General Electric Vox published a photo essay about the crises in Venezuela. The photos of the protests were picturesque but something important was missing. It was especially noticeable when the essay by Amanda Taub, 11 stunning photos of the protest movement sweeping Venezuela, touched on the dismal economy. Therefore the most stunning thing about the essay wasn't the photos but the very noticeable failure to mention a certain word seen all over Venezuela.
I am probably the only writer on NewsBusters to have received an award from the Soviet Union. It was for my work as an American correspondent for Krokodil Magazine which you can see chronicled in I Was A Commie Writer.
I live in South Florida which is full of eccentrics which is why I feel right at home here. My main accomplishments in life were winning a bottle of aftershave when I was eight and having the biggest PING List (over 1000 Pingees) on the Free Republic forum for my DUmmie FUnnies blog. This is fortunate since I suffer severely from Ping List Envy.
Prior to the advent of the Web, I wrote a syndicated humor column that appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout North America. Only complete humility forbids me from telling you that my columns appeared in the Houston Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, L.A Herald-Examiner, Winnipeg Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Vancouver Sun, and lots of other periodicals that I am much to humble to list.
Oh, I also produced an award-winning satirical comix website called PJ's Comix. This sort of balances out the fact that I am the WORST basketball player in the world.
When I lived in Los Angeles, I wrote comedy material for comedians. Sorry, due to business ethics I can't reveal any of their names (Argus Hamilton).
In the midst of freezing weather and record snowstorms in the eastern United States, NBC's Al Roker wishes the term "Global Warming" had never been used. Too bad, Al. As the Great Lakes are mostly frozen over due to the extreme cold, you are stuck with a term devised by liberals about twenty years ago to describe what they confidently predicted would happen at the time. Now that Global Warming laughably did not pan out, suddenly liberals and Al Roker are regretting that terminology and are now using the all-inclusive "Climate Change" instead.
In an article chock full of "could" and computer model projections, the San Jose Mercury News speculates in its headline, "Climate change may flatten Santa Cruz's famed surfing waves." Key word is "may" since it also may not. However, this doesn't prevent reporter James Urton from engaging in extreme conjecture about surf conditions in a century while computer model projections are often unable to correctly project the weather for the next day.
Politico labor reporter Mike Elk continues to set new records in the annals of extreme lethargy. Not only has he written a pathetic total of only five stories since he came on board at Politico in the middle of October, he can't even be bothered to write or even contribute to currently breaking important labor stories.
It hasn't exactly been unexpected. In fact the probability it would happen has been reported on for weeks but today it's official. MSNBC has dumped the shows of Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid due to horrible ratings.
So what could be creepier than inappropriately placing your hands on the wife of a new cabinet official? How about inappropriately placing your hand on the leg of a gruff police chief during a solemn ceremony. Joe Biden did both but the first act is all over the news and the classic photo of the latter was buried by the mainstream media. Why? The reason seems to be timing. It is okay now to have a laugh at the expense of Biden since his days in office are numbered and few, perhaps not even Biden himself, believe he has any chance of being nominated for president in 2016.
However, the incredible photo of Biden with his hand on the leg of W.C. Fields lookalike, New Castle Police Chief Kevin McDerby at the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony in Dover was taken taken on May 3, 2010. That date gives us a clue as to why the incredible photo went down the memory hole.
Becoming a national laughingstock can have consequences of up to $50 million dollars as Brian Williams might soon find out. According to the New York Post, Willliams' NBC contract contains a "public morals" clause that allows NBC to terminate him if he should bring ridicule upon himself.
It was inevitable. A "Hitler" parody video about the downfall of Brian Williams. What was not necessarily inevitable was how brilliantly funny this video is. One of the best, if not THE best of all the thousands of these parody videos based on the bunker scene from the movie "Downfall."
The serial fabulism is hitting hard and fast. Brian Williams aboard a helicopter in Iraq hit by an RPG. Brian Williams seeing a dead body floating by him after hurricane Katrina, witnessing a Superdome suicide, evading roving gangs in his hotel, oh, and getting dysentery from accidentally drinking floodwater. Today we found out about Brian Williams encountering the Pope as a college student. And now we have a Brian Williams Seal Team Six story that is rapidly falling apart.
It wasn't what CNBC hosts Simon Hobbs nor Sarah Eisen expected or wanted to hear. In stark contrast to the upbeat Federal Reserve forecasts, Steven Ricchiuto, chief economist of Mizuho Securities weighed in with a distinctly glum picture of the near future.
Forget about the legal merits of the King vs Burwell case which states that the Obamacare law actually means what it says: that subsidies should only go to state-run, not federal exchanges. What really counts according to Sarah Kliff of Vox is that the plaintiffs in this case are guilty of the thought crime of thinking ill of (GASP!) President Obama.
Ironically, the biggest witness against the exaggerated claims of Brian Williams' Hurricane Katrina fabulism turns out to be Brian Williams himself. His diary entries in the NBC News Daily Nightly online journal from the time of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans to the aftermath several days later shows no mention of his many disputed claims.
Notorious DUer, William Rivers Pitt, who along with his TruthOut colleague, Jason Leopold, published a "scoop" nine years ago that Karl Rove had been indicted. That story collapsed but Pitt is back again with yet another "scoop" of equal veracity that TurboTax was hacked. Because this scoop went viral, a representative of TurboTax was forced to post the truth on Pitt's Democatic Underground thread that in fact TurboTax was not hacked.
The sight of Pitt eating crow yet again caused quite a bit of mirth on the Web including even from his fellow DUers who viciously mocked Pitt for posting yet another false "scoop."
Brian Williams was forced to apologize for the Chopper Whopper he told about his helicopter being supposedly hit in Iraq. Unfortunately for him, he opened a can of worms by bringing more scrutiny upon his tales of duress. As a result it has been discovered that he also told an eerily similar story about the dangers he faced and rescue during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Randy Quaid took a long trip up a mental river into the very heart of darkness and ended up with an incredibly bizarre rant against Rupert Murdoch. Although Quaid seems to have gone over the edge, perhaps he should be remembered for the terrific acting roles he has performed in the past.
On Saturday, Newsbusters' Tom Blumer wrote about the work strain that young Mike Elk, a Politico reporter who wants to unionize his workplace, imagines himself to be enduring. Well, a quick check at Politico reveals that the Boy Wobbly wrote a grand total of five stories since October 16. On average only about one story every three weeks. Such a strain!
Democrat Big Brother has gotten so bold that he is now following reporters into the bathroom. Politico reports on how staffers at a Democrat retreat in Philadelphia attempted to keep such a tight lid on reporters that they followed them into the final realm of privacy.
Did you know that the future of Obamacare relies on the credibilty of former Senator Ben "Cornhusker Kickback" Nelson? Yes, the Huffington Post and other liberal media outlets seem to think that what Nelson tells us was going on in his mind at the time that Obamacare passed is crucial to the outcome of the King vs Burwell case at the Supreme Court.
Newsweek has suggested a couple of activities that Bill Clinton could have been involved in while visiting Jeffrey Epstein's Sex Fiend Island: chatting about theoretical physics or getting massages from pretty girls. What could it be? What could it be?
There History Channel's 'Sons of Liberty' veered so far off real history as to be laughable starting with its presentation of middle-aged portly Sam Adams as some sort of urban ninja as played by a modern day hunk.