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MSM ignores Obama golfing while criticizing Hayward's yachting

Saturday we focused on Rahm Emanuel doing it, this morning we go to NewsBusters who focus on how Emanuel is leading the press down the same hypocritical path:

As NewsBusters previously reported, America's media on Saturday had a collective hissy fit over BP CEO Tony Hayward having the nerve to participate in a yacht race on his day off.
At the same time, no such outrage was expressed concerning President Obama and Vice President Biden going golfing.

This double standard continued Sunday as the three broadcast network political talk shows all began with Hayward's yacht outing while ignoring the President's R&R on the links.

What follows are videos and transcripts of the opening segments of ABC's "This Week," CBS's "Face the Nation," and NBC's "Meet the Press":

Follow the link to see the collusion... and think how different things would've been if a Republican were in office.

So very different.

How anyone could trust the major media outlets for objectivity is beyond me.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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Obama needs to golf to get ... (Below threshold)

Obama needs to golf to get good like Tiger. But then, unlike Tiger, he spends his time screwing his one and only favorite mistress, the U.S. of A., every single day.

I don't care about either o... (Below threshold)
James H:

I don't care about either one, honestly, except from a PR standpoint.

Still trying to protect the... (Below threshold)

Still trying to protect their abject fool ole' jugg ears and his gaffe parrot. Hypocrites.

As of last week, Hayward is... (Below threshold)

As of last week, Hayward is no longer in charge of day to day oil spill issues, so his presence on a yacht is more irrelevant pablum the MSM is shoveling out.

If Hayward was seen playing... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

If Hayward was seen playing golf, I realy don't think the press would have noticed. Instead Hayward was seen enjoying the crystal blue waters in his home country while his oil company was still spewing oil in the Gulf. Perhaps if Obama was seen vacationing on the beaches of Hawaii than the two situations would be similar enough for the media to take notice.

Also it's worthwhile to not... (Below threshold)

Also it's worthwhile to note that Hayward's company caused this entire mess, and Hayward is just having a little "me" time since it was so stressful answering questions in front of Congress for an hour.

Tina and Jim XThe ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Tina and Jim X

The subject is media bias so Obama doesn't look bad. A lot of people have this opinion of Obama. For instance there are the following quotes:

"With Obama-loving media like the LA Times printing garbage."

"In large part the "Dems are tearing their party apart" meme is total BS pushed by the Obamedia as a part of their attempt to put more pressure on Clinton to resign.
"He's crumbling, and "shooting from the hip without thinking: a lot more these days -- but this remark came out of one of his "great speeches" according to his fan club in the press who, as you say, obviously aren't listening very closely."

"Exposing Obama's weak campaign strategy should have been done long before, but while Hillary was hitting on these issues previously, Obama was able to just ignore her questions and challenges because no one in the press was pushing him for answers"
"And yet just yesterday Barack Obama lies on national television, and no one in the press calls him on it."
"Armed with plagiarized speeches, and able to avoid any discussion on real issues thanks to a complacent and fawning press, Barack Obama was skating all the way to the nomination."

Now you may ask what frothing racist teabagger said these awful things about the press fawning over Obama.

Why Lee Ward of course.

OK, I am going to defend Ob... (Below threshold)

OK, I am going to defend Obama, in the same way I defended Bush during Katrina's aftermath. In both cases "up to a point".

The Chief Executive of any large body of people (country, company, fraternal organization) is not going to be the one on the ground lifting a shovel. Or toting a bale. Or whatever. Chances are he won't even be the guy directing the on the ground work. No, his job is to move boulders out of the way. To keep the roads clear and allow the job to get done. So if the Chief Executive (Company, Nation or what have you) spends time doing something other than micromanaging the "event", this may be the best thing they can be doing.
That being said, if that Chief isn't breaking up boulders, isn't facilitating and instead is just getting in the way or pointing fingers... THAT is what he should be criticized for.
And that is what Obama deserves our scorn for.
Hayward, if he is no longer in charge of BP... he's just being dog piled by a media that doesn't want to be reminded of who they've been in the tank for all this time.

All of that being said, if this was a week ago and Hayward still ran BP, and hadn't been doing his part to get the men and women on the ground what they need to succeed... then fire away.

<a href="http://www.realcle... (Below threshold)
retired military:


NBC's Brzezinski: I'm "Working With The White House" On Oil Spill Talking Points

I dont remember NBC helping Bush with talking points on Katrina.

I dont remember NBC help... (Below threshold)

I dont remember NBC helping Bush with talking points on Katrina.

Maybe that's partly because almost 2000 US citizens were killed in Katrina's aftermath.

Any a-hole can go yachting.... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

Any a-hole can go yachting. It takes a
disciplined, superior mind to challenge
the forces of nature and the abilities of
mortal man to whack a hard, little ball
with a stick into a well-defined depression
in a grassy expanse. While Obama focuses
"like a laser" on the cup, we see a metaphor
for His life....a birdie in the hand is
worth two in the Bush.

I always wonder how LA coun... (Below threshold)

I always wonder how LA counted people that died outside of LA after the hurricane... and how 1500 (including those out of towners) were from LA and LA government doesn't get any responsibility from folks like jim x.

Jin X"Maybe that's... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Jin X

"Maybe that's partly because almost 2000 US citizens were killed in Katrina's aftermath."

Well thing is this Jim.

Katrina is not something that man can do much about other than prepare. The first line of defense in a hurricane is the state govt doing what it is supposed to do. LA State govt did not and they didnt ask for help until it was too late.

This was

a. Pretty much preventable as more and more evidence shows.
b. Could have been avoided if we were drilling on oh say Dry land like Alaska or getting shale oil from Montana instead of a mile down.
c. much worse than it needed to be Had the govt not been screwing around for 50+ days playing golf.

d. much worse than it needed to be had the govt accepted help from other govt when offered OVER A MONTH ago, and used all resources at hand (is that miles of oil boom still sitting in a Maine warehouse that the govt knew about OVER A MONTH ago).

e. Much more costly than it needed to be if the US GOVT had done its job and protected federal waters and the shoreline which it did not.

Oh and I forgot.f.... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Oh and I forgot.

f. Much worse than it needed to be if we had had someone in charge who was less interested in plugging the hole on the 5th green and more interested in plugging the hole in the gulf.

SCSIwuzzy,There is... (Below threshold)


There is no defense for BHO his people attacked Hayward for not working 24/7 on the spill( after he was relieved )because Hayward was the CEO, well BHO should be held to the same standard.

Tina S. you do know that a US oil firm had spills in the UK?

hc,That was my point... (Below threshold)

That was my point.

Well retired military, as I... (Below threshold)

Well retired military, as I've noted and cited many previous times here, the LA gov *did* ask for help. They just didn't get it. This contradicts the excuse narrative in place for Bush; nonetheless it's true.

But it was asked why Katrina under Bush is given more attention than the BP oilcano under Obama. That reason is just what I said - the number of people killed.

If the body count for Katrina and its aftermath is 1836 people, and the body count for BP's oilcano and its aftermath is 11 people total, of course the media will pay attention to the aftermath of Katrina more.

This is in addition to a whole bunch of other different aspects of the two.






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