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Is ultra-conservative right-wing Tea Party leader Mark Williams wearing an earring?

Posted by andreaitis on September 15, 2009

We’re a small team here at True/Slant, and like most startups that means everyone has a couple of jobs (at least).  For example, you’re looking at the entire help desk.   Now, most help desk emails have a question about the site, how something works or (ack) isn’t working.  Last night, though, I got an email with a clear and plaintive cry for help:

I saw Mark Williams on MSNBC tonight and I swear he was wearing an earring.  I’ve exhausted all online searches and I’m begging you to please help me.  I MUST know if this douche bag wears an earring.  I don’t know why this is important but it is!!!
Sincerely,
Vicki

Mark Williams is a familiar face on the cable news circuit, appearing regularly on MSNBC, CNN and Fox.   He is Vice Chairman of Our Country Deserves Better Political Action Committee, and can politely be described as a rabid ultra-conservative Obama-hater.  Or, as he would say, “right.”

Not someone you’d expect to show up with an earring.   But, ever the helpful help desk, I poked around for some evidence to properly answer Vicki’s question.

MarkWilliamsHeadshot2I first looked at Mark’s bio picture on ourcountrydeservesbetter.com.  First thing I noticed was that the picture’s cropped so you can’t see his left earlobe.  That’s odd, I thought.  Odd and curious.  He’s Vice Chairman of this PAC and a) chooses a picture that shows him on an MSNBC talk show, and 2) we can’t see his left ear.  I have to assume when he actually appeared on MSNBC that they did, in fact, include his left ear in the shot.  So it’s even more unusual that I can’t see it here.

Next, I looked at Mark’s bio pic on his own site marktalk.com.  This picture’s smaller and the mark williams marktalk 9-15-2009 12-05-52 PMangle isn’t ideal but you can pretty much see his left earlobe.  Nothing  glinting, sparkling or dangling, though.  His earlobe appears to be unadorned.  But, with the size and the angle and the possibility of photoshopping I’m not completely confident I have Vicki’s answer.

mark williams cnn 9-15-2009 11-23-35 AMI then pulled up video of Mark’s CNN appearance on Anderson Cooper’s AC360 last night (when they had their memorable war of words).

Stop. the. presses.  There it is!  A clear shot of his left ear, and lo and behold there’s something on it.   This is a shot from CNN, though, and we know the left will stop at nothing to bury the right.  I must maintain my objective perspective, even in light of this earlobe evidence.  I need another source to verify.

That takes me to Google (of course).  Google Images, to be specific.  After digging thromark williams 2 9-15-2009 11-59-08 AMugh pics of other people named  Mark Williams, I found it.  A second source.   A clear image, the right angle, and confirmation that there is, in fact, something that looks like an earring on this ultra-conservative’s left ear.

Could it be?

Mark Williams describes himself on his own website as “a long time ‘activist’ radio talk show host, TV news personality and writer.”   The quote marks around activist are his own.  Is that some kind of secret hippie code?  Could it simply be a birthmark?  Or, um, birthermark?

Vicki, I can tell you that you did indeed see something on Mark Williams’ ear.  I can’t yet tell you what it is.  For that, I’ve gone to the source.  I’ve just sent Mark Williams a Facebook message asking him: earring or birthmark?

I’ll let you know when I hear back.

helpfully yours,

andrea @ the true/slant help desk

UPDATE: 
Mark Williams responds to the earring controversy via Facebook

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More to Love: Gettin' biggy with it

Posted by andreaitis on August 5, 2009

Fox’s new big-boned bachelor show More to Love happened to be on TV tonight while I was doing some work.  And I happened to not change the channel.   Which explains why – after a full hour of  big love – I sat in a state of perplexment, a new word I just created for this very situation.  You see, my involuntary post-show analysis includes observations that I may or may not share because they may or may not cross some line that may or may not exist.  What to make of a show with this self-proclaimed premise:

Luke Conley is a 26-year-old former college football offensive lineman who stands 6’3″ and weighs over 300 pounds. He’s a successful sub-contractor and real estate investor who has his sights set on building a long-lasting relationship. Luke’s ideal woman is intelligent, passionate, down-to-earth, full-figured and comfortable in her own skin.

This eligible guy will have the chance to find the woman of his dreams when 20 voluptuous ladies vie for his heart.

I needed a baseline, some way to gauge whether my reaction was within limits.  So I turned to the natural stream of conscience: Twitter.

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These twitter messages pretty much sum up my reaction at any given moment during tonight’s episode.   I did, however, have a couple of additional points along with some puntastic song titles bouncing around in my head.  Suffer along with me for a moment, please.

Big Girls Don’t Cry.  Except when they do.  A lot.
As you might have picked up above, these girls aren’t just crying a river.  It’s practically a monsoon.   They all say they want someone to love them for who they are inside.  Ironically, they’ll get their wish.  When size doesn’t matter, it all comes down to what’s inside.  Luke’s definitely got a variety pack here.

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Hunka Hunka Burning Love.  Or Luke-warm Love.
He’s dorky, our Luke.  He favors expressions like Bring it on! and, uh, steak.  That’s what I learned about him.   I half-expected…okay, half-wished Luke would break into a rousing chorus of  “Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round.”   That didn’t happen, but he did manage to have a LOT of the women admit on camera that he was perfect and they were already falling in love with him after meeting him twice in large group settings.

Pay close attention to the video below.  Not hard to miss the Big Guy, but as a special bonus you might notice host Emme is wearing flip flops.  Flip flops!  Perez Hilton, you can have that one for free.

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Some girls are bigger than others.  This one is not.
I only remember one woman’s name, Christian.  She had a really nice smile.   I seem to have created nicknames for the others as I watched:  the Catty One, the Punk Rocker, the Aggressive One, the Blonde One…you get the idea.  This video features Luke and the Blonde One, who seems to be on the less big side.  Size aside, watch their interaction and tell me if you don’t think “ick.”

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Love Shrinks.  And stinks.
Twenty women, one man.   Same basic premise as The Bachelor, but somehow very different.  Emotions are raw and right at the surface on day one.  The women are extremely honest, clearly putting a lifetime of hopes on this opportunity, this 26 year old guy.   I can hear Oprah now, telling them they must first love themselves.  Every rejection will be that much more painful — and there will be 19 of them. Nineteen women desperate for love will not find it with Luke.

I hope they’ll be cushioned when they fall.

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