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GottaLaff on Nicole Sandler: The News Has Been Cancelled - Audio

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If an event happens - say systematic torture - and no news outlet reports it, did it happen?

From the RadioOrNot website:

There is no more news. There’s infotainment and speculation and opinion and lots of made-up shit all masquerading as “news,” but make no mistake, the news has been canceled.

Today’s “news” casts on TV are anything but the objective, fact-based reports on the day’s events they used to be. A Washington Post obituary of “60 Minutes” Creator Don Hewittgets to the reason that the actual news can no longer be found on your television set:

GottaLaff is a regular contributor to the site and has been for several years.

Here's the podcast:

The News Has Been Canceled…and That’s the Way it Is

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Fox News: Let's School The Lefties On Food Stamps

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Boy, when you want to tell a whopper of a tale, there's nobody better than the news writers over at Fox News. They can spin a simple getting a sliver in your finger into a conspiracy from the wood products industry along with the physicians and surgeons guild (if there really was one) to rampantly perform amputations to boost up the artificial limbs industry.

Face it, they never met a factual molehill they couldn't turn into a mountain. And there's no one better at pointing out these absurdities than Jon Stewart.

We all know that the recent, racial animus that our Republican House and Senate members have been espousing lately is well documented by their promotion department, aka Fox News. It's down with food stamps because it enables lazy Blacks (actually a majority or recipients are white) to sit home and eat well. Paul Ryan, of brown paper bag fame wants to eliminate school lunches altogether because we shouldn't be encouraging lazy urban (read minority) single parents not to look for jobs. And hey, what's with that awful extension of the long term unemployment bill the Senate voted on the other day? That's again so totally wrong. If the unmotivated, unemployed (in GOP talk, that's code for minorities) don't want to work, why should we reward them?

In response to The Daily Show's mocking of Fox New's biased and bigoted reporting, the Rupert Murdoch stooges chose to take on Jon Stewart and Comedy Central. They elected to "school" the comedian/satirist. Bad move, Fox. You had to know your outrageous 'response-to-the-response' was coming. And boy, did it ever. Stewart eviscerates Fox like he's dueling with an unarmed man. Watch:

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Hannity Threatens To Leave In A Huff, Or A Minute And A Huff

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When Jon Stewart's Daily Show takes on a pressing issue, they know how to do it right. They hold nothing back and, painful as it may be, give us the truth and nothing but.

Sean Hannity's threatened departure from New York is a perfect example of The Daily show laying all emotions bare, exposing raw nerves, revealing our true love, even if it's man-on-man love, for one of Fox New's most vaunted icons.

Please take a moment, let your senses savor Nathan Lane, the cast of The Jersey Boys and the many regular people on the streets of the Big Apple imploring Mr. Hannity to reconsider his threatened exile. Here's what this conservative giant among mankind means to them, the city of New York, and the rest of the world.

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Sunday Talkers - Unemployment No Longer A Problem

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That's the amount of coverage the four largest Sunday talkers ("Fox News Sunday," ABC’s "This Week," NBC’s "Meet The Press," and CBS’ "Face The Nation")  gave to the crisis of the long term unemployment extension that ran out right after Christmas. From that , you can only draw one conclusion: unemployment is no longer a problem.

Who's going to break this joyous news to the 1.3  million unemployed who've had their benefits cut? Or the additional 3 million family members of this socio-economic formerly depressed group? Certainly not the public service shows whose responsibility it is to report and examine such pressing issues.

Last Sunday I took these chat fests to task over their not mentioning anything about the West Virginia water poisoning. This week they've gone to, as a member of Chris Christie's inner circle, David Waldman reported, "radio silence."

Fortunately, I was able to grab a screen shot of the CNN talker just before camera's began to roll. That's Candy Crowley on the right.

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To the defense of the talk shows, they did have a lot to cover. And certainly who can argue that the future of 4.5 million Americans potentially starving, living without heat or shelter could possibly be as important as Chris Christie possibly blocking the George Washington Bridge, Obama's allowing us to be spied on, Edward Snowden being accused by right wingers of working for the Russians, and Robert Gates' new book where he confesses to being a borderline alcoholic having to knock back a stiff one every night to deal with the pressures of his job?

Priorities are important. But where does the well-being of fellow Americans rate? Certainly on Sunday public service qualifying shows who have a responsibility by law to provide public service information, the plight of the long-term unemployment barrier is quite insignificant.

Or maybe the truth is that it's these shows that are not significant. You could make that argument easily based on what they fail to report, more than what they do cover.

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Brit Hume Admits Gay Bromance With Chris Christie

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Has Brit Hume, Fox News mainstay blown his cover and outed himself -- like in gay outing?

If you watched him in action this past Sunday, he did everything but openly profess his love for the tarnished and perhaps criminal New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. I guess Brit just loves those "bad boy" types. If I was Mrs. Gov. Christie, I'd keep my man on a short leash. If he starts asking you what drawer he can find his leather chaps in, gather the kids and start packing.

Watch this and you'll understand:

To Christie's defense, he hasn't returned the love -- yet. But even in the unrequited state, this public display of affection is causing tongues to wag.

Now if I was God -- there's a scary thought -- and I was going to make little boys and girls, I would start with the basics from the nursery rhyme:

What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Slugs and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of.
What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice
And everything nice,
That's what little girls are made of.

But Brit Hume has more on his LGBT leaning agenda. And good for you Brit. It takes all kinds in this world. This newsman's set his "ideal man" agenda to include "masculine and muscular," "old-fashioned and tough" and risk takers to the point of being a bully. His foremost model of this? Chris Christie.

Really? Boil this down, then, Brit. Chris Christie is a today's man because he's muscular? Where? This man is obese, not muscular. He didn't work out to be that large. He let himself go. And masculine? Really? Nerd maybe, but masculine. Being petty, arrogant,and insulting are hardly traits one associates with "a man." You might find those attributes in a stereotypical characterization on a bad gay affectation on Will and Grace.

The truth is that love between any two legal age, consenting people is fine in my book. But I think Christie is already spoken for, Brit. So maybe you should put on your leathers and beat it down to a West Hollywood gay bar and cruise. There's sure to be some bear who meets your criteria for a manly lover.

But please do us all a favor. If you're going to come out to America, please don't revolt us with your pick. Just keep it to yourself. Your bromantic leading man might soon find himself out of a job and perhaps even behind bars. Do you really want to be one of those prison widows left waiting 10-20 for your "man" to come home?

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Sunday Talkers Shame Themselves

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The only thing missing from yesterday's Sunday talk show openings was the Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton singing the duet of, "Baby It's Cold Outside." It's actually quite a good rendition. You can see it here.

But are these chatfests, Meet the Nation, Face the Nation, This Week, Fox News Sunday, etc. really doing their jobs -- providing a public service? Bringing us unfiltered news? I think not.

Yesterday they all began with a moment about the cold weather, then immediately went into full Chris Christie coverage. What everyone of these shows ignored was this:

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The emergency began Thursday following complaints to West Virginia American Water about a licorice-type odor in the tap water. The source: the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, which had leaked out of a 40,000-gallon tank at a Freedom Industries facility along the Elk River.

Here it is, Sunday, four days later, and over 300,000 West Virginians were still without clean tap water. They can't drink the contaminated water, can't bath in it, can't cook with it, can't do wash in it, and yet how much coverage did it get on the public service shows? Zilch.

But doesn't this crisis meet national standards? If a spill like this can happen in W.V. it can happen anywhere. Should we be investigating how it happened and seek out safeguards? Evidently not if the victims are in West Virginia.

The network news talkers are treating this less than a throw-away story. If mentioned at all, it's like "Entire neighborhood all paint their houses the same color of grey." What they leave out is that all of these houses were painted in lead-based paint and everyone in the neighborhood is going to die of cancer. If it's not a Republican or Democratic attack, it's not worthy of the Sunday talkers. And that's why these supposed news shows should be embarrassed and reprimanded. They owe everyone an apology for spitting on the urgent and legitimate problems of one of our fifty states. A chemical spill effecting so many IS NEWS.

Now the EPA is constantly coming under attack on Sunday GOP talkers as an example of over-regulation. Republicans use this ruse almost almost as much as the concern over voter fraud in their Red states or the damage same-sex marriage is causing their "normal" marriage. Yet when a disaster strikes, why the crickets? Why not demonstrate what the EPA does? If it wasn't for them, these innocent people, victims of a dangerous chemical spill might be glowing in the dark or have three ears by now.

What's equally startling is that there isn't even an adequate clean-up plan in force to allow such a vast sum of people to be provided with bottled water and food to get them through this crisis time. This Elk River, where the chemicals spilled, runs for hundreds of miles, reaching both the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. We're talking potentially half of our nation being affected.

To me that's news. Grumpy Chris Christie playing dumb or lying about his part or knowledge in his bridge-gate scandal is news, and should be covered, but so should the plight of the victims half of our nation. When a hurricane displaces and damages vast swaths of land, the press is all over it. But in old West Virginia, not so much.

Beltway news is noisy, to say the least. But is it urgent or more important than pressing news about half our nation facing a possible poisoning? Hardly.

Maybe next time stations come up for licensing, lets remember that Meet the Press and the other talkers are just paid political content masquerading as public service. Maybe locally qualifying shows should be produced, (improving local economies) and demanded in their place if they're being done to meet the FCC public licensing obligations.

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Video- NYT: 2013 Year in Review- Breaking Down the Numbers

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