Right-Wing Harpie Bites Publishing Dust

Katherine ‘Hair-Helmet’ Harris apparently is not particularly interesting, not even to her own demographic. The chronicle of her martyrdom — with the self-congratulatory title ‘Center of the Storm’ — is officially on the virtual remainder table, even on the right wing World Net Daily web site. Published at $22.99. Now selling for five measly clams.

Kind of a nice reflection of that old ‘supply-and-demand’ Republican value.

Keepin’ It Surreal

I’ve heard people say that Las Vegas is the most surreal place on earth. But I just spent the weekend in Palm Springs, and I beg to differ.

Las Vegas has no sham about what it is — a place to indulge in all those things that you’re not supposed to do, like drinking, gambling, going to titty bars, eating bad food, smoking indoors.

Palm Springs, on the other hand, is much more multi-tiered.

There’s the ‘Famous People Live(d) Here’ tier. That tier is unmistakable, especially when you’re waiting at the stoplight at the corner of Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra.

Then there’s the ‘I’ve Earned the Right to Retire Here’ tier. Hectare upon hectare of gated communities, all of which look just as recently installed as the palm trees that surround them. I often wonder, in such surroundings, just who the gates are meant to keep out. I can’t recall the last time I saw so much automotive bling-bling (gold trim on half-block wide Cadillacs, landau roofs, custom hood ornaments), except perhaps on one of those BET music videos.

Then there’s the ‘I’ve Earned the Right to be Gay Here’ tier. And the nudist tier (which overlaps sometimes with the gay tier). And the Indian Gaming tier (which, interestingly, seems to have been appropriated in part by Donald Trump — funny, I didn’t even know he was Native American). And the mega-Christian tier, which inspires people to decorate their cars with tributes to the big J.

One of the scariest tiers is the media tier, which consists of only happy news (in spite of a world in total turmoil). I’m sure the focus groups must have revealed long ago that the population in Palm Springs didn’t want to know anything disturbing or complex, because everything is reduced to the most banal, palatable or cute.

I guess the break with reality is why people make this a weekend escape. What worries me is that some just never come back.

Ew.

Ew, not because you posted a selfie, Geraldo.  Ew, because you’re supposed to be a journalist.  YOU ARE NOT THE STORY.

70 is the new 50 (Erica and family are going to be so pissed…but at my age…) pic.twitter.com/KU9IQhaF0w

And, by the way, Geraldo, there are tools that you can use to rotate that photo.

UPDATE:  Geraldo deleted his tweet and removed his selfie from Twitter.  Apparently, he hasn’t learned that people can actually take screen shots.  He also hasn’t figured out that he makes himself look worse by backtracking.

BTW, check out that profile pic.  Apparently, 70 is also the old 30.

Poor Donald’s Fragile Ego

On ABC’s This Week yesterday, George Will took Mitt Romney to task for his association with Donald Trump and his unflagging devotion to birtherism.  In the process, Will managed to call Trump out not only for his lack of value to Romney but also for his abiding ignorance:

“I do not understand the cost benefit here. The costs are clear. The benefit — what voter is going to vote for him because he is seen with Donald Trump? The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics.”

Donald’s ego strength must be as flimsy as his hair souffle, because he immediately took to Twitter in an attempt to denigrate George Will:

And then there’s this one, conflating George Will with Rosie O’Donnell (Trump’s other obsession):

He just doesn’t give up:

If George Will is so obviously third-rate, why did you invite him to Mar-a-Lago?

Trump apparently doesn’t realize how desperate he appears if he has nothing better to do with his time than to get into Twitter wars with his betters.

Doesn’t he have a supposed empire to run?  Doesn’t one of those gardens at Mar-a-Lago need weeding? Isn’t there a toilet somewhere that needs gold-leafing?

This Week in Misspelling

In my continuing effort to assist Chyron operators, may I present the following:

 

One would hope that someone responsible for putting presidential candidates’ names on the screen of a national news program would know how to spell those candidates’ names. Well, perhaps he/she was flummoxed by the fact that George Will was calling out Donald Trump.

GM Head Discredits Romney

Last week, Mitt Romney tried to structure his sentences in such a way that he could give himself credit for the success of the automotive industry bailout.

Not surprisingly, liberals and progressives jumped all over that complete revisionist history.

What is surprising, however, is that the head of General Motors, CEO Dan Akerson, agrees with the liberals and progressives.  He confirmed on CBS This Morning that it was indeed the bailout saved the auto industry and, in particular, it saved GM.  As a result, GM is now the #1 auto manufacturer not only in the U.S. but also in the world.

Of particular note is the discrediting of Romney’s statements, which is particularly satisfying given that Akerson paraphrases Ronald Reagan.  When Charlie Rose asks about Romney’s position on the bailout, Akerson responds:

“… [T]here was a wise man named Ronald Reagan, who once said ‘There’s no limit to what a man can accomplish if he’s willing to share the credit.'”

(Reagan’s original quote is: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”)

A One Way Ticket to Nowhere

Shepard Smith of Fox News has recently made some statements on the air that are in direct contradiction to the “values” that are otherwise expressed on-air by those at Fox.  He blasted Newt Gingrich immediately after Newt’s rambling, self-aggrandizing concession speech.  And, more recently, he called out the Republicans for their position on marriage equality, stating essentially that the GOP is choosing to be on the wrong side of history.

Smith has hardly been the consummate truth-teller during his time with Fox.  But one wonders if his current contrary positions put him in career jeopardy.  Others at Fox seem much more willing to toe the line.

And if one thinks that Smith is possibly putting is job at risk, one also must wonder where else someone like Smith would find employment.

The journey to Fox News for any journalist seems to be a one-way dead-end street.  Journalists and personalities have come from other more legitimate media outlets to Fox News:  Brit Hume, Chris Wallace, Greta Van Sustern.  But I can’t think of anyone who has left Fox News who has continued their career path elsewhere.

When you go to work for Fox News, it would appear that the deal that you  make with the devil is this:  We’ll keep you employed at a competitive salary, but you give up any journalistic credibility you may have and therefore are essentially unemployable anywhere else.

It’s sort of a self-regulating agreement, too; you know that you can’t stray too far from the Fox talking points because there’s nowhere else for you to go.  Once you leave legitimate broadcast journalism, you’ll turn into the proverbial pillar of salt if you look back.

I fear for Shepard Smith.