3/3/09 1:21 PM

Monday Links & Open Thread

Latest cable news links [updated through the day]:

MSNBC spins Olbermann/Matthews role.

Cramer's world: schizophrenic, bizarre.

Friday's numbers. Quarterly numbers.

Cable inaugurals: CNN, MSNBC, FNC.

FBN files second lawsuit.

Reena Ninan's Gaza diary.

CNN re-invites Griffin for 2010.

Amanpour acclaimed. Video: Megyn Kelly honored.

CNN challenged to disclose all.

Idea: merge CNN and CBS News?

Another MSNBC scoop.

Video: Huck vs Coulter.

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

Wow. That clip shows Huckabee as someone who can really keep his cool in the face of some pretty stinging material. He did a great job defending himself and Coulter had to back down more than once.
His easy temperment, quoting Coulter (some tough stuff) and then, unemotionally, even with a smile, giving his own side to the story, is a good example to all the pundits out there at CNN & MSNBC who seem unable to tolerate different opinions from their own biased views.
Huckabee moved up in my opinion of him after I saw the clip. He is an asset to FOX NEWS and could be a good source of information and clarity in the overall worsening universe of quality cable news.
January 12, 2009, 10:19:59 AM EST – Like – Reply

Olby Sucks
“What the viewer sees,” says Landes, “is akin to someone having an ointment rubbed into their abdomen by someone seeking a large tip."
This was taken from the cnn/fake video piece. If this video is proven to be a fake, anyone who took part in it should be fired.
January 12, 2009, 12:21:49 PM EST – Like – Reply

Re: The CNN video of the resuscitation efforts on the injured boy.
It looks like the boy had died already and that they were perhaps redramatizing (poorly) the resuscitation effort that had occurred prior.
You're not seeing any attempts here to oxygenate this boy or to give drugs commonly given for cardiac arrest.
I agree that CNN needs to release all the edited footage.  
This really smells.
January 12, 2009, 6:12:39 PM EST – Like – Reply

Re: FNC sues Feds.
Johnny, if no one is suing you this week, I'll be glad to pull up the slack and find something to litigate over.
January 12, 2009, 7:02:27 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Oh well there is that 'huge law firm' that is coming after me, my mother, and her aorta. I'm still trembling over that one.
January 12, 2009, 7:15:48 PM EST – Like – Reply

Dr. Cee,
If you're around, what do you think of the footage in the "CNN challenged" link?
January 12, 2009, 7:15:57 PM EST – Like – Reply

Hey Johnny please don't steal my name and use it for financial gain, since I stole the name from Howard Stern.
January 12, 2009, 7:21:35 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Um, sorry Baba, but I don't know what in the wide world of sports you are talking about. I wish this site could provide some financial gain. Unfortunately it's the opposite.
January 12, 2009, 7:26:33 PM EST – Like – Reply

About that woman who the other day accused you of stealing her email address and user name.
January 12, 2009, 7:28:08 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Oh, ok. The 'financial gain' led me down the wrong track, because that wasn't a part of it. But now I get the reference. Carry on!
January 12, 2009, 7:29:32 PM EST – Like – Reply

Re: MSNBC spins
I think Phil Griffin is right in a way.
It is an inauguration and the tone should be pro-Obama in the sense that it is his day and a day for celebrating democracy-- an historic day, etc.
Everyone in America expects that Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann will go far far above and beyond that fact and rhetorically cavort before Obama, barefooted and in cupid drape, throwing rose petals.
This is a suitable venue for them.
Are they going to be able to keep the tone on the up-and-up?  
Hell no, they'll take potshots at Republicans at every opportunity. They view the election as a license to shill.
Well, they can have "their day", in my book.  
Although, this is the entire country's day and not just a Democrat day (and it's best portrayed that way), if the boys want to throw out a few barbs for their homies, this is the time most suited for it.
January 12, 2009, 7:54:54 PM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Does the WD on that mug stand for We're Democrats?
January 12, 2009, 9:03:49 PM EST – Like – Reply

Those chest compressions would not be effective, and the lack of anyone giving the child breaths with an "ambu bag" also makes the whole scene suspect. I think the child had already died but those making the piece wanted the drama of a "death scene" for their own purposes.
Civilian casualties in any conflict are tragic and should always be avoided, but the governing class in Gaza, the evil islamic terrorists, Hamas, has decided to use little boys and girls as shields. They are the ones ultimately responsible for that boy's death and CNN should remember that fact as they make their presentation of the events.
The rest of the piece seems staged and goes with the usual dramatic scenes seen from such political camps.  
CNN should be more careful about being used as a conduit of propaganda.
January 13, 2009, 10:30:01 AM EST – Like – Reply

Thanks, Cee.
I don't think it's out of carelessness that CNN lets itself be used in this way.
January 13, 2009, 2:46:36 PM EST – Like – Reply