Topics in this episode (filmed before McCain news): Barack Obama hires an old JFK speechwriter, Hillary Clinton campaign hits financial trouble, U.S. Latino population expected to triple by 2050, NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg says "threat" of global warming just as bad as terrorism, and a musical version of "Fight Club?"
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Some of the topics in today's episode: Mitt Romney advising John McCain on immigration? Liberal scientists endorse McCain, Chris Matthews almost cries at the idea of Obama losing to Hillary Clinton.
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OK, it was probably just a Freudian slip by someone with the Potomac Primary on the noggin. But perhaps big-government loving MSNBC should consider it as its official new sign-off. In any case, here's how David Gregory said goodbye at 3:59 PM ET at the end of his stint as network host this afternoon:
DAVID GREGORY: That's going to do it for me. My colleague Norah O'Donnell will take over our coverage. I'm David Gregory, thanks for Washington. Thanks for watching, rather. Stay with MSNBC -- all day coverage of Chesapeake Tuesday. Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews will host coverage of the returns. That's at 6 o'clock PM tonight Eastern, only on MSNBC, the place for politics. Have a good afternoon.
Topics in this episode: Barack Obama questions the legitimacy of Hillary Clinton's loan to herself, Saudis arrest an American woman for sitting next to a man at Starbucks, Motley Crue's Vince Neil turns 47 and Bush Derangement syndrome at the University of Massachusetts.
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Topics in this episode: NewsBusted hits #1 comedy video, Clinton and Obama discuss teaming up, moviegoers report dizziness from "Cloverfield," Bill and Hillary Clinton injecting race into campaign, Britney Spears news coverage adds $120 mil to economy.
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On the Monday "Today" show co-host Ann Curry was breaking down the delegate counts for each Super Tuesday state with NBC's political director Chuck Todd but when it came to finding Barack Obama's home state of Illinois on the map, Curry pointed to Minnesota instead.
The following exchange occurred on the February 4 "Today" show:
ANN CURRY: Okay let's talk about the home states because we've got Illinois--
No one ever said the maker of "Family Guy" was a classy guy. Seth MacFarlane recently profaned Carnegie Hall, as TV Squad reported: "On a night when Seth MacFarlane's mother is willing to come onstage and in exchange for her son paying off one of her credit cards, she'll say, 'Suck my dick, Carnegie Hall,' you know anything is possible."
I only bring this up because MacFarlane's offered the same profane invitation to our sister organization the Parents Television Council, as well as equating them with Hitler. In his culture column this week, Brent Bozell ponders that, and MacFarlane's hateful leftist politics, including suggesting on his little cartoon that Christian conservatives hate "brown people." Give it a look:
The Washington Post is paying due diligence to one of Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani's accomplishments as mayor of the Big Apple: cleaning up 42nd Street from its seedy adult-oriented businesses.
Ah, but the adult video stores and strip clubs just moved a few blocks over, the Washington Post's Keith B. Richburg reminds us in his January 29 article. Richburg made sure he took an inside look at the matter, interviewing an exotic dancer while she was, uh, working:
Topics in this show: John McCain and Hillary Clinton get endorsements from New York Times, Bill Clinton falls asleep during MLK speech, Kucinich and Thompson drop out of presidential race, Britney Spears vs. the paparazzi.
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It's Friday which means it's time for another episode of our comedy webcast "NewsBusted." Topics in this episode: Liberal groups fail to force a withdrawal from Iraq, Nancy Pelosi's gourmet food, a new FAA report, plus Wesley Snipes and the Oscars (two nouns you'll never hear together again).
After discussing on the Washington Post website how he’s an atheist who’s enjoyed recreational drugs and who giggles at calling hemorrhoids "asteroids," Washington Post Magazine editor Gene Weingarten truly offers too much of a peek into his soul. He suggests murderous Cambodian tyrant Pol Pot and Vice President Cheney are somehow morally equivalent. Weingarten also writes a humor column in the weekly magazine, which raises this question about the Cheney-like-Pol Pot thing: Is Weingarten failing at being a humorist? Or is he really lost in a bottomless pit of moral obtuseness?
Believe it or not, the line about Cheney surfaces in a discussion about peevish people who get extremely angry over bumper scratches on their cars:
Money talks: Maybe people don't want their cars scratched because they want to trade them in or sell them someday. A few scratches or dings can take hundreds of dollars off the re-sale value of a car. Someone leaning their seat back will not cost you hundreds of dollars. You are wrong on this one. I don't hit bumpers and I partially recline my seat on airplanes, this does not make me a bad person.
Gene Weingarten: Yep, the reclining does make you a bad person. Not evil like Pol Pot or Dick Cheney, but inconsiderate.
Catching up: Picking up on Chris Matthews' New Hampshire primary night suggestion (reported that evening on NewsBusters) -- that if pollsters called with an “Archie Bunker voice” they'd “get a more honest answer” -- last week's Weekly Standard magazine's “Parody” page conjured up an imaginary memo to pollsters advising them to mimic the voice of actor Carroll O'Connor's character. Amongst the suggested articulations presented to Zogby International staffers polling South Carolina voters:
Hey! How ya doin'? I'm callin' from th Zogby people, ya know, dem poll guys?...
So, this Clinton dame -- whew! Whaddaya think o' the piano legs on that broad, huh? She's a piece o' work, that senator o' mine, lemme tell ya. I can see why that husband o' hers thinks he's gotta dip his pen in the company inkwell, as we used to say. You gonna vote for her?...
Well, OK, my missus tells me it's time we had a woman President. But I tell her, those Ay-rabs better not start sendin' missiles over this way when it's Hillary's time o' the month, right?...
They got this Maback Bommarama, or Bamak Omarosa, or whatever his name is -- ya know, the colored guy with the big ears -- I mean, c'mon -- you're not gonna actually vote for de guy, are you?... [Reprint below]
Topics in this episode: Democrats' race war in '08 primaries, Romney takes Nevada, MSNBC acknowledges moonbat Keith Olbermann's influence, the new Rambo movie, and more!
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It's Friday which means another episode of our comedy webcast "NewsBusted!" Topics in this show include rumors of Mike Bloomberg entering the presidential race, insane allegations about Halliburton assassinating Barack Obama, and Hannah Montana's body double.
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It's Friday which means another episode of our comedy show "NewsBusted!" Topics in this show: Dennis Kucinich's campaign strategies, a new pill for women's libidos, and political division in Jesse Jackson's family. Click the "Play" icon to the right on the video to watch.
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If things don't work out for Hillary with this presidential thing, she can always do stand-up out in LA. Or not. If you didn't catch her side-splitter on last night's Letterman, you can view it here, as rebroadcast on MSNBC this morning.
For those taking nitrates who might not want to risk a sudden drop in blood pressure by watching the clip, here's the text of Hillary's rib tickler:
Dave has been off the air for eight long weeks because of the writers' strike. Tonight he's back. Oh well. All good things come to an end.
The PC guy finally wins one! No, we're not cheering for political correctness here. I'm talking about those ads for Macintosh computers where the cool Mac guy always gets the better of the frumpy PC fellow.
When two college political leaders out in Iowa appeared on the Good Morning America screen today, I immediately suspected a set-up. I couldn't help but think that ABC had intentionally staged the political equivalent of the Mac ads, with the Dem as the Apple dude and the Republican cast as PC guy.
In the screencap, that's Atul Nakhasi, head of the U. of Iowa Dems, on the left and Greg Baker, Chairman of the U. of Iowa Republicans, on the right. Now, Nakhasi acquitted himself perfectly well, but as the segment unfolded it soon became clear that Baker was the star of this show.
View the video here, and enjoy Baker's good-humor and easy articulation.
Is America ready to be led by a New Age pundit? There's been much scrutiny of the respective religions of Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. But do we need to reconsider Maureen Dowd's fitness for op-ed office in light of her revelation that she has apparently embraced New Age spirituality, even undergoing a New Age "exorcism" complete with swinging crystal?
I kept waiting for Dowd to say it was all a joke -- but she never did. Her column of today, "Am I a Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon?", describes her experience, conducted by one Faith Green: "a pretty, curvy 31-year-old green-eyed blonde, [who] says she has studied tribal shamanism, rolfing, Pilates, tango, movement and stretching."
How quiet is it Chez Finkelstein on Christmas morning? Quiet enough that I actually resorted to my HBO on Demand re-run channel and decided to check out a two-minute Def Comedy short. I wasn't looking for trouble, let alone grist for the NB mill. But here's what turned up. A comedian named Patrice O'Neal. And these were the very first words out of his mouth: