I Would Have Fired Him Before He Got Back to the Office

It’s one thing when some jerk heckles the President of the United States at a rally on the campaign trail. But when the jerk is a journalist and the heckling takes place in the Rose Garden at the White House, well, that’s another matter altogether.

As you probably know by now, the other day Neil Munro a reporter from the Website Daily Caller decided to interrupt the president with an accusatory question during the president’s remarks about a change in immigration policy.

“Why’d you favor foreigners over Americans?” Munro shouted. To which the president replied: “Excuse me, sir, but it’s not time for questions.”

“Are you going to take questions?” Munro asked.

“Not while I’m speaking.” Obama said.

In the big scheme of things, this is not a big deal.  Jerks, after all, will be jerks.

What bothers me, though, is the response from Tucker Carlson who runs the Daily Caller — and what it represents.

“This is what reporters are supposed to do,” he told the Huffington Post. “They’re supposed to get their questions answered.”

Not while the president is in the middle of a speech, Tucker!

Carlson’s Website tweeted this:  “We are very proud of, @NeilMunroDC for doing his job.”

And Matt Lewis, a Daily Caller contributor and frequent cable TV guest, said this to Howard Kurtz on CNN:  “There was going to be no question and answer [after the president’s remarks]. This was the only chance he had to ask a question. The press corps should be a little bit less deferential to authority and a little more aggressive.”

“He had no business interrupting the president,” Kurtz correctly pointed out. “This is not a question of being deferential. … Come on.”

“Where in the Constitution does it say that you can’t ask questions?” Lewis asked, getting a tad annoyed. “This is protocol and it’s etiquette, but it’s not constitutional. He did the right thing.”

What makes this little dopey episode troubling is that it’s a pretty good example of how conservatives can be just as annoyingly foolish as liberals.  When a reporter threw his shoe at President Bush in Iraq, there were more than a few liberals who thought it was funny.  That this Iraqi showed such blatant disrespect for the President of the United States — their president — didn’t matter.  They despised President Bush, so they chuckled.

Now we have Tucker Carlson and Matt Lewis, two bright guys who ought to know better, defending this stunt.  Instead of giving Munro a gold star, Carlson should have fired his reporter before he even got back to the office.  Lewis should be embarrassed for justifying the rudeness by saying “it’s not constitutional.”  A lot of things aren’t unconstitutional, but they’re still wrong.  A third grader can figure that out.

This tells us a lot about how polarized we’ve become.  Some on the Right feel they have to defend their own no matter what.  If liberals are against it, conservatives are for it. And some on the Left wouldn’t acknowledge that a conservative is right if he said the sun rises in the east. The worst sin of all these days, I guess, is giving ammunition to the enemy.  Or giving the impression that you are.

The reporter, Neil Munro, didn’t humiliate the president.  But Munro, Carlson and Lewis humiliated themselves.  And so did anyone else who hates President Obama so much that they think that rude, arrogant reporter did the right thing.

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  • Gabe

    Bernie, wrong 90% of the time, wrong on this one. 

  • Carolyn

    I think he deserves a medal…..the arrogant squatter in the WH  does NOT deserve Any respect Bernie as he does NOT respect our Country ,Americans & is nothing but a racist! Open your eyes a little wider……perhaps a little more research on your part would help.

  • Wmslaw

    I usually agree with Bernie but I believe his journalism background has led him to protest what should be a regular practice.  If a President wishes to make a speech to a group and not get asked a question then that group should not be journalists.  It rings of FDR not being photographed in a wheelchair or JFK not being asked bout Graves disease (much less Marilyn Monroe) or many other hands off subjects of yesteryear.   I support Tucker Carlson’s position.  

  • shipley130

    All media should be heckling Obama.  He has proven himself a constant liar and must be whistle blown in a complete manner.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPL2AXPXJMWPEJWFN34MPC5RNY terry

    EVERYONE SHOULD HECKLE THE DICTATOR,  BRING GARBAGE TO THROW AT HIM.  ROTTEN VEGGIES & FRUIT.  ARE WE TO TIP-TOE WHILE HE WRECKS OUR
    NATION?  I SAY  NO

  • Pwing

    Tucker sometimes goes off the deep end.  Sometimes, he’s okay, but I remember when he wanted to execute Michael Vick for dog-fighting.

  • wally

    If it is ok to fire the reporter when the president is speaking is it ok to fire the president for his disregard for rebuking the supreme court in his address to the nation? Sometime a person has to get fired up. Was the quiet ” Not so” by the justice ok? Should Alito be fired? I feel that the reporter was extremely upset and let it go. Should he have been talked to? Yes but not fired. 

  • Patriot

    Hadley–how about he was born in Hawai BUT the BC is an obvious forgery?? And a COLB is not a BC..Or maybe is IS Natural Born if Frank Marshall Davies is his REAL Dad!! A Court oif Law is supposed to rule on this more than you and I

    • Bob Hadley

      “A Court oif Law is supposed to rule on this more than you and I” show more show less

      ALikeReply
      1 hour ago 0 Like

      In the State of Hawaii the short form COLB is THE legal birth certificate.  Check the pertinent Hawaii Revised Statutes (and of course you know what they are) and the pertinent Hawaii Dept. of Health regulations. 

      I was born in Hawaii and I got my passport with my short form COLB.  I got my short form by standing in line at the Honolulu Dept. of Health on Punchbowl Street and ordering it.

      The short form is required whenever a Hawaii born must prove his birth information to a Hawaii gov. entity.  And, courtesy of the Full Faith and Credit provision of the U. S. Constitution (and surely you aware of this provision), a short form COLB is also required of the Hawaii born if they must demonstrate their birth info before a federal entity. 

      When the birth info of  a Hawaii born is the subject of a legal proceeding (e.g. a paternity case or an adoption), the court requires a short form COLB.

      The long form is typically unavailable to the Hawaii born.  President Obama had to send his lawyer to Hawaii to get a speacial waiver so that he could get a copy of his long form.

      • Illinois8463

        “The long form is typically unavailable to the Hawaii born. President Obama had to send his lawyer to Hawaii to get a speacial waiver so that he could get a copy of his long form.”

        So then it was Obama’s lawyer that used Adobe Illustrator to fake the long form? Or was it the officials in Hawaii? 

        You really can fool some of the people all of the time…if they’re Democrats. 

        • Bob Hadley

          Then you must be a Democrat.  :)  You’re making a lot of assumptions kiddo.  Can you identify them?

          When President’s Obama’s people got the long form they obviously put it on the internet, using whatever program.  Was it President Obama’s lawyer who put it on the internet?  I dunno.  I doubt it.  But someone in the President’s camp obviously did it.

  • Patriot

    I agree with Bernie’s assertion that we have lost our manners too often, but this NOT my Prez..he is  a liar, a fraud, a militant muslim, a communist, and a dick-tator who will declare martial law forever (and Bush paved the way from 9/11 through DHS). We are already in a civil war (but one side has stayed nonviolent so far) so why be civil??

    • Bob Hadley

      You forgot to mention that President Obama is also an atheist!  lol :)

  • Sheik Yerbouti

    When your opponent is gouging your eyes out with a spoon and the referee is sliding his hands under your shoulder blades just waiting to count out the pin, yet you insist on fighting by Marquess of Queensbury rules, you are just a loser, Bernie.

    • Boon Companion

      “Hey fellas. We can’t be sure when a ship might spot us and pick us up. So, why don’t you guys jump out of the lifeboat and drown so I won’t run out of drinking water.”
      – Bernie Douche Canoe

  • nyctreeman

    Hey Bernie,

    You’re speaking in a vacuum here…let’s open the door to the real world, mmmk?

    If this was a libtard reporter, and the president was Reagan or Bush…everyone in the land of libtardia would be hailing him as a hero, and you know it!

    I’m glad to see some on the right who are willing to use the same tactics of the leftists, it’s refreshing, and it revealed something about Obama that many people may not have known…he has no class, he has no ability to think on his feet, and he’s just a self-righteous tin-plated two-bit wannabe dictator.

    So yeah Bernie, in a sterile vacuum of principle, you may have a point, but out here in the real world where people like Obama bring a gun to a knife fight, and revel in their gutter fighting abilities, your point is largely meaningless.

    Take a breath Bernie…don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, that’s what gutter fighters are all about…live it, learn it, or fall prey to it.

    Hope that helps ;)

    • Boon Companion

      Bernie is in denial.

      • nyctreeman

        and it’s sad too…because I like Bernie, but he’s got to get some spine!

        • Boon Companion

          Sounds like he’s having trouble accepting that his country put a [frustrated] dictator in the White House. If Bernie lectures his peers and friends, maybe a telltale trademark [of autocrats] will magically transform itself into a “heckling” incident.

          • SendTheClunkerBackToChicago

            One would think that someone like Bernie who knows that “bias” is everywhere in the libtard word but he refuses to even look into all the evidence uncovered by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his crime investigators.  Watergate is a walk in the park compared to Birthergate.  Forged Birth Certificate and a Fraudulent registration with the Selective Service should be enough to bring charges against someone.  I believe there is a $250,000 dollar fine and a 5 year prison sentence for the Selective Service fraud.  If folks like Bernie and his cowardly friend O’Reilly would provide a platform for this evidence to be shown to the American people Congress would be forced to respond.   Lets see if Bernie finds the courage to write the story of the century.  It is a win, win situation.  He proves the Sheriff is a liar and the birthers go away or he proves the Sheriff has busted this Usurper and the story is pulitizer winning story.

          • Boon Companion

            Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish the cowardly careerists from those that have been intimidated or directly threatened.

          • Bob Hadley

            After reading Mariness’ book on Obama, analyze his conclusion that the birther stuff is non-sense.  Remember, he’s non-partisan.  He had no problem pointinng out the parts of Pres. Obama’s memoirs that were untrue,  If his findings supported birtherism, his book would undoubtedly make more money.

            Are you open to findings that his COLB is authentic and that he was really born in Hawaii?
            Or do you double-down on saying that anyone who disputes you is a liar and/or a coward and/or brainwashed?

        • Boon Companion

          lol He reminds me of the douche on the lifeboat who panics and wants to start throwing people overboard to conserve water rations.

  • MCH

    Someone in the White House needs a time-out!  Someone says one thing and does something else.  Poor example for young people. 

  • Roxiebell

     “Immediatelty after saying he couldn’t enact laws, he said something to the effect that “What we can do is do is prioritize enforcement of immigration laws….”
     
    I mean seriously you actually want to “double down” on Obama’s hypocricy? I think so which is too funny because you don’t even realize it.

     

    • Bob Hadley

      Huh???????????

      You ought to pay more attention to what is being said, even if it’s critical of your team.   Who was it who said if you’re not listening, you’re not learning?  The issue concerns Kelly, O’Reilly and Hannity playing a partial clip of President Obama saying something back in September that appeared to completely contradict what he recently said concernnig enforcement of immigration laws. 
      But the entire clip of Pres. Obama’s statement makes it clear that his recent statement on immigration law enforcement was completely consistent with what he said back in September. 

      I bet you’d get your panties in a bunch if another network did something similiar to make Gov. Romney, Mickey Cantor, Speaker Boehner or Allen West look stupid.  The issue also concerns whether Bernie has a (professional) ethical duty to repudiate this.

      As for “Obama’s hypocrisy,” I don’t see it here.  Maybe you can enlighten me.  You can call President Obama’s directive concerning non-enforcement of immigration laws to be an abuse of his presidency.   It’s arguably presumptive and arrogant.  But hypocrisy?????????????? Maybe you don’t understand the difference between enacting a law and enforcing a law.

      Even if it does show hypocrisy on Pres. Obama’s part, that is not the concern here.  The concern is that FNC showed an incomplete and deceptive clip of Pres. Obama and no one has publicly accounted for it (to my knowledge).  But, then I don’t watch FNC 24/7.  maybe I missed the profuse apologies of Meghan Kelly, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity.  Or maybe I missed Bernie scolding them for not manning-up. 

      I’m just saying.  :)

      • Roxiebell

        Is the word “prioritize”  in reference to Obama’s meaning of enforcement of the law is what has you confused? It probably is which is exactly is what Obama expect his minions to be, confused and clueless so he can dazzle them with blathering liberal gibberish.

        Obama’s only “priority” is to NOT enforce the laws of the land which he proved by knowlingly and intentionally breaking the immigration law for political gain. 

        • Bob Hadley

          “Obama’s only ‘priority’ is to NOT enforce the laws of the land which he proved by knowlingly and intentionally breaking the immigration law for political gain.”

          I can see why you’re determined to change the subject.  The subject is bad for your team.  Showing the incomplete and deceptive clip of Pres. Obama back in September is indefensible.  That the FNC talking heads didn’t later apologize to their listeners and play the entire clip is also indefensible. 

          That Bernie didn’t criticize FNC and the talking heads for not doing so is, in my opinion, extremely difficult to sanely defend.  And yes, I’m assuming they all have knowledge of the complete clip.

          The simple fact is that, no matter what you think of Pres. Obama’s directive on enforcing immigration laws, President Obama’s September statement and his recent directive are entirely consistent.  The talking heads played a partial clip to make it seem as though the September statement and the his recent directive are entirely inconsistent.

          I notice that you didn’t explain to me why you think this matter points up Pres. Obama’s hypocrisy.  I guess you forgot about that.

          Let me give you a hint.  If the only network you’ve heard Pres. Obama’s September statement on is FNC, then you probably haven’t heard his entire statement.  If you listen to the entire statement, he clearly says that he is able to do what he did in his recent directive. 

          How many times do I need to point out that whether his directive is constitutional or not, and whether it is arrogant or not is an entirely different subject?

      • Paul Courtney

        Bob:  I don’t agree that the clip was abused by O’Rielly, and Obama was certainly not being consistent.  I agree that he didn’t impose the dream act by fiat, but the point of the clip was to show he has effectively changed the law by not enforcing it, and he said before that he couldn’t change the law by himself.  Your interpretation of the Sept. speech is that the priority of enforcement bit covered his latest, do you really suppose he was telling an audience of hispanic activists that he COULD stop all deportations of a select group of illegals, but he wasn’t gonna do it?  He was telling them that INS could do a case by case non- enforcement, but the exec could not do a wholesale change of law.  Playing the portion of the clip you speak of doesn’t alter the conclusion that he’s now doing what he said he couldn’t do, that’s not consistent.  Well, maybe consistent for Obama, to avoid pandering to an unpopular part of his base until bad economic news forces him to…evolve.

        • Bob Hadley

          “…the point of the clip was to show he has effectively changed the law by not enforcing it…”

          “…do you really suppose he was telling an audience of hispanic activists that he COULD stop all deportations of a select group of illegals, but he wasn’t gonna do it?…”

          That was a good effort.  It’s about the best argument a partisan can make here.  And I appreciate that you didn’t try to change the subject.  But, ultimately we want the truth, not arguments.  Right?

          To address the first point quoted above, the point of the FNC talking heads showing the partial clip was to try to make President Obama look stupid, i.e. Pres. Obama emphasizes in September of 2011 that he can’t do something because of the balance of powers, etc. and then several months later he does it anyway. 

          The FNC talking heads showed the recent Rose Garden announcement to argue that President Obama is effectively changing the law by not enforcing it.  They showed the partial Septenmber 2011 clip to show that EVEN Pres. Obama knows he’s not supposed to do that.  It was a way of saying, “President Obama knows he’s an usurper.  He admitted it retrospectively.”

          The answer to the question you pose in the second quote above is yes, sort of or, on second thought, not really.  :)  The Dream Act was being presented to Congress at about that time.  President Obama’s musing in his September 2011 statement was presented as a sort of Plan B.    And remember, the Dream Act was filibustered toward the end of 2011 primarily by Senate Republicans. 

          Some of these Senate Repubs are criticizing Pres. Obama for not passing the Dream Act when Democrats controlled Congress.  After months of musings and weighing the political and policy concerns, Pres. Obama went forward with Plan B which is clearly a stop-gap measure.   As David Mariness discovered Pres. Obama is typically very cautious, to the chagrin of his advisers.

          In the complete clip of his Sept. 2011 statement, Pres. Obama was NOT talking about a case-by-case exemption.  Such would obviously be too onerous. He gave as an example from the class of illegal immigrants who could benefit from prioritizing enforcement, allowing a young man man who came here as a child not being deported.      

          I think you’d do much better saying something like “Yes, the FNC talking heads did make a serious mistake on this one occasion.  Even if they didn’t realize it at that time (which they very well may not have), they should make amends with the viewers.   Having said that, now let’s condemn the following deceptions by liberal talking heads:……….”

          You have done this in the past, and I thought it elevated you. 

          • Paul Courtney

            Bob:  Thanks for a thoughtful response, and I wish to also give you credit for your patience with the birther/ natural born/arrest him fever victims still stalking this site.  I tried to talk them down for awhile, but at some point one must let them jump or not, on their own.  To them I say, one last time, he is our pres., get over it and work toward Nov.  Stop embarrassing yourselves. To your response, others on Fox took this further than O’Rielly, but not to the point where Bernie has to apologize for it.  Yes, the Dream act was pending last Sept., and at least you say filibuster was “primarily” Repubs (I’ve heard several “journalists” on npr conveniently omit that several D senators wouldn’t vote it to the floor).  I think the Dream act without a “path to citizenship” would have got through, but Obama is more interested in speeches than any middle ground.  He wasn’t telling his audience in Sept.
            ’11 that he could do this unilaterally, or npr would have been awash with those hispanic activists demanding he DO IT NOW.  The measure of his cynicism is that doing it now undercut Rubio’s effort, why not support that instead?  Yes, I’m partisan, part of the niche audience served, if imperfectly, by Fox.

          • Bob Hadley

            Paul,  I appreciate your openness.  I need to make clear that I don’t think Bernie should apologize for Kelly, Hannity or O’Reilly.   But Bernie should not be quitet about it either. 

            Yes, O’Reilly walked into it when he was talking to Monica Crowley about her new book.  Monica made the claim that about the September 2011 clip and O’Reilly correctily insisted on seeing it. 

            I don’t necessarily fault O’Reilly in that show.  But, as soon as O’Reilly discovered the problem (and I’m sure he did within 48 hours or so), he should have set the record straight and played the entire clip.  Certain of his viewers would call him a wimp for doing so, but it’s the right thing to do. :)  Sorry, I couldn’t resist!

            Bernie had nothing to do with the partial clip being played anywhere on FNC – I presume.  But his silence implicates him after-the-fact.  Isn’t Bernie looked up to as a growling watchdog on media bias? Hasn’t he held himself out as rising above partisanship (while not hiding his political bent),  even to the extent of issuing barbs at FNC and O’Reilly?

            Bernie’s silence speaks.

            “The measure of his cynicism is that doing it now undercut Rubio’s effort, why not support that instead?”

            Aren’t you shocked that there’s politics in Washington DC , especially during the presidential election season?   While President Obama may think it is the right thing to do, any claim that it wasn’t political is popycock.  

            I wouldn’t call his move cynical though.   Actually, from a political perspective, I thought it was masterful and harkened back to President Clinton.  But, I’m undecided as to whether it’s an usurption of executive powers or unconstitutional.  Maybe I should consult with some of the constitutional scholars who dive-bomb this website.  :)

            Remember President GW Bush pushing steel quotas in the run-up to the ’04 election?  Or how about Pres. GW Bush exempting illiegal Liberian immigrants from being deported?  But Pres. Bush had the good fortune of typically being able to appear above the fray.  He had an genius propagandist working behind the scene. 

            And yes, President Clinton did it in spades.  He frequently succeeded in tying the Republicans in knots, until he got stupid (and even then he wielded a lot of leverage over Newt and his gang).

            One last comment on Pres. Obama’s September statement.  I listened to it again in its entirety.  President Obama said essentially three things:  1) that could not enact laws by himself and that Congress had to go along with him, 2)  that he had to enforce laws on the books, but 3) that he could prioritize enforcement of the immigration laws to allow for young people who came here as kids to stay here. 

            #2 and #3 sound as though they were contradictory, and in ONE sense they were.  But, Obama was seated at a table with three others (probably reporters and/or activists in the Hispanic community) and seemed to be having more of a discussion more than giving an interview.

            In the clip, Pres. Obama seemed to be thinking out loud.  Almost as an after-thought of #2, Pres. Obama said that his administration could prioritize enforcement of the immigration laws as a stop-gap measure.  But why take a stop-gap measure that might have unintended consequences when the Dream Act was pending. 

            And if you say that Pres. Obama knew it wouldn’t pass  the Senate, you’re undoubtedly correct.  It probably would not have passed the Senate during the time that the Democratic caucus “had the run of the tables,” as one GOP politician incorrectluy put it.

            I still think that showing the partial clip was deceitful.  I know that some FNC viewers would say that the entire clip confirms what they knew all along: that Pres. Obama tramples on the constitution and is an usurper.  They have an absolute right to cling to their pre-dispositions.  But I think FNC owes it to viewers to allow them to see the whole clip.

             

          • Jeffreydan

              If the whole clip had any bearing on his inconsistency, then you’d be spot-on. FNC did nothing wrong here.   

          • Bob Hadley

            Then, according to you, I’m spot-on.  :)

          • Jeffreydan

              Actually, according to you, FNC did nothing wrong.

          • Bob Hadley

            what i said above followed from something you said.  what you said below followed from nothing i said.

            When will you rise?  :)

  • Bob Hadley

    Bernie,

    This is off-topic.  You surely saw that clip of Pres. Obama last September telling a small group that he didn’t have the authority to enact the Dream Act by himself.   That clip was shown on O’Reilly’s, Hannity’s nd Meghan Kelly’s show.  The clip was shown to make it appear as though Pres. Obama was contradicting himself, i.e. back in September he said he couldn’t unilaterally enact the Dream Act, and now he says he can.

    But they showed only part of the clip.  Pres. Obama was not finished talking.   Immediatelty after saying he couldn’t enact laws, he said something to the effect that “What we can do is do is prioritize enforcement of immigration laws….”

    Are you going to be silent about this?  It’s certainly not the first time FNC and O’Reilly have done something like this.  Remember O’Reilly asking about violence at the Wisconsin  rallies while showing a clip of a shoving match at a California demonstration? 

    I’m unaware of you or anyone on FNC – especially O’Reilly – making any kind of correction.  You’re a regular on O’Reilly’s show.  You profit from being on his show (even if you aren’t a paid contributor).  

    You need to tell O’Reilly that he owes an apology to the “folks.”  If he doesn’t do so, you’ll chastise him on his show.  If he doesn’t let you do this, you’ll write a column chastising him.  O’Reilly may well not have known that the clip of Pres. Obama was incomplete and used for in a deceptive manner.  Maybe Meghan Kelly and Hannity didn’t know either.  But that’s no excuse not to make a correction and give an accounting to viewers..

    This is the height of hypocrisy.  Are you, an outspoken media critic and an honest broker, going to be implicated in this?  Your brand will be tarnished.

    If you remain silent on this and continiue to appear on O’Reilly’s show, how can you bemoan the news media for sacrificing integrity for ratings?

    • Jeffreydan

      Obama essentially said he couldn’t just decide to ignore the law, that he was required to enforce it. Now he is ignoring the law.
        If you think his additional sentence justifies this, think again. What he said just before it rendered it moot. If you “prioritize enforcement” of the law, you are being selective about how and when you enforce it, and he’s not allowed to do that. Parsing words doesn’t change a thing.

        That Constitution thingy is quite the annoyance to him, but certainly not a hindrance.

      • Bob Hadley

        “Obama essentially said he couldn’t just decide to ignore the law, that he was required to enforce it. Now he is ignoring the law.”

        President Obama did NOT say back in September that he was required to enforce the law.  Quite the contrary. 

        You really ought to read my posts more carefully.  Perhaps you should read them several times after doing relaxation exercises.  I wasn’t saying that President Obama’s recent pronouncment on the enforcement of immigration laws was justified or constitutional.   You’re attacking a straw man.

        The issue is whether President Obama’s September statement was a complete contradiction of his recent statement on immigration.  If you listen to the entire September statement it is clear that both statements are completely consistent. 

        Whether the statements were consistently appropriate or consistently contrary to the constitution is an entirely different issue.

        You need to FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS.

        • ph16

          Well that is deceptive, in any case, if anyone is good to call out the FNC on it, Bernie’s the right man for the job as this article shows as he wants respect on both sides of the table which has led to this column and the one that came after the Sandra Fluke incident with Rush Limbaugh. Also, he’s called them out before, the thing that comes mind is the week after the Ingraham-Rangel shootout, he called O’ Reilly and Ingraham out for interrupting their guests. So in any case, something tells me he’ll call them out one of these days and I hope so. In any case, while I think that what Obama has ordered is good, he shouldn’t be the one making that law, but Congress in any case.

          • ph16

            In any case, all I’m saying is give him credit where credit’s due. He’s called out conservatives in cases like this where not too many have called out their own either ingoring it or worse, defending them like the cases I have mentioned above.

          • Bob Hadley

            I have given him credit for speaking out.  In fact, I’ve done so on this website, but perhaps not enough. 

            I also think I’ve defended Bernie when I thought it was warranted, but again perhaps not enough.

            Bernie is typically hard hitting and even biting in his criticism.   In general, I don’t have a problem with this style.  

            He frequently rises above partisanship.   He has hurled some hard hitting criticism at O’Reilly and FNC.   But I do get the distinct impression that he sometimes pulls his punches with O’Reilly and FNC. 

            I think he knows how far he can push things.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he has been dressed-down on occasion by O’Reilly or others at FNC.  I have no substantial evidence of this, however.

            He might try to justify muting his criticism (and here I’m assuming) at times by thinking that if he was completely upfront with his thoughts, none of his thoughts would receive as much coverage, i.e. he would lose his position at FNC and with O’Reilly, and ergo his website would probably suffer.

            I can only judge him by what he says and by what doesn’t say.    I know he lets slip a lot of O’Reilly’s BS.  It’s possible that he doesn’t agree that it’s BS, but at least in many cases i seriously doubt it.  And it’s possible that he doesn’t follow O’Reilly as closely as I do, but again I seriously doubt it.

            Lest you think I’m completely dumping on ‘Reilly, I think his show has a lot of good discussion.  That’s one reason I watch it, that is until his show gets frilly (e.g. the quiz, spots about chicks and their cleavage, gossip about celebrities).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

     Bernie, What is your opinion about Sean Hannity exploiting Brian Terry’s
    parents to bash Holder and Obama? 

    • Jeffreydan

        You forgot to ask for his opinion about petty children posting off-topic comments.  

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

        Jeffie, You mean, like yourself!

        • ph16

          Oh brother I always love it when Wil comes on here, he really contributes a lot to the discussion. (rolls eyes)

      • Bob Hadley

        This is all pretty childish   :)

        • ph16

          One side in particular or both? I admit these types of things go nowhere and I admit further that I myself have been guilty of that. No wonder, a lot of people are fed up with politics (both sides) nowadays.

          • Bob Hadley

            I agree with you PH16.  But please note that my post immediately above yours was a feeble attempt at an alliteration as much as anything else..   I was just trying to bring levity to a no-win exchange.  :)

          • ph16

            Understood! :)

  • Paul Courtney

    Well, now that that’s all settled….  Anyone else notice that when Obama explained why the law would not be enforced, “it’s the right thing to do” (an old Bill Clinton line) was the extent of the reasoning.  Yesterday, FOX reported that a law on the books requiring a certain type of biofuel be added to gas was problematic, because there’s no supply of it available; nevertheless, EPA was going to enforce and fine.  The response of the EPA?  “It’s the right thing to do.”  So they will enforce the law when they say it’s right, and not enforce the law when they say that’s right.  Seems the Ds are still the Party of Rights, as in, “We’re a nation of Rights, not laws, and we’ll let you know what’s right.”  And we Rs are the divisive ones?

    • Roxiebell

      Seriously OT of the main article but ITA how incredibly dumb is it for the EPA to impose a substance “NOT YET” developed on companies who will face serious and multi-million $$$ fines if they do not comply and its clear they can’t. We have an “iron grip” tyrannical EPA simply gone MAD  and they need to be stopped.

  • Matthew Gose

    Right on, Bernie.  Had Munro worded his question more respectfully and asked it in an appropriate forum, I’m guessing you likely wouldn’t have written an article about him.  We simply can’t have someone interrupt our president in a derisory manner the way he did.

  • Drew Page

    Bernie, I believe that the office of the president deserves respect, but respect for the individual holding that office has to be earned.  

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPL2AXPXJMWPEJWFN34MPC5RNY terry

    BERNIE,  YOUR THE MAN, I LIKE YOU ALOT,  BUT I DISAGREE,  IF THE OFFICE IS
    OCCUPIED BY A PUBLIC MENACE, I’M CHEERING ON THE HECKLER.  GO, GO, JOHNNY GO GO GO !  OBAMA IS AN ARROGANT  S O B .

  • Annien

    Obama never answers questions and when he gets even the slightest hint of a tough one, he rambles on and on and makes no sense.  He is not a communicator, he is a flim flam man.

  • IJustHaveAQuestion

    DITTO! Bernie.

    Bernie is a true commonsense moderate who is never pressured by political cliques or economic interests.  He tells it how it is with complete independent thought cometary. A true “no spin zone” professional journalist. 

    Sincerely, a longtime Bernie fan, IJHAQ

  • bozoisprez

    This guy should be given a raise. He did what no other reporter today has the integrity to do….ask barry an un scripted question. I respect the office, but not its occupant. Respect is earned. Quite frankly he has earned NONE.

    • Nancye

      “Respect is earned. Quite frankly he has earned NONE.”

      ************************************************

      Correct! 

      Remember the movie “Saving Pvt. Ryan”?  Towards the end when Capt. Miller, who was sent out with eight (I think) other soldiers to find and save Pvt. Ryan, had been shot and was dying, said to Pvt. Ryan, “Earn this”, meaning his/our freedom.

      Indeed – Obama hasn’t earned ANYTHING!!! 

  • bozoisprez

    Sorry bernie, barry’s a liar and avoids ANY question that exposes his marxist agenda and policies. And the question was quite valid and barry does pander to foreigners before our own citizensour own citizens. Commonly known as an usurper. Look at what he did today. Sealed up the fast and furious records using executive priveledge. How can you use that to seal documents you claim you were not aware of and had not read. barry lies…an agent died. The blood is on barry’s hands.

  • http://www.politicsx3.com/ Dave Stone

    This is why I like you Bernie- you just “get it” most of the time.

    The conservative press has to stick to the high road. We can’t fall into that “well look how the liberal press treated Bush” mentality to justify bad behavior.

    I can see it now- Romney is President and  reporters from HuffPo, MSNBC, Politico, etc. all start disrupting and heckling his press conferences. “Well, the Daily Caller did it to Obama…”

    If you can’t respect the man, respect the office.

    • Nancye

      “Respect the office”?

      Hard to do when someone like Obama holds said office.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Green/100001808911369 Stephen Green

    Who says we don’t have a media problem.. This just as bad as its become in Britain.
    No longer doing whats the peoples right to know, media is now creating news, the term
    reporter goes into the dustbin of time. It’s sad..

  • kegan05

    I totally disagree.  If Reporters and Journalists had been more zealous in their questioning of this incompetent, divisive,  finger-pointing “president,” we most likely would not be saddled with him today.  He is the absolute WORST leader in my very long lifetime.

    I say, Fire Away!  It’s about time the media started doing their job!

    I have plenty of respect for the Office of President but not so much for the Empty Suit in the White House.

  • Roadmaster

    Sorry, Bernie.  Can’t agree with you on this one.  Munro showed a severe lack of class, even disrespect, BUT he was doing his job – the job the press was specifically granted by the constitution but has been corrupted, as you well know.

    The rest of the dummies stood there with their tongues in their mouths and didn’t say a word as a wannabe dictator defied Congress, the will of the people and the law of the land.   Every single one of those reporters should have been jumping up and down, oh wait, that would have been 100 years ago.

    Personally, when I heard this on the news, everyone at my work came to check me out because I was swearing so loudly!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE7RQIWYBNBPNPK2BD3GEUDCQE ph16

      There’s a difference between asking the tough questions and probing more into a presidental candidate’s background in interviews and via other ways which reporters and journalists didn’t do and interrupting the president of the United States in the middle of a speech which this guy did. I think someone can ask the tough questions and be probing without being rude by interrupting like this guy did which deflects the focus on him rather than Obama’s policy and of course, you yahoos defending him doesn’t help either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Walbert/1447924642 Terry Walbert

    I just watched Munro’s interview with Sean Hannity http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/hannity/2012/06/19/daily-caller-reporter-speaks-out-sparring-president-presser

    I think the American press could use less deference and more aggressiveness — toward all politicians and other assorted pooh-bahs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.o.r.jackson Mike Jackson

     There is a time and a place for questions, answers, and to a reasonable extent, doing what Munro did.  But during the press conference and in the manner Munro did was clearly out of line.  If nothing else, let’s have some class among the reporters.  That may be a but much to ask but a guy can hope.

  • Brian H

    Your POV requires and presumes that there are venues where non-powder-puff questions can be directed  to Him (PBUH).  When and where are they, exactly?

  • Royalsfan67

    While I am all for attacking the left for their continual, consistent failure and horrible policies, there are times for decorum and manners. While we have little respect for this man, there still has to be respect for the office. The left despised President Bush just as much as we despise Obama. They showed it at the press conferences all the time. I was disgusted at how they treated Prez. Bush. But it swings both ways, we have to show some deference at times. And if he does not allow questions after the “press conference” it hurts him in the long run because this will be pointed out by bloggers and real journalists.
    My other problem is with loaded questions like this. How many times did I have to hear Mr. Bush asked some question by some partisan sycophant who framed a long statement asserting Bush was completely wrong before he even asked the question. This is not journalism. Just ask direct pointed questions that make politicians squirm, not loaded ones with no possible answer. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Walbert/1447924642 Terry Walbert

    I consider it a minor incident not really worthy of news.  That being said, I have no patience with the leftist reporters who make it to be some case of lese majestie.  They all thought it was so cute when some guy threw a shoe at George W. Bush.

  • Rick Johnson

    The same Tucker Carlson who made lewd comments about Sarah Palin?! Did anyone expect less from his reporter? Now, I’m no fan of The Platitudinal One in the White House, but am a huge fan of proper behavior. This is one more example of how our culture is deteriorating; Mssrs. Lonesome George, Jamestroy, et al.

    When I read some of the aforementioned’s reponses to you Mr. Goldberg, I’m reminded of a story my father once told me. In essence, a man and his visiting friend stop at a newstand to buy a paper. The operator berates the local for always just buying a paper – nothing else. The local remains polite throughout, buys his paper, and leaves with his friend. The friend then questions why he didn’t respond harshly to the man’s tirade. His response? “I don’t let others behavior dictate my behavior.”

    The fact that this President behaves badly is not going to drive me to do the same. Mr. Munro’s behavior was inappropriate.

    • Lonesome George

      I didn’t state that rude is ok.  Just not fireable offense.  Maybe a public apology?
      Like a lot of people I’m kind of straddling the fence on this one.  Conservatives should continue to ride the high ground but it is frustrating to play by different rules than the other side.

      • Rick Johnson

        Understand, Lonesome. It is frustrating, to be sure.

  • SouBelle

    The President has brought alot of dis-respect upon himself and just like Joe Wilson, it just couldn’t be helped!!! Maybe throwing a shoe would have please the lame stream media more; not to mention making some on the other side get a good laugh.

  • Lonesome George

    Bernie, I disagree.  Rude is not a firable offense.  Playing the race card like Sam, is.

    • http://www.facebook.com/michael.o.r.jackson Mike Jackson

       I halfway agree with you. Being rude is a reason to dismiss someone for the mere fact that the behavior will certainly cause more difficulty for the employer, in this case, a media outlet, in the future.
      Granted, I agree with Munro’s questions but I disagree with the manner in which he asked them.  It was a press conference, NOT an interview.

  • Jamestroy

    You’re wrong on this one Bernie! It’s time the usurper be put on the spot, and fess up to his criminal acts against the people of this country. He is not a freaking king! BRAVO to the reporter for nailing what is an important question, no matter what the timing is!!!!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Colburn/663676634 John Colburn

    Well written and balanced commentary.

  • Rhet24

    that post below is not  rhet24 that should be robin in fl..it showed my email instead of my name for some reason?

  • Richard McCargar

    You time has passed Mr. Goldberg.  We are tired of waiting for the proper moment to ask questions. The proper moment that never arrives.

    We are tired of the etiquette that achieves nothing, while allowing the press corp to say they are journalists, while they just stand there taking notes.

    Time to shake things up a bit.  Or, just continue to be impressed with the “press credentials” that we see as worse than meaningless.  The journalists are complicit in this debauchery of governance.

  • Rhet24

    I like Tucker C…BUT,your right Bernie it did show a level of disrespect to the POTUS.I would not have fired him(the reporter in question), and TC may have already known what he (the reporter) was going to do before he even did it, so he probably had to defend the reporters actions.It still looked bad.I am not a fan of Obama whatsoever ,but have been in situations where I wasn’t a ‘fan’ or liked someone that I still had to show a level of respect for.I believe that’s called good old fashioned manners.Now a days they seem to be lacking much.It also gives the msnbc lot and ones like them, something to ‘rant’ about,not as if they need anything because the will rant regardless.
    Face it Mr G,NOT everyone has as much class as you do.All one has to do in this day and age is turn on the tv or go out in public or get on the internet for an hour and that is quite evident .

  • criolle

    Is The Rose Garden now one of those “Speech Free Zones” that are so prevalent on college campuses? Am I to understand that The First Amendment does not apply in that part of The United States?

    It seems that the President is so accustomed to having the press accommodate him when he wants HIS position presented to the public without dissent that he feels quite comfortable presenting a press release with “no questions asked”.  No.
    If the president wants “no questions”, he can send his press secretary to make the announcement. If he wants the impact of the bully pulpit, there is a price to be paid.
    If he wants the commercial air time, if he wants the ink, if he wants the internet space, quid pro quo.  “I’m going to talk, you’re going to listen”.
    No your Majesty.

  • Brushfour

    I agree with Bernie 100% and I’m glad I’m not alone.   Interrupting the President during a Rose Garden press conference is essentially a way of defacing the office of the President.  ( American’s DON”T LIKE to see anyone deface the Office of President.  They take it as a personal insult because the Office belongs to all of us! ) 

       This is what the Left attempted to do collectively towards Bush and lost the 2004 election because of it. (Voters left the Kerry camp 2 – to -1 vs. voters leaving the Bush camp), and these tactics were the number # 1 reason cited in poles.

      Voters are very aware of who and what party employs this type of behavior the most and it always costs that  party votes and elections as it turns off Independents and increases voter turnout among Conservatives.  The Left buried itself right here in good ol’ Madison Wi. with their daily behavior on the Capitol Square. 

       Keep it up Conservatives and you’ll start to see your small leads in important battle ground states errode.

    • Richard McCargar

      Why don’t we just have the president issue a statement rather than have it appear they are having a press conference?  It provides for an impressive background to give a speech, while denying any freedom of the press.

  • Phil

    The reporter was unprofessional and rude. You’re correct about that. But it was not a firable offense, in my opinion. He should have been suspended, perhaps.

  • Jim

    Reporters did this sort of thing all the time to Reagan and Bush.

    • ph16

      Does that make it right?

      • http://www.facebook.com/michael.o.r.jackson Mike Jackson

         Not in my book.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE7RQIWYBNBPNPK2BD3GEUDCQE ph16

          Exactly. That’s the point I was trying to make.

  • Kayakbob

    I have to disagree on this one, just a bit. I personally thought his interruption was a crass, classless thing to do. It wouldn’t have even occurred to me to shout anything during a Presidential announcement.  But, is this a firing offense? I don’t think so.

    Having his access revoked for a defined period of time? Probably.  Just like when Helen Thomas was fired for…oh…wait..nevermind. That never happened. Sorry. 

    Or when Helen Thomas lost her credentials for….oh..wait…nevermind. She got promoted to the front row. Sorry.

    Bernie – when you wrote this piece nobody knew of the romeny  video that MSNBC just got caught doctoring – in true Travon Martin fashion. But this new ‘oops’ moment begs the question: 

    If this guy should be fired, what should happen to the segment producer over at MSNBC? 

    Kayakbob 

  • James King

    Matt and Tucker are right. You are wrong! The idea that the press should be deferential to POTUS was never the right idea. You may be right in calling it foolish, but that’s all. And there is this issue I am interested in knowing if anyone other than I have noticed in this “deferential” style.

    We are citizens, not subjects. The president is not a king. Yet in saying this I have noticed something that happens constantly that indicates not only is the person making the statement or asking the question deferential, but is so in a way that makes him or her lower than the president, and that is the add-on, “of the United States” when the speaker is talking about POTUS and everyone knows this, yet they frequently add. “of the United States” when speaking. This leads me to think the speaker believes the Pres is better than he or she, the speaker or questioner. “Of the United States” never has to be added when it is clear that everyone knows it is “of the United States.”

    Has anyone noticed this? And Bernie, I usually agree with you but on this issue Tucker and Matt have it right on principal, maybe not on the “foolish” part of it which may be true, especially when a fine newsman like Goldberg still believes in the deferential type of treatment. I hope I am not alone.

  • Nancye

    Bernie’s title:

    “I would have fired him before he got back to the office”

    ********************************

    I would have given him a medal for bravery!!

  • Pasekfred

    It’s annoying. I get that the press is frustrated because they never get a fair chance to question the President unless it’s a powder puff piece by some mainstream media schill, but it bugs the crap out of me nevertheless. And, as an added bonus, now, if Romney becomes President, every idiotic liberal will be screaming him down during HIS speaches. Not only that, but it was a stupid question.

  • LASR

    Wow, for a moment I thought Goldberg was going to be fair…

    But then he somehow managed to accuse Franklin Roosevelt of throwing a shoe at bush (or whatever.

  • Mary

    Have no sympathy for Obama, Bush had his fair share of rudeness. The only thing 
    different is that the media makes a bigger deal out of it when it happens to a liberal.
    I think Obama is past due for some tough questions! I say it’s about time.
    Way to go Munro!!!! 

  • Nelsonowax

    Right on target Bernie! Thank you for inscribing my same thoughts in a concise and to the point manner in writing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Gorak/1042415972 Dave Gorak

    Mr. Goldberg:

    Yes, you should respect the office of the President, but respect is a two-way street and I see none from this president and his administration for the 20 million Americans who can’t find full-time work while 7 million illegals are being permitted to keep their non-farming jobs.  Add to this callous abandonment of these citizens Mr. Obama’s June 15 amnesty for a minimum of 800,000 illegals, many of whom will now be able to compete with native-born kids in a dismal jobs market.   Do you know that the unemployment rate for these Americans kids is 25 percent?

    You’ve been around a long time and are dead-on in your criticism of the media, so please tell me why you think it is that your journalist colleagues refuse to see the connection between mass immigration and our stubborn long-term unemployment.

    Would it be fair to say it’s because the nation’s newsrooms and editorial offices are overflowing with jerks?

    A very disappointed,

    Dave Gorak
    Executive director
    Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration

    • http://twitter.com/Drewbueno Andrew Good

      Piggybacking on Dave’s comments, I’d love to hear Goldberg opine about the substance of the question itself – especially in light of this story, which provides all the context for Munro’s question: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47872983/ns/business-us_business/

  • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

    Frankly, though it scratched the country’s most popular thin-skin, it has boomeranged. To most Americans – those lemmings than fawn over the Three-Card-Monty-Dealer- the  latter got more ‘sympathy’.
    Yeah, I’d send the reporter word; “When you get to the office, take you last pay-check and desk detritus with you.  Leave the keys with the receptionist.”
    There are ways to go about this.  This reporters approach was not one of them.
    Better to wait it out and write; ‘The President avoided questions and discussions.’

    • Brian H

       If He (PBUH) wants briefings where He (PBUH) doesn’t answer questions then there must be times when He (PBUH) does answer questions.  When are those, exactly?

  • Franktrenga

    So, Bernie. How does one get the potus to answer questions since he will not take any?

    • asl3676

              You wait until there is a time you can ask questions….it’s called courtesy and professionalsm…..Are you defending this moron?

      • DrSique

        Maybe the guy is no moron at all. Maybe he wasn’t even acting as a journalist when he “disrespected the POTUS”. Maybe he is just a guy who came to the U.S. legally and, like many citizens, he is simply pukin’ sick of watching politicians pander to an entire class of law breakers. Maybe emotion got the best of him and he said what millions of Americans would like to say to the hack in the White House. Maybe he would like to see our immigration system fixed through enforcement rather than another massive amnesty. Maybe anyone who accepts this kind of unconstitutional mandate from King Barry is the true moron. Just maybe.

      • Brian H

         And if He Who Must Be Obeyed (PBUH) doesn’t choose to provide any such times?  Like over the last year or two?  What then?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKFGTNEKQQCXQZHLQ7EM72Q37E Michael Bittner

        Unfortunately, you are the moron.  Oh, the irony!

  • Irishknit1960

    Evidently, this report was born in Ireland. Maybe he thinks this is the British Parliament ….they can get pretty wild!

    • Leider3676

      This moron has worked in the states for years…..

  • bearone7777

      Bernie with all due respect to you, are you getting soft or something??   The man just announced the stupidest thing of his entire Presidency, and there have been a “TON” of them. What we have here is a failure to communicate.  This man is a criminal, and you know it Bernie.  Don’t blame the messenger for the way this baffon acted. He was not going to answer any questions, and we all know that.  We both know that the JOURNALIST was within his rights to ask questions as the so-called President was only going to say what he wanted, and was not going to answer anybodies questions.  That makes this so-called President——“A LOSER”!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • asl3676

      I believe you need to get back on your medication…Your delusional remarks show that either you are delusional or watching too much Hannity…

      • bearone7777

          Thank you for showing that stupid people still do exist.  This little thing is called DISQUS, and I will be damned to hell if this is not still “AMERICA”, and I have a RIGHT, and a duty to be calling what I see out. If you do not like that, I am sorry you have a problem.  I still have rights under all the same “RIGHTS” as you do to say what I want to as long as I do not scream “FIRE” in a theater. Remember that is in the Constitution.  Have you read that lately?? I am delusional for what I say. If you feel that way–WHY DID YOU FEEL YOU NEEDED TO BE  BOTHERED TO READ IT?? 

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE7RQIWYBNBPNPK2BD3GEUDCQE ph16

          Someone who disagrees with you is stupid. Boy, politics have become even more polarized than ever before.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKFGTNEKQQCXQZHLQ7EM72Q37E Michael Bittner

            When they post drivel like you, then yes!  They are stupid…like you :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504758443 Terry Dillard

    It was my understanding that the guy thought the speech was over. Didn’t he say as much right afterwards? I thought he did, but I could be mistaken. If that’s the case, lighten up. Our entire government needs its collective feet held to the fire, and Obama needs to explain his actions, in light of the fact that not even a year ago, he said he didn’t have the authority to do what he did on Friday.

  • Berryraymond

    Never should have happened.  Rude and crude.  I think sometimes we get reved up for battles with the likes of Union bullies, and can’t get back in a civil mode.  Know where your are and know how to behave, words from my mom. 

  • Jenna

    Sadly, civility ended when GWB was president. Democrats and anyone leaning left treated him horribly. Now the shoe is on the other foot and they don’t like it. 

    No, it’s isn’t right and no, no one should interrupt the president when he’s speaking. However…however…this president does think he’s King of America and doesn’t find the need to answer to anyone. Including the people he “rules.”

    • asl3676

      Would you like to tell us when GWB was treated “horribly” by the press….This is how you excuse a lack of professionalism?

    • Brian H

       No, the laces aren’t even loosened.  The Free Pass President has never been vetted, challenged, or even slightly pressed by the press.  Just salaams all round. 
      Inappropriate timing?  When is there an opportunity for “appropriate” timing?  Exactly how many open press Q&A periods have there been in, say, the last year?  I bet you don’t even need the thumb and middle finger of one hand to count them up. 

  • Paul Courtney

    Good to see the many who understand our obligation to preserve basic respect.  To those who say Obama should be heckled, please think on a couple of questions.  First, do you think civility is gone forever?  Forever is an awfully long time.   Do you suppose it will be revived by (gag) the left-wing progressive press?  I was around when the punk Sam Donaldson and the yapping yorkies of the press corps used the fairness doctrine to shut out the right (Sam was kind enough to prove some things don’t change).  I remember them turning into lap dogs for Bill & Hill, until a sex scandal proved to titillating to resist.  Even that didn’t fully prepare us for the outright hatred of Bush 43, and the still-evident gushing over Obama.  But if conservative journalists don’t maintain some semblance of civility, who will?

  • Roxiebell

    Is this a joke Bernie? I mean seriously after what the previous Adminstration and Americans went through at the hands of the lefist, liberal “jerk” media and all the previous Republican Presidents heckled & harrassed by the media you’re outraged by this, I mean “give me a break” please!

    You cannot have civility with the UNcivil and UNclean socialist/progressives holding positions of power in the Government & the Press and until we can purge them through the voting & viewing process we need to fight on their level if there is a prayer of getting civilty back into politics and our society.

    I’d give Munro a medal!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YUA5HK7RYMOEV4LJ7Z3OGAOMYA Carol

      Roxie — Couldn’t have said it any better — I totally agree!!!

      • Nancye

        I second your response.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

      These are completely different situations.  Even you must be able to recognize
      that.  But go ahead and keep making excuses for the conservative journalist who
      interrupted the president’s prepared remarks.

      • Roxiebell

        Its only different in a liberals pretzel brain. There is countless video tape of Reagan being “interupted” heckled and harrassed so there really is no difference other then trying to suppress conservative journalists. Its a bunch of liberal bull!!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

          Don’t you mean Saint Ronnie Reagan? You know, that president who raised
          taxes, raised the debt, cut and run from the Middle East and negotiated with
          terrorists?? And cheated on his first wife, getting a divorce and marrying Nancy
          after getting her pregnant. And told America they should not trust their
          government… that guy?
           

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE7RQIWYBNBPNPK2BD3GEUDCQE ph16

            Really? Your proof for any of this especially the cheating on Jane and getting Nancy pregnant? I’m not saying you’re wrong, I’m saying I want proof.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE7RQIWYBNBPNPK2BD3GEUDCQE ph16

            *meaning where did you get your source?

    • kegan05

       I’d have made sure he got a good Raise in his next Paycheck.  He was just doing  his JOB!   Comrade Obozo has gotten away with his crap since the day he took office.  It’s about time we took off the Kid Gloves and smacked him around a bit!

      He is NOT a King and is supposed to answer to the people of this country. 

      Come on, November.  One and DONE!  Good riddance!

  • JustDanae

    The reporter admits the question was ill timed, but to fire the one reporter that finally asks Obama a question is ridiculous.  It is apparent Obama and the administration have been covered by a lackluster media.  It is way past time the media put a bit of pressure on the President, as our President is under the impression he has to answer to no one.
    The real issue is how the President responded to the questioning.  Bumbling and clueless!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YUA5HK7RYMOEV4LJ7Z3OGAOMYA Carol

      Danae — Finally a reporter asks a RELEVANT question to the “king” and everyone gets upset!  Give me a break!  If the MSM were really doing their jobs — Neil wouldn’t  have had to ask the question to begin with!!

  • Jeffreydan

      Bernie,
      Did I hear correctly somewhere that the reporter asked the question when Obama appeared to be done speaking? Granted, I haven’t seen/heard the entire clip, but perhaps one could ask a question and not necessarily be rude if there’s a couple of beats of silence.     

  • ph16

    What amazes me is how many people here are bending over backward trying to defend this jerk who did the same thing to Obama that they would be complaining about if this was done to a conservative president (which in fact, it was and they are doing rightly). It’s sheer hypocrisy and frankly, I am not big on Obama and his policies, but we do need to give him some respect as the president and not interrupt him in the middle of his speech. And that should be applied to ALL presidents, liberal or conservative. This reporter and the people defending him are only hurting their team more than helping them.

    • Brian H

       And when and where, please, is the One available for open questioning and challenge?  How long has it been since He (PBUH) took questions openly? His “press briefings” are stage-managed PR with deferential leftist reporters. Just Slobbering Love Affairs.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE7RQIWYBNBPNPK2BD3GEUDCQE ph16

        I’ll tell you something Brian. If Obama is not taking questions from the press, it WILL be noticed by the public and that will hurt him greatly for he’ll be seen probably rightly as a press dodger and that will probably affect the independent voters. However, this was definitely uncalled for and rude and hurts conservatives more than it hurts Obama as does defending the guy as some here and elsewhere. Do you see what I mean? By not interrupting Obama even if he doesn’t offer an opportunity to have questions will hurt him more than interrupting him.

        • Jeffreydan

            Maybe so, but how many articles or TV segments that talk about BO’s avoidance of direct questions have been made available to the majority of American voters?
            The more he violates the rules, the less he allows it to be challenged publicly.    

             

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE7RQIWYBNBPNPK2BD3GEUDCQE ph16

            Well there would have been something along those lines if it wasn’t for Munro interrupting. Now thanks to Munro, the focus is more on disrespecting the office of the president by interrupting than the issue of Obama keeping the press at bay. The conservatives here defending him and throwing away good manners aren’t helping either.

          • Jeffreydan

               “Well there would have been something along those lines if it wasn’t for Munro interrupting.”

              Really now?
              BO has been in office 3.5 years, with the press corps given precious few opportunities to directly ask him questions. The last couple of years in particular, as he’s made more questionable decisions, even less PC’s have been held.

              There hasn’t been any evidence that the MSM was ever going to start mentioning BO’s avoidance of questions, and now you’re going to blame Munro if it continues to go unmentioned?
              My goodness, look what happened as a result of this episode:
             http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/hecklers-are-rude-but-obama-doesnt-often-take-questions/

             

          • ph16

            Oh brother, now you’re just trying to justify rudeness the whole bunch of you. No wonder people think conservatives are the way they think they are.

          • ph16

            P.S. I am glad someone did notice since it’s a valid point. I’m just saying it doesn’t justify the rudeness. The ends do not always justify the means.

  • A Democrat

    Mr. Goldberg:  Have you been drinking coolaid?  So you would fire the reporter that interrupted Obama during his political announcement regarding amnesty for illegal aliens between the ages of 16 and 3_.  Why….because you state that because of his office he should be afforded respect.  Well, excuse me Goldberg, but if he had ” earned respect” because he had done his job and not used this amnesty ploy to engage the Latino vote, then maybe he would deserve some repect. But just because he has the title of President or “Father” as we celebrate and respect Father’s Day, doesn’t mean that he should be repsected.  Let’s compare him with Fathers who love the title and the respect that should engender with that and exposel their performance as Fathers as seen by their children — abandonment, abuse – physical and emotionally – , financially missing, and morally absent — basically not doing their job as Fathers. That’s how I see Mr. Obama – and I would imagine the conservative reporter that challenged him openly as the media should have done 4 years ago, feels totally right and appropriate in America where you have a President who has not earned the respect of the office.    Personally, I think Mr. Obama should be impeached for deceit and not fulfulling the stature of his office.

    • JohnHD

      As much as I hate saying this, I will do so. If Obama had earned any respect during his first three plus years in office then of course, the question would heve been an insult. But, and a BIG but it is. Obama has done nothing in those years but to disrespect the Nation,(Apologizing and demeaning it) the people and the Constitution.  I Respect the office of the President of these United States. But try as I might I cannot give Obama any respect. And will not do so as long as he remains in office, the next few months.

  • Starbro

    Bernie, Have you forgotten how many times Dan Rather interrupted Nixon? How about Sam Donaldson and Helen? constantly interrupting Reagan? Please correct this the next time you are on the the O’Reilly show? 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE7RQIWYBNBPNPK2BD3GEUDCQE ph16

      Starbo, I’ll ask this question again. Just because liberal reporters did it to conservative presidents, does that make it right? Honestly, the same people who are defending Munro would be up in arms if liberal reporters interrupted conservative presidents. By mentioning Reagan and Bush, you are making my point exactly.

      • Jeffreydan

          Liberal reporters will continue to do it, and we all know how well things turn out when Republicans choose to play nice.
          Our country, our laws, our way of life are being mistreated regularly by defiant ideologues. It’s no consolation to say that we at least are a respectful bunch.   

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE7RQIWYBNBPNPK2BD3GEUDCQE ph16

          Well it’s no help to you to be rude. Honestly, I thought conservatives were better than this. Guess not.

          • Jeffreydan

              Senator McCain was a far more civil, polite campaigner than BO was. How did that help him?

          • ph16

            He didn’t ask the tough questions, that’s why;like about Ayers, Wright, and ACORN. Interrupting Obama wouldn’t have helped, there’s a different between interrupting someone and asking the uncomfortable questions. You are a reason why people don’t like conservatives, they behave so uncivil and defend people like this for interrupting the president. The same thing happened with Ann Coulter and the Jersey Girls and Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke. You have no sense of deceny anymore. It’s like no one cares about manners anymore.

          • Jeffreydan

              Actually, I am all for being polite. I heard Munro was under the impression BO was done talking. This wasn’t a case of someone being mid-sentence and some jerk interjecting, according to his explanation.

              As for “the reason people don’t like conservatives”, who is it that doesn’t like us, and based on what? 
            If incivility is the standard, then you really should’ve used the word “liberals” instead. For every apologetic Rush Limbaugh there are numerous unapologetic liberals. For every obnoxious soundbite from Coulter (rightly criticized by conservatives including myself), there are numerous bites from liberals that get no judgment from their ilk.

              Interrupting a speaker doing a speech (which BO should’ve called it, not the inaccurate “press conference”) is absolutely a no-no. Saying uncivil things about your opponents? Compared to liberals, conservatives are out of their element. In terms of sheer numbers, it is a fact that high-profile libs markedly outnumber high-profile cons.   

  • AlanAbq

     As we all know, no Republican
    president has ever – not once – been heckled, interrupted, insulted or
    anything like this…well, maybe just once or twice. There was Nixon,
    but that’s it. Oh, and it happened to Ford, but – aside from it also happening to Reagan – that was the last ti-
    Wait, Bush Sr. had that happen to him, and so did W., but other than
    those rare & isolated incidents (as in “happened multiple times to
    each one listed”), that’s it…no conservative president has been
    heckled or verbally abused since Barry acquired the presidency.My point is that the liberal press is never actually called out on THEIR bullshit when they pull stunts like this; it happens time and again, gets a brief mention once in a while, and then is promptly forgotten. Maybe it’ll be OK if once in a while they and their favored politicians get a taste of their own medicine.And since Barry has just refreshed the DNC’s voting base with people who hate the rightful citizenry, someone had to call Obama out on his blatantly political BS move…We know the MSM isn’t going to do it!

  • bubbamusic

    I seem to remember Dan Rather rudely interupting both Nixon aqnd Bush 41 in mid-sentence. He tried to get Bush 43 hurt in the election with a false report of AWOL while in the reserves. Thank goodness Rather was finally fired. He then sued and lost. What a shame. Rather seemed to have some kind of grudge against the Bush family.

  • Orejon54

    Like most of your readers, I am not a fan of President Obama.   However, we all should respect the office he holds. 

    Unfortunately,this incident is more proof that civility is merely a vanishing relic of a bygone era.

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      Excuse me, respect the office.  Slick Willie Clinton certainly respected the office when he turned the Oval Office into a whorehouse.  How about the destruction that went on when Clinton’s pigs moved out of the White House, they certainly respected “the office.”  The office gets respect when the man who occupies “the office” respects the office. 

      Now the Democrats have upped the ante and they gave us a usurper to sit in “the office.”  I say the Democrats not the voters because they never vetted the guy before they put him on the ballot.  He is being vetted now and it has been discovered that he never met the Constitutional requirement that requires a presidential candidate to be a “natural born Citizen.”  Not only that, the usurper has been flaunting forged documents to enable him to keep that fact hidden from the American citizens.  When is he going to be held accountable for his crimes by the media folks like Bernie and Billy O’Reilly?  Maybe the media should show some respect for “the office” by making sure it is protected from someone usurping it.

      Yea, I know, this silly Constitutional requirement is “boring” for some folks and it is the patriotic birthers who are acting “stupidly.”  Kiss my you know what!!  

      • Jeffreydan

           You don’t get it. It is your regular invasion of the comments section of any column, no matter the topic, that is boring. It is your incessant, predictable, obsessive carping day after day that is boring.
          If you’re going to keep pounding and pounding the same thing with no end in sight, and then take offense that someone has grown tired of it, your fixation is causing you to be obnoxious. You’re an irritiant blaming the irritated. 

          Of course, it IS still a problem that people here have offended you. I guarantee it’ll never happen again if you go away.   

         

        • DonaldYoungsRevenge

          You must have put the wrong size pants on this morning, are they a little tight.  Your worried about a brave young reporter interrupting a person who usurped the office of the POTUS, now that is irritating and offensive.  I am not offended by any of these comments just amazed at how people think this is important when we have a Richard Nixon on steroids sitting in the Oval Office. 

          • Jeffreydan

              Where in my reply do I worry about the “brave young reporter”?
              You and sendtheclunkerbacktochicago are the same person? I wasn’t aware.

              Okay, you weren’t offended. I’ll make it easier for you to understand:
              You posted a statement directed at people here. The statement was “Kiss my you know what!!” That indicates you experienced a negative emotion in reaction to those people. I guarantee they won’t cause you to experience that negative emotion again if you go away.    

              Chronic fixation, obnoxiousness, and limited reading comprehension. You seem like quite a catch.  

    • JohnHD

      Civility requires decorum that the Obama administration lacks, as Obama clearly illustrates by his blatent attempt to circumvent the Constitution. Not only is it illegal but very disrespectfull of our Constitution. This  amoung the many disrespectfull things he has done in office has earned him the disrespct that a tyrant deserves.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

        Describes Romney better.

        Declined to run for re-election after one failed term as Mass. governor.

        30% approval rating Residents nearly ran him out of state.

        No clue about foreign policy. Russians and Chinese have already told him to
        put a sock in it.Romney sits on the fencepost. Been caught flip flopping so
        much, now you can’t get him to take a firm stand on anything.

  • bubbamusic

    One of the things that separates conservatives and liberals is behavior or the lack thereof. Liberal “journalists” were very rude to Mr. Bush and to many people, it reflected on their ideology. The conservatives are usually reserved and polite and we should keep it that way. Compare how the Tea Party demostraters behave to how the Occupiers behave. Nuff said.

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      I am all for respect where respect is due and there is no damn reason to respect someone who constantly disrespects the law by jamming policies down our throats via Executive Order.   How does one show respect for someone who thinks it is okay to kill babies who were lucky enough to survive the saline solution poured into a mother’s womb designed to burn them alive.  How does one respect someone who supports a man having sex in another man’s you know what?  Disgusting behavior!  How does one show respect for someone who allows an amazingly dedicated Military Officer who patched and put back together fellow soldiers who were wounded on the battle field to go to prison for simply asking for evidence that would prove eligibility (LTC-MD- Terry Lakin).  I will do everything humanly possible to pass the word around that proves this man occupying the Oval Office as a usurper. 

  • Kathie Ampela

    I wouldn’t have fired the guy but he was wrong for interrupting. I agree with another post I read here..if no questions were going to be taken, why are reporters there in the first place? Couldn’t a press release been issued by the WH? This was a way to score political points and the press were only too glad to be on hand to help Obama along. I believe in having respect for the office of the Presidency no matter who is the occupant however this was using the press to manipulate the 24/7 news cycle. 

  • ph16

    Bernie, I appreciate how you would love discourse on both side of the political specturm. And I agree, if conservatives don’t like it when Reagan and Bush are interrupted by news reporters, they should not like it when President Obama is interrupted. Otherwise, it’s hypocrisy and plain old partism. Whatever happened to good manners?

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      The only reason this Usurper in Chief is in office is due to the fact that the media, both conservative and liberal, are not doing their job in investigating and vetting the crimes this man has been involved in?  They jumped all over the Dan Rather forged documents, they were like a wolf pack when Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein broke the Watergate scandal.  What this Usurper has been doing to enable him to keep his ineligibility issue from the American people is the worse crime ever committed against all of us.  If the evidence that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was evidence collected against Mitt Romney or any other prominent Republican the media would be over it 24/7 until the persons resigned.  Bernie knows it and refuses to discuss the issues surrounding the corruption.  Shameless and inexcusable!  They do not show “good manners” when they ignore the crime of the century. 

  • RonKean

    The heckler should say what Rush said and apologize for doing what the left does.   I’m surprised the left isn’t making this into more than it was…an isolated act of unprofessional behavior.  Actually, it seems to be fading.  On another level, I’m slightly gratified to see the right getting aggressive.  We’ll see where it goes.  

    • Bob Hadley

      Don’t you think that’s a coward’s apology?  Remember when Ed Schultz called Laura Inghram something like a conservative slut and later apologized profusely for several minutes?

      What would you have said if Schultz had said “I apologize for what I said of Laura Inghram.  What happened was that in a moment of weakness I stooped to the level of the right.”?  And yes, some liberals don’t have the integrity to give full-throated apologies when warranted.

      I think my parents were absolutely correct when they taught my brothers and me that when we do or say something wrong we must accept full responsibility for it and not use the occasion to point at anyone else.  (And both my parents were flaming liberals!)  That is neither the time nor the occasion to point out the short comings of others.

      Besides, truth be told, when Rush made those comments he wasn’t stooping.  I don’t know that reporter, but I seriously doubt his heckling of President Obama had anything to do with misbehavior on the left. 

      • nameless

        Of course you wouldn’t, you’re in the tank for Obama.

        • Bob Hadley

          I wouldn’t what?  Do you mean of course I seriously doubt that reporter’s heckling of President Obama had anything to do with misbehavior on the left?
           
          If so, tell me what reason you have to believe that the heckling of Pres. Obama has to do with misbehavior on the left.
           
          Do you make your remarks just because you hate Pres. Obama?  Did bernie make his remarks above because he’s in the tank for Obama?
           
          Let’s have a real discussion.  Shall we?

          • ph16

            Sorry, I lost my head for a second and hit enter before my brain actually thought it through. You are absolutely right and I withdraw my statement.

          • ph16

            And actually, I don’t think I disagree with you too much in the statements that you made to Ron even if we both disagree with ideology. So once I apologize for insulting you impulsively like that. I did let my emotions get in the way of my logical reasoning. Simply put: Both you and Bernie are absolutely right and I agree with you both completely on this one.

          • Bob Hadley

            Thanks ph16!  I appreciate your candor.  :) 

          • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

            Stop sucking up Hadley!  You can count the number of journalist on one hand who has followed up on and investigated the mounds of evidence brought forth proving Obama is flaunting forged documents.  They are all acting like cowards.  They have lost their courage and fear the consequences that would come their way from the wet noodle lefty press.  God forbid any of these guys were ever drafted, their pens would be quivering in their hands.   

          • Bob Hadley

            And exactly what is it that you’re sucking on?  Many journalists have investigated the birther claims and along with it all the associated so-called evidence and leaps of faith.  They simply disagree with you. 

            But i guess anyone who disagrees with you is dishonest or a coward. 

            Check out David Mariness’ new book on Pres. Obama.  He’s more of a historian than a journalist.   He has examined all the relevant documents and interviewed countless people in Kenya, Hawaii, Indonesia and various other places. 

            I know  i know.  You don’t have to read his book because you already know he’s not an honest broker and/or he’s coward.  And how do you know this?  Why of course, because he doesn’t agree with you. 

          • DonaldYoungsRevenge

            Hi Bob, I didn’t read the book yet but have every intention of reading it.  Is there a chapter in it were he interviews Dr. Jerome Corsi, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mike Zullo, Major General Paul Vallely, Commander Charles Kerchener, Attorneys Larry Klayman, Mario Apuzzo, Herb Titus, Joseph Farrah, Document experts Mara Zebest, Dough Vogt, Skip Trace Expert Albert Herndershot and many others who have a hands on experience in the investigation of Barack Hussein Obama.  If not he didn’t do a good balanced job of investigating for his book. 

          • Bob Hadley

            A good researcher examines primary sources.  He will merely look at secondary sources for leads on primary sources.  Certainly you know the difference between a primary source and a secondary source. 

            Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think all those sources you listed are, at best, secondary.  I don’t know all of them, but some of them have an axe to grind and actually profit from saying that President Obama is a fraud (e.g. Corsi).  Corsi wouldn’t profit if he said that Pres. Obama is a native born American citizen.

            By the way, you don’t have to buy David Mariness’ book to read it.  You can go to Borders or Barnes & Noble and read it there.  Just don’t dog-ear the book.  :)

            Mariness traveled to almost every place Pres. Obama and his parents lived and exhaustively examined original documents, including copious notations made by the INS of Barrack Obama Sr. and his movements while in the U. S.

      • Jeffreydan

          Bill Maher, whose extremely generous donations to Obama’s committee were never returned, has unloaded some seriously nasty hatred on conservatives. Alan Grayson, Janeane Garofalo, Randi Rhoads, Ted Rall, Michael Moore, and others have also been as mean-spirited.

          Rush apologized to Fluke for behaving like them towards her. She didn’t have the class to accept it.          

        • Bob Hadley

          I’m almost certain that Maher’s donation was to Pres. Obama’s super-pac.  Romney’s super-pacs accept money from all sorts of characters.  But what does some accepting a campaign contribution from some  “potty mouth” have to do with this discussion?

          If I were in Fluke’s position I’d probably have accepted Rush’s apology, even though it was a coward’s apology (see my post above).

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

          Jeffie, So you’re a dittohead. It’s good to know you listen to Rush Limbaugh for solutions, just remember
          you don’t make his money.

      • RonKean

        Because of violent leftist demonstrations, OWS destruction which the left condones,  consistent insulting behavior by Maher, Farrakhan and others more so from the left than the right, I believe crude and rude behavior is more characteristic of the left.

        Having said that, I won’t argue with you that an apology should be an apology with no qualifier.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Walbert/1447924642 Terry Walbert

      I do like the idea of the right getting more aggressive.  Last week on Chris [that’s Chwis to Barney Frank] Matthews” show Hardballs, Michael Steele called Chris a sycophant.  That’s Latin for butt kisser.

      • Bob Hadley

         boot licker is more exact

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelDAntoni2 Michael DAntonio

    Yes, he shouldn’t have interrupted the president. TRUE.  But this administration is carefully protected by the media and certain (Obama friendly)  journalists get to ask questions.   Munro probably knew he wouldn’t get  picked to ask a question and asked it the only way he could – by interrupting.
    By next week, it will be used somehow, anyhow, anyway possible for advantage, by the left.

  • chachi

    If any President is going to give a speech in the Rose Garden and not take questions, then why are reporters even there to begin with?  If the President doesn’t agree to answer any questions after his statement, then the media shouldn’t show up to cover it.  Why are journalists okay with letting themselves be used as political props?  If any President does not agree to answer questions after they make a significant policy statement, then no one in the press should ever remain silent.  Someone with courage should take a stand and change protocol.  They should hold any President’s feet to the fire.  Make it uncomfortable for them.  Remember, the media is suppose to be looking out for our best interests, not themselves, nor those who are in authority.

  • Rdouglas401

    The question should have been…Where in the hell do you find justification for this in the Constitution you have sworn to uphold?

  • http://twitter.com/pembpix Larry Pemberton

    Sorry Mr G the time for old school manners is LONG PAST WITH THIS DUDE in the Office The total disrespect BHO shows for the OVAL Office literally and for the office of the Pres generally calls for a new tone its called the Chicago WAY if they bring a knife to the fight then you bring a gun NOT MY WORD btw THATS A DIRECT QUOTE FROM BHO

  • http://twitter.com/pembpix Larry Pemberton

    Sorry Mr G  the time for old school manners is LONG PAST WITH THIS DUDE in the Office The total disrespect BHO shows for the OVAL Office literally and for the office of the Pres generally calls for a new tone its called the Chicago WAY if they bring a knife to the fight then you bring a gun NOT MY WORD btw THATS A DIRECT QUOTE FROM BHO

  • BB

    I don’t get it…He is the president not the king. He works for us not us for him….we can’t heckle him but it was ok to do it to others everytime they even opened their mouths.  Does anyone see a problem with this?

  • Lee Cook

    The Left wins again.  The right conversation right now is about Obama ruling by royal decree over the wishes of the legislation not about a rude journalist.  They set up a smoke screen and all we do is talk about the smoke.

  • waterlylies84

    Not a problem. I believe it was Reagan who issued decorum in press conferences. I know when I was younger press conferences looked more like mayhem than decorum. I think the rest of the media is mad because this guy had the balls to jump in and they didn’t. Get over it.

  • Mitch Beck

    Not a big deal here, but you have a type-o, pardon the pun (as you’ll see), in your last sentence you have it as, “President Obamo” and not “President Obama…” Just an FYI…

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      How does Clunker in Chief or Usurper in Chief or Criminal in Chief work for ya, how does that fit into your tight little pants?   That is the redneck version of “respect the office.”  As we now know thanks to Larry Sinclair, he could also be considered the first Bi-sexual or Crackhead in Chief (Mr. Sinclair told all of us at a Press Conference and in a sworn affidavit that State Senator Obama was involved with him in the back of limo in Chicago – google Larry Sinclair).  Hell that is tolerance on steriods for crying out loud, why wasn’t the media all over that as they were with the Herman Cain allegations?  Was it the sexual perversion involved that caused them to shun the evidence?    Since the media convinced us that Herman Cain was a sexual pervert I certainly can be convinced that Barack Hussein Obama is a bi-sexual and a crackhead (crackhead according to his book).  I find it hard to respect that, how about you? 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

         I’ll bet you are the funny guy at your klan meeting!

        • SendTheClunkerBackToChicago

          I see you fell for the hoax of the century that Barack Hussein Obama has been declared the “FIRST” black President.  The man is 50% White, 43.25% Arab (all those Arab names from Daddy’s side of the family) and 6.75% African/Negro.  Ten years ago that 6.75% would not have qualified him as a minority for crying out loud.   Please spare me the “klan” crap.  This man pulled off the scam of the century with some of our so-called intellects in the Media and Congress sitting back and not even realizing they are being used by the Clunker in Chief. 

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

            I see you fell off the turnip truck and messed up your head! Remember, Mitt is a Mormon, how do you like those apples!

  • Paul Courtney

    Bernie, I would have thought Carlson smart enough to see this behavior HURTS HIS CAUSE!  I’m seeing some on my side justifying this (wrong), and some saying it’s wrong, but pointing to the fact that the right is criticizing it while saying the left enjoyed disrespect of Bush (wrong).  Only right approach is yours-no mitigation, we don’t want this disrespect from the press.  I’d like to see the right honor the golden rule (do unto others) simply because it’s a damn good rule.  This is doubly wrong, because Pres Obama’s decision was unlawful, unconstitutional, and bad policy.  We might see more on that if this guy shuts up, instead the news is “Right wing Press heckles Pres.”  Thanks alot, Tuck.

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      The “right wing Press” needs to join hands with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and all those amazing patriotic birthers who have the goods on this Usurper in Chief.  They need to do a whole lot more than heckling, they need to run this sorry character into resignation, just like the folks did to Richard Nixon.  Hell, if it were not for the damn blue dress Slick Willie and his enabling media would have allowed him to get away with lying to his entire cabinet and the American people and the special prosecutor.  The media needs to stop catering to this clunker.  Respect where respect is due not just a carte blanche pass. 

    • Brian H

      “Pres Obama’s decision was unlawful, unconstitutional, and bad policy.  We might see more on that if this guy shuts up”
      Oh, really?  For the first time, evah?   If wishes were Porsches then beggars would drive.

  • Evilpa_99

    No one challenges the President, that is how he gets by with violating the Constitution and his oath of office, over and over again.  I remember when Reagan was President, every time he spoke, he was “heckled” by reporters.  Sam Donaldson was one of the WORST at interrupting him when he was speaking.  Why the rule change with Obama?  

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

       You’re right no one is challenging this president, he needs to be challenged he is acting like a imperial president.

  • http://twitter.com/JeffDearborn Jeff Dearborn

     @BernardGoldberg the president needs to be heckled….over and over again

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

       I can’t believe @BernardGolberg would throw these guys under the bus like this.