Thursday, August 11, 2005

News Coverage

The coverage of the Cindy Sheehan protest on CNN has been much different from that of the FOX. Usually, the two networks do the old duality bullshit, with Fox placing more emphasis on the RNC talking points. This time around, CNN hasn't taken up the talking points to the extent they normally do. In contrast, Fox has been attacking Sheehan personally for her "association" with "far left groups" like the American Communist Party and the AARP. I was actually surprised by the nakedness of the propaganda on Fox – they reach new lows every time I check back in.

I also want to call your attention to Adam Carolla’s show that follows the Daily Show. Evidently Jon Stewart & Co. are on a mission to change Comedy Central into a "reality" network, if Adam’s show is any indication of the Colbert report out later this year. I saw the second show where Adam talked about marijuana and our stupid war on drugs in a non-confrontational commonsense way that might be best described as intelligent “frat-house” humor. Right now the Daily Show’s audience is about a million a night, or 60% more than Lou Dobbs. I see no reason why the rest of the Comedy Central lineup can’t overtake the info-news and chat show markets by broadcasting “reality.”

Ok, I am watching the third Adam Carolla’s show now. He’s talking about the hypocrisy of FCC prohibitions on sex and nudity rather and not violence. He used the GTA lawsuit as an example. Some 85 year old grandmother sued because her grandson somehow downloaded a mod that brought hard core sex to scenes in GTA. In this show Adam is following the same approach, calling us on our hypocrisy. It’s sure to succeed. That’s what Twain would have done. Check it out.

7 Thoughts:

Blogger pawlr said...

It will be interesting to see if the wingers astroturf some "War Moms" to the front of the media to talk about how proud they are that their kids died for freedom.. Based on posts I've read, they're brewing up this now.

Friday, August 12, 2005 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Yeah, if this follows the Vietnam model at all you are probably right. Since they follow Nixon in every other unsavory way, we shouldn't be surprised.

The right isn't spinning any less than usual. The problem appear to be that the spin simply isn't working as well anymore. I don't know what it will take, but we somehow have to crack that 40% die-hard support for Bush.

Paul,check out Adam Carolla's show, I think you would like it.


Friday, August 12, 2005 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

I'll add it to the DTV recording rules and check it out in the morning before work.

Friday, August 12, 2005 1:28:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

One thing I think the left is doing better these days is rising to attack the smears before they can build momentum. Immediately after the Drudge attack on Sheehan, which falsely claimed she "flipflopped" based on a misreading of the Vacaville Times article, tons of lefty blogs jumped into action and discredited the smear before it could get into all of the mass media organs. Fox still based their smears on Drudge, of course, but this might have been what kept CNN from piling on with them.

Friday, August 12, 2005 1:31:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Since when is the AARP on a par with the Communists? Is this administration, or its propagandists at FOX -- hard to tell chicken and egg, dog and tail here -- that fucking nuts?

Friday, August 12, 2005 3:09:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Dude, O'Reilly said that Sheehan is being "treasonous." Dig this.

Fire this prick.

Friday, August 12, 2005 3:59:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...


In O'Reilly's book "treason" is defined as disagreeing with O'Reilly.

Paul, I think you are right about the "rapid-reaction." However, I detect a shift in the media. CNN has been suffering in the ratings and going towards FOX's political teritory hasn't helped. They may be realizing that Bush's coat-tails don't offer much cover and are just trying to reach those 62% of Americans who feel Bush is doing the wrong things in Iraq. Sheehan now represents the majority of Americans. By this X-mass the majority will be even larger and even more dedicated. The public doesn't understand delayed gratification, when they decide that they want out of Iraq, they will demand an immediate withdrawal. To succeed in the media, CNN and others have to stay ahead of the curve. Right now, they see the writing on the wall.


Friday, August 12, 2005 4:11:00 PM  

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