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Hey Whoopi, Joy, Sherri, and Barbara: leave Elisabeth alone!

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 6th 2008 2:09PM
Elisabeth HasselbeckI don't know if the rumors about View host Elisabeth Hasselbeck going to Fox News Channel are true or not (Hasselbeck and the show deny it), but at this point I wouldn't blame her one bit.

Hasselbeck has had a lot of battles on the show with her co-hosts, from Rosie O'Donnell months ago to Barbara Walters. But today was the day I actually felt bad for her. The group was talking about the election, and how nasty the election could soon get in the final few weeks (Joy wasn't on the show today, so it was Elisabeth, Whoopi, Sherri, and Barbara). After playing the funny debate sketch from Saturday Night Live, the women discussed Governor Palin's attack on Barack Obama over the weekend, linking him to Bill Ayers (probably a desperate gambit by McCain but a fully legitimate one, I believe). Now, this has been brought up before, most notably by George Stephanopoulos in a debate and also by Hillary Clinton if I remember correctly, but the McCain campaign is bringing it up again.

So when the women discussed it, you can pretty much guess what happened.

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What the Tuck? Carlson's show yanked

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 10th 2008 7:23PM
Tucker CarlsonArch, conservative, preppie guy Tucker Carlson has been ousted from his MSNBC show. Carlson's one-hour talk show, called Tucker, has been canceled. NBC News correspondent David Gregory will take over the hour slot, 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, which will be called Race for the White House. This week will be Carlson's last. Gregory starts on Monday, March 17.

MSNBC is reportedly making a series of changes, amping up the political chatter. Considering how much politicking is going on now, including Tucker, it's hard to fathom how switching Carlson for Gregory is going to increase the discourse.

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Moral Orel: Geniusis

by Adam Finley, posted May 29th 2007 9:22AM

moral orelMajor apologies for being late with this review. I've had a bit of a pain in the gulliver the last few days, but I'm doing better now, thank you very much.

Anyway, perhaps it was because I was sick, or maybe my humor sensors just weren't tuned in properly, but this episode kind of left me cold. I'll admit I loved the whole idea of Orel and the Pious Scouts going on a camping trip but never really exposing themselves to nature, and I loved all the signs at the nature preserve that read, "Warning: Actual Nature" and "No Birds After Six PM," and if you really want to make me laugh, a squirrel committing suicide via hanging is always a good way to go, but the overall theme of this episode felt like something I had seen too many times before.

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Fox News and the CBC Institute to co-sponsor debates

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 30th 2007 2:02PM

Fox NewsDespite the efforts of ColorOfChange.org and other black activists online, Fox News and the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute will be co-sponsoring primary debates this fall. The CBC Institute, which includes members of the Congressional Black Caucus, decided that the reach of Fox News was worth it, despite allegations of the channel's "marginalization" of blacks, allegations I don't fully comprehend. I'm not sure how Fox News would benefit from making a conscious decision to show black politicians and pundits in a negative light, unless one's perspective is based on the dubious theory that all black people are liberal.

I couldn't care less about whatever bias guides Fox News, or any other news outlet for that matter, but it seems that any political party would be remiss if it didn't take advantage of this kind of exposure.

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Is Fox News unfair to blacks? - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 19th 2007 3:04PM

Fox newsI love reporting on the occasional political stuff: it's like tossing raw meat to a pack of wild dogs and watching them tear at each other. Now read this post and fight! Fight and bite, my polemic pooches!

Sorry, I shouldn't refer to my readers as "polemic pooches," that's not very nice. Anyway, here's the news:

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Funny conservatives - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 13th 2007 12:02PM

ben steinThe lackluster response to FOX News' Half Hour News Hour and the continued popularity of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have led many to conclude that liberals are funny, and conservatives are not.

I say that's a load of hogwash. It's not about being liberal, conservative, libertarian, or whatever else you happen to be. It's about being funny, or not being funny. To paraphrase something comic Doug Stanhope once told me during an interview: 'if you're good, and you're funny, you can find work.'

That's it. You want to be a stand up comic? Be funny. You want to make a funny TV show people will love? Then make a funny TV show people will love.

All that being said, here are three funny conservatives I admire, not because they're conservative, but because they make me laugh:

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Preview of FOX News' Half Hour News Hour - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 15th 2007 7:00AM

fox newsI'm neither liberal nor conservative: I belong to a small political party that believes every election should be decided by having the candidates wrestle a kangaroo, and that schools should teach neither creationism nor evolution, but rather a theory that states all of existence is resting on a giant Eggo waffle and that the end will come when we pop out of the toaster and are eaten by a family of pan-dimensional goats.

I ask you: where's my political comedy series?

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Stephen Colbert, Bill O'Reilly and my sighs of disappointment - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 19th 2007 10:30PM
O'Reilly and ColbertAfter all the excitement from Comedy Central and the web, I must say I was expecting a little more from the O'Reilly/Colbert appearance swap. Don't get me wrong, though, because I was definitely entertained. It's just that I didn't think the whole thing lived up to the hype. When it ended and the dust quickly cleared, I confusedly blinked and looked around. No carnage... Only mild scrapes, light bruises and the sound of my annoyingly exaggerated sighs. I wanted to see blood on those crisp French cuffs, damn it. Oh, well. I guess we can't get everything we want.

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It's Colbert vs. O'Reilly tonight!

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 18th 2007 11:05AM
bill o'reilly; stephen colbertTonight is the night, people. Set the TiVos and send the kids to bed early... Bill O'Reilly and Stephen Colbert will be guests on each other's shows.

It all starts at 8 pm when Colbert goes to the mothership Fox Newschannel to be interrupted and talked over on The O'Reilly Factor. How will O'Reilly handle it? Will he pretend he doesn't get Colbert? Or, will he be a jerk? Will Stephen be able to hold his own or get a word in edgewise? Oh, I think so. And I think he'll be stroking Mr. O'Reilly's ego the entire time.

Then, at 10:30 11:30 pm the fun moves over to Comedy Central where 'Papa Bear' will be a guest on The Colbert Report. It'll be interesting--to say the least--to see how Colbert handles O'Reilly's attempts to hijack his show (because you know he will).

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FOX orders Playing Chicken

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 17th 2007 12:02PM

chickenHere's an original idea: create a sitcom based around two brothers with different political beliefs. Make one of these men liberal and the other one conservative. Also, make sure the liberal is the intellectual one and the conservative is an obnoxious blowhard. Now, to try and distract from the complete lack of originality inherent in this sitcom, put the conservative guy in a wheelchair. See? He's not just some cookie-cutter stereotype, he's a crippled cookie-cutter stereotype.

Anyway, that's the gist of a new pilot called Playing Chicken that was recently ordered by FOX. Perhaps the show will actually make fun of these stereotypes rather than perpetuating the nonsense that all conservatives are obnoxious and all liberals are erudite snobs, so I won't judge too harshly until I actually see it. Actually, who am I kidding? I'm going to judge it quite harshly.

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Colbert and O'Reilly will meet - UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 9th 2007 2:45PM
bill o'reilly; stephen colbertPapa Bear is coming home! After much speculation, it is true. Bill O'Reilly will appear on The Colbert Report, and Stephen Colbert will appear on The O'Reilly Factor. That's gonna be huge. And that's the only way I can think of to get liberals to actually watch O'Reilly (although, there still may be throwing of remotes and/or shoes at the television set).

Stephen Colbert often refers to Bill O'Reilly as 'papa bear' and obviously emulates him and other conservative talk show hosts for his show. O'Reilly will no doubt be able to hold his own with Colbert, but can Colbert handle O'Reilly? I say yes. If Colbert can do 20 minutes in front of a not-very-amused President Bush, I think he can handle O'Reilly. It'll be a hoot to see those two throwing fake facts back and forth.

The two fellas are on each other's shows on January 18th. Mark your calendars. Set your TiVos.

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Brothers & Sisters picks up Rob Lowe for the season

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 8th 2007 9:42AM
rob loweLove him or hate him, Rob Lowe is sticking around for the rest of the season on Brothers & Sisters. He plays conservative Sen. Robert McCallister. Ever since Lowe's first guest appearance on November 19th, ratings have been up in the coveted 18-49 age category. Apparently people really like him in a supporting role. So, he has agreed to play the character for the rest of the season. Lowe will continued to be billed as a 'Special Guest Star' but, as Variety points out, Heather Locklear had the same billing on Melrose Place even after becoming a regular.
I don't watch Brothers & Sisters, so I can't give an opinion on this one. What do you think? Are you happy Rob Lowe is a somewhat permanent part of the cast?

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Will O'Reilly appear on The Colbert Report?

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 3rd 2007 7:28PM

o'reilly and colbertSay what you want about Bill O'Reilly (and I know you will), but the man has no qualms about stepping into the ring with those who disagree with him. He's appeared on both The Daily Show and Late Show with David Letterman, so why would he be shy about appearing on The Colbert Report, a show that, in many ways, owes its existence, or at the very least, its aesthetic, to The O'Reilly Factor? I've said here before I actually liked O'Reilly before his ego outgrew him, but I still love to watch his appearances on Letterman. As annoyed as Dave seems when O'Reilly is on, you know deep down he revels in those confrontational moments.

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Sean Hannity upset over documentary

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 3rd 2006 2:06PM

sean hannityFox News' Sean Hannity isn't happy. It seems that the documentary This Divided State has raised the choler of the famous conservative and co-host of Hannity and Colmes. After you watch this footage from the film, you might begin to understand why. Hannity was brought to the ultra-conservative campus of Utah Valley State College before a controversial appearance by Michael Moore. Hannity says he plans to sue the filmmakers based on how the aforementioned footage was used. Of course, whether the footage was edited to make Hannity seem like a smug, self-righteous jerk or whether he actually is a smug, self-righteous jerk is for you to decide on your own.

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Biased or not?

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 24th 2006 12:47PM

tim russertThe "liberal bias" of the media we hear so much about was called into question recently with a study released by Media Matters which claims that Sunday morning political shows such as Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and This Week  tend to have more conservative guests than liberal. Of course, some are arguing against the study. NBC argued that during Clinton's term in office there were also slightly more Republican guests on Meet the Press. The point, I suppose, is that it's not necessarily dictated by who's in office. Also, there's the question as to who's really conservative and who isn't, especially when it comes to centrists like John McCain and others. My advice? Tune into The McLaughlin Group, a show where everyone is equally a raving lunatic, no matter their political affiliation. Or, go to the zoo and watch spider monkeys fighting each other. It's pretty much the same either way.

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