Karl Rove’s Whiteboard Tells Dana Milbank To Chill Out About O’Reilly’s Beheading Joke

Bill O’Reilly took Dana Milbank’s bait. After Milbank accused Fox News’ election coverage of overt bias in his Washington Post column, O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly debunked his claims, O’Reilly going as far as to make a joke about Milbank being beheaded under sharia law, and predicted Milbank would take it literally. He did, and it earned him the full first segment of tonight’s Factor.

“Fox hater” Milbank was the crux of O’Reilly’s “Talking Points” memo, where he recounted the story thus far and read from Milbank’s latest column, where the latteer quipped, “Hilarious! Decapitation jokes just slay me, and this one had all the more hilarity because the topic of journalist beheadings brings to mind my late friend and colleague Danny Pearl, who replaced me in the Wall Street Journal’s London bureau and later was murdered in Pakistan by people who thought sharia justified it.” Milbank also noted that he believed the irritation from the right at him was more about his Glenn Beck blockbuster than his comments, though O’Reilly didn’t mention that. Instead, he clarified that, while Milbank said “I would like violence to befall him. Not true! I would like honesty to befall him.”

Karl Rove didn’t have much to say about the Beck issue, either. Instead, he tried to cheer Milbank out of his “snarky” demeanor so as to get him to stop writing “bitter and brittle and nasty” columns, brandishing a white board with the words “Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously or Be Consistent” on it.

The segment from tonight’s Factor via Fox News below:

John Stossel Will Give You A Cupcake Discount If You Are Black Or Latino

If you were in a Manhattan mall and had a hankering for cupcakes this week, there’s a chance you may have stumbled upon cupcake salesman (and Fox Business Network host) John Stossel, who took his libertarian baking skills to the masses in order to make a point about affirmative action. And if you were hungry enough to accept cupcakes from John Stossel, you had better hope you were the “right” race, else you could have been paying up to an extra dollar for your treat.

Stossel got the idea from some conservative students at Bucknell University who organized to have a “racist bake sale” where African-American and Latino students were given the upper hand in price (Asian-American students were given a disadvantage relative to whites, which were considered the status quo. No word yet on how much money white ethnics paid). As the Bucknell bake sale was shut down before it got a chance to really take off, Stossel recreated it to “keep the conversation going.” He sold his cupcakes at $1.00 for whites, $1.50 for Asian-Americans, and $0.50 for African-Americans and Latinos. The conversation was mostly Stossel brandishing his baked goods at flabbergasted mall attendees as they tried to understand why anyone would do this anyway.

“Universities don’t want to make people mad,” Stossel later argued to Megyn Kelly on America Live, “and race terrifies everyone,” which is why the Bucknell bake sale was shut down. He compared it to gender-centric bake sales that benefit women similarly to the way blacks and Latinos benefited from his. And while he did not completely disavow all affirmative action plans, citing private institutions as qualified to have the ability to employ “reverse racism,” he argued that the disparities affirmative action is trying to erase were “cooked” into the system, but “it’s been cooked out.”

Kelly did finally get Stossel to express approval of using race as a factor in college admissions, as long as they are one of many factors that play into a student’s admission, for the sake of diversity.

Stossel’s bake sale via Fox News below:

Rush Limbaugh Calls CNN’s Nonpartisan Ad “Hilarious,” CNN “A Bunch Of Commie Libs”

When CNN launched their “Your choice is clear” ad yesterday, the one that attacks MSNBC and Fox News for being too partisan, it was inevitable that it was going to generate some hostility. Well, Rush Limbaugh is the winner in the race to see who could release the first salvo and he’s certainly set a high bar for any future detractors, letting loose some typically great vindictive at the network. He even seemed to name MSNBC as the lesser of two evils for, at least, admitting that they’re “lunatic liberals.” Clearly, MSNBC has a frontrunner for a new tagline during their next rebranding effort!

Check out the clip from The Rush Limbaugh Show below:

Fox News Stalks Covers Speaker Pelosi’s Private Party Celebrating Congressional Accomplishments

Outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hosted a private party celebrating the accomplishments of the 111th United States Congress, which has raised many eyebrows and wonderment among right-of-center media outlets. This came up today on Your World with Neil Cavuto and guest host Brian Sullivan had producer report from outside the absurd visual of a temporary curtain that separates the party from the media. Hmmm.

An apparent lack of transparency, plus horrible optics equals a reasonable explanation behind the midterm results?

Colbert Persuades Cee-Lo To Change Lyric From “F*ck You” To “Fox News”

Cee-Lo ColbertCee-Lo Green’s gleefully profane single, “Fuck You,” is insanely catchy—but unfortunately, it’s also a little too vulgar for television. So when Cee-Lo dropped by The Colbert Report last night, Stephen Colbert suggested new lyrics for the song: specifically, replacing the title expletive with “beef stew” or “Fox News.”

The last suggestion took, and Cee-Lo ended up performing a different version of his song, which went a little something like this:

I saw you drivin’ ’round town with the girl I love
On Fox News
Didn’t see one politician that wasn’t corrupt
On the Fox News
And I got the blues
The poor get poorer, the rich get richer
Ain’t that some shhhh?
(Ain’t that some shhh?)
I’m having pains in my chest because I’m so stressed
From the Fox News

And in case you’re unfamiliar with the song, here’s how the chorus actually goes:

I see you drivin’ ’round town with the girl i love
And I’m like, Fuck you!
I guess the change in my pocket wasn’t enough
I’m like, fuck you!
And fuck her too!
I said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya
Ha, now ain’t that some shit?
(Ain’t that some shit?)
And though there’s pain in my chest, I still wish you the best
With a… Fuck you!

You can find Cee-Lo performing his song uncensored—with the original lyrics—at Colbert Nation.

[h/t TV Squad]

CNN Introduces A Promo That Scoffs At Partisan Cable News Networks

CNN PromoIn the face of midterm election coverage, the Rally to Restore Sanity, and Keith Olbermann’s suspension, it may seem as though every news network is hopelessly biased. In a new promo, however, CNN argues that it’s a port in the partisan storm—after directly calling out its two biggest cable competitors left-leaning MSNBC and right-leaning Fox. And, while its true that prime-time programming have a partisan bent, the oversimplified description is a false equivalency that overlooks daypart news programming as well as overall ratings and political impact of both.

The ad is simple and direct. It’s nothing more than a few pointed sentences, set against a faded CNN logo and some rhythmic music:

When you support one party or the other [we see a "Fox News"-labeled elephant and an "MSNBC"-labeled donkey], that’s OK—if you’re a voter. But not if you are a news network. If you want to keep them all honest without playing favorites, the choice is clear. CNN: the worldwide leader in news.”

The network is clearly hoping that its promo’s aggressive reasonableness might be enough to convince jaded Americans that CNN really does put unbiased coverage first. But while Jon Stewart and other fans of rationality might love the spot, the harsh reality is that biased network get better ratings—even if they’re less concerned with journalistic ethics. Either way, it’s nice to see CNN actively playing up its spot in the middle, rather than trying to shift in one direction or the other. Video below.

Fox News Had Five Of Top 10 Programs On Cable Last Week – During Election Night

Five “programs” (four hours and one partial hour) were in the top 10 programs on all of cable last week for Fox News, from 7:50pmET-MidnightET.

The network also finished #2 overall in prime time on cable for the week – the first time in 2nd place since the May 31 week of the BP oil spill. More details:

• In prime time, MSNBC was #17 and CNN was #28 (total viewers).

• In total day, Fox News finished #3. The last time it finished #3 on all of cable was the week of March 15. MSNBC was #22 and CNN #26.

Check out the ranker from last week here.

Related: Speaking to the power of Fox News, Arianna Huffington (clearly not a Fox fan herself) has listed her most powerful people in the media for Forbes. #5? Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch. She writes: “Love it or leave it, there is no denying the influence of Fox News. Aside from Romney, is there a GOP presidential wanna-be who isn’t on Rupert and Roger’s payroll?”