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Bush and schoolchildren

Fox News Drags Kids Into Faux Obama Conspiracy Theories

The folks at Fox News are outraged after seeing a clip of some New Jersey school kids singing President Obama’s praises and have handily spun the story into yet another sign of the Obama administration’s relentless indoctrination of unsuspecting Americans everywhere. Problem is, there’s similar footage to be found of schoolchildren doing the same for George W. Bush.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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Bustin’ the Mainstream Media’s Balls

While Sean Hannity and others at Fox manipulate the news, MSNBC develops a Limbaugh hangup and CNN goes Twitter slap-happy. Ah, the wonders of news coverage in the mainstream media! Check out last night’s clip of “The Daily Show” and watch Jon Stewart dissect just how these anchors “report” the news.

Posted on Jun 9, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Hannity

Olbermann Offers Hannity $1K per Second to Be Waterboarded

So, Sean Hannity told Charles Grodin on Wednesday night that he would agree to be waterboarded “for charity”—and you’d better believe that that sort of talk wasn’t lost on Keith Olbermann. On Thursday’s “Countdown,” Olbermann upped the ante for Hannity’s date with “enhanced interrogation techniques” by offering to open his own pocketbook for the cause.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Maddow and Letterman

Maddow on the Economy, Olbermann’s Giant Head

MSNBC’s resident smartypants, Rachel Maddow, paid a visit to “Late Night With David Letterman” on Monday to guesstimate the size of Keith Olbermann’s coconut, describe her rise to the heights of punditry and opine about how Wall Street is like a bumper-car ring.

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Cramer and Stewart
comedycentral.com

CNBC Does Damage Control After Stewart-Cramer Showdown

CNBC and sister cabler MSNBC promoted Jim Cramer’s appearance on “The Daily Show” last week, but that was before he was soundly trounced by Jon Stewart. After the fact, CNBC and its affiliate networks haven’t exactly been playing highlight clips in heavy rotation, and some industry types believe that damage may have been done to the financial network’s reputation.

Posted on Mar 14, 2009 READ MORE


Maddow

Bobby Jindal’s Speech Renders Rachel Maddow Speechless

If you didn’t catch it already, take a look at MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow’s reaction to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s disastrous speech Tuesday night. This is what is known as good television.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Matthews

Who Dares Defy King Rush?

Chris Matthews dares GOP strategist Todd Harris to say something negative about Rush Limbaugh. He can’t, which leads the “Hardball” host to wonder whether anyone in the GOP is willing to risk Rush’s ire.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



radaronline.com

TV News Makes TV Look Bad

A survey of stimulus coverage by Media Matters has found that watching TV news may actually shrink your brain. Well, that’s not fair, but it certainly won’t teach you much about stimulating the economy. That’s because the personalities that populate the airwaves—and not just Fox News—are given license to repeat untruths over and over again.

Posted on Feb 9, 2009 READ MORE


Matthews
daisysdeadair.blogspot.com

No Senate Run for Matthews

The U.S. Senate is safe from “Hardball” host Chris Matthews—at least for now. Matthews will stay put on the media-specific side of the political arena instead of making a bid for a Senate seat in his home state of Pennsylvania, as suggested by the recent scuttlebutt about him.

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE


Burris

Burris: ‘We Don’t Need This Distraction’

Roland Burris tells MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow he’d rather not have a media circus swirling around his controversial appointment. But that’s what is shaping up as he moves to claim a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Posted on Jan 6, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Is MSNBC the New Fox News?

As the current president and president-elect prepare for a major baton-passing on Jan. 20, cable TV is undergoing its own changing of the guard. How will Fox News handle the transition? Is MSNBC taking its place?

Posted on Dec 2, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Olbermann on 'The View'

Shock!: Olbermann Doesn’t Vote

MSNBC’s pugnacious pundit Keith Olbermann dropped in on “The View” on Monday, where he rattled his gaggle of lady-hosts with his announcement that he doesn’t vote as a “symbolic gesture.” Hold on to your mug there, Keith!

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Olbermann
rockthetruth.blogspot.com

MSNBC Slammed by Media Execs

There wasn’t a whole lot of love in the room for cable news channel MSNBC during a luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday for television executives and actors from both ends of the political spectrum.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann to McCain: Suspend Your Campaign

Keith Olbermann took time on “Countdown” Tuesday night for a “Special Comment” about the outbreak of hostility toward Barack Obama at recent McCain-Palin rallies, holding John McCain directly responsible for stirring up the crowds. “These people are speaking for you,” Olbermann insisted.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Keith Olbermann

Olbermann Turns the Tables on Palin

If guilt-by-association is a game Sarah Palin wants to play, Keith Olbermann is more than happy to go head-to-head. Rev. Muthee, the witch vanquisher, anyone? How about secessionist Joe Vogler?

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Obama on Death and Taxes

Keith Olbermann began the second part of his interview with Barack Obama with a tale of two conservatives: “One guy who makes about $40,000 a year said, ‘Ask him why he’s going to raise my taxes.’  Another guy makes about a million dollars a year, said, ‘Ask him why he’s going to raise my taxes.’ ”

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN



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McCain Cries Bias, Forgets About Fox

While MSNBC reshuffles its anchor chairs, thanks in part to criticism from rival media outlets and a certain presidential candidate, Fox News continues to be a loudmouth right-wing spin factory. Is it a case of the boy who cried “terrorist,” or is there a double standard for Murdoch’s media empire? Truthdig contributor Elliot Cohen has more.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE



nymag.com

MSNBC Revises Roles of Olbermann, Matthews

Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews will no longer anchor MSNBC’s coverage of major political events, but will instead provide analysis for the network’s David Gregory, who will sit in the anchor’s chair. The network was under pressure, both internal and external, to rein in its two leading men, whose politics are well known. Olbermann himself initiated the move.

Posted on Sep 7, 2008 READ MORE


Peggy Noonan on Palin: ‘It’s Over’

The hot mike phenomenon continues to yield fruit. Here Peggy Noonan and former McCain strategist Mike Murphy lament the Palin pick, while they think no one is listening. As Taegan Goddard points out, Noonan contradicts her own column with the statement, “It’s over.” Update 2: Noonan strikes back

Posted on Sep 3, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Olbermann and Matthews

Olbermann to AP Journo: ‘Find New Work’

Although the story was corrected later, the first version of AP writer Charles Babington’s critique of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night contained at least one technical error and other potential discrepancies that some analysts, such as MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, considered to be off-base, to put it mildly.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


News for Dummies

This election cycle has seen no shortage of inane non-scandals and mock outrage, but the dimwitted fracas over Gen. Wesley Clark’s comments is a particularly grievous example. With Fox News leading the way, the cable channels have been competing to see who can get it wrong the loudest.

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


A Farewell to the ‘Hillary Nutcracker’ and Other Obscenities

What is more frustrating? The sexism Hillary Clinton had to endure, or that so many were oblivious to it?

Posted on May 12, 2008 READ MORE


Matthews vs. McNulty

If television is the nation’s mirror, then no two TV characters reflect the intensifying “two Americas” gap better than Chris Matthews and “The Wire’s” Jimmy McNulty.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Chuck Todd

MSNBC ‘Calls’ the Race for Obama

NBC political director Chuck Todd, basking in hypotheticals, repeatedly explains that, while it simply isn’t done, “if we called things like this ... you would say, ‘OK, the pledged delegate count is over.’ ” Guess which of the candidates featured this video on his YouTube channel?

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Barack Obama
AP photo / Charlie Neibergall

Blame It on the Media

With the so-called scandal over Barack Obama’s “bitter” comment, the media have once again abandoned impartiality and become active participants in the race for the White House.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Dan Abrams

Rush Runs Onto Shaky Ground

Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” is meant to throw the Democrats into disarray by keeping their primary race close, but according to MSNBC’s Dan Abrams, it just might be illegal.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


hillary and barack
thepage.time.com

Twenty Debates Later

There have been 20 debates between the Democratic candidates, three featuring only Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and if this final confrontation had any game-changing potential, the opportunity has come and passed. There were a few tense moments, to be sure, but no gaffes, no inappropriate sighs to puzzle over, just two people who claim to like each other and largely agree on everything.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


Chris Matthews
youtube.com

Chris Matthews Apologizes for Hillary Comment

The “Hardball” host is known for being outspoken, but apparently even he thinks he can go too far. Chris Matthews has apologized for suggesting that Hillary Clinton’s political success stemmed from having an unfaithful husband.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE


Kucinich
bp1.blogspot.com

Court Rules Against Kucinich

Rep. Dennis Kucinich just can’t catch a break in Nevada. First NBC invited him to its debate there, then told him to stay away. A court intervened and said he could appear, but then just an hour before the event, the Nevada Supreme Court decided that NBC could bar Kucinich.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


Kucinich
msnbc.msn.com

Kucinich Uninvited to MSNBC Debate

Talk about bad manners—MSNBC had just broken the mold of recent Democratic debates by inviting Rep. Dennis Kucinich to Tuesday’s debate in Las Vegas when, less than 48 hours later, network brass decided to change their qualification criteria and informed Kucinich he wasn’t welcome after all. Updated

Posted on Jan 14, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee

Huckabee Denies Subliminal Cross

Mike Huckabee tells MSNBC that the prominent floating cross in his Christmas ad was pure coincidence, although he immediately loses credibility points with a series of canned jokes.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Olbermann

Olbermann: Bush Either ‘Pathological Presidential Liar’ or ‘Idiot-in-Chief’

Not one to mince words, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann ripped into President Bush for beating the WWIII war drums about Iran months after the gist of the NIE report on Iran was known to the White House:  “It is the nightmare scenario of political science fiction: a critical juncture in our history and ... a president manifestly unfit to serve and, behind him in the vice presidency, an unapologetic warmonger who has long been seeing a world visible only to himself.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Lt. Bourne and son

Olbermann on the Best Way to Support Our Troops

Try not to mist up during this clip of two young boys being surprised at their Virginia elementary school by their father, Lt. Thomas Bourne.  As Keith Olbermann opines, the best way to support our troops is to “make sure that that kind of homecoming is what each of them and their families have earned.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Clinton Camp Regroups After Debate Onslaught

Judging by the rallying call for support that two key members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff made to supporters following Tuesday’s debate in Philadelphia, Team Hillary is well aware that she has had better debating moments—and that her rivals will continue to pile on in coming weeks.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Kucinich and Clinton

New Hampshire Debate

Yes, they’ve done battle before, but who can get enough of these kooky Democrats with their healthcare plans and their distaste for Bush? Ladies and gentlemen, here they are, your Democratic candidates. ...

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Olbermann

Let It Be Known That Keith Olbermann’s Not Havin’ It

President Bush’s criticism of MoveOn.org’s “General Betray Us” ad and the “Democrat Party” provoked this barrage of verbiage from MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who slams Bush for “behaving a little bit more than usual like we’d all interrupted him while he was watching his favorite cartoons on the DVR. ... ”

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Kucinich

AFL/CIO Debate Roundup

Miss Tuesday night’s AFL-CIO Democratic debate?  Or just want to relive the magic?  Well, either way, you’re in luck—John Harrison at TheLargestMinority.com has put together a blow-by-blow video montage and summary for your viewing and reading pleasure.  Go to the inside page to check it all out.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Straight Talk From Moore on Olbermann’s ‘Countdown’

Keith Olbermann and Michael Moore move the “SiCKO” discussion into the meaningful hows and whens of fixing the system by shooting past the CNN media controversy.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


MSNBC Anchor

MSNBC Anchor Refuses to Cover Paris Hilton

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski strenuously objected to covering Paris Hilton’s legal woes as a lead story, so much so that when her producer (and the teleprompter) refused to budge, she first tried to burn, then tore and shredded the copy. Here she explains her revolt: “I just don’t believe in covering that story, especially not as the lead story in a newscast when you have a day like today.”

Posted on Jul 2, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


anchor

Something Happened in Haiti

This parody from the Onion challenges the assumption that 24 hours of news coverage, satellite uplinks and bold graphics actually keep us more informed.

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


candidates

Front-Runners Upstaged at Democratic Debate

MSNBC just hosted the Democratic candidates in their first-ever presidential debate, and it was quite the bore. That is, except for former Sen. Mike Gravel, who stole the show with an electrifying and inspirational outburst. Update: More debate clips added.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


imus
wsno1450.net

CBS Cans Imus

Amid the furor over radio host Don Imus’ comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team last week, and following MSNBC’s decision to stop simulcasting his program on that network, CBS has decided to give him the boot from his show.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


imus
msnbc.msn.com

Welcome to the Boys’ Club

Shocking behavior from a shock jock is by definition unremarkable.  But what bothers Bill Boyarsky about Don Imus, besides his latest racist outburst, is how some mainstream journalists have become his cronies—and his defenders—in order to bask in his spotlight.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


Imus
msnbc.com

MSNBC Drops Imus

MSNBC announced it will no longer air “Imus in the Morning,” as the uproar over the radio host’s racist comment continues and several prominent sponsors withdrew advertising. CBS, which controls the radio version of Imus’ show, has not said whether it too will cancel the program or merely stick with a suspension.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 READ MORE


Chimps
jeffcohen.org

Media Critic on Why It’s Only Getting Worse

Jeff Cohen joins Truthdig to talk about life in the big media trenches, why news coverage is only getting worse, and how horse race politics and the corporatization of information are killing American democracy. Cohen was the communications director for the 2004 Dennis Kucinich campaign, founder of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, and author most recently of “Cable News Confidential” (excerpted here).

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


MSNBC Re-Signs Keith Olbermann

MSNBC has asked Keith Olbermann to stay on as the host of “Countdown” for at least four more years. The left-leaning broadcaster is the network’s golden boy, with a ratings jump of 85 percent over the last year, thanks to his unique synthesis of Edward R. Murrow-style commentary and a wicked sense of humor.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Olbermann
reportercaps.com

Olbermann Outperforms Trash Media

Keith Olbermann’s synthesis of in-depth Murrow-esque reporting and hard-hitting opinionated analysis has attracted a growing audience and turned the O’Reilly model on its head.  The Nation magazine has a profile of broadcast journalism’s rising star.

Posted on Dec 2, 2006 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann: GOP Is Biggest Terror Org in USA

The MSNBC host uses a recent GOP ad and a copy of Webster’s Dictionary to buttress his argument that the Republican Party is the largest terrorist organization in the country.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Al Franken and Tony Blankley

Franken Flays Blankley

“Air America” host Al Franken nails Washington Times editor Tony Blankley for
misleading readers about an editorial he wrote on Richard Clarke and terrorism. Blankley can only sputter.

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Maher and Scarborough

Scarborough, Maher Debate Bush’s Idiocy, Free Speech

Check out this can’t-miss two-part interview between Bill Maher and Joe Scarborough. Maher ends the first segment with a uppercut knockout punch straight to Bush’s jaw; in the second part, Bill says “the jury’s in” on the “idiot” question.

Posted on Sep 20, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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