Tuesday, July 27

How will they sell it to us?

Lets take a look at how the convention is being played by the GOP Talking Point Pez Dispensation Corps. I wonder if we will marvel at the balance (where the right side of the scale stays in contact with the base of the scale no matter how many tons of concrete you poor on the left side). Apparently a few networks, blew off the Alston speech, and the Fox guys couldn't keep their mouthes shut during the National Anthem.
From the newsroom: (Keith Olbermann) Nothing like watching the Convention from a newsroom to give you a sense of proportion. Amid shouts of "they're already behind schedule, they're already behind schedule," you look up and notice to your shock that of all the networks carrying it live, there's only one with the audacity to keep on blathering during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner... Fox! Couldn't Bill O'Reilly and Dick Morris just pretend for a moment that they don't think themselves bigger than the national anthem?
Over at the reformed right wing pudit's, Media Matters, we are astonished to discover that O'Reily lives up to his reputation of being a straight shooting guy, just like the president. This time he misrepresents Howard Dean. Who needs facts when you can just pull them out of your ass.
FOX News Channel host Bill O'Reilly claimed that former Vermont Governor Howard Dean advocated "pull[ing] out of Iraq immediately" as a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries. In fact, Dean advocated keeping troops in Iraq until stability was restored.
Two days after a dust up between Teresa Heinz-Kerry and Scaife funded columnist, Colin McNickle, the punditocracy can't keep their hands out of the story. Continuing to Hillaryify her-Why do they hate strong women.
Heinz Kerry said "I didn't say that" several times to McNickle. She then turned to confer with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and others. When she faced McNickle again a short time later, he continued to question her, and she replied: "You said something I didn't say. Now shove it."

A spokeswoman for Heinz Kerry later said, "This was sheer frustration aimed at a right-wing rag that has consistently and purposely misrepresented the facts in reporting on Mrs. Kerry and her family."

Vice President Dick Cheney recently came under criticism for using a four-letter obscenity in an exchange with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on the Senate floor. He later was unapologetic about the remark, saying: "I felt better after I said it."

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said he didn't see anything wrong with what Heinz Kerry said.

"It was mild, polite and appropriate compared to Dick Cheney," Rendell said.
Now that sounds like a screaming harpie to me. Can they play that Dean screem again, I didn't get enough of that the first time. And more about this Colin McNickle. He has written wonderful beatitudes like "We need more Ann Coulters." And a screed about the Democratic nominees that Ill allow a portion to speak for itself
Liberals and socialists (is there a difference?) probably are nodding their heads vigorously about now. "Yeah, that's the ticket! Go, Johnny, Go!" But those with even a novitiate's understanding of basic economics -- and the patience to research the record and to put the statistics into their proper context -- are shaking their heads in disbelief. For Sen. Kerry is committing a populist fraud.
How dare they, those socialist traitors. Have they at long last lost all sense of decency. How far must the level of discourse fall before we will be forced to line them up and shoot them. Speaking of the political discourse, Ann Coulter has been handed a pink slip from Usa Today, when her column failed to match up the their standards of journalistic integrity. Lets take a peek shall we?
Here at the Spawn of Satan convention in Boston, conservatives are deploying a series of covert signals to identify one another, much like gay men do. My allies are the ones wearing crosses or American flags. The people sporting shirts emblazoned with the "F-word" are my opponents. Also, as always, the pretty girls and cops are on my side, most of them barely able to conceal their eye-rolling.
I really like how them republicans have secret signals. I wonder if she keeps a lemon handy for use as invisible ink so she can pass messages safely to her eye-rolling palls. That doesn't sound too over the top, spawn of satan? that's just funny, I can almost understand Ann's frustration voiced thusly
“Apparently," said Coulter, "USA Today doesn’t like my ‘tone,’ humor, sarcasm, etc. etc., which raises the intriguing question of why they hired me to write for them in the first place. Perhaps they thought they were getting Catherine Coulter.”
I don't know who this Catherine Coulter is but judging from the snide in Ann's rejoinder, she must be a paragon of virtue, at least on Bizarro World. We'll be back with more chestnuts from the world of political coverage. And while a computer crash wiped out the first draft of this post (yes I am an idiot) I think this one is better. Later all.