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(The New York Times)   Ann Romney blacked out at party thrown for her husband   (nytimes.com) divider line 71
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2012-08-23 07:47:28 AM
Wait, Castle is back on air??
 
2012-08-23 08:01:38 AM
Mondays? Hmm Alphas,Warehouse 13,Pawn Stars and American Pickers. Nope no time for Ann telling us how honest her pathological liar of a husband is in my schedule.
 
2012-08-23 08:05:49 AM
Who wants to hear a rich white lady talk about the help?
 
2012-08-23 08:14:08 AM

Hobodeluxe: Mondays? Hmm Alphas,Warehouse 13,Pawn Stars and American Pickers. Nope no time for Ann telling us how honest her pathological liar of a husband is in my schedule.


I just lost so much respect for you for admitting you watch Pawn Stars.
 
2012-08-23 08:14:45 AM

Vodka Zombie: Who wants to hear a rich white lady talk about the help?


Wait, Arrested Development is back on air??
 
2012-08-23 08:53:20 AM
Gotta see if Honey Boo boo makes her crab quota while dredging for gold off the Jersey shore.
 
2012-08-23 09:12:12 AM

GAT_00: Hobodeluxe: Mondays? Hmm Alphas,Warehouse 13,Pawn Stars and American Pickers. Nope no time for Ann telling us how honest her pathological liar of a husband is in my schedule.

I just lost so much respect for you for admitting you watch Pawn Stars.


Yeah, Hardcore Pawn is a much better show. Watching an old Jew taking advantage of poor black people in a run down Detroit neighborhood.
 
2012-08-23 09:44:12 AM
Doesn't matter if the black it out or not. I think that's exactly when Adult Swim runs American Dad reruns. Hummm...Ann Romney or American Dad...
 
2012-08-23 09:50:14 AM
I wonder how much the RNC had to bribe the networks to arrange that?
 
2012-08-23 09:50:14 AM
was she roofied?
 
2012-08-23 09:51:26 AM
Was Obama speaking?
 
2012-08-23 09:52:11 AM

Philip Francis Queeg: I wonder how much the RNC had to bribe the networks to arrange that?


AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
 
2012-08-23 09:52:55 AM
Is she going to show us all how to make a mayonegg while on horseback?
 
2012-08-23 09:53:11 AM

GAT_00: Hobodeluxe: Mondays? Hmm Alphas,Warehouse 13,Pawn Stars and American Pickers. Nope no time for Ann telling us how honest her pathological liar of a husband is in my schedule.

I just lost so much respect for you for admitting you watch Pawn Stars.


And Alphas. shiattiest non-reality show on TV.
 
2012-08-23 09:55:07 AM

wildcardjack: GAT_00: Hobodeluxe: Mondays? Hmm Alphas,Warehouse 13,Pawn Stars and American Pickers. Nope no time for Ann telling us how honest her pathological liar of a husband is in my schedule.

I just lost so much respect for you for admitting you watch Pawn Stars.

And Alphas. shiattiest non-reality show on TV.


Which makes it what? The fourth best show on TV right now?
 
2012-08-23 09:55:20 AM
Awwww, I wanted a chance to see Ann Romney try working at something for the first time in her life.
 
2012-08-23 09:56:04 AM
She's been moved to the liability column.
 
2012-08-23 09:57:11 AM
The article says that if neither ABC, CBS nor NBC cover it, it isn't being covered.

Is it still the 80's?
 
2012-08-23 09:57:49 AM
THIS Is an outra...


*zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*
 
2012-08-23 09:58:25 AM
You don't see both sides to the story in the news media anymore. It's not just about the campaign, or the dollars at risk by multimedia conglomerates. It's about the American People and their relationship with Ann Romney. Ann knows that this is the best decision. She's fully behind it, and would love the quiet engagement between her and fifty thousand people in a humble conference room. Because she knows, deep down in her heart, if she goes on national TV, she'll be faced with the insurmountable oppression of the public spotlight, of poors being able to look at her without paying for the privilege.
 
2012-08-23 09:59:49 AM

RussianPooper: The article says that if neither ABC, CBS nor NBC cover it, it isn't being covered.

Is it still the 80's?

the overall trend for the networks has been to cut back and leave the gavel-to-gavel coverage to cable news.

 
2012-08-23 09:59:54 AM
Was it a legitimate blackout?
 
2012-08-23 10:01:35 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-23 10:01:45 AM

Smoking GNU: Was it a legitimate blackout?


No, but it certainly appears to be forcible.
 
2012-08-23 10:02:21 AM

jaylectricity: GAT_00: Hobodeluxe: Mondays? Hmm Alphas,Warehouse 13,Pawn Stars and American Pickers. Nope no time for Ann telling us how honest her pathological liar of a husband is in my schedule.

I just lost so much respect for you for admitting you watch Pawn Stars.

Yeah, Hardcore Pawn is a much better show. Watching an old Jew taking advantage of poor black people in a run down Detroit neighborhood.


All of that shiat is scripted.

"I want a thousand dollars for this PS3."

"I'll give you $50."

"Man, fark you! You gonna GIVE me a THOUSAND DOLLARS or I'm gonna fight you!"

*Fake stare down*

Idk how anyone watches any of that shiat

/NatGeo Wild Channel
There isn't a business in the world with that much daily drama.
 
2012-08-23 10:05:45 AM
Political coverage this year has not always generated large audiences. In fact, it can drive viewers away, as ABC learned when it looked at the minute-by-minute ratings of "Good Morning America" and saw that people sometimes tuned out when political news was shown.

That's because two party politics appeals only to a minority of Americans. The majority of Americans know it's a sham and they're tired of being jerked around and lied to by two party thieves and their surrogates. These party conventions amount to nothing more than infomercials for corrupt lawyers looking to get spaces at the trough. This stuff has nothing to do with the lives of ordinary people - it's irrelevant. Ordinary people have no skin in this game. It's rigged, the outcome will make no difference to them, and they know it.
 
2012-08-23 10:07:58 AM
What makes me upset about this is that Hawaii five-o and Grimm are on at the same time and I have to pick which one I should watch on the tv and which one I should see on the computer later. It's really annoying.
 
2012-08-23 10:08:17 AM
People watch the conventions?

/watching paint dry is more exciting and informative
 
2012-08-23 10:09:53 AM

canyoneer: Political coverage this year has not always generated large audiences. In fact, it can drive viewers away, as ABC learned when it looked at the minute-by-minute ratings of "Good Morning America" and saw that people sometimes tuned out when political news was shown.

That's because two party politics appeals only to a minority of Americans. The majority of Americans know it's a sham and they're tired of being jerked around and lied to by two party thieves and their surrogates. These party conventions amount to nothing more than infomercials for corrupt lawyers looking to get spaces at the trough. This stuff has nothing to do with the lives of ordinary people - it's irrelevant. Ordinary people have no skin in this game. It's rigged, the outcome will make no difference to them, and they know it.


You're giving the general public, especially the GMA audience, far too much credit. People tune out political news because they want to know about real news, like which famous person is having sex with which famous person, what happened on last night's Formerly Famous People Dance for Attention, and an interview with the star of White Trash Pageant Child.
 
2012-08-23 10:15:00 AM
graphics8.nytimes.com

This is the most diversity of color that will be seen on this stage
 
2012-08-23 10:17:58 AM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: [graphics8.nytimes.com image 600x360]

This is the most diversity of color that will be seen on this stage


You are WRONG SIR! There will be white, off-white, eggshell, and orange if Bohner shows up.
 
2012-08-23 10:18:34 AM

DROxINxTHExWIND: jaylectricity: GAT_00: Hobodeluxe: Mondays? Hmm Alphas,Warehouse 13,Pawn Stars and American Pickers. Nope no time for Ann telling us how honest her pathological liar of a husband is in my schedule.

I just lost so much respect for you for admitting you watch Pawn Stars.

Yeah, Hardcore Pawn is a much better show. Watching an old Jew taking advantage of poor black people in a run down Detroit neighborhood.

All of that shiat is scripted.

"I want a thousand dollars for this PS3."

"I'll give you $50."

"Man, fark you! You gonna GIVE me a THOUSAND DOLLARS or I'm gonna fight you!"

*Fake stare down*

Idk how anyone watches any of that shiat

/NatGeo Wild Channel
There isn't a business in the world with that much daily drama.


that show does suck, but as a Flint MI native, I can tell you that sort of drama doesn't have to be manufactured around here.
I remember people saying Jerry Springer had to be fake...I could very literally sit on my porch and watch worse (or better if you like that sort of thing) on a daily basis. You could hear "F**K YOU!" followed by screeching tires echoing around the neighborhood like it was some sort of mating call. seriously...


/moved to the country, don't miss the drama.
 
2012-08-23 10:21:21 AM
White blond lady blacked out at a party?

I hope she won't be legitimately r-

Nah, I can't do it.
 
2012-08-23 10:22:32 AM

EyeballKid: You're giving the general public, especially the GMA audience, far too much credit. People tune out political news because they want to know about real news, like which famous person is having sex with which famous person, what happened on last night's Formerly Famous People Dance for Attention, and an interview with the star of White Trash Pageant Child.


The voter turnout numbers speak for themselves. On average, more than 50% of Americans just don't care, and when asked why, they answer with pretty much what I said. In local elections, it's rare for turnout to be over 25%.

Why 90 million Americans won't vote in November

When half or more than half of people don't participate, can it really be called democracy any more?
 
2012-08-23 10:25:05 AM
FTFA: ""I don't think it's the decision that Bill Paley would have made," said Russ Schriefer, a senior Romney adviser, referring to the executive who ran CBS during the days of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite. "

Yeah, well, I don't think releasing only one year of tax returns is the decision Mitt's father would have made, either. But don't worry, Republicans, the Best F*cking News Team Ever will be there. 

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-08-23 10:27:08 AM
FTFA: "I don't think it's the decision that Bill Paley would have made," said Russ Schriefer, a senior Romney adviser, referring to the executive who ran CBS during the days of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite.

That's probably true. But if this where those days, Romney would have already had his feet to the fire and asked pointed and direct questions about his platform and the veracity of his speeches. This would have rendered him a very long shot (longer than he is now, even) for getting to be president.

I guess there are pluses and minuses to being in this modern-day profit focused news media, aren't there?
 
2012-08-23 10:28:01 AM

canyoneer: When half or more than half of people don't participate, can it really be called democracy any more?


If they're not being blocked from voting, yes. Their participation is implicit. "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice!"
 
2012-08-23 10:29:22 AM

DROxINxTHExWIND: All of that shiat is scripted.


You've obviously never met people desperate enough to get drugs. They go in there knowing they need a certain amount of money. They look around for something they think is worth that, most likely because that's how much they paid for it. On the ride over there, the prospect of getting the money for drugs makes them feel good, kind of excited, like everything is going to be alright.

Then when the pawn shop offers them half of what they needed, that feeling of comfort is shattered. Now they realize they're not going to be able to pay the drugs (or pay back their dealer which allows them to borrow more drugs).

It's probably several incidents over the course of the week that they make the show out of.
 
2012-08-23 10:36:14 AM
Cognitive dissonance has its limit. Eventually a reboot would need to take place.
 
2012-08-23 10:41:45 AM
who trusts a man that doesn't drink?
 
2012-08-23 10:50:25 AM

jaylectricity: DROxINxTHExWIND: All of that shiat is scripted.

You've obviously never met people desperate enough to get drugs. They go in there knowing they need a certain amount of money. They look around for something they think is worth that, most likely because that's how much they paid for it. On the ride over there, the prospect of getting the money for drugs makes them feel good, kind of excited, like everything is going to be alright.

Then when the pawn shop offers them half of what they needed, that feeling of comfort is shattered. Now they realize they're not going to be able to pay the drugs (or pay back their dealer which allows them to borrow more drugs).

It's probably several incidents over the course of the week that they make the show out of.


No, I've known many people on drugs. I just don't watch the same tv shows and movies that gave you that cartoonish picture of every drug user. I grew up in NW Washington DC during the height of the crack epidemic. You're in Massachussetts. But, I appreciate your attempt at giving me a tutorial.
 
2012-08-23 10:51:56 AM
Is Moochelle Obama speaking at the DNC convention? If so, what vacation spot will she broadcast from, and will her kids be listed as senior advisors so that they go there on our dime, too?
 
2012-08-23 10:53:55 AM
I can understand why the liberal media won't show her. The last thing the libs want to see is a smart, strong, conservative woman.
 
2012-08-23 10:57:22 AM

ox45tallboy: FTFA: ""I don't think it's the decision that Bill Paley would have made," said Russ Schriefer, a senior Romney adviser, referring to the executive who ran CBS during the days of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite. "

Yeah, well, I don't think releasing only one year of tax returns is the decision Mitt's father would have made, either. But don't worry, Republicans, the Best F*cking News Team Ever will be there. 

[24.media.tumblr.com image 640x480]


Why is the chick off by herself, looking like she has a stick up her ass?
 
2012-08-23 11:01:41 AM

DROxINxTHExWIND: Bill_Wick's_Friend: [graphics8.nytimes.com image 600x360]

This is the most diversity of color that will be seen on this stage

You are WRONG SIR! There will be white, off-white, eggshell, and orange if Bohner shows up.


There will be black, assuming that white, off-white, eggshell, and orange people dress formally.
 
2012-08-23 11:16:56 AM

RussianPooper: If they're not being blocked from voting, yes. Their participation is implicit. "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice!"


This is a hypothetical, but once a significant percentage - or in this case a majority - of the population has decided that the political system no longer represents them, when does that majority move from non-participation to non-compliance? IOW, when does this critical mass of people decide that a government which does not represent them and is not looking out for their interests no longer command obedience? These two parties can blithely enjoy their free ride for a while, but if physical conditions deteriorate past a certain point, they risk real trouble. Inertia can only carry a nation so far.
 
2012-08-23 11:24:53 AM

kronicfeld: Vodka Zombie: Who wants to hear a rich white lady talk about the help?

Wait, Arrested Development is back on air??


It's in production.
 
2012-08-23 11:38:03 AM
I'm sure FOX News will be all over it.
It's not an issue. It's just a temper tantrum.

/And you know CSPAN will cover it too. BFD.
 
2012-08-23 11:41:13 AM

shotglasss: I can understand why the liberal media won't show her. The last thing the libs want to see is a smart, strong, conservative woman.


There won't be any smart strong women at the Republican convention to worry about - no truly smart, strong woman would support a party or people who want to make her a second class citizen, make decisions for her, control her body, and treat her like property. The only women there will be brainwashed idiots intent to vote against their own best interests.

Don't get me started with the men who will be there!

/Yea. I said it.
 
2012-08-23 11:47:22 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: Why is the chick off by herself, looking like she has a stick up her ass?


She looks like she has a stick up her ass because that's her thing. She's "off by herself" because of the weird angle of the shot.

The chick is Samantha Bee, who is in real life married to correspondent Jason Jones (the guy on the far right). Second from the right is Lt. Col, Rob Riggle of the USMC reserves, who also happens to be 6'3". You can compare his height to Stewart himself who claims to be 5' 6 1/2", but is actually more like 5' 5". It's all about the angle of the shot.

In other words, it's the angle of the shot and her "totally serious" facial expression she uses in her interviews. She's actually a very funny lady.
 
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