Archive for January 2, 2012
10,000 Japanese singing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy:
Wow. Joy is right.
UPATE I and II below.
“Some say” Rupert Murdoch and Fox News control the Republican party, which the do. But there are those who are just shocked, SHOCKED by that allegation.
That said, take a look at this tweet from 8:07 p.m. ET:
And this, posted at 8:23 p.m. ET:
Bill O’Reilly was back after his vacation for the first program of the year, and he had some unfinished business to tend to with Rick Santorum. The latter attacked O’Reilly on the radio today, suggesting that he was banned from the Factor. O’Reilly responded by reminding Santorum that he wasn’t exactly a star in the polls before this week but, now that he was, he was more than welcome to appear on the program on Wednesday.
UPDATED: @ 9:17 p.m. ET: Woohah! Santorum is on O’Reilly right now. Forget that waiting until Wednesday stuff. This is an emergency!
UPDATED II: @ 9:25 p.m. ET: Oops. I take that back. Santorum was just on Hannity. So, he’s on Hannity tonight and O’Reilly tomorrow? Quite an endorsement Rupert.
I dipped in to the cable “news” shows throughout the day today and wow, they were talking about Iowa, Iowa, Iowa every time I did.
The frenzy about Iowa (cheap, easy-to-fill air time for the cables) is entirely unwarranted. Attendance at the Iowa caucuses is expected to be somewhere in the range of 100,000 people. To put that in perspective, I live in a county populated by roughly 290,000 peoplle. Two million people turned out for Barack Obama’s inauguration. The University of Michigan stadium in Ann Arbor seats 109,000+ people. The seating capacity at the Indy 500 speedway “is more than 257,000 people, and infield seating raises capacity to an approximate 400,000.”
So, excuse me if I’m not going nuts about what happens in Iowa tomorrow.
I don’t mean to be Debbie Downer but come on.
It’s going to be a long year. Let’s pace ourselves.
See you tomorrow.
My God. The 24/7 cable “news” coverage of the Iowa caucuses, which has been going on now for roughly a week, is squeezing out everything else that’s happening on the entire planet. It’s hard to believe that so much time is being devoted to something that hasn’t even happened yet, i.e. the results. And to that point, there’s this from David Sirota: