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Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly Loses Custody of Both Children Amid Allegations of Abuse. We quit watching O’Reilly on Fox a long time ago when he turned into the head bloviator. Based upon the link it looks like he’s turned into more than that at home.

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Melissa Harris-Perry Fired by MSNBC. Well, she can always switch from tampon earrings to a burqa and get a job with Al Jazeera.

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Trump-Effect: Fox News Channel’s Brand Takes 50% Hit Among Republicans. We see this all the time over at Twitter. Plenty of people are unhappy with Fox News these days and it’s not only about Trump.

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Ex-MSNBC host Ed Schultz joins Kremlin-backed news channel. Next stop on his career path: shilling for North Korea.

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It’s civil war in the Howard family. Über liberal movie director Ron Howard isn’t going to be very happy with his brother Clint’s new role as a liberal congressman desperately searching for reasons not to hold a town hall meeting this year.

Like all great satire, it holds a mirror up to truth.

H/T: Gateway Pundit

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Glenn Beck. Love him or hate him, it’s tough to disagree with him when he describes CNN anchor Rick Sanchez as “quite possibly the dumbest man on television. And that’s saying something because there are some dumb people in television.”

Here’s Beck hilariously riffing on some of Sanchez’ more famous inanities.

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In a year when everything is going their way, the Republicans seem to be helping themselves out by putting out much better commercials than they have in the past. Maybe they hired a new ad agency.

This commercial – aimed at independents – directly confronts the Democrat claim that Republicans are extremists.

H/T: HotAir.com

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Picture the pitch meeting. The ad agency account executive stands up and says, “Everyone knows that Sarah Palin got a lot of attention by producing a commercial about mama grizzlies. What you need to do is leverage the success of that commercial by showing that a lot of mama grizzlies oppose Palin. And how do we do that? By having Palin’s opponents deliver their messages while dressed up as grizzlie bears. It’s genius. Genius, I tell you.”

Now at this point, the client should have said, “That’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard.”

Instead, SarahDoesNotSpeakForMe.com produced this remarkably awful piece of crap.

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Old. Cranky. Unfunny. That pretty much sums up David Letterman.

Young. Smug. Unfunny. That pretty much sums up Rachel Maddow.

What happens when they get together is…well…pretty much what you’d expect. Except that Letterman swears and gets bleeped while talking about Andrew Breitbart.

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President. Howard. Dean. Pardon us while we shudder at the mere thought of the combination of those three words.

One-time Presidential hopeful Howard Dean guested on FOX News Sunday and accused the network of racism for its coverage of the Shirley Sherrod and Black Panthers stories.

That’s when Chris Wallace came out swinging, pointing out that Sherrod had been fired by the White House before Fox News ever aired the woman’s name.

“Facts be damned,” Dean seemed to say, “I have a liberal meme to communicate here.”

The video is a classic.

(Read all of our Shirley Sherrod stories, and we have a lot of them.)

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That’s actually our interpretation of what Dick Morris said. But Morris did cut through all the crap and explain Shirley Sherrod in one short, pithy line:

“Having radical leftist Shirley Sherrod in her job is like having Jeremiah Wright on staff.”

(Read all of our Shirley Sherrod stories, and we have a lot of them.)

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George Soros and John Podesta are two exceptionally evil, twisted men. One supplies the money to smear conservatives, the other supplies the strategy.

In this clip, Glenn Beck dissects a video that was produced by Think Progress, the Podesta group that’s funded by Soros, in an attempt to make the Tea Party look racist. He demonstrates the truth as only Glenn Beck can.

Final score: Beck 1, Think Progress 0.

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Very sad news from CNN. Octavia Nasr, the network’s Senior Editor for Middle East Affairs, is now the network’s former Senior Editor for Middle East Affairs.

Turns out you can’t tweet about your respect for a Hezbollah honocho even at left wing cable networks. Well, not at CNN at least. The same tweet would probably get you a promotion at MSNBC.

[But Wait, there’s more…]

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A few years ago, IHateTheMedia.com’s Editor and the Mrs. were in Australia. One night we watched an Aussie TV show called Dancing With the Stars. The editor laughed hysterically and said, “This is the worst show in the history of television. Can you imagine something like that succeeding in America?”

Oops.

Never one to let experience cloud his judgment, the Editor now wants to make that statement again. This time the inspiration is a new TV show in Malaysia that is, in effect, Malaysia’s Next Top Imam.

Time has the details:

Imam Muda (Young Leader), a new reality show in Malaysia, pits 10 young men against each other who each want to become the next top imam. (via AP)

The show started out with 1,000 contestants who were asked to recite prayers and quizzed on current affairs. Background checks were also performed to weed out contestants with shady pasts. Now only ten imams remain.

Why do the show?

“We want to prove that our young Muslim Malaysians can keep up with the times,” Izelan Basar, the show’s creator, told the Associated Press. “We chose the brightest, most devout men for this program — young men whom our female viewers now want for their husbands or sons-in-law.” (Women are not allowed to audition for the show).

Producers also say that Imam Muda is the most-watched program on its channel; their Facebook fan page already boasts over 31,000 fans.

The winner gets an all expense paid trip to Mecca, a car, a job as a prayer leader, a scholarship to study in Saudia Arabia, $6400 and a laptop. Now that’s a pretty sweet deal.

What? No dynamite vest?

Our latest prediction? If they came up with a show called Dancing With the Imams, now that would be a surefire huge hit here.

Source: Time

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Be grateful that you’re not CNN President Jon Klein. His network has horrible ratings, his biggest star is a thousand years old, and his product is boooooring.

On top of that, he just hired disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer to do a prime-time show and now has to go out and publicly defend that boneheaded decision.

According to Klein, Spitzer has reformed himself. But as Howard Kurtz points out, CNN, which prides itself on its journalistic integrity…

(We’ll pause now while you chortle)

…has once again hired a host with zip, zero, nada journalistic experience.

Klein once disparaged bloggers as people who do their work in their pajamas in their living rooms, but seems to forget that Spitzer did his most notable work in the bedroom in his socks.

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Oprah made $300,000,000 last year. She can afford to lose a few viewers.

These are truly good days for conservative TV viewers. The other day we had the story that the network TV newscasts shed 1,000,000 viewers in the last year. Now it looks like Oprah’s Obama endorsement has come back to bite her ample butt.

The New York Post has the story of O’s devastating loss:

Oprah is not going to go out on top.

Last week was the lowest rated in the 24-year history of her show according to Nielsen.

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” has been in reruns for several weeks but compared to the same week last year — which was all reruns, too — the ratings were down an eye-watering 23 percent, according to tvbythenumbers.com, a ratings Web site.

The audience for Oprah was just over 4 million viewers — the lowest it has ever been since the show first went on the air in 1986.

Quick. Someone do a side-by-side comparision of Orpah’s TV ratings and Obama’s approval ratings. We’d guess the precipitous declines looks pretty similar.

It’s George Bush’s fault. We’re not sure how, but everything is George Bush’s fault.

Source: New York Post

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Next time you hear one of the TV networks brag that they have “the number one rated newscast in America”, please be aware that it’s like saying you’re the fattest girl at the bulimics’ convention.

MediaBistro.com has the disastrous details:

Even as the oil continues to gush from the sea floor, and the networks shuttle their anchors to points along the Gulf coast, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News and the CBS Evening News continue to lose viewers. All three broadcasts were down in Q2 2010 compared to the same period last year.

In numbers released today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams lost -440,000 viewers (-140k in A25-54 demo) compared to Q2 2009. ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer lost -260,000 viewers (-80k demo) (Charlie Gibson was anchor in 2009). The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric lost the most, based on a percentage, losing -340,000 viewers (30k demo) compared to Q2 2009. ABC and CBS were also down when Q2 2008 is compared to Q2 2009.

And yet Fox News ratings just keep going up. Hmmmm. How can it be explained?

Source: MediaBistro.com

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We’d like to say we didn’t see this coming, but a blind man could have seen this coming.

Larry King announced on his website and at the beginning of his show Tuesday night that he’s ending his CNN program before the end of the year.

Here’s King’s website statement:

[Read his statement and our smartass comments…]

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CNBCs Rick Santelli, who is often called the Father of the Tea Party, is at it again. This time he loudly and emphatically and repeatedly says the two little words so many of us want Washington, DC to hear.

“Stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending!”

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Al Gore gives Current TV's financial condition a big thumbs down

Poor Al Gore. Current TV was supposed to be the vehicle he used to conquer the media. That vehicle has sputtered, stalled, and is now sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck.

The Hollywood Reporter has the tragic television tale:

For much of the past year, Current TV has been quietly undergoing an overhaul that will change just about everything but the struggling channel’s name. Current declined comment for this story.

It’s a revitalization project Gore & Co. embarked on after exhausting a more lucrative possibility: selling the channel. Current’s founding partner, Joel Hyatt, spent much of 2009 shopping the network with a price tag that wildly overestimated the company’s worth, confirmed sources at several conglomerates. Current even had extensive sale talks as far back as 2007 with Google, where Gore serves as a senior advisor.

Now the focus has shifted to fixing Current, perhaps with an eye toward a sale down the road. Last July, Hyatt was replaced as CEO by Mark Rosenthal, the former MTV Networks COO who is rebuilding the channel in the traditional mold Gore avowed to avoid, only to suffer the consequences.

For all the brilliance he has displayed grasping the meteorological dynamics governing the globe, Gore has miscalculated those of a slightly less complex world: the TV business. The radical ambitions he brought to the environment didn’t pan out the same way in cable; the television will not be revolutionized.

Not a good year for the man who was once the next president of the United States. Global warming has been exposed as a fraud. His wife dumped him. His massage therapist spilled the beans on him. And now his cable TV operation has disappointed him.

On the other hand, that’s made it a pretty good year for us.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Adam Gadahn, the so-called American Taliban, has released a terrifying new video warning to his former homeland. And by terrifying, we mean strangely effeminate. Glenn Beck pokes him in the eye with a sharp stick.

H/T: The Big Feed

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Ed Schultz and his guests took a look at a new poll that shows Americans are coming to their senses losing confidence in Barack Obama. Surely, Ed’s first instinct must have been to accuse Fox News of somehow rigging the poll, but since it was conducted by NBC News/Wall Street Journal, even Ed realized that spin won’t work.

Ed appears baffled by the numbers and says, “I’m curious what President Obama has done to make people not like him.”

Holy crap, Ed, we can’t figure it out, either. Why Barack Obama is obviously The Greatest President In History and the fact that people how somehow been tricked into believing he’s an empty suit by evil Republicans is…is…well, damn it, it’s just not right.

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Lara Logan displays her weapons of mass seduction

That sound you hear is Edward R. Murrow turning over in his grave. Even the left wing Huffington Post is amazed by this admission on the part of CBS:

CBS News’ #2 exec made a strange confession to Broadcasting & Cable magazine: the network isn’t covering Afghanistan as much as it used to because war correspondent Lara Logan is out on maternity leave.

“I would think that the biggest factor in how much less we’ve had on the air really has to do with Lara Logan’s pregnancy than it does with anything else,” CBS News Executive VP Paul Friedman said.

Friedman’s comments appeared in an article titled “The War You’re Not Watching,” which focused on the decline in coverage of the war in Afghanistan as news organizations shifted attention towards the oil spill. Incidentally, the article notes, this shift came as violence spiked in the country…

When Logan was in Iraq, she became notorious for giving a whole new meaning to the term “embedded with the troops”. And that explains how she finds herself in her current 9-month deployment.

Source: Huffington Post

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This must have been one of the proudest moments in the brief, dark history of MSNBC. The network’s morning co-host revealed on the air that she has a direct line to the White House, making it far easier for the network to get quotes from the Ministry of Propaganda.

[Click to read more about Mika Brzezinski’s admission…]

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Tuesday night’s speech from the Oval Office seems to have amused the right and really annoyed the left.

Seems like everyone reported the Olbermann, Matthews, Fineman snit fit, but falling through the cracks was Rachel Maddow jumping on the presidential dog pile.

After leading off with a big sigh, Maddow said, “In the big picture I am excited to see the President treating this with the gravity of something that requires and Oval Office address to the nation. In terms of the content of that address to the nation…I think the country is ahead of the politicians, that we all need to hear a little bit more, and I think we could have all taken a little bit more adult talk from the President.”

Like we said, those of us on the right are amused. Not so much by what Obama said, but by what his strongest supporters said.

Is reality finally setting in? Nah, next time a major policy issue arises, they’ll be drawn back to him like a moth to a flame. Or like flies to shit. Take your choice.

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