Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Drinking our own bathwater? Fox News v. MSNBC

Ron Radosh comments here on an article (" The Story Behind the Story") by Mark Bowden in The Atlantic. Key quote from Bowden:
Television loves this, because it is dramatic. Confrontation is all. And given the fragmentation of news on the Internet and on cable television, Americans increasingly choose to listen only to their own side of the argument, to bloggers and commentators who reinforce their convictions and paint the world only in acceptable, comfortable colors. Bloggers like Richmond and Sexton, and TV hosts like Hannity, preach only to the choir. Consumers of such “news” become all the more entrenched in their prejudices, and ever more hostile to those who disagree. The other side is no longer the honorable opposition, maybe partly right; but rather always wrong, stupid, criminal, even downright evil. … In a post-journalistic society, there is no disinterested voice. There are only the winning side and the losing side.
So it's Olberman and Maddow v. Hannity and Beck. No meeting in the middle. What's a "news" consumer to do?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Making Nice with Dictators

Doesn't. Work.

Josef Joffe has it right (money quote):
It took Jimmy Carter until Christmas 1979, when the Soviets rolled into Afghanistan, to figure out that goodwill is not good enough. Let’s hope Mr. Obama learns faster how to shift from “good” to “will.” A reset, no matter how often, doesn’t change the reality inside a computer. The operating system remains the same.
Read the whole thing.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Rules for Counter-Radicals

MSM meet alternative media.

A little ACORN online, and "mighty oaks" of TV and print media fall.


Of events this month, Don Surber notes:
I’ve been a newspaperman for 30 years, doling out opinions for 22. It is unbelievable that a rodeo clown [Glenn Beck] and two kids from High School Musical 3 (as Jon Stewart put it) [James O'Keefe III and Hannah Giles -- with a little help from Andrew Breitbart] are dismantling the most adored, historic and super-duper smart administration since Jefferson dined alone.

I haven’t seen anything like this since the guy who ran the gift shop at CBS — Matt Drudge — made Monica Lewinsky a household name.
An Army of Davids indeed.

NRO has the Rules for Counter-Radicals: beating the Left at its own game.

O-buyer's remorse


Money quote from Jennifer Rubin in "Obama's Cardinal Errors" (read the whole thing):
Had Obama run a campaign promising to excoriate his predecessor at every turn, pass a mammoth energy tax and regulatory scheme, chase private health insurance from the market, outspend George W. Bush, deride America to overseas foes, toss valued allies including Israel, Honduras, Poland, and the Czech Republic under the bus, renege on missile defense in Europe and cut our own systems by $2 billion, and hire a “truther” for green jobs czar and an attorney general who wants to talk more and more about race (but not prosecute the New Black Panthers), it is fair to say he would never have gotten elected. So it should be no mystery why so many voters are having buyers’ remorse. ...

The president could turn this around ... But so long as Obama and his spinners remain convinced the real issue is not enough him or the mean conservatives or racism, there is little chance of that.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bronco Mendenhall on the Jim Rome radio show, 9/8/09

Give a listen.

Monday, September 07, 2009

BYU 14 OU 13

UPDATE: Oops. Cougs get crushed by Noles 54-28. Ouch.

UPDATE II - IT GETS WORSE: The Noles get beat the next week by South Florida 17-7. At home. Ouch again.

UPDATE III - AND WORSE-ER: The Noles lose to Boston College 28-21, and OU falls to Miami 20-21. One big owie.

'Poned 'em like newbs.*
[Owned them like newbies]

(Recently-returned missionary, McKay Jacobson, catches game-winning touchdown pass from returned-missionary Max Hall against Oklahoma Sooners 5 September 2009 in the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium.)

(Jacobson celebrates game-winner with returned-missionary teammates, Andrew George and Dennis Pitta.)


"Some will say that Oklahoma lost their star quarterback [Sam Bradford] and tight end [Germaine Gresham], but BYU lost their star running back [Harvey Unga] and defensive signal caller [linebacker Matt Bauman -- BYU was also without starting left guard Jason Sperendon, and had an offensive lineman, Matt Reynolds, and defensive back, Brian Logan, playing with broken hands]. They will say that Oklahoma had two turnovers, but BYU had four. They will say that Oklahoma had 12 penalties, but BYU had 10. It was an ugly brawl. Those clean-cut, married, returned missionaries from Provo slugged it out man to man with the Oklahoma Sooners, and beat them." -- Trevor Matich (former BYU offensive lineman, 1984 national championship team), from DN story

"BYU also had to overcome four turnovers (to Oklahoma's two), but the Cougar defense ensured that those miscues would not be fatal. After BYU's four turnovers, OU scored a touchdown (35 yard drive) and a field goal (22 yard drive), but on the other two occasions, the defense came right back and forced a turnover going the other way.
"It's only one game, but I think it's safe to say that this BYU defense is going to be very good. The fourth-quarter goal line stand was epic, but look closer at this:
"Oklahoma had 16 offensive snaps in the fourth quarter, for a total of 26 yards. That, my friends, is an average of 1.63 yards per play. When the BYU defense was most needed, when the energy supplies should have been at their most-depleted, the Cougar defenders sucked it up and shut the Sooners down. ...
"BYU's game-winning fourth quarter drive (16 plays, 78 yards, 8:38) joins 'Beck-to-Harline,' '4th and 18,' and BYU's two game-ending blocked field goals as defining moments of the Bronco era. Sure, there are others (the win at New Mexico in 2005, the win at TCU in 2006, the back-to-back shutouts in 2008), but in terms of 'chips down, gotta have it' plays, that series of plays in the fourth quarter versus OU was the embodiment of grit and determination, and may be the drive that defines this team. You could also say the same for the goal-line stand that preceded it; one led to the other, and they fit together well.
"Of the Cougars' fourth-quarter drive, OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables said: 'They just executed and we didn't.'" -- Voice of the Cougars, Greg Wrubell, from "The Cougars are TOUgh EnOUgh" on Cougar Tracks blog

"It's time to salute the defense [of a program] better known for lighting up scoreboards. ... BYU flustered Oklahoma into a blizzard of penalties and jarred loose two fumbles from a team that lost only one all of last season." -- Pat Forde, from ESPN's GameDay Final



"Sam Bradford and the Sooners: a sling and a prayer. ...


"Bradford threw for only 96 yards in the first half. OU scored 10 points in the first half with him, three points in the second half without him.
"The Sooner defense played well enough to win, even counting the game-winning touchdown drive it allowed in the fourth quarter. Fourteen points shouldn’t be enough to beat Oklahoma.
"But it was Saturday night, when the Sooners were hurting even before Bradford went down." -- From Daily Oklahoman

"QB Max Hall guaranteed win over Oklahoma and he delivered." -- From Daily Oklahoman

"There will be a lot of talk about how BYU won this game only because Sam Bradford got hurt, and that might be true. Even BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall admitted that the game changes if the Heisman winner is in.
"But give credit where credit is due. Oklahoma still has a pair of future NFL running backs in Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray, and it still has a defense that has the talent to be among the best in America, even if it didn't play like it in the clutch.
"There's no question that the Sooners played a bit down when their superstar went down, but this was supposed to be when everyone else stepped up their game. Even with Landry Jones under center, Oklahoma is still better and more talented than BYU (sorry Cougar fans, but it's true), but it didn't matter. Max Hall still had a great 329-yard performance and came up with the drive he had to in the fourth quarter to make the upset possible.
"Also give credit to a defense that held the Sooner ground game to 118 yards. Give credit to a BYU offensive line, which was supposed to be the weak link coming into the game, that held an NFL-style Sooner defensive line in check. Now the table is set for BYU, and now it's time to talk national-title shot even though it's only Sept. 5. This wasn't Boise State beating Oregon at home, this was beating Oklahoma in Dallas. Welcome to the 2009 college football season. It's on." -- FOX Sports, from "CFN: Bradford injury hurt OU, but BYU earned win"



See game highlights by Furious Monkey (CAUTION: soundtrack lyrics may be offensive), downloadable here. (150 MB)

UPDATE: Furious Monkey highlights streaming here on YouTube.

KSL TV highlights, interviews, and commentary -- here.