Take a look:
It sure looks like the conservatives have it pretty fine…not to mention the fact that they also seem to be getting more coverage.
So don’t let the complaints of the right fool you. They know where their advantage lies.
- Bill O’Reilly And Panel Take On Liberal Media Bias And Young Voter Support Of Obama (mediaite.com)
- Glenn Beck on Liberal Media Bias (notyrants.blogspot.com)
- Former TV Producer On MSNBC WaWa Edits: ‘I’m Done’ Denying Liberal Bias (mediaite.com)
- Liberal Media Bias: 2,000 U.S. Troop Deaths in Afghanistan – Only CBS Reports (vocalminority.typepad.com)
- Former Network TV Producer Disgusted by Andrea Mitchell Wawa Edits: ‘I’m Done’ Denying Liberal Bias (newsbusters.org)
- Liberal Media Bias: NYT, WaPo Cover Attack by Jews, Not Against Jews (vocalminority.typepad.com)
The Congressman was referring to the 76 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The Communist Party has publicly referred to the Progressive Caucus as its allies. The Progressive Caucus speaks for itself. These individuals certainly aren’t proponents of free markets or individual economic freedom.
Asked to comment on these charges, Libero Della Piana, a vice chairman of the party, stated that there were no Congressional lawmakers who were party members and that West’s comment is a “sad ploy.”
And now some folks like Sarah Palin are suggesting West as a potential VP candidate. Who would have thought?
This from CBS:
(CBS News) CBS News legend Mike Wallace, the “60 Minutes” pit-bull reporter whose probing, brazen style made his name synonymous with the tough interview – a style he practically invented for television more than half a century ago – died last night. He was 93 and passed peacefully surrounded by family members at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Conn., where he spent the past few years. He also had a home in Manhattan.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Mike Wallace. His extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence. His loss will be felt by all of us at CBS,” said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO, CBS Corporation.
“All of us at CBS News and particularly at ’60 Minutes’ owe so much to Mike. Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn’t be a ’60 Minutes.’ There simply hasn’t been another broadcast journalist with that much talent. It almost didn’t matter what stories he was covering, you just wanted to hear what he would ask next. Around CBS he was the same infectious, funny and ferocious person as he was on TV. We loved him and we will miss him very much,” said Jeff Fager, chairman CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes.”
A special program dedicated to Wallace will be broadcast on “60 Minutes” next Sunday, April 15.
If all you knew Mike Wallace from was 60 Minutes which he did from 1968 to 2008, then you only knew half of his amazing television career. He hovered between entertainment and news in the 40s and 50s, got his first network presence on ABC’s Mike Wallace Interview – which was based on his earlier NYC interview program called Night Beat, where he developed his browbeating interview style.
CBS News producer Don Hewitt took Wallace’s hard-charging style as a counter to the avuncular Harry Reasoner and on September 24, 1968, Wallace and Reasoner introduced “60 Minutes” to the 10:00 p.m. timeslot, where it ran every other Tuesday. While critics loved it and awards followed. it had a hard time building an audience. After seven years trying various nights, “60 Minutes” went to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, where it remains today.
Mainly because of Wallace’s tough style, it made the top 20 shows in 1977 and the top 10 in 1978, then became the number-one program in 1980.
Mike, we salute you.
- Twitter remembers Mike Wallace: 60 Minutes legend dies at 93 (examiner.com)
- Mike Wallace, legendary ’60 Minutes’ journalist, dies at 93 (examiner.com)
- Veteran CBS journalist Mike Wallace dead at 93 – network (firstpost.com)
- Mike Wallace dead at 93 (heloise8.wordpress.com)
- Remembering: Mike Wallace, 93 (aarp.org)
- 60 Minutes Legend Mike Wallace Dead at 93 (tvline.com)
- RIP Newsman Mike Wallace (skydancingblog.com)
- Mike Wallace, `60 Minutes’ star interviewer, dies (kansas.com)
“Andy always said he wanted to work until the day he died, and he managed to do it, save the last few weeks in the hospital.”
Rooney won 4 Emmy awards, one for a piece on whether there was a real Mrs. Smith who made Mrs. Smith’s Pies. As it turned out, there was no Mrs. Smith. His commentaries, however, were often marked as “complaints” beginning with the first one he did. He complained about people who keep track of how many people die in car accidents on holiday weekends. In fact, he said, the Fourth of July is “one of the safest weekends of the year to be going someplace.”
- Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes Commentator, Dead at 92 (rollingstone.com)
- Andy Rooney, 92, has died; share your memories here (timesunion.com)
- RIP Andy Rooney (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Andy Rooney Passes Away at 92 (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Andy Rooney Dies At Age 92 (mediaite.com)
When I told my wife that Leonard Harris had died last Sunday, she said “Who?”. I guess if you weren’t from Connecticut where you watched CBS, Channel 3, you might not have recognized Harris by name, but from 1966 to 1974 he was our television film critic, eventually reporting nationwide. Prior to that he spent eleven years writing book reviews for The Hartford Courant.
Although he lived in Manhattan, he died of pneumonia in his old stomping grounds in Hartford.
- Leonard Harris, Television Critic, Dies at 81 (nytimes.com)
From John Case’s Morning mailing:
90,000 union members hit the street in final election push
by John Wojcik on 10/28/10
Breaking all records for labor participation in mid-term election efforts, 90,000 union members will campaign during the final four days before Election Day, Nov. 2, out of 1,200 staging areas across the nation.
Beginning Friday, Oct. 29 and ending Tuesday, just before polls close, they will make 5.6 million phone calls, knock on 4.1 million doors and pass out 1.9 million flyers.
The AFL-CIO says that the massive push will, in effect, build a “firewall” that will hold the line on expected Republican gains and allow Democrats to retain control of both houses of Congress.
“One-on-one grassroots contact will be the key for this election,” declared AFL-CIO Political Director Karen Ackerman. “Union families trust and rely on the information their union provides and it cuts through the noise of unprecedented corporate cash being spent on false ads.”
If the labor movement achieves its goal this weekend, a wrench will have been thrown into wheels already set in motion by people like GOP Rep. Davis Camp, who would, if Republicans take over Congress, become chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Corporate lobbyists have already been camping out in his office with instructions on how he should rewrite tax laws.
The “final four” push by the labor movement builds on what has already been the largest mid-term election effort ever by the country’s unions. The immense Labor 2010 grassroots persuasion program involved 200,000 union volunteers who reached 17 million union voters in 26 states. They made 23.6 million phone calls, handed out 17.5 million flyers at workplaces, knocked on over 1.3 million doors and sent 18.6 million pieces of mail.
“This resulted,” said Ackerman, “in an increase in the generic congressional ballot among union members from plus 8 points to plus 25 points for the Democrats and doubling the lead for the Democratic Senate candidates among union members.”
Labor’s efforts fit into a broader campaign effort. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reports ground operations in over 65 congressional districts and Organizing for America, the successor organization to the Obama campaign, is integrated into state party operations around the country. They also have been knocking on doors, calling voters and sending out mailings.
There has been a strong focus on African American voters, with more of them having been contacted in September than during the entire 2006 midterm elections.
The Republican get-out-the-vote effort, by most reports, is not as strong. GOP congressional staffers are being required to go out into the districts to try to match Democratic Party and union ground troops.
While there are a big number of House Democrats fighting off strong GOP challenges, many who were extremely vulnerable before the boots were put on the ground are now running very close races. CBS reported in the final weeks that even Democrats in conservative districts that the GOP
should win are doing pretty well. Patrick Murphy in Pennsylvania and Dina Titus in Nevada, both of whom should, by conventional wisdom be far behind, are now deadlocked with their GOP opponents. What the CBS report did not say is that unions have been active in both those races.
The fact that the Democratic Senate candidates in Pennsylvania and Illinois are closing strong is also attributed, in large part, to labor’s ground game.
“This election is as important as anything we did two years ago,” President Obama told thousands of union activists on a teleconference call Oct. 26. “The labor program you guys have put into place is the backbone of the program.”
It’s not just the members of the country’s unions who are mobilizing the last four days of the campaign. The AFL-CIO’s top officials are fanning out for a series of get-out-the-vote events, concentrating on Midwestern states where there are hotly contested Senate and gubernatorial races.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will spend Oct. 29 in Chicago, leafleting work sites and phone banking, and Oct. 30 through Election Day in Pennsylvania with Rep. Joe Sestak.
AFL-CIO Secretary Liz Shuler will phone bank Oct. 29 in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 30 in Colorado and will spend Nov. 1 and 2 in Illinois.
Arlene Holt-Baker, the federation’s Executive Vice President, will spend the last four days of the campaign in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Connecticut.
- AFL-CIO leaders will end campaign with Midwest-focused blitz for Dems (thehill.com)
- Key Bloc Of Voters Flocks to The GOP (online.wsj.com)
- Labor Sees Get-Out-the-Vote Gains (blogs.wsj.com)
From Talking Points Memo:
You know… it is amazing what some people will say or do for a brief moment of National fame.
- What Shall It Profitt Thee (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Following Up On The Kentucky Head Stomper: Rand Paul Coordinator Apologizes (mediaite.com)
- The Kentucky Stomper’s ridiculous excuse (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Waiting on Rand Paul’s Apology Over Campaign Coordinator Who Stomped on Woman’s Head (womensrights.change.org)
- Tim Profitt Issued Summons, Whines [Greg Laden’s Blog] (scienceblogs.com)
- Tea Partier Who Stomped Lady’s Face: ‘I’m Sorry It Came to That’ [Crazies] (gawker.com)
I absolutely hate Sunday nites when the creeps at CBS schedule 60 Minutes (which I wait for all week) at 7:00 PM and I make plans for my evening around it … then they let Football run over it’s time and change the schedule by one hour at the last minute!
The trick, of course, is that they think I’ll stay with CBS all night... so I’d like to tell them that a.) I don’t like football and b.) I have no problem turning off CBS and watching other Networks or Cable stations. I do feel very unsatisfied when my 8:00 PM plans have to be put in a “choose or die” mode if I have to watch 60 Minutes out of sequence (tonite I chose to watch Once Upon A Mattress on the Ovation Channel… and I didn’t feel like breaking away from it. It’s one of my favorite musicals.)
I think they should program football earlier in the afternoon since they ho it will, as it always does, breach the 7:00 PM deadline. I am not the only person who thinks so…I’ve brought this up before over coffee with friends and they feel the same way. So if you are listening, CBS, don’t turn off your audience of you don’t have to. It is unappreciated.
- Eminem Coming To CBS’ “60 Minutes” This Sunday (current.com)
This clip from Talking Points Memo:
- Karl Rove Says Christine O’Donnell Needs to Explain Witchcraft ‘Dabbling’ to Voters (politicsdaily.com)
- Karl Rove: Christine O’Donnell Needs To Explain Her ‘Witchcraft’ Remarks (mediaite.com)
- Christine O’Donnell Was A Witch! (perezhilton.com)
CBS just put out a notice that Don Hewitt, the creator of 60 Minutes has died of pancreatic cancer.
After stepping down as the 60 Minutes producer in 2004, he was Executive Producer at CBS. He spent 60 years working for a single network.
Hewitt was famous for producing the Kennedy-Nixon Debate in 1960, which many credited Nixon’s loss to.