Jun 152015
 
  • The Real Royal Emperor

    Your word choice in the Murdoch headline is very good. Murdoch did indeed revolutionize media. Not necessarily or primarily news or journalism, but media. With all due deference to the Angry Old Man Caucus here at JD, loudly and frequently proclaiming that all change is inherently bad and even evil, “revolutionize” is a word in Standard American English with a very positive connotation. It is not just a change in thought, but an active change which tends to produce tangible results. In turning news into something other than news and popularizing whatever the new product is, Murdoch bought into being the opinion entertainment genre and bequeathed it to a small but important segment of people who never found facts enjoyable or important in their lives. In the past, this non-news programming simply ignored facts. “I Love Lucy”, “Gilligan’s Island” …. But Murdoch saw the value in a far less expensive form of entertainment in which facts are not ignored but changed to reflect opinion, to reflect what a segment of viewers wished the facts to be. That is not to be discounted. Sure, there portends to be a certain danger to society in that, but it is a tightly controlled and contained danger. Cable news has peaked, or perhaps simply plateaued, at a surprisingly low level. So the news as what one wants facts to be is of no greater societal consequence. And, there is a certain therapeutic value to it. When we give Palinites, the Bundyites, the (Hal) Walkerites, the (Alex) Jonesites, the Duggarites, the Neocons, the Tea Partiers a safe and secure theatre in which to congregate, we have given the broader society an important escape valve. Alarming talk that seems to be a powerful steam force but eventually becomes merely the slow drip of condensation on the inside lid of the pressure cooker. That is revolutionary. If at times unpleasant, in the end harmless. All the while making money for investors ….

  • The Real Royal Emperor

    At first, I was somewhat mystified by The Silencing. If it were a cookbook, it might be “How to Make Oatmeal With Instant Oats and Hot Water”. Why would I want that? But, when you go to Amazon and books are automatically grouped thematically, guess what you find? Powers, Coulter, Ham, Guilfoyle and Perino, in order and all at surprisingly low prices. A very good picture of what rightists hope is true. A continuation of FOX News themes when you’re on the beach this summer and don’t want to pay cellular charges on your Surface.

  • Larry Kelly

    Nothing in his accomplishments revolutionized the media like the creation of FOX NEWS and its subsequent domination of cable news. A cleaning out of the liberal earwax for a huge segment of the political spectrum crying out for a perspective unheard on their television. God bless Mr. Murdoch for that above all else.

    • The Real Royal Emperor

      You greatly minimize the accomplishments of a man who I think is fairly considered a titan in the Morgan and Rockefeller tradition. What he did in the UK market was a far more transformational change, albeit one which seems not destined to survive him. FOX News is more an impacting of ear wax for a small segment of the American viewing public who eschew hearing facts and reality, much as MSNBC is a different segment of the American viewing public. The importance of FOX News is more in the recognition that such a market exists and the subsequent exploitation of it. In other words, more as a business model than some great journalistic achievement. Essentially, the same as the original Rockefeller kerosene model. Much to be respected and admired, but not as some great energy advancement. A big glob of gunk in the gunk pool of American cable news.

  • The Real Royal Emperor

    That was a fair and accurate review of the Daily Wrap.

  • Marty

    Kirsten Powers is apparently doing something right. She rankles both the left and the right. On the issue of illiberal liberals on college campuses squelching free speech, she sees this as a disturbing trend that has serious consequences. And she can back it up with copious examples each one more bizarre than the next. For her efforts there are those who call her a fake democrat and worse. Yes, let’s just chalk it up to her being a vacuous member of the thin gruel society known as the bimbos who work for FOX. Try to imagine that she works at another network and held the same views. Would she be given a platform to express these views? Would her viewpoint still be seen as nothing but mush?

    • The Real Royal Emperor

      So why is it acceptable that upwards to half of the Republican Party consists of RINOs (as adjudged by the rightists), but “we” are not allowed a singular DINO?

      • Cecelia

        Because she’s not a DINO. She holds liberal positions save abortion. And she is classically liberal in her take on speech.

        • Marty

          I agree that she IS classically liberal.
          Leftists can have all the DINOs they can tolerate or not.
          It’s the elitist snobbery that screams out when it comes to Powers.
          She is completely dismissed because of where she works.

          • The Real Royal Emperor

            And, what she says where she works. If she said the same things at AJAM or MSNBC or on NPR, I would be every bit as critical of her.

        • gcblues

          a classical liberal is a conservative, so maybe a better term.

          • The Real Royal Emperor

            Certainly not a conservative as conservatives in the Republican party are today.

          • gcblues

            amusingly, you are correct. the republican party has moved far left of center. repeatedly proposing legislation to save dear social programs like SSI and Medicare. let us not forget that only the left would favor AIDs help to Africa or the prescription part d GWB legislation. yes, today we have left wing, and far loon left wing in the E.E.U.U. how droll.

          • The Real Royal Emperor

            I find few things as drôle as radical rightist paranoia. Thank you.

            I prefer “drôle” even when lazy Norte Americanos refuse to use the accent circumflex. A bit more modern.

          • Cecelia

            No Cold War conservatives were all anti-corporate, socially liberal, pro govt remedies to social problems, and doves.

            You just called them extreme and repressive back then as a political tactic.

          • The Real Royal Emperor

            Actually, I didn’t. I never mentioned policies. The Country Club Republicans, of fond memory, were very much corporatists, were socially liberal (before the likes of George H.W. Bush jumped the shark to pander to the growing socially conservative base), never turned government into the great enemy of the nation and were, alas hawkish.

            I was talking more about the pure meanness and the intolerance, to which there are, of course, exceptions, you and Concha being shining examples.

            It seems to me that the best days of our nation, so far (there will be far greater days, I am sure) came under the Country Club Republicans and Northeastern Democrats.

          • The Real Royal Emperor

            Cecelia, I’ve never really thought the differences were all that ideological. The greater majority of Americans favor free enterprise solutions and personal freedom. They value tolerance. They prize faith, family and friends more than they do government. The distinctions are much more of attitude and approach.Conservatives value established and traditional practice in politics and society and take a cautious approach to any sort of change. Liberals are broad-minded (in the sense of a cafeteria of tradition and change), not fearing change and actively favoring reform and new idea, sometimes in partnership with the government. Change is always necessary. Race relations and gender-based discrimination healthcare and banking, all had to change.The greatness of our society is the spirit of change compels us into discussion in which liberals advance a cause, and conservatives refine and channel the change. The notion that conservatives invariably eschew bigger government and liberals treat traditions and principles as inconvenient are both simply hogwash.

          • Cecelia

            The definitions for political ideologies seem to be on ball bearings and dependent upon who is patting themselves on the back or trying to impugne someone.

        • The Real Royal Emperor

          Yes, much as Holy Joe Liebermann was a DINO when he was “paling around” with McCain and Palin.

          • gcblues

            paling
            Also found in: Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

            pal·ing (pā′lĭng)
            n.
            1. One of a row of upright pointed sticks forming a fence; a pale.
            2. Pointed sticks used in making fences; pales.
            3. A fence made of pales or pickets.
            American
            Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright ©
            2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by
            Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.paling (ˈpeɪlɪŋ)
            n
            1. a fence made of pales
            2. pales collectively
            3. a single pale
            4. the act of erecting pales
            Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003pal•ing (ˈpeɪ lɪŋ)

            n.
            1. Also called pal′ing fence′. picket fence.
            2. a pale or picket for a fence.
            3. pales collectively.
            4. the act of building a fence with pales.
            [1350–1400]
            Random
            House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries
            Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights
            reserved.

          • The Real Royal Emperor

            You’ll have to excuse me. I didn’t realize “palling” was actually word. I was borrowing the word (palling) from Sarah Palin, and didn’t check it out. My bad ….

        • Replies enable him. Stop.

          • Larry Kelly

            Would you dance with a troll in the pale moonlight?

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            “This blog needs an enema!”

          • Marty

            Comments will continue even with no feedback.
            It’s the nature of the beast.
            Must find a way to “educate” the dupes.
            Stand by for rebuttal.

          • The Real Royal Emperor

            Only Mike can rebut a comment directed to Mike, but I will say that I find you prophetic.

          • gcblues

            mike is right. i feel like a stupid stocker trout rising to the bait from an affected lying phony that takes glee in the pain of others.

          • Marty

            Reply as you see fit.
            It’s up to each individual to decide.

          • gcblues

            solidarity.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            The fool even trolled the News Quiz.

          • gcblues

            don’t tell the conch but after all due respect i am done and off to bed. gotta roll las monitas to school temprano. levanta a 5am. ciao.

          • Marty

            See?

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            At least he kept it to under 100 words.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            He rattles on regardless. It is part of the pathology.

  • Cecelia

    I watched the June 10th Daily Wrap via Roku.

    Pretty good. Only thing I’d suggest the show needs to do is to pick up the pace. With that I mean a less laid back feel rather than packing more issues into a show.

    • The Real Royal Emperor

      I think the content is good, high quality, better than most of what I see on any American cable news channel. The low production values don’t even bother me. And, I was fine with the pace. I tire of cable news rushing through stories and panel segments when the cable news networks have such an embarrassment of time on their hands.

      • Joe Concha

        Thanks Royal. I think the goal of being a compelling program regardless of political affliation is coming to fruitition. Echo chambers can be quite tedious…

        • The Real Royal Emperor

          Indeed.

      • Cecelia

        I stated that by pace I did not mean rushing through segments.

        • The Real Royal Emperor

          That’s fine. I like laid back. Particularly with Campari, soda and a Meyer lemon wedge.

    • Joe Concha

      Duly noted, Cecelia! Thanks for the feedback.

  • gcblues

    the ICN article is written, in how would one say it, a manner befitting someone that was ousted by all his clicks. living in a shunned world, after a tedious boarding school education. the result, amusingly, leaving one to feel educated, when indeed, all that has happened is the production of a pure nothingburger.

    • Larry Kelly

      I gave ICN an atta-Spud, though he didn’t feel his piece was extraordinary (we do talk now and then), but it inspired me to watch Mr. Concha’s show, and tonight I will..

      • Marty

        I’ve watched it several times via You Tube. Good discussions with commentators new to me.

        • gcblues

          ahhhh youtube, that is how i catch the snark of with all due respect.

          • Marty

            Yes, it’s on You Tube. I don’t get Newsmax in my channel line-up.

          • gcblues

            ahhhhhh su tubo en spanglish.

          • Larry Kelly

            how do you say, “cat that plays the piano”?

          • gcblues

            gato que toca el piano

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Is it playing the habanera “Tu?”

          • gcblues

            what is a habanera? you mean the song?

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Composición musical originaria de Cuba, de compás binario, tiempo moderado y ritmo sincopado, cantada en los puertos españoles.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1Q2GNe91cw

          • gcblues

            it is opera, carmen, i have never heard it as a ring tone.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani
          • gcblues

            su punta de todo?

          • gcblues

            ahhhh binario, yo entienndo esso. bomp de domp de domp de domp.

          • gcblues

            i played the Maria Callas version through the home theater and Don Negrito, mi gato, thought the rattons in the techo were getting it on.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fZRssq7UlM

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Wrong Habanera. The one from “Carmen” was written by a Frenchman.

          • gcblues

            sure riled the cat

          • gcblues

            too es tambien.

      • gcblues

        as you know, i cannot get the show. my comment was 100% re: style of the writer and the emptiness of it’s content. i would not comment about a show i cannot watch. the style was reminiscent of someone trying to be impressive. i am sure auntie would rather approve. cheers.

        • Larry Kelly

          I liked your comment. different takes are interesting.

          • gcblues

            i could tell by the mountain of ups it received …..lol

          • Larry Kelly

            Well, you just got one from me, and I’m sending you a coupon for a free Spudcicle.

      • Joe Concha

        Be interested to hear Mr. Kelly’s take…good or not-so-good.

        • Larry Kelly

          My forgetfulness got me today, but tomorrow I start. Got my DVR programmed for The Daily Wrap every weekday at 7:00PM.

          • Joe Concha

            Ok – here’s tonight’s show on the house…and commercial free!

            http://youtu.be/ll8isxuBZQI

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Thanks!

  • The Real Royal Emperor

    So a single email from an associate of the intended recipient which he may or may not have received, may or may not have read, proves that the accusation was false. That’s a very, very low standard of proof, indeed.

    • Homemaker

      Oh BS. When you have a publicist they are your eyes and ears for all communication. If the publicist decided not to respond it is as if you did not respond. Stossel knows how this works and so does the guy who hired the publicist. Hire a more competent CYA guy if necessary.

      • The Real Royal Emperor

        One wonders why you don’t organize a crucifixion party then.

        • Homemaker

          Good idea. I’ll get on that right away.

          • Marty

            Why not a beheading party or a burn ’em alive party. I hear they are all the rage these days. Geez.

          • The Real Royal Emperor

            Well, in the US it seems to be mass shootings and police shootings of African Americans.

          • Homemaker

            More good ideas. I’ll add those items to my list.
            Though, I do need to let you know it won’t be quick. Bathrooms and bedrooms need to be cleaned today. Company coming!

          • Cecelia

            I try to work in a few lynchings after the breakfast dishes.

          • Homemaker

            Don’t eat breakfast. May change my schedule to try your way of doing things. I hear change is good!

          • Cecelia

            No breakfast? My husband and I would be dialing 911 by 9a.m.

  • Homemaker

    So the Daily Mail guy who was denied the ability to be the print pool guy today for the Hilary campaign asked later in the day to be admitted to the YMCA (where an event was happening) to use the rest room and the Secret Service guy told him to go in the woods. Follow-up tweet – yeah and the local sheriff who’s monitoring the area around the YMCA will then arrest him for indecent exposure!

    My take: Hilary says to reporters “there’s a product I endorse called Depends, if I don’t like what you have to say, either hold it or wear Depends!”

    • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

      She walks like she is quite familiar with the product.

  • June 15 News Quiz: 8 out of 10 right; missed #1 and 2

    • Your score: 8 / 10 correct
      Quiz Average: 4.22 correct

      We’re both well above average 😉

    • The Real Royal Emperor

      What’s with the absurd choices? Satire? Hacking?

      How many troops …? Milwaukee.

      Which ally …? Freedom of the press.

    • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

      Managed to get them all all. Most were guesses.

  • Today’s most popular links:
    5 need another apology
    4 Tom Shillue talks
    3 Kirsten Powers
    2 fabricates fake coverage
    And the most popular link in today’s links…
    1 Fireworks on FNC.

  • Larry Kelly
    • The Real Royal Emperor

      Not at all. We’re dealing with Tropical Storm Bill about to come ashore and head right up the IH 35 corridor. A loony old White dude effectively handled by the DPD is not much on our minds or in our conversation. Sorry to disappoint.

      • Cecelia

        It would be wise if we took JDP’s own looney old white commenter from Texas less seriously here, folks.

  • Cecelia

    Sounds heavenly!