Faux Noise lies, part wev

h/t Ellroon.

Rachel Maddow

NY Times:

“At some point, I don’t know when, she should have a show,” said Phil Griffin, hours before he was promoted on Wednesday to president of MSNBC. “She’s on the short list. It’s a very short list. She’s at the top.”

Bring it on

kos (h/t Libby):

Lots of blogs are calling for boycotts of AP content. Not me. I’m going to keep using it. I will copy and paste as many words as I feel necessary to make my points and that I feel are within bounds of copyright law (and remember, I’ve got a JD and specialized in media law, so I know the rules pretty well). And I will keep doing so if I get an AP takedown notice (which I will make a big public show of ignoring). And then, either the AP — an organization famous for taking its members work without credit — will either back down and shut the hell up, or we’ll have a judge resolve the easiest question of law in the history of copyright jurisprudence.

The AP doesn’t get to negotiate copyright law. But now, perhaps, they’ll threaten someone who can afford to fight back, instead of cowardly going after small bloggers.

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A fine start to the election

NYTimes (h/t Josh Marshall):

WASHINGTON — The presidential campaigns of Senators Barack Obama and John McCain on Sunday rejected an invitation for a town-hall-style meeting in Manhattan that had been proposed by ABC News and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York.

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Bill Burton, a spokesman for the Obama campaign said, “Both campaigns have indicated that any additional appearances will be open to all networks for broadcast on TV or Internet like the presidential commission debates rather than sponsored by a single network or news organization.”

Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, echoed that sentiment, saying, “Both campaigns agree the town hall meetings will be open to press but not sponsored or moderated by the press.

Class act

h/t Nicole Belle, here is Bill Moyers’ address to the National Conference for Media Reform:

He’d make a great FCC chairman.

Complicit enablers then, complicit apologists now

h/t John Amato.

Happy 420

The corporate media speaks for the corporations

Dear Keith Olbermann

On your Worst Person in the World segment last night, you awarded the bronze to Elton John, for making the following statement:

“I never cease to be amazed by the misogynistic attitudes of some people in this country. I say the hell with them. I love you Hillary. I’ll always be there for you.”

See 00:30-1:22 below:

I am not a Hillary Clinton supporter, and Elton John’s music is frankly grating to me for the most part. However, you seem to be completely clueless about the real misogyny that some people clearly demonstrate, including quite notably by your own colleague Chris Matthews.

And yes, a sizable number of people in this country are still racist, as well. News flash.

Just a cotton picking minute

Melissa McEwan has the transcript.

Walt Disney journalism

ABC’s Brian Ross, a journalist who has a history of misleading the American public, has hit a new low.

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Dear Keith Olbermann

If you are going to present criticisms of Hillary Clinton as you did last evening, please note that not all of your colleagues have treated her with the same respect and decency.

I am pleased that you have a clear view of the hypocrisy on other networks than your own.

Special comment

h/t Creature @ State of the Day for the video.

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“Shut up,” he explained.

Bye, Pat.

h/t skippy.

By the way

What digby said.

Faux News Porn

If you’re an adult 21 years or older, click here for more hot juicy photos, videos and action.

h/t Phydeaux Speaks.

“War made easy”

This film is a must see. About an hour and ten minutes in length.

h/t Monkeyfister.

Dennis Kucinich upholds the Constitution

Blogger on Face the State (Connecticut television)

What percentage of Americans believe that cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol?

Interesting fact: Cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol.

Please click to choose your preferred internet pricing plan

Net neutrality is important. You don’t want this future.

Are US military generals now shrinking violets?

Mustang Bobby @ Shakesville:

By the way, in all of this, I haven’t heard a word of outrage or a tearful plea for mercy from General Petraeus himself. I’m pretty sure that he didn’t get to be a general in the United States Army by letting a schoolyard name-calling taunt get to him.

Watch MSNBC coverage of George Bush trying to be offended on behalf of his toady:

As for the Democratic members of the senate who voted with the idiots to condemn the first amendment, wake up.

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And the walls came tumbling down

Straight from the source:

The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night.

The move comes two years to the day after The Times began the subscription program, TimesSelect, which has charged $49.95 a year, or $7.95 a month, for online access to the work of its columnists and to the newspaper’s archives. TimesSelect has been free to print subscribers to The Times and to some students and educators.

In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make available its archives from 1987 to the present without charge, as well as those from 1851 to 1922, which are in the public domain. There will be charges for some material from the period 1923 to 1986, and some will be free.

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In a nutshell.

Glenn Greenwald:

This is how it goes endlessly with people like [Washington Post editorial page editor Fred] Hiatt: (1) If X does not happen, there is no justification for staying; (2) X has not happened; (3) we must stay. That is why nothing they say has any meaning. Staying in Iraq is always the only real goal. Everything else is just pretext and blather to continue to do that.

Today’s worst person in the world

David Romero Vara of Cancun’s Enfoque Radio.

Libby Spencer @ The Newshoggers has the story (h-t meme).

CNBC anchor Erin Burnett says Wal-Mart sells children’s toys with lead paint and poisonous food as if it’s a good thing

Keeping prices low, every day.

Hat-tip Logan Murphy @ Crooks and Liars.

Update: Chris Matthews leers:

Hat-tip Melissa McEwan @ Shakesville.

The news according to Fox

Hat-tip Chester, and Nicole Belle @ Crooks and Liars has a different clip which is also quite good.

Mr. Sulzberger, tear down this wall

A couple weeks ago, I attended WordCamp with about 400 other bloggers. One of the presenters was the NY Times’ blog master. I had an opportunity to talk briefly with him and explain how their pay wall was hurting the Times. He agreed with me and said he’d take back my suggestion.

Good news: Times to Abandon “TimesSelect” Content.

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Couldn’t companies do a better job of advertising recalls?

The Consumerist:

Hey, contact lens wearers, according to a CDC survey, more than half of you have no clue that Advanced Medical Optics recalled their Complete MoisturePlus lens cleaner. The multipurpose solution fails to protect users from an amoeba that can cause acanthamoeba keratitis. Over 25% of users who contracted the infection required a corneal transplant, and if that doesn’t scare you, consider this quote from the CDC:

“This is just as serious as the fusarium outbreak,” said Lola Russell, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, referring to an outbreak of fungal eye infections last year that was linked to Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu with MoistureLoc lens cleaners.

Acanthamoeba keratitis

Wikipedia article of the day

Fox attacks bloggers

Hat-tip Maha.

“During the course of Defendant BILL O’REILLY’s sexual rant, it became clear that he was using a vibrator upon himself, and that he ejaculated.”

Atrios has so much more:

“If you cross FOX NEWS CHANNEL, it’s not just me, it’s [FOX President] Roger Ailes who will go after you. I’m the street guy out front making loud noises about the issues, but Ailes operates behind the scenes, strategizes and makes things happen so that one day BAM! The person gets what’s coming to them but never sees it coming. Look at Al Franken, one day he’s going to get a knock on his door and life as he’s known it will change forever. That day will happen, trust me.”

Hat-tip Cookie Jill.

The Simpsons v. the Faux Noise machine

Len Hart has much more.

John Edwards asks, “What really matters?”

An unnecessary war, an unhelpful war, an unwinnable war

ABC News:

“I am the mother of the driver of the Bradley you see upside down and burning,” she wrote. “He was 19 years old and could see the futility of Iraq invasion and occupation.”

Another relative of a fallen soldier wrote, “For one moment, we captured the sense of fear, hate, anxiety, stress, depression that befell our beloved one. We miss him. I am so angry, because after all of this — the sacrifice — Bush and his supporters have not moved forward on this.”

There’s video too.

Hat-tip Ellroon @ Rants from the Rookery.

Michael Moore accuses Doctor Sanjay Gupta of lying

Hat-tip Alan Breslauer @ BradBlog, who has parts 2 and 3 of this interview.

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You can tell metaphors

But reality can push back.

Who do you think best speaks for the American military men and women? Not Fouad Ajami.

Thank you Paul Rieckhoff.

Hat-tip Steve Benen @ TPM.

Two sets of law, one for the president and his friends, and the other for us

Resign or be impeached, there is no other choice.

CNN confuses Syria with Afghanistan

Banned on American television

Hat-tip Litbrit.

Saturday afternoon movie

Apologize to John Conyers

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI):

“Fox News has a history of inappropriate on-air mistakes that are neither fair, nor balanced. This type of disrespect for people of color should no longer be tolerated. I am personally offended by the network’s complete disregard for accuracy in reporting and lackluster on-air apology.”

Hat-tip Josh Marshall.

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Update: Take 2.

Much better.


Recommended viewing:

Must read

Xeni Jardin posts comments on the situation with the media equivalent of RNC (“Faux”) News in Venezuela.

Might also watch, per recommendation:

Make up your own mind, and speak it.

Fair use

I just find the links Danny, I don’t post the video. Maybe I help you find the link so you can notify the poster by reproducing it here.

P.S. This video deserves to be spread widely.

No IHOP job for Tom Friedman

Courtesy telephone

Maha on Melanie Morgan for Spocko.

Tuesday night movie


digby. (h/t.)