News That Will Drive You To Drink

The Death of the Media

Don't be the news, Chris.

Don’t be the news, Chris.

The problem with Tweetie is almost always that he is single-mindedly focused on tactics. “Will this ad/issue/decision work,” not “is ad/issue/decision foul,” which is why most of the time he comes across as an amoral blowhard.

In this clip, Matthews seems to have his usual efficacy schtick going (the right wing attack ads aimed at Sen. Rand Paul ads will not be effective), but also he seems personally offended by them. After a moment you realize that what has offended him the most is that the segment essentially was playing some ads for free.

“I certainly wouldn’t put them on free, Tom. That’s what we should stop doing. Stop running rightwing ads for free on our network.”

Given all today’s bad news from the world of NBC, he might have a point.

The Morning Quote

“Any woman can come forward right now and say ‘Billy Cosby did this to me 40 years ago’ and be on the cover of US Weekly,” he said. “With no vetting.”

“They will print your story, and maybe it happened,” Scarborough said. “If it did, it’s tragic. But if it didn’t happen, you get your 15 minutes of fame,” he added.

Joe Scarborough, the patron saint of dead interns.

(TPM)

Good News (sort of)

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CNN’s dreadful show Crossfire is cancelled. What will Parker Warby spokesmodel S.E. Cupp and staff-banging serial adulterer Newticles do with their spare time?

While we’d like to think that someone at CNN realized that their decision to kill it 10 years ago (thanks Jon Stewart!) was still the right decision, it appears to be a victim of other cost-cutting measures.

The first time it went out with a bang — this time it went out with a whimper; CNN’s Crossfire is no more. Again. The show had been missing in action for weeks and already some of its co-hosts — Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones — have been popping up as contributors around the network’s landscape. Some staff have been moved to other programs, and the remainder have been encouraged to apply for open positions within the bureau, source say — surprising, given that CNN is in the process of slashing about 300 positions… But today’s big CNN headline is the cancellation of Crossfire, which had been exhumed in September of ’13, and quickly did not catch on with viewers.

Ooh, that’s good and snarky!

Anyway, we are sorry for anyone losing a job these days and so for all the people who worked behind the scenes, we wish you all the luck in the world. Advice: at your next gig, if you see Newticles or Sippy Cupp, run like hell.

The Crass Menagerie

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The reality TV stars will next release “The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible,” a King James translation of the Old and New Testaments that will include branded features about the family.

The Bible, which will be published Oct. 28 by Thomas Nelson, will focus on patriarch Phil Robertson’s five core values — faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness, and freedom…

The Bible will include “30 life-changing testimonials along with 125 ‘Set Your Sights’ features” from Robertson and his oldest son, Al Robertson, who serve as executive editors for the project.

Cash only.

Kill Me Now

Right now, Larry Summers is the front-runner for Fed chair

Oh, sweet baby Jeebus, what have I ever done to you?

The only person grateful for Rubio’s reponse

…was noted volcano scholar and Kenneth-the-Page impersonator Governor Bobby Jindal.

“An’ now y’all kin ferget about mah performance in th’ rebuttal tha’ done sunk mah national aspirations, y’all,” Jindal did not say.

Shorter Politico:

“All men are created equal, but white dudes are more equal.”

Here’s the full bit:

“If President Barack Obama wins, he will be the popular choice of Hispanics, African-Americans, single women and highly educated urban whites. That’s what the polling has consistently shown in the final days of the campaign. It looks more likely than not that he will lose independents, and it’s possible he will get a lower percentage of white voters than George W. Bush got of Hispanic voters in 2000.

“A broad mandate this is not.”

So, some votes are better than others, eh Politico?

(Politico)

About the 47% remark

The Death of the Media

The lazy media, is of course focusing on the foot-in-mouth syndrome, but so far has not responded to the the meat of the matter and disputed Willard’s comments. I just watched an NBC segment that went through the chronology of the tape and how it got released, but no one is disputing his bold-faced lie that half the country pays no taxes.

This is a place where the blogs excel. Think Progress (as almost always) goes on a deep dive and gives us charts and information that shows us what a naked lie Willard told.

If you want to see it broken-down, I suggest you go there. The long and short of it is that there are a lot of people who do not pay income taxes because their incomes are too low but they do have withholdings from paychecks even on low minimum wage earners.

Of course there are seniors living on Social Security; there are Military Personnel. But the big lie here is that people do not pay taxes: There are all sorts of other taxes: sales taxes, state and local taxes, library taxes. Everyone pays a tax in some form, including the GOP’s favorite punching bag, “illegal” immigrants.

So… in your travels today, if a Wingnuttian engages you on the 47% here is your information. Use it, but use it in a narrative sense. Ask if they paid sales tax on the coffee that they are enjoying. It might make them think.

I think that this is another dog whistle that the 1% blow for everyone that they consider beneath them.

(Think Progress)

A dream come true:

Brisket® is going to repeat her Dancing with the Stars role because, well, what else is that fame-whore oaf going to do?

Let’s hope she reprises her furry-endorsed Monkey Dance of Love.