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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Frustrated Ratigan Boots Stonewalling Congressman

by Jay Allbritton
This clip is the epitome of what's wrong with cable news. While I agree with Dylan Ratigan, his righteous anger at a Republican member of Congress does nothing for the vast majority of people who don't understand the issues. It sounds just like Fox News does most of the time. I can't help but think that Ratigan would have been far more effective if he would not have been emoting like Mel Gibson the entire time. Kicking a stonewalling, talking points-spewing mouthpiece for corporate crooks off the show is a brilliant idea. But do it calmly and deliberately and it would mean so much more.

UPDATE: You know what? I take it back. Go ahead, Dylan, yell your head off, buddy. These guys are graverobbers.

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5 comments:

Russ Weiss said...

You're too young to remember a guy named Joe Pyne. He had a tv show on in the 60's and was as confrontational as anyone I've ever seen. He'd do a bit where audience members could approach a podium and ask questions or make statements.

Joe would agree or disagree but many times he'd tell them to "take a hike". And believe it or not, they'd calmly walk away no matter how pissed they were.

Joe was amazing.

The Station Agent said...

I really think that there is a way to tell the audience or elected officials to their face that they suck and are hurting America. Your guy Joe was probably quite good at it. Jon Stewart is the master of that now. Ratigan is so right, but so easily dismissed.

David Derrico said...

It's all a giant sucking machine. Wall St., the government, TV and political commentators, the media, all of it.

Dr. Kold_Kadavr_flatliner, M.D. said...

Hate to tell ya, buddy, but you must croak; doesn't matter if you're a mortal atheist. Does Jesus reeeeelly care if you spent your whole life doing the dog? Where next? First, you'll be Divinely Judged based on how well you've kept the first commandment: YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD THY GOD... which is basically nadda --- Don't lose all hope, dude. HEAR YE! O HEAR YE!! Wanna be at my BIG-ol, kick-ass, party-hardy celebrating our resurrection for maaany eons in Heaven? A profusion of peace, eternal plethora of paradise, palm trees, 72ish degrees, fuzzy navels, pink, picturesque-portions-we-possess, without price, nor passwords, nor plastic? You’re more than welcome; you’re most invited --- God only gives bawls to those who see the need for humility.

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