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The Ticker: Ed Schultz, Paula Zahn, Ann Rule

  • Investigation Discovery anchor Paula Zahn is moderating a panel discussion on the Violence Against Women Act at the White House today. Vice President Biden will host the event, which will also be streamed live here starting at 11 AM.
  • CBS News’ “48 Hours Mystery” is teaming up with famed crime author Ann Rule to try and shed light on a 1998 murder. The death of Ronda Reynolds was originally ruled a suicide, but there appeared to be more to the story,. Rule ended up writing a book about the case. The story airs on “48 Hours Mystery” Saturday night at 10 PM.

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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Hannity to Buchanan: ‘I Prefer the Old Crossfire Days’

Bill O’Reilly has Bernard Goldberg. And increasingly, Sean Hannity is bringing on former MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan as a media commentator.

He was back on Fox News last night during coverage of the Mississippi and Alabama primaries in a segment that seemed to be an attempt at a counterpoint to the criticism Rush Limbaugh continues to receive over the Sandra Fluke flap but sold as a discussion of a left wing media takeover. It began with a series of talk radio clips from left-leaning hosts, including Ed Schultz, who Buchanan referred to as “my friend from MSNBC.”

Hannity added about Schultz, “there’s a lot more out on him, which I’m sure people will be able to find, if they’re interested.”

“I prefer the old Crossfire days, Pat,” said Hannity concluding the segment. “I prefer more speech, passionate speech, debate, dialogue.” What Hannity didn’t mention was he used to host a Crossfire-like show, with Alan Colmes for 12 years.


Keith Olbermann Suspends ‘Worst Persons’ Again

Current TV host Keith Olbermann is once again suspending his “Worst Person in the World” segment, this time in response to the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke controversy. Olbermann says he is ending the segment “possibly permanently” after conservative commentators responded to Limbaugh’s remarks by pointing out offensive things Olbermann said about women.

“Personally there is overall quality of apples to oranges here,” the Current host said, before explaining his comments and his decision to suspend the segment.

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Barack Obama, Jon Stewart on Rush Limbaugh

President Obama didn’t want to comment on Rush Limbaugh losing advertisers or on his apology to Sandra Fluke, but he did talk about Limbaugh’s remarks and why he phoned Sandra Fluke as she waited in an MSNBC green room before an interview last Friday.

At a White House news conference this afternoon, USA Today reporter Aamer Madhani asked Pres. Obama what he thought about the Limbaugh mess:

“I’m not going to comment on what sponsors decide to do or the economics or politics of it. I don’t know what is in Rush Limbaugh’s heart so I will not comment on the sincerity of his apology,” said Obama, adding:

What I can comment on is the fact that all decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse. And, you know, the reason I called Miss Fluke is because I thought about Malia and Sasha and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on.

On “The Daily Show” last night, Stewart took on Limbaugh and mixed in a good amount of Fox News coverage of the situation too:

Ed Schultz Says Don’t Compare His Apology to Rush Limbaugh’s

On his show last night, Ed Schultz says there is just no comparison between his apology — and its aftermath — after he called Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” on his radio show last May, and Rush Limbaugh‘s apology to Sandra Fluke this past weekend.

“When I made an inappropriate comment last year on my radio show, I took it to a much higher platform. I went to management here at MSNBC and I said ‘I’ve made a mistake, I need to take myself off the air without pay.’ And we moved on. I did restitution. I was off the air for a week,” said Schultz.

Schultz, who was one of the first to reveal Fluke’s story when he interviewed her on his MSNBC show on Feb. 16, adds: “Drawing a moral equivalence between me and Rush is not only inaccurate but it diminishes the outrageous nature of Limbaugh’s prolonged attack on Sandra Fluke.”

Has the Media Spent Too Much Time Talking about Rush’s Role?

Bill O’Reilly and Bernard Goldberg talked about how the media has been covering the Sandra Fluke story and, in their opinion, what’s not being covered, and why: “And because of what happened on this radio show, our attention is focused on that, understandably, and not on these other issues that are at least as important,” said Goldberg referring to Rush Limbaugh‘s characterization of Fluke as a “slut” and “prostitute.”

Earlier on his show, O’Reilly said he’d invited Fluke on his show on Friday, but that she, “has chosen friendly venues where she will not be challenged.”


Ashleigh Banfield to Rush Limbaugh: ‘Shut Your Cake Hole!’

On  CNN’s “Early Start” this morning, Ashleigh Banfield had some words for Rush Limbaugh: “Shut your cake hole!”

“You can agree or disagree on contraception. That’s not the issue. You cannot call women you disagree with sluts or prostitutes. I was called a slut by Michael Savage, a conservative radio talk show host,” said Banfield.

Banfield is referring to a 2003 incident when she was an MSNBC anchor and Savage hosted a short-lived MSNBC weekend show. On his radio show, Savage called Banfield, “The mind slut with a big pair of glasses that they sent to Afghanistan.”

“Michael Savage didn’t like giving the voice to some of the Arab instigators in the Middle East,” said Banfield this morning. “That made me a slut.”

Nine years later, Banfield asks, “What does it take? What year is this, Limbaugh? It ends now. Cut it out!”

How the Sandra Fluke Story Unfolded

Before last week, the name Sandra Fluke had only entered the discussion in a column by TIME humorist Joel Stein, before her testimony on Capitol Hill Thursday, Feb. 23

MSNBC covered the testimony that Thursday morning, including talking to Sandra Fluke. They reported on it throughout the day. The following Tuesday, Megyn Kelly reported the story on Fox News: “It hasn’t seen a lot of media coverage so far,” said Kelly, “but there was a congressional hearing late last week that’s now getting some attention.” The next day, on his radio show it got a lot more attention courtesy of Rush Limbaugh. On his radio show, he called Fluke “a slut” and “a prostitute.”

The following day, on MSNBC’s “Ed Show” Ed Schultz , had the first interview with Fluke reacting to Limbaugh’s comments. (Schultz, you’ll recall, served a suspension for calling Laura Ingraham a slut, twice, on his radio show last May.) On Friday, Fluke was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the “Today” show, and returned to MSNBC, on Andrea Mitchell‘s show. Just before her interview with Mitchell, Fluke had taken a call of support from Pres. Obama.

By then Limbaugh doubled, then tripled down, for the next two days talking about the amount of sex Fluke must be having. By Saturday, he’d apologized. But by then, the Fluke story was factoring into the GOP primary and it certainly would come up on the Sunday morning public affairs shows.

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‘Shepard Smith’ Interviews the Romneys on ‘SNL’

On “Saturday Night Live” last night, a creepy, bizarro-world version of Fox News anchor Shepard Smith interviewed “Mitt and Ann Romney,” as well as their “kids.”

It was, well, creepy.

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Also, CNN’s “James Carville” stopped by “Weekend Update” to talk about Rush Limbaugh:

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