Obama and Romney at Al Smith Dinner

Friday, October 19, 2012

President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney appeared at the Alfred E. Smith charity dinner on October 22, 2012. (Brigid Bergin / WNYC)

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and Political Gabfest Radio panelist, comments on the current state of the presidential campaign, including last night's Al Smith Dinner that brought both candidates to NYC.


Emily Bazelon

Comments [25]

@Chris from New York

national liberal media outlets (CNN, NYTimes, NBC) - What?

Leaving you to go exactly where for your news and information? FoxNews? World News Daily?

It sounds to me like you just don't like having your bubble pricked aka are not comfortable with cognitive dissonance.

Oct. 19 2012 12:56 PM
Chris from New York

I thought Romney's joke about the media sums up my experience of this campaign.

"Obama embraced by Catholics, Romney dines with Rich People!"

Whether it's debate formats that blatantly give more time to Obama with moderators who interject and side with Obama (Candy Crowley)...

Or the NY Times / CNN/ Economist reporters that immediately blamed the Libya tragedy on some YouTube video made in Orange County, CA, that spurred spontaneous protests....

While hiding that it was a planned attack on September 11th against American diplomats and that there was such a lack of security at the consulate that a CNN reporter could walk into the building and pick up the Ambassador's personal diary.

Not only have the national liberal media outlets (CNN, NYTimes, NBC) compromised their standards to stump for Obama, but supposed "Public Radio" stations, like this one and NPR, which I thought were independent, fair and rational, have clearly bent the standards I admired.

I listened to this show religiously since 2004. I'm turning it off, along with my monthly pledge.

Oct. 19 2012 12:23 PM

@Beth from Manhattan

>>As an Obama supporter it is really disconcerting to watch his campaign really work hard to divede among race, gender, religion, class, urban/suburban, you name it. WTF?! I don't know about others, but it's certainly turning me off.

I don't see the attempts to divide that you speak of. Please illuminate with some examples.


Oct. 19 2012 11:18 AM
The Truth from Becky

I hate these things, they are so silly and pointless. There is NOTHING funny going on concerning this election right now.

Oct. 19 2012 10:39 AM
Anonymous from Manhattan

The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit is a novel by Charles Dickens, considered the last of his picaresque novels. It was originally serialized in 1843 and 1844. Wikipedia

Oct. 19 2012 10:38 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"Not a Fan" Romney meant well but the phrasing was awkward, albeit in a very subtle way.

If Romney had said that he had "binders" full of "Jews", "Blacks", or "Asians", he would have been in real trouble. It just gives the impression of a slave master or an SS officer at a death camp, going through his "binder" to see who lives and who dies. I'm not saying Romney is anyway close to that but it shows again, him being out of touch.

Oct. 19 2012 10:34 AM

A few questions.

What is wrong with giving women flexible work hours so they can spend more time with their kids?

What is wrong with looking at a binder full of women's resumes for cabinet positions in a new administration?

Apparently, these are the are thethe two most important issues to focus on?

As usual, your program is missing out on the real issues and wasting time on irrelevant talking points straight from partisan political spin wizards.

I used to think you were capable of looking at issues in fair and sound manner. I don't think that is the case any longer. WNYC is not providing true journalism, it is providing commentary. It sounds like you are watching MSNBC the evening before you air and use it as a program guide.

Enjoy my latest pledge.

Oct. 19 2012 10:32 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

DOMA - the bizarre handiwork of our own religious fundamentalists.

Oct. 19 2012 10:28 AM
Beth from Manhattan

As an Obama supporter it is really disconcerting to watch his campaign really work hard to divede among race, gender, religion, class, urban/suburban, you name it. WTF?! I don't know about others, but it's certainly turning me off.

Oct. 19 2012 10:24 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The defense of marriage act was one of the most vile pieces of legislation ever written. It goes against everything liberals, moderates, and true conservatives believe in - let's hope the Supreme Court gets rid of it.

Oct. 19 2012 10:24 AM

the internet

Oct. 19 2012 10:21 AM
kikakiki from Wall street/Harlem

Go home and have dinner with the kids is different from going home to make dinner. Question, seriously I would like an answer. Is all of Romney's charitable giving to his Church? Does the Mormon Church have Homeless shelters for non-members, orphanages and other social nets?

Oct. 19 2012 10:20 AM
Not A Fan

The binders "meme" ("meme" in and of itself is a worthless word) is so infantile and intellectually dishonest that I could put all ofthe people that have lined up behind it into binders full of idiots.

You guys have fun putting impact text over images of binders and spreading your mental diseases on your social networks while the grown ups get back to righting this country.

This whole piece is yet another in a long line of Obama apologetics. Brian says Romney was funnier amd then spends the next five minutes spinning it to Obama's favor. NPR and the liberal media (yes, I said the LIBERAL MEDIA, I'd call it a conspiracy but it's right out there in the open) makes me sick.

Oct. 19 2012 10:19 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Martin Chuzzlewit is out of control.

Oct. 19 2012 10:19 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Yeow !!!
Brian, so nasty against Ann're not even trying to hide it today.

Oct. 19 2012 10:18 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Yo, I'm really sick of this "anti-Romneyism because he's rich" line advanced by the media. This is simplistic nonsense. Most folks' problem is NOT with his lifelong wealth and socioeconomic advantage, but with what these have NOT taught him, on display in his policy.

Oct. 19 2012 10:16 AM
Tom - ex-contributor from Manhattan

oh, here we go again... BLS is getting too predictable. Let's not look too deeply at the guy we have, just attack the other on any detail possible.

Oct. 19 2012 10:16 AM

jesus christ will WNYC ever do a show taht isn't partinship or spin

Oct. 19 2012 10:16 AM
Edward from NJ

Would the "binders full of women" be legal once the Supreme Court rules on the latest affirmative action case?

Oct. 19 2012 10:16 AM

@MC -

Your post came at 10:02AM...If you're lying back for your cigarette at 2 minutes into the segment it doesn't say much for your fuse.

Just sayin'.

Oct. 19 2012 10:15 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

LOL...Barry Osama said ... "upcoming important election, so it begs the question 'What are we doing here?'"

No ... the question is what were you doing on the Jon Stewart (Jon Liebowitz)comedy show??

Oct. 19 2012 10:14 AM

Romney's delivery was better...the guest is very impartial

Oct. 19 2012 10:12 AM

Where can see/hear the whole thing?

Oct. 19 2012 10:11 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Romney was funny but towards the end, it almost felt like he was roasting Obama. I think he forgot the memo that speakers are supposed to mostly make fun of themselves.

Oct. 19 2012 10:08 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

"I'm Barack Obama .... and I approve the following message."

(Thanks, Brian. I always feel that you and I should be having a cigarette together after hearing your show.)

Oct. 19 2012 10:02 AM

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