Oh Geraldo. Don’t you know that the internet is forever? That is just nothing I wanted to see… but Geraldo Rivera wanted to show off his 70-year old bod, so tweeted this selfie:
While you try to get that image out of your mind, think about Melissa Harris-Perry’s segment on Virginia’s Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s obsession with what you do in your bedroom. I particularly enjoyed her hand motions every time she talks about certain sexual acts that the Cooch would like to outlaw (the pertinent part comes in at the 2:00 mark):
OK, enough fun and games. Things got serious this morning when Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media & Democracy and publisher of ALEC Exposed joined in for an in-depth discussion about the American Legislative Exchange Council, beginning with a straightforward explanation about who they are and what they do, and going into detail about how they helped propagate Stand Your Ground Laws and others around the country.
After our update from the Talk Radio News Service, we learned what we missed on those Sunday talking head shows. Crooks & Liars‘ Nicole Belle joins in each Monday morning with a recap in a segment we call Fools on the Hill©… Here’s what she brought us today:
Approximately 36% of the American population are white male; of them, slightly more than one-third identify themselves as conservative. But you wouldn’t know it from watching the Sunday news shows, where white conservative males make up more than 60% of the guests, week after week.
And when the president comes out with an entirely personal and moving statement about the challenges people of color face every day, who would Sunday show producers naturally book to discuss race relations in America than white conservative males? Really, can the mainstream media reinforce for minorities that they are a non-entity inside the Beltway any more than they do?
Obviously, the biggest thorn in the side of the Villagers in their attempt to marginalize minorities is the one in the White House. President Obama’s speech –which was measured and asked for people to empathize with Trayvon Martin and his family—was a call for unity and for a national discussion. Brad Blakeman and Mike Huckabee heard that speech and agreed that any violence in any future Zimmerman protest was incited by Obama.
And Newt Gingrich knows how to solve the problem of armed white guys killing unarmed black teenagers walking through their neighborhood: black people should focus on black on black gang violence. Because, you know, it’s easy to complain about the injustice of the Zimmerman verdict but the proof for black politicians like Bobby Rush is not putting on a hoodie on the House floor but dealing with gang violence.
But let’s not make the mistake of thinking this is entirely the provenance of white conservative men. White conservative women can be just as inane on the subject as well, like Dana Perino, who wanted to know where Obama’s speech on blacks shooting white babies in the face was.
Moving to immigration, Speaker of the House John Boehner knows that he’s treading a very fine line between the few sane Republicans left in Congress and the insane tea party caucus dragging his party down. Knowing that the tea party is killing his legacy, Boehner still can’t be honest about the immigration reform. He just can’t tell Bob Schieffer that he supports a ‘path to citizenship’.
Ironically, the man who has no problem saying that he doesn’t support a path to citizenship is one who benefitted from it personally, when Calgary-born Cuban American Ted Cruz –clearly positioning himself oh-so-modestly for a presidential run – tells ABC’s Republican fluffer Jon Karl that it is ‘profoundly unfair’.