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August 17th, 2012
07:07 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Friday, Aug. 17th, 2012

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We've opened a live blog for "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" this morning, to talk about the latest on the wildfires in 13 states, new scrutiny on Vice President Biden's 'chains' remark and Soledad talks with the "Fierce Five" US women's gymnastics team after their amazing Olympics performances. Soledad and our Starting Point producers will be moderating.

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  1. Malcolm Kantzler

    Todd Akin on no abortions: “The female body has ways to shut these things [contraception after rape] down.”—and he’s on a science committee?

    U can tweet this.

    August 20, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Malcolm Kantzler

    Ignorance drives much of the world’s extremism. Todd Akin has reaffirmed that, in conservative-Republican extremism, ignorance has run amok.

    August 20, 2012 at 5:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Malcolm Kantzler

    If Romney paid 13%/yr or more in tax, as claimed, it makes no sense at all NOT to release more taxes—unless he took amnesty for tax evasion.

    August 19, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Malcolm Kantzler

      Oh, and U can tweet this.

      August 19, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Malcolm Kantzler

    Outrageous—murder of miners paid slave wages to dig fat-cat platinum profits from that bloody ground—profit to rich paid with lives of poor.

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    August 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Amir Ali

    mr barak obama never made furstrated to military officials in the field n never attach with isi n bangalis /urdu in khi n drugs guy biden with big vehicles...

    August 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Malcolm Kantzler

    Saginaw cops have no tasers? Cops are quick to use them when unnecessary—yet Milton Hall had to be shot at least 25 times AFTER he was down?

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    August 17, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Malcolm Kantzler

    The vitriolic criticism of Obama by former Navy Seal, Ben Smith, reflects the Republican extreme of his “bipartisan” organization—not facts.

    OPSEC Group criticizing ops leaks is Republican arm of the Military Industrial Complex and is more concerned about military draw-downs/cuts.

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    August 17, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Malcolm Kantzler

    Biden saying “chains” was not a slavery reference—it was metaphor for the modern loss of freedom through Republican shackles on opportunity.

    “Chains” are the Republican legacy to America: poverty, lost retirements/homes/education, fewer opportunities for advancement and good jobs.

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    August 17, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Christine

    Great interview with Rep. Chaffetz. I enjoyed watching him squirm trying to explain how it wouldn't be a voucher program. Politician like to play with words instead of calling things what they really are. Keep up the good word. This was fun to see first thing in the morning.

    August 17, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. D Johnson

    Someone needs to talk to Soledad. She needs a few lessons on the art of interviewing. I get so frustrated with her interview style. It is not professional. It makes me want to change channels....and have frequently. She interrupts and does not allow the person to complete his/her thought. She loves to hear herself talk. Her body language is condesending. If she wants to be a politician, ok... then she look for a new job. Allow the interviewee to speak, ask informed questions, challenge, but do not distort what the person is saying. Soledad, be respectful, even when people do not share your views. It is their views we want to hear, not yours. Soledad, it is you that looks rediculous not the republican that you are interviewing.

    August 17, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Malcolm Kantzler

      Too often, newscasters (I won't give most of them the credit of being "journalists") do nothing more than provide equal time for persons of opposing views to relay their facts or propaganda. The president refers to this as "false balance," objects to it, and I strongly agree with the president's assessment of objective media creating a "false balance" in reporting issues with opposing viewpoints.

      He is probably referring to very respected and objective news sources, like PBS News Hour and the weekend news shows, like "Meet the Press," because he says he does not [rightly] watch TV news. And the PBS Newshour reporters are very good (or bad) about giving equal time to both interviewees (and there are always two opposing "experts") and one of them, almost always the Republican, is distorting the facts or omitting the factual basis of the cause of problems, or almost as often, attacking without providing specifics or solutions, just as Ryan points to an agenbda for change that has no road map! This is not journalism, because a journalist's job is not to just provide a platform for opposing sides to have equal time to express their platforms—it is also to recognize fact and separate it from fiction, to at least challenge it, not just let it float out there to maybe be opposed by the other speaker. This is what Soladad was doing, and it's not an interruption, because I know, and most viewers know, what the person is going to say if they're allowed to continue: the same lines they repeat from their script day after day and from venue to venue. We'd rather hear the always-avoided elaboration of specifics.

      Soladad is pressing for substantiation, contrasting claims against the facts that are inevitably left out, not just letting the sound bites go by unchallenged, and I applaud that, because no matter if it's done with finesse or the tactful mastery of a Gore Vidal, what's more important is that she's doing it—tossing the concept of "false balance" out, as any good journalist would agree should be done, and putting her guests squarely on the hot seat when they deserve to get burned.

      August 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply


    August 17, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. rker321

    As a Republican, I feel ashamed at the words of that Navy Seal. His pettiness and meaness are obvious by his words and his ad.
    To criticze Obama is fine, to now come up with all the meaness and pettines of his words do a disservice to any military operation.
    Hoping that the thinking individual can see what I saw and made me so embarrassed to call myself a Republican.
    The man has proven to be a pus in our sociaty, and is showing what many politicians are willing to do and say for their on political agenda. Shame on him.

    August 17, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Waldo


      You, being a Republican and all, are very, very concerned because, as a Republican, you, the Republican have concerns. Deep, deep Republican (you!) concerns. The type of concerns that only a Republican, like yourself, would have. Please tell me, Mr./Mrs. Republican, being a Republican (you!) and all, are your Republican concerns limited to your Republicaness, or are other political types (non-Republicans, unlike yourself, the Republican) affected by this very Republican concern of yours, a Republican type of concern? Given that we are both Republicans (wink, wink) I'm going to pass your very Republican concerns on to the Top Republican at our next Secret Republican meeting at the Masonic Temple. Your Republican concerns will get put to the top of the Republican concern list, because as a Republican (you!) you deserve it. I'll let you (the Republican) know in a secret message that you can use your Republican decoder ring to decipher.

      August 19, 2012 at 5:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Malcolm Kantzler

        "Republicaness?" This reply brings to mind Peter Sellars, going on and on as one of his outrageous characters, in "Lolita."

        August 19, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |

    I find it interesting that when ever their is a Democrat running for president, and the subject of military action is discussed their is always some group, claiming to be independant, put ads on TV blasting that candadate. They seem to always to either take the candadtes statement out of context or edit them so they say something other than what he really said. Thank you Soladad for throwing that back at him the way you did .OBTW: If he wants to jump on W. H. leaks, how about the ones the Bush administration did that actually caused Our soldgers in Iraq to be killed.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Malcolm Kantzler

      Or how about the ENTIRE Iraq thing, putting Bin Laden and al Qaeda on the back burner so Bush and Cheney could concentrate on spending blood and treasure to set up a monopoly board in the Middle East for his Halliburton and other industrial friends, with Iraq as Boardwalk! And secret energy meetings?! To coordinate the arrival of oil-resource exploitation equipment and personnel with the troop takeover. Yes, where's the anger (and the prosecution) for the treason of Iraq, and all the crimes that went along with it, many of which Cheney proudly, repeatedly confesses?

      August 19, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Carmel

    Re the Bin Laden spot:
    I really think Mr Obama overdid it when he dropped onto that aircraft carrier in military garb
    with that Mission Accomplished banner behind him
    O wait...

    August 17, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse | Reply

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