So many great sporting events this weekend who knows what to watch?
Did you know the Pilgrims were not only illegal immigrants, but part of that reviled economic elite known today as the one percent? At least according to Tulane professor and MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Perry.
Here's Harris-Perry on Al Sharpton's radio show earlier this week reaching for new heights in revisionism (audio) --
The culture of Hollywood has just been beautifully defined by two awards-show decisions. The first one was Brett Ratner being dumped as the director of ABC’s Oscars telecast after he said “rehearsals are for fags.” It wasn’t long before Ratner turned himself in for “negotiations” with the gay Anti-Defamation cops about doing P.C. penance.
The second one, just days later, was the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC begging British comedian Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globe Awards again – after he mercilessly insulted nearly everyone in Hollywood and ended last year’s program with a long list of thank yous, ending with “And thank you to God – for making me an atheist.”
In the same issue of Broadcasting & Cable magazine in which Al Gore described the public's deep yearning for Current TV, former ABC anchor (and current NBC Rock Center special correspondent ) Ted Koppel issued one of his lectures on how the elite media has lost its way amidst all the rabble and their incessant partisan blogging and partisan cable news.
To Koppel, the nation was much better off when it was guided by a small and wise (and supposedly nonpartisan) national media elite that had the brains to separate the wheat from the chaff of information and tell the public how it should think. That's all been ruined now by the "democratization of journalism," and the public will ruin the country with their incessantly partisan ravings. Here's some of that critique:
On November 15 (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I compared how two of the leading wire services, Reuters and the Associated Press, covered the announcement by Geron Corp. of its decision to halt the first government-approved clinical trial involving embryonic stem cells. Reuters fairly noted that "teams working with adult stem cells -- a less ambitious area -- are making good progress." While one could quarrel with the characterization of adult stem cell research as "less ambitious" (unless you throw in cloning, which is what sometimes seems to be embryonic researchers' primary area of intrigue), its "good progress" descriptor was fair. Meanwhile, the Associated Press's coverage of the same story failed to even recognize the existence of adult stem cell research.
Wesley Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism and an influential prolife author, has observed that the establishment press has largely come down where AP did. A Friday Catholic News Agency item elaborates (bolds are mine):
Penny Starr at CNSNews.com reported on a cultural clash between the Ayn Rand fan who created Lululemon yoga clothing and the liberals who've been shocked and dismayed by the company's "Who Is John Galt?" tote bags.
On the November 17 edition of NPR’s All Things Considered, substitute anchor Guy Raz interviewed a reporter, Simon Houpt, with the Toronto Globe and Mail, who said Lululemon “has severely alienated its core constituency” by distributing the bag. Houpt told Raz that “John Galt’s” ideals are “completely contrary to the teachings of yoga -- that yoga is, in fact, a core component of building community, and that the notion of self-interest, in fact, runs completely against that.”
James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal enjoys watching the New York Times columnists clash with each other. Most recently, Thomas Friedman was not a fan of Obama's mushy budget politics, while Paul Krugman played defense for the president.
"Here we are in America again on the eve of a major budgetary decision by yet another bipartisan 'supercommittee,' and does anyone know what President Obama's preferred outcome is?" asked Friedman on November 16. "Exactly which taxes does he want raised, and which spending does he want cut? The president's politics on this issue seems to be a bowl of poll-tested mush." Krugman sang a different tune two days later:
The next time you get into an argument with a liberal about whether or not the media is biased, show him or her the following video of MSNBC's Chris Matthews admitting on Friday's Hardball that it is (video follows with transcript and commentary):
A friend of mine was recently opining on Facebook, in the midst of the Occupy Albany movement announcing plans for a Black Friday flash mob scene at the local mall - What are the Occupiers trying to get done? It is a question many people have been asking since the movement began.
Democrats, particularly Nancy Pelosi, would have people believe that this is simply a wonderful grassroots citizen movement, people exercising their freedom of speech, holding banks and corporations accountable, and spreading peaceful socialist messages of a perceived attainable utopian economic society. It is not.
President Barack Obama and MSNBC's Ed Schultz have been named to GQ magazine's annual list of "The 25 Least Influential People Alive."
Although not available online yet, TVNewser published a preview Friday:
Now that he's frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich must feel a sense of deja vu with all the attacks he's getting from liberal media members.
Keeping up his end Thursday was Vanity Fair's national editor Todd S. Purdum with a hit piece intelligently titled "Big Baby":
The Huffington Post's Latino Voices section is thrilled with the latest controversy-stoking cover of The New Yorker: pilgrims and their bonneted wives in the moonlight crawling through a hole chain-link fence in the American desert. Who knew Miles Standish was a Mexican?
The cover artist claims this is somehow not oversimplified. "Too often in politics, very complex subjects are being turned into sound bites, so it's easy to take them apart," Christoph Niemann told The New Yorker. I draw a parallel between current immigrants and early settlers -- the hope is that it will provide context, to help keep things in perspective."
As NewsBusters reported Thursday, NBC apologized to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for the offensive song that was played as she walked onto the stage to be a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday.
Unfortunately, as Bachmann told radio’s Steve Malzberg guest-hosting for Jeff Bolton on KLIF in Texas Friday, that apology came from a vice president of programming and not NBC’s president (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):
In a special 80th anniversary edition of Broadcasting & Cable magazine (not online), former vice president Al Gore lays out his vision for how the American public is just desperately hungry for Current TV -- actual ratings numbers notwithstanding. To add humor on top of humor, Gore insisted that Current TV is not really leftist.
"Some of our competitors may see us as being on the left side of the spectrum," Gore admitted, "but the entire spectrum has been pulled so far to the right that we believe that we are completely right about what viewers are yearning for as we enter what is sure to be one of the most heated, energetic, and fascinating election years in memory."