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William Shatner: Envirophiliac

Capt. Kirk is climbing a mountain. Why? “Because I’m in love.” There isn’t much to say about this inexplicable display of environmental arousal except this: If Bill Shatner loves the environment, so should you.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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New Obama Health Care Ad Looks Familiar

The president’s political organization held a health reform video challenge that brought in more than 1,000 entries. The winner is pretty effective, but it’s also pretty familiar.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Deep Presidential Bowing (in Bed)

President Barack Obama clearly brought great shame upon his nation by taking a deep bow from the waist during his recent visit to Japan. This ill-conceived gesture undoubtedly revealed that he’s weaker than Karl Rove’s chin—and that was even before he got to China.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Modern Combat 3’—We Can Hardly Wait

The new “Call of Duty” video game took in a cool $310 million on the day it launched, thanks partly to “heart-racing action,” as the developer put it. According to the satire masters at the Onion, the next version—yawn—is already in the works.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: 9/11 Trial; Obama’s Afghani-Standoff

Does the planned trial of the five alleged 9/11 plotters (including oft-referenced “mastermind” Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) represent a partisan issue? “Left, Right & Center” mainstay Tony Blankley thinks so, but his left-leaning counterpart, Robert Scheer, begs to differ on this week’s show. Also: What’s with all the deliberation about Afghanistan?

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Stewart

‘Daily Show’: Hannity’s Apocalyptic Apology

Having caught wind that Fox Newser Sean Hannity was going to take a moment on his show to issue an apology to Jon Stewart for using older tea-party rally footage in a recent story, the host of “The Daily Show” was looking forward to hearing an admission of how the Fox folks subscribe to the network’s methodology, aka “the subtle altering of reality to sell a preconceived narrative.” That didn’t quite happen.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Cartman as Beck

The Socialist Threat Comes to ‘South Park’

The twisted minds behind “South Park” have taken notice of the Glenn Beck style of casting doubt and judgment on certain prominent public leaders via guilt-by-association word games, and now Cartman’s taking a page from Beck’s playbook. Is any American elementary school really safe from the scourge of socialism?

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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‘Daily Show’: Cold Busted, Sean Hannity

“The Daily Show” has one eagle-eyed research team, judging by its consistent practice of catching the colorful pundits of Fox News in their most fact-challenged moments. Take this latest Fox pas, courtesy of Sean Hannity’s show, which Jon Stewart pointed out on his own show Tuesday night.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Google privacy village

The Onion: Is Anyone Safe From Google?

Worried about the info-hungry beast that is Google going after your personal details with grabby-handed glee, greedily harvesting private information about your tastes, desires, shopping habits and geographical location with impunity? There is a way out, in the form of a remote mountain village sealed off from the world.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Sesame Street

‘Sesame Street’ Turns 40

On Tuesday, producers and fans of “Sesame Street” marked the 40th birthday of the super-popular children’s program—the most researched show in TV history—in New York City. Big Bird and friends were on hand for the festivities, of course.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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