A recent headline at Crooks and Liars was guaranteed to catch my attention: “Palin Now Feuding With Juan Williams and Megyn Kelly,” written by Tina Dupuy. It’s similar to some of what we do here at News Hounds: it’s a few words to introduce a video clip, in this case one of Lawrence O’Donnell from MSNBC. However, it dovetails nicely with a hilarious and insightful post on Depuy’s blog I read about a year ago titled “Sarah Palin: America’s Full-Time Professional Duelist” in which she pegged The Quitter From Wasilla better than anyone else has, before or since: “In fact, Palin is now our nation’s only full-time professional duelist. She fights with everyone. Her entire post-quitting career is centered on flame wars, most of which she starts. They are often petty, sanctimonious, trumped-up jabs which do nothing but make the media talk about her more. And she’s monetized the drama. She’s gone pro. Yes, she’s found the formula Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian pioneered: shameless and shallow sells.” Written eleven months ago, nothing Sarah Palin has done or said has changed that impression. All Dupuy has had to do is maintain her “Sarah Palin’s Enemies List,” a compendium of all the feuds (whether one-sided or not) that Palin has engaged in since she left Alaska in the lurch. That list now stands at 92 and, amazingly, has grown by two since I began this article!!! The O’Donnell clip is about Palin’s feuds with Megyn Kelly and Juan Williams, coming in on Dupuy’s list at numbers 89 and 90 respectively. Palin using Fox “News” to engage in her petty feuds is nothing new. What is new, however, is that her feuds are now with other Fox “News” personalities. Watch:Continue reading >>
I’ve written before about Fox News not being terribly excited about Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. Maybe that’s what gave Greta Van Susteren the temerity to give Newt Gingrich a talking to about his poor handling of the media. But you could almost hear the “it’s for your own good” in her voice as she did so. Also, she all but bent over backwards to give Gingrich opportunities to acquit himself of charges about the disruptive role of his wife in the campaign and reports that his charitable organization came “dangerously close” to being used as a vehicle to promote his politics. Instead, Gingrich repeatedly obfuscated, bobbed and weaved. It’s no wonder Van Susteren lost patience near the end of the nearly 17-minute interview.Continue reading >>
Rev. Al Sharpton appeared on The Ed Show yesterday (5/11/11) where host Ed Schultz asked him if there was "underlying racism" in Fox News' "Common" controversy. Sharpton made some good points but ultimately he ducked the race question - thereby giving Fox News an undeserved pass. It's astounding that this supposed civil rights leader would do this.Continue reading >>
A combination of sadness and schadenfreude greeted the news that Glenn Beck will no longer be broadcasting out of the Fox “News” building. Predictably, since the Beckinator
covers covered such a large media landscape in his scant 27 months at the help of his eponymously named Comedy Caliphate Cavalcade, once again Glenn Beck was the biggest news on the planet the subject of media attention, and, once again, not for something good.
The New York Times came out with a lengthy article about how General Electric, despite having a very good year that earned them more than $14 billion in profit, $5.1 billion of which came from U.S operations, managed to owe absolutely no corporate income taxes for 2010. Never mind that the article also noted that many other companies have employed strategies to bring corporate tax receipts to new lows. Bill O’Reilly seized on the cozy relationship between President Obama and GE, compared that to his own tax bill of “millions,” and suggested that he was being penalized because he’s a conservative.Continue reading >>