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First ladies have come under fire for everything from their words to their choice of clothes and china. But Obama’s role as the nation’s first African-American first lady adds a racial layer to the microscopic scrutiny her predecessors endured.

Some of the criticism may be driven by partisan politics. But others say the attacks are rooted in white resentment of the “uppity Negro.” They say there is no precedent for a Michelle Obama: a wealthy, independent black woman representing America who is not an entertainer.
In an effort to make Michelle Obama look like a cross between Mother Teresa and Joan of Arc, CNN.com played a bit fast and loose with facts. Heck, they even made some up.

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Saint Michelle of Chicago, patron saint of MSNBC

In other words, America’s racist honkies would be fine with Wanda Sykes as First Lady.

Well, that’s an opinion and CNN is entitled to theirs, whether it’s adoring Michelle’s “toned, athletic arms” or believing that “Mrs. Obama’s youthfulness and glamour may seem dissonant with the public’s image of what a first lady looks like, particularly in the minds of older members of society.”

But then CNN gets a little “creative” with the facts by saying that Michelle’s independence “…is a big part of her story. She is a self-made woman who rose from a working-class background to become an Ivy League grad and hospital administrator who made good money, all before she met her husband.”

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Oooh, that was unfortunate. But in CNN’s defense, perhaps they were referring to the shit storm that’s erupted over President Obama’s contradictory comments about the mosque. Or perhaps they’re referring to the shits who want to build the mosque. Or maybe the people at CNN are just a bunch of dumb shits.

H/T: Gawker.com

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Kara Thrace (callsign "Starbuck"), our favorite economist

The what? The who? We thought the Elders of the Economy were a group of aliens from the original Battlestar Galatica, but no.

Turns out that this newly-revered group includes “Alan Greenspan, David Stockman, former budget director in the Reagan White House, and former Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Paul O’Neil” and any other economist or banker who’s ever come out in favor of higher taxes.

According to CNN Money, “Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan was first and has taken the most extreme position, arguing that all of the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 should be allowed to expire.”

Of course, everyone knows that the Obama administration doesn’t want to raise taxes. It’s just so alien (see the Battlestar Galactica connection?) to everything they believe in. “The White House and most Democrats have argued for keeping the taxes cuts in place for most households, but letting them expire for those earnings more than $250,000, about 2% of the country.”

Yes, the Democrats HATE to raise taxes, but if Alan Greenspan says they must, well, then they simply must. Because everyone knows that they worship the former head of the Fed and are obligated to obey his every pronouncement.

Of course, the guys that Democrats now call “Elders of the Economy” are the same guys they were calling “sons of bitches” not too long ago. But all they had to do was mention raising taxes and they were instantaneously transformed into heroes of the Democratic party.

As Starbuck might say, “It sure seems like the Obama administration is all fraked up”

Source: CNN.com

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In an article about Bush bashing – which it’s always denied the existence of – CNN said:

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While he’s not on the ballot, George W. Bush is still vital to the midterm election as far as the nation’s top Democrat is concerned.

President Obama has made a point recently to invoke Bush’s name in what many say is a calculated effort to remind voters of the previous administration’s economic policies, which Democrats argue led to the worst recession in modern history.

On Monday, the president told those attending a Democratic fund raiser in Atlanta, Georgia, that the GOP has not distinguished itself from Bush.

What the Most Unlike Bush President Ever failed to mention to the crowd was the many things that he has done to differentiate himself from Bush, things like closing the hated evil Gitmo and repealing that horrible Patriot Act, ending the practice of no-bid contracts above $25,000, allowing imported prescription drugs, imposing tougher rules about revolving doors for lobbyists, reducing earmarks to 1994 levels, ending “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

The reason he didn’t mention them, of course, is because he promised a dramatic changes in each of them, but has delivered more of the same.

So while Obama claims that the GOP hasn’t distinguished itself from Bush, the reality is that it’s Obama himself who hasn’t distinguished himself from Bush.

Except for that darned socialism thing. Which he didn’t mention in the speech.

Source: CNN

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Rick Sanchez, the poster boy for CNN’s ratings problems, once said Iceland was too cold for volcanoes. He once read the words “ad lib a tease” straight off the teleprompter. And he once asked a guest how long nine meters is in English. But he may have topped himself last week.

That’s when he looked an Arizona state representative Rick Murphy in the eye and said, “What is your beef with illegal immigration?”

Feel free to watch the clip several times to savor the stupendous Sanchez stupidity.

H/T: NewsBusters.org

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We honestly do not understand the love affair between CNN and unfunny comedian Kathy Griffin.

Any other so-called news network would have severed all ties to Griffin after her embarrassing New Year’s Eve outburst with Anderson Cooper.

But not America’s Most Trusted News Network. CNN continues to air the woman’s desperately unfunny comments.

And they wonder why no one watches.

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Very sad news from CNN. Octavia Nasr, the network’s Senior Editor for Middle East Affairs, is now the network’s former Senior Editor for Middle East Affairs.

Turns out you can’t tweet about your respect for a Hezbollah honocho even at left wing cable networks. Well, not at CNN at least. The same tweet would probably get you a promotion at MSNBC.

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Be grateful that you’re not CNN President Jon Klein. His network has horrible ratings, his biggest star is a thousand years old, and his product is boooooring.

On top of that, he just hired disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer to do a prime-time show and now has to go out and publicly defend that boneheaded decision.

According to Klein, Spitzer has reformed himself. But as Howard Kurtz points out, CNN, which prides itself on its journalistic integrity…

(We’ll pause now while you chortle)

…has once again hired a host with zip, zero, nada journalistic experience.

Klein once disparaged bloggers as people who do their work in their pajamas in their living rooms, but seems to forget that Spitzer did his most notable work in the bedroom in his socks.

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We’d like to say we didn’t see this coming, but a blind man could have seen this coming.

Larry King announced on his website and at the beginning of his show Tuesday night that he’s ending his CNN program before the end of the year.

Here’s King’s website statement:

[Read his statement and our smartass comments…]

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Eliot Spitzer is about to go from sleazy news maker to sleazy news reporter

In another sign of the impending apocalypse, hooker-hiring former New York Governor Eliot “John” Spitzer is rumored to be this close to landing a regular gig on CNN.

The New York Post reports the tawdry details:

Hooker-loving Spitzer is this close to a deal to co-host an 8 p.m. talk show, sources said.

….A source said, “CNN is so desperate, they’re totally abandoning Turner’s original vision of impartial reporting. With talent like Spitzer on board, the people hosting the news will be more controversial than any guests they could book.”

The Post’s Michael Shain reports Spitzer has “all but a done deal” to get a co-host spot at 8 p.m., previously occupied by Campbell Brown, whose ratings had plunged. Spitzer will become half of a talking-head duo on a show fashioned after “Crossfire,” which CNN canceled in 2005. CNN is searching for a conservative partner for Spitzer, who’ll go head-to-head with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly in the time slot, before announcing the new show.

Going head to head with O’Reilly? In that case, we expect Ashley Alexandra Dupre to be brought in as a special consultant in charge of head.

Source: New York Post

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We got what we voted for when we elected a man with no leadership experience.

Just when we thought all of the Obama apologists had gone the way of the pet rock, here comes CNN.com and Gloria Berger telling us “We got the president we elected.”

In her undying support of The Most Misunderstood President In History, she tells us “He was elected because he is cool, calm and analytical. That’s what we wanted to see after George W. Bush, so we made him president. But now the disaster in the Gulf has made many of us want to see someone else — with plenty of anger, emotion and bravado. We want him to yell at BP. We want him to loudly tell us he’s whipping the cleanup effort into shape.”

Here we were thinking that Obama got elected because of all the phony promises he made and lies he told – transparency, no lobbyists in his administration, fiscal responsibility and a pony for everyone.

Then Borger writes what is possibly the biggest understatement in the history of journalism: “Maybe we want him to be George Bush with the bullhorn after 9/11. Only he isn’t.”

One can only imagine that the first version of Borger’s story said something like “Maybe we want someone who acts like he has a pair. Only he doesn’t.”

In a parting shot at us fickle voters, the article concludes, “True to form, we want it all. We want a leader who can feel our pain while rising above it. We say we don’t trust government, but we look to it for answers and cleanups. And we elected Barack Obama. Now we want to change him.”

We think Borger has misread the electorate. We don’t want to change President Obama, but we do want to change presidents.

Source: CNN.com

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Is Larry King's head growing or is his body shrinking along wiih his ratings?

Larry King’s ratings are falling even faster than his pants would without those suspenders. Sad to say, but the gravel-voiced old duffer scored his lowest monthly viewer numbers in twenty years in May.

The New York Times reports the details of the descent:

According to Nielsen data, the struggling CNN talk show had an average of 653,000 viewers each night in May, its lowest average since the data started being electronically stored in the early 1990s.

He had been averaging about 700,000 viewers each night this year, down markedly from last year.

Last week The New York Times detailed the low ratings of “Larry King Live,” a symbol of CNN’s struggle to compete in a partisan cable news environment.

CNN had no comment about Mr. King’s low ratings mark. In a news release it emphasized the eroding ratings of its higher-rated competitors, noting that both the reigning champ, the Fox News Channel, and the No. 2 cable news channel in prime time, MSNBC, had lost audience share compared with the same month in 2009. But CNN’s numbers have dropped more dramatically.

CNN also emphasized that its sister network, HLN, continued to post ratings gains. Mr. King’s competitor on HLN, Joy Behar, is beating him in the ratings with more regularity than ever.

One suggestion for the New York Times: Never again use the words “Larry King” and “regularity” in the same sentence.

We’re just sayin’.

Source: New York Times

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CNN puts punk ass nigga on the air

by editor on May 27, 2010

Oh, my. Just try to imagine the frenetic liberal wailing and gnashing of teeth if Fox News had made a mistake like this.

TalkingPointsMemo.com provides the details:

CNN, during a segment this morning about a 103-year-old African-American woman, mistakenly aired a portion of a song that includes the word “nigga.” Realizing the mistake, the anchor apologized soon after.

The segment was about Gladys Flamer, a woman from Pennsylvania who is still driving at 103 years of age. After telling the story, anchor Kyra Phillips said, “Miss Flamer, this shoutout’s for you.”

The audio cut to “Fantastic Voyage” by Coolio — specifically, a part of the song with the words “punk ass nigga” — over footage of the woman climbing into her car.

The chorus of that song begins, “Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage”
About 25 minutes later, Phillips acknowledged the mistake and apologized.

“We aired some music just a few minutes ago and, obviously for those of you who heard it, it was the wrong music that aired. It was a terrible mistake and we’re working very hard to make up for it,” she said.

Obviously, CNN was correct in apologizing for putting this on the air. But what the hell, Larry King’s been on the network for years and they’ve never apologized for him.

Source: Talking Points Memo

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It’s no secret that CNN is rapidly losing viewers. They often finish in fourth and even fifth place in the cable news ratings and, appropriately enough, rank right down there with the Cartoon Network.

But now Compete.com and CNN Political Bias report that CNN’s loss of viewers is minimal compared to the loss of visitors to CNN.com. The website has shed more than 7,000,000 unique visitors in just the last eight months.

Fewer eyeballs on the television. Fewer eyeballs on the website.

Uh-oh.

Source: CNN Political Bias

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Reese Schonfeld, co-founder of CNN, knows the network's ratings are laughable

CNN co-founder Reese Schonfeld has everything right except his verb tense. Sorry, Reese, but you’re a day late and a few rating points short.

Here’s what Schonfeld said in his HuffPo opinion piece:

I think CNN is at risk of becoming a bad joke. Late night comics and cartoonists are already using them as a gag line. Newspapers are asking “experts” how to save them. It’s time for a major change, before moving from “joke” to “tired joke”. Writing this is getting tired, too. It’s making me feel cruel, and, even if April is the cruelest month, I’d rather be writing about something else.

Schonfeld goes on to report what everyone already knows – CNN is going down faster than the Titanic:

The April ratings are in and CNN is at its lowest point in my memory. All four of the major news networks lost numbers from last April to this April, but in percentages, CNN was down about twice as much as any of its competitors. In primetime, FoxNews lost 19 percent of its viewers, and CNN lost 38 percent. In the key 25-54 demographic, FoxNews was down 13 percent and CNN was down more than three times as many, 41%. In total day, FoxNews was down 17 percent and CNN was down 36 percent, and again in the 25-54 age group, FoxNews was down 16 percent and CNN was down 35 percent.

Wolf Blitzer, Rick Sanchez and Larry King walk into a bar.

Now that’s a bad joke.

Source: Huffington Post

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The image above is completely unretouched and completely unbelievable.

During a discussion of Arizona’s controversial new law, a screen crawl on CNN actually said, “Arizona law makes it illegal to be an illegal alien.”

Duh.

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These are the recent nights on which CNN has finished 4th or worse in the cable news ratings. According to TVbyTheNumbers.com, the latest Nielsen TV Ratings are worse than ever for CNN.

Flying the American flag upside down is a distress signal. Does the same thing work for logos?

CNN has finished 4th or worse during 50 nights in weekday primetime among cable news networks in the advertiser target adults 25-54 demo. That’s 61% of the weekday nights so far (the ratings “year” began 12/28/09). On nine of the weekday nights, CNN finished fifth (behind Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC and Headline News).

Nielsen doesn’t like us posting long lists with their ratings, but I don’t see how they can quarrel with a long list of dates. These are the dates on which CNN has finished fourth or fifth in the weekday primetime A25-54 demo.

Damn list is almost as long as the list of Larry King’s wives.

Source: TVbyTheNumbers.com

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We got a little weak in the knees when we heard CNN’s Jack Cafferty not only supports the Arizona SB1070 illegal alien law, but condemns the federal government for not enforcing current immigration laws.

Cafferty: So Arizona passes a tough law against illegal immigration and suddenly they’ve got Washington’s attention. One poll finds 70 percent of Arizona voters support this new law, so hey, maybe we better do something, too. And like the lemmings they are when they smell a chance to score some political points, and some of them need a lot of help with the midterms coming up, there is now talk of rushing immigration reform through Congress. President Obama called the Arizona law misguided. What’s misguided, Mr. President, is the federal government’s ongoing refusal to enforce the laws that are already on the books. Read the Arizona law. Parts of it are word-for-word the same as the federal statutes which continue to be all but ignored. Now we’re hear all sorts of blathering from our Washington gerbils about the need for a new federal law. There’ll be news conferences and interviews and committee hearings and draft legislation and polling, all the usual carnival acts that accompany any hot button Washington issue. Instead of simply closing the borders and enforcing the existing law so they could turn their attention to something like the national debt and the fact that the country is bankrupt, instead we’re going to get this freak show. Washington’s position on illegal immigration is patently dishonest from the top down. No enforcement, no border security. Just pandering to the Hispanic voters and the corporations that hire the illegals. And then, when one of our states that’s being ravaged by the presence of 460,000 illegal aliens inside its borders does something about it, the President says that’s misguided. What a shame. Here’s the question: Will the federal government ever enforce our immigration laws?

Thanks, Jack. That pretty much wraps it up in a neat little package with a pretty little bow on top.

H/T: NewsBusters.org

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Goddess Gaia

CNN, The Most Trusted Name In News™, believes Earth is caressed by the Goddess Gaia.

According to the brain trust at CNN, the Goddess Gaia is upset. Very upset.

Both Iceland and the United States exalt democracy as a social achievement worthy of lasting an eternity. Yet the latter’s unprecedented strength has derived not just from enlightened government, but from the release of its own hot clouds: exhaust from its vast industries, fleets and mechanized agriculture.

As we have learned, these gases form an invisible barrier that, like a greenhouse’s glass ceiling, keeps reflected heat of the sun from escaping our atmosphere. The denser that gaseous barrier grows, the hotter things get and the faster glaciers melt.

As they flow off the land, we are warned, seas rise. Yet something else is lately worrying geologists: the likelihood that the Earth’s crust, relieved of so much formidable weight of ice borne for many thousands of years, has begun to stretch and rebound.

As it does, a volcano awakens in Iceland (with another, larger and adjacent to still-erupting Eyjafjallajokull, threatening to detonate next). The Earth shudders in Haiti. Then Chile. Then western China. Mexicali-Calexico. The Solomon Islands. Spain. New Guinea. And those are just the big ones, 6+ on the Richter scale, and just in 2010. And it’s only April.

It’s looking like this may be a long decade. And if we don’t pull carbon out of the way we energize our lives soon, a small clump of our not-too-distant surviving descendants may find themselves, as Gaia scientist James Lovelock has direly predicted, like the first Icelanders: gathered on some near-barren hunk of rock near one of the still-habitable poles, trying yet anew to eke out a plan for human civilization.

We particularly liked the part about global warming gasses forming an invisible barrier.

Kind of like the one that divides reason from lunacy at CNN.

Source: CNN

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CNN, the same network that sent the leftist wacko Susan Roesgen out to report on the original tea parties (see video clip), has actually offered up a positive report on the latest tax protests.

It embedded producer/reporter Shannon Travis with the Tea Party Express as it barreled one thousand mils down the highway toward toward D.C. It took a couple days for Roesgen to be taken off the air for her biased tea party report. Let’s see how long Travis survives after posting this positive story:

[H]ere’s what you don’t often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: Patriotic signs professing a love for country; mothers and fathers with their children; African-Americans proudly participating; and senior citizens bopping to a hip-hop rapper. … It is important to show the colorful anger Americans might have against elected leaders and Washington. But people should also see the orange-vested Tea Party hospitality handlers who welcome you with colorful smiles.

There were a few signs that could be seen as offensive to African-Americans. But by and large, no one I spoke with or I heard from on stage said anything that was approaching racist.

Almost everyone I met was welcoming to this African-American television news producer.

Who knows? Maybe this is a sign that CNN has finally figured out that fair and balanced is more than just a slogan and it’s the reason people watch Fox.

Nah. Who do we think we’re kidding?

Source: Washington Post

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CNN wants to recreate the ratings magic that got David Shuster demoted at MSNBC

How bad are things at CNN when they turn to MSNBC’s David Shuster for ratings salvation?

The New York Times Media Decoder blog has the details of Shuster’s disturbing disloyalty:

David Shuster, an anchor on MSNBC, recently participated in a test of a new show. But not for his own network.

MSNBC executives were highly displeased when they learned about his test for the competing news channel CNN through a New York Observer article Friday morning, and they are now contemplating their response.

“If true, this is unacceptable and David will be punished appropriately,” an MSNBC spokesman, Jeremy Gaines, said Friday afternoon.

Reached for comment, Mr. Shuster referred the call to his agent and said he could not confirm or deny the Observer report.

The Observer said CNN’s “in-house team shot a pilot for a news show featuring David Shuster of MSNBC and Michel Martin of NPR as co-anchors.”

Mr. Shuster is under contract to MSNBC, raising questions about the appropriateness of the CNN pilot. Two people with knowledge of Mr. Shuster’s contract said it is set to expire at the end of this year. They requested anonymity because Mr. Shuster and MSNBC would not comment on the contract’s length.

Now we’re no David Shuster fans, but we actually think CNN could do a lot worse that hiring the bellicose Shuster. In fact, MSNBC is already doing a lot worse.

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Just imagine if this had happened on Fox News. The libs would once again be howling the word “raaaaaaaacist.”

Rick Sanchez had the day off and T.J. Holmes was filling in for him when correspondent Jeanne Meserve did a live report. Problem is, Meserve couldn’t tell the difference between Holmes and Don Lemon, CNN’s other black anchor.

Holmes attempted to laugh about it after the incident by saying, “Yes, I’m T.J. It’s alright. She knows who I am. It’s okay.”

It’s an easy mistake to make. Kind of like we watch CNN and sometimes think we’re watching MSNBC. You know how it is when they all look alike.

H/T: Mediaite

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CNN’s idea of balance? In a discussion on Afghanistan, one guest says everything that’s gone wrong in Afghanistan is Bush’s fault, but the opposing guest insists that Obama be given credit for everything that’s gone right in Afghanistan.

And that, my friends, is what passes as a balanced discussion on CNN.


Here’s how CNN described the massive Tea Party that was staged Saturday in Searchlight, Nevada:

“Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin there in Searchlight, Nevada, the backyard of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but today it’s the backdrop of this Tea Party Express – making a stop here…Hundreds of people, at least dozens of people – we haven’t gotten a count of how many people turned out there. We heard Sarah Palin talk about everything about the campaign, to unseat Sen. Reid to what she calls ObamaCare, on the heels of that health care vote and even talking about her definition of her love of America.”

Ahhh, but these photos by American Border Patrol tell a different story. Massive crowds. Epic traffic jams. Looks like that 20,000 estimate may be conservative. (No, that wasn’t a play on words).

[Look at the huge crowds in these aerial photos…]

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This report from MediaBistro.com may explain why Keith Olbermann seems to be doing a Yosemite Sam impression every night.

“In total Viewers, Fox News was the #2 ranked cable network last week in primetime, averaging 233,000 viewers behind USA. MSNBC was #26, CNN was #32, and HLN was #37.”

The Cartoon Network was #13, despite the fact that MSNBC and CNN’s programming is much funnier.

Looks like the end of the line for the rivals of Fox News. Play Taps. Say sayonara. Kiss ’em goodbye. Or in the immortal words of Porky Pig, “Th-th-th–th-th-that’s all, folks.”

Source: MediaBistro.com

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