Culture of Truth: Olympian Denial

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Feb 16, 2014 - Political satirist Culture of Truth bases The Bobblespeak Translations on the Sunday Talk Shows:  Meet the Press and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Using show transcripts, he creates the 'most ridiculous moment' for Virtually Speaking Sundays. We create a separate podcast and post the copy here.  Follow @Bobblespeak

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This Sunday, it was all about snow, which most of the US has too much of, and the Winter Oympics, which doesn't have enough.

In covering the Olympics for Meet the Press, Richard Engel interviewed the President of Chechnya, who has been showered with riches by Vladimir Putin, including a private zoo, a personal gym, and a toy radio controlled helicopter, suggesting if nothing else that buying a country is cheaper than waging war on it.

In his Olympic story, David Gregory of course interviewed Mitt Romney, who said “go USA. I’m very excited to watch these hockey games.” While Gregory spoke this never-before-uttered sentence “My son was so excited about Arne Duncan.”

Romney, who is famous for running an Olympics in America, now says the games are a big waste of money. Romney attacked Vladimir Putin for his Olympic spending, saying “all that extra money could be used to do some very important things in terms of fighting poverty and fighting disease all around the world,”  – of course notable concerns of Mitt Romney.

Gregory then dutifully asked about Bill Clinton as a sexual predator, as Rand Paul manipulated him to, while Romney complained that unemployment is supposed to be below 5%.

Ridiculously, Gregory pointed out that when Romney was asked if he would run for President again “I can’t count all the nos.” then asked “is there something, Governor, that might make you change your mind?”

Romney reiterated his opposition to marriage equality, because “I think the ideal setting for raising a child is the setting where there's a father and a mother.”

Asked about whether gay marriage is destroying America, he said “I think it's going to take a long, long time to determine whether having gay marriage will make it less likely for kids to be raised in settings where there is a mom and a dad.”

Nicole Wallace said the Republican party needs to be open to all, those who support equal rights and those who don't.

She also said Obama wrecked America's credibility by not bombing Syria, even though, as Chuck Todd pointed out, when it looked like Obama might launch missiles, the Republicans had a fit.

On ABC's This Week, George Stephanopolous pointed out that millions have signed up for Obamacare, which Peggy Noonan shot down by calling those numbers lies.

But of course the big story this week was the crazy weather, from the snowstorms of the East to the drought out West, which to their credit, ABC pointed out is part of one large weather system.

Stephanopoulos observed that climate change will mean more extreme weather, and the group discussed solutions such changing out stop intersections and making them roundabouts, and Gucci going green.

Meet The Press had a slightly different approach to the climate change discussion, deciding to host a debate with Bill Nye The Science Guy and Representative Marsha Blackburn. It was not a fair fight. While a stupefied Bill Nye tried to recite facts and figures, Blackburn called Nye not a scientist but an actor, and repeatedly said there is no consensus on climate change, causing even Gregory to interrupt and try to come to her rescue, focusing instead on the costs of dealing with it. While an exasperated Bill Nye was reduced to saying “I encourage the congresswoman to really look at the facts,” and to waving around a picture of the melting Antarctic. Blackburn confidently asserted “when you look at the social cost of carbon, and there is a lot of ambiguity around that, what you also need to be doing is looking at the benefits of carbon.”

And that's the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.