What a charlatan and a scam artist. He abused, starved and dehydrated his reptiles to make them more docile, then pretended it was GOD doing a miracle. And along comes NatGeo to sell ads off the spectacle? Sick.
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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – A Middle Tennessee congresswoman is set to appear on Meet the Press this Sunday, where she will go head-to-head with a public television icon.
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-7th District, will take on Bill Nye “the Science Guy” over climate change.
Puh-leeze. Is Meet The Press so hard up for ratings? Here’s what’s going to happen: Blackburn will do what all of the Republican women do when they’re on shows like this, which is start talking and not come up for air, refusing to let anyone get a word in edgewise, endlessly repeating their Frank Luntz-approved talking points, until we’re all brain-dead. Any time Bill Nye starts to speak she will interrupt him and serve another breath-defying and time-consuming heaping of world salad. The host, in this case David Gregory, will sit there with a stupid grin on his face and not do a thing that closely approximates “moderating a panel,” though he’ll occasionally interject some useless nonsense to show how smart and important he is (such as mentioning hockey sticks or some such). If and when Bill Nye finally is able to get one word in, Gregory will interrupt him with, “Sorry, Bill, that’s all the time we have, we’re going to have to leave it there.”
I hate this shit. American news bobbleheads like David Gregory are little more than chair warmers these days. There won’t be any hard-hitting questions and unlike on the BBC, there certainly won’t be any attempt to let everyone get out a complete thought and prevent the continuous interruptus which the GOP deploys. These gimmicks end with me yelling “shut the fuck up” at the TV and getting crabby and stabby.
And after all that we get to see Mitt Romney, too? No, thanks.
Truly nothing shows how completely useless our news media has become than the endless discussion of the “Obama-Castro handshake.” This is Volume Two of the “Obama Bowed To Saudis” fauxtrage, another fabricated reaction to a completely meaningless incident. The Daily Show has already superbly skewered those pretending to be upset about this so I don’t need to go into all the times Republicans shook hands with horrible people. Suffice it to say, it’s just more manufactured outrage expressing the belief of the 27% that President Obama does not belong in the White House. How typical.
If the national news media hasn’t yet figured out that there’s nothing this president can do that won’t result in endless hand-wringing from the right wing over how the blackety-black Muslim usurper has destroyed American prestige and sullied the very institution of the American Presidency with his blackety blackness, then I really have no use for any of you.
I mean, Jesus. Did it completely escape your notice that Handshake-Gate came right on the heels of Selfie-Gate? Both completely overshadowed President Obama’s inspirational and defiant eulogy, which was both tribute and call to action to finish the work of Mandela, King and Gandhi. The utter irony of all of this is just tragic. The president’s message: continue fighting for justice and equality around the world. The message the American news media delivered: America’s first African American president is just not fit for office, he’s out of his element. Look how he behaves on the world stage. What an embarrassment.
Hey New York Times, CNN, network news: do y’all not have the self-awareness to see what you’re doing?
All I can say is, shame on you. Shame. On. YOU.
I eagerly await the day when some cable news reader takes one look at the Teleprompter and says, “You know what, guys? Fuck this shit. I’m not reading that. That’s just stupid.” I wonder if anyone on TV will follow the lead of the AFP photographer who took the so-called “selfie” picture. He said:
“Why do people care about a selfie?” he said. “This is a sad reflection of our society.” He’d gone to photograph the memorial with a team of ten photographers. They moved some 500 images on the wire. “Good images, nice, strong images,” he said. “Images of South Africans dancing, smiling, chanting, which is the way they express mourning for a man they consider to be their father.” It was a long ceremony; he took many photographs of world leaders giving speeches and South Africans grieving. And suddenly he saw the Danish prime minister lift her phone to take a photo of her face alongside seatmates Obama and Cameron. Schmidt dutifully clicked away. “They’re in front of you, this happens, you take the picture,” he said. “But I saw so many good images from that memorial. And the picture that’s getting played is the president in a selfie. That’s kind of a bummer.”
Yes, well, lesson learned. Now you know: when it comes to President Obama, the rules are different. Snapping a photo of the world’s most powerful man engaging in a candid moment with two other world leaders, acting like any other human being, is simply not done. Not when it’s Obama. If it were George W. Bush, that would be a different matter entirely. Because some people in America still just can’t get over the fact that there’s a black man in the White House and anything he does offends them. His very existence offends them.
And what’s worse is that the American news media eat this stuff up with a spoon every damn time. They simply can’t let right-wing uproar pass as the meaningless grumbling we know it is. These are sore losers who have been on the wrong side of every important issue since forever — yes, even the wrong side of the Apartheid issue. Why anyone pays attention to them, I do not know. Yet every time they call for the fainting couches it makes the national headlines.
This is how journalism dies in America. You’d think news people would be offended that their profession has been turned into the equivalent of a junior high school lunchroom. I guess you’d be wrong.
Please, someone, find your balls. Tell the people in charge to knock it off.
Ha ha ha, via Balloon Juice:
If last night’s “scoop” that Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos had a top secret plan to deliver packages by drone was supposed to restore 60 Minutes’ tarnished reputation, this blogger ain’t buying it.
What a load of utter bullshit. The idea defies common sense, logic, and economic reality, not mention civilian airspace. The whole thing had the stench of a “balloon boy” hoax to me. But that didn’t stop every single freaking news outlet from picking up the story and running with it. Even the dang BBC World Service had a long piece about it on the radio this morning.
All you need to know about Amazon’s mythic drone delivery program is that this BS piece ran on the eve of that other media-manufactured hoax, the so-called “Cyber Monday.” I’ve always wanted to know who invented “Cyber Monday,” I mean, it’s not like we all don’t have home computers and can shop online whenever we damn well please. What makes Monday so special? Absolutely nothing. Some marketing person invented this meaningless consumer BS. Forgive me but I refuse to play along.
But you know who will play along? 60 Minutes and every other media outlet which decided to give Jeff Bezos and Amazon loads of free publicity. Which, near as I can tell, is just about everybody.
Business Insider did the math:
How much was that free advertising worth?
“60 Minutes” gave more than 15 minutes to its Amazon story. A 30-second spot during the 7 p.m. show usually costs just over $100,000.
If you figure Amazon got 30 30-second commercials’ worth of time, you can estimate that it got about $3 million worth of “earned” media.
But $3 million is probably a very low estimate. That’s just the cost Amazon would have had to pay to reach “60 Minutes’” 13 million viewers. Thanks to all the coverage Amazon Prime Air has gotten in other outlets, many more millions of people are talking about the company today.
Yes, do remind me how blogs killed journalism. I’m all ears.
Apparently “drones” are the new “outragous campaign ad” PR stunt. You know how during campaign season some candidate posts a really heinous ad on YouTube which gets everyone riled up and the news media covers it as news, so the campaign doesn’t have to buy airtime? This is that:
After the “60 Minutes” show last night, a Hacker News reader compiled a list of previously announced delivery drone programs, many of which were also PR stunts:
Textbook drone delivery
Cake drone delivery
Pizza drone delivery
Parcel delivery drones
Beer delivery drones
Taco delivery drones
Sushi delivery drones
General delivery drones
Stupid news media falls for this stuff every damn time. Pwned by marketing people, meanwhile we’re supposed to believe everything else you people tell us? Pfft. Offa my lawn (and taxpayer-funded airwaves). If I wanted to watch free advertising I’d switch to a damn infomercial channel.
Peggy Noonan is a very weird lady. Noonan wrote a column scolding liberals and liberal Catholics for having the temerity to hold an opinion that differs from Peggy Noonan’s on the next Pope. For your enjoyment, an excerpt:
I once read an account of Anne Boleyn’s death. In the moments after she was beheaded her head was held aloft by her executioner, to show the crowd. Her nervous system was shocked, her neurons misfired, her head didn’t know it was severed from her neck. Her eyes blinked, her mouth moved crazily. Those critics who go on TV now to tear down what they don’t even understand: they are removed and unknowing. They are Anne Boleyn’s head.
Well, that’s an interesting characterization. I guess comparing us to Hitler no longer had the desired shock value.
Now that it appears Anne Boleyn’s zombie head has prevailed, maybe Nooners will shut her own yap.
Also, be warned: I have claimed Anne Boleyn’s Head as the name of my all-female punk rock band.
I’m sorry you accidentally murdered your son but maybe if we started prosecuting gun negligence the same way we prosecute drunk driving negligence shit like this wouldn’t keep happening:
Father Won’t Be Charged In Shooting That Left Young Son Dead
MERCER, Pa. (January 16, 2013)–A Pennsylvania father won’t face charges for the accidental shooting death of his 7-year-old son outside of a gun store, prosecutors say.
The Herald of Sharon reported Wednesday that Mercer County District Attorney Robert Kochems announced he won’t charge Joseph Loughrey, 44, in the Dec. 8 shooting death of his son, Craig.
Police said the boy was buckling himself into his safety seat in his father’s truck when a handgun accidentally discharged as his father got in the front seat.
Kochems says Loughrey had removed the magazine from the pistol, but didn’t realize there was still a round in the chamber when he tried to sell the gun at Twig’s Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township.
When the sale didn’t go through, Loughrey brought the gun back to the truck, where it accidentally fired.
God I’m so sick of this shit. Just like magic, the gun went off! All by it’s own self! Seriously? No, the gun did not “accidentally fire.” It did not “accidentally discharge,” all by itself. Joseph Loughrey fired the gun, accidentally. Huge fucking difference. Love this reporter’s twisting of the facts here, don’t you?
There are no gun accidents. There’s negligent behavior resulting in inevitable tragedy. Unless the gun up and fired itself — in which case, sorry! You can’t sue the manufacturer thanks to Republicans! But that’s not what happened here.
If you get drunk and get in the driver’s seat of a car and kill your child in an accident, you go to jail. Pregnant women who have miscarriages are being sent to jail. But a gun loon can kill his son because he “didn’t realize there was still a round in the chamber” and he’s suffered enough.
The reason this makes me nuts is because these negligent gun discharges are behind the vast majority of shootings in this country. We get all upset over mass shooting incidents like Aurora and Newtown but those are comparatively rare. Instead we have idiots like this woman, who shot herself while fumbling around in her purse.
Stop pretending these people aren’t dangerous. They are. Prosecute. Prosecute. Prosecute.
But Channel 4′s weather report proved even more prescient than the station’s meteorologists could have imagined.
One eagle-eyed viewer caught a glimpse of a terrifying apparition just before the start of the report. Using his DVR to pause the forecast intro at just the right moment, YouTuber PerlAddict was able to determine that the demonic visage he saw was none other than the Devil himself.
Watch it here:
I dunno, is this the best local weather screw-up ever? It’s a pretty tough call; Charlie Neese’s weather penis was pretty awesome, too.
NBC filed a complaint with Twitter against British reporter Guy Adams over the following, prompting Twitter to suspend his account:
Well done, NBC. Now the ensuing controversy over Adams’ Twitter suspension has sent Gary Zenkel’s work e-mail address to thousands if not tens of thousands more people than Adams’ original Tweet. You guys really don’t know how the internet works, do you?
This just explains so much. This explains the utter failure of their broadcast, their “man on the street” coverage, or why it’s impossible to access anything on their livestreaming unless you first “login with your TV provider credentials.” In other words, you have to have cable or satellite service and you must give NBC your account number. Doesn’t capitalism RAWK!
This has been an utter fiasco. And honestly, I’m at the point where I say, fuck’em. Fuck the Olympics. I could give a crap. Trying to wrench every last ounce of ad revenue from an international sporting event that’s supposed to be all kumbaya has just ruined the experience. I could give a fuck.
NBC can DIAF for all I care.
Interesting. This story hit the media back in May but seems to have been forgotten.
Looks like the victim hasn’t forgotten, though:
What I find interesting is the way these kinds of stories are handled in our discourse. Imagine how this story, or an even odder one — say, the whole White Horse Prophecy thing, would be handled if Romney were a Democrat?
For one thing, it probably wouldn’t have started on the front page of the New York Times and Washington Post, discussed for a week, then forgotten as we moved on to the next order of business. No, it most likely would have started as an e-mail FWD:, landing square in the in-boxes of your right-wing relatives. It then would have percolated around the wingnut media — WorldNet Daily and Newsmax, maybe Tucker Carlson’s Daily
Fouler Caller. After marinating there for a while, it would bubble up to the level of TV authenticity: Sean Hannity, Fox & Friends, Bill O’Reilly, etc. From there it would jump to the rest of the MSM (cough*cough*CNN!*cough*cough), which just couldn’t ignore the story any longer. By then it would have been repeated so often by so many different “trusted” sources that the 27% would be certain that it’s true, regardless of whether it is or not.
If, as in the case of John Kerry’s Swift Boat record or Obama’s birth certificate, the story ended up being wholly fabricated, well, that’s just more evidence that the media has a liberal bias! By this point the wingnut audience has an emotional attachment to the tale and it will have its own credibility by virtue of its artificial staying power. As the coup de grace, Regnery Publishing will then fast-track a book on the subject by a known author — Jerome Corsi, perhaps, or maybe Richard Miniter — and it will be given an amygdala-tweaking title like “Dangerous Prophecy,” or “Bully For Power.” The book will “land” on the bestseller lists thanks to massive block purchases of the tome by, you guessed it, Newsmax and WorldNet Daily, which then gives it away as a premium to new subscribers or as a premium for registering for some wingnut conference with the word “Freedom” in it. And because our author, say Mr. Corsi or someone else, is now “on the bestseller lists,” he gets to appear on all the talk shows — maybe even The Daily Show or Bill Maher, so those guys can score some “we’re not biased” points. And the story is repeated, and reinforced, and more firmly entrenched in the national narrative than ever before.
This is Introduction To Right Wing Marketing. Call it Wingnut Wurlitzer 101. There is simply nothing comparable on the left. We do not have the phony think tanks, the ones who start with the premise first (“Free markets, good! Regulation, bad! Tax cuts, good! Government, bad!“), then work back from there. We don’t have the newsletters and Patriot Depot-style mass e-mail forwards to known lists of political true believers. Our lefty magazines — Salon and Mother Jones and even Rolling Stone — they don’t have the same heft and influence over the national conversation as the wingnutosphere has over Fox News. In fact, they have zero. The fact is, the right wing fringe dominates conservative messaging, and that in turn has tremendous influence over the national conversation. Progressive media has zero influence over the national conversation. Read an issue of Mother Jones or Grist and tell me how many of those stories you even see mentioned in the national news media on any given day.
No, if Mitt Romney were a Democrat, this would have been handled completely differently. But he’s not a Democrat. He’s a Republican. And this, along with his other highly suspicious behavior — the funny money, or that he used to dress up as a police officer and pull people over for shits and giggles, or the whole weird Mormon thing, is not discussed, but relegated to the obscurity of fringe blogs like this one.
Just thought I’d point that out.
I just about choked on my morning coffee seeing that Politifact dude talking about their “Lie Of The Year.” The winner? The liberal claim that Paul Ryan’s plan would kill Medicare. Seriously.
Here’s what the Politifact dude didn’t say. Their “Lie of the Year” was a meaningless online poll. Back on December 7 Slate’s Dave Weigel wrote:
So if the “Ryan plan ends Medicare” line is named “the lie of the year,” you know why. Wasn’t this a plotline on Glee?
Oh wow. Paul Ryan freeped the poll. Amazing. And the news media ate it up! Apparently Politifact’s “Lie Of The Year” is as meaningless as one of those stupid online polls everyone always runs because, well, it is a meaningless online poll. Yet this “lie of the year” nonsense has gone out on all of the wire services. Wow, this is the best propaganda money can buy and it’s all completely free!
Time for another blogger ethics panel, perhaps? C’mon, “liberal” media. Stop hurting America. Do your fucking jobs.
(h/t, Digby ….)
(Details on why the Lie Of The Year was actually true, from Steve Benen ….)