Culture of Truth: It's Not Abating, It's Spreading

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April 27, 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

Hi, I'm Culture of Truth,

It was another weird week on the Sunday talk shows. On This Week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke about all the threats he is dealing with, including al-qaeda, Syrian terrorists, domestic bombers, tornadoes, hurricanes, oil spills, border security, presidential security, aviation security, cyber threats, and toothpaste bombs.

He then denied that he's not deporting enough undocumented immigrants.

George Stephanopoulos then interviewed Elizabeth Warren, mostly trying to get her criticize Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

On Meet The Press, David Gregory hosted a discussion of 'This Week's Incredibly Racist Guys in the News', which included an assurance from the head of the NAACP that the owner of the L.A. Clippers will not be getting their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gregory then interviewed the Deputy National Security Advisor, complaining that Vladimir Putin still isn't following U.S. orders, saying “here we are, more than a month later, Crimea is gone. Russia is not listening to the United States,” and “So what isolation and influence over Putin have you really achieved?” and complaining “Putin's not blinking” and “Putin is persisting”.

He twice asked “Would you target Putin specifically?” then oddly, asked “What's the larger, strategic interest for the United States? I mean honestly, Putin cares a great deal more about Crimea and Ukraine than the United States”

But the most absurd moment came during Gregory's bizarre interview with Tony Blair, in which Gregory kept trying to get Blair to criticize President Obama, while the former British Prime Minister only wanted to talk about his fear of radical Islam.

Blair attacked Putin for invading Ukraine, but defended the invasion of Iraq, saying “We removed brutal dictatorships. Allowed the people a chance to elect their government. They came out in both cases and voted, showing that they wanted such election,” and “We gave them a massive amount of financial support. What was the disruptive effect?”

He denied invading Iraq made radical Islam worse, pointing out that 9/11 was before the invasion, and quote “this is where we've got to be realistic about this”

Gregory tried to steer the conversation to Obama's weakness, saying “you said the threat of radical Islam is not abating,” and asking quote “who specifically do you blame for it happening?”

Blair responded, “I don't think it's a question of blaming anyone,” and warned “This Islamist ideology, which has been exported from the Middle East, I'm afraid is growing. It's not abating.”

Gregory responded, “But is that in part because this administration has taken its foot off the gas pedal?”

Gregory pressed further, saying “The obvious conclusion to me from what you're saying is this administration, this president, is making a mistake by disengaging from Iraq, by disengaging militarily from Afghanistan.”

Blair, not realizing that Gregory has his own, separate obsession, seemed confused, replying quote “No, I'm not criticizing President Obama at all over this.”

Incredibly, Gregory doubled down on last week's insanity, saying “what you're saying is that you have to call it what it is. And you can't be reluctant to act. And on this program last week, David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times said the following about President Obama. He said, "Let's face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have, I'll say it crudely," this is him speaking, "a manhood problem in the Middle East. Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad, somebody like Putin?”

So, after being roundly mocked for David Brooks' and Chuck Todd's silly comments last week, and amid reports that even NBC is trying to figure out what is going on inside his head, David Gregory repeats their remarks about manhood as if they were interesting and intelligent, rather than completely idiotic. 

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