This is the lede graf from a Bloomberg article:
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is moving 35,000 part-time workers to full-time status and is elevating another 35,000 to part-time from temporary after struggling to keep shelves stocked with too few employees in the past year.
I didn’t know that’s where Wal-Mart kept their employees.
But tea party conservatives driving the strategy didn’t experience the 1990s shellacking. “I was still in high school,” Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, who is 56, quipped to reporters. “I’m convinced there were more things that caused our political difficulty than the shutdown.”
He was 38 in highschool?
Sweet Jeebus, Dancing with the Gregory is even worse than I remember it being. Never thought I would say this, but Good on You, Barney Frank!
So that is what a testical cozy is like in action? Can someone explain to me why David Gregory has a job?
And then there’s the LA Times, noted for putting the lead in the lede:
WASHINGTON — White House officials say they will “take a hard look” at a Russian offer to push Syria to give up its vast chemical weapons arsenal, a late and unexpected proposal that could provide President Obama a way to avoid a bruising defeat in Congress over use of force.
“Oh, and could avoid killing a bunch of innocent civilians,” the LA Times writer forgot to add, “not that THAT matters.”
“Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the man was decapitated. He had part of his head removed, not his entire head.”
(Hat tip: Scissorhead Mountjoy (who else?) from the Brisbane Times)
Professional media personality, vanity press owner, and TeeVee Dinner heir T***er Carlson fell asleep on live TeeVee:
…why did the NYTimes sell the Boston Globe for a 93% loss (they paid $1.1B for it in 1993), but what chump would pay $70M to buy into a dying industry?
Anyway, Ghost Breitbart and their ilk are crowing that liberals cannot run a business, and that Paul Krugman on staff couldn’t save them (yes, some wingnut said that).
Anyway, the chump is John W. Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, and one could make the argument that he knows something about Boston. Let’s hope for the best?
Glen Greenwald, that is:
Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published the documents Snowden leaked, said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday that the U.S. government should be careful in its pursuit of the former computer analyst.
“Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had,” Greenwald said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro with the Argentinean daily La Nacion.
“The U.S. government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare.”
Why not paint a big, red target on your meal ticket, Glenn?
I’ve tried to avoid putting the GG-ES story on MPS, mostly because I cannot find a snarky angle. I think the story is important, and yet the two principle players are both unlikable fools. But today’s missive from GG is just further proof that he thinks the story is about him, Him, HIM!
What an assrocket.
Jay Rosen over at PressThink has a great post up on our poor news media, but specifically a critique of CNN:
CNN could have tried to become the fact-checking network, the “no bull” channel, the place that did away with both “he said, she said” and news for party loyalists, where repeating the talking points got you booted from the rolodex and performances like this became the norm. There were even some hints that network execs were moving in that direction. Of course the challenge would be to make it interesting television but on that score I thought “no bull” a long way from “eat your spinach.”
Zucker has ended that by giving his own answer to Phil Griffin’s question: what do they stand for? The same thing Entertainment Tonight stands for! Television that occupies your attention, not for a purpose but merely for a while. Another answer might be “drama without dramatists,” meaning: drama where the plots and characters are provided by the people unlucky enough to be caught up in tabloid-ish or flashpoint events. Trials are ideal for that, but so is the poop ship. Criticism of these tactics actually tells Zucker that he is on the right track. Now the ratings are up relative to his competitors, and nothing ends the conversation like an uptick in the numbers. Unless it’s bringing back Crossfire, which is like saying, CNN: brain dead and proud of it.
Whenever I think of CNN (which is almost never), I think of cringe-worthy Wolf Blitzer asking an atheist survivor of a tornado if she thanked the Lord: