Culture of Truth: Be Afraid

July 13, 2014  – Political satirist Culture of Truth bases The Bobblespeak Translations on Meet the Press and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Using show transcripts, he creates the 'most ridiculous moment' for Virtually Speaking Sundays. Excerpted from July 13 Virtually Speaking Sundays.

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A lot to cover on the Sunday shows this week – economic growth, jobs, immigration, religion, the plight of people desperate for a better life, and that's just LeBron James returning to Cleveland.


On immigration, David Gregory called it, of course, Obama's Katrina, and complained that the President quote “doesn't look like he's engaged enough. He's not down on the border looking at it.”


On Meet The Press, Wall Street Journal writer Kim Strassel said Republicans were a bit phony when it came to incessant cries to secure the border, prompting Rick Santorum to respond “it's not phony” and it's “obviously not secure.”


When Strassel pointed out immigrant kids are volunteering to be taken into detention, Santorum changed his mind, and said “Well, that's because we have a president who said, "Hey, if you come, you're going to be able to stay because we're not going to enforce the law.”

Even Strassel pointed out he was lying, saying “No, he did not say that. He did not say that.”

Santorum also said “I think the president not going to the border is the same thing as George Bush flying over New Orleans. I think you have to be there. You have to pay attention. You have to care.”


Representative Mike Rogers said a 2008 law treating Central American immigrants differently can't be an incentive, because Diane Feinstein interprets that statute differently, and he blamed the President for abuse of immigrant children because if “they're going to open up with loving arms and keep those kids, you're encouraging that behavior.” He said deporting kids immediately is “better for the children. You don't want kids exposed to this sex trafficking and drug use.”


Rogers then said 97% of all measles cases in America come from immigrants and that terrorists from 10 countries including Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Iran and Iraq are sneaking into the US from Mexico.


On ABC, George Stephanopoulos asked “why didn't the president go to the border?” When David Plouffe responded “he doesn't need to go to the border to address this crisis.” Stephanopoulos said “But why not go?”


Cokie Roberts and George both agreed the President had to go to the border, but for different reasons. Roberts said “If the president had gone to the border, obviously it doesn't make a big difference, but it's symbolically important” and “it's important to show America what's happening with these kids. This is not the time for us to be tough guys.”


While George wants to the President to go to personally deport some kids, saying “it's not going to be all compassion.”

Bill Kristol enhanced his reputation as a humanitarian when Cokie Roberts said In Honduras, the chance of being murdered is 1 in 14. “You can't send children home to that.” Kristol responded “I'm afraid you have to.”

Later, when the panel whole panel praised LeBron James, Kristol interjected, saying “I hate all this good-natured sportsmanship.”


On Meet The Press, David Gregory addressed the LeBron situation by declaring Bud Light his favorite beer.

On international affairs, Gregory asked the foreign minister of Iran who they will pick to be the next leader of Iraq, something the neocons no doubt anticipated in 2003.


Cokie Roberts blames the current Israel-Palestine conflict on America's failure to kill enough people lately, saying “we just haven't made a strong enough presence in that region to have people be afraid of this country,” And “there's a sense that they can get away with anything they want to get away with.”


Kristol agreed, despairing America's weakness, as did Stephanopoulos, wishing Obama had just bombed Syria. Roberts said if America had gotten involved in the Syrian civil war, Israel and Palestine would not be fighting now, saying “If we had been in Syria a lot sooner, maybe all of this wouldn't be happening.”


But the most ridiculous moments came when both shows insisted on asking if Republicans would impeach the President because of something Sarah Palin said. David Gregory briefly mentioned it, while George Stephanopoulos asked Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who rejected the idea, if he would impeach. He then played a long clip of Sarah Palin and asked his panel about it. All the Republican guests thought it was absurd, with even famous Palin supporter, Bill Kristol saying “No responsible Republican elected official has called for impeachment.”


So, we learned that when Palin finally disappears from the scene, and when even Republicans are ignoring her crazy utterances, the last people on earth still hanging on her every word will the hosts of the Sunday talk shows.

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