Jon Stewart Would Not Have Used The Town To Motivate Tea Party Republicans

Because it’s impossible not to, much of the media pointed and laughed at the news that House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy used a clip from the Ben Affleck film The Town to inspire them to vote on the Boehner bill. Tonight, Jon Stewart wondered whether the ones who actually got any inspiration from the clip had actually seen the end of the film, because the analogy was not so flattering to the Tea Party.

Just the news that The Town was the film of choice was enough to confuse Stewart. “The Town?” he asked several times, wondering why The 300, Blindsaw, or any of the Rocky movies weren’t chosen. “You went with the Boston bank robbers in gun costumes flick,” he deadpanned.

When he played the actual clip– of Affleck asking Jeremy Renner’s character to aid him in “hurting some people” without asking questions, with the latter unblinkingly following– Stewart seemed even more perplexed. “I’m going to assume the Tea Party coalition has not seen the whole movie,” he suggests, since Renner’s character, as he explains, is a mentally unhinged criminal, and Affleck uses him uncomfortably to achieve his ends, but without much respect. That didn’t seem to stop Rep. Allen West from immediately saying he was “ready to drive the car”– Renner’s response to Affleck’s request. “Quick, to the batshitmobile!” exclaimed Stewart.

But there was some silver lining to the story– it meant that Sen. Chuck Schumer got to read the plot of The Town in an event aloud, in dramatic reading form, glasses at the tip of his nose. Concluding his own version of the Sen. Schumer movie review, Stewart noted, “that must be the worst DVD feature extra ever,” before delivering a Schumerized review of Star Wars.

The segment via Comedy Central below:

Mediaite Historical Society: Terry McAuliffe Drinks Away Clinton Campaign Sorrows On Morning Joe

Here at Mediaite, we believe we have a responsibility of passing down our colorful history to the next generation. We do it for the children. So as we approach the second anniversary of our founding, we will be regularly taking a look back at the moments that made us laugh, cry, and throw things at our television set– but probably just made us roll our eyes at the time. Herein is the eighth installment of Mediaite Historical Society Presents:

In many ways, the 2012 election is shaping up to be a far more tedious operation than its predecessor, partly due to the absence of good-natured political trolling. No one mastered the art of defying reality during the 2008 elections quite like Hillary Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe, who insisted well past the realm of possibility that Clinton would be the Democratic nominee, until eventually drowning his sorrows in Puerto Rican rum. On live television.

It is difficult to remember so far back into the past, especially with the same presidential election process dangling menacingly over the news cycle like a dagger ready to strike, but the Democratic primaries continued all the way into June 2008, partly due to Clinton and McAuliffe refusing to concede the primary despite Sen. Barack Obama acquiring the necessary number of primary delegates. At the time it was obnoxious and inexplicable, but there is something warm and endearing about McAuliffe’s unshakable faith in retrospect (and some, like Jon Stewart, gave that charm even more of a platform at the time).

Welcomed to the soothing sounds of Ricky Martin, McAuliffe shouted various things about Clinton’s inevitably victory in Puerto Rico and the upcoming celebration. A concerned Mika Brzezinski did the honors of breaking the news to McAuliffe, that his dreams of a Clinton once again in the general election had been shattered long ago. McAuliffe responded to the fact that his candidate would very likely lose this primary and had already for all intents and purposes lost the nomination by brandishing a Bacardi bottle and promising it to the host. “You and I are going to share this together to celebrate another big win for Hillary Clinton,” he told Brzezinski, who shook her head grimly. He then proceeded to make some sort of case for Clinton winning (she had, in fact, won the popular vote– which has no impact on the primaries), clad in a vibrant green Hawaiian shirt that made the already dubious claims that much harder to take seriously.

Needless to say, Clinton did not win the nomination, but McAuliffe made good on his promise to do shots with the Morning Joe crew anyway a few days later, in what is arguably the most memorable cable news clip of the 2008 election. Seated beside Brzezinski and Pat Buchanan (who complained the Bacardi smelled “like ether”), McAuliffe finally admitted to Joe Scarborough that Sen. Obama had gotten the delegate count he needed, but that nonetheless Clinton’s campaign was victorious in metaphorical ways that got more elaborate as the alcohol flowed. He does not quite admit at the end of the clip that the election “is over.”

The segment is an instant classic, and serve as a reminder of the kind of excitement that’s just around the corner for us in 2012. We can only hope next election will live up to the last. McAuliffe at his best via MSNBC below:

Bill O’Reilly: ‘The Only Thing That Can Save Obama [In 2012] Is Craziness On The Right’

The current debt ceiling debate has found Bill O’Reilly somewhat on the left of where he usually finds himself, warning Republicans and Tea Partiers alike not to interrupt the Democrats as they make their mistakes. Tonight he phoned into the program from Los Angeles, where he warned host Laura Ingraham that, since that this point “the President is taking an enormous hit,” the only thing that could rehabilitate his image is “craziness on the right.”

O’Reilly did not have much good news for the Democrats, as he argued that “President Obama has not shown leadership– that is going to hurt him drastically.” On the debt issue, O’Reilly argued that the folks perceived Democrats “as a party that doesn’t get it,” but that “nobody’s going to win even if a deal gets done.” He refused to predict what the solution would look like– “I can’t tell you what these pinheads will work out”– and concluded that the pessimism the American people were feeling about their leaders’ capacity to govern was the bigger story. “The American public is losing confidence in both parties,” he argued. Ingraham posited that the Republicans were doing better than the Republicans on this story, that they “have gotten the best deal they can with the leverage they have exercised.” O’Reilly agreed, but warned that they could ruin it for themselves if they distracted from the problems created by the Obama administration.

“The only thing that can save Barack Obama at this point is craziness on the right,” O’Reilly concluded. He argued that many on the right were doing more to help the President than hurt him with their antics. “The irony is,” he noted, “the people who dislike President Obama the most– on talk radio or cable news, wherever it is– the people that dislike him the most are helping him the most.” He concluded by pleading that conservatives have “got to stop this hateful rhetoric.”

The segment via Fox News below:

From Pledges To Pastrami: The Top 5 Instances Of Politicians Backtracking For The Media

John McCain’s recent disparaging remarks about Tea Party poster women Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell had many either breathlessly announcing that he was “back” or, alternately, opining that the Republican Arizona Senator “is Gollum.” Either way, it seemed that McCain felt strongly about the Tea Party’s influence in Washington and was truly and sincerely speaking his mind, however bluntly and lacking in tact his remarks may have been. And the media ate that up because Politicians Saying What They Mean is to us what candy is to a baby or, more accurately, what sweet corruptible human flesh is to Cthulhu.

But I’ll let you in on a little secret: We The Media™ revel in pointing fingers while the other hand is giving a thumbs up. We delight in bread and circuses while casting judgment over your enjoyment of these things. And this is how things will continue until we return to sleep for another hundred billion years in the darkest, dankest, innermost recesses of the sunken city of R’lye (nerding out today)… or in our too-bright office cubicles.

In any case: If you step outside the lines we’ve created for you, Politician, we will rake you over the proverbial coals until you issue an apology or clarification that’s about as heartfelt as the unholy union between these two. In that vein, let’s stumble together down memory lane, reminiscing about instances where a politician — rightfully or otherwise — was made to grovel under three inches of television makeup and hairspray for the entertainment of the quietly gurgling masses. (Like us! *Gurgle.*)

1. In the wake of his remarks about the Tea Party, McCain paid a visit to Fox News’ Sean Hannity saying that he “appreciates” the Tea Party movement and wants to have its babies, basically.

2. After all the hubbub surrounding her decision to sign the now-infamous marriage pledge issued by The Family Leader, Michele Bachmann appeared on (What else?) Hannity’s show to announce that, contrary to some of the rhetoric in the pledge’s original preamble, she definitely “abhor(s) slavery.” Other things Michele Bachmann hates: Famine, genocide, child trafficking, people who harm puppies, and that feeling you get when your thighs stick to subway seats in the summertime.

3. Michael Steele, who was at the time Chairman of the Republican National Committee, went off-script in early 2009, telling CNN’s D.L. Hughley (2009, you guys!) that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is “an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh — his whole thing is entertainment. He has this incendiary — yes, it’s ugly.” Steele then called Limbaugh to apologize, because goodness knows the public isn’t entertained by incendiary media figures.

4. This might be stretching the definition of a “politician,” but most of you stopped reading after the headline anyway. Back in May, the Secret Service’s official Twitter account (2011, you guys!) published thishighly critical Tweet: “Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can’t. Deal. With. The. Blathering.” Kill. That intern. And eat it. The Secret Service later apologized for the offending Tweet, noting that a government employee had, surprisingly, done something stupid.

5. I saved the best for last. Take a deep breath, collect yourself, and make sure you’re not currently noshing any delicious cured meats.

After Carl Paladino publicly apologized for anti-gay remarks he’d made during a speech at an Orthodox Jewish gathering, “Tea Party Rabbi ” Yehuda Levin — who had helped write Paladino’s speech — announced that he would be withdrawing his support for the politician. And then this happened:

“Which part of the speech that you gave in Brooklyn to the Orthodox Jewish community are you apologizing for?” Rabbi Levin asked at a news conference in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, on Fifth Avenue. “Will we see you next year with your daughter at that gay pride march?”
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“I was in the middle of eating a kosher pastrami sandwich,” Rabbi Levin said. “While I was eating it, they come running and they say, ‘Paladino became gay!*’ I said, ‘What?’ And then they showed me the statement. I almost choked on the kosher salami.”

Oh my God, right? Politicians and The Media make such strange bedfellows, literally and figuratively. And we hope that never, ever changes.

*Carl Paladino is not gay.

Chris Matthews To Tea Party Congressman: Why Won’t You Admit Half The Debt Came From Bush?

Chris Matthews continued his series of confrontations with Tea Party congressmen as today Republican Steve Scalise stepped up to the plate to play Hardball. Scalise admitted that he will support John Boehner’s debt plan because it “starts the process” and is better than Obama’s threats and tax increases. Yet Matthews and Scalise really tussled over exactly where future spending cuts should be made?

Scalise proclaimed that he wants deep spending cuts in the future, which prompted Matthews to immediately pounce and demand to know where exactly would Scalise start making cuts? Scalise focused on Medicare reforms and then reductions across the board, an idea which Matthews dismissed as “just general talk.”

After repeated claims by Scalise that Obama isn’t even attempting to address the debt, Matthews responded “this bed was on fire when he got in it,” as he argued almost half the federal debt was actually caused by President Bush. Scalise suggested Obama repeatedly blames Bush, but Matthews humorously corrected him saying “no I just did it.” Concluding about the Tea Party, Matthews asserted “you guys defend the rich” and “I’ve never heard you guys” talk about the fact that half of the debt was caused by Bush. When Scalise switched back to blaming Obama, Matthews had heard enough and decided to repeat “ok” countless times until he was able to end the segment.

Watch the clip from MSNBC below:

Blast Footage Released: Norwegian Diners React To Oslo Bombing

Norwegian television has released footage from the recent explosion in downtown Oslo. In the video, Norwegian diners react in terror as restaurant windows are blown in by the blast. Cameras in both the main dining area and the kitchen of the kebab restaurant capture what is basically “the calm before the storm,” with people chatting, eating and flipping through a magazine when they’re very suddenly caught unawares by the explosion.

None of the diners or restaurant workers appeared injured (just terribly dusty), but the explosion resulted in a total of eight deaths. The man allegedly behind the bombing, Anders Behring Breivik, would continue on a shooting rampage on the nearby island of Utoya, murdering an additional 68 people.

Have a look at the footage:

h/t BuzzFeed

Rep. Bachmann’s Local Weatherman Brother Speaks Out: ‘I’m Just A Weather Guy’

Imagine being a hotshot local news weatherman, accustomed to the boons of local celebrity– handshakes down the street, fan mail, the occasional request for an autograph– unique in your circle of family and friends. Then almost overnight, your older sister develops a following that positions her as a viable candidate for most powerful person in the world. That is what happened to KCTV5’s Gary Amble, who accepted to be interviewed by his peers on his sister, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s, presidential bid.

“Did you know of your weatherman’s close association with possible political greatness?” KCTV anchor Brad Stephens narrated over footage of their colleague, who seemed genuinely surprised to see his sister taking up such a large chunk of the national spotlight. “My son saw it first,” he said of the news that she was running, “and my neighbors all called me.” He admits “she’s never been really a quiet person,” but he was still somewhat unprepared for the idea of being known for having a famous sibling. “The weirdest thing is pretty much most of my adult life I would run into people and they would know who I am. Now I run into people and they say, ‘Hey, I know your sister.’ That is what is kind of weird,” he admits.

Then there’s the whole politics thing, which he notes means he is receiving a type of scrutiny weathermen rarely experience. “What I’m hoping is that when people watch the weather,” he says, “they don’t automatically assume because Michele is my sister that that either makes me a good guy or makes me a bad guy, because I’m just a weather guy,” he shrugged. He also notes the political attacks on his sister make him feel “defensive”– “that’s my sister, knock it off”– but that he understands the way the game works.

One thing Amble notes that he’s particularly happy to avoid with his brand of fame? SNL sketches. “She thinks it’s really funny and thinks they do a great job,” he notes, but that doesn’t make the idea of being spoof on such a venue more appealing to him. “That’s something that’s never happened to me, thankfully.”

KCTV’s report on Amble and his famous sister below: