Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fox News Tries to Hold Jon Stewart to Their Own Standards, Stewart Retorts

The other night, Jon Stewart slammed Fox News for their inconsistency and hypocrisy. Of course this is nothing new, but when Bernie Goldberg lashed out at Stewart on The O'Reilly Factor, Stewart decided to respond.

The result is hilarious:

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Change is Gonna Come

I started my own blog (Chris's Commons) and began writing for The Cincinnati Beacon almost two years ago following the 2008 National Conference on Media Reform. I wasn't trying to do anything new or innovative, but merely add my voice to the conversation. I wanted to weigh in on issues that were being unreported, under-reported and provide a different perspective than is often put forth in the so-called "mainstream" I wrote.

I started writing on all kinds of topics, from ridiculous talking heads on cable news, to serious issues that were affecting the local population of Cincinnati. I showed up at budget hearings, I asked questions of Ralph Nader when he was in town and attended talks by various figures including a vet who had fought in Iraq and then found the courage to come back and speak out against the war effort.

When it became clear that more was needed, I invested in a video camera and video editing software so that I could contribute video content in this growing age of new media. I put that camera to use over the summer of 2009 in my coverage of the health care reform debate and most recently at a Conservative candidates forum, where my camera was blocked by the Josh Mandel campaign.

Recently, a new opportunity has presented itself, stemming from professional skills that I have obtained over the years as well as from my writing for the Beacon. This new opportunity is a position with Brave New Films in Culver City, California which I will begin at the end of this month. This is an exciting new opportunity and I will embrace the chance to work for an organization which I hold in high regard for the work that they are doing to better the world.

Naturally, this move out of Cincinnati will affect my contributions to the Beacon and will prevent me from providing the coverage on local events that I have been able to provide over the past few years. My new role will allow me to gather additional perspective on national and international issues and I hope that I am able to contribute to the Beacon from this perspective from time to time.

I appreciate those who have read my articles and participated in discussions on issues that I have covered. I especially want to thank Jason, Justin and Michael for allowing me to be a regular contributor over this time. My growth and advancement to this new position could not have been possible without the Beacon. I hope that all of you will follow the work of Brave New Films by signing up for emails, becoming a fan on Facebook and following them on Twitter. There is a lot of work to be done and I embrace this new opportunity as a challenging and exciting way to help move society forward.

This is cross posted here.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Racism from Springboro Tea Party Founder Sparks National Attention

Southwest Ohio, and more specifically Springboro, is making national headlines once again (h/t anill).

It appears as if Sonny Thomas, the founder of the Springboro Tea Party, tweeted this lovely message to his followers recently:

Plunderbund points out that Thomas blamed his tweet on a Bee Gee's song:

“As I am a lifetime music lover of all genres, I always have some sort of song that can fit almost any occasion or situation. Coincidently the song “Spicks and Specks” by the Bee Gees had been on my player. I made the reference to the song not stopping to think of the era that it was produced and taken out of context could be offensive to some people."

Nevermind that the lyrics to this tune refer to the "spicks and specks" of all "the girls on my mind" and is in no way a reference to Latinos. Besides the slur, how about the part where he advocates shooting immigrants? ThinkProgress reports that while the tweet has been taken down, an apology has yet to be issued.

To top it off, the Dayton Daily News is reporting that Thomas has a 6-year-old son who is part Hispanic:

Racist comments, including a slur about Hispanics, posted on the Twitter page of the Springboro Tea Party were particularly hurtful to Alana Turner.

“Illegals everywhere today! So many spics makes me feel like a speck. Grrr. Wheres my gun!?” said the March 21 posting on the site managed by the group’s founder, Sonny Thomas.

Turner said the comments upset her because she and Thomas have a 6-year-old son who is part Hispanic.

“Basically, it’s like he’s saying he hates his son,” Turner said.

Tina Fey Reprises her Role as Sarah Palin

First and foremost, I apologize for the light posting recently. I have been traveling and these travels have resulted in some interesting and very exciting opportunities which I will announce in an upcoming post.

With that being said, and to start off the week on a light note, Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live this past weekend and reprised her role as Sarah Palin. It gave me several laughs and I thought I would pass it on to all of you:

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Maddow: "Let Them Eat Fake"

Rachel Maddow does another bang-up job last week in discussing fake Republican outrage over issues that are not exactly rooted in fact.

From the so-called ACORN pimp scandel, to President Obama's recess appointments, to civilian trials for terrorism suspects, Rachel breaks down why all this supposed outrage is nothing more than an effort to win political points:

This is the exact point that so many were making during the health care debate. We can have an honest debate over what is the best way to reform our health care system, it is just hard when you have tea party members running around claiming that "Grandma is going to die" if reform passes.

When you set up a debate where your "facts" are rooted in everything but facts, it is really going to be hard to have a legitimate discussion on how best to move the country forward. When you have a whole news network that is helping to promote these "facts", it is going to be an even bigger struggle to push back against the misinformation with the truth. After all, it is much more interesting to discuss how a guy walked into an ACORN office while dressed as a pimp rather than how this same individual manipulated video in order to destroy a community organizing organization.

Nothing to see here...move along!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Racism on C-SPAN? Jon Stewart has the Answer

C-SPAN recently had a person call-in during one of their programs who complained that too many black people were calling in on the phone line that is designated for Republicans.

Jon Stewart and The Daily Show take it from there:

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