Stories to Watch: 9/15/11
For a piece for The New Republic, journalist Walter Shapiro sat down and watched “50 hours” of “a full sampling of the Fox News lineup.” He reports back a lot of inanity. “Looking back, it seems like a nine-day hallucination of strident voices, blonde hair, and more pitchmen hawking gold coins than at any time since the heyday of King Midas,” Shapiro writes. A courageous act of journalism, indeed.
How do you pull in a lot of readers? Do what James Carville did and suggest that the time has come for the White House to FREAK THE FUCK OUT!!. If you can get past the histrionic headline and his call for the Obama administration to “fire a lot of people,” the rest of it is pretty solid. Your mileage may very. He may have gone fullblown talking head, but the guy Clinton hired is still in there someplace.
President Obama will not include Social Security reform in his recommendations to the deficit reduction “super-committee.”
BREAKING: Rightwing bloggers are completely insane. They’ve resorted to lipreading to convince themselves that Michele Obama said something awful at the 9/11 commemoration. Haven’t got something to freak out over at a particular moment? Then just make shit up.
House Republicans finally discover a welfare program they like.
Anti-Muslim bigotry at the FBI.
John Boehner is a hypocritical clown.
Finally, Ron Paul’s grasp of geopolitical realities isn’t extremely tight.