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  • Rick Santorum Survives Encounter with the Liberal Media

    Having convincingly won Saturday's Louisiana primary by a 49% to 26% margin over Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum was off to campaign in Wisconsin, where things got a little testy

    Santorum told voters that Romney is "uniquely disqualified" to be the GOP's presidential pick and urged his supporters to stand with him even as he faces an increasingly improbable pathway to the nomination. Santorum said "the race isn't over until the people of Wisconsin sing," and urged them to give his underfunded, underdog campaign a chance to derail Romney.

    "Pick any other Republican in the country. He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama," Santorum said at an evening rally near Racine.

    After the speech, New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny asked Santorum to clarify his remarks; was Romney literally the worst Republican in the country — a country that, may I remind you, includes Rick Santorum? Well, Santorum does not stand for such corrupt journalist practices as quoting the exact contents of a candidates speech, and he let Zeleny know it…

    "What speech did you listen to? Stop lying! I said he was the worst Republican to run on the issue of Obamacare. And that's what I was talking about! [...] Would you guys quit distorting what I'm saying? [...] I've been saying that at every speech. Quit distorting my words, if I see it [in print], it's bullshit!" Santorum erupted. "Come on, man! What are you doing?"

    Naturally, Santorum followed up with an email to supporters claiming to have been "aggressively attacked by a New York Times reporter."  Of course, the lamestream media would be less likely to misconstrue his remarks if they were properly delivered. If only there were some device, commonly used by effective public speakers, that could display a prepared speech on an unobtrusive screen and not make the candidate look like a buffoon…

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    Tags: Louisiana, Mitt Romney, New York Times, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Wisconsin
  • New Yorkers to Blame for Rick Santorum's Crazy Views

    The media is out to get Rick Santorum. Specifically, the evil New York media elites. You know, those free-loving socialists with their soy lattes, fancy college degrees and respect for women.

    They're always asking "gotcha" questions like, "What are your views on birth control?" and "Why did you say Satan is infiltrating America?" They just won't leave Santorum alone

    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum on Thursday attributed the criticism of his socially conservative political beliefs to journalists and others living in New York.

    "The idea that values issues are losers is held by a group of people in the media who live in the New York area," he said in an interview with American Family Association's Bryan Fischer. "Because they don't know anybody or very few people who share those values, so they just assume the rest of the country is like them."

    Santorum also said the media tried to portray him as someone who wanted to impose his beliefs on the nation. "This is the kind of narrative they're trying to sell."

    It's all New York's fault. That time Santorum compared gay marriage to terrorism? New York was totally to blame.  That time he said he'd go to war with China. New Yorkers practically put the words in his mouth. That time he implied Hurricane Katrina victims should be punished for not evacuating? Stop it, New York. Stop making Rick Santorum say such horrible things.

    And anyway, it's just a tiny minority of women who believe in birth control. Just a measly 99 percent.

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    Tags: New York, New York City, New York Times, Primaries, Religion, Republicans, Rick Santorum
  • Tweet Untweet: Let's Get Crackin'


    Tags: Chris Christie, LGBT, New York Times, Patton Oswalt, Tweet Untweet, Twitter
  • Mitt Romney Doubles Down on "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt"

    Back in 2008, Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed for the New York Times titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt." It's now 2012, and it seems like the one thing he hasn't flip-flopped on is how much he wants Detroit to go bankrupt. Here's a quote from Romney's new op-ed for The Detroit News

    I love cars, American cars. I was born in Detroit, the son of an auto chief executive. In 1954, my dad, George Romney, was tapped to run American Motors when its president suddenly died.

    Oops, sorry, that's a quote from his New York Times op-ed piece. Here's The Detroit News quote…

    I am a son of Detroit… Cars got in my bones early. And not just any cars, American cars.

    When the president of American Motors died suddenly in 1954, my dad, George Romney, was asked to take his place.

    This is The Hangover II of op-ed pieces: same thing, different setting. The rest of it just revamps the points made in 2008 to fit in a post-Obama-saved-the-auto-industry world. Mitt Romney still thinks Obama did more bad than good by bailing out Chrysler and General Motors, but he also wants people in Michigan to vote for him.

    Fortunately for him, as the son of a Michigan governor, he should have no problem in that state. I mean, who are they going to vote for? Rick Santorum? Wait, he's gaining ground there?

    Damn. Now I kind of want Detroit to go bankrupt, too.

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    Tags: Auto Industry, Detroit, Mitt Romney, New York Times, Rick Santorum
  • New York Times Profiles Stephen Colbert and Stephen Colbert (also Stephen Colbert)

    How many people will ever be so honored as to see the New York Times write a personality piece on them for their weekly magazine? I don't have exact numbers, but I'm guessing it's well under 43 percent of the U.S. population.

    Of that, though, what percentage will get to see the New York Times profile two of their personalities?  Considerably less, I'm guessing.

    How about three of their personalities?

    The blustering O’Reilly-like persona is an outgrowth of a character Colbert had been playing on "The Daily Show" almost since the beginning, and briefly on the short-lived "Dana Carvey Show" before that: a self-important, trench-coated reporter who does on-location stories in a way that suggests his own presence is the real scoop. The models Colbert had in mind were people like Stone Phillips, Bill Kurtis and especially Geraldo Rivera. "I loved the way Geraldo made reporting a story seem like an act of courage," he told me.

    After Jon Stewart took over from Craig Kilborn as host of "The Daily Show" in 1999, he encouraged Colbert to make the character more political… At first Colbert resisted a little. "I thought topical stuff had an ephemeral quality — it would be meaningless in a week," he told me. "I wanted my character to be eternal."…

    Stewart also recalled that Colbert worried at first that the "Report" might not be sustainable, and says he kept pointing out, " 'I don't know anyone more interesting than you. You know so much about so many different areas.' " Stewart went on: "I'm not at all surprised that the show is good — he's amazing at it. He's able to weave a character in a way that’s never been done on television before — rendering this fictional character in 3-D, live, in such a way that he’s still able to retain his humanity." The extra dimension, he explained, is the other Colbert, the real one. "The third dimension is him. That's the thing we started to see here. He is so interesting, smart and decent. He's a good person, and that allows his character to be criminally, negligently ignorant."

    Interestingly, being referred to as "criminally, negligently ignorant" in the Times really isn't all that rare an honor. Not with Paul Krugman on staff.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: New York Times, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Video