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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.
UPDATED @ 1:07 p.m. ET
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!
Ed Schultz will broadcast his show live tonight from
Zuccotti “Liberty” Park in NYC, ground zero for the OccupyWallStreet (OWS) movement.
I sent him a tweet a few days ago suggesting that he get his ass down there because OWS is the new Wisconsin — which he was so supportive of — but he came off as timid and confused when he talked about it on his radio show, whining (like the wingers): What are their demands?
Hopefully now, now that Dylan Ratigan has been bold and super-supportive — Schultz ah, either cares about it or he wants to grab the ratings. My guess is he wants to grab the ratings but whatever. Coverage is good.
This would be our (sigh) Tweet of the Day:
Rachel Maddow said it all just now as to what the 2012 election is going to be about. Forget the 99ers. Forget jobs. Forget education. Forget healthcare. Forget infrastructure.
Thanks to Bush’s Supreme Court and Citizens United, 2012 is all about:
I’ll put video up as soon as it’s available but ain’t that the truth?
I don’t know about you but I can’t afford to buy my representative. But Bank of America can!
I kid you not: MSNBC just interviewed a lady named Irene who is getting married on Saturday.
Un. Believe. Able.
Mark Halperin is a commentator on MSNBC’s “liberal” morning show, “Morning Joe,” starring GOP’er Joe Scarborough.
He is also the “senior political analyst” for Time magazine and for Time.com and oh, a few weeks ago he was suspended from MSNBC for calling President Obama “a dick.”
Read more about the alleged professionalism (cough) of this “journalist” here.
Anyway, Halperin’s got a new gig and a new app and guess what? It’s sponsored by ExxonMobil!
So, the next time you see Mark Halperin on the teevee, remember: He unabashedly — he’s proud of it – takes money from ExxonMobil. I.e., they own him so he just might, you know, (for example) advocate against global warming because it’s ah, “controversial.” And he might say a Democratic president is a dick because that dick doesn’t capitulate to the corporations who want to have their way with our planet.
USA! USA! Where corporations control the news so they can fuck the people who watch it.
The media is covering “the markets” today from the perspective of the top 2%:
Lying Billionaire Winger: Obama Hates America Because He Doesn’t Wear a Suit Jacket in the Oval Office Every. Single. Minute.
This would be Ken Langone, the co-founder of the Home Depot, on CNBC last Thursday:
“Let me make it very clear, and I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of hate mail because of this, and that’s okay,” Langone said. “I think our sitting president is acting so unpresidential …. He is dividing us as a nation. He is not bringing us together. He’s willfully dividing us. He’s petulant. …
“The reality is we believe in a government of three legs, all equal. So if (House Speaker John) Boehner and (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid — well, Reid will do whatever (Obama) tells him — if Boehner had said I am not coming unless you speak to me in a respectful way, I am third in line to the president, (then I won’t come).
“Ronald Reagan would never go into the Oval Office without his jacket on — that’s how much he revered the presidency. This guy (Obama) worked like hell to be president, okay? He’s got it. Behave like a president.”
Langone isn’t exactly a spring chicken so you’d think he might have a smidgen of historical reference to draw on but I guess not. Let’s help him out.
Here’s Reagan not behaving like a president:
Ah! Say it ain’t so already. Here’s W being petulant:
Oops. Then again, facts be damned right?
I wonder if CNBC issued a correction. (Now that would be breaking news.)
MSNBC has hired the wonderful Chris Hayes:
The Nation’s Washington editor Christopher L. Hayes will join MSNBC as host of a new weekend morning show, MSNBC announced today. The new program will debut September 17, 2011. Further details about the program will be announced in the coming weeks. Hayes will remain at The Nation as its editor-at-large.
“When I hired Chris some thought it was a gamble, bringing on a 28-year-old to run the DC bureau. I knew then what so many have come to recognize—he was a star: an intellectual omnivore, a person of integrity, independent mind, with an unwavering commitment to journalistic excellence,” said The Nation‘s editor and publisher, Katrina vanden Heuvel.
Love that — He’s an “intellectual omnivore.” That’s for sure. He has an amazing brain.
Anyway, let’s hope he doesn’t get sucked into the insider hole, like they tried to do to Cenk Uygur.
This is how far right our politics have gone. This is the headline from the radical, liberal, socialist Huffington Post:
This, sadly, is the new norm in the “liberal media” but as for me and my friends? Our heads are exploding.
This would be Pat Buchanan, the former Republican presidential candidate and a guy MSNBC (that liberal bastion) holds out as their wise old sage:
Today, in a World Net Daily op-ed, failed presidential candidate and conservative pundit Pat Buchanan offers an example of the ethnic bigotry and racial insensitivity that has come to define him. Offering his take on the horrendous terrorist attacks in Norway, Buchanan joined the Wall Street Journal and the Jerusalem Post in arguing that the far-right extremist perpetrator Anders Breivik may have had a valid point.
As for a climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world that is growing in numbers and advancing inexorably into Europe for the third time in 14 centuries, on this one, Breivik may be right, [Buchanan said].
There are lots of posts up about this today but for the most part the wording of the articles are way too deferential to home boy Pat. (You know: misspoke and stuff like that.) It’s time to cut through the crap. Pat thinks mowing some people down (liberals and Muslims I presume) is, hey, a good thing.
He’d be off the air if he was an Ed Schultz, a Cenk Uygur or a Keith Olbermann, all MSNBC’ers who’ve been disciplined or fired for not being a part of the establishment. So, this is “the establishment??
This would be let-them-eat-cake corporatist Larry Kudlow on Harry Reid’s “deficit reduction plan,” which Obama endorses:
What’s so bad about the Reid plan?
The big sticking points between the House GOP leadership and Sen. Harry Reid’s latest plan are 1) the House wants two debt increases, one this year and one next year (Reid has just one increase) and 2) the House Republicans want a guaranteed balanced-budget-amendment vote.
Regarding the Reid plan itself, it really looks like a Republican plan: A $2.7 trillion spending cut to raise the debt ceiling by something like $2.5 trillion, and no tax revenues. So, really, what’s so bad about the Reid plan? Increasingly, Wall Street gurus want one debt-ceiling increase, not two.
Time for some Quaaludes. Oh, and I think we’re watching the implosion of the Democratic Party.
10:06 p.m. ET:
A large explosion has hit near government headquarters in the Norwegian capital Oslo.
The blast is thought to have caused damage to the offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and a number of other official buildings.
Witnesses have said several people were injured in the incident in the centre of the city.
Pictures from the scene showed shattered windows and smoke drifting in the streets.
A journalist with Norwegian public radio station NRK said the headquarters of tabloid newspaper VG were also damaged.
As I post this, the U.S. cable “news” networks are covering: Fox - the deficit negotiations; CNN – the deficit negotiations; MSNBC – the heat wave.
UPDATE: 10:31 p.m. ET: U.S. cables still aren’t covering it. Follow Doug Sanders of the Globe & Mail here for updates.
Here is Cenk Uygur explaining why he is “out” at MSNBC:
I got pulled in and they told me, ‘Hey, listen.’ Ah, we were just, or it was actually one specific person, the head of MSNBC. He said, ‘ I was just in Washington and people in Washington tell me that they’re concerned about your tone. … Outsiders are cool. I’d love to be an outsider, but we’re not. We’re the establishment.’ He said, ‘Look, you’ve gotta tone it down.’
Cenk refused to “tone it down” so now he’s out.
Think about it. Cenk asked actual questions of coddled potentates in D.C., something they’re not accustomed to and don’t like. They want to be free to yammer on without regard to whether what they say is true or not. So they went crying to the head of MSNBC and got that pesky Uygur fired so they could continue to lie their asses off without being challenged.
What this tells us is that the “journalist” on the cable “news” shows and the major networks are acceptable to the “people in Washington.” So, why watch any of it? It’s a farce.
And we thought we had a free press.
Gosh, golly, gee. It seems the 24/7-what-are-we-gonna-do-to-fill-all-that-time cable “news” shows covered a “terror alert” this evening (absent a “high-speed” LA car chase), as in a “suspicious package” at the White House:
Think: Manufactured fear because the cables are lazy ass, cheap “news” organizations and turning a “suspicious package” into an hour’s worth of “news” is easy.
It’s official. MSNBC is done with Cenk Uygur. Stay tuned. Tomorrow Uygur will hold a teleconference during which he will ”boldly discuss his departure…” Sounds juicy.
Anyway, this means Rachel Maddow is the only real “liberal” remaining at the network.
Oh well. Take it away CurrentTV.