Takes One To Know One

The Death of the Media

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)

The Death of the Media

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’

The Death of the Media


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

The Death of the Media

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.

Petunia And Pals Wins The Morning!

Death of the Media

As always, Petunia and Pals got confused by their own agitprop broadcast, and seems to have trolled themselves into believing that King Abdullah of Jordan was personally going on an ISIS bombing mission, unlike the Kenyan Usurper (thanks for nothing, Barak HUSSEIN Obama!):

The best response (so far):

Oh, P&P corrected the record, quietly, at the end of the next segment.

Your Free And Unfettered Press, America

The Death of the Media

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From the Politico email thingy they send out every morning:

–NBC’s “Meet the Press”:Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); former Bush and Obama administration Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; discussion of concussions in NFL football with former NFL player Leonard Marshall and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith; political roundtable with NBC “Today Show” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, Bloomberg TV co-host and Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin, CNBC host Jim Cramer and Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker

–ABC’s “This Week” : Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI); political roundtable with ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, CNN contributor and ESPN senior writer L.Z. Granderson, PBS co-host Gwen Ifill and National Review editor Rich Lowry

–CBS’s “Face the Nation” : Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL); U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); former Bush administration Secretary of State James Baker; Super Bowl XLIX preview with “NFL Today” host James Brown and CBS News’ Jan Crawford; author Joseph Califano (“The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson”); political roundtable with Democratic strategist Stephanie Cutter, CBS News’ John Dickerson, The New York Times Magazine’s Mark Leibovich, Republican strategist Phil Musser and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan

Chuck Todd’s Ball-Cosey Hour looks to be specially egregious. I know I’m a broken record on this topic, but these shows are sadly what most americans watch and then feel like they are well-informed citizens. These shows shape the public debate, and there’s no excuse for not calling them out on their BS as citizen activists.

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.