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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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So Long AOL TV. Site Becomes HuffPost TV

An Aol brand is taking on le nom de Huffington. Arianna Huffington just announced the launch of HuffPost TV, a re-launch of the site formerly known as AOL TV. From Arianna:

In its new incarnation, HuffPost TV will have many of the same features you’ve come to know: exclusive interviews and clips, reviews and recaps, and TV listings. But now, we’re adding HuffPost’s powerful blog and community platforms to the mix, giving you an even more comprehensive — and much more social — look at everything happening in the world of TV, both onscreen and off.

Contributors on the site today include Bill Maher, Aaron Sorkin, Norman Lear and Dr. Phil. The vibrant MEDIA section of Huffington Post continues reporting on the TV News side of television. Aol bought Huffington Post earlier this year for $315 million.

10 Commentators the Right and Left Love to Hate

Washington Whispers went to the North and South Poles of political/media watchdoggery to find out who are the 10 Commentators the Right and Left Love to Hate.

Not too many surprises here. Most of those on the left who the right hates work (or worked) for MSNBC, and most of the those on the right who the left hates work (or worked) for Fox News.

  • Media Research Center List:

1. Bill Maher
2. Chris Matthews
3. Joy Behar
4. Ed Schultz
5. Keith Olbermann

  • Media Matters List:

1. Rush Limbaugh
2. Glenn Beck
3. Eric Bolling
4. Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, & Brian Kilmeade
5. Sean Hannity

Bill Maher, Michael Powell talk education with Chris Matthews

On Tuesday, NBC’s “Education Nation On-The-Road” tour makes a stop in Los Angeles where “Hardball” host with Chris Matthews devotes his MSNBC show to the challenges, potential solutions and innovations on the education horizon. And he’ll be doing it “Hardball” style with Bill Maher, and former FCC chairman Michael Powell.

MSNBC has a sponsor lined up for this stop: the Grad Nation campaign of America’s Promise Alliance. Powell’s father, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.) is the founder of America’s Promise Alliance.

This is all a part of NBC’s “Education Nation Los Angeles,” running all week and involving NBC’s LA TV outlets NBC4 and Telemundo 52.

On June 8, Matthews returns to his hometown of Philadelphia for another “Education Nation On-The-Road” stop. NBC’s “Education Nation Philadelphia” will run from June 5-11.

Beyond Twitter, Where Keith Olbermann Could Land

Phil Griffin & Keith Olbermann at Countdown's 5th anniversary party in 2008.

Whither goest Keith Olbermann?

Though his separation agreement with MSNBC keeps Olbermann off TV for at least six months, it hasn’t stopped rampant speculation about the irascible ‘Countdown’ anchor’s next field of battle place of employment.

Given his nuclear departures from ESPN, Fox Sports and MSNBC (twice), Olbermann’s choices may be limited. Regardless, one popular scenario making the rounds has him going to HBO, where he would create a weekly show to be paired with Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time.’

Premium cable — virgin territory for Olbermann — could end up being the perfect fit for the self-righteous leftie. His politics are compatible with those of Maher, albeit louder, taller and far less subtle.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he [Olbermann] lands at HBO for 2012,” says fellow MSNBC exile David Shuster in an email. “He and Bill Maher would be an interesting combination. I would definitely watch, though I already watch Maher to begin with.”

Robert Thompson of Syracuse University’s Center for the Study of Popular Television, who describes Olbermann’s style as “news journalism in the jazz idiom,” is equally intrigued by the possibility of a tandem with Maher on HBO.

“It’s definitely do-able,” Thompson says. “HBO already has the model and slot to put him in. Olbermann might find it a relief to be on only once a week. And because HBO is not a news network, he wouldn’t always have to be ‘making a statement.’”

Also, with no pesky constraints on language, Olbermann’s “Special Comments” could spin into postal territory. It’s a location he visits frequently with management. To put it another

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Best of ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ 2010

The #1 cable news program of 2010 was “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News Channel.  This year, Bill O’Reilly sat down with guests such as Whoopi Goldberg (after “The View” walk-off), Jon Stewart (before the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear“), and Bill Maher. It has been quite a year for the Fox News host, and here are a few 2010 highlights.

President Obama, All Three Evening News Anchors Among The Guests Wishing Larry King Farewell

As promised, CNN delivered a star-studded goodbye for Larry King, who signed off for the last time on his daiy interview program this evening.

As we reported, comedian Bill Maher and “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest ran the proceedings, which also included a surprise serenade (via satellite) from Tony Bennett.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked off the proceedings, announcing that today was “Larry King Day” in California:

President Barack Obama appeared in a taped message, while former President Bill Clinton spoke to King live via satellite.

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Who Will Be the Guests on Larry King’s Final Show?

Tonight is the end of an era, as CNN’s 9 PM host Larry King hangs up the suspenders on his nightly interview program. But there is still one final mystery: who will the guests be on his final program?

CNN has been largely silent on the issue, running promos for tonight’s final show and marketing it simply as a “star-studded” affair.

So far we know three people: “American Idol” host and King favorite Ryan Seacrest, “Real Time” host and King regular Bill Maher, and “The Apprentice” host Donald Trump.

Of course, those three will probably be joined by plenty of other big names. The only question is who.

Update: The New York Post reports that news anchors Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters will also appear and salute King.

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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on the ‘Absurdist,’ World of News, and Advice from Keith Olbermann

Tonight at 10 PM, MSNBC will premiere the newest addition to its primetime lineup, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Following “Countdown” at 8 PM and “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 9 PM, “The Last Word” completes MSNBC’s primetime in a sense, as the network finally puts a live, original show in the 10 PM hour, joining competitors CNN and Fox News.

Tonight’s premiere will feature an interview with Vice President Joe Biden, but it will also see O’Donnell getting advice on how to host a primetime show from MSNBC’s most prominent primetime talent: Keith Olbermann.

“I will be getting advice on hosting the show from Keith tonight, live,” O’Donnell tells TVNewser. “He is going to appear on my first show, as he should, because Keith created the ratings platform in primetime at MSNBC that has made the creation of the other two shows in primetime possible.”

Indeed, O’Donnell, hardly a TV novice, noted that at the end of the day, the driving factor in television is ratings.

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ABC’s Martha Raddatz on HBO’s ‘Real Time’

ABC News senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz was a guest panelist on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday night. She was joined by Republican strategist Mark McKinnon and actor Jon Hamm.

“Real Time” is a tough show for journalists to be on, given the extremely opinionated nature of Maher and his regular guests.

Indeed, Raddatz was pushed into giving her opinion about everything from the Tea Party movement to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq… the latter two being subjects she covers for ABC. That being said, she has appeared on the program in past seasons, so presumably she knew what she was getting herself into:

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