MRC Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham is scheduled to appear on the "Hannity" show on Fox News Channel on Friday night. In a "media mash" segment, Tim will discuss some of the latest media-bias issues and video. (We're told it's near the end of the hour.)The show airs at 9 pm and midnight Eastern time.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: are media already getting frustrated with President Obama?
Tuesday's broadcast media inaugural coverage "really was over-the-top" with journalists falling over themselves to describe the Obama ceremony in glorious overtones, Media Research Center President Brent Bozel
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: How do responsibility and socialism mix?A theme in Obama's inaugural address was a new era of responsibility. Yet: "[I]f Obama gets his stimulus package passed, and it includes the tax credits he’s after, less than 50 percent of the nation will actually be paying federal income taxes. That means more than half the population will have absolutely no fiscal responsibility under the new administration."
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Have all your problems gone away now that Obama is President?Have your mortgage and monthly bills been mysteriously paid for? Did you wake up thinner, taller, fitter, healthier, and sexier? Did your boss give you a raise today completely out of the blue? Are your kids suddenly better behaved, and saying "Yes, sir/ma'am" to all your commands? Did your spouse give you an affectionate greeting this morning like you haven't received since your honeymoon?Does the sky and the sun look brighter today?
"Up to this point, there's very much a mirage going on. Barack Obama is what people want him to be. It is not the real thing, yet. He hasn't been tested yet. Once he's tested, then we are going to see the real Barack Obama. I hope he does well," Brent Bozell told the crew of "Fox & Friends" this morning. (audio available here)
The MRC president and NewsBusters publisher braved the cold and heavy inaugural security to appear with FNC's Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade on the roof of the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, where he gave some advice to the incoming president, assessed the outgoing chief executive's engagement with the media, and slammed the media for failing to cover President Bush's farewell address.
On the latter:
BRENT BOZELL, MRC President: Let me give you a fascinating statistic. And this is truly, I think, offensive. On Thursday night, George Bush gave his farewell address to the American people. It's the only real public thing he's done.
STEVE DOOCY, "Fox & Friends" co-host: We covered it the next day a lot.
BOZELL: Friday morning, ABC, NBC, CBS, a grand total of 7 hours combined coverage. Guess how much time they gave to George Bush's farewell address, combined? Fifty-eight seconds.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Inauguration Day.What are your final thoughts for George W. Bush? What are the high points of his administration, and the low points? How will history eventually view the man as well as his presidency?As for our new president, what are your thoughts today? Do you wish him the best and hope things are much better four years from now, or do you want him to fail so that Republicans can take back Congress and the White House as soon as possible?
It's NFL Championship Sunday, and the teams that will compete in the Super Bowl two weeks from now will be decided.
Are you ready for some football?
Joe Concha is, and he's got us covered below the fold:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Lisa Gladden (D), a Maryland state senator, made the following asinine statement last week (video embedded right):
It doesn’t matter if the state of Maryland is broke as long as Barack Obama is President of the United States – this is great!
Isn't that special?
A freelance writer from Maryland had this to say:
Tonight's Comedy Video Open Thread will again feature your recommendations. Readers are encouraged to submit suggestions to Noel and Warner via PM or EM (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Our first submission comes from NBer AnotherFedUpOne, and is absolutely delicious.
Imagine the federal government owns the auto companies, and folks like Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, and Barney Frank are designing the cars we drive. Scary stuff embedded right...trust me.
The phone lines are open.
This next offering is from mizflame98:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: you tell us.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Pres.-elect Barack Obama and VP-elect Joe Biden meet in Washington January 14, 2009, after Biden and Graham's recent trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. Photo Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
"Sometimes, Brian, I think we live in a parallel universe, where the media see the world one way when it's a Democrat in power and another way when a Republican is in power," NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell told Fox News Channel's Brian Kilmeade. [audio of segment available here]
The Media Research Center president appeared on the January 16 "Fox & Friends" to discuss an astounding contrast that illustrates the media's liberal biases: the Associated Press scorned the roughly $40 million spent on the 2005 Bush inauguration but is assuring readers that it's okay to glam it up for the 2009 Obama inauguration.:
BRENT BOZELL: Look at these headlines. We found this, this is from AP. Four years ago on the eve of George Bush's second inauguration. This is the lede: "President Bush's second inauguration will cost tens of millions of dollars. Forty million alone in private donations for parties, balls, etc. Then it goes on to say, what else could that money buy..... Now, four years later, same AP news outlet. A story on Barack Obama. According to the Guardian newspaper, he could spend as much as $150 million. That would be three times more than George Bush spent. This is their [AP's] lede: "So you're attending an inaugural ball saluting the historic election of Barack Obama in the worst economic climate in three generations. Can you get away with glitzing it up and still be appropriate not to mention comfortable and finacially viable? To quote the man of the hour, 'Yes, you can.' Veteran ballgoers say you should, and fashionistas say you must."
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Bush says farewell.
Fellow citizens: For eight years, it has been my honor to serve as your President. The first decade of this new century has been a period of consequence – a time set apart. Tonight, with a thankful heart, I have asked for a final opportunity to share some thoughts on the journey we have traveled together and the future of our Nation.
What did you think of his speech? How will he be remembered?
Video of address embedded below the fold:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: a treasury secretary with tax problems?As Tom Blumer has reported here and here, Barack Obama's nominee for treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, has some tax problems. Do you think this is a serious matter, and something that should disqualify him?