Wed
Jan 25 2006
08:56 pm

When Digby goes off he rocks and it's all good. If we could just get that fire in the belly of the Democratic Party and its leadership, things would be a lot better.

Here's an example of what I'm talking about:

Please, please spare me the crocodile tears about leftist incivility. We are living in a political world formed by rightwing commentators who have made a fetish of harsh eliminationist rhetoric hammered over and over again into the ether until it sounds like normal discourse. And we've been waiting for more than a decade for the mainstream media to notice that rightwing celebrity pundits, who reach millions upon millions of listeners and viewers a day, routinely accuse liberals of treason and celebrate our deaths. It's made us a little bit testy. When important news outlets like the Washington Post see "leftist incivility" as a topic worthy of the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth it makes us wonder if they are even living in the same universe we do.

Famous and wealthy toxic political commentators like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly are routinely lauded as normal mainstream partisans while ordinary readers of the Washington Post are excoriated for incivility when they complain about inaccurate coverage that benefits Republicans. This is bizarro world. It is insane. It is a sign of a very sick political culture.

I think that pretty much sums it up. See the full post for examples of what he's talking about. Heh. Indeed.

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Andy Axel's picture

That blog is well worth a

That blog is well worth a daily stop. He doesn't mince words, and his analysis is very sharp.

He's a great example of what's possible when instead of hating the media, you become the media.

And this is what the conservabots hate most about the internets -- that there's a forum where they can't dominate every corner of the discourse.

Les Jones's picture

"If we could just get that

"If we could just get that fire in the belly of the Democrat Party and its leadership, things would be a lot better."

Yep, that's the Dem's problem, all right. Not moonbat crazy enough. If only they were all Dean-level apeshit they'd control both houses of Congress and the White House.

RedDog's picture

heh indeed

heh indeed

    http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2006/01/did-al-frankens-outrageous-demands.html

During the same mid-to-late 2004 period when Air America parent Piquant LLC was quietly considering how to resolve the still-undisclosed scandal, Franken was demanding everything, including the kitchen sink.

A June, 2004 Wall Street Journal investigative report on Air America stated Al was making "over $1 million a year". That was accurate, but not for long.

Despite mixed reviews, low ratings and a perpetually shaky cash outlook, Franken was handed a virtual blank check by Piquant. Even as the extent of the Gloria Wise crisis became clear to an ever-changing series of managers, Franken pushed ahead anyway with an eye-popping 2005 compensation package.

Included was a staggering base salary boost to $1,725,000, plus fringe benefits and potential bonuses, after less than a year on the air. Nor was his bloated staff left out. The result: what is quite likely talk radio's largest-ever and most overpaid entourage, mostly from the ranks of Al's Harvard research team.

The kicker: Franken successfully insisted the entire base sum be paid in advance, during the first week of January, 2005...

R. Neal's picture

RedDog (not verified) said:

RedDog (not verified) said: Included was a staggering base salary boost to $1,725,000, plus fringe benefits and potential bonuses, after less than a year on the air.

So what's that got to do with anything? I like Al Franken's show. I listen to Air America all the time (when I'm driving, anyway.) There probably wouldn't be an Air America if not for him. Besides, that kind of money is peanuts compared to Rush Limbaugh's contract. Or even Howard Stern. To get back on topic, now there's some civility in discourse!

Andy Axel's picture

Yep, that's the Dem's

Yep, that's the Dem's problem, all right. Not moonbat crazy enough. If only they were all Dean-level apeshit they'd control both houses of Congress and the White House.

Lessee -- the Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House, and is filled with barking lunatics... hm...

Why didn't I see it before? It's the secret of the Republicans' success!

WhitesCreek's picture

I'm not totally sure and it

I'm not totally sure and it just doesn't matter really, but I think the great and wonderful Digby is a Ms.

Having offered that distraction, I would give a lot to be able to write as effectively and wisely as Digby. There's rarely a morning when I don't offer a "Yeah, baby!" after the ritual Digby read.

sometimes I sigh and think how much easier it would be to just be a wingnut...no thinking.. nothing to tire the mind...Just feigned outrage, indignation, and little effort except to be able to remember the morning's attack on Liberals sent from on high, or low as it were. Then I read Digby and think, "AHA! That's how it's done."

Always elegant...Always factual...Always effective.

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