Archive for the 'Media' Category

Fox News Does The Right Thing With Gingrich And Santorum

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Huckabee, Media, Money, Newt, Palin

Both Newt and Rick are making presidential rumblings and that means that paying them on a “news” channel is a bad idea…apparently. From New York Times: On Wednesday, the cable news channel suspended two paid contributors, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, who are both weighing presidential bids. While the channel’s move seems pre-emptive — Mr. […]

March 2nd, 2011 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

Joe Scarborough Calls Union Busting UnAmerican

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media, Unions, Video, Wisconsin

Obviously this doesn’t mean that unions haven’t overreached or don’t have flaws. They have and they do…just like businesses and governments have flaws and put their employee in harm’s way, discriminate against them, etc. Because let’s remember that unions didn’t spring up because they weren’t needed. And let’s not pretend that employers won’t exploit their […]

March 1st, 2011 | Permalink| 29 Comments »

Taiwan explains Wisconsin

By mw | Related entries in Democrats, Fiscal Responsibility, Media, Partisan Nonsense, Republicans, Wisconsin

Taiwanese animations are the future of all mainstream news. The folks at NextMedia have distilled US TV news, newspaper commentary, blogs, and twitter feeds on the Wisconsin standoff into an easily digestible two minute animation. As far as the legislative standoff is concerned, this is a foregone conclusion. Polls do not support the AWOL Wisconsin Senators. The Wisconsin State Assembly passed the Walker Budget Repair Bill after beating back a filibuster and the Senators will have to return sometime or be recalled. The protesters in Madison will have to go back to work or be fired. The Republicans have the votes and Walker has the will. Done deal. I think it is all Kabuki Theater in Wisconsin from this point.

February 25th, 2011 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

If You Like Or Respect Rush Limbaugh…Watch This

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media, Partisan Hacks, Partisan Nonsense, Video

Usually I try to avoid stuff like this, but the following video was just too crazy. I mean…how does this guy have listeners? How is he so powerful? More importantly, why can’t GOPers distance themselves from or criticize him without having to apologize a couple days later? Answer: morons. Listen, most of you know I […]

January 20th, 2011 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

Jay Rockefeller Calls For Partisan Cable News To End

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media
November 17th, 2010 | Permalink| 18 Comments »

He’s ba-a-a-a-ack. Olbermann, MSNBC, Principles, Politics, Journalism, Media and the Democratic Dilemma

By mw | Related entries in Media, Partisan Hacks

If you stand with MSNBC management, you are standing for a principle (however weakly enforced) and claiming that MSNBC is something qualitatively different than Fox News. This possibly explains why much of the right wing is with Olbermann. It validates that they are the same, except with vastly different ratings. That is the point that Maddow tries to refute.

But – if you stand with Keith Olbermann against MSNBC management, you are acknowledging that you don’t really care about whatever principle that Maddow was flogging, and saying you prefer MSNBC to be (as Jon Stewart describes it) Fox-Lite.

November 8th, 2010 | Permalink| 26 Comments »

Bill Kristol has Keith Olbermann’s back

By mw | Related entries in Media, Partisan Hacks

Keep Keith! – William Kristol MSNBC’s suspension of Keith Olbermann is ludicrous. First, he donated money to candidates he liked. He didn’t take money, or favors, in a way that influenced his reporting. Second, he’s not a reporter. It’s an opinion show. If Olbermann wants to put his money where his mouth is, more power […]

November 5th, 2010 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

President Obama on the Daily Show

By mw | Related entries in Barack, Comedy, Media, Obama

Barack Obama sat down for an interview on The Daily Show. I thought it was more enlightening than most “real news” interviews I’ve seen and an entertaining give and take. As is often the case these days, the harshest post-mortem criticism of the presidential performance seemed to come from the left.

October 29th, 2010 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

“Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” gets Taiwan animation treatment

By mw | Related entries in Comedy, Media, News, Obama

As these have become a cultural phenomena, I think we need a new word for stories that get the Taiwan animation treatment. How about “twam” – as in “Jon Stewart gets twammed.” Other suggestions welcomed.

October 25th, 2010 | Permalink| 11 Comments »

Juan Williams Makes The Transition To Fox News Commentator

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media

How is his new role at Fox News fitting him? Like a glove! Here’s what he said this morning: This is evidence of one-party rule and one sided thinking at NPR that leads to enforced ideology, speech and writing. It leads to people, especially journalists, being sent to the gulag for raising the wrong questions […]

October 22nd, 2010 | Permalink| 30 Comments »