Posts filed under 'Media'

This Is What Happens When You’re Not Paying Attention

You say clueless, ridiculous things like this:

Republicans will still be able to refuse to raise taxes. But if they do, it won’t matter. The only way they can succeed in keeping taxes from rising is if the Obama administration and the Democrats stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them to extend the Bush tax cuts.

Srsly?  Did you not see what happened last December???

August 1st, 2011 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Economy,Media,Obama,Politics,Taxes,Wankers

The Only Winners And Losers Who Really Matter

If you want to understand how Washington thinks and why our government and media are so worthless, just read this repellent column by the WaPo’s Chris Cillizza, toting up “The debt-ceiling deal… winners and losers.”

In the winning column, he lists Mitch McConnell, the Tea Party, Obama, the Congressional Budget Office, Grover Norquist, and – I’m not kidding – David Wu.

In the losing column, he lists Congress, the Gang Of Six, commissions, and liberals.

Missing from either list: The economy or the American people.  Just like they were missing from all the political calculations and posturing by Obama and the Tea Party, who collaborated to produce a terrible deal that will make the country weaker and maybe even increase the debt it was supposed to reduce.

You also have to love this little snippet of DLC-style conventional wisdom:

But remember that Obama’s target constituency in 2012 is not his base but rather independent and moderate voters. And those fence-sitters love compromise in almost any form.

Yep, there’s nothing independents and moderates love more than politicians with no convictions at all (I personally believe Obama is a strong Republican masquerading as a weak Democrat, but the appearance is the same).  And of course they always turn out in droves, not like a motivated Democratic base would.

I understand that most politicians – and much of the media who cover them – are corrupt, shallow, self-centered creatures, and it’s folly to expect them to always put the good of the country first.  But couldn’t they at least think about it a little bit?

August 1st, 2011 at 07:49am Posted by Eli

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

The Real Enemies Of Democracy

As Paul Krugman points out, it’s not the Republican crazies that are destroying the country – it’s all the media enablers who present their insanity as just one, perfectly valid side of the story, or pretend that both sides of the political spectrum are equally unreasonable.

We need less balance and more truth.

1 comment July 27th, 2011 at 09:42am Posted by Eli

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

Going After The Real Jihadis

Jennifer Rubin follows up her mega-wrong OMG NORWAY JIHAD!!!ONE! post with one explaining that even though this time it wasn’t actually al Qaeda, “[t]here are many more jihadists than blond Norwegians out to kill Americans.”

Which may be true, but it does kinda beg the question: How many terrorist attacks on American soil have been committed by jihadists vs. right-wing Christian conservatives?

If you want to be gung-ho about going after jihadists, at least be consistent about going after all the jihadists, not just the Muslim ones.

And maybe the economic ones, too…

1 comment July 24th, 2011 at 10:59am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers

The Guardian Reads My Mind

For all of the people speculating about how the phone-hacking scandal could bring down Fox News or Rupert Murdoch, I just don’t see it.  Even if it comes out that Fox hacked the phones of 9/11 victims, Obama and the Democrats just don’t have the guts to take them on, and would fold at the first Republican accusations of “politically-motivated witch hunt!”.

And of course, as the Guardian points out, Republicans would – and have – destroyed liberal organizations for far less, and even for nothing at all (see: ACORN).

Does no one remember all the scandals of the Bush administration, and how each one was going to be the one that finally brought it down?  It never happened.

July 21st, 2011 at 07:15am Posted by Eli

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

Daily Caller Vs. Bachmann?

Most people I know think the Daily Caller story about Michele Bachmann’s supposedly debilitating migraines is the Republican establishment’s attempt to get her out of the way for the 2012 election, but I think maybe Tucker Carlson is just trying to reassure us that she won’t be trying to wreck the country 24/7.

July 20th, 2011 at 07:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans

Because That Worked Out So Well The Last Time…

Andrea Tantaros brags about what an awesome decisive straight shooter Michele Bachmann is.  Um, our last president was a decisive straight shooter too, and the country still hasn’t recovered.  A decisive straight shooter is not such an asset when they’re wrong all the time, about everything.

Besides, I think she’s being unfair to Obama: He knows exactly what he wants, he just has to put on a show and pretend that he wants the exact opposite.  Then he pragmatically “compromises” back to his true position.

June 30th, 2011 at 11:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Media,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

The End Of Journalism

Welcome to rock bottom.

Yeah I know, they were just JOKING!

May 31st, 2011 at 07:01pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Great Moments In Political Analysis

Conservative pundit Andrea Tantaros helpfully explains that Republican voters should nominate the best candidate, makes no attempt to identify who that might be.

Insightful columnist is insightful!

May 19th, 2011 at 07:09am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans

Attack Of The Giant If

Paul Krugman is conditionally okay with the content of Obama’s Big Important Budget Speech:

Much better than many of us feared. Hardly any Bowles-Simpson — yay!

The actual plan relies on some discretionary spending cuts, this time including defense — good, although I think too much is being cut from domestic spending. It relies on letting the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire — finally! — plus unspecified reductions in tax expenditures.

(…)

Overall, way better than the rumors and trial balloons. I can live with this. And whatever the pundits may say, it was much, much more serious than the Ryan “plan”.

However:

I should probably say, I could live with this as an end result. If this becomes the left pole, and the center is halfway between this and Ryan, then no — better to pursue the zero option of just doing nothing and letting the Bush tax cuts as a whole expire.

That is one enormous If for a president who plays tug-of-war in roller skates.

April 13th, 2011 at 06:50pm Posted by Eli

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

Thomas Sowell’s Analogy Fail

Thomas Sowell helpfully explains why it’s so terribly unfair to accuse the right’s Serious Budget Grownups of trying to destroy Medicare and Social Security:

When someone gives you a check and the bank informs you that there are insufficient funds, who do you get mad at? In your own life, you get mad at the guy who gave you a check that bounced, not at the bank. But in politics, you get mad at whoever tells you that there is no money.

Well, that certainly is some lovely and poetic imagery there, but perhaps a better analogy would be if the bank informs you that it has no money for withdrawals because it blew it all on freebies and giveaways for its most valued wealthy and corporate customers, expensive hunting trips overseas, and maybe losing big at Vegas.

Not only that, but that it intends to siphon off your savings and/or garnish your wages so that it can lavish even more money on rich people, gambling and bloodshed.

So yeah, I’m pretty sure I’d be mad at the bank.

(Cross-posted at MyFDL)

April 6th, 2011 at 08:39pm Posted by Eli

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

Sob Stories From A Parallel Universe

This is not the first time that I’ve wished that I lived in that alternate world conservatives think they live in, the one where cunning, all-powerful, unstoppable liberals have all the advantages and control all the messaging and media.  But you have to admit that this world does sound appealing:

[C]onservative operatives working on independent research efforts say they’ve encountered some reluctance to engage in the more aggressive tactics of opposition research, and a dearth of talent willing to put in the long hours necessary to make it a success. Raising money for it has also been a problem.

“A lot of conservatives think that you have to abide by Marquess of Queensberry rules even if you’re in a knock-down, drag-out bar fight,” said Matthew Vadum, a senior editor at Capital Research Center, a conservative non-profit that researches liberal donors. “And it’s good to be ethical, but sometimes maybe you need to explore new frontiers to reflect the changing nature of political combat in modern America.”

He added, “This doesn’t mean we have to go all Saul Alinsky on the left, but the right can be more aggressive in how it deals with the left and we’re starting to see that.”

Though Vadum cast the right’s effort to close the oppo gap as part of a normal cycle of political innovation and mimicry, he also pointed out that some conservatives have expressed discomfort with the alternately effective-and-disastrous undercover sting tactics of videographer James O’Keefe.

The right needs to overcome its skittishness and “start manufacturing more conservative journalists, and you have to wonder if that’s going to happen, because the people who tend to go into journalism for ideological motivations are on the left,” Vadum said.

If only the right had its own network that it could use to broadcast its own propaganda 24 hours a day in the guise of “news.”  Or alternatively, maybe if they stopped being so blatantly corrupt, spiteful, dishonest, and downright crazy, doing oppo on them would be a little less like searching for three-leaf clovers.

April 4th, 2011 at 07:58am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Beck Vs. O’Keefe

I think the real question is not “Why is Glenn Beck attacking James O’Keefe?”, although that is certainly an interesting one to ask.  The real question is, “Why was there such a skepticism and analysis vacuum for him to fill in the first place?”

Given that O’Keefe is well-known to be a purveyor of deceptively edited hit pieces, I think it’s safe to say that our conventional media is officially worse than useless.

March 16th, 2011 at 07:35am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans

What Digby Said

Digby sums up what’s wrong with the budget debate in one sentence:

It’s very easy to prescribe “shared sacrifice” when you will not personally sacrifice anything at all.

Washington’s definition of “shared” is ridiculously constrained.  If the corporations and the rich were forced to “sacrifice” to the same level of pain as the Republicans (and probably Obama and lots of Democrats) advocate, we could probably wipe out the deficit and still have money left over for real stimulus and infrastructure repair.

1 comment March 11th, 2011 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

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

What Passes For Budget Honesty On The Right

Joe Scarborough acknowledges the significant role of tax cuts, defense spending, and wars in turning the Clinton budget surplus into a massive deficit… then proceeds to focus on cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to balance the budget.

Umm, why not just roll back all the tax cuts and military spending that you yourself admit blew the hole in the budget in the first place?  Sounds crazy, I know.

March 9th, 2011 at 07:55am Posted by Eli

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

Dishonest Or Stupid?

Bob Samuelson, the Anti-Krugman, explains why Social Security is welfare:

We don’t call Social Security “welfare” because it’s a pejorative term and politicians don’t want to offend. So they classify Social Security as something else, when it isn’t. Here’s how I define a welfare program: first, it taxes one group to support another group, meaning it’s pay-as-you-go and not a contributory scheme where people’s own savings pay their later benefits; and second, Congress can constantly alter benefits, reflecting changing needs, economic conditions, and politics. Social Security qualifies on both counts.

So apparently unless Social Security pays you back the exact same dollars that you paid into it, it’s welfare.  Oh, and that huge surplus to deal with the baby boomers retiring?  Total accident:

The trust fund serves mainly to funnel taxes to recipients, and today’s big surplus is an accident, as Charles Blahous shows in Social Security: The Unfinished Work. In 1983, when the trust fund was nearly exhausted, a presidential commission proposed fixes but underestimated their effects. The large surplus “just developed. It wasn’t planned,” the commission’s executive director said later. Even so, the surplus will disappear as the number of retirees rises.

I’m gonna go with dishonest, I think.  Although that certainly doesn’t rule out stupid.

March 7th, 2011 at 11:37am Posted by Eli

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

Great Moments In Conservative Journalism

This is awesome: Conservative talk radio host Vicki McKenna cites her own Facebook comment as proof that liberals are threatening the life of Wisconsin’s horrible thuggish Republican governor (kinda like the Bush administration planting Iraq WMD stories in the NYT and then using them as proof that Iraq had WMDs), then questions The Awl’s journalistic standards when they ask her about it:

After several tries, we finally reached McKenna. She responded to our questions about the source, writing only that “it was a post from a friend” and that “no, i don;t have a link.” McKenna added: “as a former reporter, i am interested to know how you conceive this as a news story, though?”

I guess it’s not a proper news story unless your sole source is yourself.

(h/t Phoenix Woman)

2 comments February 18th, 2011 at 11:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Tales From A Parallel Universe

Thomas Sowell laments that Republicans aren’t doing… exactly what they’re doing:

With most of the media heavily tilted toward the Democrats, Republicans are going to get hit far more often than they are going to get in their own punches.

(…)

Knowing that they are going to get hit more often in the media, you might think that Republicans would put extra time and effort into developing a knockout message. In reality, however, Republicans seem to invest much less time and thought into getting their political message across than is done by the Democrats.

First of all, Democrats develop words and phrases that they all use, so that the public hears those same words and phrases over and over again, until they sink in. Republicans have nothing to match the Democrats’ catch phrases like “social justice” or “tax cuts for the rich.”

Back when George W. Bush first emerged on the national political scene in 2000, Democrats said that he lacked “gravitas.” The media kept repeating it. People who had never used the word “gravitas” in years were suddenly saying “gravitas” 24/7 on news programs, interview shows and in the newspapers and magazines.

When have you ever known the Republicans to be that coordinated?

Um, pretty much ALL THE TIME?

It’s funny, I don’t remember the 2000 election being about Dubya’s lack of “gravitas” at all – I remember it being about Al Gore being a big fat liar for minor errors and things he never actually said.

The only way to make any sense of this piece is to swap “Republican” and “Democrat” – then it becomes merely obvious and unremarkable instead of delusional and insane.

February 16th, 2011 at 11:35am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Profiles In Courage

Politico praises the fearlessness of outgoing WaPo ombudsman Andy Alexander’s hard-hitting final column, in which he takes the paper to task for excessive typos, corrections, and use of anonymous sources.  Yep, he sure did dig deep to get at the essence of journalism there.

Best of all, Hagey seems surprised that the WaPo newsroom was okay with this savage and discrediting beating that Alexander supposedly administered.

February 2nd, 2011 at 07:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media

It’s Hard Out Here For The Rich

Thomas Sowell tries to convince us that we should be grateful to the rich, because apparently everyone who has millions or billions of dollars accumulated them through some sort of innovation that made our lives better:

At one time, people like Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, Ford and the Wright brothers were regarded as heroes for having opened vast new possibilities for other human beings. The fact that they got rich doing it was an incidental part of the story.

We still have people revolutionizing our lives. Just think of the computer and the pharmaceutical drugs that have not only lengthened our lives, but made them more healthful, so that being 80 years old today is like being 60 years old in times past.

But today we seldom even know the names of those who have made these monumental contributions to human well-being. All we know is that some people have gotten “rich,” and that this is to be regarded as some sort of grievance.

Many of the people we honor today are people who are skilled in the rhetoric of grievances and promises of new “rights” at someone else’s expense. But is that what is going to make a better America?

So let’s all say thank you to the inventor of the residential mortgage-backed security – we wouldn’t be where we are today without you!

(Cross posted at MyFDL)

January 26th, 2011 at 07:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Media,Republicans,Wankers

Mitch Daniels Wants GOP To Get Its Priorities Straight

Politico loves Mitch Daniels!  He’s a Serious Grownup who wants Republicans to focus on what’s really important!

[M]uch of the admiration is rooted in the truth-teller’s focus on the looming fiscal iceberg and willingness to tell audiences what they don’t want to hear. Better yet, the candidate pushes aside the divisive social issues that are thought to be non-negotiable with the party bases.

Daniels voiced such an idea fairly explicitly in a much-buzzed-about Weekly Standard profile last summer, calling for a “truce” in the culture wars so the political class can get down to the business of repairing the country’s finances.

In other words, cultural warfare is a waste of time – we need to focus on class warfare instead.

January 24th, 2011 at 07:06am Posted by Eli

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

The Totally Harmless Not Violence-Inciting-At-All Glenn Beck

Boy, that sure was awesome when Glenn Beck said he never uses violent rhetoric.  Nope, he certainly never says anything at all that might encourage someone to violent action, nosiree.  I mean, sure, sometimes an unstable individual might think Beck is saying that, but that’s just the crazy talking, like with Byron Williams, who totally heard stuff that wasn’t there:

“You need to go back to June — June of this year, 2010,” said would-be mass murderer Byron Williams, referring to Glenn Beck in a jailhouse interview. Williams had been stopped by police in a San Francisco shoot out on his way to assassinate members of the ACLU and the progressive Tides Foundation in July of 2010. “Look at all his programs from June, and you’ll see he’s been breaking open some of the most hideous corruption,” Williams, who viewed Beck as a “schoolteacher on TV”, later said.

(…)

The [Beck] transcript (as taken from the Fox “News” website) revealing the context, follows below…

Tea parties believe in small government. We believe in returning to the principles of our Founding Fathers. We respect them. We revere them. Shoot me in the head before I stop talking about the Founders. Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government. I will stand against you and so will millions of others. We believe in something. You in the media and most in Washington don’t. The radicals that you and Washington have co-opted and brought in wearing sheep’s clothing — change the pose. You will get the ends.

You’ve been using them? They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You’re going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you.

(…)

In a jailhouse interview, Williams said that he “would have never started watching Fox News if it wasn’t for the fact that Beck was on there. And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind.” He said he regarded Beck “like a schoolteacher on TV.”

“You need to go back to June — June of this year, 2010 — and look at all his programs from June, and you’ll see he’s been breaking open some of the most hideous corruption,” Williams said.

Yes, I’m sure Beck had nothing to do with Williams’ attempted actions.  But I guess because he got stopped before he started slaughtering, he doesn’t count.  And if somebody decides to shoot a 78-year-old woman in the head because Beck called her an “enemy of the Constitution” and an advocate of violent revolution, I’m sure that won’t be his fault either.

January 21st, 2011 at 06:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Wankers

Deceit Or Denial?

Erick Erickson proclaims his righteous Christian innocence:

In addition to insisting that people talking about the attempted assassination of a Jewish public servant should emphasize the importance of “a saving faith in Jesus Christ,” Erick Erickson laments the “extreme rhetoric” of non-Christians:

In all the discussions we’re having, let’s not forget that bad things have happened throughout history, but we are seeing more and more a pattern of violence from those who reject Christ and we are seeing the most extreme rhetoric from those who reject the only real truth while embracing every other historic fad and nonsense as variations of truth.

Erickson is right. Why, just this morning, I came across a quote from a loud-mouthed atheist who denounced former Supreme Court Justice David Souter as a “goat fucking child molester.”

No, wait: That was Erick Erickson. And so was this: “At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?” And it was Erick Erickson who said he’d pull a shotgun on any government employee who tried to make him fill out the American Community Survey, too.

If Erickson’s well-advertised fondness for Christ doesn’t stop him from talking about beating people to a pulp, or pulling guns on them, or from referring to public servants as child molesters, or from presuming to know who God is angry with at any given moment, he should at least take a look at what the Bible has to say about hypocrisy before going on about the “extreme rhetoric” of non-believers.

It sure is a good thing that Sarah Palin and the other teabaggers and violent hate talkers are non-Christians, or Erick would look really stupid!

And then there’s the supposedly Mormon Glenn Beck, who I heard talking about how liberals were making fools of themselves by politicizing violence, and that there was no point telling him to tone down the violent rhetoric because he never uses it.  Really.

I guess he’s forgetting about the time he joked about poisoning Nancy Pelosi’s wine.  Or fantasized about killing Michael Moore.  Or all the times he’s talked about shooting people or getting shot, or driving stakes through people’s hearts.

I dunno, maybe your perspective on what kind of talk is “violent” is different when all the guns are pointing away from you.

1 comment January 12th, 2011 at 07:55am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Wanker Of The Day

Michael Gerson:

Medicare is the main policy challenge here, because rising health costs are the primary cause of unsustainable entitlement commitments. But Medicare reform – the topic of intense, ideological debate – is a political nonstarter. While Social Security is a relatively small contributor to future deficits, reforming it would be a large symbol and a logical place to begin.

(…)

Social Security restructuring is not the obvious choice for Obama, but it is the smart one. It is achievable. It would invest Republican leaders in a constructive national enterprise. It would reassure global credit markets that America remains capable of governing itself. It would result in a more progressive, sustainable system. And it would make a dramatic, timely political statement: that the president is capable not only of expanding government but of reforming it.

So in other words, Gerson is perfectly happy to either impoverish the elderly or force them to keep working forever for the sake of a symbolic gesture that he himself admits would have minimal effect on the deficit.  What a prince.

The worst part is that Obama doesn’t need any urging from Gerson; he’s going to do this anyway.  And it’s not going to be a savvy political move, it’s going to be electoral suicide for him and the entire Democratic party.

3 comments December 28th, 2010 at 02:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Social Security,Wankers

Inexplicable Caption Of The Day

Fox News, in a landslide:

Holocaust Winner

I am pretty damn sure there is no such thing.  What the serious hell.

December 22nd, 2010 at 09:10am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Wankers,Weirdness

They Distort, We Deride

Apparently it wasn’t enough for Fox News to insist on calling the public option “the government option” or “the so-called public option” (whatever that means). Chief propagandist Managing editor Bill Sammon also insisted that Fox News talking heads “refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based on data that critics have called into question.”

This is either truly shocking ignorance or appalling dishonesty on Fox’s part. Sammon isn’t just trying to deny that global warming is caused by manmade activity, he’s trying to deny that it’s happening at all, as if historical temperature measurements are somehow subjective or a matter of opinion.

That the 2000s were the warmest decade on record isn’t a “theory” (I’m not even sure what that’s supposed to mean), it’s an indisputable fact, and the so-called Climategate scandal had nothing to do with it. If you want to argue over whether that was caused by carbon emissions or sunspots or geological cycles, fine – I still think you’re a dishonest hack, but at least you’d be arguing about facts on the ground instead of being one of those idiots who claims that because it’s cold today global warming must be a hoax.

And tens of millions of Americans get their “news” from these shameless corporate liars. I weep.

(Crossposted at My FDL)

1 comment December 15th, 2010 at 11:35am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Environment,Media,Republicans,Science,Wankers

Rationalization Of The Day

Nate Silver explains why Obama loves to put down his own base:

One theory of mine is that Mr. Obama — if one assumes that he is a liberal himself — sees less need to hedge his words when speaking to other liberals, in the same way that most of us tend to speak more bluntly to friends and family members than to relative strangers.

Aaaaaahahahahaha!!!  Sure, that’s it – he calls us sanctimonious purists and unreasonable whiners because he’s so fond of us!  That’s the ticket!

December 12th, 2010 at 08:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Politics,Quotes

Wankers Of The Day

Joe Lieberman, for swallowing the Sarah Palin Kool-Aid and accusing a foreign national of treason against the US:

ANCHOR: What do you think of the Justice Department’s actions so far to not charge Julian Assange with treason?

LIEBERMAN: I don’t understand why that hasn’t happened yet.

And Barack Obama, for taking his compromise fetish to insane new heights:

This country was founded on compromise. I couldn’t go through the front door at this country’s founding. If we were really thinking about ideal positions, we wouldn’t have a union.

Gee, I must have missed the part where the Founding Fathers reached a compromise with the British to obtain our independence.  And, as dday points out, the Republicans have done pretty well for themselves with their steadfast refusal to compromise on anything.

(Note: I include the YouTube mainly because I first thought it said, “Pres. Obama: I’m happy to be tased by GOP next year”, which seemed… unusually candid.)

2 comments December 7th, 2010 at 06:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Lieberman,Media,Obama,Palin,Wankers

Sarah Palin Still Too Dumb To Realize How Dumb She Is

She still thinks Katie Couric was the problem…

Speaking to Fox New’s Sean Hannity in an interview to air Monday, Palin said she wants nothing to do with Katie Couric, the CBS Evening News anchor who’s line of questioning facilitated one of the most memorable political foibles of the 2008 presidential campaign.

“As for doing an interview, though, with a reporter who already has such a bias against whatever it is that I would come out and say? Why waste my time? No,” Palin told Hannity of Couric, according to excerpts obtained by Time’s Mark Halperin.

“I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree. I studied journalism, who, what, where, when, and why of reporting,” Palin continued. “I will speak to reporters who still understand that cornerstone of our democracy, that expectation that the public has for truth to be reported. And then we get to decide our own opinion based on the facts reported to us.”

“Does this reporter make my ass look stupid?”

“No, your stupid ass makes your ass look stupid.  And so does saying stuff like, ‘I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism.’  Also.”

November 23rd, 2010 at 07:16am Posted by Eli

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

Great Moments In Punditry

Ross Douthat shows off his Mad Historical Knowledge:

The central premise of the White House’s policy-making, the assumption that an economic crisis is a terrible thing to waste (as Rahm Emanuel famously put it), turned out to be a grave tactical mistake. It drew exactly the wrong lesson from earlier liberal eras, when the most enduring expansions of government — Social Security in the 1930s, Medicare in the 1960s — were achieved amid strong economic growth, rather than at the bottom of a recession.

Well, I suppose it is technically correct to say that the 1930s were not a time of recession…

November 1st, 2010 at 05:42pm Posted by Eli

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

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