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It's that time of year again. Some have vowed to hit the gym more often. Others are swearing off cigarettes. For some, coffee has been replaced with copious amounts of socialist green tea. Still others are signing up for community service projects to help improve the world around them.

Yes, many Americans have made their New Year's resolutions. Perhaps the conservative media establishment should do the same.

Fox News' tear-shedding golden boy Glenn Beck should give up the infamous chalkboard he's used to illustrate wild conspiracy theories and invest the money saved -- he must spend a bundle on chalk -- on a team of full-time fact-checkers. After all, he's become notorious over the past year for letting facts fall by the wayside in his non-stop campaign to tear down the Obama presidency. Such a resolution might even bring back at least some of the 80 advertisers Beck's program lost in 2009 after he called the president a "racist."

Noted sexist (and radio host) Rush Limbaugh should learn from his embarrassing failed attempt to purchase the NFL's St. Louis Rams and pull himself out of the Miss America pageant that he's slated to judge later this year. Limbaugh can use the time he would have devoted to the pageant on some long-needed sensitivity seminars. Yes, 2010 could be a banner year for a reformed El Rushbo if he can manage to string together a few months of abstinence from further racially charged, misogynistic, homophobic, anti-Muslim and otherwise hateful remarks.

Serial misinformer Betsy McCaughey -- who has been caught making patently false claims against health care reform time and again -- should take some time off from "policy analysis" and enroll in a Learning Annex class to improve reading comprehension. I'm sure a medical company or the tobacco industry would be happy to foot the bill -- it wouldn't be the first time she's lined her pockets with their cash. In no time at all McCaughey could nip her dirty little habit of making crazy claims about health care reform in the bud. Imagine what she could accomplish by focusing on what's actually written in the legislation being considered -- gone would be claims of "socialized medicine," euthanasia for grandma, and rationed care.

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Karl Frisch is a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog and research and information center based in Washington, D.C. Frisch also contributes to County Fair, a media blog featuring links to progressive media criticism from around the Web as well as original commentary. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, or sign up to receive his columns by email.

Originally posted to Karl Frisch on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 12:25 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    ---- Karl Frisch is a Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America. The views expressed here are his own and not necessarily those of Media Matters.

    by Karl Frisch on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 12:25:34 PM PST

    •  Karl, I knew 2 Frisch brothers in Chicago. (0+ / 0-)

      Enjoyed your diary and I mostly agree.  Except, I don't agree with demonizing Republicans.  True, the ones on the public radar are not making any good points, but there still are rational, moral, ethical and even kind .... Republicans.  

      Of the two Frisch brothers, both were Democrats.  One was a physician.  The other was Kennedy's Good Will Ambassador to Ireland.  They were quite elderly when I was student in 1981, Dr. Frisch was over 90.  But both were handsome specimens, incredibly fit and solidly built, looked less-than half their true age.  Neither had ever married or had children, but dated younger women, like women 20 or 30 years younger.  :)

  •  All of the media could resolve to practice (3+ / 0-)
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    reality-based journalism. They could actually find and report facts rather than simply quoting the opinions of politicians and other cranks and sociopaths.

  •  Do our expert analysts truly believe we are in (1+ / 0-)
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    danger of losing our lead in the House and Senate to these lunatics?

    I think as progressives we need to make a resolution not to let any of these right wingnuts get elected to important offices again.  From President all the way down to dog-catcher.

    Yes, I've been disappointed by the slowness of our progress and lack of passion and effectiveness by our leadership over the last decade, but this in no way can be an excuse not to get our voters to the voting booth in 2010 and all the next election cycles.

    We've got to replace Michelle Backmann, and a whole lot of others who simple shouldn't be in public office.

    I wish we could convince folks here to broaden our collective mission to be not just to "elect more and better Democrats'", but to add "and/or more progressive independents."

    Does anyone here not think Independent Senate Bernie Sanders does't deserve a life time acheivement award in our Progressive Heros Hall of Fame?

    My thinking is this.  A sizable chunk of our progressive friends, especially younger ones, are so dissappointed, or feel betrayed, they feel like it would be impossible to go out and work so hard to elect the same Democrats who are counting on us to have no place else to go.

    I've been through this cycle many times, grasshoppers, but, it's only when I'm reminded of out much worse and truly disasterous these Republican are, and would be, that I realize we've got to keep pulling all the stops for the very long haul.

    AND, whenever, it's possible, without, giving a seat to the GOP, let's upgrade DINOs to true progressives or even independents.

    We won't patsies for the DINO supporting leadership, but true Progressives building our emergence power base, within, and without the party.


    Thanks, Karl for reminding us how totally lost these right wing ideologues truly are.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 12:43:32 PM PST

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