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Weekend Links and Open Thread

Weekend cable news links [updated through the weekend]:

MSNBC more lucrative than NBC News?

Campaign Trail preview.

New FNC blog: Team Washington.

Profile: Suze Orman.

Sunday talkers: HuffPo recap.

Red Eye video: Keith, Cornell, Coulter.

Federal payoff to MSNBC?

Francesa audio Q&A: Chuck Todd.

CNN's Susan Grant honored.

Glenn Beck's ride.

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




Olby Sucks
Wasn't olby's raise announced soon after obama won the election? I was immediately suspicious. Now, I'm no longer suspicious. I'm sure. :o(
March 7, 2009, 1:21:00 AM EST – Like – Reply


cee
That CABLE GAME link was very interesting.
 
"Yes, Olbermann, Maddow, et al. will continue to huff and puff their lefty cant--no doubt because they really believe it. And all the while, their corporate masters will encourage them. (Do you suppose that MSNBC staffers ever wonder why it is that GE continues to support the #3 rated cable news network? Do they really think that it's because of their talent?)"
 
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How ironic that the left, who take such pride in informing us all of the evils of corporate greed and manipulation of our political system, are the very pawns in unplugging the government money line to make up for their bosses' poor economic stewardship!
 
Olbermann's salary is basically paid by the Obama administration. How fitting is that since he is their most ardent propagandist.
 
Free press indeed.
 
The world is changing alright, and the hateful ideologues on the left have their pay for play system running well, using enivronmental and economic fear tactics to shift government spending to a particular special interest group.....ah the same old politics, the same old greed.
 
VERO POSSUMUS!
March 7, 2009, 8:45:28 AM EST – Like – Reply


vstol
Congress has passed laws that will basically eliminate incadescent bulbs by 2014 and require the use of CFLs.
 
GE is a leading manufacturer of CFLs and the sale of CFLs has a larger profit margin than the sale of cheaper incadescent bulbs, even though CFLs make up only about 5% of all lightbulb sales in the U.S.
 
With the proposed reduction in defense spending and the falling sales of big ticket consumer appliances and electronics, falling auto sales that effect GE auto parts manufacturing, Immelt is gambling the future solvency of GE on medical technology and green products and services, including “climate revenues” like cap and trade profits from, among others, the newly formed GE joint venture, Greenhouse Gas Services.
 
One may as, and rightfully so, "What does all this have to do with cable news?"
 
Enter The Department of Agitation and Propoganda of the Obama administration and the DNC, non other than the greening of MSNBC.  
 
We've seen the previews, now it's time for the full length feature presentations.  
 
Coming soon to a TV screen in your neighborhood from the MSNBC Studios, the same people who gave us the horror epics, "The Tingler," "The Evil Behind the Bush," and "The Shining Rush," the light-hearted comedies, "Republican Girls are Easy" and "Barack is a Many Splendored Thing," plus the psychological thriller, "Tortured Terror," these just in time for summer releases of "Beach Blanket Melanoma," "Climate Deniers from Planet Moron," "The Artic Icemelt Cometh," "Evil Oil and the Penguins," "Dumb Like it Hot," and the updated remake of Bambi, "Pambi, The Plight of an Orphaned Polar Bear."
March 7, 2009, 12:23:21 PM EST – Like – Reply


vstol
Technical Question: Does MSNBC qualify as "cable news?"
 
Of the 5 programs highlighted by the network, none have "NEWS" in their titles and only 2 have segments that include the word "NEWS," Morning Joe's "News You Can't Use" and Hardball's "Newsmakers."
 
CNN, HLN and FNC all have the word "NEWS" in their names. They have numerous programs with "NEWS" in their titles. Their programs have numerous segments that include the word "NEWS."  
 
CNN claims they are "The most trusted name in news."
 
FNC claims to be "Your fair and balanced source for news."
 
MSNBC-says they are "The Place for Politics" with an upside down American flag.  
 
MSNBC news? Not so much. Political theatre? Absolutely! Qualifies as "cable news?" I report, J$ decides.

March 7, 2009, 2:09:48 PM EST – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
Yeah I think MSNBC qualifies as a news channel. What you think of the programming is a different matter, but it is the channel that permits Countdown to be described as a "newshour". Take that for what it's worth.
March 7, 2009, 2:28:34 PM EST – Like – Reply


Ashley
KO is so thin skinned. I thought he was going to start crying as he showed his diploma. Ann was right. KO did not attend an ivy league school..
March 7, 2009, 2:51:49 PM EST – Like – Reply


vstol
One of my foibles, of the few that fully manifest fairly frequently, is falling into a fit of facetiousness.  
 
Furthermore, even though I'm goofy enough to find saying the word "foible" outloud funny, it's for sure I'd forever refuse to engage in the folly of foolishly referring or fallaciously inferring that Countdown as an hour of news.  
 
Fagetaboutit!
March 7, 2009, 3:48:52 PM EST – Like – Reply


vermontdave
Hey! What do ya know?
I'm about as far to the left as you can get, and agree that MSNBC is nothing but a watered down version of Fox News.
(Complete with bought and paid for pundits)
 
It's the corporate control that makes me skeptical of any MSM, including Fox.
March 7, 2009, 5:05:21 PM EST – Like – Reply


Fox Fan
Vermontdave, if you are skeptical of corporate control I hope you apply the same standards to government control.
 
Also, Fox News is not the MSM. The MSM is not as fair or balanced as FNC. That said, yes, there are bought and paid for pundits on all the news channels.
March 7, 2009, 9:13:38 PM EST – Like – Reply


SteveMG
if you are skeptical of corporate control I hope you apply the same standards to government control.
 
Apparently the scepticism dissappears if the government in control of the media is run by vermontdave and his friends.
 
To be blunt, when some people say they're against the "corporate press" and want a "public media", they mean they want a government media that is run by ideological allies of themselves.  
 
Twenty-four hours of "news" provided by Bill Moyers and Bonnie Erbe with a once-a-week 2-minute commentary by "conservatives" like Dave Gergen? No thanks.
 
I'll stick to cable news despite all of its shortcomings.
March 8, 2009, 11:14:58 AM EDT – Like – Reply


Haggis
While watching F&F this morning...this happened. Stephen Moore was given a whole segment to chant his hatred of President Obama's economic policy...Not a hint of any balance....even from the interviewer...The guy who sits in Doocys place at the weekend. Then just before the break it was announced....I kid you not..."After the break we'll have a fair and balanced debate about Rihanna"...WTF????
March 8, 2009, 12:28:31 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Fox Fan
LOL a fair and balanced debate about Rihanna...one side is against physical abuse and the other side wants to beat the crap out of her. I know which side I'd be on.
March 8, 2009, 1:00:53 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Grammie
Thanks Haggy!
March 8, 2009, 1:11:03 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Grammie
I enjoyed the video of Carl Cameron. I've always thought that he is cute and has a wry sense of humor.
 
I've made an effort to find a reference to something he said at the 2004 DNC Convention but I can't find it and I'm starting to wonder if I dreamed it.
 
He was critiqueing Therasa Heinz-Kerry's speech an said something like "For a minute there I thought she was going to break out in song and sing Don't Cry for Me Argentina." Mama and I were laughing so hard we almost fell off the sofa.
March 8, 2009, 1:17:34 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Olby Sucks
hagster, what did you think of olby showing his diploma on his comedy show? Did you catch Fox and Friends take on the subject? :lol:
March 8, 2009, 1:19:16 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Blackflon
While watching F&F this morning...this happened. Stephen Moore was given a whole segment to chant his hatred of President Obama's economic policy...
Haggis | 03.08.09 - 12:33 pm | #
 
Hatred??? Because he disagrees? Does ignorance run in your family?
March 8, 2009, 1:26:07 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Haggis
Blackflon | 03.08.09 - 1:31 pm |  
 
You've missed the whole point....Where was the "love" side of the equation....Doesn't FNC promote itself on being F&B
Then they announce an absurd F&B debate...as FF puts so well.
 
Olby Sucks | Homepage | 03.08.09 - 1:24 pm |
 
Haven't seen either....but I believe Keith was showing his diploma to disprove another nonsensical Colter rant.
March 8, 2009, 2:05:54 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ashley
Haven't seen either....but I believe Keith was showing his diploma to disprove another nonsensical Colter rant.
Haggis | 03.08.09 - 2:10 pm | #  
 
And, as usual, he failed.
March 8, 2009, 2:26:31 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Olby Sucks
hagster, you watch Fox and Friends every morning, but, you missed that one? LOL! Suuuure, you did!
March 8, 2009, 2:29:00 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Grammie
Thanks Haggy!
March 8, 2009, 2:30:56 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ashley
Hahahaha....You weren't singing that tune when HuffPost posted the hoax video about Gibson....On the contrary....You were outraged.
HaggisFarmer | 03.05.09 - 7:39 pm | #  
 
Please show me the post you base this on. I was "outraged"?
Ashley | 03.05.09 - 10:51 pm | #  
 
C'mon Haggis - still waiting for you to back up your claim.
March 8, 2009, 2:32:59 PM EDT – Like – Reply


vstol
HF,
 
Who cares about Stephen Moore or Rihanna?
 
What I want to know is, Who was that cocktail waitress and why haven't I seen her before?
 
(to whom it may concern: humor)
March 8, 2009, 3:20:05 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Haggis
Thanks Haggy!
Grammie | 03.08.09 - 2:35 pm |
 
Your very welcome....Glad to see someone is willing to see the error in the Fox logic.
 
Ashley | 03.08.09 - 2:37 pm |
 
Ashley you know very well your feelings on the Gibson hoax....You certainly weren't saying poor HuffPost after they got hoaxed...If you were...Please show it.
March 8, 2009, 5:10:45 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ashley
Ashley you know very well your feelings on the Gibson hoax....You certainly weren't saying poor HuffPost after they got hoaxed...If you were...Please show it.  
Haggis | 03.08.09 - 5:15 pm | #  
 
Once again Haggy, you are caught making things up.
 
By the way, may I remind you that you fell for that hoax and attempted to post a message here sliming John Gibson. Then days later, you are demanding the Friends apologize for falling for a hoax. Well, I believe you owe J$ a thank you for saving your bacon by moderating your post where you were about to make a fool of yourself.
March 8, 2009, 5:48:44 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Kirk
I am a fan of Fox but that special on the election was a waste of time, except for Molly Henegurg (sp?)
March 8, 2009, 8:12:35 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ron
NBC News is a huge contributor to NBC/Universal's bottom line?.....
Don't tell Bill O, he thinks it's just the opposite. But then he will discount the facts because they came from his other enemy, The New York Times.
March 8, 2009, 9:24:07 PM EDT – Like – Reply


FNCFan20
Hey Johnny, do any of the links on your thread relate to Julie? Usually you post her pic when there's a related story.
March 8, 2009, 9:38:12 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
No, not really. I just felt like using her picture!
March 8, 2009, 9:42:55 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Glenn Stimpson
I don't think anyone is attacking the Alexa Foundation except for inviting O'Reilly to speak. He has shown a terrible insensitivity to the problems of raped women and abused children over the years. It was a mistake to invite him to speak. Despite this mistake, I encourage donations to this fine organization.
March 8, 2009, 10:16:56 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Cecelia
It was a mistake to invite him to speak. Despite this mistake, I encourage donations to this fine organization.
Glenn Stimpson | 03.08.09 - 10:21 pm | #  
 
Good luck with having it both ways.
March 9, 2009, 4:36:49 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Blackflon
It was NOT a mistake to invite him. Go back over his segemnet and please take note that he does not blame the victim.  
 
He merely stated a fact that if a young girl is out at night and has been drinking and wearing suggestive clothing she becomes a target for these creeps out there. He didn't use those words but he defintely did not say it was her fault.
 
The Mutts only reason to bring this up is their obsessive hatred of all things O'Reilly.
 
I know, I know, there are women who are raped who do not dress suggestively or walk around late at night drunk.
 
The point is that she was caught in a bad situation and paid a price. Not her fault.
March 9, 2009, 5:41:17 PM EDT – Like – Reply


cee
That's a nice sentiment Glenn, but how can one think an organization has good judgement if they pick a key note speaker that, according to Olbermann, "blames the victim."
 
Olbermann and his supporters cannot have it both ways.
 
The dangerous ground of taking O'Reilly's discussion out of the context he passionately presented, (the entire morality tale including that of keeping one's wits by avoiding mind-altering drugs, etc.) results in such sweeping condemnation that has unintended consequences.  
 
No one who is being HONEST can say preditors do not pick the weak, naive and incapacitated over the strong, experienced and prepared. It is not a matter of blame but of practical reality.
 
Admit it, Olbermann's HATRED of O'Reilly drove him to this sad state of hurting a fine organization with fine motives. Learn from Olbermann's mistake and move on.
March 9, 2009, 6:19:52 PM EDT – Like – Reply