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Jon Stewart Schooled Tea Partiers For Racist Reactions To Nelson Mandela’s Death

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Jon Stewart kicked off this week’s “Daily Show” by shedding light on some truly odd reactions that some folks had about the passing of Nelson Mandela — including at least one prominent Republican.

Newt Gingrich and Ted Cruz, to their credit, offered sincere notes of gratitude for the South African leader’s life work on their respective Facebook pages. What they did not expect, however, were the swift and racist reactions they saw from several of their fans. Example: “This clench-first gorilla [sic] warrior does not deserve respect from informed Americans,” one user wrote on Gingrich’s Facebook.

Stewart was hardly surprised by the outpouring of bile. “Of course, that’s why the Internet was invented,” he said. “To say hateful things with greater efficiency, reach and freedom to keep people from finding out how truly disgusting you are in your home. ‘I would never say those things, it was Dr. Awesomeballs69!'”

Racist Facebook fans are one thing, but Stewart could not let an actual Republican leader off the hook so easily. Rick Santorum, appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor,” somehow equated apartheid, South Africa’s former system of segregation that Mandela helped end, to the Affordable Care Act.

“The systemic subjugation of a race of people is different than the establishment of subsidized insurance exchanges,” Stewart helpfully explained before channeling his inner Julie Andrews with a “Sound of Music” parody: “Obamacaaare is not apartheeeeeid!”

Check out the clip above to see Stewart lay into the reactions to Mandela’s death.


Race Baiting

Rick Santorum Denies Making ‘Black People’ Remarks, Claims To Be ‘Bigger Player’ In 2012 Primary Race

Oh my goodness!  Recently, I may have “falsely” reported that Rick Santorum insulted black folks.  Mr. Santorum vehemently denies that he ever said:  I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money.  

Oh, wait, there’s video of Mr. Santorum making “the” statement and we all know that this is the information age and everything is recorded in one way or the other.  So, why would Mr. Santorum deny saying that he doesn’t want to give Black people other people’s money?

No wonder Newt Gingrich has attached himself to Santorum, they speak the same language.

The Huffington Post

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum denied recently making comments about “black people’s lives” after receiving criticism for the remarks.

Santorum took heat after saying, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” During an appearance on FOX News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” he denied ever making the comments, saying the remark was the result of “a little bit of a blurred word.”

“I looked at that, and I didn’t say that,” Santorum told O’Reilly. “If you look at it, what I started to say is a word and then sort of changed and it sort of — blah — came out. And people said I said ‘black.’ I didn’t.”

The GOP hopeful touted his past help of black colleges to further defend himself against criticism over the claims.

“And I can tell you, I don’t use — I don’t — first off, I don’t use the term ‘black’ very often. I use the term ‘African-American’ more than I use ‘black,” Santorum said. “I can tell you as someone who did more work for historically black colleges, I used to have — every year, I used to bring all the historically black colleges into Washington, DC to try to help them, because they get very little federal money through the bureaucracy, and so I help to try to introduce them to people in the Department of Education so they could have more resources.”

Santorum also got defensive over his presidential run less than a day after he took a close second place at the 2012 Iowa Caucuses, saying this campaign “isn’t my first rodeo.”

“I’ve been in a lot of tough campaigns in Pennsylvania,” Santorum said when asked if he is “ready to be demonized.”

“We’re going to have resources,” Santorum said. “We’re going to be a much bigger player than I think everybody anticipates right now.”


Bill O’Reilly, Tavis Smiley And Cornel West Have Fiery Clash Over Wall Street, Poverty 15min – Democratic Underground

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I don’t like Smiley, Prof. West or Bill O’Reilly.  To me, this video demonstrates a clash of egos and pompousness.

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Fox News Civil War: Geraldo “Owes” Bernie Goldberg “A Bloody Nose” Over Casey Anthony Verdict

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You may recall that Bernard Goldberg took a shot at Geraldo Rivera the other night on The O’Reilly Factor over the Casey Anthony verdict. Goldberg thought Anthony should have been found guilty, Rivera has adamantly argued otherwise on the show. Goldberg opined Rivera would have had a different opinion if it had been a trial of a “militia man in Arizona… accused of killing a Hispanic immigrant.” Last night (7/8/11), Rivera visited The Factor and didn’t just take exception to Goldberg’s words but said, “I owe him a bloody nose. I am serious.”

Specifically, Goldberg said about Rivera:

I wonder if Geraldo and others who think like Geraldo would be so open-minded if, let’s say, a militia man in Arizona was accused of killing a Hispanic immigrant and the evidence was similar to this case – a mountain of circumstantial evidence. Do you think Geraldo Rivera would go on the air and talk to you the way he did? …I don’t think he would speculate that maybe (someone other than Casey Anthony) did it, maybe (Anthony’s) crazy, maybe this, maybe that. This is ridiculous. If the man from Mars came down and he heard the evidence in this case, he’d say, “Well, of course she’s guilty.”

Last night, it was Rivera’s turn on The Factor. He called it “disgusting” that anyone should accuse him of being callous to the death of little Caylee Anthony because he found the prosecution case “thin.” Then he took aim at Goldberg:

For that snarky Bernie Goldberg to come on your program and to suggest that my view of the prosecution case would be different if the victim was a Mexican immigrant was a lying, low blow with heavy racial overtones and I owe him a bloody nose. I am serious.

O’Reilly who has a dubious record on race, himself, insisted Goldberg did not mean it in a racial way. I’m with Geraldo on this one. But you can decide for yourself.

Will there be another chapter when Goldberg returns for his weekly visit with O’Reilly next week? Stay tuned.

U.S. Politics

Ann Coulter Calls Princess Diana ‘Anorexic, Bulimic Narcissist’ (VIDEO)

Talk about Republicans and their uncanny ability to project their own worst faults on others, Ann Coulter has mastered the technique…

Huffington Post

Ann Coulter has some harsh words for the late Princess Diana.

The conservative commentator raised some eyebrows in a new interview with “The Insider” co-host Kevin Frazier.

“I find it a little baffling when Americans get so gaga-eyed over a princess. In particular Lady Di, who was just this anorexic, bulimic narcissist,” Coulter said.

Coulter, who was promoting her new book “Demonic: How The Liberal Mob Is Endangering America”, has professed contempt for Diana and the Royal Family before.

In April, Coulter appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” to call the late princess a “nitwit hussy” and said of the Royal Wedding: “It’s totally embarrassing Americans cared about that.”

She also said she was specifically going to be on a plane to France so she wouldn’t have to watch William and Kate’s nuptials.

Coulter did admit on her “Fox News” appearance that she looked up Kate Middleton and said, “She seems like a lovely woman, I feel sorry for the life she’s signed on to.”

Princess Diana was known not just for her royal title, but for being the “People’s Princess.” It was her philanthropy working to raise AIDS awareness and working towards a ban on landmines that won her the respect and admiration of many.See Video here…

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Stewart spars with O’Reilly over Common’s White House invite (Video)

As I viewed Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart’s debate performance I thought Stewart was intellectual and thoughtful while  Bill O’Reilly on the other hand, stuck with the usual Fox News demagoguery…


Comedian tells Fox News host: “You have to be consistent with your outrage”

Jon Stewart has already publicly derided several Fox News pundits for their horror over rapper Common’s invitation to a recent White House poetry evening. Last night he went a step further, debating the matter with Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

O’Reilly argued that people who sympathize with convicted “cop-killers” — such as Joanne Chesimard, whom Common has visited in Cuba — should not be allowed to entertain at the White House. Stewart fought back powerfully, pointing out that other singers who have performed at the White House (notably Bono, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan) have also voiced support for convicted criminals. He railed against O’Reilly’s perceived inconsistency: “There is a selective outrage machine here at Fox that pettifogs only when it suits the narrative that suits them. … You’ve got a lot of people that aren’t allowed to sit in the White House because they’ve written songs about people convicted of murder.”

Stewart finished by saying he thought the issue of Common’s White House invitation was a minor one, not worthy of the attention it has been receiving from Fox and other critics. “It saddens me to see you wasting your time,” he told O’Reilly. “It’s a poetry slam. Who gives a crap?”

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What To Expect From Tonight’s Debate Between Jon Stewart And Bill O’Reilly

There’s no doubt whatsoever that Jon Stewart will literally eviscerate Bill O’Reilly with this “debate”.  In my opinion, O’Reilly is a pompous blowhard, “know-thing-wanna be smart- but dumb as a ton of bricks-asshole”!


Last week’s controversy surrounding the White House performance by rapper (and Gap spokesman) Common wasn’t just overstated, but many felt that it was unfairly fueled by the right-of-center opinionators on Fox News. Take for example, Daily Show host Jon Stewart, who viciously went after Fox News over their coverage, in a segment that immediately became a viral sensation.

Fox News elder-statesman Bill O’Reilly respectfully took exception to Stewart’s critique, and gracefully invited the self-proclaimed fake newsman on to The Factor to debate the issue, which will air this evening. Fox News has released a preview of the segment below.

What can we expect from this debate? Unfortunately for many, it will likely be a disappointment born purely from unreasonable expectations. O’Reilly likes to talk about the “culture wars” and many will incorrectly see this debate in such a light. Yes, there are stark political differences between O’Reilly and Stewart, but they aren’t nearly the binary opposites as some would like to make them – they have far more in “common” than one might think at first blush.

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Lawrence O'Donnell

Donald Trump Birther Lies Destroyed By Lawrence O’Donnell

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No one can possibly take Donald Trump’s alleged candidacy seriously when there are several issues facing this country that could in fact be directly attributed to President Obama.  Instead Trump decides to go on his “birther” circuit across the networks and continue to look like a clown.  He is obviously not running for the Presidency because the topic he chose to exploit the president over is a non sequitur in the 2012 Campaign world.

Lawrence O’Donnell does what he does best on this issue…  


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O’Reilly And Hume Laud Idea Of American Exceptionalism In Obama Libya Speech

If Brit Hume and Bill O’Reilly are praising the president’s “Libya Speech”, either hell is about to freeze over or Obama is now officially “Republican-Lite”.


President Obama’s speech explaining America’s objectives in Libya strayed far from the partisan and, judging by the immediate response on the O’Reilly Factor, it may have won him some points on the right. Bill O’Reilly and Brit Hume assumed the task of giving the first reaction to his comments on Fox News, and while they were both somewhat disappointed in the lack of urgency, there was a mutual appreciation for his “emphasis on effectiveness” and American exceptionalism.

For O’Reilly, the most important meta-issue in the balance during the speech was the state of American exceptionalism in light of her third war in a decade. Having questioned that the President had, to a certain extent, permitted France to make the first move in the war rather than the pattern that emerged during the Bush administration of America acting preemptively, O’Reilly reiterated during his Talking Points Memo that “Gaddafi is a monster” and, as Americans, “we do not turn a blind eye to atrocities.” That said, he later told Hume that, while he believed Obama should have “just joined forces in the beginning” with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, his caution in approaching a new battle front was appreciated.

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Stephen Colbert Puts Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Wisconsin Palm Tree’ Context Into Context


While the internet went crazy over a 43-second clip from The O’Reilly Factor that seemed to catch the show in a lie, Mediaite exonerated The Factor by looking at a longer stretch of the same episode. Of course, context isn’t enough for some people, including The Colbert Report’s Stephen Colbert, who trained his satirical sights on “Papa Bear” Bill O’Reilly’s use of palm tree-laden footage during an interview about Wisconsin protesters even though he knew about the context provided by the earlier use of the footage.

At issue is O’Reilly’s insertion of a clip from a California protest as he interviewed reporter Mike Tobin about the protests in Wisconsin. The clip itself was clearly labeled “Union Protests” in the upper left-hand corner, and as Mediaite pointed out yesterday, had been used minutes earlier in a “Talking Points” segment about violent union protests writ large.

Now, Colbert uses satire, so while he seems to be “defending” O’Reilly, what he’s actually doing is suggesting that O’Reilly’s earlier use of the footage doesn’t constitute “context” so much as it does cover. He says “If Wisconsinites wanted O’Reilly to use footage of their protest, while he was talking about possible violence in Wisconsin, those peaceful Wisconsin protesters should have been violent.”    More here…

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