Was Santelli’s “tea party” rant planned?

Barry Ritholtz asks the question. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that a right wing talk radio operative from Chicago registered a tea party site–last summer.

The VWRC lives! If it does turn out that Santelli was indeed involved in a coordinated, pre-planned offensive against Obama, he deserves to be fired immediately. And then his journalism epaulets should be yanked off and his journalist license revoked.

Then he can be hired by Fox Noise, which has no journalists.

Comments

  1. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    So a guy who pretends to be a journalist sandbags his employer by misusing their network to disseminate scripted partisan propaganda. Fire his ass!

    This is the journalistic equivalent of a vice cop patronizing prostitutes. He should be stripped of his pen and notebook, and never get journalism employment again.

  2. 4

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Dishonest Food Processors Cheat Customers With Sneaky Tricks

    Speaking of tea parties, we should hold one in Seattle, and dump tunafish and popsicles into Puget Sound.

    It’s bad enough that food processers are raising prices in big gulps. But what I really resent is the SNEAKY way they’re doing it. Do they think we don’t notice?

    A few days ago, I posted about how Bumble Bee is selling 5 oz. of tunafish in the same size can they used to sell 6.5 oz. of tunafish in — and for the same price. That’s a 23% overnight price increase.

    Today, I noticed that a bag of 18 popsicles is now a bag of 12 popsicles. For the same price, of course. This time they changed the packaging. From a clear cellophane bag to an opaque bag — so you can’t see there’s a lot fewer popsicles in the bag than there was last week. That’s a 50% overnight price increase.

    I didn’t buy the popsicles, but I bought a bag of Tim’s Potato Chips, the 9 oz. size bag. Except now it’s an 8 oz. bag. That’s an 11% overnight price increase.

    I’m not sure what the official food inflation statistic is, but that figure, whatever it is, is bullshit. Food prices aren’t going up by any 5% or 6% a year. They’re going up every fucking week in 20%, 40%, and 60% leaps. Mostly by shrinking the contents and changing the packaging to fool consumers.

    Like I said, the sheer size of the price increases is bad enough, but the dishonesty the industry is employing to hide the increases is even worse.

    Bumble Bee and Tim, you’ve lost my business. A cheated customer is an angry customer. In the future your products will have no place in my pantry. I’ll be happy to throw them into Puget Sound.

  3. 5

    Broadway Joe spews:

    Let the righties bleed themselves dry. The people have already seen through the bullshit, and won’t uy it any more. We’ll still pick up the seats needed to shut the enemy out of any remaining power in the midterms.

    Let them entrench themselves as the pemanent minority, see if I care.

  4. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @6 Young male chest-thumping rednecks look at pornography on their computers? You don’t say!

  5. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @6 (part III) McCain won 8 of the 10 states with the highest per capita subscription rates to online pornography. What does that tell you about Republicans?

  6. 10

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Iconic Conservative Broadcaster Dies

    Paul Harvey, 90, died today at his winter home in Phoenix. His broadcasting career began at age 14, and he was a fervent supporter of Joe McCarthy, but later criticized Nixon’s Vietnam war policy. The former occupant awarded him a presidential medal of freedom in 2005. (To a McCarthyite? seriously?)

    And that’s the rest of the story.

  7. 12

    Al Minkman spews:

    re 10: If he had a really cosmic sense of humor, he would have said moments before expiring: “This has been Paul Harvey, long, long pause………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….”

  8. 13

    delbert spews:

    @3 ROFL

    There wouldn’t be a “journalist” left in the business if you fired all the ones that “disseminate scripted partisan propaganda.”

    The NYT would implode. CNN would, at best, be able to show the weather.

  9. 15

    correctnotright spews:

    It looks like the right wing sound machine (and echo chamber), as decribed in the article, is being financed by the Koch family (the ultra-rich, ultra right wing (co-founders of the John Birch society) banking family). They have a web based organization to go after Obama or anyone with an agenda that differs from their won.

    Yup, that “spontaneous” rant was planned. And the MSM fell for it, again.

  10. 16

    correctnotright spews:

    I do like how Obama has framed the debate – the American people versus the lobbyists. those of us (the 98%) who work hard and pay our taxes versus the 2% super rich who mostly live off their investments.

    The republicans are trying to argue that people making more the 250K need a break in this economy. That health care for all is not more important than yachts for a few. Let them try to make that argument. They will be losing even more real americans and voters who do not want to see the economy and the country fail. Screaming about “socialism” and “class warfare” – yeah, that works. That and two bucks will get you a cup of Joe.

  11. 17

    delbert spews:

    @16

    Yeah, Obama’s lying on the under/over $250k/yr.
    “Not one dime” apparently has an asterisk next to it.

    If a cap and trade system gets enacted, EVERYBODY will pay massively for energy. Including those under $250k/yr.

    And energy taxes are, by nature, regressive. So the poor get fucked over the hardest.

  12. 18

    YLB spews:

    If a cap and trade system gets enacted, EVERYBODY will pay massively for energy. Including those under $250k/yr.

    Yawnn.. Fear-mongering. It’s a market based system that’s supposed to pick winners based on their how well economic actors reduce their carbon footprint.

    If it impacts the poor too much, there’s plenty of options open to ease the impact.

    Why are wingnuts now so against markets?

  13. 19

    Puddybud, Hey it's the new year... spews:

    Dr NotRight, do you know who the “super rich” are? Here are the top 15 cities by per capita income. 13 out of 15 are Donkey. So Puddy is glad this class warfare will get the Democratic to pay their fair share.

    Belvedere, California – Marin County $113,595 (D)

    Rancho Santa Fe, California – San Diego County $113,132 (D)

    Atherton, California – San Mateo County $112,408 (D)

    Rolling Hills, California – Orange County $111,031 (R)

    Barton Creek, Texas – Travis County $110,504 (D)

    Palm Beach, Florida – Palm Beach County $109,219 (D)

    Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – Oakland County $104,920 (D)

    Belle Meade, Tennessee – Davidson County $104,908 (D)

    Woodside, California – San Mateo $104,667 (D)

    Oyster Bay Cove, New York – Nassau County $103,203 (D)

    Indian River Shores, Florida – Indian River $102,511 (R)

    Kenilworth, Illinois – Cook County $100,718 (D)

    North Hills, New York – Nassau County $100,093 (D)

    Cherry Hills Village, Colorado – Arapahoe County $99,996 (D)

    I wonder how many Democratic are hiding their funds in the UBS bank in Switzerland. UBS invested in Bernie Madoff…

    Priceless…

  14. 20

    Puddybud, Hey it's the new year... spews:

    clueless village idiot, if Delbert is wrong you are free of taxes. If Delbert is right

    YOU LOSE $$$$$$$ fool!

  15. 21

    YLB spews:

    20 – This coming from the spewing fount of fear and paranoia at HA.org?

    priceless….

  16. 22

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    You know what I like? I like the fact that PRESIDENT OBAMA is in control and there’s not one motherfucking thing that the cowardly right can do about it.

  17. 23

    Richard Pope spews:

    Puddybud @ 19

    I am pretty sure your list is totally INCORRECT. You have listed the most popular political party in the county in question, instead of the most popular political party in the small wealthy community itself.

    For example, Davidson County, Tennessee (county seat is Nashville) as a whole voted for Barack Obama over John McCain by a margin of 158,423 to 102,915.

    However, the small and very rich little city of Belle Meade, which is Precinct 23-4 in Davidson County, voted for John McCain over Barack Obama by the overwhelming margin of 1,389 to 510.

    While Al Gore may have a nice mansion in Belle Meade, he is outvoted overwhelming by his predominately Republican neighbors.

  18. 24

    Puddybud, Hey it's the new year... spews:

    Okay Richard I got #7 wrong so it’s 12 to 3. Wonder why Richard, you went all the way to #7? Yep Al Gore lives in Belle Meade wasting all that energy with “carbon credits”. My point is Dr NotRight is claiming rich Republicans.

    The republicans are trying to argue that people making more the 250K need a break in this economy.

    Democratics are gonna pay big time.

  19. 25

    diamondshards spews:

    Nicely done HA kook-aid drinkers. Someone with a microphone (and common sense) speaks out against your precious messiah’s polities and you all get your panties in a bunch. Grow up dolts. We live in a free society and Santelli gave voice to a growing sentiment. Better wise up fast or your HOPE and CHANGE will morph into DESPAIR and DEFEAT.

  20. 26

    rhp6033 spews:

    So Puddy @ 24 puts out a B.S. list, Richard Pope grabs one at random and points out it’s nonsense, and Puddy then argues that he has to prove every one of them wrong in order to invalidate Puddy’s point. Of course, Puddy intents to send Richard on a wild-goose chase disproving every element of Puddy’s post, but in the meantime Puddy will have posted fifteen new posts, each one of them equally wrong.

    I saw the problem with Puddy’s post right away, even though I didn’t recognize the names of the towns. That was the first clue – no cities, just suburbs. That’s like saying Medina is a Democratic community because it’s in King County.

    But what difference does it make? Democrats will often vote to tax themselves when it is appropriate, regardless of what income class they are in. Some of the biggest proponants against inherited wealth are two of the richest men in the country, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates Jr., as is Bill Gates Sr. They see nothing wrong with a stiff inheritance tax. So if Obama’s tax reforms will affect Democrats as well as Republicans, then what point does that make – other than it’s probably fairer than any “tax reform” advocated by the Republican Party in the past?

    Of course, what Puddy’s post DOES show is that he’s able to take a list created by somebody else, not check the facts, and then argue that it supports a point which it doesn’t. That kind of mindless posting tends to have an affect on credibility, doesn’t it?

  21. 27

    Puddybud, Hey it's the new year... spews:

    rhp6033: Since Dr NotRight is trying to make the rich out to be Republicans, Puddy decided to check out his statement. You accept anything written by Democratics as gospel truths. Puddy don’t.

    Since Richard decided to visit Al Gore ASSHat land he wrote:

    I am pretty sure your list is totally INCORRECT

    , so why is your pink lace panties tightening around your little scrote rhp? As Richard said:

    Davidson County, Tennessee (county seat is Nashville) as a whole voted for Barack Obama over John McCain by a margin of 158,423 to 102,915.

    So why not visit the burbs and try to make it fair.

    Yep, rhp Puddy went to Wiki found the 100 richest cities and started looking them up. Are you saying inner city minorities are rich? Come on rhp you said above:

    That was the first clue – no cities, just suburbs.

    You could have looked into Dr NotRight’s worthless posting too. But you accepted his ASSHat comment on face value. Only thing is Wiki didn’t comment on them. Puddy did. You on the hand do little of your own investigations.

  22. 28

    correctnotright spews:

    @19: Once again Puddy, you are off on a tangent.

    Did I say that only republicans were rich? No.

    The point is that republicans are supporting policies that benefit the rich, and then whine like stuck pigs about the “poor” rich who will have to pay their fair share of taxes. Those poor rich folks (most of whom inherited thier money anyways)will have to pay taxes instead of paying those fancy lawyers to get all those fake deductions.

    So Puddy, do you think that people making over 250K should be able to buy the best lawyers in the world to get out of paying their taxes? Or should we make them pay their fair share and cover health care for all?

    Simple question, really. The rest of your BS is just that. Who cares what the political preferences of richer counties are? Republicans are supporting the ability of the top 2% to get out of paying their fair share.
    And don’t give me the same pathetically stupid argument that the rich pay most of the taxes.

    Sure they do, they make most of the money and should pay most of the taxes. The problem is that they pay less than they should because of the Bush tax cuts and the sneaky deductions.

  23. 29

    Puddybud, Hey it's the new year... spews:

    Dr NotRight, when have you ever said anything about rich Democratics……..?

    URL, Time & Date Stamp, Citation

    And what is your definition of taxes? Rich pay the most of the federal taxes. The treasury department tells the story. When it comes to fees local taxes etc, let’s take Seattle. Who has been in charge for a looooooooooooong time?

    I’ll wait.

    BTW the Dow is below 7000. Great job Barack!

  24. 30

    rhp6033 spews:

    Puddy @ # 27: Your ranting ignores the fact, once again, that (a) your list is innacurate, as the population areas you cite are wealthy suburban enclaves populated mostly by Republicans, not cities controlled by Democrats, as you claimed, and (b) the list, even if true, had no relevence to how taxes should be distributed among the various income classes.

    I don’t have to accept anybody else’s postings on face value to see that your list lacked credibility or probative value. That was apparant from your own posting.

  25. 31

    Puddybud, Hey it's the new year... spews:

    Marin County is an enclave of Republicans?

    Oakland County is an enclave of Republicans?

    Nassau County is an enclave of Republicans?

    San Mateo County is an enclave of Republicans?

    Yeah right rhp. I attempt to show the Democratics and you have no answer.

    Your

    the list, even if true, had no relevence to how taxes should be distributed among the various income classes.

    and it’s support of class envy is killing the stock market. How much is it down today?

  26. 33

    Don Joe spews:

    @ 31

    Marin County is an enclave of Republicans?

    Talk about not getting the point. And Puddy thinks that I’m denser than spent uranium.

    Your argument rests on the ecological fallacy–namely that individual members, or even non-random subsets, of a given population reflect the average attributes of that population.

    Richard Pope proved, by way of example, the fact that your argument rests on this ecological fallacy, and, yet, you keep pressing the same ecological fallacy.

    Your underlying hypothesis is bunk, Puddy. At that point, no one else bears the burden of proving that your hypothesis is wrong in every single case. Rather, the onus is on you to show that your presumptions about general political views are, indeed, correct.

    If we ever needed any evidence that Puddy is incapable of arguing his way out of a wet paper bag, this thread provides ample and convincing proof.

  27. 34

    Puddybud, Hey it's the new year... spews:

    Don Joe, Richard Pope showed some people in one precinct voted Republican. That’s all he showed Don Joe.

    From Richard Pope:

    Precinct 23-4 in Davidson County, voted for John McCain over Barack Obama by the overwhelming margin of 1,389 to 510.

    That’s all he “proved”, one precinct. Yet you libs jump all over as he proved everything wrong.

  28. 35

    Don Joe spews:

    @ 34

    That’s all he showed Don Joe.

    We’re talking about your underlying assumption, and it only takes one counter example to prove that an underlying assumption is false.

    ‘Course, having never learned how to construct a cogent argument, you wouldn’t know this.

  29. 36

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    28. correctnotright spews:
    So Puddy, do you think that people making over 250K should be able to buy the best lawyers in the world to get out of paying their taxes? Or should we make them pay their fair share and cover health care for all?

     
    To begin with, the term you used, “fair share” is no where in the Constitution, bill of rights or the irs code.
     
    If you want “fair,” how about a flat 10% tax. Everyone would pay 10%. Since biden has defined patriotic as paying taxes, this would allow everyone to be patriotic besides those rich enough.
     
    Of course, a flat tax would screw over the democrat party.
     
    It’s easy to play class warfare and raise taxes on the evil rich, how many poor people would vote for the party of higher taxes if they too had to pay their fair share.

  30. 37

    correctnotright spews:

    @29: Again- you missed the point and you cited the one statistic that I sadi did not matter. Thanks for proving my point.

    Why do you lose almost every discussion on here?

    Because you simply do not have the facts to back up what you say, instead you back up some other argument that is totally irrelevant.

    Yes, you win the irrelevant argument – so what.

  31. 38

    Puddybud, Hey it's the new year... spews:

    Also Don Joe, I noticed Richard didn’t post his link. So how do I know his material is fact.

    So Richard your link?

  32. 39

    Puddybud, Hey it's the new year... spews:

    37. correctnotright spews: Again- you missed the point and you cited the one statistic that I sadi did not matter.

    And you are the arbiter of facts? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA You didn’t read what I wrote. The Bible calls that “a blind guide”…

    Thanks for playing…

    Thanks Barack for taking the Dow Below 7000 today. He really inspires confidence. Can you say droppage?

  33. 40

    ArtFart spews:

    Recent events have reminded yours truly of what Paul Harvey said after Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace:

    “When Uncle Sam gets sick, he throws up, and then he gets well.”

    Let the healing begin, despite the shrieks of the remaining delusionist bacteria.

  34. 41

    Don Joe spews:

    @ 38

    Also Don Joe, I noticed Richard didn’t post his link.

    The man who can’t be bothered to cite sufficient facts to back up his own assertion wants a link!

    It’s now the Pathetically Parsimonious Puddy Parade of Partial Punditry.

  35. 42

    Puddybud, Hey it's the new year... spews:

    Wow, a leftist pinhead reacting to someone asking for the facts.

    Puddy posts and where’s the link?

    Puddy sees and he’s denied. Yes Don Joe, delusional as always. As stated before 1 polling place. Some values thrown up but no verification. You of all people Don Joe scream proof.

  36. 43

    Don Joe spews:

    @ 42

    Puddy posts and where’s the link?

    That’s obviously a typo, but I’m not sure I could have said it better myself. Freudian slip?

    Puddy, you are the one trying to make some connection between wealthy cities and democratic politics. In nearly every place but in the vast vacuous expanse you refer to as your head, that would mean that you, Puddy, have the burden of proof. Your lame attempts to shift that burden elsewhere serve only to underscore just how weak your argument is.

    You cannot bolster a flawed argument by demanding that other people prove the conclusion to be false. You can only bolster a flawed argument by providing more convincing and clearer evidence.

  37. 44

    rhp6033 spews:

    31: Again, you avoid the point. You listed the wealthiest cities, not counties. You are trying to call an apple an orange, and hope nobody notices.

    But you knew that. I bet you figure whoever yells the loudest wins the argument, too. Sad.

  38. 45

    rhp6033 spews:

    By the way, Puddy, you started this nonsense when you posted the list to support your point (although the point is somewhat lost, at this juncture). The burden of proof is upon you. But quoting party affiliation for a county isn’t adequate. You have to prove party affiliation for the “wealthiest cities” you asserted in your original thesis, and support that by links, if you want to redeem any credibility in this argument. It’s not our job to do your research for you. Good Luck.

  39. 46

    Puddybud, Hey it's the new year... spews:

    rhp6033, I’ll answer you since no one can penetrate that Don Joe head.

    Richard Pope claims I’m wrong with my hypothesis. He delivers a “voting” result with no link. I told all where I got my richest cities. And you can easily find county by county results from CNN. I would have to navigate through multiple city precincts.

    My original comment was around Dr NotRight and his premise that Republicans are pushing for the 2% need relief. I say there are many rich Democratics and many of them live in the counties I posted. I want to see Richard’s “proof”. He accuses me of a bad thesis, but there is no proof.

    I don’t accept his proof without a link. Too bad rhp, Richard has to prove it. When I call bullcrap on Pelletizer I usually post a link to refute his crap, unless it’s obvious he’s lying.

  40. 47

    Don Joe spews:

    @ 46

    I told all where I got my richest cities. And you can easily find county by county results from CNN. I would have to navigate through multiple city precincts.

    Shorter version of Puddy: Puddy can’t prove what Puddy alleges. It’s too hard. So you’ll just have to prove Puddy’s conclusions are false.

    The funny part is: all this occurs after it’s been shown that Puddy’s argument is a fallacy, and none of this has anything to do with what correctnotright was saying.

    Puddy’s brain is so completely addled, he no longer knows the difference between “up” and “down”.

  41. 48

    Puddybud, Hey it's the new year... spews:

    See how DENSE Don Joe is? Richard Pope supplies some values without a link. You’d be screaming all over this blog where’s my proof. I allege these rich cities are in Donkey areas. Until Pope proves me wrong, I stand by my original post.

    When Don Joe gets eviscerated, he stands behind his “proof” and if someone else does it he cries fowl. Typical so typical.

    Believe me I know up and down. When Jesus comes again, I hope to go up. What say you Don Joe?

  42. 49

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    4. Roger Rabbit spews:
    A few days ago, I posted about how Bumble Bee is selling 5 oz. of tunafish in the same size can they used to sell 6.5 oz. of tunafish in — and for the same price. That’s a 23% overnight price increase.

    Today, I noticed that a bag of 18 popsicles is now a bag of 12 popsicles. For the same price, of course. This time they changed the packaging. From a clear cellophane bag to an opaque bag — so you can’t see there’s a lot fewer popsicles in the bag than there was last week. That’s a 50% overnight price increase.

     
    Change.
     
    You voted for it, you got it.

  43. 50

    Don Joe spews:

    @ 48

    I allege these rich cities are in Donkey areas. Until Pope proves me wrong, I stand by my original post.

    Puddy can believe that the sky is green and the grass is blue for all the rest of us care. None of us, however, is in any way compelled to accept Puddy’s fallacious reasoning.

    Puddy will piss and moan, will speak of “evisceration,” will do everything but fix the flaws in his own argument. Puddy will even try to change the subject:

    Believe me I know up and down. When Jesus comes again, I hope to go up. What say you Don Joe?

    Not that it matters, but I’ll play. What makes you think Jesus hasn’t already come again? Because some of the prophesies in the Bible weren’t fulfilled in quite the way you’ve expected them to be fulfilled? Didn’t the priests and the pharisees make the same mistake the first time around?

    You are, indeed, an inveterate fool, Puddy.

  44. 51

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    29. Puddybud, Hey it’s the new year… spews:
    Dr NotRight, when have you ever said anything about rich Democratics……..?

     
    Aren’t 7 out of 10 richest congress critters democrats?
     
    The 2 richest americans are both democrats, buffet & gates.
     
    Democrats only complain about the “other” people being rich. Just like kennedy being for windfarms except in his backyard,

  45. 52

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    50. Don Joe spews:
    Not that it matters, but I’ll play. What makes you think Jesus hasn’t already come again?

     
    I’ll play too.
     
    I know he hasn’t come because so many people are wearing crosses around their necks scaring him away.
     
    (courtesy of a left wing comedian)