John Cole sums up just a whole gunnysack fulla problems.

(And the Rolling Stone writer he’s referring to is Matt Tiabbi, whom I can’t believe Goldman-Sachs hasn’t disappeared yet.)

I watched Matthews tonight, I’m watching Olbermann as I type, and I haven’t seen word ONE about Stewart’s interview with Cramer last night, even though it DID make the front pages of several prominent “news” outlets. Christ, my Mom heard about it on the radio. WGN talk radio in Chicago.

Disappointing, for sure, but entirely consistent with my world view.

No question at all the gag order is in effect.

Fight it, or slave for it. That’s pretty much what we’re down to.

Update: E-mail to NBC.com:

I found it awfully amusing, if terrifying, that the gag order was clearly in effect when it came to even your liberal shows not uttering a word about the Stewart-Cramer interview last night.

It’s a new world, and you should adapt to it. A desperate clinging to power is very unappealing. Think, “Mugabe.”

I watch Matthews almost religiously, I watch Olbermann from time to time especially lately, and I love the Maddow show because she’s just so damn smart and polite.

No WAY do they not talk about the Interview without orders not to do so.

With all due respect, fuck you. You’re missing a big money-maker, and that is the absolute rage felt by people on all sides of the political spectrum about reverse welfare. A corporation that can’t capitalize on widespread public rage deserves no investment.

Sincerely,

John O
IL

Update 2: Holy shit! Here’s a prediction I would bet the wife and kids on, if I had any: Shep Smith is not long for FOX “News.” This is VERY funny stuff. HUGE hat tip to John Cole for this work of art.

Update 3: Kudos to NBC. They’re floating a trial balloon with Maddow, to see if what she has to say sells, because she’s the first NBC employee to mention The Interview on TV air that I know of. I retract, if only a little since they’re still controlling who says what, my e-mail to NBC. Thank God they’re still curious about capitalism!

Update 4: Kudos are also in big order for Shepperd Smith at FOX. He MAY actually have a brain and conscience.

Update 5: Fuck you, NBC. You were OK with Rachel referring to it, but not talking about it. What a bunch of rich prick asshole anti-free speech losers you are.

*crosstalk*”

I can only speculate, but now I have to think Frank Gaffney is Dick Cheney’s undisclosed location. Or that perhaps Frank Gaffney is actually Dick Cheney in disguise.

He’s the chickenhawk’s chickenhawk. I’ve never seen him be anything but blood-lustily despicable.

Think Progress, that wonder of a website, has some audible video.

After disgusting and ignorant human being and pathetic right-wing shrill Congresscritter Michelle Bachmann went on Hardball last night and managed to get in every loony accusation and talking point in the right wing’s equally pathetic “arsenal” on Obama, as well as calling for an investigation into her fellow Congresscritters’ patriotism…

…something very cool happened. Her opponent raised over $400,000 in 24 hours, from all over the country.

And I was a proud donor. You can be, too. It’s fast and easy, and even $10 matters.

Be gone, Michelle. And no, I don’t think you’re anti-American. In fact, I think you represent a creepily large portion of America. I’ll have pretty accurate count of that proportion come Nov. 5.

You have to see it to believe it.

This is what the Republicans have left to debate. It doesn’t matter if they actually know what they’re talking about, a certain X of the American public will believe it, and the current psychotic incarnation of the GOP counts on it. People listen to this man on the radio.

Poor Kevin. I hereby nominate this for the most embarrassing TV appearance of the year.

What. A. Moron. Craptacular!

Mrs. Greenspan, Chris, and Pat Buchanan tackle the touchy issue of uneducated voters of low income who look at race when considering their vote.

Watch Crooks and Liars for the video. Though I’m sure this one is going to be all over the place.

The tension actually woke me up from a nap. It was funny and weird. Pat, of course, was arguing that people are supposed to vote racist, or that black people voting for the first ever possible black President are themselves racist, whereas white people who told pollsters race was a factor in their vote was the same. Or something. It got pretty tense, and in the end, remarkably real for TV.

It’s gonna be one interesting summer and fall.

I’ll see if I can find this gem myself as soon as possible.

Update: Bingo! God I love the internet.

Update 2: A great measure of how far the conservative movement has fallen is my gradual gain of “respect” for Pat Buchanan. He’s a brilliant man in many respects, a terrific historian, and most of all, he’s honest and forthright about his own rotting, archaic soul. I appreciate that.

Who doesn’t feel a twinge of pathos for a person wearing a bad (or even objectively good-but-you-can-still-tell) rug?

Trust me, it isn’t that your hair is the biggest deal you have going on in your life. Or, at least it shouldn’t be. Nobody hassles a chemo patient with hair problems.

Vanity is not a particularly attractive personal characteristic.

What a surprise. He starts the show with more J. Wright, and how can Obama get out from under it?

The Rude Pundit has it right. Shorter: You know, a lot of women would have “completely distanced themselves” from their husbands after a lifetime of putting up with the spouse’s philandering. When we gonna start hearing that?

Not to mention the things you could say along the same lines about Laura Bush.

“She stayed with a complete idiot! And he was DRUNK for much of their marriage, at LEAST.”

If there were a campaign job for counterpunching, I would be really good at it, but too mean to live with myself, probably. I hate this irrelevant crap.

It has to be read to be believed, but for anyone who has watched him for a long time it pretty much validates every impression an intelligent person might have of him.

The piece reads like a primer of the problems with insider journalism.

He’s a weird, successful dude. Often I wonder why I wasn’t more like Ann Coulter or Ward Churchill (whoever the fuck that is) or Chris Matthews, if only when I’m considering my economic and political place in American life.

Then I remember: That’s right! It’s because I’m not a celebrity whore!

Digby has, of course, a more intelligent take.

Regardless of who wins.

I know this is heresy. But every time I see the man talk about matters global, I’m with him.

I could be biased by my Midwestern roots; most of the great Midwesterners I’ve known have been above all, pragmatic.

Update: This is such a good idea that Obama should steal it. No, it’s even better than that. It is such a good idea Obama needs to keep it in his wallet for when the news cycle gets out of hand in a big way unfavorable to Barack. It wouldn’t work as well for Hillary politically, though a case could be made she would be stealing equal thunder media-ly, and it obviously won’t happen with McCain. Hagel has come about as close as he can to calling a fellow Republican an idiot. And my guess is that at least a small part of McCain gets it.

Not only would it provide some bona fides for Obama’s overall message of trying to be less of a dick as the Head Politician, it would take the news off the critifuckingcal issue of Obama’s bowling skills, for example. And it would be a good, smart choice on the actual merits, too. I disagree with Hagel about a million things, but his old school Republican roots in cautious (not to mention sane) foreign policy are AOK with me.

Hagel seems to have taken a different message out of Viet Nam than St. John of Media Mountain.

Update 2: Midwesterners and pragmatism. Theory: Weather. Four seasons. Every year, every Midwesterner gets a sharp dose of how powerless they are in the face of Mother Nature. It adds up. Mother Nature, perhaps more than any other act of God forces people to think (and subsequently behave) pragmatically. It gets down to very micro levels; blizzard coming equals necessary trip to the grocery store for supplies to wait said blizzard out. Tornados coming? Save the living things, and hope for the best.

And so it goes.