Friday Links and Open Thread

  • Thursday’s numbers: Bill O’Reilly-Megyn Kelly-The Five 1-2-3.
  • Video: the Wayne Simmons controversy.
  • Grenell: The astonishing bias of (MS)NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin.
  • Griswold: Botched hit-job by Dylan Byers should embarrass CNN.
  • Report: CNBC agrees to Trump demands.  Isenstadt: CNBC caves.
  • Concha: Trump’s credibility on the line in showdown with CNBC.
  • Wemple: Coop ‘knew’ Sanders’s reply would ‘shut down’ email talk.
  • After big debut, Leno’s Garage stalls out.  Worth a thousand words.
  • Josh Levs at Stony Brooke U.  Joy-Ann Reid in Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Golgowski: Lynne Russell lawsuit claims motel ignored known dangers.
  • Wemple: Donald Trump officially assumes full ownership of cable news.

27 thoughts on “Friday Links and Open Thread”

  1. Concha: credibility?
    Joe is an excellent writer, a true wordsmith. He knows how to shape a story, how to build a case without having to follow the evidentiary rules in court. He knows how to skillfully insert prejudicial words that raise speculation and conjecture to the level of undisputed fact.
    Let’s say Concha is charging Trump with Failure to Successfully Negotiate, Capitulation (2nd offense), and Fraudulent Self Promotion. Let’s also say Trump is acquitted of all charges if CNNC “caves” or Trump and Carson boycott the debate or the ratings don’t crack 20 million. If that happens, does Joe lose credibility as a skilled writer and first rate opinion giver? Of course not! But I wouldn’t hire him for speculation advice.
    8 to 1 CNBC comes to an accommodation.

    • Who says he’s going to fail? I imply he’ll likely win given the leverage he has here and I agree with his argument. If he doesn’t, however, that’s a problem.

      As for speculation, I’ve been right on all three of the debate audiences thus far: Fox would shatter all records for the first, CNN would break 22 million for the second, and CNN would break records on the third (the last was particularly dismissed). It’s all on record.

      • “Who says he’s going to fail?”
        I give up. Who?
        Your debate ratings predictions have been spot on. I giess we’ll never know if your Trumpless CNBC prediction was on the mark. I was just having a little fun using your “let’s say” model. In fact, my entire post was tongue-in-cheek, except for of course, my critique of your writing talent.

  2. Great line:

    ‘”People realized we got the short end of the stick when the Democrats had a 2 minute opening and a 90 second closing [during their debate], so they had three and a half minutes to a 15 million person audience of an infomercial,” the source said.

    “They get a commercial, we get ‘The Hunger Games.’ “‘

  3. Another left-leaning Facebook trend:

    Killing Reagan: Book Written by Bill O’Reilly Contains Mistakes About Former President, Historians Say

    The top post is from Media Matters’ Facebook page, but Mark Levin fans are also talking about it. Both left-wing O’Reilly haters and right-wing Reagan lovers are eager to discredit Mr. Bill and Killing Reagan (leaving Martin Dugard high and dry).

    • I suspect that Dugard does most of the writing and research. O’Reilly simply doesn’t have the time. I have “Killing Patton” and “Killing Reagan.” I have found some errors in both, but nothing substantive enough to quibble about. Some people are simply too damn picky.

    • Last week I stumbled across an intriguing one-hour C-SPAN interview of Mr. Bill by Bay Buchanan.

      It’s rare I’ll watch an entire hour online. But I found it to be not only a detailed entertaining review of Bill’s tome, but also a case study (for j-school students) in how Bay’s close ties to and affection for the former president influenced her bias, which was quite evident. The interview did have its moments where it got contentious between the two of them.

      Not that this very intelligent interviewer (with a MS Mathematics degree) didn’t make a few valid points. But she was hardly a detached reviewer of the book. She seemed to want a totally positive book — like most of the others about RR — and not one that went into detail about some of the negative stories. Does she not understand book/publisher marketing and the importance of setting yourself apart from the other biographers?

      • Some people prefer to live in their own little world of make-believe where everything is positive. Bay is one of them.

        • In fairness, my late mother had similar biases about JFK-Marilyn Monroe tabloid stories and child abuse stories about Catholic priests — blinded by her affection for JFK and her devotion to priests.

          So, I guess I can’t be too hard on Ms. Buchanan.

          • FDR is a great example of mythology and idolatry of those we need to love. by all serious accounts today we know he was a liar, deceitful, abused power domestically, went contrary to all military advice and demanded the construction of incendiary bomb-lets designed specifically to kill Japanese civilians living in paper homes, utterly failed in turning Japan against Stalin and Mao, failed economically as incomes, home ownership and family wealth did not return to pre-32 levels until the early 50’s, left us with a stupid ssi system disdaining private inheritable accounts which could have made the “great society” unnecessary and yet FDR is still hailed as a hero. Barone’s 30’s through the 80’s, Folsom’s new deal or raw deal, Bradley’s Fly boys chronicle it all with solid evidence. yet Hillary demanded a new new deal in the debate and commonly held myths of economic and international success are taught in every public school in the USA. my wife thinks her son is a prince despite the lies and furtive activities she has caught him at. just the way people are wired i guess.

          • I’ve got a “New Deal” for Hillary. Instead of the 20 years in prison that she deserves, only 3 to 5. But she has to come clean on the Foundation and rat out Bill and Chelsea.

          • i doubt she will ever go to prison, i also doubt she will ever be president. the point though is there is a lot of mythology on all sides. you know, owl leavings.

  4. Wemple: Coop knew
    No one is asking – how did.Anderson Cooper know ahead of time that Bernie would “shut down” the email issue.

  5. Today’s most popular links:
    5 CNBC agrees
    4 Coop knew
    3 should embarrass CNN
    2 assumes full ownership
    And the most popular link in today’s links…
    1 After big debut, Leno’s Garage stalls out.

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