Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Crazy Candidate Of The Day: our first two-time winner!

Today's Crazy Candidate is for the second time, Nevada's Sharron Angle!

Here's what Ms. Angle had to say during one of her super-rare appearances on the TV:
(with friendly FOX "news" guy Carl Cameron)

SHARRON ANGLE: We needed to have the press be our friend.

CAMERON: That sounds naive.

ANGLE: Well, no. We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.

Wow! Do you really not get how this works? Do you honestly think that the press is supposed to be PR hacks for your campaign? I know that's what you're used to getting from FOX, but in the real world, reporters are supposed to ask the questions they think are important, not the ones you think you might help your campaign. The press is there to help us, not you. And by us, I mean the American public, the voters, your potential constituents. It is not their job to put softballs up on a tee for you. This isn't the Tonight Show, you're supposed to be able to handle tough questions. What are you, channeling Sarah Palin?

And legitimate reporters are sure as hell not supposed to let you solicit donations on the air.

I guess this explains why Sharron Angle won't talk to any press but FOX.

Hell, she won't even take questions at her own media events

Oh, and here's what happens when Angle does get legitimate questions:

How this woman is considered a legitimate candidate for the US Senate is beyond me.

The Final Nail in the Coffin of American Journalism

Fox News gets front row White House seat

The White House Correspondents Association agreed to move the Associated Press to the front row, center seat, which had been held by Helen Thomas, who retired in June at age 89 after coming under fire for controversial remarks about Israel.

The new arrangement allowed the conservative Fox News to snag the front row seat previously occupied by AP. National Public Radio got the second row seat previously held by Fox, next to Bloomberg News.

"It was a very difficult decision," said the association, which is a self-governing body of the correspondents assigned to the White House.

Really? Was it a difficult decision, White House Correspondents Association? Really? Really agonized over this one, did ya? Really put a lot of thought into this? And you came up with this? Really? FOX moves to the front row? You decided to replace Helen Thomas with what, Hannity? Doocey? Beck? Really? Your decision was to piss on the grave of Helen Thomas's distinguished career before her chair is even cold?

Because I would think that the difficult decision would be whether to allow FOX to have a press credential at all, seeing as how they're not even close to a legitimate news organization. You couldn't have moved NPR up to the front? Mara Liasson is not worthy of the front row, but Greta Van Sustren is?

I mean, I would have liked to see Amy Goodman up front, or Greg Palast, but I wouldn't expect you to have big enough balls for that. But FOX? How do you look at yourselves in the mirror?