If you have ever seen anybody with thin skin when it comes to making jokes, it’s Noel Sheppard. He loves to dish out sarcasm in his own arrogant manner, but anytime– and I mean ANYTIME– someone dares to crack a joke about a conservative, even a comedian who’s doing their job, he has to have a “bias” freakout. This has frequently been the case with Sheppard and his crying about jokes Bill Maher likes to make about conservatives.
In an October 29 huffing, George Lopez was in Sheppard’s cross hairs for taking to Twitter and daring to joke (which he calls a “cheap shot“) about the darling of the Republican party, VP nominee Paul Ryan:
Comedian George Lopez took a cheap shot at Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan Sunday
Posting on Twitter, Lopez wrote, “Last night @RepPaulRyan was stating [sic] at my same hotel in Dayton, they baby proofed the whole floor.”
Ever since the very first presidential debate (including the only VP debate) until the last one, NewsBusters has been picking at anything and everything to dig up dirt on Obama, or give excuses for Romney’s performance. From citing tabloids quoting unnamed “Democratic” sources who attack Obama, to leaving out every single part of the VP debate accept one little “zinger“ Paul Ryan made, to applauding a sitting congressman for accusing a journalist of doing their job, to manufacturing a conspiracy about some kind of secretive conversation Obama had with an undecided voter at the town hall debate… and it goes on from there. Don’t worry, though, they’ve got another whopper today.
In an October 24 article, Randy hall whined about Obama speaking a total of eight minutes and 8 seconds more than Romney in all three debates, combined:
Now that all three presidential debates are history, did using only liberal moderators have any impact on the amount of time Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Milt [sic] Romney had to make their case for occupying the White House next January?
The answer to that question is a definite “Yes,” since President Obama got a total of 8 minutes and 8 seconds more time than his Republican opponent during the debates.
That might not sound like much, but every second counts during these few nationally televised events, according to Caroline May, a political reporter for the Daily Caller website.
And that didn’t include the number of times the candidates interrupted each other during his opponent’s speaking time.
When your team is beat up, and has taken so many body blows that they can’t recover, the best thing to do is pick something out of the weeds to brag about. NewsBusters wasted absolutely no time on this.
In a very brief October 12 piece, immediately following tonight’s Vice Presidential debate, Noel Sheppard glossed over everything else that occurred in the exciting back-and-forth to tout one of the only zingers the lowly “wonk” Paul Ryan managed to come up with:
Republican presidential nominee Paul Ryan had the first zinger in Thursday’s debate with Vice President Joe Biden.
“I think the Vice President very well knows that sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.”
Things are going so terribly awry for Mitt Romney that the right-wing blogosphere is resorting to yet another “liberal media” witch hunt to distract from the GOP nominee’s habit of shooting himself in the foot. Of course, NewsBusters being the media experts they are, followed the rest of the conspiracy theorists who are too paranoid out of their minds to think straight, so they started wracking their brains out to promote something they found that is so absolutely inconclusive to judge.
In a September 28 article, Noel Sheppard documents a segment on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe“, which is hosted by former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough, with co-host Mika Brzezinski. Mr. Sheppard takes issue with the hosts reacting to a clip of Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, holding a rally with his VP pick, Paul Ryan, baselessly accusing the duo of doctoring the video, referencing an article from Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze.com (emphasis mine):
As the Blaze reported Thursday, Morning Joe aired a video this week that has aroused similar suspicion.
In it, a chyron came on the screen reading “Ryan, Ryan” drawing attention to a crowd’s chant at a Romney/Ryan event.
Romney then instructed the crowd to chant, “Romney/Ryan, Romney/Ryan” eliciting harsh criticism from Scarborough – “Sweet Jesus” – as well as derision from Mika Brzezinski.
“Ladies and gentleman… we got em!” *applause*
That’s what Jack Coleman must have said to himself while writing a September 26 piece, where he seemed to have a good laugh catching Ed Schultz on his radio show (also, a host on MSNBC) speaking with The Nation’s John Nichols about a recent article in Politico revealing a purported rumor that VP pick Paul Ryan calls his top of the ticket running mate, Mitt Romney, “The Stench“:
Libtalker Ed Schultz and The Nation magazine’s John Nichols could soon be receiving a flood of offers to buy swampland in Florida. Perhaps by then they will each be a bit more skeptical.
Both were among numerous liberals who yesterday took hold of a bogus story by the hook and swam for all it was worth. [...]
Anyone of any prominence threatening the nut-right’s caricature of President Obama as a far-left socialist kinda’ guy in an election year can certainly be expected to get kicked around a bit by Newsbusters. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said President Obama’s speech, last night, to the Democratic National Convention demonstrated that the Democrats “are not a left-wing party,” but are, instead, a “center-left” one, and that Obama is “something of a moderate, not a lefty here–certainly not a socialist…” For Matt Vespa, them’s fightin’ words, but his attempted take-down of Matthews, today, doesn’t have a lot of fight in it.
Chris Matthews must be living in an alternate reality. The stimulus, ObamaCare, the autoworkers union bailout, the green energy executive order, the watered-down Dream Act enacted by presidential fiat weren’t actions of limited government.
In this reality, it’s true that every Republican in the U.S. House and all but three Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted against the Obama stimulus package. It’s also true that, immediately after the vote, most of those same conservative Republicans began demanding a piece of the pie go to their states and districts, and, having voted “no,” returned home to take credit for all the money the stimulus was bringing in. Of 219 Republican members of congress at the time, 114 of them–over half the delegation–did this little dance. Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan was among them; in a story that received virtually no coverage in the corporate press that so regularly fawns over him, he lobbied the government for millions of dollars for a pair of companies in his home state. Obama’s support for the stimulus only makes him some uber-leftist in a world in which conservative Republicans are, as well.
Jeffrey Meyer tried, but he failed… miserably, and it’s oh, so sweet.
In a valiant September 5 defense, the poor NewsBuster tried to fight back the all too unfortunate fact from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about how much the media absolutely adores Romney VP pick Paul Ryan, and has lauded him with shameless praise since he took over the reigns as Chairman of the House Budget committee, an extremely powerful position in Congress, let alone all of Washington. This power explains the utter praise he receives (hence, the media obsession), as we will present shortly.
First, to Meyer’s piece (emphasis mine):
Apparently the mainstream media have a conservative bias towards Congressman Paul Ryan. Such is the ludicrous assertion held by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaking on CBS This Morning following the first night of the Democratic National Convention.
First, Schumer claimed that Ryan, “creates this halo for himself that he’s a budget reducer” then goes on to claim that, “the mainstream media, maybe not the two of you [Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell], but the mainstream media, not just the hard right, gave Ryan this halo. Undeserved.” Lastly, Schumer argued that, “The halo came from the mainstream media who needed a hard right guy to say here’s the real compromiser.”
Kyle Drennen continued Newsbusters’ defense of the indefensible Paul Ryan today, falsely claiming that NBC’s “Today” falsely claimed the Republican candidate had “played fast and loose with the truth” in his speech to the RNC.
Drennen’s subject was an interview of Ryan conducted, on the morning program, by Matt Lauer. The host’s first question:
“There are some people who are claiming that you played a little fast and loose with the truth on certain key elements. And I’m not just talking about Democratic analysts, I’m talking about some independent fact checkers. Would you concede that while many of the things you said were effective, some were not completely accurate?”
This never gets old.
Noel Sheppard has a complete freakout in a September 4 rant, appearing disgusted and flabbergasted that someone at MSNBC would dare to call a politician a liar:
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir did his part Tuesday by actually calling the Republican vice presidential nominee “a compulsive liar” [...]
After introducing colleague Lawrence O’Donnell, Bashir asked, “Has Paul Ryan in your experience always been a compulsive liar, or have we only just started to notice his loose grip on the truth?”
In an effort to slam MSNBC hosts Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton, Newsbusters’ Matt Vespa managed, in only a few short paragraphs, to make an incredible mess of just about everything regarding a matter addressed by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in his acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention last night.