In the aftermath of MigraineGate, MSNBC host Ed Schultz speaks to Michele Bachmann…
"I can say that my respect for you has gone through the roof in the last twenty-four hours. You were clear, concise, you stood up to it and you weren't bullied by these people. The Republican establishment obviously fears this candidate."
And my respect for Bachmann has also multiplied itself tenfold.
Whereas I used to have zero respect for her. I now have whatever-zero-times-ten-is respect for her.
Tags: Ed Schultz, Michele Bachmann, MSNBC, Quote Unquote
As Jon Stewart pointed out on last night's Daily Show, TV pundits have been comparing the protests in Madison, Wisconsin to everything from the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt to 9/11. Of course, none of those are even remotely apt. Anyone with an ounce of historical perspective can see the situation in Madison is more like a cross between the assassination of William McKinley and the great Chicago fire with a dash of the divorce of Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson thrown in. Duh.
Tags: 9/11, Ed Schultz, Fox, Jon Stewart, MSNBC, Paul Ryan, Protesters, Rick Santelli, Sean Hannity, Stephen Colbert, Tea Party, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Unions, Video, Wisconsin
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck More Influential Than Whoever Those People Are on MSNBC, Which Apparently Is a Channel of Some Sort
So, as we head into these midterm elections which will decide whether the country despises Barack Obama and all his fellow members of the Socialist Party or merely hates them, we have to wonder, what cable news outlet do you suspect is most shaping the way that voters think about the candidates.
Trick question. There's no thinking involved. It's Fox News…
Fox's opinionated personalities were also rated as having the greatest positive impact on the political debate in the country. Bill O'Reilly was rated as having, by far, the greatest positive impact, with 49 percent of respondents rating him positively, and 32 percent negatively.
Glenn Beck was the second most-positively rated personality, with 38 percent of respondents saying he had a positive impact, and 32 percent saying he had a negative impact.
Wow, I didn't realize that Glenn Beck was really all that influential. This probably explains why so many people will be crying after Election Day.
Anyway, Fox News isn't the only channel in town, right? There's gotta be some counterbalance from MSNBC, don't you think? You know, MSNBC? That one with Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman and that other guy, Ted Something or Other?
MSNBC's personalities were largely ranked as unknown by respondents: 70 percent said they had never heard of Ed Schultz, 55 percent said they had never heard of Rachel Maddow and 42 percent said they had never heard of Keith Olbermann.
Oh, well, um… That's… Look, here's the thing… Uh, okay, in a way this is good, because it means they're more like everyday Americans. Everyday Americans who nobody cares about. They can use that to their advantage.
Here's the thing. Not everybody can be a media darling like Jon Stewart…
Although Comedy Central's Jon Stewart was ranked as having more of a positive than negative influence on the debate — 34 percent said positive compared with 22 percent for negative — 34 percent of respondents said they had never heard of him.
Oh my God, if 34 percent of people never heard of someone like Jon Stewart, then that probably means — lemme do my math here — approximately 376 percent of people have never heard of me. Which means that you are not reading this right now. So, I guess that means I don't really need to come up with a joke for the end here.
I think it also probably means that I don't actually exist. Which actually kind of works for me.
Tags: Bill O'Reilly, Ed Schultz, Fox, Glenn Beck, Jon Stewart, Keith Olbermann, Midterms, MSNBC, Polls, Rachel Maddow