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Anthony Weiner stars in 'Bye, Bye, Pervert!': Howard Stern, Bill O'Reilly, Rachel Maddow savage the jackals of the press

Anthony Weiner was driven from office by a combination of his dumb behavior, bluenose political hypocrisy, and — most of all — media ridicule and ridiculously excessive coverage. READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart went easy on his pal Anthony Weiner. He was the only one.

Jon Stewart may have been the only television news commentator in America on Monday who did not pounce on Rep. Anthony Weiner and beat him up verbally for admitting he lied about his Twitter gaffe. Stewart was in an awkward position, having acknowledged last week that Weiner is an old friend, but even so, his restraint was striking. Of course, in the context of a TV news day that preceded Weiner’s extraordinary, lengthy apology and interrogation by the (mostly) legit news media and the equally extraordinary hijacking of Weiner’s announcement by blogger Andrew Breitbart, Stewart’s giving a virtual pass to Weiner wasn’t nearly the most striking event of the news cycle. READ FULL STORY

Sarah Palin wins by behaving like a pop star, not a politician: Could a cross between Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga get nominated? Sure.

From Memorial Day weekend through today and beyond, Sarah Palin is dominating the TV news cycle. She’s doing it by providing garishly irresistible visuals — footage of her big bus, its sides decorated with images of the Constitution, the phrase “One Nation,” and a plug for her website sarahpac.com — and by providing no interviews with the “lamestream media”… except for Fox News. READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart debated Bill O'Reilly about Common: Behold, the trumped-up outrage! VIDEO

Jon Stewart took Bill O’Reilly up on his challenge to debate the invitation of Common to a White House poetry reading last week. If you haven’t heard much about this controversy, don’t worry: The two people in America it seems to most concern, at this point, are Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart. Which is part of the problem with this “issue” and the ensuing “debate.” READ FULL STORY

Fox's Fall schedule, night by night: Steven Spielberg, meet your new roommate, Simon Cowell

Fox has become the most schizophrenic network, with its relentless pursuit of the minimally talented in its reality programming, and its equally relentless pursuit of maximum quality in its scripted series. Any ads for its fall schedule might as well just consist of busts of two gigantic heads: Steven Spielberg, whose lavishly-budgeted Terra Nova is bound to be the season’s biggest economic and reputation-affecting production, and Simon Cowell, from whose waggling brow has sprung a Stateside version of The X Factor talent show, a sure-fire ratings-getter out of the gate. READ FULL STORY

How many times did O'Reilly interrupt Obama? THIS many times...with help from the Smurfs!

Some saw Bill O’Reilly’s pre-Super Bowl conversation with President Barack Obama as less of an interview than an interruption-fest. The Fox News Channel host interjected such essential comments as “Those are tough boys, the Muslim Brotherhood” and (speaking about a chunk of the American people) “They hate you,” for READ FULL STORY

Bill O'Reilly interviews President Obama before the Super Bowl: 'Does it disturb you that so many people hate you?'

The Fox network used its broadcast of the Super Bowl to bring in Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly to interview President Barack Obama. O’Reilly pressed Obama on Egypt and health care in particular.

Regarding Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his planned departure, Obama said, “Only he knows what he’s going to do… The Egyptian people want freedom, and free and fair elections, Bill.”

O’Reilly said he was going to ask Obama the same question he asked his predecessor, George Bush: “Does it disturb you that so many people hate you?” READ FULL STORY

'The View' gone wild: Behar and Walters slap at Snooki, and Hasselbeck cozies up to Bill O'Reilly

The View sprang one of its periodic leaks on Wednesday morning, with the panel squirting out opinions on everything from Jersey Shore to Sarah Palin.

Responding to the video that Snooki and J-Woww made ridiculing Joy Behar’s ridicule of them, Barbara Walters described Snookie as “a woman who drinks too much” and gets “smacked in the face,” while Behar commented drily, “I didn’t know they allowed cameras into AA meetings.” READ FULL STORY

TV news shows address Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Passion, blame, and self-examination, from Sarah Palin to Keith Olbermann

In the wake of the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, TV news shows went into overdrive in reporting the details of the rampage that wounded or killed numerous people in Tucson. The rhetoric on cable news and the network Sunday morning news shows heated up READ FULL STORY

'Sarah Palin's Alaska' premiere review: 'Mama Grizzly' fishes, climbs mountains, protects her young

Tune in to Sarah Palin’s Alaska to behold the beauty and the wonder, the harshness barely concealed beneath the glacial calm, the wildness that coexists with glowing serenity.

And the show itself is interesting, too.

Certainly this docu-series from the channel that gave us the Gosselins and the Duggars was family-friendly with cheerful aggressiveness. The debut episode, entitled “Mama Grizzly,” framed the former governor of Alaska the way it frames most of TLC’s clan narratives, with careful editing for the maximum positive representation, and with its subject issuing proclamations that are unassailably true  (“I love this state like I love my family”).

The idea behind this series is to show READ FULL STORY

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