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Topics in this episode: Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal, Barack Obama's controversial pastor, declining profits at the New York Times, an Olympic runner says he won't run in Beijing because of city's bad pollution, and the movie "10,000 BC."

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One of the arguments that Barack Obama has marshalled in his favor as a reason for Democrats to elect him is that he is cool and calm under pressure. He can, unlike Hillary Clinton, remain collected in the face of tough questions. Is that really true, or is it simply the fact that Obama rarely makes himself available for tough questions from the media?


Topics in this episode (taped before Spitzer prostitute story broke): Michelle Obama and the "meanness" of America, environmentalists turn to arson, Amy Winehouse, and a new wine label from rapper Lil Jon.

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Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night LiveAfter getting a huge amount of publicity for accusing the media elite of being "in the tank for Obama," the popular NBC show "Saturday Night Live" is trying now to combat allegations that it is biased in favor of Hillary Clinton. Matea Gold of the Los Angeles Times reports:

Executive producer Lorne Michaels has long maintained that the show risks its comedy credentials if it appears partisan. So he is troubled by the recent chatter that the venerable late-night program has exhibited a pro- Hillary Clinton bent.

"That's a major concern," Michaels said. "I can assure you that there's no agenda, that there's only a reaction to what's going in the world."


Remember all those stories during Monicagate about how being a serial philandering president might not necessarily be a bad thing? NBC's Bob Faw captured that zeitgeist, saying in 1998 that actually, Bill Clinton was in very good company.

"It might put Mr. Clinton’s conduct with a certain intern in a different light," he said, referring to allegations by liberal historians that Jefferson had sexual relations with his slave Sally Hemings. "After all, if Bill Clinton’s favorite President could end up on Mount Rushmore and the $2 dollar bill despite being sexually active with a subordinate [...] it does reveal another self-evident truth: that heroes, even Presidents, aren’t saints. They’re flesh and blood."

With that "journalism" in mind, it makes you wonder how liberal reporters would have covered the shenanigans of Eliot Spitzer had the New York Democratic governor decided to fight back instead of resigning. Luckily for the record, a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter named Fay Flam provided us with a perfect example of how it might have been. She begins:


It's not often you see Jon Stewart's left-leaning "Daily Show" make segments satirizing sacred cows of the left so enjoy this rare one starring fake correspondent Rob Riggle, a former active duty Marine, who went to Berkeley, California to cover the protests launched by left-wingers against a Marine recruiting center:

Hat tip to Allah


Topics in this episode: Hillary Clinton gains back some much-needed momentum and also complains it's harder to run for president as a female than as a minority male. Barack Obama on the Sermon on the Mount, Ron Paul finally moves to drop his campaign for president and more!

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Hitting what is likely to be a media refrain in the general election, Bloomberg News Service reporter Heidi Przybyla dredged up the outdated "Archie Bunker" character to imply that white people who refuse to support Barack Obama do so out of racial animus.

"Barack Obama is having trouble with Archie Bunker. [...] The state's white voters aren't 'bigots, but the image they see every day of black America is drugs, crime, guns and violence," she begins, quoting a Cleveland-area Obama supporter.

They're not racists of course. Although reading Przybyla's story you'd be hard-pressed to think otherwise:


Topics in today's "NewsBusted" episode: John McCain and the Panama question, Barack Obama's wardrobe malfunction, ABC fakes anti-Islamic hatred, and Nicholas Cage getting in trouble with the IRS.

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What is it about humor? It seems inevitable now. Whenever one of our NewsBusted episodes gets popular, it inevitably attracts left-wing haters who get enraged that something poking fun at their sacred cows is allowed to even exist at all.


Topics in today's show: Protestors plan to demonstrate at the political party conventions, Hillary Clinton says Barack Obama doesn't have enough international experience and says the media are biased against her. Also mentioned: Jay Leno and pop singer Rihanna.

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This one is just too funny not to post. On his show last night, Larry King had pop singer Janet Jackson for the whole hour. At the end, he decided he wanted to learn one of her dance moves. What happened is in the video below:

Hat tip: Seton Motley


Topics in this episode: Polls show Americans are more optimistic, Chelsea Clinton says she won't move back to the White House, Chicago paper devotes entire section to Barack Obama, and Ted Danson tries to stop "overfishing."

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The New York Times's attempt to insinuate a romantic relationship between John McCain and a lobbyist has apparently backfired. In a poll released today by Rasmussen Reports, the American public holds a strongly negative view of the story and of the paper that released it:

Just 24% of American voters have a favorable opinion of the New York Times. Forty-four percent (44%) have an unfavorable opinion and 31% are not sure. The paper’s ratings are much like a candidate’s and divide sharply along partisan and ideological lines.

By a 50% to 18% margin, liberal voters have a favorable opinion of the paper. By a 69% to 9%, conservative voters offer an unfavorable view. The newspaper earns favorable reviews from 44% of Democrats, 9% of Republicans, and 17% of those not affiliated with either major political story.


Bill CunninghamBill Cunningham, the Ohio talk radio host whose remarks about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama were deemed too "caustic" by the nation's media and John McCain is speaking out against the Arizona senator now.

"John McCain threw me under a bus -- under the Straight Talk Express," he told CNN in an interview, referring to McCain's pretentiously named campaign bus.

Cunningham also said that he regretted the fact that McCain was on track to become the Republican nominee.


Tuesday night's Democratic debate brought an unexpected political analogy to mind: Hillary Clinton has become Bob Dole.

That point became eminently clear in the debate multiple times but especially during her attempt to rebuke NBC debate moderators Tim Russert and Brian Williams by evoking a recent "Saturday Night Live" episode which accused the press of being "in the tank" for Barack Obama.

"In the last several debates I seem to get the first question all the time," Clinton said. "I don't mind. I'll be happy to field it. I just find it curious if anybody saw 'Saturday Night Live,' maybe we should ask Barack if he's comfortable and needs another pillow."

Those remarks, while slightly better phrased, are strikingly similar to Bob Dole's "where is the outrage" lament while running against Bill Clinton in 1996. Both candidates:


The two remaining Democratic candidates are squaring off tonight in their possibly final debate. It's being broadcast at 9:00pm ET on MSNBC. Post comments here if you are watching the debate.


Given his penchant for comparing Republicans to Hitler, using such phrases as "slinging crap," and stating that the Bush presidency "has now devolved into a criminal conspiracy to cover the ass of George W. Bush," you would think that Keith Olbermann, the buffoonish left-wing sportscaster-cum-newsreader would refrain from giving lectures on political civility or the limits of comedy. Not so, however.

On last night's edition of his program, the Obama-supporting anchor was horrified that Jon Stewart, the man he apes, dared to make a joke about the Illinois Democrat's unusual middle and last names. The hypocrisy is thick enough to cut with a knife and serve—assuming you could stand the stench.

Olbermann began the segment comparing Stewart to Ann Coulter (horrors!):


Update 11:48. Audio sync problem fixed. Topics in this show: Seattle Times and the New York Times attack on John McCain, Michelle Obama's comments about America, Bush 41 endorses McCain, Lindsay Lohan in New York magazine, and Kirstie Alley leaves Jenny Craig.

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Poster of "Taxi to the Dark Side"Left-wing blowhard Michael Moore didn't win an Oscar last night but the Academy of Motion Pictures didn't dissappoint the PC crowd, giving its award for best documentary to "Taxi to the Dark Side," a film by Alex Gibney and Eva Orner which accuses the U.S. military of engaging in torture around the globe:

The harrowing film throws the spotlight on US interrogation techniques at military facilities and investigates the death in custody of a Afghan taxi driver - Dilawar - at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in 2002. [...] Gibney, who also produced hit documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," said in his acceptance speech that his wife had wanted him to make a romantic comedy.

"But honestly after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and extraordinary rendition that simply wasn't possible," the film-maker said, before dedicating the film to Dilawar and his own father.