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Aired March 4, 2005 - 11:59 ET

WOLF BLITZER: Up first this hour, Martha Stewart, ex-con. Having paid her debt to society, the hyper-successful entrepreneur bids adieu to a federal prison. And by all indications, she's poised to resume her stellar business career. [...] Mary, set the stage for us. Tell us what has happened since she arrived there.

MARY SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Wolf, she's certainly getting her first taste of freedom after spending five months in prison. Earlier this morning, she came out. She's certainly not shying away from the cameras.

She told reporters that she's feeling fine, that she's feeling great. And she even offered reporters and photographers camped outside of her house some coffee and doughnuts. And she also shared a story about not having cappuccino in prison.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MARTHA STEWART, MARTHA STEWART LIVING OMNIMEDIA: And this is a funny. All (UNINTELLIGIBLE) asked the guards every day for a cappuccino. You know, just as a joke. And they'd come in with their cups of coffee and stuff.

And so I get here, and I have a spot for a cappuccino machine. And it didn't work. So I don't have any cappuccino.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She doesn't have any cappuccino.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Want me to get you one?

STEWART: No.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She doesn't have any cappuccino. The cappuccino machine does not work.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

[...]

BLITZER: One final question, Mary. We saw the picture of her getting on the plane. She was wearing those tight, very fashionable jeans. She looked great. Her hair was excellent, as usual. Not the kind of hairdo we would expect someone coming out of five months in a prison to have.

Did she really lose a lot of weight? Is she in much better shape now than she was before? This is a 63-year-old woman. Take a look at how she looks. She looks great.

SNOW: Right. And, you know, she had that fashionable poncho on, as well.

[...]

BLITZER: Can Martha Stewart turn prison into a profit? Standing by live with that part of the story, CNN's senior correspondent, Allan Chernoff.

Allan, what's the answer? Can she turn this company around big- time? ALLAN CHERNOFF, CNN SR. CORRESPONDENT: Well, Wolf, it won't only be Martha Stewart, but certainly the company learned a very important lesson while Martha Stewart was in prison. The television business suffered. The media business, the magazines, they all suffered. But one thing that actually held up, merchandising, Martha Stewart products.

So the company found that no matter what the public thought about Martha Stewart the person, people still had high regard for Martha Stewart products, for the brand itself. In fact, the CEO of the company has told me she believes that "The Martha Stewart brand is our single greatest asset."

So Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia now plans to build on that brand. They want to expand dramatically. They want to have how-to videos based upon the more than 1,500 hours of television footage from Martha Stewart's shows.

They also are thinking about home improvement products, such as cabinets, perhaps doors, windows, hooks. These are all in the works right now, all on the drawing board.

They're thinking even about the possibility of frozen food. Of course, Martha Stewart known very much for the foods.

But more immediately, we're going to see more products coming out of the company at Kmart, for example. They're offering a new line of five-star linens, some ready-to-assemble furniture. We have a picture of a bed, as well. Only $300, and it looks pretty nice.

[...]

BLITZER: Allan Chernoff reporting for us. Allan, I'm going to have you stand by, as well, because I'm going to bring you back later this hour. We're going to continue this discussion of Martha Stewart, now out of prison.

[...]

BLITZER: More now on Martha Stewart. With the pain of prison behind her, Martha Stewart gets ready to reconnect with her friends and family. Did prison life change her? Is the headstrong businesswoman perhaps more humble? Where does she take it all from here?

Joining us now on Stewart's next act, CNN's Mary Snow and Allan Chernoff, they're standing by live in Bedford, New York. That's outside of New York City at the Stewart estate. Live from midtown Manhattan Dennis Kneale of "Forbes" magazine, Keith Naughton of "Newsweek" magazine. They're at the Time-Warner Center. All of them have been covering this story very, very closely.

[...]

BLITZER: If you take a look at the boots she was wearing, they seem pretty snug. The ankle bracelet must be very, very modest. It didn't show any effect there, did it, Mary?

SNOW: Well, she hasn't actually put it on yet. She'll meet with her probation officer, she has to contact him by midnight on Sunday, and they're going to sit down, she has to sign an agreement, and at that point once that bracelet goes on, it has to stay on for the next five months. She cannot take that off.

[...]

BLITZER: Allan Chernoff, I want to bring you back, because in your earlier report this hour on our program, you said that her company wants to branch out into all sorts of areas. One of the most fascinating, frozen food. I take it she used to eat a lot of frozen food in prison that she would put in the microwave. Is there a connection, is there something going on that we don't know about?

[...]

BLITZER: Back again now with more on Martha Stewart. Our guests, CNN's Mary Snow and Allan Chernoff. They're standing by live in Bedford, New York. That's outside the Stewart estate. And joining us from Manhattan, Dennis Kneale of "Forbes" magazine and Keith Naughton of "Newsweek" magazine there at the Time Warner Center in Manhattan.

Let me start with you, Keith. The statement she released on the web, her prison experience, she said, was life-altering and life- affirming. Is there any indication she's going to become an activist for women's rights in prison?

NAUGHTON: That's what a lot of prison reform advocates would like. You know, she put out that letter while she was still in prison, imploring America to consider these 1,200 women she's incarcerated with, and in fact, all women who are in prison and look at sentences and look at the need for rehabilitation. So there's the hope that she steps forward as a prison reform advocate. But that's a delicate balance, too. You know, you also need the ability to show that you're moving on and that there is a new, reformed Martha, as well. So if she becomes too much of a prison reform advocate, that could, you know, sort of stick her in the past.

BLITZER: Do you agree with that, Dennis? Dennis Kneale of "Forbes" magazine. That it's a two-edged sword, if she starts becoming an activist for women's rights in prison?

KNEALE: I really think there's a big downside there...

[...]

BLITZER: I was impressed, Allan, her daughter, Alexis, who greeted her at the prison, flew back with her, has been at her side every step of the way. This is a pretty loving relationship between mother and daughter?

CHERNOFF: Well, that's very true. Alexis very close to Martha, and actually after the conviction, Alexis was the one who broke down in tears in the courtroom, not Martha Stewart. I should also add something about Martha Stewart's personality publicly. The company certainly wants everyone to see what they call the real Martha Stewart.

Many people who know her say Martha has a wonderful sense of humor, and that hasn't come across very often. But this morning, actually, she did tell something fairly funny to a number of the photographers. She was talking about how in prison, they would every day ask the guards for some cappuccino, as the guards would be walking around with their cups of coffee. And she said, well I came home to my house here in Bedford, I have a cappuccino machine. And guess what? It's broken. So no cappuccino for Martha today.

BLITZER: I suspect it will be fixed very, very soon.

[...]

BLITZER:  We'll continue our coverage. We'll take another quick break. We'll take another quick break, when we come back, a vicious animal attack in California. What would make a chimp attack a man, leaving him critically injured? It's among the most popular stories right now at CNN.com. We'll have details.

[...]

BLITZER: Until then, thanks very much for watching the news from CNN, I'm Wolf Blitzer in Washington.

"LIVE FROM" with Kyra Phillips and Tony Harris. They have a lot more coming up on Martha. I'm predicting that right now.

Kiiiiill meeeeeeeee...

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:22 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  OMG... ugh!!! (4.00)
    This is so BAD!

    But you know what we'll never see is Ken Lay in an orange jumpsuit.

    I really wanna see that.

    Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods. -- George W. Bush

    by Page van der Linden on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:17:52 PM PST

    •  I swear to you, (4.00)
      I actually edited about half the Martha stuff out of that transcript.

      For those of you with short attention spans, you can skip to the third-to-the-last paragraph.

      •  Why, bless their hearts. (none)
        They really HAVE been busy! And here we are complaining and finding fault. I just feel so ashamed, don't you? There's so much NEWS in the world! And don't you think it's all so easy,either.
      •  When Bush Attacks! (4.00)
        In the next episode of When Bush Attacks, we hear Wolf Blitzer say;

        BLITZER:  We'll continue our coverage. We'll take another quick break. We'll take another quick break, when we come back, a vicious animal attack in California. What would make a chimp attack a man, leaving him critically injured? It's among the most popular stories right now at CNN.com. We'll have details.

        Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. -Tom Paine

        by Alumbrados on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:05:04 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  When Bush Attacks! (4.00)
          From yahoo...

          Chimp Attack Doesn't Surprise Experts

          Chimpanzees come across to the public as little darlings, often in diapers and always willing to hold hands. But they're really aggressors, primate experts say, more than capable of carrying out attacks as violent as one that left a man fighting for his life.

          Generally weighing between 120 and 150 pounds with strength much greater than man, chimps in the wild are known to kill chimps from neighboring groups, hunt other primates and even attack humans.

          "Male chimps are intensely territorial. They defend their territory against any perceived threat," said Craig Stanford, a professor at the University of Southern California who studies primate behavior. "Chimps can be violent at times just as humans can be."

          Explains alot...

          "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" - John Kerry

          by goldilocks on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 08:50:31 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Err.. umm.. (none)
          Didn't you see the "When Chimps Attack" piece on Anderson Poseur's show last night?  It was big news!  Not as big as the Martha story, but to his credit, he managed to provide through coverage of both.
      •  Wait just a minute (none)
        You mean this is for real????????

        <shakes head>

      •  Oh my GOD. (4.00)
        That  was real.

        That was real? Really?

        That was on the -- let me get this straight - THAT... was on CNN, the "world's news leader."

        Um, okay.

        Thanks for the reminder of why I don't watch CNN.

        Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

        by Maryscott OConnor on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:29:46 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  wait, I know this one... (3.66)
        Q: What would make a chimp attack a man, leaving him critically injured?

        A: The chimp was driven completely insane after being forced to listen to Wolf Blitzer.

        •  Chimp robbers (4.00)
          Maybe 5 to 10 years ago there was some media play about chimps in Singapore that had learned to attack cars stopped for traffic lights.  

          Teams of chimps would attack the stopped cars and ransack them for food.  Besides swiping a large number of sandwiches, raiding picnic baskets, etc., the chimps apparently did damage to the cars and any humans that attemted to interfere.

          Vicious robbing chimps.  Did not sprcialize in old people, however.

          And no, I couldn't make this up.

      •  I guess (4.00)

        There aren't that many kids with brain tumors that need insurance. And there aren't that many wars going on right now. And the there is barely a deficit.  and there is peace in the middle east. That's bullshit.

        In your head - close your eyes - I want you to imagine the person in this country who watched that segment and DIDN'T think, "Why the fuck are they talking about this?"  Think about that person.  How are we going to reach that person?  Taht is who we need to reach.

        •  Yeah but look at (none)
          Alumbrados'  clip above.  The chimp story is the most popular story at CNN.com.  Ol' Wolfie doesn't bring us stories that we don't want to see.  Our news is the most democratic news that has ever existed.  If 'Murica wants to see chimp attacks, then that's what they get, even if the deficit is climing as we speak; poor families are having bankruptcy ripped out from under them as an option, even as they have to pay astronomical medical costs in the first place; democracy is being short-circuited as the filibuster's days are numbered; children continue to die horribly in the Dafur region; etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.....

          Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

          by Dale on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 06:50:59 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Screeching about it right now (4.00)
        Presume you mean this part:

        NAUGHTON: That's what a lot of prison reform advocates would like. You know, she put out that letter while she was still in prison, imploring America to consider these 1,200 women she's incarcerated with, and in fact, all women who are in prison and look at sentences and look at the need for rehabilitation. So there's the hope that she steps forward as a prison reform advocate. But that's a delicate balance, too. You know, you also need the ability to show that you're moving on and that there is a new, reformed Martha, as well. So if she becomes too much of a prison reform advocate, that could, you know, sort of stick her in the past.

        BLITZER: Do you agree with that, Dennis? Dennis Kneale of "Forbes" magazine. That it's a two-edged sword, if she starts becoming an activist for women's rights in prison?

        KNEALE: I really think there's a big downside there...

        Heaven forbid she come out actually changed, with actual compassion, and a desire to do something beyone feather her own nest again.

        Jerks!

        Reframing the news and people's views of our world: http://www.HeroicStories.com

        by AllisonInSeattle on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 11:11:34 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I'm going to be thinking about that one. (4.00)
          So ... Marthat Stewart went to prison, worlds collided, and apparently millions of people ate it up and relished her punishment. But whoever these people are -- the ones who stayed tuned for updates on her story, who kept buying her products, who maintained the value of her brand -- these people would not want to hear Martha talk about prison as a human entity now. If she came out as a prison reform advocate, it would mean that the whole prison matter was something other than a smackdown for getting too uppity. It would mean that there really was a collision of worlds, and that these worlds are both a part of America, not just figments of each others' imaginations being spliced together on the TV screen. And this intermingling of rubble from world collisions would have to diminish the Martha brand, and that's what really matters, right?

          Hm. Actually I'm not sure what this all means, but it's really bothering me.

          Kossacks who enjoy contemporary art might want to look at Todd DeVriese.

          by cmlorenz on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 05:13:06 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  it's not a reality-based business (none)
            $300 sheets, good; prison-reform, bad. Prison reform efforts would show she's more uppity than they put her in jail for - real reality, as opposed to fake reality, doesn't sell products. Bursting the bubble of illusion is the worst crime of all.
      •  It's a tragedy! (none)
        She's doesn't have cappuccino!  That's really, really important.

        Was Wolf Blitzer drooling over Martha?

        What color are your pajamas?

        by Unstable Isotope on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 05:19:53 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Between 1997-2000, (none)
        CNN was my browser homepage.  Now, it doesn't even make "bookmarks," and you'll never see it in "history."  Does the downfall mirror the departure of Turner?

        I got my mojo workin' but it just won't work on you.

        by YankInUK on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 07:10:54 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Damn you Hunter (none)
        for making me read that!!!  Oh.My.God.  Is this really what we've come to? Jeebus!!!

        I think we may have just reached the point of no return.

    •  Wolf Blitzer covers Kennyboy's release: (4.00)
      BLITZER: One final question, Mary. We saw the picture of Ken getting on the plane. He was wearing those tight, very fashionable jeans. He looked great. His hair was excellent, as usual. Not the kind of hair we would expect someone coming out of five months in a prison to have.

      Did he really lose a lot of weight? Is he in much better shape now than he was before? This is a 63-year-old thieving corporate scumbag eh, I mean...Bush sugardaddy...no, I mean high powered executive, that's it. Take a look at how he looks. He looks great.

      SNOW: Right. And, you know, he had that fashionable poncho on, as well.

      (none / 0), (none / 0), it's off to Kos we go, with a...

      by doorguy on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:26:36 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  THAT (none)
        is fucking hilarious!  Nice shot!
      •  LMAO! (3.60)
        BLITZER:  Doesn't Ken look fabulous?

        Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods. -- George W. Bush

        by Page van der Linden on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:31:24 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  I bet Wolf would love to talk (4.00)
        about how Gannon fills his jeans.
        •  I think Martha was doing that for him (none)
          to wit:

          BLITZER: One final question, Mary. We saw the picture of her getting on the plane. She was wearing those tight, very fashionable jeans. She looked great. Her hair was excellent, as usual. Not the kind of hairdo we would expect someone coming out of five months in a prison to have.

          Did she really lose a lot of weight? Is she in much better shape now than she was before? This is a 63-year-old woman. Take a look at how she looks. She looks great.
          ---
          BLITZER: If you take a look at the boots she was wearing, they seem pretty snug.

          I'm kind of a boot man myself, Leslie.  Jeeez, wonder if he had to change has pants or something...

          A moment of resistance; a lifetime of capitulation.

          by lapin on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:14:23 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Next Up: 'Blitzer Eye f.t. Queer Guy' nt (none)

          "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." T.J.

          by BenGoshi on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 08:43:50 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Yeah (3.83)
        It was like a freakin QVC moment

        "This ring as we said is round, it fits around your finger and the stone should rest against the back of your hand. We really have nothing more to say, come on it's a ring, so we are going to tell you that when you get this beautiful ring mailed to you it's going to come in a box! We might even put your address on it, and as a very special extra treat it will have very collectible stamps on it."

        "Religion's in the hands of some crazy ass people..." Jimmy Buffett

        by Show Me Dem on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:42:03 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Wolf: "I wonder who's punk (none)
        Kennnyboy was...."
    •  well (none)
      did you hear, that apparently a date has been set for the trial of Lay, Skilling, and CAO Richard Causey. Jan 17, 2006 I believe. Hmm, wonder why the media doesnt hype that? The prosecution seems to be building a solid case, getting guys like Fastow to testify and all. We'll see.  Plus, I hope Dems can point to that trial and say: "See, now, that's why you dont invest SS in the stock market."

      Inside every rural Republican is a Democrat trying to get out.- David "Mudcat" Saunders

      by jj32 on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:30:24 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The part I hate most (3.71)
      There's a big financial downside if Martha becomes an activist for women's rights, and somehow gets stuck in the past by working for prison reform.  Is that sick or what?  Screw all those women in prison, the stock needs to go up, up, up.

      NAUGHTON: So there's the hope that she steps forward as a prison reform advocate. But that's a delicate balance, too. You know, you also need the ability to show that you're moving on and that there is a new, reformed Martha, as well. So if she becomes too much of a prison reform advocate, that could, you know, sort of stick her in the past.

      BLITZER: Do you agree with that, Dennis? Dennis Kneale of "Forbes" magazine. That it's a two-edged sword, if she starts becoming an activist for women's rights in prison?

      KNEALE: I really think there's a big downside there...

      I'm a Democrat because of my beliefs. Democrats believe in economic, social, and moral responsibility. Republicans take risks with our future.

      by Katydid on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:16:36 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  We said the same thing today (4.00)
      My 75 yr old mother and I were chatting on the pohne today. She said, " Now I want to see these Men who bilked their employees out of their jobs, retirement, and savings going to jail. Martha's crime did not cause her employees to lose their savings, their homes, their retirement because of fraud like Enron and Worldcom.".

      We want to see Justice for the real corporate criminals. How much you all want to bet that Shrub ends up pardoning his buddy, Ken Lay if Lay is convicted. I bet Lay never serves a day behind bars nor many of these other corporate criminals who back the Republican party.

      We choose hope over despair; possibilities over problems, optimism over cynicism.-John Edwards

      by wishingwell on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 11:50:19 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  This Just In... (4.00)
      I just ran across another trasncript that is a MUST read, (ok, not MUST, but if you're not doing anything else, then read.)


      WOLF BLITZER: Up next this hour, Alan Greenspan, neo-con. Having paid his debt to the Bush Crime Family, the hyper-successful entrepreneur bids adieu to the federal Reserve. And by all indications, he's poised to resume his stellar career in political hackery. [...] Mary, set the stage for us. Tell us what has happened since he arrived at the USANext Head Quarters.

      MARY SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Wolf, he's certainly getting his first taste of freedom after spending what seems like 100 years as, what his loved ones call him, "The Fed". Earlier this morning, he came out with bags of cash, that actually had the dollar bill symbol on them, like in the cartoons, when someone robs a bank. He's certainly not shying away from his off shore accounts.

      He told reporters that he's feeling fine, that he's feeling great. And he even offered reporters and photographers camped outside of his house some inside stock tips and hush money for not reporting on his hackery over the years. And he also shared a story about not having the freedom to openly discuss his ties to the Illuminati, until now.

      (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

      ALAN GREENSPAN, ALAN GREENSPAN, LIVING INTEREST CALCULATOR: And this is a funny. All (UNINTELLIGIBLE) asked the Pres every day for a interest rate cut. You know, just as a joke. And Rove would come in with his self planted bugs on his lapell, and try to get dirt on me.

      UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was going to vote against Dubya, but when I remortgaged my home, and my rate was actually negative, I voted for Bush.

      UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yeah, playing the interest rate to help bubble boy's economy was awesome

      GREENSPAN: Interest Rates Are On ME at the Pub.

      UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeaaahhh!!! Greenspan's the Man!

      (END VIDEO CLIP)

      It's late, forgive me. lol

      "If the Bush Crime Family were the Corleone Crime Family, then Dumbya would be Fredo Corleone."
      LJ's Blogorific

      by The 1n Only Leoni on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 12:34:22 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  cbs news' dave ross (none)
      cbs news' dave ross who does commentary for the radio side of the network did a great two minute montage on friday of all the tv news coverage of the martha release. he basically let the audio snips do the talking - with clip, after clip, after clip, of the 24/7 news stations talking about martha, tracking her down, camping outside her house, etc. it was a great radio piece - and it was extremely pathetic moment for "the news industry." i don't know if anyone can find this bit but it is worth preserving.
  •  I'll bet (2.00)
    Martha does Wolf with a strap-on.
  •  I can't (none)
    wait to bid on her ankle bracelet at Sotheby's
  •  That hurt to read... (none)
    but like watching a train-wreck it was hard to turn away from. blink blink.

    Hey hey, ho ho, irresponsible corporatism and social intolerance have got to go! Hey hey, ho ho!

    by kfractal on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:19:40 PM PST

  •  asdf (4.00)
    well, it's about goddam time they stopped with all that idiotic Iraq and social security nonsense and started with the REAL news.

    "I told them on Inauguration Day. I said look into my eyes: no new enhancements." - President Johnny Gentle (Famous Crooner)

    by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:20:16 PM PST

    •  Wolf Blitzer is a hack. (4.00)
      And in other Non-Martha Stewart/Michael Jackson news...

      Bush attempts to dismantle Social Security, Iraq War American death toll tops 1500, civillan deaths in Iraq over 100,000, Enron/Haliburton scandals, Plame/Gannon/Novak-CIA leak, Bush steals election in Ohio, millions of Americans can't afford health care, record deficits, torture of prisoners...etc. Pick from these or dozens of other stories going on right now...or stories that were ignored to begin with. The mainstream media is shameless in how it panders to celebrity "news" while ignoring true news.

      "I mean it, man, is there an emergency-level outbreak of flag desecration no one's kept me posted on?" -President Bartlet

      by Greg in TN on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:37:50 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  hey, c'mon now... (none)
        we all know that stuff can just get so darn confusing and serious. We don't want to scare the lil' fellas now, do we?

        "I told them on Inauguration Day. I said look into my eyes: no new enhancements." - President Johnny Gentle (Famous Crooner)

        by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:52:37 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Don't Scare the Proles (none)
          I know...we don't wanna scare the masses with the Truth!

          I feel like I went to sleep & woke up in 1984. Not the year, but the book. If I had to get stuck living in a book, why did it have to be 1984? Mary Poppins or Harry Potter would have been soooo much more fun!

          "I mean it, man, is there an emergency-level outbreak of flag desecration no one's kept me posted on?" -President Bartlet

          by Greg in TN on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 11:03:09 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  No, wait....... (none)
        its Mr Andrea Mitchell who is the hack! Harry Reid says so on Thursday. Oh, wait its Friday so, that does make Wolf Blitzer the "Hack of the Day".

        "These guys are biggest bunch of lying crooks I have ever seen" John Kerry

        by alnc on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 11:37:33 PM PST

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    •  CNN = People Magazine (4.00)
      CNN has become a 24/7 People Channel.  Over the last month it's been even more pronounced.  It's like the Iraq election happened, and then the world stopped and all we see is celebrities on parade or real people with bizarre tragedies (mountain lion, etc.) At times, Fox can actually cover more real news than CNN or MSNBC (albeit biased).
  •  Huuuuuuuuuunter... (none)
    Great...just great. Now I have to go wash out my eyes and brain for reading that.

    I think I just dropped like 10 IQ points. I suddenly felt an urge for teacakes and homemade scones. :P

    •  Hey, management cannot be held responsible. (none)
      Read the disclaimer on the back of your tickets.

      ...

      Oh, crap. I forgot to hand out the tickets.

      •  prize winning coverage (none)
        You'll never see coverage like that on the BBC. Ever since I was a little kid I've wondered what's up with US TV newsmen's hair. Why can't they hire someone with normal hair? I mean, really. I used to watch for the nightly "fire at Main and Fillmore" on the local Buffalo affiliate, (there was always a fire at Main and Fillmore)and I distinctly remember being freaked out by the hair. Wolf carries the hair torch with distinction.

        Myths and legends die hard in America. --Hunter S Thompson

        by peterborocanuck on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:44:21 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  I would do the same but (none)
      my head exploded about halfway through.

      How can we get over it when people died for the right to vote? -- John Lewis

      by furryjester on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 07:12:38 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Great title (4.00)
    I love "A Day in the Life" by the Beatles. One of their best songs.

    I read the news today, oh boy, about a lucky man who made the grade...

    Ahh what a great song on a great album (Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band).

    If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, we'd have peace.-John Lennon

    by Of Human Events on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:21:14 PM PST

    •  I was always more (none)
      partial to Rubber Soul and Revolver.

      OT: but still related to famous trials. Last year while listening to NPR they either had a producer with the greatest sense of humor or was totally asleep at the switch. The had a piece about the Beatles and the anniversary of something they had done and were playing parts of their songs in the background. The next news clip was about the Micheal Jackson trial. The last clip of Beatles music that faded into the Jackson segment? You guessed it "And when I touch you I feel happy inside..." from I Want to Hold Your Hand.

      I laughed about that for hours.

      "Religion's in the hands of some crazy ass people..." Jimmy Buffett

      by Show Me Dem on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:49:25 PM PST

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      •  That's not the only time (none)
        I don't remember for sure when it was but possibly shortly after the Supreme Court gave the 2000 election to Bush.  They reported on it and then the music clip in the background as they segued to the next segment was an instrumental version of REM's "It's the end of the world as we know it."    

        There is a real opportunity for subversive activity there!

    •  Got to get you into my life (none)
      Funny, today I was humming "Got to Get You Into My Life" Beatles while working in the garden, with my attractive new gardening gloves from Martha Stewart dot com. Gott, Wolf ißt Eier!
      That's the world we're all going to have rubbed in our face, after they eat our social programs,
      and expropriated our SSTF so they can prop up their OmniLife stock options.

      "I began the revolution with 82 men. It does not matter how small you are, if you have faith and a plan of action." Fidel Castro

      by Lash Marks on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:32:12 PM PST

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  •  cable news (none)
    just gets better every day, doesn't it? i call it dumbing down democracy.

    No member of our generation who wasn't a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn. Lyndon B. Johnson

    by maskling11 on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:21:45 PM PST

  •  I heart Martha (4.00)
    Not too long ago there was a sight where you could look up what celebreties donated to who...and Martha had donated to Democrats.  

    I really don't know that much about her, except that she's fabulous.  

    Wolf is just trying to jump on the Martha train.  I can't stand him.  Ugh.

    •  Don't forget that clip they had on the Daily Show (none)
      Justice department official: "Right now, Martha Stewart is our #2 priority, right behind Osama Bin Laden".
    •  I like her too (4.00)
      Always have - I'm no Wolfe come lately.

      She just is who she is. I love how she just rolled up her sleeves, donned the orange jumpsuit and did the time - and is out to plant her spring bulbs.

      •  Don't be a total sap... (3.00)
        I'm sorry, but it's pretty pathetic to "like" Marth Stewart.  You know nothing about her.  You haven't met her.  She's an upper class, aristocratic CEO.  You sound like a total peon going around liking these celebrities.  They don't give a damn about you, but they certainly benefit from your misplaced goodwill.  

        Respect people in your local community, not empty headed celebrities, with their fake face lifts and plastic surgery, and their millions or billions of dollars.  They don't need our sympathy.  

        In Britain they admit to having royalty. In the United States we pretend we don't have any, and then we elect them president.

        by Asak on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 11:15:55 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  But (4.00)
          If Martha starts speaking out for Prison Reform and against mandatory sentences and pro rehabilitation and anti death penalty, my respect for will increase greatly. She is high profile and she has just spent 5 months with women, few of whom are rich. She has probably learned a lot and if she uses those lessons to help others and speak out on issues, she could do a lot of good.

          We choose hope over despair; possibilities over problems, optimism over cynicism.-John Edwards

          by wishingwell on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 11:55:11 PM PST

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        •  Don't be a total ass (4.00)
          If catfish (or I) want to "like" Martha, or anyone for that matter, who we only have limited knowledge of, that's not pathetic.  Sounds to me like you are a little jealous or envious of Martha.  Now that's pathetic.  

          Further, there is plenty to "like" and admire about Martha, and if you can't see that, I don't give a damn.  But your lack of insight doesn't make me a "sap", a "peon", or "pathetic".

          Martha is a self-made woman with drive, intelligence and style.  There's plenty to like there.

          •  indeed... (none)
            I'll up the ante and say that I not only like her, but I think she's totally hot. Beat that, Blitzer!

            I don't know if she's a nice person or a total hardass, but I do think she was totally ripped off. All these sleazy Ken Lay types escape after ruining people's lives yet the witch-hunt is held for her, because she's a 'bitch'.

            Yet while she was in prison, Donald Trump was made a media darling. Trump who is not only a total tool, but also not nearly as successful as Stewart in actually doing things besides just being a media figure.

            So, to recap

            Martha = Persecuted, also really hot
            Trump = Absolute tool
            Media = Completely pathetic
            Francisco Franco = Still dead

        •  Grudging Respect for Martha (4.00)
          I've never liked Martha Stewart but have grown to have a grudging respect for her despite myself.  I feel like she was a scapegoat for "cracking down on corporate greed", pretty laughable considering Enron and Worldcom, but people seem to suck it up.  I think Martha handled being sentanced and being in prison with dignity.  I've actually tried to argue about Martha's being sentanced to people and I usually heard "she's a bitch, she deserves prison".  Do you think you'd ever hear that about Ken Lay?  What a lame conviction, being a "bitch", what about being a greedy corporate pig that ruined MANY people's lives?
          •  I feel the same way (4.00)
            I've never watched her show or anything, but I felt she's been treated unfairly.  She has the personality of many high-powered CEOs, yet she was portrayed as a bitch or a control freak.  For a male CEO, that's just decisiveness.  I still can't believe that she spent 5 mo. in prison and Ken Lay has spent no time at all.

            What color are your pajamas?

            by Unstable Isotope on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 05:28:46 AM PST

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          •  I agree (none)
            and whenever I see stories about her I'm reminded that Dubya did much worse when he was with Harken Energy--and look where he is!  She started with nothing and earned her own way too.
        •  successful people suck, don't they? (none)
          bring 'em all down to size with us losers.
        •  I think you are mistaken about Martha (none)
          if you look at her face, it doesn't seem to have been surgerized at all.  That's one of the things I rather like about her.  She isn't all botox-y and the corners of her mouth aren't pinched up with clothespins.

          I think you are being a tad too judgemental here.  Pathetic?  That seems a little strong.

          "Pro-life" really means "pro-criminalization"

          by Radiowalla on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 05:56:09 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Hey Asak! You're pathetic! (none)
          But you dissed me with passion and conviction. For that I give you a fo. I hope you're a Democrat.

          I also like Martha because her show went beyond traditional domesticity and made engineering feminine. She's not a domestic goddess - she's a domestic geek. And she is a total freak. Woman after my own heart.

    •  Big Donor (none)
      My recollection is that Martha Stewart was a big Democratic donor, not just nickels & dimes, back in the days when soft money was king.
  •  Those ankle bracelets (none)
    are about like a digital watch.  The kind nerdy guys wear, that have calculator functions and stuff.  She may not be able to wear her tightest, slinkiest boots, but there'll be plenty of options.

    But you know, if Martha decides to turn her money toward working on prison issues, that's a significant thing.

    •  If she just throws money (none)
      it's a copout. I want her to use her voice.

      The Republican Party: We get government off your back, and drop it on your head.

      by ben masel on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:33:01 PM PST

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    •  I'm not counting on it (none)
      there is something about her - like a mild autism - that tells me she won't be very outspoken about this. Could be wrong though:
      "The experience of the last five months in Alderson, West Virginia has been life altering and life affirming. Someday, I hope to have the chance to talk more about all that has happened, the extraordinary people I have met here and all that I have learned."
      •  One thing I heard: (none)
        A group of students at Wesleyan was trying to get together some funding to do some sort of prison education thing based on the Bard program.  One of them happened to know someone recently hired to be high up in, maybe the head, of Martha Stewart's foundation.  They're meeting with this person soon, so we'll see at least if any funding is forthcoming.
  •  I haven't been able to sleep... (3.57)
    ...for these past five months, worrying about whether Martha was getting her cappuccino.  The humanity!  

    Now if you'll excuse me, I want to catch the latest from the Michael Jackson trial...

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:26:18 PM PST

    •  Yes, finally we can draw (none)
      a breath of relief. It's a New Day for Martha.

      Perhaps she'll refurbish her guest quarters into a halfway house for her new girlfriends. She's always thinking you know. They could make their own clothes, cook their own meals, and just really bond, in all that fresh air.

      •  I can't stop holding my breath (none)
        until I find out for sure that Martha got her cappuccino.

        What color are your pajamas?

        by Unstable Isotope on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 05:29:52 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  everything does not have to be black or white (none)
        they can be pastels!
        I think we should look at the good in any event while talking up the bad.
        I am not a Martha admirer by any stretch of imagination. I could never stand her shows. I developed a distaste for the pastels (green ones the most) because of her. I have heard that he was an obnoxious human being.Yes she is a bitch and a rich CEO and a felon (lying to the govt) She got punished for her crime. She does not care for you or me etc etc
        But people also admit to the following
        1. she was scrap goated
        2.Others who did worse crimes are still free.
        3.Others who harmed more people are still free
        4.She did not personally harm you or me with her lying or insider trading unlike the executives of enron etc.
        5.She was considered a bitch for qualities that are still admired in male CEOs
        6.She is a self made person (isn't that the epitome of the American Dream)
        7.
        8.She was used as a smoke screen to sheild other bigger fish
        9. Isn't she the poster child of capitalism?
        10.The media is playing it up as part of the smoke screen.
        11. She did go to prison for 5 months, even if it is Camp Cup cake.
        Its never all or nothing. Its never good or bad. Its never with us or against us and so on.
        I think all of us should appreciate the good in any person at the same time pointing out the bad. We all are the same but to a smaller scale.
        Martha and us can make something good out of this.
        For liberals like us she could become a powerful voice if nurtured in the right way and not out right sconed.
        And that would not be selling our souls. but would be being a true liberal Live and let live!
  •  Nice ad (4.00)
    for KMart they did there.

    Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act. - Orwell

    by TracieLynn on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:27:13 PM PST

  •  Today on Pretend News... (4.00)
    Rich woman spend a couple months in prison.

    Never mind the poor people who couldn't afford decent legal representation. No air time for them and their knotty hairdos.

    The re-enlightenment is late.

    by sinistral on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:27:22 PM PST

  •  Oh, sheesh. You're kidding? (none)
    Wait, this is Wolf, what am I talking about?

    You should have held out for Lou Dobbs. He hammers away nightly on unfair trade, the deficit, and the disappearing middle class. Wolf Blitzer ain't fit to wipe Lou's ass.

    •  and apparently (none)
      Dobbs is a Republican! I remember him saying that on Al Franken. He does do a good job on trade issues, and especially outsourcing of jobs and why that's bad(yes, a Republican saying its bad) for our economy. I think he wrote a book about it. And I agree, Wolf Blizter is just fuckin awful. He looked like such an ass to me on his Daily Show appearance, I dont know how Stewart kept it together. Guess that's what makes him a great fake journalist. :).

      Inside every rural Republican is a Democrat trying to get out.- David "Mudcat" Saunders

      by jj32 on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:34:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Al Franken says in his book that (none)
      Allen Colmes is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of Sean Hannity's private bathroom, right down to the toilet seat, which Allen "hannitizes" for his protection.

      Do you believe that?

  •  raucous guffaw! (none)
    BLITZER: Can Martha Stewart turn prison into a profit? Standing by live with that part of the story, CNN's senior correspondent, Allan Chernoff.

    Too funny for words.

    And your title was great, as I sit here listening to the White Album.

    •  Wait till Senior Correspendent, Ted Hitler... (none)
      ..gets ahold of this transcript.

      What makes this even funnier, is how the establishment dumps on blogs, but winks at the Wolfies and today's morbid state of tv news.

  •  martha (none)
    Now Martha is prisoner to a mob of "journalists".

    Be the creature. (But not a Republican.)

    by boran2 on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:29:27 PM PST

  •  If it weren't so sad... (4.00)
    it'd be funny.  I'm no fan of Blitzer but the man has covered the Pentagon, D.C., world events, and he has to do this frivolous crap?  KeithO said on his show tonight that MSNBC asked him to host the live release of Martha at midnight but he turned them down, and he expressed sympathy for Dan Abrams, who ended up doing it.  I glanced at it, and it was pathetic.... all these cameras panned on utter blackness except for a few street lights.  At least OJ gave them daylight.  

    Can you imagine Edward R. Murrow doing this?  Never.

    Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

    by SusanHu on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:30:23 PM PST

    •  Please spare me the Wolf pity... (none)
      Some time ago he made his choice.  The only choice he faces on a daily basis now, is whether to be a hack today or a whore.
      •  I wasn't pitying him. (none)
        That's why I brought up the comparisons of Keith Olbermann, who refused to do the gig, and Edward R. Murrow, who would have never done the gig.  He's made his own bed, but it is sad to see someone who's done better stuff allow himself to participate in this.  

        KeithO is an interesting contrast in that he often does -- what shall we call them -- People-mag type stories.  Tonight he did the story of the man who was attacked by the chimps.  A terrible, but also very bizarre, story.  Keith did something very interesting though - he brought in a chimp expert who spoke intelligently about these magnificent creatures, their mental abilities, their traits, etc.  per usual, Keith interviewed her well, and it was very informative.

        Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

        by SusanHu on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 11:22:06 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  oh but it IS funny! (none)
      A chimp, attacking a man!

      Get it?  Get it?  A chimp attacking a man!  

      And yet genetically we're so close!

      Ah, but that 2%!

      I'm sorry, I just had no idea it was so bad, so deliciously vulgar.  

      You're right, of course.  When I manage to reassert control over my bladder it is sad indeed.  

  •  Be nice to Martha (3.80)
    She's a die hard Democrat and liberal who was prosecuted for a bullshit charge (IMHO), while all the Enron Republican fuckers are still twiddling their thumbs on the golf courses of Houston, Texas.

    I say give the woman a day or two of news coverage and just soak it up like some guilty pleasure. I'm so sick of all these hyper murder BTK and/or weather storm massacre specials and political hackery shows, it's good to have a mellower diversion front and center sometimes.

    Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds - Albert Einstein.

    by GregNYC on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:32:03 PM PST

    •  Oh, I assure you... (4.00)
      ... of all the people cited in that transcript, Martha Stewart is the one who comes off looking the best.
      •  The AP story (none)
        says "While in prison, Stewart scrubbed floors, foraged for dandelions, concocted microwave recipes, and all accounts showed uncommon compassion and generosity toward her fellow inmates."  She does come out looking good.

        And that is one harsh home detainment she has!  My friend who had home detainment was allowed out from like 6 AM to 9 PM every day, and got the occasional all-night pass.

    •  A Democrat who treats people ... (none)
      ...who work for her like scum is not the kind of Democrat I want to associate with. That said, she shouldn't gone to prison until a very long queue of others - starting with Ken Lay and Dick Chenery - were incarcerated.
    •  That's right, let's be like Republicans... (none)
      And say it's ok if someone breaks the law as long as they're a Democrat.  

      Seriously, what a load of crap.  Did you think at all before posting that?  

      There were 12 people on that jury and they found her guilty.  It wasn't a bogus charge.  

      I think it's sad that people here idolize these fucking celebrities and worship the ground they walk on, to the point of being happy that they rip everyday people off insider trading.  

      Get a clue, these celebrities care nothing about you.  They wouldn't give you the time of day.  Jesus christ, this is a perfect example of how feudalism survived for hundreds of years (to this present day).  

      In Britain they admit to having royalty. In the United States we pretend we don't have any, and then we elect them president.

      by Asak on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 11:20:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  asdf (none)
        oh give me a break.  She was charged and prosecuted because she was a woman making it in a mans world and an easy target.  Basically Pocket change compared to the millions that are being diverted by the administration into the pockets of their cronies.  Martha Stewart was a diversion.  They wanted to show Joe and Jane Q. Public that they get people even if they are famous.  Oh, but pay no attention to the Enron, Halliburton, Bush crowd.
  •  Olbermann had self respect (none)
    He once quit because he refused to do the Monica stories.
    •  And you can tell (none)
      he dreads doing the nightly Michael Jackson updates as well; I think he uses the "America Held Hostage Day XXX" in referring to that sideshow.

      Keith isn't a totally serious commentator (I'm not calling him a "journalist" because AFAIK he doesn't go out and find the stories himself), as you can tell by the "Oddball" segment and the occasional light/funny stories that find their way into the lineup. I think the big key is that he doesn't take himself too seriously, unlike the vast majority of talking heads on TV these days. Devoting an entire newscast to Martha Stewart...that should have been on E!, or maybe Home & Garden (not The Learning Channel; I wouldn't want them to pre-empt my favorite show, "Clean Sweep").

      "It's an unnerving thought that we may be the living universe's supreme achievement and its worst nightmare simultaneously." -- Bill Bryson

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 01:49:10 PM PST

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  •  Pruno (4.00)
    I wonder if Martha Stewart was able to make some Pruno while in prison. It's a wonderful apertif and only does minor liver damage.
  •  And that's ladies and gentlemen... (4.00)
    was the exact moment in history when all the nations of the world turned their coolective backs on America and labeled her a nation of fools and pathetic trivialists.
  •  Michael, Martha, and Kidnappings, Social Security (none)
    killll meeee too.......

    and while we were distracted.........

    People vote for sunshine, not for gloom and doom!

    by missliberties on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:35:24 PM PST

  •  I weep for our country (none)
    but am dying to read more about how Martha turned foraged dandelion and crabapples from the prison yard into 'Salad of Assorted Wild Greens with Minced Pommes-de-Crabe Vinaigrette.'

    Oh, and fuck Leslie Blitzer.

    "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

    by RubDMC on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:36:00 PM PST

  •  The only thing worse than the tabloids (none)
    is the people who shell out money to buy them.

    This is a public that views cheetos as food, Jerry Falwell as a man of god and George W. Bush as a great leader.

    Damn right I'm a librul eleet. I don't even watch teevee but I get enough of the pap from places like this.

    I guess most people are so exhausted by the politics  in their offices that at the end of the day all they can manage is a bit of low-rent voyeurism. Asking them to think would short-circuit their little brains.

    Fuck them.

    Yesterday we stood at the abyss; today we are taking a step forward.

    by peeder on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:36:59 PM PST

    •  Hey now! (none)
      Don't be doggin' the Weekly World News!

      Bat Boy lives!

    •  tabloids (none)
      You have to read them right. If you seem that as off-the-wall satire, then some of them are absolute genius. They were doing an Onion before there was an Onion, and even better, most of their readers didn't know they were doing an Onion. I would love to be a tabloid editor.
      •  You certainly cannot beat... (none)
        ... the story about a man convicted of using a frozen squirrel to kill someone.
        A frozen squirrel!

        Those were the days...

        ========
        -highacidity-

        by highacidity on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 01:50:42 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  I dropped out of journalism class (none)
        when I realized I'd rather make up the news than go out and look for it.

        Little did I know I was ahead of my time...I coulda had a future in the White House Communications office...

        "It's an unnerving thought that we may be the living universe's supreme achievement and its worst nightmare simultaneously." -- Bill Bryson

        by Cali Scribe on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 01:53:11 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Your stereotypes don't wash (none)
      I can't stand Bush, Falwell, the current state of our world, what passes for journalism or tee-vee (except The Gilmore Girls which I watch with my kids).  But crapping on cheetos?  Them's fighting words.
    •  actually, i saw a piece on slate few months back (2.50)
      that made the case that the major tabloid papers in this country have a higher standard of journalism in many cases (fact checking, etc) than regular RWCM rags.

      Watch your local news for one night and look at both the national and local coverage. Pure crap.

      Tabloids aren't as fake.. they just cover useless shit. But there's a market for it, eh?

      But when our regular papers start going on nothing but Martha and Michael, well, that's when we've hit rock bottom. Bankruptcy? Senate? What's that? I though Senators are from ancient Rome. Gladiator rules man! whatever happened to russel crowe?....

      you get the idea

      Do it GREEN, know what I mean?

      by SonofFunk on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 09:11:33 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Olbermann (none)
    As usual, KO had a great take on the Martha coverage. Said MSNBC asked him if he would like to anchor. He said no way, and showed some pity toward Dan Abrams who got stuck with MarthaWatch.

    Then he showed "the highlights."

    "We're watching the front gate."

    "She's wearing a poncho."

    Then he had some stuff on the weirdness of her house arrest. Apparently, she's still free to think about cappuccino.

    She can't go outside! All that stuff she thought about doing time in time for planting season? Sorrryyyy.

  •  You know journalists are scared to report when... (4.00)
    All you here about on the news is Martha Stewart getting out of jail and Michael Jackson's molestation trial.

    Hello, bankruptcy bill! Hello, GannonGuckert! Hello, 1500 troops have died in Iraq! Hello, WorldCom trial! Am I missing anything?

    However, Martha did look fabulous. I wonder how she got so skinny in prison.

    "Just as war is freedom's cost, disagreement is freedom's privilege." William Jefferson Clinton

    by smileypv on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:40:23 PM PST

  •  So banal... (none)
    ...this is what clogs up the networks. Good lord.
    •  banal? (none)
      Honey, this is the stuff from which dreams are made.  

      BLITZER: Allan Chernoff, I want to bring you back, because in your earlier report this hour on our program, you said that her company wants to branch out into all sorts of areas. One of the most fascinating, frozen food. I take it she used to eat a lot of frozen food in prison that she would put in the microwave. Is there a connection, is there something going on that we don't know about?

      Are you telling me that this reportage fails to give you new insights into the human experience in all its infinite variety?

      Banal indeed.  This is pure poetry.  

  •  Nice to see (none)
    that CNN and the Beard assembled a crack team to cover cappuccinogate. Oh! The humanity! Is there a site where we can send cups of cappo to Martha?
  •  And Though the Holes are Rather Small, (none)
    we have to watch them all.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:45:18 PM PST

  •  Action (none)
    I think we ought to send an email to wolf asking him if he is embarrassed by this kind of "reporting" and ask him if he thinks this has any connection to their ratings declines ?

    you can contact him here

    Let the Democratic Reformation Begin

    by Pounder on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:49:58 PM PST

  •  my love note to wolf (none)
    wolf, watching your report on Martha stewart, here is the link to the transcript
    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0503/04/nfcnn.01.html

    Are you not embarrassed by this ? Is this REALLY the best CNN can report given everything that is going on in the world ?
    CNN used to be the bastion of excellent reporting and coverage, this is just filler and dross.

    I wonder why CNN executives are perplexed by the falling ratings. I certainly am not.

    Let the Democratic Reformation Begin

    by Pounder on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:52:56 PM PST

    •  Election night (none)
      I wrote Wolf Blitzer an email pointing out that it's pronounced eLECtoral, not elecTORal, and asking if he said cliTORis.  Not sure why I think this is relevant.
      •  it probably isnt (none)
        but it sure is funny. :)

        Let the Democratic Reformation Begin

        by Pounder on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:36:28 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  aeou (none)
        Ha. That just reminded me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry has to find out his gf's name and only knows it rhymes with a part of the female anatomy.  He finds out it's "Dolores" after striking out on "Celeste", "Mulva"

        Even better: there was once a sexual harrassment case that was covered on Court TV based on this episode.  Some guy shoved a dictionary in some girl's face and turned the page to "clitoris" to prove the very same point you're making.  She claimed it was hostile work environment (can't remember the details exactly).

  •  This is why I don't own a TV (4.00)
    I start thinking well, maybe, and then I hear something like this.

    Pathetic. Just pathetic.

    I particularly liked the guy from Forbes saying that there would be a "downside" to her becoming a prison advocate. Downside for whom, Mr. Capitalist? He imagines a powerful voice speaking out against his naked attempts to turn prisoners into free labor, and he falls over himself to point out how bad this would be.

    I really hope she does use her name and her company as a bully pulpit for prison reform. That would be sweet revenge on the people who used her as a scapegoat.

    Since we no longer have taboos, we have Abus.

    by oldjohnbrown on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 09:55:12 PM PST

  •  Modern Day America (none)
    This is now our reality.
    I sometimes thank God (not the republican one) that I moved away years ago.
  •  Might I suggest... (none)
    Up next on Blitzer: an exclusive interview with Bat Boy.
  •  CNN has a commercial (none)
    where they describe Blitzer as "a tough interviewer."

    Cracks me up every time.

  •  I was Kind of Wondering About Michael Jackson (none)
    isn't THAT what's really important today?

    ...or was that yesterday...  I get so confused...

  •  If CNN wonders why their ratings (none)
    are tanking, my housemates, who are both couch potato television watchers, saw the Martha footage and couldn't believe they were doing Martha when the Italian Journalist story and the Bankruptcy story (which they barely understand) should have been covered. When even these guys (they are good guys and fine musicians) can see that CNN is garbage and bulshitting them, CNN is in BIG trouble. It was my night to make dinner or I wouldn't have seen that.

    Rolfyboy6 -Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

    by Rolfyboy6 on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:16:43 PM PST

  •  This is news (none)
    Dontcha know?  For the forseeable future we will be treated to "Martha, Martha, Martha," Michael Jackson, and not much else.  We've moved on from Scott Peterson and Cobe Bryant, but luckily there is a fresh batch of bullshit that passes for news...this crap keeps them from doing any real work.  Heaven forbid they actually inform the public on issues that matter.

    I don't mind an update on these stories now and then, but the 24/7 coverage is ridiculous.  Do they really thnk this is what people want?  Is it in fact what people want?  

    Now that's scary.

    Decisions are made by those who show up.

    by poe on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:17:42 PM PST

  •  why are you pissing on martha stewart? (1.16)
    she's a democrat.
    that's why she went to prison.

    it looks like just about any female around is
    circle jerk fodder on daily kos.

    this how you men get your rocks off?

    a few months ago, 20 people were all screaming
    whore whore whore in a diary about some
    bloviator.

    to see what would happen, I put "fag"
    in the headline.

    instantly, I was reprimanded.

    the only reprimand in the entire thread.

    kind of interesting.

    •  You missed the point, big time. (none)
      We ain't pissing on Martha Stewart.  We're pissing on CNN and Wolf Blitzer, which richly deserve it.

      In fact, looking back through the comments, I don't see any at all that knock Ms. Stewart...

      Which makes your comment, well, kind of interesting...

    •  stop lying . just stop it. (4.00)
      i have no idea why you feel the need to get your jollies by falsifying the past, but it is ndeed troubling.  if it is a martry complex, r a need to stir up the hornet's nest or a need to see victimized, i don't know and i don't care eter. but what i do are about is respecting the kos community by not intentionally misconstruing or recasting past experiences so that you can assume some form of moral superiority or credibilkity.  you need to not lie.

      your insinuation of being unfairly targetted in an earlier diary is unfounded.  the specific diary was about judy bachrach on fox tv during the innagural events.  your use of the word "fag" came late in the thread and was used in a maner that you carefully omit.  furthermore, your rsponse from the diary was hardly what you recalled it to be.  in fact it was nothing at all like what you described.

      you were not even rated in that diary for your reply to a poster by calling him "fag" in your title.  you called someone "fag" after you referred to another poster as a "fool" in abnother of your "no reply, only-title" responses in that same diary.

      while it is indeed accurate the some comments were jumped on in that diary, and some even TROLL-rated, your comments would not be one of them, especially given the late-ness and location of your comments (the end of the diary...)  

      so here today you lament:

      "instantly i was reprimanded... the only reprimand in the entire thread...  kind of interesting."

      yeah,interesting.  and kind of a big lie too.

      there were, in fact a few who did get troll-rated, but none of them were you.  none.  

      you cry crocodile's tears as the only one reprimanded in that entire thread, and i ind that bewildering, since it is so far from the truth of that diary.  but then again, i hae to remember that you also used a diary to attack a fellow kossack with cheap innuendo and baseless allegation.  that was you wasn't it who wrote the "pimp" diary atacking lorraine?

      i can only reasonably deduce that there is a pattern emerging here, and it is not cool.

      as for your claim about the 20 or so people, etc. and the "whore... whore... whore" stuff, it does not pan out when you read the diary and the thread.  you weren't defending anyone when you used the word "fag" nor were you testing the waters of civility and decency. you called a poster a fag in your title as a reply to his post (you used his name "fred" and wrote "fred the fag" as the title to your post and no text in your message).  

      a big hint -- if revisionism is what you want to be engaged in, remember that revisionism works best when you can cover up the parts of your past that would show your stuff to be less than credible.  you hurled the word "fag" at another kossack and it was not kindly received by that person. that's no surprise.  but what is even more appalling s the fact that you troll rated the very kossack you called a "fag" in your post.  it is to be noted that he did not stoop and return the favor after your insult and insulting rating; and the other kossack that you called a fool neither stooped to your level of petty and stupid ways, even after he upbraided you for your homophobia.

      now here, all full of righteous indignation you come and bemoan the men for a circle jerk sexist attack on martha stewart, on the heels of posting this diary ?  you have nerve.  and that is me being polite.

      "you don't remember the time you fell on your head, do you?" (my mom)

      by dadanation on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 07:47:16 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  No..... (none)
      I haven't read every single post in this thread, but I haven't seen ANYONE pissing on Martha.  Personally, I like Martha and agree with much of the positive things I have seen said about her in this thread.

      This is about the balance of NEWS COVERAGE.
      This is about how much time is given to a specific news story in relation to its IMPORTANCE to people and society.

      I like Martha, and am impressed by her actions.  Most people would resist jail until the bitter end.  I feel she is in the process of turning her situation into something good, not just for her, but for society.

      But, the time and emphasis put on this story is way out of proportion to its importance to people, especially when you consider the bankruptcy(sp?) law that was up in the Senate this week, that received NO coverage on cable news, and as far as I can tell, most newspapers.

  •  Wolf's next comment... (4.00)
    WOLF: I'd bang her.  I swear, I would. She looks hot and I don't care that she's beyond 60.  She's got money, power and a great ass.  I'd bang her right now, this second... not on camera or anything, but I'd do it off camera for sure.

    CHERNOFF: You're not alone there, Wolf.  I'd bang her, too.

    SNOW: I'd do a whole cool lesbian thing with her.

    BLITZER: She's hot. There's no getting around that fact.

    SNOW: The whole pursed lips thing turns me on.

    CHERNOFF: Riding boots.  Goddamn riding boots.

    BLITZER: Stop with riding boots already, Chernoff.  We're gonna' have to cut to commercial so I can relieve the tension.

    CHERNOFF: Do it.  I need to release the tenstion, too.

    SNOW: God, she's hot...

  •  The Peter Principle in action (none)
    Damn, that's some of Wolf's finest shit. Maybe we can permanently banish him to society-type reporting. Bury him on Court TV or something.

    "There is no god, and I am his prophet."

    by steverino on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:33:56 PM PST

  •  At least we can agree (4.00)
    Liberals say the media is right-wing.

    Conservatives say the media is left-wing.

    We all agree the media is god-damned worthless.

    Honor. Dignity. French Fries.

    by PotatoNinja on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:42:20 PM PST

  •  Sometimes, the stupidity of Blitzer... (4.00)
    ...and his fellow-travelers has perfect pitch, like a castrato in the Pope's choir.
    •  Blitzer is just doing as told by media bosses (none)
      I doubt very much he has significant control over the pieces he is assigned to do.

      I frequently find Blitzer to be a propaganda tool on CNN, but Blitzer on The Daily Show a while back came across as being very decent and honest, and almost admitted his hands were tied on CNN content and reporting on Iraq.

      I am sure when Blitzer gets home from work at night, he frequently feels very dirty about what he has been forced to do that day, under the misnomer of 'journalism', and takes long showers that don't help much.

      But what the hey he's got a good job with lots of tv face time, and that is one measure of success.

  •  omg (none)
    didn't we just kill an SS agent...

    this media has got to be delt with, it's time to act up...

  •  Wow... (none)
    I just read this right after Maryscott's rant.  The two make a great combo on the state of the nation.  

    MEDIA REFORM NOW!

  •  oh my gawd (4.00)
    A new line of 5 star linens! Dare I dream. I've been sleeping on mere 4 star linens all this fucking time. I...am ...such...a loser.
  •  CNN (Corupt News Network) (4.00)
    There was no comment needed.  Wolfie reminds me more and more of that nanny Robin Williams played sone time ago (except Robin was better looking).

    All you need to know about American media today is summed up in the musical "Chicago."

    "Furthest from him is best whom reason hath equalled, force hath made supreme above his equals." Milton

    by MichaelT on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 11:00:18 PM PST

  •  As Keith Olbermann said... (4.00)
    when MSNBC offered him the chance to anchor the Martha release press orgy for them: "Sorry, er... my grandmother is on fire!"

    "Take back the new millenium!" - Dan Bern

    by iambaytor on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 11:20:28 PM PST

  •  This is satire, right? (none)
    right?!

    It's so scary that you can't even tell the difference anymore.

  •  Breaking News from Iraq (none)
    Wolf: We'll be back to Martha coverage in a minute.  We've just learned that a female Italian journalist who had been held hostage by Iraqi insurgents was injured by US troops after being rescued.  Well, I'll bet that SHE gets some cappuccino when she gets home!

    Now, matters are worse -- Yoda

    by dnta on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 11:47:55 PM PST

  •  This just shows you how far the news in America (4.00)
    has fallen. I read somewhere that Les Moonvies of CBS was complaining that 60 Minutes needs to more celeb... pieces and cordinate them with CBS talent like......Ray Ramano, the CSI actors and maybe even Charlie Sheen to get their perspective on life and the news. Instead of breaking the Prisongate stories last year.

    When I heard that I knew that CBS Evening News was dead. They even wanted Katie Couric to anchor......enough!!! Let me say this one more time, THE US MEDIA IS DEAD!!! What we have now are partisian anchors that just read the tele-prompter and report on UFOs like Peter Jennings did last week. Forgetting that Bushco distorts and lies each day and people die daily in Iraq!!!

    Now, lets return to finding out what Micheal Jackson wore to court today.

    "These guys are biggest bunch of lying crooks I have ever seen" John Kerry

    by alnc on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 11:55:39 PM PST

    •  Disappointment (4.00)
      I couldn't believe it when Jennings was on the Daily Show, and all they talked about was that stupid UFO special.

      While far from great, CNN International is way better than the dumbed-down, fluff-filled CNN created for the American audience (look at the CNN International Web site, and you'll see the Italian journalist story has serious top billing). I can't believe all of America wants to watch that kind of crap, though. CNN International used to be on various American satellite TV services along with CNNfn, but once CNNfn folded, the offering of CNN International was taken away as well.

      About the only TV news I can stand now is from BBC. And of course the Daily Show.

  •  Republicans soft on crime! (none)
  •  This is what (none)
    supposed journalism has come to in con America, no substance or relevance to anything really important to peoples everyday lives, fluff and right wing bs is all we get, the greats of the past must be rolling over in their graves.
    PEACE!
  •  "What great ones do (none)
    the less will prattle of"

    This guy commented about the Martha syndrome a few hundred years ago ... good to see how much we've advanced.  

    I searched on "prattle of"

    http://www.it.usyd.edu.au/~matty/Shakespeare/nsearch.cgi

    rmm.

    Twelfth Night
    Act 1, Scene 2

    Captain   
    And so is now, or was so very late;
    For but a month ago I went from hence,
    And then 'twas fresh in murmur,--as, you know,
    What great ones do the less will prattle of,--
    That he did seek the love of fair Olivia.

  •  Decisions (none)
    well, hell, after reading that, I don't know whether to take:
     A. Excedrin
     B. Estrovan
     C. OxiContin
     D. joint
     E. all the above

     Decisions, Decisions,

     

    "who is gonna make it..we'll find out in the long run" (eagles)

    by infidelpig on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 04:07:38 AM PST

  •  Now, just why would that chimp act all crazy (none)
    "What would make a chimp attack a man, leaving him critically injured?"

    He must have been refering to this.

    Honestly, haven't any of these people seen 2001: the space oddyssey? Frighteningly similar.

    Silent consent or active dissent, the choice is OURS.

    by Alphakafka on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 04:34:44 AM PST

  •  While it's disconcerting (none)
    that the press, lapdog style, gave her millions of bucks worth of free publicity (and if you don't think it was all planned that way, then you don't know Martha), I didn't mind it so much. She sure seemed happy to be out of there, as anyone probably would be. I dunno, I just wasn't that outraged.

    I guess I have the distinct advantage of cancelling cable several months ago, so I don't even get the chance to want to throw my shoe at Wolf & Co. (unless I'm at work, but it's infrequent) I follow breaking news items online, and at that point I get to decide what gets the most play--with the mouse!

    •  Her businesses stock also went sky high (none)
      after the convicted criminal accepted her fate and went to jail quietly.

      It was in  the toilet while she was fighting the rap.

      wonder if  Martha made the best of an inevitible situation and cut a deal with Bushco?

      •  I've heard (none)
        that Martha is actually a Democrat and makes decent contributions to Democratic candidates. So I doubt if Bushco would cut her a break...

        "It's an unnerving thought that we may be the living universe's supreme achievement and its worst nightmare simultaneously." -- Bill Bryson

        by Cali Scribe on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 01:59:40 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Max Cleland is also a Democrat (none)
          But that did not stop Bush from appointing him to a plumb position on some international bank Board after he resigned in disgust from the 911 Commission in Nov 2003 (probably in exchange for Cleland agreeing not to talk about why he quit).
  •  9/11 changed everything, doncha know (4.00)
    Remember all the networks declaring that 9/11 would change news coverage forever? That they would no longer wallow in stupid crap? No more 24/7 OJs, no more Condit & Chandra... All of them were doing the big mea culpas, swearing they would change their ways.

    So Wolf & CNN must know about some Martha/bin Laden link, that's why they're covering this shit, right? It's gotta to be something they're not telling us yet, I just can't imagine they weren't serious when they pledged to treat the news seriously in our post 9/11 world.

  •  I hear (none)
    that Michael Jackson is in some sort of trouble with the law. Is this true? I can't find any coverage on TV or in the papers.

    -dms

  •  What we truly need to boost our ratings... (none)
    the name Martha Stewart
    and the phrase "mop handle"
    with some swooshing graphics

    Wolf, get the CNN art department working on it...

    "Doing the world a favor since 1963."

    by Petruk on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 05:12:42 AM PST

  •  Who's talking about Martha, today? (3.50)
    I think you people are extraordinarily bright and well informed, and you do a good job.

    But, face it, you are all atwitter over Martha, this morning, too. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as it doesn't interfere with other things. But you can't knock the media for covering it, on and on, ad nauseum, if you do the same thing.

    It's a good story. She did her time and she is back in business. Nothing wrong with that. She
    made a bundle in America, with her ideas and her hard work (the insider trading thing came after). Nothing wrong with that, either. To me, the moral is, "When you screw up, suck it up, and get on with it." I find her inspiring, and I'm gonna go right on being inspired by her. I happen to like those little doilies she makes, too. So what!

    Get over it, Dailykos, and get on with it. You spend too much time whining, sometimes. If you want something changed, stick with issues. It's fun to complain about Wolf Blitzer and his hairdo, and it's okay, up to a point. It relieves the frustration of fighting all the uphill battles we dems face. But sometimes....we sound like whiners. Howard Dean is not having a fit of apoplexy this morning because Martha Stewart is in the news.

    •  Hear, hear!! (none)
      Martha's Polish girl from New Jersey (yay,N.J.) who went to Barnard (yay,Barnard!), and through hard work and creativity and savvy, made herself a success.  She made some questionable decisions, but then, as you say, she sucked it up and paid the price, and is now ready to go forward.  Yes, the world she markets is very much a fantasy world, but it's largely an innocent, and entertaining, fantasy. She's no paragon, but she's earned some respect from me.
    •  That's Not the Point (none)
      I have no problem with Martha Stewart either - but it's a sad lament when there is no real news coverage any more on any American news channel - the deepening ignorance of the electorate is not something we can ignore.

      That's the real point.  It's not about Martha.

      •  It's not about Martha (none)

        You are right. All I am trying to say (and maybe
        not as well as I ought) is that we are spending more time on this than CNN is, and as long as we keep doing it, we are spending less time on other issues. Continuing right along...........
    •  All atwitter? (3.50)
      Kind  of like an American Fairy Tale.. pull yourself up by your bootstraps, take your medicine on the chin, and God (and the corporate media) will smile on you and reward you .

      Methinks you have drunken deeply from the media  Koolaid (or are mixing it up?)

      Stewart is a smart cookie.
      She knew she was being made a diversionary patsy-scapegoat to deflect public attention from Ken Lay and  other bushco mega-crony-criminals,

      and she saw her best move was to go quietly instead of fighting on through the "justice" system, and play the desired role as visible criminal that bushco desired instead resisting their  punishing treatment she saw would continue with John Kerry not making it to president.

      In return for playing model prisoner for 5 months she gets as a reward, massive favorable corporate media attention upon her release (no "jacko" treatment for Martha now, its all milk and cookies), and the stock value of her business ventures (which were majorly in the toilet while she was fighting the charges) miraculously and instantly  soar once again to new heights.

      People with the power in this country know how to punish, reward, and tell a good story about it through their PR and media instruments.

         

      •  What do want her to do? (none)
        So what should she have done, disemboweled herself in front of the K-Mart corporate headquarters? That likely wouldn't have satisfied you, either. You would have called it a bit for attention, a publicity stunt!

        Come on, already. Give over beating this dead horse.

        •  disemboweled herself in front of the K-Mart? (none)
          I was just pointing out the alternate reality of the Martha Stewart case, and contrasted it with the corporate media interpretation/message of Stewart, which your comment so accurately summarized.
          •  Point and gather a crowd (none)
            I am not necessarily disagreeing with any of you.

            My point is such a simple one. Remember how, when we were kids, a couple of kids would start to poing and look at nothing at all, simply to see if they could gather a crowd? (Okay. There wasn't much for kids to do when I was a kid!) Well, that's what happens with a story like this. First the media pointed, and we all looked. Now, we are pointing, too, and focusing more attention on this little story than it deserves.

            If we will all stop pointing at the Martha story and start pointing at Social Security, Iraq, the diary about Wal Mart not giving health insurance, etc., we can draw attention to those things.

            I can't believe I'm still talking about it. It's the way these things work. I started saying let's not do it, and now I'm doing it. It's insidious. I need help. I can't seem to stop myself.

            •  poing? (none)
              I meant we pointed. We didn't poing. I don't think we poinged. Maybe we did. Thsoe of us who had a pogo stick. Anyway. I think I'll not post any more. Go back to just reading. This blog is too fast for me.
    •  I agree (none)
      ... a little bit. But you're missing an imporant point. I'll let Bill Moyers say it:

      "I'm going out telling the story that I think is the biggest story
      of our time: how the right-wing media has become a partisan propaganda
      arm of the Republican National Committee," says Moyers. "We have an
      ideological press that's interested in the election of Republicans,
      and a mainstream press that's interested in the bottom line.
      Therefore, we don't have a vigilant, independent press whose interest
      is the American people."
    •  Coverage.... (none)
      No one is saying that this isn't a good story or shouldn't be covered.  But the degree with which this is being covered is blown way out of proportion considering its actual importance to the lives of most Americans.

      There is a diary this morning about Santorum wanting to add an amendment to a bill that would end the 40 hour work week.  

      Will Wolf report this?  Will ANYONE report this?
      This has HUGE importance to millions of Americans, and they likely won't know how it came about and they'll continue to vote for the a**holes in congress who supported it.

      •  Stuck on a story (none)
        I couldn't agree more. I am saying let's move on to other stories. The press will move on when we (the public) move one. I am saying that as long as we keep talking about it, they will never stop covering Martha's lemonade, and Michael Jackson's nose job, and whatever else comes along.

        Egad, I am still talking about it! Okay, I am out of here.

  •  Did you know (none)
    They executed Robert Blake the other day.  His last words were "what do I have to do to get some coverage."  

    What is the point in having herd journalism if you really expect members of the herd to report real news.

  •  I hope she becomes an advocate for prison (4.00)
    reform.

    A lot is wrong with the prison system in general and with women in prisons in particular.

    Please see Prisons:  Warehousing America's Poor.  Excerpt:

    The United States has about five percent of the world's population, and 25% of the world's prisoners. Over 2 million people in the U.S. are incarcerated at this very moment, and more than 5 million are under the control of the criminal justice system -- more than half of whom are African-Americans. With a prison population steadily increasing in number, we are forced to find more places to house them. Building new prisons and expanding old prisons is a very costly operation and governments are finding new interesting ways to finance this business. Lets take a look at the economics of prison building, financing and the role prisons play in our society.

    and

    Women in prisons. Excerpts:


    The adoption of sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences have curtailed the discretion judges once had to avoid imprisonment and provide community-based sentences for nonviolent crimes such as drug possession. Drug offenses are the largest category of crimes committed by women, accounting for more than twice the number of the second-highest crime - aggravated assault. In fact, drug crimes constitute half of all the nonviolent offenses in Pennsylvania.  ....

    ... Another factor that is not readily apparent in the numbers is mental health. Since the closing of mental hospitals in the early 1960s, prisons have become the largest providers of mental-health services in the country. ....

    .... When women go to prison, families are destroyed and children's lives are devastated. Two out of three women in prison are mothers, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports. Almost half of all female prisoners lived with their children in single-parent households before their incarceration, according to the Women's Prison Association.


    When the fox preaches The Passion, farmer watch your geese.

    by reform dem on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 06:18:38 AM PST

  •  Charles Lewis Center for Public Integrity (none)
    Their was a very good intelligent interview on news media decay  by Charles Lewis  of Center for Public Integrity on CSPAN Washington Journal this morning.  Lots of good call-in questions too. One caller asked in reference to Kevin Phillips book on the Bush Family Dynasty, questions about their history of war-profiteering, and emmense wealth they have accumulated from activities including Batista era Cuban sugar commodities control, Bay of Pigs,  trading with the enemy in WW2, up through Carlyle group.

    Lewis spoke well and insightfully about the decay in investigative function of the American press and broadcast "news" media, its causes and implications for the future.

     

  •  NOT on the news (4.00)
    From Common Ground Common Sense

    Protestors are being arrested in mass numbers, happening right now
    This over at DU

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...ess=132x1637958

    Sister Called From The Protest Of Bush's Jersey Talk. Arrests Under Way!

    She went down to protest. They have begun arresting folks in the large (500-1000 person) protest crowd

    She says that they are arresting 'little kids', high schoolers I think. She is getting shots and video. I will get it posted as soon as she gets it to me.

    I hate these jackbooted thugs! Welcome to the American Police State!

    ON EDIT: SEE POST #32 FOR MORE TO THE STORY

    -----
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...1637958#1638017

    32. Sister Is On Phone Right Now. Protests Have Been Dispersed

    Called to report this arrest she witnessed:

    Police arrested 18 year old protester Emily Calvin, slammed her against police car after she tripped on barricade trying to get back from police. She has some video of the arrest and stills of her banner on the ground. Banner text decried corporate oil. Several others also detained.

    My sister and a friend were followed for several blocks by the cops who repeatedly threatened with arrest if they did not keep walking.

    Several fairly large groups of protesters cleared from the area as the 'guests' left the 'town hall style' talk.

    The Social Security driven talk was billed in advance as an 'orderly' event.

    My sister estimates between 500 and 1000 protesters in total participated today!

    She is rushing home to send me shots and video. Stay posted."

    In the future people will wonder why most didn't challenge Bush's excesses
    The truth? Complacency was easier

    by lawnorder on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 06:49:12 AM PST

    •  SS stands for.. Social Security ? (none)
      This is a very, very sorry night!
      Bush trying to take away social security and our rights on the same evening

      In the future people will wonder why most didn't challenge Bush's excesses
      The truth? Complacency was easier

      by lawnorder on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 06:56:16 AM PST

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  •  I can't wait (none)
    until someone does a little digging into our president's past financial situations.  And while that someone is at it, check into the rest of the administration and see just how many of them deserve a bit of federally mandated time.

    I still don't understand what is so wrong with the term "liberal".

    by Ring Freedom on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 06:49:38 AM PST

  •  NPR (none)
    NPR showed just how politically schizophrenic they have become yesterday in reporting 2 different items.

    First, they fairly trumpeted Bush's nominee for the head of the EPA, blithely ignoring Bush's appalling environmental record (see:  clear skys).  This was reported on the same day that Bush declared old Sequoias fair game to logging.

    They handled the Martha Stewart release with old-NPRness.  They did man-on-the-street interviews in which everyone questioned why Martha was jailed and yet Enron, Worldcom, and Tyco leaders were still free.

    THERE is the news, people.  "Martha Stewart, who harmed no one, was made an example, while executives who ruined people's pensions and 401ks remain unscathed, why?"

    Answer, because I can play the gender card, bitch got uppity and became too big and powerful for her britches.

    I never liked MS, her style is not mine, however, I have nothing but respect for the classy way she handled this.  She took her punishment.  It's awesome that she returned to freedom thinner, and more wealthy than when she went in.  She lady has class.  Yeah, the cappuccino thing is not news, but I am glad to hear that she still has a sense of humor, and maybe a little more modesty and less hubris.

  •  you know something? (4.00)
    I have found as of the past six months or so, I am not watching the cable tv news so much as I used to watch.  I decide what particular programs I want to watch and only that is what I watch.  I can not afford to be come any more depressed at just how simple and childish our American news has become.  I suppose they can not see it for themselves; however, they need to loose the viewership they once bragged about having.  I do watch c-span, but even then I am becoming choosy.  I know, I am trying to insulate myself, I suppose.  I do think if I was to watch such garbage as cnn and their likes, I become totally depressed and angry.  That is not living to me.  I read a lot of news online and come here for my ranting of sorts....bs  I am just one person but if one person feels like that--and I find I am not alone in my feelings- then the rest will come in due time.  I have never watched fox news...never.  I do not inted to start now either.  I used to watch the Sunday lineups with mtp and others.  I do not watch them much anymore for their reporting is not true.  I know I do not trust Biden.  I can tell that from watching c-span and how he and others preform in congress.  I guess what I am trying to say is, I am making myself think for myself for once.  This takes practice for I was once lead around by the press like many others have been and still are.  I just started to find they are not what I call reporting the news.  I think since I got online and involved with reading more, I find the truth better explored here.  This is where we find a greater roundtable of discussion anyhow.  As far as martha goes, she was used as a scapegoat.  I do nto see Kenny boy getting the cable news like she did for months on end.  I consider what he did a thousand times worse then what she did.  Anyhow, I wish her the best.
    •  The only cable news (none)
      show I watch regularly is "Countdown". I'll channel surf past the others to see if I catch a decent headline to share with the spouse, and will occasionally stop by Headline News (though not as frequently since they gave that witch-with-a-capital-B Nancy Grace her own show shudder).

      "It's an unnerving thought that we may be the living universe's supreme achievement and its worst nightmare simultaneously." -- Bill Bryson

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 02:05:00 PM PST

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      •  Take a Four for Nailing that Bitch Grace (none)
        What a slut.  I think she can trace her ancestors back to the Inquisition -- she has to be related to the Grand Inquisitor.  She would not know the presumption of innocence if they gave to her in a douch bag.  She should surrender any law license she might hold.

        I programmed both CNN and HNN out of my TV.

  •  Tom Fenton was on Hardball the other night..... (none)
    explaining why journalism has gone to hell in a handbasket-has a book also-sounds like an interesting take.  Mrs. Kenny boy dumped a bunch of stock right before the stock tanked, then donated a little to charity-do we hold our breath until her audit/frog walk?  Have to admit I'm a big time Martha fan, woman is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get a little dirt under the nails, put up a good fight against fascist, and took being publicly tarred and feathered with alot of dignity, cook them some crow girlfriend!!!
  •  Brenda Stewart above... (none)
    4 for her, what she said!!  You hit the nail on the head, former news junkie myself.  Come here and Reality Based Nation to vent.  Too much freedom over there some nasty little troll likes to attack.
  •  Martha (none)
    lied to investigators and did her time.

    Now, everyone who has lied to Fitzgerald should do five months without whipped or foamed milk of any kind.

    Coming attractions...Get ready for the great unveiling of the next great Scoop site: http://www.boomantribune.com

    by BooMan23 on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 07:43:42 AM PST

  •  Tucker Carlson (none)
    Hunter, being a big fan of Tucker Carlson I know that you are I thought you'd enjoy this excerpt from last night's Unfiltered. The segment feature Cherylyn Harley LeBon and Richard Cohen.

    Notice how effortlessly they move from the critical to the banal:

    Cohen: Even then, I think a lot of people will say, OK, Iraq is sort of a democracy. Terrific. But was it worth the cost of two guys in Akron, Ohio? I don't know about that.

    Harley LeBon: And what will happen the next time? What will happen the next time?

    Cohen: Well, the next time is here in some respects because George Bush, when he says there's a crisis in social security, a lot of people said you said there was a crisis in Iraq. You cannot -- I mean, credibility is not something that you instantly earn back once you've squandered it. And I think he squandered a good deal of it.

    Carlson: Speaking of squandering credibility and the ups and downs of careers of famous people. Martha Stewart, brilliant column in The Washington Post this week, "Martha Stewart in the pros of being a con." She says, "the useful thing about going down is it fast tracks the process of humbling up." In other words, going to prison as a career move. Do you think this was a good career move for Martha Stewart, A, and B, and who do you think who could benefit from five months in
    prison?

    Amazing.

    And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall -- Dylan

    by Rp on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 07:50:37 AM PST

  •  Hard News (none)
    That's Wolf's tag line. "Hard News."

    heh.

  •  MSNBC was on when we got our pizza (none)
    There the talking heads (sorry I didn't note who they were) were talking about the state of the media and the noise machine now working on Martha.  But while they focused on the noise machine and Martha, they didn't say anything much about the real stories they were neglecting.  One fellow said - the news is a product and we have to please our consumers.  Martha causes peoples heads to turn and that is what we are looking for.

    Yeah right - disenfranchisement of voter is a yawn, raiding the treasury is such a bore, patronage and cronyism is so old hat, torture is such icky news no one will want to hear about it and so on.

    Go back to sleep America, everything is fine.  Martha is back to tell everyone how simple it is to decorate a 6 by 8 cell.

  •  I know one guy (none)
    Who's happy Martha is out of the pokey. Wolf Blitzer. Oh and in answer to the question can Martha turn a profit? Wolf Blitzer certainly hopes so. Apparantly he really, really REALLY wants this woman's phone number.
  •  Memo from CNN to Martha: (none)
    Don't let that double-edge sword impale the fuck outta ya for getting soft on our prison society.

    Leave the military complex alone! Everyone in there deserved it. Except you, of course, Martha, I hope to GOD you found your cappuccino maker. Isn't it great we live in a country that invented cappuccino and espresso? Back to you, Wolf.

    Do it GREEN, know what I mean?

    by SonofFunk on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 08:49:02 AM PST

  •  CNN is terrible Faux wanna-be (4.00)
    I can't even watch CNN anymore. For instance, yesterday I watched two minutes of Lou Dobbs. It showed the democrats answer to Bush's fake town hall meetings on Social Security. The first 30 seconds of the spot focused on the GOP protestors outside the hall. Virtually the rest of the spot railed on the democrats because they didn't let anyone speak besides the chosen people on the stage. So instead of giving this an honest apraisal, CNN chose to beat the democrats up for having a "fake" meeting. Never mind that Bush is doing this fake stuff on a daily basis, with disgusting consequences, CNN decided when the democrats do anything similar, they deserve to be critisized.

    I think the CNN big-wigs are buying their reporters. CNN is now a propaganda network, just like faux. They are keeping their people in line by paying them big wages and threatening their jobs if they don't repeat the propaganda line. This is effecting everyone on CNN, from Lou Dobbs, to Wolfe Blitzer.

  •  wolf probably owns stock (none)
    in Martha Stewart.  Another good reason to deleted CNN from my TV.
  •  Proof, if any were needed... (none)
    ...that what this country really needs is a non-partial, professionally-run, non-commercial news organization similar (if not identical) to the BBC.
  •  Why is this on the front page? (none)
    Why did I bother reading it?

    What's wrong with us?

    "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii.

    by thingamabob on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 09:14:21 AM PST

    •  kudos to you both! (none)
      Martha Stewart tried to get away with something.  She got caught, convicted and put away for 6 months.  Fair?  If the principle were equitable, sure.  In reality?  Hell NO!

      Bad icon girl!  Six months.  Come out smelling like a rose.  I have very mixed feelings about this.  

      On one hand, she didn't let the bastiches get her down (and her stock went up, up, up).  On the other hand, she lied through her teeth over some financial gain that, in reality, was relatively inconsequential for a woman of her wealth, so my other side says, good--greed gone amok punished.

      But I sit and seethe over the Bernie Ebbers and Ken Lays of this world.  True villains.  Bad, bad, men.  Greedy, grasping, robber barons.

      It AMAZES me how our supposed MSM has largely become co-opted into tabloidism.  GOOD LORD!  Do we really care what Martha wore out of prison.

      Excuse me while I vomit on her poncho and Michael Jackson's court transcript.

      Whatsay we talk about sh*t that MATTERS!!!!

      [sorry for the rant.]

      George Bush vacations in Texas; he LIVES in Denial.

      by Joon on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 05:23:20 PM PST

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  •  My thoughts exactly... (none)
    ... on seeing the whore CNN with up-to-the-minute live coverage of Martha Stewart's peregrinations on leaving the slammer:  STFU, you morons, and give us some actual news.  It's not like there's a dearth of topics that you haven't been deftly ignoring that you might go and dig into and report on.....

    Gaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

    Cheers,

  •  Last words (none)

    I still think you guys (and girls) are incredibly clever (and funny. Funny is good.) Democrats are clever people. So why do we lose elections? We lose because we never counted on Republicans becoming the low life slime buckets thay have morphed into.

    Do we, then, become low life slime buckets in our turn? No. We fight slime with intelligence, and wit, and a determination to get the truth out there.

    I salute you, Dailkos.

  •  sigh. (none)
    i just vomited in my mouth

    so... much... contempt... must... contain.... contempt...

  •  Ponchos. (none)
    Worst.Fashion.Ever.
  •  Back off Martha (none)
    She did jail time for something investment bankers do on a daily basis, and for much higher stakes than the money involved in Stewart's case.
    She was the victim of a witch hunt and it appears that the prison time actually helped her image.
    Good.
  •  this part was unbelievable (none)

    So there's the hope that she steps forward as a prison reform advocate. But that's a delicate balance, too. You know, you also need the ability to show that you're moving on and that there is a new, reformed Martha, as well. So if she becomes too much of a prison reform advocate, that could, you know, sort of stick her in the past.

    BLITZER: Do you agree with that, Dennis? Dennis Kneale of "Forbes" magazine. That it's a two-edged sword, if she starts becoming an activist for women's rights in prison?

    KNEALE: I really think there's a big downside there...

    I haven't seen such flippant disdain for "little people" said out loud in a while. Just appalling.

    I believe children are the future - unless we stop them now. -Homer Simpson

    by jkennerl on Sat Mar 05, 2005 at 03:11:22 PM PST

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    Postscript: Martha's stock went up a cool half billion dollar$ while she was in pri$on!

    Hint to 401k stockholders: Would your stock soar too, if your CEO was in prison? Think about it....hmmmmm?

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    by BALTHAZAR on Sun Mar 06, 2005 at 08:01:27 PM PST

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