June 20, 2011 |
It's almost impossible to watch the first few minutes of a new documentary about Sarah Palin and not flinch a little at the bile unleashed on an elected official who was a virtual unknown until Sen. John McCain plucked her from obscurity in 2008. Madonna, onstage at Madison Square Garden, describes Palin with an epithet. Pamela Anderson, on a red carpet, says, "I can't stand her," and follows up with a vulgarity. A group of men wear T-shirts describing Palin with a vile four-letter word.
September 24, 2010
The Early Show Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan; Tom Jones performs. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Jerry Seinfeld; Seth Meyers. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News Sheryl Lee Ralph. (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Aaron Sorkin; Vanessa Williams; John Legend and the Roots perform. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Susan Sarandon; Tom Selleck; co-host Bryant Gumbel. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Teri Hatcher; Michael Eisner.
June 7, 2011 |
The chairman of the Republican National Committee on Tuesday called for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign from Congress, saying no investigation was necessary "to know he lied and acted inappropriately. " Following Weiner's dramatic news conference Monday afternoon, during which he admitted to sending explicit online communications to women over the course of several years, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called for the Ethics Committee to look into whether the New York congressman had violated House rules.
July 15, 2011 |
"The Undefeated," the new political image-branding effort from ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is really a troop-rallying campaign infomercial as imagined by Michael Bay: hero-worshipping, crescendo-edited at a dizzying pace, thunderously repetitive and its own worst enemy as a two-hour, talking-points briefing. Palin herself wasn't interviewed for this ostensible documentary, made to underscore her leadership awesomeness by staunch supporter Stephen K. Bannon. But her blessing is there in voice-over, since Bannon uses the audiobook of her bestseller "Going Rogue" as narration glue.
August 8, 2011 |
Sting was the King of Pain. Is it fair to call Michele Bachmann the “Queen of Rage?” That's what Newsweek has gone ahead and done on the cover of its most recent issue, a cover that has Bachmann's conservative supporters, well, uh, raging. It's the same old song for Newsweek, which in the past has taken heat for a pair of covers with Sarah Palin, one that featured an extreme close-up and the other picturing her in a jogging outfit. In this week's issue, not only is the GOP presidential candidate (and the field's only female, so far)
June 8, 2011 |
The White House declined Wednesday to weigh in on the scandal involving Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, amid new pressure for him to step down. Tim Kaine, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee who is now running for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia, told a local television station earlier that "lying publicly" about his behavior was "unforgivable and he should resign. " He was the first prominent Democrat to expressly call for him to do so. Asked for President Obama's position, press secretary Jay Carney said at his daily briefing that he had "no comment on that story.
October 25, 2010 |
Filmmaker David Zucker, of “Airplane” and “Naked Gun” fame, is a former liberal who says he is embarrassed about his $5,000 in contributions to Sen. Barbara Boxer over the years. A Republican since 2004, he’s created a two-minute spoof aimed at her perceived weak spots: arrogance and humorlessness. The video, first posted Friday on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government website, lampoons Boxer’s cranky moment during a Senate hearing last year when she told Brig.
June 1, 2011 |
Rep. Anthony Weiner's confrontational exchange with a CNN reporter and producer over a lewd Twitter photo deserves some sort of spot in a pantheon devoted to clashes between reporters and politicians. Weiner, a Democrat from New York, is facing questions about how a lewd photo directed to a 21-year-old college student in Seattle ended up posted in his Twitter stream. Weiner initially claimed that his account was hacked. Later, he called it a "prank. " But Tuesday, it was clear that Weiner was no longer interested in saying anything more about the matter.
June 7, 2011 |
One of the women Rep. Anthony Weiner pursued over the Internet didn’t understand how the married New York congressman could take as many chances as he did by sending compromising photos of himself, ones that clearly identified who he was. At first, 26-year-old Meagan Broussard “didn’t think it was him. I thought, for sure, why would someone in that position be doing this?” According to an interview with ABC News, Broussard asked him for proof. Weiner quickly responded by sending her a photo of him holding a piece of paper with the word “me” written on it. Photos: A decade of D.C. sex scandals That was followed by more scandalous shots, one that featured Weiner’s bare torso, with photos of him clearly identifiable in the background, including ones with Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and former President Clinton.