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Posts Tagged ‘Jesse Jackson’

Atlanta Talk Show Tapes in LA

Have you heard of the Comcast regional talk show Tips and Tea?

On Saturday October 6, this three-seasons-old Atlanta program will be setting up shop at mid-city restaurant The Bistro on Pico for its first-ever LA taping. The scheduled guests are actress Tanjareen Martin, r&b singer Chyno Soul, actor-comedian Sydney Castillo and singer-songwriter Kevin Sandbloom. From the release:

Sha Dixon is the brains behind the show and beauty in front of the camera, with a background in journalism and an education from Middle TN State University… The show is best described as an informative and entertaining interview-based tea party. In a very hip and sophisticated fashion the host and guests have tea, and simply talk.

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Grassroots TV Reporter Keeping Tabs on Occupy Los Angeles

There’s a whole lot going on at Occupy Los Angeles beyond mainstream media coverage points such as yesterday’s Westwood-Wilshire standoff and the possibility of downtown eviction. For FishbowlLA’s Federal Reserve-backed tender, one of the best ways to keep up with the historic on-the-ground developments are the daily video dispatches of Margot Paez.

Just this week, under her great moniker “Insight Out News,” Paez and crew have captured a surprise drop-in visit from Bill Maher, another appearance by the Reverend Jesse Jackson and more. Her reports are long, but that’s another advantage of running your own broadcast operation; there’s no media-money exec(s) telling a reporter what to cut:

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‘I Take Full Responsibility’ and 24 Other Ways to Say You’re Sorry

Since apologies from famous people all end up sounding the same, it makes sense that you could mash a bunch together and no one would know the difference. In that spirit, author Thomas Vinciguerra has done something fantastic in today’s New York Times: He wrote one long apology by threading together 24 sentences from a variety of public figures’ apologies. Who made the list? There’s Bill Clinton, Eliot Spitzer, Jesse Jackson and Larry Craig, just to name a few.

Here’s a sampling of a Spitzer/Craig “sorry” remix:

As an elected official, I fully realize that my life is open for public criticism and scrutiny, and I take full responsibility for the mistake in judgment I made in attempting to handle this matter myself. [Craig] Over the course of my public life, I have insisted — I believe correctly — that people, regardless of their position or power, take responsibility for their conduct. I can and will ask no less of myself [Spitzer]

As for why FishbowlNY felt the need to post this, we can only tell you that we were motivated by a variety of factors.

Jesse Jackson: Yep, He Used the Other ‘N’ Word, But…

Jacksongg7_16.jpgSo, our pals at TVNewser got their hands on the Fox News transcript from Jesse Jackson‘s appearance last week (the one where he was caught on a hot mic saying he wantes to cut Barack Obama‘s nuts off). After a lot of speculation about what else Jackson might have said, it turns out he did use the real ‘N’ word, just not quite in the context people had been assuming, i.e. he did not call Obama a “…”

Barack…he’s talking down to black people…telling n-s how to behave.

KCRW’s Anti-Semitic Dust-Up


A reader wrote in to tell us that Warren Olney invited Amiri Baraka to speak on To The Point today about the whole Jesse Jackson/Barack Obama “balls brawl.”

Olney never mentions that Baraka is a controversial figure regarded by many to be an anti-Semite — an oversight that irks our reader. The reader, of course, blogged about it, and wrote Olney an e-mail, which prompted this response:

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Jesse Jackson Goes Nuts: Funny or Really Bad?

jacknutsg.pngSo the other day when we first heard Jesse Jackson‘s comments our initial reaction was one of shock, and some outrage, though considering the source was Fox less than it otherwise might have been. We thought: that’s it, change is good, etc., but let’s not kid ourselves racism in America hasn’t gone anywhere. The gloves are about to come off!

Or maybe not, because in the subsequent days (this has to be one of the funniest things we’ve watched lately), the entire thing has become, dare we say it, funny. Much like Fox‘s “terrorist fist-jab” and “Obama baby mama” remarks there are mornings when we have to do a double-check to make sure we’re not reading Onion. Anyway, we’re wondering if we’re alone on this — what say you FBNY readers what kind of “nuts” was it? Poll after the jump.

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The New York Times Discovers a New ‘N’ Word

nut_splash.jpgSo Jesse Jackson. Pretty awful (also, unbelievably stupid), and offensive on so many levels. But language-wise? We’re pretty sure six-year-olds in Kansas have heard worse on school playground. However, on the off chance this is not the case we’re fortunate enough to have The New York Times here to save us from the vulgarity of hot mics everywhere! Over at The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg is highlighting the newspaper of record’s refusal to subject its readers to the word “nuts.” Maybe they’re worried it will will curve our spine, grow hair on our hands maybe, even bring us…peace without honor, or a bourbon. Nuts! Our virgin ears! But seriously, they publish Bill Kristol for God’s sake, how can “nuts” even compete the twice-weekly offense of that?

For those of you keeping count this is the second time in recent weeks that the Times has been taken to task for its choice of words. Last month CJR pointed out the paper’s apparent aversion to addressing rappers by their stage names. But back to nuts, Those are the ones that will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor um, and a bourbon.

LAT In 90 Seconds — Afternoon Edition

40870480.jpgNuts! Matea Gold has the goods on the Jesse Jackson/Barack Obama balls brawl. No, it doesn’t give us any pleasure to say “balls brawl.” OK. We’re lying. But it doesn’t give us a lot of pleasure.

40876200.jpgDaunt-ing Task: Tina Daunt, once again, goes behind the scene to get the great story you’d never think to write even if you knew about it, which you don’t because you’re not Tina Daunt. So there.

40319001-24192341.jpgThe Really Big Picture: Patrick Goldstein comes to the conclusion that big studio movies pretty much suck. Apparently, he missed the day in 5th grade that they went over this.

Fox News Waits Three Days to Air ‘Vulgar’ Jesse Jackson Remarks

So Jesse Jackson was caught on a hot mic prior to a Fox News interview that was taped on Sunday morning saying he wants to “cut [Obama's] nuts off” for talking down to Black people. Apart from the galling historical connotations of such a statement, and the presumption that Jackson may have ostensibly ended his career (at least through the end of this election cycle), or even the sense that this is probably the first gaffe in a long hot summer that will be filled with them, the question remains: why did Fox wait until Wednesday to air these remarks?

UPDATE: TVNewser answers our question.

Star Columnist: Imus Gave ‘Black People An Excuse’

We’ve read dozens of articles and received thousands — thousands — of e-mails on the Imus scandal this week, each seemingly with its own take and, like our poll, pretty much evenly-divided in terms of support. At this point, we’re hard-pressed to read anything that’s a fresh perspective. This column, by Jason Whitlock in the Kansas City Star, is one exception:

Thank you, Don Imus. You’ve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem.

You’ve given Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson another opportunity to pretend that the old fight, which is now the safe and lucrative fight, is still the most important fight in our push for true economic and social equality.

You’ve given Vivian Stringer and Rutgers the chance to hold a nationally televised recruiting celebration expertly disguised as a news conference to respond to your poor attempt at humor.

Thank you, Don Imus. You extended Black History Month to April, and we can once again wallow in victimhood, protest like it’s 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.

The bigots win again.

  • Imus isn’t the real bad guy [Kansas City Star]


  • Jeff Bercovici On Why Imus Is Too Old [Radar]
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