Dumb and Dirty Sanchez

CNN fired anchor Rick Sanchez for making anti-Semetic remarks

I thought CNN should’ve fired him seven months ago after his Chilean-earthquake anchor job, mocked here by Jon Stewart (coincidentally, the Jew that Sanchez has the biggest beef with):

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The ridiculous meme of anti-incumbent anger

There has been a meme in the media in 2010 that voter anger is going to drive out a lot of incumbents. I know the story is generally focused on November, but, you would think, if voters were truly furious, a lot of congressmen would be losing the primaries.

Rachel Maddow pointed out the myth of this meme tonight, and I think it’s fascinating, another example of how the media is often just an giant echo chamber that fails to own up when their big story is wrong. Even NPR played it up. NPR’s headline last week:

…which, oddly enough, now, within Google, links to a different story now.

From CNN.com tonight:

Rachel didn’t actually give raw numbers. I’ll do that, with the help of Politico.com.

Record of incumbents in Senate primaries thus far: 10-2 (83.3%)

W: Richard Burr (R-NC), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Thune (R-SD), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Harry Reid (D-NV)
L: The two includes Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who lost in the Democratic party primary because he had been a Republican for 40 years, and Bob Bennett of Utah, who didn’t actually lose a GOP primary but lost a vote held by party activists at a state convention.

House of Representatives incumbents’ performance: (losers in parentheses)
Oregon: 5-0
Alabama: 4-1 (Griffith, R-5, party-switcher)
Arkansas: 0-0
Iowa: 5-0
California: 50-0
West Virginia: 2-1 (Oliverio, D-1)
North Carolina: 13-0
Illinois: 14-0
Maine: 2-0
Texas: 28-0
Indiana: 9-0
North Carolina: 11-0
Ohio: 18-0
Nebraska: 3-0
Kentucky: 6-0
Pennsylvania: 18-0
Idaho: 2-0
Mississippi: 4-0
New Mexico: 3-0
Montana: 1-0
Nevada: 3-0
New Jersey: 12-0
North Dakota: 1-0
South Carolina: 3-1 (Inglis, R-4, stll has run-off)
South Dakota: 1-0
Virginia: 1-0

Record of incumbents in House primaries thus far: 241-3 (98.8%)

But every media outlet is telling you that voter anger is th story to watch as primaries are held across the country.

UPDATE – Jon Stewart took on this silly narrative tonight, too. He brought up that, in all of the Governor, Senate, and House primaries yesterday in which there were incumbents, 82 out of 84 won. That’s 97.6%.

And then he took aim at the new narrative, that last night was “Ladies’ Night”. I thought Hillary Clinton had put those 18 million cracks in the ceiling so that pundits would no longer refer to the electoral success of women as a marketing tactic to get women liquored up.

Sunday miscellany

So…this weekend…watched a lot of Walter Cronkite death coverage, in which it was obvious that the standards of TV journalism have eroded significantly since Cronkite signed off back in 1981.

I watched a lot of the British Open, hoping Tom Watson would pull off a miraculous feat only to see if come up achingly short.

I decided I didn’t like Stewart Cink simply because he has 500,000 Twitter followers. Several on-air referred to him as “one of the good guys” out there, but it just seems like anyone who is not The President, The Pope, or Someone Curing Cancer (let alone someone who hadn’t won a tournament until today) doesn’t warrant 500,000 “followers”.

It’s strange, because I think I discovered Twitter rather earlier, but it kinda made me queasy early on for many reasons, and then I’ve barely been on it over the past year or so, and it’s exploded in relevance.

I have found, particularly, with politicians and newspeople, that Twitterers embarrass themselves more often than they impress. I expect athletes and celebrities to make asses of themselves, because they’re not famous for their minds and communication skills.

Anyway…this weekend, I also got sucked into Mafia Wars on Facebook. Like many internet fads, I think I’ll probably be over it rather quickly. I have a feeling that the friend who recruited me was starting to feel limited by the size of his “Mafia family” (number of Facebook friends playing Mafia Wars), and that I’ll run into the same problem soon enough. For the longest time, I never thought I’d wade into one of the Facebook time-wasters that I see on other people’s profiles, but I did it this week. And I get it…

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Toastie Flashback: July 27, 2004

Wow. Clinton was awesome last night speaking to Democrats, but Obama was brilliant in speaking to all Americans. I’m not a positive person for the most part, and it takes a lot for a positive message to overcome my cynicism of the syrupy and the cliched. I loved his refrain that we are the United States of America. No one can claim Bush is a uniter, not now. Obama will be a VP or presidential candidate someday…

(7/27/04 LJ post: “Obama”)

UPDATEOh, and this is why Americans mostly claim not to have heard of Obama until sometime last year:

Because the networks are showing Amazing Race and Law & Order:SVU, millions of Americans are never going to hear Barack Obama’s amazing speech. And they’re not going to learn about embyronic stem cell research from Ron Reagan’s powerful presentation. And they have no f’n clue what’s going on in the world. It’s f’n appalling. And CNN runs a news crawl that includes such tidbits that Jenny McCarthy has a new sitcom coming, as if people who are watching are going to be bored lest they have garbage news to distract them. I’m so inspired by all that I see from Boston on the stage and in the crowds, and I have to believe that there are millions of Americans who would be, too, if only they were watching. But the news media and the powers that be that control them and the indifferent Americans they cater to, they all disgust me.