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“Who Is The Left Equivalent Of Andrew Breitbart” Anderson Cooper?

7:49 am in Uncategorized by sluggahjells

(From TWD)

CNN’s primetime host thought he was hitting all the rights notes (because that’s what they always think at that network, no matter how cookie cutter and disturbing recalcitrant they have become over the years to real political reporting) in this screed last night.

(The video you can view here.)

From 50 seconds on, it was a total trainwreck, made a disaster by Cooper and his network’s truest downfall: "False equivalency disease."

We all know and exasperate when we see that full sad condition time and time again, pushed by every strategist and politician on the nutty party’s side, from the asylum unit throughout Capital Hill to "Take any order" slime snakes like Ron Christe always on the "The Ed Show" whenever, wherever.

That disease however is worse on Time Warner’s beloved news channel, exhibited fully by their 10 PM darling last evening.

In his (of all the titles in the world) "Should Be About The Truth" commentary moment, Cooper didn’t care about that truth and in labeling just how someone on the left was just as terrible and video manipulating like our "insane clown of the year candidate."

"And that’s how ideologues think, both on the left and the right," said our journalism man of our times! "Andrew Breitbart is conservative, but as I said, there are liberals online and on TV who do the exact same thing. They cherry pick the facts to prove their argument, not the facts that reveal the truth."

"Those hypocrite liberals" is probably what one causally political independent was saying last night watching, believing that Cooper is the most trusted voice in cable TV because he doesn’t at all seem like an ideologue and he hosts everyone! Yet Cooper gave them the typical "Oh, it’s the left too" that we know and love without even bothering to list just one, ONE, example of ANY prominent left site doing anywhere near what Freightfart did.

Not the Huffington Post, not TPM, not Media Matters, not FDL, and finally, not the Daily Kos. None.

Not a single left site that Cooper indicts so freely and recklessly to some politically casual worshipping viewer of his last night could he name.

What makes it so sad is that Anderson Cooper truly believes in his heart that he and his colleagues at CNN are quality journalists. And he most likely also feels, when he sees Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann’s success leap MSNBC Primetime (and only MSNBC primetime) past his sorry network, that both rivals cable networks primetime lineup is filled with ideologues instead of actual "factism" as he says.

Ironically, he got that "Factism" term in his self-righteous screed last night willingly from David Frum of all lying enablers. But I guess he didn’t bother to do his "fact checking" on that one either I guess.

The tired, banal excuse of lumping the left with the likes of Andrew Freightfart despite no concrete evidence to fully exhibit that isn’t the main problem with neo-CNN. It is the fact that they, just like Cooper, fully believe that they still practice world class appropriately journalism, figuring what they do is the ideal way to go!

So, until their numbers and credibility continue to proportionally go down where it finally makes them break (or some celebrity publicly calls them out on their network with 3 times the damage of what Michael Moore did Wolf Blitzer and Dr Sanjay Gupta in the run up to his "Sicko" film), they will continue to believe that their "journalism" is thee journalism on cable TV.

They will continue to have John "Milquetoast" King give the "wonderful likes" of Erick Erickson the same platform as the incomparable Amy Goodman because of their arrogant indolence. And they will also be proud of King saying something like "Breitbart sparks debate on racism" while continuing to believe they are fine and dandy journalists. (Note: After getting slammed on Twitter , they altered the title to "Breitbart Post Ignites Race Debate.")

Most importantly, they will continue to have Mr. AC360, whether in the studio, in the gulf, or anywhere else he thinks he should be, go around and slam those imaginary evil video docketed people on the left, just like their ideological opposite Mr. Freightfart.

Our Jokenalism 2010, because it sure isn’t journalism.

The NYT & Chris Matthews: Apologize To Blumenthal ASAP!

6:22 am in Uncategorized by sluggahjells

(From TWD)

After assessing over the situation from a variety of perspectives , it is without a shadow of a doubt time for Richard Blumenthal to be delivered a heap of penitence from a wide variety of people, including myself.

Most importantly however (because the campaign of the World Wrestling Entertainment group won’t even dare bother to do so), the apologies to this man and the fierce blacklash that he has faced from this highly sensitive issue should come first from Raymond Hernandez, spokesperson Diane McNulty , and the rest of the New York Times .

Just from a young fledgling journalist’s perspective, seeing the New York Times have another embarrassing moment highlights how much of an utter hell hole journalism has become in America (and continues to diminish by the second), and how mind-numbingly depressing it can get witnessing it.

But with how long they took to show any remorse for James O’Keefe and Andrew Breitbart scribing their ACORN story for them, I don’t expect any forthcoming pronouncements of "We messed up, we apologize to Attorney General Blumenthal" from the folks at the Grey Lady.

That shouldn’t exonerate them however, and it certainly shouldn’t exonerate the Tweety one either.

The last few days, Chris Matthews has been on this utterly bizarre "Blumenthal has shamed veterans" crusade that he even idiotically had on the potential opponent for the Connecticut AG in the general election this fall. How he and his producers thought it would make more sense to have Rob Simmons on the air yesterday instead of actually doing the reporting the AP and Greg Sargent did to follow the story speaks to how sad this situation is for "news reporting" in America.

Of course, with how he gets on his blowhard nature, I don’t expect the Tweety one to immediately do a 180 and say "I eat my words, I’m sorry Mr. Blumenthal" either. And that further exacerbates the problem of what used to be called journalism in this country, the ability to hold one’s self accountable for one’s own mistakes.

Even Ed Schultz (and I love Ed Schultz) hasn’t given Blumenthal a second look here. And though he has nowhere acted to the ridiculous level of the Times, or the guy that comes on right before him on MSNBC, he too (along with the great Bill Press as well) jumped on Blumenthal without giving the needed retraction that the situation calls for now. I mean, both him and Press listened to and agreed with Ron Christe of all nutcases, for goodness gracious sake!

All that I can say is this: Richard Blumenthal, I’m sorry.

I’m sorry for all the half jokes that I made on Tweeter, and thinking facetiously of how Ned Lamont needed to replace you on the ballot. I’m just sorry at my profession basically making your life probably a living hell the last few days.

I just hope that the Tweety one, or Eddie, or Mr. Press give some apology to Richard Blumenthal. Because it sure as hell won’t be coming from the New York Times anytime soon.

Unless they have a rare, and needed, humbling moment of maturity.