It's Friday, so what better way to kick off the weekend than a hilarious trailer promoting an over-the-top pro-Obama movie. Judging by the 2:30-long trailer for The Obama Effect, the movie, set in 2008, is the fictional account of a man named John (played by Charles S. Dutton) who suffers a heart attack and discovers he's spared death because he has a mission from God: campaigning for Barack Obama. No, I'm serious. The promoters of the film cast it as a comedy, but it's NOT a satire. It really does appear to be a serious movie.
Note to ambitious young TV writers and producers: The crasser, more debased, more vicious and gutter-brow your offering, the better the likelihood of critical acclaim. Just ask the gang at HBO’s “Girls.” The show’s squalid, morally desolate portrait of its characters and their situations has won it critical raves for its “realism” – a pretty depressing commentary on the culture.
The “less (taste) is more” rule is certainly in effect with a bizarre sitcom on the FX network called “Louie.”
MediaBistro'sTVNewser blog picked up on an "unfortunate lower third" on Thursday's NBC Today, referring to a headline that appeared on screen as reportedly outgoing co-host Ann Curry was interviewing actor Steve Carrell about his new movie, Seeking A Friend for the End of the World. The graphic read: "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow."
Noting the official Obama-Biden re-election slogan is “forward,” fill-in FNC Special Report anchor Shannon Bream observed back on May 18 how “not everyone thought that it was catchy enough, so the Vice President has been floating some alternative ones.”
Check out the ideas suggested by Joe Biden as captured by TBS’s Conan.
David Carr of The New York Times wrote an unintentional laugh line for Monday's paper: "There is a growing worry that the falling value and failing business models of many American newspapers could lead to a situation where moneyed interests buy papers and use them to prosecute a political and commercial agenda."
No! Could you believe a newspaper would follow a political agenda based on what its owner wanted to do? Where have we ever heard of that before, say, with an owner who told Daddy he thought the Americans should be shot in Vietnam? But wait: in San Diego, it's that other, somehow less professional bias: Union-Tribune owner Douglas Manchester is "anti-big government, anti-tax and anti-gay marriage. And he’s in favor of a remade San Diego centered around a new downtown waterfront stadium and arena."
As the campaign season moves forward, the American people will see more "desperation" by the liberal media and President Obama as the case for his reelection grows harder to justify. "They're not seeing gravitas and they're not seeing presidential statesmanship," NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity during last night's "Media Mash" segment.
Bozell was reacting to MSNBC's Ed Schultz, who took to his May 29 radio program The Ed Schultz Show to despondently whine that should Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) survive the union-backed recall effort and should Mitt Romney get elected, there would never be a Democratic president elected in his lifetime again. [watch video below page break]
From the end of Wednesday night’s Special Report with Bret Baier on FNC, a Tonight Show rendition of a college-era love letter from Barack Obama which Baier suggested may “shed some light on his early political leanings.”
“It's hard to make fun of Obama in general because he’s a cool character,” ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, the “headliner” for this Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, told Reuters, insisting that “outside of his ears, there’s not a whole lot” to joke about.
Kimmel, of course, had no trouble coming up with anti-Republican candidate zingers. Reuters reporter Mary Milliken, in a Tuesday dispatch, relayed Kimmel’s “hope is to have a ‘nice mixture of prepared and off-the-cuff comedy’ for the black tie gala.” She passed along “a few hints of the ammunition is in his joke holster,” starting with his take on the presumptive nominee: “Mitt Romney looks like a Sears catalog model.”
Possibly in response to NewsBusters readers who passed on our item on the string of Pope Benedict-mocking jokes on NPR's game show "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!" NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos tells NewsBusters and other critics: lighten up, or be compared to radical Muslims. Isn't the ombudsman supposed to advocate for the listeners, not denounce them?
"If we keep jokes about the pope off-limits, we create a silencing effect that is far more damaging than the jokes themselves. We threaten to become like the intolerant extremists now most notoriously bedeviling the Muslim world, though other religions suffer from strains of fanaticism as well." Say what?
Let's stipulate up front that it might well have been an innocent mistake. Even so, until explained, it was shocking to say the least. On today's Morning Joe, as Mika Brzezinski read a David Brooks op-ed about the shooting of civilians in Afghanistan in which he wrote of "monstrous acts that shock the soul and sear the brain," suddenly the screen cut--for an extended period--to three different photos of . . . Republican Paul Ryan.
Even Joe Scarborough couldn't resist joking about the incident revealing the show's liberal bias. As it turns out, an op-ed by Ryan was up next, and the control room guys might simply have transitioned a bit too quickly--though some readers might not be willing to give Morning Joe the benefit of the doubt. View the video after the jump.
I know Martin Bashir's from across the Pond, but surely he knows there's a difference between Cuban-Americans and Puerto Ricans, right?
During today's "Top Lines" montage feature on MSNBC's Martin Bashir program, producers threw together some comments that presidential contender and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) made recently about the matter of whether the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico should enter into the Union as a state. To illustrate their editorial comment on his views, they tossed in a clip of an outraged Desi Arnaz in his Ricky Ricardo persona from the 1950s sitcom, "I Love Lucy." Here's the relevant transcript [MP3 audio here; video follows page break]:
Catching up with an unintentionally funny moment from Tuesday night’s (March 13) Republican primary coverage, MSNBC political analyst Karen Finney, who was off-camera at the moment, noticeably exhaled and then loudly groaned “ugghh!” upon hearing the exit poll determined a plurality of women in Alabama voted for Rick Santorum. Video below.
Count comedian Chris Rock as yet another liberal who can't bear to take not just criticism but even an innocent question about his beliefs.
Under light questioning from conservative author Jason Mattera, Rock turned what was a regular friendly interaction with a fellow Brooklynite into a physical assault on a female camera operator when Mattera tried to get him to briefly explain remarks that he had made that the Tea Party movement was "insanely racist." Video below the break.
The last time newspapers spiked leftist Garry Trudeau’s political cartoon series Doonesbury was in 1985 when he parodied the pro-life film documentary, The Silent Scream, which showed an actual abortion. Now that one must have been a hoot.
But Trudeau maintains passing up the transvaginal ultrasound = rape meme “would have been comedy malpractice,” as quoted by UPI. Again, more abortion humor.
Morning Joe likes to think of itself as the most scintillating three hours on morning TV. But did the show have a soporific effect on Michael Steele? When the camera cut to him today at 7:50 ET today, Steele appeared to be, well, I believe the polite term is "resting his eyes." Hat tip NB reader Susan J, who points out Steele is due considerable slack since he was up late doing primary coverage for MSNBC.
Steele rebounded quickly and was able to laugh off the moment. View video after the jump.
Well, apparently if you're Bob Beckel it's a word that Bill Maher likes to use when describing women that are more successful than he'll ever be.
Beckel left the cast and crew of The Five in near tears when he let loose a phrase he certainly didn't mean to, in discussing the matter of Pat Buchanan and his suspension from MSNBC. When comparing the Buchanan situation to another recent suspension - Roland Martin at CNN - Beckel offered this analysis:
"The black dude got suspended from CNN for saying something on Tweeter or twitter, whatever he calls it, twats, twits.... I'm sorry".
Never mind the fact that had the man sitting directly to his left, Eric Bolling, ever started a sentence with the words 'The Black Dude', liberals would have immediately called for his firing. Beckel will slide on that, no doubt.
That reality aside, the crew tried their best to save the segment, but Beckel couldn't quite recover.
Closing out an interview with Sen. John Hoeven (R) of North Dakota on today's Andrea Mitchell Reports, substitute host Chris Matthews thanked the former governor and said he "loved visiting your state this summer" and that he loves Mt. Rushmore, having "sat there for two hours and just looked up at it" during his trip to South Dakota over the summer.
Hoeven corrected Matthews, saying he was from North Dakota. Matthews retorted that he "liked South Dakota better anyway." [video follows page break]
Not everybody appreciates live local TV reporting. When an unusual snowstorm hit Seattle a few weeks ago, the local NBC affiliate sent a reporter to cover people sledding on city streets. And, as caught by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, some hilarity ensued in the reaction of one displeased woman holding an inner tube.
“Sometimes when covering the dangers of sledding and cars on slick roads,” FNC’s Bret Baier explained in setting up the clip on the January 20 Special Report, “it’s not just the cars that are the danger.”
Playing off the “best picture” nominated motion picture, The Artist, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night created its own version of the black and white silent movie – but with a twist, using video clips from NBC’s Republican presidential debate of the night before.
FNC ended Thursday’s Special Report with the pretty inventive video created by Kimmel’s staff. Bret Baier set it up by suggesting the Republican candidates “are trying a new tactic and they’re taking to heart a long ago era, a different kind of movie.”
On Thursday's Hardball, Chris Matthews preposterously insisted that Barack Obama added "only 13 people" to the federal workforce in 2009 and that the total number of individuals working for the U.S. government (as of 2010) was 4,443.
[UPDATE, 8:55 PM EST: Two hours later, in the otherwise identical 7 PM EST re-play, MSNBC inserted a new graphic and a new audio overlay in which Matthews corrected his incompetence without noting any change from his first broadcast: Video below features both versions. In the 5 PM EST hour, Matthews claimed “the federal workforce totaled forty-four hundred and thirty people in 2009 when Obama took office. In 2010, a year later, the number increased to forty-four forty-three people – a difference of only thirteen people.” In the re-do, Matthews realized “the federal workforce totaled four million, four hundred and thirty thousand in 2009...”]
A departure tonight from my usual Saturday offerings of news media/politics-related humor clips. Instead, something a bit more light-hearted about an until now un-chronicled historic breakthrough.
Tom Hanks has produced a bunch of HBO mini-series, including Band of Brothers, The Pacific and John Adams, and Thursday night on CBS’s Late Show he made some fun of himself as he presented a promotional clip for a new “mini-series event” in which he will star. It will tell the story of “Bert Loomis,” inventor of a certain revolutionary breakfast food product.
The passing Thursday of Christopher Hitchens, at age 62 from cancer, reminded me of one of his finest moments, which occurred on a Friday night five-and-a-half years ago when he gave the finger to the pretentious, left-wing Los Angeles studio audience of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
As he laid out the case for how it’s Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who wants World War Three, not George W. Bush, Hitchens cited how Ahmadinejad “says the Messiah is about to come back.” Maher quipped: “So does George Bush, by the way.” That caused a loud eruption of audience applause and cheering, which led Maher to clarify: “That's not facetious.”
In Monday's edition of his “Best of the Web” column, under the subhead "Recycling Is Garbage," Opinion Journal’s James Taranto unveiled a humorous pattern of New York Times columnists recycling a satirical headline from The Onion that made an apparently profound point about the unfair burdens accompanying Barack Obama into office: "Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job." (Not as hard as coming up with new column ideas, apparently.)
* "Of all the coverage of Obama's victory, the most accurate take may still be the piquant morning-after summation of the satirical newspaper The Onion. Under the headline 'Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job,' it reported that our new president will have 'to spend four to eight years cleaning up the messes other people left behind.'"--Frank Rich, New York Times, Jan. 18, 2009
ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live this past week put together a pretty entertaining video dubbing Republican debate audio into the animated Charlie Brown Thanksgiving show. FNC’s Special Report played most of it Wednesday night where fill-in anchor Shannon Bream set it up as a “creative mash up that pairs the Peanuts gang with the 2012 GOP field at the Thanksgiving table.”
The media’s infatuation with the far-left “occupy” protesters is so uniformly recognized that it got some ridicule on the new episode of Comedy Central’s animation series, South Park, carried Wednesday night.
On Friday, FNC’s The Five host Greg Gutfeld opened the program with a clip, which he set up: “On their latest episode, South Park took on the media’s beloved Occupy Wall Street movement. As usual, they nailed it.” Indeed they did. (Watch below.)
From the end of this weekend’s Fox News Watch show, a comedy video created by the Jest.com humor site I saw the Romenesko page posted on Wednesday titled “Where Occupy Wall Street Headlines Come From.” FNC host Jon Scott asked: “Did you ever wonder how different news operations come up with the headlines for big stories? Well, the creative people at Jest.com give us their take on the process.”
The clip imagines how the editors at the New York Times, New York Post, Fox News Channel, Huffington Post, Time, New Yorker and the Highlights kids magazine would formulate a headline for the Occupy Wall Street protests. I think it nails the New York Times and Huffington Post.
I noticed Saturday Night Live was a re-run and so decided to see what I could come up with for a comedy clip tonight – though I got a late start looking because I spent my Saturday night in Washington, DC attending the hockey match-up between the only two undefeated NHL teams. (There is now only one, the Capitals, following a 7-1 “routing” of the Detroit Red Wings!)
Tonight, from the end of FNC’s Special Report back on Wednesday, October 12, a comedy bit produced by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live spoofing the anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street protesters with the opportunity to sponsor a protester via the “International Wall Street Occupier Registry.” Afterward, host Bret Baier quips: “Capitalism at work.”
Comedy Central's cartoon hit South Park made quite a political statement Wednesday evening.
In an episode called "The Last of the Meheecans," Cartman becomes a border patrol agent only to discover that not only aren't Mexicans trying to cross over into the United States anymore, Obama has made America "so sh-tty" they're all going back home (videos follow with commentary, vulgarity warning):
So enthused about promoting the far-left protests, ABC anchor Diane Sawyer on Monday night's World News championed “the Occupy Wall Street movement” by ludicrously claiming that “as of tonight, it has spread to more than 250 American cities, more than a thousand countries -- every continent but Antarctica.”
Protests against the wealthy in “thousands of countries,” including Cuba, China and every country in Africa? Per the U.S. State Department, however, there are only 195 nation states in the world, so Sawyer imagined five times as many protests as could possibly have occurred. (Video below)