The Morning Quote

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie) breathlessly tells us:

“Tapper … says his show will be ‘specifically honed for political junkies.’ ‘We’re not competing for the same audience as the other Sunday shows … We are trying to become the show that is talked about most in Washington.”

Tapper doesn’t understand who watches the Sunday Talkies. That Dylan Beyers thinks this is a scoop is just sort of sad, and shows he doesn’t know his job either.

The 8 Times Stephanopoulos Committed Brazen Acts of Journalism!

We often have posts that we tag as The Death of the Media because so often the media fails us (see Todd, Chuck, or as I prefer, Upchuck), that sometimes we need to celebrate those rare moments where they do their jobs. Watch this super-cut of George Stephanopolous trying to get a simple yes/no out of dumb-as-a-stump, dissembling Indiana Gov. Pence; it is a thing of beauty.

More please, George. And thank-you.

One Lump of Stupid or Two?

Hitler News

The Death of the Media

None-too-bright A-list blogger Mickey Kaus quits vanity press The Daily Caller after he is shocked to learn from Tucker Carlson, the hebephrenic TeeVee Dinner heir and owner of that rag that Kaus cannot write anything critical about Fox News:

Kaus says when he told Carlson he needed to be able to write about Fox, Carlson told him it was a hard-and-fast rule, and non-negotiable.

“He said it was a rule, and he wouldn’t be able to change that rule. So I told him I quit,” Kaus explained. “I just don’t see how you can put out a publication with that kind of giant no-go area. It’s not like we’re owned by Joe’s Muffler Shop, so we just can’t write about Joe’s Muffler shop.”

And before we have a parade down mainstreet with blaring trumpets and oomp-pa-pa’ing tubas, and flags saying I TOLD YOU SO!!!, let us not forget that you never saw anything critical about nuclear energy on then GE-owned NBC during Three-Mile Island. You probably will never see anything critical about cable networks on NBC today now that they are owned by Comcast.

It’s the way the mainstream media works, they don’t even have to put it in writing. Being owned by a conglomerate ensure that they will never, ever upset the boss.

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.

Both sides…

gregory surreal

One of the really interesting reactions to the news that Dancin’ Dave is on the ropes at NBC—to the point that they hired some sort of psychologist to talk to his circle of friends—is the reaction that this is having on the left and right side of the blogosphere. It seems everyone hates Dancin’ with the Gregory, not just us Commie vituperative foul-mouth bloggers of the left. Here’s a small rundown of Wingnuttia, who of course hate everyone in the lamestream media, even when those people are their toadies and minions:

  • Ann Althouse: What is NBC going to do about the post-Russert crashing ratings of “Meet the Press”?
  • Hot Air: NBC wonders: What makes David Gregory tick?
  • NewsBusters: NBC Tried ‘Unusual’ Psychological Assessment to Figure Out David Gregory and His Flagging ‘Meet The Press’ Ratings
  • The Daily Caller: NBC wants to know what’s wrong with David Gregory
  • And bringing up the rear, Noah Rothman at Mediaite: NBC Allegedly Hired ‘Psychological’ Consultant to Evaluate David Gregory; NBC Counters


Sooner or later…

…you become the thing that you mocked.

And Ezra replies:

The best thing I can say about Klein is that his departure gives the WaPo the unique opportunity of losing David Broder twice.

Lunchtime poll

Pundits are wringing their hands already because the 2016 Goat Rodeo just had another scratch of a rider in Gov. Sammiches epic implosion. The media’s usual horse race looks to be unpredictable, and they are squirming to find someone to fill the usual role of being the consensus, sensible, centrist candidate. Not that Sammiches was that person (that person doesn’t exist except in their fever dreams).

But to help Dancin’ Dave keep the Dream Alive, who should the media focus their attention on to become the consensus candidate from the Monkey House, Republicans:

The question isn’t…

…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?


Bueños Snowshoes, Fox

Well, this will make beating the drum to erect a wall on the southern border a little more difficult, eh Rupert: Univisión Ranks First In July Television Ratings

So, Republicans, how’s that rebranding working out for ya?

Let’s do it

So what do we need to do to convince MSNBC to run with this idea?