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Crushed in the ratings

Fox News by Jon Stewart. What a shame, they’re such nice people!

The reason why Fox News feels so threatened by Jon Stewart is because his program is more popular than anything not named Bill O’Reilly on the network. Not only is Stewart popular, but he is popular with the coveted young demographics that Fox News struggles with. The average Fox News viewer is 65 years old. For years, the Fox News model of success has been powered by viewers literally aging in to watching Fox.

However, Jon Stewart has thrown a wrench in the Fox News cycle of life by educating his millions of younger viewers about Fox News. Stewart spends segments debunking the propaganda, exposing facts, and uncovering the edited video that is the bread and butter of America’s top cable news network.

Every night Stewart is teaching Americans how to not watch Fox News. The Daily Show host has become the media critic with the biggest platform and loudest voice in our country, and most often that voice is targeting Fox News for their brand of “journalism.”

Overall Stewart beat Fox News’ prime time lineup 2.3 million-2.2 million (which is a different number than the above mentioned 1.8 million, but when The Daily Show is matched up against every non-O’Reilly FNC program, it leads and/or dominates. As we head into 2012, the news that Stewart’s entertainment program based in large part on debunking the misinformation in the mainstream media is doing so well should provide hope that maybe someday sanity will return to our national discourse.

This ain’t beanbag

When you get in the way of Big Energy and their profits, the shit will hit the fan:

WASHINGTON — A feud at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where five presidentially appointed commissioners oversee the safety of the nation’s nuclear power reactors, has broken out into full public view, with Chairman Gregory Jaczko’s fellow commissioners assailing his character and management style, both in a letter made public earlier this month and in the resulting testimony before Congress.

Republicans have begun calling for Jaczko’s ouster.

“The situation at the NRC sounds dire,” wrote Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) in a letter to President Barack Obama, “leaving me very concerned that the Chairman is unable to lead the Commission in the fulfillment of its responsibilities.”

On K Street, energy lobbyists have rallied to support the four other commissioners.

So far, the White House is standing by Jaczko, one of the least industry-friendly leaders to serve at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in a generation.
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Open letter to Newt Gingrich

From the child of a janitor.

Because the night

Patti Smith turns 65 today and she’s still rocking!

The calamity song

A Decemberists video based on Eschaton, an end-times game described in David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest”, the book that inspired Atrios’ Eschaton blog. The Decembrists:

Moment of clarity

Rant from Lee Camp:

The walk

Another new one from Mayer Hawthorne:

I used to have a friend who would argue with me about this song, saying it was “ironic” and meant to ridicule pacifists. I told him he was full of shit. He was kind of a conservative asshole and getting worse. The final straw that ended our friendship was when he ridiculed me for saying America was slipping into fascism under George Bush. I hear he’s found Evangelical Jesus and plays in a church band now. Figures.

Nick Lowe:

Another Republican perv

Oh, and he was a Disney “Teacher of the Year,” too. This one’s in Somerville, NJ:

Winning coach. Beloved school administrator. Politician. Civil Air Patrol veteran. A father of two stepsons and a daughter.

These are accomplishments and accolades on Patrick Lott’s resume.

So it came as a shock to those who knew him that Lott — who for so many years had been entrusted with students and athletes — had been arrested and charged with videotaping naked teenage boys showering at Immaculata High School in Somerville.

“Oh, my God,” said Dennis Sullivan, a Democratic Somerville borough councilman who knew Lott, a Republican, through their involvement in politics and local government.


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