Category Archives: Politics

Newt Gingrich: Not Sure (Just Yet) If He’ll Seek the Oval Office

Will Newt Gingrich have a go at Barack Obama‘s job?

That seems to be the question on a many a GOP mind these days—and a fear lurking in the not-so-distant-future for the Dems.

Interviewed on African American Conservatives, the former House Speaker addresses persistent chatter that he’ll toss his hat into the ring in the 2012 presidential race.

"That gives me a headache even thinking about it," Newt (above) tells us of imagining a Democratic strategy for winning in November.

"That gives me a headache even thinking about it," Newt (above) tells us of imagining a Democratic strategy for winning in November.

“Well, I don’t know quite what we’ll do,” he tells host Marie Stroughter. “We’ll decide that probably next March.

“What I’m focused on is a project we have called 10MillionVoters.com, which is an American solutions project to turn people out this fall, to make sure they go vote,” he continues.

“Because if everybody who agrees with our values goes to vote this fall, we will win a tremendous, stunning election.

“So I’m really not thinking Continue reading

Lawrence O’Donnell: My MSNBC Guests Are Less Politically Astute Than I Am

It’s tough being Lawrence O’Donnell—what with knowing more about politics than many of his guests.

Interviewed on Mr. Media, the host of MSNBC’s new political-commentary show, The Last Word—who previously served as a guest host on Countdown with Keith Olbermann—‘fesses up a long-simmering frustration.

“Frequently—because I worked in politics, because I worked in government—in the past, as a host, I’ve been sitting there knowing more than my guest, and I am being forced to ask a question of someone who knows less than I do,” Lawrence, who formerly served as staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and legislative aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, tells host Bob Andelman.

CAPTION: Lawrence: Finally got his own soapbox. (But can he get smarter guests?)

Lawrence: Finally got his own soapbox. (But will he be able to get more sagacious guests?)

‘There’s an awkward posture to that that I think we got away with, thanks to my acting skills,” he adds.

Lawrence knows whence he speaks on the acting front, having been a producer and writer for NBC’s The West Wing (for which he won an Emmy), as well as creator and executive producer of Continue reading

Bristol Palin: I’m a Mom—So No Peek-a-Boo Costumes for Me on ‘Dancing with the Stars’!

Bristol Palin may be liberated enough to have had a kid out of wedlock at age 18, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be flashing any naughty bits on Dancing with the Stars.

Interviewed on Edgy Conservative, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s now-19-year-old daughter chats about competing on ABC’s hit reality series, Season 11 of which gets under way Sept. 20.

 "I highly doubt I would," Bristol (above with Tripp) says of running for office, "because I've seen such negative aspects of it."

"I highly doubt I would," Bristol (above with Tripp) tells us of running for office in the future, "because I've seen such negative aspects of it."

“People have been talking so much about how I’m going to wear the most modest things—and I’ve been criticized for that,” she tells hosts Nicole Coulter and Amy Thoms.

“But I’m not gonna show that much skin. That’s just not who I am.

“I want to be covered up, and the costumes are definitely gonna have to be tailored to how I am and how I dress,” continues Bristol, whose competition will include such vixens as Audrina Patridge, Jennifer Grey and Margaret Cho.

Moments later, when Amy points out that many of the female DWTS Continue reading

Dick Cheney: ‘Doing a Lot of Physical Therapy’ After Heart Surgery—but Hoping to Go Fishing Real Soon, Says Daughter Liz

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The former veep: Angling to get back to the Cowboy State asap.

You gotta hand it to Dick Cheney. Less that two months after doctors implanted a pump in his heart to compensate for increasing congestive heart failure, the 69-year-old former vice president—who has had five heart attacks over the past 32 years —is hard at work on his memoirs, while gearing up for some Continue reading

Media A-listers Keep ‘Mediaite’ Listeners Up to Date on Horrific BP Oil Spill

There’s no question that the Gulf Coast is in need of a gargantuan flushing as BP’s broken oil well continues to spew as many as 1.8 million gallons of crude a day into our environment.

But from the sound of things, such a clean-up won’t be happening anytime soon.

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Superstar spill coverage (l-r): Anderson, Brian, Kiran, Harry and Sam.

If it’s any consolation, however, BlogTalkRadio’s Mediaite—the companion radio show to leading media site Mediaite.com—has scored a royal flush on the news-update front.

Since last Wednesday, June 2, host Steve Krakauer has welcomed five of the biggest names in TV journalism, all of whom have weighed in live from the rapidly-blackening gulf waters:

NBC News anchor Brian Williams, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, CBS’ Early Show anchor Harry Smith, ABC Good Morning America weather editor Sam Champion, and CNN’s American Morning anchor Kiran Chetry.

Here are some highlights from Continue reading

Brian Williams to President Obama: We the Media Are Here at the Oil Spill Site to Stay

Don’t tell Brian Williams that NBC News will be leaving the site of the catastrophic BP oil spill any time soon.

“I got a kick out of President Obama saying that even when the cameras go away we’ll still be here for ya,” the anchor told our Mediaite host, Steve Krakauer, live from the Gulf Coast yesterday.

CAPTION: "It's pathetic to see those shrimp boats out there without their riggers that are usually filled with rigging to harvest shrimp from the gulf," Brian (above) tells us.

"It's pathetic to see those shrimp boats out there without their riggers that are usually filled with rigging to harvest shrimp from the gulf," Brian (above) told us.

“That ain’t the way this is going to play out. If anything, the cameras being here have compelled outside interests, the government and BP to kick this into another gear.

“I think that with all due respect, the president might have had his scenario off by 180 degrees,” Brian continued.

“So we’ll keep coming back here. We won’t take our eyes off this region. And we haven’t since we knew we had a category-five storm off the coastline five years ago.”

Brian also expressed concern for the Continue reading

BlogTalkRadio’s ‘Aspiring Rush Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys,’ Says L.A. Times, ‘Take Their Mission Just as Seriously’

The days of BlogTalkRadio being the best-kept secret in conservative chatter are clearly over.

Today—as the Los Angeles Times attests in a story headlined “Aspiring Rush Limbaughs Take to Web Radio”—millions of Americans are turning in to our humble network for news, opinions and information not always given equal (if any) time in the mainstream media.

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"It's just turned into a big snowball," Marie (above) tells the Times of her show's popularity.

That while hundreds more are getting behind the mic to give voice to the groundswell of political discontent raging from coast to coast.

Three such citizen broadcasters are Marie Stroughter, host of African-American Conservatives (or AACONS), and Luis Bermudez and Ethan Koelsch, hosts of EJ and the Bear.

Marie, writes the Times, “was frustrated by how few fellow African Americans she saw in conservative politics.

“Along with her husband and a friend she met on the social networking site Twitter, Continue reading

Jackie Mason to Jay Leno: Don’t Be Afraid to Joke About Obama!

Here’s a new one: An iconic Jewish comedian whose politics lean to the (gulp) right.

Interviewed on Accuracy in Media’s Take AIM, Jackie Mason expresses his concern about the “Obama Effect” on his fellow funnymen.

"It's easier to insult someone's mother than it is to insult Barack Obama," Jackie (above) tells us.

"It's easier to insult someone's mother than it is to insult Barack Obama," Jackie (above) tells us.

“All the comedians are on his side. They’re all very leftist liberals. So they don’t even tell a joke about Barack Obama,” the onetime rabbi tells host Roger Aronoff.

“They just do worshipful speeches about him. All of a sudden he became god to them. They sound like, when they refer to him, like he’s the pope.

“They’re afraid to mention one critical word about him. So the humor has left all the comedians, even Jay Leno,” continues Jackie, who played Jew #1 at the Spanish Inquisition in Continue reading