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Colbert Suggests Newt Gingrich Create Fake Version of Himself for Campaign (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2011 5:45AM
'The Colbert Report'After Newt Gingrich boasted he had "six times as many Twitter followers" as his fellow Republican candidates, he's come under scrutiny in light of accusations that up to 80 percent of those followers might not be real.

On 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), Stephen Colbert believes Gingrich when he says they're all real.

"I have no reason to doubt the word of a man who cheated on two wives," he said. But even if they are invented, Colbert sees no reason to look at this as a negative.

"Making up people could be the key to keeping Newt's campaign alive," Colbert explained. "And while he's at it, folks, he should also create a fake Newt Gingrich, because the current one's not doing too good."

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John Lithgow Gives Dramatic Reading of Newt Gingrich Press Release on 'Colbert' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 20th 2011 3:20AM
John Lithgow, 'The Colbert Report'Newt Gingrich has not yet begun to flail! Still trying to recover politically in the eyes of the right after he called Rep. Paul Ryan's health care proposal "right-wing social engineering," he sent out a dramatic press release as an official response to the pundits trying to write him off as a viable Presidential candidate.

But the gravitas of the statement was too much for Stephen Colbert to handle alone on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), so he had John Lithgow come on and emote as impressively as he possibly could in front of a backdrop of a billowing American flag.

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Stephen Colbert Has Fun With Newt Gingrich's Patriotism-Based Infidelity Excuse (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 11th 2011 12:00PM
Earlier this week, Newt Gingrich explained his past infidelities by saying they were brought on" by how passionately I felt about this country" -- a passion that caused the former Speaker of the House to work "far too hard," thus driving him into the arms of women he wasn't married to.

On 'The Colbert Report' (weekdays, 11:30 PM ET on Comedy Central), Stephen Colbert took a whack at that softball.

"Newt only cheated on his wives because he's so passionate about America," Colbert explained. "Patriotism takes many forms, some people join the army, some people wear a flag pin, and some people cheat on their wife while she's in the hospital with cancer."

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Fox News Suspends Presidential Candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 2nd 2011 3:00PM
Fox News has suspended contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum from commenting on the cable news station because they have both "signaled possible runs" for president.

Bret Baier made the announcement earlier Wednesday on 'Happening Now' (weekdays, 11AM ET on Fox News.")

"The suspension is effective for 60 days," Baier added. "Then on May 1 their contracts will be terminated unless they notify Fox that they are not running for president."

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Newt Gingrich: 'More Inclined to Run (For President) Than Not Run' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 6th 2010 5:40PM
Potential presidential candidates usually play coy about their intention to run, right up until the moment that they officially throw their hat in the ring. However, former GOP Speaker of the House and current Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich is bucking that convention.

In an interview with Chris Wallace, on 'Fox News Sunday' (Sundays, 9 AM ET on Fox), Gingrich strongly hinted that he will be seeking the republican nomination in 2012.

"Callista (Gingrich's wife) and I will make a decision probably at the end of February beginning of March," he told Wallace when asked about his presidential aspirations.

Then Gingrich added this:

"We're much more inclined to run than not run, and I think everything we've done over the last year, talking to friends, thinking things through, has made us more inclined to believe it's doable."

If the 67-year-old, who hasn't held elected office since 1998, does seek the nomination, there's a good chance he will be opposed by fellow Fox News contributors Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin.

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Jon Stewart on a Weird Republican Theme -- Victory as 'Disaster' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 4th 2010 5:05AM
Jon Stewart on a Weird Republican Theme -- Victory as 'Disaster'Last night, the Republican Party swept back into power, reclaiming at least 60 seats in the House of Representatives. It was one of the most radical political transformations in seven decades. But Jon Stewart saw something weird about the Fox News coverage of the election.

On 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Stewart watched as Fox covered the event. Oddly enough, many Fox News pundits -- including Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin -- used the same metaphor for the victory. The GOP triumph was described as a "tidal wave," an "earthquake" and a "tsunami."

Mike Huckabee compared the win to one of the more powerful natural disasters in American history: a 19th century earthquake which sent shockwaves across half the country, causing the Mississippi River to run backwards. Jon pointed out a common theme here: "You do realize all your metaphors for Republican victory ... killed thousands of people."

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Bill O'Reilly Alleges The Democrats Might Steal Some Elections in 2010 (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 6th 2010 12:53PM
Bill O'Reilly and Newt Gingrich were talking about the mid-term elections on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (Weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) Tuesday, and while both men believe the Republicans are going to pick up seats, Gingrich was more optimistic. The reason? O'Reilly thinks the Democratic machine in certain cities will turn to malfeasance if they don't get the votes they need.

"Let's put it this way, if you have to bet right now, I'd feel comfortable betting on Sharon Angle in Nevada and the guy in West Virginia," O'Reilly explained. "I think Illinois and Washington State -- and I know how these election go, in King County, the Seattle area, and in Cook County, the Chicago area . . . it's not honest . . . so if it's close . . . I know the entrenched power in the Chicago area, and the Seattle area, is Democrat."

There have long been rumblings that elections in the Seattle area aren't always on the up-and-up. But to get lumped in there with Chicago's Cook County, corruption center of the Western world? That's big time, Seattle.

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Actor Jon Hamm: The Tea Party Is "Racist" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 20th 2010 3:14AM
Actor Jon Hamm -- the Tea Party Is The latest episode of 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO) dealt with the important topic of the Tea Party. And host Bill Maher started off with this question: "Anybody think this Tea Party is racist?" Guest Jon Hamm agreed that he thinks the party is a racist movement.

Jon, Bill, and the rest of the guests discussed the most recent provocation from Newt Gingrich. Apparently, Gingrich said that President Barack Obama was a person who was "outside our comprehension." Newt also said this:

"This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president."

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'Morning Joe' Crew Mocks Newt Gingrich's Latest 'Kenyan' Attack on Obama (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 13th 2010 4:25PM
Joe Scarborough probably owes his political career to Newt Gingrich, as the former-GOP congressman-turned talk show host was first elected to national office during the Gingrich-led Republican revolution of 1994.

But that didn't stop Scarborough from using said talk show, 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC), to blast Gingrich's latest anti-Obama screed.

Right after Mika Brzezinski read a quote from Gingrich, in which the former Speaker of the House argued that Obama suffers from "a Kenyan anti-colonial world view," Scarborough howled with disapproving laughter.

"Where does (Gingrich) get his material?" Scarborough screamed incredulously. "What is he doing?"

After a brief panel discussion of what Gingrich could possibly have meant by this statement, Mike Barnicle joked that Gingrich was suggesting Obama "went to Kenyon college."

Of course Obama didn't go to Kenyon College, but the panel agreed that was the most logical explanation for Gingrich's hyper-partisan attack.

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Keith Olbermann Comments on the 'Inaccurately Described Ground Zero Mosque' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 17th 2010 2:35PM
On 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' (Weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) Keith made his inevitable special comment on the so-called "Ground Zero" Mosque. He kicked off by repeating Pastor Martin Niemöller's oft-quoted statement on the the rise of Nazism in Germany: "... Then they came for the Jews, Olbermann read, "And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew..."

Next Olbermann drops the dubious disclaimer that by quoting Niemoller, he isn't making "a direct comparison" between those who want to suppress the Islamic center and those who enabled the Holocaust.

With that out the way, he gets to the heart of his special comment: correcting what he sees as inaccuracies in the arguments used by opponents of the project.

He rips Newt Gingrich for "pushing the nonsense that 'Cordoba' (the initial name of the project) is a Muslim dog-whistle for triumphalism."

"When the historic implications of Cordoba were made clear to the backers of this product, the property developer changed the name," Olbermann explained. "They already compromised."

Olbermann also addresses the issue of whether the Ground Zero Mosque is really even a mosque at all. He points out that it was actually planned as a Muslim community center, complete with basketball courts. Olbermann closes by imploring his viewers to stand up for the rights of minority groups when they are threatened. You can watch his entire special comment below:

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Newt Gingrich Evokes Nazis in Ground Zero Mosque Debate (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 16th 2010 6:11PM
The controversy over the 'Ground Zero' mosque went national over the weekend when President Obama weighed in, and then clarified, his remarks on the issue.

Next Gingrich was on 'Fox & Friends' (weekdays, 6AM ET on Fox News) Monday morning, and he agreed with one thing the president said -- American Muslims currently have the legal right to build the mosque. But while the president punted on the "wisdom" of the project, Gingrich jumped right in, declaring "it is profoundly wrong to have a mosque that close to Ground Zero."

"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust museum," he opined. "There's no reason for us to accept a mosque next to the World Trade Center."

Godwin's Law states that all discussions -- regardless of topic or scope -- inevitably devolve into each side yelling about Hitler and the Nazis. The law was initially formulated for the wild and crazy world of Internet discussions. However, it turns out the discourse on cable news isn't any more restrained or sensible. Especially when Newt Gingrich is involved.

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Stephen Colbert takes on Facebook and "death panels"

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 11th 2009 5:00PM
The big debate right now regarding the healthcare plan is the concept of "death panels." Not sure where or when this first came up, though last night, Stephen Colbert pointed out it was from Sarah Palin's recent Facebook posting that brought it to the public.

The scary part? The reality competition show that Colbert mentions at the end of the clip is something that we'll probably see at some point.

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Death Panels

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The Daily Show: September 3, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 4th 2008 9:24AM
The Daily ShowSome correspondents reported on the real reason why Republicans have gathered in Minnesota, and as it turns out, it's just to check out Larry Craig's old Minnesota airport stall. I think most audience members missed John Oliver's sneaky tweaking of the word "clockwork", unfortunately. However, the audience didn't miss any of Jason Jones' stall activities, which were especially disturbing, whereas Aasif Mandvi's handicap stall antics were just fabulous. I wonder if those dancers were just hapless interns roped into a scene. Also, the dancing reminded me of a beautiful moment from one of Stephen Colbert's old Daily Show reports, forever immortalized in this hypnotizing GIF. In other news, The Daily Show must be the only reason why Jimmy Dean Chocolate Chip Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick is still in existence.

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