Movie star George Clooney is able moving from Obama Suckup to Hillary Suckup. According to a Marc Malkin report at NBCNews,com, Clooney is repeating after Andrea Mitchell that Hillary is inevitable in the 2016 presidential race.
“I think she'd be very tough to beat now," Clooney declared at an awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. And since Hollywood is bigger on winning than on ethics, the attitude is scandal, schmandal (who’s ever heard of Benghazi?):
Comedian and CNN contributor Dean Obeidallah showed up on the Stephanie Miller radio show on Tuesday. The topic was Chris Christie and Obeidallah's article for The Daily Beast, headlined "Don't Believe the Chris Christie Hype; Look at His Economic Record."
Miller called Christie a "big bully," but Obeidallah dug low in the mud pit, insulting him as "the Rob Ford of the south," after the obese mayor of Toronto who recently admitted smoking crack.
Thus far, at best, ObamaCare has achieved just 10 percent of the Obama administration's 500,000 new-users goal for the first month of the rollout of the health care overhaul. Significantly more people have signed up for taxpayer-funded Medicaid, but that doesn't do a lick of good for the private health insurance pools offered on the federal exchanges.
Not even MSNBC.com can ignore such a story, although the Lean Forward network reserved the right to spin it as best they can. "Health care enrollment falls short of expectations," noted the bland headline for Michele Richinick's November 12 story. "A report out Tuesday shows the enrollment numbers from the first month of Obamacare fell short by thousands of registrants," noted a caption on the network's website. Sounds like the journalistic understatement of the year.
MSNBC isn’t the only network with an under-30 host. CNN has hired 28-year-old New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter to host its Sunday media show Reliable Sources. Stelter has guest-hosted a few times already since longtime host Howard Kurtz left for Fox News.
Earlier this year, Stelter's book Top of the Morning came out, about the network morning shows, including a takedown of the "general meanness" on the set of NBC's Today. Time's James Poniewozik adds he'll be leaving the Times, not working at both media outlets:
Journalists from NPR's Steve Inskeep to Colbert King have loved honoring Barack Obama by comparing him to Abraham Lincoln. At Real Clear Politics, Salena Zito reports something that hasn’t made the media “mainstream” yet: "Obama's stunning snub" of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
“In nine days, this town will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's speech with a ceremony at the same Soldiers' National Cemetery featuring the U.S. Marine Band, Governor Tom Corbett, and a reading of the Gettysburg Address,” she wrote. “One person who will not be among those honoring Lincoln is President Barack Obama.”
Armed with evidence compiled by NewsBusters senior editor and Media Research Center director of research Rich Noyes, MRC president Brent Bozell sent letters to members of the boards of directors of two prominent newspapers in Utah, demanding that they offer their readers fair and balanced coverage of U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R). You may recall that both the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News savaged the Tea Party conservative senator for his attempt to defund ObamaCare.
"Your paper can no longer claim that Sen. Lee’s strategy was out of proportion or radical," Bozell wrote Ellis Ivory, chairman of the board of directors for the Deseret News Publishing Company. "Already the nation is seeing ObamaCare for the disaster that it is" with "more than 3.5 million... losing existing health insurance plans as a result of ObamaCare," the MRC founder noted, adding:
We know that liberals try to offer the cartoonish argument that conservatives should not be granted positions in government because they don’t believe in goverment. By that statement, why would you offer the job of Dean of Washington’s stately National Cathedral to a minister who believes the church as an institution is obsolete?
Washington Post “On Faith” founder Sally Quinn interviewed Rev. Gary Hall at Pub Theology Night in the cellar of the Bier Baron in downtown Washington. Hall told Quinn a big old church was no place to evangelize the people:
For several decades, many on the left have tried to dodge the designation "liberal." They've called themselves "progressives" (sometimes "pragmatic progressives") or claimed to be non-ideological rather than accept the L-word, especially if they were running for office.
This past Wednesday, however, the Daily Kos blogger who calls himself "Crashing Vor" argued that the terminological tide is turning, and that it's "conservative" that's becoming not merely disreputable but, just maybe, synonymous with lunacy:
The just-released quotes from Tom Cruise regarding his domestic life could be far more damaging to his A-list status than that couch-jumping stunt.
The actor is suing a magazine for $50 million regarding alleged misinformation regarding his relationship with his 7-year-old daughter, Suri. Information from his deposition in the case won't go over well with potential movie goers.
Looks like Ed Schultz won't be a guest speaker at any upcoming gatherings of the National Organization for Women. He remains quite willing, however, to let its members clean up after him.
The blustery radio host and self-appointed MSNBC football coach revealed something about himself on his radio show yesterday that surely didn't go over well with roughly half his listeners. (Audio after the jump)
Actor/comedian Russell Brand just keeps promoting his new socialist crusade in the British press, this time in the radical-left Guardian. They love slams on capitalism from anyone, and that income inequality is a sign of the “end of days.”
“I can't deny that I've done a lot of daft things while I was under the capitalist fugue, some silly telly, soppy scandals, movies better left unmade,” Brand wrote. “I've also become rich. I don't hate rich people; Che Guevara was a rich person. I don't hate anyone, I judge no one, that's not my job.” (Naturally, a few paragraphs later he judges a tax evader as an "a***-hole.") He doesn’t like the charge of hypocrisy:
Conservative Telegraph (U.K.) columnist Tim Stanley reported on the latest outrage from MTV star Dan Savage in Australia. “As part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, he went head-to-head with Britain's Peter Hitchens on marriage, Christianity and sex – and got progressively filthier and angrier as the evening wore on.”
At the end, when panelists were asked to provide a truly “dangerous idea,” he cracked that abortion should be mandatory:
During Tuesday's edition of Morning Joe on MSNBC, co-host Joe Scarborough criticized the GOP for having “the lowest approval rating ever” but stated that the failures of ObamaCare could elect more Republicans and members of the Tea Party if they “just get out of the way” while Democrats continue making serious blunders.
Ted Cruz, a GOP senator from Texas who tried to filibuster the Affordable Care Act, “has gotten out of the way,” Scarborough stated. “The Republicans have gotten out of the way. They've learned their lesson. And now, the spotlight is on ObamaCare. It would have been on ObamaCare two months ago if they had gotten out of the way.”
Even as American movie theatres rebel against abiding by the NC-17 rating to keep high-school kids away from sex-drenched French movies, AP's Malin Rising reports (positively) that the Left would love to impose its own cultural standards on the movie industry: "movie theaters in equality-minded Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it."
To get an “A” rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test – named for American lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who created a new standard in her comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" in 1985 – that a movie “must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.” So many movie classics fail this politically correct measurement:
In the halftime of Super Bowl 51 in 2012, the rapper M.I.A. "flipped the bird" at 114 million viewers. NBC failed to prevent it. But now that she has a new album out, M.I.A. claimed to NPR's David Greene on Tuesday's Morning Edition that this wasn't san attempt at televised profanity.
Instead, it was what she called a "Matangi mudra," a yoga hand gesture. Not even NPR was buying it: