CNN unwittingly demonstrates with this sorry spectacle why so many people have come to thoroughly despise the mainstream media.
By the way, if you want to read an interesting article on this subject, let me recommend an excellent piece that James Fallows wrote in The Atlantic a number of years ago.
Plot Thickening Update:
“When I see clips like this, I just want to give up.” – Chris Hayes
Once again it’s time to demonstrate my hypothesis that, generally speaking, right-wingers have no sense of humour (or to be a little more charitable, let’s say they have a rather poor grasp of what is actually funny). In this regard, behold the difference between the speeches of Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner and Republican Senator Rand Paul at last night’s Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner.
Anthony Weiner at his best…
This in response to an “emergency session” of the House Rules Committee being called to take up legislation permanently banning federal funding for NPR and its affiliate stations – a measure that could save American households as much as a fraction of a penny per year!
This is quite a long video, and seeing as vita brevis, I don’t expect many to actually watch the whole thing, but it’s quite an instructive, albeit maddening, exercise do so.
You may recall that at the start of the 112th session of Congress, highly juiced by Tea Party sentiments, House Republicans implemented a new rule stating that all bills must include a statement “citing as specifically as practicable the power or powers granted to Congress” to enact the measure. But how does that work when the measure being proposed is blatantly unconstitutional? Well, just watch and see!
I look forward to future bills being introduced into Congress by Democratic lawmakers with an incoherent, “uga booga baka bonga” preamble and seeing whether the same standard of technical rigour will be applied with respect to the new constitutional justification rule…
I think it may be safe to assume this snippet from Real Time won’t get zapped by HBO as it’s on Grayson’s YouTube channel, but who knows? In any case, the usual caveat goes with these things, so enjoy while you can…
I haven’t been taking in the TV news that much lately, but have caught more than a few interviews with Representative Grayson here and there on the Intertubes. Along with his fellow straight-shooting House Democrats from the 9th Districts of New York and Ohio (i.e., Anthony Weiner and Marcy Kaptor, respectively), he’s a joy to watch and a refreshing change from the equivocating douchebags, corporate shills and mercenary sell-outs that more frequently seem to populate the ranks of the Democratic Party these days.
And just to re-purpose this a bit into a Canadian context, when on earth are we going to see some charismatic firebrands emerging on the Left up here that are willing and able to speak truth to power, cut through the copious boatloads of crapola dished up every day by government flunkies and slavish media hacks? In other words, politicians actually capable of galvanizing people to get even somewhat interested in whatever it is the Liberals and/or NDP have to say? (Presuming that is, they have anything at all worth listening to…)