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I’ve been following the slam on NBC’s horrible Olympic coverage since Friday’s opening. A tweet I saw yesterday went something like, this: “I got an email from CNN about so-and-so winning such-and-such but NBC IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY FACE but they haven’t said anything about it.” (Screaming in the original.)
Not only is NBC wedded with a ball and chain to its script, it’s wedded to shielding the U.S. audience, which it apparently thinks is pretty darn delicate, from things it thinks its audience can’t handle. Like this, which insults the shi*t out of me:
So when it came time in the opening ceremony for something that has been widely interpreted as a tribute to the 52 victims of terrorist attacks in London in 2005, it’s not shocking NBC didn’t see lingering on that as helping its overall marketing effort. When asked why NBC didn’t show the memorial, NBC spokesman Greg Hughes on Saturday said only that “our programming is tailored for the U.S. audience. It’s a tribute to (opening ceremony producer) Danny Boyle that it required so little editing.”
The rest of the world saw the live, unedited version of the opening ceremony but paternalistic NBC didn’t think we here in the U.S. could handle it.
Hey NBC, don’t treat me like a child and don’t divide the people of the world into haves and have nots and those who are worthy or unworthy of tributes. Your job is to report the news, as in facts. Period.
So next time, show the whole ceremony without censoring what you think might upset me. I want reality. Not something “tailored for the U.S. audience.” That’s not for you as a “news” organization to decide.
Chuck Todd, NBC’s “Chief White House Correspondent,” thinks we care about this sh-t:
Protests continue in Los Cabos, Mexico, during the G20 summit of world leaders, though learning of these demonstrations—especially if one lives within the United States—is quite a difficult task for consumers of the establishment media.
On Monday, activists unfurled a giant “one trillion dollar” bill to represent the money given in fossil fuel subsidies every year, and the group Avaaz.org says it collected more than 750,000 signatures for a petition calling for a shift to renewable energy.
But rather than discussing environmental policies or austerity measures, NBC’s Chuck Todd obsessed endlessly over the body language between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama.
“Body language experts are going to have a field day interpreting this Obama-Putin joint statement,” Todd tweeted Monday.
However, unwilling to leave that analysis to the experts, Todd took his own thoughts to the airwaves the following day to participate in a segment on MSNBC devoted entirely to the body language between the two leaders.
Todd isn’t just NBC’s “Chief White House Correspondent, he’s NBC News’ “political director” for God’s sake. I guess that means political news kinda gets filtered through him yet this is what he thinks is most relevant at the G20 Summit? Body language? Really?
Holy cow. As my late colleague at the Newshounds, Nancy Anton used to love to say, we are so screwed.
This morning I watched a few minutes of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. The European financial crisis was the topic du jour. Joe’s guests were Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former Bush administration official, and Dan Senor, a Fox News contributor and most famously the former chief spokesperson for the Coalition Provisional Authority under L. Paul Bremer, the guy who made the harebrained decision to fire the Iraqi army. (Throw Scarborough into the mix and you’ve got three right wingers. So much for MSNBC being liberal. It sure isn’t liberal in the morning.)
Anyway, again, they were talking about the European financial crisis and specifically the elections in Greece this coming Sunday. Haass expressed concern that the “radical left” might win there because the “radical left” doesn’t believe in austerity i.e., making the people suffer because of the banks’ mistakes. Instead, he hoped the “responsible party” would win because they favor bailing out the banks and putting the screws to the people.
What I witnessed was a perfect example of the 1% talking down, in let them eat cake fashion, to the rest of us. Bailing out their banking friends is the “responsible” thing to do whereas holding the banks responsible and leaving the people alone is “radical.”
It was nauseating to say the least.
Chris Matthews’ nickname on the Internets in Tweetie. I don’t know where it got started but it fits (apologies to birds everywhere). This would be Matthews at a conference in Boston on Tuesday, tweeting away:
Hardball host Chris Matthews argued that because of the rise of opinion-based news networks, the non-critical aspect of the media is gone, going as far to say that the reporting that verified the U.S. administration’s claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2002 would not happen today because of cable news.
“I would like to think there would be a reckoning we didn’t have then because of modern media,” Matthews said. “Twenty-four/seven is good because it’s not only breadth, it’s depth. Without cable, it is just network [television] thinking, embedded thinking, which is dangerous in a democracy.”
Matthews disagreed that viewers can’t tell the difference, or that viewers of Fox News aren’t in on the irony of its tagline “Fair and Balanced.”
“I think it’s very clear,” he said. “People are thinking all the time when they’re watching the news. The idea that we shouldn’t be argumentative on cable — we need to be in-depth. We’re supposed to question, we’re supposed to criticize, that’s what journalists do.”
Yo, Chris, hello. What are you talking about? Last I looked we had cable, i.e., “modern media,” in the run-up to the Iraq war.
From Think Progress and FAIR:
An exhaustive new study by media watchdog Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting shows that the Sunday morning talk shows have been dominated over the last eight months by white, Republican men.
Between June 2011 and February of this year, 70 percent of all one-on-one interviewees on the four biggest political talk shows — NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week, CBS’s Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday — were Republicans. The numbers were even more lopsided in favor of men and white guests:
In the last years of the Bush administration I read an article — don’t remember where or the name of the author — that talked about interviews with several news honchos about the prevalence of Republican men on the Sunday morning talk shows. The honchos unanimously said Republicans were on more often than Democrats because a Republican was in the White House.
Guess we know now that was a big fat lie.
It’s so cute, isn’t it, that NBC/MSNBC greens its logo right about now what with Earth Day coming up on Sunday?
Dig a little deeper and the “news” isn’t so green: Climate Coverage Plummets 80% On Broadcast Networks From 2009 To 2011. As a matter of fact, it isn’t green at all:
Nice try NBC/MSNBC. I think I know what kind of green you’re aiming for.
Per the headline above, I’m there as long as that standard is applied to e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e:
Ah yes, the liberal media (my Tweet of the Day):
Outrageous. I’m so glad I don’t watch them.
Wow, CNN’s Q1 ratings numbers reflect what a crappy network it is:
CNN bore the brunt of the downward trend the news networks experienced this month and for much of the first quarter, when compared to the busy first few months of 2011. For the month of March, CNN was down -50% in total viewers and down -60% in A25-54 viewers (Total Day). [That's incredible.] The net was down -21% in Total Viewers and down -26% in A25-54 viewers (Primetime) compared to March 2011.
The “most trusted name in news” blew it.
While still No.1, Fox is down too, particularly in younger viewers (the coveted “demo”):
For the month, Fox News is down -17% in Total Viewers and down -27% in younger viewers for Total Day viewing vs. March 2011. The loss in Primetime is not as great: -9% in Total Viewers and -26% in younger viewers.
Bottom line? Fox’s viewers are old, angry white people who are slowly dying off.
MSNBC on the other hand, reclaimed second place.
40 minutes ago, MSNBC “political analyst” Harold Ford
predicted Mitt Romney would win Tennessee. Ford should know, right, because he represented Memphis in the House of Representatives for ten years. I mean really, he’s supposed to have a handle on what’s going on there.
But he doesn’t: Rick Santorum wins Tennessee GOP primary.
Insofar as Ford is a “vice chairman and $enior policy advi$or” at Merrill Lynch, one can only assume he was blindly (and wrongly) rooting for his millionaire corporate buddy Mitt Romney.
Pat Buchanan is out at MSNBC.
73-year-old Pat was a hit during the Nixon administration (1969-1974).
This is Pat then:
This is Pat in the most recent picture I can find of him, circa 2008:
Pat, you’ve had a great run. Give thanks and bow out gracefully. But does he do that? Nooooooo. He’s a professional Republican so he plays the victim:
My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end.
After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous.
Oh puhleez. Your voice was everywhere. Some of us never get heard. Go gracefully into the night. Your time has come and gone. Be thankful for what you had for God’s sake.
A whopping 39% of Mainers — that would be a total of 2,190 people — voted for Mitt
Romney in today’s Republican caucuses there.
Ron Paul came in second at 36% with 1,996 votes.
Rick Santorum was third at 18% with 989 votes, and
Newt and Callista Gingrich came in fourth at 6% with a pitiful 349 votes.
Relevant factoid: Maine’s population? 1,328,188.
So, 5,524 Republicans voted in Maine today and the cables have been hanging on it all week? Really?
GE lied big time in an ad it ran tonight during the Super Bowl – on NBC, which is owned by GE — and gosh golly, NBC, an alleged “news” organization, let it go without noting the inaccuracies:
Did MSNBC just get punked?
Take a look at the images on this man’s T-shirt:
Check out the chyron (on MSNBC this morning):
Holy cow. Yeah, saving money means making money but it might be time to hire and pay people who actually know how to use the boards.
Just saw a “breaking news” alert on CNBC that the markets are closed today.
I’m coming down from watching this morning’s GOP presidential “debate” on NBC/MSNBC, hosted by the elitist 1%er, David Gregory. During the first 15-minutes, Gregory seemed obsessed with hearing what the candidates would cut (as in Medicare and Social Security), repeatedly asking both Santorum and Huntsman what cuts they would make that “will make Americans feel pain,” and then, “What do Americans have to learn to live with less of?”
Seems to me we Americans are already feeling pain due to the games the banksters and the corporate elite played with our economy. The people who should feel “pain” and do the time are the people who committed the crime. Then again, I don’t suppose we can expect that perspective from Mr. Inside-the-Beltway Gregory, a guy who’s married to a lawyer whose expertise is defending white collar criminals…like banksters.
UPDATE: An hour after putting up this post, I come across this:
Wall Street bankers are fuming about the prospect of paltry payouts come bonus time — and plan to go nuclear.
They’re taking their cues from their disgruntled brethren in London, who are eyeing lawsuits to regain their over-the-top pay. Here at Jefferies Group, a group of brokerage executives reportedly threatened management that they would walk away from the firm if their year-end compensation was not up to par with The Street.
This hubris is just the beginning of much more to come as the downtrodden banking industry gets ready to dole out the most meager bonuses since the 2008 financial crisis.
Let’s talk about these guys feelin’ some pain David.
Two hours ago MSNBC displayed a countdown clock under this headine: “Iowa Polls Closing [at]…” Iowa polls closing? Polls aren’t open in Iowa. Iowa isn’t polling today. Iowa has a caucus system. What the hell was MSNBC thinking? [That we're really, really dumb.]
Now (@7:22 p.m. ET) they’re running a chyron that reads: “Doors Now Open At Caucus Sites in Iowa’s 99 Counties.” Ah yeah, that’s more like it. But again, what was with the polls closing thing?
If you’re a news junkie like me you know who Ezra Klein is. And you probably think, like me, that he has the potential to be an up and coming liberal, soon-to-be star.
But I must admit that when MSNBC signed him on as a “contributor” a month or so ago, I wondered why. I mean, you don’t get to be a “contributor” on MSNBC if you’re a true radical lefty. You have to have kissed some corporate a** somewhere along the line.
I’m not saying that this is the be all, end all article about Mr. Klein but I think it’s an enlightening glimpse into what he’s about: Ezra Klein’s Shine Job on the Kochs:
Ezra’s shine-job, headlined “How powerful are the Koch brothers?” does its Beigeist best to muddle the reader’s head into believing that, yeah, the Kochs are kinda bad ‘n stuff, but hey, it’s just how things are.
That ain’t good.
Here’s the back story:
NBC News reporter Jay Gray was arrested last weekend for DUI after a party at the home of Joe Amandola, Jerry Sandusky‘s lawyer, according to TMZ.
Gray is a national reporter for NBC who appears frequently on its affiliated stations. He was one of a group of reporters invited to Amandola’s home for the December 11 Giants-Cowboys matchup, reportedly because the attorney is shopping a Sandusky interview around to the major networks.
Gray has been in State College since November 5 covering the Sandusky story. According to police records obtained by TMZ, Gray was arrested at 1:45 a.m. on December 12 by a Pennsylvania State Police officer.
This isn’t a story about a guy getting arrested for DUI. It’s a story about a “news” reporter, a supposed journalist, kissing up to get a scoop.
Here’s the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. The number one rule is: “Seek Truth and Report It.”
Beyond that, “news” reporters who pass themselves off as “journalists” are supposed to be neutral and objective. They shouldn’t have a personal relationship with anyone they cover (they should disclose it if they do) because that might taint or influence what they report. They should “avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information.” They should “always question sources’ motives,” and they should “distinguish between advocacy and news reporting.”
So the crux of this story is what was an NBC “news” reporter doing hanging out with Joe Amandola, essentially kissing up to him so he might be the one Amandola “shops” a Sandusky interview to?
Gee. If Gray had in fact been the one to get that interview, do you think it would have been a fair and objective one? I don’t because Gary would undoubtedly have hoped for another (and another and another) interview and he wouldn’t have wanted to piss Amandola or Sandusky off because, after all, it’s all about him generating ratings for his network.
Ah yes. “New$” circa 2011 in the United States of America.
Ed Schultz mentioned the Republican war on trial lawyers (they tend to be Democrats and to stand for the rights of the 99% so Republicans hate them) several times over the last couple of days — including tonight on his MSNBC show – as if that’s a new new thing.
Ed, where have you been?
This is a post I put up at the Newshounds six years ago:
How Many Times Can You Say “Trial Lawyer?”
Trying to strike fear and loathing in the hearts of its viewers, Fox News repeated the words “trial lawyer” as much as possible today (October 5, 2004) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto. Here’s how they worked in:
4:05 p.m. ET. Fox reporter Degan McDowell, in a report on who Wall Street wants for president: “John Kerry’s number two comes from maybe the most hated profession in corporate America. Trial lawyers and runaway lawsuits seen whacking company bottom lines.”
4:05 p.m. ET. Degan McDowell again: “And just hours before the debate the Bush/Cheney team lining up to attack, launching two new ads saying trial lawyers hurt the country’s health care system.”
4:08 p.m. ET. Neil Cavuto addressing guest Jon Elsen: “What are we to make of what’s at stake tonight? Wall Street typically, and again, people would say we’re biased here but it’s a largely Republican bastion, and they largely do not like trial lawyers, so how do they respond to that?”
4:08 p.m. ET. Guest Jon Elsen: “They don’t like trial lawyers.”
4:09 p.m. ET. Cavuto to guest Jack Welsh: “How, is it important Jack, ah, it, to get the trial lawyer stuff out? A lotta people don’t like trial lawyers.”
4:09 p.m. ET. Cavuto: “I’ve watched Edwards very closely. He is a very gifted speaker. He can go for the emotion, maybe going back to his trial lawyer days.”
4:11 p.m. ET. Cavuto promoting an upcoming segment before going to a commercial break: “With Cheney in office, everyone said that the oil guys would get preferential treatment. So, under Edwards, then, could trial lawyers be the new teacher’s pet?”
4:16 p.m. ET. Cavuto introducing Fox employee Andrew Napolitano: “Well, with Dick Cheney’s Halliburton experience everyone thought that the oil guys would get the preferential treatment, but if Kerry/Edwards comes to pass, would trial lawyers be the next teacher’s pet?”
4:17 p.m. ET. Napolitano: “A lot of plaintiff’s lawyers, trial lawyers, have the personality and the telegenic gifts that John Edwards has, and they’re not afraid to call up a Jack Welsh and say, pay us a hundred million dollars or we’ll sue you and it’ll cost you a hundred million dollars to defend the lawsuit.”
4:18 p.m. ET. Napolitano: “If the trial lawyers start to file these lawsuits, shareholder value is going to go down, too much money is going to be spent settling the cases, too much money is going to be shifted in budgets into legal expenses, money that wasn’t budgeted in the first place.”
Ed, again, where have you been?
This isn’t a big deal in my opinion but hey, what blog that devotes a fair amount of attention to the media wouldn’t want to post — for the record — a picture of NBC’s Chuck Todd flipping the bird?
As Mika Brzezinski was tossing to break, she teased that Todd and David Gregory would be coming up. And, naturally, the camera was on them.
Todd tweeted that he was joking with “someone on other side.”
You wouldn’t believe how pitiful the credentials of some of those “strategists” were. I.e., they had no business whatsoever being sold to We the People as experts.
So when I happened upon The Ed Show tonight on MSNBC and I saw Ed talking to a woman named Krystal Ball — who he billed as a “Democratic strategist” — I had to know more.
Krystal Ball? Seriously? Didn’t that name alone make Ed’s bookers just a teeny weeny bit suspicious?
This is from KrystalBall‘s website:
Krystal Marie Ball is a 29-year-old former Congressional candidate and current Democratic Strategist; in addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, software engineer, small business owner and mother. Krystal was recently named by Forbes Magazine as number 21 on the magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in the Mid Term Elections” list.
So, Krystal Ball has been a lot of things in her 29 years and one of her proudest accomplishments is ingratiating herself into the 1% club with bazillionaire Steve Forbes (a 1%-er extraordinaire).
Ed Schultz claims to be a man of the people but he touts a “Democratic strategist” with a dubious background who’s on Steve Forbes’ — Steve Forbes’! — favorites list?
Hey Ed: Read this to learn more about your gal pal Krystal.
Have you see Al Sharpton’s new promo for MSNBC?
I love it.
The big news in the media world today is that NBC has hired Chelsea Clinton:
Chelsea Clinton is going to work for NBC News.
The network said Monday that it has hired the 31-year-old Clinton to work on projects for the “NBC Nightly News” and Brian Williams’ newsmagazine “Rock Center.” She will do projects in the “Making a Difference” series, generally positive stories about individuals and companies.
The only child of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been working primarily as a business consultant.
NBC News already has another daughter of a former president, Jenna Bush Hager, doing work at the “Today” show.
So, if Chelsea has primarily been working “as a business consultant,” what journalist qualifications does she bring to the job? Oh wait. None! She was hired because of who she is. Kinda like Luke Russert, who also works at NBC; and Jenna Bush and Meghan McCain.
I love Glenn Greenwald’s sarcastic but accurate take on this:
I really don’t understand what those angry, lazy losers in the Occupy movement are so upset about. America is a meritocracy; if you work hard and prove your skills, you get ahead. The winners deserve what they have because they have earned it. And when all else fails, we have a media filled with insurgent outsiders who will be relentless watchdogs over those in power because that’s what our media outlets are: true outsiders there to check the most powerful factions.
Thankfully, the American Founders waged a revolution to free us from the shackles of monarchy so that we’re no longer captive to the inanities of royalty (like those silly Brits). In The Rights of Man, Thomas Paine mocked and scorned aristocracies as producing “counterfeit nobles” — those bestowed with preorgatives [sic] not because of what they’ve achieved but because of the accidental fortune of their birth — and we are thankfully free of those.
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You may have heard that approximately 10,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C. yesterday and formed a human chain around the White House in an effort to convince President Obama to block the Keystone XL pipeline project. Then again, you may not have heard about that because despite the fact that this was a major demonstration, the “liberal media” is blowing it off.
This morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. ET I monitored both CNN and MSNBC — those bastions of the “liberal media” — for 30 minutes to see if they covered this event. Shamefully, neither of them did.
This is what CNN covered during those 30 minutes: The Penn State coaching “crisis;” the transfer of power in Greece; the stability of Italy’s economy; the Conrad Murray trial; back to Penn State; earthquakes in Oklahoma; US stock futures; Bank Transfer Day; Barnes & Noble introducing a new e-reader; Robert De Niro playing Bernie Madoff in a new movie and the introduction of casino gambling in NYC. For a minute there I thought I was watching TMZ.
MSNBC spent the first nine minutes, yes, nine minutes, on Herman Cain, then they moved to the “most qualified” GOP presidential candidate (Newt) and then to the Super Committee.
I know it’s been said many times before, but imagine if 10,000 Tea Partiers formed a human chain and surrounded the White House. It would have been covered live for one, and for two, news of the action would have been the headline every hour (and possibly every half-hour) for at least the following 24 hours.
So shame on the media for not giving this event the importance it deserves and hey, the next time someone whines that the media is “liberal,” particularly CNN and MSNBC, respond with a good ol’ knee-slappin’ belly laugh.
UPDATE: Here’s more. Listen to the wingers and they’ll tell you the Washington Post is part of the “liberal media” too. (I hope you catch the sarcasm about the Tea Party.)
The ahem, “lean forward” channel has hired Meghan McCain as a “political analyst:”
It looks as though MSNBC has signed up a familiar new contributor. Via Johnny Dollar comes news that Meghan McCain, the daughter of Senator and former GOP Presidential candidate John McCain, has inked a deal with the network.
McCain made her official debut this morning to talk about the 2012 GOP field, where she said “I am very excited! I didn’t know it was going to be announced, but I am excited to join the MSNBC family.”
Far as I can tell, Meghan McCain doesn’t bring anything to the table other than her last name.
MSNBC moved The Ed Schultz Show to 8:00 p.m. ET this week, the show’s third time slot since it debut in April, 2009.
Yeah, it’s only been a week but it isn’t bringing in the big buckaroos the corporate media counts on:
I can’t defend Schultz. I have no idea what he’s thinking. He led tonight with a long segment about Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his speech yesterday at the Heritage Foundation during which he said (in essence) that President Obama is waging class warfare and oh, something incoherent about jobs. The point is, Schultz gave Paul Ryan — a sociopath whose policies will never fly — a whole bunch of time and attention and frankly, I don’t give a rat’s ass about Paul Ryan and I don’t think anybody else does either…other than maybe the beltway pundits.
As a matter of fact, I’m willing to bet that most Americans have no idea who Paul Ryan is.
I changed the channel.
Schultz seems to be fixated on Ryan because he seems to be fixated on defending President Obama and the DNC. I mean, the guy has repeatedly said of late that the Occupy Wall Street protesters are “frustrated,” a word Obama and his Press Secretary, Jay Carney, use all the time.
We aren’t “frustrated” Ed, we’re FURIOUS! We’re furious but we’re trying to hold it together.
Ed Schultz’s time has come and gone. If he continues to side with President Obama and the Democrats – who have failed the 99%ers as tragically as the Republicans have — he’s done. His ratings will continue to lag and hey, he’ll bore an audience that’s willing to die, almost literally, to buck the establishment. Again, we aren’t frustrated, we’re furious. But Ed can’t deliver because he’s owned by the corporate media and because he just doesn’t seem to get what’s going on around here.
Keith Olbermann is right when he tweets:
What does MSNBC see in Lawrence O’Donnell other than it thinks We the People are so dumb we won’t notice that he’s dumber than we are?
The Internets are burning up with news about #OccupyOakland tonight but Mr. Newsman O’Donnell is unaware?
Jesus. H. Christ.
Mayor Bloomberg: Why are you so worried about cleaning up Zuccotti Park? Clean up Wall Street!