I neglected to post this in video form so…without further ado…
Tags: Michael Steele, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Washington Times
Tags: Barack Obama, Frontline Club, Iran, North Korea, Syria
Unfortunately, I cannot blog about anything anyone said at this event tonight. All I can reveal is the prime rib was tasty but the potatoes were under cooked.
Tags: Alan Keyes
Tags: Barack Obama, CNBC, Erin Burnett, Gordon Brown, Harold Evans, Media Matters, MSNBC, Newt Gingrich, Phil Gingrey, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, stimulus bill, The Godfather, TV Newser
I recently had an interview with a British journalist who asked me how I thought Obama was doing in office so far. I mentioned the obvious return to campaigning on the trail during the stimulus bill battle. But I also reflected on how his effort to charm the conservative media had failed to pay off. Rush, Sean and the rest of the Fox crew had kicked the Republican Party back into a line of loyal opposition. The post-inauguration spirit of bipartisanship had quickly faded. My interviewer was quite surprised to hear all this babbling about the health of conservative media in the U.S. From here it seems the liberal media had taken over. I decided to write an Op-Ed explaining how far from the truth this notion was:
Think liberal media is king, dominating the airwaves in the U.S.? Think again.
Days before the U.S. election, the Guardian’s Harold Evans wrote the U.S. media had turned alarmingly liberal, “captivated by the one,” with Obama enjoying twice as many positive news stories as his rival John McCain. Evans called out NBC’s cable network MSNBC for running “a non-stop campaign for Obama.”
And while the liberal media may have invaded U.S. newsrooms to shine the veneer on Obama’s political stardom, since the election, the right wing media has returned victorious, breathing life back into the Republican Party, quickly recovering from its post-election wounds.
Just weeks ago, this seemed as unlikely as Gordon Brown staging a comeback in the face of plummeting approval ratings. President Obama’s coronation, er, inauguration was visual evidence of his mandate by the American public. Hundreds of thousands from all over the country descended on the Capitol to witness history. No one inside the Republican Party dared rain on the parade, much less lead the charge for loyal opposition. Even Newt Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the House, penned a letter to the GOP in support of bipartisanhip. Gingrich urged, “in a time when America is facing real challenges, Republicans should be working to help the incoming President succeed in meeting them, regardless of his Party.”
But just days into Obama’s administration, the spirit of bipartisanship was gone. The honeymoon was over.
The first shot coming from inside the sound booth of right wing radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh, immune to Obama’s charm offensive on leaders of conservative media, openly declared, “I hope Obama fails.” The godfather of right wing radio leaned on Congressional Republicans to rally against the bill. And the bullying worked.
One by one, GOP defectors rushed back to Limbaugh. Republican congressman Phil Gingrey called into “The Rush Limbaugh Show” to apologize for telling Limbaugh to “back off” Gingrey told Limbaugh, “I clearly ended up putting my foot in my mouth on some of those comments…I regret those stupid comments.” Despite a country still high on Obama fever, inside Washington, Limbaugh had successfully orchestrated a political stalemate.
Even the so-called liberal media came under Limbaugh’s spell. He and conservative host, Sean Hannity of Fox News launched what Media Matters, a non-partisan media watchdog group, called a misinformation campaign, where both right- wingers repeated false statements about Obama’s plan on their radio and TV programs. In some cases, those statements were uncritically reported and repeated by the U.S. mainstream media. CNBC anchor Erin Burnett regarded Limbaugh’s Wall Street Journal Op-Ed on Obama’s economic recovery plan as a “serious” part of the discourse.
Although Republicans ultimately lost the fight over the stimulus bill, it passing 246-183 in the House of Representatives and 60-38 in the Senate, conservative media is back on top. Fox News Channel unleashed a punchy new advertising campaign this week, touting itself as the #1 cable news network 7 years and counting. In the full ad, Fox takes this jab at competitors CNN and MSNBC, “that deep in their little hearts they know that FOX NEWS CHANNEL IS NUMBER ONE in cable news and has been for years.” And the numbers prove it. TVNewser, an industry blog covering American TV news, reports Fox’s ratings are surging under the Obama administration. “So far during prime time FNC is averaging 2,495,000 Total Viewers, well ahead of CNN’s 1,254,000 and MSNBC 984,000 combined. FNC is up 23% Total Viewers and 28% in the [age] 25-54 demo in prime time from the two weeks prior to the Inauguration of Obama to the two weeks since.” Looks like U.S. conservative media is alive and well, and here to stay.
Rahm’s New Yorker profile is here! Here’s just a taste:
“The stimulus bill was essentially held hostage to the whims of Collins, Snowe, and Specter, but if Al Franken, the apparent winner of the disputed Minnesota Senate race, had been seated in Washington, and if Ted Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, had been regularly available to vote, the White House would have needed only one Republican to pass the measure. “No disrespect to Paul Krugman,” Emanuel went on, “but has he figured out how to seat the Minnesota senator?” (Franken’s victory is the subject of an ongoing court challenge by his opponent, Norm Coleman, which the national Republican Party has been happy to help finance.) “Write a fucking column on how to seat the son of a bitch. I would be fascinated with that column. O.K.?”
Here are a few choice lines from his interview with the Washington Times:
“We need messengers to really capture that region – young, Hispanic, black, a cross section … We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-surburban hip-hop settings.”
“It will be avant garde, technically… It will come to table with things that will surprise everyone – off the hook.”
Does that mean cutting-edge?
“I don’t do ‘cutting-edge,’ “ he said. “That’s what Democrats are doing. We’re going beyond cutting-edge.”
Tags: Barack Obama, Campbell Brown, Chicago Tribune, Jay Carney, Jill Zuckman, Keith Olbermann, LA Times, New York Times, Peter Gosselin, Sean Hannity
Politico has a piece out today on journalists jumping the news ship to take jobs within the Obama administration. Jill Zuckman of the Chicago Tribune is the third prominent journalist to take a position inside the new Democratic administration after her Tribune colleague Peter Gosselin and Time’s Jay Carney.
The problem with selecting high profile journlists is that it resurrects conservatives’ claim that during the campaign the media overwhelmingly favored Obama over McCain. That was swatted down as pure nonsense by the MSM. But, now, with supposedly -a-political journalists from the Trib and Time jumping on Obama’s bandwagon, how can the MSM stand by their promise to deliver unbiased news?
Jill Zuckman says her decision to join Obama wasn’t about political preference, it was purely economical. She needed a job. Jill, please, let’s be real. After 8 years of global embarrassment from Bush and the cultural phenomeon of Obama, who wouldn’t want to ride off into the night with the big O?
The real news headline from this is the silence, the apathy, the total absence of an overwhelming cry of hypocrisy, a demand for fair and balanced news, delivered straight from the place for politics, with no bias, and no bull. No outcry and why not? Because fair news is out, bias is in, sorry Campbell. Many would rather turn to news outlets that deliver content in the packaged form that they want and have learned to expect. If you’re liberal and angry watch Keith Olbermann. If you’re conservative and anti-all things democrat, watch Sean Hannity. If you want salacious and embarassing GOP stories, log on to the Huffington Post. The brands of NY Times, the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune are hurting because the currency they once traded in– fair news– is quickly depreciating.
So while I find what conservatives are calling a revolving door between the administration and the media hypocritical by all accounts, I think it confirms a cultural trend in news media that many in the MSM have failed to realize or accept.
Tags: Jim Tedisco, Kristen Gillibrand, Scott Murphy
The GOP launches its first ad for Jim Tedisco in the race to take Kristen Gillibrand’s vacant House seat in New York.
Tedisco seems like the GOP’s best shot to go up against Democratic businessman Scott Murphy. Before taking his seat in the New York State Assembly in 1982, from 1973 to 1982, Tedisco worked as a guidance counselor, varsity basketball coach, and athletic director at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady; subsequently, he served as a special education teacher, resource room instructor, and varsity basketball coach at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar. (according to wikipedia).
With this bio does Murphy even have a prayer? Tedisco’s not only a fixture of the community, he looks like the 110 District’s male version of Mother Theresa.