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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”