While his No. 1 nemesis was broadcasting from digital exile, FOX News all-star Bill O'Reilly was on The Factor still fighting the Ghost of Yesteryear's Sista Souljahs and and Ice-T "Body Count" Cop Killahs, when for the umpteeth time, O'Reilly invited a rapper on his show (this time Lupe Fiasco) just to not let him talk, then tell him why he was wrong, then say something to the effect of "what about the children?"
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Opening with "As I was saying ..." and ending with Markos Moulitsas gleefully tearing into the alleged tears of Keith Olbermann's former MSNBC cohort, Joe Scarborough, the "new" Countdown on Current TV was almost exactly like the old Countdown Olbermann originated on MSNBC. Only with a dash chintzier graphics and a pound more "cat fight."
Controversial Liberal media demigod Keith Olbermann returns to television tonight! Olbermann was fired/forced-out/torepedoed-off-a-burning-bridge from MSNBC earlier this year after he went to war with management over many things, including a brief suspension due to some campaign donations he made to progressive candidates. His new show on "Internet-founder," former Vice President Al Gore's Current TV is part of a "re-launch" of sorts for the little-watched Current, which says it's ready to be a major player in the cable news market. It's repositioning itself to be a direct competitor for MSNBC. (Cue theme from Godzilla intro on Pharoahe Monch's "Simon Says.") Of course, I'm wondering if everyone even gets Current TV? I do, but I also get Putin's fav cable newser Russia Today, the actually-pretty-good-not-at-all-American-flag-burning Al Jazeera, BBC America and several other international news networks. Most folks just get FOX News with a light MSNBC/CNN chaser.
That all being said, will you be watching? Did you miss Keith? He's coming on at 8 p.m. EST tonight on Current. Check The Snob blog tomorrow for my thoughts on Keith's comeback.
I had an interview that really turned more into a nice chat with myself and ol' Christelyn Karazin of Beyond Black & White over the weekend that she posted today on her site. We talk about colorism, men with light skin/long hair fetishes, the objectification of women, dating, how I became The Snob, my fight with bipolar disorder and how beauty politics pits women against each other.
Side note: Whenever I hear my voice I think I sound like a newscaster version of my youngest sister. Baby Snob will never, ever be able to deny me.
Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele is headed to become the conservative Alan Colmes of MSNBC. Or not. Or ... well, I really don't know what he'll be doing since the only MSNBC "performances" of his I can recall involved Chris Matthews cutting him off multiple times (as The Matthews is wont to do). Maybe he'll get to be as popular as ol' This Morning Joe is Brought to You By Starbucks, John Scarborough. But, blessed be, John Scarborough -- despite the fact that I find him somewhat annoying -- is actually an interesting show host. Heck, a lot of the MSNBC opinionators are somewhat interesting. Which is usually the hallmark of someone who shouts opinions on TV for a living. You gotta bring that razzle dazzle. Does Steele (currently a contribuiting editor for The Root) have WHAT IT TAKES?
My fellow editor and journalist Keli Goff over at theLoop21 got an exclusive interview with Don Lemon last night. Here's a sample:
KELI GOFF: We all know that there are celebrities who have not done interviews with the New York Times about their sexuality but live openly with their partners. Do you think they have a responsibility to shout it from the rooftops or do they have a right to enjoy the privacy that a heterosexual person who says, “I don’t discuss my sex life,” is granted?
DON LEMON: Well, I think everyone has a right to their privacy, but I don’t think the two are equal. For me it’s the same as people who did what they had to do back in the day back in the 40’s and 50’s and 60’s. Black people would come up from the South to the North and pass. [See the story of Anatole Broyard] I think it’s the same sort of thing. I think at a certain point, if you are successful and have proven yourself in your chosen field you do have a responsibility in some sense. With that responsibility comes a right to privacy so everyone can do it in their own time, although it would be nice it everyone could shout it from the rooftops. What people don’t realize in their silence is that there is a degree of conveying that you think something is wrong. In the silence there is a degree of you not thinking you can be yourself.
The worse thing that most people don’t like about another person is dishonesty and in silence, there is a certain degree of dishonesty by not talking about it. That’s what I mean by equating to people who passed for white before and during the civil rights movement. There’s a certain measure of dishonesty because it’s not the truth.
So Psychology Today finds me unattractive. Not that anyone asked their opinion. I'm not linking to the obvious link bait, trolling article that they've since apparently pulled down, but you've probably already had the link emailed, tweeted or Facebooked to you several times today. I realize the article is passing itself off as "science," but why-oh-why is everyone so interested in smacking around black women lately? For a group of women so universally unloved people sure can't seem to stop screwing with us -- both physically and metaphorically.
If you were surprised by CNN anchor Don Lemon's recent disclosure that he's a homosexual that probably means you're not a hardcore news junkie who lives and dies by the extracurricular activities of TV news anchors.
On top of that, Lemon was never truly "in the closet." There were no pretend girlfriends or allusions to female lovers. There was no charade. Lemon was always himself and like many news anchors and journalists, he wanted to keep himself out of the story. Or as some have called it, "the glass closet" where homosexual men and women who are out to everyone in their personal life -- friends, relatives, co-workers -- but don't discuss their sexual orientation publicly.
There are a lot of public figures and celebrities who are considered to be in "the glass closet," most notably Lemon's fellow CNN co-worker, popular evening anchor Anderson Cooper, who is routinely photographed around New York with his alleged boyfriend. But Cooper has never publicly admitted to being gay. Again citing that who he chooses to spend his time with is not the lead story. News anchors aren't supposed to make themselves the news.
Except there are countless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, risking life and limb, battling for acceptance, fighting for equal rights. Individuals who choose to live their lives "out" and that often means facing ridicule, discrimination or even worse, bodily harm. And when people are fighting for acceptance, can someone who is a public figure responsibly sit on the sidelines and not join the fight?
If you scroll down to the very bottom you can watch me on RT (aka Russia Today), chatting about military tribunals versus stateside trials and how surprising it is to see the United States openly admit we were going for the kill on Osama bin Laden when we usually try to dress that up a little less ... um ... obvious. Also, watching this video has convinced me that I'm unable to hold my head up completely straight in conversation. It is permanently cocked to the side, like I'm a cocker spaniel. The strange thing is, I have no clue why I do it. It just feels like my head is supposed to tilt that way. (RT)