I watch the TV newscasts on the left (someone has to in order to see what vile venom they are spewing) in order to keep informed.
On 9/11 I watched part of two MicroSocialistNBC (MSNBC) before the President’s speech on the non-Islamic ISIS, and wish to comment on them. Most of the topics for the speech had already been ‘leaked’ to the press. One comment before we begin- to watch a past show on MSNBC, you have to sign in and provide personal information to get a key to see the show. You do not have to do that on Fox News.
Chris (tingle down my thigh) Matthews of Hardball and he had of all the profound pundits available Bill Maher for the first 15 minutes. In the first 3 minutes Bill managed to simply state that if you are an American and do not believe what and how he believes it- you are STUPID.
The two of them then spent the rest of their segment talking about what they thought the conservative commentators would be saying about what they thought the ‘talking points’ should be. Amazing! They said nothing about what they thought or what they thought the liberal commentators should speak about, just putting down all conservatives as being STUPID and out of touch with the will of the American people.
I would posit that they are the ones out of touch because of the magic of cable I could watch several stations at a time. Fox News commentators discussed the actual released topics. They had several commentators from both sides of the political spectrum and they discussed the pros and the cons of each topic as well as the possible ramifications of the president doing or not doing them. Fair and balanced obviously compared to the lopsided tongue-lashings of the Hardball segment.
Also watched Rachel (Madcow) Maddow for the first 18 minutes.
Spent the first 17 minutes of her show ‘dissing’ the National Football League. She brought out old scandals, new scandals and tried to tie them all together into a cover-up. Many conservatives had said that this is what the liberals will use to try to bring the NFL to its knees. They have hated the $9 billion dollar a year in revenues, the multi-million dollar, multi-year contracts for the superstars. Of course there are 3rd string ‘bench warmers’ who have dreamed of playing in the NFL all of their lives but were never good to be standouts, but good enough to beat many others to have least have a place on the practice team.
Violence against women is sad and cannot be tolerated. Here are some statistics from http://www.feminist.com/antiviolence/facts.html . They may be somewhat slanted and mostly concerned about sexual assault but here we are dealing with just domestic violence which often terms to sexual assault, but none of the NFL players have been accused of this. .
Fact #29: The costs of intimate partner violence against women exceed an estimated $5.8 billion. These costs include nearly $4.1 billion in the direct costs of medical care and mental health care and nearly $1.8 billion in the indirect costs of lost productivity and present value of lifetime earnings. (Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2003).
Fact #30 Intimate partner violence causes U.S. women to lose about $727 million in wages from their approximately 8 million days of missed work. (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2003).
Fact #31: It is estimated that 43% of lesbian and bisexual women and 30% of gay and bisexual men have experienced at least one form of sexual assault during their lifetimes. (Rothman 2011)
Fact #32: About 67.9% of rape victims are white; 11.9% are black; 14% are hispanic and 6% are of other races. (National Crime Victimization Survey, Department of Justice 2010).
Fact #33: About half of all rape victims are in the lowest third of income distribution; half are in the upper two-thirds. (Violence against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1994.)
So I listened to Rachel and I was struck by the generalities, the allegations of cover-up, lack of transparency, emails and video tape disappearing, important information not being shown to supervisors and I was struck by the similarities. So I signed up on MSNBC to rehear the broadcast and sure enough try to following.
If as you listen to the tape, you make the following substitutions: every time she mentions the NFL substitute ‘the Obama administration’; Every time she mentions Roger Goodell substitute “Obama”; every time she mentions a football team substitute “IRS or EPA or Treasury Department or Attorney General’s office”, every time she mentions a team owners name substitute “Eric Holder, Jack Lew, Lois Lerner.”
It makes just as much sense. Everything she was trying to hang on the NFL and her reasons why could easily have been said about the Obama administration. She is claiming the NFL is “developing a culture of violence”, and I can claim that the Obama administration is “developing a culture of corruption.”