Rick Perry is biggest winner after CNBC Michigan GOP Debate

Soon after the GOP debate ended, analysts and pundits began to breakdown Governor Rick Perry’s ability to only name 66% of the three agencies he would end as president. In the 15 or so minutes that had followed the debate I heard at least a half dozen people say Perry’s presidential aspiration were officially over. Perry himself acknowledged his gaffe, “I’m glad I had my boots on tonight…..I stepped in it out there.”

joe_paternoI was actually watching CNN when Isha Sesay appeared on the screen with breaking news that Penn State University was holding a press conference.  John Surma was at the microphone and he announced that head football coach Joe Paterno and school president Graham Spanier had been relieved of their duties.  The Twitterverse immediately shifted from Perry to Paterno.

When the news stations went back to analyzing the debate, Rick Perry’s brain freeze took a bit of a back seat to the goings on in State College, PA. Since Monday the horrific events at Penn State went beyond the sports page.  Tonight Penn State has overshadowed a pretty interesting debate and provided Rick Perry with a bit of political cover at least until the morning.

ESPN should lead reporting on Penn State child abuse allegations

I understand that yesterday was football Sunday.  And today most of the talk is about Magic Johnson and the 20 year anniversary of him telling the world he had HIV.  But so far, the “World Wide Leader In Sports” is following, not leading reporting on sex abuse allegations against former Penn State football assistant coach.

ESPN doesn’t shy away from off the field stuff. They’re good about, gathering up “experts” and lawyers to address issues that occur outside the lines.  Tiger Woods’ car wreck was a round the clock ordeal.  Barry Bonds steroids allegations where big news for them.

There are lots of questions that need to be answered about who knew what and ESPN has never been afraid to throw out their opinions.  I’m shocked that on the Monday live SportsCenter, Penn State is following Eli/Aaron talk, Tebow talk and Ravens/Steelers.

Jeremy Schapp is in Happy Valley covering Penn State as he should be. The story is at the top of the headlines tab but not one of the 5 “Top Stories” that rotates with images. Overall, ESPN is giving the story back page treatment so far.

Delino DeShields releases statement following DUI arrest

From The Wire

Delino DeShields, Jr released the following statement after being arrested for Driving Under the Influence on Sunday Morning.

“I take the responsibility of being a role model seriously and apologize to my fans and community, who continue to support my family and I during this unfortunate incident. I look forward to putting this matter behind me and sincerely appreciate the respect of privacy during this personal matter.”

On 199th Anniversary of New Madrid Quake, FEMA Urges Public to be Prepared

News Wire – FEMA

December 16th marked the 199th anniversary of one of the largest earthquakes ever to strike the United States. That’s why the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready Campaign is encouraging everyone to prepare for earthquakes and other disasters by making a resolution to “Resolve to be Ready” in 2011.  It only takes a few simple steps to prepare for emergencies, and you can visit www.Ready.gov to learn more.

“FEMA is not the team, we’re part of the team,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell.  “We are constantly working with the entire federal family, state and local governments, the private sector, and faith-based and non-profit organizations to prepare for the next disaster.  The 199th anniversary of one of the largest earthquakes to strike the United States should serve as an important reminder to all of us that disasters can strike anytime, anywhere.”

The earthquake took place in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ), which is the site of several of the largest historical earthquakes to ever strike the continental United States.  On Dec. 16, 1811, the first of these quakes struck what is now the location of Memphis, Tenn., at a level nine intensity. The impacts were felt as far away as Washington and Ohio.  The final quake occurred on Feb. 7, 1812, in New Madrid, Mo.; the shaking forced sand to erupt at the surface, triggered landslides and caused large areas to be uplifted or dropped down in elevation.

Since then, the regions along the NMSZ have experienced explosive growth in both population and infrastructure.  Another series of earthquakes with the magnitude of the 1811 earthquakes could prove catastrophic to the region.

FEMA and its federal partners, non-governmental organizations, and state and local officials will collaborate on a series of outreach efforts, partnerships and events over the next year – including Earthquake Preparedness Month in February the Great Central U.S. Shakeout and the 2011 National Level Exercise (NLE 2011).  These events are designed to educate Americans on what they can do to be better prepared for earthquakes and other catastrophic events.

Individuals and their families can take the following steps to prepare for earthquakes:

·                 Get an emergency supply kit;

·                  Make a family communications plan;
·                 Stay informed of the risks in your community;
·                 Check for hazards in the home;
·                 Identify safe places indoors and outdoors; and
·                 Educate yourself and family members.

For more information on preparing for an earthquake or other emergencies, please visit www.Ready.gov.  For more information on resolving to be ready in 2011, visit www.Ready.gov/resolve2011. For more information on The Great Central U.S. Shakeout, visit http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/.

DGA to Fox News: Time to Add Disclaimer after $1 million GOP Donation

Dallas South Newswire

Nathan Daschle, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, contacted Fox News CEO Roger Ailes today to demand that his news division add a formal disclaimer during segments about the 2010 election to inform viewers that Fox’s parent company provided an unprecedented $1 million contribution to defeat Democratic governors in 2010.

The letter goes on to state: “For the first time in history, your organization is openly and proudly supporting the defeat of Democratic governors with an unprecedented political contribution of $1 million to the Republican Governors Association. In fact, your company provided the single largest corporate contribution to our opposition…. As you are well aware, the stakes could not be higher in the 37 gubernatorial races this election cycle.”

Mr. Roger Ailes
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Fox News Channel
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Dear Mr. Ailes,

For the first time in history, your organization is openly and proudly supporting the defeat of Democratic governors with an unprecedented political contribution of $1 million to the Republican Governors Association. In fact, your company provided the single largest corporate contribution to our opposition.

In the interest of some fairness and balance, I request that you add a formal disclaimer to your news coverage any time any of your programs cover governors or gubernatorial races between now and Election Day. I suggest that the disclaimer say: “News Corp., parent company of Fox News, provided $1 million to defeat Democratic governors in November.” If you do not add a disclaimer, I request that you and your staff members on the “fair and balanced” side of the network demand that the contribution be returned.

As you are well aware, the stakes could not be higher in the 37 gubernatorial races this election cycle. Your corporation and your allies know well that these races have grave and substantial implications for Congressional redistricting. In fact, your allies in the GOP hope to change our election map for decades by electing governors who will redraw 30 seats into Republican territory.

I look forward to hearing from you – or any of your programs – at your earliest convenience.



Nathan Daschle

P.S. Many news outlets have covered this controversy, but your own news programs have been strangely silent. I am available to appear on any of your programs to discuss the case for Democratic governors – particularly why our governors best for business growth. Despite my efforts to immediately reach out to your news programs, more than a dozen requests were ignored.

Cc: Bret Baier
Carl Cameron
Gretchen Carlson
Neil Cavuto
Steve Doocy
Trace Gallagher
Major Garrett
Sean Hannity
Bill Hemmer
Brian Kilmeade
Megyn Kelly
Martha MacCallum
Bill O’Reilly
Jon Scott
Shepard Smith
Greta Van Susteren
Chris Wallace

Statement by the President on the Passing of Dr. Dorothy Height

From the DSN Newswire

Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dorothy Height – the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement and a hero to so many Americans.  Ever since she was denied entrance to college because the incoming class had already met its quota of two African American women, Dr. Height devoted her life to those struggling for equality.

She led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, and served as the only woman at the highest level of the Civil Rights Movement – witnessing every march and milestone along the way. And even in the final weeks of her life – a time when anyone else would have enjoyed their well-earned rest – Dr. Height continued her fight to make our nation a more open and inclusive place for people of every race, gender, background and faith. Michelle and I offer our condolences to all those who knew and loved Dr. Height – and all those whose lives she touched.