April 28, 2005

Wall Street Journal Oped Page: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The WSJ op-ed page lies about Abu Ghraib to cover the Bush administration's ass? Shocking! J.R. Norton, outgoing research director for the Al Franken Show, with the details.

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April 26, 2005

Bush's War on the Press

Read.

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April 21, 2005

Brian C. Anderson: Lying Liar

Incredible amount of lies, and distortions in this op-ed piece by Brian C. Anderson on Air America Radio which is being passed around a lot by people who don't know what they're talking about. Here's the rebuttal from John Quinlan, a station manager for an AAR station:

Re: "Why The Liberals Can't Keep Air America From Spiraling In" by Brian C. Anderson April 18: Mr. Anderson's negative rant sounded like every other conservative commentator or radio talk show host. That is, reckless manipulation of facts and a large dose of truth stretching.

First, it is not fair to compare conservative pundit Bill Bennett's talk show's success with that of Air America. There are several hundred conservative talk stations across the United States and for Bennett, an established name in conservative circles, to land on 124 of them, is not that big a deal. In order for Air America programming to be heard on any radio station, that station must first take the significant step of changing its format. Stations have switched from all-Caribbean formats (WLIB in NY) or all-sports (KTLK in LA) or nostalgia (KQKE in SF) in order to carry the Air America programming.

Getting more than 50 radio stations to change everything they broadcast, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the opportunity to carry Air America's programming is far more substantial an accomplishment than getting 124 right-wing radio stations to switch out one three-hour conservative talk show for another.

Anderson goes on to write, "In the liberal meccas of San Francisco and Los Angeles, Air America is doing lousier still." This statement is false. The truth is, in San Francisco KQKE AM has only been on the air six months and has shown steady increases in a market with the some of the strongest talk radio competition. In Los Angeles KTLK AM has not even been on the air for a full ratings period, thus making the "lousy" claim just a bit premature.

While Mr. Anderson used certain markets selectively in an attempt to support his point, he neglected to mention several cities where the format has shown great success: Portland's KPOJ AM had growth of 1000% in audience share, in conservative San Diego KLSD AM went up 73% and Denver's KKZN AM was up 300% all in the first full ratings periods. Other markets with similar success include: Boston, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Sacramento and Columbus.

For more than a year Air America has endured right-wingers predicting that the format will fail. The truth is, like it or not, Air America and Progressive Talk radio are here, they are flourishing and this is only the beginning.

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April 19, 2005

Alterman on Coulter

From Altercation:

This is a profoundly depressing realization as its managing editor Jim Kelly is a friend of mine and I respect both his intelligence and integrity and to be perfectly honest, I cannot find a way to reconcile my high opinion of Jim and the journalism he has produced, together with my respect for many of the professional reporters and editors at Time, with this moral, professional, and intellectual abomination. The fact that the system could produce a story like this one—one that was in the pipeline for months and had plenty of opportunities to be both fact-checked and reconsidered--is a moral and intellectual scandal and a permanent stain on the reputations of everyone associated with it, most particularly its author, John Cloud. Like New York Observer’s George Gurley, Cloud has accepted the role of an unpaid PR flack for a woman who frequently jokes about the mass-murder of journalists—including presumably, himself--and he professes to find this charming. And let us pause for a moment to note that today is the anniversary of the day that Timothy McVeigh did his horrid deed—the mass murder of men, women and children. Ms. Coulter and the moron, Gurley, thought it was so cute to joke about wishing he had accomplished at The New York Times. (I suppose it’s too much to worry about her calling for the mass murder of Arabs.) With the resources of Time’s legions of researchers and fact-checkers, he relies on a casual Google search to determine that she can be “occasionally coarse” and that her work is “mostly accurate.” I spoke to one of those researchers and I’m quoted in the article. But more to the point, I pointed the researcher in the direction of many easily available sources that easily undermine Cloud’s lazy and credulous reporting. The entire package is a statement of contempt for the values for which Time professes to stand; another notch in the belt for the far-right’s forty-year campaign to destroy journalists’ role in assuring democratic accountability in our society.
Also this noted from Alterman: "My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."

--Ann Coulter as quoted in the New York Observer, Aug. 20, 2002

"RE: McVeigh quote. Of course I regret it. I should have added, 'after everyone had left the building except the editors and reporters.'"

--Ann Coulter, from an interview with Right Wing News

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April 18, 2005

TIME Magazine' Coulter

When I read this paragraph in the TIME magazine profile of Ann Coulter, I could barely believe what I was reading - this isn't The Weekly Standard, some free weekly or even Entertainment Weekly. This is supposed to be TIME magazine:

Coulter has a reputation for carelessness with facts, and if you Google the words “Ann Coulter lies,” you will drown in results. But I didn’t find many outright Coulter errors.
Can I get a WTF.

This is a good site on Coulter's Slander. Just on Slander, a wealth of mistakes, errors, and lies.

Media Matters with more.

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What Liberal Media?

Look at this from conservative World Net Daily:

Coulter told Matt Drudge last night Time used a more flattering photo of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.

While the story itself, written by Time's John Cloud, is generally quite favorable, Coulter and her fans are focused on the strange cover photo that seems to distort the image of the tall, thin, blond pundit.

It appears the liberal media wrote such a positive story about Ann, the only thing she could complain about this time was the photograph. Poor her.

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April 17, 2005

TIME: Communists for Kerry Protests Coulter!

Uhh ... CommunistsforKerry.com isn't a real liberal protest group, TIME Magazine. See Skippy for details.

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April 14, 2005

David Brooks: Wrong Again

Almost cliche.

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April 12, 2005

Poor Ari Fleisher

No one wants to buy his book. T_T.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer received a reported $500,000 advance for his memoir, "Taking Heat," which was launched last month by William Morrow with an eye-popping press run of 200,000. That's a lot of dead trees to spin a happy (and, by most accounts, news-free) yarn about the all-around fabulosity of President Bush. Alas, Fleischer's publisher has just placed a tiny little ad in Publishers Weekly Online announcing "a special price promotion for retailers and wholesalers" - often a buzz phrase in the publishing biz for throwing in the towel, admitting a big overestimation of demand and trying desperately to avoid an avalanche of returns by slashing the price. A William Morrow spokeswoman insisted: "It's a Mother's Day and Father's Day promotion." But according to Nielsen Bookscan, Fleischer's volume had sold less than a tenth of the copies in print as of March 3.
For a completely fair and balanced book club review of Ari's snoozerfest, why not turn to Al Franken, Wonkette and John Dickerson (.wma).

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April 07, 2005

Daily Show Wins Another Peabody

For its election coverage. 60 Minutes II also won for its Abu Ghraib coverage:

The Peabody given to the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes" honored an exclusive story, produced by Mary Mapes and reported by Dan Rather, about the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Several months after that journalistic coup, Ms. Mapes was fired and Mr. Rather retired as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" earlier than planned in the wake of another broadcast, on President George W. Bush's National Guard service. After initially backing its reporters and their report, CBS said they may have based it on falsified documents.

"The Daily Show," which combines elements of entertainment and news, was honored for its presidential election coverage, as it had been four years earlier.

But it was the award to "60 Minutes II" that set tongues wagging because of the recent controversy that led to Ms. Mapes's firing and Mr. Rather's early departure. (He continues to work for CBS as a reporter.)

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March 25, 2005

William Hammesfahr Still "Nobel Prize-nominated neurologist"

On, where else, Fox News.

Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum identified Dr. William Hammesfahr, a Florida neurologist who claims he can help Terri Schiavo, as a "Nobel Prize-nominated neurologist," despite the fact that Hammesfahr was never actually nominated for a Nobel Prize.

Hammesfahr, who was disciplined in 2003 by the Florida Board of Medicine, testified during an October 2002 court hearing on the Schiavo case that his claim to be a Nobel nominee is based on a letter written to the "Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine" by Rep. Mike Bilirakis (R-FL) recommending Hammesfahr for a "Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine." But that award does not exist (the Nobel Assembly awards separate prizes in peace and medicine), and assuming Bilirakis intended to nominate Hammesfahr for the prize for medicine, as Hammesfahr claims, the nomination is meaningless because Bilirakis is not qualified to nominate anyone for that award.

Meanwhile, Atrios has Fox's John Gibson showing his respect for rule of law.

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March 24, 2005

Liberal Media on Schiavo

First CNN.com.

Now MSNBC.com.

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Springer to Air America

As rumored, the controversial television host (and former mayor) will be on Air America's morning lineup:

More people will be able to hear trash TV talk show host Jerry Springer pick on President Bush's plan to create private accounts for Social Security and the war in Iraq under a deal announced Wednesday to take his liberal radio program nationwide.

"I said when I started the show that I am committed to making this radio program work, not only because I enjoy it, but because we need to hear progressive voices as well as conservative voices in our conversation today," Springer said in a telephone interview from Chicago.

Springer's show will go live weekdays on the Air America Radio network beginning April 1.

The liberal all-talk radio network currently broadcasts programs on 51 radio stations and on the Sirius and XM satellite networks. Springer will be heard on 45 of those stations initially.

Air America President Jon Sinton said the network hopes to get Springer on the remaining stations soon.

"I think Jerry expands our audience," he said. "He brings us the potential of reaching many more people."

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March 18, 2005

High Times at High Times

This Boston Phoenix feature on the anti-establishment magazine High Times is particularly amusing, if not for this part:

Another theory holds that the government actually likes having High Times around. Last year, the Smoking Gun Web site reported that the Drug Enforcement Administration has three subscriptions to the magazine. "[It’s possible] they like High Times existing because they can kind of hear and see, ‘Okay this is what drug culture is doing now. This is their latest method of concealment,’ or whatever," says Bloom. "We try not to give away too many secrets in the magazine, but at the same time, readers do want to know, how do you conceal marijuana when you’re going across a border? So if we say, ‘Vacuum pack,’ well, aren’t the authorities going to read that and go, ‘Hmm ... vacuum pack? They’re getting smart.’ So maybe they want us out there — which is not to say we’re doing their job in any way, shape, or form, or have any relations to the DEA.

"But what are we going to do?" he continues. "We want to help people, but we also want to do it in subtle ways. So it’s sort of a battle back and forth."

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ABC Ignores Delay Scandals

Media Matters.

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March 17, 2005

The Secretive White House

See Bob Edwards of XM Satellite Radio (and ex-NPR host) in this speech to Centre College in Danville:

To get any information at all from the Bush administration is a triumph, for it has become the all-time champion of information control. Reporters have never had less access to the people they need to reach for information. This is an administration that wants us to report only what it says in its press releases -- beyond that, no comment.

No one has had much success in penetrating the White House stonewall. There is no appreciation by the administration that the people have a right to know what their leaders are doing in their name and with their dollars.

Instead, there's a sort of corporate control of information -- as if the details of meetings and policy formation are trade secrets never to be known -- even to the stockholders. We saw this immediately as the Bush administration took office -- reversing previous expansions of the Freedom of Information Act -- and preventing publications of papers from previous presidencies, including that of the president's father.

Then there were the meetings of the energy task force -- Vice President Dick Cheney's meetings with whom? We don't know for sure. We're not allowed to know. The Bush administration says it's none of your business to know.

This idea, of course, is nothing new when it comes to Bush and the media.

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March 15, 2005

Hannity Overstates Minority Support for Social Security Plan

Some may even say he lied ... Media Matters with Hannity:

On the March 14 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity overstated public support for President Bush's proposal to partially privatize Social Security by declaring that "African-Americans, in huge numbers, Hispanic-Americans ... like the idea of this choice."
Alright, so the huge numbers:
In fact, recent polling indicates that: (1) a plurality of African-Americans oppose private accounts for younger workers; (2) there has been a significant drop in support for such privatization among both groups; and (3) opposition to private accounts by both African-Americans and Hispanics increases when the less desirable potential consequences of privatization are mentioned.

According to a Pew Research Center poll conducted February 16-21, 49 percent of African-Americans oppose "Allowing younger workers to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in private retirement accounts" compared to 36 percent who favor doing so. While 48 percent of Hispanics support the option of private accounts compared to 34 percent opposed, that support is down 18 percentage points from 66 percent in a December 2004 Pew poll.

Further, a Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies/AARP poll conducted January 15-23 indicated that strong majorities of Hispanics and African Americans oppose privatization when the less desirable potential effects of such a plan are also mentioned in the poll question

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ABC v. NBC

Amusing TVNewser item about an ABC booker who was so mad at his NBC counterpart that .... :

Atlanta police handcuffed Good Morning America booker Mike Nagel this morning after complaints about his disorderly conduct, TVNewser has learned. Nagel was trying to interrupt NBC's interview with Atlanta hostage Ashley Smith this morning. (And some of it happened on-air: does anyone have screen grabs from 'Today?') Here's how the incident unfolded, according to sources at both networks:

ABC, really, really wanted an exclusive interview with Smith. And they thought they had it: They were under the impression that they were the only network morning show with the Smith interview. But Smith's attorney had arranged for NBC's 'Today' show to pre-tape an interview with her prior to 7am. Then she would walk around the corner to ABC's bureau for a live chat on GMA ... From an e-mailer: "I saw the 'Today Show' interview this morning with guy on cell phone in background clearly being disruptive and eventually being led away by police. I just thought it was some psycho wanting to get on TV..."

Video at the link.

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March 12, 2005

When the WSJ Editorial Page Lies

This football player cries (no, not really). Media Matters:

A Wall Street Journal editorial attempted to deflect criticism of the Bush administration's use of "extraordinary rendition" -- the practice of transferring terrorism suspects to countries known for using torture in interrogations -- by claiming baselessly that "the Clinton Administration used the rendering practice with the avowed expectation that suspects would be tortured, or worse" [emphasis in original]. In the process, the Journal revived the long-discredited allegation that "the government of Sudan offered to deliver Osama bin Laden (then living in Khartoum) into U.S. custody" during the Clinton administration.
The WSJ has a nice history of lying about those who don't agree with them.

You can even go to lying - old school.

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March 11, 2005

Paper Comm, Friday

Paul Krugman. Slanting Social Security: This year's trustees report on Social Security will have to be read with an eye to the ways it will try to mislead
NYT. They're Back, and Still Unworthy: The federal judiciary deserves better than President Bush's judicial nominees
Lance Dickie. Weakening Social Security for the 21st century
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. U.N. pit bull / The United States can do better than Bolton
Houston Chron. With unilateralist pique, the Bush administration has turned its back on sound international law. Americans traveling abroad, beware
Al Neuharth. Guard's 'draft' duty in Iraq is backfiring
USAT. 30% interest rates: Sound business or loan sharking?
Simon Tisdall. Global sheriff slowly gaining on US
Ari Melber. Dean offers new ideas to Democrats
Helen Thomas. Bush makes wrong choice for U.N.
StarTrib. Gun checks/No denying suspected terrorists
Wisconsin State Journal. Senate should reject bankruptcy bill
John Nichols. Let other nations decide their own fates
Jonathan Chait. It's an Open-and-Shut Case: Being willing to entertain the idea of ruining Social Security is no virtue
LAT. Torture by Proxy

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March 01, 2005

How to Lie About Filibusters

See Gary Bauer.

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February 08, 2005

Brian Williams: Republicans' "go-to network anchor"?

The ooole liberal media; from Media Matters:

Washington Whispers" column in the February 14 edition of U.S. News & World Report noted that Brian Williams -- who replaced Tom Brokaw as anchor and managing editor of NBC's Nightly News on December 2, 2004 -- received accolades from discredited Republican pollster Frank Luntz in a memo to Republican Congressional leadership. In the memo, Bedard reported, Luntz wrote that "Williams has emerged as the 'go-to network anchor' because of his brains and 'lack of detectable ideological bias.'"

Media Matters for America has identified some examples that may explain why Republicans consider Williams to be their "go-to network anchor":

In an interview following President Bush's February 2 State of the Union address, Williams failed to correct Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) false assertion that the Social Security trust fund will have "no money at all left" in 15 years.

On January 12, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) noted that an NBC Nightly News segment on Social Security ignored privatization critics and presented a conservative activist as an impartial "analyst." The FAIR report stated that, although Williams prefaced the segment by mentioning that "critics say he's [Bush] exaggerating the problem to sell his plan," the actual report "included no such critics of the administration's 'crisis' rhetoric."

In a December 2, 2004, interview with C-SPAN founder, president, and CEO Brian Lamb, Williams said that "it's my duty to listen to [nationally syndicated radio host] Rush" Limbaugh and that "Rush has actually yet to get the credit he is due." Before his promotion, Williams hosted several other NBC news programs, including The News with Brian Williams on MSNBC and CNBC, where Limbaugh was a frequent guest. As Media Matters previously noted, on September 24, 2002, Williams introduced a News segment on a speech by former Vice President Al Gore by observing: "[O]ur friend Rush Limbaugh told his radio listeners he almost stayed home from work, not due to any health reasons, but because he was so livid at the speech given yesterday by former Vice President Al Gore criticizing the Bush administration's apparent march to war in Iraq." Williams asked, "Is it un-American to speak out against the Bush plan to take on Iraq? Is it democratic to ridicule and threaten those who do?" Washington Post columnist and Brookings Institution senior fellow E.J. Dionne Jr. responded on the September 28, 2002, edition of CNN's Reliable Sources: "Since when do we debate that it's un-American to take on a president? ... We are told all the time it is the liberal media, and here Rush Limbaugh not being able to get out of bed supersedes what Al Gore says. If you -- if you want to have Rush Limbaugh on trashing Al Gore afterward, fine. Report the news. Report what he said, and then criticize him."

And more.

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February 07, 2005

CBC on O'Reilly and Coulter

Catches them on their lies - on MichaelMoore.com's front page.

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January 23, 2005

Liberal Cable News

When will the liberal media stop its liberal ways?

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When Weeklies Make Amusing Covers

The Stranger's "Inaugural Drinking Issue"

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January 21, 2005

Friday Night Cat Blogging

Since all the cool kids are doing it, my kitty - "Sweetie Pie"


Sleepy.


Itchy!

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January 12, 2005

Good Ol' Ann Coulter

Look at this interview with Ann Coulter in the New York Observer:

I'm getting a little fed up with hearing about, oh, civilian casualties. I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning." ... I just think it would be fun to nuke them and have it be a warning to the rest of the world." ...

"Seriously, I think the rest of the countries in the Middle East, after Afghanistan and Iraq, they're pretty much George Bush's bitch ...

[Gurley] What should we remember about Bill Clinton?

[Coulter] "Well, he was a very good rapist. I think that should not be forgotten." ... I will go to a black church and talk about gay marriage. The brothers aren't big on queer theory. The four groups most opposed to gay marriage are blacks, Hispanics, old people and blue-collar workers -- i.e., the four pillars of the Democratic Party."

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January 10, 2005

The Gift

Media Matters with comments from William A. Donohue, president of the conservative Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights:

William A. Donohue, president of the conservative Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said of the tsunami disaster in South Asia: "In one strange sense, then, what's happening to these poor Asian people is their gift to the world." Donohue's comments came after MSNBC host and former U.S. Representative Joe Scarborough (R-FL) asked him about "the Catholic church's take" on the disaster ... O'Connor did once characterize the Holocaust as Judaism's "gift" to the world, as the Associated Press reported on May 4, 2000, following O'Connor's death. But the AP also noted O'Connor's admission, during a January 1, 1997, New York Times interview, that he said "some dumb things" to the press on occasion: "The press could have asked me about satellites to Mars and I would have given them an answer." The AP also noted that on Yom Kippur, 1999, O'Connor "sent a letter to Jewish leaders expressing 'my own abject sorrow for any member of the Catholic Church, high or low, who may have harmed you or your forebears.' Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel published the letter in a Sunday Times advertisement, saying: 'For the prince of the church to say the things he does, it's very strong.'"

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January 07, 2005

Pundits on Bush Admin's Payroll

Recently, we learned that conservative columnist Armstrong Williams is getting paid to push the administration's line on NCLB. This brings up the question: How many other pundits are on the Bush admin payroll? From Amy Alexander:

Those of us who've wondered for some time about the mysterious proliferation of Mr. Williams over the past few years now have at least part of an answer. While this plug-for-pay deal will likely fall pretty quickly from the radar of the ever-expanding gaggle of media-watchers, it most certainly deserves further exploration. It must be said that this slimy deal with Williams and the Bush Administration simply widens the credibility gap between black Americans and the press, and between the press and discerning consumers of news: anyone who suspects that journalists are mere shills for the government or big corporations now have this handy, multi-cultural handy example of just such a thing! Of course, usually "liberal" journalists are accused of having unsavory motives (see Dan Rather, Howell Raines, et al) but the news that Williams was paid to pimp No Child Left Behind simply heaps more steaming dung onto the public's already overflowing perception of "the media" as a big, roiling pot of rotten stew. It's progress, I guess, when a black media hustler can scale the heights of American leadership and reap a quarter-million dollar payoff of the type historically reserved for white guys.

On the bright side, we should keep in mind that Williams is NOT a journalist; he has become a pseudo-journalist via the on-air exposure he received during the Hill-Thomas hearings in 1991. His conservative "credentials" began to mount up after he was adopted by the right wing think tank-lecture circuit-talk radio crowd; since then, he has found easy sledding in the world of big media, which of course says a lot about the limitations of top editors in network news and the like. I mean, it is not an accident that black conservative pundits like Armstrong, who are at best journalistic lightweights, seem to find major outlets with lightening speed, while legit black opinion writers like Clarence Page, Cynthia Tucker, William Raspberry and Leonard Pitts, Jr. toiled away for years as good old fashioned newshounds before they ever experienced national exposure.

More than anything, of course, this episode shows that the propaganda machine is up and running in the Bush Administration. Makes you wonder how many other "journalists" are on the payroll.

And another example of the Bush admin using fake news for propaganda.

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January 06, 2005

Savage Love

The former NBC commentator on the tsunami, via Media Matters:

During nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage's December 31 broadcast -- his first since the December 26 tsunami resulting from an earthquake in Southeast Asia -- Savage said that the tsumani was "not a tragedy" and that the United States should not be sending any aid to the affected countries because they are "hotbeds of radical Islam." Savage added: "We shouldn't be spending a nickel on this, as far as I'm concerned. ... I am sick of being bled to death by every damn incident on the earth."

Savage opened the program by saying that he needed some international aid because of rainy weather in San Francisco, the city from which he broadcasts his program. Savage also said that while he does not argue that "God struck" the people of Southeast Asia -- because he's "not a theologian" -- "[y]ou could argue, maybe this is God's hand, because some of their brethren struck Christian America."

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December 28, 2004

Priorities ...

A terrible disaster, no doubt ... however, this from TVNewser:

FNC's Jennifer Griffin deserves kudos for her reporting along the shore in Thailand. Viewers felt like they were there -- especially when she started coughing from the smell of the decaying bodies. But some viewers are criticizing FNC's editorial decisions.

Around 10am, during a live report from Jennifer Griffin, FNC interrupted "to take a live shot of the end of a car chase in Charlotte N.C.," a TVSpyer says. Apparently they returned to Griffin's live report afterwards. An hour later, when Fox lost Griffin's satellite feed from Thailand, the network transitioned to a "Fox News Alert" about flooding in Los Angeles, with a live shot from the local affiliate.

> A couple of e-mailers are offended that FNC spent time talking about a supermodel whose hip was hurt in the cataclysm, "giving them a chance to run...bathing suit tape, instead of that annoying video that shows the heart-wrenching reality." MSNBC reported "A Supermodel's Story" during the 11am hour, and showed similar video...

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December 23, 2004

Congratulations, Bill O'Reilly

The Media Matters 2004 Misinformer of the Year. Why? Take a loookey, seee:

O'Reilly falsely claimed Bush didn't oppose 9-11 Commission. O'Reilly defended President George W. Bush from a Kerry-Edwards '04 TV ad highlighting Bush's opposition to creation of the 9-11 Commission by denying that Bush had ever opposed the commission. In fact, Bush did oppose the creation of the 9-11 Commission. (10/21/04)
O'Reilly falsely claimed Iraq had ricin. O'Reilly responded to a caller to his radio show by defending the Iraq war: "They did have ricin up there in the north -- so why are you discounting that so much?" In fact, the Duelfer report (the final report of the Iraqi Survey Group, led by Charles A. Duelfer, which conducted the search for weapons in Iraq following the U.S.-led invasion) indicates that Iraq did not have ricin. (10/19/04)
O'Reilly repeated discredited claims on Iraq-Al Qaeda link. O'Reilly interrupted a former Clinton administration official who tried to correct the record on O'Reilly's claim that terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi constitutes a direct link between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's Iraq. He also allowed a conservative guest to repeat without challenge other discredited claims about Iraq's supposed involvement in terrorism -- claims O'Reilly has himself cited in the past. (9/27/04)
And my favorite:
O'Reilly fabricated "Paris Business Review" as source for success of French boycott. O'Reilly falsely claimed "they've lost billions of dollars in France according to 'The Paris Business Review'" due to an American boycott he advocated of French imports. Media Matters for America found no evidence of a publication named "The Paris Business Review." (4/27/04)

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December 21, 2004

Media Awards

From FAIR. One enjoyable award to good ol' cranky, 'get off the yard' newsman Jack Cafferty:

OUTFOXING FOX PRIZE -- Jack Cafferty, CNN

As co-anchor of CNN's morning program, Cafferty had something to report on March 31: "It's a red-letter day here in America," he said. "Air America, that communist radio network, starts broadcasting in a little while." Cafferty was unyielding when CNN colleague Soledad O'Brien responded by saying that the new talk-radio network was not communist but liberal. He replied: "Well. Aren't they synonymous?"

He he hee.

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December 19, 2004

Sunday Talk Lineup

For Sunday, December 19, via WP:

FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), 9 a.m.: Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 9 a.m.: White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr.; David J. Graham, associate director of the FDA's Office of Drug Safety; Hank McKinnell, chairman and chief executive of Pfizer Inc.; and Time Managing Editor Jim Kelly.

FACE THE NATION (CBS, WUSA), 10:30 a.m.: Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.).

MEET THE PRESS (NBC, WRC), 10:30 a.m.: Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), John W. Warner (R-Va.), Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) and Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.).

LATE EDITION (CNN), noon: Sens. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.); Reps. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.); Sept. 11 commission members Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton; Javad Zarif, Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations; and Snow.

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December 14, 2004

Media Matters Launches Campaign Against Sinclair

Called 'Sinclair Action' with a website at sinclairaction.com. Why do so? Media Matters explains:

Led by Media Matters for America and supported by MoveOn, MediaChannel.org, Free Press, Working Assets, Robert Greenwald (Director, Outfoxed), AlterNet, and The Institute for America's Future, we have launched a campaign to protest Sinclair Broadcast Group's continued misuse of public airwaves.

The campaign aims to spur action against Sinclair Broadcast Group's use of the 62 television stations it owns or operates to systematically promote partisan political interests. Of particular concern is a nightly "news and commentary" segment titled "The Point," in which Sinclair vice president Mark Hyman consistently espouses one-sided, conservative rhetoric without any counterpoint.

We believe the fairest way to remedy this situation is for Sinclair to provide a meaningful opportunity for those with an opposing point of view to respond to editions of "The Point." With your help, we can hold Sinclair accountable for its slanted news programming and demand that it become a responsible steward of the airwaves to which it has been granted access on behalf of the American people.

We are hopeful advertisers will join our effort to encourage Sinclair to balance the content of their news programming by offering equal air time for a counterpoint.

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Fox's Ailes Rips Competition

The kid has moxy; in an interview to air Sunday on C-SPAN, he says about:

CBS? "We're not retracting stories. We don't have a former attorney general looking into us to try to determine how we screwed it up," Ailes says, referring to the investigation into CBS's use of apparently bogus National Guard documents.

CNN? Ailes rips the overseas network CNN International, "or, as we call it, the anti-American channel." He likens it to the BBC and al-Jazeera in that "you can't find a whole lot good about America." CNN spokesman Matthew Furman says the international network "works hard to provide its global audience with a range of news without any political or national perspective."

ABC? Ailes apparently took offense at a recent Harvard speech in which ABC News President David Westin said Fox News had been "effective" in bringing talk radio and opinion to TV news. "David is in the process of trying to turn himself into Fred Friendly," the late media executive and ethicist, Ailes says. "He's a corporate lawyer who's trying to be a great journalist. But he has got some problems. He's the guy who wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to be a journalist for him." ABC sent the actor to interview President Clinton four years ago for a special on the environment.

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December 13, 2004

Liberal Media At Work Again

Oh, when will they stop? FAIR:

The debate over Social Security privatization could very well be the most important domestic story of the coming year. Unfortunately, recent media discussions of the topic are built on flawed assumptions and inaccurate information.

"Social Security is in trouble," announced CNN reporter Bruce Morton on the December 9 broadcast of NewsNight with Aaron Brown, adding: "Politicians like South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham know it." Though that's the starting point for the segment, the "trouble" that Social Security faces might not be nearly as bad as the "solution" offered by politicians like Graham.

According to its own trustees reports, Social Security will be able to operate just as it does now until 2042; another projection from the Congressional Budget Office forecasts 10 additional years of solvency. Not bad for a program in "crisis."

What's more, the "bankruptcy" of Social Security has been moving steadily into the future; in 1997, the program was expected to run short of funds in 2029, or 32 years; now, in 2004, the trustees say they won't need more cash until 2042-- gaining 13 years of projected black ink in just seven years (Political Animal, 12/13/04).

But CNN offered none of these caveats; the only sources in the report were Michael Tanner of the libertarian Cato Institute and Robert Bixby of the Concord Coalition-- both of whom support some form of Social Security privatization. Another guest was a 27-year old who suggested that Social Security would not be around for her when she needed it.

... For starters, that is not when Social Security "goes broke." According to the conservative estimates of its trustees report, Social Security would still be able to pay about 73 percent of its obligations after 2042. And as economist Dean Baker of the Center for Economic & Policy Research frequently points out, "the projections show that the program will always be able to pay a higher real benefit than that received by current retirees" (Economic Reporting Review, 12/6/04), since future benefits are projected to be more generous than those given to today's seniors.

Washington Monthly with more.

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December 10, 2004

Ann Coulter Wants Her Money Back

The poor girl doesn't like Jon Stewart's book:

In "America (The Book)," by Jon Stewart and the writers of Comedy Central's "Daily Show," the section on the judiciary describes how to make a sock puppet of Clarence Thomas and then says, "Ta-da! You're Antonin Scalia!" On grounds of originality alone, Mr. Stewart, I want my money back.
I'm sure Stewart's book whopping Coulter's on the best-seller list has nothing to do with the dislike.

Media Matters has more on Coulter.

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Jerry Springer to Launch Liberal Radio

Hm. Ok:

TV talk-show host Jerry Springer will debut a three-hour weekday radio talk show here in January.

The former Cincinnati mayor and TV anchor will launch a 9 a.m.-noon call-in show on WSAI-AM (1530) when the Clear Channel station switches from oldies music to liberal talk. He wants to syndicate the show nationally from Cincinnati, he said.

"There is clearly an opportunity for new voices to be heard today around the country," Springer, 60, said Thursday. "There is so much going on in the world today, and to be part of that dialogue will be fun."

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December 09, 2004

Good Ol' Newsmax

Never thought I'd read this in the same sentence; from Newsmax's stellar reporting:

The leftist media have mounted an unprecedented, full-scale attack on Bernard Kerik, with four journalistic hatchet jobs on President Bush's nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security appearing on the same day ... The New York Post's ultra-liberal Richard Cohen led off with a rumor-mongering column, "Kerik's Bully History," which is littered with what Cohen himself admits are unverified incidents portraying Kerik as a bully who misused his authority in a matter involving the reported theft of a cell phone belonging to a friend.

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Liberal CBS

I'd imagine if CBS did this sort of piece on a major conservative blog, crazy would go the world. Regardless, this piece from CBS has this take on Atrios:

While many are must-reads for political junkies, are some Internet blogs also being used as proxies for campaigns? ... In the case of Duncan Black, this is what happened. The author of the popular liberal blog Atrios, Black wrote under a pseudonym. All the while, he was a senior fellow at a liberal media watchdog group, Media Matters for America.

“People are pretty smart in assuming that if a blog is making a case on one side that it’s partisan,” Jamieson said. “The problem is when a blog pretends to hold neutrality but is actually partisan.”

That is not a legal problem, however, but an ethical one. Black eventually claimed credit for his blog and fellow bloggers heavily publicized his political connections. But he is still blogging.

Of course, those in the blog community who have read Atrios/Duncan for a while (I'm cool cuz Atrios asked for a link when he first started) know that's not exactly accurate. From Atrios:
Second, you state that I had been working with Media Matters for America "all along" while I was doing this weblog. I began writing this weblog in April, 2002. MMFA only came into existence in May, 2004. I began working with them in June, 2004.

Third, you suggest I had an "ethical" problem. Could you be more specific about what that was? Having one's character impugned by a major media outlet is a serious matter.

Finally, a quote is positioned in your article such that it suggests my assocation with Media Matters for America makes me somehow "partisan" and that beforehand I therefore was perceived as non-partisan. I have never worked for a candidate or campaign, though I have never made my political views secret, any more than has the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal. This blog is produced entirely using my own time and resources, and Media Matters for America is a non-partisan "501(c)(3) not-for-profit progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."

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December 08, 2004

Conservative World Net Daily Books: Lotta Lies, Made-up Stuff

From ConWebWatch, what kind of authors write for WorldNetDaily.com books? Here's a sample of the recent authors they've published:

Bob Kohn, author of the WND-published New York Times-bashing title "Journalistic Fraud," did just that in a May WND column when he asserted that "Evidence suggests that a New York Times reporter covering the Kerry campaign may be sleeping with the presumptive nominee of the Democrat Party." That would be John Kerry, already the victim of a previous WND affair smear. After Media Matters wrote about it, Kohn's column disappeared from the WND site. (It used to be here but is now in the same neverland as Anthony LoBaido's whacked-out post-9/11 column.)

And, as ConWebWatch has previously noted, Kohn copied from the Media Research Center a bogus quote attributed to former Times editor Howell Raines into his book. As far as we know, Kohn has never apologized for that.

John McCaslin, the Washington Times columnist who wrote "Inside the Beltway" for WND Books, had a similar problem. In a September Washington Times column, McCaslin claimed that John Kerry made a case for unilateral action in Iraq in a 1997 appearance on CNN's "Crossfire," adding that "no 'Crossfire' transcripts from 1997 are available." As Media Matters pointed out, not only is the transcript of that episode of "Crossfire" available (Nexis has "Crossfire" transcripts dating back to 1990), Kerry didn't say that at all. McCaslin was forced to print a retraction, though that didn't stop other conservatives from spreading the Kerry misquote.

Even the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson -- author of "Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America" and beneficiary of much uncritical, disclosure-free WND press -- is not immune to spreading falsehoods. Media Matters recently caught Peterson falsely claiming on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" (Sean Hannity is on the advisory board of the organization that Peterson operates) that no blacks were disenfranchised in the 2000 presidential election (there's an entire report about it) and erroneously suggesting that Senator John Kerry supported reparations for slavery during his 2004 presidential campaign (he didn't).

The html links for the cut and paste from ConWeb didn't go through, for some reason, so for more linkage fun, see the complete article.

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November 16, 2004

O'Reilly: Nominate Clinton for Sec State

Ha, I post you decide (tip to Chris in the comments):

And now I'm going to be controversial. Now, I know the word is Condoleezza Rice (search) will get the job. And she is absolutely brilliant and very loyal to President Bush, but I would replace Secretary Powell with Bill Clinton.Yikes! The former president probably wouldn't take the job, but if he did, countries like France, Germany, and Spain would like the move, perhaps cooperate more with America. Add Canada and Indonesia to that group as well.

Mr. Clinton is a smart guy, knows the players and the issues, and has clout, especially in the Palestinian-Israeli arena. So there you go, bold move, little downside, maybe big benefits. But I'm sure President Bush isn't going to do it.

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Mary Matalin's MTP Lies

See Media Matters:

On the November 14 edition of NBC's Meet the Press, Republican political strategist Mary Matalin exaggerated both the margin of President George W. Bush's reelection victory and the state of the economy in historic terms. Matalin falsely claimed that Bush "increased his margin in a greater proportion than anyone has done in many, many decades," and that today's U.S. economy is "a great economy, better than it was even in the Clinton years." ... As for Matalin's claim that the current economy is "better than it was even in the Clinton years," the major economic indicators suggest otherwise. The following indicators show that economy grew increasingly stronger during the Clinton administration (1993-2000) followed by a reverse trend in the first three years of the Bush administration (2001-2003). The current economy is still below that of 2000, the end of Clinton's second term

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November 07, 2004

[Baltimore Sun] All publicity is

[Baltimore Sun] All publicity is good publicity, apparently, for the Sinclair Media Group, which finds some good in the fallout from the Stolen Honor controversy

"The thing that has really gone unnoticed by most is the promotional value we've received ... which is probably worth tens of millions of dollars," said David D. Smith, president and chief executive officer .... "What's the promotional value of being on Good Morning America for five minutes?" Smith asked. "What's the promotional value of being on every cable news channel literally for a period of six to eight days and being the topic of conversation. What's the effect of being in the print media a multiple number of times."

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November 02, 2004

Ridiculous Rhetoric from Right

There they go again, Media Matters:

On the eve of the presidential election, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham said that if you vote for Senator John Kerry, "you're aligning yourself with" Osama bin Laden, China, and France. Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh went a step further, saying that "a Kerry victory after the bin Laden tape [a videotaped message broadcast October 29], will ... give Osama bin Laden bragging rights all across the Middle East" and that if Kerry wins, "militant Islamists" will conclude that "they had the ability to affect the election of this country without firing a shot like they had to do in Spain."

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Hannity and Colmes: Fair and Balanced?

"'Hannity & Colmes' to Stack Election Eve Deck," from the Brad Blog:

It was announced at the end of Friday's Hannity & Colmes on Fox that their Monday (Election Eve) guests would be:

ON THE RIGHT: Karl Rove, Dick Morris, William Weld (UPDATE!) Jeb Bush just added!!!
ON THE LEFT: Bill Richardson

Obviously, this is anything but "Fair and Balanced" and on the eve of a national Election it's simply outrageous!

I have a highly placed source inside the Hannity & Colmes show who I've sent Email to complain about this, and I received back a similar response to the ones I usually receive from them on the lack of balance on H&C. Namely; the Kerry campaign is simply not as willing to help them by supplying guests as the Bush campaign is. (I wonder why!)

I have tried to explain to my source that it's Fox's and H&C's responsibility to ensure that their show is fair and balanced! Not the responsibility of the Kerry campaign or the DNC to ensure that.

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November 01, 2004

O'Reilly Reaches Out to Young Voters

From Media Matters:

CALLER: I'm calling today because I think it's fair to say that a large amount of the youth that are involved in this election now, this time around. And I just think that the majority of them are voting Kerry. Is that crazy?

O'REILLY: Yeah, I think the stoned slackers'll go for Kerry. I think he'll carry that vote. ... The stoned-slacker vote. Ummm -- but I don't know if they're gonna go. You know, look, Puff Daddy [Combs] and his crew -- they're running around, "Vote or Die!" and all that. Yeah, it's good publicity to get on TV. Are they gonna get out? Are they gonna leave the bong and stand in line for an hour? I don't know.

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October 30, 2004

Kerry Takes Alt Weeklies Endorsements

Perhaps not much of a surprise, but here's the tally:

Their endorsements don't get the attention major dailies' picks do, but alternative weeklies are one of the players in this year's election effort to get out the important "youth vote." To the surprise of no one, the alts are going for Kerry.

Asked by Editor&Publisher to survey its member papers, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies provided this breakdown today:

30 for Kerry.
0 for Bush.
10 don't endorse.

Interesting tidbit: Nine of the Kerry papers backed Ralph Nader the last time around. Also, four papers made their first presidential endorsement ever this year, and they all went for Kerry.

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October 29, 2004

Howie Kurtz: 3 Mistakes in One Week

The guy the Washington Post sometimes uses to check the media for inaccuracies is pullling out a lot of inaccuracies himself; TVNewser:

As this site has tracked, last week Kurtz screwed up statistics relating to Jon Stewart's Crossfire appearance. On Saturday he said Brian Williams anchored NBC coverage of the 1986 Challenger disaster. Now on Wednesday, Kurtz said that NBC's Jim Miklaszewski was embedded during the Iraq war. Mik is the network's Pentagon correspondent; the closest he came to embedding was spending all night at the network's Pentagon bureau.

But that's not what Kurtz's WP story said. "NBC's Jim Miklaszewski, who was embedded with the Army's 101st Airborne Division during the war, reported Monday that the unit visited the Qaqaa weapons facility on April 10, 2003..."

Does anyone want to volunteer as a fact-checker?...

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O'Reilly Settles

How much will that phone sex cost him? NYDN with the report:

Bill O'Reilly and the decades-younger producer who claimed he tormented her with unwanted phone sex reached an out-of-court settlement last night - putting a seeming end to an embarrassing sex scandal for the Fox News superstar.
Sources told the Daily News that O'Reilly will have to pay Andrea Mackris at least $2 million - and possibly as much as $10 million.

Under the deal, Mackris will drop the sexual harassment suit she filed against the talk-show host and Fox.

O'Reilly and his Fox bosses, in turn, will forget about the extortion suit they filed against Mackris and her lawyer.

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October 27, 2004

Denver Post Receives Huge Criticism for Bush Endorsement

The Denver Post may have a good sports page, but it's editorial page? Well, 700 letters to the editor say it sucks, including this one:

Do my eyes deceive me? Your endorsement of George W. Bush reads like a stunning indictment of his failed policies and reckless judgment. Conversely, you refer to John Kerry's "fresh ideas," "sensible plans," and "superior proposals." In spite of these obvious distinctions, you conclude that Bush should be our choice for president simply because "we aren't so sure" about John Kerry's decisiveness. I believe four years of Bush decisiveness has us marching straight for a cliff and I see no reason to believe he has any intent of changing course.

Marc Champion, Golden

Here, the Denver Post explains its endorsement and notes: "In the case of Sunday's Bush endorsement, the editorial board, like the country, was divided, and we took extraordinary steps to ensure that the full range of views was represented in our pages. On the adjacent page, we ran a column by two of our editorial writers, "Kerry's appeal - 'America can do better."' We hope our readers will take a look at that piece as well as the endorsement itself. Together, these pieces reflect the sharp division of opinion in Colorado as Election Day nears." Kos notes from this that "the newspaper endorsement may be on its final legs."

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Now It's 36

36 papers th at endorsed Bush in 2000 are now supporting John Kerry; WPost:

The Orlando Sentinel has backed every Republican seeking the White House since Richard M. Nixon in 1968. Not this time.

"This president has utterly failed to fulfill our expectations," the Florida paper said in supporting John F. Kerry, prompting some angry calls and a few dozen cancellations.

"A lot of people thought they could trust that the Sentinel would always go Republican, and when that didn't happen, they felt betrayed," said Jane Healy, the paper's editorial page editor.

The Sentinel is among 36 newspapers that endorsed President Bush four years ago and have flip-flopped, to coin a phrase, into Kerry's corner. These include the Chicago Sun-Times, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Memphis Commercial Appeal, according to industry magazine Editor & Publisher. Bush has won over only six papers that backed Al Gore, including the Denver Post, which received 700 letters -- all of them protesting the move.

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October 25, 2004

How Low Can He Go?

From Media Matters on independent commentator Bill O'Reilly:

On his October 21 radio show, FOX News Channel host Bill O'Reilly defended President George W. Bush from a recent Kerry-Edwards '04 TV ad highlighting Bush's opposition to creation of the 9-11 Commission by denying that Bush had ever opposed the commission.

From the October 21 broadcast of the nationally syndicated The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:

O'REILLY: "They said they [9-11 widow Kristen Breitweiser, featured in the ad, and her late husband] voted for Bush [in 2000], but Bush opposed the 9-11 Commission -- which he didn't, by the way. He didn't oppose it. I mean, he had questions about it because he didn't want it politicized."

In fact, Bush did oppose the creation of the 9-11 Commission. According to CBS News, the reason Bush opposed the establishment of an independent commission was that "the investigation should be confined to Congress because it deals with sensitive information that could reveal sources and methods of intelligence. Therefore, he said, the congressional investigation is 'the best place' to probe the events leading up to the terrorist attacks."

After the commission's creation, Bush also opposed granting the additional time that commissioners requested to complete their investigation.

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Jon Stewart on "60 Minutes"

A transcript here:

And he did some punking himself after 60 Minutes Wednesday
admitted it could not authenticate documents used in a report on Mr. Bush's National Guard service: "CBS issued a statement defending its reporting but vowing to, quote, 'make every effort to resolve the contradictions and answer the unanswered questions about the documents,'" said Stewart. "Among those unanswered questions: Why the f*** didn't you check them before you broadcast it?"

"I can't believe that the National Guard memo scandal is the only scandal in four years that has gotten elevated to the status of having a gate attached to it," says Stewart. "Rather-gate. For God's sake, we launched a war based on forged documents. That doesn't get a gate. How do you not get a gate outta that?"

"Dick Cheney's old company does business with Iran, in an offshore Cayman Islands group," adds Stewart. "No gate. Nothing."

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More and More 2000 Pro-Bush Newspapers Abandoning Him

Editor and Publisher:

Sen. John Kerry continued his raid on newspapers that backed President Bush in 2000, grabbing 24 new "flip-flops," plus The Washington Post, which was a major supporter of the war in Iraq. The Democrat has now won endorsements from at least 35 papers that went for Bush in 2000, while Bush has earned only two Gore papers.

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October 24, 2004

Changing Their Minds

A list of newspapers who endorsed GW Bush in 2000 but, after four years of Bush ineptitude, are endorsing John Kerry.

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October 23, 2004

Where's Jon Stewart When You Need Him?

CNN to debut new show:

Producers at CNN have studied the media landscape and determined that what the viewing public needs is…another talk show. This weekend, the network will unveil “Off Topic With Carlos Watson,” a one-hour show which political analyst Watson describes as a hybrid of a Barbara Walters’ special and “Charlie Rose.” “He talks to a wide range of people. She got up close and personal,” explained Watson. “This will be younger, hipper and fun.” For the first episode, which premieres Sunday at 10 p.m., Watson went off-topic with basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, model Heidi Klum and Illinois senate candidate Barack Obama.
"younger, hipper and fun." Christ. Though I did enjoy the last time CNN tried to get younger, hipper and fun.

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'The O'Sexxy Factor'

That Bill O'Reilly.

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October 22, 2004

Actual CNN Crawl

From Denver Post:

Come again?: An actual "crawl" on CNN - "Public split on whether Bush is a divider."

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October 21, 2004

Coulter: Crazy" Dems think U.S. went to war with Iraq because of "oily Jews"

Dems also "want Saddam back." You bastards.

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October 20, 2004

Drop Full Anti-Kerry Film, Make Money

After Sinclair's decision to "run portions of the program." Reuters on Sinclair's uptake:

Shares of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. (SBGI.O: Quote, Profile, Research) jumped nearly 9 percent on Wednesday, a day after the TV station owner backed away from plans to air a film critical of Sen. John Kerry that Democrats have said is a blatant political statement masquerading as news.

Sinclair said after Tuesday's market close that it would only run portions of the program "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal, about the Democratic presidential candidate's anti-war activities 30 years ago as part of an hour-long special on Friday.

Sinclair shares had dropped sharply since the controversy began earlier this month amid concern over a possible advertising boycott and potential legal and regulatory issues stemming from the controversy. Democrats have demanded equal air time from Sinclair, whose top executives have been major contributors to Republicans in recent years.

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Stewart-XFire: Internet Views Beat TV Views

From TVNewsers:

Cory Bergman finds the hidden angle in this never-ending Xfire saga: "The Jon Stewart showdown on CNN Crossfire has surpassed 800,000 views on iFilm and just under 70,000 BitTorrent downloads. Crossfire averaged 550,000 viewers in Nielsen's third-quarter ratings. So unless Crossfire pulled off a huge night on Friday, more people watched the Stewart-Carlson exchange on the web than watched it on TV -- a first for a prime-time cable news show."
Meanwhile, showing sex sells, O'Reilly's viewership is rapidly increasing:
O'Reilly's ratings have surged since the lawsuits were filed on Wednesday. He averaged 3.4 million viewers again on Monday night...a 40% increase over Q3.

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October 19, 2004

Down Goes Sinclair

CBS Marketwatch:

The shares dropped amid fresh concerns on Wall Street, with analysts fretting over what looms as a loss of advertising revenue for Sinclair. Some securities analysts, who demanded not to be quoted on record, said that they're concerned about the potential development.

Sinclair, which owns the largest chain of TV stations in the United States, had told its stations to broadcast a documentary that accuses Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry of betraying American prisoners during the Vietnam War.

The film, titled "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal," is to be shown during prime-time hours before the Nov. 2 election. The stations owned by Sinclair reach approximately 24 percent of U.S. television households.

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Sinclair Fires Jon Leiberman

Shock, Sinclair fires an employee who doesn't agree with it's conservative bias policy; CBS:

Leiberman - who had said he was uncomfortable with calling the program "news" instead of "commentary" - said he was fired by Joseph DeFeo, Sinclair's vice president for news, and "escorted out of the building."

"I was told I violated company policy by divulging information from a staff meeting to The (Baltimore) Sun in this morning's edition," Leiberman said late Monday.

"They're using news to drive their political agenda," says Leiberman. "I don't think it served the public trust."

Don't cry for Jon; he'll likely have another job soon, and he has this:
"I really feel like I can sleep at night and I can be OK with my decision" to criticize Sinclair publicly," added Leiberman. "I know I stood up for the principles of objectivity. In journalism, all we have is credibility and objectivity."

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Going Upriver on Sale Today

You know you want it:

"RATING: FRESH READING: 89%" from RottenTomatoes, meaning 89% of critics liked the movie.

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Michael Moore on NPR

For you piano-playing, Yo Yo Ma-listening, NPR elitists.

Read this Capital Times editorial on Moore.

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October 18, 2004

Sinclair DC Bureau Chief Blasts Bosses

Says decision to air anti-Kerry film shows bad bias. From the Baltimore Sun (registration req, so full article below):

"It's biased political propaganda, with clear intentions to sway this election," said Jon Leiberman, Sinclair's lead political reporter for more than a year. "For me, it's not about right or left -- it's about what's right or wrong in news coverage this close to an election." ...

Leiberman said he was anguished by his decision to speak out. But, he said, the influence of commentator Mark Hyman and Chief Executive David D. Smith has been devastating. "There is going to be a concerted effort on the part of my colleagues to make this as balanced a program as they can," Leiberman said. "But the selection of the material -- dumping it on the news department, and giving them four days, and running it this close to the election -- it's indefensible, in my opinion." ... Now, Leiberman said, the conservative bias of Sinclair executives is too palpable to ignore. "All I want is for them to address these issues," Leiberman said. "Let the journalists do what the journalists do -- cover the news."

Sinclair employee decries planned program on Kerry
D.C. bureau chief calls it 'biased political propaganda'

By David Folkenflik
Sun Staff
Originally published October 18, 2004

The Washington bureau chief for Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group's news division angrily denounced his employer last night for plans to air an hourlong program that is to include incendiary allegations against Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry for his anti-war activism three decades ago.

"It's biased political propaganda, with clear intentions to sway this election," said Jon Leiberman, Sinclair's lead political reporter for more than a year. "For me, it's not about right or left -- it's about what's right or wrong in news coverage this close to an election."

Repeated efforts to reach Sinclair officials for comment last night proved unsuccessful.

Sinclair sparked national headlines this month by ordering its 60 stations to broadcast a program that will devote significant time to charges that Kerry's nationally televised remarks in 1971 about atrocities committed by U.S. troops in Vietnam spurred the torture of American prisoners of war. (Sinclair has business relationships with two additional stations that are not scheduled to air the show.)

The broadcasting company's plan has drawn formal protests from Democrats for both the program's content and its timing -- less than two weeks before Election Day. It plans to pre-empt an hour of regular prime-time network programming for the special on each of the stations over a several-day period this week. While Sinclair has invited Kerry to respond to the allegations, campaign aides have dismissed that offer as insincere.

Sinclair reaches about 24 percent of American viewers, with a presence in 39 markets, most of them in smaller regions. But many of them can be found in pivotal political states such as Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

Leiberman spoke out yesterday after a mandatory staff meeting attended by Sinclair's corporate news division at company headquarters in Hunt Valley.

"I have nothing to gain here -- and really, I have a lot to lose," Leiberman said. "At the end of the day, though, all you really have is your credibility."

Leiberman, 29, is a Baltimore native who has a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has worked at stations in Topeka, Kan., and Albuquerque, N.M., as well as Sinclair's WBFF in Baltimore.

The program draws from a documentary called Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal, produced by Carlton Sherwood, a prize-winning journalist who has close ties to Bush administration officials.

Sinclair staffers were told the show would be presented as news, not opinion, Leiberman said.

Some industry analysts have decried Sinclair's plans. "People in the news business are supposed to present both sides of the story," said American University communications professor Jane Hall, a media critic for Fox News Watch. "They are not supposed to have an agenda. They are not supposed to want to affect the outcome of the election with something they label news."

Leiberman said he was anguished by his decision to speak out. But, he said, the influence of commentator Mark Hyman and Chief Executive David D. Smith has been devastating. "There is going to be a concerted effort on the part of my colleagues to make this as balanced a program as they can," Leiberman said. "But the selection of the material -- dumping it on the news department, and giving them four days, and running it this close to the election -- it's indefensible, in my opinion."

Leiberman said he told Sinclair's vice president for news, Joseph DeFeo, that he would not contribute to the program and that DeFeo suggested the reporter could lose his job.

DeFeo did not return messages seeking comment.

The Smith family, which controls Sinclair, has long been a financial backer of Bush and other Republicans, including Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Now, Leiberman said, the conservative bias of Sinclair executives is too palpable to ignore. "All I want is for them to address these issues," Leiberman said. "Let the journalists do what the journalists do -- cover the news."

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Fox News Covers O'Reilly Sex Suit ...

For 36 seconds, compared with "1 hour 22 minutes on MSNBC, 31 minutes on CNN." And the 36 seconds was Bill O'Reilly.

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October 17, 2004

Kerry Picks Up More Endorsements

From the newspapers:

Kerry gained the editorial backing of at least 30 papers, with Bush winning the support of 17 that we know of, giving Kerry the overall lead by 45-30 in E&P's exclusive tally. He has more large papers on his side, maintaining his "circulation edge" at nearly 3-1: approximately 8.9 million to 3.3 million (we will post a complete tally later today).

However, Bush did pick up some major papgers, earning the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune, Arizona Republic, the Denver Rocky Mountain News, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Richmond Dispatch, the Indianapolis Star and The Dallas Morning News.

Among Kerry's new supporters were five papers that had backed Bush in 2000: the Bradenton Herald in Florida, the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado, the Columbia Tribune in Missouri, and the Daily-Herald in Arlington Heights, Ill., and Muskegon (MI) Chronicle.

Here's the Tampa Trib:
But the Tampa Tribune, which has long backed Republicans, declared that it found itself in "a position unimaginable four years ago" when it "strongly endorsed" the president. While it has no deep affection for Kerry it expressed disappointment in Bush, and so it would "not be lending our voice to the chorus of conservative-leaning
newspapers endorsing the president's re-election....But we are unable to endorse President Bush for re- election because of his mishandling of the war in Iraq, his record deficit spending, his assault on open government and his failed promise to be a 'uniter not a divider' within the United States and the world."
And The Oregonian:
We supported going to war in Iraq, and we'll discuss the war and the campaign further in this space soon. For now, though, let us say our concerns center on how President Bush has carried out the war and isolated the United States.

We believe the White House's policy-makers approached the war with preconceived notions about success based on what the president later called "just guessing." They brushed aside warnings and contrary opinions. They chose ideology over expertise. This arrogance led to a series of military, political and diplomatic blunders and, we believe, resulted in the unnecessary deaths of many brave Americans.

On fiscal policy, the White House and leaders in Congress have failed to fully acknowledge the threat posed by the giant deficits that the current recipe of tax cuts and profligate federal spending has brewed. Addressing this will not be as simple as paying for tax cuts through spending cuts. The anemic performance of the economy suggests also that the administration's hope that the country can grow its way out of trouble is overly optimistic, at best.

In almost every area, deliberate gaps between the administration's rhetoric and reality have become routine. Last year's misinformation about the cost of Medicare drug coverage is just one example.

Four years ago, The Oregonian endorsed George W. Bush.

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October 16, 2004

The Quotable ED Hill

From Media Matters:

Here's what Hill said on the October 15 edition of FOX & Friends:


HILL: You know what? That's like if you talk to an alcoholic's family and you say, boy, that kid of yours sure is a wino, but you know, you're really dealing with it well and I'm sure that he has no choice about being a wino. I mean really that's what it is. I'm sorry. Senator Kerry, there's nothing you can say here. It is what it is.


On his website on October 15, conservative columnist Andrew Sullivan addressed the tendency among some to equate "gayness with some sort of embarrassing problem or, worse, some kind of affliction":


Notice two things. First, the equation of gayness with some sort of embarrassing problem or, worse, some kind of affliction. For people who believe this, of course Kerry was out of line. That's why [Bush campaign senior adviser Karl] Rove's base is so outraged. But if you don't believe this, it's no different than, say, if a candidate were to mention another candidate's son in the Marines. Or if, in a debate on immigration, a pro-immigrant candidate mentioned Kerry's immigrant wife. You have to regard homosexuality as immoral or wrong or shameful to even get to the beginning of the case against Kerry. That's why it's a Rorschach test.


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Jon Stewart on Crossfire

Coolest kid on the block, Jon Stewart, appeared on "Crossfire" the other day. Transcript here. And how's this for a headline, from MTV: Jon Stewart Bitchslaps CNN's 'Crossfire' Show:

"I watch your show every day, and it kills me. It's so painful to watch," Stewart added as it became apparent that the comedian was not joking. He went on to hammer the network, and the media in general, for its coverage of the presidential debates. Stewart said it was a disservice to viewers to immediately seek reaction from campaign insiders and presidential cheerleaders following the debates, noting that the debates' famed "Spin Alley" should be called "Deception Lane."

"The thing is, we need your help," Stewart said. "Right now, you're helping the politicians and the corporations and we're left out there to mow our lawns."

While the audience seemed to be behind Stewart, Begala and Carlson were both taken aback. The hosts tried to feed Stewart set-up lines hoping to draw him into a more light-hearted shtick, but Stewart stayed on point and hammered away at the show, the hosts, and the state of political journalism. Carlson grew increasingly frustrated, at first noting that the segment wasn't "funny," and later verbally sparring with the comedian.

"You're not very much fun," Carlson said. "Do you like lecture people like this, or do you come over to their house and sit and lecture them; they're not doing the right thing, that they're missing their opportunities, evading their responsibilities?"

"If I think they are," Stewart retorted.

The conversation reached its most heated moment when Carlson said to Stewart, "I do think you're more fun on your show," to which Stewart replied, "You're as big a dick on your show as you are on any show."

"That went great," Stewart could be heard sarcastically saying as the show went off the air (a transcript of the show is available on CNN.com).

Yow!

Jon Stewart, by the way, says he plans to vote for Kerry.

If you have bittorrent, you can find download info of the show here. I'm not aware of any other mirror downloads.

EDIT: Other places to download.

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I Will Not Stoop to Such Silly Levels

I will not stoop to such levels as to suggest that someone should send a falafel mix to Bill O'Reilly in order to make fun of his recent troubles. No, no I am above that, for I, Eric, at this site, the-hamster which, in addition to using excessive amount of commas, and bad grammar, does not engage in such silly behavior. So please do not, sir, send Bill O'Reilly a falafel mix by finding out information through this website/blog, which was linked via Digby,,,,,,falafel

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October 15, 2004

Kerry Outed Cheney Daughter

This is beyond stupid.

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October 13, 2004

Inside the World of Bill O'Reilly

I post, you read and decide. Of course, this O'Reilly sexual harassment suit news has been spreading around the internets like crazy, but the passage I found rather interesting was this one:

During the course of this conversation, Defendant Bill O'Reilly further sternly warned, to the effect:
If you cross FOX NEWS CHANNEL, it's not just me, it's [FOX President] Roger Ailes who will go after you. I'm the street guy out front making loud noises about the issues, but Ailes operates behind the scenes, strategizes and makes things happen so that one day BAM! The person gets what's coming to them but never sees it coming. Look at Al Franken, one day he's going to get a knock on his door and life as he's known it will change forever. That day will happen, trust me.
During the course of this conversation, Defendant Bill O'Reilly bizarrely rambled further about Al Franken: "Ailes knows very powerful people and this goes all the way to the top." Plaintiff queried: "To the top of what?" Defendant responded: "Top of the country. Just look at who's on the cover of his book [Bush and Cheney], they're watching him and will be for years. [Al Franken's] finished, and he's going to be sorry he ever took FOX NEWS CHANNEL on." Plaintiff found O'Reilly's paranoid rambling both strange and alarming.
"Plaintiff found O'Reilly's paranoid rambling both strange and alarming." Uh, yeah.

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Good Stuff on Sinclair

Props to Kos and Co. for making this.

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October 12, 2004

Take More Action on Sinclair

DNC link.

Also see this post on the Al Franken blog.

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Sinclair Media List of Contact Info

Here. Includes affiliates, and big dawgs.

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Kerry Leads in Newspaper Endorsements

From the WP: "Overall, nationwide, Kerry is up 11 papers to eight. Or, if you want to measure in terms of circulation, he's winning 2,534,377 to 637,187."

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FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace Distorts Kerry

The so-believed straight newsman is turning into a distortion artist, notes Media Matters.

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October 11, 2004

Make New Friends

Says Atrios on the media folks at Sinclair; let's see how long their emails keep working:

I believe there's too much partisanship these days. I'd like everyone to reach out to our Republican friends at Sinclair Broadcasting Group. Say hello. Try to bridge the gap a bit:
Mark Hyman: mhyman@sbgnet.com Vice President for Corporate Relations, and always to the point.

David Smith: dsmith@sbgnet.com CEO

Joe Defeo: jdefeo@sbgnet.com Corporate News Director

Be nice to your new friends.

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What's Sinclar Media About?

Here's a repost from the Center for American Progress from the time Sinclair boycotted the Nightline troops special:

SINCLAIR REQUIRES JOURNALISTS TO READ PRO-BUSH STATEMENTS: In September 2001, Sinclair Broadcasting required its affiliates to air messages "conveying full support" for the Bush administration. At a Baltimore affiliate, WBFF "officials required news and sports anchors, even a weather forecaster, to read the messages, "which included statements such as "[the station] wants you to know that we stand 100% behind our President." Several WBFF staffers objected on the grounds that reading the statements would "erode their reputations as objective journalists" because it made them appear to be "endorsing specific government actions."

SINCLAIR REFUSES TO AIR AD HIGHLIGHTING 2003 BUSH ERROR: In July 2003, Sinclair Broadcasting refused to allow WMSN TV – its FOX affiliate in Madison, WI – to air a DNC advertisement that featured a clip of President Bush making the false claim "Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa" in his 2003 State of the Union Address. Three other Madison stations, including ABC, NBC and CBS, readily agreed to air the ad. The Madison CBS affiliate, WISC, said the advertisement was "no worse than any other political ad."

SINCLAIR PRODUCES CENTRALIZED RIGHT-WING CONTENT FOR 'LOCAL STATIONS': In a controversial business practice, Sinclair Broadcasting has fired much of the staff for the local affiliates it owns, instead producing content for its local stations from a central facility outside Baltimore which it then airs on "local" news broadcasts. The centralized content features nightly commentary by Sinclair corporate communications chief Mark Hyman. Hyman regularly refers to the French as "cheese-eating surrender monkeys," the so-called liberal media as the "hate-America crowd," and progressives as "the lonely left" On one recent commentary, Hyman called members of Congress who voted against a recent resolution affirming the righteousness of the Iraq war "unpatriotic politicians who hate our military." You can see all of Hyman's commentaries this month HERE. (Read more from American Progress about the problems of media consolidation.)

SINCLAIR AIRS FAKE NEWS BROADCASTS PRODUCED BY BUSH ADMINISTRATION: In March, it was discovered that the Bush Administration was producing "television news stories, written and paid for by the government, which have the appearance of legitimate news segments delivered by independent reporters," and distributing them to local newscasts as a way of promoting administration policies – including its ill-conceived Medicare prescription drug law. On the broadcasts, a public relations professional named Karen Ryan pretended to be a reporter. Among the stations which aired the administration propaganda as news: WPGH in Pittsburgh "the Sinclair Broadcasting station that fired much of its news staff in favor of feeds from a centralized newsroom in Baltimore."

SINCLAIR EXECUTIVES MAJOR BUSH CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS: Sinclair executives have contributed more than $16,500 to President Bush since 2000. This year, Sinclair CEO David Smith gave President Bush the maximum $2000 contribution. Before soft money contributions became illegal, Sinclair Broadcasting gave more than $130,000 to the president's political allies but no money to his opponents.

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October 10, 2004

Letter from David Brock to Sinclair Media

From the Prez of Media Matters:

David D. Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
10706 Beaver Dam Road
Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030

Dear Mr. Smith:

I'm writing to ask you to cancel plans, reported in the October 9 edition of the Los Angeles Times, to force Sinclair Broadcasting Group stations to preempt regular programming and broadcast a film attacking Senator John Kerry between now and the November 2 presidential election.

According to the Times, the film, Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal, "features former POWs accusing Kerry -- a decorated Navy veteran turned war protester -- of worsening their ordeal by prolonging the war." The Times reported that the maker of the film, former Washington Times reporter (and former Bush administration official) Carlton Sherwood, tells viewers on the film's website: "Intended or not, Lt. Kerry painted a depraved portrait of Vietnam veterans, literally creating the images of those who served in combat as deranged, drug-addicted psychopaths, baby killers" that has endured for 30 years.

I don't have to remind you, as the Times pointed out, that "Sinclair stations are spread throughout the country, in major markets that include Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Las Vegas. ... Fourteen of the 62 stations the company either owns or programs are in the key political swing stations of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where the presidential election is being closely fought."

As described by the Times, Sinclair's plan to air the film raises questions about whether Sinclair would be running afoul of federal regulations "requiring broadcasters to provide equal time to major candidates in an election campaign ..." Provisions of the McCain-Feingold law would also appear to be at issue in your decision. The reported effort by Sinclair executives to instruct station managers to classify the film as "news," thus skirting these political broadcasting regulations, would be a charade given its blatant anti-Kerry slant.

I trust that in light of these concerns, you will reconsider your company's apparent decision to air "Stolen Honor."

Sincerely,

David Brock
President and CEO
Media Matters for America

Media Matters off this contact information:

Email Sinclair Broadcasting group and urge them not to broadcast the anti-Kerry attack film Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal between now and the Nov. 2 presidential election.


David D. Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer

E-mail: dsmith@sbgi.net



Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

10706 Beaver Dam Road

Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030

410-568-1500 (Main Telephone)

410-568-1533 (Main Fax)

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October 09, 2004

Kerry Likes Bill O'Reilly

From the AP:

After John Kerry pronounced himself a fan of Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News Channel host is hoping that will translate into a pre-election interview.

“I like Bill O’Reilly,” the Democratic presidential candidate told TV Guide. “I think he does a terrific job. I think he’s got a very good show.”

Kerry said he’d “love to” appear on “The O’Reilly Factor” and would ask his schedulers about it.

Bill O'Reilly, of course, was his usual modest self:
“This would be a huge event for John Kerry, huge,” O’Reilly said Thursday. “What other media forum would attract as much attention from him? Is there one?”

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October 08, 2004

RNC Launches Attack on Chris Matthews

The Hardball host is the target of a RNC campaign attack against his credibility, notes National Journal:

In a rare offensive, the Republican National Committee launched an all-out attack on "Hardball" host Chris Matthews for comments he made on NBC's "Today" show the morning after the vice presidential debate. First, the RNC sent out a release refuting Matthews headlined: "Democrat Chris Matthews' Selective 'Analysis' -- Matthews Pinch Hits For Edwards And Strikes Out The Truth." Then, the RNC posted video on its Web site purporting to show where Matthews was wrong ... A couple points on all of this are worth pondering. First, the direct and forceful response by the RNC smacked of over-reaction, if not hysteria. Matthews, after all, isn't a news anchor. He's the host of an opinion show and a political analyst. He's not paid to deliver the straight news; he's paid to deliver his opinions. Correcting the record as they see it is one thing, but attacks can be counterproductive.

Secondly, this isn't the first time the RNC and Matthews have clashed. Several weeks ago, Matthews publicly called on the RNC to remove a clip of Kerry from "Hardball" that was being used in another of the group's videos. That one is a highly-produced 20-minute spot showing Kerry's various Iraq positions. The clip from "Hardball" showed Kerry answering Matthews in the affirmative when asked if he was one of the "anti-war" candidates. Matthews complained it was taken out of context and did not take into account what Kerry said next. Kind of like the GOP complaint about the Cheney clip.

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Quotable Quotes

From Hotline:

Bill O'Reilly, apologizing to Jon Stewart for calling his viewers stoned slackers: "C'mon, you know I was stoned when I said that" ("Daily Show").

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O'Reilly: Shameless

More shameless behavior from Bill O'Reilly, independent journalist:

O'REILLY: [I]f you're sitting in a cave and you're watching satellite TV, if you're watching [Today co-host Matt] Lauer or O'Reilly, okay, you're looking at these two guys, Edwards or Cheney, who are you more afraid of? If you're Osama [bin Laden] and you've got a picture of Edwards and Cheney in the cave, who are you more afraid of? So it works to his advantage -- Cheney's.
After all, when you're talking about Bush / Cheney, doesn't this just send shivers down Osama's spine?
"I don't know where he is.You know, I just don't spend that much time on him... I truly am not that concerned about him."[President Bush, Press Conference, 3/13/02]

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October 07, 2004

Hannity Rejects Plane Ideas

What would satisfy the luxurious appetite of Sean Hannity, wonders some in the Washington U Student Life:

Since he can't fly in style, Sean Hannity says he won't come to St. Louis at all.

After promising to counter Michael Moore's speech this Friday, the conservative commentator pulled out of the deal less than a week before his scheduled appearance-but reportedly asked that the media not be informed of his motivations for the decision.

Hannity cited personal reasons for his cancellation, said law student Ruth Hollander after speaking with the right-wing pundit over the phone yesterday. Hannity, Hollander said, requested a private jet to fly him to St. Louis for the speech, but then rejected "several" different jets offered by a private donor. He told Hollander about a "bad experience" with the prominent company that had manufactured all the jets offered for his trip.

"[Hannity's agent] said he thought we should say that because of the short time frame involved, it didn't work out," said Hollander. "I said I didn't think that was the truth, and...I really felt we had met all of our commitments and we were going to be honest when asked."

When Hollander and fellow law student Melinda Gorman failed to locate a jet manufactured by another company, they offered Hannity a first-class ticket on a commercial flight. He refused.

"He was very forceful on the phone," said Hollander. "It was hard to get a word in edgewise with him. He was interrupting me a lot. But that's sort of the nature of his personality-at least, his radio personality and T.V. personality."

Sean Hannity will apparently still fly on a private jet to Utah Valley State College, though.

Sean Hannity's regular appearance fee, by the way? $100,000, which is only slightly more than mine (Alan Colmes will appear for a Klondike bar).

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CNN and the Limbaugh Story

Yeah, I chuckled a few chuckley chuckles at this one; NYDN:

"Breaking news from Florida," CNN anchor Daryn Kagan announced yesterday from Atlanta, shortly after 11 a.m. "For more on that, let's go to my colleague, Kyra Phillips."

As Kagan tossed to Phillips, she looked admirably composed.

That's because a Florida appeals court had just added to the legal woes of Kagan's boyfriend, Rush Limbaugh - upholding law officers' seizure of his medical records in a prosecution investigation of whether he illegally obtained painkillers.

"Rush Limbaugh's nightmare," CNN correspondent Susan Candiotti called the situation in the taped package that followed.

A few minutes later, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin opined: "Limbaugh isn't out of the woods. He's deeper in the woods."

Finally, Phillips tossed it back to Kagan. Understandably, she looked a little rattled.

Liars and the news anchors who love them.

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Scarborough Literally Throws Away Poll Showing Edwards Win

Unbelievable:

During MSNBC's coverage following the vice presidential debate, Scarborough Country host and former U.S. Representative Joe Scarborough (R-FL) claimed that Americans who had indicated in an MSNBC online poll that Senator John Edwards defeated Vice President Dick Cheney in the debate had been "drinking vodka." Then, apparently after silently reading the results of a CBS poll that also showed that Edwards had won, Scarborough crumpled up the paper showing the results and threw it away, saying, "since it's CBS, we're not going to give you the results." He did, however, report the results of an ABC poll that showed Cheney as the victor, but he failed to note that the survey disproportionately polled Republicans.

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October 06, 2004

SIRIUS and Howard Stern Sign Deal

Howard Stern, recent convert to the Democratic side, will start brodcasting on SIRIUS satellite radio starting in 2006. Big spark, obviously, for SIRIUS, which has struggled behind XM. From press release:

"It has been my dream to have the top-rated show in radio since I was five years old," said Stern. "SIRIUS -- the future of radio -- will take this dream to a whole new level as I bring my fans my show my way. It will be the best radio they will ever hear."

Known for his extremely loyal fan base and for his unequalled ability to migrate fans to other media, Stern has embarked on numerous highly successful ventures over the years while maintaining dominant ratings in his demographic. Stern has written two best-selling books -- Private Parts, which was Simon & Schuster's fastest-selling book ever, and Miss America, the fastest-selling book in publishing history. He later starred in the highly successful motion picture adaptation of Private Parts, orchestrated the fastest-selling soundtrack in motion picture history and starred in the most watched entertainment pay-per-view special of all time. "The Howard Stern Show" is E! Entertainment Television's most successful show.

"Signing Howard Stern is, without a doubt, the most exciting and transformational event in the history of radio," said Joseph P. Clayton, CEO of SIRIUS. "He is an entertainment force of unprecedented recognition and popularity in the broadcast world, who is capable of changing the face of satellite radio and generating huge numbers of subscribers for SIRIUS."

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October 05, 2004

Bill O'Reilly: Shameless

This is just unbelievably stupid:

One week before the first presidential debate, FOX News Channel host Bill O'Reilly promised his radio show listeners: "[W]e're going to give you a numerical system -- who won the debate and then how they won." Following the September 30 debate, however, as a consensus emerged that Senator John Kerry had "won" the debate, O'Reilly changed his mind. "I'm not going to tell you who won the debate because I really don't have any right to tell you that," he said ...
More, of course, available.

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October 04, 2004

Media Matters: "Post-debate swing state focus groups of undecideds included more Republicans"

Common, don't make it toooo obvious ... e.g.:

A USA Today focus group conducted in Pennsylvania included twelve registered Republicans and only three registered Democrats. Of the 15 "undecided voters," USA Today noted: "Five said they voted for Bush in 2000, five voted for Democrat Al Gore and five did not vote." Despite the study's oversampling of registered Republicans, it still showed that the debate helped Kerry: "Seven members of the panel said they came away from the debate closer to a decision about how they would cast their vote. Of those, six said they were leaning toward Kerry."

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McEnroe Suffers in Ratings

From NYDN:

How much more humiliation can CNBC take? The cable network is paying tennis ace John McEnroe more than $1 million to host a nightly talk show. But Monday's installment of "McEnroe" - featuring such guests as Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and CNBC "Money Honey" Maria Baritoromo - ranked 833rd out of the 834 shows that aired on all of cable television in the period from 6 a.m. Monday through 3 a.m. Tuesday. "McEnroe" beat only the Food Network's "How to Boil Water."

Posted by Eric at 11:43 AM | Comments (52)

October 02, 2004

Communists Love Kerry

Fox News once again spreads lies, this time asserting that Communists support Kerry. However, they were snookered by a parody group: See Atrios.

Posted by Eric at 07:43 PM | Comments (87)

October 01, 2004

MediaChannel: Lehrer Considered Fair

From the MediaChannel:

Moderator Lehrer received high marks for fairness. More than 83% of both groups of supporters felt he showed no favoritism to either candidate. More Kerry supporters thought his question selection was "extremely" relevant than Bush supporters did (55% v 39%), a rating that jibes with their reactions to the amount of attention paid to Iraq. Lehrer was well rated for being "extremely" plainspoken (60% by Kerry supporters, 49% by Bush's), low rated for being "extremely" imaginative (15% and 12%).

Posted by Eric at 11:02 AM | Comments (43)

Acosta on The Franken Show

Download the show here. Listen to Robert Acosta 1:27h into the show. "Robert, who was an ammunitions Specialist in the Army for three years, spent four months in Iraq, for which he’ll no doubt be attacked in 30 or so years." Another story about a casualty in Bush's war.

Posted by Eric at 09:26 AM | Comments (34)

Coulter Caught Plagiarizing?

Or is World Net Daily pulling a Jayson Blair? See ConWebWatch.

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September 30, 2004

MSNBC to Frank Luntz: You're Fired

Daily Kos with the story on GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who apparently won't be doing any more polls for MSNBC.

Posted by Eric at 01:54 AM | Comments (91)

September 29, 2004

Poll: Most Americans Believe Rather Made "Honest Mistake"

USA Today poll:

In the poll, 56% said that Rather and CBS had made an honest mistake — perhaps because of "carelessness in their fact-checking and reporting." Asked if CBS News should fire Rather, 64% said no.

The poll also found 55% of people think they can trust CBS News to report the news accurately; 41% said they can't. Asked about general media accuracy, 52% were positive, 47% negative.

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Foxers Repeat Discredited Claims on Iraq-Al Qaeda link

Media Matters.

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September 28, 2004

Comedy Central to O'Reilly: We're Not "stoned slackers"

And, apparently, they have proof; AP:

Viewers of Jon Stewart's show are more likely to have completed four years of college than people who watch "The O'Reilly Factor," according to Nielsen Media Research.

O'Reilly's teasing came when Stewart appeared on his show earlier this month.

"You know what's really frightening?" O'Reilly said. "You actually have an influence on this presidential election. That is scary, but it's true. You've got stoned slackers watching your dopey show every night and they can vote."

Comedy Central executives realized, and O'Reilly acknowledged, that he was poking fun. But they said they didn't want a misconception to persist.

"If the head of General Motors was watching O'Reilly's show, that could be very important to us," said Doug Herzog, Comedy Central president. ... Relax, said Fox News Channel spokesman Rob Zimmerman.

"Comedy Central must have lost their sense of humor," Zimmerman said. "Without Jon Stewart, Comedy Central would turn into the Great American Country Channel."

Comedy Central also touted a recent study by the University of Pennsylvania's National Annenberg Election Survey, which said young viewers of "The Daily Show" were more likely to answer questions about politics correctly than those who don't.

Previously: Jon Stewart on O'Reilly

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Carville Defends Kerry Involvement

The Democratic strategist on CNN's "Reliable Sources" :

CARVILLE: I don't care. I like being -- it is all -- the silliness of it. My wife worked at "CROSSFIRE" in 2000, with way more involvement with the Bush 2000 campaign than I was in the Kerry campaign. Dennis Miller goes out and campaigns for Bush. He has a show all to himself. Same thing with Joe Scarborough. Newt Gingrich serves as an adviser to the Pentagon, and is a commentator for Fox News, and comments on defense issues. Roger Ailes writes a memo giving political advice to President Bush.

What all this is is -- and I kind of enjoy it -- is just a pack of silliness. At the end of every "CROSSFIRE," I say, "from the left." And they're out there, all out of breath and they say, "James Carville is a Democrat." "The New York Times" runs a picture of me -- they caught me at the Democratic Convention.

(CROSSTALK)

CARVILLE: I'll tell you, they might win the Pulitzer Prize for getting a picture of me at the Democratic Convention.

KURTZ: I don't think that CNBC should let Dennis Miller be a talk show host and at the same time appear at Bush events. But he's a comedian. You like to be taken seriously.

CARVILLE: I don't care if I'm taken seriously or not. I'd rather be taken as a comedian. You know what, I take what I do seriously. No one will ever accuse James Carville of taking himself seriously. But at any rate, there is nobody -- I'm going to vote for John Kerry, I am going to do everything I can. I'll do whatever I can. I support John Kerry. I want him to be president. Campaigns call me all the time. If they call me, I'll call them back. I don't have any -- that's just as simple as it can be. It is no different. George Will was a commentator, and he was helping President Reagan on debate prep.

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How is the UN Any Different from the KKK?

Wonders one right-wing radio host at WABC (liberal media), notes Media Matters:

On the September 23 broadcast of the Mark Levin Show on WABC radio, host and Landmark Legal Foundation president Mark R. Levin likened the United Nations to the Ku Klux Klan. While discussing Senator John Kerry's proposals for the war in Iraq, a caller expressed his disgust for "Kerry's sensitivity to that international house of money launderers on the east side of Manhattan," referring to the United Nations.

Levin responded to the caller as follows:

I have a simple question for John Kerry. How can he support an organization that anti-Semitic? I would like to know how the U.N., given the make-up of the august body, is any different than the KKK or all the rest of it. They've got people in that U.N. that are torturers, mass-murderers, anti-Semites, anti-Americans, anti-freedom, and we're supposed to keep conferring our decisions to them. Why?

Levin is not the first right-wing media personality to smear the United Nations. As Media Matters for America previously noted, following President George W. Bush's September 21 speech at the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, radio host Rush Limbaugh described the U.N. General Assembly as "thugs and dictators" and claimed that they "don't condemn it [terrorism] because they wish to reserve it as an option should they need it."

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September 26, 2004

Papers Debate 'Boondocks' Strips

Several refused to print all of last week's Aaron McGruder comics. From E&P:

The series of daily strips this week imagines a new reality TV show hosted by rap impressario Russell Simmons, called "Can a N***a Get a Job?", with the missing letters pretty easy to discern. It includes panels showing a woman who would rather sleep than apply for a job, a knife fight between two women and a black man smoking marijuana in a board room, in a takeoff on "The Apprentice."

Among the papers refusing to run the strip this week are The Washington Post, New York Daily News and Newsday. The Daily News published notices reading, "Boondocks is on vacation and will return on September 27."

A humor columnist for The Washington Post blasted that paper's "pathetically weak and wrong decision" on the comic.

Universal Press Syndicate gave papers a choice of running the strip with the three symbols in the middle of the "N" word, or with symbols for all five letters in the word, or re-running an old strip. The most severely edited version also deletes the knives from the knife fight. This is the version carried by the Los Angeles Times.

Kathie Kerr, director of communications at Universal Press Syndicate, told E&P that at least four papers killed this week's strip entirely. She said that McGruder had not commented, adding that he is "kind of his own wild child" and that this is "not the first time" the "N" word had been used in the strip.

Regardless, if you wanted to read those comics, they're here.

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September 24, 2004

Bill O'Reilly Distorts Facts to Help Bush

Geez, why would an independent journalist do that?

Posted by Eric at 07:15 PM | Comments (62)

Rather's Ratings Drop

From Broadcasting & Cable:

Three days may not yet be a trend, but Dan Rather's overnight Nielsen Media Research ratings have slipped each day since Sept. 20.


That was the day when Rather and CBS conceded the documents it used in a story on President George W. Bush's National Guard Service might be forgeries.

The CBS Evening News, which was in third-place among the newscasts already, averaged a 5.1 rating/10 share in weighted metered market averages on Monday, even with its previous week's average, when CBS was still standing behind the story. Tuesday, the average dropped to a 4.7/9, then slipped to a 4.6/9 on Wednesday, a 10% drop over the three days.

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September 23, 2004

Another Consequence of the CBS Screwup: Niger Story Bump

Not so stellar major, yo: good journalism bumped for bad journalism:

In its rush to air its now discredited story about President George W. Bush’s National Guard service, CBS bumped another sensitive piece slated for the same “60 Minutes” broadcast: a half-hour segment about how the U.S. government was snookered by forged documents purporting to show Iraqi efforts to purchase uranium from Niger.

The journalistic juggling at CBS provides an ironic counterpoint to the furor over apparently bogus documents involving Bush’s National Guard service. One unexpected consequence of the network’s decision was to wipe out a chance—at least for the moment—for greater public scrutiny of a more consequential forgery that played a role in building the Bush administration’s case to invade Iraq.

A team of “60 Minutes” correspondents and consulting reporters spent more than six months investigating the Niger uranium documents fraud, CBS sources tell NEWSWEEK. The group landed the first ever on-camera interview with Elisabetta Burba, the Italian journalist who first obtained the phony documents, as well as her elusive source, Rocco Martino, a mysterious Roman businessman with longstanding ties to European intelligence agencies.

Although the edited piece never ended up identifying Martino by name, the story, narrated by “60 Minutes” correspondent Ed Bradley, asked tough questions about how the White House came to embrace the fraudulent documents and why administration officials chose to include a 16-word reference to the questionable uranium purchase in President Bush’s 2003 State of the Union speech.

But just hours before the piece was set to air on the evening of Sept. 8, the reporters and producers on the CBS team were stunned to learn the story was being scrapped to make room for a seemingly sensational story about new documents showing that Bush ignored a direct order to take a flight physical while serving in the National Guard more than 30 years ago.

Here's Joshua Micah Marshall in the story:
"This is like living in a Kafka novel. Here we had a very important, well-reported story about forged documents that helped lead the country to war. And then it gets bumped by another story that relied on forged documents."

Posted by Eric at 05:49 PM | Comments (48)

New Book: "When Presidents Lie"

The Nation columnist Eric Alterman has a new book out: When Presidents Lie.

Here's the book description:

Lying has become pervasive in American life—but what happens when the falsehoods are perpetrated by the Oval Office? As the lies told by our government become more and more intricate, they begin to weave a tapestry of deception that creates problems far larger than those lied about in the first place.

Eric Alterman’s When Presidents Lie is a compelling historical examination of four specific post-World War II presidential lies whose consequences were greater than could ever have been predicted. FDR told the American people that peace was secure in Europe, setting the stage for McCarthyism and the cold war. John F. Kennedy’s unyielding stance during the Cuban missile crisis masked his secret deal with the Soviet Union. Misrepresented aggression at the Gulf of Tonkin by the North Vietnamese gave LBJ the power to start a war. Finally, Ronald Reagan’s Central American wars ended in the ignominy of the Iran-contra scandal.

In light of George W. Bush’s war in Iraq, which Alterman examines in the book’s conclusion, When Presidents Lie is a warning—one more relevant today than ever before—that the only way to prevent these lies is America’s collective demand for truth.

But again, the book is from Eric Alterman. Isn't that all you need to know? Buy it today.

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September 22, 2004

Jon Stewart on O'Reilly

Because everyone loves Bill O'Reilly ... or Jon Stewart. Transcript from Wonkette:

How are you, sir?

O'REILLY: OK. You know what's really frightening?

STEWART: Uh oh.

O'REILLY: You know what's really frightening?

STEWART: You've been reading my diary.

Ahah. And yes, The Daily Show has a new book out (ranked number 1 on Amazon right now).

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Media Hits Heinz Unfairly

From Media Matters, the distortion of a Teresa Heinz Kerry interview.

Posted by Eric at 07:35 AM | Comments (131)

On CBS and the Memo

I agree with what John Nichols says in The Nation about Dan Rather and the whole deal. For obvious reasons, Dan Rather has given conservatives a huge, huge gift (one that has ramifications for years) and for that he deserves criticism:

First, anyone who wants to know the truth about Bush's pampered "service" should be furious with Rather and the CBS crew. When they refused to follow basic fact-checking standards, they failed their viewers and the broader American public that would, for the first time, be exposed by the September 8 "60 Minutes" broadcast to a seemingly serious review of irregularities related to Bush's entry into the guard, his ignoring of direct orders, his failure to show up for duty and a pattern of reassignments that seemed always to benefit the son of a then-congressman from Texas rather than the country he was supposed to be serving.

After more than a month of virtually round-the-clock assessment of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's Vietnam service, major media has a responsibility to reexamine the president's controversial service record.

Yet, by doing a haphazard job of reporting and then rushing to broadcast the supposed "blockbuster" story, Rather and his crew played into the hands of a Bush spin machine that is now expert at peddling the lie that a liberal media is out to distort the president's record. While their intent may have been to shed light on an interesting and potentially significant story of the special treatment accorded this son of privilege, Rather and CBS, in their search for a "scoop," created a fog so thick that it could well obscure the story for the rest of the campaign.

By relying on a few documents that were not adequately verified, CBS handed White House political czar Karl Rove exactly what he needed to steer attention away from the real story. Of course it remains true that, as Rather says, "Those who have criticized aspects of our story have never criticized the heart of it... that George Bush received preferential treatment to get into the National Guard and, once there, failed to satisfy the requirements of his service."

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September 20, 2004

Terrorists for Kerry

The media continues its parade of claiming terrorists support Kerry.

Not only Fox, of course.

Posted by Eric at 08:43 AM | Comments (37)

Dick Cheney Bumps NYT from Plane

Surely a coincidence. Rick Lyman:

The vice president travels on Air Force Two, a tech-packed wide-body with private areas in the front, a Secret Service buffer in the middle and a media cabin in the back. A crew of about 10 reporters flies with him, representing all the networks, the wire services and two or three newspapers. There are snacks, cable television and camaraderie.

But there is not a seat for me.

Nor has there been a seat for the previous two New York Times reporters sent to cover the vice president. I am told not to take this personally. Nor, I am told, is this intended as a slight against the paper, which normally maintains a seat (paid for handsomely) on all campaign planes, presidential and vice-presidential.

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NYT: "CBS News Concludes It Was Misled on National Guard Memos"

Good job, CBS:

The officials, who asked not to be identified, said CBS News would most likely make an announcement as early as today that it had been deceived about the documents' origins. CBS News has already begun intensive reporting on where they came from, and people at the network said it was now possible that officials would open an internal inquiry into how it moved forward with the report. Officials say they are now beginning to believe the report was too flawed to have gone on the air.

But they cautioned that CBS News could still pull back from an announcement. Officials met last night with Dan Rather, the anchor who presented the report, to go over the information it had collected about the documents one last time before making a final decision. Mr. Rather was not available for comment late last night .... Mr. Rather and others at the network are said to still believe that the sentiment in the memos accurately reflected Mr. Killian's feelings but that the documents' authenticity was now in grave doubt.

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September 19, 2004

New Books

Following relatively new books out. Get Your War On II is a hilarious book, highly recommended.

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Losing America

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Get Your War On II

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The Family : The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty

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Bushworld

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America

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Chain of Command

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Intelligence Matters

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September 17, 2004

PBS's Righward Lurch

FAIR on the public television network:

A new public television program called The Journal Editorial Report, featuring writers and editors from the arch-conservative Wall Street Journal editorial page, will debut tonight on public television stations around the country. The show joins Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered, hosted by conservative CNN pundit Tucker Carlson, and a planned program featuring conservative commentator Michael Medved as part of what many see as politically motivated decisions to bring more right-wing voices to public television.

According to reports in the public broadcasting newspaper Current (1/19/04, 6/7/04) and in the New Yorker (6/7/04), conservative complaints about the alleged liberal bias of the program Now with Bill Moyers contributed to the momentum to "balance" the PBS lineup. The new programs seem to be the result of that pressure. In fact, Now will soon see its role on public television diminish, as the program is cut from one hour to 30 minutes when Moyers voluntarily leaves the program later this year. He will be replaced by co-anchor David Brancaccio, formerly of the public radio business show Marketplace, who expresses no obvious ideology. If Carlson, Medved and the staff of the Wall Street Journal editorial page are all necessary to balance the liberal Moyers, by 2005 there will be no one on PBS to balance them.

At the center of this controversy is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which provides significant federal funding for public broadcasting projects. Two Bush appointees to the board last year, Cheryl Halpern and Gay Hart Gaines, are big donors to the Republican Party, and do not hide their political agenda. As Common Cause noted in December 2003, Gaines raised money for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga), and chaired his political action committee, GOPAC: "At the same time that Gaines was raising money for Gingrich's GOPAC, Gingrich was pushing Congress to cut all federal funds to public TV."

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The O'Reilly Claim

From Media Matters: "We did the fairest Swift Boat coverage in the country. And [Swift Boat Veterans for Truth co-founder] O'Neill had some points and they were valid. And there's stuff -- some stuff he said that wasn't valid. And we laid it out for you so you can decide on your opinion."

Posted by Eric at 10:12 AM | Comments (198)

September 16, 2004

OOOO Reilly Continues Nazi Comparisons

Media Matters.

Posted by Eric at 10:15 AM | Comments (128)

Zell Miller vs. ... Republicans

From News Hounds:

Zell Miller got a huge ovation at the Republican National Convention when he said during his diatribe against Democrats: "And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators."

Alexander was discussing George Bush's plan to transfer $3 billion slated for infrastructure improvements in Iraq to security improvements. Jon Scott, Fox News Live anchor in the morning (9 a.m. EDT), asked Alexander about the "misdirected anger" Iraqis have at Bush and Americans whenever a bombing attack kills Iraqi civilians.

Alexander said the anger was not surprising for someone who has just lost a child or family member and that "nobody likes to be occupied." He added that the U.S. needs "to have the stomach to see the military operation all the way through to the end."

Miller may not like it, but even Republicans occasionally admit that the U.S. operation in Iraq is an occupation, not a liberation. Which party has left Miller now?

Posted by Eric at 10:13 AM | Comments (83)

September 15, 2004

Bloggers Push CBS Memo Scandal to Front

From Investors Biz Daily, how conservative bloggers created significant doubt about the CBS guard memos.

Posted by Eric at 11:08 AM | Comments (48)

September 14, 2004

Rush Limbaugh: Noted Climatologist

What, he is.

Posted by Eric at 10:18 AM | Comments (48)

September 13, 2004

Keith Olbermann: Sexiest Newscaster

Thanks to TVNewser, we find this extremely important article:

results are in and it's time to set the record straight. Of the 50,000 votes cast in the Playgirl's "Sexiest Newscaster" election, where readers were asked to vote online for their favorite national newsman -- the official winner is MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. Several news sources had inaccurately reported that a candidate from a rival cable network had actually won when in fact, he came in second. We still love you, Sean Hannity.

Olbermann ran a tough campaign -- linking his website to PLAYGIRL's and urging his viewers to get out the vote. He won with 24%, sweeping both "red" and "blue" states. Hannity of the Fox News Channel has his adoring fans as well, sliding him firmly into second place. CNN's Anderson Cooper, who was in Baghdad and unable to make those crucial stump speeches, came in a close third. The full election results can be seen in the October issue of PLAYGIRL.

And don't forget modest Bill:
Bill O'Reilly of Fox News Channel, received about 200 write-in votes from his admiring fans

Posted by Eric at 02:47 PM | Comments (22)

Novak Makes a Boo-Boo

I see a cookie jar, and the wrinkled old hand of Bobby Novak is in it; Progress Report:

In a move of stunning hypocrisy this weekend, journalist Bob Novak went on CNN to demand CBS News reveal the confidential sources which gave them President Bush's National Guard records. On the Capital Gang, Novak, who has strenusously claimed his right as a reporter not to reveal his sources to law enforcement officials in the leak of an undercover CIA agent, said, “I'd like CBS, at this point, to say where they got these documents from.” He then repeated himself: “I think they should say where they got these documents.” The Wall Street Journal's Al Hunt was perplexed, asking Novak, “You're saying CBS should reveal its source?” He replied, “Yes.” Hunt asked again, “You think reporters ought to reveal sources?” Novak, then embarrassed said, “No, no. Wait a minute...I'm just saying in that case.” Hunt summed up, “So in some cases, reporters ought to reveal sources?” Novak replied, “Yes.”

Christ.

Posted by Eric at 02:34 PM | Comments (33)

September 10, 2004

Al Michaels: Conservative Shill

Media Matters.

Posted by Eric at 09:34 PM | Comments (9)

CBS Stands By Memo Story

Among its defense:

  • "This report was not based solely on recovered documents, but rather on a preponderance of evidence, including documents that were provided by unimpeachable sources, interviews with former Texas National Guard officials and individuals who worked closely back in the early 1970s with Colonel Jerry Killian and were well acquainted with his procedures, his character and his thinking," the statement read. In addition, the documents are backed up not only by independent handwriting and forensic document experts but by sources familiar with their content," the statement continued. "Contrary to some rumors, no internal investigation is underway at CBS News nor is one planned."
  • "Critics claim typewriters didn't have that ability in the 1970s. But some models did. In fact, other Bush military records already released by the White House itself show the same superscript – including one from 1968. Some analysts outside CBS say they believe the typeface on these memos is New Times Roman, which they claim was not available in the 1970s. But the owner of the company that distributes this typing style says it has been available since 1931."

    Posted by Eric at 07:46 PM | Comments (33)

    GOP Angry at CNN, Begalla and Carville

    What else is new? NYT:

    The Bush campaign has questioned CNN's allowing James Carville and Paul Begala to continue as commentators despite their role as informal advisers to the Kerry campaign.

    "It seems highly irregular that CNN would tolerate two employees' openly working and advising and appearing on behalf of the John Kerry for President campaign," Steve Schmidt, a Bush spokesman, said Wednesday.

    In retooling its message since the Republican National Convention, the Kerry organization has taken increasingly keen interest in advice from Mr. Begala and Mr. Carville, who were political strategists for President Bill Clinton and are now the liberal co-hosts of the CNN program "Crossfire," opposite the conservative co-hosts, Robert Novak and Tucker Carlson.

    Matthew Furman, a CNN spokesman, said Mr. Carville and Mr. Begala did not appear on the network in the Kerry campaign's behalf. Mr. Furman also noted that they were offering the campaign their advice free of charge, as they do for many other Democrats.

    Posted by Eric at 03:13 PM | Comments (41)

    September 09, 2004

    The Washington Times and Facts

    Just don't mix. Media Matters

    Posted by Eric at 07:35 PM | Comments (102)

    This Just In: Michael Savage Really Doesn't Like Gays

    Yeah ... Former member of the NBC payroll, from Media Matters:

    On the September 3 broadcast of his radio show, Savage Nation, nationally syndicated right-wing host Michael Savage spewed homophobic vitriol, stating that "radical homosexuals" and "radical Islamists" are "one and the same, they're all terrorists."

    Posted by Eric at 12:39 AM | Comments (46)

    September 08, 2004

    Koppel on Fox News

    Somewhat interesting, take it for what it's worth:

    Overall, CNN's prime-time coverage edged Fox's during the Democratic convention before losing in a landslide when the Republicans took center stage.

    "That suggests there are more people than I thought who are really looking for someone whose political vibrations are sympathetic to their own," Nightline anchor Ted Koppel said.

    "There's nothing essentially wrong with that unless of course it leads to a future where everybody in the media universe feels they have to carve out a position, either with the left, the right, or vegetarians. Logically you could wind up where there's no longer a news organization that even tries to go down the middle. I think that would be a terrible shame."

    Enter silly Bill:
    Bill O'Reilly, host of Fox's most popular program, The O'Reilly Factor , said his network's popularity has little to do with ideology.

    "I don't think any network is liberal or conservative. We do news in a more interesting way. That's the key. We're more flamboyant. Certainly Fox takes a more traditional approach, and voices and opinions heard here will never be heard on the Jennings, Rather or Brokaw shows. But that's not it! We're more fun to watch and our information is solid. Period!"

    Posted by Eric at 12:06 PM | Comments (28)

    September 07, 2004

    "Cowardice in the newsrooms"

    Edward Wasserman in the Miami Herald on the media's coverage leading up to the Iraq war:

    The performance of this country's finest news organizations in the run-up to the Iraq invasion of March 2003 will be remembered as a disgrace. To be sure, it was an angry, fearful time, and independent-minded reporting might not have been heard above the drumbeats of patriotism and war. But it's hard to read the hand-wringing confessionals from news organizations that now realize that they got the prewar story wrong without concluding that the real problem was they were afraid to tell the truth.

    Resisting undue outside influence is part of what news professionals do, even when that influence comes from the public they're honor-bound to serve. It's hard enough to get the story right, without holding it hostage to an open-ended negotiation with zealots who believe they already know what the story is.

    Posted by Eric at 10:32 AM | Comments (23)

    September 06, 2004

    Bush Beats Kerry in Primetime

    Hollywood Reporter. It's noteworthy how few people watched the conventions in general, and that the difference isn't much of a difference. Also remember that Fox News promoted / aired more of the RNC.

    Posted by Eric at 12:07 PM | Comments (16)

    More Independent O'Reilly

    Noted from Media Matter:

    O'REILLY: All right. You should be a Republican? You know why?

    COMBS: No. Why should I be a Republican?

    O'REILLY: Because you're self-made. Did anybody ever give you anything? ... O'REILLY: All right, so you made it on your own, right?

    COMBS: Yes, I did.

    O'REILLY: You're like me.

    Posted by Eric at 12:03 PM | Comments (39)

    September 05, 2004

    Fact Checking at RNC by Media?

    Why would they do that? FAIR:

    Professional politicians and political correspondents alike know that legislators frequently vote against appropriations for a variety of reasons, even though they do not seek to eliminate the programs being voted on. They know that different versions of the same appropriation are often offered, and that lawmakers will sometimes vote for one version and against another-- not because they suffer from multiple personality disorder, but because that's how they express disagreements about how government programs should be funded.

    No one who has spent any amount of time in or around government would find this the least bit confusing. Yet news analysts generally allowed Republican Party leaders to pretend shock that Sen. John Kerry would vote against an $87 billion appropriation for the Iraq War-- as if this meant that Kerry opposed giving troops "money for bullets, and fuel, and vehicles, and body armor," as George W. Bush declared (9/2/04). (The references to Kerry voting against body armor were particularly disingenuous, given that the $87 billion only included money for body armor at the insistence of congressional Democrats-- Army Times, 10/20/03.)

    And journalists were complacent as Republicans expressed mock bafflement over why Kerry would vote against this bill when he had voted for another version of the bill (or "exactly the same thing," in former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's words-- 8/30/04). The reason that Kerry introduced an alternative bill-- because he wanted to pay for the appropriation by raising taxes on the wealthy rather than through deficit spending-- was well-publicized at the time (Washington Post, 9/18/03). Yet rather than challenging the dishonesty of this centerpiece of the Republican attack on Kerry, CNN's Jeff Greenfield after Bush's speech (9/2/04) called it "one of the most familiar and effective lines of his stump speech."

    Posted by Eric at 09:04 AM | Comments (28)

    September 03, 2004

    Rush Limbaugh Dating Daryn Kagan

    What a catch!

    Posted by Eric at 01:13 PM | Comments (203)

    Bush Winning Terror Quote Less Coverage Than Heinz 'Shove It'

    See Media Matters

    Posted by Eric at 08:52 AM | Comments (41)

    September 02, 2004

    Zell Miller Clashes with Chris Matthews

    See TVNewsers for the scoop.

    TVNewser also notes the dominance of Fox News at the GOP convention and the sad state of CNN: "MSNBC beat CNN in total viewers and the 25-54 demo during primetime convention coverage on Tuesday night. Between 8 and 11pm, MSNBC averaged 1,257,000 million viewers, while CNN had 1,177,000."

    Posted by Eric at 09:09 AM | Comments (125)

    Michelle Malkin Lies

    Truth continues to die.

    Posted by Eric at 01:35 AM | Comments (59)

    September 01, 2004

    Brokaw Frustrated at Coverage

    From WPost:

    Being on NBC for just three prime-time hours this week is "very frustrating," Brokaw admits, and he blames "the paid consultants and image makers who have drained the convention of all vitality. It seems disconnected from people's lives, it's so managed, manipulated, staged and marketed to death.

    Posted by Eric at 09:22 AM | Comments (70)

    CNN Won't Air Log Cabin Republican Ad

    The hits keep coming for the Log Cabin Republicans:

    CNN has informed the Log Cabin Republicans that it will not air their new television advertising campaign, which is a response to the politics of fear and intolerance. Unlike CNN, other broadcast outlets are airing the ad. The network claims that images in the ad are "too controversial." "We are deeply disappointed that CNN has refused our voices the opportunity to be heard. Last week we told the Republican Party that you cannot sugarcoat the vicious and mean-spirited platform, today we want CNN to know that you cannot sugarcoat the politics of fear and intolerance that lead to hate," said Log Cabin Executive Director Patrick Guerriero.


    The 30-second commercial is being broadcast during the Republican National Convention in New York City and on other cable stations nationwide. The ad begins with footage from President Ronald Reagan's 1992 speech at the Republican National Convention in Houston. President Reagan said, "Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears." The commercial offers a clear choice for the GOP: follow President Reagan's lead by uniting Republicans on common beliefs or follow Jerry Falwell, Pat Buchanan and Rick Santorum's lead by dividing the GOP with an intolerant social agenda based on fear and exclusion. The ad closes with images of the Reverend Fred Phelps holding a sign that reads "God Hates Fags," at the funeral of hate crime victim Matthew Shepard.

    Also see David Corn's "Scrabblin' in Lincoln's Log Cabin."

    Posted by Eric at 08:20 AM | Comments (75)

    The Curious MSNBC Poll

    From Media Matters: "The poll question asked: "Did Rudy Giuliani's speech reassure you or move you to support the Bush-Cheney ticket?" The two response choices were: (1) "Reassure"; and (2) "Move you to support"."

    As you can see, there's - uh - one option missing (which may be a more familiar option to those reading this site).

    Posted by Eric at 08:17 AM | Comments (369)

    Fox Dominates Convention Ratings

    From TVNewser:

    Between 8 and 11pm Monday night, FNC averaged 3,717,000 viewers, while CNN averaged 1,230,000 and MSNBC had 819,000.

    The difference between the first night of the DNC and RNC is stark. On July 26, FNC averaged 1,633,000 viewers in primetime, while CNN had 2,010,000 and MSNBC averaged 1,149,000.

    The two notable speeches resulted in viewer spikes for the cablers. FNC averaged 4,406,000 viewers during McCain's speech, and MSNBC averaged 1,077,000. (CNN did not break the speeches out.) During Rudy's speech, FNC averaged 4,818,000, and MSNBC had 1,062,000.

    Fox also dominated the August primetime show ratings.

    Posted by Eric at 08:11 AM | Comments (178)

    August 31, 2004

    Surprise! Fox Gives More Time to RNC

    Media Matters press release: "On the first day of the Republican National Convention, Media Matters for America found that FOX News Channel showed 74 total minutes of primetime speech coverage at the Republican National Convention -- 33 more minutes than was shown of the speeches at the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Following the announcements by FOX News Channel (FNC) hosts Bill O’Reilly and Cal Thomas that FNC will devote the same amount of coverage of live speeches at the Republican National Convention as it did at the Democratic National Convention, Media Matters for America (MMFA) found that on the first day of the Republican National Convention, FNC gave substantially more time to the speeches at the RNC than it did at the DNC."

    Posted by Eric at 01:33 PM | Comments (60)

    August 26, 2004

    Bush and Company Love Right-Wing Media

    According to a Boston Globe analysis:

    Hennen is not the only talk-show host of a conservative bent or broadcasting in a battleground state who has had good access to high-ranking administration officials. On the White House website, www.whitehouse.gov, nearly all of the administration radio interviews featured since April are with conservative commentators, hosts at stations in battleground states, or both.

    A White House spokesman, Ken Lisaius, flatly denied that political considerations are involved in making administration officials available to radio stations, or any other news media.

    "We're not concerned with politics," he said. "It's the Bush-Cheney campaign that's focused on politics." ... But of 61 interviews featured on the White House website since April in which the interviewer and station or network is identified, 54 were conducted either by conservative commentators or by hosts in markets located in battleground states, a Globe analysis shows.

    Posted by Eric at 02:31 PM | Comments (33)

    O'Reilly Spins for Swift Vets for Lies

    Media Matters:

    Speaking to a caller on the August 23 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, O'Reilly described the anti-Kerry group's accusations as follows:

    I think what they're doing is they're saying that in their experience, Kerry did X, Y, and Z. It's very -- it's nuanced [caller's name]. They don't say, "Well, he -- he lied about this." They say, "I didn't see any firing." Or, "I didn't see any Viet Cong."

    The following are some examples of Swift Boat Veterans members accusing Kerry of lying about his service in Vietnam.

    From the first ad sponsored by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which was narrated by members of the group:

    Al French: "He is lying about his record."

    Louis Letson: "I know John Kerry is lying about his first Purple Heart, because I treated him for that injury."

    Van Odell: "John Kerry lied to get his bronze star. I know. I was there. I saw what happened."

    Grant Hibbard: "He betrayed all his shipmates. He lied before the senate."

    Posted by Eric at 11:04 AM | Comments (48)

    August 25, 2004

    Michelle Malkin and Dual Citizenship

    See Ornicus for more on everyone's favorite Coulter-wannabe. Includes pretty in-depth discussion about the Nisei and WW2.

    Posted by Eric at 10:37 AM | Comments (67)

    Case Study in Bias

    Ben Wasserstein in the LA Times: "The conservative media's handling of the Swift boat dispute is a case study in bias."

    On TV and radio, all the action came Thursday. On the Fox News Channel, the afternoon news show, "Studio B With Shepard Smith," offered a three-minute report on the "ongoing spat" over Kerry's military record without mentioning the new evidence about Thurlow's contradictions. The imbroglio over Kerry's Vietnam record led "The Big Story With John Gibson" and, again, not once in the five-minute segment was the Thurlow discrepancy discussed.

    Next came Fox's "Special Report With Brit Hume," which opened with the teaser: "And despite Navy records, the dispute goes on about whether Kerry earned one of his medals under fire or not." Addressing the claims in the Washington Post article, there was a pre-taped interview with O'Neill, who asserted that Thurlow's "Bronze Star citation is based on the report that John Kerry wrote." The fact that there is no evidence that Kerry wrote that report was not mentioned. Military analyst Bill Cowan appeared to answer questions like, "If you yourself wrote an after-action report … would that be taken into consideration?" This discussion of Kerry's alleged report left no time for comment on the controversy over whether Thurlow deserved his Bronze Star and why he waited so long to examine the citation's language.

    Later, on the "Fox Report With Shepard Smith," Laurie Dhue introduced a segment about Kerry's reaction to the ads of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. The report made no mention of Thurlow or the Post's story. Half an hour into the show, a second Kerry segment mentioned the Post story and summarized it in a fair-minded way. This was the first "fair and balanced" treatment of the story after hours of derision or avoidance on Fox.

    Posted by Eric at 08:24 AM | Comments (104)

    August 20, 2004

    Bush Ups Nation Circulation

    This isn't surprising, but it's worth a note:

    As the nation awaits the formal start of the presidential race on Labor Day, The Nation has picked up the most support among political magazines. Circulation of the liberal journal, a weekly voice of opposition to George W. Bush, has risen 71% during his presidency so that it's now the top seller in the field of opinion mags.

    At 165,000 copies, The Nation's circ is still dwarfed by the size of The New Yorker (1 million), The Atlantic Monthly (448,000) and other glossies.

    Comparatively, The Nation is doing rather well: "At The New Republic, which initially backed Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) for president, circ has dropped 39% since 2000, to 63,500, as the mag focused on what publisher Stephanie Sandberg calls a core audience of opinion leaders ... On the conservative side, National Review, a strong supporter of Bush and Dick Cheney ("Veep for the Ages"), has grown just 6% on their watch, to 154,800, while The Weekly Standard is up 30%, to 69,700."

    Posted by Eric at 09:26 AM | Comments (26)

    Bush Ups Nation Circulation

    This isn't surprising, but it's worth a note:

    As the nation awaits the formal start of the presidential race on Labor Day, The Nation has picked up the most support among political magazines. Circulation of the liberal journal, a weekly voice of opposition to George W. Bush, has risen 71% during his presidency so that it's now the top seller in the field of opinion mags.

    At 165,000 copies, The Nation's circ is still dwarfed by the size of The New Yorker (1 million), The Atlantic Monthly (448,000) and other glossies.

    Comparatively, The Nation is doing rather well: "At The New Republic, which initially backed Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) for president, circ has dropped 39% since 2000, to 63,500, as the mag focused on what publisher Stephanie Sandberg calls a core audience of opinion leaders ... On the conservative side, National Review, a strong supporter of Bush and Dick Cheney ("Veep for the Ages"), has grown just 6% on their watch, to 154,800, while The Weekly Standard is up 30%, to 69,700."

    Posted by Eric at 09:26 AM | Comments (8)

    Bozell Lies About Media Coverage

    And strange, he's the head of an organization that claims to be a watchdog of media lies. From Media Matters:

    When Bozell's fellow O'Reilly guest, Paul Waldman, editor of the progressive Internet magazine Gadflyer.com, noted that "a LexisNexis search produced over 500 newspaper and television stories about" the Swift Boat Veterans, Bozell insisted that this coverage started after the group announced in early August that it was planning to run an anti-Kerry television ad in three swing states. FOX News Channel host John Gibson, who was filling in for regular host Bill O'Reilly, agreed with Bozell.

    But a Nexis search of print and TV sources for "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" produced 157 results for the three-month period between Swift Boat Veterans' May 4 press conference and the August 4 ad release. As MMFA noted on May 4, Swift Boat Veterans founder John E. O'Neill appeared on the April 20 edition of CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports -- two weeks before the press conference. CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News all devoted significant coverage to the group's May 4 press conference, as MMFA noted.

    The group also received substantial nationwide newspaper coverage before and after the press conference, with articles appearing in The New York Times (5/5), The Washington Post(5/5), the Los Angeles Times (5/4), The Wall Street Journal (5/4 -- op-ed by O'Neill), and The Boston Globe (5/4), among others.

    Posted by Eric at 02:28 AM | Comments (64)

    Bozell Lies About Media Coverage

    And strange, he's the head of an organization that claims to be a watchdog of media lies. From Media Matters:

    When Bozell's fellow O'Reilly guest, Paul Waldman, editor of the progressive Internet magazine Gadflyer.com, noted that "a LexisNexis search produced over 500 newspaper and television stories about" the Swift Boat Veterans, Bozell insisted that this coverage started after the group announced in early August that it was planning to run an anti-Kerry television ad in three swing states. FOX News Channel host John Gibson, who was filling in for regular host Bill O'Reilly, agreed with Bozell.

    But a Nexis search of print and TV sources for "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" produced 157 results for the three-month period between Swift Boat Veterans' May 4 press conference and the August 4 ad release. As MMFA noted on May 4, Swift Boat Veterans founder John E. O'Neill appeared on the April 20 edition of CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports -- two weeks before the press conference. CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News all devoted significant coverage to the group's May 4 press conference, as MMFA noted.

    The group also received substantial nationwide newspaper coverage before and after the press conference, with articles appearing in The New York Times (5/5), The Washington Post(5/5), the Los Angeles Times (5/4), The Wall Street Journal (5/4 -- op-ed by O'Neill), and The Boston Globe (5/4), among others.

    Posted by Eric at 02:28 AM | Comments (4)

    August 19, 2004

    National Enquirer Founder: Bill O'Reilly Most Like Us

    He tells the conservative rag Newsmax.com.

    Posted by Eric at 09:35 AM | Comments (30)

    National Enquirer Founder: Bill O'Reilly Most Like Us

    He tells the conservative rag Newsmax.com.

    Posted by Eric at 09:35 AM | Comments (2)

    OOOOhhh CNN

    What a silly group you are.

    Crowley went on to recall a visit "about a year ago" that John Kerry made to "a famous cheese steak place" in Philadelphia. "There he ordered, of course, a cheese steak," Crowely continued, "but he ordered it with Swiss cheese. That's kind of a food faux pas in Philadelphia," because, as Crowley noted, "you're supposed to order it with Cheez Whiz, maybe American."

    Crowley asked: "Now who notices these kinds of things?" (Besides, apparently, CNN and assorted other press outlets which, "about a year ago," reported the incident as the death knell of Kerry's fledgling campaign, proof that he lacked a common touch). "As it turned out, the Bush campaign did," Crowley said and then queued footage from a Bush campaign stop yesterday near Philadelphia in which the president appeared to make a jab at Kerry's August 2003 cheese steak order. "A lot of people wonder why I'm coming [to Pennsylvania] so much," Bush said. "It ought to be obvious to you; I like my cheese steak Whiz with." ...

    Crowley wrapped her own segment with this insightful comment: "There were also complaints at the time that John Kerry took dainty bites of his Philadelphia cheese steak." That's right, Kerry's bites were "dainty," from Old French deintie, and Crowley thought viewers should know that "there were complaints" from unnamed persons at that time about Kerry's biting method. "Unfortunately," Crowley concluded, "the president didn't get into this."

    Posted by Eric at 08:38 AM | Comments (30)

    OOOOhhh CNN

    What a silly group you are.

    Crowley went on to recall a visit "about a year ago" that John Kerry made to "a famous cheese steak place" in Philadelphia. "There he ordered, of course, a cheese steak," Crowely continued, "but he ordered it with Swiss cheese. That's kind of a food faux pas in Philadelphia," because, as Crowley noted, "you're supposed to order it with Cheez Whiz, maybe American."

    Crowley asked: "Now who notices these kinds of things?" (Besides, apparently, CNN and assorted other press outlets which, "about a year ago," reported the incident as the death knell of Kerry's fledgling campaign, proof that he lacked a common touch). "As it turned out, the Bush campaign did," Crowley said and then queued footage from a Bush campaign stop yesterday near Philadelphia in which the president appeared to make a jab at Kerry's August 2003 cheese steak order. "A lot of people wonder why I'm coming [to Pennsylvania] so much," Bush said. "It ought to be obvious to you; I like my cheese steak Whiz with." ...

    Crowley wrapped her own segment with this insightful comment: "There were also complaints at the time that John Kerry took dainty bites of his Philadelphia cheese steak." That's right, Kerry's bites were "dainty," from Old French deintie, and Crowley thought viewers should know that "there were complaints" from unnamed persons at that time about Kerry's biting method. "Unfortunately," Crowley concluded, "the president didn't get into this."

    Posted by Eric at 08:38 AM | Comments (9)

    August 18, 2004

    CNN - Fox Feud Part 232002

    From the prestigiiouosuous TV Newser:

    Only on TVNewser: Brian Wilson, host of Sunday's 'Weekend Live' on FNC, is pretty peeved with CNN's Wolf Blitzer," sources say. Apparently it revolves around Blitzer's continuing habit of holding on to guests who are scheduled to make subsequent appearances on Wilson's program. Last Sunday, Blitzer kept questioning Fla. lieutenant governor Toni Jennings during the time slot promised to Fox News. "The feeling at Fox is that CNN likes to employ such delaying tactics with guests in an attempt to keep the Fox show off-balance," one source says. (Weekend Live usually beats Late Edition in the ratings.) Is Wilson thinking about meeting Blitzer in the CNN parking lot for a 2:05pm face-to-face chat about professional courtesy?...

    Posted by Eric at 05:44 PM | Comments (36)

    CNN - Fox Feud Part 232002

    From the prestigiiouosuous TV Newser:

    Only on TVNewser: Brian Wilson, host of Sunday's 'Weekend Live' on FNC, is pretty peeved with CNN's Wolf Blitzer," sources say. Apparently it revolves around Blitzer's continuing habit of holding on to guests who are scheduled to make subsequent appearances on Wilson's program. Last Sunday, Blitzer kept questioning Fla. lieutenant governor Toni Jennings during the time slot promised to Fox News. "The feeling at Fox is that CNN likes to employ such delaying tactics with guests in an attempt to keep the Fox show off-balance," one source says. (Weekend Live usually beats Late Edition in the ratings.) Is Wilson thinking about meeting Blitzer in the CNN parking lot for a 2:05pm face-to-face chat about professional courtesy?...

    Posted by Eric at 05:44 PM | Comments (14)

    Bush and the Astroturf

    Kos with the details.

    Posted by Eric at 05:38 PM | Comments (30)

    Bush and the Astroturf

    Kos with the details.

    Posted by Eric at 05:38 PM | Comments (4)

    August 17, 2004

    Another Brit Hume Bias Moment

    Brought to you by Media Matters:

    On the August 15 edition of FOX News Sunday, FOX News managing editor and chief Washington correspondent Brit Hume attempted to criticize Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry by claiming that Kerry has suggested that if elected, "he'd have to clear everything" with French President Jacques Chirac.

    Hume's claim echoes numerous Bush administration, Republican, and right-wing media attempts to smear Kerry by linking him to France; these attempts include a March 17 comment by Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans that Kerry "looks French."

    Posted by Eric at 11:33 AM | Comments (48)

    Another Brit Hume Bias Moment

    Brought to you by Media Matters:

    On the August 15 edition of FOX News Sunday, FOX News managing editor and chief Washington correspondent Brit Hume attempted to criticize Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry by claiming that Kerry has suggested that if elected, "he'd have to clear everything" with French President Jacques Chirac.

    Hume's claim echoes numerous Bush administration, Republican, and right-wing media attempts to smear Kerry by linking him to France; these attempts include a March 17 comment by Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans that Kerry "looks French."

    Posted by Eric at 11:33 AM | Comments (2)

    Cronkite Ends Column

    Story / Interview in Reuters.

    Posted by Eric at 10:36 AM | Comments (16)

    Cronkite Ends Column

    Story / Interview in Reuters.

    Posted by Eric at 10:36 AM | Comments (0)

    O'Reilly Factor for Kids

    Hilarious.

    And, of course, he puts on a Mr. Rogers sweater for the cover picture. "Hey Kids: SHUT UP!"

    Meanwhile, according to Low Culture, Bill O'Reilly is the most reviled media figure on the NYC subway system.

    Posted by Eric at 12:24 AM | Comments (30)

    O'Reilly Factor for Kids

    Hilarious.

    And, of course, he puts on a Mr. Rogers sweater for the cover picture. "Hey Kids: SHUT UP!"

    Meanwhile, according to Low Culture, Bill O'Reilly is the most reviled media figure on the NYC subway system.

    Posted by Eric at 12:24 AM | Comments (3)

    August 16, 2004

    An Organization of Hope

    As heard on The Al Franken Show, Sweet Jesus I Hate Bill O'Reilly.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (81)

    An Organization of Hope

    As heard on The Al Franken Show, Sweet Jesus I Hate Bill O'Reilly.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (11)

    August 14, 2004

    Sean Hannity Distorts Dean Audio to Support Lie

    Oh, and I expected so much more from Sean ...

    Posted by Eric at 07:49 AM | Comments (40)

    Sean Hannity Distorts Dean Audio to Support Lie

    Oh, and I expected so much more from Sean ...

    Posted by Eric at 07:49 AM | Comments (9)

    Rolling Stone Covers O'Reilly

    From John Colapinto.

    Posted by Eric at 05:58 AM | Comments (43)

    Rolling Stone Covers O'Reilly

    From John Colapinto.

    Posted by Eric at 05:58 AM | Comments (3)

    August 13, 2004

    MSNBC No More?

    Will the low-rated news net be pulled? NYDN:

    Microsoft and NBC are switching the channels on their relationship. The co-owners of No. 3 cable news net MSNBC are discussing a host of options - including pulling the plug on their 8-year partnership.
    Sources told the Daily News that talks have been going on for some time. The two are bound together by a long-term contract.

    There are other possibilities on the table. The two sides are also said to be exploring the option of working more closely together to create new businesses like subscription and broadband services, insiders said.

    "There have been discussions about evolving the relationship," a source said.

    But both sides appear disillusioned with a marriage that was supposed to revolutionize news on TV and the Internet. Instead, MSNBC has become a distant third in the cable news race.

    Posted by Eric at 02:10 PM | Comments (20)

    MSNBC No More?

    Will the low-rated news net be pulled? NYDN:

    Microsoft and NBC are switching the channels on their relationship. The co-owners of No. 3 cable news net MSNBC are discussing a host of options - including pulling the plug on their 8-year partnership.
    Sources told the Daily News that talks have been going on for some time. The two are bound together by a long-term contract.

    There are other possibilities on the table. The two sides are also said to be exploring the option of working more closely together to create new businesses like subscription and broadband services, insiders said.

    "There have been discussions about evolving the relationship," a source said.

    But both sides appear disillusioned with a marriage that was supposed to revolutionize news on TV and the Internet. Instead, MSNBC has become a distant third in the cable news race.

    Posted by Eric at 02:10 PM | Comments (0)

    August 11, 2004

    CNN's Bill Schneider Relays Newsmax Idiocy

    From Media Matters:

    On the August 5 edition of CNN's Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics, CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider repeated commentary from "one conservative website" but never said the website's name: NewsMax.com. In his report on the parallels between the recently released remake of The Manchurian Candidate and present-day politics, Schneider perpetuated -- without offering refutation -- the suggestion that Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was the inspiration for the "villain" character, played by Meryl Streep. Yet Streep told The New York Times that she based the character of Eleanor Shaw on former Bush adviser Karen Hughes, Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), conservative pundit Ann Coulter, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

    During his report, Schneider, who is also a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, relayed commentary from NewsMax.com's "The Left Coast Report" by James Hirsen; Schneider also suggested Senator Clinton is a "diabolical, cold, manipulative member of the U.S. Senate."

    Posted by Eric at 04:39 PM | Comments (13)

    CNN's Bill Schneider Relays Newsmax Idiocy

    From Media Matters:

    On the August 5 edition of CNN's Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics, CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider repeated commentary from "one conservative website" but never said the website's name: NewsMax.com. In his report on the parallels between the recently released remake of The Manchurian Candidate and present-day politics, Schneider perpetuated -- without offering refutation -- the suggestion that Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was the inspiration for the "villain" character, played by Meryl Streep. Yet Streep told The New York Times that she based the character of Eleanor Shaw on former Bush adviser Karen Hughes, Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), conservative pundit Ann Coulter, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

    During his report, Schneider, who is also a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, relayed commentary from NewsMax.com's "The Left Coast Report" by James Hirsen; Schneider also suggested Senator Clinton is a "diabolical, cold, manipulative member of the U.S. Senate."

    Posted by Eric at 04:39 PM | Comments (0)

    Outfoxed "Record Numbers"

    The film on Fox is doing well in its NY theater, according to TVNewser:

    Outfoxed opened in last weekend "with record numbers -- $78,054," meaning the film earned over $15,000 per screen, a press release says. How exactly is that a record? The film broke the "weekend gross" for the Quad Cinema, "making it the best opening ever in its 30-year existence," the New York theater's owner says. Outfoxed will expand to Pasadena, San Jose, Baltimore, and additional NY and SF theaters this weekend, and move to "Portland and other cities" on August 20...

    Posted by Eric at 04:21 PM | Comments (21)

    Outfoxed "Record Numbers"

    The film on Fox is doing well in its NY theater, according to TVNewser:

    Outfoxed opened in last weekend "with record numbers -- $78,054," meaning the film earned over $15,000 per screen, a press release says. How exactly is that a record? The film broke the "weekend gross" for the Quad Cinema, "making it the best opening ever in its 30-year existence," the New York theater's owner says. Outfoxed will expand to Pasadena, San Jose, Baltimore, and additional NY and SF theaters this weekend, and move to "Portland and other cities" on August 20...

    Posted by Eric at 04:21 PM | Comments (6)

    Hardball to Get MicroAx?

    I don't think it's likely, but nonetheless - from NYDN:

    A tipster tells us that Matthews had asked O'Reilly to come on "Hardball" to do battle with ideological foe Krugman, in part to "show that he could get ratings on MSNBC." According to our snoop, the proposed sale of Slate.com has Matthews worried that MSNBC parent Microsoft might pull funding and shutter "Hardball." That would force Matthews to look for another berth - possibly on Fox. So he was looking to make an impression.

    Posted by Eric at 04:17 PM | Comments (23)

    Hardball to Get MicroAx?

    I don't think it's likely, but nonetheless - from NYDN:

    A tipster tells us that Matthews had asked O'Reilly to come on "Hardball" to do battle with ideological foe Krugman, in part to "show that he could get ratings on MSNBC." According to our snoop, the proposed sale of Slate.com has Matthews worried that MSNBC parent Microsoft might pull funding and shutter "Hardball." That would force Matthews to look for another berth - possibly on Fox. So he was looking to make an impression.

    Posted by Eric at 04:17 PM | Comments (1)

    Carville on Corsi

    On CNN's Crossfire, link via Atrios:

    John Kerry, Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, Katie Couric, CBS, NBC are all communists. Hillary Clinton is a lesbian fat hog with fake hair. Al and Tipper Gore are terrorists who are part of the Taliban. The pope is senile. And pedophilia is fine with him as long as it's not reported in the liberal press. If you think all this sounds nutty, well, it is.

    According to the organization Media Matters For America, all this has been written by Jerome Corsi. Why do we care what Jerome Corsi says? Well, we don't. But as co-author of the book "Unfit for Command" about John Kerry and his service in Vietnam, some people are making the mistake of taking him seriously. In the world of putrid right-wing pond scum, Corsi is one of the biggest bottom-feeders of them all.

    Posted by Eric at 04:51 AM | Comments (12)

    Carville on Corsi

    On CNN's Crossfire, link via Atrios:

    John Kerry, Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, Katie Couric, CBS, NBC are all communists. Hillary Clinton is a lesbian fat hog with fake hair. Al and Tipper Gore are terrorists who are part of the Taliban. The pope is senile. And pedophilia is fine with him as long as it's not reported in the liberal press. If you think all this sounds nutty, well, it is.

    According to the organization Media Matters For America, all this has been written by Jerome Corsi. Why do we care what Jerome Corsi says? Well, we don't. But as co-author of the book "Unfit for Command" about John Kerry and his service in Vietnam, some people are making the mistake of taking him seriously. In the world of putrid right-wing pond scum, Corsi is one of the biggest bottom-feeders of them all.

    Posted by Eric at 04:51 AM | Comments (1)

    August 10, 2004

    Corsi Gone Wild

    One of the authors of the Swiftboat Vets book is a boat-load of fun. For example, just on Chelsea Clinton; Media Matters:

    CORSI: According to Talk Magazine, Chubby Chelsea had a very great adventure on 9/11 in NYC and Hell-ary had the details wrong -- oh, it was terrible. (12/07/2001)

    CORSI: Did the Journalist see Chubbie Chelsea among the wives. Little Katie Communist [Katie Couric] on the NBC Today show interviewed Hillary this morning and mom is worried sick about Chelsea. She was last seen in Kandahar at a Starbucks. But now, as Little Katie Communist sighed, "Who Knows?" Even British disinformation planted reports such as this grocery crap will be useful. Anyone with information about Chubbie Chelsea's whereabouts should post it now. Mom wants to know her daughter is out of harms way. Mom also wants to be at the center of the story. (11/29/2001)

    CORSI: But the real question is: WHERE IS CHUBBIE CHELSEA? Is she in Kabul in danger, looking for a Starbucks? Waldo wants to know. Please, Little Katie Communist, HELP US FIND CHELSEA. THE SITUATION MAY BE URGENT. (11/29/2001)

    CORSI: HILLARY SAYS CHELSEA IS MISSING AND JANET RHINO DOESN'T KNOW WHERE SHE IS? (11/28/2001)

    Posted by Eric at 09:20 PM | Comments (16)

    Corsi Gone Wild

    One of the authors of the Swiftboat Vets book is a boat-load of fun. For example, just on Chelsea Clinton; Media Matters:

    CORSI: According to Talk Magazine, Chubby Chelsea had a very great adventure on 9/11 in NYC and Hell-ary had the details wrong -- oh, it was terrible. (12/07/2001)

    CORSI: Did the Journalist see Chubbie Chelsea among the wives. Little Katie Communist [Katie Couric] on the NBC Today show interviewed Hillary this morning and mom is worried sick about Chelsea. She was last seen in Kandahar at a Starbucks. But now, as Little Katie Communist sighed, "Who Knows?" Even British disinformation planted reports such as this grocery crap will be useful. Anyone with information about Chubbie Chelsea's whereabouts should post it now. Mom wants to know her daughter is out of harms way. Mom also wants to be at the center of the story. (11/29/2001)

    CORSI: But the real question is: WHERE IS CHUBBIE CHELSEA? Is she in Kabul in danger, looking for a Starbucks? Waldo wants to know. Please, Little Katie Communist, HELP US FIND CHELSEA. THE SITUATION MAY BE URGENT. (11/29/2001)

    CORSI: HILLARY SAYS CHELSEA IS MISSING AND JANET RHINO DOESN'T KNOW WHERE SHE IS? (11/28/2001)

    Posted by Eric at 09:20 PM | Comments (7)

    Reuters Will Outsource to India

    From the Washington Post:

    Financial news service Reuters Group PLC said yesterday it will eliminate up to 20 editorial positions in the United States and Europe and hire up to 60 replacements in India in a move aimed at cutting costs.

    The journalists, who will be based at a Reuters facility in Bangalore, will be responsible for compiling tables, writing short research alerts based on analyst reports and polling analysts for earnings forecasts, according to company spokesman Steve Naru.

    Journalism positions are just the latest in a long line of jobs -- from manufacturing to radiology -- that have been sent offshore in recent years as advances in technology have made it easier to conduct business from abroad. Researchers have estimated that the number of jobs in the United States affected by such moves eventually could stretch into the millions as companies seek to capitalize on the availability of lower-wage workers in countries such as China and India.

    Posted by Eric at 11:46 AM | Comments (12)

    Reuters Will Outsource to India

    From the Washington Post:

    Financial news service Reuters Group PLC said yesterday it will eliminate up to 20 editorial positions in the United States and Europe and hire up to 60 replacements in India in a move aimed at cutting costs.

    The journalists, who will be based at a Reuters facility in Bangalore, will be responsible for compiling tables, writing short research alerts based on analyst reports and polling analysts for earnings forecasts, according to company spokesman Steve Naru.

    Journalism positions are just the latest in a long line of jobs -- from manufacturing to radiology -- that have been sent offshore in recent years as advances in technology have made it easier to conduct business from abroad. Researchers have estimated that the number of jobs in the United States affected by such moves eventually could stretch into the millions as companies seek to capitalize on the availability of lower-wage workers in countries such as China and India.

    Posted by Eric at 11:46 AM | Comments (0)

    August 09, 2004

    More Bill O'Reilly Lies

    The hits keep coming. This time O'Reilly lies about Outfoxed.

    Posted by Eric at 06:51 AM | Comments (37)

    More Bill O'Reilly Lies

    The hits keep coming. This time O'Reilly lies about Outfoxed.

    Posted by Eric at 06:51 AM | Comments (4)

    August 08, 2004

    Is Media Matters the KKK?

    Apparently. From an O'Reilly-Krugman debate:

    O'REILLY: You oughta take -- and do your own research, pal! And stop taking the left-wing garbage and throwing it out there for the folks!

    KRUGMAN: What have they said that's false?

    O'REILLY: Do your own research! That's out of context and you know it.

    KRUGMAN: No, come on. It helps me. It is not. They've got the clips. You can actually listen to them --

    O'REILLY: You are about the most un-objective person on the face of the earth -- Media Matters! Why don't you just call Fidel? Call him up in Havana. He'll tell you what's going on?

    KRUGMAN: Oh, wonderful. Now we've got the great (inaudible) Whatever it is, it ends up being a Communist plot, you know?

    O'REILLY: Oh my God! That's like me calling up some Klan operation. Why don't I call the Ku Klux Klan up and --

    TV Newser also mentioned this amusing, though perhaps trivial point:
    When O'Reilly said Fox had no 'talking points' was he overlooking his 'Talking Points Memo' at the top of The Factor?

    Posted by Eric at 11:06 PM | Comments (20)

    Is Media Matters the KKK?

    Apparently. From an O'Reilly-Krugman debate:

    O'REILLY: You oughta take -- and do your own research, pal! And stop taking the left-wing garbage and throwing it out there for the folks!

    KRUGMAN: What have they said that's false?

    O'REILLY: Do your own research! That's out of context and you know it.

    KRUGMAN: No, come on. It helps me. It is not. They've got the clips. You can actually listen to them --

    O'REILLY: You are about the most un-objective person on the face of the earth -- Media Matters! Why don't you just call Fidel? Call him up in Havana. He'll tell you what's going on?

    KRUGMAN: Oh, wonderful. Now we've got the great (inaudible) Whatever it is, it ends up being a Communist plot, you know?

    O'REILLY: Oh my God! That's like me calling up some Klan operation. Why don't I call the Ku Klux Klan up and --

    TV Newser also mentioned this amusing, though perhaps trivial point:
    When O'Reilly said Fox had no 'talking points' was he overlooking his 'Talking Points Memo' at the top of The Factor?

    Posted by Eric at 11:06 PM | Comments (8)

    August 06, 2004

    Japanese Internment OK?

    Meet Michelle Malkin:

    James Arima, a local officer of the Japanese American Citizens League, intended to be at Green Lake tonight for the annual peace ceremony honoring those killed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    He changed his plans after hearing that author Michelle Malkin would be in town to discuss her new book, which defends another controversial episode of World War II: the relocation and detention of more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.

    Malkin's book -- "In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror" -- has created an uproar in the local Japanese American community.

    Posted by Eric at 04:46 PM | Comments (45)

    Japanese Internment OK?

    Meet Michelle Malkin:

    James Arima, a local officer of the Japanese American Citizens League, intended to be at Green Lake tonight for the annual peace ceremony honoring those killed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    He changed his plans after hearing that author Michelle Malkin would be in town to discuss her new book, which defends another controversial episode of World War II: the relocation and detention of more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.

    Malkin's book -- "In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror" -- has created an uproar in the local Japanese American community.

    Posted by Eric at 04:46 PM | Comments (9)

    August 05, 2004

    News Corp Prez Endorses Kerry

    Popular around the office? Brodcasting and Cable:

    According to the Kerry for President campaign, News Corp. President and chief operating officer Peter Chernin has endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate. News Corp. owns Fox News Channel.


    That would put Chernin in the ranks of some other Kerry-supporting media executives, including Barry Diller, Kirk Kerkorian (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.) and Harvey and Robert Weinstein, who backed the release of Michael Moore's controversial anti-Bush documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.

    The Chernin endorsement was among that of 200 business leaders announced Wendesday, with Chernin attending a Wall Street to Main Street summit held by Kerry in Iowa.

    More on those biz leaders can be found on this release from the Kerry site.

    Posted by Eric at 10:27 AM | Comments (52)

    News Corp Prez Endorses Kerry

    Popular around the office? Brodcasting and Cable:

    According to the Kerry for President campaign, News Corp. President and chief operating officer Peter Chernin has endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate. News Corp. owns Fox News Channel.


    That would put Chernin in the ranks of some other Kerry-supporting media executives, including Barry Diller, Kirk Kerkorian (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.) and Harvey and Robert Weinstein, who backed the release of Michael Moore's controversial anti-Bush documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.

    The Chernin endorsement was among that of 200 business leaders announced Wendesday, with Chernin attending a Wall Street to Main Street summit held by Kerry in Iowa.

    More on those biz leaders can be found on this release from the Kerry site.

    Posted by Eric at 10:27 AM | Comments (0)

    August 04, 2004

    Horowitz Lies

    The truth dies. From Media Matters on right-wing pundit David Horowitz:

    From the August 2 edition of C-SPAN's Washington Journal:

    HOROWITZ: I've watched Kerry on the Cavett show on C-SPAN, which has done a tremendous service by replaying these broadcasts, and you can see there that he thinks that the Communists were just nationalists and basically was happy to see them win.

    Well, I guess it would be really embarrassing if, say, Kerry actually said the complete opposite of what Horowitz claimed ...
    Kerry said nothing of the sort. In fact, Kerry was quoted expressing exactly the opposite sentiment to Horowitz's assertion in a December 12, 1971, Boston Globe article: "I don't like Communists," Kerry said. "In fact, I hate them. I hate all totalitarians. I'm totally dedicated to representative, pluralistic, free democracy."

    In the June 30, 1971, Cavett debate between Kerry, who was representing Vietnam Veterans Against the War (the group that he helped lead when he returned from fighting in Vietnam) and John O'Neill (who was closely tied to the Nixon administration and has since founded the anti-Kerry group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth), what Kerry actually said was that he thought that it was "unrealistic" for the administration to remain "committed to the idea totally of a non-communist regime" in South Vietnam. "[W]e simply can't impose a settlement ourselves," Kerry argued.

    Posted by Eric at 04:47 AM | Comments (68)

    Horowitz Lies

    The truth dies. From Media Matters on right-wing pundit David Horowitz:

    From the August 2 edition of C-SPAN's Washington Journal:

    HOROWITZ: I've watched Kerry on the Cavett show on C-SPAN, which has done a tremendous service by replaying these broadcasts, and you can see there that he thinks that the Communists were just nationalists and basically was happy to see them win.

    Well, I guess it would be really embarrassing if, say, Kerry actually said the complete opposite of what Horowitz claimed ...
    Kerry said nothing of the sort. In fact, Kerry was quoted expressing exactly the opposite sentiment to Horowitz's assertion in a December 12, 1971, Boston Globe article: "I don't like Communists," Kerry said. "In fact, I hate them. I hate all totalitarians. I'm totally dedicated to representative, pluralistic, free democracy."

    In the June 30, 1971, Cavett debate between Kerry, who was representing Vietnam Veterans Against the War (the group that he helped lead when he returned from fighting in Vietnam) and John O'Neill (who was closely tied to the Nixon administration and has since founded the anti-Kerry group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth), what Kerry actually said was that he thought that it was "unrealistic" for the administration to remain "committed to the idea totally of a non-communist regime" in South Vietnam. "[W]e simply can't impose a settlement ourselves," Kerry argued.

    Posted by Eric at 04:47 AM | Comments (4)

    August 02, 2004

    Miller Time Revamps; Less Politics

    That, according to the NYDN:

    Beginning tomorrow, "Dennis Miller" returns at 9 p.m. on CNBC with yet another new and improved version, said the comedian.

    And the first order of business? Less politics as usual.

    "I'm not a wonk," Miller told the Daily News during a jaunt to New York. "I don't want to talk about politics [the whole time]."

    "I don't want to get into that 'McLaughlin Group' stuff, where people who come on the show are going to be nervous that I'll be peppering them with political questions."

    Posted by Eric at 09:43 PM | Comments (18)

    Miller Time Revamps; Less Politics

    That, according to the NYDN:

    Beginning tomorrow, "Dennis Miller" returns at 9 p.m. on CNBC with yet another new and improved version, said the comedian.

    And the first order of business? Less politics as usual.

    "I'm not a wonk," Miller told the Daily News during a jaunt to New York. "I don't want to talk about politics [the whole time]."

    "I don't want to get into that 'McLaughlin Group' stuff, where people who come on the show are going to be nervous that I'll be peppering them with political questions."

    Posted by Eric at 09:43 PM | Comments (6)

    Alan Colmes Gets Locked Out of Convention

    Another tale that is either sad or amusing, you take your pick:

    Among the hundreds locked out of the way-too-packed FleetCenter last night were Fox News' Alan Colmes of Hannity and Colmes, much to the amusement of sock puppet ``Triumph the Insult Comic Dog'' from `Late Night with Conan O'Brien.'

    ``This is Alan Colmes' worst nightmare!'' needled Triumph, almost in Colmes' ear.

    As Colmes desperately tried to negotiate his re-entry - his radio show started in minutes, he moaned - Triumph said, ``Not Alan Colmes, the only voice of reason on Fox TV . . . Sean Hannity is probably in there selling mugs.''

    After numerous frantic cellphone calls to Fox honchos, Colmes, to wild cheers from the crowd, was allowed back inside.

    ``Thank God they just let the doormat back through the door,'' Triumph barked. ``Get in there and get your butt kicked by Sean Hannity!'

    Posted by Eric at 03:22 PM | Comments (12)

    Alan Colmes Gets Locked Out of Convention

    Another tale that is either sad or amusing, you take your pick:

    Among the hundreds locked out of the way-too-packed FleetCenter last night were Fox News' Alan Colmes of Hannity and Colmes, much to the amusement of sock puppet ``Triumph the Insult Comic Dog'' from `Late Night with Conan O'Brien.'

    ``This is Alan Colmes' worst nightmare!'' needled Triumph, almost in Colmes' ear.

    As Colmes desperately tried to negotiate his re-entry - his radio show started in minutes, he moaned - Triumph said, ``Not Alan Colmes, the only voice of reason on Fox TV . . . Sean Hannity is probably in there selling mugs.''

    After numerous frantic cellphone calls to Fox honchos, Colmes, to wild cheers from the crowd, was allowed back inside.

    ``Thank God they just let the doormat back through the door,'' Triumph barked. ``Get in there and get your butt kicked by Sean Hannity!'

    Posted by Eric at 03:22 PM | Comments (3)

    That Liberal CBS News

    A debate on Poynter:

    From JIM MURPHY, executive producer, "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather": The entire staff of the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" was pretty miffed after reading Paul Krugman's column today that claimed not a SINGLE issues piece has aired on the big newscasts in the past two months. He must have missed the SIXTEEN different "issues" pieces we did over a four week period during that time, part of a series that will continue until the election. With the resources of the New York Times you would think that would be kind of difficult to miss. The Washington Post's media critic found the series so intriguing amid all the debate over campaign coverage he actually wrote an article about it. How can anyone take an editorialist's arguments seriously when he ignores some FACTS completely?
    Krugman with the oohhh snap.
    From PAUL KRUGMAN: In response to Jim Murphy's comment regarding my July 30 column on the absence of issue coverage in this election, and the "miffed" staff at CBS Evening News: as Greg Mitchell has already pointed out [below Murphy's letter], Mr. Murphy apparently misread what I said. I did not say that there has been no issue reporting at all over the past two months; I said that issue coverage is very thin, and that there has in particular been no clear explanation of even the most basic elements of the Kerry health care plan.

    That statement is, alas, true. The CBS evening news report from June 29 was the best coverage of the competing health care plans I could find. But did it explain that the Kerry plan would cover most of those now uninsured? No. Did it explain that the plan would, according to the Kerry campaign, be financed by a tax-cut rollback? No. In fact, by giving time to Bush claims that "the Kerry plan would break the bank", without mentioning Kerry's plan to pay for it with a tax-cut rollback, the CBS report conveyed the false impression that the plan is unfunded pie in the sky.

    Bear in mind that this is not one among many issues: health care-cum-tax cut rollback is Kerry's signature domestic policy proposal. Yet a voter who gets his or her news from TV, even CBS with its "issues" series, would have little or no idea of what Kerry is offering, or how it differs from Bush.

    Posted by Eric at 03:45 AM | Comments (39)

    That Liberal CBS News

    A debate on Poynter:

    From JIM MURPHY, executive producer, "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather": The entire staff of the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" was pretty miffed after reading Paul Krugman's column today that claimed not a SINGLE issues piece has aired on the big newscasts in the past two months. He must have missed the SIXTEEN different "issues" pieces we did over a four week period during that time, part of a series that will continue until the election. With the resources of the New York Times you would think that would be kind of difficult to miss. The Washington Post's media critic found the series so intriguing amid all the debate over campaign coverage he actually wrote an article about it. How can anyone take an editorialist's arguments seriously when he ignores some FACTS completely?
    Krugman with the oohhh snap.
    From PAUL KRUGMAN: In response to Jim Murphy's comment regarding my July 30 column on the absence of issue coverage in this election, and the "miffed" staff at CBS Evening News: as Greg Mitchell has already pointed out [below Murphy's letter], Mr. Murphy apparently misread what I said. I did not say that there has been no issue reporting at all over the past two months; I said that issue coverage is very thin, and that there has in particular been no clear explanation of even the most basic elements of the Kerry health care plan.

    That statement is, alas, true. The CBS evening news report from June 29 was the best coverage of the competing health care plans I could find. But did it explain that the Kerry plan would cover most of those now uninsured? No. Did it explain that the plan would, according to the Kerry campaign, be financed by a tax-cut rollback? No. In fact, by giving time to Bush claims that "the Kerry plan would break the bank", without mentioning Kerry's plan to pay for it with a tax-cut rollback, the CBS report conveyed the false impression that the plan is unfunded pie in the sky.

    Bear in mind that this is not one among many issues: health care-cum-tax cut rollback is Kerry's signature domestic policy proposal. Yet a voter who gets his or her news from TV, even CBS with its "issues" series, would have little or no idea of what Kerry is offering, or how it differs from Bush.

    Posted by Eric at 03:45 AM | Comments (0)

    A Fox News Commentator Lies

    Please, please, hold your shock. Media Matters:

    Following FOX News Channel's live coverage of Senator John Kerry's (D-MA) acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 29, U.S. News and World Report senior writer and FOX News Channel political contributor Michael Barone, who was reporting from the convention floor, asserted that during the speech "they cheered when he [Kerry] zinged Bush and when he called for military strength, they were silent."

    In fact, the crowd repeatedly cheered when Kerry appealed to military strength and national security. Barone's "observation" came moments after a remark, previously noted by Media Matters for America, that "hatred of [President] George W. Bush" is "what is motivating these people" at the convention.

    Posted by Eric at 02:43 AM | Comments (13)

    A Fox News Commentator Lies

    Please, please, hold your shock. Media Matters:

    Following FOX News Channel's live coverage of Senator John Kerry's (D-MA) acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 29, U.S. News and World Report senior writer and FOX News Channel political contributor Michael Barone, who was reporting from the convention floor, asserted that during the speech "they cheered when he [Kerry] zinged Bush and when he called for military strength, they were silent."

    In fact, the crowd repeatedly cheered when Kerry appealed to military strength and national security. Barone's "observation" came moments after a remark, previously noted by Media Matters for America, that "hatred of [President] George W. Bush" is "what is motivating these people" at the convention.

    Posted by Eric at 02:43 AM | Comments (3)

    July 30, 2004

    That Liberal ABC News

    Airing unopposed attack segments by John Stossel against John Edwards.

    Posted by Eric at 10:58 PM | Comments (33)

    That Liberal ABC News

    Airing unopposed attack segments by John Stossel against John Edwards.

    Posted by Eric at 10:58 PM | Comments (7)

    Conservatives Reach Out

    Former NBC commentator Michael Savage on why not to vote for the Democrats:

    SAVAGE: You know something; I'm voting for Bush, I just made up my mind. There's nothing in this for me. I'm a white male, I'm a white, male, married heterosexual -- I don't want the Democrats. Everywhere I turn, there's another hot coal in my eye. For example, today's DNC calendar of public events included lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender meeting, the disability meeting, the ethnic meeting, the American Indian meeting, the Asian/Pacific Islander meeting, the Hispanic meeting, and the African American meeting -- God bless 'em, they're entitled to their meeting, I'm entitled to my vote, they're not my party, end of story. And that's it. I'm not voting for a party of ethnic minorities and women and immigrants. I will not do it. And if I thought for a moment that they had changed their direction, if I thought for a moment there was a new Democrat Party that was more centrist and more focused on the real issues of today, I would have considered, well, maybe sitting the election out, or voting for Kerry -- no, I'm not.

    Posted by Eric at 10:20 PM | Comments (23)

    Conservatives Reach Out

    Former NBC commentator Michael Savage on why not to vote for the Democrats:

    SAVAGE: You know something; I'm voting for Bush, I just made up my mind. There's nothing in this for me. I'm a white male, I'm a white, male, married heterosexual -- I don't want the Democrats. Everywhere I turn, there's another hot coal in my eye. For example, today's DNC calendar of public events included lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender meeting, the disability meeting, the ethnic meeting, the American Indian meeting, the Asian/Pacific Islander meeting, the Hispanic meeting, and the African American meeting -- God bless 'em, they're entitled to their meeting, I'm entitled to my vote, they're not my party, end of story. And that's it. I'm not voting for a party of ethnic minorities and women and immigrants. I will not do it. And if I thought for a moment that they had changed their direction, if I thought for a moment there was a new Democrat Party that was more centrist and more focused on the real issues of today, I would have considered, well, maybe sitting the election out, or voting for Kerry -- no, I'm not.

    Posted by Eric at 10:20 PM | Comments (11)

    O'Reilly Declares Victory

    From the NYDN:

    Bill O'Reilly has declared himself the victor of his Fox joust with Michael Moore this week. The "No-Spin"-meister tells us he gives the "Fahrenheit 9/11" director credit for coming on his show because "he knew he wasn't going to win." Keep telling yourself that, Bill.
    Transcript, fyi, here.

    Regardless, O'Reilly is certainly winning the overheated rhetoric war.

    Posted by Eric at 10:15 PM | Comments (36)

    O'Reilly Declares Victory

    From the NYDN:

    Bill O'Reilly has declared himself the victor of his Fox joust with Michael Moore this week. The "No-Spin"-meister tells us he gives the "Fahrenheit 9/11" director credit for coming on his show because "he knew he wasn't going to win." Keep telling yourself that, Bill.
    Transcript, fyi, here.

    Regardless, O'Reilly is certainly winning the overheated rhetoric war.

    Posted by Eric at 10:15 PM | Comments (6)

    Liberals Want TV Net

    To counter Fox influence. From Wired:

    Stinson said he wants the best progressive journalists and online publishers to join the New Media, the name he uses for the planned network. Editorial standards at the network will be high, he said.

    "This is about the issues. This is for real," said Stinson.

    Stinson is meeting next week in New York with other New Media planners, including Greg Palast, a reporter for BBC TV and The Guardian newspaper in London. There, the group will begin reaching out to investors.

    Posted by Eric at 08:09 PM | Comments (29)

    Liberals Want TV Net

    To counter Fox influence. From Wired:

    Stinson said he wants the best progressive journalists and online publishers to join the New Media, the name he uses for the planned network. Editorial standards at the network will be high, he said.

    "This is about the issues. This is for real," said Stinson.

    Stinson is meeting next week in New York with other New Media planners, including Greg Palast, a reporter for BBC TV and The Guardian newspaper in London. There, the group will begin reaching out to investors.

    Posted by Eric at 08:09 PM | Comments (0)

    July 29, 2004

    Cable Ratings

    From TV Newser:

    CNN and FNC are both touting the three-day ratings averages, but for different reasons. CNN is #1 when it comes to primetime convention coverage, but FNC is on top in the total day.

    From Monday to Wednesday, FNC has averaged 952,000 in the total day, compared to 709,000 for CNN and 420,000 for MSNBC.

    Between 8 and 11pm, though, CNN has averaged 2,178,000 viewers, while FNC has averaged 1,917,000 and MSNBC has had 1,205,000. During the keynote hour of 10pm, CNN has averaged 2,796,000, compared to MSNBC's 1,643,000.

    ...No one will be surprised if FNC retakes the #1 position after the Democrats leave Boston, though...

    In 2000, Fox did exceedingly well during the GOP convention.

    Posted by Eric at 07:51 PM | Comments (31)

    Cable Ratings

    From TV Newser:

    CNN and FNC are both touting the three-day ratings averages, but for different reasons. CNN is #1 when it comes to primetime convention coverage, but FNC is on top in the total day.

    From Monday to Wednesday, FNC has averaged 952,000 in the total day, compared to 709,000 for CNN and 420,000 for MSNBC.

    Between 8 and 11pm, though, CNN has averaged 2,178,000 viewers, while FNC has averaged 1,917,000 and MSNBC has had 1,205,000. During the keynote hour of 10pm, CNN has averaged 2,796,000, compared to MSNBC's 1,643,000.

    ...No one will be surprised if FNC retakes the #1 position after the Democrats leave Boston, though...

    In 2000, Fox did exceedingly well during the GOP convention.

    Posted by Eric at 07:51 PM | Comments (0)

    July 28, 2004

    MSNBC's Olbermann Scolds Dems for Fox Appearances

    From Hardblogger, Keith Olbermann opines:

    Maybe Bill O'Reilly feels the obsessive need to talk over the first fifteen minutes of the convention every night because he's trying to pave over his disastrous years as a local Boston news anchor. Regardless, we know what we're getting from him.

    My beef tonight is with his first two guests: Ben Affleck and Jerry Brown.
    I know that if neither of them agreed to be the sparring partner for O'Reilly as he drowned Kennedy out, somebody else would. And that they think they're somehow bringing the argument on to foreign territory, and perhaps win a few converts.

    But therein lies the crux of the conundrum that is the Democrats' contention that FNC is not just biased, but also an extra little devil head growing off the body of the Republican Party. Every Democrat who agrees to appear on that network helps support it, helps it argue (falsely or accurately) that it is not partisan.

    And, tonight, every Democrat who went on live with O'Reilly instead of saying "I'm not helping you blow off Kennedy" showed he'd rather hear himself talk.

    Posted by Eric at 08:51 AM | Comments (32)

    MSNBC's Olbermann Scolds Dems for Fox Appearances

    From Hardblogger, Keith Olbermann opines:

    Maybe Bill O'Reilly feels the obsessive need to talk over the first fifteen minutes of the convention every night because he's trying to pave over his disastrous years as a local Boston news anchor. Regardless, we know what we're getting from him.

    My beef tonight is with his first two guests: Ben Affleck and Jerry Brown.
    I know that if neither of them agreed to be the sparring partner for O'Reilly as he drowned Kennedy out, somebody else would. And that they think they're somehow bringing the argument on to foreign territory, and perhaps win a few converts.

    But therein lies the crux of the conundrum that is the Democrats' contention that FNC is not just biased, but also an extra little devil head growing off the body of the Republican Party. Every Democrat who agrees to appear on that network helps support it, helps it argue (falsely or accurately) that it is not partisan.

    And, tonight, every Democrat who went on live with O'Reilly instead of saying "I'm not helping you blow off Kennedy" showed he'd rather hear himself talk.

    Posted by Eric at 08:51 AM | Comments (3)

    July 27, 2004

    Patriotic Fox

    O'Reilly blather trumps all. From TV Newser:

    "Is FNC really covering the convention?," an e-mailer asks. CNN and MSNBC paused for the National Anthem, while O'Reilly kept on talking. CNN and MSNBC aired Al Gore's speech, while O'Reilly bloviated. CNN and MSNBC aired Jimmy Carter's whole speech, while FNC aired four minutes, then broke away to interview Bill Bennett. Half a dozen e-mailers quickly predicted that FNC wouldn't ignore the Republican convention.

    Posted by Eric at 01:05 AM | Comments (47)

    Patriotic Fox

    O'Reilly blather trumps all. From TV Newser:

    "Is FNC really covering the convention?," an e-mailer asks. CNN and MSNBC paused for the National Anthem, while O'Reilly kept on talking. CNN and MSNBC aired Al Gore's speech, while O'Reilly bloviated. CNN and MSNBC aired Jimmy Carter's whole speech, while FNC aired four minutes, then broke away to interview Bill Bennett. Half a dozen e-mailers quickly predicted that FNC wouldn't ignore the Republican convention.

    Posted by Eric at 01:05 AM | Comments (4)

    July 26, 2004

    Ted Turner: My Beef With Big Media

    Commentary in The Washington Monthly:

    At this late stage, media companies have grown so large and powerful, and their dominance has become so detrimental to the survival of small, emerging companies, that there remains only one alternative: bust up the big conglomerates. We've done this before: to the railroad trusts in the first part of the 20th century, to Ma Bell more recently. Indeed, big media itself was cut down to size in the 1970s, and a period of staggering innovation and growth followed. Breaking up the reconstituted media conglomerates may seem like an impossible task when their grip on the policy-making process in Washington seems so sure. But the public's broad and bipartisan rebellion against the FCC's pro-consolidation decisions suggests something different. Politically, big media may again be on the wrong side of history--and up against a country unwilling to lose its independents.

    Posted by Eric at 01:46 AM | Comments (13)

    Ted Turner: My Beef With Big Media

    Commentary in The Washington Monthly:

    At this late stage, media companies have grown so large and powerful, and their dominance has become so detrimental to the survival of small, emerging companies, that there remains only one alternative: bust up the big conglomerates. We've done this before: to the railroad trusts in the first part of the 20th century, to Ma Bell more recently. Indeed, big media itself was cut down to size in the 1970s, and a period of staggering innovation and growth followed. Breaking up the reconstituted media conglomerates may seem like an impossible task when their grip on the policy-making process in Washington seems so sure. But the public's broad and bipartisan rebellion against the FCC's pro-consolidation decisions suggests something different. Politically, big media may again be on the wrong side of history--and up against a country unwilling to lose its independents.

    Posted by Eric at 01:46 AM | Comments (0)

    July 23, 2004

    Fox Spins Bush DUI

    As Eric Boehlert in Salon.com notes, "some inside the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel are fighting back, insisting FNC doesn't go easy on Republicans. A favorite talking point has become how it was the Fox News Channel that first broke the embarrassing news, during the closing week of the 2000 campaign, that George W. Bush had been arrested for drunken driving in 1976 when he was 30 years old -- an arrest Bush had never come clean about."

    However, the whole story (something that often escapes Fox News) is quite different.

    Posted by Eric at 03:56 PM | Comments (14)

    Fox Spins Bush DUI

    As Eric Boehlert in Salon.com notes, "some inside the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel are fighting back, insisting FNC doesn't go easy on Republicans. A favorite talking point has become how it was the Fox News Channel that first broke the embarrassing news, during the closing week of the 2000 campaign, that George W. Bush had been arrested for drunken driving in 1976 when he was 30 years old -- an arrest Bush had never come clean about."

    However, the whole story (something that often escapes Fox News) is quite different.

    Posted by Eric at 03:56 PM | Comments (0)

    Email Cal Thomas

    From the Progress Report:

    Right-wing pundit Cal Thomas's latest syndicated column leads with a quote from a Fox News interview he personally conducted with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Thomas claims Rumsfeld admitted "the declaration presented by the United States to the United Nations justifying war against Iraq 'was flawed, was inaccurate, was false.'" It would have been a surprising – and beneficial - admission from Rumsfeld. The only problem is, Rumsfeld never admitted any such thing; Thomas took his quote out of context in order to make it seem as if the Defense Secretary was suddenly being honest about Iraq. According to the official transcript, however, Rumsfeld actually said, "the declaration that was submitted to the United Nations by Saddam Hussein was flawed, was inaccurate, was false." Rumsfeld offered no admission that the administration misled the country about the premise for war. E-mail the Baltimore Sun at letters@baltsun.com and tell them to make Cal Thomas either correct the record, or get Rumsfeld to actually admit the truth about Iraq.

    Funny enough, Cal Thomas comments on media accuracy on the weekend for Fox News Watch. Yeah.

    Posted by Eric at 03:33 PM | Comments (59)

    Email Cal Thomas

    From the Progress Report:

    Right-wing pundit Cal Thomas's latest syndicated column leads with a quote from a Fox News interview he personally conducted with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Thomas claims Rumsfeld admitted "the declaration presented by the United States to the United Nations justifying war against Iraq 'was flawed, was inaccurate, was false.'" It would have been a surprising – and beneficial - admission from Rumsfeld. The only problem is, Rumsfeld never admitted any such thing; Thomas took his quote out of context in order to make it seem as if the Defense Secretary was suddenly being honest about Iraq. According to the official transcript, however, Rumsfeld actually said, "the declaration that was submitted to the United Nations by Saddam Hussein was flawed, was inaccurate, was false." Rumsfeld offered no admission that the administration misled the country about the premise for war. E-mail the Baltimore Sun at letters@baltsun.com and tell them to make Cal Thomas either correct the record, or get Rumsfeld to actually admit the truth about Iraq.

    Funny enough, Cal Thomas comments on media accuracy on the weekend for Fox News Watch. Yeah.

    Posted by Eric at 03:33 PM | Comments (2)

    McEnroe a Miss for CNBC

    From CableNewser:

    McEnroe's CNBC disaster scratched again last night. It managed a 0.1, with 70,000 households and 72,000 viewers watching. Only 21,000 folks in the ad-friendly 25-54 demo checked the show out. "At this point, CNBC's Wake Up Call at 6am is beating McEnroe when the HUT (households using television) levels are at
    18.5%," a cable news source says. "Yesterday Wake Up Call averaged 83,000 viewers." During McEnroe's show, the HUT levels were around 60%, so how many more days does the show have to scratch before Jeff Zucker wll start "re-tooling?"

    Posted by Eric at 07:42 AM | Comments (25)

    McEnroe a Miss for CNBC

    From CableNewser:

    McEnroe's CNBC disaster scratched again last night. It managed a 0.1, with 70,000 households and 72,000 viewers watching. Only 21,000 folks in the ad-friendly 25-54 demo checked the show out. "At this point, CNBC's Wake Up Call at 6am is beating McEnroe when the HUT (households using television) levels are at
    18.5%," a cable news source says. "Yesterday Wake Up Call averaged 83,000 viewers." During McEnroe's show, the HUT levels were around 60%, so how many more days does the show have to scratch before Jeff Zucker wll start "re-tooling?"

    Posted by Eric at 07:42 AM | Comments (4)

    July 22, 2004

    O'Reilly Keeps Lying

    About ratings.

    About the dropout rate for blacks.

    About Jeremy Glick.

    About the Florida recount.

    Posted by Eric at 08:27 PM | Comments (37)

    O'Reilly Keeps Lying

    About ratings.

    About the dropout rate for blacks.

    About Jeremy Glick.

    About the Florida recount.

    Posted by Eric at 08:27 PM | Comments (1)

    It's the Little Things That Matter

    From Ranting Profs:

    Fox News is a lot of things, but one thing they are is way too trigger happy with the high speed chases. Or, in today's case, ridiculously low speed chases. When I flipped over (a bit after 3 pm) it looked like the driver (and the trailing cop cars) were doing under 20 mph. And I made it just in time to hear Shepard Smith make this absurd comment --

    "A major development! the car is now taking a right! -- a monumental development in the scheme of things."

    Yes, in the scheme of things.

    Posted by Eric at 06:35 AM | Comments (18)

    It's the Little Things That Matter

    From Ranting Profs:

    Fox News is a lot of things, but one thing they are is way too trigger happy with the high speed chases. Or, in today's case, ridiculously low speed chases. When I flipped over (a bit after 3 pm) it looked like the driver (and the trailing cop cars) were doing under 20 mph. And I made it just in time to hear Shepard Smith make this absurd comment --

    "A major development! the car is now taking a right! -- a monumental development in the scheme of things."

    Yes, in the scheme of things.

    Posted by Eric at 06:35 AM | Comments (1)

    July 21, 2004

    Outfoxed Breakdown

    UggaBugga does a rather good job breaking down the film here.

    Posted by Eric at 09:55 PM | Comments (6)

    Outfoxed Breakdown

    UggaBugga does a rather good job breaking down the film here.

    Posted by Eric at 09:55 PM | Comments (1)

    Oh That O'Reilly

    You just can't made this stuff up. From the Chicago Tribune:

    Fox News Channel's star talk-show personality, Bill O'Reilly, says he is uncomfortable with the practice of outing gay political figures--except, it seems, when he is doing the outing.

    On his show Monday night, O'Reilly chastised guest Michael Rogers for maintaining a Web site publicizing the names of gay staffers working for politicians who oppose gay marriage.

    "We're uneasy with this kind of exposition," O'Reilly said. "Somebody's personal sex life should have nothing to do with any kind of a policy."

    But on the same show--and for at least the third time in the last year--O'Reilly described one of the justices on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as a lesbian, a claim that the justice herself, through a spokeswoman, denies.

    On shows in November, last week, and again on Monday, O'Reilly has referred to "the lesbian judge on the Supreme Court who dissented" in the court's landmark ruling in favor of gay marriage.

    O'Reilly has never named the judge, but of the three dissenting justices in that case, only one--Justice Martha B. Sosman--is a woman.

    "Justice Sosman is not a lesbian," said court spokeswoman Joan Kenney. "We don't know where Bill O'Reilly got that information, but it is not correct."

    Posted by Eric at 09:21 PM | Comments (37)

    Oh That O'Reilly

    You just can't made this stuff up. From the Chicago Tribune:

    Fox News Channel's star talk-show personality, Bill O'Reilly, says he is uncomfortable with the practice of outing gay political figures--except, it seems, when he is doing the outing.

    On his show Monday night, O'Reilly chastised guest Michael Rogers for maintaining a Web site publicizing the names of gay staffers working for politicians who oppose gay marriage.

    "We're uneasy with this kind of exposition," O'Reilly said. "Somebody's personal sex life should have nothing to do with any kind of a policy."

    But on the same show--and for at least the third time in the last year--O'Reilly described one of the justices on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as a lesbian, a claim that the justice herself, through a spokeswoman, denies.

    On shows in November, last week, and again on Monday, O'Reilly has referred to "the lesbian judge on the Supreme Court who dissented" in the court's landmark ruling in favor of gay marriage.

    O'Reilly has never named the judge, but of the three dissenting justices in that case, only one--Justice Martha B. Sosman--is a woman.

    "Justice Sosman is not a lesbian," said court spokeswoman Joan Kenney. "We don't know where Bill O'Reilly got that information, but it is not correct."

    Posted by Eric at 09:21 PM | Comments (2)

    Media Contact Info

    Someone in the comments section asked if I could post a list of media contact information. FAIR has a nice list here. Feel free to give other links for media contact resources as well.

    Posted by Eric at 09:04 PM | Comments (15)

    Media Contact Info

    Someone in the comments section asked if I could post a list of media contact information. FAIR has a nice list here. Feel free to give other links for media contact resources as well.

    Posted by Eric at 09:04 PM | Comments (1)

    July 20, 2004

    Spin Spin Sugar: Scott McClellan

    Jim Norton deconstructs a White House Press Briefing.

    Posted by Eric at 06:37 AM | Comments (17)

    Spin Spin Sugar: Scott McClellan

    Jim Norton deconstructs a White House Press Briefing.

    Posted by Eric at 06:37 AM | Comments (1)

    July 19, 2004

    AAR Ratings?

    See Hoffmania for more details.

    Posted by Eric at 07:28 PM | Comments (28)

    AAR Ratings?

    See Hoffmania for more details.

    Posted by Eric at 07:28 PM | Comments (2)

    Alternet.org to Challenge 'Fair and Balanced'

    Obviously, it's good publicity for the liberal news site. But beyond that, it's quite possible they have a case. The story:

    The Independent Media Institute ( IMI), parent organization of AlterNet, filed a legal challenge with the U.S. Trademark Office that seeks to strip Fox of its "Fair and Balanced" trademark registration on the grounds that it was "merely descriptive" (making it ineligible for trademark registration) as well as "false and misleading." AlterNet (which is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent journalism) filed its challenge with the U.S. Trademark Office on December 23, 2003, just under the wire only hours before the clock was scheduled to run out on Fox's "contestability period," which is the legally mandated 5-year window during which a trademark registration can be challenged. After that period the right to use the trademark becomes "incontestable" and virtually invulnerable, and its holder is entitled to prevent anyone else from using it, under penalty of legal prosecution, virtually forever, and regardless of whether the trademark was legitimately registered or not. Now, for the first time, AlterNet is making that legal challenge public. We are also joining MoveOn.org in launching an international campaign to confront Fox News in its blatant efforts to use the airwaves for political gain and to promote right-wing politics. This weekend, MoveOn.org sponsored more than 2,700 house parties to view "Outfoxed," Greenwald's documentary, and included dialogue with Greenwald and MoveOn.org's leadership and this writer to announce our legal challenge to Fox.

    Wes Boyd of MoveOn.org told the more than 30,000 people listening and many watching over the Web: "People are steamed about the media. People get it. Washington has never seen the kind of outrage that they heard last year from citizens around the country about media consolidation. And Fox News, as Robert has shown in this film, is Enemy #1 in the undermining of democracy they're partisan, they're bullies, they lie, they'll do anything for a buck, they don't even know what journalism is, and then they claim to be 'Fair and Balanced.' So we're going after Fox. This is just the beginning of a campaign to rebrand Fox "Unfair and Unbalanced," so that people know what they're watching. This campaign is a warning to any other media outlets, if they're thinking that the Fox model is something to copy. It isn't. Try journalism instead. Try serving the public interest."

    You'll remember the Al Franken - Fox lawsuit. The presiding judge over the case, Judge Chin, had this to say about the 'fair and balanced' slogan:
    The mark is a weak one. As trademarks go, the phrase "fair and balanced" is a weak mark, not because of the content of the words, but because the words are used so frequently, particularly in the context of journalism, the press and the media ... From a legal point of view, I think it is highly unlikely that the phrase "fair and balanced" is a valid trademark. I can't accept that that phrase can be plucked out of the marketplace of ideas and slogans.

    Posted by Eric at 03:09 AM | Comments (25)

    Alternet.org to Challenge 'Fair and Balanced'

    Obviously, it's good publicity for the liberal news site. But beyond that, it's quite possible they have a case. The story:

    The Independent Media Institute ( IMI), parent organization of AlterNet, filed a legal challenge with the U.S. Trademark Office that seeks to strip Fox of its "Fair and Balanced" trademark registration on the grounds that it was "merely descriptive" (making it ineligible for trademark registration) as well as "false and misleading." AlterNet (which is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent journalism) filed its challenge with the U.S. Trademark Office on December 23, 2003, just under the wire only hours before the clock was scheduled to run out on Fox's "contestability period," which is the legally mandated 5-year window during which a trademark registration can be challenged. After that period the right to use the trademark becomes "incontestable" and virtually invulnerable, and its holder is entitled to prevent anyone else from using it, under penalty of legal prosecution, virtually forever, and regardless of whether the trademark was legitimately registered or not. Now, for the first time, AlterNet is making that legal challenge public. We are also joining MoveOn.org in launching an international campaign to confront Fox News in its blatant efforts to use the airwaves for political gain and to promote right-wing politics. This weekend, MoveOn.org sponsored more than 2,700 house parties to view "Outfoxed," Greenwald's documentary, and included dialogue with Greenwald and MoveOn.org's leadership and this writer to announce our legal challenge to Fox.

    Wes Boyd of MoveOn.org told the more than 30,000 people listening and many watching over the Web: "People are steamed about the media. People get it. Washington has never seen the kind of outrage that they heard last year from citizens around the country about media consolidation. And Fox News, as Robert has shown in this film, is Enemy #1 in the undermining of democracy they're partisan, they're bullies, they lie, they'll do anything for a buck, they don't even know what journalism is, and then they claim to be 'Fair and Balanced.' So we're going after Fox. This is just the beginning of a campaign to rebrand Fox "Unfair and Unbalanced," so that people know what they're watching. This campaign is a warning to any other media outlets, if they're thinking that the Fox model is something to copy. It isn't. Try journalism instead. Try serving the public interest."

    You'll remember the Al Franken - Fox lawsuit. The presiding judge over the case, Judge Chin, had this to say about the 'fair and balanced' slogan:
    The mark is a weak one. As trademarks go, the phrase "fair and balanced" is a weak mark, not because of the content of the words, but because the words are used so frequently, particularly in the context of journalism, the press and the media ... From a legal point of view, I think it is highly unlikely that the phrase "fair and balanced" is a valid trademark. I can't accept that that phrase can be plucked out of the marketplace of ideas and slogans.

    Posted by Eric at 03:09 AM | Comments (5)

    July 15, 2004

    Can't Stand That Liberal O'Reilly

    Courtesy of Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly, we find this amusing email from a viewer that Bill O'Reilly read on his show:

    "O'Reilly, you do have a preference in the upcoming election and it is Kerry!"
    -Vince Rinaldi of Bolivar, MO

    Posted by Eric at 01:33 AM | Comments (38)

    Can't Stand That Liberal O'Reilly

    Courtesy of Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly, we find this amusing email from a viewer that Bill O'Reilly read on his show:

    "O'Reilly, you do have a preference in the upcoming election and it is Kerry!"
    -Vince Rinaldi of Bolivar, MO

    Posted by Eric at 01:33 AM | Comments (3)

    July 14, 2004

    The Other Fair and Balanced News Channel

    On CNN's American Morning, journalist Jack Cafferty said this about the O'Franken Factor's name change:

    And one more here, a bulletin just in. Al Franken is going to change the name of his radio show. The liberal radio network, I think they call it Air America, and the word network is used loosely -- they're not even on the air in a lot of America's major markets -- will no longer air "The O'Franken Factor." From now on, it's the "Al Franken Show." Apparently Franken's tired of being trashed regularly on "The O'Reilly Factor," unlike "The O'Franken Factor," "The O'Reilly Factor" is a hugely successful program, in spite of the fact that it airs on the "F" word network.
    If Cafferty actually acted like a journalist and checked out his facts, he would have noted that his smart-ass remark was not the reason why Franken changed his show's name. As the AP reported: "The 53-year-old comedian said he's changing the name because "no matter how hard we tried, conservative entertainer Bill O'Reilly wouldn't sue us"." See, it's a simple device called getting facts. Jack should try it sometime.

    Email Cafferty and ask him why he's misreporting the news.

    Posted by Eric at 12:15 AM | Comments (53)

    The Other Fair and Balanced News Channel

    On CNN's American Morning, journalist Jack Cafferty said this about the O'Franken Factor's name change:

    And one more here, a bulletin just in. Al Franken is going to change the name of his radio show. The liberal radio network, I think they call it Air America, and the word network is used loosely -- they're not even on the air in a lot of America's major markets -- will no longer air "The O'Franken Factor." From now on, it's the "Al Franken Show." Apparently Franken's tired of being trashed regularly on "The O'Reilly Factor," unlike "The O'Franken Factor," "The O'Reilly Factor" is a hugely successful program, in spite of the fact that it airs on the "F" word network.
    If Cafferty actually acted like a journalist and checked out his facts, he would have noted that his smart-ass remark was not the reason why Franken changed his show's name. As the AP reported: "The 53-year-old comedian said he's changing the name because "no matter how hard we tried, conservative entertainer Bill O'Reilly wouldn't sue us"." See, it's a simple device called getting facts. Jack should try it sometime.

    Email Cafferty and ask him why he's misreporting the news.

    Posted by Eric at 12:15 AM | Comments (8)

    July 13, 2004

    "Outfoxed" Director on NPR

    Robert Greenwald, director of 'Outfoxed,' on Bob 'I Love Lasagna' Garfield's "On the Media."

    Posted by Eric at 05:59 PM | Comments (8)

    "Outfoxed" Director on NPR

    Robert Greenwald, director of 'Outfoxed,' on Bob 'I Love Lasagna' Garfield's "On the Media."

    Posted by Eric at 05:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Former Fox News Employees on Fox

    From NY Daily News:

    At a press conference at the Ritz-Carlton, Murdoch's former employees - Fox News terrorism expert Larry Johnson, Fox News Washington reporter Alexander Kippen, Fox News booker Clara Frenk and Fox News freelance writer David Korb - stood with Robert Greenwald, the director of "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism," a documentary on FNC that screens tonight at the New School University downtown.

    Johnson said his appearances on Fox News ceased last year when he questioned the war in Iraq. "They never asked me back again," Johnson told The News' Brian Harmon.

    Korb said he received orders to "make protesters look stupid and use footage of small crowds where the protesters look like pot-smoking liberals."

    For his film, Greenwald obtained internal FNC memos in which execs order newswriters to describe events in a Republican-friendly way.

    The film's website is here.

    Posted by Eric at 05:19 AM | Comments (13)

    Former Fox News Employees on Fox

    From NY Daily News:

    At a press conference at the Ritz-Carlton, Murdoch's former employees - Fox News terrorism expert Larry Johnson, Fox News Washington reporter Alexander Kippen, Fox News booker Clara Frenk and Fox News freelance writer David Korb - stood with Robert Greenwald, the director of "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism," a documentary on FNC that screens tonight at the New School University downtown.

    Johnson said his appearances on Fox News ceased last year when he questioned the war in Iraq. "They never asked me back again," Johnson told The News' Brian Harmon.

    Korb said he received orders to "make protesters look stupid and use footage of small crowds where the protesters look like pot-smoking liberals."

    For his film, Greenwald obtained internal FNC memos in which execs order newswriters to describe events in a Republican-friendly way.

    The film's website is here.

    Posted by Eric at 05:19 AM | Comments (0)

    O'Reilly: 3 Lies!

    I was willing to let one lie pass ... Two lies, well, that's to be expected ... but three lies! OYY! Media Matters:

    Posted by Eric at 04:46 AM | Comments (29)

    O'Reilly: 3 Lies!

    I was willing to let one lie pass ... Two lies, well, that's to be expected ... but three lies! OYY! Media Matters:

    Posted by Eric at 04:46 AM | Comments (3)

    July 12, 2004

    O'Franken Factor Now Al Franken Show

    FYI, from Franken:

    Other than the absence of a lawsuit, the name The OFranken Factor has served its purpose. It has annoyed OReilly to such an extent that he has broken his self-imposed rule never to dignify my almost daily indictments against him with a response (other than that lawsuit), and now spews crazy-ass nonsense about me pretty much constantly.

    And yet, the OFranken Factor has, as a title, had its limitations; its own natural life span. It has not, by itself, infuriated Rush Limbaugh nor has it aggravated President Bush. We have been forced to rely on the internal program content to do that. And while we considered adopting the new name The OLimbaugh Factor or The OPresident Bush Factor, somehow they didnt have quite the same ring to them.

    So, today, we will mark the programs continuing evolution by taking the nom de guerre, The Al Franken Show. We have no longer linked our fate with the declining fortunes of Bill OReilly. We will not be dragged down with him.

    Does this mean we have given up making fun of Bill OReilly? No, it most certainly does not. In fact, we reserve the right to change the name back to The OFranken Factor, at any point for any amount of time. So, behave yourself, Bill, if you know whats good for you.

    Posted by Eric at 05:42 PM | Comments (41)

    O'Franken Factor Now Al Franken Show

    FYI, from Franken:

    Other than the absence of a lawsuit, the name The OFranken Factor has served its purpose. It has annoyed OReilly to such an extent that he has broken his self-imposed rule never to dignify my almost daily indictments against him with a response (other than that lawsuit), and now spews crazy-ass nonsense about me pretty much constantly.

    And yet, the OFranken Factor has, as a title, had its limitations; its own natural life span. It has not, by itself, infuriated Rush Limbaugh nor has it aggravated President Bush. We have been forced to rely on the internal program content to do that. And while we considered adopting the new name The OLimbaugh Factor or The OPresident Bush Factor, somehow they didnt have quite the same ring to them.

    So, today, we will mark the programs continuing evolution by taking the nom de guerre, The Al Franken Show. We have no longer linked our fate with the declining fortunes of Bill OReilly. We will not be dragged down with him.

    Does this mean we have given up making fun of Bill OReilly? No, it most certainly does not. In fact, we reserve the right to change the name back to The OFranken Factor, at any point for any amount of time. So, behave yourself, Bill, if you know whats good for you.

    Posted by Eric at 05:42 PM | Comments (7)

    July 11, 2004

    The Brit Hume Bias

    A new study from FAIR, commissioned for the film Outfoxed, finds more bias at Brit Hume's Special Report. To note:

  • "Twenty percent of guests were non-ideological. Among ideological guests, conservatives accounted for 72 percent, while centrists made up 15 percent and progressives 14 percent. (The total exceeds 100 percent due to rounding.) Viewers were roughly five times more likely to see a conservative interviewed on Special Report than a progressive."

  • "Of the 42 partisan guests, 35 were Republicans and only seven were Democratsa five-to-one imbalance. Furthermore, of the handful of Democrats that did appear, the majority were centrist or conservative, and frequently expressed views more typical of Republican guests. For example, centrist Rep. Jim Marshall (10/23/03) argued that the media werent covering the good news in Iraq, while Sen. Zell Miller (11/4/03) talked about his dissatisfaction with the Democratic party and his fondness for George Bush. Thirty-four of the 35 Republicans who appeared were conservatives; only one, Noah Feldman, was classified as a centrist."

  • "Special Report continues to overwhelmingly favor white and male guests: As in 2002, only 7 percent of guests were women, and the percentage of people of color rose only slightly, to 11 percent from 7 percent in 2001 and 2002. In 2003, only one woman of color was featured in a one-on-one interview: National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice."

    Posted by Eric at 06:31 PM | Comments (23)

    The Brit Hume Bias

    A new study from FAIR, commissioned for the film Outfoxed, finds more bias at Brit Hume's Special Report. To note:

  • "Twenty percent of guests were non-ideological. Among ideological guests, conservatives accounted for 72 percent, while centrists made up 15 percent and progressives 14 percent. (The total exceeds 100 percent due to rounding.) Viewers were roughly five times more likely to see a conservative interviewed on Special Report than a progressive."

  • "Of the 42 partisan guests, 35 were Republicans and only seven were Democratsa five-to-one imbalance. Furthermore, of the handful of Democrats that did appear, the majority were centrist or conservative, and frequently expressed views more typical of Republican guests. For example, centrist Rep. Jim Marshall (10/23/03) argued that the media werent covering the good news in Iraq, while Sen. Zell Miller (11/4/03) talked about his dissatisfaction with the Democratic party and his fondness for George Bush. Thirty-four of the 35 Republicans who appeared were conservatives; only one, Noah Feldman, was classified as a centrist."

  • "Special Report continues to overwhelmingly favor white and male guests: As in 2002, only 7 percent of guests were women, and the percentage of people of color rose only slightly, to 11 percent from 7 percent in 2001 and 2002. In 2003, only one woman of color was featured in a one-on-one interview: National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice."

    Posted by Eric at 06:31 PM | Comments (1)

    July 02, 2004

    Another Large Howard Stern Fine?

    Howard Stern may once again receive a large FCC fine:

    The next bomb to drop in Howard Stern's war with the FCC is the $1.5 million fine the commission is expected to propose against the 18 Infinity stations that have been airing his show. The fine will cover the same broadcast that helped push former Stern syndicator Clear Channel into a $1.75 million settlement with the FCC.

    A notice of apparent liability from the FCC has been expected since April and could appear any day.

    During the show cast member Stuttering John talked about having anal sex with his wife and later Stern led his gang in raunchy talk about oral sex. Anticipating the fine, Stern called FCC Chairman Michael Powell "a crackpot" during a press conference held during Stern's morning show Wednesday.

    On Wednesday, Howard Stern said he would "work like a dog" to elect John Kerry:
    In a news conference that aired live on his morning radio broadcast, Stern invited Kerry to come on his show. (Kerry spokeswoman Allison Dobson says she can't commit to a visit but Stern is "quite effective talking about the job that George Bush has done.")

    Political analysts have credited Stern's endorsement of New Jersey's Christie Whitman and New York's George Pataki as significantly boosting their successful gubernatorial campaigns.It's unclear whether he'd be as effective in national politics.

    But this much is true, says Tom Taylor, editor of Inside Radio: Stern "is fiercely determined to defeat George Bush," and with a pulpit that reaches 8 million daily, he needs to be taken seriously. "Kerry may not be any better for Stern's artistic freedom than Bush and the Michael Powell Federal Communications Commission, but Howard will take that chance."

    Posted by Eric at 01:53 AM | Comments (18)

    Another Large Howard Stern Fine?

    Howard Stern may once again receive a large FCC fine:

    The next bomb to drop in Howard Stern's war with the FCC is the $1.5 million fine the commission is expected to propose against the 18 Infinity stations that have been airing his show. The fine will cover the same broadcast that helped push former Stern syndicator Clear Channel into a $1.75 million settlement with the FCC.

    A notice of apparent liability from the FCC has been expected since April and could appear any day.

    During the show cast member Stuttering John talked about having anal sex with his wife and later Stern led his gang in raunchy talk about oral sex. Anticipating the fine, Stern called FCC Chairman Michael Powell "a crackpot" during a press conference held during Stern's morning show Wednesday.

    On Wednesday, Howard Stern said he would "work like a dog" to elect John Kerry:
    In a news conference that aired live on his morning radio broadcast, Stern invited Kerry to come on his show. (Kerry spokeswoman Allison Dobson says she can't commit to a visit but Stern is "quite effective talking about the job that George Bush has done.")

    Political analysts have credited Stern's endorsement of New Jersey's Christie Whitman and New York's George Pataki as significantly boosting their successful gubernatorial campaigns.It's unclear whether he'd be as effective in national politics.

    But this much is true, says Tom Taylor, editor of Inside Radio: Stern "is fiercely determined to defeat George Bush," and with a pulpit that reaches 8 million daily, he needs to be taken seriously. "Kerry may not be any better for Stern's artistic freedom than Bush and the Michael Powell Federal Communications Commission, but Howard will take that chance."

    Posted by Eric at 01:53 AM | Comments (3)

    Conservatives to Target 'Liberal Media'

    To launch "$2.8 million advertising and talk-radio campaign to discredit the 'liberal news media'." From Knight Ridder, the talking car:

    Conservatives across the country decry news coverage of the war as relentlessly and unfairly negative. Last week Brent Bozell, a conservative activist, launched a $2.8 million advertising and talk-radio campaign to discredit the "liberal news media."

    Such complaints are escalating - and increasingly conveyed in e-mails to journalists, letters to the editor and even in social settings with news executives - a phenomenon that appears to have been aroused in part by the Republican Party, President Bush's campaign and leading conservatives on talk radio, the Internet and cable TV.

    "The bias that's been there is now simply out of control," said Bozell, whose conservative Media Research Center is running newspaper and billboard ads accusing the press of lying. The ads show a stern-faced Uncle Sam warning: "Don't believe the liberal media!"

    Posted by Eric at 01:45 AM | Comments (58)

    Conservatives to Target 'Liberal Media'

    To launch "$2.8 million advertising and talk-radio campaign to discredit the 'liberal news media'." From Knight Ridder, the talking car:

    Conservatives across the country decry news coverage of the war as relentlessly and unfairly negative. Last week Brent Bozell, a conservative activist, launched a $2.8 million advertising and talk-radio campaign to discredit the "liberal news media."

    Such complaints are escalating - and increasingly conveyed in e-mails to journalists, letters to the editor and even in social settings with news executives - a phenomenon that appears to have been aroused in part by the Republican Party, President Bush's campaign and leading conservatives on talk radio, the Internet and cable TV.

    "The bias that's been there is now simply out of control," said Bozell, whose conservative Media Research Center is running newspaper and billboard ads accusing the press of lying. The ads show a stern-faced Uncle Sam warning: "Don't believe the liberal media!"

    Posted by Eric at 01:45 AM | Comments (7)

    July 01, 2004

    FAIR Criticizes CBS News for Voucher Spin

    CBS News, the supposedly notorious liberal media outlet, has been criticized by media watchdog FAIR for its reporting on vouchers:

    The report began by profiling Catherine Hill, a grandmother raising her brother's seven-year-old twins. As correspondent Byron Pitts explained, "For three generations, she believed in public education, raising her children, grandchildren and a host of relatives' children in the same neighborhood school where she volunteered. But times have changed."

    Pitts explained that Hill is now taking part in a voucher program in Washington, D.C. that "would give some 1,600 public school students the opportunity to go to a private school on a $7,500 voucher." He continued: "But the future of any federally funded voucher program will depend on who voters choose in November." As Pitts explained, Bush favors such vouchers programs, while Kerry does not. CBS then aired brief comments from a public school principal in support of increasing public funding for schools.

    The report made little effort to be balanced, giving significantly more airtime to the voucher-supporting grandmother (nine sound bites) than to the anti-voucher principal (two sound bites).

    But worse, the CBS report presented no real information about voucher programs. Instead, viewers were left with a choice: either vote for Bush and support a grandmother who wants better for the children in her care, or side with Kerry and the school administrator. As Pitts put it at the close of the report, "As for Mrs. Hill, she says the voucher program won't just give her children a choice... It will give them a chance."

    In place of such emotional appeals, CBS might have included evidence on the academic benefits of vouchers-- benefits that research show have been mixed, as a 2001 General Accounting Office survey concluded (Associated Press, 10/1/01).

    Posted by Eric at 08:51 PM | Comments (16)

    FAIR Criticizes CBS News for Voucher Spin

    CBS News, the supposedly notorious liberal media outlet, has been criticized by media watchdog FAIR for its reporting on vouchers:

    The report began by profiling Catherine Hill, a grandmother raising her brother's seven-year-old twins. As correspondent Byron Pitts explained, "For three generations, she believed in public education, raising her children, grandchildren and a host of relatives' children in the same neighborhood school where she volunteered. But times have changed."

    Pitts explained that Hill is now taking part in a voucher program in Washington, D.C. that "would give some 1,600 public school students the opportunity to go to a private school on a $7,500 voucher." He continued: "But the future of any federally funded voucher program will depend on who voters choose in November." As Pitts explained, Bush favors such vouchers programs, while Kerry does not. CBS then aired brief comments from a public school principal in support of increasing public funding for schools.

    The report made little effort to be balanced, giving significantly more airtime to the voucher-supporting grandmother (nine sound bites) than to the anti-voucher principal (two sound bites).

    But worse, the CBS report presented no real information about voucher programs. Instead, viewers were left with a choice: either vote for Bush and support a grandmother who wants better for the children in her care, or side with Kerry and the school administrator. As Pitts put it at the close of the report, "As for Mrs. Hill, she says the voucher program won't just give her children a choice... It will give them a chance."

    In place of such emotional appeals, CBS might have included evidence on the academic benefits of vouchers-- benefits that research show have been mixed, as a 2001 General Accounting Office survey concluded (Associated Press, 10/1/01).

    Posted by Eric at 08:51 PM | Comments (0)

    Stern Company to Sue Clear Channel

    From Radio and Records, "Infinity Broadcasting and One Twelve Inc., the company that places Stern's show on affiliate stations" will sue Clear Channel for contract violations:

    Infinity and One Twelve seek more than $10 million in damages, and each accuse Clear Channel of failing to notify them that Stern's show was being dropped a requirement of the contract. Infinity and One Twelve also charge in their breach of contract claim that they are owed license fees by Clear Channel. In a statement, Clear Channel EVP/Chief Legal Officer Andy Levin said, "Howard Stern is the only one who has broken the law. His contract explicitly requires his show comply with all FCC rules and regulations. On several occasions, it clearly did not. Clear Channel Radio had both a legal right and an obligation to stop broadcasting it." Stern's show was pulled from Clear Channel's WBGG/Miami; WTKS/Orlando; WXDX/Pittsburgh; WNVE/Rochester, NY; and KIOZ/San Diego.
    Meanwhile, Stern is "expanding to nine new markets, including four where his show was taken off the air over indecency concerns."

    Posted by Eric at 07:19 AM | Comments (17)

    Stern Company to Sue Clear Channel

    From Radio and Records, "Infinity Broadcasting and One Twelve Inc., the company that places Stern's show on affiliate stations" will sue Clear Channel for contract violations:

    Infinity and One Twelve seek more than $10 million in damages, and each accuse Clear Channel of failing to notify them that Stern's show was being dropped a requirement of the contract. Infinity and One Twelve also charge in their breach of contract claim that they are owed license fees by Clear Channel. In a statement, Clear Channel EVP/Chief Legal Officer Andy Levin said, "Howard Stern is the only one who has broken the law. His contract explicitly requires his show comply with all FCC rules and regulations. On several occasions, it clearly did not. Clear Channel Radio had both a legal right and an obligation to stop broadcasting it." Stern's show was pulled from Clear Channel's WBGG/Miami; WTKS/Orlando; WXDX/Pittsburgh; WNVE/Rochester, NY; and KIOZ/San Diego.
    Meanwhile, Stern is "expanding to nine new markets, including four where his show was taken off the air over indecency concerns."

    Posted by Eric at 07:19 AM | Comments (2)

    June 30, 2004

    Fox News Airs Porno Pic with Penis Penetration?

    From Fark, and Wonkette has also covered this. Graphic image warning.

    What's the segment about? The Supreme Court's ruling on pornography.

    Will the FCC fine the Fox News Channel? And if they don't ...

    EDIT: Regarding the last line, Sean in the comments section has noted that the FCC doesn't have power over cable.

    Also, via Atrios, the video clip of the porn.

    Posted by Eric at 08:27 PM | Comments (56)

    Fox News Airs Porno Pic with Penis Penetration?

    From Fark, and Wonkette has also covered this. Graphic image warning.

    What's the segment about? The Supreme Court's ruling on pornography.

    Will the FCC fine the Fox News Channel? And if they don't ...

    EDIT: Regarding the last line, Sean in the comments section has noted that the FCC doesn't have power over cable.

    Also, via Atrios, the video clip of the porn.

    Posted by Eric at 08:27 PM | Comments (4)

    Post's Howie Kurtz Covers for O'Reilly

    Yeah, and the sad thing is this isn't the NY Post, it's the preeeeesitgious Washington Post. Ho boy, what say you Media Matters:

    In his Post article, Kurtz allowed O'Reilly's false denial to
    stand, though it is clear from the transcript of the June 10 broadcast
    of O'Reilly's nationally syndicated radio program, The Radio
    Factor
    , the relevant portion of which MMFA posted on this website, that O'Reilly did
    compare Franken to Goebbels. By neglecting to note this fact, Kurtz left
    the erroneous implication that Podesta, rather than O'Reilly, misstated
    the facts.

    Kurtz wrote of the June 22 O'Reilly-Podesta face-off:

    Podesta complained that "you compare Bill Moyers to Mao Zedong. You say that's a joke. You compare Al Franken to Joseph Goebbels, you know, the Nazi propagandist."

    "That was Michael Moore, by the way," said O'Reilly, adding that such comments were often satirical. "I said that Michael Moore is a propagandist and so is Joseph Goebbels. And then I explained what propaganda is.

    Here is the relevant part of the transcript from the June 10 edition of The Radio Factor, which shows that Podesta was telling the truth about what O'Reilly said and that O'Reilly's denial -- uncontradicted by Kurtz -- was false:

    O'REILLY: Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth." All right? "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth."

    And that's what Stuart Smalley [O'Reilly regularly refers to Franken as Stuart Smalley, a character Franken created on Saturday Night Live], and Michael Moore and all of these guys do. They just run around.

    Stuart Smalley practices like Joseph Goebbels? Oh my.

    Posted by Eric at 05:23 PM | Comments (59)

    Post's Howie Kurtz Covers for O'Reilly

    Yeah, and the sad thing is this isn't the NY Post, it's the preeeeesitgious Washington Post. Ho boy, what say you Media Matters:

    In his Post article, Kurtz allowed O'Reilly's false denial to
    stand, though it is clear from the transcript of the June 10 broadcast
    of O'Reilly's nationally syndicated radio program, The Radio
    Factor
    , the relevant portion of which MMFA posted on this website, that O'Reilly did
    compare Franken to Goebbels. By neglecting to note this fact, Kurtz left
    the erroneous implication that Podesta, rather than O'Reilly, misstated
    the facts.

    Kurtz wrote of the June 22 O'Reilly-Podesta face-off:

    Podesta complained that "you compare Bill Moyers to Mao Zedong. You say that's a joke. You compare Al Franken to Joseph Goebbels, you know, the Nazi propagandist."

    "That was Michael Moore, by the way," said O'Reilly, adding that such comments were often satirical. "I said that Michael Moore is a propagandist and so is Joseph Goebbels. And then I explained what propaganda is.

    Here is the relevant part of the transcript from the June 10 edition of The Radio Factor, which shows that Podesta was telling the truth about what O'Reilly said and that O'Reilly's denial -- uncontradicted by Kurtz -- was false:

    O'REILLY: Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth." All right? "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth."

    And that's what Stuart Smalley [O'Reilly regularly refers to Franken as Stuart Smalley, a character Franken created on Saturday Night Live], and Michael Moore and all of these guys do. They just run around.

    Stuart Smalley practices like Joseph Goebbels? Oh my.

    Posted by Eric at 05:23 PM | Comments (14)

    Michael Moore on Howard Stern Show

    mp3 link here, from MoveLeft.com

    Posted by Eric at 08:25 AM | Comments (36)

    Michael Moore on Howard Stern Show

    mp3 link here, from MoveLeft.com

    Posted by Eric at 08:25 AM | Comments (9)

    Barbara Ehrenreich to Guest on NYT Op-Ed Page

    Hear the conservatives growl. From Poynter.org:

    Barbara Ehrenreich, an award-winning author, will pen a column for The New York Times Op-Ed page as a guest columnist for one month beginning July 1. Her column will appear on Thursdays and Sundays in place of Thomas L. Friedman's column while he is on sabbatical to finish a book about geopolitics. Gail Collins, editor of the editorial page, made the announcement today.

    "We're very excited that Barbara agreed to spend next month on our pages," Ms. Collins said. "She's a brilliant social critic, historian and political commentator."

    Ehrenreich is the author of the popular book, Nickel and Dimed - often required reading in college.

    Posted by Eric at 03:10 AM | Comments (8)

    Barbara Ehrenreich to Guest on NYT Op-Ed Page

    Hear the conservatives growl. From Poynter.org:

    Barbara Ehrenreich, an award-winning author, will pen a column for The New York Times Op-Ed page as a guest columnist for one month beginning July 1. Her column will appear on Thursdays and Sundays in place of Thomas L. Friedman's column while he is on sabbatical to finish a book about geopolitics. Gail Collins, editor of the editorial page, made the announcement today.

    "We're very excited that Barbara agreed to spend next month on our pages," Ms. Collins said. "She's a brilliant social critic, historian and political commentator."

    Ehrenreich is the author of the popular book, Nickel and Dimed - often required reading in college.

    Posted by Eric at 03:10 AM | Comments (0)

    June 29, 2004

    Comedy Central Punks Pundits

    From Broadcasting & Cable, a new Comedy Central show will pit comedians against actual, real life pundits:

    Comedy Central is quietly taping a new talk-show parody, although some of Crossballs guests dont think its so funny.

    The show is a takeoff on CNNs Crossfire and MSNBCs Hardball. The concept is to lure unwitting advocates from both sides of a topicsuch as gun control, abortion or obesityinto a Los Angeles studio.

    Guests arent told that other participants in the debate are actually comedians that take outrageous positions on the topic.

    For instance, Sacramento, Calif., right-to-bear-arms advocate James Marsh was questioned by a purported psychologist on whether his need for guns was tied to sexual issues. Still reeling, Marsh was then asked: When was your first homoerotic experience?

    The Comedy Central website, in all its Hardball / Crossfire - mockery. Of course, if the show becomes a success, it'll be hard to get guests to surprise.

    Posted by Eric at 05:39 AM | Comments (24)

    Comedy Central Punks Pundits

    From Broadcasting & Cable, a new Comedy Central show will pit comedians against actual, real life pundits:

    Comedy Central is quietly taping a new talk-show parody, although some of Crossballs guests dont think its so funny.

    The show is a takeoff on CNNs Crossfire and MSNBCs Hardball. The concept is to lure unwitting advocates from both sides of a topicsuch as gun control, abortion or obesityinto a Los Angeles studio.

    Guests arent told that other participants in the debate are actually comedians that take outrageous positions on the topic.

    For instance, Sacramento, Calif., right-to-bear-arms advocate James Marsh was questioned by a purported psychologist on whether his need for guns was tied to sexual issues. Still reeling, Marsh was then asked: When was your first homoerotic experience?

    The Comedy Central website, in all its Hardball / Crossfire - mockery. Of course, if the show becomes a success, it'll be hard to get guests to surprise.

    Posted by Eric at 05:39 AM | Comments (2)

    June 28, 2004

    FNC Anchor Cavuto Denies Fox Bias

    Fox's business editor, to the Atlanta Biz Chronicle:

    Said Cavuto, "I never heard something so silly in all my life. What is dishonest about giving people both sides of the story? What is dishonest about giving you a view that wasn't popularly expressed in the media prior? What is dishonest about telling you good news, as well as bad news? What is dishonest about showing your patriotism for this country, but still being critical of this country? If that's an organization that the L.A. Times wants no part of, then I regret that, but I have no apology to make for that."

    Cavuto said he has had guests on from all walks of life and is "fair and straight" with all of them.

    "Our news and our coverage is impeccable. I don't know what his beef is. I don't know him personally at all. I just know that that view besmirches me and my colleagues, who do a pretty good job in pretty difficult times, giving you both sides of the story. So I'm a little offended."

    And this from Media Matters: FOX reporter Garrett falsely claimed that Gore distorted 9-11 Commission finding

    Posted by Eric at 05:05 PM | Comments (23)

    FNC Anchor Cavuto Denies Fox Bias

    Fox's business editor, to the Atlanta Biz Chronicle:

    Said Cavuto, "I never heard something so silly in all my life. What is dishonest about giving people both sides of the story? What is dishonest about giving you a view that wasn't popularly expressed in the media prior? What is dishonest about telling you good news, as well as bad news? What is dishonest about showing your patriotism for this country, but still being critical of this country? If that's an organization that the L.A. Times wants no part of, then I regret that, but I have no apology to make for that."

    Cavuto said he has had guests on from all walks of life and is "fair and straight" with all of them.

    "Our news and our coverage is impeccable. I don't know what his beef is. I don't know him personally at all. I just know that that view besmirches me and my colleagues, who do a pretty good job in pretty difficult times, giving you both sides of the story. So I'm a little offended."

    And this from Media Matters: FOX reporter Garrett falsely claimed that Gore distorted 9-11 Commission finding

    Posted by Eric at 05:05 PM | Comments (4)

    Are You a Traitor?

    Darling of the Right, Ann Coulter, on traitors in the country:

    COLMES: Are all the American people that don't support him [President George W. Bush] dumb?

    COULTER: No. I think, as I indicated in my last book, they're traitors.

    Posted by Eric at 08:17 AM | Comments (49)

    Are You a Traitor?

    Darling of the Right, Ann Coulter, on traitors in the country:

    COLMES: Are all the American people that don't support him [President George W. Bush] dumb?

    COULTER: No. I think, as I indicated in my last book, they're traitors.

    Posted by Eric at 08:17 AM | Comments (10)

    June 25, 2004

    Fox and Friends Morning Show Laughs at LA Beating

    From CableNewser:

    NBC Nightly News aired a package by George Lewis describing this weeks L.A. police beating, and aired video from FOX & Friends as the beating happened live:
    Lewis: The people on one cable network laugh about it
    [Cut to video of FOX News Channel]
    E.D. Hill: Well I guest that guys done for the day
    Brian Kilmeade: Its gonna be hard to -- Whoa
    Hill: Whoa!
    Kilmeade: Takin a few swings
    Lewis: But the activists are not amused...
    The video is here.

    Posted by Eric at 02:29 PM | Comments (61)

    Fox and Friends Morning Show Laughs at LA Beating

    From CableNewser:

    NBC Nightly News aired a package by George Lewis describing this weeks L.A. police beating, and aired video from FOX & Friends as the beating happened live:
    Lewis: The people on one cable network laugh about it
    [Cut to video of FOX News Channel]
    E.D. Hill: Well I guest that guys done for the day
    Brian Kilmeade: Its gonna be hard to -- Whoa
    Hill: Whoa!
    Kilmeade: Takin a few swings
    Lewis: But the activists are not amused...
    The video is here.

    Posted by Eric at 02:29 PM | Comments (11)

    Friday on The O'Franken Factor

    Worth a plug. Michael Moore and Bill Clinton on the show. Yowsers.

    Larry King Live interview with Clinton.

    Oh yeah, Jon Stewart is on Larry King Live tomorrow.

    Posted by Eric at 03:49 AM | Comments (111)

    Friday on The O'Franken Factor

    Worth a plug. Michael Moore and Bill Clinton on the show. Yowsers.

    Larry King Live interview with Clinton.

    Oh yeah, Jon Stewart is on Larry King Live tomorrow.

    Posted by Eric at 03:49 AM | Comments (5)

    June 24, 2004

    No Audio for CNN = Ratings for MSNBC

    That's right, dead audio for CNN gets just about the same ratings as an audio-powered MSNBC, reports the Washington Post:

    Alightning strike at its Atlanta headquarters left CNN without audio for nearly half an hour Monday afternoon. And yet the cable news network managed to average nearly as many viewers as rival MSNBC in that time.

    The outage occurred between 1:03 and 1:27 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research's records. That was smack in the middle of a town-hall-style segment from Dubai called "The Arab Pulse," hosted by CNN's Jim Clancy and featuring prominent journalists in the Arab world discussing the Iraq conflict and the war on terrorism.

    CNN continued to telecast the live segment without sound, putting a "technical difficulties" bug on the screen after the first commercial break.

    After CNN lost audio, its audience plunged by nearly 300,000 viewers from the 420,000 who had been watching between 12:30 and 1 p.m., when the network was still offering the convenience of sound.

    Still, from 1 to 1:30 p.m., CNN averaged 121,000 viewers; simultaneously, 139,000 people watched "MSNBC Live" with anchors Alison Stewart, Laurie Jennings and Sam Shane talking about former president Bill Clinton's autobiography, the South Korean then held hostage in Iraq, and the murder trial of Scott Peterson.

    Posted by Eric at 02:54 AM | Comments (46)

    No Audio for CNN = Ratings for MSNBC

    That's right, dead audio for CNN gets just about the same ratings as an audio-powered MSNBC, reports the Washington Post:

    Alightning strike at its Atlanta headquarters left CNN without audio for nearly half an hour Monday afternoon. And yet the cable news network managed to average nearly as many viewers as rival MSNBC in that time.

    The outage occurred between 1:03 and 1:27 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research's records. That was smack in the middle of a town-hall-style segment from Dubai called "The Arab Pulse," hosted by CNN's Jim Clancy and featuring prominent journalists in the Arab world discussing the Iraq conflict and the war on terrorism.

    CNN continued to telecast the live segment without sound, putting a "technical difficulties" bug on the screen after the first commercial break.

    After CNN lost audio, its audience plunged by nearly 300,000 viewers from the 420,000 who had been watching between 12:30 and 1 p.m., when the network was still offering the convenience of sound.

    Still, from 1 to 1:30 p.m., CNN averaged 121,000 viewers; simultaneously, 139,000 people watched "MSNBC Live" with anchors Alison Stewart, Laurie Jennings and Sam Shane talking about former president Bill Clinton's autobiography, the South Korean then held hostage in Iraq, and the murder trial of Scott Peterson.

    Posted by Eric at 02:54 AM | Comments (4)

    Michael Savage on Clinton Book: "Mein Kampf"

    More interesting rants from the former MSNBC commentator:

    SAVAGE: So there it is -- you wanna read Mein Kampf, go read it -- I mean My Life, excuse me, I keep mixing up the two titles -- of Bill Clinton's and the other fella who ran Germany for awhile.

    SAVAGE: [H]ave you gone out and bought Clinton's new book, Mein Kampf? ... [T]he English translation is My Life, but I suppose in German it's gonna be translated into Mein Kampf. It should be a big seller over there.

    SAVAGE: In this hour we'll talk about all the topics that America really wants to talk about that the media's hiding. And it's not about Clinton's new book, My Battle -- excuse me, My Life ... and in German I think it translates I think into Mein Kampf, or does it? I'm not sure.

    Comparing Clinton to a Nazi is not new, however.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 AM | Comments (35)

    Michael Savage on Clinton Book: "Mein Kampf"

    More interesting rants from the former MSNBC commentator:

    SAVAGE: So there it is -- you wanna read Mein Kampf, go read it -- I mean My Life, excuse me, I keep mixing up the two titles -- of Bill Clinton's and the other fella who ran Germany for awhile.

    SAVAGE: [H]ave you gone out and bought Clinton's new book, Mein Kampf? ... [T]he English translation is My Life, but I suppose in German it's gonna be translated into Mein Kampf. It should be a big seller over there.

    SAVAGE: In this hour we'll talk about all the topics that America really wants to talk about that the media's hiding. And it's not about Clinton's new book, My Battle -- excuse me, My Life ... and in German I think it translates I think into Mein Kampf, or does it? I'm not sure.

    Comparing Clinton to a Nazi is not new, however.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 AM | Comments (8)

    June 23, 2004

    FAIR: "Fox News Spins 9/11 Commission Report"

    Among the evidence from the liberal watchdog group:

    On Fox's Special Report newscast (6/16/04), anchor Brit Hume charged that the media were mischaracterizing the report: "The Associated Press leads off its story on a new 9/11 commission report by saying the document bluntly contradicts the Bush administration by claiming to have no credible evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the September 11 terrorist attacks." Hume maintained that the AP story was inaccurate: "In fact, the Bush administration has never said that such evidence exists."

    In fact, it's Hume that is misrepresenting the AP story-- quoting from the story's lead, but then changing its meaning through an inaccurate paraphrase. The story actually begins: "Bluntly contradicting the Bush administration, the commission investigating the September 11 attacks reported Wednesday there was 'no credible evidence' that Saddam Hussein had ties with Al Qaeda."

    Hume changed the allegation, from Hussein having ties with Al Qaeda to his having ties to the September 11 attacks, in order to knock it down, claiming that the Bush administration never linked Iraq to September 11. But that is not accurate either: Bush's letter to Congress formally announcing the commencement of hostilities against Iraq (3/18/03) explained that the use of force would be directed against "terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001." In his "Mission Accomplished" speech aboard the U.S.S. Lincoln (5/1/03), Bush declared that the invasion of Iraq had "removed an ally of Al Qaeda."

    And during an interview on NBC's Meet the Press (9/14/03), when Vice President Dick Cheney was asked if he was "surprised" that so many Americans connected Iraq to the 9/11 attacks, Cheney responded:

    "No. I think it's not surprising that people make that connection.... You and I talked about this two years ago. I can remember you asking me this question just a few days after the original attack. At the time I said no, we didn't have any evidence of that. We've learned a couple of things. We learned more and more that there was a relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda that stretched back through most of the decade of the '90s, that it involved training, for example, on BW and CW [biological weapons and chemical weapons], that Al Qaeda sent personnel to Baghdad to get trained on the systems that are involved. The Iraqis providing bomb-making expertise and advice to the Al Qaeda organization."

    And, of course, there's more.

    Posted by Eric at 02:32 PM | Comments (28)

    FAIR: "Fox News Spins 9/11 Commission Report"

    Among the evidence from the liberal watchdog group:

    On Fox's Special Report newscast (6/16/04), anchor Brit Hume charged that the media were mischaracterizing the report: "The Associated Press leads off its story on a new 9/11 commission report by saying the document bluntly contradicts the Bush administration by claiming to have no credible evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the September 11 terrorist attacks." Hume maintained that the AP story was inaccurate: "In fact, the Bush administration has never said that such evidence exists."

    In fact, it's Hume that is misrepresenting the AP story-- quoting from the story's lead, but then changing its meaning through an inaccurate paraphrase. The story actually begins: "Bluntly contradicting the Bush administration, the commission investigating the September 11 attacks reported Wednesday there was 'no credible evidence' that Saddam Hussein had ties with Al Qaeda."

    Hume changed the allegation, from Hussein having ties with Al Qaeda to his having ties to the September 11 attacks, in order to knock it down, claiming that the Bush administration never linked Iraq to September 11. But that is not accurate either: Bush's letter to Congress formally announcing the commencement of hostilities against Iraq (3/18/03) explained that the use of force would be directed against "terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001." In his "Mission Accomplished" speech aboard the U.S.S. Lincoln (5/1/03), Bush declared that the invasion of Iraq had "removed an ally of Al Qaeda."

    And during an interview on NBC's Meet the Press (9/14/03), when Vice President Dick Cheney was asked if he was "surprised" that so many Americans connected Iraq to the 9/11 attacks, Cheney responded:

    "No. I think it's not surprising that people make that connection.... You and I talked about this two years ago. I can remember you asking me this question just a few days after the original attack. At the time I said no, we didn't have any evidence of that. We've learned a couple of things. We learned more and more that there was a relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda that stretched back through most of the decade of the '90s, that it involved training, for example, on BW and CW [biological weapons and chemical weapons], that Al Qaeda sent personnel to Baghdad to get trained on the systems that are involved. The Iraqis providing bomb-making expertise and advice to the Al Qaeda organization."

    And, of course, there's more.

    Posted by Eric at 02:32 PM | Comments (1)

    Bill O'Reilly Compares Al Franken to Nazi, Then Lies About It

    Link via Atrios, from CAP's Progress Report:

    During his appearance last night on "the Factor," Bill O'Reilly asked John Podesta for "one example where I smeared somebody." Podesta noted that O'Reilly compared Al Franken to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. O'Reilly – displaying his notorious command for the facts – denied it, saying "I did not refer to him [Al Franken] as Joseph Goebbels, that was Michael Moore." O'Reilly accused Podesta of misstating "what I said." Apparently, O'Reilly is having a little trouble with his short term memory. On his June 10 show, O'Reilly said "Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, 'If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth'...And that's what Stuart Smalley [O'Reilly refers to Al Franken as Stuart Smalley, Franken's played on Saturday Night Live], and Michael Moore and all of these guys do." E-mail Bill O'Reilly at oreilly@foxnews.com and tell him to correct the record on his show tonight lest he destroy the sanctity of the "No Spin Zone."

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 PM | Comments (6)

    Bill O'Reilly Compares Al Franken to Nazi, Then Lies About It

    Link via Atrios, from CAP's Progress Report:

    During his appearance last night on "the Factor," Bill O'Reilly asked John Podesta for "one example where I smeared somebody." Podesta noted that O'Reilly compared Al Franken to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. O'Reilly – displaying his notorious command for the facts – denied it, saying "I did not refer to him [Al Franken] as Joseph Goebbels, that was Michael Moore." O'Reilly accused Podesta of misstating "what I said." Apparently, O'Reilly is having a little trouble with his short term memory. On his June 10 show, O'Reilly said "Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, 'If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth'...And that's what Stuart Smalley [O'Reilly refers to Al Franken as Stuart Smalley, Franken's played on Saturday Night Live], and Michael Moore and all of these guys do." E-mail Bill O'Reilly at oreilly@foxnews.com and tell him to correct the record on his show tonight lest he destroy the sanctity of the "No Spin Zone."

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 PM | Comments (4)

    June 22, 2004

    Kurtz Spins Reagan; Attacks Clinton

    No real surprise that Howie Kurtz is shilling for conservatives; nevertheless, this Media Matters item is a good catch.

    Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz falsely suggested that former President Ronald Reagan, unlike former President Bill Clinton, "left office a popular figure" -- overlooking Clinton's higher final approval rating; higher average approval rating; higher second-term average rating; and higher average rating than Reagan's for their final two years in office.

    Kurtz wrote in his June 21 "Media Notes" column:

    Reagan, despite the Iran-contra scandal, left office a popular figure; Clinton's departure came two years after he was impeached and was clouded by his wave of last-minute pardons.

    Reagan's final Gallup job approval rating before leaving office was 63 percent. Clinton's was 65 percent -- the "highest for a departing president in the half-century of modern polling." [USA Today, 1/17/01]

    Over the course of his entire presidency, Reagan had an average Gallup approval rating of 53 percent -- not bad. But not as good as that of Clinton, whose average approval rating was 55 percent.

    Further, Gallup recently noted, "Clinton's overall second-term average was substantially higher than his first term, at 61%. (Reagan's second-term average was 55%.)"

    Posted by Eric at 12:59 AM | Comments (27)

    Kurtz Spins Reagan; Attacks Clinton

    No real surprise that Howie Kurtz is shilling for conservatives; nevertheless, this Media Matters item is a good catch.

    Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz falsely suggested that former President Ronald Reagan, unlike former President Bill Clinton, "left office a popular figure" -- overlooking Clinton's higher final approval rating; higher average approval rating; higher second-term average rating; and higher average rating than Reagan's for their final two years in office.

    Kurtz wrote in his June 21 "Media Notes" column:

    Reagan, despite the Iran-contra scandal, left office a popular figure; Clinton's departure came two years after he was impeached and was clouded by his wave of last-minute pardons.

    Reagan's final Gallup job approval rating before leaving office was 63 percent. Clinton's was 65 percent -- the "highest for a departing president in the half-century of modern polling." [USA Today, 1/17/01]

    Over the course of his entire presidency, Reagan had an average Gallup approval rating of 53 percent -- not bad. But not as good as that of Clinton, whose average approval rating was 55 percent.

    Further, Gallup recently noted, "Clinton's overall second-term average was substantially higher than his first term, at 61%. (Reagan's second-term average was 55%.)"

    Posted by Eric at 12:59 AM | Comments (2)

    June 18, 2004

    O'Reilly Contradicts O'Reilly

    From the great Media Matters:

    O'Reilly began his discussion on the June 15 Radio Factor by reading from a Washington Post article that reported both Alterman's threat to sue O'Reilly and O'Reilly's recent on-air apology to columnist and author Molly Ivins for calling her a "socialist"; then O'Reilly proceeded to explain away his smear of Alterman:

    But I -- in the beginning, when I called Ivins a soc -- I was just making fun of her. And I was just making fun of Alterman, who is a known left-wing loon, and -- well, I -- maybe I shouldn't say loon. OK, that's -- that's probably too much. A known left-winger who you can't debate with, because he's, "Oh, no, you're all the devil -- Bush is the devil." OK, fine.

    And I just said well you know ... "He's to the left of Fidel Castro," or something like that. Now, Alterman, of course, is taking that seriously, and he's going to sue me. Well, go ahead, you pinhead, I mean ridiculous. You people can smear, can malign, can lie about everything, you know, and then somebody makes fun of you for doing it, "Oh, I'm going to sue." OK, go ahead, fine.

    O'Reilly's embrace of the can't-you-people-take-a-joke defense contrasts sharply with the explanation O'Reilly offered for his own lawsuit against Franken. In an August 28, 2003, Washington Post article, O'Reilly explained that the lawsuit was aimed at those who "hide behind the satirist's label to defame":

    You have a movement among the ultraleft to discredit me and Fox News Channel any way they can. ... They can't win the debate. They can't win the ratings war. So let's turn to defamation and we'll hide behind the satirist's label to defame. We don't have to be honest and accurate. It's a charade -- people see it for what it is. It had to be exposed, and that's what that lawsuit did.

    You have to appreciate that when O'Reilly apologizes for calling someone a name, he can't stop himself from ... calling that person a name again.

    Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (51)

    O'Reilly Contradicts O'Reilly

    From the great Media Matters:

    O'Reilly began his discussion on the June 15 Radio Factor by reading from a Washington Post article that reported both Alterman's threat to sue O'Reilly and O'Reilly's recent on-air apology to columnist and author Molly Ivins for calling her a "socialist"; then O'Reilly proceeded to explain away his smear of Alterman:

    But I -- in the beginning, when I called Ivins a soc -- I was just making fun of her. And I was just making fun of Alterman, who is a known left-wing loon, and -- well, I -- maybe I shouldn't say loon. OK, that's -- that's probably too much. A known left-winger who you can't debate with, because he's, "Oh, no, you're all the devil -- Bush is the devil." OK, fine.

    And I just said well you know ... "He's to the left of Fidel Castro," or something like that. Now, Alterman, of course, is taking that seriously, and he's going to sue me. Well, go ahead, you pinhead, I mean ridiculous. You people can smear, can malign, can lie about everything, you know, and then somebody makes fun of you for doing it, "Oh, I'm going to sue." OK, go ahead, fine.

    O'Reilly's embrace of the can't-you-people-take-a-joke defense contrasts sharply with the explanation O'Reilly offered for his own lawsuit against Franken. In an August 28, 2003, Washington Post article, O'Reilly explained that the lawsuit was aimed at those who "hide behind the satirist's label to defame":

    You have a movement among the ultraleft to discredit me and Fox News Channel any way they can. ... They can't win the debate. They can't win the ratings war. So let's turn to defamation and we'll hide behind the satirist's label to defame. We don't have to be honest and accurate. It's a charade -- people see it for what it is. It had to be exposed, and that's what that lawsuit did.

    You have to appreciate that when O'Reilly apologizes for calling someone a name, he can't stop himself from ... calling that person a name again.

    Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (1)

    June 17, 2004

    Moyers = Mao Zedong

    Someone needs to stop this man. Media Matters with the good work again:

    O'REILLY: Bill Moyers on PBS, he's -- hides behind the label of objectivity. He's about as objective as Mao Zedong, all right. I mean he's a Far-Left bomb-thrower who actually runs a foundation that funds left-wing organizations. I mean the guy's a joke. Get out of the news business, Bill.
    Yeah, get out of the 'news' business, Bill.

    Posted by Eric at 06:01 AM | Comments (22)

    Moyers = Mao Zedong

    Someone needs to stop this man. Media Matters with the good work again:

    O'REILLY: Bill Moyers on PBS, he's -- hides behind the label of objectivity. He's about as objective as Mao Zedong, all right. I mean he's a Far-Left bomb-thrower who actually runs a foundation that funds left-wing organizations. I mean the guy's a joke. Get out of the news business, Bill.
    Yeah, get out of the 'news' business, Bill.

    Posted by Eric at 06:01 AM | Comments (3)

    Whole Bunch O' Sean Hannity Lies

    Yes, Virginia, Sean Hannity lies.

    O'Franken Factor blog with lies about Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich.

    The Center for American Progress with Hannity lies, such as this one:

    HANNITY: "It doesn't say anywhere in the Constitution this idea of the separation of church and state." (8/25/03)

    FACT: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." (1st Amendment)

    "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." (Article VI)

    Now some of you may be wondering, Well, why doesn't Alan Colmes call Sean Hannity on his lies? Here's a partial transcript from June 15, 2004:
    COLMES: But look, I have my differences with conservatives. I'm not going to call them liars, but I mean, I do believe they have done a better job in many respects using the media, on talk radio for example.

    Posted by Eric at 12:48 AM | Comments (30)

    Whole Bunch O' Sean Hannity Lies

    Yes, Virginia, Sean Hannity lies.

    O'Franken Factor blog with lies about Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich.

    The Center for American Progress with Hannity lies, such as this one:

    HANNITY: "It doesn't say anywhere in the Constitution this idea of the separation of church and state." (8/25/03)

    FACT: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." (1st Amendment)

    "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." (Article VI)

    Now some of you may be wondering, Well, why doesn't Alan Colmes call Sean Hannity on his lies? Here's a partial transcript from June 15, 2004:
    COLMES: But look, I have my differences with conservatives. I'm not going to call them liars, but I mean, I do believe they have done a better job in many respects using the media, on talk radio for example.

    Posted by Eric at 12:48 AM | Comments (5)

    June 16, 2004

    More O'Reilly Lies?

    Oh geez, when do they ever stop? Lloyd Grove:

    Give Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly credit for even attending Monday night's lefty celeb-glutted premiere of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" - even if he walked out of the 110-minute Bush-bashing movie halfway through ...

    "Don't you want to stay and watch the whole film?" the director demanded.

    A Lowdown spy reports that O'Reilly blushed, shook Moore's hand and muttered something about having to "tape something," and then slunk off into the night.

    But "The O'Reilly Factor" tapes in the afternoon, hours before it airs at 8 and 11 p.m. - and well before Monday night's premiere.

    Moore - who didn't return Lowdown's call for comment - was apparently skeptical. When his wife, Kathleen Glynn, came inside the theater a moment later, the filmmaker excitedly repeated O'Reilly's alibi in a scoffing tone.

    Yesterday, a Fox News spokesman explained: "The movie started 40 minutes late, and Bill had a previous commitment to go to."

    The flack added that O'Reilly was simply confirming Moore's booking on his Fox News show next week and that O'Reilly had already asked "Fahrenheit 9/11" producer Harvey Weinstein's office for a screener.

    Again, problematic: A source close to the movie says no videotapes are being given out to anyone under any circumstances.

    Posted by Eric at 06:00 PM | Comments (7)

    More O'Reilly Lies?

    Oh geez, when do they ever stop? Lloyd Grove:

    Give Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly credit for even attending Monday night's lefty celeb-glutted premiere of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" - even if he walked out of the 110-minute Bush-bashing movie halfway through ...

    "Don't you want to stay and watch the whole film?" the director demanded.

    A Lowdown spy reports that O'Reilly blushed, shook Moore's hand and muttered something about having to "tape something," and then slunk off into the night.

    But "The O'Reilly Factor" tapes in the afternoon, hours before it airs at 8 and 11 p.m. - and well before Monday night's premiere.

    Moore - who didn't return Lowdown's call for comment - was apparently skeptical. When his wife, Kathleen Glynn, came inside the theater a moment later, the filmmaker excitedly repeated O'Reilly's alibi in a scoffing tone.

    Yesterday, a Fox News spokesman explained: "The movie started 40 minutes late, and Bill had a previous commitment to go to."

    The flack added that O'Reilly was simply confirming Moore's booking on his Fox News show next week and that O'Reilly had already asked "Fahrenheit 9/11" producer Harvey Weinstein's office for a screener.

    Again, problematic: A source close to the movie says no videotapes are being given out to anyone under any circumstances.

    Posted by Eric at 06:00 PM | Comments (0)

    Fox Tops in Reagan Coverage

    The Fox News Channel had the better ratings of the cable nets, reports CableNewser:

    Reagan: FOX's Coverage Was The #1 Basic Cable Program Last Week
    FOX's coverage of Reagan's Farewell ranks atop the list of basic cable programs for the week of June 7. FOX's coverage between 10 and 11pm on Friday was the #1 show -- it even beat the 2004 MTV Movie Awards (a 4.7 for FOX vs. a 4.6 for MTV). Other segments of FOX's coverage ranks as the #3 and #4 rated shows. (The shows even beat Spongebob and WWE.) All in all, the coverage accounted for 5 out of the top 10 (and 7 out of the top 20) programs during the week. 12:35:57 AM

    Posted by Eric at 01:35 AM | Comments (6)

    Fox Tops in Reagan Coverage

    The Fox News Channel had the better ratings of the cable nets, reports CableNewser:

    Reagan: FOX's Coverage Was The #1 Basic Cable Program Last Week
    FOX's coverage of Reagan's Farewell ranks atop the list of basic cable programs for the week of June 7. FOX's coverage between 10 and 11pm on Friday was the #1 show -- it even beat the 2004 MTV Movie Awards (a 4.7 for FOX vs. a 4.6 for MTV). Other segments of FOX's coverage ranks as the #3 and #4 rated shows. (The shows even beat Spongebob and WWE.) All in all, the coverage accounted for 5 out of the top 10 (and 7 out of the top 20) programs during the week. 12:35:57 AM

    Posted by Eric at 01:35 AM | Comments (0)

    Michael Savage on Gay Marriage

    The former NBC commentator on fighting for perversion, courtesy of Media Matters:

    On the air, Savage read from a June 10 article in The Washington Post in which Frank Newport, editor in chief of The Gallup Poll, was quoted as saying, "I certainly remember the days when being religious meant fighting for civil rights and social justice. Religious liberals are a small minority today." Savage responded, "Well there's a big difference between fighting for civil rights, and fighting for homosexual marriage, you moron. It's a big difference for fighting for the equality of all men, despite their race, and fighting for perversion, you idiot! You think people are stupid?"

    Posted by Eric at 01:22 AM | Comments (38)

    Michael Savage on Gay Marriage

    The former NBC commentator on fighting for perversion, courtesy of Media Matters:

    On the air, Savage read from a June 10 article in The Washington Post in which Frank Newport, editor in chief of The Gallup Poll, was quoted as saying, "I certainly remember the days when being religious meant fighting for civil rights and social justice. Religious liberals are a small minority today." Savage responded, "Well there's a big difference between fighting for civil rights, and fighting for homosexual marriage, you moron. It's a big difference for fighting for the equality of all men, despite their race, and fighting for perversion, you idiot! You think people are stupid?"

    Posted by Eric at 01:22 AM | Comments (3)

    June 15, 2004

    Alterman Still a Communist?

    Or will Bill O'Reilly retract his statement sometime soon? Notes the WPost's Reliable Sources:

    On his show the other day, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly apologized to Texas columnist Molly Ivins for calling her a socialist. Now liberal author Eric Alterman wants a retraction from O'Reilly, who recently labeled him a fellow traveler of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

    Alterman's Miami-based attorney, Sarah Clasby Engel, sent a demand letter to O'Reilly last week, saying, "We would like to take this opportunity to identify a lie you recently broadcast." On his show in early May, the conservative yakker called Alterman "another Fidel Castro confidant."

    Threatening a defamation suit unless O'Reilly makes a retraction, Engel states: "We are certain that you will be unable to point us to any proof whatever of a personal relationship between Alterman, a proud anti-Communist liberal, and Fidel Castro." The letter notes that in mid-May, Alterman signed a public rebuke of Castro, assailing the "brute repression" of his dictatorship.

    The lawyer gave O'Reilly five business days to respond. A Fox News spokesman told us the missive arrived only yesterday and "our legal department is reviewing it."

    I'm not sure what there is to review ... O'Reilly made a stupid statement, as usual.

    Posted by Eric at 04:17 PM | Comments (15)

    Alterman Still a Communist?

    Or will Bill O'Reilly retract his statement sometime soon? Notes the WPost's Reliable Sources:

    On his show the other day, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly apologized to Texas columnist Molly Ivins for calling her a socialist. Now liberal author Eric Alterman wants a retraction from O'Reilly, who recently labeled him a fellow traveler of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

    Alterman's Miami-based attorney, Sarah Clasby Engel, sent a demand letter to O'Reilly last week, saying, "We would like to take this opportunity to identify a lie you recently broadcast." On his show in early May, the conservative yakker called Alterman "another Fidel Castro confidant."

    Threatening a defamation suit unless O'Reilly makes a retraction, Engel states: "We are certain that you will be unable to point us to any proof whatever of a personal relationship between Alterman, a proud anti-Communist liberal, and Fidel Castro." The letter notes that in mid-May, Alterman signed a public rebuke of Castro, assailing the "brute repression" of his dictatorship.

    The lawyer gave O'Reilly five business days to respond. A Fox News spokesman told us the missive arrived only yesterday and "our legal department is reviewing it."

    I'm not sure what there is to review ... O'Reilly made a stupid statement, as usual.

    Posted by Eric at 04:17 PM | Comments (0)

    PBS Going Right?

    As reported by Common Cause, a previous New Yorker article noted:

    The decision by CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) to fund two programs -- one hosted by Tucker Carlson, who speaks for conservatives on CNN's Crossfire, and one moderated by Paul Gigot, editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, at the same time that NOW with Bill Moyers, which receives no CPB funds, is cut from an hour to 30 minutes;

    What appears to be a Bush Administration litmus test for choosing members of the CPB. When CPB board candidate Chon Noriega, a UCLA media professor and co-founder of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, was interviewed by the White House, he was asked whether the CPB should intervene in programming deemed politically biased. When Professor Noriega said intervention should be used in only extraordinary circumstances, the appointment process ground to a halt, and the White House has asked Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) to put forward another candidate.

    The observation by journalist Moyers, who told The New Yorker author Ken Auletta: This is the first time in my 32 years of public broadcasting that CPB has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons.

    And further, that now:
    There is a problem with the CPB. Whether it is a Democratic or Republican President who appoints them, CPB board members tend to be big political donors who often come with specific ideological agendas. This seems particularly true of the current board.

    For example, President George W. Bush's most recent CPB appointees, Gay Hart Gaines and Cheryl Halpern, and their families, have given more than $800,000 to the Republican Party and candidates since 1995. Both these appointees have backgrounds that raise questions about their suitability to serve on the CPB board. During her confirmation hearing last fall, Halpern indicated that she would welcome giving CPB members the authority to intervene in program content when they felt a program was biased. Gaines chaired Newt Gingrich's (R-GA) political committee GOPAC. Gingrich as House Speaker proposed cutting all federal assistance to public TV.

    Board chairman Kenneth Tomlinson has given $7,700 to Republicans since 1995, and has been active in Republican politics. A friend of Karl Rove, he is quoted in The New Yorker as saying that It is absolutely critical for people on the right to feel they have the same ownership stake in public television as people on the left have, and he objected to Moyers' including commentary in his programs.

    Columnist Ed Garvey has more thoughts.

    Posted by Eric at 05:36 AM | Comments (28)

    PBS Going Right?

    As reported by Common Cause, a previous New Yorker article noted:

    The decision by CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) to fund two programs -- one hosted by Tucker Carlson, who speaks for conservatives on CNN's Crossfire, and one moderated by Paul Gigot, editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, at the same time that NOW with Bill Moyers, which receives no CPB funds, is cut from an hour to 30 minutes;

    What appears to be a Bush Administration litmus test for choosing members of the CPB. When CPB board candidate Chon Noriega, a UCLA media professor and co-founder of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, was interviewed by the White House, he was asked whether the CPB should intervene in programming deemed politically biased. When Professor Noriega said intervention should be used in only extraordinary circumstances, the appointment process ground to a halt, and the White House has asked Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) to put forward another candidate.

    The observation by journalist Moyers, who told The New Yorker author Ken Auletta: This is the first time in my 32 years of public broadcasting that CPB has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons.

    And further, that now:
    There is a problem with the CPB. Whether it is a Democratic or Republican President who appoints them, CPB board members tend to be big political donors who often come with specific ideological agendas. This seems particularly true of the current board.

    For example, President George W. Bush's most recent CPB appointees, Gay Hart Gaines and Cheryl Halpern, and their families, have given more than $800,000 to the Republican Party and candidates since 1995. Both these appointees have backgrounds that raise questions about their suitability to serve on the CPB board. During her confirmation hearing last fall, Halpern indicated that she would welcome giving CPB members the authority to intervene in program content when they felt a program was biased. Gaines chaired Newt Gingrich's (R-GA) political committee GOPAC. Gingrich as House Speaker proposed cutting all federal assistance to public TV.

    Board chairman Kenneth Tomlinson has given $7,700 to Republicans since 1995, and has been active in Republican politics. A friend of Karl Rove, he is quoted in The New Yorker as saying that It is absolutely critical for people on the right to feel they have the same ownership stake in public television as people on the left have, and he objected to Moyers' including commentary in his programs.

    Columnist Ed Garvey has more thoughts.

    Posted by Eric at 05:36 AM | Comments (2)

    O'Reily Compares Michael Moore and Al Franken to Joseph Goebbels

    Goebbels, of course, was Hitler's minister of propaganda. O'Reilly speaks the truth, since both Moore and Franken are partly responsible for the genocide of Jews. Oy, Media Matters:

    O'REILLY: Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth." All right? "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth."

    And that's what Stuart Smalley [O'Reilly regularly refers to Franken as Stuart Smalley, a character Franken created on Saturday Night Live], and Michael Moore and all of these guys do. They just run around ... So who turns out for the screening of this movie [Fahrenheit 9/11] last night? You ready? Now, here are the celebrities that turn out. Here are the people who would turn out to see Josef Goebbels convince you that Poland invaded the Third Reich. It's the same thing, by the way. Propaganda is propaganda. OK?

    Posted by Eric at 04:19 AM | Comments (41)

    O'Reily Compares Michael Moore and Al Franken to Joseph Goebbels

    Goebbels, of course, was Hitler's minister of propaganda. O'Reilly speaks the truth, since both Moore and Franken are partly responsible for the genocide of Jews. Oy, Media Matters:

    O'REILLY: Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth." All right? "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth."

    And that's what Stuart Smalley [O'Reilly regularly refers to Franken as Stuart Smalley, a character Franken created on Saturday Night Live], and Michael Moore and all of these guys do. They just run around ... So who turns out for the screening of this movie [Fahrenheit 9/11] last night? You ready? Now, here are the celebrities that turn out. Here are the people who would turn out to see Josef Goebbels convince you that Poland invaded the Third Reich. It's the same thing, by the way. Propaganda is propaganda. OK?

    Posted by Eric at 04:19 AM | Comments (8)

    June 11, 2004

    Media Gets Facts Wrong About Reagan

    Liberal media continues to strike the conservative icon Ronald Reagan, notes Media Matters:

    According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the longest economic expansions in U.S. history are:

    March 1991 -- March 2001: 120 months
    February 1961 -- December 1969: 106 months
    November 1982 -- July 1990: 92 months

    The expansion Reagan presided over is therefore the third-longest in history. Even at the time of the expansion Reagan presided over -- before the expansion that began in 1991 -- it wasn't the longest in history; it was the second-longest.

    But that's not what many media outlets have been reporting:

    The New York Times (6/6/04): "After the 1981-82 recession, Mr. Reagan presided over the longest economic expansion in history, one that saw the creation of 16 million jobs."

    New York Daily News (6/6/04): "Throughout much of the Reagan presidency, the country enjoyed what was then the longest economic expansion in U.S. history." ...

    Posted by Eric at 07:52 AM | Comments (13)

    Media Gets Facts Wrong About Reagan

    Liberal media continues to strike the conservative icon Ronald Reagan, notes Media Matters:

    According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the longest economic expansions in U.S. history are:

    March 1991 -- March 2001: 120 months
    February 1961 -- December 1969: 106 months
    November 1982 -- July 1990: 92 months

    The expansion Reagan presided over is therefore the third-longest in history. Even at the time of the expansion Reagan presided over -- before the expansion that began in 1991 -- it wasn't the longest in history; it was the second-longest.

    But that's not what many media outlets have been reporting:

    The New York Times (6/6/04): "After the 1981-82 recession, Mr. Reagan presided over the longest economic expansion in history, one that saw the creation of 16 million jobs."

    New York Daily News (6/6/04): "Throughout much of the Reagan presidency, the country enjoyed what was then the longest economic expansion in U.S. history." ...

    Posted by Eric at 07:52 AM | Comments (6)

    June 10, 2004

    Fox News Eggs CNN

    More silliness:

    Fox News is topping CNN - literally. The cable news network that revels in taunting its rival has just put up a big sign proclaiming its No. 1 status smack on top of a CNN billboard at the corner of 47th St. and Sixth Ave.
    Fox is moving its in-your-face marketing campaign against CNN to New York after years of taking swipes against the Time Warner-owned network in Atlanta.

    Since 1999, Fox has been baiting CNN on a billboard across the street from CNN's headquarters, but its contract there just expired. Among past messages: "Come Home Connie. CNN Needs You," referring to ousted CNN anchor Connie Chung.

    Last year CNN struck back, erecting a billboard in Fox's backyard at 47th and Sixth - presumably to shake up Fox execs and employees. But the sign is a block away from most of Fox's studios ... For now, Fox's New York sign is relatively tame. But don't expect that to last.

    "We're just having a little fun," Ailes said. "We're being very docile."

    Posted by Eric at 07:31 AM | Comments (40)

    Fox News Eggs CNN

    More silliness:

    Fox News is topping CNN - literally. The cable news network that revels in taunting its rival has just put up a big sign proclaiming its No. 1 status smack on top of a CNN billboard at the corner of 47th St. and Sixth Ave.
    Fox is moving its in-your-face marketing campaign against CNN to New York after years of taking swipes against the Time Warner-owned network in Atlanta.

    Since 1999, Fox has been baiting CNN on a billboard across the street from CNN's headquarters, but its contract there just expired. Among past messages: "Come Home Connie. CNN Needs You," referring to ousted CNN anchor Connie Chung.

    Last year CNN struck back, erecting a billboard in Fox's backyard at 47th and Sixth - presumably to shake up Fox execs and employees. But the sign is a block away from most of Fox's studios ... For now, Fox's New York sign is relatively tame. But don't expect that to last.

    "We're just having a little fun," Ailes said. "We're being very docile."

    Posted by Eric at 07:31 AM | Comments (4)

    Liberal Media Covers Reagan

    Now I don't want to suggest there's a pattern here or anything, BUUUUHHHT... from the cool kid Wonkette:

    "Inside Politics" (CNN): Hosted former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ronald Reagan Legacy Project's Grover Norquist.
    "Crossfire" (CNN): Hosted former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese, former Reagan adviser Ken Adelman and Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C.
    "Wolf Blitzer Reports" (CNN): Hosted Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
    "Hardball" (MSNBC): Hosted former Reagan advisers Richard Allen and Martin Anderson, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and National Security Council spokesman Sean McCormick.
    "O'Reilly Factor" (FNC): Hosted former Reagan Chief of Staff Michael Deaver.
    "Capital Report" (CNBC): Hosted Empower America's Bill Bennett and Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif.
    "Deborah Norville Tonight" (MSNBC): Hosted former Nancy Reagan spokeswoman Sheila Tate.
    "Larry King Live" (CNN): Hosted former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford.
    "Hannity & Colmes" (FNC): Hosted Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Meese.
    "Scarborough Country" (MSNBC): Hosted former Reagan adviser Ed Rollins.
    "Nightline" (ABC): Focused on Ronald Reagan's legacy.

    Posted by Eric at 12:34 AM | Comments (17)

    Liberal Media Covers Reagan

    Now I don't want to suggest there's a pattern here or anything, BUUUUHHHT... from the cool kid Wonkette:

    "Inside Politics" (CNN): Hosted former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ronald Reagan Legacy Project's Grover Norquist.
    "Crossfire" (CNN): Hosted former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese, former Reagan adviser Ken Adelman and Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C.
    "Wolf Blitzer Reports" (CNN): Hosted Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
    "Hardball" (MSNBC): Hosted former Reagan advisers Richard Allen and Martin Anderson, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and National Security Council spokesman Sean McCormick.
    "O'Reilly Factor" (FNC): Hosted former Reagan Chief of Staff Michael Deaver.
    "Capital Report" (CNBC): Hosted Empower America's Bill Bennett and Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif.
    "Deborah Norville Tonight" (MSNBC): Hosted former Nancy Reagan spokeswoman Sheila Tate.
    "Larry King Live" (CNN): Hosted former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford.
    "Hannity & Colmes" (FNC): Hosted Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Meese.
    "Scarborough Country" (MSNBC): Hosted former Reagan adviser Ed Rollins.
    "Nightline" (ABC): Focused on Ronald Reagan's legacy.

    Posted by Eric at 12:34 AM | Comments (9)

    Some Dare Compliment Alan Colmes

    Shall I say it? Susan Estrich makes me miss Alan Colmes. There. I said it. Media Maters on the Fox liberal.

    As Media Matters for America noted on June 9, Estrich joined Hannity, Gingrich, and Coulter in purporting to diagnose former Vice President Al Gore's psychiatric state based on Gore's May 26 speech on America's Iraq policy, saying, "He's off the deep end." But Estrich's harsh words for Democrats did not end with Gore.

    Estrich on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY):

    GINGRICH: [Former President Bill] Clinton has, I think, to some extent mellowed and also I believe that a successful Clinton book tour by a more statesman-like Bill Clinton is not a bad prelude to the 2008 campaign by Senator Clinton.

    ESTRICH: Oh, no.

    HANNITY: I think you just about nailed it. It's coming.

    [crosstalk]

    ESTRICH: You [Gingrich] remind me of him. And I can see you two getting along, but she can't get elected, can she now?

    GINGRICH: Oh, she is, I think, one of the most professional people in politics today.

    ESTRICH: Well, I didn't say that.

    GINGRICH: I think she is very formidable.

    .... ESTRICH: I don't know. I don't have a full-time job on TV, so I can't tell you.

    I don't know any liberal radio except the one that's failing.

    Estrich on former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and, again, on Gore:

    HANNITY: Are you embarrassed -- are you embarrassed, Susan, by the rhetoric of -- we're going to show Dean in a minute, but by the rhetoric of Gore, by the rhetoric of Dean? By -- well, let me...

    ESTRICH: I'm so thrilled that I don't have to defend these people. I'm so thrilled that they're not the nominee.

    Another great liberal on Fox.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (33)

    Some Dare Compliment Alan Colmes

    Shall I say it? Susan Estrich makes me miss Alan Colmes. There. I said it. Media Maters on the Fox liberal.

    As Media Matters for America noted on June 9, Estrich joined Hannity, Gingrich, and Coulter in purporting to diagnose former Vice President Al Gore's psychiatric state based on Gore's May 26 speech on America's Iraq policy, saying, "He's off the deep end." But Estrich's harsh words for Democrats did not end with Gore.

    Estrich on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY):

    GINGRICH: [Former President Bill] Clinton has, I think, to some extent mellowed and also I believe that a successful Clinton book tour by a more statesman-like Bill Clinton is not a bad prelude to the 2008 campaign by Senator Clinton.

    ESTRICH: Oh, no.

    HANNITY: I think you just about nailed it. It's coming.

    [crosstalk]

    ESTRICH: You [Gingrich] remind me of him. And I can see you two getting along, but she can't get elected, can she now?

    GINGRICH: Oh, she is, I think, one of the most professional people in politics today.

    ESTRICH: Well, I didn't say that.

    GINGRICH: I think she is very formidable.

    .... ESTRICH: I don't know. I don't have a full-time job on TV, so I can't tell you.

    I don't know any liberal radio except the one that's failing.

    Estrich on former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and, again, on Gore:

    HANNITY: Are you embarrassed -- are you embarrassed, Susan, by the rhetoric of -- we're going to show Dean in a minute, but by the rhetoric of Gore, by the rhetoric of Dean? By -- well, let me...

    ESTRICH: I'm so thrilled that I don't have to defend these people. I'm so thrilled that they're not the nominee.

    Another great liberal on Fox.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (1)

    June 09, 2004

    News Audiences Increasingly Politicized; Distrust News Orgs

    New Pew survey out; spin away.

    Among:

  • "Since 2000, the Fox News Channel's gains have been greatest among political conservatives and Republicans. More than half of regular Fox viewers describe themselves as politically conservative (52%), up from 40% four years ago. At the same time, CNN, Fox's principal rival, has a more Democrat-leaning audience than in the past"
  • "CNN's once dominant credibility ratings have slumped in recent years, mostly among Republicans and independents. By comparison, the Fox News Channel's believability ratings have remained steady both overall and within partisan groups. Nonetheless, among those able to rate the networks, more continue to say they can believe all or most of what they hear on CNN than say
    that about Fox News Channel (32% vs. 25%)."
  • "The nationwide poll of 3,000 adults, conducted April 19-May 12, 2004, finds that the audiences for Rush Limbaugh's radio show and Bill O'Reilly's TV program remain overwhelmingly conservative and Republican. By contrast, audiences for some other news sources notably NPR, the NewsHour, and magazines like the New Yorker, the Atlantic and Harper's tilt liberal and Democratic, but not nearly to the same degree"

    Posted by Eric at 09:54 AM | Comments (11)

    News Audiences Increasingly Politicized; Distrust News Orgs

    New Pew survey out; spin away.

    Among:

  • "Since 2000, the Fox News Channel's gains have been greatest among political conservatives and Republicans. More than half of regular Fox viewers describe themselves as politically conservative (52%), up from 40% four years ago. At the same time, CNN, Fox's principal rival, has a more Democrat-leaning audience than in the past"
  • "CNN's once dominant credibility ratings have slumped in recent years, mostly among Republicans and independents. By comparison, the Fox News Channel's believability ratings have remained steady both overall and within partisan groups. Nonetheless, among those able to rate the networks, more continue to say they can believe all or most of what they hear on CNN than say
    that about Fox News Channel (32% vs. 25%)."
  • "The nationwide poll of 3,000 adults, conducted April 19-May 12, 2004, finds that the audiences for Rush Limbaugh's radio show and Bill O'Reilly's TV program remain overwhelmingly conservative and Republican. By contrast, audiences for some other news sources notably NPR, the NewsHour, and magazines like the New Yorker, the Atlantic and Harper's tilt liberal and Democratic, but not nearly to the same degree"

    Posted by Eric at 09:54 AM | Comments (1)

    CNBC Fires Analyst for Hitler Salutes

    That's a weird headline, huh. From the Sun-Sentinel:

    Making gestures associated with Nazism during a World Wrestling Entertainment match in Germany last weekend has cost a prominent performer his moonlighting job as a financial analyst on CNBC.

    The network announced Tuesday that John "Bradshaw" Layfield was fired from his job as a CNBC contributor. Layfield was hired last month after serving as a guest analyst for Fox News Channel, which began featuring him regularly last year following the release of his book Have More Money Now.

    In an apparent attempt to draw a crowd response during his match against WWE champion Eddie Guerrero in Munich, eyewitness reports said Layfield goose-stepped around the ring and raised his arm numerous times in an Adolf Hitler salute. Such actions are illegal in Germany, although no criminal charges were brought against the 13-year wrestling veteran after the show.

    In a statement, a CNBC spokesman said Layfield was fired because, "We find his behavior to be offensive, inappropriate and not befitting anyone associated with our network."

    Posted by Eric at 05:40 AM | Comments (49)

    CNBC Fires Analyst for Hitler Salutes

    That's a weird headline, huh. From the Sun-Sentinel:

    Making gestures associated with Nazism during a World Wrestling Entertainment match in Germany last weekend has cost a prominent performer his moonlighting job as a financial analyst on CNBC.

    The network announced Tuesday that John "Bradshaw" Layfield was fired from his job as a CNBC contributor. Layfield was hired last month after serving as a guest analyst for Fox News Channel, which began featuring him regularly last year following the release of his book Have More Money Now.

    In an apparent attempt to draw a crowd response during his match against WWE champion Eddie Guerrero in Munich, eyewitness reports said Layfield goose-stepped around the ring and raised his arm numerous times in an Adolf Hitler salute. Such actions are illegal in Germany, although no criminal charges were brought against the 13-year wrestling veteran after the show.

    In a statement, a CNBC spokesman said Layfield was fired because, "We find his behavior to be offensive, inappropriate and not befitting anyone associated with our network."

    Posted by Eric at 05:40 AM | Comments (16)

    ACLU: Quite Dangerous

    Bill O'Reilly on the ACLU, courtesy of Media Matters:

    Concluding a June 2 discussion on The Radio Factor in which he criticized the ACLU for threatening to sue Los Angeles County if the county failed to remove a cross from its official seal -- which the ACLU argues violates the constitutional separation of church and state -- O'Reilly summed up his view of the organization ...

    O'REILLY: Finally, the ACLU -- we talked about this yesterday and I -- and, you know, I have to pick on the ACLU because they're the most dangerous organization in the United States of America right now. There's by far. There's nobody even close to that. They're, like, second next to Al Qaeda.

    Wow. I guess the other terrorist organizations need to start suing more California counties.

    Posted by Eric at 01:57 AM | Comments (27)

    ACLU: Quite Dangerous

    Bill O'Reilly on the ACLU, courtesy of Media Matters:

    Concluding a June 2 discussion on The Radio Factor in which he criticized the ACLU for threatening to sue Los Angeles County if the county failed to remove a cross from its official seal -- which the ACLU argues violates the constitutional separation of church and state -- O'Reilly summed up his view of the organization ...

    O'REILLY: Finally, the ACLU -- we talked about this yesterday and I -- and, you know, I have to pick on the ACLU because they're the most dangerous organization in the United States of America right now. There's by far. There's nobody even close to that. They're, like, second next to Al Qaeda.

    Wow. I guess the other terrorist organizations need to start suing more California counties.

    Posted by Eric at 01:57 AM | Comments (4)

    June 08, 2004

    Dinesh D'Souza on CNN Payroll

    I mean really; link via Atrios ...

    As an undergraduate in the early 1980s at Dartmouth College, D'Souza gained national notoriety as co-founder and editor of the conservative newspaper The Dartmouth Review. During D'Souza's tenure as editor of the Review, according to a September 22, 1995, article in The Washington Post, "[T]he off-campus newspaper [The Dartmouth Review] published an interview with a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, using a mock photograph of a black man hanging from a campus tree, and 'outed' at least two gay students."

    Posted by Eric at 08:16 PM | Comments (22)

    Dinesh D'Souza on CNN Payroll

    I mean really; link via Atrios ...

    As an undergraduate in the early 1980s at Dartmouth College, D'Souza gained national notoriety as co-founder and editor of the conservative newspaper The Dartmouth Review. During D'Souza's tenure as editor of the Review, according to a September 22, 1995, article in The Washington Post, "[T]he off-campus newspaper [The Dartmouth Review] published an interview with a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, using a mock photograph of a black man hanging from a campus tree, and 'outed' at least two gay students."

    Posted by Eric at 08:16 PM | Comments (0)

    'Liberal Media' on Reagan

    Joe Strupp, senior editor of the 'Editor and Publisher' (I'm senior Hamster of The Hamster), writes that the press has gone soft in its coverage of Ronald Reagan, link via Skippy.

    So the overwhelming praise for a president who plunged the nation into its worst deficit ever, ignored and cut public money for the poor, while also ignoring the AIDS crisis, is a bit tough to take. During my years at Brooklyn College, between 1984 and 1988, countless classmates had to drop out or find other ways to pay for school because of Reagan's policies, which included slashing federal grants for poor students and cutting survivor benefits for families of the disabled.

    Not to mention the Iran-contra scandal, failed 'supply-side economics,' the ludicrous invasion of Grenada, 241 dead Marines in Lebanon, and a costly military buildup that may have contributed to the breakup of the Soviet Union (there were plenty of other reasons too) but also kept us closer to nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, besides leaving us billions of dollars in debt.

    And should we even mention the many senior Reagan officials, including ex-White House aide Michael Deaver and national security adviser Robert McFarlane, convicted of various offenses? What about Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger indicted but later pardoned by the first President Bush?

    Paying respect is one thing, and well deserved, but the way the press is gushing over Reagan is too much to take, sparking renewed talk of putting him on the $10 bill or Mount Rushmore.

    And how about the Sac Bee?
    Among the worst, however, was The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, which also apparently likes to ignore the facts, in claiming that Reagan "took full responsibility" for Iran-contra. When was this? When he continuously claimed not to remember his involvement?

    Posted by Eric at 12:33 AM | Comments (14)

    'Liberal Media' on Reagan

    Joe Strupp, senior editor of the 'Editor and Publisher' (I'm senior Hamster of The Hamster), writes that the press has gone soft in its coverage of Ronald Reagan, link via Skippy.

    So the overwhelming praise for a president who plunged the nation into its worst deficit ever, ignored and cut public money for the poor, while also ignoring the AIDS crisis, is a bit tough to take. During my years at Brooklyn College, between 1984 and 1988, countless classmates had to drop out or find other ways to pay for school because of Reagan's policies, which included slashing federal grants for poor students and cutting survivor benefits for families of the disabled.

    Not to mention the Iran-contra scandal, failed 'supply-side economics,' the ludicrous invasion of Grenada, 241 dead Marines in Lebanon, and a costly military buildup that may have contributed to the breakup of the Soviet Union (there were plenty of other reasons too) but also kept us closer to nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, besides leaving us billions of dollars in debt.

    And should we even mention the many senior Reagan officials, including ex-White House aide Michael Deaver and national security adviser Robert McFarlane, convicted of various offenses? What about Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger indicted but later pardoned by the first President Bush?

    Paying respect is one thing, and well deserved, but the way the press is gushing over Reagan is too much to take, sparking renewed talk of putting him on the $10 bill or Mount Rushmore.

    And how about the Sac Bee?
    Among the worst, however, was The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, which also apparently likes to ignore the facts, in claiming that Reagan "took full responsibility" for Iran-contra. When was this? When he continuously claimed not to remember his involvement?

    Posted by Eric at 12:33 AM | Comments (2)

    June 04, 2004

    O'Reilly Refuses Media Matters for Air Time

    From Media Matters:

    FOX News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor has refused Media Matters for America's request for time on the broadcast to discuss attacks on philanthropist George Soros by host Bill O'Reilly and by O'Reilly's guest Richard Poe, a contributing editor of the right-wing magazine NewsMax.

    Poe appeared on the May 18 edition of The O'Reilly Factor to promote his NewsMax article "George Soros' Coup." Media Matters for America has issued an analysis of the Poe article, detailing factual errors and misrepresentations (05/19/04).

    On May 19, Media Matters for America President and CEO David Brock wrote to O'Reilly asking for time on the broadcast to debate the anti-Soros attacks. On June 1, O'Reilly's producer denied the request, suggesting O'Reilly was no longer pursuing the subject. Yet on the June 1 broadcast of The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, O'Reilly spent nearly half his show attacking Soros; and on the June 1 O'Reilly Factor TV broadcast, O'Reilly featured unrebutted attacks on Soros by FOX News contributor Newt Gingrich.

    Posted by Eric at 04:23 PM | Comments (44)

    O'Reilly Refuses Media Matters for Air Time

    From Media Matters:

    FOX News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor has refused Media Matters for America's request for time on the broadcast to discuss attacks on philanthropist George Soros by host Bill O'Reilly and by O'Reilly's guest Richard Poe, a contributing editor of the right-wing magazine NewsMax.

    Poe appeared on the May 18 edition of The O'Reilly Factor to promote his NewsMax article "George Soros' Coup." Media Matters for America has issued an analysis of the Poe article, detailing factual errors and misrepresentations (05/19/04).

    On May 19, Media Matters for America President and CEO David Brock wrote to O'Reilly asking for time on the broadcast to debate the anti-Soros attacks. On June 1, O'Reilly's producer denied the request, suggesting O'Reilly was no longer pursuing the subject. Yet on the June 1 broadcast of The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, O'Reilly spent nearly half his show attacking Soros; and on the June 1 O'Reilly Factor TV broadcast, O'Reilly featured unrebutted attacks on Soros by FOX News contributor Newt Gingrich.

    Posted by Eric at 04:23 PM | Comments (12)

    June 02, 2004

    Miller Time Lonely Time

    From CableNewser, this item about the sinking CNBC show:

    Dennis Millers 9pm CNBC show is still at the bottom of the ratings charts -- and it dipped lower last month. In April, Miller averaged 211,000 households, 263,000 persons age 2+, and 105,000 persons 25-54. In May, the show slumped to 132,000 households, 175,000 persons age 2+, and 66,000 persons 25-54 declines of 30 to 40%

    Posted by Eric at 06:57 PM | Comments (43)

    Miller Time Lonely Time

    From CableNewser, this item about the sinking CNBC show:

    Dennis Millers 9pm CNBC show is still at the bottom of the ratings charts -- and it dipped lower last month. In April, Miller averaged 211,000 households, 263,000 persons age 2+, and 105,000 persons 25-54. In May, the show slumped to 132,000 households, 175,000 persons age 2+, and 66,000 persons 25-54 declines of 30 to 40%

    Posted by Eric at 06:57 PM | Comments (2)

    Silly Neal Boortz

    The O'Franken Factor catches the libertarian talk show host in a lie.

    Posted by Eric at 06:40 PM | Comments (2)

    Silly Neal Boortz

    The O'Franken Factor catches the libertarian talk show host in a lie.

    Posted by Eric at 06:40 PM | Comments (0)

    Dems Invite Bloggers to Convention

    Would also get press credentials, AP:

    These traditionally non-establishment social commentators will be chosen based on their professionalism, the number of readers who check their blog on a regular basis, and how much of their content is original. DNC officials have not determined how many credentials will be issued.

    During an election cycle transformed by Howard Dean's use of the Internet in his fight for the nomination, Democratic officials are trying to engage a wider array of Americans in the Boston festivities, from July 26 to 29 at the FleetCenter.

    "We hope to bring back to political conventions something of the spirit of the early American democracy, the wide-ranging, freewheeling, and raucous discussions about the state of the nation and the state of the party," Matt Stoller, the DNC's Blog Community Coordinator, wrote in his first posting.

    Party organizers even drew a connection between blogging a quintessentially 21st century mode of communication and the convention city's rich political heritage.

    Obviously a nice gesture by the establishment Dems to the grassroots.

    This blog was invited to apply for press credentials to the convention but, well, a plane ticket from Hawaii to Boston is, uh, pricey.

    Posted by Eric at 05:17 AM | Comments (25)

    Dems Invite Bloggers to Convention

    Would also get press credentials, AP:

    These traditionally non-establishment social commentators will be chosen based on their professionalism, the number of readers who check their blog on a regular basis, and how much of their content is original. DNC officials have not determined how many credentials will be issued.

    During an election cycle transformed by Howard Dean's use of the Internet in his fight for the nomination, Democratic officials are trying to engage a wider array of Americans in the Boston festivities, from July 26 to 29 at the FleetCenter.

    "We hope to bring back to political conventions something of the spirit of the early American democracy, the wide-ranging, freewheeling, and raucous discussions about the state of the nation and the state of the party," Matt Stoller, the DNC's Blog Community Coordinator, wrote in his first posting.

    Party organizers even drew a connection between blogging a quintessentially 21st century mode of communication and the convention city's rich political heritage.

    Obviously a nice gesture by the establishment Dems to the grassroots.

    This blog was invited to apply for press credentials to the convention but, well, a plane ticket from Hawaii to Boston is, uh, pricey.

    Posted by Eric at 05:17 AM | Comments (5)

    Coulter in Limbaugh Denial

    The Coulter claim, from Media Matters:

    O'REILLY: No, they are. You know that. I'm not going to embarrass people but on the radio, talk radio you have right wing commentators say it's just hazing, what's the big deal?

    COULTER: If I know what you're referring to, there were two hours and 59 minutes not saying that and at one point making fun of liberals for making fun of -- if you're talking about Rush, but Rush went on...

    O'REILLY: ...program and he said it's not a big deal, it's just hazing.

    COULTER: If you're talking about Rush, he definitely didn't say that.What other talk radio hosts say...

    O'REILLY: I compete against him every day on the radio and I know what he says. He said many, many times and not only him that it wasn't a big deal.

    COULTER: No, he didn't say that, but whatever -- no.

    I'm not sure why O'Reilly feels he shouldn't "embarrass" people by mentioning their names on air. Isn't his show supposed to be a hard-hitting, non-partisan show (ha).

    As they usually do, Media Matters with the reality:

    CALLER: It was like a college fraternity prank that stacked up naked men --

    LIMBAUGH: Exactly. Exactly my point! This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation and we're going to ruin people's lives over it and we're going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of need to blow some steam off?

    So Ann Coulter lied. Snap.

    Posted by Eric at 03:31 AM | Comments (16)

    Coulter in Limbaugh Denial

    The Coulter claim, from Media Matters:

    O'REILLY: No, they are. You know that. I'm not going to embarrass people but on the radio, talk radio you have right wing commentators say it's just hazing, what's the big deal?

    COULTER: If I know what you're referring to, there were two hours and 59 minutes not saying that and at one point making fun of liberals for making fun of -- if you're talking about Rush, but Rush went on...

    O'REILLY: ...program and he said it's not a big deal, it's just hazing.

    COULTER: If you're talking about Rush, he definitely didn't say that.What other talk radio hosts say...

    O'REILLY: I compete against him every day on the radio and I know what he says. He said many, many times and not only him that it wasn't a big deal.

    COULTER: No, he didn't say that, but whatever -- no.

    I'm not sure why O'Reilly feels he shouldn't "embarrass" people by mentioning their names on air. Isn't his show supposed to be a hard-hitting, non-partisan show (ha).

    As they usually do, Media Matters with the reality:

    CALLER: It was like a college fraternity prank that stacked up naked men --

    LIMBAUGH: Exactly. Exactly my point! This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation and we're going to ruin people's lives over it and we're going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of need to blow some steam off?

    So Ann Coulter lied. Snap.

    Posted by Eric at 03:31 AM | Comments (6)

    June 01, 2004

    Howard Dean Starts Syndicated Column

    Here.

    Posted by Eric at 01:35 PM | Comments (30)

    Howard Dean Starts Syndicated Column

    Here.

    Posted by Eric at 01:35 PM | Comments (0)

    I BET JONAH'S FULL OF IT

    TBogg notes that "Jonah slits his throat with Occam's Razor": Exhibit 1:

    I BET MOORE'S LYING [Jonah Goldberg ]
    Occam's razor, my friends, the simplest explanation is usually the best.
    Exhibit 2:
    I WAS WRONG [Jonah Goldberg]
    Moore didn't lie about having Berg footage.
    Posted at 08:52 AM

    Posted by Eric at 01:17 PM | Comments (6)

    I BET JONAH'S FULL OF IT

    TBogg notes that "Jonah slits his throat with Occam's Razor": Exhibit 1:

    I BET MOORE'S LYING [Jonah Goldberg ]
    Occam's razor, my friends, the simplest explanation is usually the best.
    Exhibit 2:
    I WAS WRONG [Jonah Goldberg]
    Moore didn't lie about having Berg footage.
    Posted at 08:52 AM

    Posted by Eric at 01:17 PM | Comments (1)

    May 28, 2004

    Liberal Media Spreads al Qaeda-Kerry Myth

    As noted in CAP's Progress Report:

    Yesterday, CNN Justice Department correspondent Kelli Arena spread the unsubstantiated myth that al Qaeda has a preference in the upcoming U.S. elections. Arena, who is supposed to be an objective journalist, claimed, "there is some speculation that al Qaeda believes it has a better chance of winning in Iraq if John Kerry is in the White House." Arena's comment came on the same day Kerry called for 40,000 more troops in Iraq.
    Atrios has some suggestions on ways to respond to CNN:
    Atlanta:
    404-827-1500

    Washington:
    202-898-7900

    You can communicate your thoughts to Ms. Arena personally at:
    kelli.arena@turner.com

    Posted by Eric at 04:31 PM | Comments (34)

    Liberal Media Spreads al Qaeda-Kerry Myth

    As noted in CAP's Progress Report:

    Yesterday, CNN Justice Department correspondent Kelli Arena spread the unsubstantiated myth that al Qaeda has a preference in the upcoming U.S. elections. Arena, who is supposed to be an objective journalist, claimed, "there is some speculation that al Qaeda believes it has a better chance of winning in Iraq if John Kerry is in the White House." Arena's comment came on the same day Kerry called for 40,000 more troops in Iraq.
    Atrios has some suggestions on ways to respond to CNN:
    Atlanta:
    404-827-1500

    Washington:
    202-898-7900

    You can communicate your thoughts to Ms. Arena personally at:
    kelli.arena@turner.com

    Posted by Eric at 04:31 PM | Comments (4)

    May 27, 2004

    Hannity: "Can we pray for the reelection of George Bush?"

    I've got another thing to add to my prayer list:

    JOSEPH: Well, we're asking people this Sunday, is the 30th, one month before the handover. We're just asking people to set aside a day of prayer to pray for Iraq, that somehow this handover will...

    HANNITY: Can we pray for the reelection of George Bush?

    JOSEPH: And then also pray -- pray for the Christians.

    HANNITY: Were you a supporter of President Bush? Tell me honestly.

    Posted by Eric at 05:55 PM | Comments (5)

    Hannity: "Can we pray for the reelection of George Bush?"

    I've got another thing to add to my prayer list:

    JOSEPH: Well, we're asking people this Sunday, is the 30th, one month before the handover. We're just asking people to set aside a day of prayer to pray for Iraq, that somehow this handover will...

    HANNITY: Can we pray for the reelection of George Bush?

    JOSEPH: And then also pray -- pray for the Christians.

    HANNITY: Were you a supporter of President Bush? Tell me honestly.

    Posted by Eric at 05:55 PM | Comments (8)

    O'Franken Posts Strong Initial Ratings

    People are listening to The O'Franken Factor and the AAR, as notes Chicago Tribune:

    Despite ongoing financial woes, Air America Radio appears to have garnered a significant audience during its first month on the air, particularly among the younger listeners sought by advertisers.

    An analysis of recently released figures from Arbitron, the radio ratings service, showed that in New York Air America beat Rush Limbaugh's station among 25-to-54-year-olds during the period that Limbaugh and Al Franken, the host of the flagship show "The O'Franken Factor," go head-to-head.

    In Chicago, even though the network was available for only 28 days in April, Air America increased the average share of 25-to-54-year-old listeners on WNTD-950 AM from a 0.1 percent share in February to a 2 percent share in April.

    However, this caveat:
    The April audience estimates, which are the first data indicating whether or not Air America's brand of liberal talk radio can find an audience, come from a third-party analysis of Arbitron data, called "extrapolations."

    Insiders cautioned that, while it is standard to use extrapolations as a guide to the performance of a station, they are preliminary and prone to a certain margin of error.

    Posted by Eric at 05:06 PM | Comments (13)

    O'Franken Posts Strong Initial Ratings

    People are listening to The O'Franken Factor and the AAR, as notes Chicago Tribune:

    Despite ongoing financial woes, Air America Radio appears to have garnered a significant audience during its first month on the air, particularly among the younger listeners sought by advertisers.

    An analysis of recently released figures from Arbitron, the radio ratings service, showed that in New York Air America beat Rush Limbaugh's station among 25-to-54-year-olds during the period that Limbaugh and Al Franken, the host of the flagship show "The O'Franken Factor," go head-to-head.

    In Chicago, even though the network was available for only 28 days in April, Air America increased the average share of 25-to-54-year-old listeners on WNTD-950 AM from a 0.1 percent share in February to a 2 percent share in April.

    However, this caveat:
    The April audience estimates, which are the first data indicating whether or not Air America's brand of liberal talk radio can find an audience, come from a third-party analysis of Arbitron data, called "extrapolations."

    Insiders cautioned that, while it is standard to use extrapolations as a guide to the performance of a station, they are preliminary and prone to a certain margin of error.

    Posted by Eric at 05:06 PM | Comments (0)

    Interesting: NPR Favors Republicans / Elitists

    A new study from FAIR finds that the supposedly liberal network is not all that liberal in its guestlist:

    FAIR's study looked at every on-air source quoted in June 2003 on NPR's four main news shows: All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday. Think tank sources and regular commentators were analyzed over a four-month period. Results were compared to those from a 1993 FAIR study of NPR sources ... * PUBLIC VS. ELITE SOURCES: Elite sources-- including government officials, professional experts and corporate representatives--
    accounted for 64 percent of all sources. Non-elite sources-- including public interest voices, workers and members of the general public-- made up 31 percent, up from 17 percent in 1993. But more than two-thirds of the non-elite sources were "people on the street," often anonymous sources who tended to be quoted in one-sentence soundbites. Only 7 percent of all sources represented public interest groups, organized citizens groups who articulate a broad range of public viewpoints ...

    * REPUBLICANS AMPLIFIED: Comparing partisan sourcesincluding government officials, party officials, campaign workers and consultantsRepublicans outnumbered Democrats by more than three to two (61 percent to 38 percent). Even when Democrats controlled the White House and both houses of Congress in FAIR's 1993 study, Republicans outnumbered Democrats 57 to 42 percent.

    * THINK TANK SOURCES SKEW RIGHT: Representatives of think tanks to the right of center outnumbered those to the left of center by more than four to one, 62 appearances to 15. Centrist think tanks made 56 appearances.

    Posted by Eric at 04:53 PM | Comments (14)

    Interesting: NPR Favors Republicans / Elitists

    A new study from FAIR finds that the supposedly liberal network is not all that liberal in its guestlist:

    FAIR's study looked at every on-air source quoted in June 2003 on NPR's four main news shows: All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday. Think tank sources and regular commentators were analyzed over a four-month period. Results were compared to those from a 1993 FAIR study of NPR sources ... * PUBLIC VS. ELITE SOURCES: Elite sources-- including government officials, professional experts and corporate representatives--
    accounted for 64 percent of all sources. Non-elite sources-- including public interest voices, workers and members of the general public-- made up 31 percent, up from 17 percent in 1993. But more than two-thirds of the non-elite sources were "people on the street," often anonymous sources who tended to be quoted in one-sentence soundbites. Only 7 percent of all sources represented public interest groups, organized citizens groups who articulate a broad range of public viewpoints ...

    * REPUBLICANS AMPLIFIED: Comparing partisan sourcesincluding government officials, party officials, campaign workers and consultantsRepublicans outnumbered Democrats by more than three to two (61 percent to 38 percent). Even when Democrats controlled the White House and both houses of Congress in FAIR's 1993 study, Republicans outnumbered Democrats 57 to 42 percent.

    * THINK TANK SOURCES SKEW RIGHT: Representatives of think tanks to the right of center outnumbered those to the left of center by more than four to one, 62 appearances to 15. Centrist think tanks made 56 appearances.

    Posted by Eric at 04:53 PM | Comments (3)

    Dean to Start Syndicated Column

    According to the Burlington FreePress, Dean will start next week:

    "He's just really excited about this," said Laura Gross, communications secretary for Democracy for America, the grass-roots advocacy group Dean started after his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination ended in February.

    "This will give Governor Dean a chance to talk about political issues that are important to him," Gross said. "He's glad to have a forum for that, especially in this election season." Dean was traveling in New York on Wednesday and was unavailable for comment.

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but an official for the syndicate confirmed the arrangement Wednesday and said Dean's weekly column would be sent to 700 newspapers beginning next week.

    Posted by Eric at 01:15 PM | Comments (9)

    Dean to Start Syndicated Column

    According to the Burlington FreePress, Dean will start next week:

    "He's just really excited about this," said Laura Gross, communications secretary for Democracy for America, the grass-roots advocacy group Dean started after his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination ended in February.

    "This will give Governor Dean a chance to talk about political issues that are important to him," Gross said. "He's glad to have a forum for that, especially in this election season." Dean was traveling in New York on Wednesday and was unavailable for comment.

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but an official for the syndicate confirmed the arrangement Wednesday and said Dean's weekly column would be sent to 700 newspapers beginning next week.

    Posted by Eric at 01:15 PM | Comments (2)

    May 26, 2004

    The-Hamster.com Cited in David Brock's Book

    Thanks to David Brock for using the-hamster.com as a reference in his new book, The Republican Noise Machine : Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy. I've gone through several chapters of it, and the book does not disappoint.

    The reference was a poll FoxNews.com had on its website. This was the poll question and answers, which I cut and paste onto the website in October of 2002 (all the way back then, yes):

    Babs Babbling? Barbra Streisand has urged Dems to 'go on the offensive' against the Iraq war. What do you think? Options: "She should shut up -- what does she know?" or "She's exercising her freedom of speech."
    Fair and balanced polling indeed. Oh, and yeah, 85% said she should shut up.

    EDIT: Brock also cited something from the old "The Hamster" site in which I noted that Bill O'Reilly lied during a call-in session on CSPAN at the 2003 Book Expo in Los Angeles. During the live chat, a caller claimed that O'Reilly made a comparison of the Koran to Mein Kampf. O'Reilly responded:

    No, you cant finish. Because once you lie, youre out of the box. Thats the No Spin Zone. Get it? You cant say on national television, even if it is C-SPAN, You compared the Koran to Mein Kampf. Thats a lie, all right? So youre out of the box.
    However, on The O'Reilly Factor for July 10, 2002, O'Reilly had this exchange with Dr. Robert Kirkpatrick (ENGLISH PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-CHAPEL HILL):
    O'REILLY: I wouldn't read the book. And I'll tell you why I wouldn't have read "Mein Kampf" either. If I were going to UNC in 1941, and you, professor, said, Read "Mein Kampf," I would have said, Hey, professor, with all due respect, shove it. I ain't reading it.
    For more on how the Right-Wing media lies, pick up: The Republican Noise Machine : Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy.

    Posted by Eric at 05:05 PM | Comments (24)

    The-Hamster.com Cited in David Brock's Book

    Thanks to David Brock for using the-hamster.com as a reference in his new book, The Republican Noise Machine : Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy. I've gone through several chapters of it, and the book does not disappoint.

    The reference was a poll FoxNews.com had on its website. This was the poll question and answers, which I cut and paste onto the website in October of 2002 (all the way back then, yes):

    Babs Babbling? Barbra Streisand has urged Dems to 'go on the offensive' against the Iraq war. What do you think? Options: "She should shut up -- what does she know?" or "She's exercising her freedom of speech."
    Fair and balanced polling indeed. Oh, and yeah, 85% said she should shut up.

    EDIT: Brock also cited something from the old "The Hamster" site in which I noted that Bill O'Reilly lied during a call-in session on CSPAN at the 2003 Book Expo in Los Angeles. During the live chat, a caller claimed that O'Reilly made a comparison of the Koran to Mein Kampf. O'Reilly responded:

    No, you cant finish. Because once you lie, youre out of the box. Thats the No Spin Zone. Get it? You cant say on national television, even if it is C-SPAN, You compared the Koran to Mein Kampf. Thats a lie, all right? So youre out of the box.
    However, on The O'Reilly Factor for July 10, 2002, O'Reilly had this exchange with Dr. Robert Kirkpatrick (ENGLISH PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-CHAPEL HILL):
    O'REILLY: I wouldn't read the book. And I'll tell you why I wouldn't have read "Mein Kampf" either. If I were going to UNC in 1941, and you, professor, said, Read "Mein Kampf," I would have said, Hey, professor, with all due respect, shove it. I ain't reading it.
    For more on how the Right-Wing media lies, pick up: The Republican Noise Machine : Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy.

    Posted by Eric at 05:05 PM | Comments (5)

    Lying Liar: Ben Shapiro

    Ben Shapiro: lying liar. Link via ConWebWatch, The Daily Bruin of UCLA points out numerous problems with Ben Shapiro's new book, "Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth."

    So how does Shapiro react to the numerous mistakes and problems?

    Shapiro rescheduled Monday an in-person meeting that was supposed to take place that morning and asked to be interviewed by phone instead. Shapiro canceled the phone interview after being presented with the errors through e-mail and would only comment in a statement by e-mail.

    "I stand behind the facts in my book, and behind the major point of my book: The overwhelming majority of professors are leftists, and their leftism enters the classroom," he wrote.

    After canceling his interview, he did not return calls and messages left to his home and cell phone but responded in a later e-mail that he would not be able to talk for "the next several weeks."

    He wrote that he is busy with the publicity campaign for his book, which in an interview last week he said would launch today.

    Posted by Eric at 01:54 AM | Comments (226)

    Lying Liar: Ben Shapiro

    Ben Shapiro: lying liar. Link via ConWebWatch, The Daily Bruin of UCLA points out numerous problems with Ben Shapiro's new book, "Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth."

    So how does Shapiro react to the numerous mistakes and problems?

    Shapiro rescheduled Monday an in-person meeting that was supposed to take place that morning and asked to be interviewed by phone instead. Shapiro canceled the phone interview after being presented with the errors through e-mail and would only comment in a statement by e-mail.

    "I stand behind the facts in my book, and behind the major point of my book: The overwhelming majority of professors are leftists, and their leftism enters the classroom," he wrote.

    After canceling his interview, he did not return calls and messages left to his home and cell phone but responded in a later e-mail that he would not be able to talk for "the next several weeks."

    He wrote that he is busy with the publicity campaign for his book, which in an interview last week he said would launch today.

    Posted by Eric at 01:54 AM | Comments (11)

    May 25, 2004

    Savage on Asians and Dogs

    Hahahaha ... Ah, yes. The man the 'liberal' NBC News gave a news talk show. Media Matters:

    SAVAGE: [apparently reading from an article in USA Today] "Researchers have surprising news about what breeds of dogs came first and which dogs are more closely related." What do I give a rat's behind about which dog is related? Why is this study done? All I know is we treat dogs very well here, and the great originators of the dog eat them. How come they don't put that in their story about 'em, the Asians still chew 'em up? In China they're in cages waiting to be cooked. Yeah, I know, you're not supposed to say that. All the quiet, sacred soy eaters over there.

    Posted by Eric at 09:36 PM | Comments (54)

    Savage on Asians and Dogs

    Hahahaha ... Ah, yes. The man the 'liberal' NBC News gave a news talk show. Media Matters:

    SAVAGE: [apparently reading from an article in USA Today] "Researchers have surprising news about what breeds of dogs came first and which dogs are more closely related." What do I give a rat's behind about which dog is related? Why is this study done? All I know is we treat dogs very well here, and the great originators of the dog eat them. How come they don't put that in their story about 'em, the Asians still chew 'em up? In China they're in cages waiting to be cooked. Yeah, I know, you're not supposed to say that. All the quiet, sacred soy eaters over there.

    Posted by Eric at 09:36 PM | Comments (8)

    Fox Leads Cable Nets in Speech Coverage

    Ratings posted at Cablenewser:

    8:00 to 8:37pm:
    FOX -- 3,541,000
    CNN -- 1,499,000
    MSNBC -- 934,000

    8 to 9pm:
    FOX -- 3,341,000
    CNN -- 1,399,000
    MSNBC -- 942,000

    8 to 11pm:
    FOX -- 2,292,000
    CNN -- 1,323,000
    MSNBC -- 649,000

    Posted by Eric at 07:49 PM | Comments (9)

    Fox Leads Cable Nets in Speech Coverage

    Ratings posted at Cablenewser:

    8:00 to 8:37pm:
    FOX -- 3,541,000
    CNN -- 1,499,000
    MSNBC -- 934,000

    8 to 9pm:
    FOX -- 3,341,000
    CNN -- 1,399,000
    MSNBC -- 942,000

    8 to 11pm:
    FOX -- 2,292,000
    CNN -- 1,323,000
    MSNBC -- 649,000

    Posted by Eric at 07:49 PM | Comments (3)

    Air America Radio Numbers

    As said on Al Franken's radio show yesterday:

    Arbitron. Spring Phase 1 numbers:

  • 25-54 year olds in New York.
    AAR - 3.4 share from 10am-3pm.
    WABC - 3.2 share (Rush Limbaugh)

  • #1 provider of streaming audio on the internet in April = 6.5 million distinct streams. Average listening time = 51 minutes.

  • KPOJ (AAR's Portland affiliate) - nearly quintupled their cumulative ratings.

    Posted by Eric at 05:48 PM | Comments (6)

    Air America Radio Numbers

    As said on Al Franken's radio show yesterday:

    Arbitron. Spring Phase 1 numbers:

  • 25-54 year olds in New York.
    AAR - 3.4 share from 10am-3pm.
    WABC - 3.2 share (Rush Limbaugh)

  • #1 provider of streaming audio on the internet in April = 6.5 million distinct streams. Average listening time = 51 minutes.

  • KPOJ (AAR's Portland affiliate) - nearly quintupled their cumulative ratings.

    Posted by Eric at 05:48 PM | Comments (2)

    Media Matters

    Conservative shill Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post screws up a Pew research poll, and adds his own little editorial bent.

    Meanwhile, on Fox News, Democrats were largely invisible during the channel's speech coverage:

    FOX News Channel's coverage was anchored by FOX News managing editor and chief Washington correspondent Brit Hume, who moved from Bush to a panel of pundits that included pro-Bush, pro-war conservative syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer; pro-Bush, pro-war conservative Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes; and Washington Post staff writer Ceci Connolly -- FOX News contributors all. National Public Radio senior correspondent and FOX News Channel political contributor Juan Williams, who often appears on Hume's daily 6 p.m. newscast and has been critical of Bush's polices in Iraq, did not appear on the primetime panel.

    Following the panel of two conservative pundits and one news reporter, Hume introduced Representative Peter King (R-NY) as "one who supports the President on this issue." King described the Bush address as "uplifting," "poetry," and said Bush spoke "almost lyrically."

    After a brief exchange with FOX senior White House correspondent Jim Angle, Hume returned to his stacked panel for closing remarks. Krauthammer was given the last word: "He had to answer a question, 'does he have a plan?' The answer is yes, he has a plan, with details and dates. He succeeded."

    Posted by Eric at 05:17 PM | Comments (30)

    Media Matters

    Conservative shill Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post screws up a Pew research poll, and adds his own little editorial bent.

    Meanwhile, on Fox News, Democrats were largely invisible during the channel's speech coverage:

    FOX News Channel's coverage was anchored by FOX News managing editor and chief Washington correspondent Brit Hume, who moved from Bush to a panel of pundits that included pro-Bush, pro-war conservative syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer; pro-Bush, pro-war conservative Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes; and Washington Post staff writer Ceci Connolly -- FOX News contributors all. National Public Radio senior correspondent and FOX News Channel political contributor Juan Williams, who often appears on Hume's daily 6 p.m. newscast and has been critical of Bush's polices in Iraq, did not appear on the primetime panel.

    Following the panel of two conservative pundits and one news reporter, Hume introduced Representative Peter King (R-NY) as "one who supports the President on this issue." King described the Bush address as "uplifting," "poetry," and said Bush spoke "almost lyrically."

    After a brief exchange with FOX senior White House correspondent Jim Angle, Hume returned to his stacked panel for closing remarks. Krauthammer was given the last word: "He had to answer a question, 'does he have a plan?' The answer is yes, he has a plan, with details and dates. He succeeded."

    Posted by Eric at 05:17 PM | Comments (6)

    Cronkite to MTV News?

    It's possible, as the newsman who's even older than Kurt Loder may get a featured role during MTV's election coverage, reports Newsday:

    Forget the fact that Walter Cronkite has never before appeared on MTV; more than likely, no 87-year-old has ever before appeared on MTV. And while his role as sort of a journalistic Gandalf or on-camera sage will be limited to five or six minutes, this still marks a major departure (and adventure) for MTV News.

    How "major?" Consider this: Both Cronkite and MTV News boss Dave Sirulnick now say they're open to the idea of future assignments, including the possibility of an on-air role during the conventions and election night. Cronkite hasn't had a significant election year TV role since the first time Ronald Reagan was elected president, so....

    "That'd be interesting certainly.... How much I participate in the remaining election year is, I think, just kind of up for grabs," says Cronkite. "They [MTV] know I'm interested in doing pieces for them that come along, but they have some excellent young reporters who will be doing the basic coverage of the campaign. If they call upon me to be the senior citizen, I'll be the senior citizen."

    Recently, Cronkite has been writing several op-ed columns for King Features.

    Posted by Eric at 04:44 PM | Comments (13)

    Cronkite to MTV News?

    It's possible, as the newsman who's even older than Kurt Loder may get a featured role during MTV's election coverage, reports Newsday:

    Forget the fact that Walter Cronkite has never before appeared on MTV; more than likely, no 87-year-old has ever before appeared on MTV. And while his role as sort of a journalistic Gandalf or on-camera sage will be limited to five or six minutes, this still marks a major departure (and adventure) for MTV News.

    How "major?" Consider this: Both Cronkite and MTV News boss Dave Sirulnick now say they're open to the idea of future assignments, including the possibility of an on-air role during the conventions and election night. Cronkite hasn't had a significant election year TV role since the first time Ronald Reagan was elected president, so....

    "That'd be interesting certainly.... How much I participate in the remaining election year is, I think, just kind of up for grabs," says Cronkite. "They [MTV] know I'm interested in doing pieces for them that come along, but they have some excellent young reporters who will be doing the basic coverage of the campaign. If they call upon me to be the senior citizen, I'll be the senior citizen."

    Recently, Cronkite has been writing several op-ed columns for King Features.

    Posted by Eric at 04:44 PM | Comments (3)

    May 24, 2004

    Bennett Funnier Than Franken

    Claims Bill Bennett:

    Ex-gambler William J. Bennett - former Cabinet official to Republican Presidents, author of "The Book of Virtues" and confessed loser of $8 million in Las Vegas and Atlantic City - has a new gig: hosting a syndicated morning drive-time radio show. Many folks "think I'm this big scold who is going to wiggle my finger in people's face, but that is not who I am," Bennett tells R&R magazine. "I'd like to think I'm naturally funny. In fact, I know I'm funnier than Al Franken and I don't need a scriptwriter." When I reached Franken at Air America, the liberal radio network, and read him Bennett's boast, the comedian ad-libbed: "Then let's have a funny-off. I'll give him odds and bet $8 million."

    Posted by Eric at 04:42 PM | Comments (32)

    Bennett Funnier Than Franken

    Claims Bill Bennett:

    Ex-gambler William J. Bennett - former Cabinet official to Republican Presidents, author of "The Book of Virtues" and confessed loser of $8 million in Las Vegas and Atlantic City - has a new gig: hosting a syndicated morning drive-time radio show. Many folks "think I'm this big scold who is going to wiggle my finger in people's face, but that is not who I am," Bennett tells R&R magazine. "I'd like to think I'm naturally funny. In fact, I know I'm funnier than Al Franken and I don't need a scriptwriter." When I reached Franken at Air America, the liberal radio network, and read him Bennett's boast, the comedian ad-libbed: "Then let's have a funny-off. I'll give him odds and bet $8 million."

    Posted by Eric at 04:42 PM | Comments (2)

    May 22, 2004

    The Wit and Wisdom of Ann Coulter

    Ann Coulter on Hannity and Colmes, as noted by Media Matters:

    COULTER: I think [calling Clinton a scumbag] is factually correct.

    COLMES: It is an opinion. It is name calling, is what it is.

    COULTER: I don't think you could win a slander suit on that. Truth is a defense.

    JENNY BACKUS [DEMCRATIC STRATEGIST]: There you go again. It's a double standard. It is, it's a double standard.

    COULTER: It's a double standard? Wait, this man [Clinton] raped a woman. This man molested interns in the White House, and then he lied about it and committed felonies.

    Coulter has a good, strong history of tasteful rhetoric and pure truth.

    And if Coulter is truly a representation of the GOP (a general optimist of human nature would hope not), there apparently isn't room in the party for:

    Muslims - "Muslims smell bad"; "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity"

    Veterans - e.g. Max Cleland.

    or Asians - e.g. Norman Mineta

    Posted by Eric at 03:39 PM | Comments (24)

    The Wit and Wisdom of Ann Coulter

    Ann Coulter on Hannity and Colmes, as noted by Media Matters:

    COULTER: I think [calling Clinton a scumbag] is factually correct.

    COLMES: It is an opinion. It is name calling, is what it is.

    COULTER: I don't think you could win a slander suit on that. Truth is a defense.

    JENNY BACKUS [DEMCRATIC STRATEGIST]: There you go again. It's a double standard. It is, it's a double standard.

    COULTER: It's a double standard? Wait, this man [Clinton] raped a woman. This man molested interns in the White House, and then he lied about it and committed felonies.

    Coulter has a good, strong history of tasteful rhetoric and pure truth.

    And if Coulter is truly a representation of the GOP (a general optimist of human nature would hope not), there apparently isn't room in the party for:

    Muslims - "Muslims smell bad"; "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity"

    Veterans - e.g. Max Cleland.

    or Asians - e.g. Norman Mineta

    Posted by Eric at 03:39 PM | Comments (16)

    May 21, 2004

    Did Howard Dean Diss Colmes?

    Link from CableNewser, an exchange on Hannity and Colmes on Wednesday night:

    COLMES: We've got to go. But I want to ask you -- you say -- Governor, in case you ever get that television job...
    DEAN: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly.
    COLMES: In case you ever get the television job, I want to give you a chance to do my outgoing read. So go ahead. Look at the teleprompter.
    DEAN: All right.
    COLMES: This could be a break for you. Go ahead.
    DEAN: If I get a talk show, it's going to be called -- because Alan is not defending liberals hard enough. It's going to be called "HANNITY & DEAN."
    EDIT: I've been asked to provide the entire transcript, which is posted in the extended entry below.

    HEADLINE: Howard Dean Backing Kerry

    GUESTS: Howard Dean

    BYLINE: Sean Hannity, Alan Colmes

    BODY:
    HANNITY: As we continue on HANNITY & COLMES, I'm Sean Hannity. Also coming up tonight, he former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani, did he convince today the 9/11 commission that the city did the best that they could in the most dire of circumstances? The mayor will be with us tonight.

    But first, Howard Dean. He battled it out with John Kerry for the Democratic presidential nomination, but now he stands in his corner as an ally against President George W. Bush.

    Are the one-time bitter rivals more alike than they thought?

    Joining us now former Vermont governor and former presidential hopeful Howard Dean. How are you doing?

    HOWARD DEAN (D), I'm doing great, Sean.

    HANNITY: It's good to see you. I can't believe you're even here, sitting next to me.

    DEAN: Here I am with this incredible Denison of the far right...

    HANNITY: I just gave you a copy of my book.

    DEAN: I have to say that Sean treated me very well in New Hampshire.

    HANNITY: I did.

    DEAN: You may not agree, but you treated me well.

    HANNITY: You know, I'm going to serve you a compliment before I go at you -- because I'm going to go at you -- I think there's one big distinction between you and John Kerry. I think you believe in something. I think you -- we had George McGovern...

    DEAN: He's smart, isn't he?

    HANNITY: No -- no -- I think you are the real deal. You are -- You're passionate about your beliefs and you stated them forcefully. John Kerry doesn't...

    DEAN: He doesn't say anything bad about me, but he nails John Kerry in the opening sentence.

    I'm supporting John Kerry because he will be by far a better president than George Bush. Would you rather than the security of the United States of America entrusted to a guy with three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, or a guy who served his time in the Alabama National Guard, sort of?

    HANNITY: I like National Guard service. I don't diminish it.

    DEAN: I think it's great, but...

    HANNITY: John Kerry -- When Reagan was winning the Cold War, John Kerry wanted a nuclear freeze. He was on the wrong side of history.

    John Kerry didn't support the death penalty for terrorists who killed Americans.

    DEAN: He actually does.

    HANNITY: Well, he didn't in 1989 when he had a chance to vote on it. He flip-flopped.

    DEAN: An expert on his record I'm not.

    HANNITY: Let me put up on the screen...

    DEAN: Here we go, here we go.

    HANNITY: Let me put up on the screen the words of Howard Dean about John Kerry. Here's what you said about him.

    You said, "He's going to have a hard time if he's the nominee. I think electability's a real issue for him. He appears to change his mind so often."

    Then you said, "He has this pattern. You saw it with No Child Left Behind. You saw it with the war. You see it with special interests, which I think is terribly damaging. It appears that his word is no good."

    And one more: "I think John Kerry is clearly not the best person to carry the banner of the Democrats in this race. He's behaved so much like Republicans, both in his voting record and now in his political practices for fundraising.

    Those are harsh words.

    DEAN: So Sean, you must think I come from the far left if I'm complaining that John's too much like a Republican.

    The problem with this media stuff is it's very selective. I didn't see you putting anything up of the comment that I said about George Bush.

    HANNITY: No, not at all. But you're now supporting the man that you said...

    DEAN: I'm supporting John Kerry, because I think he's going to be a much better president than George Bush.

    And you're going to find that out as of January 20 of 2005.

    HANNITY: But you accurately did point out something about him. He's had multiple positions on Iraq, No Child Left Behind, the death penalty for terrorists, weapons systems. I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it.

    He brags about owning SUV's, and then on Earth Day he denies them, and then he has to explain my family owns them.

    What about sending all his people out to tout all the programs that he's supported, right, and he tried to cut them out of the budget?

    COLMES: You know, the amazing thing is, you can look at anybody's record and say, look what President Bush said before September 11.

    Look what he was saying about the nation building. Look what he was saying about the 9/11 commission, which now he's supposedly happily participating in.

    We can go in anybody's record. They misrepresented you.

    DEAN: How about the $30 million the president is bragging about handing out, when he tried to cut it out of the budget? This is ridiculous.

    COLMES: Let me ask you, do you view John Kerry differently now than you did when you were running against him?

    DEAN: I actually do, some. I've gotten to know him as a person. You know, when you're fighting with somebody for the nomination for the president of the United States, I'm a tough competitor. So is John Kerry.

    COLMES: I think we found that out.

    DEAN: It's going to be a knock down, drag out. But my assessment is one of two people is going to be president of the United States, John Kerry or George Bush.

    I go with the guy who's going to balance the budget, because I hate half-trillion deficits. I go with the guy who has a real environmental record instead of a phony one.

    COLMES: But I want to know how you view differently, now, than you did when were his competitor.

    DEAN: I think he's got a great shot at beating George Bush. He's a tough closer. You know, people say, well, Howard Dean was the frontrunner and he lost. The truth is John Kerry won, and I think -- we want to keep...

    COLMES: Do you look at this and say, you know, "that could be me," and "Boy, I really wish this were me"?

    DEAN: Sure. Of course I do. You don't run for president without hoping that you're going to win.

    COLMES: Or is it whew, I'm glad I'm not doing that now?

    DEAN: No. I mean...

    HANNITY: Where would you rather be? Still fighting?

    COLMES: If you're saying he were not the nominee he would not be on HANNITY & COLMES? But I mean, do you say there but for the grace of God go I, or is it boy, "I really want to be that person"?

    DEAN: Of course, I would have liked to have been the nominee, but I'm not the nominee. And so now the question is what's best for the country.

    In my assessment -- I'm sure Sean would not agree -- but in my assessment, John Kerry will be a great president.

    We're in deep trouble. We cannot run half-trillion-dollar deficits every single year for the next four years. We cannot continue to be bogged down in this quagmire of Iraq when the president, in fact, was not truthful about why we went to Iraq.

    We can't do those kinds of things, and I don't think John Kerry will do those kinds of things as president.

    COLMES: Are you convincing your people, the people who -- the legions of people who supported you, are you now then trying to sway them over to John Kerry? And what kind of an argument -- is that a difficult argument to make?

    DEAN: The argument -- I never say, oh, I disagree with John Kerry now, and now he's perfect. I don't ever say that.

    I said, "Look, John Kerry and I had our disagreements. But the truth is there are one of two people who are going to be president of the United States."

    And in terms of all the people who supported me, their positions on most issues, including all the moderate Republicans who supported me, are much closer to John Kerry's positions than they are to George Bush's positions.

    HANNITY: We'll take a break. We'll have more with Governor Dean on the other side of the break.

    And then, could New York City have done more to protect its citizens from the terrorist attack of 9/11?

    Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, he testified before the 9/11 commission today. He will check in, and he will join us.

    That's coming up straight ahead.

    (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

    COLMES: Welcome back to HANNITY & COLMES. I'm Alan Colmes.

    Coming up, should former Mayor Rudy Giuliani have had to defend the city's police and firemen in today's 9/11 hearing? Rudy Giuliani will be here.

    It's been a major cheap shot by a conservative group, a new pro-Bush ad goes way too far. We'll tell you all about it.

    First, we continue with former presidential candidate Howard Dean.

    DEAN: I'm really glad this show is not too partisan.

    COLMES: That's good. Maybe you'll fill in for me one time.

    DEAN: There you go.

    COLMES: Would you want to do TV?

    DEAN: I don't know about that, we'll see.

    COLMES: I mean, if a good deal came along? There were kind of rumors about that at one point.

    DEAN: Actually, I've got my hands full right now. We started this new group called Democracy for America.

    And we had quite a few hundred -- hundreds of thousands of people following us during the campaign. We want to keep those people energized. Those are, for the most part, young people part and people who had been disillusioned with politics. And we've got to keep them involved.

    COLMES: You came with -- they came with Dean's dozen, I guess. People like Jeff Smith from Missouri.

    DEAN: Yes.

    COLMES: Lori Saldana, state assembly in California. How does one get on the Dean list?

    DEAN: Well, we have a grass roots process. You get nominated by -- We still have 350 Dean meet ups going on around the country and we still maintain a very active web site, Democracy for America.

    COLMES: What does a candidate do to qualify to be -- get the Dean seal of approval?

    DEAN: Well, they have to have all the -- you know, they have to adhere to positions that Sean would really like a lot, like, you know, universal healthcare for people, strong environmental protection and things of that sort.

    COLMES: What about the Nader...

    DEAN: And fiscal responsibility.

    COLMES: Let me ask you about Ralph Nader. Are you working with John Kerry in an attempt at all to get Nader to throw his support to the Democratic nominee?

    DEAN: I don't believe, having spoken with Ralph Nader, that he is going to drop out of the race. I am trying to convince people that a vote for Ralph Nader is the same as a vote for George Bush.

    Ralph Nader has got a long history of consumers and environmentalism, but he is most likely right now to be helping George Bush get re-elected, and I don't think that's a good thing.

    COLMES: He's polling at six percent, according to some polls, more than he did last time.

    DEAN: Right.

    COLMES: What do you think it takes -- what does John Kerry need to do, what do the Democrats need to do to neutralize the Nader vote?

    DEAN: We just need to make the case in a straightforward way. A lot of the people who followed me -- I had a spectrum of moderate Republicans who were really worried about the deficit and the war, all the way to Nader folks and Green folks and a lot of Democrats in between.

    And what we need to do is have that -- build that broad coalition of people who are fiscally responsible but socially more centrist.

    HANNITY: Governor, let me ask you this. Who, one year ago said the following things: that Saddam's weapons of mass destruction are a threat and we need to disarm him? Who said leaving Saddam unfettered with nuclear weapons or WMD's is unacceptable?

    Who said, "If you don't believe he's a threat with nuclear weapons don't vote for me"? And who said, "We need to disarm him. He's a brutal, murderous dictator, and Iraq's WMD's pose a great threat to the USA."

    Who said...

    DEAN: I don't know, who said that? You tell me.

    HANNITY: Just take a guess.

    DEAN: No.

    HANNITY: John Kerry one year ago. One year ago. Look where John Kerry is today. Look at John Kerry. I mean, he's taken -- I think actually, you're responsible for making him take positions he probably didn't want to take.

    DEAN: I don't agree with that. I think John Kerry's position is a pretty responsible position. Look, you criticized me in your book, which you kindly gave me.

    HANNITY: I gave him a copy. That's right.

    DEAN: You criticized me for saying that we're not any safer since Saddam has been captured. Since that time 500 American -- brave American soldiers have lost their lives.

    HANNITY: I still think we're safer, though. You don't think we're safer, the world's better off?

    DEAN: Five hundred more Americans are dead and 200 more Spaniards are dead. I don't think we're any safer.

    Secondly, you criticized me for attacking the president for not telling the truth. Well, where are the weapons of mass destruction? Where are the nuclear weapons? Where's the uranium we were going to get from Niger?

    HANNITY: Why don't you ask John Kerry? John Kerry a year ago said we had all those things. Bill Clinton said that he had those things. The U.N. said that he had all those things. Here's my point, though.

    DEAN: The U.N. didn't say that al Qaeda and Saddam were in league. That was said by Dick Cheney and George Bush, and it turned out not to be true. We ought not to go to war without telling the truth to the American people about why we're there.

    HANNITY: Well, then John Kerry laid out the same case one year before the war, in 2003, leading up to the war.

    DEAN: The issue is the president of the United States' credibility. It's not what John Kerry said a year ago.

    HANNITY: John Kerry said the same thing. You're voting for him, and he laid out the same case as the president.

    DEAN: The president is responsible for sending troops abroad. If John Kerry becomes president, which I have every intention of helping him do, he's going to have to make -- someday make the tough decision about whether the troops are brought back.

    The difference between John Kerry and George Bush is I believe that John Kerry will tell the truth to the American people about why those troops had to go abroad.

    HANNITY: Governor, the two things I most disagreed with you on is the statement that you just said, "We're not any safer." I believe the world is safer.

    And when you advance that theory that George Bush might have been warned about 9/11 ahead of time...

    DEAN: I never...

    HANNITY: Well, you said it's an interesting theory.

    DEAN: Right, it's an interesting theory.

    HANNITY: Was that irresponsible, in retrospect?

    DEAN: Somebody brought that theory up, and I said I didn't personally believe it.

    HANNITY: But you repeated it. Why would you repeat it?

    DEAN: Well, look at all the things the conservative crackpots repeat all the time.

    COLMES: We've got to go. But I want to ask you -- you say -- Governor, in case you ever get that television job...

    DEAN: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly.

    COLMES: In case you ever get the television job, I want to give you a chance to do my outgoing read. So go ahead. Look at the teleprompter.

    DEAN: All right.

    COLMES: This could be a break for you. Go ahead.

    DEAN: If I get a talk show, it's going to be called -- because Alan is not defending liberals hard enough. It's going to be called "HANNITY & DEAN."

    Coming up next, Rudy Giuliani passionately defends New York City's finest at the 9/11 hearings today. He'll join us.

    And then are Bush supporters exploiting the events of September 11, the support to help the president stay in the White House. We will bring you the "Cheap Shot of the Day."

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (10)

    Did Howard Dean Diss Colmes?

    Link from CableNewser, an exchange on Hannity and Colmes on Wednesday night:

    COLMES: We've got to go. But I want to ask you -- you say -- Governor, in case you ever get that television job...
    DEAN: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly.
    COLMES: In case you ever get the television job, I want to give you a chance to do my outgoing read. So go ahead. Look at the teleprompter.
    DEAN: All right.
    COLMES: This could be a break for you. Go ahead.
    DEAN: If I get a talk show, it's going to be called -- because Alan is not defending liberals hard enough. It's going to be called "HANNITY & DEAN."
    EDIT: I've been asked to provide the entire transcript, which is posted in the extended entry below.

    HEADLINE: Howard Dean Backing Kerry

    GUESTS: Howard Dean

    BYLINE: Sean Hannity, Alan Colmes

    BODY:
    HANNITY: As we continue on HANNITY & COLMES, I'm Sean Hannity. Also coming up tonight, he former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani, did he convince today the 9/11 commission that the city did the best that they could in the most dire of circumstances? The mayor will be with us tonight.

    But first, Howard Dean. He battled it out with John Kerry for the Democratic presidential nomination, but now he stands in his corner as an ally against President George W. Bush.

    Are the one-time bitter rivals more alike than they thought?

    Joining us now former Vermont governor and former presidential hopeful Howard Dean. How are you doing?

    HOWARD DEAN (D), I'm doing great, Sean.

    HANNITY: It's good to see you. I can't believe you're even here, sitting next to me.

    DEAN: Here I am with this incredible Denison of the far right...

    HANNITY: I just gave you a copy of my book.

    DEAN: I have to say that Sean treated me very well in New Hampshire.

    HANNITY: I did.

    DEAN: You may not agree, but you treated me well.

    HANNITY: You know, I'm going to serve you a compliment before I go at you -- because I'm going to go at you -- I think there's one big distinction between you and John Kerry. I think you believe in something. I think you -- we had George McGovern...

    DEAN: He's smart, isn't he?

    HANNITY: No -- no -- I think you are the real deal. You are -- You're passionate about your beliefs and you stated them forcefully. John Kerry doesn't...

    DEAN: He doesn't say anything bad about me, but he nails John Kerry in the opening sentence.

    I'm supporting John Kerry because he will be by far a better president than George Bush. Would you rather than the security of the United States of America entrusted to a guy with three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, or a guy who served his time in the Alabama National Guard, sort of?

    HANNITY: I like National Guard service. I don't diminish it.

    DEAN: I think it's great, but...

    HANNITY: John Kerry -- When Reagan was winning the Cold War, John Kerry wanted a nuclear freeze. He was on the wrong side of history.

    John Kerry didn't support the death penalty for terrorists who killed Americans.

    DEAN: He actually does.

    HANNITY: Well, he didn't in 1989 when he had a chance to vote on it. He flip-flopped.

    DEAN: An expert on his record I'm not.

    HANNITY: Let me put up on the screen...

    DEAN: Here we go, here we go.

    HANNITY: Let me put up on the screen the words of Howard Dean about John Kerry. Here's what you said about him.

    You said, "He's going to have a hard time if he's the nominee. I think electability's a real issue for him. He appears to change his mind so often."

    Then you said, "He has this pattern. You saw it with No Child Left Behind. You saw it with the war. You see it with special interests, which I think is terribly damaging. It appears that his word is no good."

    And one more: "I think John Kerry is clearly not the best person to carry the banner of the Democrats in this race. He's behaved so much like Republicans, both in his voting record and now in his political practices for fundraising.

    Those are harsh words.

    DEAN: So Sean, you must think I come from the far left if I'm complaining that John's too much like a Republican.

    The problem with this media stuff is it's very selective. I didn't see you putting anything up of the comment that I said about George Bush.

    HANNITY: No, not at all. But you're now supporting the man that you said...

    DEAN: I'm supporting John Kerry, because I think he's going to be a much better president than George Bush.

    And you're going to find that out as of January 20 of 2005.

    HANNITY: But you accurately did point out something about him. He's had multiple positions on Iraq, No Child Left Behind, the death penalty for terrorists, weapons systems. I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it.

    He brags about owning SUV's, and then on Earth Day he denies them, and then he has to explain my family owns them.

    What about sending all his people out to tout all the programs that he's supported, right, and he tried to cut them out of the budget?

    COLMES: You know, the amazing thing is, you can look at anybody's record and say, look what President Bush said before September 11.

    Look what he was saying about the nation building. Look what he was saying about the 9/11 commission, which now he's supposedly happily participating in.

    We can go in anybody's record. They misrepresented you.

    DEAN: How about the $30 million the president is bragging about handing out, when he tried to cut it out of the budget? This is ridiculous.

    COLMES: Let me ask you, do you view John Kerry differently now than you did when you were running against him?

    DEAN: I actually do, some. I've gotten to know him as a person. You know, when you're fighting with somebody for the nomination for the president of the United States, I'm a tough competitor. So is John Kerry.

    COLMES: I think we found that out.

    DEAN: It's going to be a knock down, drag out. But my assessment is one of two people is going to be president of the United States, John Kerry or George Bush.

    I go with the guy who's going to balance the budget, because I hate half-trillion deficits. I go with the guy who has a real environmental record instead of a phony one.

    COLMES: But I want to know how you view differently, now, than you did when were his competitor.

    DEAN: I think he's got a great shot at beating George Bush. He's a tough closer. You know, people say, well, Howard Dean was the frontrunner and he lost. The truth is John Kerry won, and I think -- we want to keep...

    COLMES: Do you look at this and say, you know, "that could be me," and "Boy, I really wish this were me"?

    DEAN: Sure. Of course I do. You don't run for president without hoping that you're going to win.

    COLMES: Or is it whew, I'm glad I'm not doing that now?

    DEAN: No. I mean...

    HANNITY: Where would you rather be? Still fighting?

    COLMES: If you're saying he were not the nominee he would not be on HANNITY & COLMES? But I mean, do you say there but for the grace of God go I, or is it boy, "I really want to be that person"?

    DEAN: Of course, I would have liked to have been the nominee, but I'm not the nominee. And so now the question is what's best for the country.

    In my assessment -- I'm sure Sean would not agree -- but in my assessment, John Kerry will be a great president.

    We're in deep trouble. We cannot run half-trillion-dollar deficits every single year for the next four years. We cannot continue to be bogged down in this quagmire of Iraq when the president, in fact, was not truthful about why we went to Iraq.

    We can't do those kinds of things, and I don't think John Kerry will do those kinds of things as president.

    COLMES: Are you convincing your people, the people who -- the legions of people who supported you, are you now then trying to sway them over to John Kerry? And what kind of an argument -- is that a difficult argument to make?

    DEAN: The argument -- I never say, oh, I disagree with John Kerry now, and now he's perfect. I don't ever say that.

    I said, "Look, John Kerry and I had our disagreements. But the truth is there are one of two people who are going to be president of the United States."

    And in terms of all the people who supported me, their positions on most issues, including all the moderate Republicans who supported me, are much closer to John Kerry's positions than they are to George Bush's positions.

    HANNITY: We'll take a break. We'll have more with Governor Dean on the other side of the break.

    And then, could New York City have done more to protect its citizens from the terrorist attack of 9/11?

    Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, he testified before the 9/11 commission today. He will check in, and he will join us.

    That's coming up straight ahead.

    (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

    COLMES: Welcome back to HANNITY & COLMES. I'm Alan Colmes.

    Coming up, should former Mayor Rudy Giuliani have had to defend the city's police and firemen in today's 9/11 hearing? Rudy Giuliani will be here.

    It's been a major cheap shot by a conservative group, a new pro-Bush ad goes way too far. We'll tell you all about it.

    First, we continue with former presidential candidate Howard Dean.

    DEAN: I'm really glad this show is not too partisan.

    COLMES: That's good. Maybe you'll fill in for me one time.

    DEAN: There you go.

    COLMES: Would you want to do TV?

    DEAN: I don't know about that, we'll see.

    COLMES: I mean, if a good deal came along? There were kind of rumors about that at one point.

    DEAN: Actually, I've got my hands full right now. We started this new group called Democracy for America.

    And we had quite a few hundred -- hundreds of thousands of people following us during the campaign. We want to keep those people energized. Those are, for the most part, young people part and people who had been disillusioned with politics. And we've got to keep them involved.

    COLMES: You came with -- they came with Dean's dozen, I guess. People like Jeff Smith from Missouri.

    DEAN: Yes.

    COLMES: Lori Saldana, state assembly in California. How does one get on the Dean list?

    DEAN: Well, we have a grass roots process. You get nominated by -- We still have 350 Dean meet ups going on around the country and we still maintain a very active web site, Democracy for America.

    COLMES: What does a candidate do to qualify to be -- get the Dean seal of approval?

    DEAN: Well, they have to have all the -- you know, they have to adhere to positions that Sean would really like a lot, like, you know, universal healthcare for people, strong environmental protection and things of that sort.

    COLMES: What about the Nader...

    DEAN: And fiscal responsibility.

    COLMES: Let me ask you about Ralph Nader. Are you working with John Kerry in an attempt at all to get Nader to throw his support to the Democratic nominee?

    DEAN: I don't believe, having spoken with Ralph Nader, that he is going to drop out of the race. I am trying to convince people that a vote for Ralph Nader is the same as a vote for George Bush.

    Ralph Nader has got a long history of consumers and environmentalism, but he is most likely right now to be helping George Bush get re-elected, and I don't think that's a good thing.

    COLMES: He's polling at six percent, according to some polls, more than he did last time.

    DEAN: Right.

    COLMES: What do you think it takes -- what does John Kerry need to do, what do the Democrats need to do to neutralize the Nader vote?

    DEAN: We just need to make the case in a straightforward way. A lot of the people who followed me -- I had a spectrum of moderate Republicans who were really worried about the deficit and the war, all the way to Nader folks and Green folks and a lot of Democrats in between.

    And what we need to do is have that -- build that broad coalition of people who are fiscally responsible but socially more centrist.

    HANNITY: Governor, let me ask you this. Who, one year ago said the following things: that Saddam's weapons of mass destruction are a threat and we need to disarm him? Who said leaving Saddam unfettered with nuclear weapons or WMD's is unacceptable?

    Who said, "If you don't believe he's a threat with nuclear weapons don't vote for me"? And who said, "We need to disarm him. He's a brutal, murderous dictator, and Iraq's WMD's pose a great threat to the USA."

    Who said...

    DEAN: I don't know, who said that? You tell me.

    HANNITY: Just take a guess.

    DEAN: No.

    HANNITY: John Kerry one year ago. One year ago. Look where John Kerry is today. Look at John Kerry. I mean, he's taken -- I think actually, you're responsible for making him take positions he probably didn't want to take.

    DEAN: I don't agree with that. I think John Kerry's position is a pretty responsible position. Look, you criticized me in your book, which you kindly gave me.

    HANNITY: I gave him a copy. That's right.

    DEAN: You criticized me for saying that we're not any safer since Saddam has been captured. Since that time 500 American -- brave American soldiers have lost their lives.

    HANNITY: I still think we're safer, though. You don't think we're safer, the world's better off?

    DEAN: Five hundred more Americans are dead and 200 more Spaniards are dead. I don't think we're any safer.

    Secondly, you criticized me for attacking the president for not telling the truth. Well, where are the weapons of mass destruction? Where are the nuclear weapons? Where's the uranium we were going to get from Niger?

    HANNITY: Why don't you ask John Kerry? John Kerry a year ago said we had all those things. Bill Clinton said that he had those things. The U.N. said that he had all those things. Here's my point, though.

    DEAN: The U.N. didn't say that al Qaeda and Saddam were in league. That was said by Dick Cheney and George Bush, and it turned out not to be true. We ought not to go to war without telling the truth to the American people about why we're there.

    HANNITY: Well, then John Kerry laid out the same case one year before the war, in 2003, leading up to the war.

    DEAN: The issue is the president of the United States' credibility. It's not what John Kerry said a year ago.

    HANNITY: John Kerry said the same thing. You're voting for him, and he laid out the same case as the president.

    DEAN: The president is responsible for sending troops abroad. If John Kerry becomes president, which I have every intention of helping him do, he's going to have to make -- someday make the tough decision about whether the troops are brought back.

    The difference between John Kerry and George Bush is I believe that John Kerry will tell the truth to the American people about why those troops had to go abroad.

    HANNITY: Governor, the two things I most disagreed with you on is the statement that you just said, "We're not any safer." I believe the world is safer.

    And when you advance that theory that George Bush might have been warned about 9/11 ahead of time...

    DEAN: I never...

    HANNITY: Well, you said it's an interesting theory.

    DEAN: Right, it's an interesting theory.

    HANNITY: Was that irresponsible, in retrospect?

    DEAN: Somebody brought that theory up, and I said I didn't personally believe it.

    HANNITY: But you repeated it. Why would you repeat it?

    DEAN: Well, look at all the things the conservative crackpots repeat all the time.

    COLMES: We've got to go. But I want to ask you -- you say -- Governor, in case you ever get that television job...

    DEAN: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly.

    COLMES: In case you ever get the television job, I want to give you a chance to do my outgoing read. So go ahead. Look at the teleprompter.

    DEAN: All right.

    COLMES: This could be a break for you. Go ahead.

    DEAN: If I get a talk show, it's going to be called -- because Alan is not defending liberals hard enough. It's going to be called "HANNITY & DEAN."

    Coming up next, Rudy Giuliani passionately defends New York City's finest at the 9/11 hearings today. He'll join us.

    And then are Bush supporters exploiting the events of September 11, the support to help the president stay in the White House. We will bring you the "Cheap Shot of the Day."

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (6)

    Fox Continues Cable News Lead

    From the WSJ:

    However, Fox News is complaining that their ad sales aren't up to par with CNN:

    Since Fox News sold its ads for extremely low prices during its early years, and can boost them only incrementally each year, it must negotiate from a lower starting point than CNN. Similarly, CNN is negotiating from the high prices it established during its heyday as the only 24-hour news channel. Although Mr. Rittenberg has whittled down the price gap tremendously, he admits he hasn't been able to close it altogether. He says he hopes to reach parity during this year's upfront negotiations.

    Fox News's difficulty also shows how long it takes to build a brand on television, particularly in the cluttered landscape of cable television. In its eight years on the air, Fox News has cultivated a well-known name in the U.S. But, for some advertisers, that's hardly a match for CNN's world-wide name recognition, nurtured over 24 years in the business.

    Posted by Eric at 10:44 AM | Comments (7)

    Fox Continues Cable News Lead

    From the WSJ:

    However, Fox News is complaining that their ad sales aren't up to par with CNN:

    Since Fox News sold its ads for extremely low prices during its early years, and can boost them only incrementally each year, it must negotiate from a lower starting point than CNN. Similarly, CNN is negotiating from the high prices it established during its heyday as the only 24-hour news channel. Although Mr. Rittenberg has whittled down the price gap tremendously, he admits he hasn't been able to close it altogether. He says he hopes to reach parity during this year's upfront negotiations.

    Fox News's difficulty also shows how long it takes to build a brand on television, particularly in the cluttered landscape of cable television. In its eight years on the air, Fox News has cultivated a well-known name in the U.S. But, for some advertisers, that's hardly a match for CNN's world-wide name recognition, nurtured over 24 years in the business.

    Posted by Eric at 10:44 AM | Comments (3)

    May 20, 2004

    Bill O'Reilly and the Conspiracy Theorist

    While O'Reilly works under the premise of a respectable show "looking out for you", he recently hosted conspiracy theorist Richard Poe, then proceeded to give him journalistic respect. Media Matters on why this is laughable.

    Hillary Clinton murdered Brit Hume's son? "Starr actively helped to suppress and whitewash evidence of Clinton wrongdoing."? The Clintons lead a mafia? How embarrassing.

    Posted by Eric at 07:19 PM | Comments (2)

    Bill O'Reilly and the Conspiracy Theorist

    While O'Reilly works under the premise of a respectable show "looking out for you", he recently hosted conspiracy theorist Richard Poe, then proceeded to give him journalistic respect. Media Matters on why this is laughable.

    Hillary Clinton murdered Brit Hume's son? "Starr actively helped to suppress and whitewash evidence of Clinton wrongdoing."? The Clintons lead a mafia? How embarrassing.

    Posted by Eric at 07:19 PM | Comments (1)

    May 19, 2004

    More Wit and Wisdom of Michael Savage

    Some constitutional rights groups are apparently in bed with terrorists. From Media Matters:

    SAVAGE: Look the enemy is taking advantage of Americas moral code. America is being exploited by their own -- or theyre being hung by the petard of civil rights and human rights. The problem is the Liberals in this country and the -- the gooney birds at the UN are arguing that the terrorists are not combatants but only criminals, and therefore were not allowed to drop a bomb on them. ... There is no greater friend of Al Qaeda than the ACLU. There is no greater friend of Al Qaeda than Human Rights Watch. There is no greater friend of Al Qaeda than the National Lawyers Guild. And if we dont understand that they would use their power if they had it then were really crazy.
    You'll recall that the ACLU has defended Rush Limbaugh. Hm.

    Posted by Eric at 09:05 AM | Comments (13)

    More Wit and Wisdom of Michael Savage

    Some constitutional rights groups are apparently in bed with terrorists. From Media Matters:

    SAVAGE: Look the enemy is taking advantage of Americas moral code. America is being exploited by their own -- or theyre being hung by the petard of civil rights and human rights. The problem is the Liberals in this country and the -- the gooney birds at the UN are arguing that the terrorists are not combatants but only criminals, and therefore were not allowed to drop a bomb on them. ... There is no greater friend of Al Qaeda than the ACLU. There is no greater friend of Al Qaeda than Human Rights Watch. There is no greater friend of Al Qaeda than the National Lawyers Guild. And if we dont understand that they would use their power if they had it then were really crazy.
    You'll recall that the ACLU has defended Rush Limbaugh. Hm.

    Posted by Eric at 09:05 AM | Comments (8)

    May 18, 2004

    More Confirmation that Hamster's College Life is Boring

    Another conservative talk show host says that Rush is right about the Abu Ghraib incidents - that it's just another college fun party. Roger Hedgecock, filling in for Rush. From Media Matters:

    HEDGECOCK: I don't think we're gonna have to wait too long before Lynndie England -- the uh, the Satellite Dish herself -- has her own spread in Playboy magazine -- you know, "The Women of Abu Ghraib." You can just see it coming, can't you?

    CALLER: No, I really can't.

    HEDGECOCK: Oh, I can, Debbie. Thanks for the call.

    [...]

    HEDGECOCK: Yeah, this is unbelievable. ... Private First Class Lynndie England explaining the mystery of why the soldiers at Abu Ghraib took pictures. She said, "We thought it looked funny." I mean the more -- you know, I know this was the first day or two, I guess, that Rush was getting into this -- the more I think about it, the more he was right the first time. He said, "This is like -- this is like a, a, uh, a prank; this is like college; this is like fraternities; this is -- this is just these people. This is how they were raised."

    "This is like college." Hm. By the way, the ad Media Matters is running about Rush Limbaugh and his comments is generating a bit of controversy. A Disney-owned station has rejected the ad.

    Posted by Eric at 12:57 PM | Comments (9)

    More Confirmation that Hamster's College Life is Boring

    Another conservative talk show host says that Rush is right about the Abu Ghraib incidents - that it's just another college fun party. Roger Hedgecock, filling in for Rush. From Media Matters:

    HEDGECOCK: I don't think we're gonna have to wait too long before Lynndie England -- the uh, the Satellite Dish herself -- has her own spread in Playboy magazine -- you know, "The Women of Abu Ghraib." You can just see it coming, can't you?

    CALLER: No, I really can't.

    HEDGECOCK: Oh, I can, Debbie. Thanks for the call.

    [...]

    HEDGECOCK: Yeah, this is unbelievable. ... Private First Class Lynndie England explaining the mystery of why the soldiers at Abu Ghraib took pictures. She said, "We thought it looked funny." I mean the more -- you know, I know this was the first day or two, I guess, that Rush was getting into this -- the more I think about it, the more he was right the first time. He said, "This is like -- this is like a, a, uh, a prank; this is like college; this is like fraternities; this is -- this is just these people. This is how they were raised."

    "This is like college." Hm. By the way, the ad Media Matters is running about Rush Limbaugh and his comments is generating a bit of controversy. A Disney-owned station has rejected the ad.

    Posted by Eric at 12:57 PM | Comments (5)

    David Brock's New Book

    David Brock's new book, "The Republican Noise Machine : Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy," is out today. Hopefully I'll get a review copy soon, but his last book, Blinded by the Right, is one of my all-time favorites and I have little doubt this book will rock as well.

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    Posted by Eric at 03:16 AM | Comments (24)

    David Brock's New Book

    David Brock's new book, "The Republican Noise Machine : Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy," is out today. Hopefully I'll get a review copy soon, but his last book, Blinded by the Right, is one of my all-time favorites and I have little doubt this book will rock as well.

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    Posted by Eric at 03:16 AM | Comments (1)

    The Wit and Wisdom of Michael Savage

    Heck, it's not like this is out of the ordinary from him. It's just that now, courtesy of David Brock, there's documentation of his rants. From Media Matters:

    Right now, even people sitting on the fence would like George Bush to drop a nuclear weapon on an Arab country. They don't even care which one it would be. I can guarantee you -- I don't need to go to Mr. Schmuck [pollster John] Zogby and ask him his opinion. I don't need anyone's opinion. I'll give you my opinion, because I got a better stethoscope than those fools. It's one man's opinion based upon my own analysis. The most -- I tell you right now -- the largest percentage of Americans would like to see a nuclear weapon dropped on a major Arab capital. They don't even care which one. They'd like an indiscriminate use of a nuclear weapon. They want this over with. One thing people cannot live with, which is an undefined, limitless conflict, which is what we have now. They can't take it. They want this war over with, and they want it ended like the war against Japan. They'd like Big Boy dropped on one of the little cities over there. They don't care where. They don't care any more. The American people have had it up to here with this garbage.

    In fact, Christianity has been one of the great salvations on planet Earth. It's what's necessary in the Middle East. Others have written about it, I think these people need to be forcibly converted to Christianity but I'll get here a little later, I'll move up to that. It's the only thing that can probably turn them into human beings.

    But tell us how you really feel. This is the guy that NBC put under their news banner.

    Posted by Eric at 03:12 AM | Comments (20)

    The Wit and Wisdom of Michael Savage

    Heck, it's not like this is out of the ordinary from him. It's just that now, courtesy of David Brock, there's documentation of his rants. From Media Matters:

    Right now, even people sitting on the fence would like George Bush to drop a nuclear weapon on an Arab country. They don't even care which one it would be. I can guarantee you -- I don't need to go to Mr. Schmuck [pollster John] Zogby and ask him his opinion. I don't need anyone's opinion. I'll give you my opinion, because I got a better stethoscope than those fools. It's one man's opinion based upon my own analysis. The most -- I tell you right now -- the largest percentage of Americans would like to see a nuclear weapon dropped on a major Arab capital. They don't even care which one. They'd like an indiscriminate use of a nuclear weapon. They want this over with. One thing people cannot live with, which is an undefined, limitless conflict, which is what we have now. They can't take it. They want this war over with, and they want it ended like the war against Japan. They'd like Big Boy dropped on one of the little cities over there. They don't care where. They don't care any more. The American people have had it up to here with this garbage.

    In fact, Christianity has been one of the great salvations on planet Earth. It's what's necessary in the Middle East. Others have written about it, I think these people need to be forcibly converted to Christianity but I'll get here a little later, I'll move up to that. It's the only thing that can probably turn them into human beings.

    But tell us how you really feel. This is the guy that NBC put under their news banner.

    Posted by Eric at 03:12 AM | Comments (12)

    May 17, 2004

    GOP to FEC Moore?

    I'm sure Michael Moore would love for this to happen, from the NYDN gossip page:

    We hear that Republican officials plan to complain to the Federal Election Commission that Miramax honchos Harvey and Bob Weinstein have violated campaign-finance laws by bankrolling Moore's film, according to one well-placed GOP source.

    "This is a blatant political ad in the guise of a documentary," says the source. "It's totally in contravention of the McCain-Feingold [soft-money ban]."

    An FEC spokesman said he had no record of complaints from the Republican National Committee or the Bush-Cheney campaign about Moore's film.

    Reps for both organizations denied filing protests.

    Posted by Eric at 06:05 PM | Comments (4)

    GOP to FEC Moore?

    I'm sure Michael Moore would love for this to happen, from the NYDN gossip page:

    We hear that Republican officials plan to complain to the Federal Election Commission that Miramax honchos Harvey and Bob Weinstein have violated campaign-finance laws by bankrolling Moore's film, according to one well-placed GOP source.

    "This is a blatant political ad in the guise of a documentary," says the source. "It's totally in contravention of the McCain-Feingold [soft-money ban]."

    An FEC spokesman said he had no record of complaints from the Republican National Committee or the Bush-Cheney campaign about Moore's film.

    Reps for both organizations denied filing protests.

    Posted by Eric at 06:05 PM | Comments (1)

    May 14, 2004

    Rush on the Offensive: New Ads Attack Prosecutor

    Rush Limbaugh is going on the offensive against the Florida prosecutor who is overseeing his drug case. From NYDN:

    Embattled right-wing radio jock Rush Limbaugh took out two newspaper ads yesterday to attack the Florida prosecutor probing whether he bought black-market painkillers.
    In them, Limbaugh reprinted an editorial from the conservative Washington Times that called the case against him "shaky."

    Limbaugh, who has fessed up to his drug habit, claims Palm Beach State Attorney Barry Krischer is persecuting him for political reasons. Krischer, a Democrat, had no immediate comment on the ads, which ran in the Palm Beach Post and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

    Meanwhile, Media Matters is running a different sort of ads: spotlighting Rush's shameful rhetoric about the prison abuse scandal.

    Posted by Eric at 02:27 PM | Comments (36)

    Rush on the Offensive: New Ads Attack Prosecutor

    Rush Limbaugh is going on the offensive against the Florida prosecutor who is overseeing his drug case. From NYDN:

    Embattled right-wing radio jock Rush Limbaugh took out two newspaper ads yesterday to attack the Florida prosecutor probing whether he bought black-market painkillers.
    In them, Limbaugh reprinted an editorial from the conservative Washington Times that called the case against him "shaky."

    Limbaugh, who has fessed up to his drug habit, claims Palm Beach State Attorney Barry Krischer is persecuting him for political reasons. Krischer, a Democrat, had no immediate comment on the ads, which ran in the Palm Beach Post and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

    Meanwhile, Media Matters is running a different sort of ads: spotlighting Rush's shameful rhetoric about the prison abuse scandal.

    Posted by Eric at 02:27 PM | Comments (3)

    Michael Savage: Funny Guy

    Michael Savage, embraced conservative commentator. Media Matters:

    And I think there should be no mercy shown to these sub-humans. I believe that a thousand of them should be killed tomorrow. I think a thousand of them held in the Iraqi prison should be given 24 hour -- a trial and executed. I think they need to be shown that we are not going to roll over to them. It won't happen. It won't happen because of the CBS Communists. It won't happen because of the CNN traitors. I won't happen because of the MSNBC empty heads. And we the people are the ones who are going to suffer today. ...

    Instead of putting joysticks, I would have liked to have seen dynamite put in their orifices and they should be dropped from airplanes. How's that? You like that one? Go call somebody that you want to report me to, see if I care. They should put dynamite in their behinds and drop them from 35,000 feet, the whole pack of scum out of that jail. Thank you CBS. Thank you New Yorker. Thank you Carl Levin. Thank you Ted Kennedy. Thank you Hillary Clinton. I'm sure that Mr. Berg's parents appreciate what you've done for them. I'll be right back.

    Yeah, "Mr. Berg's parents" are really going after those Democrats.

    Posted by Eric at 12:57 PM | Comments (37)

    Michael Savage: Funny Guy

    Michael Savage, embraced conservative commentator. Media Matters:

    And I think there should be no mercy shown to these sub-humans. I believe that a thousand of them should be killed tomorrow. I think a thousand of them held in the Iraqi prison should be given 24 hour -- a trial and executed. I think they need to be shown that we are not going to roll over to them. It won't happen. It won't happen because of the CBS Communists. It won't happen because of the CNN traitors. I won't happen because of the MSNBC empty heads. And we the people are the ones who are going to suffer today. ...

    Instead of putting joysticks, I would have liked to have seen dynamite put in their orifices and they should be dropped from airplanes. How's that? You like that one? Go call somebody that you want to report me to, see if I care. They should put dynamite in their behinds and drop them from 35,000 feet, the whole pack of scum out of that jail. Thank you CBS. Thank you New Yorker. Thank you Carl Levin. Thank you Ted Kennedy. Thank you Hillary Clinton. I'm sure that Mr. Berg's parents appreciate what you've done for them. I'll be right back.

    Yeah, "Mr. Berg's parents" are really going after those Democrats.

    Posted by Eric at 12:57 PM | Comments (4)

    Victim of Drudge Smear to Write Back?

    Alexandra Polier may write about her experience at the receiving end of the Right-wing smear machine, reports Grove in the NYDN:

    Word from Nairobi, Kenya - where Polier has been living with the family of her Israeli fianc, Yaron Schwartzman - is that she's toiling on an epic essay about her experiences at the center of a political firestorm.

    According to an informed source, the former Associated Press intern is writing her account - for which New York magazine is paying $10,000 - of how it felt to be on the wrong side of the reporter-subject equation .... Polier was hounded by media lowlifes and guttersnipe gossip columnists (me, perhaps?) who published provocative details of a Friendster.com profile in which she - or someone claiming to be her - was described as "just another hot piece of a-- with a philosophy degree."

    My informant tells me: "She is also going to detail her work for Kerry and, possibly, her relationship with one of his staffers, not the candidate."

    Posted by Eric at 10:11 AM | Comments (7)

    Victim of Drudge Smear to Write Back?

    Alexandra Polier may write about her experience at the receiving end of the Right-wing smear machine, reports Grove in the NYDN:

    Word from Nairobi, Kenya - where Polier has been living with the family of her Israeli fianc, Yaron Schwartzman - is that she's toiling on an epic essay about her experiences at the center of a political firestorm.

    According to an informed source, the former Associated Press intern is writing her account - for which New York magazine is paying $10,000 - of how it felt to be on the wrong side of the reporter-subject equation .... Polier was hounded by media lowlifes and guttersnipe gossip columnists (me, perhaps?) who published provocative details of a Friendster.com profile in which she - or someone claiming to be her - was described as "just another hot piece of a-- with a philosophy degree."

    My informant tells me: "She is also going to detail her work for Kerry and, possibly, her relationship with one of his staffers, not the candidate."

    Posted by Eric at 10:11 AM | Comments (2)

    May 13, 2004

    So What's Sinclair Media?

    From the Baltimore Sun:

    "They're kind of a Triple-A Fox News - and that's not derogatory," said Robert Zelnick, a former ABC News correspondent who is now chairman of the journalism department at Boston University. "Their orientation is clear."

    Smith and his family members, who still hold a controlling share in the publicly traded company, have locally been known to hew to a certain set of conservative beliefs - skeptical of government regulation and taxation and support of gun rights mixed with support for water quality conservation, as evidenced by a not-for-profit run from Sinclair's corporate headquarters.

    And they've dabbled in political spheres, too. Aside from the occasional contribution to Democratic candidates, the Smith brothers - primarily Frederick G. Smith, a Sinclair vice president and director - have contributed more than $200,000 to Republican Party causes in the past four years. They have also financially backed Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., in one instance drawing fire for heavily discounting helicopter trips from a firm owned by Sinclair vice president and director J. Duncan Smith during the 2002 gubernatorial race.

    Posted by Eric at 03:33 PM | Comments (11)

    So What's Sinclair Media?

    From the Baltimore Sun:

    "They're kind of a Triple-A Fox News - and that's not derogatory," said Robert Zelnick, a former ABC News correspondent who is now chairman of the journalism department at Boston University. "Their orientation is clear."

    Smith and his family members, who still hold a controlling share in the publicly traded company, have locally been known to hew to a certain set of conservative beliefs - skeptical of government regulation and taxation and support of gun rights mixed with support for water quality conservation, as evidenced by a not-for-profit run from Sinclair's corporate headquarters.

    And they've dabbled in political spheres, too. Aside from the occasional contribution to Democratic candidates, the Smith brothers - primarily Frederick G. Smith, a Sinclair vice president and director - have contributed more than $200,000 to Republican Party causes in the past four years. They have also financially backed Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., in one instance drawing fire for heavily discounting helicopter trips from a firm owned by Sinclair vice president and director J. Duncan Smith during the 2002 gubernatorial race.

    Posted by Eric at 03:33 PM | Comments (4)

    Sean Hannity: All Media Liberal, Including Talk Radio?

    EDIT: Media Matters has a correction on the quote, "The mainstream media is liberal. Three major networks, two cable networks, most newspapers, and talk radio," about the talk radio part, though even the original correction is still suspect.

    In fairness to Media Matters, the original Lexis-Nexis transcript (Transcript # 051004cb.253) has the error quote, so it's partially the fault of the transcript company.

    Posted by Eric at 03:01 PM | Comments (30)

    Sean Hannity: All Media Liberal, Including Talk Radio?

    EDIT: Media Matters has a correction on the quote, "The mainstream media is liberal. Three major networks, two cable networks, most newspapers, and talk radio," about the talk radio part, though even the original correction is still suspect.

    In fairness to Media Matters, the original Lexis-Nexis transcript (Transcript # 051004cb.253) has the error quote, so it's partially the fault of the transcript company.

    Posted by Eric at 03:01 PM | Comments (13)

    Oliver North: Iraqi Abuse Same As Ol' College Life

    Guess my college campus is pretty lame. Notes Media Matters:

    The prisoner abuse, North said, was committed by "a group of obviously twisted young people with leashes and weird sex acts, the kind of thing that you might find on any college campus nowadays, being perpetrated by people in uniform." Two days earlier, in a May 9 Commentary for The Washington Times, North wrote, "The media's 'compassion' for these imprisoned miscreants and suspected terrorists [the abused prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison] is a front for their journalistic jihad against the [George W. Bush] administration."

    Posted by Eric at 02:59 PM | Comments (153)

    Oliver North: Iraqi Abuse Same As Ol' College Life

    Guess my college campus is pretty lame. Notes Media Matters:

    The prisoner abuse, North said, was committed by "a group of obviously twisted young people with leashes and weird sex acts, the kind of thing that you might find on any college campus nowadays, being perpetrated by people in uniform." Two days earlier, in a May 9 Commentary for The Washington Times, North wrote, "The media's 'compassion' for these imprisoned miscreants and suspected terrorists [the abused prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison] is a front for their journalistic jihad against the [George W. Bush] administration."

    Posted by Eric at 02:59 PM | Comments (4)

    Clinton Memoirs

    From IMDB.com, on Clinton:

    Former American President Bill Clinton has finished his highly anticipated memoir, after working around the clock to get it ready for publishers. The Arkansas-born politician, 57, is reportedly being paid up to $14.4 million to pen the tome, which is scheduled to hit book shelves next month, published by Random House's Alfred A Knopf imprint. Knopf spokesman Paul Bogards says, "It's about 900 pages, and there is still some editing to be done." Clinton recently told Vanity Fair magazine, "I am literally hardly sleeping. I am working around-the-clock. I am killing myself because I want it done." The work should be worthwhile - the book will be given an initial printing of 1.5 million copies and is already top of the best-sellers list on online American booksellers website Barnes&Noble.Com through pre-orders.
    If you feel like tossing this site a few bucks, buy it through this link.

    Posted by Eric at 09:57 AM | Comments (16)

    Clinton Memoirs

    From IMDB.com, on Clinton:

    Former American President Bill Clinton has finished his highly anticipated memoir, after working around the clock to get it ready for publishers. The Arkansas-born politician, 57, is reportedly being paid up to $14.4 million to pen the tome, which is scheduled to hit book shelves next month, published by Random House's Alfred A Knopf imprint. Knopf spokesman Paul Bogards says, "It's about 900 pages, and there is still some editing to be done." Clinton recently told Vanity Fair magazine, "I am literally hardly sleeping. I am working around-the-clock. I am killing myself because I want it done." The work should be worthwhile - the book will be given an initial printing of 1.5 million copies and is already top of the best-sellers list on online American booksellers website Barnes&Noble.Com through pre-orders.
    If you feel like tossing this site a few bucks, buy it through this link.

    Posted by Eric at 09:57 AM | Comments (0)

    Olbermann vs. O'Reilly, Volume 2

    From the Washington Post gossip column:

    MSNBC's Keith Olbermann -- who, as we reported yesterday, considers Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly an "abject failure," which prompted a Fox spokesman to brand Olbermann a "tortured soul" -- would like the last word on this little spat. Olbermann e-mailed us yesterday: "My soul stopped being tortured the day I stopped working for those soul-less clowns at Fox." Over to you, Bill.

    Posted by Eric at 09:35 AM | Comments (19)

    Olbermann vs. O'Reilly, Volume 2

    From the Washington Post gossip column:

    MSNBC's Keith Olbermann -- who, as we reported yesterday, considers Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly an "abject failure," which prompted a Fox spokesman to brand Olbermann a "tortured soul" -- would like the last word on this little spat. Olbermann e-mailed us yesterday: "My soul stopped being tortured the day I stopped working for those soul-less clowns at Fox." Over to you, Bill.

    Posted by Eric at 09:35 AM | Comments (4)

    Tucker Carlson Now Against Iraq War

    From the NY Observer:

    For years, PBS has been home to paleoliberals like Bill Moyers. But it seems Mr. Carlson has had a change of heart recently. While hes still a staunch conservativehes anti-abortion, married with four kidshes changed his mind about the war in Iraq. "I think its a total nightmare and disaster, and Im ashamed that I went against my own instincts in supporting it," he said. "Its something Ill never do again. Never. I got convinced by a friend of mine whos smarter than I am, and I shouldnt have done that. No. I want things to work out, but Im enraged by it, actually."

    Mr. Carlsonnever really a card-carrying member of the vast right-wing conspiracysaid he had broken off from the hawkish neoconservatives who flogged the war from the get-go. "Im getting more paleo every day," he said, referring to the so-called paleoconservatives.

    "While hes still a staunch conservativehes anti-abortion, married with four kids" What does having kids have to do with ideology?

    Posted by Eric at 12:52 AM | Comments (29)

    Tucker Carlson Now Against Iraq War

    From the NY Observer:

    For years, PBS has been home to paleoliberals like Bill Moyers. But it seems Mr. Carlson has had a change of heart recently. While hes still a staunch conservativehes anti-abortion, married with four kidshes changed his mind about the war in Iraq. "I think its a total nightmare and disaster, and Im ashamed that I went against my own instincts in supporting it," he said. "Its something Ill never do again. Never. I got convinced by a friend of mine whos smarter than I am, and I shouldnt have done that. No. I want things to work out, but Im enraged by it, actually."

    Mr. Carlsonnever really a card-carrying member of the vast right-wing conspiracysaid he had broken off from the hawkish neoconservatives who flogged the war from the get-go. "Im getting more paleo every day," he said, referring to the so-called paleoconservatives.

    "While hes still a staunch conservativehes anti-abortion, married with four kids" What does having kids have to do with ideology?

    Posted by Eric at 12:52 AM | Comments (13)

    May 12, 2004

    Olbermann vs. O'Reilly

    As reported in the Washington Post,

    "The key thing that's left out of Bill O'Reilly's career is that he got to where he is by being an abject failure at every step. He was kind of the buffoon of local news in New York and in Boston," the host of MSNBC's "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" tells the mag. "Bill O'Reilly is not of this Earth. He has an exceptionally well-designed television show, but it is neither news nor truth. The number of factual errors on that show on a given night exceeds our audience."

    Well, for those counting, Olbermann's show drew 309,000 nightly viewers in April, according to Nielson figures, and O'Reilly's "Factor" on the Fox News Channel drew more than 2.2 million.

    O'Reilly is on vacation, but a Fox News spokesman was happy to respond in kind yesterday: "Since he stopped reading sports scores, Keith has attracted fewer viewers than a test pattern and his career has been nothing short of a train wreck. We pity his tortured soul and wish him all the best."

    So get that FHM, which you can now legitimately buy for, ahem, the articles.

    Posted by Eric at 04:29 PM | Comments (7)

    Olbermann vs. O'Reilly

    As reported in the Washington Post,

    "The key thing that's left out of Bill O'Reilly's career is that he got to where he is by being an abject failure at every step. He was kind of the buffoon of local news in New York and in Boston," the host of MSNBC's "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" tells the mag. "Bill O'Reilly is not of this Earth. He has an exceptionally well-designed television show, but it is neither news nor truth. The number of factual errors on that show on a given night exceeds our audience."

    Well, for those counting, Olbermann's show drew 309,000 nightly viewers in April, according to Nielson figures, and O'Reilly's "Factor" on the Fox News Channel drew more than 2.2 million.

    O'Reilly is on vacation, but a Fox News spokesman was happy to respond in kind yesterday: "Since he stopped reading sports scores, Keith has attracted fewer viewers than a test pattern and his career has been nothing short of a train wreck. We pity his tortured soul and wish him all the best."

    So get that FHM, which you can now legitimately buy for, ahem, the articles.

    Posted by Eric at 04:29 PM | Comments (2)

    May 09, 2004

    The Merits of Howard Stern?

    There are some in the shock jock's show and his cause, according to public radio's Ira Glass in the NY Times Magazine.

    I'm the host of a show on public radio, and when my listeners tell me they don't care for Stern, I always think it reveals a regrettable narrowness of vision. Mostly, they're put off by the naked girls. But Stern has invented a way of being on the air that uses the medium better than nearly anyone. He's more honest, more emotionally present, more interesting, more wide-ranging in his opinions than any host on public radio. Also, he's a fantastic interviewer. He's truly funny. And his staff on the air is cheerfully inclusive of every kind of person: black, white, dwarf, stutterer, drunk and supposed gay. What public radio show has that kind of diversity? ...

    Sadly, lots of smart people shrug off the recent government crackdown on Howard Stern -- and on other ''indecency'' -- as if it were nastiness going on in some bad neighborhood of the broadcast dial, one that doesn't concern them, one that they'd never stoop to visit.

    But the recent F.C.C. rulings make me Stern's brother as I've never been before. Here are just a few of the things we've broadcast on our show that now could conceivably result in fines of up to a half million dollars for the 484 public stations that run the program: assorted curse words, people saying ''damn'' and ''goddamn'' (a recent F.C.C. decision declared that ''profane'' and ''blasphemous'' speech would now come under scrutiny); various prison stories; and a very funny story by the writer David Sedaris that takes place in a bathroom and that violates all three F.C.C. criteria for ''indecency.'' It's explicitly graphic in talking about ''excretory organs or activities''; Sedaris repeats and dwells on the descriptions at length, and he absolutely means to pander and shock. That's what makes it funny.

    The obscene "This American Life" and David Sedaris.

    Love the culture war: radio talk stations are cleaning up their act all over the country in the wake of the FCC crackdown.

    Howard Stern is taking his scandalous show to Las Vegas. Last week, The Nation had a cover story on Stern.

    Posted by Eric at 07:35 AM | Comments (22)

    The Merits of Howard Stern?

    There are some in the shock jock's show and his cause, according to public radio's Ira Glass in the NY Times Magazine.

    I'm the host of a show on public radio, and when my listeners tell me they don't care for Stern, I always think it reveals a regrettable narrowness of vision. Mostly, they're put off by the naked girls. But Stern has invented a way of being on the air that uses the medium better than nearly anyone. He's more honest, more emotionally present, more interesting, more wide-ranging in his opinions than any host on public radio. Also, he's a fantastic interviewer. He's truly funny. And his staff on the air is cheerfully inclusive of every kind of person: black, white, dwarf, stutterer, drunk and supposed gay. What public radio show has that kind of diversity? ...

    Sadly, lots of smart people shrug off the recent government crackdown on Howard Stern -- and on other ''indecency'' -- as if it were nastiness going on in some bad neighborhood of the broadcast dial, one that doesn't concern them, one that they'd never stoop to visit.

    But the recent F.C.C. rulings make me Stern's brother as I've never been before. Here are just a few of the things we've broadcast on our show that now could conceivably result in fines of up to a half million dollars for the 484 public stations that run the program: assorted curse words, people saying ''damn'' and ''goddamn'' (a recent F.C.C. decision declared that ''profane'' and ''blasphemous'' speech would now come under scrutiny); various prison stories; and a very funny story by the writer David Sedaris that takes place in a bathroom and that violates all three F.C.C. criteria for ''indecency.'' It's explicitly graphic in talking about ''excretory organs or activities''; Sedaris repeats and dwells on the descriptions at length, and he absolutely means to pander and shock. That's what makes it funny.

    The obscene "This American Life" and David Sedaris.

    Love the culture war: radio talk stations are cleaning up their act all over the country in the wake of the FCC crackdown.

    Howard Stern is taking his scandalous show to Las Vegas. Last week, The Nation had a cover story on Stern.

    Posted by Eric at 07:35 AM | Comments (2)

    May 08, 2004

    News, Fox Attitude

    What a silly bunch they are, beating up on the freaks and geeks at CNN. AP:

    The proposed sign would read: "Now That CNN's Ratings are Gone With the Wind, Our Work on This Board Is Done. We Love You Atlanta. Brought to you by your friends at FOX News Channel."

    Below that message would be a less-than-subtle pitch to the hundreds of CNN employees who file past the board every day. "Sign Up with America's Newsroom! Forward resumes to resumes(at)foxnews.com." ... Since 1999, the sign overlooking CNN Center has alternately trumpeted Fox's triumphs or taken jabs at CNN. It featured legal reporter Greta Van Susteren, shortly after she left CNN for Fox, and accused the network of lacking patriotism during the war in Iraq (news - web sites).

    For the past several months it has read, "Come Home Connie. CNN Needs You." Connie Chung was fired abruptly in March 2003, not long after CNN founder Ted Turner called her "just awful" in an interview.

    Posted by Eric at 07:43 AM | Comments (46)

    News, Fox Attitude

    What a silly bunch they are, beating up on the freaks and geeks at CNN. AP:

    The proposed sign would read: "Now That CNN's Ratings are Gone With the Wind, Our Work on This Board Is Done. We Love You Atlanta. Brought to you by your friends at FOX News Channel."

    Below that message would be a less-than-subtle pitch to the hundreds of CNN employees who file past the board every day. "Sign Up with America's Newsroom! Forward resumes to resumes(at)foxnews.com." ... Since 1999, the sign overlooking CNN Center has alternately trumpeted Fox's triumphs or taken jabs at CNN. It featured legal reporter Greta Van Susteren, shortly after she left CNN for Fox, and accused the network of lacking patriotism during the war in Iraq (news - web sites).

    For the past several months it has read, "Come Home Connie. CNN Needs You." Connie Chung was fired abruptly in March 2003, not long after CNN founder Ted Turner called her "just awful" in an interview.

    Posted by Eric at 07:43 AM | Comments (19)

    May 07, 2004

    Fox News Cries Censorship

    No, really. IMDB:

    Fox News is claiming that an Atlanta billboard company is censoring a sign that it rents across the street from CNN's Atlanta offices. The company has used the sign since 1999 to needle CNN about its falling market share among news viewers and chide it about apparent missteps. It had recently wanted the sign changed to read: "Now That CNN's Ratings are Gone With the Wind, Our Work on This Board Is Done. We Love You Atlanta. Brought to you by your friends at FOX News Channel." However, despite threats of legal action, the billboard company involved has refused to change the sign.

    Posted by Eric at 04:15 PM | Comments (2)

    Fox News Cries Censorship

    No, really. IMDB:

    Fox News is claiming that an Atlanta billboard company is censoring a sign that it rents across the street from CNN's Atlanta offices. The company has used the sign since 1999 to needle CNN about its falling market share among news viewers and chide it about apparent missteps. It had recently wanted the sign changed to read: "Now That CNN's Ratings are Gone With the Wind, Our Work on This Board Is Done. We Love You Atlanta. Brought to you by your friends at FOX News Channel." However, despite threats of legal action, the billboard company involved has refused to change the sign.

    Posted by Eric at 04:15 PM | Comments (1)

    More Foxes to Come

    News Corp will launch more Fox channels. Oy? USA Today:

    Murdoch later told Fox News Channel business anchor Neil Cavuto that the company is considering a business, entertainment or sports channel. Other possibilities: weather, reality and Hispanic channels. Earlier, on a conference call with analysts to announce quarterly earnings, Murdoch said the company is looking at a ''number of genres'' that would be ''natural extensions'' of News Corp's Fox brand.

    His recent takeover of control of satellite TV operator DirecTV gives him a head start of 12.5 million homes for the new channel, which Fox will push to get carried by other cable and satellite operators.

    ''This is the big benefit of buying DirecTV. Any new channel they launch automatically has 12 million viewers, vs. going out there and trying to get viewers,'' says media analyst Andy Baker of independent research firm Cathay Financial.

    Posted by Eric at 02:48 PM | Comments (3)

    More Foxes to Come

    News Corp will launch more Fox channels. Oy? USA Today:

    Murdoch later told Fox News Channel business anchor Neil Cavuto that the company is considering a business, entertainment or sports channel. Other possibilities: weather, reality and Hispanic channels. Earlier, on a conference call with analysts to announce quarterly earnings, Murdoch said the company is looking at a ''number of genres'' that would be ''natural extensions'' of News Corp's Fox brand.

    His recent takeover of control of satellite TV operator DirecTV gives him a head start of 12.5 million homes for the new channel, which Fox will push to get carried by other cable and satellite operators.

    ''This is the big benefit of buying DirecTV. Any new channel they launch automatically has 12 million viewers, vs. going out there and trying to get viewers,'' says media analyst Andy Baker of independent research firm Cathay Financial.

    Posted by Eric at 02:48 PM | Comments (0)

    Stern in Pittsburgh

    No longer in the air in Pittsburgh, because of Clear Channel.

    According to Stern, the ratings for the station that used to carry Stern went from a 6.4 to a 1.2 rating. 18-34 year olds: 15.3 (#1) to a 4.2.

    EDIT: Also, see Rolling Stone.

    Posted by Eric at 06:01 AM | Comments (3)

    Stern in Pittsburgh

    No longer in the air in Pittsburgh, because of Clear Channel.

    According to Stern, the ratings for the station that used to carry Stern went from a 6.4 to a 1.2 rating. 18-34 year olds: 15.3 (#1) to a 4.2.

    EDIT: Also, see Rolling Stone.

    Posted by Eric at 06:01 AM | Comments (8)

    Fox's Chris Wallace Blasts Nightline

    Calls last Friday's show a "telephone directory." From USA Today:

    Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace is taking on his former colleague at ABC News, Ted Koppel, saying Koppel's reading of the names of 720 soldiers killed in Iraq on a Nightline special Friday smacked of a ratings stunt and a political statement.

    "If you want to pay tribute to the troops, talk about what they fought and died for not just that they died. It should be more than just a telephone directory," says Wallace, who plans a segment to list U.S. accomplishments in Iraq Sunday on his show. Wallace left ABC last year.

    Posted by Eric at 05:45 AM | Comments (9)

    Fox's Chris Wallace Blasts Nightline

    Calls last Friday's show a "telephone directory." From USA Today:

    Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace is taking on his former colleague at ABC News, Ted Koppel, saying Koppel's reading of the names of 720 soldiers killed in Iraq on a Nightline special Friday smacked of a ratings stunt and a political statement.

    "If you want to pay tribute to the troops, talk about what they fought and died for not just that they died. It should be more than just a telephone directory," says Wallace, who plans a segment to list U.S. accomplishments in Iraq Sunday on his show. Wallace left ABC last year.

    Posted by Eric at 05:45 AM | Comments (4)

    May 05, 2004

    O'Reilly Still Obsessing About Clinton Sex Life

    From The Factor last night:

    O'REILLY: All right, so you don't know that for sure. Now in your article, you imply -- and correct me if I'm wrong, you imply that Bill Clinton still has an active social life with the ladies.

    ANSON: Well, I don't know that, but he is -- look, we're both Irish Catholics. This is what the nuns call proximate occasions of sin. He is putting himself in situations that at very least lend themselves to...

    O'REILLY: To gossip.

    ANSON: To gossip. And there is plenty of gossip.

    Click down for the full transcript.

    O'REILLY: OK. But you don't know for sure whether he is running and chasing, because let's face it, I mean, he is alone a lot. I think he's a lonely man. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think he's a lonely guy. And he has the most beautiful women in the world wanting to have dinner with him and hang around with him, correct? So I don't know how many guys would say no if you don't have anything else to do.

    ANSON: I'm not interested in the president's social life as social life, but it seems to me that after you have gone through what he did in 1998 to 2000, I don't expect him to enter a Trappist monastery, but I would think that he would be very careful about appearances. And it's not just me as a reporter who is worried about that kind of stuff.

    O'REILLY: But he's not.

    ANSON: People who are very, very close to him really are despairing of this kind of behavior.

    O'REILLY: Yes, he's not -- he goes and hangs around with who he wants to hang around with.

    ANSON: He basically has contempt for appearances.

    O'REILLY: Yes, I mean, if he wants to hang around with Naomi Campbell, he is going to do that.

    ANSON: Among others, yes.

    O'REILLY: Among other, right. We know that, but you don't know anything more than that, it's just appearances.

    ANSON: No, and I'm not interested...

    O'REILLY: OK. I know, I know, I know, I have got to ask these questions. I just said I think he's a lonely man, wrong?

    ANSON: I don't think -- well, he's -- I wouldn't say he is a lonely man, but he is certainly a man who craves company at all times. He has a difficult time being alone with the exception of alone late at night and reading...

    O'REILLY: And he and Hillary are not together very often, correct?

    ANSON: Well, he has got a big travel schedule and she has a fairly large travel schedule as well. I do think that when they are with each other -- I have talked to a number of their friends, and they say it's a very terrific relationship. I'm convinced of that.

    O'REILLY: OK. But they are apart much more than they are together?

    ANSON: Yes.

    Posted by Eric at 06:18 PM | Comments (24)

    O'Reilly Still Obsessing About Clinton Sex Life

    From The Factor last night:

    O'REILLY: All right, so you don't know that for sure. Now in your article, you imply -- and correct me if I'm wrong, you imply that Bill Clinton still has an active social life with the ladies.

    ANSON: Well, I don't know that, but he is -- look, we're both Irish Catholics. This is what the nuns call proximate occasions of sin. He is putting himself in situations that at very least lend themselves to...

    O'REILLY: To gossip.

    ANSON: To gossip. And there is plenty of gossip.

    Click down for the full transcript.

    O'REILLY: OK. But you don't know for sure whether he is running and chasing, because let's face it, I mean, he is alone a lot. I think he's a lonely man. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think he's a lonely guy. And he has the most beautiful women in the world wanting to have dinner with him and hang around with him, correct? So I don't know how many guys would say no if you don't have anything else to do.

    ANSON: I'm not interested in the president's social life as social life, but it seems to me that after you have gone through what he did in 1998 to 2000, I don't expect him to enter a Trappist monastery, but I would think that he would be very careful about appearances. And it's not just me as a reporter who is worried about that kind of stuff.

    O'REILLY: But he's not.

    ANSON: People who are very, very close to him really are despairing of this kind of behavior.

    O'REILLY: Yes, he's not -- he goes and hangs around with who he wants to hang around with.

    ANSON: He basically has contempt for appearances.

    O'REILLY: Yes, I mean, if he wants to hang around with Naomi Campbell, he is going to do that.

    ANSON: Among others, yes.

    O'REILLY: Among other, right. We know that, but you don't know anything more than that, it's just appearances.

    ANSON: No, and I'm not interested...

    O'REILLY: OK. I know, I know, I know, I have got to ask these questions. I just said I think he's a lonely man, wrong?

    ANSON: I don't think -- well, he's -- I wouldn't say he is a lonely man, but he is certainly a man who craves company at all times. He has a difficult time being alone with the exception of alone late at night and reading...

    O'REILLY: And he and Hillary are not together very often, correct?

    ANSON: Well, he has got a big travel schedule and she has a fairly large travel schedule as well. I do think that when they are with each other -- I have talked to a number of their friends, and they say it's a very terrific relationship. I'm convinced of that.

    O'REILLY: OK. But they are apart much more than they are together?

    ANSON: Yes.

    Posted by Eric at 06:18 PM | Comments (7)

    Ralph Reed Likes Fox News

    So should you. AP:

    Now a regional chairman for the Bush-Cheney campaign, Ralph Reed said he depends on the Internet, conservative talk show hosts and the Fox News network to get his information about the world.

    And he urged Nevadans to do the same.

    "Twenty-five years ago, most people got their news from ABC, CBS or NBC," Reed said in a speech Friday night to the Nevada Republican Party's state convention. "Fortunately, that is no longer the case. The gatekeepers of dominant media have lost their monopoly on information."

    Reed told the crowd of about 250 Republicans that he has not watched a newscast of a major network in years.

    "I get in the car in the morning and listen to Rush Limbaugh. On the way home, I listen to Sean Hannity. At night I watch Fox News," he said.

    Posted by Eric at 12:16 AM | Comments (17)

    Ralph Reed Likes Fox News

    So should you. AP:

    Now a regional chairman for the Bush-Cheney campaign, Ralph Reed said he depends on the Internet, conservative talk show hosts and the Fox News network to get his information about the world.

    And he urged Nevadans to do the same.

    "Twenty-five years ago, most people got their news from ABC, CBS or NBC," Reed said in a speech Friday night to the Nevada Republican Party's state convention. "Fortunately, that is no longer the case. The gatekeepers of dominant media have lost their monopoly on information."

    Reed told the crowd of about 250 Republicans that he has not watched a newscast of a major network in years.

    "I get in the car in the morning and listen to Rush Limbaugh. On the way home, I listen to Sean Hannity. At night I watch Fox News," he said.

    Posted by Eric at 12:16 AM | Comments (10)

    May 04, 2004

    The Oprah Show is Offensive

    So much so that, as someone emailed to the FCC, "my child's head literally exploded."

    Posted by Eric at 07:26 PM | Comments (46)

    The Oprah Show is Offensive

    So much so that, as someone emailed to the FCC, "my child's head literally exploded."

    Posted by Eric at 07:26 PM | Comments (9)

    Gore Gets TV Net

    More details TBA. Hollywood Reporter:

    An investment group led by former Vice President Al Gore is expected to announce the acquisition of cable network News World International from Vivendi Universal Tuesday at the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. convention in New Orleans. Gore, who is expected to first tour the convention floor along with his business partner in the venture, entrepreneur Joel Hyatt, is scheduled to host a press conference announcing the acquisition at noon CT. Details of the new channel were not yet disclosed.

    Posted by Eric at 01:10 PM | Comments (1)

    Gore Gets TV Net

    More details TBA. Hollywood Reporter:

    An investment group led by former Vice President Al Gore is expected to announce the acquisition of cable network News World International from Vivendi Universal Tuesday at the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. convention in New Orleans. Gore, who is expected to first tour the convention floor along with his business partner in the venture, entrepreneur Joel Hyatt, is scheduled to host a press conference announcing the acquisition at noon CT. Details of the new channel were not yet disclosed.

    Posted by Eric at 01:10 PM | Comments (2)

    FCC Commish: "Clear Channelization" of American radio

    The Democrat on the FCC says his agency is barely representing the public interest. Rather, corporate interests such as ... um, hm, NPR I guess, is being represented:

    "We are skirting dangerously close to taking the public interest out of the public airwaves," Copps said at the Future of Music Coalition's policy summit, a conference of musicians, record industry executives, lawmakers and civil liberties activists.

    Copps was one of two dissenters in the five-member commission's vote last June to ease regulations on media ownership. That ruling was motivated by the notion that the strict regulations in place -- intended to protect against monopoly of the airwaves -- became obsolete with the proliferation of such information and entertainment sources as the Internet and cable.

    Copps said the Federal Communications Commission is moving in the wrong direction by allowing diverse perspectives and local interests and talent to be trumped by the homogenizing forces of media giants that dominate many of the nation's media markets.

    One of the main failures of the FCC, according to Copps, is increased consolidation.

    Posted by Eric at 11:37 AM | Comments (12)

    FCC Commish: "Clear Channelization" of American radio

    The Democrat on the FCC says his agency is barely representing the public interest. Rather, corporate interests such as ... um, hm, NPR I guess, is being represented:

    "We are skirting dangerously close to taking the public interest out of the public airwaves," Copps said at the Future of Music Coalition's policy summit, a conference of musicians, record industry executives, lawmakers and civil liberties activists.

    Copps was one of two dissenters in the five-member commission's vote last June to ease regulations on media ownership. That ruling was motivated by the notion that the strict regulations in place -- intended to protect against monopoly of the airwaves -- became obsolete with the proliferation of such information and entertainment sources as the Internet and cable.

    Copps said the Federal Communications Commission is moving in the wrong direction by allowing diverse perspectives and local interests and talent to be trumped by the homogenizing forces of media giants that dominate many of the nation's media markets.

    One of the main failures of the FCC, according to Copps, is increased consolidation.

    Posted by Eric at 11:37 AM | Comments (6)

    MSNBC Trying to Outfox Fox Again

    The network that nobody watches is testing out a conservative radio talk show host as a legit TV news anchor. From Media Matters:

    Bud Hedinger, whose radio talk show airs between The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Dr. Laura Schlessinger Program on 540 AM (WFLF) in Orlando, Florida, debuted today for a test run as an anchor for MSNBC Live, which airs between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. "If they like what I do, they'll hire me," Hedinger told his hometown paper, the Orlando Sentinel on May 2.

    According to the Sentinel, Hedinger "demonstrates his passion for George W. Bush through songs like 'God Bless Our President,'" which he sings on the air during his radio show.

    In contrast with his fervor for Bush, on the website for his radio show, Hedinger asserts disdain for Senator Hillary Clinton, whom he calls "Hanoi Hillary." "THE BUDMAN URGES YOU TO PROTEST! HILLARY BLASTS BUSH IN ARAB PRESS INTERVIEW," Hedinger blares on his website, providing readers with a link to an April 27 NewsMax.com article reporting that Senator Hillary Clinton had criticized Bush in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arab newspaper. However, as Media Matters for America documented on May 3 -- in response to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough making the same false statement on his program, Scarborough Country -- Clinton was never interviewed by the Arab paper.

    Posted by Eric at 12:49 AM | Comments (30)

    MSNBC Trying to Outfox Fox Again

    The network that nobody watches is testing out a conservative radio talk show host as a legit TV news anchor. From Media Matters:

    Bud Hedinger, whose radio talk show airs between The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Dr. Laura Schlessinger Program on 540 AM (WFLF) in Orlando, Florida, debuted today for a test run as an anchor for MSNBC Live, which airs between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. "If they like what I do, they'll hire me," Hedinger told his hometown paper, the Orlando Sentinel on May 2.

    According to the Sentinel, Hedinger "demonstrates his passion for George W. Bush through songs like 'God Bless Our President,'" which he sings on the air during his radio show.

    In contrast with his fervor for Bush, on the website for his radio show, Hedinger asserts disdain for Senator Hillary Clinton, whom he calls "Hanoi Hillary." "THE BUDMAN URGES YOU TO PROTEST! HILLARY BLASTS BUSH IN ARAB PRESS INTERVIEW," Hedinger blares on his website, providing readers with a link to an April 27 NewsMax.com article reporting that Senator Hillary Clinton had criticized Bush in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arab newspaper. However, as Media Matters for America documented on May 3 -- in response to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough making the same false statement on his program, Scarborough Country -- Clinton was never interviewed by the Arab paper.

    Posted by Eric at 12:49 AM | Comments (4)

    May 03, 2004

    Limbaugh: Women "Actually Wish" for Sexual Harassment

    Among many other interesting comments documented by David Brock's new website, Media Matters:

    1) Some of these babes, I'm telling you, like the sexual harassment crowd. They're out there protesting what they actually wish would happen to them sometimes. [4/26/04]

    2) Will it be the Democratic insiders' dream of Kerry and John Edwards? Or maybe the media's dream team of Kerry and John McCain. Or will it be the femi-Nazi dream team of Kerry and Hillary. [4/5/04]

    3) Some funny comments from the femi-Nazis at the pro-abortion rally in Washington yesterday. Not many. It didn't take long for us to put together our montage, but we'll let you hear it when we come back. [4/26/04]

    4) Oh, if you missed the "morning update" today, the femi-Nazis have really stepped into it. Karen Hughes just said some of the -- well, the most innocent, true, great stuff. And the femi-Nazis have assumed she was comparing them to the terrorists, which she wasn't. But now they've linked themselves with the terrorists. [4/29/04]

    5) [W]e got the femi-Nazi uprising over comments made by Karen Hughes. [4/29/04]

    See more of fun Rush.

    Posted by Eric at 05:49 AM | Comments (12)

    Limbaugh: Women "Actually Wish" for Sexual Harassment

    Among many other interesting comments documented by David Brock's new website, Media Matters:

    1) Some of these babes, I'm telling you, like the sexual harassment crowd. They're out there protesting what they actually wish would happen to them sometimes. [4/26/04]

    2) Will it be the Democratic insiders' dream of Kerry and John Edwards? Or maybe the media's dream team of Kerry and John McCain. Or will it be the femi-Nazi dream team of Kerry and Hillary. [4/5/04]

    3) Some funny comments from the femi-Nazis at the pro-abortion rally in Washington yesterday. Not many. It didn't take long for us to put together our montage, but we'll let you hear it when we come back. [4/26/04]

    4) Oh, if you missed the "morning update" today, the femi-Nazis have really stepped into it. Karen Hughes just said some of the -- well, the most innocent, true, great stuff. And the femi-Nazis have assumed she was comparing them to the terrorists, which she wasn't. But now they've linked themselves with the terrorists. [4/29/04]

    5) [W]e got the femi-Nazi uprising over comments made by Karen Hughes. [4/29/04]

    See more of fun Rush.

    Posted by Eric at 05:49 AM | Comments (3)

    May 01, 2004

    Bush a Boon for The Progressive Mag

    From Rob Zaleski in the Cap Times:

    When I last interviewed Rothschild, the magazine's editor, back in 1999 - on the eve of The Progressive's 90th birthday - the magazine's circulation had dropped 5,000 in just four years and was treading water at 27,000 subscribers.

    Since George W. took office, circulation has more than doubled - to 66,000 - and continues to multiply almost daily.

    Their subscription is $12 for 12 months, FYI.

    Posted by Eric at 01:26 AM | Comments (14)

    Bush a Boon for The Progressive Mag

    From Rob Zaleski in the Cap Times:

    When I last interviewed Rothschild, the magazine's editor, back in 1999 - on the eve of The Progressive's 90th birthday - the magazine's circulation had dropped 5,000 in just four years and was treading water at 27,000 subscribers.

    Since George W. took office, circulation has more than doubled - to 66,000 - and continues to multiply almost daily.

    Their subscription is $12 for 12 months, FYI.

    Posted by Eric at 01:26 AM | Comments (0)

    April 30, 2004

    To Pay Respects or Not to Pay Respects

    Airing the names of fallen soldiers is wrong? Ted Koppel responds:

    Nightline's anchor Ted Koppel, who will read the names of the fallen aloud, said "it's not implicitly anti-war" on ABC's Good Morning America today. "I think it's an appropriate thing to do."

    "I'm not suggesting that people in this country don't know what's happening, but I think that periodically it is not unreasonable to remind everyone of who these young people are and what they look like," said Koppel.

    Also this from FAIR:
    A statement on Sinclair's website explains: "While the Sinclair Broadcast Group honors the memory of the brave members of the military who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our country, we do not believe such political statements should be disguised as news content. As a result, we have decided to preempt the broadcast of Nightline this Friday on each of our stations which air ABC programming."

    Sinclair's rationale for the censorship of Nightline is explicitly political: "Before you judge our decision, however, we would ask that you first question Mr. Koppel as to why he chose to read the names of the 523 troops killed in combat in Iraq, rather than the names of the thousands of private citizens killed in terrorists attacks since and including the events of September 11, 2001. In his answer, you will find the real motivation behind his action scheduled for this Friday." A response statement from ABC said that the network did broadcast a list of the victims of the September 11 attacks on the one-year anniversary.

    Oh SNAAAP.

    Posted by Eric at 04:16 PM | Comments (19)

    To Pay Respects or Not to Pay Respects

    Airing the names of fallen soldiers is wrong? Ted Koppel responds:

    Nightline's anchor Ted Koppel, who will read the names of the fallen aloud, said "it's not implicitly anti-war" on ABC's Good Morning America today. "I think it's an appropriate thing to do."

    "I'm not suggesting that people in this country don't know what's happening, but I think that periodically it is not unreasonable to remind everyone of who these young people are and what they look like," said Koppel.

    Also this from FAIR:
    A statement on Sinclair's website explains: "While the Sinclair Broadcast Group honors the memory of the brave members of the military who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our country, we do not believe such political statements should be disguised as news content. As a result, we have decided to preempt the broadcast of Nightline this Friday on each of our stations which air ABC programming."

    Sinclair's rationale for the censorship of Nightline is explicitly political: "Before you judge our decision, however, we would ask that you first question Mr. Koppel as to why he chose to read the names of the 523 troops killed in combat in Iraq, rather than the names of the thousands of private citizens killed in terrorists attacks since and including the events of September 11, 2001. In his answer, you will find the real motivation behind his action scheduled for this Friday." A response statement from ABC said that the network did broadcast a list of the victims of the September 11 attacks on the one-year anniversary.

    Oh SNAAAP.

    Posted by Eric at 04:16 PM | Comments (12)

    Cheney Hearts Fox News

    No, really he does. From the Washington Post:

    Vice President Cheney endorsed the Fox News Channel during a conference call last night with tens of thousands of Republicans who were gathered across the country to celebrate a National Party for the President Day organized by the Bush-Cheney campaign ... "It's easy to complain about the press -- I've been doing it for a good part of my career," Cheney said. "It's part of what goes with a free society. What I do is try to focus upon those elements of the press that I think do an effective job and try to be accurate in their portrayal of events. For example, I end up spending a lot of time watching Fox News, because they're more accurate in my experience, in those events that I'm personally involved in, than many of the other outlets."
    Hilarious.

    Posted by Eric at 02:08 PM | Comments (24)

    Cheney Hearts Fox News

    No, really he does. From the Washington Post:

    Vice President Cheney endorsed the Fox News Channel during a conference call last night with tens of thousands of Republicans who were gathered across the country to celebrate a National Party for the President Day organized by the Bush-Cheney campaign ... "It's easy to complain about the press -- I've been doing it for a good part of my career," Cheney said. "It's part of what goes with a free society. What I do is try to focus upon those elements of the press that I think do an effective job and try to be accurate in their portrayal of events. For example, I end up spending a lot of time watching Fox News, because they're more accurate in my experience, in those events that I'm personally involved in, than many of the other outlets."
    Hilarious.

    Posted by Eric at 02:08 PM | Comments (2)

    McCain: Sinclair Broadcasting "Unpatriotic"

    From the Arizona Republican's PR:

    There is no valid reason for Sinclair to shirk its responsibility in what I assume is a very misguided attempt to prevent your viewers from completely appreciating the extraordinary sacrifices made on their behalf by Americans serving in Iraq. War is an awful, but sometimes necessary business. Your decision to deny your viewers an opportunity to be reminded of wars terrible costs, in all their heartbreaking detail, is a gross disservice to the public, and to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. It is, in short, sir, unpatriotic. I hope it meets with the public opprobrium it most certainly deserves.

    Posted by Eric at 02:06 PM | Comments (142)

    McCain: Sinclair Broadcasting "Unpatriotic"

    From the Arizona Republican's PR:

    There is no valid reason for Sinclair to shirk its responsibility in what I assume is a very misguided attempt to prevent your viewers from completely appreciating the extraordinary sacrifices made on their behalf by Americans serving in Iraq. War is an awful, but sometimes necessary business. Your decision to deny your viewers an opportunity to be reminded of wars terrible costs, in all their heartbreaking detail, is a gross disservice to the public, and to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. It is, in short, sir, unpatriotic. I hope it meets with the public opprobrium it most certainly deserves.

    Posted by Eric at 02:06 PM | Comments (2)

    More About Sinclair Brodcasting

    See this from Atrios and CAP.

    They've been doing partisan stuff for a while. Another example of the liberal media, of course.

    Posted by Eric at 02:00 PM | Comments (14)

    More About Sinclair Brodcasting

    See this from Atrios and CAP.

    They've been doing partisan stuff for a while. Another example of the liberal media, of course.

    Posted by Eric at 02:00 PM | Comments (0)

    Howard Dean: The Show

    Howard Dean may get his own syndicated talk show. From the biz trade Variety:

    While everything's still in the early talking stages, the former Democratic presidential candidate is mulling the idea of hosting his own syndicated gabfest. He's hooked up with ex-Big Ticket TV topper Larry Lyttle ("Judge Judy") and longtime political consultant Gerald Rafshoon, who would likely serve as exec producers of a pilot for any such project.

    Dean is in Hollywood this week, and he's taking meetings with execs at Viacom-owned Paramount Domestic Television. Lyttle is still based on the Par lot, and he's helping Dean make the connection with the studio ... "He'd look at things like, What happens if you lose a sibling? What about when you're victimized by not having health care?" Lyttle said, arguing that Dean has the perfect persona for the small screen.

    Posted by Eric at 12:48 PM | Comments (20)

    Howard Dean: The Show

    Howard Dean may get his own syndicated talk show. From the biz trade Variety:

    While everything's still in the early talking stages, the former Democratic presidential candidate is mulling the idea of hosting his own syndicated gabfest. He's hooked up with ex-Big Ticket TV topper Larry Lyttle ("Judge Judy") and longtime political consultant Gerald Rafshoon, who would likely serve as exec producers of a pilot for any such project.

    Dean is in Hollywood this week, and he's taking meetings with execs at Viacom-owned Paramount Domestic Television. Lyttle is still based on the Par lot, and he's helping Dean make the connection with the studio ... "He'd look at things like, What happens if you lose a sibling? What about when you're victimized by not having health care?" Lyttle said, arguing that Dean has the perfect persona for the small screen.

    Posted by Eric at 12:48 PM | Comments (2)

    April 29, 2004

    Howard Stern on The Nation Cover

    Stern, of course, has been "fucked by the FCC."

    Posted by Eric at 07:00 PM | Comments (72)

    Howard Stern on The Nation Cover

    Stern, of course, has been "fucked by the FCC."

    Posted by Eric at 07:00 PM | Comments (6)

    April 28, 2004

    Severin Idiot

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations is renewing its objections to right-wing radio host Jay Severin. From the PR:

    The Globe reported that in a conversation with a caller who suggested that the United States befriend Muslims in this country, Severin said: "I believe that Muslims in this country are a fifth column ... The vast majority of Muslims in this country are very obviously loyal, not to the United States, but to their religion. And I'm worried that when the time comes for them to stand up and be counted, the reason they are here is to take over our culture and eventually take over our country."

    "My suspicion is that the majority of Muslims in the United States, who regard themselves as Muslims first and not as Americans really at all, see an American map one day where this is the United States of Islam, not the United States of America. I think it pays to harbor those suspicions."

    Severin asked the caller: "Do you think we should befriend them?" "Yes,"
    the caller said.

    "I've got good news for you: We have," Severin replied. "Thanks for the call and that's what I'm worried about." Then, introducing another caller, Severin said: "I have an alternative viewpoint. It's slightly different than yours. You think we should befriend them; I think we should kill them."

    Severin told the Globe: "To anyone who may have been offended by misunderstanding or misconstruing my remarks, I want you to know that I regret that."

    Well ... yes, that's not nice. Uh, what else
    "The actual transcript of the program is even worse than what had initially been reported," said CAIR's Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Based on Mr. Severin's claim that Muslim citizens are a 'fifth column' in this country
    and his apparent belief that they should be killed, we renew our call for his
    termination." Awad added that CAIR will ask for an FCC investigation of
    Severin's remarks.
    Counterspin is picking up action on this.

    Posted by Eric at 08:31 PM | Comments (15)

    Severin Idiot

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations is renewing its objections to right-wing radio host Jay Severin. From the PR:

    The Globe reported that in a conversation with a caller who suggested that the United States befriend Muslims in this country, Severin said: "I believe that Muslims in this country are a fifth column ... The vast majority of Muslims in this country are very obviously loyal, not to the United States, but to their religion. And I'm worried that when the time comes for them to stand up and be counted, the reason they are here is to take over our culture and eventually take over our country."

    "My suspicion is that the majority of Muslims in the United States, who regard themselves as Muslims first and not as Americans really at all, see an American map one day where this is the United States of Islam, not the United States of America. I think it pays to harbor those suspicions."

    Severin asked the caller: "Do you think we should befriend them?" "Yes,"
    the caller said.

    "I've got good news for you: We have," Severin replied. "Thanks for the call and that's what I'm worried about." Then, introducing another caller, Severin said: "I have an alternative viewpoint. It's slightly different than yours. You think we should befriend them; I think we should kill them."

    Severin told the Globe: "To anyone who may have been offended by misunderstanding or misconstruing my remarks, I want you to know that I regret that."

    Well ... yes, that's not nice. Uh, what else
    "The actual transcript of the program is even worse than what had initially been reported," said CAIR's Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Based on Mr. Severin's claim that Muslim citizens are a 'fifth column' in this country
    and his apparent belief that they should be killed, we renew our call for his
    termination." Awad added that CAIR will ask for an FCC investigation of
    Severin's remarks.
    Counterspin is picking up action on this.

    Posted by Eric at 08:31 PM | Comments (2)

    April 27, 2004

    Dropping Howard Stern: Business Decision?

    Drop Howard Stern at your own risk. From HowardStern.com:

    Howard was dropped from Clear Channel's KIOZ-FM (San Diego) in February

    Demo Feb(Howard) March(No Howard)
    P12+ 8.9 1st place 0.7 27th place
    M18+ 12.7 1st place 0.7 27th place
    P18-34 20.6 1st place 0.8 19th place
    P25-54 10.1 1st place 1.0 23rd place

    Posted by Eric at 09:02 PM | Comments (30)

    Dropping Howard Stern: Business Decision?

    Drop Howard Stern at your own risk. From HowardStern.com:

    Howard was dropped from Clear Channel's KIOZ-FM (San Diego) in February

    Demo Feb(Howard) March(No Howard)
    P12+ 8.9 1st place 0.7 27th place
    M18+ 12.7 1st place 0.7 27th place
    P18-34 20.6 1st place 0.8 19th place
    P25-54 10.1 1st place 1.0 23rd place

    Posted by Eric at 09:02 PM | Comments (1)

    The Fifth Column

    At one time, I would have been accused of being part of a 'fifth column.'

    It appears we're revisiting that rhetoric. David Neiwert.

    Posted by Eric at 03:12 PM | Comments (18)

    The Fifth Column

    At one time, I would have been accused of being part of a 'fifth column.'

    It appears we're revisiting that rhetoric. David Neiwert.

    Posted by Eric at 03:12 PM | Comments (3)

    April 26, 2004

    Kerry Promise: Press Conference Every Month

    According to Editor and Publisher:

    During a Q&A session with the hundreds of editors gathered for the ASNE event's closing luncheon, Kerry responded to a question about his thoughts on FOI issues. Although he did not mention any specific moves he would make to counter the restrictive efforts of the Bush administration, he indirectly took a shot at President Bush's failure to schedule regular press conferences.

    "I will hold a full press conference at least once a month," he promised. "You should welcome the opportunity to talk with you folks. It is a wonderful opportunity to market." Kerry also said he would seek to have "an open discussion on health care."

    As opposed to Talking Points Tom:
    During more than three years in office, Bush has held only 12 formal press conferences, including just three in prime time.

    Posted by Eric at 06:46 PM | Comments (34)

    Kerry Promise: Press Conference Every Month

    According to Editor and Publisher:

    During a Q&A session with the hundreds of editors gathered for the ASNE event's closing luncheon, Kerry responded to a question about his thoughts on FOI issues. Although he did not mention any specific moves he would make to counter the restrictive efforts of the Bush administration, he indirectly took a shot at President Bush's failure to schedule regular press conferences.

    "I will hold a full press conference at least once a month," he promised. "You should welcome the opportunity to talk with you folks. It is a wonderful opportunity to market." Kerry also said he would seek to have "an open discussion on health care."

    As opposed to Talking Points Tom:
    During more than three years in office, Bush has held only 12 formal press conferences, including just three in prime time.

    Posted by Eric at 06:46 PM | Comments (11)

    April 25, 2004

    Michael Savage: Warm and Fuzzy

    Get AIDs and die. With a warm, fuzzy caring smile! Enough nice pictures to make the liberal heart bleed.

    [link from ConWebWatch]

    Posted by Eric at 04:06 AM | Comments (45)

    Michael Savage: Warm and Fuzzy

    Get AIDs and die. With a warm, fuzzy caring smile! Enough nice pictures to make the liberal heart bleed.

    [link from ConWebWatch]

    Posted by Eric at 04:06 AM | Comments (4)

    April 24, 2004

    Sunday Talk Shows

    Compiled by the AP.

    ABC's "This Week" Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. envoy to Iraq; Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

    CBS' "Face the Nation" Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.

    NBC's "Meet the Press" Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Washington Post reporter and author Bob Woodward.

    CNN's "Late Edition" Prince Bandar; Sens. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., and Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.; Bush adviser Karen Hughes; Foreign Minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassim of Qatar.

    "Fox News Sunday" Ahmad Chalabi, Iraq (news - web sites) Governing Council member; Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn.; Bush-Cheney campaign chairman Marc Racicot and Kerry campaign chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen.

    Posted by Eric at 12:12 AM | Comments (36)

    Sunday Talk Shows

    Compiled by the AP.

    ABC's "This Week" Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. envoy to Iraq; Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

    CBS' "Face the Nation" Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.

    NBC's "Meet the Press" Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Washington Post reporter and author Bob Woodward.

    CNN's "Late Edition" Prince Bandar; Sens. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., and Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.; Bush adviser Karen Hughes; Foreign Minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassim of Qatar.

    "Fox News Sunday" Ahmad Chalabi, Iraq (news - web sites) Governing Council member; Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn.; Bush-Cheney campaign chairman Marc Racicot and Kerry campaign chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen.

    Posted by Eric at 12:12 AM | Comments (10)

    April 19, 2004

    See Al Franken on Carson Daly

    Free tickets here in NYC for Tuesday. Date of airing TBD (that's right, Carson doesn't tape live at 1:30am!)

    Posted by Eric at 11:46 AM | Comments (28)

    See Al Franken on Carson Daly

    Free tickets here in NYC for Tuesday. Date of airing TBD (that's right, Carson doesn't tape live at 1:30am!)

    Posted by Eric at 11:46 AM | Comments (18)

    April 16, 2004

    Dean: Fox has Dumbed Down news

    In a speech to Dartmouth College in Hanover, Dean told a crowd of about 300:

    As for Fox News, Dean said the cable network created flashier, glitzier programming designed for people with (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) to look at. They've dumbed down the news, and other networks have followed their lead.

    As a case in point, Dean said his concession speech to Iowa -- now regarded as the scream -- was unremarked upon by the print reporters who witnessed it, but then was played 630 times on television, which didn't pick up the noise from the large crowd that had been responding to his impassioned speech.

    Do you think they reported the CPI (consumer price index) 630 times? Dean said. No, it was played because it was great entertainment, and that's what the news has become.

    Posted by Eric at 09:15 AM | Comments (28)

    Dean: Fox has Dumbed Down news

    In a speech to Dartmouth College in Hanover, Dean told a crowd of about 300:

    As for Fox News, Dean said the cable network created flashier, glitzier programming designed for people with (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) to look at. They've dumbed down the news, and other networks have followed their lead.

    As a case in point, Dean said his concession speech to Iowa -- now regarded as the scream -- was unremarked upon by the print reporters who witnessed it, but then was played 630 times on television, which didn't pick up the noise from the large crowd that had been responding to his impassioned speech.

    Do you think they reported the CPI (consumer price index) 630 times? Dean said. No, it was played because it was great entertainment, and that's what the news has become.

    Posted by Eric at 09:15 AM | Comments (12)

    NRA Shoots for Media Presence

    The NRA is attempting to expand its political influence by becoming part of the media, reports the AP:

    The nation's gun lobby is creating an "NRA news" company that will produce a daily talk show for the Internet, buy a radio station and seek a television deal to spread its gun-rights message.

    Looking for the same legal recognition as mainstream news organizations, the National Rifle Association says it has already hired its first reporter, a conservative talk radio host from Oklahoma. NRANews.com plans to start online broadcasts today at www.nranews.com.

    The NRA is taking the step to operate free of political spending limits, hoping to use unlimited donations known as soft money to focus on gun issues and candidates' positions despite the law's restrictions on soft money-financed political ads within days of the election.

    The NRA and other political groups (including many on the left) oppose any changes to the current election laws so they can do so-called political education (e.g. quoted above):
    The McCain-Feingold campaign finance law prohibited the spending of "soft-money" by political committees to influence a federal election.

    But the legal precedent surrounding that law is complicated, and lawyers who testified in the hearing yesterday disagreed over exactly what constitutes a political committee and an expenditure.

    The commissioners are considering rule changes that would redefine those terms.

    A wide swath of groups both left and right, including such powerhouses as the National Rifle Association, have protested any changes that would limit their "political education" work. The NRA is gearing up to support Bush's re-election.

    Indeed, the NRA is having Cheney deliver the NRA's keynote speech.

    Posted by Eric at 08:47 AM | Comments (66)

    NRA Shoots for Media Presence

    The NRA is attempting to expand its political influence by becoming part of the media, reports the AP:

    The nation's gun lobby is creating an "NRA news" company that will produce a daily talk show for the Internet, buy a radio station and seek a television deal to spread its gun-rights message.

    Looking for the same legal recognition as mainstream news organizations, the National Rifle Association says it has already hired its first reporter, a conservative talk radio host from Oklahoma. NRANews.com plans to start online broadcasts today at www.nranews.com.

    The NRA is taking the step to operate free of political spending limits, hoping to use unlimited donations known as soft money to focus on gun issues and candidates' positions despite the law's restrictions on soft money-financed political ads within days of the election.

    The NRA and other political groups (including many on the left) oppose any changes to the current election laws so they can do so-called political education (e.g. quoted above):
    The McCain-Feingold campaign finance law prohibited the spending of "soft-money" by political committees to influence a federal election.

    But the legal precedent surrounding that law is complicated, and lawyers who testified in the hearing yesterday disagreed over exactly what constitutes a political committee and an expenditure.

    The commissioners are considering rule changes that would redefine those terms.

    A wide swath of groups both left and right, including such powerhouses as the National Rifle Association, have protested any changes that would limit their "political education" work. The NRA is gearing up to support Bush's re-election.

    Indeed, the NRA is having Cheney deliver the NRA's keynote speech.

    Posted by Eric at 08:47 AM | Comments (51)

    April 15, 2004

    When People Review Things They Don't Listen To

    Or at least, pay attention to. Granted, this is from a college newspaper, but the mistake is amusing none the less. Dylan Tanner in the Daily Vanguard of Portland State U (and I'll give them credit ... they have a good Div1AA football team):

    I have bad news for Janeane Garofalo: Making Ralph Nader cry is easier than you think, and it's nothing to brag about. Back in the schoolyard, we used to taunt him with cries of "Nader, Nader, panty raider," and "Ralphy Nader, seatbelt hater," just to watch him scamper off, tears welling up in his beady little eyes. Sure it was childish and a little bit cruel, but what business does a seventy-year-old man have hanging around a schoolyard anyway?

    Garofalo's turn at taunting Nader came during the premier of her new radio show, "The Majority Report" last week. She lambasted poor Ralph over the phone for his supposed role in Al Gore's presidential loss in 2000 and John Kerry's upcoming presidential loss this November. Nader defended himself the best he could, but ended up slamming down the receiver with a sob. A pretty ugly performance for all involved, but a telling opener for the new liberal radio network, Air America, home of Garofalo's show.

    Of course, it wasn't Janeane Garofalo, whose voice sounds nothing like Randi Rhodes, the person who actually interviewed Ralph Nader. And, last time I checked, they ... uh ... sort of don't keep the name of the host a secret. So what was Dylan Tanner listening to? As if I need proof, Alternet:
    Rhodes is far from the modulated-voice non-profit NPR-style radio host. When presidential contender Ralph Nader called in the first day, she screamed repeatedly, "We can't afford you this year, Ralph." When he accused her of being a lousy interviewer, she countered that she wasn't doing an interview, she was telling him what to do. Mr. Nader hung up on her. Now that's the stuff of talk radio.
    Criticism is great. I love criticism, and AAR needs all the feedback it can get because it's a new network and certainly has some problems. But you have to actually listen to the network (or be cognizant of what you're listening to) before you go off and publish a rant.

    Posted by Eric at 11:30 AM | Comments (54)

    When People Review Things They Don't Listen To

    Or at least, pay attention to. Granted, this is from a college newspaper, but the mistake is amusing none the less. Dylan Tanner in the Daily Vanguard of Portland State U (and I'll give them credit ... they have a good Div1AA football team):

    I have bad news for Janeane Garofalo: Making Ralph Nader cry is easier than you think, and it's nothing to brag about. Back in the schoolyard, we used to taunt him with cries of "Nader, Nader, panty raider," and "Ralphy Nader, seatbelt hater," just to watch him scamper off, tears welling up in his beady little eyes. Sure it was childish and a little bit cruel, but what business does a seventy-year-old man have hanging around a schoolyard anyway?

    Garofalo's turn at taunting Nader came during the premier of her new radio show, "The Majority Report" last week. She lambasted poor Ralph over the phone for his supposed role in Al Gore's presidential loss in 2000 and John Kerry's upcoming presidential loss this November. Nader defended himself the best he could, but ended up slamming down the receiver with a sob. A pretty ugly performance for all involved, but a telling opener for the new liberal radio network, Air America, home of Garofalo's show.

    Of course, it wasn't Janeane Garofalo, whose voice sounds nothing like Randi Rhodes, the person who actually interviewed Ralph Nader. And, last time I checked, they ... uh ... sort of don't keep the name of the host a secret. So what was Dylan Tanner listening to? As if I need proof, Alternet:
    Rhodes is far from the modulated-voice non-profit NPR-style radio host. When presidential contender Ralph Nader called in the first day, she screamed repeatedly, "We can't afford you this year, Ralph." When he accused her of being a lousy interviewer, she countered that she wasn't doing an interview, she was telling him what to do. Mr. Nader hung up on her. Now that's the stuff of talk radio.
    Criticism is great. I love criticism, and AAR needs all the feedback it can get because it's a new network and certainly has some problems. But you have to actually listen to the network (or be cognizant of what you're listening to) before you go off and publish a rant.

    Posted by Eric at 11:30 AM | Comments (7)

    April 14, 2004

    AAR Going Under?

    It indeed would be a funny story if AAR was writing bad checks to everyone, while still adding stations across the country. Ah yes, what a bad business strategy that would be. Regardless, as compiled by Morons.org, this is what's happening:

    Multicultural Radio's owner Arthur Liu claims (l/p:free_read/readfree) that one of Air America Radio's checks to him bounced and that the network owes him more than $1 million. Air America chairman Evan Cohen responded to the charge by saying, "That is an outright lie." Cohen has previously stated that Air America Radio has enough money to keep it running for at least two years before turning a profit. ( more) It seems unlikely Air America Radio would have brought on 6 more stations (as it did recently) if it were having money problems. Further, one would expect problems at other stations as well; both the stations that went off the air today are owned by the same individual.

    Air America has filed a complaint in New York's supreme court charging Multicultural Radio with breach of contract and is seeking an injunction to bring Air America Radio back on the air in Chicago and LA.

    Progress Media's chief operating officer recently told Randi Rhodes' audience the details behind the dispute:

    There are two contracts with Arthur Liu, the stations' owner; one for the Chicago station (WNTD) and one for the LA station (KBLA). Progress Media learned that Liu had been charging two different entities- Progress Media and another party- for time on the LA station at the same time.

    Progress Media objected to this, figuring that charging two different entities for time on the same station at the same time amounted to theft, and disputed some of their charges related to the LA station. They did send Liu his checks on time but instructed Liu not to cash those checks until the dispute had been settled, and began negotiating to settle the dispute. Meanwhile, they allowed Liu to cash the checks for the Chicago station, since their dispute was related to the LA station only.

    In the middle of negotiations over the contract dispute in LA, Liu pulled the plug not only on the LA station but the Chicago station as well, in violation of the Chicago station contract.

    Again, no checks have bounced. Liu has been asked not to cash checks for the LA station until disputes over charges for that station's service are settled.

    Air America has released this statement. Smoking Gun has the breach of contract lawsuit, which explains more of the AAR position and what the station manager is trying to do.

    Posted by Eric at 06:28 PM | Comments (19)

    AAR Going Under?

    It indeed would be a funny story if AAR was writing bad checks to everyone, while still adding stations across the country. Ah yes, what a bad business strategy that would be. Regardless, as compiled by Morons.org, this is what's happening:

    Multicultural Radio's owner Arthur Liu claims (l/p:free_read/readfree) that one of Air America Radio's checks to him bounced and that the network owes him more than $1 million. Air America chairman Evan Cohen responded to the charge by saying, "That is an outright lie." Cohen has previously stated that Air America Radio has enough money to keep it running for at least two years before turning a profit. ( more) It seems unlikely Air America Radio would have brought on 6 more stations (as it did recently) if it were having money problems. Further, one would expect problems at other stations as well; both the stations that went off the air today are owned by the same individual.

    Air America has filed a complaint in New York's supreme court charging Multicultural Radio with breach of contract and is seeking an injunction to bring Air America Radio back on the air in Chicago and LA.

    Progress Media's chief operating officer recently told Randi Rhodes' audience the details behind the dispute:

    There are two contracts with Arthur Liu, the stations' owner; one for the Chicago station (WNTD) and one for the LA station (KBLA). Progress Media learned that Liu had been charging two different entities- Progress Media and another party- for time on the LA station at the same time.

    Progress Media objected to this, figuring that charging two different entities for time on the same station at the same time amounted to theft, and disputed some of their charges related to the LA station. They did send Liu his checks on time but instructed Liu not to cash those checks until the dispute had been settled, and began negotiating to settle the dispute. Meanwhile, they allowed Liu to cash the checks for the Chicago station, since their dispute was related to the LA station only.

    In the middle of negotiations over the contract dispute in LA, Liu pulled the plug not only on the LA station but the Chicago station as well, in violation of the Chicago station contract.

    Again, no checks have bounced. Liu has been asked not to cash checks for the LA station until disputes over charges for that station's service are settled.

    Air America has released this statement. Smoking Gun has the breach of contract lawsuit, which explains more of the AAR position and what the station manager is trying to do.

    Posted by Eric at 06:28 PM | Comments (5)

    NY Post Editor: Attacking Bush is "borderline disloyal"

    Yep, when the media does its job and attacks the sitting president, it's being unpatriotic. When shall the hangings begin? From the NY Observer:

    Somebody sure is a propaganda sheet, said Post editor-in-chief, Col. Allan. The folks at the Daily News, he said, "are becoming more and more determined to attack the Bush administration. They are doing so with increasing shrillness."

    Mr. Allan said such partisanship reflects poorly on his competition. "Frankly, I think its borderline disloyal," he said.

    Mr. Allan is no stranger to Ms. Rice. Having met with the national security advisor at an editorial-board meetingand having heard her address News Corp.s annual meeting at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun via satellite link earlier this yearMr. Allan confessed an objective respect for her.

    "I am an admirer of her skill and her intellect," he said. "And, frankly, her commitment to public service."

    Posted by Eric at 09:13 AM | Comments (64)

    NY Post Editor: Attacking Bush is "borderline disloyal"

    Yep, when the media does its job and attacks the sitting president, it's being unpatriotic. When shall the hangings begin? From the NY Observer:

    Somebody sure is a propaganda sheet, said Post editor-in-chief, Col. Allan. The folks at the Daily News, he said, "are becoming more and more determined to attack the Bush administration. They are doing so with increasing shrillness."

    Mr. Allan said such partisanship reflects poorly on his competition. "Frankly, I think its borderline disloyal," he said.

    Mr. Allan is no stranger to Ms. Rice. Having met with the national security advisor at an editorial-board meetingand having heard her address News Corp.s annual meeting at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun via satellite link earlier this yearMr. Allan confessed an objective respect for her.

    "I am an admirer of her skill and her intellect," he said. "And, frankly, her commitment to public service."

    Posted by Eric at 09:13 AM | Comments (10)

    April 12, 2004

    Comedy Monday

    "In response to the escalating violence in Iraq, President Bush is delaying the return home of 25,000 troops and will actually add reinforcements to the south. Then in a symbolic gesture he pulled down the mission accomplished banner, put on a flight suit, walked backwards to a jet fighter and flew it in reverse off an aircraft carrier." Tina Fey

    "In response to a request by the 9/11 commission the White House agreed to declassify the president's daily intelligence briefing from August 6th titled 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.' The commission also wants to see the August 20th briefing, 'No Seriously Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States' and also from August 26th, 'Mr. President, Please Put Down the Game Boy, Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.'" Tina Fey

    "Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, has announced that he will support President Bush's re-election. Really, it's so hard to tell from the news coverage." Jay Leno

    "President Bush says now he is sticking to his plan for handing over power to the Iraqis on June 30. It's also part of his plan to hand over power to John Kerry on January 20." David Letterman

    "Before President Bush threw out the first pitch, the White House released a statement saying the president had been suffering from a sore shoulder. You know, can't Bush do anything about the White House downplaying expectations?" Jay Leno

    "Senator Ted Kennedy said that Iraq was President Bush's 'Vietnam.' When he heard about it, President Bush said, 'That's not true; I went to Iraq."' Conan O'Brien

    "It was reported that on her upcoming tour Madonna will include a dance number that will re-enact battle scenes ... to illustrate the tragedy of war. Madonna will also wear a camouflage bikini top to illustrate the tragedy of time." Tina Fey


    The WhiteHouse.org has the August 6th, 2001 memo.

    Fark.com: Photoshop moments in which saying "my bad" just doesn't cover it.

    NationalLampoon.com: Tax Primer.

    TheOnion.com: If Elected, I Will Be Extremely Surprised.

    bushrecall.org: Lord of the Right Wing.


    Eli: Well, everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is... maybe he didn't.

    Eli: You never even gave me the time of day till I started getting good reviews.
    Margot: Your reviews weren't that good.
    Eli: But the sales are.

    Narrator: Immediately after making this statement, Royal realized that it was true.

    -Royal Tenenbaums


    Shifting Baselines: with the Groundlings: "Ocean decline is such a serious topic that there are limits to how much the general public can absorb without feeling the need to take a little break. Over the past two years the Groundlings Improv Comedy Group has helped us lighten the bad news a bit."
    Jail Bill Watterson:
    1) Bill Watterson is a small minority. There are an estimated 290,809,777 people in the United States of America (July 1, 2003 estimate of the U.S. Census Bureau), 290,809,776 of whom are not Bill Watterson. Even if Mr. Watterson himself is inconvenienced, the people who read his new Calvin and Hobbes strips will be thrilled to re-enter the magical world of a boy and his tiger. Sometimes, we must make tough decisions for the greater good of the greater number; sometimes, these decisions harm good people. This is a mere inevitability of politics.

    2) Bill Watterson is a cartoonist. The equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment was written in 1868, before cartoonists ever existed. Had our founding fathers known of cartooning and its implications, they would have explicitly exempted them from certain rights, most likely the right to the pursuit of happiness when it impinges upon other citizens happiness. Although the Constitution may appear to protect cartoonists, this is merely an illusion caused by our projection of our current society onto an ancient document.

    Click down for toonsies.

    Posted by Eric at 06:44 PM | Comments (10)

    Comedy Monday

    "In response to the escalating violence in Iraq, President Bush is delaying the return home of 25,000 troops and will actually add reinforcements to the south. Then in a symbolic gesture he pulled down the mission accomplished banner, put on a flight suit, walked backwards to a jet fighter and flew it in reverse off an aircraft carrier." Tina Fey

    "In response to a request by the 9/11 commission the White House agreed to declassify the president's daily intelligence briefing from August 6th titled 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.' The commission also wants to see the August 20th briefing, 'No Seriously Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States' and also from August 26th, 'Mr. President, Please Put Down the Game Boy, Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.'" Tina Fey

    "Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, has announced that he will support President Bush's re-election. Really, it's so hard to tell from the news coverage." Jay Leno

    "President Bush says now he is sticking to his plan for handing over power to the Iraqis on June 30. It's also part of his plan to hand over power to John Kerry on January 20." David Letterman

    "Before President Bush threw out the first pitch, the White House released a statement saying the president had been suffering from a sore shoulder. You know, can't Bush do anything about the White House downplaying expectations?" Jay Leno

    "Senator Ted Kennedy said that Iraq was President Bush's 'Vietnam.' When he heard about it, President Bush said, 'That's not true; I went to Iraq."' Conan O'Brien

    "It was reported that on her upcoming tour Madonna will include a dance number that will re-enact battle scenes ... to illustrate the tragedy of war. Madonna will also wear a camouflage bikini top to illustrate the tragedy of time." Tina Fey


    The WhiteHouse.org has the August 6th, 2001 memo.

    Fark.com: Photoshop moments in which saying "my bad" just doesn't cover it.

    NationalLampoon.com: Tax Primer.

    TheOnion.com: If Elected, I Will Be Extremely Surprised.

    bushrecall.org: Lord of the Right Wing.


    Eli: Well, everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is... maybe he didn't.

    Eli: You never even gave me the time of day till I started getting good reviews.
    Margot: Your reviews weren't that good.
    Eli: But the sales are.

    Narrator: Immediately after making this statement, Royal realized that it was true.

    -Royal Tenenbaums


    Shifting Baselines: with the Groundlings: "Ocean decline is such a serious topic that there are limits to how much the general public can absorb without feeling the need to take a little break. Over the past two years the Groundlings Improv Comedy Group has helped us lighten the bad news a bit."
    Jail Bill Watterson:
    1) Bill Watterson is a small minority. There are an estimated 290,809,777 people in the United States of America (July 1, 2003 estimate of the U.S. Census Bureau), 290,809,776 of whom are not Bill Watterson. Even if Mr. Watterson himself is inconvenienced, the people who read his new Calvin and Hobbes strips will be thrilled to re-enter the magical world of a boy and his tiger. Sometimes, we must make tough decisions for the greater good of the greater number; sometimes, these decisions harm good people. This is a mere inevitability of politics.

    2) Bill Watterson is a cartoonist. The equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment was written in 1868, before cartoonists ever existed. Had our founding fathers known of cartooning and its implications, they would have explicitly exempted them from certain rights, most likely the right to the pursuit of happiness when it impinges upon other citizens happiness. Although the Constitution may appear to protect cartoonists, this is merely an illusion caused by our projection of our current society onto an ancient document.

    Click down for toonsies.

    Posted by Eric at 06:44 PM | Comments (5)

    The Standards of William Raspberry

    Suppose I wrote a column decrying someone for "misrepresentations" and blasted his new media show by writing, among others, that the "answer to lies and partisan innuendo is not more lies but truth" and "Who needs him?"

    You would expect that I would have, at least once, or maybe twice, or heck, watched or listened to that show - the object of my criticism - for just an hour. You'd also expect that I'd cite examples of these "misrepresentations" instead of making broad generalizations.

    Well, no. Not if you're a Washington Post columnist named William Raspberry.

    Posted by Eric at 09:15 AM | Comments (31)

    The Standards of William Raspberry

    Suppose I wrote a column decrying someone for "misrepresentations" and blasted his new media show by writing, among others, that the "answer to lies and partisan innuendo is not more lies but truth" and "Who needs him?"

    You would expect that I would have, at least once, or maybe twice, or heck, watched or listened to that show - the object of my criticism - for just an hour. You'd also expect that I'd cite examples of these "misrepresentations" instead of making broad generalizations.

    Well, no. Not if you're a Washington Post columnist named William Raspberry.

    Posted by Eric at 09:15 AM | Comments (12)

    April 09, 2004

    NY Post Shills

    As Al Franken noted on his radio show, the NY Post has this shameless cover:

    Champ indeed.

    Posted by Eric at 08:39 PM | Comments (42)

    NY Post Shills

    As Al Franken noted on his radio show, the NY Post has this shameless cover:

    Champ indeed.

    Posted by Eric at 08:39 PM | Comments (27)

    Bill O'Reilly Lies

    Bill O'Reilly said something incredible on his April 5, 2004 "The Factor"

    More dishonest media, that is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo."

    All this week, I've been watching with alternating amusement and annoyance as the media pushed this ridiculous liberal radio network. Never in the history of the American press has one tiny enterprise gotten so much free publicity (we'll let this one slide --eric).

    The reason, of course, is that the elites want liberal bomb throwers to embarrass and defame people with whom they disagree. It's like hiring hit men and women (we'll let the 'comparing your enemies to terrorists' rhetoric slide too --eric).

    Now "The Factor" on TV and radio is the most successful broadcast concept in the past decade in this country. And guess how many articles "The New York Times" has done on us? Zero. Nada.

    The liberal radio net consists of six stations as opposed to 405 for "The Factor." Guess how many stories "The Times" has done on the libs? Ten. -- Four more than their entire station base.

    So yes, in order to show that Bill O'Reilly is lying (and remember, this isn't just some spur of the moment comment - it's a prepared speech), I'd have to show at least ONE article the NY Times has done on 'us' - Bill O'Reilly and his shows.

    Numero One

    August 18, 2002, Sunday, Late Edition Final

    SECTION: Section 3; Page 1; Column 2; Money and Business/Financial Desk

    LENGTH: 2581 words

    HEADLINE: TALKING MONEY WITH -- BILL O'REILLY;
    For Once He Says, 'Don't Take My Advice'

    BYLINE: By GERALDINE FABRIKANT

    BODY:
    BILL O'REILLY, the conservative, in-your-face host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, usually has all the answers. That is, in fact, part of what draws viewers to his talk show, the one to beat on weeknights at 8 on cable.

    So it is with investing, about which Mr. O'Reilly, 52, says he learned a big lesson from an unlikely source, the singer Billy Joel. "We were both raised in the same neighborhood, and we were rowdy guys," Mr. O'Reilly said recently, over coffee in a diner he frequents on Long Island Mr. O'Reilly has also written two best-selling books, "The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life" and "The No-Spin Zone: Confrontations With the Powerful and Famous in America." Now he's capitalizing on his brand name with a new syndicated radio show, "The Radio Factor With Bill O'Reilly."

    Granted, though the full article (actually, a 2581 word feature) talked extensively about O'Reilly, and his TV and radio empire, maybe he just missed that one. And maybe, perhaps, you could say that the article was focused more on O'Reilly than his TV / radio shows (though that would be a dumb argument).

    Number 2

    November 10, 2000, Friday, Late Edition - Final

    NAME: BILL O'REILLY

    SECTION: Section B; Page 2; Column 4; Metropolitan Desk

    LENGTH: 871 words

    HEADLINE: PUBLIC LIVES;
    TV Host With a Sizable Confidence Factor

    BYLINE: By JESSE McKINLEY

    BODY:
    BILL O'REILLY describes himself as a poor prognosticator, a pundit more likely to pick the correct spread in a Jets game than to guess who might win a presidential race. So why is he boasting that he flat-out called Tuesday's (and Wednesday's and yesterday's) vote?

    "I said early on that Bush is going to win by eight electoral votes," a tired-eyed Mr. O'Reilly said on Wednesday, as the Florida recount began. "If he wins Oregon and Florida, as I think he will, he'll be right at 278. Eight votes."

    The math may or may not work out that way, but Mr. O'Reilly's confidence is unlikely to be shaken by anything as fickle as the closest political race in modern American history. Mr. O'Reilly, 51, the tough-talking commentator whose bully pulpit is a nightly program on the Fox News Channel called "The O'Reilly Factor," comes across as so confident that some viewers find him unbearably arrogant. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, Mr. O'Reilly is presiding over one of the fastest growing cable news programs.

    During October, "The Factor," as Mr. O'Reilly calls it, ran a strong second in total viewership, according to the Nielsen ratings service, to Larry King, who has long reigned over the nightly cable talk show circuit. (In fact, Mr. O'Reilly's program was seen by a larger average percentage of houses that receive both CNN and Fox News.) ....

    OK, OK! The NY Times has written articles on O'Reilly and his TV / radio shows. Fair enough. But what about when the Fox News Network launched on October 7, 1996? Was there anything about the new network and O'Reilly?
    October 10, 1996, Thursday, Late Edition - Final

    SECTION: Section B; Page 3; Column 4; Metropolitan Desk

    LENGTH: 773 words

    HEADLINE: TELEVISION REVIEW;
    Fox's 24-Hour News Is Oddly Familiar

    BYLINE: By WALTER GOODMAN

    BODY:
    With no truce yet in the battle over whether New York City cable customers served or disserved by Time Warner will be permitted to receive the new Fox News channel, the least a reviewer can do is offer a glimpse of what many New Yorkers are missing.

    The latest entry in the all-the-news-all-the-time trade offers 24 hours of reports, features, interviews, analysis, promos and commercials. If that sounds a lot like what the pioneering CNN and the imitative MSNBC offer, well, sure.

    The Fox producers appear to be going for a youthful look, a brisk pace and a direct approach: young reporters, fast-moving pictures, colloquial comments. But since much of the daily material is unavoidably identical on all the all-news channels, the test will be the next big breaking, audience-attracting story, be it war or flood, when Fox's coverage can be compared with the competition. (Further watching is also needed to spot whether Rupert Murdoch, head fox at Fox, who has a reputation for turning his newspapers into vehicles for his political opinions, is skewing things.)

    For now, what differences there are show up mainly in prime time. Fox's hourlong offerings begin at 5 P.M. with "The Cavuto Business Report," a smart and snappy rundown on what's up with companies, unions, markets and such. At 6 comes "The O'Reilly Report," chats on a few subjects that Bill O'Reilly, our host, finds worthy of attention. On opening night they included drugs and the Presidential debate. Heavy stuff, but the next night brought the actress Cheryl Ladd plugging a book. Mr. O'Reilly seemed just as interested in Ms. Ladd as in the election. It's that sort of show.

    And did the NY Times write anything about the 'Radio Factor?' launch?
    March 13, 2002, Wednesday, Late Edition Final

    SECTION: Section B; Page 2; Column 3; Metropolitan Desk

    LENGTH: 680 words

    HEADLINE: BOLDFACE NAMES

    BYLINE: By James Barron

    BODY:

    The Radio Factor

    BILL O'REILLY, the tough-talking talk show host, is expanding the "no spin zone." An official at Fox News, which carries his program "The O'Reilly Factor," said Mr. O'Reilly had signed a radio deal with Westwood One, the syndication giant that offers local radio stations everyone from G. GORDON LIDDY to MARTHA STEWART.

    In some cities -- though probably not New York, where he is expected to be heard on WOR-AM -- Mr. O'Reilly's new midday call-in show will go talking-head-to-talking-head against RUSH LIMBAUGH, the Fox official said. Mr. Limbaugh is a mainstay on WABC-AM.

    "Now "The Factor" on TV and radio is the most successful broadcast concept in the past decade in this country. And guess how many articles "The New York Times" has done on us? Zero. Nada."

    Posted by Eric at 08:00 AM | Comments (61)

    Bill O'Reilly Lies

    Bill O'Reilly said something incredible on his April 5, 2004 "The Factor"

    More dishonest media, that is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo."

    All this week, I've been watching with alternating amusement and annoyance as the media pushed this ridiculous liberal radio network. Never in the history of the American press has one tiny enterprise gotten so much free publicity (we'll let this one slide --eric).

    The reason, of course, is that the elites want liberal bomb throwers to embarrass and defame people with whom they disagree. It's like hiring hit men and women (we'll let the 'comparing your enemies to terrorists' rhetoric slide too --eric).

    Now "The Factor" on TV and radio is the most successful broadcast concept in the past decade in this country. And guess how many articles "The New York Times" has done on us? Zero. Nada.

    The liberal radio net consists of six stations as opposed to 405 for "The Factor." Guess how many stories "The Times" has done on the libs? Ten. -- Four more than their entire station base.

    So yes, in order to show that Bill O'Reilly is lying (and remember, this isn't just some spur of the moment comment - it's a prepared speech), I'd have to show at least ONE article the NY Times has done on 'us' - Bill O'Reilly and his shows.

    Numero One

    August 18, 2002, Sunday, Late Edition Final

    SECTION: Section 3; Page 1; Column 2; Money and Business/Financial Desk

    LENGTH: 2581 words

    HEADLINE: TALKING MONEY WITH -- BILL O'REILLY;
    For Once He Says, 'Don't Take My Advice'

    BYLINE: By GERALDINE FABRIKANT

    BODY:
    BILL O'REILLY, the conservative, in-your-face host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, usually has all the answers. That is, in fact, part of what draws viewers to his talk show, the one to beat on weeknights at 8 on cable.

    So it is with investing, about which Mr. O'Reilly, 52, says he learned a big lesson from an unlikely source, the singer Billy Joel. "We were both raised in the same neighborhood, and we were rowdy guys," Mr. O'Reilly said recently, over coffee in a diner he frequents on Long Island Mr. O'Reilly has also written two best-selling books, "The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life" and "The No-Spin Zone: Confrontations With the Powerful and Famous in America." Now he's capitalizing on his brand name with a new syndicated radio show, "The Radio Factor With Bill O'Reilly."

    Granted, though the full article (actually, a 2581 word feature) talked extensively about O'Reilly, and his TV and radio empire, maybe he just missed that one. And maybe, perhaps, you could say that the article was focused more on O'Reilly than his TV / radio shows (though that would be a dumb argument).

    Number 2

    November 10, 2000, Friday, Late Edition - Final

    NAME: BILL O'REILLY

    SECTION: Section B; Page 2; Column 4; Metropolitan Desk

    LENGTH: 871 words

    HEADLINE: PUBLIC LIVES;
    TV Host With a Sizable Confidence Factor

    BYLINE: By JESSE McKINLEY

    BODY:
    BILL O'REILLY describes himself as a poor prognosticator, a pundit more likely to pick the correct spread in a Jets game than to guess who might win a presidential race. So why is he boasting that he flat-out called Tuesday's (and Wednesday's and yesterday's) vote?

    "I said early on that Bush is going to win by eight electoral votes," a tired-eyed Mr. O'Reilly said on Wednesday, as the Florida recount began. "If he wins Oregon and Florida, as I think he will, he'll be right at 278. Eight votes."

    The math may or may not work out that way, but Mr. O'Reilly's confidence is unlikely to be shaken by anything as fickle as the closest political race in modern American history. Mr. O'Reilly, 51, the tough-talking commentator whose bully pulpit is a nightly program on the Fox News Channel called "The O'Reilly Factor," comes across as so confident that some viewers find him unbearably arrogant. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, Mr. O'Reilly is presiding over one of the fastest growing cable news programs.

    During October, "The Factor," as Mr. O'Reilly calls it, ran a strong second in total viewership, according to the Nielsen ratings service, to Larry King, who has long reigned over the nightly cable talk show circuit. (In fact, Mr. O'Reilly's program was seen by a larger average percentage of houses that receive both CNN and Fox News.) ....

    OK, OK! The NY Times has written articles on O'Reilly and his TV / radio shows. Fair enough. But what about when the Fox News Network launched on October 7, 1996? Was there anything about the new network and O'Reilly?
    October 10, 1996, Thursday, Late Edition - Final

    SECTION: Section B; Page 3; Column 4; Metropolitan Desk

    LENGTH: 773 words

    HEADLINE: TELEVISION REVIEW;
    Fox's 24-Hour News Is Oddly Familiar

    BYLINE: By WALTER GOODMAN

    BODY:
    With no truce yet in the battle over whether New York City cable customers served or disserved by Time Warner will be permitted to receive the new Fox News channel, the least a reviewer can do is offer a glimpse of what many New Yorkers are missing.

    The latest entry in the all-the-news-all-the-time trade offers 24 hours of reports, features, interviews, analysis, promos and commercials. If that sounds a lot like what the pioneering CNN and the imitative MSNBC offer, well, sure.

    The Fox producers appear to be going for a youthful look, a brisk pace and a direct approach: young reporters, fast-moving pictures, colloquial comments. But since much of the daily material is unavoidably identical on all the all-news channels, the test will be the next big breaking, audience-attracting story, be it war or flood, when Fox's coverage can be compared with the competition. (Further watching is also needed to spot whether Rupert Murdoch, head fox at Fox, who has a reputation for turning his newspapers into vehicles for his political opinions, is skewing things.)

    For now, what differences there are show up mainly in prime time. Fox's hourlong offerings begin at 5 P.M. with "The Cavuto Business Report," a smart and snappy rundown on what's up with companies, unions, markets and such. At 6 comes "The O'Reilly Report," chats on a few subjects that Bill O'Reilly, our host, finds worthy of attention. On opening night they included drugs and the Presidential debate. Heavy stuff, but the next night brought the actress Cheryl Ladd plugging a book. Mr. O'Reilly seemed just as interested in Ms. Ladd as in the election. It's that sort of show.

    And did the NY Times write anything about the 'Radio Factor?' launch?
    March 13, 2002, Wednesday, Late Edition Final

    SECTION: Section B; Page 2; Column 3; Metropolitan Desk

    LENGTH: 680 words

    HEADLINE: BOLDFACE NAMES

    BYLINE: By James Barron

    BODY:

    The Radio Factor

    BILL O'REILLY, the tough-talking talk show host, is expanding the "no spin zone." An official at Fox News, which carries his program "The O'Reilly Factor," said Mr. O'Reilly had signed a radio deal with Westwood One, the syndication giant that offers local radio stations everyone from G. GORDON LIDDY to MARTHA STEWART.

    In some cities -- though probably not New York, where he is expected to be heard on WOR-AM -- Mr. O'Reilly's new midday call-in show will go talking-head-to-talking-head against RUSH LIMBAUGH, the Fox official said. Mr. Limbaugh is a mainstay on WABC-AM.

    "Now "The Factor" on TV and radio is the most successful broadcast concept in the past decade in this country. And guess how many articles "The New York Times" has done on us? Zero. Nada."

    Posted by Eric at 08:00 AM | Comments (7)

    Air America Today

    O'Franken Factor:
    John Kerry
    Daryl Worley, JAG star Karri Turner, and comedy writer Andy Breckman.
    Gail Sheehy.

    Majority Report:
    Dennis Kucinich
    David Cross

    Posted by Eric at 07:11 AM | Comments (192)

    Air America Today

    O'Franken Factor:
    John Kerry
    Daryl Worley, JAG star Karri Turner, and comedy writer Andy Breckman.
    Gail Sheehy.

    Majority Report:
    Dennis Kucinich
    David Cross

    Posted by Eric at 07:11 AM | Comments (7)

    April 08, 2004

    Gov Goes After Stern

    It's official: Clear Channel is dropping Stern.

    Howard Stern's response?

    Stern, in a statement posted on his Web site, said he was not surprised by Clear Channel's decision to drop his program and accused the FCC of conducting a "McCarthy-type witch hunt."

    "It is pretty shocking that governmental interference into our rights and free speech takes place in the U.S.," Stern said. "It's hard to reconcile this with the 'land of the free' and the 'home of the brave.' "

    Posted by Eric at 07:19 PM | Comments (23)

    Gov Goes After Stern

    It's official: Clear Channel is dropping Stern.

    Howard Stern's response?

    Stern, in a statement posted on his Web site, said he was not surprised by Clear Channel's decision to drop his program and accused the FCC of conducting a "McCarthy-type witch hunt."

    "It is pretty shocking that governmental interference into our rights and free speech takes place in the U.S.," Stern said. "It's hard to reconcile this with the 'land of the free' and the 'home of the brave.' "

    Posted by Eric at 07:19 PM | Comments (9)

    April 07, 2004

    Air America Sets Stream Record


    Clearly, no one cares about liberal radio. Press Release:
    Air America Radio, the new national progressive radio network, and RealNetworks(R), Inc., the leading creator of digital media services and software, announced today that over 2 million streams were delivered online for Air America Radio via http://www.airamericaradio.com during the network's first week of broadcasting exclusively through RealPlayer(R) 10. With 50,000 streams delivered concurrently on launch day, this was the highest ever usage of the Real Broadcast Network for a non-breaking news service. Consumers have declared that they will listen live to today's top political and popular satirists, commentators, and activists.

    "We're extremely pleased that the Air America Radio launch is the single largest non-news stream in Real Broadcast Network history," said Evan Cohen, Chairman of Air America Radio. "Over two million streams within the first week of our launch is a testament to the quality of Air America Radio programming and reach of the Real(TM) 10 platform."

    "Since its launch in January, RealPlayer 10 has been embraced by consumers and reviewers for its ease of use, high quality audio and video, and great programming," said Richard Wolpert, Chief Strategy Officer, RealNetworks, Inc. "We are delighted to add Air America Radio to that programming and help even more consumers connect with the content that matters most to them."

    Air America Radio can be accessed free for live audio via RealPlayer 10 by going to http://www.airamericaradio.com. RealPlayer 10 is available as a free software download at http://www.real.com.

    Posted by Eric at 11:22 AM | Comments (103)

    Air America Sets Stream Record


    Clearly, no one cares about liberal radio. Press Release:
    Air America Radio, the new national progressive radio network, and RealNetworks(R), Inc., the leading creator of digital media services and software, announced today that over 2 million streams were delivered online for Air America Radio via http://www.airamericaradio.com during the network's first week of broadcasting exclusively through RealPlayer(R) 10. With 50,000 streams delivered concurrently on launch day, this was the highest ever usage of the Real Broadcast Network for a non-breaking news service. Consumers have declared that they will listen live to today's top political and popular satirists, commentators, and activists.

    "We're extremely pleased that the Air America Radio launch is the single largest non-news stream in Real Broadcast Network history," said Evan Cohen, Chairman of Air America Radio. "Over two million streams within the first week of our launch is a testament to the quality of Air America Radio programming and reach of the Real(TM) 10 platform."

    "Since its launch in January, RealPlayer 10 has been embraced by consumers and reviewers for its ease of use, high quality audio and video, and great programming," said Richard Wolpert, Chief Strategy Officer, RealNetworks, Inc. "We are delighted to add Air America Radio to that programming and help even more consumers connect with the content that matters most to them."

    Air America Radio can be accessed free for live audio via RealPlayer 10 by going to http://www.airamericaradio.com. RealPlayer 10 is available as a free software download at http://www.real.com.

    Posted by Eric at 11:22 AM | Comments (9)

    April 04, 2004

    NY Post Breakdown of Right vs. Left

    Yes, criticizing the NY Post is so cliche, but take a look at this editorial:

    Franken says the nation needs a counterweight to the "domination" of conservative talk radio in particular, and of right-leaning big media in general.

    Let's see.

    On the right hand, there's basically Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Sean Hannity.

    And on the left, there's:

    ABC, BBC, CBS, NBC, CNN, HBO, Showtime, National Public Radio, MTV, BET, PBS, Christiane Amanpour, Paul Begala, Gloria Borger, Ed Bradley, Aaron Brown, Tom Brokaw, Margaret Carlson, James Carville, Bob Costas, Walter Cronkite, Katie Couric, Sam Donaldson, Charlie Gibson, Jeff Greenfield, David Gregory, Bryant Gumbel, Al Hunt, Peter Jennings, Ted Koppell, Matt Lauer, Bill Maher, Chris Matthews, Terry Moran, Bill Moyers, Keith Olbermann, Dan Rather, Cokie Roberts, John Roberts, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Bob Schieffer, Mark Shields, Leslie Stahl, Hannah Storm, George Stephanopoulos, Nina Totenberg, Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters, Brian Williams and Judy Woodruff.

    Did you know "there's basically Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Sean Hannity" and that's it when looking at the conservative talk radio and media? I know now.

    Posted by Eric at 09:23 AM | Comments (63)

    NY Post Breakdown of Right vs. Left

    Yes, criticizing the NY Post is so cliche, but take a look at this editorial:

    Franken says the nation needs a counterweight to the "domination" of conservative talk radio in particular, and of right-leaning big media in general.

    Let's see.

    On the right hand, there's basically Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Sean Hannity.

    And on the left, there's:

    ABC, BBC, CBS, NBC, CNN, HBO, Showtime, National Public Radio, MTV, BET, PBS, Christiane Amanpour, Paul Begala, Gloria Borger, Ed Bradley, Aaron Brown, Tom Brokaw, Margaret Carlson, James Carville, Bob Costas, Walter Cronkite, Katie Couric, Sam Donaldson, Charlie Gibson, Jeff Greenfield, David Gregory, Bryant Gumbel, Al Hunt, Peter Jennings, Ted Koppell, Matt Lauer, Bill Maher, Chris Matthews, Terry Moran, Bill Moyers, Keith Olbermann, Dan Rather, Cokie Roberts, John Roberts, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Bob Schieffer, Mark Shields, Leslie Stahl, Hannah Storm, George Stephanopoulos, Nina Totenberg, Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters, Brian Williams and Judy Woodruff.

    Did you know "there's basically Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Sean Hannity" and that's it when looking at the conservative talk radio and media? I know now.

    Posted by Eric at 09:23 AM | Comments (23)

    April 02, 2004

    Air America #1 Real Audio Stream

    From the Majority Report website:

    It's Brian from I Stand For, we're doing the AAR website.

    We're so sorry things have been buggy, nobody could have anticipated the response we have received.

    We've broken records people... We are Real Audio's #1 stream. We were at 50,000 streams during Al's show around 2:00 EST. We got 350,000 unique visitors from 8:00 last night to 2 this afternoon. That puts us on pace to be a top 50 site...on the entire web. We're talking Bank of America, Dell Computers numbers.

    You guys are awesome, this is amazing and we're so proud to be a part of it.

    I assure you were working round the clock to bring you the best community website possible. Were getting new servers set up to handle the incredible response. Next week we'll be rolling out new functionality: membership, blogs, newsletters, and in a little bit, audio archives for all the shows.

    So keep keeping on! We can do it. It's time to show everyone that we love America as much as anybody, and were not gonna sit by and watch George Bush poop in our porridge anymore.

    LIBERALS RULE!

    -b

    Posted by brian at April 1, 2004 09:36 PM

    Posted by Eric at 10:50 AM | Comments (24)

    Air America #1 Real Audio Stream

    From the Majority Report website:

    It's Brian from I Stand For, we're doing the AAR website.

    We're so sorry things have been buggy, nobody could have anticipated the response we have received.

    We've broken records people... We are Real Audio's #1 stream. We were at 50,000 streams during Al's show around 2:00 EST. We got 350,000 unique visitors from 8:00 last night to 2 this afternoon. That puts us on pace to be a top 50 site...on the entire web. We're talking Bank of America, Dell Computers numbers.

    You guys are awesome, this is amazing and we're so proud to be a part of it.

    I assure you were working round the clock to bring you the best community website possible. Were getting new servers set up to handle the incredible response. Next week we'll be rolling out new functionality: membership, blogs, newsletters, and in a little bit, audio archives for all the shows.

    So keep keeping on! We can do it. It's time to show everyone that we love America as much as anybody, and were not gonna sit by and watch George Bush poop in our porridge anymore.

    LIBERALS RULE!

    -b

    Posted by brian at April 1, 2004 09:36 PM

    Posted by Eric at 10:50 AM | Comments (21)

    Letterman vs. CNN

    To be continued, apparently. From the non-partisan CJR:

    So what's going on? Thursday morning's Washington Post suggested that Letterman had been joking when he said he had sources telling him that the White House had called CNN: "Last night on his show, Letterman recapped the story and joked that he's hearing that maybe the White House did speak to CNN about 'George W. Bush Invigorates America's Youth.'" (Emphasis in original.)

    However, it appears as if Letterman was far from joking.

    Campaign Desk has learned that on Thursday night's show Letterman will stick to his story. Letterman tells his audience, "I'm pretty sure the White House contacted CNN." He goes on to offer his own "conspiracy theory" as to why, he alleges, the White House intervened.

    Campaign Desk sought an explanation from CNN in response to Letterman's continued assertion that the White House had in fact called the network, but CNN did not return phone calls requesting comment.

    While the White House did return our calls, it could not provide comment at this late hour.

    The Washington Post did not return phone calls requesting comment as to why the paper reported Letterman's comments as a joke.

    The video can be found here.

    Posted by Eric at 10:22 AM | Comments (26)

    Letterman vs. CNN

    To be continued, apparently. From the non-partisan CJR:

    So what's going on? Thursday morning's Washington Post suggested that Letterman had been joking when he said he had sources telling him that the White House had called CNN: "Last night on his show, Letterman recapped the story and joked that he's hearing that maybe the White House did speak to CNN about 'George W. Bush Invigorates America's Youth.'" (Emphasis in original.)

    However, it appears as if Letterman was far from joking.

    Campaign Desk has learned that on Thursday night's show Letterman will stick to his story. Letterman tells his audience, "I'm pretty sure the White House contacted CNN." He goes on to offer his own "conspiracy theory" as to why, he alleges, the White House intervened.

    Campaign Desk sought an explanation from CNN in response to Letterman's continued assertion that the White House had in fact called the network, but CNN did not return phone calls requesting comment.

    While the White House did return our calls, it could not provide comment at this late hour.

    The Washington Post did not return phone calls requesting comment as to why the paper reported Letterman's comments as a joke.

    The video can be found here.

    Posted by Eric at 10:22 AM | Comments (4)

    White House Handling Letterman Kid Access

    Interesting ... WPost:

    The White House, trying to get out in front of the Yawning Boy story, is now in charge of media access to the young man who was seen on David Letterman's show this week yawning his way through one of President Bush's less robust speeches.

    Letterman's Worldwide Pants television production company has booked 13-year-old Tyler Crotty -- son of Orange County, Fla., chairman and major Bush fundraiser Richard Crotty -- as a guest on tonight's CBS late-night show.

    "He's a young person who strongly supports the president and is excited about getting a chance to talk about it," White House assistant press secretary Reed Dickens told The TV Column yesterday.

    Dickens has been named go-to guy for anyone wanting to interview Tyler, who gained national prominence when Letterman introduced a new segment on his show Monday called "George W. Bush Invigorates America's Youth."

    Atrios has been covering this for a while.

    Posted by Eric at 03:27 AM | Comments (3)

    White House Handling Letterman Kid Access

    Interesting ... WPost:

    The White House, trying to get out in front of the Yawning Boy story, is now in charge of media access to the young man who was seen on David Letterman's show this week yawning his way through one of President Bush's less robust speeches.

    Letterman's Worldwide Pants television production company has booked 13-year-old Tyler Crotty -- son of Orange County, Fla., chairman and major Bush fundraiser Richard Crotty -- as a guest on tonight's CBS late-night show.

    "He's a young person who strongly supports the president and is excited about getting a chance to talk about it," White House assistant press secretary Reed Dickens told The TV Column yesterday.

    Dickens has been named go-to guy for anyone wanting to interview Tyler, who gained national prominence when Letterman introduced a new segment on his show Monday called "George W. Bush Invigorates America's Youth."

    Atrios has been covering this for a while.

    Posted by Eric at 03:27 AM | Comments (5)

    March 31, 2004

    Air America

    Time: 12-3pm EST.

    Current stations:

    NYC (WLIB, 1190AM),
    LA (KBLA, 1580AM),
    Chicago (WNTD, 950AM),
    Portland (KPOJ, 620AM),
    Inland Empire, CA (KCAA, 1050AM),
    Minneapolis (WMNN-AM 1330),
    XM Radio Channel 167.

    Will also be streamed online at http://airamericaradio.com/.

    Other streams:

    WLIB
    KCAA
    KPOJ

    Posted by Eric at 02:53 AM | Comments (48)

    Air America

    Time: 12-3pm EST.

    Current stations:

    NYC (WLIB, 1190AM),
    LA (KBLA, 1580AM),
    Chicago (WNTD, 950AM),
    Portland (KPOJ, 620AM),
    Inland Empire, CA (KCAA, 1050AM),
    Minneapolis (WMNN-AM 1330),
    XM Radio Channel 167.

    Will also be streamed online at http://airamericaradio.com/.

    Other streams:

    WLIB
    KCAA
    KPOJ

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    March 30, 2004

    Air America Radio Tomorrow

    So tomorrow, Air America Radio will be launching at 12pm with the 'O'Franken Factor,' with Al Franken and Katherine Lanpher, formerly with Minnesota Public Radio. A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a rehearsal of the radio show in New York, and it was fun and exciting stuff. If you've heard the audio version of Al's books on tapes, it's going to be similar to that, only in a talk radio format - an infusion of comedy, interviews, and lie research.

    Where can you find it? Initially, it is only launching on a few stations: NYC (WLIB, 1190AM), LA (KBLA, 1580AM), Chicago (WNTD, 950AM), Portland (KPOJ, 620AM), Inland Empire, CA (KCAA, 1050AM), XM Radio Channel 167.

    This is going to be a soft launch, with the intent of the network to add more stations throughout the summer and eventually become a sizable network by what looks like the fall. Contrary to popular belief, the intent of the network is to not only help displace George W. Bush in November, but also create a long-term resource for the Left in combating conservative politics.

    There will obviously be challenges, and I have no doubt there will be some problems when the network starts off. One problem that has already surfaced is the website: AirAmericaRadio.com has been inadequate in distributing information, and it doesn't appear as though it'll be fully functional with the features I'd like it to have on the launch date (though I've been assured it'll have streaming audio on March 31). Though the shows have been working hard doing radio rehearsals, it's a new network, with much of its personnel relatively new to radio, and there may be a learning curve. But that's OK. I don't doubt the talent of the people on the network. While some may not be 'big names,' they all fit well with the vision of the network.

    Regardless, if this network does work, it'll become an important part of what many are trying to build: a comparable 'echo chamber' to the one the Right currently has. And remember, their echo chamber wasn't built overnight. It was slowly built over years time, and tens of millions of dollars. So this is part of the long-term strategy. Anyway, March 31.

    Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (177)

    Air America Radio Tomorrow

    So tomorrow, Air America Radio will be launching at 12pm with the 'O'Franken Factor,' with Al Franken and Katherine Lanpher, formerly with Minnesota Public Radio. A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a rehearsal of the radio show in New York, and it was fun and exciting stuff. If you've heard the audio version of Al's books on tapes, it's going to be similar to that, only in a talk radio format - an infusion of comedy, interviews, and lie research.

    Where can you find it? Initially, it is only launching on a few stations: NYC (WLIB, 1190AM), LA (KBLA, 1580AM), Chicago (WNTD, 950AM), Portland (KPOJ, 620AM), Inland Empire, CA (KCAA, 1050AM), XM Radio Channel 167.

    This is going to be a soft launch, with the intent of the network to add more stations throughout the summer and eventually become a sizable network by what looks like the fall. Contrary to popular belief, the intent of the network is to not only help displace George W. Bush in November, but also create a long-term resource for the Left in combating conservative politics.

    There will obviously be challenges, and I have no doubt there will be some problems when the network starts off. One problem that has already surfaced is the website: AirAmericaRadio.com has been inadequate in distributing information, and it doesn't appear as though it'll be fully functional with the features I'd like it to have on the launch date (though I've been assured it'll have streaming audio on March 31). Though the shows have been working hard doing radio rehearsals, it's a new network, with much of its personnel relatively new to radio, and there may be a learning curve. But that's OK. I don't doubt the talent of the people on the network. While some may not be 'big names,' they all fit well with the vision of the network.

    Regardless, if this network does work, it'll become an important part of what many are trying to build: a comparable 'echo chamber' to the one the Right currently has. And remember, their echo chamber wasn't built overnight. It was slowly built over years time, and tens of millions of dollars. So this is part of the long-term strategy. Anyway, March 31.

    Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (40)

    March 29, 2004

    Franken - Howard Stern

    Al's scheduled to appear on the Howard Stern Radio Show tomorrow.

    Posted by Eric at 06:17 PM | Comments (13)

    Franken - Howard Stern

    Al's scheduled to appear on the Howard Stern Radio Show tomorrow.

    Posted by Eric at 06:17 PM | Comments (6)

    March 28, 2004

    Richard Clarke on MTP

    Pretty good job, here's the transcript.

    Posted by Eric at 05:03 PM | Comments (6)

    Richard Clarke on MTP

    Pretty good job, here's the transcript.

    Posted by Eric at 05:03 PM | Comments (5)

    March 25, 2004

    Richard Clarke on Larry King Live

    Transcript ....

    KING: What do you make of Condoleezza Rice's actions through this? Her statements about you, the issuing today of an e-mail you sent her four days before 9/11, which seems to back up what she thinks. What's your overview of that?

    CLARKE: They're scrambling very hard at the White House. They've got a lot of people -- the vice president, the chief of staff, the national security director, the press secretary, the communication's director. They have five or six people running around doing talk shows and trying to refute me and trying to besmirch me. Larry, I said in the preface of this book, I knew before I wrote this book that the White House will let loose the dogs to attack me. That's what they're doing. That's what they did to Paul O'Neill when he told the truth and I come back to this point that all of this is to get us, rather than being on this show talking about the failures of the Bush administration, instead talking about the flack that they're throwing up every day.

    Posted by Eric at 11:21 AM | Comments (16)

    Richard Clarke on Larry King Live

    Transcript ....

    KING: What do you make of Condoleezza Rice's actions through this? Her statements about you, the issuing today of an e-mail you sent her four days before 9/11, which seems to back up what she thinks. What's your overview of that?

    CLARKE: They're scrambling very hard at the White House. They've got a lot of people -- the vice president, the chief of staff, the national security director, the press secretary, the communication's director. They have five or six people running around doing talk shows and trying to refute me and trying to besmirch me. Larry, I said in the preface of this book, I knew before I wrote this book that the White House will let loose the dogs to attack me. That's what they're doing. That's what they did to Paul O'Neill when he told the truth and I come back to this point that all of this is to get us, rather than being on this show talking about the failures of the Bush administration, instead talking about the flack that they're throwing up every day.

    Posted by Eric at 11:21 AM | Comments (8)

    March 24, 2004

    Back of the Bus for Thomas

    In an interview with Geov Parrish, Helen Thomas comments on her current treatment by the Bush White House. You may remember that one of her books is "Front Row at the White House." But no more!

    Bush has held fewer news conferences than any modern-day president, but, Thomas says, even his administrations twice-daily White House press briefings have become politicized. He wont call on me, and Im in the back row now so Im ignored . . . They dont like my questions. Thats okay, just so somebody asks them, but they just dont want me to ask questions . . . If I was a favored columnist, Im sure Id be in the front row again. But I have the prerogative of asking the questions, I do try. I do think all of us [in the press] have laid down on the job early on [after 9/11]. Some of us are coming out of a coma. But nobodys being challenging enough. We are adversarial. We arent there to worship at anybodys shrine. Were there for accountability.

    Thomas also bemoans the trends in journalism that abet nonaccountability: the emphasis on entertainment and noise, the talk shows where hosts and guests dish out opinions without ever giving audiences the unvarnished facts.

    People think talk show [hosts] are journalists, but theyre not, Thomas scoffs. Theyre getting just plain opinion. I think people are much better served when we get a straight news story, even though Im a columnist now. My opinion isnt worth anything.

    I wrote for 57 years for UPI. I was never accused of slant. I wrote dull copy.

    So what about the Bush admin?
    Weve always been manipulated and managed, back to when I began with Kennedy and certainly before, but never to this extent, Thomas says by phone. The secrecy in this administration has reached the highest levels. Thats never been seen before. Everybody has to be on board with this president. Nobody plays devils advocate . . . There is no search for answers in this president.
    But what does she know about presidential administrations?

    Posted by Eric at 03:31 PM | Comments (27)

    Back of the Bus for Thomas

    In an interview with Geov Parrish, Helen Thomas comments on her current treatment by the Bush White House. You may remember that one of her books is "Front Row at the White House." But no more!

    Bush has held fewer news conferences than any modern-day president, but, Thomas says, even his administrations twice-daily White House press briefings have become politicized. He wont call on me, and Im in the back row now so Im ignored . . . They dont like my questions. Thats okay, just so somebody asks them, but they just dont want me to ask questions . . . If I was a favored columnist, Im sure Id be in the front row again. But I have the prerogative of asking the questions, I do try. I do think all of us [in the press] have laid down on the job early on [after 9/11]. Some of us are coming out of a coma. But nobodys being challenging enough. We are adversarial. We arent there to worship at anybodys shrine. Were there for accountability.

    Thomas also bemoans the trends in journalism that abet nonaccountability: the emphasis on entertainment and noise, the talk shows where hosts and guests dish out opinions without ever giving audiences the unvarnished facts.

    People think talk show [hosts] are journalists, but theyre not, Thomas scoffs. Theyre getting just plain opinion. I think people are much better served when we get a straight news story, even though Im a columnist now. My opinion isnt worth anything.

    I wrote for 57 years for UPI. I was never accused of slant. I wrote dull copy.

    So what about the Bush admin?
    Weve always been manipulated and managed, back to when I began with Kennedy and certainly before, but never to this extent, Thomas says by phone. The secrecy in this administration has reached the highest levels. Thats never been seen before. Everybody has to be on board with this president. Nobody plays devils advocate . . . There is no search for answers in this president.
    But what does she know about presidential administrations?

    Posted by Eric at 03:31 PM | Comments (16)

    March 23, 2004

    CNN Aiding Bush Admin Media Deception?

    The Columbia Journalism Review notes that "numerous local television stations across the country presented, as news items, video news releases (VNRs) prepared on behalf of the Bush administration touting the benefits of the new Medicare law." What hasn't been mentioned, however, is that 'liberal' CNN may have actually helped push the medicare deception for a nice fee. From the CJR:

    But some also expressed strong displeasure with CNN, which distributes pre-packaged stories to local stations around the country through its CNN Newsource service, acting as a sort of wire service for TV. Veazey said that when his station receives VNR footage from CNN, it's clearly labeled in the slug at the top as VNR. But other news directors told us that's not the case in their systems: You have to search through the footage to find the VNR I.D. Henderson, of WTVC-Chattanooga, told us his station "ran what appeared to be a reporter's package, which aggravates the mistake." And Lynn Brooks of WVUA-Tuscaloosa, confirmed in an email to a viewer, obtained by Campaign Desk, that when her station received the Medicare story, it "was designated as a 'reporter package', with nothing distinguishing it as a video news release." CNN, she said, "dropped the ball." Akins of KSEE-Fresno agreed: "I think CNN does a disservice to its affiliates" by including VNR packages in its stream of news footage. "They should create a separate VNR feed," she said.

    According to the news directors, CNN makes money on both ends of the process. Understandably, it charges the news stations a fee to subscribe to its satellite news feed service, just as the Associated Press charges the newspapers it serves. But Larry Moskowitz of Medialink (which Moskowitz told Campaign Desk is the world's largest producer and distributor of VNRs) confirmed that CNN Newsource and other similar services also charge the VNR distributor, by leasing transmission time on the satellite news feed that then goes out to local stations.

    This suggests a clear conflict of interest for CNN, which is apparently charging both the party with a vested interest in promoting a particular story -- in the case of the now-notorious Karen Ryan, that would be HHS -- and the receiving station. Along the way, it mixes in the client's material with legitimate, CNN-produced news stories to be used by local stations - acting as a paid "news launderer" on behalf of the VNR producers.

    CNN did not return repeated calls for comment over a three-day period. A news director who had received the Medicare VNR from CNN and run it told Campaign Desk she contacted CNN to complain. She was referred to the company's lawyers.

    Posted by Eric at 03:44 PM | Comments (8)

    CNN Aiding Bush Admin Media Deception?

    The Columbia Journalism Review notes that "numerous local television stations across the country presented, as news items, video news releases (VNRs) prepared on behalf of the Bush administration touting the benefits of the new Medicare law." What hasn't been mentioned, however, is that 'liberal' CNN may have actually helped push the medicare deception for a nice fee. From the CJR:

    But some also expressed strong displeasure with CNN, which distributes pre-packaged stories to local stations around the country through its CNN Newsource service, acting as a sort of wire service for TV. Veazey said that when his station receives VNR footage from CNN, it's clearly labeled in the slug at the top as VNR. But other news directors told us that's not the case in their systems: You have to search through the footage to find the VNR I.D. Henderson, of WTVC-Chattanooga, told us his station "ran what appeared to be a reporter's package, which aggravates the mistake." And Lynn Brooks of WVUA-Tuscaloosa, confirmed in an email to a viewer, obtained by Campaign Desk, that when her station received the Medicare story, it "was designated as a 'reporter package', with nothing distinguishing it as a video news release." CNN, she said, "dropped the ball." Akins of KSEE-Fresno agreed: "I think CNN does a disservice to its affiliates" by including VNR packages in its stream of news footage. "They should create a separate VNR feed," she said.

    According to the news directors, CNN makes money on both ends of the process. Understandably, it charges the news stations a fee to subscribe to its satellite news feed service, just as the Associated Press charges the newspapers it serves. But Larry Moskowitz of Medialink (which Moskowitz told Campaign Desk is the world's largest producer and distributor of VNRs) confirmed that CNN Newsource and other similar services also charge the VNR distributor, by leasing transmission time on the satellite news feed that then goes out to local stations.

    This suggests a clear conflict of interest for CNN, which is apparently charging both the party with a vested interest in promoting a particular story -- in the case of the now-notorious Karen Ryan, that would be HHS -- and the receiving station. Along the way, it mixes in the client's material with legitimate, CNN-produced news stories to be used by local stations - acting as a paid "news launderer" on behalf of the VNR producers.

    CNN did not return repeated calls for comment over a three-day period. A news director who had received the Medicare VNR from CNN and run it told Campaign Desk she contacted CNN to complain. She was referred to the company's lawyers.

    Posted by Eric at 03:44 PM | Comments (5)

    Clear Channel Hearts GOP/Bush

    From the USAToday, Clear Channel clearly channels more money to the GOP / Bush team:

    But new political contribution data tell a different story about Clear Channel (CCU) executives. They have given $42,200 to Bush, vs. $1,750 to likely Democratic nominee John Kerry in the 2004 race.

    What's more, the executives and Clear Channel's political action committee gave 77% of their $334,501 in federal contributions to Republicans. That's a bigger share than any other entertainment company, says the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics ... Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays and his sons led the campaign giving. Mays gave $12,500 to the Republican National Committee in September. He gave $2,000 to Bush in July. President Mark Mays and Chief Financial Officer Randall Mays each gave $2,000 to Bush last year, as well. Levin says these gifts reflect a fact of political life that companies tend to favor the party in power.

    Posted by Eric at 03:04 PM | Comments (13)

    Clear Channel Hearts GOP/Bush

    From the USAToday, Clear Channel clearly channels more money to the GOP / Bush team:

    But new political contribution data tell a different story about Clear Channel (CCU) executives. They have given $42,200 to Bush, vs. $1,750 to likely Democratic nominee John Kerry in the 2004 race.

    What's more, the executives and Clear Channel's political action committee gave 77% of their $334,501 in federal contributions to Republicans. That's a bigger share than any other entertainment company, says the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics ... Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays and his sons led the campaign giving. Mays gave $12,500 to the Republican National Committee in September. He gave $2,000 to Bush in July. President Mark Mays and Chief Financial Officer Randall Mays each gave $2,000 to Bush last year, as well. Levin says these gifts reflect a fact of political life that companies tend to favor the party in power.

    Posted by Eric at 03:04 PM | Comments (3)

    March 18, 2004

    American Society of Newspaper Editors "Troubled" by Fake Ads

    The Bush administration produced fake news spots for use on television.

    The San Fran Chron called it "a covert effort to exploit both the press and public."

    Now The American Society of Newspaper Editors is also troubled by the Bush deception (link courtesy Romenesko):

    The American Society of Newspaper Editors is troubled by deceptive methods used recently by the Department of Health and Human Services to publicize the new Medicare prescription benefit program.

    It is fair, of course, for the government to communicate with citizens via press releases on video as well as in print. It is not ethical or appropriate, however, to employ people to pose as journalists, either on or off camera.

    Certainly, material distributed to television stations that doesnt identify the government as the source and ends with a voice-over such as "In Washington, Im Karen Ryan reporting" is outside the bounds of ethical behavior for HHS or any other government agency.

    It is the hope of our Society, which is the largest American organization of supervising newspaper editors, that you will agree with us and discontinue use of this misleading practice.

    Posted by Eric at 01:40 PM | Comments (41)

    American Society of Newspaper Editors "Troubled" by Fake Ads

    The Bush administration produced fake news spots for use on television.

    The San Fran Chron called it "a covert effort to exploit both the press and public."

    Now The American Society of Newspaper Editors is also troubled by the Bush deception (link courtesy Romenesko):

    The American Society of Newspaper Editors is troubled by deceptive methods used recently by the Department of Health and Human Services to publicize the new Medicare prescription benefit program.

    It is fair, of course, for the government to communicate with citizens via press releases on video as well as in print. It is not ethical or appropriate, however, to employ people to pose as journalists, either on or off camera.

    Certainly, material distributed to television stations that doesnt identify the government as the source and ends with a voice-over such as "In Washington, Im Karen Ryan reporting" is outside the bounds of ethical behavior for HHS or any other government agency.

    It is the hope of our Society, which is the largest American organization of supervising newspaper editors, that you will agree with us and discontinue use of this misleading practice.

    Posted by Eric at 01:40 PM | Comments (6)

    Jayson Who?

    I've always thought the media's obsession over Jayson Blair was just that - the MEDIA's obsession, not the general public's. Despite huge publicity, Jayson Blair's book has been selling pretty poorly:

    Readers aren't burning for "Burning Down My Masters' House," Jayson Blair's memoir of his ill-fated New York Times career.
    Nielsen Bookscan reports the book sold just 1,386 copies through last Sunday, according to yesterday's PW Newsline, an E-mail from Publishers Weekly.

    Bookscan tracks roughly 70% of the market, excluding Wal-Mart, so the total would be higher. But given Blair's wide exposure on NBC, a variety of local affiliates and the cable news networks, the results look low indeed.

    The publishing company, New Millennium Press, must be happy
    The source said Blair's advance was well into six figures. More than 200,000 books will be printed for the initial run.

    Posted by Eric at 01:27 PM | Comments (43)

    Jayson Who?

    I've always thought the media's obsession over Jayson Blair was just that - the MEDIA's obsession, not the general public's. Despite huge publicity, Jayson Blair's book has been selling pretty poorly:

    Readers aren't burning for "Burning Down My Masters' House," Jayson Blair's memoir of his ill-fated New York Times career.
    Nielsen Bookscan reports the book sold just 1,386 copies through last Sunday, according to yesterday's PW Newsline, an E-mail from Publishers Weekly.

    Bookscan tracks roughly 70% of the market, excluding Wal-Mart, so the total would be higher. But given Blair's wide exposure on NBC, a variety of local affiliates and the cable news networks, the results look low indeed.

    The publishing company, New Millennium Press, must be happy
    The source said Blair's advance was well into six figures. More than 200,000 books will be printed for the initial run.

    Posted by Eric at 01:27 PM | Comments (3)

    Rush Says Democrats Celebrating Spain Attacks

    Should have done a better job of hiding my 'Thank God They Attacked Spain' hat. Scoobie:

    Just a few minutes ago, Rush Limbaugh on Democrats: They celebrate in private the attack in Spain.

    Just a few minutes ago on Limbaugh's show:

    They arent even the Democrats of JFK. They are the Democrats of Timothy Leary. Theyre the Democrats of the anti-war movements of the 1960s. Nobodys said this, folks, but in John Kerry and Bill Clinton before him, the Democrats have nominated two huge anti-war radicals. Obviously, Clinton was a draft-dodger. Kerry was one of the moist radical and vocal anti-war activists that weve had. Clinton did next to nothing about terrorism on his watch; Kerry wont either. Theyre going to bow down to the demands of the European socialists who supported their anti-war activities in the 1960s. These elitists who have a skepticism of the difference between good and evil.

    I'm glad Rush knows what I do in private. Not like he does anything bad in private ... . . . . . .

    Posted by Eric at 03:42 AM | Comments (54)

    Rush Says Democrats Celebrating Spain Attacks

    Should have done a better job of hiding my 'Thank God They Attacked Spain' hat. Scoobie:

    Just a few minutes ago, Rush Limbaugh on Democrats: They celebrate in private the attack in Spain.

    Just a few minutes ago on Limbaugh's show:

    They arent even the Democrats of JFK. They are the Democrats of Timothy Leary. Theyre the Democrats of the anti-war movements of the 1960s. Nobodys said this, folks, but in John Kerry and Bill Clinton before him, the Democrats have nominated two huge anti-war radicals. Obviously, Clinton was a draft-dodger. Kerry was one of the moist radical and vocal anti-war activists that weve had. Clinton did next to nothing about terrorism on his watch; Kerry wont either. Theyre going to bow down to the demands of the European socialists who supported their anti-war activities in the 1960s. These elitists who have a skepticism of the difference between good and evil.

    I'm glad Rush knows what I do in private. Not like he does anything bad in private ... . . . . . .

    Posted by Eric at 03:42 AM | Comments (20)

    Stern Doing Voter Mobilization

    Well ... sorta. Stern is Stern, and in this great land of democracy, I have no problem with him having airtime. And if he's getting involved in the political process, then who am I to complain? Boston Globe:

    Since the FCC crackdown on media "indecency" in the wake of Janet Jackson's Nipplegate incident, Stern has transformed his morning variety show into a rabidly anti-Bush talk forum. Every weekday, he has been devoting hours of his broadcast (locally on WBCN-FM, 104.1) to impassioned criticism of President Bush and support of Senator John Kerry. Railing tirelessly against the president, Stern has been attacking Bush's yoking together of church and state, the legitimacy of his National Guard service, his use of Sept. 11 imagery in his campaign ads, his stances regarding First Amendment rights, his handling of Iraq, and his stands on gay marriage and stem-cell research.

    "Join me and friends of this show who are outraged," Stern said on the air last Friday. "Vote out every Republican you can find." He has also been urging his listeners to send money to Kerry's campaign, calling him "a good man" and praising his record in Vietnam as well as his later criticism of the Vietnam War.

    "With all the talk of liberal talk radio," says Michael Harrison, the editor and publisher of Talkers magazine, "we're seeing emerging from the ranks of `shock jocks' one of the most potent and articulate liberal talkers we've seen in years."

    Harrison calls Stern's's recent crusade "historic." "Anytime you have somebody suddenly igniting political interest with an audience who has the kind of loyalty factor Stern has, it could turn an election." A large percentage of Stern's listeners -- some 8 1/2 million a week -- were leaning in favor of Bush, Harrison says. "If Stern could turn several million Bush supporters away from Bush, that has even more impact than Rush Limbaugh, who's preaching to the choir. So this is pivotal to what is shaping up to be a close election."

    So who is listening to Stern? The sleeping swing voters:
    Stern is frequently dismissed, by liberals and conservatives alike, as a sexist, a racist, and a narcissist. But he is one of the most influential entertainers in America, particularly among the much-sought-after 18-to-25-year-old male demographic. His show is a critical stop for actors plugging youth-market movies, and his skits serve as the blueprint for many reality TV concepts. Last month, in an effort to borrow some of Stern's mojo, Jay Leno hired Stern sidekick "Stuttering John" Melendez to be an announcer and correspondent on "The Tonight Show."

    Harrison says that Stern's audience is broader than most people realize. "They're not just 18-year-old, beer-drinking yahoos. They're 20- and 30- and 40-something professionals. They're mainstream American citizens who are well-educated and affluent and socially active and politically interested, though not politically active. But they're being motivated. Wouldn't that be amazing if millions of people vote who otherwise wouldn't, because of this issue?"

    When the Republican Convention comes to New York, and if Stern is still on the air and anti-Bush, it'll be interesting to see the stunts the show or more likely its rabid followers pull.

    EDIT: I'm not familiar with the Howard Stern show, but apparently fans of the show routinely make prank calls such as this one to CNN, where a caller said, 'Fuck the FCC' on CNN live.

    Of course, this isn't to say I condone people pranking CNN, as lame as they are, but just one of many examples of the loyal fan base Stern commands, and the potential headaches they can pose to Republicans if properly mobilized by Stern. As previously noted, Jay Leno tapped a guy from the Howard Stern show to be his own sidekick. Stern has some influence among a certain demographic in this country, like it or not.

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 AM | Comments (26)

    Stern Doing Voter Mobilization

    Well ... sorta. Stern is Stern, and in this great land of democracy, I have no problem with him having airtime. And if he's getting involved in the political process, then who am I to complain? Boston Globe:

    Since the FCC crackdown on media "indecency" in the wake of Janet Jackson's Nipplegate incident, Stern has transformed his morning variety show into a rabidly anti-Bush talk forum. Every weekday, he has been devoting hours of his broadcast (locally on WBCN-FM, 104.1) to impassioned criticism of President Bush and support of Senator John Kerry. Railing tirelessly against the president, Stern has been attacking Bush's yoking together of church and state, the legitimacy of his National Guard service, his use of Sept. 11 imagery in his campaign ads, his stances regarding First Amendment rights, his handling of Iraq, and his stands on gay marriage and stem-cell research.

    "Join me and friends of this show who are outraged," Stern said on the air last Friday. "Vote out every Republican you can find." He has also been urging his listeners to send money to Kerry's campaign, calling him "a good man" and praising his record in Vietnam as well as his later criticism of the Vietnam War.

    "With all the talk of liberal talk radio," says Michael Harrison, the editor and publisher of Talkers magazine, "we're seeing emerging from the ranks of `shock jocks' one of the most potent and articulate liberal talkers we've seen in years."

    Harrison calls Stern's's recent crusade "historic." "Anytime you have somebody suddenly igniting political interest with an audience who has the kind of loyalty factor Stern has, it could turn an election." A large percentage of Stern's listeners -- some 8 1/2 million a week -- were leaning in favor of Bush, Harrison says. "If Stern could turn several million Bush supporters away from Bush, that has even more impact than Rush Limbaugh, who's preaching to the choir. So this is pivotal to what is shaping up to be a close election."

    So who is listening to Stern? The sleeping swing voters:
    Stern is frequently dismissed, by liberals and conservatives alike, as a sexist, a racist, and a narcissist. But he is one of the most influential entertainers in America, particularly among the much-sought-after 18-to-25-year-old male demographic. His show is a critical stop for actors plugging youth-market movies, and his skits serve as the blueprint for many reality TV concepts. Last month, in an effort to borrow some of Stern's mojo, Jay Leno hired Stern sidekick "Stuttering John" Melendez to be an announcer and correspondent on "The Tonight Show."

    Harrison says that Stern's audience is broader than most people realize. "They're not just 18-year-old, beer-drinking yahoos. They're 20- and 30- and 40-something professionals. They're mainstream American citizens who are well-educated and affluent and socially active and politically interested, though not politically active. But they're being motivated. Wouldn't that be amazing if millions of people vote who otherwise wouldn't, because of this issue?"

    When the Republican Convention comes to New York, and if Stern is still on the air and anti-Bush, it'll be interesting to see the stunts the show or more likely its rabid followers pull.

    EDIT: I'm not familiar with the Howard Stern show, but apparently fans of the show routinely make prank calls such as this one to CNN, where a caller said, 'Fuck the FCC' on CNN live.

    Of course, this isn't to say I condone people pranking CNN, as lame as they are, but just one of many examples of the loyal fan base Stern commands, and the potential headaches they can pose to Republicans if properly mobilized by Stern. As previously noted, Jay Leno tapped a guy from the Howard Stern show to be his own sidekick. Stern has some influence among a certain demographic in this country, like it or not.

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 AM | Comments (16)

    March 16, 2004

    When Newspapers Lie

    Daily Howler on how the conservative media is trying to tarnish Kerry like they tarnished Al Gore. Good stuff on bad stuff. Do we expect anything more from the Washington Times, though?

    Posted by Eric at 08:13 PM | Comments (20)

    When Newspapers Lie

    Daily Howler on how the conservative media is trying to tarnish Kerry like they tarnished Al Gore. Good stuff on bad stuff. Do we expect anything more from the Washington Times, though?

    Posted by Eric at 08:13 PM | Comments (1)

    March 11, 2004

    Outrage at NY Post

    Should the tabloid NY Post have splashed a picture of NYU student Diana Chien, 19, leaping to her death (I don't feel like linking to it, but it's obviously on the Post website) on its front page? Some say the NYPost went too far:

    NYU students were horrified to see the picture of 19-year-old Diana Chien's Saturday death plunge from the roof of her boyfriend's apartment building.

    "It's horrible. They shouldn't have put it in. It's completely distasteful," said freshman Eileen Destri, 18.

    NYU spokesman John Beckman blasted the Post, which already had printed the picture in Sunday's paper before learning Chien was a student.

    "It seems to show an appalling lack of judgment and insensitivity to the young woman's family and a disregard for the feelings of students at NYU," he said.

    Mental health experts said the photo went beyond heartless - they said it could entice other students to see suicide as a path to fame. NYU officials are especially concerned because Chien, who had just had a fight with her boyfriend, was the fourth student to kill herself in recent months.

    "For someone who is at risk and vulnerable they see that level of notoriety. If you're not thinking well or clearly or lucidly, that can seem very captivating," said Dr. David Jobes, a psychology professor at Catholic University in Washington.

    "This kind of outrageous photo almost encourages people who may be considering suicide - it dramatizes suicide as an option," said Richard Shadick, director of the Counseling Center at Pace University. "It's reckless."

    The NYU campus newspaper also blasted the NY Post:
    The New York Post's decision to plaster yesterday's front page with a photo of NYU student Diana Chien falling to her death was beneath contempt. If there was any doubt that the city's lesser tabloid would violate all standards of decency to empty its newsstands, that doubt was extinguished yesterday by a gruesome photograph that did nothing but sensationalize a sorrowful death and torture an already grieving community of family and friends.

    But to simply lash out at the Post is to miss the significance of its coverage. The paper already ran a sensationalist story about Chien's death with the offending photo on page 9 on Sunday. That it ran a second story yesterday - and on the front page, no less - after it learned that Chien was an NYU student sends a message about the press' perception of our university, a message that grew louder when other national media, including The Associated Press and The New York Times, followed the Post's lead ...

    Posted by Eric at 09:50 PM | Comments (58)

    Outrage at NY Post

    Should the tabloid NY Post have splashed a picture of NYU student Diana Chien, 19, leaping to her death (I don't feel like linking to it, but it's obviously on the Post website) on its front page? Some say the NYPost went too far:

    NYU students were horrified to see the picture of 19-year-old Diana Chien's Saturday death plunge from the roof of her boyfriend's apartment building.

    "It's horrible. They shouldn't have put it in. It's completely distasteful," said freshman Eileen Destri, 18.

    NYU spokesman John Beckman blasted the Post, which already had printed the picture in Sunday's paper before learning Chien was a student.

    "It seems to show an appalling lack of judgment and insensitivity to the young woman's family and a disregard for the feelings of students at NYU," he said.

    Mental health experts said the photo went beyond heartless - they said it could entice other students to see suicide as a path to fame. NYU officials are especially concerned because Chien, who had just had a fight with her boyfriend, was the fourth student to kill herself in recent months.

    "For someone who is at risk and vulnerable they see that level of notoriety. If you're not thinking well or clearly or lucidly, that can seem very captivating," said Dr. David Jobes, a psychology professor at Catholic University in Washington.

    "This kind of outrageous photo almost encourages people who may be considering suicide - it dramatizes suicide as an option," said Richard Shadick, director of the Counseling Center at Pace University. "It's reckless."

    The NYU campus newspaper also blasted the NY Post:
    The New York Post's decision to plaster yesterday's front page with a photo of NYU student Diana Chien falling to her death was beneath contempt. If there was any doubt that the city's lesser tabloid would violate all standards of decency to empty its newsstands, that doubt was extinguished yesterday by a gruesome photograph that did nothing but sensationalize a sorrowful death and torture an already grieving community of family and friends.

    But to simply lash out at the Post is to miss the significance of its coverage. The paper already ran a sensationalist story about Chien's death with the offending photo on page 9 on Sunday. That it ran a second story yesterday - and on the front page, no less - after it learned that Chien was an NYU student sends a message about the press' perception of our university, a message that grew louder when other national media, including The Associated Press and The New York Times, followed the Post's lead ...

    Posted by Eric at 09:50 PM | Comments (4)

    March 10, 2004

    Liberal Radio Set to Launch

    Air America Radio has finally released details about the new radio network that will go on the air at the end of this month. Here are the details:

    "Air America Radio is launching in the top U.S. markets with leading talent that will provide compelling and entertaining programming on the radio, on satellite feeds, and on the web," said Mark Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of Air America Radio. We aim to build an important new media franchise that delivers results.

    The networks on-air personalities represent todays top political and popular satirists, commentators and activists. Comedian, and best selling author Al Franken, who was recently taken to court when Bill OReilly and Fox News were seeking an injunction to halt distribution of "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right," and is known for fact-based, drug-free satire, will host a weekday show on the network called The OFranken Factor.

    Im so happy that Air America Radio will be on in three battleground states, New York, Illinois and California.no waitthose arent the battleground states. What the hell are we doing? said Franken.

    Air America Radio has signed actress and comedienne Janeane Garofalo, hip hop icon Chuck D, radio personality Randi Rhodes, and political humorist Sam Seder to join Franken at the network. Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, and business-of-the-media analyst on the public radio program Marketplace Martin Kaplan will also join the network.

    The schedule:

    Uprising: 6:00-9:00am
    Co-Host: Marc Maron
    Co-host: Sue Ellicott
    Co-host: Mark Riley

    Big fan of Marc Maron, so that's good to hear.

    Unfiltered: 9:00am- 12:00pm
    Co-host: Lizz Winstead
    Co-host: Chuck D
    Co-host: Laura Flanders

    More funny and entertaining guys, Chuck D is well known, Laura is a great personality, and Lizz was the original producer/creator of The Daily Show.

    The O Franken Factor: 12:00-3:00pm
    Host: Al Franken
    Co-host: Katherine Lanpher
    Producer: Billy Kimball

    O'Reilly will be pleased.

    The Randi Rhodes Show: 3:00-7:00pm
    So What Else is News?: 7:00-8:00pm
    Host: Marty Kaplan

    The Majority Report: 8:00pm-11:00pm
    Host: Janeane Garofalo
    Co-host: Sam Seder

    Excited about this new network, it should be entertaining and informative with the personnel they have. See the press release for more information.

    Posted by Eric at 08:33 PM | Comments (59)

    Liberal Radio Set to Launch

    Air America Radio has finally released details about the new radio network that will go on the air at the end of this month. Here are the details:

    "Air America Radio is launching in the top U.S. markets with leading talent that will provide compelling and entertaining programming on the radio, on satellite feeds, and on the web," said Mark Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of Air America Radio. We aim to build an important new media franchise that delivers results.

    The networks on-air personalities represent todays top political and popular satirists, commentators and activists. Comedian, and best selling author Al Franken, who was recently taken to court when Bill OReilly and Fox News were seeking an injunction to halt distribution of "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right," and is known for fact-based, drug-free satire, will host a weekday show on the network called The OFranken Factor.

    Im so happy that Air America Radio will be on in three battleground states, New York, Illinois and California.no waitthose arent the battleground states. What the hell are we doing? said Franken.

    Air America Radio has signed actress and comedienne Janeane Garofalo, hip hop icon Chuck D, radio personality Randi Rhodes, and political humorist Sam Seder to join Franken at the network. Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, and business-of-the-media analyst on the public radio program Marketplace Martin Kaplan will also join the network.

    The schedule:

    Uprising: 6:00-9:00am
    Co-Host: Marc Maron
    Co-host: Sue Ellicott
    Co-host: Mark Riley

    Big fan of Marc Maron, so that's good to hear.

    Unfiltered: 9:00am- 12:00pm
    Co-host: Lizz Winstead
    Co-host: Chuck D
    Co-host: Laura Flanders

    More funny and entertaining guys, Chuck D is well known, Laura is a great personality, and Lizz was the original producer/creator of The Daily Show.

    The O Franken Factor: 12:00-3:00pm
    Host: Al Franken
    Co-host: Katherine Lanpher
    Producer: Billy Kimball

    O'Reilly will be pleased.

    The Randi Rhodes Show: 3:00-7:00pm
    So What Else is News?: 7:00-8:00pm
    Host: Marty Kaplan

    The Majority Report: 8:00pm-11:00pm
    Host: Janeane Garofalo
    Co-host: Sam Seder

    Excited about this new network, it should be entertaining and informative with the personnel they have. See the press release for more information.

    Posted by Eric at 08:33 PM | Comments (20)

    March 06, 2004

    RNC Trying to Get MoveOn.org Ads Yanked

    The RNC, crusader for clean politics and getting money out of elections, doesn't want MoveOn.org ads airing in key battleground states ... How eternally benevolent of them. From the AP:

    The Republican National Committee on Friday asked about 250 television stations to pull a liberal group's ads critical of President Bush.

    The RNC sent the stations a letter Friday suggesting the outlets may be complicit in breaking campaign finance laws if they air the MoveOn.org Voter Fund ads. It asked them to decline to broadcast the ads.

    The RNC argues that the group, financed by so-called "soft money," is spending it on ads to influence a federal election. The campaign finance law broadly bars the use of such corporate, union and unlimited donations to influence federal elections.

    MoveOn began airing ads Thursday critical of Bush's policies. MoveOn founder Wes Boyd said the ads are legal, and added that the group isn't concerned by the RNC's letter. The ads were financed with unlimited donations from individuals - one form of soft money.

    The ads were originally to air in 17 presidential battleground states over five days at a cost of $1.9 million. Boyd said the group decided Friday to spend $1 million more to run an ad criticizing Bush's economic policies for an additional week in several states.

    The MoveOn.org's full response can be found here.

    Dumb strategy by the RNC. The last time someone tried to yank MoveOn.org's ads, contributions and publicity went through the roof. This effort by the RNC (which probably even won't succeed in having the ads removed) will undoubtably lead to free publicity and attention. Which reminds me ...

    Posted by Eric at 12:07 AM | Comments (38)

    RNC Trying to Get MoveOn.org Ads Yanked

    The RNC, crusader for clean politics and getting money out of elections, doesn't want MoveOn.org ads airing in key battleground states ... How eternally benevolent of them. From the AP:

    The Republican National Committee on Friday asked about 250 television stations to pull a liberal group's ads critical of President Bush.

    The RNC sent the stations a letter Friday suggesting the outlets may be complicit in breaking campaign finance laws if they air the MoveOn.org Voter Fund ads. It asked them to decline to broadcast the ads.

    The RNC argues that the group, financed by so-called "soft money," is spending it on ads to influence a federal election. The campaign finance law broadly bars the use of such corporate, union and unlimited donations to influence federal elections.

    MoveOn began airing ads Thursday critical of Bush's policies. MoveOn founder Wes Boyd said the ads are legal, and added that the group isn't concerned by the RNC's letter. The ads were financed with unlimited donations from individuals - one form of soft money.

    The ads were originally to air in 17 presidential battleground states over five days at a cost of $1.9 million. Boyd said the group decided Friday to spend $1 million more to run an ad criticizing Bush's economic policies for an additional week in several states.

    The MoveOn.org's full response can be found here.

    Dumb strategy by the RNC. The last time someone tried to yank MoveOn.org's ads, contributions and publicity went through the roof. This effort by the RNC (which probably even won't succeed in having the ads removed) will undoubtably lead to free publicity and attention. Which reminds me ...

    Posted by Eric at 12:07 AM | Comments (10)

    Bill O'Reilly Unfair?

    Rory O'Connor of AM New York on the conservative Fox News personality:

    A fraud because he masquerades as a journalist, hosting a supposedly fair and balanced "news program," while actually performing as a fairly unbalanced and highly opinionated (albeit entertaining) advocate for conservative issues and ideas.

    A case in point: last April, I was invited to appear as a guest on "The O'Reilly Factor," the top-rated cable show O'Reilly anchors. The topic: How well is the British Broadcasting Corporation reporting the war on Iraq?

    But when I refused to characterize the BBC as the "Baghdad" Broadcasting Corporation during a "pre-interview" with the program's booker, I was promptly dis-invited by Mr. Bill himself, who. I was told, "has the final say over who comes on the show."

    Also, more on the O'Reilly plagiarism charge:
    Now it becomes clear that O'Reilly is a thief as well, who stole an exclusive investigative story broken in the pages of the recently launched free daily amNewYork, and presented it as his own. The front page exclusive, which concerned a charity fund organized to reopen Lady Liberty, ran on February 2. It revealed that although the fund raised $40 million annually, officials were using the money for minor maintenance instead of the $7 million in repairs necessary to reopen the monument to the public.

    Two weeks later O'Reilly's researcher, Susan Beachy, called amNewYork and asked for a copy of the article. Alex Storozynski, amNewYork editor, followed up with O'Reilly's producer Rich McCue, who told him, "We know you guys broke this storyWe haven't seen it anywhere else."

    To Storozynski's surprise, however, no mention was made of his newspaper when the story appeared on The O'Reilly Factor. Instead O'Reilly took credit for it himself. As Storozynski later wrote to O'Reilly, "Even the Daily News has given us credit when we break a story, and they are one of our competitors."

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (55)

    Bill O'Reilly Unfair?

    Rory O'Connor of AM New York on the conservative Fox News personality:

    A fraud because he masquerades as a journalist, hosting a supposedly fair and balanced "news program," while actually performing as a fairly unbalanced and highly opinionated (albeit entertaining) advocate for conservative issues and ideas.

    A case in point: last April, I was invited to appear as a guest on "The O'Reilly Factor," the top-rated cable show O'Reilly anchors. The topic: How well is the British Broadcasting Corporation reporting the war on Iraq?

    But when I refused to characterize the BBC as the "Baghdad" Broadcasting Corporation during a "pre-interview" with the program's booker, I was promptly dis-invited by Mr. Bill himself, who. I was told, "has the final say over who comes on the show."

    Also, more on the O'Reilly plagiarism charge:
    Now it becomes clear that O'Reilly is a thief as well, who stole an exclusive investigative story broken in the pages of the recently launched free daily amNewYork, and presented it as his own. The front page exclusive, which concerned a charity fund organized to reopen Lady Liberty, ran on February 2. It revealed that although the fund raised $40 million annually, officials were using the money for minor maintenance instead of the $7 million in repairs necessary to reopen the monument to the public.

    Two weeks later O'Reilly's researcher, Susan Beachy, called amNewYork and asked for a copy of the article. Alex Storozynski, amNewYork editor, followed up with O'Reilly's producer Rich McCue, who told him, "We know you guys broke this storyWe haven't seen it anywhere else."

    To Storozynski's surprise, however, no mention was made of his newspaper when the story appeared on The O'Reilly Factor. Instead O'Reilly took credit for it himself. As Storozynski later wrote to O'Reilly, "Even the Daily News has given us credit when we break a story, and they are one of our competitors."

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (27)

    March 02, 2004

    Cronkite Blasts Conservatives

    From the 'most trusted man in America', in the SFC:

    Cronkite can be trusted to say things like this all the time now. After declaring himself a "registered independent" in the first of his newspaper columns in August, Cronkite has consistently derided what he calls "the Bush administration's facade of self-righteous certainty." He says he feels liberated to speak his mind, to "vent my rage and let the chips fall where they will." Cronkite doesn't hesitate to crank up his Moses-like rhetoric, in speech and in print, drawing on his deep well of journalistic gravitas. But he's just as likely to caper now as to thunder.

    Just before railing against the Christian right's objection to gay marriage -- "That's about as obnoxious a thing as has ever happened" -- Cronkite was asked at the Ritz to what he attributed the longevity of his own marriage to Betsy.

    "I do think one of the factors was we were of different sexes." He looked delighted as the laughter billowed around the room. "That doesn't mean I wouldn't have been happy to be married to several friends I had of the same sex," he followed. "It just never came up in our particular relations."

    Interesting.

    Posted by Eric at 01:15 PM | Comments (29)

    Cronkite Blasts Conservatives

    From the 'most trusted man in America', in the SFC:

    Cronkite can be trusted to say things like this all the time now. After declaring himself a "registered independent" in the first of his newspaper columns in August, Cronkite has consistently derided what he calls "the Bush administration's facade of self-righteous certainty." He says he feels liberated to speak his mind, to "vent my rage and let the chips fall where they will." Cronkite doesn't hesitate to crank up his Moses-like rhetoric, in speech and in print, drawing on his deep well of journalistic gravitas. But he's just as likely to caper now as to thunder.

    Just before railing against the Christian right's objection to gay marriage -- "That's about as obnoxious a thing as has ever happened" -- Cronkite was asked at the Ritz to what he attributed the longevity of his own marriage to Betsy.

    "I do think one of the factors was we were of different sexes." He looked delighted as the laughter billowed around the room. "That doesn't mean I wouldn't have been happy to be married to several friends I had of the same sex," he followed. "It just never came up in our particular relations."

    Interesting.

    Posted by Eric at 01:15 PM | Comments (5)

    SF Chronicle Endorses Kerry

    In an editorial, the Chronicle explains that the "policy differences between John Kerry and John Edwards ... are not profound" but "Kerry's ready-to-lead claim rings truer":

    Kerry, 60, a former Massachusetts lieutenant governor who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984, has had a modest transfusion of common touch during this campaign -- most notably in his emotional connection with fellow veterans of the Vietnam War. Steadiness and cool are his defining traits.

    More important than the distinctions in style are the differences in experience between these two candidates. Kerry's two decades in the Senate are apparent in the depth of his responses to questions about trade, foreign policy, environment and other issues. During the campaign, he has been getting decidedly better at translating his grasp of policy into language that connects with Americans who don't know the acronymns or intricacies of Washington -- they just know that they're feeling anxious about the direction of the economy, the cost of health care or the deep commitment of U. S. troops and dollars to Iraq.

    Experience counts in the White House. As Kerry put it, "the greatest difference substantively'' between him and Edwards is the Massachusetts senator's 35 years of experience in working on progressive causes.

    Posted by Eric at 08:18 AM | Comments (91)

    SF Chronicle Endorses Kerry

    In an editorial, the Chronicle explains that the "policy differences between John Kerry and John Edwards ... are not profound" but "Kerry's ready-to-lead claim rings truer":

    Kerry, 60, a former Massachusetts lieutenant governor who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984, has had a modest transfusion of common touch during this campaign -- most notably in his emotional connection with fellow veterans of the Vietnam War. Steadiness and cool are his defining traits.

    More important than the distinctions in style are the differences in experience between these two candidates. Kerry's two decades in the Senate are apparent in the depth of his responses to questions about trade, foreign policy, environment and other issues. During the campaign, he has been getting decidedly better at translating his grasp of policy into language that connects with Americans who don't know the acronymns or intricacies of Washington -- they just know that they're feeling anxious about the direction of the economy, the cost of health care or the deep commitment of U. S. troops and dollars to Iraq.

    Experience counts in the White House. As Kerry put it, "the greatest difference substantively'' between him and Edwards is the Massachusetts senator's 35 years of experience in working on progressive causes.

    Posted by Eric at 08:18 AM | Comments (0)

    March 01, 2004

    Baylor Newspaper Endorses Gay Marriage, Upsets Admin

    In a newspaper editorial, the Baylor Lariat approved of SF's gay marriage push:

    The editorial board supports San Francisco's lawsuit against the state. Taking into account equal protection under the law, gay couples should be granted the same equal rights to legal marriage as heterosexual couples. Without such recognition, gay couples, even those who have co-habitated long enough to qualify as common law spouses under many state laws, often aren't granted the same protection when it comes to shared finances, health insurance and other employee benefits, and property or power of attorney rights.

    Like many heterosexual couples, many gay couples share deep bonds of love, some so strong they've persevered years of discrimination for their choice to co-habitate with and date one another. Just as it isn't fair to discriminate against someone for their skin color, heritage or religious beliefs, it isn't fair to discriminate against someone for their sexual orientation. Shouldn't gay couples be allowed to enjoy the benefits and happiness of marriage, too?

    Editorial board vote: 5-2

    Here's the guys in suits:
    It is important for Baylor constituents to know that this position held by five students does not reflect the views of the administration, faculty, staff, Board of Regents or Student Publications Board, which oversees the Lariat. Nor do I believe this stance on gay marriage is shared by the vast majority of Baylors 14,000 students and 100,000 alumni.

    We have already heard from a number of students, alumni and parents who are, as am I, justifiably outraged over this editorial. Espousing in a Baylor publication a view that is so out of touch with traditional Christian teachings is not only unwelcome, it comes dangerously close to violating University policy, as published in the Student Handbook, prohibiting the advocacy of any understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching. The Student Publications Board will be addressing this matter with the Lariat staff as soon as possible.

    In the meantime, I would like to assure Baylor constituents that, while we respect the right of students to hold and express divergent viewpoints, we do not support the use of publications such as the Lariat, which is published by the University, to advocate positions that undermine foundational Christian principles upon which this institution was founded and currently operates.

    A little more about Baylor:
    Homosexual activity is prohibited at Baylor, as is any sexual activity outside marriage. A seminary student at Baylor recently lost his scholarship after saying he was gay. The editorial board objected to that decision in an article Feb. 10.

    Posted by Eric at 08:04 PM | Comments (40)

    Baylor Newspaper Endorses Gay Marriage, Upsets Admin

    In a newspaper editorial, the Baylor Lariat approved of SF's gay marriage push:

    The editorial board supports San Francisco's lawsuit against the state. Taking into account equal protection under the law, gay couples should be granted the same equal rights to legal marriage as heterosexual couples. Without such recognition, gay couples, even those who have co-habitated long enough to qualify as common law spouses under many state laws, often aren't granted the same protection when it comes to shared finances, health insurance and other employee benefits, and property or power of attorney rights.

    Like many heterosexual couples, many gay couples share deep bonds of love, some so strong they've persevered years of discrimination for their choice to co-habitate with and date one another. Just as it isn't fair to discriminate against someone for their skin color, heritage or religious beliefs, it isn't fair to discriminate against someone for their sexual orientation. Shouldn't gay couples be allowed to enjoy the benefits and happiness of marriage, too?

    Editorial board vote: 5-2

    Here's the guys in suits:
    It is important for Baylor constituents to know that this position held by five students does not reflect the views of the administration, faculty, staff, Board of Regents or Student Publications Board, which oversees the Lariat. Nor do I believe this stance on gay marriage is shared by the vast majority of Baylors 14,000 students and 100,000 alumni.

    We have already heard from a number of students, alumni and parents who are, as am I, justifiably outraged over this editorial. Espousing in a Baylor publication a view that is so out of touch with traditional Christian teachings is not only unwelcome, it comes dangerously close to violating University policy, as published in the Student Handbook, prohibiting the advocacy of any understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching. The Student Publications Board will be addressing this matter with the Lariat staff as soon as possible.

    In the meantime, I would like to assure Baylor constituents that, while we respect the right of students to hold and express divergent viewpoints, we do not support the use of publications such as the Lariat, which is published by the University, to advocate positions that undermine foundational Christian principles upon which this institution was founded and currently operates.

    A little more about Baylor:
    Homosexual activity is prohibited at Baylor, as is any sexual activity outside marriage. A seminary student at Baylor recently lost his scholarship after saying he was gay. The editorial board objected to that decision in an article Feb. 10.

    Posted by Eric at 08:04 PM | Comments (9)

    February 28, 2004

    Tomorrow's Talk Shows

    Sunday Talk Shows:

    ABC's "This Week" Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide; German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

    CBS' "Face the Nation" Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.

    NBC's "Meet the Press" Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington; Robert Bennett, U.S. Conference of Bishops National Review Board member.

    CNN's "Late Edition" Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.; Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif.; Ken Starr, former independent counsel; Alan Dershowitz, Harvard University law professor; Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli prime minister; Nabil Sha'ath, Palestinian Cabinet minister.

    "Fox News Sunday" Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie; Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe; Bishop Wilton Gregory, president, U.S. Conference of Bishops; Anne Burke, acting chair, U.S. Conference of Bishops National Review Board.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (2)

    Tomorrow's Talk Shows

    Sunday Talk Shows:

    ABC's "This Week" Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide; German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

    CBS' "Face the Nation" Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.

    NBC's "Meet the Press" Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington; Robert Bennett, U.S. Conference of Bishops National Review Board member.

    CNN's "Late Edition" Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.; Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif.; Ken Starr, former independent counsel; Alan Dershowitz, Harvard University law professor; Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli prime minister; Nabil Sha'ath, Palestinian Cabinet minister.

    "Fox News Sunday" Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie; Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe; Bishop Wilton Gregory, president, U.S. Conference of Bishops; Anne Burke, acting chair, U.S. Conference of Bishops National Review Board.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (1)

    Drop Stern, Pick Savage

    While Clear Channel has dropped shock jock Howard Stern from stations, it recently picked up another shock jock: Michael "get AIDS and die" Savage.

    Coincidently, Howard Stern is telling his listeners not to vote for George W. Bush. Apparently, part of his conversion came after he read Al Franken's latest book and recent FCC rulings.

    Posted by Eric at 08:53 AM | Comments (33)

    Drop Stern, Pick Savage

    While Clear Channel has dropped shock jock Howard Stern from stations, it recently picked up another shock jock: Michael "get AIDS and die" Savage.

    Coincidently, Howard Stern is telling his listeners not to vote for George W. Bush. Apparently, part of his conversion came after he read Al Franken's latest book and recent FCC rulings.

    Posted by Eric at 08:53 AM | Comments (9)

    February 27, 2004

    O'Reilly Empire to Target Kids

    Ha, no really. The $60 million a year media / entertainment (that's what he is - entertainment) product will start factoring kids, reports Business Week:

    Love him or hate him, O'Reilly has done a masterful job of using the groundswell of support for his conservative views to build himself into a multimedia brand. For enduring that kind of pace, O'Reilly is reaping the rewards and helping lots of other media outlets cash in on his popularity as well. Sweep in TV, radio, books, newspapers, and the Internet, and O'Reilly generates an estimated $60 million a year for his outlets through ad and books sales, syndication fees, and merchandise sales. "Bill is one of our cherished marquee authors," says Stephen Rubin, president of Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, a unit of Random House Inc. that has published four of O'Reilly's works. "It doesn't hurt that he shamelessly promotes his books." His latest tome has sold 644,000 copies since it was released last year, according to sales tracker Nielsen BookScan ...

    O'Reilly has created three separate corporations to handle his business affairs -- one each for TV, radio, and his Web site, billoreilly.com. He has about 25 people working for him, but he prides himself on being hands-on, writing his own TV-show scripts, speeches, newspaper column, and books. It's not as if he can't afford some help. His Fox contract pays him $4 million a year, still less than half what broadcast anchors make, according to industry sources. He is estimated to earn tens of millions of dollars more on his books and Web site. He accepts one speaking gig a month at an estimated $50,000 to $70,000 per appearance. He says he gives a lot of his loot to charities, including Families of Military Casualties. "I'm not a materialistic person. I wasn't born with that gene," says O'Reilly.

    So what's next? O'Reilly, who has a wife and two daughters, is looking to spread his message of self-reliance to another generation. He says a kids' book, The O'Reilly Factor For Kids: A Survival Guide, is set to be published in October by Harper Collins, owned by Fox parent News Corp. In just seven years since joining Fox News at its launch, O'Reilly has become a national presence. "Where I am now is where I should be," he responds when asked about any larger ambitions. And that's just fine with the slew of companies riding the O'Reilly wave.

    But I'll let Peter Hart have the last word.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 PM | Comments (22)

    O'Reilly Empire to Target Kids

    Ha, no really. The $60 million a year media / entertainment (that's what he is - entertainment) product will start factoring kids, reports Business Week:

    Love him or hate him, O'Reilly has done a masterful job of using the groundswell of support for his conservative views to build himself into a multimedia brand. For enduring that kind of pace, O'Reilly is reaping the rewards and helping lots of other media outlets cash in on his popularity as well. Sweep in TV, radio, books, newspapers, and the Internet, and O'Reilly generates an estimated $60 million a year for his outlets through ad and books sales, syndication fees, and merchandise sales. "Bill is one of our cherished marquee authors," says Stephen Rubin, president of Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, a unit of Random House Inc. that has published four of O'Reilly's works. "It doesn't hurt that he shamelessly promotes his books." His latest tome has sold 644,000 copies since it was released last year, according to sales tracker Nielsen BookScan ...

    O'Reilly has created three separate corporations to handle his business affairs -- one each for TV, radio, and his Web site, billoreilly.com. He has about 25 people working for him, but he prides himself on being hands-on, writing his own TV-show scripts, speeches, newspaper column, and books. It's not as if he can't afford some help. His Fox contract pays him $4 million a year, still less than half what broadcast anchors make, according to industry sources. He is estimated to earn tens of millions of dollars more on his books and Web site. He accepts one speaking gig a month at an estimated $50,000 to $70,000 per appearance. He says he gives a lot of his loot to charities, including Families of Military Casualties. "I'm not a materialistic person. I wasn't born with that gene," says O'Reilly.

    So what's next? O'Reilly, who has a wife and two daughters, is looking to spread his message of self-reliance to another generation. He says a kids' book, The O'Reilly Factor For Kids: A Survival Guide, is set to be published in October by Harper Collins, owned by Fox parent News Corp. In just seven years since joining Fox News at its launch, O'Reilly has become a national presence. "Where I am now is where I should be," he responds when asked about any larger ambitions. And that's just fine with the slew of companies riding the O'Reilly wave.

    But I'll let Peter Hart have the last word.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 PM | Comments (0)

    February 26, 2004

    NY Times Endorses Kerry in NY Primary

    The endorsement from the "newspaper of record":

    Mr. Kerry, one of the Senate's experts in foreign affairs, exudes maturity and depth. He can discuss virtually any issue of security or international affairs with authority. What his critics see as an inability to take strong, clear positions seems to us to reflect his appreciation that life is not simple. He understands the nuances and shades of gray in both foreign and domestic policy. While he still has trouble turning out snappy sound bites, we don't detect any difficulty in laying down a clear bottom line. His campaigning skills are perhaps not as strong as his intellectual ones, but they are pretty good and getting better. Early in the race he alienated some audiences with brittle, patronizing lectures. But he has improved tremendously over the last few months. His answers are focused and to the point, and his speeches far more compelling.

    If Mr. Kerry wins the nomination, the Bush administration will undoubtedly attempt to paint Mr. Kerry as a typical Massachusetts liberal, but his thinking defies such easy categorization. His positions come from mainstream American thought, centrism of the old school. He has always worried over budget deficits. His record on the environment is extremely strong. He is a gun owner and hunter who supports effective gun control laws, a combat veteran who, having seen a great deal of death, opposes capital punishment. A sense of balance comes through when he is talking. Unfortunately, so far in this campaign Mr. Kerry has shown little interest in being daring, expressing a thought that is unexpected or quirky on even minor issues. We wish we could see a little of the political courage of the Vietnam hero who came back to lead the fight against the war.

    Posted by Eric at 11:18 AM | Comments (9)

    NY Times Endorses Kerry in NY Primary

    The endorsement from the "newspaper of record":

    Mr. Kerry, one of the Senate's experts in foreign affairs, exudes maturity and depth. He can discuss virtually any issue of security or international affairs with authority. What his critics see as an inability to take strong, clear positions seems to us to reflect his appreciation that life is not simple. He understands the nuances and shades of gray in both foreign and domestic policy. While he still has trouble turning out snappy sound bites, we don't detect any difficulty in laying down a clear bottom line. His campaigning skills are perhaps not as strong as his intellectual ones, but they are pretty good and getting better. Early in the race he alienated some audiences with brittle, patronizing lectures. But he has improved tremendously over the last few months. His answers are focused and to the point, and his speeches far more compelling.

    If Mr. Kerry wins the nomination, the Bush administration will undoubtedly attempt to paint Mr. Kerry as a typical Massachusetts liberal, but his thinking defies such easy categorization. His positions come from mainstream American thought, centrism of the old school. He has always worried over budget deficits. His record on the environment is extremely strong. He is a gun owner and hunter who supports effective gun control laws, a combat veteran who, having seen a great deal of death, opposes capital punishment. A sense of balance comes through when he is talking. Unfortunately, so far in this campaign Mr. Kerry has shown little interest in being daring, expressing a thought that is unexpected or quirky on even minor issues. We wish we could see a little of the political courage of the Vietnam hero who came back to lead the fight against the war.

    Posted by Eric at 11:18 AM | Comments (4)

    Bennett to Start Preaching on the Radio

    Bill Bennett will put his chips on a new radio talk show starting April 5. From USA Today:

    Bill Bennett's Morning in America will air live weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. ET via Dallas-based Salem Radio Network, a religious and family-themed network that features conservative talk-radio hosts such as Mike Gallagher (entertainment), Dennis Prager (pop culture) and Michael Medved (film).

    Bennett will be joined on the air by veteran talk show host Tom Tradup and a female co-host to be announced soon. Salem hopes to have most major markets locked up by the launch.

    "I want to talk about whatever matters," Bennett says, listing politics, foreign policy and entertainment as possible subjects. He looks forward to having "your occasional professor and rock 'n' roll musician, too."

    He says that although he supports President Bush's re-election, he does not intend to push for it on his show: "I do my own thing."

    Meanwhile, the 'King of All Media' Howard Stern has been pulled off Clear Channel stations.

    Posted by Eric at 08:56 AM | Comments (6)

    Bennett to Start Preaching on the Radio

    Bill Bennett will put his chips on a new radio talk show starting April 5. From USA Today:

    Bill Bennett's Morning in America will air live weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. ET via Dallas-based Salem Radio Network, a religious and family-themed network that features conservative talk-radio hosts such as Mike Gallagher (entertainment), Dennis Prager (pop culture) and Michael Medved (film).

    Bennett will be joined on the air by veteran talk show host Tom Tradup and a female co-host to be announced soon. Salem hopes to have most major markets locked up by the launch.

    "I want to talk about whatever matters," Bennett says, listing politics, foreign policy and entertainment as possible subjects. He looks forward to having "your occasional professor and rock 'n' roll musician, too."

    He says that although he supports President Bush's re-election, he does not intend to push for it on his show: "I do my own thing."

    Meanwhile, the 'King of All Media' Howard Stern has been pulled off Clear Channel stations.

    Posted by Eric at 08:56 AM | Comments (6)

    February 24, 2004

    Howard Stern Gives Franken Book Strong Review

    Weird ... kinda. From a Howard Stern recap site, this tidbit:

    After the break Howard wondered if they were done talking about what a douche bag Jay Leno is. Robin said they were off of that subject and had talked about the party. Howard ended up taking a call from a guy who said they really don't need John on the show. Howard said that it's Jay who is a ''bizarro'' and they love John. Howard said he doesn't understand what John has to do with Jay's show. Artie said it's (Leno's show) going to be like that disco station that plays one rock song every hour trying to get people to come over. Howard said that Leno is desperate and can't develop his own stuff.
    Howard said over vacation he read Al Franken's book ''Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.'' He said that in the first page Franken insults him but he can get past that. He said if you read the book you'll never vote for George Bush. He said Franken had a bunch of Harvard kids investigate stuff and it's great. He went on to say that he's had bad feelings about Bush since the FCC stuff went down. He also said that the economy thing is also a factor in that. He said he might be a ''anyone but Bush'' guy now. He said that even Ralph Nader running is a good idea.

    Howard told Scott DePace from E! that he has to read Franken's book. DePace said that he will read it but he thinks that Bush is doing the right things at this point.

    Posted by Eric at 07:00 PM | Comments (189)

    Howard Stern Gives Franken Book Strong Review

    Weird ... kinda. From a Howard Stern recap site, this tidbit:

    After the break Howard wondered if they were done talking about what a douche bag Jay Leno is. Robin said they were off of that subject and had talked about the party. Howard ended up taking a call from a guy who said they really don't need John on the show. Howard said that it's Jay who is a ''bizarro'' and they love John. Howard said he doesn't understand what John has to do with Jay's show. Artie said it's (Leno's show) going to be like that disco station that plays one rock song every hour trying to get people to come over. Howard said that Leno is desperate and can't develop his own stuff.
    Howard said over vacation he read Al Franken's book ''Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.'' He said that in the first page Franken insults him but he can get past that. He said if you read the book you'll never vote for George Bush. He said Franken had a bunch of Harvard kids investigate stuff and it's great. He went on to say that he's had bad feelings about Bush since the FCC stuff went down. He also said that the economy thing is also a factor in that. He said he might be a ''anyone but Bush'' guy now. He said that even Ralph Nader running is a good idea.

    Howard told Scott DePace from E! that he has to read Franken's book. DePace said that he will read it but he thinks that Bush is doing the right things at this point.

    Posted by Eric at 07:00 PM | Comments (12)

    Fox's 'Nation' Ads May Cause Small Stir

    Fox will advertise in the March 8th issue of 'The Nation' because it's fair and balanced, reports The NY Daily News:

    Dozens of irate readers canceled their subscriptions to The Nation when the liberal weekly twice carried ads for the right-leaning Fox News Channel.

    More may follow as Fox uses the March 8 issue to tout its cable ratings on the nights of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire Primary, saying "Americans Make It Fox Over CNN For Democratic Event Coverage."

    "We're fair and balanced, so why wouldn't we advertise in The Nation?" Fox spokesman Paul Schur asked.

    Nation publisher Victor Navasky said slyly, "It must pay them to do it, unless they're trying to cut back our subscription base."

    The subscription base grew, along with newsstand sales, as The Nation's circulation rose 25% late last year, to 160,029, while The New Republic slipped and National Review was flat.

    Posted by Eric at 08:00 AM | Comments (13)

    Fox's 'Nation' Ads May Cause Small Stir

    Fox will advertise in the March 8th issue of 'The Nation' because it's fair and balanced, reports The NY Daily News:

    Dozens of irate readers canceled their subscriptions to The Nation when the liberal weekly twice carried ads for the right-leaning Fox News Channel.

    More may follow as Fox uses the March 8 issue to tout its cable ratings on the nights of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire Primary, saying "Americans Make It Fox Over CNN For Democratic Event Coverage."

    "We're fair and balanced, so why wouldn't we advertise in The Nation?" Fox spokesman Paul Schur asked.

    Nation publisher Victor Navasky said slyly, "It must pay them to do it, unless they're trying to cut back our subscription base."

    The subscription base grew, along with newsstand sales, as The Nation's circulation rose 25% late last year, to 160,029, while The New Republic slipped and National Review was flat.

    Posted by Eric at 08:00 AM | Comments (2)

    Newsmag Covers


    Time magazine on outsourcing, and jobs going overseas.


    The Progressive notes that "in many places across George Bush's America, you may be losing your ability to exercise your lawful First Amendment rights."


    GWBush is a religious man.


    The Nation has RFK Jr and a report on Bush's "junk science."


    For some strange reason, Newsweek has Donald Trump on the cover, in all his NBC reality show fame glory.

    Posted by Eric at 06:42 AM | Comments (6)

    Newsmag Covers


    Time magazine on outsourcing, and jobs going overseas.


    The Progressive notes that "in many places across George Bush's America, you may be losing your ability to exercise your lawful First Amendment rights."


    GWBush is a religious man.


    The Nation has RFK Jr and a report on Bush's "junk science."


    For some strange reason, Newsweek has Donald Trump on the cover, in all his NBC reality show fame glory.

    Posted by Eric at 06:42 AM | Comments (2)

    February 23, 2004

    How to Lose Your Job in Talk Radio

    Try being an antiwar conservative, writes Charles Goyette in The American Conservative:

    Criticizing Bush? Well then, must I be some sort of rug-chewing liberal? Not even close ... I have been a Republican precinct committeeman; my county Republican Party elected me its Man of the Year in 1988; I have written speeches for conservative candidates and office holders; and I have been employed by statewide and national political organizations and campaigns, including the National Conservative Political Action Committee. Despite my disappointment in Goldwater for not supporting Reagan, I was there when a small band of the faithfulno more than four or five of usgathered for a potluck dinner to support the creation of a brand-new public-policy think tank named after Mr. Conservative. The enterprise blossomed, and I was honored several months ago to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Goldwater Institutes 15th Anniversary Gala.

    I can assure you then that my criticism of Bush has been on the basis of long-held conservative principles. It begins with respect for the wisdom of the Founders and the Constitutions division of power and delegation of authority, and extends to an adherence to the principles of governmental restraint and fiscal prudence. It proved to be a message that was more than a little inconvenient for my employer ...

    Clear Channel made it clearWith you, I feel like Im managing the Dixie Chicks, said my program directorthat they would have liked to fire me anyway. While a well-drafted contract made that difficult, it did not prevent them from tucking me away outside prime time.

    So Im a talk-show war casualty. My contract expires in a few more months andmy iconoclasm being notedit is not likely it will be renewed. Among the survivors at my station: one host who wanted to nuke Afghanistan (he bills himself as your voice of reason and moderation) and another who upon learning that 23-year-old Mideast peace activist Rachel Corrie had been run over by an Israeli bulldozer shouted, Back up and run over her again! As he doesnt quite get some of the important distinctions in these debates, such as that Iranians should not be called Arabs, we would hope that hes not taken too seriously. Likewise my replacements in the afternoon drive slot, brought in for glamorizing the war and billed as The Comedy Channel meets Talk Radio. If you remember the Saturday Night Live skit Superfans with Mike Myers and Chris FarleyWhos stronger, God or da Bulls? Da Bulls!then you get the idea. Only instead of da Bulls, its three hours every afternoon of da Bush! Expect to hear more insightful topics like So Whos Tougher: Michael Jordan or Donald Rumsfeld?

    Posted by Eric at 06:35 AM | Comments (97)

    How to Lose Your Job in Talk Radio

    Try being an antiwar conservative, writes Charles Goyette in The American Conservative:

    Criticizing Bush? Well then, must I be some sort of rug-chewing liberal? Not even close ... I have been a Republican precinct committeeman; my county Republican Party elected me its Man of the Year in 1988; I have written speeches for conservative candidates and office holders; and I have been employed by statewide and national political organizations and campaigns, including the National Conservative Political Action Committee. Despite my disappointment in Goldwater for not supporting Reagan, I was there when a small band of the faithfulno more than four or five of usgathered for a potluck dinner to support the creation of a brand-new public-policy think tank named after Mr. Conservative. The enterprise blossomed, and I was honored several months ago to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Goldwater Institutes 15th Anniversary Gala.

    I can assure you then that my criticism of Bush has been on the basis of long-held conservative principles. It begins with respect for the wisdom of the Founders and the Constitutions division of power and delegation of authority, and extends to an adherence to the principles of governmental restraint and fiscal prudence. It proved to be a message that was more than a little inconvenient for my employer ...

    Clear Channel made it clearWith you, I feel like Im managing the Dixie Chicks, said my program directorthat they would have liked to fire me anyway. While a well-drafted contract made that difficult, it did not prevent them from tucking me away outside prime time.

    So Im a talk-show war casualty. My contract expires in a few more months andmy iconoclasm being notedit is not likely it will be renewed. Among the survivors at my station: one host who wanted to nuke Afghanistan (he bills himself as your voice of reason and moderation) and another who upon learning that 23-year-old Mideast peace activist Rachel Corrie had been run over by an Israeli bulldozer shouted, Back up and run over her again! As he doesnt quite get some of the important distinctions in these debates, such as that Iranians should not be called Arabs, we would hope that hes not taken too seriously. Likewise my replacements in the afternoon drive slot, brought in for glamorizing the war and billed as The Comedy Channel meets Talk Radio. If you remember the Saturday Night Live skit Superfans with Mike Myers and Chris FarleyWhos stronger, God or da Bulls? Da Bulls!then you get the idea. Only instead of da Bulls, its three hours every afternoon of da Bush! Expect to hear more insightful topics like So Whos Tougher: Michael Jordan or Donald Rumsfeld?

    Posted by Eric at 06:35 AM | Comments (18)

    February 20, 2004

    Snoop Dogg vs. O'Reilly

    Well, it seems O'Reilly has no problem wanting to fight (or at least shoot) Al Franken, but he doesn't want any part of Snoop Dogg. Fo shizzle, Lloyd Grovizzle?

    Fox News star Bill O'Reilly apparently has done something to annoy Snoop Dogg, the tough-talking rapper who has, I hope, put his tough-acting ways behind him.

    When Maxim magazine asked Snoop whom he wants to fight, the rapper replied: "Bill O'Reilly, that bitch-a--. 'Cause he's a bitch."

    O'Reilly said yesterday through a Fox flack, "I'll be happy to have lunch with him anytime."

    No, Bill, maybe you didn't hear right: That's punch, not lunch.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 PM | Comments (171)

    Snoop Dogg vs. O'Reilly

    Well, it seems O'Reilly has no problem wanting to fight (or at least shoot) Al Franken, but he doesn't want any part of Snoop Dogg. Fo shizzle, Lloyd Grovizzle?

    Fox News star Bill O'Reilly apparently has done something to annoy Snoop Dogg, the tough-talking rapper who has, I hope, put his tough-acting ways behind him.

    When Maxim magazine asked Snoop whom he wants to fight, the rapper replied: "Bill O'Reilly, that bitch-a--. 'Cause he's a bitch."

    O'Reilly said yesterday through a Fox flack, "I'll be happy to have lunch with him anytime."

    No, Bill, maybe you didn't hear right: That's punch, not lunch.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 PM | Comments (20)

    Yes, Liberal Media

    Conservatives are pointing to the lack of coverage about the John Kerry affair non-scandal as evidence of the bias of the liberal media. USA Today:

    Some conservatives are angry, but many media watchdogs are praising the way most American news outlets handled 2004's first titillating allegation about a presidential candidate's personal life.

    The rumor was that Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., might have had an extramarital relationship with a woman. The allegation surfaced Feb. 12 on the Internet and quickly got picked up by some talk radio hosts and foreign news media.

    Both Kerry and the woman, journalist Alexandra Polier, deny any relationship. By Thursday evening, there was no evidence that they had had one.

    Those who praise the major media for how they handled the story say they hope that the relatively little coverage given to the allegation will serve as a model for the rest of the campaign.

    But conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and Internet muckraker Matt Drudge say the media have just shown a liberal bias.

    Everyone's favorite internet rumormill, Newsmax, carries Lynn Woolley's odd rant:
    What we are left with in this situation is a mainstream media the networks, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and so on that are almost entirely run by liberal ideologues and who have approached two relatively insignificant stories from opposite angles. Rumors that Kerry had a recent fling with an intern get no play. Rumors that Bush was AWOL from the Guard 30 years ago are treated as top news.

    The American people may not care too much about either story. After all, we are at war with enemy that wants to destroy us. Perhaps Mr. Kerrys private affairs should not rise to the level of denying him the nomination nor should Mr. Bushs military record affect the fact that our nation has been made safer by his policies. To many voters, the big issue in this election will not be rumors, but rather which mans policies will lead to victory over al Qaeda and global terrorism.

    However, if were going to lead the news with rumors night after night, lets cover not only those started by Moore and McAuliffe, but by Drudge as well. After all, Matt Drudges track record for telling the truth is a lot stronger.

    Yeah, I'm not sure if Woolley's joking or not either. And, for instance, this radio talk show host says the elitist, liberal media has a double standard.

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 AM | Comments (72)

    Yes, Liberal Media

    Conservatives are pointing to the lack of coverage about the John Kerry affair non-scandal as evidence of the bias of the liberal media. USA Today:

    Some conservatives are angry, but many media watchdogs are praising the way most American news outlets handled 2004's first titillating allegation about a presidential candidate's personal life.

    The rumor was that Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., might have had an extramarital relationship with a woman. The allegation surfaced Feb. 12 on the Internet and quickly got picked up by some talk radio hosts and foreign news media.

    Both Kerry and the woman, journalist Alexandra Polier, deny any relationship. By Thursday evening, there was no evidence that they had had one.

    Those who praise the major media for how they handled the story say they hope that the relatively little coverage given to the allegation will serve as a model for the rest of the campaign.

    But conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and Internet muckraker Matt Drudge say the media have just shown a liberal bias.

    Everyone's favorite internet rumormill, Newsmax, carries Lynn Woolley's odd rant:
    What we are left with in this situation is a mainstream media the networks, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and so on that are almost entirely run by liberal ideologues and who have approached two relatively insignificant stories from opposite angles. Rumors that Kerry had a recent fling with an intern get no play. Rumors that Bush was AWOL from the Guard 30 years ago are treated as top news.

    The American people may not care too much about either story. After all, we are at war with enemy that wants to destroy us. Perhaps Mr. Kerrys private affairs should not rise to the level of denying him the nomination nor should Mr. Bushs military record affect the fact that our nation has been made safer by his policies. To many voters, the big issue in this election will not be rumors, but rather which mans policies will lead to victory over al Qaeda and global terrorism.

    However, if were going to lead the news with rumors night after night, lets cover not only those started by Moore and McAuliffe, but by Drudge as well. After all, Matt Drudges track record for telling the truth is a lot stronger.

    Yeah, I'm not sure if Woolley's joking or not either. And, for instance, this radio talk show host says the elitist, liberal media has a double standard.

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 AM | Comments (2)

    February 18, 2004

    How Wash Post Handles Rumors

    At least, according to the Post's Dana Milbank on Fresh Air, courtesy of Romenesko:

    NPR.org (audio)
    On Wednesday's "Fresh Air," Terry Gross asked Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank: "So, when there's an allegation about an affair or a personal thing like that, the Washington Post decides to investigate a little and see if there's anything there before deciding whether it's worthy of coverage or not?" MILBANK'S RESPONSE: "Yes, of course. The typical way these rumors wind up in the mainstream is they wind up on the Internet, then they wind up in the British publications, which seem to have a lower standard of accuracy. Then they make it into the American tabloids market, like the New York Post, and eventually it filters into the mainstream. If there's accuracy to the rumor then of course we're going to be covering it. If there's no accuracy to the rumor, most likely we'll do it as we did this week, and that is have our media writer write about everybody else writing about it."

    Posted by Eric at 03:39 PM | Comments (61)

    How Wash Post Handles Rumors

    At least, according to the Post's Dana Milbank on Fresh Air, courtesy of Romenesko:

    NPR.org (audio)
    On Wednesday's "Fresh Air," Terry Gross asked Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank: "So, when there's an allegation about an affair or a personal thing like that, the Washington Post decides to investigate a little and see if there's anything there before deciding whether it's worthy of coverage or not?" MILBANK'S RESPONSE: "Yes, of course. The typical way these rumors wind up in the mainstream is they wind up on the Internet, then they wind up in the British publications, which seem to have a lower standard of accuracy. Then they make it into the American tabloids market, like the New York Post, and eventually it filters into the mainstream. If there's accuracy to the rumor then of course we're going to be covering it. If there's no accuracy to the rumor, most likely we'll do it as we did this week, and that is have our media writer write about everybody else writing about it."

    Posted by Eric at 03:39 PM | Comments (6)

    February 17, 2004

    This Week's Newsmags


    US News on the explorers of the past.


    Can the so called liberal media start attacking Bush?


    The Nation on why "George Bush owes the public a big explanation on WMDs."


    Newsweek compares Bush and Kerry's 'Nam stories. And yes, one ends up sounding a little better.


    The necons at Weekly Standard continue their defense of the war.


    TIME on the "secret killer" that is inflammation.

    Posted by Eric at 09:26 AM | Comments (1)

    This Week's Newsmags


    US News on the explorers of the past.


    Can the so called liberal media start attacking Bush?


    The Nation on why "George Bush owes the public a big explanation on WMDs."


    Newsweek compares Bush and Kerry's 'Nam stories. And yes, one ends up sounding a little better.


    The necons at Weekly Standard continue their defense of the war.


    TIME on the "secret killer" that is inflammation.

    Posted by Eric at 09:26 AM | Comments (1)

    February 16, 2004

    The Bush Media Control

    David Shaw in the LATimes on how the media has become complacent with the Bush admin:

    That may seem a churlish observation a mere week after the president sat for a one-hour interview with Tim Russert on "Meet the Press." But with every network host and anchor having angled for the interview for months, it was Bush who decided when, with whom and in which venue he'd talk ... But so far, the Bush administration has been especially successful at stonewalling the media, keeping the White House team "on message" and all but abandoning the traditional presidential press conference.

    Through Tuesday, Bush had conducted only 11 solo press conferences. Other presidents had far more by the same point in their first terms, says Martha Joynt Kumar, a professor of political science at Towson University in Maryland, who's writing a book on White House communications. Dwight D. Eisenhower had 78, Lyndon B. Johnson 79, Jimmy Carter 53, Ronald Reagan 21, George H.W. Bush 72 and Bill Clinton 40. Even Nixon had 23, more than twice as many as George W.

    Posted by Eric at 04:24 PM | Comments (30)

    The Bush Media Control

    David Shaw in the LATimes on how the media has become complacent with the Bush admin:

    That may seem a churlish observation a mere week after the president sat for a one-hour interview with Tim Russert on "Meet the Press." But with every network host and anchor having angled for the interview for months, it was Bush who decided when, with whom and in which venue he'd talk ... But so far, the Bush administration has been especially successful at stonewalling the media, keeping the White House team "on message" and all but abandoning the traditional presidential press conference.

    Through Tuesday, Bush had conducted only 11 solo press conferences. Other presidents had far more by the same point in their first terms, says Martha Joynt Kumar, a professor of political science at Towson University in Maryland, who's writing a book on White House communications. Dwight D. Eisenhower had 78, Lyndon B. Johnson 79, Jimmy Carter 53, Ronald Reagan 21, George H.W. Bush 72 and Bill Clinton 40. Even Nixon had 23, more than twice as many as George W.

    Posted by Eric at 04:24 PM | Comments (11)

    February 14, 2004

    American Progress Responds to Coulter

    Here.

    Posted by Eric at 02:53 PM | Comments (17)

    American Progress Responds to Coulter

    Here.

    Posted by Eric at 02:53 PM | Comments (5)

    February 13, 2004

    McClellan Lashes Out at Helen Thomas

    The question, from Helen Thomas, was about Bush's service records. McClellan didn't like it:

    Scott McClellan finally lost it Friday, according to White House reporters. He doesnt see it that way.

    The White House press secretary had kept his cool all week as reporters pounced on him about President George Bushs 1970s service in the National Guard. Facing perhaps his toughest week as press secretary, McClellan got testy Tuesday under questioning by CBS correspondent John Roberts during the televised briefing. He then blew up at old pro Helen Thomas during the private gaggle for reporters on Friday.

    Thomas had gotten a tip that Bush might have been absent from duty in Alabama because he was performing court-ordered community service in Texas in 1972. She asked McClellan if that was accurate.

    According to reporters in the press room, McClellan got red-faced and became so angry, it looked to some as if he were ready to pounce. He characterized the question as coming from gutter politics.

    Thomas, who has covered every president since Dwight Eisenhower and now writes a column for Hearst, was not fazed. I think they are getting pretty nervous about this, she said Friday afternoon. Ive learned over the years that when you put out records, it often leads to more questions.

    Some questions are out of bounds, McClellan told The Washingtonian: Helen was asking about trashy rumors. Theres a difference between trashy rumors and journalism. I will not dignify them from the podium."

    Talking Points Memo has more.

    Posted by Eric at 08:57 PM | Comments (40)

    McClellan Lashes Out at Helen Thomas

    The question, from Helen Thomas, was about Bush's service records. McClellan didn't like it:

    Scott McClellan finally lost it Friday, according to White House reporters. He doesnt see it that way.

    The White House press secretary had kept his cool all week as reporters pounced on him about President George Bushs 1970s service in the National Guard. Facing perhaps his toughest week as press secretary, McClellan got testy Tuesday under questioning by CBS correspondent John Roberts during the televised briefing. He then blew up at old pro Helen Thomas during the private gaggle for reporters on Friday.

    Thomas had gotten a tip that Bush might have been absent from duty in Alabama because he was performing court-ordered community service in Texas in 1972. She asked McClellan if that was accurate.

    According to reporters in the press room, McClellan got red-faced and became so angry, it looked to some as if he were ready to pounce. He characterized the question as coming from gutter politics.

    Thomas, who has covered every president since Dwight Eisenhower and now writes a column for Hearst, was not fazed. I think they are getting pretty nervous about this, she said Friday afternoon. Ive learned over the years that when you put out records, it often leads to more questions.

    Some questions are out of bounds, McClellan told The Washingtonian: Helen was asking about trashy rumors. Theres a difference between trashy rumors and journalism. I will not dignify them from the podium."

    Talking Points Memo has more.

    Posted by Eric at 08:57 PM | Comments (7)

    February 12, 2004

    That Drudge Report

    Quite the powerful rumor mill, eh?

    Innocent until proven guilty. And if guilty, personal vs. private question.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 PM | Comments (128)

    That Drudge Report

    Quite the powerful rumor mill, eh?

    Innocent until proven guilty. And if guilty, personal vs. private question.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 PM | Comments (14)

    Dennis Miller Losing Viewers Fast

    Ratings for Dennis Miller's new show are dropping fast. The drop suggests people initially tuned in, but didn't like what they saw.

    Or maybe, by then, it'll be Phase 1 all over again. Miller's disconcertingly flaccid attempts to meld jokes on the news, serious political commentary, conservative hero worship and the chimp were greeted by a huge-by-CNBC-standards initial audience of 746,000 viewers, but they seem to be plummeting.

    Week one averaged 540,000 viewers for the first airings of new shows; week two pulled in less than half, just 261,000.

    And it's no wonder, because a once-iconoclastic, hyperskeptical comic who seems to have moved into bowing before swaggering conservatives is nobody's idea of entertaining, no matter how hard the crew that is Miller's only in-studio audience chuckles. You can't spend a career deflating absurdity, and then conduct the kind of fawning interview with Schwarzenegger that Miller did on his first CNBC show, Jan. 26. Viewers' discomfort was mirrored in the face of the man who, Miller seemed to forget, was a bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-governor.

    Also, Dennis can't do a lot of the jokes he used to score with. CNBC isn't HBO.

    Dennis Miller has Scott Ritter on his show tomorrow. Now that'll be interesting.

    Posted by Eric at 12:16 AM | Comments (23)

    Dennis Miller Losing Viewers Fast

    Ratings for Dennis Miller's new show are dropping fast. The drop suggests people initially tuned in, but didn't like what they saw.

    Or maybe, by then, it'll be Phase 1 all over again. Miller's disconcertingly flaccid attempts to meld jokes on the news, serious political commentary, conservative hero worship and the chimp were greeted by a huge-by-CNBC-standards initial audience of 746,000 viewers, but they seem to be plummeting.

    Week one averaged 540,000 viewers for the first airings of new shows; week two pulled in less than half, just 261,000.

    And it's no wonder, because a once-iconoclastic, hyperskeptical comic who seems to have moved into bowing before swaggering conservatives is nobody's idea of entertaining, no matter how hard the crew that is Miller's only in-studio audience chuckles. You can't spend a career deflating absurdity, and then conduct the kind of fawning interview with Schwarzenegger that Miller did on his first CNBC show, Jan. 26. Viewers' discomfort was mirrored in the face of the man who, Miller seemed to forget, was a bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-governor.

    Also, Dennis can't do a lot of the jokes he used to score with. CNBC isn't HBO.

    Dennis Miller has Scott Ritter on his show tomorrow. Now that'll be interesting.

    Posted by Eric at 12:16 AM | Comments (18)

    February 11, 2004

    Lexington Herald Leader Slams Kerr, Endorses Ben Chandler

    Courtesy of the DCCC blog, we find this editorial endorsing Ben Chandler for Congress.

    By wading through the muck and examining the candidates' credentials, they will see that Ben Chandler is easily the most qualified. Chandler's experience, knowledge and record are far superior to Republican Alice Forgy Kerr's or Libertarian Mark Gailey's.

    Chandler has served Kentucky well as state auditor and attorney general. His investigations embarrassed powerful members of his own Democratic Party, notably Gov. Paul Patton. It's ironic that Patton's shenanigans helped assure Republican Ernie Fletcher's victory over Chandler in last year's governor's race and created this vacancy in Congress.

    By taking on powerful interests, Chandler made powerful enemies. He also demonstrated the kind of independence and strength that would serve the public well in a Congress that is too often dominated by big-money special interests. When lobbyists for drug companies outnumber the members of Congress, as they now do, the people need independent thinkers such as Chandler looking out for them.

    Along those lines, Chandler has consistently criticized President Bush's tax cuts because they are skewed to benefit the wealthiest Americans. He says tax cuts for low- and middle-income earners would do more to stimulate the economy and replace lost jobs.

    So what about Alice Forgy Kerr? Not very forgy good:
    Kerr is a pleasant, well-meaning person who is way over her head in the Kentucky Senate. In six years in the legislature, her few accomplishments have come about when Republican leaders attached her name to a Democrat's bill. Nothing in her earlier experience qualifies her for Congress.

    The best recommendation that she can muster for herself is her Republican connections. Being on the same team as the president and the majority in Congress, she says, will enable her to get things done and bring home the goodies.

    She brought in House Speaker Dennis Hastert to insult Kentuckians' intelligence by promising a tobacco quota buyout if Kerr is elected, as if the Republicans, who control both houses of Congress and the White House, couldn't have accomplished a buyout long ago if they had wanted to.

    If you'd like to volunteer for the Kentucky race, go here.

    Contribute to the campaign here.

    Posted by Eric at 11:38 AM | Comments (9)

    Lexington Herald Leader Slams Kerr, Endorses Ben Chandler

    Courtesy of the DCCC blog, we find this editorial endorsing Ben Chandler for Congress.

    By wading through the muck and examining the candidates' credentials, they will see that Ben Chandler is easily the most qualified. Chandler's experience, knowledge and record are far superior to Republican Alice Forgy Kerr's or Libertarian Mark Gailey's.

    Chandler has served Kentucky well as state auditor and attorney general. His investigations embarrassed powerful members of his own Democratic Party, notably Gov. Paul Patton. It's ironic that Patton's shenanigans helped assure Republican Ernie Fletcher's victory over Chandler in last year's governor's race and created this vacancy in Congress.

    By taking on powerful interests, Chandler made powerful enemies. He also demonstrated the kind of independence and strength that would serve the public well in a Congress that is too often dominated by big-money special interests. When lobbyists for drug companies outnumber the members of Congress, as they now do, the people need independent thinkers such as Chandler looking out for them.

    Along those lines, Chandler has consistently criticized President Bush's tax cuts because they are skewed to benefit the wealthiest Americans. He says tax cuts for low- and middle-income earners would do more to stimulate the economy and replace lost jobs.

    So what about Alice Forgy Kerr? Not very forgy good:
    Kerr is a pleasant, well-meaning person who is way over her head in the Kentucky Senate. In six years in the legislature, her few accomplishments have come about when Republican leaders attached her name to a Democrat's bill. Nothing in her earlier experience qualifies her for Congress.

    The best recommendation that she can muster for herself is her Republican connections. Being on the same team as the president and the majority in Congress, she says, will enable her to get things done and bring home the goodies.

    She brought in House Speaker Dennis Hastert to insult Kentuckians' intelligence by promising a tobacco quota buyout if Kerr is elected, as if the Republicans, who control both houses of Congress and the White House, couldn't have accomplished a buyout long ago if they had wanted to.

    If you'd like to volunteer for the Kentucky race, go here.

    Contribute to the campaign here.

    Posted by Eric at 11:38 AM | Comments (3)

    February 10, 2004

    Fox News Producer Reportedly Wrote Porno Script

    No, really. Via TBlogg, the NY Daily News:

    Fox News producer Marvin Himmelfarb also became fascinated by the 29-year-old Jameson's art form while doing several stories on her.

    "He talked Jenna into letting him write a porn script," says our source. "It was rejected, if you can believe that."

    Word is that Himmelfarb wrote the script under a pseudonym. A Fox rep said: "We're looking into it ...this is obviously not something a Fox News Channel employee should be involved with."

    Neither Strauss nor Himmelfarb returned calls.

    Wonder what the plot was. Oh wait, Jenna Jameson, plot ... Wait, I mean I don't know who Jenna Jameson is. Yeah, that's the ticket.

    You know who else has an interest in Jenna Jameson (who dat)? Bill O'Reilly:

    August 2002: Jameson spars with Bill O'Reilly about the business of pornography on The O'Reilly Factor. After the interview, he requests copies of some of her films.
    For research, obviously.

    Posted by Eric at 07:14 PM | Comments (29)

    Fox News Producer Reportedly Wrote Porno Script

    No, really. Via TBlogg, the NY Daily News:

    Fox News producer Marvin Himmelfarb also became fascinated by the 29-year-old Jameson's art form while doing several stories on her.

    "He talked Jenna into letting him write a porn script," says our source. "It was rejected, if you can believe that."

    Word is that Himmelfarb wrote the script under a pseudonym. A Fox rep said: "We're looking into it ...this is obviously not something a Fox News Channel employee should be involved with."

    Neither Strauss nor Himmelfarb returned calls.

    Wonder what the plot was. Oh wait, Jenna Jameson, plot ... Wait, I mean I don't know who Jenna Jameson is. Yeah, that's the ticket.

    You know who else has an interest in Jenna Jameson (who dat)? Bill O'Reilly:

    August 2002: Jameson spars with Bill O'Reilly about the business of pornography on The O'Reilly Factor. After the interview, he requests copies of some of her films.
    For research, obviously.

    Posted by Eric at 07:14 PM | Comments (24)

    Bill O'Reilly Finally Apologizes

    On ABC's 'Good Morning America,' the conservative pundit finally repents for his Bush trust:

    Conservative television news anchor Bill O'Reilly said on Tuesday he was now skeptical about the Bush administration and apologized to viewers for supporting prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

    The anchor of his own show on Fox News said he was sorry he gave the U.S. government the benefit of the doubt that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein' weapons program poised an imminent threat, the main reason cited for going to war.

    "I was wrong. I am not pleased about it at all and I think all Americans should be concerned about this," O'Reilly said in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America."

    "What do you want me to do, go over and kiss the camera?" asked O'Reilly, who had promised rival ABC last year he would publicly apologize if weapons were not found.

    O'Reilly said he was "much more skeptical about the Bush administration now" since former weapons inspector David Kay said he did not think Saddam had any weapons of mass destruction.

    Back before the war, O'Reilly said this:
    "And I said on my program, if -- if -- the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again." Bill O'Reilly, Good Morning America, 3-18-03
    Remember, he said: "I will not trust the Bush administration again." And O'Reilly still puts some of the blame elsewhere.
    While critical of President Bush, O'Reilly said he did not think the president intentionally lied. Rather, O'Reilly blamed CIA Director George Tenet, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton.

    "I don't know why Tenet still has his job."

    Granted, O'Reilly apologized, but will O'Reilly "not trust the Bush administration again"? Unlikely.

    Posted by Eric at 01:01 PM | Comments (120)

    Bill O'Reilly Finally Apologizes

    On ABC's 'Good Morning America,' the conservative pundit finally repents for his Bush trust:

    Conservative television news anchor Bill O'Reilly said on Tuesday he was now skeptical about the Bush administration and apologized to viewers for supporting prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

    The anchor of his own show on Fox News said he was sorry he gave the U.S. government the benefit of the doubt that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein' weapons program poised an imminent threat, the main reason cited for going to war.

    "I was wrong. I am not pleased about it at all and I think all Americans should be concerned about this," O'Reilly said in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America."

    "What do you want me to do, go over and kiss the camera?" asked O'Reilly, who had promised rival ABC last year he would publicly apologize if weapons were not found.

    O'Reilly said he was "much more skeptical about the Bush administration now" since former weapons inspector David Kay said he did not think Saddam had any weapons of mass destruction.

    Back before the war, O'Reilly said this:
    "And I said on my program, if -- if -- the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again." Bill O'Reilly, Good Morning America, 3-18-03
    Remember, he said: "I will not trust the Bush administration again." And O'Reilly still puts some of the blame elsewhere.
    While critical of President Bush, O'Reilly said he did not think the president intentionally lied. Rather, O'Reilly blamed CIA Director George Tenet, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton.

    "I don't know why Tenet still has his job."

    Granted, O'Reilly apologized, but will O'Reilly "not trust the Bush administration again"? Unlikely.

    Posted by Eric at 01:01 PM | Comments (4)

    February 09, 2004

    Mag Covers


    TIME asks if there's a credibility problem with Bush. Um, no, since he lied about sending troops to war, and not about sex. Actually, 55% have doubts, while only 44 say he is a trusted leader.


    Taking note of Mel Gibson's new film, Newsweek tries to find out who killed Jesus.


    USNews places Kerry as the frontrunner, talks about ways Edwards can catch up, and asks Kerry how he'll win: "Well," he says, showing a decided lack of New England reserve, "I am just going to work my butt off."


    The Nation looks at Iraqi resistance.


    Weekly Standard celebrates the fall of BBC after its reporting scandals.


    Rolling Stone returns to the Beatles..


    National Review goes after Kerry and his anti-war Vietnam history.. Will calling a man with several Purple Hearts and a Silver Star unpatriotic work? Especially when the war Kerry spoke out against was an, uh, unpopular war. Unless people aren't inviting me to the Happy Vietnam War Anniversaries.

    Posted by Eric at 06:31 PM | Comments (88)

    Mag Covers


    TIME asks if there's a credibility problem with Bush. Um, no, since he lied about sending troops to war, and not about sex. Actually, 55% have doubts, while only 44 say he is a trusted leader.


    Taking note of Mel Gibson's new film, Newsweek tries to find out who killed Jesus.


    USNews places Kerry as the frontrunner, talks about ways Edwards can catch up, and asks Kerry how he'll win: "Well," he says, showing a decided lack of New England reserve, "I am just going to work my butt off."


    The Nation looks at Iraqi resistance.


    Weekly Standard celebrates the fall of BBC after its reporting scandals.


    Rolling Stone returns to the Beatles..


    National Review goes after Kerry and his anti-war Vietnam history.. Will calling a man with several Purple Hearts and a Silver Star unpatriotic work? Especially when the war Kerry spoke out against was an, uh, unpopular war. Unless people aren't inviting me to the Happy Vietnam War Anniversaries.

    Posted by Eric at 06:31 PM | Comments (0)

    Franken Says NY Post Distorted Story; Vincent Morris / Post Runs Away

    Al Franken is attempting to get the record straight about the 'New Hampshire' incident. From Lloyd Grove:

    Franken told me: "I didn't body-slam anyone to the floor. The Post's story makes me look like a nut, and it has been circulated all over the world by the right-wing echo chamber."

    Franken said that Dean aides and security staffers accepted his offer to help subdue the screaming protester after nearly 10 minutes of disruption.

    "Three of us grabbed the man's shoulders to restrain him," Franken said. "We tried to pull him back, but he grabbed onto a railing. I then drew on my experience as a mediocre high-school wrestler to suggest we lift the man's legs off the floor [so that he] could be safely taken away. ... There was no danger that he would fall to the floor." ... Last week, Franken wrote a brief letter to the editor to correct the record. But he said Rupert Murdoch's paper broke a promise to publish the letter in full, and instead struck key portions, notably that the Post has published two corrections for previous stories by Morris that mischaracterized Franken's conduct.

    But, in "a deliberate attempt to be misleading," Franken said, the editors did publish his letter's final sentence: "I think you have an obligation to set the record straight by publishing this letter in its entirety."

    In addition, Franken said, Post editors deliberately mislabeled a transcript of his post-scuffle comments to a gaggle of reporters on the scene. It was instead called a "taped interview Morris conducted with Franken."

    "I don't know if Vince Morris was there holding out a tape recorder, but I certainly didn't give him an interview," Franken said. "A Post editor explicitly promised that the transcript would not be called an 'interview.'"

    So what does the usually chirpy NY Post have to say about the incident? Absolutely nothing.
    Morris didn't return repeated phone calls seeking his side of the controversy. A Post colleague explained that Morris had been instructed by his editors not to talk to me.

    Post editorial page editor Bob McManus, meanwhile, advised: "I'm not going to talk to you. Talk to Col Allan."

    But top editor Allan, likewise, didn't return my phone calls.

    Further, Morris has refused to release his 'tapes' of the Al interview he claimed to have conducted.

    So what were the two previous mistakes that Morris made?

    MISTAKE 1. January 18, 2002.

    MORRIS: "Sen. Charles Schumer, New York's opinionated, argumentative lawmaker, is the model for a planned TV comedy series about life as a D.C. lawmaker in an all-male Capitol Hill pad."

    THE CORRECTION/RETRACTION: From Lexis Nexis,

    CORRECTION-DATE: January 19, 2002, Saturday

    Comedian Al Franken says the "Chip Weinberg" character in his new TV script "Little House on the Hill" is not based on Sen. Chuck Schumer.

    MISTAKE NUMBER 2! July 31, 2000

    MORRIS: "The "Straight Talk Express" slammed into an unexpected wall of jeers, boos, hisses and insults yesterday, as protesters repeatedly interrupted a pre-convention speech by U.S. Sen. John McCain. The catcalling came from a variety of sources, including supporters of Navajo Indians, and comedian Al Franken, who laughed loudly and harshly when McCain praised Texas Gov. George W. Bush."

    THE CORRECTION/RETRACTION: From Lexis-Nexis.

    CORRECTION-DATE: August 02, 200

    CORRECTION:

    Comedian Al Franken was not one of the hecklers of Sen. John McCain's speech at Sunday night's "shadow" convention in Philadelphia. In fact, Franken was among those calling for the catcalls to cease.

    What, you mean Vincent Morris has a credibility gap!?

    Posted by Eric at 05:59 AM | Comments (131)

    Franken Says NY Post Distorted Story; Vincent Morris / Post Runs Away

    Al Franken is attempting to get the record straight about the 'New Hampshire' incident. From Lloyd Grove:

    Franken told me: "I didn't body-slam anyone to the floor. The Post's story makes me look like a nut, and it has been circulated all over the world by the right-wing echo chamber."

    Franken said that Dean aides and security staffers accepted his offer to help subdue the screaming protester after nearly 10 minutes of disruption.

    "Three of us grabbed the man's shoulders to restrain him," Franken said. "We tried to pull him back, but he grabbed onto a railing. I then drew on my experience as a mediocre high-school wrestler to suggest we lift the man's legs off the floor [so that he] could be safely taken away. ... There was no danger that he would fall to the floor." ... Last week, Franken wrote a brief letter to the editor to correct the record. But he said Rupert Murdoch's paper broke a promise to publish the letter in full, and instead struck key portions, notably that the Post has published two corrections for previous stories by Morris that mischaracterized Franken's conduct.

    But, in "a deliberate attempt to be misleading," Franken said, the editors did publish his letter's final sentence: "I think you have an obligation to set the record straight by publishing this letter in its entirety."

    In addition, Franken said, Post editors deliberately mislabeled a transcript of his post-scuffle comments to a gaggle of reporters on the scene. It was instead called a "taped interview Morris conducted with Franken."

    "I don't know if Vince Morris was there holding out a tape recorder, but I certainly didn't give him an interview," Franken said. "A Post editor explicitly promised that the transcript would not be called an 'interview.'"

    So what does the usually chirpy NY Post have to say about the incident? Absolutely nothing.
    Morris didn't return repeated phone calls seeking his side of the controversy. A Post colleague explained that Morris had been instructed by his editors not to talk to me.

    Post editorial page editor Bob McManus, meanwhile, advised: "I'm not going to talk to you. Talk to Col Allan."

    But top editor Allan, likewise, didn't return my phone calls.

    Further, Morris has refused to release his 'tapes' of the Al interview he claimed to have conducted.

    So what were the two previous mistakes that Morris made?

    MISTAKE 1. January 18, 2002.

    MORRIS: "Sen. Charles Schumer, New York's opinionated, argumentative lawmaker, is the model for a planned TV comedy series about life as a D.C. lawmaker in an all-male Capitol Hill pad."

    THE CORRECTION/RETRACTION: From Lexis Nexis,

    CORRECTION-DATE: January 19, 2002, Saturday

    Comedian Al Franken says the "Chip Weinberg" character in his new TV script "Little House on the Hill" is not based on Sen. Chuck Schumer.

    MISTAKE NUMBER 2! July 31, 2000

    MORRIS: "The "Straight Talk Express" slammed into an unexpected wall of jeers, boos, hisses and insults yesterday, as protesters repeatedly interrupted a pre-convention speech by U.S. Sen. John McCain. The catcalling came from a variety of sources, including supporters of Navajo Indians, and comedian Al Franken, who laughed loudly and harshly when McCain praised Texas Gov. George W. Bush."

    THE CORRECTION/RETRACTION: From Lexis-Nexis.

    CORRECTION-DATE: August 02, 200

    CORRECTION:

    Comedian Al Franken was not one of the hecklers of Sen. John McCain's speech at Sunday night's "shadow" convention in Philadelphia. In fact, Franken was among those calling for the catcalls to cease.

    What, you mean Vincent Morris has a credibility gap!?

    Posted by Eric at 05:59 AM | Comments (11)

    February 08, 2004

    Even Noonan

    Bush shill Peggy Noonan goes after Bush and his ill-advised MTP interview:

    You can find the transcript of the Bush-Russert interview all over the Web. It reads better than it played. But six million people saw it, and many millions more will see pieces of it, and they will not be the pieces in which Mr. Bush looks good.
    The president seemed tired, unsure and often bumbling. His answers were repetitive, and when he tried to clarify them he tended to make them worse. He did not seem prepared. He seemed in some way disconnected from the event. When he was thrown the semisoftball question on his National Guard experience--he's been thrown this question for 10 years now--he spoke in a way that seemed detached. "It's politics." Well yes, we know that. Tell us more.

    Posted by Eric at 07:14 PM | Comments (94)

    Even Noonan

    Bush shill Peggy Noonan goes after Bush and his ill-advised MTP interview:

    You can find the transcript of the Bush-Russert interview all over the Web. It reads better than it played. But six million people saw it, and many millions more will see pieces of it, and they will not be the pieces in which Mr. Bush looks good.
    The president seemed tired, unsure and often bumbling. His answers were repetitive, and when he tried to clarify them he tended to make them worse. He did not seem prepared. He seemed in some way disconnected from the event. When he was thrown the semisoftball question on his National Guard experience--he's been thrown this question for 10 years now--he spoke in a way that seemed detached. "It's politics." Well yes, we know that. Tell us more.

    Posted by Eric at 07:14 PM | Comments (4)

    February 07, 2004

    Sunday Talk Show Lineup

    ABC's "This Week" Sen. John Edwards

    CBS' "Face the Nation" Howard Dean

    NBC's "Meet the Press" President Bush

    CNN's "Late Edition" Dean; Sens. John Warner, R-Va., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman and ranking Democrat of the Senate Armed Services Committee; former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski; Michael Deaver, former chief of staff for President Reagan.

    "Fox News Sunday" Edwards; Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla., chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees.

    Posted by Eric at 02:14 PM | Comments (12)

    Sunday Talk Show Lineup

    ABC's "This Week" Sen. John Edwards

    CBS' "Face the Nation" Howard Dean

    NBC's "Meet the Press" President Bush

    CNN's "Late Edition" Dean; Sens. John Warner, R-Va., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman and ranking Democrat of the Senate Armed Services Committee; former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski; Michael Deaver, former chief of staff for President Reagan.

    "Fox News Sunday" Edwards; Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla., chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees.

    Posted by Eric at 02:14 PM | Comments (3)

    February 04, 2004

    Novak Assault Charge?

    And look, there's actually someone who says it happened (whether or not true, who knows). Compare this to the media hype over the untrue Al Franken assault incident by a NY Post reporter who retracted two stories about Al Franken in the past.

    Posted by Eric at 06:00 PM | Comments (144)

    Novak Assault Charge?

    And look, there's actually someone who says it happened (whether or not true, who knows). Compare this to the media hype over the untrue Al Franken assault incident by a NY Post reporter who retracted two stories about Al Franken in the past.

    Posted by Eric at 06:00 PM | Comments (2)

    Crazy Uncle Bill

    Oh, there goes Uncle Bill on 'The Factor' again:

    This is not about a bare breast. If Janet Jackson wants to flash, she can come on over to my office anytime. I'll leave the door unlocked for you, Janet. Partial nudity's no big deal except when it is totally out of context and youngsters are watching. Get it? That's sleazy.
    Ew. Creepy.

    Posted by Eric at 02:52 AM | Comments (94)

    Crazy Uncle Bill

    Oh, there goes Uncle Bill on 'The Factor' again:

    This is not about a bare breast. If Janet Jackson wants to flash, she can come on over to my office anytime. I'll leave the door unlocked for you, Janet. Partial nudity's no big deal except when it is totally out of context and youngsters are watching. Get it? That's sleazy.
    Ew. Creepy.

    Posted by Eric at 02:52 AM | Comments (45)

    February 03, 2004

    Oh, Crazy Uncle Bill

    There he goes again.

    O'REILLY: Absolutely. It hurt -- it hurt Dean.

    GIULIANI: I think it hurt Clark.

    O'REILLY: It killed Clark. Once Jennings nailed him with the Michael Moore thing, deserter...

    GIULIANI: Absolutely.

    O'REILLY: ... it killed him.

    GIULIANI: Yes, yes. I mean where the -- and I think with people even that dislike the president, they kind of -- they still feel...

    O'REILLY: Right.

    GIULIANI: ... this is too much, desertion is a crime punishable by death. Let's get real. I mean...

    O'REILLY: Well, I want to kill Michael Moore. Is that all right? All right. And I don't believe in capital punishment. That's just a joke on Moore.
    And, Mr. Mayor, you're welcome any time to drop in here, OK.

    GIULIANI: Thank you, Bill.

    Clearly a joke. I mean, it was hysterical. You'll remember, Bill likes joking about killing people he hates.
    "In the Old West, and I would have loved to have been in the Old West, Al and I, we would have had a little shootout. We would have gone out on Willshire Avenue, six shooters. Now he's a much smaller target than I am, about 4'11, but he's wider and it would have been, you know, Clint Eastwood time, you know, I would have the cheroot, the serape, woulda given my squint, and I woulda put a bullet right between his head. Would have been wrong. Would have been wrong. But that was the Old West, and I would not have known any better, so I wouldn't have been held accountable, because I wouldn't have - but now I do. Now, in 2003, that would have been wrong." --O'Reilly Factor Radio Show, June 2, 2003

    Posted by Eric at 07:30 PM | Comments (63)

    Oh, Crazy Uncle Bill

    There he goes again.

    O'REILLY: Absolutely. It hurt -- it hurt Dean.

    GIULIANI: I think it hurt Clark.

    O'REILLY: It killed Clark. Once Jennings nailed him with the Michael Moore thing, deserter...

    GIULIANI: Absolutely.

    O'REILLY: ... it killed him.

    GIULIANI: Yes, yes. I mean where the -- and I think with people even that dislike the president, they kind of -- they still feel...

    O'REILLY: Right.

    GIULIANI: ... this is too much, desertion is a crime punishable by death. Let's get real. I mean...

    O'REILLY: Well, I want to kill Michael Moore. Is that all right? All right. And I don't believe in capital punishment. That's just a joke on Moore.
    And, Mr. Mayor, you're welcome any time to drop in here, OK.

    GIULIANI: Thank you, Bill.

    Clearly a joke. I mean, it was hysterical. You'll remember, Bill likes joking about killing people he hates.
    "In the Old West, and I would have loved to have been in the Old West, Al and I, we would have had a little shootout. We would have gone out on Willshire Avenue, six shooters. Now he's a much smaller target than I am, about 4'11, but he's wider and it would have been, you know, Clint Eastwood time, you know, I would have the cheroot, the serape, woulda given my squint, and I woulda put a bullet right between his head. Would have been wrong. Would have been wrong. But that was the Old West, and I would not have known any better, so I wouldn't have been held accountable, because I wouldn't have - but now I do. Now, in 2003, that would have been wrong." --O'Reilly Factor Radio Show, June 2, 2003

    Posted by Eric at 07:30 PM | Comments (6)

    February 02, 2004

    The News Mags

    They were all wrong. But who'll get the blame? George Tenet? Cheney? Bush?

    TIME gives Kerry the presidential treatment.

    Americans are still fat, US News reminds us.

    The Nation with Judith Steinberg Dean.

    Weekly Standard gets in its shots against Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 09:57 PM | Comments (6)

    The News Mags

    They were all wrong. But who'll get the blame? George Tenet? Cheney? Bush?

    TIME gives Kerry the presidential treatment.

    Americans are still fat, US News reminds us.

    The Nation with Judith Steinberg Dean.

    Weekly Standard gets in its shots against Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 09:57 PM | Comments (1)

    National Press Foundation Board Member Quits Over Hume

    National Press Foundation plans to honor Fox News anchor Brit Hume at its annual dinner in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 19. One member, Geneva Overholser, former ombudsman of The Washington Post, quits.

    ''Fox wants to do news from a certain viewpoint, but it wants to claim that it is 'fair and balanced,' '' she says. ''That is inaccurate and unfair to other media who engage in a quest, perhaps an imperfect quest, for objectivity.''

    She says groups such as the foundation, before lauding Fox or its lead news anchor, should debate whether the way Fox reports news is good for journalism.

    Someday, Overholser says, ''I think we will look back on these years and think, 'Why didn't we have a discussion so that the public could benefit from a change in journalism that Fox is very successfully bringing about?' ''

    Posted by Eric at 01:35 PM | Comments (10)

    National Press Foundation Board Member Quits Over Hume

    National Press Foundation plans to honor Fox News anchor Brit Hume at its annual dinner in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 19. One member, Geneva Overholser, former ombudsman of The Washington Post, quits.

    ''Fox wants to do news from a certain viewpoint, but it wants to claim that it is 'fair and balanced,' '' she says. ''That is inaccurate and unfair to other media who engage in a quest, perhaps an imperfect quest, for objectivity.''

    She says groups such as the foundation, before lauding Fox or its lead news anchor, should debate whether the way Fox reports news is good for journalism.

    Someday, Overholser says, ''I think we will look back on these years and think, 'Why didn't we have a discussion so that the public could benefit from a change in journalism that Fox is very successfully bringing about?' ''

    Posted by Eric at 01:35 PM | Comments (2)

    January 31, 2004

    Sunday Show Lineups

    ABC's "This Week"
    Terry McAuliffe
    James Woolsey, former CIA director
    Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

    CBS' "Face the Nation"
    John Edwards

    NBC's "Meet the Press"
    Howard Dean

    CNN's "Late Edition"
    Joe Lieberman
    David Kay
    Sens. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.
    South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
    Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano
    Pat Robertson

    "Fox News Sunday"
    Kay
    Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
    Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

    Posted by Eric at 08:38 PM | Comments (9)

    Sunday Show Lineups

    ABC's "This Week"
    Terry McAuliffe
    James Woolsey, former CIA director
    Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

    CBS' "Face the Nation"
    John Edwards

    NBC's "Meet the Press"
    Howard Dean

    CNN's "Late Edition"
    Joe Lieberman
    David Kay
    Sens. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.
    South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
    Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano
    Pat Robertson

    "Fox News Sunday"
    Kay
    Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
    Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

    Posted by Eric at 08:38 PM | Comments (0)

    MoveOn.org Ad

    This Sunday, during the Superbowl, you won't see this MoveOn.org ad about budget deficits.

    The NY Times editorial page writes of the decision:

    "CBS is being accused of censoring an anti-Bush ad to curry favor with the White House and federal regulators. That seems unfair. All the networks (as opposed to local affiliates, which have their own policies) have consistently rejected such advocacy commercials from groups other than political candidates."
    According to them, the larger issues is
    That does not mean that the network was right. The CBS argument that contentious policy matters are best left exclusively to its news division strikes us as wrongheaded and patronizing. The networks should be screening ads for accuracy and taste, then leaving it up to viewers to judge for themselves.
    I agree with that statement. It seems that, as a society, we've blocked out policy debates from the public discourse. What's wrong with introducing policy ads, whether it's conservative or liberal, during a highly-watched telecast? Are they afraid of football fans breaking into spontaneous discussions about Medicare reform, 2nd amendment rights, and whether a US budget deficit would create a disorderly exchange rate realignment that would cause macroeconomic problems and a generalized deflation, which would increase uncertainty and possibly decrease the buying power of the Euro (unlikely, I contend)?

    OK, so MoveOn.org doesn't get its Superbowl ad. Still, don't chalk it up as a loss for MoveOn. As a result of the CBS block, Senator Dick Durbin made a statement about the org and CBS on the Senate floor. Senator Wyden wrote a letter. Members of the House wrote a letter. And the SF Chron and Boston Globe wrote editorials. The Boston Globe:

    What better place for a contest of ideologies than in this annual extravaganza of excess that is as much about selling commercial images as it is about the guts and grit of football. CBS would provide a much needed public service at the start of this presidential year by selling some Super Bowl air time to opposing political advocates who, with spots as clever as any for a razor or a computer, might jolt blase voters into caring.
    And not to mention the fundraising MoveOn.org is getting as a result of the CBS block! Regardless, according to MoveOn.org, the organization will air the ad in key battleground states and on CNN during the Superbowl half-time.
    The organization, which raised $1.6 million for the advertisement, said it would spend $200,000 to buy two commercials on CNN during the Super Bowl half-time. Starting Feb. 4, it will also spend $800,000 on commercials in Florida, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and West Virginia.
    And don't expect MoveOn.org to go away. You just won't see them on CBS.

    Posted by Eric at 03:39 AM | Comments (30)

    MoveOn.org Ad

    This Sunday, during the Superbowl, you won't see this MoveOn.org ad about budget deficits.

    The NY Times editorial page writes of the decision:

    "CBS is being accused of censoring an anti-Bush ad to curry favor with the White House and federal regulators. That seems unfair. All the networks (as opposed to local affiliates, which have their own policies) have consistently rejected such advocacy commercials from groups other than political candidates."
    According to them, the larger issues is
    That does not mean that the network was right. The CBS argument that contentious policy matters are best left exclusively to its news division strikes us as wrongheaded and patronizing. The networks should be screening ads for accuracy and taste, then leaving it up to viewers to judge for themselves.
    I agree with that statement. It seems that, as a society, we've blocked out policy debates from the public discourse. What's wrong with introducing policy ads, whether it's conservative or liberal, during a highly-watched telecast? Are they afraid of football fans breaking into spontaneous discussions about Medicare reform, 2nd amendment rights, and whether a US budget deficit would create a disorderly exchange rate realignment that would cause macroeconomic problems and a generalized deflation, which would increase uncertainty and possibly decrease the buying power of the Euro (unlikely, I contend)?

    OK, so MoveOn.org doesn't get its Superbowl ad. Still, don't chalk it up as a loss for MoveOn. As a result of the CBS block, Senator Dick Durbin made a statement about the org and CBS on the Senate floor. Senator Wyden wrote a letter. Members of the House wrote a letter. And the SF Chron and Boston Globe wrote editorials. The Boston Globe:

    What better place for a contest of ideologies than in this annual extravaganza of excess that is as much about selling commercial images as it is about the guts and grit of football. CBS would provide a much needed public service at the start of this presidential year by selling some Super Bowl air time to opposing political advocates who, with spots as clever as any for a razor or a computer, might jolt blase voters into caring.
    And not to mention the fundraising MoveOn.org is getting as a result of the CBS block! Regardless, according to MoveOn.org, the organization will air the ad in key battleground states and on CNN during the Superbowl half-time.
    The organization, which raised $1.6 million for the advertisement, said it would spend $200,000 to buy two commercials on CNN during the Super Bowl half-time. Starting Feb. 4, it will also spend $800,000 on commercials in Florida, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and West Virginia.
    And don't expect MoveOn.org to go away. You just won't see them on CBS.

    Posted by Eric at 03:39 AM | Comments (40)

    January 30, 2004

    Nation Eds: Don't Run, Ralph

    The editors of The Nation, one of the more liberal publications out there, and a place where Ralph Nader-penned pieces often appear, is telling Ralph to cut the silliness.

    You have said your candidacy could actually help Democrats by raising issues against Bush that a Democratic candidate would avoid and by boosting turnout for good candidates for the House and Senate, where the slender bulwarks against Bushism must be reinforced. But these arguments do not compel a candidacy by you. As a public citizen fighting for open debates and rallying voters to support progressive Democrats for Congress, or good independents or Greens for that matter, you can have a far more productive impact than as a candidate dealing with recriminations about being a spoiler or, worse, an egotist. And the very progressives distressed by the prospect of your candidacy would contribute eagerly to have that voice amplified.

    And if you think that this year you can help the anti-Bush cause by running and peeling off disgruntled Republicans, McCainiacs, Perotistas and the like while not disrupting the Democratic charge, please be honest with yourself. Once upon a time, maybe as late as 1992, when you dallied with a "none of the above" campaign and got 2 percent of the vote in New Hampshire from write-ins in both the Democratic and Republican primaries, your appeal stretched across the political spectrum. No longer, alas. Your nephew, Tarek Milleron, wrote recently that if you run in 2004 it will be "the year of the Elks clubs, the garden clubs, meetings with former Enron employees, the veterans groups, Wal-Mart employees," not progressive super rallies. But how many Elks club presidents are inviting you to speak? How many veterans groups? Such relationships take time to build and can't be conjured out of thin air in the midst of a presidential campaign.

    You once told us you play chess at many levels at once. For all we know, you're thinking of running hard and then, if the race is close, throwing your support to the Democrat in the final days. While such a tactic might make for a satisfying conclusion to an otherwise futile quest, we don't think it justifies the risks, antagonism, confusion and contortions that such a run would entail.

    Even if Ralph does run, I doubt he'll take votes away from the Democrat. The people who will vote for Ralph (instead of voting to kick out Bush), are likely the ones who wouldn't vote for a mainstream politician (aka a Democrat) regardless. Still, as I've mentioned before, that's only part of the issue. Another is the effect a Nader candidacy would have on the legitimate Nader-connected orgs, like Public Citizen, and the PIRGs, who have had a slight backlash as a result of their connections with Nader. Also, Nader's legitimacy as a public advocate would be hurt.

    Posted by Eric at 11:23 AM | Comments (107)

    Nation Eds: Don't Run, Ralph

    The editors of The Nation, one of the more liberal publications out there, and a place where Ralph Nader-penned pieces often appear, is telling Ralph to cut the silliness.

    You have said your candidacy could actually help Democrats by raising issues against Bush that a Democratic candidate would avoid and by boosting turnout for good candidates for the House and Senate, where the slender bulwarks against Bushism must be reinforced. But these arguments do not compel a candidacy by you. As a public citizen fighting for open debates and rallying voters to support progressive Democrats for Congress, or good independents or Greens for that matter, you can have a far more productive impact than as a candidate dealing with recriminations about being a spoiler or, worse, an egotist. And the very progressives distressed by the prospect of your candidacy would contribute eagerly to have that voice amplified.

    And if you think that this year you can help the anti-Bush cause by running and peeling off disgruntled Republicans, McCainiacs, Perotistas and the like while not disrupting the Democratic charge, please be honest with yourself. Once upon a time, maybe as late as 1992, when you dallied with a "none of the above" campaign and got 2 percent of the vote in New Hampshire from write-ins in both the Democratic and Republican primaries, your appeal stretched across the political spectrum. No longer, alas. Your nephew, Tarek Milleron, wrote recently that if you run in 2004 it will be "the year of the Elks clubs, the garden clubs, meetings with former Enron employees, the veterans groups, Wal-Mart employees," not progressive super rallies. But how many Elks club presidents are inviting you to speak? How many veterans groups? Such relationships take time to build and can't be conjured out of thin air in the midst of a presidential campaign.

    You once told us you play chess at many levels at once. For all we know, you're thinking of running hard and then, if the race is close, throwing your support to the Democrat in the final days. While such a tactic might make for a satisfying conclusion to an otherwise futile quest, we don't think it justifies the risks, antagonism, confusion and contortions that such a run would entail.

    Even if Ralph does run, I doubt he'll take votes away from the Democrat. The people who will vote for Ralph (instead of voting to kick out Bush), are likely the ones who wouldn't vote for a mainstream politician (aka a Democrat) regardless. Still, as I've mentioned before, that's only part of the issue. Another is the effect a Nader candidacy would have on the legitimate Nader-connected orgs, like Public Citizen, and the PIRGs, who have had a slight backlash as a result of their connections with Nader. Also, Nader's legitimacy as a public advocate would be hurt.

    Posted by Eric at 11:23 AM | Comments (77)

    Gross

    From the Reliable Source:

    "Are you James Carville?" a Granite State voter asked the Democratic strategist-turned-CNN commentator.

    "Yes," Carville replied.

    "Are you still married to Mary Matalin?"

    "Last time I left home I was."

    The man demanded to know: How can these two partisan firebrands coexist? "How do you do it?" he asked.

    "She usually goes on the bottom," Carville said.

    Ewww.

    Matlin later said: ""He's obviously regressing. In the future when he does this -- " She paused. "He won't do it again. He's being punished."

    Posted by Eric at 10:32 AM | Comments (14)

    Gross

    From the Reliable Source:

    "Are you James Carville?" a Granite State voter asked the Democratic strategist-turned-CNN commentator.

    "Yes," Carville replied.

    "Are you still married to Mary Matalin?"

    "Last time I left home I was."

    The man demanded to know: How can these two partisan firebrands coexist? "How do you do it?" he asked.

    "She usually goes on the bottom," Carville said.

    Ewww.

    Matlin later said: ""He's obviously regressing. In the future when he does this -- " She paused. "He won't do it again. He's being punished."

    Posted by Eric at 10:32 AM | Comments (10)

    January 27, 2004

    No Joementum in Media

    NY Times, USA Today and The Boston Globe all had front page stories on the NH primary with photos of four candidates. Guess who wasn't included?

    Posted by Eric at 07:09 PM | Comments (12)

    No Joementum in Media

    NY Times, USA Today and The Boston Globe all had front page stories on the NH primary with photos of four candidates. Guess who wasn't included?

    Posted by Eric at 07:09 PM | Comments (3)

    The Joy of Noonan

    What an unusual girl, that Peggy Noonan.

    And so my Democratic friends, patriots who vote Democratic and are voting in today's primary and the ones down the road. Please. We will take Joe Lieberman or John Kerry or even young John Edwards, men who appear to be somewhere in the normal range. We need a person who could rally the nation on a terrible day, and who could arguably meet the security demands the age requires. We can't afford flip-outs, or people who are too obviously creepy. Just a person in the normal range. Is that asking too much? Say it ain't so. Give Gen. Clark his marching orders: Retreat!
    It's interesting how a huge qualification for being president now is not being nuts ...

    Posted by Eric at 09:45 AM | Comments (29)

    The Joy of Noonan

    What an unusual girl, that Peggy Noonan.

    And so my Democratic friends, patriots who vote Democratic and are voting in today's primary and the ones down the road. Please. We will take Joe Lieberman or John Kerry or even young John Edwards, men who appear to be somewhere in the normal range. We need a person who could rally the nation on a terrible day, and who could arguably meet the security demands the age requires. We can't afford flip-outs, or people who are too obviously creepy. Just a person in the normal range. Is that asking too much? Say it ain't so. Give Gen. Clark his marching orders: Retreat!
    It's interesting how a huge qualification for being president now is not being nuts ...

    Posted by Eric at 09:45 AM | Comments (12)

    January 26, 2004

    Michael Moore readies new film Fahrenheit 9-11

    As he tells the AP, he's getting ready for the controversy once again ... this time, claiming terrorism isn't that big of a threat as people think. Controversial? Of course.

    Now hes working on another film, Fahrenheit 9-11, due for release late this summer. As the title implies, the subject is terrorism.

    It will feature Moore on a quest for answers to troubling questions - a recurring role he first assumed in Roger & Me, the hilarious and heartbreaking 1989 tale of woe in his hometown of Flint after General Motors Corp. shuttered 11 auto manufacturing plants and laid off 33,000 workers.

    You know the question a lot of people were asking after Sept. 11 - Why do they hate us? The question I want to ask is, why DONT they hate us - and then take my camera around the world a bit and show whats done in our name.

    Terrorism is wrong, Moore says. But when hes finished cataloguing misdeeds by the U.S. government and corporations, viewers will feel lucky their country hasnt drawn more attacks. And why, he continues, are Americans so obsessed with terrorism in the first place? Sept. 11 was horrific. But the typical citizen has almost no chance of encountering terrorists.
    He accuses the Bush administration of exaggerating the danger to frighten voters into giving the president another term: It is one of the most successful lies ever perpetrated upon a people.

    Posted by Eric at 05:34 PM | Comments (41)

    Michael Moore readies new film Fahrenheit 9-11

    As he tells the AP, he's getting ready for the controversy once again ... this time, claiming terrorism isn't that big of a threat as people think. Controversial? Of course.

    Now hes working on another film, Fahrenheit 9-11, due for release late this summer. As the title implies, the subject is terrorism.

    It will feature Moore on a quest for answers to troubling questions - a recurring role he first assumed in Roger & Me, the hilarious and heartbreaking 1989 tale of woe in his hometown of Flint after General Motors Corp. shuttered 11 auto manufacturing plants and laid off 33,000 workers.

    You know the question a lot of people were asking after Sept. 11 - Why do they hate us? The question I want to ask is, why DONT they hate us - and then take my camera around the world a bit and show whats done in our name.

    Terrorism is wrong, Moore says. But when hes finished cataloguing misdeeds by the U.S. government and corporations, viewers will feel lucky their country hasnt drawn more attacks. And why, he continues, are Americans so obsessed with terrorism in the first place? Sept. 11 was horrific. But the typical citizen has almost no chance of encountering terrorists.
    He accuses the Bush administration of exaggerating the danger to frighten voters into giving the president another term: It is one of the most successful lies ever perpetrated upon a people.

    Posted by Eric at 05:34 PM | Comments (12)

    Kurtz in Ethics Probe?

    So reports the Media Horse, of course:


    HOWARD KURTZ CAUGHT IN ETHICS PROBE
    Conflict-of-Interest Charges to Get Kurtz Fired?
    Charges of Personal Influence Peddling at Wash Post

    MWO has learned from highly informed Washington sources that Howard 'Mistah' Kurtz faces numerous dangerous charges of conflict-of-interest and influence peddling in his media column at the Washington Post...The charges stem from documented instances of Kurtz's involvement in what appears to be insider trading of information aimed at enriching his wife, GOP right-wing media consultant Sheri Annis..."No one has used the word 'fired' yet," one source close to the investigation told MWO, "but Kurtz better be watching his back."...

    Developing...

    Posted by Eric at 05:30 PM | Comments (14)

    Kurtz in Ethics Probe?

    So reports the Media Horse, of course:

    HOWARD KURTZ CAUGHT IN ETHICS PROBE
    Conflict-of-Interest Charges to Get Kurtz Fired?
    Charges of Personal Influence Peddling at Wash Post

    MWO has learned from highly informed Washington sources that Howard 'Mistah' Kurtz faces numerous dangerous charges of conflict-of-interest and influence peddling in his media column at the Washington Post...The charges stem from documented instances of Kurtz's involvement in what appears to be insider trading of information aimed at enriching his wife, GOP right-wing media consultant Sheri Annis..."No one has used the word 'fired' yet," one source close to the investigation told MWO, "but Kurtz better be watching his back."...

    Developing...

    Posted by Eric at 05:30 PM | Comments (3)

    Newsmax Endorses Joe Lieberman

    Now common, that's just rubbing it in ... Newsmax:

    Any candidate who seeks the presidency of the United States needs to demonstrate that he or she is first and foremost a person of integrity.

    We believe that issues of integrity always trump party and ideological concerns. Only Sen. Joseph Lieberman has demonstrated such integrity. Certainly, Lieberman knows he has staked out positions that do not make many in the Democratic Party or the major media happy with him. For instance, he has supported President Bushs successful effort to remove Saddam Hussein.

    Wonder if the Lieberman camp will pick it up. Obviously, if they were smart, they wouldn't.

    Interesting, since Newsmax has run some pretty harsh articles on him. See

    Lieberman Void of Moral 'Kosher Beef,' Says Rabbi
    The Al "Passionate Kisses" Gore and Joe "Morality" Lieberman Campaign
    Cheney All Over Lieberman

    Posted by Eric at 01:13 PM | Comments (7)

    Newsmax Endorses Joe Lieberman

    Now common, that's just rubbing it in ... Newsmax:

    Any candidate who seeks the presidency of the United States needs to demonstrate that he or she is first and foremost a person of integrity.

    We believe that issues of integrity always trump party and ideological concerns. Only Sen. Joseph Lieberman has demonstrated such integrity. Certainly, Lieberman knows he has staked out positions that do not make many in the Democratic Party or the major media happy with him. For instance, he has supported President Bushs successful effort to remove Saddam Hussein.

    Wonder if the Lieberman camp will pick it up. Obviously, if they were smart, they wouldn't.

    Interesting, since Newsmax has run some pretty harsh articles on him. See

    Lieberman Void of Moral 'Kosher Beef,' Says Rabbi
    The Al "Passionate Kisses" Gore and Joe "Morality" Lieberman Campaign
    Cheney All Over Lieberman

    Posted by Eric at 01:13 PM | Comments (1)

    Halliburton Working the PR

    In an attempt to repair its image in light of recent scandals, Halliburton is pushing the tear envelope with its latest ads. Cue Center for American Progress:

    "NOT CONTROVERSIAL" HALLIBURTON ADS: While it is unclear whether Vice President Cheney's previous employer Halliburton will air its new ads during the Super Bowl, most major networks are allowing the embattled oil company to whitewash its record on the tube. As AP reports, a new "television spot running says Halliburton supplies hot meals, laundry and telephone links for soldiers in Iraq. The ad shows a man in desert camouflage holding a phone, his lip trembling, and shouting, 'It's a girl!'" The ad concludes, "Halliburton. Proud to serve our troops." Of course, Halliburton has been reprimanded by the Pentagon for serving unsanitary food to U.S. troops in Iraq. It is also facing scrutiny for overcharging the government, and accepting $6 million in bribes for its work in Iraq. Make sure to check out a screen shot from the ad. View ad in WMV format.
    See CAP's policy paper on what to do with Cheney Co.

    Posted by Eric at 11:54 AM | Comments (10)

    Halliburton Working the PR

    In an attempt to repair its image in light of recent scandals, Halliburton is pushing the tear envelope with its latest ads. Cue Center for American Progress:

    "NOT CONTROVERSIAL" HALLIBURTON ADS: While it is unclear whether Vice President Cheney's previous employer Halliburton will air its new ads during the Super Bowl, most major networks are allowing the embattled oil company to whitewash its record on the tube. As AP reports, a new "television spot running says Halliburton supplies hot meals, laundry and telephone links for soldiers in Iraq. The ad shows a man in desert camouflage holding a phone, his lip trembling, and shouting, 'It's a girl!'" The ad concludes, "Halliburton. Proud to serve our troops." Of course, Halliburton has been reprimanded by the Pentagon for serving unsanitary food to U.S. troops in Iraq. It is also facing scrutiny for overcharging the government, and accepting $6 million in bribes for its work in Iraq. Make sure to check out a screen shot from the ad. View ad in WMV format.
    See CAP's policy paper on what to do with Cheney Co.

    Posted by Eric at 11:54 AM | Comments (5)

    The News Mags


    Kerry gets the Iowa media bounce with this treatment from Newsweek.


    TIME decides not to go with a post-Iowa cover, instead focusing on prescription drugs.


    Newsweek on Apple golden boy Steve Jobs and the potential long term gains for the Apple stock.


    US News says forget the issues! It's all about the electability.


    Following Howard Dean, Gen. Wesley Clark is probably the first general to appear on the cover of The Advocate.



    The Nation looks at America and its role in the world..


    Weekly Standard plays up the in-fighting in the Democrats and cotends the Dems are out of touch.

    Posted by Eric at 08:11 AM | Comments (46)

    The News Mags


    Kerry gets the Iowa media bounce with this treatment from Newsweek.


    TIME decides not to go with a post-Iowa cover, instead focusing on prescription drugs.


    Newsweek on Apple golden boy Steve Jobs and the potential long term gains for the Apple stock.


    US News says forget the issues! It's all about the electability.


    Following Howard Dean, Gen. Wesley Clark is probably the first general to appear on the cover of The Advocate.



    The Nation looks at America and its role in the world..


    Weekly Standard plays up the in-fighting in the Democrats and cotends the Dems are out of touch.

    Posted by Eric at 08:11 AM | Comments (13)

    January 25, 2004

    Free Ride for Bush on Miller Show

    If the future host of a show on a major cable news channel said the following statement about a Democratic president, imagine the uproar. Of course, CNBC has always leaned Republican, from it's morning Squak Box to its night talk shows (which are openly dismissive of Democrats in general).

    Dennis Miller has usually been happy to spray his acerbic wit across the political spectrum, but things will be different on his new CNBC talk program. President Bush is in a mock-free zone.

    "I like him," Miller explained. "I'm going to give him a pass. I take care of my friends."

    Miller is a familiar figure from his years on "Saturday Night Live," HBO and "Monday Night Football," but he will be in a different role on his daily show that debuts 9 p.m. EST Monday.

    This is the Miller who has appeared at fund-raisers for Bush, ridden with the president on Air Force One, sat in the gallery at last week's State of the Union speech and was even talked about as a Republican senatorial candidate in California.

    Still, everyone should watch Miller's new show. After all, the best reason was given by Miller himself: "Watch my new show or I'll have to do football again."

    Posted by Eric at 07:34 PM | Comments (27)

    Free Ride for Bush on Miller Show

    If the future host of a show on a major cable news channel said the following statement about a Democratic president, imagine the uproar. Of course, CNBC has always leaned Republican, from it's morning Squak Box to its night talk shows (which are openly dismissive of Democrats in general).

    Dennis Miller has usually been happy to spray his acerbic wit across the political spectrum, but things will be different on his new CNBC talk program. President Bush is in a mock-free zone.

    "I like him," Miller explained. "I'm going to give him a pass. I take care of my friends."

    Miller is a familiar figure from his years on "Saturday Night Live," HBO and "Monday Night Football," but he will be in a different role on his daily show that debuts 9 p.m. EST Monday.

    This is the Miller who has appeared at fund-raisers for Bush, ridden with the president on Air Force One, sat in the gallery at last week's State of the Union speech and was even talked about as a Republican senatorial candidate in California.

    Still, everyone should watch Miller's new show. After all, the best reason was given by Miller himself: "Watch my new show or I'll have to do football again."

    Posted by Eric at 07:34 PM | Comments (9)

    January 24, 2004

    Guest Lineup for Sunday Talk Shows

    ABC's "This Week"
    Wesley Clark
    John Edwards
    John Kerry
    Joe Lieberman

    CBS' "Face the Nation"
    Kerry.

    NBC's "Meet the Press"
    Clark.

    CNN's "Late Edition"
    Edwards, Lieberman, Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Bob Graham, D-Fla., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.; New York Gov. George Pataki; Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie; Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

    "Fox News Sunday"
    Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 08:14 AM | Comments (22)

    Guest Lineup for Sunday Talk Shows

    ABC's "This Week"
    Wesley Clark
    John Edwards
    John Kerry
    Joe Lieberman

    CBS' "Face the Nation"
    Kerry.

    NBC's "Meet the Press"
    Clark.

    CNN's "Late Edition"
    Edwards, Lieberman, Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Bob Graham, D-Fla., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.; New York Gov. George Pataki; Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie; Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

    "Fox News Sunday"
    Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 08:14 AM | Comments (0)

    When Stupid People Make Stupid Allegations

    For example, Bob Novak on CNN's Crossfire:

    NOVAK: Ms. Steenburgen, I'm just dying to know if you agree with your candidate, General Clark, that the president of the United States is a deserter? Desertion is one of the most heinous crimes. It's a felony. You put people in prison. Do you think -- do you think -- do you agree with that?

    STEENBURGEN: Well, I don't agree with the spin you just put on it.

    If I understand correctly, it was Michael Moore that said that, not Wesley Clark. And I would also say that, if being critical of an administration was a crime, I don't know what you would have had to do during the Clinton administration. So -- so, you know, I think you better keep it straight who said what.

    One would hope Novak would do more research and actually look at the transcript of the debate before inaccurating portraying politicians. Clark never said the statement, of course. Then again, we must be fair to Novak. After all, it's not like he has a research staff at CNN or even gets paid a salary. Further, it's not like his show is located at a research university or anything, where there is a student enrollment of more than 8,000, including thousands more in graduate and part time professional students. Also, we are assuming it was faulty research that caused this butchering of the facts, and not a desire for partisan spin on the level of Sean Hannity (more likely, given Begala tried to correct Novak previously). Just to be fair.

    Posted by Eric at 07:43 AM | Comments (35)

    When Stupid People Make Stupid Allegations

    For example, Bob Novak on CNN's Crossfire:

    NOVAK: Ms. Steenburgen, I'm just dying to know if you agree with your candidate, General Clark, that the president of the United States is a deserter? Desertion is one of the most heinous crimes. It's a felony. You put people in prison. Do you think -- do you think -- do you agree with that?

    STEENBURGEN: Well, I don't agree with the spin you just put on it.

    If I understand correctly, it was Michael Moore that said that, not Wesley Clark. And I would also say that, if being critical of an administration was a crime, I don't know what you would have had to do during the Clinton administration. So -- so, you know, I think you better keep it straight who said what.

    One would hope Novak would do more research and actually look at the transcript of the debate before inaccurating portraying politicians. Clark never said the statement, of course. Then again, we must be fair to Novak. After all, it's not like he has a research staff at CNN or even gets paid a salary. Further, it's not like his show is located at a research university or anything, where there is a student enrollment of more than 8,000, including thousands more in graduate and part time professional students. Also, we are assuming it was faulty research that caused this butchering of the facts, and not a desire for partisan spin on the level of Sean Hannity (more likely, given Begala tried to correct Novak previously). Just to be fair.

    Posted by Eric at 07:43 AM | Comments (11)

    January 22, 2004

    Is the Hometown Boston Globe Anti-Kerry?

    Timothy Noah in Slate seems to think so:

    The instances of Kerry-bashing at the Globe are too numerous to cite here, but let's review some highlights:

    In March 1989, reporter John Robinson mocked the newly divorced Kerry as "the Senate's Romeo," and wrote that Kerry "reportedly courted" the actress Morgan Fairchild "on the QT while dating another woman."
    In October 1996, in the midst of a heated Senate re-election campaign, Globe columnist David Warsh suggested that Kerry won a Silver Star in Vietnam for "finishing off" an enemy soldier who was wounded and therefore posed no threat. This was untrue; the enemy soldier, though wounded, quickly got back on his feet.
    In March 2003, reporters Michael Kranish, Frank Phillips, and Brian C. Mooney reported that Kerry had tried to pass himself off as Irish to boost his popularity in Massachusetts, which has a large Irish population.
    In November 2003, columnist Joan Vennochi wrote, "John Kerry's presidential campaign needs more than a new campaign manager. It needs a new candidate."
    On Jan. 18, reporter Patrick Healy nailed Kerry for falsely claiming that he'd been endorsed by John C. Land III, the Democratic leader in South Carolina's State Senate. In fact, Land endorsed John Edwards.

    Boston Herald media critic Dan Kennedy offers this response:
    Yes, over the years the Globe has run tough pieces on Kerry - some fair, some not - by what Noah properly observes is an astonishingly large stable of columnists.

    But when it come to truly inspired anti-Kerry pieces of recent vintage, the Globe's not even on the radar.

    I could go through a laundry list (if you'd like to compile your own, search these incomparable archives), but I'll close with this. Without question, the meanest, most vicious Kerry-basher working in the media today is someone whose name pops up on Noah's screen every time he clicks to the Slate home page.

    That would, of course, be Mickey Kaus, who actually ran a Kerry Loathsomeness Contest last year, and who recently had to suspend his Kerry Withdrawal Contest.

    Actual Kaus lead-in for an item on John Edwards on Tuesday: "I'd rather be trashing Kerry ..."

    The fact is that Kerry is an ambiguous figure on the Massachusetts political landscape. He's long labored in the shadows of the state's senior senator, Ted Kennedy. He is reserved and formal, which is another way of saying that he's aloof. He doesn't stroke reporters, and reporters love nothing better than to be stroked. He has a reputation for being inattentive to the needs of local officials. He is, for better or worse, a big thinker who's always had his eye on national politics.

    Links from Poynter.

    Posted by Eric at 09:23 AM | Comments (48)

    Is the Hometown Boston Globe Anti-Kerry?

    Timothy Noah in Slate seems to think so:

    The instances of Kerry-bashing at the Globe are too numerous to cite here, but let's review some highlights:

    In March 1989, reporter John Robinson mocked the newly divorced Kerry as "the Senate's Romeo," and wrote that Kerry "reportedly courted" the actress Morgan Fairchild "on the QT while dating another woman."
    In October 1996, in the midst of a heated Senate re-election campaign, Globe columnist David Warsh suggested that Kerry won a Silver Star in Vietnam for "finishing off" an enemy soldier who was wounded and therefore posed no threat. This was untrue; the enemy soldier, though wounded, quickly got back on his feet.
    In March 2003, reporters Michael Kranish, Frank Phillips, and Brian C. Mooney reported that Kerry had tried to pass himself off as Irish to boost his popularity in Massachusetts, which has a large Irish population.
    In November 2003, columnist Joan Vennochi wrote, "John Kerry's presidential campaign needs more than a new campaign manager. It needs a new candidate."
    On Jan. 18, reporter Patrick Healy nailed Kerry for falsely claiming that he'd been endorsed by John C. Land III, the Democratic leader in South Carolina's State Senate. In fact, Land endorsed John Edwards.

    Boston Herald media critic Dan Kennedy offers this response:
    Yes, over the years the Globe has run tough pieces on Kerry - some fair, some not - by what Noah properly observes is an astonishingly large stable of columnists.

    But when it come to truly inspired anti-Kerry pieces of recent vintage, the Globe's not even on the radar.

    I could go through a laundry list (if you'd like to compile your own, search these incomparable archives), but I'll close with this. Without question, the meanest, most vicious Kerry-basher working in the media today is someone whose name pops up on Noah's screen every time he clicks to the Slate home page.

    That would, of course, be Mickey Kaus, who actually ran a Kerry Loathsomeness Contest last year, and who recently had to suspend his Kerry Withdrawal Contest.

    Actual Kaus lead-in for an item on John Edwards on Tuesday: "I'd rather be trashing Kerry ..."

    The fact is that Kerry is an ambiguous figure on the Massachusetts political landscape. He's long labored in the shadows of the state's senior senator, Ted Kennedy. He is reserved and formal, which is another way of saying that he's aloof. He doesn't stroke reporters, and reporters love nothing better than to be stroked. He has a reputation for being inattentive to the needs of local officials. He is, for better or worse, a big thinker who's always had his eye on national politics.

    Links from Poynter.

    Posted by Eric at 09:23 AM | Comments (1)

    January 20, 2004

    Rush, Laura, Hannity to Have a Gay Ol' Ad Time

    According to US News, the HRC will be giving some ad dough to the yakkers:

    Uncivil Union: Oh boy, this'll be weird. All week, an odd union of conservatives and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay lobby, plan to air radio ads on Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, and Sean Hannity blasting calls for a constitutional ban on homosexual marriage. Fact is, says HRC Prez Cheryl Jacques, lots of conservatives hate messing with the Constitution, and the ads will highlight such complaints.
    Ha ... But seriously, as the HRC president says, many supporters of gay rights are libertarians, some of whom listen to conservative radio.

    Posted by Eric at 11:08 AM | Comments (57)

    Rush, Laura, Hannity to Have a Gay Ol' Ad Time

    According to US News, the HRC will be giving some ad dough to the yakkers:

    Uncivil Union: Oh boy, this'll be weird. All week, an odd union of conservatives and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay lobby, plan to air radio ads on Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, and Sean Hannity blasting calls for a constitutional ban on homosexual marriage. Fact is, says HRC Prez Cheryl Jacques, lots of conservatives hate messing with the Constitution, and the ads will highlight such complaints.
    Ha ... But seriously, as the HRC president says, many supporters of gay rights are libertarians, some of whom listen to conservative radio.

    Posted by Eric at 11:08 AM | Comments (0)

    January 19, 2004

    Political Director for ABC News: Dean Sweater Legit Issue

    I keeed you not. From CNN's Reliable Sources:

    KURTZ: I'm getting vertigo just listening to you talk about the spin.

    Mark Halperin, it's no secret that the press has hammered Howard Dean for weeks now, even to the point of scoffing that he's worn sweaters a couple of days on the campaign trail. Is there an effort consciously, subconsciously to knock him down, to make it a more competitive race by bringing down the front-runner?

    HALPERIN: I think the press already in this election season, of course, where no one has voted yet, has already made two errors with Howard Dean. I don't think we scrutinized him enough in the early part of the year, when he had already started to rise and there was more scrutiny of him was warranted. And I think over the last month we've almost certainly made a mistake in giving him an incredibly disproportionate amount of the scrutiny.

    I do think looking at the sweater is actually a legitimate issue, and I'm not kidding about that. But I think, in general, he has gotten a disproportionate amount of scrutiny, and that's played too decisive a role here at the end.

    Granted, if the sweater said something like, oh I dunno, "Sweating like a pregnant nun" or "Marilyn Manson = God" then maybe there's an issue ... but ol' Howie's sweater?

    I gotta admit though ... just looking at Howie in that sweater confirms my fears that he's a bad mutha - SHUT YO MOUTH - but I'm talkin' bout Dean.

    Posted by Eric at 11:30 AM | Comments (41)

    Political Director for ABC News: Dean Sweater Legit Issue

    I keeed you not. From CNN's Reliable Sources:

    KURTZ: I'm getting vertigo just listening to you talk about the spin.

    Mark Halperin, it's no secret that the press has hammered Howard Dean for weeks now, even to the point of scoffing that he's worn sweaters a couple of days on the campaign trail. Is there an effort consciously, subconsciously to knock him down, to make it a more competitive race by bringing down the front-runner?

    HALPERIN: I think the press already in this election season, of course, where no one has voted yet, has already made two errors with Howard Dean. I don't think we scrutinized him enough in the early part of the year, when he had already started to rise and there was more scrutiny of him was warranted. And I think over the last month we've almost certainly made a mistake in giving him an incredibly disproportionate amount of the scrutiny.

    I do think looking at the sweater is actually a legitimate issue, and I'm not kidding about that. But I think, in general, he has gotten a disproportionate amount of scrutiny, and that's played too decisive a role here at the end.

    Granted, if the sweater said something like, oh I dunno, "Sweating like a pregnant nun" or "Marilyn Manson = God" then maybe there's an issue ... but ol' Howie's sweater?

    I gotta admit though ... just looking at Howie in that sweater confirms my fears that he's a bad mutha - SHUT YO MOUTH - but I'm talkin' bout Dean.

    Posted by Eric at 11:30 AM | Comments (5)

    January 18, 2004

    306 Days and Counting

    Michael Moore also reminds us about this little tidbit:

    In the build up to the war with Iraq, Bill O'Reilly was on television every night backing up Bush's whoppers. Like the White House team, O'Reilly assured us that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. On March 18, 2003, O'Reilly was on ABC's "Good Morning America." He made the following promise about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction:

    "If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again, all right?"

    It's time for Bill O'Reilly to apologize to the nation and tell us that he no longer trusts the Bush Administration. How long must we wait?

    Odd.

    Posted by Eric at 07:01 AM | Comments (70)

    306 Days and Counting

    Michael Moore also reminds us about this little tidbit:

    In the build up to the war with Iraq, Bill O'Reilly was on television every night backing up Bush's whoppers. Like the White House team, O'Reilly assured us that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. On March 18, 2003, O'Reilly was on ABC's "Good Morning America." He made the following promise about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction:

    "If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again, all right?"

    It's time for Bill O'Reilly to apologize to the nation and tell us that he no longer trusts the Bush Administration. How long must we wait?

    Odd.

    Posted by Eric at 07:01 AM | Comments (2)

    January 17, 2004

    FAIR on Fair and Balanced Fox

    So, asks FAIR, "When Are Nazi Comparisons Deplorable? For Fox News, only when Republicans are the target." Ain't that the truth. Notes:

    It should be noted that however hyperbolic, comparisons to Hitler and
    fascism are not unknown in the American political debate. Rush Limbaugh
    has routinely called women's rights advocates "femi-Nazis," and references
    to "Hitlery Clinton" are a staple of right-wing talk radio. Republican
    power-broker Grover Norquist on NPR (10/2/03) compared inheritance taxes
    to the Holocaust.

    Closer to home for Fox News, on the very same day that Gibson, Hannity and
    O'Reilly were talking about the Hitler/Bush comparison as evidence of the
    left's extremism, a column ran in the New York Post that described
    Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean as a follower of Josef
    Goebbels, referred to him as "Herr Howie," accused him of "looking for his
    Leni Riefenstahl," called his supporters "the Internet Gestapo" and
    compared them to "Hitler's brownshirts."

    The New York Post, like Fox News Channel, is part of News Corporation,
    Rupert Murdoch's conservative media empire. And this piece wasn't just put
    up on the Post's website as part of a contest--it was written by a
    right-wing commentator who frequently appears in the Post's pages, Ralph
    Peters, and selected for the op-ed page by the Post's own editors. So
    it's more than a little embarrassing that these blatant Nazi comparisons
    were being made in the Post while the paper's corporate sibling was
    denouncing such comparisons as a sign of derangement.

    So what did the Murdoch organization do? Fox appears to have completely
    ignored the Post's own Nazi analogies--there's no reference to the column
    whatsoever in the cable channel's transcripts. And the New York Post seems
    to have sent the column down the memory hole--clicking on a link that used
    to go to Peters' story gives you a "page not found" message, and the text
    isn't found in the Nexis media database. (Ironically, in light of this
    Orwellian disappearing act, the column also compared Dean to Big Brother.)

    FAIR could have also mentioned that O'Reilly made refs to the ACLU = Nazis.
    ACLU's INTELLECTUAL FASCISM: "The ACLU is the most fascist organization I have seen in decades. They want to tell you how to live. They don't want to abide by the Constitution. They want to go AROUND the Constitution. They're intellectual fascists. And they use the courts as their Panzer divisions."

    Posted by Eric at 01:21 AM | Comments (42)

    FAIR on Fair and Balanced Fox

    So, asks FAIR, "When Are Nazi Comparisons Deplorable? For Fox News, only when Republicans are the target." Ain't that the truth. Notes:

    It should be noted that however hyperbolic, comparisons to Hitler and
    fascism are not unknown in the American political debate. Rush Limbaugh
    has routinely called women's rights advocates "femi-Nazis," and references
    to "Hitlery Clinton" are a staple of right-wing talk radio. Republican
    power-broker Grover Norquist on NPR (10/2/03) compared inheritance taxes
    to the Holocaust.

    Closer to home for Fox News, on the very same day that Gibson, Hannity and
    O'Reilly were talking about the Hitler/Bush comparison as evidence of the
    left's extremism, a column ran in the New York Post that described
    Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean as a follower of Josef
    Goebbels, referred to him as "Herr Howie," accused him of "looking for his
    Leni Riefenstahl," called his supporters "the Internet Gestapo" and
    compared them to "Hitler's brownshirts."

    The New York Post, like Fox News Channel, is part of News Corporation,
    Rupert Murdoch's conservative media empire. And this piece wasn't just put
    up on the Post's website as part of a contest--it was written by a
    right-wing commentator who frequently appears in the Post's pages, Ralph
    Peters, and selected for the op-ed page by the Post's own editors. So
    it's more than a little embarrassing that these blatant Nazi comparisons
    were being made in the Post while the paper's corporate sibling was
    denouncing such comparisons as a sign of derangement.

    So what did the Murdoch organization do? Fox appears to have completely
    ignored the Post's own Nazi analogies--there's no reference to the column
    whatsoever in the cable channel's transcripts. And the New York Post seems
    to have sent the column down the memory hole--clicking on a link that used
    to go to Peters' story gives you a "page not found" message, and the text
    isn't found in the Nexis media database. (Ironically, in light of this
    Orwellian disappearing act, the column also compared Dean to Big Brother.)

    FAIR could have also mentioned that O'Reilly made refs to the ACLU = Nazis.
    ACLU's INTELLECTUAL FASCISM: "The ACLU is the most fascist organization I have seen in decades. They want to tell you how to live. They don't want to abide by the Constitution. They want to go AROUND the Constitution. They're intellectual fascists. And they use the courts as their Panzer divisions."

    Posted by Eric at 01:21 AM | Comments (19)

    January 16, 2004

    NY Times Bestseller 1/25

    The political books on the NYT Sunday:

    (1 is Pete Rose's Pity Me)

    2 DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? by Michael Moore.
    3 LIES (AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM), by Al Franken.
    4 WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? by Bill O'Reilly.
    5 AMERICAN DYNASTY, by Kevin Phillips.
    8 THE ENEMY WITHIN, by Michael Savage.
    15 AN END TO EVIL, by David Frum and Richard Perle.
    18 HAD ENOUGH? by James Carville with Jeff Nussbaum.
    22 BUSHWHACKED, by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose.
    23 REFLECTIONS, by Barbara Bush.
    30 A NATIONAL PARTY NO MORE, by Zell Miller.
    35 HEGEMONY OR SURVIVAL, by Noam Chomsky.

    Posted by Eric at 09:22 AM | Comments (0)

    NY Times Bestseller 1/25

    The political books on the NYT Sunday:

    (1 is Pete Rose's Pity Me)

    2 DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? by Michael Moore.
    3 LIES (AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM), by Al Franken.
    4 WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? by Bill O'Reilly.
    5 AMERICAN DYNASTY, by Kevin Phillips.
    8 THE ENEMY WITHIN, by Michael Savage.
    15 AN END TO EVIL, by David Frum and Richard Perle.
    18 HAD ENOUGH? by James Carville with Jeff Nussbaum.
    22 BUSHWHACKED, by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose.
    23 REFLECTIONS, by Barbara Bush.
    30 A NATIONAL PARTY NO MORE, by Zell Miller.
    35 HEGEMONY OR SURVIVAL, by Noam Chomsky.

    Posted by Eric at 09:22 AM | Comments (0)

    New Book from Media Analyst Bashes Media re: Bush



    Fraud: The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and Why the Media Didn't Tell You

    The book description:

    In Fraud, leading political and media analyst Paul Waldman exposes the truth behind the rise of George W. Bush. What is revealed is more shocking than just a pattern of lies and incompetence. It is the story of how a clever political machine built a high-stakes game of deception, a policy of lies to capture the highest office in the free world, a fraud that continues to this day.

    How to Build a Fraud:
    Portray son of one of Americas most influential families as down-home Texan
    Berate media as "liberal" until they stop asking tough questions
    Take advantage of reporters tendency to not check the facts
    Mask reactionary policies in compassionate words and pictures
    Push false stories from right-wing media into mainstream media
    Extol the virtues of workers while systematically pushing an anti-labor agenda
    Propose a series of tax cuts aimed at the wealthy, but sell them as a boon to ordinary Americans
    Disguise destructive initiatives with friendly sounding names
    Befriend media with "genuine guy" routine
    Keep the public from accessing information
    Maintain message discipline at all times
    Question patriotism of anyone who disagrees
    Repeat above until it all seems true

    At some point, George W. Bush took a good long look at who he was and what he wanted for the country and decided that the American people would never buy it if he gave it to them straight. So Bush and his political machine made their decision: the American people would have to be lied to.

    They would construct a persona that would be everything Bush was not.

    They would take the same reactionary agenda and cloak it in comforting catchphrases and pleasing visuals, presenting to the public a false image of sympathy.

    And they would repeat this message endlessly.

    The power of the fraud lies in the ability of the Bush machine to manipulate the press, and thereby avoid having the truth exposed. Waldmans findings reveal an astonishing record of how the nations media has not only given Bush a pass again and again, but have failed to follow up on even the most openly dishonest parts of the Bush agenda.

    For all Americans who have been uneasy about the honesty of the Bush administration, but unsure what it means or how far it goes, Fraud is a shocking wake-up call.


    Waldman talked to the Editor and Publisher about his book:

    More than three years later, it's hard for conservatives "to argue with a straight face that the media has treated him [Bush] badly," Waldman said.

    Waldman said that Sept. 11, 2001, also made the media hypersensitive to public opinion and more careful about questioning the White House. "Going against the mood" is something reporters are afraid to do, he said. "I do think they fell down on this one," Waldman said about the performance of the press during 9/11 and the war on Iraq. "Reporters could've done a much better job asking, 'What is it they're trying to say and where's the proof?'"

    "I'm not trying to bash the press," Waldman added, especially when he takes into account deadline pressure. But to him, "What looks like objectivity is giving him [Bush] the path to lie."

    Fraud: The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and Why the Media Didn't Tell You

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (1)

    New Book from Media Analyst Bashes Media re: Bush



    Fraud: The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and Why the Media Didn't Tell You

    The book description:

    In Fraud, leading political and media analyst Paul Waldman exposes the truth behind the rise of George W. Bush. What is revealed is more shocking than just a pattern of lies and incompetence. It is the story of how a clever political machine built a high-stakes game of deception, a policy of lies to capture the highest office in the free world, a fraud that continues to this day.

    How to Build a Fraud:
    Portray son of one of Americas most influential families as down-home Texan
    Berate media as "liberal" until they stop asking tough questions
    Take advantage of reporters tendency to not check the facts
    Mask reactionary policies in compassionate words and pictures
    Push false stories from right-wing media into mainstream media
    Extol the virtues of workers while systematically pushing an anti-labor agenda
    Propose a series of tax cuts aimed at the wealthy, but sell them as a boon to ordinary Americans
    Disguise destructive initiatives with friendly sounding names
    Befriend media with "genuine guy" routine
    Keep the public from accessing information
    Maintain message discipline at all times
    Question patriotism of anyone who disagrees
    Repeat above until it all seems true

    At some point, George W. Bush took a good long look at who he was and what he wanted for the country and decided that the American people would never buy it if he gave it to them straight. So Bush and his political machine made their decision: the American people would have to be lied to.

    They would construct a persona that would be everything Bush was not.

    They would take the same reactionary agenda and cloak it in comforting catchphrases and pleasing visuals, presenting to the public a false image of sympathy.

    And they would repeat this message endlessly.

    The power of the fraud lies in the ability of the Bush machine to manipulate the press, and thereby avoid having the truth exposed. Waldmans findings reveal an astonishing record of how the nations media has not only given Bush a pass again and again, but have failed to follow up on even the most openly dishonest parts of the Bush agenda.

    For all Americans who have been uneasy about the honesty of the Bush administration, but unsure what it means or how far it goes, Fraud is a shocking wake-up call.


    Waldman talked to the Editor and Publisher about his book:

    More than three years later, it's hard for conservatives "to argue with a straight face that the media has treated him [Bush] badly," Waldman said.

    Waldman said that Sept. 11, 2001, also made the media hypersensitive to public opinion and more careful about questioning the White House. "Going against the mood" is something reporters are afraid to do, he said. "I do think they fell down on this one," Waldman said about the performance of the press during 9/11 and the war on Iraq. "Reporters could've done a much better job asking, 'What is it they're trying to say and where's the proof?'"

    "I'm not trying to bash the press," Waldman added, especially when he takes into account deadline pressure. But to him, "What looks like objectivity is giving him [Bush] the path to lie."

    Fraud: The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and Why the Media Didn't Tell You

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (0)

    January 15, 2004

    That Liberal CBS

    We always hear about how the heads at CBS are crazy liberals ... obviously - CBS rejects MoveOn.org ad for SuperBowl. [Link from Atrios]

    CBS says it has a policy against 'issue advocacy advertising.' The Atrios site also notes that CBS aired "bizarrely hilarious anti-drug/anti-teen pregnancy ads."

    Posted by Eric at 10:17 PM | Comments (3)

    That Liberal CBS

    We always hear about how the heads at CBS are crazy liberals ... obviously - CBS rejects MoveOn.org ad for SuperBowl. [Link from Atrios]

    CBS says it has a policy against 'issue advocacy advertising.' The Atrios site also notes that CBS aired "bizarrely hilarious anti-drug/anti-teen pregnancy ads."

    Posted by Eric at 10:17 PM | Comments (6)

    Hypocritical Dennis Miller

    Sardonic Dennis told the NY Times that his problem with the Left is this:

    "People say I've slid to the right," Mr. Miller said in his office at the NBC Studios in Burbank, speaking in his rat-a-tat-tat style. "Well, can you blame me? One of the biggest malfeasances of the left right now is the mislabeling of Hitler. Quit saying this guy is Hitler," he said, referring to Mr. Bush. "Hitler is Hitler. That's the quintessential evil in the history of the universe, and we're throwing it around on MoveOn.org to win a contest. That's grotesque to me."
    This recent turn of Dennis Miller strikes me as odd. Why? Dennis Miller often used Nazi and Hitler references in his act:

    "(Newt Gingrich's new book) will be available through the Mein Kampf of the Month Club." Dennis Miller Live

    "Gingrich and the Republicans took over Congress this week. This is actually Gingrich's second attempt to seize power, the first, of course, being the ill-fated Beer Hall Putsch." Dennis Miller Live

    "Many talk radio hosts are so misinformed and play so fast and loose with the truth that they make Mein Kampf read like the Farmer's Almanac." Dennis Miller Live

    "Dennis Miller, who then had a syndicated weeknight show, was having similar fun. Buchanan, according to Miller, was "a fascist journalist whom everybody hates." He yukked that Buchanan was being protected not by the Secret Service but "by the S.S"." -Brent Bozell column.

    Posted by Eric at 11:03 AM | Comments (121)

    Hypocritical Dennis Miller

    Sardonic Dennis told the NY Times that his problem with the Left is this:

    "People say I've slid to the right," Mr. Miller said in his office at the NBC Studios in Burbank, speaking in his rat-a-tat-tat style. "Well, can you blame me? One of the biggest malfeasances of the left right now is the mislabeling of Hitler. Quit saying this guy is Hitler," he said, referring to Mr. Bush. "Hitler is Hitler. That's the quintessential evil in the history of the universe, and we're throwing it around on MoveOn.org to win a contest. That's grotesque to me."
    This recent turn of Dennis Miller strikes me as odd. Why? Dennis Miller often used Nazi and Hitler references in his act:

    "(Newt Gingrich's new book) will be available through the Mein Kampf of the Month Club." Dennis Miller Live

    "Gingrich and the Republicans took over Congress this week. This is actually Gingrich's second attempt to seize power, the first, of course, being the ill-fated Beer Hall Putsch." Dennis Miller Live

    "Many talk radio hosts are so misinformed and play so fast and loose with the truth that they make Mein Kampf read like the Farmer's Almanac." Dennis Miller Live

    "Dennis Miller, who then had a syndicated weeknight show, was having similar fun. Buchanan, according to Miller, was "a fascist journalist whom everybody hates." He yukked that Buchanan was being protected not by the Secret Service but "by the S.S"." -Brent Bozell column.

    Posted by Eric at 11:03 AM | Comments (9)

    January 14, 2004

    The Doctor Is In ... Rolling Stone

    The first Democrat of the current runners to get a Rolling Stone cover (Sharpton and Clark both had interviews, though not covers) is none other than Howard Dean ...

    I think the Republicans are much meaner than the Democrats are. I don't want to absolve the Democrats, but Republicans are just brutal. They do not care what happens to the country as long as they stay in power, and they're willing to do anything they can to stay in power. It's the most unforgivable thing about this administration and the congressional leadership.

    I admire George Bush's father. There were some things I strongly disagreed with him on -- but he tried to be a good president. This president is not interested in being a good president. He's interested in some complicated psychological situation that he has with his father. He is obsessed with being re-elected, and his obsession with re-election is hurting the country.

    Posted by Eric at 12:15 PM | Comments (40)

    The Doctor Is In ... Rolling Stone

    The first Democrat of the current runners to get a Rolling Stone cover (Sharpton and Clark both had interviews, though not covers) is none other than Howard Dean ...

    I think the Republicans are much meaner than the Democrats are. I don't want to absolve the Democrats, but Republicans are just brutal. They do not care what happens to the country as long as they stay in power, and they're willing to do anything they can to stay in power. It's the most unforgivable thing about this administration and the congressional leadership.

    I admire George Bush's father. There were some things I strongly disagreed with him on -- but he tried to be a good president. This president is not interested in being a good president. He's interested in some complicated psychological situation that he has with his father. He is obsessed with being re-elected, and his obsession with re-election is hurting the country.

    Posted by Eric at 12:15 PM | Comments (3)

    January 13, 2004

    Anchor Bares All In Wet T-Shirt Contest, Resigns

    News anchors gone wild.

    Catherine Bosley, a news anchor for 10 years at WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio, was used to having her picture taken.

    However, someone took pictures of her after she stripped naked during a wet T-shirt contest while she was vacationing in Key West, Fla., last year with her husband.

    "It was just a spur of the moment, silly, irresponsible thing to do that I regretted a great deal the next morning," Bosley said.

    She lived with the secret for 10 months until the pictures showed up on the Internet about a week ago. Now she's out of a job.

    "I felt like I disappointed myself. I felt like I disappointed God. And should anything like this get out, I disappointed this entire community," Bosley said.

    She claims she had just recovered from a deadly lung disease and wanted to celebrate life.

    "It was 20 to 30 minutes of my life. It didn't hurt anybody. I didn't do anything obscene. It was funny at the time," Bosley said.

    EDIT: The original story from ksat.com said Bosley was fired. Later, according to a corrected version on the site, she resigned.

    Posted by Eric at 08:03 PM | Comments (132)

    Anchor Bares All In Wet T-Shirt Contest, Resigns

    News anchors gone wild.

    Catherine Bosley, a news anchor for 10 years at WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio, was used to having her picture taken.

    However, someone took pictures of her after she stripped naked during a wet T-shirt contest while she was vacationing in Key West, Fla., last year with her husband.

    "It was just a spur of the moment, silly, irresponsible thing to do that I regretted a great deal the next morning," Bosley said.

    She lived with the secret for 10 months until the pictures showed up on the Internet about a week ago. Now she's out of a job.

    "I felt like I disappointed myself. I felt like I disappointed God. And should anything like this get out, I disappointed this entire community," Bosley said.

    She claims she had just recovered from a deadly lung disease and wanted to celebrate life.

    "It was 20 to 30 minutes of my life. It didn't hurt anybody. I didn't do anything obscene. It was funny at the time," Bosley said.

    EDIT: The original story from ksat.com said Bosley was fired. Later, according to a corrected version on the site, she resigned.

    Posted by Eric at 08:03 PM | Comments (115)

    News Mags Covers


    The Nation with Howard Dean, the manly man who makes Hanz AND Franz look like girly-men. Shrug?


    Newsweek on that carb diet thing, the most unfriendly diet to Asians possible ... no rice, noodles. Oy.


    TIME finally accepts my freelance submission: How Your Love Live Keeps You Healthy.


    Weekly Standard makes fun of the grassroots support of Howard Dean. Supporting a candidate that won't help you broker inside deals with your corporation? Nutcases.


    USNews comes a little late to the party and asks the standard, "Is He The One?" and brings up the usual 'doubts' from Democrats.

    Rocker Dave Matthews is on Rolling Stone. He's going to rock against Bush (that part of interview not avail online).

    Biz Week goes inside Rupert's World. Fox News, the Simpsons, NY Post, National Geographic, Fight Club and Family Guy DVDs, Dodgers ....

    Posted by Eric at 12:50 AM | Comments (81)

    News Mags Covers


    The Nation with Howard Dean, the manly man who makes Hanz AND Franz look like girly-men. Shrug?


    Newsweek on that carb diet thing, the most unfriendly diet to Asians possible ... no rice, noodles. Oy.


    TIME finally accepts my freelance submission: How Your Love Live Keeps You Healthy.


    Weekly Standard makes fun of the grassroots support of Howard Dean. Supporting a candidate that won't help you broker inside deals with your corporation? Nutcases.


    USNews comes a little late to the party and asks the standard, "Is He The One?" and brings up the usual 'doubts' from Democrats.

    Rocker Dave Matthews is on Rolling Stone. He's going to rock against Bush (that part of interview not avail online).

    Biz Week goes inside Rupert's World. Fox News, the Simpsons, NY Post, National Geographic, Fight Club and Family Guy DVDs, Dodgers ....

    Posted by Eric at 12:50 AM | Comments (37)

    January 08, 2004

    Ha. New Republic Endorses Joe Lieberman

    No, really. In their defense, they do have some good 'cases' for other candidates (Edwards, Clark, Dick and Dean). Absent is John Kerry ...

    Posted by Eric at 06:49 AM | Comments (199)

    Ha. New Republic Endorses Joe Lieberman

    No, really. In their defense, they do have some good 'cases' for other candidates (Edwards, Clark, Dick and Dean). Absent is John Kerry ...

    Posted by Eric at 06:49 AM | Comments (5)

    January 06, 2004

    Fox Widens Lead Against CNN

    Reports the AJC, the Fox News Channel continues its lead over CNN. You mean programs from Paula Zahn and Anderson Cooper aren't drawing in viewers? I'm shocked.

    Fox, the cable ratings leader for the past two years, widened its lead over Atlanta-based CNN. Fox averaged 1.02 million viewers at any given moment, a 53 percent increase from the year before. CNN averaged 665,000, a 24 percent increase.

    Fox grew the most in prime time, averaging 1.7 million viewers for the 8 to 11 p.m. time slot, a 45 percent increase. CNN averaged 1.1 million, a 22 percent increase.

    Fox also grew slightly more than CNN among 25- to 54-year-olds, a key demographic for selling advertising.

    Overall, viewership for cable news has increased. See stats:

    Viewership* 2002 2003 % increase
    Fox 667,000 1,023,000 53 percent
    CNN 536,000 665,000 24 percent
    MSNBC 263,000 320,000 22 percent

    Posted by Eric at 10:26 AM | Comments (53)

    Fox Widens Lead Against CNN

    Reports the AJC, the Fox News Channel continues its lead over CNN. You mean programs from Paula Zahn and Anderson Cooper aren't drawing in viewers? I'm shocked.

    Fox, the cable ratings leader for the past two years, widened its lead over Atlanta-based CNN. Fox averaged 1.02 million viewers at any given moment, a 53 percent increase from the year before. CNN averaged 665,000, a 24 percent increase.

    Fox grew the most in prime time, averaging 1.7 million viewers for the 8 to 11 p.m. time slot, a 45 percent increase. CNN averaged 1.1 million, a 22 percent increase.

    Fox also grew slightly more than CNN among 25- to 54-year-olds, a key demographic for selling advertising.

    Overall, viewership for cable news has increased. See stats:

    Viewership* 2002 2003 % increase
    Fox 667,000 1,023,000 53 percent
    CNN 536,000 665,000 24 percent
    MSNBC 263,000 320,000 22 percent

    Posted by Eric at 10:26 AM | Comments (5)

    Grove: NBC Fired Shriver

    Because of "its extreme discomfort with her activist role as First Lady of California," writes the NY Daily News gossip guy, reporting on a source.

    I'm told that NBC News essentially fired veteran correspondent Maria Shriver last month because of its extreme discomfort with her activist role as First Lady of California. But yesterday, after Lowdown's inquiries to NBC, the network agreed to continue discussions with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife, who joined NBC News in 1986.

    According to sources familiar with discussions between NBC News president Neal Shapiro and Shriver, she was asked before Christmas to resign from her job as a contributing anchor and correspondent for "Dateline NBC."

    An NBC News spokeswoman yesterday vehemently denied that Shriver had been fired, saying: "I can tell you that she is still on the job at 'Dateline.' " ...

    Shriver herself told me: "I am talking with NBC News to try to work things out. ... Both Neal and I understand that this is uncharted territory and an unusual situation."

    But I hear that news division officials were "freaked out" by a Dec. 13 Los Angeles Times account of Shriver's alleged behind-the-scenes lobbying to pass her husband's budget plan - and wanted her to exit gracefully.

    Posted by Eric at 09:09 AM | Comments (94)

    Grove: NBC Fired Shriver

    Because of "its extreme discomfort with her activist role as First Lady of California," writes the NY Daily News gossip guy, reporting on a source.

    I'm told that NBC News essentially fired veteran correspondent Maria Shriver last month because of its extreme discomfort with her activist role as First Lady of California. But yesterday, after Lowdown's inquiries to NBC, the network agreed to continue discussions with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife, who joined NBC News in 1986.

    According to sources familiar with discussions between NBC News president Neal Shapiro and Shriver, she was asked before Christmas to resign from her job as a contributing anchor and correspondent for "Dateline NBC."

    An NBC News spokeswoman yesterday vehemently denied that Shriver had been fired, saying: "I can tell you that she is still on the job at 'Dateline.' " ...

    Shriver herself told me: "I am talking with NBC News to try to work things out. ... Both Neal and I understand that this is uncharted territory and an unusual situation."

    But I hear that news division officials were "freaked out" by a Dec. 13 Los Angeles Times account of Shriver's alleged behind-the-scenes lobbying to pass her husband's budget plan - and wanted her to exit gracefully.

    Posted by Eric at 09:09 AM | Comments (17)

    January 05, 2004

    MWO.com's Whore of the Year

    Who will it be this year? The Horse is back, and looking for your favorite 'media whore.'

    The noms ...

    Tim Russert
    Ted Koppel
    Kathleen Parker
    George Will
    Charles Krauthammer
    David Brooks
    Howard Kurtz
    Susan Estrich
    Frank Luntz
    Zell Miller

    Posted by Eric at 05:29 PM | Comments (33)

    MWO.com's Whore of the Year

    Who will it be this year? The Horse is back, and looking for your favorite 'media whore.'

    The noms ...

    Tim Russert
    Ted Koppel
    Kathleen Parker
    George Will
    Charles Krauthammer
    David Brooks
    Howard Kurtz
    Susan Estrich
    Frank Luntz
    Zell Miller

    Posted by Eric at 05:29 PM | Comments (5)

    January 03, 2004

    Deborah Norville to Anchor MSNBC's 9pm Hour

    Taking over for the spot currently occupied by "The Abrahms Report," Deborah Norville will return to NBC and host a news talker.

    The cabler has been in the hunt for a new weeknight show to fill a hole in the network's weeknight primetime lineup that was left by the cancellation of "Buchanan & Press" in November. MSNBC has since shifted "The Abrams Report" from 9 p.m. to the 6 p.m. slot formerly occupied by "Buchanan & Press," but that still left the network with a void at 9 p.m., where Norville's interview-driven program is expected to run.

    While Buchanan and Press has been canceled for poor ratings (cutting in half the amount of liberals on television), Scarborough Country is allowed to roam the countryside unchecked.

    Posted by Eric at 05:18 PM | Comments (22)

    Deborah Norville to Anchor MSNBC's 9pm Hour

    Taking over for the spot currently occupied by "The Abrahms Report," Deborah Norville will return to NBC and host a news talker.

    The cabler has been in the hunt for a new weeknight show to fill a hole in the network's weeknight primetime lineup that was left by the cancellation of "Buchanan & Press" in November. MSNBC has since shifted "The Abrams Report" from 9 p.m. to the 6 p.m. slot formerly occupied by "Buchanan & Press," but that still left the network with a void at 9 p.m., where Norville's interview-driven program is expected to run.

    While Buchanan and Press has been canceled for poor ratings (cutting in half the amount of liberals on television), Scarborough Country is allowed to roam the countryside unchecked.

    Posted by Eric at 05:18 PM | Comments (7)