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Sarah Palin flunks second oral exam

September 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Just got around to watching Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric. Wow! There’s obviously a reason why the McCain campaign doesn’t want Palin giving interviews. You almost feel bad for her. She’s literally being asked to defend the indefensible. But then you remember the reason why so many aspects of the McCain campaign are indefensible: [...]

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Media desperate to spark racial controversy, part 2

September 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Today, the AP takes another shot at changing the national conversation from the trivial– collapse of capitalism, government takeover of Wall Street, $25/barrel rise in the price of oil in the last hour– to the vastly more important, publishing a story titled: “Hey, why is everyone still talking about this boring economy stuff when BLACK [...]

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Media desperate to spark racial controversy

September 21st, 2008 · 7 Comments

Yesterday, the Associated Press posted a story titled “Poll: Racial views steer some white Dems away from Obama.”  So in case you are the one American who was previously unaware of this obscure concept called racism, apparently it will lead some whites to not vote for the black guy.  Just for fun, I’ve come up with a few story ideas that [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · John McCain · Media · Republicans

Don’t get too excited about Obama’s bounce

September 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

After a rough two weeks behind John McCain, all the major polling trackers seem to have shifted back in Barack Obama’s direction.  He’s up 4 in Gallup, and up 2 in Real Clear Politics and Pollster.  But despite all the good news, this is no time for Democrats to start breathing easy. Here’s three good reasons [...]

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Why this isn’t sexist

September 18th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Maybe the crudest instance of sexism in the race thus far took place live on Fox News this morning, as conservative writer Caroline Baum used a pretty vulgar term– vulgar enough to literally clear the room– regarding the female anatomy to explain why Sarah Palin may or may not appeal to Hillary Clinton voters. So [...]

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CNN Black Monday makeout prank

September 17th, 2008 · No Comments

42 seconds in– when live reporting goes wrong. Looks like the economic meltdown is hitting Lehman Brothers harder than we thought.

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A media guide: How to tell if your question to Sarah Palin is sexist

September 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

There’s a lively discussion going on over at The Daily Dish about whether questions about Sarah Palin’s family are sexist.  Andrew Sullivan asks his readers: It seems to me that if you are on record saying that your life is an open book, and you have a state-run web-page about your infant son, and your [...]

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Low hopes for Charlie Gibson’s 20/20 Sarah Palin interview

September 11th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Count me among the many who just don’t see ABC’s Charlie Gibson asking Sarah Palin any truly hard-hitting questions or holding her to account on the many contradictions in her record (most notably her repeated claim on the trail that she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, when in fact she did just the opposite).  For one [...]

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Psychoanalyzing the media elite’s elite double standard

May 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Ever since Bitter-gate broke last month, I’ve been trying to figure out how the media could knowingly side with Hillary Clinton and John McCain– two Washington lifers, both worth at least $100 million– in painting a black man raised by a single mother on food stamps who a little over a decade ago was making [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton · John McCain · Media · Republicans

The potential backlash in Pennsylvania

April 17th, 2008 · No Comments

I’m not going to say Barack Obama has a chance to win Pennsylvania.  He doesn’t.  But I can’t imagine anything making a stronger case for his campaign theme of moving beyond old school Washington politics than the ABC News debate last night.  I’m guessing that for every undecided voter who watched that debate and came away [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Hillary Clinton · Media

ABC News debate/Clinton campaign infomercial analysis: What don’t we know about Obama?

April 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

For some reason, I thought there was a debate scheduled tonight.  At 8:00 p.m., I turned my television to ABC expecting to see Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama answering questions posed by objective journalists.  Instead, they were showing some two-hour infomercial on why Hillary Clinton should be the Democratic nominee, hosted by former Clinton senior political [...]

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Hannity and Fox News debate whether Barack Obama is “pro-American”

April 11th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The interesting thing about the world Sean Hannity lives in is that his version of being “pro-American” or patriotic is in almost direct contradiction to the founding fathers. Our democracy, and our America, is founded on debate, dissention, criticism, and course correction. The greatest Americans have been the ones who have questioned, challenged, and changed [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Media

Martin Luther King biographer denounces “reducing politics to entertainment”

April 8th, 2008 · No Comments

If you don’t know who Taylor Branch is, he won a Pulitizer Prize for his three-book America in the King Years biography of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement.  I’m only midway through the first book, but already the level of research, detail, and insight is staggering.  So imagine my surprise to [...]

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Saturday Night Live looks to expand unfunny political humor to Thursday nights

April 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Unsatisfied with the hour and a half a week they already use to try and make Hillary Clinton seem hip, Saturday Night Live will do four half-hour comedy specials on Thursday nights this fall focused solely on politics.  Reporting on NBC’s upcoming season schedule, Variety writes: Peacock will once again air hourlong “Office” episodes in September. The next [...]

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First network to call the Democratic race for Barack Obama wins a cookie

April 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

In attempting to find a rationale… any rationale for their candidate to remain in the race, Clinton supporters have soared to new heights of desperation, most recently resorting to this argument: In the race for the most popular votes in the Democratic Party’s presidential primary contests, Sen. Barack Obama’s lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton is about [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton · Media