Media Research Center Director of Communications Seton Motley appeared Sunday morning on Fox News Channel's "America's News Headquarters" to discuss comedian David Letterman's inappropriate joke about Gov. Sarah Palin's 14-year-old daughter Willow.
Motley noted a marked difference with the now infamous Don Imus joke about the Rutgers women's basketball team.
While both Letterman and Imus made crude and inappropriate jokes, conservatives like Gov. Palin do not have the benefit of the mainstream media's outrage as did the Rutgers basketball players [audio available here, see embedded video at right]:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: what did the Iranian elections tell us?
Do the protests show us that Iran is inevitably moving towards a real democracy, or do the corruption involved as well as the police response show Ahmadinejad and Khamenei solidifying their tyrannical power base?
Pres. Obama speaks at the American Memorial in Normandy, June 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monisvais)
MRC President Brent Bozell appeared on FNC’s America’s Newsroom this morning to weigh in on CBS late night host David Letterman’s tasteless jokes about Sarah Palin’s teenage daughters. Bozell said Letterman’s explanation -- that he was really referring to Palin’s 18-year-old daughter, not the 14-year-old who actually went to Yankee Stadium with her mother -- was “worse than the joke.”
Bozell called the joke “disgusting,” and said “If David Letterman were a man — and he’s not a man, he is a coward — if David Letterman were a man, he would stand up and he would say, ‘We royally messed up on this one. I apologize to Sarah Palin, I apologize to Willow.’”
[UPDATE: Late this morning, Bozell issued a press release repeating his demand for an apology: "David Letterman needs to be a real man and apologize unequivocally, like a real man."]
Here’s some more of the segment, which aired shortly before 10:15am ET on June 12, and began with co-anchor Megyn Kelly playing a clip of Palin from earlier that day on NBC’s Today:
Topics in today's show: The 20th anniversary of Tianananmen Square, The dismantling of GM, Dead people voting, and Bob Woodward's new book.
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MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell reporting the results of yesterday's Democratic gubernatorial primary in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Screenshot via FamousDC.com
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: the chickendove.
As the left calls folks that support military incursions without having served "chickenhawks," are folks who support revolutions around the world without having fought in them "chickendoves"?
Think about it.
Topics in today's show: President Obama makes a speech in Cairo, President Obama's latest gaffe, Newsweek's Evan Thomas calls Obama God, and a new poll shows that Dick Cheney in more popular than Nancy Pelosi.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: the budget deficit is caused by Obama removing accounting gimmicks put in place by Bush!
Does this guy actually believe the nonsense he spewed yesterday? Does Obama? Will the American people?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Europe swings right!
Europe was leaning to the right Sunday as tens of millions of people voted in European Parliament elections, with conservative parties favored in many countries against a backdrop of economic crisis. Opinion polling showed right-leaning governments with edges over their opposition in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium and elsewhere. Conservative opposition parties were tied or ahead in Britain, Spain and some smaller countries.
How big is this? Is this a European issue, or another sign that all the eulogies for conservatism are extremely premature?
David Adickes works on his sculpture of President Barack Obama at his studio in Houston, June 2, 2009. AP Photo/David J. Phillip
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: job losses slow.
The U.S. lost fewer jobs than forecast in May, reinforcing signs that the deepest recession in half a century is starting to abate. Payrolls fell by 345,000, the least in eight months, after a revised 504,000 loss in April, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The jobless rate increased to 9.4 percent, the highest since 1983, in part as more people joined the labor force to look for work...“This is heartening news,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Massachusetts, who forecast payrolls would drop by 450,000, matching the lowest estimate in a Bloomberg News survey. “The recession is very close to an end. The labor marker is still pretty awful, but vastly better than it was.”
Is this heartening news? Is the recession ending, and, if so, what kind of recovery is ahead? Or, are we far from out of the woods, and things are destined to get much worse before they get much better?