Archive for April 19, 2010

Whale Dies: Sweatpants, Golf Balls and Plastic Bags in Stomach. Fox? It’s the “Darnedest” Thing

Minutes ago, from Fox “News” on Twitter:

Click on the link.  The story isn’t about the “darnedest” thing.  It’s about a tragedy. It’s about human beings killing whales:

The scientists say most of the whale’s stomach contents was algae — typical of the bottom-feeding mammals. But they say a surprising amount of human debris was found. Besides the pants and golf ball, there were more than 20 plastic bags, small towels, duct tape and surgical gloves.

How in the world did a pair of sweatpants and some golf balls end up in a whale’s stomach?

This is alarming and stunningly sad.  To say it’s “the darnedest thing” minimizes it in a grotesque way.

April 19, 2010 at 10:06 PM Leave a comment

Joggers: Know of Any Heros from 1897?

Who knew jogging was a big deal in 1897?

I didn’t.  But the few seconds it would have taken to report something wonderful like that — on the anniversary of the Boston marathon no less — was too much for the MSM today.

For them, it’s all about hate and anger.

April 19, 2010 at 7:59 PM Leave a comment

The Government Should Be Afraid of Us

My favorite line from Michael Moore’s SiCKO was from a scene he filmed in a cafe in Paris.  Moore’s American guests told him that in the U.S., citizens are afraid of the government but in France, the government is afraid of the citizens.

Gotta make that happen here.

OMG.  Say it ain’t so already.  I sound like a Teabagger.

Bottom line:  The responsibility is on us to make our government work….for us.  And I don’t mean violence folks. I mean voting and — dare I say it — community activism?

April 19, 2010 at 7:12 PM Leave a comment

Hate When People Spell “a Lot,” Alot?

Me too.  Here’s some therapy for that.

Hint:  This is an ALOT:

April 19, 2010 at 3:56 PM Leave a comment

Repeal Women’s Right to Vote Because They Tend to Vote Democratic

Thomas Mitchell, the editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal says we should repeal the 19th Amendment because women are too “fickle and biased” (whereas men are “consistent”).  Shorter:  Women tend to vote Democratic.   So, being concerned about the direction of the country as Michell obviously is, his solution is to — the Taliban does this —  take their right to vote away.

He has since backtracked (natch), though you and I know when someone’s kidding and his editorial didn’t sound like kidding to me.

April 19, 2010 at 3:40 PM Leave a comment

Hey, Media — There are Still People Out Here Who Want Tighter Gun Laws

You know, this is a side we pretty much never hear about anymore:  Columbine, Virginia Tech Families Target Gun Show Loophole.

April 19, 2010 at 3:24 PM Leave a comment

Is David Gregory Afraid or Arrogant Beyond Belief?

Why won’t David Gregory, the host of NBC’s Meet the Press, allow to publicly fact check what happens on his show?  Jay Rosen has some ideas:

David Gregory, the host of NBC’s Meet the Press, has painted himself into a strange corner with his assertion that there’s no need to fact check what his guests say on the air because viewers can do that “on their own terms.”  His competitor, Jake Tapper of ABC News, disagrees. Tapper has instituted the after-the-show fact check on This Week. I am a participant in the story of how this happened, as you can see from the time line I have constructed. At the bottom of the post, I offer a brief comment on what I think is going on here.


Interpretation: So… what is going on here?  As with his defiant claims that the press did well in questioning the Bush Administration’s case for war, David Gregory believes he always and already asks the questions necessary to get at the truth. (So what’s your problem?)  If the truth does not emerge from his interviews, it’s not his fault because he–always and already–asks the tough questions. That’s who he is. It’s in his DNA. The criticism he gets is therefore partisan chatter. Or it comes from people who want him to go beyond asking the tough questions to the point of conclusion: that man is lying.

David Gregory thinks that is not his role.

Look at it this way: the Washington politician who’s been on Meet the Press more than any other is John McCain. On April 6, Politifact’s truth-o-meter rated McCain a pants-on-fire-liar for claiming that he never called himself a maverick. See what I mean?

I see two other possibilities for his refusal to adopt the fact check: one banal, the other more troubling. The banal: He’s too proud to adopt something that a competitor picked up on first; it would look like a “me too” response and he is the market leader, first in the ratings and heir to the chair that Tim Russert held.  The more disturbing possibility is that he thinks Tapper’s policy may give Meet the Press a competitive edge in booking guests who won’t want to be checked so vigorously. (As opposed to competing with an even better fact check, which would probably cause Bob Schieffer at Face the Nation to adopt the same policy, forcing the guests to accept the new rules or flee to cable, which has a fraction of the viewers.)

Well, at least Jake Trapper has the guts to make this innovative move so kudos to him and to the people who in turn have the guts to go on his show.  What we may learn in the end, if Meet the Press and Face the Nation refuse this challenge, is just exactly who the wimp politicians are who tell such tall tales that they afraid to face Trapper and PolitiFact and to appear on This Week.

April 19, 2010 at 3:15 PM Leave a comment

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