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Discovery Channel Should Change Its Name To "Shark Bullshit" Ch

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[Television]
The Discovery Channel's obsessive quest for ratings has caused one of its most popular series of programming: shows about sharks, to veer deep into bullshit territory. Now the channel routinely just makes stuff up and doesn't apologize for it. Check out this expose of the Discovery Channel's foray into deception..

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What If John Lennon Auditioned For The Voice?

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[Music]
[Television]
Many of us have wondered, in today's corporatized world of packaged entertainment, could truly unique and thought-provoking artists have a chance? Let's set the "What If" machine and see...

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Anatomy Of Local Television - From An Insider

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A local TV newsman of 10 years writes a scathing editorial on the current state of the local TV news industry and how it works (or why it doesn't work). Ever wonder what goes on at your local news station? Here's a glimpse..

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Preacher Sells Debt Removal Through Prayer On TV

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[Television]
Peter Popoff has been preaching about God and money for decades.

His shows that he pays BET and other cable and TV channels to appear on are non-stop crusades about spirituality and overcoming addictions, but most of all, they're about helping people erase mountains of debt.

"I'm telling you that God teaches in His word that He wants to cancel, erase, wipe out, obliterate your debt," Popoff says in a video ad.

Popoff claims he has delivered miracles to hundreds of thousands of people supernaturally. Or does he?

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The Formula For TV News Reporting

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[News Media]
[Television]
Charlie Booker outlines the standard approach towards running a news story. How many times have you seen this?

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How Media Would Cover The Moon Landing Today

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[News Media]
[Television]
On the 40th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing, Slate.com posts an amusing video showing what the mainstream news media might look like if they covered a historical event like the moon landing today...

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Italian Sci-Fi Channel Ads Offer Interesting Moral Equivalancy

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[Television]
Print ads for the Sci Fi Channel outside the United States get pretty clever....

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Majel Roddenberry Passes Away

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[Movies]
[Television]
Gene Roddenberry's wife, Majel Roddenberry passed away today. We at BSAlert particularly mourn this loss because Majel was an outspoken secular humanist, as was her husband Gene, and this theme ran through all the Star Trek shows while Gene was involved.

Her romance with Roddenberry earned her the title "The First Lady of Star Trek." A fixture in the "Star Trek" franchise, her roles included Nurse Christine Chapel in the original "Star Trek," Lwaxana Troi in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the voice of the USS Enterprise computer in almost every spin-off of the 1966 cult series. She recently reprised the voice role in the upcoming "Star Trek" film directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Kucinich: Are You Kidding? This Is About World Peace!

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[Television]
Dennis Kucinich appeared on the CBS Early Show the other day and was asked by the host Hanna Storm, whether it was a good idea to meet with the leader of Iran. Watch as he embarrasses the biased show host by speaking frankly and with common sense nobody else at the network seems to have.

When Ms Storm's attempt to malign Kucinich fails, she goes after his wife personally, fixating on her tongue ring while Dennis wants to talk about world peace. Very classy people there at CBS. If this doesn't demonstrate the bizarre agenda some in the media have, I don't know what does.

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Writer's Strike Explained by Daily Show Writers

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[Television]
In case you've been living under a rock and haven't heard, the Writers Guild Association--the union of the folks who write most TV shows and movies--is on strike. What do these fiends want? Why do the insist on making us watch reruns of our favorite late-night talk shows, like The Daily Show or Letterman? And why--if the strike lasts for a while--will we also have to watch reruns of most of our favorite prime-time shows, like Heroes? And if the strike goes really long, we might have to watch--gasp!--foreign movies from England or Canada or somewhere?!!

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Tonight on Larry King: Avoiding Insurance Scams

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[Television]
If you're Larry King, doing an hour-long TV interview with a celebrity or a central figure in a news story (a fireman fighting the California wildfires! a 9/11 widow! a murderer's brother!) every week night, you ought to eventually, in your 70-something years of life, learn a few basics about human nature.
  • Celebrities who collapse from "exhaustion" are exhausted from too much booze and drugs.

  • People who are accused of a crime will always claim innocence.

  • There is no free lunch.

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


Unfortunately, it seems that ol' Larry didn't learn those last two life-lessons very well. At least, not judging by his lawsuit against an insurance company for "breach of fiduciary responsibility."

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It's Like American Idol But With Renal Failure

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[Television]
Being terminally ill is not, I think we can all agree, fun. Being confronted with one's own mortality is pretty much universally loathed, especially in the wasting fashion of most terminal diseases. You know what would make ME feel a whole lot better about the whole process of watching the curtain slowly fall on my own little play? Picking who gets my kidneys when I finally kick the bucket.

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Pharmaceutical Companies Propose "Drug TV" Channel

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[Television]
Amid strenuous lobbying across Europe to end restrictions on direct-to-consumer drug advertising, four pharmaceutical companies are considering launching their own television station. Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Novartis and Procter & Gamble envision "Pharma TV" as "a dedicated interactive digital channel funded by the industry with health news and features. "

With less regulation in America, why haven't they proposed their own channel here? Ponder that while you wait in line for your medication for restless leg syndrome, chronic fatigue, fingernail fungus, erectile disfunction and dry eyes.

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NewsFlash: Television Makes You Stupid

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[Television]
[Edumakashun]
The results are in from a 20-year study: Teenagers who watch several hours of television a day do worse at school and are less likely to graduate than their peers.

The good news is, this isn't a bad thing. Maybe I can get my fries a little faster with more of you guys working at McDonald's?

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Top Gear In America

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[Television]
[Sociology]
What happens when the offbeat British car show, "Top Gear" comes to America? The challenge starts with the three hosts landing in Miami and having to each purchase a vehicle for $1000 and drive it all the way to New Orleans.

Watch the BBC show online and you'll quickly understand why something like this will never air on American television. There are a few moments that make "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" look like a Sunday drive.

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Welcome to Alabama Top Gear!

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[Hippies]
[Television]
When the English car show "Top Gear" decides to have a little fun with a road race through the state of Alabama, and as a side bet, each of the three participants gets to decorate the other's car with phrases designed to incite the locals, they get a dose of terrorism, American redneck style.

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Fox Displays Family-Style Sportsmanship During Saints Game

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[Mean People]
[Television]
During the NFL playoff game last Saturday FOX producers choose to show a poignant shot of a passionate Saints fan. Most of us were really puzzled as to why the network would do such a thing. This isn't exactly an accident... a camera was positioned and someone switched to that camera. A self-righteous network like Fox has some 'splainin' to do.

UPDATE: Maxim is now looking for Heather to do a photo shoot!

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Education Secretary Lost on Jeopardy

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[Television]
The first Cabinet-level government official to appear on Jeopardy came in second place to an actor. Secretary Margaret Spellings beat out CSI:NY actor Hill Harper to place second after This Is Spinal Tap actor Michael McKean. It is unclear whether she is going to get a home version of the game (or if Alex Trebek is going to be audited). So Lenny from LaVerne and Shirley beat a Cabinet secretary. I think Fox is going to have a special where Squiggy fights his weight in ferrets to the death.

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"Dog" Bounty Hunter Arrested After Jumping Bail

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[Television]
TV reality star Duane ''Dog'' Chapman and two co-stars on his show were arrested Thursday in Hawaii on charges of illegal detention and conspiracy in the bounty hunters' capture three years ago of a cosmetics company heir.

Chapman's son Leland, 29, and Timothy Chapman, 41, assist Chapman in exploits chronicled for the TV show around the Hawaiian Islands. The show focuses on Chapman's family as much as the bounty hunting, which generally involves tracking down bail jumpers, often creating emotional scenes with repentant captives.

Charges have been pending against the three since local police in Mexico arrested them shortly after they roped in Luster. They posted bail but allegedly never returned to Puerto Vallarta for their court hearing on July 15, 2003..

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What Everyone Needs--An Outdoor TV

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[Diamond Studded Toenail Clippers]
[Television]
Finally, the manufacturers of America fill the gaping hole in everyone's day when we might not be exposed to TV, by introducing a television set for the outdoors.

Yes, that's right. Now you can actually get fresh air and sunshine while sitting on your butt glued to the tube. It's not like exercise, or actually paying attention to your friends and family, but let's face it, those guys are boring, right?

Watch TV while you barbecue. Catch the big game while half-heartedly playing catch with the kids. Enjoy the sounds of nature drowned out by the sounds of lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and now, the neighbor's SunbriteTV! You can even watch it in the rain, in subfreezing conditions, or during the most intense summer heat wave.

What are you waiting for? Don't you already have a TV in every room in the house and one in your car to keep the kids quiet? Fill that empty space in your yard and your soul!

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Dead Woman Watches TV for 2 Years

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[Lonely People]
[Television]
Two years after her apparent death, British authorities found the dead body of a woman sitting in her apartment, watching a TV that was still on. The heat had also remained on for the entire two years, and her room contained still-unopened Christmas presents from 2003.

That must have been a really bad show.

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Disney Trades Sportscaster For Cartoon

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[Television]
Al Michaels was traded from ABC to NBC for a cartoon bunny, four rounds of golf and Olympic highlights... no kidding!

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Southpark Tackles Scientology Because Showtime Didn't Have Balls

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[Television]
Trey Parker, one of the creators of Southpark, claims in a GQ interview that they chose to do an episode parodying Scientology in protest of the rumors that Showtime refused to let Penn and Teller do an episode of Bullshit exposing Scientology. Furthermore, the offensive Southpark episode, "Trapped in the Closet" that mocks the controversial church often called a "cult" and ridicules Tom Cruise will not be run in Britain due to threats from the litigious former "Top Gun."

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TV Phones Now Sport Tivo-Like Video Pausing

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[Diamond Studded Toenail Clippers]
[Television]
It's bad enough that someone came up with the goofy idea to integrate a TV with a cell phone, but now LG Electronics has integrated Tivo-like features so that if you're watching tv and the phone rings, you can pause TV to talk on the phone. You obviously don't want to miss a second of that Creed music video while you're in the drive-thru at McDonald's and the phone rings!

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Bombs Explode In London; Brit Hume Wants To Play The Market

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[Television]
During Fox News' coverage of the July 7 London bombings, Washington managing editor Brit Hume commented, I mean, my first thought when I heard -- just on a personal basis, when I heard there had been this attack and I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought, "Hmmm, time to buy."

This is in stark contrast to CNN Host Anderson Cooper, who, during a remote broadcast in the middle of the worst part of Hurricane Dennis, said to a fellow commentator, "This might be vain, but you've got a leaf in your hair."

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Extreme Makeover Needed For Integrity of Local TV News

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[Television]
Don't you love local TV news stories about critical topics like Supernanny, The Apprentice or Survivor? This stuff is almost as exciting and informative as weathertainment.

Denver's local TV news shows have perfected the art of finding "news" stories linked to the prime-time entertainment shows their stations broadcast. A local reporter points out that these newsvertisements are everywhere, and shows plenty of disgusting examples.

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Government Slashes Budget of Public Broadcasting

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[Edumakashun]
[Television]
Apparently citing the perfection that is commercial television, our politicians have decided that public tv and children's education is a low priority.

A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government's financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children's educational programs as "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," "Arthur" and "Postcards From Buster."

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MTV's Real World heads to Austin

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[Television]
While many probably didn't realize it was still ont he air, the grand-daddy of reality TV shows, MTV's "Real World" heads to Austin, Texas for it's 16th season. The producers of this season's show promise that the Austin locale will showcase even more unique real estate, unique new drinks which unique new whiny teens will drink too much of, and unique new ways in which to toss your cookies and act like babies.

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Another ex-employee of TechTV/G4 speaks out

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[Television]
Dan Huard started out as a nerdy intern at TechTV, the San Francisco-based cable channel dedicated towards all things tech. He worked his way up to associate producer and tells us what things were like, including after the takeover of the network by a bunch of "suits" who merged it with "G4" and tried to package the once-proud network into a stupid and insipid shill for the video game industry.

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Parents Television Council PAC responsible for FCC complaints

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[Television]
Ever wonder what "force" was behind the big issue over Janet Jackson's breast on the Superbowl? Well, it's the PTC, Parents Television Council, a watchdog group that apparently is as much into exploiting BS and making money as they are enforcing their particular brand of morality.

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Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd" cancelled

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[Entertainment]
[Television]
This week marked the last taping of the incredibly mediocre Comedy Central show "Tough Crowd" with Colin Quinn. I guess they gave Quinn enough years to attempt to master his speaking and timing ability to no avail.

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Tucker Carlson: hurting America, hurting Bambi

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[Television]
From the Washington Post:

First Tucker Carlson was dissed by Jon Stewart. Now, is nature turning against him, too? Early yesterday morning, Carlson was snoozing in the back of a town car, returning from a debate with his CNN "Crossfire" co-host Paul Begala at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. Two deer darted onto Interstate 95 south of Baltimore. The driver avoided one but collided with the other, setting off the air bag and rendering the car undrivable.

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Even journalists agree: TV news sucks

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[Television]
The Committee of Concerned Journalists, a consortium of reporters, editors, producers, publishers, owners and academics, has surveyed its own membership about the quality of election campaign coverage this year, and the results aren't pretty. Nearly three quarters of respondents gave the press a C, D or F grade, and only 3% gave an A. By large majorities they felt the news media has become sidetracked by trivial issues, has been too reactive and has focused too much on campaign strategy rather than substance. They gave particularly low grades to television and much higher grades to newspapers and online coverage. The online news sites in fact got more A grades than any other medium - a notable improvement in the internet's reputation relative to other information sources. The situation seems to have degenerated to the point that there are entire web sites are being dedicated towards tracking errors within news media.

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Fun Political Ads! Submit Your Own!

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[Television]
Here's a place where you can see political ads from anybody who cares to share them.

I like No Oil Company Left Behind.


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Sinclair flip-flops & won't air Kerry-bashing documentary

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[Television]
Apparently getting caught up in a massive backlash and boycott effort from the public over their outrage, the Sinclair group, owners of 60+ stations around the country, have backpedaled on their intent to run an anti-Kerry documentary days before the election. Well, in a twist of words they say they won't run the thing "in its entirety."

Instead, the company intends to re-package the documentary as a series of clips in a more ambiguous "public service" attack show which will, at least, start off "examining the role of the media in shaping public policy".

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TV-B-Gone

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[Technology]
[Television]
In a story that seems made for this site, we've come across an interesting new invention called "TV-B-Gone" - a little thingy that sits on your keychain and has the power to turn off most television sets. Its inventors claim they thought of the idea while eating out one night and being distracted by a tv in a restaurant. The inventors claim the device will give people back time that the tv would otherwise suck from their life.

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Toshiba TV summons search and rescue teams to student's apt.

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[Faulty Products]
[Television]
A malfunctioning Toshiba television set apparently sent out a 121.5Mhz broadcast, a frequency used for international distress signals, and was picked up by a satellite which prompted a hunt by authorities which ended with search and rescue teams showing up at the residence of a very shocked 20-year old college student. Personally I think this was a cry for help from the TV because the guy was watching "Fear Factor."

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Fake newscasters continue to take on pseudo-journalists

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[Television]
As Robert Novak recovers from having a broken hip, he still continues to get a free "pass" from the press for not revealing the White House source who outted a CIA agent, effectively committing treason. To add insult to injury Novak wants other reporters to out their sources and/or do it for them. Meanwhile taxpayers foot the multimillion dollar bill for some sort of goofy investigation that dances all around the fact that Novak is at this time, the traitor who won't ID the staffer who committed treason.

These events have become so far-fetched and illogical that it seems we're in some sort of bizarro world, where fake-news comedians such as Jon Stewart and his Daily Show offer more information, truth and insight than CNN and other networks. Jon Stewart has now gone on the offensive, taking shots at mainstream news for not doing their job.

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Jon Stewart on Crossfire: "You guys are partisian hacks!"

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[Television]
[Video]
Jon Stewart appeared live on CNN's "Crossfire". Tucker Carlson and company apparently expected Jon to come on and do his "Schtick". What they didn't expect was Jon switching roles and bitch-slapping the show's hosts, calling Crossfire "bad for America" and telling them in no uncertain terms, unlike his show which is comedy, CNN has failed the public and is providing "theater" instead of useful news to the community.

Read more - we have links to the video and other stuff.

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Jon Stewart Chooses Kerry

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[Television]
In a tight race, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart says he'll probably vote for Kerry. Some viewers may think that was obvious, but The Daily Show roasts both sides with equal vigor--it's just that the Bush guys are so darn easy to make fun of.

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Secrets of the debate

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[Television]
So you saw the debates? Who do you think "won?" Everyone has an opinion. I seemed to notice that half the time Bush answered with the same "stay the course" answer. Kerry was aggressive and on the attack. Sound off with your comments to this article on what you thought and click the link for the Top Ten Secrets They Don't Want You To Know About The Debates.

Nomination for the dumbest quote of all time:

"Anyone who declares a winner in this debate is a predictable partisan. They both did beautiful."
- Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia

Interestingly enough, more than 80% of ~45,000 respondents on CNNs web site felt Kerry clearly won.

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Bill O'Reilly's audience is more dumb & poor than most others

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[Television]
[Entertainment]
There's a hilarious story on CNN about Comedy Central's Daily Show kicking the asses of other tv and news shows in terms of audience intelligence and affluence. Apparently after O'Wrongly spewed a bunch of remarks about Jon Stewarts audience being druggies and slackers, Comedy Central commissioned their own study, only to find that his audience leaves O'Reilly's team of brain-dead trailer-dwellers in the dust. Ironically, the Daily Show's audience knew more about politics and current events than Fox News'.

The comprehensive report actually indicates that viewers of Comdey Central's "Daily Show" are more knowledgeable about current events than CNN and other news network viewers!

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The Michael Larsen Story - Pressing His Luck

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[Get-Rich-Quick]
[Television]
There's a very fun read about the infamous "Press Your Luck" game show contestant, Michael Larsen, who managed to (or so he thought) employ a winning strategy that had the network freaking out.

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Crash course in 21st century journalism

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[Television]
[The "Buzz"]
Have a dangerous intersection in your town? Here's an idea. Have a television news crew set up at the corner, creating a nice distraction and order up a heaping helping o'broadside du jour... all caught on tape and guaranteed to give the moron newscaster his fifteen minutes of fame.

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Mich. Teens Set TV Viewing World Record

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[Television]
Two teens in Grand Rapids have set the new standard for America's young, by watching 52 hours of consecutive television and are awaiting verification of a new world record... and a year's supply of rice-a-roni.

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Online museum of nausiating political commercials

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With what's starting to look like one of the sleaziest, BS-ridden presidential campaigns of all time, The American Museum of the Moving image has created a nifty web site archive of political commercials from all Presidential candidates from 1952 to the present.

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