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Zach Wahls, Whose Defense of Gay Marriage Went Viral, Speaks About His Sudden Fame (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 5th 2011 7:00AM
Earlier this week, Zach Wahls testified in front of the Iowa State House of Representatives, who were considering a bill that would ban gay marriage and rescind recognition of civil unions.

Wahls was raised by two lesbian parents, and his eloquent explanation of how normal his life has been, as well as his all-American looks, resulted in a YouTube video of the 19-year-old's testimony going viral.

Wahls, his two moms and his sister, appeared on 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (weekdays, 8PM ET on MSNBC), where Wahls spoke about his sudden Internet fame.

"It's been overwhelming. I was sitting at work on Tuesday and a co-worker walked up to me and asked, 'do you realize that you're all over Facebook?' I didn't even know what she was talking about until she took me to her computer and that was like half of her news feed."

It's fairly unusual for someone to become an unwitting viral video hit without having done something goofy or stupid -- let alone be recognized for passionately standing up for their beliefs.

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Stephen Colbert Introduces Middle East Correspondent, Cat Named 'Christiane Aman-purr' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 3rd 2011 2:15PM
Christiane Aman-PurrStephen Colbert is sick of psychic animals, like the octopus who predicted the World Cup, wasting their talents picking winners in sporting events when "they should be predicting real world events."

With that, Colbert introduced 'The Colbert Report's' (weekdays, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central) senior Middle Eastern correspondent, a cat named Christiane Aman-purr.

"You are an expert on Egypt," Colbert told the cat, "in that you are worshiped as a God there."

However, when Colbert began peppering the cat with question about the embattled nation it had no response.

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Piers Morgan Can't Get Barbara Walters to Talk About Her Love Life (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 3rd 2011 1:00AM
Barbara Walters has been married three times and has dated famous and powerful men. On 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weekdays, 9PM ET on CNN), Morgan tried to get the 81-year-old to open up about which of her romantic partners meant the most to her.

"Who's been the love of your life?" Morgan asked.

"I have this little dog ..." Walters joked.

"Which is the man, if you had five minutes to live, you would take to a desert island?" Morgan tried again.

"If I had five minutes to live, it wouldn't be with any man. If I had five minutes to live it would be with my daughter, I would be with my closest friends. At this point in my life, I would not want to be with any one man," Walters explained.

After this, Walters forbade any more questions about her love life.

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Piers Morgan Has a Cheeky Response to Mitt Romney's Non-Answer on His Presidential Ambitions (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 2nd 2011 2:00AM
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney stopped by 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weekdays, 9PM ET on CNN), where he was asked by Morgan the obligatory "will you be running for president question" that all potential candidates get.

"I don't have a 100 percent answer if I'm ready to go," Romney told Morgan. "My wife thinks I should run. She's absolutely committed. She's saying 'You got to run, you got to have someone who understands the world of the economy, small businesses, who can create jobs ..."

At first, Morgan let go this fairly transparent attempt by Romney to use his wife's voice to list his presidential attributes -- while still deflecting the question. However, a bit later, when Romney deflected another question -- this one about whether he could beat Sarah Palin in a GOP primary -- Morgan pounced.

"Does your wife know the answer to that?" Morgan quipped.

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Congressman Jack Kingston (and D.L. Hughley) Reject Evolution on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 31st 2011 6:15PM
Bill Maher loves to tweak the religious set, and he got the chance to on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fridays, 10PM ET on HBO) when Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston flat out rejected the concept of evolution.

"I don't believe that a creature crawled out of the sea and became a human," Kingston stated, after arguing that he came from God, and not a monkey.

With the audience clearly on their side, Maher and former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell tried to convince Kingston he was wrong about evolution. Feeling ganged up on, Kingston appealed to panelist Will Cain for help, but the conservative pundit stated that he too believed in evolution.

Finally, comedian D.L. Hughley weighed in, agreeing with Kingston that evolution doesn't explain human life, and taking some of the heat off the beleaguered congressman.

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Bill O'Reilly Thinks President Obama Tried to Make John Boehner Cry During State of the Union (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 31st 2011 4:55PM
During his State of the Union Address, Barack Obama complimented House Majority Leader John Boehner on overcoming his hardscrabble upbringing.

In the past, the often emotional Boehner has broken down and cried when reflecting upon how far he's come from sweeping the floor in his father's bar as a young man. Which is why on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News), Bill O'Reilly suspected the president's compliment may have had an ulterior motive: Getting the speaker to cry on national television.

"Boehner almost cried again in the State of the Union," O'Reilly pointed out. "I think Obama tried to make him cry, by the way."

This has got to be the kindest and gentlest conspiracy theory we've heard Fox News report on all year.

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Joe Scarborough Can't Believe the GOP Is Afraid of Michele Bachmann (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 28th 2011 6:30PM
During an appearance on 'Morning Joe,' (weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC), Politico editor-in-chief John Harris reported that although many members of the Republican party are frustrated with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's tendency to grandstand and make controversial statements, they are afraid to take her on publicly because they fear a backlash from her supporters.

Joe Scarborough doubted this was the case, but Harris was able to provide an example of a Republican congressman who was forced to back away from critical statements he made about Bachmann.

"If you're a Republican congressman and you're scared of Michele Bachmann, you don't deserve to be in congress," was Scarborough's take on the situation. "Go home."

"Can you imagine, seriously, someone being afraid of Michele Bachmann?" he continued.

It is a little hard to imagine anyone being afraid of Bachmann. Why, she won't even look straight at you.

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Bret Baier Raps on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 27th 2011 7:29PM
On the Pinheads & Patriots segment of 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News), Bill O'Reilly played a clip of his Fox News colleague Bret Baier showing off a particular type of MC skill.

"Our pal, Bret Baier, has a very fine program at 6PM on FNC, and in his spare time, Brett's a rapper," O'Reilly said, setting up the clip.

After playing a tape of Baier enthusiastically performing the hip-hop classic "Rapper's Delight" at a charity event, O'Reilly cruelly suggested that Karl Rove -- who has also been known to rap on occasion -- was better than Baier.

However, we're reminded more of Baier's cable news time-slot rival at CNN, Wolf Blitzer, who also embraced hip-hop culture when he danced the Dougie at the Soul Train Awards a couple months ago.

In fact, in the spirit of our new political civility, we think Baier and Blitzer should go on some sort of song and dance tour together. "Blitzer and Baier" happens to have quite a nice ring to it.

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Even Bill Kristol Occasionally Gets Distracted by the Sexy Fox News Female Anchors (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 27th 2011 3:50PM
A recent study has found that the more attractive and provocatively dressed a female newscaster is, the less likely male viewers are to remember the news she reads.

But do attractive female newscasters have the same mind-erasing effect on the male newscasters and pundits who appear beside them in the studio? The folks at 'Red Eye' (weekdays, 3AM ET on Fox News) asked Fox News analyst Bill Kristol if being forced to practice serious punditry in the presence of Fox News' anchor-babes can be distracting.

"Never even crosses my mind," Kristol explained. "When you're committed to the profession of journalism, and educating our fellow citizens ..."

Picking up a tad of facetiousness in Kristol's response, the panel pressed him further, and got him to concede that "[distraction] happens occasionally."

It appears a follow-up study may be in order.

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Sarah Palin Calls Obama's State of the Union 'Sputnik Moment' Analogy a 'WTF Moment' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 27th 2011 3:35PM
Sarah Palin stopped by 'On the Record With Greta Van Susteren' (weekdays, 10PM ET on Fox News) where she talked about Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Palin was particularly critical of Obama's call for a modern day "Sputnik moment," a reference to how the American government and scientific community rallied together after the Soviet Union launched the first satellite into space.

"That was another of those WTF moments, when he so often repeated this 'Sputnik moment,' that he would aspire Americans to celebrate," Palin said. (WTF is an acronym for a profane phrase that starts with "What the ...")

According to Palin's interpretation of history, the whole concept of the "Sputnik moment" Obama was describing was bogus, because the Soviets' early win in the space race ultimately contributed to the communist empire running out of money.

Say what you will about the former-governor, but at least she's bringing Internet lingo into mainstream politics.

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Meghan McCain Rips Michele Bachmann's State of the Union Rebuttal: 'No Better Than a Poor Man's Sarah Palin' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 27th 2011 4:26AM
Meghan McCain, 'The Last Word with Lawrence O'DonnellThe Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain was on 'The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell' (Wed., 8PM on MSNBC), where she and the host responded to GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's response to the State of the Union address. MSNBC did not air the response, but CNN did, which McCain thinks they "should be ashamed of."

O'Donnell called Bachmann's statements the "second response to the State of the Union Address," because the designated Republican response had already been given. He agreed with McCain "about how there were these different people who are just using their platforms to their own personal advantage, rather than thinking about what it means for the party."

"I think it's important to note that Michele Bachmann is not a leader, and she's not the leader of the Republican Party," McCain said in response. She went on to say that Bachmann "is no better than a poor man's Sarah Palin."

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Chris Matthews Rips Tea Party for Allowing "Balloon Head" Michelle Bachmann to Speak for Them (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 26th 2011 6:00PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays, 5PM ET on MSNBC), Chris Matthews played a tape of a speech Michelle Bachmann had made, in which the Minnesota congresswoman greatly exaggerated the role the founding fathers had in ending slavery.

Then he confronted Tea Party strategist Sal Russo, who's movement chose Bachmann to give their response to the State of the Union address, with the contents of the tape.

"Why do you put someone like this forward, who is a balloon head," Matthews asked. "Who knows no American history. It's a ridiculous decision you guys have made. Do you know how little this women knows about American history?"

When Russo didn't address what Bachmann had said in the tape, Matthews became enraged.

"Did you just hear that stuff," he yelled at Russo. "Did you just hear her? Do you want me to play it again? We could rub it in, Sal. It's horrendous!"

A recent statistical analysis by the Hollywood Reporter has found that MSNBC has made more mentions of Sarah Palin than the other cable news networks. As Palin's relevance fades, it appears the station (and Matthews in particular ) has found a new conservative bogeywoman to passionately cover .

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Kurt Vonnegut Once Told Bill O'Reilly 'I Don't Agree With Anything You've Ever Said' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 25th 2011 11:44PM
During a panel discussion on 'The O'Reilly Factor" (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News), correspondent James Rosen quoted the late novelist Kurt Vonnegut, who, according to Rosen, once said "Americans vote for president based on which of the competing TV shows they could possibly stand to watch for the next four years."

Hearing the name Vonnegut jogged O'Reilly's memory, and he quickly produced a Vonnegut quote of his very own.

"This is absolutely true what I'm going to tell you, Rosen," O'Reilly bragged.

"Kurt Vonnegut once said to me ... quote 'I don't agree with anything you've ever said' unquote," O'Reilly recollected, sounding rather proud of himself for having once elicited such a strong response from the famed author

And if you were ever wondering what Kurt Vonnegut thought about Bill O'Reilly, that should pretty much clear it up.

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Glenn Beck Adds a Bunny Rabbit and a Chainsaw to His Repertoire (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 25th 2011 11:04PM
On Tuesday, Glenn Beck cold opened the 'Glenn Beck Program'(weekdays, 5PM ET on Fox News) with a bunny rabbit in his arms.

"I'm like a really crappy evil villain, aren't I?" Beck explained, while he stroked the rabbit like a really crappy evil villain would.

After a couple minutes of doing this -- while talking about Barack Obama's upcoming State of the Union address -- Beck handed the rabbit to one of his producers, and then produced a chainsaw.

"Now, am I going to cut the cute little bunny rabbit in half?" Beck teased, while brandishing the power tool.

"I might. I will tell you that we will start (the chainsaw) by the end of the program. What does that have to do with the bunny rabbit? Well, you're going to have to tune in and find out."

Spoiler alert: Beck gives the chainsaw to a lumberjack-looking guy who cuts a bunch of tree trunks on set.

However, since Beck tends to use his props for more than just one episode, that bunny is not out of the woods yet.

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Steven Tyler Talks of a New Kind of 'Camaraderie' Among 'American Idol' Judges (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 20th 2011 5:11PM
New 'American Idol' judge Steven Tyler stopped by 'Fox & Friends' (weekdays 6AM ET on Fox News) Thursday, and answered questions about his new high-profile gig.

Tyler denied feeling any pressure to keep the show's success going, and added that he, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson are bringing something to the table this season that the previous panels of judges lacked.

"When you see the camaraderie (among the judges), that was never even in 'Idol'," Tyler explained. "I'm taking a risk in saying that. I haven't seen them all, but I don't think there ever was."

Now it remains to be seen if audiences prefer this camaraderie to Simon Cowell's sideway glances of disdain.

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