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  • Michelle Obama To Go On Leno Show Friday

    10/19/2009 1:12:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 24 replies · 1,009+ views
    MSNBC ^ | October 19, 2009
    Michelle Obama To Go On Leno Show Friday First Lady to answer questions via satellite during ‘Ten @ Ten’ segment By Courtney Hazlett NEW YORK - First Lady Michelle Obama will be a guest on “The Jay Leno Show” on Friday night. Obama will check in via satellite from Washington for the “Ten @ Ten” segment, where she’ll answer a series of 10 questions from Leno, according to representatives from “The Jay Leno Show.” This is Michelle Obama’s first appearance on Leno since his switch to prime time. As for the “Ten @ Ten” segment itself, she’s in good company,...
  • Jay Leno Show Now Falling Behind Cable Shows in Ratings

    10/23/2009 1:42:53 AM PDT · by iowamark · 25 replies · 1,081+ views ^ | 22 Oct 2009 | Kyle Buchanan
    Things are so brutal out there for The Jay Leno Show that even the First Lady for it[sic] may not be able to work a miracle — and they just got a little worse. While Leno is routinely beaten in the ratings by 10pm shows on the other big networks, it fell behind another scripted drama on Tuesday, and this one was on cable. In the all-important 18-49 demographic, Leno was crushed by FX’s Sons of Anarchy, which drew 3.7 million viewers and a 2.05 rating to Leno’s 1.8. Somewhere, the cast and crew of the potentially cable-bound Southland are...
  • Jay Leno Mocks the David Letterman Scandal - Video

    10/03/2009 8:34:12 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 4 replies · 1,066+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | October 3, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Jay Leno mocking the whole David Letterman Scandal. Leno makes light of it in a good-natured way. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Which Way Does Leno Lean?

    09/30/2009 10:08:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 66 replies · 1,650+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 9/30/09 | Carl Franzen
    Coming just days after David Letterman's interview with special guest President Obama, the appearance of conservative icon Rush Limbaugh on the Jay Leno Show on Thursday night made for an interesting juxtaposition. As some writers have observed, Letterman's liberal loyalties are becoming increasingly obvious, while Leno remains something of an enigma when it comes to politics. Though some have labeled him a "Red State" comedian, Leno tussled with Limbaugh over automaker bailouts, Social Security and Medicare. So where does he stand? Pundits on both sides of the aisle can't agree on whether or not Jay's their man. Here's the breakdown:...

    09/25/2009 7:44:02 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 11 replies · 930+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | September 25, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    VIDEO: In case you missed it, here is Jay Leno's interview with Rush Limbaugh, last night, September 24th. As usual, Rush is witty, insightful, articulate, and persuasive. After discussing Rush's amazing weight loss of over 80 pounds, Jay and Rush discussed President Obama and issues such as: nationalized healthcare, the bailouts, the government takeover of the auto companies, capitalism, wall street, executive pay and more.
  • Rush Limbaugh Runs Over Al Gore On Tonights Jay Leno Show (Video)

    09/24/2009 9:28:57 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 19 replies · 1,284+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 9/25/09 | talkradio03
    Classic Rush tonight, he was funny in the Green Car Challenge running over Al Gore twice while driving a hybrid....Rush was on message in the interview, Mega Dittos to Rush,........(Video from Leno)
  • Barney Frank's Rush "Joke" on Leno

    09/24/2009 6:45:13 PM PDT · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 29 replies · 1,990+ views
    Vocal Minority ^ | 9/24/09 | EricTheRed_VocalMinority
    Remember all the rhetoric from the Washington and media leftocracy that the right is poisoning the airwaves and TV with “hate speech”? (In fact, Chris Matthews is so concerned about right-wing hate, he has preemptively laid blame at the feet of conservative radio if anything bad happens to Barack Obama.) And remember not too long ago a certain Republican Congressman, Joe Wilson, was lambasted for purportedly creating an atmosphere of incivility within the hallowed halls of Congress? Well, yesterday Jay Leno had the loathsome Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) on. During the conversation, this exchange took place: LENO: If you had...
  • Rush Limbaugh on *TONIGHT's* Jay Leno Show - 9/24/09 - 10pm ET/9pm C

    09/24/2009 9:08:01 AM PDT · by nutmeg · 86 replies · 2,879+ views
    NBC ^ | Thursday, 9/24/09 | NBC
    Rush Limbaugh will be Jay Leno's "special guest" tonight on his new show at 10pm ET / 9pm Central on NBC. Smokey Robinson will be Jay's musical guest. Related thread:Rush Limbaugh to take Jay Leno's 'Green Car Challenge'
  • Rush Limbaugh to take Jay Leno's 'Green Car Challenge'

    09/19/2009 4:38:49 AM PDT · by iowamark · 107 replies · 4,367+ views
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | September 18, 2009 | James Hibberd
    America, are you ready for Rush Limbaugh in an electric car? The conservative talk show host has agreed to take Jay Leno's "Green Car Challenge." In the segment airing next Thursday on NBC's "Jay Leno Show," Limbaugh will race an electric Ford Focus around a custom-built track beside Leno's studio, the show's representative confirmed. The "Green Car Challenge" segment makes its debut on the primetime show tomorrow night. Celebrities who participate drive two times around the twisty track, which takes a little less than a minute to complete. By the time Rush gets behind the wheel of the zero-emission vehicle,...
  • 'Thank You ACORN': Leno Plays 'Commercial' Featuring Prostitutes Gratitude--VIDEO

    09/17/2009 9:19:23 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 51 replies · 3,211+ views
    Youtube ^ | 9/17/09 | Utube
    Enjoy, don't know how long before it gets pulled. Click link above.
  • Michael Moore Calls Capitalism 'Legalized Greed'; Serenades Leno Audience

    09/16/2009 7:25:14 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 51 replies · 1,395+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | September 16, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Michael Moore, the man of many hats - documentary filmmaker, political scientist and now, singer. Moore has been making the rounds to promote his new movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story." On NBC's Sept. 15 "Jay Leno Show," Moore appeared and was asked what was wrong with capitalism. "Capitalism is actually legalized greed," Moore said. "There's nothing wrong with people earning money, starting a business, selling shoes. That's not what I'm talking about. We're at a point now Jay, in this country, where the richest 1 percent, the very top 1 percent have more financial wealth than the bottom 95 percent...
  • Jay Leno's ratings drop notably for second episode

    09/16/2009 6:54:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 1,195+ views
    Nielsen Business Media ^ | September 16, 2009
    Everybody expects Jay Leno's new primetime comedy show to drop significantly this week following its highly rated premiere. The question is how fast, how far. For its second episode, "The Jay Leno Show" drew a metered-market household rating of 8.0 and 13 share -- down 34% from his Monday debut. The episode featured an interview with Michael Moore
  • Kanye West defended Bush during Obama's inauguration. Called Bush a "human being"

    09/15/2009 3:46:03 AM PDT · by Felicity_in_Christ · 16 replies · 1,336+ views
    CNN Anderson Cooper 360 (youtube video) ^ | January 20, 2009 | Kanye West
    At Obama's main celebrity inaugural ball, Kanye West was interviewed by a CNN anchor during "Anderson Cooper 360" about his feelings about the election. Rather than solely focusing on Obama's victory though, Kanye West ended up using the air time to DEFEND PRESIDENT BUSH. He wasn't even being asked about him. "At the end of the day, Bush, he was a human being...a real person with feelings and hurts too... and a lot of things got's a shame." (Statement is made at the last 1 minute of the interview)
  • Jay Leno Silences Kanye West and Studio Audience with Question About West's Mother - Video 9/14/09

    09/15/2009 7:13:21 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 34 replies · 1,912+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 15, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Jay Leno on his new show asking Kanye West about his classless interruption of Taylor Swifts at the VMAS MTV Music Awards. After West said it was rude, Leno asked a question about Kanye West's recently deceased mother that silenced the studio audience and left West utterly speechless: "I was fortunate enough to meet your mother...what do you think she would have said about this." . . . (VIDEO)
  • DOUBLE TROUBLE: NBC Edicts Already Killing Jay Leno Show By Favoring Conan

    06/08/2009 10:29:06 AM PDT · by iowamark · 24 replies · 1,348+ views ^ | 06/04/2009 | Nikki Finke
    Which is worse? Network execs too scared to change a successful formula. Or network execs too willing to turn everything on its head. It's clear that Conan's version of NBC's cash cow The Tonight Show is just more of the same old/same old. And that's how O'Brien's longtime exec producer Jeff Ross and boss Jeff Zucker want it. But while they were golfing together this weekend in a foursome at Riviera Country Club (Ross, who just moved out here, is the better player, while Zucker has a 14 handicap and can barely keep up), they both worried how to prevent...
  • Goodbye to Pontiac: A Tribute to GM’s Performance Brand

    05/11/2009 9:07:29 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 60 replies · 3,065+ views
    PopularMechanics ^ | April 28, 2009 | Jay Leno
    Jay Leno Says Goodbye to Pontiac: A Tribute to GM’s Performance Brand If you haven't heard, Pontiac is no more. In an exclusive story for PM, Jay Leno looks back at the 83-year-old brand, focusing on Pontiac’s historic muscle cars and surprisingly innovative technology. By Jay Leno Published on: April 28, 2009 I was always a fan of those "Wide Track" Pontiacs of the '60s. When I was a little kid there was no sexier wheel—either in the aftermarket or in regular production—than the 8-lug Pontiac wheel. I remember first seeing them around 1962 on some of the big Bonnevilles....
  • John McCain-Sarah Palin rift grows wider, as Sen. leaves former running mate off list of GOP stars

    04/14/2009 10:30:16 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 118 replies · 4,314+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2009-04-14 | Olivia Smith
    Who's poised to lead the Republican party out of the woods? John McCain seems convinced that one GOP notable is not the person for the job, someone he's quite familiar with - his former running mate. On Monday's "Tonight Show," Jay Leno asked the Arizona Senator to name the new guiding lights of the Republican party, and McCain was quick to rattle off a list of "young, dynamic" governors around the country. Palin wasn't one of them. McCain singled out Lousisana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Gov. Charlie Christ, Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty, and Mitt Romney, McCain's chief rival for the Republican...
  • No joking, Ch. 7 to air the Jay Leno show

    04/14/2009 12:26:11 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 3 replies · 389+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 04/14/09 | Jessica Heslam
    Jay Leno fans will be able to catch his new show in his old Boston stomping grounds. The Andover native and Emerson College grad is staying put on Channel 7. The station did an about-face yesterday and said it planned to broadcast Leno’s new 10 p.m. show in September rather than lose Leno for an hour of local news. “Upon further consideration, we have decided to telecast Jay Leno at 10 p.m. starting in September,” WHDH-TV owner Ed Ansin said in a brief statement. “Jay is from Andover, where I went to school. I enjoy his humor. We hope the...
  • NBC Talk Show Host Jay Leno Under Fire for Hosting Fundraiser for Pro-Abortion

    04/13/2009 2:06:13 PM PDT · by julieee · 22 replies · 1,260+ views ^ | April 13, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    New York, NY ( -- Late-night NBC talk show host Jay Leno is coming under fire for plans to host a fundraising event later this month for a prominent pro-abortion organization. A pro-life group is taking Leno to task for announcing that he will host a dinner for the Feminist Majority Foundation.
  • Jay Leno's Chris Dodd joke

    "Hey, you hear about this? Very strange incident at JFK Airport in New York City today. An AIG executive going through security had to empty out all his pockets. You know what fell out? Senator Chris Dodd." --Jay Leno
  • NBC threatens to strip WHDH of license if it bumps Jay Leno

    04/03/2009 12:14:01 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 2 replies · 540+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 04/03/09 | Jessica Heslam
    NBC says it will strip WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) of its network affiliation if the Boston station goes ahead with its plan to add a 10 p.m. newscast to its lineup and bump Bay State native Jay Leno from his new prime-time slot. “WHDH’s move is a flagrant violation of the terms of their contract with NBC,” said John Eck, president of the NBC TV Network. “If they persist, we will strip WHDH of its NBC affiliation. We have a number of other strong options in the Boston market, including using our existing broadcast license to launch an NBC-owned and operated...
  • What Passes For “News” These Days

    03/23/2009 7:19:06 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 5 replies · 385+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | March 23, 2009 | The Stiletto
    The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson writes a 692-word article on a topic President Barack Obama “just can't seem to get right.”Is it getting Iran to take him seriously? A bailout exit strategy? What to do with the committed jihadis currently warehoused at Gitmo? No, it’s bowling ...
  • NYTimes Somehow Misses Obama 'Special Olympics' Jab

    03/22/2009 5:50:34 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 10 replies · 600+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 3/22/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    All day Friday the newspapers, TV stations, radio, and the Internet were abuzz with Barack Obama's failed joke about the Special Olympics Thursday night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. In shades of John Kerry's failed joke about the unschooled being "stuck in Iraq," the president's apologists said he was merely joking and didn't mean to say anything disparaging about people with developmental challenges. Still, the incident stirred passionate discussion all day Friday. At least it did for everyone but The New York Times's Helene Cooper. Cooper seemed not to even realize it happened if her review of the...
  • 3 videos, 3 ways to look at Obama’s “Special Olympics” comment (Send to Special needs parents)

    03/20/2009 3:46:05 PM PDT · by slomark · 12 replies · 568+ views
    In case you haven’t see it yet, President Obama channeled Joe Biden last night and said something offensive and stupid on the Tonight Show. [VIDEO] Seems Obama went bowling while on the campaign trail last summer and embarrassed himself by rolling a 37. He explained to Jay Leno that he’s been practicing on the White House bowling alley, but said his lack of success is “like Special Olympics or something.” [VIDEO] Next we have MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. He had seen an early NBC feed of the Tonight Show and was horribly dismayed by Obama’s remark. Not because it was offensive,...
  • Obama Has Foot-In-Mouth Disease

    03/20/2009 2:49:55 PM PDT · by theothercheek · 10 replies · 559+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | March 20, 2009 | The Stiletto
    President Barack Obama made a historic appearance on “The Tonight Show” – he spoke without using a TelePrompter – and promptly got into trouble. Conservatives pounced on these two bits, the first showing Obama to have a tin ear (“You’re doing a heckuva job, Timmie”) and the second showing him to have a fat head (“Mongoloid he was a mongoloid, happier than you and me”) ...
  • Can mentally retarded individuals vote? (Vanity)

    03/20/2009 10:36:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 1,200+ views
    March 20, 2009 | 2ndDivisionVet
    Can someone here enlighten me on this matter? Are there rules as to which of these folks can vote and under which circumstances? I know that Dear Leader ticked off the families and friends of Special Olympians and the disabled in general last night, but will many of the MR community be able to vote against him? Forgive me if my language isn't as PC as some would like, as I don't play that game. Thanks!
  • T. Prompterless EarMarx Steps In It Again (Video)

    03/20/2009 4:04:45 AM PDT · by Quaker · 12 replies · 736+ views
    Stuck On Stupid ^ | March 20, 2009 | Quaker
    Obama talked about how he’s gotten better at bowling and has been practicing in the White House bowling alley. “That’s very good, Mr. President,” Leno said sarcastically. It’s “like the Special Olympics or something,” the president said.
  • Live Thread: Obama on The Tonight Show 11:35 P.M. EDT 3/19/09

    03/19/2009 8:01:55 PM PDT · by kristinn · 244 replies · 11,911+ views
    Thursday, March 19, 2009 | Kristinn
    BYO popcorn, adult beverages and Teleprompter.
  • Obama to Appear on ‘Tonight Show’

    03/17/2009 12:17:17 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 52 replies · 956+ views
    The Caucus Blogs (NYT) ^ | March 16, 2009 | Helene Cooper
    <p>President Obama will be making a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Thursday, a White House official said, in a rare personal visit by a commander in chief to late night television.</p> <p>Mr. Obama will swing by the Leno show as part of his trip to southern California. The White House official said that Mr. Obama plans to talk about the economy with Mr. Leno and said he will try to focus on substance, possibly a tall task given the show’s format.</p>
  • Jay Leno hauled before Writers Guild trial committee

    02/26/2009 1:41:45 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies · 936+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 26, 2009
    The late-night host is accused of having violated union rules when he penned his own monologues during a 100-day work stoppage that ended in early 2008. Leno says he's done nothing wrong. Comedian Jay Leno was hauled in front of his own union's trial committee Wednesday to address charges that he broke guild rules during last season's writers strike, a full year after the alleged violations. The NBC late-night host was a prominent backer of the Writers Guild of America during the 100-day work stoppage, but he alarmed union officials when he announced on the air that he was penning...
  • So Barack Obama’s in a boat with Tom Daschle and Tim Geithner…

    02/18/2009 7:53:59 PM PST · by slomark · 2 replies · 630+ views
    OK, so maybe that wasn’t the joke, but after two long years the late night comedians have finally discovered comedy gold in Barack Obama. At least one of them has. On Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Jon Stewart devoted an entire monologue to jokes about Barack Obama. Joke after joke after joke. Believe it or not, ...
  • Rob Long: Jay Leno, container ships and other economic indicators

    12/24/2008 11:59:07 AM PST · by george76 · 41 replies · 2,864+ views
    morning call ^ | December 23, 2008 | Rob Long
    Fifteen years ago, I had a stupid idea. I was the co-executive producer on ..."Cheers." NBC...was faltering: Ratings were sliding, money was tight, management was nervous ...Johnny Carson...was retiring... I was 28 then, and like all 28-year-olds, I had no idea exactly how stupid I was. So when I found myself standing next to the president of NBC ...I offered my solution to his network's crisis. "You know what you should do?" ... "You should move the 'Tonight Show' with Jay Leno to 10 p.m. Think of all the money you'd save." "That's a pretty stupid suggestion," he said to...
  • MNSBC: Blago, Shmago--Leno's Moving to 10 PM!

    12/09/2008 10:45:24 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies · 905+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sure, the sitting Democratic governor of Illinois has been arrested and charged with attempting to sell Barack Obama's Senate. But enough about that. Jay Leno is starting his show 90 minutes earlier!! Yes, a bit after 1 PM today, MSNBC actually interrupted its coverage of the Blago affair to go to a news conference at which NBC honchos, with Leno present, announced that the Tonight show host would be moving from 11:30 to 10 PM. Andrea Mitchell was in the midst of a serious dialogue with Pete Williams, when someone apparently whispered in the NBC justice correspondent's ear . ....
  • Wolf Blitzer 'Attacked' by 'Hologram'

    11/12/2008 4:42:25 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies · 300+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | November 12, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    It's not exactly an earth shattering scandal but CNN did get caught in a bit of a fib when they declared they were the first to use hologram technology in a broadcast featuring Wolf Blitzer interviewing a Jessica Yellin "hologram" on election day. I put "hologram" in quotes because a perturbed Don Reisinger of CNET News declared that it was false advertising since CNN wasn't using a real hologram. CNN soon backed down from their hologram claim in the face of not only criticism but mockery from the other networks. I suppose the best way to respond is by humor...
  • A Question Of Honor, Sen. McCain.

    11/11/2008 4:31:33 PM PST · by mapmaker77 · 29 replies · 194+ views
    Various | 11Nov08 | mapmaker77
    The '08 presidential election is now in the history books and the republican ticket lost it rather convincingly. As soon as it became obvious, John McCain did the honorable thing and conceded. It deteriorated rapidly from there. Finger pointing in a situation like this is inevitable, but this has become as laughable as the dim msm coverage of the campaign itself. Except for the target, Gov. Sarah Palin.
  • John McCain on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Video 8/25/08

    08/26/2008 5:58:14 AM PDT · by · 2 replies · 75+ views
    Blogs for John McCain ^ | August 26, 2008 | brianinmo
    Here are some snippets from John McCain's appearance last night, August 25, 2008, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. . . (see video)
  • McCain To Speak With Jay Leno On Dem Convention's Opening Night

    08/25/2008 10:33:18 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 1 replies · 97+ views
    AHN News ^ | Kris Alingod
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will be trading jokes with late night talk show host Jay Leno during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. The presumptive Republican nominee will appear as a guest on the 'Tonight Show with Jay Leno'as Democrats begin the historic nomination process for Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) Monday night. McCain has been on vacation from the campaign trail since late last week, ahead of his turn to be nominated during the Republican National Convention on Sept. 1-4 at the Excel Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. He plans to hold a rally...
  • NBC Comedians Crash MSM Wall of Silence to Tell John Edwards Jokes

    07/30/2008 4:47:02 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 17 replies · 140+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 30, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    It's a strange dichotomy. While NBC News  continues to maintain a wall of silence regarding the alleged John Edwards scandal, the comedians on that network are having a field day joking about it. On Monday night Jay Leno told the following John Edwards joke: John Edwards asks Kobe Bryant, 'What's a good jewelry store?' Conan O'Brien went even further on Tuesday night with an extended  joke that incorporated video shots of his band leader, Max Weinberg, as well as trombonist Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg: O'BRIEN: I'm sure many of you have heard the rumors about former Sen. John Edwards having a secret...
  • Leno's Last `Tonight' Is May 29; O'Brien in June 1

    07/21/2008 10:43:27 PM PDT · by kellynla · 83 replies · 754+ views ^ | July 21, 2008 | staff
    <p>BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Conan O'Brien will take over the "Tonight" Show next June — and what happens to deposed host Jay Leno after that is anybody's guess.</p> <p>Leno's last show will be Friday, May 29, and O'Brien will start the following Monday, June 1, NBC executives told a Television Critics Association meeting Monday.</p>
  • Jay Leno on oil drilling in ANWR

    07/20/2008 6:24:44 AM PDT · by kellynla · 35 replies · 210+ views ^ | July 19, 2008 | Dan Spencer
    Can someone please explain any rational basis for the Democrats' continued obstruction of drilling in ANWR? There are an estimated 10 billion barrels of domestic oil waiting to be harvested in ANWR. ANWR comprises 19 million acres in Northeast Alaska, 17.5 million of which are totally off-limits to drilling or any other kind of economic activity. In 1980 a Democrat controlled Congress, at the behest of President Jimmy Carter, set area 1002 aside for possible energy exploration. Since then, although there are active oil and gas wells in at least 36 U.S. wildlife refuges, we have been prevented from using...
  • Leno Prompts Brokaw to Reminisce About Reagan-Bashing

    02/04/2008 5:38:10 AM PST · by garylmoore · 15 replies · 66+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | February 2, 2008 | Brent Baker
    Jay Leno on Friday night reminisced about admiring Tom Brokaw for appearing on the cover of the far-left Mother Jones magazine back in 1983, an interview in which Brokaw denigrated then-President Reagan from the left for "pretty simplistic" values and over how he didn't understand "the enormous difficulty a lot of people have in just getting through life, because he's lived in this fantasy land for so long." With Brokaw on to promote his book, 'Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today,' Leno recalled: "I was just starting out in comedy and you'd been on...
  • Candidate Thompson Follows Tradition of Actors Entering Politics

    10/30/2007 8:39:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 124+ views
    U.S. Department of State ^ | October 29, 2007 | Ralph Dannheisser
    Washington -- When Fred Thompson entered the contest for the Republican presidential nomination in September, he became the latest of a growing number of actors seeking to translate stage and screen skills and charisma into political success. Earlier examples range from spectacular successes -- the late President Ronald Reagan and current California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger -- to several brief congressional careers built on starring television roles – Sonny Bono (The Sonny and Cher Show), Fred Grandy (The Love Boat) and Ben Jones (The Dukes of Hazzard). Zelda Fichandler, director of the graduate acting program at New York University, cites an...
  • Fred Thompson draws more viewers than GOP debate

    09/07/2007 9:04:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 910+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | September 7, 2007 | Keith Chrostowski
    Showing ’em up This week’s GOP debate in New Hampshire drew 3.1 million viewers — the largest debate audience so far of the 2008 race. But Fred Thompson’s announcement the same night on Jay Leno’s show drew 6 million, up 15 percent from Leno’s typical Wednesday audience. Dive! Dive! Thompson’s campaign has unveiled a slick new movie titled “The Hunt for Red November.” A star for Rudy Actor Robert Duvall and his wife have endorsed Rudy Giuliani and will host a fundraiser for him later this month. The New York Times notes that Duvall, who played the family lawyer in...
  • Fred Thompson's "mistake" (Kathleen Parker)

    09/07/2007 1:38:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies · 1,996+ views
    Townhall ^ | September 7, 2007 | Kathleen Parker
    In a stunning move that caught no one by surprise, Fred Thompson announced that ... he's ... running ... for ... president. Time to step up to the plate, he said. And everybody hit their snooze buttons. That Thompson is running for the highest office was a foregone anti-climax after months of testing, consulting, pondering, considering and, most important, letting the other candidates spend their money and exhaust Americans' interest with endless debates in which little new is said or learned. The debates have become so boilerplate, in fact, that Thompson himself became one of the topics at Wednesday's forum...
  • Reacting to Fred on Jay Leno

    09/06/2007 2:55:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 201 replies · 3,697+ views
    The National Review ^ | September 6, 2007 | Jim Geraghty
    I held off on assessing the transcript, I wanted to see how Fred Thompson came across to a viewing audience. The Upsides: Thompson is a likeable figure. He comes across as a decent man; there's none of the I-don't-trust-this-guy-slickness of John Edwards or the brittleness of Hillary. When he hits a line, like "our people have shed more blood for the liberty and freedom of other peoples in this country than all the other countries put together," it really works; that one spurred some "whoo!"s from the audience, and not every politician can do that. And I think some of...
  • The Man Who Wasn't There (How Thompson Carried The Night)

    09/06/2007 9:53:10 AM PDT · by jdm · 59 replies · 1,349+ views
    Newsweek via MSNBC ^ | September 06, 2007 | By Holly Bailey
    Last night's debate in New Hampshire, the fifth meeting of Republicans thus far in the 2008 campaign, produced several possible story lines. John McCain had perhaps his best debate performance of the year, finally showing viewers at home the ease and confidence he has on the stump in places like Iowa and New Hampshire. Rudy Giuliani revealed a significant vulnerability, leaning too heavily on talking points about New York City in nearly every answer—including one about his personal life. And Mitt Romney failed to catch fire—a blown opportunity to generate some momentum, given that the debate was held in the...
  • Crushing on Fred Thompson

    09/06/2007 6:41:09 AM PDT · by HoosierGirl25 · 73 replies · 1,951+ views
    Human Events ^ | 9/6/2007 | Ericka Andersen
    Fred Thompson had left us wide eyed and impatient. He’s been the novelty non-candidate for months now -- the starry-eyed crush of the Republican Party. He’s flirted with those left unfulfilled by the current stock of candidates -- including pro-choice, pro-illegal immigration and flip flopping Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney, respectively. The time finally came for Thompson to step into the race -- but not before bypassing one more debate session and trading chuckles with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. “I’m running for President of the United States,” he told Leno late Wednesday night, adding that, “it’s...
  • World's Shortest Honeymoon for Thompson at 'Today'

    09/06/2007 4:47:36 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 95 replies · 3,129+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Honeymoon? Forget about it. The morning after his announcement, "Today" wasted no time in going after Fred Thompson. Like a Las Vegas bride with a bad hangover, Meredith Vieira seemed particularly grumpy. At 7:05 a.m. EDT, the "Today" co-anchor interviewed Tim Russert. MEREDITH VIEIRA: The other candidates are out debating last night, and he's on Leno, he's yukking it up announcing that he's running for president as if it is a punch line. Was that a smart thing for him to do? By her acerbic tone, Vieira left no doubt that, in her mind, it wasn't. Russert suggested that Thompson...
  • Fred Thompson announces candidacy for president

    09/05/2007 7:56:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies · 1,831+ views
    CNN ^ | September 5, 2007 | Candy Crowley and John King
    After spending months testing the waters for a presidential run, Sen. Fred Thompson has made his candidacy official. "I am running for president of the United States," he said during a taping of NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," drawing applause and cheers from the audience. Thompson will also talk about his decision to join the race for the Republican presidential nomination in a webcast scheduled to go online early Thursday. A five-day campaign tour will follow Thompson's announcement, sources said last week. Thompson will stump in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. Then it's on to Lawrenceburg,...
  • Thompson to Launch Bid Hollywood Style

    09/05/2007 3:30:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 606+ views
    My Way News ^ | September 5, 2007 | Liz Sidoti
    Fred Thompson - veteran actor, former Republican senator - is launching his bid for the presidency Hollywood style. Thompson will make his candidacy official in a 15-minute Webcast set to air at midnight, around the same time that he'll be seen on the East Coast chatting with Jay Leno on a taped broadcast of NBC's "Tonight Show." He'll call attention to his bid hours earlier with a 30-second ad during the eight-man GOP debate in New Hampshire that he's skipping. "On the next president's watch, our country will make decisions that will affect our lives and our families far into...