Posts Tagged ‘News’

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from edubTV. There aren’t too many good Irish-inspired moments in TV history unless you count that episode of 30 Rock with Jack’s family or the “very-special” episodes of Ryan’s Hope. Instead, I’ve decided to mark the day with what has to be the funniest news clip of all time (short of boom goes the dynamite).

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We didn’t need anymore proof that Fox News is ridiculous and spins stuff faster than my washing machine, but for those of you still on the fence, take a gander.

Fox aired a story about some writers at the New York Times who weren’t saying very nice things about the network. Imagine that? People with less than complimentary things to say about what can only be described as the worst cable news network of all time. I digress.

To essentially prove the writers were correct in their claims, some genius at Fox News decided to Photoshop the hell out of the writers photos and make them look atrocious.

Here’s a video of the incident in question. Try not to throw up listening to these guys talk.

Photo: The Remote Island

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I shouldn’t have to write this. I don’t want to write it. Not now. Not ever.

Tim Russert, moderator of Meet The Press, died today of an apparent heart attack. He was 58-years-old. He is survived by his wife, Maureen Orth, and son Luke.

He was a compelling journalist, political whiz and a master conversationalist. He made current events surprisingly accessible and more importantly, interesting.

Slide shows, video collages, essays, testimonials and the like will pour in over the next week. Russert’s books will fly off the shelf and we’ll sit through hours of tributes and maybe a special or two. Anchors will face their own mortality and wonder just what the headlines will read when their time here is done.

So before all of that happens and before we lose sight of this, let’s just stop for a second and remember Tim Russert. He was a talented journalist, but better yet, he seemed like a really genuine and wonderful person.

Photo: Daily Galaxy

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John McCain’s been making his rounds on the fluffier talk shows lately. He shined on Regis And Kelly and the Daily Show but Ellen Degeneres gave him a run for his money on her show yesterday.

Finally! It’s about time McCain started getting worked up and challenged again. The Dems are still feeling the heat in every direction but since he’s the presumptive nominee, McCain’s been kind of worry free for awhile. No more buddy! Especially on an issue vital to so many people.

Watch Ellen go for the gusto below:

Ellen & Portia’s wedding is going to be gorgeous and star-studded. I can’t wait to see the pictures.

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John McCain appeared on The Daily Show last night. He can go wherever he wants, easy to do when you’re not locked in a ridiculous, futile contest. I digress.

McCain sat down with Jon Stewart to talk politics, the secret service, Mao, and general old man hilarity.

You can watch the whole thing here and here but the part of interest came when McCain quipped that his running mate should be none other than Dwight Shrute, assistant to the Regional Manager of Dunder-Mifflin Scranton…and fictional.

His staffers probably don’t want to tell him it’s not really a documentary.

I kid. McCain seems like a funny guy. The fact that he likes The Office gives him points. Too bad we disagree on every issue except how awesome soup is and how much we love America.

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CNN Goes Casual

I blog at night so you’ve probably heard this story 15 times today, but far be it from me to ignore the most hilarious tidbit in TV news today.

CNN.com is notorious for ridiculous headlines. It works for the web because it gets you to read the article, or even commit three minutes to a video (complete with advertisements).

But now the Cable News Network is getting wise and has decided to make a buck of their witty copy editing. When you logged on to CNN.com today you may have noticed small t-shirt icons next to some of the news stories. That’s right, if you got a small chuckle from the headline, you can put it on a shirt.

Some of today’s t-shirt worthy headlines included:

  • ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer pushes education
  • Law would penalize home
  • Weird fish leave sea, spawn on beach

I’m a big fan of novelty t-shirts but there are few news stories that warrant a permanent place i my wardrobe. Do you think CNN will do well this initiative? How long until they are the laughing stock of the online cable news community?

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No Deal

George W. Bush taped a greeting that will air during tomorrow night’s ep of Deal or No Deal?

I think the best part of being a lame-duck president would be taking advantage of the perks of the office but getting out of all of the work. It would be like that movie Dave.

If NBC thought this through, they’d ask the President to do a guest spot on Friday Night Lights instead. It could really use the temporary increase in eyeballs. Plus it’s about Texas and football. He’d fit right in.

But that’s just how I’d do it.

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This Week In Idol Chatter

A mother in Indianapolis was so wrapped up in last week’s American Idol results show that she left her two young daughters alone in the bathtub where one almost drowned.

Sheila Brooks was watching the episode with her oldest daughters, ages 7 and 5 while her younger girls, ages 3 and 1 were in the tub. The results, (which weren’t even shocking to most people) must have greatly captivated Brooks because she forgot her young daughters were in the bath unattended. When she realized her error, she didn’t run in to check on the girls herself, instead she sent the 7-year-old in to do a spot check. When the young girl noticed her sister submerged in the water, she called for help. Luckily Mom was willing to tear herself away long enough to do get her daughter to the hospital.

Luckily the 3-year-old is okay and in protective custody with the rest of her sisters. Brooks hasn’t been charged with anything yet, but between the neglect and marijuana paraphernalia police found in her home, she won’t be scott free for long. At least they get Fox in jail.

Found in Indianapolis Star via Reality Blurred.

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Super Tuesday Showdown

My state didn’t vote today but I still enjoy watching the returns from today’s Super Tuesday elections. More than the data, stats, numbers, etc are the gimmicks, glossy hair cuts and power ties. Indeed, I just like watching the coverage for coverage sake. Let’s break it down.

I’m devoting a few minutes to all of the major news nets and then doing a side by side comparison. Click the image to enlarge.

The victor tonight? ABC News. Who knew Diane, George and Charlie made such a great team? I guess everyone who loved Good Morning America 5 years ago.

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But What Will Become of Local On The 8s?

The Weather Channel is up for sale, at an auction no less. According to the New York Times, the network may for $5 Billion and is being looked at by the likes of NBC and Comcast.

How much would I pay for The Weather Channel? A whole lot of nothing. Whenever I put it on, it is a commercial and usually for something awkward like Cialis, AARP or The Scooter Store. If they really want to cater to old people, they’d show things like this:

Attention Weather Channel: I am not 75, I just want to know whether it’s cold enough to warrant a long-sleeve tee.

It’s no wonder you’re going under. Sheesh.

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Huck and Leno Are Probably Besties Now

Mike Huckabee is the projected Republican winner in the Iowa caucuses tonight. I would like to think his victory is due to Chuck Norris, his strapping Tudors-inspired haircut (above) and his appearance on Leno last night.

It was the first night back for late-night talk show hosts and while Letterman boasted funny man Robin Williams, Leno came out strong with Huckabee. According to the early ratings, Leno took the numbers last night.

So who helped who more? Did his appearance on Leno help Huck to the top or vice-versa?

And more importantly: I watched CNN’s coverage of the caucuses tonight and more impressive than Wolf Blitzer’s blinding metallic tie was Anderson Cooper’s pie chart board. He held up what looked like a piece of cardboard and a hologram of a pie chart appeared on it. Then, instead of listening to the political commentators, all I could do was watch Anderson fiddle with the board, making the graph smaller and bigger. He was like a kid with a bubble wand. It was mesmerizing.

And kudos to Barack Obama for winning the caucus for the Dems. Way to Barack The Vote Iowa!

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