Jan
27
2011

We're (Anonymously) With You! WaPo Touts U.S. Support for Arab Democracy

Now this is a head scratcher."As Arabs Protest, U.S. Speaks Up" is the headline today over a story by Scott Wilson and Joby Warrick in the Washington Post. The storyattempts to arguethat the Obama administration is backing protests in Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon–in the first two cases, regimes backed strongly by the United States (Egypt to the tune of more than $1 billion in annual military aid). As the lead puts it: The Obama administration is openly supporting the anti-government demonstrations shaking the Arab Middle East, a stance that is far less tempered than the one the president has taken […]

Aug
12
2010

Milbank on Robert Gibbs and the 'Professional Left'

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs generated a huge controversy by slamming the "professional left" for being too critical of the Obama administration. People who compare Obama to Bush"ought to be drug tested," according to Gibbs. Responses to the Gibbs remarks can be found almost anywhere you look–Glenn Greenwald's post provides perhaps the most thorough reaction. In the corporate media, moving to the right and bashing the Democratic base is constantly offered up as a smart move for Democratic politicians. So it was not a surprise when Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank offered a defense of Gibbs' comments (8/12/10): Gibbs […]

Jul
14
2010

'Same Strategy, Better Tactics': Robert Gibbs' Real 'Meet the Press' News

To hear some of the Beltway media tell it,on Sunday White House press secretary Robert Gibbs predicted that the Democrats could lose their congressional majority in the November midterms. The L.A. Times captured some of the sense of crisis (7/14/10), noting that party leaders also tried to improve the gloomy prognosis. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, reversing course from comments he made over the weekend, said Tuesday he now believed Democrats would retain control of the House, a sentiment shared by the House majority leader, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland. It's odd, then, tolook at what actually Gibbs […]

Jul
27
2009

Mitch Albom's Faulty Tax Math

Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom–best known for his bestseller Tuesdays With Morrie–had a July 25 column that criticized the Obama healthcare reform with an argument that suggested an unfamiliarity with how the U.S. tax system works: In explaining why it was OK to sock a new 5.4 percent tax on the highest earners in this country–to pay for healthcare reform–President Obamaâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said this: "The president believes that the richest 1 percent of this country has had a pretty good run of it for many, many, many years." Ah. So thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s it. The old "Youâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ve had […]