Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Asshole of the Day for September 17, 2014
For the last two years we have heard Fox News and Republicans repeatedly accuse Obama and Democrats of doing things to distract us from Benghazi, so sure they are that if we watched all 1,098 prime time segments on Benghazi that Fox News aired, that we would understand their need to drop everything and be outraged. And, yes, that 1,098 number is accurate— Media Matters tallied it up, and that figure is only through May and doesn’t include all evening shows.
Their pleas that “this is distracting from Benghazi” remind me of a small child who can’t wait their turn and has to make it all about me, me, me, oh why o why aren’t you paying attention to me.
But except for people who already hated Obama with every fiber of their being, the Benghazi accusations never justified all the hysterics. Yes, 4 people died. But it was 4 people in an unstable country. A tragedy, yes, but not Watergate. So in order to try to convince people of their point of view that this was the worst thing that ever happened in the history of the world, they have cooked up a million different wild conspiracy theories. Stand down order! Let them die! Out fundraising!
And yet they continue to fail to convince anyone. But no matter, they got the House GOP to vote for a Select Committee on Benghazi which starts today. And it’s starting even though all 12 Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, which spent 18 months investigating and holding hearings on Benghazi, says there’s nothing more to investigate because there is no sinister wrongdoing. The House Intelligence Committee unanimously cleared the Obama administration of all wrongdoing.
And so it happens that in a week that was dominated by the Ray Rice story and discussions about domestic violence, that over on Fox News they were annoyed that it would cut into their non-stop Benghazi coverage. Which led to Fox & Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck trying to insert Benghazi into the domestic violence discussion:
After people criticized her for this, she then replied:
It is an honor to insert Benghazi into conversations about domestic violence. With that statement she is elevating the four lives lost in Bengahzi above the 11,766 lives lost to domestic violence over the last decade. But Fox News doesn’t have any perspective about this. They don’t care about all those people who die anywhere else.
And that, more than anything is why the Benghazi story never breaks out of the conservative news bubble any more— perspective.
Fox News has become a parody of themselves on Benghazi. In 2007 Joe Biden mocked Rudy Giuliani saying “there’s only three things he [needs] to make … a sentence: a noun and a verb and 9/11.” Today, as Elisabeth Hasselbeck proves, you could say a version of that about Fox News:
So, for dismissing the important national conversation about domestic violence and trying to steer it back to Benghazi with all Fox News’s discredited accusations, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Elisabeth Hasselbeck's seventh time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for saying that rather than blame guns for a mass shooting, we should blame video games.
Full story: Media Matters.
Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part I)
The St Louis County Council wasn’t as bad as Ferguson’s Council, but still very few answers and virtually no accountability from the folks who unleashed unholy hell on the residents of Ferguson, following Brown’s murder. #staywoke #farfromover
KEEP POSTING I NEED TO KNOW! DONT STOP POSTING ABOUT THIS. IT IS NOT OVER!
Yesterday the list of panels at NYCC was released and, low and behold, there was a panel that has been 75 years in the making:
Get an inside look at some of the amazing work from DCE’s female creatives at the “Women Of DC Entertainment” panel which will include JOKER’S DAUGHTER writer…
Well holy shit. Hi 2015, I’ll be buying DC again.
I had just gone into labour (to have a baby) when a regular client called with some last-minute and typically urgent editing he needed done. It was 10pm on a Friday night.
I explained that I was in labour and that we would be heading to the hospital.
Client: But I heard labour can take anywhere from 10-14 hours, so you should have enough time to do this edit quickly. Please?
What a dickhead.
Aang deals with cultural appropriation - (x)
People need to stop reblogging this without the rest of the comic :^)
Part 1: Aang has a negative reaction to people who mistakenly hurt his feelings but had good intentions.
Part 2: Aang calms down and acknowledges that those people’s intentions were good and instead of being upset offers to educate and inform those people and SHARES his culture.
Good message there.
This game is a political thriller.
Yes it is.