Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

Jon Stewart takes down CNBC and Jim Cramer

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

If you’ve been watching the Daily Show over the past week you’ll know that Stewart has been exposing the shoddy and dodgy advice that CNBC gave out before the collapse of the stock markets. That led to a war of words with Jim Cramer which culminated in his appearance on Thursday’s Daily Show.

If you missed it, here it is in three parts. It’s crazy that it takes a comedy show to expose the bullshit that came out of that network but this is exactly what satire is for:

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Vote McBlinky and Winky

Thursday, October 16th, 2008
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According to Sarah Palin you can’t blink. It’s a sign of weakness.

McBlinky & Winky 08

Sarah Palin at the UN: The secret footage

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

(I’m not the only one to spot the similarity – Andrew Sullivan got there first)

Argh! Make it stop!

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

If only this film were real:

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

Oh wait a minute. It is:

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And in case you’ve still not scratched your eyes out of your head…

Sarah Loves Charlie

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

I ran Sarah Palin’s Charles Gibson/ABC interview (part 1) through <a href="http://wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/184022/Palin_1&quot;
title=”Wordle: Palin 1″>Wordle and, as suspected, she uses “Charlie” like it’s some sort of punctuation mark. A great bit of coaching by her handlers.

If you read the transcript and substitute your chosen expletive, it’s a lot funnier. And God knows, reading it back, we need all the laughs we can get…

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Quick summary: the woman knows nothing. Heaven help us all.

Americans left abandoned by Bush

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

The parallels were amazing: in the wake of Hurricane Katrina thousands of Americans were huddled together in a sports centre wondering where their president was. And in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, thousands (just about) of Americans were huddled together asking the same question.

I was glad to see The Daily Show spot the irony. This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. Enjoy:

Being runner up in Miss Alaska is great practice for being runner up in November

Friday, August 29th, 2008
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Apparently Sarah Palin, McCain’s pick for Vice President, was a runner up in the Miss Alaska competition. (The swimsuit round must have been nippy, no pun intended – but go ahead if you spotted it).

Seeing as the female population of Alaska numbers around 260,000, that’s not saying much. Given those odds, I reckon if I padded up and wore a dress I’d stand a pretty good chance.

On a more serious note, given that she is three years younger than Obama and has even less experience of government than he does, it seems inconsistent to argue that he’s not ready to be President but that she is. Watching her next to McCain earlier just made him look even older and more wooden than usual. In a few weeks time I think the Republicans who thought this was a good idea will think again.

John Oliver analyses Fox News

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

I loved this when it was broadcast on The Daily Show. Take a look – as well as being extraordinarily funny, it’s also pretty good analysis of an appalling “news” network.

Part 1

Part 2

Like-ability does not equal ability

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Jamison Fraser on why the US media’s obsession with politicians’ “like-ability” is a bad thing

Voting for president based on who seems the most likable — or, in the media’s favorite shorthand, based on who you would rather have a beer with — is a spectacularly bad idea, what with the almost total lack of similarity between talking about the Knicks over a bottle of Bud and running the world’s most powerful nation.

It requires very little judgment or analytical skills to determine that the Knicks stink. Deciding whether to send Americans off to die in a foreign land is (or should be) a little different.

(Via Media Matters for America.)

Nice to see the US media focusing on the real issues in the election

Thursday, July 17th, 2008
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Good grief

During the 10 a.m. ET hour of the July 16 broadcast of MSNBC Live, host Monica Novotny devoted a segment to discussing Sen. Hillary Clinton’s ‘new look,’ specifically the ‘short[ness]’ of Clinton’s hair and the fact that Clinton ‘shifted her part from the left side to the right side.’

At the beginning of the segment, Novotny contrasted a video of Clinton’s July 15 speech on the floor of the Senate with her official publicity photo in order to illustrate the difference, stating, ‘All right, if fashion — as far as hairdos go — isn’t your forte, Clinton’s hair is apparently shorter than it used to be, and she’s shifted her part from the left side to the right side.’

Novotny asked MSNBC congressional correspondent Mike Viqueira, ‘So, it’s Hillary’s part that’s shifted to the right? Not her political positions?’ Viquiera replied: ‘Monica, all I can say is, I’m not really crazy about standing here talking about a senator’s hair, especially Senator Clinton’s hair, but I’ll just say this: When it comes to senatorial hair, she’s way ahead of the game. I mean, we’ve got some combovers around here that are engineering marvels, modern engineering marvels, I tell you. And look, I mean, you know the price of Grecian Formula these days — I could use — I could use a raise for that, and some Rogaine.’

Novotny later stated: ‘Look, I’m just going to say this: I mean, you remember there have been some other reports where people were focused on other things, so I say, better the coif than the cleavage. That’s just me.’

As Media Matters for America documented, on July 30, 2007, MSNBC devoted a total of 23 minutes and 42 seconds to segments discussing Clinton’s (D-NY) ‘cleavage’ between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET.

Better the coif than the cleavage… oh yes, I get your point. We wouldn’t want people focusing on other things in this election, would we?

(Via Media Matters for America.)