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NBC to Devote Four Days of Live Coverage to the Kentucky Derby

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will reunite to cover the 2014 Kentucky Derby.

The two former Olympic figure skaters plan to cover fashion May 2 at the Kentucky Oaks and May 3 at the Kentucky Derby. NBC will begin live coverage from Churchill Downs on April 30.


Really?  Man-oh-man.  Is this indicative of what the corporate media thinks is important or what?

What the Kentucky Derby means to me is fragile horses whose bodies can’t hold their own weight and who are bred to make money for their owners.  I can’t stand the thought of watching another horse shatter his or her leg.

Not to be Debbie Downer but yo, NBC, how about devoting  four days (or even four hours) to food banks being swamped with clients due to the “Great Recession” and people who aren’t in need being so squeezed they can’t afford to donate a can or two of food?

Aaaah!  Can you hear me screaming now?

April 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM Leave a comment

The State of the Media

Pew 3-26-14

Here’s an interesting report from Pew Research’s Journalism Project: Key Indicators in Media & News.

It’s full of all kinds of tidbits about local television, newspapers, cable and broadcast networks but the first sentence, about cable, is what jumped out at me:

In 2013, the cable news audience, by nearly all measures, declined. The combined median prime-time viewership of the three major news channels—CNN, Fox News and MSNBC—dropped 11% to about 3 million, the smallest it has been since 2007.

The “combined median prime-time viewership” of the three major cable news channels was “about 3 million?”  Wow.  Given all the yelling and screaming by and about the various cable news “journalists” — Hannity, O’Reilly, Matthews, Morgan, et al — you’d think they were bringing in audience numbers akin to that of the network news shows at 22.6 million.

They — the cable “news” screamers — get way, way too much of our society’s attention.


March 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM Leave a comment

The Problem with the Corporate Media in 26 Seconds

Yesterday MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell interrupted a discussion about ending the NSA surveillance program for “breaking news” coverage of Justin Bieber’s bond hearing in Florida:


January 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM Leave a comment

What Fox Doesn’t Cover is as Telling as What it Does

Chris Christie is a Republican.

Tweet of the Day 1-9-14



January 9, 2014 at 12:34 PM Leave a comment

Talk About Lagging Behind

An NBC graphic used in a report about how American students “lag behind” their European and Asian peers in math, science and reading:

NBC Graphic re Americans lagging behind

In science, Americans are in “21th” place?

December 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM Leave a comment

MSNBC Fires Alec Baldwin

That was fast:  Alec Baldwin’s Show Will Not Return to MSNBC.

Alec Baldwin via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

Poor Alec.  He’s slow to learn that saying every single itty bitty thing that pops into his head — sometimes in a really loud voice — isn’t always the best idea.

November 26, 2013 at 3:36 PM Leave a comment

Cable “News” Climate Change Coverage April 1 – August 14, 2013

Here’s a graph showing the number of minutes the cable “news” outlets devoted to climate change between April 1 and August 13 this year.  Note the stars on O’Reilly’s and Hannity’s shows. Those stars mean the coverage was dismissive of climate change (natch –  hey, we’re talkin’ Fox).

Oh, and CNN is supposedly a flaming liberal channel, right?  It looks like Erin Burnett’s show, OutFront, devoted about four minutes to the issue while Anderson Cooper didn’t touch it. Liberal?  What a joke that is.

Cable News Climate Change coverage

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What a sorry state of affairs.

November 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM Leave a comment

Watch an NRA Activist Shoot an Elephant in the Face

Elephants via

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Wow.  I hadn’t heard about the NRA-sponsored NBC show “Under Wild Skies” until today.  It features NRA proponents shuttled into “wild” hunting grounds so they and shoot innocent animals in the face from just feet away.

Cool huh?

Wanna see an elephant get blown away?  Go here.

The show makes it all about gun:

“Positively lethal. Great to handle.  Beautiful gun.  And the 577 was made to shoot ivory.”

“Made to shoot ivory?”  Behind that “ivory” is a sentient being with a life and a family.

This goes in my Outrage Overload category.

Oh, and just hours ago NBC canceled the show.  But what were they thinking when they debuted it?  Hey, I know.  They were PAID BY THE F’ING NRA.

Geezus America. You’re losing your mind!!!!!




September 28, 2013 at 6:49 PM Leave a comment

The Today Show Stoops to a New New Low

OMG.  Now they’re really insulting our intelligence:

Today Show Logo

NBC’s “Today” is turning to newborns for a programming stunt this week. Dubbed #BornTODAY, the stunt features correspondents and camera crews in maternity wards across the country tuning in as babies are being born, in some cases live, on-air.


I think “BoredTODAY” would be a better title.

September 23, 2013 at 9:20 AM Leave a comment

New One: Ten People on Screen at the Same Time

Geezus, this is a new one:  Ten people on the screen at the same time on CNBC today talking about the Nasdaq being halted:

Ten People on Screen via dashbot on twitter

(Image via dashbot on Twitter)

I think this is a record.  Oh wait no, it’s the Hollywood Squares!

No, seriously, the only thing we know at this moment is that the Nasdaq supposedly suffered “technical problems,” so here we have ten — TEN — guys speculating as to what “technical problems” means.  Ridiculous.

August 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM Leave a comment

Now It’s MSNBC’s Turn to Have a Big Fail at Geography

Yesterday it was Headline News, today it’s MSNBC’s turn.

I guess they decide the location of a city by ah, throwing a dart?

On Tuesday’s Martin Bashir show:

MSNBC #1 Wrong Map

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MSNBC #2 Wrong Map

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August 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM Leave a comment

Get Ready For Two Years of Trump-Might-Run Coverage Even Though Everyone Knows He Won’t

It would be one thing if “E! News” did this but when the supposed “real” news outlets do it it’s pretty disgusting.  In short, get ready to get played:

Donald Trump's Hair

Here we go again.

More than three years ahead of the 2016 election, Donald Trump is already hinting at a presidential run, and the media — though certain this time around that he can’t be serious — are covering it anyway.

Dubbed a “sideshow” by NBC’s Chuck Todd and a “serial presidential campaign explorer” by CBS News, Trump is being accused by the press of engaging in yet another publicity stunt. “Folks,” the NBC News political team flatly declared this week, “he isn’t going to run.”

But don’t for one second think that means an end to Trump coverage. And lots of it.

Even as reporters suggest that Trump should not be taken seriously, many media organizations continue to cover him as a potential legitimate candidate, as they did in 2012. The reason for that is something Trump, the executive producer and host of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” is very familiar with: ratings.

“How many times do people have to fall for this game?” asked Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant. “Everyone knows this, and no one seems to be able to resist covering the spectacle, because Donald Trump – the brand – isn’t ever forced to post up against political reality. He’s a master marketer and brand-manager, and he’s learned that the media loves the bluster and the bullshit, even with the full knowledge he’s not going to ever, ever, ever pull the trigger on the race.”

August 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM Leave a comment

NBC to Air Program Showing Senseless, Cruel Killing of Sharks — for Fun!

What’s next?  Rounding up dogs and killing them?

We are one sick ass society.

Here’s the contact info for the NBC Sports Network if you want to register your disgust at them turning the slaughter of animals into “entertainment.”


July 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM 2 comments

NBC Nightly News Airs Segment on Hamburger Helper

When, oh when, will we have a better media?  At this point, it will be a long, long time because I tell ya’, the hole they’ve dug for themselves is really deep.  I mean, last night on the NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams did a segment on — yes — Hamburger Helper, now for chicken!

Hamburger Helper

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Watch it here.

July 10, 2013 at 1:06 PM Leave a comment

Send in Your “iReports” So the Cables Don’t Have to Hire Real Reporters

I’ve been flipping between Faux, CNN and MSNBC for the last 45 minutes or so, watching coverage of the plane crash at the San Francisco airport.  It’s amazing how much information all three of these cable so-called-news outlets are lifting off of YouTube and Twitter (often not giving credit to the person who took the photo or wrote the tweet which I think is just about as low as a “news” outlet can go}.

Hold that thought.

Meanwhile, I came across this photo from InsideCableNews.  They titled it:  “Media Swarm SFO.”

Media Swarm FSO via Inside Cablenews on Twitter

(Image via InsideCableNews on Twitter)

As you can see, that’s a pretty pitiful “swarm.”

The point is, the cables don’t need to send reporters to the site of “breaking news” anymore.  They pick photos and “facts” out of their “iReports,”  YouTubers and Twitterers who, in the end, do their work for them.  It saves them megabucks.  They use our stuff and they don’t have to hire real people to go out and get the story and the photos.

If the info they report turns out to be incorrect, meh, they can blame it on “early reports” or whatever.

Folks, think about that the next time you file an “iReport.”  The cables are feeding off of you and you don’t get a dime.

July 6, 2013 at 6:05 PM 1 comment

MSNBC: “Breaking News?” Really?

This is from yesterday’s Morning Joe show and no, it’s not photoshopped:

Image via GoAngelo on Twitter

(Image via GoAngelo on Twitter)


June 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM Leave a comment

“Journalist” David Gregory Turns on Journalists

This morning on Meet the Press, David Gregory, an alleged journalist but we all know what a joke that is, asked Glenn Greenwald, a real journalist, if he should be charged with a crime for “aiding and abetting” a “criminal,” as in Edward Snowden.

That said, here’s my Tweet of the Day:

Tweet of the Day 6-23-13Pretty obvious David Gregory doesn’t understand the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Oops, I guess I’m going to have a second Tweet of the Day (so many good ones out there today):

2nd Tweet of the Day 6-23-13

June 23, 2013 at 10:25 AM Leave a comment

Cable “News” Obsesses About Cuts to White House Tours, Not so Much About Cuts to the Poor

Cable “news,” especially Fox, has gone nuts covering sequester-related cuts to tours of the White House, but not so regarding cuts to assistance programs for the poor.  As a matter of fact, “liberal” CNN has been totally silent on the issue:

Cuts to White House Tours via ThinkProgress

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As is always the case, the poor have no voice.

Go here for larger version.


March 14, 2013 at 9:57 AM Leave a comment

Nothing Else Going On in D.C. Punditland

This is the actual chyron on Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC right now:  “1,341 Days to Go.  Decision 2016.”

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Let me outta here!

March 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM Leave a comment

Ed Rendell’s Fake Persona as a Liberal Pundit on MSNBC

Ed Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania makes regular appearances on “Morning Joe.”  They tout him as a liberal but he’s nothing more than  a greedy old ba*tard who has sold his soul (if he ever had one). Still, we have a right to know that:

Ed Rendell via Wikipedia

Ed Rendell today is a co-chair of Fix the Debt — nevertheless, in media appearances on [the MSNBC] network he is regularly introduced only as the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania.

He is special counsel to the law firm Ballard Spahr, where he focuses on privatization in housing and infrastructure. Rendell is a senior adviser at Greenhill & Co., a multinational investment bank. Rendell is also on the advisory board of Verdeva, a technology development firm, and an operating partner at the venture capital firm Element Partners, a company that has recently invested in natural gas “fracking” in Pennsylvania and nearby  states.

Ed Rendell has numerous conflicts of interest that belie his role as neutral or “liberal” commenter.

Sign the petition:  MSNBC: Disclose Fix-the-Debt co-chair Ed Rendell’s Conflicts of Interest When Booking.

Let’s not let MSNBC lie about it’s supposed liberalism.  Ed Rendell is a corporate hack.  It should disclose that when he’s on.  “Former Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania?”  Yeah, technically true, but Ed Rendell’s been doing a whole lot of things since he was that.

March 6, 2013 at 7:58 PM 1 comment

MSNBC Hires Third Graders to Man Their Twitter Feed

So this is what passes as news on MSNBC’s Twitter feed tonight?


Kids banging away on an iPhone?

MSNBC Twitter

When oh when will we have a real news media?

February 2, 2013 at 9:10 PM Leave a comment

Australia Braces for “Catastrophic” Heat Wave

Of course we don’t hear about this in the U.S. because it’s well, outside the U.S.:

Australia is bracing for days of “catastrophic” fire and heatwave conditions.

Fires are already burning in five states as a search continued for people missing after devastating wildfires in the island state of Tasmania.


Bushfires were ablaze in five of Australia’s six states, with 90 fires in the most populous state New South Wales, and in mountain forests around the national capital Canberra.

Severe fire conditions were forecast for tomorrow (local time), replicating those of 2009, when “Black Saturday” wildfires in Victoria state killed 173 people and caused $4.4 billion worth of damage.

A record heatwave, which began in Western Australia on 27 December and lasted eight days, was the fiercest in more than 80 years in that state and has spread east across the nation, making it the widest-ranging heatwave in more than a decade, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

The highest “catastrophic” bushfire temperature conditions are expected tomorrow, said fire officials, under which people are advised to flee if fire threatens, as the blaze is likely to be too fierce for fire crews to easily extinguish.

In the Australian capital Canberra, hit by a firestorm in 2003 that destroyed hundreds of homes, authorities said they were expecting the worst conditions in the decade since, with a fifth day of searing temperatures and strong winds.


Imagine being told “to flee if fire threatens” because strong winds make any potential fire “too fierce for fire crews to easily extinguish.”

I can relate.  This was the view from my living room last June:

Boulder Fire my Pic June 2012

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The wind wasn’t blowing when I took this photo but it did before the fire was put out.  We were all thinking embers.  What if flying embers started a fire closer in.

My thoughts are with the folks in Australia tonight because it’s tomorrow there now.  Wind, fire and drought are an awful, terrifying mix.

Good luck Australia.  And h/t to the U.S. media for their total failure at ah, delivering news.  Not to mention mentioning that thing called CLIMATE CHANGE.

January 7, 2013 at 8:16 PM Leave a comment

Why I Don’t Watch Cable “News” Anymore

This has been the “news” on cable “news” for what, a year, with time out for election interruptus?

"Fiscal Cliff via TexasLeftist"

(Image via TexasLeftist on Twitter.)

Is there anything else going on in the world?

Apparently not.




December 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM Leave a comment

Chris Matthews: The “Statesman”


MSNBC host Chris Matthews is a “statesman,” according to the network’s president, Phil Griffin. In arecent Associated Press story, Griffin praises the always impassioned anchor for being a “model figure” for the network.

Griffin expressed confidence in Matthews’ style and where he is now.

“He’s as good as he’s ever been,” Griffin told the AP. “He’s at a place in his life where he’s really comfortable in his own skin. He’s a statesman. He has so much knowledge and I think he understands it better. He’s always been great, but I really think he’s been at the peak of his game.”


Chris Matthews in 2007:

Chris Matthews in 2008:


December 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM Leave a comment

UPDATE: NBC’s Richard Engel Safe After Being Released by Kidnappers

Yesterday we learned that Richard Engel, NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent, was missing in Syria and hadn’t been heard from since Thursday.

Good news!  He and his crew were kidnapped but they were released this morning:

Richard Engel via

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NBC News said Tuesday morning that veteran foreign correspondent Richard Engel, two of his colleagues and their security guard were free after five days of captivity at the hands of unidentified assailants in Syria.

NBC said in a statement that Engel, who went missing along with his crew on Thursday, was “freed from captors in Syria after a firefight at a checkpoint on Monday, five days after they were taken prisoner.” The network did not identify the others who had been abducted with Engel.


Engel, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, has extensive history reporting on and living in the Middle East. He was reporting on the war from inside Syria when he was captured. His work has won him numerous awards, including five News & Documentary Emmys.

According to NBC, Engel speaks and reads fluent Arabic and can comfortably transition between several Arabic dialects spoken across the Arab world.



Bravo.  Good news for a change.

Here’s more:  NBC News team detail the traumatic experiences of their five days captive in Syria.

December 18, 2012 at 7:24 AM Leave a comment

Prayers for NBC’s Richard Engel

I’ve always had a lot of respect for Richard Engel, NBC News’ Chief Foreign Correspondent.

Richard Engel via

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He is one of but a few U.S.-based reporters with the guts and street smarts to feel confident venturing into countries where there is terrifying conflict and to send out actual, well, reports.  So my fingers are crossed, with this news out this morning:

NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has gone missing in Syria, according to Turkish news reports. The reports also say that Aziz Akyavaş, a Turkish journalist working with Engel, is unaccounted for. NBC News has been successfully keeping Engel’s status subject to a news blackout—one to which Gawker agreed until now—for at least the past 24 hours.

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet is reporting that Engel and Akyavaş were last known to be in Syria and haven’t been in contact with NBC News since Thursday morning. The news has been reported widely in the Turkish press over the past 24 hours, including by Turkish news channel NTV, which presents itself as an international partner of MSNBC. It’s also been widely distributed on Twitter.

But NBC News has been asking every reporter who inquires about the report to participate in a news blackout.


Does not sound good.  So again, fingers crossed for both Engel and his colleague, Aziz Akyavas.



December 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM 7 comments

TV News Cares More About Ryan’s Fitness Routine Than Arctic Ice Melt

When, oh when, will we have a better media?

 Since June, the major TV news outlets have devoted seven full segments to Paul Ryan’s physical fitness and P90X workout routine, and only one to Arctic sea ice loss. ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC have each covered Paul Ryan’s workout routine as much or more than Arctic sea ice loss.


One – one — mention of Arctic sea ice loss amongst six “news” outlets in four months.  F-o-u-r months.


September 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM Leave a comment

If Only David Gregory Would Ask Mitt This Question

Mitt (and Ann, to humanize him I guess) Romney are going to be on Meet the Press tomorrow.  In my wildest dreams, this would be David Gregory’s first question:


September 8, 2012 at 6:17 PM Leave a comment

News in the USA


Dirty Laundry by Don Henley:

I make my living off the Evening News
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundryWell, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundryKick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em when they’re down
Kick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em when they’re down
Kick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em when they’re down
Kick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em all aroundWe got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
Comes on at five
She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
It’s interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry
[ Lyrics from: ]
Can we film the operation?
Is the head dead yet?
You know, the boys in the newsroom got a
Running bet
Get the widow on the set!
We need dirty laundry

You don’t really need to find out what’s going on
You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
Just leave well enough love
Eat your dirty laundry

Kick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em when they’re down
Kick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em when they’re down

Kick ‘em when they’re up
Kick ‘em when they’re down
Kick ‘em when they’re stiff
Kick ‘em all around

Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry

We can do “The Innuendo”
We can dance and sing
When it’s said and done we haven’t told you a thing
We all know that Crap is King
Give us dirty laundry!

Video via.

Lyrics via.

August 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM Leave a comment

MSNBC’s Twitter Feed Just a Tad Slow

Don’t tell me MSNBC just sent out this tweet:

Check out the date and time at the bottom.  What?  20, 21 hours late?

August 7, 2012 at 3:33 PM Leave a comment

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