Magnus Greel came about from frustration with the media as much as with the news and politics it was covering. Over the last 30 or 40 years in this country it has become just as much a part of the problem as the people leading us over a financial cliff like a bunch of goddamn Lemmings. There was a time when the press stood between us and the people trying to get away with shit. Now? Not so much.

Today’s “journalists” are anything but. When the focus on ratings excludes all else you cease to be a reporter. You have become an entertainer. And entertainers are, for lack of a better term, idiots. I trust them to make me laugh, not to understand complex political issues.

“Quite a few national media outlets must have missed Teamsters President James Hoffa’s Labor Day speech introducing President Obama in Detroit. (Not the L.A. Times, of course.)

Because they neglected to mention the union boss’ canine quote about the tea party:

“Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.”

Assuming for the moment, that the son of the still-missing Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa was not suggesting the enthusiastic union crowd start dating tea party members, the statement doesn’t seem to quite fit Democrat Obama’s past pleas for civility in the nation’s political discourse.” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

The LA Times article then goes on to print the transcript of yesterday morning’s White House press briefing in which ABC infotainer Jake Tapper verbally tangled with White House Propagandist Jay Carney. The result is a clear example of why the media is broken and our government is in outer space.

“Q And lastly, Jay, in January, President Obama said after the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, “At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all the ails of the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment, make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

Did he mean that?

MR. CARNEY: Of course he did.

Q How does the comments — how did the comments by the Teamsters’ president fit in with that?

MR. CARNEY: Well, first of all, those weren’t comments by the President. Secondly, and as I think it’s been reported by –

Q Comments by a union leader at an event that President Obama spoke at.

MR. CARNEY: I understand that there is a ritual in Washington that somebody says something and you link the associations, and then everybody who has an association with him or her somehow has to avow or disavow it.

The President wasn’t there — I mean, he wasn’t on stage. He didn’t speak for another 20 minutes. He didn’t hear it. I really don’t have any comment beyond that, Jake.

Q Okay. Well, some of us covered the campaign and recall a time when somebody made some harsh comments about then-Senator Obama while — during the introduction of a McCain rally and the Obama campaign was offended and expected an apology, and Senator McCain came out and did so.

MR. CARNEY: Mr. Hoffa speaks for himself. He speaks for the labor movement, the AFL-CIO. The President speaks for himself. I speak for the President.

What the President was glad to do yesterday was have the opportunity to present his views on the importance of working Americans and on the importance of taking measures to help working Americans –

Q Okay, so the precedent –

MR. CARNEY: — to create jobs and grow the economy.

Q So the precedent you’re setting right now for the 2012 election is, the candidate — the Republican candidates are the ones that we need to pay attention to, and those who introduce them at rallies, their surrogates — you don’t have to pay attention to anything that they say.

MR. CARNEY: Jake, I really — I think I’ve said what I can say about this.

Q I just — is that the standard now?

MR. CARNEY: You can report it as you –

Q I’d rather not have to do this Washington Kabuki every time something happens –

MR. CARNEY: It’s up to you to do the Kabuki –

Q — but if that’s the standard — if that’s the standard, then –

MR. CARNEY: The standard is, we should focus on the actions we can take to grow the economy and create jobs, instead of focusing on Kabuki theater.

Q Did the President find the comments appropriate?

MR. CARNEY: Can we move on?”

Who the fuck cares what James Hoffa said at a Labor Day rally? Where was Jake Tapper and his integrity when the NRA was making jokes about shooting Barack Obama? For that matter, where has everyone in the 4th Estate been while the very fabric of American society has come perilously close to tearing?

On the other hand, our President is being represented at national press briefings by someone only marginally more human than fucking C-3PO. White House spokespeople are notoriously robotic, as demonstrated by Jay Carney’s almost HAL-9000-like recitations of President Obama’s stump speech.

So what should it look and sound like? How about this:

Q – “Jay, did the President hear James Hoffa’s introduction at the Labor Day rally in Detroit?”

Mr. Carney – “Ha ha ha, yeah. That was pretty crazy.”

Q – “Does the President share the belief that the Tea Party are a bunch of SOB’s and that we should take them out?

Mr. Carney – “Yeah. He also thinks that Michele Bachmann is hot as hell but dumber than a bag of hammers and that Paul Ryan is a closet homosexual who does lots of cocaine.”

Q – “Nice. Secondly, is the President going to finally grow a spine and fight for anything in the next few months? Or, is he going to keep wearing panties?”

Mr. Carney – “Man, I don’t know. Most of us who work here love the man. We really do. But, yeah, if it were up to me I’d give him a quick one to the gut every morning to remind him we’re in a fight here and he needs to start throwing some goddamn punches.”

Q – “Thanks, Jay.”

Mr. Carney – “You bet.”


See? How hard is that?



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