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Posted on November 4th, 2008 by thejedreport - Comments -

John McCain launched the final attack of his campaign, a fraudulent assault on Barack Obama that serves as a fitting reminder of the fundamental dishonesty not only of his own campaign, but also of the dishonesty of his allies in the right-wing propaganda establishment: Matt Drudge and FOX News.

All you need to know to understand the video is that the Drudge, FOX, and the McCain campaign joined forces with Newsbusters to push a story that the San Francisco Chronicle had concealed an eleven month old recording that supposedly contained devastating audio of Barack Obama proposing to bankrupt the entire coal industry.

Not only was that story false (more detail below), but it turns out that Barack Obama and John McCain have the same position on clean coal technology, and Ohio’s Republican senator said McCain’s plan to fight global warming would “put coal out of business.”Here’s the facts that the McCain-Drudge-FOX axis of weasel does not want you to know: The Chronicle had not concealed the recording, which had been on the newspaper’s website all along. And rather than reveal some sinister scheme, what it actually demonstrated was that Barack Obama supported clean coal technology — a position he shares with none other than John McCain.

Despite the fact that both candidates support clean coal technology, the McCain campaign tried to make the case that Barack Obama wanted to take away jobs from coal country in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and both Drudge and FOX were happy to oblige.

But just three years ago on the floor of the United States Senate, John McCain’s Republican colleague George Voinovich of Ohio took to the floor to argue against a proposal by McCain to curb greenhouse gas emissions. McCain’s proposal, Voinovich said, would “put coal out of business” and cost thousands of jobs, an argument that McCain did not contest.

In fact, McCain agreed that his plan would require sacrifice, but he also argued (correctly) that in the long-run, America would be better off. In other words, he made the exact same arguments as Barack Obama — and as you can see above, it was all on video.

The clips I used from FOX were actually attacking Barack Obama, but the fact that you could just as easily have swapped McCain in place of Obama reveals how their media enterprise is really a propaganda operation in which political figures are nothing more than character actors taking up space in their pre-ordained dramatic narrative.

They aren’t dealing with reality, they are trying to construct a new reality. For years, they’ve been able to maintain political power by doing just that, but now that the reality of their disastrous governance has caught up to them, their ability to lie their way to victory has been severely damaged.

For better or for worse, it’s a lesson they still haven’t learned. They still think they can fake their way through it.

But that’s not really the important thing. The important thing is that we are overcoming their grip on power. And for that, the world is a better place.

Posted on October 27th, 2008 by thejedreport - Comments -

This might just be the perfect companion to John McCain’s “the economy is fundamentally strong” gaffe. Sunday morning on Meet The Press, McCain told Tom Brokaw that he and George W. Bush shared a “common philosophy.”

Do we share a common philosophy of the Republican Party? Of course.

Now let me just ask you a simple question: at this point in the campaign, is there anything stupider that John McCain could have said about his political philosophy than to admit that he shares it with George W. Bush?

Barack Obama quickly seized on McCain’s gaffe, tearing into him in both Denver and Ft. Collins.

Unfortunately, there has been very little news coverage of McCain’s blunder, nor of Obama’s response. At least as of the writing of this blog entry, what little coverage there was had missed the point, reporting that it was Obama who had tied McCain to Bush when in fact it was McCain who had tied McCain to Bush.

Fortunately, yesterday was Sunday, giving Obama another shot to stick McCain with his words. Either he or Biden could say something about it today, or perhaps the campaign could throw together a television ad to highlight McCain’s admission. It might not even have to come from the campaign: any reporter lucky enough to get to ask McCain a question ought to ask him about it.

Whatever happens, whether or not McCain’s words get the attention they deserve, it underscores once again what we already know: in terms of politics and policy, a McCain presidency would be just like another four years of Bush, except with Sarah Palin in the vice president’s office.

Here’s the transcript of the video:

OBAMA (Denver, CO): Just this morning, Senator McCain said that actually he and President Bush share a “common philosophy.”

McCAIN (Meet The Press): Do we share a common philosophy of the Republican Party? Of course.

OBAMA (Ft. Collins, CO): That’s what he said. A “common philosophy.”

OBAMA (Denver, CO): I guess that was John McCain finally giving us a little straight talk, owning up to the fact that he and George Bush actually have a whole lot in common. Well, here’s the thing though. We know what the Bush-McCain philosophy looks like.

OBAMA (Ft. Collins, CO): It’s a philosophy that says we should give more and more to folks at the top, to millionaires and billionaires, to the wealthiest among us, and that somehow it’s all going to trickle down on the rest of us.

OBAMA (Denver, CO): It’s a philosophy that justifies spending $10 billion a month in Iraq while the Iraqi government sits on a huge surplus and our economy is in crisis.

OBAMA (Ft. Collins, CO): For eight years we’ve seen this philosophy at work, and it’s put our economy on the wrong track, and we can’t afford another four years that look like the last eight.

OBAMA (Denver, CO): It is time for change in Washington, and that’s why I’m running for President of the United States of America, and that’s why you’re here today.

Posted on October 20th, 2008 by thejedreport - Comments -

Today, John McCain defended his selection of Sarah Palin as “a cold political calculation” that has “energized our base.” He says she is a “a direct counterpoint to the liberal feminist agenda for America.”

So what’s the “liberal feminist agenda” McCain is fighting against? The one that cares about “health of the mother?”

The man is just a total pyscho. No air quotes needed.

Posted on October 19th, 2008 by thejedreport - Comments -

There is no level of desperation to which the flailing McCain campaign will not stoop. It is now their official position that the suburbs of our nation’s capitol, home to millions of Americans, are not “real” because they aren’t “Southern in nature.”

Here’s McCain spokesman Nancy Pfotenhauer making the campaign’s views clear on MSNBC earlier this morning.

Posted on October 10th, 2008 by thejedreport - Comments -

This is the kind of mental mixup that really makes you wonder what is truly going on inside of John McCain’s mind. Here he is, campaigning in Pennsylvania, accidentally calling Americans “my fellow prisoners.”

McCain was talking about his domestic policies, and clearly meant to say “Americans” or “countrymen” or somesuch.

HuffPo’s Sam Stein has more.

Posted on October 1st, 2008 by thejedreport - Comments -

Just when you thought the whole “I can see Russia from Alaska” thing couldn’t get any funnier…CNN’s Gary Tuchman delivers the goods: it turns out that Sarah Palin has never seen Russia from Alaska.

Tuchman went up to the part of Alaska from which you can actually see Russia, a remote island called Little Diomede located just 2.4 miles from it’s Russian twin, Big Diomede.

It turns out Gary Tuchman’s trip to Little Diomede sets him apart from Sarah Palin — because she’s never actually been there, nor has she set eyes on its neighbor in Russia.

Tuchman says that only 150 people live on Little Diomede, and that the town of Diomede has no streets and no cars. The poverty rate is over 40%, there is no television, and the only practical way to reach it is by helicopter. Anchorage (near Palin’s hometown) is 550 miles away.

No Alaskan governor has ever visited Little Diomede, though indicted U.S. Senator Ted Stevens has made the trip. The town’s residents barely knew who Palin was, and one of them didn’t know she was the VP nominee.

It’s going to be fun watching McCain-land spin this one, and it’s going to be even more fun watching Tina Fey parody it.

Posted on September 24th, 2008 by thejedreport - Comments -

Here’s a new video taking a look at John McCain’s Keating Five problem in just 97 seconds.

The video combines archival footage of CBS and NBC News (including a report from Andrea Mitchell!) with reporting by CNN’s John King aired just last month.

The bottom-line is that two decades after his role in the savings and loan crisis, John McCain is still the same old guy, more focused on deregulation than on delivering the sensible protections we need.

Progressive Accountability has much more on the Keating Five scandal, including its similarities to the current economic crisis.

Posted on September 23rd, 2008 by thejedreport - Comments -

CNN exposes Sarah Palin’s $26 million pork barrel “Road To Nowhere,” the three mile road that was supposed to lead to the “Bridge To Nowhere” — until Congress killed the earmark funding for the bridge in 2005.

Also, I’ve got two other posts up at HuffPost, both on short video clips. First, CNN’s Ed Henry says McCain is playing politics on bailout. Second, CNN’s Tom Foreman calls out another McCain campaign lie. In fact, Barack Obama does have a plan for the financial crisis. I’ll get those videos into the vodpod soon, but here’s the “Road To Nowhere” one.

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