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Blair on Lebanon

Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell challenged Tony Blair?s stance on Lebanon during the last ?Prime Minister?s Questions.?  Blair defended his government?s position regarding the conflict, despite growing pressure in Europe to take a harder line toward Israel.

Posted on Jul 25, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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Russert and Bolten

White House Endorses ‘Attack Syria’ Column

NBC’s Tim Russert grilled White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten on Sunday about an Oval Office press release that praised an L.A. Times Op-Ed calling for Israel to attack Syria. Watch as Bolten tries to prevaricate his way out of it. (h/t: Alternet, Think Progress)

Posted on Jul 24, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


?Fresh Air? Investigates Hezbollah

As the conflict in Lebanon continues to develop, Terry Gross brings context to the names in the news.  Here are two interviews by the “Fresh Air” host that offer some insight into Hezbollah.

Posted on Jul 22, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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Congressman to Colbert: ‘I Like Cocaine Because…’

What do you get when you put Stephen Colbert in a room with a congressman facing an uncontested election?  Television magic.

Posted on Jul 21, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Jon Stewart

Culture of Hypocrisy

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart seized upon Bush’s stem cell veto to explore the president’s “culture of life” inconsistencies.

Posted on Jul 21, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Colbert with The Word

Colbert Skewers Ploy Against Unions

Pseudo-pundit Stephen Colbert uses his nightly “The Word” segment to satirize labor relations.  The word is solidarity, “as in me and all my management buddies are in solidarity about hating unions.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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Stewart Slams Lebanon Coverage

“The Daily Show” host offers a roundup of Lebanon reporting and confronts the media’s seeming inability to process the crisis.

Posted on Jul 19, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Stephen Colbert

Colbert’s Middle East Proposal: Worship Miss Israel & Miss Lebanon

As violence once again wracks that troubled region, “The Colbert Report” host reminds us that the 2006 Miss Universe Pageant is this weekend. “Let’s forget about the conflict between Israel and Lebanon, and focus instead on the competition between Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Jon Stewart

Stewart Makes a Prophetic Bush-Merkel Sexual Joke

“The Daily Show” host was just being playful last night when he joked that President Bush could have been caught on the open mike talking about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “camel toe” (a lewd sexual reference). But in light of the just-publicized unsolicited massage Bush gave to Merkel, Stewart is looking prophetic all of a sudden.

Posted on Jul 17, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Bush and Blair

Open Mike Catches Bush Blaming Syria for Hezbollah Escalation

At the G8 summit for world leaders, President Bush was caught on a live microphone telling Tony Blair that he held Syria accountable for Hezbollah’s actions against Israel.
“What they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it’s over,” Bush told Blair while chewing on a buttered roll.
Important: This is not a hypocrisy alert. Bush’s unguarded statements were for the most part consistent with his public ones. But it’s still a fascinating glimpse into his manner of interaction with America’s closest ally.

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  • Best video/audio/transcript combo: CNN.com (The video link “The sh_t hear ‘round the world” in the center of the page—not linkable)

  • Blogger reaction:

  • The Carpetbagger Report: “The president often comes across as an unsophisticated simpleton in public…but incidents like this…suggest Bush is even less impressive in private.
  • Juan Cole: Bush’s comments “astonishingly simple-minded”
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    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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