These 11 Celebrities Went From Rags To Riches In Real Success Stories.

Looking for some inspiration to turn your life around, and finally start making some progress on your dreams? Well look no further, we’ve got it. Contrary to popular belief, not all celebrities were born into money and fame. A lot of them had to earn their stripes the hard way, and overcome rough childhoods. It’s been said that it takes nearly 10,000 hours of practice to master any craft. These celebrities definitely put the work in. Remember people: If never try to make your dreams happen, then they’ll never happen for you.

1.) Celine Dion

Growing up, Celine Dion had a hard life. Before she was a Grammy award winning singer, Dion grew up as one of 14 children in her French-Canadian Family. Her parents both struggled to provide for the family when she was young. She’s come a long way since then. Dion is now a five time Grammy winner with an estimated net worth of $400 million. Not bad.

2.) Jim Carrey

The lovable, amazing Jim Carry grew up dirt poor. During his childhood, the whole family lived out of VW camper parked right outside the factory where his parents worked. Before getting his big break Carry jumped around from low-paying job to low-paying job. He even struggled with homelessness for a time.

3.) Leonardo DiCaprio

When Leonardo DiCaprio moved out to Hollywood to pursue his dreams, the city did not necessarily embrace him. Before his big break he fell in poverty with some shady characters and even criminals. It seems like it was worth it for Leo though, his net worth is estimated to be around $200 million.

4.) Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg grew up in tough South Boston. After he dropped out of school at age 14, teenage Wahlberg pursued a life of petty crime and drugs. He got a big wake up call after serving time for assault, and decided to turn his life around. By all accounts he’s been pretty successful at this with an estimated net worth of $165 million.

5.) JK Rowling

Before becoming the international best selling author of the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling was a struggling single mother. Life was tough for her living off of government welfare, but she stuck to it and even managed to find the time to write. The result? She’s estimated to have a net worth of $1 billion. JK Rowling is literally the definition of a rags to riches story.

6.) Oprah Winfrey

With a current net worth estimated to be $2.7 billion, Oprah is in her own category of success. She grew up in poverty on a small farm in Mississippi living with her grandmother and single mother. Oprah was also sexually assaulted by a relative when she was 9 years old. Despite the hardships of her situation she persevered and went on to become the modern day media mogul and celebrity.

7.) Arnold Schwarzenegger

Before he was the Governator and action movie superstar, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a poor immigrant from Austria. He begged and borrowed to get enough money to start his first business Pumping Bricks, which he used to finance his body building career. …and we all know how that turned out for him.

8.) Jay-Z

The rapper-turned-diversified-entrepreneur began life in the Marcy Housing Project in Brooklyn. As a teen, Jay-Z got involved in crime, but turned it around to become one of the richest, most successful celebrities in the world.

9.) Sean “Diddy” Combs

If you’re not directly familiar with Sean Combs, you definitely know his reputation. This man is a true music mogul, but he didn’t start out that way. He had a tough childhood growing up in the projects in Harlem. Combs’ father was killed in a drug related shooting. Instead of letting all that get him down, Combs persevered and now owns his own successful record label.

10.) Halle Berry

Halle Berry was raised by a single mother in Cleveland, Ohio, and like many others on this list, had a hard life. Before getting her big break, she spent time in and out of homeless shelters in New York City.

11.) Tom Cruise

The “Top Gun” star didn’t have an easy start in life as the son of an abusive father living in upstate New York. Nowadays Tom Cruise and his movies are household names. Not only that, but he has a net worth of around $270 million. H/T: Elite Daily Well, I’m inspired. Let’s go start making our dreams come true. But before you do, make sure to share this post on Facebook by clicking below.

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Obama henchman David Plouffe excuses IRS targeting of conservatives?

No, really. Former Obama adviser David Plouffe took to Twitter to spin the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. And boy, did he step in it.

What IRS did dumb and wrong. Impt to note GOP groups flourished last 2 elections, overwhelming Ds. And they will use this to raise more $.

— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) May 13, 2013

Important to note that they totally asked for it. By being successful fundraisers.

Then came the immediate backpedaling attempt. Call him out for his ludicrous tweet? You are a conspiracy theorist, natch.

Conspiracy theorists out in full force tonight. IRS actions seem indefensible. That rightly is where focus should be. 1/2

— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) May 13, 2013

My previous point was that coverage in more narrow space of political impact should capture reality of what transpired last 2 elec. 2/2

— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) May 13, 2013

Basically, politics trumps morals. As usual, for Democrats.

Why would Plouffe cast himself into the arena with a tweet like that? Not like anyone was bugging him for his opinion and he sounds stupid.

— Sunny (@sunnyright) May 13, 2013

The whole @davidplouffe argument seems to be ‘What the IRS did was bad, but…’ There should be no ‘but’.

— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) May 13, 2013

Rough week. RT @hotlinejosh: Obama adviser @davidplouffe stepped in it, on the IRS scandal nationaljournal.com/politics/did-d…

— Jonathan Blake (@blakeffm) May 13, 2013

National Journal’s Ron Fournier followed up with Plouffe via Twitter.

.@davidplouffe serious questions: Why is that important to note? Is it justification for the action you called wrong? If not, why note?

— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) May 13, 2013

And by email.

“Did David Plouffe Try To Justify the IRS Targeting Conservative Groups?” nationaljournal.com/politics/did-d… #IRS

— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) May 13, 2013

More from Fournier’s article:

I asked Plouffe to respond via Twitter, email or my cell phone. He responded within an hour. Here is his unedited email:

“In terms of impact. Reading much of the coverage layperson would get sense premeditated attempt to effectively silence political opponents. I do think not as a justification but as an evaluation of any impact it is important to note that it would not appear their aims or fundraising were affected. So indefensible behavior by IRS clearly the story. As people are doing analysis it’s a secondary point.”

Oh, well. Stupid laypeople and stuff. Or something.

Twitter users understand more than Smarter Than You Plouffe thinks that they do.

Plouffe didn’t “justify,” he just explained why Team Obama would clearly want the IRS to do this. So which is worse? nationaljournal.com/politics/did-d…

— David Freddoso (@freddoso) May 13, 2013

Follow up: Does Plouffe not consider the GOP fundraising advantage a possible motive to target them? @ron_fournier @davidplouffe

— RB (@RBPundit) May 13, 2013

Exactly @batchelorshow: Odd plouffe: why speak up at all? @ron_fournier: @rbpundit

— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) May 13, 2013

sure, laws were violated, but, see, it would tend to help my political party, and we’re the good guys, I assure you nationaljournal.com/politics/did-d…

— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) May 13, 2013

@ron_fournier @rbpundit @davidplouffe Shorter plouffe.”It’s a wash.”That is outrageous.

— lisa jennings (@agoodeye) May 13, 2013

According to David Plouffe: Because so many patriots support conservative groups the IRS is justified in targeting them.

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) May 13, 2013

Best part of Plouffe’s IRSplaining: the GOP you’ve been told is going extinct is suddenly “flourishing” – twitter.com/davidplouffe/s…

— Chris Hayes’ Bike (@JimmyPrinceton) May 13, 2013

Heh. Good point!

Shorter Pfieffer / Plouffe: “None of this on IRS was political and even if it was Boosh.”

— bradcundiff (@bradcundiff) May 13, 2013

Twitter users respond to Plouffe via Twitter and rightly give him the business.

@davidplouffe @bethking53 I must have missed that Newspeak class in my failing government school!

— Robert F Beers (@bobbyboy55) May 13, 2013

@davidplouffe @jamestaranto So you’re not excusing what the IRS is doing. You’re just reminding us why it’s okay.

— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) May 13, 2013

@jasonbwhitman With his tweet tonight, @davidplouffe may well have invented ‘situational amorality’.

— WitCoHE (@EricStrobel) May 13, 2013

@davidplouffe but your “important to note” thought seems justify IRS actions because they “overwhelmed” D’s fundraising. Wrong is wrong.

— Hair (@SHannitysHair) May 13, 2013

@davidplouffe You’re trying to change the subject and reframe the debate. Oh, wait, am I going to get audited now?

— Thomas Galvin (@ThomasGalvin) May 13, 2013

Politicize EVERYTHING MT @davidplouffe What IRS did dumb & wrong. Impt to note GOP flourished last 2 elex…& will use this to raise more $

— Jay Cost (@JayCostTWS) May 13, 2013

@davidplouffe Important to note why? How are future GOP fundraising #s relevant to federal agency engaging in political persecution?

— Sunny (@sunnyright) May 13, 2013

So where does the buck stop? MT @davidplouffe: What IRS did dumb and wrong, (but) GOP groups flourished last 2 elections, overwhelming Ds.

— Pølitical Møøse™ (@Political_Moose) May 13, 2013

@davidplouffeAre you mad? Conspiracy theory?Clever use of code words.Truth out in full force, better go hide.

— llsmith2449 (@llsmith2449) May 13, 2013

@ron_fournier @rbpundit Something awfully wrong w your assessment –>@davidplouffe Trading politics for morals, get that.You sold your soul.

— lisa jennings (@agoodeye) May 13, 2013

Shorter @davidplouffe : @gop groups raised a lot of money last cycle so who cares if the IRS assaulted their right to free speech.

— Jason B. Whitman (@JasonBWhitman) May 13, 2013

@davidplouffe doesn’t seem like this is a “yes, but…” type of issue.

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) May 13, 2013

@ron_fournier @davidplouffe what plouffe said was extraordinary and stupid at the same time.I hope I don’t get audited now.

— John Feehery (@JohnFeehery) May 13, 2013

@davidplouffe that “condemnation” of what your boss’ IRS did to conservative groups must have taken an *awfully* long time to compose…

— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) May 13, 2013

@davidplouffe You know that makes you sound like you live in a moral vacuum, right?

— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 13, 2013

Too bad Nixon didn’t have someone as smart as @davidplouffe to explain that the Watergate break-in wasn’t even successful. No big deal.

— L K (@OrwellForce) May 13, 2013

Using @davidplouffe’s logic, bank robbers should be excused because the banks have way more money than the robbers do.

— Jay Caruso (@jaycaruso) May 13, 2013

.@davidplouffe The fact that @gop groups flourished the last two years does not excuse the IRS’ behavior. And your conclusion is ludicrous.

— Jason B. Whitman (@JasonBWhitman) May 13, 2013

Doh! David – stop digging! Or.. go ahead really.. RT @ron_fournier: Thank you, @davidplouffe, for getting back to me: nationaljournal.com/politics/did-d…

— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) May 13, 2013

Yes, David. Keep spinning. Spin like the wind! It can only serve to further expose your lack of morals.

ICYMI: Obama’s IRS targeted #TeaParty groups & advisor @davidplouffe‘s biggest concern is…GOP fundraising. #p2 twitpic.com/cq6ov2

— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) May 13, 2013

Yo @davidplouffe@iowahawkblog is talking to you.If you think IRS is bad only insofar as they help the GOP you are pathetic moral cretin

— Andrews Dad (@Andrew_Dad) May 13, 2013

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David Plouffe says Romney most conservative nominee since Goldwater; hilarity ensues

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/05/13/well-they-were-flourishing-david-plouffe-excuses-irs-targeting-of-conservative-groups/


But Thats None Of My Business

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DOJ drone memo revealed; Twitter reveals Obama’s drone quotes

Well, that’s a win right there. But, there’s more. The White House is trying to distance itself from its own Department of Justice and the leaked confidential memo on drone strike policy, which revealed a very lenient policy indeed. Givers on Twitter decide to help the president out with some drone strike quotes.

Have at it, Twitter!

“I’m in this race… to gather with you to transform a nation. Also, I want to kill you with drones.” #ObamaDroneQuotes

— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) February 5, 2013

If you’ve got a business, I’m going to destroy it. #ObamaDroneQuotes

— Andrew Warren (@andrew_warren) February 5, 2013

#ObamaDroneQuotes I wonder how many skeets I can get with this?

— Glenn Amurgis (@gamurgis) February 5, 2013

#ObamaDroneQuotes You all are bumps in the road

— woot6(@woot6) February 5, 2013

Let me be clear, together we can make the investments we need to ensure every Americancan be reached by a drone. #obamadronequotes

— Campaign for Liberty (@C4Liberty) February 5, 2013

#ObamaDroneQuotes As Hillary Clinton would say” What difference at this point does it make?” Especially if you’re blown to atoms.

— NickStuart (@NickStuart) February 5, 2013

RT @heminator: “If you like your health insurance you can keep it. If you don’t like it, I’ll nuke it with drones.” #ObamaDroneQuotes

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) February 5, 2013

American Al-Qaeda operatives are just bitter, clinging to their lives.#ObamaDroneQuotes

— Christopher Anderson (@MoronPundit) February 5, 2013

… the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal and I blew up Americans with drones. #Obamadronequotes

— ExKev (@ExurbanKevin) February 5, 2013

Bam! Keep them coming!

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/02/05/obamadronequotes-doj-drone-memo-revealed-twitter-reveals-obamas-drone-quotes/


These 25 Photoshop Attempts Are Utterly Ridiculous. Seriously, WHAT THE??

Theoretically, photographers should use Photoshop to touch up their photos in reasonable ways (adjusting brightness, fixing small blemishes, reducing red eye). What they absolutely shouldn’t be doing is any of the nonsense you’ll see in the list below. They took reality and twisted it into something horrifying. Each of these images were actually used.

Either that or Ralph Lauren models are actually alien corpses.

1. The time Microsoft thought business was better with white dudes.

2. The time Toronto realized they didn’t have enough black men in their magazines.

3. The time Ralph Lauren photoshopped a model into a skeleton.

4. The time Demi Moore had a body double.

5. The time Madonna took 10 years off of her face.

6. The time these kids were looking at some inappropriate web sites.

7. The time Britney Spears was having fun in her fantasy land.

8. The time Kelly Clarkson had this album cover.

9. The time Eminem’s eyes were soulless and evil.

10. The time Adam Lambert looked like this.

11. The time the entire country of Poland was racist.

12. The time Kim Kardashian lost her cellulite.

13. The time a model had a dead, floating hand.

14. The time Mariah Carey’s hand was gigantic.

15. The time Beyonce’s skin totally changed.

16. The time Beyonce had four freaky fingers.

17. The time this model had nightmare hands.

18. The time a Cheerios box had an evil eye.

19. The time Madonna somehow looked like this.

20. The time this guy’s creepy face was everywhere.

21. The time this animal was created (a lop-eared kuppy?).

22. The time Ralph Lauren refused to Photoshop models realistically… again.

23. The time a movie studio thought Couples Retreat would be better without the black couple.

24. The time another movie studio thought Sarah Jessica Parker looked like this.

25. The time Victoria’s Secret left out an important butt crack.

Thanks, media! You have so thoroughly lied to us that now it’s hard to tell what’s real and what isn’t.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/photoshopped-images/


Are Things Finally Looking Up For Minimum Wage Workers?

The country’s largest employer will pay a minimum of $10 an hour by next year, and job openings are at a post-recession high. The National Retail Federation calls it “the power of the marketplace”; others say there’s still a long way to go.

Kevork Djansezian / Reuters / Reuters

Walmart on Thursday became the latest — and by far the largest — employer to announce a wage increase for its lowest-paid employees, reflecting what could finally be a strong economy paying off for low-income workers.

Walmart said that in April, the lowest wage in is U.S. stores will rise to $9 an hour, and go up to $10 in 2016, with some managers getting a raise to $13 that would eventually go up to $15. Overall, the company said, the new pay structure would affect some 500,000 workers. Gap, Ikea, and the insurance company Aetna have all announced similar plans to increase their wages, but none will have the effect of Walmart, the country’s largest private-sector employer.

“It’s one more sign that the job market is getting tighter,” said Gary Burtless, an economist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Burtless pointed to a range of data indicating that the labor market has improved significantly. Overall job growth — some 3.1 million new jobs created in 2014 — is at its highest level since the late 1990s, while the unemployment rate has dropped to 5.7%.

The number of job openings hit 5 million in December, the highest level since January 2011, the Labor Department said, while the number of new hires, 5.1 million, was the highest since November 2007. Also, more workers are feeling comfortable quitting their jobs, with the level of quits climbing throughout the recovery, with the “quit rate” hitting 1.9%, which Burtless said was “close to where it is in a fairly mature economic expansion.”

The number of job openings has surpassed its pre-recession high.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

“There are unmistakable signs that it’s easier for people stuck in a low wage job to find a slightly less poorly paid job, there are more job openings available, and a lot of workers are taking advantage of that,” Burtless said. For low-wage employers like Walmart, employee turnover can be quite high, so any tightness in the labor market can make it much harder to hire new people.

And while wages have been largely stagnant following the recession, there have been some gains among the lowest-income workers. The left-leaning Economic Policy Institue released data showing that, from 2013 to 2014, real hourly wages fell for every wage level except a small increase at the 40th percentile and a bigger jump at the 10th percentile, which EPI largely attributed to state and local minimum wage increases.

Wages for the lowest-earning workers increased last year.

EPI

Almost immediately following Walmart’s announcement, the National Retail Federation said that the wage increase was “just another example of the power of the marketplace” and cautioned against “government mandates that arbitrarily require businesses to implement politically driven policy.” The NRF has long opposed an increase in the federal minimum wage.

Josh Bivens, the research director at EPI (which receives some funding from unions), responded, calling the NRF’s argument “a mix of stupid and self-serving” and saying that some 27 million workers would see thier wages go up if the federal minimum wage were increased to $10.10.

“The fact that an announcement that some workers in one company might get a raise is treated as a newsworthy blockbuster shows just how far we have to go before we have an economy that is genuinely working for most Americans,” Bivens said in a statement.

But since 2007, only wages for the highest earners have gone up.

EPI

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewzeitlin/are-things-finally-looking-up-for-minimum-wage-workers


Czech bakery in West, Texas, is selling kolaches hand over fist

In the wake of the massive fertilizer plant explosion 10 days ago, things haven’t been easy in West, Texas.

One bright spot: the town’s famous Czech Stop and Little Czech Bakery, which continue to do brisk business in kolaches and other Czech goodies.

supporting west (@ Czech Stop and Little Czech Bakery) 4sq.com/ZF7pqq

— LaBrett Horn-Homuth (@texaschick67) April 28, 2013

Czech stop is busy today! #west @ Czech Stop instagram.com/p/Yp6q8XmHY4/

— Natalie Minchillo (@marcnatandcat) April 28, 2013

Customers lined up nearly out the door at Czech Bakery in West, Texas. twitter.com/mrclean2012/st…

— Ken Emanuelson (@mrclean2012) April 28, 2013

Drove up to the Czech Bakery in West for the 1st time since the explosion. Sad to see the destruction.… instagram.com/p/YoGIeKxDEf/

— Scott Ayres (@scottayres) April 27, 2013

The Czech Stop always delivers! Enjoying some delicious kolaches and supporting West, TX. instagram.com/p/YqMASthzJr/

— Stephen Moffatt (@stephenmoffatt) April 28, 2013

Everyone has a good time at The Czech Stop.

we are stuck at the Czech stop and it’s hot and we all smell disgusting

— alexa (@AlexaLovesYou) April 28, 2013

Well, almost everyone.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/28/czech-bakery-in-west-texas-is-selling-kolaches-hand-over-fist/


Place your bets: How long until David Axelrod calls Gov. Scott Walker a Koch whore?

On the rare occasion the online Left can’t quite manage the mental contortions required to blame Bush for something, the Koch Brothers serve as a handy backup. When the Left is losing, anyone who disagrees is a Koch whore, a Koch sucker, or a slimy, slithering tentacle of the Kochtopus.

Walker is the bitch of the Koch whores#WalkerRecall

— Debra . (@Deb4Obama) June 5, 2012

So, the Koch-sucker Walker is still in orifice. #SituationNormalAllFuckedUp

— Steve Morton (@srm1138) June 6, 2012

@roastydog Union-busting bastard Repub Gov. #Walker funded by #Kochtopus faces recall election. Important regardless of who replaces him.

— Douglas Edwards (@SebastosPublius) June 5, 2012

Edgy, right?

But why should left-wing bloggers and Twitterers have all the fun? After Wisconsin voters rebuked Big Labor and fiscal insanity at the polls, David Axelrod wanted in on the action. And you know he means business because ALL CAPS.

WI recall: Billionaire Koch Bros ALONE gave Walker nearly double what Barrett raised IN TOTAL & lined up millions more. http://t.co/zTFMlmQf

— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 6, 2012

Riiiight. Because it couldn’t possibly be that Wisconsinites are fed up with job-killing progressive policies.

One itsy bitsy problem with Axelrod’s claim:

Axelrod blames the Kochs, links to a piece listing big donors, NONE OF WHOM ARE CHARLES OR DAVID KOCH http://t.co/ezCr5Klz

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) June 6, 2012

Oopsie!

It’s also worth pointing out that Axelrod was so dizzy from all the spinning, it never occurred to him he was linking to an article about the “Billionaire Koch Bros” at Soros-supported Mother Jones.

@davidaxelrod Funny how U tweet about Koch bro donations but U R just fine with Soro's funding??? HYPOCRITE! #gop #teaparty #conservative

— ♕ Preso Princess (@S2G2Yep) June 6, 2012

More reaction to Axelrod’s nuttery:

Distraught over impending trouncing in Nov, @davidaxelrod rambling incoherently about Koch bros. #Wisconsin #TCOT #freedom

— John Galt Report (@JohnGaltReport) June 6, 2012

Can someone explain to Obama's Chief Idiot (aka @davidaxelrod) that Americans For Prosperity does not equal "Koch Bros ALONE"? Thanks.

— RB (@RBPundit) June 6, 2012

hey, @davidaxelrod have a Koch and a smile. :-)

— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) June 6, 2012

.@davidaxelrod How abouts you list out the millions that unions spent in tangential efforts? That evens it out a bit.

— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) June 6, 2012

Hey @DavidAxelrod has Obama called you to console you on the loss of your mind? No? A tweet at least? #Crackselrod

— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) June 6, 2012

Expect MSNBC talking heads to trumpet the Koch talking point.

Rachel @Maddow is reporting that the Koch brother have returned to bat form and flown back to Valhalla where they will slumber and feed.

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) June 6, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/06/place-your-bets-how-long-until-david-axelrod-calls-gov-scott-walker-a-koch-whore/


Ben LaBolt says media’s fawning treatment of Obama is ‘GOP myth’

What did Peggy Noonan write that has the Obama campaign’s Ben LaBolt playing the PolitiFact home edition? Noonan wasn’t impressed with Steve Kroft’s swooning “60 Minutes” tongue-bath of the president and Hillary Clinton, an embarrassing spectacle that Twitter quickly rebranded as “60 Shades of Gray.” Even Fox News political analyst Kirsten Powers, a Democrat, declared it nothing less than an example of “state-run media.”

Noonan piles on in her new column, calling Kroft’s interview “a truly scandalous example of the genre. It was so soft, so dazzled, so supportive, so embarrassing.”

Peggy Noonan today eviscerates Steve Kroft interview of Obama and Clinton on 60 Minutes as “shameful” and “fawning” online.wsj.com/article/declar…

— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) February 9, 2013

Noonan: So God Made a Fawner on.wsj.com/UGWQ4Z via @wsj Peggy Noonan pays respect to Paul Harvey, Slams Stever Kroft. Good job!

— Elizabeth Scalia (@TheAnchoress) February 8, 2013

But was Kroft’s interview business as usual for the mainstream media? LaBolt says “studies” prove otherwise. Those studies turn out to be one study published by the Pew Research Center last April. The focus of that study was the media’s propping up of Mitt Romney at the expense of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich following Romney’s primary victory in Michigan. What does that have to do with Obama and the kid glove treatment? The study found that “the media have been treating [Obama] more as a presidential candidate than a chief executive for months. Since November, nearly two-thirds (63%) of the coverage about Obama were framed around political strategy and momentum.”

Whoa, harsh! In covering the campaign, the press at times treated Obama as a candidate. Take that, Noonan. Myth? Busted.

@benlabolt @barackobama Nobody buys that for a minute.Nice try.

— KCFrew (@KnoxvilleKC) February 9, 2013

I don’t blame them for doing propaganda—that’s what White Houses do. But it’s hard not blaming Mr. Kroft and 60 Minutes for being part of it

— Peggy Noonan (@Peggynoonannyc) February 9, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/02/09/ben-labolt-says-medias-fawning-treatment-of-obama-is-gop-myth/


Gene Simmons: ‘Not a fan of Che, but he clearly made one good choice’ [pic]

Gene Simmons never misses an opportunity to promote KISS or himself, but he’s no member of the cult of Che Guevara. He shares this Twitter user’s distaste for “those in the entertainment business who wear the likeness of a man who’d confiscate their wealth & imprison them.”


http://twitter.com/#!/genesimmons/status/347643299705782272

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/06/20/gene-simmons-was-not-a-fan-of-che-but-he-clearly-made-one-good-choice-here-pic/