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Friday, September 03, 2010

News Roundup for 9/3/10

Dog hiding in backpack
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

-Headline of the Day-
"Brewer: No more debates -- period."

Maybe you missed the big story yesterday where, during an Arizona gubernatorial debate, incumbent Republican Jan Brewer managed to stop time. Then, after dodging a question about her phony "beheadings in the desert" story, she left the debate to find throngs of reporters who spoke in one voice, "BEHEADINGS! BEHEADINGS! BEHEADINGS!" Of course, she did what any strong leader would do in a crisis - make like Sharron Angle and take off running.

So, on the beheadings issue, she's done. "All you guys were doing and talking were beheadings, beheadings, beheadings," Brewer said. "That is something that has stuck with you all for so long, and I just felt we needed to move on." Got that? She makes a ridiculous claim, she won't defend it, she won't retract it, so it's just sitting out there like a truck stuck in mud, not going anywhere. And it's everyone else's fault that this has become a whole big thing. So knock it off, you irresponsible journalists!

As far as more debates go, Brewer says no way. According to the report "she believes the debates help [her opponent, AZ Attorney General Terry] Goddard more than they benefit her."

Golly, you wonder why she'd think that? (Arizona Daily Star)

-It's a start-
Earlier today, I wondered to myself what one thing we could do to improve America overnight. After much deep thought, I settled on the obvious: take 95% of all TV pundits, bullshit artists, political analysts, and talk radio hosts, put them in a rocket, and shoot them into the sun. Presto-chango, a vastly improved America witnesses its first dawn the next day.

Turns out we're kinda-sorta on the path to that dawn following Andrew Breitbart's Shirley Sherrod hoax. Turns out the whole thing was kind of pundit-career suicide. According to the report, "The day after the Shirley Sherrod story broke 45 days ago, Andrew Breitbart was on every cable news network (and many other outlets) talking about the edited out-of-context video and subsequent overreaction from the government.

"But since that day, Breitbart, a media presence on the rise, has been absent from cable news. Did the Sherrod story damage his personal brand?"

Gee, you kind of hope it did, don't you? I mean, wouldn't just making shit up ding his "journalist" schtick just a little? I didn't notice this absence at first, but now that you mention it, the air seems fresher, the world seems cleaner, and the sun seems to shine a little brighter...

Oh yeah, the sun. I think I've got a little weekend project I need to get started on. Anyone got a link to plans for a DIY pundit rocket? (Mediaite)

-Bonus HotD-
"Poll: 71 Percent Of Americans Still Blame Bush For The Current Economic Woes."

And that's why Republicans should get elected in November. Fuck me, but I don't think I'll ever figure out the reasoning of the electorate. (Think Progress)

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