"On behalf of the Obama Adminstration…"

Doug Ross writes:

Interviewed on MSNBC, a visibly shaken Jay Barbree — the longtime NBC science correspondent — described the duplicity of President Obama. Put simply, Obama’s campaign rhetoric — that he would preserve NASA’s cutting-edge science and engineering expertise — was, like so many of his promises, a fabrication. And he couldn’t even tell them to their faces.

It was one of Obama’s “if you vote for me, I will save your jobs,” Lucy-holding-the-football-for-Charlie-Brown things.

That’s bad enough, but then, via News Busters:

I just couldn’t get over the MSNBC gal, Alex Witt jumping in there, “on behalf of the Obama administration…”

Because it is MSNBC’s job to defend and protect the Obama administration. And, apparently, to speak on their behalf.

I may have complained about the skepticism that the press brought to every word that came out of the Bush administration’s mouth, but at least that was in character; the press are supposed to disbelieve the establishment, not shill for them.

Meanwhile, Neoneocon, who I don’t link to enough has some Madison for you and she and Krauthammer dare to say what the MSM will not, that Obama’s “successful nuclear summit” was a naked emperor of a meet

But of course. It’s the Strawberry Fields presidency; nothing is real.

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  • http://SignoVinces.com Kerry

    The next trans-uranium element discovered should be named Obamanium, as its half-life and the half-life of President B+’s promises will exactly coincide.

  • Jeff

    that was priceless. “on behalf of the Obama administration”! And people say Rush is exaggerating when he talks about government-run media…

    Barbree is such an institution and overall good guy, and you can see how upset he is at Obama’s mendacity and the NASA workers he loves so much.

  • Dave G

    Alex Witt, Chris Matthews, Mika Brzezinski, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann. They may as well be on the White House payroll.

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    Once again we see Obama the elite expert on everything, seeking to micromanage a sector that he knows nothing about. If we want to go to Mars, the astronautical engineers know more about how to do that than Obama does. It is rocket science. And if they say we need to relearn how to land, etc., which means going back to the moon, where we have not been for 40 years (!), then we go back to the moon. (But with Obama’s multi-trillion dollar budgets, NONE of the space program is affordable anymore.)

    On the other hand, it would be helpful to note that a good many functions at NASA are already the work of private contractors, and have been for a while. The launch vehicles are privately engineered and privately constructed, and even the personnel conducting the launch are often private contractors (my brother-in-law is one). But they are not so involved that they can now take up the reins and do it ALL themselves. There does still need to be NASA involvement if we are to maintain the capability of putting human beings in space.

    Also, it is true that too much of NASA has become bureaucratic welfare, looking for ways to spend money (and hence employ people) on ever more nonessential experiments. The problem is that it looks like continuing this practice is what Obama has for NASA in the future, increased politicization and spending its budget on things like “climate change.”

  • Tempus_Fugit

    Years down the road, when America is defenseless, with Russian and Chinese nuclear rocket satellites pointing at our heads and holding us hostage, people will curse anyone who voted for this marxist operative.

    Billions for ACORN, nothing for NASA. That sums up Obama perfectly.

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    We won’t have to wait for the Russians and Chinese to hold us hostage, TF, the Iranians will have already gone ahead and nuked us.

  • http://westernchauvinist.blogspot.com Western Chauvinist

    Remember when you were a kid and some adult told you that you shouldn’t “build yourself up by tearing someone else down? This is something I’ve finally figured out about Obama. His leadership credentials are built on the utter destruction of other people’s efforts. In his view, he’s good with the economy because his policies repudiate what has been learned by business leaders and economists about free-market capitalism over the last 50 years. He’s got the solution to rising health care costs by putting the country under state-run health care in the mold of Medicare, which is bankrupting the country, and by engineering the utter destruction of the private healthcare system. He counters “peace through strength” with “peace through appeasement” or “peace through insult of allies” or “peace through weakness.” He really believes that because previous leaders haven’t been perfect, they have been good. He, and those who also have been poisoned by belief in their own virtue, are dangerous destructive Utopians. If it isn’t the existence of this country that is threatened, it is certainly her character. This is what happens when an ideologue with no practical experience in the creative enterprises of this culture gets complete control. This will not end well.

  • http://westernchauvinist.blogspot.com Western Chauvinist

    Dang! I meant:

    He really believes that because previous leaders haven’t been perfect, they haven’t been good.

  • Jeff

    Barry is only where he is by accident and incredibly good luck. A sex scandal got him into the U.S. Senate. He lost his first election.

  • http://lowlytuber.blogspot.com tim maguire

    Dave wrote; “They may as well be on the White House payroll.”

    Why buy the cow when you get the milk for free?

    It’s not unusual when MSNBC gives airtime to an Obama critic they don’t bring on a Team Obama member for balance, instead the anchor provides the balance personally. In a way, MSNBC’s transparency is refreshing. They are only saying what most news outlets think.

    And I know enough of these people personally (journalists, not necessarily famous TV folks) to know that their mendacity is sincere. They are doomed for the simple reason that they mean what they say so deeply that they are incapable of seeing where they’ve gone wrong.

  • gs

    This post (and previous ones) by space guru Rand Simberg gives, IMHO, a plausible defense of Obama’s space policy.

  • http://westernchauvinist.blogspot.com Western Chauvinist

    Well – yes, it is incredible that it is luck. How about his political machine destroyed his opposition? How about a national media so convinced of its liberal virtue that it wouldn’t give the electorate “just the facts?” How about his race inoculating him against any “legitimate” criticism.

    I find the most disturbing aspect of these times the fact that so many people seem unaware or self-deluded about the dangers the rest of us see. Either they are very assured of their righteousness, or they are too afraid to face the truth. It almost doesn’t matter why, though.

    I recommend Bill Whittle’s piece on the sheep, the wolf and the sheepdogs (in his archives at Eject! Eject! Eject!). Try to be a sheepdog.

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    It should be noted that it has recently been reported that MSNBC’s parent company, General Electric, paid ZERO DOLLARS in U.S. federal taxes this year notwithstanding a worldwide profit of $10.8 billion.

    But we don’t see Obama or tax cheat Geitner going after them, do we?

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  • JohnG

    I don’t get something – something odd in that video.

    It states at top center that it’s “LIVE”.

    But, immediately after Mr. Barbree reports of the duplicity of Obama, Alex Witt, the anchor in the studio, reaches for a paper and begins to refute Mr. Barbree’s conclusions. Was that paper the talking points memo released by the Obama Administration telling her what to say?

    How would she know the response of the Administration unless she had been prepped about what Barbree was going to say?

    But, then there’s that pesky “LIVE” representation.

    Something more than usual stinks here.

  • Jeff

    Also her suspiciously immediate rejoinder didn’t address what Barbree said re 7500 employees losing their jobs, or Obama’s promise that they would not. She just weakly offered up the “2500″ number and acted as if that was fine and dandy, nothing to see here. That network is a self-parody at this point and if people like Tina Fey weren’t semi-official state-sponsored comedians, SNL could ridicule it to pieces.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny L.

    MSNBC is a farce. It’s not even close to journalism.

    I heard ex-Mayor of NYC, Ed Koch, slam him this morning on the radio for the administration’s Israeli policy. He was furious. I find it amazing in my personal life how many people are disappointed with Obama, people who once supported him. I think he is going to be a one termer, and I don’t think he really cares. He is hell bent on shoving Libralism down ourt throats and believes the country will be irreversably altered as a result. He may be right.

  • Joe Odegaard

    I do not believe that Obama can effectively govern the whole country – all of us – after saying “Typical white person;” “Bitter clingers to guns & religion” etc. I think we will see rancor & division in the country until 2012 or 2016.

  • newton

    ” Joe Odegaard
    April 17th, 2010 | 8:47 pm | #19

    I do not believe that Obama can effectively govern the whole country – all of us – after saying “Typical white person;” “Bitter clingers to guns & religion” etc. I think we will see rancor & division in the country until 2012 or 2016.”

    Now the people at NASA know that The One lied to them. 15 thousand people, plus friends and family, are going to find out the hard way about the hard price to pay for “Hope & Change, Inc.”

    I predict that, after November of 2012, either Obama and his allies will go insane, or the rest of America will go insane.

    The old people in my hometown used to say, “Two male crabs can’t live together inside a hole.” It is becoming increasingly obvious to the rest of the nation that they were sold a bill of (damaged) goods. (I intend all of the pun here.) If the American people can’t send him packing in 2012, then we will know we have all gone insane.

  • http://www.britishcarforum.com Stanton

    MSNBC is owned by GE, which in turn is owned by this White House. Why are we surprised that they carry water for “The One.” I won’t even allow Mess-NBC to be on in my home any more.

  • Jeff

    I kind of agree with that. Ever since Clinton got in over a war hero (Bush I), I felt like something had cracked in our national foundation.

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  • JohnG

    Stanton: Not for long. Ge is hemmoraging money, it’s stock prices are tanking, and it’s becoming pretty clear that its business model is broken. So, GE is selling NBC to Comcast. Soon.

    Comcast is a Pain in the A** cable company but may be more of a straight shooter when it comes to broadcast news.

    Who knows?

  • Craig Payne

    Lucy holding the football: that is my new favorite metaphor for the current President. Except Lucy’s not really nasty about her betrayals.

  • Doc

    The corporate media firmly embedded with Democrats is nothing new. Perhaps MSNBC just fails to grasp the subtlety that allows ABCNNBCBS to more successfully perpetuate the deception on their viewers.

    Bill Clinton has been good enough to remind us of one of these episodes on this 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Byron York has done a good job bringing some of it to light, revealing Dick Morris’ role in politicizing the act of terror (and not for the last time). Unfortunately, York misses the most damaging part of the media/government deception.

    Jayna Davis was a reporter for a network affiliate in Oklahoma City who covered the bombing from the day it happened all the way through the investigation and beyond. Her book, The Third Terrorist, documents that McVeigh was far from a lone wolf extremist, and perhaps not even the ringleader. At least 22 witnesses saw McVeigh in the company of Arabs the day of and prior to the bombing.

    It is quite a compilation of damning evidence of media suddenly losing interest in the direction of a story when Democrats tell them which direction they should now be pointed.

  • P. Buchta

    The technological edge at NASA has been dull for a long time. It’s about time that they shook things up over there and got rid of all of the dead wood. There is a difference in maintaining cutting edge science and innovation and maintaining jobs. If the country wants to get ahead, they are going to have to maintain that edge. Obama realizes this.

  • Diane

    Those people who polish the ice to reduce the friction and increase the heat so the stone travels further in curling competitions?…I don’t know what they’re called, but whatever it is, that is what MSNBC is to Obama and the rest of the Progressive Cabal.

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