I had forgotten he was coming back yesterday, but I won’t miss today. Via.
I had forgotten he was coming back yesterday, but I won’t miss today. Via.
The next earnings call for Cumulus is tomorrow and Dickey will undoubtedly be asked by Wall Street analysts how Limbaugh’s performing on the 40 Cumulus stations that carry the show. Despite Limbaugh’s immense value, Dickey has previously claimed that Cumulus’s top three stations had lost $5.5 million as a result of the anti-Limbaugh backlash. A while back, ThinkProgress obtained a memo showing the 96 national companies that had reportedly asked Cumulus to not broadcast their commercials during the Limbaugh program.
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I made the mistake of turning on “Meet the Press” today. I lasted about seven minutes before screaming at the Tee Vee Machine and turning it off. The entire seven minutes was similar to what happened here: “Does this open the president up for criticism? Will critics have new ammo? Well, will they, huh? Huh?” #LibrulMediaMyAss
All I heard was Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi, criticism of the president over the Boston bombings, and then more hyperventilating about anything else that ever existed within the vast political scope of all things Obama. BAD Obama. FAILURE Obama. INEPT Obama. LEAD FROM BEHIND Obama. BLAME Obama.
I’m fine with healthy, constructive criticism, but this is out of control. There is no more news. News died when it was swept into the greedy, self-serving world of commercialization. What we have now is any excuse to create controversy, to even create a non-existent news story, in order to ramp up the ratings.
What better way for corporate-owned media to achieve higher Nielsens for their beloved corporate sponsors than to bash Obama, ignite passions, beat the drums for war, and scare viewers so that they’ll glue themselves to the screen to catch the next BIG, SCARY CHYRON!
But back to the Benghazi Noise Machine. Today, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) claimed that President Obama’s administration is threatening and intimidating witnesses, but he couldn’t even back up his claim:
But hey, that’s okay, people watched, some pointed and laughed, and some even mistook his warped opinion for fact. Key word: Watched. What more could a news program hope for? Oh wait, that was Fox, not news.
I previously posted a video of a segment in which Chris Hayes said this on his “All In” show:
“Question mark.” You know, there is this thing we do in cable news. Sometimes magazines do it too. You want to grab someone’s attention but the thing you want to say is just too irresponsible to get away with or stand behind. So, for example, maybe I want to say, in discussing Lindsey Graham’s demagoguery in constitutional due process, “Lindsey Graham, comma, Constitution hater.” So no, instead what we would say is, “Lindsay Graham, Constitution hater?” Since you are asking a question, you don’t have to stand behind what you are asserting.
And then, as if on cue, MSNBC displayed a chyron only a few minutes ago that read, “Lame duck already?” Since they asked, allow me to respond: “Idiotic question chyron?” Question mark?
When I opened my Los Angeles Times this morning, I saw an article about how the Boston bombing is affecting policy on student visas. The Times is reporting that Homeland Security will be tightening oversight for foreign students entering the U.S.
One of the friends, Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, was allowed to reenter the U.S. on a student visa even though he was no longer attending the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also studied.
Congressional Republicans have questioned how the government has dealt with visa security issues. In a three-page letter this week, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for details about student visas and how Tazhayakov was able to reenter the U.S.
In a statement this week, the Homeland Security Department said that Tazhayakov entered the United States on Jan. 20 using a student visa with an expiration date of Aug. 30. Customs, which is part of Homeland Security, had not been notified that Tazhayakov had left school on Jan. 4, so he was permitted entry.
An hour later I was watching MSNBC, and the anchor substituting for Alex Witt was asking her guests about this very topic. And by “asking her guests” I mean falling all over herself to get them to slam President Obama. Here is how she posed her questions (paraphrased, but not all that much):
“Does this open the president up for criticism? Will President Obama be under fire for this? Will his critics have new ammo? Well, will they, huh? Huh?”
Okay, I made up that last question. Here is how it sounded to me:
Ooo! THIS is exactly what I needed to create some controversy, because so far, this show has been really dull. If ratings dip while I’m covering for Alex, I’m toast!
SO. Guests! WTF is up with Obama? Shouldn’t he be in a big ol’ pot of hot water for this? Isn’t the bombing all his fault anyway? Well, isn’t it? Let’s make this into more of a story, stat! Is his goose finally cooked? Will you go on the record saying that his presidency a big fat epic FAIL now? Boyoboy was he negligent, right? RIGHT?
I cannot WAIT to hear your answers to my leading questions! GO!
BENGHAZI! Oh, sorry, that just slipped out.
1. Note to Ms. SubbingForAlex: You must be more than aware that nobody needs to encourage anyone to clobber the president. He has been barraged by smears since he announced his run back in 2007. He’s been blamed for everything from Bush’s recession to personal bad hair days since forever. So stirring that pot is overkill to say the least.
2. What happened to objectivity in the media? Oh, sorry, did I say “objectivity”? My bad.
3. Not everything has to be hyped up to entertain viewers. Sweartogod.
4. Did you, or anyone, ask questions like those when GW Bush was in office and lied us into a fraudulent war?
Now, I’m sure this host is a very nice person, professional, and just trying to do her job by keeping the conversation interesting and lively, but come on.
By the way, in their statement, part of what the Homeland Security Department said was, “At the time of reentry there was no derogatory information that suggested this individual posed a national security or public safety threat.” I didn’t hear that mentioned.
In what seems like another lifetime ago, our old pal and brilliant colleague Cliff Schecter used to write a Friday “Cliff’s Corner” post at AMERICAblog that always started out with, “Another week. More preposterousness to report.”
As I said in a previous post, I am tempted to take it from there on a weekly basis: Another Sunday. More outrage to report. I can’t and won’t watch all the Sunday talk shows, and sometimes I refuse to watch any of them. However, today I caught some of “This Week” and a few minutes of the”Meet the Press” panel.
Big mistake on my part.
I listened as the commentators praised George W. Bush for (paraphrasing) being a terrible president but a (not paraphrasing) “good man.” A good man? Really? To repeat, a “good” man would not have:
I left out a few items from the other post because some of his policies were not due to his being an unethical guy, but because he is a Republican and disagrees with Democratic positions. I can’t hold that against him personally; that doesn’t necessarily make him a “good” or “bad” man. Torture, on the other hand…
Moving on. I then wasted minutes of my day that I’ll never get back watching as most members of the panels lit into President Obama and their criticisms were virtually unchallenged. That despite the inaccuracies and misinformation being thrown around. And their TV audience was, again, being fed propaganda and opinion as if it were fact.
The most positive– come to think of it, the only positive– thing that was said about the president was that he killed it last night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and should think about a career in stand-up comedy.
To recap, Bush is a “good man,” President Obama is a good comic.
Nearly every week I post about media bias and how Sunday after Sunday, Republican talk show guests (often conservative) outnumber Democratic ones, and how real Progressives are rarely represented at all. Today the split was more even, but there were still very, very few authentically liberal liberals. Maybe one.
And week after week, propaganda and lies are disseminated, and Americans who rely on these shows receive a limited, and often biased, view of current events.
And because Ed Schultz is returning to the Tee Vee Machine soon, we’ll get way, way better programming on weekends. I don’t know about you, but prison doesn’t appeal to me.
For those who aren’t in on the joke, on the nights that Rachel Maddow’s program leads into MSNBC’s “Lockup” shows, she’s made it into a regular “thing” by offering up some well-delivered intro quips. I actually wait for her to go there before I turn off the DVR.
But back to Ed. His lead-in will be Karen Finney, whose show also debuts May 11, but from 4-5 p.m. ET. More information will be announced in the coming days.
Schultz’s radio executive producer will be acting exec producer of his TV show. MSNBC:
We are proud to announce The Ed Show hosted by Ed Schultz will return to MSNBC starting Saturday, May 11 at 5 p.m. ET.
The Saturday and Sunday show will debut as a one-hour long program expanding to a two-hour format from 5-7 p.m. ET later this summer.
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