The Most Busted Name In News, Part x+1

Well, that didn’t take long:

An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention, a network official confirmed to TPM.

The CNN official declined to confirm specific details of the incident to TPM but generally confirmed an account posted on Twitter by former MSNBC and Current anchor David Shuster:

I suppose there’s no need to ask Juan, Condi, Artur, Steeleo, Mr. Uzbeki-beki-stan-stan, et al. whether this is indicative of NeoConfederate attitudes towards brown folks in general, but here’s a question for you: Why is TeaNN doing their damnedest to bury this story?  Did their employee have to get shot in the face for it to count or something?  I think this pretty much hits the mark:

If this had happened between two third parties, CNN would have used it to lead the evening bulletin. Instead, it comes across as an attempt to shut the story down to please its hosts. Referring, for instance, to an “incident” seems to diminish the seriousness of the event (which is, after all, a truly disgusting example of racism – the sort which many in the party are keen to pretend no longer exists), while there is no attempt at all to support their employee. Maybe she has her own feelings on the matter – it could be that she requested the whole thing be played down – but we can’t know that.

Instead, CNN seem to be trying their hardest to spin for the Republican Party.

That’s how they roll.


Matthews Mans A Station

Looks like he may be sticking with it for a while:

In an emotional interview with POLITICO tonight, MSNBC host Chris Matthews defended his spirited attack against RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in which he alleged that the Republican party was guilty of playing the race card against President Barack Obama.

“It is obvious that this is something I care passionately about: race was abused by white politicians in my lifetime, including Reagan. For someone to come on the program and deny that this is part of their process, I couldn’t take that,” Matthews said. “This is something I really, deeply believe in. We grew up in a country where appeals to race have been awful, terrible. This language — we are beyond this. It had to be called out.”

Particularly telling is how Rinse Deletus responded to the opportunity to expand on his party’s tactics:

Matthews said he met with Priebus after the show and asked him to come on tonight’s edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, which Matthews hosts, to “continue the conversation.” Priebus, Matthews says, told him he had 23 events tonight and couldn’t make it.

But Matthews has no illusions about where Priebus stands.

“Like [H.L.] Mencken said, ‘Never argue with somebody whose job depends on not being convinced,'” Matthews said.

Nice to see someone calling it for what it is…we need more journalism and less stenography.

Must Be Opposite Week

How else can you explain the cavalcade of media types waking up and smelling the BS?  Now David Freaking Brooks is calling for the check, and he apparently HATED the meal:

Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Virginia and several other swing states. He emerged, hair first, believing in America, and especially its national parks. He was given the name Mitt, after the Roman god of mutual funds, and launched into the world with the lofty expectation that he would someday become the Arrow shirt man.

Romney was a precocious and gifted child. He uttered his first words (“I like to fire people”) at age 14 months, made his first gaffe at 15 months and purchased his first nursery school at 24 months. The school, highly leveraged, went under, but Romney made 24 million Jujubes on the deal.

Damn, dude – was your vichyssoise served warm or something? Silly me – Applebees doesn’t do vichyssoise…anyway, back to the beating:

Romney also went on a mission to France. He spent two years knocking on doors, failing to win a single convert. This was a feat he would replicate during his 2008 presidential bid.

After his mission, he attended Harvard, studying business, law, classics and philosophy, though intellectually his first love was always tax avoidance. After Harvard, he took his jawline to Bain Consulting, a firm with very smart people with excessive personal hygiene. While at Bain, he helped rescue many outstanding companies, like Pan Am, Eastern Airlines, Atari and DeLorean.

Some have said that Romney’s lifestyle is overly privileged, pointing to the fact that he has an elevator for his cars in the garage of his San Diego home. This is not entirely fair. Romney owns many homes without garage elevators and the cars have to take the stairs.

After a successful stint at Bain, Romney was lured away to run the Winter Olympics, the second most Caucasian institution on earth, after the G.O.P. He then decided to run for governor of Massachusetts. His campaign slogan, “Vote Romney: More Impressive Than You’ll Ever Be,” was not a hit, but Romney won the race anyway on an environmental platform, promising to make the state safe for steeplechase.

OK, I’m only going to say this once: the whole Brooks column is worth reading.  Can’t believe I actually said that.  I’m going to go lie down now.

Reince Cycle

Never thought I’d post a Mourning Joe clip, but Tweety took Rinse to the woodshed, and it is well worth the viewing:

Nice to see, especially the part where Joe says NOTHING.  He knows the truth but cannot bring himself to speak to it.

Also, Brokaw’s a douche.

You Can’t Buy Fate

This is brilliant (h/t Shawn):

Happy Friday, folks!