Ann Coulter: Obama Is “A Better Comedian Than He Is A President”

Well its not as though one couldn’t see this quip coming a mile away. Still, its noteworthy that Ann Coulter, one of the most ardent critics of this administration, revealed that perhaps even she found President Obama’s monologue during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to be funny. Judging by the response of her critique delivered while on Geraldo at Large, looks like she struck a chord.

In the following clip, Coulter delivers the wry assessment while appearing as guest with Al Sharpton, Carlos Mencia and host Gerlado Rivera. Sidenote – yes, it appears that Geraldo at Large has become the island of misfit toys for television punditry.


Dish Plans ‘TV Everywhere’ Web Site This Year

Dish Tv Logo

Dish Network is preparing to launch a “TV Everywhere” Internet destination as soon as this summer that would let subscribers get access to TV programming on a range of devices. “All I can really say is, like the rest of the industry, TV Everywhere is important to us,” said Bruce Eisen, Dish Network’s vice president of online content development and strategy. “We’re certainly exploring that.”

Dish last September 2009 filed for trademark protection on “TV Everywhere,” but the No. 2 satellite operator had not previously indicated that a standalone Web portal for authenticated access to premium content would be offered under that brand. More on Multichannel.


Conan O’Brien On NBC Divorce: “Breaking Up Suddenly, Violently, Quickly” (Video)

Conan O’Brien made his return to TV in a much-hyped 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft.

It was a decidedly Team Conan segment, and also a surprisingly serious and frank discussion with the comedy host.

From the very beginning, it was very pro-Conan. Kroft said Conan’s final couple weeks saw “some of the best late night jokes in a decade” while since he left “NBC did their best to push him into oblivion.” Meanwhile it was “Leno’s disastrous prime time show,” according to Kroft, that set the wheels in motion for the events that transpired (not necessarily far off, but there was no “disastrous” tag applied for Conan’s Tonight Show).

There were some surprising moments, like seeing the “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour,” make it’s television debut (although clips have leaked out online). Also, we got to see the somewhat sad process of O’Brien tweeting, which apparently involved Tonight Show head writer Mike Sweeney, sidekick Andy Richter and tour blogger Aaron Bleyaert. Also, we saw a brief Q&A with Liza O’Brien, Conan’s wife, who described what happened as “like watching someone’s heart get broken.” It echoed Conan’s sentiments, who said the situation was “like a marriage breaking up suddenly, violently, quickly.”

When it came time to talk specifically about Jay Leno, there were jokes about non-disparagement and tactically cautious answers. The language was clear though: Leno, according to Conan, “went and took that show back.”

And he did find the idea Leno somehow got screwed to be funny. “Jay’s got The Tonight Show, I have a beard and an inflatable bat. And I’m touring city to city,” he said. “Who can say who won and who lost?”

Again, it was a pro-Conan interview. While Kroft did talk ratings, it was dismissed quickly by Conan as not having a chance to grow his own product. But as Kroft mentioned the superb final couple weeks of Conan’s Tonight Show, it ignores many people’s reaction – where was this for the last six months? Also, no mention of what happened with FOX (obviously TBS is a nice landing spot, but it’s still cable).

The ratings for 60 Minutes will likely be strong – even stronger than usual. And seeing Conan back on TV was a welcome change, even if he was out of his usual element. Where he goes next now becomes the follow-up story – George Lopez? David Letterman?

Here’s the full interview:

Watch CBS News Videos Online

—–
» Follow Steve Krakauer on Twitter


Obama ‘Relentless’ On Oil Spill: BP Will Be Paying The Bill

President Obama went down to Louisiana this afternoon meeting with officials, including LA Governor Bobby Jindal, to discuss the catastrophic oil spill that is threatening the Gulf. Also, one imagines, to preempt the Katrina comparisons (there were more than a few on the Sunday shows today) before they really take hold.

Says Obama: “We want to emphasize the coordinating of local, state, and Federal officials in this process.” Also: the Federal government’s approach was “immediate” and has been “relentless.” Obama, himself is rather relentless is pointing out how relentless the US government under his watch has been in its reaction…unlike, say, its response during other Louisiana disasters, which I presume is the not-so-subtle comparison we are supposed to draw here.

What Obama would also like to emphasize is that this oil spill is really bad, possibly the worst in history, and furthermore this is BP’s fault and BP will be paying for it.

Let me be clear. BP is responsible for this leak. BP will be paying the bill. But as President of the United States I am going to spare no effort to respond to this crisis for as long as it continues. And we will spare no resource to clean up whatever damages cost.


NYPD Now Examining Times Sq. Video Showing “White Male In His 40’s”

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (who apparently likes to attend a lot of black tie events in his spare time…future mayoral run, anyone?) just gave a press conference on the latest developments in yesterdays Time Square car bomb scare. Some updates:

    The police have discovered the name of the person the Nissan Pathfinder was registered to, but are not releasing the name.

    They have also confirmed the plates do not match the car.

    They are currently examining a video that shows a “white male in his 40’s,” in Schubert Alley, looking back at 45th St. and removing a dark shirt to reveal a red one underneath, and stuffing the dark one into a bag.

    Also, there is not evidence a Taliban bombmaker is responsible for this, as they claimed on the Internet.

Full video below. At the New Yorker Steve Coll points out that the “strength of American counterterrorism operations lies in its forensic and investigative abilities after an attack takes place. In effect, when a terrorist group, large or small, sets off a bomb, it temporarily lights up its own network by exposing the forensic trail leading back from the event.”


Bill Kristol Thinks We Should Be Drilling Closer To Shore

Sometimes it’s hard not to wonder whether Bill Kristol spends his week trying to think up the most inflammatory thing he is capable of saying on any given subject and then merely bides his time until Sunday mornings. Or maybe he just likes to set up Juan Williams to look extra smart and reasonable. Either way, here’s Kristol weighing in on the oil spill currently wreaking havoc on the coast of Louisiana.

So, look it was a bad accident. But the fact is, I think we get something like 1/3 of our domestic oil from off-shore drilling in the Gulf. We need it. And we can’t cut back on it. Incidentally, if we hadn’t stopped closer in drilling, after the Santa Barbara 40 years ago…we’d have a lot more drilling closer in, which is probably less dangerous, less treacherous than trying to drill 15 miles out form the coast. And incidentally if we wanted to have some on shore drilling there’s this thing called ANWAR up in Alaska, which is right there. There are no waves, there is no ocean…perfectly easy to drill a lot of oil there. So I’m a drill baby drill person.

On second thought, maybe he’s just writing SNL’s material for them (the reaction shot from Brit Hume in the middle of that is classic). Meanwhile, Juan Williams wants to know if Kristol has considered the animals. Video below.


George Will Quietly Shuts Down Bill Maher On This Week’s Fiery Roundtable

Here’s a possible solution to the calamitous ratings slide happening over at CNN: hire George Will and Bill Maher to co-host some sort of prime time show. If today’s This Week roundtable was any measure it would certainly be must-see TV.

Admittedly, it’s a bit of an unlikely bromance, but it made for fiery, and I would argue, really good television this morning. George Will’s uptight, removed demeanor is the perfect antidote to Maher’s often hyperbolic pronouncements — just check out his stunned reaction when Will calls him on his Brazil oil assertion — and Maher manages to loosen Will up in a really appealing way (though Will mostly looked irritated to be subjected to so many unapologetic liberals). It was the kind of roundtable conversation you hope to see on Sunday morning — i.e. opposing views that don’t devolve into talking points and/or a shout-fest — but rarely do. It didn’t hurt that Rev. Al Sharpton, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Matthew Dowd were also on the panel — a recipe for explosion if ever there were one. That said, it was two Maher-Will exchanges that caught my attention. Also, Tapper’s reactions, which at times were priceless.

First, the discussion over the increasingly dreadful oil spill of the Louisiana coast. After assuring Tapper he would behave himself — “you’re so nervous here” — Maher further criticized President Obama over the oil spill:

You know, he owns this issue now, because it was only a few weeks ago that he came out for offshore drilling. I would say philosophically this is a problem many on the left have had for many years…there is no one that represents out point of view…where is the other side on this? I could certainly criticize oil companies, and I could certainly criticize America in general for not attacking this in the 70’s, I mean Brazil got off oil in the last 30 years.

Or did they? George Will circled back to this assertion a little bit later in the discussion, and did some fact-checking of his own, saying.

“I want to just get back to Bill. Can you just explain to me in what sense Brazil got off oil?”

Maher: “Uh.” Turns out Bill (in a bit of a stumbling explanation) believes Brazil is off oil. Politifact is looking into it (Update: fact check results in). But such a great moment. So unusual to hear Bill Maher shut down without a significant decibel rise. Video of the entire first half of the roundtable below. [Cont'd]


The second exchange is a short one. But interesting how Maher feels the need to defend himself, and how Will is really just not having it (in really long words).

“Let me defend myself, because I have never said, and would never say, because it’s not true, that Republicans, all Republicans are racist. That would be silly and wrong. But nowadays if you are racist, you are probably a Republican.”

Cue Jake Tapper clearing his throat, changing the topic. Here’s Will’s response:

This is — this is synthetic hysteria by a herd of independent minds called our political class right now that has decided to stand up and worry about the Constitution being shredded by measures that have ample history of being sustained against constitutional challenges.

Tell me they would not make for good viewing on a regular basis. Video of the ‘racist’ exchange below.