Entries tagged as ‘Fox News’

Stephen Colbert “Nails It!”

January 20, 2011 · Leave a Comment


As is so often the case, Stephen Colbert has said it best in his mock rebuke of “Morning Joe” cohost Mika Brzezinski:

“Mika, you need to buck up.  I know you think this story has no purpose other than keeping Sarah Palin’s name in the headlines for another news cycle.

I know you think she has nothing to offer the national dialogue, and that her speeches are just coded talking points mixed in with words picked up at random from a thesaurus.

I know you think Sarah Palin is at best a self-promoting ignoramus, and at worst a shameless media troll who will abuse any platform to deliver dog whistle encouragement to a far-right base, that may include possible insurrectionists.

I know you think her reality show was pathetically unstatesmenlike, and at the same I know you think it represents the pinnacle of her potential, and that her transparent desperation to become a celebrity so completely eclipsed her interest in public service so long ago that there would be more journalistic integrity in reporting on one of the lesser Kardashian’s a#& implants.

I know, I know that when you arrive at the office each day you say a prayer that maybe, just maybe, Sarah Palin will shut up for just ten f*&cking minutes.

I know, I know because I can see it in your eyes.

But guess what Mika, that’s the gig.  It’s only January of 2011 kido.  You still have at least two years ahead of you.  You want to stay in this game you dig deep.  You find another gear.  You show up to work every day, get your hair and makeup done.  You slap on a smile.  You get on T.V., and repeat what Sarah Palin said on Hannity last night right into the lens.  You know, news. 

I have faith in you kid, you can do it.  I’ll see you in New Hampshire.  I’ll buy.”

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Tone-deaf Palin’s Political Future in Peril

January 18, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Yesterday Palin gave a live interview to Sean Hannity on Fox News which revealed both how politically tone deaf she is, and he reactions from within the GOP demonstrate that she is on the outs with most of the leaders of that party. This incident shows starkly why she does not have the political intelligence for a role in national politics.

Palin was very quickly dragged into the national discussion about how the divided and rancorous tone of political discourse might cause unstable people to acts of violence following the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and others in Arizona. She waded in full force, but instead of rising above the argument that her words (and maps with crosshairs, and frequent “reload” messages) should be held partially responsible, she made it all about Sarah Palin. That’s all she knows how to do.

So she played the victim of powerful media, someone who was being silenced. She even chose to release a poorly timed video statement on the very day that President Obama gave a widely praised speech about unity and the national character. But Sarah’s speech was all whine and victim and playing to her base. It did not reach out to the whole nation, it reached back to her base.

She also accused her critics of participating in blood libel a reference that was both incorrect in its application and deeply offensive to Jewish people.

But Sarah had some time for introspection and good advice.  She could have anticipated questions – even from the friendly Hannity/Fox News corner – and prepared for them.  But it did not appear that she did any of those things.  Predictable questions were fumbled with inadequate answers.  She came across as defensive, angry and whiny.

At a time when even Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck seemed to sense the mood of the nation and make conciliatory gestures toward healing and unity, Sarah Palin continues to attack her critics and seems to miss the greater themes brought out by the Arizona tragedy.

Following her performance on Hannity many normally supportive voices within the GOP are distancing themselves from Sarah Palin.

Business Insider even published a piece titled “It’s Time to Bid Goodbye to Sarah Palin’s Presidential Ambitions.”  We can only hope.

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Foxy New Pundit

January 17, 2010 · Leave a Comment

File this in your “truth is stranger than fiction” file.

Sarah Palin is now a commentator, nee “pundit,” on Fox “News.”  Forget for the moment the laughable assertion that Fox “News” is actually a news channel.  Perhaps you’ve seen the statistics about the mix between “news” and “opinion” programming, or the anemic attempt to justify the blurring of the line between news and advocacy by claiming that the audience is keenly aware of the differences in the programming slots.  More likely you haven’t.  You’ve probably heard the ridiculous claim of “fair and balanced.”  In any case, Fox has truly jumped the shark in hiring Sarah Palin to serve as commentator about politics.  The gushing of O’Reilly in her on air welcome was disgusting.  Their breathless love-fest reminded me of another O’Reilly episode – I think it had to do with offensively suggestive sexual innuendo recorded on a phone call to one of his female producers.  Maintaining that Palin finally has the chance to get her views and her side of the story out without the mean-spirited, left-leaning, anti-God, liberal elitist media, Palin said she was simply thrilled for this opportunity on Fox “News.”

The one glimmer of hope?  It is widely reported that several close members of the Murdoch family are gunning for Roger Ailes, the head of Fox “News.”  Some say it’s the joining of forces disgusted by the abandonment of all news principles by Fox “News” under Ailes with attempts to better position this set of children against that set of children in the struggle over succession in a post-Rupert world.  Read about it here:  The Daily Beast.

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Katie Couric Wins Walter Cronkite Journalism Award for Palin Coverage

April 18, 2009 · Leave a Comment

Last week Katie Couric won the coveted Walter Cronkite award for excellence in journalism for her election coverage last year.

The increasingly wacky-looking right (did you get a load of the Fox-orchestrated “grass roots” tax protests on April 15th, complete with wig-wearing Revolutionary War re-enacters and posters of President Obama as Hitler, and lots of comments about tea-bagging?  Weird) was not content to let this award pass without taking advantage of the opportunity to try to draw attention to themselves.  “Documentarian” and fringe character John Ziegler was on hand, uninvited, blocking access and interfering with the entrance of attendees.  When asked to move he refused and had to be arrested and escorted away.  That’s probably exactly what he wanted so that he can now claim victim-hood.

It’s a sign of how unpracticed at being out of power the Right Wing has become that they have completely fallen apart in the few short months since the election.  Not being able to always get their way, they have been behaving like spoiled infants, whining, crying and throwing temper tantrums.  I’m not sure if it’s actually to their benefit or not, but Fox News has been more than willing to broadcast these temper tantrums regardless of how ridiculous they make the infants and Fox News.

That’s not the way out of the wilderness, guys and girls.  Come up with some principled solutions.  Stand FOR something, not just against something.  And pick better smarter leaders than Rush Limbaugh or Michael Steele, or your days of wandering in the wilderness will be long and lonely.

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