Over the past few years right-wing radio, in a seemingly coordinated effort, has cast George Soros as the Great Satan. I’m not sure how, or why, he became Public Enemy No. 1, but to conspiracy-minded conservatives he’s the puppet master of the shadowy Marxist underground plotting to take over the world. But according to Neil … Continue reading ‘They made the world’s largest pizza, so we burned down their city hall’
That’s the consensus of 43 conservative bloggers asked to rank the 25 worst figures in American history. Charles Manson didn’t make the list. Neither did Jeffrey Dahmer or John Wayne Gacy. Or even Jim Jones. An ineffectual one-term president who deregulated the beer industry ranked first, followed by Barack Obama and FDR. McVeigh finished 9th — … Continue reading Jimmy Carter: Worse than Timothy McVeigh
I’ve criticized the rhetorical excesses of certain conservatives during the health care reform debate, and I’ll be equally unsparing toward hyper-paranoid partisans eager to play the victim: Think about it – do you really feel safe in Michele Bachman’s state of Minnesota any more? I’m not sure we should assume we’re safe anymore at all … Continue reading Fearing Minnesota
Much has been made of the SOTU “face-off” between President Obama and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Leave it to both sides to try and score political points of a non-issue. “It almost defies logic, reason and respect; however, Barack Hussein Obama did the unthinkable during his first State of the Union Speech and tried … Continue reading It Depends on How You Define ‘Outburst’
Far right Republicans accuse the opposition of giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Far left Democrats accuse the opposition of being the enemy: You’re helping Hitler. You’re as a bad as Hitler. Hard to say which is worse, but that’s a pretty fair assessment of the state of political discourse among those who speak … Continue reading when partisans attack
MSNBC, having recently surpassed CNN in ratings for the first time, has added another liberal stalwart, radio yakker Ed Schultz, to its nightly line-up. Fox News, MSNBC’s conservative counterpart, has also seen a ratings spike, thanks in large to the baffling popularity of nutcase Glenn Beck. No one should confuse these purveyors of propaganda with … Continue reading partisan media prevailing
The two most prominent such groups, Media Matters and the Media Research Center, are starkly partisan. Representing the left, Media Matters: Pulling a collective Rip Van Winkle, the White House press corps has awakened from its extended nap just in time to aggressively press the new Democratic administration, just as it dogged the last Democratic … Continue reading the myth of media watchdogs
*Rahm Emanuel is a dick. That seems to be the consensus, and he represents the kind of attack dog partisanship I detest. That said, I wouldn’t read too much into his appointment as chief of staff. His job is to be the president’s gatekeeper. He won’t be the public face of the president, nor will … Continue reading random observations of the week that is
Partisan hypocrisy defined: The right wing, the McCain/Palin camp, and now even CNN is screaming fraud on based on 2000 bogus ACORN registrations in Indiana. Like most “Conspiracies” this is probably a case of incompetence rather than any attempt at registering no existent voters for some kind of grand scheme to allow folks to vote … Continue reading fraud, what fraud?
Overheard on Larry King … 1. A Democratic strategist, assessing Sarah Palin’s brief media tour: She did great in her interviews with Charlie Gibson and Hannity, though admittedly she had a couple of “rough moments” in her sitdown with Katie Couric. Why does the media acommodate propaganda? Strategists are paid by parties and/or candidates, and … Continue reading the blatant dishonesty of professional partisans
I don’t know whether the bailout should’ve passed or not. But when I hear what caused it’s defeat, I’m outraged. Once again, the children prevailed. The first middle finger of blame points to Nancy Pelosi, whose partisan grandstanding apparently swayed House Republicans to vote against the plan.: Outstanding leadership, Miss Pelosi! But I have two … Continue reading i got a house you can foreclose
In San Francisco, sales of the coincidentally named Palin Syrah wine have plummeted since Sarah Palin was added to the GOP ticket. “Before McCain made his announcement it was selling very well, because it’s an affordable wine and it’s from South America,” Guillou said. “Then he made his announcement and we hear people making comments … Continue reading from the country that brought your freedom fries
Two weeks ago, most Republicans didn’t think they could win the presidency. Two weeks ago, most Democrats didn’t think they could lose. Now the GOP is confident and the Dems are nervous. You see it on the cable news shows. It’s getting irrational. It’s getting nasty. And it’s only going to get worse.
The three cable news channels have taken sides, and they don’t even bother to veil it anymore. CNN is, in fact, the Clinton News Network, employing former advisers James Carvillle, David Gergen, Wolf Blitzer and the execrable Paul Begala, who on Wednesday actually described Joe Biden as “half-steelworker, half-patriot.” CNN is the establishment’s choice — … Continue reading the farce that is cable news