Why Does CNN host Carol Costello Still Have A Job?

She is a disgrace to CNN and if Jeff Zucker had any common sense or decency, she would have been fired, yesterday.

In case you haven’t been following this, something pretty extraordinary happened on CNN, this week.

Via The Right Scoop:

CNN host Carol Costello can barely contain her excitement over hearing the new audio of the ‘brawl’ in Alaska that involved Bristol Palin a few weeks back.

She started the segment by claiming it was possibly the best audio CNN had ever gotten:

“Okay I’m just going to come right out and say it. This is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across.”

Costello then proceeded to describe the “massive brawl” and before playing the audio she told her viewers “so sit back and enjoy.”

What you are asked to “sit back and enjoy” is the sound of a tearful and near hysterical Bristol Palin describing to the police the physical assault she had just experienced.

You really have to see this to appreciate how massive the disconnect is between far leftists like Costello and normal human beings. There is nothing remotely funny about Palin’s distress in the audio.

It’s not too difficult for those of us who track and document left-wing thuggery, to see what was going on there.

Here, in Bristol Palin’s own words, is what happened.

Our friend got knocked out from a cheap shot from behind.  (His injury resulted in ten stitches, so it was really low.)

Why would anyone do this?  Well, here’s a hint.  The guy was on social media during this incident, tweeting, “about to get famous.”

When Willow saw all this happening she looked at the guy’s mom and said “get ahold of your son.”

But apparently the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree, because his mom pushed Willow.  A grown woman pushed my little sister.

By this point, I’d already gotten into the car.  But when Willow ran to me crying, telling me that some lady had pushed her down, I got out of the car to go talk to her.  Any big sister would do this.

Next to God, family is the most important thing to me.

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But the evening that began so well took a turn for the worse when this guy decided he wanted to “get famous.”

After I got out of the car, I didn’t get far. I never even got to talk to his mom, because a guy in his late thirties or early forties got in my face.  He was towering over me – probably at 6 foot something and over 200 pounds. He puffed his chest out and started yelling.

“You c-nt!” he looked right in my eyes and said.  “Get the f-ck out of here, you slut!”

I was alarmed that things had gotten so bad so fast.  But it got even worse when this guy started pushing me.  He had his hands on me, pushing me down.  That’s when I swung and hit his face.

Some would say I should’ve never retaliated in defense against him, but certainly he should never have pushed a girl.   It didn’t phase him.  He pushed me down to the ground and kept me there.

It was scary and awful.  He held me down until someone got me out of the situation. 

That’s it – that’s the story.

What makes this story all the more remarkable is the gross double standard and mind boggling hypocrisy at play. Costello has gone on the record herself to talk about an assault she once suffered at the hands of an abusive boyfriend.

Via Noah Rothman at HotAir:

National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke noted that Sullivan has heaped far less scorn on the sitting vice president whose son was recently revealed to have engaged in illegal activities which resulted in his discharge from the Navy – activities for which “he is unlikely to face so much as an interview with the police.” How’s that for inequality?

But Cooke focuses primarily on an even stronger point, one which was first observed by The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis: Where are the feminists rending garments over the callous way in which a physical assault on a woman by a man is being portrayed in the press?

“Anyone who is concerned about a ‘war on women’ — but not disturbed by this report — is clearly biased,” Lewis wrote.

Enter CNN anchor Carol Costello.

“I never wanted to become the poster child for anything, let alone domestic violence. But my blood is boiling, so when I say shut up, I’m venting at all those people out there who insist on blaming the victim,” Costello wrote with righteous fury directed at the National Football League (and the morning show Fox & Friends) over what she considered an insufficient level of concern for an incident involving Ray Rice striking his fiancé.

Costello goes on to reveal that she, too, was the victim of what sounds like a horrible assault by her college boyfriend. It was a brave thing for her to admit, and it made her commentary on the lax treatment Rice received from the NFL that much more powerful. But this admission also branded her take on the Palin assault as one which is inexplicably hypocritical.

Costello offered an apology without an explanation in a statement to Politico:

CNN’s Carol Costello apologized on Thursday for joking about a police recording of Bristol Palin.

“Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize,” Costello said in a statement to POLITICO.

No ma’am. You deserve more than just criticism. You have disqualified yourself from holding a job at a still somewhat respected (debatable, I know) news organization. Folks on Twitter are demanding that she apologize on the air, which she’ll no doubt do, (if she hasn’t already) but after this disgraceful episode, there should be only one place left in the TV news business for her:

UPDATE: 

Mark Levin weighs in.

UPDATE II:

 John Nolte at Breitbart contacted CNN to see if she plans to do an on air apology. The answer was no. The half-hearted statement to Politico was it.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

“Awesome!: CO Lib Activists Funded By Dem Super PAC Encourage Voter Fraud

 

No surprises here. Any Democrat who tells you actual voter fraud is rare – is either a lo-info drone, or lying to your face. Democrats and voter fraud go together like peaches and cream and have since the days of Tammany Hall.

John Fund reported on the latest Project Veritas investigation at National Review:

Many liberals are adamant there is no threat of voter fraud that justifies efforts to improve the integrity of elections. “There is no real concrete evidence of voter fraud,” tweeted Donna Brazile, former acting chair of the Democratic National Committee, this week. “It’s a big ass lie.”

James O’Keefe, the guerilla filmmaker who brought down the ACORN voter-registration fraudsters in 2010 and forced the resignation of NPR executives, politely disagrees. Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship. When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.” She then brazenly offered O’Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group.

 

Lefties, are of course wailing and gnashing their teeth over this latest O’Keefe sting. Mother Jones lowlife David Corn is trying to discredit the results on Twitter, but does have  a point about one thing.

Apparently, O’Keefe tried the same shtick with some Dem staffers but was rebuffed. Mother Jones had a write-up about that a couple of days ago in preparation for the release of the sting video. One of the staffers even took a picture of O’Keefe in his fake mustache allowing people to have a sneak peek.

It’s not surprising that Democrat staffers are not so careless that they would allow themselves to get caught on video supporting voter fraud. They let their community organizers handle that part of the criminal enterprise. It is a little surprising and disappointing that that fact wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the O’Keefe’s video.

This excuse doesn’t really cut it:

 

The video is not yet up on the Project Veritas website. Hopefully the write-up there will have the whole story.

MORE From Twitchy:

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Donna Brazile: ‘Voter fraud is a big ass lie'; James O’Keefe: You’re ‘going to regret saying this’

Get ready, ‘senate candidate’! Who else wants another James O’Keefe election investigation video?

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Obama Tells Western African Nations You Can’t Get Ebola on a Bus (Video)

Obama in a video message with soothing talking points to Western African nations: First, Ebola is not spread through the air like the flu. You cannot get it from casual contact like sitting next to someone one a bus.

 

As White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler notes,  the Centers for Disease Control begs to differ.

According to a CDC guidance document, people at risk for exposure to Ebola may be subject to “controlled movement.” It states:

These individuals should not travel by commercial conveyances (e.g. airplane, ship, long-distance bus, or train). Local use of public transportation (e.g. taxi, bus) by asymptomatic individuals should be discussed with the public health authority. If travel is approved, the exposed person must have timely access to appropriate medical care if symptoms develop during travel. Approved long-distance travel should be by chartered flight or private vehicle; if local public transportation is used, the individual must be able to exit quickly.

The reason individuals who have been exposed to Ebola should not take public transportation is because, as Obama himself notes in his statement above, the disease is spread through bodily fluids like sweat, saliva or blood. That means if a person infected with the Ebola virus coughs or sneezes (or sweats) on you – you could become contaminated. What more the virus can live on surfaces for up to six days.

Via The Daily Mail:

Virus expert Charles L. Bailey, who in 1989 helped the American government tackle an outbreak of Ebola among rhesus monkeys being used for research, told the LA Times: ‘We know for a fact that the virus occurs in sputum and no one has ever done a study [disproving that] coughing or sneezing is a viable means of transmitting.

‘Unqualified assurances that Ebola is not spread through the air are “misleading”.’

Dr C J Peters, who has undertaken research into Ebola for America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the paper: ‘We just don’t have the data to exclude it [becoming airborne].’

This is bad…the people of West Africa haven’t been conditioned to discount everything this shyster says like we have.

Good grief – I can’t believe the president told people in an Ebola-stricken countries that you can’t get the disease from the guy sitting next to you on the bus.

How can he say that?

What is he doing???

 

Now It Can Be Told: Fence Jumper Made It Waaay Inside White House

Initially, officials indicated that the White house intruder, Omar Gonzalez, was apprehended just inside the main entrance. Now it’s come out that he made it much deeper inside – suggesting even greater failure on the part of the Secret Service – not to mention the predictable mendacity of the White House spin machine.

Via The Washington Examiner: 

The intruder, Omar Gonzalez, jumped the fence, sprinted through the front door, overpowered one Secret Service officer and ran through much of the main floor before begin apprehended, according to the Washington Post.

An alarm box near the front entrance designed to alert guards to an intruder was muted — apparently at the request of the usher’s office, an unnamed Secret Service official told Washington Post.

After darting past a guard at the front, Gonzalez, who had a knife, went past the stairway that leads up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the East Room, which is often used for receptions and or presidential addresses.

At the southern end of the East Room, Gonzales was tackled by a counter-assault agent.

Tuesday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the recent security lapses by the Secret Service.

 

 

Governor Jay Nixon’s Disgraceful Rush To Judgement (Video)

Now I know why Obama said he wouldn’t “pre-judge” the Ferguson situation. He’s got his stooge, Governor Jay Nixon doing it for him.

Tuesday night he announced that  “a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.”

“The democratically elected St. Louis County prosecutor and the Attorney General of the United States, each have a job to do,” he said.

This is eerily reminiscent of the time the president inappropriately “pre-judged” the IRS targeting scandal. “Not a smidgen of corruption? How would you know, as there’s still an ongoing investigation – unless some kind of fix is in?

Because toxic racial politics help Democrats at the ballot box, and this is an election year, someone is about to get railroaded big-time by the criminal conspiracy known as the Democrat party.

There is no other explanation for the outrageous statement made by Governor Jay Nixon Tuesday night, calling for “a vigorous prosecution” of the officer involved in the Michael Brown shooting before the investigation has been completed, the incident report has been publicized, and the toxicology report has come back.

Megyn Kelly asked Ferguson‬ Mayor James Knowles if he believes that the governor has made up his mind about the case.

“It sounds like it,” said Knowles. “That’s unfortunate, because Governor Nixon was our attorney general for 16 years, so, I would assume at this point he understands and knows what the process is.”

Kelly also had on the president of the Missouri Fraternal Order Of Police, Sgt. Kevin Ahlbrand what he thought about the fact that the governor is seeking “not just justice – but justice for Michael Brown.” 

He answered that he was “very disappointed to hear those words coming from Governor Jay Nixon. We welcome a vigorous investigation. Unfortunately, justice needs to go both ways,”   he said.

Later, she  had on former Justice Dept lawyer,  J. Christian Adams who wrote the book, Injustice, on the Holder DOJ. Adams had plenty to say about Holder’s influence in Ferguson – which said would be “toxic.”

“This is an Atty General who has carried around in his wallet for thirty years, a quote that says he shares common cause with the black criminal,” Adams declared, to Kelly’s shocked surprise. “What?!” she said in response.

Adams continued to say that Holder’s Civil Rights Dept has been “engaged in a war against police departments.”

“Members of the FOP know this already about Eric Holder.  They take the side of the lawless against the law abiding citizen, and we’re going to see that play out in Missouri.”

When Kelly read the outrageous race-baiting statement of a local  black politician, he said, “it’s a new America we’re living in, Megyn – it’s so toxic. It’s so rotted – it’s so dangerous. America has the greatest system of law and justice the world has ever seen. So what if this prosecutor’s father was killed by a black man.   This is part of this effort to make everything about race. The entire justice system they want you to believe is rigged on the basis of race. It’s toxic – it’s evil. It’s part of a coordinated strategy to undermine the foundations of law in this country.”

Kelly repeated her shock that the Governor made a statement prejudging the investigation. “Can you believe that,” she asked incredulously. “What is he doing?!”

Don’t expect Governor Nixon to behave with anything like honor or dignity in this mess. He has a history of abusing his prosecutorial power for political reasons when he was Missouri’s Attorney General.

Kansas City writer and journalist Jack Cashill has the full story on Nixon’s “War on Terror”, here. 

It has to do with him going after and throwing the book at a group of harmless Constitutionalists  – including a completely clueless 22 year old female, who was only at the pot-luck meeting because of her boyfriend.  One of them filed a lien against a  Judge because of what he perceived was abuse of his authority. They were all subsequently arrested for “harassing the judge.” The whole thing was a grotesque travesty of justice.

But left wing fantasies about right wing domestic terrorists were in vogue during the Clinton years, (as they are now) and Nixon was eyeing a Senate seat so he got his “terrorists.”

UPDATE: 

This could be a game-changer via Conservative Tree-House: 

A local Saint Louis radio station is reporting that Dorian Johnson has recanted his prior media espousals and now asserts that he and Mike Brown did indeed engage in a physical confrontation with Officer Darren Wilson.  As a consequence the same Radio Station is asserting the local prosecutor essentially advises it’s doubtful charges would be filed.

SOURCE -Radio Station via FaceBook Post

The Treehouse reports that Grand Jury charges are “unlikely”, but a Special Prosecutor may be assigned, anyway.

Judge Jeanine: “The D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg Is A Drunk!” (Video)

“A famous Court of Appeals judge once said, a Grand Jury could indict a ham sandwich. Now I believe in the rule of law, but I’m not going to sugarcoat this one,” Judge Jeanine Pirro said at the start of her opening statement, Saturday night..

“The indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry for abuse of his veto power and coercion of a public servant –  is pure unadulterated hogwash! It makes D.A.s like me cringe in embarrassment,” she thundered. “No one disputes that the law gives the governor the power to veto funding.”

“A little backstory, here…” the judge purred, signalling she was about to drop the hammer. “The D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg is a drunk! Yes! The chief law enforcement officer of Austin County (she means Travis County) Texas is not just a drunk – she’s a convicted drunk driver. She actually spent time in jail. Imagine! The chief law enforcement officer is a convict who served jail time!”

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Pirro went on to say that she has no sympathy for drunk drivers. “They don’t have to get behind the wheel of a car,” she said. “I’ve seen the consequences of drunk driving – innocents slaughtered by thousands of pounds of steel because a drunk CHOSE to get behind the wheel of a car.”

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But the judge wasn’t through. “Folks, it’s even worse than this,” she continued. “Her blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. And her behavior both before and after her arrest was so outrageous, so threatening, so belligerent, so combative – the woman had to be strapped down! And this woman actually thinks that she should remain the person who decides who gets indicted and who doesn’t?!”

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Pirro had on Democrat strategist Joe Trippi, who was in full agreement with her (and  David Axelrod!) He called the move  “way beyond the pale” and that it “reeks of politics all the way around.”

Trippi predicted that the indictment would actually help Perry in the Republican primaries.

 SEE ALSO:

Via Instapundit: IT’S COME TO THIS: Mia Farrow: Rick Perry indictment ‘doesn’t identify a law he violated. Looks like politics not felony.’

Related: Dershowitz ‘Outraged’ by Perry Indictment.

Plus, an extensive analysis from prosecutor Patrick Frey.Words truly fail to describe what an outrageous and unsupportable abuse of prosecutorial power this is. The special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, has no business being given prosecutorial authority — and the fact that Obama considered him for a U.S. Attorney position should deeply frighten anyone who cares about the integrity of the criminal justice system.”

Bonus video:

Charles Krauthammer joined Pirro to talk about the president’s failed foreign policy.

 

Video: IRS Commish Skewered By Jordan And Gowdy At Oversight Hearing

Wednesday, at a House Oversight subcommittee hearing he chaired, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) tried to elicit from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen the answer to why it took him until June 13, 2014 to reveal to Congress that the IRS had lost a two years worth of Lois Lerner’s emails.

Via The Blaze:

Jordan recounted that in April, Judicial Watch learned that the IRS and the Justice Department were meeting to discuss the idea of bringing action against various Tea Party groups for undertaking political activities that aren’t allowed by tax exempt groups.

That prompted the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to ask the Justice Department about it. In May, a Justice Department official told the committee that the two agencies were meeting as far back as 2010.

“So we said, you know what, we better subpoena documents from the Justice Department,” Jordan said. “And we said to the Justice Department, we want any communications with Lois Lerner that you’ve had.”

Jordan said that in response, Justice gave the committee an email between Lerner and the Justice Department that the committee didn’t have. That prompted the committee to ask the IRS why it had not received the email as part of its prior request to the IRS.

“And then, suddenly, four days later, you tell the Finance Committee, the Congress, more importantly the American people, you know what, we lost Lois Lerner emails,” Jordan said to Koskinen.

“My theory is this, Mr. Koskinen, you guys weren’t ever gonna tell us until we caught you,” Jordan concluded. “And we caught you because Judicial Watch did a FOIA request.”

Congressman Trey Gowdy’s grilling of Koskinen was so brutal it was hard not to feel sorry for the 74  year old Commish when it was over.

At issue was Koskinen’s testimony before the committee in June in which he said he had “confirmed” that backup tapes of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s email had been recycled, making it impossible to recover emails the committee is seeking.

Lerner’s missing emails are a key part of the committee investigation that the IRS had targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny.

On Monday, the panel released testimony from another IRS employee who indicated it is possible some information from Lerner’s computer might be retrievable from backup tapes after all.

The discrepancy enraged Gowdy.

Gowdy toyed with Koskinen in almost sadistically …

Gowdy:  “What does the word  ‘confirmed’ mean to you?”

Koskinen:  “It means that somebody went back and looked, and that all backup tapes had been recycled.”

Gowdy:  “Are you still ‘confirmed’ that no backup tapes exist?”

Koskinen:  “At this point I have no basis for not being ‘confirmed’. I do understand that the IG [Inspector General] were looking at tapes…”

UPDATE:

In case you’re wondering what prompted Gowdy to snap, “I really could not believe the colloquy that you had with one of our colleagues about the morale at the IRS. It takes a lot to stun me, but that stunned me.”

T. Becket Adams at the Washington Examiner explains:

Koskinen’s remarks were prompted by Chicago machine politician Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., who asked during a House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday whether IRS workers have been able to deal with the supposed strain being put on them by investigators.

“When they … are subject to depositions and recorded interviews, it sends — these are all career people — it has a deleterious effect on morale because they thought they were actually doing what they were asked to do,” Koskinen said.

The IRS commissioner lamented the fact that agency officials have had to take time out of their terribly busy days to comply with numerous requests for emails and other recorded correspondences. In fact, some agents are even worried that — wait for this — they may be asked to testify.

“So for everybody else who’s working on this project, they’re now looking over their shoulder worrying about, ‘Am I going to get called up next?’ ” he said.

Unfortunately for the commissioner, there was at least one lawmaker present at the hearing who wasn’t swayed by news that the investigation into the targeting scandal has inconvenienced some IRS workers.

“Here’s a piece of advice I would give. If the folks like Lois Lerner and others would have spent more time working on … their caseload and less time targeting groups and less time trying to overturn Supreme Court decisions they didn’t agree with, maybe morale would be better and maybe their backlogs would be less,” Gowdy added scathingly.

You can watch the entire hearing in two parts, here.

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