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Let’s Play Hardball…in Canada?

MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” is known for a no-nonsense approach to politics, but Funny or Die’s Canadian spoof of the show probably falls into the opposite category.

In a video posted today, the comedy site debuts its “Hardball” Canada version. A Canadian maple leaf replaces the NBC peacock on-screen and a cast of comedians mockingly play Matthews, Ann Coulter, actress Kathleen Turner, embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and the hit Canadian indie/pop duo of Tegan and Sara. “Frankly, like most people, I know nothing about Canada…” faux Matthews says to open the show.

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The Morning Ticker: Bartiromo, Coulter, Lewis

  • FBN’s Maria Bartiromo is hosting Wharton’s first ever Sirius Town Hall event today at NoonET. The event for the new Wharton channel brings together esteemed Wharton alum.

  • Following Ann Coulter‘s “moral decay” column about soccer, Fusion’s Soccer Gods take on Coulter: “I can take solace in the fact that if you hate it, I am 100% correct in loving it.”

  • Charles Lewis, founder of the Center for Public Integrity, writes a provocative Politico Magazine story about why he left one of the best jobs in TV news: “It was a matter of principle. It was simply time for me to leave.”

Bill O’Reilly: Sarah Palin ‘Won’t Come On,’ Wants to Give ‘A Speech’

bill o'reilly_304x200In a segment about embattled MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir last night, Bill O’Reilly had news for Howard Kurtz: they booked him after first asking Sarah Palin, who O’Reilly revealed won’t do his program for fear of mixing it up.

“Sarah Palin won’t do this program. She won’t come on the program because she doesn’t want to mix it up. She doesn’t! She wants to give a speech, and nobody gives speeches here. Okay? So she doesn’t come on,” O’Reilly said. “We invited her on tonight. You’re here instead. But I don’t begrudge Sarah Palin that. She can come on. She doesn’t come on, she does come on, whatever she wants to do. Okay? Fine.”

Palin’s PAC has sent a letter to MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News president Deborah Turness asking whether Bashir will be disciplined. She has also cancelled an upcoming interview with Matt Lauer. Bashir made the vile comments Friday, apologized Monday, and has hosted every day since.

The calls for Bashir to be punished have been the loudest on Fox News. Kurtz appeared twice on Fox news yesterday and wrote about it on FoxNews.com. Sean Hannity talked about it with Ann Coulter and put it to his audience, asking whether Bashir should be punished.

O’Reilly and Hannity clips after the jump…

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Why Bill O’Reilly Won’t Be the Next Anchor of the Evening News

Tonight’s “Rock Center” led off with a two-part Ted Koppel report looking at partisan news media, its rise and why it may be here to stay, whether you like it or not.

The hugely popular and wildly profitable Fox News Channel — in the form of Bill O’Reilly — participated in the NBC report, but MSNBC did not. “The presidents of Fox and our sister network, MSNBC, wanted no part of this conversation,” said Koppel. “And also declined on behalf of their on-air talent.” O’Reilly was the exception. Koppel also talked with Ann Coulter and Bill Maher. Also:

  • Koppel posed this hypothetical to O’Reilly: “Diane Sawyer is retiring, they want you to be the next anchor. Money is not going to be a problem. What do you do?” O’Reilly: “I don’t do it. Too boring. It would not be nearly as much fun as teeing the world off every night here and having all the reaction and being able to do all the things I could never do in a hard news broadcast.”
  • Koppel, showing his own bias (journalistic, not political), describes Fox News this way: “A partisan news network with the mocking slogan ‘Fair and Balanced.’”
  • New York Times media columnist David Carr thinks a partisan outlet as primary news source is, “an existential threat to our perfect union.”

Full segments after the jump…

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The Ticker: Alexander, Al Jazeera, Rock Center

  • NBC’s Peter Alexander is hosting a special for Travel Channel called “Travel Like a President.” Produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions, the special will look at what goes into the travel arrangements of the president, from clearing hotel rooms to flying on Air Force One. The special airs on Travel Channel Tues., Oct. 2 at 8 PM.
  • NBC’s “Rock Center” is dedicating a segment this week to controversial and partisan media personalities. Ted Koppel will interview FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, HBO’s Bill Maher and conservative pundit Ann Coulter. From the logline: “On the left and on the right, are they speaking for America, or are they bad for America?”

The Weekend Ticker: Sources, Mistakes, Debates

  • CNN’s Howard Kurtz will discuss declining cable news ratings Sunday on “Reliable Sources.” His guests: Christina Bellantoni of PBS NewsHour, Terence Smith, former media correspondent with NewsHour and Paul Farhi of the Washington Post.

  • Tonight at 8 and 11pmET, CNN’s senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen presents her fifth primetime special: “25 Shocking Medical Mistakes.” The one-hour countdown-style program will tell stories of disturbing medical mishaps and empower viewers with simple ways to help doctors and nurses get things right.

  • NBC’s “Meet the Press” is pre-empted for the French Open men’s final tomorrow. For off-the-clay-court action watch Ann Coulter and Van Jones go at it on “This Week,” or catch up with Woodward and Bernstein on “Face the Nation.”

Al Sharpton on Mitt Romney: ‘He reminds me of this guy Spanky I went to school with’

On NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night, MSNBC host Al Sharpton was a guest. Sharpton talked about the National Action Network and the Trayvon Martin shooting, but he also talked politics.

Regarding Mitt Romney‘s VP search, he said:

“He reminds me of this guy Spanky I went to school with who couldn’t get a date to the prom.”

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Newsers Prep for TIME 100 Gala

The TIME 100 gala is tonight at Time Warner Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. The annual list celebrates those the magazine has deemed the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Among them Matt Lauer who will be in attendance tonight. Other tvnewsers scheduled to attend: Ann Curry, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Ann Coulter, Arianna Huffington, Willie Geist, Jane Pauley, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Ayman Mohyeldin. They’ll be rubbing shoulders with the likes of honorees Chelsea HandlerKristen Wiig, Jeremy Lin, and Victor Cruz. And we’ll let you know if attendee Greta Van Susteren will have a chance to chat with comedian and honoree Louis C.K., considering their stormy past.

FishbowlNY will be on the red carpet so look for a report tomorrow.

(Photo: Gillian Laub for TIME)

Ann Coulter Has Thoughts on Why Joy Behar’s HLN Show is Going Away: Not Enough Casey Anthony

Ann Coulter is making the rounds this week, getting silenced on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” yesterday and last night telling HLN’s Joy Behar why she thinks Behar’s show has been canceled. “It is a vast Casey Anthony conspiracy! Your show was the only one I could watch and avoid hearing anything about that white trash bimbo.”

‘Morning Joe’ Bleeps Ann Coulter For John McCain Remarks (VIDEO)

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, and it made for some memorable television. While speaking about Arizona Senator and former Presidential candidate John McCain, Coulter was bleeped out for over 10 seconds, apparently because she called him a “douche bag,” among other things.

“Ok, just blur it all out,” Joe Scarborough quipped. “Well, they got the general drift of that,” Coulter replied.

WATCH (via Politico):

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