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Biggest Gaffe Ever At MSNBC?

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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.

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Two shows, two reviews, two painful reminders

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When I opened my morning paper, I came across two separate reviews of two very different shows: one live at the Hollywood Bowl ("Hair") and one a three-camera situation comedy on the Tee Vee Machine ("Partners"). It was striking that included in each of the reviews was a reminder of the sad state of affairs in this world. Maybe they should have reviewed "post racial America" and tragedies of war.

I was an usher at the original production of "Hair" at the Ivar Theater in Hollywood (godI'mold), and was completely and utterly swept away by that production. Anti-war protests were everywhere, bell bottom jeans were coming into fashion, and long-haired, pot-smoking, peace-loving hippies were a gentle, emerging force to reckon with. I wanted to be a part of the show, live the show, not seat audience members. It was a magical time, but also a scary one. I wore one of these proudly:

war is not healthy for children and other living things

Another focus of what seemed like perpetual protests was civil rights. One day, we dreamed, one day there would be equal rights for everyone regardless of color. In our idealistic vision, making a film like "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" would be a quaint period piece, not an expression of growing pains and hope or a demand for change.

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Those were the days, right? Sadly, those are still the days, right now as we speak.

Via L.A. Times theater critic Charles McNulty reviewing the '60s rock musical "Hair":

I worried that this co-opting of the 1960s — a criticism leveled at the musical at least since its Broadway premiere in 1968 — might be depriving a new generation of theatergoers the chance to connect to a radicalism that our own war-torn age could badly use. But the musical's tragic ending laid its punch. "Hair" is fun-loving but also serious-minded. I left humming "Let the Sunshine In" but also wondering how I could make a difference in a world once again going up in flames.

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Via L.A. Times TV critic Robert Lloyd reviewing the premier of a new sit-com starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence, "Partners":

A black actor and a white actor splitting top billing in a sitcom is enough of a rarity to be noted approvingly. And there are moments that suggest that the stars will find their footing. But for the nonce they're playing attitudes more than characters, and at times they seem to be in the same show only by virtue of sharing the shot.

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Splitting top billing in a prime time half-hour comedy between a black actor and a white one should not be a Moment of Happy rarity. Especially in 2014. It should be the damned norm. Sigh.

Let the sunshine in.

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Tuesday Links

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Lag Ba'omer in Hebron: Settlers light bonfire in Palestinian orchard

Benghazi Backfire: Fox News Has Lowest Rated Non-Holiday Week in 13 Years

Rush Limbaugh Compares Obama To Hitler And Brings Up Death Panels While Talking About VA

North Carolina deputy’s 5-year-old son shoots himself with service firearm

Gun-Nut Pulls Gun on Neighbor Who Asked Him to Turn Down Music

As Same Sex Marriage Bans Crumble, Republican Bigots Cling to Homophobia

Thailand army declares martial law

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Sunday Talkers

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Image: Politico

Please read about this week's Sunday talk show talkers here on Politico.

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Christmas Day Marathons 2013

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Via EW.

ABC Family Christmas movies (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Doctor Who (BBC, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) followed by Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor at 6 p.m., and additional specials Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith at 8 p.m. and Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor at 9 p.m. And if you miss them the first time around, the specials will air again immediately after The Time of the Doctor ends.

Hawaii Life (HGTV, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

Nightmare Next Door (ID, 2 a.m. to noon)

Man v. Food Nation (Travel, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) followed by Man v. Food (1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

Undercover Boss (TLC, Noon to next day)

Holmes Inspection (DIY, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.) followed by Holmes Makes It Right (Noon to next day)

A Christmas Carol on repeat starting at 12:05 p.m. (FXM)

Duck Dynasty (A&E, 6 p.m. through next day)

A Christmas Story on repeat starting on Christmas Eve and running until 6 p.m. Christmas Day (TBS)

“Oy! To The World: A Mel Brooks Christmas Marathon” in which Brooks hosts a marathon of his most acclaimed films, from The Producers to Robin Hood: Men in Tights. (Sundance, starting at 6 a.m.)

“A Very Quentin X-mas” marathon will feature Quentin Tarantino’s films, such as Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2.(ENCORE, starting at 11:30 a.m.)

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Payback time: You want speculation, news media? Fine. Let's speculate about you for a change.

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Day in and day out, I watch, read, listen, and write about news. And because I do so much watching, reading, and listening. I tend to notice recurring themes. A major recurring theme is how much time the so-called "news" [sic] media spends on speculation.

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Most of that speculation centers on the 2016 presidential election, focusing specifically on Hillary Clinton vs (currently) Chris Christie. Newsflash, "journalists": It's only 2013, and you started this endless loop of What Ifs the day after Election 2012. This is ludicrous. This is not news, this is meaningless filler and a shameless ploy used to pull in viewers.

And hey viewers, how about you stop enabling?

Then again, there is very little "real" news reporting any more, not since news departments became commercialized all those years ago. Not since it became all about profit, which news stories sell, which headlines attract ratings, and as a result, attract sponsors and their buckets of money.

And don't get me started on media bias. The CBS "60 Minutes" Benghazi story scandal is only the latest, and if you're a regular reader, you know that the Sunday morning talk shows have an obvious rightward slant.

But back to that nasty speculation habit. When you watch the "news" shows, you see them produce hours upon hours of What If about future elections, about the *gasp!* doomed fate of the Affordable Care Act, about which freedoms we might lose if we don't do something about some catastrophe that might or might not happen, about which new scandal *could* result from Darrell Issa's umpteenth witch hunt about absolutely everything/nothing.

You can actually see concrete examples of all this speculation in their  TV chyrons, like, Low Obamacare enrollment numbers: Sign of problems to come?"; "A third 'Bush' in office?"; "Will the world end in 2012? Many people believe so." We get a ton of cowardly headlines in the form of a question, Alex, so that nobody has to commit to actual, you know, reporting.

Facts schmacts.

Well now it's our turn. News outlets want to speculate? Fine. Let's turn the tables and speculate about them for a change:

  • Will Fox finally become defunct when Americans wake up and realize they're a bunch of propagandists and liars? You decide.
  • Will MSNBChristie require financial assistance when viewers revolt after O.D.ing on their constant fawning over the ::cough!:: "moderate" New Jersey photo op glutton? Who knows?
  • Will ABC's ratings take a fatal plunge the next time syrupy panel regular Peggy Noonan condescends ad nauseam on "This Week"? We'll find out.
  • Will CNN change its name to Comedy Central 2 when they become self aware enough to realize what a parody they've become? It's anybody's guess.
  • "Some say" cable news has crossed a line by being bought and paid for by right wing corporate cash monsters who find themselves more than a little obsessed with Christie, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Marsha Blackburn, Reince Priebus, Marco Rubio, John Boehner, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham. Could this spell trouble for attracting future investors? We'll have to wait and see.
  • "Anonymous sources" tell The Political Carnival that the glut of Big Pharma ads-- especially for Cialis-- that saturate cable news channels could lead to a revolt among increasingly hypochondriacal viewers, specifically bathtub owners. True? We can't say for sure.
  • We're hearing that air time spent on trivia-- like how many shoppers are lining up to buy the new iPhone, instead of on hard news stories-- could possibly-- we're speculating here-- cause riots among viewers with functioning brains. More on that as details emerge.
  • Rumors abound about the habit and practice of cable show hosts inviting other cable show hosts to provide commentary that they just gave on their own shows. Incestuous? Tweet us with your answers.
  • We're learning-- well, we've heard-- well, okay, we overheard-- that cable news viewers are about to retaliate en masse over all the in-house backslapping, "my friend" references, "be safe" cautions, and insufferable book plugs. True or false? At this point, we can only make an educated guess.

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The people have spoken. Now it's Bill Maher's turn.

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bill maher returns Jan 18 2013

A little birdie at Real Time just sent me this heads up. Set your DVRs.

Agree with him or disagree, Friday television isn't the same without Maher. Welcome back!

Now do me a teeny tiny favor Real Timers, and stop having Ann Coulter, Christine O'Donnell, and Darrell Issa on.

Oh, but I kid...

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