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Archive for the day “June 22, 2015”

Blog Running – The Death of the Media: Meet The Press

The Death of the Media: Meet The Press.

From Mock, Paper Scissors – And I agree.

‘I’ve been debating writing something about the disaster that was this week’s edition of Meet the Press, but my betters have written about itfar better than I could‘.

‘I went on a tirade last night on Twitter, linking Comcast (owner of NBC), NBC, the producers of MTP, and of course Chuck Todd, and I was not alone’.

‘Here’s the thing when you make a segment so egregious that it suddenly made Chuck Todd’s name a world-wide trending topic, mostly with people demanding NBC do something about this: you have to address it’.

‘Chuck Todd personally addressed it by blocking people on Twitter who were being mean about him. Heh’.

‘This is what Comcast/NBC/MTP chose to say via Chuck Todd’:

“We’ve gotten a lot of feedback about the gun video we showed on Meet the Press today. Some were upset it only featured African-American men talking about their regrets of pulling a trigger. All of the men in the piece volunteered to be a part of the video and the larger project it is a part of.

“But the last thing we wanted was to cloud the discussion of the topic.

“The original decision to air this segment was made before Wednesday’s massacre. However, the staff and I had an internal debate about whether to show it at all this week. When we discussed putting it off, that conversation centered around race and perception – not the conversation we wanted the segment to invoke.

“We decided against delaying the segment because we wanted to show multiple sides of what gun violence does in this country. We thought the issue of gun violence in our culture and society was an important conversation to continue — too important to put off for another week. The consequences of gun violence should not be hidden.

“As I say to all audiences, Meet the Press should make all viewers uncomfortable at some point or we are not doing our job. I hope folks view the gun video as a part of the conversation we should all be having and not the totality of it.”

‘And as anyone who has ever had to explain a joke after telling it, you know you lost. This statement was such a truck load of crap that all the flies in Manhattan were buzzing around 30 Rock’.

‘I think the show exceeded its shelf life long ago and should be put down, humanely. And it’s not just Chuck Todd’s MTP: it was David Gregory’s version, and it was the most-overrated talking head in the history of teevee news, Tim Russert’s MTP was also long past the expiration date’.

‘All of the Sunday Talkies are bad, but this segment will be taught in J-Schools as what not to do. Ever. It will be held up, along with the blow-back as an example of what happens when you stop being journalists, which they all clearly stopped being some decades ago’.

‘The world has a great need for journalists, and news. The media landscape is changing fast as television sets are turned off, and newspapers are going away. It’s not a question of the platform, as media analysts always say. We need journalists more than ever and instead we have marketing messengers. The Sunday Talkies are nothing but an extended QVC sales pitch from shameless hucksters to shameless hucksters’.

‘Paraphrasing Karl Marx, or one of the other Marx Brothers, our media has gone from tragedy to farce and everyone seems to know it except for the suits in NYC who make the decisions’.

‘Cancel Meet The Press. Do it’.

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Republican Religious Extremism – ‘Michigan Theocracy: Republicans Create Bill Requiring All Marriages Be ‘Solemnized’ By Clergy’

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‘In the latest freak out over the strong possibility that the Supreme Court will legalize gay marriage countrywide soon, Michigan’s Republican bigot coalition of lawmakers is trying to preemptively undermine the ruling by changing their laws to still prevent gay people from marrying – presumably while sticking their tongues out at the Supreme Court as well’.

‘In an insane bill inspired by the state’s number one homophobic politician, RNC chairman Dave Agema, and introduced to the state Legislature by his colleagues’,

‘ALL marriages, ALL marriages…….’

‘Would have to be ordained by religious leaders in order to be recognized by the state’.

  • ‘In this new scheme, traditional officiators of weddings like judges, mayors, and other state officials could no longer officiate marriages’.

‘And Agema and friends don’t want to put too fine a point on it but they also introduced a companion bill that would protect clergymen and women from being forced to perform gay marriages’.

‘Do you see the desperate strategy’?

Every couple in Michigan will be forced to be married by a member of the clergy’,

‘But the clergy can refuse to marry them if they disagree with their lifestyle’.

‘And there is no legal recourse to force the clergy to do differently’.

  • ‘Therefore the state could technically have same-sex marriage but no same-sex couples could actually get married’.

‘All the power will be in the hands of unelected, unchecked religious leaders who will now have the authority to decide who does and doesn’t “deserve” to be married in Michigan’.

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Living In A Republican World – ‘How The 2016 Republican Candidates Would Deal With Millions Of Americans Losing Their Health Plans’

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So after almost 7 years – here’s what a large field of Republicns Presidential candidates have come up with –

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Jeb Bush : ‘When Obamacare took effect, Florida had the second highest uninsured rate in the country, and Bush has yet to prove how he would help those in his home state who lose their subsidies’.

Ted Cruz : ‘Cruz has argued that Americans need an alternative that would lower costs, opening insurance markets across state lines could actually lead to higher premiums, among other issues’.

Scott Walker : ‘Instead of offering up his own alternative, Walker has said he will leave it to Washington to come up with a fix’.

Chris Christie : ‘Christie opted not to set up an exchange in his state, so more than 172,000 New Jersey residents would lose their subsidies. But while he has said that “Obamacare is a failure, it’s always been a failure and it will not succeed,” he has also been unable to propose an alternative. While the high court’s decision is imminent, Christie recently said he needs more time to think on the issue’.

Rand Paul : ‘ When pressed in the interview to explain why he’d want to revert to the old American system in which many more people were uninsured, Paul suggested that there is always charity’.

Marco Rubio : ‘ People would be provided refundable tax credits to buy insurance to solve the short-term dilemma of millions of people living without insurance’.
‘He has not detailed how the tax credits would be structured and uniform credits would reduce subsidies for low-income Americans’.

Ben Carson: ‘The former neurosurgeon penned an op-ed in 2013 in which he called for health savings accounts to replace the health care law’.
‘In reality, though, health savings accounts are likely to increase the number of uninsured and increase health care costs while costing taxpayers billions of dollars’.

Bobby Jindal: ‘Louisiana also failed to set up an exchange and is facing an impending healthcare disaster. As many as 250,000 Louisianans could lose their coverage’.
‘But Jindal has maintained that “When the subsidies go away, the individual mandate goes away, the employer mandate goes away. That’s a great thing. That’s a tax cut.”
‘Jindal’s plan would involve throwing out the health care law entirely and eliminating the individual mandate while starting a $100 billion federal grant to states to subsidize premiums for low-income people’.
‘Democrats have said his plan, like other Republicans’, would result in millions of Americans being uninsured’.
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