ABC journalist Christiane Amanpour, (a journalist? Really?) appeared on Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the film that supposedly ignited the furor in the Middle East and spew her usual venom about the intolerance of the West and benevolent Muslims. Speaking of the filmmaker, Amanpour blasted:

 … clearly the film showed him (Mohammed) as a womanizer, a pedophile, a thug, and generally denigrated Islam. Now, there is, obviously, freedom of expression in this country. There is also 100-year law by the United States Supreme Court which says you can’t cry fire in a crowded theater. So, now, one has to, really, try to figure out the extremists in this country and the extremists out there who are using this and whipping up hatred.

So the filmmaker is an “extremist.” Yet listen to her view of  the Muslims who slaughter Americans:

I’ve spoken to the prime ministers of Egypt and the new leader of Libya. They say that they want good relations with the United States. But what’s happening here is deliberate provocation at a transitional time. So, while this film came out, and was kind of hidden in the internet, blogosphere for a while, until it got an Arabic subtitle, an Arabic soundtrack. Then it started to became prominent. And local imams started to whip up the fervor against it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And the current regimes don’t have the same kind of control.

AMANPOUR: Well, they do and they don’t. In Egypt, there’s a military, there’s a police out there. It’s still standing and they do have control. In Libya, it’s slightly more, sort of, chaotic, still, in terms of bringing militants in and trying to arrange the full security process there. But this is something that really has to be watched as we go forward because there is a transition. And by and large, it’s pro-American in that region.

Really? Pro-American? What world does she live in?

Here’s what world: When she was at CNN, she created a series called God’s Warriors. When she covered a very conservative Christian ministry, she stated that the ministry had rules forbidding the wearing of short skirts and prohibitions regarding dating, Amanpour purred that this made her think of “totalitarian regimes.” The pastor demurred, acknowledging that short skirts distracted men, and then came the kicker: Amanpour responded, “But, Ron, that’s what the Taliban said. They kept women in their house, because men couldn’t be trusted around them.”

That’s Amanpour to the core, equating a peaceful Christian ministry with a murderous group of terrorists who slaughtered 3000 Americans.

"They aren’t concerned at all. They are happy to have a party when black people drown."

An unidentified ABC News  employee during an open mic moment at the RNC which, of course, elicited laughter from the other ABC employees within ear shot. (via talkstraight)

It’s the “white parish” that is being flooded. Where’s Kanye?

(via talkstraight-deactivated2014060)

Above and beyond partisan politics, as an American, it’s been more than a little disturbing to watch the media readily accept being lied to by the President of the United States and his top campaign staffers.

The media knows he’s lying.

He knows he’s lying.

He knows they know he’s lying. And yet, he also knows he’s going to get away with it, because the media is willing to do just about anything to win his reelection.

But not all of the media. ABC’s Jake Tapper — the eternal asterisk in my use of the term “corrupt media” — didn’t let yesterday’s fibs go:

“I’m not sure all those characterizations that you laid out there were accurate,” the president said. “For example, nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon.”

But what Cordes said was that the Obama campaign “suggested that Mr. Romney might be a felon,” and she had it exactly right.

Last month, referring to documents filed with the Security and Exchange Commission by Bain Capital that consistently listed Romney as the CEO even though he had relinquished that power, Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said, “Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony. Or, he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments.”

As for Cordes noting that the Obama campaign and the White House “have declined to condemn an ad by one of your top supporters that links Mr. Romney to a woman’s death from cancer,” the president said “I don’t think that Governor Romney is somehow responsible for the death of the woman that was portrayed in that ad. But keep in mind this is an ad that I didn’t approve, I did not produce and, as far as I can tell, has barely run.[“] …

But it’s not just the pro-Obama super-PAC, Priorities USA Action (run by two former Obama White House officials), that has cited Missouri steelworker Joe Soptic’s story – it’s also the Obama campaign.

On its website right now is a slideshow about the closure of GST Steel in which Soptic is quoted saying, “I worked hard all my life and played by the rules, and they allowed this to happen.”

Soptic is described as an “employee for 28 years, whose wife died of lung cancer after he lost his GST health plan.”

Moreover, the Obama campaign held a conference call in May during which Soptic told his story.

If the president doesn’t “think that Governor Romney is somehow responsible for the death of the woman that was portrayed in that ad,” his campaign sure seems to be suggesting otherwise.

In short, the president’s responses were at best less than candid and at worse downright misleading.

There’s just no question Obama isn’t telling the truth here, and there’s just no question that almost all of the media is allowing him to get away with it.

You expect presidents to spin and parse and try to sneak one past. That’s what politicians do. But for a sitting president to know he can brazenly lie and no one will hold him accountable — that’s not good for democracy.