Barney Frank Farted On Live TV

A representative from my home state, showing how much he could care less:

One thing that's confusing about the treatment of this video elsewhere is the "he may have farted" or "probably farted" phrasing. He definitely farted, right? He definitely farted. We may not have a working democracy, stable financial markets, or any sense of peace and security in the world at large, but we do have a Congressman breaking wind on MSNBC, and for that we should be thankful.

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]

Homophobic Preacher Sues Rachel Maddow for $50 Million, Claims She Overstated His Homophobia

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Bradlee Dean, at right, in typical garb at his press conference.
Michele Bachmann's favorite preacher, Bradlee Dean, is suing Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, and NBC universal for $50 million, alleging that Maddow defamed him on her TV show.

Dean claims Maddow injured his reputation and fundraising ability when she accused him of calling for the execution of homosexuals.

Maddow was referring to statements Dean made on his radio program on May 15 of last year:

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Is Western Coverage of Japan Veering Into "Disaster Porn"?

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An idea getting thrown around on the Internet is that American news networks' coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is a form of "disaster porn." This post from Tokyo photographer Rikki Kasso's blog reposted on Tumblr sums up the argument:

Please everybody do not refer to CNN, or most American news networks for accurate updates on the development of the situation here. I would suggest Japan`s news network of NHK. Most news networks keep running the same 4 or 5 video extreme damage loops focusing on the body count and tragedy. Those are valid points as well, but to repeat them with music and logos is sickening, and now Japan has become the lead star in the American News network Natural Disaster Series.

True?

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Alec Baldwin Is Not Replacing Keith Olbermann

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Jack Donaghy is a fictional NBC executive on the show 30 Rock; Alec Baldwin is the actor who plays him. Neither is going to replace Keith Olbermann as the host of Countdown or any other show in the 8 p.m. slot on MSNBC because that would be ridiculous, despite a report from Popeater's Rob Shuter, which cites only an anonymous network source. Never trust anonymous network sources on Popeater because they just want attention for their network.

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What Will Keith Olbermann Tweet at 8 P.M.?

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Keith Olbermann, recently departed host of MSNBC's Countdown, is coming back to the 8 p.m. slot just three days after he signed off. Despite talk in this morning's New York Times of a gag order, in which Olbermann can not speak about his departure, he has promised a dispatch tonight on his newly MSNBC-free Twitter. What could it be?

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Keith Olbermann Will Shut Up For Most of 2011

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Keith Olbermann's departure from MSNBC is being euphemistically called a "negotiated separation," but this for the same man who was called "a jerk and difficult and brutal" by his boss. The New York Times has more details in this morning's paper, the most concrete being the fact that Olbermann will be kept off of television for "six to nine months" and he is "apparently forbidden to discuss his departure." Details of the gag order are hard to come by and it's unclear if it has an expiration date. Meanwhile, Olbermann's enemies are free to yap about how much the guy sucks to work with!

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Keith Olbermann Leaves MSNBC (Video) (Update)

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Keith Olbermann, the host of MSNBC's "Countdown" since 2003, resigned from the program suddenly last night. Olbermann announced on the air that he would be leaving the show immediately, his time slot to be filled by Lawrence O'Donnell. What happened?

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Press Clips: Murderous Monday Feelings

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Have you ever received a piece of mail with a tracking number and you know it's there but everyone keeps passing the buck off to someone else until someone finally says "Oh, it'll show up in a day or two!"? That just happened to me for the second time. I am going to Fucking. Kill. Someone. Press Clips, Day 18, DeathRage Lunchtime Edition, right here.

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Olbermann Speaks -- Er, Tweets -- on Suspension

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In the interest of not moving our media microscope, here is Keith Olbermann breaking his silence, via Twitter, on being suspended by MSNBC.

Rachel Maddow on Keith Olbermann Suspension: At Least MSNBC Isn't Fox News

Rachel Maddow dedicated her final segment on Friday night's show to the Keith Olbermann flap, in which the Countdown host was suspended for making political donations, and said she understands the punishment Olbermann received. "I understand what it means to break this rule," Maddow said. "I believe that everybody should face the same treatment under this rule. I also personally believe that the point has been made and we should have Keith back hosting Countdown." But Maddow's most salient point was about, what else, Fox News.More »

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