If it bleeds it leads is so pervasive that even on supposed progressive news outlet MSNBC significant time was spent last night on the attack in Ottawa yesterday. Chris Matthews spent nearly his entire hour connecting the attack to Isis, Ebola and Republicans justifiably scaring people in to voting for them! I know that Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow know that other, arguably more important, things happened yesterday and should be given at least a minute or two… But they can’t. It would take more courage than they apparently have to say “we’ll do 5 minutes on Ottawa because everybody’s covering that and then move on to blah, blah, blah.” They know their producers will look at them like they have two heads.
But in the meantime yesterday…
Andrew Cuomo (not his dad) actually used the Republican dodge phrase “I’m not a scientist” to parry a question about fracking. How appropriate for the supposedly democratic governor who helped the GOP keep control in Albany to mimic asinine GOP talking points. They got amazingly scientific about Ebola, really fast.
Four Blackwater mercenaries were found guilty of murder stemming from an incident in Iraq in 2007. It’s big news when anybody is held accountable for atrocities these days. The verdict was a shock
Chris Christie (f/k/a The Luckiest Man in America) gave one of the most douche bag responses to the Republican failure to understand both basic economics and basic economic realities of life in denying the efficacy of and need for a decent minimum wage.
“I don’t think there’s a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight in America who are saying, ‘You know honey, if my son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my God, all our dreams would be realized,” he added. “Is that what parents aspire to for their children?”
Sorry, that’s douche bag deluxe.
The NBC cameraman who contracted Ebola is Ebola free. Also, with every passing day and no more Ebola patients coming forward the American Ebola mania fades away.
I’m sure there’s other stuff that would have been more interesting to watch than the same footage of Canadian police looking around with guns drawn over and over again.