1/6/09 1:05 PM

Tuesday Links & Open Thread

Latest cable news links [updated through the day]:

Women to Chris Matthews: apologize or get fired!

Greta calls foul!

Zucker hearts Keith; Jossip reax.
Joe and Keith take separate cars.

McCain jabs Mika: video.

Monday's numbers. Weekend numbers, docs, weekly. MSNBC #1...online.

MSNBC polling Doc Block popularity.

Hotline quotes.

The pundit parade.

Luntz lectures lobbyists.

CNBC's awkward blunder.

Social networking spreads.

Cable vs broadcast: 65.

J$P 24-Hour Poll:

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

Mike C.
I cast my vote for "I'd rather watch Ditech commercials."
Re: "65": I prefer Greta's crew of 5 over Gibson's (ABC's) crew of 70. But that's just me.
The pundits picture features the late Tim Russert.
September 16, 2008, 1:54:43 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Using "First Dude" is certainly professional, even if it the term unfortunately used by Mrs. Palin. Not very professional, Greta.
September 16, 2008, 4:57:01 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Did I actually see Bill Mayer's picture included in this group?
He is certainly not a journalist.
This guy worships at the liberal alter.
And wouldn't be able to give a fair and balanced thought about anything.
September 16, 2008, 9:41:00 AM EDT – Like – Reply

That was really a crappy move by McCain. I know he tried to turn it all into a big joke, but Mika has been taking lots of hits for her support for Palin. For McCain to then accuse Mike, any journalist, on her or his own show of being in the tank is crass and slanderous.
September 16, 2008, 10:02:25 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Mark | 09.16.08 - 5:02 am |
It would appear that Mr. Palin did not require such pretense.  
How refreshing.
September 16, 2008, 10:02:53 AM EDT – Like – Reply

I saw that exchange between Mika and McCain this morning and he's right when he later told her it was a "cheap shot".  
When about 65% of the public thinks the media is backing Obama, I can understand his frustration, but he needs to choose his battles better than that.  
I know the media hate McCain's criticism (they had endless symposiums in 2000 on whether they had been unfair to Clinton, but don't think that they'll spend a second's introspection on a Republican), but it did wrest from the media the absolute frenzy they went into with Palin's pick. They went all knives out with the narrative they launched about Palin's vetting. THAT almost spelled doom for the Republican Convention before it even started and certainly before Palin had made one speech or answered one question.  
With today's behavior, McCain is over playing his hand, and runs the risk of exposing himself as an ill tempered bad sport.  
That certainly wouldn't be the first time anyone has observed THAT about him.
September 16, 2008, 10:08:48 AM EDT – Like – Reply

I am a regular watcher of Mad Money/Jim Cramer and wondered what the heck was going on when his TV show opened up and he didn't immediately talk about Merrill Lynch and Lehman. When he mentioned the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailouts, I figured out this was last Monday's show. Then I erased the DVR. So I didn't get past the first two wrong minutes to see the real show. I'll bet that happened to a lot of people.
September 16, 2008, 10:36:48 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Isn't it refreshing to know that Keith Olbermann (with the help of the Obama Doctrine), will now be able to do reports from the field!
September 16, 2008, 10:50:42 AM EDT – Like – Reply

The Real Royal King
The question regarding pundits replacing reporters is, unfortunately, true. It is a tremendous loss, and I'm not at all sure we know anything about the candidates or their positions. What is really pointless is anchors interviewing campaign spokespeople. What does that add to anything?
September 16, 2008, 12:01:37 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
If you see 'who's here?' reading zero, it doesn't mean nobody here. When it reads zero that means that their servers are down or acting up. It can never read zero, at least never when somebody is looking at it. With luck the numbers should be back up and functioning again soon. It's a neat little widget and I plan to keep it around, assuming it doesn't act up like this too often.
September 16, 2008, 12:48:07 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Olby Sucks
The Real Royal King | 09.16.08 - 12:06 pm | #  
Thanks, imposter. Have you ever complained about your hero, olbermann, interviewing axlerod over and over? Did you bitch and moan when olbermann handed bj the check? I highly doubt it.
September 16, 2008, 1:01:19 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Johnny, thanks for the NYT piece about today's Morning Joe.
I had missed Mika mentioning her brother's name in her exchange with McCain.
I'm really amused! Ian is one of my very favorite-ist names in the world.  
It's my brother's name too!  
September 16, 2008, 1:09:30 PM EDT – Like – Reply

On the Zucker "Countdown" Article
"I think I'm incredibly comfortable with that program," said Zucker. "The network seeks, and does an incredibly good job seeking, other points of view"
That statement is right up there with Baghdad Bob saying "there are no US Troops in Baghdad" at the same time the US Troops are pulling down that big statue of Saddam.
September 16, 2008, 2:00:44 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Ashley, Zucker wants ratings and Olbermann HAS improved MSNBC's ratings.
The fall down with Olbermann's one-sided show and screeds is with the lack of monitoring from the rest of the media.
There's no way the MSNBC could do a Republican/conservative version of Countdown. They MIGHT get ratings, but they'd lose all credibility with the rest of the media.
September 16, 2008, 3:17:35 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
What I got out of that Zucker article is Keith Olbermann isn't going anywhere anytime soon and there's nothing we can do about it. I feel so helpless. This cretinous, unhinged, crazy, lying attack dog/propagandist is beloved by each and every one of his bosses. It's sickening.
September 16, 2008, 3:24:18 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Just like the campaign did with McCain's quote regarding the fundamentals of the economy being strong, which did have more to it, Greta continues to show Obama is trying to pull fast ones just as they were crying foul over McCain's ads last week.
Pols will be pols.
Thanks Greta!
September 16, 2008, 3:51:37 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Hey, Mike, don't hold anything back.  
I'm sure you could have fit guttersnipural in there. Only KO could be the inspiration for guttersipural!
September 16, 2008, 3:55:55 PM EDT – Like – Reply

For anyone interested in the full Fiorina quote....here it is......
She did include ALL FOUR of the candidates in the assessment and made an excellent point on why she feels none of the pols would be able to run a corporation.
The Obama camp cut her at "but." The truth be damned!
September 16, 2008, 3:57:11 PM EDT – Like – Reply

From the LA Times blog on the women's group objecting to the Misogynist Matthews:
"Matthews, through a spokesman, declined comment."
Now that's the kind of job I'm looking for; a well-spoken Spokesman, who speaks for and is spoken for by someone who speaks for a living, yet finds it necessary to use a spokesman to not speak, who doesn't have to speak for the equally well-spoken former spokesman of the often spoken well of former Speaker, Tip O'Neil, loosely speaking.
September 17, 2008, 2:58:04 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Oh, come on, you all!
Rachel Maddow's show is at least better than Larry "Breaking Wind Not News" King!
September 17, 2008, 7:13:56 AM EDT – Like – Reply

That may be the best fart joke I have heard in 10 years, Cecelia and explains why King's show stinks.
September 17, 2008, 10:11:02 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Well, I was raised in a household that consisted of my father and two brothers. Trust me, I'm NOT a fan of fart jokes...
I just based the slogan on the fascinating report that FF provided...  
September 17, 2008, 11:00:53 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Check out OW "Is KO an Islamic Terrorist" comment thread. Someone named ramjet is dissing you.
September 17, 2008, 11:34:29 AM EDT – Like – Reply

I saw that post, vstol, as well as ramjet's other fine posts.
He's very vstolesque...  
September 17, 2008, 12:01:03 PM EDT – Like – Reply