The Death of the Media: No Teleprompter For Cruz

The Death of the Media

So the liberal media has come to this, breathlessly reporting that Canadian-born latino and immigrant-hating southern white supremacist Senator Ted Cruz did Not use a teleprompter to make his announcement speech:

“Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made his speech announcing that he would run for the presidency without the assistance of a teleprompter, his spokesman said Monday.

…Conservatives have sometimes tried to use President Obama’s reliance on the prompter to paint him a shallow leader who is stronger on rhetoric than on substance.”

Someone, get the Enigma machine! I don’t understand the coded message!

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Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) breathlessly tells us that MSNBC is going to pretty much throw out everything and start over:

“The extent of that change could be vast: In the months ahead, MSNBC is likely to shake up the bulk of its programming, moving some shows and canceling others, high-level sources at NBCUniversal told POLITICO. With few exceptions — notably “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Morning Joe” — every program is at risk of being moved or cancelled, those sources said. “All In with Chris Hayes,” a ratings suck that currently occupies the 8 p.m. time slot, will almost certainly be replaced. Network execs are also considering moving some weekday shows, like “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton,” to weekends.”

I’m betting this is going to be the quote that will be used on all the conservative blogs today:

“The plan is to re-imagine what [MSNBC] is,” one high-level NBCUniversal insider with knowledge of the network’s plans said, “because the current lineup is a death wish.”

So why is this a Death of the Media post? Because like everything in Politico, it is all unattributed and off-the-record reporting, which is their preferred way of putting the razor blade in the apple.

Here’s an example: After telling us that new NBC News Group Chairman Andrew Lack is “likely to rein in MSNBC’s ever-leftward drift and focus instead on creating more news-driven programming,” later in the article Politico tells us that Lack declined to be interviewed for the article. As did MSNBC president Phil Griffin. Rachel Racusen, who is the MSNBC VP of Communication, denies the report.

So let’s summarize: Politico didn’t talk to any of the key players who would be making these decisions, MSNBC denies the allegations, and Politico advances a story with only unnamed sources.

One Lump of Stupid or Two?

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None-too-bright A-list blogger Mickey Kaus quits vanity press The Daily Caller after he is shocked to learn from Tucker Carlson, the hebephrenic TeeVee Dinner heir and owner of that rag that Kaus cannot write anything critical about Fox News:

Kaus says when he told Carlson he needed to be able to write about Fox, Carlson told him it was a hard-and-fast rule, and non-negotiable.

“He said it was a rule, and he wouldn’t be able to change that rule. So I told him I quit,” Kaus explained. “I just don’t see how you can put out a publication with that kind of giant no-go area. It’s not like we’re owned by Joe’s Muffler Shop, so we just can’t write about Joe’s Muffler shop.”

And before we have a parade down mainstreet with blaring trumpets and oomp-pa-pa’ing tubas, and flags saying I TOLD YOU SO!!!, let us not forget that you never saw anything critical about nuclear energy on then GE-owned NBC during Three-Mile Island. You probably will never see anything critical about cable networks on NBC today now that they are owned by Comcast.

It’s the way the mainstream media works, they don’t even have to put it in writing. Being owned by a conglomerate ensure that they will never, ever upset the boss.

History’s Greatest Reporter Bill-O Does It Again!


One wonders how it is that Bill-O is always right where history is being made, and usually when someone is being killed.

Call Janet Jessica Fletcher!

In the meanwhile, we learn that besides not being in The Falklands, nor witnessing the nuns being massacred in El Salvador, nor attacked at the Rodney King riots in L.A., nor at the house where Kennedy assassination person of interest committed suicide, Bill-O was also not in Northern Ireland during an IRA bombing.

Takes One To Know One

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clarence.jpgFrom Juan Williams writing in the Wall Street Journal, who sings the praises of Clarence Thomas as a race healer:


“Justice Thomas, who has been on the court nearly a quarter-century, remains a polarizing figure—loved by conservatives and loathed by liberals. But his “free”-thinking legal opinions are opening new roads for the American political debate on racial justice.

His opinions are rooted in the premise that the 14th Amendment—guaranteeing equal rights for all—cannot mean different things for different people. As he wrote in Fisher v. University of Texas (2013), he is opposed to “perpetual racial tinkering” by judges to fix racial imbalance and inequality at schools and the workplace. Yet he never contends racism has gone away. The fact that a 2001 article in Time magazine about him was headlined “Uncle Tom Justice” reminds us that racism stubbornly persists.

…Justice Thomas, meanwhile, is reshaping the law and government policy on race by virtue of the power of his opinions from the bench. Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American on the Supreme Court, stood up as a voice insisting on rights for black people. Justice Thomas, the second black man on the court, takes a different tack. He stands up for individual rights as a sure blanket of legal protection for everyone, including minorities.”

That the Uncle Ruckus of the Supreme Court is reshaping the law and government policy on race is by dismantling The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act clause-by-clause, of this there can be no doubt. Thomas’ fix to all societal problems is telling minorities to pull themselves up by their own societal bootstraps, even though (as Williams points out) he knows that racism exists. He gives a fig leaf of coverage to institutional racism.

Thomas’ one-size-fits-all world view will be put to the test with Marriage Equality this term, and I suspect he will absolutely be against it.

Why Fox News contributor Juan Williams is writing a mash note to Clarence Thomas is the real question here. Or maybe it’s not.

News That Will Drive You To Drink (Schadenfreude Edition)

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dbe27-teabaggingThe staff of the Tea Pary News Network resigned en masse because of lack of respect and other labor issues:

Mass Quit at Tea Party

I wonder if they wish that they had, oh, you know, A UNION?!

‘That’s entirely different. Never Mind’

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Hebephrenic TeeVee Dinner heir and vanity press owner Tucker Carlson’s little scandal sheet on the web kinda-sorta made a retraction:

“Correction: The original headline on this op-ed was wildly inarticulate and perverted the meaning of the piece. We apologize.”

So, today we learn one of the finer points of journalism: never, ever give a featured article the headline of, “Kill All The Jews And When That Is Done Kill Those That Refused To Defend Them,” and if you don’t believe me check out the URL for the article.

When asked how could such a thing happen, Tucker said:

“I don’t know. We’ve got over 50 people here. He was hungover or something,” Carlson said.

So there’s our journalism master class lesson for the day: never write your anti-Semitic headlines when hungover. We will soon challenge our arch rivals at Columbia, Scissorheads!


News That Will Drive You To Drink

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This is our free and unfettered press, hard at work, following the tragic slaying of a Muslim family over a parking space:

Thank Dog, there is always a way to find parking at the mall! Thanks Inside Edition!

Things in Politico That Make Me… well, you know the rest

The Death of the Media, Cont.

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From the Politico email thingy they send me everyday.

POLITICO ADDS GOSSIP COLUMNIST — Editor Susan Glasser emails the staff: “Kate Glassman Bennett, a fourth-generation Washingtonian who cut her teeth … in the competitive world of Las Vegas before returning home to D.C., will soon launch The KGB File … Kate promises a column very much in the spirit of the legendary late Diana McClellan, whose ‘Ear’ in the Washington Star was the original must-read … [S]he has edited Capitol File magazine, Washingtonian Bride & Groom and Washingtonian Mom.”

“Some say,” some said. Because Politico rarely attributes their juicy, insider sources, it already is a gossip rag, methinks.