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At today’s press conference, President Obama strongly defended UN Ambassador Susan Rice against the scurrilous attacks from John McCain and Lindsey Graham:
Whoever writes the headlines for Fox Nation (the knuckle-dragging “community site” of Fox News) seems to believe they have Obama right where they want him: Obama Falls Into Benghazi Trap - ‘Benghazi-Gate’ - Fox Nation.
The Fox Nation “community” reacts in their customary way:
Rice always looks like she came off a week long drunk. Her face looks like someone hit her numerous times with a skillet too. Flat face. She also walks like she rides a really broad horse every night.
Hmmm tribesmen big blck chief stickum foot in mouth and then chewed on it.
4 dead white American heros, I’m wondering what if they were black and W was president do you think the blacks would be so complacent???
Et cetera, et cetera.
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The first woman to come forward and accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment has been identified.
Cain is scheduled to hold a press conference in about 10 minutes at 5 pm ET, and here’s a thread to watch and comment; all indications are that Cain will deny everything and attack his accusers in personal terms. Should be a hoot.
Right on cue, Cain categorically denied everything, spoke about himself in the third person, and attacked Sharon Bialek as “a troubled woman” whose “statements exceed common sense.”
When he commandeered the microphone at Anthony Weiner’s humiliating press conference, Andrew Breitbart sleazily tried to blackmail Weiner by saying he had another, more graphic photo, and that he would hold on to it as “insurance” — to make sure Weiner didn’t try to go after him.
Imagine my overwhelming shock this morning to find that this picture has been posted on the Internet. Apparently Breitbart went out drinking and shared it with pretty much anyone who asked to see it, including radio hosts Opie and Anthony. Who promptly posted it. Shock!
(Sorry, no link — you can find it if you really want to see it.)
Opie explains how they got the picture; Breitbart was showing it to everyone in their studio: Purported X-rated Weiner image released.
We had @ AndrewBreitbart on the show today and we prodded him to see the “pic” that was rumored to be out there. He finally passed his phone around to show a pic of @repweiner ‘s well “weiner”. I believe it was not @AndrewBreitbart ‘s intention to get the pic out there at this time. As the phone made the rounds around the room to @jimnorton @anthonycumia and myself the picture was captured by a video camera that was on! I did try to take a pic of @AndrewBreitbart ‘s phone but it came out blurry because @anthonycumia grabbed the phone. Wasn’t until @AndrewBreitbart left the studio that we realized what was captured on our video camera. #weinersweiner
According to Salon’s Justin Elliott, Breitbart hung up on him when Elliott asked him to comment on this.
William Jacobson, one of the first wingnut bloggers to spread the ridiculous talking point that Sarah Palin got it exactly right with her absurd distortion of Paul Revere’s ride, is now outraged — outraged, I say! — that I’m not going to apologize to Andrew Breitbart: Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Charles Johnson: I Won’t Apologize to Breitbart.
At the end of Weiner’s press conference, under questioning, Weiner stated that he apologized to Andrew Breitbart. How interesting that Charles is incapable of doing the same.
Well, since I’m feeling generous right now, here’s my offer to the wingnut blogs and to Andrew Breitbart: I’ll be happy to apologize to the Fraud King, just as soon as he apologizes to Shirley Sherrod, Planned Parenthood, and ACORN, for smearing them with dishonestly edited videos.
Which I don’t expect to ever happen, of course. And I can guarantee that I will defend Andrew Breitbart’s next smear target, too — with no apologies.
Rep. Anthony Weiner has scheduled a press conference at 4pm ET in New York, presumably to address the latest accusations from Andrew Breitbart. So here’s a thread to discuss as it happens; we shall see what we shall see.
On Twitter, I’ve been getting attacked like crazy all morning; apparently I’ve now “lost all credibility.” This is at least the 50th time this year that I’ve finally lost all credibility. I guess it keeps growing back or something.
And I’ve been getting a flood of hate mail, much of it demanding that I “apologize” for something. So here’s my official response to this demand:
Not a freaking chance. If Weiner admits to sending the pictures in question, I’ll be surprised and disappointed, but I’m never going to apologize for calling it as I see it.
And I’m certainly never going to apologize for pointing out that Andrew Breitbart is a sleazy fraudster, with a well-documented and very tawdry history of deception.
So to those demanding that I apologize: try holding your breath until you turn blue. Maybe that will do it.
And there we have it; Rep. Weiner has admitted to sending the pictures, in an abject apology. But he says he’s not going to resign.
Just to be absolutely clear about this: yes, Andrew Breitbart got this one right. But again, I will never apologize for doubting his credibility. He’s smeared too many innocent people, he does not deserve the benefit of the doubt, and getting it right this one time does not change those facts.
Beer — the universal language.
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. said he accepted an invitation to have a beer with the white police officer who arrested him this week.
Gates, a black scholar, in a statement posted late Friday at The Root, accepted President Obama’s invitation to come to the White House and have a beer together with Sgt. James Crowley and the president while saying he wanted to use his “unfortunate experience … to diminish racial profiling.”