Archive for February, 2007

We’re All Snobs.

At least according to John Gibson we are.

Instead of clamoring for new information on Anna Nicole Smith (Who frankly, would have cost me big money in a dead pool— Who expected her to last this long?), we insist on… You know, real news.

H/T to ThinkProgress:

GIBSON: Now I submit to you that that is a real, honest-to-God drama. Now it may not fit the high-minded views of a lot of news professionals, people who think that their news program is just another part of Foreign Affairs Quarterly. That only a certain kind of news is worthy of their discussing. Those people are snobs. They’re people who, when they see a story, go, “Ew, icky. I don’t want to do that.” I did this for years. I’ve been doing a long time. I’ve approached many stories and said, “That story isn’t worth our trouble.” It has always been a mistake. Always. Every single time I did it. So when I see people like this guy —
[CLIP ANDERSON COOPER] There’s a war on, there’s a war on, there’s a war on.
GIBSON: Oh, there’s a war on, there’s a war on. Maybe, just maybe, people are a little weary, Mr. Cooper, of your war coverage, and they’d like a little something else. Maybe that’s why they all thundered to this story.
[CLIP ANDERSON COOPER] There’s a war on, there’s a war on, there’s a war on.
GIBSON: My complaint about this is what you’re listening to when you hear that guy lecture the audience, is you’re listening to news-guy snobbery. Essentially saying, “I’m better than you. I know what you want to hear about, but I’m better than that story. I’m too high class for that story. I won’t stoop to what you want to hear about.”
I’m not playing that. People want to hear about the Anna Nicole story, I’m happy to tell them.

Incidentally, dumbass— Foreign Affairs is bimonthly, not quarterly. Then again, why would I expect the “stick your head in the sand and avoid learning anything” crowd to know that? Not saying you have to be an idiot to not realize that— But when your job is delivering commentary on, among other things, foreign policy, shouldn’t you be familiar with the best publication for learning about it?


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… who else?

The namesake of this award, Stacey Campfield (Who earned such an honor by outdumbing The Decider) is the best person to break this award in.

Not for his spirited defense of Terry Frank, although it certainly is deserving. Nor is it for his wish to give a death certificate to every aborted fetus.

No, he wins it for the Wife Beater Protection Act. In Campy’s Perfect World, if someone files for an order of protection and the order is denied, the person who filed the petition should be responsible for the legal bills of the person they filed against.

This could be devastating to women of limited resources whose abusive husbands have the means to hire good attorneys.

Campfield is pushing for that as part of a legislative agenda that reduces the court system to a gambling parlor. To file anything in court, you would need to be prepared to pay the other party’s legal fees if you lose— Something that would kill any litigation against a corporation for product liability, harassment, or workplace injury unless the case was so tight that there was no way to lose— And when a David files against a corporate Goliath, there’s always a way to lose.
(Hat tip to R. Neal at Knox Views. I got “Wife Beater Protection Act” from the lady that emailed me a link to the bill last night. Turns out she got it here. )

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Autoegocrat, for issuing the best line possible regarding the Edmund Ford scandal. No matter who writes about it, this line will never be topped:

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Everyone should have a look at this one. It’s really a beautiful piece of writing.

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Okay, once you get past the initial guffaws that reading that Angelina Jolie is now a member of the Council On Foreign Relations will surely inspire, it’s not a bad move. Her work on behalf of AIDS orphans, refugees, famine victims, and disaster victims is certainly great, and lends a much-needed layer of activism to a group known primarily for more distanced academia.

Plus, we might finally get some much needed swimsuit pictures in the informative but dry Foreign Affairs.

Now, I will continue on my drive to get her to adopt Britney Spears’ children and perhaps Anna Nicle Smith’s baby as well.

Said member Carol Adelman: “It’s not like Paris Hilton is being nominated.”

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Could Al Sharpton be related to Strom Thurmond? And furthermore, doesn’t this sound like the setup to a really bad sitcom or buddy cop movie?

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton said he wants a DNA test to determine whether he is related to former segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond through his great-grandfather, a slave owned by an ancestor of the late senator…

…Professional genealogists, who work for Ancestry.com, found that Sharpton’s great-grandfather Coleman Sharpton was a slave owned by Julia Thurmond, whose grandfather was Strom Thurmond’s great-great-grandfather. Coleman Sharpton was later freed…

And we already know that the Thurmond family tended to get busy with help now and again, don’t we?

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