Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Iraq, Dirty Politics, And Warren Jeffs Is Back To Torture Us Some More (Tuesday's Show)

Hey everybody. Can I just say how not cool it is that Anderson, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert are all vacation right now? It's two weeks before the elections. I'm stressed out enough as it is. Thank God Keith Olbermann stuck around to keep me sane. Seriously boys, we're going to have to better coordinate this next time around. Also, after the show tonight I realized that the intro has not angered me lately. Now, this may simply be because I haven't been paying the proper attention and not because it's gotten better. So, what have you readers? I'll try to pay specific attention tomorrow, but has it gotten better in your opinion?

We kick off tonight with Iraq news. John King informs us that that soldier is still missing and this intros us into a John Roberts piece. We learn that the US is now pushing for a time table for bench marks to push to work towards a deadline and...this doesn't even make any sense. It's gotten to the point that I don't even know what the hell they're talking about half the time anymore. And what's sad is that I don't think they do either. What I do know is now they're talking about words that they tried to tar democrats with mere weeks ago. Hypocrites. John then joins us live where he admits that nobody is talking about what happens if the Iraqis don't meet the deadline. I'm guessing nothing, which makes this all completely meaningless. Also of note is that Britain is talking about wanting its troops out in 12 months. There goes the coalition of the willing.

On next to a Suzanne Malveaux piece on how the White House is using talk radio hosts to rally their base. They invited all these hosts to a tent on the White House lawn and then officials went around doing interviews. Democrats are mad because the White House grounds are being used for what is essentially campaigning. After the piece we get Glenn Beck in the studio. Okay, ew. Why, CNN, why? You know, about five or so years ago I used to watch CNN Headline News more than I watched regular CNN. I had it on in the background all the time. But then they went hiring people like Nancy Grace and Glenn Beck and now I never watch it. Anyway, Glenn says the main issue conservatives are mad about is the border and he thinks when Bushco talk about the border it's just for show. I think when they talk about everything it's just for show. Glenn also makes the completely delusional statement that the main problem with Bush is that he's just a poor communicator and that when you read his words it's different. Okay, we all know Bush can't talk, but first of all, those aren't his words. Someone wrote them. And second, the economy isn't crap for most Americans just because he's not speaking well. Bodies didn't rot in the streets of New Orleans because he can't speak well. Iraq hasn't dissolved into a civil war because he can't speak well. Those are all failures of policy. I think what Glenn is trying to say is that Bush can no longer get the American people to believe his lies. The facts on the ground have finally caught up to what he's saying. It should be noted that John King challenges none of this, but then again, this whole interview was probably just to promote Glenn anyway. Next time I want an interview like this identified as advertisement or I want John King to do more than lob softballs and nod.

Next up we have a John King piece on what would happen if democrats took control of Congress. We're shown some Bush fearmongering clips and then Howard Dean ticks off all the things the democrats would like to accomplish. However, it's pointed out that Bush still wields the veto pen. We also get a look at the people who will be running the important committees and I'm getting excited just thinking about it. In the piece John points out that John Conyers would be willing to impeach, but he doesn't mention that Nancy Pelosi is on record saying they will not impeach. John is kind of slacking tonight.

Transitioning now to an interview with David Gergen and he thinks that if the republicans stay in power they will escalate Iraq and if democrats take over they will begin withdrawl. Man, democrats need to get that escalation message out there because even though there are a lot of people unsure about withdrawl, some of them are against sending more troops. The Gerg points out that Bush will have quite a tough time if he has a divided government and he might need to eat some crow in order to get democrats to work with him to get things done. What's ironic is that Bush might actually be able to get some of his legislation, like immigration, passed through a democratic Congress easier than a republican one.

On now to some really dirty politics layed out in a piece from Thelma Gutierrez. It seems that a congressional candidate in California, Tan Nguyen, is being accused of sending letters to 14,000 people in an attempt to mislead and intimidate them. The letters state that you cannot vote if you are illegal or an immigrant. This is of course not true because naturalized citizens are allowed to vote and ironically, Nguyen is an immigrant himself. You can imagine how upset people are about all this and even The Governator himself has called it a hate crime. The GOP is urging Nguyen to drop out, but he insists he had nothing to do with the letters. However, they've been traced directly to his campaign, so me thinks he's a big liar too. Keeping with down in the gutter politicking, we've got a Tom Foreman piece on Rush Limbaugh's latest outrageous comments. Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, recently did an ad for Missouri senate candidate Claire McCaskill and Rush has accused Michael of exploiting his disease by acting like his symptoms are worse than they are or purposefully not taking his medication. There's really not much to say here other than that Rush is a disgusting idiot, but I would hope that was apparent long before this incident.

Transitioning now to a Gary Tuchman piece on polygamy. Why, CNN, why? This story JUST WON'T DIE. We even get the requisite clip of Gary getting brushed off by the locals. Poor Gary, it's like everytime the story seems to be over he just gets sucked back in. Anyway, the whole piece is basically about polygamist David Bateman and how he's in legal trouble for having sex with a 17 year old. After the piece we get Gary live and then cut to commercial. Upon coming back we get Warren Jeffs singing Oh hell no! Why does 360 hate my eardrums? After that trauma, we have an interview with Mike Watkiss. This was way too much time on polygamy for my tastes. The Shot tonight is a bed made by NASA that tests weighlessness. They need people to test it out, but volunteers are hard to come by because you would have to lie in it for 3 weeks and the whole time it spins around. Gee, I can't imagine why recruiting people is so hard. Not the best show tonight. C-

So what kind of dirty politics are going on in your neck of the woods?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Mathilde said...

Maybe the three boys are off plotting a coup d'etat. I wish.

11:29 PM  
Blogger eliza said...

The country run by Jon, Stephen, and Anderson? Hell, with those three at the helm I'd even be cool with a dictatorship. :)

1:06 AM  
Anonymous Sharla said...

I'll take an Anderson dictatorship :)

As for dirty politics in my neck of the woods.... there are some pretty mean commercials out, calling each other liars, cheats, idiots..... According to the CNN online quiz, I'm a right leaning conservative. However, I don't like any of the candidates... what to do, what to do....

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Sharla said...

*SQUEE!!*

I'm going to New York in November. Too bad it'll be the weekend when I go on my CNN studios tour....

6:45 PM  

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