Video at the link.
And it’s also on Amazon Instant video-on-demand:
The season 2 trailer for The Walking Dead.
Who is Kerwin Swint?
To be replaced with AC360, which will be changing airtimes.
Makes sense. If Spitzer on the broadly distributed CNN couldn’t beat Olbermann – whose show airs on a network with a market penetration about the size of my pinky – then he has no business being on the air, on any network.
You could say Spitzer is Olbermann’s first casualty. Though, to paraphrase Aeschylus, I think it’s safe to say Olbermann’s first casualty was the truth, which he strangled long ago with epistemic closure…or something…
But he’s still beating MSNBC and CNN in the same time slot, which for Current TV is a very big deal because – well – Current has never had that many viewers (is ‘many’ even the right word?) before…
To be fair, Ed Schultz got suspended for his name-calling of Laura Ingraham. But given that the ‘S’ in MSNBC sometimes actually stands for ‘State-run’, I couldn’t help myself with the 1984 reference.
THR: Premiere of Olbermann’s re-incarnated Countdown beats CNN in target demographic. 179,000 viewers to 89,000.
Keep in mind CurrentTV is carried by few cable systems; as opposed to CNN, which can be seen everywhere.
Of course, 179,000 is not that impressive a number, either. As a TV executive friend of mine once said, “I can open a window and have a bigger audience” (Not really – maybe when I lived in NYC). But this must be something of a humiliation for CNN…
Steve Benen: When The Networks Muted Pelosi: “The major cable news networks waited with bated breath for Pelosi to start talking. But the moment she turned her attention to job creation and the middle class, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News immediately decided they were no longer interested…No Weiner. No coverage.”
Can you blame them? It’s not like Pelosi can speak with any credibility about either job creation or the middle class, right? Anything she would have said about Weinergate would have been infinitely more relevant than her thoughts on either topic.
Plus, she’s not Speaker anymore. I know that shouldn’t matter because she’s the minority leader; but I enjoy saying it as much as I enjoy saying she’s the minority leader…
It’s not a story by R.S. McCain, but it could be (Fiction or news? You decide).
If you’re so inclined, Olby made the cover story of this week’s Hollywood Reporter.
WSJ: “The White House said Wednesday that taxpayers could lose roughly $14 billion of the money spent on auto industry bailouts“.
Funny. Just last week – or the week before that – I was at the gym incidentally watching MSNBC ‘s Ed Schulz proclaiming that all the Congressional Republicans who dared to describe the auto bailouts as a waste of taxpayers’ money were dirty liars…or something like that. You know, your typical Ed Schulz fare. I wonder if he’ll apologize to them when he’s allowed back on the air?
Of course, the White House didn’t just say the above. They added that “while ‘there is no joy’ in acknowledging that loss, the bailout succeeded in saving jobs and preventing a broader industry collapse”. That’s some pricey success, isn’t it?
So what they’re saying is that the $14 billion loss was worth it and maybe even necessary? That’s a little hard to accept as even making some sense. Ford Motor Co. is part of the same industry, employs the same unionized workers, accepted no bailout funds…and yet is thriving. But then again, I don’t expect anyone at the White House to be able to tell a good investment from a bad one…
Size matters (story size, that is) and that’s bad news for Rep. Weiner: “The supply-and-demand incentives for coverage of this story are therefore so strong that, liberal bias or not, the major news networks can’t simply ignore it.”
But Weiner’s clumsy handling of the event is partly to blame. Talk about the emperor having no clothes. “Can’t say with certitude” whether the picture was of his own crotch or not? And this after downgrading the proximate cause of the kerfuffle from the ever-reliable computer hack to a mere prank? This doesn’t look like a cover-up anymore. It looks like a desperate cry for damage control.
Related: Some great Weiner puns at the Tygrrrr Express.
UPDATE: Interesting theory: “Rep Weiner did not send the tweet. Neither did Dan Wolfe. The reason Rep Weiner is so shifty on this [is] because it is his wiener, and he is horribly embarrassed that he took that picture, leaving himself so vulnerable in such a boneheaded way.” (via Insty)
MORE: R.S. McCain links with even more Weiner content! Thanks!
ANOTHER ONE: Theory debunked?
Ben Shapiro on the subjects of his new book, Primetime Propaganda: “Hollywoodites admit openly to messaging their product, and to their scorn for conservative Americans. I’m just reporting what they told me.”
It’s not like we needed any convincing, but it’s good to hear it coming straight from the horse’s mouth. Not everyone in the industry is like that, but many are. And it sure doesn’t hurt, careerwise…
Which is why when I hear Media Matters bitch and moan about Fox News, I just have to roll my eyes…
Man vs. Cable System: “A few weeks ago I moved and arranged with Time Warner to move my cable. Just like when it happened to you, Time Warner Cable didn’t show up (twice) to our appointment. Their monolithic apathy to their inability to do what they say they will was frustrating, so I thought I’d make fun of them by writing a letter expressing my feelings and taking out full page ads in a few New York news papers running the letter.”
Mirman’s stunt got Time-Warner’s attention, by the way.
Wired: Ads implant false memories.
I think they did the right thing, in more ways than one. You don’t want to get in the PR mess that would result from fighting the Navy over the right to exploit the SEAL’s commercially…
Going for a little post-modern fashion statement…or something…
DropFox.com‘s first target lays down the law: “We haven’t bowed to any boycott in the past, and we won’t bow to these types of smear campaigns in the future.”
Is Media Matters the one run by little kids? Or is that Think Progress? Don’t these people know that corporations have to answer to myriad shareholders? It doesn’t really matter what a CEO’s politics are or to which candidate the company’s PAC donated. A corporation’s advertising priorities can hardly be set based on politics. So Orbitz’s PAC gave a measly $4800 to the most powerful man in the Senate in 2010. Have you seen how much money Fox News‘ parent company gave to Democratic candidates the same year? Any chance they both gave more to Democrats than they gave to Republicans because Democrats were running Capitol Hill in 2010?
It’s a jungle out there. You advertise where you can be seen by the most eyes and in the best light. In the cable news sphere, that means you advertise on Fox News Channel, kids. Deal with it.
Needless to say, DropFox has an uphill battle ahead of it. Mostly because their goal is stupid: “DropFox’s goal is to pressure advertisers into either pulling their ads from Fox News or forcing Fox to alter its usually conservative messages.” Why don’t you just change the channel, for crying out loud?
WSJ: “To make his case that the [Citizens United v. FEC] ruling invites ‘unlimited corporate money’ to dominate politics, Mr. Colbert decided to set up a political action committee (PAC) of his own. So far, though, the joke’s been on him.”
Read the Whole Thing™. It’s a rather amusing Narrative FAIL and an Alinsky Rule 5 FAIL (of a sort we’ve seen before on Comedy Central). But there’s also something truly delicious about it: we’re witnessing one of the snarkiest, most apt, Left-tilting irony-smiths on TV – not merely immersed in an actual, naturally-occurring irony – but running right into the Great Wall of Your-Take-On-The-Issue-Is-Just-Plain-Wrong…
He just made the announcement – amusingly enough – during the NBC upfronts.
But given he’s managed to turn off his mostly Democratic audience, is this good news for NBC?
UPDATE: More at TheBlaze, including an official statement/press release.
MORE: Professor Douglas links with related content. Thanks!
At last! You can download it from the Android Market, free!
THR: Michael Moore to join Olby’s new show as contributor…Markos, too!
Rumors that Rosie O’Donnell will be executive producing could not be substantiated at post time…
UPDATE: Weird synchronicity: Ace has come across a fake Craigslist ad for the E.P. job, in between blogging about the Star Wars ‘Osama Is Dead’ parody I posted about earlier. Rosie would be a good fit… (via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit).
So what are the odds that Trump’s birther antics are really all about publicity? That’s about as ironic a revelation as the fact that Trump is a big Dem donor. And also as ironic as the disparity in airtime between MSNBC and CNN’s coverage of birther wackiness and the coverage at Fox News.
This disparity sort of makes Lawrence O’Donnell’s whining about Trump and NBC sound even more, well, whiney. But it goes hand in hand with the theory that Birtherism was initially envisioned as beneficial to Obama before it all got out of control. Indeed, if Birthers didn’t exist, the Supine Media would have invented them. Heck, remember Edit-Gate?
Which reminds me: Television’s sole purpose is to sell advertising. I learned that way before I got started in the business back in the mid-90s. So how come no one has organized yet to call for boycotts of Apprentice‘s sponsors ? Didn’t Glenn Beck become the object of Leftie boycotts for far less? Is it because Trump doesn’t need Apprentice (given that he is independently wealthy)?
UPDATE: It just occurred to me: doesn’t Celebrity Apprentice parallel the crony capitalism and bailout-mania so ardently embraced by the Obama administration and so much of Leftie-dom? Is that why the show was so popular with liberals till Trump went birther? I’ve never seen Apprentice in any of its iterations, but I know that at the heart of Celebrity Apprentice there is one central authority picking winners and losers from among a group of entertainment business wash-outs (too small to fail?). Also, isn’t the way Trump let down his largely Dem audience also similar to the way Obama has let them all down?
Neither Trump nor Obama are who their followers thought they were. Rarely do we get to see collective bad judgement and its consequences as publicly as this…
MORE: Related content from Ed Driscoll, who links. Thanks!
This is too much fun. I think O’Donnell smells conspiracy. He has a vivid imagination. After all, he used to write for the Left-wing fantasy series The West Wing, one of those TV shows in which socialism always turns out ok (just like Star Trek: TNG).
He also has a bit of a short memory. O’Donnell recently stated that Trump is “NBC’s greatest individual embarassment.” It’s like Olbermann never happened!
UPDATE: Related content from Ed Driscoll: Katie Couric’s career and the state of network news. They are both going nowhere fast.
Marginally related: Did we just catch MSNBC firebrand Lawrence O’Donnell opposing separation of church and state…in tax policy?
And it works!
And how couldn’t it? It’s easy to ridicule the ridiculous.
That aside, Colby Hall’s commentary at the link is off-target. Insinuating that this and other efforts by Stewart to point out how Obama keeps breaking promises shows that “when it comes to this White House, Stewart is not necessarily the strict left-of-center ideologue that he’s made out to be by right-of-center commentators” is – if not worthy of ridicule – certainly worth some analysis. How does that speak to Stewart’s ideology, really? Isn’t it more likely that Stewart’s penchant for pointing out Obama’s inconsistencies speaks to Stewart’s intellectual honesty (and his disappointment in Obama)?
Or maybe Colby just means to say that lofty, empty promises are an inherent component of left-of-center politics. If so, I agree with her…
UPDATE: The pre-emptive application of Rule 5 to Obama’s re-election bid by the GOP last week has given us an Obamania gauge of sorts: “YouTube’s metrics tend to lag a bit, but the numbers suggest that — energy-wise — we’re in 2010, not 2008.” (via Insty)
GQ‘s Tom Carson: “So that hugely “controversial” right-wing miniseries from the creator of 24—the one starring Katie Holmes as Jackie and Greg Kinnear as a pill-popping JFK? It’s not just honest, it’s great.”
Plus this: “When are we going to stop lying to ourselves about the legacy of Camelot?”
FCC Fines TV Stations for Fake News Reports: “Two network affiliates must each pay a $4,000 fine for failing to identify the sources behind news segments they broadcast that featured company-produced video news releases.”
This must be the latest iteration of ‘Fake But Accurate’. Thanks, Dan Rather…
UPDATED: Related: Shake-up at CBS News: Katie Couric out?
He sure doesn’t look it. Live long and prosper. Happy birthday!
If you’re a Shatner fan, no doubt you’ll enjoy watching him marvel at microchip technology while on an old gig for the Bell Labs.
Red Meat for the Base: From the network that is already bringing you a McCain/Palin movie, now comes a Dick Cheney mini-series:
According to the producers, the project will center on Cheney’s “single-minded pursuit of enhanced power for the Presidency (that) was unprecedented in the nation’s history.”
Punk who encouraged murder of South Park creators gets 25 years in prison.
Only on the Chicken Channel.
Because every episode is now available to watch for free, on line.