November 28th, 2009

Weekend Watercooler: White House Crashers, Joy, ClimateGate, CNN, Oprah, Yen, Palin

slide_3820_54102_largeWhite House Party Crashers Met President, May Face Criminal Charges

The White House released a picture today of Michaele Salahi shaking hands with the president despite earlier reports that the couple who allegedly crashed the state dinner never came in contact with Obama.

This revelation comes just hours after the Secret Service took responsibility for the breech. Director Mark Sullivan told the AP that his agency failed to verify whether the couple was invited to the party and expressed his deep concern and embarrassment. He went on to say that measures have been taken to ensure this will not happen again.

Despite that, the Secret Service has not ruled out bringing charges against Tareq and Michaele Salahi. The agency maintains they were not on the guest list despite protestations from the couple, who are auditioning for the Bravo reality show “The Real Housewives of DC”, that they did not crash the party.


Joy Behar: ‘Tis the Season…to be Gay

By Colleen Raezler

“Don we now our gay apparel” took on a different meaning during Joy Behar’s CNN Headline News program Nov. 24.

According to the panel Behar spoke with, the holidays are a great time for gay people to come out of the closet. They are also a good time to knock religion and push the gay agenda.

Actor Jeffrey Self, one of the three gay panelists, told Behar “I think also [coming out] is a nice distraction from all the other drama that’s taking place in your house. Everybody’s already mad at each other.”

“I think it’s the perfect time to do it,” claimed comedienne and lesbian Judy Gold. “Because then you get it over with and everyone is already there. So they don’t have to call each other and say, did you hear?”


CNN FINALLY Reports ClimateGate — To Downplay It Of Course

By Noel Sheppard

It only took CNN six days to notice the growing international scandal known as Climategate, and when it finally reported on the matter, it predictably did so by downplaying the significance.


CNN Promotes Militant Atheist Richard Dawkins and His New Book

By Matthew Balan

CNN correspondent Max Foster’s short report about Richard Dawkins on Tuesday’s Situation Room played more like a commercial which promoted the militant atheist’s new book. Despite Dawkins’s past inflammatory statements about Christianity, Foster only labeled him “an outspoken critic of creationism….[whose] atheist views have put him at the center of controversy” .


Oprah And Obama Christmas Special – Exposing Liberal Media Bias

Mark December 13 on your calendars, for Oprah Winfrey will be doing a primetime Christmas special with Barack and Michelle Obama.

In fact, and not coincidentally, it’s called “Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special.”


Dollar hits 14-year low against yen

The dollar slumped to a 14-year low point against the yen on Thursday, prompting fears that a further surge could hurt a fragile recovery in Japan, the world’s second largest economy.

Gold scored yet another record high, breaching 1,195 dollars an ounce as the US currency waned.


Palin, Bachmann to headline Tea Party convention « – Blogs from

From CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

(CNN) – Sarah Palin will be the main attraction at what’s being billed as the “First National Tea Party Convention.”

Tea Party Nation announced Wednesday that last year’s Republican vice presidential candidate will serve as keynote speaker for the conference, scheduled to take place in Nashville, Tennessee February 4-6. A representative for Palin has confirmed the former Alaska governor’s speaking role at the gathering.

The group also announced that Rep. Michele Bachmann will be speaking at the gathering as well. The Minnesota Republican has become a hero among many in the conservative movement. A representative for Bachmann confirms her speaking role.

The event could focus the political spotlight on both women. Bachmann has become a rising star, her ascent fueled in part by major support from Tea Party activists. For Palin – currently taking a brief Thanksgiving break from a national tour for her new book, “Going Rogue: An American Life” – serving as headliner at a tea party convention could increase speculation that she is weighing a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
Judson Phillips, a spokesman for Tea Party Nation, says the group is talking with other high-profile political leaders about possible convention roles, though he wouldn’t name any names.

“(T)he convention is aimed at bringing the Tea Party Movement together from around the nation for the purpose of networking and supporting the movements’ multiple organizations (sic) principle goals,” according to a statement from the group.

Phillips says the conference will feature workshops, seminars, information centers, and organizational tools for leaders to take back to their respective local tea party organizations. He adds that the Republican Party is not coordinating or organizing with Tea Party Nation in any way.


Feminist Newsweek Editor Bashes Palin, Makes Excuses for Running-Shorts Cover

By Tim Graham

Newsweek deputy editor Julia Baird only arrived in America in 2007 from Australia, but she knows how to play a good corporate soldier. In the wake of Newsweek’s Sarah Palin cover fiasco, she wrote a column for the November 30 issue loyally dedicated to making excuses for her editor Jon Meacham’s bratty cover theatrics, like he was the editor of Spy magazine for a week. Palin’s complaints of sexism are lame, declared Baird:

And now Palin thinks she has been Palinized by NEWSWEEK, for last week’s cover image of her looking fit and posing in running shorts, even though she has been photographed and filmed more than once in aerobic gear (most recently on Oprah just a few days ago.)


FNC: Sarah Palin Tops Hillary Clinton in First-Week Book Sales

By Brad Wilmouth

Wednesday’s Fox and Friends on FNC passed on a piece of information not likely to receive much attention from the mainstream media – that Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue is so far outpacing Hillary Clinton’s Living History in sales. Co-anchor Alisyn Camerota relayed that “now there’s a comparison between how Sarah Palin’s book has done in the first week and how Hillary Clinton’s memoir did the first week, and the winner is: Sarah Palin.”


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Dave Davidson is the TIR artjournalism storyteller photographer and founder of (polite) presidential paparazzi with manners. He is the author of gobs of books including “Sarah Palin Inspires Me”, “Huckisms” and “You May Be A TEApublican”.

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