John Oliver Pulls No Punches on the Police

Dear FSM, how did I miss this when it was first aired? I can’t believe I managed to miss what must have been hundreds of tweets with this link, just from the people I follow, but somehow I did. For anyone else who didn’t see it yet. This is the sound of a comedian realizing he has to be much more than that, and putting his audience on notice that they do, too. We do. All of us. Deeply...

GOP Implosion, Trump-Style

I was busy last night, so maybe this broke before I went to bed and I just didn’t notice it, but this morning, I awoke to the news in the local paper that Erick Erickson has disinvited Donald Trump from this weekend’s “RedState Gathering” (another of the early POTUS '16 events) in Atlanta. The proximate cause of Erickson's banning of Trump was Trump’s Friday night phone interview with...

The Jim Hoft Gateway To Bullshit

Jim Hoft (Gateway Pundit) is often cited as "The Dumbest Man On The Internet." Not without reason, either. In his role as one of the right wing's most-loyal attack dogs, Hoft has put forth numerous ludicrously false posts, ranging from claiming that the closed-captioning on an Obama speech was actually instructions to the speech's audience to laugh, applaud, etc, to being suckered into...

Charles Pierce Crushes William ‘The Bloody’ Kristol

The indispensable Charles P. Pierce of Esquire magazine (and Idiot America) fame apparently reads The Weakly Standard (so we don’t have to). Lord knows I wouldn’t otherwise have caught this bit of warmongering slaver from William Kristol (of PNAC and various other war cheerleading efforts) “fame,” because I simply do not read Kristol. There just isn’t any need for a thinking...

Rupert Murdoch vs NYC

Via a conservative friend on Twitter, I see ol' Rupert Murdoch essentially laid down his media empire's marching orders for the foreseeable future, at least as far as New York City's new leadership is concerned: Now that I think about it, perhaps Sean Hannity's whine earlier in February that he was leaving New York because of all the taxes was the first shot across the bow of the new initiative...

Comcast-Time Warner Merger: Welcome to MegaConglomCo

In a headline that must rank as one of the understatements of the admittedly still-young century, CBS News' "Moneywatch" points out the Comcast-Time Warner merger could be bad for customers: For many consumers, cable is a virtual monopoly. Neighborhoods or even entire towns may have contracts with a specific provider, which means a lack of competitive pricing. The long-standing theory is that...

Coke Ad: MSNBC Learning From Mistakes?

(Disclaimer containing usual caveats: people and organizations should apologize when they've truly done something wrong, or inadvertently hurt someone else. Duh.) Something happened last night that the media and Democrats - especially those with reflexive "centrist" tendencies - ought to take note of.  No, not just the Superb Owl - that was an unmitigated disaster by any measure, and an outcome...

The Right's Culture War Problem

Quick, off the top of your head, if someone asks you to come up with a name that would best fit the label "right-wing culture warrior," who would you choose? Given that he's actually written a book with the title "culture warrior," many might choose Bill O'Reilly, and not without reason. But if you're a little bit older, or you have a habit of watching cable news, another name - one equally apt...

Spitzer's Reemergence Reveals What Being A Murdoch Property Means

Lest there be any doubt remaining in anyone's mind, yes, being a Murdoch-owned news outlet means you cover the news...let's say: "a certain way." Yesterday, former New York Governor (and more recent media figure) Eliot Spitzer announced he was running for the office of Comptroller of New York City. This is widely viewed as the spearpoint of what he hopes will be a political comeback after his...

Four Walter Mittys For WaPo Fact Checker

Poor Glenn Kessler. Ever since the last Presidential election (and probably before), it's been clear he imagines himself some sort of fanciful righter of wrongs, some ultimate arbiter of not just truth but also human intention - what he, Glenn, has divined that people really meant to do, in their heart of hearts. Simultaneously, it's been equally clear that what Kessler is often in reality doing...