Friday, April 18, 2008

For your viewing pleasure

The campaign year brings out the best and the worst in people, especially the international superstars of radio and cable TV. These are three recent moments of campaign coverage you will enjoy:

◊ After a testy exchange with MSNBC political analyst and radio talk show host Rachel Maddow, Joe Scarborough, the self-described “recovering Republican” and host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” lost his customary cool and exited from David Gregory’s “Race for the White House” program while the show went out live. Check the video below. Toward the end you’ll hear a series of mechanical clicks, then in the four-shot of the panelists, John Harwood’s in the box where Scarborough was about one minute before:

For anyone who’s tired of Scarborough’s relentless grandstanding on his “Morning Joe” show, on which the former Congressman from Florida routinely interrupts and ridicules co-host Mika Brzezinski, Scarborough’s comeuppance was a welcome and overdue thing. In the dustup, Maddow comes across as one of MSNBC’s brighter lights: a fierce intellect who’s not afraid to take on a bully when the need be.

◊ Seems like everyone weighed in on Wednesday’s debate, but it wouldn’t be a party without Jon Stewart. The pride of Comedy Central spoke his mind about the Philadelphia non-debate debate as only he can. Watch this skewering of Barack Obama’s less-than-stellar performance:

◊ Finally, it wouldn’t be a campaign year without the lowest common denominator being heard from. The LCD’s able representative, radio DJ and former recreational-pharmaceuticals specialist and vodka enthusiast Don Imus, offered his trenchant post-debate analysis on Thursday. In a simulcast on radio and on the RFD-TV cable network, Imus called Obama is "almost a bigger pussy than" Sen. Hillary Clinton. The slur from the disc jockey — fired last year after equally salacious, equally bizarre comments about the Rutgers University womens’ basketball team — shouldn’t be a surprise for those who’ve followed his chemically-enhanced career, its highs and lows. See for yourself:

Let us know what we're missing. If you've encountered interesting campaign-related videos, leave a comment and URL at the end of this blog, or drop a note in the chat widget on the home page. Do this early and often. Why not? There's so much material to work with these days.

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