Tomorrow we get to watch Mr. Obama sell out Social Security. I keep hearing about "all" the great things he has done in two years and scratch my head but then I remember, whole generations have come of age since giants like F.D.R. and L.B.J. worked on creating and expanding the safety nets. All that is left for the B.H.O.s is to gut these safety nets.
I never cared for Keith Olbermann. A point I have made repeatedly over the years. If you missed it, he and MSNBC have parted ways. Make a point to read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: One Less Bag To Leak Gas" and know that you will not read anything finer. They walk you through and you may notice many of the points they made in this Sunday piece are now popping up elsewhere in the reporting being filed today.
John Avlon (Daily Beast) expands on some points Ava and C.I. made and finds a few of his own:
The American people are smart. They've gotten sick of the predictable hyperpartisan talking points and canned anger. This is Paddy Chayefsky's revenge—Howard Beale's appeal became real over the past years. But we've slowly come to our senses and flipped around the catchphrase, saying "you're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore."
Here's a snapshot side-by-side comparison of their slide: On January 20th of last year, Olbermann reached an estimated 251,000 people aged 25-to-54 at 8 p.m., according to data kept by TVNewser.com. Exactly one year later, this past Thursday, he reached only 198,000—a decline of nearly 20 percent.
I read that to C.I. for input and she caught what I missed instantly, "But, of course, Beale begins to lose his audience which is why Diana arranges for him to be killed on air."
That is true. I wonder how many people have actually seen the film and not just the clip of people running to their windows, opening them, and yelling out, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
One original voice and thinker is David Zurawik and clicking here allows you to read his thoughts and also stream a video of him attempting to address the topic on Reliable Sources (CNN).
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: