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August 5th, 2012
01:08 PM ET

Challenging Harry Reid

Debra Saunders, Bill Press, and Michael Shear talk about the best way to cover Sen. Reid's explosive, unsubstanciated charge against Mitt Romney.


Filed under: 2012 Campaign • Mitt Romney • Politics
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  1. Jesus

    is that a fair comparison? i would imigane that if Damon and Matsui were signed for another year or two, they probably would have posted numbers closer to their 2009 performance with the Yankees than with their 2010 teams we see this all the time Damon and Matsui fit well into the Yankee lineup and were certainly helped offensively by the men around them the Yankees got rid of Matsui and signed Johnson in his place i would have rather of seen Matsui at the DH position as far as Damon goes, his arm has always been weak but his offense benefited from batting behind Texeira and Jeter benefited from batting behind Damon in my opinion, part of the reason why Jeter's average slipped was because the Yankees did not have a bonafide #2 hitter in the lineup

    September 12, 2012 at 2:28 am | Reply
  2. Estela

    No, I had written this broefe I noticed your comment, but trashed it because I planned to work on it later. I found the article linked on Free Republic. This is what we are referring to when we talk about the Yankee Question: Romney supported the American Civil Rights Movement while governor.[99] His hardscrabble background and subsequent life experiences had given him a different perspective from the LDS Church policy on blacks;[15] he reflected, It was only after I got to Detroit that I got to know Negroes and began to be able to evaluate them and I began to recognize that some Negroes are better and more capable than lots of whites. [80] During his first State of the State address in January 1963, Romney declared that Michigan's most urgent human rights problem is racial discrimination—in housing, public accommodations, education, administration of justice, and employment. [100] Romney helped create the state's first civil rights commission.[101] When Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Detroit in June 1963 to stage a civil rights march, Romney issued a proclamation in support of the event and sent two representatives to it on his behalf, but did not attend himself because it was on a Sunday.[99] Romney did participate in a smaller march protesting housing discrimination the following Saturday in Grosse Pointe, after King had left.[99] Romney's advocacy of civil rights brought him criticism from his own church; in January 1964, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles member Delbert L. Stapley wrote him that a proposed civil rights bill was vicious legislation and telling him that the Lord had placed the curse upon the Negro and it was not for men to remove it.[29][102] Romney refused to change his position and increased his efforts towards civil rights.[29][102] They don't have quite the same experience as us.Integration was forced on Dixie in the Civil Rights Movement. OTOH, Yankees wanted integration and had been practicing integration for almost a hundred years in the Northern states by then.Northern ethnics in states like Michigan opposed George Romney. They voted for George Wallace in the 1972 Democratic presidential primary.Just the other day, I got into an argument with a clown at Free Republic, who proudly pointed out to me that Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire had given citizenship rights to blacks broefe the 14th Amendment.

    September 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  3. J. P. Graham

    Isn't it time for Harry Reid to go to the "home". He needs a long rest.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  4. J. P. Graham

    The day CNN doesn't back Obama, pigs will fly. CNN's qustions of Obama during his election were a joke. Talk about a love fest. The only program I can watch on CNN is Howard Kurtz. Where does one go to get honest news.
    Another joke.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  5. Pete

    Reporters use unnamed sources all the time.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:23 am | Reply
    • bb

      Dont u mean reporters make up b.s. all the time??? Reporting has become a bigger joke than Oblunder

      August 10, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
      • Micheal

        It is a common error.From the Southern point of view, the South was fignhitg the Yankees. It had the benefit of being true because the Yankees were the dominant ethnic group in the Republican Party which controlled the Northern States.The North is nowhere near as homogeneous as the South. The overwhelming majority of European immigrants settled in the Northern states. The majority of them also came over after Reconstruction.The Guido Nation are not Yankees. Irish Catholics are not Yankees. The Polaks are not Yankees. The Germans and Scandinavians up there are not Yankees. The Jews are certainly not Yankees (although they share some similarities and tend to be political allies).Yankees were the dominant group in the area. The other groups assimilated to Yankee culture or to the dominant culture of New Netherland or Midlands while maintaining aspects of their own culture. There are subtle differences between different parts of the North.These groups never melted to the extent that is commonly believed either. Instead, the Catholics up there have intermarried mostly with each other, and they have learned to speak English, while typically remaining apart from the WASPs. The Catholics voted overwhelmingly for JFK.There is no such thing as a WASP though. I believe the term was created by Jews to describe Yankees who once dominated the Ivy League.

        September 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Niyaz

      David: What's your view on this issue? Should this be a state decision or is it a Constitutional issue? I tilt torawd states making their own decisions, but I'm not entirely certain.I don't like Bachmann's response. I don't see how one could be for a Constitutional Amendment, but be unwilling to override state law. A Constitutional Amendment will necessarily override state law. I don't see how you can have it both ways.

      September 9, 2012 at 6:11 am | Reply
  6. Richard Dennis

    Mr Kurtz and relable sources needs to find falt with their own show during the "media monitor" portion of next weeks show. On Thursday CNN own Dana Bash reported on CNNs AC360 that she had interviewed a "second source" who shared that the "Romney tax tipster is a credible person". Ms Bash also reported that this source's willingness to come forward. We now have a second source to the conversation and that Senator Reid didn't in fact "make this up". It sould not be called an unsubstanciated. My problem with Mr Kurtz was the fact that a second source had come forward was reported on CNN 3 days earlier but was never even acknowledged. It is easy to question one person makling a claim, but if a second person comes forward with the same information, it should be taken more seriously. Gov Romney can put this to rest by releasing his tax returns! I personally would find 5 additional years back to 2005 acceptible.

    August 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Reply
    • bb

      show your taxes, have Oblunder show anything, Reid backtracked today on this, just more democrap lies

      August 10, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
  7. Aaron

    Although it was good you raised the subject, it would have been helpful had you asked Bill Press if he held the same view when Michelle Bachmann made outrageous charges – with far more prima face evidence – against Huma Abheden? If Reid's comment were Romney's fault – according to Press – were Bachmann's comment's Huma's fault? Is she obligated to disprove she has terrorist ties?? The liberal media went insane on Bachmann, rightfully so, but not a word of criticism of the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate. Just outrageous.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  8. Gary Hogan

    this is the problem with the government there is right and wrong, What Reid did was worng plane and simple !!

    August 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • bb

      well put

      August 10, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
      • Vysakh

        I agree that the Braves pitching staff was very iimserspve and the HoF thing and all. But, for me anyway, they never seem to engender fear in anyone that they played. They had that group throughout the 90s and won one title, even though they went to the playoffs every year, if memory serves.While they were great pitchers, none of them really had a reputation for being "shut down" pitchers, as good as their stats were. That team could get you to the postseason every year but couldn't get over the hump but once in THAT many tries. A true dominating staff won't have that problem IMO.The thought of playing against RJ/Schilling or Pedro/Beckett (when he was on), or Halladay/Lee/Oswalt or Lincecum/Cain are prospects I find terrifying. Though the Giants offense would leave me some hope.

        September 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
  9. Waukone

    I listened to "reliable sources" slam Reid this morning for putting forth an opinion from an unnamed source that Romney hadn't paid any taxes. They were trying to apply "journalistic integrity" to a politician.

    I so didn't hear them apply that same level of integrity to the republicans/teabaggers/neo-cons etc. when they have been promoting Birther Lies, Never had a "real" job lies, Socialist lies, Communist lies, Muslim lies, ACA lies, etc. So now it is about Romney and there is supposed to be some integrity from Politicians?

    What wasn't mentioned was that Romney has only released a partial year of tax returns (2010) and has not determined when we will get the rest of the 2010 returns or 2011 returns because his accountants haven't completed it. Didn't he say he like to fire people who didn't do their jobs or was it just fire people.

    I almost aways make a point of listening to reliable sources but today on the Reid story I think you have set a different standard than the standard set for the "crazy" stuff the republicans have been pushing for 4 years.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      That's a joke, right? CNN has never held back when taking conservatives to task, and that goes double for Howard Kurtz. It was refreshing to see him expose Press to be the hypocritical partisan hack that he is. Gary and Aaron have nailed this one.

      August 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • bb

      Plain and simple OBlunder can lie and its okay, Reid can lie and its okay, DEMOCRAPS what are u thinking look what has happened the last 4 years=kaos. The list of Oblunders failures would take a month to write and would be for the first year, wise up use your brain look at the facts. are u better off or not!!!!

      August 10, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply

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