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Goldberg to Hannity: “The Right Has To Stop Behaving Like The Left Used To Behave With George Bush”

hannity_4-15.bmpTonight Sean Hannity will be in Atlanta with Newt Gingrich, Joe the Plumber and others for a Tax Day Tea Party, but earlier this week he got a bit of a talking to by FNC contributor, Bernie Goldberg.

As Hannity described the Obama administration’s “racing to take credit” after the rescue of pirate hostage Capt. Richard Phillips, Goldberg brought up an “issue about this that troubles me.”

“We have to stop going out of our way to find fault with every single thing he does,” said Goldberg. “Look, I think I’ve got a little credibility on this issue: I don’t like his economic policies, I don’t like his tax policies, I wrote that book ‘A Slobbering Love Affair’ about how the media slobbered all over him, but I’m not going to be like the left was with George Bush and criticize everything he does.”

On last night’s Countdown, the exchange was part of Keith Olbermann‘s “worst persons” segment.

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Preaching To The Choir

huckabee_2-26.jpgFox News host Mike Huckabee addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today, and took some shots at his competitors, reports Politico. “It’s not MSNBC, but the MSBS channel,” he said.

“I’m in competition with the other cable networks, and one of them finally found religion,” said Huckabee. “I call them the ‘oh God’ network.”

Other speakers at CPAC over the next three days include Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Joe the Plumber and new RNC chair Michael Steele.

And speaking right now — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough (and former MSNBC’er Tucker Carlson).

Joe the War Correspondent Knocks War Corresponding

joe_1-12.bmpThe cablers have had fun over the last week with the story of Joe the Plumber heading to the Middle East to cover the war in Gaza for Pajamas Media.

Now that he’s a war correspondent, Joe has some harsh words for the whole business he briefly stepped into. “I don’t think journalists should be anywhere around war,” he said. “I mean, you guys report where our troops are at, you report what’s happening day-to-day, you make a big deal out of it, I think it’s asinine…I think media should be abolished from, you know, reporting, you know. War is hell.”

This new insight on the situation is a departure from Joe’s previous statement, “You don’t want my opinion on foreign policy. I know just enough about foreign policy to probably be dangerous,” made during a Fox News interview when he was asked about agreeing “a vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel.”

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Morning Media Menu: January 8

mmm_12-8.gifToday on the Morning Media Menu: an Obama victory helps the magazine world, Chris Matthews stays a journalist and Joe the Plumber becomes a journalist. Also, Patrick Gavin of FishbowlDC joins us.

You can listen to the podcast live every morning at 9amET on and call in at 646-929-0321.

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Who Is Martin Eisenstadt?

question_11-11.pngAll day, TVNewser has been making calls on the story of Martin Eisenstadt, trying to find out if the person who claims to be one of the sources of Carl Cameron‘s reporting about Gov. Sarah Palin‘s is real.

On his Website, Eisenstadt claims he was one of Cameron’s sources: “Last week I was the one who leaked those things to a producer at Fox News who works with Cameron. Carl and his producers are good guys, and I don’t want them to have to worry about protecting their sources,” he wrote.

eisenstadt_11-11.bmpAnd that may have been enough for MSNBC. During a segment yesterday, David Shuster discussed Eisenstadt. Shuster began the segment saying, “We now have a face and a name with these allegations.” But minutes later, Shuster wasn’t so sure:

There is something suspicious about this blog that we had printed out. I’m not sure we can necessarily say this is in fact who this person is because I’ve never heard of the name Martin Eisenstadt and there’s now indications that maybe this was just made up.

But if MSNBC was duped, so, apparently, were many others. CBS News has linked to an Eisenstadt post before, in which he claims Joe the Plumber has ties to Charles Keating. The Huffington Post as well as the LA Times may have been taken for a ride over an Eisenstadt story claiming Paris Hilton‘s parents were miffed at the McCain campaign for using the socialite in a campaign ad.

So who is he? His bio claims: “Mr. Eisenstadt sits on five editorial boards, has testified before many congressional committees, and worked on five presidential campaigns.” Including, apparently, the McCain campaign.

Through the course of several emails with Eisenstadt today, here is what he had to say:

It’s strange for me (and all a bit Hegelian) to get requests to prove that I exist. But I appreciate your journalistic responsibility to do so. I’m not sure if you saw the update I posted on my blog where I address the issue head on. In short, every single blog that says I am a “hoax” has emanated from a single, bitter individual who for some reason has a vendetta against me – a golf blogger allegedly named “Wolfrum.” You see, in the Google era it is very easy to spread rumors about people. You’ll see in that post some links to youtube clips from both the BBC, and our own institute wherein I refute these claims on camera. I’ve yet to see any of my “accusers” show their face on camera.

You flatter me that I could construct such an elaborate ruse! I suppose if I didn’t exist, it would indeed be impressive to have made all this up. In the meantime, my attorneys have advised me not to get into any details about my discussions with Fox News, Carl Cameron or any of his producers or FNC staff. You can see what happened to Scooter Libby when he started leaking things, so I can’t take any further risks.

So, the mystery, for now, continues.

Click continued to see the MSNBC clip yesterday as well as one of the “proof” YouTube videos offered by Eisenstadt…

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The Times Praises Shep

smith_11-02.jpg“We do not often cheer on Fox News’s coverage of politics. But we did the other day when the anchor Shepard Smith reported on an especially absurd turn in the ‘Joe the Plumber‘ saga.”

Thus began a New York Times’ editorial yesterday, praising Smith’ handling of the Joe the Plummer interview on Tuesday.

“Looking incredulous, Mr. Smith gave up,” read the editorial, before closing, “‘The rest of it,’ he said, ‘man, it just gets frightening sometimes.’ Yes it does.”

• Also in the Times: A night out with Chris Matthews

“Studio Beeyatch,” Goin’ Rogue and an “O.J.-Free White Van”

stewart_10-30.jpgThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart spent a segment discussing recent TV news storylines, starting with yesterday’s heart-pumping car chase.

“For one hour MSNBC and FOX followed an O.J.-Free White Van, as it tried to be the first car in history to not get caught during a televised police chase,” said Stewart.

After a fake trailer of Gov. Sarah Palin starring in, “Goin’ Rogue,” he turned his attention to Joe the Plumber and his recent rogue-like comments and subsequent appearance on Tuesday’s Studio B with Shepard Smith. “Even FOX’s Shep Smith went Studio Beeyatch on him,” said Stewart, and after playing Smith’s post-interview comments, continued, “Shep Smith has gone rogue! Shep Smith has gone rogue! I guess you could say he’s now the black ‘Shep’ of the Fox family.”

Click continued to see the Daily Show segment, including an introduction to “Tito the Builder“…

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It’s Official: Joe the Plumber is Here to Stay

joe_10-30.jpgWe began counting how many minutes of fame Joe the Plumber had amassed in a post yesterday, but it appears there’s no need to continue a running counter: Joe the Plumber now has a publicist, a record deal and more media appearances on the horizon.

PRNewser’s Joe Ciarallo talks to Joe’s newly-named publicist, Jim Della Croce, owner of PR agency The Press Office.

The record deal came about after Joe’s appearance on Mike Huckabee‘s FNC program earlier this month, when he met country star Aaron Tippin. The deal is a “hybrid management deal with country star Aaron Tippin, Bobby Roberts, who owns the booking agency Bobby Roberts Company, (they handle artists like Aaron and Merle Haggard) and The Press Office.”

As for Joe’s upcoming interviews, he’s headed to MSNBC next, with an interview on MSNBC Dayside with Alex Witt on Saturday.

Joe the Plumber Causes F&F Walk-Off

ff_10-17.jpgThere was a on-air walk-off moment on Fox & Friends this morning, but it wasn’t one of Brian Kilmeade or Steve Doocy‘s signature jokes.

And it was pretty much Joe the Plumber‘s fault.

Just before 6:30amET, conservative radio host Steve Malzberg and liberal radio host Ed Schultz argued over small-businesses and tax plans. As the disagreement got heated, Kilmeade asked a quick question, and Schultz, who was live via remote, was off.

“I think he wants to be on YouTube,” joked co-host Gretchen Carlson.

Or, TVNewser. Click continued to see the walk-off…

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