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?

Tiger Beat on the Potomac conjectures

For Democrats, there is no fallback: It’s Hillary Clinton or probably a long bout of depression ahead of 2016.

What if Batman decides to run? Well, Politico, what if?

God, it’s more than three years away and there’s loads of other candidates. Can we stop this nonsense now?


Narcissism Today

Death of the Media

Politico’s Dylan Byers wants to know what is taking the Boston Bombing investigation sooooo long:

It’s been more than 24 hours since the explosions in Boston. But while new details emerge by the hour, the question on so many people’s minds remains unanswered: Who did it?

For many journalists I’ve spoken with today, this ignorance is tortuous. The identification of the attacker(s) and the reasons for the attack will likely have enormous political (and potentially geoplitical [sic]) ramifications, which will vary greatly depending on whether the attacker(s) is domestic or foreign, acting alone or as part of an organization. We’re standing on the verge of a very important national conversation about something, and we have no idea what it is.

Yes, sonny-boy, it is all about you and winning the morning. And besides, I thought Politico’s stock-in-trade was having national conversations about something, and having no idea what it is about.

Jeebus, some people!