This from Newsbusters on Monday.
Back on January 29, we discussed the daily strategy phone call engineered by Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for friendly TV commentators and “reporters.” Politico reported that Emanuel has a daily phone conference call with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and CNN’s James Carville and Paul Begala. With Rush Limbaugh’s raucous CPAC address, as he termed it his “first address to the nation,” we can see at least one example of what is likely an attack strategy resulting from the Emanuel phone session with a rush to bash Rush the day after the appearance.
And then this today:
The unholy alliance between the White House and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos goes beyond mere conference calls with President Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
The executive producer, Ian Cameron, of ABC’s George Stephanopoulos “This Week” is married to newly-confirmed United Nations Ambassador, Susan Rice.
Did they cook up this Bash Rush Limbaugh scheme? Some are saying they did. Reportedly, they all talk daily. So we have the Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel consulting? talking with? phoning? Paul Begala, James Carville, and George Stephanopoulos every day – and we find the U. N. Ambassador, Susan Rice, is married to the Executive Producer of Stephanopoulos’ ABC program.
I don’t believe they have denied these every day “strategy” calls. Anderson Cooper asks Begala last night if they are working with the White House as part of a concerted effort to bash Rush Limbaugh Here. I’m not sure what his answer was. Please listen for yourself. Guess it depends on what the meaning of “concerted” is. Of course, Begala already called Limbaugh a corpulent drug addict so I guess that speech at CPAC just played right into their plans.