President George Bush appears in his first interview since the midterm elections with FOX News Channel's Brit Hume in Washington December 4, 2006. The full interview airs Tuesday on Special Report with Brit Hume. EDITORIAL USE ONLY NO SALES NO ARCHIVES REUTERS/White House/Eric Draper/Handout (UNITED STATES)
NBC reporter Katie Couric (L) interviews actor Michael Richards on the set of 'Seinfeld,' March 25, 1998. Richards will personally apologize to three black men and a black woman he offended in a torrent of racial slurs unleashed during a recent nightclub performance, his spokesman said on Friday. REUTERS/Handout
Actor George Clooney is presented a crown and 'Sexiest Man Alive' sash by NBC 'Today' television show co-host Matt Lauer, left, during the taping of an interview, in New York, Friday Dec. 1, 2006. Clooney was promoting his new movie 'The Good German.' One interview airs Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, while another airs December 12. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Starters: Air marshalls decry charges from imams that they were unduly detained based on racial animus. If people become "afraid of reporting suspicious
individuals out of fear of being labeled a racist or bigot, then
terrorists will certainly use those fears to their advantage in future
2000 redux: Democrats making a fuss over Florida election. Katherine Harris is even involved. Well at least it's for her old seat.
Clay Waters, Editor of the MRC's TimesWatch site and a regular contributor to NewsBusters, was a guest this afternoon on FNC's Your World with Neil Cavuto. Topic: Liberal bias in the New York Times and the impact of its publishing leaked information, specifically the timing of the Wednesday front page story: “Bush Adviser’s Memo Cites Doubts About Iraqi Leader.”
Clay appeared as part of a panel at the top of the 4pm EST show which will re-run at 5am EST Thursday morning.
Video clip (6:05): Real (4.52 MB) or Windows (3.76 MB) plus MP3 (1.76 MB)
Brent Bozell, the President of the Media Research Center, the parent of NewsBusters, appeared alongside Democratic strategist Laura Schwartz on Monday night's Hannity & Colmes on FNC to discuss the decision by NBC News to call the situation in Iraq a “civil war.” (Earlier NewsBusters items by Mark Finkelstein and by Geoffrey Dickens on how on Today Matt Lauer insisted NBC made the decision “after careful consideration,” as well as an evening show update on NewsBusters from Brent Baker on how NBC admitted the “civil war” term would erode support for the war.) Bozell contended: “Of course it's a mess over there. That does not mean it's a civil war and that's what the question was. And when Matt Lauer and NBC make the editorial determination that it's a civil war that's an editorial and that's a biased judgment on their part.” [The segment is 40 minutes into the show which will re-run at 12 midnight EST, 11pm CST, 9pm PST]
At one point Bozell told Alan Colmes to “hush,” leading Sean Hannity to propose: "Brent, you get the award for the Phrase of the Year: 'Alan, hush.'" Bozell earlier recalled how back in August of 2005 Lauer repeatedly pressed soldiers in Iraq to admit they had low morale, prompting one to fire back: “If I got my news from the newspapers also I'd be pretty depressed as well." (Links to that incident, with video, below the break)
Meredith Vieira, co-host of the NBC 'Today' television program, wears safety glasses and reacts during a demonstration of a Blendtec high power blender on the show, in New York's Rockefeller Center, Wednesday Nov. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Football is also a Thanksgiving prediction so feel free to prognosticate on today's games. In the NFL, Miami is playing at Detroit, the Tampa Bay Bucs are taking on the Dallas Cowboys, and the Kansas City Chiefs are playing host to the Denver Broncos.
There's only one college game today, Miami (the Florida one) is playing #18 Boston College.
Also interesting to see is Katie Couric on last night's "CBS Evening News" where a audio glitch made the show end about two minutes sooner than it should've, forcing Couric to stand awkwardly on the set.
Washington-based Al Jazeera anchors Ghida Fakhry (2nd L) and Dave Marash (2nd R) are assisted with their microphones as they prepare for a live news bulletin on the first day of Al Jazeera's International English language service from Washington November 15, 2006. Arabic television station Al Jazeera launched an English-speaking channel on Wednesday to report world news from a Middle East perspective and challenge the dominance of Western media.
MRC President Brent Bozell appeared with other conservative leaders at the National Press Club this morning to urge that the Republican Party respond to their election defeat by returning to their conservative Reaganite roots. During his remarks, Bozell lambasted the national media’s biased campaign coverage, blasting them as “a laughingstock when it comes to the idea of objective journalism.”
In the press conference televised live on C-SPAN, Bozell listed the missed opportunities and strategic errors made by the Republicans, then focused on the media’s hand in crafting yesterday’s outcome:
“And then they [the Republicans] had the problem with the national press. I will say this unequivocally: In 25 years of looking at the national media, I have never in my life seen a more one-sided, distorted, vicious presentation of news and non-news by the national press.
Speaking of Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, Chris Matthews said, "We’re getting diversity, finally, religious diversity in the United States Congress."
But Andrea Mitchell toned down his optimism, saying the Senate was still racist if Harold Ford loses.
"Before we get too heady about diversity in Congress, if you look at historically what has been going on, if Harold Ford does not win in Tennessee, we will still have one African American in the Senate. There has never been more than one African American at a time in the Senate. It’s quite remarkable. We talk about Ed Brooke, we talk about some of the other senators in past history, but never more than one. It is still the All-White Club, the most exclusive club."