When "Opportunity" Knocks

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are always great. I love their satirical look at our political system.

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Dear Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert,

Please book Glenn Greenwald on your show.  His book is very good.

It has been on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks, and he runs one of the most respected and highly trafficked liberal blogs on the whole internets.

love,

Some bloggers

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Stephen Colbert is WRONG!

My glasses broke and I went to my eye doctor to get them fixed (a screw fell out). They told me the problem is that I remove my glasses with one hand pulling them a bit to the side. The correct way is to remove them with both hands pulling them straight off.

I responded that pulling them to the side is how Stephen Colbert removes his glasses when speaking to the camera. And this is what they told me.

Stephen Colbert is wrong.

He may be right when skewering the right wing and the press. But on the critical issue of how to properly remove your glasses, he is setting a bad example. If this goes on soon all liberal activists will be blind from following his example and breaking their glasses.

I'm sorry Stephen but if you are wrong on critical issues like eyeglass removal, how can we trust you on the less important issues like Iraq, oil, global warming, and all those other little problems?

Originally posted on my blog Liberal & Loving It - come take a look at it.

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Why Media Matters

On May 12th, Media Matters sponsored a panel discussion called "Why Media Matters: The Role of the Media in the Democratic Process" which details the essentials of the differing perspectives of media critics and the members of the press who are on the receiving end of that criticism. Often a hot topic in netroots circles, to be sure.

Many of the arguments that I've heard from both sides were detailed and eloquently stated. And it provides a one-stop shopping spree for those of us like me who are obsessed with the discussion of -- as Greg Sargent puts it the tagline of his blog Horse's Mouth -- the reporting of politics and the politics of reporting. Or, as Brattlerouser and Jamison Foser would remind us: It's the media, you rather-less-than-super-sharp person.

Media Matters described the panel, moderated by Media Matters founder, David Brock this way...

  • Eric Boehlert is an award-winning journalist who has written  extensively about media, politics, and pop culture. His new book is Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush.

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  • Kathy Kiely, Congressional reporter, USA Today

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  • Lynn Sweet, Washington D.C. bureau chief, Chicago-Sun Times

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  • Dick Polman, national political reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer

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  • Paul Waldman is a senior fellow at Media Matters for America. His new book is Being Right Is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success.
  • Now, of course, Boehlert, Waldman and Brock represented the conventional wisdom of today's active progressive media watchdogs. Kathy Kiely and Lynn Sweet provided the media insiders perspective. But Dick Polman was there as the media insider who backed up the critics' claims.

    The two sides, thought not mutually exclusive, boil down to this...

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    and the little bloggers shall lead them - colbert edition

    cross-posted at skippy as well as a literal cornucopia of other community blogs.

    we in blogtopia (and yes, we coined that phrase!) often tear our hair out (and in skippy's case, that is precious little) over what we perceive to be the "corporate top-down media," or "those in charge," or "the right wing," or "the man," and their inability or refusal to notice and cover what stories we deem to be important.

    take stephen colbert. please! (rim shot)

    tho it's been over a week since the notrious appearance at the washington correspondents' dinner where colbert skewered awol right in front of his bewildered and grumpy face, the story and its significance has only now begun to seep into the main stream media. blogtopia (y!wctp!) immediately pounced on (a) the story itself, and then (b) the refusal of dinosaur media to pounce on (a) the story itself.

    more (much, much more...consider yourself warned!) after the jump:

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