News Roundup for 8/11/09

GEICO gecko
Probably a communist

-Headline of the day-
"GEICO just saved a bunch of money by not advertising on FOX's Glenn Beck."

Things just aren't swinging Glenn Beck's way lately. Joining Lawyers.com, Procter & Gamble, and Progressive Insurance is GEICO, which sells talking geckos or something. "On Tuesday, August 4, GEICO instructed its ad buying service to redistribute its inventory of rotational spots on FOX-TV to their other network programs, exclusive of the Glenn Beck program," the company wrote the media watchdog group ColorOfChange.org. "As of August 4, GEICO no longer runs any paid advertising spots during Mr. Beck's program."

ColorOfChange.org has been running a boycott of advertisers on FOX's Inside the Rat's Nest Glenn Beck Calls His Mind and it seems to be going just gangbusters. Seems not many want to be a part of Beck's rapid descent into madness. "Beck's rhetoric is dangerous to the fabric of our democracy, and we are heartened that so many big companies feel the same way," the group said in a statement. "We won't stop here -- we're going to continue our fight to see that as many of Beck's advertisers pull their support as possible."

The next target; Amalgamated Straitjacket Clasps. I'm guessing they won't be as successful there... (Media Matters)

At a town hall meeting today, newly-reminted Democrat Arlen Specter got an earful from a crazy old wizard who was afraid that gummint was gonna start stickin' its nose in his Medicare. Shouting about Specter's "cronies in the government," he said, "I'm not a lobbyist... You're stuffing your pockets... I'll leave and you can do whatever the hell you please to do. One day God is gonna stand before you and judge you and the rest of your damn cronies up on the Hill... and then you will get your just desserts."

Ha! That'll show Arlen! Bring the wrath of your imaginary friend down on him! Teabags forever! w00t!

I can imagine how that'd go. "You wanted to bring down health care costs and have people treated fairly, regardless of income? You wanted to make sure insurance companies didn't rip people off? How dare you! I hereby Damn you to Hell!"

Yeah, that's exactly how it'd probably go. (Talking Points Memo)

-You're one of THEM!-
Blogger Ezra Klein interviewed Rep. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and asked him about Sarah Palin's revelation that Obama will kill all babies with developmental disabilities and sell them as dog food to pay for his commie health care reform.

"How did this become a question of euthanasia?" Klein asked.

"I have no idea," he answered. "I understand -- and you have to check this out -- I just had a phone call where someone said Sarah Palin's web site had talked about the House bill having death panels on it where people would be euthanized. How someone could take an end of life directive or a living will as that is nuts. You're putting the authority in the individual rather than the government. I don't know how that got so mixed up."

Yes, a Republican just called Sarah Palin nuts. By extension, he's also calling the town hall mobs, the entire right wing media, and the bulk of the Republican party just as squirrelly.

Don't expect to hear a lot from Rep. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) from now on. Such talk is strictly verboten. (Crooks and Liars)

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