Quote of the Day: “The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Malcolm X
TB’s been cogitatin on what passes for “the news” for a few days. Everywhere I go online I see another story about California anti-gay marriage beauty queen Carrie Prejean or President Obama and how he dresses his hamburger. Every time I turn on the television I get a face full of Dick Cheney or Elizabeth Edwards. The radio can’t stop talking about Wanda Sykes and whether her Limbaugh joke went too far. Last week it was Bristol Palin and Joe the Plumber. I finally decided I should address all of these important issues confronting America after receiving an email from blog contributor MD with video of MSNBC pundit David Shuster asking if he could “vomit right now” in light of the news Ms. Prejean would not be fired as Miss California USA.
Where do I start? THIS story makes Shuster want to vomit. THIS story? Not government sanctioned torture and murder. Not government’s insistence on letting Goldman Sachs control the economy. Not 8.9% unemployment and rising. Not the national debt. Not endless wars. Not genocide in Africa. Not tent cities in Michigan and California. Not…ok, you get the picture. It’s a beauty pageant job for chrissakes! And not even the big one. Miss USA is only the minor leagues of the beauty pageant biz. And for that matter, she LOST the Miss USA pageant. Personally, I disagree with her position on gay marriage. I think it smacks of hypocrisy to pose nude, lie about it multiple times and then claim you take a political position because of your high moral standards. But then again, she’s already been punished by losing the pageant. So she supports/disagrees with one network or another’s position on gay marriage. Is her opinion really that freakin important? Let her go. Let her live her life. Let me know when her Playboy spread comes out.
This is reminiscent of Joe the Plumber’s rise to celebrity. The jackass is still in the news thanks to his decision to “leave” the Republican Party. I’m sure the whole party apparatus is going to crumble now (blank stare). Is this really something for liberals to celebrate? Meaningless. Get his ass crack off my tv and into a country music video stat. And while we’re at it, can we leave Bristol Palin the hell alone? Yes, she’s an unwed teenage mother. That does not make her anybody’s enemy. Just because Bill O’Reilly hates unwed teenage mothers doesn’t mean this one needs to be shoved in his face in a futile attempt to make a point. This kid has enough problems without becoming a poster child for any political viewpoint.
Ohhhhh, but the righties need to take a look in the mirror before they start crying over these stories. Obama uses Dijon mustard. Apparently Hannity thinks dissemination of this factoid is going to lead to a grass roots movement that can save the GOP. Maybe they should have a cocktail party to protest. And somebody found all of this threatening enough to write a defense of Obama’s burger preferences by pointing out that American corporation Kraft makes dijon mustard. Criminy.
And all of a sudden Rush Limbaugh needs to be protected from the rapier wit of Wanda Sykes. Her comments were horrid. She might as well have wished him dead. What an awful thing to do to Rush who strives day in and day out to bridge the gaps between left and right, who has never said anything idiotic or hateful or cruel (blank stare). I’d insert an example of Rush’s idiocy, hate and cruelty here but it’s hard to choose only one out of the thousands available in a 60 second internet search. If you’re upset about what she said, you are entirely justified. As long as you take the same position when Limbaugh ejects his venom.
Dick Cheney and Elizabeth Edwards? Please. Please. Make it stop.