Media

Slouching Toward the Pork

Have you read the Post today and Milbank’s piece on this ongoing Murtha battle? I hope Dana’s tongue was planted firmly in his cheek, because rarely have I seen such a devil-may-care attitude about some serious indiscretions in Congress — missteps that the Post traditionally and repeatedly assails in the A section.

Let me get this straight: Murtha saunters over to the Republican side of the aisle, sticks his finger in Mike Rogers’s face and threatens to cut off all his projects, and Milbank characterizes that by writing, “This is how it all works in the Capitol…” ????

I’m sorry, Dana, but didn’t Democrats run (and your paper report) on a “clean up Washington and control spending” platform? What’s even more egregious is the way Milbank paints Rogers, as some gadfly who is not even supported by his own colleagues. That’s not the story I’ve been reading and hearing in Washington since it broke last week. You can bet if Tom DeLay had threatened to strike Democrats’ earmarks, they wouldn’t have stopped their wailing and gnashing of teeth until a full Justice Department inquiry had been launched. Where are Chuck Schumer and Rahm Emanuel now??
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Pew Research Poll on Muslim Americans Reveals Horrifying Data

If you read nothing else today (other than The Hill, of course), read the entire Pew Research poll about the views and beliefs of Muslim Americans. Don’t simply read the highlights on the first page. Dig deep. The information contained therein is disturbing and not likely to be reported widely by the major media outlets.

Here’s an example:

“Asked whether they believe groups of Arabs carried out the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, 40% of Muslim Americans say yes, while 28% say they do not believe this, and about a third (32%) say they do not know or decline to answer the question.”
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CBS Should Bring Back General Batiste

CBS should bring General Batiste back to the airwaves because he is an authoritative, informed and important voice on Iraq and all military matters.

As a commander in Iraq, he has particular knowledge of the battlefield, the strategy, the troops and the policy.

Having made a television ad for a change in Iraq policy, General Batiste’s interest is the most visibly disclosed in American television, an arena where “guests” and “consultants” regularly have draconian, undisclosed conflicts of interest.

Keep in mind, General Batiste left the military in protest against policies he could not support, and America would be a better place if others had done the same. Retired generals often make small fortunes in the private sector, exploiting their military background, and by speaking out General Batiste gave away substantial personal wealth by alienating many potential sources of income.
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Hillary's Post Mortem — Here's a Preview

When Hillary loses (either in the primary or in the general) the editorials and post mortems will sound something like this explanation by Linda Mason, a VP at CBS News, who uses broad generalizations to justify the specific journalistic atrocity that is Katie Couric.

Mason: "I'm just surprised at how, almost 30 years after I worked on the Evening News as the first woman producer, that Katie is having such a tough time being accepted by the public, which seems to prefer the news from white guys, and now that Charlie's doing so well, from older white guys. I guess they want the reassurance of a Walter Cronkite.

"I had no idea that a woman delivering the news would be a handicap. And I'm afraid that Katie's paying a price for being the first woman. But I think it's a great trail that she's blazing, and I think if the broadcast continues to be as good as it has been, if we continue to break news, if we continue to tell interesting stories, people will start to watch. It takes time, I think. But I was surprised that there was an obvious connection between a woman giving the news, and the audience wanting to watch it." (Public Eye, a CBSNews.com blog)
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Hypocrisy, Sharpton Style

These days, anytime an alleged transgression or racial wrongdoing has taken place towards a person of color, the Rev. Jesse Jackson or the Rev. Al Sharpton elbow their way to the microphones to speak on behalf of Black America. That the media accepts them as legitimate surrogates on behalf of an entire race of people is a subject we’ll save for another day.

Yes, don’t get in the way of Sharpton if he can profit from media exposure or some other form of financial benefit by standing in front of the cameras and professing his outrage. Duke lacrosse players? Right out in front. Don Imus case? Leading the charge and meeting with senior executives at television networks demanding justice and equality.

I’m curious, though unsurprised, about the lack of wall-to-wall coverage generated by Rev. Sharpton’s comments the other day regarding former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R). Lest anyone accuse me of taking this out of context, here’s what Rev. Sharpton said verbatim:
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Stephanie Miller Wows 'Em On MSNBC

Progressive radio talk show host Stephanie Miller is doing a great job in the old Imus spot on MSNBC, and I hope everyone has a chance to catch her show.

Stephanie is a comedienne, radio host and progressive impressario, and it's great to see her doing cable television.

She's funny, pointed, provocative, progressive and her time on MSNBC is a mini-breakthrough and I suspect we'll be seeing more of her.
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The Foxification of America

He already owns the Fox Network, the Fox News Channel, the New York Post, the Weekly Standard, Sky News, and 20th Century Fox movie studios. And he’s starting a new Fox Business Channel. But that’s not enough. Now he wants to buy the Wall Street Journal.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the United States of Murdoch! Yes, right-wing media mogul Rupert Murdoch has made a $5 billion offer to buy Dow Jones, parent company of the Journal.

Make no mistake about it, the FCC should not allow this deal to go through. Because it’s bad news for America.
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