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Soledad O'Brien Eats Tim Pawlenty On National Television: VIDEO


Twice last week, CNN's Soledad O'Brien improbably caught fire on air. Her veins filled with a righteous journalistic hatred of campaign trail/party-line BS, and she did mightily smite two lesser surrogates of Gov. Mitt Romney.

The first was New Hampshire's Gov. John Sununu, who on Tuesday was so perturbed by being asked actual questions on national television that he concluded his interview by telling Ms. O'Brien to paste an Obama bumper-sticker to her forehead. The next day, Tim Pawlenty stumbled onto Soledad's show, and you can see what happened AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. Typical GOP hypocrisy.

    Posted by: shle896shle | Aug 19, 2012 4:17:52 PM

  2. How can anyone vote Republican is beyond me...

    Posted by: Andreas | Aug 19, 2012 4:22:03 PM

  3. the uk had it right the first time mitt the twitt

    Posted by: cape tom | Aug 19, 2012 4:25:01 PM

  4. Sununu? Pawlenty? And the frontmen just keep lining up to defend the indefensible.
    Sing it with me, kids, "Send In The Clowns."

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Aug 19, 2012 4:30:07 PM

  5. This is what ALL journalists should act like in ALL interviews with ALL politicians. But, of course, that requires that the journalist actually understand the issues that are going to be discussed before asking the questions so you know when the answers given are BS that need to be called BS. Most journalists don't bother educating themselves on the issues to be discussed. Or, in the case of David Gregory, most don't believe it is their job to call out lies to the public.

    Posted by: ncman | Aug 19, 2012 4:41:53 PM

  6. She has won me over. I'm a fan.

    Posted by: rustytrawler | Aug 19, 2012 4:45:02 PM

  7. I'm still waiting for Obama, who called a $9 trillion debt "unpatriotic" and pledged to cut it in half during his first term, to follow through on this pledge. Or that his "stimulus" program that would bring unemployment down. Instead, we have a $16 trillion debt and 40+ months of unemployment over 8%.

    I cannot wait for early voting to start so that I can vote against Obama.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Aug 19, 2012 4:45:42 PM

  8. brilliant, on her part. she's stating it as plain as can be and Zero-Charisma Jones desperately fails at spinning it.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 19, 2012 5:03:03 PM

  9. That's the problem with people like you, Lincoln. You're so consumed by a blind and largely unfounded hatred for Obama that you'll vote for anything other than him. Even when that other thing is demonstrably worse.

    The good news is that nobody, NOBODY, has ever won a nationwide election by simply being the other guy. You need something, however minuscule, that people can support. That people can vote FOR. And your empty suit can't even manage that.

    Posted by: Dan | Aug 19, 2012 5:05:09 PM

  10. Go Dan!

    Posted by: Jim | Aug 19, 2012 5:10:35 PM

  11. Tell us, Lincoln, exactly how does a President manage to accomplish anything when Congress refuses to help? Is he supposed to wave some magic wand that allows him to bypass the Legislative branch?

    Posted by: LiamB | Aug 19, 2012 5:17:33 PM

  12. @LincolnLounger while you are waiting, take a few minutes to review the actions of the tea party and republicans in congress who have blocked and thwarted every attempt to actually get this economy going.

    including twice taking us to the brink a government shut down.

    No President can get anything done when the racist rally cry has been from jump street to "STOP OBAMA".

    Bush left a 10 Trillion dollar deficit, which was an 87% increase from Clinton.

    The first two years of Obamas Presidency saw the deficit increase by 4 Trillion dollars thanks to legislation and actions left by the Bush administration (and in you don't get it, NO president can invalidate the laws of his predecessor by shear will. Congress has to vote to do so.)

    In that same time Obama made the decision to save 1 million jobs related to the automotive industry, stopped the illegal and immoral war in Iraq and has concentrated on ending the real war in Afghanistan.

    Obamas actions have also brought the national unemployment number down to 8.5% which would be lower if certain hard hit areas didn't artificially inflate it.

    That 4 Trillion also includes accounting for all the UN-budgeted spending by Bush in his immoral quest to spank Saddam Hussein.
    The Bush administration did not include those numbers for the calculations that make up the National Debt, they were brought back in by Obama.

    so while you are waiting, get the facts and quit spewing lies.

    Posted by: mikenola | Aug 19, 2012 5:17:40 PM

  13. gawsh I want to see more of Soledad.

    hells yeah.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Aug 19, 2012 5:19:38 PM

  14. There's a reason Pawlenty was NOT Romney's VP choice.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Aug 19, 2012 5:19:43 PM

  15. Wonderful. She eats these gop guys alive just for fun. TP didn't have a any possibilities to win this, because he isn't smart enough.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 19, 2012 5:37:42 PM

  16. Heh... at this rate it won't be long before these Teapublicans start refusing to be interviewed by Soledad. The last thing these people can deal with is not being in control of a conversation or discussion - and dealing with someone who can counter their blather with cold hard facts.

    Go Soledad O'brien!

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Aug 19, 2012 6:00:10 PM

  17. Could CNN actually be targeting viewership by calling out these party-talking-heads?

    If she continues, I'll definitely tune-in.

    Like a lot of Americans, I pretty much skip TV news entirely. They're all bad, but ABC's smarmy blend of infotainment has rendered it unwatchable to anyone w/ an iota of intelligence.

    Posted by: petensfo | Aug 19, 2012 6:09:05 PM

  18. Soledad is the only reporter on CNN who doesn't allow lying right wingers to get away with their lies, she hits them with facts and doesn't let up or let them dominate the conversation with their lies. No reporter should be "polite" and listen to lies when they have the facts right before them.

    Posted by: Zee | Aug 19, 2012 6:14:26 PM

  19. IF CNN actually had more reporters like O'Brien they wouldn't be losing so many viewers. Most of us are over and done with their reporters allowing right-wing fanatics to spout out well known lies without confronting them with the facts.

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 19, 2012 6:25:55 PM

  20. Um, since when exactly was Hank Williams Jr. ever a "charming young man"? I think you've got him confused with his daddy, Hank Williams Sr.

    Hank Williams Jr. has no talent. His entire career has consisted of milking the name of his famous father, who was a musical genius and the first superstar of country music.

    Posted by: BZ | Aug 19, 2012 6:53:34 PM

  21. Soledad for President in 2016!

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Aug 19, 2012 7:03:56 PM

  22. You really need to revise your Harry and David ads. The company has NOT provided FREE DELIVERY in over three months.

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Aug 19, 2012 7:19:36 PM

  23. LOVE seeing this total tool getting ripped apart. Could not stand him when we were stuck with him as governor. He vetoed EVERYTHING that resembled gay rights legislation for his entire two terms. He even vetoed a death benefits act. I really want his dumb ass to fade into obscurity now.

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 19, 2012 7:34:38 PM

  24. They count on nobody challenging them and that's why they say stupid things like, "well in English...". We're speaking English, you don't have to preface your statement with some piece of garbage like that. This guy is disgusting. I wish more journalists were like Soledad.

    Posted by: Nevin | Aug 19, 2012 8:07:27 PM

  25. Regardless how dumb Romney's lackey is, the fact remains that in less than four years the national debt has increased the same amount that took the previous five administrations to accumulate. And yes, there have been opposing congresses before. I don't care what his excuse is, I am not voting for Obama. This trajectory is simply not maintainable. I'd rather vote for Romney (or neither) than support what is clearly bad leadership. And yes, I voted for Obama. I took a chance on him. And I still think that I made the right decision based on what I knew about Mccain Palin.

    Posted by: blue adidas | Aug 19, 2012 8:33:49 PM

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