Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nominees for the Dan Rather Blow Dried Idiot Award

We have a number of exciting entries this year. As you know, this annual award honors Dan Rather, who once famously asked, "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" (Dan, we just don't know.)

Dan, of course, stays active. For example:
The editor-in-chief of the website, retired U.S. Army Major Glenn MacDonald, says he stumbled across a published photo of Rather in a dress blue Marine Corps uniform in his book Rather Outspoken and decided to investigate the claim. The photo caption, “as a young Marine,” clearly indicates Rather had been a member in good standing of the Marine Corps. But the truth, MacDonald says, is that Rather left the Marines before completing boot camp and the photo was obtained under questionable circumstances.
Way to go, Dan!

Let's now check in on the other nominees.

Laurence O'Donnell. Lawrence O'Donnell recklessly speculated on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show on Friday that Vladimir Putin "might have orchestrated what happened in Syria this week" to benefit "his friend in the White House," Donald Trump.

David Brooks. David Brooks, a New York Times columnist, appeared on Meet the Press: Gender politics clearly played a role in this election,” he opined before slamming Trump with a smirk: Donald Trump is a cliché of old-fashioned masculinity and a lot of people long for that kind of masculinity which is never coming back, but they long for it. And so, to say that his hyper-macho stereotype is not part of why he got elected, I mean, it wasn't his knowledge."

Don Lemon. “There is no evidence whatsoever that the Trump team was spied on illegally. There is no evidence that backs up the president’s original claim. And on this program tonight, we will not insult your intelligence by pretending otherwise, nor will we aid and abet the people who are trying to misinform you [with] a diversion.” This is CNN.

Chris Matthews. “Why is [the president] going after Susan Rice?” he demanded of no one present. “It’s like he pulls out — he’s like an old [disc jockey]. He pulls out old records from 20 years ago and plays them again. Notice it’s a female. Just a thought.”

Scott Pelley. With the words "credibility questioned" prominent on the screen, Scott Pelley once again is doing what network evening-news anchors generally don't do: abandoning careful neutrality in favor of pointed truth-telling. He is talking Thursday night about President Trump. And here are some of the words he is using: "his boasting and tendency to believe conspiracy theories."

This just in: Last year's Dan Rather Blow Dried Idiot Aware winner, Brian Williams, is suing The Gumbo Blog, asserting that the award should be named after him, since he was a better marine than Dan Rather.

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