“President Obama has undoubtedly gotten a little more gray since the start of his presidency...so now, one late night show tracked down a company looking to cash in,” FNC’s Bret Baier noted on August 27 in setting up a comedy clip from CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman.
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center (MRC), the publisher of NewsBusters. He’s been the central figure in the MRC’s News Analysis Division since the MRC’s 1987 founding and in 2005 spearheaded the launch of NewsBusters.
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An avid fan of the Washington Capitals NHL hockey team, in January of 2009 the Washington Post's "DC Sports Bog" took note of Baker's attendance at a Caps game with John Kerry: "The Caps, John Kerry and a Scourge."
Baker lived in Massachusetts through high school, whereupon he fled the liberal commonwealth for George Washington University in DC and, since graduation, a life in Northern Virginia. Full bio on MRC.org.
Fill-in host Chris Wallace ended Thursday’s Special Report with Bret Baier on FNC by noting how “potential presidential candidates are already testing possible pitches for 2016.”
Setting up a comedy clip from earlier in the week on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, Wallace cued up “one idea for a campaign commercial” -- an anti-Obama one from a certain past candidate.
“What really gets” actress Chloe Grace Moretz “going” is Hillary Clinton, a USA Today reporter discovered in meeting her for a profile piece on the 17-year-old star of If I Stay, the movie which opened yesterday (Friday) that’s based on the young adult novel by Gayle Forman.
“‘I cried when I met her,’ says Moretz, who calls Clinton an ‘icon.’”
He’s made it this past week onto a couple of late night shows as well as ABC’s World News and Good Morning America, but if you haven’t seen the video of five-year-old Noah Ritter, here’s the version shown Tuesday night by Bret Baier at the end of his FNC show.
The video of the future newscaster came from a report last weekend, by Sofia Ojeda of WNEP-TV’s “Newswatch 16” in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market, who was covering the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
Reid Cherlin, an Assistant Press Secretary during the first two years plus of the Obama administration, managed to deliver two laugh-worthy howlers in a piece for Rolling Stone posted this past Monday:
> “Barack Obama never had reporters eating out of his hand the way that right-wingers love to allege.”
> “I...believe he’ll be remembered as an excellent President.”
The United Nations took “action” on the Israel versus Hamas conflict, but it was so feckless that even the Daily Show with Jon Stewart ridiculed the international body.
On Tuesday’s Special Report, FNC’s Bret Baier played a clip from Stewart’s Monday night program.
The sheriff of Saginaw County, Michigan decided to change jail jumpsuits to black and white stripes after the Netflix series, Orange Is the New Black, made the orange ones too “cool.”
There are “a bunch of ways to play with that headline, or not, in local news,” FNC’s Bret Baier noted Thursday night in excerpting a collection of very similar TV news reports put together by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Citing the 45th anniversary last week of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Bill Maher on Friday night sneered: “I always hear that the moon landing was the last great thing that America did. I think the last great thing America did was giving health care to 30 million people.”
That prompted a roar of applause from the Los Angeles audience for Maher’s July 25 Real Time show on HBO, and after it died down a bit, Maher insisted: “I find that to be so much more of a significant achievement than landing on the moon.”
Amazingly, Chris Matthews concluded Thursday’s Hardball by playing clips of how President Ronald Reagan reacted the Soviet shootdown of a Korean Air Lines 747 passenger jet in 1983 – even conceding, after a clip of Reagan charging the Soviets with terrorism and a “flagrant lie,” that “he was speaking for the American people.”
Matthews – probably inadvertently – illustrated how Reagan, unlike the current occupant of the White House, understood his role as leader of the free world under threat from evil forces.
Julianna Goldman, who endured a marriage to former FNC, MSNBC, Current and Al-Jazeera America host/reporter David Shuster, got married on Saturday, in Aspen, Colorado, to Michael Gottlieb, a former associate White House counsel for Obama.
The New York Times reported on Sunday that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, a former colleague of Gottlieb’s at the White House, “officiated.”
Bret Baier ended his Special Report show Friday night on FNC with a comedy clip from CBS’s Late Show inspired by President Barack Obama’s trip, earlier in the week, to Colorado where marijuana is legal.
Baier noted how Obama “was greeted by a man wearing a horse head and the President was offered marijuana. Speaking of which, one late night show noticed something odd from the President’s speech there.”
For a few brief seconds on Friday night, Bill Maher made sense. Maher, who could be described as a “useless Obama hack” – after all, he’s a big donor to Obama and a constant defender of him who chalks up any and all criticism of Obama to racism – condemned liberals, on one subject at least, as “useless Obama hacks without a shred of intellectual honesty.”
What prompted this brief trip into reality? A report on how the NSA intercepted and stored “useless” online conversations that were “intimate” and “voyeuristic.” Maher asserted: “I just want to say, if this was happening under Bush, liberals would be apoplectic.”
Forty-one years ago, an angry Canadian radio newsman, Gordon Sinclair, inspired many when he took to the airwaves to defend the U.S. and denounce much of the world as ingrates who didn’t appreciate America’s greatness.
“Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don’t think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake. Our neighbors have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around.”
If only there were an Obama scandal for journalists to cover.
Almost exactly two years after the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank ludicrously claimed “the media would love to have an Obama scandal to cover,” on Sunday’s MediaBuzz on FNC, veteran DC journalist Julie Mason encapsulated the attitude of the Washington press corps which has little interest in the IRS scandal, insisting that “every journalist in town would love if there was proof of a scandal, they would be galloping after it.”
From the end of Wednesday’s Special Report with Bret Baier on the Fox News Channel, a condensed version of Jon Stewart’s “poor-off” between Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, a comedy bit from the June 24 Daily Show on Comedy Central.
Graphic novelist Max Brooks, a former writer for Saturday Night Live, charged on Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher that Tea Party “ideologues” are just like the Nazi “ideologues” who fooled the German elite in the decades before World War II.
William Devane (IMDb page), who plays “President James Heller” on Fox’s prime time 24: Live Another Day, told USA Today that “obviously I’m a big fan of Obama, as a guy who’s smart and articulate” and, in his acting, “I say to myself, ‘what has got to be going on in the private side of this guy’s brain’ – the pressure, the racism that is thrown out — and he handles it with such dignity.’”
Jane Pauley, who campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 as she declared “I want to see the cool, steady hand of Barack Obama on that Bible on Inauguration Day,” on CBS’s Sunday Morning pleaded for Hillary Clinton to try to succeed him: “If not you, who? Who is the viable woman of either party who could win a primary nomination in 2016 if not you?”
Speeches from successful politicians “come at a price,” FNC’s Bret Baier noted in setting up a comedy clip at the end of his Thursday (June 12) show, “a hefty one hundred million dollars” for former President Bill Clinton since he left office in 2001.
Conan O’Brien’s staff “did the math,” Baier explained as he introduced the clip from Wednesday’s Conan on TBS, “and figured out the optional add-ins for Bill Clinton to speak at your event can really add up.”
Discussing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprising primary loss, on Friday’s Washington Week on PBS, John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC, a regular on NBC and MSNBC, and a political writer for the New York Times, blamed hostility to Jews in Cantor’s “very rural conservative southern district.”
“Eric Cantor is a Jewish Republican. This is a very rural conservative southern district where that is not a -- you don’t have a lot of Jewish members of Congress from the South.”