Pettiness Dominates Week In Media
Squabbles, Jealousy, Cheap Attacks Drive Scene
While they await the next big, coordinated election-year flap, our media establishment friends have been busy killing time with War Room-inspired silliness, petty career-related jealousy and peculiar sensitivity to a pop star's passing.
What an annoying week! A few lowlights:
Attacks on syndicated talker / author Mark Levin seem to escalate whenever one of his books tops the New York Times Best Sellers list. As Ameritopia locked into position one for the fourth week in a row, libtalker Randi Rhodes (who never could get around to completing her own work) was on the warpath:
RANDI RHODES (06:40): Yelling does not work. I know in talk radio they think it does, that if you yell - like especially Mark Levin he thinks if you yell really really loud suddenly he will be right. But they have never been right!
There was an unusual series of flaps related to the passing of Whitney Houston, with hosts yanked from the air for stating the obvious: she was a drug addict. That talk radio censorship campaign, by the way, was spearheaded by an offended member of Al Sharpton's entourage, a regular fill-in for the reverend.
Less expected was this rare bit of Obama criticism from libtalker Bill Press, who thought the president was unwise to stay in the hotel where Houston had died just days earlier:
BILL PRESS (4:01): You know, President Obama, I saw last night he stayed at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
PRESS: It’s a great hotel I’ve stayed there myself many times.
OGBURN: It was a great hotel. Ha ha ha ha.
PRESS: I’ve been to hundreds of events there. A great location but sort of a has echoes certainly of Whitney Houston there for a while. I’m surprised that they [Obama] didn’t change hotels.
A White House War Room-generated diversion into a bizarre debate over contraception exposed some of the Party Opposite's true feelings about child-rearing. Here, Rhodes slams Ann Romney as a "breeder", a derogatory term often used in San Francisco and other child-free zones to refer to caring, loving, enthusiastic parents:
RANDI RHODES (39:50): Now, you have the conservative media playing this clip - expect just the bet part, ok! Not the explanation that it's about privacy rights and that Rick Santorum had said three days before this debate so it was news - three days before this debate that Stephanopolous hosted on ABC uh moderated - that he believed that the states had the right to ban contraception. He believed that. And so Stephanopoulos was asking the same question that Jake Tapper also of ABC had asked Rick Santorum at the debate - he asked the same question of Mitt Romney - and Mitt Romney said that contraception is working just fine. How does he know? I mean, his wife is a breeder!
Oh yeah, there was some kind of row over an old aspirin joke. Wake us up when this nightmare is over.