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Washingtonian Magazine Tries to Make Obama Apparatchik Look Intellectual, Fails Massively

Posted by V the K at 2:52 pm - April 12, 2014.
Filed under: Media Bias

Washingtonian Mom tried to do a breezy puff-piece on Obama Spokesflack Jay Carney and his wife, MFM Regime Propagandist Claire Shipman, including some staged family pictures to make them all warm and smart; going to the same lengths they would go to to make a conservative look mean and stupid.

It kinda sorta backfired when people noticed most of the books on Carney’s bookshelves were actually Photoshops of other books on Jay Carney’s bookshelves.

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Aside from the very obvious Photoshops, others couldn’t help but notice the Soviet Army posters hanging on the walls in the background.

Now we’re used to Jay Carney giving us the finger, but to lop off his kid’s pinkie to prove a point is rather extreme. In any case, it’s amusing to note the lengths to which the media will go to make Democratic bureaucrats appealing to us.

In the run up to the 2008 election, the Atlantic hired a hate-fueled leftist photographer who took unflattering photos of John McCain for their profile. And yet here we have a popular magazine going out of its way to make the condescending Jay Carney look more human. Because they’d do the same for Bush, right?

This and That

Posted by V the K at 11:14 am - April 11, 2014.
Filed under: Academia,Media Bias,Science

One longerish post to take the place of three shorterish posts.

1. Snotty leftist Stephen Colbert is replacing bitter leftist David Letterman at the Late Show on CBS.  It’s amazing how far a one-joke comedy routine can take you in the left-wing media establishment. (See also, Tina Fay).

2. Leftist academics think MLK and convicted murderer Mumia Abu Jamal are pretty much equivalent, and a California teacher has decided to indoctrinate his 11th graders to that effect.  What is with the left and making heroes out of murderers?

3. Scientists have developed an artificial vajayjay.  The Sandy Fluke jokes write themselves.

And suddenly, HFT

I never knew that Casey Kasem was the voice of Shaggy. But I digress.

CBS recently did a good piece on High Frequency Trading (HFT), a means by which well-connected computers churn the stock markets and skim the cream. 15 minutes, here it is:

But a few things are odd about HFT as a story, or at least noteworthy.

First: the curious absence of government involvement. HFT has been going on for years (Zero Hedge started blogging it in 2009). Where have the vaunted government regulators been, all this time? Answer: Nowhere (until right now, as we’ll discuss in a minute).

The CBS piece praises Brad Katsuyama, a trader who figured out years ago how HFT works and founded a new exchange, IEX, to try to defeat HFT. That’s a great example of private enterprise being ahead of the regulators.

In fact, private enterprise has run circles around the regulators; first by creating HFT, then by being years ahead of government in working to defeat HFT. Could it be that government regulation isn’t effective? (cough)

The mainstream media’s absence from the HFT story until now (2014) is also striking. And that brings us to the second oddity: the timing of the CBS story. As if by magic, within days of its airing, we have also had announcements that the FBI will finally probe HFT. And that Goldman-Sachs will back IEX, the new HFT-free exchange. (Update: And the pr0n-watching SEC finally, also, investigating.)

I’m old enough to recognize a co-ordinated campaign. Granting that HFT is a real story, I still must speculate that the reason why HFT is suddenly on our collective lips, under investigation, etc., is because somebody powerful finds it convenient, at this time. (Where in the previous five years, they didn’t find it convenient.)

Who is that somebody? I don’t know. I did just note that Goldman-Sachs is rolling with the punches, at least. Over at Zero Hedge, they speculate that HFT is now being set up as the scapegoat for a coming stock market bubble-crash. The Federal Reserve is (by its QE, ZIRP and many other policies) the biggest market-rigger of all. The Fed has engineered the stock market bubble of the last five years. And, when that bubble bursts eventually, the Fed will want us all to blame something or someone else.

UPDATE: On CNBC, Katsuyama and a (truly obnoxious) pro-HFT guy get down-n-dirty. Good times.

One reason (of many) to #BanBossy

Remember a couple of years ago, Hillary yukking it up over the death of a foreign head of State? “We came, we saw, he died! (har har)”

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Granted that the victim (Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi) was an enemy and dictator who probably deserved it; still, I can’t recall any of Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, or George W. Bush ever showing such ugly pleasure in the death of any other human being.

If I’m mistaken – if there is a comparable example, from one of Bush Cheney Rice – please remind me in the comments.

UPDATE: Garry Kasparov, the anti-Putin dissident and former chess champion, just tweeted another possible reason to #BanBossy:

Hillary was the captain of the Titanic that was US-Russia relations as Secretary of State. Her as admiral of whole fleet makes me nervous!

Not to change the subject, but Kasparov’s new article at Politico reminds us who Putin is.

Potluck

These items have been all over, and deserve to be noticed here at GayPatriot.

Liberal bias, in media & academia? Why, yes.

More people seeing that the Emperor Has No Clothes? Thankfully, yes.

  • Obama is under water on the Ukraine crisis. 42% approve his handling, 43% disapprove.
  • While a bipartisan majority support sanctions against Russia, they’re mainly older people, because younger people say no. Among the Obama-voting 35-and-under, 55% are against it.

IRS / Tea Party scandal as real as ever? Yup.

  • Great, daily coverage at TaxProf Blog.
  • Yes, Lerner targeted the Tea Party, and even what she called “organizations woven by the fabulously rich and hugely influential Koch brothers”. More Koch Derangement Syndrome. Some people are on too much Koch!
  • Lerner continued last week to plead the 5th. The IRS will give up all her emails, supposedly; I put it that way because enough time has passed that only God knows what they may have scrubbed.

FROM THE (OTHER) COMMENTS: In the other Koch Derangement Syndrome thread, some fine comments are relevant here.

  • runningrn says “The Koch brothers didn’t even crack the top 10 when it came to the top political donors. In fact they are way the heck down the list at number 59…The 6 biggest union donors in American politics gave 15 times more to mostly Democrats…”
  • And Annie gives us the WSJ link.

One should ask why the IRS doesn’t target all that union money? Or target, to coin a phrase, “organizations woven by the fabulously rich and hugely influential George Soros”?

AND SOME FOLLOW-UPS:

  • Rep. Alan Grayson (D – FL) won’t be charged after allegations that he physically abused his wife. GP talked about it here. The video evidence – which was incomplete (having gaps in it) – did not support Lolita Carson-Grayson’s story. Nonetheless, a judge granted her a restraining order against Rep. Grayson. We’re still waiting for the new feminist campaign, “I BELIEVE YOU, LOLITA!”
  • Gary Lyngar answers his son, who had made a splash by claiming “I lost my dad to Fox News”. Hint: The son was about as real and honest with us as you’d expect from a writer who whines about his parent’s politics. As the elder Mr. Lyngar puts it, his son was “dead wrong” and “a lot of it’s his perception of what’s going on and not reality”.

MFM: “If you don’t support the Gay Agenda, You’re pretty much a Nazi.”

Posted by V the K at 10:54 am - March 5, 2014.
Filed under: Equality (Real or Faux?),Media Bias

Yeah, they’re going there.

New Trail Life scouting group excludes gay kids & they do a “Sieg Heil!” style salute, too. http://t.co/c3UDn1Vfry pic.twitter.com/Vhvlr3wbyY

— Cathy Lynn Grossman (@CLGrossman) March 3, 2014

Trail Life USA disagreed with the policies of the Boy Scouts (specifically, when they changed their policies to accommodate gays and atheists); and instead of whining about it to the media or suing to make the Government impose their will on people they disagreed with, they started a group more to their own liking. Agree with them or not, this type of solution is much less obnoxious and socially divisive than using Big Government to force their will on others.

But the progressive left can’t stand the thought of people living outside the collective and despise the fact that people are allowed to make choices they don’t agree with. And so, it is the people who want to be left alone by the Government whom they call Nazis, and not the people seeking to use Government to force their will on others.

The Perspective Gap and Fox News

My long absence from GayPatriot, has been brought on by a few factors, chief among them that I’ve been taking some classes in the evenings and haven’t had much time for blogging, and what little time I have had to spare has been consumed by more going on socially than in the recent past.  But beyond that, there has been my general sense of what I wrote about in this post, and called either Obamalaise or Obamanomie, that feeling of depression and listlessness that comes when I consider the sad state of a country that elected Obama not once, but twice and seems more interested in bread and circuses than in seeking actual, workable solutions to the difficult problems that face our country.

Naturally the online leftist rag Salon can’t understand why anyone would feel upset or bothered by the direction of the country in the era of the glorious Obama, and so one of its contributors, Edwin Lyngar, has written a laughable piece about “elderly white rage” which places the blame on that favorite bogeyman of the contemporary left, Fox News.   I learned of the article when various liberals and leftists I know–including one I’ve taken to calling a MINO (a moderate in name only)–linked to it on social media.  I just glanced past it until one of them approvingly quoted one of the more ridiculous passages from the article.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that I am not elderly, nor am I viewer of Fox News.   I mostly avoid the whole TV news genre, preferring to get my information from other sources.  The full title of the article reads: “I lost my dad to Fox News: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria.”  The author, who describes himself as “overeducated in the humanities” with both an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University (not exactly a bastion of conservative thinkers) and an MA in Writing from the University of Nevada, Reno unwittingly demonstrates the way shallow generalizations count as somehow being deep thought by those who advocate a politically correct perspective.

As I don’t care to be guilty of the same intellectual offense, I’d like to highlight and  unpack a few of the article’s more ridiculous claims and observations.  Let’s start with the opening paragraph:

Old, white, wrinkled and angry, they are slipping from polite society in alarming numbers. We’re losing much of a generation.  They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their status as veterans, Tea Partyers or “patriots” of some kind or another. They have yellow flags, bumper stickers and an unquenchable rage. They used to be the brave men and women who took on America’s challenges, tackling the ’60s, the Cold War and the Reagan years — but now many are terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.

Of course GayPatriot readers can see what he’s doing there, but just for the sake of argument, let’s illustrate that he opens by offering a caricature and a generalization about elderly Fox News viewers, conflates Fox News viewers with the Tea Party, accuses them of being filled with “rage,” and then ends by trying to ridicule them as being “terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.”  Say what?  That last clause is contains so many misrepresentations and non-sequiturs that it is really rather stunning.  Barack Obama is only a moderate Democrat if you are so far to the left already that you can’t see how far his administration has shifted the political status quo towards statist goals.  And just because Obamacare was given the Orwellian title “the Affordable Care Act,” doesn’t mean it has anything to do with making healthcare more affordable.  Far from it, just ask the many people dropped from insurance who find that their health insurance costs have gone up and their deductibles are now much higher than they were previously.  Even those who haven’t had to change insurance are getting less for more costs.

The article continues with an anecdote about the author’s father and an exchange where the writer tells him he shouldn’t watch Fox News:

enjoyed Fox News for many years, as a libertarian and frequent Republican voter. I used to share many, though not all, of my father’s values, but something happened over the past few years. As I drifted left, the white, Republican right veered into incalculable levels of conservative rage, arriving at their inevitable destination with the creation of the Tea Party movement.

When I finally pulled the handle for Obama in 2012, my father could not believe how far I’d fallen. I have avoided talking politics with him as much as possible ever since. Last week, I invited him to my house for dinner with the express purpose of talking about po

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Oh, Good Lord

Posted by V the K at 12:00 pm - March 1, 2014.
Filed under: Media Bias

CNN complains that Putin is picking on their boyfriend.

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 Also: Time reporter posts unflattering pic of the POTUS: Obama Cult Goes Nanners.

 

Speaking of Hate

Posted by V the K at 1:14 pm - January 30, 2014.
Filed under: Media Bias

The same network, MSDNC, that mocked Mr. Mitt Romney for having a biracial family, stepped in it again yesterday or the day before.

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MSDNC later deleted the Tweet and claimed, “That’s not who we are.” That should provoke a LOL; mindless bigoted hate is exactly who MSDNC are.

Update: This too awesome. MSDNC apologized for the offensive Tweet and fired a scapegoat. MSDNC viewers were outraged.

(Hat Tip: Peter H.)

Rachel Maddow is HBIC at MSDNC

Posted by V the K at 2:05 pm - January 6, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok,Media Bias

Apparently, the real power at MSDNC is Rachel Maddow; and not even network executives dare to cross her.  Ace reports:

Behind her back, colleagues call her “the queen,” a not so subtle suggestion that Maddow gets what Maddow wants. And what she wants is a network filled with young wonks such as Chris Hayes, Ezra Klein, Alex Wagner, and Harris-Perry, whose highbrow intellectualism can, she hopes, push the Democratic party, and the country, to the left.

I never understood the appeal of Ms. Maddow. Her act seems to consist of delivering vacuous talking points in a smug, condescending tone. And when caught deceptively editing video, she shrugs it off.  Also, she apparently considers Melissa Harris-Perry and her tampon earrings to be a “highbrow intellectual.”

I bet neither one of them can make a decent sammitch.

And if her goal is to move the country to the left, how is that accomplished by making her network into a leftist echo chamber that no one who isn’t already a hardcore leftist would watch? And are tampon earrings, deceptively edited video and attacking the children of conservatives really what the intellectual left is all about? If MSDNC is the Network of the Intellectual Left, one must conclude that it is.

The State of Our Media

Posted by V the K at 9:23 am - December 30, 2013.
Filed under: Media Bias

Are the left-wing media nothing more than mindless bleating sheep? You tell me.

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Keep this in mind as they all start blathering over the wonders of Obamacare, and how awesome Hillary is.

Update: On a related note… Check out the MSDNC 2013 Highlight Reel.

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We Weren’t Kidding About That Cult of Obama Thing

Baba Wawa admits to Piers Morgan how the Mainstream Media feels about Obama.

BARBARA WALTERS: We thought that he was going to be — I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime — but the next messiah.

How is that workin’ out for ya, Babs?

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MSDNC Admits It’s Not Really a News Channel

Posted by V the K at 7:26 pm - November 27, 2013.
Filed under: Media Bias

MSNBC hails its new website as ‘What Progressives Have Been Waiting For.’ If only CNN, ABC, and CBS could be as honest about their role as the PR wing of the Democrat Party.

This was one of the reasons I dropped Comcast Cable earlier this year; I didn’t see any point in subsidizing the deranged race-baiting of Chris Matthews, the non-stop ranting of Ed Schultz, the deranged hatred Martin “Sarah Palin Eats Poo” Bashir and the rest of the Arkham Asylum of news networks. Also, I never understood the appeal of Rachel Maddow; she always struck me as smug and condescending. I guess progressives just like smug and condescending as much as they like crazy.

But I guess the question is… how can MSDNC be even *more* of a Democrat propaganda outlet than it already is? The Pew Research Center studied MSNBC’s content and determined that 85% of it was pro-Democrat propaganda, and only 15% actual news. So, I guess that gives them another 15% to work with.

More on hoaxers, the Knockout Game, and self-inflicted HIV

John Hayward at Human Events reviews all three. Here’s the state of play:

  • Persecution of lesbian NJ server still a hoax
  • Knockout Game still all too real
  • and the World Health Organization (WHO) still muddying the waters about people who self-inflict HIV, as there have indeed been some cases (just nothing like half of all new HIV cases in Greece, as the WHO had originally told people).

As to the Knockout Game, Hayward links Thomas Sowell, who says:

The New York authorities describe a recent series of such attacks and, because Jews have been singled out in these attacks, are considering prosecuting these assaults as “hate crimes.” …this “knockout game” has been played for years by young black gangs in other cities and other states, against people besides Jews — the victims being either whites in general or people of Asian ancestry. Attacks of this sort have been rampant in St. Louis. But they have also occurred in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and elsewhere. In Illinois the game has often been called “Polar Bear Hunting” by the young thugs, presumably because the targets are white…

“White Girl Bleed A Lot”…a book by Colin Flaherty…documents both the racial attacks across the nation and the media attempts to cover them up, as well as the local political and police officials who try to say that race had nothing to do with these attacks. Chapter 2 of the 2013 edition is titled, “The Knockout Game, St. Louis Style.” So this is nothing new, however new it may be to some in New York, thanks to the media’s political correctness.

Sounds like a ‘social phenomenon’, to me. At any rate, many of the attacks are on video (and/or documented in police reports) and, as such, are facts that can’t be wished away.

Why wasn’t this guy fired?

The background is recent remarks of Sarah Palin’s:

Palin said that the debt being accumulated will result in the next generation being “beholden to the foreign master.”

“Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China,” Palin told a crowd of supporters…“When that money comes due – and this isn’t racist, but it’ll be like slavery when that note is due. We are going to beholden to the foreign master.”

It’s more likely that we will default on our debt, so Palin is not 100% correct. But she’s well on the right track. You always know she is, when she gets the Left to reveal its snarling hatred.

This time, Martin Bashir of MSNBC dropped his mask.

In his “Clear the Air” segment, Bashir lit into Palin straight away, referring to her as America’s “resident dunce” and characterizing her remarks as “scraping the barrel of her long-deceased mind, and using her all-time favorite analogy in an attempt to sound intelligent about the national debt…”

“One of the most comprehensive first-person accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood…In 1756, he records that a slave named Darby ‘catched eating kanes had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, sh-t in his mouth…Mrs. Palin…confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate.

In short, the left-wing Bashir suggested on TV that someone should forcibly defecate in Palin’s mouth.

Now, Bashir went on to apologize, but my question is this: If Rush Limbaugh had said it about Nancy Pelosi, would any amount of apology be enough?

Have not some other conservatives been chased from the airwaves after saying less and apologizing as much (or more)? Given that Bashir’s remarks were “wholly unacceptable” (as he says), why does MSNBC still have him? How low are they?

Media starting to deal with their own emasculation?

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 12:04 pm - October 10, 2013.
Filed under: Media Bias,Obama Indoctrination

The media like to talk about delicate topics by reporting on official-sounding reports, as news.

For today, at least, they have a chance to talk about their own degraded servility to the Obama administration. Current Yahoo! /AP headline, Report: Obama brings chilling effect on journalism:

The U.S. government’s aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers, according to a report released Thursday on U.S. press freedoms under the Obama administration.

The Committee to Protect Journalists conducted its first examination of U.S. press freedoms amid the Obama administration’s unprecedented number of prosecutions of government sources and seizures of journalists’ records. Usually the group focuses on advocating for press freedoms abroad.

Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, wrote the 30-page analysis entitled “The Obama Administration and the Press.” The report notes President Barack Obama came into office pledging an open, transparent government after criticizing the Bush administration’s secrecy, “but he has fallen short of his promise.”

“In the Obama administration’s Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press,” wrote Downie, now a journalism professor at Arizona State University. “The administration’s war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post’s investigation of Watergate.”

There’s more.

The Dawn Davenport Presidency

By way of Michelle Malkin’s excellent website Twitchy, I’ve learned of two great hashtag nicknames for Obama and his administration in the past few days: #PresidentStompyFoot and #SpiteHouse.  As appropriate and amusing as those are, in thinking about his behavior, I’ve come up with another one lately which I like to imagine is just as good: President Cha-Cha Heels.

The reference, for those who don’t recognize it, is to Dawn Davenport, the spoiled teenager in John Waters’ 1974 film Female Trouble.  Although the film is one of Waters’ earlier efforts and is therefore full of the sort of rude, crude, and just plain gross humor and incidents which assured it an NC-17 rating, in some respects it is a useful parable about the evils of modern liberalism.

Here’s a brief synopsis: Dawn Davenport wants nothing more than a pair of “cha-cha heels” for Christmas, but when her parents refuse to get her any on the grounds that “nice girls don’t wear cha-cha heels,” she throws her mother into the Christmas tree, runs away from home, gets pregnant, and eventually becomes a criminal before being discovered by Donald and Donna Dasher, a couple who loves to photograph women committing crimes.  They make her famous, and she becomes even more notorious as a result.  The Dashers are the sort of liberals who embrace transgression as art and dysfunction as beauty, until Dawn goes berserk and then they try to pretend that they had nothing to do with it.

So what does this have to do with Obama?  Well, our petulant President seems rather like Dawn Davenport throwing a tantrum because he didn’t get any cha-cha heels to wear with his Mom jeans.

As Thomas Sowell wrote in an excellent article that appeared last Friday: “You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government.”

In any case, Obama doesn’t care.  He didn’t get his cha-cha heels, and so he’s determined to “walk all over you,” in the words of this catchy tune inspired by the story of Dawn Davenport and performed by Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat:

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Unfortunately, like the Dashers, his enablers in the press and the liberals who voted for him are rallying around him as though there’s nothing offensive, disturbing, or troubling about his dishonest and spiteful behavior.

 

Obama lies outright, about the debt ceiling

A lie is: A false statement, made with intent to mislead people. Deceptive intent is required, or else it’s just an honest mistake.

Intent is often hard to know. But sometimes, a falsehood is so outlandish that there is little room for the honest mistake; your only other choice is to think the person is an imbecile, or delusional.

Regarding the debt ceiling, President Obama said this on Oct. 3:

I want to spend a little time on this. It’s something called raising the debt ceiling. And it’s got a lousy name, so a lot of people end up thinking, I don’t know, I don’t think we should raise our debt ceiling, because it sounds like we’re raising our debt. But that’s not what this is about.

*It doesn’t cost taxpayers a single dime. It doesn’t grow our deficits by a single dime. It doesn’t allow anybody to spend any new money whatsoever. So it’s not something that raises our debt.*

Emphasis added. The emphasized part is 100% false. It isn’t political spin; it is a set of total falsehoods.

The whole point of raising our debt ceiling is precisely to spend more money and raise our debt. It will authorize the Treasury to borrow beyond the current ceiling, which they mean to do instantly upon getting the authorization (the debt ceiling increase).

Within maybe two weeks of raising it, they will add hundreds of billions to our debt. Aside from the debt principal, the added ongoing interest costs will indeed grow our deficits.

There is no way Obama could not know, unless he were mentally incompetent. Isn’t it more respectful to say he’s lying? Because that at least credits him with a normal-functioning brain.

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Has CNN ever called Obamacare “controversial”?

Just caught CNN at the gym and noticed that in the crawl at the bottom of the screen, the “news network” reported that Wendy Davis announced she was running for Texas Governor.  In the crawl, they reminded us that Miss Davis had filibustered the state’s “controversial” abortion bill.

Do wonder if when another Texas politician filibustered recently to express his opposition to Obamacare if the network dubbed that unpopular program as “controversial.”

And I would dare say a greater percentage of Americans oppose Obamacare than Texans who oppose the bill to which Miss Davis objected.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  rtm answers the title question in the affirmative.

Yes, CNN has called Obamacare controversial:

“With so many politicians fighting over this controversial legislation, the details about how to sign up may have gotten a little lost.”

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/26/health/obamacare-open-enrollment/index.html

But do wonder if the network  ever did so in the crawl?

Thomas Roberts of MSNBC Dresses Up as Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Well, almost.