Chelsea Clinton in Portland, OR on April 12th at the Red Dress Party, described by Willamette Week as "a mondo-alcohol-fueled dance party where nearly 2,000 gay men in various states of red dress undress (and several nearly naked straight men as well as one very colorfully decorated naked woman) invade a warehouse in Northeast Portland and dance their collective ----- off."
On the April 30 edition of "BBC World," Justin Webb reported on rising fuel costs and how the increase in prices affect the American public. According to Mr. Webb, many Americans drive cars nearly the size of big rigs, and will need to spend their tax rebate on fuel, thereby doing little for the economy at large. After all, if a big rig tank takes over a thousand dollars to fill, many American cars must face similar costs. [Audio available here] Transcript below:
“Many Americans drive private cars not much smaller than this truck, and the risk is that they use their tax rebate simply to buy fuel, boosting the profits of the oil companies but doing little or nothing for the wider American economy.
Topics in today's show: Jimmy Carter negotiates with Hamas, the "virtual" border fence, pot smokers across America unite, and bomb-sniffing cats? Click "Play" on the image to the right to watch!
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NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams revealed a puckish sense of humor in his April 28 entry on his msnbc.com "Daily Nightly" blog, "What Times Is It?" in which Williams admitted his puzzlement over the countercultural cornucopia that is the Sunday New York Times, with subjects ranging from gay grilling aficionados to sex chairs.
I read that the New York Times Sunday (and weekday) circulation is down. I must admit that on Sundays it becomes a tough paper to figure out. While this week's paper featured an op-ed piece by Elizabeth Edwards bemoaning the lack of serious, in-depth coverage of the political race, it's tough to figure out exactly what readers the paper is speaking to, or seeking.
Topics in this show: 15% of American adults admit they've driven under the influence of alcohol, Barack Obama's campaign blogger, Alicia Keyes on the rap conspiracy, "American Idol's" ratings start to drop, and Flavor Flav's new sitcom. Click "play" on the video to the right to watch.
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"Toilet Paper Rationing Proposed for Inmates" read the teaser headline in the sidebar of my Metro section front page for the April 25 Washington Post. "Since when did Sheryl Crow become a jail warden?" I wondered. Much to my chagrin, I found it was not such a green story after all, unless the green we're talking about is the budget for the Montgomery County, Maryland budget:
Montgomery County labor leaders are urging government officials to ration rolls of toilet paper and bars of soap for the county's inmates to help cut costs and cope with a nearly $300 million budget shortfall.
The suggestion to limit inmates to up to three rolls of toilet paper and two bars of soap each week is part of a long list of savings the Municipal and County Government Employees Organization has submitted to the County Council, which is considering raising taxes, trimming services and revising union contracts that include raises for workers.
That's hardly the earth-friendly sacrifice that Ms. Crow preaches. Inmates have long been accustomed to "three squares a day." Who's to say that should only apply to food?
Topics in today's show: Barack Obama's wealth, Paul Krugman's booboo, Jimmy Carter's Israel trip, and Renee Zellweger.
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Comedy Central is usually the network that rips on President Bush -- including its nasty cartoon "Lil Bush." But it's not the network that tries to present equal satire on Hillary Clinton. Stephen Colbert hosted Hillary on "The Colbert Report" on Thursday night, and as he often does, he did a terrible job of even pretending to be a conservative as they portrayed Hillary as ultra-competent. Did they steal that from "Saturday Night Live?"
MRC's Melissa Lopez offers the transcript below the fold. Hot Air has the video.
STEPHEN COLBERT: "Anyway, the big news is last night's Democratic debate which took place here in Philadelphia.... What just happened? Jimmy, the rear screen is down! Where's my Liberty Bell?"
JIMMY: "Sorry, Stephen, it's just technical difficulties. We're not used to this studio."
COLBERT: "Well, get the technicians in here to figure it out!"
Topics in today's episode: 81% of public thinks America heading in wrong direction, emergency alerts via text messaging, Hillary Clinton continues Bush critcism, and Elton John calls Americans misogynist.
Vice President Dick Cheney spoke at the annual Radio and Television Correspondents dinner Wednesday evening, and poked fun at members of the news media, gave advice to Mitt Romney about getting himself on the list of potential Republican vice presidential candidates, chided Nobel Laureate Al Gore and his goofy ideas about global warming, and even made fun of himself being referred to by detractors as Darth Vader.
All in all, during his last vice presidential performance at this event, Cheney was quite a hit.
What follows are some of his best lines (video embedded upper right):
Topics in today's show: Hillary Clinton urges President Bush to boycott the Olympic ceremony, CBS and CNN rumors, Obama's "diplomatic surge" with Iran, Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson and the tabloids, Lindsay Lohan's Charles Manson movie.
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It's not often you'll hear a right-leaning media critic say this: I agree with the Pulitzer Prize committee this year, at least when it comes to the award the committee gave to Investor's Business Daily's Michael Ramirez for his excellent cartooning work.
Ramirez's win is the first time since 1998 that a Pulitzer has been given to a cartoonist with even moderately conservative opinions. The committee has similarly been biased against right-leaning columnists as Brent Bozell noted last year:
Any conservative student who aspires to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist should really try another line of work. Here’s the list since George Will won in 1977 and William Safire won in 1978: Charles Krauthammer in 1987, Paul Gigot in 2000, and Dorothy Rabinowitz in 2001. That’s five conservatives in 30 years.
Topics in today's show: Hillary Clinton as Rocky, Obama's bowling, Ted Turner on cannibalism, and Donald Trump and Ashley Dupree. Click "play" on the video to the right to watch or view this episode on YouTube.
HDNet anchor Dan Rather gets checked by a U.S. Secret Service special agent prior to boarding a bus to cover Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., Monday, March 31, 2008, in Harrisburg, PA (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
As a loyal Clinton campaign email subscriber, rarely a day goes by that I don't hear from Hillary or Bill. It's good to know they're thinking about me. But today brings some very troubling news: Hillary is WAY behind on her fundraising goal for TV airtime in Pennsylvania. [screencap below page break]
I had been torn between door hangers and yard signs, when I decided to check out some of the other options, and . . . YIKES! As you'll see from the image, the budget for TV airtime in Pennsylvania is $2.5 million, but Hillary has raised only $129,947. That works out to only 5.1% of the goal!
It's Friday which means it's time for a new episode of NewsBusted! Topics in today's episode: a new poll says beer drinkers vote GOP while wine drinkers vote Dem, CNN's fake news show, Eliot Spitzer goes to therapy, and more! Click the "Play" icon on the video at the right to watch.
The following was adapted from the Media Research Center's April Fools Day Media "Reality" Check. The quotes are all fabrications written by the imaginative News Analysts at the MRC.
Panicked by the success of Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" — urging conservatives to vote for Hillary Clinton in upcoming primaries to keep the Democrats in disarray — liberal reporters are becoming even more outspoken in praising the man they regard as the all-but-certain Democratic nominee, Barack Obama.
CBS's Harry Smith sounded like a teenage groupie on the April 1 Early Show: "Obama's rock star status is reaching historic levels. His rallies attract more fans than a Hannah Montana concert and seats are impossible to get. Believe me I've tried." Over on ABC's Good Morning America, correspondent Claire Shipman didn't want either liberal to lose: "Think of the race as a pro wrestling match between Martin Luther King and Eleanor Roosevelt. Whoever loses, it will be America that winds up feeling bruised."
Topics in this episode: Howard Dean wants Dems to not drag out the primaries, Jeremiah Wright's new mansion, the earth no longer warming, and Ashlee Simpson's admission. Click "play" on the video to the right to watch.
Challenged by George Will during This Week of March 30th, liberal economics professsor Paul Krugman looks nervously to liberal economics professor Robert Reich. Krugman was one of four liberals at the round-table versus the sole conservative, Will.
“I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
Topics in this episode: John McCain continues to receive critcism for saying Iran is aiding Al Qaeda and yet, McCain continues to lead Barack Obama in polls. Osama bin Laden gets angry at Mohammed cartoons. Al Gore wants to make millions from his little-watched Current TV. Robin Williams appears on "Law and Order." The last Harry Potter book gets turned into two movies, not one.
This week hasn't been a good one for big journalism. First we had news that the Los Angeles Times got tricked into falsely accusing Sean "Diddy" Combs of complicity to murder, now comes news of another paper getting snookered in a desperate quest to be cool.
Our story begins in 1987 with 80s pop singer Rick Astley and his song "Never Gonna Give You Up." Back in the day, the song was a worldwide #1 hit. Once the 90s began Astley's popularity declined until a few years ago when "Never Gonna" acquired a life of its own on the internet thanks to the practice of "Rick Rolling," a prank web users play on each other to mischeviously post a link allegedly relevant to the topic at hand which is in reality a link to Astley's cheesy video.
Flash forward to this past Monday. On that day, New York Times reporter Evelyn Nussenbaum gets word that a Washington state college basketball game has devolved into an impromptu Rick Astley concert based on the "Rick Rolling" prank. The proof? A video posted on the YouTube page of a web video comedian named Paul "PauLy" Fisher.
Besides sanitizing the party affiliations of scandal-ridden Democratic politicians, one of the more blatant examples of media bias we regularly see is how the usually disturbed people who turn out for left-wing protests are routinely portrayed as normal.
There's no better way of observing this disparity than seeing uncensored reports of what lefty protests are actually like. And there's no better chronicler of these events than the anonymous blogger Zombie. You'll get a real flavor (and several laughs) of left-wing lunacy by checking out her latest report on the fifth year anniversary of the Iraq war in San Francisco.
After reading Zombie's photo essay, head over to the San Francisco Chronicle's "mainstreamed" version of the event which doesn't mention any of the communist groups, pro-terrorist factions, and violent jerks who constituted the majority of the protestors.