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Mulligans: Fox takes the House; Pelosi doesn't take a hint; Oklahoma takes on fer'ners

By Dana Milbank

Today's first mulligan goes to Fox News's Chris Wallace, who may be rethinking his decision to go on the Daily Show.

"Congratulations to you, congratulations to your team and Fox. Great job, you guys did it. You worked hard and you pulled it off. Terrific," said host Jon Stewart.

"You mean the fact that we had the highest ratings...?" Wallace asked.

"No, no, no, no, no. Retaking control of the House of Representatives," Stewart said. "You did it. It was not an easy job."

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Nancy Pelosi got a mulligan earlier this week for her claim that she has "no regrets" after the leading House Democrats to the biggest loss in generations. But it seems she's already in need of another, this time for putting out word that, as compensation for her regrettable work, she'd like to stay on as House Democratic leader. That will require some serious astro-turfing.

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The good people of Oklahoma have struck back against a clear and present danger to their way of life: They have voted to ban Sharia law in their state. It's not entirely clear who was planning to practice Sharia law in Oklahoma, but it was probably the Tulsa mujahideen. In related news, using the word "mujahideen" may itself be unlawful in Oklahoma, which also approved a ballot initiative making English the official language. Mulligan, happily, appears in the Merriam-Webster English dictionary and therefore is legal in Oklahoma.

By Dana Milbank  | November 4, 2010; 11:12 PM ET
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Comments

This is no joke , the Tulsa mujahideen is to be feared! Act before it is too late! Read about it here.

http://www.foxnews.com/glennbeck/index.html

Posted by: dfolk1 | November 5, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

SPANK! waah! SPANK! waah! Gee Dana, that must sting. Here's YOUR mulligan and your sign.

Posted by: carlbatey | November 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Milbank, I just don't get you. Do you have "Fox Envy"?

You seem terribly focused on Fox News channel. Almost a psychotic fascination with them. It's scary to watch you. I'm afraid you may walk in to a Fox News HQ's with a bomb strapped on you. You seem THAT fanatical.

Seriously dude, get some help. You need it.

Posted by: stinkyliberals | November 5, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Love to watch Fox for comic relief. It's the old white guys' network. Wouldn't surprise me if their (mostly blond) female anchors start doing "nude newscasts."

Posted by: mirrorgazer | November 5, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

People with user IDs like 'stinkyliberals' shouldn't throw stones.

Posted by: DurhamBully | November 5, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Ha ha, he's still talking about Fox news. Why wasn't he writing the same thing when MSNBC was helping Obama get elected along with himself? Too funny! Dana needs to host The Daily Show! What a buffoon lol!

Posted by: faithplusnothing | November 5, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

This obsession people have with "liberal media" or "conservative media" is pretty pointless. All NEWS (in caps to distinguish true news sources) outlets focus on stories that reflect some degree of preponderance in political predisposition. For the most part these predispositions have little effect on the how stories are covered or the facts reported. There are occasional issues but none of the NEWS you see on Fox, NYT, WaPo, ABC etc is so seriously slanted that it effects the facts being reported.

However, some news stations also air very very slanted opinions. Beck, Hannity, Maddow, Oberman are in the business of drawing viewers to their stations by creating entertainment via contraversy, making outlandish stms, etc. They make money by inflaming peoples opinions, attacking political oppnents, etc.

Fox news and MSNBC have a problem. They are losing the distinction between those two positions of NEWS and opinion. Fox news being more successfull in making money from it's opinion side is losing it faster. From what I can see the other NEWS outlets still maintain those distinctions. CNN trying to bost it's ratings appears trying to lose this distinction but so far hasn't succeded. No reasonably objective person not immersed in a partisan debate could fail to see this is obvious.

Posted by: kchses1 | November 5, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I thought Oklahoma had seceded from the Union recently... Did they take their liberty and country back? ... Along with texas and Quayles indiana.
More information please.

Can anyone submit for them to secede, you know, as a "gift certificate" to the other 47 states?

Posted by: deepthroat21 | November 5, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"Milbank’s understandable critique of Fox News’ tone is diminished by his own lack of fairness in his reporting; it seems like he’d have the reader believe that Democratic pollster Doug Schoen was the lone left-of-center voice on the channel. The truth is, FNC offered a panoply of left-of-center voices, including Bob Beckel, Juan Williams, Joe Trippi , Geraldine Ferraro and Kirsten Powers among a handful of others"

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/results-are-in-and-most-agree-fox-news-offered-more-balanced-election-coverage-than-msnbc/

Milbank is right when he calls out partisan hacks. Unfortunately, he is ignorant of the fact that he is just such a partisan hack.

Posted by: bobmoses | November 5, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Stewarts pretty funny for a lefty but we all know he was the guy that always got his underwear pulled up over his head in HS...I bet Milbank was right there with him....

Posted by: mjandrews8 | November 5, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

mjandrews8 posted:
Stewarts pretty funny for a lefty but we all know he was the guy that always got his underwear pulled up over his head in HS...I bet Milbank was right there with him....
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Why the fascination with Stewart's underwear? Do you fancy him? I do agree that the most of the faux crew are not so easy on the eyes.

Posted by: rgray | November 5, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Milbank what's your point? Stewart sounded like the petulant partisan in that exchange. BTW, what's your beef with Fox, the single broadcast network which leans certainly no farther to the right than ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN leans left?

Posted by: cwejohnson | November 5, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cwejohnson
Fox, the single broadcast network which leans certainly no farther to the right than ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN leans left?
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Leaving aside your odd notion that every network leans left except fox, if you agree that fox leans right don't you agree they should remove the misleading "fair and balanced" tag?

Posted by: rgray | November 5, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Well...as someone born and raised (and lived most of his life) in Texas, it is difficult to say this, but, I may have to move to Oklahoma. I congratulate them on approving both amendments. Sharia may not be a current problem, but it has already reared its very ugly head in New Jersey and CAIR has a definite plan for this country in the future. And English, despite Mr. Milbank's cynicism, is the language of this nation and should be codified. I guess Merle Haggard had it right.

Posted by: Larryw21 | November 5, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

THIS JUST IN!!!!! From CNN

Keith Olbermann of MSNBC has been suspended indefinitely for violating the ethics policies of his employer (MSNBC) earlier this year when he donated to three Democrats seeking federal office, MSNBC announced Friday.

"I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay," MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement.

Posted by: geo82170 | November 5, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey Milbank surely you know about the Sharia Courts in Britain. Why draw the line in the sand tommorrow when it might be too late when you can do it today? The people of Oklahoma have done a very important and courageous thing.

Posted by: dummypants | November 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Here is some good news!

(CNN) - Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's primetime firebrand host, has been suspended indefinitely for violating the ethics policies of his employer earlier this year when he donated to three Democrats seeking federal office, MSNBC announced Friday.

Posted by: Phil5 | November 5, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Lol Milbank you are such a loser, a whiny child who didnt get his way and now lashes out. Your slanderous column on Wednesday hasn't gone unnoticed (although apparently the fact you wrote a book has gone unnoticed).

Bret Baier and Megan Kelly are professional and outstanding news anchors. Fox's Election Night coverage had conservatives AND liberals on it, unlike the channel you are aligned with, MSNBC, which has no conservatives (or black news anchors for that matter).

Posted by: ams1986 | November 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Creep Ubermoron suspended! You heard it hear first from Milbank - oh wait ... no, you didn't as he is obsessed with Fox. Then, you must have heard it from I Dream of Eugene Robinson - but, it could'nt have been from him as he is obsessed with the Tea Party. Gosh, does the WaPost have any columnists free of fixations?

Posted by: CubsFan | November 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Please explain why Fox News has such a viewership and keeps beating all other News stations. I flipped through all the channels and specially CNN and MSNBC on election night and the only station that presented a comprehensive view and accurate in its projections. CNN is getting better but it still needs to improve on the oppossing views. MSNBC is a disgrace and watching Chris Matthews insult Michelle Bachman and Eugene Robinson laugh behind the scenes became a horrible parody.

I congratulate Oklahoma for their pro-active stance on Sharia law which is greatly affecting Europe. We already had a liberal judge rule in favor in New Jersey and thanks God that it was overturned. We as a country will have to take a stance soon in preventing a horrendous law like this to filter into our country. Our Constitution should be upheld always. Totally unpatriotic to even allow a judge here to let such insidious practice be even considered! So, let's protect against it!

Posted by: Hispana | November 5, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Please explain why Fox News has such a viewership and keeps beating all other News stations. I flipped through all the channels and specially CNN and MSNBC on election night and the only station that presented a comprehensive view and accurate in its projections. CNN is getting better but it still needs to improve on the oppossing views. MSNBC is a disgrace and watching Chris Matthews insult Michelle Bachman and Eugene Robinson laugh behind the scenes became a horrible parody.

I congratulate Oklahoma for their pro-active stance on Sharia law which is greatly affecting Europe. We already had a liberal judge rule in favor in New Jersey and thanks God that it was overturned. We as a country will have to take a stance soon in preventing a horrendous law like this to filter into our country. Our Constitution should be upheld always. Totally unpatriotic to even allow a judge here to let such insidious practice be even considered! So, let's protect against it!

Posted by: Hispana | November 5, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

It's OK with me if OK bans Sharia "law," as long as they ban Aqua-Buddhist "law" as well. I have it on g... well, bad authority that there is no separation of church and state. And if anyone uses Sharia "law" as an excuse to do something that violates American Law, well we can always waterboard them.

Y no tengo problema saying English language is OK, officially. I vote sí señor.

And, I'm sorry I called you an "idiot," or was it a "Milbank," in my comment on your "Hillary for imaginary president" column. But I have to give you a "Milbankagain" on Nancy Pelosi. She should be the minority leader because she scored all the touchdowns... on REAL grass. You should be her head cheerleader. To paraphrase John Stewart:

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
Milbank ..... GO GROW A PAIR! (In English - MAN UP)

Posted by: divtune | November 7, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

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