August 31, 2010

Essay of the Day: Media Losing Readers In Pursuit of Its Own Radicalism
— Ace

Very good piece, read the whole thing.

The left is furiously blasting Washington Post TV Critic Tom Shales for stating what was obvious to everyone, that Amanpour is out of place, completely clueless about US politics and insists on internationalizing domestic issues. But shooting the messenger won't save Amanpour. Her hiring is only the latest manifestation of a media that is too radicalized to save itself. Bringing in a personality from the sinking ship that is CNN was obviously a bad idea on commercial grounds alone. Amanpour left CNN, for the same reason that Campbell Brown did. And ABC News taking Amanpour in, demonstrates that they share CNN's bad judgment.

Unlike ABC producers, Americans are not interested in an "outsider's perspective" on American politics. They can get that from the White House. Threatening to stab Tom Shales with a knife won't change that either.

Amanpour's promise to "open a window on the world" for what she imagines are parochial American viewers is condescending even to those who agree with her. It's grating to those who don't. Because Amanpour's window is the parochial European left-wing window from which you can see Brussels, but not Iowa, a stifling world that is upper class in its arrogance, and low class in its empathy for terrorists. ABC News producers may be determined to bring that tiny dollhouse of a world to Americans, but who exactly is supposed to underwrite this project? The BBC and its outrageous salaries are funded by taxpayers. ABC has to pay its own way.

...

Lenin called on Communists to seize the telegraph offices, telephone stations and post offices in order to control the means of communication. The American left has seized the means of cultural communication, hijacking the media, the educational system and entertainment, and turning them into vehicles for their brand of political indoctrination. And they've managed to badly devalue all three. The American educational system is a shell of what it used to be, the media is imploding and the entertainment industry keeps hitting new lows. Just as in the USSR and Venezuela and everywhere else, what the radical left controls, it also destroys.

Thanks to Pocono Joe.

Posted by: Ace at 09:29 AM | Comments (130)
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1 Y'all seem to forget that Amanpour was at NPR prior to CNN.

Why I feel the need to differentiate between syphilis and herpes escapes me.

Posted by: John Galt at August 31, 2010 09:34 AM (F/4zf)

2 Best line: "Unlike ABC producers, Americans are not interested in an "outsider's perspective" on American politics. They can get that from the White House."

Posted by: dogfish at August 31, 2010 09:35 AM (fco8b)

3 so the news is what..?

Posted by: Ira at August 31, 2010 09:35 AM (bJm7W)

4 Might have been mistaken about Amanpour's employment by NPR, can't find a link.

Posted by: John Galt at August 31, 2010 09:37 AM (F/4zf)

5 Aman ... who?

Posted by: MacDaddyZion at August 31, 2010 09:38 AM (GvYeG)

6 The media has long been harming themselves and their cause by being so clumsily biased. Not only do they alienate those who don't agree with them and thus lose the ability to persuade, they mislead their own readers into being ineffectual from not ever dealing with contrary evidence or opinion. By creating the liberal cocoon and thus making necessary alternative conservative media, mainstream media is as responsible as anyone for the fissuring of our nation.

Posted by: Nicholas Kronos at August 31, 2010 09:38 AM (GGulh)

7 Why I feel the need to differentiate between syphilis and herpes escapes me.



Syphilis is curable.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at August 31, 2010 09:40 AM (P9+0W)

8 That is a great cartoon in the article.

Posted by: mikeyslaw at August 31, 2010 09:41 AM (QMGr1)

9
"But we have something THEY didnt have.......... ME!!!!!!!"

Posted by: Barrack Imam Obama at August 31, 2010 09:41 AM (J5Hcw)

10 Threatening to stab Tom Shales with a knife won't change that either.

What about a trip through a plate glass window?

Posted by: Spencer Ackerman, Renowned Tough Guy at August 31, 2010 09:42 AM (poAzP)

11 the growing blend of ABC News and the BBC.

ABC is too stupid and lazy to actually do their own work. Besides, "everything sounds better with an English accent."

Posted by: maverick muse at August 31, 2010 09:42 AM (H+LJc)

12

Why I feel the need to differentiate between syphilis and herpes escapes me.

Syphilis is curable.

This explains ex-leftists turned rightists, as opposed to unrepentant leftists.

And then there are some, like Sullivan, who have political AIDS dementia and are just wasting away.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at August 31, 2010 09:42 AM (ujg0T)

13 link isn't working for me, won't let me scroll down due to script error, anyone got a better link?

Posted by: Dunkirk at August 31, 2010 09:42 AM (kbHJ6)

14 Stock market falling down, falling down, falling down.

Posted by: London Bridge at August 31, 2010 09:43 AM (L8kaT)

15 And...a well, she sure is tuff to gander at ya'll. I've seen better looking heads on beer! LOL

Posted by: dananjcon at August 31, 2010 09:43 AM (pr+up)

16 what the radical left controls, it also destroys.

Truer words have never been spoken.

Posted by: EC at August 31, 2010 09:44 AM (mAhn3)

17

OT: Am I the only one annoyed by that scruffy fucker on the "Brown Bailout" ad? Every time I see him I want to take a weed whacker to that duck's ass on the back of his head.

Sorry. I was gone, but now I'm back.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at August 31, 2010 09:45 AM (aHvE8)

18 What about a trip through a plate glass window?

Watch it Buster..... you need a Union to get into that lime of work.....

Posted by: SEIU Local #337 at August 31, 2010 09:45 AM (J5Hcw)

19 The problem with the American media is that it doesn't speak to Americans.

It's meant to speak AT Americans, to brainwash.

Posted by: maverick muse at August 31, 2010 09:45 AM (H+LJc)

20 Left wing bias is a right wing myth.

Posted by: MSNBC at August 31, 2010 09:45 AM (F5Uas)

21 Tapper has decent credibility so ABC was forced, forced I tell you, to supplant him with someone that could keep up with the other libtard networks.
 
Credibility is sooo old school.

Posted by: GnuBreed at August 31, 2010 09:45 AM (h0RtZ)

22
Some say this blog suffers from Amanpourophobia.

Posted by: i got a girl in kalamazoo...zoo...zoo...zoo at August 31, 2010 09:46 AM (uFokq)

23
Amanpour,  Amanpour...  is she that white lady?


Posted by: Dang at August 31, 2010 09:46 AM (Chg7a)

24

Get it together, America! Human rights aren't just a side of your bodies, bastards!

Posted by: Cameroon and Saudi Arabia at August 31, 2010 09:46 AM (aOKEC)

25

Just as in the USSR and Venezuela and everywhere else, what the radical left controls, it also destroys.

 

And blames failing on someone else. See Obama, Barry "It's all Bush's Fault"

Posted by: TheQuietMan at August 31, 2010 09:47 AM (1Jaio)

26 Because Amanpour's window is the parochial European left-wing window from which you can see Brussels Russia, but not Iowa,

Posted by: maverick muse at August 31, 2010 09:47 AM (H+LJc)

27 20 Left wing bias is a right wing myth.

Agreed. 

Wanna buy a book?

Posted by: Eric Alterman at August 31, 2010 09:47 AM (9hSKh)

28 The media could at least try to find attractive leftist advocates to masquerade as journalists.

I once sat through a scientology sales pitch because the girl giving it to me was teh hotness. 

Posted by: Sam at August 31, 2010 09:49 AM (Cxsey)

29 And that is why the media is doomed.

Obama has a cure for that; tax subsidized, conformity to Oval Office messaging. In the works.

Posted by: maverick muse at August 31, 2010 09:49 AM (H+LJc)

30 I'd prefer America to be a lot less like europe, thank you very much.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at August 31, 2010 09:49 AM (L8kaT)

31
it' funny when you think about it...

ABC now has a very unlikable Amanpour at the helm of their Poseidon

NBC has that goofball David Gregory who iskilling himself trying to suppress his inner Keith Olbermann.

and CBS has a doddering old fool who doesn't even watch the news or read newspapers.


Posted by: i got a girl in kalamazoo...zoo...zoo...zoo at August 31, 2010 09:49 AM (uFokq)

32 How can the stock market be falling down? It was up this morning! Yahoo had a giant green arrow on the front page! They said the recovery was BACK! DAMN BUSH!!!!!!111!

Posted by: Another Stupid Typical Fucking Moonbat™ at August 31, 2010 09:50 AM (YmPwQ)

33 he looks like the "Michael Bolton" formerly from Mad TV, on in "Office Space"

Posted by: dr. lizardo at August 31, 2010 09:50 AM (bz+co)

34
so the news is what..?

Agitprop disguised as 'information'.

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 31, 2010 09:50 AM (fx8sm)

35

 

Will the last viewer of network news turn off the lights on your way out.

Posted by: dogcatcher at August 31, 2010 09:51 AM (kx71l)

36 O/T:  As grandma would say "a leopard doesn't change its stripes" (via drudge)

Posted by: curious at August 31, 2010 09:51 AM (p302b)

37 dogfish 2 , I dimly recall that such a line is what schoolkids used to call a "burrrn!".

Posted by: Zimriel at August 31, 2010 09:51 AM (9Sbz+)

38
Heh...

George Stuffitupmyass :: Christianne Amanpour as
Bill Clinton :: Barack Obama

That's pretty fickin sad.

Posted by: i got a girl in kalamazoo...zoo...zoo...zoo at August 31, 2010 09:52 AM (uFokq)

39

The left is furiously blasting Washington Post TV Critic Tom Shales for stating what was obvious to everyone, that Amanpour is out of place, completely clueless about US politics and insists on internationalizing domestic issues.

Who could have seen this coming?  I mean, other than, well, everybody, everybody here. 

Pretty much everybody, really.  Imagine the level of self-bullshit that enabled this deal to go through.

Posted by: rdbrewer at August 31, 2010 09:52 AM (LutGd)

40 CNN can see bankrupcy from their house.

Posted by: Mr Pink at August 31, 2010 09:52 AM (lsJMg)

41 ...They can get that from the White House. Ouch!

Posted by: t-bird at August 31, 2010 09:53 AM (FcR7P)

42 Obama has a cure for that; tax subsidized, conformity to Oval Office messaging. In the works.

Posted by: maverick muse at August 31, 2010 02:49 PM (H+LJc)

The media is half way there. At least when a Democrat is in the White House

Posted by: TheQuietMan at August 31, 2010 09:53 AM (1Jaio)

43 The Left is embarrassed that they prefer to be misled by the media, and it drives them nuts that it is becoming common knowledge. It's one thing to spout inanities to a room full of disinterested people, but when everybody in the room has a world of info. at their fingertips, it's not so easy to go unchallenged.

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 31, 2010 09:53 AM (hV/FZ)

44

Speaking of media, I just watched the Meggie Mac vid on GMA.

Groan.

I want that five minutes back.

Wait, lemme rephrase, I like, toooooootally want that five minutes back.

 

Posted by: laceyunderalls at August 31, 2010 09:53 AM (93xxO)

45 Amanpour looks like someone who might teach some kind of Emotional-Art-Dance-Therapy & New Age Healing class at the YWCA.  

Posted by: Joanie (Oven Gloves) at August 31, 2010 09:54 AM (HaYO4)

46 The left's hijacking of American culture has turned institutions into rags and rubble, and it will only get worse. Because the left does not know when to stop.

Monty Pelerin made the same point about Keynesian economics in American/global politics (American Thinker). Even Keynes opposed raising taxes during a slow economy, not that the MFM or any of our Democrats are affected with this fact/admission that they know higher taxation right now is a sure way to national economic ruin.

Posted by: maverick muse at August 31, 2010 09:55 AM (H+LJc)

47

Well, it's kind of fitting that the media who is in this adminstration's back pocket would start to look internationalist.    I mean, hell, now our DOJ has changed their website to reflect what we have known to be true.   It's about international law, not USA law.

Is it November, yet?

http://tiny.cc/py17g

 

Posted by: Steph at August 31, 2010 09:55 AM (l6HXu)

48

link isn't working for me, won't let me scroll down due to script error, anyone got a better link?

I got to the article, but could not then get the links within the article to work. But I'm on a brand new laptop, so I figured it was me...

Posted by: Mama AJ at August 31, 2010 09:55 AM (XdlcF)

49 48 Someone has to speak for the disenfranchised Womyns of the world.

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 31, 2010 09:55 AM (hV/FZ)

50 attractive leftist

Is that like Jumbo Shrimp?

Posted by: CUS at August 31, 2010 09:56 AM (wOGfT)

51
The funny thing is CNN, ABC, and MSNBC will eventually reluctantly hire more right-leaning talent to appear to be more balanced but they'll hire the likes of Kathleen Parker or even Meghan McCain.

They'll never hire a legit conservative .

Posted by: i got a girl in kalamazoo...zoo...zoo...zoo at August 31, 2010 09:56 AM (uFokq)

52 When it came to a showdown between the principles of journalism and the principles of liberalism Marxism-- journalism never stood a chance.

Posted by: maverick muse at August 31, 2010 09:56 AM (H+LJc)

53 The comments at WaPo are hilarious.  Libtards' heads exploding.  Someone accused Shales of hatin' on Amanpour because "you think she's a Muslim!!!11eleventy!!11"  Heh.

Is she?

Posted by: Barry the O at August 31, 2010 09:57 AM (UOM48)

54 39 Whoa.  Greenfield tears new assholes.

Posted by: toby928 at August 31, 2010 02:52 PM (S5YRY)

Not to pat myself on the back but isn't it one helluva cotton-pickin' article? I thought everyone should see it. It should be on the op-ed page of every paper in the country. As if. 

Posted by: Pocono Joe at August 31, 2010 09:57 AM (Oj/ob)

55 #56  stupid sock.  I mean, really stupid sock.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at August 31, 2010 09:57 AM (UOM48)

56 and CBS has a doddering old fool who doesn't even watch the news or read newspapers.

I'm not doddering.

Posted by: Kiki Couric at August 31, 2010 09:57 AM (F5Uas)

57 I detest the left.  They are so utterly bankrupt on fiscal  security and military security that they force even libertarian atheists like me to side with conservatives.  Believe me, I don't really want to be on Beck's side when he gets up and starts telling me only god can save us.  I really don't.  But I have to be, because the left is utterly unhinged and has been for a very very long time.

Posted by: doug at August 31, 2010 09:57 AM (I6iFS)

58 ABC has to pay its own way.

Not for long. Even a decade-long series of the worst electoral ass-kickings that could possibly be delivered to the Democrats will only delay big-media nationalization by a few years, if at all.

If you think of the media's waste (of potential viewers) as an investment—or as courting, since the waste is conspicuous, flaunted—they're not doing it badly. Except Fox, especially the Business division. They're so not gettin' any.

The show is not for you. In fact, it's not only not for you, it's not for you. That's its positive character.

Posted by: oblig. at August 31, 2010 09:57 AM (x7Ao8)

59 ABC News?   Never heard of them.......

Posted by: Charles Gibson at August 31, 2010 09:57 AM (1O/uc)

60

I am unfamiliar with this ABC News of which he writes.

Yeh, I was thinking "this is the first time I've heard any criticism of Amanpour". Guess nobody I read actually took the time to listen to her b.s.

(I mean since she started at ABC, of course.)

Posted by: Mama AJ at August 31, 2010 09:58 AM (XdlcF)

61

Amanpour a minority woman. She clearly is wiser and more empathetic than any one else in the world, you racist misogynist whatever-she-is-a-phobes!

Posted by: gator at August 31, 2010 09:58 AM (aOKEC)

62 As I have been saying since 2008, the MFM has rendered the first amendment immaterial. What good is the "freedom of the press" if they are all parrots for communist propaganda.

They have even bought up all the small town newspapers. Our local rag became nothing more than a PR rag for the Democrap Party after it was bought out by a conglomerate that runs papers all over the country.

100 years ago the government would not allow all the papers in an area to be owned by the same company; today they encourage it.

BTW, the same companies own the TV news stations as well.

Posted by: Vic at August 31, 2010 09:58 AM (/jbAw)

63
I do like that they're handing this scrunt $2 million a year and laying off droves of union workers, though.  So there's that.

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 31, 2010 09:58 AM (fx8sm)

64
Bob Scheiffer, dood.


Posted by: i got a girl in kalamazoo...zoo...zoo...zoo at August 31, 2010 09:58 AM (uFokq)

65 O/T:  someone  said this morning that the commenters at Zero Hedge would fit right in here.  Heck, the bloggers would fit right in:  "Futures drop on the minutes which disclose increased economic weakness, which is sufficient for magical unicorns to push ES right back up."

Posted by: curious at August 31, 2010 09:59 AM (p302b)

66 at the YWCA.   Posted by: Joanie (Oven Gloves)

Sounds about right at the "Y".

 

Posted by: maverick muse at August 31, 2010 09:59 AM (H+LJc)

67

Of course it's unsustainable from a business perspective.  They don't give a shit.

 

They'll do what the BBC did, get Congress to steal it from the taxpayer, because the "rubes" will never support it, and they'll use the Fairness doctrine to shut up the opposition.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at August 31, 2010 09:59 AM (WvXvd)

68 It proves to me one thing: that if you go far enough to the left or far enough to the right, you meet the same person: a mindless posturing thug.-- Tom Shales

Posted by: Neo at August 31, 2010 09:59 AM (tE8FB)

69 Because the left does not know when to stop.

See the stimulus.  Did not work so the solution is...MORE "STIMULUS"!!

Posted by: CUS at August 31, 2010 10:00 AM (wOGfT)

70 I've been watching "This Week" since the David Brinkley days..

And no one, and I mean no one, has rankled me as much as Christianne Amanpour.  She preaches.. she pontificates.. and every once in a while she'll allow one of the guests to get a word in edgewise.. most especially George Will.  He has a look of disgust on his face nowadays.. and I wonder how long he will stay on the show with her as host.

Posted by: ChiTown Jerry at August 31, 2010 10:00 AM (f9c2L)

71
ABC can lose money on its news division; they don't care.

Disney is rolling in dough.

Posted by: i got a girl in kalamazoo...zoo...zoo...zoo at August 31, 2010 10:01 AM (uFokq)

72 I have a serious question about which I'd like to be put some f'ing knowledge.

Are the leftist media outlets actually beholden to a need to commercially succeed?  The reason I ask is because the parent companies all sit on enormous entertainment holdings.  So long as people watch TV, go to movies, and buy CDs, there's no reason why any of these "news" operations cannot bleed money.

Survivors in the newspaper business seem to be doing all right, as well (except for the NYT).  The cocksucking communist Grahams diversified the Washington Post Company into redistributionism-through-fraudulent-student-loans through their money-printing-machine subsidiary, Kaplan.

The linked article was very well written and I admire the author's observations.  But I fear that the central premise may be flawed if these companies do not need to perform well to avoid their well deserved demise.

If I'm right about the entertainment holdings' making these propaganda operations bulletproof, then the quickest solution would be to zero-out all copyright enforcement funding at the federal level and let the sleazy pirates make these holdings worthless.

Posted by: MikeO at August 31, 2010 10:01 AM (lBmZl)

73 Threatening to stab Tom Shales with a knife won't change that either. You rang?

Posted by: Bedbug Will Folks at August 31, 2010 10:01 AM (0WLbw)

74
NBC & CBS, however...

Posted by: i got a girl in kalamazoo...zoo...zoo...zoo at August 31, 2010 10:01 AM (uFokq)

75

If you like your mannish looking news anchors...

 

Posted by: dananjcon at August 31, 2010 10:01 AM (pr+up)

76 What depresses me is 25 years ago I trusted these people. I subscribed to almost a dozen news and commentary magazines, and had the NYT and LAT delivered to my house. I really thought I was informed. I want my money back.

Posted by: FreakyBoy at August 31, 2010 10:02 AM (uKraB)

77 I absolutely HATE seeing (and hearing) Christianne Amanpour on Sunday mornings.  I guess the alphabet networks really must want to see FOX News Sunday rocket to the top of the Sunday morning show ratings - it's the only explanation.....

Posted by: Teresa in Fort Worth, TX at August 31, 2010 10:02 AM (1O/uc)

78 The media could at least try to find attractive leftist advocates to masquerade as journalists.

What attractive leftists?  The entire cult is made up of men that look like physically-challenged lesbians with 20/200 vision and the pants-suit-wearing domineering butch harpies that cuckold those men.

Posted by: VJay at August 31, 2010 10:02 AM (gQ+XA)

79 So is she one of the chics on Teh View?

Posted by: Penfold at August 31, 2010 10:02 AM (1PeEC)

80 Are the leftist media outlets actually beholden to a need to commercially succeed?

My assessment is they are like sports teams - most of them lose money, and owning one is the vanity of a tycoon who wants to do it because he can.

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at August 31, 2010 10:03 AM (FkKjr)

81 OT- Count Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram in the "shoulda gone pro" camp. Injured knee, will miss first game.

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 31, 2010 10:03 AM (hV/FZ)

82

 they'll hire the likes of Kathleen Parker or even Meghan McCain.

And then, zoo zoo, they will wonder why no one is watching still!

Posted by: Mama AJ at August 31, 2010 10:03 AM (XdlcF)

83 and CBS has a doddering old fool who doesn't even watch the news or read newspapers.

I'm not doddering.

Posted by: Kiki Couric at August 31, 2010 02:57 PM (F5Uas)

Time for you to change my Depends

Posted by: Bob Schieffer at August 31, 2010 10:03 AM (ujg0T)

84

>>> They'll do what the BBC did, get Congress to steal it from the taxpayer, because the "rubes" will never support it, and they'll use the Fairness doctrine to shut up the opposition.

They better do it before Nov. 2nd.

Posted by: Roadking at August 31, 2010 10:03 AM (Tf6L4)

85 I'm waiting for a shareholder action against the boards of the public companies that own these news divisions for pursuing a business model that is known and proven to lead to lost revenue. 

Posted by: alexthechick at August 31, 2010 10:04 AM (eRjGt)

86

You obviously just don't understand.

I know this because everyone from the very Barry administration and everyone in the MFM who has anything to say to those of you who are against any leftwing initiatives has made it painfully clear that you don't understand and that you need someone who is enlightened and who does understand to explain it to you so you might eventually understand but really, and this is the real reason, so they will feel better about themselves for having taken the time to make a neanderthal like you, understand.

Understood?

Posted by: Hussein the Plumber at August 31, 2010 10:04 AM (RkRxq)

87 Maybe ABC is learning the hard way that just because those TV shows with angry brits with thick accents get good ratings, occasionally, doesn't mean that we think their smart and we want to get our news and opinion from them.

Posted by: Sponge at August 31, 2010 10:05 AM (UK9cE)

88 The disconnect between those who set the agenda and those who cash the checks, makes it so that the owners of media corporations will suffer for the actions of employees who care more about pushing their point of view, than about the survival of their medium.

Media moguls don't allow any employee to voice off views contrary to the mogul position. The problem is much greater than that. The employees don't get the job, or keep the job long, unless they read mogul approved lines from the teleprompter or mouth the mogul mind in "debate" during "interview" with a guest victimized with host's talk-over lecture.

Posted by: maverick muse at August 31, 2010 10:05 AM (H+LJc)

89

So is she one of the chics on Teh View?

Speaking of which, has anyone here ever sat through it without turning it off? The vapid bats there make Olbermann look relevant.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at August 31, 2010 10:07 AM (ujg0T)

90 Just because we're not getting wind from the media of their deal making with this administration means NADA.

Besides, George W. Bush made the Sec./Treasury autonomous, beholden to no one. Geithner could, for instance, already be giving the MFM tax funds for whatever reason. It isn't as if this Congress ever determined a budget.

Posted by: maverick muse at August 31, 2010 10:07 AM (H+LJc)

91 If you like your mannish looking news anchors...

If you don't, then there's always Shep Smith.

Posted by: MikeO at August 31, 2010 10:07 AM (lBmZl)

92 O/t:   here goes Rick....off he goes......

Posted by: curious at August 31, 2010 10:08 AM (p302b)

93

I find it unfathomable that anyone could think that Obama and the Dem's policies could actually help the country.

I'm glad Amanpour is there to explain to me, an inbred hick in flyover country, how I'm not understanding Obama's message. If only I were well-educated at the right schools....

Posted by: gator at August 31, 2010 10:08 AM (aOKEC)

94 What an outstanding piece; especially the parts about Christianne Dhimmipour "Unlike ABC producers, Americans are not interested in an "outsider's perspective" on American politics. They can get that from the White House" ROFLMBO!

Posted by: DaMav at August 31, 2010 10:09 AM (QNU76)

95 She sure ain't no John Cameron Swayze.

Posted by: Timex ticks at August 31, 2010 10:09 AM (UvJqU)

96 94

So is she one of the chics on Teh View?

Speaking of which, has anyone here ever sat through it without turning it off? The vapid bats there make Olbermann look relevant.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at August 31, 2010 03:07 PM (ujg0T)

Fox should rescue Hassleback. I fear the stooopid is rubbing off on her, I just her cuteness doesn't fade...

Bunk..

 

Posted by: dananjcon at August 31, 2010 10:09 AM (pr+up)

97

The employees don't get the job, or keep the job long, unless they read mogul approved lines from the teleprompter

Hey, I resemble that!

Posted by: Barack Obama at August 31, 2010 10:10 AM (aHvE8)

98 case in point: newsweak held out for a lower price from someone who'd be more supportive of their viewpoint. journo's don't get capitalism, nor do they want to. cuz they're so much smarter than us grubby commoners. i will miss dead peter jennings and braindead dan rather come the november elections. at least there will still be the moist eyes and sad look on juan williams sissy ass face.

Posted by: cali grump at August 31, 2010 10:10 AM (1tJr/)

99

Understood? -- Posted by: Hussein the Plumber

Wazzat? 

Posted by: The Public Is Unamused at August 31, 2010 10:11 AM (H+LJc)

100

I kept getting an "Error" message when I would try to scroll down; here's another site with the article in full:

http://tinyurl.com/39ykv7f

Posted by: Teresa in Fort Worth, TX at August 31, 2010 10:12 AM (1O/uc)

101 Who said, when your enemy is fucking up, stay out of their way?

The Magnificent Bastard?

Anyway.  Let them rot.

Posted by: Kemp at August 31, 2010 10:12 AM (AQxTm)

102 Anyway.  Let them rot.
Posted by: Kemp

Just not on my taxed dime.

Posted by: The Public Is Unamused at August 31, 2010 10:14 AM (H+LJc)

103 Amanpour is about as appealing as a dirt sandwich. 


Posted by: mpfs, Thesaurus Rex at August 31, 2010 10:15 AM (iYbLN)

104 69 at the YWCA.   Posted by: Joanie (Oven Gloves)

Sounds about right at the "Y".

OK how did you get THAT post with THAT number?

LOL

Posted by: Kemp at August 31, 2010 10:17 AM (AQxTm)

105 I miss David Brinkley.

Posted by: mpfs, Thesaurus Rex at August 31, 2010 10:21 AM (iYbLN)

106

From one Shales column about her:

Perhaps in keeping with the newly globalized program, the commendable "In Memoriam" segment ended with a tribute not to American men and women who died in combat during the preceding week but rather, said Amanpour in her narration, in remembrance of "all of those who died in war" in that period. Did she mean to suggest that our mourning extend to members of the Taliban?

Grrr.   Link to Newsbusters with the quote.

Posted by: Mama AJ at August 31, 2010 10:23 AM (XdlcF)

107 I guess the alphabet networks really must want to see FOX News Sunday rocket to the top of the Sunday morning show ratings - it's the only explanation.....

Posted by: Teresa in Fort Worth, TX at August 31, 2010 03:02 PM (1O/uc)


More and more people are getting Satellite or cable TV, so they're now open to more than just the 'big 3' networks.  Fox is the most popular news channel in America because they are the ONLY one that gives a conservative viewpoint, offers airtime to the contradictory stance and doesn't HATE everything America stands for.  I'm always amazed that the left trashes it so since its the ONLY broadcast news channel that ISN'T a government run press box.

Posted by: Sponge at August 31, 2010 10:23 AM (UK9cE)

108 Dream Team: Amanpour, Pissy Chrissy, Olby, Madcow and Sheppie-Poo Smith.

Any network picking up these worthies should be able to destroy their business in, oh, three months or so.

Maybe John Bitchelor, Medved and John Zeigler for their radio network as well?

Posted by: MrScribbler at August 31, 2010 10:24 AM (Ulu3i)

109 Unlike ABC producers, Americans are not interested in an "outsider's perspective" on American politics. They can get that from the White House.

Quote of the Year.  That one went up the ass sideways with a pineapple.

Posted by: Phelps at August 31, 2010 10:28 AM (jhIJh)

110 65 As I have been saying since 2008, the MFM has rendered the first amendment immaterial. What good is the "freedom of the press" if they are all parrots for communist propaganda.

They have even bought up all the small town newspapers. Our local rag became nothing more than a PR rag for the Democrap Party after it was bought out by a conglomerate that runs papers all over the country.

100 years ago the government would not allow all the papers in an area to be owned by the same company; today they encourage it.

BTW, the same companies own the TV news stations as well.

But, but companies and conglomerates are ALL Republican mouth-pieces!!!

Posted by: Libtard at August 31, 2010 10:28 AM (cv5Iw)

111

The linked article was very well written and I admire the author's observations.  But I fear that the central premise may be flawed if these companies do not need to perform well to avoid their well deserved demise.

While you are likely correct about the fact that many of these companies can sustain the losses from their news divisions, but the more they lose credibility and readership, the less influence they have.  So, they will ultimately fail in their goal b/c the only ones left watching will be the hard-core lefties.

Posted by: Monkeytoe at August 31, 2010 10:32 AM (sOx93)

112 i say screw em. the media let their radicalism and politics run wild for far too long. and not just run wild at times, but full blown conspiratorial documentaries and all.  christ's sakes if you were an alien receiving TV signals far out in the andromeda galaxy, youd think this place was a nightmare world...and then youd see lady gaga.

i say let their programs die out and be ridiculed, they deserve everything that happens.

Posted by: skr8 outta at August 31, 2010 10:33 AM (icVev)

113 Fox is the most popular news channel in America because they are the ONLY one that gives a conservative viewpoint, offers airtime to the contradictory stance and doesn't HATE everything America stands for.

Only on some of the "opinion" shows like Beck. Their news people are left leaning. Some of them are just as lefty as anyone on the NBC news shows.

The only thing Fox does consistently better than the other news shows is hire better looking babes.

Posted by: Vic at August 31, 2010 10:35 AM (/jbAw)

114 Lenin called on Communists to seize the telegraph offices, telephone stations and post offices in order to control the means of communication.
And he almost forget the television stations, too, until I told him to put those at the top of the list so he could help FDR televise his New Deal speeches in Europe.

Posted by: joe biden, super genius at August 31, 2010 10:35 AM (3phFo)

115 Once upon a time, the media was unbiased.

There are people who remember that, and those are the ones that are turning off the propaganda press.

Posted by: shibumi at August 31, 2010 10:38 AM (OKZrE)

116 Why is an Iranian woman an ABC anchor anyway?

Posted by: ingenus at August 31, 2010 10:39 AM (+sBB4)

117 Re: 116

They're already money losing operations, but that can only go so far, especially once the networks break up and all that's left are programming segments that have to pay their way and scheduling stops mattering as much. Without a network to add prestige to, a network news show that has no viewers, gets taken out back and shot.

Posted by: Daniel Greenfield at August 31, 2010 10:46 AM (df0rK)

118 Christiane Amanpour is not muslim...the first name is sort of a give away. yeah, as a libertarian-leaning guy who is socially liberal, I still find myself saying I'd rather be the religious people than with the liberal people. Maybe not at a party. though.

Posted by: sexypig at August 31, 2010 11:09 AM (0t7L8)

119 What fucking fool would pay Amanpour $2,000,000?

Posted by: boniface ballers at August 31, 2010 11:14 AM (bPbwB)

120 125 What fucking fool would pay Amanpour $2,000,000?

Posted by: boniface ballers at August 31, 2010 04:14 PM (bPbwB)


People who think that's a good deal versus the $4 million MSNBC pays Olberdouche

Posted by: phreshone at August 31, 2010 11:34 AM (1AnxB)

121

What fucking fool would pay Amanpour $2,000,000?

Did someone call for me?

Posted by: David Westin at August 31, 2010 11:44 AM (LutGd)

122 This is not a recent phenomena ... this has been going on quite a while. At one time, even before there was an NPR or CNN, there were only a very few outlets for the "news". For a long time, Walter Cronkite was the gatekeeper for TV news (and the NY Times was the ultimate censor for what made the broadcasts).

We do have a serious disconnect between the clingy, gun-toters and the self-appointed purveyors of what-you-should-really-think. One wonders why the networks allow these money-losing liberal windbags to continue to drain dollars away from the bottom line. I think the answer seems to be that too many of the "rich" now consider themselves "liberal" -- I bet you can reel off a few names without getting coffee.

Something has to give -- and I think it may start around this November 2nd.

Posted by: Full Moon at August 31, 2010 11:53 AM (X6+3d)

123

If I was George Will, I would have quit. First he was passed over for the Clintern butt-boy Stephany, and now this airheaded, limey scrunt that chews on her glasses to simulate lofty intellect.

Posted by: Schwalbe at August 31, 2010 12:06 PM (UU0OF)

124

I'd rather be the religious people than with the liberal people. Maybe not at a party. though.

You need to get you some Italian and Irish Catholic friends.

Posted by: kallisto at August 31, 2010 12:07 PM (+FkcS)

125 A continent that has gone to war with itself twice in the last century and killed millions of its citizens in the process has something to teach us.  The lesson just isn't what they, or our elites think it is.

Posted by: MarkD at August 31, 2010 01:30 PM (YhZfg)

126 It's a trap!!!

Posted by: Admiral Ackbar at August 31, 2010 01:31 PM (9cflz)

127

someone  said this morning that the commenters at Zero Hedge would fit right in here.

Not likely--a few of them would, but most of the commenters are Ron Paul rightists or leftist anarchists.  They mainly want to see the Fed destroyed, tend to be gold-obsessed, and pretty much hate both parties equally as bankster tools.  Their best value as a commentariat is that they take great relish in ripping apart a lot of the happy talk coming out of the media these days.

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