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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Dixie Chicks At It Again

Well, as you know Natalie Maines took back her apology for causing a fracus 3 years ago. She's not sorry about insulting the President, during a time of war. Far from it, she renigged on her crocodile tears (record sales plummetted)

Well, here's one account of the Dixie Chicks, Time and other MSM types...


The Dixie Chicks and their marketing gurus clearly know publicity. They asked themselves: How can we get ourselves featured on the cover of Time and hailed on CBS's "60 Minutes" just before the new CD comes out? Easy. Trash George W. Bush again.
Time's cover had the three women framed in black with the celebratory title "Radical Chicks." They were famous not because of their music but because "They criticized the war and were labeled unpatriotic." That's a bit off. They criticized George W. Bush, with lead singer Natalie Maines telling a London audience the band so despised him they were ashamed to be from the same home state. That isn't exactly a brilliant anti-war policy statement that Madeleine Albright would crib. It was an insult.
But the New York Times, in its own Chicks cheerleading story, explained that once again, Time magazine has been caught awarding covers like back scratches to its friends and benefactors: The Chicks had performed at the party for this year's "Time 100" issue. (That issue also featured a Chicks profile touting their "tart and tasty" new CD and their courage in the face of death threats from former fans.) This tactic is nothing new. Time awarded Bill and Melinda Gates its "Person of the Year" honors for 2005 after the Gates Foundation paid for the magazine's summit on their global health summit a few weeks before. If you have a liberal viewpoint and something of value to offer Time magazine, you, too can rent that famous cover. The Dixie Chicks got it for a song, or two.

Time music writer Josh Tyrangiel spun like a top about how these country singers read the paper daily with a "solid understanding" of current events. How typically liberal. They hate Bush, therefore they are educated voters who know the issues that matter. Tyrangiel cooed over their failure to apologize for their Bush hatred: "apologies are for lapses of character, not revelations of it." Opposing the last president with consistency was a sign of a psychological disorder -- "Clintonphobia," Time called it -- but staunchly opposing this one is a sign of moral character.
Tyrangiel is probably still aglow from his article in 2004, attacking country star Toby Keith for his anti-terrorist anthem "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue," which promised a boot up the terrorists' collective behind. In that article, Tyrangiel quoted -- here she is again -- wailing Natalie Maines: "I hate it. It's ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant."
Keith was not to be lauded for producing this song, or hailed as a man of character. Instead liberal opposition "played right into Keith's exaggerated sense of grievance." Time added that in the controversy over his song, Keith was reduced to "a caricature," an extreme. In 2002, Tyrangiel also sneered about how Toby Keith's song came from "the Rush Limbaugh guide to foreign policy" and was "the catchiest song about vengeance since 'The Caissons Go Rolling Along.'"
This, from the magazine that hypes the Dixie Chick death threats?
The new clarion call from the anti-Bush media is the demand that the Dixie Chicks be forgiven for trashing Bush, and country music's audience in general, and proceed directly to the top of the charts because Bush's poll numbers are low. As growing numbers of Americans sour on Bush, asks Tyrangiel, "shouldn't there be a proportional feeling of forgiveness toward the Dixie Chicks?"
The New York Times finds a sanguine liberal trend at the top of the music charts. Citing the lowest poll number that could be found, the latest Harris poll pegging Bush's approval at 29 percent, music writer Jon Pareles touted that the Dixie Chicks were on Amazon's Top 10 sales likes with "albums with antiwar songs" by Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Paul Simon, and Pearl Jam.
On CBS's "60 Minutes," reporter Steve Kroft insisted some critics think the new CD is the best Dixie Chicks work ever -- smooch, smooch. Since the Bush-bashing incident in London, he insisted, "the only thing that's changed is that nearly 70 percent of the American public now agrees with her, at least to some extent." He explained their newest single is "about the hatred and narrow-minded intolerance that they encountered for expressing an opinion."
In the midst of all this, and the inevitable focus on how pro-Bush rednecks wanted them dead, Maines explained, they weren't about to wear "I Love Bush" T-shirts to pander to country-music audiences: "We're not politicians. We're musicians."
You could have fooled me. All the laudatory publicity they're receiving is a direct results of a marketing strategy that is all about politics, not about the music. They are pitching themselves to the liberal media as musical McCains -- love us as we courageously attack our conservative base.
The New York Times declared that for the Dixie Chicks, "free speech was costly." But the publicity their friends in the media are now showering on them is priceless.

On the upside, Reba McIntire had enough to say about the Dixie Chicks, also.,2933,196734,00.html

"I dunno what I was so nervous about. If the Dixie Chicks can sing with their foot in their mouths, I guess I can host this awards show."

Classy Reba, very nice. Now, waiting for Toby Keith or Hank Williams Jr. to chime in with their less clean responses.......



  • At 9:19 AM, Blogger Mooneyguy said…

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  • At 5:46 AM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    The Dixie Chicks don't matter, you twit. By the way, stop f-in posting mooney you stalker. The Dixie Chicks are #1 on Amazon, sure, sure, that's a haven for pathetic libs like you.....

    Notice the radio stations are not giving them airtime? There's what most of America thinks.....

    Eat scheisse.

  • At 9:47 AM, Blogger Mooneyguy said…

    That's what makes their CD sales so remarkable. Even without payola they're able to score big sales. Will I see you at one of their concerts? I'll be going to the one in my town and I don't even like country music...

  • At 10:32 AM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    Mooney stop posting here you frickin twit. You're making more of an ass out of yourself than George Galloway purring like a cat on Celebrity Big Brother. Is anyone else irritated by this f-wit or is it just me?

    Bob? LMCB? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

    Oh looneytunes, just because you and the net rangers buy their CDs doesn't make them a hit. They're gonna fade like the 47 year old whore and her crucifixtion mocking.

  • At 10:55 AM, Blogger Mooneyguy said…

    You keep saying that and they keep selling their tickets and CDs in ever greater numbers. Go buy a clue...

  • At 10:32 AM, Blogger Kevin said…

    Well I really hadn't followed any of this but since I just read that lengthy article thought I would add my thoughts.

    I guess all I can really say is something I have in the past: Nick as a man of God, I think you (and others like you arguing the same point) should remember the feeling of humility.

    As I've pointed out before, why does it matter what they say, who allows them to say it, or what their record sales do as a result? I've reminded you time and again that we're a country of checks and balances. Right now, you know as well as I do that we're WAY off balance in this country. I'm not saying we're going to collapse as a result, but there's certainly no shame in people expressing an opinion, a different opinion, or even a radically different opinion.

    The humility part then plays in because at the end of the day, YOU have still won. The country is still being run by Jesus-loving republicans who believe war is the solution. I think Bush was just quoted 3 days ago as saying "This is just the beginning..." The supreme court is now populated with dominant conservatives. Gays are still being banned from being human beings, abortion should come under serious fire pretty soon, and we're still not really concerned about the environment.

    So again, all I'm asking is why is it such a big deal if people STATE their opinion on the other side of the fence? Just remember at the end of the day, the country is still exactly as someone like you hopes it will be. (which to me of course, is seriously f-ed up)

  • At 9:32 AM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    And here we go again. I wasn't saying ban their music. They're reeping what they've sowed. Good sales from a few, and the ire of the majority. Looneytunes wants everyone to think they're such talented musicians. Let's be honest, the Dixie Chicks annoyed me then, they annoy me now. That was prior to their politics being so obnoxious. And I stress noxious. These Toxic Texans are the ones we ought to be ashamed of. Not for their opines, but their nonchalant behavior.

    By the way, Kev, what the majority of America wants the US to be like isn't F-ed up as you may think. It's not like they want a retreat to the bad old days with goosestepping and brownshirts, which was a form of socialism I might add.

  • At 10:43 AM, Blogger Kevin said…

    ...actually, they are pretty talented musicians. I don't particularly like them, but they've always been one of few country (or country-like) bands to write, record, and perform their own songs as a group.

  • At 9:05 AM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    OK Kev, I thought you'd gone into the abyss. I thought you were steering into country music for a sec. See, I like it, but I recall you once spitting after someone mentioned country music.

    You kids wanna buy their albums, knock yourselves out. Your money, not mine.....

  • At 8:18 AM, Blogger Mooneyguy said…

    NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- As Taking The Long Way debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart this week, with first week's sales of 525,829, the Dixie Chicks have become the first female group in chart history to have three albums debut at #1, breaking the record the Chicks established in 2002 when the group's last studio album, Home, debuted at #1 and made them the first female group ever to have two albums debut at #1.

    With the #1 debut of Taking The Long Way, the Dixie Chicks have also become the first female group in chart history to have three studio albums occupy the #1 slot on the Top 200.
    I guess Americans like them...

  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    Yeah America likes them, and since NY and other cities constitute all of the US, not the whole country.

    What a kiss up.

  • At 11:44 PM, Blogger Kevin said…

    Uhh ND, not to pick on it - but that's fairly definitive.

    ...and, I'm not sure how the story's origin of NY has anything to do the Dixie Chicks.

    The truth is simply that despite (or perhaps more likely because of) their political comments/views, they went half-platinum in a week. That's a lot of record sales - in a week no less.

  • At 10:36 PM, Blogger LaRayaAsul said…

    The 'Chicks spoke my mind... I am truly asahmed of the idiot neo-cons. They do not represent me, my opinion, and frankly anyone who supports them are absolutely imbecillic. Start thinking.


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