Yesterday, rather than discuss the Supreme Court hearing that demonstrates just how out of touch conservatives are from the rest of America, the gang at Bill O'Reilly's Retirement-Home Fist-Shaking Hour took up the news that mattered most to their audience: the hurt feelings of denim enthusiast and ... More >>
Update 4: Authorities have not positively identified the shooter, according to Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police. The number of children deceased is now believed to be at 20 -- with seven adults including the shooter dead, according to Vance. Update 3: There now appears to be conflictin ... More >>
New York Governor/undeclared 2016 presidential candidate Andrew Cuomo has appointed a new communications director: former NBC News executive Allison Gollust.Cuomo's office announced this afternoon that Gollust will replace Richard Bamberger, who has been on Cuomo's staff since 2008, when Cuomo was t ... More >>
The news comes to us from ABC News, who reports that some restaurants in Vermont are adding mandatory tips because of cheap foreigners. The policy has some people accusing the restaurants of discrimination, but owners are maintaining that the policy is necessary.
Mitt Romney's five adult sons have been making the cable news rounds leading up to the Republican National Convention -- which has cued TV news hosts to go to great lengths to get the men to say at least one bad thing about their old man.Despite the valiant efforts, both CNN's Piers Morgan and Fox N ... More >>
When school officials at P.S. 132 in Morrisania said last month that behavior problems were rampant at the school, they apparently weren't kidding. The latest episode involves a student slashing a classmate with a razor. That student, police say, is 8 years old.According to police, the 8-year-old sl ... More >>
It is political and comedic dogma now that Fox News is the opposite of a "fair and balanced" network. Their opinionators are stacked with conservative voices (Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck - remember him?) and any attempt they have made at portraying a leftist voice has fai ... More >>
ABC News got its hands on a juicy story out of Idaho about a possible Big Foot sighting caught on tape. There is one minor problem, though: Big Foot isn't real. Like, not even a little bit.The story currently is the second featured story on ABC's New York affiliate's "news" website (right after Mike ... More >>
This is from Media Matters: Tammy Bruce is a conservative radio show host who regularly appears on The O'Reilly Factor with host Bill O'Reilly. Bruce is openly gay, a fact she's noted on The O'Reilly Factor. Yes, the show does allow openly gay guests. But a host? Or even a guest host?
Never mind the fact that a cop's gonna skate after shooting a mentally ill, unarmed immigrant. Or the fact that terrorists have figured out a way to make "Fruit of the Boom 2.0" that might not be detectable by run-of-the-mill airport security equipment. Those sort of things are trivial on a day like ... More >>
Fox News "mole" Joe Muto claims (via-Twitter) that his apartment was raided this morning by investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and several of his mole-y gadgets were confiscated. "I just got search warranted at 6:30am by a very polite crew from the DA's office. Took my iPhon ... More >>
The thing about anonymity is that to remain anonymous it helps when people don't know who you are -- a concept that the blogsters over at Gawker apparently have a hard time understanding.Gawker has a bit of a history when it comes to promising anonymity to people who contribute fantastical, often re ... More >>
Dr. DrewNow that the Casey Anthony case is over -- not guilty on all murder counts, guilty only of four misdemeanors -- will cable news be able to give it up? More specifically, will Dr. Drew? This case has become cable news' hillbilly heroin and it'll be hard for them to kick. The six-week ... More >>
"I suggest you look at the unedited version online, where my emotional states don't seem to change so arbitrarily," said Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night, his first show since exclaiming, "You're insane!" at Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. Stewart, of course, said more about the state ... More >>
Ethics are a fascinating thing. While it was okay for ABC News to pay $10,000 for a story -- or, more specifically, to pay $10,000 as a licensing fee for photos given part-and-parcel with an "exclusive" Good Morning America interview with Kerry Campbell, or "Botox Mom" -- it is not okay to pa ... More >>
The ever-changing account of what happened when U.S. forces found and killed Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan has been updated once again. This time, an unnamed "senior U.S. official," who presumably was not there that fateful night and doesn't necessarily know more than the rest of hi ... More >>
When we last hated ourselves enough to spend any time at all thinking about Fox News' best host that cries, Glenn Beck, his people and his bosses were both floating the idea that neither needed the other. Beck's (amazing) ratings have dipped and his shtick has worn a little thin, Fox News whi ... More >>
Roger Ailes could have a big mess on his hands based on court documents made available today, which allege that the Fox News chairman encouraged a former employee to mislead federal investigators. The exclusive New York Times report quotes court documents indicating a taped phone call exists, ... More >>
The more sexy a man finds a reporter or newscaster, the less likely he is to call her qualified for serious reporting, according to a study from the Indiana University's Communication Research, as relayed by Salon. The set-up had a 24-year-old woman perform a report on war or politics twice, ... More >>
Fiery Keith Olbermann is no longer at MSNBC, as you know, prompting a hailstorm of speculation about what he might end up doing, when he's contractually allowed to relocate. One report said he might consult and/or appear on an Aaron Sorkin show for HBO about cable news, which is interesting, ... More >>
Pizza parlors are thriving in this crappy economy. In the past year, the 65,000 pizzerias in the U.S. sold 5.5 billion pies every day. [ABC News] A new study reveals that butter is worse for you than you think. Apparently, nine out of 10 brands contain flame retardant in the sticks. [ABC New ... More >>
Decades ago, when I was new to the pages of the Voice and when my work actually appeared on pages, I was visited at the office by state investigators. They had in their hands a campaign filing by Al Vann, then a young and ballsy assemblyman from the heart of Bed Stuy. I was astoni ... More >>
Keith Olbermann was only suspended because he refused to apologize on-camera for making political donations without first seeking approval, according to Politico, specifically Mike Allen's anonymous network sources. MSNBC was prepared to let Olbermann keep hosting Countdown if he addressed th ... More >>
Keith Olbermann is in the hot seat this weekend with Deborah Solomon in the New York Times Magazine. Okay, so he did the interview before the mess yesterday, in which Olbermann was suspended indefinitely from MSNBC for donating to three politicians without declaring so, but it's still funny t ... More >>
Rachel Maddow dedicated her final segment on Friday night's show to the Keith Olbermann flap, in which the Countdown host was suspended for making political donations, and said she understands the punishment Olbermann received. "I understand what it means to break this rule," Maddow said. "I believ ... More >>
Following revelations that he made political contributions in what's apparently a direct violation of MSNBC's Code of Ethics, Keith Olbermann has been indefinitely suspended from MSNBC. If there's any other way to react to a media bombshell like this other than "Wow," we'd sure like to know.
The New York Times' Brian Stelter just Tweeted that Keith Olbermann will be replaced tonight on MSNBC by The Nation's Washington editor Chris Hayes, who has been a guest host on MSNBC previously. On that note, Chris Hayes should probably be suspended. UPDATED.
Whoops! Looks like the guy they tried to replace the now-suspended Keith Olbermann with tonight isn't going to be clocking in at MSNBC tonight because we noticed he -- like Olbermann -- doesn't meet MSNBC's supposed "standards" (that John Cook at Gawker just found out might not be getting any ... More >>
When moments like the time that Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade called all terrorists Muslims -- which is both racist and also factually incorrect by a long shot -- actually do happen on Fox News, the surprising thing isn't that they happened. It's that sometimes, apologies can follow.
Sherrod and Vilsack, via MSNBCFormer Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod, who was fired over an edited clip spotlighted by Andrew Breitbart in which she seemed to indicate discrimination against a white farmer 24 years ago (in the full clip she went on to explain the lesson she'd learned aga ... More >>
The Obama-BP Press conference just ended! You'll hear all about his remarks everywhere else sometime between now and tomorrow afternoon when something else has gone wrong. But what about the game of Ten Questions that Obama had planned to play with the press while he was in the room with them ... More >>
"Takes a tough man to make a tender forecast," says legendary Fox 5 News Anchorman to his weatherman, Nick Gregory. "Keep fucking that chicken." Co-anchor Dari Alexander's reaction is choice, as we're sure was her reaction off-camera when Anastos said as a film bumper showed her working out, "Hey, ... More >>
We thought he looked shaky in early rounds, but it seems Vanity Fair intern Thomas Kaplan has made it through a second day locked in a small room (he calls it a closet) watching cable news -- specifically CNBC, today. "5 p.m.--done!" he tweets. "Your screaming couldn't break me, CNBC! I will be back ... More >>
"Walter Cronkite was my friend and mentor," wites Philadelphia Gay News editor Mark Segal in an editorial. The two first encountered each other in 1973, when Segal ran in front of a camera during Cronkite's news broadcast, holding a sign that said "Gays Protest CBS Prejudice." "After that incident ... More >>
This is how they did big-time TV news in 1973: Getting the story however it came in -- phone, telex, slips of paper, whatever -- and dishing it out as quick as you could. Walter Cronkite, who passed away today at 92, had a lot of practice at it. He dropped out of college during the Depression to t ... More >>
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We thought Radar's "Fox News Anchor or Porn Star?" couldn't be topped but we were wrong. The new Fox News Porn video and web site, from the folks who brought you Outfoxed, has it beat. Priceless, but NSFW. It was also deemed NSFD—Not Safe for Digg. The popular news aggregator, Digg, found the ... More >>
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Something for Dean to Scream About
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