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Culture of Truth: Satirical Commentary for Virtually Speaking Sundays

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Each Sunday, political satirist Culture of Truth tracks the Sunday Morning ‘News’ Shows, particularly Meet the Press. In The Bobblespeak Translations he gives us a laugh-out-loud, perceptive rundown, capturing “What They’re Really Saying When They’re Saying What They’re Saying.” Then, for Virtually Speaking Sundays, CoT crafts a short audio commentary, read aloud by one of several readers and capturing the most most ridiculous moment from Meet the Press. We run them as a bottom-of-the-hour segment during our Sunday shows and then at midnight eastern, I post them as stand-alone audio.

Based on this morning’s Bobblespeak Translation – read it here – tonight’s most ridiculous moment is called “B-S:”  (Listen to it here.)

Today on Meet The Press, David Gregory actually got to meet his idols, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles. Gregory watchers were expecting a scene reminiscent of the fan reaction to the Beatles performance at the Ed Sullivan theater, but while Gregory was was clearly excited, he did manage to restrain himself from screaming when they appeared via remote locations. But first, Gregory introduced Senator Mitch McConnell by cryptically informing him quote “As you know, I spent the holidays in Kentucky, in your home state” unquote.

McConnell complained that we have a debt crisis, which threatens to America into Greece, so quote “We were able to get permanent tax relief for 99% of American taxpayers and therefore quote “We’ve resolved the tax issue now. It’s over. It’s behind us.” unquote

McConnell threatened to default on the country’s debts in order to force the President to agree to spending cuts. “It’s a shame” McConnell said, “that we have to use whatever leverage we have in Congress to get the president to deal with the biggest problem confronting our future. And that’s our excessive spending.” unquote

But of course McConnell is really still trying to achieve the old Republican dream from 1930s, finally admitting that by spending cuts he means raising the eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security, and means-testing Medicare.

Gregory introduced Simpson and Bowles by comparing the national debt to a family with a large credit card balance, and describing his guests as quote: “two of the nation’s leading voices on fiscal responsibility,” unquote

Bowles got the ball rolling by first announcing quote: “We have got to reform the tax code to make it more globally competitive. We have got to reduce this entitlement spending, particularly as it relates to healthcare.” unquote

Gregory impressed his heroes by bragging that he had asked the President quote “specifically about what he would do on Medicare” and the President defended the value of social programs to seniors and students, prompting Gregory to ask Bowles quote: “what would you specifically call on the president to do on Medicare that he’s been unwilling to do heretofore?”

Bowles responded that we need simplify the tax code, broaden the base, and quote “reduce healthcare spending on Medicare by about $500 to $600 billion over the next 10 years. You’re going to have to do it in some of the ways that Mitch McConnell talked about.” unquote

On Social Security, Alan Simpson said quote “For god’s sake, there were 16 people paying into that and one taking out when I was a freshman at the University of Wyoming. Now there are three people paying into that baby and one taking out and the life expectancy is 78 instead of 60. What the hell? Who’s kidding who.” unquote

So David Gregory finally got his dream guests, who like all people deeply concerned about the debt – which is of course much more important than unemployment – are deeply eager to lower corporate taxes, broaden the tax base, raise the retirement age, and mean-test Medicare. Because they are fiscal conservatives. And that’s the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.

On Virtually Speaking Sundays tonight, political & social analysts Joan McCarter and Cliff Schecter discussed guns and public safety, Social Security and the Presidential Legacy.  Listen here. Follow @JoanMcCarter @CliffSchecter @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd

The VS Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, Dave Dayen, Dave Johnson, Dave Waldman, Digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler and Stuart Zechman.

Virtually Speaking: Cliff Schecter, GottaLaff, Lenore Skenazy, Susie Madrak, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

9:18 am in Media by California Sherry

From Jay’s VS video collection: Culture of Truth offers up Rick Santorum, David Gregory’s guest on Jan 1 Meet the Press, who cobbled together a collection of patently false and contradictory statements about the President.

Schedule for Sunday, Jan 8 through Thursday, Jan 12. Gotta Laff, Cliff Schecter, Susie Madrak, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd Lenore Skenazy talk through very current events: public affairs with political analysts, activists, media critics, technologists, historians, etc. We amplify – mainly – progressive voices. Comments and questions courtesy of a digitally present studio audience. Which could include you. (see IRC below) All programs webcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio. Available free at iTunes. (Search Virtually Speaking from the iTunes store.) Miss the Intro?

Sunday, Jan 8 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Cliff Schecter and special guest Gotta Laff discuss developments of the week, highlighting what’s been neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts, drawing from their work of the prior week and the wickedly funny Bobblespeak Translations. Featuring Culture of Truth on the ‘Most Ridiculous Moment’ from the Sunday morning talk shows. Follow @GottaLaff @CliffSchecter @bobblespeak. Listen live and later on BTR

Tuesday, Jan 10 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays | | This week, Susie Madrak and a guest tba consider the impact of current events on working and middle class people. Follow @SusieMadrak Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, Jan 12 | Double Header

8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z: This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd| Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen live on BTR.. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Lenore Skenazy comes by to talk about Free Range Kids, popular culture, politics and family life. Last March, they spoke about sensible security, kids and parenting.  Catch our latest ‘What Digby Said’ vid at the bottom of the hour. Follow @FreeRangeKids @JayAckroyd  Listen live and later on BTR. Read the rest of this entry →

Virtually Speaking: Mike Stark, Spocko, Marc Abrahams, Alan Boyle, Mac McClelland, Gotta Laff, Cliff Schecter, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

3:28 pm in Media by California Sherry

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Schedule below for Tues, Jan 3 through Sunday, Jan 8: Mike Stark, Spocko, Marc Abrahams, Alan Boyle, Mac McClelland, Gotta Laff, Cliff Schecter, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd. With help from listener commentary and questions, we talk through foundational policy matters and very current events: public affairs with political analysts, activists, media critics, technologists, historians, etc. We amplify – mainly – progressive voices. Comments and questions courtesy of a digitally present studio audience. Which could include you. (see IRC below) All programs webcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio. Available free at iTunes. (Search Virtually Speaking from the iTunes store.) I post weekly, so you can go back to previous posts and link through to the juicy stuff. Miss the Intro?

As it amplifies more progressive voices, we – and our listeners – love the flexible rotating panel concept. So, beginning this week, Virtually  Speaking Susie morphs into Virtually Speaking TuesdaysSpocko and Mike Stark talk about advocacy and activism on the 1st Tuesday of the month; Susie Madrak and a guest consider the impact of current events on working and middle class people on the 2nd Tuesday; Avedon Carol and Correntewire‘s Lambert Strether dissect breaking news and crazy liberalism on the 3rd Tuesday; Dave Johnson maps the forest with a guest on the 4th Tuesday; and Jay Ackroyd and a guest shed light on current insanities of the political and economic kind, on the 5th Tuesday.

Tuesday, Jan 3 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays | | This week, Spocko and Mike Stark talk about today’s media environment, effective activism, organizing strategies and the power of the 99%. Follow @spockosbrain @mike_stark Listen live and later on BTR

Wednesday, Jan 4 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | MSNBC’s Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with Marc Abrahams, creator of the Ig Nobel Prizes and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, about the scientific findings from the past year that made us laugh … and then made us think.VS Science is produced in cooperation with MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics. Follow @b0yle @MarcAbrahams @ImprobResearch Watch the 2011 Ig Nobels Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, Jan 5 | Double Header

8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z: This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd| continue to explore the truth and lies, clarity and obfuscation, that characterizes our political and media environment. Follow @bobblespeak @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd |Jay discusses human rights with Mac McClelland, author of For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question an “intimate account of McClelland’s time among Burmese rebels.” Follow @MacMcClelland Listen live and later on BTR. Read the rest of this entry →

Virtually Speaking: digby, Cliff Schecter, Ted Rall, Glenn Greenwald, Susie Madrak, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

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Schedule for Sunday, Nov 6 through Thursday Nov 10. With help from listener commentary and questions, we talk with some of your favorite writers: political analysts, media critics, technologists, historians, etc. Virtually Speaking is public affairs, progressive voices, current events. Comments and questions courtesy of a digitally present studio audience. Which could include you. (see IRC below) All programs webcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio. Available free at iTunes. I post weekly, so you can go back to previous posts and link through to the juicy stuff. Miss it the first time? Read the intro to Virtually Speaking.

Sunday, Nov 6 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |digby and Cliff Schecter discuss developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts,  drawing from their work of the prior week and the wickedly funny Bobblespeak Translations. Worth tuning in for Culture of Truth on the Most Outrageous Moment from the Sunday morning talk shows. Follow @digby56 @cliffschecter @bobblespeak. Listen live and later on BTR

Tuesday, Nov 8 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Susie | Recovering journalist, blogger and working class warrior Susie Madrak talks with political cartoonist and graphic novelist Ted Rall about non-violence and its limitations as a revolutionary strategy. Check out his latest book: “The Anti-American Manifesto.” Follow @TedRall @Susie Madrak| Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, Nov 10 | Double Header

8 pm eastern |5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z: This week in liberalism.  | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd| Ongoing discussion centering on the nature, ideology and political realities of liberalism and conversely on the nature, ideology and political realities of Democratic centrism.  Tune in for “What Digby Says.”  Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Jay talks with Glenn Greenwald — former constitutional and civil rights litigator, contributing writer at Salon.com and AlJazeera English — about Glenn’s new book, With Liberty and Justice for Some. Follow @GGreenwald  Listen live and later on BTR. Read the rest of this entry →

Virtually Speaking: Cliff Schecter, Charles Pierce, NYCeve, Susie Madrak, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

12:37 am in Uncategorized by California Sherry

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Schedule for Sunday, Sept 11 through Thursday Sept 15. With help from your commentary and questions, we talk with  some of your favorite writers: political analysts, media critics, technologists, historians, etc. Virtually Speaking is public affairs, progressive voices, current events. Comments and questions courtesy of a digitally present studio audience. Which could include you. (see IRC below) All programs webcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio.  Available free at iTunes. See IRC below to participate. I post weekly, so you can go back to previous posts and link through to the juicy stuff. Miss it the first time? Read the intro to Virtually Speaking.

Miss Jay talking with Republican party activist Rob Roper about his Maine Republican roots and the party of, then, Senator Bill Cohen and Congresswoman Olympia Snowe, a very different party than the party of Paul LePage? Jay and Rob jump into a search for common understanding and the balance between partisanship and governance. Beginning Saturday, listen here.

Sunday, Sept 11 | Cliff Schecter and Jay Ackroyd discuss – 9/11 and its Great Transformations – Cliff’s column posted to Aljazeera English about the effect of 9/11/2001 on America’s governance. Listen live and later on BTR Read the rest of this entry →

Virtually Speaking: Joan McCarter, Cliff Schecter, RJ Eskow, Dave Ropeik, Susie Madrak, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

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Schedule for Sunday Aug 14 through Thursday August 18. We talk with – and you comment upon and pose questions for -  some of your favorite writers: political analysts, media critics, technologists, historians, etc. Virtually Speaking is public affairs, progressive voices, current events. Comments and questions courtesy of a digitally present studio audience. Which could include you. (see IRC below) All programs webcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio.  Available free at iTunes. See IRC below to participate. I post weekly, so you can go back to previous posts and link through to the juicy stuff. Miss the intro? Read about Virtually Speaking.

Sunday, Aug 14 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Virtually Speaking Sundays | “Our Media Not Theirs” | Joan McCarter and Cliff Schecter consider developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts of traditional media. Joan is the highly regarded Senior Policy Editor and regular contributor to Daily Kos. Cliff is a campaign strategist, political commentator and principal at Libertas LLC, a full spectrum political and corporate communications company. | Listen live and later on BTR

Tuesday, Aug 16 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Susie |  Susie Madrak visits with Richard (RJ) Eskow, former executive with experience in health care, benefits, and risk management, finance, and information technology. Richard worked for AIG and other insurance, risk management, and financial organizations and consulted – public policy and finance/economics – in the US and over 20 countries. RJ writes at A Night Light, Huffington Post and OurFuture.org. Follow him @rjeskow. | Listen live and later on BTR

Thursday, Aug 18 | 8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd| This week in liberalism: a continuing conversation. Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.

Thursday, Aug 18 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Jay talks with author, teacher, journalist David Ropeik about how we perceive risk, the challenges of communicating risk and overall risk management… and his new book: How Risky Is It, Really: Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts. Listen live and later on BTR.

Tweet along with our guests and hosts: @JoanMcCarter @cliffschecter @rjeskow @dropeik @stuart_zechman @jayackroyd @SusieMadrak @sherry_reson

Be part of the conversation. Ask questions, chat live with other listeners:
Internet Relay Chat
(IRC) allows you to be part of the virtual studio audience (aka chat room), sharing comments and questions while listening to Virtually Speaking live on BlogTalkRadio. Logs are shared with the show hosts and guests.

Use IRC:

1. Connect to http://webchat.freenode.net/
2. Create a log-in name
3. Enter #vspeak into the channel field.
4. NOTE: ‘Relay Rinq’ is not a person but a bridge to IRC chat.
5. Type into the text field along the bottom of the screen.
6. Begin your question with ‘QUESTION’ so it’s easy for the host (and me) to spot.

Show Notes: Listen better, listen smarter with some specific and general information.

Virtually Speaking Sundays| Can’t bear to watch the Sunday morning talking heads that inspire VS Sundays? Let Culture of Truth boil them down for you with the Bobblespeak Translations. Warning: swallow and put down the hot tea/coffee/cocoa before reading.

The VS Sunday panel draws from Avedon CarolChicago DykeCliff SchecterCS Kendrick,  Culture of TruthDavid DayendigbyEve Gittleson,  Joan McCarterMarcy Wheeler, Stuart Zechman and  Susie Madrak. From time to time, the make-up of the panel shifts. Also, every 5 weeks or so, one of our regular panelists invites a guest to join them.

Virtually Speaking: digby, Cliff Schecter, Barry Estabrook, Steve Volk, Susie Madrak, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd

9:57 am in Uncategorized by California Sherry

We talk with the writers you love to read. Virtually Speaking is public affairs, progressive voices, current events. All programs webcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio.  Available free at iTunes. See IRC below to participate.

Here’s the schedule for Sunday June 26 through Thursday June 30. I post weekly, so you can go back to previous posts and link through to the juicy stuff.

Sunday, June 26 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Virtually Speaking Sundays | digby and Cliff Schecter “Our Media Not Theirs” | digby and Cliff discuss developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts of traditional media. Authentic, informative and passionate. | Listen live and later on BTR

Tuesday, June 28 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Susie |  Susie Madrak chats with investigative reporter and Philadelphia Magazine staff writer Steve Volk about his new book: “Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable – and Couldn’t. Listen live and later on BTR.

Thursday, June 30 | 8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd| This week in liberalism: how do understand ‘debt ceiling Kabuki.’ Listen live on BTR. Beginning Friday, July 1 listen here.

Thursday, June 30 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Virtually Speaking w/ Jay Ackroyd | Barry Estabrook – Barry writes for the Atlantic. A former contributing editor at Gourmet magazine, his work on a dairy farm and fishing boat taught him that writing about food was easier than producing it. He is the author of the recently released Tomatoland, a book about industrial tomato agriculture and blogs at politicsoftheplate.com. | Listen live and later on BTR.

Be part of the conversation, ask questions, chat live with other listeners:
Internet Relay Chat
(IRC) allows you to be part of the virtual studio audience (aka chat room), sharing comments and questions while listening to Virtually Speaking live on BlogTalkRadio. Logs are shared with the show hosts and guests.

How to use IRC:

1. Connect to http://webchat.freenode.net/
2. Create a log-in name
3. Enter #vspeak into the channel field.
4. NOTE: ‘Relay Rinq’ is not a person but a bridge to IRC chat.
5. Type into the text field along the bottom of the screen.
6. Begin your question with ‘QUESTION’ so it’s easy for the host (and me) to spot.

Show Notes: Listen better, listen smarter with some specific and general information.

Virtually Speaking Sundays| Can’t bear to watch the Sunday morning talking heads that inspire VS Sundays? Let Culture of Truth boil them down for you with the Bobblespeak Translations. Warning: Before reading, swallow and put down the hot tea/coffee/cocoa.

The VS Sunday panel draws from Avedon CarolChicago DykeCliff SchecterCS Kendrick,  Culture of TruthDavid DayendigbyEve Gittleson,  Joan McCarterMarcy WheelerStuart Zechman and  Susie Madrak. From time to time, the make-up of the panel shifts. Also, every 5 weeks or so, one of our regular panelists invites a guest to join them.

Virtually Speaking: David Dayen, Cliff Schecter, Stirling Newberry, Susie Madrak, Jay Ackroyd, Stuart Zechman

8:37 pm in Uncategorized by California Sherry

Live – and archived – on BlogTalkRadio: Sunday May 8 thru Friday May 13

Political strategist Cliff Schecter and FDL News guy David Dayen together on Virtually Speaking Sundays. What did the Sunday morning talking heads cover, distort or ignore? Think the rapidly changing story of bin Laden’s death and the political implications of killing him. Consider us a counterpoint. Listen here beginning 6pm pacific|9pm eastern, Sunday, May 8.

Dave Johnson will be talking about swing voters on Virtually Speaking Susie with Susie Madrak. Listen here beginning 6pm pacific|9pm eastern, Tuesday, May 10.

• Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd on VS A-Z: This week in liberalism. | Listen here Thursday May 12 @ 5pm pacific | 8pm eastern. Beginning 8pm eastern,  listen here Beginning midnight May 13, archived here.

• Stirling Newberry on Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd. The sustainability of the US political economy. Listen here beginning Thursday, May 12 @ 9pm eastern/6pm pacific.

Coming to VS in future weeks: Dahlia Lithwick, Dan Ellsberg and Glenn Greenwald.

Scroll down for additional show notes.

We have Internet Relay Chat (IRC) so you can be part of the virtual studio audience (aka chat room), sharing comments and questions while listening to Virtually Speaking live on BlogTalkRadio. Logs are shared with the show hosts and guests.

  1. Connect to http://webchat.freenode.net/
  2. Create a log-in name
  3. Enter #vspeak into the channel field.
  4. NOTE: ‘Relay Rinq’ is not a person but a bridge to IRC chat.
  5. Type into the text field along the bottom of the screen.
  6. Begin your question with ‘QUESTION’ so it’s easy for the host (and me) to spot.

Show notes (I’ll add these as I get them or as they occur to me.):

Can’t bear to watch the Sunday morning talking heads that inspire VS Sundays? Let Culture of Truth boil them down for you with the Bobblespeak Translations. Warning: Before reading, swallow and put down the hot tea/coffee/cocoa.

Dave Johnson is Founder and principal author at Seeing the Forest, a blogger atSpeak Out California and a Fellow with Campaign for America’s Future and a Senior Fellow with the Renew California Dream.

Most weeks, the VS Sunday panel draws from Avedon Carol, Chicago Dyke, Cliff Schecter, CS KendrickCulture of Truth, David Dayen, digby, Eve GittlesonJoan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, Stuart Zechman and  Susie Madrak. From time to time, the make-up of the panel shifts. Also, every 5 weeks or so, one of our regular panelists invites a guest to join them.