Chicago Sun-Times on Roland Burris
“Just another Illinois politician.”
The Iseman Lawsuit against the NY Times
Byron posted on it here, but won’t the Times have to reveal their anonymous sources if the suit goes to trial? The MSM settled out of court in a similar situation with Wen Ho Lee just as the Supreme ...
10-year-old Damon Weaver, who had a great interview of Joe Biden during the campaign, has been denied a press credential by Team Obama to cover the inauguration:
Pint-size anchorman Damon Weaver, 10, has been denied media credentials to President-elect Barack Obama’...
AP Photo Editorial of the Day
If the AP wanted to do some real reporting from Israel, their photographers would take pictures of Hamas terrorists shooting off rockets from residential areas. Instead they run this picture of big bad Israel attacking a Palestinian boy with a ...
Caroline Kennedy vs. the NY Times
Don’t reporters for the Times know not to annoy a princess?
With several weeks to go before Mr. Paterson makes his decision, she is doling out glimpses of her political beliefs and private life. But when asked Saturday morning ...
MSM Strategically Redeploys ...
… from Iraq. In today’s New York Times:
Quietly, as the United States presidential election and its aftermath have dominated the news, America’s three broadcast network news divisions have stopped sending full-time correspondents to Iraq.
“The war has gone ...
Tom Friedman lauds the gas tax in Sunday’s New York Times. An excerpt:
That is why I believe the second biggest decision Barack Obama has to make — the first is deciding the size of the stimulus — is whether to ...
(CNN) — A lawyer who served in the Clinton administration and more recently was an adviser to California’s lieutenant governor pleaded guilty to a child porn charge in a San Diego federal court Monday.
Wade Rowland Sanders admitted to ...
World's Most Expensive Backup Generator
If this whole warming-planet thing doesn’t work out,
NBC News Chief Steve Capus Calls Shenanigans
On those of us who had an issue with MSDNC’s coverage of the Republican convention:
Do you think you would have endured the criticism you did during the Republican convention if Tim Russert had been there to level the ...
February 8, 2009, is the day that anyone who gets TV reception from an antenna will need to upgrade with a digital converter box in order to get reception. The federal government has been spending millions on ad campaigns to make sure ...
A local paper with no web presence that’s thriving:
With 2008 drawing to a brutal close on the media beat — bankruptcies, daily newspapers that are no longer daily, magazines that are downsizing into brochures — a little ray of light appeared ...
The Wall Street Journal interviews President Bush, here.
Facebook Un-Friends Jihadists
A quickly growing jihadist group that used Facebook to spread its radical message has been shut down by the popular Web networking site after FOXNews.com alerted the company to the group’s activities.
Facebook blocked the group, ...
Twas the Night Before Fitzmas...
NBC Chicago has compiled a list of different Fitzmas stories. An excerpt:
Author: Mike Stawarski
Opening verse: ’Twas the night before Fitzmas, all still at Rod’s house
While the Feds vetted transcripts: “That Blago’s a louse.”
A Senate ...
Anyone want to bet on a snowstorm hitting D.C. on March 2, 2009?
Make Climate Justice History – Mass civil disobedience March 2nd, 2009 in DC
Dear Friends and Allies-
We’re in the process of organizing a mass non-violent civil disobedience to ...
It would be nice if, before Governor Paterson makes her the next senator from New York, Caroline Kennedy would answer a few questions from the press:
ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports: Caroline Kennedy, kicking off her Hillary Clinton-style “listening tour” ...
Why did they need to build a brand new factory?
DETROIT — General Motors Corp., anxiously conserving cash so it can keep operating into 2009, said Wednesday it would halt construction of a plant tied to one of its most important projects ...
The Squeaky Blonde Gets the Grease
AFTER complaining yes terday that she’d been left off the guest list this year for the White House Christmas party, Elisabeth Hasselbeck discovered that her invitation had been lost in the mail.
On the “The View” yesterday, ...
Obama – The College Years:
What Every Kid Wants for Christmas
Environmental virtue — and a cute and snuggly polar bear!A book Planet Gore readers probably won’t be buying for their kids this year:
A children’s book author hopes that her new Christmas story will help kids realize that ...
Media Research Center on Page Six?
From today’s New York Post:
NEWSWEEK’S Eleanor Clift is no judge of character. Three years ago, Clift hailed Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his “fresh” approach to health care. “With his shock of black hair and cherubic face, ...
The Hayward Headline Hunt
Attention readers: Steve Hayward posts over in Planet Gore:
For months now, I’ve been predicting that when the New York Times finally got around late this year or early next year to reporting about the rapid cooling the planet ...
Britney Spears Weighs in on the U.S. Auto Industry
Her views aren’t that much different from Democrats in Congress:
I love Japan! I think all the tiny cars are so cute!”
Dick Cheney talking with Jonathan Karl of ABC News on how 9/11 “changed” him:
KARL: What do you say to those who say you’ve changed? I mean, you’ve seen friends go across, say, I don’t know Dick Cheney ...
Tom Nelson posts:
And now, the Obama effect
AFP: Obama to present new climate change team
CHICAGO (AFP) — President-elect Barack Obama was set Monday to name his energy and environmental chiefs and vow a new dawn for US leadership against ...
Warren Buffett in the News
Another Dem who hates the United States car industry:
Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) — BYD Co., the Chinese automaker backed by Warren Buffett, started selling the world’s first mass-produced plug-in hybrid, gaining an edge on Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Corp. ...
SNL vs. Gov. Paterson of New York
Saturday’s SNL featured a “Weekend Update” skit poking-fun at New York’s blind governor, David Paterson. I thought the jokes about his drug use were fair game. Making fun of him because he’s blind was not. Here’s ...
It’s like an episode of 24. AP:
Obama left with little time to curb global warming
WASHINGTON – When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, global warming was a slow-moving environmental problem that was easy to ignore. Now it is a ticking ...
No Future for Electric Cars
So says a secret French report that French President Sarkozy won’t release. The Financial Times reports:
Indeed, Mr Sarkozy’s own government commissioned months ago one of France’s leading energy experts – Jean Syrota, the former French energy industry ...
Harry Reid on the Bailout Vote
Why Harry Reid is not a securities analyst. Here’s Reid in the L.A. Times on what he sees as an effect of the killed bailout bill:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he feared the effect on ...
Axelrod on Jarret's Interest in a Senate Seat
Over the next few weeks, I expect contradictions like this will get a little more attention. Here’s Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet, reporting from a Harvard political forum featuring David Axelrod:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In what I can only describe as ...
David Letterman and McCain Discuss Global Warming
From tonight’s Late Show:
DL: And knowing it intimately, from living there, have you noticed a change in the patterns of weather? Anything that may lead you to believe that there’s trouble ahead in terms of the climate?
Not Looking Good for Jesse Jr.
As Gov. Rod Blagojevich was trying to pick Illinois’ next U.S. senator, businessmen with ties to both the governor and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. discussed raising at least $1 million for Blagojevich’s campaign as a ...
The NY Times reviews the 2009 Dodge Challenger:
Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing
Ouch. From the review:
Still, if you ignore the engine and the cosmetics, the SE is a competent car. It has enough power for highway merging, the transmission ...
Can’t blame this one on global warming:
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — The Nuremberg zoo says one of a pair of twin polar bear cubs has died — and that it is possible its mother ate it.
The twin bears were born ...
Dan Henninger in today’s WSJ:
U.S. Says It Will Bail Out Christmas
Easter and even Valentine’s Day might be next
With the government on the brink of rescuing the U.S. auto industry, we have learned that ...
Helmet Hair is now a Disorder?
Sun-Times Blago story of the day:
DIAGNOSING BLAGOJEVICH | Gov’s chestnut mane might be sign of narcissistic personality disorder, psychologists say.
So far, Sun-Times readers agree with the analysis:
Do you think Blagojevich is crazy?
President Obama, Faster Please
Last night, Keith Olbermann suggested to Chris Hayes of The Nation that we need a constitutional amendment to allow future presidents to take office 48 hours after they are elected. I’ve heard or read similar comments since the election, for ...
Jay Leno on his Move to Primetime
From Countdown last night:
OLBERMANN: As promised, here he is, the man of the hour, the hour being now 10:00 Eastern, Jay Leno. Congratulations. We can‘t get rid of you, huh?
JAY LENO, TALK SHOW HOST: Thank you, the governor ...
Blago the rat from today’s Sun-Times:
The Collapse of the Sports Bubble
How long before the credit crunch hits the professional sports leagues? Sports reporters don’t seem to appreciate the economics at play. An example from the AP today:
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Desperate for a closer, the New York Mets landed ...
Obama and Blagojevich: 'You Betcha'
ABC’s Jake Tapper catches Obama (or David Axelrod) in a little misstatement:
“Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney’s office today,” ...
Use Ben Stein's Money, Not Mine
Ben Stein: Bail out the Big Three. Stein’s conclusion:
Let’s stop the Depression before it starts. Let’s show some fairness and good faith to our own. Let’s bail out the Big Three, help them slim down, ...
Patrick Fitzgerald and the Tribune
Interesting from Editor & Publisher:
CHICAGO U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who ordered the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Tuesday morning, said at his office’s requst the Chicago Tribune agreed to delay publication of a story that the FBI ...
Larry Craig is still bigger news than Blago:
Don't Say McCain Didn't Warn You
Chicago Sun-Times headline: Illinois could set tone for sex ed nationwide
NBC is signing Jay Leno for a new show at 10 p.m.:
Jay Leno is staying at NBC, and he’s moving to prime time. The network announced Tuesday that Leno will host a show five nights a week at 10 ...
Move above sea-level:
Tulane University professors worried about global warming’s effect on New Orleans have advice for their co-citizens — don’t build new shopping malls below sea level.
Still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, Nola, as it is affectionately called, ...
2009: A Year Without Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
Time Warner is threatening to pull seven Viacom cable properties, including Comedy Central, off the air as of midnight tonight unless a new deal can be arranged:
Time Warner Cable subscribers could lose “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Dora the Explorer” and Jon ...
Why Local Papers Are Failing - It's the Debt Load
Mark K. posted over in The Corner on the hard-times facing local newspapers and linked to this piece on RealClearMarkets.com. An excerpt:
The once mighty St. Louis Post-Dispatch, flagship of Joseph Pulitzer’s publishing fleet, announced in a small ...
California’s government at work:
REDDING, Calif. — Shasta County health officials are cracking down on an 86-year-old disabled World War II veteran who has been selling homemade fruitcakes for more than a decade.
The Department of Environmental Health cites an ...
Help Wanted. Bush Derangement Syndrome a Plus
Keith Olbermann is hiring:
Segment Producer, Countdown with Keith Olbermann
Built on the worldwide resources of NBC News, MSNBC defines news for the next generation with world-class reporting and a full schedule of live news coverage, political analysis and ...
The story you won’t read in the MSM. Commentary’s David Keys reports from Sderot, Israel:
Larissa Yaakobov stands before me sobbing. Her young daughter and nine-year-old son look on helpless. “I can’t do it anymore,” she says ...
Gallup Poll's "Most Admired" Women
Governor Palin’s popularity is somewhere between Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.
I was at the Bronx Zoo on Sunday, enjoying the global warming with the kids, and sat through a short movie on the zoo’s efforts to save Congo’s rainforests. Oddly there was no talk of how to save ...
NY Times Letters to the Editor. . .
. . . kind of defending President Bush? Today’s “Letters to the Editor” section regarding the Bush-was-the-sole-cause-of-the-housing-crisis hit piece have a much fairer view of who and what caused the meltdown than the Times’ own reporting. Maybe the Times should have its ...
Birds Got to Fly, Bears Got to Eat
The circle of life was interrupted today in Berlin:
BERLIN — A self-described ‘lonely’ man jumped into the enclosure of the Berlin’s zoo’s famed polar bear Knut.
German police say zoo workers were able to keep the 200-kilogram bear ...
From Politico’s “Top Ten Media Blunders” of the year:
10) CNN’s Drew Griffin misquoting the National Review: CNN finally got an interview with Sarah Palin, but ran into trouble when Griffin read part of a National Review story to ...
Obama Getting Annoyed With Reporters . . .
. . . while on his sun-soaked vacation in far-off Hawaii:
“OK guys, come on,” the president-elect said to photographers as they snapped away before his game. “How many shots do you need?”
Take off your shirt and go swimming and find out.
$4 billion from Canada:
TORONTO – The federal and Ontario governments announced Saturday a bailout package of 4 billion Canadian dollars ($3.29 billion) for the Canadian subsidiaries of the Detroit Three automakers.
The announcement follows a pledge Friday by President George W. Bush to ...
How Can One Mess Up A Blog About Alcohol?
The New York Times has found a way. Here’s their latest post on how to treat a hangover. An excerpt:
In order to minimize the emotional damage hangovers can cause I, personally, practice a form of aversion therapy. If ...
ABC News Fact Checks the '1 in 10 Jobs Tied to the Auto Industry' Claim
And 1 in 10 just isn’t true:
In an effort to convince Congress to bail out the U.S. automakers, company executives, union leaders and politicians have made the compelling argument that the industry directly and indirectly supports one in every 10 ...
Bill Clinton Releases His Donor Records
NY Times Profiles Robert Gibbs
This Sunday’s Times Magazine will include a big piece on incoming press secretary Robert Gibbs. It’s the usual stuff, but this stood out, showing just how confident Team Obama was toward the end of the campaign:
Dunn tells ...
A Report From the (Cold) Front
Global warming strikes Malibu:
LOS ANGELES — Snow snarled major mountain highways and even dusted Malibu on Wednesday as a cold storm hit parts of California. One person was killed by a wind-related helicopter crash, and an overflowing river on the ...
Joe Scarborough vs. David Axelrod on Team Obama's 'Inconsistencies'
Why Doesn't NRO Have One of These?
The New York Times has a new blog titled “Proof: Alcohol and American Life”:
For the past 10,000 years or so, wherever humans have gathered, there has been alcohol. Some never touch the stuff. But most do. It is used to ...
Anyone See a Problem With This Picture?
The New York Times has a piece out on Madoff and the “feeder funds” that sent him money. The conclusion of the Times piece:
People in the industry continue to question Fairfield’s due diligence. Michael Markov, a hedge fund ...
Time's Person of the Year
Eliot Spitzer and the Massage Parlor
Don’t worry. He wasn’t there for a “massage,” just to celebrate Christmas with his new colleagues at Slate:
If Eliot Spitzer had had to choose a venue at which to make his re-entry into society, he would presumably ...
Irony Alert: Detroit Free Press
The Detroit Free Press is live-blogging its own news conference on the challenges of print newspapers in a digital world.
Not sure which is the bigger scam:
Little has been heard from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich since federal agents arrested him and a senior aide on corruption charges last week.
But in recent days, dozens of governors and others interested ...
Polar Bears Not So Dumb After All
Scientists find when hungry, they eat:
Polar bears could avoid extinction despite many starving to death in coming years, according to scientists and other observers who have discovered that some of the bears have found a new food source — goose ...
The Gore Effect (The phenomenon that leads to unseasonably cold temperatures, driving rain, hail, or snow whenever Al Gore visits an area to discuss global warming) remains in full effect. Planet Gore reader Rosa e-mails from Milan:
As you perhaps ...
New York Times:
Anti-Kidnap Consultant Kidnapped in Mexico
MEXICO CITY — An American security consultant who is an expert on kidnapping and has helped negotiate the release of scores of kidnap victims in Latin America over the years was himself kidnapped ...
For the 'Now They Tell Us' File: NYT and Schumer
The New York Times finally decides to write a piece on Chuck Schumer and his cozy relationship with Wall Street. An excerpt:
Senator Schumer plays an unrivaled role in Washington as beneficiary, advocate and overseer of an industry that is ...
What Size Shoe Does Helen Thomas Wear?
An Iraq journalist attacks President Bush with a shoe. (ABC News caption: “Iraqi journalist hauled out of room screaming after hurling size 10s at President Bush”)
According to BusinessWeek:
Ford FiestaYes, it’s a Ford. The 2009 Fiesta is the epitome of the kind of cars consumers need now: small, stylish, and fuel-thrifty. In fact, the Fiesta earns up to 65 miles per gallon, thanks to ...
Getting a Lecture on Patriotism
Governor Granholm of Michigan:
“Having a strong manufacturing sector in the United States seemed to mean nothing to those who claim to be patriotic Americans,” she said. “Those who have largely foreign investments were voting to actually hurt the American ...
After eight years of watching the media stalk Bush advisers, is this really a reason to skip work?
The President-elect’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, said today he won’t go to the Chicago Presidential transition offices in order ...
The Day the Earth Stood Still, Dude
I doubt any Planet Gore readers were going to see it anyway, so, here’s the spoiler, including the incredibly stupid ending.
White House considering using Wall Street rescue fund to help troubled automakers
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House says it is considering using the Wall Street rescue fund to prevent U.S. automakers from failing.
President George ...
Rahm Emanuel vs. the Sun-Times
Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed:
A Sun-Times reporter pressed him to comment about whether he was the emissary named in the criminal complaint.
“You’re wasting your time,” Emanuel said. “I’m not going to ...
Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas writes in The Hill on the election of Republican Joseph Cao in the LA-02:
In LA-02, Republican Joseph Cao became the nation’s first Vietnamese-American to serve in Congress by defeating incumbent Democrat William Jefferson ...
Rich: Her experience with Chicago’s public housing? An excerpt from a June Boston Globe piece on Obama and Chicago’s housing policies:
CHICAGO – The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented ...
Reid wants Blago to resign to avoid a potential Republican pick-up in a special election.
Jay Leno on the Auto Industry's New Congressional Masters
Jay Leno, from Olbermann last night, on the bailout:
OLBERMANN: All right. Let me ask you one more topical thing since you‘re going to be topical as ever on this.
LENO: Go ahead.
OLBERMANN: The largest buyers of cars ...
WASHINGTON — In an unexpected judicial turnaround, the Supreme Court this week reversed its 2000 ruling in the landmark case of Bush v. Gore, stripping George W. Bush of his earlier political victory, and declaring Albert Arnold Gore the 43rd ...
They’re begging in Canada, too?
Ford, GM and Chrysler submit business plans to Canadian Government
New York Nanny Wants to Replace HRC
Not Mayor Bloomberg – the other one:
ALBANY, N.Y. — The star of “The Nanny” wants to go from playing nasally New Yawkers to succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate.
Publicist Jordan Brown delivered the straight line that ...
Go with a real tree to save the environment.
Wall Street Bailout the Chicago Way
Page 61 of the Blagojevich indictment:
100. On November 8, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with JOHN HARRIS about the Senate seat. During the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH and HARRIS discussed whether it would be possible to obtain a financial benefit for ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife ...
Secretary of Energy Blagojevich
Page 57 of the indictment:
93. On November 5, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH spoke with Deputy Governor
A regarding positions that ROD BLAGOJEVICH might be able to obtain in exchange for the
soon-to-be vacated Senate seat. Among the potential positions discussed were Secretary of
Hasselbeck vs. Jermiah Wright:
While not saying her name, Wright referred to Hasselbeck, who was critical of Wright during the presidential campaign, as “that dumb broad on ‘The View.’ ”
On the ABC show Monday, Hasselbeck — who has called Wright a “...
Al Gore and the Profit of Doom
Over on the homepage, the Cato Institute’s Pat Michaels notes that Al Gore will jet off to Poland tomorrow to address the U.N.’s ostrich round-up Kyoto parties’ conference.But as First Read noted yesterday, the Goracle will ...
Blagojevich and the Chicago Tribune
Thuggery in Illinois:
Gov. Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested at their homes this morning in a probe involving the governor’s quest to fill Sen. Barack Obama’s Senate seat.
The charges also include alleged ...
China and India Lecture Obama on Emissions
POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) – President-elect Barack Obama’s goals for curbing greenhouse gases to 2020 are inadequate to fight global warming, Chinese and Indian delegates told Reuters at U.N. climate talks on Wednesday.
Developing nations welcomed Obama’s plan for ...