One Lump of Stupid or Two, David Brooks?

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Scissorheads, see if you can spot the Both Sides Do It moment:

WOODRUFF: Was it too idealistic at the end when he was saying we’re better than this, we’re the United States of America, we need to work together? Does he run the risk of sounding naive David?

BROOKS: I frankly think he hasn’t earned that. I think you’ve got to earn that with your conduct and he hasn’t been as bipartisan as I think he should have been. Not that the Republicans have either. They’ve probably been worse, but you know, you’ve got to earn it.

I think you see the evolution of the man who came in I think believing that, but very quickly thinks that very partisan and his competitive nature, he’s an extremely competitive man, has been aroused, and so we saw it most in that ad hoc comment when some Republicans applauded when he said that I will not run again, I forget the exact words, it was something like I beat you twice (crosstalk) I won twice, and so that’s in him. And that’s part of him, that hyper-competitiveness has been growing and growing week by week, year by year and it frames the speech as well.

This was an in-your-face speech to Republicans and we saw how miserable John Boehner looked sitting back there. This was not a consolatory speech and it’s amazing that the guy just got crushed in an election and he comes out very strong and very assertive. The growing economy helped. But you wouldn’t know he just got crushed in an election just a (inaudible).

David, I’ll throw you a clue: Republicans don’t want bipartisan, they want surrender, and if that is not going to happen, they want impeachment. The one thing that Wingnuttia cannot stand above all others is for people to laugh at them.

We’re laughing, David. We’re laughing at you.

Your Media in Action

Our old pal Rev. Fishsticks and renown eccentric hater Nancy Rios are concerned that Nancy Pelosi has duly appointed Rep. André Carson of Indiana to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Carson, who has held congressional office representing Indiana since 2008, is a Muslim, so he therefor must be in league with terrorists.

The Death of the Media

Don Lemon asks human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar if he supports ISIS:

Lemon, as you may recall, was on the worst journalists of 2014 short list (Sean Hannity won, of course), and he just moved into the pole position for 2015.

And then the truth comes out:

The Death of the Media

We’ve long speculated that the real currency that drives the Villagers to mendacity (and their lame cocktail parties) is access to power, and Chuck Todd accidentally confirms it for us:

And once again, the comics are leading the way to revealing the truth.

That’s our free and unfettered press, hard at work.

The Death of the Media, Cont.

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And in case you think we make too much fun of it, here’s the line-up for tomorrow’s very serious people discussing serious things on what is supposed to be the premier public affairs program on our public airwaves, Meet The Press:

  • New York Police Commissioner William Bratton
  • Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson
  • The Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter
  • NBC News’ Luke Russert
  • conservative columnist and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell
  • politics and comedy roundtable with comedians Lewis Black, W. Kamau Bell and Laura Krafft

Maybe NBC will consider making legacy hire Luke Russert the official Ed McMahon of MTP to Chuck Todd’s Johnny Carson? All they need is a band leader.

That’s our free and unfettered press hard at work.

The Best of The Worst Top 10 Lists of 2014

The Death of the Media

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As a regular feature here at the old Thunderbolt Grease slapper, we have a category that we proudly call The Death of the Media, wherein we point, giggle, and sometimes bang our heads on our desks at the antics of the Lamestream Media. Our arch rivals at The Columbia Journalism Review have caught on to our exclusive in this category, and pulled together a top 10 list of the best of the worst of journalism! Those bastards!

Anyway, we’re pretty pleased that their list includes many of our favorites, like Petunia and Pals, 60 Minutes’ Lara Logan, and Don Lemon (of the the missing jetliner fame and so much, much, more), but oddly they have now included Breitbart News, which for that organization is like giving them a Peabody.

Some Stupid For Your Coffee?

Petunia and Pals wins the Jug of Stupid again as Elisabeth Hasselbeck uses the hostage situation in Sydney to justify torture.

News That Will Drive You To Drink

The Death of the Media

Nepotism has a name and it is Luke Russert:

The Talentless Son of an Asshole

MSNBC is getting ready to debut a new show about sports. And one focused on books. And another that will examine celebrity and popular culture. In all, the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news network has 14 new programs ready to roll.

You won’t see any of them on MSNBC. At least, not yet.

The cable-news outlet best known for progressive commentary from Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes is launching a portal of streaming-video programming that its top executive, Phil Griffin, expects to have a great deal of influence on the cable network in months to come. Through the new digital initiative, known as “Shift by MSNBC,” the network will serve up new topics and introduce new contributors that could gradually make their way to the cable network, Griffin believes – depending on the traction they gain among audiences. “Shift” is expected to launch Monday morning.

… Among the new offerings is “The Briefing,” a political program hosted Monday and Fridays by Luke Russert, and “Code Forward,” a discussion of issues raised by new technology, developed in partnership with the tech-news outlet Re/Code.

Looking for newer, younger audiences is a great idea, and having newer younger hosts to lure them in is also a great idea. The problem here is that you need have a host with some talent. Luke Russert is an apple that fell far away from the family tree, maybe in another orchard entirely; and even then I think his father was vastly overrated. Luke has no charm, no insight, and no right to be a host of anything, not even a keg party.

Every time I see a legacy hire like Russert, the Huntsman daughters, the Bush twins, Chelsea Clinton, and Meghan McCain, what I see is a chair that is being occupied by someone other than a journalist. I find it infuriating that these no-talent nitwits are getting a plum assignment while people who have worked hard and studied the craft of journalism are not getting any breaks. Our culture of celebrity worship is now expanding to include the untalented next generation? This is beyond pathetic.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Bjork55 at The Big Empty via the tip line.)

Why Is There A War Criminal On My TeeVee?

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“Torture, to me … is an American citizen on his cellphone making a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death in the upper levels of the Trade Center in New York on 9/11,” Cheney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “There’s this notion that there’s moral equivalence between what the terrorists did and what we do, and that’s absolutely not true. We were very careful to stop short of torture.”

Cheney also disputed the notion that any American taken prisoner overseas by terrorists was now at greater risk of being subjected to techniques like those used by the CIA.

“He’s not likely to be waterboarded. He’s likely to have his head cut off,” the former vice president said of a potential American taken hostage by a group like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. “I haven’t seen them waterboard anybody.”

…Indeed, Cheney seemed proud of his role in creating the interrogation program.
“I’d do it again in a minute,” he declared.

Meet The Press. Jeeze, Chuck, is there nothing you wouldn’t do for ratings?