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

The Death of the Media

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.

(UPDATED) Sunday’s Meet The Press Is Being Pre-Empted…

…for live coverage of La Tomatina in Spain. Well, actually the obscure sporting event that NBC is using this week to bury the dead is The Ryder Cup, so good for them.


‘Meet the Press’ Wins Ratings Race in D.C., But Third Overall

As many of us long-suspected, MTP only seems to win inside the DC Beltway and loses everywhere else in the ratings. And what Variety reports is that after an initial bump in the ratings with Chuck Todd interviewed The Kenyan Usurper Barack HUSSEIN Obama, the rating returned to a solid last place.

For last week nationally, “Meet the Press” had its second straight third-place showing following the show’s ratings triumph on Sept. 7 in Todd’s first week in the moderator seat, according to Nielsen. ABC’s “This Week” led in both adults 25-54 (1.014 million) and total viewers (3.010 million), and was followed by “Face the Nation” (736,000 in the demo, 2.919 million overall), “Meet the Press” (657,000/2.416 million) and “Fox News Sunday” (374,000/1.252 million).

We could go on at length about regurgitating Republican talking points, but I think Chuck Todd summed up his show’s problem long before he took over from disinterested Dancin’ Dave:

“What I always love is people say, ‘Well, it’s you folks’ fault in the media.’ No, it’s the President of the United States’ fault for not selling [the ACA].”

He doesn’t see getting to the truth as important. Just like his counterpart, Chris Matthews, Todd is not interested in the truth, he is interested in the effectiveness of the spin.

UPDATE: Good Lord, Man! What were you thinking: Chuck Todd is interviewed at Ghost Breitbart’s place. If he’s going to let us uncouth and vituperous bloggers access him, I can hardly wait for Driftglass’ turn.

Death of the Media, Cont.

Drooling fuckknuckle

The Pantheon of Dunces

Sweet Baby Jeebus, Bloomberg is giving smarmy word person Mark Halperin his own show.

The best line in the promo is Halperin saying that he would watch a non-partisan show. Halperin was suspended from Morning Joe for calling President Obama a dick: