Jon Stewart Scolds Rachel Maddow and MSNBC for Saying ‘Teabagger’

November 12, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Comedian Jon Stewart on Thursday scolded Rachel Maddow for using the word "teabagger" to describe members of the Tea Party movement.

Appearing on "The Rachel Maddow Show" for an oftentimes quite interesting interview, Stewart also criticized others on MSNBC for taking this vulgar joke way too far (video follows with transcript  and commentary):

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Underappreciated: How Thoroughly Fox News Trounced CNN, MSNBC on Election Night

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The politicians who received more votes than their opponents weren't the only winners on Election Night.

Fox News's dominance on Election Night was overwhelming. If the competition between Fox, CNN, and MSNBC had instead been an electoral contest, they would have called it 30 seconds after the polls closed.

The graphic that follows illustrates just how big Fox's gains were in 2010 compare to 2006, after a mediocre 2006 compared to 2002:

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Liberals Openly Call For ‘Violence’ And ‘Revolution’ On MSNBC

November 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

On Dylan Ratigan’s show, liberal cartoonist Ted Rall, author of the “Anti-American Manifesto”, suggests violence may be the only way to save America.

Ratigan himself asks “Are things in our country so bad, that it may be time for a revolution? The answer obviously is ‘yes’ ,the only question is ‘how to do it?”

Verum Serum has posted an excerpt from the Ted Rall book ‘The Anti-American Mainfesto” in which he calls for a violent socialist movement from within, here’s a little bit:

We are here because the U.S. is going to end soon. There’s going to be an intense, violent, probably haphazard struggle for control. It’s going to come down to us versus them. The question is: What are you going to do about it?…

Christian fundamentalists, the millennial end-of-theworlders obsessed with the Left Behind series about the End Times, neo-Nazi racists, rural black-helicopter Michigan Militia types cut from the same inbred cloth as Timothy McVeigh, allied with “mainstream” gun nuts and right-wing Republicans, have been planning, preparing, and praying for the destruction of the “Godless,” “secular” United States for decades. In the past, they formed groups like the John Birch Society and the Aryan Nations. Now the hard Right has a postmodern, decentralized non-organization organization called the Tea Party.

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MSNBC Host Dylan Ratigan Hints at Violent Revolution

November 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Dylan Ratigan seemed to tacitly endorse violent revolution on his show Monday. He hosted far-left radical Ted Rall who, when he's not comparing "idiot" American soldiers to suicide bombers, is lauding the necessity of political violence. Ratigan opened the segment by claiming the nation may need "more drastic solutions" to our problems than political action.

"Are things in our country so bad that it might actually be time for a revolution?" Ratigan asked. "The answer obviously is yes," he added, and "the only question is how to do it."

At no point in the segment did Ratigan reject his guest's wild notion that violence is the only possible remedy to our political problems.

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MSNBC Fundraising Video that Maddow Doesn’t Want You to See

November 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Courtesy of Johnny Dollar. Enjoy:

Ms Maddow’s examples of this happening on FNC? A grand total of: one. John Kasich, appearing on Hannity, gave out his website URL and encouraged donations. It’s the only example Maddow gave because it’s the one Media Matters cited. That’s called ‘journalism’.

Well yes, that’s exactly how it works. Media Matters posts a flimsy story or perpetuates one of their Mother’s Basement bloggers hate-fark links, and voila! Jern-oh-lizm!


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MSNBC Fundraising Video that Maddow Doesn’t Want You to See

November 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Courtesy of Johnny Dollar. Enjoy:

Ms Maddow’s examples of this happening on FNC? A grand total of: one. John Kasich, appearing on Hannity, gave out his website URL and encouraged donations. It’s the only example Maddow gave because it’s the one Media Matters cited. That’s called ‘journalism’.

Well yes, that’s exactly how it works. Media Matters posts a flimsy story or perpetuates one of their Mother’s Basement bloggers hate-fark links, and voila! Jern-oh-lizm!


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NY Times: Olbermann Apologizes to Viewers, But Not to MSNBC

November 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

From the New York Times’s “Media Decoder” blog:

In an aggressive statement questioning the legitimacy of his two-day suspension from MSNBC, Keith Olbermann addressed his viewers Monday night, saying that they were responsible for returning him to the air following revelations that he had contributed to the campaign funds of three Democrats in last week’s election.

In an open letter to viewers, he blamed NBC for creating a donation policy that was “inconsistently applied,” and said he did not know the rule existed. He also, referring to what he called a “ground-rattling” outpouring of support from viewers, said their efforts “should remind us of the power of individuals spontaneously acting together to correct injustices great or small.”

He acknowledged that there should have been a conversation with NBC executives, saying that the donations merited public acknowledgment and perhaps an internal warning. Instead, he said, he was suspended even after one of his representatives was told he would not be, and he learned about the suspension through the media.

Read the full article, including part of Olbermann’s statement, here.


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Must watch: Dem candidates raise money on air at MSNBC

November 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Glass houses.


Wait, didn’t Rachel Maddow assure us on Friday that, unlike those mercenary wingnuts at Fox News who let Republican guests pitch donation URLs on the air, MSNBC is “not a political operation”? Six full minutes of fact-checkin’ fun here via Johnny Dollar, who not only spent hours piecing this lowlight reel together but has an [...]

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Olbermann Demanded MSNBC Apology

November 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The details of the Olbermann - MSNBC slapfight are still emerging, but one thing we’re hearing now is that one of  Olbermann’s conditions for returning to air was for MSNBC to apologize for the ordeal.

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And it looks like his needs were met:

Keith Olbermann might have been suspended from MSNBC after breaking company rules regarding making contributions to political candidates, but now sources tell me it’s Keith whose demands have been met, allowing him to return to his perch atop the cable network.

“Keith is furious about the way this has all been handled and insisted that MSNBC bosses apologize to him before he would agree to return,” a network insider tells me. “Keith sees himself as the star of MSNBC, the person who put them on the map and discovered fellow network anchors Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell. To be treated like this by the network he helped shape, he considers disgusting.”

“In addition to an apology, Keith is demanding that the rules be changed,” an executive tells me. “Keith thinks it’s unfair that FOX News anchors can make contributions and support candidates and he can’t.

You mean … Olbermann wants MSNBC to be more transparent by way of affiliations like Fox? Color me surprised.


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Howard Kurtz: MSNBC Policy Is Related to Fox News or Something

November 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

It’s amazing to me that liberals can’t assume responsibility without pointing at Fox as though Fox has anything to do with Olbermann’s insubordination. Howard Kurtz this weekend:

“Well if you look at Fox News you have some of the most prominent contributors on that network, Karl Rove raised almost 40 - 5o million dollars for an independent group that aided Republicans in this 2010 midterm cycle, dick morris raised money spoke on behalf of Republicans, and even Sean Hannity who is a host obviously of a nighttime show on Fox he has spoken at Republican fundraisers. All those infractions in my view … are worse than what Olbermann did … if you’re going to criticize that sort of thing … you can’t run around and do that same thing yourself.”

And if they had been at MSNBC they would have been violating policy, the policy which dictates that you can be as slanted to the left as you want in your broadcasted content and pretend that it’s objective - and you can pretend impartiality because there exists a policy that prevents identification of such by prohibiting campaign contributions.

Oh, hold up. Rove, Hannity, Palin, et al. aren’t at MSNBC. They’re at Fox. Perhaps Kurtz is mistaken and believes Olbermann to broadcast from Fox instead of MSNBC because I can’t figure out the relevancy of Fox in a conversation about MSNBC employee policy.

The only person who got it right was Paul Begala who discussed the situation with me on AC360 the other evening. He was able to point out that this is a dispute within MSNBC, nothing more.

Now that Bush is back in the public eye promoting his new book, maybe liberals can blame him.


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