Liberal Talk Shows—Best P.R. Right Wingers Ever Had

I turned on John Fugelsang’s Current TV show last night just for a moment but saw what epitomizes the frustrating state of most liberal talk shows today. Fugelsang and a panel were talking about Ann Coulter’s latest spew of vomit.  I have no idea what she said—and I don’t care. Once I saw what the topic was I turned off the show.

I don’t give a crap about Coulter but what bothers me is that I bet she gets more air time and mention on liberal talk shows than on Fox News.  I don’t know how many times she’s been on the Daily Show but I bet it’s more times than Stewart has had Bernie Sanders or Paul Krugman on.  I can’t stand liberal show segments like this one on Fugelsang or Stephanie Miller’s “Right Wing World” that discuss or play back comments made by right wingers for the sole purpose of fomenting ire and saying “Isn’t what they said OUTRAGEOUS????” The fact is hardly any wingers are watching Fugelsang and Miller so they’re preaching to the goddamn liberal choir who are already fully aware that anything Coulter says is self-serving, intentionally inflammatory shit. And guess what? If liberal shows didn’t repeat what was said—we wouldn’t even know about it.

OK, so Coulter first said whatever she said at CPAC and perhaps repeated it on Fox. So what? The people she would influence are already voting Republican and she’s not going to change or sway any Democratic minds so what the hell is the big deal? What WOULD be a big deal is if liberals like Fugelsang and Stewart would stop repeating her statements or give her a platform on which to make these statement she would be a lot less well-known. I’m sure Fox and the Repugs buy a lot of her books to boost the sales figures and then give them away free to whoever wants a copy.

The fact is the Right has not one pundit worth a shit so it loves when liberals do their p.r. work for them, even if it’s just chastising an assembly line right wing idiot pundit who’s never made a logical or incisive political observation in her professional life.  Just ignore her and those of her ilk. If Coulter had to maintain her infamy solely with her Fox appearances, she would go the way of both Sarah Palin and Dick Morris—both of whom Fox tossed overboard.

When I tune into MSNBC or Current TV, I don’t want to hear how lousy and corrupt Republicans and right wingers are—I already know that.  I want to hear what liberals and Democrats are actively doing to take our country back. And honestly, I haven’t been hearing much in a long while.

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Current TV Is Now Passé

These days I’m less miffed at Al Gore for selling Current TV. Truth is, I barely watch the channel anymore. I turned on Stephanie Miller yesterday and she was in full self-admitted Obama apologist mode, taking on a caller who was saying Obama should withdraw our troops from Afghanistan before the end of 2014 because soldiers and civilians continue to die there. Miller’s response?  He campaigned on withdrawing the troops at the end of 2014, as if, duh, why should he speed things up if he didn’t have to? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

The caller also made the point that no bankster has gone to prison under Obama’s watch. Miller admitted that was true. She even acknowledged that while Sen. Elizabeth Warren is advocating charges be brought against the banksters, she doesn’t work for the DOJ.  I was surprised Miller gave the caller THAT much. I heard on NPR about a woman who retired at 59 to work on a research project that was important to her. The banksters stole her $100,000 retirement fund and now, at 67, she had to go back to work and will work for the rest of her life. I am positive that stories like that don’t shake Miller’s faith in and advocacy for Obama in the slightest, because Miller has her career and retirement in fine shape, thank you very much.

As for the other Current TV hosts, I love Jennifer Granholm, Cenk Uygur, and John Fugelsang but in the evenings, it’s all food shows and Hotel Impossible (THE best makeover show on TV and the only one that is not phony.  Anthony Melchiorri is head and shoulders above all the other guys.) all the time in our house.  All politics all the time just gets both frustrating and infuriating since there isn’t much any of us can do until the next election cycle–hopefully. Joy Behar’s show is too much fluff–the British do celebrity interviews funnier and better.

Sometimes I’ll turn on MSNBC but typically, the hosts have their regular cast of contributers who appear on all shows, making pundit comments about stuff I already figured out (“The Republicans just want to make Obama look bad.” “The GOP think Marco Rubio will be their big star in 2016.”) So then I turn the channel off again. At least with food shows, you learn something new, unless you’re watching the same episodes of “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” and “Chopped” for the billionth time.

Obama’s Two Mistakes

I have had my issues with President Obama.  To me, he has caved in so many times he has miners trapped inside him.  (A tip of the hat to John Fugelsang for that line.).  Well, I’m currently reading a book—which I highly recommend—by Noam Scheiber titled “ The Escape Arti$ts: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the [sic] Recovery”.  It’s been eye-opening.

Although it is true that Obama is a better chess player than poker player (although he strategizes long term, he tends to show his hand early) I now believe Obama has always been sincere in wanting to work with both sides of the Congressional aisle because that was his modus operandi in the US Senate.  It’s also very clear where Obama made his mistakes in this administration because he made two huge ones.

First, for some reason he idolized Bill Clinton and thought his economic team walked on international water, the way the averted global financial collapse and all back in the 90’s.  The fact that what Clinton’s team did led directly to the stock market and banking collapse of 2008 either got by him or by that time since he had his team in place all Obama could say was “Oops.”  What bothers me is the fact that Obama, acknowledging he knew next to nothing about economic policy, looked around and he thought he saw the best financial minds in Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase (to Obama, Jamie Dimon is THE guy), and career US Treasury guys.  The fact that these guys all placed the welfare of global economies, Wall Street and the banks over people (so what if a few million people lose their jobs,  as long as investors are happy and their dollars are safe) EVERY time, didn’t give him pause.  Well, he did pause long enough to appoint Christine Romer as his chief economist; she being the only one who didn’t consider John Maynard Keynes the economic  Anti-Christ.  But as it was, Romer advised a minimum $1.8 trillion stimulus but the Obama team decided $775 billion was all they could go and we all know how that turned out.  Like much with the Obama administration, it could have been better.

The 2nd mistake was in figuring that since he was being noble and sincere in his outreach to the Republicans to work with him in a bi-partisan manner, they would be, too.  It’s hard to believe that a politician as astute as Obama could have totally misread the Tea Party, but misread them he did.  Or maybe he thought that when Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly stated that Job One would be holding Obama to a single term as president he had his fingers crossed behind his back.  No, he didn’t have his fingers crossed behind his back, he had both hands in front of his body and was sticking the middle fingers on both hands up at Obama.

For me, “The Escape Artists” has rounded out the picture of the man.  I’ve made the mistake of assuming the image presented of Obama was the same as the man.  I believe Obama knows what he doesn’t know (but doesn’t take it to absurd lengths ala Donald Rumsfeld) but he needs to be less trusting that there’s basically only one small group of guys who do know what he doesn’t know and they know it the right way.  Obama chose the wrong Robert among the ex-Clintonites when he went for Rubin instead of Reich.  If Obama can be heard above the right wing noise machine, he should be able to fix his mistakes during his second term.