The Colbert Report: Mika Brzezinski Experiences Palin Fatigue
Stephen comments on Mika’s exasperation with having to read another story about Sarah Palin on Morning Joe. Mika said, “I don’t want to overemphasize her news value.”
Mika, you need to buck up. I know you think this story has no purpose other than keeping Sarah Palin’s name in the headlines for another news cycle. I know you think she has nothing to offer the national dialogue and that her speeches are just coded talking points mixed in with words picked up at random from a thesaurus. I know you think Sarah Palin is, at best, a self-promoting ignoramus, and at worst a shameless media troll who’ll abuse any platform to deliver dog-whistle encouragement to a far right base that may include possible insurrectionists. I know you think her reality show was pathetically unstatesmanlike, and at the same time I know you think it represents the pinnacle of her potential, and that her transparent desperation to be a celebrity so completely eclipsed her interest in public service so long ago, that there would be more journalistic integrity in reporting on one of the lesser Kardashians’ ass implants. And I know, I know that when you arrive at the office each day, you say a silent prayer that maybe, just maybe Sarah Palin will at long last shut up for ten fucking minutes. I know ‘cause I can see it in your eyes! Well guess what, Mika? That’s the gig! It’s only January of 2011, kiddo. You have a minimum of two more years of this ahead of you. You want to stay in this game, you dig deep. You find another gear. You show up to work everyday, get your hair and makeup done, you slap on a smile, get out there on TV and repeat what Sarah Palin said on Hannity last night - right into the lens. You know: NEWS.
Jon Stewart: Credit for Sarah Palin’s recovery from being unfairly linked to the Tucson shootings has to go to her nurse, Sean Hannity.
“I know very little about it,” Maddow said. “All I know is that it was between Keith and the company, it didn’t involve any of the rest of us, and he was really gracious and nice when he left.”
Maher said that, in his opinion, the show went “downhill” when Olbermann started retooling his “Worst Persons In The World” segment. “Stop organizing life around the people who don’t get the joke,” he said. “Fuck them if they don’t get a joke.”
The outspoken host abruptly announced his departure on Friday evening, sending shock waves through the cable news world.
But the sudden departure has a history, and the timing does not rule out a preemptive MSNBC move. The gadfly commentator first told the network last April that he wanted to leave and began negotiating his exit then, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.
Olbermann abandoned the notion of leaving at that time but revived his plans in recent weeks with new representation from the talent agency ICM.
With two years left on his $7 million a year contract, Olbermann was seeking a full exit package but he really has his eye on creating his own media empire in the style of Huffington Post, according to the individual. That way, Olbermann would control his own brand and, in his view, potentially earn far more as an owner.
By the way, it doesn’t have to be as simple as “Comcast In, KO Out.” While we all harbor our suspicions and the feuding with his bosses had been ongoing and public, and the reporting structure in the organization was being changed with the new merger, and all that stuff.
But there is another element that I think is worth thinking about. In basically the last year, he lost his mom and his dad, and he really didn’t even take a break. He’s been doing this for eight years straight, and that kind of thing, in the poisonous work atmosphere that existed with his bosses, it just takes a toll on you. I’d wager that in the end, he just had enough and they agreed to part ways.
Sometimes you’ve just had enough of a situation, and you have to say to hell with it.
That’s exactly what I’d wager too.
But it’s worse than that.
Only middle aged Republican white men who have never been to Egypt share their insights this morning:
Face the Nation has John McCain giving us informed analysis of the situation in Egypt.
This Week has Ehud Barak, New Gingrich, and Tim Pawlenty giving us informed analysis of the situation in Egypt.
Meet the Press has Boehner, Schilling, and Atlanta’s Mayor Reed giving us informed analysis of the situation in Egypt.
Remarkably, no national Democrats will appear.
Document the atrocities!
So Glenn Beck “can live without Fox News” and Fox News is contemplating life without Beck. David Carr says,
“The problem with “Glenn Beck” is that it has turned into a serial doomsday machine that’s a bummer to watch.
Mr. Beck, a more gifted entertainer than most cable hosts, can still bring it, lighting up with characters and voices. But much of the time, there is sense that the fatigue from always being on alert, tilting forward in the saddle against the next menace, is starting to wear him down.”
Really, David. Gifted? You enjoy that Kermit voice? For the majority of us not in assisted living, Beck is a “bummer” to watch for so very many reasons besides his daily forecasts of the “Perfect Storm” — the Kermit voice being one, the glasses and chalkboard props being another. The hate he spreads daily is the main reason. What you see as gifted the rest of the world sees as super stupid on a good day, and borderline dangerous to his unstable fan base on a bad day.
The people who take Beck seriously are the 2 million or so loyal “diehards” who, I have a feeling, don’t get out much. In other words, the attendants where they live probably have the public TVs on Fox News 24/7.
The bright side to all of this is that Fox’s / Beck’s viewers aren’t getting any younger. Fox News is a plague and Beck is one of the main carriers. If Beck leaves Fox, the infection will just find a new way to spread. As long as it continues to spread mainly to older generations, eventually we’ll be okay.
Media FAIL: Palin in biker garb rolling off all media sites. Journalism!
Bob Cesca explains:
As early as a few minutes after the Oslo attacker was arrested by authorities, reports crawled across my twitter timeline claiming that the shooter was a tall blonde man. We now know that was indeed the case, but that did not prevent virtually the entire Reich-Wing media-sphere from spending the next several hours speculating that it must be the work of Muslim extremists.
The ironic, and distinctly Freudian, thing is that the attacker is actually a christian conservative nationalist who believes President Obama is a Marxist and that his attacks were “necessary” to defeat liberal immigration policies and stop the spread of Islam. Sound familiar?
Explain to me how this isn’t hate speech, how it isn’t inciting domestic terrorism:
Charles Johnson: Videos: Andrew Breitbart Fantasizes About Killing Liberals –
Speaking at a Tea Party gathering in Boston, Andrew Breitbart fantasizes about armed conflict with his fellow Americans… He goes on to elaborate that he imagines the military is going to rise up and start killing union members to protect the country (or something), and reiterates that he’s talking about actual armed conflict and not elections.
Click the LGF link for the videos of Breitbart’s ACTUAL WORDS.
If a liberal commentator / entertainer (whatever Breitbart is supposed to be) had said this sort of thing, Fox “News,” Drudge, Limbaugh, the freshman Teaparty Congress, and every Teaparty GOP 2012 candidate — including the former half-term governor on Facebook (snerk!) — would be clutching their pearls, waving smelling salts everywhere, and hyperventilating on every network news program, 24/7!
It’s amazing what our ‘liberal’ media chooses to ignore.
First story on The Last Word w/ Lawrence O’Donnell tonight: the Occupy Wall Street protests. Not just a brief mention, either: the first 15 minutes were dedicated to talking in depth about how Wall Street’s greed has led to the protests we’re seeing day after day, including an interview with Michael Moore. O’Donnell says he will also address police brutality at the end of the program. Great example of the growing media coverage on Occupy Wall Street.
And the larger question is: WHY?
Seriously… look at the photos and please explain.
Tom Tomorrow, “But what do they want?”