One of the most ridiculous tactics right wingers use to “demonstrate” President Obama’s supposed narcissism is to count the number of times he uses the word “I” in a speech. It’s such an absurd, brain dead meme I can hardly believe they’re still parroting it — but they are! They really are! And the latest to blurt out this silliness is none other than Charles Krauthammer, who is totally skewered for it by Stephen Colbert in this clip.
This episode of the Colbert Report is actually the comedy version of last week at LGF — Stephen Colbert covers several of the stories that appeared here, including Jim Hoft’s evil, destructive lies about a $50 million resort hotel for immigrant children.
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Stephen Colbert actually asks a couple of tough questions of the Mighty Greenwald — specifically about the fact that many of the NSA documents revealed by Greenwald and pals have nothing to do with surveillance on US citizens, but are simply exposing legitimate espionage programs.
It’s framed ironically, of course, and there’s no real follow-up when Greenwald inevitably dodges out of answering it (he blames it on the New York Times), but this is probably the roughest grilling he’ll face all week on his book promo tour.
Bob Cesca discovered that Greenwald’s latest article for the Guardian, which alleges that the NSA is intercepting and installing beacon devices in servers and routers being shipped overseas, is just more of the same misleading hyperbole; again Greenwald has omitted mentioning that this only applies to certain “hard targets,” not to the general public: Greenwald Misleads Again, This Time It’s About NSA and Internet Routers.
In this case Greenwald’s article uses the term “international customers” to describe which devices are intercepted, even though the actual NSA document uses the word “targets” several times. Seems clear that Greenwald omitted this important distinction deliberately to give the impression that everyone’s servers and routers are being tampered with, since his article quotes directly from that part of the NSA document but never mentions “targets.”
Stealthy Techniques Can Crack Some of SIGINT’s Hardest Targets
Here’s how it works: shipments of computer network devices (servers, routers, etc.) being delivered to our targets throughout the world are intercepted. Next, they are redirected to a secret location where Tailored Access Operations/Access Operations (AO-S326) employees, with the support of the Remote Operations Center (S321), enable the installation of beacon implants directly into our targets’ electronic devices.
CBS head Les Moonves made the mistake of responding to Rush Limbaugh’s strange whining about Stephen Colbert taking over from David Letterman, and now Limbaugh thinks he has CBS on the run. Today he uncorked a bizarre rant about the nature of reality that makes me wonder if he’s back on the oxycodone.
“So now CBS has hired a guy that the question is, ‘Who is he?’ It still doesn’t matter ‘cause Les got his bragging rights,” he said. “Because we’re straying further and further from reality, and we’re being consumed by what isn’t real. We’re being consumed by what we’re told is important, what we’re told is real and substance. Reality is falling by the wayside each and every day.”
The conservative pundit then suggests that media in the U.S. is controlled by the government.
“Be it news media, be it entertainment media, be it pop culture media, it isn’t what you think,” he said. “In fact, it’s not even close anymore. And more and more of media is becoming state-controlled. Or at least more and more media is aligning itself with the state, with the government.”
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Rush Limbaugh reacts to the announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman with the usual dire predictions of the end of American “traditional values,” the same old snake oil Limbaugh’s been tirelessly selling the right wing base for 25 years now.
I’ll give you the short version: CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America. There is a… no longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatism. Now it’s just wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny and a redefinition of what is comedy. And it’s, it’s a, they’re blowing up the 11:30 format under the guise that the world’s changing, and uh, people don’t want the kind of comedy that Carson gave us or even Letterman, ehh, they don’t want that any more.
It’s uh, it’s, it’s media plantin’ a flag here. It’s an, I think, maybe even media’s last stand, but it’s, it’s a declaration.
So Rush is nostalgic for David Letterman now, eh? Ah yes, those golden moments of traditional 11:30 comedy, lost in the mists of yesteryear:
There’s some traditional American comedy values for ya, Rush!