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The Drudge Report is prone to hyperbole. It was birthed on it. Exaggeration and obfuscation with splashy headlines and duplicitous links are just part of the hype machine that has propelled the site since its early days in the 90s, keeping tabs on then President Bill Clinton's sexual habits. Despite the reputation, though, he can still shock, such as when Peoria, Ill. made the front page of Drudge last Friday due to blog reports of roving gangs of violent black youths shouting "kill all the whites." The city and its residents had no idea what kind of hype machine they were getting tossed into.
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?"
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.