BIG HOLLYWOOD – JOHN NOLTE: This might be the most revealing anecdote about the intolerant culture of present-day Hollywood in, well, ever. Get this: some genius producer at Sony digitally removed the words Holy Bible from a Holy Bible in a scene because he thought the sight of a Bible might hurt the film’s appeal beyond the Christian community — probably because he’s projecting and assuming everyone’s as bigoted as Hollywood. After some pressure from the family on which the film is based, he did put it back, but who thinks this way (he asked himself rhetorically). Good grief, there are all kinds mainstream films today where you see glimpses of various social and political symbols.
Once thought of as a journalistically proper publication, Newsweek stooped to a new low this week by featuring a 4-month-old Runner’s World photo of Sarah Palin along with a nonsensical headline on its cover.
“How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah?” the headline alongside a gym-shorts wearing Palin reads. The sub-head, also with a negative spin, says, “She’s bad news for the GOP — and for everybody else, too.”
I have a question for Newsweek editors, “Who said Palin was a problem?” Maybe in your minds, but not in the thinking of a huge chunk of the population. “Bad news?” You’ve got to be out of your mind. She is the best news for conservative thought in a long time.
Journalistically speaking, where is your sense of balance, Newsweek?
You may be able to pass this kind of weak crap on your National Enquirer fan base, but not here… not to the Tea Party crowd, which you so easily dismiss. I see now why publications like yours are tagged by media analyst Bernie Goldberg as part of the “lamestream media.” You couldn’t prove your Kool-Aid drinking ways anymore than you did with this cover.
Palin’s response came in the form of this note on Facebook:
The choice of photo for the cover of this week’s Newsweek is unfortunate. When it comes to Sarah Palin, this “news” magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant. The Runner’s World magazine one-page profile for which this photo was taken was all about health and fitness – a subject to which I am devoted and which is critically important to this nation. The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now. If anyone can learn anything from it: it shows why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, gender, or color of skin. The media will do anything to draw attention – even if out of context.
– Sarah Palin
Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham told Yahoo! News that the photo choice was simply the “most interesting image available”:
“We chose the most interesting image available to us to illustrate the theme of the cover, which is what we always try to do. We apply the same test to photographs of any public figure, male or female: does the image convey what we are saying? That is a gender-neutral standard.”
Illustrate the theme of the cover? What are you doing? Decorating a bedroom? You are certainly not being journalists.
How do you solve a problem like Newsweek?
Read something else.
Don’t Get It!
A lawsuit challenging prayer at Presidential inauguration is currently before the federal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and could be ruled on soon, according to a legal group defending the tradition.
LA CHURCH & STATE EXAMINER
The lawsuit, filed by hundreds of atheists and atheist groups, led by frequent litigant Michael Newdow, was thrown out by the lower federal court. The two pastors who offered prayers at President Obama’s inauguration, Dr. Rick Warren and Dr. Joseph Lowery, are named defendants in the lawsuit and are being represented by Pacific Justice Institute.
Last week, the Pacific Justice Institute countered the legal arguments of atheists who said public prayer traumatized them to the point of illness… read more
Sarah Palin has been out of the limelight for more than 9 months now, but late-night host David Letterman can’t seem to satiate his appetite for using her as comedic fodder.
Having had to fill a large hole left in his “creative” repertoire when President George W. Bush left office, Letterman’s hate for all-things-conservative now blossoms with any news sound byte about Palin. He salivates when anything, just anything breaking about the former Alaska governor can be used as monologue material … tired monologue material. After all, Letterman has a whole host of Palin haters in his New York studio audience that co-sign his Palin bashing with big chuckles and applause.
Why not keep dipping into the well? Eight years of “George Bush is dumb” as the premise for a huge chunk of Letterman’s nightly humor became so old for some us that it could only be labeled as a liberal mantra. Besides, Palin is so easy. It’s so easy to bash a woman of such chutzpah, such simplicity, and such wisdom … that’s right, wisdom!
What’s wrong with Palin? Everything in the eyes of liberals … barely anything in the eyes of most with conservative thought.
So, go ahead Letterman and gang, keep “joking” on Palin. We are not offended, just amazed at your lack of understanding about what’s truly dumb and laughable: your liberal arrogance.
Letterman has a brief moment of clarity in introducing his Top Ten List: Questions To Ask Yourself Before Spending $63,500 On Dinner with Sarah Palin
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Progressives see progressivism as an attitude towards the world of politics that is broader than conservatism vs. liberalism, and as an attempt to break free from what they consider to be a false and divisive dichotomy. – Wikipedia
Many self-proclaimed progressives and liberals turned ugly in the afterglow of the rally against out-of-control government spending in Washington D.C. Sunday, calling those in attendance “racist.”
While crowd estimates and reports range from 60,000 to 1.5 million, the event was significant enough to garner heavy Internet coverage, including a flowing stream of posts on Twitter. Tagged #912DC, the subject became a Twitter trending topic for most of the day.
However, while those in attendance and bloggers following on Twitter posted messages reflecting joy, pride, and excitement about the event also known as the “912 Project,” a flow of racist charges and sophmoric name-calling was evident.
It was not only “progressive” bloggers playing the race card. In one segment on CNN, the newsroom and bottom screen graphic asked viewers, “RACIAL UNDERTONES? with the subhead, “Tea Party rallies.”
But, perhaps nowhere is the ugliness more evident than on Twitter.
9-12 protesters=old white racists who like to bitch about big “gubment” from their federally funded hoverounds. – Sloopydrew
I thought it was really horrible, Beck using 9/11 to promote his own cause. It looked like a Klan or a Hitler rally. – RaiderNader
… libs think that thinking is important. Conservs want slavery returned & civil rights eliminated. – JimPolandcom
And so it went and so it goes … progressives being not so “progressive” after all. In fact, many in the anti-conservatism crowd have fueled any existing racism by perpetuating what most of us have always despised or eliminated years ago: lumping an entire group of people in a hateful way.
The ongoing chatter between so-called progressives had one Twitter member come up with a new “dictionary” definition for the online combatants:
Racer: (rā’sər) n. One who makes false claims of racism in order avoid answering legitimate arguments.
Progressives and liberals have always made us well aware of the hypocricy often found in conservatives’ alleged claim to the “moral highground.” Now, maybe it’s time for those with liberal leanings to abandon prejudice and crawl out of their dark caves.
While many Americans were already asleep and way past the prime time network and cable news, the word got out yesterday that Green Jobs Czar Van Jones took one for the “cause” and resigned.
While grooming to be the official Kool-Aid distributor of the 2009 Acorn Games, Van Jones forgot that it’s all on YouTube … his calling President George W. Bush and Republicans an expletive, his 9/11 U.S. blame game, his whites-poisoning-minorities diatribe, his smirking and laughing at his own hate talk, and more … all caught on tape.
And then there was Glenn Beck and the blogs, Tweets, and Facebook friends who had enough. In one week of exposure to a communist in the White House … Americans had enough … and so did Van Jones.
Van Jones resignation letter:
“I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today.
On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.
I have been inundated with calls – from across the political spectrum – urging me to “stay and fight.”
But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future.
It has been a great honor to serve my country and my President in this capacity. I thank everyone who has offered support and encouragement. I am proud to have been able to make a contribution to the clean energy future. I will continue to do so, in the months and years ahead.”
Vicious smear campaign?
Perhaps it’s time for a reality check on the Van Jones issue … Van Jones retired because most Americans, and mostly the vocal ones, were fed up with a man who hates at least half of the country. No campaign needed … just simply truth exposed.
Photo/Image: FoxNews.com, AP
ON THE SAME PAGE:
Van Jones Quits In The Middle of the Night – David Horowitz
The resignation (and coming MSM/left-wing martyrdom) of Van Jones… – Michelle Malkin
Glenn Beck vs. Van Jones – Erick Erickson
Beck: ‘The American people stood up’ – Michael Calderone – “… the Administration had Jones resign under cover of darkness,” Glenn Beck said. “I continue to be amazed by the power of everyday Americans to initiate change in our government through honest questioning, and judging by the other radicals in the administration, I expect that questioning to continue for the foreseeable future.”
Gibbs Responds To Van Jones Resignation – George’s Bottom Line
Controversy over fiery remarks fells Obama adviser – AP – Associated Press getting back to journalism? “The resignation was disclosed without advance notice by the White House in a dead-of-the-night e-mail on a holiday weekend.” Whew! I thought we lost you AP!
Van Jones Resigns – Gillian Caldwell – Writer Caldwell is one of the first liberals to call Van Jones resignation a “lynching.”
How Van Jones happened and what we need to do next – Phil Kerpen