Category Archives: MSM

NY Mag Writer Mocks WWII Veterans Barred from D.C. Memorial

New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait spent his government shutdown day mocking WWII veterans who were shut out by the National Park Service (NPS) when they came to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday morning, Representative Michelle Bachman (R-MN) and several Republican members of Congress helped tear down the barricades shutting the elderly veterans out of the WWII memorial. After the barricades were removed, dozens of veterans flooded in to conduct their often emotional visits.

But, thinking he was being funny, Chait took to Twitter to poke fun at the veterans, joking that the NPS should barricade the memorial with old Nazi soldiers.

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Egypt Moves Against Al Jazeera as CNN Reporters Embrace It

The Egyptian Cabinet has “assigned competent authorities to assess the legal status of Al Jazeera,” accusing it of threatening stability and national security. At the same time, CNN veterans Joie Chen and Soledad O’Brien “will lend star power and journalistic gravitas to U.S. offshoot of Qatar-based broadcaster.”

Was there ever a clearer indication of which side the mainstream media is on, or how richly it deserves the sobriquet “enemedia” that I have given it? But it’s true: the New York Daily News report that “CNN vets Joie Chen and Soledad O’Brien are lending their big names to the in-depth documentary show ‘America Tonight,’ and former NBC journalist John Seigenthaler will anchor prime-time’s ‘Nightly News.’”

Chen said: “I really saw it as a completely different kind of opportunity.” The Daily News added that Chen “signed up as anchor for what has been billed as the station’s flagship program after network brass pitched her a show in which storytelling and good journalism would trump sensationalism and fiery opinions.”

Pimps for jihad.

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Morning Sex? (warning: graphic image)

This morning, I woke up with both kiddos in bed with me. Their daddy is out of town on business for a few days – giving me ample opportunity to avoid bedtime scheduling madness (guess who’s the disciplinarian here) and revel in those snuffly sighs and giggles that escape just before exhaustion overtakes them and they drift into dreamland.

We slept in. School starts here in 11 days. Gotta sleep in while we can.

Eventually, Andy and I rolled out of bed and went into the living room to start our day in the customary way. A pastry. Some cereal. Flipping back and forth between Morning Express (hi, Robin Meade!) and Good Morning America (hello, GMA crew!). We love Robin’s laughter and the lighthearted interaction among the GMA team, the care they seem to give each other when topics turn serious.

Ella heard the television and stirred. I watched from the living room as she sat up, wiped the sleepy from her big brown eyes, and yawned. The GMA segment went to commercial.

And then, wham.

Confusion.

Disbelief.

Did that just flash on my TV screen?

In front of 8-year-old Andy?!

No way.

A camera trick. A clever angle.

I told Andy – his blue eyes had gone wide – to get something from the refrigerator (out of sight of the TV).

Snatched up the remote.

Rewound.

There it was.

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