Why Ebola Is Like Fox News

“An alarming new symptom of Ebola in America:  It seems to make brains mushy and hearts hard.”

Nicholas Kristof, “How To Defeat Ebola,” NYT

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Quote of the Day

“I’m not an idiot. If Rupert Murdoch sat me down tomorrow and said, ‘We want to put you on the Fox network in primetime.’ … Well, I’m not stupid.”

Fired CNN host Piers Morgan.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/piers-morgan-cnn-111549_Page2.html#ixzz3F0tv6KFz

Fox News — perhaps the one place in the world where Piers wouldn’t be the biggest a-hole in the building, not by a long shot.

You Can’t Make Some People Happy

Especially if you’re President Obama, and “some people” are conservative politicians or Fox News commentators.

Having bashed Obama for not capturing those responsible for the Benghazi attack on 9/11/12 that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead, the right is now beating up on him because he’s captured the ringleader, Ahmed Abu Khattala.  They don’t like the “timing.”

Special Forces planned and practiced the raid on Khattala’s compound for a year, and now he is heading to the U. S. for trial in a civilian court.

But instead of celebrating the news, the right is dismissing it as an effort to distract from Obama’s other problems and to promote Hillary’s book tour!

Miscalculating, Miscalculating

“The White House has been surprised by how much attention has remained on the questions about Bergdahl, from the circumstances of his disappearance to the wild beard his father grew while he was being held that’s even led to Bergdahl’s hometown canceling a celebration. All this, Obama aides say, is in their minds a proxy for the hatred toward the president.”

Well, then how do they explain me?  I don’t hate the president, I like the president, I voted for the president.  But I am furious about the Bergdahl deal.  They keep saying we don’t leave our soldiers behind.  But Bergdahl left us behind first.  So screw him.  I wouldn’t have paid a nickel to get him back, let alone give up five top Taliban leaders.  Bergdahl wasn’t drafted, he signed up.  Bergdahl had alternatives to deserting.  We let people out of the military who have emotional/psychological problems.  I haven’t seen any evidence that Bergdahl sought an honorable way home.
Besides being disturbed by this disgusting deal, I am further dismayed by the cluelessness of this White House, that they didn’t see the blowback coming from people who aren’t Sean Hannity.   Obama has failed not just as commander in chief, but as a basic politician — you have to have your finger on the pulse of your people.  What is going on in this White House?  Are they drunk and talking to the portraits?

Quote of the Day

“I don’t think I’ve been abandoned. I think maybe they misunderstood me a little bit.  But I think Fox and I, I think, Hannity and I are just right on. I have no doubt that he would support me if he understood really what’s in my heart. And I think he does understand me.”

Cliven Bundy

Now persona non grata (non Greta?) at Fox News, Bundy has moved to CNN, which apparently has stopped getting ratings on the Malaysian airliner.

Top Republican Plays (?) Dumb

In an interview with CNN, RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer says he doesn’t understand why on earth Cliven Bundy has been tied to the GOP.  He finds this linkage just “ridiculous.”  Really, where could it possibly be coming from?

Is it possible Spicer doesn’t watch his house propaganda organ Fox News?  Or doesn’t keep an eye — and ear — on Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and Rick Perry and Dean Heller, to name just a few.  That he doesn’t follow conservative publications and web sites and talk radio?

Sean Outdoes Himself

Yes, Cliven Bundy said some racist things, Sean Hannity admitted tonight, but…Benghazi, but…the IRS, but…Obamacare, but…Katrina, but…Jon Stewart, but…eminent domain, but…the Delta smelt.  If you’re wondering how any of this made sense, it didn’t.  As his incoherent and irrelevant rant became more and more bizarre, I kept waiting for guys with a straitjacket to emerge from the wings, but they never arrived.

Sean, much more defiant than apologetic, played old clips of himself interviewing African Americans.  And I mean old — like nine years ago.  Sean had an African American guest, David Webb, a conservative talk show host.  You could imagine Sean reading Bundy’s quotes this morning, and screaming, “Get me Webb!”

I doubt Hannity’s staff EVER had a worse day.  But it’s tough to feel bad for people who have sold their souls to the devil, and even harder to feel sorry for the devil himself.