When “the news” stopped being about news

Ezra Klein, filling in for Kevin Drum at Mother Jones, looks at the “decline” of cable news and suggests that it’s not so much the news channels that are to blame as the fact that the news itself these days is both generally depressing and (worse) usually pretty boring: The Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi sees… Continue reading When “the news” stopped being about news

From the “comebacks that don’t make any sense” file

Kaili Joy Gray at Wonkette celebrates disgraced racist Pat Buchanan’s return to MSNBC: But MSNBC has fallen off the wagon and gone on a major bender, because Pat is back to pimp his newest book, Why I’d Still Get On My Knees And Fellate My Hero Richard Nixon If I Could, and the “Morning Joe”… Continue reading From the “comebacks that don’t make any sense” file

CNN’s Chris Cuomo offers the most damning critique of cable TV ever made

This is so devastating that I almost feel like it’s unfair: Of New Day, which had its one year anniversary last month, Cuomo admitted it “has to grow, it has to get better,” but he said it’s “a good show that is based on the understanding of taking what matters seriously but not taking ourselves… Continue reading CNN’s Chris Cuomo offers the most damning critique of cable TV ever made

we’ve got other things to do

Hands are being wrung in consternation because MSNBC finished in fourth place in the cable news ratings wars in May, repeating their April performance, behind not only the sitcom-masking-as-news-operation that is CNN, but also behind CNN’s mentally unhinged cousin, Headline News (Fox is obviously first always because Amercia). Another month of big crime and disaster… Continue reading we’ve got other things to do

what is this i don’t even? (rachel maddow and iran edition)

Rachel Maddow had a frankly bizarre segment on her show yesterday (no embed because FYWP!) that I feel compelled to comment about even though that’s already been done by Shirin Sadeghi at HuffPo. Apparently other countries have funny holidays HAHA THEY ARE NOT LIKE US AND THEREFORE STRANGE AND SILLY. What the fu–? She opens… Continue reading what is this i don’t even? (rachel maddow and iran edition)

You get a cookie! Part 2 of ???: Tim Graham

So this happened today: MSNBC touting Karen Finney as another African-American host. Would the average viewer be able to guess that? Or is Boehner a shade more tan? — Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) April 2, 2013 MSNBC announced that regular political analyst Karen Finney is being given her own show on weekends from 4-5 PM. Tim… Continue reading You get a cookie! Part 2 of ???: Tim Graham

andrea mitchell is s-m-r-t

Intrepid Truth Vigilante Andrea Mitchell hosted intrepid Director of the National Economic Council, Gene Sperling, earlier today to press him on Republican and Villager concerns that President Obama’s SOTU ideas for letting the Poors have a little extra cake might cause History’s Greatest Evil, the National Debt That Nobody Actually Cares About, to asplode and… Continue reading andrea mitchell is s-m-r-t