Wednesday, 15 April 2009


Ken Berwitz

Read this commentary from, watch the accompanying video, and weep for what UNC has become (if you have trouble doing so, just click here instead). 

Then reflect on the fact that sick fascism like this is repeated on major university campuses throughout the United States.

UNC Illegal Alien Supporters - PUTZ!

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp responded to Tuesday nights events and said, Were very sorry that former Congressman Tancredo wasnt able to speak. We pride ourselves on being a place where all points of view can be expressed and heard, so Im disappointed that didnt happen tonight. I think our public safety officer appropriately handled a difficult situation. REALLY?

Question: Knowing that this is a charged issue, why wasnt there a plan to use UNC public safety officers to truly allow Congressman Tancredo to share his view and be heard?

Where is the fairness to all immigrants that came to this country LEGALLY?



Now think about the fact that the Obama administration issued a report just yesterday, telling us that right wing extremism is a danger to our society. 

I guess what you just saw must have been a bunch of right wing fascists. 

free` Ken, exactly what i commented yesterday, also the media rarely covers these hate fests that the left considers to be their free speech rights. Some how they think shouting down people they disagree with is free speech. Where do you think they learned that doing so is free speech? The left was very smart to take over academia and the media, i don't remember the persons name but he wrote about how the leftists and communists took over the countries they ran and it started in academia. He said once you teach a generation to be socialist/communist in the schools then it is easier to shift the country that way. We are seeing that here in America where the latest poll shows almost 50% of the people polled think socialism is better than capitalism. (04/15/09)


Ken Berwitz

The last blog commended MSNBC's daytime show for giving a fair shake to the tea party movement this morning, and suggested that MSNBC's primetime "talent" should learn something from it.

In that connection I would like to show you, via Brad Wilmouth's blog at, why that lesson is needed.  Here is Mr. Wilmouth's report on the keith olbermann's juvenile little hate-and-whine fest with "analyst" Craig Crawford:

Olbermann Jokes OReilly Is Female Dog, Slams Rights Annihilating Obama But Suggested Bush Belonged in Hell

On Tuesdays Countdown show, at the beginning of a segment about the Obama familys pet dog, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann and MSNBC political analyst Craig Crawford, joked about FNC host Bill OReilly being a dog. Picking up on Olbermanns earlier suggestion that he gets tired of hearing about presidential dogs, Crawford opened the discussion by ribbing the Countdown host about the possibility of the show getting its own pet dog.

After Olbermann disagreed, Crawford came back with a lame joke: "Well, youve already got OReillys show.

Olbermann responded: "That would be a female dog."

The over-the-top name-calling against the FNC host came just minutes after Olbermann used his "Worst Person" segment to slam Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity as he lectured the conservative talk radio hosts that one does not have to "spend every waking hour trying to annihilate" a political figure because of policy disagreements.

But Olbermann is well known for devoting a large portion of his program daily for the last several years to slamming President Bush not only calling Bush a "fascist," but also suggesting last December that Bush administration members, presumably including President Bush himself, deserve to be "in hell" for some of their actions in the Iraq war. Olbermann: "I dont know what, if any religion you belong to, but I suspect youll agree that people who ignored that many foretellings of preventable death should have a long time to think about it in hell!"

The Countdown host routinely ignored the success of President Bushs troop surge in reducing the violence rate in Iraq, while other media figures acknowledged that the strategys success. And, almost three months after President Bush left office, Olbermann still finds reasons to attack him in the Countdown shows regular "Still Bushed!" segment.

Below is a transcript of relevant portions of the Tuesday, April 14, Countdown show on MSNBC:

KEITH OLBERMANN, DURING THE "WORST PERSON" SEGMENT: Our runner up, the Manatee (REFERRING TO SEAN HANNITY), insisting there was some attempt by President Obama who was, in fact, totally silent until the captain was rescued to grab credit for the end of the Somali pirate siege. Ultraconservative Bernard Goldberg, of all people, told Hannity he was wrong: "Remember when liberals wouldnt give George Bush credit for anything? If he came up with a cure for cancer, they wouldnt have given him credit for that. And, Im sorry, Sean. I see that on the right now. Its like, I dont want to put Barack Obama on Mount Rushmore for simply being the commander in chief, but we have to stop going out of our way to find fault with every single thing he does."

Our winner, Boss Limbaugh. After the rescue, ultraconservative Jonah Goldberg blogged: "Good for President Obama. He approved the rescue. It was the right thing to do with no small amount of risk, and God bless the SEALs."

So Limbaugh attacked Goldberg, suggesting that the rescue should be made into a movie with Will Smith as Obama; and Cantor, Jindal, Sarah Palin and himself, Boss Limbaugh, as the pirates.

"We just cant be constant critics. As Jonah Goldberg has pointed out in National Review today, we must, when we see brilliance in action, decisiveness the SEALs? ... SEALs couldnt have done diddly-squat were it not for the decisive, cool under pressure, first test passed President Obama. ... And he deserves praise. Jonah Goldberg at National Review was first to point out, he does the right thing, we gotta say so."

Theres actually a crucial point in here. Just as when I protest and will continue to protest Obamas stance on state secrets and sovereign immunity, that does not mean I hate Obama. So, too, can Bernard Goldberg and Jonah Goldberg congratulate Obama for a well-handled rescue mission and not be described as loving Obama. What the Sean Hannitys and Boss Limbaughs of this planet do not understand is that opposing a political figure or one of his policies does not require you spend every waking hour trying to annihilate that political figure. It is the difference between big D democracy, where critics may agree slightly with those they criticize, once in a while, and a theocracy where its all or nothing all the time. Of course, the livelihoods of Sean Hannity and Boss Limbaugh depend on that dangerous, fatal possibility that one nation means only one opinion theirs.

Boss Limbaugh, todays "Worst Person in the World"!


OLBERMANN, AFTER INTRODUCING A SEGMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMAS DOG: Lets bring in columnist, MSNBC political analyst and now Countdown dog analyst, Craig Crawford. Good evening, Craig.

CRAIG CRAWFORD: I think its time for Countdown to get a dog.

OLBERMANN: No. I loveem, but, no, its not a very big, its not a big studio-

CRAWFORD: I dont know.

OLBERMANN: -and were only here an hour a day.

CRAWFORD: Well, youve already got OReillys show.

OLBERMANN: That would be a female dog.

I have created a club for people like keith olbermann.  I call it the Four-S club (Smug, Smirky, Snarky, Self-impressed).  I consider keith olbermann a charter member.  And based on watching him, along with Moutthews, Maddow, Schultz and (until his cancellation)Schuster, I am convinced that Four-S membership is a prerequisite for MSNBC's primetime lineup.

Though he hasn't been given his own show, Craig Crawford qualifies as well, because he certainly brings more of the four S's to MSNBC than useful political analysis. 

I also give honorary membership to Richard Wolffe of Newsweek.  But not his buddy Jonathan Alter who, while a political partisan of the first order, at least delivers his partisanship without the four "S" attributes. 

By contrast, the others are just plain full of "S".

I wonder if the MSNBC "brain trust" (such as it is) realizes how much of a reason this is for its #3 status among cable news networks, or how much of a factor it is in Fox News doubling and tripling MSNBC's viewership through almost all of prime time - even among the highly prized 25-54 year old segment.

Just in case anyone thinks I'm exaggerating, I will end by showing you the latest overnights. 

The Scoreboard: Monday, April 13

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 378 | CNN: 209 | MSNBC: 141 | HLN: 170

Prime: FNC: 637 | CNN: 298 | MSNBC: 284 | HLN: 340
  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O'Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O'Reilly:
  552 474 525 829 610 469 583
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  179 217 248 252 292 350 288
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Madddow:
  172 149 237 329 250 271 168
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  108 148 338 503 188 356

Data by
Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Total Viewers: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 1416 | CNN: 702 | MSNBC: 455 | HLN: 376

Prime: FNC: 2643 | CNN: 1092 | MSNBC: 1006 | HLN: 881
  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O'Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O'Reilly:
  2158 2231 2172 3598 2403 1923 1618
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  1025 1007 956 819 1276 1181 713
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Madddow:
  673 575 784 1204 982 833 510
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  311 434 767 1302 590 806

Data by
Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Ken Berwitz

The "tea party" movement is an outgrowth of an inspired rant by Rick Santelli of CNBC, who - to thunderous applause from his compatriots at the Chicago stock exchange - called for "a Chicago tea party in July" (watch him do it by clicking here.  The tea party reference is at 2:09).

Well, it didn't take until July.  Today, around the country (and outside the country too) there will be "tea parties" protesting Barack Obama's economic policies.  Specifically they will be protesting his unprecedented spending (of money we do not have) and his puerile idea that this can be financed on the backs of "the rich" - as if trillions of dollars could possibly be raised that way.

There have already been "tea parties" which attracted thousands of people in major cities.  Cincinnati, for example, had an estimated 5,000.  And today there will almost certainly be hundreds of thousands of people participating in them.

Now:  How much coverage of this burgeoning political tidal wave have you seen in mainstream media so far?  Any at all?  You might have, because a few news venues have picked up on this.  But the overall coverage borders somewhere between woeful and nonexistent.

I watched the Today show this morning and the only mention I caught was a derisive, dismissive couple of sentences by Chuck Todd, who is what passes for NBC's chief White House correspondent these days. 

Over the past week, Today has literally had more coverage of the fact that the Obamas got a frigging dog than there has been of a major national political movement's formation.  Then they wonder why people call them biased?

And what coverage there has been, often - maybe  mostly - has attacked the tea party movement as a machination of those evil Republicans and conservatives, rather than the grass roots upheaval it, in fact, is. 

Yes, the Republican Party (and conservatives in general) are involved because they agree with the people in the tea parties.  Yes, it has become involved in accelerating the tea party movement - along with countless other groups, big and small.  But the Republican Party did not create this movement and they are not running it.

If our wonderful "neutral" media would like to do a few stories on the connections between social movements and politicians, maybe they'd like to talk about the involvement of the Obama administration with ACORN.  At least that would be fact-based.  But, then again, it would reflect badly on Mr. Obama and Democrats - so you can kiss it goodbye.

The dilligence with which mainstream media are trying to suppress news of the tea party movement and/or demonize it, is a crystal-clear proof of their bias.  It is also an explanation of why people are turning away from them and towards other sources of information.


UPDATE:  I put on the TV to check how the market is doing and, on MSNBC of all places, the tea parties were not only mentioned but reported on fairly, with an equally fair debate about them between a Republican and a Democrat.  I'm not used to that at MSNBC, so I feel it should be noted and commended.

It should be noted that I rarely watch MSNBC during the day, so it is possible that this level of neutrality is common to the network's daytime programming.  If so, it would be nice if the network's primetime lineup watched it and learned something.


Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from an Associated Press article:

MOMBASA, Kenya A pirate gang that launched an abortive attack on a second U.S. ship loaded with food aid said Wednesday they were singling out American vessels and would kill their crews, while French forces detained 11 other hijackers in a high-seas raid.

Pirates fired grenades and automatic weapons at the Liberty Sun, but its American crew successfully blockaded themselves inside the engine room. The ship was damaged in Tuesday's attack but escaped and was heading to Kenya under U.S. Navy guard.

A pirate whose gang attacked the aid ship admitted Wednesday that his group was targeting American ships and sailors.

"We will seek out the Americans and if we capture them we will slaughter them," said a 25-year-old pirate based in the Somali port of Harardhere who gave only his first name, Ismail.

"We will target their ships because we know their flags. Last night, an American-flagged ship escaped us by a whisker. We have showered them with rocket-propelled grenades," boasted Ismail, who did not take part in the attack on the Liberty Sun.

The move comes after U.S. Navy sharpshooters killed three pirates Sunday to win the release of a hijacked American sea captain, Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama.

The French forces, meanwhile, launched an early morning attack on a pirate ship after spotting it Tuesday with a surveillance helicopter and observing the pirates overnight. The raid thwarted the bandits' planned attack on the Liberian cargo ship Safmarine Asia, the French Defense Ministry said.

The statement called the pirate vessel a "mother ship" usually a seized foreign ship that pirates use to transport speedboats far out to sea and resupply them. The ship was intercepted 550 miles (900 kilometers) east of the Kenyan city of Mombasa.

The 11 detained pirates were being held on the Nivose, a French frigate among the international fleet trying to protect shipping in the Gulf of Aden.

France has traditionally been aggressive in fighting piracy this was its ninth military operation against pirates. Three Somali pirates were in the French city of Rennes on Wednesday facing judicial investigation after being captured in a hostage rescue Friday. Several other pirates are also in French custody after being seized last year.

Tuesday's attack on the Liberty Sun foiled the reunion between Phillips and the 19-man crew he saved with his heroism. Phillips had planned to meet his crew in Mombasa and fly home

We know where they are.  And we know there is a credible threat to the lives of every American crew member on every ship.

NOW do we take them out? 

We, and the French (apparently no one else, not yet anyway) are engaging them in the open seas.  That's fine as far as it goes. 

But why are we not taking them out at their ports?  When do we go in, and blow up every boat that appears to be used by these thugs/terrorists? 

What are we waiting for?  Are we waiting for them to make good on their threat?  That can happen any day.  It almost happened yesterday

The time is now.  Right now.  We damn well better either have an action in progress or in its final planning stages (i.e. within a day or two).  Until we clean them out, every American has a target on his/her back -- and every crew on every other ship of every other country is in danger as well.

This cannot go on any longer.  Period.


Ken Berwitz

Watch this video of CNN "reporter" susan roesgen at the Chicago tea party .  You won't believe that a major news network would send someone so amazingly biased and unprofessional to cover a news event.  (If you have trouble doing so, click here instead): 


It is hard to believe CNN actually would pay roesgen (or the anchor who fell in line with her) for this kind of mindlessly biased, offensive garbage.

As you saw, she started off by defaming and condemning the tea party as a bunch of Obama bashers, not representative of the country, and organized exclusively by conservatives (evidently the sign "Republicans suck too" was out of her sight range.  Funny, it was in mine). 

Then she found a guy with the single most offensive sign available and brought him in front of the camera.  But instead of allowing him to speak, she demanded that he explain his (frankly stupid) sign -- and then pulled the mike away from him two different times when he tried to do so. 

Was the guy's sign objectionable?  I certainly think so.  But did roesgen act at all professionally?  Absolutely not.  SHE picked him, he didn't pick himself.  Once she did so, she owed him the chance to explain.  But she decided to rant at him instead.    

Then roesgen picked out a second person, who blew her offensive spin job by sounding intelligent.  She couldn't stand it, so she just loudly talked over him and gave him an argument - until the crowd became outraged and demanded that she shut up so he could answer -which he wasn't allowed to do anyway.

roesgen then whined that the tea party was "anti-government, anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right wing conservative network Fox".  

This is supposed to pass for reporting?  Yes, of course it is an anti-government protest.  So was the original tea party in Boston harbor. So what?

Calling it anti-CNN was just plain idiotic.  And roesgen's attack on Fox was even more idiotic. 

The tea parties aren't being "highly promoted" by Fox; they are being reported by Fox .  Maybe roesgen should reflect on where CNN has been on reporting the tea parties, other than nowhere.  

Is it now a right wing concept to report the news?  If so, what do you call it when a network ignores the news?

Should Fox apologize for reporting a major grassroots event?  It seems to me that it would be more appropriate for CNN to apologize for not reporting it all this time.

She then finished by barfing out another stupid comment - that the tea party was not appropriate family viewing - apparently because her poor wiwoo sensibiwities were offended when the crowd yelled for her to shut up.

If this is the best CNN can trot out for on-site reporting, I suggest they consider using a trained monkey.  I hear J. Fred Muggs' great granddaughter is trying to break into the business.  Sight unseen, she couldn't be worse than roesgen was.


P.S. Yes, I pulled the video from "Media Matters".  How appropriate.

WisOldMan When all is right with the world...actually, when all is left with the world, this poor CNN reporter who was subjected to so much much...gosh what's the word I'm looking for...oh, yea...speech ! And she's been so hopeful, for much hope, for change...change, for hopes' sake ! And along come these big party-poopers talking about "their money" selfish ! And that fella calling Dear Leader a fascist...he's lucky there isn't a law he could be charged with breaking, for being so...well, hopeless ! We can only hope, I suppose... (04/16/09)


Ken Berwitz

This decidedly non-PC material just came to me from my intrepid friend Russ.  Read it and see if you laugh, grit your teeth, or both:



1. You refine heroin for a living, but you have a moral objection to beer.
 2. You own a $3,000 machine gun and $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can't afford shoes.
 3. You have more wives than teeth.
 4. You wipe your butt with your bare hand, but consider bacon "unclean."
 5. You think vests come in two styles: bullet-proof and suicide.
 6. You can't think of anyone you haven't declared Jihad against..
 7. You consider television dangerous, but routinely carry explosives in your clothing.
 8. You were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs.
 9. You have nothing against women and think every man should own at least one.
 10. You've always had a crush on your neighbor's goat.

Ken Berwitz free - I'm sure that somewhere in this great land of ours there is a left winger named Russ. But this particular Russ is a conservative who lives in California. Ironically, however, I met him through my co-author, the decidedly left wing member, Barry Sinrod. (04/15/09)

free` Very funny, but surprising it came from Russ, isn't he really really far to the left? (04/15/09)

free` Ken, thanks it was Barry i was thinking of. (04/15/09)


Ken Berwitz

I watch The O'Reilly Factor only some nights.  But I was lucky to catch the beginning of the show last night.  His talking points were about two subjects.

One was Spain's incredibly stupid attempt to appease Muslim, seek justice by indicting members of the Bush administration for "torturing" Spanish nationals at Guantanamo.  Those Spanish nationals, let's remember, were caught in Afghanistan, not Spain.  The Spanish torquemada wannabes who are putting on this circus do not appear very interested in that fact or in what they happened to be doing there.  What a surprise.

The other was about hard-left Los Angeles Times columnist Rosa Brooks getting an advisory job with the Department of Defense.  Yes, you read that right.  And I'm not even certain she'll have to give up writing her column.  O'Reilly provides some of the more salient rantings of Ms. Brooks to demonstrate how insane this appointment is.

Ok, without further ado, here is Mr. O'Reilly (or, if you have trouble retrieving his talking points below, you can see him by clicking here):

O'Reilly Tackles Spain, Obama, Radical Left

Bill O'Reilly criticizes Spain for trying to make the U.S. a villain in his nightly talking points.


Ken Berwitz

This story comes to us from a China news agency, so I can't vouch for its accuracy.  But since I love the story anyway, here it is:

Thousands of dolphins block Somali pirates

BEIJING -- Thousands of dolphins blocked the suspected Somali pirate ships when they were trying to attack Chinese merchant ships passing the Gulf of Aden, the China Radio International reported on Monday.

Dolphins leap in front of a Chinese merchant ship passing the Gulf of Aden off the Somali coast in this photo released by the China Radio International on Monday. [CRI]

The Chinese merchant ships escorted by a China's fleet sailed on the Gulf of Aden when they met some suspected pirate ships. Thousands of dolphins suddenly leaped out of water between pirates and merchants when the pirate ships headed for the China's.

The suspected pirates ships stopped and then turned away. The pirates could only lament their littleness before the vast number of dolphins. The spectacular scene continued for a while


If true, this means that a passing school of dolphins had more courage than the European, middle eastern and Asian countries which did nothing other than allow these thugs/terrorists to take their people hostage and pay millions to them in ransom money.

Yesterday they tried to take another US vessel.  As far as I'm concerned, this makes their home ports fair game for our military (of course I felt that way after the hijacking last week as well - this only confirms it). 

Send in our planes.  Send in our troops.  Not to the cities, but to the ports and contiguous areas around them. 

Wipe these bastards out.  blow up every ship that cannot 100% prove it is not engaged in the pirate/thug/terrorism trade.  Put them the hell out of business.

And when the countries whose people are being held hostage tell us that we're doing the wrong thing?  Respond, firmly and decisively, that it is their unwillingness to act which caused the hostage situation, not our actions to protect US interests.  Tell them that if we don't stop this right now, there will be more hostages, not less.  It has to stop, and the sooner the better.

Then let them cry and moan about it.  That, apparently, is the extent of their capability in this matter.

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