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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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Fear and Loathing at the Newsstand
"It was shock and awe for the Washington Post Monday when it was announced that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos bought the paper for a mere $250 million. Two other former media giants - Newsweek and the Boston Globe - have also been sold in fire sales. These publications have been running enormous losses for years as advertisers and subscribers have fled in huge numbers. The decline of these print outlets generally tracks the rise of the Internet and cable, but one of the driving factors in their decline was the fact that all of these publications reflected a single mindset. They were managed by secular progressives, edited by secular progressives, and written by secular progressives. For decades they used their monopoly power to push their agenda, regardless of what their customers wanted. But now Americans can pick and choose from hundreds of publications that suit their sensibilities. Expect to see more newspapers get sold off or die out because of their rigid adherence to ideology and their selective reporting. As for Mr. Bezos, who is a liberal guy and a very generous Obama supporter, I'll give him his first scoop: Americans whose values are ignored or ridiculed by ideologically-driven news organizations aren't going to pay to keep the insults coming."
Trouble Abroad
Guest: NY Congressman Peter King
Laura welcomed Republican Congressman Peter King, who opined on the U.S. embassy closings and the threat of Al Qaeda terrorism. "The President is doing what he has to do," King said, "because the fact is that there is a major attack being planned by Al Qaeda. The administration is doing with it can to protect our people. But I think one reason we're in this position is because of the schizophrenic policies the President has had - going after Al Qaeda leaders on the one hand, but on the other hand telling the American people and the world that Al Qaeda has been defeated. Al Qaeda is stronger now in many ways than it was on 9/11." King also urged President Obama to come clean on Benghazi, saying, "The killing of four Americans on the President's watch is something he has to account for and not cover up."
Jay Z's Warning
Guest: Michael Skolnik
Rapper, multi-millionaire, and presidential pal Jay Z has implied that income inequality "is going to be a problem that no amount of police can solve." Laura discussed Jay Z's implicit threat with Michael Skolnik, head of a pop culture website. "A lot of folks agree with Jay Z that there is a widening gap of income inequality," Skolnik said, "and his talking about how the streets might erupt is a bigger speech. But you can't say Jay Z is advocating for violence, and it is not Barack Obama's fault that the haves and the have-nots are separating." Laura pointed out the irony of Jay Z's politics: "He is a huge supporter of Obama, but over the past five years black and Hispanic wealth has eroded at a record pace while unemployment has skyrocketed. Blacks are lagging way behind whites under Obama's watch."
Travelling on the Taxpayer Dime
Guest: Tom Fitton
Laura was joined by Tom Fitton, whose conservative group Judicial Watch has documented lavish travel expenses racked up by Attorney General Eric Holder. "To be fair," Fitton began, "the Attorney General is required to use government aircraft to travel, and if he travels personally he has to reimburse the government only for the full coach fare. The personal trips he has made have cost about $700,000, so he should be more sensitive to what these personal junkets are costing the American taxpayer. The President promised that he would look at the budget line-by-line and these are lines to look at." Laura delineated the bottom line of just one Holder trip: "It cost $41,251 for a one-day trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival. He also went to speak at Al Sharpton's National Action Network and other political advocacy groups. We pay for him to speak, but I want to pay him to not speak."
Fort Hood Shooter Update
Guests: Kimberly Guilfoyle & Anahita Sedaghatfar
Laura welcomed legal analysts Anahita Sedaghatfar and Kimberly Guilfoyle, who provided the latest on the trial of Fort Hood killer Nidal Hasan. "He is saying he is the one who killed these people," Guilfoyle reported, "so the prosecution's case is three-quarters over. What will be his defense? He hinting that in war there are friends and foes and casualties, and in his mind this was an act of war on behalf of Islam." Sedaghatfar criticized the government's overall approach to the case. "We really need to look at is why this has not been classified as terrorism. They're trying to say this was 'workplace violence,' but it is not workplace violence when a monster with ties to Al Qaeda murders 13 people while yelling 'Allahu Akbar.' By not classifying this as terrorism we are depriving the victims and their families the benefits that come along with Purple Heart status. Instead, we're worried about this monster's right to a fair trial!"
Hillary Movie Controversy
Guests: Alan Colmes & Monica Crowley
Laura turned to the Republican ire over the fact that CNN and NBC are planning movies about Hillary Clinton. Fox News analysts Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley weighed in from their divergent perspectives. "This hasn't even been filmed yet," Colmes declared, "and you have Reince Priebus of the RNC objecting! Has he seen it yet, does anyone know what's in it? But you had no problem with a Mitt Romney documentary on CNN just before the last election." Crowley contended that it's actually fine to judge the movies without seeing them first. "Given the leftist biases of all of these networks, you know what you're getting into. We know these will be gauzy propaganda pieces, so the Republican National Committee should use whatever leverage they can to put a stop to this. NBC can air whatever it wants, but the RNC can also do whatever it wants to try and influence these networks to be more fair and balanced."
Gender Wage Inequality
Guest: John Stossel
Feminists often complain that women are paid less than men for performing the same job, but Fox Business host John Stossel disputed that claim. "What big government people don't talk about," he asserted, "is that research shows that men and women are not performing the same jobs. Most women make different choices and that is why they're paid less; when it's the same job they're paid about the same. Men are more willing to take more dangerous jobs, travel for the jobs, and work longer hours. You could say that we men are stupider because we don't have the good work/life balance and you women are probably happier because of it."
President Bush's Heart Procedure
Guest: Dr. Steven Reisman
After his doctors discovered a blockage, President George W. Bush underwent heart surgery Tuesday to have a stent implanted. Laura discussed the procedure and the President's prospects with cardiologist Dr. Steven Reisman. "It seems that he went for his annual physical," Reisman said, "and most likely a stress test showed that he had a heart blockage. They most likely found a severe blockage of one of the main coronary arteries and put a stent in to increase the blood flow to that area. You can live for a very long time with a stent, the only issue is that frequently you need certain types of blood clotting medication to make sure there is no further clotting." Laura added some first-hand perspective on the President's athleticism: "He's 67 years old and he's in top physical shape. I biked with him a couple of times and he kicked my tail, which was embarrassing. He's an amazing athlete."
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