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Stephen Colbert Wants to Host a Republican Presidential Debate (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 7th 2011 4:00AM
'The Colbert Report'With news breaking that Donald Trump is planning to host a Republican presidential debate, Stephen Colbert decided on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central) that he was going to host one as well. Only his was going to be even more outrageous than Trump's, as he proved in a very long, detailed -- and only somewhat crazy -- rant.

He said it would air on Animal Planet and be some time in January, which means he really hasn't put much forethought into it, much like his 'March to Keep Fear Alive.' In that case, he wound up tagging along on Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity,' and the double event was a huge success.

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Lewis Black is back for another season of Root of All Evil

by Kristin Sample, posted May 21st 2008 7:02PM
Lewis BlackComedy Central has ordered a second season of the weekly series Lewis Black's Root of All Evil. Lauren Carrao, the president of original programming and development, made the announcement today adding that she was thrilled the second season could begin as early as this summer. Of the show's renewal, the comedian joked, "I am conflicted. I am thrilled it's been picked up but it means I have to go back to work."

For those of you unfamiliar with Black's show, it features a rotating set of comedians at a round table discussion of various pop culture topics. The press release gives "Dick Cheney Vs. Paris Hilton" and "beer vs. weed" as examples of past topics. The comedians argue who or what is the most evil and Lewis Black gives the final verdict. He also opens each show with one of his fiery monologues. Lewis Black also talked to TV Squad after the first season began.

Here are some of the comedians who have appeared on the show: Andrew Daly, Greg Giraldo, Andy Kindler, Kathleen Madigan, Patton Oswalt, and Paul F. Tompkins. The show returns on Wednesday July 30th at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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Questions for CNN/YouTube debate due Sunday

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 19th 2007 4:11PM
youtube; cnn; anderson cooperBy now many of you have probably heard about the upcoming presidential debates put on by CNN and YouTube. The first one is on Monday night, where the democratic presidential candidates will debate in South Carolina. CNN is soliciting questions and asking people to upload their questions to YouTube. So far, CNN has received 1,400 questions via YouTube.

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Rosie is posting videos about leaving The View

by Anna Johns, posted May 27th 2007 1:10PM
rosie o'donnellRosie O'Donnell has added a new element to her website (regarding her exit from The View): video. She and her producers stylist (who left The View with her) are talking about Rosie's last day and the big blow up between Rosie and Elisabeth Hasselbeck that essentially ended Rosie's time on The View about three weeks early.

Rosie and her producer speak in very general terms, but I interpreted their conversation as blaming the three hosts and the directors of The View for ganging up on Rosie. They talk about "smelling a rat on Monday" before the split-screen debate between Rosie and Elisabeth. It's the split-screen, by the way, that made Rosie quit early. She doesn't really explain why, but her producer compares it to Jerry Springer and I, personally, was reminded of all the chatter on the 24-hour news networks. I think she was tired of being a spectacle.

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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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Nick News looks at public discourse

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 21st 2006 9:01PM

nick newsThe Emmy-award winning Nick News will take a look at the good and bad sides of public discourse with a special airing November 5 at 8:30 pm on Nickelodeon titled Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Cheap Shots and Low Blows: How Debate Turns To Hate. The special, which will also feature Chris Matthews, Al Franken and Ann Coulter will include children from around the country talking about what they feel is appropriate in public debate and what isn't, what's fair game in political debates and what is nothing more than a personal attack. While grown ups can easily sift through a lot of the nonsense that makes up public debate, we tend to forget the effect it can have on children without some kind of frame of reference. Given the extremes of Franken and Coulter alone, this could be an interesting special.

In the past the kid-centric news program has covered issues such as intelligent design, Hurricane Katrina, and health issues.

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Strangers with Candy: Feather in the Storm

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 21st 2006 8:33AM

strangers with candy(S01E08)

Mr. Jelineck: Your daughter has a disease we call anorexia.

Sara Blank: Is that contagious?

Mr. Jelineck: Yes. It often sweeps through third world countries that are stricken by drought.

A new character is introduced in this episode: Stew, the Blank's meatman. Basically, he's like a milkman, except he delivers meat. And much like the fabled milkman, he also seems a bit more interested in the lady of the house than he should be. He immediately makes himself at home in the household, taking on the role of "father" even though their real dad is still very much alive, even if he is catatonic.

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The Tonight Show: No fireworks between George Carlin and Ann Coulter

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Jun 15th 2006 12:47PM

Jay LenoI haven't watched The Tonight Show in a while. I much prefer David Letterman to Jay Leno anyway, but I find it a greater struggle to stay up past 11:35 PM to watch late night television. However, I wanted to watch The Tonight Show last night because both George Carlin, one of my favorite comedians, and Ann Coulter, who has been gathering much attention lately for her caustic commentary on the 9/11 widows, were going to be on the show. I thought there would be some major fireworks between Carlin and Coulter and would make for terrific television. I thought wrong.

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ABC news producer suspended for bashing President

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 3rd 2006 9:52AM
george w bush; gmaThis gives new meaning to that old advice that you should never talk politics at the office. It also gives fuel to the fire that the mass media is full of liberal, left-wingers. The executive producer for Good Morning America Weekend is serving a one-month suspension for writing nasty things about President Bush in a company e-mail. The e-mail was written back on September 30, 2004 by producer John Green to a colleague about a Bush-Kerry debate. It said, "Are you watching this? Bush makes me sick. If he uses the 'mixed messages' line one more time I think I'm going to puke."

The e-mail turned up two weeks ago on Matt Drudge's website. Green has since apologized. He's been the executive producer of GMA Weekend since it launched in 2004.

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O'Reilly's bloviating begins tonight

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 7th 2006 12:50PM

bill oreillyI may have to make a rare change in my viewing habits and actually tune into the O'Reilly Factor this evening. Tonight marks the first segment of "Bloviate with Bill" a segment in which regular joes (or janes) come on the show to debate Bill on any topic. The segment will air this evening and tomorrow evening, and then again on the 14th and 15th, and then once again on the 21st and 22nd. Six people were chosen to appear before the abrasive newsman by sending in e-mails explaining why they could hold their own against Sir William O'Reilly, who I decided to knight just now for no reason. We'll see if Bill holds back any with these "special guests" or if he'll come out with guns blazing per usual.

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