Mar 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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sThere was a lot to cover on the Sunday shows, with a Malaysian airlines Boeing 777 still missing, Russian incursions into Ukraine, and David Gregory's need to devote part of his show to criticizing President Obama.
We learned the missing plane either landed or crashed over South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle east, Australia, the Pacific Ocean or the Indian Ocean.
On This Week, addressing the missing plane, Representative Peter King said “there's been no terrorist connections whatsoever, there's been no terrorist chatter,” and “The fact is, nothing has come out indicating a terrorist connection,” but also “I still have questions about the two Iranians who were on the plane. But again, that could be a side issue.”
When George Stephanopoulos asked, “What's your biggest question about the Iranians?” King replied, “Just the fact that they were there and written off so quickly as having any threat,” and “it just creates a terrorist atmosphere,” but then followed up quote “Having said that, there's nothing showing it. I just wouldn't rule it out now is all.”
King also said “I wish the FBI were over there,” and said “Malaysia, for whatever reason, has been resisting” FBI involvement.
On Ukraine, Senator Chris Murphy would not commit to sending weapons but in lieu of guns did suggest sending Ukraine meals ready to eat.
On Meet The Press, David Gregory confronted Senator Jeff Flake with this tough question: “the president two years ago, said Assad's days were numbered. How did he misjudge it?”
Flake responded: “I think we could have done a better job with our policy in Syria.”
Gregory was not satisfied, replying: “But this is the ultimate thing with Russia, as well. Conservative Charles Krauthammer calling it Obama's fruitless accommodationism. Does it invite Russia's Putin to take the action he's taken, or Assad to feel like he's got more staying power, when the president doesn’t follow through with Syria?”
Dick Durbin pointed out Russia invaded Georgia under President Bush and Republicans refused to give the President the authority to use force in Syria. Even Jeff Flake said “I don't think anything the president did or said lended itself to what Putin did here.”
Gregory changed the subject.
Meet The Press sent a reporter to Iowa to observe real Americans in their natural habitat, who reported back, his findings, “They want less bickering and more problem-solving.”The reporter also broke the news that “groups like Americans For Prosperity are already slamming Democrat Bruce Braylee for supporting Obamacare,” and then played a clip from the Americans for Prosperity Ad.
But it was the panel that was truly ridiculous. Gregory's guests were former White House Press Secretary Bob Gibbs, Carolyn Ryan from the New York Times; Israel Ortega from the Heritage Foundation, and Jon Ralston, a political reporter from Nevada.
Gregory opened the panel by announcing the country is “overall in a kind of malaise” and asked “what is driving such disappointment with both parties right now?” What he really meant was Democrats, clarifying quote “the disappointment, Robert. The disappointment that Democrats have in this president, about ObamaCare.”
Gibbs was mostly concern trolling, saying quote “There's no doubt that the rollout for healthcare is still providing a huge hangover and “There's real, real danger that the Democrats could suffer big losses” and speculating this if the President doesn't help Democrats raise money, that would be bad.
But he did point out the public does also not want to completely repeal Obamacare.
Gregory wouldn't have it, responding “Do they want to hear the particulars that Robert' is talking about on healthcare? Or are they kind of thinking, wow, this thing just is kind of a disaster?”
Ralston agreed, saying: “Maybe people don't want it repealed, but they're still upset with healthcare.gov,” and “They may have friends or members of their family who have had problems with healthcare.gov.” He also called the Nevada exchange “an absolute disaster.”
Ralston also observed “voters are going to respond to healthcare.gov, Obamacare” his proof? “That’s why Scott Brown announced by saying 'Obamacare Democrats'.”
Gregory confronted Ortega with tough questions such as “You see motivated Republicans, Israel?” and “Republicans are going to be seen as the wrong side of the those economic issues. Is there something you worry about?”
Ortega assured Gregory Republicans going to be just fine.
After a Harry Smith interview with Bill Maher, Gregory followed up with this observation, “Bill Maher is talking about comparing Republicans and Democrats. We posed this question a little bit earlier on Facebook. Will President Obama be an asset or a liability for Democrats in November? It ties this conversation together. What do you think, Israel?”
Ortega replied “I think it's going to be a liability” while Ryan, from the liberal New York Times, assured us that Democrats are saying that Obama doesn’t care about helping other Democrats, that quote “people have lost trust in President Obama,” and that “Obama has become poison.”
So, to demonstrate what average Americans are thinking, Meet The Press shows an ad by Americans for Prosperity; asks a guy from the Heritage Foundation to if Republicans are motivated, and if Obama is a liability; a Nevada reporter to assure us people are still mad about the health care website and that Scott Brown's campaign announcement shows what the American people are thinking; a reporter from liberal the New York Times to tells us Obama is poison, and even though a Republican Senator won't blame the President for Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine, David Gregory quotes, without factual support, Charles Krauthammer's assertion that Putin and Assad are encouraged by the President's 'fruitless accommodationism.'
And that's the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.