Olbermann's growing popularity -- and growing partisanship -- along with the response to Clinton's "Fox News Sunday" interview also indicate that Fox's foes have less fear about taking the network on.
Olbermann's growing popularity? Once in a while he beats a repeat of Hannity & Colmes. This is when he's not getting beat by a rerun of a gameshow. I always thought growing was a constant: slow, steady progress over time, not sporadic flukes.
I'm not saying Fox shouldn't take their ratings seriously, but come on, let's get real about the statistics, shall we?
Foley was running for re-election to a seventh term. He has represented his district, which includes West Palm Beach, since 1995. Florida Republicans could replace Foley on the ballot.The time is now! Draft Rush Limbaugh!
Looks like I'm in this blogging thing for the long haul.
UPDATE: Ted Kennedy: "In 40 days, we can put an end to this nonsense."
Ken Mehlman should put this in an ad and run it for 40 straight days.
Webb's comments to the Times-Dispatch prompted Allen campaign officials to
direct a reporter to Dan Cragg, a former acquaintance of Webb's, who said Webb
used the word while describing his own behavior during his freshman year at the
University of Southern California in the early 1960s. Webb later transferred to
the U.S. Naval Academy.
Cragg, 67, who lives in Fairfax County, said on Wednesday that Webb described taking drives through the black neighborhood of Watts, where he and members of his ROTC unit used racial epithets and pointed fake guns at blacks to scare them.
Let the good times roll.
No word if there are any death-bed confessionals in the book. I was expecting maybe to hear what Zarqawi's last words were before the bomb hit or something along those lines. Do you suppose he said, "I believe"?
The Democrats, who last met in Boston, will announce a decision later this fall. A spokesman said 11 sites expressed interest in having the party's convention, but only four completed the proposals. New Orleans later withdrew its bid, leaving Denver, New York City and Minneapolis- St. Paul.
What do you want to bet they make another push for New Orleans and have Spike Lee open the convention?
UPDATE: T.O. says no suicide attempt. It was an allergic reaction.
"In the fragmented, remote-control, click-on-this, did you hear? political media world in which we live, revered Uncle Walter has been replaced by odd nephew Matt."
Matt, let me be one of the first to say congratulations on this recognition (for what it's worth). You're fans of near 10 years have known this all along. You are my home page and will remain so until the end of our time on earth.
This is bad news no matter how you slice it. The Democrats have gone after Allen tooth and nail because of his presidential aspirations and they may have hit paydirt. If Allen did indeed stuff a deer head in a black family's mailbox, than he's a repugnant individual, but so are people who sit on such information for 6 years into his Senate term!
UPDATE: The Allen campaign is fighting back.
UPDATE: Tony Kornheiser asked Spike Lee if he was optimistic or pessimistic about the rebuilding of New Orleans. Spike laughed and said he wasn't going to have a "Kanye West moment." In other words, he decided to save the Bush bashing for another time.
UPDATE: Matt Drudge points out something I didn't catch...the speech slurring of Clinton. (Hat tip: lgf)
MORE: What if George W. Bush had acted this way?
MORE: Blue Crab says this interview has done a lot of damage to Clinton's legacy despite CBS's Harry Smith efforts.
MORE: Clinton wants historical accuracy? Let's reconstruct the documents Sandy Berger stole and destroyed.
(cue crickets chirping)
MORE: Michelle Malkin has a Blogosphere roundup.
MORE: I think we can safely say that Chris Wallace's education in what the DNC/MSM is all about is complete and he should be given his diploma. Here you have a reporter who was raised by a ultra-left legendary reporter in Mike Wallace, who followed in his dad's footsteps and worked for ABC News for years. When he made the jump to Fox, it became clear that he more centered politically than his father, but no conservative firebrand by any means, but he just have well have been as he was going over to the "enemy." Now, he has seen the leader of the Democrats nearly punch him for daring to ask hard questions about his record and, after looking into the transcripts of the other interviews, find he was the only one to ask tough questions.
UPDATE: Remember now, Fox News is biased, but Keith Olbermann and MSNBC are completely neutral and ethical.
For the love of all that is holy, just pull the trigger Dan (Abrams). You know it's the right thing to do.
Bill Clinton says he's sick of Karl Rove's bulls---, but the bullshit of James Carville and Paul Begala? mmwwahh! That's the rich stuff!
Bush says the Democrats would raise our taxes if they got back into power. Well, duh!
Hezbollah is holding a "victory rally." Meet you next to the brick pile.
The Army has met its recruiting goal...the best since 1997. Jack Murtha has to be enraged, but at least he has more soldiers to slander.
Richard Branson is going to put up $3-billion to help fight global warming. I always get really depressed when I see billionaires piss away their money. Here's a thought...instead of wasting it on something we can't control, why not use the money to set up some banks in economically depressed areas and offer low-interest business loans to people who haven't been able to get loans from other banks? I know, that's crazy talk.
So let's get back to today, where we get word that in a 60 Minutes interview, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf claims that Armitage told him after 9/11 that if Pakistan didn't help the United States in the war on terror, "Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age." Whoa! How macho! And how very interesting...the timing.
I report, you decide.
UPDATE: D'oh! Tom Harkin didn't get the memo. He also proves himself to be a fool when talking about foreign policy.
Harkin says, "We tend to forget that a few days after 9-1-1 thousands, thousands
of Iranians marched in a candlelight procession in Teheran in support of the United States. Every Muslim country was basically on our side. Just think, in five years, President Bush has squandered all that." Harkin says the U.S. has put billions of dollars into the Iraq war, when it could be helping poor countries with things like clean water, medical aid and education.
Every Muslim country was basically on our side? I'm sorry, could you speak into my good ear?You sir, are an idiot.
I guess we can quickly figure out that the “mediating intelligences” who determine what we will and will not see have decided that - for some reason - we’re better off not seeing the behavior of a pack of mad jackals…we might not want to continue funding them, or rushing to their aid when disaster strikes, you know? Or maybe, they figure the American public would look at yesterday’s very telling absurdities and say, “you don’t come to America and say that about her president…” Oh, no, what a freakin’ nightmare! It might even reflect well on Bush in the all-important, holy writ polls!
The people running Walmart are absolutely brilliant! The Democratic Party has declared war on the shopping chain, so what do they do? They launch a plan to sell generic prescription drugs at rock-bottom prices. The project will begin in Tampa, Florida (where else) and soon after be available throughout the state of Florida. Just brilliant.
Katie Couric's numbers are in a free-fall since her first week as the anchor of the CBS Evening News. It can hardly be a surprise, though I thought her honeymoon would last a little longer. Look, I hate to sound like a 60s radical at a peace march, but you have to understand something about CBS News. It's not about who is leading the charge of the organization, it's the organization itself that is the problem. The operation of the machine is so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that viewers can't take part. Mario Salvo, eat your heart out.
Speaking of numbers, MSNBC continues to occupy the cable news channel ratings basement. Come on Dan, wake up and smell the insanity.
The ratings king, Bill O'Reilly, says he's on al-Qaeda's death list. Some guys have all the luck.
Columbia University has invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak this Friday. It's funny how like-minded people tend to congregate together.
Jack Murtha is still working hard gathering support for a possible run at the House Majority Leader post. All I can say is "Go Jack Go!"
Don Surber gives us the exclamation point.
Perhaps, but I think you have to look more deeply at how the members of the MSM think, and I think it has a lot to do with the thinking of LBJ.
While the folklore of the JFK assassination is hopelessly muddled in conspiracy theories and misinformation, it has become pretty well documented over the years that LBJ very much controlled the Warren Commission. Now why did he do this? The simplest answer is usually the correct one: He was protecting his own power. LBJ very much wanted the Warren Report to conclude that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. He was merely a nutjob that got lucky when he put his assassination plan into action. The other possibility was that Oswald was in cahoots with an enemy of the United States, specifically a Communist enemy, either the Soviet Union or Cuba. LBJ knew, or at least strongly suspected, that if this theory were to gain legitimacy or, heaven for fend, be proven that he would be in big trouble. The "right-wing" would be so outraged that they would turn out the vote en masse and elect a tough-guy Republican as president to go to war with the Commies (can you say Goldwater?).
I think this kind of thinking is what is on the mind of the many liberals in the MSM. "We can't play up what Ahmadinejad says, then people will realize what a kook he is and it'll give Bush's views legitimacy with the public. Then they'll elect more Republicans. Then there'll be a war. Oh, no!"
Any news that legitimizes Bush Foreign Policy is strickly hush-hush.
What's the freakin' point?
MORE: Dana Milbank tries to cloud the issue and make it look like Allen is ashamed of his Jewish heritage. Milbank is either ignorant or he's just being disingenuous.
EVEN MORE: The Left-wing Blogosphere is following Milbank's lead and attacking the "sensitive" Allen.
STILL MORE: Dean Barnett chimes in.
UPDATE: I've been reading some analysis of this and a lot of people are missing the point. It might have been one thing if the reporter had said something like, "I understand that like Madeleine Albright and John Kerry you've recently learned of some Jewish lineage in your family, could you elaborate on that?" That's borderline, but not nearly as offensive as the wording she used:
"It has been reported," said Fox, that "your grandfather Felix, whom you were given your middle name for, was Jewish. Could you please tell us whether your forebears include Jews and, if so, at which point Jewish identity might have ended?"It's like she's trying to find a percentage. I doubt this Fox woman is an anti-Semite, she's most likely just an ignoramus, but the wording she used is like something out of Schindler's List. You'd think we lived in France.
UPDATE: Paul Mirengoff has some excellent analysis on the whole fiasco.
As usual, it doesn't matter who looks at Goldwater, they always get it wrong. The man was ahead of his time, and it turned out way too ahead of his time as very few were ready for the hard realities of the era.
I could go on, but I don't really see the point. It's just more of the same. Goldwater will always be the most misunderstood man in American politics, even more than Reagan...and it's always going to stay that way as long as the enemies of libertarianism are called on to sit in judgment.
He was heard saying the economy had been kept afloat only through "divine providence, the abundance of cash in the world economy and hundreds of tricks."
He added: "We screwed up. Not a little, a lot. No European country has done something as boneheaded as we have."
He reportedly added: "I almost died when for a year and a half we had to pretend we were governing. Instead, we lied morning, evening and night."
You can't make this stuff up.
And this guy is a "multicultural spokesman." Just good stuff. I'd give anything for our leaders to say this.
AUSTRALIA'S Muslim leaders have been "read the riot act" over the need to denounce any links between Islam and terrorism. The Howard Government's multicultural spokesman, Andrew Robb, yesterday told an audience of 100 imams who address Australia's mosques that these were tough times requiring great personal resolve.
Mr Robb also called on them to shun a victim mentality that branded any criticism as discrimination.
"We live in a world of terrorism where evil acts are being regularly perpetrated in the name of your faith," Mr Robb said at the Sydney conference.
"And because it is your faith that is being invoked as justification for these evil acts, it is your problem.
"You can't wish it away, or ignore it, just because it has been caused by others.
"Instead, speak up and condemn terrorism, defend your role in the way of life that we all share here in Australia."
The argument is that unless we interpret the Geneva Convention as providing maximal protections to terrorists, our enemies will mistreat U.S. soldiers in their captivity. Assume for the sake of argument that this is true. If the restrictions on interrogations that Powell and McCain advocate result in another 9/11, then they will have sacrificed the lives of women and children in order to protect soldiers. Isn't it supposed to be the other way around?
We get hit again, it's on McCain's head.
UPDATE: A fascinating retort in the comments section from "Bloodstomper":
"Nails it"? Jesus hates that kind of language! You losers are putting our country at risk and you don't know what you're talking about. I wish you could be tortured. I'd love to torture you personally! Okay? Then we could find out where you've been hiding Osama. We also know that you're the one who raped and murdered JonBenet Ramsey and I know I could torture you until you confessed, you little faggot. Okay? Happy now, pervert?
I'm feeling very well, thanks for asking.
MORE: Charles Johnson makes an excellent point:
It’s a curious hypocrisy that many of those who seem to regard the Geneva Conventions as immutable, written in stone, are the same ones who constantly seek to redefine and reinterpret the US Constitution.
My suggestion for Keith is to give the people what they want. Don't hold back. You've all heard about this new movie that shows George W. being assassinated. Well, use it. Make that scene the new show-open. Openly advocate for the removal of President Bush from office, by any means necessary. Hey, if he's as bad as you say, it would only be patriotic to go on such a crusade. Maybe the Secret Service will come calling, but that's just an opportunity to expose Bush's "crushing of dissent" in the country. Sean Penn says Bush is going to turn this country into a fascist state...now's your chance to prove it. Life is short, Keith. Go for the gold.
UPDATE: I'm making a crazy suggestion, you say? Well, check out what Daniel Ellsberg is suggesting and then tell me I'm crazy. (Hat tip: Hot Air)
However, one thing that is simply not debatable is the fact that Muslims have absolutely no understanding of the concept of irony.
Sistani does not want to see Iran prevail and squash the recently-freed Najaf version of Shi'ism, and he doesn't want to see his rival Moqtada al-Sadr rise to the top of a new regional political structure. Sistani knows that the only hope for his moderate brand of Shi'ism to survive and to flourish is to support the secular and democratic government that holds the entire nation together as one. Only by combining resources can the nation see its way towards a modern and moderate polity, and only that will allow Iraqis to control all of their own resources and exploit them for their own benefit.
Sistani's back in the game -- and I doubt he ever really left.
And from what I can tell, that's a good thing.
But Moran then maneuvered into more sensitive ground, suggesting that the
country was not safer and intimating that the Bush administration's foreign
policy was headed in the wrong directions.
“More people hate us,” Moran said, a comment that drew an outburst from the
“My brother died on 9/11 - don't make this political,” a woman in audience
Moran continued, calling on the nation to address the root causes of
terrorism by the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade
I will give Moran credit for not wavering when the boos poured in. He took a stand: politics is more important. Sorry folks, he said, but there's power to be had. No doubt his nutroots credentials are now impeccable.
Some of the small number of prisoners who remained in the jail after the Americans left said they had pleaded to go with their departing captors, rather than be left in the hands of Iraqi guards.
"The Americans were better than the Iraqis. They treated us better," said Khalid Alaani, who was held on suspicion of involvement in Sunni terrorism.
UPDATE: Pajamas Media has a video report on the protests outside the Cathedral.
Seriously, this is a really sad affair for our country. We have a group of politicians that are willing to abuse their power and bully a corporation in order to get their way. I've said time and time again, the new war is not the war on terror, it's the war for the control of information. Take it to the bank.
UPDATE: Drudge dug up this article in which Tom Daschle slams CBS for pulling "The Reagans."
MORE: Hugh Hewitt has been all over this story and has some nice analysis.
The real story here is how Clinton has to do everything possible to protect his legacy, because there is a lot to hide. I haven't heard a peep out of one Bush Administration official about their part in the movie, which apparently isn't much more flattering. What does that tell you? It reminds me of when Ronald Reagan let Jimmy Carter go to Iran and pick up the hostages in 1981. Reagan had confidence in himself and wasn't threatened by anyone else being in the spotlight. It's the same Bush. Clinton however lives in fear 24/7. What a horrible way to live your life.
UPDATE: Madeleine Halfbright says the scenes portraying her are "defamatory." Careful Maddy, you're a public figure. You'd have to prove their was actual malice to make that charge stick. Why don't you give George W. a call and maybe he can teach you how to handle being defamed on a daily basis.
"This is the message I have for the terrorists: We will see that you get great punishment wherever you are. There is nothing for you but prison and
punishment," he said.
Death, Mr. Prime Minister. The only punishment for them is death.
Here's a refresher: Five years ago, we declared war on terrorism. What does that mean? It means we called out the terrorists, we said, 'hey you bastards, come out of hiding and face us like men!' The radical Islam was always there, but like the schoolyard bully, we took our mom's advice and ignored it. Remember? 'Just ignore him, sweetie, he's probably more scared than you.' It was nonsense then and it's nonsense now. I'm so tired of this argument that we create terrorism by fighting it, and anyone that makes that argument deserves an early retirement.
UPDATE: I had forgotten Mitt's dad created American Motors Corporation. I used to drive an Eagle...great car.
So if we were to bomb one of their nuclear facilities, what do you think the chances are that we'll be accused of having bombed an AIDS research facility? Cue the useful idiots and the next thing you know, George W. Bush ruined our one chance to cure AIDS. Makes a baby milk factory seem insignificant, eh?
Anyway, it's apparently about the final hours before his assassination and seen through the eyes of the people around him. It's also directed by Emilo Estevez (?).
This is why about the only thing I watch anymore is cartoons and the Discovery Channel.
Regardless, it'll be interesting to see how Limbaugh's fans react to this. He dubs himself "America's Anchorman." Is this an example of him sleeping with the enemy, so to speak, or has he come to bury Caesar, not to praise him? As Hillary would say, Stay Tuned....
Anyway, I see that Hillary Clinton is floating a trial balloon about the possibility of not running for President and instead becoming leader of the Senate Democrats. In reality, it's not a bad idea for her. She can't win the presidency unless the GOP completely tanks and if she stays in the Senate she can take over the shadow presidency of Ted Kennedy when he Satan comes to collect on his debt. Still, I think it would eat her up inside if she didn't get the big job.
Looking at the big picture, it appears that the movie studios have finally decided to rein in these out of control actors. Let's face it, these guys makes so much money that it's getting harder and harder for the public to swallow all their preaching and crying. The studios know it, so they're doing what they can to get control of the situation.
Apparently, this miniseries takes the Clinton Administration to task for their dereliction of duty in fighting terrorism. Here's a review from FrontPageMag. Stay tuned...
I guess in a way you have to admire the cheek of the editorial board of the Washington Post. It takes real balls for an MSM outlet to make a statement like that.
MORE: Michelle Malkin has a roundup of Blogosphere reaction.