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Jonah Goldberg: Media can go to hell

August 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Goldberg is pissed, as well he should be, and I agree 100% with his column.

 

The new tone in Washington that Democrats lamented for in the wake of the Giffords shooting in January, was and always will be nonsense because liberals and their enablers in the national media are liars and hypocrites.

Fat, white and male liberal talk-show host from MSNBC on Laura Ingraham: “She’s a right-wing slut”

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Behold, the new civility:

The transcript:

“And what do the Republicans thinking about?” Schultz said. “They’re not thinking about their next-door neighbor. They’re just thinking about how much this is going to cost. President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday but you know what they’re talking about, like this right-wing slut, what’s her name?, Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she’s a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama’s doing it, they’re working him over.”

Lean forward, MSNBC, lean forward.

UPDATE.   Stacy McCain is listening for feminist outrage, but alas, there is none to be heard.   Yentas.

The pricing for the NY Times’ new paywall is delusional

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment

It seems that the New York Times’ new pay-wall structure is a bit off kilter:

Here’s what The Times doesn’t seem to get: sooner or later readers are going to cancel their print subscriptions and go digital. The Times’ pricing scheme is only going to encourage them to go with someone else’s digital.

I don’t like to make predictions, but I have a hard time imagining their current “pay labyrinth” scheme even lasting til the end of the year. I sure hope it doesn’t last long. It’s sad that instead of competing for the future by pricing for the digital age, The Times has opted to fight an inevitably doomed battle to hold on to the past.

Jonathan Alter prostrates himself before the court of the “Obama Doctrine”

March 21, 2011 Leave a comment

This is the hand he’s been dealt by hisotry.  He’s a reluctant warrior.  So it’s not as if he’s converted to being a cowboy.  So I think people recognize the difference between him and former Pres. Bush.

Therein lies the media meme for Obama’s Libyan War–despite the implied virtuosity of a liberal President, who is seemingly above the fray and the ickiness of constitutional channels for declaring war, reluctantly commits US personnel and treasure to yet another Muslim country, and commences bombing the hell out of them.

But it’s all good because he’s not George Bush.

Japanese suffering brings out the worst in our national media

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

I first read via Twitter sometime on Friday that some network anchors were making their way to Japan to “cover” the disaster there.  My first literal reaction was one of disgust.  This sums it up perfectly:

[L]et’s call this what it is: A publicity stunt, a star-system celebrity-status game where it’s not enough to let reporters do the reporting, but instead the networks want to send their Famous Faces With Big Names.

The purpose is to signify that this is really important news and that their anchors aren’t just Pretty People who read a Teleprompter in a Manhattan TV studio but are actual honest-to-God journalists.   It’s like how, when TV news does a story about Congress, it’s important that the reporter be on camera with the Capitol dome in the background — “See? He’s really there at the Capitol, covering Congress!” — even if what he’s reporting is just stuff that anybody could have picked up off the AP wire.

So now we’ll get to watch footage of Christiane Amanpour and Anderson Cooper walking through scenes of earthquake-and-flood devastation, because it’s important for the networks that we see this story “reported” by their $4-million-a-year superstars.

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.  There’s nothing more important to these people than self-aggrandizement and a desire to feel relevant in an environment that with each passing day, finds them further and further behind every breaking news story.  Thank goodness for other sources of information like Twitter, from which I get the bulk of breaking news anyway.

Hollywood is as white as MSNBC

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

The New York Times laments the predominant whiteness of today’s morally superior Hollywood:

CRAMMED into this year’s field of 10 best picture Oscar nominees are British aristocrats, Volvo-driving Los Angeles lesbians, a flock of swans, a gaggle of Harvard computer geeks, clans of Massachusetts fighters and Missouri meth dealers, as well as 19th-century bounty hunters, dream detectives and animated toys. It’s a fairly diverse selection in terms of genre, topic, sensibility, style and ambition.

But it’s also more racially homogenous — more white — than the 10 films that were up for best picture in 1940, when Hattie McDaniel became the first black American to win an Oscar for her role as Mammy in “Gone With the Wind.” In view of recent history the whiteness of the 2011 Academy Awards is a little blinding.

Why does Hollywood hate black America so much?  And when will our media overseers and hate-watchers in the liberal blogosphere issue their proclamations of racism?

Speaking for me as well

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

A single post by Don Surber encapsulates what I’ve been feeling about the Left’s reaction to the Tuscon massacre:

Last week, the left quickly blamed the right for the national tragedy of a shooting spree by a madman who never watched Fox News, never listened to Rush Limbaugh and likely did not know who Sarah Palin is.

Fortunately, the American public rejected out of hand that idiotic notion that the right was responsible.

Rather than apologize, the left wants to change the tone of the political debate.

The left suddenly wants civil discourse.

Bite me.

The left wants to play games of semantics.

Bite me.

The left wants us to be civil — after being so uncivil for a decade.

Bite me.

Be sure to read the entire post.

[Hat Tip: Memeorandum]

The iPad is killing off the newspaper industry

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Not a surprise, but still eye-opening:

[…] 84.4% of iPad owners primarily use their iPad to follow breaking news and current events. As a result, newspaper subscriptions, once the staple of the newspaper industry, are being cannibalized by the iPad. Slightly more than 30% of iPad owners do not subscribe to a newspaper, preferring to consume news on their tablet device. Of the 931 respondents that have a newspaper subscription and read an hour’s worth of news each day on their iPad, more than half (58.1%) intend to cancel their newspaper subscriptions within six months. A growing 10.7% have already canceled their subscription and have switched to iPad-only reading.

Idiot Nation

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

The decline of the American Empire is right on schedule, and I for one am hopeful that our new Chinese overlords will have show some leniency:

Actor Kal Penn, who is best known for his role in the “Harold and Kumar” movies, has returned for a second round of work in the Obama administration.

Penn is returning to the Office of Public Engagement to work as an associate director, White House spokesman Shin Inouye said in a statement to ABC News. He will “be the point person for those in the Arts, Youth, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities,” Inouye said.

The actor, who goes by his given name Kalpen Modi in Washington, has been in and out of the political world in the last few years.

After campaigning on behalf of then-candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign cycle, Penn left the television show “House” in mid-2009 for a similar job in the Office of Public Engagement that began in July of that year.

Penn resigned that post on June 1, 2010, to fulfill his commitment to film the latest, Christmas-themed “Harold and Kumar” film installment, according to CNN. The movie is set for release during holiday season 2011.

Here’s the exit question: What’s more moronic?  Kal Penn working in the Obama administration to begin with returning to the Obama administration, or that there is a third Harold and Kumar film?

Olbermann back on MSNBC tomorrow

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

This big ado about Keith Olbermann being suspended from and, now reinstated to, his show on MSNBC is something I generally consider a non-story.  I mean, really…political donations to liberal politicians?  Is anyone really surprised that Keith Olbermann is a political hack?

MSNBC made a big stink about it (Olbermann apparently broke some in-house rules about such donations) and now–not so much of a stink.  I’m not a fan of Olbermann, but the geniuses at MSNBC look like real buffoons right about now.