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Monday, July 27, 2009

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres



"Human rights advocate and Russian journalist Natalia Estemirova was murdered almost two weeks ago under mysterious circumstances. Her fearless criticism of the prosecution of the Chechnyan wars is believed to have something to do with her disappearance and tragic death. Fellow human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who had spent the last days of their respective earthly existences critically examining the the Kremlin and its policy toward Chechnya, both died under similarly mysterious circumstances. Coincidence?" (AWEARNESSBlog)



"I generally never make fun of the way people look unless it's the result of something voluntary, like excessive surgery or rotten dye jobs. But occasionally someone's natural-born visage will scream 'sleazy' and I'll have to comment on it--especially when the awful first impression turns out to be totally true. For me, the worst offense is when they have no upper lip whatsoever." (Musto)



(image via msnbc)

"Howard (Stern) started off the show welcoming George Takei to the studio - he'll be sitting in all week .. Robin came in late--she caught a red-eye after the Joan Rivers roast in California--and said she was joined on the dais by Gilbert Gottfried, Greg Giraldo, Jeffrey Ross, Whitney Cummings and Brad Garrett. Carl Reiner was probably the biggest name besides the roastee: 'He was very funny...he just said dirty words.' Robin said Gilbert also did well: 'Nobody could do what Gilbert did. He told this story about Joan Rivers f’ing him when he was a young comedian.' George told a story about William Shatner asking him do a one hour special with him on A&E, but when George asked Bill about some of the things he'd said about him in public, Bill dismissed them and insisted they both 'move on.' George said he refused to rebuild their relationship on Bill's terms and hung up: 'I would have been willing to do that if it was a forthright conversation.' Howard applauded George's decision .." (HowardStern.com/Rundown)



"Tomorrow and Wednesday, former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean will guest host Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Expect a lot of health care talk as Dean is the author of 'Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform.' The question: will there be opposing viewpoints during his healthcare segments? Sitting in tonight is Lawrence O'Donnell. Richard Wolffe guest hosts Thursday and Friday. Olbermann is back next week." (TVNewser)

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