Free For All: 09/29/14

What’s on your mind? Mine is on whether this blog is going to talk about something other than Fareed Zakaria this week…

60 Responses to “Free For All: 09/29/14”

  1. Please no more Zakaria… it is chinese water torture.

  2. While I get what Fareed Zakaria is accused of is a big deal I don’t agree it’s not getting media attention because it’s Fareed Zakaria.

    How many people besides those who watch CNN are aware of who Fareed Zakaria is?

    I was not aware of him till CNN gave him a weekend show.

  3. Enjoy your archived Fareed Zakaria Newsweek articles, now with new, improved plagiarism warnings!

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/09/newsweek-adds-plagiarism-warning-to-fareed-zakaria-196287.html#.VCmw51CFd9A.twitter

  4. How many people outside of their immediate families knew who Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass were?

    Zakaria is exponentially bigger than both of them put together.

  5. MSNBC just became a little less nutso with the booting of Goldie.

  6. It still has Ed and Toure so that’s not saying much…

  7. There is nothing “nutso” about Goldie Taylor. Get a grip.

  8. True regarding Ed and Toure. And at least she doesn’t wear tampon ear rings.

  9. “MSNBC just became a little less nutso with the booting of Goldie”

    ^^Can’t say I have any feelings either good or bad about Goldie. Mostly just another pundit with a focus on black issues. I wish they had dumped Michael Eric Dyson instead but that’s life.

    “It still has Ed and Toure so that’s not saying much…”

    ^^Ed and Toure are hosts; irritating I’ll grant you; but not pundits.

  10. If I had anything useful to say about Goldie, it’s that she seemed more like Don Lemon than Harris Perry. Unfortunately, as with many conservatives, moving to a cloistered environment doesn’t do much for the “independent thinking”.

  11. She actually called Don Lemon a “turncoat”. So i don’t think she’s like Don Lemon. She’s more like Michael Eric Dyson and others who think all who look like them should think exactly alike.

  12. Which would kind of be my point, as far as ‘adapting to her environment’ is concerned. I’d seen her on CNN in the past, and it was surprising to hear her speak that way about Lemon. The point that he was making was not far from things I’d heard her say, before she threw-in with the crew at MSNBC. I certainly don’t expect them to agree all the time, but “turncoat” was a bit much.

  13. Well, if you didn’t use so many multi-syllable words, maybe I wouldn’t miss your point! 🙂

  14. Oh, and I don’t remember her from CNN. Wish I did. I have seen her a lot on MSNBC so would like to be able to note the difference.

  15. Wolf Blitzer reports that the OK beheader felt “oppressed” at work. No mention that he said he was “tired of white people”.

  16. “tired of white people”
    Hey, we’ve all been there.

  17. “tired of white people” is actually a funny reason to be mad at somebody. When I first heard it, I laughed. The fact that that’s why somebody got beheaded though, is nuts.

    It was a straight news report (satellite radio – Fox) – “yada, yada, suspect was reportedly, quote, tired of white people…”.

  18. Heard someone on CNN mention the possibility of ‘hate crime’ as a charge. I’m not fond of that particular designation, but if you’re going to have it, it should certainly be charged for this case.

  19. I watched the first program in the 2014 season of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on Sunday and the show just gets better every season.

    The Shanghai interviews were fascinating as they explored topics about China I had little knowledge of beforehand. The food segments enhanced the discussions and often said a lot more about the people being interviewed than Bourdain’s short bios. The Donald Trump wannabe was priceless in his unabashed avarice.

    One of the big draws the program has for me is the cinematography; which this year uses drones for the first time. I expect drones will revolutionize film and TV production in the same way the introduction of the steadycam did some years ago.

    Can’t miss TV for me this fall.

  20. “I’m not fond of that particular designation, but if you’re going to have it, it should certainly be charged for this case.”

    Completely agree. But, I won’t lose a second of sleep over whether they use that designation or not. I’m fully aware that it was designed as and has been used as a political designation. It does nothing but add flavor to new reports and riles people up.

    Completely useless in real life.

  21. Mark Kelly once again used the false claim that only 60% of gun purchases include background checks.

    This talking point has been debunked for a loooong time and I’m surprised Jake Tapper didn’t challenge the assertion.

  22. ^ Are you trying to make people cry? Stop.

  23. savefarris Says:

    By all means, Democrats, hitch your star to the Minimum Wage: http://dailysignal.com/2014/10/01/new-jersey-minimum-wage-proposals/

  24. Other than the suck-up to Red Eye, pretty good. Numbers two and three are especially useful.
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/6-things-we-wish-cable-news-pundits-would-learn-to-say/

  25. “It’s only offensive when people I don’t like do it.”
    This “bonus suggestion” was worth its own paragraph. It’s the wonderful thing where you have to “prove” that you’d be just as upset if “your guy” did it, which once you get into that, you may as well just stop talking.

  26. icemannyr Says:

    MSNBC is back in the main studio today. Did not notice any changes.

  27. “Real estate moguls and C-list actors.”

    No, I have no idea why I’m listening to Wayne Rogers, Johnathan Hoenig and Kevin Sorbo opine on foreign policy. I’m not sure why I should be listening to Andrea Tantaros or Kimberly Guilfoyle, either.

  28. icemannyr Says:

    I guess it’s asking to much for FNC’s Saturday Business Block show to be about business news instead of being the weekend version of Hannity.

  29. icemannyr Says:

    I know people hate Obama and believe he and his admin lie about everything but the question from a F&F fan the Steve asked the CDC Directly was stupid.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/fox-host-asks-cdc-director-obama-lied

  30. icemannyr Says:

    Wow that was bad. That should have said, the question from a F&F fan that Steve asked the CDC Director was stupid.

  31. And there’s this. I can recall being a liberal feminist, and swearing up and down that we only wanted women to be able to do the things for which they were qualified. Conservatives said no, because liberals are about quotas and set-asides, and massaging the requirements to suit the desired outcome. Things like this would be part of why so many of us changed our thinking.

    John McCormack ‏@McCormackJohn
    Secret Service Requires Female Agents to Meet Lower Physical Strength Standards Than Male Agents: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/secret-service-requires-female-agents-meet-lower-physical-strength-standards-male-agents_808441.html#.VCxtNDqUXs0.twitter

  32. Watched Ashleigh Banfield interview some official from Texas about Ebola. To say that it was not reassuring is an understatement. During the course of the show, she’s talking about the wife of the Ebola patient, and how she has not been contacted by authorities, and doesn’t know what to do with his sheets.

    Over the course of the show, the CDC contacts CNN and the woman, apparently as a result of the story being reported. Because they, like so many of us, are getting their news from television. But no, we were all CRAZY to think that this government doesn’t know what the hell they’re doing, at any given time.

  33. icemannyr Says:

    It’s more of a problem with the source of the question than the actual question. Steve Doocy
    and the crew are a bunch of conservatives who don’t like the Obama admin. To them it’s just another cheap shot at the Obama admin to say can we trust them based on all the other scandals.

  34. icemannyr Says:

    Why are the FNC reports on the protests in Hong Kong coming from David Piper in Thailand?
    Are the protests in Hong Kong not worthy of a reporter on scene?
    Can’t they use a report from Sky News?

  35. savefarris Says:

    Back in the old days, we used to call this “journalism”.

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/352214.php

  36. icemannyr Says:

    FNC has removed Megyn Kelly’s segment with a former member of the Moore, OK mosque from foxnews.com

    This was a big story so it’s odd they removed it.
    The guest had his face hidden by dark lighting but I wonder if they were asked to remove it for his safety?

  37. Shep keeps reassuring us that we won’t get Ebola. Sorry, Shep, how ’bout just report the news, and not your fervent hope? If this thing dies out on its own, it’ll be for dumb luck, and certainly not coordinated response.

  38. Shep is just repeating what Obama said about Ebola. Just ask Chris Matthews how he feels about the President’s statement.

    Shep is responding to our “HOPE” and change President.

    The “we won’t get Ebola” came right from the top.

    But, boy oh boy, did our fearless leader rail against Bush when it came to H1N1. Effing hypocrite!

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/10/02/flashback-senator-obama-rips-bush-for-being-unprepared-for-avian-flu-epidemic/

  39. Obama goes after FNC again.

    Ice: y’all should invite him to join your exclusive anti-FNC club. Give him something to do post-presidency! I just ask that you please give me the details of the hazing during pledgeship. 🙂

  40. savefarris Says:

    I like how PolitiFact’s 2013 Liar of the Year accuses others of running a disinformation campaign.

  41. Here’s an interesting story, or claim: During his 2008 presidential run, Senator/candidate Barack Obama sent a representative, William Miller, to Tehran to have some sort of discussion with the mullahs. Miller has a long career in the state department and was US Ambassador to Ukraine under Clinton.

  42. savefarris Says:

    Great catch by @redsteeze:

    10/2/2014: @markknoller: “POTUS calls for new investments in energy and technology to make America “a magnet for good, middle-class jobs.”

    12/4/2013: @whitehouse: “President Obama: “We’ve got to grow the economy faster & keep working to make America a magnet for good, middle-class jobs.”

    5/17/2013: @whitehouse: “Happening now: President Obama speaks on ways we can make America a magnet for good middle class jobs in Baltimore:”

  43. Beckel got bleeped again. How he never goes too far. He’s key to the fun of that show.

  44. Hope. Not how.

  45. Why are the FNC reports on the protests in Hong Kong coming from David Piper in Thailand?
    Are the protests in Hong Kong not worthy of a reporter on scene?
    Can’t they use a report from Sky News?

    Every penny must go to the three opinion hosts with shows at 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm. Sending a team to the midst of where news is happening is too costly and it’s not a priority for the most profitable news channel in America. Ripping provocative headlines from semi-credible conservative blogs to get some of their viewers’ blood boiling is much more important.

  46. Every penny must go to the three opinion hosts with shows at 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm. Sending a team to the midst of where news is happening is too costly and it’s not a priority for the most profitable news channel in America. Ripping provocative headlines from semi-credible conservative blogs to get some of their viewers’ blood boiling is much more important.

    PREACH!

  47. savefarris Says:

    So the reason that Dallas Ebola guy wasn’t diagnosed on his initial visit was a problem with the electronic medial records you say?

    http://www.informationweek.com/healthcare/obama-wants-e-health-records-in-five-years/d/d-id/1075517

  48. Is anyone old enough to remember David Hartman? I’m a bit shocked that he’s still alive, since he seemed so old to me then. Reviewing the clip doesn’t change that impression.
    http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/where-are-they-now-david-hartman_b237197

  49. ^ No idea who that is.

  50. He comes from the days when women in the news was still upsetting to quite a few people. Unfortunately, I’ll always remember David Hartman as the guy who thought Joan Lunden really couldn’t cut it as a morning-show host, because it’s a man’s job. 40 years later, it seems even more silly.

  51. Yes, that is quite silly.

  52. Surprised I haven’t heard/seen more of this particularly from MSNBC and even more particularly from the crackpot bigots that frequent MSNBC like Michael Dyson:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/03/us/politics/in-secret-services-missteps-blacks-sense-a-flawed-shield-for-the-president.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

  53. ^ More race-baiting “anti-whitey” crap. Yippee.

  54. I love everyone, from a secure distance and heavily armed.

  55. I’ve honestly had enough of the Ebola scaremongering. Some comments I’ve seen have suggested the Texas patient should be convicted of attempted murder. It’s one thing to be concerned but another to start being a lunatic that marches down the street without clothes and shouting the world is going to end.
    I don’t live in Dallas so I can’t fully understand what it’s like but I’ve learnt enough about Ebola that makes me a lot less anxious.
    Various news orgs have done a lot and here’s some of the stuff that has stuck with me:
    -Chlorine destroys the virus
    -The symptoms of Ebola are easy to treat
    -Uganda had a massive outbreak in 2000. As the country got richer, their healthcare system improved. They were already relatively well off in 2000. In 2011, they had a couple of Ebola cases but an epidemic never occurred.
    -In Nigeria, which is affected by this epidemic and recently beat S Africa as the richest African country, the spread has stopped
    -The state of healthcare in Liberia was extremely poor even before the outbreak. Before the epidemic, doctors used grocery bags to deliver babies because there were no gloves
    -Blood donations from a US doctor and a British nurse who survived the virus are believed to have aided in treating other patients
    -The virus’s ability to mutate is much less than that of the flu

  56. Missed the O’Reilly interview with Patreus. Was tonight right? Nothing on mediaite. Anything news worthy? Anything Benghazi related?

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