FOX News: Because we really are assholes and so full of shit it comes out of our mouths

Why don’t they just call for the Restoration already and be done with it? It really is so liberating to come out of the closet. SNAP. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Crisis in Dairyland – For Richer and Poorer – Teachers and Wall Street Daily Show Full […]

The Conventional National Convention I

It convenes daily around the national water cooler. “Where’s that?” you ask. Why, one place is at what is fashioned, in the evenings during hard times, as the national hearth – the TV. Also, the newspapers, our more sober voice. And, of course, now, the blogosphere – the kids screaming and barking for attention. All […]

Apologies: Authentic and Inauthentic

When I first posted about Rick Sanchez at the start of the week, I considered closing with some thoughts about the alternative ways Sanchez could handle the inevitable public statement and apology. I chose not to, but knew anyway that the most likely choice would be the carefully worded, inauthentic utterance of someone coping with […]

Demonstrating Rick Sanchez and Other Things

From Gawker, first indications of Rick Sanchez’s response to events – through his wife. Rick Sanchez—the CNN anchor who was fired after insinuating that Jews control the media—might be coming out of hiding. According to Sanchez’s wife, he called Daily Show host Jon Stewart (the target of Sanchez’s remarks) to say “sorry.” In an update […]

Reading Rick Sanchez

What is most fascinating and instructive about Rick Sanchez’s little eruption into psychodrama – beyond its half-life as this week’s media melt down story – is what it reveals about the interaction of personal grievance with social envy in producing both ethnic prejudice and class resentment. Beyond that, even more richly, Sanchez, who apparently prided […]