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hazlnut
03-29-2009, 11:49 PM
He’s Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful, and a Rising Star on Fox News (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/business/media/30beck.html?partner=rss&emc=rss)



He says that America is “on the road to socialism” and that “God and religion are under attack in the U.S.” He recently wondered aloud whether FEMA was setting up concentration camps, calling it a rumor that he was unable to debunk.

At the same time, though, he says he is an entertainer. “I’m a rodeo clown,” he said in an interview, adding with a coy smile, “It takes great skill.”

And like a rodeo clown, Mr. Beck incites critics to attack by dancing in front of them.

“There are absolutely historical precedents for what is happening with Beck,” said Tom Rosenstiel, the director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. “There was a lot of radio evangelism during the Depression. People were frustrated and frightened. There are a lot of scary parallels now.”

The iconic character from the 1976 film Network, Howard Beale, was insane in the story and everyone just accepted that because he got great ratings.

As long as Beck pulls in the ratings, no one will pull him.

Life imitates art...

megimoo
03-30-2009, 12:14 AM
Barack Obama Is A Fool

ok, I get the whole nice guy act. He is a gentleman. I love how he is transcending race, refusing to get sucked into the normal race baiting games. His election could transform the entire debate about race. He seems willing to reach out to independents and reject the scorched earth politics of Clinton/Rove.

Yet he remains convinced that diplomacy is an effective tool against terrorists. This is just plain dumb. We have watched for over a decade hard core negotations with the Palestinians. Yielding nothing. Same thing with Iran. These guys just laugh at us. Yet Barack seems to think that just because he went to Harvard he will be able to pull of what nobody on earth has yet accomplished. This is the height of arrogance, self-delusion.
http://www.peertrainer.com/LoungeCommunityThread.aspx?ForumID=1&ThreadID=101585

megimoo
03-30-2009, 12:16 AM
Barrack Obama is a fool
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JLiYR6MGzQ
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Obama Snickers At His Countrymen

Barack Obama made a fool of himself again yesterday. At a campaign event in Georgia, he mocked Americans as ignoramuses who go abroad and can't say anything in French except "merci beaucoup." (Obama doesn't speak French.) He said that rather than worrying about immigrants learning English, we must all teach our children to speak Spanish. (Obama doesn't speak Spanish, either.) Here is the video:
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2008/07/020957.php

megimoo
03-30-2009, 12:27 AM
President Obama: Fool or Knave?

"Fool", so says P.J. O'Rourke.
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/269mfvpo.asp?pg=1
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"Incompetent", implies Dick Morris.
http://townhall.com/columnists/DickMorrisandEileenMcGann/2009/03/14/does_obama_know_what_he_is_doing
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All of the above writes Victor Davis Hanson.
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NmE0MTY3YWMxYzI3ZWM1OGUyZWMzOGQ1ZjRhNTMzYWQ=
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I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, after all, he did sound smart and articulate with a teleprompter in front of him. Perhaps he should have gone after Katie Couric's job instead, though, and saved us a few trillion bucks.

Update: At least it's all for the children. Or it's all paid by them in any event.
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/old-percent-young-2334863-generation-year

AHeneen
03-30-2009, 01:46 AM
Fool? ...or Tool!???? :cool:

SarasotaRepub
03-30-2009, 07:17 AM
He’s Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful, and a Rising Star on Fox News (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/business/media/30beck.html?partner=rss&emc=rss)




The iconic character from the 1976 film Network, Howard Beale, was insane in the story and everyone just accepted that because he got great ratings.

As long as Beck pulls in the ratings, no one will pull him.

Life imitates art...

Glenn's been around for more than a few years. Sorry if you don't like him. See, that's what "changing a channel" can do for ya.

hazlnut
03-30-2009, 04:15 PM
Glenn's been around for more than a few years. Sorry if you don't like him. See, that's what "changing a channel" can do for ya.

The Tagline for Network made me think of the recent success Beck is having at FNC.

A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor's ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit.

The full summary is even more eye-opening when you consider this film was made in the 70's.


In 1975 terrorist violence is the stuff of network nightly news programming and the corporate structure of the UBS television network is changing. Meanwhile, Howard Beale, the aging UBS news anchor, has lost his once strong ratings share and so the network fires him. Beale reacts in an unexpected way. We then see how this affects the fortunes of Beale, his coworkers (Max Schumacher and Diana Christensen), and the network.


Media madness reigns supreme in screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky's scathing satire about the uses and abuses of network television. But while Chayefsky's and director Sidney Lumet's take on television may seem quaint in the age of "reality TV" and Jerry Springer's talk-show fisticuffs, it's every bit as potent now as it was when the film was released in 1976. And because Chayefsky was one of the greatest of all dramatists, his Oscar-winning script about the ratings frenzy at the cost of cultural integrity is a showcase for powerhouse acting by Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight (who each won Oscars), and Oscar nominee William Holden in one of his finest roles. Finch plays a veteran network anchorman who's been fired because of low ratings. His character's response is to announce he'll kill himself on live television two weeks hence. What follows, along with skyrocketing ratings, is the anchorman's descent into insanity, during which he fervently rages against the medium that made him a celebrity. Dunaway plays the frigid, ratings-obsessed producer who pursues success with cold-blooded zeal; Holden is the married executive who tries to thaw her out during his own seething midlife crisis. Through it all, Chayefsky (via Finch) urges the viewer to repeat the now-famous mantra "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" to reclaim our humanity from the medium that threatens to steal it away

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074958/synopsis

Of course, in the movie, the Beale character ends up turning on the network's parent company almost screwing up a big merger. The scene where Ned Beatty calls Beale into the board room to explain how things are...


Arthur Jensen: [bellowing] You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won't have it! Is that clear? You think you've merely stopped a business deal. That is not the case! The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back! It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity! It is ecological balance! You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and YOU...WILL...ATONE!

PoliCon
03-30-2009, 06:57 PM
Glenn's been around for more than a few years. Sorry if you don't like him. See, that's what "changing a channel" can do for ya.

Don't you just love how the left is constantly trying to tear down conservatives who have any popularity with the people at all? :rolleyes: