The FCC’s fourth annual report on broadband speeds is in, and it’s mostly good news. Unless you’re DSL customer. If so, your internet speeds are most likely slower than advertised. And soon, several companies will get a letter from the FCC demanding an explanation.
Four DSL providers—Verizon, CenturyLink, Frontier, and Windstream—will also receive letters for delivering speeds significantly slower than advertised. This has been going on for a while, and despite what some major telecom executives have claimed, the trend is a clear indication that DSL can’t actually compete with broadband and fiber. To Verizon’s credit, its FiOS service clocked some of the fastest speeds included in the report. So it’s not like the company can’t provide fast service. It’s just not keeping the promises it made to the customers who pay less.
The FCC news comes on the heels of a dustup between Netflix and Verizon over streaming speeds. A couple weeks ago, Netflix somewhat brazenly called out Verizon for failing to provide enough bandwidth to stream videos smoothly. It was an odd situation—and surely a PR stunt to some degree—since Netflix and Verizon had signed a deal to ensure smooth delivery of streaming videos. To hear Netflix tell it, though, Verizon didn’t live up to that promise either.
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Chelsea Clinton hasn’t been on NBC News for FOUR months but still earns $50,000 a month even though the show she was on was scrapped
Chelsea Clinton – under scrutiny for her pricey contract with NBC News – hasn’t been featured since January, but the network says it does expect two completed stories to air soon, and two others are in the works.
Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter, who was hired in 2011, has done just a smattering of reporting for NBC News.
Last week, Politico reported she is being paid $600,000 a year. Politico also said the 34-year-old, who is expecting her first child later this year, is now on a month-to-month contract that would ease her departure should her mother decide to run for president in 2016.
While it is not uncommon for well-known anchors to earn multiple millions per year, but Clinton’s reported annual salary is high for the frequency of her segments.
“Malia Obama has been working as a production assistant on the Los Angeles set of Halle Berry‘s TV series ‘Extant’…”
Is this wrong somehow? She’s not skipping school. It’s summer vacation, and she’s working, working with the stars. Maybe someone else’s teenager would like the slot that went to the President’s daughter, but she’s reportedly “an aspiring filmmaker.”
Is this a campaign finance issue? Daughters of politicians getting glamorous summer jobs from campaign contributors? Any potential for corruption there?
AND: Whatever they’re giving Malia, it seems they’re getting their money’s worth in PR. I’d never heard of the TV show “Extant.” And Halle Berry shifting into television is an indication of her waning star power. But… suddenly, Malia!! “Extant” and Halle Berry’s career are… extant.
In case you hadn’t noticed, Halle Berry’s career is so well known to be in bad shape that people talk about “The Halle Berry Effect.” What could be more helpful than juxtaposing her radiant face with the radiant daughter of the most radiant face in all of history?
And then give flippant responses, rest assured, the future will come into focus quickly…
Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes was thoroughly questioned by the National Center’s Justin Danhof on CNN’s left-wing bias at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Los Angeles.
Danhof asked Mr. Bewkes about CNN’s coverage of Benghazi, Candy Crowley’s pretentious and erroneous judging within the 2012 presidential debates, climate change, a miniseries promoting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the appointment of David Chalian to political director – a man who has claimed the GOP is “happy to have a party with black people drowning.”
“Mr. Bewkes is either blindly unaware or callously indifferent to what is going on at CNN – specifically the network’s pervasive liberal bias,” said Danhof. “And the network’s poor ratings bear this out. When I asked Mr. Bewkes if he would first admit that CNN has a pro-liberal bias, so he could start working towards a solution, he flatly refused. But at the same time, he said my criticism was sincere and important, and that’s what the network needs to hear as it works to get better. This is the definition of talking out of both sides of your mouth. Of course our criticism of the network is valid. And of course CNN suffers from having left-leaning hosts and producers. Mr. Bewkes just chooses not to recognize the latter and its correlation with CNN’s woeful ratings.”
“While Mr. Bewkes may have his head in the sand, the company shareholders in attendance at today’s meeting heard me loud and clear and vociferously applauded my question,” noted Danhof. “Despite being in the heart of liberal elite Hollywood – on the Warner Brothers lot – the audience loudly applauded my calls for CNN to take steps to curb its liberal bias and produce news stories devoid of only liberal narratives. And after the meeting, I was further encouraged as many shareholders came up to thank me personally for my comments and express disgust with CNN’s current content. In fact, at one point a line formed as shareholders wanted to express their thanks for the courage we showed in speaking out on this very important issue.”
As I’ve long suspected, MSNBC is a failed comedy that takes itself too seriously. Its trust rating as a news organization has been surpassed by Jon Stewart’s Daily Show. Here we have Comedy Central, a real comedy network, trusted more than MSNBC, a fake comedy network posing as news.
The survey by the Bookings Institution and Public Religion Research Institute is even more revealing about how Americans get their news.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and this one clearly shows which party claims “low information voters.” Getting the majority of your news from a 30-minute liberal spin cycle and recycled Obama talking points is guaranteed to wash even the most energetic of brain cells into a state of compliant somnambulance. Democrats should be able to cast every episode of The Walking Dead based on their news diet.
New Republic poo-poohs the study. Shilling for the liberal MSM, they contend that Fox News is an “echo chamber” and retreat to the safety of nervous laughter behind Obama’s 2012 presidential election victory as proof. That line is so frayed that even liberals find it useless.
Fox News Channel ranked as the most trusted name overall (25 percent of respondents) and with self-described independents (26 percent), while only 5 percent of all Americans rated the liberal channel its most trusted source of accurate information on politics and current events, Mediaite reported.
Broadcast news (23 percent overall) was second behind Fox, followed by CNN (17 percent), public television (12 percent) and Jon Stewart’s Daily Show (8 percent). Also, only 10 percent of liberals rated MSNBC the most trusted, with 24 percent of them choosing broadcast news and 17 percent going with public television or The Daily Show, respectively.
What self-righteous, imbecilic dolts those Hollywood buffoons are. James O’Keefe dupes Hollywood with phony anti-fracking film.
Getting Bigger For Bigness’ Sake: AT&T Announces Deal To Buy DirecTV, A Deal That Even Confuses Wall St.
Why? When DirecTV is hemorraging users for cheaper tech, namely Roku or Apple TV or internet programs is AT&T scooping up DTV?
This has been rumored for a bit, but over the weekend AT&T officially announced plans to buy DirecTV for $50 billion. DirecTV is one of the companies perpetually being bought and sold (or rumored to be). The company has been involved in more aborted mergers than I can remember. Either way, while Wall Street folks often like just about any merger announcement (mergers and later spinoffs are great moneymakers for the banks), even it has been scratching its head at this particular deal. At best, it seems like a sort of reaction to Comcast-Time Warner Cable and an attempt to get bigger for the sake of bigness. Though, of course, it’s getting bigger in a pretty saturated market (and one that is actually on the decline due to cord cutting). Perhaps it’s an admission that AT&T’s own TV service, Uverse, just hasn’t done that well. Or maybe it’s just an admission that AT&T is swimming in too much cash.
Either way, if both this and the Comcast/TWC merger go through, then we’ll have an almost complete duopoly on pay TV. Congress wasted no time in announcing that hearings will have to be held about the potential merger, and, as with the Comcast deal, expect months of puffed up rhetoric and questionable op-ed pieces, as lobbyists work over time to make sure the deal happens. Of course, there is another way that the public can make their own statement on all of this: cut the cord and stop relying on terrible pay TV deals that really just aren’t worth it any more.
I guess they have to buy something…
“I am who the media says I am. I say what they say I say. I become who they say I’ve become.”—Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope, 2006.
“The White House has effectively become a broadcast company,” says Michael Shaw, publisher of Bagnewsnotes.com, a site dedicated to the analysis of news images. Shaw explains how strategically composed photos, taken by official White House photographers, travel from social media sites that are controlled by the administration to the front pages of newspapers around the world.
The press publishes the official White House photographs because independent photographers and videographers are increasingly barred from covering the president. This practice has diminished the power of the independent media as an exclusive distribution channel while empowering official photographers such as Pete Souza, who are on the presidential payroll.
And so, says Shaw, the public has been fed a steady diet of whatever kind of president the news cycle demands. When conspiracy theorists questioned Obama’s patriotism, we saw images of Obama the American everyman. To celebrate the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ 1955 refusal to move to the back of a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, we saw Obama reenact her famous image. Time and again, we see Obama striking poses out of John F. Kennedy’s repertoire. The official White House photographers have created a presidential identity for every conceivable occasion—as long as the image is flattering, and almost always, larger than life.
Bill Maher Delivers Blistering Takedown of Radical Islam During Tense Battle With Liberal Panel on Terrorism
Huffington Post President Arianna Huffington and comedian Baratunde Thurston both warned Maher against condemning the entire religion because of the behavior of radicals. Thurston also claimed that Islam doesn’t have a “monopoly” on extremism.
“Kind of they do,” Maher said. “Not a monopoly, but perspective is important. … It’s the Titanic hitting the iceberg compared to Whitney Houston dying in her bathtub.”
“If this was the 14th century, I would be coming down on the Christians because that’s when they were too violent,” Maher said. “Religions and cultures change.”
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza chimed in, claiming that most modern day terrorist attacks have some ties to Islam. He joked that you don’t see a lot of “Buddhist suicide bombers.”
Maher also noted that one poll indicated that “something like 80 or 90 percent” of Muslims in Egypt agree that death is the appropriate penalty for leaving the religion of Islam.
“If 84 percent of Brazilians thought that death was the proper penalty for leaving Catholicism, wouldn’t that be a bigger story?” Maher asked.
Responding to Maher’s points, Huffington said it is “dangerous” when people try to stereotype all Muslims as terrorists, even though neither Maher or D’Souza made that claim.
“Where it becomes dangerous is that liberals like yourself do not stand up for liberalism. Liberalism means, one, mostly, equality of women,” Maher replied.