Maybe it was wishful thinking on his part when CBS Evening News host Scott Pelley informed Deadline Hollywood in an interview on Saturday that Fox News boasts a viewership of only 200,000 to 300,000. Pelley was attempting to make the case that, despite undeniable changes in the way people get their news in recent years, cable news still just doesn’t matter that much.
All candidates appearing on the ballot for the post of head puppet must first pass the clerics’ radical litmus tests before Iranians get to vote.
The view that NSA “whistle blower”-in-exile Edward Snowden is a hero has gained less traction to date than the view that he is a traitor. Nevertheless, the debate rages on. So writes John Avlon in a column in Saturday’s Telegraph (UK), in which he notes that no less a leaker than Daniel (Pentagon Papers) Ellsberg has come out in support of Snowden’s actions, telling The Daily Beast:
For the last four years, conservative columnists have been scratching their heads, wondering what it would take to get the so-called elite media to sit up and take notice of President Obama’s penchant for seizing powers not granted to him under the Constitution. The answer, as it turns out, was an offense so egregious that it caused Joe Biden to bellyache to CBS News:
In its halcyon days (read: when it was genuinely funny), MAD magazine had a recurring feature titled “Scenes We’d Like to See.” Most of the content appearing under that banner traded on well-deserved comeuppances and events so improbable that their likelihood of occurring was nil.
A present-day example of such a “scene” in the mind of this observer has long been the still-vaunted New York Times taking its journalistic responsibilities serious in the age of Obama.
Six Jihadists were sentenced to various prison terms for their collective plot to launch a bloody terrorist attack upon the British patriotic organization, the English Defence League (EDL), as reported by the Belfast Telegraph.
In a bizarre op-ed posted Thursday at the Charleston Gazette, Christopher Swindell, a journalism professor at Marshall University in West Virginia, falsely claimed the NRA “advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America” and deserves to be executed by a firing squad.
“That’s treason, and it’s worthy of the firing squad,” Swindell wrote.
Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters reports that during one of his utterly hilarious soliloquies on Friday, would-be comedian turned would-be political commentator Bill Maher took a dig at the president, telling his HBO audience that “he doesn’t even know what the IRS and the Justice Department are doing.”
At this moment, no daily news cycle is complete without one hearing or reading the word “Watergate” in connection with the four Obama Administration scandals currently swirling around in various stages of unraveling.
For example, look no further than PJM yesterday with a piece by Ed Driscoll titled Obama and the IRS: Worse Than Watergate. That title perfectly illustrates the Watergate reference framework across all media platforms, regardless of ideological tilt.
Currently, the four scandals are categorized in one of three ways: nothing like Watergate, worse than Watergate, or just like Watergate.
On May 10, shortly after it was reported that the Internal Revenue Service had flagged conservative political groups for extra scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle, the agency issued an apology for its actions. According to The New York Times and lesser MSM figures, the IRS shouldn’t have wasted its breath.
Steve Benen, at The Maddow Blog quotes the Times piece as evidence that the IRS was simply doing its job: