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Jon Stewart Talks Sarah Palin, Iran on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 5th 2010 1:58AM
Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly on 'The O'Reilly Factor'Another Jon Stewart segment aired on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weeknights, 8PM ET on FNC) (check out last night's), and the talk turned to Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, Iran, and the possibility of Bill O'Reilly running for President with Stewart as his Vice-Presidential running mate.

That's hard to wrap your head around, and no doubt some folks would rather have Stewart as President. Either way, both of these guys can be somewhat annoying. There, we've said it. How about a smackdown in the squared circle? A little 'Wrestlemania' action between these two would be awesome!

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Conan O'Brien uncovers President Obama's sexist agenda

by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 27th 2009 5:33PM
"Girls need to shop for clothes. Period." Words of wisdom from our president. The crack editing staff at The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien has created an amazing clip of President Obama putting women in their place. They took an interview Obama recently gave to NBC news and edited it so it's just a full minute filled with random, nonsensical sexist remarks.

In addition to the quote I mentioned above, he alludes to a nefarious-sounding "strategy" that the men have in place, while a graphic of female politicians, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, hovers ominously. The clip is amazingly well-edited, to the point that if you didn't know what it was, you would swear it was real. In fact, I give it a day before the clip, or at least the quotes, start making the media rounds as fact. Ah, behold the power of late night.



[Watch full clips and episodes of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and more on SlashControl.]

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Is the Clinton/Blair relationship really the Clinton movie people want to see?

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 25th 2009 6:00PM
Bill Clinton & Tony BlairWe all have tremendous respect for you, Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan (yes, that is what I call him when we're hanging out drinking espressos and doing the crosswords), but do you really think the Clinton story America is just dying to see dramatized is the relationship between former president Bill and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair? Unless "The Special Relationship," as they're calling it, involves a special blue suit Mr. Blair kept for no explainable reason without cleaning it, I think there's better Clinton dramatics to be had.

Even if you don't go with the most sensational stories, there is a certain historic Presidential campaign. Hell, tell both stories from her perspective, that should be fun. Casting, should HBO greenlight the film, has Dennis Quaid playing Bill, Julianne Moore taking on the current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Michael Sheen (who played Frost in the aforementioned Frost/Nixon) playing Tony Blair. This would be his third film appearance as Blair, which makes you wonder if more people think Blair looks like Sheen than Blair.

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Top TV Stories of 2008: The election - VIDEOS

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 2nd 2009 2:00PM
MSNBC Decision 2008
What was the top TV story of the year? The choice was obvious to all of us, and probably all of you, too: The election. The 2008 race for the White House was not only historic, it was dramatic and played out more on TV with recognizable star personas than any election in recent memory.

And like a great TV show, it was a season-long run of highs and lows, tension and release, defeat and victory. Along the way, Americans made a choice about who will run the country for the next four years, but they were also entertained by a near constant barrage of media coverage in the form of maximum cable news, thousands of commercials, daily political commentary both serious and comic, a plethora of debates, and -- naturally -- Saturday Night Live's take on it all.

It all started about a year ago in the cold of Iowa and New Hampshire...

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The NY senator, a nanny named Fran? - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 11th 2008 8:38AM
Fran DEveryone who has been laughing at the idea of Fran Drescher taking over Hillary Clinton's Senate seat for the state of New York, you can stop laughing now. It's not that wild an idea, not when you consider that Fred Grandy -- Gopher from The Love Boat -- was a Congressman from Iowa, and pro wrestler Jesse Ventura was the Governor of Minnesota, and there's a really good chance that Saturday Night Live alum Al Franken (remember Stuart Smalley?) has won the Senate seat for Minnesota, too. (They're still recounting the votes!)

Oh, and let's not forget the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger from the great state of California. In other words, why not Senator Fran Drescher!

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Will Obama be on Saturday Night Live before the election?

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 22nd 2008 12:04PM
ObRemember back at the beginning of the season when Senator Barack Obama was going to be on the premiere of Saturday Night Live but had to bow out because of Hurricane Ike? At the time, we were told that the Democratic presidential candidate would be on later in the year. Well, rumors are flying that Obama will appear on SNL a week from this Saturday, November 1 -- just three days before the election.

NBC has denied the rumors, much like they did all those rumors before Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin appeared last weekend. However, SNL boss Lorne Michaels always holds his cards close to his vest when it comes to big name appearances. Even after gossips reported that Sarah was definitely going to be on the show, NBC and SNL didn't confirm it till the last minute.

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SNL has best premiere since 2001 ... in ratings at least

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 15th 2008 8:24AM
Saturday Night LiveGetting Tina Fey back to appear as Sarah Palin wasn't the only big thing to happen to Lorne Michael's little show this week. The season premiere of Saturday Night Live netted the largest audience for a premiere since 2001. It was a 64% increase over last year's premiere. It was also its largest total audience since Al Gore and Phish were the host and musical guest in December 2002.

It's just too bad that beyond the opening sketch the premiere itself wasn't any good. I won't go into the details of what specifically was and wasn't bad because Annie covered that pretty well. The problem is that when you take away the curiosity factor of Michael Phelps and the incredible buzz of Tina Fey's return, what are you left with?

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Thoughts on coverage of the Democratic convention - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 28th 2008 2:20PM
dem conventionWatching the coverage of the Democratic convention has caused my old carpel tunnel syndrome to act up. I've been doing so much channel surfing; going from channel to channel to find just the right coverage has been a chore.

Good luck finding a balance between astute punditry, quality reporting, over-hyped production and clear coverage of the activities on the floor and stage by the political party. It's not easy. Here's some things, good and bad, that I've noticed in these first three days:

1) The Obama family are the Huxtables
After Michelle Obama's speech on Monday night, her two daughters -- Sasha and Malia -- rushed onto the stage and Barack appeared via video hook up to speak with them and Michelle, congratulating her for the speech. It was a perfect TV moment. As good as her speech was, the image of the family was even better. In a voice that reminded me of Rudi Huxtable, Sasha talked to her father and chirped, "I love you, Daddy." The Obama's became The Cosby Show. If that doesn't connect to the TV audience, nothing will. (Check out the video below.)

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More from Keith Olbermann: Special comments, and reuniting with Dan Patrick

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 4th 2008 6:23PM
Ketih OlbermannWhen I spoke to Keith Olbermann at the press tour a few weeks back, I mainly wanted to get his thoughts about the comments that Fox News' Chris Wallace made earlier in the tour. Essentially, Wallace said that MSNBC isn't objective in its election coverage because they have commentators like Olbermann -- who are perceived to be "in the tank" for Barack Obama -- serve as anchors. Olbermann's remarks in response were pointed, to say the least.

But while I had Keith poised in front of my voice recorder, I wanted to ask him some questions about the origin of his Special Comments, how he thinks people determine their perception of each of the news networks, and what it will be like to sit down and do highlights with his old SportsCenter partner Dan Patrick on NBC's Football Night in America. The remainder of the interview is after the jump; we pick up with Olbermann talking about Wallace's "In the tank" line.

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The Daily Show: June 3, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 4th 2008 10:39AM
Jon and DavidSpoiler alert: Barack Obama has scored the Democratic nomination. Of course, with The Daily Show taping around 6:00 in the evening, none of this was addressed in this night's episode. Just, you know, keep that in mind for maximum awkwardness while watching the proceedings.

"Anarchy Under The UK": After London's mayor banned alcohol, rowdy drunkards without cars took to the Tube and got wasted. Yeah, way to show the man that you guys are responsible enough to handle alcohol. Senior Mass Transit Analyst John Oliver drunkenly explained the beauty of subterranean drinking and then promptly urinated on the spot. Well done, good sir.

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Hillary Clinton and Bill O'Reilly: chemistry? - VIDEO

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 2nd 2008 12:23PM
Hillary ClintonThere's another Bill in Hillary Clinton's life now. Talk show pundit Bill O'Reilly, who interviewed Clinton on his Fox News show, The O'Reilly Factor this week. The interview covered a lot of territory, including the economy, high gas prices, illegal immigrants, the war on terror, and foreign policy.

All the presidential candidates have their strengths and weaknesses, but Clinton made a smart move towards unifying her platform by agreeing to the O'Reilly interview. Although they're on opposite ends of the spectrum politically, O'Reilly and Clinton showed that two diverse personalities can sit down together and have an intelligent debate about the issues without resorting to a screaming match.

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Colbert, Clinton, Obama and Edwards take on Philadelphia - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 18th 2008 10:05AM
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What in the hell happened last night on The Colbert Report? Or perhaps I'm really wondering why I attended Monday's taping of TCR in Philadelphia and not the final and certainly most epic one.

In true Colbert fashion, TCR ended its four-night run in the City of Brotherly Love with a big ol' Democratic bang. Thanks to Chris Matthews' big mouth, the nation expected Hillary Clinton's "surprise" appearance, but little did we know both Barack Obama and John Edwards would be appearing as well... On the same night! Despite the fact that this was all a blatantly desperate attempt to get a little Colbert Bump action (Edwards knows it's too late, right? I mean, what with him dropping out of the race and all), there really is no better way to seem hip to that all-important youth vote.

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The Colbert Report in Philadelphia: Annie's adventure - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 17th 2008 1:26PM
Colbert Report ticket
Back on the night that Stephen Colbert announced that he'd be hitting Philadelphia, taking the show on the road for the first time, I had decided to go to bed early and just catch the rerun in the morning. My friend called me just as I began to doze off and immediately told me that she had gotten tickets for us to see Colbert in Philadelphia. I had no idea what the hell she was talking about, so when I hung up, I just shrugged it off as a late-night half-dream. The next morning, I watched the episode and it finally made sense: We were about to go on another Colbert Report adventure.

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Hillary Clinton will be on The Colbert Report

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 15th 2008 1:36PM
hillary clintonThere's Must See TV this Thursday night and it's called The Colbert Report. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be Stephen Colbert's guest that night. At least, that's the word according to MSNBC's Chris Matthews. He sort-of blurted out the news last night before Colbert's or Clinton's people had a chance to make the formal announcement. Variety contacted a source with Colbert's show and confirmed the news.

Of course she's appearing on the show as part of her push for votes in next week's Pennsylvania primary, but damn. That's gonna be good. Hillary Clinton is considered the devil by many conservatives such as Limbaugh and O'Reilly, and will probably be treated as such by Colbert. But she's a sharp woman and will probably take him down pretty swiftly. If she does well, it could give her a bump just like hear appearance on SNL did.

Colbert is in Pennsylvania for the primary. So far, Clinton's opponent, Barack Obama, has denied Colbert's request to appear on the show. Instead, Obama's wife Michelle will be a guest tonight.

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The Daily Show: March 4, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 5th 2008 8:33AM
Jon StewartJon started off by talking about Monday night's interview with Hillary Clinton. The satellite delay was an obvious problem, and Jon pointed out one of the more awkward moments of the night, that little "No, go ahead" part.

"Mortal Kombat '08": Senior Political Correspondent Rob Riggle, wearing his best sleeveless suit, took the "do-or-die" aspect of the Tuesday showdown a little too seriously. The "Cam-Pain Trail" commercial must have been so much fun to make. Only on Daily Show would someone need to make a graphic of sh*t in people's necks.

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