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Friday Cable News Links and Open Thread

Who are MSNBC's "sick puppies"?

Thursday's numbers: Beck #1 in demo! BalooonBoy.

Hosts' favorite guests.  Shuster's slippery non-apology.

Major Garrett on the White House/FNC feud.

Leave cable news alone!  Bugs, Mr Rico!

Confirmed: Marc Lamont Hill fired. Dr Hill responds.

First Glenn Beck, next...assassinations?

Guest brags about racial slur at Juan Williams! More.

Obama's silly obsession.  Balloonboy: cablers hoaxed?

Sanchez apologizes on twitter: update.

Hotline after dark.  FNC vs Klayman.  Who's the boss?

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

Mike C.
Re: "Juan Williams's porch?": I did not like that segment at all. I knew Warren Ballentine said some kind of insult to Juan. Now, I know what it was. I hope he never appears on "The Factor" again. It's a shame. He was a nice guest the other times he was on, including one time over the summer when he was paired with Leslie Marshall.
My criticism of Ballentine does not make me a racist.
October 16, 2009, 1:12:34 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
The full segment can be seen here.
October 16, 2009, 1:14:11 AM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Check the update where Ballentine brags about his racial insult of Juan Williams. Once again Twitter comes back to bite someone.
Off for most of the morning for dental work. Not a happy camper. C U in a bit.
October 16, 2009, 8:54:58 AM EDT – Like – Reply

"[Real black people] are offended by Limbaugh."
That was something else Mr. Ballentine said.
Intimidation, fear, conflict. Now I know who was right in the latest Limbaugh dust-up.
October 16, 2009, 10:19:57 AM EDT – Like – Reply

The Newshounds continue the lie that Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house.....
"Giles is sort of a younger version of Palin, blessed with the same level of sophistication and intellect – if she were from Alaska, I’m sure she could see Russia from her house, too."
Feel the hatred that blinds.
An SNL comediene's parody of the governor was where that little line came from....but yet that is not important to the fact-challenged.
October 16, 2009, 10:40:28 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Thanks for the link, Mike. I didn't watch TV last night.
Johnny's twitter update is worth a thousand words.
I sure hope that BOR does a segment about it tonight and highlights Ballentine's outrageous twitters.
While I write Rush played the "porch" quote from BOR and discussed it briefly. Good for him!
Good luck Johnny!
October 16, 2009, 12:17:15 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
I really hope Marc Lamont Hill has not been fired and that it's just a crazy dream from Georg Szalai at THR. Please.
October 16, 2009, 1:38:48 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
Thanks for the Ballentine update, J$. All of that should seal his FNC/"Factor" fate. Kiss it [future appearances] goodbye.
October 16, 2009, 3:05:08 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox News Reportedly Fires Liberal Contributor Marc Lamont Hill For His Political Views
Reported by Ellen - Fri 3:43 PM
Boy!!! Is Ellen going to be surprised. Nothing like jumping the gun without all the facts. The usual MO of the Houndettes.
October 16, 2009, 5:47:13 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Wouldn't it be a shocker if Marc Lamont Hill showed up on O'Reilly tonight?
October 16, 2009, 6:15:57 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
Juan is filling in for Bill tonight, which I wasn't expecting. I thought it would be a regular Monday-Friday week for Bill. Oh, well.
October 16, 2009, 6:16:28 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Well I'm happy to see Juan filling in tonight. I wonder if there will be any reference to last night's slurs on him?
October 16, 2009, 6:19:05 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
Re: "Dr. Hill responds": So, he really was fired? That's terrible. Prediction: MSNBC. Great thanks.
October 16, 2009, 6:22:06 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Well Juan Williams is on fire tonite over the racial slur tossed at him. If you missed it catch the repeat.
October 16, 2009, 8:06:17 PM EDT – Like – Reply

MSNBC and CNN ought to do more than apologize once. They should carry the fact that they misquoted Rush Limbaugh on their ticker.
It's pretty awful that they would rush to air unverified quotes that had Rush commending James Earl Ray and such. There are people who got that bogus info who may never learn the truth now.  
If Rush Limbaugh's career is so replete with racist remarks, why is that these folks had to turn to unverified quotes on blog sites in order to illustrate their argument that he's a bigot? The man is on radio five days a week for three hours! There ought to be countless hours of audio of such comments from his daily show!
David Shuster and Rick Sanchez more than understand this, they don't care. They are just absolutely shameless.
October 16, 2009, 8:19:17 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Just fixed the 'sick puppies' link which was incorrect.
October 16, 2009, 8:34:38 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I like Juan Williams as a BOR sub very much.
I'm mainly aware of Juan from FNC so what is his background otherwise. I always thought that he was more an editorialist, such as a Krauthammer, Barnes, Kondracke, grounded more in print.
October 16, 2009, 8:47:04 PM EDT – Like – Reply

The firing and boycott demands for Lou Dobbs are bound to go to after burners after his show tonight:
CNN’s Dobbs Interviews Producer of Film Debunking Gore’s Inconvenient Truth
If Lou doesn't make the move to FNC I wonder if the Kennel will change their slogan to "We watch Fox and Lou Dobbs so you don't have to"?
October 16, 2009, 9:17:33 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Lou Dobbs: the next Glenn Beck?
October 16, 2009, 9:55:40 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
I think Lou would be on FBN. That would be great because he was a business guy before moving to general news commentary.
October 16, 2009, 10:29:10 PM EDT – Like – Reply