OK, so it’s been a while

I’d like to say that I was really busy with other things, but blogging qwuickly came and went for me as a fad. I recognize its importance in the digital world, but for me it became too much of a time-suck. Now that I have more time to suck — as I am now among the many who works from the confines of home — it looks like blogging may become more of an outlet for me.

So here I am.

Some observances:

Daytime TV sucks.

Stuff outside the house is more entertaining (and distracting) than it was before.

Yep, this should be fun.

 

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They Both Got What They Deserved

According to New York Magazine, Roger was disappointed by Sarah, and Sarah was disappointed by Roger. Looks like these two were made for each other.

Sarah Palin Got Scolded by Roger Ailes for Not Announcing Her Non-Candidacy on Fox News

Sarah Palin’s announcement that she wouldn’t run for president disappointed her legions of admirers — but it infuriated Roger Ailes. The Fox News chief wasn’t angry  about the decision itself. Rather, he was livid that Palin made the October 5 announcement on Mark Levin’s conservative talk-radio program, robbing Fox News of an exclusive and a possible ratings bonanza…Palin is said to have made her announcement on Levin’s show because she’s been upset that Fox News has given a platform to Karl Rove, one of her principal critics.

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CNN.com, the News Leader

On CNN’s home page, there’s a thoughtful opinion piece, dated Nov. 9, titled, “Why Paterno must go.” Psst, CNN — don’t tell anyone I told you this, but, he’s already gone. #newsleader

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Bill-O Hopes to Sell Books — via NPR

FOX News Channel gab-fest host Bill O’Reilly, when he’s not crying for NPR to be defunded, is out on NPR’s airwaves trying to sell his books. These are the kinds of things that make my head explode. You probably recall last year when his dear friend Juan Williams was fired from, NPR, Bill called for its defunding. Bill clearly needs medical attention…he’s already forgotten what he preaches.

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Tucker gets the Call

I usually don’t find myself in agreement with Tucker Carlson on anything, but I have to give him three bow ties (out of four) in his debate with Greta Van Susteren the other day on FOX News. She was upset about a piece that she interpreted as nasty by Daily Caller’s standards. Tucker defended the piece, which quoted some vile commentary by ex-pugilist Mike Tyson about ex-governor Sarah Palin. Bottom line? Greta was wrong. Tucker was right. I’m not sure I agree necessarily with Tucker’s reasoning that the reason most major media didn’t report it was because it was Sarah Palin, and that had it been anyone else major media would have reported it. Mainstream media likely ignored it because, well, the comments were coming from Mike Tyson, a man with a history of saying wacky things that have no meaning in the vast wasteland of time and space (the man is no longer even permitted to vote, so to care about what his opinions are about “potential” political candidates is really pushing it). But I do, lamentably, agree that his comments were newsworthy. After all, he is a pseudo-celebrity talking about another pseudo-celebrity, and that’s what counts as news these days – whether the speakers are by some measurement, a celebrity and worth the clicks they can possibly produce for any given website.

But Greta’s argument that the article (not Mike Tyson’s comments) was demeaning to women and that’s why it should not have been posted flies against the grain of reality. Has she never checked out her own employer’s website? FOXNews.com, as do most mainstream news sites, practically giggles like an 11 year-old boy seeing his first R-rated movie when faced with a potentially “hot” story. Miss America candidate feels slighted by a judge’s question? Run that story and every new development for months (accompanied, of course, by the requisite T&A shots of said beauty pageant contestant, lest we forget about whom we are talking). Co-ed missing and feared dead, perhaps murdered by a jealous lover, or a scorned ex-spouse? If she’s pretty, blonde, and with plenty of pics and b-roll available, dammit, then we care.

Spare me your hand-wringing, Greta. You’re worried so much about glorifying violence against women? Let’s not forget the soapbox that got to where you are right now – the one provided by CNN so you can pontificate endlessly (and excellently) about legal mumbo-jumbo regarding the O.J. Simpson-Nicole Brown Simpson-Ron Goldman murder case in the mid 90’s.

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Publish Now, Ask Questions Later?

So media companies have figured out that if you selectively edit (and perhaps attempt to deceive) commentary from incendiery speakers, then the fallout doesn’t really matter, only that the flames were fanned.

ABC News and FOX News are accused of selectively editing a comment from Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa to sugest he was advocating violence (that doesn’t play into a media-honed narrative, does it?).

 

Fox News, ABC air edited clip of Hoffa’s fiery speech at Obama rally, sparking tea party’s fury

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/fox-news-abc-air-edited-clip-hoffa-fiery-204710965.html

Hannity’s done it; Schultz has done it…no one seems to care about the repurcussions from doing it…do it now, apologize for it later — so what? The damage is done, the argument goes. The media seem to be learning that it’s OK to selectively edit, pursue an agenda or play into a narrative that they think will get attention, truth be damned.

So what exactly.

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Setting an example

Watch this reporter lose his ability to speak about how irresponsible people are being as they frolic in the rain during Hurricane Irene. I guess it’s ok for him to be standing outside in the hurricane, but no one else (8th video on page).

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/28/hurricane-irene-hysteria-bloomberg-christie-and-news-reports-watch-video.html

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