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Puppet John McCain Blames Illegal Immigrants for Everything on 'Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 23rd 2011 4:17AM
Puppet John McCain, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'After John McCain made comments associating the forest fires in Arizona with illegal immigrants, he quickly reversed course in subsequent statements. But that was enough for Jon Stewart and 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central).

According to Stewart, McCain wouldn't come onto the show to discuss it, so they got the next best thing: a puppet version of John McCain.

Puppet McCain took things even further, envisioning a vast conspiracy of disruptive and dangerous immigrants. He told Stewart they broke into his house. "I fell asleep on the couch and they snuck in and hid my remote," he complained. "Stuck it in the freezer like a bunch of maniacs."

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'John McCain' (in Puppet Form) Turns Mean on 'The Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 6th 2011 8:00AM
Puppet Version of John McCain on 'Daily'In Jon Stewart's opinion, John McCain has changed. But the senator won't appear on 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on COM) anymore, so Stewart discussed his altered demeanor with John McCain the puppet.

"I'm through being nice! You're a first-class a--hole, Stewart, and you're short, too!" shouted "McCain."

The puppet said his attitude was the public's fault. "All you had to do was make me your President. But, noooo! 'He's too old. He picked Sarah Palin. He forsook every principle he once held sacred.'"

"Well I'm sick of your s--t, so I got a little somethin' for ya." And with that, the puppet flipped us the bird.

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'Hardball' Wonders If John McCain Has Become the 'Male Version of Sarah Palin' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 21st 2010 6:00PM
John McCain was once the toast of the establishment media, for the maverick-y ways the Republican senator often bucked GOP orthodoxies.

These days, McCain has positioned himself as a right-wing standard bearer, with his strident opposition to "Don't Ask Don't Tell," and a new, harder line on illegal immigration.

On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews,' (weekdays, 5PM ET on MSNBC), establishment media types Richard Wolffe and Michelle Bernard bemoaned McCain's conversion.

"Here's a guy who taunted candidate Obama saying 'you've never bucked your party,' " Wolffe said to Matthews. "What's (McCain) doing now? He's the far right guy."

"Absolutely," MSNBC regular Bernard agreed. "He has gone so far right ... he has become his former vice presidential nominee, he has become the male version of Sarah Palin."

Does this mean we'll soon be seeing 'John McCain's Arizona' on TLC? Coyotes beware!

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Meghan McCain: Having Different Opinion on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Doesn't Affect Relationship with My Father (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 16th 2010 12:30PM
Meghan McCain is an enthusiastic advocate for repealing the U.S. military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. Her father, Arizona Senator John McCain, is one of the leading voices for maintaining the controversial policy, which bars openly gay soldiers from serving in the military.

Appearing on 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (weekdays 10 PM ET on MSNBC), Meghan drew a distinction between her political and personal life, in terms of her relationship with her dad.

"I have to keep making this clear: My public political life and my private life with my father are very different. (New York Times columnist) Maureen Dowd wrote her last column about what Thanksgiving was like between me and my father, but if I couldn't separate these things I wouldn't have a relationship with my parents."

Really, Meghan might want to think about playing up the dinner table conflicts in the McCain household. A sitcom about a crotchety old senator and his hip, young, outspoken blogger daughter has a lot of potential.

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Meghan McCain Nearly Overdosed on Xanax, Wants to Be Honest About Her Flaws (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 21st 2010 4:22AM
Meghan McCain Nearly Overdosed on Drugs, Wants to Be Honest About Her FlawsThe 2008 presidential election was a bumpy road for a lot of people. Liberals were freaked out by the possibility of a Sarah Palin vice-presidency. Conservatives were freaked out by the prospect of an Obama presidency. (And they're still pretty upset about this concept, if recent events are any indication.) But one person nearly died from a drug overdose as a result of 2008 election-year-stress. And that person was ... Meghan McCain.

On 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), John McCain's daughter showed up to discuss her involvement in the campaign. She revealed that a friend had given her the prescription drug Xanax, and that the instructions on the drugs said "FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY."

"And the day before the election, I thought, 'Well, this is a friggin' emergency,' and I took it," Meghan said. Then she nearly OD'ed and died.*

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Sneak Peek: Oprah's interview with Sarah Palin

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 13th 2009 11:28AM
Well, the big interview happens this Monday: Oprah interviews former Alaska Governor and VP candidate Sarah Palin. The interview actually took place several days ago so some clips are starting to be released. Here's a first look, where Oprah asks Palin about Levi Johnston.

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Leno Weekly: Rod Stewart, Rainn Wilson, Martha Stewart & more!

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 23rd 2009 11:14PM
Rachel GriffithsEvery show has an off-week. Unfortunately, for Jay Leno when he has an off-week, it takes up five hours worth of our time. Almost every guest was less than entertaining, and even most of the comedy bits missed this week. Luckily, there were some redeeming moments throughout, most of which I've included right here for you. See, I just saved you five hours of time.

With Rachel Griffiths appearing this week, it appears that ABC's ban on their actors appearing on Leno's show may have finally been lifted. Unfortunately, she couldn't bring along a clip of Brothers & Sisters, so I guess they're still feeling a little sour. Or NBC doesn't want to promote a competing network's show too much.

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Betty Draper gets all political (for real)

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 1st 2009 6:33PM
January JonesIn last Sunday's episode of Mad Men, Betty Draper tried to use the knowledge that someone in the Governor's office liked her to save a neighborhood park. I'm sure he wanted more than just that, but it hasn't gone any further (yet). The other day, January Jones (who plays Betty) went to Capitol Hill to get involved in politics for real, advocating for sharks.

In this picture, Jones meets with Senator John McCain. In the caption to the pic, McCain says that he's a huge fan of Mad Men. I think that's one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on. Someone in the comments says it's Grandpa Gene's ghost. Ha!

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TV News Daily: NBC Exec Dies on the Set of 'Parenthood'

by Thomas DiChiara, posted May 1st 2009 12:00PM
Nora O'BrienIt's a sad day for NBC. Nora O'Brien, a drama programming executive with the network, died on Wednesday after collapsing on the Berkley, Calif., set of the new series 'Parenthood.'

In other TV news, ABC Family has canceled its fledgling series 'Roommates,' John McCain is set to host a Memorial Day weekend war movie marathon on AMC, and PBS has nabbed Spike Lee's film adaptation of the Tony-winning rock musical 'Passing Strange.'

See more of today's TV headlines, casting scoops and premiere dates after the jump.


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John McCain to appear on AMC

by Brad Trechak, posted May 1st 2009 10:03AM
John McCainWhile a myriad of people watched the latest Presidential address by Barack Obama, those that weren't in favor of his presidency can give themselves some comfort by tuning into AMC on Memorial Day, when the Senator from Arizona and former Presidential candidate will be hosting a marathon of famous war movies while discussing his own war experiences.

This is a really good idea. I thought John McCain was a good presidential candidate (although I didn't like how he moved further to the right to appease his party when he finally got the nomination) and could have been a good president. I just hope that when he talks about his time at war he emphasizes that it's not fun or cool like the movies make it seem. That's just part of the liberal Hollywood agenda.

I'm not sure what I'm doing on Memorial Day, but I just may have to tune into AMC just to see what the Senator says. Also, Patton is a really good flick.

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HBO is making a 2008 election film, but who will play whom?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 14th 2009 9:04AM
President Barack ObamaThe network that brought you a movie based on the 2000 Presidential Election and would have brought you a movie based on the 2004 Presidential Election had it been more interesting is bringing you another one.

Variety reports that HBO Films has optioned the rights to a book based on the events of the 2008 Presidential Election for another made-for-TV movie. The book, "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime," written by political writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, will be released later this year.

So will the movie, written by Blood Diamond screenwriter Charles Leavitt, be fair and balanced? Will it give both sides equal time? I honestly could not care less. As long as it pisses off the Elizabeth Hasselbecks and Joy Behars of the world, that's fine with me.

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David Letterman almost got kicked in the head once - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 29th 2009 6:06PM
LettermanI think we can all agree that the infamous Andy Kaufman/Jerry Lawler incident on the old Late Night with David Letterman show (where Kaufman and Lawler got into an argument and then a punch was thrown) was staged. But when it comes to another infamous incident from the show, where Crispin Glover demonstrated his kicking technique next to Letterman's head? I think that was weird and real.

The Glover interview is on Cracked's Letterman's most hilariously awkward moments list. Most of them are actually from his current CBS show. Only two of them (Glover and cartoonist Harvey Pekar) are from the old NBC show. Other awkward interviews listed (with videos) include Madonna, John McCain, and Michael Richards (with special awkward cohort, Jerry Seinfeld!).

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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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Top TV Stories of 2008: Fey does Palin - VIDEOS

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 22nd 2008 5:02PM
palin/fey

...Ew, not like that, you guys. Although, I'm sure if you did just a few minutes of Googling, you could find that too, in one form or another. What I'm talking about is Tina Fey's brilliant impression of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. How good was the impression? It was so good that the episodes featuring Fey, and the one that featured Palin herself, were some of SNL's highest-rated episodes in years. Tina Fey's brilliant but ratings-challenged sitcom, 30 Rock received a ratings bump, she scored a multi-million dollar book deal, and newspapers sometimes forgot that they were actually two different people.Not bad for a funny lady who had never been known for her impressions and a governor from a small town no one had ever heard of.

Obama may have been our first celebrity candidate, but Palin was our first beauty queen. Whether you loved her or hated her, it's hard to argue that she was a captivating figure.

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What Joel is thankful for

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 27th 2008 2:29PM
Palin on SNLAs I think about the past year, in both my life and in the world of TV, there's plenty I have to be thankful for. The life stuff is obvious: health, family, my girlfriend, a roof over my head, food on my plate, and a job that I enjoy. But the TV stuff isn't quite as obvious. So, as the balloons float over midtown Manhattan and people get ready to gorge themselves, here are a few things that made me happy to be a television watcher this year:

The election - Yes, it was too long. And, yes, it was exasperating at times. But it was the source of a lot of entertaining television. Of course, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and SNL were in top form (Tina Fey became a huge star, thanks to Sarah Palin). But entertainment came in many forms this election season, from Katie Couric's skewering of Palin to David Letterman's spat with McCain to just about anything that came out of Joe Biden's mouth. Finally, I have three words of infinite entertainment for you: Chuck Todd's goatee.

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