Posts Tagged ‘Washington Journal’

Rex MurphyPresident Lyndon Johnson is reported to have said: “if I’ve lost [Walter] Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.

In searching for a source, I learned that this quotation is disputed, but when Cronkite publicly turned against the Vietnam war, it signaled a turn in the tide of American public opinion, and Johnson decided not to run for re-election.

In the same way, it came to my mind that if you’ve lost Rex Murphy, you’ve lost most Canadians.

I first considered this with the September 30, 2011 Cross Country Checkup episode, “What are your thoughts on ending the long-gun registry?“, where he reflected the shift in public opinion that, at best, it was a feel-good failure, and its time had come to be scrapped.

I saw it again with the February 18, 2012 episode, “Does the proposed law to allow police easier identification of Internet users go too far?“, where he challenged Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ rhetoric that you’re either with us or you’re with the pedophiles if you don’t support Bill-C30 to create a database of names, IP addresses and other information of every internet user that police can search without a warrant.

While private, corporate-controlled C-SPAN Washington Journal hosts keep their personal political views to themselves — under the guise of providing a non-partisan platform for callers to air their views — Rex Murphy, to his credit, lets his personal political views show when they reflect the overwhelming sentiment of Canadians on particular issues.

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The Corporation

A caller to Washington Journal’s C-SPAN confronted a Heritage Foundation spokesman on the 35% U.S. corporate tax rate (starting at 18:00).

She asked him to name a single corporation that effectively pays that rate.

The spokesman admitted that the actual effective tax rate that is paid by most corporations is around 18%, or about half that of the top rate before any deductions.

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Archive piggy

On C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on May 18, 2011, a man by the name of Robert Stephan talked about “security” in the United States.

A caller asked him what his salary was. Working six years in Washington, D.C. can really work wonders on you.

This guy said that since he was no longer a DHS employee, he wasn’t receiving a salary, and since he only worked six years, he also doesn’t receive a pension. What he failed to point out, however, until later, was that he is now a contractor for DHS.

Relying on a technicality, he deliberately dodged a straight-forward question of what his annual compensation was, and also failed to point out what his salary had been when he was an employee, since the question was what his current salary was.

He also claimed he had no idea what salaries were under “the Obama administration,” giving the false impression that salaries have radically changed in the past two years.

If that weren’t enough, he completely ignored the question of how many threats and incidents there had been, and had to rely on the moderator to tell him what DHS’ budget was, presumably because he was too busy keeping America safe all these years.

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