David Kirkpatrick

October 16, 2009

Friday video fun — watch Glenn Beck …

Filed under: et.al., Media — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:06 pm

… masquerade as a televangelist.

He’s either a terrible actor or very emotionally disturbed, but his sermonesque delivery of horseshit is funny. Or maybe frightening, depending on where you put him in terms of cultural significance.

(Hat tip: the Daily Dish)

September 25, 2009

Right wing bloggers vote for most influential GOPers

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:26 pm

And it takes nine slots to get to the first elected official — Jim DeMint. Sarah Palin clocks in at number two behind Rush Limbaugh.

There really is no mystery why the GOP is becoming so marginalized. Angry volume and right wing media exposure do not mean legislative or electoral success.

To illustrate the marginalization consider this:

In 1987 comedian David Brenner bombed in syndication with about 2.5 million viewers at midnight — which is roughly what Fox, the leading network for political talk shows, averages in prime time.

(Hat tip: NewMajority)

September 11, 2009

The echo chamber in the GOP …

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:54 pm

… is deafening right now. It’s like the entire Republican Party gets all its news and information from one source.


August 2, 2009

Television scourge part two — cable news

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:57 pm

It’s barely news and it’s barely opinion. It is, however, quite spintastic and rubber-stamped, signed, sealed and delivered by big money interests. And those interests don’t involve education or enlightenment. It’s saying a lot for the state of television news when a comedian — Jon Stewart — polls as America’s most trusted newsman.

And then there’s this playground mudfight:

At an off-the-record summit meeting for chief executives sponsored by Microsoft in mid-May, the PBS interviewer Charlie Rose asked Jeffrey Immelt, chairman of G.E., and his counterpart at the News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, about the feud.

Both moguls expressed regret over the venomous culture between the networks and the increasingly personal nature of the barbs. Days later, even though the feud had increased the audience of both programs, their lieutenants arranged a cease-fire, according to four people who work at the companies and have direct knowledge of the deal.