Will CNN Report on Obama Anti-Christ Story…Again?

As I noted last week, this is the time of year when news coverage gets a little bit creative.  Let’s face it, health care is sexy, but not August sexy.

Still, even in the dog-day spectrum of Montauk Monsters, Birther Madness, and Chupacabra sightings, the “revelation” that Jesus said Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ is pretty ridiculous.  Sure, a blog like Salon’s War Room, or perhaps The Daily Show, might kill some time mocking the notion, but no serious news organization would trot this out.  Would they?

Not so fast.  Billie at Daily Dose dug up this clip from last August, in which CNN ruminates on the question of then-candidate Barack Obama’s possible Anti-Christhood.

My favorite part of the clip is that, while they seem to mock the idea that Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ, CNN appears to take the existence of an Anti-Christ at face value.

I also liked Campbell Brown’s characterization of this as a “rumor,” as if watercoolers everywhere are abuzz.  While Sarah Palin may take exception to some of the media’s coverage of her, no mainstream network ever reported that she might be the harbinger of the End of Days.

The latest incarnation of the theory comes to us via a YouTube video in which the narrator says, “I report, you decide,” an indication that he’s lobbying for some exposure on Fox News.

Considering all of this, the question doesn’t seem to be if one of the networks will cover the Anti-Christ story, but rather which one and when.  I say we start a pool.

Today’s Quickies and…the Return of Quickies

Obama’s Little Helper: Sex Scandals – Jonathan Alter runs down all the ways the President has benefitted from OPOPP (Other People’s OPP), but I was particularly amused by his take on the ripples of the Lewinsky affair, a kind of Venus Butterfly Effect. (h/t Scoop44)

Joe the Plumber is Back! – The money quote is about having Sen. Chris Dodd “strung up,” but I was more amused by his Terminator-esque take on our Founding Fathers, who apparently came from the future to stop communism and socialism.

Is Wall-to-Wall Jacko Coverage “Off the Wall?” – This guy thinks so.

Stop the Presses! Democrats Undercutting Selves! – In other news, Sky Rumored to be Blue.
HuffPo’s (Unintentional?) Gay Porn Headline – But not as bad as their hed on passing the budget, “Government Gets Money Shot.”

What the Unemployed Have to Watch While You’re at Work Dicking Around on Youtube – HuffPo’s hilarious roundup of The Week in Hoda & Kathy Lee, “America’s most useless hour of news.”  Better than SNL.

Update: ME Says No Head Trauma in Billy Mays Death, Heart Attack Likely

Update: A Florida Medical Examiner says it doesn’t look like the bumpy landing caused Billy Mays’ death, after all, but rather that he “likely died of a heart attack, but further tests are needed.”  What a strange coincidence, though.

In a week that saw the deaths of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson (as well as the non-death of Jeff Goldblum), today brings a particularly cruel, seemingly random celebrity death.  Affable infomercial pitchman Billy Mays was found dead this morning, and his wife thinks it may have been because of an injury sustained during a rough landing yesterday:

Mays reportedly was hit on the head Saturday while aboard a US Airways flight that made a rough landing, and Mays’ wife told investigators the TV personality didn’t feel well before he went to bed Saturday night.

Amazingly, Mays was interviewed by a local Fox TV affiliate after the landing, and seemed to be OK.

Fresh from filming an Oxyclean commercial in Philadelphia, ‘Pitch Man’ Billy Mays was also thankful to be on the ground and back home in the Bay Area.

“All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping. It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head,” said Mays.

Although the cause of death has still not been determined, this underscores, as one Tweep noted, that “we should NEVER underestimate the danger of closed head injuries (Natasha Richardson).” Continue reading

Letterman ‘Apologizes,’ Right Continues to Overreach

Just a quick update to yesterday’s Letterman story.  Dave issued a bullshit, completely inadequate apology in which he cops to not knowing the difference between Bristol and Willow Palin, with the inference that Bristol Palin is fair(er) game.  He still thinks Sarah Palin is “slutty.”  Letterman also reads Sarah and Todd Palin’s respective “Whoomp! There it is!” statements, so I won’t re-print them.

Unfortunately, the right continues to overreach in hanging this on “the Left.”  Melissa Clouthier and I had a little back-and-forth about this yesterday, but Conservatives4Palin ratchets it up:

I’m sorry. I have seen the Palins treated heartlessly in the past, but that video is just too much. The audience is laughing about a cruel joke made about someone’s 14-year-old daughter.

This is “hope” and “change”?

Yeah, Barack Obama is to blame for David Letterman, who’s been doing TV since Obama was 8 years old.  Or something.

I said all I had to about this yesterday, but here’s a review:

Now, I need you all to stay with me here while I make a small distinction.  There are some who would try to hang Letterman’s attack on “the Left.” I’ll get to “the Left” in a minute, but Letterman is no more a liberal, in the political “team sports” sense of the word, than Guy Cimbalo is.  They are not conservatives, but they are also basically apolitical.  Their words are owned by a popular culture that is hostile to conservatism, but also to liberal ideals (of feminism as well as others).  They are a third column.

Bill Maher is a guy who straddles the line between the Left and pop culture.  As a liberal, I don’t claim ownership for what he says, but there is a clear argument to be made in favor of this.   When he makes “retard” jokes about Sarah Palin, which I’ve heard him do frequently, he deserves nothing but scorn from all sides.

This is where the Left comes in.  While they might not own what these entertainers say, they do have a duty to dis-own, a duty born of their desire to condemn Mel “Sugar-tits” Gibson et al, a duty that I’ve found them shirking for the most part.  Instead, the tendency is to engage in “Yeahbut.”  You know, “Yeah, but x conservative said y horrible thing…” (a curious exercise that essentially lets people you view as scumbags set your boundaries for you), to excuse it, or to ignore it altogether.  It is here that the Left takes ownership.

And my response to Melissa Clouthier:

Also coincidentally, Melissa Clouthier advanced an extremely relevant hypothesis earlier today which illustrates how some will handle the Von Brunn/Wright coincidence.  The subject was the Left’s “ownership” of David Letterman, et al, in response to something I wrote this morning:

I include them with the Left, Tommy, and for one simple reason: how they vote. They vote Democrat. Every. Single. Time. They are on the Left. Like the major media organizations, they like to pretend at “being above” or “transcending” party affiliation. Bull crap. They are Democrats. They vote Democrat. They’re the Left.

Now, where does that leave Wright and Von Brunn?  While their actions are, by no means, equivalent, Wright’s comment betrays a bigotry toward Jews that would seem right at home in Von Brunn’s repertoire.  But, put to Clouthier’s voting booth test, how do we divvy these two up?

The answer is, we don’t.  If we do, we do so at our own peril.  While we waste time playing “pin the tail on the ideology,” we distract from the real enemies of freedom, who reside neither on the Right nor the Left, but beneath them.

Portia De Rossi Apologizes for Not Marrying Jessica Alba

Well, not exactly.  That’s what I’d like her to apologize for.  Here’s what she really said:

Actress Portia De Rossi Apologizes for Marrying Ellen DeGeneres

It’s Not Just Me: Bobby Jindal Totally is Kenneth From ’30 Rock’

Here’s what I wrote at AOL.  Read it and come back:

It’s Not Just Me: Bobby Jindal Totally is Kenneth From ’30 Rock’

I hate to be a name-dropping namedropper, but what the eff?  He sounded just like him.

That Election Night thing was a fiasco.  I took so much footage, but I couldn’t use any of it, it was too dark. I had a blast, though.