Paula Deen’s lucrative Food Network perch collapsed when she admitted in the proceedings of a failed lawsuit that she had used the N-word a “very long time ago.”
In a new cover story in People magazine, Deen says she didn’t want to get out of bed after the dramatic N-word reaction. But she was buoyed by visits from friends, including – very liberal comedian Kathy Griffin, who visited her in Savannah.
Former Washington Post managing editor Robert Kaiser is retiring at age 70, and he’s very cranky about how conservatives have destroyed government and Washington collegiality. This tells you a lot about what kind of liberal edits and massages the Post every day.
No one should ever argue that when a morning show like ABC's "Good Morning America" doesn't cover serious news events -- from Obama scandals to boring debates about the farm bill -- it's because it has too many important stories to cover.
In the second hour of Thursday's show, ABC wasted three minutes promoting its own Oscar show for Sunday night with parody trailers of the Best Picture nominees. They plopped George Stephanopoulos into "The Wolf of Wall Street," but most of the time was devoted to the film "American Hustle," with anchor Josh Elliott in the Bradley Cooper role and badly man-dressed Lara Spencer in the Christian Bale role:
In the Washington Post’s free commuter tabloid Express on Thursday, writer Kristen Page-Kirby wrote a little “Film Riffs” feature about Jesus movies headlined “Jesus Is Magic” (yep, also a title of a snide Sarah Silverman special).
Page-Kirby explained that “In ‘Son of God,’ out Friday, Diogo Morgado plays Jesus of Nazareth, a homeless rabbi who spent a chunk of his childhood as a refugee. Jesus can be quite the box-office draw.” She then listed five movies, none of which were the massive Mel Gibson box-office hit we all remember from 2004. Guess what topped the list instead?
They love MSNBC at the hard-left magazine The Nation. Their writers – Ari Melber and Melissa Harris-Perry – have become MSNBC “talent.” Still, in an article on "MSNBC And Its Discontents," former Village Voice advertising critic Leslie Savan admitted there that “The daily, hour-long format, often featuring hosts from other MSNBC shows and a familiar rotation of guest pundits can be mind-numbing,” as with other cable-news stations. She wasn't a fan of the Ronan Farrow debut, which she found dull.
But Savan has a confession: she watches MSNBC too much, and she’s amazed a network “can be so unabashedly left-liberal and survive in the corporate media”:
NPR celebrates political anniversaries – when it likes them. They celebrated the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, when when it had already faded away. This week, NPR aired five stories discussing the fourth anniversary of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative to get kids to eat better and exercise.
But there was no story on the fifth anniversary of the Tea Party. The closest thing was a Mara Liasson analysis on Thursday of how the Senate races look tough for Democrats this fall – if the Republicans can keep the Tea Party extremists at bay:
The Page Six gossips at The New York Post reported the other day that newly minted MSNBC host Ronan Farrow could not be asked any sticky personal questions -- mostly about his warring family over charges of sexual abuse by Woody Allen against his sister Dylan Farrow -- at an event where he was winning a "Cronkite Award" after being a journalist for three days.
Who demanded the brand-new journalist not be asked tough questions by journalists? In an update after the event, the group honoring Farrow, Reach the World, first told Page Six it came from Farrow’s publicists, then completely flip-flopped and claimed it wasn’t Farrow’s publicists:
Barbara Hollingsworth at our sister site CNSNews.com has a shocking article headlined “Planned Parenthood Produces Video Promoting Bondage and Sadomasochism to Teens.”
It’s Planned Parenthood of Northern New England – “which received more than $2.75 million in government funding in 2012"– that launched a YouTube channel called “A Naked Notion,” with sex educator Laci Green:
Sen. Mark Warner is running for re-election this fall, and despite having an (undeserved) reputation as a pro-business Democrat, he’s no fan of the Tea Party. Apparently, they’re dummies.
NPR’s game show “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” interviewed him briefly on February 22 -- let's make the geeky millionaire Democrat look cooler -- and when comedian Alonzo Bodden compared the Tea Party to devoted fans of troubled teen idol Justin Bieber, Warner shot back they’re “both about equally informed.” Here’s the setup:
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion conglomerate, did an interview Thursday on the new Fusion network with anchorman Jorge Ramos.
The section sparking everyone’s attention came when Ramos – self-respecting enough to offer more than the piffle a Ronan Farrow offers on MSNBC – asked when life begins for Richards. She labored mightily not to answer, since abortion advocates eschew science and believe that women should be able to abort even AFTER a child is born:
Washington Post drama writer Peter Marks reported Thursday that the Arena Stage company, known in recent years for putting on Kathleen Turner honoring a leftist in “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” will stage the world premiere of a three-actor drama in which the main character is conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.
“The Originalist,” by D.C. playwright John Strand, is slated for its premiere on March 6, 2015, and will star Edward Gero , known for, among other roles, playing “Scrooge in Ford’s Theatre’s annual ‘A Christmas Carol’ — as the politically conservative justice.” Marks used the C-word for Scalia, but couldn't manage the L-words for Ivins.
Team Obama is so desperate to change the subject from Obamacare that they sent top presidential aide Valerie Jarrett into “The O’Reilly Factor” to talk up Obama’s sudden distraction -- ahem, lifelong campaign to help young black men in rough neighborhoods.
O’Reilly took the conversation in a direction where no one in the PC media has dared to go: Obama’s failure to call out rappers like Jay-Z for their gangsta glamorization. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] The media has only used the Obamas’ friendship with Jay-Z and Beyonce as a measure of their hipness. O’Reilly pushed back, but Jarrett wouldn’t go there on gangsta rap:
Unlike the networks, The Washington Post marked the fifth anniversary of the Tea Party movement – by suggesting their might not be a tenth. This has not been the way the Post has marked Occupy Wall Street. They glorified that even as it crumbled and blew away.
There are few things that might please liberal journalists more than finding that elusive voter that proves a dearly held theory: anti-Obama voters really hate black people. It’s all about his race, not his policies.
NPR hit that jackpot on Tuesday’s Morning Edition in a seven-minute story on Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) seeking re-election in Louisiana. In seven minutes, NPR’s Ailsa Chang never even whispered the name of Landrieu’s expected Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy (or his challenger, state Sen. Paul Hollis). The latest poll found Cassidy in the lead. But Chang found a racist sitting under an oak tree in Galliano, Louisiana, in Cajun territory:
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that journalists are being ordered to sign a form pledging they will not ask any personal questions of new MSNBC boy-wonder host Ronan Farrow if they want to attend a benefit where he will be honored Wednesday night.
Farrow is receiving the “Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration and Journalism” at Reach the World’s 14th annual benefit at the Princeton Club. He’s been a journalist for about 72 hours, and he’s getting a “Cronkite Award”? Obviously, this selection was made months ago.
The TMZ types have noticed that NBC morning weather man Al Roker is no fan of former NBC late-night host Conan O’Brien. Conan joked this week that a no-makeup day on “Today” was no big deal “except for the revelation that Al Roker is a tiny Japanese woman.”
Roker uncorked on Conan in an Sirius-XM radio show hosted by comedian Pete Dominick, saying maybe some day he’ll be back on “real TV” again:
Owen Ullmann is Editor of the print edition of USA Today, and on page 2A on Tuesday, he was sounding off on the proposed Arizona bill -- SB 1062 -- to allow religious people to deny services to gay “marriages.” The headline was “Arizona’s anti-gay bill is shameful.” Ullman quickly devolved to strident historical comparisons: “These intolerant lawmakers must be nostalgic for Jim Crow laws.
Oh, but the segregationist schtick is fairly standard for liberals on this debate, so Ullmann shifted into portraying gays and conservatives as the Jews and their Nazi persecutors:
The Washington Post’s ongoing love-bombing of John Dingell continued on Wednesday. Post reporter Ben Terris began promoting Dingell’s wife Debbie to take over his seat in Congress, with an announcement now expected on Friday – without one word focused on any Democrat or Republican challengers, and without any pushback to the notion that this House seat is Property of the Dingells.
The headline was “For Dingell, a life primed for politics: As wife of longtime lawmaker she’s ready to run to take over familiar reins.” It should be “one of the easier transitions to Congress,” proclaimed Terris the Post flower-petal tosser:
As part of the ongoing public-relations campaign to define First Lady Michelle Obama as cool even as she lectures the kids to eat their vegetables, Will Ferrell offered himself as a co-star in a YouTube video. It’s pitched as a focus group of kids asked about the favorite fruits and vegetables, and their favorite dance moves.
Ferrell tries to crack up the kids by asking if diet cola is a vegetable and asking if you eat a sound diet all week, you can spend your Sunday eating only candy. When the kids chant “no,” Ferrell says he’s done that for two years. The video is below:
The Washington Post wasn’t hiding its sadness on the occasion of liberal Rep. John Dingell’s retirement on Tuesday. “Legislative giant leaving a changed Congress” was the front-page headline.
Reporters Karen Tumulty and Paul Kane lamented the days of the old committee barons making (liberal) legislation happen. They warmly remembered how Dingell terrified anyone who received a subpoena from his committee:
NPR media reporter David Folkenflik was given the chance to promote his book “Murdoch’s World” in an interview for the latest edition of The Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists. He tried the usual line that Rupert Murdoch deserved a whole book on his scandals because he’s so “unique.” (Read: somewhat conservative tycoon in a liberal media.)
Folkenflik said he was on a Fox News “blacklist,” and not for the first time. Then he made sure he said he had “a lot of respect” for the Wall Street Journal, unlike Fox:
Leftist “funny man” Jamie Kilstein posted a YouTube video titled “Recuiting Tools for Atheists” that travels pretty much to where you would expect a repeat guest of Melissa Harris-Perry’s on MSNBC.
After mocking conservative Christians for wanting a Jesus as white as “Kenny G and Macklemore,” Kilstein bizarrely claimed abortions kill a “terrifying blog of not-a-real a baby,” and adds confidently that his concept is “science,” and not feminist politics:
In an interview with the black website TheRoot, incoming MSNBC host Joy Reid repeated the usual network mantra that “Everyone at MSNBC has a different, unique perspective," and she hopes her new 2pm Eastern show will be a “table-setter for prime time.” Translation: whatever "War on Women" or Bridgegate segment I’m doing at 2 will be repeated at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.....by one "unique perspective" after another.
Reid claimed to lament a political climate that she says has "just become really nasty" and made civilized disagreements few and far between. It's thanks in part to what she calls a "very virulent strain that is sort of in the underbelly of society." It’s racism, or the right wing’s horrid tendency to counter-accuse MSNBC of racism, like the accusation is a weapon:
When you're an acclaimed liberal movie star like Leonardo diCaprio, there's apparently nothing controversial that you can put on film. On the February 16 "Sunday Morning" on CBS, reporter Lee Cowan created an entire interview feature around diCaprio's latest movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" without ever mentioning scenes of orgies or midget tossing, or the more than 500 uses of the F-bomb in the film.
Instead, Cowan merely repeated the movie star's lines back to him about how this controversial film was merely "vibrant and polarizing," the role of a lifetime, with no critics or moral objections:
Nick Denton, the British-born boss of Gawker Media, was interviewed by media writer Jeff Bercovici for Playboy magazine. Not only did he discuss why he hates liberals in America ("so (bleep)-ing prissy" with conservatives), but he discussed his engagement to actor Derrence Williams.
Within that, Denton lectured that what is called the "mainstream press" is still paralyzed by gayness: "the true pansexual messiness of most gay sexual histories is not something they or their readers are ready for." There's always room to "grow" into the sexual future:
In an utterly typical flourish, the front of the "Thursday Styles" section of The new York Times featured two gay men and a tot over the headline "And Surrogacy Makes 3: Surrogate baby-making, through restricted in many states, has been growing among gay men."
Times reporter Anemona Hartocollis told the utterly unopposed story of New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman and his partner David Sigal with their daughter, Silvia Hoylman-Sigal. In New York, Sen. Hoylman is trying to make it easier for gays to use surrogates for their "fundamentally conservative embrace of family values." Their baby story "carries with it an extra frisson of the illicit that seems to them more than a little archaic and unfair in the post marriage-equality world."
On Friday, Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin filed a Style section front-pager on Marlon Marshall, the “deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he is charged with helping to sell the Affordable Care Act, which remains politically polarizing and was damaged by a disastrous Web site rollout last fall.”
What sticks out most in this profile is how Planned Parenthood – which receives hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money each year – is an integral part of selling Obamacare door to door, and this is somehow not seen as controversial:
Andrea Mitchell’s parade of complaints about “The Hillary Papers” at the University of Arkansas can be better explained by a peek at her own 2005 memoir “Talking Back.” In her chapter on being a “White House Pit Bull” in the Clinton years, Mitchell made clear that for more than two decades, she’s sympathized with Hillary’s rise to power.
“One of the first times I ever say Hillary Clinton, she looks like a trapped animal, fighting for her life. Still in her head-band long hair mode, she had joined her husband to campaign in New Hampshire as he tried to cope with twin scandals” – a sex scandal and a draft-dodging scandal.
Washington Post reporter Zachary Goldfarb caused spit takes in Washington on Friday morning. At the top left of the paper, the headline is "Obama budget to rebuff austerity." Or, as Goldfarb described the new White House budget document, "Obama will call for an an end to the era of austerity that has dogged his presidency..."
Is there nobody at the Post who can properly understand that the largest deficits in American history have occurred in the past five years? This was quickly mocked on Twitter:
The New York Times defined it as newsworthy that Rolling Stone's hard-left fancifier-fulminator Matt Taibbi is taking a new job with Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media. The headline was bland: "Start-Up Site Hires Critic of Wall St." The Times had no ideological label except "fierce critic of Wall Street." That's probably about the label Karl Marx would get if he wrote today.
The account was short enough to somehow exclude Taibbi's infamous 2005 article on "52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope." The Times account waited until the end to quote typically rabid or possibly drug-fueled Taibbi passages, puffing it as "vivid writing and colorful language" in a "now-famous metaphor" (which a quick Nexis search demonstrates The New York Times has now quoted 24 times):