Archive for: April, 2010

Sean Hannity Lies to Fox Viewers about Obama’s Response to Oil Spill

Apr 30 2010 Published by under Featured News

Hannity has to make sure that his viewers never find the truth

On his FNC program Hannity, Sean Hannity was doing his best to sell the oil spill in the Gulf as Obama’s Katrina, when he flat out lied to his audience and said, “The fact is they sat back for nine days and did absolutely nothing.” If by doing nothing Hannity meant deploying the Coast Guard within hours of the explosion, first for search and rescue then to contain the spill, then Obama did nothing.

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Hannity said, “The sole responsibility in this case when it’s an oil spill that gonna impact our fishing industry, our beaches, our shores would be the federal government. The fact is they sat back for nine days and they did absolutely nothing. The very same people that were so fast to criticize George W. Bush in the other two instances.”

I know Hannity is just mouthing the right wing talking point, but let’s put this one to bed, right now. Media Matters put together a great timeline of Obama administration action on this. The Coast Guard was on the scene after the explosion. On April 21 BP put out a statement that said the Coast Guard was there, “BP, which operates the licence on which Transocean’s rig was drilling an exploration well, said it was working closely with Transocean and the U.S. Coast Guard, which is leading the emergency response, and had been offering its help – including logistical support.”

On April 23, the Coast Guard released a statement about their efforts to mitigate the impact of the spill, “Although the oil appears to have stopped flowing from the well head, Coast Guard, BP, Transocean, and MMS remain focused on mitigating the impact of the product currently in the water and preparing for a worst-case scenario in the event the seal does not hold. Visual feed from deployed remotely operated vehicles with sonar capability is continually monitored in an effort to look for any crude oil which still has the potential to emanate from the subsurface well.”

On April 25 and 26th federal response crews were trying to skim the oil off of the water’s surface. Hannity was not only inaccurate about the Obama the administration’s response to the spill. He lied. I know how desperate the right is to bring Obama down, but an oil spill is not the same thing as a class 5 hurricane that the federal government had plenty of notice about, but chose to sit back and watch as American citizens died in their own homes. Obama’s response in this situation has been the anti-Bush, but for Sean Hannity the truth is simply not an option.

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Babygate: Fox News Reports that Bristol Palin had a Son in Sept 2008

Apr 30 2010 Published by under Featured News

Fox News reports that Bristol Palin had a Son in Sept 08

Palin Secrets

Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol both testified at the email hacking trial of David Kernall, which found him guilty of 2 out of 4 charges. The trial lasted just two days.

In reporting the verdict this evening, Fox wrote:

“Bristol Palin said she was distressed to find pictures of her newborn son in the public eye after her mother’s e-mail was hacked. Defense attorneys argued Kernall, the son of a Democratic state lawmaker, was just committing a college prank.”

Bristol’s baby Trip wasn’t born until late December of 2008, and the email hacking occurred during the campaign in September of 2008, just months after Trig was born. Thus bringing to light the very odd rumors long lingering around Sarah Palin even before she was tapped as VP candidate. Rumors that she was not pregnant prior to announcing the birth of her fifth son, Trig.

Perhaps Fox simply misreported this, or perhaps Bristol was messed up while testifying. We won’t know until we have access to the transcripts, but Fox’s report has been up for a while and they’ve had time to correct this if they made an error in their reporting.

The Anchorage Daily News reported on August 31, 2008:

“It’s a version of a rumor – long simmering in Alaska — that Palin’s daughter Bristol was pregnant and the governor somehow covered it up by pretending to have the baby (Trig) herself….The answer here should be pretty simple. It happened or it didn’t. For months, we have been getting anonymous people telling us they “know” it’s true, or people we do know telling us they’ve heard it fifth-hand. We haven’t seen anything resembling proof. We asked the governor’s office, and the governor, multiple times about it.”

The rumors swirling around Alaska back then were that Bristol Palin, then 16, was pregnant. Bristol had been out of school for months suffering from a reported case of mono, and had moved to live with her aunt in another town during her recovery. She was living with her aunt in February of 2008 when she received a ticket for an auto accident. Trig Palin’s birth was announced in April of 2008.

Kyle Hopkins from the Anchorage Daily News continues:

“Here’s a story we wrote soon after the birth. At that point, the questions were all about whether Palin should have flown back to Alaska to give birth. In the story, Palin’s doctor talks about the labor and addresses questions raised at the time about Palin’s decision to board a jet and fly to Alaska from Texas when she showed signs of early labor….The stage of her pregnancy was not apparent by observation,” said an Alaska Airlines spokeswoman. The doctor, Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, said she induced labor once Palin was at the hospital….McAllister was an Anchorage TV reporter before working for Palin. He said Palin once approached him – before people knew she was pregnant – assuming he’d been hearing rumors.

“She said it’s not true about Bristol,” McAllister said. At the time, the rumor would have been that Palin’s daughter was pregnant. How does McAllister know it’s not true? “The governor’s not a liar. (oh dear) That’s the main reason. But also this would have to involve some sort of conspiracy with the hospital of Wasilla. They said she gave birth there. Is the doctor, the nurses … are they all lying?” he said.

Why not share the birth certificate?

“What a thing to request — prove that this is your baby,” McAllister said. “I mean, my god, that’s horrifying to think that she would have to do that.”

(Yes, my goodness, that would be horrible. Asked to supply a birth certificate. I think the birthers have put an end to this notion– apparently it’s patriotic to ask for birth certificates now, so ask away, people…)

I said one reason is to put it to rest.”

Anchorage Daily News reported on Arpil 22, 2008 :

‘Palin never got big with this pregnancy. She said she didn’t try to hide it but didn’t feel a need to alert the airline, either.

In a letter she e-mailed to relatives and close friends Friday after giving birth, Palin wrote, “Many people will express sympathy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.” She wrote it in the voice of and signed it as “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.””

While American mainstream media outlets were loathe to pursue this line of inquiry, the Canadians were not intimidated by accusations of being biased “liberal media” and presented their questions on air in September of 2008:

ADN reports people who saw her weeks before the pregnancy said she “simply did not look pregnant,” which only fueled the rumors long before she was tapped as VP candidate.

The McCain Palin campaign attempted to spin these rumors as Democratic slanders against the Alaskan governor, however they never supplied Palin’s medical documents or answered any questions relating to this issue. Reporters who dared to bring it up were shamed with mention of amniotic fluid leaking, which apparently was enough to derail that line of questioning.

Since Palin quit as governor of Alaska midway through her first term, this rumor fell by the wayside — only to be revived by her home network this evening.

For more on Palin’s pregnancy, including interviews she gave wherein she describes being in labor and traveling from Texas to Alaska before giving birth, please see

In the immortal words of Fox News: We report. You decide.


Corrected: Trip’s birth date per Daisydem comment from Dec 09 to Dec 08.

Updated Saturday, 12:53 PM : I feel compelled to point out that I could care less whether or not Palin lied about her fifth child so long as she stays out of our political arena. What I do care about is the Press’s obedience to all things Right Wing as well as the Left’s cowering in the face of the Right’s framing of what is and is not acceptable. To whit, a few examples: It is NOT ok to question John McCain’s POW experience, but it is perfectly patriotic to accuse John Kerry of being a coward. It is NOT acceptable to ask Sarah Palin about a very odd story that makes NO sense for which no medical or birth certificates were ever forth-coming, but it is patriotic to question the President’s birth even after multiple sources identify his birth certificate as authentic. The fourth estate is designed to be the agitator of those in power and yet they leave it to the “socialist” Canadians to actually cover wild inconsistencies in the personal story of a person who would be next in line to the ruler of the free world.

Yes, it was only after the campaign that Steve Schmidt and others stepped forward to admit that they had grave concerns over Palin’s mental health, a truth which might have been uncovered had anyone in the press had the COURAGE to do their job. And so, NO, I will not let this story go, because it represents an abject failure of our media and of the left. We must not let the Right frame discussions as we have for the last 40 years. A little common sense wouldn’t hurt, either. Listen to her story and ask yourself, is this someone I would want second in line to the President? The story is pertinent as it goes to her judgment if nothing else. But I leave the “nothing else” to the Right to dissect, seeing as they can’t keep their hands out of anyone else’s personal life but insist on their family lives being sacred. Inconsistencies R Us continues.

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Glenn Beck the Mormon Blames Progressives for Perverting Religion

Apr 30 2010 Published by under Featured News

Beck blames progressives and warps history to boot

In a desperate attempt to lure Fox News viewers back that have abandoned him Glenn Beck launched Founding Fathers Friday today, but instead of talking about the Founding Fathers, Beck announced that the progressives, led by Woodrow Wilson have perverted religion. Beck said, “They got into our faith and religion. They perverted it. They controlled it.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Beck started his Founding Father Friday by using the Founding Fathers as a jumping off point to attack progressives. Beck said, “After the past 100 years we’ve come to realize that they nothing but a bunch of old, white, rich racist heathens. The myth of our Christian founding has been obliterated, and at best we now know, maybe they were deists at best. Let me tell you how this all started, Woodrow Wilson. Woodrow Wilson wanted to transform America along with Teddy Roosevelt. They were both progressives. The progressive movement had started. It was about 1915-1920. The whole thing was falling apart, and they could get America to really go for it. They couldn’t control Americans. They couldn’t do it. They wanted to transform America, so they had to do three things, and tell me if they have accomplished them. One, undermine faith in religion. This is the point when social justice comes in. It’s no longer about equal justice or about redemption. It’s social justice. They got into our faith and religion. They perverted it. They controlled it. They convinced us that we shouldn’t be faith going people. These people weren’t. What? Really? God, that’s so yesterday.”

Let’s begin with the basic history that Beck got wrong. First, Beck is confusing the progressive movement with the modern redefinition of the term progressives, by liberals who are too scared to identify themselves as liberal. Secondly, the progressive movement began not in 1915, but in 1890. It lasted not for five years, but for thirty. Third, the progressive movement was not about controlling people. It was a movement of the middle class that organically sprung up as a response to corruption in politics and business of the Gilded Age. The progressives were interested in cleaning up corruption, which Glenn Beck is supposedly also interested in. Fourth, Woodrow Wilson was religious. He was a Presbyterian. Fifth, Teddy Roosevelt was Dutch Reformed, but he also congregated with Episcopalians.

Beck also said that Wilson wanted to transform America, which is a direct unstated comparison to Obama. It is interesting that Beck constantly tries to align himself with the Founding Fathers without mention that none of the Founding Fathers were of his own Mormon faith, because the LDS was not founded until 1830. Why does Beck continue to mislead his audience into believing that he shares their mostly Evangelical faith? Why is Beck afraid to talk about his Mormon faith? He has nothing to be ashamed of, but he also knows that the social conservatives, especially those on the far right have a very negative view of the Mormon faith.

Here is Beck discussing his conversion:

It’s a real shame that Beck, much like his fellow Mormon Mitt Romney, feels that he has to hide or minimize his faith from his viewers and socially conservative Republicans, because some strains of evangelicalism consider the Mormon Church a cult, and if they feel generous some will label the church a Christian cult. While Glenn Beck is telling his white, Bible Belt, evangelical audience that progressivism has perverted religion, he personally is practicing a religion that some in his audience consider a perversion of Christianity. Such is the hypocrisy of Glenn Beck.

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Fox News Labels Shakira A Liar on AZ Immigration Law

Apr 30 2010 Published by under Featured News

Shakira is now an enemy of Fox News

Fox News went on the attack today against Colombian pop singer Shakira, because she was in Arizona yesterday speaking out against that state’s immigration law. This morning on Fox and Friends Brian Kilmeade said, “We know her hips don’t lie, but we aren’t so sure about her lips.” Because the singer dared to criticize a Fox News supported policy, she now joins LL Cool J on their enemies list.

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Fox and Friends mockingly introduced video of Shakira in Phoenix yesterday stating her opposition to the law. She said, “I’m in opposition to this law because it is a violation of human and civil rights. It goes all human dignity, against the principles of most Americans that I know…I don’t want to this law tarnish what this country stands for. We can not let fear and injustice take over.”

Steve Doocy of Fox News framed Shakira as from Columbia and hating the idea of the law. Of course, this is Fox News, so that wasn’t enough. Brian Kilmeade also called her a liar. He said, “We know her hips don’t lie, but we aren’t so sure about her lips.” According to Fox as any opposition to the Arizona law based on civil rights is a lie, and Shakira is a liar for stating her belief that this law is a violation of American principles.

Shakira is not your usual self absorbed pop star. She is a UNICEF global ambassador. She has been honored by Oxford for her work on the issues of children and education, and she has been honored by the United Nations for her work on behalf of children, education, and social justice, but yet gets labeled a liar for stating an opinion that Fox News disagrees with. This is what passes for “Fair and Balanced” in the right wing media.

The Colombian singer now joins LL Cool J as the two newest members of the Fox News enemies list. With each of these attacks against celebrities who criticize them, Fox News is moving closer to establishing an acceptable entertainers list for their audience. How long will it be until they start a wing that endorses all books, movies, and television for their audience? Fox News knows that the biggest threat to their campaign of misinformation is education, which is why any high profile people that disagree with the Fox News position must be labeled liars.

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Spill, Baby Spill: Explosion Gives Environmentalists Regulation Firepower

Apr 30 2010 Published by under Featured News, White House

Spill, Baby Spill: Explosion Gives Environmentalists Regulation Firepower

The massive explosion and subsequent oil spill of a rig in the Gulf of Mexico may lead to reinstating the expired moratoriums on off-shore drilling as well as new regulations, which oil giant BP says it is expecting.

Environmentalists Must Fight Now

The “Drill Baby Drill” proponents are eerily silent as the oil spill in the Gulf, which could become one of the worst recent environmental disasters of this nation, threatens hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife. Could it be shame? Or perhaps they are not capable of the sort of reflection needed for shame, in which case, their silence is simply the most expedient choice at the moment. Either way, sane people must seize the moment to step into the five seconds of jingoistic silence and make their voices heard.

Now is the time to introduce environmentally sound legislation, and stepping up to the plate are Democrats Bill Nelson of Fla who is asking the administration to postpone plans for off-shore drilling expansion and Edward Markey of Mass to discuss environmental risks with off-shore drilling.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is introducing legislation that would block the Obama administration from acting on its plans to expand offshore oil and natural gas drilling.

“In a letter to President Obama, Nelson writes that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and subsequent leak in the Gulf of Mexico requires the administration to “postpone indefinitely plans for expanded offshore drilling operations.”

Meanwhile, the Hill reports that “Edward Markey (D-Mass.) is calling on top officials from ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, BP and Shell to appear before the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, which he leads.

The hearing — which has not been scheduled — will provide a high-profile forum for discussing environmental risks in the wake of last week’s oil rig explosion, which has created a major spill that crews are struggling to contain. ”

The Wall Street Journal reports that BP is expecting tougher regulations to be introduced:

“The chief executive of BP PLC said in an interview Thursday he expects a tougher regime for oil companies as a consequence of the spill. BP hired the rig that caught fire and sank, resulting in the spill. “Regulators will want to understand how this occurred and quite reasonably wish to introduce additional regulation, if that’s appropriate, to prevent it happening again,” Chief Executive Tony Hayward told The Wall Street Journal. “You certainly won’t see BP standing in the way of that.” Asked whether the spill could prompt calls for a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, he said: “I’m certain some people are thinking that might be necessary.”

When even the WSJ is reporting that oil companies expect tougher regulations, we have to know the time to act is NOW. The issue is not only common sense regulations and reinstating the moratorium on off-shore drilling, but also investigating the regulator in charge of oil rigs, the Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service, which has a dubious record. The New York Times reported in Sept of 2008 on the ethics scandal of the Dept of Interior:

“The reports portray a dysfunctional organization that has been riddled with conflicts of interest, unprofessional behavior and a free-for-all atmosphere for much of the Bush administration’s watch…The investigation also concluded that several of the officials “frequently consumed alcohol at industry functions, had used cocaine and marijuana, and had sexual relationships with oil and gas company representatives.” The investigation separately found that the program’s manager mixed official and personal business. In sometimes lurid detail, the report also accuses him of having intimate relations with two subordinates, one of whom regularly sold him cocaine.”

In other words, heck of a job, Brownies. Regulations are irrelevant if regulators are not doing their jobs.

As responsible stewards of this land, Democrats need to band together to insist upon their platform of environmentally sound energy policies and competent regulators. I would suggest that the morally repugnant idea of saddling our children with debt also applies to saddling our children with an environmentally poisoned world bereft of wildlife, so that one would hope that all reasonable people of both parties could come together on this issue, but I am not holding my breath on this one.

The Obama White House announced that it will not authorize any more offshore oil drilling until it’s determined what caused the explosion. David Axelrod told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that “no additional drilling has been authorized and none will until we find out what has happened here.”

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Fox News’ Bill Kristol: Offshore Drilling is Safe until the Oil Rig Blows Up

Apr 29 2010 Published by under Featured News

Fox News wants you to believe that this is no big deal

Fox News contributor Bill Kristol was on Special Report with Bret Baier tonight defending off shore drilling, when he made perhaps the stupidest statement of all time. He said offshore drilling is quite safe, “and very environmentally clean, except where there is a disaster like this.” Essentially Kristol is saying that offshore drilling is safe, until the oil rig bursts into flames.

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Kristol said, “Look the data’s pretty clear in general that the offshore drilling of oil has become incredibly quite safe, not perfectly safe, but compared to other ways of getting energy, quite safe compared to the mining of coal for example, and very environmentally clean, except when there is a disaster like this spill, but Exxon Valdez was much bigger. If we cut down on offshore drilling, we will increase what coal mining in the US, or tankers? Tankers are less safe and tend to have bigger spills like the Exxon Valdez in 1989. I was in government then. That got cleaned up faster than people expected and did less lasting damage.”

Mr. Kristol was lying about the long term damage from the Exxon Valdez spill. Scientific American did a story last year on a study from the University of North Carolina that “showed that oil has persisted in surprisingly large quantities for years after the Exxon Valdez spill in subsurface reservoirs under coarse intertidal sediments…. Exposure to this oil, in turn, caused additional animal deaths. Salmon, for example, had increased mortality for four years after the spill because incubating eggs had come into contact with it. Larger marine mammals and ducks, meanwhile, suffered ill effects because their prey was contaminated. The team estimates that shoreline habitats such as mussel beds affected by the spill will take up to 30 years to recover fully.”

Kristol carefully selected coal mining and tankers to compare offshore drilling to. He didn’t bother to discuss any of the clean renewable alternative energy sources that really would be safer than offshore drilling. Leave it to Fox News to keep pushing the oil company propaganda, but Kristol’s comment that off shore drilling is safe and environmentally friendly until the oil rig blows up belongs in the Idiot Hall of Fame. Coal mining is safe too until the mine collapses and flying is safe until the plane crashes. These are the pearls of wisdom that Fox News pays Bill Kristol the big money to deliver.

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Rush Limbaugh Blames Environmentalists for Gulf Coast Oil Rig Explosion

Apr 29 2010 Published by under Featured News

Rush blames oil rig explosion on the Left

On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh unveiled his brand new conspiracy theory that environmentalists were secretly behind the oil rig explosion that has spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. He reasoned, “What better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants than by blowing up a rig?”

Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:

Limbaugh laid out his conspiracy theory, “Now lest we forget, ladies and gentlemen, the carbon tax bill, cap and trade, that was scheduled to be announced on Earth Day, I remember that, then it was postponed for a couple of days later, after Earth Day…This bill the cap and trade bill was criticized by hard core environmentalist wackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plants, nuclear plant investment, so since they’re sending swat teams down there folks, since they’re sending swat teams to inspect the other rigs, what better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants than by blowing up a rig? I’m just noting the timing here.”

Of course, the part of Rush’s conspiracy theory that makes no sense is why any environmentalists would want to destroy the very environment that they are trying to save by blowing up an oil rig and spewing 5,000 barrels of oil per day into the Gulf? Wouldn’t this be a violation of everything that the environmental movement stands for? I don’t think that anything can be read into the timing of the explosion, because as Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) pointed out today, there have been 509 oil fires in the Gulf since 2006.

Instead of being a left wing conspiracy, maybe this incident shows that we need to look at the environmental dangers of offshore drilling a little more before we agree to expand it. President Obama announced today that swat teams were being sent to the Gulf to help investigate the cause of the explosion. Anything could have caused this explosion, but I think that it is absurd that Limbaugh would blame the very people who love the environment for destroying it. Rush’s conspiracy theory is not logical, but he will say anything to blame the left and protect the interests of right wing corporate America.

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Sarah Palin’s Lawyer Compares Her to George Washington

Apr 29 2010 Published by under Featured News

No seriously, they really think that Sarah Palin is like George Washington

The attorney for Sarah Palin, Thomas Van Flein took to her Facebook page last night to gloat about another Alaska ethics complaint being dismissed, when he compared Palin to George Washington, “voluntary relinquishment of power for the greater good is normally praised as an example of true leadership, just review any biography of George Washington.”

Van Flein, being on the Palin payroll, attempted to make the case that Palin resigned for the right reasons, “At times (indeed, as recently as Sunday in a magazine cover story) people allege that the “real” reason Governor Palin stepped down was to “make money” (citing primarily her best selling book). As this most current complaint again emphasizes, Governor Palin stepped down for the right reasons—she did not want to see her state government continue to get bogged down with inane “ethics” complaints that were transparently political, plainly partisan, and diverting state resources.”

Then he delivered the whopper of a comparison of Sarah Palin to George Washington, “The voluntary relinquishment of power for the greater good is normally praised as an example of true leadership—just review any biography of George Washington—and it should be in this case as well. But for those who seek power for the sake of power, a selfless act is confusing, so a new narrative is created, such as the “profit” motive now being asserted with renewed vigor. Rest assured Sarah Palin had obtained approval to write her memoir while still in office without running into any conflict with the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Her financial future from her best selling book, though unknown then, would not have altered much whether she stayed in office or resigned, except the number of “ethics” complaints did dramatically decrease, so any legal fees associated with such complaints decreased concomitantly.”

Sure Sarah Palin could have stayed governor and written the book, but what Van Flein doesn’t answer is how she would have been able to go on a book tour if she was still governor? She couldn’t have signed a deal for a reality show if she was governor, and she certainly could not have landed a million dollar deal with Fox News if she was governor. This doesn’t even include her pay for speeches, and magazine spreads. While Van Flein was correct, that Palin could have written her book and stayed in office, he conveniently overlooked the other financial opportunities that she would have had to pass up to remain in politics.

The idea that Sarah Palin compares favorably to George Washington is ridiculous. Washington was a brilliant military leader, while Sarah Palin sent her juvenile delinquent son to the military. George Washington had false teeth, and Sarah Palin has false hair. Washington could not tell a lie. Sarah Palin can’t stop lying. Washington is on the dollar bill. Sarah Palin worships the dollar bill. Washington had a dedication to public service. Palin is allergic to public service. Washington was highly educated and well read. Palin has to read talking points from her hand.

They selected Washington as the template for Palin for the simplistic reason that he led a revolution, and supposedly Palin is also leading a revolution too. It doesn’t seem to matter to the Cult of Sarah that she is a more of leech than a leader of the Tea Party, but who needs facts, when you are trying to sell a 2012 narrative, and that is what Palin is all about, the sell. I don’t understand why Palin Inc. continues to spin her decision to go off and make money as something patriotic. There is nothing wrong with resigning to go make money. Public service does not pay well. The problem is that Palin’s 2012 ambitions won’t let her say that.

The quitter label is going to follow Palin everywhere. She resigned almost a year ago and her loyalists are still trying to defend her abrupt departure. This is an image problem that is not going away. Quitting is never good, and her decision to quit has lined her pockets with millions of dollars, but betrayed the people of Alaska who supported her. Something tells me that George Washington would not have turned his back on the troops at Valley Forge if he would have been promised a personal fortune. Integrity and loyalty are the biggest reasons why Sarah Palin has absolutely nothing in common with George Washington. Washington had it. Palin doesn’t and never will.

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So Far Over 1 Million Viewers Have Dumped Glenn Beck In 2010

Apr 29 2010 Published by under Featured News

Beck has good reason to be crying.

Things are not looking good for Glenn Beck and FNC. Not only have over 200 advertisers left Beck, and the network has been reduced to virtually giving away his ad time, but Fox News viewers are leaving his show in droves. Since January, Beck has lost 33% of his audience, or roughly 1.4 million daily viewers. The worst news for Beck is that this has been a steady erosion, and the viewers are not coming back.

Beck was averaging over 3 million total viewers a week in late 2009. He remained strong after the Doug Hoffman debacle in the NY-23 special House election, so what happened? How did he go from averaging 3 million viewers a day to pulling an all time low for him last week of 1.87 million viewers? Eric Boehlert of Media Matters thinks that the answer can be found in the Eric Massa interview. Beck drew 3.4 million viewers for Massa, and has not come close to touching that number since.

However, even before the Massa disaster, Beck was starting to slide. He had gone from 3 million viewers a day to 2.6 million viewers a day before he became infamous for hosting a former congressman who discussed tickle fights. Since Massa, Beck has lost an additional 400,000 viewers in about six weeks. It is clear that the Massa interview hurt, but there is also more going on here. I think the root cause of Glenn Beck’s demise is much simpler. He decided that he wanted to be taken seriously as a political voice, and stop trying to entertain.

While Beck was unveiling his plan from God on his radio show on April 20, he said something interesting, “When we were, and I’ve never told this story before, when we were starting the TV show, there were things that I did that I wouldn’t do now because I had to be more of an entertainer to get people to go what is this show at five o’clock? I never said anything I didn’t believe, but I may have said things in an entertaining fashion.”

The problem is that Beck’s viewers wanted to be entertained. Without the goofy, borderline train wreck television, his show has become repetitive and boring. You can take any segment and interchange it with another from the last four months and they will look the same. Without the entertainment value, there is nothing special about Glenn Beck’s program. By the way, I think much of the predictability of his program comes from the fact that every episode is scripted and rehearsed. His show contains no possibility for the surprise live moment.

Viewers have discovered that Beck is not everyday must see viewing. In response to his drop in ratings the old shock jock has gone more right wing. Lately God, government conspiracies, and black helicopter new world order stuff have been topics of conversation. Like the boy who cried wolf, Beck could only scream about the demise of America under Obama for so long, before his gloom and doom predictions start to fall on deaf ears. The reality is that none of the horrible things that he predicted under Obama have happened. Republicans may detest Obama, but they realize that the sun is still rising and setting even if he is president.

Glenn Beck is still pulling huge ratings for a 5 pm cable news show, but Fox News has a real problem. According to the new April ratings, Glenn Beck lost 7% of his total viewers, and 6% in the demo. The Fox News network averages 1.92 million viewers, which means that by the numbers Beck has gone from a superstar to having an average FNC show, and I don’t think Beck is done declining yet. What is the network going to do when he becomes a below average Fox News program that has the added hindrance of generating little revenue? If Beck drops to 1.5 total viewers or lower, it would become a smart business decision for Fox to replace him. Glenn Beck enjoyed a meteoric rise, and now he is in the middle of a fast plummet back to earth.

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Birthers Claim Obama Created the Birther Conspiracy

Apr 28 2010 Published by under Featured News

The birthers now blame the left for their ball of crazy.

The birther movement is back with a new conspiracy that states not only was Barack Obama not born in America, but that the whole birther movement is a creation of Obama and the Left, in order to make the right look crazy. Both Tom Tancredo and Glenn Beck have embraced this conspiracy within a conspiracy that, in essence blames the entire birther movement on Obama and the Left.

According to Think Progress, Tom Tancredo told Alan Colmes on his Fox News Radio show that, “Now they very well not want to show it because they want to propagate this whole thing that’s going on about birthers. … They may be doing it for that reason; I don’t know why they don’t want anyone to see it. … They want it propagated because you know. Later Colmes pointed out that birtherism makes his party looks nuts, and Tancredo replied, “Yeah well maybe that’s why they don’t produce document, I don’t know.”

That was pretty crazy, but not as crazy as Glenn Beck claiming that the Left leaked a video of Michelle Obama calling Kenya her husband’s homeland, to fuel the birther conspiracy.

Here is Beck on April 6 courtesy of Media Matters:

Beck called the birther issue the biggest waste of time ever, but added, “I believe this is being released by operatives on the left that want to stir the pot.”

Here is the video of Michelle Obama calling Kenya Obama’s home country that has the birthers so up in arms.

The birther movement has now devolved to a conspiracy within a conspiracy, because now it isn’t just that Obama is hiding the origin of his birth, but that he is doing it intentionally in order to make the right wing look crazy. In essence, the birthers have been reduced to blaming the Left and Obama for their insanity. They are saying that it isn’t their fault that they are crazy. It is Obama’s fault, because he devised this whole birther thing as a way to make the right look bad. The birthers have now created a conspiracy to justify their conspiracy. This is how far off the rails these fringe right lunatics have gone.

Barack Obama was born in the United States. He is a United States citizen. The evidence is obvious even if the birthers refuse to believe it. There is a reason why every birther court case gets tossed. Not only is the legal certificate of live birth, which is an accepted legal document by the United States government for proof of citizenship, widely available, but the birthers have never been able to produce any evidence that Obama is not a citizen. The idea that Obama is to blame for their weak minded stupidity and racism would be funny, if it wasn’t so sad.

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