It’s never a good day when one of the most wicked organizations on the planet is pleased by anything. But how could America’s teachers unions not have been thrilled with the news that Davis Guggenheim’s damning indictment of the devastation they have brought down upon America’s public school system and millions upon millions of children was snubbed by the Academy this morning?
Was Vicki Lawrence funny or being mean making fun of the homeless, and will diagnosing Down Syndrome lead to designer babies? Liberal celebrities need to lighten up. If they can ridicule us, Ricky Gervais can have his way with them.
On Sunday evening, an event in Washington preemptively made mincemeat of the usual press claims that "thousands" would participate in the next day's March for Life.
The next day at the Washington Post, Michelle Boorstein and Ben Pershing followed form ("Thousands of abortion opponents rally in march on Mall"), but did make an interesting, seemingly reluctant observation: "Some attending the events Monday said that more young people appeared to be participating than in previous years."
The Associated Press's coverage of the march added a new twist. Its afternoon report on the rally made no attempt at a crowd size estimate. The New York Times, as far as I can tell, did no story of its own.
The Sunday evening event noted earlier was a pro-life vigil Mass, where the crowd size was relatively verifiable. The homilist, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, took the opportunity to point a finger at the establishment press, and to take note of the youthful energy driving the pro-life movement:
Why pull punches? Steve Cohen (D-TN) has been my political hero for a long time, and I have never been more proud of Steve Cohen. Steve has the balls and spine to call out the fact that Republicans are engaging in the SAME tactics that the Nazis did in Europe - taking a big lie, and repeating it over and over, louder and louder, until people believe it. Meanwhile, Eric Cantor keeps enabling the lie of the "birthers", by not calling it a lie. Cantor's career as a Republican apologist goes back to when his daddy was Reagan's State Campaign Treasurer in 1980...
Via I Hate the Media, a little dose of Monday morning comedy. Much of the left was distraught, but the folks at Huff-n-Puff really let wail. Our favorite: "I really hope Al Jazeera English plans to fill the niche. It seems to be the only news channel in America that tells the truth." Classic. Head below the fold for IHTM's full list.
The far-left bloggers at Daily Kos were distraught at the abrupt departure of Keith Olbermann. Dagnome quickly dragged in the Citizens United case from the Supreme Court to indicate that corporate power had once again crushed freedom of speech:
...[M]y guess is that this development is one of...MANY that will now take place since the merger of NBC and Comcast has bee[n] all but approved.
Forgive my editorializing, but in its own way, this follows on the heels [of] Citizens UNited as one of the worst developments of the last 12 months - NOW we have a truly conservative corporation controlling muzzling the voices on what used to be free speech in the USA...
Badabing sees war, and wants to "go to the mattresses" to preserve democracy:
A classic form of media bias is this: if someone the liberal media considers to be a dummy (Sarah Palin, or for an older example, Dan Quayle) says something that suggests serious confusion, it's a big gaffe story sent directly to the desks of Leno and Letterman. But if we put the same words in the mouth of say, a liberal Supreme Court justice the media considers a genius, then no one blinks. At National Review's Bench Memos, Matthew Franck offered an example:
First I read it in the New York Times this morning, but it didn't hit me. Then my coffee kicked in, and by the time I was reading the Washington Post, I was awake enough to say "huh?" It seems that [Tuesday], during oral argument at the Supreme Court--the context is unimportant--Justice Stephen Breyer said that if a certain course of reasoning were to be adopted, "we are not just throwing a monkey wrench into the gears of government contracting; we're throwing the whole monkey."
Okay, let's clear the air on that one: A group of Muslim SOBs did kill Americans on 9/11. They have allies who are out to kill more of us. They are our enemy. But that does not make all Muslim-Americans our enemies. Our diversity needs to be an asset to our national security, not a nuisance.
Unfortunately, Couric's comment expresses something my own cynical side has noticed ever since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: Muslims have become the new "Negroes," the new occupants of the bottom-rung scary-minority status long occupied by us African-Americans.
Can you pronounce your friends' names? Hold on, let's narrow that down. Can you pronounce the names of your "great friends"? Pres. Obama can't—at least when it comes to Sen. Gillibrand of New York.
PBO was at an event at GE in Schenectady, New York today, announcing his selection of GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt as a senior economic adviser. The president began his remarks by recognizing dignitaries in attendance. The only ones among them he identified as "great friends of mine" were the two New York senators. He then proceeded to mispronounce Gillibrand's last name.
Liberal columnist Michael Kinsley made light of the Catholic Church's process of recognizing a saint in a Wednesday column for the Los Angeles Times, while simultaneously blasting the Church's opposition to embryonic stem cell research, claiming that the religion was a "main impediment" in developing a cure for Parkinson's disease.
Following a segment on American school children learning Chinese as a second language at the end of Wednesday's CBS Evening News, anchor Katie Couric tried her hand at reciting part of her sign off in Mandarin, telling viewers, "míngtianjiàn wanan," meaning, "See you tomorrow, good night." [Audio available here]
In the prior report, correspondent Terry McCarthy was critical of Americans for not having better foreign language skills: "Americans generally assume everyone speaks English....But Americans do not generally share such multilingual talents." He then cheered efforts in one Los Angeles elementary school to teach Chinese alongside English, starting in Kindergarten: "These kids have been studying Chinese for four years and they're pretty good....the Chinese immersion program is so popular, they have a waiting list."