Category Archives: Media

Washington Post Fact Checks SNL

141124-fact-check-SNLThe Washington Post actually fact checked a Saturday Night Live skit. Zachary Goldfarb rated the skit not helpful to the president.

The sketch was about Obama’s executive action on immigration (mislabeled as an “executive order”, Goldfarb helpfully corrects). It was set to “Schoolhouse Rock” and featured a “Bill” singing about how a bill becomes law. A cynical singing “Executive Order” explains how things really work, while President Obama repeatedly kicks the crooning “Bill” down the Capitol steps.

I rate it Damn Funny.

Since the Post is now rating comedy routines Michelle Malkin immediately wanted to know why it didn’t fact check Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin character for claiming she could see Russia from her house.

Personally, I want to know if Super Colossal Jimmy Carter is really 90 feet tall.

Cartoon Fact Check

My cartoon deliberately confuses Zachary Goldfarb’s fact check with the Post’s Glenn Kessler’s pinocchio ratings. I hope they don’t fact check cartoons now. On the other hand I could use the publicity.

 

FCC Net Neutrality

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President Obama says he wants the “strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality”. He wants the FCC to run the internet like a public utility and guarantee that everyone has equal access. That would mean a big outfit like Netflix couldn’t buy up bandwidth and squeeze out virtuous freeloaders like .. um .. Bokbluster.com.

So far so good. Except it might also mean service providers would lose an incentive to build more bandwidth.Holman Jenkins in the WSJ says Obama “has no idea what incentives guide the behavior of broadband carriers, or how regulation might affect the ability of intelligent networks to deliver a growing and potentially infinite variety of services in the future over a common digital network”.

Ted Cruz calls the plan “ObamaCare for the internet”. He says it will put the feds in charge of internet pricing, products, and service. PolitifFact.com looked into Cruz’s claim. They rated if “half true” for whatever that’s worth. I think PolitiFact’s real value is in the reporting it does. Here’s PolitiFact’s explanation of Net Neutrality.

Update:

And here’s Paul Greenberg noticing that AT&T is pulling back an investment in fiber optic cable due to Obama’s 1930’s mindset on the internet.

REUTERS — AT&T will pause investments to bring fiber connections to 100 cities until U.S. regulators iron out rules to regulate how Internet service providers manage their Web traffic, the company’s chief executive told investors Wednesday. “We can’t go out and invest that kind of money deploying fiber to 100 cities not knowing under what rules those investments will be governed,” CEO Randall Stephenson said.

Harry Reid’s Desk

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A year ago President Obama said, “If you don’t like a particular policy, if you don’t like a particular president, go out there and argue your position, win an election.”

And so it came to pass.

Now that his party has lost the Senate, Obama says he’s willing to listen to Republican ideas – if they have any. Whether he is or they do remains to be seen. But they have had some ideas in the past. Those ideas were packaged into about 350 House Resolutions and passed on to the Senate where they sit in Harry Reid’s desk.

The way Mitch McConnell sees it Reid protected the president from legislation he didn’t like by not bringing bills to his desk.

The New York Times, in January, called Harry a brute.

Politifact, however, says some of those bills are simply caught up in committee. Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post says it’s not at all unusual for Harry Reid to have 300 bills to be stuffed in his drawers.

Panic Attack

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Even hysteria is politically polarizing these days. Ann Coulter has a column claiming the media, usually purveyors of panic , now want everyone to chill about Ebola.  It doesn’t appear that an epidemic is imminent. “The Science” is predicting an additional 1-130 new Ebola cases in the U.S. by the end of the year.

Bystander President

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Reagan was the Teflon president. He had an easy charm and nothing bad seemed to stick. Obama is the bystander president. He reads about bad things that happen on his watch as if they had nothing to do with him. He’s just like you and me, sitting at the bar madder’n hell. Except he gets to go on TV and complain. At least I get to draw a cartoon.