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‘Meet the Press’ Anchor Tim Russert Dies at 58

Veteran journalist and “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert died Friday of an apparent heart attack while recording voice-overs for Sunday’s show, according to NBC. Russert, 58, was also the network’s Washington bureau chief and had grilled politicians and public figures on “Meet the Press” since 1991.

Posted on Jun 13, 2008 READ MORE


Rush Limbaugh
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Limbaugh Is Called Out for ‘Phony Soldiers’ Remark

He’s certainly not famous for his magnanimity, but this time Rush Limbaugh’s sharp tongue seems to have gotten him into a real pickle.  The conservative radio talk show host is under fire from congressional Democrats for his recent statement that U.S. troops who oppose the war are “phony soldiers.”  Limbaugh’s ill-conceived rant also caught this active-duty soldier’s attention, judging by his blog.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


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 READ MORE


Saaed Khalifa
From AOL

Iraqis Tuning In to Their Version of ‘The Daily Show’

Baghdad’s answer to Jon Stewart (Saaed Khalifa, above) skewers both Iraqis and Americans alike in his nightly “Daily Show”-esque broadcast. A recent joke: Iraq’s Ministry of Water and Sewage changed its name to the Ministry of Sewage—because it had given up on the water part.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


John Ashcroft

Let the Eagle Soar

Former attorney general and amateur singer/songwriter John Ashcroft appeared Wednesday on “The Daily Show” to defend the president’s various abuses of power, including torture, which he characterized as stern questioning.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart
Norma Jean Roy

Study: ‘Daily Show’ as Informative as Broadcast News

It has often been said that “The Daily Show” is the major source of news for many Americans, but a recent study found the comedy program to be just as informative as nightly news broadcasts.  The only difference: While Jon Stewart and Co. dilute the news with humor, the networks fill their broadcasts with hype.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ Dissects Ney Plea

Jon Stewart digests the latest Abramoff developments, including Bob Ney’s abuse of the “drinking problem” defense: “If you’re keeping score at home, that now makes alcohol responsible for corruption, anti-Semitism and homosexual pedophilia.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Weekly collage

Weekly Video Roundup

This week’s slew of Truthdig-flavored videos includes two (gasp!) conservatives: Andrew Sullivan and Dennis Miller. Please listen to what they have to say—even if only to sharpen your debating skills. Also check out Robert Scheer on North Korea and Iran and Wolf Blitzer humiliating a GOP’er over Foleygate.

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ Nails Bush’s ‘Generals’ Excuse

When the president is asked why he refuses to change strategies in Iraq, he often says: “I listen to our generals.”  On Thursday’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart ripped apart that statement with a series of clips that showed top brass criticizing the war and the administration.

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


Lou Dobbs

CNN’s Working Class Hero

Lou Dobbs on ‘the Daily Show’ calls for a return to progressive values: “Why don’t we take on the concept that’s held the country in pretty good stead for 200 years and return to a national vision of shared burdens, shared responsibilities and shared sacrifice.”

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Dennis Miller and Jon Stewart

Dennis Miller Defends Pro-Bush Stance to Stewart

Dennis Miller tells Jon Stewart that Dick Cheney keeps the country safe; if the VP will blast his friend with a shotgun, what might he have in store for the evildoers?

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ on CNN’s Hysteria

Jon Stewart took CNN to task on Monday over the frenzied tone of its North Korea nuclear test coverage.  With little to offer in the way of fact and 24 hours of programming to fill, the news network turned instead to conjecture and doomsday prophecy, prompting this observation from Stewart: “CNN:  It’s 99.9 percent what they don’t know.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Bush's comma

Stewart Unloads on Bush’s ‘Comma’ Remark

Bush’s remark about the current bloodshed in Iraq simply representing a “comma” in the country’s history is fast becoming infamous. Stewart has a hilarious take on where, exactly, we might find that comma….

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Stewart and Rummy
From Comedy Central

Study: ‘Daily Show’ as Substantive as Network News

That’s the conclusion of a professor at Indiana University who analyzed coverage of the 2004 presidential conventions. Of course, that’s not necessarily saying much.  The study noted: Network news shows are filled with fluff.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Foley

Stewart Lampoons GOP’s Harboring of Foley

Newt Gingrich says House leadership would have been accused of gay-bashing had it aggressively addressed Mark Foley’s misdeeds.  On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart snapped back: “And by the way, equating a 52-year-old congressman who preys on 16-year-olds with being gay may be one reason the GOP is accused of gay-bashing.”

Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


James McGreevey

Gay Governor’s ‘Confession’

Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, who stepped down after he was outed in 2004, speaks to Jon Stewart about his new book and how living in the closet prepared him for the duplicity of politics.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart and Geneva convention

Stewart Rips Bush’s Torture Plan

When Bush asserts that the Geneva Convention is vague, because it prohibits “outrages upon human dignity,” the host of “The Daily Show” tees off.

Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


Pervez Musharraf

Tea and Twinkies With Musharraf

Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf stopped by “The Daily Show” on Tuesday for some American delicacies and a candid discussion of the war on terror, including the Bush administration’s strong-arm diplomacy and his contemplation of war with America.

When Jon Stewart asked Musharraf who would win a Pakistani election, George Bush or Osama Bin Laden, the general shot back: “They’ll both lose miserably.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

Stewart Rips Cable News for Clinton Coverage

“The Daily Show” host spanks most cable news outlets for focusing on anything except the substance of Bill Clinton’s Fox News interview. Watch it

  • For example: MSNBC focuses in on the fact that Clinton’s sock was showing during the interview.

  • Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Stewart Mocks O’Reilly’s Al Qaeda Claim

    The “Daily Show” pokes fun at Bill O’Reilly’s recent bragging that Al Qaeda has him on a hit list.  As Jon Stewart points out: “I don’t know if you’ve seen the Al Qaeda tapes, um…we’re kind of all on the hit list.”

    Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Clinton

    Stewart Probes Clinton for Hillary?s Weakness

    Bill Clinton made an appearance on ?The Daily Show? Monday to share the heartwarming work of his Clinton Global Initiative, but the climax of the interview was much more fun.  Jon Stewart put the former president on the ?seat of heat? and asked: ?Mr. President, Hillary Clinton may be running for president.  If so, what is the key to defeating her??

    Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


    John Oliver

    John Oliver?s American Odyssey

    The “Daily Show?s” ?foreigner? correspondent, John Oliver, reports from the front lines of the immigration debate, sharing his own harrowing experience: ?Jon, like billions of other unfortunate people in the world, I was tragically born not American.?

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Gary Hart

    ‘Daily Show’: Gary Hart’s Manifesto

    Former presidential candidate and national security expert Gary Hart appeared on “The Daily Show” Tuesday to pitch his new book, “The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats.”  Evoking giants like Roosevelt and Kennedy, Hart challenged the wisdom of playing it safe and took a stab at the centrism so popular among Democrats in recent years.

    Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Matt Lauer and President Bush

    Lauer Challenges Bush on Torture, CIA Prisons

    NBC host Matt Lauer confronts President Bush on a fundamental apparent inconsistency in his interrogation policy: If it’s legal, why are we doing it in secret CIA prisons abroad? Cornered, Bush doesn’t answer straight. Watch the fireworks.

    Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


    video round up

    Weekly Video Roundup

    In this week’s edition of the best Truthdig-flavored videos: Bush makes a stunning statement on Iraq’s connection with 9/11; a black “Daily Show” reporter rails on Republicans for not being racist enough; and Ann Coulter gets her comeuppance.

    Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Stewart and Rockey

    The Un-Sheehan

    Jon Stewart plays up the irony when a Katrina survivor drives from Louisiana to Washington, D.C., for an unsolicited meeting with President Bush. The contrast with Cindy Sheehan is hilarious. Watch it.

    Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Larry Wilmore

    Black ?Daily Show? Reporter: GOP’ers Aren’t Racist Enough

    Jon Stewart?s “senior black correspondent” Larry Wilmore said that Republicans like Tony Snow and Va. Sen. George Allen are giving real racists like Strom Thurmond a bad name.

    Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Reza Aslan

    CBS Islam Analyst to Stewart: We’re Losing a Marketing Campaign to Cave Dwellers

    In an interview with Jon Stewart, author and CBS News analyst Reza Aslan called America?s war on terror a ?marketing campaign,? and then wondered aloud, ?Now, how the United States is losing a marketing campaign to people who live in caves….? (Watch it)

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    video round-up

    Weekly Video Roundup

    Check out the best of this week’s Truthdig-flavored videos. In this installment: Joe Scarborough asks “Is Bush an ?idiot??? Jon Stewart mocks RNC Chair Ken Mehlman’s new “Adapt and Win” talking points; Va. Sen. George Allen steps in a heaping pile of “macaca,” and more….

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah rebuilds

    ‘Daily Show’—Hezbollah’s Next Project: Rebuilding New Orleans

    “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver reports that the militant organization has had so much success rebuilding Lebanon that it’s eager to take on the reconstruction of New Orleans. Louisiana residents are hopeful. Hey, at least Hezbollah’s not FEMA.

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Stewart Mocks Media for JonBenet Speculation

    The “Daily Show” host reminds us why news networks had no trouble indulging in another round of wild speculation regarding the 6-year-old girl’s unsolved killing: For the media, JonBenet is known as ? oxygen.

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Rob Corddry

    Corddry: Unsure if Allen?s Racism Helps or Hurts Him

    Jon Stewart asked “Daily Show” correspondent Rob Corddry if Virginia Sen. George Allen had damaged his image by using a racial slur to describe a young campaign worker. Corddry: ?I don’t know what ?macaque? means, but it sure as sh—sounds racist. And John, here in Virginia, I’m still not sure if that helps or hurts a guy.?

    Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Jack Kingston

    ‘Daily Show’ Probes GOP Rep?s ?Pimp Tax?

    Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) wants to impose penalties on pimps who don?t file W-2 forms for their prostitutes. But “Daily Show” correspondent Dan Bakkedahl asks, ?Instead of a tax on pimps, why not a rebate on hoes??

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Rob Corddry

    Pre-Cease-Fire Fighting Was Like Bachelor Party, Corddry Says

    “Daily Show” correspondent Rob Corddry does a hilarious take on Israel’s and Hezbollah’s seemingly inexplicable burst of violent fighting in anticipation of the cease-fire. Also, his sendup of United Nations peacekeepers is riotously funny.

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Daily Show on propaganda

    Stewart Mocks RNC Chair’s ‘Adapt and Win’ Makeover

    Watch Jon Stewart tear down Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman?s attempt to sell America on the outright lie that GOP?ers aren?t for ?staying the course? in Iraq ? rather, they?re out to ?adapt and win.?
    Stewart: Yeah, what a—hole said “stay the course”?
    [As videos of Bush saying just that fill the screen]

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Daily Show

    Stewart Skewers Joe ?Loserman?

    The “Daily Show” opened Wednesday with coverage of Ned Lamont?s victory over the man Jon Stewart referred to as ?Joe Loserman.?  After playing a clip of Lieberman?s concession speech where the senator said the game was only half over, and the Lamont team was just ahead, Stewart shot back, ?Perhaps I could, uh, offer my own, uh, sports comparison, if you will.  There was a game, and you lost.?

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Williams and Stewart

    Stewart Quizzes Brian Williams Over Lebanon, Katie Couric

    “The Daily Show” host asked the NBC newsman, just back from Lebanon, whether anything there seemed manufactured for show. Williams’ story about Hezbollah rockets put that to rest. The two also sparred over CBS’ Katie Couric, who will soon be nipping at Williams’ heels.

  • Transcript (with link to video)
  • Video

  • Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Stewart Nails Condi on ‘Hypothetical’ Hypocrisy

    Jon Stewart presided over a mock game show on Tuesday, during which he played highlights of Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Alberto Gonzales contradicting themselves and refusing to answer the simplest of questions.

    Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


    video collage

    Truthdig Weekly Video Roundup

    Check out a collection of the best Truthdig-flavored video clips of the past week. Featuring: Hillary Clinton’s smack-down of Donald Rumsfeld; Jon Stewart on Mel Gibson media coverage; a head-banging Ted Stevens music video, and more…

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Daily Show covers the coverage of the rapture

    ‘Daily Show’: Rapture Watch 2006

    Jon Stewart had a roundup Thursday of a bizarre recent trend: Armageddon ?news? coverage.  Behold this montage of shame, in which every TV news outlet from ?Good Morning America? to MSNBC seemed to make an appearance.  CNN, in its quest for fact, checked something called a ?rapture index,? while Fox News demanded a rapture timetable, prompting Stewart to comment, ?That?s the timetable Fox News is demanding we have.”

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart on Bush's wieght-gain

    Stewart to President: ?I Give Up.  You?re F—-ing Insane?

    After Tony Snow announced the results of Bush?s recent physical, “The Daily Show? host seized the opportunity to mock the president?s weight gain. But when Bush, in a speech, began talking about eating crabs with the 1972 Miami Dolphins, Stewart decided that the president had, finally, gone off the deep end.

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart interviews Vali Nasr

    Jon Stewart’s Plan for Peace in the Middle East

    During an interview with Vali Nasr on Tuesday, “The Daily Show” host grew frustrated with the increasing violence in the Middle East and offered his own plan for peace in the region.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Rob Courdry

    Rob Courdry Takes On Hamas Summer Camp

    “Daily Show” correspondent Rob Courdry shines a biting satirical spotlight on the terrorist group Hamas’ summer camp in Gaza, where “Palestinian children gather in mosques for religious education and paramilitary training.” Apparently, for Gaza children with special needs, there’s also a religious education and paramilitary training fat camp.

  • Read the S.F. Chronicle story behind this satire.

  • Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Sen. Stevens Open to ‘Daily Show’ Appearance

    The Alaska senator whom Jon Stewart (and much of the world) has mocked mercilessly for his infamous “series of tubes” diatribe on Internet fundamentals, says he’d consider appearing on “The Daily Show” to defend himself. Stewart has yet to extend the offer….

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    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 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart_CNN

    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 READ MORE


    Bush-Merkel massage
    From Comedy Central

    Jon Stewart’s Sexual Bush-Merkel Joke Not So Outlandish Anymore…

    On last night’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart joked that we were lucky Bush’s “open mike” didn’t pick him up “pointing out some Merkel camel toe,” a lewd sexual reference to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. However, in light of Bush’s just publicized unsolicited massage of Merkel, Stewart is looking prophetic all of a sudden.

    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


    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 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Stewart Rips Sean Hannity and Robert Novak

    “The Daily Show” host pointed out the hypocrisy in Sean Hannity’s double standard on the ethics of leaking classified information, and slammed Robert Novak for making light of destroying CIA agent Valerie Plame’s career.

    Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Tom Cruise lampooned on
    From E! Online

    ‘South Park’ Scientology/Tom Cruise Spoof Rejoins Lineup

    The Emmy-nominated episode that lampooned Tom Cruise and his Scientology beliefs will rejoin the rotation on Comedy Central, nearly four months after the network yanked it, reportedly under pressure from Cruise himself…. (more)

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


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