Ed Klein: Oh That Ted Kennedy Was Dripping With Humor!

It really isn’t surprising to learn that Kennedy would talk about the latest Chappaquiddick jokes. I mean, this is a man who drove a car into the water and left a girl to die, but who later went on to name his dog “Splash” and write a book called “Back on Track.” It’s almost as if he was rubbing the event in the nose of America so they couldn’t effectively return the favor.

Via Brietbart:

Guest Host Katty Kay, on WAMU-FM/NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show,” talks with Ed Klein, former foreign editor of Newsweek and former editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, about his close friendship with Ted Kennedy.

So Ed, how was Ted Kennedy’s sense of humor?

Too bad they don’t let Klein deliver the eulogy tomorrow.

And in a prison somewhere, O.J. Simpson is probably telling Ginsu jokes.

ABC, NBC Refuse Anti-Obamacare Ads: We Now Return You to Your Regularly Scheduled Hopenchange Infomercial

Hey, the media didn’t spend all that air time, energy and money getting Obama elected and subsequently give him hour-long infomercials for free just to let the fear-mongering opposition on their air to oppose him:

The 33-second ad by the League of American Voters, which features a neurosurgeon who warns that a government-run health care system will lead to the rationing of procedures and medicine, began airing two weeks ago on local affiliates of ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS. On a national level, however, ABC and NBC have refused to run the spot in its present form.
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NBC has questioned some of the ad’s facts while ABC has labeled it “partisan.”

For the record, NBC and ABC News consider a “partisan” to be somebody who doesn’t get an erection and/or nipples that could cut glass at the mere mention of the words “hope” or “change.”

However… the beauty of network television is that there are still slots provided for use by local affiliates. And guess what? Local television management is, for the most part, driven by satisfying the bottom line and can’t afford to victimize themselves with political bias, even if they do personally get a thrill up their leg at the mention of Obama. So, the League of American Voters is simply taking the money they would have spent on ABC and NBC network and buying local ad time — often during the same programs they sought to purchase nationally.

It’s a little more time consuming to buy local spots all across the country instead of one from the source, but you can still get the same bang for similar bucks, and at the same time you’re not giving your money to a group of people who will use it for future productions aimed at discrediting your ad.

Here’s the “controversial” anti-Obamacare commercial:

Are You a ‘Swing Racist’?

Cynthia Tucker, a columnist/reporter who heads up the Atlanta Journal-Constitutions “Statistics I Pulled out of My Ass” bureau in Georgia, did the kind of profiling that only liberals are allowed to do when she coughed up this race-baiting phlegm-wad on Chris Matthews’ show:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Put 100 of these people in a room. Strap them into gurneys. Inject them with sodium pentathol. How many of them would say “I don’t like the idea of having a black president”? What percentage?

CYNTHIA TUCKER: Oh, I’m just guessing. This is just off the cuff. I think 45 to 65% of the people who appear at these groups are people who will never be comfortable with the idea of a black president.

Yeah, because I really prefer being robbed by a white president.

Okay, Tucker claims that 45-65% of the tea-party types are racists — that leaves a pretty large “margin of error.” It’s safe to assume that Tucker’s data means that 20% of us are “undecided” racists (“do I hate minorities, or not? Hmm”) — Or we’re “swing racists” (racist against a black leader on some decisions, but not others based upon how their tint looks in any given light on any given day).

Compounding the problem is the fact that I don’t like the black Cynthia Tucker or the white Chris Matthews. Now, does that make me a flat-out racist, or a self-loathing white person? A little of both?

Tucker’s 45-65% estimate would suddenly become 99-100% if Obama wasn’t half-white, so just think how bad it could be.

All of Tucker and Matthews’ rhetoric about racism among the tea-party crowds can almost make you forget this fact: The only black man who was beaten and subjected to racial slurs yesterday was a conservative who was clocked by the leftist goons that Tucker and Matthews support.

Malkin’s Book Hits #1 On NYT Bestseller List

Below is Sean Hannity letting everybody know that Michelle Malkin’s book, Culture of Corruption, will debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for the week of Aug. 16.

I’m thrilled — and not just because the news must have several NY Times staffers pondering leaving their garage doors down the next time they start their cars — but because it’s a great success for a wonderful person on an important subject, and I couldn’t be happier for her.

Personally, my favorite part of the book is on page 292, but the entire thing is an informative must-read for anybody concerned about the future of the United States. I’ve categorized the book as “Non-fiction political horror” and it certainly lives up to that bill:

Andrea Mitchell: Americans Opposed to Obamacare Don’t Know What’s Good for Them

Every now and then it’s fun to get the view from the condescending Ivory Tower of the mainstream media. This one comes from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who has been carrying Obama’s water so long she has Hope & Change induced osteoporosis:

Sometimes, sure, I don’t always know what’s good for me. I confess. However, I always know what’s not good for me — and putting my health in the hands of a bunch of theorists who would screw up the recipe for making ice cubes isn’t bound to be good for me, or good for Andrea Mitchell for that matter.

Andrea just doesn’t know what’s good for her (two can play that game).

Dan Rather Wants Obama to Appoint a Media Czar, Offer Reporter Stimulus

Dan Rather wants Barack Obama to start the ball rolling toward a government takeover of the media, because if this doesn’t happen, America risks losing its freedom. Huh? Yeah, I know:

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press Tuesday night in an impassioned speech at the Aspen Institute.

“I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,” the legendary newsman said.

Such a commission on media reform, Rather said, ought to make recommendations on saving journalism jobs and creating new business models to keep news organizations alive.

At stake, he argued, is the very survival of American democracy.

In the past couple of years, the American press engaged in a gross dereliction of duty and was more ignorant, gullible, distracted and duped than the Trojan guards at the walls of Troy who let the Greeks bring in their cute wooden horse — and now freedom and democracy depends on the survival of this same media?

On the issue of “big media” survival, I’m Darwinist to the core. There’s an evolution going on, so let it happen — it’s just going faster because the extinction of the traditional mainstream media has been accelerated by the mainstream media itself.

If what Rather says is true, and that the government taking a greater role in ensuring the survival of the mainstream media is the only way to save it, then contrary to what ol’ Dan says, the survival of American democracy depends on letting the mainstream press fail.

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Reaching into his bag of “Texanisms,” Rather said that if the government doesn’t help the mainstream media, the American press will “go down faster than Barney Frank at a cast party for ‘Rent’.”

Glenn Beck Explains On-Air Exorcism

As some of you know, I do some writing for Glenn Beck. I’ve met him, been on the air with him and was a fan long before any of that happened. He’s a really nice and soft-spoken guy, which is why I find freakouts like his now-famous total on-air meltdown the other day to be so incredibly hilarious.

The incident reminded me of an exorcism of sorts, which got me to thinking he should have a “Liberal exorcism day” every month or so where Glenn rolls up his sleeves and gets rid of the Chomsky demons in various liberal callers from the relatively safe confines of a padded studio.

In any case, here’s Beck explaining the incident to Bill O’Reilly, complete with a clip from the afforementioned exorcism. If you haven’t seen the freak-out yet, enjoy:

HHS Contest: Create a Winning Swine Flu PSA, and the Gov’t Will Print You $2,500

The Department of Health and Human Services has a budget of $879 billion in FY 2010, but that apparently can’t buy enough creativity to come up with a good Public Service Announcement about prevention and preparation for the spread of the swine flu.

If you help them out, a full $2,500 of that $879 billion in taxpayer money will be returned to the taxpayer(s) who can create the best PSA about using anti-bacterial wipes and how to properly sneeze into the crook of your elbow:

Today, as the Administration holds a day-long summit on H1N1, we’re excited to announce that HHS is launching a new PSA campaign contest to encourage more Americans to get involved in the nation’s flu preparedness efforts by making a 15, 30 or 60 second video Public Service Announcement (PSA). The goal of the contest is to tap into the nation’s creativity to help educate Americans about how to plan for and prevent the spread of the flu and the H1N1 virus.

The videos can be funny, cute, dramatic, but most of all, they should help make a positive impact. HHS is organizing an expert panel to evaluate submissions and will present the best PSAs to the public so everyone can vote on their favorite submission. The winning PSA will receive $2,500 in cash and will appear on national television.

If I had more time this weekend, I’d produce a PSA linking Al Gore’s travels to the spread of swine flu. The two have just got to be related.

Update: Why don’t they just use this Green Bay Packers PSA from the 1970’s on how to beat the swine flu? (they tried filming one starring the Detroit Lions, but the swine flu beat them 48-3)

African Journalist Offered CNN’s Pro-Obama Kool-Aid, Refuses

Below is a short clip of African journalist Nkepile Mabuse refusing to take the bait from CNN’s Don Lemon about the enthusiasm in Africa for Obama’s visit as being “unprecedented.” Mabuse even goes as far as to remind Lemon that Bush also got a great reception on that continent whenever he visited, as Lemon looks on like he just saw somebody stick a pin in his inflatable Obama doll.

What’s “unprecedented” is the American media acting reacting to Obama like teenage girls seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. CNN may consider this blasphemy, but I think it’s refreshing:

(h/t Michelle Malkin via Newsbusters via Bill)