Ron Paul Goes Lone Wolf Again and Defends Wikileaks as Assange Calls for Obama's Resignation

(cross-posted on MyFDL)

The US Government isn’t too fond of Wikileaks, that much is obvious.  However, the US government isn’t the only one going crazy over the newest cable dumps with the Australian government up in arms as well.  Any chance of shutting down Wikileaks?  Doesn’t look like its going to be possible.  I checked Wikileaks’ twitter page today and found a hyperlink to a page containing over 200 mirror sites(EDIT: the number has been bumped up to 355 now 12/6/10) containing the files and documents the organization has leaked in the past.

The domain name of Wikileaks is under considerable watch, and has reportedly been changed at least once in recent weeks since the controversial cable release.  Wikileaks and their followers are determined to keep the site up and running.  Donating to the site, however tempting it may be given your views on the organization, would most certainly warrant some type of government attention.

 

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Ron Paul Goes Lone Wolf Again and Defends Wikileaks as Assange Calls for Obama's Resignation

(cross-posted on MyFDL)

The US Government isn’t too fond of Wikileaks, that much is obvious.  However, the US government isn’t the only one going crazy over the newest cable dumps with the Australian government up in arms as well.  Any chance of shutting down Wikileaks?  Doesn’t look like its going to be possible.  I checked Wikileaks’ twitter page today and found a hyperlink to a page containing over 200 mirror sites(EDIT: the number has been bumped up to 355 now 12/6/10) containing the files and documents the organization has leaked in the past.

The domain name of Wikileaks is under considerable watch, and has reportedly been changed at least once in recent weeks since the controversial cable release.  Wikileaks and their followers are determined to keep the site up and running.  Donating to the site, however tempting it may be given your views on the organization, would most certainly warrant some type of government attention.

 

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CNN: Bring Back Crossfire!

 

Mainstream news channel ratings come out, and normally there isn't a distressing situation afterwards.  This time, however, CNN faces a 40 percent drop in viewership since 2009.  Pretty large huh?  Say what you want about mainstream media news outlets, this isn't what this diary is about.

CNN has been in the bottom of the big 3 for awhile now.  Fox News Channel has been the leader for quite some time, and we are constantly reminded of this by Mr. Bill O'Reilly and other prominent noise-makers on that network.  MSNBC normally takes the second highest spot on the podium, however the difference in viewership between number 1 and number 2 is quite significant.  And then there is CNN.  Since the departure of Lou Dobbs, CNN has lacked any significant program along the lines of advocacy journalism

The lack of non-objectivity seems to be hurting CNN significantly.  Politico has noticed this (and this is where I pulled the stats for this btw) and has outlined a few tactics for Ted Turner's cable news creation to increase viewship.  One of these that I took notice to was advising CNN to bring back crossfire.

James Carville, Geraldine Ferraro, Pat Buchanan, and of course Tucker Carlson and his ridiculous bow ties. If anyone remembers Crossfire, chances are it's because of a Mr. John Stewart.  The youtube sensation of John Stewart ripping apart Tucker Carlson on air marked seemingly the end of Crossfire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFQFB5YpDZE

Stewart had a point.  His claim of partisan-hackery was certainly an issue, but I personally found Crossfire to be entertaining nonetheless.  I think its important to have open debates live on air between pundits, but talking points consuming the show over real issues unfortunately plagued the show in its past.

In my opinion, there is no show (with the exception of Meet the Press and other sunday news shows) that really allows for open debate with a slew of different individuals on both sides of the political spectrum, at least in the 3 big mainstream outlets.  Keith Olbermann seems to never bring anyone on his show for a serious and intellectual debate, Rachel Maddow does but not very often.  Chris Matthews and Harball normally has a decent track record of open debate, but still lacks a lot of consistency in my opinion and viewership from more right-wing sources are less likely to watch MSNBC... because its MSNBC.

Fox, on the other hand, as well all know is obviously truly fair and balanced.  Its hard to properly emphasize sarcasm via typed words so bear with me.

Glenn Beck's biggest stride in bringing on bi-partisan debate was having the esteemed guest Eric Massa on to talk about snorkeling and fondling men.  Of course, this actually was a big stride for Beck.. sadly enough.  Bill O'Reilly can sometimes have a decent guest in which to "debate" but that normally involves O'Reilly yelling louder to prove a point, to the degree of nearly soiling himself.  And of course, there is Sean Hannity and his "Great American Panel."  You can guess who is on this "Great American Panel."  Normally the token Reagan worshipers to the equivalence of Liz Cheney's and Bill Kristol's. 

I love watching open and fair debate.  Not constructed partisan ploys done by the other "debate" shows.

If CNN could craft Crossfire to actually contain a Fair and Balanced debate show, yes thats making a mockery of fox news, then they could potentially increase viewership significantly.

At least, I know I would be watching it nightly. 

David Gregory Loses MTP's 10-Year Lead

When David Gregory was announced as the new moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press" back in December, I speculated that he would lose the program's longtime lead over its Sunday show rivals within the year. As it turns out, Gregory needed only about half that time.

ABC's "This Week" beat NBC's "Meet the Press" in a clean ratings fight for the first time in a decade, Nielsen Media Research said on Thursday.

It was June 1999 when ABC's show last beat NBC's program in a contest without substitute hosts, sports pre-emptions or presidential visits.

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The ABC show had 2.8 million viewers on Sunday, compared to 2.77 million for "Meet the Press," Nielsen said. CBS' "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer had 2.3 million viewers and "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace had 920,000.

From this vantage it seems that Gregory's problem is that he's simply not as interesting, engaging or capable of making news Tim Russert or George Stephanopoulos. What's the difference? They came from the world of professional politics, working in campaigns before making the jump over to covering them. They knew the business from the inside, what types of questions politicians don't want to hear, those that could do damage and garner headlines. Will MTP go back to what perviously worked for it, and what is now apparently working well for "This Week"? If the answer to that question is yet, then when will they start looking for a new host -- if they haven't already begun mulling it over, even if hypothetically and informally?

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Name That Republican!

From today's Meet the Press:

MR. MEACHAM: A, a congressman who's running for the Senate told me recently that the House Republican Conference had never been so conservative, and that to run statewide you could not be captive to the House Republican Conference.

Now, it's time to play everyone's favorite game show: Name That Republican!

A Congressman, running for Senate, and (ostensibly) a member of the House Republican Conference... well, only three sitting Republican Congressmen are currently running for Senate:

  1. Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS)
  2. Rep. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
  3. Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO)

Two of them are from Kansas, a state that hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since the 1930's - so I doubt that either of them are complaining about being "captive" to the House GOP.

So, which Republican told Newsweek editor Jon Meacham that "the House Republican Conference had never been so conservative, and that to run statewide you could not be captive to the House Republican Conference"?

By the process of elimination, it must be Missouri's own Congresscritter Roy Blunt.

As such, someone ought to confirm that Blunt, in fact, had said that.

If he did make those comments to Meacham, someone should ask Blunt - a member of this perilously right-wing House GOP caucus' leadership - why his own caucus, of which he is a leader, is so right-wing that it impairs his ability to run statewide in the purplest of purple states and forces a leader in his Party to run away from his Party.

For daily news and updates on the U.S. Senate races around the country, regularly read Senate Guru.

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