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During a live midnight EST hour Larry King Live Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, CNN's Larry King repeatedly employed the "far right" pejorative to describe those who backed the unsuccessful New York congressional bid of the Conservative Party's Doug Hoffman. After Wolf Blitzer announced at 12:15 AM EST that CNN had declared Democrat Bill Owens the winner, King blurted: "That may be the first defeat for the far right tonight." About 15 minutes later, King pressed Amanda Carpenter of the Washington Times: "Since the far right did get into that race in upstate New York, is this a legitimate defeat for them... continue reading
Shortly before the polls closed, CBS's chief Washington correspondent, Bob Schieffer, rejected any effort to tie President Barack Obama to two the Democratic gubernatorial candidates for whom Obama campaigned, i nsisting on Tuesday's CBS Evening News that the contests were more about local issues and so "I don't think they had much to do with anything but New Jersey and Virginia." Citing the special congressional race in New York, Schieffer rued "this third-party conservative who literally pushed a moderate Republican out of the race," and proceeded to analogize Republicans this year to leftist activists who in 1972 pushed Democrats to... continue reading
On Monday's AC360, CNN's Anderson Cooper forwarded the media's new talking point about the New York 23 congressional race, that " tea Party protesters and other conservative voices are...driving moderates out of the GOP ." Correspondent Tom Foreman continued on this note, stating that " angry conservatives ...[are] forcing the party to choose between...its base and attracting more moderate Americans ." Cooper led the 10 pm Eastern hour of his program with the question, "Does the Republican Party have room for moderates?" The anchor outlined that "state and local elections tomorrow may have profound national effects, and President Obama and... continue reading
If you're a skeptic of climate change or want to educate your child at home Chris Matthews probably thinks you're an oddball. On Tuesday's Hardball, the MSNBC host egged on the former liberal Republican New Jersey governor and former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman to turn to the camera to scold all the global warming non-believers in the GOP as he urged: "Would you tell your Republican colleagues right now - look in the camera and say, 'There is climate change and we have to do something about it?'" And later on in the show Matthews stereotyped all homeschoolers as... continue reading
On Monday's AC360, CNN's Anderson Cooper forwarded the media's new talking point about the New York 23 congressional race, that " tea Party protesters and other conservative voices are...driving moderates out of the GOP ." Correspondent Tom Foreman continued on this note, stating that " angry conservatives ...[are] forcing the party to choose between...its base and attracting more moderate Americans ." Cooper led the 10 pm Eastern hour of his program with the question, "Does the Republican Party have room for moderates?" The anchor outlined that "state and local elections tomorrow may have profound national effects, and President Obama and... continue reading
ABC's ' V' mini-series , which will debut tonight (Tuesday) in the first hour of prime time, is "nominally a rousing sci-fi space opera about alien invaders bent on the conquest (and digestion) of all humanity," but "it's also a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the President's supporters and delight his detractors," Miami Herald TV critic Glenn Garvin asserted in a review distributed by the McClatchy/Tribune news service and run in Tuesday's Chicago Tribune, among other papers. Garvin contended: From the fawning reaction of the news media...to the recruiting of human supporters into an alien front group that... continue reading
"President Obama may not have delivered on all the policy changes he promised since his election a year ago, but he and his family have brought dramatic social change to the nation's capital and to the country's collective image of its first family," USA Today's Mimi Hall and Maria Puente gushed in a front page story on Tuesday marking a year since President Obama's election, " With cultural 'flair,' Obamas updating first family's image ." The two reporters began by describing Barack and Michelle Obama as just like any other hip couple: He carries a smartphone on his hip, goes... continue reading
While analyzing the off-year elections across the country on Tuesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith asked Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer about the New York 23rd congressional race: "...this notion that an insurgent conservative, orthodox conservative, would come in and really unseat the party's choice for nominee there ...is this a precursor of what might be happening a year from now?" Schieffer used similar labeling to describe Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman and race's impact on the GOP: "The Republican Party right now is still split. And I think right now it's the conservatives who kind of have... continue reading
Good Morning America's Diane Sawyer conducted a surprisingly tough interview with Al Gore on Tuesday, pressing him on profiting from global warming and whether or not climate change legislation is pointless in light of pollution-spewing countries such as China. She also forced the ex-Vice President to respond to a challenge from Glenn Beck. Sawyer even pointed out the amount of methane gas created from the bodily functions of cows, observing that it's "20 times more damaging it is than CO2." The host, who will become the anchor of World News in January, then played a clip of Fox News' Beck... continue reading
Earning a chuckle even from Al Gore himself for the over the top glorification, CBS's Katie Couric opened her " @katiecouric" CBSNews.com Web show interview with Al Gore by extolling: "I'm honored to be joined today by the Godfather of Green, the King of Conservation: Former Vice President Al Gore." The very friendly 30-minute Monday interview was prompted by the release of Gore new book, ' Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis .' Monday's CBS Evening News carried a brief excerpt, sans the excessively laudatory introduction: "Today I spoke with someone who knows a bit about Washington... continue reading