John Sununu bit off more than he can chew when he started ranting at CNN’s Soledad O’Brien Tuesday afternoon. In a rare display of journalistic back bone in the face of right-wing accusations of liberal bias, O’Brien essentially told a conservative bully to take his propaganda and stuff it.
After pointing out, correctly, that Mitt Romney’s plans for Medicare are very similar to Paul Ryan’s “Kill Medicare” budget, Sununu immediately launched into spin mode and blamed…Obama?
Via Raw Story:
“But it’s very different,” Sununu insisted. “For example, when Obama gutted Medicare by taking $717 billion out of it, the Romney plan does not do that. The Ryan plan mimicked part of the Obama package there, the Romney plan does not. That’s a big difference.”
O’Brien took him to task for his flagrant lie and she was quite blunt about it.
“I understand that this is a Republican talking point because I’ve heard it repeated over and over again,” O’Brien observed. “These numbers have been debunked, as you know, by the Congressional Budget Office. … I can tell you what it says. It [Obama's plan] cuts a reduction in the expected rate of growth, which you know, not cutting budgets to the elderly. Benefits will be improved.”
Sununu’s blood pressure visibly jumped at the sheer insolence of a newscaster debunking Republican lies on-air, live, with the Republican still on the screen!
“Soledad, stop this!” Sununu shouted. “All you’re doing is mimicking the stuff that comes out of the White House and gets repeated on the Democratic blog boards out there.”
“Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead when you do this!” the frustrated surrogate shot back.”
O’Brien proceeded to pick Sununu’s argument apart as well as call him on his incredibly disrespectful behavior:
“You know, let me tell you something,” O’Brien said. “There is independent analysis that details what this is about. … And name calling to me and somehow acting as if by you repeating a number of $716 billion, that you can make that stick when [you say] that figure is being ‘stolen’ from Medicare, that’s not true. You can’t just repeat it and make it true, sir.”
Watch the amazing video here:
Bullying behavior is typical for Republicans talking heads. The ability to shout down opposing viewpoints and inconvenient facts is necessary when every breath contains a lie. Sununu, like most Republicans, have a fairly dim view of women and his anger at being aggressively challenged by one is obvious. He falls back on childish accusations of bias and does an extremely poor job of defending his position.
The funny thing here is that right-wing operatives don’t always fare well when they leave the comfortable confines of the right-wing media bubble. There’s a reason Mitt Romney is avoiding the regular media like the Black Plague: he doesn’t know how to handle uncomfortable questions. Apparently, neither does John Sununu. I think it will be some time before he appears on CNN again unless he knows he’ll have a sympathetic ear. Better to stick with the nodding heads and empty smiles at Fox.
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