Face Palm du Jour

The Death of the Media, Cont.

When one face palm is not enough.

When one face palm is not enough.

It’s so hard to even know where to start with Norah O’Donnell heaping praise on famous boy exorcist/volcano scholar Bobby Jindal.

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Sen. Cruz?

Death of the Media

The stupid... it burns

The stupid… it burns


This is from a real interview:
You’re also a fan of ‘‘Star Trek.’’ Do you prefer Captain Kirk or Captain Picard?

Absolutely James Tiberius Kirk.

Do you have a suspicion about whether Kirk would be a Democrat or a Republican?

I think it is quite likely that Kirk is a Republican and Picard is a Democrat.

To which Capt. Kirk replied:

Puritanutopia Uber Alles

Marketing Fail

I’ve never been a fan of trade shows. I see the Oscars, Emmys, and Tonys as little more than a marketing tool, and I don’t understand how/why people care about insiders in an occupation giving awards to themselves, especially when the net result is that the insiders get even more money.

Likewise, I’ve never been a fan of Netroots Nation. It seems like a tradeshow.

I recall reading about one of the early ones in which then DNC money bagman Terry McAuliffe sponsored some sort of big bash cocktail party, and famous notables like Nancy Pelosi attended, and so on. And that was the moment that I recall thinking that the A-List bloggers had become the thing that they mocked. They were all insiders now.

So when some of the Netroots Nation attendees this year protested the candidates on stage essentially for not being pure enough, I sort of smirked and moved on. Except… it really bugged me when the WaPo’s resident scold Ruth Marcus decided to use that it as an example of both sides; see the left has its crazies, too! (Though if you think Black Lives Matter is an example of being on the fringe, you probably need to re-examine your attitudes towards race.)

I have to admit I wondered at some point if the whole kerfuffle had been staged (by Wingnuttia or by that other candidate who was not there). It seems like they were the obvious winners by not being present.

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Screenshot from the Memeorandum aggregation, just now.

But what do I know? I’m just a vituperative, foul-mouthed, small-time blogger of the Left…

Anyway, I bring this up because over at Balloon-Juice the inimitable Betty Cracker takes on the topic of why the news bugged her, and I think she nails it. If you have a few minutes to spare, I’d encourage you to read it.

The Death of the Media, Cont.

The Death of the Media, Cont.

news reporter

Poynter has the deets, but essentially The National Journal is going digital by the end of the year. It seems that the disruptive internet has created news cycles that move so fast, a weekly print magazine cannot be relevant any longer. (And it took them until 2015 to figure it out?)

Here’s the human part of the story, Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley blames himself:

“The more-personal statement is that, as to the magazine, I believe I failed. When I first entered publishing, Don Graham taught me his motto: ‘Eyes on, hands off.’ A few years back (before virtually any of you was in place), distracted from National Journal’s work, I took both my eyes and hands off the task. In the long run, I don’t think a weekly print magazine can thrive. Still, had I not failed for a time in my role, I think National Journal might have prospered longer.”

And now, because Dylan Byers is nothing if not another Tiger Beat on the Potomac gossip, we have his unsourced assertion:

“Certainly, National Journal will lose staff, as Bradley conceded in his memo. Indeed, within minutes of Bradley’s announcement, staffers from the Journal were already emailing reporters at other news outlets about job prospects.”

One hopes The National Journal Puritopian extraordinaire Ron Fournier was the first to send his c.v. out.

Bern, Baby, Bern

The Death of the Media, cont.

The Beltway Media hard at work.

The Beltway Media hard at work.

I couldn’t help but noticing over the past couple of days a spate of articles telling us all the reasons Bernie Sanders cannot win the Presidency, and draws some strange strategic parallels between Sanders and Rand Paul, the Schrödinger’s Candidate, a man on all sides of all issues at the same time.

The end effect it has—whether intentional or not—is to discourage liberals who are currently experiencing something akin to enthusiasm, if not outright joy, with shy smiles, flushed cheeks and pink ears. These journalists might as well have the Borg Queen tell us about the thrill of assimilation. That they’ve been leaving us a mighty turd in the punchbowl, is what I’m saying.
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Pro Writing Tips From Pro Writer Todd Starnes

Now try getting out of the tree.

Now try getting out of the tree.

Following the removal of the flag of traitors, sedition, and losers Fox News’ Todd Starnes rends his clothes, looks to the heavens and screams “Why Me, Lord?,”  and writes one of his patently awful, folksy  aw-shucks thought pieces on race relations: Tone it down? No way! Donald Trump needs to crank up the volume

“…I’m not quite sure why the Republicans are telling Mr. Trump to tone it down – especially in the aftermath of the Kate Steinle murder. Ms. Steinle was gunned down by an illegal immigrant on July 1 in San Francisco.

…So it’s easy to understand why Mr. Trump’s message about illegals pillaging and plundering our nation is resonating with average Americans. But what I can’t seem to understand is why Country Club Republicans find his honest and straightforward appraisal is impolite and ill-mannered.

“You know who else is toning it down? President Obama.”

That’s quite a transition there, Sparky. Subtle. The stuff that Shakespeare dreamed of someday writing.

Tweet of the Morning

The Death of the Media, Cont.

Trump and King

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Bill-OLongtime readers know that I have a bug up my ass an issue with how everyone is approaching Campaign Finance Reform. I believe that if we can fix the root cause, then the rest will follow, and my friends the root cause is campaign advertising.

As in of all that money that is being raised the vast majority of it is going towards advertising expenses.

There’s a reason that the Media loves to have all elections (not just the 2016 Goat Rodeo) be a horse race: they get to sell more ads, and make more money, and heck, if the populace is generally confused, all the better: more eyes on their products, you know, looking for answers. They are counting on everyone being confused and doing absolutely nothing to bring clarity to the issues. They don’t want that.

It’s a feature, not a bug.

I present People’s Exhibit A: First on CNN: Rubio’s ad buying plan hits snag

“The GOP presidential candidate planned to reserve at least $10 million in television advertising in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada to air later this year, a Rubio aide said. But a number of Hearst Television stations rejected the Rubio camp’s requests, saying it was too early to estimate available inventory and fair advertising rates, according to Federal Communications Commission filings.

“In these markets they know it’s going to be a big political season for them,” said Karen Rulapaugh, the corporate media director at advertising agency R&R Partners. “The dollars are going to be significant.”

I’ll let you in on a little secret: in college I used to do media buys for the advertising company I worked for. It was fairly straight forward, based on the demographics that we wanted to attract, we would buy time on the shows that those demographics watched. That’s essentially it, and I bet it is still much the same though probably it can be much better targeted now what with all the Big Data collection and analytics to slice and dice who’s watching what show.

Here’s the other thing: every local station in the country would eat it up if they knew for a fact that someone had bought commercial time on their shows months in advance. That’s money in the bank. This article shows that they are counting on being able to gouge the campaigns the closer the date gets to the primary.

Notice how it was the FCC who was reporting this? They have the power to fix this via regulation. You and I both know that they won’t, but they could. We need to make them.

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Lamestream Media?

The Death of the Media

USA Today had a chance to interview Chuck Todd. And instead of asking him about why Meet the Press sucks, or why he doesn’t grill his guests, or why he lets waterheads, toadies and minions have a national press platform to spout gibberish (honestly, Chuck Todd had a guest who writes for Breitbart and who regularly links to the white supremecy website Stormfront), they asked him about sports.

Here’s my favorite back and forth where they tried to get him to link politics and sports:

4. Who’s the most athletic politician?

“Both Obama and Bush are pretty athletic in different ways. Obama is a serious hoops player, but I’d go with Marco Rubio. He’s got some serious foot speed.”

Oh, for the record: Chuck Todd has blocked me on the electronic Twitter machine, which is probably the greatest compliment I will ever have.

The Death of the Media, Cont.

Same-sex couples to get big Social Security bonus
(Fair warning: you are treated to an auto play video)

This is the kind of headline that really frosts my cookies, so to speak. Doesn’t it just sound like, OMG, Special Rights for the ‘Mos!

Wanna know what the big bonus is?

“But since Friday’s historic Supreme Court decision recognizing same-sex partners’ marriages as a constitutional right, those couples will be able to use the same benefit-boosting strategies — including benefits for spouses, ex-spouses and survivors of deceased workers — as straight married couples.”