The right-wing talker's CNN Headline News ratings continue to embarrass.
Look at the latest numbers from Friday night. Among total viewers, Beck attracted an audience of 304,000, which meant he got absolutely crushed by his time slot competitors, MSNBC's Chris Matthews (953,000), CNN's Lou Dobbs (1,204,000) and Fox News' Shep Smith (2,032,000).
Matt Yglesias points out that tonight's debate may be a "Town Hall," but moderator Tom Brokaw, not the audience, will pick the questions:
In essence, Tom Brokaw and his staff will be asking the questions. They're sifting through a big group of people, and their pre-set questions, and picking the questions they like. Meanwhile, though, Brokaw and co. get to evade responsibility for the questions if people don't like them — it was real people asking! And no followups, so if John McCain gets a question about his plan to cut Medicare and wants to give an answer about Bill Ayers, nobody can stop him.
Remember: Brokaw was the McCain camp's choice to moderate this debate -- and is NBC's liaison to the GOP candidate.
While airing portions of John McCain's stump speech on Monday, CNN temporarily replaced the news ticker on the bottom of the screen with the running text of Twitter messages ("We're in deep doo-doo") that viewers were sending anchor Rick Sanchez.
No joke. Look for yourself.
That's why it's called a club. As in the Beltway media club.
Cohen's column in the WaPo today takes the press to task for being too easy on Sarah Palin's debate performance. He stresses that if, for instance, Sen. Hillary Clinton had done the things Palin did during her forum with Joe Biden (i.e. winking at the camera), the press would have unleashed non-stop ridicule.
We don't argue with that point. But here's the telling part of Cohen's column:
I could quote the hosannas of some of my colleagues, but I spare them the infamy that will surely follow them to their graves.
Cohen thinks the press failed at its job in covering Palin but he won't name any names because that might be mean. No wonder the standards for Beltway journalism seem to be evaporating. Journalists have no fear of ever being held accountable by their peers.
The anti-Obama author recently flew to Kenya, where Obama's father was born, to launch his book, file daily dispatches, and probe Obama's alleged ties to the country's prime minister. But Kenyan officials picked Corsi up at his hotel and are detaining him because he reportedly does have a proper work permit. The AP reports:
Jerome Corsi, who wrote "The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality," was being held at immigration headquarters in Nairobi.
Corsi was invited to Kenya by Christian missionaries, concerned about the rise of Islam there.
Want to know why the right-wing "comedy" An American Carol flopped so spectacularly at the box office over the weekend? It's not because, as one critic wrote, the movie "is about as not-funny as a comedy can get."
It was because there was a Hollywood conspiracy in play to defraud the anti-liberal film. It's true, movie theaters purposefully failed to count all the American Carol tickets sold!
If you still have your ticket stub you can go here and report any funny business. And rest easy, the movie's producers "are investigating."
That's what Crooks and Liars wants to know.
The New Yorker seems to think she's the latter. In its 14-page profile of Huffington, there are relatively few details about the creation and running of her revolutionary online news hub, but lots of discussion about her personal life.