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@Alexs1776 Brings The #Boom

Posted on | December 26, 2013 | 16 Comments

by Smitty


From the last press conference a week back, emphasis mine:

On Obamacare, the president allowed he’d made mistakes when it came to the health care rollout. “Even though I was meeting every other week, every three weeks with folks and emphasizing how important it was that consumers have a good experience … the fact is it didn’t happen in the first month, first six weeks in a way that was at all acceptable, and since I’m in charge, obviously we screwed it up.”

You’ve got to respect a leader that’s singular in his understanding of who’s in charge, and somehow, ambiguously, vaguely plural in his grasp of who tubed it.

When #OccupyResoluteDesk says ‘we’, I take him to mean ‘you’. You bitter racist cling-ons, you.

via @Alexs1776

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  • http://musterion.typepad.com/blog/ Joe Dokes

    o/t

    Stacy, I dunno if you wanna do something with this. Note the unveiled admission (a very, very rare one) the writer makes about NPR.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/killed-liberal-radio-star-article-1.1557670

  • tlk244182

    I just assumed he was lapsing into using the royal ‘we.’

  • rustypaladin

    Yeah, this is off topic but that article is full of good stuff if you read between the lines.

    “The biggest pressures squeezing liberal talk radio are commercial ones. Deregulation of the airwaves allowed conglomerates like Clear Channel to borrow billions from Wall Street and begin buying up stations by the hundreds. Saddled with debt, Clear Channel has ruthlessly standardized its 840 stations and squeezed each for maximum profit. That meant eliminating progressive talk from its stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland.”

    So, what the author is saying is, nobody listens to liberal talk radio so nobody is willing to advertise on these shows and make them profitable.

    “Angry progressives claim such moves could also have a political motivation: Clear Channel is owned in part by Bain Capital, the private equity firm once run by Mitt Romney.”

    Point of order: Mitt Romeny left Bain Capital many years ago. The current top brass at Bain Capital were bundlers for Barack Obama during the last Presidential election. The left’s “Bain Capital” boggeyman is on their own side these days.

    I few weeks ago I was listening to the Phil Valentine Show on the way home from work. He was talking about the same stuff as this article. What kills liberal talk radio isn’t that it is liberal. It’s that their radio hosts are not entertaining. I’ve heard Rush Limbaugh say much the same thing: First, you must be an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, all of them are entertainers first. If you are not entertaining then you are doomed no matter what your political beliefs are. Until the liberals realize this they are going to fail.

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  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Okay I like the Obamacare/Duck Dynasty analogy. But you might like this insider story on how A&E screwed up (from an entertainment industry perspective):

    “Who the hell let them talk to GQ in the first place?” one veteran wondered. “This is their biggest show. Are they going to get a bigger audience by talking to some snarky reporter from GQ? Where is the upside? There is none. Zero.”

    Chimed in another: “GQ is not a Duck Dynasty-friendly place, and [A&E] knew they had talent that talks and goes off the reservation. What the *&$# you gonna get from GQ? It’s not going to get you a new audience. Then they left him alone with the reporter.” (A&E had a rep on site, but the reporter nonetheless managed to squeeze in some alone time with Phil, during which he cut loose, according to media reports).

    http://www.deadline.com/2013/12/duck-dynasty-debacle-has-tv-industry-abuzz-execs-cite-aes-rookie-mistake/ It is pretty funny.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    As Adjoran noted a few days ago, National Review is also having its own mini Duck Dynasty brew ha ha with its talent…

    Here is a bit of advice: If you are arguing a point opposite of Mark Steyn, you have almost certainly lost.

  • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

    “Duck responsibility” Choice!

  • Mike G.

    I heard from an unreliable source that A&E was in the process of putting out a new show about politicians in Washington D.C. called ” Dick Dynasty.”

  • NeoWayland

    “Even though I was meeting every other week, every three weeks with folks and emphasizing how important it was that consumers…”

    Stars above, this is a chief executive?

    Weekly meetings and daily updates on any major project. Show up unexpectedly to poke around, not once but several times. And as the deadlines get closer, meet more and inspect more. If it is important, you watch it carefully. This is business school 201, this is leadership 101.

    Of course we know that the Imperious Leader was all about avoiding the responsibility and taking the credit.

    Even so, this shows incompetence on a major scale. Leaders never ever admit mistakes unless they have most of the solution in place..

  • Steve Skubinna

    Duck Dodgers in the 24th (and a half) Century!

  • Davy Jones

    To be subtitled, “Tales of the Unexpected”.

  • teapartydoc

    Or “Tales From the Cryptographers.”

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  • richard40

    It looks like A&E backed off and reinstated Phil Robertson. They knew they could not kill their highest rated program.

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