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When Roger West first launched the progressive political blog "News From The Other Side" in May 2010, he could hardly have predicted the impact that his venture would have on the media and political debate. As the New Media emerged as a counterbalance to established media sources, Roger wrote his copious blogs about national politics, the tea party movement, mid-term elections, and the failings of the radical right to the vanguard of the New Media movement. Roger West's efforts as a leading blogger have tremendous reach. NFTOS has led the effort to bring accountability to mainstream media sources such as FOX NEWS, Breitbart's "Big Journalism. Roger's breadth of experience, engaging style, and cultivation of loyal readership - over 92 million visitors - give him unique insight into the past, present, and future of the New Media and political rhetoric that exists in our society today. What we are against: Radical Right Wing Agendas Incompetent Establishment Donald J. Trump Corporate Malfeasence We are for: Global and Econmoic Security Social and Economic Justice Media Accountability THE RESISTANCE

Friday, February 11, 2011


The original cable news network (a.k.a. CNN) announced yesterday that it has hired St. Louis Tea Party co-founder Dana Loesch for its 2012 election coverage. HUH!

The contract is the latest coup d'état for Loesch, who -- in just a few years' time -- has rocketed from a local mommy blogger to a nationally recognized political pundit.

Loesch stated in a CNN press release yesterday: "I'm excited to be working with CNN and am appreciative of their efforts to showcase diverse political thought on their airwaves," said Dana Loesch. "I look forward to the discussions."

Here at NFTOS we're not privy to why and/or how CNN came upon hiring the uber-conservative Loesch, though she had been a somewhat regular on Larry King Live. Also, it's worth noting that CNN is a network clearly on the decline, having lost huge market share to the more partisan programming of Fox News and MSNBC.

Will Loesch help stem the tide? Who knows. Some (but not this blogger) admit her face is easy on the eyes, even if her shrill arguments can be painful on the ears. Perhaps that "lovely mug" of hers will help keep her followers and readers from changing the channel?

Many of the commenter's over at Andrew Breitbart's website, Big Journalism, for which Loesch serves as editor-in-chief, aren't convinced. They refer to CNN as the "Commie News Network" and say not even Loesch could make them tune in.

Other comments from Big Journalism go like this:

"Ms Loesch needs to work on her game"...

"Her scattered appearances on FOX were pretty embarrassing; she may be right on the issues but came across as in over her head- and out of her league. Her posts here at BH are ok; nothing cutting edge or particularly enlightening."

"She is pretty, though- and a conservative female with looks will get hired, that's for sure."

"CNN is now a graveyard for political analysis. No one watches them unless there is a natural disaster, or some big foreign conflagration. She does risk becoming the Joe Scarborough of CNN."

"I haven't been winning many fans here over the months, with my comments in this regard. If she wants to be a professional, and be treated as such, she better get a razor strop, and hone her skill. They are lacking in many areas. This post will go over like a fart in church, but it is the truth. "

"Because your fans will stop and think, and then agree with your assessment. For no matter how much one likes the comely young lass from St Louis, she- so far- has not been ready for prime time. She has had a recent makeover, but her looks were fine to begin with. "

"Unfortunately, at this stage of the game she is still a dilletante. Now, Arianna Huffington has made a career out of that- but it won't work for a conservative"...

"They are going to chew her up, and spit her out in little pieces. If she thinks she has gotten this spot due to talent and achievement, she is wrong. They want to put her there to ridicule her, and make fun of her."

"I sure don't like to write this, but just sit back and watch."

"She isn't "hard" enough, yet."

"I have given the woman a chance.

Going back to the fall of 2009, when she wrote her very first article, and first appeared at Big Government; long before she was Editor here.

Here is something for you, and everyone else to consider.

If she can't do well here, with a friendly audience, she doesn't have a prayer in the Big Leagues. (Or in the case of CNN, more appropriately, the Minor Leagues). "

"count me as someone who isn't happy about Dana doing CNN. i like her a lot more as a blogger than as a panelist... it doesn't look easy, being a political panelist. you have to really pick your spots to butt in, etc.. Dana might develop those skills, but i'm afraid this may do more to hurt her than help her"

"her TV work has shown her to be a lightweight"...

"Spirited, and challenging- and right on the issues. But not a 'prime time player'. She needs work on it, make no doubt about it"...

This once Democrat (yes Loesch was once a leftie) has expedited her claim to fame at a velocious pace. Loesch, with barely a high school education now becomes one of cables news' political subject matter experts. If there ever was a WTF moment this one certainly would rank amongst the top or crème de le crème of WTF's.

I have never bitten my lip when it comes to Loesch, and I am certainly not going to be shy here. Loesch is St. Louis's favorite hatemongering radio personality on Tea Party Radio 97.1 FM . Dana Loesch would fit well at Faux News given her history of outright distortions, lies, and peddling hate speech that poisons the St. Louis Metro Area/Metro East. Prior to her Breitbart gig she was well-known for NOT allowing comments on her blogs, thus making her a coward and a scaredy-cat. She has also alienated her Liberal-leaning fans and even some Conservatives as well from her Mamalogues days due to her political activity.

All of NFTOS' twenty thousand readers are well aware of my documented distaste for this hack.

What ever happened to going to college and getting a higher education prior to becoming an expert in your "professional" career? How is it that most tea bags take the least path of resistance to a political career. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Dana Loesch et al all narrowly escaped graduation from high school! How is this a ticket to stardom and expertise on American politics? Truly the American dream has struck those that exhibit IQ's less than 50.

Dana Loesch is the half female version of Beavis and Butthead (take your pick on which one she is). Loesch is Ann Coulter's twin, the only differentiating factor between the two is Loesch is without the Adams apple.

Last September, CNN unwittingly found themselves enmeshed in a bizarre story after correspondent Abbie Boudreau, while compiling a documentary on the emerging guerilla right-wing press, was saved from being "punked" by Andrew Breitbart protégé James O'Keefe, who allegedly had hatched a scheme to "hit on" Boudreau after luring her onto his boat. That remarkably strange incident happened not long after Breitbart released the now-infamous edited videotapes of Shirley Sherrod, which earned him widespread condemnation from all corners of the media, including CNN.

In November, after ABC invited -- and then disinvited -- Breitbart to take part in their election night coverage, Howard Kurtz, host of CNN's Reliable Sources, described Breitbart as "the conservative activist who pushed the ACORN undercover sting and posted that misleading videotape, the one that made Shirley Sherrod look like a racist," adding: "I'm not sure if Breitbart was the best choice."

CNN should by this point know better than to get involved with anything even remotely connected to Breitbart.

But it seems they haven't quite learned their lesson as local Tea Party leader and radio talk show host Dana Loesch will appear across the network's prime time programs, as well as other dayparts and platforms.

I leave you with this thought process..........."Maybe there are some mental health provisions in the current health care reform bill that will make the Insane-American demographic more sought after by the advertisers of CNN.

Of course, these funds will only go to those who acknowledge their problem, so the more moderate right wing won't see a spike in their representation, but for the more extreme, bat shit, pants-pi$$ing crazy right ( the Breitbart crowd), the ones who can't help but notice they need help, their consumer dollar may be pumped up a little by the add of Dana Loesch."

Roger West

Editor-in-Chief NFTOS