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J$P Video! Beckel, Cunningham, and Rivera wrangle in an uber-lively discussion of the first 100 days:

From Hannity, April 30 2009

Mike C.
That was fun.
April 30, 2009, 1:06:02 AM EDT – Like – Reply

This Cunningham guy and Michael Savage are two of the worst people in radio along with Thom Hartman, Mike Malloy and all of Air America.
April 30, 2009, 8:21:56 AM EDT – Like – Reply

It was not covered by many, but there were tea party protesters at the St. Louis event. They could have been the small irritant that sparked the President's decision to enter the ignoble partisan fray his radical base loves so much.
This is something new for a US President. The network's biases, whether left or right, were not the public concern of the executive and which correspondant he picked at pressors never seemed to be a subject of interest.
It is another sign of the decline of our once respectful and thoughtful political class as well as the dumbing down of the media elite.
April 30, 2009, 8:38:37 AM EDT – Like – Reply

I think what's different in the scenario of Pres. Obama openly criticizing FNC coverage and in not calling on their reporters, is the way the rest of the media tolerates it.
There is NO way President Bush could have done this to MSNBC and not have been pounced upon by the rest of the MSM as trying to squelch public criticism, PARTICULARLY of the "speaking truth to power" sort.
The philosophy in that scenario would have been that it didn't matter who thought MSNBC was "over the top" with its criticism, it's government's job to intelligently answer its critics.
For a media entity to be seen as being adversarial to the president used to be a badge of honor in a sense. Certainly in the past, the MSM would have criticized ANY administration (and politicians of every stripe certainly try to outflank media outlets) that used their vast soap box and vast privileges of office in order to punish and professionally marginalize a media outlet.  
It's a different world now. Each media outlet is its own little fiefdom, and when you add components such as GE (owner of NBC and MSNBC) needing govt. contracts and bail-outs, in order to pull itself out of an economic morass, the public is even more out in the woods.
April 30, 2009, 10:28:02 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
You're right, Blackflon. I'm glad Bob Beckel and Geraldo were there.
April 30, 2009, 3:46:50 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Blackfon, Mike C., I'm with you guys.
Cunningham is an embarrassment. It seems every time he is on I find myself rooting for the other side to clean his clock.
May 1, 2009, 4:58:46 AM EDT – Like – Reply

di butler
Couldn't care less about Cunningham, he seems like a nut, but I KNOW Geraldo is one. And Beckel has blisters on his lips from kissing The One's a$. Hannity just annoys me now.
May 1, 2009, 9:49:17 PM EDT – Like – Reply

di butler | 05.01.09 - 9:54 pm | #
You KNOW Geraldo is a "nut"? Are you a doctor?
I don't agree on many issues with Geraldo but he is by no means a nut. He has been in the business for many years and is very passionate about what he believes.
He is far more rational than Olbermann and some others in the news arena.
May 2, 2009, 8:07:34 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Talk about group dynamics.
Listening to those four was like the Jolly Green Giant dragging a giant sized piece of chalk screeching all the way across a giant sized black board!
Johnny, that group should come with a warning.
May 2, 2009, 10:46:07 AM EDT – Like – Reply