“After Texas Senate passed a bill severely restricting access to abortion, former CNN/now Fox News contributor Erick Erickson celebrates by telling women to stock up on hangers.
Contemptible.” — Media Matters for America
I want to stab him in the eye with one of those hangars. This is nothing short of gross, offensive, and disgusting.
Showing once again that these fuckers hate women and could give two shits about our health. But these are the same douche bags who want in that pussy on cold nights. No pussy for douche bags ladies!
UPDATE: I was just informed he doesn’t work at CNN anymore. Since I never watch CNN I had no idea he’d oozed his way to Fox.
I disagree with the idea that the “demise” is due to the departure of Keith Olbermann. His brand of hyperbolic ranting wore thin. Something happened long after he left, and here’s what I think it was.
In the scramble to fill Olbermann’s slot, the network appeared to look within the ranks of its contributors and hone some of them to be excellent in the chair. Most notable to me is Melissa Harris Perry, who is a natural. Chris Hayes, when groomed, became an awesome weekend host. To me, the question is: why were the weekend shows so good AND complimentary to the weeknight shows?
The weekend shows do something that the weeknight shows don’t do: they delve into ONE subject for THIRTY minutes. What a shock! Issues that get more than nine minutes of talk time. Hayes and Harris-Perry were/are excellent at this type of deep, more substantive discussion. They had a cachet on weekend mornings that lured many of us away from our errands and chores to sit together and learn deeply about current events.
The weeknight shows have taken a turn for the repetitive: There are the same four stories, starting with Bashir Live, that get recycled through the whole night until you’re sick of them by the time The Last Word comes on. There is no in-depth discussion, only hyperbolic chit-chat that gets said over and over and over again with the same pieces of footage being shown. I think Maddow stands out for her unique analysis of the issues, but the rest feels like recycling. Hayes, too. I was sad to lose him on weekend mornings because he was really in his element. He’s NOT in his element during the week for some reason. He never did fit into the weeknight cookie-cutter host mode easily - the longer, more relaxed format of Up suited him well.
I know the weekend shows - Up and MHP - made me a different kind of news consumer. I want unique topics, explained deeply, confronted honestly. I’m sick and tired of the continual ranting about what the republicans are doing… I WANT TO KNOW WHAT DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE DOING TO MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARD.
A governor who will punish journalists for doing their jobs: The Governor of Maine blacklisted 3 newspapers because they exposed a major scandal in his administration.
Are rightwing blogs allowing themselves to be led astray by a tabloid again?
The rightwing blogosphere demonstrated their endless gullibility in the Boston bombing by running with the New York Post’s ridiculously bad reporting. The New York tabloid had misidentified suspects — twice in a row — and reported 12 dead. The first clue that this was all wrong should’ve been that the Post was almost alone in their reporting of these “facts” and that the only other sources reporting them cited the Post.
Now the wingnut blogosphere is once again running with a tabloid news story. This time, from the UK’s Daily Mirror, which is running a story about the FBI investigating a 12-person “sleeper cell” in relation to the bombings. Once again, almost no one else is reporting this and it’s all based on unnamed sources. While it’s too soon to say it’s not true, it’s absolutely true to say it looks a whole lot like BS — especially considering the tabloid’s recent history of inaccuracy.
Once again, I find myself wondering how on Earth anyone can ever take these people seriously.
Soledad O’Brien To Former RNC Chair: Do Minorities Not Know You, Or Do They Just Not Like You?
CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien grilled former Republican National Committee Chairman Mel Martinez on her program on Friday regarding the GOP’s renewed efforts to appeal to minority voters. Martinez was asked about one South Carolina RNC delegate who claimed that minority voters “simply don’t know us.” O’Brien asked Martinez if he agreed with that assessment or, she said, is it possible minority voters really did know the Republican Party and “decided they don’t like you?”
“How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?”
To our knowledge, no one — not even the NRA — has proposed a national database of the mentally ill. Since similar databases of sex offenders have done little to protect children from sex crimes, that seems unlikely to help. Also, few organizations have done more than the NRA to block the registration of anything, as they work vigorously to defeat gun registration databases wherever they find them.
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