Archive for August 17, 2011
Bravo. It’s unanimous!
CNN boasts that Wolf has lived in Washington D.C. for 39 years
Does anyone think — like me — that that might be part of the problem?
Piers Morgan, CNN’s lifeless replacement for the lifeless Larry King attempted to interview the failed wannabe politician Christine O’Donnell today. You remember Christine.
In 2010 she ran for the Senate in Delaware but was defeated by Chris Coons, a Democrat, 57% to 40%.
Oh, and she has a thing for witches:
Anyway, Christine O’Donnell walked out of an interview with Piers Morgan today and you can tell Piers is really, really, REALLY happy about that because his ratings might go up tonight. Check out his tweets. He’s drunk with excitement. (Start reading at the bottom.)
This would be the state of “news” in the United States of America folks.
I’m already sick up to here of the 2012 presidential campaign:
As an lifelong athiest, I’d say this is darn good news:
GIVEN how much sway the Tea Party has among Republicans in Congress and those seeking the Republican presidential nomination, one might think the Tea Party is redefining mainstream American politics.
But in fact the Tea Party is increasingly swimming against the tide of public opinion: among most Americans, even before the furor over the debt limit, its brand was becoming toxic. To embrace the Tea Party carries great political risk for Republicans, but perhaps not for the reason you might think.
Polls show that disapproval of the Tea Party is climbing. In April 2010, a New York Times/CBS News survey found that 18 percent of Americans had an unfavorable opinion of it, 21 percent had a favorable opinion and 46 percent had not heard enough. Now, 14 months later, Tea Party supporters have slipped to 20 percent, while their opponents have more than doubled, to 40 percent.
Of course, politicians of all stripes are not faring well among the public these days. But in data we have recently collected, the Tea Party ranks lower than any of the 23 other groups we asked about — lower than both Republicans and Democrats. It is even less popular than much maligned groups like “atheists” and “Muslims.” Interestingly, one group that approaches it in unpopularity is the Christian Right.
On everything but the size of government, Tea Party supporters are increasingly out of step with most Americans, even many Republicans. Indeed, at the opposite end of the ideological spectrum, today’s Tea Party parallels the anti-Vietnam War movement which rallied behind George S. McGovern in 1972. The McGovernite activists brought energy, but also stridency, to the Democratic Party — repelling moderate voters and damaging the Democratic brand for a generation. By embracing the Tea Party, Republicans risk repeating history.
So, my advice to Republicans is keep on doin’ what you’re doin’!
I’m willing to bet that the “sources” (plural) Jonathan Alter talks about in his first tweet (below) are actually a source (singular). And I’m also willing to bet that he didn’t check with anyone else before sending that first tweet because he wanted to be the one to drop BREAKING news. But oops. A few minutes later he sent out the second tweet (without the BREAKING part) and ate his words.
Geezus. And these are the people we see on the teevee all the time. You know, the ones we’re supposed to regard as journalists who know what they’re talking about.
You can follow Alter’s tweets here.
I have never watched a full episode of “Jersey Shore,” but the bits and pieces I have seen are embarrassing to me as an American. The fact that a show featuring an entire cast of dumbed-down airheads was even produced is a sad commentary on the state of our nation. I mean, until the other day, “Snookie,” the “star” of the show, didn’t know Montana was a state.
So I empathize with Abercrombie & Fitch. They are so embarrassed by the show they’re offering to pay cast member Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino not to wear their clothes:
With their quick rise to fame, the cast of MTV reality show “Jersey Shore” has cashed in on a number of endorsement deals, including weight loss supplements, alcohol and bronzer.
But here’s a first. Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is offering to pay Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino not to wear its merchandise.
The New Albany, Ohio company released a statement Tuesday evening titled “A Win-Win Situation,” in which it stated a “deep concern” over the association between Mr. Sorrentino and the brand. A&F offered up a “substantial payment” to Mr. Sorrentino “to wear an alternate brand.”
“We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans,” the statement read.
The company also extended the pay-to-not-play offer to the other Jersey Shore reality stars and said it was “urgently waiting a response.”
This has to be a first in the annals of advertising history. Retailers historically love product placement but apparently they feel much as I do when it comes to “Jersey Shore” bimbos being associated with their brand.
If you think the Gulf of Mexico has been returned to its pristine state after the BP oil spill, think again. Check out this video that was filmed yesterday:
I’m so glad, I say in jest, that the “liberal media” is spending its time covering the 2012 presidential campaign — 14 months out for God’s sake — instead of covering stuff like this. I swear, they’re like a pack of wolves protecting their own; making sure we don’t know about the dirty deeds of a fellow corporation.
I am so proud of my town. I don’t care if I have to crawl on my hands and knees to get to the polling place this November because I can’t wait to vote against the fascist notion that corporations are people and money is speech:
Boulder voters will get to voice their opinion this fall on whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended to make it clear that corporations are not people and that money is not speech.
Talk about judicial activism. There has never been such a blatant act of judicial activism as the corporate personhood ruling handed down by the corporatist Republicans who sit on our present day Supreme Court. (Thanks W.)