John Kerry: Media has ‘responsibility’ to ‘not give equal time’ to Tea Party

Jonathon M. Seidl
The Blaze

John Kerry has waded into the media waters and now wants the news to cut out conservatives he doesn’t agree with.

During a discussion of the debt deal and the economy on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday, the current Massachusetts senator and former presidential candidate lambasted the Tea Party and conservatives and the idea that they should be given “equal time” in the media. According to him, their ideas are so whacky that they don’t deserve air time:

“And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual.

“It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do. And the problem is everything is put into this tit-for-tat equal battle and America is losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable, of who is not accountable, of who’s real, who isn’t, who’s serious, who isn’t?”

And this guy was almost president.

Video of Kerry is at The Blaze.

More proof that the Democrats are going “All Alinsky, all the time“:

[During debt ceiling debate] Majority Leader Calls Election of Tea Party Members ‘Unfair to American People’ from


H/T GatewayPundit: “Because cutting spending is just not right.”

Update: Senator Reid said this week that Republicans would also have to accept higher taxes [“revenue increases”] or expect to see deep cuts in defense spending as part of the debt ceiling deal:

“[Republicans] have to understand today, right now, the day that we passed the bill, that they will have no legislation coming out of that committee unless revenues are a part of the mix. It’s a fact of life,” Reid said on NPR’s “All Things Considered” radio program.

“In my private conversations with the Speaker [John Boehner] and with the [Senate] Minority Leader [Mitch McConnell] over here, they assume and the legislation allows revenue will be part of the mix,” Reid said.

That might come as a surprise to Republicans who sought reassurance from their leadership regarding compromises made with Democrats, as well as the deal’s appointment of a committee tasked with putting together a deficit package later this year.

The entire article is at The Hill.

H/T Verum Serum where John has posted an article [and video] about Panetta, the Pentagon, and the President vs. Harry Reid:

As bad as many Senate and House Democrats think the deal was, they had hope that the 2nd half as dictated by the Super Committee was going to be better. That’s because the Senate Democrats worked out a doomsday scenario they were certain would be unpalatable to Republicans…

So you can understand why these folks want the Tea Party to be silenced at all costs.

Related: McCain lashes out at Tea Party, Stu loses his mind [videos] at

…“So, the guy who is responsible for the 2008 disaster is criticizing the people responsible for the 2010 victory?” Stu said. “You lost in a landslide when we listen to you. You suck! I just wanted to say that.”

“That might not be the most refined piece of analysis,” he added laughing.

Glenn opted to tear down McCain’s status as a “maverick”, saying “If a maverick means I’m getting into bed with people who want bigger government, he’s definitely that kind of maverick.”

Stu kept going after McCain later in the show. “This is a guy who said he was going to bankrupt the coal industry and he still won Pennsylvania! Do you know what? Let’s go to John McCain, a guy who lost Indiana to a socialist! Let’s go to him! That’s the guy to listen to, everybody! John McCain!”

Glenn was clear to point out that while John McCain doesn’t hate the country, he still has a progressive vision for America. “John McCain doesn’t hate his country. I think there are many people around the President that absolutely hate the United States of America. John McCain doesn’t, but he has a progressive vision for America.”

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