Full disclosure: I struggle with sin to the point where both today and yesterday when this post was written I had to skip communion at daily Mass because I need confession.

There are a lot of reasons to think that Stephen’s Colbert’s vulgar rant against Trump was a bad idea.

First of all it’s cheap comedy, it takes no effort to make a vulgar joke. 2nd of all it’s demeaning to a major network to be this crude on their primary late-night show. Third of all it’s is disrespectful to the office of the presidency and an example the decay of our culture.

For me it’s something quite different

One thing about Stephen Colbert is he is a very public Catholic, here is him going Catholic with Patrica Heaton:

And here is one with America Magazine

Full disclosure I’m not big on America Magazine

He also has been known to publicly invite people, famous people back to the faith.

Or put simply he is a very public Catholic who wears his faith on his sleeve.

And that’s why that vulgar Trump joke is so bad.

He didn’t just do something wrong and beneath him but did it as a known very public member of the faith, even worse he didn’t have the courage to say to his writers: “You know I think this crosses the line and as a public Catholic I shouldn’t do it.” That cowardice is the worst of vices as it drives people, even devout people to sin more than anything else. Cowardice, the unwillingness call out sin, invariably leads to something worse.

Now it’s true that a private sin, like my own are no better than public one and can be even more dangerous in the sense that the lack of public embarrassment makes it easier to repeat and harder to fight and the plank in your own eye argument is not an unfair one.

But to do something like this in public brings disrepute on the faith itself.

Some people think Colbert should be fired.

I don’t.

I think it’s an excellent opportunity to display repentance and the importance of sacramental confession and show that whatever ones sins if you are willing to go to confession repent and work to do better, you can start over. As the Pope said

I think Colbert has a great chance to show this, will he, the champion of liberals, have the courage to risk offending those liberals who love this kind of thing.

The Cat: Man Reality Sucks

Red Dwarf: Back in the Red Part 3 1999

Once again Fox news is embarrassing their competitors in terms of numbers.

Third-Quarter 2014 Primetime Averages
FNC: 1,797,000 viewers, up 12 percent (313,000 adults 25-54, up 12 percent)
CNN: 555,000 viewers, up 2 percent (186,000 adults 25-54, up 4 percent)
MSNBC: 557,000 viewers, down 2 percent (150 adults 25-54, down 21 percent)
HLN: 352,000 viewers, down 4 percent (120 adults 25-54, down 12 percent)

Yes FNC is outdrawing them all combined and yes we can joke about Shark Tank re-runs beating MSNBC but let me throw a dose of reality at you. Those FOX numbers mean nothing as long as these broadcast news numbers remain true:

Numbers for the week of Sept. 22, 2014:

Total Viewers/A25-54
NBC 8,187,000/1,811,000
ABC 8,029,000/2,002,000
CBS 6,344,000/1,507,000

You will note that Fox total views barely beats the 3rd place CBS number for 18/54 year olds.  Furthermore If we combine the totals of these 25,821,000 & 6,089,000 in the 18-54 demo for the seven networks in question here is what we get for numbers by comparison

Total Viewers/A25-54
NBC 31.6% 29.7%
ABC 31.1% 32.9%
CBS 24.5% / 24.7%
FOX 7.0% /5.1%
CNN 2.1% / 3.0%
MSNBC 2.1% / 2.5%
HLN 1.3% / 1.9%

So for all their power in cable Fox news reaches a whopping 7% of news viewers and not even Megan Kelly beauty has gotten them above 5.1% among 18/54 year olds.

Furthermore when you remember that the 25.8 million number represents only 10.7% of the voting age population and and 18.4% of the number of people who actually voted the impact of Fox (and to some degree the networks) is really understood.

Now to the left, being totalitarian in nature, even this modest bit of the electorate getting an opinion differing from their message is dangerous which is why FOX remains a target, but lets not kid ourselves. As long as we are crowing about FOX News vs CNN/MSNBC/HLN we are like the toughest player on the JV football team talking smack.

Until we break into those newsrooms thing swill not change and frankly until we break into the greater culture where the 89.3% of voting age people who don’t watch news go even that move will be wasted.

Conservatives pride themselves on seeing things as they are as opposed to the utopian left.  Let’s start acting like it.

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Update:  Hotair gloats over Media Matters failure but as long as Fox is only reaching 7% of news consumers and under 1% of the electorate they are winning. 

 

 

 

by baldilocks

At Storify, Brian Cates gets heated up about the new movie in the works which purports to tell the story of eyeny1RatherGate. Allegedly, the movie will portray former CBS anchor Dan Rather as a truth -teller with respect to his 2004 report on the Texas Air National Guard service of Former President George W. Bush.

I feel Mr. Cates’ pain, as I blogged quite a bit about the attempt to denigrate GWB’s service. And, though I was, at best, a minor player in the exposure of the elaborate fraud which Rather and company attempted put over on the American people, I’d like to think that I helped–if only to point the big boys and girls in the right direction.

Why did it mean so much to me? Not just because I voted for George Bush in 2000 and intended to vote for him in 2004–which I did. But because I had served in the USAF and the USAFR and, to anyone familiar with either–especially the USAFR–it was blindingly obvious that the document used to support the allegation that GWB had gone AWOL (sic) from his TANG position was a bogus one. And I’m not even talking about the typeface.

But instead of re-telling the reasons not related to the infamous memo, allow me to quote myself.

Why am I not surprised to find out that the “mainstream media” cannot manage to dig up one of their number who is/was a Guardsman/Reservist? […]

Interpretation [of GWB’s TANG attendance records from October 1972 to July 1973]? What is there to interpret? The document shown isn’t some obscure scroll written in a long dead language, found during an archeological dig at the foot of the Himilayas. It’s an objective document showing the amount of attendance points that President Bush earned during the last part of his ANG stint–the part that a certain segment of the population just can’t get out of their minds.

You have to actually be there for something other than a goose egg to be listed under “points.”

Yes, the fraud was fraudulent. But…

He’s right, you know. And it’s up to those of us who incredulously watched what happened to remember–and to tell those who weren’t paying attention at the time. After all, that last is how we got to place we are now; inattention.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

 

You might remember I’ve mentioned Dwayne Stovall a few times on this blog and in an earlier post specifically said he was my pick for the Senate in Texas:

Being a Stovall fan I noticed that he seems to have finally broken through to the MSM which has previously totally ignored him as won straw poll after straw poll.

An influential group of tea partiers said in an open letter Thursday they’re no longer backing Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, in his primary challenge against Republican Sen. John Cornyn. That, however, doesn’t mean they’re getting behind Cornyn — instead, they’re backing businessman Dwayne Stovall in next week’s primary.

That’s part of a big story talks about the GOP in the lead to retake the senate and it’s great news to see a guy like Dwayne Stovall mentioned in the MSM rather than only finding stuff like this only in places like Breitbart who covers the story as CBS difference with one difference:

If Grassroots America WE THE PEOPLE PAC’s hand-washing of Rep. Stockman was not clear enough, they added, “we disavow your lack of accessibility to the people of Texas during this campaign and these unethical activities.”

Hmmm Breitbart Texas had plenty of room for the Stockman critique and quoted parts of the letter hitting him but it seems something is missing from the story. Maybe there’s a clue in the actual letter:

We stood with Ted Cruz in the face of nrelenting attacks from every direction, and proudly we stand with Dwayne Stovall. Dwayne persistently and eloquently speaks out for our state’s rights against Washington’s encroachment. Mr. Stovall has traveled the state while still performing his regular work (no small feat), and he still managed to attend events that you seemingly never considered attending.

Dwayne Stovall isn’t afraid of a fair fight to become Senator, but you, sir, hide behind the email and mailing lists of organizations not native to Texas. Dwayne Stovall won our respect and our approval. As far as we are concerned, Dwayne Stovall is the only Tea Party candidate in

Texas for US Senate. We applaud his effort to meet the people of Texas in communities across the state. We note that Dwayne Stovall has a firm and clear understanding of the Founding Principles that give our nation a foundation of liberty. Because he represents these principles and will stand firm to defend our Constitution, Dwayne Stovall has earned our endorsement and support.

The Breitbart story didn’t mention the Stovall endorsement in their piece.

Maybe it’s just me but I’d the Tea Groups endorsing Dwayne Stovall right before early voting might just be newsworthy enough to mention in the Breitbart piece.

I’m sure it’s just an oversight, but to be sure I checked Breitbart sites for other mentions of Dwayne.

On Jan 25th Brandon Darby mentioned Stovall in connection to NDAA at Big Government

Dwayne Stovall, a Tea Party candidate challenging Senator John Cornyn for his seat in the United States Senate, has brought the controversial aspects of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into the primary race.

Darby also had a piece in Big Journalism on Jan 29th mentioning Stovall being excluded from a Dallas Morning News Story:

The Dallas Morning News ran a headline titled: “ Despite Tea Party Grumbling, John Cornyn in Good Shape In GOP Primary.” The headline was accurate, as Senator John Cornyn is indeed doing well in the primary and will likely do well against his two Republican challengers, Rep. Steve Stockman and Tea Party favorite Dwayne Stovall. However, the Dallas Morning News article never mentioned the existence of Dwayne Stovall in their analysis.

That post seems rather ironic because during the month of February a time when Breitbart Texas was launched and Dwayne Stovall got national attention over his turtle soup ad. (including a spat with Gretta Van Susteren) the only place where you will find the name “Dwayne Stovall” on the site is in comments from readers.

Just a reminder during that time I had Dwayne on my show twice , and wrote several pieces on him including one titled ; Dwayne Stovall being Andrew Breitbart

To Dave Weigel’s credit he is heading to Texas and will be doing some ground level reporting, but my advice to Greta & the rest of the media making fun of the ad or hitting Stovall is this:

If you’re going to play gatekeeper on what news is noticed and what isn’t don’t critique a person for using your own biases against you to crash that gate…

…just like Andrew Breitbart did.

Who would think that a Tea Party Candidate would have more trouble crashing the gate on sites named Breitbart (Including Breitbart Texas) a month before early voting than he would CBS, Slate or the Washington post.

It’s a Topsy turvy world.

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Speaking of Topsy Turvy it’s the last day of February, the mortgage is due and we are as of this writing $501.89 cents short and logically the odds of getting half a grand of tip jar hits in a day are fairly slim.

Then again I found out a nice young lady I know won millions on a scratch ticket today (she’s been working hard for years. I’m rather delighted for her and if she can manage to buck much longer odds to win millions $500 in tip jar hits in a day is definitely doable.

If the needle doesn’t move significantly today this will be, thirteen months the largest shortfall we have ever had.

I am inclined is to hope that sufficient traffic bringing enough tip jar hitters to get the job will come, and if it doesn’t I’ll dip into what’s left of savings wear the belt a tad tighter and hope to do better next month and keep on fighting.

Well It’s been 20 hours since this first tweet from Ali:

Which was followed by this post by Stacy McCain

and Ace, The Daily Gator, American Power, Camp of the Saints, The Lonely Conservative, Twitchy, The Fellowship of the Perpetually Aggrieved, Instapundit, Evil Blogger Lady, The Conservative Hideout and others.

Well 20 hours is a lifetime in the 24 hour news cycle, so I decided to check ABC news to see if there were any results from the past 24 hours on the threats to Ali

Nope how about CBS News

Well what about NBC

Hey that’s not fair NBC news is under MSNBC let’s try there instead

CNN?

Surely PBS will have something

or not.

24 hour news cycle, what 24 hour news cycle?

Now I wouldn’t expect print media to have something published on this yet, but perhaps the paper of record has something on their website…

…then again maybe they won’t. Well Politico MUST have something, after all they are really known as an online paper and Ali is the head of the National Bloggers Club:

Now all of these sites are part of the MSM and “lean” left surely someone on the left must have something to say about the attempt of a Democrat Operatives to intimidate & silence a Black Political activist:

And this in a nutshell is the Modern left/Democrats, not much difference than the old Richard Russell Democrats where intimidation of a Black political activist and his family to keep him quiet was not only how things were done, but was not something the media talked about.

It also shows why, with respect to my friend Ace, his idea is for a day of silence is horrible!

The goal of the left is to silence us, to keep our voices to break through the media silence on issue after issue. It has been our success at this that has driven them to try to silence us.

So in order to protest the attempt to keep our voices silent, we are going to…do what they want?

Remember this is the same MSM that ignores the largest march in DC every year, it will be no trouble for them to pretend bloggers who challenge their narrative don’t exist. For them that’s the good old days.

I think a much better idea would be along the lines of “Every Blog About Brett Kimberlin day” where the story dominated Memeorandum to the point where it was impossible to go to Memeorandum without seeing it.

I think an even better plan idea would be 100 bloggers calling each of these media outlets, and then perhaps more local papers to see if they are going to cover it, I think calling the NAACP the congressional black caucus and seeking comment would be more effective. I think a headline at Memeorandum that says…

“NAACP silent on attempt to intimidate black political activist through family”

…just might draw a few eyeballs, then perhaps we can contact the British Press and see if THEY will cover it.

Update: Stacy McCain notes that Texas is not Maryland:

Maryland courts have been incredibly lenient with the Kimberlin/Rauhauser axis, but Ali assures me that Texas won’t take too kindly to the purposeful harassment of one of its law-abiding citizens. Ali’s mother has harmed no one, and whoever thought up this sick stunt might find themselves prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law — Texas law.

For some reason his post reminds me of this scene from Casablanca:

Update 2: I can’t stress this enough: All of these tactics are not signs of the strength of the left, it’s a sign of their weakness and desperation These are not things you do when you are winning. That means any counter to them should include this simple piece of advice:


Ride Right Through them, they’re demoralized as Hell!

Keep that in mind and we’ll be fine.

Update 3: A new target with the right response and more outrage

Question: How can CBS & the NYT spin a poll for the MSM when the president’s popularity is so bad that even democrats in NY-9 are running from him?

Since Morning Joe and the left are screaming loudly how unpopular the GOP and tea party is in their latest poll the time has come once again to look at the actual internal numbers to see how they are spinning:

The number of republicans in this sample is a whole 24%

the number of “self identified” conservatives is 32%

And the president’s approval rating is 48% with 47% disapproval

Think about that number of people in this poll who disapprove of the president is nearly double the number of republicans polled (96& more)

The number of people who disapprove of the president is nearly half again more than the number of “conservatives” polled (47% more).

And let’s do one better, the left trumpets the unfavorable numbers of the Tea Party in this poll

Two to on unfavorable screams the MSM

But they skip over this interesting question concerning their influence:

But the influence numbers tell a different story

In a poll where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 , a poll with only 32% of self identified conservatives 41% of the people polled think the tea party have either the right amount of influence or two little, vs 43% who say it has too much. And that’s after a week of being told they are hostage takers and terrorists.

These numbers tell me the tea party is gaining credibility as a positive influence among the people. In a poll where only 18% of the respondents consider themselves tea party supporters vs 73% who did not they are having an influence over 125% greater than their actual numbers. Cripes by these numbers at least 20% of the people who don’t support the tea party think they have the right amount of influence or not enough.

This poll is a disaster all right, but not for the tea party, it’s a disaster for the democrats.

As the hit count of Ladd Ehlinger’s viral video on CA-36 manages to rise (on twitter @Webszachandrews tells me it has doubled since my post this morning) without my embedding of it; we see that Talking Points Memo DC apparently has a different definition of “thoroughly debunked” than CBS News:

A man who said he left a ruthless street gang in Central America and later won praise for his anti-gang work in Los Angeles was arrested Wednesday by authorities who allege he conspired to kill a rival even as he spoke out against gang life.

Alex Sanchez, 37, who heads the local office of the nonprofit Homies Unidos anti-gang group, was taken into custody at his Bellflower home on federal racketeering charges

I may be what some call a “wanna be” but I think this would be what people might consider a “legitimate story” as opposed to what Sam Stein calls: “fairly uncontroversial” at Huffpo. At least Talking Points Memo implies by its very name that it is spinning.

Normally one would not consider the video in question an example of “raising the level of debate” but it’s hard not to raise the level when it started at zero. But in the interest of raising the level of debate lets instead embed this video by Kerry Pickett on a protest in the NY 9th District to ask Anthony Weiner to resign:

Talk about a classic Brooklyn accent. I’ll bet his parents or grandparents were Dodger fans.

Amazingly this is actually raising the level of debate. I suspect if the DCCC’s call for Weiner to resign has not been effective I can’t imagine their shouts on this video will be.

As you might have heard something horrible happened to Lara Logan in Egypt.

Lara Logan was attacked and sexually assaulted last Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square while filming a piece for “60 Minutes.”

The CBS report has the following details:

In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently home recovering.

Ace of spades expressed outrage:

…if I am not weary of a barbaric desert nomad culture of rape and outrage while carrying around a ton of chip-on-the-shoulder arrogance-hiding-profound-insecurity about it all.

Nir Rosen of NYU and the far left former embedded reporter for the Taliban decided that this was a good time to vent his spleen against this “war monger

The initial tweet by Rosen stated, “Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal.” From this tweet he went further, writing that he would have been amused if Anderson Cooper had also been sexually assaulted.

“Yes yes its wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don’t support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too,” wrote Rosen.

The two comments gave way to more. Rosen called Logan a “war monger” and expressed doubt that she was actually assaulted.

“Jesus Christ, at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger” wrote Rosen.

“Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women, which is still wrong, but if it was worse than [sic] I’m sorry.”

Usually when someone from the far left says something disgusting it is ignored expect by us on the right like the National Review :

But let’s just remember one thing going forward: Nir Rosen believed this was the right moment to let the world know that he “ran out of sympathy for her” and that we should “remember her role as a major war monger” and that we “have to find humor in the small things.”

Jim didn’t expect much from NYU on this but this time they acted:

From Karen J. Greenberg, Executive Director, Center on Law and Security

Nir Rosen is always provocative, but he crossed the line yesterday with his comments about Lara Logan. I am deeply distressed by what he wrote about Ms. Logan and strongly denounce his comments. They were cruel and insensitive and completely unacceptable. Mr. Rosen tells me that he misunderstood the severity of the attack on her in Cairo. He has apologized, withdrawn his remarks, and submitted his resignation as a fellow, which I have accepted. However, this in no way compensates for the harm his comments have inflicted. We are all horrified by what happened to Ms. Logan, and our thoughts are with her during this difficult time.

Why did NYU decide to act when Jim didn’t think they would? I’d like to think it is because they don’t like this kind of thing from their folks, however I suspect it is because Nir made one mistake, his choice of targets. Logan is a member not of the right or of Fox news but of the MSM, CBS to be exact.

The media will tolerate an awful lot of stuff if thrown against someone of the right, but if you go after one of their own (and until and unless she goes to Fox News she will be considered on of their own) they will object loudly. Thus NYU does the right thing and the smart thing and Nir Rosen is gone.

If you are a fan of Rosen I wouldn’t feel too sorry, it won’t be long before the media moves on and Mr. Rosen is once again teaching our youth on the evils of America.

…then odds are your first story is bullocks.

But don’t worry CBS, although you will be laughed at by the people who showed up, and distrusted by people in general you will get linked by Johnson and Sullivan.

Memeorandum thread here

The Park service estimated 250,000 at the Beck event so naturally CBS news needs a different figure:

An estimated 87,000 people attended a rally organized by talk-radio host and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.

CBS specifically commissioned a group for an estimate, that’s interesting. I wonder if they generated an estimate for Sharpton’s march?

memorandum thread here.

If you want to know why the major networks are hemorrhaging viewers, you now know.

And you also know why Charles Johnson is also hemorrhaging page views

Update:
NBC via the NYT of all places does better:

Officials do not make crowd estimates because they are unreliable and can be controversial, but event organizers put the number of attendees at 500,000; NBC News said it was closer to 300,000, but by any measure it was a large turnout. The crowd stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument.

So NBC’s estimate is more than triple CBS. No more morning joe for Charles and company. And what about Sharpton:

Across town, several hundred people packed a football field at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School to stage a rally commemorating Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

In fairness to Sharpton on CSPAN it looked like they easily made 1000 to me so that number sounds kinda low.