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Christopher Hitchens gets the '60 Minutes' treatment, and survives

Christopher Hitchens was subjected to a voluntary 60 Minutes profile on Sunday night, one of the news magazine’s patented, buttery, isn’t-he-amazing? segments. It was to Hitchens’ credit that, even with a body wracked by cancer, he still READ FULL STORY

ABC's Charlie Sheen '20/20' review: 'I blinked and I cured my brain.' Now blink and erase our memories of you, Charlie

Now it’s clear why Charlie Sheen was scurrying around the past two days, giving interviews to everyone from Piers Morgan to Howard Stern: He was trying for some advance damage control for the scattered, ego-blasted sit-down he’d taped for ABC’s 20/20, shown on Tuesday night. READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen, live on CNN with Piers Morgan, says, 'I'm super-bitchin',' has received support from Mel Gibson and Sean Penn

Charlie Sheen made a sudden live appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, carrying test results that declared him drug-free and proclaimed, “I’m super-bitchin’ [and] I don’t believe myself to be an addict.” Morgan called Sheen “the Che Guevara of television” and “one of life’s great characters.”

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Jessica Hahn, Kato Kaelin, and John Wayne Bobbitt go crazy on 'The View'

The View must be wishing it had never done its “Where Are They Now?” segment each day this week. Jessica Hahn tried to shift questions about her sexual behavior to Barbara Walters’, John Wayne Bobbitt babbled on and on about how well his “equipment” works, and Kato Kaelin joked that he was now “living behind Tiger Woods’ house.” READ FULL STORY

On '60 Minutes,' Lady Gaga greets Anderson Cooper in her underwear, says she 'smokes pot' while writing songs, and is 'a master of the art of fame'


Lady Gaga’s 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper was a delightful segment in which the singer-songwriter-performance-artist proclaimed, “I art-direct every moment of my life.” She claimed to be “honest all the time,” and said, “I smoke a lot of pot when I write [music] and drink whiskey… and I’m not gonna sugar-coat it for 60 Minutes… I drink a lot of whiskey and I smoke a lot of weed when I write.” (Cooper prefaced the interview by saying that “her comments about drugs may concern some parents.”) READ FULL STORY

Anderson Cooper tells David Letterman about his 'beating' in Egypt and his resemblance to a newt

Anderson Cooper appeared on the Late Show on Wednesday night, telling David Letterman about his beating at the hands of what he termed “pro-Mubarak thugs.” Cooper described the roughing up he and his CNN crew were subjected to, saying that the present government 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

Anderson Cooper 'punched and kicked' by Mubarak supporters: VIDEO

Anderson Cooper told CNN he and his TV crew were “punched and kicked” by supporters of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. He said on Wednesday morning he was seeing “Molotov cocktails thrown by pro-government forces” at protesters. Reporting from Tahrir Square, Cooper said the crowd was “looking for a fight.” READ FULL STORY

The State of the Union: Michelle Bachmann doesn't look us in the eye, Rachel Maddow criticizes CNN for showing this: VIDEO

Well, one way to rabble-rouse a State of the Union speech whose tone and setting emphasized civility was to let the Tea Party in: Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R. Minn.) seemed to be looking off-camera at a tall statue of George Washington, or maybe of Darth Vader, as she delivered her third-party response to President Obama’s speech, with a shifting background READ FULL STORY

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