Freedom of speech for me but not for thee

Dana Loesch


The best political team on television?

I can hardly believe what I’m seeing: Breitbart’s creature Dana Loasch is on CNN with Ali Velshi and John King, doing economic “analysis” and critiquing the President’s jobs plan as if she is some sort of expert. Velshi is doing a good job of exploding the myth that “the government doesn’t have a revenue problem it has a spending problem” and he blames the Tea Party for it. He points out that the best way to fix the deficit is to grow the economy and even challenges the whole “household budget” thing. Huzzah! Then John King says it isn’t the Tea Party’s fault and blames the American people because they elected a leftwing president and a rightwing congress.

Loesch, in her guise as a normal person, replies that there really isn’t a disagreement about this at all and that the “grassroots” (is “Tea Party” out of vogue these days?) believes that instead of redistributing wealth they should “expand the tax base” and if you look at the past six decades, “it’s proven.” She cleverly avoids saying what she means by that: that poor people don’t pay enough taxes.

Now she’s complaining that Obama didn’t fulfill his promises, which she evidently wants people to think she supported, and says “the grassroots” want him to cut taxes, end regulations and pass the Keystone Pipeline project.

Why is she on my TV?

Update: I have my answer. Doh. The CNN-Tea party debate is tonight. And that’s shocking and disgusting in itself.

Well meee-OW!

I’m no fan of Dana Loesch – in fact I had to google her name to find out who she is:

Dana Loesch (née Eaton, born September 28, 1978) is a conservative pundit, associated with the Tea Party movement.

Dana Loesch graduated from Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri. She attended St. Louis Community College and transferred Webster University, where she majored in journalism. She dropped out after beginning her relationship with Chris Loesch, whom she would eventually marry. Dana had been a liberal but became a conservative after the September 11 attacks. They have two children and homeschool them.[3]

She hosts a talk radio show called The Dana Show: The Conservative Alternative, which broadcasts on KFTK FM NewsTalk 97.1 to the Greater St. Louis area.[4] Since October, 2010, Loesch has also served as editor-in-chief of Big Journalism, a conservative blog owned by webmaster Andrew Breitbart.[5] On February 10, 2011, CNN announced that, in preparation for its 2012 election coverage, the network had hired Loesch, Will Cain, and Democratic strategist Cornell Belcher, as political analysts. Loesch was specifically hired to represent the Tea Party point of view.[6]

She is a national leadership team member of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition and often speaks on national issues involving the Tea Party movement.

Just on the face of her Wiki resume, Loesch is at least as qualified to bloviate as this person:

Digby was a Navy brat who graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. She studied theater at San Jose State College and worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and for a number of film companies, including Island Pictures, Polygram, and Artisan Entertainment.

Remember the good old days when progressives supported freedom of speech and freedom of the press?

Liberals still do.

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29 Responses to Freedom of speech for me but not for thee

  1. crawdad says:

    Making fun of Hullabaloo is picking low-hanging fruit, isn’t it?

  2. Digby comes from movies, like Jane Hamsher, the Hollywood progressive thing. When will Matt Damon start his own political blog.

  3. Btw if CNN really has hired a Tea Party person, it will probably help their ratings more than anything they’ve done since the non-election of 2008.

  4. Mary says:

    Digby studied theater? Can one actually get a college degree in that?

    No wonder she doesn’t understand economics. She traffics in snarky narratives, and does so vindictively.

    For Digby, anyone who doesn’t agree with HER, is an idiot who deserves a snarky put-down.

    Why is she on my Internet?

  5. Dario says:

    What did the Democrats expect when they pushed an incompetent to lead the nation during one of its most difficult times? I downloaded the poll, and Perry comes up on top on just about every question.

    The Democratic Party leaders are zombies.


    New CNN Poll: Perry on top when it comes to electability

    By: CNN Political Unit
    Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Hours before the start of the first-ever CNN/Tea Party Republican debate, a new national survey indicates that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is maintaining his lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
    And according to a CNN/ORC International Poll, what appears to be Perry’s greatest strength – the perception among Republicans that he is the candidate with the best chance to beat President Barack Obama in 2012 – seems to be exactly what the GOP rank and file are looking for.

    more at link

    • Dario says:

      Oh, and the poll was taken after the debate, on September 7, and Obama’s best speech on September 8.
      I guess part of the poll, the one dealing with Obama, is not being made public. I can’t imagine the poll takers not asking about how the voters feel about Perry vs. Obama.

      Interviews with 1,038 adult Americans conducted by telephone by ORC International on September 9-11, 2011.

  6. Dario says:

    Loesch, in her guise as a normal person,

    Loesch seems normal to me.

  7. Now Barney Frank is going after the Federal Reserve. Heady times.

  8. djmm says:

    Well, Digby has a point that Mrs. Loesch does not have credentials to speak with authority on economics, such as even a BA degree. So I think that she is a poor choice to discuss economics for CNN. There are very conservative voices who, though they might be wrong, have at least studied economics. But I do not run CNN. CNN may think having her on the program will up their ratings or sell ads and they do need to make money.

    Of course, I don’t think Digby belongs on CNN talking about economics either. As you point out, Myiq, she lacks credentials on this topic as well. If she is unhappy with the programming, she should write CNN or simply change channels.

    I understand that Ali Velshi’s degree is in religion, but he has been a business reporter for a long time and at least seems to make some sense when he discusses economics.


    • Dario says:

      Most of the pundits who show up and discuss economics and budget issues on T.V. don’t know what they are talking about anyway. Most of the pundits go on T.V. to push their talking points and move the masses through emotions. People like Rubini and Stiglitz on the left and conservative economists like Martin Feldstein, appear on business news shows.

      • ralphb says:

        Yep, they are really just professional republicans or democrats and not much else. For a great example of one of the first professional republicans I noticed see Bill Bennett.

      • djmm says:

        That why it is such a treat to see real economists, such as Prof. Krugman on, even though such occasions are rare.

        But why should such occasions be rare? There are lots of good economic professors, for example, in this country CNN could invite.


  9. Lola-at-Large says:

    Sounds like envy and sour grapes. Put down the bong, Digby, and get out of the house more, and you, too, might get a gig on TV occasionally.

  10. yttik says:

    Personally I’m sick and tired of economic experts who DO have the credentials to speak on economic matters and yet they “never could have predicted this….” They never could have predicted that either, or that or that….. In fact, most of what they did predict has turned out to be flat out wrong. We have zero jobs, zero growth, rising prices, dropping wages, a dollar losing value, and a black hole we poured a bunch of stimulus money into.

  11. angienc says:

    So, basically, Digby isn’t as pissed off at the fact that Obama HAS broken all of his campaign promises as she is a someone who didn’t support him stating that fact.

    Hate to break it to you, sister, but if we waited for those who voted for Obama to call him on his shit, it would NEVER FUCKING HAPPEN.

    • djmm says:

      With the exception of Glenn Greenwood, perhaps, but yes, generally, that is absolutely correct. For so many, what was anathema when former President GW Bush did it is necessary and even brilliant when continued by President Obama.

      Courage is a rare quality.


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