Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, September 15, 2014 10:31 pm

Mr. Kurtz, please have a heaping helping of ass. Yours.

Media Whore Howie gets his handed to him by the guy from TMZ, and it is a thing of beauty and a joy to behold.

The mainstream media, which includes Fox, are in bed with the NFL. TMZ isn’t. And TMZ’s coverage of this issue has been much better, full stop.

Monday, May 24, 2010 11:26 pm

Kudos to The Washington Post …

… for managing its dwindling resources so well that it could comprehensively cover Iraq, Afghanistan, joblessness, bankster fraud, Deepwater Horizon, the 2010 elections, torture, warrantless wiretapping, the politicization of the Justice Department, election fraud, environmental degradation, Justin Heyward, Justin Bieber and whether or not Elena Kagan crosses her legs when she sits down and still have staff left over to treat NBC’s Chuck Todd as a news story.

Compare that with this:

Athenae did, and the Post has been weighed and found wanting:

This was on HBO the other night and, curious, I taped the sucker. JESUS. It is intense. And while it’s tempting to say most of the work they do would be near-impossible without the modern technology to get their messages out over the Internet, you know if these guys had to smuggle their stories out handwritten on pieces of toilet paper they’d do it, because it’s what they are.

And yeah, it’s an unfair comparison, maybe. The job’s different from being a shallow, silly Washington bore, clearly. But that’s the point. There is no law that says news, especially TV news, has to be trivial. And there are issues in this country, like, say, the destruction of an entire region’s environment and livelihood, that merit this kind of intensity. I think sometimes we forget, in watching the neverending stupidity parade that is our national discourse, just how vital journalism can be. It can be all that is standing between a people and total despair, and we’ve not seen journalists conduct themselves like that’s the job here in quite some time.

Indeed, I think most of us can remember the last time it happened:

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 11:25 pm

If Howard Kurtz gets any stupider, the universe is going to implode

The Washington Post’s media “critic” says that in the 2000s, “The media scorecard wasn’t all bad. … Newspapers exposed George W. Bush’s domestic surveillance program.”

Yeah, the New York Times wrote about it … after sitting on the completed story for more than a year, a period that included Bush’s 2004 re-election.

And then it did screwall to follow up, let alone push for a proper criminal investigation and indictments, even though damning evidence was all over the public record, including Bush’s own “Yeah, I did it, and I’m going to keep doing it and I dare you to stop me” radio address in December 2005.

Because of Howie the Putz, somewhere an honest journalist’s kids are going hungry.

UPDATE: It would appear that CNN’s Candy Crowley and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews also are threats to the continued existence of the universe. I’m sure someone on Fox is, too, but I’m too old and short of brain cells to be able to afford to check and identify the individuals.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 11:33 pm

Odds and ends for 12/9

The seat’s hot and he ain’t even in it yet: Bank of America’s chief risk officer, Greg Curl, considered a leading candidate to succeed Ken Lewis as CEO, is under investigation by the New York attorney general for his role in what BofA shareholders were and weren’t told about the bank’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

Your incompetence. Let me show you it: Former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker calls for the return of Glass-Steagall and tells the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Finance Initiative, a group of financiers and policy makers, “Your response [to the economic crisis], I can only say, is inadequate. You have not come anywhere close.”

Quote of the day, also from Volcker at this session: “I wish somebody would give me some shred of evidence linking financial innovation with a benefit to the economy.” For good measure, he said the best financial innovation of the past 25 years was the ATM. (Which actually was introduced earlier … but, hey, forget it, he’s rolling.)

Bonus quote of the day, from Gavin M. at Sadly, No!, characterizing hinky academic Stanley Fish: ” …oleoresinous of eye, exuding cheap 1970s tenure …”

Congressman Alan Grayson to Fed Chair Ben Bernanke: Dude, you’re screwing the taxpayers directly AND committing tax fraud!

Oh, snap!: Dick Cheney (laughably) claims trying terrorism suspects in New York will generate more terrorism and calls it treason, so Alan Grayson tells him to “STFU.” This will give Official Washington another case of the vapors, but when Cheney himself once told a senator on the Senate floor to “go [have sex with] yourself,” he really has no room to whine and neither does anyone else.

Crying poor: AIG’s general counsel is leaving because she can’t make it on $500,000 a year. Given her track record of driving companies into ditches, I’m sure she’ll be snapped up in no time. And, yes, I’m being snarky — twelve digits’ worth of my tax money going into AIG in one year entitles me — but, no, I’m not being snarky about her getting snapped up in no time.

“Extreme victimisation,” but not in the way he thinks: Britain slaps a 50% tax on bankers’ bonuses. Will the U.S. follow suit?

Memo to Howard Kurtz: There’s a reason we call you Howie the Putz. And you’re soaking in it.

Well, yeah, if, by “socialism,” he means “a scary word that conservative wankers scream to try to scare people”: Charles Krauthammer calls environmentalism “the new socialism.”

Well, the federal government can just rock *me* to sleep tonight: The TSA posts some of its most sensitive security information on the Internet. But let’s talk about White House party crashers. Or Tiger Woods.

Sauce for the goose other gander: Paul Wolfowitz lost his job for trying to line up a job for his girlfriend. Will Max Baucus?

Zero tolerance for zero tolerance: Confronted with indisputable evidence of an on-screen error, Fox News decides to abandon its zero-tolerance policy for on-screen errors.

Sarah Palin, Woman of the Year?: Pollak says it could happen.

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