Think "Donahue" Was Cancelled Because Of Bad Ratings? Think Again!
MSNBC: "They're scared, and they decided to take the coward's road and slant towards the conservative crowd that watch Fox News."
While the official announcement wasn't a surprise to anyone working at the network, MSNBC officially canceled the primetime show "Donahue" on Tuesday, citing disappointing ratings. But as it turns out, the picture isn't as clear as it initially seems.
While "Donahue" does badly trail both O'Reilly and CNN's Connie Chung in the ratings, those numbers have improved in recent weeks. So much so that the program is the top-rated show on MSNBC, beating even the highly promoted "Hardball With Chris Matthews."
Although Donahue didn't know it at the time, his fate was sealed a number of weeks ago after NBC News executives received the results of a study commissioned to provide guidance on the future of the news channel.
The study claimed that Donahue presented a "difficult public face for NBC in a time of war......He seems to delight in presenting guests who are anti-war, anti-Bush and skeptical of the administration's motives." The report went on to outline a possible nightmare scenario where the show becomes "a home for the liberal antiwar agenda at the same time that our competitors are waving the flag at every opportunity."
In other words, Donahue was sacrificed for the sake of the new PC - Patriotic Correctness. McCarthyism is alive and well at MSNBC! more
Bush Admits That Counterterror Budget Is Meager; Fears Democratic Challengers For The White House
Perhaps you saw this yesterday. Perhaps you didn't. However, I feel it is important to post again. Prime example of what a dumbass Bush really is. He signs a budget into law that doesn't appropriate near enough money for protecting Americans at home. The National Governors Association expresses deep concern about their ability to pay for the equipment and training needed to prepare for a terrorist attack, Bush then says he is "disappointed" with the Republican-authored spending package because it has failed to provide adequate money for local counterterrorism programs. And he says Congress is to blame!
C'mon, republican readers, help me here. Aren't you guys supposedly the party of personal responsibility? Where is Bush taking responsibility for this? As usual, he is trying to pass the buck. Since Bill Clinton's not a factor, he wants to hang this on Congress.
Bush says that Congress "did not respond to the $3.5 billion we asked for — they not only reduced the budget that we asked for, they earmarked a lot of the money."
However, he is referring to the $3.5 billion that the White House requested more than a year ago for state and local governments to pay for counterterrorism equipment and training. This is a prime example of Bush trying to merge two issues to save his ass. That $3.5 billion was NOT part of his budget package!
Republican Congressional leaders are insisting they provided the full $3.5 billion sought by President Bush for so-called first responders, like local fire and police departments. Go ahead, plug Bush first responders into Google and see what you get!
Now, however, Bush denies that money was earmarked for local fire and police departments - the very groups he defined as first responders!
"We weren't talking about community policing programs. We weren't talking about grants to buy bulletproof vests for police officers." said a White House official.
Oh, no? Then what were you talking about? Seems bulletproof vests are a good investment for cops who have to face down terrorists with guns!
State and local leaders from both political parties have joined in the criticism of Bush, saying that they are desperate for the promised federal help.
"We have a lot of police agencies in the state that were assured by the administration, repeatedly, that this money was on the way," said Gov. Gary Locke of Washington, a Democrat.
He said that many police and fire departments had bought hazardous-materials protective suits and other counterterrorism equipment in the expectation that they would be reimbursed by the federal government.
"And now," Governor Locke said, "they're going to have to scramble to terminate other programs in order to cover those costs."
Aides to Republican leaders said they would not publicly respond to Mr. Bush for now. But the aides accused the White House of bowing to pressure from Congressional Democrats, including likely presidential candidates, who have charged that Mr. Bush is putting the nation at risk by spending too little on domestic security.
Support for Bush's re-election falls below 50 percent
The percentage of registered voters who say they would support President Bush in 2004 fell below 50 percent for the first time, according to a new CNN/USA TODAY/Gallup poll, which finds more Americans concerned about the economy.
Two-thirds of those who responded to the poll, released Thursday, describe current economic conditions as poor, a 10-point increase since December. Optimism about the future of the economy also dropped 10 points during that time.
Asked their choice for president, 47 percent of the registered voters polled said they would support Bush in 2004 -- compared with 51 percent in December.
If You Believe In God, You've Just Got To Wonder: Lightning zaps hole in wing of Gov. Bush's plane!
Gov. Jeb Bush's plane was struck by lightning that zapped a hole in a wing during a flight Thursday from Tallahassee to Orlando, a spokeswoman said. None of the seven people onboard was injured, said aide Alia Faraj. Bush said he wasn't scared, but quickly left to change his pants.
Imagine if the Rightwing Media Had Given Clinton A Chance!
Conservatives like to whine about the "liberal" media. They especially point out (without evidence I might add) that the media was on Bill Clinton's side during his two terms as our last legitimately elected president. Of course, Clinton won his political battles so often and with such decisiveness the media really had no choice but to report it.
Now, however, one admitted Republican journalist comes clean. Tucker Carlson, formerly a staff writer at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, a contributor to New York Magazine and The Weekly Standard, a columnist for Readers Digest, a writer for dozens of magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, GQ and Forbes, and current co-host of CNN's Crossfire said on Crossfire on 02/27/03:
"... at the beginning of the Clinton administration I had friends -- and I'll admit this who hated Bill Clinton, so intensely that it drove them insane. They became bad journalists, they became unproductive Americans "
For more about the rightwing smear machine against Bill Clinton, click here and here.
Florida's Graham to Run for President
Sen. Bob Graham is a proven vote-getter in Florida, one of America's essential swing states, and he has quietly entered the crowded field for the Democratic presidential nomination, filing papers in Florida and Washington yesterday to set up a campaign committee.
Graham brings to the race one of the most impressive résumés in politics. It includes two successful terms as governor, five statewide victories in a populous, moderate state and leadership of his party's senatorial campaign committee. As chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, he spent last year warning the nation that the Bush administration is not doing enough to protect the homeland from terrorist attacks.
Secret, Scary Plans: Bush Junta To Attack North Korea With Nuclear Bombs?
Will the Bush administration be the second adminstration to use nukes in Asia? Did little Bush Junior throw a temper tantrum when Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage (one of the few senior Bush aides who knows anything about Korea) told Congress that the U.S. would have to talk to North Korea? Click!