November 2009

Remember way back in the good ol’ days (Translation: prior to November 4, 2008) when Michelle Obama created the fiction that she was just a regular gal who shopped at J. Crew?

Well, those days are now long gone and forgotten.

How many cows died to cover the First Lady's lovely thighs?

How many cows died to cover the First Lady's lovely thighs?

The Most Glamorous First Lady in History just placed an order for two outrageously expensive pairs of custom-made, high fashion boots — one pair of flat black boots and another pair of calf-length boots in beige buckskin — from French designer Robert Clergerie.

The First Lady must be getting ready for another appearance at a charity food bank and the $540 pair of Lanvin tennis shoes she wore last year are undoubtedly completely worn out by now.

Of course, outrageously expensive clothing was not part of her image during the presidential campaign. Back then, the media helped created the fiction that she regularly sported affordable sweaters carefully selected at J. Crew and reasonably-priced Anne Klein dresses purchased with pennies scrimped and saved from her meager household budget.

The price of Empress Michelle’s new shoes hasn’t been revealed. But we are willing to guarantee that it’s more than you paid for your last pair of shoes. Maybe even more than your last house payment.

Source: Telegraph UK

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No wonder the economy is such a mess. President Obama has put together a team of Ivy League eggheads with no experience in the real world.

Here’s how the American Enterprise Institute explains it:

A friend sends along the following chart from a J.P. Morgan research report. It examines the prior private sector experience of the cabinet officials since 1900 that one might expect a president to turn to in seeking advice about helping the economy. It includes secretaries of State, Commerce, Treasury, Agriculture, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Energy, and Housing & Urban Development, and excludes Postmaster General, Navy, War, Health, Education & Welfare, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security—432 cabinet members in all.

When one considers that public sector employment has ranged since the 1950s at between 15 percent and 19 percent of the population, the makeup of the current cabinet—over 90 percent of its prior experience was in the public sector—is remarkable.

And here’s how Jimi Hendrix explains it:

It’s frightening. Truly frightening. Team Obama comes from an insulated world of professorial tenure and union job security. They’ve never hired anyone. They’ve never fired anyone. They’ve never had to deal with profits and losses. They’ve never had to lose a minute’s sleep worrying about paying the rent or making payroll.

And it shows.

Source: American Enterprise Institute

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Rupert Murdoch has plenty of reasons to smile.

Rupert Murdoch has plenty of reasons to smile.

That hideous sound you hear is Keith Olbermann gnashing his teeth over nemesis Rupert Murdoch’s remarkable success.

Not only does Fox News continue to dominate the cable news ratings, but now, for the first time in history, Fox Television is expected to win the important November ratings.

We’ll step aside and let The Live Feed give you the details:

Thanks to a heavily viewed World Series and the network’s most stable fall lineup in years, Fox is averaging a 3.5 adult demo rating as of Wednesday afternoon.

Fox is up 17% from its November sweeps period last year in the advertiser-coveted adult demographic and is the only major broadcast network to post a gain. With viewing levels down 6% from last year, ABC is in second place with 3.2 (-9%). CBS is third with 3.0 (-12%). NBC is fourth with 2.6 (-16%) and the CW has a 1.2 (+9%). ABC would come out on top if sports programming were excluded. Fox previously tied NBC to win November sweeps in 2001, but has never won the outright.

They said Rupert Murdoch was crazy when he started a fourth television network to challenge ABC, CBS and NBC. Then history repeated itself and they said he was crazy again when he started a cable news network to challenge CNN.

Crazy, you might say, like a Fox.

Source: The Live Feed

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palin-newsweek cover sarah palin The latest Newsweek’s cover features a photo of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in her running outfit. This image was apparently “liberated” from a Runner’s World photo shoot.

The photo is accompanied by a headline that screams, “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah? She’s bad news for the GOP – and for everybody else too.”

The cover story continues, “The Alaska Republican also doesn’t hold back in her book, writing at one point, “I had been out of journalism for a long time, and it was pretty obvious the rules had changed. I felt sick about the depths to which some in the press had apparently sunk, not because it was unfair to me and John, but because it was unfair to the American electorate.”

newsweek-obama-cover As if to prove that Palin was correct, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham defends the image the magazine chose for its cover. “We chose the most interesting image available to us to illustrate the theme of the cover, which is what we always try to do,” he told CNN. “We apply the same test to photographs of any public figure, male or female: does the image convey what we are saying? That is a gender-neutral standard.”

It’s clear what they’re trying to say about Palin. And just to make it equally clear what they’re trying to say about President Obama, we’ve taken the liberty of developing this cover design to be used with Newsweek’s next Obama cover story.

Source: UWMCForum.com, CNN.com

– Written by Patrick Michael

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Despite the fact that Penn State professor Michael Mann’s famous “hockey stick” graph was long ago discredited, it still continues to be cited in study after study. In fact, it’s still the basis for the IPCC’s global warming hysteria.

Unfortunately, there’s a damning comment in one of the ClimateGate emails that says: “I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.”

What does that mean? Well, here are two graphs that demonstrate the results of that “trick.” The top one shows Michael Mann’s original “hockey stick” chart complete with his tricks that hide the decline. The bottom one, known as the Briffa Reconstruction, removes the tricks and shows that global warming is, in fact, global cooling.

From now on, let’s just refer to it as “Mann-made” global warming.

Source: BluegrassPundit.com

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We’re not sure what’s worse about this video clip. Was it Joy Behar questioning the hidden racist meaning in the term “Black Friday” or Whoppi Goldberg revealing that she was “going commando”?

Here. Read the dialogue while we recover from that thought.

Goldberg: Oh, hello and welcome to ‘The View.’ Today is Black Friday, all day long. And I’m going to stay black all day because of it. 

Behar: Isn’t it a little racist to call it Black Friday? 

Goldberg: Well, I would have called it African American Friday, but that’s taking something away from it.

Behar: But there’s a negative connotation to it? Or does it mean something else?

Goldberg: No, it’s like when you make all the money – you’re in the black. 

Behar: So it’s positive? 

Goldberg: Yeah. It’s in the black, so it’s a huge great thing. 

Behar: A lot of times, like blackmail is negative, black sheep.

Goldberg: Black people. 

Behar: No, not black people. 

Goldberg: But it used to be, it used to be.

Believe it or not, that was the intellectual part of the conversation. It degenerated from there. Rapidly.

– Written by Patrick Michael

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Pardon us for asking, but…

by editor on November 29, 2009

Did it ever occur to those Muslim martyrs that the reason all the girls in Paradise are virgins is because they’re really fat and really ugly with bad personalities?

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Would Walter Cronkite have recited a poem about the day’s news? Chet Huntley? David Brinkley? Hell, even Keith Olbermann would have had more sense.

Well, damn those old sticks in the mud. Katie Couric is not about to be bound by tradition.

The Perky One recited a holiday Ode to ObamaCare last Monday night.

That’s not to say the CBS News anchor is taking a position on the issue. No, not at all. Surely, she’s just looking for creative ways to deliver the news and climb out of the ratings basement. If this works, she may try topless news next week.

We’re not big on poems here at IHateTheMedia.com, but we do know a few about a girl from Nantucket.

Source: Gateway Pundit

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The left likes to laugh at Glenn Beck’s histrionics, but the guy has a knack for simplifying the incredibly complex.

In this clip, he explains all the collusion and all the conspiracy revealed in the emails that were “liberated” from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University.

Just a guess, but we doubt that Al Gore’s laughing right now.

Source: The Big Feed

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Representatives from Newsweek, NBC, Comedy Central and the New York Times prepare to congratulate each other

Representatives from Newsweek, NBC, Comedy Central and the New York Times prepare to congratulate each other

Newsweek decided to do a story on “New Thought Leaders” and invited prominent people to talk about them. Jon Stewart (believe it or not) was ranked #2 and NBC News anchor Brian Williams got all gooey about Jon Stewart.

Our advice: Stand back so you don’t get any on you.

In just the span of a short few years, Jon Stewart has gone from optional to indispensable. Case in point: when Jon went all Glenn Beck on Jim Cramer a few months back. A few of us blanched. Getting pissed, brimming with bile—that was so . . . MSM of him. And yet, in the niche-y, hip, and in-the-know world of late-night, media-skewering comedy, it had the impact of Cronkite turning against Vietnam … The old arc of a news story went like this: News happens. Media cover news. Audience reacts, then turns in for the night. For the past several years, however, there’s been another step added to the end of the process: being held to account for our faults by a comedy show with a sharp eye and a sharp tongue. How did we live without it?

Yeah, that’s pretty barf-inducing. But it gets worse and we expect your never-ending thanks for revealing this next item so you don’t have to waste any time reading it for yourself:

Newsweek also invited New York Times columnist Gail Collins to drool over Hilary Clinton as the #10 New Thought Leader.

Pardon us, but we think we’ll stick with the same old thoughts.

Source: Newsweek

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Barack Obama just played his 25th round of golf since he was sworn in as president.

Next time he plays 18, maybe he could take his cabinet out there to discuss the economy. Or the Joint Chiefs of Staff to figure out the war in Afghanistan. Or even Jeremiah Wright to discuss that God Damn America.

On one hand, it pisses us off that the President spends so much time on the golf course while the nation is faced with so many problems. On the other hand, the more golf he plays, the less time he has to come up with socialist solutions to those problems.

Tee it up, Mr. President.

Source: The Big Feed

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Hillary can't wait to hang Barack Obama's Christmas balls on the tree

Hillary can't wait to hang Barack Obama's Christmas balls on the tree

Apparently news of the severe recession hasn’t reached Washington, DC. There’s no price tag associated with this story, but we can assure you it ain’t gonna be cheap.

But what does it matter if the economy is in trouble? Queen Hillary needs a State Department that matches her regal self-image.

Politico.com tells the expensive tale:

The State Department is not exactly the most modern of buildings. So when it comes to sprucing things up, it probably needs some help.

As a result, it has partnered with the magazine industry to help decorate 17 rooms for the holiday season. The rooms are in the State Department’s Harry S. Truman Building and Blair House, both of which are located in Washington.

The Magazine Holiday Design Showcase is “part of an ongoing campaign to highlight the furnishings and art in both the Blair House and the State Department,” according to a release.

Better Homes and Gardens will decorate the Blair House’s front and back rooms and the garden. Martha Stewart Living will focus on Blair House’s dining rooms, entryway and Lee Drawing Room. Mother Earth News turns its sights on Blair House’s Jackson Place Sitting Room and Jackson Place Dining Room. Mother Earth News will team up with Natural Home to work on the State Department’s Adams Room. This Old House will tend to the Lincoln Room and Truman Study at Blair House. Traditional Home has been assigned the Blair House’s Lee Dining Room and Lee Entrance Room.

And we assume Mad Magazine will be decorating the Treasury Department.

Source: Politico.com

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Joe Biden has a tighter grip on Michaele Salahi than he does on reality

Joe Biden has a tighter grip on Michaele Salahi than he does on reality

A wanna-be reality TV couple slipped through security and attended President Obama’s first state dinner at the White House on Tuesday night. They palled around with Joe Biden and other dignitaries and then posted the photos on their Facebook page.

Way to go, Secret Service.

The Associated Press reports that “President Barack Obama was never in any danger because (Michaele and Tareq Salahi) went through the same security screening for weapons as the 300-plus people actually invited to the dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.”

But we say that’s wild speculation. How do we know the Salahis aren’t highly-trained ninja warriors, fully-adept at hand-to-hand combat? Hell, we’ve seen “V” and they may even be reptilian aliens come to earth from their home planet to deliver secret new plans to fellow reptilian aliens Michelle and Barack.

That, of course, is wild speculation, but the Washington Post has confirmed that the Salahis are part of Virginia’s wealthy horse set and that they are up for roles on a new Bravo reality TV show called “Real Housewives of D.C.”

The Secret Service didn’t know the Salahis had attended the fancy fete until Michaele Salahi’s posted photos on her Facebook page – photos of them with Biden, Rahm Emanuel, Katie Couric, and Rep. Ed Royce.

You know that President Obama won’t be able to resist making an appearance on the Real Housewives of DC. C’mon, the guy is drawn to a TV camera like William Jefferson is drawn to cash.

Source: Associated Press

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Happy Thanksgiving from IHateTheMedia.com

by editor on November 26, 2009

We’re taking off Thanksgiving Day, but we’ll be back with a slightly reduced schedule on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Unless we get too engrossed in football.

While we’re gone, please enjoy this IHateTheMedia.com collection of Thanksgiving videos.

And have a warm, wonderful holiday.

CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEOS…

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H/T: Minnesotans for Global Warming

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The good news is that you'll live forever. The bad news is that Harry Reid will live forever.

The good news is that you'll live forever. The bad news is that Harry Reid will live forever.

Either this is the greatest health plan in history or Harry Reid is over-promising with this post-ObamaCare vote comment:

“Today we vote whether to even discuss one of the greatest issues of our generation – indeed, one of the greatest issues this body has ever face: whether this nation will finally guarantee its people the right to live free from the fear of illness and death, which can be prevented by decent health care for all.”

Live free from the fear of illness and death?

Well, hell, why didn’t the Democrats just mention immortality in the first place? Now that we understand the miracles to be wrought by ObamaCare, we’re behind it 110%. Maybe 115%.

Source: National Review

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George Monbiot has discovered that the global warming god is dead

George Monbiot has discovered that the global warming god is dead

George Monbiot, the Grand Poobah of British global warming society, is horrified by the growing email scandal.

Just a few months ago he warned that global warming denial was spreading like a contagious disease. Now he appears to have come down with a mild case of it himself.

It’s no use pretending this isn’t a major blow. The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging. I am now convinced that they are genuine, and I’m dismayed and deeply shaken by them.

Yes, the messages were obtained illegally. Yes, all of us say things in emails that would be excruciating if made public. Yes, some of the comments have been taken out of context. But there are some messages that require no spin to make them look bad. There appears to be evidence here of attempts to prevent scientific data from being released, and even to destroy material that was subject to a freedom of information request.

Worse still, some of the emails suggest efforts to prevent the publication of work by climate sceptics, or to keep it out of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I believe that the head of the unit, Phil Jones, should now resign.

Now we’re waiting to hear something as honest from Al Gore. (Please forgive us for using the mutually exclusive words “honest” and “Gore” in the same sentence.)

Source: Tim Blair

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Is Maureen Dowd on the leading edge of liberals fleeing from Barack Obama?

Is Maureen Dowd on the leading edge of liberals fleeing from Barack Obama?

It was a bad weekend in the media for Barack Obama. A very bad weekend, indeed.

Within a 12-hour period, Saturday Night Live did a scathing skit about his profligate spending. Chris Matthews compared him to Jimmy Carter. And to complete the trifecta, Maureen Dowd, New York Times columnist and queen of Inside-the-Beltway Liberals, penned this devastating review of the Obama presidency:

If we could see a Reduced Shakespeare summary of Obama’s presidency so far, it would read:

Dither, dither, speech. Foreign trip, bow, reassure. Seminar, summit. Shoot a jump shot with the guys, throw out the first pitch in mom jeans. Compromise, concede, close the deal. Dither, dither, water down, news conference.

Oh, one more thing while we’re at it: Gallup confirmed that Obama’s approval rating has now dropped below 50%.

How quickly things change. Just a couple weeks ago, the liberal media was fretting that Obama was losing the independents. Now the liberal media is fretting that he’s losing the liberals.

Source: New York Times

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Sarah Palin wrote the sentence. Wink, wink.

Sarah Palin wrote the sentence. Wink, wink.

Here’s one of the funniest things we’ve ever seen. Over at Slate.com, KevClark64 posted the following sentence from an autobiography:

Sentence, actual
by KevClark64
11/18/2009, 1:09 PM

Under “Sentence, actual” how about this beauty:
“The apartment was small, with slanting floors and irregular heat and a buzzer downstairs that didn’t work, so that visitors had to call ahead from a pay phone at the corner gas station, where a black Doberman the size of a wolf paced through the night in vigilant patrol, its jaws clamped around an empty beer bottle.”

Wow! That wouldn’t make it through freshman English class, and I mean high school, not college. What’s the sentence about anyway? The apartment? The gas station? The Doberman? How about sticking with one complete thought before going on to three more? Just goes to show that some people should stick with politics and give up any presumptions of being a writer.

That sent the pack of liberal coyotes howling. Sarah Palin wrote it! Sarah Palin wrote it! Numerous comments followed, each attacking Palin’s poor writing skills:

Easy Translation
by LeRoy_Was_Here
11/18/2009, 1:23 PM

The black Doberman belonged to Sarah, because she didn’t want no stinkin’ liberal visitors, and that’s why they made sure the buzzer downstairs didn’t work, too, and, oh, the Doberman was always carrying around an empty beer bottle, because Sarah and Todd had trained it to get rid of all their beer bottles after they were done with drinkin’ ’em, on account of they didn’t want their place lookin’ like a buncha white trash lived there!

See how easy that was?

And the floors were all slanting towards the right, of course.

HooHoo!
by reJoinder
11/18/2009, 1:45 PM

That’s great, all it needed was the lead-in “It was a dark and stormy night.” Great stuff!

I remember well the breathless, run-on sentences of my High School days…:)

The Bulwer-Lytton Bad Writing Contest
by LeRoy_Was_Here
11/18/2009, 1:46 PM

That sentence by Sarah Palin could be entered into the annual Bulwer-Lytton bad writing contest.

It could have a chance at winning a honorable mention, at any rate.

Then KevClark64 came back to spring a little surprise on the libs:

Re: Sentence, actual
by KevClark64
11/18/2009, 1:50 PM

I probably should have mentioned that the sentence quoted above was not written by Sarah Palin. It’s taken from the first paragraph of Dreams from My Father, written by Barack Obama.

While some readers realized what a brilliant “gotcha” moment it was and laughed, others suddenly reversed course and decided that the sentence was no longer awful, but was, in fact, brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

Re: Sentence, actual
by paxterminus
11/18/2009, 3:24 PM

There is nothing wrong with this particular sentence. Although Americans prefer the abbreviated version of the English language (both grammar and the vocabulary) it is fairly commonplace for highly educated people (especially in GB) to use complex sentences with the full range of dependencies allowed by the language. Not all written word is a TV commercial or a Hollywood movie with a guiding principle of not confusing stupid people.

We’re not here to judge whether Obama’s sentence was good or bad. Although we must admit that our feeble conservative brains certainly had trouble following his point by the time he reached his second independent clause.

Our training is in advertising. We believe in short sentences. Punchy sentences (see, we just did one).

But we find it hilarious that Slate.com’s posters laughed their asses off when they thought Sarah Palin wrote the sentence, then reversed course and decided it was brilliant as soon as they learned Obama wrote it.

At least we think Obama wrote it.

Might have been William Ayers.

Who knows.

(See? More of those short, punchy advertising sentences.)

Source: Slate.com

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In what can only be called a desperate attempt on our part to connect this story to Thanksgiving we would like to note that President Obama’s approval rating has hit an all-time low on the same day that the day that the Indian leader is visiting the White House.

Get it? Thanksgiving? Indians?

Yeah, it was a stretch, but we’re already in holiday mode and that’s the best you’re going to get out of us today.

So let’s let Rasmussen give you the details:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15. This is the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for President Obama.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Democrats Strongly Approve while 68% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major political party, just 16% Strongly Approve and 51% Strongly Disapprove.

Minus 15. Ahhh, this is going to be a glorious Thanksgiving. Glorious, indeed.

Source: Rasmussen Reports

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Fox Sports has suspended Los Angeles Clippers announcers Ralph Lawler and Mike Smith for one game. What did they do to merit the unscheduled vacation? We’re not quite sure.

Whatever it was, only one viewer complained about it. But that was apparently enough to scare the bejeezus out of Fox.

Here’s the damning conversation that supposedly merited the suspension:

Smith: “Look who’s in.”


Lawler: “Hamed Haddadi. Where’s he from?”


Smith: “He’s the first Iranian to play in the NBA.”
Lawler: “There aren’t any Iranian players in the NBA.”
Smith: “He’s the only one.”


Lawler: “He’s from Iran?”


Smith: “I guess so.”


Lawler: “That Iran?”


Smith: “Yes.”


Lawler: “The real Iran?”


Smith: “Yes.”


Lawler: “Wow. Haddadi – that’s H-A-D-D-A-D-I.”


Smith: “You’re sure it’s not Borat’s older brother?”


Smith: “If they ever make a movie about Haddadi, I’m going to get Sacha Baron Cohen to play the part.”


Lawler: “Here’s Haddadi. Nice little back-door pass. I guess those Iranians can pass the ball.”

Clipper season ticket holder Arya Towfighi was watching the game with his young son when the conversation between Lawler and Smith occurred.

Towfighi was so offended that he escorted the lad out of the room before replaying the comments. “I didn’t want my son to hear that,” he said. After watching the replay, the outraged Iranian emailed complaints to Clippers and Fox Sports executives. For good measure, he shot one off to the Los Angeles Times, too.

Cyrus Hadavi, a spokesman for the Alliance of Iranian Americans in L.A., was equally horrified. He was left “kind of speechless. In this day and age, why would someone say something like this? Were they trying to offend a whole nation?”

For the life of us, we can’t figure out what was so offensive about the sportscasters commentary.

Here’s our bottom line: Lawler has been the Clippers announcer for 31 years. Anyone who’s been forced to watch this pathetic team for that long should be given dispensation to say just about any damn thing he wants.

Even if it’s offensive to two or three people.

Source: The Big Feed

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Martha Stewart, convicted felon and the most amazingly boring person in the history of television, thinks Sarah Palin is boring and dangerous. Oddly enough, that makes us like Palin even more.

Here’s what the genius had to say in an interview with Showbiz Tonight’s producer Jenny D’Attoma:

D’Attoma: Now, on to Sarah Palin, why do you think she’s so polarizing to so many people?

Stewart: She’s a very boring to me. Very boring, and a very, to me, kind of a, a dangerous person. I mean, to, she’s dangerous.

D’Attoma: In what way?

Stewart: She speaks, she’s, she’s so confused. And anyone like that in government is a real problem.

D’Attoma: Meanwhile, they’re saying her book is already a bestseller. Do you find it…

Stewart: Good for her. Good for her.

D’Attoma: Have you been able to catch Sarah Palin’s interviews?

Stewart: Why’s everybody asking that? I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t watch her if you paid me.

Last time we checked out the legs of Martha Stewart and Sarah Palin, only one of them was wearing an electronic ankle bracelet. It wasn’t Palin.

And that’s a good thing.

Source: NewsBusters.org

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