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‘Fox & Friends’ and that ‘unauthorized’ anti-Obama video

Here’s that four-minute criticism of the Barack Obama administration aired by “Fox & Friends” this morning. It’s drawn a good deal of attention:

Even some conservatives were made uncomfortable by the clip. This from Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air:

Note that F&F isn’t just playing a campaign ad or a YouTube spot from an outside political action committee. Nor does this come from the production company of one of its opinion-program hosts. The video starts with “Fox and Friends Presents” on the screen, making this an explicit argument from the news channel itself.

Should a news organization produce and publish attack ads like this? I know the initial response will be that other news organizations offer biased perspectives and hagiographies of Obama that go well beyond a single video … and that response is entirely valid. However, we usually criticize that kind of behavior with other news organizations, too. If anyone wanted to look for evidence that the overall …

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Penguin channels Roger Ailes, nips Newt Gingrich

Just moved by the Associated Press:

ST. LOUIS — At least one penguin at the St. Louis Zoo appears to be a feisty opponent of Newt Gingrich.

The Republican presidential candidate is sporting a small bandage on his finger after getting nipped by a small penguin during his tour of the zoo on Friday. Gingrich was in St. Louis to speak during the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting.

During his visit to the popular zoo in Forest Park, he was treated to a behind-the-scenes visit with two Magellanic penguins. One of them nipped Gingrich on the finger.

Zoo spokeswoman Susan Gallagher says a small bandage was all the medical care required.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Fox News: ‘Bitter’ Newt Gingrich trolling for CNN gig

The feud between Fox News and Newt Gingrich has become a very real, two-sided affair.

On Wednesday, Gingrich told a group of tea party leaders in Delaware – it was unclear whether he thought the meeting was private, but a reporter was present – that he considered Fox News in the pocket of Mitt Romney.

“In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year,” Gingrich said.

On Thursday, Fox retaliated with an unusually personal attack on a personality that, until last year, it was paying for his on-air analysis. From The Guardian in London:

”This is nothing other than Newt auditioning for a windfall of a gig at CNN – that’s the kind of man he is. Not to mention that he’s still bitter about the fact that we terminated his contributor contract.” takes note today of an extreme measure to which Gingrich has resorted in order to keep his presidential campaign afloat:

Scrambling to dig himself out of a $4.5 million hole, the …

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Your morning jolt: Herman Cain takes on Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer

In a note to supporters, presidential candidate Herman Cain last night took on – in polite fashion – doubters within the nose-bleed section of the Republican party. Wrote Cain:

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of Georgia. Fox News/AP

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of Georgia. Fox News/AP

No one is more emblematic of the Republican establishment than Karl Rove. He has an unmatched political record from his tenure with former president George W. Bush. I greatly respect and admire what he has accomplished in his career.

But I would suggest that he take a few minutes to review my record as a leader in business and as a problem-solver before he dismisses me as the radio talk show guy from Atlanta with not much to offer as a presidential candidate.”

But wait, there’s more:

One of my favorite political commentators, Charles Krauthammer of Fox News, described my candidacy as entertainment. I enjoy his perspectives because he is usually very thoughtful and often correct in his analysis. Unfortunately, this time he got …

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Roger Ailes, Sarah Palin and the Fox News presidential machine

Using the departure of Glenn Beck as a starting point, Gabriel Sherman of New York magazine has a terrific look at Roger Ailes and Fox News’ (allegedly) faltering plans to groom the next Republican presidential candidate. It includes this:

All the 2012 candidates know that Ailes is a crucial constituency. “You can’t run for the Republican nomination without talking to Roger,” one GOPer told me. “Every single candidate has consulted with Roger.” But he hasn’t found any of them, including the adults in the room—Jon Huntsman, Mitch Daniels, Mitt Romney—compelling. “He finds flaws in every one,” says a person familiar with his thinking.

“He thinks things are going in a bad direction,” another Republican close to Ailes told me. “Roger is worried about the future of the country. He thinks the election of Obama is a disaster. He thinks Palin is an idiot. He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the …

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Your morning jolt: A measure of racial hostility toward Barack Obama

Throughout the Barack Obama presidency, many have assumed that a degree of racial animosity lies beneath such things as the birther movement and Obama’s low job approval ratings.

Alan Abramowitz of Emory University/AJC file

Alan Abramowitz of Emory University/AJC file

Analysis has been stymied by a lack of data, says Alan Abramowitz, an Emory University political scientist – who now says he’s found a statistical underpinning for race-based judgments of Obama. From Sabato’s Crystal Ball:

”The evidence…shows that partisanship and ideology were the strongest predictors of overall evaluations of President Obama and opinions about his place of birth among white Americans.

“However, regardless of party or ideology, whites who scored high on racial resentment had more negative opinions of Obama and were more likely to harbor doubts about whether he was born in the United States than whites who scored low on racial resentment.

“These results indicate that Barack Obama’s race remains a major influence on how he is …

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Your morning jolt: Fulton judge to run against John Lewis?

Shirley Franklin’s Blogging While Blue this morning is all about talk of a 2012 Democratic challenge to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson:

Political insiders have told Blogging While Blue, that Johnson is making the rounds trying to measure support for his run. The biggest obstacle to challenging an incumbent congressman is name recognition and money. Johnson, a judge, should be able to leverage his contacts to raise a substantial amount of money.

In addition, Johnson is married to the daughter of Hamilton Holmes, Allison Holmes Johnson. Hamilton Homes integrated the University of Georgia in 1961 and was a pillar in Black Atlanta. What’s even more significant is that Allison grew up in Southwest Atlanta, which is seen as one of the political power centers of African American politics in Atlanta, and Johnson should be able to tap into her network of friends and associates.

The office of Gov. Nathan Deal this morning confirmed …

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Fox News suspends Newt Gingrich while he sorts out presidential ambitions

On Tuesday night, those following Newt Gingrich’s dance toward a presidential race were confronted with two contradictory messages.

The Des Moines Register quoted Gingrich confidante Joe Gaylord as saying that the former U.S. House speaker would announce the formation of an exploratory committee on Thursday in Atlanta. Yet an urgent message from Rick Tyler, the Gingrich spokesman, arrived at 9 p.m., playing down the importance of Thursday’s joint press conference with Gov. Nathan Deal.

One wonders if the Tuesday night decision by Fox News to send letters to both Gingrich and Rick Santorum, suspending their work as contributors for the network, may have played a role as well. From the Los Angeles Times:

Dianne Brandi, the network’s executive vice president of legal and business affairs, said in an interview that the channel made the move because Gingrich aides told Fox News executives that the former House speaker is stepping up his exploration of a presidential bid.

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Your morning jolt: Post-election intrigue and an attack on the RNC’s Nick Ayers

Two weeks ago, a Democratic operative sent news of a curious online ad – with a link to this new web site – that he had run across at

It was an attack on Nick Ayers, the former aide to Gov. Sonny Perdue who made good in D.C. as the executive director of the Republican Governors Association.


The anonymous web site takes a look at a DUI charge that Ayers, at age 24, was hit with in 2006 while he was campaign manager of Perdue’s multi-million dollar re-election bid. The charge was later reduced, as these things often are in Georgia.

Without knowing the source of the attack, we let the tip pass. But the Ben Smith team at, knowing a little more about the Internet, did not:

”We’ve tracked an anonymous site set up to attack Ayers to the IP address of a Georgia Democratic consulting firm with informal ties to former governor and losing 2010 gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes….

An email to the site was not answered — but an IP tracking tool in a …

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Mark DeMoss shuts down his effort to require politicians to play nice — for lack of interest

Two years ago, just before Barack Obama was sworn in as president, Christian publicist Mark DeMoss of Buckhead hooked up with Democrat Lanny Davis to launch something called the Civility Project – a movement to require people in politics to play nice.

It was a match of opposites. DeMoss, a Republican, had just finished a stint as Mitt Romney’s liaison to evangelicals in the ’08 presidential campaign. Davis is liberal, and Jewish.

In May, the pair sent a letter to 585 members of Congress and all 50 governors, asking them to sign the following 32-word pledge:

– I will be civil in my public discourse and behavior.

– I will be respectful of others whether or not I agree with them.

– I will stand against incivility when I see it.

Only three members of Congress complied – Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut; U.S. Reps. Frank Wolf, a Republican from Virginia; and Susan Myrick, a Republican from North Carolina.

Last week, only days before the rampage in …

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