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David Frum makes a smart observation: When Dan Rather fell for a hoax about Bush’s war record in 2004, CBS kicked him to the curb. Now that Andrew Breitbart has published doctored videos that make a Department of Agriculture employee appear racist—and cost her her job—will he have to do the same? “Breitbart is the conservative Dan Rather,” Frum writes, “but there will be no discredit, no resignation for him.” Indeed, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservatives are actually blaming President Obama and the NAACP for the whole brouhaha while neglecting to mention that Breitbart is the one who disseminated the video in the first place. Frum draws a connection to the right’s fury over leaked emails from Journolist, an email list-serve for several liberal journalists, that showed a few journalists expressing a wish to quash stories about Jeremiah Wright during the 2008 election. “Only, of course, the Wright story was not quashed—unlike the story of Breitbart’s role in Sherrod’s firing, which has been, at least among conservatives.”
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Thanks to the 2006 and 2008 elections, conservatives no longer control the American government. They do, however, continue to essentially control the American media. As a case in point, you’ve probably heard that part of the Obama administration’s plan to pass health reform is to use the budget reconciliation process. The reason you’ve probably heard is that the press has been obsessed with the topic, repeatedly labeling it a “controversial” move that would “ram” legislation via an end-run around the normal legislative process.”
In fact, though most bills do not go through the reconciliation process—typically because their subject matter makes them ineligible—the process has been invoked frequently since 1980. And the reason it’s remained obscure until 2010 is that until the health-care debate, the press never saw fit to go into conniptions over congressional procedure.
Some of the mainstream media coverage of the reconciliation issue has been bad. Some of it, like this excellent NPR story, has been good.
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Be sure to read the entire article and learn who the key players are in this vicious circle. I’m sure we’ll be hearings these names again in the coming years.
I wonder, how will Fox News spin it that Rupert Murdoch is pallin’ around with a Muslim? I thought all ‘real’ Americans hated Muslims?
Republicans looking for a new leader have to look no further than Fox News head Roger Ailes, writes Newsweek’s Howard Fineman this week. “Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum—which is why God created Roger Ailes. The president of Fox News is, by default, the closest thing there is to a kingmaker in Anti-Obama America,” Fineman writes. Fox has fueled the conservative populist revolt that is overtaking the party, Fineman says, and the channel will have a front-row seat at the Tea Party convention in Nashville next month. His station’s recent acquisition of Sarah Palin gives “her a second tryout in the Bigs, while simultaneously using her to generate colossal ratings.” Nothing could be more important in the party today.
I’ve been trying to answer this question: does the Republican Party have a “leader”? Surely it’s not Michael Steele, the loose-lipped chairman of the RNC. Not Mitch McConnell, the funereal Kentuckian who heads the Senate’s rejectionist GOP minority. Not Sen. John McCain; he’s too busy watching his own right flank back home in Arizona. And certainly not the Bushes, elder and younger, hunkered down in Texas. As for the 2012 wannabes, none gets more than a fifth of the GOP vote in the early polls. But I finally found my answer while I was watching Fox News Channel.
Here is one person’s critique of Ms Palin’s Fox debut. Did it help to have Bill O’Reilly be the first Fox talking head to have Ms Sarah on or should she have held out for Glenn Beck?
In a multi-year deal, Palin will appear on the channel regularly. A source told the Times that while she will not have her own regular show, she will host an occasional series.
Don’t you know this will add credibility to this so-called news network. /sarcasm
Oh, and btw, the sun will rise in the east tomorrow just in case you didn’t have that one figured out yet. 🙂