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Governor Rick Perry Says He Loves ‘Fair and Balanced’…on CNN

Blitzer PerryIn a discussion with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room” tonight, Texas Governor Rick Perry seemingly snuck in a subtle endorsement for Fox News while talking about Ted Nugent‘s controversial comments about President Obama.

“Good for you, I love fair and balanced,” Perry said in response to Blitzer conceding that Bill Maher has said some “disgusting” things of his own (Maher recently told Forbes working at CNN was “never, going to happen” for him).

“When Democrats say sick, obnoxious things, we report that as well…we’re not shy about that,” Blitzer added. “As well you should,” a giggly Perry responded.

Blitzer acknowledged Nugent’s comments rubbed him the wrong way: “He’s gone way over the top on this. It just gets me a little agitated.” For Perry’s part, he said he had a problem with Nugent calling the president a mongrel.

Blitzer’s exchange with Perry continues his weeklong coverage of Nugent’s comments. Blitzer and “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich got into it Tuesday night.

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Bill Maher: ‘I Had Some Extensive Talks With MSNBC’

Bill MaherIn an interview with Forbes.com, HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher reveals there was a time when hosting on MSNBC was a possibility.

“A while back I had some extensive talks with MSNBC and ultimately we all looked around the room and we all just knew with advertisers to worry about, we’d never be able to make it work,” Maher said.

Maher has appeared as a guest on shows like “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” over the years, but recently criticized the network for what he called “obsessive” coverage of the New Jersey bridge fiasco.

On whether he’d ever take his brand of outspoken comedy to CNN, Maher was unequivocal: “Never, going to happen.”

Maher’s “Real Time” EP Scott Carter recently spoke to our sister-site Lost Remote about Maher’s #flipadistirct social media campaign to unseat a member of Congress.

The Ticker: Strickland, Tapper, Menendez

  • NBC News DC bureau chief Ken Strickland is the newest member of the Gridiron Club, the oldest journalistic organization in Washington, D.C. Strickland joined NBC in 1995 and was named vice president and DC bureau chief in 2012.

  • Jake Tapper‘s book, “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” is headed to the big screen. The Oscar-nominated screenwriters of “The Fighter” have acquired the rights to the CNN anchor’s book, our sister site FishbowlDC reports.

Bill O’Reilly Criticizes CNN, Confronts George Stephanopoulos

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly dedicated the opening segment on his show to some media criticism last night. O’Reilly criticized CNN for posting an article on CNN.com that he said put words into his mouth that he didn’t say, and attacked comedian Bill Maher for a joke about the Zimmerman trial on “The Late Show.” He also confronted “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos for something that Tavis Smiley said on “This Week” last weekend.

Stephanopoulos was a guest on O’Reilly’s program, where he addressed the comments.

“I tried to get us back to the facts at hand,” Stephanopoulos said. “It was also preceded by a discussion about whether or not the Justice Department should bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.”

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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?”

Bill Maher Producing New VICE Newsmagazine for HBO, Fareed Zakaria On Board As Consultant

HBO is launching a new TV newsmagazine series with VICE. VICE founder Shane Smith will host the program, which will be executive produced by Smith, comedian Bill Maher and VICE chief creative officer Eddy Moretti. CNN host Fareed Zakaria will serve as a consultant on the series, per his overall agreement with Time Warner signed in 2010. CNN is a sister network to HBO.

Potential subjects for the new series include “Taliban child suicide bombers; North Korean slave labor camps; New York’s underground voodoo heroin clinics; Somalian pirates; and Satanic dentists in the Pacific Northwest,” the network says. Some of the segments will likely be repurposed video content from Vice.com, like this segment on North Korean labor camps:

There is no premiere date or timeslot for the series, which will be called “VICE,” though HBO says it will be televised weekly. That said, TVNewser hears that it will likely debut as a lead-in or lead-out to “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which airs Friday nights on HBO.

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The Afternoon Ticker: ‘Real Time,’ Barnes, Shep

  • HBO has renewed “Real Time with Bill Maher” for two more years, bringing the show through 2014. “Bill Maher’s irreverent wit and fearless insights make him the perfect observer for these unpredictable times,” said programming chief Michael Lombardo. “I’m delighted that we can continue to offer an uncensored forum for his original and thoughtful humor.”
  • Did you know that FBN correspondent Peter Barnes writes children’s books in his spare time? He talks to Capitol File about the side-job, including how he uses the books to teach kids about history and government. “We’re not going to do a book about a cute puppy or kitty,” says Barnes. “It’s going to be something that fills a need, is a good keepsake, or can be used in the classroom.”
  • As we noted last week, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith MC’d an event honoring New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Smith sat down with Manning to talk about the Super Bowl and Ole Miss:

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Bill Maher’s Surprising First Guest On His First Talk Show? Roger Ailes

New York magazine profiles comedian and raconteur Bill Maher, and reveals a surprising fact about the first guest on the first taping of Maher’s Comedy Central show:

He pitched a show to Comedy Central executives that would remake political-debate programs like The McLaughlin Group with comedy and celebrities. He would do a monologue like Carson and feature assorted stars tackling current affairs. The very first guest during the first taping, in a studio on East 23rd Street in New York, was a Republican TV executive at NBC named Roger Ailes.

The article goes on to have Maher impersonating Larry King (“Let’s go grab a nosh with Larry King”) while his friend refers to MSNBC’s Martin Bashir as “Martin Balsam.”

Read the entire piece here.

Bill O’Reilly And Bill Maher On Being Offended

Earlier this week, Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly dedicated his “Talking Points” segment to the issue of free speech and censorship, focusing on the recent Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke controversy:


O’Reilly has an unlikely ally here in the form of comedian Bill Maher, who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times called “Please Stop Apologizing.”

I have a better idea. Let’s have an amnesty — from the left and the right — on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted hurt, insult, slight and affront. Let’s make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage. One day a year when you will not find some tiny thing someone did or said and pretend you can barely continue functioning until they apologize.

If that doesn’t work, what about this: If you see or hear something you don’t like in the media, just go on with your life. Turn the page or flip the dial or pick up your roll of quarters and leave the booth.

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