Sarah Palin Confronted by Angry Mob…of Palin Fans

Palin BoosOh, how quickly they turn. At yesterday’s book signing in Noblesville, Indiana, Going Rogue author Sarah Palin was faced with an angry mob of her own fans who were turned away without having their copies signed. Many of the fans, who had been given wristbands entitling them to up to 2 signed books, had waited hours in the rain for the chance to meet Palin. While you can’t blame them for being angry, some of the crowd’s chants were surprising.

Local news station The Indy Channel pegged the dissatisfied Palinites at “a few dozen,” while Rumproast had estimates from 100-300. The bookstore gave out 1,000 wristbands for a signing that began at 5:30, and ended around 9pm, when the store closes. It seems to me that, perhaps, the crowd’s anger was misdirected at Palin, rather than the bookstore.

Even more strange, though, is that some of the crowd, who were such huge Palin fans that they waited hours to meet her, greeted her exit with boos and shouts of “Quitter,” an obvious reference to her resignation as Alaska governor.

They also began chanting, “Sign my book!” an obvious reference to the fact that she hadn’t signed their books. For such devoted fans, they weren’t very charitable to Palin:

That said, let’s put this into context: According to IndyChannel’s “6 News,” out of 1000 fans, “900 walked away happy.” Apparently “Palin’s folks pulled the plug” on the book signing at the event’s end time — which left that rogue 100 with their Borders-issued wristband and an unsigned book. That signature was just that — a signature; according to the report: “no personal signatures or pictures with Palin were allowed. Those who didn’t get their book signed went home with only a piece of paper with Palin’s name on it.” No one apologized for the snafu, and, according to Rick Hightower of 6 News, those left out were nonplussed. Hence, it would seem, that rogue video.

The 6News video report is a nice little slice of how these events can go, if you’ve got the 2 minutes 15 seconds. It shows the good (brisk, orderly signing; perfectly-staged greeting before her shiny bus) and the bad (cranky people confused about who to blame, Palin or Borders, so just blaming whoever; news story focusing on the disgruntled 10% of the audience). It also shows her drawing power: here’s the crowd that showed up (in the rain!) to patiently await her arrival:

Palin Crowd

…Palin before her bright shiny bus, effusively thanking the crowd: “Noblesville, this was so great. You guys are hardcore patriots. Thank you so much for being here!”

Palin Bus

…Palin’s signature on her book (no personalized messages or photos, please!):

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…and an indication of the kind of buzz people are expecting here, as 6 News tries to corner the Noblesville traffic with no less than 12 related links, including a slideshow. Who says the MSM can’t adapt? Meanwhile, the liberal media’s got no reason to complain about Sarah Palin: She is, as usual, a traffic juggernaut. A rising tide lifts all boats, etc. etc.

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Your Moment Of Glenn: Only Fiction Writers Know The Truth

A few weeks back the New York Times did a feature on how Glenn Beck was the best thing to happen to book publishing since Oprah Winfrey (and maybe the only good thing considering today’s announcement), particularly when it comes to espionage thrillers.

Today viewers got a taste of just how strongly these thrillers affect Beck’s world view. Says Beck:

“I learned a long time ago that the only people that will really tell you the truth on what could happen, and the only people that really know are…the fiction authors. They have to know what’s really going on, so then they can weave in a story that’s believable. They will also tell you the truth, they have nothing to gain.”

Emphasis mine, mostly because this description could also double as a one-line description of Beck’s show. Also, while I actually sincerely appreciate Beck’s support of the publishing industry, if Beck does in fact believe he can get a more truthful world view from bestselling fiction authors (which is kind of the equivalent of taking religion lessons from the Da Vinci Code) it would explain a great deal about his show.

Beck spent the hour sharing political views with author Vince Flynn. Video below, Flynn’s books available here.



Former Pres. Clinton Blasts Olbermann For Politicizing Health Care Event

olbermann_8-10Well this is surprising.

Former President Bill Clinton told FireDogLake today he would not attend a free clinic event in Arkansas tomorrow because MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann had “politicized” the event.

From the post:

Eve ran into Clinton Thursday in the gift shop of the Clinton Library. She’s in Arkansas covering the Keith Olbermann’s free clinic event, organized by the National Association of Free Clinics. The former President is in town for the 5th anniversary of the Clinton Library…Clinton responded that Olbermann was politicizing the clinic, and that it wasn’t helpful for Olbermann to do that. He said he did not feel he could show up now, because the event had turned political.

Olbermann began his endorsement of these free clinics on his hour-long Special Comment show on October 8. The Arkansas event was just one of six Olbermann had made part of his larger push for health care reform. According to FireDogLake: “Olbermann, who has invited his viewers to contribute to the National Association of Free Clinics in advance of the event, has said on his show that ‘I want Sens. (Blanche) Lincoln and (Mark) Pryor to see what health care poverty is really like in Little Rock.’”

On his website, there are links for people to contribute to the event. Obviously, a former Democratic president attacking MSNBC’s most popular host is a rare, and somewhat surprising, situation. We’ll see if Olbermann has anything to say about it tonight or next week.

(h/t Johnny Dollar)

Here’s the original announcement by Olbermann:

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Ratings Upset: Sean Hannity’s Sarah Palin Interview Beats Bill O’Reilly’s

Cable news ratings, November 17, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• He may be the top-rated cable news host, but more people watched Sean Hannity’s interview with Sarah Palin Wendesday night than watched Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Palin Thursday night. Hannity had 4,200,000 total viewers while O’Reilly got 4,120,000 (he has two more parts, tonight and Monday). In the A25-54 demographic, Hannity had 1,149,000 while O’Reilly had 1,069,000.

• In the demo, HLN finished 2nd in prime time, followed by MSNBC and CNN. In total viewers during prime time, MSNBC was 2nd and CNN was 3rd.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

 

689

Blitzer

 

138

Matthews

 

108

Prime

 

126

6 pm Baier

 

525

Blitzer

 

118

EdShow

 

102

Prime

 

121

7 pm Shep

 

477

Tonight

 

148

Matthews

 

175

Issues

 

195

8 pm O’Reilly

 

1069

Brown

 

193

Olbermann

 

316

Grace

 

359

9 pm Hannity

 

744

King

 

258

Maddow

 

240

Behar

 

188

10 pm Greta

 

571

Cooper

 

216

Olbermann

 

208

Grace

 

259

11 pm O’Reilly

 

519

Cooper

 

151

Maddow

 

127

Showbiz

 

145

TOTAL DAY 420 149 116 142
PRIME TIME 795 222 255 265
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

 

2730

Blitzer

 

627

Matthews

 

554

Prime

 

261

6 pm Baier

 

2359

Blitzer

 

617

EdShow

 

540

Prime

 

280

7 pm Shep

 

2078

Tonight

 

578

Matthews

 

597

Issues

 

450

8 pm O’Reilly

 

4120

Brown

 

695

Olbermann

 

1188

Grace

 

1018

9 pm Hannity

 

2871

King

 

980

Maddow

 

877

Behar

 

654

10 pm Greta

 

2113

Cooper

 

585

Olbermann

 

584

Grace

 

522

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1691

Cooper

 

462

Maddow

 

382

Showbiz

 

412

TOTAL DAY 1656 548 417 328
PRIME TIME 3035 753 883 718
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Bill Simmons Suspended From Using Twitter Under ESPN Guidelines

simmons_11-20Earlier today The Big Lead asked if Bill Simmons, ESPN’s prolific columnist and New York Times bestselling author, is “serving an ESPN-imposed 2-week suspension from Twitter.”

Now we have an answer – it’s true.

The explanation of what happened notably came in a very new media way – ESPN.com editor-in-chief Rob King wrote a blog post on ESPN.com about it, and he tweeted it out. From the post:

No one knows the guidelines better than Bill Simmons, and he customarily works within these standards. He also understands, as does everyone else at ESPN, that we regard these guidelines as being equally important when participating in social media.

While it’s unfortunate — and sometimes painful — that not everyone outside of ESPN chooses to play by such rules, we choose to hold ourselves to higher standards. Regardless of the provocation, Bill’s communication regarding WEEI fell short of those standards. So we’ve taken appropriate measures.

So here’s what did him in. On November 11, Simmons tweeted an angry message to Boston radio station WEEI: “Hey WEEI: You were wrong, I did a Boston interview today. With your competition. Rather give them ratings over deceitful scumbags like you.”

Harsh – and since WEEI and ESPN have a partnership, this apparently is a no-no when it comes to ESPN’s much-discussed social media guidelines.

Still, a two-week Twitter suspension, and one that continues to allow The Sports Guy to tweet about his book and tour, is fairly mild.

Related: Mediaite’s Q&A with Simmons


The World Fares Poorly Under Fictional Black Presidents

2012During the 2008 Presidential campaign, The Onion satirically asked “Do We Really Want Another Black President After The Events Of Deep Impact?” Now that the electorate has answered that question in the affirmative, you would think that fictional black Presidents would see some sort of progress in the area of the world not ending. While there may not be a deeper meaning to 2012’s political trappings, it certainly is an interesting coincidence.

In 1998’s Deep Impact, Morgan Freeman’s President Tom Beck (Beck? Are you kidding me?) eases the world into the idea of total annihilation, by giant comet, with the help of in-the-tank MSNBC reporter Tea Leoni. The world doesn’t quite end, but a little piece of the comet does break off and wipes out the entire eastern seaboard with a tidal wave that Elijah Wood outruns on a dirtbike.

Flash forward 11 years, and you have 2012’s Danny Glover portraying President Tom Wilson leading the free world into that good night, as solar activity disrupts the Earth’s core. The dirtbike won’t save you this time:



Granted, both characters come off well, and do everything they can to save the world. Glover’s portrayal of Wilson is probably 2012’s dramatic high point, particularly his palpable grief over his departed wife. Freeman, along with 24’s Dennis Haysbert, has sometimes been credited with helping Americans get used to the idea of a black President.

If there’s any conclusion to be drawn from this, it’s that there’s just too small a sample from which to draw any conclusions. In the vast array of fiction, where anything is possible, fictional black Presidents barely outnumber real ones.