1/18/10 12:31 PM

Tuesday Cable News Links and Open Thread

Monday's numbers: FNC sweeps! August numbers: FNC up, CNN & MSNBC down, HLN mixed. Weekend numbers.

HuffPo: Joe for Prez?!?

Mary Alice Williams resurfaces.

Coop to Kabul.  Hotline after dark.

Shock: Olby slams Beck.  Prurient panel?

Rachel w/Fallon.  Q&A: Maddow.  Velshi in Evansville.

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

Olby slams Beck.
"Mr. Beck came back the next day and tried to bury the reality that the less than 1% of the country that watches or listens to his show thinking they are not listening to an uneducated, imperceptive, panicky whack-job are completely mistaken."-The highly educated, uber-perceptive, conteplative hack-gob KO
Beck's audience at "less than 1% of the country" for his 5 PM time slot is more than twice the size of LowBloKO's primetime 8 PM audience, and 3 times larger in the Demo.
How could this possibly happen. Olby comes up with the obvious answer. Beck's audience is stoopid.  
Makes perfect sense. If they were smart, they'd be watching Countdown, right?
September 1, 2009, 2:04:28 AM EDT – Like – Reply

That was COUNTDOWN's theme last night....the right is stupid, the left is superior.
I think the theme resulted from the hangover after celebrating one of the elite's icons this past weekend. Rubbing elbows with the royalty of our country and then having to return to muck rake the ignorant masses must have made poor Olbermann feel like Agent Smith in THE MATRIX movies.
September 1, 2009, 8:45:39 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Looks like KO is desperate. His ratings are in the tank so he has to rile up the dumb masses that follow him.
September 1, 2009, 8:50:05 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Maddow: "I mean it's an ancient political science blessing that your political opponent shall be easy to mock, and so far it has been a blessing for the left, these guys."
What is an "ancient political science blessing?"
I would like to see the empirical evidence that the tactic of acting like Beevis and Butthead is as successful as Maddow would have us believe.
It seems the lowbrow comedy is good to fill lots of empty space on a cable network desperate to have some kind of content between commercials. As far as its impact on obtaining good, healthy policies for our greater society and contributing to a sense of a healthy democracy, I would argue that it has a negative influence.
September 1, 2009, 9:31:03 AM EDT – Like – Reply

I watched that segment on Hannity last night and as soon Aubrey O'Day was introduced, complete with screen shot of her Playboy cover, I thought I knew why she was there.
Despite any overseas AIDS work she's involved with, I thought, she's going beam in on that camera and simper and make titillating comments and pretty much audition for whatever adolescent night-time serial is playing on tv. The guys are going to giggle, make innuendo and then pretend to be embarrassed by it ( Sort of the worst of Rachel Maddow in her MSNBC role of coy maiden blushing and giggling at her own dirty jokes.)
I was wrong. O'Day was the most sincere and least coy on the panel and Beckel just wanted out.  
I think Hannity was disappointed not because he couldn't have a serious discussion on the merits and any cultural agenda behind a UN plan for programs that teach five-year-olds about masturbation (I didn't know that people needed lessons.)
Hannity got frustrated that O'Day wasn't fulfilling her role by playing sex pot and Bob Beckel wasn't cooperating at all.
All in all, one of the worst segments I've seen on a cable show.
September 1, 2009, 10:55:07 AM EDT – Like – Reply

I think Olbermann and Maddow like to have it both ways with this, as they do with so much else.
They want to suggest that people to the right are both dark diabolic geniuses, superb at manipulating the media and the national debate, AND that they are low IQ hayseeds, as well.
Whatever imagery is the best/worst and most dehumanizing for the particular subject matter.
September 1, 2009, 11:07:01 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Well, apparently Cankles the Clown is reading J$P. In the Olby Slams Beck article, it mentions Olby referring to Beck as "Lonesome Rhodes" from the film "A Face in the Crowd".
Sorry Mr. Czechoslovakia, we've been calling you THAT for a long time now.
But thank you for reading J$P.
September 1, 2009, 2:34:35 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox’s Cavuto Covers Health Care Reform By Attacking African Americans For “Playing The Race Card”
Reported by Guest Blogger - September 1, 2009 - 8 comments  
Guest blogged by Brian
The poodles sure do love to use "attack" an awful lot when screeching about Fox News.
Clear thinking people who saw this segment know without a doubt that no one was "attacked".
The Rev. Jackson( a black man ) called out the race pimps who play the race card over health care. Much like Bill Cosby does over other issues.
But the Hideous Heinous Hens of Houndland need a boogey man for their hate fillled agenda so they go after Fox.
The Rev, Jackson was correct. "The left is imbued with a preoccupation with race. Everything is about race, everything is about balkanizing the American people into little interest that groups that they can control, and I believe that the President is a part of that, sadly."
You see what has happened here?
The Rev. called out the blacks and their leader, President Obama. The Poodles, as with most liberals, use race as a crutch because they cannot articulate an intelligent response to the issue at hand.
And so it goes.
September 1, 2009, 3:25:34 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Cankles couldn't even come close to beating Laura Ingraham in the ratings last night as she guest hosted The Factor.
She had 3x in the demo!!!
She had almost 3x in the overall.
Hee hee.
September 1, 2009, 6:00:02 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Big Momma has her panties in a wad over something about turning off comments.
Was it something Johnny said??
Oh, and I love the part where she says they are community of passionate opinions.
Well, if you call 6th grade taunts, misoginy, hate and racism "passionate opinions" I guess your delusional little mind is happy about.
What a waste.
September 1, 2009, 6:13:46 PM EDT – Like – Reply

olby needs to shut the hell up. wow, beck got something wrong! like olby never does?
September 1, 2009, 6:18:54 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Koldys/Dollar thinks he has struck some kind of pay dirt pointing out that we turned off our comments on the Tony Snow thread (in 2008), as if that somehow lessens my credibility in suggesting that because Fox Nation turned off their comments on the Ted Kennedy thread they don't have faith in their readers' civility and tolerance.  
There are a few major differences between us and Fox Nation, in case Koldys/Dollar hadn't noticed. For one thing, comments are moderated on Fox Nation. Comments were not moderated on this blog in 2008. Our only option for comments was on or off. Second, Fox has (presumably) professional moderators. At the time Snow died, each News Hound moderated their own threads. Chrish, who wrote the Tony Snow post, sent an email to us saying that she was leaving for the day and had turned off the comments so that we would be spared the burden of having to moderate her thread.  
Posted by: Ellen on Mon 8.31 2:22am  
1. the Tony Snow thread (in 2008)
2. Comments were not moderated on the NH blog in 2008. The only option for comments was on or off
4. At the time Snow died, each News Hound moderated their own threads.  
There was no moderation but there was moderation.
Translation - Johnny Dollar was right.
September 1, 2009, 6:42:16 PM EDT – Like – Reply

david smawley
Ratings return to normal, FoxNews sweep puts other cable news outlets back in their place. Teddy's passing had no effect on day to day veiwing habits, guest host's on Fox bury the regular programing on CNN. HN & MSNBC. The planets are back in proper alignment !
September 1, 2009, 7:48:17 PM EDT – Like – Reply

How much did Joe Scarborough pay that idiot to write that?
September 1, 2009, 7:57:52 PM EDT – Like – Reply

RE: Scarborough
Just a quick question... is it an MSNBC requirement to wear those glasses? Olby, Maddow, now Joe too? They're all starting to look the same.
RE: Olby tonight
So I was able to catch a little of KO tonight... and he surprises me every time I tune in. I only caught some of the first segment... but WOW. First he was complaining about "right-wing" violence directed at the left... then his guest suggests that Michelle Bachman supporters slit their throats, while KO chuckles along!
But if that wasn't enough, he actually had the chutzpah to complain that McCain and McConnell had an "invitation only" town hall. Now I thought the irony vortex would open up, especially after all those Obama "town halls" where the audiences and questions were all clearly pre-screened. But it only gave a swirling glimmer of what was about to come. He then started to suggest it was a sign of weakness, cowardice, and foolishness that they would have a "conversation" only amongst people who were "friendly" and "agreed with them." If I hadn't changed the channel, the hypocrisy and irony of the event, would have sucked me into to an illogical black hole.
However, because of this, I've realized something... It has become obvious to me that even Olbermann himself, doesn't watch his own program. If he did, he'd see the hypocrisy. But then again, he's not really in the "18-34 demo," so I guess it's not all that important.
September 1, 2009, 9:18:56 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Translation - Johnny Dollar was right.
Ashley | 09.01.09 - 6:47 pm | #  
Doesn't take much to get Ellen all a twitter.
September 2, 2009, 9:09:56 AM EDT – Like – Reply