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Bill O'Reilly gets in snipefest with Law & Order

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 11th 2009 6:43PM
As part of his never-ending quest to make himself the news, the "Culture Warrior" has lobbed another fireball on the world of popular culture. This time it's Law & Order SVU creator Dick Wolf, because the show mentioned him.

This week's episode, titled "Anchor," featured a character who kills children birthed by illegal immigrants in America. His attorney, played by John Laroquette, fashions a defense that the TV and radio talking heads who rail against illegal immigrants are responsible for his actions. He even puts one on the stand, played by Bruce McGill, who seems to be channeling a Warner Bros. cartoon version of Lou Dobbs.

The attorney mentions O'Reilly by name, along with Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, as a "cancer spreading ignorance and hate." O'Reilly not only ripped Wolf a new one for working him into his show, but also brought in fellow pundit Laura Ingraham who frankly seemed more upset that she wasn't one of the name smeared in the episode like a jilted prom queen who only scores "Miss Congeniality". Well, darling, there's always Criminal Minds.

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What to Watch: December 7 - 13

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 7th 2009 3:14AM

Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 - Wednesday December 9, 10 pm, Global/ABC

Babs' annual love-in raises the bar a little this year - or is it just that 2009 was a really bizarre year? The short list includes four people I would confidently call lunatics (though some use their crazy for good and others for evil) including Sarah Palin, Adam Lambert, Kate Gosselin and Lady Gaga. Tyler Perry is also on the list and I can't wait to see how Walters handles him. Tyler, if you are reading this, I beg you to do the interview in Madea drag. Brett Favre and Glenn Beck from the world of sports round out the published list. The top three fascinators will be revealed during the broadcast. Who wants to do a pool? My picks are Robert Pattinson, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

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World goes nuts because the President preempts A Charlie Brown Christmas

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 3rd 2009 1:02PM
A Charlie Brown ChristmasIt's official: President Barack Obama has officially ruined Christmas.

Pundits and TV viewers from up and down the dial are calling out President Obama for airing his big speech on the troop surge in Afghanistan and preempting ABC's airing of the classic Christmas cartoon A Charlie Brown Christmas. If this causes a move for impeachment, I may never awake from my laughter coma.

Not only was the story the top headline on yesterday morning's Drudge Report, but the pundits really jumped in to turn the President into their own personal Scrooge.

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Palin causes the 2012 apocalypse, not the movie, the actual apocalypse

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 23rd 2009 9:02PM
If you thought the new 2012 movie about the end of the world was blown way out of proportion, wait until you see this.

Saturday Night Live
recut the trailer for the apocalyptic schlock-fest during last weekend's Joseph-Gordon Levitt episode featuring Sarah Palin as the new president in 2012 and well, just watch it and wait until you see who she picked as her running mate. That grumbling sound in the distance just might have been the apocalypse hungry for action.

And before all you Palin-ites getting your complaining fingers ready for typing, you should note that this parody video takes a much bigger swipe at the people who claim Palin and her ilk will bring about the end of the world as we know it. Remember that saying "You can't judge a book by its cover"? The same goes for blog posts and comedy sketches, even if they don't technically have "covers."

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

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Is It Time to Stop Picking on Glenn Beck?

by Gary Susman, posted Nov 17th 2009 1:00PM
It's easy to make fun of Glenn Beck. We've done it here, and Beck even does it himself (as on the November cover of his Fusion magazine).

But over the last couple of weeks, as Beck lay recuperating from appendicitis, he's been the target of numerous satirical skewerings, from such parodists as 'Saturday Night Live,' 'The Daily Show,' and 'South Park.' Some of these barbs have gone beyond mocking his on-air antics and have gotten viciously personal. Not that we want to be the Beck-lash police, but to paraphrase a well-known Britney Spears fan, is it time to leave Glenn Beck aloooone?

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Hannity gets caught by Jon Stewart ... and apologizes?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 13th 2009 8:33AM
Hannity, Jon Stewart
Once again people, I'm forced to ask the obvious question: what the hell is going on here? Have we crossed over into the bizarro world? Is up now down? Has black become white? Did Lou Dobbs just announce that he's leaving CNN to take over the host chair of G4's Attack of the Show?

The other day, Jon Stewart called out Sean Hannity and his self titled show for what appeared to be doctored footage of Michelle Bachmann's recent health care rally dubbed the "Super Bowl of Freedom" (does that have anything to do with the Tostidos Fiesta Bowl of Human Rights?) spliced together with images from Glenn Beck's "9/12 Rally" to make the crowd look bigger.

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Is Glenn Beck the New Oprah?

by Gary Susman, posted Nov 12th 2009 5:00PM
Glenn BeckGlenn Beck and Oprah Winfrey may not seem to have much in common. One is an afternoon TV host whose own personal struggles inform shows that are laughter-and-tears-filled spectacles meant to educate and empower the average folks watching at home, and the other is Oprah.

There is, however, one thing they share: an enthusiasm for promoting novels to their audiences, who faithfully respond by sending the hosts' selections up the Amazon chart. But while Oprah's taste runs to middle- and highbrow epics and tales of personal and family drama, Beck focuses on political thrillers. Both frequently invite authors onto their shows for substantive chats, something rare in a TV universe that usually treats literacy with condescension and contempt.

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'South Park' Episode Skewered Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Others

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 12th 2009 2:48PM
On last night's 'South Park,' the school morning announcer met an untimely end at the hands of an enraged (and confused) gunman, and Cartman saw an opportunity to take over and spread his agenda in an episode that skewered Fox's conservative political commentator and host Glenn Beck, radio announcer Casey Kasem, former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and film director Jim Cameron.

What followed was one of the funnier 'South Park' episodes this season as Cartman, a la Beck, railed against failed bake sales, pizza as a choice on the school lunch menu, violence against Smurfs, and student body class President Wendy who, Cartman argues, was driving the school in a "rapid decline toward some socialist regime where students no longer have a voice."

Watch the episode after the jump.

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Glenn Beck don't come cheap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 24th 2009 3:03PM
Glenn Beck on the cover of his new bookIf your town wants to honor Glenn Beck with his own day, you better check the cushions in the couch for change and start taking up a collection.

The mayor of Mount Vernon, Wash. recently gave Glenn Beck his own day, and the taxpayers will now have to fork over more than $17,000, most of which was for police overtime.

Where are the teabaggers when you actually need them to protest unfair taxation without representation?

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Imus returned to TV this week

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 7th 2009 10:03AM
Don Imus on the Fox Business ChanellJust as one broadcasting legend faces his slow downfall, this week also marked the triumphant return of another to the airwaves.

Don Imus, MSNBC's former morning show man who was ousted from his TV and radio time slots for racially charged comments he made about the Rutgers' women's basketball team, returned to TV on Monday on the Fox Business Channel.

The morning shock jock wasted no time at his new home by getting back to his old tricks, lambasting everyone in the biz from David Letterman to his new co-worker Glenn Beck. And the move seems to be paying off since Fox Business scored their biggest ratings hit since ... well, ever.

Do you think Imus should be back on the air?

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Beck can't explain his own explanation about Obama

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 1st 2009 11:00AM
Glenn BeckEvery time I watch a TV talking head like Glenn Beck, I usually walk away with the same thought I had every time I walked out of my economics class in college: "What the hell were they talking about?"

That's because there isn't anything journalistic or scientific about their pontifications. It's all "gut talk," particularly Beck who throws around more wild and unfocused theories about the ongoing war between "us vs. them" than a homeless preacher in a bus station. Chances are if you actually sat down and simply asked him "what did you mean by (x)", he would give you a 1,700 word answer that answered everything but the question you asked him.

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Seven shows that need funny commentators more than American Idol

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 22nd 2009 11:05AM
Ellen DeGeneresAmerican Idol's choice of Ellen DeGeneres as a judge replacement threw everyone for a loop, even schlubs like me who don't watch the show.

It's not that she's not talented, successful or funny. It's just an odd choice, putting a comedian on the show that takes its goal of crushing losers' dreams on live television so seriously. It would evoke the same reaction from me if they picked Andrew "Dice" Clay as the new judge, if the Diceman was talented, successful or funny.

And besides, why do they need humor and comedy on such an otherwise serious show? There are lots of humorless, vapid and downright boring shows that are crying out for comedic interjection.

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Did Fox make Beck back off?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 23rd 2009 10:02AM
Glenn BeckEven though the sudden pull out from several sponsors hasn't caused Fox to prematurely eject Glenn Beck from his time slot, he was suspiciously absent from the airwaves this week.

Some suggest this Beck-free week wasn't just a much needed vacation for the host, or for the viewer for that matter.

TVNewser spoke to some Fox insiders who claim the network ordered the silver haired devil to take a week off so some of the heat over his advertising boycott could die down.

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Glenn Beck running out of sponsors

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 18th 2009 4:28PM
Glenn BeckWhen a company does business with the likes of Glenn Beck, the saying "What you see is what you get" could not be more appropriate to the situation.

That's only because "Crazy is as crazy does" really isn't a saying.

Some of the show's sponsors are learning that lesson a little late in the game now that they have started pulling their ads from Glenn Beck's Fox News show in the wake of comments he made regarding President Obama's rampant racism.

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What if the Apollo 11 moon landing didn't happen under Cronkite's watch?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 20th 2009 1:04PM
Walter Cronkite on the cover of TimeWalter Cronkite's passing didn't mark the end of an era in the TV news business. The era he helped produce and prolong died long before he did.

It's hard for me to ever imagine a time when people considered a major network news anchor as America's most trusted source for anything. Claims of bias and political persuasion being injected into every story with a meat syringe created a thick fog that made it very hard to cover anything with a modicum of honesty.

Cronkite, however, was the man people turned to when something blew up, exploded, imploded, launched, landed or any other number of descriptive verbs, because his goal wasn't to make news every time he stepped in front of a camera. His goal was just to report it.

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