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Biggest Gaffe Ever At MSNBC?


Lindsay Lohan

In the words of of Belle Carroca (Lanie Kazan) in the film classic, My Favorite Year, "This I did not even know."

And I'm willing to bet, MSNBC didn't know it either.

Joy Reid needed smelling salts after collapsing on stage hearing this. Reports are that she's fully recovered and won't miss any additional work at MSNBC.

MSNBC Fact checkers? Can you please clean up the mess in front of the White House lawn. Her name is Chris Jansing and she needs some schooling. Oh, and a washcloth to remove the egg from her face.

It seems the mush-headed thinking reporter, Jansing (who must have taken too much of her medication before going on air) claims she was talking about the President's father, not the President.

But if you hear her go on, she's absolutely talking about the President as she refers to his election and his expectations he'd do great things for Africa after his election sure make this reporter look awfully unprepared and quite ignorant.

The President's Kenyan father was never elected to anything as far as anyone fact checking can find. Quite a gaffe from a woman who will most certainly be the laughing stock of MSNBC for years to come. Her next assignment will probably be getting someone coffee at the news outlet, not reporting from the White House.


Fox News Doesn't Understand Reality From Satire


Howard Kurtz

It seems that even fake newscasters like Ted Baxter (Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Muppet Reporter (The Muppets) must have credibility standards -- that according to Fox New's resident bozo, Howard Kurtz.  Unbelievably, Mr. Kurtz doesn't know the meaning of satire nor comedy nor reality for that matter. He can't distinguish what's a send-up from whats real. Perhaps if you look at the content of Fox News, you can understand why. They don't know sh*t from Shinola at the Murdoch news fun factory.

The other night Stephen Colbert, on COMEDY CENTRAL, (note to Kurtz-- the first word of this cable outlet is "COMEDY") made fun of Fox's criticism and attack on Hillary Clinton as being too old to run for president.


Fox News has already sounded the alarm over Hillary Clinton's age, telling viewers that the possible Democratic presidential nominee is too old to run. Sure, Ronald Reagan may have been the same age as Clinton (and John McCain was older), but as Stephen Colbert points out: "Remember, those were man years."

Man years? What's the matter, Howard? You can't see the humor there? You really think there's something known as man years?

So, it seems that Mr. Kurtz feels that even satirists like Colbert or actor-portrayed characters must have standards of "truthiness" (a Colbert word). I bet Kurtz thought Archie Bunker was a real guy who lived at 704 Hauser Street in Queens, NY.

Sorry to burst your bubble over at Fox, Howard, but Colbert's character is not real. Maybe by Fox News standards he is, but even the slightest educated boob out there can tell the difference. You go to Comedy Central for comedy. You go to Fox News for... come to think of it, why do people go to Fox News? Perhaps its for comedy as well. It certainly isn't for news if Howard Kurtz is any indication.


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



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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Michael Hastings Death -- Accident or Murder


Michael Hastings

Well, it didn't take long for speculation and conspiracy theories to rear themselves up.  The saddest part of all is that Hasting's voice has been silenced.

The question is why?  Was this just a tragic accident or is there more to this story.  There are some mighty strong assertions going around that make one easily believe he was just speeding, lost control, hit a palm tree and his car exploded.  Why was he speeding?  Was he being stalked?  Why was he going to be dropping off the grid as he said in an email just hours before he died.

Here's a bit of substantiation that Hastings was concerned with his situation, at the very least.  Just hour before his death, he sent this email to staff at BuzzFeed, where he was employed.  The recipients' names have been redacted.

Subject: FBI Investigation, re: NSA

Hey (redacted names) -- the Feds are interviewing my "close friends and associates." Perhaps if the authorities arrive "BuzzFeed GQ," er HQ, may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices or related journalism issues.

Also: I'm onto a big story, and need to go off the rada[r] for a bit.

All the best, and hope to see you all soon.


What were his recent investigations about to reveal? How do disgraced Generals McChrystal and Patreus enter into the picture?

The LA Times reported that Hastings was researching a story about a privacy lawsuit brought by Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite who took center stage in the Petraeus cheating scandal, against the Department of Defense and the FBI. According to a person close to Kelley, the paper said, Hastings had plans to meet a representative of hers to discuss the case next week.

If this haunts you as it does me, watch this video clip from Newsy US News and Melissa Jeltsen on HuffPo.

Technical issues prohibit me from putting the video right here.  But please take the time to click over and watch for yourself.  You'll be sorry if you don't.