Poultry excuses defame the Muppets

The message in the following photo is a lie:

This is what happened:

Last Friday, the company behind beloved shows such as “Fraggle Rock,” “Labyrinth,” and “The Muppets,” severed ties with Chick-Fil-A due to the fast food chain’s CEO’s opposition to same sex marriage.

According to “Muppets” fan site ToughPigs.com, The Jim Henson Company had partnered with Chick-Fil-A to feature Jim Henson’s Creature Shop toys — “essentially a plastic tube with cut-out features for customizing your own puppet” — in their kid’s meals from mid-July until August 18th.

However, on Friday, the Jim Henson Company posted the following statement to their Facebook page:

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (http://www.glaad.org/)”

So, since the Muppets called Chick-Fil-A out because of its bigoted CEO, the company responds with a blatant lie saying it’s pulled its Muppet toys because they’re unsafe. Seems like Henson Co. has grounds for a libel suit.

John Stewart captures the issue (before the toy safety lie) here.

Ad nauseum: Santorum vs. Romney

When the following political ad came out, a number of political experts were saying it was powerful and effective ad by Rick Santorum attacking Mitt Romney.

Then Jon Stewart at “The Daily Show” pointed out the downside of the ad.

So, Romney ends up with a bunch of santorum on his shirt. (Google will explain it to you.)

Jon Stewart is shrill

If you haven’t seen “The Daily Show” this week, check out the opening segments of Monday’s and Tuesday’s episodes.

Jon Stewart completely loses it Monday when Newt “the serial adulterer” Gingrich got a standing ovation for calling the media despicable in the South Carolina debate because CNN’s moderator opened with a question on Newt cheating on his multiple-sclerosis afflicted second wife, the woman with whom he cheated on his cancer stricken first wife.

Then the next day, he goes nuclear when Mitt “I’m unemployed just like you” Romney releases tax returns that show the former GOP frontrunner makes about $57,000 a day, without working, and has a tax rate less than a person who makes $57,000 a year. The news I picked up from that segment was that Romney’s Bain Capital lobbied heavily to get the lower tax rate for the rich through Congress.

Check the full episodes here and here.

It’s sad that a comedy show is doing a better job informing people than television news does.

Stephen Colbert joins the campaign

Stephen Colbert is probably doing more to explain the presidential campaign process, and the evils of super PACs than anyone in the media today.

Mitt Romney is a serial killer? What a great ad.

But as Bill Moyers says: I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.

Ron Paul’s ‘Let them die’ answer

In the last GOP debate (the CNN/Teabagger “Ameri-gasm” as Jon Stewart put it), Ron Paul was the one who received the question, “Would you let a sick young man without health insurance die?” (A paraphrase, but really the essence of the question.) Ron Paul proceeded to give a convoluted answer, so the viewers where left wondering what he meant.

Turns out, his answer was “Yes.” Why? Because it happened to the person who was responsible for Paul running for president.

Back in 2008, Kent Snyder — Paul’s former campaign chairman — died of complications from pneumonia. Like the man in Blitzer’s example, the 49-year-old Snyder was relatively young and seemingly healthy* when the illness struck. He was also uninsured. When he died on June 26, 2008, two weeks after Paul withdrew his first bid for the presidency, his hospital costs amounted to $400,000. The bill was handed to Snyder’s surviving mother, who was incapable of paying. Friends launched a website to solicit donations.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Snyder’s death in 2008. Here’s the link.

So:

1) Ron Paul not only talks the talk. He walks the walk.

2) Ron Paul’s answer to the question was total garbage. Here’s the example. Charity didn’t help Snyder. The “church hospital” didn’t save an American who suffered from pneumonia. And because he didn’t have health insurance, his bill was an unpayable $400,000.

All you need to know about class warfare

Check out this episode of “The Daily Show,” where Jon Stewart tears apart the idiots at Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News and Fox Business channels for saying it’s unfair to tax the rich because the poor don’t pay their “fair share” of taxes.

Then go to this clip from PBS that shows most Americans are out of touch with income inequality in the U.S. When presented with three charts, they thought Sweden‘s distribution was where America stood. As for the chart that represented America’s distribution, most people though it was a chart for a Third World country. (Just for the record, the third chart, where things were distributed equally, was idiotic, and people who selected that one shouldn’t be allowed to operate heavy machinery.)

There is no excuse for anyone not understanding what the distribution of wealth is in this country.

Here’s a chart posted on various blogs back in February:

The truth is out there. Not the “truth” created by Fox News, but the thing rational people call reality.

If your world view has been shaped by Fox, and if you fall for the GOP line that the rich are under assault and the poor are a bunch of freeloaders, you are a sad, sad human being.

NPR should learn “The Chicago way”

I haven’t said much about James O’Keefe (the right-wing’s Ashton Kutcher) and how he Punk’d NPR recently because I’ve already expressed my views on him:

O’Keefe is a liar. Everything he does is a lie. Anyone who puts him on air saying he’s telling the truth is actively engaging in and encouraging a lie. If you see his face on your television set everything that comes out of his mouth will be a lie.

But what really pisses me off in the wake of all this is NPR. It’s in a fight for its life. The right wing is giving it the full Acorn treatment and won’t be satisfied until it’s dead. And despite all this, it isn’t fighting back.

Atrios has the perfect reaction to this:

I’ve really lost interest in defending organizations that are uninterested in defending themselves.

Jon Stewart has already used NPR and pussies in the same segment.

And Media Matters chronicled how NPR has let O’Keefe get away with this crap before, without even pointing out the reality that … (see my quote above).

NPR repeatedly covered O’Keefe, and adopted his (false) claims about what his videos showed. But only a single NPR report available on Nexis contained so much as an allegation that he’d ever been less than honest. NPR’s coverage of O’Keefe helped enhance his stature and credibility. And then he peddled a misleading videotape of an NPR executive, and the media ran with it, badly damaging NPR.

Right now, NPR should at least be like Sean Connery in “The Untouchables.”

But I think it’s gone beyond that point. NPR should go Robert De Niro on him:

There’s a certain president in Washington who can learn from this movie.

The non-apology apology

I really hate seeing these words when public figures try to make amends for something they said: “I  apologize to anyone I may have offended.”

Here’s what it means: I said something really reprehensible, but there are people who agree with me, and it didn’t bother them at all. So, to cover my ass, I’m going to apologize to those of you who are giving me a hard time for saying what I said, but I’m really not sorry I said it, because I’ll be saying it again, but only to people who are with me on it.

Which brings us to Rick Sanchez, who was fired by CNN last week for saying Jon Stewart is a bigot and the media is run by Jews:

“On October 4th, I had a very good conversation with Jon Stewart, and I had the opportunity to apologize for my inartful comments from last week.  I sincerely extend this apology to anyone else whom I may have offended.”