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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Stories to Watch: 8/29/12

Josh Marshall on why CNN's not standing up for a camera operator who was the victim of a racist attack at the RNC. Long story short, CNN loves the phony "balance" that makes even reporting confirmed incidents of racism "bias."

Somewhat related: why dogwhistle racism works for the GOP. See especially "Why Does It Work? The Media." You may not read anything truer or more eye-opening today.

Also related: the wingnut blogosphere is predictably silent on the whole "this is how we feed the animals" incident. It's a lot easier to pretend you're not surrounded by racism if you refrain from reporting on all the racists.

The convention gives Mittens a bit of a bump in favorability. But it's probably a bounce. The same thing will happen to Obama. Don't get too excited about any numbers until after the first debate.

Chris Christie's speech last night isn't going over very well.

Matt Taibbi rips Mitt Romney and Bain: "And this is where we get to the hypocrisy at the heart of Mitt Romney. Everyone knows that he is fantastically rich, having scored great success, the legend goes, as a 'turnaround specialist,' a shrewd financial operator who revived moribund companies as a high-priced consultant for a storied Wall Street private equity firm. But what most voters don't know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America's top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth."

If we're not already at the global warming tipping point, we're very, very close.


Yes, Mitt Romney's lying welfare ad is racist. Writes Josh Marshall, "No question. The Romney campaign has doubled down. All in on the race/lazy/dependency groove from here on out. No going back.

"In private they’re all but bragging about it — specifically their run of welfare-centric commercials which they’re running at a red hot clip in swing states all across the country. It’s working, they say. The fact-checkers can go screw themselves."


Finally, score one for democracy. ThinkProgress reports, "Rick Scott's Voter Registration Suppression Law Is Dead." Someone should probably put a stake through its heart, just to make sure.

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