THIS Is What Ailes Is 'Fair and Balanced' About?
September 26, 2011
A Roger Ailes profile by Howie Kurtz in the Daily Beast has him offering advice to Mitt Romney ("You ought to be looser on the air") and warning Shepherd Smith not to say nice things about President Barack Obama ("Every once in a while [he] gets out there where the buses don't run and we have a friendly talk"). Kurtz reports that Ailes "has pulled back a bit on the throttle," but the evidence for that is scant. Meanwhile, Ailes' latest criticism of the lamestream media is that (am I reading this correctly?) it's biased against suicide bombers: The talk turns to terrorism.
Factchecker: Obama's Plan Isn't Paid For If Congress Refuses To Pay For It
September 08, 2011
Before I get to commenting on President Obama's speech tonight, I should note this ridiculous "fact check" piece by the Associated Press: President Barack Obama's promise Thursday that everything in his jobs plan will be paid for rests on highly iffy propositions. It will only be paid for if a committee he can't control does his bidding, if Congress puts that into law and if leaders in the future — the ones who will feel the fiscal pinch of his proposals — don't roll it back. Is this serious? That criticism can be made of any proposal to offset the cost of tax cuts or spending.
Obama to Make Major Jobs Speech
August 17, 2011
Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Yes, President Obama is going to make a serious push to do something about jobs. It’s going to begin right after Labor Day. White House officials are telling reporters that Obama plans to give a major speech on the economy, right after the holiday weekend. In that speech, the officials are saying, Obama will propose a series of initiatives to bolster the economy and promote higher employment.
Who Can Save the Space Program? Stephen Colbert.
July 07, 2011
Today, the last space flight of NASA's 30-year shuttle program takes off. The shuttle, Atlantis, is now expected to launch at 4:26 p.m eastern time, and with the program coming to the end, a “generational battle” is brewing over the future of the space program.
EXCLUSIVE: New Forensic Details About Weinergate Photo
June 01, 2011
As the Anthony Weiner Twitter whodunit trundles on into almost a full week, it remains unclear where the now-infamous photo came from. To help shed some light on this, I contacted Hany Farid, a renowned expert in forensic photographic image analysis.
Yes, Sarah Palin Is Trig's Mom
April 22, 2011
I've never cared enough about this story to pay close attention, but for those who do, Salon has put it to rest: We've learned, for instance, that an Associated Press reporter in Alaska who was covering Palin during her pregnancy in early 2008 (before she became a national figure) thoroughly investigated rumors that the pregnancy was a hoax. The reporter directly questioned Palin about the matter in a private meeting in her Juneau office before she gave birth. Gov. Palin responded by voluntarily lifting her outer layer of clothing, offering a clear look at her round belly.
Is Obama Running On Character?
April 04, 2011
Michael Scherer thinks so: Obama will be running on his character. The most interesting quote of the video comes from the southern white guy. "I don't agree with Obama on everything. But I respect him and I trust him." Consider what an extraordinary line this is for a video meant to recruit volunteers to organize for a presidential campaign. Have you ever met a campaign organizer that goes door-to-door or works the phones for a candidate that they admit they don't agree with? The reasoning behind this line can be found in a recent Associated Press poll.
A gunman shot Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Federal District Judge John Roll, and more than a dozen bystanders at a public event in Tuscon, Arizona on Saturday morning. At least five people have died, according to multiple media accounts, including Judge Roll and a nine-year-old girl. But the exact number is not clear. Several victims are at hospitals, in critical condition and undergoing treatment. Giffords survived the attack and, according to a physician from University Medical Center at Tuscon, is recovering from neurosurgery.
A Muddled Message on Health Care Reform
September 27, 2010
The latest polls on health care reform have not been encouraging, particularly if you're a Democrat trying to win re-election. Overall, the public is ambivalent about the Affordable Care Act, with slightly more people disapproving of the law than approving of it.
Reagan, Bush, and Rotten Eggs
August 25, 2010
The next time you hear a conservative ranting about big government, ask him how he likes his eggs--plain or with a side of salmonella. As you’ve probably heard by now, a massive egg recall is underway. A midwest producer shipped tainted eggs to supermarkets across the country, causing more than 1,300 known infections--with more, possibly, to come. The company ran the kind of factory farming operation that, experts have long warned, made salmonella infection more likely. Its owner had previously paid millions in fines for violating labor and safety regulations.