The Fate of Roger Ebert’s Legacy


“I’m so relieved to be an elite” –tweet from Roger Ebert
Most public figures have done or said something they wish they could take back. When it comes to public intellectuals and film critics specifically, they generally pride themselves on their ability to analyze what they see. Therefore, their responses to culture should be very measured [...]

How Come Marc Lamont Hill can call John Mayer a “White boy” and Not Be Called a Racist for It?


Joe Klein had a great post today calling out Marc Lamont Hill on last night’s O’Reilly Factor. Those new to NewsReal Blog might be unfamiliar with our history of confronting Hill for his extreme views and for Fox and O’Reilly for putting him on as a foreign policy expert when he specializes in hip-hop culture. [...]

Hip-Hop Expert Hill Opines on National Security


Columbia University Associate Professor Marc Lamont Hill did his usual babbling act on “The O’Reilly Factor” last night.  This time, the issue was putting the Christmas Day underwear bomber and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed on trial in civil court rather than before a military tribunal.
This expert in hip-hop music might have been able to [...]

Olbermann: There Are Republicans Under My Bed!


Not really, but Keith Olbermann’s latest conspiracy theory rivals such an absurd idea.
During last night’s Countdown, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann attacked those “crazy” conservatives for what he perceives as a right-wing conspiracy to convince Americans his show’s ratings are plummeting and his popularity is fading. Of course, the origin of his latest fanaticsm is none [...]

Joe Klein, Idiot-Savant, Despises US


Joe Klein could not let it go.  On the heels of his disastrous appearance on “The Factor” Monday night during which he viciously attacked Glenn Beck, he used the blog Swampland to display his arrogance towards the Fox News audience:

I was on Bill O’Reilly’s program last night, which was sort of hilarious. The most insufferable part [...]

The Final Countdown? Meltdown with Keith Olbermann Part 31


Remembering this self-deluding rant last year when Bill O’Reilly dared to mock Keith Olbermann’s ratings?
OLBERMANN:  I hate to intrude with the facts, but ours is the highest rated cable news program [among] viewers 35 and younger, and the highest rated cable news program for all viewers not on Fixed [i.e., Fox] News. And since [...]

Red Eye Is So Awesome That They Found a Way to Make David Shuster Tolerable, Even Amusing


Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld is, in my refined and sophisticated opinion, one of the best and most underrated programs on television.  The in-jokes, ironically formulaic production, and all-over surreal quality are simply perfect at 3 a.m., plus the Gregalogue is consistently profound yet snarky.  They’ve even had some really good guests lately, like John [...]

Bernie Goldberg Thinks I’m a “Kool Aid Drinker” Since I Was Unimpressed by His Toothless Criticisms of the “Hard Right” on O’Reilly


Am I a Kool Aid drinker? Well, this morning I’m actually a coffee drinker. The Kool Aid pitcher in the Swindle-Bey household fridge is just about empty right now.
I bring it up because apparently Fox News commentator Bernie Goldberg seems to think he knows what I’m drinking these days.
Last night I did a few live-blogging [...]

Joe Klein Blasts Glenn Beck As A Hatemonger


Times Magazine’s Joe Klein is at it again.  A few months ago he accused the Fox News network of sedition, while also insulting its viewers as too dumb to understand the “truth.” Appearing as a guest on “The O’Reilly Factor” last night, Klein tried to temper his overall criticism of Fox News but launched a [...]

Controversial Super Bowl Ad—O’Reilly asks, “Are You Offended Tim Tebow is Alive?”


When your child is handed a death sentence by a doctor and the family is forced to make decisions about the future, without the help of a crystal ball, nothing is more personal or traumatic.
Several years ago I received a phone call from my close friend Julie, who was in just such a position. She [...]