Recycled Stupid Media Tricks – Asking Scott Walker If Obama Is A Christian

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From the Obama Post:

Gov. Scott Walker: ‘I don’t know’ whether Obama is a Christian

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a prospective Republican presidential contender, said Saturday he does not know whether President Obama is a Christian.

“I don’t know,” Walker said in an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, where he was attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

Told that Obama has frequently spoken publicly about his Christian faith, Walker maintained that he was not aware of the president’s religion.

“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”

Walker said such questions from reporters are reflective of a broader problem in the nation’s political-media culture, which he described as fixated on issues that are not relevant to most Americans.

“To me, this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and, increasingly, they dislike the press,” he said. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”

The “interview” was actually a hallway ambush. The Democrats were quick to respond:

DNC Press Secretary Holly Shulman said:

After sitting silently by when Rudy Giuliani made an outrageous comment that our President doesn’t love America, today Scott Walker has doubled down on his divisive politics saying he doesn’t know if the President loves our country, and then questioning President Obama’s religion.

Scott Walker had a simple test. He could have risen above the fray, but he continues to flatly fail and instead push the same polarizing agenda and politics he has for years in Wisconsin. Today, Walker has proven himself once again to be unfit to lead.

The usual suspects were clutching pearls and hyperventilating at this unprovoked sleazy attack on President Obama’s honor. Oh, the humanity!

Meanwhile, I was having flashbacks.

Remember way back in the Spring of 2008, when Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes asked Hillary three times if she believed that Obama was a Muslim? She said no twice, but after the third time she hedged her bets and said “As far as I know.” The media and blogospheric reaction was to clutch pearls, hyperventilate and accuse Hillary of stoking rumors that Obama was indeed a Muslim.

Last night, two hacks from the Washington Post recycled the trick. The difference is this time Twitter exploded:

For the record, I do not believe that Obama is a Christian OR a Muslim. Either one would require him to believe in a power higher than himself.

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132 Responses to Recycled Stupid Media Tricks – Asking Scott Walker If Obama Is A Christian

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    As for all the people saying “What Walker should have said” that’s great, but that’s the whole point of ambush questions – to catch someone unprepared and off guard. Why would he have been prepared to answer questions about Obama’s religion?

    I thought his answer was just fine.

  2. I thought his answer was just fine too. In this case, on Giuliani, and on the evolution-gotcha question. He’s basically refusing to play their game, and uttering complete enough soundbites that they can’t chop them up universally. Sure, the most dishonest, vituperative leftist media critics will (see Dana Milbank for an prime example in need of a spittoon & fainting couch), but for the most part Walkers message about the media being disliked for asking stupid out-of-touch questions is getting through.

  3. Also, I was going to write about this, too, but you beat me to it. I was going to call it A Serious Drama for Trivial People. Heh.

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  6. HELENK3 says:

    double standard media.

    they must be scared to death of Scott Walker. That is a good thing for Scott Walker, gives him more stature with thinking people and show just how far the press has fallen in this country

  7. HELENK3 says:

    good article. some good advice for republicans on how to handle stupid questions from the msm.

    the are going to have to really understand, in today’s world the press is a PR arm of the democrats and not what it used to be and handle them accordingly

  8. HELENK3 says:

    prof offers students extra credit to join anti-Walker protests.

    I remember during the Viet Nam war a professor at Temple telling his students he would give him an A for the semester if they joined the march of Washington against the war.
    I have wondered for a long time how many protesters really believe what they are protesting or if they are getting paid in money or credits to protest

    • Constance says:

      Along the same line. Remember when Obama was running for President he would hold rallies on campus during classes. They were packed with kids who just wanted to be somewhere, anywhere but class and hang with their age group. The kids at these rallies had no real political understanding but they voted for cool. It’s been pretty funny to watch them graduate, try to find jobs, then have a third of the pay they expected confiscated by the government for programs that it seems will never benefit them personally.

    • mothy67 says:

      Cage was robbed. No way Saving Christmas was worse than Left Behind.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Probably the first time ever I haven’t seen any of the Raspberry nominated movies 😉

        • elliesmom says:

          My daughter, a huge fan of the original Annie when it came out when she was a child, saw the remake with her kids. She totally concurs with the Razzie award it got, and is very glad she didn’t see Megan Fox in TMNT if her performance was worse that Carmen’s. It’s funny to me because I will always remember Carl Burnett wearing the curtains, and to my daughter she will forever be Miss Hannigan.

          • DeniseVB says:

            I’m surprised there aren’t shrieks of racism because they used black characters in the remake? That’s the only reason I can think of it was voted worst remake /sarc. I think they modernized it too, the story works much better in the mid-20th century dark ages.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            There are lots of crappy remakes these days.

          • elliesmom says:

            Little Orphan Annie is an iconic American comic book character, but kids today don’t know that. So while making her black seems a stretch for me, it shouldn’t have been a issue for the demographic the movie was aimed at. But my grandson, whose is 8, prefers watching the old one on DVD. He thinks it’s funnier and the singing is better.I was lucky enough to see Hello, Dolly on Broadway twice. Once with Carol Channing and once with Pearl Bailey. While Bailey could belt out a song better than Channing, the whole Jewish Yenta thing is a central part of the story, and making all of the characters black suffered in the translation. No one would ever have thought of giving Channing the lead in Porgy and Bess.

          • DeniseVB says:

            em – I thought the trailer looked good and did want to see it but never did get around to it. I like the little girl and Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz seemed to be camping it up. I think black Hollywood needs to look to The Wiz to see how it’s done. 🙂 Like The Wiz, I’ll see the new Annie on t.v. one day.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Pile on ! It’s like the nightmare that was Couric’s question to Palin, what newspapers do you read? The Gotcha that got Katie her award. IMO, that’s what this is all about. Too bad they didn’t play this game with Obama in 2008.

  10. Thomas Stratford says:

    The proper response should have been, “Go ask Obama, if you don’t know his religion, why are you bothering to ask me?, Oh and if you’re going to ask a bunch of stupid questions we can end the interview now”.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    True Story 😉

  12. Myiq2xu says:

    LAST CHANCE to enter annual The Crawdad Hole Oscar Pool! The Oscars are tonight!

    Go to this link:

    Password is: crawdad

    We will have a Not Watching The Oscars Live Blog so you can not follow along with the show.

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Hillary’s hiring the best in their fields to “re-brand” her for 2016, including the creator of the infamous 3 a.m. call campaign ad. But, but, but ….. she didn’t answer it either, Benghazi ! Let’s see if the media remembers that……..snort.

    Why haven’t the Dems looked at Mark Warner or Tim Kaine ? Former Virginia governor moderates who did a pretty good job, now in the Senate are far more experienced than Clinton or Warren.

    I guess I just know the GOP can still lose this thing in 2016 and I want a backup that won’t finish flushing our country down the toilet (Obama’s sure got her circling the drain now!).

  14. HELENK3 says:

    why the dems and the msm are afraid of him. some republicans too

  15. Kathy says:

    I liked Walker’s answer also–screw them..the media is so damn transparent. Anybody else see Brett Baier’s interview with Jim Webb last night?

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    I actually read some of these.

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    Hinterland Gazette:

    Presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is going there — says he’s unaware whether President Obama is a Christian. Ini other words, if he isn’t a Christian he must be a Muslim. Yep, typical birther talk, but he’s forgetting one thing — Obama’s isn’t running for president again. He did that twice and won by a landslide each time. Walker is pandering to the extremists in the Republican Party and that spells doom for his presidential aspiration. What does President Obama being a Christian, or not, have to do with running the country?

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    • DeniseVB says:

      Just reminds me why my husband hates anything Kennedy. He grew up a poor boy in the shadows of their fine homes in MA and became a lifelong Republican because of how they treated the little people then lied about it to win elections.

    • DandyTIger says:

      That never gets old. Mary Jo Kopechne and a dog walk into a bar, followed by Ted Kennedy and Obama…

  24. driguana says:

    Seems like Walker is going to take a different tack this time around when asked these set up questions. And, of course, the next step will be a full scale, “viral lying” campaign against him…just put out intentional falsehoods until caught and then sheepishly, and slyly, apologize in the dark of night.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m waiting for the coeds to come forward claiming Walker made unwanted advances towards them. Though I’m sure everythings been thrown at his head during his 3 elections to Gov. in 4 years ? He survived those rounds of Prog Stonings, I really think he’s untouchable now.

  25. leslie says:

    I’m watching “Sunday Morning” on CBS and the film critic just now said, “…And why is this the WHITEST group of nominees in decades?” Frankly I’m so sick of the race card being played on and on and on and on……… Did they think that no persons of color voted to begin with? Because I know they did. And if there weren’t the votes, then there weren’t the effing votes.

    OTOH, this critic also said that he thought the performance of Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle was the very best of any of the current nominees even though he wanted David Oyelowo (MLK in “Selma”) to win. But because the Academy is so racist he wasn’t nominated.
    I’m still hoping “Birdman” wins the most Oscars.

    I saw “Boyhood” last night. I fast forwarded through about a sixth of it. It was a good film, but it felt like it really was 12 years long.

  26. angienc says:

    Walker got it half-right — he said “I don’t know” but he should have added “And I don’t care. Why do you?”

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    I can’t stand Bill O but this is bullshit.

  31. swanspirit says:

    Bill Nye is an antisemitic fucking idiot,
    European Jews should just get to know their neighbors …

    • Myiq2xu says:

      My favorite part:

      We have had over 12 million comments. Can you believe it? I never thought anything I wrote would get that much attention.

      I think she means hits.

      • elliesmom says:

        And how many has she had she kicked all of the cool kids out?

      • DeniseVB says:

        I think most of her hits come from here 😉 I would suggest to her adding an Amazon Portal to her blog then her readers can place their orders using her link and she’ll get a percentage, but thought I’d suggest it to you first myiq. 😀 Koffler and Althouse make a lot of money that way. I think you have enough unique commenters to keep you in beer and cat food. Not sure about RD. I’m not a Pay Pal fan, so I would prefer using the built in safety and anonymity Amazon provides …. hint, hint.

        RD should sell her house and rent til her dream job falls back in her lap. I’m not too sympathetic with people who own their homes free and clear. So, she’d put money in the bank and have none of the hassles of ownership and maintenance.

        • mothy67 says:

          I wonder if the income generated from amazon portal has gone down since they started the Smile program. A percentage of everything I buy goes to St Jude’s. I bought a bread maker and 24 containers of coffee mate( bought for my mother she loves her coffee– saved 24 dollars buying in bulk) today.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Koffler was quite pleased with the response last Christmas. I think it’s the same per cent for anybody who signs up. Doesn’t cost the shopper any more and Amazon’s still making buckets of cash.

        • HELENK3 says:

          getting an Amazon portal is a good idea.No Quarter has one, and I go there to get Amazon stuff. I would also like to go here

    • 1539days says:

      That’s pretty bad if she doesn’t have $50 for a locksmith. I would just crawl through a window.

      I notice she’s not thanking Chris Christie for her lower than PA property taxes.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        She needs to talk to Dakinikat and learn how to spin a tale of woe.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Don’t we all hide that spare key outside somewhere? We do. Also a spare car key taped somewhere on our car.

        • Bes says:

          Yeah! How hard is hiding a key? And how predictable is it that your going to eventually need it? I left her a comment but she will likely lash out at it. I told her she should take a renter in to pay taxes and insurance or she should rent the whole place for a year and move to a cheap one bedroom apartment. People who own huge homes act like selling it or living there alone are their only options.
          The economy has changed and many people over 50 have been pushed out of their high paying professional jobs. I’m down to 10 hours a week and expect to be completely laid off in March. These jobs are not going to come back. She is dreaming if she thinks she will ever get another job like the one she was pushed out of.

  32. DeniseVB says:

    Voted Worst Remake of a Movie in 2014 by the “racist” Razzie voters. Razzist Razzie voters? 😉

    • mothy67 says:

      Far to iconic to be remade. What’s next all black Grease? The Sound of Music?
      I have no desire to see anything associated with winfrey. I’m also not going to spend fifty dollars in a theater to be preached to. Not my idea of fun.
      These hollywood folks sure have delusions. Yeah because of a movie my world view is going to change. I am that malleable. What a bunch of self important twits.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        I don’t have a problem with movies where the primary characters are black, but remaking “white” movies with black casts isn’t very creative.

        • mothy67 says:

          On an episode of Strangers with Candy they cast ARaisin in the Sun with all white actors.
          I have no problem with all anything casts. Doubtful I will go see and spend my money on a hispanic or black film. Going to the movies for me is not a social justice effort. It is entertainment. I don’t cosider Kevin Hart or Tyler Perry as black directors. I see them as two funny dudes. Spike Lee and Spielberg a big no thanks if i want to be preached to I’ll go to church or a play.

    • elliesmom says:

      Just got done talking to my daughter about this. She said one of the things that my grandson had a hard time with was that a modern Annie lives in an orphanage. In the old movie the orphanage was something from the “olden days”, but it’s something he has no experience with today. He knows some kids in foster care so Annie going to live with Daddy Warbucks makes sense to him, but all of the little girls living together looked more like a boarding school to him. And rich kids are the ones who go to boarding school. I love to take him to the movies because he likes to go out to eat after and talk about what we saw.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Just from the trailer, looks like Cameron’s Miss Hannigan was abusive, that wouldn’t happen today in real foster homes. Even in Harlem. Imagine an updated remake of Oliver! CPS would be all over that place.

  33. 1539days says:

    At this point, Walker may have to resort to two responses for these attacks: “Next question” and “Is that a question?”

    Bush more or less successfully shut down questions about drug use by a blanket statement that he would not talk about his past for the sake of his daughters. The media managed to have the last laugh by saving the “drunk driving” October surprise for the weekend before the election. That and erroneous election calls in 2000 probably cost Bush the majority vote.

  34. Dora says:

    Crying Koch vs. Hillary’s Foreign Sugar Daddies

    Who’s really trying to “buy America?”

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think Hillary will lose even more Dem support over this “foundation”. They weren’t allowed foreign donations while she was SoS, but they sure poured in after she resigned.

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    The Telegraph:

    His backstory is short, but compelling. Born to blue-collar roots, Mr Walker quit university and took a job to support his parents and then never returned to complete his degree, his life overtaken by raising a family and pursuing the conviction-politics that took him all the way to the governor’s mansion.

    And while there are Democrats who have questioned whether America can really have a high school-educated president in the era of the knowledge economy, that might well be underestimating the enduring strength of America’s tradition of anti-intellectualism.

    The myth of the log-cabin president has always been just that, but outside the educated, urban elites large swathes of America still instinctively extol the virtues of real-world achievement over book-learning, as the widespread frustration with Barack Obama’s professorial demeanour attests.

    Walker left college after 3.5 years. It’s not like he didn’t go at all.

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