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Tim Russert, journalism, truth, Meet the Press, blogs, internet, challenge to MSM, press, Honor Tim Russert

Tim Russert will be buried this week and memorial services will
be held to honor this man, the son, father, husband, decent human
being and revered journalist.

I was watching one of the many tributes over the weekend. I believe
it was Jack Welch, Russert’s friend and former boss. Russert was
asked to speak at a charity event and responded “just say when and
where.” Russert was to speak near his son’s college, Boston College.
Russert drove a truck up to leave with his son, spoke and then had a
late flight to take back. He was urged to spend the night. Russert
said no, I have a meeting early in the morning. Russert returned
for his meeting. The point was, Russert took care of all the important
aspects, giving back, taking care of family and his job.

How can journalists, media people honor the memory of Tim Russert?
Giving praise and attending memorials are a fine thing. However,
Russert was a man of action, devoted to covering politics and the
news. Russert would want people to do the job he can no longer do,
cover this election.

We are at a turning point in news coverage and information disemination.
The internet is rapidly becoming a primary news source for the public.
Blogs and websites have played a huge role in the 2008 election.
There is a story that is playing out that has barely been touched
by the MSM. A citizen has been trying to get a story before the
American people about Barack Obama. This citizen has had to resort
to utilizing the internet in the form of youtube videos, his own
blog and internet interviews. With little help from the MSM, the
word has gotten out.

Larry Sinclair will host a news conference at the National Press
Club on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. During the news conference, Mr.
Sinclair will answer questions and provide corroboration to his
story. Mr. Sinclair alleges that he and Obama used drugs and
engaged in gay sex on two occasions in November 1999. On the
surface the allegations look preposterous, but after doing the
job a reporter should do, and examining the allegations in the
context of Obama’s life and associations, they become believable.

What is my point? The MSM has not done their job. Obama has been
given a free ride for multiple reasons, one of which I believe
is the fear of being called racist.

Tim Russert was one of the first sources I referred to. In 2007
Mr. Russert questioned Obama about his records. Russert pushed
Obama for an answer and gave us one of our first glimpses of
the real Obama, an elusive character, a master of diversions.

So, you want to honor Tim Russert? Follow this story. Do the job
you are supposed to do.

Cover this election!

Harold Ickes, Meet the Press, Sunday, June 1, 2008, Tim Russert, Hillary won popular vote, We expect to win the nomination

Harold Ickes, a Hillary Clinton delegate, who spoke out during the DNC meeting on May 31, 2008, to count all votes in Florida and Michigan, was interviewed by Tim Russert on Meet the Press, Sunday, June 1, 2008. Mr. Ickes stated that Hillary has won the popular vote in the Democratic Primaries and quotes the AP popular vote counts. Mr. Ickes, on Saturday indicated he had been authorized to challenge the decision not to count all the votes at the Democratic Convention.  Mr. Ickes stated: “We expect to win the nomination.” Here is a video of the interview:

 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/24917415#24917415

Meet the Press, May 4, 2008, Obama, Tim Russert, Obama forum, MSM, outrage, we want the truth about Obama

First of all, sadly, I was not surprised. Obama was given a forum to distance himself further from Jeremiah Wright and to do multiple soliloquys to talk about change and race relations without answering a question of substance.

The toughest questions, about Wright, had already been addressed. This just gave Obama a forum to present polished diversionary responses.

Obama was asked about the temporary gas tax removal proposed by Clinton and McCain. The real question that any 6th grader could come up with is:

Mr. Obama, what action of any substance during your time in the senate or otherwise have you undertaken regarding solving the energy crisis?

Mr. Obama, Jeremiah Wright, is certainly controversial, but what about your strong ties to Lawrence Lessig and his repeated playing of the gay Jesus video at seminars?

Mr. Obama, what about the allegations made about you by Larry Sinclair regarding cocaine use and connections to Donald Young and his murder?

Mr. Obama, wasn’t your Illinois Senate campaign kicked off in the home of underground bomber Willaim Ayers?

Mr. Obama, what about your ties to Rezko and revelations coming out in his trial about crime and corruption in Chicago and Illinois?

Mr. Obama, what about charges of money laundering and undue influence regarding your $ 8,000 per month legal retainer from Robert Blackwell and Blackwell’s ties to Rezko  and the Governor of Illinois, whose name comes up repeatedly in the Rezko trial?

The questions go on and on. The American public deserves answers to these questions. It is apparent, NBC, Meet the Press and the MSM have failed at their job of news reporting and will suffer the fate of the dinosaurs.

Meet the Press, Obama, Tim Russert, May 4, 2008, Obama lovefest, soliloquys

Barack Obama was the guest of Tim Russert on Meet the Press, Sunday, May 4, 2008. Did Russert ask Obama tough questions? Did Obama answer tough questions or did he launch into another diversion of a soliloquy?

Did Russert ask Obama about William Ayers?

Did Russert ask Obama about Robert Blackwell?

Did Russert ask Obama about Tony rezko?

Did Russert ask Obama about Larry Sinclair?

Did Russert ask Obama about Donald Young’s murder?

Here are questions Tim Russert asked Obama:

1. Jeremiah Wright.  Russert asked a few tough questions about Wright and the fact that Obama knew about Wright’s hate sermons in 2007.

Obama used the opportunity to distance himself from Wright and used most of the first 20 minutes as a soliloquy to talk about race, etc.

2. Russert asked if Obama thought it was fair to question his judgement.

So far, after about 20 minutes, it has been an opportunity for Obama to present his platform and ignore questions with diversions, and soliloquys.

I will keep you updated.

3. Oooh, here’s a tough question. What do you think about Clinton’s temporary gas tax removal?

Obama agreed it wa pandering. Why didn’t Russert ask Obama if he had done anything meaningful in the senate regarding our energy policy.

4. Oooh, another tough question. What about ethanol a subject important in your state?

5. Iraq and Iran. Would you support limited strikes in Iran?

Obama responded:

Iran is the beneficiary of our being in Iraq. We should have regional discussions and direct talks. When asked about the comments that a quick withdrawal from Iraq would cause genocide, Obama spoke of a phased withdrawal. He mentioned 1 to 2 brigades per month and taking 2 years. (This sounds like the current plan).

6. Should the US protect other nations from Iran.

Obama gave an evasive answer unlike Hillary’s earlier response.

7. Afghanistan. Would you as president, be in favor of a surge?

Obama, yes.

8. If the super delegates get together and pick Clinton, what would you do.

Obama rambled and spoke of supporting the Democratic party against John McCain.

This was one of the worst interviews I have ever witnessed. It came as no surprise. NBC is in bed with their “golden boy”, Obama. I am disappointed in Russert. He is capable of so much more. We get no surprises from the MSM. 

 

November 4 1999, Obama records, Obama not in senate November 4, 1999, Russert, Lynn Sweet, Chicago Tribune, truth about Obama

We need to know the truth about Barack Obama. We need to know where Obama was on November 4, 1999. We need to know where Obama was and what he was doing during his term in the Illinois Senate. When I first read the allegations of Larry Sinclair, I was very skeptical. I am still somewhat skeptical. However, I went to the records of the Illinois Senate for November 4, 1999 and Barack Obama was not present. Sinclair alleges that he had 2 encounters with Obama from November 3 to November 8 1999. The first encounter was allegedly in a rented limo and involved drugs and gay sex. This alone was not a red flag for me but when you couple this information with Obama’s known association with criminals, with racists and hate mongers and his failure to provide his records while in the Illinois Senate, there is a legitimate need to get straight answers from Obama.

Here is what we know about Obama:

Obama received campaign contributions from Tony Rezko and was involved in a real estate transaction involving Rezko and his wife.

Obama had a long time association with racist, anti semitic pastor Jeremiah Wright.

Obama has consistently evaded requests for information, lied about not knowing of pastor Wright’s comments and acted in a hypocritical manner such as when he condemned Don Imus in 2007.

Obama has made hypocritical comments about open access to records:

From the democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia on Oct. 30, Obama said to Clinton: “We have just gone through one of the most secretive administrations in our history, and not releasing, I think, these records at the same time, Hillary, as you’re making the claim that this is the basis for your experience, I think, is a problem.”

November 3 2007. The Obama campaign sent out a letter  pressing Clinton to release her White House schedules before the Iowa caucuses.

“Fully releasing these records is in keeping with the spirit of the process that makes the Iowa caucus so special,”

 Lynn Sweet, a columnist and the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times states:

“Instead, since I have some reporting history here, I am noting a pattern that has emerged: This is Obama’s third ethical conversion of convenience — taking on a higher standard, but only when it appears to be politically expedient. Obama is making government transparency and ethics a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.”

From a Chicago Tribune interview of November 12, 2007:

“The status of any government records Sen. Barack Obama might still have from his time as a state lawmaker in Springfield has come up as he has repeatedly criticized Sen. Hillary Clinton for how slowly records from her husband’s administration have been released.

In a Tribune interview Thursday, the Illinois Democrat said he had no intention of sharing any of the documents he might still have in his possession.”

Next are the questions asked and responses from Obama. I know that many people have read this, but it is worth repeating:

“Q: It is kind of unknown where some of the records from your time in Springfield are located. Where is that stuff, what do you have?

“We had one district director. I had one staff person, so, you know, we didn’t have some elaborate sort of system. I didn’t at my disposal millions of dollars and potentially multiple staff people to conduct an archive. Now keep in mind, it is apples and oranges. First of all, I’m not the one who has made this an issue. We saw during the debate, Senator Clinton was asked about it and the suggestion was somehow they’ve done all they could. And my simple point was, I don’t think there is some smoking gun in these archives or something, or some damning evidence. The only point that I’ve made is that, you know, Senator Clinton continues to base her claim on experience, in part, in substantial part, on her role as first lady, because if her, you know, experience was just based on her tenure as an elected official, it’s thinner than mine. So, I think it’s fair for people to ask, you know, what exactly was she doing, if that’s a substantial claim that she is making. So, I’m not interested in playing a game of gotcha, where I think there is evidence of something. I’m assuming most of this stuff is pretty mundane, you know, stuff. But what we do know is that she was involved in health care. Based on the questions you just asked me, or [New York Times reporter Jeff] Zeleny just asked me today, there’s this sense of, well, yeah, I was in charge of health care, but the fact that it didn’t work out, wasn’t my fault. That, we’ve at least got a public record that she was involved. From that point forward, we really have no idea what she was involved in. And so, you know, what I think, what I think, is not, doesn’t make sense is to say, to able to take credit for whatever Clinton Administration successes that she wants, and then selectively distance herself from any Clinton Administration failures, and not have some sort of public record that allows people to get a sense of that. Now, my sense is that this is information that, if they wanted to accelerate the process, so that it was available before this election, they could get it out there.”

Q: What about your stuff, though? What do you have?

“I have no idea. I mean [muffled on recording]. I really don’t. Again, I did not have at my disposal. I wasn’t preparing for the Obama state senatorial library.”

Q: You must have kept some stuff. Correspondence, calendars?

“The problem is whatever remaining documents I have are inevitably incomplete. And then the questions going to be, where’s this or where’s that. Once I start heading down that road, then it puts me in a position that could end up being misleading. I don’t want to mislead people. I don’t know the extent of the records that I have as a state senator.””

Read more from the Chicago Tribune:

http://weblogs.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/blog/2007/11/obama_did_not_want_his_poems_s.html

The following is from Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times on November 11, 2007:

“On Friday, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that she had asked Obama at a news conference: “Do your state senate papers still exist? If they do, just where are they? And would you ever intend to make them public to be responsive to some requests?”

Sweet wrote that he replied: “Nobody has requested specific documents.”

But the Chicago Tribune has reported that it “requested documents from his time in Springfield and never received a response.”

And Sweet wrote of her own paper, “The Chicago Sun-Times has also been asking about Obama’s papers.””

“RNC spokesman Danny Diaz said of Obama’s reticence on records: “Barack Obama is a rookie senator with few accomplishments. Perhaps he’s reluctant to inform the public about his activities in Springfield because they demonstrate a lack of leadership at a state level as well.””

“An Obama spokesman, Ben LaBolt, last week declined to say where Obama’s records from his years in the Illinois State Senate are located. There is no law mandating the state to archive the records. The records from Obama’s office — if he kept them — would potentially show appointments with lobbyists, policy memos, meetings, etc.”

“Obama’s campaign has refused to identify the biggest bundlers, people who are raising at least $200,000 for him and are given membership in his National Finance Council. Obama, as all major candidates, declines most of the time to disclose details about most fund-raising events.”

“Sometimes Obama has come late to the game. He did not stop taking rides on subsidized corporate jets until the week he was tapped to be the Democrats’ chief spokesman on ethics in January 2006. In 2005, Obama took 23 such private aircraft flights, some to attend fund-raisers he headlined. In 2006, Obama led the fight to ban lawmakers from taking cut-rate private air travel.”

“Obama has supported more earmark disclosure to bolster government transparency. Last June, Obama disclosed the earmarks he requested for Illinois and national interests. However, his office, after repeated requests since June, has yet to disclose earmarks Obama sought in 2006, before he was running for president.”

Read more from Lynn Sweet here:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2007/11/sweet_column_obama_record_on_t.html

Tim Russert interviewed Barack Obama on November 11, 2007. During part of the interview Russert asked Obama about supplying records. Here is that segment:

“MR. RUSSERT:  You talked about Senator Clinton having records released from the Clinton Library regarding her experience as first lady, and yet when you were asked about, “What about eight years in the state senate of Illinois,” you said, “I don’t know.” Where, where are the—where are your records?

SEN. OBAMA:  Tim, we did not keep those records.  I…

MR. RUSSERT:  Are they gone?

SEN. OBAMA:  Well, let’s be clear.  In the state senate, every single piece of information, every document related to state government was kept by the state of Illinois and has been disclosed and is available and has been gone through with a fine-toothed comb by news outlets in Illinois.  The, the stuff that I did not keep has to do with, for example, my schedule.  I didn’t have a schedule.  I was a state senator.  I wasn’t intending to have the Barack Obama State Senate Library.  I didn’t have 50 or 500 people to, to help me archive these issues.  So…

MR. RUSSERT:  But your meetings with lobbyists and so forth, there’s no record of that?

SEN. OBAMA:  I did not have a scheduler, but, as I said, every document related to my interactions with government is available right now.  And, as I said, news outlets have already looked at them.

MR. RUSSERT:  Is your schedule available anywhere?  Are—the records exist?

SEN. OBAMA:  I—Tim, I kept my own schedule.  I didn’t have a scheduler.

MR. RUSSERT:  Senator Durbin, your colleague, publishes his schedule each day.  Would you do that?

SEN. OBAMA:  Well, you know, these days I have a public presidential schedule that I think everybody has access to.”

To read more of the Tim Russert interview click here:

 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21738432/

Obama said, “I didn’t have a schedule.” What kind of evasive answer is that? Everyone has a schedule.

Larry Sinclair’s allegation means almost nothing in a vacuum. However, when you look at the big picture, the picture that appears from all of the puzzle pieces, a scary picture emerges. Barack Obama is running for President of the United States. He has to be held to a high standard. It is time for some answers and information.

Obama must provide records.

Where was Obama on November 4, 1999?