- The Washington Times - Monday, October 10, 2011

NOBLE EXTREMISTS

The ongoing Wall Street protests get such cozy press. Why, they’re just a bunch of spirited kids, right? Business & Media Institute analyst Julie Seymour pored over recent protest coverage in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and on ABC, CBS and NBC to find that of 44 newspaper stories, only eight used such words as liberal, left-wing, radical, extreme or even progressive to describe the events. The 25 broadcast reports used none such terms.

“The media embrace ‘noble’ extremists occupying Wall Street and ignore radicalism 88 percent of the time,” Ms. Seymour says. “The news media ridiculed, obscenely nicknamed and attempted to discredit the tea party movement.”

TOUGH AUDIENCE

Another Republican presidential debate looms Tuesday night, this one centered on the economy, hosted by Bloomberg News and The Washington Post. The hopefuls must be in Academy Award-winning form and playing the part of fiscal genius - because here’s what they face:

“Do you think your own family’s financial situation would be better if President Obama wins a second term or if a Republican wins the election?” asks a poll from the host news organizations. Forty-four percent of the respondents say it makes “no difference” either way, 24 percent cited the mystery Republican, 24 percent Mr. Obama.

WILLIAMS/GOLDBERG 2012

When in doubt, run for president. Or vice president. And sing about it. Country music kingpin Hank Williams Jr. was recently vilified for indirectly comparing President Obama to Hitler. He’s striking back with a new protest tune titled “Keep the Change,” released to iTunes on Tuesday and boasting such lyrics as, “So Fox ‘n Friends wanna put me down, ask for my opinion, twist it all around,” plus a cheeky reference to “The United Socialist States of America.”

Naturally, Mr. Williams is now selling “Hank Williams for President” T-shirts for $20 each. He’ll also appear Tuesday to explain his case to Fox News host Sean Hannity and the ladies of ABC’s “The View,” who more or less supported the singer’s case last week.

Whoopi and Joy understood what I was saying,” Mr. Williams said, referring to hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar. “Who knows. Whoopi may run for president and I’ll be her vice president. Now that will really stir it up.”

OH BEHAVE

Dartmouth College hopes to avoid “embarrassing incidents of audience misbehavior” when the political/media hordes descend on the campus Tuesday for the Republican presidential debate. “The behavior of the debate-goers became a bigger story than the candidates’ statements,” warns an editorial in the Dartmouth, a student publication, referring to debates held elsewhere.

“It would be an enormous black eye for the College and a damning indictment of our maturity and political culture if Dartmouth’s debate were to be characterized by another inappropriate outburst, no matter its ideological origin … As students, we especially should recognize the value of ideas over antics, of rebuttals over ruckus.”

THE WEINIE LOBBY

Look out, now. Every one and everything has a lobby. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is now addressing the recent hot dog toss at Tiger Woods during a PGA tournament.

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