7/7/09 9:15 AM

Friday Cable News Links and Open Thread

Scarborough strikes out?

Megyn missive: it didn't happen!? Kurtz.

Thursday's numbers: FNC sweeps.

MSNBC's AM.  MSNBC.com tops.

Video: Peter's story.  Kos vs Keith.

Curry covers for Coop.  Blame Fox!  Hotline after dark.

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

Outmaneuvered at ACORN Anniversary, Glenn Beck Brags Fox Will Bring About Disbanding Of ACORN
Reported by Ellen - Fri 3:36 AM
Ms. Ellen, or should we call her Miss or Ma'am or just plain stupid?
She has done it again. The Heinous Hens are so obsessed with Fox and the Acorn story that they keep forgetting to tell us the WHOLE truth( Of course to the Hens, the WHOLE truth is what they say it is) about the issues with Acorn.
Why does the Liar in Chief(Ellen) rarely mention the various investigations going on surrounding Acorn?
I think we know the answer ro that question.
Ellen, the serial liar, also mentions that the people Acorn uses for voter registration do not receive funds from the government. Please not that she does not mention that Acorn itself actually receives those funds from the government. So, Ellen, the liar, has twisted the story once again.
So many lies. So little time.
June 19, 2009, 8:23:36 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Nation Attacks Senator Barbara Boxer
Reported by Priscilla - Thu 6:47 PM
The mere mention of Barbara Boxer's rude demand that she be called "Senator" has Priscilla all twitter.
Boxer sounds like Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men when she asks the General to call her "Senator". She must have watched the movie the night before.
Boxer is one of the worst offending Senators in Congress. She has always been uncouth and rude.
I guess that is where Priscilla gets her childish attitude about everything.
June 19, 2009, 8:29:24 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Poor... poor...poor... "mainstreaming the fringe" panel.
They are in the unfortunate position of having the irreligious, the un-ideological... Mister Science and Mister Market-Place as the culprits in "mainstreaming the fringe", via the local hospital neonatal unit and media alternatives to the big three networks, govt subsidized NPR, and CNN.
OH, IF ONLY... they could STILL control the debate! Control the ideas disseminated, the pictures put out, the labeling of guests as 'hardline', 'arch-conservative' or 'the renown pro-choice Sen. So-and-So'...
If and when an evil man reacted murderously and dehumanizingly to whacked-out dehumanizing policy, would they then place any less blame on the little alternative peeps of dissent that they had characterized and packaged before allowing on the air?  
Well, hell no....those peeps would still be the "usual suspects", opportunistically slandered, associated, and smeared.  
It had ALWAYS been easy for those on the panel to deal with inconvenient people. It's time and technology that pose quite a different challenge.
June 19, 2009, 10:03:07 AM EDT – Like – Reply

I learned something new from a newshounds poster today;
The "Guide to Protocol and Etiquette" issued by the Department of the Army in 2001 is specific on the point (under "Titles and forms of address for U.S. officials"):
Senator Doe or Senator
When the senator is a woman: Use Senator"
Not "ma'am" or "Madame Senator"... just Senator.
credit should go to Upload for finding it.
June 19, 2009, 11:05:02 AM EDT – Like – Reply

The letter from the wronged husband from his wife's affair with Sen. Ensign is interesting, to say the least.
The rather opaque accusations imply that Ensign coerced Mrs. Hampton into an affair and acted to intimidate her husband at best, outright harm him (professionally) at worst.
June 19, 2009, 11:31:23 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Blackflon | Homepage | 06.19.09 - 8:34 am | #  
Any possibility the hounds mentioned Barbara Boxer's addressing Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as "Ma'am" on many occasions during Senata Hearings?
On the Bill Handel show on KFI 640 this morning, this was brought up. Even the hardcore libs on that show were laughing at Boxer for immaturity.
June 19, 2009, 11:49:28 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Senator Ensign’s Mistress’ Husband Wanted Help From Fox News
Reported by Priscilla - June 19, 2009 - comments  
Is Priscilla really this ignorant or just plain stupid?
Priscilla asks "would Fox News take up the cause of an enemy of a Republican Senator".
Priscilla knows the answer to that question. This screed she writes is another idiotic attempt to smear Fox.
June 19, 2009, 11:54:52 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Keith Olbermann says that Countdown is an obnoxious waste of time, replete with endless hit pieces on Dick Cheney and his daughter, and pointless one-sided smacks at "obsolete conservatives", DUE TO CORPORATE PRESSURE!
Who knew?!...
June 19, 2009, 12:07:00 PM EDT – Like – Reply

How would Priscilla know what FNC was doing?
Why would she assume that Megyn even saw the letter on the same day it was either emailed or snail-mailed.
Why would she assume that FNC was not authenticating the letter AND finding out the details of broad (but no specifics) charges that Mr. Hampton made.
Mr. Hampton sure didn't have any faith that parties other than FNC would not turn his tragedy into little more than a politicized gotcha effort by the media on behalf of the Democratic Party, and said as much in the closing of his letter.
June 19, 2009, 12:35:19 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Leave it to the dimwits at NH to go crazy because a member of the military referred to Boxer as "Ma'am".
That example from the Guide to Etiquette clearly shows what the military would like its members to address a female senator as "Senator.
However, when Boxer was called "Ma'am", it wasn't during a conversation, it was during sworn testimony.
June 19, 2009, 12:45:09 PM EDT – Like – Reply

However, when Boxer was called "Ma'am", it wasn't during a conversation, it was during sworn testimony.
Ashley | 06.19.09 - 12:50 pm | #  
No male senator would have ever asked the General to call him "Senator". Gauranteed.
Please, no "Blackflon hates women" responses.
June 19, 2009, 1:33:40 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Boy, the blue blogs are really going to town on the Hampton letter, suggesting that FNC tipped off Sen. Ensign.
It's interesting that according to the Huff-Po piece, the producer of Megyn's show said that Mr. Hampton sounded evasive and they didn't pursue it with him, but went on to say that they did make inquires (in Hampton letter of June 11, he mentions having "witnesses" who could easily be current and former staffers of Sen Ensign).
Does it ever occur to them that perhaps when talking directly to Hampton (after their receiving his email the day before Ensign went public), Hampton could have mentioned by name those witnesses, and that Sen. Ensign later found out that Hampton had contacted a major news organization via whoever America's Newsroom made inquiries to.
June 19, 2009, 2:31:37 PM EDT – Like – Reply

No male senator would have ever asked the General to call him "Senator". Gauranteed.
Please, no "Blackflon hates women" responses.
Blackflon | Homepage | 06.19.09 - 1:38 pm | #  
Perhaps because that sort of achievement is rarer for women.
June 19, 2009, 2:34:17 PM EDT – Like – Reply

"T&A" On Fox&Friends - Hypocrisy Or Just Good, Clean, All American Fun?
Reported by Priscilla - Fri 11:26 AM
Why do the Heinous Hens of Houdland Hate Hooters?
I think there are some sexual repression issues over there.
Geesh!!!! It's not like they are parading naked women in front of the audience.
What are the Hens afraid of?
June 19, 2009, 2:41:13 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Nice! There just was an appearance by an exceptionally cute today Julie Banderas on Live Desk, reporting live from a neighborhood out on Long Island.
Thank you FNC.
June 19, 2009, 2:50:54 PM EDT – Like – Reply

How and WHY does one fail to mention 'a son' in an AUTObiography? Hey Dad, where's the part about 'ME'? I'm sure 'Cruz' feels right at home with while visiting his Dad . .  
PUTZ! Prostituted himself to fox. Anyone remember when Geraldo was a liberal democrat? Actually Geraldo gives prostitutes a bad name, at least prostitues provide pleasure!
Liz PbD | 06.19.09 - 1:41 pm | #  
Liz, the resident Hound Hooker, has spoken. Is that what you do, Liz? Pleasure your fellow Hounds?
June 19, 2009, 3:07:31 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
I can think of one political party that is overjoyed with Ensign's situation. They're thinking supermajority.  
June 19, 2009, 3:54:12 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C. | Homepage | 06.19.09 - 3:59 pm | #  
Liberals never call out people like the Kennedy's for their actions regarding their wives and other women.
And I don;t want to hear from the News Hound Haters that the republicans are always "preaching family values". If cheating on your wife is wrong for republicans, it is also wrong for democrats.
June 19, 2009, 5:48:29 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Blackflon | Homepage | 06.19.09 - 5:53 pm | #  
I vividly recall Bill Clinton preaching family values during the '96 campaign.
People from both parties preach it.
People from both parties do things they probably shouldn't.
Sometimes, people from both parties preach it AND do things they probably shouldn't.
June 19, 2009, 6:16:00 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Speak for yourself Ashley, I have NEVER done things I probably shouldn't have.
Depending on what the definition of "things" is...
June 19, 2009, 9:27:43 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Depending on what the definition of "things" is...
Fox Fan | Homepage | 06.19.09 - 9:32 pm | #  
Well, my definitition of things is fairly specific, and I can't repeat them here (and that's not because they are unrelated to cable news  ).
June 20, 2009, 1:21:24 AM EDT – Like – Reply