Walsh and Lemon are better than Sterling!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014

By their own admission: If we’re reading this piece correctly, Joan Walsh is a better person than Donald Sterling.

By her own admission!

So is CNN’s Don Lemon, again by his own admission.

That said, we’ll make an admission of our own. We couldn’t force ourselves to watch last night’s Don Lemon Gossip Hour. We felt we had to pack it in when he opened his program like this:
LEMON (5/13/14): Here is reality. As Donald Sterling goes down in flames, he is pouring the gasoline himself. And it all started with a conversation in his own home. What does that have to do with this, the Jay-Z elevator video?

The fact that we even know about these events, is it an invasion of privacy? That's a hot issue that we are debating tonight.
Lemon’s owners had devised a way for him to discuss Donald Sterling and the Jay-Z elevator video! Lemon was going to gossip about D-Ster and about Solange Knowles!

Having an ounce of dignity left, we had to turn it off.

More and more, in every way, CNN is filling prime time with the dumbest possible pseudo-discussions it can possibly conjure. This week, the network is pandering to its viewers in the same way Walsh is fawning to readers—by declaring itself a cut above a semi-demented, 80-year-old nut-cake.

On CNN, this also involves fawning to Magic Johnson this week. Johnson’s the good guy in the network’s low-IQ tale.

Sterling is the bad guy. He’s so bad that Anderson Cooper won’t even empathize with him!

We mention Johnson for this reason:

Last night, we briefly caught a bit of runaway cable. On CNN’s 9 PM show, a progressive guest complained that Johnson has been heavily involved in business dealings with the nation’s biggest corporate plutocrat hustlers.

(This bit of runaway punditry occurred on CNN Tonight, the 9 PM replacement show hosted by Bill Weir.)

Was that runaway punditry accurate? We have no idea. Nor have we been able to examine the transcript. Here we are, at 4 PM, and CNN still hasn’t posted it. For CNN, that’s very unusual conduct.

Has CNN decided to kill the record of the guest who went off-script? If you think that couldn’t be true, we think you haven’t been watching.

20 comments:

  1. WTF? No Benghazi???

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  2. Three race posts in one day?

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    1. Yep. Somerby is on his knees begging for the Zimmerman Defense Team to return to his blog. He seems to have lost them while holding the door open for the Christie Defense Team and the Gov. Ultrasound Defense Team who never arrived.

      Now he's back to race-baiting for clicks.

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    2. By the way, I note that his first post of the day got 56 comments, about half of them from deadrat, or so it seems.

      The other two race-baiting posts? Not so good.

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    3. "Not so good" is quite charitable of you.

      All three comments in this post on the day it was offered came from me trying to start a conversation that never happened.

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  3. Sterling coverage? Wonder if Bob will cover Bill O'Reilly's sensitive analysis of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Time essay like he covered Salon's analysis of Tal Freshman's Time Essay?

    Wanna bet he'll cover it like Rachel Maddow covered for Susan Rice?

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    1. BENGAAAAAAAZZZZIZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. Withdrawal symptoms are usually highest on the second day.

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  4. Watching the Anderson Cooper interview with Sterling, it is increasingly obvious that there is something wrong with Sterling's frontal lobe processing. That is the area of the brain that monitors the social appropriateness of behavior and it is not unusual for elderly people to have difficulties due to frontal lobe deficits. John Stewart has spent a bunch of time on his show mocking Sterling, mimicking his accent and speech patterns. I find this repulsive because he is highly likely to be mocking someone with degenerative brain problems. Some elderly people in such circumstances have protection so their financial assets are not plundered at a time when they are less able to protect them. I think treating Sterling as if he were fully competent is wrong, especially if people like Magic Johnson wish to buy his team and are trying to establish a better price through these very public maneuvers. The public is, of course, made a stooge in bilking an old man.

    Only his doctors can know for sure what is going on with him, but his inability to censor inappropriate thoughts and his inability to carry on a coherent conversation following a single line of thought, his word-finding difficulties, are symptomatic.

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    1. Do you think Bob read the Walsh article correctly?

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    2. There are two possibilities here.

      Sterling could be in the early stages of dementia.

      Or he could be an asshole.

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    3. Three.

      He could be A.
      He could be B.
      He could be AB. A demented asshole.

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    4. We're all assholes. We censor ourselves to conform to what we learn is socially appropriate behavior. That happens around age 3-4 and continues throughout our lives. When people start saying things without a filter, it suggests they are having problems either recognizing what is socially appropriate or inhibiting responses they know to be inappropriate (or both). But something is wrong with him. Even the worst racists today know better than to say racist things in public (instead of with like-minded buddies or in receptive venues). Mel Gibson had to be blind drunk to do it. Michael Richardson had to be goaded into extreme anger. The man clearly isn't right and we should all know it and have more empathy for someone with health problems.

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    5. As Phil Gramm once famously said:

      He's "eighty years old. Most people don't live to be eighty years old. It's hard for me to feel sorry for them."

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    6. What if Bob didn't read the article correctly?

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