Headline of the Year-
Now read it slowly. Breathe in (you're going to need the oxygen), breathe out.
Are there any more questions as to why the American populace is butt ignorant?
You can read Tapper's noxious post if you want (forewarned- Evan Bayh's opinions take up half of it), but I'd advise to skip it. The headline says it all.
This morning the hourly cable "repeater" was the non story that Juan Williams got canned for having a conflict of interest with his employer, NPR. He dissed Muslims, and validated Bill O'Reilly's bigoted comments on The View. Oh well, so sad, move along, right? Nope. Every. Hour. All. Day.
During hour whothefuckknows of my listening to MSNBC, I hear a talker going over the talking points about "How Dems Suck©". Numero uno? No messaging on how great the Health Care Reform Bill really was.
Really Bobblehead? It is a good program? There are things that will help Americans in it? Then why the HELL haven't the cablers, journalists, print media or ANYONE spent as much time on the good things the Obama Administration have done as they are on what basically comes down to a human resources kerfluffle that bears absolutely no weight on any human being's life other than Juan Williams and his family (and even that's moot, he's set for at least 3 years).
In my head, I've been calling it "Media Melodrama", the sick, perverted cousin of "If it bleeds, it leads". But this time around they are choking off the news that we (and those not as tuned in) need to make informed decisions just to keep on living. Two polls come out on Monday, the traditional media picks the one with the most "conflict" to cover, the one that will elicit the most hand wringing and navel gazing. Unemployment numbers stagnant in the country? Hey, but it's down in 23 states! Poll says 37% of the populace want the Health Care bill repealed? Whoa, 36% want it expanded!!
In context (and against Jake's meme that we're DOOMED), Newsweek came out with a poll today that puts the Democratic Party and our President in a much better position. All I heard was that the President had hit the floor.
We may be doomed, we may never make it out of this house of mirrors, but if that happens, it will be people who write headlines like "A Pre-Post-Mortem on Anticipated Democratic Losses" who have put the cement boots on us, and eventually, it will take them down too.
This was interesting.
A Smart Politics analysis of the three-dozen solo and joint news conferences held by Barack Obama through the first week of September 2010 finds that more than 75 reporters across 40 news organizations have been called on by the President to date. Leading the way are Chuck Todd of NBC News and Jack Tapper of ABC News, who have each received the green light from the President at 10 conferences.
Following Todd and Tapper in the broadcast medium is Chip Reid of CBS News with eight questions asked to date. Major Garrett, who just recently departed FOX News, has asked six questions, good for fourth among broadcast reporters and fifth overall.
Reporters Selected for Questions at President Obama News Conferences
Outlet Reporter # ABC News Jake Tapper 10 NBC News Chuck Todd 10 Associated Press Jennifer Loven 9 CBS News Chip Reid 8 Fox News Major Garrett 6 Bloomberg Julianna Goldman 5 Bloomberg Hans Nichols 4 Reuters Jeff Mason 4 Associated Press Ben Feller 3 CBS Radio Mark Knoller 3 CNN Ed Henry 3 McClatchy Steve Thomma 3 New York Times Helene Cooper 3 Wall Street Journal Jonathan Weisman 3 Agence France-Presse Stephen Collinson 2 American Urban Radio Network April Ryan 2 CBS Radio Peter Maer 2 Chicago Tribune Christi Parsons 2 CNN Dan Lothian 2 CNN Suzanne Malveaux 2 EFE Macarena Vidal 2 Hearst Newspapers Helen Thomas 2 New York Times Jackie Calmes 2 New York Times Jeff Zeleny 2 Reuters Caren Bohan 2 Univision Lourdes Meluza 2 USA Today Richard Wolf 2 USA Today David Jackson 2 Washington Post Scott Wilson 2 Washington Post Michael Fletcher 2 Washington Times Jon Ward 2 ABC Radio Ann Compton 1 Associated Press Darlene Superville 1 Associated Press Bob Burns 1 Associated Press Radio Mark Smith 1 BET Andre Showell 1 Bloomberg Roger Runningen 1 Bloomberg Ed Chen 1 CBS News Bill Plante 1 Chicago Sun Times Lynn Sweet 1 Cleveland Plain Dealer Steve Koff 1 Detroit News Deb Price 1 Ebony Kevin Chappell 1 Financial Times Ed Luce 1 Huffington Post Sam Stein 1 Huffington Post Nico Pitney 1 KDKA-TV Jon Delano 1 McClatchy Margaret Talev 1 National Public Radio Mara Liasson 1 National Public Radio Scott Horsley 1 National Public Radio Don Gonyea 1 New York Times Peter Baker 1 New York Times Ginger Thompson 1 Newsweek Holly Bailey 1 Politico Mike Allen 1 Politico Carol Lee 1 Reuters David Alexander 1 Reuters Patricia Zengerle 1 Reuters Matt Spetalnick 1 Stars and Stripes Kevin Baron 1 Telemundo Lori Montenegro 1 Time Michael Scherer 1 Univision Edna Schmidt 1 USA Today Mimi Hall 1 Wall Street Journal Laura Meckler 1 Washington Post Michael Shear 1 Agence France-Presse Laurent Lozano 1 Other foreign media 8 Total 152
Note: Press conferences through September 9, 2010. Excludes follow-up questions and questions asked by news organizations selected by other world leaders during joint news conferences. Also excludes a handful of questions asked by reporters who were not identified in news conference transcripts, particularly in those held abroad. Data compiled by Smart Politics from the Public Papers of the President.
The NAACP's admission that they were "snookered" by ClusterFox here.
Via Jake Tapper:
ClusterFox snookered someone? What a shock.
With regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA Official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias.
Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story, we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans. [...]
Next time we are confronted by a racial controversy broken by Fox News or their allies in the Tea Party like Mr. Breitbart, we will consider the source and be more deliberate in responding. The tape of Ms. Sherrod’s speech at an NAACP banquet was deliberately edited to create a false impression of racial bias, and to create a controversy where none existed. This just shows the lengths to which extremist elements will go to discredit legitimate opposition.
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