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  • MSNBC Hires Former Obama White House Staffer as Head of Communications

    11/21/2014 10:02:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Wrap ^ | November 21, 2014 | Jordan Chariton
    Rachel Racusen joins MSNBC as VP of Communications, replacing Lauren Skowronski MSNBC has hired Rachel Racusen to be its Vice President of Communications, President Phil Griffin announced Friday. She will start on December 8th. Racusen comes from the Obama White House, where she last served as Associate Communications Director. Other roles she undertook included Deputy Communications Director for the president's re-election campaign; Deputy Communications Director for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and Director of Public Affairs for FEMA, where she led response efforts to Hurricane Irene among other natural disasters. “I'm thrilled to add Rachel to our senior team,” Griffin...
  • Roy Clark Spins tales at Spotlight

    11/19/2014 3:46:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | November 17, 2014 | James D. Watts Jr. World Scene Writer
    It’s been some time since Roy Clark could bound out onto a stage like a puppy just turned loose, brandishing an electric guitar and a joyous smile, ready to captivate a crowd with his personality and talent. Friday night, it took him a number of slow and careful steps, and the assistance of a cane and a couple of colleagues, to make his way to a chair on the small stage of Tulsa’s Spotlight Theater. Once he settled himself, Clark said, “I have to be careful I don’t...,” and he gave audience a comically knowing look, “...make an entrance. Which...
  • ‘Duck Dynasty': Phil Robertson’s Family Believes America Could Collapse

    11/17/2014 3:01:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Patrick Frye
    The Duck Dynasty family has made the news partially due to their politically incorrect statements, and Phil Robertson tends to be the largest contribute to soundbites. But now, Phil’s son has taken the stump and is declaring that it’s possible that America could collapse just like the Roman empire. In a related report by the Inquisitr, Phil Robertson believes that Bibles and guns are the answer to any American’s woes. The Duck Commander patriarch also had a dire warning for Sadie Robertson’s boyfriend, saying that if they do not keep it in their pants, then he would “break” them. Phil...
  • How to Get Away With Sleazy Sex Scenes

    11/14/2014 4:34:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Tim Graham.While Obama's Federal Communications Commission obsesses over liberal concerns like the under-regulation of the Internet and whether "Redskins" is a profanity, broadcast television is sleazier than ever. As The Hollywood Reporter recently noted, "Nearly two months into the fall, it's clear that explicit jokes and boundary-pushing storylines are changing the definition of what sexual content is acceptable in primetime." For example, the Sept. 16 season premiere of the Fox sitcom "New Girl" featured star Zooey Deschanel repeatedly muttering "sex fist" as a motto for five friends all succeeding at casual sex after...
  • Fox News executive: Huckabee's political activity getting 'serious look' (About to get 86'd?)

    11/12/2014 1:34:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | November 12, 2014 | Brian Stelter
    Fox News and potential presidential candidate Ben Carson went their separate ways last week. Is Fox host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee next? The tension between Huckabee's current job and possible future job has been laid bare in a number of recent news stories. Huckabee, who sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008, is clearly considering a second run -- which would mean he'd have to give up his Saturday night show on Fox News. On Wednesday, Fox News executive vice president of programming Bill Shine indicated that a decision might be made soon. "We are taking a...
  • CNN International decides to go off-air in Russia before New Year

    11/11/2014 1:17:11 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 17 replies
    Russia Today ^ | November 11, 2014
    CNN International will stop broadcasting in Russia before December 31, according to a letter the channel’s managing company distributed to Russian cable operators. The letter from Turner Broadcasting System Europe obtained by TASS and Vedomosti newspaper did not state the reasons for the move. General Director at Turner Broadcasting System Russia Tatyana Kalita declined to comment on the issue, TASS reported.
  • How the Christian Right Is Using Hobby Lobby and "Duck Dynasty" to Take Back America

    11/02/2014 6:16:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 31, 2014 | Mariah Blake
    Evangelicals are mobilizing for the midterms.Pundits may be declaring the culture wars over, but conservative Christians are donning their battle gear and rushing back to the front lines. In recent months, a coalition of conservative evangelical organizations has been pursuing an aggressive voter mobilization campaign that involves a combination of high-tech tools, briefings for pastors, and rallies simulcast to mega-churches around the country. The goal of these gatherings is to drum up outrage over recent political skirmishes, including the Hobby Lobby lawsuit, and to persuade believers that their religious freedoms are under attack by ungodly forces. During one recent event,...
  • Hit comedy on Iraqi TV depicts ISIS as child of Satan and a Jewish woman

    10/29/2014 7:58:01 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 12 replies
    HotAir ^ | October 29, 2014 | David Zucchino
    This is Iraq under a future Islamic state, as imagined in “State of Superstition,” a hit comedy on state-run Al Iraqiya TV. The half-hour show turns a deadly serious subject — the reign of terror imposed by the extremist group Islamic State in parts of Iraq and Syria — into fodder for spoof and satire. The Beheader character is a comic takedown of Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph and Islamic State leader. An actor in a preposterously long and tangled fake beard — one of a couple of dozen fake beards glued on to characters each episode by an...
  • TLC ends production on 'Honey Boo Boo'

    10/24/2014 11:47:33 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/24/14 | Breeanna Hare
    TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is ending its run. On Friday, TMZ reported that the network has canceled the series in light of claims that the program's newly separated matriarch, June "Mama June" Shannon, is dating Mark Anthony McDaniel, a man who served 10 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2004 and who is a registered sex offender.
  • O’Reilly Rips ‘Pathetic Ideological Loons’ at MSNBC for Ebola ‘Racism’ Attacks

    10/17/2014 6:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 17, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Bill O’Reilly spent a significant part of his first segment tonight decrying the “racism” accusations being thrown by some MSNBC commentators amidst nationwide Ebola panic. O’Reilly did not directly call out MSNBC in his Talking Points Memo, but it was very clearly aimed at them, since he had teased the segment with a clip of Alex Wagner saying some Republican comments on Ebola, including calling for a travel ban is “not even thinly-veiled racism.” And that wasn’t the first time someone on MSNBC had invoked racism in talking about a travel ban; a guest on Melissa Harris-Perry‘s show did so...
  • The Future Is So Screwed

    10/16/2014 5:00:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Derek Hunter
  • ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams Heads To Ferguson October

    10/12/2014 5:05:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    MTV News ^ | October 12, 2014 | Britt Julious
    The actor documents the St. Louis protests on social media. Some celebrities simply tweet about what moves them, while others, like “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams, get right on the front lines. Jesse, along with members of the Question Bridge: Black Males video project team, joined protesters from across the country who traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, this weekend for #FergusonOctober, which seeks justice for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and victims of police brutality like him. “We’ll be archiving the thoughts and concerns of the people and recording Black males asking and answering the questions that matter to...
  • Fox News Nabs Historic Cable Ratings Victory

    09/30/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | September 30, 2014 | Michael O'Connell
    FNC celebrates a quarter with the most-watched primetime across the cable dial, while MSNBC slides below CNN in the demo. No one would say the summer of 2014 suffered any shortage of breaking news. From the crisis in Ferguson, Mo., to the cultural impact of Robin Williams' and Joan Rivers' sudden deaths and all the way up to recent round-the-clock coverage of U.S. strikes on ISIS, cable news has been heavily occupied. The last three months have been so big, Fox News Channel just clocked its first quarter with the most-watched primetime across all of cable in more than a...
  • ESPN’s Colin Cowherd: People Who Enlist in the U.S. Military ‘Have No Choices,’ Join ‘To Pay Bills’

    09/30/2014 5:23:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | September 30, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    ESPN’s Colin Cowherd went off on a rant today about Americans who do and do not, in his view, deserve his “sympathies.” Those who do not include those who choose to smoke, eat fast food or drink “13 cokes” every day. “That’s on you,” Cowherd said, delivering a sentiment that many Americans would probably agree with. “My sympathy goes to the military members in this country,” Cowherd said toward the end of Tuesday’s show. “Socio-economically, no choices, paid almost nothing, lose a limb, lose a life. That, I feel sympathy for.” Military members past and present probably aren’t looking to...
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Just Trust Me On Those Things I Said, OK?

    09/29/2014 7:40:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 27, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    Popular scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson responded publicly to an email sent by Sean Davis of The Federalist. You can read it in its entirety on Facebook. To quickly review the situation that’s been unfolding in recent weeks, Sean found significant problems in various claims that Tyson makes as part of his public presentations on science. A newspaper headline touted for years by Tyson likely doesn’t exist. The exact quote he uses to bash members of Congress as being stupid also doesn’t exist. The details within one of Tyson’s favorite anecdotes — a story of how he bravely confronted a judge...
  • The $3,600 Reason a CNN Producer Reportedly Told Robert Zimmerman, ‘You and Your Brother Are Evil!’

    09/29/2014 3:47:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 29, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    In order to secure an interview with George Zimmerman, CNN reportedly offered to put up Zimmerman and his brother, Robert, at the Ritz-Carlton for three nights and pay for “everything” else they needed. At the end of their stay, CNN was given a $3,600 tab that included a large room service bill, spa treatments and “swag” from the gift shop, according to GQ. When the bill was sent to a CNN producer, he reportedly told Robert Zimmerman, “You and your brother are evil!” More from the GQ profile on the Zimmermans: The Zimmermans seized on their brief stint of subsidized...
  • Five Reasons Why You’re Too Dumb to Vote - Reason 1: You get your politics from Lena Dunham

    09/28/2014 4:04:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 28, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    If you would like to be filled with despair for the prospects of democracy, spend a few minutes attempting to decipher the psephological musings of Lena Dunham, the distinctly unappealing actress commissioned by Planned Parenthood to share with her presumably illiterate following “5 Reasons Why I Vote (and You Should, Too).” That’s 21st-century U.S. politics in miniature: a half-assed listicle penned by a half-bright celebrity and published by a gang of abortion profiteers. It is an excellent fit, if you think about it: Our national commitment to permanent, asinine, incontinent juvenility, which results in, among other things, a million or...
  • OK Horde, here's your chance to tell me I'm wrong [WeirdDave](Greg Gutfeld's UAE comment)

    09/28/2014 2:18:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | September 28, 2014 | Weird Dave
    Or right, I dunno, that's why I'm asking. I have this buddy on Facebook. Good guy, good friend, I like him a lot. He's an ex-nuc, if you've ever read Blind Man's Bluff, his boat was the subject of one of the stories in the book (he won't tell me which one, which is how it should be). In spite of the fact that he glows gently in the dark, I respect him a great deal. Which is why I was surprised when he posted a link to this article and indicated his approval. If you don't want to click...
  • Backstabber Nicolle Wallace Admires Palin Family for Sticking Together

    09/27/2014 12:36:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | September 27, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Sarah Palin is known for having the backs of conservatives. Nicolle Wallace is not. Wallace, who has elevated her profile in the liberal press and most likely got her co-hosting job on the The View solely because she stabbed Palin and other conservatives in the back to please the media elite, proved it again this week while gossiping about a story in which the Palin family allegedly brawled to defend their eldest son, who was reportedly attacked at a party in Alaska. According to Newsbusters, Wallace said on Monday's The View, "I mean, sometimes with the Palins, it's exactly what...
  • ‘The View's’ Nicolle Wallace on Working for Sarah Palin: I Have Political Staffer Version of PTSD

    09/22/2014 11:30:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Wrap ^ | September 22, 2014 | Ryan O'Connell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The conservative co-host suggested she didn't enjoy working for Palin during a segment about the former VP's bar brawl scandal.“The View” co-host Nicolle Wallace explained on Monday how she was struck with fear after she heard Sarah Palin was speaking out for the first time since her family was allegedly involved in a bar brawl. “I worked for Sarah Palin,” Wallace said. “I have the political staffer version of PTSD, so whenever I hear that she's breaking her silence, my heart stops.” Whoopi Goldberg led off the “Hot Topic” segment by referring to Palin as a “crazy politician,” and the...
  • Ouch! NYT TV Critic Says CBS's Version of Secretary of State Hillary Is 'Hillary With a Human Face'

    09/20/2014 7:00:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 20, 2014 | Tim Graham
    CBS is putting its Hillary-inspired drama "Madam Secretary" on Sunday nights next to "The Good Wife." In Friday's New York Times, TV critic Alessandra Stanley discussed the two shows and slammed Hillary. "Hillary Rodham Clinton is the obvious inspiration, but this is Hillary with a human face," she wrote. During the Cold War, reporters would suggest a kinder, gentler Marxist regime was "communism with a human face." Stanley continued: "Téa Leoni, who has a husky voice and a loose, engaging manner, is an unusually likable beauty. As Elizabeth McCord, she has all the brains and determination of the original and...
  • It's Time To Wake Up And Move On From Sarah Palin

    09/20/2014 2:37:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | September 17, 2014 | Chrysler Summer
    Talk about stretching your 15 minutes of fame into an hour. I cannot understand for the life of me why Sarah Palin is still talked about, listened to, reported on, or even thought about. The former Governor and former Vice Presidential candidate resigned from office back in 2009 and suffered one of the most crushing losses in a national election when she and Senator John McCain took on Barack Obama back in 2008, six years ago. Yet, with no public office, no real platform, no official position with the Party and no real legacy nationally or in Alaska, she still...
  • The View From Hell: Nicole Wallace And Hostility To Conservative Women

    09/18/2014 1:12:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 17, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    For a long time before I became a reporter, I never paid attention to bylines — the announcement of who wrote a given article. That all changed for me one day when I was sitting at Jimmy T’s Diner in Washington, D.C., reading a hate-filled “fashion” column that was nothing more than the projection of angry liberal political views. It was so awful that I wanted to know who wrote it. The author, Robin Givhan, of course went on to win a Pulitzer. I’m part of a profession that rewards liberal political views above most all else. Along similar...
  • A Time for Choosing “Local Choice” Has Arrived

    09/16/2014 9:46:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Kerri Toloczko
    News and entertainment are central to our lives, but public policy and legislation relating to television programming access can be confusing. Broadcast, cable and satellite TV issues are full of intimidating acronyms and baffling terminology. And most consumers have no idea that Washington’s power elites are mucking around inside their television sets. Following the bouncing ball of technical details and micro-policies is bewildering, but the need for reform is clear and essential legislation is finally making its way through Congress. American consumers are paying more than necessary for viewing services because of an outmoded legislative framework governing the broadcast and...
  • Barefoot Rosie O’Donnell Professes Love For Nicolle Wallace In Return To ‘The View’

    09/15/2014 9:18:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | September 15, 2014 | Lisa de Moraes
    An overhauled The View kicked off this morning with no fireworks, but, of course, it’s only Day 1. The show opened glutinously, with The New Ladies Of The View kissing the rings of Barbara Walters, sitting on a throne, who ordered them to “go out there and let them see why we have the best show in daytime TV.” (Babs stuck around for the rest of the show, looking sort of third wheel-ish, according to a source.) Whoopi Goldberg assumed her long-held position of air traffic controller, settling that question for now as to whether she or Rosie O’Donnell would...
  • The Problems With Meet The Press Are Not Unique To Meet The Press

    09/07/2014 6:40:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    News broke this week that Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert, will be a regular part of the “revamped” Meet The Press starting today. He’s 29, has worked for NBC News since graduating college, and…that’s about it. His last name is the only qualification he possesses for joining the “team” of the longest running show on television. If this, and the other personnel decisions that have been announced, is NBC’s plan to save the once-great show, Meet The Press is screwed. The new host, Chuck Todd, is a fine choice. But that’s just one piece of the puzzle....
  • My Secret Shame: I'm Addicted To '19 Kids and Counting'

    09/05/2014 4:16:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    The new season of "19 Kids and Counting" is here. And I'm excited. So what? Generally speaking, I enjoy the most salacious, violent and depressing television shows I can find. Maybe it's just a perverse form of escapism, maybe it's the high quality of shows being produced these days, but I can't resist "prestige" television -- "The Wire," "Breaking Bad," "Fargo," "The Sopranos," "Game of Thrones," "House Of Cards," "The Walking Dead" and so on. For that matter, I also hung around for four seasons of "The Killing" and watched every episode of the "Halt and Catch Fire." So, apparently,...
  • Jon Stewart and Anti-Semitism

    09/04/2014 4:31:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    I've been accused of anti-Semitism twice, and I still bristle. The first was after the Buchanan presidential run of '92, which I supported, and which triggered an ugly whisper campaign in Hollywood suggesting an anti-Semitic streak lurking under the hood. The second time, 10 years ago, was a frontal attack. I had conducted a teleconference, involving a dozen or more journalists, to unveil the results of a study conducted by the Parents Television Council involving Hollywood and religion. I learned about an hour later that Lynn Smith of the L.A. Times was working up a story suggesting I'd made anti-Semitic...
  • ‘Cops’ Crew Member Killed by Omaha Police

    08/28/2014 2:24:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Broadcasting & Cable ^ | August 27, 2014 | Daniel Holloway
    Bryce Dion, a 38-year-old crew member for the series Cops was shot and killed by police in Omaha Tuesday night during the filming of an episode. A 32-year-old robbery suspect was also killed in the incident. Dion was accompanying police responding to an armed robbery at a Wendy’s restaurant. The Omaha World-Herald reported that Dion was killed after three officers opened fire in response to shots the suspect, Cortez Washington, fired with an Airsoft pellet gun. Dion was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but was shot under the left arm in an unprotected area. Dion was a seven-year veteran of the...
  • Oprah’s network sends Iyanla Vanzant, spiritual life coach, to ‘heal’ Ferguson

    08/27/2014 8:27:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post's Style Blog ^ | August 27, 2014 | Emily Yahr
    Last week, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network announced that it was sending Iyanla Vanzant — minister, spiritual life coach, host of OWN’s “Iyanla, Fix My Life” — to Ferguson, Mo., following the death of Michael Brown and the “subsequent unrest” in the town. The stated goal was for Vanzant to film a special episode of her TV show and “to listen to the people who have been adversely affected and to join the community in finding a path from violence into healing.” This news was met with a hefty amount of skepticism. It’s one thing for news cameras to be in...
  • Fox News Hits Ratings Highs, MSNBC Sputters in Busy Week

    08/26/2014 2:14:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Variety ^ | 8/25/14 | Rick Kissell
    A busy week in news was a good one for Fox News Channel, which logged its second highest-rated frame of the year, but a weak one for MSNBC, which found itself deep in third place. FNC, with several shows hitting 2014 highs, won in adults 25-54 and total viewers on both a primetime and total-day basis for Monday through Friday of last week. Tune-in was above average across the news board due to coverage of the protests in Ferguson and the murder of James Foley. Looking at the Nielsen numbers, Fox News averaged 443,000 adults 25-54 in primetime to finish...
  • 'Dating Naked' contestant sues for $10 million after blur failed

    08/22/2014 12:05:10 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 115 replies
    MSN ^ | 08/22/2014 | Jason Hughes
    <p>According to the suit, Nizewitz signed on to the show before it had a name. She claims she was advised of the nudity, but was assured that all frontal and genital nudity would be blurred. During one brief moment, though, during a "wrestling takedown" of her date, her crotch was allegedly flashed on the screen without blurring.</p>
  • Mayim Bialik: I've lost many fans, but I'm still a Zionist (article + great video)

    08/16/2014 12:07:37 PM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 44 replies
    Ynet ^ | 08.15.14 | Staff
    The Jewish star of CBS's "The Bing Bang Theory," says she has lost a lot of fans in the past month because of her support for Israel, but that "it's OK. I love you more than popularity, even when you make me crazy. And even though I don’t always agree with Israeli policy, I’m still a Zionist." In a post titled, "Why I wear my Jewish star," Bialik wrote that following the Israeli operation in Gaza and what she had been through in the past month, she truly understood for the first time why Jews who previously hadn't worn skullcaps...
  • Actor had 'serious money troubles' after $30million divorce bills

    08/12/2014 2:05:55 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 12, 2014 | Sara Nathan for MailOnline
    As he stepped out on stage last year to hawk his big TV comeback in front of advertisers, comedy great Robin Williams joked it was 'nice to have a job where the checks will clear.' After making his name as the eccentric and beloved alien on 1970s TV hit Mork and Mindy, Robin transferred his attentions to Hollywood with a stream of box office hits. But after acclaim and an Oscar, the movie career started to dry up and the actor signed up for CBS show The Crazy Ones, a small-screen comedy about a 'renowned and slightly unhinged' advertising genius/madman....
  • When Grace was a Staple of Popular Entertainment

    08/09/2014 7:07:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 8, 2014 | ANTHONY ESOLEN
    I haven’t watched more than two episodes of any contemporary television series in twenty years, but I do watch baseball and football and so I get a fair barrage of commercials advertising what is supposed to be funny or “edgy” or seriously dramatic and so forth. My wife likes to watch home decorating shows and cooking shows, so that I overhear some of the stuff that comes on after the show she’s wanted to watch has concluded.It strikes me—and she confirms my impression by her observations—that there’s a real meanness in much of what comes on the air even...
  • Liberal Nicolle Wallace Is the New 'Conservative' Host on The View?

    08/09/2014 3:40:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 8, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    According to speculation by the Daily Mail on Friday, Nicolle Wallace, a liberal Republican who worked on John McCain's 2008 campaign and famously feuded with Sarah Palin, has been selected to fill the "conservative" seat on ABC's The View. The rumor comes a day after the producer of the left-wing Rachel Maddow Show was hired to run the ABC chat show. Daily Mail writer Topper Toussaint claimed, "Commentator S.E. Cupp was also considered, but clashed with Rosie [O'Donnell]." He added, "'Rosie told her that her approach was just like Elisabeth Hasselbeck, which did not sit well,' according to the show...
  • Shake-up at The View: Two relative unknowns chosen to fill seats vacated by McCarthy and Shepherd

    08/08/2014 9:47:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 7, 2014 | Topper Toussaint
    It is one of the hottest gigs in daytime television. And MailOnline can reveal that producers of The View will surprise audiences next season, when they replace departing hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd with two relative unknowns. Political commentator Nicolle Wallace and October Gonzalez (wife of NFL star Tony) are expected to join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell in September. Wallace, 42, is a novelist and political commentator for MSNBC who has appeared as a guest on The View. The former communications chief to George W. Bush, she will fill its 'conservative' hot seat vacated by Jenny McCarthy. She...
  • Can Sarah Palin’s $100-A-Year Channel Succeed? The Future Of Media Would Like To Know

    08/08/2014 2:39:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | August 8, 2014 | Hillary Reinsberg
    If people are willing to pay up for niche channels, Palin might be online video’s next guinea pig.In the introduction to her new online video channel, Sarah Palin announces how she’s going to turn traditional media on its head. She’ll, naturally, “cut through the sound bytes” and “through the media’s politically correct filter.” But she may also do something else for media in the process, which is test the hypothesis that there may be a business in getting people to pay $100 a year to watch a niche streaming tv channel. After seeing a solo act like Glenn Beck succeed...
  • Tea Party Darling Palin In Talks For Spot On ‘The View’—‘Exactly What ABC Needs,’ Claims Source

    08/07/2014 1:13:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Radar Online ^ | August 7, 2014
    Tea Party darling Sarah Palin‘s recently launched video channel is not just a place where she can express her controversial conservative views: RadarOnline.com has learned that it’s an audition tape of sorts because the former Alaska governor is openly competing for a spot on The View! “Sarah has been in talks with The View to become a part of the cast as the voice of the far right,” an insider revealed. “During talks, it was brought to Sarah’s attention that mainstream Americans haven’t heard from her in a while, despite her appearances on Fox News. Being very media savvy, Governor...
  • When Ideology Trumps Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos on Global Warming

    08/07/2014 5:48:05 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 23 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 6, 2014 | Jay W. Richards
    When Ideology Trumps Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos on Global Warming Jay W. Richards August 6, 2014 1:15 PM | Permalink I finally had a chance to watch the twelfth, penultimate episode of Cosmos, "The World Set Free." I was out of the country in June when it originally aired, but since there's no doubt the series is headed into the schools and remains relevant, I'll take this opportunity to comment. The episode stands out from most previous installments. Just when we've grown accustomed to circuitous narrative threads with obscure segues from one topic to the next, we get...
  • Pluto TV launches #SarahFailin

    08/05/2014 10:01:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Hill's In The Know gossip blog ^ | August 5, 2014 | Judy Kurtz
    Sarah Palin’s new eponymous channel already has some competition from an online video platform that’s taking a swipe at the Republican firecracker, and devoting its entire lineup to all things Palin. The one-time GOP vice presidential candidate announced last month the creation of her subscriber-based news site, SarahPalinChannel.com. Now, Pluto.TV is launching its own “#SarahFailin” channel, which it says features a “tongue-in-cheek mashup” of Palin’s “most (in)famous broadcast T.V. interviews and parodies of the ‘Going Rogue’ author.” The online video channel, which curates content from across the internet as well as traditional television shows, launched this week.
  • Will 'Sister Wives' Kids Be Polygamists Too? It Depends on the Kid

    08/03/2014 6:22:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Bustle ^ | August 3, 2014 | Jodi Walker
    There are plenty of concerning things about the Browns’ lives on Sister Wives that the average audience member wouldn’t be accustomed to — for example, just how do they afford four McMansions in Nevada? Perhaps the most unfamiliar thing about the Browns’ unusual lifestyle choice, however, is just how many children they have. Like the Duggars before them, the Browns are working in the high teens of offspring (17, to be exact), but unlike the Duggars, the Brown children have… mother-aunts? And if you’re at all curious about their parents’ polygamist lifestyle, then certainly you’ve wondered: Will their 17...
  • Smarter than Thou: Neil deGrasse Tyson and America’s nerd problem

    07/30/2014 8:24:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The National Review ^ | July 30, 2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    ‘My great fear,” Neil deGrasse Tyson told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in early June, “is that we’ve in fact been visited by intelligent aliens but they chose not to make contact, on the conclusion that there’s no sign of intelligent life on Earth.” In response to this rather standard little saw, Hayes laughed as if he had been trying marijuana for the first time. All told, one suspects that Tyson was not including either himself or a fellow traveler such as Hayes as inhabitants of Earth, but was instead referring to everybody who is not in their coterie. That, alas, is...
  • Why Sarah Palin TV makes perfect sense ("Oprahesque")

    07/29/2014 7:58:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's She The People ^ | July 29, 2014 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    Although it took six years for her to do it, former mayor of Wasilla/Alaska governor/GOP vice presidential nominee, and current author/Fox analyst/Tea Party favorite/social media pioneer/reality TV star and all around muckraker Sarah Palin has finally landed on her most perfect title: founder, The Sarah Palin Channel. Looking back, shouldn’t we have seen this Oprahesque turn coming all along? Palin, a communications major, always made for great TV. Even when she stumbled her way through those Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson interviews in 2008, it was cringe-worthy, but hard to turn away. Well, maybe, she hasn’t always made for great...
  • How Sarah Palin could change the media, and why she won’t

    07/29/2014 6:46:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's Act Four ^ | July 29, 2014 | Alyssa Rosenberg
    I do not care very much about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s waning influence on American political life. But I confess an ongoing fascination with Palin as a media phenomenon. As she vacillates between the Fox News stints that keep her political clout alive and the reality television gigs that seem like a more natural fit for her talents, I always wonder whether this is the moment that she will commit to a single path. The debut of the Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based multimedia site that Palin and her team launched yesterday, is a disappointing combination of these muddled...
  • Glenn Beck: Conservatives Won’t Win on Immigration

    07/28/2014 8:37:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 28, 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    Conservatives Republicans and liberal Democrats have dug in their heels on immigration and Glenn Beck has picked his side. But he doesn’t think it’s the winning one. “I have to tell you, I’m gravely concerned because I don’t think we’re going to win this immigration battle,” Beck said on his radio show Monday. “I really don’t. I think it’s going to go the way it always does. Because they’re (liberals) going to win the PR battle. And the president is going to change the subject and he’s going to make it about impeachment.” Some high-profile Republicans, like former Alaska Gov....
  • The nine lives of Sarah Palin

    07/28/2014 7:42:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 28, 2014 | Sebastian Payne
    Sick of the “media filter”? Have $99.95 to spare? Sarah Palin has the answer with The Sarah Palin Channel, a new Web site full of news, videos, chats and exclusive insights into the life of the mamma grizzly. This new venture is the latest attempt to capitalize on Brand Palin, which has been through several iterations over the years. In fact, Palin has a remarkable ability to reinvent herself, both in politics and the media, when a venture comes to a halt. Here are nine times that Palin has managed to turn her hand at a new venture. 1. Mayor...
  • TCA: CBS’ ‘Madam Secretary’ Sprang From Hillary Clinton And Benghazi, Exec Producer Says

    07/27/2014 11:12:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | July 17, 2014 | Lisa De Moraes, TV Columnist
    CBS‘ new drama series Madam Secretary, in which Tea Leoni plays the Secretary of State, came about because of Hillary Clinton and Benghazi, exec producer Lori McCreary told TV critics today at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014. McCreary said she and Morgan Freeman had lunch with CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler about producing a scripted series for the network, after which, McCreary says, they set about “trying to come up with a great character…And then, guess what happened — the Benghazi hearings,” McCreary said. They went back to Tassler with the idea of a series about what it’s like...
  • Liberal Media Panel Blames Ted Cruz, American People for Harry Reid’s Do-Nothing Leadership

    07/27/2014 10:43:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | July 27, 2014 | Tim Cavanaugh
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Why has the Senate been unable to pass anything? According to an extraordinary panel of mainstream media personalities, it’s the fault of Republicans, or of the American people. On a Sunday discussion on NBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory railed against the “Do-Nothing Congress” and played a brief clip of Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz pointing out that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who controls the Senate agenda, is the logical person to hold accountable for stalled activities in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. Though the Cruz clip (which Meet the Press had been advertising for several days) came...
  • The ‘Sister Wives’ Effect: Can the U.S. Rebrand Polygamy?

    07/27/2014 7:01:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Highbrow Magazine ^ | July 25, 2014 | Stephanie Stark
    Earlier this month, TLC brought back "Sister Wives," a reality show featuring the Utah-based polygamist Brown family of four wives and 17 children, for another season. Since last season, the Browns struck down a major piece of state legislation that may pave the way for the legalization of polygamy under the guise of “religious freedom.” In a nod to anti-gay marriage advocates who warned the legalization of same-sex marriage would lead to other kinds of sexual freedoms, such as polygamy, the ruling is deemed a watershed moment for the rights of polygamist families— of which there is estimated to be...