Author Archives: Paul Tenny

I'm not a journalist but I do it anyway. I cover elections and have interviewed television writers and producers.

Rolling Stone: health care town hall protests tightly orchestrated by corporate funded “right-wing groups”, health care lobbyists

I was just pointed to a story in Rolling Stone from last week confirming virtually everything that progressives have been saying about the fake health care town hall protests over the summer.

Mainly, according to documents that Tim Dickinson uncovered, several right-wing groups worked closely with each other for weeks organizing the supposedly grassroots protests with the help of health care industry lobbyists, corporate funding, and direct help from GOP congressional leadership.

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Neo-con intelligence officials brazenly demand President interfere with, stop criminal investigation

Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic wrote a post a few hours ago about a letter written to President Obama, signed by seven former intelligence officials – virtually all of them neo-conservatives and many from the Bush administration – complaining about DoJ investigations into torture at the CIA.

Ambinder dutifully and uncritically transcribed the primary complaints and requests of the letter without noting that what these officials are demanding is the kind of harmful political corruption that the Department of Justice was made famous for under Bush and his many disgraced Attorney’s General.

One hardly has to read the letter to know what it says, once you find out who wrote it. Michael Hayden was NSA director for the entire warrantless wiretapping scandal, and then CIA director under George Bush from 2006 until earlier this year. Hayden’s problems violating federal wiretapping law and the Constitution alone says a great deal about the type of people behind this letter.

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Conservatives pretend statement on record Obama inauguration crowd size was actually about 9/12 protests

The story I wrote about the right dishonestly inflating the size of their large, but rather ordinary protest in Washington D.C. this past Saturday did better than I expected. To me, these kinds of outrageous lies have become the norm from conservatives and so were not entirely surprising, if not for the grand scale of it all.

Inflating crowd estimates is nothing new, regardless of party or ideology, but inflating a crowd size by 28 times is pretty darn low.

Even for Republicans.

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Surprise: far right lies about size of D.C. teaparty protests, inflates size by over *66 times*

I first picked up on this from NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen on Twitter. As has been the case with virtually every teabagger protest since the astroturf gatherings were founded, this march on D.C. was the idea of — and organized directly by — corporate lobbyists at FreedomWorks. The site which is soliciting donations,, is owned and operated by corporate lobbying group FreedomWorks.

FreedomWorks was founded by former Republican House Majority Leader and current corporate lobbyist, Dick Armey, and has significant support from billionaire Republican Steve Forbes. Forbes during his runs for President supported the privatization of social security, as most Republicans did, which would have resulted in the wholesale lose of social security during the recent recession.

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Fox’s greed and political bias cost it the ratings race last night

Fox’s greed and distaste for the American public has finally caught up with it; the network fell to second place last night airing original – and typically well viewed – reality programming, with NBC taking home the ratings crown by airing a rare Presidential speech addressing a joint session of Congress.

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Unpatriotic Fox refuses to air third Obama presser in a row

The last time I called Fox unpatriotic — even though it was an ironic gesture to make a point about how absurd it is to say something like this — my story was censored by conservatives that cannot and will not tolerate political dissent in any form.

I don’t blame them, they can’t help but act the way they were taught to act by miscreant parents that were equally as stupid as the children they would come to raise. Who is most responsible for allowing that blatant censorship to stand is another story for another time, however.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate yells “We hate America” and “I hate that flag”

I guess this started around the beginning of the Iraq war. A little before, or a little after, it doesn’t really matter. A news anchor from one of the 24/7 cable networks had just finished introducing his guest as a former chief weapons inspector for the United Nations. There were smiles and cordiality, these were stately and accomplished men supposedly interested in the truth, not rogue partisans out to sell snake oil and lies.

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It’s time to push back, and push back hard. It’s time for single-payer.

We’ve played this game long enough, liberals have gone beyond compromise well into capitulation. Anyone with a brain – which immediately eliminates birthers, deathers, tea party corporate whores and the 47% of Republicans that don’t think America was once a part of Pangea – knew from the outset that the GOP wasn’t going to support any degree of health care reform.

It wouldn’t matter if the reform bill was 50% tax cuts for billionaires and 49% bulk grants directly to the health insurance companies, while also declaring evolution to be a farce, socialists and gays and atheists to be demons, and that kittens are hugely awesome, it still wouldn’t get their support.

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Dumb People Don’t Deserve Health Care Reform

My subconscious has been slowly digesting developments in the health care reform non-debate and contemplating a way to crystallize it, and now that I think I’ve got my head wrapped around this, allow me to summarize thusly: dumb people don’t deserve health care reform.

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47% of Republicans don’t think North America and Africa were once a part of the same continent (Pangea), another 29% aren’t sure

A new Research 2000 poll has found that nearly half of all Republicans don’t accept the scientific fact that North America and Africa were both once a part of the same continent, called Pangea.

Another 29% said they were not sure.

Only 16% of Democrats and 23% of Independents said no. By region, the American south is once again taking a public beating: nearly 2-in-3 Americans living in the south either don’t believe that America and Africa were once a part of Pangea, or aren’t sure.

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