Over at UN Dispatch, Mark Goldberg notices that John Bolton has been getting an awful lot of ink lately:
If you feel like you have been reading a lot of John Bolton recently, it's because you have. A Nexis search reveals that over the past 12 weeks, John Bolton has been published on the op-ed page of a major American publication nine times. That's three times in the Washington Post, once in the New York Times, once in The Los Angeles Times, twice in the Wall Street Journal and three in the Washington Times. This is an average of just under one op-ed a week, per week, for the last three months.
That means the Washington Post has been running a Bolton op-ed once a month. Way to give your readers a diversity of viewpoints...
From ColorofChange.org news release:
Three companies who run ads during Glenn Beck -- NexisLexis-owned Lawyers.com, Proctor & Gamble and Progressive Insurance -- today distanced themselves from Beck. LexisNexis has pulled its advertising from Beck and says it has no plans to advertise on the program in the future. Both Proctor & Gamble and Progressive Insurance called the Beck advertising placements an error that they would correct.
The decision by the three companies comes as over 45,000 ColorofChange.org members call on advertisers to pull their ads from Glenn Beck after the controversial news host called President Obama a "racist" who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people" on "Fox & Friends" last week.
"Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention," said John Michaels, Senior Communications Manager at LexisNexis in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "We have suspended further advertising during Mr. Beck's program."
He's soooo overexposed. (Ego much?) All the media elites think so.
And no, don't be silly, it's not the press that's overexposing Obama.
Why would you think that?
Next Thursday (August 6th), CNN's primetime schedule will feature a few changes from the usual evening line-up to commemorate the second 100 days of the Obama presidency.
At 8pmET, CNN will air "The CNN National Report Card: Second 100 Days" followed by Anderson Cooper at 10pmET. The two-hour "Report Card" special will reair at midnight and 4amET and will act as a sequel of sorts to the "First 100 Days" special CNN ran in April.
Here's Jonathan Martin's* item in full, where he seems to suggest there's an unfair connection being made by Democrats between birthers and those forming the health care mini-mobs [emphasis added]:
Senate Whip Dick Durbin, leaving the White House on message, says it directly:
"These town hall meetings have been orchestrated by the tea baggers and the birthers to just be a free-for-alls, make a lot of noise, go on YouTube and show discord," said Durbin. "I mean that is what they are determined to do. But that is not going to accomplish what we need to accomplish: real health care reform."
I suppose the only question is, what's the meaning of "orchestrated"? Because as Media Matters has clearly documented, right-wing media voices who have been central in pushing the birther nonsense have also been central in promoting--in orchestrating--the town hall mini-mobs: Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage. They all ran to the head of the birther line and now they're all running to the head of the mini-mob line.
In fact, on his radio show Wednesday, Savage and his delusional birther guest stressed how activists should use the town hall forms--how they should form mini-mobs--to drive the birther message. And let's not not forget that the current wave of birther mania was kick-started by a GOP mini-mob that hijacked a GOP town hall meeting in Delaware and turned it into a raucous birther rally.
*Politico's Martin wrote the "conflation" post at Ben Smith's blog and I originally attributed this item to Smith.
Not to be crude about this, but I wish Beck would grow a pair. This GOP Noise Machine schtick of unleashing unholy hell on the Obama White House, the way Beck and other non-stop hate merchant on the right do, and to then scurry around acting like he's seen a mouse whenever the White House actually pushes back on this stuff is just embarrassing.
If you're going to play an unhinged brand of hardball, than play it for crying out loud. Don't lob the bombs and then go hide behind Frank Luntz and whine about how nasty Democrats are. It's unsightly.
Mike Allen on MSNBC, describing the circumstances of his interview with Sarah Palin:
"I somehow woke up to my phone, and it was one of her aides, who said "if we put Governor Palin on the phone, will you only ask her two questions?' And I said, 'Sure.' And so I was so sleepy that, after she answered the one about the divorce, I forgot what the other thing was that I was allowed to ask her, and she said 'Just go ahead, ask me anything you want.'"
Wait: Mike Allen not only agreed to ask only two questions -- he was only "allowed" to ask about certain topics?
Don't tell Dana Milbank.
Thanks James, good to know.
And yes, apparently it's the fault of liberal bloggers that 57 percent of Republicans aren't sure or don't believe that Barack Obama was born in America.
Who knew the netroots was so powerful?
Here's how the worst article you'll read all week begins:
The coffee was still brewing when Chris Ann Cleland got her first reminder of the day that voting for Barack Obama might have been a mistake.
The Prince William County real estate agent was sitting at a long wooden table covered with paperwork. Her clients, a young couple who had brought their 2-week-old baby, were finalizing a short sale on a townhouse that they were anxious to unload, even if it meant ruining their credit, because they had maxed out their credit cards trying to make the payments.
For Cleland, it was another example -- one of many this day -- of the broken promises of a president who she thought would be different.
Got that? The housing collapse is Barack Obama's fault. Never mind that it was well underway long before John Roberts screwed up Obama's oath of office -- something the Washington Post doesn't bother to mention.
A few paragraphs later, the Post acknowledges that Cleland's story may not be representative of ... well, anything at all:
There is no empirical evidence at this point in Virginia's race for governor showing that huge numbers of voters think like Cleland and will respond by sending a message to Washington.
Then the Post went right back to recounting up Cleland's complaints, and those of a fellow Obama critic. Paragraph after paragraph devoted to nothing more than typing up two peoples' anecdotal views -- views the Post acknowledges may not be representative of anything, and views the Post does nothing to put in context. Complaints like the fact that, due to economic struggles, some of the residents in her "upper-middle-class enclave" don't want to pay to keep the "crape myrtles and azaleas" in cul-de-sac circles from browning and withering. No, seriously: The Post offers that as an example of Cleland's "disappointment with Obama."
It goes on like that for 1,400 words -- it's essentially an op-ed by a disgruntled Obama voter, dressed up like a news article. The byline reads "By Sandhya Somashekhar," but it should say "By Chris Ann Cleland, as told to Sandhya Somashekhar."
That's not totally fair. Somashekhar did go to the trouble of quoting a Republican strategist saying Democrats are in trouble in Virginia (no Democratic strategist was quoted.)
Oh, did I mention that this article ran on the front page of the Washington Post?
She mocked the White House for having the nerve to pick a fight with Matt Drudge, who, according to deep thinkers at places like the Weekly Standard, is a de facto leader of the conservative movement. Along with Glenn Beck, of course. (The Weekly Standard must be so proud.)
Here's Ham belittling the White House's Linda Douglass and her paltry online response to Drudge [emphasis added]:
Despite copious coverage this morning, a top link on Drudge, and the Politico dubbing it a "viral campaign," Douglass' dreary video is up to only about 350 views.
Ha-ha! Only 350 people watched the White House's response to Drudge. Except that, if you check the tallies today, the White House clip has been viewed more than 116,000 times.
Still waiting for Ham to update her post.