Here are a few of the stories we've been following for you lately at the Carpe Datum news desk. My favorite car-wreck-in-progress story is the Bill O'Reilly lawsuit. Here's a huge surprise: turns out O'Reilly is not only a big liar but also a sexist creep with the morals of, well, just pick your favorite Republican Congressperson or talk show host. The court document show all kinds of lewd come-ons O'Reilly made to a female assistant, and it is all so specific, you just know there are tapes. Can't wait to hear 'em. Among O'Reilly's comments were paranoid ramblings like:
If you cross FOX NEWS Channel, it's not just me, it's Roger Alies who will go after you. I'm the street guy make loud noises about the issues, but Alies operates behind the scenes, strategies and makes things happen so one day BAM! That person gets what's coming to them but never sees it coming. Look at Al Franken, one day he is going to get a knock on his door and life as he's known it will change forever. That day will happen trust me.
O'Reilly is obviously denying that he ever said any such thing. Yeah, pal, whatever. Take your own advice and shut the hell up, pinhead. I simply cannot *wait* to hear what Franken says about this stuff on his radio show today.
In other news, Bush was better in the third debate, but Kerry still smoked him. Bush could hardly talk about domestic issues, and the one time he tried to issue a gotcha in the debate, when he said "Gosh, I just don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations. (weak laughter).", he was totally wrong. He was hoping for people to link Kerry with Gore's supposed tendency to exaggerate, but Bush should know better. He's on tape saying it. As Atrios puts it, any news show that doesn't play those two ten second clips side by side is missing a golden opportunity for entertainment and is in the tank.
Meanwhile, a nice little Republican outfit called "Voters Outreach of America" is doing a bang-up job gathering new voter registrations in Nevada and Oregon, but there is a small problem. As Josh Marshall and others have pointed out, it turns out that they're taking all the new Democratic registrations, ripping them up and throwing them in the garbage. All funded by the Republican National Committee. Come on, now, don't act all surprised. This is the kind of shit Republicans do for a living, and no, there isn't a Democratic equivalent in recent history. Not even close. Kos has a summary (with documentation and links) of the *many* similar stories in 17 states (so far).
Finally, I just finished reading Jon Stewart and company's best-selling satirical textbook, America (The Book), and I have to reluctantly summarize my review as "Ehhh. Not so much." This is a book that you really have to be in the mood for to enjoy, and even then, it is really only good in small bits. I like to plow straight through a book, and I get really annoyed by lots of little sidebars that interrupt the text. If this material had been slowly played out over a year on "The Daily Show" a few bits at a time, it would've been great. I'm a huge fan of the show, but it is clear that a big part of the humor is in the delivery. As a book, it just didn't work for me. I maybe laughed out loud twice during the whole 200+ page affair, and that's just not worth it.Posted by Observer at October 14, 2004 10:18 AM
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