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THURSDAY WITH A CUPPA JOE
NPR axes Juan Williams for remarks about Muslims on Fox, where he has long served as quasi-liberal. See my wrapup here at Media Fix on reactions from left to right. And here's link to some of his statements.
Who's sorry now? Ginni Thomas canceling all sorts of things after Anita Hill "apology phone call" ruckus.... Wash Post finds new source backing up Hill's portrait of bad Clarence Thomas.... Andy Borowitz: Three things to do when Clarence Thomas's wife calls you. Plus one final note: "if you get a call in the middle of the night and there is silence on the other end, that is not Virginia Thomas. That is Clarence Thomas."
Great op-ed by Timothy Egan, "John Roberts' America"—on hideous fallout of SCOTUS ruling on campaign funding in Colo.
Christine O'Donnell on TV this morning now says she regrets her "not a witch" ad and says on Halloween she may go as Dorothy from Wizard of Oz because "she killed a witch."
Watch Jon Stewart on Larry King talking about the big rally coming up. Also a Maddow highlight. Brian Stelter of NYT has good new feature called "Night Watch" with cable show video.
Democracy Now: Former FOX News employee sues, says fired b/c he complained about "racist, sexist, and extremely offensive comments."
ISRAELI VERSION OF TALIBAN Juan Cole: Torching of West Bank Girls’ School, Destroy Olive Trees
MORE ON EPIC RACE H.L. Mencken and Will Rogers poke fun at Upton Sinclair as 1934 race in California gets even wilder .... How Irving Thalberg created the first "attack ads" for the screen to destroy SInclair.... Transcript for my recent NPR "On the Media" segment just posted.
GIVING UP? Morning numbers: Fewer people apply for unemployment, but what does this mean?
THE REICH STUFF Terrific Robert Reich posting here on The Perfect Storm: "An unprecedented concentration of income and wealth at the top; a record amount of secret money flooding our democracy; and a public becoming increasingly angry and cynical about a government that’s raising its taxes, reducing its services, and unable to get it back to work. We’re losing our democracy to a different system. It’s called plutocracy."
PALIN FASHION NYT naturally gets around to Sarah Palin as fashion icon piece.... Meanwhile Politico reveals that GOP campaigns complain about Palin's demands and how she causes "havoc" with her visits and attitude.
SOROS WINNER Media Matters announced that after all these years it got first funding, one million bucks, from George Soros. Yes, that's the sound of Glenn Beck's head exploding that you heard yesterday afternoon. Glenn then devoted his whole TV show to George....After Beck gives US Chamber "largest day of fundraising," Chamber returns the favor by advertising on Beck's website.
I DREAMED I SAW JOE STIGLITZ Famed economist on Democracy Now! yesterday. While banks make profits, 1 in 6 cannot get full-time job.
PLAME TRUTH Joe Wilson calls Dick Cheney a "traitor." Fair Game movie on the CIA Leak saga opening in two weeks or so.
Christine O'Donnell's struggle this week to remember the Constitution she holds so dear—such as that part about the separation of church and state—has inspired TLC to give her a show following Sarah Palin's Alaska called No Way!
We reported a couple weeks back that former Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker had been spotted at a Tea Party rally. Now she's done a sad interview on same. Well, here she is in saner times—which is the first time anyone has ever said that about the 1960s.