7/7/09 9:15 AM

Friday Cable News Links and Open Thread

Thursday's numbers: Fox tops.

NBC spikes FNC interview.

Videos: Rebecca Diamond w/Tyra.

More GOP propaganda from Fox!

Showdown: Walsh v O'Reilly.  Munch w/Maddow (via TVN).

Behar's blueprint.  Hotline after dark.

Huddy news.  Coffee controversy.  Today's firing demands.

Updated through the day.  Use our valuable bandwidth to post your cable news comments in today's open thread. Standard rules apply.

david smawley
Thanks for providing this video, it's funny and I am glad that Megyn & her FoxNews friends had a good time with this. Sometimes it's just good to blow off steam and put the politics on the shelf for a while.
June 12, 2009, 10:51:18 AM EDT – Like – Reply

My ears!
Nice clip.
In regards to Walsh visiting O'Reilly...
This continuing "Animal Farm" debate, over what speech is more deserving of public discussion, is becoming irritating. The political play by those on the left to stiffle debate should stop.
June 12, 2009, 11:20:45 AM EDT – Like – Reply

RE: The Huddy story
I think the blogger gets his hypothesis wrong that Huddy may return to FNC if Megyn Kelly replaces Greta... that's just dumb.
However, Huddy COULD replace Kelly when she goes on maternity leave... that is much less far fetched.
June 12, 2009, 12:13:45 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I saw the Hardball segment with Joan Walsh. She also managed to link Michelle Malkin and her 'shrillness' with the museum shooter.  
In fact, starting with David Shuster and Tamron Hall, MSNBC was positively salivating over the then breaking news story, prefacing each return from a commercial with the pronouncement of "Violence from the Right", long before they had any idea of the full scope of this guy's beliefs.
I'd like to ask Shep Smith that within that discussion of linking Obama birth conspiracy adherents to violence (along with folks so impolite as to talk the mechanics of Dr. Tiller's practice), if we can't also talk about the labeling of people who wish our nation to uphold its "lawful" laws of immigration, as being little more than xenophobic racists.  
And discuss too the practice of implying that those supporting the CENTURIES old LAWS around the institution of marriage, are at bottom the same sort of people who tortured and killed Mathew Shepard.
If Shep wishes to intensify the practice of labeling EVERYONE who takes a nonliberal position on social policy (from conspiracy theory crackpots to those supporting current and traditional law) as being dangerous fomentors of destruction and murder, BY ALL MEANS, let's talk about it.
Just be sure that within that conversation that YOU take a good long look in the mirror too, Shep.
June 12, 2009, 4:54:59 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I think Juliet is adorable.  
The best F&F Weekend team was Juliet, Mike, and Julian.  
I wish it were possible to bring them back to Sat. and Sun. mornings.
June 12, 2009, 4:57:56 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Good video!
Bret Baier is a hoot!
June 12, 2009, 5:06:45 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Cecelia, Jonah Goldberg sums it up well:
"the whole point.... is to paint the Right as an undifferentiated blob of evil."
As a proud "neocon," I am glad to say I stand in complete antagonism to one murderer's, Mr. von Brunn's, worldview. As a proud pro-lifer, I am glad to say I stand in protest to one victim's, Dr. Tiller's, worldview.
Confusing. Oh, and I have no problem accepting Obama's certificate of birth.
June 12, 2009, 5:45:22 PM EDT – Like – Reply

JC in OC
The FNC interview was cancelled because the girl's father didn't want Goebbelsmann calling her a slut and Musto talking about her p****s.
June 12, 2009, 5:48:28 PM EDT – Like – Reply

On NBC NN Brian Williams mentioned Tim Russert's passing, marked one year ago tomorrow.
I sure do miss Mr. Russert....especially after this week's political coverage.
June 12, 2009, 6:57:55 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Jonah is on the money.
Evidently, it was the height of mean-spirited, racially divisive politics of destruction to talk about the anti-semitic and racist speech of Pres. Obama's pastor, friend, and "mentor" for 21 YEARS.  
However, going on national tv and suggesting that Michelle Malkin and Bill O'Reilly foment violence, is just fine...
The other day, Pres. Obama issued a statement saying we must be careful of anti-semitic talk and thinking.  
He oughta know. He sat for decades in a church headed by a man who spoke that way.
Rev. Wright STILL talks like that. He recently blamed "them Jews" for keeping him away from the president, and then said that he meant "Zionists", after being asked to explain.
What would Keith Olbermann's take be if Pres. Bush had a pastor who insinuated that the president was surrounded and isolated by WH Zionists.
Oh, wait. THAT was the thinking of the majority of Olbermann's guests and his blog audience at Daily Kos...
Does anyone believe that if Mitt Romney had been the Republican nominee, that discussing things like Mormon underwear and that church's past history of excluding African-Americans, would have been the equivalent of racist political hate speech?
June 12, 2009, 7:48:52 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Anybody who watched the O'Reilly/Walsh segment notice that she actually threatened him at one point.
"You watch out," she said, or something like that. Hmmm... sounded like a threat to me.
June 12, 2009, 8:21:48 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
That was a lively exchange to be sure. Even after O'Reilly took a break to let them calm down he got steamed a second time in short order!
June 12, 2009, 9:50:25 PM EDT – Like – Reply

She knew what she was going to say, and he knew what he was going to say.
She was going to go through a litany of left-wing attacks on O'Reilly... and O'Reilly was going to make her say that a fetus has NO rights, and admit that there is legitimate controversy over late-term abortions.
But the threat... that's what's interesting. At least, to me anyway.
June 12, 2009, 10:30:08 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Johnny, did you catch more of Shep being Shep with that vampire story before O'reilly came on? There needs to be a video of this because it's as funny as that bird attack report, putting the papers on his head.
June 13, 2009, 12:19:00 AM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
I'll have to check that out tomorrow. I was up early this morning to meet the roofers (who left behind a hole in my ceiling!) and I need my beauty sleep.
June 13, 2009, 1:03:19 AM EDT – Like – Reply