Friday Follies: NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin: American Sniper ‘racist’, Hillary pumped intelligence for Libyan war, McDonough takes credit for gas prices

January 30, 2015
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NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin is no stranger to one sided reporting

An NBC reporter calling American Sniper Chris Kyle racist, Hillary Clinton pumped up intelligence to push U.S. into war in Libya and Obama’s Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough taking credit for low gas prices in spite of all facts to the contrary?…..Tis that time once again when we take stock of the inane and foolish put upon us by those forced to navigate life with an amount of gray matter just slightly larger than that found in your average toad.

NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin affirms lefist anti-American soul: Chris Kyle was racist

It’s no secret that NBC News and it’s cable offspring MSNBC is as dedicated to unbiased professional delivery of the news as those Baghdad Bob press conferences assuring the Iraqi people that those American tanks rumbling through their streets weren’t really American tanks rumbling through their streets.

But Thursday morning on Morning Joe I saw it hit a new low when foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin (yes, the same Mohyeldin who blamed an Israeli rocket rather than an errant Palestinian shell for the U.N. School explosion during the Gaza war last summer.) had the following exchange with the rest of the panel discussing the movie American Sniper and the life of Chris Kyle: (Transcript from www.newsbusters.org )

AYMAN MOHYELDIN: It is a very compelling, very thought-provoking, very emotional movie.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: B-u-u-u-u-t?

MOHYELDIN: When you juxtapose it with the real Chris Kyle and what has emerged about what kind of personality he was, in his own words —

WILLIE GEIST: You’re talking about the stories when he was back home in Texas which may have not been true? Is that what you’re talking about?

MOHYELDIN: A lot of his stories when he was back home in Texas, a lot of his own personal opinions about what he was doing in Iraq, how he viewed Iraqis. Some of what people have described as his racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims when he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment. So I think there are issues —

SCARBOROUGH: Wait, wait. Killing sprees? Chris Kyle was going on killing sprees? 

MOHYELDIN: When he was involved in his — on assignments in terms of what he was doing. A lot of the description that has come out from his book and some of the terminology that he has used, people have described as racist. . . .

GEIST: It wasn’t a commentary about the war. It wasn’t about the politics of the war. It was a character study of what this guy went through. And you don’t have to like him and all the comments about him calling Iraqis savages. He was calling the people he was shooting savages. He was calling people who he thought had IEDs, who he thought were going to kill his buddies savages. He didn’t — some people have seized on that term that he thought all Iraqis or everyone in the Middle East is a savage. That’s just not what he said. It’s not what he said. He was talking about the people he was fighting in the theater, calling them savages.

SCARBOROUGH: All right, when we come back, Ayman is going to kick around Santa Claus. 

Even left of left uber liberal Mika Brzezinski seemed shell shocked.

In Mohyeldin’s own mind he had done exactly what he was supposed to do: Keep up the push back against the Kyle narrative to ensure that a real American hero not be seen as a real American hero. In the reality of every other mind in that studio that morning it was “did you REALLY just say what you said? Are you REALLY so void of gray matter that you can actually utter such nonsense with a straight face?)

But no one at that table should have been shocked. With an Egyptian father and Palestinian mother and living in Iraq during the initial U.S. Invasion, Ayman’s bias is person to the core. That’s actually understandable. We all have our own biases shaped by our past.

What’s not understandable, nor acceptable, is NBC News lending credibility to a former Al Jazeera reporter who’s ability to report the actual truth vs the truth as he wants it to be seen is marginal at best.

Watch the full segment via mediate.com and for follow up the Washington freebeacon.com put together a “worst of Ayman Mohyeldin” piece that’s worth the watch as well.

Obama administration takes credit for increased oil production. On last week’s Fox News Sunday, Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough has this exchange with host Chris Wallace:

WALLACE: The president famously said in 2009 to Eric Cantor, “Elections have consequence. I won.” Well, guess what? In November, the Republicans won. What are the consequences? Doesn’t the president need to scale back his agenda to find areas of agreement with the Republicans who won the midterms?

MCDONOUGH: The president has laid out a lot of places in speech as well where we can work with Republicans. Precision medicine, you saw that in the newspaper today. Things like trade, things like infrastructure, things like research and development, which have traditionally been nonpartisan issues. We’re ready to work on those. But the other thing the president — here is where the president is not going to trim back his agenda, Chris. He’s not going to say that we should trim back our agenda working for middle-class families in this country. He’s not. It’s decades now that wages have stagnated, for hard-working middle-class families. He’s saying enough is enough, we’re out of the crisis of the last several years. Unemployment is down under 5.6 percent. More oil produced in this country than in any time in the last several decades.

WALLACE: No thanks to the Obama administration.

MCDONOUGH: Well, you know, sometimes —

WALLACE: It’s all happening —

MCDONOUGH: Sometimes, Chris, you are inclined to tell us that we are responsible for things that are happening that are bad, but are not responsible for anything good.

(CROSSTALK)

WALLACE: — on federal land and private and state land, and, in fact, the administration was opposed to a lot of the fracking. One last question if I may.

MCDONOUGH: More clean energy than ever in this country. More oil and gas —

WALLACE: Again, no thanks to this administration.

MCDONOUGH: More oil and gas produced in this country than ever before.

WALLACE: Again, no thanks to this administration.

MCDONOUGH: We’re producing more than we import for the first time in two decades. That means lower energy prices, that means more jobs, and it’s time for us to focus on the middle class.

WALLACE: OK.

MCDONOUGH: The president will not trim his sails on that, Chris. He will not.

It’s bad enough McDonough won’t admit the fact that this administration has done nothing to contribute to the lowering of gas prices in this country, but what the hell is meant by the “trim the sails” comment? Does GM have a new wind car in the works to compliment its Volt disaster?

And to round out the hypocrisy Obama this past week put forth a proposal to lock out millions of acres in Alaska from further energy exploration. Of course he cites the “pristine” condition that needs to be federally protected.

I could opine for hours on why the ANWR “pristine” excuse is lame but the money quote this week comes from Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski in the WashingtonExaminer.com:

“….Murkowski fiercely defended her state against such perceived federal overreach.

“It’s clear this administration does not care about us, and sees us as nothing but a territory,” she said in a statement Sunday. “The promises made to us at statehood, and since then, mean absolutely nothing to them. I cannot understand why this administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not Alaska.””

Hillary Clinton hyped intelligence in Libyan debacle Hillary Clinton comes into the 2016 Presidential election cycle with more baggage than her hubby’s had women but a story by the Washington Times showed that she ignored the intelligence on the ground when pushing for the U.S. Military action that set in motion the events that eventually got 4 Americans killed in Benghazi.

From the UK Daily Mail:

Secret phone recordings have revealed that a Democratic member of Congress and top Pentagon leaders went around then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to negotiate with the Libyan regime of Muammar Gadhafi because they were convinced she was hell-bent on taking the U.S. to war.

America’s intelligence community was concerned that Clinton was sanitizing their reports to make the case for military intervention on the basis of an impending genocide in the port city of Benghazi, even though there was scant evidence that Gadhafi’s military was prepared to massacre rebel groups.

The U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff dispatched a middle-man in July 2011 to tell the dictator’s son, Seif Gadhafi, that internal State Department reports sent to members of Congress were ‘just full of stupid, stupid facts.’

The first of three part WTimes story can be found here.

 

BONUS FOLLIES:

Howard Dean semi-apologizes for idiotic American Sniper remark

See the back story from Twitchy.com on Gary Sinise’s smackdown of Dean
Bryant Gumbel calls the NRA “pigs”

NRA radio host responds to Gumbel’s ignorant hate

FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m an NRA life member and damn proud of it.

 

As always, thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend and I’ll see ya round the Corner.

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