Archive for June 6th, 2007

They All Look The Same To Fox News

For some reason, Fox News just can’t seem to keep their black Democrats straight:

On the June 4 edition of The Live Desk, Fox News showed footage of House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers (D-MI) while Fox News Washington bureau chief Brian Wilson reported on the expected indictment of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA). Later that day, Jefferson was indicted on 16 counts, including charges of racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This is not the first time Fox News has shown footage of one African-American elected official while discussing another — in the previous case, airing footage of then-Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) while talking about Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).

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The footage of Conyers was accompanied by a “Breaking News” banner that read: “Cong William Jefferson (D-LA) Facing Possible Bribery Indictment.”

On the June 5 edition of The Live Desk, host Martha MacCallum apologized for running “the wrong video to accompany” the Jefferson indictment story, but did not note the precise error — that footage of Conyers had been shown in place of Jefferson. MacCallum said: “Yesterday at this time, news of the indictment of Congressman William Jefferson came down. We mistakenly ran the wrong video to accompany this story, and we apologize for that error.” Later that day, Conyers released this statement:

Fox News has a history of inappropriate on-air mistakes that are neither fair, nor balanced. This type of disrespect for people of color should no longer be tolerated. I am personally offended by the network’s complete disregard for accuracy in reporting and lackluster on-air apology.

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Indeed, as Conyers suggested, Fox News made a similar mistake during the November 6, 2006, edition of The Live Desk, as Media Matters documented at the time. Footage of Ford played on-screen while MacCallum said, “I was reading something about evolution and it talked about virility and, you know, health and fitness and survival of the fittest. It’s sort of a natural instinct, in many ways, to look at someone like Barack Obama as you point out, and say, you know, he looks young, he looks healthy, he looks strong.”

Umm… does that last quote come across as kinda creepy and inappropriate to anyone else? Maybe I’m hypersensitive (or just wary of the source), but it kinda sounds to me like she was calling Obama a strapping young buck negro there. On the other hand, maybe it’s not so different from Roger Simon talking about Mitt Romney…

4 comments June 6th, 2007 at 08:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Gilliard Update

For friends and fans of Steve Gilliard, there is a lovely obituary by Steve’s family at The News Blog, as well as a Paypal link to help them out if you are so inclined.

June 6th, 2007 at 07:32pm Posted by Eli

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Take That!

Compassionate Conservatism at work. Do something that benefits illegal immigrants, get raided:

NEW HAVEN — Federal agents arrested 29 illegal immigrants in a raid Wednesday, two days after the city approved a program to make municipal identification cards available to them, federal officials said.

Paula Grenier, a spokeswoman for the Boston office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, confirmed that 29 immigrants who had already been ordered by judges to leave the country were arrested in a routine fugitive operation in New Haven.

She said that those arrested were in ICE custody and would be sent back to their home countries.

Kica Matos, who oversees the New Haven department that assists immigrants, said most of the arrests were in the city’s Fair Haven section, home to many immigrants. Officials believe none of the immigrants have criminal records, she said.

Matos and Jessica Mayorga, a spokeswoman for New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, said they believe the raids are related to the Board of Aldermen’s 25-1 vote this week to create all-purpose municipal identification cards. The cards will allow illegal immigrants to open bank accounts and use other services that may be unavailable without driver’s licenses or state-issued identification cards.

“Just two days ago the Board of Aldermen approved this resolution, and today we have the federal government terrifying New Haven residents and taking people away,” Matos said.

Grenier said the raids had nothing to do with the city’s approval of the ID program.

“These are routine fugitive operations,” he said. “We have teams deployed all over the U.S.”

If this were any other government, I might be able to believe that this was just a coincidence, but the Bushies are the most mean-spirited and vindictive administration this country has had since Nixon. At the least.

Some additional background:

Supporters say the ID program, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, will help keep the city’s estimated 15,000 illegal immigrants safe. If they can open bank accounts, they will not need to carry large amounts of cash, a practice that makes them easy targets for robbers.

God forbid. Now we’ll never get rid of them! All those potential illegal immigrants who were contemplating sneaking into this country but were deterred by the fear of getting mugged, they’ll just be flooding in now.

June 6th, 2007 at 07:04pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Immigration,Republicans,Wankers

Fear… Is Good. Fear Works.

Okay, so, as I understand it, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg basically urged New Yorkers to get a grip and not panic over the JFK plot or any other possible terrorist plot, which sent Michelle Malkin into a rage (I know, hard to believe, right?) at Bloomberg for being an insufficiently terrified “ostrich,” which in turn pissed off Maha, who for some strange reason does not like being told to live in constant fear (I dunno, must be a liberal thing).

Bloomberg and Maha’s pragmatic, life-goes-on-and-you-takes-your-chances attitudes are perfectly sane and understandable, and I can certainly sympathize with Maha’s anger at the idea that Seriousness On Terror = Perpetual Fear, but the thing is, she’s not really Malkin’s target audience.

As far as Republicans are concerned, NYC is a lost cause, and I’m pretty sure the crazies like Malkin and her followers would love to see that hive of liberal villainy get blowed up real good. No, Malkin’s screed was directed at everyone else, to make sure no-one forgets that Terrorism Could Strike At Any Moment, and the only truly effective countermeasure is perpetual pants-wetting (which, to be fair, would have not-inconsiderable fire-retardant properties), which is an area where the GOP really excels.

I don’t think a whole lot of people outside of the 28-percenters are really buying this anymore, but aside from gay marriage and immigration, it’s pretty much all the Republicans have left. And if there’s anything the last six years have taught us about the Republican approach to messaging, it’s that when the people are tuning you out, the only conceivable remedy is more and louder screaming.

June 6th, 2007 at 06:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers

Roger Ailes Goes Too Far

As much as I hate Fox News, I think likening them to a terrorist organization is a little harsh.

On the other hand, it does kinda dovetail with what I’ve been saying.

Frankly, regardless of what they say, Fox and the GOP in their current forms are a far bigger existential threat to America and democracy than al Qaeda will ever be.

June 6th, 2007 at 03:11pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Media,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers

Reminder For Democrats

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating:

Do not let your desire to look tough on terror/defense/security allow you to forget the importance of being tough on Republicans.

Just think back to last year’s election – who did the American people vote you in to fight?

4 comments June 6th, 2007 at 11:39am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Politics,Terrorism,War

Who Among Us

Heh. Maureen Dowd, who used the imaginary “Who among us does not love NASCAR?” quote to portray John Kerry as a snobby, out-of-touch elitist, has this to say about Hillary in her latest hit piece about “Obambi”:

In the first two Democratic debates and Monday night’s forum on faith, Hillary Clinton commanded the stage, just like a great squash player dominates the T.

Way to connect with the common man there, MoDo.

(I suppose she could be trying to frame Hillary as a squash-playing elitist, but it doesn’t read that way to me)

In case you’re wondering, the basic theme of the column is that Obama is a pussy because he won’t play the dominant alpha male or attack Hillary.

June 6th, 2007 at 11:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Wankers

News Flash

Victoria Toensing is dishonest!

I know, I could hardly believe it myself.

June 6th, 2007 at 07:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Libby/Plame,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

You know how military technologies sometimes get adapted for civilian use?

Some of our most powerful weapons have been removed from the battlefield–and sent to a shopping center near you.

“We hope that the sale of new consumer goods based on military technologies will raise funds to protect America and will help civilians in the little battles they fight each day,” said Army General Bradley Moorer.

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The first of these products, which will hit store shelves next month, is the TONAR system–a warning device built into bedroom slippers to prevent users from stubbing their toes in the dark. “The system uses ultrasonic pulses to detect hard edges and sharp corners in the wearer’s path of travel,” Moorer said. “A gentle ping alerts users to tread lightly whenever painful obstacles threaten their feet.” TONAR slippers will be available in navy.

Moorer also revealed that military vehicle designers–who introduced the Jeep and the Hummer to the American public–have returned to civilian roads with the new C-5 Galaxy Minivan.

“The giant C-5 offers four times more storage space than the largest SUV currently available–enough room to fit three high-school soccer teams and all of their equipment,” Moorer said. “And when time is scarce for loading up the C-5, the entire driver’s cab–hood, windshield, seats, and all–can be swiveled open for direct access to payload and passenger areas.”

Of course, all this convenience comes at a price: the C-5 only gets a half-mile a gallon. That’s why the Department of Defense plans to offer an in-flight refueling service for the colossal minivan. At the press of a button, the driver can summon–using the latest satellite-phone and GPS technologies–a KC-135 Suburbotanker truck. The arriving Suburbotanker will follow closely behind the C-5, attaching a hose to the minivan’s fuel port, and providing gas on the go for unlimited round-the-clock travel.

Reliable sources have also informed Weekly World News that some of the military’s most advanced projects–gadgets so new that they haven’t yet reached the battlefield–will also find their way into consumers’ hands.

A new camouflage system, which renders tanks invisible by feeding live images of background terrain into armor-mounted video screens, will soon be woven into the fabric of women’s fashions to make love handles and saddlebags disappear. Cineplex owners can look forward to new jamming technologies which will prevent cell phones from ringing in the theater of operations. And supermarkets hope to clear aisles for customers using new long-range pricing guns with laser sights.”We’re proud to share our know-how with civilians,” said General Moorer. “And we look forward to your support. Don’t forget the slogan for our spin-off campaign: ‘It is sweet and fitting to buy for one’s country.'”

Actually, the cellphone jamming sounds like a great idea – and I think there are already theaters and restaurants dabbling in that, or trying to.

Also, the byline for this story: “Kevin Lar”. Heh.

June 6th, 2007 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News


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