What can be more progressive than artists banding together to help causes they care about and an audience of supporters of said cause? This spirit of united humanity is the root of liberalism, the driving force behind liberal policies, and an ideal culmination of the concept of liberalism. It is rarely so perfectly actualized, but endlessly and profoundly worth striving for.
In the fine tradition of Beck, Limbaugh, and Palin, another Republican a has found a way to get rich, by exploitation. Michael Reagan has announced the email address for "real" Americans. For only $39.95 a month, you can send your email from @reagan.com ($34.95 if you do so by Saturday).
For the last, oh my Gosh, almost TWO years since Palin hit the national scene, conservatives have been salivating over the Democrats' alleged fear of Sarah Palin. Striking "fear" into their "enemies" is part of the entire worldview of these folks. Everything is seen as a war, a power structure of over and under, best exemplified by Palin's selling herself as a hunter and someone who just got things done in Alaska (contrary to her actual record and her quitting of her job). While I reject this worldview, it's important to note that their largest strategic failure is not their worldview, but their misinterpretation of the Left's outrage over Palin.
Glenn Beck has had so many jump the shark moments of late, but he may have topped them all today on his Fox News show when he managed to connect Homer Simpson to the decline of the American family. Beck claimed America was Father Knows Best, but the liberal ideology has turned us all into Homer Simpson.
After President Obama appeared on The View today, Sarah Palin took to her Twitter account to criticize Obama for ignoring national security and instead chatting on daytime TV, "President w/no time to visit porous US/Mexican border to offer help to those risking life to secure us,but lotso' time to chat on The View?"
For years, Republicans have been selling themselves as the party of business, using Small Business as the banner from which to launch their tax cuts for huge corporations, think Joe the Plumber, but when push comes to shove as with today’s Senate vote on the small business jobs bill, The Party of No reveals that it is November calculus, not small businesses that really matter.
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly was on The Tonight Show last night where revealed that he seems to have changed his position on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. When asked about it by Jay Leno, Bill-O said, "Just sign an executive order. I don't know why it's taking so long." Good Lord, even O'Reilly is further to the left than Obama on this one.
While Right Wing screams about liberal media bias, and the scream even louder when they're busted flat out lying to their audience (Acorn video, Sherrod video, etc), they continue their assault on reality via any means necessary. To this end, The Drudge Report felt compelled to use the Foxian trick of using imagery to lie for them yesterday when they attempted to lay blame for missing Iraq reconstruction money at Obama's feet.
If you are looking for a reason why CNN was so eager to push Larry King out of his long running talk show and into cable news retirement, look no further than the July ratings where MSNBC's Rachel Maddow defeated Larry King for the sixth straight month and for the seventeenth time in twenty four months, and her audience continues to grow.
Andrew Breitbart was on Michael Savage's show today, where he claimed that his own edited video of Shirley Sherrod is really a campaign by Barack Obama to destroy him. Breitbart said, "I believe that he is orchestrating the campaign to destroy me and my reputation."
There is a battle being waged in America today over the meaning of liberty. The Tea Party has co-opted the language of liberty, but freedom for all does not interest them. They want freedom for the few at the expense of the many. Real choice, real liberty, is devalued by the limited menu offered by the Tea Party. They want to "take America back" but they don't want to share it.
Fox News' Brit Hume delivered a commentary on Special Report with Bret Baier, where demanded that the media apologize to Fox News for calling them racist. Fox wants an apology from the NAACP, Howard Dean, and Shirley Sherrod. Hume said, "You might think all this would be the stuff of further apologies."
Never one to let an opportunity to play the victim pass her by, Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page to blast the media for what she called, "A dark and demented conspiracy regarding my son, Trig." According to Palin, this is why she doesn't talk to anyone but the friendliest right wing media, and she refuses to do serious interviews because the media is out to get her.
Today on ABC's This Week, Sam Donaldson joined the growing media chorus telling President Obama to stand up to and take on Fox News. Donaldson said, "President Obama, don't be afraid of them. Take them on, and let the people judge."
Howard Dean was on Fox News Sunday this morning, where he blasted the network for what he called racist, phony, crap stories. Dean said, "I think Fox News did something that was absolutely racist...They have been pushing a theme of black racism with this phony Black Panther crap, and this business, and Sotomayor and all this other stuff."
From the time that Barack Obama campaigned for the Democratic Nomination for President to a year and a half into his Presidency, he has been hammered by the GOP, the media, big corporations, the Tea Party and even some Democrats for not being enough. Every day there is an attack on Obama for never being enough of something. Can we ever be satisfied?
Barack Obama made a surprise video appearance at the Netroots Nation conference today, but the most interesting development to me is what else was in the video with Obama. After saying, "I hope you take a moment to consider what we have accomplished so far," he cut to a video of Rachel Maddow running down and a list of his accomplishments, and somewhere Ed Schultz blew a blood vessel.
The hypocrisy meter nearly exploded today when on his radio show Glenn Beck attacked MSNBC's Ed Schultz for engaging in political advocacy instead of journalism. Beck claimed that nobody is watching Ed Schultz because he supports Obama, "Maybe people aren't watching you because, 'you busted your ass for Obama.' That's not journalism. That's advocacy."
On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh claimed that it is the Obama stimulus not the Bush tax cuts that wrecked the US economy. Limbaugh said, "George W. Bush is still stimulating the economy that Obama is trying to ruin, which means if not for Bush, we would really be in the tank."
Last night Bill O'Reilly tried to take on Rachel Maddow criticism of Fox's Shirley Sherrod story by boasting about FNC's ratings. Maddow responded tonight by taking him apart, "You were trying to take the attention off me saying that your network Fox News continually crusades on flagrantly bogus stories designed to make White Americans fear Black Americans."