May 082017
 
  • Friday’s numbers: The Five-Tucker Carlson-Rachel Maddow 1-2-3.
  • Outnumbered video: over Obama health care remarks.
  • Steinberg: Fox News hires NBC’s Marianne Gambelli to lead ad sales.
  • Olbermann: CNN was going to hire me but didn’t…because of Trump!
  • Video: Julie Banderas with the NYPD Security team.
  • CNN reporter who hyped O’Reilly boycotts opposes them with Colbert.
  • Sketch by impartial CNN anchor draws fire.  W Kamau Bell makes book.
  • MSNBC signs ex-Republican George Will, refurbishes graphics package.
  • Kornacki named (MS)NBC National Political Correspondent.  Flashback.
  • CNN is ‘fake news’, says Netanyahu!  Larry King: I never saw bias at CNN.

Updated 4:44 pm  Use our valuable bandwidth to post your cable news comments in today’s open thread.

  • Michael T

    “Warren Buffett, at Berkshire Meeting, Condemns Republican Health Care Bill”

    I wonder if his strong opinion about the AHCA will be discussed on Monday (3p ET) when the always delightful Liz Clayman interviews Mr. Buffett.

    • homemaker

      Duh! Warren Buffet is a hard core Democrat so of course he hates the new bill. He was on Squawk Box this morning touting Kaiser Permanente as a model of great care. I know people who hate the care they receive. He’s a reader of what he wants to know about the healthcare system-he’s as bad as Mathew Dowd this weekend on Twitter saying the VA system is great and everyone loves the care they receive. When you don’t have to use a system yourself you can believe the garbage someone writes about it.

      • Michael T

        Of course there’s a good possibility that the U.S. Senate basically has an opinion not dissimilar from Mr. Buffett’s in that there is talk they will use the House bill (with 17% approval) as nothing more than a shell to craft an entirely new bill.

        • homemaker

          “10 years and counting …no major issues”. Golly, one head of the VA fired, more issues of fake scheduling, people dying waiting for care and THAT’S no major issues? Just read the responses to Dowd’s tweet and you will see that many people have stories about how bad the VA is. I have seen it first hand with my father.

          • Michael T

            Yeah, I’ve been very fortunate.

            I read years ago that because of San Diego’s popularity it is one of the most difficult cities in which to find a job in the airline industry.

            I suspect the same is true for the VA hospital. They attract the cream of the crop in terms of both employees and management. As I said in my last email, “Sadly this does not apply to every clinic/hospital in every state.” But I have also read that if you polled vets the vast majority are satisfied.

            I sometimes visit a veterans healthcare forum at yuku.com where I get the same impression.

            Finally, I would say there are primarily two separate issues:
            1) First time access to VA healthcare for non members — which is where most of the criticism has been.
            2) Care once you’re accepted in terms of appointments, expertise, respectful treatment and overall performance. In this area is where they do the best. But just like with public hospitals and clinics the care varies.

            In my 10 years I would give it a grade of A-. Especially compared to the 35 years of coverage with various PPO and HMO plans as a software engineer.

            I am sorry if your father’s care is not as good.

          • homemaker

            My father is dead now.

          • Larry Kelly

            not being able to fire people makes a cleanup impossible

          • Michael T

            Subtracting employees is hardly the problem currently. (Most of the offenders have been weeded out.)

            Adding employees (doctors and nurses) is the new challenge.

      • gcblues

        The Berkshire stock holders meeting was live on Yahoo, i assume you can get a replay.

        • Michael T

          Just a reminder that we shouldn’t be so closed-minded and partisan (as some commenters seem to be) that we automatically dismiss an assessment (in this case about the AHCA) just because it comes from what they call “a hard core Democrat.”

          Mr. Buffett is hardly a rigid ideologue as evidenced by this Weekly Standard article titled, “Warren Buffett: Scrap Obamacare and Start Over.”

          My friendly advice to anyone is when someone from a different party than yours makes a statement like “The ACHA is a huge tax cut for guys like me” attack the message — not the messenger. Otherwise you run the risk of being perceived by some as a partisan hack.

          Cheers.

        • homemaker

          Why would I waste my valuable time watching a shareholders meeting of a company I hold no stock in? I watched Buffet with Becky Quick for 3 hours this morning on Squawk Box w/Munger (?) & Bill Gates. That’s enough Buffet for me.

          • Larry Kelly

            need a Buffet buffer

    • Michael T

      Kudos to Liz Clayman who replied to my tweet.

      https://twitter.com/LizClaman/status/861585025602662400

  • Michael T

    Re: CNN reporter who hyped O’Reilly boycotts opposes them with Colbert.

    Well done J$ for not going as far as Newsbusters erroneously did in claiming that “CNN’s Media Unit pestered Bill O’Reilly’s advertisers for days to withdraw their money from Fox News.”

    I find no evidence to support that claim.

    Yet, you correctly stated that they “Hyped the O’Reilly boycotts” — which is not the same as their false claim.

    You have a sharp eye for mistakes and/or misstatements my friend.

  • Larry Kelly

    Not sure if Larry King can any longer remember what he saw?

    • Michael T

      I say with tongue partially in cheek in reaction to the Jewish crowd booing Larry King’s comments about CNN:

      “Aren’t Larry King, John King, Jake Tapper, Jeff Zucker. Dana Bash, Dan Senor’s wife Campbell Brown, Aaron Brown and regular guest Carl Bernstein all Jewish?”

      “Compare this list to Fox News and Geraldo.” 😊

      P.S.
      Chris Wallace is actually more associated with Fox broadcast than FNC. Plus a book released in 2014 accused Mr. Ailes of anti-Semitism.

      • gcblues

        Israel and Jewish are not synonymous

        • Michael T

          Hard to find someone who is Jewish who isn’t sympathetic to the plight of Israel. Certainly no one in the list I provided.

          I believe even Jared Kushner is for a two-state solution for example. So if you are suggesting they are not monolithic and not in lockstep with the views of Benjamin Netanyahu, I agree with you.

          • Mitch Alan

            Not hard at all to find anti-Israel Jews. Your bias is showing.

          • Michael T

            Yeah, maybe five out of a hundred.Heck, it’s even hard to find gentiles who are anti Israel.:-)
            Gallup: Americans still LOVE Israel a lot

            But name one in the list I provided. That was my point.

          • Mitch Alan

            J street are anti israel, George soros, sid blumenthal, Bernie Sanders, Noam Chomsky etc. You can look up their names on Stormfront, your favorite website.

          • Michael T

            Good lord Mitch…I put it in bold and you still went off in a different direction going off topic. Focus man, focus.

            “But name one in the list I provided who is anti-Israel. That was my point. Let’s not get off topic.”

          • Mitch Alan

            Name me anyone in the MSM who is anti-Israel. Crickets . . .

          • Michael T

            LOL

    • Lurker

      LOL He must be BLIND cause I hear Tucker & especially Lou Dobbs call out CNN

    • sky303

      Larry King hasn’t been at CNN for like 6 + years so ..

  • Michael T

    Re: Reliable Sources videos: Fox probe widens — from the J$ Weekend links

    Is the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Flint a Joe Concha look-alike as an older brother of JC ?
    http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2017/05/07/widening-fox-news-probe.cnn/video/playlists/reliable-sources-highlights/

    Don’t know how anyone can watch this video and not slap their forehead while exclaiming, “Dang…that Joe Flint from the WSJ looks and sounds just like Joe Concha!!”

  • gcblues
    • Michael T

      You follow this closer than most of us.

      What do you think it means for local news coverage, if the acquisition is approved?

      Some so-called fear merchants were suggesting yesterday that your local anchors for newly acquired conservative-leaning Sinclair TV stations might start wearing those red Trump MAGA caps while doing the “pro Trump” local evening news. 😊

      • Michael T

        On a more sober note the New York Times is reporting:

        “As Sinclair tries to expand by buying even more local television stations, it has locked horns with that other broadcast giant known for its political bent, 21st Century Fox.

        Now the battle for a bigger audience is on, as Sinclair and Fox each look to broaden their reach in the Trump era.”

      • sky303

        In another point Sinclair is already excessive in the amount of stations they own, one thing they like to do is cut people who have been there a longer time (ie those who more of the money). They do like cost cutting , they produce news for Toldeo and Scanton from South Bend, Indiana , because it’s cheaper. (reporters are still in the respective areas)

        • Michael T

          Good to know. Thank you for that information.

          As to your comment about “excessive in the amount of stations they own” — I do recall reading that Federal regulations cap any station group’s reach at 39 percent of the country.

          • sky303

            yes 39% cap, they were at the cap when the UHF discount was removed
            UHF discount was for when people didn’t want to have UHF (14-69 channel space) but when tv went digital UHF became more the norm so the discount was removed very late in 2016 , but it’s been brought back hense this sale being able to happen

  • sky303

    Not cable news but media related : Sinclair is buying the Tribune company http://kdvr.com/2017/05/08/sinclair-to-buy-fox31-kwgn-parent-company-tribune-media-in-3-9-billion-deal/

    • Michael T

      Looks like smooth sailing ahead.

      To wit: “The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval, but the Trump
      administration’s Federal Communications Commission has signaled its
      openness to media consolidation.”

      • sky303

        They should be more careful or they will end up like I-heart (formerly Clear Channel) who are near bankrputcy because of all their buying up things and not getting a good return on that.

        • Michael T
          • Grandpa D

            Saw that. iHeart needs a defibrillator.

          • Michael T

            Ha!

            Good one.

          • sky303

            more than the radio insdustry makes as a whole…

  • Picking up on Sky303’s comment, I have two things (thing 1 and thing 2) that also aren’t cable news and may only be remotely media-related, in case any of you want to know how my weekend went.

    • Minnesota Nice

      I would have loved to have been there and enjoyed the music. Thanks for sharing.

    • sky303

      That is a good weekend there.

  • CDG24

    Re: Friday’s Numbers
    Even though The Specialists had their lowest rated episode yet and lost viewers for the fourth straight show, they actually had a decent day. Every other FNC show that evening lost a much larger percentage of viewers from the day before. They also beat a primetime FNC show (Bolling in for Hannity) for the first time.

    It was strange (and continues to be so based on Monday’s guests) that they were not having more Fox talent. Through six shows, they have only had three (Rove, Harf and Tyrus). None are hosts at the network and two have worked there less than a year.
    I don’t understand why they would not be booking the best talent they can find in these early days. It’s not like everyone they are booking are people that would make viewers tune in.

  • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

    Twenty out of thirty-four comments blocked. Makes for speedier reading, without all the clutter.

    • Unfortunately, you can see the beginning of the blockees’ comments in the “recent comments” tab.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        I do my best to ignore them.

        • Minnesota Nice

          I wish others would, but some may not know that they were defamed or had negative comments posted about them elsewhere online.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            That appears to be his only way of getting any enjoyment. I’m sure it’s been done to me. That’s why I don’t use Twitter or the like.

          • Cecelia

            Gentlemen, I think that coming to the conclusion that something or someone is just not worth the involvement of your neurons, means that you stop bothering.

            Now go in peace.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            I don’t like to see sadists abuse other members of this forum.

          • Larry Kelly

            I had a root canal today. I’d have another before i’d unblock the weasel of that bunch.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            You owe weasels an apology for comparing him to them.

          • Minnesota Nice

            I normally don’t care, but when my name was put on a hateful defamatory image it mattered. I also discovered how much of a phony they are on this site. I appreciate that twitter has been following up with me in their investigation. Sadly the image remains, which they say helps my case. I will now go in peace, but I am always willing to forgive as I have been taught.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Forgive, but never forget.

      • Michael T

        Good.

        Then just enough text to confirm no one is trolling or name calling…and reinforce the idea that most of the time blocking is a bad idea on a site that is well moderated.

      • Larry Kelly

        don’t look there

        i treat it as driving by a car accident

    • GATXER

      Considering the vile attack he made on 4 of you this weekend on twitter….if I hadn’t blocked him I would have now……….don’t feel Ive missed much.

      Fox…bad……Ice not racist……..everybody here fox cult members….I’m sure that about covers it from him.

  • Cecelia

    i think it might be a better situation to leave the news media in some sort of disgraced status than to be in the limbo of Keith Olbermann.

    He’s made a ton of money in the industry and they are well aware of his brilliance and of the fact that he has a built-in audience that might make Maddow’s new red-meat seekers look small by comparison.

    But Olbermann is Olbermann and they’ve decided he’s just not worth it.

    • Larry Kelly

      parenthetically
      (A CNN spokeswoman says there were brief preliminary conversations about Olbermann joining its HLN spinoff, not the flagship channel, and that they took place well over a year ago, without any involvement from Trump.)

      Somebody is lying — my bet, everybody

  • Minnesota Nice

    Bill Maher can make a disgusting joke about Ivanka Trump and hardly a peep compared to Jesse Watters. Brian Stelter made numerous interviews, comments, tweets, etc. about Watters yet he is fairly quiet about Maher. Gabriel Sherman also had plenty to say about Watters, but nothing about Maher. In fact, as Sherman sat beside Maher as he made vile joke he smiled. Further proof that Brian Stelter & Gabriel Sherman peddle in fake news and outrage and their sole mission is to be anti-Fox. Stelter was for boycotts during O’Reilly order (never spoke out against) and hyped continuously, but now he is against (for Colbert).

    • Hypocrites.

      • Cecelia

        You didn’t think they truly gave a rat’s posterior about Ivanka Trump did you?

    • Cecelia

      Stelter’s outlook and show is built around doing what David Brock once claimed as his own mission as president of Media Matters: take down Fox News.

      As with Brock and Media Matters, that’s all part of Stelter being a partisan political warrior.

      • Minnesota Nice

        Every episode of Reliable Sources seems to discuss Fox News. I am sure Fox News appreciates that the CNN Media Critic Brian Stelter watches so much of their channel.

        • Cecelia

          Has Stelter ever referenced that CNN has and has had its own legal issues?

          • Minnesota Nice

            Never, yet he and others complain when Fox doesn’t do extensive coverage of their issues. You have to give Fox News credit as they are willing to report on their own woes.

          • Cecelia

            Fox is not “willing to”, they have to address it.

            The rest of the media makes that necessary by reporting on the lawsuits in the way that they don’t within the rest of the industry.

            I’m not suggesting that Fox shouldn’t have to account, just that they are forced to account because they are the only major media outlet that gives conservatism at least equal footing with liberalism.

          • I believe in one of his email newsletter he had a brief item: one sentence, two max, about the racial discrimination suit. I don’t recall it being covered on Reliable Sources but I may have missed it.

        • sky303

          Under Kurtz it at least looked at CNN critcally as well as the other news organizations. Then again Zucker wasn’t there either.

          • Cecelia

            I never saw that with Kurtz.

          • sky303

            it wasn’t extenisve or every week , never talked about Zakaira and his plagarisim though.

  • Mitch Alan

    Is Eric Bolling losing his mojo since he started hosting The Specialists? He sat in for Hannity on Friday, didn’t do that great.

  • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

    I still thought Monica was cute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxUs0WnE6aQ

    • Cecelia

      She was a very pretty girl.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        Actually, she still is.

    • Michael T

      I agree and apparently so does Jake Tapper. [wry smile]

  • Today’s most popular links:
    5 because of Trump!
    4 Rowdy debate
    3 behind the scenes
    2 draws fire
    And the most popular link in today’s links…
    1 CNN reporter who hyped O’Reilly boycotts opposes them with Colbert.

  • Larry Kelly

    Charles K., “the senator from Minnesota, Franken… a tinfoil hat”.

    • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

      Senator Frankenfurter is a sad caracture of himself from his SNL days.

    • Minnesota Nice

      I am so embarrassed, just like we had Jesse Ventura for a Governor.

      Rumor is Franken is going to run for President in 2020 and pick Jill Stein for his running mate. It will be the Franken-Stein ticket.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani
      • Larry Kelly

        LOL

      • Michael T

        Good one.

      • Son of Rusty Shackleford

        I’ve heard Anthony Weiner is likely to get the nod and choose Eric Holder as his running mate. Weiner-Holder bumper stickers will soon be available!

  • Larry Kelly

    Charles K. upon listening to Obama accept his “Profile in Courage Award” (putting it mildly), “good riddance!”

    • Minnesota Nice
      • Michael T

        Not a good time for president’s daughters is it?

        Wonder what Amy Carter is up to? 🙂

        • homemaker

          I don’t know-Jenna Bush Hager seems to be earning a living hosting the Today Show. She doesn’t need her mom & dad to employ her and her sister, Barbara who works for a non-profit AND supports abortion seems to be doing just fine, too. And you know her mom & dad didn’t help her get a job that supports abortion rights. So…..are you having some selective memory issues?

      • Minnesota Nice

        Lots of guts for someone to respond to me after last weeks vile defamatory twitter post.

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          He likes to play Mr. Innocent. but, he doesn’t fool anyone, especially his victims.