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(MSNBC)   Mitch McConnell is perfectly willing to talk to reporters, as long he gets to pick the topic that's being discussed and nobody is allowed to ever stray from it   (msnbc.com) divider line 76
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2013-11-13 02:31:55 PM
Republicans are scared people.
 
2013-11-13 02:33:19 PM
He looks really pale, someone needs to feed him some lettuce.
 
2013-11-13 02:36:16 PM
I hate Mitch McConnell as much as everybody but isn't it pretty common to set the topic when you call a press conference? I've been involved with a few press conferences and they're never "this isn't about anything I just wanted to call a bunch of reporters together and shoot the shiat."
 
2013-11-13 02:36:52 PM
meh, all politicians do this.
 
2013-11-13 02:37:01 PM
That's not a hair question.
 
2013-11-13 02:38:21 PM
like most politicians.
 
2013-11-13 02:39:52 PM
His laser-like focus is easily interrupted.
 
2013-11-13 02:40:28 PM

Amish Tech Support: He looks really pale, someone needs to feed him some lettuce.


Doesn't he looks tired?
 
2013-11-13 02:41:43 PM
One of his other rules is no sudden movements or else he'll pull back into his shell.
 
2013-11-13 02:44:13 PM

ManateeGag: like most politicians.


I see you applied the Fark Independent Political Criticism Formula:

Democrat does something bad? = Don't the Democrats suck?
Republican does something bad? = Don't politicians suck?
 
2013-11-13 02:44:36 PM

odinsposse: I hate Mitch McConnell as much as everybody but isn't it pretty common to set the topic when you call a press conference? I've been involved with a few press conferences and they're never "this isn't about anything I just wanted to call a bunch of reporters together and shoot the shiat."


I got training in how to talk to the press, and one of the techniques they taught us was how to answer the questions you came to answer, not the questions you get asked.  It's pretty standard for any mouthpiece.

/went down in flames during the practice session, but that's what the practice session was for
 
2013-11-13 02:50:53 PM
more like biatch McConnell, amirite? amirite? booyah!
 
2013-11-13 02:53:02 PM
He just wants to win the race, but don't you hare call him racist!
 
2013-11-13 02:55:50 PM

Uranus Is Huge!: ManateeGag: like most politicians.

I see you applied the Fark Independent Political Criticism Formula:

Democrat does something bad? = Don't the Democrats suck?
Republican does something bad? = Don't politicians suck?


He's right though.
 
2013-11-13 02:57:18 PM
At least he states it up front.
 
2013-11-13 03:00:13 PM

JolobinSmokin: Republicans are scared

, dumb, evil, sub-human bags of shiat people.

FIXED!
 
2013-11-13 03:01:19 PM
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Do any of your reporters have some water for good ol' Mitchie-Poo, I'm a might parched from campaigning and protecting this island's moneyed interests.
 
2013-11-13 03:01:49 PM

ManateeGag: like most politicians.


I remember president Obama went to talk to a whole bunch of Republicans on live TV a few years ago. I'm pretty sure Obama did not ask them what topics can and can't be discussed.
 
2013-11-13 03:02:08 PM
So basically it was like an Obama interview? or Press Conference?
 
2013-11-13 03:02:22 PM
Its not as if he as a teleprompter to help him out.
 
2013-11-13 03:03:00 PM

Bartman66: So basically it was like an Obama interview? or Press Conference?


Conservative Humor, ladies and gentlemen.
 
2013-11-13 03:04:18 PM
Well at least the farker is honest about his dishonesty and penchant for propaganda:

"" I'm not going to do a stake out after every event because as you can imagine I prefer the news of that day to be what I'd like for it to be rather than what you all may be interested in pursuing."

At that moment, any journalist with an ounce of self respect would have closed their laptop, stood up and walked out.  Then McConnell should have been informed that until he was willing to hold unrestricted press conferences, no media outlet would report a single thing he said , as none of them view thier role as serving as the house organ for GOP propaganda (Fox ZNews excepted, of course_
 
2013-11-13 03:04:31 PM

hugram: ManateeGag: like most politicians.

I remember president Obama went to talk to a whole bunch of Republicans on live TV a few years ago. I'm pretty sure Obama did not ask them what topics can and can't be discussed.


Plenty,  I don't give a farks were served by the President on that special day.
 
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2013-11-13 03:07:12 PM
My family has been praying for him.  Permanent constipation is a hard condition to live with.
 
2013-11-13 03:07:40 PM
Controlling the dialog is the most important thing.  Politicians all know this but republicans have it down to an art.  He has a tough primary on his right and a tough re-election on his left.  Politically he has to fit his campaign through a conceptual space the size and shape of a silly straw.
 
2013-11-13 03:07:40 PM

Amish Tech Support: He looks really pale, someone needs to feed him some lettuce.


Perhaps give him a nice strawberry to nom on? Surely a red state politician would like ripe, red strawberries.
 
2013-11-13 03:07:56 PM
We know he's not running late for his gym time.
 
2013-11-13 03:08:17 PM

hugram: ManateeGag: like most politicians.

I remember president Obama went to talk to a whole bunch of Republicans on live TV a few years ago. I'm pretty sure Obama did not ask them what topics can and can't be discussed.


You're "pretty sure"?  That's good enough for me, then.
 
2013-11-13 03:08:27 PM

Bartman66: So basically it was like an Obama interview? or Press Conference?


Lol that reminds me of the time Obama went to a House Republican retreat and had a Q&A session on anything and everything the Congresspeople wanted while letting the cameras roll for the entire thing.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/29/obama-goes-to-the-gop-lio_n _4 42331.html

Because it was basically the exact opposite of what you just said, roflcopter.
 
2013-11-13 03:10:33 PM
He could have just sent a press release to Fox News and not wasted everybody else's time.
 
2013-11-13 03:11:04 PM

karnal: hugram: ManateeGag: like most politicians.

I remember president Obama went to talk to a whole bunch of Republicans on live TV a few years ago. I'm pretty sure Obama did not ask them what topics can and can't be discussed.

You're "pretty sure"?  That's good enough for me, then.


I'm pretty sure this is a picture from it:
www.c-span.org

And I'm pretty sure this is a link to a video of a one hour and 18 minute Q&A session on anything the Republican congresspeople wanted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5vOMIN673A
 
2013-11-13 03:12:14 PM
Maybe he doesn't want any distractions from whatever it is he wants to focus on.
 
Bf+
2013-11-13 03:16:42 PM

coeyagi: Bartman66: So basically it was like an Obama interview? or Press Conference?

Conservative Humor, ladies and gentlemen.


Yup.
See also, conservative arguments:
Your guys are evil because because they _____.  But, our guy is justified in _____ because your guy gets to _____, so why can't we?
 
2013-11-13 03:19:47 PM
I can understand keeping to a broad topic, but the speaker is Mitch McConnell and the subject is Obamacare. We already know he hates it, and we already know that the response to any question will be to blame Obama or to claim that Republicans have the perfect alternative to Obamacare that they can't give the details of. What new ground is there to cover here? I imagine even Ric Romero would probably not find anything worth reporting on here.
 
2013-11-13 03:20:14 PM

lennavan: karnal: hugram: ManateeGag: like most politicians.

I remember president Obama went to talk to a whole bunch of Republicans on live TV a few years ago. I'm pretty sure Obama did not ask them what topics can and can't be discussed.

You're "pretty sure"?  That's good enough for me, then.

I'm pretty sure this is a picture from it:
[www.c-span.org image 314x236]

And I'm pretty sure this is a link to a video of a one hour and 18 minute Q&A session on anything the Republican congresspeople wanted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5vOMIN673A

 
2013-11-13 03:20:21 PM

coeyagi: Bartman66: So basically it was like an Obama interview? or Press Conference?

Conservative Humor, ladies and gentlemen.


 James Carville: The sequester, many people don't know what it is, but it sounds stupid and cruel, so they think it's a Republican thing."
 
2013-11-13 03:20:40 PM

coeyagi: Bartman66: So basically it was like an Obama interview? or Press Conference?

Conservative Humor, ladies and gentlemen.


And left butthurrrrt, gentlemen and ladies...


Come on .. even someone as bias as you have noticed that he greatly controls the message and has had maybe 3 or interviews or conferences that havent been in his complete control. Hey the Dumbarse Bush did it too so they that much more in common.
I am sorry if this makes you angry I am just pointing out an obvious statement. All presidents want to control the message but he has taken that to an even bigger level. For someone that wa going t be the most transparent ever he sure seems to have gone another route.
But it could have been WAY worse and we could be talking about president Palin...
 
2013-11-13 03:21:53 PM
lennavan:

And I'm pretty sure this is a link to a video of a one hour and 18 minute Q&A session on anything the Republican congresspeople wanted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5vOMIN673A


And it never happened again, because not only did it get in the way of their "Teleprompter!" derp, he totally pwned them...
 
2013-11-13 03:24:45 PM

Bf+: coeyagi: Bartman66: So basically it was like an Obama interview? or Press Conference?

Conservative Humor, ladies and gentlemen.

Yup.
See also, conservative arguments:
Your guys are evil because because they _____.  But, our guy is justified in _____ because your guy gets to _____, so why can't we?


I don't think it's really been ascertained whether Obama instructs his Goebbelcrats on what they should ask him and what is out of bounds or if it's the Goebbelcrats themselves who instruct Obama on what needs to be steered clear of and police themselves with this understanding. Obama's a puppet so it's hard to believe that he has the wherewithal to create rules for the entire 'rat apparatus.
 
2013-11-13 03:26:26 PM

sinanju: lennavan:

And I'm pretty sure this is a link to a video of a one hour and 18 minute Q&A session on anything the Republican congresspeople wanted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5vOMIN673A

And it never happened again, because not only did it get in the way of their "Teleprompter!" derp, he totally pwned them...


Don't forget that Fox News threw in the white towel in the middle of the Q&A section.
 
2013-11-13 03:28:33 PM
Good Jorb, 24 Hour News Cycle! This is what you have wrought!
 
2013-11-13 03:29:05 PM
Sounds like he graduated from the Palin School of Potatology
 
2013-11-13 03:29:26 PM

Noam Chimpsky: Maybe he doesn't want any distractions from whatever it is he wants to focus on.


Like Jobs.....hey...is that an abortion over there?
 
2013-11-13 03:31:33 PM
So? It's not like the conservative media in this country will put up much of a road block for him.
 
2013-11-13 03:32:36 PM

lennavan: karnal: hugram: ManateeGag: like most politicians.

I remember president Obama went to talk to a whole bunch of Republicans on live TV a few years ago. I'm pretty sure Obama did not ask them what topics can and can't be discussed.

You're "pretty sure"?  That's good enough for me, then.

I'm pretty sure this is a picture from it:
[www.c-span.org image 314x236]

And I'm pretty sure this is a link to a video of a one hour and 18 minute Q&A session on anything the Republican congresspeople wanted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5vOMIN673A


As far as I'm concerned, this was by far the most entertaining moment of his presidency followed somewhere by his third correspondence dinner speech and announcement that we'd killed Bin Laden.
 
2013-11-13 03:34:35 PM

jayhawk88: Good Jorb, people who watch the 24 Hour News Cycle! This is what you have wrought!


Let's put all of Americas blame where it belongs, squarely on the shoulders of the American people.
 
2013-11-13 03:38:41 PM

rtaylor92: lennavan: karnal: hugram: ManateeGag: like most politicians.

I remember president Obama went to talk to a whole bunch of Republicans on live TV a few years ago. I'm pretty sure Obama did not ask them what topics can and can't be discussed.

You're "pretty sure"?  That's good enough for me, then.

I'm pretty sure this is a picture from it:
[www.c-span.org image 314x236]

And I'm pretty sure this is a link to a video of a one hour and 18 minute Q&A session on anything the Republican congresspeople wanted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5vOMIN673A

As far as I'm concerned, this was by far the most entertaining moment of his presidency followed somewhere by his third correspondence dinner speech and announcement that we'd killed Bin Laden.


Negative, the "You Lie" moment at the state of the union was the crowning achievement of his presidency. His look of "Really?" just makes putting up with reverse colonial socialism worth it.
 
2013-11-13 03:51:00 PM
Media: Mitch McConnell lays on his back, his belly baking in the hot sun, beating his legs trying to control the narriative, but he can't! Not without your help. But you're not helping.
Obama: What do you mean I'm not helping?
Media: I mean, you're not helping. Why is that, Obama? ... We're just asking questions, Obama. In answer to your query, they're written down for you. It's a test, designed to provoke an emotional response. Shall we continue? Describe in single words, only the good things that come in to your mind about... Your Kenyan birthplace?
 
2013-11-13 03:53:16 PM
If you think this is an outrage yet have no problem that Obama has basically handled every interview and press conference this way for his entire administration, then shame on you.

As for the ONE pseudo-press conference he had back in 2010...  wow.  Once in 5 years for a man who said he'd have the most transparent administration in history.  Congrats on that.
 
2013-11-13 03:58:49 PM

skylabdown: If you think this is an outrage yet have no problem that Obama has basically handled every interview and press conference this way for his entire administration, then shame on you.

As for the ONE pseudo-press conference he had back in 2010...  wow.  Once in 5 years for a man who said he'd have the most transparent administration in history.  Congrats on that.


BREAKING - skylabdown can only think of one press conference where Obama took random Q&A, it is therefore reasonable to conclude only one ever happened.  - /BREAKING
 

3 months ago -

Washington (CNN) - Before heading to Martha's Vineyard for a week-long family vacation, President Barack Obama took questions Friday from reporters at the White House.
He hadn't held a formal, solo press conference since April 30 - and topics ranging from the economy to government surveillance to terror threats arose at Friday's question and answer session.


Didn't happen, skylabdown didn't remember it.
 
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