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Archive for January 12th, 2010

The Senate’s racially insensitive majority leader will kickoff his reelection bid with a “Light-Skinned Negroes for Harry Reid” event in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Donna Brazile and other members of the melanin enhanced community will be attending the Ebonics-free luncheon to help launch the majority leader’s sackcloth and ashes campaign.

A staffer for the racially insensitive Democrat said the responses for the luncheon have had her phone “ringing off the hook all day.”

And the operator says “40 cents more for the next 3 minutes”

I.M. Kane


 

Scheduled weeks ago, ‘African Americans for Harry Reid’ will go on as planned    

By Christina Wilkie 

The Senate’s embattled majority leader is moving ahead with an “African Americans for Harry Reid” event this week as he seeks to weather a political firestorm sparked by his racially insensitive remarks about President Barack Obama.

The timing of the launch of the “African Americans for Harry Reid” campaign group, which is scheduled for Thursday in Las Vegas, is coincidental. The luncheon had been scheduled for weeks.

Reid has apologized for remarks he made in 2008 that described Obama as “”light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” The comments were reported in a new book titled, “Game Changer.”

Despite the controversy playing out in the national media, Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is scheduled to headline the group’s launch event in Nevada.  She told The Hill in an e-mail Monday that the launch “is still on, and I’m still on track to go.”

The Reid staffer who’s number is listed as the RSVP line for the luncheon said her phone has been “ringing off the hook all day” with replies for the event.

Reid’s campaign told The Hill that the senator has been reaching out to leaders in the African American community over the past few days. Reid is facing a challenging reelection race this year.

There’s also a Facebook group called African Americans for Harry Reid where details of the launch are posted, but Reid’s campaign characterized the Facebook group as a “community group,” not an official campaign entity.

Reid’s campaign would not speculate on how many guests they expect, or how many had been invited. The guest list for the Facebook group is also hidden. The event is free of charge.

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After weighing several offers, Sarah Palin has decided to join Fox News and provide political commentary and analysis for Fox Business Channel, FoxNews.com, and Fox News Radio.

“[I]n light of Palin’s lasting hold on the national stage, it appears a match perfectly suited to both parties commercially and ideologically. A regular slot on Fox News would be an immediate sensation.

America’s most popular cable news channel, provides the best platform for Palin … to do what she does best: delighting Republicans and infuriating Democrats.” — Mark Greenbaum


 

Sarah Palin and Fox News: a match made in heaven

By Mark Greenbaum

Today’s announcement that Sarah Palin will become a contributor to Fox News Channel is the next step in the logical progression of her career.

The success of her recently released autobiography as well as the media’s breathless reporting on her statements and Facebook musings have made her one of the nation’s top news voices and a force to be reckoned with.

While Ms. Palin will probably never be president, it’s clear that many of her critics have underestimated her ability to tap into the grievances and discontent of large social and geographic blocs in the country.

Palin’s appeal no longer straddles simple political lines, but broader cultural ones: This is because she is no longer a politician but a pop culture icon and a celebrity. She has transcended politics, opening new career doors.

Let’s examine the Fox News deal from Palin’s perspective. Palin is a true, Hollywood-type celebrity with a bestselling book and millions of adoring fans. She may have designs on the presidency, but she evidently wants to soak up the perks and adulation of her celebrity first, and she has done that with gusto.

Palin’s resignation as governor of Alaska last summer was abrupt and unusual, but seen through the lens of celebrity, it is understandable. The isolated confines of Juneau were too small for Palin when she returned following the presidential election. She could not go home again.

But Palin’s strident, conservative manner, her deep Republican stripes, and her penchant for publicity make her a superb fit for television and a natural fit for Fox News.

This is not a novel idea, but in light of Palin’s lasting hold on the national stage, it appears a match perfectly suited to both parties commercially and ideologically. A regular slot on Fox News would be an immediate sensation and it would expand Palin’s imprint on the national stage, giving her a place to build and shape her public persona.

Palin’s aggressive partisanship wouldn’t work for network television, nor CNN or left-leaning MSNBC. That leaves Fox, which, as America’s most popular cable news channel, provides the best platform for Palin to cement the adoration of her most fervent supporters among Fox’s viewer base as well as keep her relevant.

She could easily be paid millions there to do what she does best: delighting Republicans and infuriating Democrats. She could also use the new job to strengthen her public conversational and oratorical skills.

And therein lies why Fox News Channel is bringing on Palin. Her star power would be an immediate ratings bonanza.

The reasons for a Palin-Fox marriage can be traced to how Fox and its leadership in the form of the News Channel president Roger Ailes thinks. Mr. Ailes, a brilliant former Republican operative, has infused a Republican viewpoint into the channel’s programming, as evidenced by its lineup of Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and even Palin’s potential presidential rival Mike Huckabee, who hosts a low-profile weekend show.

“Governor Palin has captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum and we are excited to add her dynamic voice to the Fox News lineup,” said Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming.

Another reason this is such a great fit for both Palin and Fox? Both appear to enjoy upsetting and besting Democrats. Officially, of course, they both claim otherwise: “It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news,” Palin said in a written release.

At Fox, Palin could sit in a comfy studio in stylish clothing, holding court before America and dispensing sharp political observations and nuggets of stinging disdain for Democratic initiatives. No other major guests or political pundits would be necessary; Palin would be the unquestioned star.

In fact, this announced hiring could merely be a test run for giving Palin her own prime-time show. Fox could call the program “Sarah!” and slot it at 6:30 p.m. opposite the ABC, CBS, and NBC nightly news programs. No doubt “Sarah!” would get higher ratings than the big three, at least initially.

For a one-time insurgent channel that was birthed to provide a counterweight to perceived liberal media bias, the show would be the ultimate insult to the so-called elite media and its adherents, a delicious prospect to Ailes.

General chatter about Palin’s political future misses the point. Just as David Beckham, Shaquille O’Neal, and others – athletes who arguably became more enamored of celebrity than the sports they played – Palin now seems more interested in being a star than a politician. Being a cable figure would allow her to continue this and solidify her conservative credentials to run for president down the road.

Sarah Palin and prime-time television? It makes total sense.

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