Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The Press

Hey NBC, thin skin, huh...?

#NBCFail  Dept

and so much for freedom of speech...

The Independent:  (Now) NBC claims it’s all Twitter’s fault...
Jeff Jarvis:
...the real issue here is that Twitter entered a business deal with NBC and its parent, Comcast, for the Olympics.  That, in Adams’ word, puts NBC and Twitter in cahoots with each other.  So now do other users have to worry about biting the hand that feeds Twitter?
Dan Gillmor:  Is Twitter’s Suspension of Journalist’s Account a Defining Moment?

Later (120731 22:05):
(Via Ace sidebar.)

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Saturday, 28 July 2012

The Press

Dear NBC Olympics “commentators”

Please STFU.

Thank you,

(Last night’s opening broadcast was like watching a movie while seated between a couple of clowns on cell phones describing every moment to their buddies on the other end.  Catchphrase: "As you just said...”  Ugh.)

Continuously cutting to commercials throughout, the subtle, nuanced program that Danny Boyle planned out was all but eviscerated, as a need to recoup some of the money spent on the Olympic rights took its toll on a ceremony that the world was raving about just hours before.

NPR’s Monkey See blog:
The ability of an American television audience to enjoy the ceremonies was hampered by several things: flawed (and unrelenting) commentary, a tape-delay that prevented us from watching at the same time on both coasts, let alone at the same time as the rest of the world, and editing that apparently excised some of the content.

The major transitional element of today’s London Olympics opening ceremony was a downtempo performance of adoptive sporting anthem "Abide With Me” by Scottish singer Emeli Sandé.  The song and accompanying dance were a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in London that claimed 52 victims days after the 2012 Summer Olympic hosts were named.  (It's also been suggested the performance was a memorial to the war dead.)

Regardless, it was a rather significant and emotional moment in the opening ceremony, coming just before the parade of nations—and it wasn’t aired in the United States.  Instead, viewers were treated to a lengthy and meaningless Ryan Seacrest interview of Michael Phelps.

Heidi Moore [NPR Marketplace bureau chief]:
NBC [is] making an incredible bid for gold medal for Stupidest Network Ever.  No livestreaming, no broadcast, just pretending it doesn’t exist.

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Press

“It’s almost like they have an agenda or something.”

Is it just me, or is it odd that the media’s go-to suspect in these things is always, always on the conservative side of the political spectrum?
No. Next question...?


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Monday, 09 July 2012

In Passing

“Disarmed by the very government that armed his murderers.”

That’s Ace, paraphrasing commenter "Roark” (at Gateway Pundit), on Brian Terry.

Fox News:

...Federal officials revealed Monday that murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and an elite squad of federal agents first fired bean bags — not bullets — at a heavily armed drug cartel crew in the mountains south of Tucson in December 2011.

And remember this:  Those "bean bag” rules-of-engagement do not apply when government SWAT teams go after American citizens.

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In Passing

Grate expectations

Sad but True  Dept
Tam explains why this time around the Democrats are playing the class-warfare card:
...Nobody’s buying "Hope & Change” anymore, except maybe those GOP loyalists hoping Romney will bring some...


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Sunday, 08 July 2012


Mitch McConnell feels sad and misunderstood...

Republican FAIL   Dept
National Review: ...What’s your message to conservatives and tea-party activists who are suspicious of Republican leaders and their commitment to repeal [Obamacare]?

McConnell:  Boy, I don’t know how they could be suspicious on this issue.  Every single Republican in the House and Senate voted against Obamacare.  I must have made 125 speeches about it on the floor.  If there is any area where I don’t think conservatives of any stripe should be concerned, it would be this one.  We’ve been clear and unambiguous about Obamacare from the beginning to the end — all of it.
Well ya’see, Mitch, it’s because you and your Republican buddies in Congress-especially you guys in the Senate- have established quite a  reputation...

...not to mention that earlier in this same interview you said:
...we’re looking at all of the angles.  But our goal is to repeal it and replace it.
So already you’re doing it wrong.  And we’re supposed to trust you?

Randy Barnett (via Sebastian):
...if there are two things you cannot count on to protect liberty more than the Supreme Court, it is Congress and the Republican Party.
Bill Quick:  The Fourth Turning: Civil War

Via DrewM at Ace (and hey, Mitch, you should check out the comments.  You might learn something.)

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Monday, 02 July 2012


Brigid explains it all...

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Sunday, 01 July 2012

In Passing

What they *need* is an “out-of-CONGRESS” experience

Republican FAIL  Dept

The Wall Street Journal:
There was bipartisan joy in Washington Friday, and you can guess the reason:  They were spending money, big money.  Congress passed a $120 billion highway funding bill.  The vote in the Senate was 74-19 and 373-52 in the House. Who says Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on anything?
House Republicans originally sought sensible reforms... [but] at the insistance of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, nearly all these money savers were stripped...  Republicans also folded... on the Keystone XL pipeline...
Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell quipped that the... deal was like "an out of body experience” for many of his colleagues...


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