Roger Ailes says farewell to Sarah Palin, Marco Rubio says hello to immigration reform, Hillary Clinton says farewell for now

To understand the true views of Roger Ailes, one of the smartest cats in media and politics, ask yourself: Who was his favored candidate for the Republican nomination in 2012? If you don't remember, read below. For now Ailes, in what may or may not be a hint of coming attractions at Fox News, has said farewell to Sarah Palin. Torches are being passed all over. As Palin fades from Fox, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) aspires to lead the conservative base toward more humane and creative policies, beginning with immigration. Kudos to Rubio. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton passes the torch at the State Department to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), whose experience will make him an outstanding secretary. Speaking of passing the torch, how about President Obama sharing a “60 Minutes” interview with Secretary Clinton?


Why do the media determine what's important?

It is astonishing that all of the major networks’ and cable stations’ top story is about the Notre Dame football player whose imaginary girlfriend supposedly died. How can this command the top spot in news when our country is about to be downgraded from its triple-A credit status and we continue ignoring the debt-ceiling debate?

This is symptomatic of what is wrong with our nation. We focus on things that are meaningless and completely ignore the things that will determine our viability in the future.


Media's contribution to the degeneration of society

Many have noted that are our society is in decline. Many, including President Obama, bristle at that notion, but an honest appraisal of the situation would certainly demonstrate otherwise.

There was a time when every program that ended on TV was punctuated by the seal of good practice. This meant that there was uplifting and moral content in the programming. That disappeared decades ago. There is no longer any attempt to elevate the thinking of American society.

In fact, the media seems engaged in an attempt to neutralize morality and to impose "Hollywood Morality.” In Hollywood it is quite acceptable to swap wives and have multiple marriage partners and multiple sexual partners outside of marriage. Drug culture is glorified. Excessive spending is idolized by that group, while demonizing the same spending by the Wall Street crowd.



Dates to mark. They will change the times.

Janu. 11: “Zero Dark Thirty,” which tells the story of the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden, is released to the public. Said to be one of the most effective movies ever made. There is no substitute for success and President Obama killed Osama bin Laden. It will be his story as well.


This is getting crazier and crazier

Did I dream this, or have questions been asked about the legality of "Meet the Press" host David Gregory holding up an empty gun magazine on television while interviewing NRA mouthpiece Wayne LaPierre? Even after NBC asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives if there was any legal question about doing so and was told “no,” some experts now allege that it is a crime to publicly display an empty magazine, carrying a penalty of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. NRA advocates reportedly complained to NBC.

It's legal to carry a loaded weapon in schools, bars, churches, wherever, but not to hold an empty magazine before a camera while discussing the subject of gun control?


The Drudge debate

First let me express my thanks, appreciation and respect to Matt Drudge for publishing my open letter to him about race-related stories. As I wrote to him, I am fully confident that in his personal relationships Drudge is a gentleman of integrity and fairness. This is a debate about professional standards. Let me respond here to some of the comments and private email I have received.

Most of the private reaction I have received, of which there was much, was thoughtful and friendly, including from many Republicans and including from some very high-level Republicans whom I promised not to identify but who thanked me for offering the advice I offered to Mr. Drudge and Republicans.


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You know what's actually intriguing is that gas prices are at record-high levels and it seems as though (thanks to the media with a Democrat in the White House) we have grown accustomed to $3- to $4-per-gallon gasoline.

We have also (again thanks to Obama's media PR machine) grown accustomed to sluggish economic growth and 8-plus-percent unemployment. In addition to this, we no longer seem to be alarmed by our rapidly declining international stature.


Distorting the truth

It's time for the media and politicians to stop using selective phrases to attack their opponents.
By nitpicking these phrases for a political attack or a story, the meaning of these phrases is distorted and exaggerated. They are so distorted and exaggerated by the end of the day that these attacks hold little truth.
Take Romney’s observation on Obama’s latest statement, for example.


Pat Caddell is no liberal — more proof

Pat Caddell is a fixture on Fox News and routinely presented as a Democrat who cut his teeth doing polling for Jimmy Carter, before that George McGovern; and, after that, Walter Mondale, Gary Hart and Joe Biden; in other words, Caddell’s resume puts him solidly left of center. 

I’ve watched him scores of times on Sean Hannity’s show, and he agrees with Hannity almost all the time.

Caddell is back in the news as one of the lead people behind a group called SecureAmericaNow, which is running an ad in Florida, targeted at Jewish voters, and featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning that the world sleeps as Iran develops nuclear weapons. “The world tells Israel, 'Wait. There’s still time.’ And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' ... The world needs American strength, not apologies.”


Tina Brown should sell Newsweek, Al Gore should buy Newsweek, women and liberals should boycott Newsweek

All I can say after Tina Brown's slanderous and scandalous attack on Barack Obama, written by Niall Ferguson, bannered on the cover of Brown's now-disfigured remnant of what was once a great weekly news magazine, is: Poor Tina. Poor Newsweek. Poor journalism. My guess is things ain't going so great with subscribers, advertising and revenue at Newsweek. In a previous incarnation of failure, Newsweek ran a cover of Sarah Palin in short pants, in a pathetic marketing play for the far right. Now Brown resorts to the old standby: Obamahate. What will she think of next week? Perhaps a beefcake shot of Paul Ryan while he attacks Medicare and a woman's right to choose.