For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: prosecuting the Bush administration.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Topics in today's show: Iraqis take over security in Iraq, North Korea's nuclear program, CNN's ratings continue to fall, and a Ukrainian village wants to name itself after Michael Jackson.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Did Obama get caught ogling a sixteen-year-old...or not? You decide:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Obama's presidential approval index in total freefall.
Reacting to Media Research Center (MRC) analysis showing the deaths of seven U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan recently has received just 1/20th of the network coverage devoted to Michael Jackson, NewsBusters Publisher and MRC President Bozell Bozell released the following statement earlier today:
This is a prime example of why network television news audiences are disappearing before our eyes. There is no justification for determining that the death of a celebrity over a week ago merits 20 times more news coverage than the tragic deaths of American soldiers in Afghanistan.
For anyone to say - with a straight face - that such a disparity was an ‘editorial judgment' only further insults the collective intelligence of the audience these newscasts claim to serve. In fact, it's just more evidence that network ‘news,' for all practical purposes, no longer exists.
New polling data released today from Gallup and Rasmussen caused Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell to issue a challenge to the liberal media, report the facts:
The media are obsessed with polling and public opinion data - unless, of course, it goes against their narrative. The cause and effect is clear: the more America learns about Obama's radical agenda, the more they are galloping in the other direction.
"Americans, by a 2-to-1 margin, say their political views in recent years have become more conservative rather than more liberal, 39% to 18%," noted Lydia Saad in a July 6 news release at Gallup.com.
In fact, Saad noted, "more members of all three major partisan groups indicate that their views have shifted to the right rather than to the left." Last month, Gallup revealed that "40% of Americans call themselves conservative," the highest level since 2004.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: a history of debt.
The country first got into debt to help pay for the Revolutionary War. Growing ever since, the debt stands today at a staggering $11.4 trillion - equivalent to about $37,000 for each and every American. And it's expanding by over $1 trillion a year. The mountain of debt easily could become the next full-fledged economic crisis without firm action from Washington, economists of all stripes warn.
Will Roger get 15, or will Andy shock the world?
UPDATE: Live video stream of Dallas Tea Party now embedded below the fold!
UPDATE II: Glenn Reynolds has pictures coming in from Parties all around the country.
As many of you know, there will be Tea Parties happening all over the country today. Those looking for a Tea Party in their area should go here.
Please share your experiences upon your return.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Sarah Palin steps down as Alaska's governor (part two below the fold).
President Obama before the taping of a weekly Radio Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
At yesterday’s White House briefing, CBS’s Chip Reid and Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas confronted Press Secretary Robert Gibbs over how "very tightly controlled" the media are by the Obama Administration. After the briefing, CNSNews.com reports that many members of the press corps went out of their way to thank Thomas for making her stand.
In a subsequent interview with CNSNews.com, Thomas again articulated her outrage at how the media are being controlled.