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Monday Links & Open Thread

Latest cable news links [6:46 pm]:

Pix: Election HQ debut. TVN. Your reaction?

Litvak leaving CNN's "Morning".

Obscure comic's reward for Fox-bashing.

Claman Q&A (via TVN).

Video: Nader vs Glick.

New Politico blog.

Lunsford with O'Reilly.

CNN's victory lap.

CNN push-polling Obama? Politico, KXMC, Sister Toldjah, Kos, AmericaBlog, Carpetbagger, HuffPo.

FNC's dress code?

Liberal bias proved?

Websites: cable vs print. CNN's reviewed.

Unconvincing Scarborough skeleton regurgitated.

The invites are out.

Alan still gets hate mail [language].

CNN's anti-Pakistan bias?

Fox's StealthRay.

Election dominates cable news.

Ballot Bowl blues.

Can't we all shut up?

Use our valuable bandwidth to post your cable news comments in today's open thread. Standard rules apply.

johnny dollar
I can't believe how so many of the cable news sites are ignoring this CNN poll story. It's all over the internets. What do you think?
February 25, 2008, 9:31:31 AM EST – Like – Reply

On The Mark
Of course, it is a ridiculous, objectionable poll. As with all webpolls, it was presented briefly on the air.
Still, I find it more palatable than I do some of the bias shown on the air. Candy Crowley spends much of her time gushing over Hillary, and the slightest bit of marginally negative news about Obama makes her breathless. I am far more concerned about that than I am this poll. 
Perhaps, that explains the limited, muted reaction. Perhaps that plus the fact many of your readers like any negative news about any Democrat.
February 25, 2008, 1:55:12 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
And many like any negative news about any Republican. Unless you have access to a Rasmussen survey of my readers, one is as valid as the other.
My point wasn't the muted reaction among my readers anyhow. It was the silence of various sites devoted to tv/cable news, who seem reluctant to address this issue. You don't have to agree with the arguments to recognize that they are being made.
I have a hard time justifying that sort of poll question. It would be like asking if a candidate beats his wife (or husband) too much to be President.
February 25, 2008, 2:02:44 PM EST – Like – Reply

On The Mark
At the risk of being seen as dull, I agree with all of your points. And, my larger point was not about muted reaction of your readers, either. Indeed, the more troubling point is the acceptance such tactics seem to have. Not acceptance in the sense of agreement, but in the sense of resignation, a "So what, all news is biased." 
For CNN, which I do think makes an honest effort to be objective, and often fails miserably, this is a problem. For FNC and MSNBC, where the bias is clear, it is less of a problem. I wonder if we ought to simply label the philosophy of cable news outlets, like British or French newspapers do, and put an end to the pretense. I enjoy Le Figaro and Le Monde both equally well, and when I read them, the "slant" is a known quality. I don't object to either. If we simply say FNC is Right-of-Center, and MSNBC is Left-of-Center, we have a transperency that seems to make it all valid.
February 25, 2008, 4:25:53 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Election HQ debuts. Fast-moving mix of news, analysis, and commentary with Hemmer/Kelly style. If you watched, what did you think?
February 25, 2008, 5:44:58 PM EST – Like – Reply

I enjoy Le Figaro and Le Monde both equally well, and when I read them, the "slant" is a known quality. I don't object to either. If we simply say FNC is Right-of-Center, and MSNBC is Left-of-Center, we have a transperency that seems to make it all valid.
On The Mark | 02.25.08 - 4:30 pm | # 
Funny OYM, you name two French entities to make your point concerning American cable network's. You use a bias to call FNC "Right-of-Center," which no one has ever never been proven and why FNC has the top current and former Democrat operative's on. By the way, did you miss Obama and Clinton on FNC? You then use MSNBC and call them, "Left-of-Center," which is not objective to anyone other then Lib's, it's FACT. But, the laugher is you call you two Fr5ench source's you love, "slanted." Thus implying, their bias is imagined.
February 25, 2008, 8:54:09 PM EST – Like – Reply

And Johnny, my thought's on Election HQ are Hemmer and Kelly work together very well. Question I have is, is there possibly something going on between the two of them? Megan is single and I believe Hemmer is too. Just a thought to toss out there.
February 25, 2008, 8:57:36 PM EST – Like – Reply

Make sure you lib's spell check me. LOL. Show me and all the rest of us your superiority.
February 25, 2008, 9:01:38 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
No, Megyn is engaged, possibly by now a newlywed. I believe her honeymoon is scheduled for about two weeks from now.
February 25, 2008, 9:16:00 PM EST – Like – Reply

Megyn is getting married this Sat Mar.1st and will be honeymooning next week. Not sure who they will pair Bill Hemmer up with. He has been in a long term relationship for sometime as well.
February 25, 2008, 9:41:35 PM EST – Like – Reply

Thank you Johnny, All I remeber is when she started, around a year ago, she was just coming out of a marriage and changed her last name within a few week's after going on air at FNC. Hadn't heard or read anything about any engagement. But, then again Juliet was married for a few month's after bragging it up and then all over the Canadian guy and was sporting a big diamond and that went bye-bye. I tossed it out there simply because the chemistry is something I have never seen between two on-air personalities.
February 25, 2008, 9:48:13 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
The Election HQ series is scheduled to run through next Wednesday. Scheduled. So if Megyn takes off immediately after the wedding bells she'll only miss a couple of days. My guess is that she'll delay the honeymoon until after Super Tuesday 2.
The larger question is what happens if the ratings come back and this series shows a decent ratings spike. Will they extend it beyond the scheduled eight days?
February 25, 2008, 9:50:30 PM EST – Like – Reply

Vince P
I dont know why I get this vibe but whenever I see Hemmer on tv he looks like he's horny.
February 25, 2008, 10:31:36 PM EST – Like – Reply

I don't know what it is but Hemmer and Kelly work.
February 26, 2008, 12:47:28 AM EST – Like – Reply

On The Mark
I shouldn't bother with Spell Check on your work, Scott. Last time I did run Spell Check on your work, my hard drive crashed.
My wife teaches, and after the third egregious error in a theme or treatise, she draws a big red line and stops reading. She would get as far as the fourth word in your work, provided one of the words was "the".
Would you have preferred that I give you The Guardian/Oberserver, the Times/Sunday Times? Are British newspapers less threatening to you than French? The fact is: Some of us have to live in the world, not just our shtetls.
Moreover, my point was that we don't have this overt political or philosophical pairing between media organs and parties/inclinations in the US. I would have hardly been able to cite the Salina Journal or the Marin Independent Journal to make that point, would I?
February 26, 2008, 7:58:12 AM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Accurate points, OTM. You could have just said that Scott is an idiot, but your description is much more acute.
February 27, 2008, 9:07:03 PM EST – Like – Reply