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Pres.-elect Obama is transitioning his ground breaking approach to political communication by changing his former campaign site into a .gov site that will give people unprecedented access to his historic administration.Pres.-elect Obama is transitioning his ground breaking approach to political... more
MSNBC's tent pole program Countdown with Keith Olbermann will continue for at least the next four years. Bill-O the Clown is rolling in his hate right about now.MSNBC's tent pole program Countdown with Keith Olbermann will continue for at... more
President-Elect Barack Obama held his first press conference yesterday, one that focused mainly on the current economic crisis. One detail that flew under the radar, however, was which networks and newpapers got to ask questions, or, rather, which one didn't get to ask a question. As Media Bistro notes, one network who was not called upon sticks out: Fox News.
It will be interesting to see how the conservative network adjusts to a political reality in which the Democratic Party holds the White House and substantial majorities in both houses of Congress. Michael Wolff, a Vanity Fair columnist who is writing an authorized biography on Rupert Murdoch's career and family, claims that even Murdoch is embarrassed by Fox News:
Now, with about six weeks to go before publication, Mr. Murdoch has raised objections with Mr. Wolff and his publisher about portions of the book, titled "The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch," that suggest that Mr. Murdoch is at times embarrassed by Fox News, which he owns, and its chief executive, Roger Ailes, and that he often shares "the general liberal apoplexy," as Mr. Wolff writes in the book, toward Fox News and its perceived conservative slant...
...The objections raised on behalf of Mr. Murdoch came after an article on Mr. Murdoch and the book was published in Vanity Fair in the October issue in which Mr. Wolff wrote that Mr. Murdoch was making friends with liberals and that he had soured on Fox News and Mr. Ailes. (A 10,000-word excerpt from the book will be published in the December issue, due out early next month.)
"For a long time, he was in love with the Fox chief, Roger Ailes, because he was even more Murdoch than Murdoch," Mr. Wolff wrote in the October Vanity Fair piece. "And yet now the embarrassment can't be missed -- he mumbles even more than usual when called on to justify it; he barely pretends to hide the way he feels about Bill O'Reilly."
[Original article from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/08/fox-news-cut-out-of-quest_n_142404.html]President-Elect Barack Obama held his first press conference yesterday, one that... more
Late night Fox News host Greg Gutfeld makes a living off controversy. But this is low, even for him. On Tuesday night, Gutfeld talked with correspondent Bill Schulz as the two mocked a video clip of a black ABC reporter breaking into tears as Obama's election to the presidency was announced.
"I grew up in a neighborhood that was mostly black," said ABC's Steve Osunsami. "And my father used to tell us that there's no way this country would elect a black president. Well, this evening, the country has proved my old man wrong, and we're the better for it." Several times, the reporter's voice wavered, as he was obviously emotionally moved by the news.
"I so wanna comfort him, right now," sneered Gutfeld. "Bill, you were convinced he was faking it."
"I am, and I have to say, if that's a television moment, I cry on this show every night!" responded Schulz. "Why don't we get better ratings?" The show's various cast members laughed throughout the exchange, which you can see in the video above.
And the Fox News channel wonders why people think they are so right sided. Maybe they should watch their own shows.Late night Fox News host Greg Gutfeld makes a living off controversy. But this is low,... more
Even as Gov. Sarah Palin exits stage left -- perhaps only temporarily -- back to the frozen tundra, we note that it was Fox News who broke the story that Sarah P. was a bit geography-challenged. Even as Gov. Sarah Palin exits stage left -- perhaps only temporarily -- back to the... more
The View's conservative cutie Elizabeth Hasselbeck stunned viewers today by throwing her support behind president-elect Barack Obama.
Executive Producer Barbara Walters asked Hasselbeck, who campaigned with John McCain's running mate Sarah Palin, how she felt after seeing McCain/Palin go down to defeat on election night.
Hasselbeck said her daughter Grace, 3, had asked her who won and who lost the election. "No one lost," Hasselbeck said she told her child. "Seriously, today is a victory for this country."
Hasselbeck said the massive voter turnout and the excitement of the presidential contest inspired her. "I will get in a long line of supporters … for this president," she said.
The View's conservative cutie Elizabeth Hasselbeck stunned viewers today by... more
On my way toward the prodigious outdoor party that broke out shortly after 11 p.m. on the streets of Fort Greene, the multiracial Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood where I live -- a party to celebrate a moment of generational and political shift in America unlike anything I've ever experienced -- I spent a few hours with a somewhat different demographic. But I'm not here to kick sand in the face of the Fox News Channel. For the first time in its existence, Fox on Election Night 2008 seemed a weak and piteous thing, trying to cover its nakedness with shreds of dignity, and staring mortality right in the face.
And I'm just talking about the commercials. Before Brit Hume informed Fox viewers just past 11 p.m. Eastern, in the dispassionate tones of a physician delivering a grave prognosis, that Barack Obama had been elected president, we got several iterations of a 60-second ad for Plavix, a pharmaceutical "proven to help protect against future heart attack or stroke." This was followed, at least once, by a commercial for another drug (I didn't catch its name) that may relieve symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Along with heart failure and difficulty breathing, we also had some unintentional humor on the road to President-elect Obama's victory address. Much earlier in the evening we were told that Fox's Election Night coverage was brought to us by "Crest -- Whitening Expressions!"
Beyond the medicinal cornucopia, Fox was a pretty stolid, gloomy-Gus affair during the five hours I logged as a viewer Tuesday night, with little of the erratic behavior that accompanied the 2006 midterm elections. OK, there was bargaining and grumpiness and recrimination and reiteration of defunct McCain campaign themes and obsessive focus on tiny shreds of hope (Florida's still-red 13th Congressional District, a Fox fave) and massively boring conversations about the union election rule known as "card check," whatever that is. But sometimes they made Fred Barnes shut up.
From the beginning of the Fox election broadcast at 6 p.m., it was brutally clear that Hume and Shep Smith and Chris Wallace and all their guests and commentators had seen the exit-polling data and were not laboring under the delusion that those numbers reflected some 2004-style miscalculation. Sure, earlier in the day the network had ventilated a certain amount of unfounded racist paranoia, endlessly repeating some footage of a surly-looking fellow outside a polling place in Philadelphia who apparently represented the leading edge of a massive "Black Panther" conspiracy to intimidate white voters. (I guess it worked!)
But in general, the Fox team displayed an oddly jolly professionalism. They seemed determined to take their medicine, with the stick-to-itiveness of a losing football team dreaming of bright days far in the future or the past (and the near certainty that their core audience was going to bed, by the millions, in despair). Though it went briefly wobbly on Ohio, Fox didn't really show any particular reluctance to call states for Obama, and after New Hampshire (at 8:11) and Pennsylvania (at 8:30), its commentators quit pretending there was any serious doubt about the outcome and began arguing about what kind of president Obama would be -- and what kind of country he was inheriting from you-know-who.
(more at the link)On my way toward the prodigious outdoor party that broke out shortly after 11 p.m. on... more
This seems impossibly dumb, even for Ralph Nader. Is it the end of a middling, mediocre career?This seems impossibly dumb, even for Ralph Nader. Is it the end of a middling,... more
This has been and will continue to be an historic moment in time. Records have been set and no matter the outcome something that had never happened before will happen on election day. On both side amazing feats of politics have been performed. A campaigned that had it's life support pulled and was left for dead came back from the ashes and nominated the Sen. from AZ. Simultaneously, a relative unknown Sen. from IL beat the odds and the most prolific Democratic political force since FDR to become his parties nominee. Cunning, intellect, grit, skill and luck on an unprecedented level got us to this point. And of course there were a few pitfalls and pratfalls along the way. This has been and will continue to be an historic moment in time. Records have been... more
Ever wonder what we'd look like to observers from other planets or even when how we come across to other countries. When did we decide this was the best way to pick a leader?Ever wonder what we'd look like to observers from other planets or even when how... more
On Sunday, John McCain launched the final attack of his campaign, a fraudulent assault on Barack Obama that serves as a fitting reminder of the fundamental dishonesty not only of his own campaign, but also of the dishonesty of his allies in the right-wing propaganda establishment: Matt Drudge and FOX News.
All you need to know to understand the video is that the Drudge, FOX, and the McCain campaign joined forces with Newsbusters to push a story that the San Francisco Chronicle had concealed an eleven month old recording that supposedly contained devastating audio of Barack Obama proposing to bankrupt the entire coal industry.
Not only was that story false (more detail below), but it turns out that Barack Obama and John McCain have the same position on clean coal technology, and Ohio's Republican senator said McCain's plan to fight global warming would "put coal out of business."
Here's the facts that the McCain-Drudge-FOX axis of weasel does not want you to know: The Chronicle had not concealed the recording, which had been on the newspaper's website all along. And rather than reveal some sinister scheme, what it actually demonstrated was that Barack Obama supported clean coal technology -- aposition he shares with none other than John McCain.
Despite the fact that both candidates support clean coal technology, the McCain campaign tried to make the case that Barack Obama wanted to take away jobs from coal country in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and both Drudge and FOX were happy to oblige.
But just three years ago on the floor of the United States Senate, John McCain's Republican colleague George Voinovich of Ohio took to the floor to argue against a proposal by McCain to curb greenhouse gas emissions. McCain's proposal, Voinovich said, would "put coal out of business" and cost thousands of jobs, an argument that McCain did not contest.
In fact, McCain agreed that his plan would require sacrifice, but he also argued (correctly) that in the long-run, America would be better off. In other words, he made the exact same arguments as Barack Obama -- and as you can see above, it was all on video.
The clips I used from FOX were actually attacking Barack Obama, but the fact that you could just as easily have swapped McCain in place of Obama reveals how their media enterprise is really a propaganda operation in which political figures are nothing more than character actors taking up space in their pre-ordained dramatic narrative.
They aren't dealing with reality, they are trying to construct a new reality. For years, they've been able to maintain political power by doing just that, but now that the reality of their disastrous governance has caught up to them, their ability to lie their way to victory has been severely damaged.
For better or for worse, it's a lesson they still haven't learned. They still think they can fake their way through it.
But that's not really the important thing. The important thing is that we are overcoming their grip on power. And for that, the world is a better place.
From the Dailykos
http://www.dailykos.com/On Sunday, John McCain launched the final attack of his campaign, a fraudulent assault... more
First Shepard Smith puts Joe the Plumber in his place for suggesting Sen. Obama would be detrimental to Israel then Major Garret (who named the guys) rails against a planned segment falsely depicting a lack of cooperation from the Obama campaign. I know the guy is good but can he really turn Fox into a legitimate "fair and balanced" news organization? Turning water to wine would be easier.First Shepard Smith puts Joe the Plumber in his place for suggesting Sen. Obama would... more
For years now, Bill O'Reily has enjoyed top ratings for his time slot, particularly among viewers aged 25 to 54 which he calls the key advertising demo. Now the fairy tale is coming to an end, and prince charming is poised to oust the troll from his throne. O'Reily's ratings have been on a slow but steady decline over the past couple of years, and MSNBC seems to be a big reason why. Kieth Olberman's Countdown, which is on the opposite end of the political spectrum as The O'Reily Factor, has begun to beat O'Reily among his own key advertising demo about half the time. Compared to how things looked four years ago, this is a very alarming trend for Bill.
Naturally Bill was able to figure out what is really going on: the .004% of employees at the Nielsen Ratings Company who gave contributions to political candidates this year have teamed up with Obama to lie to the public. Now, some naive people may try to tell you that public opinion can change over time, but Bill knows better than that. He's so sure that it's a left-wing conspiracy that he calls upon the state and federal authorities to investigate. Too bad for him that the law doesn't protect radical whack jobs from their own severe delusions. Olberman has his own explanation for the shift which he presents to Bill personally: "It's because you suck."For years now, Bill O'Reily has enjoyed top ratings for his time slot,... more
ACORN is the nation's largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people, with over 400,000 member families across the country. For thirty years ACORN has fought for safe schools and neighborhoods, healthcare for all, living wage jobs, and decent affordable housing. They have also started some of the more exciting progressive organizing projects, like the Working Families Party.
But to hear Fox tell it, ACORN is responsible for stealing the election for Barack Obama because of minor slips in its successful effort to register hundreds of thousands of voters; bears the blame for causing the mortgage crisis and the Wall Street meltdown just by fighting for fair lending practices, and has perpetrated other unspeakable crimes associated with "community organizers" -- the latest right-wing epithet.
Fox is obsessed (literally according to Media Matters, who reports that the cable news network has mentioned the grassroots organization almost 1,500 times in October, 1,300 more than CNN). But when you find yourself being attacked and distorted by Fox News, there is a good chance that you are doing something right.
On Thursday, Fox News attacked ACORN again -- and indirectly the Working Families Party -- with a particularly odd charge. Take a look:ACORN is the nation's largest grassroots community organization of low- and... more
Terrorist fist jabs, politicians bowling and boozing, S.N.L., and car chases. We take a look back at this year's election coverage. Plus, infoMania's election laser hands.
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Terrorist fist jabs, politicians bowling and boozing, S.N.L., and car chases. We take... more