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VH1 comedian Chuck Nice appeared on Tuesday's Today show and compared Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to the sexually transmitted disease herpes. He mocked: "But, Sarah Palin to the GOP, this is what I've got to say, she is very much like herpes, she's not going away." [ MP3 audio ] The "Best Week Ever" contributor amazingly preceded his comments by instructing the show's hosts and his fellow guests, who were there to discuss news events in the 10am (4th) hour of the show, "...Please don't take it the way it sounds." Amazingly, no one on the program really challenged Nice... continue reading
Continuing his obsession with Dick Cheney, Hardball host Chris Matthews on Monday compared the former Vice President to movie monster Freddy Krueger , a child-murdering serial killer. After Republican strategist Michelle Laxalt suggested that Matthews missed Cheney, the host retorted, "Well, he keeps coming back... Freddy Krueger comes back in every movie and this guy is back every day ." Interestingly, while Matthews linked the ex-VP to the deformed murderer, it was the MSNBC anchor himself who wore a Freddy Krueger-esque sweater on the December 18, 2007 edition of Hardball. (See file photo above.) On Monday, Matthews, Laxalt and businessman... continue reading
Conservative talk-show hosts and bloggers have been hammering away at the gooey NBC News Inside the White House specials with Brian Williams adoring Obama. But Williams also drew fire from the hard-core left. On Friday's Bill Moyers Journal , the PBS omnipresence and former LBJ press aide said Williams offered a "candygram" to the President: BILL MOYERS: Meanwhile, NBC News this week delivered a candygram to the President - two prime time specials called Inside the Obama White House . President Obama couldn't have asked for a sweeter salute... BRIAN WILLIAMS: People react strongly to this President. We've seen people... continue reading
On Sunday, White House correspondent Chip Reid gave a glowing review of President Obama's overseas trip: "A trip laden with symbolism and elegant words , asking the world to look beyond old hatreds and wounds. In doing so, he hopes to create a world where there never has to be another D-Day." During CBS Sunday Morning , Reid reported on Obama's trip to the Middle East and Europe, highlighting the President's speech in Cairo last week and marking of the 65th anniversary of D-Day in France on Saturday. On the subject of Obama addressing the Islamic world, Reid cited left-wing... continue reading
Newsweek editor-at-large Evan Thomas appeared this weekend's edition of Inside Washington and lauded President Obama as a "brave," " great teacher " who " stands above everybody ." These comments were only slightly less hyperbolic than a gushing assertion on Friday's Hardball . On that program, the journalist cooed, "I mean in a way Obama's standing above the country, above - above the world, he's sort of God." Moderator Gordon Peterson prompted Thomas to expound on Obama after asking him and other panelists for their critiques of Obama's speech last week in Cairo, Egypt. Thomas extolled, "We're understanding what Obama... continue reading
On Sunday, CBS's Bill Whitaker praised the liberal activism of former TV producer Norman Lear: "But in 1980, the king turned his back on his TV empire. He grew alarmed as evangelical Christian preachers grew more visibly and vocally involved in politics with views and tactics he found divisive. He responded the way he knew best, on TV." Whitaker, reporting for CBS Sunday Morning, went on to describe Lear's efforts: "His ads spawned People For The American Way , his grass roots civics organization to keep Americans aware and protective of their rights." No liberal label was given for the... continue reading
Time 's Nancy Gibbs has found the true home of President Obama, and it's not Kenya or Kansas. "None of these quite fit our blender in chief, but it struck me recently that Obama does have a cultural home: he's the first President from Sesame Street." In a gooey article titled "Tickle Me Obama" in the June 15 edition of the magazine, Gibbs giddily associates educational programming and Barack Obama as very similar concepts: The President is every bit as much a product of the show, but it's not just his age and mastery of the alphabet that make Obama... continue reading
Newsweek 's Eleanor Clift seemed flabbergasted on this weekend's McLaughlin Group as fellow panelists Pat Buchanan, Monica Crowley and Mort Zuckerman all criticized President Obama's speech to Muslims in Cairo. Perhaps reflecting the mindset of her Newsweek colleagues, Clift exclaimed: " Until I came on this set, I heard nothing but rave reviews for this speech. I feel like I'm in a total parallel reality ." The McLaughlin Group tapes on Friday afternoons, which means that for the better part of two days Clift was completely insulated from the various criticisms of Obama's speech which were easy to discover on... continue reading
On Sunday's This Wee k roundtable, ABC national correspondent Claire Shipman tried to argue that it would be "very hard" for Republicans to label Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a liberal. " When you look at Sotomayor's record and look at the cases, it's very hard for people to make the case that she's a typical, you know, elite liberal judicial philosopher ," Shipman declared. That was too much even for liberal columnist Cynthia Tucker, who is currently the editorial page editor of the A tlantic Journal-Constitution but will this summer move to Washington as the paper's D.C.-based political columnist... continue reading
Newsweek editor Evan Thomas brought adulation over President Obama's Cairo speech to a whole new level on Friday, declaring on MSNBC: "I mean in a way Obama's standing above the country, above - above the world, he's sort of God." Thomas, appearing on Hardball with Chris Matthews, was reacting to a preceding monologue in which Matthews praised Obama's speech: "I think the President's speech yesterday was the reason we Americans elected him. It was grand. It was positive. Hopeful...But what I liked about the President's speech in Cairo was that it showed a complete humility ...The question now is whether... continue reading