Janeane Garofolo is a joke – even for a third rate stand-up comedian.
Read her interview where she called Sarah Palin and the Republican Party “small-minded and mean-spirited” here.
She had a “FAILED” radio program on Air American Radio in its incarnation before it went bankrupt, shed Al Franken’s high salary and reincarnated itself.
Just another Hollywood celeb LEFTIST with a poor dye job…..++++++++++In blogging matters, Flap is happy to be back after surgery although I am quite sore and energy is in short supply.
Thanks to all of my readers, here at Flapsblog and on Facebook/Twitter for their kind regards.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
Senator Debbie (D-Michigan)Stabenow on Liberal Talk Radio With Bill Press this morning
Flap saw this earlier in the day and Michelle reminded Flap that the “Fairness Doctrine” is AGAIN being discussed for reinstatement. It seems to come up every time a LEFTY radio show fails. In the past couple of days there have been a few.
BILL PRESS: Yeah, I mean, look: They have a right to say that. Theyâ€™ve got a right to express that. But, they should not be the only voices heard. So, is it time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine?
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I think itâ€™s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether itâ€™s called the Fairness Standard, whether itâ€™s called something else â€” I absolutely think itâ€™s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.
BILL PRESS: Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the United States Senate this year, to bring these owners in and hold them accountable?
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like thatâ€™s gonna happen. Yep.
Of course, Senator Stabenow has a vested interest in any reinstatment since her husband is Tom Athans who is the co-founder and former CEO of left-wing Democracy Radio. Today, he is the Executive Vice President of the formerly bankrupt LEFT-WING Air America radio.
President Obama has stated that he is against reinstatement of “The Fairness Doctrine.” But, like everything else his stands on issues have an expiration date.
Roland Burris, the duly appointed Junior Senator from Illinois is on route to the U.S. Capitol and likely will be turned away from taking his seat by the Secretary of the U.S. Senate. The claim will be his papers from Illinois are NOT in order.
This is a PR disaster for Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats.
The campaign for the 2010 Congressional elections begins today.
This supposed “DEAL” is NOT going to happen.
Reporting from Sacramento — State lawmakers began moving toward a deal this week to close California’s deficit with the help of steeper car fees that would cost many drivers hundreds of dollars annually, according to people involved in budget talks.
Under the plan, GOP lawmakers — most of whom have signed anti-tax pledges — would vote to triple the vehicle license fee that owners pay when they register their cars every year in exchange for a ballot measure that would impose rigid limits on future state spending. Motorists’ annual license fees would rise from 0.65% of the value of their vehicles to 2%. For a car or truck valued at $25,000, the increase would be $336.
Flap has heard from a California Republican Legislator who blasts this deal as a “liberal/L.A. Times rumor.”
First, a little refresher course in Evan Cohen and Air America’s rip-off of the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx.
Well, the authorities finally caught up with Mr. Cohen and arrested him the other day in Guam.
The mystery man behind the looting of a Bronx charity to finance the startup of liberal radio network Air America was arrested yesterday in Guam.
Evan Montvel-Cohen was picked up by border-patrol officers at Guam International Airport on an outstanding warrant from Hawaii. He had been indicted there last month for money laundering and the theft of more than $60,000 from a Honolulu landscaping firm, prosecutors said.
Brian Maloney over at the Radio Equalizer has more.
The Cohen indictment is here.
New York will probably not pursue Cohen criminally for his rip-off of the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club to the benefit of left wing Air America Radio. Maybe Hawaii will punish him.
But, Flap wonders if this Air America scandal will filter over to the Al Franken vs. Norm Coleman U.S. Senate race in Minnesota? After all, Franken was enriched initially by the criminal activity of Cohen and others.
Randi Rhodes in San Francisco where she called Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro “Fu***ng Whores
Sheâ€™s going to be signing a deal with Nova M Radio in the next few hours for about the same money Air America was paying her. She will broadcast Monday afternoon on all Clear Channel affiliates and several other stations. The folks at Air America donâ€™t miss her one bitâ€¦ She has moved from New York City to West Palm Beach, FLâ€¦
Theyâ€™ve been planning since she was suspended but the deal is solid nowâ€¦
Good luck with advertisers except maybe in San Francisco or Berkeley……..
Randi Rhodes in San Francisco Calls Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton whores
Air America suspended talk show host Randi Rhodes for the above remarks where she called former Congresswoman and Democrat Vice President nominee and Senator Hillary Clinton a whore.
Randi Rhodes, an afternoon host for the progressive Air America radio network, was suspended Thursday after repeatedly insulting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at an event last month.
Ms. Rhodes used vulgar language that likened Mrs. Clinton to a prostitute at an event sponsored by KKGN, the Air America affiliate in the San Francisco area, on March 22. A video of Ms. Rhodesâ€™ remarks was published to the video-sharing Web site YouTube on Tuesday, prompting condemnations by some bloggers.
And, they wonder why progressive talk radio cannot sell advertising…….
Indeed, A Ship of Fools…..
Anyone else have a name for the ship?
Technorati Tags: Air America
MSNBC.com identified 144 journalists who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes. Only 17 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties.
And this is a surprise?
The Media Company Donors (Partial List):
Flap supposes that the harping of the right blogosphere about left-wing democrat bias of the MSM is correct, now isn’t it?
Some of the comments of the “CAUGHT” journalists are funny:
The New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor, $2,000 to John Kerry in three payments in 2004. Hertzberg often writes the Comment in the front of the magazine, and was a speechwriter for Jimmy Carter.
Hertzberg, in answer to the question whether he made these donations, sent this reply: “Damn right.”
Fox News Channel, Codie Brooks, researcher for Brit Hume’s “Special Report,” $300 to Senate campaign of Harold Ford Jr., Tennessee Democrat, in March 2006, $200 more in June, and $2,100 more in September.
Brooks, who said her family is friendly with Ford’s, said she raised much of the $2,600 from friends â€” it wasn’t her money alone. “A lot of Fox employees have contributed to Democratic candidates. I know I’m not the only one.”
James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal has his favorite journalist comments:
A particular standout is Mark Singer, who gave $250 to “Victory Campaign 2004, which supported America Coming Together, which opposed President Bush.” He says:
“I believe very much that writers have to be aware of conflicts of interest in all sorts of situations. Probably there should be a rule against it. But there’s a rule against murder. If someone had murdered Hitler–a journalist interviewing him had murdered him–the world would be a better place. I only feel good, as a citizen, about getting rid of George Bush, who has been the most destructive president in my lifetime. I certainly don’t regret it.”
Then there’s Randy Cohen, who writes the “Ethicist” column for the New York Times and gave $585 to MoveOn.org, an Angry Left Group”:
Cohen said he thought of MoveOn.org as nonpartisan and thought the donation would be allowed even under the strict rule at the Times.
“We admire those colleagues who participate in their communities–help out at the local school, work with Little League, donate to charity,” Cohen said in an e-mail. “But no such activity is or can be non-ideological. Few papers would object to a journalist donating to the Boy Scouts or joining the Catholic Church. But the former has an official policy of discriminating against gay children; the latter has views on reproductive rights far more restrictive than those of most Americans. Should reporters be forbidden to support those groups? I’d say not. Unless a group’s activities impinge on a reporter’s beat, the reporter should be free to donate to a wide range of nonprofits. Make a journalist’s charitable giving transparent, and let the readers weigh it as they will.
“Those who do not cover anything, but write a column of opinion should have even more latitude. It is such a writer’s job to make his views explicit. Those donations to nonprofits will no doubt reflect the views he or she is hired to express. In evaluating such civic engagement, it is well to remember that to have an opinion is not to have a bias. To conceal one’s political opinions is not to be without them.”
After MSNBC.com checked the names of Times staff and contributors on this list with a spokesperson for the Times, Cohen sent this addendum:
“That said, Times policy does forbid my making such donations, and I will not do so in the future.”
Cohen’s effort at self-justification approaches high comedy: If it’s OK for his colleagues to make donations to nonpolitical organizations that he finds politically objectionable, it must be OK for him to make donations to political organizations! And anyway, he thinks of MoveOn.org as nonpartisan! We haven’t read Cohen’s column in ages, but we recall that his guiding principle always seemed to be that the ends justify the means, so long as the ends are liberal.
One could argue that journalists who make political donations are doing the public a service by disclosing their own biases. The reason that many news organizations bar such contributions (though not all do; see this sidebar for the details) is to protect their institutional credibility–that is, the plausibility of the claim to be unbiased.
So, what does Flap think?
I think this quote is especially appropriate:
Abe Rosenthal, the former New York Times editor, who is reported to have said:
“I don’t care if you sleep with elephants as long as you don’t cover the circus.”
Each news organization which is a private concern and not regulated by the government must develop their own policies and disclose them.
A free press with disclosure will expose the bias – as it has.
But, what is scary are attempts like this to regulate the press – in particular talk radio by government action.