74% of the respondents said that Sarah Palin should not run in 2012. So much for any love from her base and employer, huh?
This story is thick:
Last summer, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly came to believe that his wife was romantically involved with another man. Not just any man, but a police detective in the Long Island community they call home. So O’Reilly did what any concerned husband would do: He pulled strings to get the police department’s internal affairs unit to investigate one of their own for messing with the wrong man’s lady.
Roger Ailes—treating his local police department like a private security force and trying to damage one cop’s career for the sin of crossing Bill O’Reilly.
The article goes on with the details from the Nassau County Police Department. Just like Rush Limbaugh and his drug problem as well as Donald Trump and his spoiled treatment on the part of his dad (as he then goes on to question Barack Obama’s education credentials and if he is worthy to be out POTUS), we now have O’Reilly who talks big talk, calls people pin heads, and does his best to be the conservative champ in terms of moral righteousness. I wonder how he will spin this on his show. Victimization possibly?
“I never said [Palin] is going to declare..I’m mystified. Look she is all upset about this, saying I’m trying to sabotage her in some way. And how dare I speculate on her future. If she doesn’t want to be speculated about as a potential candidate, there’s an easy way to end the speculation: say ‘I’m not running.’ … I’m saying the schedule leads me to believe she is going to be a candidate. I’m not privy to her thought-making process. It is a sign of enormous thin skin (that) if we speculate about her she would be upset,” – Karl Rove. Apparently Fox News censored the transcript of his critical comments.
What better way to bow out of Fox and onto your own TV station than with a montage?
Jon Stewart was on Chris Wallace’s show (watch the full interview here) and went back and forth with Chris for almost 25 minutes. It was sad to see them both essentially arguing against imagined, stereotypical images of one another. Chris couldn’t grasp that Jon’s main job is truly is one of a comedian and not a mastermind behind the liberal intelligentsia. Jon made the claim that Fox News viewers are the least informed of all media outlets. It turns out that Fox News viewers actually are quite informed.
In the end, Chris and Jon’s interview resembled the two interviews Jon had with Bill O’Reilly.
Sean Hannity continues to lament. I love how his “American” panel takes Sesame Street, a handful of pocket cases across the country, Nazi tactics, and thus paint a picture to their viewers depicting what a “liberals” is all about. And by all, I mean every one of them. That’s wide brush bigotry.
In case you were thinking of voting Newt Gingrich in 2012:
I actually agree with Newt; Paul Ryan’s plan, which caters to the rich and the corporations and rips to shreds programs for the poor, for mothers, and those in need, is radical. Unfortunately for Newt, he is running for the Republican nomination. He flip flopped on Libya as well. While I don’t see flip flopping as a problem (we all reconsider things), his party does see it as a problem.
OTB breaks this down:
So, Gingrich’s new defense is that David Gregory asked him a “trick question” and that he “misspoke.”
Gingrich is imploding. He’s imploding because he forgot that he’s not just a talking head pundit on television who can talk like a grand theorist and get away with it. He’s running for President, and trying to change your story on the fly doesn’t work in the era of YouTube.
These two seem more and more awkward around each other. I can almost feel the animosity they have for each other. Segments of their own shows are based on mocking the other, so it can’t be a big surprise.
Anywho, these two discuss 2012 GOP hopefuls and Barack Obama:
John Stewart from The Daily Show was on the O’Reilly Factor. In my opinion, John had the upper hand in part one and Bill had the upper in part two. You be the judge on who wins this pointless battle over a poet (who I see as pretty tame compared to other rappers today) coming to the White House.
Tim Wise also discusses this on CNN.
A discussion with Bryan Fischer (of course) since the recent Glee episode that featured two same-sex teen couples. Money quote:
As much as you all (Bryan Fischer (American Family Association and other right wing groups) want to bring 1954 back, you can’t.
This wouldn’t be the first time, but check out what John Stewart has to say on the recent blowup surrounding Common coming to the White House.
Conor Friedersdorf imagines a memo to Glenn Beck from Fox News:
Dude, sweet show last night! Speaking of which, I removed chalk from next week’s office supply order – figure we’ve got enough already to get us through. Bet one of your fans would pay big money for the chalk boards. Especially if you broke ‘em up with an ax or something on the last show.
I read up on David Brock like you asked. And I definitely see what you mean. Esquire would totally publish a long confessional magazine piece from you, but you’re right: it can’t be you admitting you were a charlatan or going over to the other side. It would be more like, “Wow, I looked deeper intothis gold business, which several people at Fox assured me was on the up and up, and now I see that a whole lot of wealthy entertainers on the right are just sticking it to their listeners. That’s why I’m gonna set up a fund for anyone who bought marked up commemorative coins because of me.” I don’t know if we should do that specifically, but you get the idea: we leverage the fact that the most conspiracy-minded people in the conservative movement trust you more than Roger Ailes or Rush Limbaugh (though I wouldn’t go after him unless he attacks first), and the genius of it is that we’ll never lose an argument because whatever dishonesty we choose to expose will be true: They actually are conspiring to mislead rank-and-file conservatives in all these totally egregious and provable ways!
Obviously, Fox has some dirt on you too, but it’ll be tricky for them to exploit it. What are they going to say, we observed Beck putting Vicks VapoRub under his eyes to fake crying during his shows, and we’re using it to discredit him now even though we were perfectly happy to broadcast what we knew to be fake? It hurts them more than us. It’s kind of awesome how our reputation is so crazy that no one outside our of core group of fans expects us to put out honest work anyway.
It’s worth a full read. It hits every nail on the head and has be grinning.
Glenn Beck’s deteriorating relationship with Fox News, his desire to seek new business opportunities, or some other reason has lead for him to step down effective December 2011 from his daily TV show. Fox supposedly did not offer him a new contract. I see this as a big deal, but time will tell how this unfolds for Beck post-Fox. Outside the Beltway offers a good overall coverage of this news.
It will be telling if Glenn Beck transitions over to a radio personality similar to Rush Limbaugh, finds a hot opportunity elsewhere, or dissolves into obscurity.
I find it ironic that Tony Auth’s cartoon today is on Glenn Beck. I found myself watching at least 10 minutes of GB’s show last night because we have lost some channels on cable and I flicked past Fox and there he was. This cartoon covers it all – the fearful calls to resist these shadow people (George Soro’s), the gold commercials (what would you do then with a brick of gold if the dollar is losing value?), and again the fear that some future collapse is on the horizon. The commercials and personalities on Fox make my head spin. Even their news in between segments has to focus on who’s to blame for any recent problem.
I turn to ESPN2 and my head relaxes.
This is an epic quote from Rand Paul:
>PAUL: I was happy to see that Newt Gingrich has staked out a position on the war, a position, or two, or maybe three. I don’t know. I think he has more war positions than he’s had wives. […]
There’s a big debate over there. Fox News can’t decide, what do they love more, bombing the Middle East or bashing the president? It’s like I was over there and there was an anchor going, they were pleading, can’t we do both? Can’t we bomb the Middle East and bash the president at the same time? How are we going to make this work?
Rand Paul continues to surprise me, especially with his shots at Fox News. I am starting to like him more and more.
H/T: Outside the Beltway
And we think Glenn Beck has lost his mind with his 15 chalk boards, suggestions to stock up on canned food and gold, and his progressive conspiracy theory. Then I see the above:
I’m not saying that the news on Libyan State TV is far from “fair and balanced”, but this fellow seems to out-do even Mr Glenn Beck for a unique perspective on events. In the middle of the news, he pulls out an AK-47 and declares, “In the name of Almighty God, I pledge to you, my Dear Leader, that I will sacrifice my last breath, my last bullet, my last drop of blood, last baby and child for you.”