Sunday, November 16, 2008

Joe The Plumber & other media lizards

Yeah, Joe the P being a humble dude, would have us believe that "everyone" came at him to write a book. Sorry Mr. Knopf, take a hike Random House, who do you think you're talking to Mr. Morrow? Who wants the big bucks, the bling, the babes when you can stand on principle? So instead of cashing in he'd think we'll believe:

"Everyone came at me to write a book. They had dollar signs in their eyes. '101 Things Joe the Plumber Knows' or some stupid s--- like that. Excuse me, I am sorry," he said. "You know I will get behind something solid, but I won't get behind fluff. I won't cash in, and when people do read the book they will figure out that I didn't cash in. At least I hope they figure that out."

The book, called "Joe the Plumber -- Fighting for the American Dream," is to be released by a group called PearlGate Publishing and other small publishing houses.

"I am not going to a conglomerate that way we actually can get the economy jump started. Like there is five publishing companies in Michigan. There's a couple down in Texas. They are small ones that can handle like 10 or 15,000 copies. I can go to a big one that could handle a million or two. But they don't need the help. They are already rich. So that's spreading the wealth to me," he said."

Ed here: I Googled PearlGate (as in Peraly Gate?). If I read the website correctly the company has published one book, that by the same guy who is co-authoring Joe the P's book.

(Thanks to CJR and Charley Sykes and Jeff Wagner for the info)

----------------------FULL MOONERS BAYING LOUD

Talk radio is obsessed with the notion that Obama will a) take the guns of law abiding citizens and b) force full moon talk radio out of business.

A) Can you imagine the size of the army it would take to collect the guns of the unwilling gun owners? We're talking civil war here. A ridiculous idea. But then Limpbaugh and the others would lose their audience if they didn't churn out this bullshit every day.

B) What they're talking about is the Fairness Doctrine. You take the mike and rant thereby guaranteeing me the right to respond in kind. This doctrine is so clearly unconstitutional it would be on the desk of Justice Scalia (dripping his bourbon on it as he slurped) the same day it passed the congress. Another ridiculous idea.

C'mon you guys, you can do better than that. How about Obama and Ayers being secret Scientologists?


Todd Mason said...

Well, the Fairness Doctrine was originally pulled not because it was seen as restricting speech (the broadcasters are under certain limits due to using public airwaves, as the Bush FCC kept demonstrating), but because the Reagan Admin wanted to give the Rush-pushers a free hand. They are, after all, public airwaves handed over for free to increasing exclusively enormous corporations.

Go back to NYC radio schedules in the turn of the '50s, and there's Fairness Doctrine in full flower, with the Socialist Workers and Prohibition parties getting the same sort of free half hour as the Democrats and Republicans. Of course, before its repeal, the FD was usually "fulfilled" by having some Bidenesque wishy-washy sort respond to some rabid rightwinger, but isn't That The American Way?

Ed Gorman said...

Good points, Todd. But the notion of "getting rid" of talk radio by Obama folks is just one more way of keeping their listeners on the violent ward.

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, the notion that Fairness means Extinguishment is typically of the Reflexive Right's "thought leaders."