Posts filed under 'Media'

Teh Serious

Okay, sure, I can sort of buy Krugman and Lemieux’s premise that horrible ideas like austerity, torture, and endless war all stem from the same macho impulse to to prove oneself a Manly Serious Man Of Action Who Can Make The Hard Choices, but why is it that it always seems to be someone else who pays the price for those “hard choices”?

It’s kinda hard to respect the machismo and courage of a pundit or politician who calls upon complete strangers to make sacrifices instead of themselves or their family, friends, or peers.  If I saw Cheney and Dubya personally ducking bullets in Baghdad, or Paul Ryan urging tax increases for himself and his wealthy benefactors as the first step to shrink the deficit, then I would be impressed.

Maybe Atrios has it right after all, and they really are sadists.

May 20th, 2013 at 06:18pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Iraq,Media,Politics,Social Security,Taxes,Torture,Wankers

Great Moments In Journalism

Jeffrey Goldberg discovers that people who were tortured by Saddam Hussein think that the US deposing him was a good thing.  Such insightful reporting, and such a surprising result!

April 9th, 2013 at 11:34am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Media,Wankers,War

So it Has Come To This

Our media landscape is now so thoroughly debased that Rupert Murdoch buying up the Tribune Company is apparently the best outcome we can hope for.

March 12th, 2013 at 07:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Wankers

It All Depends On What Your Definition Of “Prominent” Is

Mr. Pierce spots a very simple difference between “Republicans” and pro-Marriage Equality “Prominent Republicans” – can you guess what it is?

P.S. Surely President Obama wouldn’t want to find himself to starboard of so many PROMINENT Republicans, right?

(h/t Teddy)

February 26th, 2013 at 08:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Teh Gay,Wankers

Even Fox News Thinks Paul Ryan Is A Lying Liar

Especially brazen is that Ryan continues to blame Obama for a GM plant that closed under Bush, even after it was thoroughly debunked.  But then again, that’s kinda what Republicans do.

August 30th, 2012 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans,Romney,Wankers

Nice Try.

AP did their best to try to make the alternative to Social Security benefit cuts sound as unappealing as possible, asking people if they would rather “raise taxes” than cut benefits, but their respondents still preferred that to cutting benefits by a 53-36 margin.

Now imagine what that margin would be if they had asked about keeping the rate the same but raising or eliminating the cap on the payroll tax cap so that the rich pay the same effective rate as everyone else.  Too bad that seems to be almost a taboo subject, probably because the fix is in.

August 28th, 2012 at 07:10am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Polls,Social Security,Wankers

The Explanation Is Simple

Obviously the media doesn’t let women talk about birth control or abortion or gender equality because they’d be too biased.  Duh!

This is why TV guests and newspaper columnists should only commentate on topics that don’t affect them personally and which they know nothing about.  Oh right, we’re already there.

1 comment June 1st, 2012 at 07:24pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Choice,Media,Politics,Sexism,Wankers

Profiles In Courage

Well, Rush and the Hall Of Famous Missourians certainly seem confident about how well-loved he is…

The conservative radio talk show host was inducted in a state Capitol ceremony. But in a break from tradition, the public and Democratic lawmakers were not allowed into the chambers of the House of Representatives, which were locked and guarded by armed members of the Missouri Highway Patrol while the ceremony took place.

In fact, news of Limbaugh’s induction ceremony was not made public until 20 minutes before it began. The event was invitation-only and attended by a crowd of mostly Republican lawmakers and staff.

Well, that’s certainly not paranoid at all – it only sounds like a presidential visit to Afghanistan.  This is my favorite part:

Limbaugh, who’s from Cape Girardeau, praised Tilley for standing up to critics who felt his inclusion in the hall with 40 other members was not appropriate.

“He hung in. He was tough. He laughed at them when they called his office, which is what you have to do because they are deranged. They’re literally deranged,” Limbaugh said. “He stood up to it and in fact enjoyed it and threw it right back at them. I want to thank him for that.”

Oh yeah, everyone involved is so very brave and tough, standing up to naysayers behind locked doors and armed guards.

May 16th, 2012 at 07:03am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Pot Vs. Kettle

This is just too hilarious:

“I have never seen Sen. Schumer address any issue unless it was political in the United States Senate,” McCain told Van Susteren. “Bob Dole once said, the most dangerous place to be in Washington D.C. is between Sen. Schumer and a television camera.”

“That holds true today,” he added.

In other news, Kim Kardashian accused Paris Hilton of being a shallow publicity hound.

April 27th, 2012 at 07:42am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: McCain,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Carson Daly Is A Wee Tiny Of A Man

I have never ever liked Carson Daly, and I hope Mark Bingham’s mom has made his homophobic ass feel about two inches tall.

March 30th, 2012 at 07:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Teh Gay,Wankers

Of Coarse

Despite Rush Limbaugh basically calling all women who use birth control sluts and prostitutes and pretty much spewing anti-woman (and anti-gay, and anti-minority) bile every single day, Peggy Noonan still thinks the left is worse because Matt Taibbi made a dick joke about her once.

So, Peggy, have you met Robert Stacy McCain?

That’s the way to do it, NYPD! Give ‘em a sweet taste of the nightstick!

But doesn’t NYPD have tasers? Jack ‘em up with some high voltage!

Billy clubs, tasers, pepper spray, whatever it takes to keep Marxist scum off the streets of New York, do it. These whiny deadbeats are a menace to public safety — scabies! tuberculosis! rape! — and if they refuse to disperse peacefully, they have thereby declared war on the law-abiding citizens of New York, whom the NYPD are sworn to protect and serve.

There are reports that a handful of Occupy protesters were hospitalized with injuries. Unfortunately, it was only a handful, and none of those injuries were wounds from 9mm pistols or 12-gauge riot guns.

There are certainly exceptions, but on the whole, the right uses cleaner language to say much uglier things.

March 19th, 2012 at 07:46am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Too Good To Be True?

Could it be that Rush really is in trouble?

Premiere Networks, which syndicates the Rush Limbaugh show, told its affiliate radio stations that they are suspending national advertising for two weeks. Rush Limbaugh is normally provided to affiliates in exchange for running several minutes of national advertisements provided by Premiere each hour. These ads are called “barter spots.” These spots are how Premiere makes its money off of Rush Limbaugh and other shows it syndicates.

(…)

Earlier today, ThinkProgress exclusively reported that 140 advertisers, including dozens of major national corporations, had requested their ads no longer air on Rush Limbaugh. Lifelock and Lear Financial are among the only companies standing by Limbaugh.

Even more dramatic:

Premiere Networks, which distributes Limbaugh as well as a host of other right-wing talkers, sent an email out to its affiliates early Friday listing 98 large corporations that have requested their ads appear only on “programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity).”

It’s nice to finally see them facing some kind of consequences, but I’ll believe they’re in real trouble when I see Rush and all the other professional hatemongers out on their asses.  The same goes for believing that the GOP will actually pay an electoral price for its eternal war on women.  I’ve been disappointed before.

1 comment March 13th, 2012 at 07:48am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Sexism,Wankers

Great Moments In Journalistic Balance

From Michel Hiltzik’s column about how 501(c)4 “non-profit” organizations are used to bypass campaign finance disclosure requirements:

I don’t mean to pick on Rove or the Republicans here; Democratic Party operatives and the Obama campaign are certain to exploit the same dodge as fundraising for the November election kicks into gear.

“I can’t actually find any Democratic examples, but I’m sure there will be some eventually.”

March 5th, 2012 at 07:54am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans

Thomas Sowell Sure Has Our Number

If only progressives could be as humble as conservatives, who are always so willing to admit that they don’t have all the answers, especially when spouting lies and outright nonsense.

I guess this is why only Democratic governments produce unintended consequences like endless military quagmires, increased Muslim extremism, and economic collapses.

February 17th, 2012 at 07:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Right-Wing Nuts Can’t Understand Why Mitt Romney Won’t Listen To Them

Perhaps Mitt is looking past the primaries and ahead to the general election, when being the NewsMax/Fox News/Weekly Standard candidate is just maybe not as great an asset as they think it is.

February 16th, 2012 at 07:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans,Romney

The Only Solution?

It’s funny how whenever Republicans complain about the supposed epidemic of people casting votes in the name of the deceased, they always use it to argue that we need voter ID laws, and never that we need to improve the process for removing dead people from the voter rolls.

I’m sure it just never occurred to them.

January 26th, 2012 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Republicans,Wankers

Great Moments In Defense Strategy

James Murdoch explains that he wasn’t aware of the full extent of the News Of The World phone hacking scandal because he couldn’t be bothered to read all of an email from a company lawyer trying to warn him about a “nightmare scenario.”

Regardless of whether he’s lying or telling the truth, I think it’s safe to say that he really should never be allowed to manage anything ever again.

December 14th, 2011 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Wankers

Not Too Slow On The Uptake

I thought this was kind of hilarious.  Gloria Borger worries that a tent full of clowns and elephants might turn into a circus.

December 8th, 2011 at 07:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans

Bobo Sort Of Gets It?

Amazing.  David Brooks actually acknowledges that Obama really isn’t nearly as anti-business and pro-regulation as Republicans keep claiming he is, and even admits that what regulation there is has not been the cause our chronic high unemployment.

He still seems to think Obama’s imposed too much regulation, just because.  But at least it’s progress of a sort.

December 6th, 2011 at 07:48am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Media,Obama,Politics,Republicans

General Vs. Specific

Thomas Sowell attempts to make the case that Republican presidential candidates should let their conservative flag fly, rather than tacking to the center or “trying to be all things to all people”.

I think Obama is widely disliked enough at this point that a candidate like Reagan (Sowell’s sole example of a successful Republican candidate who ran as a conservative) could unseat him, but who would that be, exactly?  The column’s primary purpose appears to be to persuade Republican primary voters not to vote for Romney, but which of the conservative candidates are going to appeal to mainstream voters?

Cain is an unserious loose cannon who gets accused of sexual misconduct on a daily or weekly basis.  Bachmann is batshit crazy-eyes insane.  Rick Perry is dumb as rocks and will give people Dubya flashbacks.  And Gingrich is a pompous unlikable family values hypocrite.  Unpopular as Obama is, it would be a gamble at best to assume that a majority of voters would flock to any of those alternatives.

Reagan was a conservative, yes, but he was also a very charismatic and skilled politician, running against an unpopular failed incumbent.  The 2012 GOP field has the second element going for them, but not the first.

November 30th, 2011 at 07:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans

The Inspirer

April 1st is almost five months away, so I have to assume that James Rosen was dead serious when writing his ridiculous column about how George W. Bush deserves credit for “inspiring” the Arab Spring because he single-handedly created the idea that Arab countries can have democracy too.  Seriously, I’m not kidding.

The idea that Dubya’s Soaring Democracy Talk “inspired” Middle Eastern Muslims to do anything other than join al Qaeda is laughable and pathetic.  It’s like me taking credit for the Giants winning yesterday because I told them they just had to beat the Patriots.

November 7th, 2011 at 08:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Foreign Policy,Media,Republicans,Wankers

Remember When The Tea Party Was The New Silent Majority?

I seem to remember media (and politicians) making a big deal out of polls showing that some huge percentage of Americans “supported” the Tea Party, and both parties were eager to appease them.

How things can change…

[Occupy Wall Street] has a 54% favorability rating compared to the conservative group’s 27%, according to a new Time magazine poll.

A sizable number – 23% – said they didn’t know enough about the Wall St. protesters to make a decision.

In contrast, 23% said they had a negative opinion of Occupy Wall Street compared to 65% who said the Tea Party’s influence has been negative or negligible.

Who ever could have guessed that a message about corrupt rich people and corporations hijacking our country for their own gain would be more popular than “Fuck the poor”?

(I also find it hilarious when teabaggers and Republicans indignantly complain about how the Occupiers are angry, rude, divisive and negative.  Not like those nice polite people who were carrying guns and shouting down their elected representatives at healthcare town halls, or carrying misspelled signs portraying the President Of The United States as an African witch doctor with a bone through his nose.)

October 14th, 2011 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Media,Politics,Polls,Republicans

Why Does George Will Hate Billionaires?

George Will is deeply offended by Elizabeth Warren’s obvious communism, clearly on display in this statement here:

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there — good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. . . . You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea — God bless, keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.

Will’s epically point-missing response:

Everyone knows that all striving occurs in a social context, so all attainments are conditioned by their context. This does not, however, entail a collectivist political agenda.

Such an agenda’s premise is that individualism is a chimera, that any individual’s achievements should be considered entirely derivative from society, so the achievements need not be treated as belonging to the individual. Society is entitled to socialize — i.e., conscript — whatever portion it considers its share. It may, as an optional act of political grace, allow the individual the remainder of what is misleadingly called the individual’s possession.

Will thinks that “collectivists,” otherwise known as “people who want a functional country,” believe that the government should collect taxes from corporations and the wealthy solely as some sort of reward or payback for the generosity that made their individual successes possible.  But that’s not it at all – we believe that the government should collect taxes from corporations and the wealthy in order to preserve and grow the foundation for future individual successes.

Starving the government to satisfy some misguided fetish of rugged individualism and self-reliance will make it increasingly difficult for future – and current – entrepreneurs to succeed, as they try to produce, sell and transport their products with poorly educated workers, slow internet connections, and crumbling roads and rail.  More and more of them will either flee to or be out-competed by countries that recognize the value of investing in themselves.

Taxes are not a prize that government arbitrarily awards itself for being generous and awesome.  Taxes are the revenue that government uses to build infrastructure and weave a safety net, making it easier to take risks and then make them pay off.

Will thinks that any government that collects taxes is socialist, that our system is hopelessly tilted against businesses. But the reality is the exact opposite – just ask Dwayne Andreas:

[Archer Daniels Midland CEO Dwayne] Andreas recently told a reporter for Mother Jones, “There isn’t one grain of anything in the world that is sold in a free market. Not one! The only place you see a free market is in the speeches of politicians. People who are not in the Midwest do not understand that this is a socialist country.

Hey, I guess we’re both right!

1 comment October 6th, 2011 at 10:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Word Choice Of The Day

Chicago Business makes it sound like Obama’s supporters just got bored and wandered off:

President Barack Obama’s Chicago-based re-election campaign has a hometown problem: the donors and volunteers who have lost interest after launching his run for the White House four years ago.

Obama’s problem isn’t that his supporters have “lost interest,” it’s that they’ve been paying attention.

September 28th, 2011 at 07:36am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Media,Obama,Politics

The Source Of All Obama’s Problems Is Revealed!

It was Bill Daley all along!

Never mind that Obama was a lousy president who collaborated with (or at the very least capitulated to) the GOP and frittered away huge congressional majorities long before Bill Daley showed up, or any other little minor details like that…

I think the main reason for the focus on Bill Daley is that he’s not Obama, or Geithner, or Holder, or any of Obama’s other corrupt and/or craven agency heads and cabinet members.  Obama sucked before Bill Daley, and he continues to suck now.  Bill Daley is not the problem, although he is equally clearly not the solution.

September 17th, 2011 at 12:17pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Politics

What I’ve Been Saying

Apparently it took an unpleasant healthcare experience for columnist Allan Sloan to realize that private insurance is also a bureaucracy.  Which is what I said over two years ago:

If there must be a bureaucrat between me and my doctor, I would much prefer that said bureaucrat does not have a vested interest in denying me care.

See also: My post from yesterday.

September 15th, 2011 at 07:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Media

Strawman Of The Day

Thomas Sowell courageously attacks those who oppose the creation of wealth.

The thing is, no one that I know of is actually opposed to wealth creation.  But I and most other progressives are opposed to creating wealth solely for the enrichment of the wealthy.  If everyone else had a little more wealth, that just might create a virtuous cycle of consumer demand, increased employment, and yes, more wealth.

1 comment September 8th, 2011 at 07:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Media,Politics,Republicans,Taxes,Unemployment,Wankers

No Room For Improvement

Ezra Klein explains that Obama couldn’t possibly have done a better job, what with his miniscule majorities in both houses of Congress and all.  I particularly like the part where he suggests that Obama would have been less popular and the 2010 bloodbath would have been worse if Obama had passed an effective stimulus and generally done more to live up to his campaign promises.

Because the American people just hate strong politicians who get results, especially when they don’t act like corporate tools.  That’s why FDR was only able to get elected 4 times.  Well, that and dying.

August 23rd, 2011 at 07:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Healthcare,Media,Obama,Politics,Wankers

Are There No Workhouses?

Thomas Sowell laments that the poor just don’t know their place anymore, and that this will be the end of civilization as we know it.

Of course, there’s absolutely no possibility that they might have legitimate grievances, or that most of “the top” that they’re so “focused on tearing down” has been motivated by nothing more than selfishness and greed, and has been buying politicians for years to avoid participating in any of the “shared sacrifice” being heaped on the poor, the working class, the sick, and the old.

August 17th, 2011 at 08:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

It All Depends On What The Meaning Of The Word “Good” Is…

The NYT recently revived Obama’s old quote from early in his presidency that he would rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president, in the context of talking about what he has to do to turn his presidency around before he’s up for re-election.  But really, that only makes sense if you buy the premise that he hasn’t been a good president, which can only be properly evaluated if you know what his goals are.

That is the question.  There has been a spate of Obama-evaluating articles and blog posts lately, with the likes of Robert Reich, Drew Westen, Der Spiegel, LAT, and the Wall Street Journal attributing his disappointing presidency to weakness and/or cluelessness, while Matt Stoller, David Sirota, Jamie Galbraith, and, well, me, argue that Obama has been enacting exactly the policies he wants to enact.

There is room for agreement between the two views, however: Regardless of whether Obama is a successful Republican or an unsuccessful Democrat, he has been an absolutely miserable politician who has demoralized his own base, alienated independents, and done nothing to win over Republicans. (Well, actually, he’s done quite a lot to win over Republicans, but none of it has worked.)  And the economy and employment situation is still terrible, although I suppose that could also be considered a matter of perspective – the wealthy are still doing fine, if not better, but the overwhelming majority of the electorate are not feeling very secure.

So is Obama a good president or a mediocre one?  I think the answer mainly depends on how much money you have.  Is he a one-term president or a two-term one?  I think the answer mainly depends on how crazy the Republican nominee is.

1 comment August 11th, 2011 at 07:42am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Media,Obama,Politics,Wankers

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