- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2009

Balancing Wallace

The CEO of a community-organizing group that’s been repeatedly criticized by Fox News trusted the channel’s top Sunday news anchor to do something the president of the United States wouldn’t do yesterday: sit down and talk.

Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) CEO Bertha Lewis was willing to chat about her group’s transgressions with Chris Wallace on the same day President Obama explicitly left Fox News out of his Sunday morning media health care blitz on grounds that the network is too biased.

“I respect Mr. Wallace,” Ms. Lewis said during an appearance on C-SPAN Friday morning, explaining why she decided to go on Fox to discuss shocking videos recorded by activist filmmakers exposing ACORN workers giving advice on how to obtain housing to run a brothel.

“I think he really does try to be fair and balanced and thoughtful.”

Meanwhile, the White House issued a terse and sarcastic statement about their decision to give Sunday interviews to ABC, CNN, CBS, NBC and Univision, but not Fox News.

“We figured Fox would rather show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ than broadcast an honest discussion about health insurance reform,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told ABC News.

“Fox is an ideological outlet where the president has been interviewed before and will likely be interviewed again,” Mr. Earnest said. “Not that the whining particularly strengthens their case for participation any time soon.”

Mr. Earnest’s harsh remarks were prompted, in part, because Mr. Wallace called the White House a “bunch of crybabies,” during an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” earlier this week. Mr. Wallace acknowledged this during his Sept. 20 broadcast, but didn’t back down. “Every president is thin-skinned, but I wonder whether this administration, this White House, has a particular problem with criticism,” he said.

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“He’s been on everything but the food channel.” - Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, talking about President Obama’s frequent media appearances to promote his health care reform plans

Audit Fed hearing

“End the Fed” author and former 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas has secured a hearing on his bill to audit the Federal Reserve. The House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, has scheduled it for 9 a.m. Friday.

Although Mr. Paul is viewed as a libertarian outsider by many of his colleagues, his legislation to audit the Federal Reserve enjoys broad, bipartisan popularity on Capitol Hill. It has 290 co-sponsors, including every Republican member of the House and a considerable number of Democrats. The Senate’s lead sponsor of the bill is Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent and a self-described socialist. Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont are among the list of 27 co-sponsors of the Senate version of the bill, along with Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona; Jim DeMint of South Carolina; and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

“If they brought it up tomorrow, it would pass without any difficulty,” Mr. Paul said in a YouTube video recorded on Constitution Day, Sept. 17, to announce new cosponsors of the bill. “As a matter of fact, I don’t think very many would even oppose it right now because American people demand transparency, not only in all of government but especially now in the Federal Reserve. So this is a very important date and hopefully the public pressure and support for this bill will put the pressure on the Congress to make sure this bill gets passed.”

Netroots bidding

Liberal activists are auctioning off campaign memorabilia and books signed by their most beloved icons, like former White House “green jobs czar” Van Jones, to help raise money for one of their biggest yearly conferences, “Netroots Nation.”

An autographed copy of Mr. Jones’ book, “The Green Collar Economy,” is being promoted at an auction by conference organizers. At press time, the leading bid was $27.

Also up for grabs: a “Sanford for President” tote bag and a wooden stake autographed by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean that comes with a “vampire protector necklace.”

The “item description” for the stake and vampire necklace humorously explained, “On August 10th of this year, just before Netroots Nation-Pittsburgh, Lou Dobbs famously called Governor Howard Dean a ‘bloodsucking leftist’ and that he could only be stopped by ‘a stake through his heart.’ Well, just in case you run into the Governor at next year’s Convention, we recommend you bid on this for your protection.” A current bid for the stake and necklace was listed at $30.”

Amanda Carpenter can be reached at acarpenter@ washingtontimes.com.

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