Saturday, August 22, 2009

Air America: Obama a "Charming Liar" and a Fascist?

Air America interviews Greg Palast, investigative journalist (pictured at left).

First of all, who knew Air America was still around? Maybe government subsidies are keeping them propped up--it sure isn't advertising revenues. And second, who knew there was anyone working in journalism today, of whatever stripe, that could be called an investigative journalist?

This is Greg Palast being interviewed by Christiane Brown who refers to Palast as "investigative reporter extraordinaire." Greg Palast, a self-styled "progressive" investigative journalist has been lauded by the Left for his hard-hitting investigation of the Bush "cartel." Among other things, Palast wrote the New York Times best-seller, Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans--Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild, 2007.

"Doggedly independent, undaunted by power. His stories bite, they're so relevant they threaten to alter history" -Chicago Tribune

"Greg Palast is investigative journalism at its best. No one has exposed more truth about the Bush Cartel and lived to tell the story." - Baltimore Chronicle

Palast talks in the video about the $80 billion backroom deal made by Obama with Big Pharma: the pharmaceutical industry will give the federal government an $80 billion break if the feds promise not to negotiate to lower drug prices. The deal is 180 degrees from what Obama told his unquestioning supporters that he would do when they elected him President: We'll tell the drug companies, "Thanks, but no thanks" for their overpriced drugs (Obama, Oct. 2008).

Listen as Palast discusses his reaction to being "Cheneyed" by "a guy named Barack Obama." Then after a clip where Obama says that "all these negotiations" will be done on CSPAN so that the American people can follow along--the female host interviewer giggles, "He's such a, a charming liar, though. He's such a, nice guy when he lies like that."

The clip ends with Palast telling the interviewer that "I'm gonna say something that should light up your lines." What if the people out there screaming and breaking up the discussion at townhall meetings are correct? "What if," Palast ends, "we have the absolute fascist nightmare" of big government in bed with big corporate powers?

Yeah, Palast, what if? So how's the Hope & Change working out for you, fella?

When the progressives start turning on Obama, is the bloom off the rose?

Here's the clip

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