John King Calls Out Mitt Romney For Accusing Obama Of Apologizing For America

CNN’s John King called out Mitt Romney for making false claims about President Obama apologizing while making speeches abroad, something he has repeatedly claimed before. “While (Obama) has said some things that make Republicans mad and are fair game for criticism, President Obama has not apologized for America in the way Governor Romney and many other Republicans assert.”

Romney made the erroneous claim at the Citadel earlier today. “Let me make this very clear,” Romney said. “As president of the United States, I will devote myself to an American century and I will never, ever apologize for America.”

King explained that the Republican meme began with a Karl Rove editorial in April 2009, in which, Rove labeled Obama’s speeches abroad as an “apology tour.” “He has apologized on three continents for what he views as the sins of America and his predecessors,” Rove wrote.

“I can tell you firsthand the President bristles at the apology tour label and the idea he doesn’t view America as an exceptional nation,” King corrected. “He has, though, on several occasions…used very deferential language, conceding America’s mistakes, flaws and even arrogance. He insists being more humble was necessary in those early days because of the hits America’s image took and the Iraq War and what they call George W. Bush’s broader cowboy diplomacy image.”

In September, Politifact called Romney’s oft-used attack on President Obama “Pants On Fire”. “We found not a single, full-throated apology in the bunch. And on the new angle Romney has added — that the trips were intended to offer the president a forum to apologize to other countries — we think it’s a ridiculous charge. There’s a clear difference between changing policies and apologizing, and Obama didn’t do the latter. So we rate Romney’s statement Pants on Fire.”

Watch King’s segment below, courtesy of CNN:

Eric Bolling Can’t Fathom Why Sesame Street Needs A Poor Muppet: ‘Do We Single Out A Black Muppet Too?’

This week, Sesame Street made headlines over its upcoming special on child hunger and the new character that it will feature; Lily, an impoverished girl.

It only makes sense that the story would go viral. After all, “starving Muppet” is the kind of idea that’s easy to write news stories about, like “gay Archie character” or “Sarah Palin.”

However, while many seemed to think it was a good idea, others, like The Five‘s Eric Bolling disagreed. In fact, Bolling seemed absolutely dumbfounded about why anyone would ever want to see something as stupid as a poor Muppet.

While Bob Beckel tried his best to explain that one in five children go to bed hungry and the character would therefore be a good educational tool, Bolling just couldn’t wrap his head around the idea.

BOLLING: Why does Lily have to be a Muppet? Why does Sesame Street have to make Lily a poverty-stricken little Muppet?

BECKEL: Because the Muppets, the reason it’s been so successful for so long is that it educates kids…*unintelligible*…unlike people who have kids with beach houses.

BOLLING: Why is Lily a class, a group? Do we single out the black Muppet? Or the Hispanic Muppet? Why do we need to single out the hungry Muppet?

Oh my God, you guys. Eric Bolling is so totally right. Pre-school age children absolutely hate it when their entertainment characters represent one idea. That’s clearly the worst way to teach them. And furthermore, we all know that kids never, ever like it when the characters on TV are ones they can relate to. That’s why they all totally hate the characters of Big Bird and Elmo, both of whom are purposefully designed to represent them.

Someone really needs to fire all the children’s educators who have spent the past few decades making Sesame Street. As the education genius that is Eric Bolling points out, all of their icky “hungry Muppet” nonsense is tantamount to racism.

Yes, another important topic easily solved by the afternoon panel show.

Watch the clip from Fox News below:

Dylan Ratigan To AnimalNY Blog: Occupy Wall Street Has ‘An Opportunity To Transcend Politics’

MSNBC’s money guy Dylan Ratigan seems to be serving regular hours down at Occupy Wall Street’s lower Manhattan hold, Zuccotti Park. Ratigan first showed up on Saturday, teasing “you guys are crazy!” while assuring that, “I am here because I agree with you.” Having fallen in with the crowd, Ratigan returned to the park last night, where AnimalNY’s Bucky Turco caught him for a taping of “The (Unofficial) Dylan Ratigan Show, Live from Zuccotti Park.”

If Ratigan is to be believed, the Occupy Wall Street movement far exceeds the known reaches of politics, encompassing wholly the “principles of our humanity that are being breached by the bought government.”

“This movement has an opportunity to transcend politics,” he tells Turco, who asked about the potential of the movement as compared to the Tea Party. ”We are at a moment where it is just ‘us.’ We are just one enormous group of people, not in this square, but in this planet and in this country. All of us are Tea Partiers on some level, all of us are occupiers, all of us are that intention which is the frustration with the world that lacks fairness,” he continued.

Professing profound faith in the movement’s energy and potential, he says, “I can’t speak for myself, I could get hit by a bus walking home tonight, but I can speak for the permanence of the energy here.”

Check out the rest of AnimalNY’s Occupy Wall Street coverage here, and watch Turco’s full interview with Ratigan below:

Don Imus Says Fox And ‘Fiends’ Threw Hank Williams Jr. Under The Bus

On Fox Business this morning, Don Imus criticized the backlash over Hank Williams Jr’s controversial comments. “Hank’s getting a bum rap on this. The folks at Fox and Fiends didn’t help him by throwing him right under the bus!”

Imus, who is not a stranger to drawing scrutiny over provocative statements, said Williams was a friend of his and admitted the country singer was “off the hook and insane” but disagreed with the prevailing media narrative that Williams compared Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. “What he said was that the president playing golf with John Boehner would be like Adolf Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu! That’s 180 degrees from suggesting that the president has any characteristics, god forbid, of Adolf Hitler, which of course is insane. Hank’s getting a bum rap.”

Later in the program, Imus revisited his past comments that kicked him off the air in 2007. “I’ve been down that road and if you say something you shouldn’t say and in my case, what I said was wholly inappropriate, but what happened to me — what I happen to agree with, by the way — you have to expect the media will do that, that’s their job. It’s like with Herman Cain, Herman Cain did not say all black people had been brainwashed, but that’s the way it was reported. So, Hank’s getting screwed on this one, but i’m not surprised. ESPN sucks.”

Watch the segment below, via Fox Business:

After 23 Years, The Simpsons May Be Nearing Its End

After 23 years, 500 episodes and billions of d’oh!’s later, money disputes have shown Fox studio executives ready to pull the plug on their beloved The Simpsons.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove reports today that a negotiating impasse between studio executives and the actors who voice the Simpsons‘ characters might be end game for the longest running sitcom in the history of broadcasting. Hoping to cut production costs, 20th Century Fox higher-ups have asked the show’s six primary voice actors to accept a 45 percent pay cut, threatening otherwise to end the series for good with the current and 23rd season.

The actors, who currently earn a comfy $8 million for their 22 or so annual weeks of work, proposed a slightly smaller cut in exchange for a small percentage of the show’s back-end profits — “amounting to untold billions” between syndication and merchandising, Grove reports. The show’s creators, James L. Brooks and Matt Groening, have and will continue to see revenue from the show; the actors, meanwhile, argue that they will receive little more than their union-mandated residuals when all is said and done. You might not notice the dearth of new episodes, but they certainly will.

“The show has made billions in profits over the years and will continue to do so as far as the eye can see down the road. The actors are willing to take a pay cut of roughly a third, but that’s not good enough for Fox,” explain a Simpon‘s insider quoted in Grove’s piece. “Now Fox is basically saying, ‘If you don’t take this deal, we’ll shut down the show,’ and they’ll continue to make a ton of money. They’re free to sell it to cable and a second round of syndication, and they figure that the cast has very little leverage.”


President Obama Handicaps 2012 Presidential Race: ‘I Am The Underdog’

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, President Barack Obama conceded that in the approach to the 2012 election, “I am the underdog.” And although readily willing to acknowledge that Americans are “not better off” than they were four year ago and that the flagging economy will be his biggest obstacle, he showed little sign of concern. “I’m used to being the underdog,” he explained confidently. “At the end of the day people are going to ask — who’s got a vision?”

“I don’t think they’re better off than they were four years ago,” Obama told Stephanpoulos, opting not to argue or convince otherwise. “I don’t think they’re better off than they were before Lehman’s collapse, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession that we’re going through,” he continued.

Obama argues that it is “so critical for us to make sure that we are taking every action we can take to put people back to work,” and that his administration has made “steady progress to stabilize the economy,” an effort that he believes Americans recognize despite the “too high” unemployment rate. ”Here is the broader point,” he offered. “I don’t think the American people would dispute that at every step of the way, I have done everything I can to try to get the Republican party to work with me, and every time, they’ve said no.” His relations with the GOP, he admits, “have not been good over the pat several months.”

In the same interview, the President also addresses Bank of America’s debit fees (“This is exactly why we need this consumer finance protection bureau that we set up that is ready to go”), Solyndra (“Hindsight is always 20/20″), Al Qaeda (“I think that we are in a position where over the next couple of years, if we stay on it, that– it’s gonna be very difficult for them to mount the kinds of spectacular attacks– that we saw on 9/11.”), and his “evolving” views on gay marriage (“I’m not going to make news right now,” and “I’m still working on it”).

Read the full transcript of the interview here, or the cut segment, courtesy of ABC/Yahoo below:

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