At least 80 advertisers have reportedly dropped their ads from Glenn Beck's Fox News program since he called President Obama a "racist" who has a "deep-seated hatred for white people." Here are his March 15 sponsors, in the order they appeared (scroll down for Beck's March 12 sponsors):
Here are his March 12 sponsors, in the order they appeared:
From Fox News' Twitter account:
As Mediaite.com's Colby Hall notes today:
CNBC is no longer just "first in business worldwide," as their tag line states, it is also the place to see on-air dust-ups between correspondent's and anchors. Back in December we noted an on-air kerfuffle between host Steve Liesman and reporter Rick Santelli in which Santellit told his host "You don't say anything I find interesting." This morning viewers of the financial news channel bore witness to another tiff between the squabbling CNBCers.
Transcript of their exchange (via TV Newser):
Liesman: Rick, you've lost enough people enough money by now.
Santelli: Why don't we put that to a referendum? Let's put it on our website right now. Who lost you more money, Steve Liesman or Rick Santelli. Put your money where your mouth is.
Liesman: Rick you argued interest rates would be higher, you argued for the crash of the dollar, Rick. Rick, you had everything wrong, Rick. There wasn't a single thing you had right.
Santelli: Jobs, jobs, jobs. I talked about the credit crisis.
Liesman: You were wrong... you said the credit crisis was nothing. I'll pull the tapes.
Santelli: Okay. You pull the tapes Steve Liesman.
Liesman: You were wrong about everything.
From a March 14 Newsmax column by Richard Grenell, who "served as the spokesman for the last four ambassadors to the United Nations -- John Negroponte, John Danforth, John Bolton, and Zalmay Khalilzad":
If President Barack Obama gets his trillion dollar healthcare bill passed this week by the Democrats in Congress, parents will be required to pay for their unmarried kids' healthcare coverage until the age of 26.
And Generation Y will be enticed to continue slacking, without a job, well past college graduation. While ski bums everywhere are cheering the news that the federal government will be forcing parents to pay for their health insurance through age 26, parents are questioning why the federal government is enticing a whole generation to stay unemployed.
America has always been a place where hard work is rewarded regardless of one's age, family status or educational background. If you have an idea you are committed to and make sacrifices to further the idea, you can be wildly successful in our capitalistic system.
In America, you can launch a multi-billion dollar computer company from your garage, you can grow up homeless and make it to Harvard and you can create a worldwide social networking movement while still in college.
But you can also be a slacker if you have the means to slack. Spending a year skiing, hanging out on the beach and surfing or traveling the world are options for the few lucky ones who have parents wealthy enough to pay for such endeavors.
But should the U.S. government encourage college kids to become slackers? Does Generation Y need any more encouragement to feel entitled? And should society guarantee a 5-year hiatus from responsibility after college graduation for millions of college kids?
While it is true that many college graduates today will be self-motivated to find a career, make their own money and contribute to society, Generation Y has been the most entitled generation in history. Should the American taxpayer tempt these kids further into believing that the American dream is easy to fulfill?
Obama's healthcare bill is being celebrated on the slopes of Colorado and the surf shacks of California but is a dangerous precedent for future generations.
One could understand extending another entitlement program through age 26 in countries where the average workweek is 30 hours per week and vacation time is guaranteed at 8-10 weeks per year. But is this new proposal anti-American? We aren't supposed to reward people who don't work hard and make sacrifices to get ahead. And we aren't supposed to guarantee anything in America but a fair shot. America is a place where you prove your commitment to your family and your community through hard work and sacrifice. It is this ethic that we call American values.
UPDATE: Gibbs responds on Twitter:
From Kyle Olson's March 15 Big Government post:
by Kyle Olson
I thought it was odd that Robert Gibbs was wearing a purple bracelet (and a purple tie) during his appearance on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face The Nation." SEIU president Andy Stern, the top visitor to the White House, wore a similar, if not the same, purple bracelet at one point, too. And in virtually every photo of Stern, he's wearing SEIU's purple color.
The bracelet is kind of a signal to tell Stern that the administration has it under control and ObamaCare will be delivered. Just a few more Democrats need to be shown the Chicago way.
Am I making too much out of nothing? Maybe. Who knows.
And this reminded me of another time a signal was being sent by the White House some time back.
Was Gibbs sending a signal to Stern, ala Clinton and Lewinsky? Doubtful. But anything is possible in the lead-up to the intra-Democratic Party showdown to deliver health care reform for Andy Stern and SEIU.
From the Drudge Report accessed March 15, 2010:
From the AP article linked to by Drudge:
Ahead of visit, Obama reconsiders Indonesia military
The United States is looking to break a taboo and train an elite Indonesian force linked to past abuses, as President Barack Obama courts the world's largest Muslim-majority nation with a visit.
With its moderate form of Islam and democratization since the 1990s, Indonesia is increasingly seen in Washington as an ideal partner. Obama spent part of his childhood in Jakarta, giving him a propitious personal connection.
Ahead of Obama's trip next week, top officers from Kopassus -- a military unit that focuses on counter-insurgency and intelligence -- visited Washington to discuss a resumption of training, people with knowledge of the talks said.
The United States cut off support for Kopassus under the so-called Leahy Amendment in 1997, which prohibited training to foreign military units involved in human rights abuses.
On Friday, I posted an item about the comment section attached to a Politico news article about how Sen. Harry Reid's wife and daughter had been seriously injured in a car accident. I highlighted the posted comments at Politico because I thought they were so disturbed and so depraved in the unhinged way they mocked Reid's injured family and openly wished he's been among the mangled wreckage. To me, the indefensible comments offered a window into the increasingly dark and hateful soul of today's conservative movement, which tends to view its political opponents as non-human.
Writing up the item I tried to go out of my way not to cast blame. While I did note the GOP Noise Machine long ago crank up the hate rhetoric way past 11, I didn't suggest there was a direct connection between the incessant filth that often passes for discourse within the right-wing media, and the blood-lust comments posted at Politico.
Big mistake on my part.
Because the same day I highlighted the unconscionable comments posted about Reid's wife and daughter, what did online right-wing nut Dan Riehl post?
"isn't It Time to Euthanize Reid's Wife"?
Then what did a RedState contributor write?
Comments on euthanizing Sen. Harry Reid's wife "deserved to be said"
And then what did Riehl write in response to Media Matters?
"I'd have taken a coat hanger" to Media Matters
For the record, I do think there is an inescapable connection between the violent hate posts that we see online, like the ones made at Politico in connection to the sad Reid story, and the bile that passes for content on right-wing blogs, AM talk radio and portion of Fox News. If any right-wingers disagree, let them come forward and denounce Riehl and RedState for those deranged comments about Reid's wife.
If conservatives won't do that, then they have no argument to make.
It's true, because National Review's Andrew McCarthy's said so in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece this weekend.
Turns out, Democrats not only tell the former federal judge and GOP independent counsel Ken Starr what to do, they also have extraordinary sway over a whole stable of former Bush administration officials who, like Starr, came out last week and condemned as "shameful" the right-wing "Al Qaeda Seven" smear campaign, targeting DOJ attorneys who have defended terror suspects.
In a Journal face-off, McCarthy defended the "Al Qaeda Seven" attacks, and did his best to downplay the conservative backlash the smear campaign ignited [emphasis added]:
The Department of Justice folded, providing the names to the media. But the Obama administration also drummed up support from the legal profession's leading lights. Twenty-two of them, including Kenneth Starr and other well-respected Republican lawyers, fired off a letter denouncing the ad as "shameful."
Ignore those nearly two dozen attorneys, many of whom have deep ties with the conservative movement and the Bush White House, McCarthy argued in the Journal. They were simply doing whatever the Obama White House told them to do.
Whatever you say Andy.
UPDATED: The White House also dictates content to right-wing bloggers!
From Kurtz's March 15 Washington Post column:
In just over a year, Glenn Beck's blinding burst of stardom has often seemed to overshadow the rest of Fox News.
And that may not be a good thing for the top-rated cable news channel, as many of its staffers are acutely aware.
With his celebrity fueled by a Time cover story, best-selling books, cheerleading role at protest rallies and steady stream of divisive remarks, Beck is drawing big ratings. But there is a deep split within Fox between those -- led by Chairman Roger Ailes -- who are supportive, and many journalists who are worried about the prospect that Beck is becoming the face of the network.
By calling President Obama a racist and branding progressivism a "cancer," Beck has achieved a lightning-rod status that is unusual even for the network owned by Rupert Murdoch. And that, in turn, has complicated the channel's efforts to neutralize White House criticism that Fox is not really a news organization. Beck has become a constant topic of conversation among Fox journalists, some of whom say they believe he uses distorted or inflammatory rhetoric that undermines their credibility.
Fox staffers note that veteran producer Gresham Striegel left the network after clashing with Beck and say the host has surrounded himself with loyalists from Mercury, some of whom remain on that company's payroll. (Striegel did not respond to a request for comment.) When Fox covers breaking news during Beck's hour, some journalists say, they are flooded with angry e-mail from viewers about the preemption.
Friction between opinionated cable personalities and journalists has also flared occasionally at MSNBC. But Beck has caused such anguish at Fox that some of its journalists celebrated the failure of last week's interview with embattled ex-congressman Eric Massa, which Beck pronounced a waste of time.
One thing is beyond debate: Beck provides a strong lead-in for the network's evening lineup. "The significance of Beck to Fox's bottom line cannot be underestimated," says Tyndall, the industry analyst. "Getting an audience that size at 5 p.m. is absolutely unheard of."
But that growth has come at a price, at least for those at Fox who believe that Beck is beginning to define their brand. Glenn Beck is a media phenomenon married to a phenomenally successful network, but away from the cameras, theirs is a troubled relationship.
From a March 13 Big Government post:
Here's what else they know. History affords many examples of regimes whose motto was "Never let a crisis go to waste." In 1933, having campaigned for "hope" and "change," the National Socialist Worker's Party forced through the German parliament a Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Nation, also known as the Enabling Act.
This new law enabled the German chancellor and his appointees to bypass parliament in imposing sweeping regulations on the people:
"In addition to the procedure prescribed by the constitution, laws of the Reich may also be enacted by the government of the Reich [i.e., the Cabinet]."
The constitution of the Weimar Republic became so irrelevant that the new regime never saw a need to actually repeal it.
By this vote, the National Socialist Workers Party assumed absolute power and the Chancellor made history.