Obama touched a commie!

ABC tells us…

Obama stopped to shake Castro’s hand as he was walking to the podium to pay tribute to Mandela. The handshake between the presidents of the long-estranged Cold War rivals came at a ceremony honoring the life and legacy of the former South African leader at a soccer stadium in Johannesburg.

…which of course is reported at Breitbart as:

Obama campaigned in 2007-8 on a promise to meet American enemies “without preconditions,” and met and embraced the late Hugo Chávez of Venezuela in 2009. He has also pushed for negotiations with the Iranian regime–long before the current “moderate” president took power. President Obama seemed pleased to meet Castro, who also spoke at the memorial, and the handshake was broadcast live on television worldwide.

The only question remains: What does Jennifer Rubin say?

The most facile analysis of the Bezos-WaPo Deal

Leave it to the Business Insider’s Henry Blodget to write a fanboy post to his investor/boss Jeff Bezos and then miss the point for at least half of the article.

Now bear in mind, Amazon did not buy the WaPo, Bezos did:

Lastly, I’d guess that Jeff Bezos thinks there are many ways in which the news business might be complementary to Amazon.

How might the news business be complementary?

1. Amazon is already in the content production and distribution business–and news is just another kind of content. Amazon distributes massive amounts of print and digital content. The content the Washington Post publishes and distributes could be bundled or distributed with that content. And, similarly, the content that Amazon produces–mainly commerce-related, but increasingly media–could be integrated with the Washington Post’s content, offering more choices for customers and consumers.

If you are saying that the WaPo could use Amazon as another distribution channel, they could do that today for a fee to Amazon. But why should they when the internet itself is a distribution channel that is free and they have a very successful, much travelled portal. It is much more likely that Amazon would want to buy ads on the WaPo website today than vice-versa. What kind of business analysis is this?

2. Amazon is already in the subscription and media-gadget businesses. Subscribers to Amazon’s “Prime” delivery service already get to watch free movies and TV shows. Amazon Kindle buyers already have access to free books. It’s easy to imagine that Prime subscribers and Kindle buyers will soon have convenient, free access to the Washington Post–and that this access might make a Prime subscription or Kindle ownership more valuable. Washington Post reporters, meanwhile, could produce an endless supply of ebooks and Kindle Singles.

Again, Amazon did not buy the WaPo, and so why would the WaPo want to essentially give away free product to Kindle users? What kind of business analysis is this?

3. “News” is the digital equivalent of a high-traffic intersection: As people pass through to figure out what’s happening they might also stop to do some shopping. Content and commerce companies have long dabbled with combining the two experiences, but no one has really nailed it. Given Amazon’s expertise in affiliate marketing and advertising, it’s not hard to imagine that the Washington Post could quickly become a laboratory for the next generation of integrated content and commerce.

Gasp! Amazon will bring advertising to the WaPo (if Amazon had bought it)? What a brilliant idea, I bet no one ever thought about having ads in a news paper before! What kind of business analysis is this?

4. Amazon is getting into the local physical delivery business–a business that the Washington Post is already in. Could stuff ordered from Amazon be delivered with your morning newspaper? Why not? And your daily newspaper–or parts of it–could certainly be delivered in a box with your Amazon stuff. I doubt that Bezos is really interested in the print version of the Post, but as long as it exists, it might be fun to fiddle with.

Again, Bezos bought the WaPo, not Amazon. And even if it was Amazon, how does that change the WaPo business model except to drive the cost up? Someone pays for that.

In short, there are lots [of] cool synergies that Jeff Bezos and Amazon might want to experiment with.

Sooooo, if there are lots of cool synergies, then why didn’t Amazon buy it, Henry?

Blodget cannot separate Bezos from Amazon, and it seems that he really doesn’t understand ecommerce or media. He is embarrassing himself again with facile business analysis.

(Business Insider)

What an a**-rocket

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.

Worst Writer in the World® Writes Worst Column in the World

The Death of the Media

I guess you cannot keep a good man down–or your lunch–if you happened to have read Richard Cohen, The Worst Writer in the World’s® latest offering regarding the NSA Leaker, Edward Snowden:

“Whenever I see “Hello, Richard” on my computer screen, I realize what’s happened: It knows me. It knows what I bought and when I bought it and where I was at the time. It knows my sizes and my credit card number, and if it knows all that, it knows pretty much everything. I long ago sacrificed a measure of privacy for convenience. One click will do it.”

Because setting up an Amazon wish list is exactly the same thing as living in a police state with the NSA tracking all of your calls–including wrong numbers–to see if you are up to no good. The whole column is a dog’s dinner, but that paragraph is Cohen at the peak of his midseason form.

It’s really interesting watching the usual media suspects calling Snowden a traitor at the same time they are whinging over the Justice Department subpoenaing their phone records. Jeebus, some people.

Anyway, this is yet another time to celebrate our free and unfettered press, and specifically, Richard Cohen, The Worst Writer in the World®.

(WaPo via Scissorhead Mike Flugennock)

It’s a two-fer!

The National Review Online’s (The most intellectually dishonest rest stop on the information highway) Jim Geraghty says that the Newtown families are political pawns just like the 9-11 widows.

You know, Jim, this is exactly what a democracy is about: these citizens are trying to make a difference, to change things that they experienced first hand. They are trying to make the world a better place and to ensure that what they suffered through, no one else should suffer through. And yes, they have an agenda, as do you, Jim. The difference is that their agenda is towards saving people and yours is towards saving gun manufacturers bottom line.

Wingnuttia is letting the spiders crawl out of the brainpans of their Orcs and up to the mics of all their media outlets. Anyway, nice way to insult two groups of people who have been publicly shattered by events beyond their control.

Tom Friedman Recycles His Greatest Hit


I swear he wrote this one back in 2001:

We still do not know who set off the Boston Marathon bombs or why. But we do know now, after 9/11, after all the terrorism the world has seen in the last decade, what the right reaction is: wash the sidewalk, wipe away the blood, and let whoever did it know that while they have sickeningly maimed and killed some of our brothers and sisters, they have left no trace on our society or way of life. Terrorists are not strong enough to do that — only we can do that to ourselves — and we must never accommodate them.

So let’s repair the sidewalk immediately, fix the windows, fill the holes and leave no trace — no shrines, no flowers, no statues, no plaques — and return life to normal there as fast as possible. Let’s defy the terrorists, by not allowing them to leave even the smallest scar on our streets, and honor the dead by sanctifying our values, by affirming life and all those things that make us stronger and bring us closer together as a country.

Now, aside from the TSA taking nudie picture of us in a cancer tube, or having to walk shoeless in airports, or being extolled at every turn to buy a gun, demanding that you can be wiretapped without a warrant, or whisked away to be tortured, you know, the terrorists didn’t win.

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!

The Worst Writer in the World® Writes Worst Column in the World

For a moment, I thought Richard Cohen had given up, turned in his Smith-Corona, and hung up his Fedora, but then like Man’o’War he suddenly comes round the bend on the inside all hooves and dust and no one saw it coming!

“We have all become political hacks. We are all engaged in the back and forth of politics, the jot or tittle of the process, the meaningless cable chatter of it all, the sameness of it all, be it conservative or liberal, so we lose sight of principle and of right and wrong. This is how we hardly noticed that basically all of American politics acquiesced in the demonization of gays and lesbians.

“This occurred to me last week when the New York Times published …”

And that’s his lede.

I think maybe he shouldn’t try to keep up with Noonington at the Pundit Club’s Bar; she’s a trained professional.