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  Go See Al Gore’s Horror Flick
"Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper have been forces of nature in the fight to save the planet. And there is a wonderful movie you all have to see called An Inconvenient Truth. And in it, the Vice President, the former Vice President, lays out a compelling, horrifying, but ultimately hopeful case for finding a way to save an Earth that’s on the brink of disaster. And that means saving our lives and our children’s lives....We want to tell people, again, we don’t endorse a lot of things. We talk about a lot of movies, but it’s rare that we say to people: It’s very important to see this."
— Barbara Walters interviewing Al and Tipper Gore on ABC’s The View, June 29.
 



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  MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann Attacks MRC Study
Keith Olbermann: "Here are Countdown's 'Top Three Newsmakers' of this day. Number three, the rabid right-wing spin group, the Media Research Center, which studied our 'Worst Persons in the World' segment for the last year and discovered that of approximately 600 nominees, only 174 of them were conservative. That means roughly 71 percent of the Worsts are not conservative. I'd like to thank the MRC for confirming my point that the segment is apolitical."
-- Keith Olbermann, Countdown, MSNBC, June 28, 2006
 



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  Keith Olbermann Marks Brent Bozell ‘Worst Person in the World’ – Again
Keith Olbermann: “But the winner, Brent Bozell. Red Beard. Again. From the rabid right spin machine, the Media Research Council. He has targeted this show now for his latest 'MRC Action Alert.' You know, sending us impotent emails that make everybody here laugh. Our inbox now has literally dozens of them demanding that we, quote, 'tell the truth about the WMD that were found in Iraq.' Okay, we'll do it again. There weren't any, Rick Santorum tried to pretend there were, and if you believed him, you may actually be a sheep. Thanks for writing! Brent Bozell of the Media Research Council, today's 'Worst Person in the World'!"
-- Keith Olbermann, Countdown, MSNBC, June 28, 2006
 



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  MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann Graphically Jokes about Shooting Rush Limbaugh
Olbermann: "The first installment of 'Keith Olbermann's America.' Hasten we now to the automatic weapons festival."
Unidentified man #1, without gunfire noise:
"Oh yeah, I'm having a blast."
Unidentified man #2, as the sound of gunfire returns:
"Rush! Big rush!"
An image of a smiling Rush Limbaugh popped up on screen overlaying a clip of a wooded area with explosions in the background.
Olbermann:
"Huh? Oh, you mean a different 'big rush.' All that and more now on Countdown."
-- Keith Olbermann, Countdown, MSNBC, June 27, 2006
 



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  MRC's Bozell: New York Times Pushes Far Left-wing Agenda
Steve Doocy: “You say the New York Times is deliberately pushing a left-wing agenda.”
Brent Bozell:
“Well, I’m wrong. I should clarify it. It's pushing a hard left-wing agenda, a far left-wing agenda. Look, there are responsible left-wingers, just like there are responsible right- wingers, but this goes far beyond the pale of responsibility. Folks, we're in a war. This is akin to divulging military secrets at a time of war. The left doesn't do this type of stuff. The far left does, and that's what the New York Times has joined.”
E.D. Hill:
“Here's what I find interesting. You know, the publisher of the New York Times argues, I let these reporters print this, you know, article because it was in the public interest. Even though there is no allegation of wrongdoing, even though Democrats and Republicans were, were briefed on it, even though Swift says they're following all the laws. You know, there's no allegations of anything, in essence, newsworthy, but he says it's in the public interest, so does that mean there is any line that the New York Times would ever see, uh, not crossing?”
MRC's Bozell:
“Well, that's the point. If you're going to use that excuse, then you can publish anything. Look, it's not in the public interest to know what the United States government is doing behind the scenes to stop these terrorists, if it has to work behind the scenes. The public isn't clamoring know. I don't want to know. If they have to remain, if it has to remain a secret, then we keep it a secret. If there's an oversight process, you engage the oversight process. All that was in place. No one is questioning that, but the, you know, I love the words of Secretary John Snow: Breathtaking arrogance. That's exactly what this was.”
-- Exchange among hosts of Fox & Friends and MRC President Brent Bozell, FNC, Fox & Friends, June 27, 2006.
 



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  NY Times: Victims of a GOP Trap
Host Keith Olbermann: "You were well ahead of the curve on this Bush administration war against the media. Give us a report from the front, Craig. Did the attack on the New York Times succeed, or did the administration sustain heavy casualties?"
Congressional Quarterly’s Craig Crawford: "I think it goes back to the midterm campaign strategy. This is another way for Republicans to stoke the base, to burn in effigy the elite news media, and this is what they’re up to. I really don’t take it at face value there are real concerns....I think this is just classic attack the messenger, you know, to get those conservatives who hate the news media worked up again just like flag burning and everything else so that they, it all goes on the brochures in November."
— MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, June 27.
 



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  "Weapons of Minor Discomfort"
Host Keith Olbermann: "What is Senator Rick Santorum trying to shovel past the American people? And why is the Secretary of Defense agreeing with him?"
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: "They are weapons of mass destruction. They’re harmful to human beings."
Olbermann: "Correct. You might get a burn if you rub these weapons directly onto your skin. They are WMD: Weapons of Minor Discomfort....Good evening from New York. We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, 15-year-old weapons of mass destruction that could give you the equivalent of a serious rug burn."
— MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann beginning his June 22 Countdown, referring to news that U.S. forces have found 500 chemical weapon warheads in Iraq since 2003.
 



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  Dan’s Liberal Bias "So Obvious"
"My problem with Dan was always that you knew where he stood politically. And the fact that he stood on my side didn’t have anything to do with it. I thought he was a bad representative of the liberal side because he was so obvious with his opinions. There were just little words he used when he was on the air that made it apparent to everyone that he was a liberal Democrat. And Cronkite, for instance, was just, had just the same liberal Democratic opinions as Dan had, but you would never know it. No one knew it during all the time Cronkite was on the air."
— CBS’s Andy Rooney commenting on Dan Rather’s depature, MSNBC’s Imus in the Morning, June 22.
 



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  HBO’s Leftist Bryant Gumbel Slams Conservative Ann Coulter
Bryant Gumbel: “Yes, I know that in soccer they score about as often as Ann Coulter makes sense. And yes I know they all act like drama queens whenever they're fouled. But if you haven't watched any of the World Cup matches from Germany you should try it. You won't be disappointed. And after years of repeating the standard American denials, you might even have to admit that the rest of the world is onto something.”
-- Host Bryant Gumbel, Real Sports, HBO, June 20, 2006.
 



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  Don’t Criticize (Liberal) War Vets
"Do you subscribe to what Karl Rove is saying about Democrats, that they may be with you at the first shots, but they are not going to be with you for the last tough battle? Now, he’s talking about two men [John Murtha and John Kerry] who were wounded in combat when he says that. Is that really, is that really fair?"
— Host Bob Schieffer to Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on CBS’s Face the Nation, June 18.
 



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  Connie Chung, Dancing in Evening Gown, 'Sings' Goodbye on MSNBC
We came to do a show for very little dough
By little, I mean I could make more working on skid row
That's cable TV.
Thanks for the memories
This half a year flew by
That Maury, what a guy
Instead of asking: Who's the daddy? He could talk Dubai
How stunned were we all
Thanks for the memories
The thing I love the most
About hubby as co-host
Is all those other anchors were as dull as melba toast
The sparks really flew
Thanks for the memories
Now that the show is through
I've got bigger things to do
But Maury is back weighing in:
Fat babies, how taboo!
He can't get enough.
 



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  MSNBC’s David Shuster Confidently Reports that Karl Rove Will Be Indicted
David Shuster: “Well, Karl Rove's legal team has told me that they expect that a decision will come sometime in the next two weeks. And I am convinced that Karl Rove will, in fact, be indicted. And there are a couple of reasons why. First of all, you don't put somebody in front of a grand jury at the end of an investigation, or for the fifth time, as Karl Rove testified a couple -- a week and a half ago, unless you feel that`s your only chance of avoiding indictment. So, in other words, the burden starts with Secondly, it's now been 13 days since Rove testified. After testifying for three and a half hours, prosecutors refused to give him any indication that he was clear. He has not gotten any indication since then, and the lawyers that I’ve spoken with outside of this case say that if Rove had gotten himself out of the jam, he would have heard something by now.”
-- Reporter David Shuster speaking to host Keith Olbermann, Countdown, MSNBC, May 8, 2006
 



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  Open Mouth, Remove Foot
"Well, sometimes when you’re trying to track a secret grand jury investigation, the legal sources, the defense lawyers who have witnesses in front of that grand jury, sometimes they get it wrong, and that seemed to be the case in this particular case....The issue, they [defense lawyers] say, though, is not that prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald concluded that the case was unwinnable, rather that it was not a slam dunk."
— David Shuster on MSNBC’s Countdown June 13, after news that Rove would not be indicted.
 



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  Too Conservative for Chris
"Why are the Democrats so conservative on this war? I was looking at the fundraising money. Is the fact that the Democrats are getting a lot of fat cat money now, more conservative people contributing to the party, an explanation of — if you were getting your money from college professors, you wouldn’t have this problem. You’re getting it from rich people....Is this steering the Democratic Party to a more conservative position on the war? The money?... I don’t hear 200 Democrats out there talking [against] the war the way you are."
— MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to Democratic Congressman John Murtha on Hardball, June 12.
 



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  Heads We Win, Tails You Lose
CBS’s Bob Schieffer: "I think it is still a warning shot for Republicans. I mean, there’s just turmoil out there. The political landscape is, you know, just going up and down here. You’ve got the corruption, you’ve got this war in Iraq, all of these things, plus immigration which has split up the Republican Party. So, who knows what’s going to happen? But this has to be a sign to Republicans that they, they might lose the House, I think. I mean, not just, I’m not just saying this, this particular race. But, uh–"
Co-host Hannah Storm:
"A little close for comfort though."
Schieffer: "Yeah. Yeah."
— Exchange on CBS’s Early Show June 7, after GOP candidate Brian Bilbray beat Democrat Francine Busby in the California special election.
 



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  NBC’s Matt Lauer Takes Great Offense at Ann Coulter’s Book, Godless
Matt Lauer: "Alright on the 9/11 widows and in particular a group that had been outspoken and critical of the administration. 'These self-obsessed women seem genuinely unaware that 9/11 was an attack on our nation and acted as if the terrorist attack only happened to them. They believe the entire country was required to marinate in their exquisite personal agony. Apparently denouncing Bush was an important part of their closure process.' And this part is, is the part I really need to talk to you about. 'These broads are millionaires lionized on TV and in articles about them reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' death so much.'"
Ann Coulter: "Yes."
Lauer: "Because they dare to speak out?"
Coulter: "To speak out using the fact that they're widows. This is the left's doctrine of infallibility. If they have a point to make about the 9/11 commission, about how to fight the war on terrorism. How about sending somebody we're allowed to respond to? No, no we always have to respond to someone who just had a family member die..."
Lauer: "But aren't they the people in the middle of the story?"
Coulter: "...because then if we respond, 'Oh you're questioning their authenticity.' No the story is..."
Lauer: "So grieve but grieve quietly."
Coulter: "No the story is an attack on the nation..."
Lauer: "And by the way..."
Coulter: "That requires a foreign policy response. That does not entail the expertise..."
Lauer: "And by the way they also criticized the Clinton administration for their failures leading up to 9/11."
Coulter: "Oh not, not the ones I'm talking about."
Lauer: "No they have."
Coulter: "No, no, no. Oh no, no, no, no."
Lauer: "But is your message to them just grieve..."
Coulter: "No, no they were cutting commercials for Kerry. They were using their grief in order to make a political point while preventing anyone from responding."
Lauer: "So if you lose a husband you no longer have the right to have a political point of view?"
Coulter: "No but don't use the fact that you lost a husband as the basis for your being able to talk about it while preventing people from responding. Let Matt Lauer make the point, let Bill Clinton make the point. Don't put up someone I'm not allowed to respond to without questioning the authenticity of their grief."
Lauer: "Well but apparently you are allowed to respond to them."
Coulter: "Well yeah I did."
Lauer: "Right so in other words..."
Coulter: "But that is the point of liberal infallibility. Of putting up Cindy Sheehan, of putting out these widows of putting out Joe Wilson. No, no, no you can't respond it's their doctrine of infallibility."
Lauer: "But what I'm saying is they've..."
Coulter: "...somebody else make the argument..."
Lauer: "I'm saying I don't think they've ever told you, you can't respond. So why can't they make their point?"
Coulter: "Look you're getting testy with me."
Lauer: "No I'm not. I just..."
Coulter: "Ohhh."
Lauer: "I think it's, I think it's, I think it's your dramatic statement. 'These broads,' 'you know are, are 'millionaires stalked by grief-arazzi.'"
Coulter: "You think I shouldn't be able to respond to them."
Lauer: "'I've never seen people enjoying their husbands deaths so much.'"
Coulter: "They're, they're, yes. They're all over the news."
Lauer: "The book is called Godless: The Church Of Liberalism. Ann Coulter always fun to have you here."
Coulter: "Hey where's Katie? Did she leave or something?"
Lauer: "She did. 7:17am. And now here's Ann."
-- Exchange between host Matt Lauer and author Ann Coulter, NBC, Today, June 6, 2006.
 



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  NBC’s Matt Lauer Laughs with Al Franken about Executing Bush Administration Officials
Matt Lauer: "All right, Karl Rove and Scooter Libby what's their future? What's your prediction in terms of indictments? Yes or no?"
Al Franken: "Oh they, they'll be indicted. I, I am absolutely sure and this is about, of course, the war in Iraq really. It's about the justification for the war and smearing Joe Wilson by outing his wife who's a CIA agent. George H.W. Bush, the President's father, said, as, when he was head of the CIA, that outing a CIA agent is treason. I agree. So I think that Rove and Libby will be executed."
Lauer laughed along with others in the studio: "That aside ….”
-- Exchange between co-host Matt Lauer and author Al Franken, Today, NBC, Oct. 25, 2005
 



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  CNN: Clinton Feels Your Pain, Bush Doesn’t
Bill Schneider: “The President’s image of compassion was shaky to begin with, even though he calls himself a compassionate conservative. Bill Clinton felt your pain. George Bush flew over it.”
-- Political Analyst Bill Schneider, CNN, The Situation Room, June 1, 2006
 

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For additional video clips of media bias going back to 1999, check out our annual DisHonors Awards and our archive of the Best Notable Quotables: Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting.

 


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