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Media & politics notes: 10/7/11

Friday, October 7, 2011


Somebody was bound to defend Hank Williams Jr. for comparing President Obama to Hitler, and that somebody turns out to be Sarah Palin. Here’s the sound bite, via Daily Kos:

“Hank Williams and what he is going through now, I think it’s a very clear illustration of a greater societal problem and that is the hypocrisy on the left — the liberals who can throw these stones at a conservative and they knowing that they’re not going to be held accountable,” Palin said on Sean Hannity’s radio show Thursday.

  • San Francisco-based Current TV’s Keith Olbermann, the first cable news anchor to cover the Occupy Wall Street protests, and his old employer, MSNBC, appear locked in competition to see who can devote more air time to the story, Politico says.
  • And speaking of the anti-Wall Street protestors, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor referred to them this morning as “growing mobs.”
  • Mayor Ed Lee’s campaign returned $8,500 to an airport van service, some of whose employees had told The Bay Citizen they were pressured by their boss to donate.
  • Journalist and L. A.-based Pacifica Radio host Maria Armoudian is at Book Zoo in Oakland at 7 tonight to promote her new book on the state of journalism: “Kill the Messenger: The Media’s Role in the Fate of the World.” 

imageHere’s how Rep. Pete Stark (D-Fremont) begins a piece for Huffington Post this morning:

Today, America marks its 10th year of war in Afghanistan. This is a war we never should have started; yet we did so with money we never had. It is imperative that we end this war responsibly and swiftly. Our economy and our service men and women will continue to suffer greatly until we do.

  • One big growth industry in an otherwise down economy: TV networks and local stations are projected to rake in up to $3.2 billion from political ads during the 2012 election cycle.
  • The Daily Beast compiles its choice of 7 best reads on Steve Jobs, starting with Steven Levy’s tribute at Wired.
  • Not sure what this means, but a new Pew Research Center survey finds that 47 percent of Americans can’t name a single GOP candidate.
  • We all probably know what the screen grab below means—fun and games at NBC’s Today show this morning co-hosted by none other than Kim Kardashian: a contest to see which on-air personality could hold up a stein of beer the longest. And they say the breakfast shows aren’t serious anymore.


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