U.S. President George W. Bush (2nd R) and first lady Laura Bush are joined by singers (L-R) Taylor Hicks, David Miller, Carlos Marin of II Divo and television's Dr. Phil at the conclusion of the Christmas in Washington program in Washington December 10, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES)
Rosie O'Donnell, left, gets a high five from co-hosts Barbara Walters as O'Donnell joined the cast for the taping of the first show of the 10th season of the ABC talk show, 'The View' on Sept. 5, 2006 in New York. O'Donnell is in the midst of a war of words with Donald Trump. There are questions about how Walters feels about the latest uproar. Especially since this year's departure of Meredith Vieira led Walters to seek out O'Donnell. Walters was on vacation Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, and unavailable for comment, a show spokesman said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Just before 4:30pm EST today (December 20), Tim Graham, Senior Editor of NewsBusters and Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, was a guest on the Fox News Channel's Your World with Neil Cavuto. Topic: Time magazine's "People Who Mattered" in 2006 profiles in the December 25/January 1 issue. Amongst those on the list, Katie Couric and Al Gore, whom Time touted: “For His Second Act, Saving the Planet."
MRC President Brent Bozell appeared live on Tuesday's Hannity & Colmes on FNC to discuss Joy Behar's quip on Monday's The View, in reference to Time magazine punting on a Person of the Year, that “you have to put like a Hitler type. Like you put Donald Rumsfeld there or something" (Links at bottom of this node to video). Sparring with Alan Colmes, Bozell declared: “I'm sick and tired of the left pontificating and giving me lectures about hate speech.” (Mark Steyn filled in for Sean Hannity with former ABC News reporter Bob Zelnick as the second guest.)
Bozell also recalled how, on last Thursday's edition of the ABC daytime show, Behar seriously suggested Senator Tim Johnson may have been a victim of conservative evil-doing. She proposed: "Is there such a thing as a man-made stroke? In other words, did someone do this to him?" Behar contended the Republican Party is capable of such a nefarious deed: "I know what this, that party is capable of." For video of that December 14 exchange, check the MRC CyberAlert or this NewsBusters item.
Actor William Shatner, left, and former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, right, pose prior to an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame induction ceremony, during which they were inducted, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks to reporters in Manchester, New Hampshire December 10, 2006. It is Obama's first visit to the political proving grounds of New Hampshire, stoking the growing buzz about a possible 2008 White House run by the rising party star. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
In this file photo television reporter Anderson Cooper gives beads to a spectator during the Endymion parade along St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans February 26, 2006. CNN's 'Anderson Cooper 360' received the award for coverage of a current business news story in a regularly scheduled broadcast for 'Black Market Infertility.' (Lee Celano/Reuters)
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.