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Couric Cat Fight

This, from NewsMax

Beleaguered Katie Couric’s fellow CBS newscaster Bob Schieffer was likely the main source of a recent article that called Couric’s hiring as evening anchor an “unfixable mistake.”

That’s the view of Fox News’ Roger Friedman, commenting on an article by Gail Shister in the April 22 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Friedman wrote on his blog: “One of Couric’s frequently mentioned enemies is Bob Schieffer, the lovable, durable veteran journalist who filled in as anchor of the ‘CBS Evening News’ between Dan Rather’s departure and Couric’s arrival.

“But sources say Schieffer has been unhappy lately, mainly because his airtime, which was prominent when Couric first started, has dwindled in recent weeks.

“It’s been suggested that a hit piece on Couric written by Gail Shister . . . was inspired by Schieffer as its main source. He has a direct line to her.”

In her article, Shister savaged Couric, writing: “CBS executives deny it, but there’s a growing feeling within the network that Katie Couric is an expensive, unfixable mistake. So unfixable that Couric . . . may leave ‘CBS Evening News,’ probably after the 2008 presidential elections, to assume another role at the network, CBS sources say.”

At CBS, “already-low morale is dropping,” Shister notes, citing as her source a “veteran correspondent” at the network.

Shister quotes the correspondent: “It’s a disaster. Everybody knows it’s not working. CBS may not cut her loose, but I guarantee you, somebody’s thinking about it. We’re all hunkered down, waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

Couric’s viewership has dropped nearly 30 percent since her Sept. 5 premiere week, and CBS remains at No. 3 among nightly network newscasts.

Hunter asks Reid to quit Senate post – Nation/Politics – The Washington Times, America’s Newspaper

Duncan Hunter is the man!! It’s about time someone on the right side of the aisle started calling a spade a spade. I find it pretty ironic that after dismissing Hunter as a ‘wannabee’, Reid’s spokesman has the nerve to characterize the letter as ‘lashing out’.

Hunter asks Reid to quit Senate post – Nation/Politics – The Washington Times, America’s Newspaper

The ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee has called for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to resign his leadership post for saying the U.S. has lost the war in Iraq. “This unfortunate statement is both inaccurate and damaging … [and] can have no effect but to demoralize the brave men and women who are honorably fulfilling their mission in Iraq,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter of California in a letter to Mr. Reid. Mr. Hunter, an Army Ranger in the Vietnam War whose son, a Marine, is returning to Iraq for his third combat tour, wrote that his friendship with Mr. Reid is secondary to his obligation to the nation’s wartime military forces. “In light of the fact that this statement has both been used by our adversaries and has exhibited a marked lack of leadership to U.S. troops, I call on you to resign your leadership position,” said Mr. Hunter, who is running for president. Mr. Hunter added that Mr. Reid’s comments “will undoubtedly be used by terrorist leaders to rally their followers — inevitably leading to increased attacks on U.S. and coalition forces.” A spokesman for Mr. Reid declined to respond directly about the letter. “I’m not going to dignify that comment from a presidential wannabe,” Reid spokesman Jim Manley said yesterday. Mr. Manley added that if Mr. Hunter is so concerned about winning the war in Iraq he should work with his own party to draft a workable solution instead of “lashing out” at the opposition.

Exit Question: Why are antiwar legislators lauded as ‘providing responsible government oversight’, while those who support our mission are ‘lashing out’? Read responses and discuss in our forum.

Alec Baldwin is a moron.

I found this while surfing. I’d comment, but the OP says it all in 3 words. Nice blog, cute and funny!

Wendy Wayrad: Quotable Quotes (Dissing My Dream Profession Now, Are We?)

“You find out that everybody who works in tabloid media are people who are filled with self-hatred and shame and the way that they manage those feelings is they destroy the lives of other people and reveal your secrets.”- Alec Baldwin, on calling his 11 year old a “rude thoughtless pig”

*self-loathing snicker*

Richardson calls for Gonzales’ departure

Democrat dog-piling continues for the embattled Bush White House.  Note that this witch hunt is now being characterized as a ‘crisis’.  

Richardson calls for Gonzales’ departure – Yahoo! News

DES MOINES, Iowa – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson became the latest Democratic presidential candidate Friday to call for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign, saying he’s become a burden to the Justice Department. “After reviewing the attorney general’s behavior, I must reluctantly conclude that new leadership is needed,” Richardson said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s time for him to go.”

The call is significant because Gonzales, a fellow Hispanic, has enjoyed Richardson’s support to this point. But Richardson said the questions that have been raised about the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys, and the role that Gonzales played in those firings, have effectively ended his ability to run the agency.

“He’s lost his ability to lead,” Richardson said, adding that he watched Gonzales’ testimony before a Senate committee and found his explanations of his activities unconvincing. Gonzales needed a clear and cogent explanation of his actions, and that didn’t happen, Richardson said.

“What bothered me was his couching his explanations,” said Richardson. “It’s important that he be fully open.”

Stepping down now is important, Richardson said, because the Justice Department can’t fulfill its mission with a wounded leader. He said the decision came only after spending time “reviewing the attorney general’s behavior” through the crisis.

PBS series ‘Crossroads’ puts Iraq in the cross hairs

Hold on to your seats boys and girls.  The left can’t stand the Conservatism is gaining a voice in the media. 

PBS series ‘Crossroads’ puts Iraq in the cross hairs | Chicago Tribune

The PBS series “America at a Crossroads,” which airs on six consecutive nights beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday, arrives mired in controversy, which isn’t surprising, considering that it takes as its broad subject the state of the world and this nation in the wake of Sept. 11.

PBS commissioned the series three years ago with $20 million in funding, but the series soon ran into charges that the then-head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Kenneth Tomlinson, was using “Crossroads” and other vehicles to tilt PBS programming to the right.

Tomlinson is gone, but the series lives on. A year ago, management of the project was handed over to WETA, a public television affiliate in Washington, D.C., and longtime PBS journalist Robert MacNeil was brought onboard to host and consult on the series. Of the 440 proposals submitted for the series, 21 documentaries received funding and 11 will be shown Sunday through Friday (all on WTTW-Ch. 11).

Though most of the documentaries are solid, worthwhile efforts filled with excellent (if sobering) reporting, controversy is still likely to dog this series. One of the documentaries, “The Case for the War: In Defense of Freedom” (10 p.m. Tuesday), is a chronicle of D.C. insider and prominent neoconservative Richard Perle’s attempts to defend the decision to invade Iraq.

It’s not just that Perle’s controversial views will anger those who disagree with him — the larger question is, Why is his particular point of view given an hour’s airing, when there are many other worthy topics that could have been examined in this series?

Imus, the Internet and Intellectual Elitism: My Week in Review

It’s been an odd and interesting week for the media. My week began with this story in my mailbox. In it, Charles Cooper, of CNET News, reviews Andrew Keen’s new book ‘ The Culture of the Amateur’. The tome appears to be a cautionary tale on the evils of citizen journalism to western civilization as we know it.

While the book does not debut until June, some excerpts make it clear that Keen is not so keen on today’s blogging landscape. In fact, he sees the situation as quite bleak. We bloggers, apparently, are collectively corrupting and confusing popular opinion about everything from politics, to commerce, to arts and culture”. Keen, being a good cultural elitist, also ensures that he covers the omnipresent danger to our youth…”These days, kids can’t tell the difference between credible news by objective professional journalists and what they read on”

Not really knowing or caring what some Brit mucky muck thought about my sins on the internet, I rattled off a nice little rant to my wife over the story and got on with my day. Then the Imus story broke.

Don, in the crotchety, faux coolness that only he has, took a big fat bite of some shoe leather. He is a cagey veteran at putting his foot in his mouth. I think Imus can probably differentiate shoe brands by taste at this point. Well, the media feeding frenzy was on at that point, party people. Every media personality had to trot out with their two cents. From racism to rap, the entire mainstream media collectively swam in the sewer that is Don Imus’ mouth for nearly a week. And their efforts did not go unrewarded. Political and economic pressures cost Don Imus not one but two jobs.

(Author’s note: I’ve intentionally omitted any links to the Imus story. Because honestly, I fear that if one more page gets indexed with the keywords Imus, Sharpton or Jackson, the internet may implode under the collective weight of their ignorance.)

Then the irony hit me this morning before my first cup of coffee. My weekly visit to the “O’Reilly Radar” rewarded me with a gift. Tim O’Reilly and other bloggers have produced a “Draft Bloggers Code of Conduct“. This movement was initiated partly in response to a rather heated and nasty exchange among several site operators. So, when confronted with an unpleasant situation, what did bloggers do. They contacted the parties, acted as mediators and proposed a solution. Nobody was fired. Nobody was boycotted. The offending parties were dealt with in a professional and appropriate manner. And in the spirit of democracy, the Code of Conduct is open source, so all parties can contribute to the discourse. No monopoly of opinion in the blogosphere, folks.

So, I have come full circle.

Given the events of the past week, which group is actually ‘corrupting and confusing popular opinion‘? Can I truly say that giving a media bullhorn to panderers and race hustlers constitutes ‘credible news by objective professional journalists‘?

I’ll certainly give Mr. Keen’s book a read when it is released. For now I’ll simply posit that perhaps the opinions of the populace aren’t necessarily ‘popular’ with his crowd. But I’ll take an objective citizen journalist over an elitist with an agenda and a microphone any day.

Nancy Pelosi mixes talk of Iraq, chocolates in chat with Leno

Well isn’t she just the sweetest thing?  For God’s sake, woman!! Do your job. 

Nancy Pelosi mixes talk of Iraq, chocolates in chat with Leno

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mixed tough talk on politics and sweet talk on chocolates during an appearance Thursday on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

How does the California Democrat stay slim, when she adores chocolate and digs into ice cream whenever she can? Leno wanted to know.

“I chose the right parents,” Pelosi said. “My Italian-American heritage gives me all this energy to work it off.”

The nation’s first woman House speaker steered away from questions about the 2008 presidential race and spoke cautiously about her relationship with President Bush.

“I respect the office he holds, and I respect him,” she said.

She signaled she had no plans to back down on differences over war funding and foreign policy. Bush “wants a blank check on the war,” she said.

She also defended her recent trip to Damascus, Syria, and said her decision to wear a scarf over her head as she entered a historic mosque was in keeping with tradition.

Leno asked whether she had thought about running for higher office.

“No, I like speaker of the House,” Pelosi said. “I think there are people who want to do that, and I wish them all well.”

Leno did corner her when he revealed he’d spotted 25 chocolates in her dressing room.

Fumbling her words, Pelosi didn’t deny it.

“I didn’t, well … at what time was that?” she asked, admitting she eats chocolate ice cream nearly every day.

“Women … now they hate you,” Leno quipped.

CBS fires Don Imus from radio show

The End of Imus… 

CBS fires Don Imus from radio show – Yahoo! News

NEW YORK – CBS fired Don Imus from his radio show Thursday, the finale to a stunning fall for one of the nation’s most prominent broadcasters.

Imus initially was suspended for two weeks for calling the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos” on the air last week, but outrage continued to grow and advertisers bolted from his programs.

“There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society,” CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said in announcing the decision. “That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision.”

Imus describes himself as ‘good person’

It will be interesting to see if Imus gets the boot over this. Limbaugh got canned for simply uttering the word ‘black’. One would think the “nappy headed ho’s” ought get you fired.

Imus describes himself as ‘good person’

A contrite Don Imus described himself Monday as “a good person” who made a bad mistake by making racially charged comments about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.

Speaking on his radio show Monday morning, Imus said he was not trying to downplay what he called “the repulsiveness” of the remarks, in which he referred to the mostly black team as “nappy-headed hos.” But he said it was important to understand the context of his comments.

“We were kidding around, but that doesn’t change it. That doesn’t make it any less repugnant,” he said Monday.

“I’m not a bad person. I’m a good person, but I said a bad thing. But these young women deserve to know it was not said with malice,” he said.

Imus said he hoped to meet the players and their parents and coaches, and he said he was grateful that he was scheduled to appear later Monday on a radio show hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has called for Imus to be fired over the remarks.

“It’s not going to be easy, but I’m not looking for it to be easy,” Imus said.

Sharpton has said he wants Imus fired and that he intends to complain to the Federal Communications Commission about the matter.

“Somewhere we must draw the line in what is tolerable in mainstream media,” Sharpton said Sunday. “We cannot keep going through offending us and then apologizing and then acting like it never happened. Somewhere we’ve got to stop this.”

Meanwhile, the Rev. Jesse Jackson planned a protest in Chicago, and an NAACP official called for the broadcaster’s resignation or firing.

Imus made the now infamous remark during his nationally syndicated radio show Wednesday.

The Rutgers team, which includes eight black women, had lost the day before in the NCAA women’s championship game. Imus was speaking with producer Bernard McGuirk about the game when the exchange began on “Imus in the Morning,” which is broadcast to millions of people on more than 70 stations and MSNBC.

“That’s some rough girls from Rutgers,” Imus said. “Man, they got tattoos … .”

“Some hardcore hos,” McGuirk said.

“That’s some nappy-headed hos there, I’m going to tell you that,” Imus said.

Imus also apologized on the air Friday, but his mea culpa has not quieted the uproar.

Jackson said his RainbowPUSH Coalition planned to protest Monday in Chicago outside the offices of NBC, which owns MSNBC. Jackson said protests were being planned across the country.

James E. Harris, president of the New Jersey chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, demanded Sunday that Imus “resign or be terminated immediately.”

Allison Gollust, a spokeswoman for MSNBC, said the network considers Imus’ comments “deplorable” and is reviewing the matter.

Karen Mateo, a spokeswoman for CBS Radio – Imus’ employer and the owner of his New York radio home, WFAN-AM – said the company was “disappointed” in Imus’ actions and characterized his comments as “completely inappropriate.”

Thanks to TCV for the story.