Analysis of media issues, politics and current events.
Quotes and excepts from the week that succinctly capture various issues.
Jon Stewart on why attacks on Mitt Romney financial dealings is not about a War on Success.
“Nobody cares that Mitt Romney is rich. It’s Romney’s inability to understand the institutional advantage that he gains from the government’s tax code largesse, that’s a little offensive to people, especially considering Romney’s view on anyone else who looks to the government for things like, I don’t know, food and medicine.”
David Frum on Romney messaging problem. CNN Article “Mitt Romney’s painfully bad week”
“Romney’s core problem is this: He heads a party that must win two-thirds of the white working-class vote in presidential elections to compensate for its weakness in almost every demographic category. The white working class is the most pessimistic and alienated group in the electorate, and it especially fears and dislikes the kind of financial methods that gained Romney his fortune.”
“I think I’ve lost some of my confidence in Siri. That might be why I tend not to consider her as the first step when adding or looking up information. It’s kind of like giving her the brush off before she has a chance to reject me.
I still think Siri is a promising concept, and perhaps I’ve been too quick to dismiss her at times. But she definitely needs some improvements under the hood before she can become ingrained in the way I use the iPhone.”
- CNet writer Lance Whitney
“Never before in history has a candidate run for president with the idea that too many people have insurance coverage.”
Part of the editoral by Bill Keller “Five Obamacare Myths”
“Your organization uses words like “integrity” and “values” in promotional literature, but leaders rarely utter them in the course of daily decisions, much less the toughest ones.”
One of the 8 ways the Penn State leadership meltdown could happen in your organization
by Jill Geisler
Dear God, let kids fail once in a while. Parents hiring Sorority rush consultants. An excerpt:
So Mrs. King, who graduated from Yale in 1984, before it had any sororities, enlisted the aid of Marlea Foster and Pat Grant, local consultants who had coached their own daughters through rush at Furman, the University of Georgia and Auburn University. Naming themselves the Rushbiddies, they opened shop in 2009 after hearing about the rush misfortunes of their daughters’ friends.
“Listen, I am being set up by the President Barack Obama and the city and the federal government.”
What devious scheme did the Obama administration set up this time? Somehow using mind control to make Anthony Parri take off a child’s shoe and rubbed the girl’s foot against his nose and mouth at a New York library. That’s what he tells the police that arrested him.
Government doesn’t produce jobs. Cut government spending. What? Government pays for military contractors!? Raise taxes!
Now that the looming across-the-board budget cuts that will also effect the Pentagon and the defense contractors are getting closer, all of a sudden, the take-no-prisoners budget cutting fever among Republican and related business is quickly cooling. As this will likely turn into actual job loses in their districts.
“I was assured by leadership that when I agreed to vote for the Budget Control Act — which I did to prevent our country from defaulting on its obligations — that sequestration would never happen, that it was such a dire remedy that it would force the super-committee to act, and obviously that proved not to be true.”
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
New Jersey Democrat Rep. Robert Andrews pressed defense sector CEOs on whether tax hikes should be part of the kind of $1.2 trillion federal deficit-paring bill that would void the defense cuts.
“I think everything has to be on the table at this point,” replied David Hess, Pratt & Whitney president.
And hey Barack Obama and Ann Romney, phrases you said this week were taken out of context and turned in to false outrage.
What’s repeated “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” What Obama actually said was…
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”
Odd thing. “Even Mitt Romney Agrees” as this clip shows Mitt Romney saying this same thing
Audio Romney: “He said this, ‘If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’ That somebody else is government in his view. He goes on to describe the people who deserve the credit for building this business, and of course he describes people who we care very deeply about, who make a difference in our lives: schoolteachers, firefighters, people who build roads. We need those things. We value schoolteachers, firefighters, people who build roads. You really couldn’t have a business if you didn’t have those things, but you know, we pay for those things. The taxpayers pay for government.
Ann Romney’s “you people” was clearly the press.
Chick-Fil-A turns a little chicken on gay marriage stance.
Dan Cathy: Yes, you heard what I said, we aren’t fond of gays. ‘guilty as charged’
SFX: PUBLIC OUTRAGE THAT COULD HURT BUSINESS
FACEBOOK STATEMENT: Ah, let’s move on, okay?
But before we move on. Really funny spoof on this event by comedian Nick Kroll.