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Looking at Sarah Palin's new book, Going Rogue: An American Life, NBC's Andrea Mitchell caught a passage about herself in which Palin recalled that when she invited some reporters to go fishing with her this past July that "I wanted to see Andrea and her colleagues sporting fish-slimed waders, banging around in a skiff, stuck in the mud," but, she regretted, the weather was too good so "dang it - none of them got slimed." On Sunday's NBC Nightly News, Mitchell recounted, over video (with the book text over-layed) of Mitchell and Palin on a boat: Remember when we went... continue reading
The roundtable members on Sunday's This Week derided or dismissed Sarah Palin, with David Brooks , the putative conservative columnist for the New York Times, declaring "she's a joke" and insisting "Republican primary voters just are not going to elect a talk show host" - leaving it to PBS's Gwen Ifill, of all people, to come to her defense as a fellow woman. Left-winger David Corn yearned for how she will damage Republicans while the Washington Post's Bob Woodward agreed with Brooks and George Will wondered: "Some conservatives think they have found in Sarah Palin a Republican William Jennings. Why... continue reading
Former Congressman William Jefferson, the New Orleans Democrat with bribery cash hidden in his freezer, was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison, the longest-ever for a Member of Congress on a corruption charge - yet the CBS Evening News didn't utter a word about it, just as that newscast ignored his August conviction, while ABC's World News didn't bother to mention his party affiliation. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams noted Jefferson's party in this short item: "Former Louisiana Democratic Congressman William Jefferson made headlines a while back when the FBI found $90,000 in cash hidden in his freezer... continue reading
Speaking to the defense attorney for Ft. Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan on Friday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith asked: "Do you think - and this is not from a scientific or even legal standpoint, but just as you've been able to speak with him, do you think he's competent to stand trial?" In his first question to Hasan's attorney, retired Army Colonel John Galligan, Smith wondered: "First things first, you met with Hasan at some point yesterday. Is he coherent?" Galligan replied: "He's coherent." He then lamented: "I learned from, actually members of the media, that apparently he... continue reading
The Daily Beast on Friday reported that former Democratic aide turned journalist George Stephanopoulos has now pulled ahead of ex-Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo's son, Chris Cuomo, in the race to become the new co-host of Good Morning America. Correspondent Rebecca Dana quoted an ABC source as saying, " It's George's now to lose. " Dana added, "That both contenders are associated with prominent Democrats has helped to add a campaign vibe to the contest for Sawyer's anchor chair." She then gossiped, "There is a rumor floating around ABC that Mario Cuomo has placed some calls on his son's behalf..." (Chris... continue reading
On Friday's edition of Morning Meeting, host Dylan Ratigan featured fake photos of Sarah Palin during a mocking segment on why Americans are fascinated with the former vice presidential candidate. While listing the show's top ten reasons, Ratigan showed a doctored photo of Palin's head on the bikini-clad body of a woman holding a weapon. The host never admitted or addressed the fact that his network was passing off counterfeit pictures to his viewers. Earlier in the segment, Ratigan displayed an image of Palin in a short, black mini-skirt. This photo is also not real . MSNBC should immediately apologize... continue reading
Here we go again: a liberal journalist feeling Barack Obama's pain, that he would be instantly judged by the media. Wait, the Obama-mythologizing, pinch-me-history-is-happening media? Yes. Time Senior Writer David Von Drehle wrote an article titled "Obama's Fort Hood Speech: Lost in Translation." Von Drehle compared it to...the Gettysburg Address: Lincoln was lucky. His speech at Gettysburg wasn't televised, and so he wasn't subjected to hours of commentary in advance of his address, setting expectations, or hours after his speech, analyzing his every word. No one tried to tease out the difference between his "Commander in Chief moment" and his... continue reading
Appearing on Friday's CBS Early Show to discuss the release of Sarah Palin's book, 'Going Rogue,' author Ann Coulter told co-host Harry Smith: "[John] McCain...was the media's favorite Republican. So any criticism his side made of Palin was instantly printed and now we finally get the pay back. And I'm looking forward to it." Coulter made the comment after Smith asked about "the tension and the conflict between" the former vice presidential candidate and the McCain campaign. He went on to remark that Palin "represents a kind of orthodoxy within the Republican Party." Coulter replied: "I'd put it a little... continue reading
News that President Barack Obama is demanding new Afghanistan options and answers, after months and eight meetings with top officials on General Stanley McChrystal's request for more troops, led ABC anchor Charles Gibson to express exasperation Thursday night: "What new questions are there to be asked after all this time?" CBS and NBC, however, weren't so dubious. Though Katie Couric painted "a long, drawn out process," Chip Reid assigned gravitas to Obama as he asserted Obama "has been agonizing over this decision" and "recently immersed himself in the agony of war." Reid touted: "That the President is so thoroughly researching... continue reading
MSNBC's Nancy Snyderman attacked Catholic bishops on Thursday for opposing abortion funding in the health care bill, agreeing with the President of NOW that the IRS should investigate them. The "Dr. Nancy" host also complained, " This is going to be a Pollyannaish statement. The Catholic bishops appearing and having a political voice seems to be a most fundamental violation of church and state. " Terry O'Neill, the President of the National Organization for Women, quickly concurred: "You know, that's the first thing that I said. I don't know where the Internal Revenue Service is, but I hope they're paying... continue reading