Rachel Maddow

Stunning FAIL: A perfect example of how STUPID the media are

Rachel Maddow pulled a quick one on television viewers Tuesday evening. Maddow claimed she had Trump?s Tax Returns. She had two pages.

The White House said in a Tuesday statement that President Donald Trump had paid $38,000,000 dollars in taxes on income of more than $150,000,000. Rachel Maddow was a bit late to the party, since this information has already been available online for quite some time. Read more »

Hillary Clinton’s honesty problem

Hillary Clinton got severely spanked in New Hampshire and delivered a bitter concession speech.

But now the knives are out and her claims of being bullet-proof now ring hollow.

The Washington Post talks about her “honesty problem”:

Hillary Clinton has an honesty problem.

That point is driven home hard in the exit poll following Clinton’s 22-point drubbing at the hands of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. More than one in three (34 percent) of all New Hampshire Democratic primary voters said that honesty was the most important trait in their decision on which candidate to support. Of that bloc, Sanders won 92 percent of their votes as compared to just 6?percent for Clinton.

Ninety-two to six. That is absolutely unbelievable ? even given the size of Sanders’s overall victory in the state. And it should be deeply concerning to a Clinton campaign that has been resistant to acknowledging the idea that the ongoing controversy over Clinton’s private email server while at the State Department is a problem for her.

?Clinton’s standard response on questions about her honesty ? or about her long-running polling problems on questions of whether she is honest and trustworthy ? is that it has zero to do with her and how she has acted in and out of office but rather is the result of sustained decades of attack on her by Republicans.”Read behavioral science, read psychology,” Clinton told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow this week. “Even when all the attacks prove to be unfounded, untrue, it leaves a residue.” ?She added: “There is a concerted effort to try to make partisan advantage by really trying to throw so much at me that even if little splotches of it stick, it will cloud peoples’s judgment of me. That is a burden I carry.” ?? Read more »

Not just Americans but Kiwis too

Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj ask if Americans are addicted to outrage.

Perhaps they are but not just them…look at the “outrage” that our media cultivates.

On cable news networks, talk radio and in the political blogosphere there is a constant stream of name-calling, belittling, character assassination and falsehoods.

Americans tell pollsters they dislike this kind of talk and believe it degrades our political system. But the audience data tell a different story: In fact, Americans find this type of political commentary quite compelling. By our calculation, part of an analysis we did for our new book,?The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility, the aggregate daily audience for such content is roughly 47 million people. In a cluttered media landscape where advertisers have a sea of choices, anxious television and radio producers hungry for revenue have sought new ways to break through the clutter?to stop the channel surfers as they peruse other options?and reach audiences. And the popular agent provocateurs of political talk media not only do the job?they also do it relatively cheaply. (Consider that CNN?s administrative expenses make up about?twice as much?of its budget share as at Fox or MSNBC.) As a result, America has developed a robust and successful Outrage Industry that makes money from calling political figures idiots, or even Nazis.

Sounds familiar. As I said, not just America. ? Read more »

Why it is important to be accurate as a pundit

The US elections taught me a great deal…they taught me to look at the math, and to remove emotion from punditry…unfortunately many, many pundits in the?US failed to learn that lesson and now they are being treated to ratings downgrades not unlike the so-called fiscal cliff.

You can still show bias…but you should call things as they are despite your bias…calling things as they are doesn’t make you a traitor to your cause. It makes you honest.

In the case of Hannity and a few others, the cliff and the fall off of the top after they called the election so wrong is real:

In a fitting coda to 2012, we?ve learned that the ratings for rock-ribbed conservative?Sean Hannity?cratered after Barack Obama won his second term, with viewers tuning out the Fox News Channel talk-show host in droves.

According to Nielsen numbers, Hannity lost around half of his audience in the weeks after the election, while his Fox News colleague Bill O?Reilly ? who steadfastly refuses to identify himself politically as a conservative ? retained around 70% of his audience.

So what happened to Hannity?

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Rachel Maddow on the election

I love how she used ‘shellacked’ several times…

The Muslims are Coming!

This looks hilarious…doubt it will screen here though.

A group of Muslim-American standup comedians go on the road counter Islamophobia using the only weapon they have: jokes. The Muslims Are Coming! follows these comics as they visit big cities, rural villages, and everything in between to do shows, meet locals, and counter the haters. Commentary from pop culture icons like the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Janeane Garofalo, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, David Cross, and Lewis Black pepper the film as the comedians travel through middle America. Will audiences laugh? Will they make a difference? Will they make it back? Rest assured, you’ve never laughed this hard at a Muslim!

Ron Paul surging?

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A regular reader sent in his take on the Republican nomination tussle. I’m a regular reader of several American blogs and he seems to be right in saying the MSM are ignoring the movement of Ron Paul in attempting to hoover up delegates.

Just read the expected Gingrich drop out news on Stuff – normal copy-paste job from Reuters.

Of course, no mention of the fact that Ron Paul is sweeping US state delegates all over the place. I don’t expect NZ media to have the foresight to pick up on it, but Mainstream US Media is refusing to admit that he has closer to 400-500 delegates and rising (as opposed to the 80 or so they list him with), and a nearly certain name on the candidate list at the the GOP’s Tampa Convention. The only way Romney will have the 800+ delegates they’re forecasting him with is if all Gingrich’s delegates go to him – and people are saying his delegates would go 60/40 – Romney/Paul. Santorum’s delegates always stood against Romney so they’re are switching to Ron Paul, and the ‘bound’ delegates that support Ron Paul, but are bound to voting for Romney, are going to (legally) abstain from voting in the first round of voting at the GOP Tampa Convention, which means they then becoming unbound in the second round – they’ll then be voting for Ron Paul in the second round. He’s going to wind up as the next US President at this rate, and nobody is willing to admit it.

I’m guessing you’re up with the play, but if not, check out DailyPaul.com, and the Doug Wead blog. Rachel Maddow is also calling it true, check out YT vids.? They’re about the only places that aren’t burying their head in the sand over what’s happening. The establishment doesn’t want him, but they’re not gonna be able to vote-rig fast enough to keep him out for much longer. Ron Paul will make huge waves at the convention and probably win it through his delegate strategy. He’s a far superior candidate to beat Obama in the general election. Romney simply can’t beat him.

It’s gonna make all mainstream media look like completely inept idiots, if not corrupt, when it all comes to a head. Sorry for the rant, but considering Ron Paul (if he can get Congress to work with him) will stop the war-mongering and start fixing the economy (and thereby helping our own), New Zealand should be up with the play here.

4 more years of Obama or Romney is 4 more years of NZ soldiers fighting their war, and I’ve lost enough friends in that.