7/7/09 9:15 AM

Monday Cable News Links and Open Thread

CNBC: fake news?

Friday's numbers: FNC tops, Olby falls to third in timeslot.

MSNBC kickbacks?

Big Ed speaks.

Profile: Shep Smith.

Watters won't play.

The head table.

Q&A: Kurtz, Mika (via TVN), Joe.

Bobbie Batista resurfaces.  MSNBC still MIA.  Hot & Not.

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

Re: MSNBC still MIA
"I understand that the MSNBC business model is based on progressive politics and not news, but the Iranian election story..."
June 22, 2009, 8:53:29 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Re: The head table
Who wouldn't be thrilled to meet the president of the United States, let alone sit beside him and converse with him as the writer of the piece did.
THAT is something that you tell your grandchildren about and that they tell their grandchildren about.
But I can't help feeling like I'm the only person in the world appalled at Pres. Obama's jokes at that gathering.  
Has there ever been another politician who would dare to take on the meme that the media is in bed with the president in such a head-on manner? Not only take it on, but barb and jest about it as though it's common knowledge, the way some guy might flame another guy by letting on that it's a foregone conclusion that he had seen his wife naked.  
THAT sort of humor might go over once, but there's no man in the world who wouldn't get offended to the point of getting physical, if the jokes went on and on. They'd start to see something beyond a joke. They'd see a condescending boast based upon the sort of self-assurance and arrogance that says, 'I've got you in my hip pocket and that is how it should be.'
Like joking about a man's wife, Obama's treatment of the media was too personal. It struck home (or SHOULD have struck home...) in the sense of torpedoing where the media lives-- their independence, their objectivity.
That they sat there and laughed and gave a standing ovation and later talked about the president's wonderful sense of timing, makes me cringe in the same way way I would if the president had laughingly insulted them by saying that he had slept with their wives.
I'm sorry but it's just not funny.
June 22, 2009, 9:26:41 AM EDT – Like – Reply

99%, it's all about ideology. Obama can be trusted because he is a fellow traveler towards utopia.....and many in the press want to feel they are a part of it all....a part of history.
The trust translates into putting journalistic integrity and personal pride secondary to the "group think" that history is about to make a great turn for the better. Biting one's lip when abused is a small price to pay for that "leg thrill," at the end of the comeidic routine.
It makes me uncomfortable as well because it shows personal insecurity (never an enjoyable thing to see), as well as a willingness to be hypocritical and intellectually dishonest in a PROFESSION that heavily trades on integrity and FAIRNESS.
June 22, 2009, 11:46:23 AM EDT – Like – Reply

I was also offended when Bush did his jokes about not finding WMDs under the desk. He made that joke when he knew that thousands of our soldiers had died in the Iraq war. That should have made everybody more than a little uncomfortable and it sure wasnt funny.
June 22, 2009, 1:24:15 PM EDT – Like – Reply

The so-called ambush on Jesse Waters is a flat out joke. Remember this is the same Gawker who published photoshopped images of Conservative Michele Malkin on their website claiming to be her pictures, but admitted that it wasn’t her and hid behind "satire" defense like a bunch of leftist cowards...
June 22, 2009, 3:21:23 PM EDT – Like – Reply

At the very least Bush's humor was a slap at himself. Along with a great many other people (including the president who had just left office...) he was bumfuzzled that the weapons weren't there.
To the extent that it was in poor taste sorta depends upon whether or not you believe (as Bush does) that taking Saddam out of power was worth it.
Obama's jokes (while certainly less important than the things of war) revealed a man who DOES, as he said, know where his bread is buttered.  
That the media is satisfied to be viewed that way is indicative of a self-indulgent of their own views and desires (in the way Cee just described) that should dismay everyone else.
June 22, 2009, 4:19:00 PM EDT – Like – Reply

That was it?
They ran up Jesse's driveway and he drove off?
This was the thing Gawker had people waiting to see?
Frankly, Johnny, if you ever abused your blog audience like Gawker has done their's, we'd be shaking our heads that you weren't the man we thought you were.
Those Gawker clowns are shameless!
June 22, 2009, 4:28:42 PM EDT – Like – Reply

FNC tops, Olby falls to third in timeslot.
More of a surprize is Maddow beats Olbermann. And Beck is tops in the demo and second only to O'Reilly in L +SD.
June 22, 2009, 5:23:58 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Yeah, those two dorks from Gawker couldn't scare a deer with headlights. Yet they claim Jesse is a "coward" because he drove off and wouldn't talk to them. And for the website they use a still of him smiling back at them from his car as proof! Brilliant work, guys!!
June 22, 2009, 10:59:17 PM EDT – Like – Reply