Tuesday, 08 July 2008
FAIR AND BALANCED UPDATE
This is from yesterday's New York Times blog. The bold print is
July 7, 2008, 10:21 pm
A Clintonian at
Howard Wolfson, top, will join Karl Rove as a contributor on the
Fox News Channel. (Photos: Top, Karin Cooper, CBSs Face the Nation, via
Associated Press; Jennifer Simonson/Star Tribune, via Associated
Howard Wolfson, who
was a top strategist for the presidential campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham
Clinton, is going where some Democrats were unwilling to go during the early
days of the election season: the Fox News Channel.
The network is expected to announce as early as
Tuesday that it has signed Mr. Wolfson as a contributor who will appear
regularly on its programs.
Mr. Wolfson is joining a network that
Democrats shunned for a time, complaining that its coverage was unfair. But
aides to Mrs. Clinton came to view Fox News as distinctly
fair to her in a news
media climate that they believed favored Senator Barack
I thought that Foxs coverage during
the primary was comprehensive and fair and evenhanded, Mr. Wolfson said
Monday in a telephone interview from Liverpool, England, where he was
vacationing. Its a huge audience, and it is important to have a strong,
progressive voice on the network.
Is it just that Fox gave Howard Wolfson the best deal among cable news
networks, so now he's talking up the network? Could be.
Or is it that Fox is appreciably more even-handed than the other cable news
networks - which in the previous campaign meant less willing to kiss Saint
Barack's ring? Could be.
I blog. You decide.
Here, courtesy of the city hall blog of the Dallas News, is what passes
for racial dialogue these days:
5:34 PM Mon, Jul 07,
A special meeting about Dallas County traffic
tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.
County commissioners were discussing problems with
the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments
and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.
Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said
it seemed that central collections "has become a black hole" because paperwork
reportedly has become lost in the office.
Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black,
interrupted him with a loud "Excuse me!" He then corrected his colleague, saying
the office has become a "white hole."
That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to
demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.
Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech
and a science term. A black hole, according to Webster's, is perhaps "the
invisible remains of a collapsed star, with an intense gravitational field from
which neither light nor matter can escape."
Other county officials quickly interceded to break
it up and get the meeting back on track. TV news cameras were rolling, after
Can this possibly get stupider?
What's next? Will John Riley Price and Thomas Jones call Kenneth Mayfield a racist if he asks for black coffee
These two geniuses are a commissioner and a judge???!!!!!!
Maybe, just maybe, we would all be better off if some people stopped working this
hard at trying to find racism where it doesn't exist.
RANDOM HOUSE: DEFAMING LAURA BUSH FOR $$$
Over the time I've written this blog I have seen some pretty disgusting
material. But I don't think anything touches what you are about to see
for sheer sickness and hatred.
A new book is slated for September release. It is called "American Wife" and is written by a
woman (according to the article) named curtis sittenfeld.
American Wife is promised as a work of fiction. That is Sittenfeld's cover, paper-thin though
it may be.
In reality, it is a slash job on Laura Bush that gives new meaning to the word
The following excerpts come to us from www.radaronline.com. If you have the
stomach, and/or an advanced near-terminal case of Bush Derangement Syndrome, you
can read the complete description by
Laura Bush Explored
BURNING BUSH Sittenfeld's latest
On the heels of two
best-selling books, (Prep, The Man of My Dreams), young,
Iowa-trained author Curtis Sittenfeld is about to release her
most controversial book yeta thinly veiled novel based on Laura
Bush's life that is sure to send the White House into a fury.
Published by Random House next fall, American Wife tells the story of Alice Blackwell, a
quiet librarian whose husband Charlie becomes the bumbling president of the
United States. It is, in short, a fictional examination of the life of the
First Lady that mingles real facts and incidents with the author's
imaginative, fanciful, sometimes sexually charged musings. The result is a
masterful highbrow-lowbrow mash-up that satisfies as ass-kicking literary
fiction and juicy gossip simultaneously.
On the gossip front, the
novel doesn't disappoint. From discovering that her grandmother is a lesbian,
killing her high school crush with her car at age 16 (this incident at least
is based in factLaura Bush was involved in a fatal car accident at that age),
having sex with his brother, getting an abortion, and descriptions of sex with
the president, Alice's antics are sure to have tongues chattering from coast
to coast. While we want to stress that American Wife is primarily a
work of fiction, we know that there are those of you who can't wait until the
book's September release to read a description of the George W.
Bush character's penis.
If "American Wife" were being excreted by some jerkwater little
publishing company I would at least understand why all standards were
forgotten. But it is from Random House.
Laura Bush does not deserve to be the subject of this
literary defecation. What did she do to curtis sittenfeld or anyone
Can these people hate George Bush so much that they would put this filth out
- during the general election, of course, so that they can sell, sell, sell
as many copies as possible? Or are they so starved for cash that decency,
taste and the company's reputation do not matter anymore?
I'll never think of Random House the same way again.
STEALTH VICTORY IN IRAQ?
This article is from the Times of London. Not, of course, the Times of
New York or the Times of Los Angeles or the Intelligencer of Seattle or the
Star-Tribune of Minneapolis, or....well, you get the picture:
Forgetting for a moment Maliki's pathetic, disgusting
arrogance in bragging about a victory by Iraqi troops without so much as a
mention of the USA's involvement, this is great news. This is what we have
been hoping for.
But it is also a horror show for a great many in USA media (far more than
the sampling I put up earlier), and a potential disaster for Barack Obama.
Why? Because they, along with their favored Democratic Party, are
fully invested in a failure and a defeat in Iraq, that's why.
If, during the election season, there is an increasingly stable Iraq and a defeated,
demoralized al qaeda, it makes everyone who talked down any chance of
accomplishing this look ridiculous
It also makes the central thrust of the Obama campaign look ridiculous -- which probably is why
Mr. Obama is risking the fury of the left by hedging his bets on troop withdrawals
(on alternate days, that is: flip-flop, flop-flip, flip-flop, flop-flip, etc.).
What to do, what to
Based on the "coverage" so far, media apparently have concluded that the best way to handle
this is the way so many other deficiencies of Saint Barack have been
handled....by just not reporting it.
Over the next four months we'll see how far down that path they're
willing to go, won't we?
THE POLL DATA THAT MEDIA DON'T MAKE A BIG DEAL OF
Media love political polls. They talk about them obsessively. So
when a certain kind of political poll goes virtually unreported, that's pretty
Well, here it is. And when you see what the polling data are
about, maybe the reason for non-coverage will become apparent:
Congressional Approval Falls to Single Digits for First Time
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