributions

Due to Barack Obama's ban on donations from lobbyists, there were no lobbyist contributors at Thursday night's fundraising dinner for congressional Democrats headlined by the president.

But Friday morning was a different story.

Democrats organized a $5,000-per-person Friday morning Issues Conference at the same Washington, D.C., hotel where the previous night's dinner was held, and let lobbyists know that their presence — and their contributions — would be warmly welcomed.

"Please note that the Friday Issues Conference is not subject to lobbyist restrictions, though the event is intended for personal contributions only," a finance official from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said in an e-mail sent to lobbyists on Tuesday and obtained by Politico.

Obama refuses to appear at fundraisers where lobbyists are permitted to donate money. But since the president was not at the Friday gathering, Democrats were "free to collect the lobbying dollars that they couldn't take the night before." Politico observed.

In June 2008, the Obama campaign released a statement which read: "I've sent a strong signal in this campaign by refusing the contributions of registered federal lobbyists and PACs. And today, I'm announcing that going forward, the Democratic National Committee will uphold the same standard and won't take another dime from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs."

Commenting on the Politico report, Common Cause President Bob Edgar declared, "Clearly the Democrats are ignoring the spirit of what President Obama wanted.

"President Obama has said that the large amounts of money donated by lobbyists and PACs drown out the voices of the American people. Six months into his presidency, they still are silencing the voices of the public."

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3. Democrats Torpedo Rep. King's Move to Bar ACORN from Census Funds

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King introduced an amendment that would bar the Census Bureau from disbursing taxpayer funds to the activist group ACORN — but Democrats immediately squelched the measure, King disclosed.

In a release issued on Tuesday, after the amendment regarding the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now was introduced, King said: "It is time for every member of this Congress to go on record in support of or opposition to ACORN. ACORN and its estimated 270 corporate affiliates comprise a complex organizational and financial spider web with all the appearance of a criminal enterprise. ACORN is facing charges of voter fraud and tax violations, yet it has received over $53 million in taxpayer funds.

"Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank and his liberal friends have opened the taxpayers’ wallet to as much as an additional $8.5 billion that could be accessed by ACORN.

"ACORN could soon be running the 2010 census if President Obama, a former ACORN employee, follows through on plans to have ACORN ‘partner’ with the Census Bureau. It is time to cut off ACORN’s access to taxpayer dollars and put an end to ACORN’s involvement in the 2010 census."

On Wednesday, King's office issued another release that read in part: "Last night, Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and Democrat leaders passed a gag rule to ensure" that King’s amendment "never made it to the House floor."

King stated, "This Pelosi Congress is violating its commitments to the American people so it can protect its political cronies like ACORN . . .

"Democrats refuse to allow a debate, let alone cut off ACORN’s access to the taxpayers’ wallet . . .

"Justice demands that Congress cut off ACORN’s access to taxpayer dollars and put an immediate end to ACORN’s involvement in the 2010 census."

Rep. King told Newsmax in early June that he believes ACORN "has completely the face of a criminal enterprise, and it should be thoroughly investigated by Congress and the Department of Justice."

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4. Rep. Bachmann Refuses to Fill Out 2010 Census

Rep. Michele Bachmann has expressed concern about the activist group ACORN's involvement in the 2010 Census and vows that she and her family will not fully fill out the 2010 Census forms.

"I know for my family the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home," the Minnesota Republican told the Washington Times.

"We won't be answering any information beyond that because the Constitution doesn't require any information beyond that."

Shelley Lowe, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Census Bureau, said Bachmann is "misreading" the law. She told the Times that anyone over the age of 18 who refuses to answer "any of the questions" on the census can be fined up to $5,000.

Rep. Bachmann said she is disturbed about the involvement of ACORN in next year's census.

"They will be in charge of going door to door and collecting data from the American public," she said. "This is very concerning."

ACORN staffers have been indicted in several states on charges of voter registration fraud. But the group has applied to help recruit workers to conduct the census.

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5. Obama's FCC Nominee: 'I Don't Support Fairness Doctrine'

Julius Genachowski, President Barack Obama's nominee for chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, told a Senate panel that he does not favor reinstatement of the so-called Fairness Doctrine.

The doctrine requires broadcasters using the public airwaves to give equal time to opposing political views.

Some Republicans have expressed concern that the Obama administration might try to reinstate the doctrine to stifle conservative talk radio.

Asked by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, the ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee, for his views on the doctrine, Genachowski told the panel, "I don't support reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine.

"I believe strongly in the First Amendment. I don't think the FCC should be involved in censorship of content based on political speech or opinion."

The Fairness Doctrine was originally instituted in 1949 by the FCC and repealed in 1987. Since talk radio is overwhelmingly dominated by conservative hosts, and liberal talk radio draws few listeners, the doctrine's “equal time” provision would likely force many radio stations to pull popular conservative hosts from the air rather than air low-rated liberal hosts.

Republican FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell also opposes the doctrine, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Genachowski was a friend of Obama at Harvard Law School and served as his technology adviser during the campaign. He was a policy adviser at the FCC in the 1990s.

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6. Rep. Rohrabacher Calls Obama a 'Cream Puff'

California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher criticized President Barack Obama's reaction to events in North Korea and Iran, calling him a "cream puff" on the world stage.

"Already the North Koreans have challenged him and realized that he's a cream puff, if that's what indeed he's going to be as a president," Rohrabacher said in an interview with a Radio America reporter.

North Korea tested its second nuclear device in May, in defiance of the United Nations, and has vowed military retaliation against the United States and its allies if provoked.

The communist regime has also sentenced two American journalists to 12 years hard labor for illegally crossing the border from China.

Regarding Iran, Rohrabacher urged President Obama to "act" and make forceful statements against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election and in support of Iranian protesters. Obama said he did not want to appear to be "meddling" in Iranian affairs.

"I think that Mr. Obama, if he continues to have these types of attitudes, we're going to see things get very bad very quickly," Rohrabacher stated in the interview.

"The last thing you want to do is make it sound like these people are isolated — that the people in the street don't have any backing.

"The strongest thing the president was able to say was the world is watching. Well, what the heck does that mean? That we're going to watch and do nothing."

Rohrabacher, ranking Republican on the House Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight, said it is "very clear" there was election fraud in Iran, and has called for "regime change" in that country.

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7. Obama's Chicago-Washington Flights Cost Taxpayers $236,000

President Barack Obama flew to Chicago last week for a speech on healthcare reform, stayed in the Windy City for 2.5 hours, then flew back to Washington, D.C. The tab for Air Force One alone: $236,000.

A Government Accounting Office report in 2000 disclosed that Air Force One cost $54,100 to operate each flight hour, equal to nearly $67,000 in today's dollars.

It takes about 106 minutes for Air Force One to fly between the two cities, based on the flight time when Obama made his first trip as president from Andrews Air Force Base to Chicago in February. Hence the $236,000 figure.

But that number does not include such expenses as Secret Service protection, motorcades, and helicopter transports, the Chicago Tribune observed.

Obama's flight to Chicago covered only about half the distance President George W. Bush flew during his frequent visits to his ranch near Crawford, Texas.

And even Bush's flights were cheaper for taxpayers than the flights President Ronald Reagan took to his Western White House in Santa Barbara, Calif.

But Obama could surpass even that expense if he decides to fly to Hawaii for his family's annual vacation during the Christmas holidays, according to the Tribune.

The round trip cost of a flight from Washington to Honolulu would be around $1 million.

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