Former Bush Official Calls Glenn Beck Criticism “Absurd”

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Glenn BeckThe Egyptian uprising hit America like a bullet and left in much the same way, especially after all the news about the Gaddafi stuff happening in Lybia reached our shores. However, while it was here, the Egyptian conflict was the talk of the town, garnering media attention from all of the big name outlets and, like every big news story to hit the states, Glenn Beck had his theories about what was really going on over in Egypt.

Beck featured a former Bush administration official on his show back in February to discuss Beck’s elaborate conspiracy theory surrounding Egypt. However, things didn’t go as planned for the Bush official as he was later reported as saying that the Fox host’s comments were  “absurd”.

James K. Glassman, who served as Under Secretary of State in 2008, helped create the Alliance for Youth Movements (AYM), an organization which, according to Glassman, “aims to support and sustain campaigns for nonviolent social change that harness 21st century tools to safeguard human rights, promote good governance and foster civic engagement.”

On his show, Glenn Beck “suggested” that the Alliance for Youth Movements was tied to “violent Islamic extremism” and that our State Department is “aiding groups that want to use the Egyptian protests” in order to “create an Islamic caliphate.”

When Glassman was reached for a comment by Media Matters, Glassman stated that he had reviewed different video portions of Beck’s show in addition to related material on Glenn Beck’s website. Glassman called Beck’s comments and theories “literally absurd”  and also added that “it was like the World turned upside down on me.”

According to Glassman, “The work we were doing was to advance the cause of anti-violence and freedom, and if we played any small role in events in Egypt, that advances those causes. I would think that Glenn Beck would stand for those goals.”

Glassman is currently the executive director of the George W. Bush Institute at the Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas. Glassman served as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute before joining the State Department.

Source: Media Matters for America – Former Bush Official: Beck Criticism “Absurd”

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Fox News’ Tirade Against Bulletstorm is Complete Absurdity

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Bulletstorm Skill ShotRemember when attorney Jack Thompson got disbarred while making false statements in his never ending quest to get Grand Theft Auto blamed for all the problems in society? Those were funny times and it seemed that Thompson would be the biggest idiot in the world when it comes to video games and their influence on the minds of human beings. But alas, we were wrong. We now have an even bigger cause for pointing out the idiocy of some people thanks to Fox News.

The game under fire this time is Bulletstorm, the action oriented first-person shooter game from developers Epic Games and publishers Electronic Arts. Bulletstorm was recently declared by Fox News to be, and I quote, “the worst game in the world”. A bold statement considering the game doesn’t come out for another couple of weeks. So apparently the revolution in Egypt wasn’t as important as trying to scare parents into thinking their child will become a sadistic sociopath if they allow them to play this game.

The game’s violence is not the primary “controversy” here, probably because starting an upheaval over video game violence is as useless as buying a camera for Ray Charles. No the main cause for”concern” about this game is the “Skill Shot” system, which rewards players extra points for uniquely dispatching their enemies with the names of the skill shots having names with double-meanings when used in reference to sexual acts.

“The in-game awards system, called Skill Shots, ties the ugly, graphic violence into explicit sex acts: ‘topless’ means cutting a player in half, while ‘gangbang’ means killing multiple enemies at once. And with kids as young as 9 playing such games, the experts FoxNews.com spoke with were nearly universally worried that video game violence may be reaching a fever pitch.”

Oh, no, did you hear that? “Experts” are “universally worried” about…….words. And not just words, puns nonetheless. I hope nobody ever gets on a game via Xbox or PlayStation’s online services, they may hear some naughty phrases just like that. I think it needs to be mentioned that not every Skill Shot is a sexual reference, unless the terms “Burn” and “Juggler” are something I have never heard about.

If you were wondering what kind of “experts” were contacted, Fox spoke with “psychologist and book author” Carol Lieberman who was quoted as saying what is probably the most asinine, idiotic, ridiculous and absurd statements I have ever heard of as to how video games, even the ones that have not been released yet, cause rape. No, you didn’t read that wrong, they cause rape. Her actual quote is as follows:

“The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games.”

I find it very hard to believe that a woman who can come up with something so outlandish is qualified to understand and diagnose your problems. I mean, are you kidding me? Video games cause rape? It is bad enough that she even uttered these words but even worse is the fact that she provided absolutely no evidence whatsoever to support her claim. That is top notch journalism right there, folks.

Here is an even better example of the absurdity brought to you by Rock Paper Shotgun. Rock Paper Shotgun pointed out that Fox News asked M2 Research’s Billy Pidgeon a ridiculously leading question and also cherry-picked his answer to make their point. Below is the question, Pidgeon’s full answer and the answer that made it into the article:

Fox News: Bulletstorm glorifies violence for fun and extra points. You can shoot the bad guys in the private parts for points, get drunk and shoot for more points, throw a chain with spikes and hook enemies. But some of the worst parts are actually related to the names for the skill  shots and the in-game dialog , which is definitely profane. What should be done about these games?”

Billy Pidgeon: The ESRB ratings and the market have all the control necessary to limit the availability of games with objectionable content for sale to minors. The current rating system determines who can buy a game based on content, and retailers typically strongly support these ratings. Games with violent or objectionable content will be rated T for Teen (13+), M for Mature (17+) or AO for Adults Only (18+). Bulletstorm is rated M and retailers will not be likely to sell the games to purchasers without ID certifying age.”

“The market will favor games with quality gameplay and content, so if Bulletstorm is a good game, gamers seventeen and older will likely buy it. Games without sufficient quality of gameplay tha include highly objectionable violent or sexual content often pump up the level of this kind of content to gain media attention. This tactic typically fails, as can be seen in the poor sales performance of titles such as BMX XXX and Postal.”

Overall, we have yet another extremist media group that is trying to censor something they do not know or understand. The only way for a violent video game like Bulletstorm to reach the hands of an underage child is if someone of age, like their parent, buys it for them, in which case blame should rest on that person, not the person who made the game. Do we penalize drug companies that make prescription pills that get into the hands of people without a prescription or do we punish the drug dealer that sold it to them? I think you get my point.

If they are going to try to censor games. then this censorship needs to be taken into account for all forms of media including movies, television, books and music. But that isn’t likely to happen now, is it?

Source: Comics Alliance – Fox News Declares ‘Bulletstorm’ Worst Game In The World Two Weeks Before It Comes Out

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Worst Person in the World Lost His Job

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The Worst person in the World lost his job today, Keith Olbermann will never speak into a MSNBC camera again. Olbermann violated his own company rules, requiring by written agreement to obtain permission from management before he donates to the candidates he pumps on his show. 

His ‘Worst Person in the World’ segment routinely rates Fox News employees and conservative republicans as worse, worser and worst person in the World.
Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter was often portrayed as the worst person in th world. Keith would put an eyepatch over one of Ann’s eyes, to make her look evil too. How childish.

This man was no commentator, he was a hate monger. He would say things just to stir things up.

What a fitting end to a this horrible man and his hateful show. Here’s to you KO! You’re the worst person in the world.

In Keith’s Defense

MSNBC News Anchor, Rachel Maddow, waited until the very end of her show to tell us how she felt about Keith’s termination.

First she blamed Fox News, because they do it.
Wrong! Fox News employees do not break Fox rules, get caught and not get terminated.

Then she praised GE for being better than Newscorp, she said absurdly, “We are not a political operation.”
Ha, that’s a laugh, NBC and GE are as political as you can get. MSNBC has no balance at all. They don’t even have any black commentators. That’s their nickname, NBC- No Black Commentators. GE supported Barack Obama in the last presidential election, not John McCain. GE is no better than Newscorp. Both companies require their employees to abide by the rules.

Then she called what she, Rachel Maddow and Keith do, news.
Well if that isn’t the biggest laugh. She said, and I quote, “Yeah, Keith’s a liberal, and so am I. But we’re not a political operation – Fox is. We’re a news operation.”

I’m not sure what Rachel and Keith do, but one thing’s for sure, it isn’t the news.

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There is no Free Speech at NPR

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All Things Considered? Really? Does the NPR, the National Public Radio allow free speech by all its radio personalities? The answer is NO! and the evidence is the firing of Juan Williams for speaking his mind. 

Juan Williams was fired by NPR over this remark, “…when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

Mr. Williams was clearly expressing his personal reservations about the subject matter, not making an anti-Muslim remark of any sort. Williams’ comment was not about Muslims directly, it was more how he deals with his bias. Yet NPR didn’t see it that way.

“His remarks on The O’Reilly Factor this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR,” the NPR statement read.

Editorial Standards? Really
Is this what NPR has become? An editoral staff that is so strict that their employees cannot express an opinion without retaliation? I fail to see how Mr. Williams remarks compromises the “editorial standards’ of NPR.

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NPR has no ‘public’ standards anyway, just an liberal agenda that only tolerates attacks on conservative values. NPR that once ran an editorial cartoon titled, “How To Speak Tea Bag,” yes its ok to attack some groups.  Terry Gross’s NPR radio show is nothing but a Christian bashing, show that makes any Christian sound like an illiterate hate group.  Also Daniel Shorr, Nina Totenberg, Diane Rheim, Scott Simon may as well be paid consultants of the Democratic party.

Not Public Radio
NPR needs a name change because they don’t really represent the views of the public. There is nothing ‘national’ or ‘public’ about a radio station that has ‘control’ over its employees right to free speech at this level. It really Not Public Radio its Nasty Private Radio.

Racism is Alive At NPR …Let’s keep it a Secret
As of today, NPR is officially a ‘racist’ radio station because it fired African-American, Juan Williams for stating his opinion. If Fox fired Williams for remarks, this would be a headline story.

Stop Funding NPR
It way beyond time to stop funding NPR with public money. Lets change the name to National Progressive Radio. US tax dollars should absolutely NOT be going to fund what for years has been a cathedral for the “progressive” speak.  Maybe its time to start talking about implementing the Fairness Doctrine to NPR.  Its time for NPR to try to survive on its own in the free market. Write your state and federal representatives and demand that NPR’s federal funding be removed and used to reduce our federal budget deficit.

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The Obama Media Abortion

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ABC wasn’t there, neither was CBS, NBC, CNN or even FOX. This might be the first time Obama didn’t want the media around. Why? Because he was signing a pro-life, anti-abortion funding executive order.

Obama and Little Joe are sad

Obama and his side-kick Little Joe are sad to sign a Pro-Life executive order. So they are keeping it a secret from the media. How many babies will be saved because of Obama? God only knows.

When Obama signed the Anti-Abortion EO without any media, he didn’t use dozens of pens, there were no speeches, not even a photo op or even a single handshake from any congressman.

So why the big secret? Why no media from the biggest media hound in America? Because Obama signed something that many of his constituents don’t want. And the media obliged him for keeping it low profile.

That said, his signing of the executive order was not a total secret.

On the left people were complaining:
Like, NOW, the National Organization for Women said that Obama was ‘willing to netotiate health care on the backs of women.”  – Source: Micahel Shear, Washington Times

And on the right people were complaining:
Like the National Right to Life complained that the executive order does little to prohibit spending on abortion services as provided in the senate bill.  Source: Fox News

Opponents on both sides say an executive order does not have the force of law that legislation would provide. Neither side is happy and the media has been shut out of this historic event.
Obama moved  a little to the right and no one was there to see, how absurd.

Drudge Report: Senate Fahrenheit 451

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In an email the Senate’s official gatekeeper, said the Drudge Report, a conservative news aggregator is “… responsible for the many viruses popping up throughout the Senate.” “Please avoid using these sites until the Senate resolves this issue,” the e-mail read. “The Senate has been swamped the last couples (sic) days with this issue.” Source: Fox News

But wait, the Drudge Report noted that it served more than 29 million pages Monday without an e-mail complaint about “‘pop ups,’ or the site serving ‘viruses.'”

This virus blaming thing is in error or worse, a blatant lie to limit free conservative Matt Drudge speech. Sound like a plot based on the book fahrenheit 451. What temperature does the Drudge Report melt? Ask Harry Reid, he knows everything there is to know about burning bridges.

A GOP aide to the Environment and Public Works Committee told FoxNews.com that there has been “a flurry of activity in the last couple of days” and that a couple of people on the staff had had “computer problems.”

Could be just another coincidence, ha.

Media Political Correctness

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With the events unfolding after the Fort Hood shooting last week, many of the people I know have commented on the issue of “political correctness”. Reality is, we’re all politically correct most of the time, although we call it “social decency” or whatever euphemism you choose to use. We refrain from using vulgar language in front of our grandparents, children, bosses, etc. I know, its NOT really the same thing, but it kind of is, we avoid certain actions to prevent being offensive to someone else, which is totally okay for most of us. And in the wake of America electing the first African-American president (although, since we’re calling a spade a spade today, he’s half black and half white), race and religion have been hot button issues in this country. But there’s a fine line between not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings and reporting the news, unfortunately the American media takes it too far and will avoid offending anyone, at any cost.

The events of November 5th, 2009 were horrific, the nation was once again glued to the T.V., watching CNN, FOXNEWS or MSNBC to see what what happening. By the time the news broke, the situation was over and the speculation began. I was on twitter when the news of the shooters name was released, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, and instantly the tweets/conversations turned to anger. I saw tweets about how we need to ban all Muslim soldiers from the military since they can no longer be trusted, and others about how we should refrain from snap judgments solely based on the name of the (at the time) alleged shooter. Fine, we can all respect everyone’s point of views and opinions. But the weirdest thing was that almost no one used the word, “terrorist” or “terrorism” UNTIL the name of the shooter was made public.

Then we had the fall out from the news networks, reports that Shepard Smith (FOX) refused to say the name until it has been independently confirmed. Then there were some on the right and the left calling it a terrorist act, others simply said he snapped and went crazy. What I find to be utterly ridiculous is that if it had been a white male shooting an abortion clinic doctor…oh wait, yeah, back in June, when Dr. George Tiller was killed by a, oh what did Olbermann call him?? Oh yeah, A DOMESTIC TERRORIST. (courtesy of: Tim Graham, News Busters)

“Domestic terrorism: Dr. George Tiller — women’s health physician, performer of legal abortions — is assassinated in his church. And in the very same sentence, anti-choice zealots wash their hands of his murder and say he had it coming.

A religious jihad by fundamentalist crusaders who believe that murder is justified, their acts of violence having the intended effect of changing behavior. Our fifth story on the Countdown: Not the Taliban, not Hamas, not al Qaeda. If the brutal murder of Dr. George Tiller — the Wichita OB/GYN who, among many other things, provided abortions — does not qualify as an act domestic terrorism, what does? -Keith Olbermann”

THAT WAS THE SAME DAY OF THE SHOOTING IN KANSAS. But hey, lets contrast that with what he said the day of the Fort Hood shooting,

OLBERMANN: And there — is there an expectation that at some point, his goals and his personal goals got merged with some anti-American point of view? Is this going to wind up being classified as a terrorist act? What do you think about that aspect that so many people want to know about?

Um…really?? Its ok to call a crazy white man a domestic terrorist, but to call a man who yelled “ALLAH AKBAR!” before killing 13 of his fellow soldiers a TERRORIST is a concern? WOW.

Then we got this wonderful article by TIME, excusing the TERRORIST’S actions by saying that his mental breakdown was caused by ‘secondary trauma’. The article basically states that because he was a mental health professional who helped soldiers coming back from war (note: Maj Hasan had never seen combat) that he suffered from PTSD due to hearing about all the horrible things the soldiers had gone through. Yeah, that explains the fact that he was posting all kinds of crazy pants pro-homicide bomber crap on the internet, trying to contact Al Qaida, and why the FBI has a FILE on this guy. Good job TIME Magazine!

Why are so many people in the media afraid of hurting anyone’s feelings? The REAL peace loving Muslims won’t be offended (they really do exist, I know quite a few). Who will? The random fringe lefty groups that also hate it when you call women “chicks”, that’s it. Maybe the real problem is that all of the “news” outlets are doing so poorly that they can’t afford to offend anyone.

I don’t get why we as Americans STILL have to dance around race and religion, who the hell cares! If one black man kills another human being, do we label all black men as killers? Um, no. If a crazy white guy kills an abortion doctor, do we call ALL white people DOMESTIC TERRORISTS? (well…maybe the DHS does…but that’s another topic) No, we don’t. Same goes with Christians, Jews, and Muslims and any other religion. We understand that there are some bad people in this world and there are some really great people. If people would get their panties out of that tight bunch, we actually might be able to report the news accurately, if we could understand a few simple rules of humanity, and get rid of all the damn euphemisms, we could probably progress as a nation, you know, to actually get to that “Post-Racial America” that everyone keeps talking about but does nothing to achieve.

WTF Olbermann, you’re not news! You’re an IDIOT!!

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Ok, so its not Olbermann, sorry guys! But hey, at least his substitute is equally dim and proves my point perfectly. This clip isn’t something I’d normally get all huffy about, because, lets face it, it’s coming from MSNBC and Olbermann’s show at that, its kind of expected at this point.

The problem I have with this is the fact that Olbermann has boasted about how Fox News isn’t news, and its riddled with evil right wing views, opinions, personal attacks and no one on Fox can even breathe without their orders from the GOP. Definitely not news according to Olbermann, right? Well…his little sub today apparently didn’t get the memo.

Now, listen, I get that Olby and his little british homie hate the right, fine. But to talk about how Fox using personal attacks makes them unqualified to be a news organization. Really?? When Olbermann’s fill-in (in the first video) literally belittles Sarah Palin and mocks her intelligence by saying, “No, no ,no, no, Sarah, the election really was yesterday, they really did count the votes last night, you really did lose…big time…no kidding, just like last year.” Yep. Sounds like news to me…IN BIZARRO WORLD!

Olbermann is more of a puppet for the White House than any anchor/commentator on Fox is for the GOP. But we’re just splitting hairs, because, even though I’m a conservative, I KNOW there is a bias, and that’s fine. I know if I want to hear a right point of view, I’ll watch Fox, and if I want to hear a left point of view, I’ll watch MSNBC or CNN or network news. I’m totally fine with that, and I’m not so naive to think a bias doesn’t exist. But if the White House wants to go after the media for being biased, how about they use a little of the “equality” they speak of so much. But again, its the liberal M.O., “I don’t mean equal-equal, I mean…equal and fair for my friends…not everybody.”

So based on Olbermann’s own definition of “news” he’s apparently not news either. But of course, you won’t get his ego to admit that. Just another shining example of the ridiculous non-sense being vomited from an overly biased media outlet.