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Vice President Debate Moderator Martha Raddatz Has Ties to Obama

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ABC News should replace Martha Raddatz and find another moderator of the Vice Presidential debate on Thursday.

President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review.

After TheDC made preliminary inquiries Monday to confirm Obama’s attendance at the wedding, ABC leaked a pre-emptive statement to liberal-leaning news outlets including Politico and The Daily Beast Tuesday, revealing what may have been internal network pressure felt just days before Raddatz was scheduled to moderate the one and only vice-presidential debate Thursday night.

Both Politico and The Daily Beast jumped to ABC and Raddatz’s defense. The Huffington Post, another liberal news outlet, joined them shortly thereafter, while calling “unusual” ABC’s attempt to kill the story before it gained wide circulation.

There are other folks in the media business who can moderate the debate and Disney who owns ABC News knows all about impropriety – or at least the appearance of it.

Raddatz should be replaced – the sooner, the better.

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Day By Day by Chris Muir June 18, 2009 – The Power of Truth

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The MSM media bowing down to “The One” is becoming a sickening display as the syncophants rush to bolster their Nielsen ratings.

What ever happened to the “Fourth Estate?”

In an egregious display of one sidedness, ABC has even refused to sell ads critical of Obama healthcare reform policies during their broadcast from inside the White House. Plus, they are not allowing a GOP response.

America media is resembling the state controlled media in Iran more every day.

When will the American press revert to its independent and often cynical role of analyzing government policies? Or, will they continue to cover such events as Obama killing a fly?

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Day By Day by Chris Muir June 16, 2009 – Get A Room

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President Obama is going to need all of the help the Spinmeisters in his Administration and  ABC News can provide to sell his flawed and terribly expensive health care reform plan – Obamacare.

The health care lobby is out to scuttle the plan and there are already enough conservative Democratic Senate votes to support a filibuster. Convincing the American public to change their health insurance plans paid for by their employer to ONLY provide “free” care for a few more needy folks is gong to be a very tough sell.

It will take more than an ABC News production from a White House “room.”

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Sarah Palin Watch: The Charlie Gibson ABC News Interviews

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The Charlie Gibson of ABC News interview excerpts with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin are out now and will undoubtedly be featured on ABC World News Tonight and Nightline.

For a partial transcript go here.

It seems ABC is hyping the notion that Palin wants war with Russia. Here are the excerpts:

We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We’ve learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

GIBSON: Would you favor putting Georgia and Ukraine in NATO?

PALIN: Ukraine, definitely, yes. Yes, and Georgia.

GIBSON: Because Putin has said he would not tolerate NATO incursion into the Caucasus.

PALIN: Well, you know, the Rose Revolution, the Orange Revolution, those actions have showed us that those democratic nations, I believe, deserve to be in NATO.

Putin thinks otherwise. Obviously, he thinks otherwise, but…

GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn’t we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help.

But NATO, I think, should include Ukraine, definitely, at this point and I think that we need to — especially with new leadership coming in on January 20, being sworn on, on either ticket, we have got to make sure that we strengthen our allies, our ties with each one of those NATO members.

We have got to make sure that that is the group that can be counted upon to defend one another in a very dangerous world today.

GIBSON: And you think it would be worth it to the United States, Georgia is worth it to the United States to go to war if Russia were to invade.

PALIN: What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against. We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries.

And we have got to be vigilant. We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia. The support that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to.

It doesn’t have to lead to war and it doesn’t have to lead, as I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help us do that in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia and Putin and some of his desire to control and to control much more than smaller democratic countries.

His mission, if it is to control energy supplies, also, coming from and through Russia, that’s a dangerous position for our world to be in, if we were to allow that to happen.

There are a couple of video clips here and here at the ABC News site.

The first clip is on experience – Does Palin have the experience for VP? Charles Gibson asks Governor Palin if she’s prepared to be Vice President.

The second clip – Palin Clarifies “God” and War Remarks – Charlie Gibson asks Governor Plain if the Iraq War is a holy war.

The answers are solid and sound even though Gibson is trying to paint Sarah Palin as some religious whack job with his loaded question about the Iraq War.

There will be more later….


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