1/18/10 12:31 PM

Friday Cable News Links and Open Thread

Thursday's numbers: FNC dominates; O'Reilly, Beck tops.

Gawker: Glenn Beck, America's Al-Qaeda terrorist!

Anatomy of a scare. Blame CNN!

Spot the goof! Blowback.

Olbermann unloads on Beck.

9/11 coverageAnother ABCer to FNC.

First Behar, now Drescher? Or not?  Q&A: Gump.

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

It appears that the Heinousm Hiseous Hens of Houndland are somewhat disturbed that somone would turn Saul Alinsky tactics against one of their beloved ACORN.
Fox News’ New Favorite Film Maker A Devotee Of Fox Target, “Radical” Saul Alinsky
Reported by Ellen - September 11, 2009 - 9 comments  
You gotta love when the left has to eat crow.
By the way, Baltimore ACORN people were fired.
This kind of stuff makes my day.
Ellen, the Chief Liar, has also stated that the O'Keefe was a devotee of Alinnsky. That is a lie. He was merely using Alinsky's tactics.
So many lies. So little time.
September 11, 2009, 8:24:49 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Re: Spot the Goof
That is hysterical! Ostroy is an idiot. Hard to read using my Blackberry, are there any reader comments setting Ostroy straight?
September 11, 2009, 8:28:40 AM EDT – Like – Reply

"Every single major network and cable-tv news network carried the prime-time address live...except the self-proclaimed Fair and Balanced Fox News."
Wow....FNC did not carry the speech live?....What were their 4.4 million viewers watching during the 8PM hour, a very sophisticated CGI product that matched EXACTLY that which was being shown on the three major networks? Perhaps that version had Wilson heckling Obama and it really did not happen!
BTW, FNC's programming, whether it was the real pep rally or not, kicked cable news butt.....
Obama Address & Wrap-Up: FNC Doubles Other Nets;
HuffPo should be editing their posts better.
September 11, 2009, 8:47:51 AM EDT – Like – Reply

BTW, FACTOR fans....O'Reilly's total viewers, 5.3 million, is pretty impressive....especially since it is much more than the 4 million Obama got the previous hour.
We all sure know it was NOT a "no spin zone," 8-9pm that night!
September 11, 2009, 8:53:54 AM EDT – Like – Reply

This is a piece of a comment from News Hounds.......
.....this is a liberal blog and you'll find many opposing views on it.  
bemused | 09.11.09 - 7:51 am | #  
Yes, we know they are a liberal blog. Thanks for validating.
The part about "many opposing views" is a joke.
Most opposing comments are usually quickly attacked by the 6th grade crowd over there.
Rarely do they have long running discussons on an issue with anyone who disagrees with them.
Of course, Pegleg Peggy, when she isn't drinking, is usually the first to go on the attack.
September 11, 2009, 8:57:52 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Let's hope this Einstien Poodle doesn't breed or vote.
I saw this on the Glenn Beck show, and the "Gotcha!" failed even on its own terms.  
Even though the two workers went along with the scam, you could tell throughout that they were only trying to help!
And so, far from being a conspiracy, this was more a case of perhaps poor training and/or an over-eagerness to advise people who they believed were genuine.  
And of course, one interview in the many thousands that ACORN volunteers must conduct is meagre grounds for the spectacle of an infantile and hysterical Faux Noise pointing and jumping up and down shouting "See! See!".
BenM | 09.11.09 - 5:59 am | #  
Trying to help?? Of course they were trying to help. Trying to help them scam the IRS.  
What a fool.
September 11, 2009, 9:47:08 AM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Watch for a second Acorn tape, this time from the DC office, to appear today. Beck will doubtless focus on it.
September 11, 2009, 10:10:25 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Since none of the commenters on HuffPo watch FNC, they all jumped on the ignorance bandwagon (a la NHs) and demonized FNC for NOT carrying the speech. It was questioned, and comments dwindled off much more quickly than HuffPo comments usually do, but they continue to wallow in their sea of ignorance and stupidity. A la NHs.
September 11, 2009, 10:12:22 AM EDT – Like – Reply

re: goof:
what a liar, FOX NEWS aired Obama, FOX BROADCAST Didnt!! Doesnt he know the difference? appearntly not, another item for FHWIR sunday
re: ACORN: what a sleezy, corrupt group of people. Atleast someone in the media is exposing this
September 11, 2009, 10:20:51 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Ashley | 09.11.09 - 8:33 am |
UMMM....it was on FOX News......just not the local stations...you do know the differnce right?
Way to drop the ball!
Atleast one commenter told the truth (the one I read anyway)
September 11, 2009, 10:23:04 AM EDT – Like – Reply

I misread "spot the goof" as being "spot the spoof" and hit the link and assumed it WAS indeed a spoof.
Everything indicated that it was a satire.  
From the specious and hilarious point that Pres. Obama did not say that insurance execs are "bad people" he simply said they do bad things for profit,...to the confusion of Fox News Channel with the Fox channel, to the closing line "So You Think You Can Dance. Need I say more....", it all just screams parody!
September 11, 2009, 10:57:19 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Re: Olbermann unloads on Beck
Could not have been better!
September 11, 2009, 11:09:31 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Thanks Chris.
Cecelia 11:02 - it has become a parody, the Fox Haters are a parody, they just don't know it.......yet.
September 11, 2009, 11:14:11 AM EDT – Like – Reply

What is this woman's problem with other women?
Fox&Friends – Where Jesus And Hooters Hang Out
Reported by Priscilla - Fri 11:19 AM
She scolds Fox News for showing Hooters waitresses with clothes on. Of course they are scantilly clad. So what? That's the Hooter's thing.
There is no commandment against such action.
I guess Priscilla has a hang up about beautiful women.
September 11, 2009, 11:38:02 AM EDT – Like – Reply

I still think Ben Affleck does the best Olbermann spoof.
September 11, 2009, 12:02:16 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I guess Priscilla has a hang up about beautiful women.
Blackflon | Homepage | 09.11.09 - 11:43 am | #  
But apparently no hang up over the frequent use of the "C" word or homophobic statements made against some of the posters at NH.
September 11, 2009, 12:05:58 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Besides obsessing over people's religions, and her raging cruciphobia. Not to mention her compulsive use of 'whoops' this, 'whoops' that, which is starting to sound really infantile.
September 11, 2009, 12:09:16 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I switched the channel over to Beck's show this evening. It wasn't 5mins before I had to change channels. That man is a raving lunatic.  
Posted by: john t on Fri 9.11 12:59am  
So, little johnt, the union goon, watches 5 minutes of Glenn Beck and decides that he is a raving lunatic.
Even a rational doctor would never make such a statement.
Of course, no one ever accused little johnt of being rational.
September 11, 2009, 12:35:10 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Ostroy issued a correction at the top of his story (spot the goof), It looks like he edited part of the story to make it correct, but he still left in one boneheaded statement  
"For example, on his program after Obama's speech, Hannity, during an interview with Republican pollster/analyst Frank Luntz, said that Obama"said tonight that insurance company executives are bad people!" " But if his viewers had actually seen the speech, they'd know what the ..."
If his viewers HAD ACTUALLY seen the speech????? Ostroy doesn't have a clue as to what he is talking about.
September 11, 2009, 12:39:17 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Thank you for linking to the "As it Happened" video.
Yesterday I told myself that I was going to reflect on the anniversary, today, and that I wouldn't cry, but that's quite impossible.
September 11, 2009, 12:45:17 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
There's something else about this piece that is, at least, problematic. Can anyone guess what it is? I'm not telling (saving it for FHWiR) but will tell if someone spots it.
September 11, 2009, 12:46:00 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I heard on Countdown, I think, that raging cruciphobia is a sure sign of a vampirism.
It all fits. Anxiety about religious people, cruciphobia, never seeing her reflection in a mirror. Very ominous signs, I think.
The most telling, though, is that she has NEVER ONCE DENIED being a vampire.
Just saying. ya know.  
September 11, 2009, 1:07:30 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Hannity did say that the President said executives were bad people, but then he played the clip of the speech, unedited, in context and including the quote Ostroy said Hannity screwed up....
Once again, only part of the story from the FNC haters.
September 11, 2009, 1:10:37 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
In other words Ostroy lied about that too! Excellent catch, cee. But there's still something else about his post that is troublesome.
September 11, 2009, 1:14:52 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Well, for one thing the illustrations used are all of FNC shows and personalities.
Another thing is that I don't think all cable networks and channels carried Pres Obama's speech live.
I don't think it aired on the Food Network or Hgtv.
September 11, 2009, 1:25:48 PM EDT – Like – Reply

how about the picture from the simpsons? And didnt Oreilly have Karl Rove and Alan Colmes and Dr Hill on? right after the speech? hannity was on later. I dont see Oreilly mentioned in the article
September 11, 2009, 1:31:26 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Cecelia is getting warm by focusing on the illustrations.
And cee, I underrated the excellence of your post. It has given me an entirely new direction for the FHWiR. So Cee, you are Commenter of the Day!
September 11, 2009, 1:38:41 PM EDT – Like – Reply

o Cee, you are Commenter of the Day!
johnny dollar | Homepage | 09.11.09 - 1:43 pm | #  
Hey, now, wait up...wait up....
Don't act so hastily...give me a minute...
September 11, 2009, 1:46:01 PM EDT – Like – Reply

If the story is about the Fox Broadcasting Network, why show three stills from Fox news and one from The Simpsons?
Regardless, based on the article alone,  
Ostroy is clearly ignorant.
September 11, 2009, 1:49:15 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Okay...okay... I got it!
Scooter Libby was acquitted of the original charge that he lied to the FBI about his conversation with Judy Miller.
September 11, 2009, 1:49:40 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Cece you are honing in on the relevant illustration. But what is phony/misleading about that illustration?
September 11, 2009, 1:54:18 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Is it something with the Fox.com thingee?
September 11, 2009, 1:59:18 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
September 11, 2009, 2:03:30 PM EDT – Like – Reply

The only other, how many is that now, thing I see is that under the banner "Democrat Scandals their are pictures of three Dems with the chyron (is that what it is called?) notes that:
"Hastert says he won't resign over Foley scandal."
It seems to be nit picky to me but Condit and Stark were in different years weren't they from each other and Foley?
As for Barney Frank, pick any year and there'll be something.
You know if you crounge around long enough you can come up with all kinds of anomalies.
September 11, 2009, 2:09:01 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Perhaps the screen shoot was deceptive because there was other parts of the "BREAKING NEWS" that put that particular line in context?
Yeah?....Am I still Commenter of the Day?
September 11, 2009, 2:12:22 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Yes you have it, cee. This is an old smear, long ago discredited. Details here:
September 11, 2009, 2:16:07 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I've been robbed...
September 11, 2009, 2:18:05 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Johnny, don't you think I should be given a CotD tiny-mini-small-smallish...silver statute with the words "runner-up" on it.  
Maybe with my name in a tastefully engraved script in slightly bigger lettering?
September 11, 2009, 2:24:50 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
I'm sorry, the reception here is very bad. Static. Couldn't make out your message...
September 11, 2009, 2:26:26 PM EDT – Like – Reply

September 11, 2009, 2:28:39 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I simply intercepted your pass in the end zone and ran it back 100 yards for a touchdown, Cecelia.....
September 11, 2009, 2:28:56 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Whatever those terms mean, thank you, Cee.
Just remember, I'll be working hard to win that thing back...
September 11, 2009, 2:57:04 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Cecelia, today I play the worlds smallest violin for you.
Construction on the new Cecelia Wing at the J$P Hall of Fame Building is nearly completed. It's being built to house the gazillion CotD Awards you've won and now your fighting for one more???? Sheesh!
September 11, 2009, 2:59:02 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Wacky viewing on FNC right now.
Shep is showing a car chase going on in LA right now. The video indicates the feed is coming from KABC, the local ABC television station in Los Angeles. Surfing the local channels, no one including KABC is showing the chase.
What made this weird is that the driveer chose to exit from the freeway onto a crowded surface street. The driver goes past a KABC mobile van which just happened to be there. Quite the coincidence.
September 11, 2009, 3:11:54 PM EDT – Like – Reply

You better believe I am, Mister!
I humbly (with lots of demure looks) accept the honor my own wing at JDP's.  
I hope that includes the right to choose all the paint colors.
September 11, 2009, 3:27:42 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Let's just say you got 90% there and then I stole it from you.
I am sure my reign as CoD will be brief!
September 11, 2009, 3:31:05 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Paint colors, wall fabrics, lighting fixtures, door trip, and the carpet too!
September 11, 2009, 3:56:02 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Ugh....I read the entire GAWKER article and there is just too much wrong there to even list.
How ironic the writer derides others for their hysterical reactions to planes plowing into buildings filled with human beings yet displays hysteria in calling Beck an actual terrorist and goes down the road of making the tough call on who is in a cult....all because some are gathering with picket signs and bull horns.
September 11, 2009, 3:58:40 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Cee, I can only say to you--
It's on...
Btw-- Mr Ostroy (the writer of the goof piece at Huff-Po) via his blog, has called me "sparky" and told me to go tell my Fox News pals to quit lying 24/7.
I thought I'd start by telling him that first.
September 11, 2009, 4:00:25 PM EDT – Like – Reply

In remembering 9/11, Chickaboomer has a nice item about Barbara Olsen who died, she was a passenger on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon.
Barbara was always a great guest on the cable shows, including Hannity and Colmes.
September 11, 2009, 4:05:52 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Another lovely quote from the Hideous Hen House.
No one here would wish such a thing on the man. This is not a hate site.
NotSoFast | Homepage | 09.11.09 - 2:38 pm | # 
As John McEnroe was wont to say.....
"You cannot be serious"!!!!!!!
September 11, 2009, 4:16:39 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Cecelia | 09.11.09 - 4:05 pm | # 
Ostroy is yet another clown who feels that anyone who disagrees with "the one" is a racist.
September 11, 2009, 4:36:14 PM EDT – Like – Reply

To NotSoFast - 
Not so fast....it was NH that advocated the rape and murder of Bill O'Reilly. When J$ brought it to their attention, the bassets feigned indignation and promptly banned that poster and allowed him to rejoin NH that same day under a different name.
Toss in the homophobic slurs and misognyist comments you find there and we can all see that Not So Fast is actually not very quick...if you know what I mean.
September 11, 2009, 5:00:53 PM EDT – Like – Reply

What has happened to Anderson Cooper's ratings? CNNs golden boy is getting worse ratings than Ed Schultz????
It doesn't seem that long ago when he was close to Greta in the ratings. Not anymore.
September 11, 2009, 5:25:26 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Uh-oh, the FNC/Beck haters are going to go crazy, looks like Journal was misspelled on the video board over the Acorn Story.
September 11, 2009, 5:26:35 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I can guarantee you that this is pretty much a lie.
Griff Jenkins Boasts About Diversity Of Tea Party Express But There Were Only White Faces In The Crowd
Reported by Ellen - September 11, 2009 - 35 comments 
The video that Ellen, the chief liar of News Hounds, shows is a very tight shot and you see only about 10 people. Then when the cameraman scans the crowd he is too fast or too high so there is really no way of know how many people of color were there.
Just another feeble attmpt to distort and then smear Fox.
So many lies. So little time.
September 11, 2009, 5:55:13 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Cecelia | 09.11.09 - 4:05 pm | # 
Do you have a link to this guy's blog.
September 11, 2009, 5:58:42 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Bret Baier just reported that the Census bureau has cut all ties with Acorn
Awww! I think I'm going to cry!
He is reporting that the Director of the Census Bureau has sent them an offical notification by letter.
September 11, 2009, 6:16:33 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Sounds like a trifecta for Mr Beck.
September 11, 2009, 6:17:16 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I guess I should say...IM GATXER at huff post and many other places and I only saw the story thanks to J$ as it didnt show up on the media page.
When I went to bed there were 3 comments....one from me and one from a hater who didnt have a clue and one from someone else who got it.
Once again J$ points out the lies and the haters have to update the lies.
Thanks J$!
September 11, 2009, 6:24:42 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Regarding ACORN, those workers giving advice to people looking to deceive the IRS and to set up brothels for underage sex slaves....are they Community Organizers?
Hope this is a Beck trifecta.
September 11, 2009, 6:28:43 PM EDT – Like – Reply

On the goof. All the frames are from 2004?
September 11, 2009, 6:53:39 PM EDT – Like – Reply

As usual, Charles Krauthammer made an excellent point about Acorn.
Acorn has proven itself to be a criminal enterprise and as recipients of fed money they should be investigated.
Didn't the Feds break up a very nasty white supremacist group by using RICO to bring them down and confiscate their bankroll after one or a few members killed a young black man in Mobile (?).
Acorn seems to me, at least, to be a unified outfit that is mired in corruption and illegalities. Their receipt of Federal money in the tens of millions surely warrant a full scale nationwide investigation.
September 11, 2009, 7:15:18 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Cecelia, go easy on the boys!
You know they can get cranky when the girl keeps wiping the kitchen floor with their hineys instead of a mop. :lol:
September 11, 2009, 7:17:13 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Blackflon | Homepage | 09.11.09 - 6:03 pm |
September 11, 2009, 7:31:05 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Thank you Chris.
I just left a rather caustic comment.
Let's see if it makes it through the moderator, that beacon of open mindednee, Ostroy
September 11, 2009, 8:05:56 PM EDT – Like – Reply

So much for the "color of change" boycott. Progessive just advertised on O'Reilly at the 7:35 CDT mark. What will the kiddies and 4 chins do now? Boycott "color of change" because they moved a PROGRESSIVE company from Beck to the TOP RATED news show on cable?
September 11, 2009, 8:39:27 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I just like playing around. 
I don't really care about Johnny's lousy ole award that much.
It's meaningless to me. 
I couldn't care less if someone is awarded it...
Doesn't bother me at all. 
Not a bit.
Give it to anybody, I don't care.
Can't you tell I'm over it. I'm beyond it. It's so yesterday. I'm just way way way way way beyond it. 
That's all I have to say.
September 11, 2009, 8:46:03 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Ashley, I'm always amazed at the low level of decorum and professionalism in the liberals who are designated "political analysts".
They generally rant about Glenn Beck and his chalkboard, and then they make replies on blog boards and in private email that sound like the dialogue between teenage girls on the outs.
September 11, 2009, 8:50:12 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I think it's significant that more people watched the president's address on FNC than they did CNN.
I'd venture that FNC running away with the audience the other night means that people are wanting more than just the endless championing of the administration that they're getting on the other cable channels.
September 11, 2009, 9:22:13 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Cecelia, your prose transcends awards and other materialistic devices. The glorious symphony of your words makes the remainder of our comments mere syncopated dissonance. 
That said, can I visit the Cecelia wing of the J$ Hall of Fame sometime? I'll bring a gold medal to place in the 9-11-2009 slot, the only empty slot in your majestic hall of fame.
September 11, 2009, 9:37:06 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Thank you, FF, but I wouldn't want to transcend materialistic devices. 
I'm all for them.
September 11, 2009, 10:02:38 PM EDT – Like – Reply

"...the spectacle of an infantile and hysterical Faux Noise pointing and jumping up and down shouting 'See! See!'."-BM 
How in the H E double hockey sticks did I miss that?
September 11, 2009, 10:51:32 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
I knew that. That's why I offered the gold medal.
September 11, 2009, 11:08:32 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I must apologize for my implied slur and wrong expectation that Olstroy would axe my comment.
He did not and by my age I should know better to make assumptions based on virtually no info.
September 11, 2009, 11:10:12 PM EDT – Like – Reply