The Networks Deal With It

The Death of the Media, Cont.

Deal With It

None of the broadcast networks plan to televise the live announcement of whatever the White House is announcing:

The White House is exasperated with the major broadcast networks – ABC, CBS and NBC — for skipping out on President Barack Obama’s Thursday primetime address on his executive actions on immigration.

“In 2006, Bush gave a 17 minute speech that was televised by all three networks that was about deploying 6000 national guard troops to the border. Obama is making a 10 minute speech that will have a vastly greater impact on the issue. And none of the networks are doing it. We can’t believe they were aggrieved that we announced this on Facebook,” a senior administration official told POLITICO.

And their reasoning?

“There was agreement among the broadcast networks that this was overtly political. The White House has tried to make a comparison to a time that all the networks carried President Bush in prime time, also related to immigration [2006]. But that was a bipartisan announcement, and this is an overtly political move by the White House.”

And also they are not showing it because, you know, he’s black. But I’m only guessing.

We keep saying this: We must reform the media before we can reform the rest of our broken politics. If you cannot get your message out, the rest is academic.

Some Stupid With Your Coffee?

The Death of the Media, Cont.

The Morning Cup

The LA Times is committing ritual seppuku right in front of us:

Starting January 1, staffers will no longer be able to bank vacation — because they won’t automatically earn or be entitled to any vacation, sick days or floating holidays. To get any time off, a reporter or editor will have to go to a supervisor and make a case “subject to their professional judgment and to the performance expectations of their supervisor that apply to their job.” In one stroke, vacation time and sick days become a management tool to monitor and reward or punish performance — or to favor the yes men that plague the Times’ organization — and crucially, a way to get that expensive banked vacation off the books. That’s because if a staffer succeeds in getting permission to take time off, he or she first has to use any banked time to pay for it. So the company’s financial burden gradually lessens.

That will work well.

You Gotta Dance With Them What Brung You

The Death of the Media, Cont.

Bubba Jindal

Like seeing a puddle of vomit on the sidewalk, we continue to star at the transcript from Meet the Press:

Very quickly on immigration. If the president goes through with his executive action, do you think Republicans and Capitol Hill ought to use even the power of shutting down the government to stop him from doing it?

Two things. I don’t think the president should shut down the government to try to break the Constitution. The reality is this. I do think the—

You think the president would be shutting down the government?

Oh, absolutely.

So you do want Republicans to fight him on this to the point that it could shut down the government?

Absolute— I don’t think the president should shut down the government.

But you’re twisting my question.

But wait, wait.

That means you want that kind of showdown?

….No, we shouldn’t shut down the government, but absolutely Republicans should do everything they can to force the president to follow the law. Let’s secure the border. No, the president shouldn’t shut down the government so that he can break the law.

I continue to pray that NBC gets the rights to broadcast Japanese Bo-taoshi.

Chuck Todd: $20, Same As In Town, Sailor

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goat rodeo

From the transcript of Meet the Press:


…Carly Fiorina, before I let you go, how serious are you about running for president?


That’ll be something I consider at the right time.


So are you considering?


Well, when people ask you over and over again, you have to pause and reflect. So I’ll pause and reflect at the right time.


So that means it’s something you’re pondering? You’re going to go Iowa soon?


You have to ponder when people keep asking. And I’ve been to Iowa plenty to help women engage and isn’t it fantastic that Joni Ernst won?


There’s a direct flight out of DCA now.


All right. That’s all for today. We’ll be back next week because if it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press.

I think it is time for NBC to break out Americans’ long-unfulfilled interest in luge racing and perhaps Canadian curling events of note; would you believe Japanese Bo-taoshi? There must me an international sporting event that they can play soon?

And Now We Know Who Has The Best Bar In Their Greenroom

From the daily email thingie from Tiger Beat on the Potomac:


–WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan joins CBS News as a contributor – Bob Schieffer made the announcement on Sunday’s Face the Nation.

The Death of the Media, Cont.

Jeebus, Mrs. Alan Greenspan is stuck in the 1990s and cannot get out. Does anyone care about this? Does anyone remember it, even?

Your Sunday Bottomless Mimosa of Stupid

Gee, Roger Ailes is the master of misdirection as he has two of his Ally McBeal wannabes (in full McBeal regalia) relitigate a recent skeevy court ruling about upskirting pictures, while Fox News’ Peter Johnson leers on.