Cal & Bob’s Bogus Journey

Cal Thomas, a “conservative columnist,” and Bob Beckel, a “liberal Democratic strategist,” debate for USA Today whether “our noisy democracy can handle the right-leaning Fox.” Let’s listen in!

Cal: We’ve been around politics long enough to know that an “enemies list” was not unique to Richard Nixon. Liberals and conservatives love to paint each other as destroyers of the country to raise money, get votes and build ratings. But this year’s drumbeat against Fox News — where I occasionally am paid to appear — is liberal paranoia on steroids.

Bob: Full disclosure is required here, as I am paid to appear on Fox News a good deal and have for five years. As a longtime liberal, I have taken much heat for doing so. The questions I get invariably focus on Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. It’s no secret Hannity is conservative, and O’Reilly certainly is not a liberal. Beck goes well beyond conservatism to some very strange places. Liberals focus on just these three, though, and fail to recognize superb journalists like Brit Hume and Chris Wallace, among many others.

Spoiler alert: Cal and Bob agree that Fox is fine and dandy.

Next week, Charles Manson and Ted Bundy debate the ethics of mass murder. You’ll be surprised what they think!

Crazy like a Fox? [USA Today]

Everyone go see Hot Tub Time Machine! It’s hilarious and you get a brief glance of John Cusack’s bare ass.

The following week can we have Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler debate which one was more of an inspiration to President B. Hussein Obama?

Jeffrey Dahmer teams up with Jamie Oliver!

Faux Network is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful group of human beings I’ve ever known in my life.

Why Faux loves Bob…

“Beckel was the campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign. He became known as the man who wrapped the Wendy’s slogan “Where’s the Beef?” around Mondale’s opponent Gary Hart so effectively.” and yet got beaten in the worst possible way by Ronnie Raygun.

Man hasn’t won since the 60s (worked for RFK.)

It would be like letting US America’s worst WW2 general Lloyd Freedenhall (Major Retard) comment on allied tactics in WW2.

@ManchuCandidate: Yes, that would explain things. Fox’s other house demrat is Pat Caddell — Jimmy’s pollster — whom I didn’t even know was still alive until I saw him on Beck’s show during the 9/12 circus.

Well, fine. First K State loses to Butler, then Kentucky lost to WV. If Duke can just manage to lose to Butler, my bracket will officially be dead. We need more cheetos in the basement of shame.

@Mistress Cynica: I *knew* WV would beat Kentucky, but now am thinking they could actually pull out an upset over Puke – not that that would help me much.

Oh and BTW – MellBell is actually Jimmy the Greek’s daughter, Atanastia.

@Mistress Cynica, @Nabisco:

Will the Madness end with March?!!!!!

And then I’ll know WTF you are all talking about? I think Benedick has the right idea: every March, escape to the Third World.

More on topic, this reminds me of the regular Friday thingy on NPR, which I usually catch on my way home from work. The one where EJ Dionne, NPR-appointed liberal, faces off against David Brooks, NY Times-appointed douchenozzle, in a smack-down of op-ed mediocrity that never fails to shift the parameters of debate further toward the irrelevant.

A Gilbert & Sullivan Moment for Y’all:

the very definition of a modern mod’rate Liberal

is someone who barks talking points entirely political

the policy’s designed to keep the dollars ever rolling in

and treat constituents like they are targeted bowling pins

Topsy Turvy, wot!

superb journalists like Brit Hume and Chris Wallace

Ha ha ha ha ha!

That’s a good one, Liberal Journalist and Representative of the Libtard-leaning Mainstream Media Bob Beckel!

It’s nice to know that FOX has all the possible two viewpoints covered, because that’s what fair balanced means to me.

@Pedonator: That cracked me up , too. If that’s the best you’ve got . . . well, you’re Fox News.

@Pedonator: I also enjoyed “right-leaning Fox” in the USA Today intro. I guess that’s what makes MSNBC “far Left”. Just like their Reagan-celebrating owners.

So let me see if I got this right: USA Today got two dudes who pick up a paycheck from Fox to discuss the merits of Fox “news”?

And seriously, the biggest joke is referring to Brit Hume as a journalist. Yeah, he was a journalist a loooong time ago, but today he is a political shill, plain and simple.

My only question is who to despise more: the right-wing hacks that pretend to play journalism on Fox, or the mainstream journalists who go on that channel’s debate shows to, presumably, represent the “left.” After all, when you’ve got a debate panel comprised of a guy from the Weekly Standard and a Washington Post correspondent that pretty much tells you where the debate is going to go.

@Mistress Cynica: , @Nabisco: I wish all of you could have seen the first moments of the local sportscast last night immediately following the WV-UK game. The Louisville CBS affiliate WLKY had set aside the entire 90 minute block from 9:30 to 11:00 to celebrate the Wildcats’ triumphant return to the Final Four. As they went live to Syracuse WLKY sportscaster Fred Cowgill appeared on camera with a look on his face that screamed, “What the hell am I going to talk about NOW for 90 minutes?” I have never seen such a look of sheer despair. Being a lifetime member of “The Wildcats Are My Second Choice Club” – my first choice being whichever team they play – it was a moment of absolute bliss.

@Mistress Cynica: One is a guy who drove his son to suicide. The other is a guy whose father *should* have driven him to suicide.

@Dave H: I think you’ve got to chalk that one up to too much armpit-sniffing at KY. They are so much better on paper, they have that kid who is 6-11, 275, and WVA hasn’t been to the Final Four since Jerry West left. And now they’re back, KY goes home, and KY’s big kid goes pro.

@Dave H: Fred Cowgill is still there? Good lord. I was always a WAVE 3 girl myself. (Tom Wills once spoke to my elementary school science class, and Belski’s Backyard was down the street from my middle school.)

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