Here are four small observations I've had this past few days and been meaning to discuss with you all.
The so called Republican Presidential Debate Thursday night was terribly disappointing. I don't feel the Republican field has the depth or credibility of the Democrat field overall. Only Rudy Guilani came off well in the sound bite competition (you cannot call this stupid format of inane questions at 60 second answers a debate).
Representative Tom Trancredo (R-CO), whom I have previously praised for his leadership on Darfur, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Kansas Senator Sam Brownback are immediately disqualified from any serious consideration for holding any office at any level (including dog catcher).
By raising their hands to certify they DO NOT BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION, they perhaps were trying to validate their deep faith, but, in reality, they revealed their ignorance of basic and established science. Such people cannot be entrusted with any real authority. If they were pandering to the Christian Coalition, they are still disqualified from any serious consideration.
Stephanie Miller guest hosted the morning show on MSNBC for three days this past week. While I hoped for a stellar performance and a long term contract for Stephanie, her performance was awful.
At first I enjoyed her barbs directed at conservative radio show talk hosts, columnists and bloggers, but she turned into a one trick pony. Her pointless attacks at rival talk show and television hosts quickly grew tiring and then embarrassing. The woman is obsessed and it follows a sad tendency among liberal radio hosts and bloggers.
Stephanie must have mentioned Ann Coulter at least fifty times in three days! Ann isn't in the news. Ann hasn't said anything important lately. In fact, has Ann ever said anything important? I mean really important? Ann isn't an influential spokesperson for anything. She is, a best, a sharp witted ultra conservative commentator, nothing more.
When Stephanie wasn't obsessed with Ann Coulter, she was devoting huge chunks of time to critiques of Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh. What in the world is Stephanie's problem. She clearly needs help. None of these people are elected leaders, none are particularly influential. Not one of them has done a thing that was newsworthy. Who in hell cares what they say or do!
Stephanie, don't you remember the old adage: "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events and small minds discuss people."
Stephanie, I tuned in to hear you take on the issues of the day from a liberal or progressive perspective. Instead I got school yard name calling.
I really missed Don Imus. He had guests that discussed current events, news, and real ideas. Name calling, which got him fired, was a rarity.
All in all it was the three least informative days in the entire history of MSNBC. And that's too bad. An opportunity missed.
I'm not sure who blinked, but the the Copyright Royalty Board suddenly delayed the collection of the new retroactive Internet Radio Royalties until July 15, 2007. It had been set for May 15th.
Internet Radio fans are calling this a victory, but I'm not sure it isn't simply designed to slow momentum, which was on the Internet Radio broadcaster's side.
I'll keep you informed. I'm watching this issue closely. Meanwhile, please contact your Representative in Congress and request he or she co-sponsor HR-2060, which would provide a fair and level playing field for all radio broadcasters.
TECHNORATI TAGS: REPUBLICAN REPUBLICAN DEBATE HR 2060 RADIO TOM TRANCREDO RUDY GUILANI STEPHANIE MILLER INTERNET RADIO DON IMUS SAM BROWNBACK FREE SPEECH MIKE HUCKABEE
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