That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
Michael Moore writes in The Daily Beast that the Democrats’ attacks on Rush Limbaugh shouldn’t be equated with the GOP’s attacks on him.
He writes, “Some commentators (Richard Wolffe of Newsweek, Chuck Todd of NBC News, etc.) have likened this to “what Republicans tried to do to the Democrats with Michael Moore.” Perhaps. But there is one central difference: What I have believed in, and what I have stood for in these past eight years—an end to the war, establishing universal health care, closing Guantánamo and banning torture, making the rich pay more tax and aggressively going after the corporate chiefs on Wall Street—these are all things which the MAJORITY of Americans believe in, too. That’s why in November the majority voted for the guy I voted for. The majority of Americans rejected the ideology of Rush and embraced the same issues I have raised consistently in my movies and books.”
Simple Gifts: President Obama gave Gordon Brown 25 movies as a gift during the British prime minister’s visit.
Praising the Weatherman: Laurie David thinks D.C. meteorologist Bob Ryan showed courage in chided fellow professionals who claim to know what they are talking about when dismissing claims of climate change.
MPAA Perils: William Triplett writes on The Wrap that the MPAA’s budget cuts don’t bode well for its efforts to curb piracy around the world.
Cramer’s Complaint: in the face of criticism from Robert Gibbs, Jim Cramer defends his criticism of Obama.
Today’s Top Read: On Salon.com, Robert Reich pushes back against Wall Street types trying to lay blame for the falling stock market on the president, but warns of right-wing inspired populist rage.
He writes, “None of the financial wizards who are now charging Obama with leading America into the abyss have offered an alternative plan for getting us out of the mess that, not incidentally, many of these same wizards happily led us into. For years, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and the financial gurus of cable news cheered as Wall Street leveraged its way into oblivion.
“This bizarre charge wouldn’t be worth mentioning were it not a market test for a more intense attack from Wall Street and Republican media outlets next year as the nation moves into the gravitational range of the 2010 midterm elections. Republicans have made no secret of their wish to blame Obama for the bad economy, and to stir up as much populist rage against his so-called socialist tendencies as politically possible. History shows how effective demagogic ravings can be when a public is stressed economically. Make no mistake: Angry right-wing populism lurks just below the surface of the terrible American economy, ready to be launched not only at Obama but also at liberals, intellectuals, gays, blacks, Jews, the mainstream media, coastal elites, crypto socialists, and any other potential target of paranoid opportunity.”