Posts Tagged ‘spin’

It’s one thing to not know ancient history or even history of the centuries ago. But it is another to not remember the history of just a few decades ago:

There is much debate over President Reagan because we all think of him differently. And over time, history sweetens our memories. But no matter what policy disagreements you may have had with him, you have to admire his style of politics. He embodied a spirit of bipartisanship.

He was a conservative Republican, but he understood that in order to get anything done he had to work across the aisle, which he did very effectively.

Ah yes those halcyon days of yesteryear. Before we get all teary eyed over those days of love and peace let me bring you some numbers:

97th congress:                98th Congress               99th Congress               100th Congress

House 244-191 (D)        House 272-163 (D)    House 253-182 (D)        House 258-177 (D)
Senate 53-47    (R)        Senate 55-45     (R)    Senate 53-47     (R)        Senate 55-45 (D)

 

You might recall in the lame duck session with a new majority only pending the administration felt compelled to make a deal they didn’t like.  Ronald Reagan in eight years never controlled the house and for at least 2 years did not have a majority in the senate to back him up.  Reagan compromised with democrats on spending, tax cuts and treaties not because he loved bipartisanship but because he never had the votes to do anything else.

When Dianne Feinstein wishes for the age of bipartisanship, she is actually pining for the days of democratic control and a cowed conservatism.  She counts on American’s ignorance of history to pull the deception off.

 

I had a very long day yesterday and decided I needed to be away for the net and what happens? BOOM!

Olbermann announces the end of “Countdown”

That’s from Hot Air. Before we get to just about every other bloggers comment in the world here is what I think is driving this:

#1 Comcast:

I have Comcast, A lot of cities have Comcast, Comcast is buying NBC. That means that every conservative who is giving money to Comcast was paying for Olbermann’s show. Can you say Verizon FIOS? O’Donnell and Maddow and Matthews and Schultz all have their moments but none of them have the reputation for outrageousness that Olbermann did. This is in my opinion a preemptive move because the next time Olbermann said something really stupid and insulting the people who would be sending angry e-mails would be in a position to vote with their wallets and Verizon would happily help them along.

#2 Triangulation:

The very act of removing Olbermann creates a (albeit temporary) split between the far left and MSNBC. Since MSNBC is part of the democratic spin machine (and lets not pretend it is not, the public certainly knows it) the removal of Olbermann is a signal of a more “moderate” tone. Democrats need not actually do anything different. The simple tone that will be quoted on blogs and papers changes at once. Additionally it allows democrats to differentiate themselves between “the Keith Olbermanns of the left” and their own calm moderate selves (HA). I suspect (as I have read NO BLOG on this as I type) the reaction of the Far left will be hyper enough to provide the separation that Democrats desire.

That being said how to replace him? After all one needs to compete with O’Reilly on FOX and you don’t want there to be a mass exodus to Parker and Spitzer on CNN (of course the quality of Parker and Spitzer being what it is helps to lighten that fear). I need to find a person just as partisan, and just as socialist as Olbermann who is pragmatic enough to tailor his message to aid the white house and democrats over the next two years. If I am a democrat worrying about 2012 who is the person I want in that chair ….

#3 Selling the democratic message
…to sell my bill of goods? I want Lawrence O’Donnell. O’Donnell is a true believer, admitting on air that he is a socialist. Don’t think for one moment that Lawrence O’Donnell isn’t the Obama/DNC Choice for the MSNBC 8 p.m. slot. O’Donnell for all his PITAness is one of the most politically astute people on the left. He is a hyper-partisan but is pragmatic enough to give blunt advice to democrats when it comes to political reality. Think of him as Olbermann with self control, insider political experience and brains. He can be on Morning Joe and can sound reasonable. Look at this video again:

here is the money quote:

I Glenn (Greenwald) unlike you, am not a progressive, I am not a liberal, who is so afraid of the word that I have to change my name to “progressive”. Liberals amuse me. I am a socialist. I live to the extreme left of your mere liberals, OK? But I know this about my country: Liberals are 20% of the electorate, conservatives are 41% of the electorate OK. So I don’t pretend that my views which would ban all guns in America make medicare available to all in American, have any chance of happening in the Federal Government. Ok you can sit there and pretend that liberals should run more liberal in conservative districts, the reason, you love the loss of the blue dogs, ..the only way you have a Chairman Barney Frank, there is only one way, that’s by electing Blue Dogs! It’s the only way you have a Speaker Pelosi. all emphasis mine

As Rush Limbaugh has said over and over again, liberals can only win if they hide who they are. O’Donnell gets it. His goal is to help the democratic party seem moderate so that he can get a Chairman Barney Frank and a Speaker Pelosi and advance the agenda that he and the Democratic party shares.

He is MUCH more dangerous to the right than Olbermann, and when the far left understands that they will come back and embrace him.

This may be a feel good moment on the right but O’Donnell will hurt us more on MSNBC that Olbermann ever did. He will not just speak to the true believers, he will put a moderate face on and persuade people ( who want to be persuaded ) that the democratic agenda is something it is not. For democrats this is all about 2012.

Now over to the reaction:

Nice Deb Bye-Bye Bathtub Boy

Legal Insurrection: Have you no Job sir?

The Cable Gamer:

The Cable Gamer can’t help but think that two big events in the news: The FCC’s approval of Comcast’s takeover of NBCU, and Jeff Immelt’s ascension as the Obama administration’s favorite corporate stooge, have something to do with this.

Ya Think?

Michelle Malkin (via Doug Powers): MSNBC Leans Forward, Pushes Olbermann Out the Door

Robert Stacy McCain:

If Olbermann was too much for the suits at Comcast, they’re not going to want Little Miss Lesbian anchoring their 8 p.m. hour. Bet $20 it’s O’Donnell.

He won that bet fast.

Howard Kurtz quotes a knowledgeable official:

A knowledgeable official said the move had nothing to do with Comcast taking control of NBC next week

Said official then offered to sell Mr. Kurtz a bridge.

Don Surber:

Perhaps some medication might help him overcome himself.

Nope don’t think so.

Daily Kos has a suggestion:

CNN should snap up Olbermann.

This would actually be a really smart move in an economic sense. It would grab the far left who would migrate out of spite giving them the chance to shift the 8 p.m. audience numbers. But in the sense of helping elect democrats in 2012, it would be a bad move so it will not happen.

Gateway Pundit: Sanity Wins!… Crazy Keith Olbermann Is Out at MSNBC – Effective Immediately

Weasel Zippers Olbermann Out At MSNBC . . . Update: Fired For Being a Pompous Gasbag

Moonbattery:

The details aren’t clear, but it appears that Olbermann is so obnoxious that not even MSNBC could stand him anymore.

Taylor Marsh:

Considering his sins during the primary season of 2008, including his blatant sexism and over the top critiques of Hillary Clinton, with no actions except to be banned from some broadcasts and replaced by David Gregory, I can’t imagine what grievous sin he committed that caused it to happen now.

Taylor Taylor Taylor those actions helped The One. Now his actions hurt The One. Get with the program.

Firedoglake:

That sound you just heard was millions of Americans saying “WHAT?!?”

Millions?

Comments from left field: Good night and good luck.

TPM: What the hell was that about?

Sister Toldja: Left wing heartbreak: Keith Olbermann abruptly departs MSDNC

Ed Driscoll:

Oh, and “NBC executives said one term of his settlement will keep him from moving to another network for an extended period of time,” the Times’ Bill Carter adds.

So much for Kos’ plan.

Conservatives for Palin: Keith Olbermann Should Run a Third-Party Campaign Against Obama and Governor Palin

Little Miss Attila: Bye-bye

Babalu Blog: Breaking: Hasta la Vista, Olby (Updated)

Lonely conservative: Olberman canned

Pam Geller :

Countdown to Zero. Don’t let the door hit cha in the ace, Keefy.

I was wondering who would finally use that metaphor.

Yid with Lid: Olberman gone, thank you Comcast!

Patterico’s Pontifications:

I have told you this before: I am reliably informed that he is an OK guy in person, and the TV person is an act. He sure as hell acts different when he fills in for Warren Olney on the “Which Way L.A.?” radio show.

Remember Danny DeVito in Taxi? He made a good living pretending to be a pain.

Adrienne’s Corner goes with the cute picture.

Powerline: Goodbye to one of the worlds worst people

No Sheeples here : Toodle-Loo To Bathtub Boy

Glenn Reynolds as you might guess gets it exactly right:

He was a useful idiot for a while. Now he’s no longer useful. Expect to see more of this kind of thing.

Update: I’ll add more reactions and I find them

American Glob: Top 10 New Job Suggestions For Keith Olbermann

Left Bank of the Charles: Keith Olbermann No Longer the Worst Person in the MSNBC World

Fisherville Mike: Has some fun film featuring Gordie Howe

Camp of the Saints asks the question:

Does anyone still give a sharia about Keith Oberwoman, specifically, and MSNBC, generally?

Today on the Hill Obama partisan Plouffe is trying to set unrealistic expectations to give the left the chance to say: Republicans fell short.

White House senior adviser David Plouffe — Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign manager — said that a bevy of races were in play, from the national to local level.

“There are a lot of competitive races out there. There’s going to be at least 70 House races in play, about 15 competitive Senate races, a couple dozen tough gubernatorial races,” he said in a video to supporters of Organizing for America, the president’s political arm.

Plouffe painted a picture of a dire electoral landscape in which, if Democrats were to lose the majority of those races, their losses would be massive.

Plouffe is trying to scare the troops into action and paints the most dire picture you have ever seen. Glenn Reynolds (by who I first saw the story) asks if he is inflating. The answer is he THINKS he is. Certainly on the senate side 15 is unrealistic, but the dynamics are very different.

For example Ma-1 is not on a lot of people’s radar, but Sitting congressman John Olver has challenged Bill Gunn to 3 debates. Think about that a second. A sitting congressman with nearly two decades in the house has been reduced to challenging a political newcomer to debate him on the issues in MASSACHUSETTS. And the 1st district includes the Berkshires, I guess the ‘Bama redneck area is now extending to the mountains.

This is likely being repeated all over the country. Plouffe is trying to spin but once people believe they can win they work harder. Once people are convinced they can make a difference it gets them off their rears and into the fight.

Plouffe is trying to reset what a “win” is just as the media and democrats. He is instead creating a self fulfilling prophecy it’s isn’t just money candidates need but willing workers. This speech is going to provide workers for republican candidates all over.

Remember congressional democrats, you did this to yourself.

memeorandum thread here

It’s all in the wording

Posted: August 13, 2010 by datechguy in internet/free speech, media, oddities
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While scanning memeorandum for interesting stories today, the thing that caught my eye was not so much the stories but the headlines. Observe:

It's all in the spin

This is a screen shot of Memeorandum at about 7:30 a.m. of all the stories concerning the Judge’s ruling on a stay in the Prop 8 case. Ignore the actual words of the stories and look simply at the headlines. From simply the headlines you could not be sure how the judge actually ruled.

Each of the headlines is factually accurate, each one describes the same event but you would never know it just from that look.

This, even more than Ace’s screed about media spin reminds us that a writer can spin any event to deliver the desired message to the reader. So when scanning headlines let the reader beware because on the other end of that jump to a-13 the actual story might be hiding.